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Friday, February 18, 2000

   Dolores Avina, 74, passed away Monday, February 14, 2000.
   She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and a retired volunteer for the Washington Center on Sam Rankin St.. She was a loving grandmother and friend to all.
   She is survived by her daughter, Frances Martinez (Philip R.) of Corpus Christi, Texas; son, David Avina of Laredo, Texas; five grandchildren, Benjamin F. Medina, Sophia F. Medina, Karen M. Medina, Elizabeth M. Martinez and Christina Martinez. She is also survived by three brothers, Eduardo Rangel, Gonzalo Rangel and Alvaro Rojas all of San Antonio, Texas; and two sisters, Beatriz Silguero of California and Susana Laurel of Laredo, Texas.
   Visitation will be held at the Seaside Funeral Home from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, February 17, 2000 with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. in the Seaside Chapel.
   A memorial service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Friday, February 18, 2000 in the Seaside Chapel.

   Cristina S. Calderon, 35, passed away on Monday, February 14, 2000 at her residence.
   Cristina was very active with the Calallen Middle School and Annaville Elementary. She was a Guadalupana. She is preceded in death by a son Lucas Lorenzo Calderon and her grandmother Andera P. Cantu.
   She is survived by her husband of 17 years, Eddie L. Calderon; her son, Eddie Lee Calderon, Jr.; her daughters, Maria Guadalupe Calderon, Tammy Ann Marie Calderon, Savannah Lee Calderon; her son Roberto Gregorio Calderon; her father Lucas (Blanca) Sanchez all of Corpus Christi, Texas; mother Mary Jane (Enrique) Orozco of Sandia, Texas; father-in-law Jose (Oralia) Calderon of Mission, Texas; grandmother Ramona Flores of Sandia, Texas; grandmother-in-law Sofia Calderon of Mission, Texas; brothers and sisters Genaro Rigoberto "Jerry" (Belinda) Sanchez, Lucas Sanchez, Jr., Jose Antonio "Joey" (Michelle) Sanchez all of Corpus Christi, Texas; Ann Elizabeth "Anna" (Charlie Ramirez) Campos, Adriana Lee Orozco all of Sandia, Texas, Veronica Sanchez, Kassandra Sanchez, Lucas Gerard Sanchez, Israel Sanchez, Mimi Guerra; step-sister and step-brother Brenda Lee Munoz, Christopher Garcia all of Corpus Christi, Texas; sisters-in-law, Josefina (Lorenzo) Garcia, Sofie Sue (Julio) Guijon both of Houston, Texas, Rachel (Raul) Hinojosa of Mission, Texas, Juana Calderon of Laredo, Texas; aunts Andrea Mireles, Janie Cantu, and former sister-in-law, Janie McGraw and her son Robert Sanchez of Corpus Christi, Texas; also by several nieces and nephews that she loved very much.
   Visitation was held from 12 noon to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 17, 2000. A rosary was recited that same evening at Corpus Christi Funeral Home.
   Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 18, 2000 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
   Interment will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Park.

   Master Sargent John D. Chaffee, Sr. pased away Tuesday, February 15, 2000 after a lengthy illness with his family at his side.
   He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 21, 1916. He has resided in Pflugerville, Texas since 1994. He was a veteran of World War II, proudly serving his country with the United States Marines aboard the USS Minneapolis and in China. He was active in the United States Marine Reserves until 1959. He retired from Reynolds Metals Company in Corpus Christi, Texas after 27 years. He was an avid fisherman and gardner.
   He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Hazel Evelyn; one son, John D. Chaffee Jr. and his wife Laura of San Antonio; two daughters, Nancy Hartman and her husband, Jack of Virginia, Barbara Compton and her husband, Michael of Pflugerville; five grandchildren: Stacy Gilbert and her husband, Thomas of Pflugerville, Rob Powell of Virginia, Elizabeth Chaffee of San Antonio, Wensdy Castro and her husband Able of Kyle, Texas, Lance Morrison and his wife, Jean of California; three great-grandchildren.
   Memorial Service will be held at 10:45 a.m. Monday, February 21, 2000 at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.
   We want to give special thanks to the nurses and other providers of Lonestar Hospice for their kind and professional care and Dr. Edward Styduhar of the Scott and White Clinic and his granddaughter, Stacy, who lovingly and graciously cared for him until the time of his death.
   In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the local Hospice.

   Cornelia Matthews Cochran passed away Thursday, February 17, 2000 in Rockport, Texas. She was born February 11, 1919 in Corpus Christi, Texas and lived her life in Corpus Christi before moving to Rockport. She attended Corpus Christi High School, Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas.
   She was the daughter of George J. Merriman and Era Gem Merriman. The Merriman family are long time residents of Corpus Christi having settled in the 1850's. Her grandfather, Eli Todd Merriman, was the first editor of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.
   She was an avid and talented artist who was very supportive of the art community in South Texas. She lived an active life and was a member of Charity League, the Junior League, Belletristic, Order of De Pineda, Las Donas de la Corte, and Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority.
   Cornelia is survived by her husband Fielding B. Cochran, Jr.; a daughter Helen C. Matthews and son Thomas M. Matthews V (Carroll); a grandson Thomas M. Matthews VI; a brother George J. Merriman, Jr. and a sister Beatrice Harris; two step-sons; two step-daughters; and eight step-grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by Thomas M. Matthews IV, and her son Richard Todd Matthews.
   Funeral services will be at the Church of the Good Shepherd at 12 noon on Saturday, February 19, 2000.
   Interment will follow at Seaside Memorial Park.
   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston, Metro Ministries, Church of the Good Shepherd Endowment Fund or the charity of your choice.

   Opal M. Davidson, 90, passed away Wednesday, February 16, 2000 in a local hospital.
   She was a longtime member of Second Baptist Church.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Davidson; sisters, Lorene Cleveland, Lessie Crouch; and her brother, Roy Gilbert.
   Opal is survived by her daughter, Carla of Corpus Christi; five grandchildren, Renae Ohlhausen of Waxahachie, Texas, Jacob Ohlhausen of Rockport, Texas, Rebecca, James and Joanna Ohlhausen of Corpus Christi, Texas. She is also survived by a nephew, Bob Cleveland of Corpus Christi, niece, Nelda Hitt of Victoria, Texas and nephew, Billy Crouch of Austin, Texas.
   Friends and family were of the utmost importance to her and she appreciated them greatly. She wished everyone to know how very much she loved them and asked God's blessing for all.
   Viewing will be held at the Seaside Funeral Home from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday, February 18, 2000. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 19, 2000 in the Seaside Chapel.
   Interment will follow in the Seaside Memorial Park.

   SINTON - Henry Pardo Galvez, 53, passed away Thursday, February 17, 2000 at his residence following a long illness.
   He was born in Beeville, Texas and had been a resident of the Sinton area since 1958. He had been employed as a welder's helper with H&K Construction and R&R Construction Company.
   Survivors include his wife, Lucy Galvez of Sinton; two sons, Danny Galvez and Henry Galvez both of Sinton; two daughters, Diana Salinas of Corpus Christi and JoAnn Galvez of Sinton; his mother, Angelita Gatica of Sinton; six brothers; 12 sisters; and eight grandchildren.
   A rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 18, 2000 at the Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel.
   Funeral mass will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, February 19, 2000 at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, with Father David Taurasi, as celebrant.
   Interment will follow in the Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton.

   Enola Stovall Gunter, 74, after a short illness, reached her final resting place on February 12, 2000. She was a faithful member of Westhaven Baptist Church where she served willingly and tirelessly until her health began to fail her. She was also a member of the Heroines of Jericho.
   She leaves to cherish her memory four children: Robbie Linda Gunter, Benny W. (Lillian) Gunter, Curtis E. (Valerie) Gunter all of Corpus Christi, Texas and Robbin Lenea Gunter of San Antonio, Texas; four sisters: Rita Minor of San Antonio, Texas, Minnie Hughes and Pauline Jackson of Corpus Christi, Texas and Evelyn Shepphard of Edna, Texas; two brothers, Alvin Stovall of Ganado, Texas, and A.C. Stovall of Corpus Christi, Texas; six grandsons: Steven (Robbie) Walker of Austin, Texas, Corey Gunter of Norfolk, Virginia, Brandon Gunter, Wesley Gunter and Taylor Gunter of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Curtis Aubrey Gunter of Kingsville, Texas; five great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
   Visitation will be on Friday, February 18, 2000 at Corpus Christi Funeral Home, 2409 Baldwin, from 3:30 to 9:00 p.m.
   Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 19, 2000 12:00 noon, at Calvary First Baptist Church, 2906 Carver Dr.
   Burial will be held at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

   Glenn Foster Hagler, age 83 of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away Tuesday, February 15, 2000.
   Services will be held on Friday, February 18, 2000 at 1:00 P.M. at the Church of Christi, 3001 Norton Street. Entombment will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery and Mausoleum.
   In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sunny Glen Children's Home, P.O. Box 1373, San Benito, Texas 78586

   Jose Galvan Madrigal passed away Tuesday, February 15, 2000 at the age of 56. He was a resident of Corpus Christi all his life, where he was a brick layer by trade and an avid fisherman. He touched many lives and will be greatly missed by family and friends.
   He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Feliz Madrigal, father Jose Madrigal and sister Antonia Monzon.
   He is survived by his wife Frances Madrigal; four sons: Jose (Esther) Madrigal, Anselmo Madrigal, Gilbert Madrigal, and Adan Madrigal; two daughters, Esmeralda Madrigal, Beatriz Madrigal; nine grandchildren; mother Guadalupe Madrigal; two brothers, Juan (Jesusa) Madrigal, and Mario (Dinora) Madrigal; six sisters: Maria (Jose) Gomez, Josefa (Ramon) Salgado, Guadalupe (Richard) Arredondo, Delia (Juan) Murillo, Amelia (Hector) Gomez, Maria Elena (Jose) Cruz; and a brother-in-law, Juan Monzon
   Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 17, 2000 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Corpus Christi Funeral Home with a rosary to be recited that evening at 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Pilar Catholic Church.
   Funeral Services will be conducted on Friday, February 18, 2000 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Pilar.
   Interment will follow at Rosehill.

   SINTON- Primus "Buddy" Murphy, Sr., 72, passed away Wednesday, February 16, 2000 in a Corpus Christi hospital following a long illness.
   He was born in Waelder, Gonzales County, Texas and had been a resident of Sinton for the past forty-eight years. He had been employed by the Ewing Hospital, Sinton I.S.D. and was a custodian at the San Patricio County Courthouse.
   Survivors include his wife, Margie O'Quinn Murphy of Sinton; four sons, Elder Larry L. (Diana) Murphy, Alonzo (Jannett) Murphy and Bennie (Melissa) Murphy, all from Sinton and Primus (Ollie) Murphy, Jr. of Corpus Christi; one stepson, Chris (La Zette) Pleasant of Marietta, Georgia; three daughters, De Lois (Dennis) Duhart and Vera L. (Michael) Johnson of Sinton and Ivory (Ronnie) Johnson of Dallas; two stepdaughters, Kathy Hill and Audrey (David) Amerson, both of Corpus Christi; forty-nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
   Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Saturday, February 19, 2000 at the First United Methodist Church with Supt. Daniel Roberson, officiating.
   Interment will follow in the Havens Acre Cemetery in Sinton.

   ROCKPORT, TX - "Dixie" Dorothy Mae Roe, age 73, passed away Thursday, February 17, 2000 in Aransas Pass, Texas. She was a lifelong resident of Rockport where she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Roe graduated from Texas Women's University in Denton and received her Masters Degree from Corpus Christi State University. She taught school in Aransas County for 27 years. She taught at Rockport Elementary and Fulton Elementary Schools.
   She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Charles Roe, Jr. of Rockport; three sons, Charles Alden (Sara) Roe III of LaMarque, Texas, Richard (Pam) Roe and Ronald (Amy) Roe, both of Rockport; one daughter, Theresa (Jad) Smith of Rockport; and 10 grandchildren.
   Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 19, 2000 at First Presbyterian Church in Rockport, Texas with Rev. Charles Schuler and Rev. John Bradshaw officiating.
   Interment will follow at Rockport Cemetery.
   A reception for family and friends will be held after the services at First Presbyterian Church.
   Visitation will be from 12 noon to 9:00 p.m. Friday, February 18, 2000 at Charlie Marshall Chapel in Rockport.
   Expressions of sympathy may be made by donations to Su Casa De Esperanza, P.O. Box 1333, Pharr Texas 78577-1333

   Dorothy Wollesen Slovak, 85, died suddenly of a heart attack Monday, February 14, 2000. A homemaker, who resided for 61 years, Dorothy was born in Iowa and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. She was a long-time member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she participated in sewing circle activities. She enjoyed canasta and bridge and was devoted to her family. She will be remembered for her beautifully decorated cakes delicious candies and the parties she gave for families and friends. She loved to travel. At 83, she toured Europe with her sister.
   She is survived by her three sisters: Virginia Clark, Violet Jones and Marion Thomas; one brother Kenneth Wollesen; her son, William Roman Slovak; her daughter, Dr. Kathleen Dee Davis; three grandchildren: William Roman Slovak II, Katrina Anne Davis and Melissa Gaye Davis; and three great grandchildren: Cimarron Ryan, Kele Thraillkill and Morgan Nicole Slovak.
   A memorial service in her honor will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 808 Louisiana Parkway, Saturday, February 19, 2000 at 11:00 a.m.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the endowment fund at Trinity Lutheran Church.

   Fire Fighter Kimberly Ann Smith saw a lifelong dream come true when she was appointed to the Houston Fire Department on April 11, 1994. A native Texan, Kimberly moved with her family to California in November 1978. In the words of Kim's mother Roseann, "Kim was always of Texas girl and wanted to go home." Kim returned to Texas in October of 1991 after receiving her degree from the University of California at San Diego in June of 1991. After her graduation from the Fire Training Academy, Kim's first assignment was Fire Station 68 on the city's southwest side. She was then transferred to Fire Station 13 and served there until her transfer to Fire Station 76 earlier this year. Her highly skilled, athletic ability led her to a first place title in the Western Fire Fighter's Regional Combat Challenge in 1998. Kimberly was engaged and planning a wedding later this fall. Kimberly leaves behind her parents, Donald and Roseann Smith of Fountain Valley, California; sisters Suzette Smith of Loma Linda, California and Pamela Bryan and husband Vincent of Fountain Valley, California; brother Shaun Smith of Fountain Valley, California; her aunt Mary Delphine of Houston; her fiance' Bud McDonald of Huffman, Texas and her "two boys", her dogs Murphy and Gunner.
   Kimberly's strong Catholic faith and her devotion to life, family and friends has been an inspiration to all and her memory will always be present to those who knew her.
   Friends are invited to call at Geo H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. both Thursday and Friday.
   The funeral mass will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 19, 2000 at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1801 Sage Road.
   Private interment will follow in Refugio, Texas.
   Memorials may be made to the Last Alarm Club 1907 Freeman, Houston, Texas 77009.

   RIVIERA - Everett Emmett Williamson died on Wednesday, February 16, 2000 in a Corpus Christi hospital after a long illness. E. E. Williamson was born on April 15, 1908 in Beaver County, Oklahoma to Emmett G. Williamson and Mary Elizabeth Schlegel Williamson. He married Jennie Mae Kingsley on June 23, 1925 in Corpus Christi, Texas. She died on January 17, 1971. On April 15, 1971 he married Erma Hesterly Colston Riedel in Riviera, Texas. She died on March 29, 1997 in Kingsville, Texas.
   E.E. Williamson was a member of the First Baptist Church in Riviera, Texas and worked as a boat builder. He was also very active in the Masonic Lodge where he held District Deputy Grand Master 1966-67 and received his 50 year award in 1993.
   Survivors include on son, Rev. Nard (Louise) Williamson of Riviera, three daughters, Delma (Rodgers) Estes and Norma Owen, both of Corpus Christi, and Barbara (James) Lott of Whitehouse, Texas; one stepson, Bill (Ann) Colston, Sr. of Riviera; 19 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, and 9 great great grandchildren.
   Funeral service will be at 10:00 AM on Friday, February 18, 2000 at Turcotte-Piper Mortuary with Rev. Nard Williamson officiating. Burial will follow in Chamberlain Cemetery.

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