Archive for April, 2014

Dorothy Faye Bobbitt

Bobbitt, Dorothy

Dorothy Faye Bobbitt of Corpus Christi passed peacefully into eternity on Tuesday, April 22, free at last from the disease that held her captive over the past two years. She was 80 years old and she packed as much life into those 80 years as anyone possibly could.

Dorothy was born in Roscoe, Texas, on May 11, 1933, to Cecil Edward Altom and Elva (Butler) Altom. She was an only child – beloved by her parents and popular throughout her childhood and teen years. She graduated as valedictorian of her senior class at Roscoe High School and married her high school sweetheart, Leslie Velpo “Val” Blankenship in 1950 before he left for the Korean War. Dorothy and “Val” had four children – three daughters and one son – who grew up in a country home near Sulphur, Louisiana. The kids raised 4-H animals, rode horses, and played for hours under the stars with great neighborhood friends. Dorothy was the ultimate “Kool-Aid Mom” who always put her children first. She also served as a Sunday School teacher, 4-H leader, room mother, and in numerous other roles to help her children and others succeed.

In 1968 Dorothy and her family moved to Ingleside, Texas. Here they lived across the street from First Baptist Church Ingleside where the family was active and Dorothy worked as church secretary. Her home overflowed with kids of all ages, plenty of laughter, constant activity, and most of all – LOVE (not to mention the home cooked meals and all-you-can-eat homemade goodies). Dorothy had a gift for making everyone feel welcome and special.

Dorothy attended business school and worked most of her life as a bookkeeper at various businesses, including Coastal Freezing in Aransas Pass. After her children left home she lived in New Orleans and also in Kerrville, Texas. Dorothy became a young widow at the age of 49, after “Val” died of cancer. She also survived breast cancer during that time. In 1983 she married again after a friend introduced her to Ross Taylor Bobbitt, a man who shared Dorothy’s love for cruises, adventure, family, and the Lord Jesus. They moved to Lake Corpus Christi where they royally entertained their grandkids with sleep-overs and lots of skiing and jet-skiing. Dorothy and Ross were married nineteen years before she suffered the heartache of losing another spouse to cancer. In the midst of life’s greatest challenges, Dorothy always held onto her faith, her joy, and her beautiful smile.

Dorothy’s passions included singing in the church choir, going to gospel music concerts, cake decorating, and cooking and baking. But her true legacy lies in the lives of those touched by her compassion, gentleness, goodness, and kindness. Any day she could bring a little cheer into another person’s world was a good day for Dorothy. She was a member of River Hills Baptist Church in Calallen, Texas, where she served on the Faith Team, volunteered at hospitals and nursing homes, and visited people who needed to know someone cared. Late in life Dorothy helped form First Ladies, a ministry for widows that breaks through the loneliness that threatens those who have lost a spouse. Dorothy was a mentor, a “second mom” to many, an encourager, a true friend, and always an inspiration.

Dorothy is survived by her four children: Evangeline Jordan (and husband, Vernon); David Leslie Blankenship (and wife, Ann); Vicki Faye Hewitt (and husband, Danny); and Elvalena Harman. She also leaves behind nine grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren who love her dearly.

She is predeceased by her parents, Cecil and Elva Altom, and three spouses: Leslie Velpo Blankenship, Ross Taylor Bobbitt, and Herb Story.

Visitation will take place at Sawyer-George Funeral Home on Friday, April 25, 2014, from 2-8 p.m., with the family present from 5-7 p.m. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home in Corpus Christi, Texas, with Reverend Bill Simmons officiating. Graveside services and interment will take place immediately following the memorial service at Palms Memorial Gardens in Portland, Texas. Pallbearers will be Dorothy’s eight grandsons: Matt Jordan, Jason Jordan, Mark Blankenship, Jeff Blankenship, Brad Hewitt, Scott Hewitt, Reed Hewitt, and Nathan Harman.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations to South Texas Children’s Home (P.O. Box 1210, Beeville, Texas, 78104,, The American Cancer Society (P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73123-1718,, or the charity of their choice.

To God be all the glory, honor and praise. Amen.

Myrtle I. Rice

Rice, Myrtle

Myrtle I. Rice, 91, of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014. She was born October 12, 1922 in Agua Dulce, Texas to Otto M. Johnson and Varah M. Brooks Johnson.

She was a former member of the Onalaska Church of Christ and most recently the Arlington Heights Church of Christ in Corpus Christi, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward Evans Rice; her daughter, Norma Carole Murphy; her son, Richard Eddie Rice; her brothers and sisters, Kathryn Thornton, Nell Blissit, Brooks Johnson, A.C. Johnson, Antha Hahn, Henry Johnson and Forrest Johnson.

She is survived by her sons, Gary Douglas Rice of Louise, Texas and Ronald K. (Juanita) Rice, Sr. of Mathis, Texas; her sisters, Deletha Ascensio, of Corpus Christi, Texas and Janette Hallmark (Lytle) Arche of Corpus Christi, Texas; 9 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 2 P.M. until 6 P.M. with the family present from 4 P.M. until 6 P.M. Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 P.M. Thursday, April 24, 2014 in Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with Dale Mathis and Pastor John Byerley officiating. Graveside services and burial will be at 3 P.M. Friday, April 25, 2014 in Bold Springs Cemetery near Livingston, Texas.

Debra Delaine Fels

Fels, Debra

Debra Delaine Reutter Fels passed away on Saturday, April 19, 2014. She was born on September 8, 1956 in Corpus Christi to Frank and Jane Reutter.

Debra graduated from King High School in 1975 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Incarnate Word in 1979. She married Howard Fels on June 30, 1984. Debra was a retired registered nurse.

She is preceded in death by her father, Frank Reutter.

Debra is survived by her husband, Howard Fels; daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Jason Box of Corpus Christi; daughter, Allison Fels of Corpus Christi; mother, Jane Reutter of Corpus Christi; brother, David Reutter of Columbus, Ohio; brother-in-law, Kenneth Fels of San Antonio.

The family wishes memorial contributions be made to St. John Lutheran Chruch, 3316 Hummingbird Lane, Robstown, Texas 78380

Memorial services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at St. John Lutheran Church on Hwy 77 between Robstown and Five Points.

Mary Patricia Juranek

Juranek, Mary

Mary Patricia Juranek, age 65, of Beeville, Texas passed away April 14, 2014. She was born May 1, 1948 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Allen and Mary Baca.

Mary worked for CCAD for twenty-eight years. She loved to cook and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She is survived by her husband, James Martin Juranek of Beeville, Texas; children, James Martin Juranek, Jr., Keith Allen Juranek, Jacqueline Rene Gardner, Kimberly Ann Rodriguez, Theresa Marie Goodsell, Sheila Elizabeth Wright; brothers and sisters, Janet O’Dell, John Baca, Eileen Clary, Tom Baca; eighteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

The Rosary will be recited on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. in the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Michael Heras as celebrant.

Interment will be on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.

Jose P. Hernandez

Hernandez, Jose

Jose P. Hernandez, age 86, of Robstown, Texas left this earth on April 11, 2014. He was born in Pearsall, Texas on April 23, 1927.

Jose served in the United States Army and was a Veteran of WWII. He retired from Asarco. Jose’s life revolved around his home and his property that he worked tirelessly to make the place it is today. His “Twin Lakes”.

His parents Manuel and Adela Hernandez; two sons, Joe Hernandez, Jr., Rudy Hernandez and his eleven brothers and sisters preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Amelia Hernandez; his children, Angela (Jewel) Woods, Cruz (Diane) Hernandez, Rey Perez; many cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Many thanks go out to the staff at Angel Bright Hospice for their wonderful care.

The visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. with a Rosary being recited on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church with Rev. Bill Marquis as celebrant.

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