Matagorda County Obituaries


Frances Webster Gallien

Funeral services for Frances Estelle (Webster) Gallien were held Saturday at the First United Methodist Church of Giddings with Rev. Tim Edwards officiating.


Frances was born on October 30, 1930 in Fayette, Alabama to LeRoy Asbury Webster and Nettie Elizabeth Riddle and passed away the evening of December 17, 2014 at her home in Giddings.


She was united in marriage to Gilbert Warren Gallien on July 23, 1948 in Campti, Louisiana. Their union was blessed with two daughters, Sherry Lynn and Teresa Diane.


Frances worked as a dental assistant in Palacios for many years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Giddings where she was involved with the Agape Ministry and also volunteered with Rejuvenation. She enjoyed sewing and cooking.


She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Russell, John and Asbury and three sisters, Elizabeth, Josephine and Geraldine. Frances is survived by her husband of 66 years, Warren Gallien of Giddings, Texas; two daughters, Sherry Berger & her husband Raymond of Giddings, Texas and Teresa Hysmith & her husband, Bill of   Loving, Texas; three grandchildren, Rebecca White & her husband, Kent of Giddings, Texas, William Hysmith & his wife, Ashley of Graham, Texas and Travis Hysmith & his wife, Keri of Dublin, Texas; seven great grandchildren, Shannon, Shane & Sarah Allen of Giddings, Joshua and Allison Hysmith of Graham and Tanden and Raelynn Hysmith of Dublin as well as several nieces and nephews.


Memorials may be given to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, the Methodist Children’s Home, 1111 Herring Avenue, Waco, TX 76708 or the Agape Circle at the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 759, Giddings, Texas 78942.


Arrangements by Philips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings.


Palacios Beacon, December 24, 2014


Lorraine Torres Gallagher

August 15, 1959 - August 25, 2014

Lorraine Torres Gallagher, formerly of Bay City, Texas, passed away peacefully at the age of 55, at her home in Blair, Wisconsin, surrounded by family, on August 25, 2014, from complications of leukemia.

She was born August 15, 1959, in Bay City, Texas, to the late Julian Torres and Lucy Torres McClanahan. Lorraine moved to Wisconsin with her family in 1996, where she was an operations director and personal banker at Independence State Bank in Independence, Wisconsin.

Lorraine was the nucleus of her family, and she passed on her love of music, laughter and fun to her three children. She had a spark of life that couldn’t be undone, even by cancer, and she remained vibrant and dignified until the end of her life.

Lorraine is survived by her husband, Daniel Gallagher; her three children, Natalie Gallagher of Kansas City, Missouri, Valerie Gallagher and Patrick Gallagher, both of Minneapolis, Minnesota; her brothers, Domingo Perales and wife Alice of Angleton, Texas, and Edward Torres and wife Helen of Missouri; and her mother, Lucy Torres McClanahan of Bay City, Texas.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her father, Julian Torres.

A memorial service for her was held in Blair, Wisconsin, on Saturday, August 30, 2014.

Bay City Tribune, September 14, 2014

Richard Robert Gamertsfelder

Richard Gamertsfelder was born August 27, 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio to Robert and

Margaret Gamertsfelder and passed away on March 16, 2015.

Richard and his family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico at a young age. In his youth he loved snow skiing and fishing. He attended McMurry College in Abilene, Texas from 1966 to 1971 earning a BBA degree in General Business. He married Linda Christensen and moved back to Albuquerque where his daughter, Jennifer, was born in 1975, and his son, Christopher, in 1979. He worked as Administrative Assistant at the Albuquerque International Airport. In 1983 his family moved to Palacios, Texas, where he worked as City Treasurer. In 1997 he moved to Biloxi, Mississippi, working at Wal-Mart and Beau Rivage Casino.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Gamertsfelder, his father, Robert, and his sister, Joanie. His is survived by sisters, Jean Sanderson and Janet Castle and husband, Jack, daughter, Jennifer Porter and husband, Jason, son, Christopher Gamertsfelder and wife, Myrla. He enjoyed his five grandchildren, Ashlyn and Garrett Porter, Maylin, Jake, and Bryan Gamertsfelder.

Palacios Beacon, March 25, 2015

Vicente Gaona

Funeral services for Vicente Gaona, 95, of Bay City, Texas, are pending with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas, 979-245-5197.

Bay City Tribune, February 4, 2015

Catarino F. Garcia

Funeral mass for Catarino F. Garcia, was held on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at 10 a.m., at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, with Monsignor Gerard Cernoch, officiating.

Rosary was held on Monday, February 9, 2015, at 7 p.m., in the chapel of Green’s Mortuary.

Catarino was born November 25, 1934, in Victoria, Texas.  He was called home to be with the Lord on February 7, 2015.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roman and Felipa F Garica; brothers, Joe James, Luis Garcia and Paul Garcia; sisters, Elena Garcia and Semona G. Rosas; and sons-in law, Luis Gutierrez and Ladislao Arriaya.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Eugenia Garcia; daughters, Semona Gutierrez of Spring, Texas, Linda Alvardo and Janie Arriago, both of Houston; sons, Richard Garcia of Houston, Steven Garcia and Michael Garcia, both of Bay City; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Final arrangements entrusted with Green’s Mortuary, Bay City, Texas. 979-245-3489.

Bay City Tribune, February 11, 2015

Crescencio “Chencho” Garcia

A funeral Mass for Crescencio 'Chencho' Garcia, 81 of Palacios will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday (Sept. 12) at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Palacios with graveside ceremonies following at the Palacios Cemetery.

Visitation and a Rosary will be held at 6 p.m. on Thurs. (Sept. 11) at St. Anthony’s.


Chencho was born on April 19, 1933 in Olivia, TX to the late Santos and Ramona Garcia and passed away on September 6, 2014, in Victoria.


Chencho served in the United States Army honorably, raised a loving family, was an entrepreneur in the shrimping industry and his greatest pride and joy were his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.


He was a lifelong resident of Palacios and had long lasting friendships throughout his life. Chencho will be loved and missed by all.


He was preceded in death by his parents, and grandson Mark Garcia.


He is survived by his former spouse Julia Lee Martino-Garcia, children Carolynn Gonzales of Victoria, Christopher Garcia of Houston, Pat (Becky) Garcia of Palacios, Steve (Donna) Garcia of Palacios, Cathrynn Kelley of San Antonio, Joanie Salinas (Felix) of Bloomington; grandchildren Ben, Anthony, Jennifer Gonzales, Michelle (Stephen) Lehn, Lauren (Braxton) Usher, Michael (Amy) Garcia, Brandi (Ryan) West, Matthew (Chrissy) Garcia, Patrick (Alyssa) Garcia, Jessica, Steven, Philip and Adam Garcia; Amanda, Meagan Martinez, Isaac, Matthew, Sarah Salinas and 8 great grandchildren; sisters; Janie (Rufus) Orozco, Phyllis Rodriguez, Lucy (Alfred) Estraca, Emilia (Albert) Garcia and brothers, Edward Garcia and Alex (Agnes) Garcia and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.


Pallbearers are Michael, Matthew, Patrick, Steven, Philip and Adam Garcia; Ben and Anthony Gonzales; and

Isaac, Matthew Salinas.


Honorary pallbearers are Kenneth Garcia, Abelardo Flores, George Frangullie and Leroy Rojas.


Special thanks to the staff of Palacios Community Medical Center, Detar Hospital Navarro, and Dr. Ramos and nursing staff at Warm Springs Hospital.

Palacios Beacon, September 10, 2014


Josephine Garcia
September 8, 1923 - July 22, 1979


Josephine Garcia, 56, of Bay City, Texas, died July 22 at the Matagorda General Hospital. Survivors include her father, John Garcia of Bay City, a daughter, Ramona Navarro Zavala of Bay City, a sister, Sarah Garza of Bay City, her brothers, Alfred and Ezequiel Garcia, both of Bay City, and three grandchildren.


Funeral services were held on July 24, Tuesday, at 10:00 AM, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, with Father J. P. Shannon officiating. Interment was held in Cedarvale Cemetery. Rosary was said Monday evening at 7:00 PM at Taylor Bros. Chapel. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.


Daily Tribune, July 1979                                 Obituary courtesy of Susie Adkins                             Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby



Manuel DeLeon Garcia

Manuel DeLeon Garcia, 58, of Bay City died July 17, 2003 in Bay City. He was born January 16, 1945 in Bay City to Ezquiel, Sr. and Julia (DeLeon) Garcia. Mr Garcia was a life long resident of Bay City.

Survivors include: wife, Mary Jessie (Avila) Garcia of Bay City; parents, Ezquiel, Sr. and Julia (DeLeon) Garcia of Bay City; three daughters, Monica Garcia of Bay City, Stacie and husband Bobby Longoria of Bay City, and Brenda and husband Edward Reyna of Houston; two sons, Richard Garcia of Bay City, Eddie Garcia and wife Gina of Freeport; brother, Sidney Garcia of Bay City; four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his brother Ezquiel Garcia, Jr. and Richard Garcia.

Funeral service was held at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 19, 2003 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Father Gerry Cernoch officiating. Interment followed at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck, Texas.

Pallbearers were Zeke Avila, Gabriel Avila, Abraham Avila, Joey Oros, Chris Garcia, Eddie Alameda, Isreal Alameda, and Albert Alameda, III.

Arrangements were with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00014D2003JL23

The Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Raedona Louise Garcia

(November 18, 1938 - January 3, 2015)

Raedona Louise Landry Garcia, 76, passed away Saturday, January 3, 2015 in Webster, Texas. She was born November 18, 1938 to the late Simon and Sylvia Akers Landry.

Raedona is survived by her husband Joel Garcia; daughters Tibbie Urban, Tammy Evans and Kathy Casey; sons Stephen Saha, Craig Saha, Russell Saha, Donnie Garcia, Glenn Garcia and Robert Rubycaldo; sister Phyllis Tenberg; 18 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00am, Saturday January 10, 2015 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Raymond Garcia Jr.

PALACIOS [Matagorda County, Texas]-- Raymond Garcia Jr., 54, of Palacios, died Sunday, April 8, 2001.

He was born April 10, 1946, in Palacios, to the late Raymond Sr. and Paula Garcia. He was a former employee of United Electrical & Instrumentation of Clute and Davis International, working as an electrician. He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

Survivors: wife, Marleny Garcia; daughter, Estella Garcia of Bay City; sons, Raymond Garcia III of Angleton and Ruben Garcia of Brenham; sisters, Lucy Garza of Freeport, Angelina Ferrell of Houston, Janie Penland and Pauline Gomez, both of Palacios; brothers, Blas Garcia, Lucio Garcia and Joe Garcia, all of Palacios; and one grandchild.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, the Rev. Edward Boren officiating.

Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.

THE VICTORIA ADVOCATE, Monday April 09, 2001

Rodolfo “Rudy” Garcia
September 20, 1956 - November 9, 2014

Rodolfo “Rudy” Garcia, 58, of Markham, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Novemer 9, 2014, surrounded by his family.

Rudy was born on September 20, 1956, in Quanah, Texas, to Benito and Josefa Ybarra Garcia. Rudy was a hard worker and a devoted family man who loved to dance. Rudy was loved by his family and all that knew him, and he will not be forgotten.

Rudy is survived by his family; children, Rudy Garcia II (Erica), Katherine Medina; granddaughter, Mylah Garcia; brothers and sisters, Benito Garcia, Jr., Anna (Tom) Torres, Bobby Garcia (Mary), Rachel (James) Daly, Debbie (Lionel) Garza, Joe (Brenda) Garcia, John (Rose) Garcia; mother, Josefa Garcia; and numerous other relatives.

He is preceded in death by his father, Benito Garcia.

Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with The Very Reverend, Monsignor Gerry Cernoch celebrant.

Rite of Committal will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Visitation was held Tuesday, November 11, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:30 p.m., at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas.

Bay City Tribune, November 12, 2014              Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby


Ruben Reyes Garcia Sr.

(March 4, 1933 - October 21, 2014)

BAY CITY - Ruben Reyes Garcia Sr., 81, of Bay City passed away on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. He was born March 4, 1933 in Bay City to the late Martin & Consuelo Reyes Garcia. Ruben was a lifelong resident of Bay City; a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, and was retired from Celanese as a Central Maintenance Foreman.

He is survived by his 4 children: Ana Garcia Pena & husband Daniel, Mary Gonzales & husband Joe, Ruben Garcia, Jr. & wife Amy, and David Garcia & partner Dennis Cannon; grandchildren: Leticia Acosta, Teresa Gonzales, Gregory Gonzales, Marissa Valentine, Cristina Garcia, Rachel Garcia, AnaLiese Garcia, Gabriel Garcia, and Penelope Pena; and great grandchildren: Isabella Acosta, Ryan Acosta, Luke Valentine and Leah Zamora: siblings Mary & Abelardo Trevino, Pete & Olivia Cervantez, Richard Cervantez, Ortencia & Carlos Garcia, Yolanda & George Perez, Connie & Richard Alameda, George & Marcela Cervantez, Virginia Cervantez, Arthur Cervantez, Ernest & Eva Cervantez, Francis Cortez, Maria & Seferino Mendoza, Angelica & Robert Lawrence and Rosa Garcia.

Ruben was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years: Cristina Muniz Garcia in 2011, grandson: Joseph Gonzales, and infant son Gabrial Garcia.

The family will receive visitors from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM Sunday, October 26, 2014 at the funeral home. The Rosary will be recited 9:30 AM, with the Mass following at 10:00 AM Monday, October 27, 2014 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Msgr. Gerry Cernoch officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. Pallbearers will be: Gregory Gonzales, Gabriel Garcia, Robert Muniz, Mark Sardelich, Mike Sardelich, and Armando Acosta. Honorary pallbearer will be Pete Sardelich.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Diabetes Foundation, or Charity of Choice. Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 25 October 2014                   Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby


Alec E. Garrison
November 29, 1916 – October 4, 2014

Funeral services for Alec E. Garrison, 97, of Palacios, Texas, will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 11, 2014, at Free Zion Baptist Church in Blessing, Texas, with Pastor Ben Hadden, eulogist.

Burial will follow at Palacios Cemetery.

Visitation and guest book register will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, October 10, 2014 at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Bay City, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, October 11, 2014, at the church.

He was born November 29, 1916, in Slingo, Louisiana, to Charlie Garrison and Nellie Peters Garrison, and passed away October 4, 2014, in Palacios, Texas.

Survivors include a son, Clemis Brown (& Robbie) of Lynwood, California; and three grandchildren. Also special cousins and caretakers, Faye Miller (& Roy) of Blessing, and an enormous host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Garrison, May 17, 2008.

Condolences may be shared with the family by fax at 979-245-1537 or online at

Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, 2500 Avenue C, Bay City, Texas, 979-245-5197.

Bay City Tribune, October 8, 2014

Pedro Garza
August 1, 1924 – July 22, 2014

Pedro Garza, 89, of Sweeny, Texas, passed away July 22, 2014.

He was born August 1, 1924 in Hidalgo, Texas, to the late Inocente and Juana Garza.

Survivors include his daughters, Maria Rayburn (George) of Sweeny, Angelina Cook of Katy, Rosalinda Pellquin (Rich) of Richmond and Lucy Martin of Sugar Land; sons, Ruben Garza of Missouri City, Juan Garza (Carmen) of Ft. Worth, Paul Crane of Plano and Pete Garza, Jr. of Ft. Worth; sister, Calle Urerra of CA; brother, Nick Garza (Mary) of Bay City; 18 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family received friends and relatives from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the funeral home.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, July 25, 2014, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Bro. Jim Swisher officiating.

Interment followed at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, Texas.

Pallbearers were Juan Garza, Rich Pellquin, Chris Morales, Colby Martin, Kiley Martin, Armando Garza and Julio Garza.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.

Ola Lee Gaudet


Mrs. E. A. Gaudet Found Dead at Her Home

Body Found Near Open Gas Jet 10 O’Clock This Morning


Mrs. E. A. Gaudet was found dead this morning about ten o’clock lying near an open gas jet in the bedroom. Mrs. F. Norton, a close friend of Mrs. Gaudet’s, went to her home this morning about ten and found her in the room. Death occurred between eight o’clock and the time she was found by Mrs. Norton.


Mrs. Gaudet had been in ill health for several months and was suffering from fainting spells. It is thought she must have suffered one of these spells, and in falling struck the gas jet and in so doing caused it to open, causing asphyxiation. She was alone at the time.


She is survived by her husband, her two sons, Edward and Billy, by her mother, Mrs. W. G. McDow, and by a brother, Sidney Wright of Port Arthur, Texas. Taylor Bros. is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Time of the funeral has not been set.


The Daily Tribune, May 30, 1933                                                Courtesy of Susie Adkins


Genoveva Gay
Sept. 5, 1936 – March 16, 2007

Funeral services for Genoveva Gay, 70, of Bay City, Texas will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2007 at Jesus Freewill Holy Temple Church, 2420 Ave. C, Bay City, Texas. Buial will be in Roselawn Cemetery in Van Vleck, Texas.

The visitation will be Thursday March 22, 2007 in the Chapel of Green’s Mortuary from 3 until 8 p.m.

Genoveva was born September 5, 1936 in San Bentio, Texas and died March 16, 2007 in Bay City at the Matagorda House. Bishop Michael Hurst is the pastor of the church and Bro. Lopez, and brother, Richard Langston, will officiate.

Bay City Tribune, Published March 21, 2007

William Edwin Gay

William Edwin Gay, 91, of Bay City, died August 13, 2002, at his residence in Bay City.

Mr. Gay was born December 7, 1910, in Jacksonville, Texas, to the late Thomas Joe and Annie Massey Gay.

Mr. Gay was a life-long resident of Bay City and was a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include: wife, Genoveva Tamayo Gay of Bay City; daughters, Mary Delores Tello of Channelview, Dora B. Losoya of Markham, Maryann Pate and Tina Louise Cuna, both of Bay City; sons, Jose Garza, Edwin Gay and Bill Gay, all of Bay City, and Joe Frank Gay of Fort Worth; 31 grandchildren; and 30 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three sisters and six brothers.

A prayer service was at 7 p.m. Monday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, and the funeral service was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 20, 2002, at Taylor Bros. with the Rev. Howard Harper officiating.

Interment followed at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers were George Alexander Cuna, William Edwin
Yanez, Gilbert Becerra, Jr., Joe Cuna, Fernando Santos and Roger Pate.

Arrangements were with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00014B2002AG21

THE BAY CITY TRIBUNE, Wednesday, August 21, 2002

Linda Gilcrease

March 24, 1945 - December 18, 2014

Linda Gilcrease, 69, of Cedar Lane, Texas, went to be with her Lord, Thursday, December 18, 2014. 

She was born March 24, 1945, in Bay City, Texas, to Samual and Lilly Walker.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Clute. 

Linda was preceded in death by her parents. 

She is survived by her husband, Barrie Gilcrease of Cedar Lane; two brothers, Terry Walker of Richwood, and Ray Walker and wife Sara of Cedar Lane, one sister, Betty McCoslin of Dallas; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., Friday, December 26, 2014, at Lakewood Chapel, Lake Jackson, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 27, 2014, at the First Baptist Church of Clute, Texas, with the Rev. Lyndon Pettijohn officiating.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers donations be made to Alzheimer’s, Breast Cancer Research or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by the Turner family. 

On line condolences may be made to

Bay City Tribune, December 24, 2014


Willie Louise Duncan Gillespie


Willie Louise (Duncan) Gillespie was born January 10, 1926 and passed away peacefully at Briarcliff  Health Center in Greenville, Texas on Januray 4, 2015.


The first of six children, she was born west of Greenville in the Salem community and moved with her family during the great depression to Muddig, north of Commerce.


She had lived in Louisiana, St. Louis, Las Vegas, Houston and traveled to many destinations with family and friends.


She retired from Harris County after more than 20 years of service. After retirement she moved to the sea coast in Palacios. She had a green thumb and her house and yard showed it. Willie liked her coffee and was pleased to have discovered the Gevalia line of gourmet coffees, which she also enjoyed sharing with her friends. She liked ice cream too, and treated herself to a pint of Blue Bell from time to time. This was to be sure a whole half gallon didn’t disappear too soon. Willie loved to read and kept a dictionary open on the coffee table in front of her, ready for new words or for clarifying old ones. Willie was an active member of the Presbyterian church in Palacios, especially Circle, of which she was a vibrant part. And she was a good cook. She loved driving around town with friends or family to see the bay. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was younger than her years. While Willie didn’t talk about it openly, it became clear over time that not only was she an AA member, she was the “matriarch” of the Palacios chapter. She was frustrated by those folks who came to meetings only because the court had insisted  that they show up as part of their sentence, but was well respected by the “real” members, who were not shy about showing their friendship and regard. Willie was also practical. While still enjoying her life in Palacios, after several falls, a couple of breaks and other issues, with nary a complaint she bit the bullet in 2006 and moved across state to Commerce, close to her brothers where she also  touched many lives with her sharp wit.


Willie was preceded in death by her parents, L.E. (Jack) and Eva Pierce Duncan, one brother, Louis, and an infant sister, her first husband, Paul Elliott and her second husband, Charles Gillespie.


She is survived by three brothers and their wives respectively: Gordon and Joann Duncan, Gary and JoAnne Duncan, Danny and Janet Duncan and many nephews and nieces.


The family extends sincere gratitude to Draughn’s Country Home Estates, Briarcliff Health Center, Dr. Rick Selvaggi, Bettina Zvanut, Bruce and Cara Herlin and other special friends in Palacios and the caregivers at First Presbyterian Church in Commerce.


A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. The family thanks everyone for all of your calls, prayers and concerns. Arrangements will be provided by Commerce Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Commerce of Palacios or your favorite charity.

Palacios Beacon, January 21, 2015

Ronald Edward Gilliam, Sr., 75, of Palacios was born August 5, 1939 in Freeport to the late Ruffus Gilliam and Florence Green Gilliam and he passed away on October 6, 2014. He was a lifelong pipe fitter.

He is survived by his wife, Maria Sylvia Gilliam of Palacios; daughter Jessica Gilliam, son Ronald E. Gilliam, Jr., both of Palacios; and grandchildren Mia Yanez of Palacios, and Justin and Joshua Aldrete of Raymondville, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Ruffus Gilliam.

Arrangements were made with Artero Memorial Chapels

Palacios Beacon, October 22, 2014

Elcenia Martin Gipson

Funeral services for Elcenia Martin Gipson, of Bay City, Texas, who passed away, Monday, October 27, 2014, are pending with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas, 979-245-5197.

Bay City Tribune, October 29, 2014

Phyllis Jean Glenn

(June 22, 1933 - October 29, 2014)

Phyllis Jean Cade Glenn, 81, passed away in her home Wednesday, October 29, 2014. She was born to Ralph and Velma Cade in Phoenix, Arizona. She is preceded in death by husband, Billy Joe Glenn,, son David Glenn and grandson Andy Glenn; sisters, Elizabeth Ann Post and Georgia Cade Jackson.

She is survived by son Michael and wife Charlotte Glenn; daughter, Janet Glenn Waldroup; daughter-in-law Shawn Glenn and daughter of her heart, Mary Chamness Ferguson; brothers, Charles “Buddy” and wife Rose Cade, Ronald and wife Dahlia Cade and William “Bill” Cade; sisters Marlene Martin and Ginger “Ginder” Daniel, and sister of her heart, Stella Cade; 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren and bushels of nieces and nephews and many dear friends that loved her.

The family will receive visitors from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sunday, November 2, 2014 at the funeral home.  The funeral service will be 2:00 PM Monday, November 3, 2014 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel.

Cindy Glissendorf

Cindy Glissendorf, 61, of Palacios passed away on March 15, 2015.

Cindy was born October 23, 1953 in Sterling, OK and has resided in Palacios since 1978.

She was greatly loved and will be missed by all who knew her.


She is survived by her daughter Renee Rocha of Palacios, two brothers, four sisters

and many friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Everett and Johnnie Coleman and four brothers.


Services will be held in Louisiana in May on a date to be determined.


Palacios Beacon, March 25, 2015


Jose Gonzales

Jose Gonzales, 88, of Palacios passed away on February 17, 2015. He was born January 1, 1927 in Progresso to the late Eluterio Gonzales and Ilaria Mendoza Gonzales.

He is survived by his companion Delia Rojas of Palacios, daughters; Olga Rodriguez, and Estela (Baldemar) Vasquez of Palacios, sons; Ruben (Henrietta) Gonzales of Freeport, and Juan (Lucy) Gonzales of Palacios, sisters; Socorro Gonzales, and Rita Gonzales of Mexico, brothers; Oscar Gonzales and Felipe Gonzales of Mexico, 10 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Sarita Gonzales; sisters, Petra Gonzales, Francisca Gonzales, and Apolonia

Martinez; brothers, Margarito Gonzales, Damatio Gonzales; and granddaughters, Belinda Gonzales.

Pallbearers were Joel Rodriguez, Robert Gonzales, Joe Mike Gonzales, U.J. Vasquez, Juan Manuel Gonzales, Daniel Gonzales, Tino Rojas and LeRoy Rojas.

Arrangements were made with Artero Memorial Chapels.

Palacios Beacon, February 25, 2015

William Leo Gormley
September 7, 1946 - March 9, 2015

William Leo “Bill” Gormley, 68, passed away March 9, 2015, in Bay City, Texas.

He was born September 7, 1946, in Ft. Fairfield, Maine, to William James and Gertrude Mulheron Gormley.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents; and honorary parents, Dean and Jackie Leaman.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanette “Jeanie” Grudziecki Gormley of Bay City, TX; son, Jason Wade Gormley (Alexandria Fyffe) of Cedar Park, Texas; daughter, Jami Lee Gormley Casey (Troy) of Bay City, TX; sisters, Mary Elizabeth Tardif (Rudy) of Presgue Isle, ME, Margaret Ann Wallace of Crouseville, ME and Rose Marie Lytken (Scott) of Spokane, WA; brother, Jim Gormley of San Francisco, CA; grandchildren, Peyton Grace Gormley, Cayda Faith Gormley, Gracen LeighAnne Casey, Slade Wesley Casey, Cassandra Petty (Jacob), Christopher Casey, Teran Casey, and Tanner Casey.

Bill was raised in Houlton, Maine, graduated from Houlton High School in 1964, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps., at age 17. Corporal Gormley proudly served his country honorably during the Vietnam War.

After his tour, Bill came to Texas with a fellow Marine. Here he met his bride, Jeanie, of 45 years. They began their life together in her hometown of Rosenberg, Texas. He was employed by Leaman’s Home Building & Lumber Company. Mr. Leaman later opened the Bay City Home Center location, which Bill managed. For 30 years he worked as a warehouse technician for LyondellBasell.

Those who knew Bill, knew his passion for running track, water sports, hunting, and fishing. He was devoted to his family, friends, and never met a stranger. Bill will be sorely missed by all. The people he touched are blessed beyond measure.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Houston Hospice-El Campo for the care and compassion given Bill during his recent illness.

The family received visitors from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday March 12, 2015, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, with a 6:30 rosary recited.

The funeral mass was held at 10 a.m., Friday March 13, 2015, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bay City, with the Rev. Greg Korenek officiating.

Interment followed at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City, Texas.

Pallbearers were Butch Nawara, Chuck Wleczyk, Sammy Rodriguez, Willard Ulbricht, Cliff Haviland, Bud Abbott, Frank Carr and Paul Orsak.

Honorary pallbearers were Bill Frontz, A.J. Ryman, Paul Herman, Oscar Salinas, Bruce Thomas, Mike Mainer, Mike Denn, Eddie Dunn, Dan Pustka, Danny Shindler and Barry Nauman.

Memorial donations may be made to, Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2001 Kathy Ave., Bay City, TX 77414; Houston Hospice-El Campo, P.O. Box 1417 El Campo, TX 77437, Toys for Tots.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, Texas. 979-245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, March 15, 2015

Johnnie Marvin Green

(December 3, 1954 - October 23, 2014)

Johnnie Marvin "John" Green, 59, left heart disease, weariness and pain for the company of his Lord and Savior on Thursday, October 23.

He was born to Katherine Calk Green and Clarence Marvin "Bubba" Green on December 3, 1954 in Bay City, Texas. John married the lovely Alma Sevilla on March 31, 1997. He is mourned by his wife, his mother, a special niece, Emily Lara, and a host of other family members. John was predeceased by his father, his younger brother, Clyde Edward "Duke" Green, and his grandparents, Felix and Lillie Calk and Harvey Marvin Green and Edna Green Melior. He deeply loved and enjoyed his Calk, Green and Sevilla family. And they, him.

John was kind, communicative, studious, and a seeker of knowledge. Every member of his family and countless friends could readily cite an example of his work ethic, devotion to bible study, pursuit of fairness, and quest for bettering the lives of those he loved and cared for. One of John's proudest achievements was returning mid-career to complete his formal education at Baylor University College of Law. While he loved "the law" and his practice, his life's work centered on knowing Jesus and sharing Him with others.

The family would like to thank Dr. Thomas DeBauche for his compassionate care and devotion to John's well-being. He is a tribute to his profession.

Friends are cordially invited for a visitation with the family from five in the afternoon until seven in the evening on Saturday, October 25th, in the chapel of Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, 2313 Avenue I in Bay City. The funeral service is to be conducted at four o'clock in the afternoon on Sunday, October 26th at Apostolic Pentecostal Church, 5701 Seventh Street in Bay City. The interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck. In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions in John's memory may be made to the Tupelo Children's Mansion, PO Box 167, Tupelo, MS 38802.

Moses L. Green

BAY CITY - Moses L. Green, 56, of Bay City, passed away on Tuesday, October 7, 2014.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. on Friday, October 10, 2014 at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home. Visitation will resume from 1 - 2 p.m. before the funeral service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at New Fellowship Tabernacle Church, with Pastor Andrew Floyd as eulogist. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery.

Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-5197.

Published in the Victoria Advocate on 10 October 2014

Larry Wane Griffin


Funeral Services for Larry Wayne Griffin, 69 of Palacios, were held March 27, 2015 at the Coastal Carolina State Veteran’s Cemetery with Rev. Edgar De Jesus officiating.

Larry was born to Fabrian Alva and Mary Love Griffin in Alice, Texas and he passed away on March 22, 2015. He was a member of the First Methodist Church in Palacios. He was a past President of the Lions Club and was also a disabled Vietnam Veteran who served in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Greene Griffin of Richlands; sons, Christopher Wayne Griffin (Jamie) of Austin, Nicholas Blake Griffin (Katie) of Palacios; and brother Tommy Griffith Griffin of Palacios.

Condolences may be shared at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Disabled Veterans Association.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Palacios.

Palacios Beacon, April 1, 2015


Murray Griggs III

Memorial services for Murray Griggs III, 45, of Houston, Texas, formally of Bay City, Texas, will be held Saturday, January 31, 2015, at 12:30 p.m., at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Cedar Lane, Texas, with the Rev. Michael Riddick II, Pastor, and the Rev. Rodney Griggs Sr. eulogizing.

Murray leaves his life’s memories with his dad, Murray Griggs, Jr. (Charlean) of West Columbia; four sisters, Mary Williams (James) of Rosenberg, Gwendolyn Franklin (Steven) of Sweeny, Yolanda Griggs-Wiggins of San Antonio, and Katrina Griggs of Clute; seven nieces and nephews, Anthony, Marcquise, Kwame, Stephanie, Cameron, Dominique, and Samara; a host of aunts and uncles; and an enormous extended family, which includes cousins, other relatives and friends, who will miss him dearly.

Burial will follow immediately after services at King Vann Cemetery in Cedar Lane, Texas,

Final arrangements are entrusted with Green’s Mortuary, Bay City, Texas. 979-245-3489.

Bay City Tribune, January 28, 2015

Max Guanajuato Jr.
July 2, 1952 – August 1, 2014

Max Guanajuato Jr., 62, of Angleton, Texas, passed away August 1, 2014 in Angleton, Texas.

Mr. Guanajuato was born July 2, 1952 to Max Guanajuato Sr. and Cayetana Lozano in Bay City, Texas.

Services were held at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church at 10 a.m., Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

Burial followed at Angleton Cemetery.

Visitation was held at Palms Funeral Home on Monday, August 4, 2014, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a Rosary starting at 7 p.m. Officiating the service was Father David Zapalac.

Max was a diehard Texans fan!

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Mary Helen Guanajuato.

Mr. Guanajuato is survived by his wife, JoAnn Guanajuato; son, Max Guanajuato III (Melodye); daughters, Amy Sanchez and Kim Camacho (Jayson); brothers, Ben Guanajuato (Donna) and Michael Guanajuato; sisters, Hope Guanajuato, Virginia Perez (Gilbert), Connie Longoria (Juan), Gloria Garcia (Frankie) and Teresa Guanajuato; and grandchildren, Kyndall, Kynzie, Joe, Nicole, Allye, and Ayden; as well as numerous other family and friends.

Serving as pallbearers were Les Evans, Armando Trevino, Joe Howell, Geraldo Ortiz, Steve Lampe, Lupe Cantu and John Garcia.

Arrangements conducted by Palms Funeral Home Angleton Texas. (979) 849-4343

Online condolences can be sent online to

Bay City Tribune, August 6, 2014


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