Archive for June, 2016

W. Vern Tobias

Tobias, W.

  1. Vern Tobias, age 79, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away June 26, 2016.

He was born October 3, 1936 in Robstown, Texas to Vester Vern and Harriett Beatrice  Tobias.

Mr. Tobias was a member of the Kings Crossing church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dr. Donna Tobias and is survived by his sister, Mary Evelyn (James) Nix and a close friend Bobbie Harville.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. in the Robstown Memorial Park with Buck Griffith officiating.

Interment will follow.

In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to the Prison Ministry c/o Kings Crossing church of Christ, 5901 Yorktown Blvd., Corpus Christi, TX 78414

Billy “Bill” Gene Wilson

Billy “Bill” Gene Wilson, 87, of Corpus Christi, Texas died at home on June 24, 2016 following an illness.

Bill was born December 15, 1928 in Wichita Falls, Texas to William and Clara (Davis) Wilson. At age 8 he moved with his family to Corpus Christi, where he graduated from Corpus Christi High School. In 1952, Bill married Paula Kay Perkins in Casper, Wyoming. Paula died in 1975 and Bill never remarried.

Bill worked as a lab technician at Pontiac (later Champlin) Refinery in Corpus Christi until his retirement in 1987. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, birdwatching and sports.

Bill is preceded in death by his wife, his parents and his six siblings: John, Jimmy, Martha, Nell, Buddy and Charles.

Bill is survived by five children: Melissa (David) Garrett of Algodones, NM; Melody (Hugh) Turner of Algodones, NM; Arnold “Arnie” (Lori) Wilson of Corpus Christi, TX; Amy Wilson of Corpus Christi, TX; and Amanda (Randy) Engleke of Luling, TX; eight grandchildren: Caitlin Garrett, Hannah Turner, Samuel Turner, Willie Wilson, Cody Wilson, Nicole Wilson, Tyler Fangman and Mathew Fangman; and many nieces and nephews.

A remembrance was held on June 26, 2016 in Corpus Christi. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Gulf Coast Humane Society, 3118 Cabaniss Parkway, Corpus Christi, Texas.

Myrna Gunnels Hunt


God gained a beautiful angel as we lost an adored one here on Earth. Myrna Gunnels Hunt, 72, departed this worldly existence and entered her heavenly home on June 24, 2016. She was born Myrna Eileen Gunnels on December 21, 1943 in Sweetwater, Texas to Claudene Faye and Wilborn E. Gunnels.  Myrna graduated from Roy Miller High School in 1962 where she had a fun-filled 4 years as cheerleader captain and class favorite.  She married her high school sweetheart, James D. “Jimmy” Hunt, and they shared 54 years together.  Myrna was instrumental and a key component in the development of Kings Crossing Golf Course & Country Club where she moved into the Assistant General Manager position upon its opening and remained for many years.  In 1998 Myrna became the General Manager of the Corpus Christi Yacht Club where, during her 13 year tenure, she became mother, grandmother, confidant & friend to so many members and staff.  Members often had “Grandma Myrna or MyrMyr” entertain their children so the adults could enjoy their meal. In 2009 she became General Manager of River Hills Golf & Country Club before her retirement in 2011.  Myrna worshiped her Lord & Savior as a devoted member of Grace United Methodist Church where she so lovingly served on the Welcoming Committee and Mentoring Program.  The congregation of her church couldn’t wait to see her on Sunday mornings so each could receive their weekly hug.

Myrna was preceded in death by her father, Wilborn E. Gunnels; mother, Claudene Faye Gunnels; sister & best friend, Sylvia June Stanford; and brothers, Virgil Gunnels & Robert Gunnels.

She is survived by her husband, James D. “Jimmy” Hunt of Corpus Christi, Texas; her two children and the absolute loves of her life – son, Jeffrey Dale Hunt (Lisa) of Robstown, Texas and daughter, Jennifer Lieb (Gordon) of Austin, Texas; and four grandchildren – Carter James Hunt, Jared Dale Hunt, Katelyn Rene Lieb & Jackson Waite Lieb who were all her pride & joy.

Myrna was deeply loved and she forever changed all whose lives she touched because of her beautiful, graceful & nurturing spirit. She will forever be remembered for her heartfelt hugs & her effortless ability to make everyone around her feel special.  Although our hearts are broken and we’ve shed many tears at the loss of this extraordinary soul, we rejoice in knowing she is now sitting at the right hand of our Father.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at Grace United Methodist Church.

Interment will be held at 3:00 p.m. at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Carter Hunt, Jared Hunt, Gordon Lieb, Butch Gunnels, Melvin Hadamek & Joshua Hadamek.

Honorary Pallbearers are Gerald Hunt, Rodney Stanford & Dwain McCain.

In lieu of flowers please send contributions in honor of Myrna to The Ark Assessment Center & Emergency Center for Youth, 12940 Leopard St., CC, TX 78410 or Grace United Methodist Church, 14521 Northwest Blvd., CC, TX 78410

Eustolia Flores Perez


Eustolia Flores Perez, 100, of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away of natural causes on Friday, June 17, 2016, at the Trisun River Ridge Center. She was born to Teodoro and Josefina Flores on July 13, 1915, in Beeville, Texas. She was a lifelong homemaker and loving and nurturing caregiver to her own five children and many of her grandchildren. She also was an accomplished seamstress and quilter.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Reyes P. Perez, daughter, Estelle Sawyer, sisters, Porfiria Vera and Amalia Guzman, brothers, Frank Flores, Joe Flores, and Martin Flores, and great-grandson Dalton Ilseng.

She is survived by daughters, Mary Louise Russell (Durrell) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Gloria Schulz (Russ) of Blue Springs, Missouri,  Rose Marie Ward (Bill) of Austin, Texas; son, Reyes P. Perez, Jr. (Yolanda) of Corpus Christi, Texas and son-in-law, Jerry Sawyer of Corpus Christi, Texas.

She is also survived by grandchildren, Gerald Gray Sawyer, Jr. of Dallas, Texas, Rhonda  Ilseng (Jeff) of Corpus Christi, Texas, Durrell Russell, Jr. of  Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dave Russell (Beth) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Marlo Demark (Tom) of Blue Springs, Missouri, Jeff (Shari) and Michael Schulz of Wisconsin, Michael Perez and Jon Perez (Contina) of Corpus Christi, Texas, William Ward of Milford, Ohio, Alexander Ward, Richard Ward, and Christopher Ward of Austin, Texas.

She was blessed with great-grandchildren, Ashley Moreno (John), Amber Ilseng, Grayson Ilseng, Matthew Russell (Jessica Hilzey), B.J. Russell (Danielle), Andrew Russell (Lauren), Hunter Russell, Tyler Russell, Travis Russell, Haley Russell, Shannon Russell, Millie Long, Sally Long, Aiden Demark, Ricky Lopez, Mike Perez, Matthew Perez, Adriyle Perez, and Ezra Perez. She was great-great-grandmother to Kaiden Moreno, Marguerite Russell, Deagan Russell, and Andrew Russell, Jr. She also leaves behind granddaughter- in-law, Judy Perez, and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. In addition, when Reyes, Jr. married Yolanda, her family grew to include 6 more grandchildren and their spouses, 12 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Friday, June 24, 2016, with a Rosary at 7:00 PM at the Sawyer-George Funeral Home at 12497 Leopard, St., Corpus Christi, Texas 78410.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 AM Saturday, June 25, 2016, at the Sawyer-George Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Rose Hill Memorial Park.

The family would like to thank the staff of Trisun River Ridge Care Center and Harbor Hospice for their help in caring for our mother during the last months of her life.

For those who desire, donations may be made in her memory to the charity of your choice.

Alexander J. Rosas

Rosas, Alexander

Alexander J. Rosas passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at the age of 57.  He enjoyed his profession as a welder, barbecuing, and spending quality time with his family and many friends.  Alexander was the owner and operator of  Rosas Welding Service in Odem, Texas.

Alexander is preceded in death by his father, Gilberto Rosas and brothers Gilberto Jr., and Rolando Rosas. He is survived by his mother, Betty Rosas;  his children, Laura Solis (Kris), Alexander (Jade) and Vanessa Rosas; his grand children, Adrien, Christina, and Ian;  his brothers, Gilberto and Eddie (Jennifer) Rosas and  his sisters, Norma (Benito) Gonzales, Esmeralda McElhaney, and Diana (Tom) Matula; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Wednesday, June 22, 2016 with a Rosary at 7:00 PM Wednesday, June 22, 2016. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

The family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to Alexander’s providers and caregivers from New Century Hospice for their kindness and service during his illness.