Archive for September, 2013

Melvin Ben “Monty” O’Bryant


Melvin Ben “Monty” O’Bryant, moved forward to live in eternity with his Lord and Savior on September 22, 2013. He lived a full and joyous life with a loving family and many dear friends. He will be sorely missed but warmly remembered by the many he touched in his life.

Monty was born on June 12, 1934 in Del Rio, TX, to Melvin Lawrence O’Bryant and Lizzie Belle Choate. He spent an adventurous childhood in Del Rio with his brother J.L. (Joseph Lee) which he recalled fondly and often. His grandmother, Mae Choate, who he considered a Saint, was very influential in his upbringing. The family moved to San Antonio after World War II and he graduated from San Marcos High School in 1951. Monty and his wife, Elenora (“Toots”), met in 1953 while working for Western Union in Corpus Christi, and were married shortly thereafter on June 12, 1954, in Tynan, TX. They were happily married for over 59 years. He worked for 37 years with CP&L as a power plant Operator, and was especially fond of the Training role he tackled late in his career. Monty was very proud of his children and was crazy about his eight grandsons and seven great-grandchildren. He loved his many friends as though they were family. He shared his overwhelming love of music with his children and this will be devotedly passed on to future generations.

He will be remembered affectionately by the love his life, Elenora Helen Dieringer, his children Yvonne Marie Jaggard, Kellie Rae Rogers, and Darryl Gordon O’Bryant and their spouses Thomas Peter Jaggard, Allen Ray Rogers, and Tina Marie Salge O’Bryant. He will live on in the memory and actions of his beloved grandsons: Justin, Jay and Jeremy Jaggard; Bret, Brandon, and Dalton Rogers; and Dylan and Kelvin O’Bryant. His seeds of wisdom and humor will be passed on to his great grandchildren: Tatiana and Thomas Jaggard; Luke, Levi and Anna Rogers; and Jane and Owen Rogers. Monty also leaves his dearly loved brother J.L. O’Bryant and his wife Mary Ann Green. Monty will greatly miss his “Thursday lunch buddy” and his “Band of Brothers” but will patiently await their next meeting. He joins his youngest child, Monty Lee O’Bryant, and first grandchild April Rae Rogers in the “great by and by”.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday September 26th, at Grace United Methodist Church, 14521 Northwest Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX.

Jesse Laing


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Jesse Laing was born on September 22, 1923 and passed away with loved ones by his side on Monday, September 16, 2013 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mr. Laing served in the United States Army during World War II, earning a Purple Heart as well as many other honors. After his military service, he married Elaine Knutson on February 14, 1961 and worked as a boilermaker for many years; however, Jesse was best known for his artistic talents, his kind heart, and his love for animals.

His art work has been spotlighted many times on television and in the newspapers. Jesse could pick up a pencil or a pocket knife and create a treasure within a matter of minutes. One of his best-known sculptures, a dedication to District Attorney William “Bill” Mobley, can still be seen today in the Nueces County Courthouse.

Jesse’s love for people and passion for animals went hand-in-hand. He trailered his ponies to countless parties, as well as church and school functions. His door was always open to visitors and his backyard home to all kinds of animals.

Mr. Laing was preceded in death by his loving mother Julia Laing; his sister, Maria Martin (Willie); his brother, Ramón; and his eldest son, Jesse W. Laing (Elva).

As a father to eleven children, Jesse’s love was shared by many. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Elaine Knutson Laing; 5 daughters, Nita Faucett (Larry), JoAnn Mortimer, Julie Ann Grimsinger, Joy Montgomery (Tim), Jacqueline Smith (Charles); and 6 sons, Jerry Horton (JoAnna), Johnny Horton, Jeff Laing (Sheila), Jason Laing and Jonathan Laing. Mr. Laing also leaves behind numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, as well as life-long friends and his favorite pony of 32 years, Rebel.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Sawyer George Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation begins at 12:30 P.M. and funeral service begins at 1:30 P.M. Burial will follow at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Robstown with full military honors.

Six of his grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Proverbs 12:10: “A righteous man regardeth the life of his animals.”

Kathryn Lee Burrell Cicora

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Kathryn Lee Burrell Cicora, age 79, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away on September 9, 2013.

She was born on October 17, 1933 in Kankakee, Illinois to Robert and Madelyn Downs Burrell.

Kathy loved to travel and spent six years overseas with her husband, a Navy physician. She spent three years in the Philippines and three in Italy. While overseas, they traveled to numerous countries in Asia, the South Pacific, Europe and Africa. When she was in the Philippines she learned to SCUBA dive as part of a “pre-nuptial agreement,” in which her husband agreed to learn to play bridge. Kathy continued to play bridge up to her last days. She was an active member of St Peter Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church. Until a few years ago, she was active in the Altar and Rosary Society, serving a term as president. She was also a key staff member of Catholics Returning Home, a program, which, over the past five years, brought over 200 inactive Catholics back to the Church. After a missionary trip to the Philippines in 2001, she started a program to fund tuition for 27 indigent Philippino high school students, who would have been able to attend high school without a helping hand. Kathy assisted at the St Peter Food Pantry, arranged for St Peter parishioners to serve at the Mother Teresa Shelter, taught religion classes and served as an extraordinary (eucharistic) minister. She and her husband, a deacon, worked together on baptisms and convalidation of marriages in the Church. She and her husband lived in Indianapolis, where they were active in the St Vincent de Paul Society, and where both served together as co-presidents of the society.

In addition to the above activities, Kathy enjoyed live theater, movies, music and reading.

Preceded in death by her parents, and son Bob Rogerson.

Survived by Ralph Allen Cicora, D.O., her husband of 37 yrs; Son Jim Rogerson, of Chicago, and daughter Nancy Rogerson, of Cleveland, Ohio, and sister, Carolyn Burrell of Champaign, IL. She leaves behind grandchildren: Ian, Danny, Maddie, Sean, Brett and Ryan, and four great-grandchildren.

After graduating from Kankakee High School, she attended Purdue University, and later graduated from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her Master’s Degree in Curriculum Planning in Early Childhood from Corpus Christi State University in 1981. Kathy worked as an early childhood teacher, a day care director, and taught classes at Del Mar Junior College and at Corpus Christi State University.

Donations can be made in her name to the Mother Teresa Shelter or the St Peter Food Pantry.

A Rosary will be recited on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. at St Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church.

A Memorial Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church with Bishop Edmund Carmody as celebrant.

Claire “Clary” Alinde Hanson Johnson

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Claire “Clary” Alinde Hanson Johnson, born July 30, 1922, passed from this life into eternity on September 2, 2013 at the age of 91, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Ms. Johnson, at the age of sixteen immigrated to the United States from Sweden with her parents, Carl J. and Anna F. Carlson Hanson and brother, Alex. She attended schools in New York City, then joined the United States Navy and served in World War II and was honorably discharged in 1945. Ms. Johnson married Warren Fritz Johnson on February 2, 1947 in New York City. They then moved to Texas and made their home in Corpus Christi where Ms. Johnson resided until her death. No children were born to this union.

Claire was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and brother.

There are no known survivors.

Ms Johnson was sweet spirited, loved life and was loved dearly by her family of caregivers, Brenda and David Hudgens, Norma Guzman, Jennifer Moreno, Brian McDonald and family, former pastors and Thelma Rammage and the senior group at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church.

Visitation with viewing will be from 1 P.M. until 3 P.M. Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Graveside services with full military honors will be conducted at 2:30 P.M. Monday, September 9, 2013 at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas, with Pastor Brian McDonald officiating. Burial will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the American Diabetes Association, Corpus Christi Office, 555 N. Carancahua, Suite 102 , Corpus Christi, Texas 78401.

William Tiffin Young, Jr.

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William Tiffin Young, Jr., known as “Pops” by many, passed away on September 6, 2013 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

William Tiffin Young, Jr. was born on December 31, 1929 in Childress, Texas to William Tiffin Young and Gladys Cothrun Young. He graduated from Wellington High School in 1947.

He owned and operated W.T. Young Construction from 1964 until his retirement December 31, 2005. He also owned Young Trucking and C.C. Crane. He was active for many years in the Beefmaster Breeders Association. He raised Beefmaster Cattle for many years. He and Virginia lived on their ranch in Bee County until January 2013. They moved back to Corpus Christi in January 2013 after he suffered a stroke.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia; children, Irene Wills of Fort Worth, Texas, Shayne Schroeder of Mathis, Texas, Melanie Vassaur of Bishop, Texas, Tiffany Kendall of Coppell, Texas, Casey Schroeder of Brooklyn, New York; grandchildren, James Ward of Cornado, California, Lindsey Seidman of Virginia, Meaghan and Morgan Vassaur of Corpus Christi, Texas, Tanner Vassaur of Bishop. Texas, Wesley and Sally Schroeder of Corpus Christi, Texas, Katelyn, Carter and Beckett Kendall of Coppell, Texas; two great granddaughters of California; two sisters, Helen Crowder of Fort Worth, Texas and Treva Fike of Amarillo, Texas; brother, Glen Young of Robstown, Texas; several nieces and nephews and a host of many friends.

Memorial Services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, September 28, 2013 in the Chapel of Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Donations may be made to Driscoll Children’s Hospital, American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.