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Friday, January 14, 2000

ATKINSON

K.D. Atkinson, 83, passed away Tuesday, January 11, 2000 in Houston, Texas. He was born October 29, 1916 in San Patricio, Texas and had lived in Calallen (now Corpus Christi) most of his life.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Hermanda Knief Atkinson.
He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Helen Atkinson; daughters, Sally Vannoy and husband Charles of LaGrange, Wanda LaRochelle and husband Ray of Houston, Diane Silber and husband Greg of San Antonio; grandson, Brent L. Vannoy and wife Shelley of Houston; granddaughter, Laura Beth Davis and husband Glenn of El Paso; grandson Clayton Dean LaRochelle of Houston; granddaughter Courtney LaRochelle Baumgartner and husband Bryan of Washington, D.C.; granddaughter, Katie Silber of San Antonio; great-grandson, Stephen L. Vannoy of Houston; great-granddaughter Emma Catherine Davis of El Paso; sisters, Alta Ruth Roberson and Geraldine Miller both of Corpus Christi and brothers, J.R., Dilford and Charles Atkinson all of Corpus Christi.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 14, 2000 in Calallen Baptist Church.
Interment will follow in the Robstown Cemetery.

AYALA

Antonio T. "El Mago" Ayala, Sr., 81, passed away on Thursday, January 13, 2000. He was born on April 21, 1918 in Mexico but had resided in Robstown most of his life until the past three years where he had resided in Corpus Christi. Mr. Ayala was a former member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Robstown and a member of Club Padres De Familia.
He is survived by three sons Antonio "Tony" Ayala, Jr. and David Ayala both of Corpus Christi, Ricardo Ayala of Houston; four daughters: Sulema Torres of Temple, Senaida Carmona and Bertha Ayala both of Houston, Modesta Ayala of Robstown; one brother Bernardo Ayala of Corpus Christi; 17 grandchildren: Elizabeth Ayala, Anthony Ayala, David Ayala Jr., Letticia Ayala, Pamela Ayala, Kevin Ayala, Juan Torres, Jr., Michael Torres, Arturo Torres, Jaime Torres, Jesse Torres, Jason Carmona, Melanie Carmona, Linda Ayala, Juan Candela Jr., April Candela, Alex Candela and several great-grandchildren.
Visitation will begin at 12 noon on Friday, January 14, 2000 at Ramon Funeral Home Chapel.
A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 14, 2000 at Ramon Funeral Home Chapel.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 15, 2000 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Robstown, Texas.
Burial will follow in Robstown Memorial Park Cemetery.

BRANCH

Bernice B. Branch, 84, of Corpus Christi passed away Tuesday, January 11, 2000. During the 1930's through the 1950's, Bernice modeled for department stores in Birmingham, Alabama and St. Joseph, Missouri. She was the church organist at Grace Episcopal Church in Birmingham, Alabama. She met her husband M. Bernard Branch while they both were working at W.T. Grant Co. They were married on September 9, 1940.
Bernice was preceded in death by her husband on June 11, 1980.
She is survived by her son, Miles B. (Heather) Branch of Corpus Christi; a daughter, Mrs. Suzanne (Bill) Ligon of Morton, Illinois; a brother, Claude H. Baldwin, Jr. of Birmingham, Alabama; two sisters, Gloria B. Cobb of Sacramento, California and Frances Drimilla of Arlington Heights, Illinois; five grandchildren: Lisa Ligon, John Ligon, Holly (Marc) Prewitt, Joey Branch, Miles Branch VI.
A memorial service will be conducted 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 15, 2000 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church with Rev. John Hardie officiating.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent to St. Mark's Episcopal Church 2727 Airline Rd. Corpus Christi, Texas 78414 or a charity of your choice.

CANTU

ALICE - Carlos Z. Cantu, 61, passed away January 13, 2000 in an Alice hospital. He was the co-owner of Cantu Brothers for 17 years and worked in the carpet and flooring business for a total of 42 years.
Preceded in death by his parents, Ricardo and Sara Cantu.
Survivors include his wife Evangelina R. Cantu of Alice, Texas; one son, Carlos (Noris) Cantu, Jr. of Alice, Texas; one daughter, Nydia (Orlando) Cadena of Alice, Texas; three brothers, Luis (Virginia) Cantu of Lawton, Oklahoma, Noe (Aida) Cantu of Alice, Texas, Ricardo (Melita) Cantu of Alice, Texas; four grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.
Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 14, 2000 at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home of Alice.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 15, 2000 at St. Joseph Catholic Church and burial will follow at the Alice Cemetery.

ROOTS

Charles Thomas "Tommy" Roots passed away January 10, 2000 at a local hospital, he was 62 years old. Tommy was born on October 3, 1937 in Dallas, Texas and resided in Corpus Christi most of his life. He was an internationally known steel guitar player. He played steel guitar for well known Nashville Recording Artists. He also taught at South Park Middle School and retired in May of 1998.
He is survived by his Fiance' Ruth Taylor of Corpus Christi, two sons James K. (Rochelle) Roots of Corpus Christi, and Thomas Charles Roots of Grove, Oklahoma, his pet cat Nuna and many friends.
In Lieu of flower contributions can be made to the charity of your choice.
Private Services were held at the families home at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 13, 2000.

MARTINEZ

Esther Garcia Martinez passed away Thursday, January 13, 2000 at the age of 77. She was born to Agapita Martinez de Garcia and Aurelio Garcia Martinez in Monterey N.L. on December 14, 1922. She married Trinidad R. Martinez on November 18, 1945.
Esther was employed by CCISD for 10 years and was a resident of Corpus Christi since 1945. She was a loving wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother, Jesus Garcia Martinez, sister, Aurora Garcia Martinez, father and mother-in-law Antonio and Juana R. Martinez Sr.
Survivors include six daughters: Diana Martinez, Sylvia Vargas, Nelda (Carlos) Medina, Inez (Manuel Salinas) Pedroza, Susie (Michael) Esparza, Mary Esther (Jesse) Villanueva; one son, Juan T. (Elida) Martinez; special friend "Cookie" Garbutt all of Corpus Christi; one sister Maria Luisa Rodriguez and one brother, Jose Garcia Martinez of Monterrey, N.L.; 19 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 pm until 9:00 pm on Friday, January 14, 2000 at the Angelus Funeral Home Chapel with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 pm that evening.
Funeral mass will be celebrated 11:30 am on Saturday, January 15, 2000 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2509 Nogales.
Interment to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Pall Bearers will be Rudy Vargas, Carlos Rey Medina, Eric Lee Medina, Michael Esparza, Jr., Javier Pedroza, Marcus Villanueva, Michael Esparza, Sr., Jesse Villanueva, and Carlos Medina.

FRAZIER

ALICE -Lois J. Frazier passed away January 13, 2000 in an Alice hospital. She was 76. Mrs. Frazier was born June 11, 1923 in Van Zandt County, Texas to Rosier and Claudia Goodwin. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include one daughter, Wanda (Leslie) Gunn of Calallen; three sons, Darrell (Anabell) Frazier of Alice, Danny (Debbie) Frazier of Pasadena, and Fred (Lisa) Frazier of Alice; six grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Visitation will be Friday January 14th from 9:00AM to 9:00PM at Holmgreen Mortuary.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30AM Saturday January 15, 2000 at the Holmgreen Mortuary Chapel. Burial will follow in the Alice Cemetery.

GRAHAM

BEEVILLE - Marvin Royse Graham, 66, passed away January 11, 2000. He was born June 14, 1933. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea during the Korean Conflict.
Retired from Suntide (Koch) Refinery, he is survived by his wife, Juanell; three daughters, Linda David and Cindy (Mike) Powell of Corpus and Nancy (Brad) Honea of China, Texas; and chosen son, Mark F. (Sharon) Graham; and seven grandchildren: Jeremy (Alicia) Worsham of Austin, Brandi (J.B.) Stockton of Dallas, Billy David, Steve (Leiann) Graham and Stacey David, of Corpus, Kassie Johnson and Beau Johnson of China, Texas; and one great-granddaughter, Savannah Sue Stockton of Dallas; his mother, Etta Lee Graham; and sisters, Betty Estes and Cardelia Williams, of Corpus; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside Services will be held Friday January 14, 2000 at 2:00 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Skidmore with Rev. John Blacklock officiating.

HALE

Billie T. Hale, 86, passed away Tuesday, January 11, 2000 in a hospital in Houston.
He was born January 15, 1913 in Yonkers, New York to Sterling and Mary Emma Hale. Mr. Hale is a member of the Baptist Church.
Mr. Hale is survived by his daughter Florence Gonzalez of Houston; two sons, Toby Hale of Houston and Robert Sam Hale of San Luis Obispo, California.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 15, 2000 at Cage-Mills Funeral Directors Downtown Chapel with visitation to begin at 12:00 p.m.
Entombment to follow at Seaside Memorial Park.

HERRERA

Guadalupe "Lupe" Herrera, 63, of Robstown passed away Thursday, January 13, 2000.
He was a veteran serving in the United States Army. Mr. Herrera retired from the Corpus Christi Army Depot in 1997 after 20 years of service. During this period Mr. Herrera exceeded requirements of his position as an Aircraft Electrical Systems Installer and Repairer. His diligence in meeting and exceeding his tasks typified his capabilities as an electrician. Mr. Herrera's attitude and willingness to go that "extra mile" have been assets to the depot. His skill, initiative and dedication to his tasks merited his recognition in the structural and electrical installation section, structures branch, airframe shops division. His outstanding performance of duty reflected most favorably on him, Corpus Christi Army Depot and the United States Army.
He was preceded in death by his brothers Abel Aguilar, Eloy Herrera, Ricardo Aguilar, Eliseo Herrera, Juan Herrera and Francisco Herrera.
He is survived by one son, Ricky (Debra Lynn) Herrera of Frisco, Texas; two daughters Anita Leitenberger of Germany, Sylvia Herrera of Clute, Texas; two brothers, Amado (Ruby) Aguilar of Corpus Christi, Robert (Becky) Aguilar of Robstown, Texas; one sister Maria Delia Herrera of Robstown, Texas; seven grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will be receiving friends from 11:00 a.m until 9:00 p.m. Friday January 14, 2000 at Robstown Memorial Funeral Home.
Prayer Service will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. Friday January 14, 2000 at Robstown Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 15, 2000 at Central Baptist Church 201 E. Ave D.
Interment will follow at Memorial Park with Military Honors.

KELLY

Jessie L. Kelly, 96, passed away Thursday, January 13, 2000 in a local hospital.
She is survived by her daughter, Doris Lee Fertitta of Corpus Christi, Texas; five grandchildren, Jenny Beckham of Corpus Christi, Danny Fertitta of Anahuac, Texas, David Fertitta, Doug Fertitta and Dean Fertitta all of Corpus Christi; six great-grandchildren; and five great great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at the Seaside Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 15, 2000 with visitation one hour prior to service time.
Interment will follow in the Seaside Memorial Park.

LOCKE

Jack Locke, of San Antonio, died Tuesday, January 11, 2000. Born, February 10, 1894 on North Flores Street just north of downtown, the last survivor of his older brother Roger Locke, his sister Mignon Locke Knipe and his younger brother Colin Locke, Jack Locke lived all of his life in San Antonio. He attended Main Avenue High School (later Fox Tech), which was just a short walk from home, then graduated, with a degree in law, from the University of Virginia in 1915. After an additional year at the University of Texas School of Law, he commenced practice with the then firm of Templeton, Brooks, Napier & Brown (now Mathews and (Branscomb). He then practiced a short time with Leo Brewer before joining Winchester Kelso and Royal W. King in the firm of Kelso, Locke & King, where he practiced for more than 45 years before that firm, which was then known as Kelso, Locke & Lepick, merged in 1972 to become Groce, Locke & Hebdon. Mr. Locke retired from active practice in 1976 but continued to keep office hours thereafter and even after attaining the age of 100 years, came to the office once each week. Mr. Locke took leave of absence during World War II. He was one of the graduates of the First Officers Training Camp at Leon Springs, receiving his commission in 1917. He served in combat in France as a gunnery officer in the field artillery. On June 30, 1999, Mr. Locke was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government. In 1921, Mr. Locke married Grace Walker of Luling, Texas, with whom he had a wonderful relationship for as long as she lived. They shared many interests together, including a love of travel which took them to all points of the world, sometimes just together and often in the company of close friends. They also shared together many beliefs, perhaps the strongest being a dedication to truth and honesty in all things. Grace died June 24, 1995, not long before their 74th anniversary. Mr. Locke took another leave of absence from his law practice in the 1940's to serve as President of the San Antonio Joint Stock Land Bank for the purpose of liquidating its inventory of ranching and farming properties located in most of the counties of the State of Texas. Mr. Locke loved land. He personally inspected each property before it was sold.
Together with his father, he invested at an early age in farming properties in San Patricio County which he owned for the rest of his life. In 1938, Mr. Locke ran for and was elected to the board of the San Antonio Independent School District, where he served for six years. In 1954, he was appointed to the City Water Board. In 1964, he was appointed to the San Antonio Public Service Board where he served six years as a member of the board and then four more years as its chairman. He was active in the Good Government League and in the successful effort to convert San Antonio to the council-manager form of government. He served on the committee that drafted the current City Charter. He also served as chairman of the Bexar County Chapter of the American Red Cross. At the time of his death, he was the oldest surviving past president of the Order of the Alamo and the Conopus Club. Mr. Locke was a follower of all sports, particularly baseball, which he played in his earlier years. He played golf regularly until his failing eyesight made it too difficult. He hunted with his father, father-in-law and friends and with his children and grandchildren. He fly fished clear hill country streams from the early 1900's, including from his parents' "La Casa del Gallo" on the Guadalupe above Kerrville and later his own property on the Frio below Leakey. For several decades, he, Bob Witt, Jim Calvert and R. W. Patton made annual trips to the Rocky Mountains for trout fishing.
Mr. Locke was a director of The Frost National Bank from 1949 until his resignation from the board on December 31, 1993. That institution was an important part of his life. He also succeeded his father and served for many years as a director of the former Corpus Christi Bank & Trust Company.
Mr. Locke is survived by his daughter, Grace Locke Harvey and her husband, F. Barton Harvey, Jr. of Baltimore, and his son, Jack Locke, Jr. and wife, Betty Sue of San Antonio. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Grace Walker Harvey and husband, Jack Tigue of New York City, F. Barton Harvey III and wife, Janet Marie Smith of Baltimore, Jack Locke Harvey and wife Locke Harvey of Baltimore; Rose Harvey Gwathmey and husband, Gaines Gwathmey of New York City, Jack Locke III and wife, Carol of San Antonio, Carey P. Locke and wife, Heather of Corpus Christi, Wm. Stacy Locke and wife, Aimee of San Antonio, and Philip W. Locke and wife, Robyn of San Antonio; and several great grandchildren. He is also survived by Cora Turner, a special friend and the manager of the offices of the Estate of J. Locke and J. R. Locke, Trustee, and by Bonnie Boyer, who has managed Mr. and Mrs. Locke's household at the Olmos Towers for many years; and also by Florinda Tovar, Jesusa Gonzales and Sonia Estrada, who, along with Bonnie Boyer, made life comfortable for Mr. Locke during his last years.
Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 p.m Friday January 14, 2000 at Christ Episcopal Church followed by a reception at the San Antonio Country Club.
For those who desire, memorial gifts may be made to Christ Episcopal Church or a charity of their choice.
Private interment for family members in Mission Burial Park South.

LOUDERMILK

Laura Cassella Loudermilk, 79, passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2000 at her residence.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest J. Loudermilk, Sr.; her brother Frankie Cassella; her sister, Rose Cassella Peters; and her parents, Michelina and Ralph Cassella.
She is survived by her four sons, Ernest James (Nancy) Loudermilk, Jr. of North Carolina, William K. (Mary) Loudermilk of Corpus Christi, Robert L. (Betsy) Loudermilk, Sr. of Cleveland, Ohio, Michael Loudermilk of Corpus Christi; two daughters, Margaret Rose Loudermilk and Maureen M. Loudermilk both of Corpus Christi; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren, Billy and Alicia Loudermilk.
She is also survived by her four siblings, Carmel Ardito, Jerry (Jo) Cassella, Harry Cassella, and Tony (Millie) Cassella.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, January 14, 2000 at Seaside Funeral Home. Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 16, 2000 at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel and she will remain in state until service time.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 17, 2000 at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church.
Interment will follow at Seaside Memorial Park.

LUTZ

Curtis Lemay Lutz, 36, of Corpus Christi, passed away Thursday, January 13, 2000 after a short illness with melanoma cancer. He was born January 4, 1964, in France. He graduated from Calallen High School in 1984 where he was active in the drama department. Curtis was a U.S. Air Force veteran, an associate with Circle K Corporation and a member of Grace United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his father, Larry Lutz.
He is survived by his mother, Mary E. Lutz of Corpus Christi; three brothers, Larry W. Lutz, II of Mountain Home, Idaho, Edward C. Lutz of Fort Worth, and Gene C. Lutz of Killeen; one sister, Marie E. Castellanos of Georgetown; six nieces and two nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 15, 2000 in Grace United Methodist Church with Rev. Bobbie Kaye Jones and Rev. David Gilliam officiating.
In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make contributions to Christus Spohn Hospice or to the American Cancer Society.

MANCHESTER

Leo Joseph Manchester, 72, passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2000 in a local hospital.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Shirley Manchester of Corpus Christi, Texas; one brother, J. H. (Hilda) Manchester of Tacoma, Washington; and two sisters-in-law, Jacquelyn (John) Wylie of Corpus Christi and Rachelle (R. T.) Bynum.
Graveside services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, January 15, 2000 in the Seaside Memorial Park Cemetery.

MCKINNEY

Phyllis Judson McKinney, 76, passed away Thursdy, January 13, 2000. She had been a resident of Corpus Christi since 1955, and was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. She was the former chairman of Mardi Gras Ball. Both she and Jim were very active in the Incarnate Word Parents and Teachers Association. She worked for Catholic Charities for over 15 years and was very active in the initial placement and assistance of Vietnamese Refugees to this area. She was also an active member of Sultana De Baza.
Mrs. McKinney was preceded in death by her husband, James Allen McKinney on May 26, 1994.
She is survived by two daughters, Sandra E. Morehart and husband, Paul W. of Dallas, Lois Kathleen Stahl and husband, Ken of San Diego, California; one son, Phillip Allen McKinney and wife, Cynthia Hill of Corpus Christi; one brother, Louis W. Judson of Houston; grandchildren, Jefferson Scott Morton and wife, Kelly, Andrew Craig Morton and wife Amy; great-grandchildren, James Morton, Michaella Morton, Maya Draney, Grant Covington, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 14, 2000 at Maxwell P. Dunne Funeral Chapel with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. Friday.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, January 15, 2000 at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Robert Freeman as celebrant and Rev. Msgr. Richard Shirley as con-celebrant.
Interment will follow in Seaside Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be James Albright, M.D., Stephen L. McNiell, Commander John Foley, USN, Ret., Albert Lira, M.D. Rene Bourrassa.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Catholic Social Services of Corpus Christi, 1322 Comanche, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401 or American Lung Association.

MILLER

Harry Henderson Miller was born to Reverend Daniel and Pinkie Miller on March 25, 1925 in Republic, Pennsylvania. Both parents preceded him in death. He went home on Saturday January 8, 2000.
Harry was dedicated to the Lord at an early age and served him faithfully to the end.
Harry joined the United States Navy at the age of 17 and served his country for 20 years, retiring as a CPO. He also was employed at CCAD for 22 years.
Harry married Earnestine Lands on August 4, 1956 and they had 43 wonderful years together.
Harry joined St. Paul United Methodist Church in the early sixties and was a faithful and dutiful member until the Almighty called him home. Harry was a member of the Gulf Coast Lodge #361 and a 32nd degree Mason.
Everyone who knew Harry enjoyed his talents and gifts of crafts of which he shared so generously.
Harry will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him and whose lives he touched, especially his loving and devoted wife of 43 years, Earnestine; three sisters Annie Bell Aaron and Geraldine Crawford of Fort Lauderale, Florida, Juanita (Alfred) Thurston of Pompano Beach Florida; two sisters; and one brother preceded him in death, Daisy Williams, Rose Hackley and Daniel Miller, Jr; three sisters-in-law Ceola Williams of Wharton, Texas, Roberta Duhart and Maggie Mae Mills of Corpus Christi, Texas; two special nieces Willie Jean Lewis and Anita Comedy; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Visiation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Friday, January 14, 2000 at Cage-Mills Funeral Directors Everhart Chapel.
The family will greet friends from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 15, 2000 at St. Paul United Methodist Church.
Interment to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

PAAR

Dorothy M. Paar, a long time resident of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2000 at her daughter's home in Deer Park, Texas. She was 82 years old.
She was born on July 1, 1917 in Waterloo, Iowa to Wilbur and Mary K. Condon. She was married to Bertram Paar on June 15, 1938. Dorothy was a member of Ss.Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, the Altar Society, Theresians, and the Catholic Daughters of America.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bertram; five sisters, Margaret Clare Condon, Kathryn Whitehouse, Elsye Kleeman, Fran Thomas and LaVonne Schaefer; and her brother, James Condon.
She is survived by her sons, Larry F. Paar and his wife, Betty of Cypress, Texas and James Paar of Dayton, Texas; daughter, Patricia Dreiling and her
husband, Ken of Deer Park, Texas; her grandchildren, Linda Huebner, Pamela Stevenson, Jennifer Jones, Dr. Christopher Dreiling, David Dreiling, Lori Paar and Michael Paar; great grandchildren, Amy Huebner, Drew Huebner, Meagan Stevenson, Kevin Stevenson, Kelly Jones, Jessica Jones, Blake Paar and Dawson Dreiling; her sister, Mary Lou Penne and her husband, Joe of Decatur, Illinois; brother-in-law, Gene Schaefer of Waterloo, Iowa; and sister-in-law, Donna Condon of Waterloo, Iowa; sister-in-law, Sr. Mary Bertram Paar, S.S.N.D. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and many nieces and nephews, including Dr. Patrick Thomas, David Thomas and Sara Villarreal of Corpus Christi, Texas.
Visitation will be held at the Seaside Funeral Home from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, January 14, 2000 with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. in the Seaside Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 15, 2000 at Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church and interment will follow in the Seaside Memorial Park.
Dr. Christopher Dreiling, David Dreiling, Wyatt Stevenson, Denis Huebner, Richard Jones, David Thomas will serve as pallbearers. Dr. Patrick Thomas and Jeff Thomas will serve as honorary pallbearers.

PEREZ

Roel A. Perez, 75, passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2000 at a Laredo hospital.
He worked in the oilfield as a roughneck before his retirement.
He is preceded in death by his wife Osvelia Perez; brother Ramiro Perez; and a sister Olivia Carrillo.
He is survived by two sons, Roel A. Perez, Jr. of Virginia and Reymundo O. Perez of Hebbronville; one sister, Elvira Perez of Benavides; three brothers, Raul Perez of Benavides, Rodolfo Perez of Hebbronville, and Roberto Perez of Benavides; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, January 16, 2000 at the Howard-Williams-Turcotte Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 17, 2000 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
Interment will follow at the New Hebbronville Cemetery.

VANDEN

ROCKPORT TX - Leslie Charles Vanden, 80, a resident of Rockport, Texas for 21 years, passed away Wednesay, January 12, 2000 in a Corpus Christi hospital. He was born August 29, 1919 in Houston, Texas to Charles and Flo Vanden. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was a member of the V.F.W. Post in Rockport.
He was preceded in death by his wife Gloria in March, 1999.
He is survived by two sons, Russell Clay Vanden of Portland and Dallas Craig Vanden of Sinton; his daughter, Leslie Sharon Jones of Dow, Illinois; his brother Jack Spurlock of Baytown; three grandchildren, Shannon Michelle Hartigan of St. Louis, Missouri, Dallas Craig Vanden of Sinton and Russell Clay Vanden III of Portland; two great-grandchildren, Sean Patrick Charles Hartigan and Brittany Hartigan, both of St. Louis.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday, January 17, 2000 at 10:00 a.m. at Charlie Marshall Chapel, Aransas Pass, with Rev. Chris Boatman officiating.
Graveside services will be conducted Tuesday, January 18, 2000 at 1:00 p.m. at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas.
Expressions of sympathy may be made by donations to: American Cancer Society, 4101 S. Alameda, Corpus Christi, Texas, 78411 or American Heart Association 500 N. Shoreline, Suite 904 Corpus Christi, Texas, 78471.


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