Archive for December, 2012

Minnie Bell Goodwin Roe

Roe, Minnie

Minnie was 76 years old and lived in Corpus Christi for 60 years. She passed away on Friday, December 28, 2012 after a short battle with cancer.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Thomas G. Roe; her brother, William “Bill” Goodwin; her sister, Jewel Simpson & her daughter Deborah McDaniel.

She is survived by her children, Darla Baxter, Karla (Mike) Coker, William (Debbie) Roe; her siblings, Ray Goodwin & Oscar Goodwin & her in-laws, Brenda & Bob Bonaventura;

grandchildren, Jason Rogers, Jennifer Rogers, Cassy Jenkins, Jacob Baxter, Keagan Bradley, Kami Cooper, Kenzie Coker, John Coker, Thomas Roe, Dakota Roe, Dalton Roe, Montana Roe and Hayden Roe.

Minnie Bell worked in the food service industry for forty years, most currently being the owner of Kountry Boy Kitchen & Katering. She delighted many people with her delicious homemade pies & desserts. She was loved by many in the community. She attended Annaville Baptist Church where she was a charter member. She loved playing Bunko with her “Bunko Babes”.

Visitation will be from 4 P.M. to 8 P.M. with the family present from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. on Thursday, January 3, 2013

Funeral services will be held at 10 A.M. Friday, January 4, 2013 at Annaville Baptist Church with Brother Robert Simmons officiating.

Burial will be at Robstown Memorial Park.

Pall Bearers will be Jeff Beavers, Britt Black, John Koster, Larry Morgan, David Washington & Kyle Zickefoose.

Vivian Meeker

Meeker, Vivian

Vivian Meeker, 82, of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away Monday, December 31, 2012 at her home after an illness. She was born August 29, 1930 in Hartford, Wisconsin to Ernest Hosterman and Vivian Gessner Uber Hosterman and moved to Kingsville, Texas upon graduating from high school where her brother and his wife lived to attend A & I University. After two years of college, she met and married Reece E. Meeker, Jr. Vivian worked for the State of Texas Welfare Department in central Texas while they lived in Luling, Texas, then in Nueces County when they moved to Corpus Christi, Texas. After retiring, she was a Red Cross Volunteer at Spohn Hospital Shoreline surgery waiting for many years. She was a member of Brawner Parkway Church of Christ and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Henry Hosterman and her husband, Reece E. Meeker, Jr.

She is survived by her daughters, Rita Kay (John) Underwood of Weatherford, Texas and Jan Whiteley of Odem, Texas; her sister-in-law, Rachel Hosterman of Dousman, Wisconsin; her niece, Karen Ward and her nephews, John Hosterman and Richard Hosterman.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 P.M. Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will follow in Seaside Memorial Park.

Mary Havran Nemec

Nemec, Mary

Mary Havran Nemec, 98, passed away at Trisun Nursing Home on December 27, 2012. She was born October 19, 1914, in Crosby, Texas to Frank John Moravek, Sr. and Theresa Pivonka Moravek. She lived in Crosby for 5 years, then moved to McAllen, Texas with her parents. In 1924 they moved again to Robstown, Texas where Mary lived until she married Edmund Havran. Mr. Havran passed away in 1964. Mary later married James Nemec of Corpus Christi, Texas. Mr. Nemec passed away at the age of 70. She then moved back to Robstown and lived next to her oldest daughter Evelyn Havran.

Mary worked for GTE for several years as a switchboard operator, also for Emil Nemec and Thomas Spann Clinic as a PBX operator. She was a member of St John’s Catholic Church in Robstown, belonged to KJZT, Czech Heritage of CC and St. Ann’s Altar Society.

Mary had a strong and loving heart as a mother, grandma, great grandma, great great grandma, sister and aunt.

She always enjoyed working in her yard and making kolaches. She was also an avid bowler in her younger years with many trophies and loved to go to polka dances. Her true love was her family and all her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands, father and mother, her brother and sisters, her daughter, great granddaughter, one step granddaughter, a step grandson.

She is survived by her daughter, Ginger (Earl) Logue; son, Jody Havran; stepdaughter, Eileen (Champ) Nemec Champine; step daughter-in-law, Evelyn Nemec; dear friend, Kenneth Rogers; granddaughters, Diane (Tim) Brown, Laurie (Roger) Balke, Amy (Jeff) Cheatham, Joleen (James) Mills; grandson, Chad (Polly) Logue; step grandchildren, Larry (Tina) Nemec. Gregory Nemec, Sheryl (Mark) Awe, Kim (George) Yourick, Michael (Julie) Champine and Joseph Champine; 24 great grandchildren; 10 great great grandchildren.

The Rosary will be recited at 7 P.M. Sunday, December 30, 2012, at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be concelebrated at 10 A.M. Monday, December 31, 2012 at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church with Rev. Tom Showalter and Rev. Msgr. Michael Howell as concelebrants. Burial will follow in the Robstown Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Chad Logue, James Mills, Dr. Mike Champine, Rowdy Cheatham, Scot Brown and Shane Brown. Honorary pallbearers will be the rest of her grandchildren. The family would like to especially thank Bethany and Lisa for the special and loving care they gave to Mary and also to her aides at Trisun, especially John. Thanks and blessings from the bottom of our hearts!

K.C. Douglas Potter

Potter, K.C.

K.C. Douglas Potter, age 49, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away December 24, 2012. Mr. Potter was born January 17, 1963 in Terre Haute, Indiana to Wayne Edwin Potter and Margaret Esther Lawson Potter.

K.C.’s passion was to fish, hunt and entertain other in what he loved. He always had a joke in his back pocket to keep people on their toes. K.C. was a master cook and he will always be remembered by his delicious creations.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Barry Potter.

K.C. is survived by his daughters, Julia Szepessy, K.T. Marie Stickel; brothers, Mark and Clay Potter; half-sister, Patricia Cleven.

Memorial services will be conducted on Monday December 31, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. in the Chapel of Sawyer-George Funeral Home with Mark Potter officiating.

Services will conclude at the funeral home.

Jacquelyn B. Cox

Cox, Jackie

Jacquelyn B. Cox died Saturday, December 22, 2012. She was born “Jacquelyn Ann”, on December 23, 1933 to Herman Cardell and Juanita Meredith (Mobley) Bazemore in Bulloch County, Georgia. Jackie was the granddaughter of Paschal and Annie Mae (Zorn) Mobley, who were instrumental in raising her.

In March of 1949, Jackie went on a last date to break up with James B. “Red” Barton of Orlando, Florida, and came home married! Together, they had three children before the marriage ended in divorce.

While selling sandwiches from a Chuck Wagon as a single mother in Corpus Christi, Jackie met machinist George Gayle Cox. A New Year’s Eve dance date sealed their fate and they were married on March 20th of that same year. In time, they mourned the loss of a still-born son, but later rejoiced in giving birth to a healthy baby girl.

Jackie was a strong-willed woman with a survivor’s spirit. Determined to break the cycle of poverty from her youth, she took on seasonal jobs like distributing phone books and taking census reports. She most enjoyed a successful career selling Avon products, climbing her way up to management and earning several service pins for her achievements. Before retiring, Jackie worked as a secretary for the American Lung Association. All the while, she maintained the books for George’s business, Cox Machine Shop. But Jackie always felt her greater calling in life was to be a mother. And all the gifts and talents given to that role were self-taught. Many late nights turned into early mornings while sewing clothes for the family or canning vegetables from the garden.

Jackie prided herself on being a realist, and had little tolerance for idealism or laziness. So when she sensed genuine effort and solid goals, she offered generosity and support like no other. Whether it meant digging deep to help pay for someone’s work uniform or secure a deposit on an apartment—or making phone calls to agencies and institutions when her own pockets weren’t deep enough—Jackie pulled out all the stops and got it done. For many, she altered the course of their lives. Before the decline of her own health, Jackie gave a year of her life as a live-in care-giver to a terminally-ill family member.

Jackie loved cold fried chicken and catfish, cornbread and milk, rice, and chocolate. She loved to dance and possessed the rhythm and moves to do it well. She enjoyed watching things grow, like tall stalks of corn in the garden and tall grasses that swayed like rippling water alongside the highway. Her favorite bible passage came from Philippians 4:11-13. She was a meticulous bookkeeper.

Jackie is preceded in death by her husbands and infant son. She is survived by all four of her children: Deborah (Ricardo) Ramos, Richard Barton, Cathy (Joe) Roznovsky, and Neva (Chad) Kelly; her grandchildren and their families: Angela Ramos and Tristan; Mark & TJ Roznovsky and Clara, Luke, Leah and Levi; David & Sara Roznovsky and Jo Lorraine, Andrew and Mae; Gary & Amy Roznovsky; Kevin Barton; Brian Barton; daughter-in-law, Kathy Heinz Barton. Jackie also leaves behind life-long and beloved friend Barbara Cooper, and special Harrington Drive Neighbors whose loyalty and friendship knew no bounds: Paul Hickey and Gracie Garcia, Wayne & Pat Wilks, George & Dolly Silver, and Marvin & Maria Pivonka.

In keeping with Jackie’s wishes, funeral services will be private.

Condolences may be mailed to the family at P.O. Box 10287, Corpus Christi, Texas 78404.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Women’s Shelter of South Texas, P.O. Box 3368, Corpus Christi, TX 78463-3368.