Archive for September, 2014

Brenda Lawson Wostal

Wostal, Brenda

Brenda Lawson Wostal peacefully passed on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 in her home surrounded by family offering comfort and returning the love she spent her entire life giving.  She was 54 years old.  Brenda was born in Falfurrias, TX on September 15, 1960 and was the fourth child to Calvin and Ruth Lawson.

As a young lady, Brenda was involved in drama and enjoyed painting.  She always loved babies and children; therefore, she welcomed children by creating a home daycare which she continued for 10 years.  A walk in Brenda’s backyard reveals clear evidence of her passion for gardening and amazing green thumb, and a browse through her collection of novels shows her love of reading and energetic imagination. However, on a Sunday during football season you would almost never find her anything but excited and enthusiastically cheering for the Dallas Cowboys.

Brenda married Buddy on September 29, 1979 and became a devoted mother and wife who spent most of her time with her family.  She attended her children’s activities including traveling around the country for various competitions.  Not only did Brenda mother her own children, but she became a second mother to many of her children’s friends.

Brenda is survived by Buddy Wostal of Corpus Christi, TX, her husband of 36 years, daughter Nicole Rougeau (Jared) of Richmond, TX, and son Heston Wostal and daughter Tamara Wostal, both of Corpus Christi, TX; parents Calvin and Ruth Lawson of Odem, TX, sister Patsy Eichholtz (Tim) of Cypress, TX, brother Calvin C. Lawson (Joni) of Katy, TX, sister Frances Lundy of Clute, TX, and many nieces and nephews.

Brenda shared her love with many.  She was a faithful friend that would do anything for anyone.  She will be missed greatly and remain in our hearts forever.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel in the Calallen area in Corpus Christi, TX. Visitation and viewing will begin at 2 P.M and the funeral service will begin at 3 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Brenda’s honor to The American Cancer Society @

Gary “Bubba” Lee Lofthouse, Jr.

Lofthouse, Jr. Gary Lee

Gary “Bubba” Lee Lofthouse, Jr. age 44, was called up to Heaven suddenly on September 13, 2014. He was born on  January 6, 1970 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Gary loved sports.  From the age of 7 he started playing football.  He was on numerous Little League teams including his favorite the Dallas Cowboys.  Gary was the most dedicated Cowboys fan.  You could ask him anything about the Cowboys and he would know from past to present.  He also enjoyed playing baseball at Oilbelt Little League.  He attended Calallen ISD from 5th grade till graduation.  While at Calallen, Gary participated in many extracurricular activities, clubs, and organizations from the Pride of Calallen Marching Band to Track and Field, Power Lifting, and to being a proud Calallen Wildcat football player.  Gary played Varsity Football from the end of his Freshmen year through his Senior year.  He was a member of the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  Gary is a graduate of Calallen High School Class of 1988.  Upon graduation he attended Texas A&I in Kingsville where he majored in Business/Accounting.  He served as the Treasure of the Accounting Club his Sophomore and Junior years in college.  Gary graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Accounting from Texas A&I in 1992.  Upon graduation, he started working in the Accounting/Controller field.  He had the pleasure of working for and with outstanding people in the Beeville area, San Antonio area, and Corpus Christi area.

Gary was a loving son, brother, father, cousin, uncle and friend.  His family was the most important part of his wonderful life.  He never met a stranger for he was truly a people person and enjoyed everyone.  He would help anyone at any time even if it meant giving someone his last dollar.  Gary is loved by so many and was blessed with family and friends as loving as he was.  God has called home an amazing young man.

Gary is proceeded in death by his father,  Gary Lee Lofthouse, Jr.; Stepfather Robert Joseph Gonsoulin, Jr.; both maternal and fraternal grandparents.

Gary is survived by his devoted mother, Merikay Gonsoulin;  daughter, Camryn Lofthouse;  sons, Zachary and Keaghan Lofthouse;  sister, Karrie Lofthouse;  brother, Jeff (Notie) Brooks;  stepbrothers, Mark (Pauli) Gonsoulin, Danny (Rosemary) Gonsoulin, and Mike Gonsoulin;  nephew, Austin Lofthouse; aunt, Pamela Rogers;  many other family members and his fiancé, Patsy Reyna.

Visitation with the family present will be on Friday,  September 19, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm at Sawyer George Funeral Home at 12497 Leopard St, Corpus Christi, TX 78410.

Funeral Services will be conducted on  Saturday September 20, 2014 at 10:30am  at Annaville Baptist Church at 4025 Violet Rd, Corpus Christi, TX 78410 with Pastor Robert Simmons officiating.  Burial to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery  4607 Farm to Market Road 1889, Robstown, TX 78380.  The immediate family would like to extend an invitation to family and friends to join them back at the church following the burial for food and fellowship.

Pallbearers will be Austin Lofthouse, Jeff Brooks, Lonnie Fowler, Kight Rogers, David Hoskins, Cade Knudson, Danny Gonsoulin, and Mark Gonsoulin.  Honorary pallbearers:  Calallen Varsity Football Team Class of 1988.


Frankie Joe King

King, Frankie

Frankie Joe King, age 80, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away September 15, 2014.  He was born July 13, 1934 in Aransas Pass, Texas to John Hamilton and Myrtle Spears King.

Frankie was a graduate of Aransas Pass High School. He served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1959. After that he worked on a tug boat with his brother, Johnny King.  He worked for Sun Oil which later became Koch Refinery.  Frankie was a long time member of Grace United Methodist Church.

Frankie was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers and sisters, George Arlan King,  Johnny Edward King, Myrtle Mae Berna and Irene Swann.

He is survived by his wife of fifty three years, Ruthie King of Corpus Christi, Texas; his children, Brenda King and Lisa (John) Denson all of Corpus Christi, Texas and Gary (Kim) King of Escondido, California; grandchildren, Anessa Helsel and Amanda Helsel both of Corpus Christi, Texas, Lauren King and Rachel King both of Escondido, California.

Visitation will be on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 2:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the Grace United Methodist Church with The Rev. Stan Whites and The Rev. Michele Lott  officiating.

Interment will be at a later date in the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Building Fund of Grace United Methodist Church, 14521 Northwest Blvd., Corpus Christi, Texas  78410.

Charles Lynn Whitlock

Whitlock, Charles Lynn

Charles Lynn Whitlock, 78, entered his Heavenly home on Sunday, September 14, 2014.

He was born December 13, 1935 in Arab, Alabama to Ira and Jewell Whitlock. His parents moved to Mercedes, Texas when he was a child and he graduated from Mercedes High School in 1954.   He had a true passion for football and was a Tiger Varsity football player at the left guard position.  He married his high school sweetheart Barbara Ann Estes in October of 1955 and then proudly accepted the calling of the US Army when drafted. He served two years from 1958-1960 and then was recalled during the Cuban crisis in 1961.

Lynn worked for Hygeia and Halliburton before going to work for Celanese where he retired after 31 years of service. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Robstown for 40 years where he served as a Deacon and taught Sunday School.  He was currently a member of Calallen Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon until his health prevented him from remaining active.

Lynn never met a stranger and could talk the bark off of a tree. He always had a smile on his face and faced every situation with a calm disposition and ultimate trust in his Lord. He was an avid Calallen Wildcat football and baseball fan for almost 30 years missing games only recently upon his illness.

He is preceded in death by his parents and mother and father-in-law,Lillian and Leonard Estes; sisters, Hiwease Riley and Faye Reynolds; and brother, Wayne Whitlock.

In addition to his wife of 58 years, he is also survived by his only child, Shelly Lynn and son-in-law, Steven Floyd of Calallen; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary Ellen and Joe Dean of Fairview, Texas. He’s also survived by a nephew, two nieces, several cousins and countless amazing friends.

Special thanks to our Pastor Justin Moss and the entire Calallen Baptist family for your ministry and support through this journey. Thank you also to Dr. Kent Tompkins, the Spohn Hospice team and all the caregivers of Trisun River Ridge for the unbelievable support and care.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Calallen Baptist Church with Pastor Justin Moss officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Calallen Baptist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.


Bill F. Bode

Bode, Bill

Bill F. Bode, 86, passed away September 6, 2014.  Born to the late Marvin and Frances Bode in San Antonio, Texas on July 24, 1928, he was a dedicated husband, wonderful father, and exceptional grandfather and great grandfather.  He was a strong outspoken man, whose touch was firm, yet kind, and words were powerful, yet loving.  He had arms big enough to hold all his family and friends.

He spent his school years in Banquete, Texas, where in 1945, he was the first person from a class B school to make the All South Texas Football Team.  He also played semi-pro baseball and softball for many years.

After graduating from school, he worked in refineries around Banquete.  Bill married his high school sweetheart, Maxine Wagener, in 1949 and lived a happy life with her for 65 years.

In 1956, Bill and “Max” moved with their 4 children to the Calallen area.  He became interested in law enforcement and started working for the Nueces County Sheriff’s Department where he served as a patrolman, detective, captain, and chief jailer.  He loved his job and one of his proudest moments was when he was able to treat each prisoner to a Whataburger instead of their usual Thanksgiving dinners.

After 20 years with the sheriff’s office he ran for constable of the Calallen area and was re-elected four times.  He was both the “boogeyman” and the “good guy” to the kids in the Calallen and Tuloso area.  He was honored in 1998 by having the Calallen area County Building named after him.

Bill always considered himself a very lucky man because he had a family he loved, a job he loved, and a hobby (fishing) he loved.

Bill was preceded in death by his a son, Bryan Bode; a daughter, Roxy Linton; and a brother, Allen Bode.

He is survived by his wife, Maxine Bode; children, Betty (Greg) Murphy, and Wade (Brenda) Bode, and Mike Linton; grandchildren, Joli (Jeremy) Finch, Staci (Jared) McCullough, Beth (Mak) Becker, Matt (Audrey) Bode, Lacy (John Paul) Reed, Lori Linton, and Bryan Bode; and great grandchildren include, Jaden and Jaci Finch, Brooke and Brenna Becker, Murphy and Kollins McCullough, and Kaydance and Gweneth Bode.  He is also survived by a brother, John (Linda) Bode; a sister, Mary Lou (Roy) Goldman; and a very special sister-in-law, Loleta Riley and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Sawyer George Funeral Home Chapel.

Services will be conducted on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 10:00  a.m. at the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with The Rev. Michele Lott officiating.

Burial will follow at Robstown Memorial Park.

Pallbearers are Matthew Bode, Bryan Bode, Jeremy Finch, Jaden Finch, Mak Becker, and Jared McCullough.

Honorary Pallbearers include John Paul Reed, and Mike Linton.

Special thanks go out to Jackie Wittner, Molly Tinnell, Charlie Donnally, Jeff Lemley, Hospice workers, and all the nurses and caretakers at Trisun Care Center-River Ridge.

In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make contributions to the Grace United Methodist Church, 14521 Northwest Boulevard, Corpus Christi, Texas 78410 or to your favorite charity.