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George Pinckney Hardy          Mabel Leibold Hardy

Funeral Services For G. P. Hardy Sr., 67, Are Held Tuesday

Funeral services for G. P. Hardy Sr., 67, were held at the First Baptist Church here Tuesday afternoon with burial in the Cedarvale Cemetery.

Mr. Hardy, vice-president and director of the Bay City Bank & Trust Company, collapsed in the bank Monday morning while discussing business with another official, L. B. Luder, when he was stricken. He died immediately.

Mr. Hardy was the father of Judge G. P. Hardy Jr. of the 130th District Court.

Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Mabel Hardy; his son, Judge Hardy; one sister, Mrs. Lila Horn; four grandchildren, all of Bay City. He was a native of Old Waverly in Walker County and was the son of John Calhoun Hardy, pioneer of the pre-Civil War period.

Taylor Brothers Funeral home was in charge of the arrangements.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 22, 1949

J. C. Hardy


Susie Cunningham Hardy

Susie Lou Cunningham Harvey

Susie Lou Cunningham Harvey, 66, of Bay City died March 19 at the Hermann Hospital in Houston. Survivors include: husband, G. P. Hardy, Jr. of Bay City; 4 daughters, Patricia Sue Townsend and Susie Lou Phillips of Bay City, Timothy Ann Sloan of Odessa, and Melinda Jane Horn of Houston; son, G. P. Hardy III of Houston; sister, Minerva Blackman of Longview; brother, Wm. Cunningham of Austin; 13 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held March 21 at 2:30 p. m. at the First Baptist Church with Rev. W. D. Baker officiating. Interment will be at the Cedarvale Cemetery with pallbearers being: Allen Townsend, Dave Sloan, William Townsend, Todd Sloan, Hayes Horn, W. T. Phillips. Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross and the Heart Association. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Civic Leader Leaves Testimonials Of Service

Funeral services for Mrs. Sue Cunningham Hardy, age 65, wife of District Judge G. P. Hardy, Jr., will be held Tuesday at 2:30 p. m., at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Wm. D. Baker officiating Interment will be in Cedarvale Cemetery.

Her death occurred Sunday morning in Hermann Hospital in Houston, following a lengthy illness. She had been a resident of Bay City since 1935.

Mrs. Hardy was born in Comanche, Texas, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Aaron Cunningham. The family moved to Austin, and she graduated from Austin High School. After attending the University of Texas, she attended Oklahoma University, graduating with a degree in Fine Arts.

The judge and Mrs. Hardy were married May 31, 1935, while he was a law student at the University of Texas. After his graduation they came to Bay City, Judge Hardy’s hometown, and he set up a law office.

An outstanding citizen of Bay City of seemingly endless energy, she gave of her time and talents in many areas, with her main interest always centered in her closely-knit home and family.

In 1947 she was one of the original organizers of the Matagorda County Red Cross swimming program, spending several summers doing volunteer teaching of swimming classes. Judge Hardy joined her in successful efforts in initiating competitive swimming.

The general swimming and competitive programs have continued to grow from the very beginning, always with the quiet and unassuming interest and support of Mrs. Hardy in the background.

She served two terms as a member of the Bay City Independent School Board, from April 1951 to April 1958, the most ambitious years of the school building program.

During that time the old Jefferson Davis school building was torn down, the Pierce Elementary buildings were built, and also the High School Auditorium. Hilliard School was completely renovated, and cafeterias were added to all of the Bay City schools. Mrs. Hardy was chairman of the first cafeteria committee.

She was a member of the Eastern Star, serviced the Women’s Golf Association Club and throughout the school years of her children she served the P. T. A., The Band Parents, and as one of her daughters put it, “She was always someone’s room mother at school.”

Daily Tribune, March 20, 1978

Thomas Greenberry Harris          Bertha Carmen Harris


Lillian M. Heaton


Albert G. Hellums


Udo F. Helmecke          Susan R. Helmecke

U. F. Helmecke

Mr. U. F. Helmecke, a long time and highly respected citizen of Bay City, died at his home in this city, Wednesday evening at 10 o’clock, after a long illness brought on by cancer.

At the time of his death, Mr. Helmecke was 67 years, 4 months and 10 days of age. The funeral was held in Cedarvale Cemetery this afternoon at 4 o’clock.

He is survived by his wife and four sons and one daughter: George, Cotton “Skeet” and Bill Helmecke and Mrs. R. M. Gibson of Gulf.

Decedent came to Bay City a number of years ago and conducted a tin and sheet metal shop. He had many strong and loyal friends and was affable and kind to all.

Some few months ago the disease which attacked him became vicious and in spite of every effort to keep at work Mr. Helmecke was compelled to leave his shop some two months ago.

The Tribune extends its deepest sympathy for those left to mourn the loss of a kind husband and father.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 18, 1925

Myrtle Hightower


Thomas Stanford Hightower

T. S. Hightower Passes Away

Mr. T. S. Stan Hightower, age 82 years, 4 months and 11 days, died suddenly at the Franz Hotel last night. Mr. Hightower, a resident of this city for many years, had made a host of friends who are bereaved at his passing. He had been ill but not dangerously so and his death was a surprise to everyone. Just recently he was making his usual prediction on the height the water would reach at the river.

He is survived by three nieces, Mrs. H. L. B. Skinner and Mrs. Ethel Glithero of Columbus and Mrs. Mae Cookenboo of Houston.

Funeral services, under the direction of Walker-Matchett, will be held from the Walker-Matchett Funeral Home this afternoon at 4:30. Reverend Paul Engle will officiate. Interment will be in Cedarvale Cemetery.

Daily Tribune, August 2, 1978

Grover C. Horn          Molllie W. Horn


Walter R. Horn          Lusetta G. Horn


Christine Johnson          Ed Johnson

Mrs. Ed Johnson Expires Monday; Services Tuesday


Services for Mrs. Ed (Christine) Johnson, 71, of 3200 Avenue F, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church, Dr. A. T. Dyal officiating. Burial will be at Cedarvale. Mrs. Johnson died at 3:30 a.m. Monday at Matagorda General Hospital. She had resided here for over 30 years.


Survivors are the husband, Ed Johnson, one daughter, Mrs. Marie Shaw of Bay City; two sons, Edgar of Bay City and Howard of West Columbia; four sisters, Mrs. Josephine Delane of Highlands, Mrs. Mary Horn of Bay City, Mrs. Anna Lindgren of Sycamore, Ill., and Mrs. Martha Graff of Palacios; one brother, Johnny Gregersen of Highlands; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.


Pallbearers named were W. F. Baxter, Jr., James Lee Shaw, Robert E. Shaw, Virgil Lee Johnson, T. L. Steubing and Audrell White.


The Daily Tribune, Monday, March 26, 1962

Johnson Rites Set Saturday


Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday for retired dairyman Ed Johnson who passed away today in the Matagorda General Hospital.


The First Presbyterian Church will be the site of the services with the Rev. Dr. A. T. Dyal officiating. Burial will be in Cedarvale.


Johnson, 83, born in Stockholm, Sweden, had been a resident of Bay City for 50 years. He was a member of the Woodmen of the World.


Survivors include a daughter, Marie A. Shaw of Bay City; two sons, Edgar B. of Bay City and Howard of West Columbia; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.


The pallbearers will be his grandsons, Virgil Johnson, Robert E. Shaw, James Lee Shaw, and W. S. Baxter Jr., as well as T. L. Steubing and A. W. White.


The Daily Tribune, October 30, 1964

William Johnson          Sallie Johnson


Kelly Plot


Ethel P. Kelly


Maggie D. Kelly

Mrs. Maggie Kelly Dies in San Antonio; Service Pending

Mrs. Maggie Kelly, 82 sister of Oscar Lewis and Mrs. F. L. Swinford of Bay City died in San Antonio Wednesday morning. Taylor Brothers Funeral Home officials have left to bring the body here for services at Taylor Brothers chapel. Time for the services has not yet been set.

Mrs. Kelly was a member of the First Baptist Church here.

She is survived by a son, Noble Kelly of New Orleans; two sisters, Mrs. Swinford, Mrs. Willie Daniel of Temple; two brothers, Oscar Lewis of Bay City and Paul Lewis of Victoria.

Matagorda County Tribune, June 28, 1956

[Burial Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City]

William Kelly, Jr.


William Henry Kelley


Baby LaBeff


Amos A. Lee          Sarah E. Lee



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