Archive for October, 2015

Mary Lou Jackson

Mary Lou Jackson, age 77, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away October 30, 2015.

Visitation will be on Monday, November 2, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 12:00 noon in the Chapel of the First Baptist Church, 3115 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas 78404.

Graveside services will follow at 3:00 P.M. at the Cenizo Hill Cemetery in Mathis, Texas.



Kathleen King

King, KathleenKathleen King, age 100, of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away on October 29, 2015. She was born August 5, 1915 in Paris, Texas to William I. and Sarah Russell. She sold real estate for 25 years in Corpus Christi for Alfred Edge Realtors and was a member of Calallen Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents, all her brothers and sisters, husbands, Boyd Mathis and John King, and daughter, Jean Emery.

She is survived by her son, Jerry (Barbara) Mathis; daughter, Peggy (Roger) Poe; 10 grandchildren, Chuck (Michelle) Mathis, Renee Mathis (Randy) Hale, Gary (Sandra) Mathis, Ken (Monica) Mathis, Terri (Jim) Montgomery, Cecil (Terri) George, Desiree (Dennis) Friedman, Dierdre Emery, Paul (Melissa) Gross and Carolyn (Gordon) Lynn; 17 great grandchildren; 7 great great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 2 P.M. until 8 P.M. with the family present from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 A.M. Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gary Mathis officiating. Burial will follow in Seaside Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calallen Baptist Church.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kent Tompkins, Bethany and Edna for their

love and special care of Mrs. King.

Glen Davis

Davis, Glen

Glen Davis, 81, of Calallen, Texas, passed away Friday, October 23, 2015 at his home after an illness. He was born December 17, 1933 in Mont Belvieu, Texas to Joseph R. and Virgil Granger Davis. Glen graduated from Calallen High School, and was a U. S. Navy veteran. He retired from Central Power and Light Company in 1988 after 42 years of service. Glen was a member of Calallen Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, J. R. Davis, and three sisters, June Bevly, Sue Roberts and Marilyn Isenberg.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Jo Bickham Davis of Calallen, Texas; four sons, Jeffrey (Gloria) Davis of Corpus Christi, Texas, Dale (Beverly) Davis of Portland, Texas, Brad (Donna) Davis and Spencer (Laura) Davis all of Calallen, Texas; three sisters, Peggy Clark of Corpus Christi, Texas, Sandy (Mike) Smith of George West, Texas, and Margie Overton of Robstown, Texas; six grandchildren, Karri (Ben), Zach, Cody, Austin, Lacey and Morgan; 3 great grandchildren, Benjamin, Daniel and Ethan; numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family present will be from 4 P.M. until 6 P.M. Sunday, October 25, 2015 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 A.M. Monday, October 26, 2015 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Justin Moss officiating.

Entombment will follow in Robstown Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Those who wish may make contributions to Calallen Baptist Church.

Judge J. T. Ellison


Judge J. T. Ellison, 78, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away Friday, October 23, 2015 at a local hospital. He was born October 31, 1936 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Thomas Carl Ellison and Emma Irene Friday Ellison. J. T. graduated from Tuloso-Midway High School in 1955, attended Del Mar College from 1955 to 1957, graduating in 1957 and graduated from Texas A&I College in Kingsville in 1959 with a BS in Education. He was employed by Brooks Co. I.S.D. from 1959 to 1962 and Calallen I.S.D. from 1962 to 1982. He was the Nueces County Justice of the Peace Pct. 6, Place 1 from 1983 to 2000. J. T. was a member of Jackson Woods Presbyterian Church and the Masonic Lodge. He was a very generous man and donated to many charities and organizations.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Charles Maurice Ellison, a niece, Joan Ellison Bennett and a grand niece, Ashley Iacona.

He is survived by his nephew, Jerry Ellison; a grand niece, Kim Calloway and a great nephew, Jerry Ellison, Jr. and a close friend and caretaker, Carlos Vallejo all of Calallen, Texas.

Visitation will be from 2 P.M. until 8 P.M. Monday, October 26, 2015 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 A.M. Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery in Refugio County, Texas.

Rachel Ann Bates McCants

McCants, Rachael

Rachel Ann Bates McCants was born at home in Clifford, Pennsylvania on September 13, 1943 to Glenn and Sarah Bates. Her mother died when she was three years old and was raised by her maternal grandparents, Mamie and Walter Bates. Her father was away from home for extended periods, that being the lot of an engineer on the Delaware and Hudson Railroad during the war years. She attended a one room schoolhouse in Clifford where the older students helped and instructed the younger students. Her instructors during those formative years included her older sisters, Barbara and Rebecca. She did show a propensity for kicking her lunch bucket down the ice covered hills on the walk to school. She went to high school at Mountain View High School which was reached by a bus ride of more than one hour each way. After a brief stint in secretarial school, she started working as a sales clerk at Eynon Drug in Eynon, Pennsylvania. Later she worked in a record store as a sales clerk.

A very young second lieutenant came into the store and asked for a record by an obscure jazz artist. They didn’t have the record, but she compensated by accepting his dinner invitation … she also made sure that the record was in-stock the next time that lieutenant showed up. She apparently saw more in the lieutenant than the United States Army did. One thing led to another as they tend to do, they were married on November 13, 1971. The lieutenant had by then reached the exalted rank of first lieutenant.

They moved to Ponca City, Oklahoma , since that was where he would reclaim his job with Continental Oil Company. There was great distress on the part of her grandmother, who had somehow missed the fact that the Indian Territory had become a state in the years since she had left school. Her husband had to reassure her grandmother that, in fact, Oklahoma had become almost civilized and scalpings had declined considerably since she had studied geography. Later when the couple moved to Wyoming, the husband had to reassure her grandmother that the cowboys did not shoot up saloons on a routine basis in Billings anymore. Several short-term assignments in obscure locations allowed Rachel to experience much of the United States. She seemed to thrive on change and seemed to take whatever the new location offered and welcomed the entertainment offered. She seemed to enjoy meeting people everywhere in the United States. and they seemed to immediately take a liking to her.   She went and enjoyed camping in quite a few parts of the United States. She became accustomed to elk bugling behind the tent and deer casually wandering through the campsites.

Finally her husband secured a permanent position in Hammond, Indiana. During those years, both kids were born in nearby hospitals. The first, Stacie, was born in Valparaiso, Indiana and the second, Glenn, was born in the nearer town of Crown Point, Indiana.

Three winters in the Chicago area convinced Rachel that the South had to offer a much more salubrious climate. Her husband accepted employment in the new firm of Valero Energy (actually the much-hated Lo-Vaca Gathering) and moved to the headquarters city of San Antonio, Texas. Later a position opened up in Corpus Christi, Texas and the couple moved there.

Rachel had some experience dealing with kids with special needs and accepted a position as a special education aide at the nearby Wood River Elementary.   She worked at that position for more than ten years.

In 1991, she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and started her fight with that relentless thief of life and mobility. She fought an heroic rear-guard fight, never uttering a word of protest as her activities were curtailed. She liked to walk and that was taken from her. She truly enjoyed quilting and that was gradually taken away from her.

In 2001, the couple took a trip to Scotland, Wales and England. Her disease didn’t prevent her from experiencing the joy of new sights and sounds. Once again, even people who spoke a funny brand of English or Gaelic seemed to enjoy her presence and she enjoyed theirs. She seemed to attract people even in a pub, enjoying a “ploughman’s lunch”.

Rachel died October 19, 2015 and is survived by her husband, Earle and her two children, Stacie McCants and Glenn McCants (Erika).

The funeral will be Friday, October 23, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the Sawyer-George

Funeral Home Chapel where we will celebrate the dash part of (1943-2015) and

the release of her earthly woes.