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Wednesday, November 3, 1999

   Socorro G. Alvear, 80, formerly of Robstown, passed away Monday, November 1, 1999 in McAllen, Texas.
   She is survived by two daughters, Cleo Garcia of McAllen, Texas, Teresa White of Chicago, Illinois; two sons, Ricardo Alvear, Jr. of Chicago, Illinois and Rodolfo Alvear of Corpus Christi; two sisters, Abelina Gonzalez and Basilia Hernandez both of Robstown, Texas; one brother, Arturo Gallegos of Kingsville, Texas; 21 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great grandchildren.
   Rosary will be recited at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 2, 1999 at Robstown Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.
   Rites of christian burial will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 3, 1999 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church.
   Interment will follow at St. Anthony's Cemetery.

   SWINNEY SWITCH, TX - Linsey Wilson Atwood, 44, of Swinney Switch, passed away on November 1, 1999 at his residence.
   Linsey had been a resident of Swinney Switch most of his life. Graduated from George West High School. Had been in operations for Integrated Bagging System Corporation. Was an active member of the Swinney Switch Volunteer Fire Department.
   Survivors include one son, Jeffery Atwood of Colorado Springs, Colorado; one daughter, Shannon Metsger of Colorado Springs, Colorado; mother, Joyce Atwood of Swinney Switch, Texas; two sisters, Sidney Coatney of Mathis, Texas and Jeryl Dean Dunn of Denver, Colorado; three brothers, Wilburn Edward Atwood, Jr. of Bossier City, Louisiana, Leslie Atwood of Liberty Hill, Texas and Thomas Atwood of Gillett, Wyoming; one granddaughter.
   Funeral Services will be conducted 10:00 a.m., Friday November 5, 1999 at Dobie Funeral Home in Mathis, Texas with Rev. Malcolm Doerr officiating.
   Interment will follow in the Cenizo Hill Cemetery in Mathis, Texas.

   SINTON - Estella S. Diaz, 74, passed away Sunday, October 31, 1999 in a Corpus Christi hospital, following a long illness.
   She was born in Taft, Texas and had been a resident of Sinton for the past 40 years.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Jose Diaz and she was a homemaker.
   Survivors include five sons: Leonel Medina and Johnny Joe Diaz both of Phoenix, Arizona, Ernesto Lopez and Robert Diaz both of Sinton and Leo Diaz of Port Lavaca, Texas; two daughters, Janie Mireles and Melinda Diaz both of Phoenix, Arizona; three brothers, Albert Serna, Jose Serna, and Guadalupe Serna all of Phoenix, Arizona; five sisters: Gloria Rios, Elvira Adame, Aurora Adame, Dora Serna, and Corrina Serna all of Phoenix, Arizona; 23 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren.
   Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 3, 1999, at the Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel.
   Funeral mass will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, November 4, 1999 at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
   Interment will follow in the Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton.

   Andrea R. Dodier, 92, of Corpus Christi, passed away on Monday, November 1, 1999.
   She was a member of Primera Iglesia Bautista for many years. She was also a Founder of Segunda Iglesia Bautista, where she was a Nursery Director.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Antonio Villarreal Dodier, II; two daughters, Dora Ortiz and Antonia Dodier.
   She is survived by her three sons, Antonio (Mary Jane) Dodier III of Portland, Texas, Oscar R. (Josie) Dodier of Corpus Christi, Elihu H. (Frances Laura) Dodier of Houston, Texas; four daughters: Francisca Lugo of Roswell, New Mexico, Isabel Dodier of Corpus Christi, Bertha R. McKee of San Antonio, Texas, Guadalupe Dodier of Houston, Texas; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
   The family will be receiving friends from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3, 1999 at Memorial Funeral Home, Holly Chapel with a prayer service to be conducted at 8 p.m. that same evening.
   Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 4, 1999 at Segunda Iglesia Bautista with Pastor Isaac Rodriguez officiating.
   Interment will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.
   Pallbearers will be George McKee, Jr., Onecimo Ortiz, Jr., Alfredo Lugo, Jr., Lenn David Ortiz, Sion Wells, Ramon Pereida, Jr., Elihu Dodier, Jr., and Oscar Dodier, Jr.

   CORPUS CHRISTI-James B. Gafford, 60, passed away on Monday, November 1, 1999 at his residence.
   Mr. Gafford was born on May 3, 1939 in Gladewater, Texas, the son of Julius and Pearl (Wykoff) Gafford.
   Mr. Gafford had been employed for the last sixteen years at Valero Refinery as a water chemist. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, was deeply committed to Metro Ministries and the Gideons International, where he served as President of the West Camp. He was also very active in the United Way.
   Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Gafford of Corpus Christi; his daughter, Laura Bates of Houston; his son, Adrian Gafford of Houston; his mother, Pearl Wallis of Portland; his stepdaughter, Karren Davidson of Portland; his stepson, Mike Marshall of Victoria; his brother Edward Gafford of Houston; his sister and brother-in-law, Julia and Richard Burke of Portland; and his grandchildren Kalyn and Bethany Davidson, both of Portland.
   Visitation at the Funeral Home will be from 12:00 PM until 9:00 PM., Wednesday, November 3, 1999. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM., Thursday, November 4, 1999 at Grace United Methodist Church with Reverend Cal Frazier officiating. Private Graveside services with only the immediate family attending, will be held in Memory Gardens Cemetery.
   Memorials in Mr. Gafford's name may be made the The Gideons International, C.C. West Camp, P.O. Box 260101, Corpus Christi, Texas 78426-0101.

   Alice Rose Gross passed away on November 2, 1999 after a lengthy illness. She was born on January 19, 1920 in Lynn County, Texas to John J. and Frances Roznovak Holubec. She was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Corpus Christi and the Al Amin Greeters Unit of the Al Amin Shrine.
   She was preceded in death by her mother and father, brothers, Marvin J. and Raymond W. Holubec and sisters, Bessie Galloway and Viola Sugarek.
   Mrs. Gross is survived by her husband, Milo M. Gross; brother, Frank G. Holubec of Houston, Texas and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
   Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, November 4, 1999 at Cage-Mills Funeral Directors, Everhart Chapel.
   Interment will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 6, 1999 at the Chapel of the Chimes, Brookside Memorial Park, 13401 Eastex Freeway, Houston, Texas.

   Nora Dean Lambert Hambrick "Deanie", a Registered Nurse of 46 years, passed away November 1, 1999 at home after a long battle with cancer. Deanie was born October 8, 1933 in Corpus Christi, Texas to A.E. and Ila Lambert who have preceded her in death. She grew up in the Clarkwood area and was part of the 1950 graduation class of Robstown High School. She attended and graduated from Baptist Memorial School of Nursing in San Antonio in August of 1953. Deanie attended the Church of Religious Science, was a member of the Friendly Square Dance Club and went by the name "Fluffy" with the Texas Clown Association. She retired from Doctors Regional Medical Center in 1996 where she worked as a Labor and Delivery Nurse.
   Deanie is survived by her loving companion Joe Hambrick of Corpus Christi; two sons, Stephen B. Smith and Craig A. (Verna) Smith of Leona, Texas; a daughter, Laura Michelle (Kyle) Hardee of Centerville, Texas; grandchildren, Clay and Kandace Hardee, Chance Smith, and Rebecca and Ashley Smith; a sister, Bobbie Vogel of San Antonio and two brothers, Adrian Lambert of San Antonio and Arthur Lambert of California and a large extended family and many friends also survive her.
   Please remember Deanie with Laughter and Smiles.
   A memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday November 4, 1999 at the Cage-Mills Funeral Directors, Everhart Chapel with Dot Buckley officiating.

   INGLESIDE, TX - Pearl Frances Kemp, 88, a life long resident of South Texas, passed away Monday, November 1, 1999 after a lengthy illness. She was born October 5, 1911 in Yarrelton, Texas to James and Sophie Roth. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church, and was a long time Sunday School teacher.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, R.M. Kemp in 1966.
   She is survived by two sons, Joe E. (Catherine) Kemp of Lafayette, Louisiana and Gordon R. Kemp of Ingleside; her daughter, Dorothy L. (Earl) Brown of Del Rio, Texas; three brothers, Lee Roth and Allen Roth, both of Corpus Christi, and Jesse Roth of Portland; her sister, Marian Able of Rotan, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
   Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, November 3, 1999 at 2:30 p.m. at Charlie Marshall Funeral Home Chapel, Aransas Pass, with Rev. Chris Boatman officiating.
   Interment will follow at Prairie View Cemetery.

   ROCKPORT - Nancy Iris Leach, age 58, passed away on Monday, November 1, 1999 in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was a prior resident of Ingleside and Houston, Texas before moving to Rockport five years ago. She was an active member of the Church of Christ for the past 38 years and became a member of the Rockport Church of Christ five years ago.
   Mrs. Leach is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, Robert Leach of Rockport. One son, Roger Leach and wife, Ange of Vidor, Texas; two daughters, Cindy Smith and husband, Terry of Rockport and Emily Leach of Spokane, Washington. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Mills of Fulton, Texas; two brothers, James Mills of Anahuac, Texas and Hardee Mills of Alabama; two sisters, Alma Rowe and Betty Craig both of Rockport, Texas. Four grandchildren, Eddie Smith, Dustin Smith, Ashley Leach and Chase Egbert.
   Services will be held at 12:00 noon, Wednesday, November 3, 1999 at the Church of Christ in Rockport, Texas.
   Burial will follow at Prairie View Cemetery in Aransas Pass, Texas. Mr. Charles Wilson will officiate.

   Herminia Martinez passed away on November 1, 1999 at the age of 71. She was born to Alejandro and Maria Maldonado on March 9, 1928 in Sandia, Texas.
   She was a loving and caring mother grandmother, sister who will be missed dearly by all who knew her.
   She was preceded in death by a son, Vicente Vera, Jr.
   She is survived by six sons: Juan Vera of Minnesota; Jesus R. Vera of Corpus Christi, Texas; Pablo Rodriguez of Robstown, Texas, David Rodriguez of Corpus Christi, Texas; Kike Luna of Robstown, Texas; Librado Martinez, Jr. of Corpus Christi, Texas; daughters, Rosa Maria Rocha, Juanita "Janie" Hernandez, Dora Rodriquez all of Dallas, Texas; and Carmen Zapata of Corpus Christi, Texas; two brothers, Pete Maldonado and Sisto Maldonado of Robstown, Texas; two sisters, Rosita Maldonado and Gloria Maldonado of Robstown, Texas; numerous grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
   Chapel Services will be held today at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday November 3, 1999 at Corpus Christi Funeral Home.
   Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

   Guadalupe H. Naranjo, 67, passed away November 1, 1999 in a local hospital.
   She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. She was a retired Certified Food Supervisor with the Human Development Center.
   Guadalupe is survived by her husband of 35 years, Jose Naranjo of Corpus Christi, Texas; three sons, Ray (Nora) Rubio of Corpus Christi, Texas, David (Diana) Rubio and Joseph (Bertha) Rubio both of Houston, Texas; one daughter, Diana Naranjo of Austin, Texas; eight grandchildren, Tabetha Rubio of Houston, Texas, Jeffrey Rubio of Austin, Texas, Brandy Rubio and Jacob Rubio of Houston, Texas, Julie Rubio of San Antonio, Texas, Nicolas Rubio of Houston, Texas, Arnulfo Hernandez and April Hernandez of Houston, Texas; one great-granddaughter, Alexandra Lopez of Houston, Texas; two brothers, Felix Hernandez and Esequiel Hernandez of Goliad, Texas; and two sisters, Adela Esquivel of Goliad, Texas and Josefina Ramirez of Brenham, Texas.
   Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 3, 1999 at the Seaside Funeral Home with a Rosary to be recited at 7:30 p.m. in the Seaside Chapel.
   Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, November 4, 1999 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Seaside Memorial Park.

   Mr. Wesley Frank Peters, 60, of Yoakum, passed away November 1, 1999. He was born on June 23, 1939 in Yoakum, Texas. Mr. Peters was a retired Motor Pool Master Sargent and was employed with the United States Army for 20 years.
   Mr. Peters was a member of K.J.T. and V.F.W of Shriner, 20 year Veteran with Unites States Army, also served Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star. He also worked for oil and gas supply for many years.
   He is preceded in death by his father, Vaclav Frank Peters.
   His survivors include his mother, Leona Benys Peters of Yoakum; one daughter Amy and Chief Petty Officer W.A. "Joe" Maurin U.S.N. of Lexington Park, Maryland; one son Frank and Donna Peters of Corpus Christi; one sister, Carolyn Nielsen of Corpus Christi; one brother, Alfred Peters of Yoakum; and one grandson, Mitchell Peters.
   Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday November 3, 1999.
   Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday November 4, 1999 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Jerry Caponi.
   Burial will be held at St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery.

   Marion Lee Philips, 81, of Robstown, passed away Monday, November 1, 1999, in a Corpus Christi hospital after a long illness. She was born July 9, 1918, in Sherman, Texas to Frederick M. and Vinnie Lee Smith Jacob. She was a homemaker for many years, worked as an aid at Hattie Martin and Salazar Elementary Schools in Robstown and later worked as a District Secretary for Texas A&M Extension service, then secretary at First United Methodist Church for five years before retiring in December, 1996. Marion served on the Administrative Board of First United Methodist Church for many years, member and Past President of United Methodist Women, as a member and past officer of Wesley Community Center Board, member and past officer of Columbia Northwest Hospital Auxiliary and member of Par Avance Club.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Philips; her parents; a brother, Fred Jacob, Jr. and a sister, Margie Bradfute.
   She is survived by two daughters, Melinda Lee (Michael) Vest of Bishop and Janeen (Stu) Evans of Mission Viejo, California; a son, David Leslie (Laura) Philips of San Patricio, Texas; seven grandchildren: Lesley and Lyndi Vest of Bishop, Marion Philips of Tularosa, New Mexico, Olana MacArthur of San Patricio, Stuart and Stephanie Evans Lowe of Mission Viejo, California and Steven Evans of Sherman Oaks, California; nine great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and a host of wonderful friends.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 5, 1999 in First United Methodist Church in Robstown with Rev. John Smith, Pastor, officiating.
   Burial will follow in Robstown Memorial Park.
   In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make contributions to the Memorial Fund of First United Methodist Church in Robstown.

   Gilbert Valdez, 32, passed away on Sunday, October 31, 1999 at his residence.
   Gilbert worked for Ada Wilson for four years as an Assistant Supervisor and was employed for the State School.
   He is preceded in death by his father, Juan Valdez, Jr.; his brother, Joel Valdez; his maternal grandparents, Evaristo Torres, Sr., and Felicita Munoz Torres; and his paternal grandparents, Juan Valdez, Sr., and Antonia Valdez.
   He is survived by his mother, Herlinda Torres; his brothers, Juan Luis "Tino" Valdez, Israel Ernesto Valdez; his sister, Bonnie Kay Garcia; his brother, Robert Ray Garcia all of Corpus Christi, Texas; step-brother and step-sister, John Anthony Valdez and Diane Valdez both of Rockport, Texas; his uncle Ben (Minnie) Torres; his aunts, Dolores Torres (Mando) Garza, Sulema (Nano) Casteneda; his uncles, Evaristo (Alicia) Torres, Domingo (Manuela) Torres, Reynaldo Torres all of Corpus Christi, Texas; Guadalupe (Nina) Torres of California; Frank Valdez of Aransas Pass, Texas; Tony Valdez of Galveston, Texas; his aunts, Pauline Valdez, Elida Valdez, Juana Valdez, Emma Valdez all of Rockport, Texas; and numerous cousins.
   Visitation with the family will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3, 1999 with a Memorial Service to be held at 7:00 p.m. that evening.

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