Archive for October, 2016

Bill Ray Lathrop, Sr.

Lathrop, Bill Sr.


Bill Ray Lathrop, Sr. passed away peacefully at home on October 29, 2016. He moved to his heavenly home surrounded by his children and their families.

Bill was born on October 12, 1929 in Ardmore, Oklahoma to Russell and Ernestine Lathrop. He was the 3rd of 4 children. He enjoyed the western way of life that Oklahoma presented him. He worked as a cowboy on ranches in the Ardmore area growing up.  After graduating High School, he began his career in the oilfields of Oklahoma. He also enjoyed participating in rodeos as a bronc rider. In 1954, Bill met and fell in love with Rita Jo Pratt. In his early thirties, he began his career in the construction equipment industry as a salesman, which led him and his family to South Texas. He spent his life selling trucks and construction equipment and never retired.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife of more than 55 years, Rita Jo Lathrop. His parents, Russell and Ernestine Lathrop, his sister, Janie Joiner and his nephew Mike Lathrop.

Bill will be dearly missed by his children, Becky (C.W.) Raetszch of San Antonio, Tina (Lowell) Tucker of Pleasanton, Texas and Bill (Cathy) Lathrop, Jr of Corpus Christi. He is survived by his older brother Russell Lathrop of Oklahoma City and his younger brother Bob (Barbara) Lathrop of Allen, Texas. He also leaves behind 8 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild and many nieces, nephews and relatives.

Bill enjoyed visiting with his friends over coffee and he never met a stranger. He enjoyed watching football and taking a Sunday drive. Bill loved to work and enjoyed the thrill of making a deal. He was known as “Big Bill” to many, and he sure had big personality. He never ran out of stories and jokes and he never took life too seriously. Bill was as tough as they come. He loved well and he was well loved.

Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Calallen Baptist Church, 13505 IH 37, Corpus Christi, TX 78410.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Calallen Baptist Church with Bill Lathrop, Jr. officiating.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, November 4 at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Hugo, Oklahoma.

Honorary Pallbearers are Chris Baugh, Jerry Elliott, Aaron Endris, Jerry Lopez, Rickey McCain and David Tucker.

Shirley Minton Poldrack

Poldrack, Shirley

Shirley Minton Poldrack, age 82, of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away October 28, 2016. She was born October 24, 1934 in Caldwell, Texas, to George and Clara Minton.

She loved to fish when they lived at the lake, baking, and playing Skip-Bo with her grandchildren. She loved the Lord and her nightly Bible readings with her husband.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Clara Minton, sister, Martha Yoemans, brother, George Minton, sister, Scootie Minton, and a granddaughter, Brittany Keys.

She is survived by her husband, Wilbert “Buster” Poldrack of Corpus Christi, Texas; daughters, Lynda Brown of Houston, Texas, Martha (Jody) Keys of Corpus Christi, Texas, Vicky (David) Baku of Idaho; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Graveside services will follow at 1 p.m. at Seaside Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Donald Day, Tommy Atkinson, Jason Hudgens, Justin Keys, John Harrison, Jim Polansky, Slick Yoemans, and Racer Yoemans.


Aaron Levi Cole

Aaron Levi Cole  passed away October 26, 2016.

He was 2 years old.

Funeral service will be conducted at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Odem, Texas.

Eddie Belle McMeans McCormick Carter

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Carter, Eddie Belle2

Eddie Belle McMeans McCormick Carter, 94, of Robstown, Texas passed away on October 21, 2016. She was born September 3, 1922 in Martindale, Texas to Clarence Dickson and Elvarena Mosely McCain McMeans.  Eddie Belle graduated from Banquete High School  in 1941.  She worked many years for Nueces Electric Coop and volunteered at Riverside Hospital and Robstown voting polls.  While living in Robstown she was a member of First United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Carson McCormick, killed in WWII, and second husband, Eddy Carter; her parents; brothers, Lee, Clyde, Oda, Clarence and sisters, Ella Mae Schroeder, Marie Davis and Elvarena Powell.

She is survived by her daughters, Gloria McCormick Campbell (Bob), Ruth McCormick Wills and Patsy Carter Gasper (Glenn); her brother, Edward McMeans (Charlotte); grandchildren, Greg Wills, Glen Wills (Cindy), Troy Northcutt (Ann), Tammy Northcutt Moore (Jay), Travis Duncan, Eric Gasper and eleven great grandchildren. Eddie Belle considered her niece, Kathy Herrmann (D.W.) a fourth daughter.  Mom was always available with helping hands for her family and many friends.

Visitation will be from 1 P.M. until 2 P.M. with the funeral services at 2 P. M. Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with Larry Cash officiating. The family will have a private burial afterwards.

In Lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make contributions to their favorite charity.

Leatha “Dete” Scarborough

Scarborough, Leatha

Leatha “Dete” Scarborough was born at home in the Banquete community on June 17, 1933. She passed away peacefully at her home in the Banquete community on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

Leatha was preceded in death by her parents, Versa Virginia Scarborough and William Edgar Scarborough and her sister, Jacqueline “Sissy” Scarborough.

She is survived by her siblings, Sue Reagan of Mathis, Texas, Janice Freund of Belton, Texas, Faye Jean Kimball of New Braunfels, Texas, Virginia (Tom) Lewis of Evergreen, Colorado, Bill (Pat) Scarborough of Santa Ana, Texas, Ruth Ann (Jim) Akers of Fredericksburg, Texas and Jack (Dianne) Scarborough of Banquete, Texas.

She grew up and lived in the Banquete community her entire life and devoted her life to her family and the Scarborough Ranch. Leatha graduated from Banquete High School in 1950 and attended Texas A&I in Kingsville, Texas.  She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Banquete for over 40 years.

She was loved by and loved being surrounded by myriads of family members, 25 nieces and nephews, 57 great nieces and nephews, 48 great great nieces and nephews, by many, many faithful friends and her beloved cows, horses, cats and dogs!

The family wishes to express their sincere thanks and appreciation for the love and care given by Fela Urrea and Irma Mireles.

Visitation with the family will be on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will be in the Banquete Cemetery following the services.

If so desired, in lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to: South Texas Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1210, Beeville, Texas 78104; First Baptist Church of Banquete, P.O. Box 430, Banquete, Texas 78339 or a charity of your choosing.

Pallbearers will be Richard Reagan, Jimmy Kimball, Ronny Reagan, Raymond Rebecek, Tobin Scarborough, Clint Reagan, Pepe Martinez, and Ruben Ramirez.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Jose Ramirez and Jesse Urrea.