Archive for June, 2015

Justin Wade Worden

Worden, Justin

Justin Wade Worden, died unexpectedly on June 18, 2015 in Corpus Christi, TX at the age of 31. He was born February, 1984 in Corpus Christi, the son of Wes and Brenda Worden. He attended Calallen schools and graduated from Calallen High School in 2003.

He is preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Doyal and Beatrice Worden; maternal grandfather, Jimmy Lawhon and aunt, Carla Lawhon Martini. Justin is survived by his mother, Brenda Worden; his father, Wes Worden; his sister, Kristin Dillon and her husband, James; his nephew, Maddox Dillon; his maternal grandmother, Shirley Johnson and her husband, Bill; his aunt, Kay Hamlyn and her husband Steve; his uncle’s, David Lawhon and his wife Carolyn, Danny Lawhon, Arlis Worden and his wife Jocelyn; his cousins, Lisa Field, Shawn Hamlyn, Alex Lawhon, Sarah Lawhon, Ryan Lawhon, Kyle Lawhon, Jacob Worden, Amberly Worden, Kelton Worden, David Martini, Nick Martini and Phillip Martini.

Justin worked in many areas of construction with multiple companies and was actively involved in the deer breeding business with his father. Justin was a free spirit who loved life. He was always ready to lend a helping hand and truly loved his family. He had such an inviting smile and a contagious laugh.

He had many friends and will truly be missed by all. Visitation will be on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, from 6-8pm. The funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at 10am at the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Justin’s life. The family would like to thank everyone in advance for their condolences.

Funeral services entrusted to Sawyer-George Funeral Home, Inc., 12497 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78410. (361) 242-3205  Please visit our web site at

Benjamin “Benny” Nemec

Nemec, Benny

Benjamin “Benny” Nemec, 70, lost his battle with Huntington’s Disease on Thursday, June 18, 2015 with his loving wife, Marilyn, by his side in Weatherford, Texas.

Benny was born February 1, 1945 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Fred and Anastazie Nemec.  He was the fifth of the eight children, with three sisters and four brothers.  His father, a Robstown area farmer, passed away when Benny was just 12 years of age, leaving he and his siblings to help their mother keep the farm going before and after school, as well as during the summers.

Benny graduated from Corpus Christi Academy High School in 1963, where he played football, basketball and baseball.  He attended Texas A&I University in Kingsville and took an active role in the fraternity system, where he was the final president of the Sigma Rho chapter and the first president of Sigma Chi. It was here that Benny established many long lasting friendships that helped shape both his personal and business futures.  He married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Miles, before the start of his senior term on September 3, 1966.

Following his graduation from college with a business degree in 1967, Benny and Marilyn returned to where he grew up in order to take over the Nemec farm and start a family of their own.  In 1971 Benny decided to join his stepfather, Harry Kennedy, as an insurance agent in Robstown.  He retired from the insurance field in January of 2012.

Benny’s interests included going country dancing Friday and Saturday evenings with his wife, as well as anything that involved being outdoors with family and friends.  Weekend barbecues were very common, either at the Nemec house or the homes of their friends – and Benny was always manning the grill.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing, as well as any sports or activity in which his two children, Dede and Benjy, were participating.  Through the years, he was involved in St. Peter’s Catholic Church and St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church with the Knights of Columbus.  Later in life, he returned to his roots as a farmer while spending his time with his wife gardening and doing yard work.  Then as Huntington’s Disease robbed him of this pleasure, he spent most of his waking hours watching farming and gospel programs on RFD television.

Benny is survived by his wife, Marilyn; his daughter, Dede Crawford and her husband, Matthew, of Weatherford; his son, Dr. Benjy Nemec and wife, Amie, of Austin; his grandchildren, Wesley Crawford and Allison Crawford; his older brothers,  Fred Nemec Jr, of Robstown, and Joe Nemec, of Austin; his older sister, Patricia Nemec, of Houston; and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, Benny was preceded in death by his stepfather, Harry Kennedy; his older sister, Elizabeth Runte; his younger brothers, Michael Nemec and Dr. Richard Nemec; and his younger sister, Dr. Anna Nemec.

A service of remembrance and rosary will be held at 7:00 pm Friday, June 26 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church at 16602 F.M. 624, (Northwest Corpus Christi) with a reception following in the parish hall.  Funeral services will also be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church at 10 am Saturday, June 27, with graveside services immediately following at Seaside Memorial Park.  A remembrance celebration after interment will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church parish hall.

The family strongly requests that donations be made to Huntington’s Disease Society of America at in lieu of flowers.

Carolyn Grace Wostal

Wostal, Carolyn

Carolyn Grace Wostal, 81, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away Thursday, June 11, 2015.  She was born November 20, 1933 in Beaumont, Texas.  She was a member of St. John of the Cross Catholic Church and the Altar Society in Orange Grove, Texas, the Jim Wells County Fair Association Board, a 4-H Leader, and active with the Senior Citizens in Corpus Christi and Mathis, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob “Jake” Wostal; her son, Gordon Alex Wostal; her parents, Gordon Lindsay Pugh, Sr. and Thelma Wooldridge Pugh; and a brother, Gordon Lindsay Pugh, Jr.

She is survived by her daughters, Claudia (John) Sifferd and Charlene (Mike) Sandroussi all of Corpus Christi, Texas; her sister, Nelda Gammel of Corpus Christi, Texas; her grandchildren, Christopher Jacob (Amanda) Sandroussi, Michael John Sandroussi, Cody Allen (Amanda) Bauman and Sara Gail (Ernest) Garza; her great grandchildren, Emma Garza, Everly Garza, Bryson Bauman and Maleia Bauman; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will begin at 5 P.M. Monday, June 15, 2015.  The Rosary will be recited at 7 P.M. Monday, June 15, 2015 all at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 A.M. Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Seamus McGown as celebrant.  Burial will follow in St. John of the Cross Catholic Cemetery in Orange Grove, Texas.

Qida Zhao

Zhao, Qida

Qida Zhao, 73, died on Sunday, June 7, 2015.

He was born on December 27, 1941 in China.

He is survived by his wife, Yuru Wang; son, Yang Zhao (Wen Shen);

two daughters, Linda Muller (Danny Xac) and Juan Zhao (Zhongwei Gao).

Visitation will be today, Sunday, June 14, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be conducted at 10:30 am on Monday, June 15, 2015 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Edward “Pete or Ed” Olson Offutt

Edward “Pete or Ed” Olson Offutt died peacefully on May 12, 2015 in Corpus Christi, Texas at the age of 75. Ed was born on August 12, 1939 in New Edinburg, Arkansas to Hugh and Ellen. He married Elizabeth Walker in 1970.  Before and after moving to Corpus Christi, Ed spent many years in the oilfield, primarily in sales. Ed was a cowboy out of his time.  He truly enjoyed the Old West and many of his pastimes revolved around that.  Ed was also an accomplished leather and wood craftsman and often made furniture and reworked saddles and other leather goods. He was absolutely devoted to his grandson and was intent on teaching him the finer points of leatherwork. Ed is preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Ellen (nee Cox) Offutt; brother , Leonard Offutt; nephew, Jonathan Offutt; as well as grandparents and other family members. Ed is survived by his daughter, Cynthia Offutt Porterfield (Jay Porterfield) of Corpus Christi; his beloved grandson, Colin; his sister, Marjorie Offutt Graham of Story, Arkansas; his brother, William Offutt of Liberty, Texas;  his niece, Nancy Harrod Johnson; nephews, Gene Harrod, Russell Harrod, Larry Offutt and Joe Offutt, as well as many great nieces and nephews. A memorial is scheduled for 2:00pm on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Corpus Christi, with a reception to follow in the fellowship hall. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Ed’s life. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Ed’s name to the St. Mark’s Youth Endowment Fund or (