Archive for July, 2012

Bette Jean Dueitt Garrett Cypert

Cypert, Bette

Bette Jean Dueitt Garrett Cypert went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, July 28, 2012. She was born September 23, 1936 in Huffsmith, Texas to L.P. and Elsie Dueitt.

Bette was devoted to her family, her church and many wonderful friends. Bette was a faithful member of Arlington Heights Church of Christ for many, many years. She loved all her family deeply.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Larry Dueitt and her husband Johnny Garrett.

She is survived by her husband of 17 years, Jim Cypert; children, Bill (Leigh) Garrett of Lillian, Texas, John (Sherri) Garrett of Austin, Texas, Gaye Lynn (Mark) Hadlock of Corpus Christi, Texas, Cindy (David) Ellis of Malibu, California, John (Tina) Cypert of Manhattan Beach, California, Jill Sochacka of Austin, Texas, Nancy Antill of Houston, Texas; sixteen grandchildren, six great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Monday, July 30, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Interment will follow in the Seaside Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to the Medina Children’s Home.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to New Century Hospice for their loving care of Bette. They also extend their gratitude to the many friends who visited Bette and helped with her care.

Jackie B. Cartwright

Jackie B. Cartwright, 95, passed from this life on July 23, 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph E. and Lillie G. Brown; her husband, George T. Cartwright; her daughter, Louise Cave and all of her eight siblings.

She is survived by her two sons, Raymond Gene Norton (Pat) of Sinton, Texas and Jerald J. Norton. Other survivors include 11 grandchildren and numerous great and great great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 7:00 P.M. until 8:30 P.M. Thursday, July 26, 2012 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 A. M. Friday, July 27, 2012 at Rose Hill Memorial Park with her grandson, David Cave, officiating. Burial will follow.

Norman L. (Stretch) Whetstone

Whetstone, Norman

Norman L. (Stretch) Whetstone, also affectionately known as “Buddy” by friends and family in his hometown, passed away at his home on July 23, 2012. He was born to Gaylard and Louise Whetstone in Sedan, Kansas on October 8, 1930. He served four years in the Navy. After his service he moved to Corpus Christi, Texas where he married his wife of 60 years, Marsha Pierson. He retired from Reynolds Metals Company after 41 years in 1996. Stretch was active in his Church community of Real Life Fellowship in Corpus Christi. He was a man of great compassion and integrity. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Gaylard and C. Louise Whetstone, his sister Joan Enloe, his son, Jeff Whetstone and his grandson, Matt Whetstone.

Stretch is survived by his wife, Marsha Whetstone; his sister, Linda (Mike) McDaniel; his daughters, Sheree (Don) Zonkel, Caryl (Lee) Reek and Staci (Darin) Pensyl; his daughter-in-law, Jenny (Joe V.) Whetstone Milliorn; ten grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 25, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be conducted Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 9 a.m. in Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will be at 11 a.m. at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family has request donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital In Memphis, Tennessee.

Kathryn Geneva Mills Bailey

Bailey, Kathryn

Kathryn Geneva Mills Bailey was born April 6, 1923 in Montague County, Texas to John J. and Ruth Thomas Mills. She married Gerald Dean Bailey on April 23, 1946. Together they were blessed with three daughters. Gerald preceded her in death on November 3, 1990. Geneva passed away on July 22, 2012. She was also preceded in death by her parents, sister, four brothers, and son in law, Robert Davis.

Her three daughters and their spouses, Janese Davis of Lubbock, TX, survive her. Karen and John Vertreese of Taos, NM. Barbara and Thad Wilkinson of Corpus Christi TX. Five granddaughters and their spouses Landa and Michael Cognasi of Lubbock, TX, Tasha and Adam Penner of Joplin, MO, Melanie and Bo Black of Amarillo, TX, Jonilee and Brandon Hampton of Perryton, TX, and Hallye and Kyle Fletcher of Wylie, TX and one grandson, Todd Wilkinson of Corpus Christi, TX. Ten great grandchildren round out the family to date, 5 girls and 5 boys.

We thank you Mom, Mamaw, for leading the way in life.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. in the Plainview Memorial Park in Plainview, Texas.

Loren Wesley Plummer, Jr.

Plummer, Loren

Loren Wesley Plummer, Jr., age 87, was born January 25, 1925, in Chetopa, Kansas to Loren Wesley and Martha Smith Plummer. Wes, as he was known, passed away suddenly, Friday, July 20, 2012. Wes grew up in Wewoka, Oklahoma and joined the Marine Corp, February 3, 1943 during his senior year in High School after his 18th birthday. Seniors who were passing could do that and still graduate. He received boot camp training in San Diego, California.

Wes volunteered for the Marine Paratroops. After Paratroop training at Camp Gillespie, CA, he was assigned to the 3rd Parachute Battalion, 1st Marine Parachute Regiment at Camp Elliott. His Battalion was sent to New Caledonia in September, 1943 on a converted luxury liner. After a few days, they boarded an APA ship and left for Guadalcanal. From Guadalcanal they went into combat on the island of Vella LaVella, and then to the island of Bougainville.

The Marine Paratroops were disbanded and most of them were assigned to the 5th Marine Division. Wes was assigned to H Co. 3rd Battalion 28th Marine Regiment. Wes was a machine gun squad leader in a weapons platoon. The 5th Marines were trained at Camp Pendleton, CA. In August, 1944, they were sent to Hawaii where they were sent to Camp Tarawa to continue training. On January 27, 1945 they left Pearl Harbor for the Island of Iwo Jima. The 28th Marine Regiment’s first objective was to secure Mount Suribachi when they landed on Iwo Jima. It was estimated they would secure the island in 3 to 4 days, based on intelligence reports. After securing Suribachi, they continued fighting for 31 days. Wes was involved in combat for the full 36 days. After the Japanese signed the Instrument of Surrender at Tokyo Bay, Japan, September 2, 1945, the 5th Marines landed on the Island of Kyushu to see that the Japanese complied with the signed document.

Wes was Honorably Discharged, November 23, 1945 with the rank of Sergeant. He received the following decorations: Silver Star, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon with bronze star, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with four Stars, Navy Occupation SVC Medal with Asia Clasp, World War II Victory Medal and Combat Action Ribbon.

Wes graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1951 with a Civil Engineering Degree.

Wes worked locally for Lumus Construction Co. during the construction of Suntide Refinery, currently known as Flint Hills Resources. He was a Vice President for Berry Contracting for 15 years. In 1981 he started his own business, Plummer Consulting Service, Inc. Under this name, he worked for many refineries both locally and in multiple states, Valero, Koch Refinery, Orion Refinery, Texaco, Citgo, Coastal States and others.

He was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church, The Marine Corps League, a benefactor lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He was also involved with the DAV, a volunteer at the USS Lexington, Shriners International, former director of the Corpus Christi Chapter of the American Red Cross, Nueces County Youth Rodeo, Nueces County Jr. Livestock Show benefactor, a Mason for over 60 years, life member of University of Oklahoma Alumni Association, life member of the 5th Marine Division Association and Association of WWII Marine Corp Parachutes Unit.

Wes was a true patriot and proud American. He enjoyed firearms, shooting, reloading, volunteering and God’s great outdoors.


Preceding him in death are his first wife and the mother of his children, Sybil Cross Plummer, his daughter, Lauren Plummer Sheets, and stepson, Mike Dobbs.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Kay Rucker Plummer, 2 daughters, Lynn Plummer Dalton, and Lugene Plummer, stepdaughter, Bonnie Berry (Dennis), stepson, Lee Griswold (Connie): grandchildren, Lisa Dalton Card (Lealand), Carl Dalton, Beth Sheets Kizer (Brandon), Brandon, Kayla and Hunter Berry, Lauren Bradley, Sara Bradley, Kevin Griswold and 6 great grandchildren: Lauren and Jackson Kizer, Brenden Card, Ethan Bradley, Abbey Love Parrish, & Lila Murray, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Sunday, July 22, 2012 from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present form 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Sawyer George Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. in the Grace United Methodist Church, 14521 Northwest Blvd, in Calallen.


Interment will follow in the Seaside Memorial Park.

Memorial Donations may be made to Grace United Methodist Church Building Fund.