Archive for May, 2014

Lucile Hailey Eschberger

Eschberger, Lucile

Lucile Hailey Eschberger, our beloved mother and “Nana” left us for Heaven to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on May 19, 2014. Lucile was born to Alvah Lee and Willie Miller Hailey on February 5, 1914 in Kenedy, Texas. She moved with her family to Robstown, Texas when she was eleven years old, where she was a long time resident. She graduated from Robstown High School in 1931. She married our dad, Travis H. Eschberger, fellow Robstown Cottonpicker and high school sweetheart. Together they had three children, Sandy, Ronnie and Marilyn.

They were farmers, and an integral part of the Robstown community. When Travis died at age 40, Lucile took over managing the family farms. She was a devoted wife and mother, a real lady in every way, kind and loving to all. She was a woman of great faith, a strong prayer warrior and was a long time member of the First Methodist Church of Robstown. She loved to garden, and spend time with her children and grandchildren. Her goal was to live to be 100 years old, and she made that goal in a beautiful way in February of this year.

Lucile was preceded in death by her husband, Travis, her parents, her brothers, Glenn Hailey, Byron Hailey, K. Carlos Hailey, her sister, Willie Lee Hailey (Billie) Stubbs, grandsons, Brett and Bryan Schanen and great grandson, Ryan Vandivier.

She is survived by her children, Sandy Eschberger (Bobby) Schanen, Ronnie Eschberger (Sandy Miller Eschberger) and Marilyn Eschberger (Bill) Fowler; grandchildren, Leslie (Kevin) Vandivier, Rob (Shanna) Schanen, Scott (Lisa) Schanen, Ronda (J.T.) Lewellen, Troy Eschberger, Travis (Kellye) Thompson, Tama (Steve) Johnson; 13 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, friends and extended family, Tim (Denise) Fowler, Deborah (Charlie) Anderson and Cindy Schaaf and their children. Words cannot express how much love and wisdom she poured out over the years to family and friends. She was loved and adored by all of us and will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be one hour before the funeral service.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 P.M. Thursday, May 29, 2014 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with The Reverends Michael and Jill O’Brien officiating. Burial will follow in the Robstown Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Rob Schanen, Scott Schanen, Troy Eschberger, Travis Thompson, great grandsons, Sean Cook, Shannon Vandivier, Austin and Connor Schanen.

Fred Eugene Woolsey


Fred Eugene Woolsey 87, born on July 15, 1926 in Kansas City, Missouri.

He passed away peacefully on May 20, 2014 with his family by his side.

Fred was a WWII Army Veteran and very active in the VFW.

After retiring from many years of service with Nueces County, Fred enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

He will be greatly missed by his three sons, Michael, David, Russell (Caroll), two daughters, Renee (Bob) Tortorello, Holly (Michael) Stovall, eleven grand children and 1 great grandchild.

Visitation will be on Sunday, May 25, 2014 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm at Sawyer George Funeral Home, 12497 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78410.

Interment will full military honors will be on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.

Leroy Norman Brandon Jr.

Brandon, Leroy

Leroy Norman Brandon, Jr., 83, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014. He was born October 9, 1930 at a family ranch near Kerrville, Texas to Leroy N. and Florence Thomas Brandon. Having been raised on a ranch, he raised and showed Angora Goats and won first place in the State of Texas as a breeder for his Angora Billy Goat at the State Fair in Dallas. He graduated from Tivy High School in Kerrville in 1948 and attended one year at Schreiner University in Kerrville. He married Patricia Ann Stewart on August 28, 1950. Leroy joined the U. S. Coast Guard on May 28, 1951 in Galveston and received his honorable discharge on May 20, 1957 in Corpus Christi. He went to work for Delhi Taylor in Corpus Christi in 1957 and retired from the lab of Amerado Hess in New Jersey on March 31, 1986. He left Corpus Christi in 1971 and lived in New Jersey for 28 years and then moved back to Corpus Christi in 1999 and bought a home in Wood River in 2000. He belonged to Parkway Presbyterian Church and Jackson Woods Presbyterian Church in Corpus Christi and Pluckemin Presbyterian Church in New Jersey. He loved to hunt and fish.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Patricia Ann Stewart Brandon (August 12, 1931 to December 1, 2009), his sister, Betty Lee Brandon Ray and a grandson, Christopher Michael Brandon.

He is survived by his son, Leroy N. Brandon, III and his wife, Vicki, and their children, Dawn Brandon Flores (Jason), their children, Dareon Liesmann, DeAnna Liesmann, Jason Flores and Jaylin Flores, Leroy N. Brandon IV and Patricia Brandon; his son, Stewart Brandon and his wife Lyn-Dee Stafford Brandon, their children, Tanya-Lyn Brandon Prather (Austin), their children, Jack Prather and Oliver Prather; LeAnn Brandon Sandoval, (Vincent), their children, Austin Sandoval, Nolan Sandoval, Emily Sandoval and Preston Sandoval.

Visitation will be from 2 P.M. until 7 P.M. with the family present from 5 P.M. until 7 P.M. Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 P.M. Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Jackson Woods Presbyterian Church with Rev. Carla Mathews officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Austin Prather, Vincent Sandoval, Nolan Sandoval, Chris Braden, Jason Flores, Dareon Liesmann and Leroy Brandon, IV.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bob McKinley and Bob Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Jackson Woods Presbyterian Church.

Louise Lorenz Huntsman

Louise Lorenz Huntsman, 92, passed away on May 14, 2014, in Corpus Christi, Texas, after a long illness. The youngest of eight children, she was born on January 29, 1922 in Valley Mills, Texas, to Louis and Louise Lorenz.

Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Landon “Jimmy” Huntsman.

She is survived by two daughters, Louann of Corpus Christi, Texas and Lynette (Tony) Wedig of Tularosa, New Mexico; grandson, Brennan (Jen); granddaughter, Meredith (Tony); three great-grandchildren, one niece and several nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gentiva Hospice of Corpus Christi (210 S. Carancahua, Suite 301, Corpus Christi, TX 78401), The American Cancer Society, or the Music Ministry of First Baptist Church of Corpus Christi (3115 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78404).

Special thanks to caregivers Carmen, Celeste, Aida and Olivia in her last days.

Private graveside services.

Frances Ann Naismith Boatright

Boatright, Frances

Frances Ann Naismith Boatright, 79, of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away Saturday, May 10, 2014. She was born July 17, 1934 in Wamego, Kansas to James Sherman and Frances Pomeroy Naismith. Her grandfather invented the game of Basketball and her father started Naismith Engineering. She loved the Lord with all her heart and loved people. She attended several churches and was involved with numerous ministries. She was a member of Aglow International and also supported many children around the world through Compassion International. She graduated from W. B. Ray High School and earned her Bachelor of Education from the University of Texas in Austin.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Mark Daniel Boatright.

She is survived by her husband, Mody K. Boatright, her children, Carolyn Ann Moore, Judy Lee Boatright, Nancy Jane Amundson, Diane Jean Boatright and David Mody Boatright; her brother, James (Beverly) Naismith; 26 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be one hour before the funeral service.

The Funeral service will be conducted at 10 A.M. Saturday, May 17, 2014 at First Baptist Church Chapel on Ocean Drive with her brother, James Naismith officiating.

Graveside services will be conducted at 4 P.M. Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Glenrest Cemetery in Kerrville, Texas with Rev. Bubba Stahl officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Aglow International, or Compassion International,