Archive for February, 2017

Juan Cantu

Cantu, Juan

Juan Cantu, 71, went to Heaven on February 22, 2017. He was born on September 12, 1945 to the late Juan and Maria Cantu.

He was a native of Corpus Christi, Texas. He graduated from Roy Miller High School in 1966. He was a wonderful husband, a great father and a very proud grandpa and great-grandpa. He retired from Southwestern Bell in 2002 and enjoyed his retirement years surrounded by his loved ones, family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Patty Fulton Cantu of 39 years; his son, Jonathan (Crissy) Cantu; daughters, Tricia (Rey) Galvan, Candace and Stephanie Cantu, Jennifer (Rudy) Gonzalez; former wife, Dolores Cantu all from Corpus Christi; brothers, Roy (Irma) Cantu from Brownsville, Joe (Julia) Cantu, David Cantu all from Corpus Christi;  sisters, Lydia (Nasario) Rodriguez, Gloria (Fred) Flores, Rosie (late Johnny Yanez) all from Dallas.  Helen Cantu from Austin, Virginia (Rudy) Quintanillla, Irma (Ramiro) Montalvo, Estela (late Johnny) Rodriguez, Janie (Ray) Reyes all from Corpus Christi; ten grandchildren; 1 great grandson; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A Rosary and memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Mass will be celebrated at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church at a later date.

Funeral services entrusted to Sawyer-George Funeral Home, Inc., 12497 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78410. (361) 242-3205 Please visit our web site at www.sawyergeorgefuneralhome.com.

 

Robert W. Bickham

Bickham, Robert

Robert W. Bickham, 63, passed away at home on February 22, 2017. Robert graduated from Calallen High School and proudly wore his Aggie ring, Texas A&M class of 1976.  He spent many years working in the oil fields of Texas and Louisiana.  He started his career working for Schlumberger and was later a longtime independent oil field consultant.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Tootie Bickham and his first wife, Karen Allen Bickham.

He is survived by his wife, Helen; his step-children, Ryan (Sarah) Flores of Houston and their daughter Makena and Amber (Cooper) Prince of Corpus Christi and their children, Cooper and Dalton. Robert enjoyed being Grandpa.  He is also survived by his step-father, Larry Bickham; brother, Allen (Terri) Bickham; sister, Cheryl (Pete) Fair; step-brother, Brad (Sarita) Bickham; step-sister, Sheri (Scott) James; nieces, Jessica (David) Reckart, Erin Bickham and Hailey (Rob) Adair and their daughter, Paige; nephews, Brady (Angela) Fair, Ben Fair and Allison Pulliam; longtime and best friend, Rip McCool.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 P.M. Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Entombment will follow in Robstown Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Pallbearers will be Brady Fair, Ben Fair, Rip McCool, Rob Adair, Ryan Flores and Cooper Prince.

Robert was a kind and gentle soul. He was loved and will be missed.

Helen Fox McNair

McNair,Helen

Helen Fox McNair of Driscoll, Texas passed away Friday, February 17, 2017 at Spohn Hospital surrounded by her family; she was 87 years old.  Helen was born on September 2, 1929 to Susie Alice Jane and Joseph Eugene (Gene) Fox. To know Helen Fox McNair was to love her, said her sons.  With roots that were planted firmly in the soil of Nueces County, Helen represented the strong family stock that farmed the vast cotton fields of the County. This connection to Nueces County has stayed with Helen. As the third of four children, Helen was the sister of her beloved brothers Curtis and Bud and her fun-loving sister Laura Jean.  The spirit in this family continues to live today.

Growing up in the close-knit community of Petronila, Helen graduated from Robstown High School, home of the “Robstown Cotton Pickers.” She remained close with these friends throughout her life. On college break, while working at the local cotton gin, Helen noticed a familiar face coming in the door; in walked a man from the past.  Melvin McNair quickly noticed that that Helen Fox (the little girl from across the cotton field) was all grown up now. Melvin was a violin playing, smooth talking, ex-sailor from Petronila who quickly won her heart. With their marriage, they began their new life on the cotton fields as McNair Farms, and the four-generation farming family continues today. Helen and Melvin quickly began growing their new family with the birth of oldest son David, followed by Donald “Donny” and then Larry all safely born at Spohn Hospital on the Bay.

Even with an active family, Helen spread her own wings and was a loving mother, avid volunteer and home manager. She built a deep church life at First United Methodist in Bishop and became an active volunteer in the community.  On the home front, she was known as Mema to her grandchildren and as a source of comfort to all those in need. An inside peek at Helen was always see her with friends and family around a card table with a multitude of card games.  Her children, grandchildren and families were expected to join in the card festivities and woe to any who were reluctant.  She also loved adventure and learning by visiting new places as evidenced by her love of cruises and family trips.

Her family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a tremendous source of pride for Helen as she counted the days until each family reunion. She kept up with all their activities and was an encourager and listener to each person. Perhaps her greatest gift was her positive attitude and her joy of living life.  She held out for the good and she was jokingly referred that she was a saint and a martyr.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Melvin McNair, and her parents, Gene and Susie Fox; her brother, Bud Fox; and her sister Laura Jean Cornett.

She is survived by three sons, David McNair (Carl), Donny McNair (Sweetie), and Larry McNair (Lisa); two grandsons, Brad McNair and Lincoln McNair; three granddaughters, Lindey Sappington (Jessie), Erin McNair, and Morgan Bertolotti (Giordano); six great-grandchildren including Sydnee, Ben, Ethan, Landon, Giovanni, Maddie, and Elizabeth. She is survived by her beloved brother, Curtis Fox and his wife Haroldine; and her brother-in-law Bill McNair and his wife Joy. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends whom she treasured.

Visitation will be from 1 PM until 7 PM on Monday, February 20, 2017 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home, and the family will be present from 5 PM to 7 PM.

Services will be Tuesday February 21st at First United Methodist Church in Bishop (with The Rev Pat Gideon officiating) starting about 11:00 AM following the private Graveside Service at Robstown Memorial Park.

Honorary pallbearers will be Brad McNair, Lincoln McNair, Jessie Sappington, Mike McNair, Chad Fox, Bruce Fox, Curtis Fox Jr, Giordano Bertolotti, and Charlie Cornett.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to First United Methodist Church in Bishop, Texas.

Catherine DesNeiges Marquis Rittgers

Corpus Christi, Texas
Catherine DesNeiges Marquis Rittgers died February 2, 2017.  She was 58.

Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 A.M. Saturday, February 25, 2017 at St. Catherine’s Catholic

Church Mission in Blanconia, Texas.
Burial will be in the McGill Cemetery.

Joseph Robert “Papa” Wallace III

 

Wallace,Joseph newspaper

Joseph Robert “Papa” Wallace, III, 73, of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017. He was born June 16, 1943 in San Antonio, Texas to Joseph Robert Wallace, II and Josephine Taylor Wallace.  Joe earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering from A&I University in Kingsville, Texas, was a longtime member and a Deacon for the past ten years at Arlington Heights Church of Christ, loved nature and was an avid hunter.  Joe was a stockholder, was instrumental in starting and a longtime employee of J. M. Davidson, Inc.  He loved the Lord, his wife and family, his church family and was a loyal employee.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Becky Poor.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; his children, Rhonda Wallace Berry, Jim Bob Wallace, and Sheli (Mike) Crauthers; his grandchildren, the lights of his life, Kristen, Kayli, Lindsey, Dakota, McKayla, Wesley and Hayden; his sister, Pat (Norman) Brock; a special cousin, Randy Bass; numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family present will be from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 P.M. Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with Lewis Cowan and David Syrgley officiating. Graveside services will be conducted at 1 P.M. Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Hunt Japonica Cemetery in Hunt, Texas.