Archive for July, 2014

Virginia Natus Willis

Willis, Virginia

Virginia Natus Willis, 102, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother died on July 22, 2014.

She was born on April 10, 1912 in Brownsville, Texas to John and Maria Gonzalez Natus. She lived most of her life in Corpus Christi and was a member of Jackson Woods Presbyterian Chruch. She was a homemaker and was most happy working in her garden and tending to her animals. She was a kind and happy person.

Virginia is preceded in death by her parents;  husband, John Allen Willis Sr. and sons, John Allen Willis Jr. and Robert Knox Willis; sisters, Consuelo Garcia and Pearl Nickles.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ella Leonard; daughter-in-laws, Elaine Willis and Lynne Willis; granddaughters, Julie Mitchell, Carrie Zirbes, Robin Garza(Woit) and Joni McCain (Michael); grandsons, Brent Willis (Eva) and Scott Willis; great-grandchildren, Nathan Mitchell, Walter Mitchell, Christopher Garza, Hunter Garza, Katie Zirbes, Julie Ann Zirbes, Grace Willis and Aubrie Willis; Nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to thank Christus Hospice and Palliative-Spohn and their staff; her caregivers, Roxanne Bazan, Alice Taylor and the late Nancy Weir.

Pallbearers will be Wolf Garza, Christopher Garza, Hunter Garza, Walter Mitchell and Nathan Mitchell.

Visitation will be from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Friday, July 25, 2014 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home, with Rev. Leona Corkill officiating.

Funeral service will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

David ‘Kicker’ Gonzalo Naranjo

Naranjo, David

David ‘Kicker’ Gonzalo Naranjo, 60, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed from death unto life with Jesus Christ, on July 22, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at Sawyer George Funeral Home in Corpus Christi, Texas on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.  Burial with full military honors  will follow at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.

David was born on August 30, 1953 in Corpus Christi, Texas to the late Gonzalo B. Naranjo, Jr. and Josephine Santos Naranjo.  David dedicated his life to Christ on February 6, 1995 and had struggled following after the Lord but had recommitted his life again in February 2014.  He graduated from Foy Moody High School and served for 18 years in the United States Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller.  He was retired from the United States Postal Service.

David was an avid supporter of Vietnam Veterans, POWs, and he loved to see the world from the view on his Harley Davidson motorcycle.  He was a loving father and loved being called ‘Papa D’ by his grandchildren.

David was preceded in death by his father, Gonzalo B. Naranjo Jr.  He leaves loving memories to his survivors:  his mother, Josephine Santos Naranjo; his sons, Nick (Gabriela) Naranjo and Joe Buck (Brenda) Naranjo; his three brothers, Ricardo Naranjo, Daniel (Nita) Naranjo Sr., Eduardo (Debbie) Naranjo; one sister, Christine (Jesus) Naranjo Tovar; and grandchildren, Austin Michael Naranjo, Olivia Abigail Naranjo and another due in 2014; and several nieces and nephews.  David is also survived by his ex-wife and longtime friend, Thelma Alatorre Naranjo.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Fisher House, Inc. 7485 Wurzback Rd, San Antonio, Texas, 78229 or by going online at

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Fisher House, San Antonio, Texas, for their hospitality to the family during David’s final days.

Virgia Belle Tye

Tye, Virgia

Virgia Belle Tye passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, with family by her side after a long illness.  She was born on August 14, 1927, in Normangee, Texas.  She moved to Corpus Christi in 1948, married Charles Dennis “Buster” Scott and raised three children.  Her marriage to Charles ended in 1978 and she later married Hugh Hanson Tye.  She loved gardening, canning vegetables, fishing, gambling, country-western dancing and raising her beloved German Shepherd dogs.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Margaret Easley Tucker; three brothers – Calloway, Johnnie D and Alfred Tucker; two sisters – Elizabeth Tucker Maness and Willie Tucker Childress; her husband, Hugh Hanson Tye; and one great-great grandchild, Jayden Felts.

She is survived by three children – Kenneth Scott, Carolyn Scott Kelley (Glen), and Margaret “Candy” Scott Ramsey (Tom); seven grandchildren – Steven Scott, Brandy Scott, Gary Knape Jr., Kendra Flores, Laura Kelley Reimer (Brent), Sky Hook, and Kristin Hook; ten great-grandchildren (plus one on the way), one great-great grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to Gary Knape Jr. for taking care of his Grandmother during her last days at home, Steven Scott who would visit his Grandmother often and entertain her (which she really looked forward to), Michael McCluskey, who spent hours chatting and watching television with her, and Legacy Home Health & Hospice for caring for her during her last few months.

Private services for the family will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014, at 11:00 A.M.  at the Coastal Bend State Veteran’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association at

Bernice Kaiser Balko

Balko, Bernice

Bernice Kaiser Balko, 85, passed away July 20, 2014.  Born to the late Paul and Lydia Kaiser in South Texas on April 30, 1929, she was a dedicated farmers wife, wonderful mother to her three children, and a devote grandmother.  Her great grandchildren were the light of her life.

She is survived by her husband Clarence Balko; children, Larry and Ralph (Dianne) Balko, and Brenda (Wade) Bode; grandchildren, Bobby, Mia, Alexis, and Neely Balko, Matt (Audrey), and Bryan Bode and Beth (Mak) Becker; and great-granddaughters Brooke and Brenna Becker, and Kaydance and Gweneth Bode

Bernice was a creative soul who put her many talents to use in baking concoctions like her famous cinnamon rolls, in painting landscapes of the South Texas plains, and in gardening.  She is remembered as one of the most kind, gentle, loving, and thoroughly good-to-the-core souls by those who held the privilege of knowing and loving her.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 6:00 pm-8pm at Sawyer George Funeral Home.  Services will be held Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Messiah Lutheran Church at 10 am.  Burial will follow at Robstown Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association.


The family would like to thank special friends Al, Louise, Sherry, Roy, and Janice for all the love and support that they provided through the years.  Additionally, we are eternally grateful for the wonderful caregivers that loved and took care of our Oma.

Peggy Sugarek

Sugarek, Peggy

Peggy Sugarek, 82, of Corpus Christi, Texas, formerly of Beeville, Texas, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014.  She was born February 1, 1932 in Midland, Texas to Wilbur and Margaret Smith Coleman.  Peggy was a retired school psychologist for the Beeville I.S.D. and at the time of her death was the organist for the Goliad Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her children, Margaret (John) Dunn of Beeville, Texas, Bill (Sharon) Sugarek of Calallen, Texas, Bob Sugarek of Kingsville, Texas and Ronnie (Debbie) Sugarek of Austin, Texas; her sister, Joan (Ted) McElroy of Alabama; 10 grandchildren, John (Jennifer) Stevenson, Amy (Jeff) Sweeney, Kelly Stevenson, Will (Leila) Stevenson, Jason (Heather) Sugarek, Jana (Johnny) Chapa, Kyle (Deidra) Sugarek, Sarah Sugarek, Blake Sugarek and Garry Don (Kushan) Sugarek; 16 great grandchildren, Luke, James, Paul, Oliver, Grant, Jaedin, Ethan, Timothy, Waylon, Kya, Ryder, Hannah, Jake, Emma, Jonathan “J.B.” and Dawn; 1 niece and 1 nephew.

Funeral services will be conducted at 4 P.M. Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel in Calallen with Rev. Bette Burris officiating.

Honorary pallbearers will be David Stevenson, Johnny McElroy, Norman Walters, Larry Searcy, Santos Villanueva and her grandsons.