Archive for June, 2011

Lydia Emma Briggs

Lydia Emma Briggs, 91, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2011. She was born January 25, 1920 in Lincoln, Texas to Alvin and Julia Helen Brade. She was a homemaker and a member of St. John Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Briggs.

She is survived by her daughters, Delores (Dexter) Turner of Corpus Christi, Texas and Shirley (Randy) Heister of Sommerville, South Carolina; her son, Danny (Rita) Briggs of Victoria, Texas; her grandchildren, Tanya Turner, Troy Turner, Steven Heister, Lee Briggs, Timothy Briggs and Ted Briggs; 7 great grandchildren.

Visitation will begin at 9 A.M. with the funeral services beginning at 2 P.M. Friday, June 24, 2011 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jeffrey Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Robstown Memorial Park.

Sandra LeMaire Sykora


Sykora, Sandra

Sandra LeMaire Sykora, 62, of Sinton, Texas, a former lifelong resident of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2011. She was born September 25, 1948 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton, Texas. Sandra loved spending time with her family and extended family and treasured the moments she spent working as a servant of God. She spent many hours with the Priests and Seminarians of the Diocese of Corpus Christi and the Sisters of The Incarnate Word Academy.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Maxwell P. Dunne, Sr. and Agnes Nickel Dunne; her parents, James Q. Pope, Sr. and Virgin Dunne Pope; and her brother, J. Quentin Pope, Jr.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond Sykora of Sinton, Texas; her son and daughter-in-law, Henry J. LeMaire, Jr. and Teri LeMaire of Corpus Christi, Texas; three grandchildren, Kellen, Lindsey and Leah; numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from Noon until 5 P.M. Saturday, June 25, 2011 and 1 P.M. until 5 P.M. Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

The Rosary will be recited at 7:30 P.M. Sunday, June 26, 2011 at St. Pius X Catholic Church.

The Funeral Mass will be con-celebrated at 10 A.M. Monday, June 27, 2011 at St. Pius X Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Richard Shirley as Celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Violet, Texas.

Serving as pallbearers will be Charles Trefflich IV, Scott Hibbetts, Arthur Haas, Robert del Alamo, Wes Thomas, Brian Patterson, and her nephews and niece, Paul, Ryan, Joel and David Carpenter and Colette Bulera.

Those who wish may make contributions to the Sisters of The Incarnate Word Academy.

Lola Mae White Giffin

Giffin, Lola

Lola Mae White Giffin was born in Kerrville, Texas on October 25, 1934 to Rev. Stanford and Lettie White. Lola spent most of her married life in Corpus Christi where she raised her three children. Lola spent some of her years in the Houston area where she was very involved with showing horses through the American Quarter Horse Association. She was also very proud to be a 13-year cancer survivor. “Granny” was a loving and caring grandmother who attended as many functions as she could to stay involved. Her grandchildren always loved knowing their Granny was in the audience.


Once she moved to Orange Grove she continued her love for the Lord in service at Orange Grove First Baptist Church.  She taught many classes in the youth department and was a very faithful member.


Lola loved being a part of everything and never knew a stranger. She was active in her community and the lives of many friends. She was always ready to go and have a grand time. She will be dearly missed. She loved life and her family.


Lola was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Dwight White; her grandson, Spencer Clubb; and her children’s father, Ed Clubb, Sr.


She is survived by her three children, Patti (Steve) Cummins of San Antonio, Hamp (Shannon) Clubb of Corpus Christi and Leola (Ron) Cole of Orange Grove. Her grandchildren include Andy Clubb, Isaac Clubb, Scott Cummins, Destinee Clubb, Kelby Clubb, Meredith Cole, Catalina Clubb and two great grandchildren, Madison and Reece Clubb. She is also survived by her brother, Jake (Margaret) White and sisters, Flora Oatman, Bernice  Lucio and numerous nephews and nieces. She is also survived by many friends who dearly cared for her.


A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at Calallen Baptist Church on Friday, June 17, 2011 at 11:00 A.M with Brothers Jack Willoughby, Lynn Floyd and Jess Cole officiating. 

Gary L. Ross

Ross, Gary L.

Gary L. Ross, 73, passed away on June 11, 2011, at home with his family after a long illness. He was born on August 28, 1937 to Jimmy and Lloyd Ross.

Gary spent his early life and the last 40 years in Calallen. After graduating from Calallen High School and the University of Corpus Christi, he served in the U. S. Air Force, with a tour of duty in Okinawa. While there, he was ordained as a deacon in the missionary Baptist Church. After leaving the military, Gary worked with the American Red Cross at Ft. Hood, Texas. After earning his master’s degree from Corpus Christi State University, Gary enjoyed a long teaching career.

Loved by many, Gary is remembered for his quick wit, dry sense of humor, and teasing nature. Gary blessed many people with his gift of music. He played the piano or organ for several churches, many weddings, funerals and revivals. Gary was a man of dignity, always living with honor and faith. We will surely miss him, and look forward to re-uniting with him in our heavenly home.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Gary is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Janice; son, David; sister, Joy (Richard) Heath, niece, Stephanie Heath, and close cousin, Gatha (John K.) Jones.

Visitation will begin at 9 A.M. Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at Calallen Baptist Church, with the memorial service following at 10 A.M. Interment will be in Robstown Memorial Park. Brother Jack Willoughby, pastor of Calallen Baptist Church will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Samaritan’s Purse, the American Red Cross or Gideons International.

The family wishes to especially thank Celeste Rojas, as well as Santa Fe Home Health and the Lighthouse Hospice of Corpus Christi for their loving kindness and special attention to Gary and our family during his illness.

Fred Lawrence Johnston

Johnston, Fred

Fred Lawrence Johnston, age 40 of Corpus Christi, Texas died peacefully at his home after a long battle with kidney cancer on June 7, 2011 with his family by his side. Fred was born August 21, 1970 to Robert E. Johnston and the late Virginia Hernandez Johnston.

He was a Chemical Operator for Oxychem since 2003. Fred always lived life to the fullest and always welcomed everyone with a smile. He was a huge fan of the rock group KISS.

He is survived by his loving wife, Angela Deantes Johnston of Corpus Christi, Texas; daughters, Krystle D. Johnston and Bobbi J. Johnston both of Corpus Christi, Texas; son, Trent A. Johnston of Corpus Christi, Texas; step-daughters, Alyssa N. Moreno, Ashley R. Suarez, Samantha M. Zentz all of Corpus Christi, Texas; granddaughter, Mykaela L. Johnston of Corpus Christi, Texas; father, Robert E. Johnston of Corpus Christi, Texas; brother, Robert E. Johnston, Jr. of Corpus Christi, Texas; numerous family and friends.

Visitation will be on Friday, June 10, 2011 from 1:00 to 9:00 P.M. with the Rosary being recited at 7:00 P.M. in the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Morgan Rowsome celebrant.

Entombment will follow in the Memory Gardens Mausoleum.