Archive for August, 2015

Richard Earl Brunner

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Richard Earl Brunner

Banquete, Texas

In the early morning hours of August 26, 2015, God dispatched an angel to free Richard Earl Brunner of his pain and suffering, to bring him home to be with Him.   His kind, gentle, courageous, loving spirit left this world, at the age of 86, in Corpus Christi, surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 29, 1929 in Flatonia to Felix Xavier and Annette (Nettie) Bertha Brunner.

Richard attended Flatonia High School and graduated from Texas A&I College with a BS degree in Natural Gas Engineering.  After graduation, he worked in Dallas for a few months before being commissioned into the United States Navy, where he became a lieutenant as an aircraft carrier fighter pilot on the USS Boxer in the Korean War.  He flew 44 missions, received many medals and commendations and survived to tell the tale despite having his plane shot down over enemy airspace.  He married his wife of 63 years, Barbara Laine Brunner, on August 23, 1952, in Robstown. After his time in the Navy, he worked as a professional engineer on natural gas pipelines all over Texas and Oklahoma.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories his sons Richard T. Brunner and his wife, Benita, of Corpus Christi; James (Jim) Brunner and his wife, Geneva, of Orange Grove; John Brunner, of Banquete, and beloved girlfriend, Lucero Tellez, of Corpus Christi; daughter Robbe Brunner and her beloved boyfriend, Mark Henricks, of Austin; brother Dennis Brunner and his wife, Georgia, of Flatonia; nephew Brian Brunner and niece Amber Carruthers and families, both of Austin; granddaughter Shea Lynn Brunner, of Kingsville, and great-granddaughter Brianna Brunner of Callallen. He also leaves behind his beloved kitties, Tabitha and Midnight, his dog Winston and many, many beloved friends and relatives.

Richard will be remembered for his positive, humorous outlook.  His kindness towards others, both friends and total strangers.  His reluctance to complain.  His eagerness to help.  His courageous, fighting spirit.  His sense of adventure and his desire to go west.

Visitation will be on Monday, August 31, 2015, from 5-8 pm at Sawyer-George Funeral Home, 12497 Leopard St., Corpus Christi.

Chapel service will be conducted Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at 10am at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

A graveside service will be on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at 2 pm at Oak Hill Cemetery in Flatonia.

The family also wishes to thank the dedicated staff and nurses at Christus Spohn Hospital for their professional, kind and compassionate care given to Richard.   Thank you, Dr. Bonelli, for taking such good care of him.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made by donating in Richard’s honor to South Texas Children’s Home, the Humane Society or charity of your choice.

Annetta Jean “Sally” Carrell

Annetta Jean “Sally” Carrell, age 80, of Odem, Texas passed away August 27, 2015. She was born November 22, 1934 in Sinton, Texas to Culberson C. Curtiss and Allie Gertrude Hughes. She married Earnest C. Carrell, Sr. on August 5, 1951.

She was preceded in death by her parents , Culberson C. Curtiss and Allie Gertrude Hughes, her husband, Earnest C. Carrell, Sr., her brothers, Coy L. Curtiss, Benjamin F. Curtiss, and Doyle Curtiss and a sister, Lenora Manzenberger.

She is survived by her children, Carlene G. McClure, Trudy J. Walker (Melvin) and Earnest C. Carrell Jr. (Patti); her sisters-in-law, Sarah Curtiss and Jean Curtiss; five grandchildren, Jason C. Walker (Amanda), Clayton G. Walker (Dana), Nathan B. Walker, Danné C. Perez (Gil), Jeremy S. McClure; seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services were private.

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

Kenneth L. Smith

Smith, Kenneth

Kenneth L. Smith, 80, of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015.  He was born February 2, 1935 in Allen, Oklahoma to Walter C. Smith and Opal Duncan Smith.  Kenneth spent his early years in the oil fields of California and North Dakota.  While between jobs, he came to Corpus Christi in the summer of 1957 to visit some of his old friends from Allen, Oklahoma. Most of those folks had come down and gone to work at Suntide Refinery.  Suntide (now Flint Hills) was still hiring, so Kenneth hired on and spent the next 40 years at the refinery and worked his way up to Operations Manager.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, a nephew, Shane Matthews, and his wife, Twyla Mays Smith in January, 2007.

He is survived by his daughter,  Kenna Smith: his son, Tracy (Terri) Smith; four grandchildren, Paige Smith, Kaylynn “Katy” Smith, Ryan Smith and  Kelsi Smith; Joan Scott and her two sons, Curtis and Daymon Rogers and their families; sister, Carolyn (Keith) Snedeker; niece, Jessica Baker; grand niece, Brailee Baker.

Visitation will be from 4 P.M. until 8 P.M. Sunday, August 30, 2015 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 P.M. Monday, August 31, 2015 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor John McAllister officiating.  Burial will follow in Robstown Memorial Park on FM 1889.

Pallbearers will be O. S. “Poncho” Vickery, W. A. Patillo, George Johnson, T. D. Addkison, Curtis and Daymon Rogers.

Patricia June Eller


Eller, Patricia

Patricia June Eller, 85, of Wharton, Texas, a previous longtime resident of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in Richmond, Texas. She was born June 7, 1930 in Wichita, Kansas to R.C. Little and Elmeretta Marteney Little. She was a retired school teacher in Robstown and Corpus Christi and a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Corpus Christi.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Carl Wesley Eller and a son, Ricki Eller.

She is survived by her son, Robert Eller of Parker, Colorado; her daughter, Roben Eller of Wharton, Texas; her brothers, Robert G. (June) Eller of Houston, Texas,

and Bill (Joan) Little of Lindale, Texas; sister-in-law, Dorothy June Swatzel of St. George, Kansas; nieces and nephews, Ricki Vetters, David Little, Deborah Key, Dawn Burleson;  Bill Swatzel, Linda and Ron Phillips of St. George, Kansas and  Debra and Lewis Spiers of Alvin, Texas

Visitation will be from 9 A.M. until 10 A.M. Monday, August 31, 2015 at Grace United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 A.M. Monday, August 31, 2015 at Grace United Methodist Church with The Rev. Jason Fry officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Grace United Methodist Church, 14521 Northwest Blvd., Corpus Christi, Texas 78410 or to the Rick Eller Memorial Tennis Scholarship, Wharton High School, #1 Tiger Avenue, Wharton, Texas 77488.

Laurie Kay Scott

Scott, Laurie

Laurie Kay Scott, age 58, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away August 24, 2015.

She was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on April 5, 1957 to David T. and Barbara Warren.

Laurie was an avid gardener and loved to fish. She loved animals, the beach, and rock and roll music. She always gave 110% and was a dedicated and generous person.

Laurie was preceded in death by her parents, David T. and Barbara Warren, and her aunt, Charlotte Hines.

She is survived by her daughters, April Ann Scott of Corpus Christi and Amber Lee Scott of Round Rock, Texas; sisters, Jennifer Lee Hoskinson (Vance) of Victoria, Texas, and Lynne Ann Taylor (Wally) of Austin, Texas, many nieces and nephews, and all of her fur babies.

Memorial Services will be conducted on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 11:30 A.M. in the Arlington Heights Church of Christ with David Srygley officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Gulf Coast Humane Society, 3118 Cabaniss Rd., Corpus Christi, Texas 78415.