Archive for November, 2013

Beverly Brock


Beverly Brock passed away November 24, 2013, after a short illness. She was a mother, companion and friend who will be missed by all who knew her. A long time resident of Calallen and the Corpus Christi area, she was a community organizer and leader who wrote the column “Miz Bev Says” for the Record Star for many years. She retired from Nueces County in 2007, as the director of Hilltop Community Center. Hilltop had been her vision for a center for the local non-profit groups and the local citizens to enjoy.

Beverly was born in Atlanta, Georgia to Nancy Fridell Wells and Edward S. Wells on February 25, 1941. As a young child she and her mother moved to Reno, Nevada where she was raised. After 2 years in Peru where her stepfather worked she graduated from Reno High School. The years in Peru fostered her love of Spanish language and the Peruvian people. She attended San Francisco State College and University of Nevada where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in education with a minor in Spanish. She was one of the first Peace Corps volunteers, spending two years in Peru teaching English.

Returning to the United States she taught Spanish at Reno High School before meeting and marrying David Brock from Tyler, Texas. She was married for sixteen years they had two children Toby Daniel and Amy Gail. Settling in Roman Forrest, Texas with her new family, she quickly became immersed in community activities. She started the local newspaper and was active in organizing a local government and New Neighbors League. Moving to Corpus Christi didn’t stop her love of volunteering. When she and her husband settled in Calallen she quickly became a volunteer with the local PTO and Girl Scouts.

While looking for a place for local Girl Scout troops to meet she discovered the old TB hospital. Working with the county commissioners she spearheaded the opening of Hilltop Community Center. She talked herself into a job that lasted 25 years.

She continued volunteering in the Girl Scouts, serving on the Board of Directors and being a leader for adults and girls. She served as President for 6 years and as troop leader for Troop 123 until the girls graduated from high school.

The last few years she had enjoyed retirement by spending time with family and friends, always surrounded by her beloved animals.

She is survived by her long time companion Fran Pinckley, her children Toby (Pearl) Brock and Amy Brock and her grandchildren Nia Brock and Tabitha and Brock Bias all of Corpus Christi, Texas. Her sister Cathy Johnson and her husband Dr. David Johnson from Reno, Nevada.

Memorial Services will be conducted on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel beginning at 10:30 a.m.

A reception will follow at Hilltop Community Center.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Girl Scouts of South Texas, American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.

Geraldine Jones Gallia

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It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of our mother and grandmother, Jerrie Gallia, on November 22, 2013. She was born April 15, 1941 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

She was a retired Paraprofessional of Katy ISD. The Lord took her to be with him unexpectedly. Mom had many accomplishments in her life but she was most proud of her four children and six grandchildren.

Mom was loved by many and her way of bringing life and conversation to a room will be missed dearly. Her memory will live on through those of us who love her.

She is survived by son, Frank Gallia of Lubbock, Texas; son, Wayne Gallia and his wife Jennifer, their two sons, Weston and Weldon; daughter, Jobeth Barnes and her children, Matthew and Audrey; daughter, Vicki Lee and her husband Alan, their two daughters, Kandace and KaraBeth.

Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, November 27 at 10:00 A.M. followed by a funeral service to be conducted at 11:00 A.M. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Our mother will be laid to rest at Memorial Park Cemetery in Robstown, Texas.

Joseph Edwin Lightfoot

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Joseph Edwin Lightfoot, age 81, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away November 17, 2013.

He was born in Adrian, Michigan January 24, 1932 to Clarence and Margaret Lightfoot.

Joseph graduated High School in 1950 in Onsted, Michigan and retired from the United States Navy after 20 years of service to his country.

He was inducted to the Corpus Christi Bowler’s Hall of Fame in 1984. He bowled from 1960 until the time of his death. Joseph carried a 200 or above average. He had eleven perfect 300 games and many 700 and 800 game series awards and bowled in the National Bowling Tournament for over twenty-six years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons, Joseph Edwin Lightfoot II and Richard Allen Pinegar.

Joseph is survived by his wife, Louise Spruce Lightfoot; children, Monty L. Lightfoot, Dennis J. (Shirley) Lightfoot, Donna (Doyle) Pinegar Hancock; sisters, Mary Webster, Mona Harmon, Judy Case; brothers, Paul Lightfoot, George Lightfoot, Jerry Lightfoot; grandchildren, April Lightfoot, Joseph E. Lightfoot III, Mary Lightfoot, Heather Harry, Ashley Rivera, William Lightfoot; five great grandchildren.

Visitation will be on Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 11:30 A.M. at the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Nat Simmons officiating.

Interment with full military honors will be at 1:00 P.M. Friday at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.

The family request in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society.

Jennifer Lynn Wood-Vanderheiden

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Jennifer Lynn Wood-Vanderheiden, age 53, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away November 16, 2013. She was born November 13, 1960 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Jennifer graduated from Tuloso-Midway High School, McMurray College and University of Texas at Arlington. She taught at Delmar College, The Corpus Christi Montessori School and her love, the Good Shepherd Religious Education at St. Philips Catholic Church.

Jennifer was preceded in death by her brother, Chip Wood and is survived by her husband, David Vanderheiden of Corpus Christi, Texas; children, Andrew, Gregory and Rebecca Vanderheiden all of Corpus Christi, Texas; parents, Barry and Alice Wood of Corpus Christi, Texas; sisters, Juliette Wood of Alice, Texas, Lucy Balusek of Corpus Christi, Texas; sister-in-law, Sharla Wood of Midlothian, Texas; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

The Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. at the St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 3513 Cimarron Rd., Corpus Christi, Texas 78414.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 20, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 3513 Cimarron Rd., Corpus Christi, Texas 78414 with Rev. John Amepperambil as celebrant.

Interment will follow in the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Violet, Texas.

Sharon “Shosh” Dianne Myers

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Sharon “Shosh” Dianne Myers went to be with the Lord and her loving Husband early Friday morning, November 15, 2013. Shosh was 82 years old, born on January 15, 1931 in Oberlin, Kansas.

Shosh was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas “Pamps” Myers. Shosh graduated for Miller High School in 1949, and then worked at the Corpus Christi Theatre. Sharon married and traveled the world with her late husband, Tommy and devoted her life to her family. Sharon loved the company of others, great food and watching movies. Sharon had a big heart with a contagious smile and exhilarating laugh.

She is survived by one brother, Terry Webster (Rose Ellen Webster) of Robstown, Texas; one daughter, Maura Johnson of Mathis, Texas; one son, Thomas Terry Myers of El Paso, Texas; 3 grandchildren, Michael McCreary (Jill McCreary) Corpus Christi, Texas, Heather McCreary of Mathis, Texas, and James McCreary of Mathis, Texas; 3 great grandchildren; Colton McCreary, Connor McCreary and McKayla McCreary; several cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.

Shosh will be missed by all she touched. We love you Shosh, enjoy your new home with your Tommy, Mam Maw and Doris.

Funeral services will be conducted at 12:30 P.M. Monday November 18, 2013 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.