Archive for December, 2016

Augustine Carpenter

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Augustine Carpenter, 95, passed away Tuesday morning, December 27, 2016 in her home in Robstown, TX after a very long, difficult, and heartbreaking illness.

Augustine was born August 27, 1921 in Gonzales, Texas to Clara and Alex  Skrobarcek. Augustine  was a very strong and opinionated young lady that instantly fell in love  with Felton Carpenter and married July 25, 1942.  Augie was never excited about having a lot of children and did make that known to Felton but because she loved her husband so much and was so selfless she agreed and gave him two beautiful girls and one boy.  Augie was a wonderfully devoted wife and mother.  Not only was she loyal and dedicated to her family but she also

strived in the ever so difficult and changing working world for woman.  Augustine was name Woman of the Year by Sparkling City Charter Chapter,  American Business Women’s Association.  The selection was based on the annual progress the ABWA member had made in her chosen field, as well as her interests in education and community  activities.  This also made her a candidate for the national title, American Business Woman of the Year.  This only being one of many accomplishments Augustine was awarded over the many blessed years of her life however, her true passion was sewing for others due to her creativity, either for profit or for non-profit.   Her entire family was always so proud of her and looked to her as a wonderful example and true mentor to the family.  She retired from civil service as a Budget Analyst with the Admiral Staff at NAS Corpus Christi.

Augustine is preceded in death by her husband, Felton L. Carpenter and son, Ken Carpenter.

She is survived by daughters, Sandra (Bob) Keys of Robstown and Phyllis (Sonny) Foy of Conroe, TX. Augustine leaves behind seven grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren. We would like to thank her granddaughter, Natalie Deal for being her caregiver for the last several years, allowing her to remain in her home.  Also we thank the New Century Hospice care employees for their care of our mother making her last days as painless as possible. The viewing will be Thursday, December 29, 2016 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.  The Rosary will be Friday, December 30, 2016 beginning at 1:30 pm followed by the Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church on FM 624, Robstown, Texas with Rev. Msgr. Michael Howell as celebrant.  The burial will follow at Robstown Memorial Park on FM 1889.

Carolyn Jo Goodwin


Carolyn Jo Goodwin, 76, of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away on Monday, December 26, 2016 at the Windsor Calallen of a stroke and associated complications.

She was born March 25, 1940 in Gonzales, Texas to Jack and Lula Rae Osborne. She graduated high school from Waelder, Texas in 1958 and attended Southwest Texas State Teachers College, graduating in 1961.  She was an elementary school educator in Calallen ISD for thirty years, who had been retired for the past thirteen years.  Carolyn was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church and she enjoyed traveling and visiting with her many friends and family.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband of forty years, K.W. “Bud” Goodwin, as well as, her parents, Jack and Lula Rae Osborne. She is survived by her two sons, Mike Goodwin and wife Mimi of Austin, Jack Goodwin and wife Lisa of Orange Grove; four grandchildren, Mac and Atlee of Austin and Sierra and Skylar of Orange Grove; one sister, Betty Sue Druebert and her husband Juno of Kerrville; two nephews, Pat Druebert of Kerrville and Joel Druebert of Austin and numerous extended family members.

Visitation will be from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm with the family present from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at the Sawyer-George Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 am on Friday, December 30, 2016 in Grace United Methodist Church, The Rev. Jason Fry officiating.  Graveside services will be conducted at 4:00 pm, Friday, December 30, 2016 in Waelder City Cemetery, Waelder, Texas.

Pallbearers for the funeral service are Billie Joe Ordner, Lin Wilson, Glynn Schanen, Chuck Stennet, Pat Druebert and Joel Druebert.

The family would like to thank the staff at Windsor Calallen for the outstanding level of care they provided to Carolyn over the course of the past year. We would also like to thank Carolyn’s close group of dedicated friends which have helped her throughout this past year.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church or Waelder City Cemetery.

Ona Wright Van Dorn

“Happy Trails to you; until we meet again..” “Happy Trails to you; Keep smiling until then..!”

On December 20th, the Pearly Gates swung open wide and a beautiful denim and diamond cowgirl rode thru them and into the long awaiting arms of her Lord and Savior and the many loved ones who have gone before her!

Ona Wright Van Dorn, gained her heavenly wings at the age of 96 years young! She was  born on February 26, 1920, to Walter Marion Jones and Florence Davis Jones in Merkel, Texas.  At a very young age, Ona started learning about the business world from her father, a very successful business man in his day.  Ona honed all of his advice and lessons and used them to become quite the entrepreneur herself; in an era, when women were frowned upon in the business world.

She married James Earl Wright and together, they owned and operated several businesses, one of these, as realtors at Chaparral Real Estate.  Ona and “Big Jim”, as James was lovingly called, built and operated the Mott’s Restaurant and J J Dude Ranch in Annaville for 18 years, where it was an iconic restaurant where many famous country western musicians and actors/actresses, including the likes of Johnny Cash, Roy Rogers,  Dale Evans and Dale Robertson came to perform as well as enjoy the delicious homemade food.  Weekends at the Mott’s Restaurant, would find reenacted full costume shoot’em up gun fights at the beautiful bar, complete with player piano and saloon girls!  Ona had such vision, when it came to business and life and was way ahead of her time with her creative, successful ideas!  During the era of the Mott’s and Dude Ranch, she fostered many young men, asking only that they either go to school and get an education or get jobs and better themselves.  She was well loved by them all and several have kept up with her over the years.  Ona’s next very successful entrepreneurial endeavor was to create triple decker sandwiches for her “Dude Ranch Boys” to take with them for their lunches.  Many people began to notice these delicious sandwiches and started asking her to cater different functions and from this grew Chuck Wagon Food Service, one of the first businesses to sell packaged sandwiches in convenience stores!  Ona also owned and operated along with her husband, Doug, Van’s Bar-B-Que originally established in Beeville, Texas, Oakville, Texas and also in Three Rivers, Texas.  She loved the rustic, old west furnishings and atmosphere of the cowboy era.  This component, along with delicious mouth watering brisket, ribs, beans and potato salad; as well as country breakfasts with homemade biscuits and red eye gravy, lead to Van’s being labeled one of the top Texas Bar-B-Que spots in Texas Monthly Magazine. One of Ona’s most enjoyable yearly outings was riding with the South Texas Trail Riders, which she and “Big Jim” formed in 1959!  This group of trail riders is still in existence today; starting in Corpus Christi and traveling to the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo!  Ona was very fortunate to have been able to ride in almost every Trail Ride!  She won numerous awards, from being crowned Trail Ride Sweetheart to Most Out Standing Female Rider to the Oldest Rider.  If she would have written a book about her life experiences, it would still be on the best seller list today!  To say she was a “Live Wire, Spit Fire, Never Say Die, Go Getter, would be an  understatement!  She believed in hard work, charity to those less fortunate, your word and a handshake, made up a contract and she never met a stranger!

Ona was preceded in death by her husbands, James Earl Wright and Walter Douglas Van Dorn and her two precious children, James Lee Wright, and Mary Frances Wright Oliver.

She is proudly survived by four grandchildren, her grandsons, Rod (Cindy) Oliver, Jim (Karen) Oliver, Wes Oliver and granddaughter Stacy (Dave) Lang.  She is adored and survived by her six great grandchildren, Dr. Jarod (Dr. Cele) Oliver, Kay Lynn (Jason) Cohen, Ben, Elizabeth and Katie Oliver and Kaila Lang.  Her great great grand twins, Jameson and Quinn Oliver held a very special place in her heart!

Pallbearers privileged to carry her, to her final resting place are: grandsons- Rod, Jim and Wes Oliver, great grandson – Jarod Oliver, great grandson-in-law – Jason Cohen, great great grandson – Jameson Oliver and lifelong dearest friend – Terry Reicheh.

Honorary pallbearers – South Texas Trail Riders, Salt Water Trail Riders, Tommy Humphrey, Jim Davis, Harlyn Goebel, trail boss- Arlis Young, Mule Wagoneers – Pat Dody and Virgil Culpepper.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday December 27, 2016 in Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, December 28, 2016

in Sandia Cemetery in Sandia, Texas with Ray Garcia and Dan Barrow officiating.

Burial will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make donations to Ona’s favorite charities, St. Jude Children’s Hospital and South Texas Trail Riders Scholarship Fund.

Earth’s Loss is Most Assuredly Heaven’s Gain!

Deanna Vanderford Godfrey

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After a long, courageous battle with cancer, Dee Godfrey passed away on December 17, 2016 in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was born November 6, 1938 in Harlingen to Buddy and Martha Vanderford. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ric Godfrey in 2011 and her first husband, Jack R. Williams in 1976.

She grew up in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas in the La Feria area. She lived in Victoria, Texas and Corpus Christi, Texas for the majority of her life. She worked in administration for various school districts and retired from Victoria ISD after 25 years of service. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was a great cook, loved to play cards, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her three children: James (Valerie) Williams of Victoria, Texas, Debra Wright, and Chris (Sharon) Williams of Corpus Christi, Texas; 9 grandchildren: C. J. Williams, Amber (Emmanuel) Garcia, Jonathan (Jessica) Williams, Ansley (Michael) Allen, J.R. (Katie) Williams, Elizabeth (Jake) McNutt, Wesley Wright, Paige (Jeremy) Scott, and Julie Williams. She is also survived by 7 great-grandchildren: Layton, Bella, Caden, Tatum, Chelsi, Baby Jon, and Liam. She will be missed by Nikki, her beloved cat.

Memorial Service will be conducted at 3:00pm on Friday, December 23, 2016 at Grace United Methodist Chruch.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, an animal charity of your choice, or the American Cancer Society. The family would like to thank Dr. Mahmood and his staff at the Thomas-Spann Clinic for all of their care and support.

Captain Jake “Red Stripe” Frederick

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Captain Jake “Red Stripe” Frederick, 32, a US Marine and F/A-18 Hornet pilot, was killed after ejecting from his aircraft roughly 120 miles off the coast of Japan on Thursday, December 8, 2016 while deployed with VMFA-115.

God, family and the country he died defending were of the upmost importance to Jake. Before each flight Capt. Frederick always made sure he remembered to use

1 John 1:9 to “get squared away ” – or as his pre-flight checklist reflected “FHS” meaning to ensure fellowship with the Holy Spirit by confessing any known sin in his life. Jake’s life was an example to all those around him of the unwavering grace and faithfulness of God. Even in death, Jake’s life continues to shine as a beacon to those who would believe on the name of Jesus Christ, his death on the cross for our sins – and in turn receive eternal life. Jake would want others to know by believing in Christ, they can have an eternal purpose in this life. Jake lived out the gospel as a patriot who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. A devoted husband, loving father and an incredible brother and son, his death is the greatest spiritual promotion he could ever receive – and one that honors God as a believer.

Jake graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering. After graduation, he was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps where he faithfully served his country for eight years. His primary flight training was in VT-29, NAS Corpus Christi; jets with VT-22, NAS Kingsville, Texas; FRS VMFAT-101 Sharpshooters, MCAS Miramar San Diego, CA; and finally to his chosen fleet squadron VMFA-115 Silver Eagles, MCAS Beaufort, SC, where he was on his second deployment overseas. He married the love of his life in 2009, and they built a life together serving the God and the Country they love.

Jake is survived by his beautiful, loving wife Kiley Frederick, their son Colt Frederick, soon-to-be born daughter, Mayley Frederick, parents Larry and Donna Frederick, brother Joe Bob Frederick, Capt. USMC, and wife Kristi and their four children, parents-in-law Kyle and Gretchen Nees, sister-in-law Holley Snow, her husband, David, and brother-in-law David Nees along with numerous grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family wishes to extend sincere thanks for the amazing and unending sympathy and support from the Marine Corps, the wives of Jake’s deployed squadron mates, and other countless friends and acquaintances.

Services for Capt. Jake “Red Stripe” Frederick will be held on Tuesday, December 20, 2016. Memorial services will begin at 9:30 a.m. at River Hills Baptist Church in Corpus Christi (Robstown), Texas followed by 11:00 a.m. full military honors ceremony at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi, Texas. Memorial services are open to the public.

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