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Wilhelm H. Arnold          Shirley J. Durham Arnold

Wilhelm H. "Sonny" Arnold Jr.
Nov. 18, 1937 - May 4, 2009

Wilhelm "Sonny" Arnold, Jr., 71, of Bay City, passed away Monday, May 4, 2009.

He was born November 18, 1937 in Bay City to Wilhelm H. Arnold Sr. and Catherine Loretta Jones Arnold. He was a lifelong resident of Bay City, a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church of Bay City and retired route salesman for Frito Lay. He was an avid fisherman and gardener.

He is survived by: his son, Ben Arnold and wife Nina of College Station; his sister, Loretta Sue Crosby of Nashville, Tennessee; his brothers, Louis Glen Bubba Arnold of Houston, Robert D. "Booger" Arnold of Los Angeles, California, James Paul Skeeter Arnold of Bay City and Arthur Ozzie Arnold of Bay City; and by four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his daughter: Sue Ann Arnold; and his parents, Catherine Jones and Wilhelm Arnold, Sr.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 7, 2009 at St. Peter Lutheran of Bay City with the Rev. Jared Stillions officiating.

Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Pallbearers will be Louis Arnold, James Arnold, Ben Arnold, Arthur Arnold, Johnny Wymack, and Robert Arnold. Honorary Pallbearer will be Loretta Sue Crosby.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.taylorbros.net.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, Published May 6, 2009

Thomas Henry Benedict


Vivian White Benedict

Vivian Ruth Benedict

Funeral services for Vivian Ruth Benedict 79, of Wharton will be held 2 p. m. Sunday in the chapel of the Wharton Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Storey officiating. Burial will follow in Cedarvale Cemetery.

Visitation hours will be after 3 p. m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Benedict was born July 28, 1911, to Thomas W. and Bertha Ann Hickman McClaugherty in Wharton and died Dec. 14, 1990, in Wharton.

She married the late Clinton P. White Sr., who preceded her in death on Oct. 13, 1961. She later met and married Thomas Henry Benedict on May 18, 1964, in Wharton and was preceded in death by him on Sept. 28, 1989. She was a longtime resident of Wharton County, having lived in Newgulf and Wharton. She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Wharton. Mrs. Benedict was a retired medical clerk for the Rugeley Blasingame Clinic in Wharton.

Survivors include her two sons, Clinton White of Wharton and Bill White of Lafayette, La.; six grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are with Wharton Funeral Home in Wharton.

Daily Tribune, December 15?, 1990

Christopher P. Blum


Malcolm H. Botsford

Malcolm Hyde Botsford
June 26, 1921 – October 31, 1973

Malcolm Hyde Botsford, 52, a resident of Sargent, passed away October 31 in Houston. Survivors include: wife, Mrs. Malcolm Botsford of Sargent; two sons, Jay and Jim Dodson of Sargent; five daughters, Mrs. Jullie Lewis of Belaire, Mrs. Paula Cain of Abilene, Mrs. Charlotte Crowley of Tuscon, AZ, and Cindy and Janna Grissom of Sargent; sisters, Virginia Lee and Gloria Botsford of Los Angeles, California.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 2, at 10:30 AM, at the Bay City Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ellis Johnson of Jehovah Witness Congregation officiating. Interment will be at Cedarvale Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Dick R. Elkins of Bay City Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, November 1, 1973                Obituary courtesy of Susie Adkins

Ernest W. Brown          Bertha E. Brown

Bertha Eva Brown
(October 21, 1917 - January 25, 2007)

Bertha Eva “Avie” Brown passed away peacefully at her home in Houston on Thursday, January 25, 2007 at the age of 89 years.

Avie was born to parents Sandor and Bertha Doszpoly Horvath in Westfield, Texas, on October 21, 1917. She was a long-time resident of Pledger, Texas, where she met her husband, Ernest Wesley Brown, who she married November 29, 1939. They enjoyed 44 years of marriage until his passing in 1984.

Avie was deeply committed to her family, and was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandma, and great-grandma. She was a devout member of the Pledger Baptist Church with a deep and abiding faith in God and Jesus Christ. Avie enjoyed gardening and derived great pleasure from tending her roses and other beautiful flowers. She was a wonderful cook, particularly of dishes and desserts from her parents’ native Hungary. Avie also was an accomplished seamstress, spending countless enjoyable hours designing and sewing for her children and grandchildren. Her gentle, caring nature, ever-present smile and easy laughter will be missed by all the lives she touched.

She is survived by: her daughter, Bertha Rudin and husband Fred of Houston; son, Ernest Sandor Brown and wife Lori of Houston; grandchildren, Michael Rudin and wife Julia of Houston, Michelle Sebesta and husband Jim of Richmond, Sharyl Taylor and husband Kent of Houston, Andrew Brown, Erin Brown and Bethany Brown, all of Houston; great-grandchildren, David Klen, Caitlin Rudin, Skye Rudin, and Cameron Rudin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Avie was preceded in death by: her parents and husband; brothers, Johnny Horvath and Edward Horvath; and sisters, Pearl Horvath and Louise Galloway.

Friends and family are invited to attend a visitation from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 31, at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, February 1, 2007 at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Willard Hill officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home (979) 245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, January 31, 2007

Nanie Belle Johnson Burchfield-Keith


Harry G. Burkhart

Julia Hawes Burkhart 1958

Photo courtesy of Susie Adkins

Harry Burkhart II


Harry Graves Burkhart III

(February 5, 1933 - January 6, 2009)

Harry Graves Burkhart III, 75, of Markham passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2009. He was born February 5, 1933 in Bay City to the late Martha Elizabeth Cole Burkhart and Harry Graves Burkhart Jr. Harry was a life long resident of Matagorda County, a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, and served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict.

A graveside service will be held 2:00 PM Friday, January 9, 2009 at Cedarvale Cemetery with Rev. Susan Kennard officiating.

Bay City Tribune, January 14, 2009


Julia Hawes Burkhart

Julia Hawes Burkhart

It is with profound sorrow that the Tribune is forced today to chronicle the sad death of little Julia Hawes Burkhart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry A. Burkhart, which occurred at her home in this city yesterday. Julia was one year, seven months and four days of age and was taken from dear parents just at the time her innocent little life had become so interesting to them, a time when the lisping and baby prattle calls forth all the love of father and mother.

Julia has been ill for sometime and although every attention that love and physician’s care could command was thrown about her to bring her back to life and to the hearts of her papa and mama, but the Grim Reaper called and claimed her.

It is beyond the power of words to adequately express a sufficiently deep and sincere sorrow that would add healing to the wound or to assuage any of the awful grief the parents feel, and we can only utter the hollow words of a sympathetic friend to the bereaved ones. With the many, many other friends of Mr. and Mrs. Burkhart, we grieve for them in their sorrow.

The funeral took place in Cedarvale Cemetery this morning at 10 o’clock in the presence of a large throng of friends and acquaintances, and the little mound which marks the last little cradle of little Julia, was covered with flowers after the loving hands and sorrowing hearts had given her up to the bosom of Mother Earth, there to sleep peacefully on until the Resurrection morn.

Matagorda County Tribune, June 6, 1913

Woodrow Chancey
Lillian B. Chancey

Woodrow Chancey

Funeral services for Woodrow Chancey, 71, of Bay City were scheduled for 3 p.m. today at First Baptist Church with the Rev. W. D. Baker officiating. Burial to follow in Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City.

Mr. Chancey was born March 4, 1918, in Harvey Ark., and died Jan. 3, 1990 at his residence.

He was a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian Chancey of Bay City; three sons, Jerry Chancey of Houston, Roger Chancey of Humble and Steve Chancey of Nashville, Tenn.; a daughter, Judy Wilson of Houston; six brothers, Charles, Tommy, Kenneth, Garner, Ronnie,and Bill Chancey of Oklahoma; three sisters, Audrey Jones and Iris Bell of Oklahoma and Aleene Schubert of Arkansas and nine grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Kyle Wilson, Jim Purdue, Jimmy Farmer, Tommy Chancey, Bill Chancey and Sam Stark.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to the Organ Fund of First Baptist Church.

Services are under the direction of Dick R. Elkins, Bay City Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, January, 1990

Lillian B. Chancey
(July 14, 1924 - June 29, 2012)

Lillian B. Chancey, age 87, passed away peacefully at the Kingwood Medical Center in Humble, Texas, on June 29, 2012 at 10:30 PM. She was in the company of her loving family and two weeks short of her 88th birthday. She was born on July 14, 1924, in Poland to Joseph and Mary Krecioch. At a young age she and her family moved to Homecourt, France where she was raised and often enjoyed swimming and dancing in the company of her 6 siblings and friends. Lillian and her family suffered the Nazi occupation of World War II, after which she met her future husband Woodrow Wilson Chancey, who was a decorated member of the army corps of engineers that assisted in the liberation of France. After the war, Woodrow proposed marriage and sent for her and they were married in his hometown of Bixby, Oklahoma by way of a transatlantic ship and train ride out of New York City. After traveling the United States, and living in Brownsville, Hays, Glenrock, Casper, Minden, Roswell, Denver, and Broken Arrow they settled in Bay City, Texas where they raised their 4 children: Jerry, Roger, Steve and Judy. Lillian worked for the Bay City School District for many years before transitioning into a culinary career as a pâtissière, a position she held until her retirement. Never one to slow down long, she then dedicated herself to service work in the Bay City community with a particular focus on the Pink Ladies Auxiliary who provide assistance to patients and staff of the Matagorda General Hospital. A proud matriarch, she loved spending time with her family, attending Sunday School at the First Baptist Church and competing fiercely at board games including Skip Bo and Rummikub. She was strong and independent, living on her own for over 20 years and going out of her way to assist the many friends, colleagues and neighbors she held dear. Lillian will be lovingly remembered for her quick wit, spirit of adventure, and the tenacity with which she approached her many travails. She is survived by her children: Jerry Edward Chancey, Roger Dale Chancey, Steven Woodrow Chancey and Judy Chancey Wilson; her grandchildren: Jessica Chancey, Brian Chancey, Angela Davis, Tina Webb, Summer Chancey, Ashley Chancey, Stephanie Allen, Amber Anguish, Chancey Wilson and Ryley Wilson; her great-grandchildren: Rhys Allen, Houston Allen and Aydan Anguish. She is preceded in death by her husband Woodrow Wilson Chancey. Visitation will be held at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home on Monday, July 2, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, July 3 at the First Baptist Church, Bay City, Texas with Dr. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Friends and others interested in celebrating her extraordinary life are welcome at the service and at the reception that will be held in the fellowship hall following the service. Memorials may be made in honor of Lillian to the Bay City Pink Ladies Auxiliary or the First Baptist Church of Bay City.

Victoria Advocate, July 2, 2012

Edwin Robert Dornak          Betty Rosie Dornak

Edwin Dornak

Funeral services for Edwin Dornak, 72, of Bay City were scheduled for 10:30 a. m. today at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Monsignor James Brunner officiating. Burial was to follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Mr. Dornak was born Sept. 10, 1919 to Joseph M. and Mary Stokr Dornak in Hillje and died Dec. 20, 1991, at Matagorda General Hospital.

He was a resident of Bay City since 1935 and was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Dornak of Bay City; five sisters, Janie Erdelt, Eunice Shimek, Millie Sablatura, Pauline Zboril and Mary Bercak, all of El Campo; and three brothers, Bill Dornak, Louis Dornak and Fred Dornak, all of El Campo.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

Daily Tribune, December, 1991

Betty Dornak

Funeral services for Betty Dornak, 90, of Rosenberg, are scheduled for 10 a. m. Wednesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bay City with Msgr. James Brunner officiating. Burial will follow in Cedarvale Cemetery.

A rosary will be said at 6:30 p. m. today at the Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel.

Mrs. Dornak was born Dec. 5, 1903, to John and Elizabeth Sobotik Stieber and died May 9, 1994, in Poly-Ryan Hospital in Richmond.

She was a member of the Catholic church and a resident of Rosenberg for two and a half years. She lived in Bay City for 48 years previously.

Survivors include a niece, Dorothy Holcombe of Rosenberg and a nephew, Bob Stieber of Richmond.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Dornak on Dec. 21, 1991; three sisters, Martha Vacek, Eva Stieber and Mary Docain and two brothers, Tofiel Stieber and Richard Stieber.

Pallbearers are Bob Stieber, Ken Kosler, Harry Zborial, Jerome Dornak, Bob Ray and John Holcombe.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home of Bay City.

Daily Tribune, May 10, 1994


Agnes Dunaway

Agnes V. Dunaway

Funeral services for Agnes V. Dunaway, 78, of Bay City will be held at 10 a. m. Tuesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church with the Rev. Charles Sonnier officiating. Burial will be in Cedarvale Cemetery.

A rosary will be said at 7:30 p. m. today at Bay City Funeral Home.

Mrs. Dunaway was born Jan. 24, 1908, in Sutherland Springs, Texas and died Feb. 7, 1987, at her residence.

She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Survivors include two sons, Andrew N. Dunaway of San Antonio and A. G. Bennett of Apple Valley, Calif.; a daughter, Shirley Ann Vachoon of Chicago, Ill.; a brother, Joseph Nolan of San Antonio; six sisters, Claire Billiott of Galveston; Eloise Serafine and Maggie Nolan of Bay City, Veronica Allen of Hitchcock, Cecila Reil of Houston and Johnny Mary McPeak of St. Louis, Mo.; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers include Roger L. Serafine, Dan Hayes, Keith Hayes, Royce Hayes, Ernest Opella and David LeCompte.

She was preceded in death by her husband, A. J. Dunaway, in 1973.

Services are under the direction of Dick R. Elkins, Bay City Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, February 9, 1987

Andrew J. Dunaway, Jr.


Hugh Head           Leola Head


Elizabeth Burkhart Hite


Flora Owen Jesse


Gloria Wiginton Murray



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