Matagorda County Obituaries

Johnnie Willard “Buddy” Hammock

Johnnie Willard “Buddy” Hammock, 19 Bay City died Monday, August 3, 1981 as a result of an automobile accident 3 ˝ miles west of FM 1468 on SH 35. Survivors include: parents, Robert and Joyce Hammock of Bay City; brothers, Tony and Bobby Joe Hammock of Bay City; sister, Fawn Denise Hammock of Bay City; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Hammock and Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Stanford of Bay City. Funeral services will be held at Taylor Brothers Chapel Wednesday, August 5, at 10 a. m. with Eddie B. Callender officiating. Interment will be held at Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers include: Robert Clark, Brian Daniels, Steve Wilburn, Rick Clardy, Dewey Buck and Craig Sharp. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

Bay City Man Killed In Head-On Collision

A Bay City man is dead and another is in stable condition at Matagorda General Hospital after two trucks collided Monday afternoon.

Nineteen-year-old Johnny W. Hammock was pronounced dead at the scene after the truck he was driving crashed head-on into another truck, driven by Larry Don Berger, 25. The accident occurred 8.1 miles west of Bay City on State Highway 35.

Berger was admitted to Matagorda General Hospital and was in “stable” condition this morning, according to a hospital spokesman.

According to a Texas Department of Public Safety report. Hammock was driving east on Highway 35 when he crossed over the center stripe and crashed into Berger’s truck.

After Hammock’s truck came to rest upside down, it burst into flames.

Hammock was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace J. P. McClanahan and his body was taken to Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, August 4, 1981

Eugene Haralson

While not unexpected, the death of our fellow-townsman, Mr. Eugene Haralson, who died at his home on Avenue F yesterday evening at 8:00 o’clock cast genuine sorrow over the city and saddened the hearts of his many close friends.

Decedent was born Aug. 4, 1866, in Harperville, Mississippi, son of I. A. and Sarah Haralson, now Mrs. Yarbrough. He came to Texas with his parents at an early age and has resided in Bay City for the past twenty years, where he has been engaged in various business pursuits.

Besides his mother there are surviving him, his wife [Nettie], and five children, Elmo, Lizzie, Jewel, Hugh and Francis.

The funeral was held in Cedarvale Cemetery this afternoon at 3:00 o’clock.

Up until a few months ago Mr. Haralson was engaged actively in the grocery business. His health, however, began to decline rapidly and he sold out. A few weeks later he was compelled to take to his bed where he remained confined until the end.

Eugene Haralson was a man of strong personality, plan, outspoken, a hater of shams, loyal to his friends and beliefs and fearless in his expressions. He doted on strict honesty and square dealing, and everyone was treated alike by him. He gathered about him many strong and faithful friends who, while not surprised at the end, were grieved and made heartsick.

The Tribune joins these many friends of the family in a sincere expression of the profoundest sympathy.

Daily Tribune, December 31, 1919

Funeral Services For Tom S. Harmon, 74, Are Held Here Sunday

Funeral services for Tom S. Harmon, 74, of Bay City were held at the Matchett-Newman Funeral Home Sunday with the Rev. M. A. Marshall officiating and burial in Cedarvale Cemetery.

Mr. Harmon died after an illness of about 10 days. He was employed by the City.

Survivors are his widow, Mrs. T. S. Harmon, of Bay City; a daughter, Mrs. Lela Mae Hamlin, of Houston; and two grandchildren.

Pall bearers were Henry Lewis, Charles Slater, John Pyle, Taft Snow, Fred Miller and Claude Hall.

Matagorda County Tribune, March 24, 1949

Funeral Services For Harrison Infant Are Held Here Monday – Charles Frederick Harrison

Funeral services for Charles Frederick Harrison Jr., infant son of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Harrison of Bay City, were held at the Matchett-Newman Funeral Home Monday with the Rev. Aubrey Maxted officiating and burial in Cedarvale Cemetery.

Surviving are his parents, grandfather, Jim Harrison; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Cummings, and other relatives.

Matagorda County Tribune, November 11, 1948

Harold Forest Haswell

Funeral services for Harold Forest Haswell, 80, of Bay City will be held at __ p. m. Friday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Bill Dugger officiating. Burial will be in Cedarvale Cemetery.

Mr. Haswell was born Oct. 16, 1906, in Cedar Hill, Texas, to Walter and Elizabeth Crandell Haswell and died March 19, 1987, at his residence.

A residence of Bay City since 1946, he was a supervisor for Sun Oil for 33 years. He was a member of Bay City Masonic Lodge 865 A. F. & A. M. and First United Methodist Church of Bay City where he was a participant in the Wesley Sunday school class.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby D. Haswell of Bay City; a son, Dan Haswell of Houston; two sisters, Helen Cook and Dorothy Thomas, both of Cedar Hill; two brothers, Crandell Haswell and Preston Haswell, both of Cedar Hall; and two grandchildren.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, March 20?, 1987

Kelly Hatchett

Mr. Kelly Hatchett, aged 41 years and single, died at the home of his mother in this city Saturday night and was buried in Cedarvale Cemetery Sunday afternoon, his death being due to tuberculosis of the throat.

Up until the August storm Kelly was in good health as usual, but he exposed himself too much in rescue work in Texas City, it being said of him that for three or four days and nights he worked constantly in water, taking no rest until all he could do had been done.

Immediately after this exposure he took ill with fever and later developed the disease from which he died.

Decedent has resided in Bay City ever since the town was founded and was well known. He was considered one of the best brick masons in this section and the last work he did in Bay City was on The Tribune building. Since then he has been away

Matagorda County Tribune, October 29, 1915

Mrs. Hatchett Succumbs – Mary Hatchett

Mrs. Mary Hatchett, 86, died Sunday, June 29, at the Matagorda General Hospital at 11:55 p. m.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. John Garrison of Bay City.

Rosary was recited at the Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Monday at 7:30 p. m. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at 8:30 at the funeral home and was concluded at the Holy Cross Catholic Church at 9:00 a. m. Interment was in Cedarvale cemetery.

Daily Tribune, July 2, 1958

Mrs. S. W. Hatchett – Sally W. Hatchett

Mrs. S. W. Hatchett died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. W. Benedict last night at 11:30 and was buried this afternoon in Cedarvale Cemetery. Decedent was in her 66th year and passed away after an illness of several weeks’ duration.

Mrs. Hatchett’s husband died several years ago, leaving her and several children. These are: O. E. Early, Frank, Brent, Otis, and Mrs. A. W. Benedict, all of whom were with her when the end came.

Decedent was a patient, loving Christian mother, who devoted a long life to the interests and welfare of her children, and her simple Christian ways made and held a large number of friends, all of whom join The Tribune in an expression of the sincerest sympathy to the bereaved children.

Matagorda County Tribune, July 28, 1916

Carl Hazlewood’s Infant Son Dies - Bruce William Hazelwood

Bruce William Hazelwood, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl W. Hazelwood died today at 2:30 a. m., at the Matagorda General Hospital. Services under the direction of Taylor Bros. Funeral Home were set today at 3:30. Rev R. O. Fincher officiated. Burial was in Cedarvale Cemetery.

Daily Tribune, November 9, 1954

Manuel “Ricky” Hernandez

Funeral services are pending for Manuel “Ricky” Hernandez, 34, of Bay City.

Mr. Hernandez was born July 7, 1959 in Del Rio to Antonio S. and Lidia Saavedra Hernandez and died Oct. 4, 1993 at his residence.

Survivors include his mother, Lidia Hernandez of Bay City; three sisters, Patricia Ramirez of Bay City. Mary Phillips of Austin and Gloria Gonzales of Del Rio and four brothers, Antonio Hernandez Jr. of Bay City, Joe Martinez of Alvin, Robert Martinez of Bay City and Jesse Martinez of Austin.

He was preceded in death by his father, Antonio S. Hernandez Sr. in 1962.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City.

Daily Tribune, October 5, 1993

William Hill

Funeral services for Capt. William Hill were held in the Palacios Funeral Home Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock conducted by Rev. George F. Gillespie, assisted by Rev. Clyde Rogers.

Mr. Hill died Dec. 25, 1947 at the hospital in Galveston where he had been since October 16

He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Josephine Petzel, of Corpus Christi, who is now 92 years of age, and the only one left of a family of eleven children, whose father was Capt. John W. Hill, who came to Texas from Florida and located at Aransas Pass. Mr. Hill was nearing four score and ten and had been partially blind for the past several years.

Besides the sister survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Among the relatives here for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. C. C. O’Brien and Mrs. Jay Rhodes, son and daughter, of Port Arthur and Mrs. R. S. Petzel of Corpus Christi.

Palacios Beacon, January 1, 1948

Albert W. Hite, Jr.

Funeral services for Albert W. Hite, Jr. of Georgetown will be at 10 a. m. Monday, April 6 at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Zimmerman and Rev. Nick Novak officiating. Burial will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. The family will greet friends and relatives at the Funeral Home from 5:30 to 7:30 p. m. Sunday evening.

Mr. Hite passed away April 3 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston. He was born July 5, 1920. He was the former owner of Sirs Men’s Clothes and a longtime resident of Bay City. He was a member of the First Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Hite of Georgetown; three sons, Ed Hite and Bill Hite both of Austin, and Doug Watkins of Pasadena; two daughters, Pam Pearson of Princeton, N.J., and Eleene Carr of Georgetown; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Jeanette and Bob McMeans of Lake Jackson, and Eileen and Frank Craft of Bay City; 12 grandchildren, Brad, Daxton, Laura, Vance, Claire, Kristina, Andrea, Aaron, Austin, Alex, Hunter and Micah; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Daily Tribune, April 5, 1998

Additional information from a later obituary:

Pallbearers are Johnny LeTulle, Bob McMeans, Frank Craft, Jr., Bill Pearson, Mike Carr, Daxton Watkins, Doug Watkins, and Mark Finlay. Honorary pallbearers are Steve Walters, Sonny Calloway, Roy Anderson, Frank Craft, Bud Beasley, and Cliff Gaspard.

Those desiring may make memorials to your church or favorite charity.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City.

Daily Tribune, April 7, 1998

Margaret Hudgins

Funeral services for Margaret Hudgins, 62, of Bay City, Texas will be held Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church in Brazoria, Texas.

Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery in Brazoria.

Visitation will be held Friday, December 1, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel.

Arrangements with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas; 979-245-5197.

Bay City Tribune, November 20, 2017



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