Matagorda County Obituaries

Matagorda County Veteran Obituaries


This is not a complete list of veterans.

Jose Pilar Garcia

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Reynaldo “Ray” Garcia, 80, of Bay City, passed away Friday, June 21, 2002. He was born October 25, 1921 in Cuero, Texas to Jose Garcia and Tomasa Garza Garcia. He was a member of our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, a resident of Bay City since 1950, and was a US Air Force veteran of World War II. He was an electrician and had worked with Wolffarth and Bowman, Inc. and was a co-owner of El Zarape Café of Bay City. He was a member of VFW Post #2438 of Bay City, a member of the Knights of Columbus, a former Usher and Parish Council-member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and a member of G.I. Forum.

He is survived by: wife, Inez Morales Garcia of Bay City; daughters, Rosario Rodgriguez and husband Rolondo of Bay City, Regina Garcia of Sugarland, and Rita Martinez and husband Rodolfo of Bay City; sons, Ray Garcia, Jr., and wife Lisa of Houston, and Mundy Garcia of Bay City; nephew, Louis Tejeda of Bay City; brother, Prexie Garcia of Bay City; and by 10 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Tomasa Garcia; and by his brother, Joe Garcia, Jr.

The Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2002 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel.

The funeral mass was held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2002 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. His nephew, the Rev. Dan Morales officiated. Interment was at
Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers were Andy Garza, Frankie Morales, Jr., Marion Garcia, Prexie Garcia, Jr., Steven Garcia and Israel Garcia.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00014B2002JN23

The Bay City Tribune, Sunday, June 23, 2002


Funeral services for Richard George, Jr., 61, of Bay City will be held Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 2 p.m. at Mother Zion Baptist Church in Bay City with Rev. K. J. Griggs, eulogist. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery in Bay City.

Visitation will be Wednesday until 9 p.m. in the Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel.

He was born in Cedar Lane, TX, Tuesday, July 16, 1940, to Richard George, Sr. and Anolus Sorrell George, and passed away Friday, May 24, 2002 at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton, TX.

He was a graduate of A.G. Hilliard High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was employed by Phillips 66 Petroleum Co., Old Ocean, TX, for 27 years. Among his civic involvement included membership with Gulf Coast Masonic Lodge No. 272. Known by all as “Della” and “Fox”, he will be missed by all mankind.

Survivors include his loving wife of 37 years, Bessie Mitchell George of Bay City, six children, Tracy Diana George, Tracy Diante Roberson and the Rev. Charles DeVette George and
Richard George, III, and Reginald Woods, all of Bay City, and Carmia Green and Rev. Larry of Boling; seven grandchildren which include Chadwick, whom he reared; 10 sisters, Elizabeth Callis and Levi of Bay City, Edna Mae Bibbs and Bernice Young, both of Dallas, Linda Gail Sanders, Anola Faye Brinkley and Mary Gipson all of Houston, Jean Ann Higgins and Jerry, and Beverly Ann Fields, all of Brazoria, Augustine Morgan of LA, and Tina Blackmon of Ft. Worth; and 5 brothers, Cunnie Dale and Margie, Rev. James George and Rose and Joseph George, all of Bay City, Roosevelt George and Connie of Sweeny, and Edward George and Vergie of LA.. Also survived by one uncle, Lee Sorrell of Bay City and one great-aunt, Elease Moore of Bay City, also an enormous family of nieces, nephews, other relatives and family of many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and four brothers.

Active pallbearers will be Robert Beverly, Michael Brinkley, Carlton Brooks, A.J. Brown, Steve Frost, Roland Woodard, Charles Mitchell, Lee Mitchell, Arthur Smith, Steve Trentwine and Shephard Williams.

Arrangements are with Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home. A0014B2002MY29

The Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, May 29, 2002


Richard Earl Gibbens

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photos courtesy of Faye Cunningham



Elmer T. Gibbs, 86, of Bay City died December 4, 2003 at Matagorda General Hospital. He was born December 30, 1916 in Yarrellton, Milam Co., Texas to the late Carroll Thomas and Maxie Lou Underwood Gibbs.

Mr. Gibbs was a member of the Baptist Church, a resident of Bay City since August, and a former longtime resident of Onalaska and Marble Falls, Texas. He was a veteran of WW II serving in the US Army Air Force and a dual life member of the Blue Bonnet Masonic Lodge # 1219 AF & AM in San Antonio, Texas and the San Andres Masonic Lodge # 170 AF & AM in Cameron, Texas.

Survivors include: sisters, Lucille Richardson and husband Morris of Houston and Irene Hale of Castroville, Texas; brother, Kenneth R. Gibbs and wife Beth of Houston; sister-in-law, Etta Jean Gibbs of Bay City; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Lacy Jewel Cleek, Zora Gracie Glauser, Mildred Lorraine Getty and Doris Evelyn Cockburn; and brothers, William Carroll Gibbs, Coleman Truett Gibbs, Joe Taylor "Pete" Gibbs and Harrell Denson Gibbs.

Funeral service were held 11 a.m. Saturday, December 6, 2003, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Interment followed at
Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck, Texas.

Pallbearers were Donald Richardson, Kenneth A. Gibbs, John Hale, and Bobby Bonorden. Memorials may be made to the Matagorda Co. Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 264, Bay City, Texas 77404-0264.

The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Neret for the wonderful care and support that he gave us during Mr. Gibbs' illness.

Arrangements were with Taylor Bros.Funeral Home.

The Bay City Tribune, Sunday, December 7, 2003


Harrell Denson Gibbs, 73, of Bay City died Nov. 26, 2002 at M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. He was born Nov. 3, 1929 in Yarrellton, Texas to the late Carroll Thomas and Maxie Lou Underwood Gibbs.

Gibbs was a resident of Bay City since 1944 and a member of the First Baptist Church.

He served in the US Army during the Korean War, and retired from Matagorda County, as a deputy sheriff.

Survivors include: wife, Etta Jean Joines Gibbs; daughter, Carol Sue Gibbs; son, Larry Gibbs all of Bay City; sister, Lucille Richardson of Houston and Irene Hale of Castroville, Texas; and brothers, Elmer T. Gibbs of Onalaska, Texas and Kenneth R. Gibbs of Houston.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Jewel Cleek, Gracie Glauser, Mildred Getty and Doris Cockburn; and brothers, William, Coleman, and Joe Taylor Gibbs.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, 2002, at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating.

Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Nickie Hale, Gene Temple, Kenneth A. Gibbs, Bobby Bonorden, Curtis Dykes, John Hale and Flirsh Ermis.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Donald Richardson, Jimmy, Clarence, and Quintin Joines, Clayton Irwin, Ken Montgomery and Norman Raif.

The family will receive friends at Taylor Bros. Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00014B2002NV27

The Bay City Tribune, November 27, 2002


GIER, William James, 42, died at Matagorda General Hospital on Thursday, June 1. Services at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 at First Baptist Church in Bay City, with interment at Roselawn Memorial Park, Rev. W. D. Baker officiating. Gier was a member of the First Baptist Church, Bay City Masonic Lodge # 865 AF & AM, and a veteran of World War II. Survivors, his wife, Mrs. Josephine K. Gier, Bay City; mother, Mrs. J. I. Farr, Brazoria; two sons, Don J. Gier and Billy J. Gier of Bay City; one sister, Mrs. A. E. Armstrong, Houston. Funeral will be directed by Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, Friday, June 2, 1967

Lee C. Glass
Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, Texas

John Darrell Glenn
(September 29, 1929 - September 29, 2010)

John Darrell Glenn, 81, passed away September 29, 2010 at Citizens Hospital in Victoria. He was born September 29, 1929 in Mabank, Texas to the late John T. Glenn and Aleta Charity Dickson. He moved to Palacios when he was three and lived there the rest of his life. In 1949 he went to work for Alcoa at Pt. Comfort and in 1951 was drafted into the Army. In 1953 he returned to Alcoa and worked there 42 years until his retirement in 1994. While in the army he served in Korea with the 2nd Division Combat Engineers. In 1954 he met and married Marian Joanne Davis and they celebrated their 56th anniversary on June 28, 2010.

Survivors include his wife and sons, John Darrell Glenn, Jr., Robert A. Glenn and Larry E. Glenn, daughters-in-law Rhonda and Sandra Glenn, grandchildren Michael Glenn (Patricia), Rachel Barker (Michael), Sarah Dyer (Jeremy), Lorisa Saavedra (Freddy), John R. Glenn, Rocky Yackel (Miranda), Melissa Holesovsky (B.J.) and eleven great-grandchildren. Also, brothers-in-law Oliver Davis (Tula), Edward Davis (Karla), and numerous nephews and their families, best friend Royce Harvey (Janice) and many cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Lavern Dearen, mother-in-law Alva Davis, father-in-law Oliver Davis and numerous “buddies” of 42 years at Alcoa.

Services will be held Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010 at 10:00 A.M. at the Palacios Funeral Home with Rev. Hollis Hoffman officiating. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00P.M. Friday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be his grandsons and all the other grandchildren will be honorary pallbearers. Interment will follow at the Hawley Cemetery.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home


Dec. 10, 1934 - April 5, 2006

Tom A. Godsey, 71, of Bay City died April 5, 2006 at his residence.

He was born December 10, 1934 in Belton, Texas to the late Ethridge Ezell and Roxie Love Mobely Godsey. Mr. Godsey was a resident of Bay City since 1977 and a former resident of Bryan, Texas, and was a member of the Baptist Church. In 1995 he retired from H L & P as a Nuclear Engineer. He also served in the U S Navy from 1956 to 1964.

Survivors include: his wife Nancy Elizabeth Evans Godsey of Bay City; daughters and sons-in-law: Nancy Elaine & Richard Franze of Cypress, Texas, Sandra Dell & John Hill of Bay City, and Laura Sue & Don Merta of Richmond, Texas; sons and a daughter-in-law: Tom A. Godsey, Jr of Houston and Lawrence Edward & Cynthia Godsey of Round Rock, Texas; sisters: & brothers-in-law: Roxie Ann & Richard Long of Houston, Betty Hearne of Rockport, Texas and Nelda Mensey of Corpus Christi, Texas brothers & sisters-in-law: B. J. & Carlene Godsey of Corpus Christi, Texas , Dick & Candy Godsey of Mission, Texas, and Marlene Godsey of Victoria, Texas, 6 grandchildren: Rodney Earles & wife Rosa of Bryan, Ryan Smith and Renee Earles both of Bay City, Caitlyn, Holly, & Julie Merta all of Richmond, Texas; 4 great grandchildren: Lizi, Draven, & Emyli Earles all of Bryan and Shelbie Smith of Bay City; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers: Harry and E. E. Godsey, Jr.

Funeral Service was held 10 a.m. Saturday, April 8, 2006 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Interment followed at Hawley Cemetery with military honors provided by Philip H. Parker VFW Post 2438.

Pallbearers were Michael Johnson, Gary Parkey, David Leazar, Jim Nestra, Billy Dykes, and Jim Bourn.

Honorary Pallbearers were Cecil Roberts and Jim Sharp.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune, Published April 7, 2006

Bruce B. Grasmuck
(October 31, 1941 - June 30, 2011)

Bruce B. Grasmuck, 69, of Bay City, passed away Thursday, June 30, 2011 in Houston, TX. He was born October 31, 1941 in Corpus Christi, TX to Charles Grasmuck and Albina S. Grasmuck. He was a resident of Matagorda County since 1978 and was a veteran of the US Army. He worked as a plant operator for Phillips Petroleum in Sweeny, TX and was a member of the Moose Lodge in Freemont, CA.

Bruce was a loving father, husband, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 48 years: Christa L. Grasmuck of Bay City; his mother: Albina Grasmuck of Bay City; by his daughter: Donna Ann Sparks of Belleville, IL; his sons: Dennis B. Grasmuck of Bay City and Michael C. Gardner & wife Joann of Exeter, NH; by sisters: Jerilyn Black of Bay City, TX and Marilyn Britto of Truckee, CA; by brothers: Randy Grasmuck of Ada, OK and Ben Grasmuck of Monterey, CA; and by 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father: Charles Grasmuck and his brother: C.J. Grasmuck.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, July 2, 2011 at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, TX with Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating.

In lieu of the usual remembrances, donations may be made to the Houston Hospice of El Campo, PO Box 1417, El Campo, TX 77437.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.



Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City



BAY CITY - Cecil Elemuel Gregory, 84, of Bay City, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004.

He was born May 9, 1919, in Coopers, W.Va., to the late Perkins Henry and Susie Dell Hogston Gregory. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He owned and operated Gregory's Exxon Services, Inc. and was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Survivors: daughters, Pam Rossman of Georgetown and Debbie Seifert of Pasadena; sisters, Mary Daughtery of Baar, Del., Virginia Day Herrington of Tampa, Fla., and Glady Gregory of Newport, Ky.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Preceded in death by: wife, Mary Ella Gregory; one sister; and five brothers.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, the Rev. Kevin Young officiating.

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

The Victoria Advocate, January 11, 2004

Harold H. Griggers
Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, Texas



W.C. (Clifford) Guffey, 77, of Bay City and formerly of Wharton, died February 28, 2003 at Herman Hospital in Houston. He was born February 8, 1926, in East Bernard, Texas to the late O.V. and Tressa Blanch Shelton Guffey.

He was a retired manager for American National Insurance Company. Mr. Guffey also was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater during WWII. He was a devoted family man and a friend to all, with a perpetual smile on his face, and a laugh in his soul.

Survivors include: wife of 57 years, Margaret Love Guffey of Bay City; son, David R. Guffey of Lake Jackson; daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Greg B. Westmoreland of Bay City; sisters, Mary Obenhaus of Bonus, Texas, and Doris Lee Lechler of Wharton; brothers, Gene Guffey of Wharton, and Donald Guffey of Bay City; three grandchildren, Kip Baer Westmoreland and wife Kameron of Pearland, Jay Baer Westmoreland of Houston, and Erin Stone and husband Chance of Bay City; three great-grandchildren, Cody Baer Westmoreland, Katelyn Michelle Stone and Riley Elyse Westmoreland.

He was preceded in death by parents, sister, Winnie Ruth Shroyer, and brothers, Lloyd and Vernon Guffey.

Funeral service was at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 3, 2003, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Pauline Harvey officiating.

Interment followed at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Kip B. Westmoreland, Jay B. Westmoreland, Chance Stone, Curtis Stroyer, Harold Boles and Bert L. Huebner.

Arrangements were with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00014B2003MR05

The Bay City Tribune, Wednesday, March 5, 2003                         Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby



Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel for Harry Guynes, Jr. who passed away Wednesday in the Matagorda General Hospital at the age of 49.

Leon Meek of the Church of Christ will officiate with burial in Hawley Cemetery under the direction of Taylor Brothers.

Guynes, a member of the Church of Christ, was a veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Violet Paulk Guynes; his mother, Mrs. Annie Guynes of Blessing; three daughters, Mrs. Pat Ratliff of Bay City, Mrs. Sandra Trower of Port Lavaca and Mrs. Nancy Taylor of Van Vleck; and two sons, Wayne and Craig, both of Bay City.

Other survivors include three sisters, Mrs. Hazel Baker of Blessing; Mrs. Christine Webster, California; and Mrs. Opal Joines, San Antonio; and three brothers Don of Baytown, Henry of Markham and George of Grand Saline.

Pallbearers will be Barton McMullen, Jesse J. Crain, Joe A. Crain, August Jalufka, Virgil Taylor and K. Davis.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, December 17,1964


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