Archive for August, 2014

Gladys Lorraine Winkelmann

Winkelmann, Gladys

Gladys Lorraine Winkelmann, 95, of Corpus Christi, Texas, a former resident of Brenham, Texas, passed away Friday, August 29, 2014.  She was born March 10, 1919 in Atascosa County, Texas to Ollie Horton Pilgrim and May Wells Pilgrim.

She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star both in Brenham.

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Steele Foster of Corpus Christi, Texas; her son, Buz Steele and his wife, Sherry of Brenham, Texas; grandchildren, Nathan Steele and his wife Angelika of Brenham, Texas and MMC Marcus Steele, serving  with the U. S. Navy and stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 10 A.M. Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at the Lytle Masonic Cemetery in Lytle, Texas.  Burial will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, 328 E. Main Street, Fredericksburg, Texas  78624.

David Norvell

Norvell, David

David Norvell, 61, passed away on August 22, 2014 surrounded by the ones he loved the most. David was born July 8, 1953. He proudly served our country for 7 years. After his military service he settled in Corpus Christi to work for Flint Hills Resources and retired after 31 years. David then moved with his wife, Linnie to London, Texas to enjoy his retirement. He was a huge fan of racing, loved hunting and fishing. David loved aviation and working on anything he could get his hands on. He was extremely smart and could work on anything.
David is preceded in death by his parents Marcus and Patricia Norvell of Houston, Tx.
Left to cherish his memories are his loving wife, Linnie Norvell of London, Tx. His sons, Dwayne (Shawna) Norvell, Danny Norvell of Corpus Christi, Tx.  and Jamie Norvell of Watertown, South Dakota.  Danny (Sharlene) Tate, and Crystal (Larry) Young of Corpus Christi, TX.  His grandchildren, Landon and Braylon Norvell, Tanner, Colby, and Conner Tate, and Lexi Young all of Corpus Christi, TX.

His siblings, Mark (Kathy) Norvell of Barksdale, TX. Cindy (Chris) Simon of Houston, Tim Norvell and George (Julie) Norvell of Houston, TX. He also had several nephews and nieces.

David was loved by many and will remain in our Hearts forever.

Pallbearers will be Danny Tate, Larry Young, Shawn Bradshaw, Justin Bradshaw, Cody Bradshaw and David Evans.

Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the services.

Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 9:30 A.M. at the Sawyer-George Funeral Chapel.

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

In lieu of flowers, family would like you to donate to Wounded Warriors in Memory of David.

Jeanne Arline Clyne Griffin

Jeanne Arline Clyne Griffin, 87, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. Jeanne is preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Kenneth Henry Griffin. She is survived by her three children, Kenneth Hal Griffin (wife Leah), Sue Ann Riddle (husband Tom) and Madolin Dell Cooper (husband Scott); grandchildren, Ellen K. Farmer (husband Tom), Valoree Sides (husband James), and T.C. Riddle; great grandchildren, Ryan Farmer, Waden, Landen, and Madison Sides and numerous cousins. Visitation will be from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Friday, August 22, 2014 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home. Funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel. Private burial will be at  Memory Gardens Cemetery. Her family wishes to express gratitude to the staff of Trisun River Ridge and Christus Hospice for the exceptional care she received.

Marlon D. “Cotton” Atwood, Sr.

Atwood, Marlon

Marlon D. “Cotton” Atwood, Sr., 82, of Sandia, Texas, passed away Thursday,  August 14, 2014.  He was born October 4, 1931 in Rising Star, Texas to Clarence Ford Atwood and Mable Erwin Atwood.  Cotton was employed in the oil and gas industry in the field of drilling and marine pipeline.  He traveled extensively, working in Mexico, Venezuela, North of France, Ghana on the Ivory Coast of Africa, Port Gentil South East Africa and Lagos, Nigeria.

Cotton was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Maxine and Laverne, and his brother, Roland.

He is survived by his sons, Marlon “Woody” (Jennifer) Atwood, Jr. and Geoff (Tammy) Atwood; his daughter, Susan (Bobby) Wynn; seven grandchildren, Kimber-Lea (Taylor) Wiggins, Will, Karrigan, Devin, and Reese Atwood, Justin and Travis Wynn; one great grandchild, Madelynn Wiggins; one brother, Doug (Doris) Atwood; one sister, Vondell (Charles) Cranford; and the love of his life for 63 years, Jan.

Visitation will be from 2 P.M. until 8 P.M. with the family present from 5 P.M. until 7 P.M. Monday, August 18, 2014 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 A.M. Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will follow in Robstown Memorial Park.

Gertrude “Tootie” Bickham

Bickham, Gertrude

Gertrude “Tootie” Bickham – our beloved Tutu – was called home after a brief but courageous battle with cancer on August 13, 2014.  She was born September 21, 1933 in Orange Grove, Texas to August and Martha Bues Stech.  She was the thirteenth of fourteen children and was preceded in death by her brothers, Adolph, Herbert, Ed, Bill, Augie, Bob, and Marvin and sisters, Dora, Emma, Lily, and Hilda.  Tootie grew up in Orange Grove, Texas and  attended Orange Grove High School where she played basketball, softball, volleyball, and played the drums, and was a majorette with the marching band.

Tootie married her first husband, Ben “Bob” Bickham on March 21, 1953.  Bob and Tootie had three children, sons, Robert Bickham (Helen) and Allen Bickham (Terri), and daughter, Cheryl Fair (Pete) all of Corpus Christi, Texas.  She cared for Bob throughout a lengthy illness, never leaving his side until his death in October, 1996.

On January 21, 2000, Tootie married Larry Bickham, and the two of them enjoyed many happy years together, checking the crops, feeding the cows, traveling (especially trips to Coushatta), and most especially Sunday dances at Community Hall.

Tootie is survived by her adoring husband, Larry; her three children, Larry’s children, Brad Bickham (Sarita) of Odem, Texas, and Sheri James (Scott) of Corpus Christi, Texas, whom she loved dearly.  She is also survived by her grandchildren, of whom she was so proud; Jessica, Brady and Ben Fair, Erin and Hailey Bickham, Drew, Weston and Baileigh James. and Brin and Blake Bickham, Amber Prince and Ryan Flores as well as great grandchildren, Emma, Wyatt, Cooper, Dalton and baby Paige, expected in November.  She is survived by sisters, Sis Bickham of Corpus Christi, Texas and Butch Laird of Livingston, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins and close friends.

Tutu always had the prettiest yard on the block  and found so much joy in the outdoors.  She especially enjoyed the arrival of a new calf, her fish pond, and watching the birds from her back patio, a cup of coffee in hand.  Mom will be deeply missed, but the family takes comfort in knowing she’s with the Lord, dancing across Heaven.

Visitation will be from 3 P.M. until 8 P.M., with the family present from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M., Friday, August 15, 2014 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 A.M. Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Odem, Texas.

Pallbearers will be Brady Fair, Ben Fair, Drew James, Weston James, Spencer Davis and Rob Adair.