Archive for February, 2016

Msgr. William Celestine Murray


Msgr. William Celestine Murray died Thursday, February 25, 2016 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Msgr. Murray was born on April 3, 1931 in Waterford, Ireland to William and Mary Murray. He received his seminary training at St. John’s College in Waterford where he was ordained on June 19, 1955 at the Waterford Cathedral. Rev. Murray was invested as a Monsignor on January 5, 2005.   With dedication and dignity Msgr. Murray served the Diocese of Corpus Christi for 60 years. Msgr. Murray served as pastor and associate pastor in many parishes throughout the diocese, including Christ the King (Corpus Christi), Our Lady of Refuge Parish (Refugio), St. John of the Cross Parish (Orange Grove), St. John Neumann Parish (Laredo), St. Frances of Rome Parish (Agua Dulce), Immaculate Conception (Goliad), St. Gertrude Parish (Kingsville), Sacred Heart (Rockport), St. Elizabeth Parish (Alice) St. Therese of the Little Flower (Woodsboro) and St. Anthony (Violet). Msgr. Murray taught religion at Incarnate Word High School; served on the Conference of Christians and Jews; was Dean of the Kingsville and Refugio Deanery; served as director of Catholic Boy Scouts; was on the National Committee on Scouting; was a Pro-Synodal Examiner; served on the Senate of Priests; was an advocate of the Diocesan Tribunal; served on the Priest Personnel Board; served on the Presbyteral Council; served as chaplain of the Serra Club in Kingsville; and was a member of the Equestrian Order of Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Msgr. Murray was a Knight of Columbus member for over 55 years. He became a fourth degree Knight on June 1, 1987. He served as a chaplain of the Knights of Columbus Council 1202. Services for Msgr. Murray will be held at St. Anthony Parish in Violet. A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2016; Mass of Christian burial with Bishop Wm. Michael Mulvey as Celebrant will be at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Burial will be in the St. Anthony Cemetery following the Funeral Mass.

Randy Lynn Maughan

Randy Lynn Maughan, 58, of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away Friday, February 19, 2016 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was born October 23, 1957 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Max and Georgia Infield Maughan.  He was a carpenter by trade.

He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Marie Buford; his mother, Georgia Maughan; and his wife, Marlene Maughan.

He is survived by his daughters, Miranda (The Rev. Bryan) Rogers of Odem, Texas and Jade Maughan of Victoria, Texas; his father, Max Maughan of Corpus Christi, Texas; his brothers, Donnie Maughan and Doug Maughan both of Corpus Christi, Texas and Rich (Barbara) Maughan of Cibolo, Texas; his sister, Bari (Mark Gimelfarb) Wright of Little Rock, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Benjamin, Addison and Mackenzie Rogers; nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be conducted at 11 A.M. Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church in Odem, Texas.


Liam Robert McCain

On February 19, 2016, a true angel was born to this world at 7:26 PM.

Liam Robert McCain’s physical body arrived, though his soul, free of sin, had already passed on to play amongst the heavens with all the other tiny angels.

“But Jesus said “let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 19:14

Liam left behind signs to his loved ones that he was not only okay, but was already with loving family in heaven. Welcoming him through the pearly gates along with Christ are his great grandparents: Clayton Robert McCain (paternal), Miguel B. and Clarita Escalante.

Liam left behind many people who loved him including his parents, David Robert and Priscilla Jessica McCain; siblings, Markus and Sivannah Saenz; grandparents, David E. and Robbie McCain, David and Janie Rodriguez; great grandmother, Erna McCain;  and many more very loving and caring family.

Liam would like to thank Bay Area Hospital and their loving and caring staff for the wonderful care provided for him and all of his family, Sawyer-George Funeral Home for the love and care provided to his body, Annaville Florist for the beautiful arrangements for his services, Memory Gardens for not only being patient and kind with his family, but for also providing a beautiful place for him to rest until Christ comes again.  A very special thanks to his great uncle, Johnny, for going out of his way to see that he could be here to perform his funeral  services, for it takes a McCain to know the value of being a McCain.  From Liam and all those that love him, thank you and we love you, John Clayton McCain.

The family held private services on Wednesday, February 24, 2016.

Delia Herrera Gonzales

Gonzales, Delia

Delia Herrera Gonzales, age 59, of Robstown, Texas passed away February 22, 2016.

She was born September 28, 1956 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Oscar G. Herrera and Elida Falcon Herrera.

She graduated from W.B. Ray High School and retired from Texas A & M Corpus Christi.

She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband, Eliseo Cantu, Jr.; daughters, Christal (Joey) Flores, Stephanie (Nick DeLeon) Gonzales; sisters, Norma Jean (Albert) Garcia, Loretta Ella Pena, Elizabeth Marie Herrera; brother, Oscar (Kathy) Herrera, Jr.; grandchildren, Angel Flores, Aiden James Flores, Isabella Hope DeLeon, Isaiah Matthew DeLeon and a soon to be granddaughter, Illiana Delia-Rae DeLeon.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 16602 FM624, Robstown, TX with the Rosary being recited at 7:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 10:00 at the St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church with Rev. Bill Marquis as celebrant.

Funeral services will conclude at the Church.

Ret. Police Capt. Jerry L. “Curly” Mathis

Mathis, Jerry L.

Ret. Police Capt. Jerry L. “Curly” Mathis, age 77, passed away on Monday, February 15, 2016 after a brief battle with lymphoma. He was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on June 1, 1938 to Boyd and Kathleen Mathis.  He was a police officer with the Corpus Christi Police Department for 39 years.

He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Jean Emery.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Barbara London Mathis; daughter, Renee (Randy) Hale; sons, Chuck (Michelle) Mathis, Gary (Sandra) Mathis and Ken (Monica) Mathis; sister, Peggy (Roger) Poe; 6 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 P.M. until 8 P.M. with the family present from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. Thursday, February 18, 2016 in Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 A.M. Friday, February 19, 2016 at Calallen Baptist Church with his son, Rev. Gary Mathis officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Memorial Park.

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

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Rasmusson, Dr. Kent Tompkins, Christus Hospice and Edna Garza for their love and special care of Jerry.