Carlos De Leon, 44 of Corpus Christi, TX passed away Saturday, May 1, 1999.

Services are pending.


Gavin Downey passed away in a local hospital on Friday, April 30, 1999 at the age of 61.

Mr. Downey was retired from the Armed Forces where he served his country proudly in the United States Army. He was presently employed at Spohn Christus Hospital.

He is survived by his wife Viola Downey of Corpus Christi, Texas; one son, Scott Downey of Arizona; four daughters, Laura Monaco of Hawaii, Elizabeth Downey of North Carolina, Alisha Downey of Florida, Velma Sanchez of Texas; and two grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, May 4, 1999 at 3:00 P.M. in the Seaside Funeral Home Chapel.


James Darrell (Jim) Dudley, 74, passed away on April 27, 1999 in a Dallas hospital following complications from surgery. He was born to Will and Bertie Dudley on October 15, 1924, in Gallatin, Texas, and graduated from Rusk High School. He lived most of his life in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Dallas, Texas, and was a member of the Ridgeview Presbyterian Church of Dallas.

Jim was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean Conflict. He worked for Iverson Supply Company in Tulsa and transferred to Dallas in 1961. He joined Lone Star Steel Company in 1963 and worked there until he retired as Manager of Semi-finished Steel Products in 1986. Subsequent to his retirement, he consulted for Lone Star as Director of Customer Relations.

Jim was a member of the Association of Lingering Oil-field Hands of America (ALOHA), a social organization dedicated to enjoying each other's common interests. In addition, he was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Jim is survived by his wife of 44 years, Dorothy LaLande Dudley; a son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Chris Dudley of Houston; two granddaughters, Laine and Mallory Dudley of Houston; a twin brother, William Harrell Dudley of Corpus Christi; two nephews he considered to be brothers, Bill Glidden of Dickinson, Texas, and Ted Glidden of Kingsville, Texas; two sisters-in-law, June Dudley of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Vivien Dudley of Plainview, Texas; a host of other family members and numerous friends.

A Celebration of Life service was held on Friday, April 30th, 1999, at Restland Memorial Park of Dallas with Dr. Richard Selby officiating. Interment was at Restland Cemetary.

The family requests those desiring to make a contribution in Jim's memory send them to the Texas Scottish Rite Children's Hospital, 2222 Welborn Street, Dallas, Texas, 75219, or to a charity of their choice.


Robbie L. Hendricks passed away on Friday, April 30, 1999 at the age of 92.

She was a member of the Morgan Avenue Baptist Church.

She is survived by her two sons, George A. (Geraldine) Hendricks Jr. of Braidwood, Illinois, John Wayne (Moria) Hendricks of Stanford, Connecticut; eight grandchildren, Robert Hendricks, Kate Hendricks, John David Hendricks, Cynthia Ewoldt, Faith Nance, Richard Jackson, Annie Hendricks, Andy Hendricks; seven great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, DeAlva Stevens of Corpus Christi, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held Monday, May 3, 1999 at Seaside Funeral Home 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, May 4, 1999 at 1:00 p.m. at Seaside Memorial Park and Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Seaside Memorial Park.


J. Preston Pullam, 88, passed away in Cuero Community Hospital in Cuero, Texas.

He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a mail handler, where he had the opportunity to be one of only two blacks who were employed as a mail handler. He was very active in community and civic affairs and served on the Boards of Hialco and Bethune Day Care, a life member of the NAACP and a member of Gulf Coast Lodge #361, he was a member of St. John First Baptist Church where he served as an avid worker in the Baptist training union and served as an instructor in the National Baptist Congress. He also compiled two books: National Baptist Training Union Activities and Modern Baptist Church training which he co-authored with his son, the late Rev. J.C. Pullam.

Survivors include: Wife: Lazelle Pullam of Corpus Christi, Texas; two Sisters: Elizabeth Pullam and Ernestine Pullam of Goliad, Texas; a God Son: Charles Preston Pullam of San Antonio, Texas; two Grandchildren: Josiah and Janzia Pullam of Fort Worth, Texas and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Visitation hours: Monday, May 3, 1999 from 1:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Unity Chapel Funeral Home.

Funeral services: Tuesday, May 4, 1999, 1:00 P.M. at St. John First Baptist Church with Rev. W.L. Pullam, Pastor, officiating.

Entombment: Seaside Mausoleum.


Felix "Rick" H. Pumarejo, III, 47, of Corpus Christi, passed away Wednesday, April 28, 1999 in an automobile accident in Uvalde, Texas.

Family request prayers for his hospitalized son.

Felix was born in San Antonio and raised in Corpus Christi. He attended W.B. Ray High School, however he graduated from Inglewood High School in Colorado. He attended Del Mar College and received his technical certification degree in welding. He was a loving family man who will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his father, Felix Pumarejo, Jr; son, Herman B. Pumarejo; maternal grandparents, Serapio and Jacinta Hernandez; paternal grandparents, Felix and Maria Pumarejo.

Felix is survived by his family, Catherine Behnke Pumarejo and their four sons Felix B. Pumarejo, Karl B. Pumarejo, Rudolph B. Pumarejo and Serapio B. Pumarejo all of Uvalde; his mother, Ramona H. Pumarejo of Corpus Christi; one brother, Rudolph Pumarejo of Corpus Christi; two sisters, Jane P. Garza of Corpus Christi and Cynthia P. (Michael) Warzecha of Victoria; uncles, Heriberto (Maria) Hernandez and Edward P. Barrera both of Corpus Christi; aunts, Odilia (Joe) Trejo of Corpus Christi and Mary Ann (Dan) Ross of San Antonio; great aunt, Esvita Hernandez of Corpus Christi; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will be receiving friends on Sunday, May 2, 1999 from 11:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M. at Memorial Funeral Chapel, Holly Road with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 P.M. that evening.

Funeral procession will depart at 10:00 A.M. on Monday from Memorial Funeral Chapel, Holly Road.

Rites of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, May 3, 1999 at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church.

Interment will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Park.


Solon "Blackie" Guy Slosson, Sr., 83, of Corpus Christi passed away Saturday, May 1, 1999 at his residence.

Blackie was born December 19, 1915 in Corpus Christi. He was owner and operator of Blackie's Welding Works since 1946. He was a 1936 graduate of Corpus Christi High School where he played on the football team. He married Gertrude Elois Brown sixty three years ago. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and great great grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Gertie; one son, Solon Guy Slosson, Jr. (Sonya) both of Corpus Christi; five daughters, Patricia Elaine Carlson (Richard) of Arlington, Priscilla Lane Hopkins (John C.) Baytown, Sandra Lee White (Lloyd) of Houston, Susanna Lynn Laurel (Willy) and Kathryn Gwynn Bailey (Frank) both of Corpus Christi; 16 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 3, 1999 at St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, 1999, at St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church, with entombment to follow at Memory Gardens Mausoleum, Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers will be Manuel Arredondo and Marshall Franklin; Active pallbearers will be Christopher and Robert Hopkins, Willy and Gregory Laurel, Brian and Craig White, Travis Bailey and Daniel and J.J. Slosson.


Thomas Jay Webb passed away April 29, 1999 at the age of 43..

He was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, graduated from W. B. Ray High School in 1974 and graduated from Del Mar College with an Associates in Psychology.

Thomas was a gentle soul and one who was easy to make friends with.

He is survived by his sister Suzanne (Stuart) Sher of Corpus Christi, Texas; brother John William Webb of Austin, Texas; nephew Matthew Sher and niece Stacy Sher both of Corpus Christi, Texas.

A memorial service will be held Monday, May 3, 1999 at 2:00 P.M. in the New Funeral Options visitation suite.

The preceding information is provided by area funeral homes.

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