Matagorda County Obituaries


Howard W. Hafer

Cedarvale Cemetery

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H. W. Hafer Dies Here Friday Night

Mr. H. W. Hafer, 83, died here Friday night at 11 o’clock, unexpectedly. Up until his death he had been very active and was even planning on entering the chess tournament to be held here soon, as he was considered one of the best chess players in the section.

Mr. Hafer had been a resident of Bay City for many years and was engaged in the piano tuning business. He was also considered more or less a professional puzzle expert. He won several prizes for figuring various puzzles and he attacked them as he played chess, scientifically.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. C. F. Graham of Bay City; one son, H. W. Hafer, in the U. S. Army; two sisters, Mrs. Stella Whitfield of Ft. Scott, Kansas, and Mrs. W. R. Patton of Oakland, California.

Funeral services were held at Cedarvale Cemetery Saturday afternoon at 5 o’clock, with the Rev. Ernest Deutsch officiating. Burial was in Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers were J. J. Fricke, Sam Selkirk, James Dombrow, O. R. Stewart, J. W. Ingram. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Daily Tribune, September 26, 1949

John Arthur Hagler

Cedarvale Cemetery

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J. A. Hagler Dies In Africa

Services are pending at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home for John Arthur Hagler who passed away Saturday in Sierra Leone, Africa.

Hagler, 60, was a former county agent here. He had resided in Africa for the past two years as an agricultural technician for the University of Illinois.

Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Mrs. David Pennington of State College, Pa.; three sons, Glenn H. of Anaheim, Cal., John Louis of Kansas City, Kan., and Frank B. of Austin.

He also leaves a sister, Lulu Herman of Midfield.

The Rev. T. Walter Moore, pastor of the First Methodist Church, will officiate at the services, time of which is to be announced later.

Daily Tribune, November 23, 1964

Murray M. Hagler

Amanda J. Hagler

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Mrs. Amanda Hagler Died Thursday Eve.

Mrs. Amanda Hagler, 80, died at the Matagorda County Hospital Thursday evening at 8:15.

She is survived by her husband, N. M. Hagler of Buckeye; one daughter, Mrs. M. H. Herman of Midfield and one son, John Hagler of La Grange, and formerly county agent and vocational agricultural instructor here in Bay City.

Funeral services, under the direction of Taylor Bros., will be held from the Funeral Home Sunday at 2 p. m. Interment will be in Cedarvale cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Ken Keller, Sidney Anderson, Harry Dawdy, Fred Brown, Billy McKern and Tom Hale.

Daily Tribune, May 4, 1951

Funeral Services For Mrs. Hagler, 80, Held Here Sunday

Funeral services were held at the Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock for Mrs. Amanda Hagler, 80, who passed away last Thursday night following a short illness in the Bay City hospital.

The Rev. W. W. Hawthorne of the First Methodist Church officitiated.

Survivors, besides her husband, Murray Hagler, are a son, John, of La Grange, and a daughter, Mrs. Lula Herman of Midfield; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews in North Carolina.

Matagorda County Tribune, May 10, 1951

Helen Starkey Hagler-Johnson

Cedarvale Cemetery

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Helen Starkey Hagler-Johnson

Helen Starkey Hagler-Johnson, born November 22, 1908, in West Green, Alabama, to Dr. and Mrs, Lake Lewis Starkey. Helen moved to Texas in 1924 and attended Rice Institute, graduating (1930) Phi Beta Kappa. She married John A. Hagler and raised 4 children. She moved to South America (1956) and later. Africa, where Mr. Hagler was a representative for an Agency for International Development. Helen returned to the United States after Mr. Hagler's death (1964). She met Reverend Lawrence Johnson (1979) in California and returned to Houston, after 50 years, and was married that same year. She was active with Reverend Johnson as a member of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church and his companion during his tenure as Chaplain at the Texas Medical Center. After his death in 1994, she continued her activities alone and was diagnosed with cancer in January 2000. Helen bravely endured treatment allowing her survival to complete unfinished business and say Goodbye until September 8, 2002, when she departed and joined Lawrence and all previously departed loved ones. Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 11, 2002, 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 11612 Memorial Drive. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church.

Houston Chronicle,  September 11, 2002

Thomas George "Tommy" Hahn, 60 of Wadsworth, Texas went to be with his Lord May 19, 2003 in San Antonio, Texas. He was born July 8, 1943 in Palacios, Texas to August J. Hahn and Mildred Genzer Hahn.

He is survived by three daughters and sons-in law; Tammy Hahn Bond and Bobby Bond, Ginger Hahn Goulart and Jesse Goulart, III, and Christy Hahn Johnson and Danny Johnson, all of Las Vegas, NV. Two sisters; Edna Mae Wartinlaw of San Antonio, Texas and Pat Koranek of Cuero, Texas and 2 granddaughters; Savannah Bond and Abigail Johnson. He is preceded in death by his father; August J. Hahn and brother, August P. Hahn.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, May 22, 2003 Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Pastor Melvin Ryman officiating. The family will receive visitors at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers include: Joe Castaneda Jesse Goulart, III, Danny Johnson, Alan Wartinlaw, Don Wartinlaw, and Charles Hahn. Honorary pallbearer will be Bobby Hahn.

Memorials may be made to Vista Care Family Hospice, 5815 Callaghan Road, Suite 102, San Antonio, Texas 78228 or to the charity of your choice.

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

The Victoria Advocate, May 21, 2003

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