Archive for April, 2014

William Ross Atkinson Jr.

Atkinson Jr., William Ross

William Ross Atkinson, Jr. passed away Friday, April 11, 2014. He was born in El Paso, Texas on March 23, 1926 to William Ross and Alta Stallings Atkinson. He lived in Karnes City, Texas before moving to Robstown in 1951. He married Flora Jean Conger on October 20, 1951 in San Antonio, Texas. He was a member of River Hills Baptist Church, life endowed member of the Masonic Alamita Lodge #200 A.F.&A.M. of Kennedy, Texas. He was a 32nd degree Mason of the Scottish Rite of San Antonio Consistory, member of the Al Amin Shrine Temple and the V.F.W. He was a veteran of WWII serving in Germany. Ross worked for the Karnes County REA for five years before joining Tenneco in Agua Dulce in 1951. He retired from Tenneco in 1986 after thirty-five years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Martha Atkinson Taylor and Mary Atkinson.

He is survived by his wife of sixty two years, Flora Jean (Conger) Atkinson of Robstown, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Tom Ross and Candy Atkinson of Robstown, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Grace and Mike Buchanan of Corpus Christi, Texas; two brothers, Jessie (Pat) and John (Elaine) Atkinson of Victoria, Texas; five grandchildren, Lacey Davis of Houston, Texas, John Atkinson of Portland, Texas, Megan and Hunter Haberzettle of Corpus Christi, Texas; Sabrina Millard of Carrizo Springs, Texas; one great granddaughter, Kaylee Davis of Houston, Texas; two great grandsons, Christian and Matthew Millard of Carrizo Springs, Texas; four sisters-in-law, Penny (Charles) Wimberly, Uvalde, Texas, Ann Jones of Luck Wisconsin; Doris (Albert) Gantz of Tomball, Texas, Shirley (Jerry) Apodaco of Houston and brother-in-law Albert Conger of Alvin, Texas.

Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. with Masonic Memorial Service starting at 6:00 P.M. Monday, April 14, 2014 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Military Honors and graveside funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in the Karnes County Cemetery in Karnes City, Texas with Bro. Jody Simmons officiating.

Pallbearers will be John Atkinson, Hunter Haberzettle, Claude Otohal, Bob Howze, Lee Melde and Harold McCoulough .


Margie Hubrel Shelburne

Shelburne, Margie

Margie Hubrel Shelburne, age 91, of Robstown, Texas formerly of Taft, Texas, passed away April 10, 2014. She was born February 25, 1923 in Arden, Arkansas to William and Verna Lewis Hubrel.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Gordon Scott and Sanford Shelburne and her son Larry Shelburne.

She is survived by her daughters, Judith Rylant and Cheryl Shelburne; two brothers, Joseph Hubrel, and Leo Hubrel; seven grandchildren, Melissa Hart Dobbs (Randy), Wesley Hart, DeAn Rylant Dawson (Karl), Nicholas Shelburne (Kimberly), Mark Shelburne, Brian Shelburne, Erika Shelburne; eight great grandchildren, Beau Egbert (Cassie), Garrett Egbert, Conner Seaton, Ethan Shelburne, Alexandria Dawson, Taylor Dawson, Liam Shelburne, Phebe Shelburne; two great great grandchildren, Paris Egbert, Tripp Egbert; several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the “Rivera Family” for their love and care of Margie.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at the Taft Memorial Park Cemetery in Taft, Texas with Pastor Chuck Smith officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to the American Heart Association.

Margo E. Plumb

Plumb, Margo

Margo E. Plumb, a talented, creative soul, left this world on March 19, 2014.  She wasborn October 28, 1933 in American Falls, Idaho to the late Charles Crowder and Elizabeth Dille Crowder. In 1952, she married the Rev. James L. Plumb, who preceded her in death in 2001. Margo and James pastored churches in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Louisiana and Texas. They also managed nursing homes in Iowa, Oregon, Louisiana, Texas and Florida. Here in Corpus Christi, Margo worked as a seamstress at the C.C. State School until retiring a few years ago. Margo is remembered in the many places she lived for her creative artistry: She designed clothes and costumes, decorated parties and events, was an excellent cook and cake decorator. She wrote poetry and plays, read voraciously, and loved opera and gospel music. She was quick with puns, wordplay, and loved to tell a good story. Traveled to Samoa, Israel, and Turkey were highlights of her life. She also collected bells from all over the world. She was preceded in death by a sister, Ruthmary Crowder; two brothers, Kelly Crowder and Rev. Linfield Crowder, her husband, and a son, Timothy Plumb. She is survived by two sisters, Alice Trumblee and Gracie LaBombard, and three children, Dawn DuJour, Terence Plumb, and Candace Plumb. She also has four grandchildren; Isaac Byrne, Autumn Plumb, Camden Plumb and Tyrell Plumb, and four great- grandchildren. The two great-granddaughters who live here in Corpus, Madeline Plumb and Cloey Holler were a special joy to her in these last years. Valerie and Charlie Plumb reside in California and have skyped with her. A memorial service will be held on Palm Sunday, April 13 at 3pm, following a potluck lunch after the morning service at Country Tabernacle, 5818 FM 666, Robstown, Tx. Rev. John and Kathy Byerley and their congregation have been outstanding in their loving care for our widowed mother, and the family is deeply grateful. Memories and words of condolence may be left at Margo Plumb on

Leo D. Champion

Champion, Leo

Leo D. Champion, age 75, of Corpus Christi, Texas succumbed to cancer after a long and courageous battle on March 30, 2014. He was born January 2, 1939 in Marshall, Texas to William Frank and Ethel Pearl Champion.

Leo graduated Miller High School and attended Del Mar College.

He was employed with Billings Oil Service, Grayburn Company and was the Superintendent of the South Texas District for Nowsco Services.

Leo was a member of West Heights Baptist Church and a member of Valley A.P.I.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Charlie Brown, William Frank, Andrew, William Carroll, Jody Franklin and Jimalee Champion.

He is survived by his loving wife of fifty four years, Zelma Champion; daughter, Ricki Lynn (Jeff) Champion; sons, Leo “Bo” Champion, Leon “John” (Mary) Champion; grandchildren, Krystle, Katina, Kolby Champion; Ami, Allison, Travis Lyons all of Corpus Christi, Texas; great grandchildren, Tony and Rey of Corpus Christi, Texas; nieces and nephews, Jody, Mary, Patsy, Pete, Josh, Jeff Champion, Steve Lyons; close friends, Carl Lundmark and Gordon Henderson. He is also survived by five playful puppies and a grumpy cat.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Jackson Ormond, Dr. Orel Everett and the staff of Bay Area Day Surgery, Dr. Mahmood and Dr. Voorhees and the staff of the Cancer Center.

Memorial services will be conducted on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. in the Chapel of Sawyer-George Funeral Home with Bro. Ronnie Watson officiating.