Archive for June, 2017

Cindy Jane Hoelscher

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Cindy Jane Hoelscher went home to her Lord and Savior Thursday, June 29, 2017. Cindy was born March 6, 1954 to her mother, Martha Jane Soule and father, Jim Swope.

She was preceded in death by her mother, father and step father, Richard Soule.

She is survived by her husband, Leray Hoelscher; daughter, Tami (Clifford) Cogsdell; son, Joshua (Kelle) Hoelscher and three beautiful granddaughters, Amber, Leah and Sindale.

Cindy loved to spend time with her family and friends playing card games and Bunco and just socializing. She was an active member of Jackson Woods Presbyterian Church.

A memorial service to celebrate Cindy’s reunion with Christ will be held at Jackson Woods Presbyterian Church with a reception to follow immediately after the service. The date and time will be announced later. The church is located at 10500 Stonewall Blvd., Corpus Christi, Texas.  Pastor Wendy Nave and Pastor Charles Walden will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Cindy’s memory to Jackson Woods Presbyterian Church, the church she loved.

Louis Wayne Williams

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Louis Wayne Williams, 86, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, and uncle, died peacefully on June 27, 2017 surrounded by family and friends. Wayne is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Nita; his son, Gary Williams and wife, Janet; his daughter, Rhonda Williams Clopton and her husband Keith; grandsons, Cameron and Ethan Clopton and Christopher Tipton.  He is also survived by his brother, Jimmy Williams and wife Peggy and his brother-in-law Ron Tipton and wife Marcia.  He will be fondly remembered and missed by numerous nieces and nephews as well as friends, neighbors and, of course, his little dog Mia.

Wayne was born on October 5, 1930 in a town that no longer exists, Cooperton Flat, Oklahoma. Wayne graduated from Mountain View High School in Oklahoma in 1948.  He volunteered for the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War.  He married Nita in 1952 and they moved to Corpus Christi in 1954 with their newborn son.  Wayne worked as a painter with his Uncle Sam until he was hired to work at Southwestern Oil Refinery.  He retired 37 years later to spend time with his wife and family.  He was a faithful member of Arlington Heights Church of Christ.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping with his family, traveling in his RV  and relaxing at his hill country hide away.

His short but brave battle with cancer cost him his life and left a hole in all of our hearts.

Visitation will be from 6:00 P.M. until 8 P.M. Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be conducted at 12:30 P.M. Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Graveside services with full military honors will be conducted at 2 P.M. Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make contributions to their favorite charities.

Irene Lydia Garcia Robinson

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Irene Lydia Garcia Robinson went to be with the Lord on June 26, 2017. She had just celebrated her 76 birthday by fulfilling a life long dream of taking a spiritual pilgrimage to Spain and Portugal. When she returned she was able to celebrate with family and friends. Irene was born in Brownsville, Texas on May 31, 1941 to parents, Roberto Eduardo and Lydia (Arangua) Garcia. She has three children with her first husband, Columbus Harral Roberts, Jr.. In August, 1974 she married her true love, Lawrence Sherman Robinson who also had three kids. They set up roots in Maverick County where together they owned and operated their oil and gas business, Jack Robin Company. They lived in Eagle Pass from 1990 to 2010. There, Irene was a very active member of Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church. Her christian faith and generosity inspired years of service with The Angel Tree ministries, Casa de Nazareth orphanage, Relay for Life, and she was a co-founder of Candles for Life a nonprofit organization that assists those afflicted with cancer. Due to her impact in the community, in 2006-2007, she was named “Senora Amiga” by the International Good Neighbor Council. Apart from her volunteer and community efforts and traveling with her late husband, Irene loved to dance with her line dancing group, The Golden Girls.

In their later retirement Irene and Larry moved to Portland before settling in Corpus Christi. The two traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and on many cruise destinations. Irene became an active member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Violet, TX. In Corpus Christi, Irene was involved with Hosanna Adult Day Care and activities at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church. Irene’s Christian faith gave her an appreciation and zest for life. Her joy came from first her faith and relationship with Christ, second her beloved family, and then the fellowship and camaraderie of her friends in both Eagle Pass and Corpus Christi. Her presence and Christian influence will be missed by many.

Irene is survived by her six children, Laura (Andrew) Tischler, Edward Harral Roberts, Shari (Colin) Brack, Shelia (Wes) Yeagar, Lloyd (Suzette) Robinson, Betty Jan Nichols; her sister, Delia Garcia; fifteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A visitation for friends and family will be held on Saturday July 1, 2017 from 10 am-12 pm at Sawyer-George Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted by Father Zenon Konowalek at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Violet on July 3, 2017. The Rosary will beginning at 9:00 am with Mass immediately following at 9:30 am. The burial will be held at 11am at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hosanna Adult Day Care, 12201 Hearn Rd, Corpus Christi, TX. (361) 242-2842 or to the Candles for Life in Eagle Pass at P.O. Box 6543, Eagle Pass, TX 78853. (830) 968-0471

Pallbearers will be Alex Alvarado, Victor M. Alvarado Jr., Travis Roberts, Adam Roberts, Philip Huddleston, and John Nichols.

Command Sergeant Major Richard Neal James, retired and Mrs. Patricia Lee James

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Command Sergeant Majo­r Richard Neal James, retired, of Calallen died peacefully June 15 in Corpus Christi after a lengthy illness that followed a laryngectomy he underwent previously due to Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam. He was 93. Mrs. Patricia Lee James died February 1, 2017, of Alzheimer’s disease. She was 85. The couple were married for 68 years and have two surviving children: Candy Lee James of Calallen and Neal Lee James of Oregon. They are also survived by three grandchildren — Holly James La Masters, Heather Elizabeth James and Keith Richard James — plus two great grandsons, all of California. They are also survived by CSM James’s brother Michael Klinefelter and his wife Virginia Klinefelter, niece Kati McCreight and nephew James Klinefelter, plus several great nieces and nephews.

Command Sergeant Major James was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, on September 2, 1923, to Romulus Neal James and Norma Tate James. They moved to Wrightwood, California, where he became a proficient ski jumper, ice barrel jumper and motorcyclist. He graduated from Victorville High School, where he also played on the football team. At the age of 17 he was drafted into the army during World War II and served in the Pacific even though he was an only son and grandson. After returning from the war, he had his own masonry business. He was an avid motorcyclist and raced his bikes in Los Angeles. He became a member of a new club made up of mostly young veterans called the Boozefighters, also well known as “The Wild Ones.” He was introduced to Patricia McAuley by her sister at a race.

Mrs. James was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lee Fowler McAuley and Maxine Olive McAuley on May 7, 1931. Her parents are deceased, as is her only sister, Mary Lee McAuley. She has one surviving brother: Donald Lee McAuley of Los Angeles. She graduated from Washington High School in Los Angeles. She enjoyed roller dance and gymnastic competitions, and won the title of Miss Muscle Beach. Mrs. James was a responsible, dedicated army wife, managing and moving her family in support of her husband’s service to five states and Europe. Mrs. James was active as a Monterey County Elementary band booster, a Girl Scout leader for Troop 3040 of Prunedale, California, and an active Elkhorn Yacht Club member. She retired as a Civil Servant, Manager of Inspection, for all family quarters at Fort Ord, California. Both she and her husband were avid golfers in retirement. They were members of Cimarron Country Club of McAllen, Rockport Country Club and River Hills Country Club, Calallen, all in Texas.

CSM James and Patricia eloped and were married in Tijuana, Mexico. He was drafted a second time during the Korean War. At this time, he stayed in the army and served 27 more years as a career soldier. He became a three-war veteran. He was stationed on three different tours during the Vietnam War. In Vietnam he became an avid sailor after learning to sail on another soldier’s junk. After returning to California, he involved his whole family in sailing in San Francisco on Monterey Bay. He was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and taught navigation and boat safety locally. The couple retired and relocated to Texas to be near his elderly mother. They moved to Corpus Christi about 19 years ago and loved the area for its weather and people. After Patricia’s passing, CSM James wanted to wait until his death so that they could be memorialized together, and he could be buried together with his sweetheart, his beautiful Pat, the love of his life.

Military honors will be bestowed on the couple at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery on Friday, June 30, at 1 p.m. A memorial for the couple will be celebrated at the Sawyer-George Funeral Home on Saturday, July 1 at 1 p.m. in Calallen.

James Michael Diegel Sr.

James Michael Diegel Sr., 62, passed away on June 21, 2017.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Jerry L. Diegel Jr. and Raenel M. McSwain; two brothers, Jerry L. Diegel III and Jody M. Diegel.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry L. Diegel; sons, James M. Diegel Jr., Clayton M. Diegel and J.J. Diegel; daughter, Jodie M. Diegel; granddaughters, Summer G. Diegel and Hillary C. Diegel; grandsons, James M. Diegel, Jonathan J. Diegel Jr. and C.J. M. Diegel; sister, Jennifer Byerly (James); numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 23, 2017 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.