Archive for July, 2010

Maria Guadalupe “Lupe” DeLeon

DeLeon, Maria

Maria Guadalupe “Lupe” DeLeon passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on July 31, 2010 at the age of 83.  She struggled with Alzheimer’s for many years.

She was born September 22, 1926 in Driscoll, Texas to Concepcion and Maria Escamilla.

She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband of 70 years, Pablo DeLeon and her ten children, Arturo (Margaret) DeLeon, Alicia (Tomas) Rodriguez, Amelia Tighe, Armando (Maria Delia) DeLeon, Adolfo DeLeon, Able (Mary) DeLeon, Aida (Louis Fernando) Deases, Alma (Siro) Elizalde, Anna M. (Fred) Ramos, Angie DeLeon (Glenda Garza); her precious 17 grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren; three sisters and two brothers.

Visitation will be on Sunday, August 1, 2010 from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

The Rosary will be recited on Monday, August 2, 2010 at 2:00 P.M. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Immediately following the Rosary the Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Michael Howell and Rev. Msgr. Morgan Rowsome as con-celebrants.

Entombment will follow in the Robstown Memorial Park.

The family would like to give a very special thank you to Yolanda Martinez and Madeline Runnels for the special care they provided to our beloved mother.  Also the family would like to thank Rev. Msgr. Michael Howell and Rev. Msgr. Morgan Rowsome for providing her with her spiritual care.

Pallbearers will be Javier DeLeon, Mario Arnold Rodriguez, Albert Loera, Andy DeLeon, Rene Elizalde and Marcos Deases.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Christopher DeLeon, Terry Rodriguez and Rudy Elizalde.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Robert Henry “Bob” Dunlavy

Dunlavy, Robert

Robert Henry “Bob” Dunlavy, was born September 15, 1929 in Eagle Lake, Texas and passed away July 29, 2010 in a hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, surrounded by his loving family.  Bob moved to Corpus Christi in 1941, graduated from Corpus Christi High School in 1948, served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War and then worked at Koch (Flint Hills) for 26 years before his retirement.

He was an avid hunter, who loved to hunt with his sons.  He was passionate about his “gun” hobby.  Many came to him for help with hunting and gun problems or just a good story.  He loved a good joke if it was on him or he was playing it on you.  He loved to pick on you until you laughed.  Bob never met a stranger and was caring to all who knew him.  Bob loved all of his family with complete devotion, and will be missed greatly by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Henry “Bobby” Dunlavy, Jr., his parents, Clyde Dunlavy and Tommie Dunlavy Bowie, Bill and Ruby Benton and Hazel Dunlavy; his step brother, Houston Scarborough.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Lou Ann Dunlavy of Corpus Christi, Texas; sons, Bill (Judy) Dunlavy of Alice, Texas and Tom (Starla) Dunlavy of Corpus Christi, Texas; grandsons, Billy (Ashli) Dunlavy of Alice, Texas, Joby Dunlavy of Austin, Texas, Ryan Dunlavy of Corpus Christi, Texas; granddaughter, Lezlie Dunlavy of Corpus Christi, Texas; great grandsons, Dustin Peterson and Walker Dunlavy of Alice, Texas; step dad, Phillip (Vernie) Bowie, Ronnie and Mike Bowie and families; sister, Sally (Clyde) Pray of Cedar Lane, Texas; numerous nieces, nephews and many close friends.

Visitation will be from 2 P.M. until 8 P.M. with the family present from 4 P.M. until 6 P.M. Sunday, August 1, 2010 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 A.M. Monday, August 2, 2010 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with David Tiner officiating.  Burial will follow in Robstown Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Miller, Rick Solomon, Mike LaRose, Billy Dunlavy, Joby Dunlavy and Jody Keys.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jack “Sonny” Connor, Joe Hinojosa, Joe Fears, David Miller, Dennis Meyers and Jeff Janak.

Levi W. Kelly

Our loving, precious dad, Levi W. Kelly, 89, went to be with Jesus, July 22, 2010.  He was born November 16, 1920 to John Sanford and Ida Harlan Kelly in Bishop, Texas.  He was one of six children born to the pioneer Kelly family in Bishop.  The Kellys moved from the Marlin, Texas area in 1916 and farmed in the Bishop, Texas area for many years.  Mr. Kelly is a descendant of Levi Phillips who fought alongside George Washington at Valley Forge.  He attended Texas A&I in Kingsville, Texas for two years, majoring in Petroleum Engineering until drafted into the Army Air Corps as a draftsman in WWII.  After returning home, Levi lived in Agua Dulce, Texas where he farmed with his brother, Harlan Kelly.  On May 20, 1950, he married Doris Ann Ledbetter, and they had three children.  Mr. Kelly worked for Tenneco Oil Co. for many years and continued to farm part-time.  Levi also served tirelessly in many capacities in the Agua Dulce Baptist Church.  He was a member of the church quartet and enjoyed singing in the church choir in both the Agua Dulce Baptist Church and Bishop First Baptist Church.  He moved his family to Bishop in the spring of 1961.  He is remembered as a kind, loving Christian man, and leaves a legacy of love and faith for his Lord, family, friends and country.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Doris, his son, William A. Kelly, brothers, Harlan and Joe Kelly, sister, Louise Setliff.

He is survived by his daughters, Janie (Bruce) Dugger and Ellen (Bill) Ball; four grandchildren, Lauren (Reese) Weller, Lanna Dugger, Abby Ball and Kelly Ball; great grandchildren, Reese Weller, IV, and Graham Weller; sister, Mildred Brown; brother, Tom Kelly; sister-in-law, June (Harlen) Dodson, several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 2 P.M. until 8 P.M. with the family present from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. Monday, July 26, 2010 in Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 P.M. Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at First Baptist Church in Bishop, Texas with Pastor Clif Abshier officiating.  Burial will follow in Restland Cemetery in Bishop, Texas.

Pallbearers will be his nephews and nephews-in-law.

In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make contributions to First Baptist Church in Bishop, Texas.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the 1st and 3rd floor staff of the Holmgreen Center, to Assisted Living Director, Lytane Bozle and Vista Care Hospice for their loving support and care.

Johnnie Flores

Flores, Johnnie

Johnnie Flores, 55, loving husband, father, brother, grandpa, uncle and friend, went to be with his Heavenly Father on July 23, 2010.  He was born August 27, 1954 in Raymondville, Texas to Isidro and Viola Fonseca Flores.  He was employed by Frank’s Casing Crew for 20 years and was an usher and member of Church of Hope.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife of almost 34 years, Irene Flores; his children, Debbie (Paul) Villarreal, Daniel (Deonna) Flores, David Flores, Diana (Joshua) de la Torre, Donna Flores and Johnnie Flores all of Corpus Christi, Texas; his brothers, Noe and Saul Flores of Corpus Christi, Texas; his sisters, Ruth (Lester) Kauffman and Cynthia (Joe) Alvarez all of Corpus Christi, Texas; seven grandchildren, Cassidy, Ethan, Jacob, Julie, Joshua, Ryan and Raven; aunt and uncle, Ernestina and Eliseo Cortinas; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be from 2 P.M. until 8 P.M. with the family present from 5 P.M. until 8 P.M. Monday, July 26, 2010 at the Church of Hope.

Funeral services will be conducted at 9 A.M. Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at the Church of Hope with Pastor Rod Young officiating.  Burial will follow at Memory Gardens.

The family would like to give a very special thanks to Odyssey Health Care, especially Ben Campbell and Amy Villarreal, Angel Bright Hospice Center for their kindness and generosity and to all of our church family at Church of Hope for all their prayers, support, food donations and care.

Charles Ray Johnson, Sr.

Johnson, Charles

Charles Ray Johnson, Sr., age 83, died on July 20, 2010 following a short illness.  He was born in Boynton, Oklahoma to Charles Emmett and Georgia Duncan Johnson.  He joined the United States Marine Corps at age 14 and served in the South Pacific during World War II.  After discharge, he began his long career in the oilfield, working with his father in Nowata, Oklahoma. He then moved with his new wife to Independence, Kansas where he attended college and worked for Stekoll Petroleum.  He was transferred with that company to Corsicana, Texas and Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada prior to his move to Corpus Christi, Texas in 1964.  He then began work in the well servicing business until 1988, when he established and was owner of Johnson Resources, a vacuum truck company.  He was well known in the oil business and had a reputation of expertise, generosity and fairness.  His family was always his greatest love and he will be missed by family, friends and business associates.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Frances Roberts Johnson; his children, Sue Johnson Prill, M.D. and husband James of Bristol, Tennessee, Charles R. “Chuck” Johnson, Jr. and his wife Sharon of Corpus Christi, Texas, Jack R. Johnson of Beeville, Texas, and Roni Johnson Bucey and husband Joel of Corpus Christi, Texas.  Grandchildren include Tammie Johnson Alvarado, Charles R “Bubba” Johnson, III, Teri Kay Rathke, Allison Prill and Lane, Trace and Kara Bucey.  Great-grandchildren include Daryn, Torie and Cason Rathke, and Shailynn, Charles R. IV and Jared Johnson.  Other survivors include his sisters, Martha Belding, Nelda Liebig and Kathy Jackson; and in-laws, Freda and Ab Durham and Frank and Joyce Roberts.

Memorial services will be conducted at 10 A.M. Saturday, July 24, 2010 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel in Calallen followed by a Celebration of Life at Johnson Resources, Inc. property.

Honorary pallbearers will be Charles R. “Bubba” Johnson III, Joel Bucey, Jim Prill, Omar Villarreal, Herb Young, Jack Thompson, and all the employees of Johnson Resources.

The family would like to thank the many employees, business associates and friends who have provided their support and prayers during this trying time.

In lieu of flowers, please send charitable donations to the American Heart Association or Northwest Nueces County Pony League, 11233 Haven Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas 78410.