Archive for July, 2013

Annamary (Blumer) Sykora

Sykora, Annamary

Annamary (Blumer) Sykora, 76, went to be with our Lord on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. She was born on February 28, 1937 in Pearland, Texas to her parents Roman and Vera Marguerite Blumer. She graduated from Alvin High School.

Annamary was married to the late Henry John “Hank” Sykora on January 18, 1957 in San Antonio, Texas. They were married 56 years. In 1966, Annamary and her family moved to Corpus Christi, Texas where she worked for the Calallen Independent School District for 33 years.

Annamary was a current member of the First Baptist Church of Odem. Her and her husband ran the RA’s program for several years. She was a past member of Calallen Baptist Church.

Annamary is preceded in death by her parents, brother Lawrence and her loving husband.

Annamary is survived by her four sons: Bryan (Robin), Mike (Jerilynn), Gary (Gloria), and Glen (Maria), 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren who loved to call her “Granny” and her brother and sisters, Leigh Alfred Blumer, Frieda Shaddock, Florence Bergen, Marguerite Williams, Phyllis Honey and Doris Fontaine.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Granny will be greatly missed by her family, friends and her devoted pet companion, Jordon whom she loved to take walks with.

Annamary and her family greatly appreciate the help and support from family, friends and especially Ms. Lillie Ruth Payne.

Visitation will be on Monday, July 29, 2013 from 2:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at the First Baptist Church in Odem, Texas.

Interment will follow at the Robstown Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made online to the Alzheimer’s Association at or by check to:

Alzheimer’s Association

San Antonio & South Texas Chapter

Alzheimer’s Association

7400 Louis Pasteur Dr. #200

San Antonio, TX 78229-4542

Ronnie “Tiny” Williams

Williams, Ronald

Ronnie “Tiny” Williams, 65, of Fort Worth, Texas, and formerly of the Calallen and Orange Grove area, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2013.  He was born March 4, 1948 in Alice, Texas.

He was in the oil and gas industry for over 45 years and had farmed and ranched in the Orange Grove area for over 35 years.  He was a member of the Southern Drag Boat Association and enjoyed flying remote control planes.

He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Talton Williams, his mother, Erna Nora Klatt, his step-father, Perry Klatt and his wife, Marilyn Williams.

He is survived by his children, Roxanne, Travis, Jeri, Scott (Jessica) and Sara Williams and his grandchildren, Emileigh, Jarett, Chad and Madyson.

Visitation will be from 2 P.M. until 8 P.M. with the family present from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. Thursday, July 25, 2013 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 A.M. Friday, July 26, 2013 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will follow in the Sons of Hermann Cemetery in Orange Grove, Texas.

Elida “Marty” Davila Martinez

Martinez, Elida

Elida “Marty” Davila Martinez, 77, of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away Friday, July 19, 2013 at her home.  She was born April 15, 1936 in Bishop, Texas.  She was a member of Church of Hope, formerly known as Northwest Christian Center and New Wine Fellowship. Marty was a well known nurse in the community, retiring from Riverside Hospital after 30 years of service.  She had also been a bus driver for TMISD for 20 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rafael and Reyna Barrera Davila; her husband, Benito Hernandez Martinez; her children, Joel Arnold Martinez, Anna Marie Martinez and Hector Daniel Martinez; and her brother, Rojelio Davila.

She is survived by her children, Jose Albert (Leticia) Martinez, Diana (Juan) Garza, Esther Martinez, Roxanne (Dale) Mathis, Ralph (Claudia) Martinez, Mark (Cathleen) Martinez and Tricia (John) Majek; 13 grandchildren including Dezarae Elida Martinez; 15 great grandchildren; her sisters, Mage Macias, Dominga Garza, Eva Davila and Olga Martinez-Elizalde; her sister-in-law, Ostolia Davila.

Visitation will be from 2 P.M. until 7 P.M. Tuesday, July 23, 2013 with a prayer and song service to begin at 7 P.M. in the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel officiated by Pastors Eddie and Salvador DeLaRosa.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 A.M. Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home with Pastor Eddie DeLaRosa officiating.  Burial will follow at Robstown Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers will be her great grandchildren.

Those who wish may make contributions to the American Cancer Society.

John Michael Mitchell

Mitchell, John

John (Johnny) “Electric Bass Extraordinaire” of Corpus Christi passed suddenly.

John Michael Mitchell was born July 20, 1953 to John Raymond and Margaret Marie Mitchell, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Johnny was a gifted, self-taught musician. He learned to play harmonica, piano, steel guitar, and acoustic but his love was bass guitar. He was well known in the music industry for most of his life, traveling around the country playing in numerous bands.

Johnny was creative and smart. He served in the Unites States Army and Army Reserves. He loved building military models, history, and science, and was an avid coin collector.

He worked as a manager at the Science Spectrum Museum in Lubbock, Texas prior to returning to Corpus Christi. He attended Del Mar College, Howard County Junior College where he achieved inclusion in the Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges, and South Plains College where he earned Phi Theta Kappa membership.

Johnny wanted to become an addiction counselor and his classes reflected his desire to help others struggling with addiction, having overcome his own many years ago.

Johnny is survived by his son John Mitchell, his daughter Desiree Dickerson (Kenneth), brothers, Larry Mitchell, David (Kate) Mitchell, sister, Lisa (Sid) Smith, half-sister, Barbara (Bennett) Carter, and three grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

A Memorial Service celebrating Johnny’s life will be conducted on Saturday, July 20, 2013, his 60th birthday, at Sawyer George Funeral Home Chapel at 2:00 PM.

Dusty Ricker Knoblauch

Knoblauch, Dusty

Dusty Ricker Knoblauch passed away while vacationing in Hawaii on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at the age of 79 years. She was born to Evelyn and Renard Ricker on March 5, 1934. In 1947 she moved to Corpus Christi and graduated from Miller High School in 1952. She met Hugo Knoblauch in 8th grade and they married February 6, 1954.

Dusty was a founding member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and the Robstown Area Historical Museum. Other memberships include the Chamber of Commerce, the Nueces County Historical Society/Commission and the Corpus Christi Art Museum. She was instrumental in research, approval and installation of several historical markers in Robstown. She worked at the Robstown Record for 25 years and was a tour guide at the King Ranch and worked in the archives for 20 years. Dusty had a great love for nature, animals and people. She enjoyed traveling, painting, and skiing. She enriched the lives of all who knew her.

Dusty is preceded in death by her parents, Evelyn and Renard Ricker and her grandson, Dustin Knoblauch.

She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Hugo; four sons, Richard (CJ), Roland (Julie), Ronnie (Brigette), Rance (Jean); two daughters, Dawna (Fred Dickhaus) and Kathy Eichman; thirteen grandchildren, Crystal, Katrina, Ronald, Michelle, Joshua, Cara, Tiffany, Mark, Ashley, Crista, Reece, Jacob and Ryne; four great grandchildren, Addison, Keagan, Naveh, and Samantha.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 14, 2013 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home from 2 P.M. until 7 P.M. The Rosary will follow at 7 P.M.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, July 15, 2013 at 9 A.M. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church on FM 624 with Rev. Bill Marquis as celebrant.

Graveside services will be conducted Monday, July 15, 2013 at 11 A.M. at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.

Donations can be offered to the Robstown Area Historical Museum at P. O. Box 467, Robstown, Texas 78380.