Archive for October, 2012

Jimmie Howard Free

Free, Jimmie

Jimmie Howard Free, age 87, was called home by our Lord on October 30, 2012. She was born October 22, 1925 in Fort Worth, TX to William Thomas and Hattie Belle Howard.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Phillip Free and her 2 sons, Ronald Steve Free and Frankie Eugene Free, her parents, and her 5 brothers. She is survived by her 2 daughters Phyllis (Bob) Craig and Arlette (Kenneth) Hatch, 4 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.

Jimmie was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and did her utmost to care for those she loved. She was a hairdresser for most of her career life. She was a faithful member of Yorktown Baptist Church. The family wishes to thank the staff of Tri-sun River Ridge Nursing Center, where she spent her last days.

There will be a memorial service Saturday, November 3, 2012; at First Baptist Church in Cleburne, TX at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be private

Norris Leeman “Slim” Bridges

Bridges, Norris

Norris Leeman “Slim” Bridges, 88, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away October 28, 2012. He was born November 12, 1923 in Roff, Oklahoma to Joe and Emma Walker Bridges.

He was retired from Champlin Refinery, was involved with Oil Belt Little League, a charter member of Jackson Woods Presbyterian Church and an avid Calallen Wildcat fan.

He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betty Bridges of Corpus Christi, Texas; daughter, Bonnie (Bert) Bridges Bethel of Corpus Christi, Texas; sons, Douglas (Jeanne) Bridges of Orange Grove, Texas and Dale (Linda) Bridges of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida; grandchildren, Brandi (Brad) Ordner, Brandon (Jennifer) Bridges, Brian Bridges, Connor Bridges, David Skrobarczyk, Allison and Amanda Bridges; great grandchildren, Bridget, Fallon, Ty and Lane and friends, Heather and Taylor Potter.

Visitation will be on Sunday, November 4, 2012 from 1:00 to 6:00 P.M. with the family present from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted on Monday November 5, 2012 at 12:30 P.M. in the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Steven K. Arndt officiating.

Interment with full military honors will follow in the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to the Jackson Woods Presbyterian Church.

Elma L. Chapa

Chapa, Elma

On October 26, 2012, our mother, Elma, earned her wings to meet her maker, the Lord Jesus Christ. She was born March 5, 1941 in Agua Nueva, Texas to Ramiro and Elvira Perez Ramirez.

Surviving her is the love of her life of 45 years, Adrian Chapa, Jr., her son, Adrian Chapa, III and his wife Hermelinda of Laredo, Texas; her daughter, Marissa Lee Chapa of Corpus Christi, Texas; her angel, as she called her granddaughter, Arianna Mercedes Chapa and her inspiration for the past eleven months, Alina Isabel Chapa. Also surviving her are her two brothers, Ramiro (Elodia) Ramirez and Rafael (Mary Jesse) Ramirez and three sisters, Elva (Patricio) Alba, Evelina Witt and Elvira (Steve) Gordon, plus sister-cousin, Luana Gonzales; numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 1 P.M. until 9 P.M. with the Rosary to be recited at 7 P.M. Sunday, October 28, 2012 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 A.M. Monday, October 29, 2012 at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church on Violet Road with Father Anthony as the celebrant.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1 P.M. Monday, October 29, 2012 at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Pat Alba, Jr., Mario Alba, Paul Cervantes, Daniel Coons, Ramiro Ramirez, III, Richard Guillen and Ray Guillen.

In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make contributions to the American Cancer Society, 4101 South Alameda, Corpus Christi, Texas 78411 in the memory of Elma Chapa.

The family would like to thank Angel Bright Home Health Care and Hospice, Dr. Emile Salloum, Dr. Mark Rasmusson and their staff for their special care of her for many years.

Murriel Lacy Smith

Murriel Lacy Smith, 99, was called home to be with the Lord on October 21, 2012. She was born on December 20, 1912 in Stafford County, Kansas to James and Bertha Lacy.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Smith and her daughter, Twyla Charlene Morgan.

She is survived by her son, Larry (Mary Jayne) Smith of Corpus Christi, Texas; 5 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren.

Visitation with the family present will be from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 P.M. Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Robert Simmons officiating.

Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery in Kinsley, Kansas at 3:00 P.M. on Friday, October 26, 2012.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Annaville Baptist Church.

Elida S. Perez

Perez, Elida

Elida S. Perez, 80, a loving wife and mother, completed her life journey on October 17, 2012. She was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas to Miguel and Maximina Santellana.

She was welcomed into heaven by her loving husband Manuel S. Perez, Sr.

She is survived by her children Manuel S. Perez, Jr. (Margie), Xavier Perez (Blanca), Miguel Perez (Carrie), Leticia Tomlin (John) and Rene Perez (Melissa). She was affectionately known as ” Grandma” to her nine grandchildren, Jennifer, Terresa, Monika, Xavier, Michael, Alex, John, Matthew and Reece. She was blessed with five great grand-children. She is also survived by, two sisters Andrea Alvarez and Isabel Dominguez.

A mass in honor of her life will be celebrated Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 3:00 P.M. at Holy Family Catholic Church.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Trisun River Ridge Nursing Home and Lighthouse Hospice for the special care provided during this difficult time.