Archive for October, 2017

Nelson Irl Hamilton

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Nelson Irl Hamilton, age 64, of Corpus Christi, Texas went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

He was born March 23, 1953 in Uvalde, Texas to Edwin Irl and Helen Morgan Hamilton. He grew up in Crystal City and Carrizo Springs area of Texas.

He retired from Flint Hills Refinery after 35 years of service. He was a certified ham radio operator “KD5HOV”.

His passion was spending time with his family and friends. He loved UT Football, fishing, hunting, golfing, BBQ, and kayaking. He loved being outdoors and spending time on the water.  He was always the life of the party and be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a cousin, Johnny Flanagan.

He is survived by his loving companion, Sandra Cleveland; children, Nih Hamilton, Morgan (Jim) Foucar and Sandra’s children (whom he thought of his own), Ashley Cleveland, Travis Cleveland, Tucker Cleveland, Marissa Cleveland;

brother, Mark Hamilton; sister, Margaret Hamilton and Elaine Hamilton; grandchildren, Victoria Hamilton, Nih Hamilton, Devon Hamilton, Avery Foucar and Rowan Foucar.

Memorial Services will be conducted on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Msgr. Michael Howell officiating.

An Irish wake will be held following the services at 9862 Daisy Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas 78410.

Cecilia Ann “Annie” Stanford

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Cecilia Ann “Annie” Stanford was born October 8, 1973 in New Iberia, Louisiana. At the age of 7 months she gained a loving family and moved to Corpus Christi, Texas. Annie learned to swim before she could walk. She took to water like a “fish”, as we called her. It was obvious even at this young age that her personality was persistent, determined, tenacious and fun. The next three years were spent in Corpus Christi until she and her mother moved to Houston. At the age of five, her stepdad came into her and her mother’s life and the family moved to Kilgore, Texas. She attended school at West Rusk and Kilgore High School from which she earned her high school diploma. Annie was a member of the Kilgore HS band and various extracurricular activities. She worked at a local grocery store part time and took pride in earning her own spending money. Upon graduation from high school, she attended Kilgore College. The next year, she moved to Orange Grove, Texas to live with her grandparents. Her grandmother and her had an extremely close bond and they loved each other dearly. She attended Bee County College and again worked at the local grocery store in Orange Grove. She was selected as one out of hundreds for a work /study program at Disney World where she spent the summer of 1993. Several months later she married Doug Stanford, the father of her precious daughter, Julie, and they resided at Lake Corpus Christi. Annie chose to go back to work when her daughter reached school age. She worked in the medical field at Humpal Physical Therapy, making the long drive every day. Annie and Julie moved to Calallen several years later and she pursued her interest in the medical field earning a degree as a medical assistant. Her most recent jobs were with Lone Star Country Store and also Brewster Street Ice House. Annie never met a stranger and had many friends and family that loved her. She enjoyed her love for the water sharing many good times with friends at the beach and poolside. Among her many attributes was that she was loving, kind hearted, sweet, comforting, loyal, funny, outgoing, dependable and punctual. Friends, family, and employers could always count on her. She also had a special gift of decorating . Her home was magazine beautiful and she believed that cleanliness was next to Godliness.  Annie loved her church and was a greeter at Church Unlimited.She was preceded in death by her brother, Trey Sands.Survivors include her loving daughter, Julie; Julie’s father, Doug Stanford; parents, Sandy and Button Sands; special sister and best friend, Kara Sands; nephews, Blake, Ryan, Jacob and Daniel Rose; Frank and Laura Engelking, Byler Engelking, and Allison and Dan Hughs; also several aunts and uncles, cousins, many many friends and her two beloved dogs, Teensy and Lola.Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00 pm Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home in Calallen, Texas.Services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Monday, October 30, 2017 at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Orange Grove, Texas with Rev. Jan R. Putnam of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church and Bil Cornelius of Church Unlimited officiating.Burial will follow at Sons of Hermann Cemetery in Orange Grove, Texas. Pallbearer are Doug Stanford, Blake Rose, Byler Engelking, Rudy Galvan, Greg Roussel, Ross Edmonds, Matt and Thomas Zabel. Friends and family are welcomed to a gathering after the burial at the Lutheran Church in Orange Grove.

Herman Bruce Lowman

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Herman Bruce Lowman, age 85, passed away on Tuesday, October 17th, in his home of 60 years surrounded by family. He was born on February 25, 1932 and had five siblings, Nadine, Lois, Molly, Talmage “Joe” Calvin, and Bernie, his twin brother, by his parents, Herman Wyse Lowman and Arty Alma Hunt. Bruce grew up on his family homestead on the corner FM 1889 and 624.

He went to school at Calallen High School where he met his bride Cora Sue Gray. The two dated for 3 years and 20 days before they were finally wed. Lowman worked for his family’s land clearing business before starting up his own, Lowman Land Clearing. If you were to ask his wife or any of his family members when he retired, they would all laugh and ask, “Did he?”

Bruce and Cora had four children, Mike, Linda, Travis, and Jolyn, eleven grandchildren, Brad, Sharee, Brandee, Amy, Forrest, Trey, Wade, Shane, Brian, Brandon, Taylor and Halen, and thirteen great-grandchildren, Fallon, Ty, Lane, Hailee, Braedon, BK, Bryson, Brantlee, Caden, Evan, Jaimee, Braden, and Madelynn. Bruce was preceded in death by his siblings, Nadine, Molly, Bernie, and Talmage “Joe” Calvin.

A viewing will take place on Monday, October 23rd from 6 to 8 PM at Sawyer George Funeral Home in Calallen, and a funeral service will held in the same location on the following day, the 24th, at 1 PM. The burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery on FM 1889.

Rance Lee Vaughan

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ROBSTOWN – Rance Lee Vaughan, loving husband and father was called home to our Heavenly Father on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Rance was born on August 26, 1948 in Austin, Texas to James Walker and Muriel Luedtke Vaughan.

In his youth, Rance spent most of his time fishing, hunting, and caring for animals on his family’s farm where his little sister Marlett was his constant shadow. Rance was active in the Travis County 4-H Club, the Bell Boyd Chapter of the Children of the Confederacy, and achieved the esteemed rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1966.

Following high school, Rance went to the University of Texas – El Paso, where he played football and graduated with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering. His professional career included working for El Paso Electric and CPL-Corpus Christi before starting his own company, Vaughan Construction. Rance was most at home tinkering in his workshop or working on construction projects, but he always made time to play golf, fish, or hunt with his buddies.

While attending his sister’s graduation party at Texas A&I, Rance met the love of his life for 42 years– Karen Rose Prukop. They were married in 1975 and the second love of his life, Breanne Nicole, arrived in 1987.

Rance is preceded in death by his parents, James Walker and Muriel Luedtke Vaughan and his in-laws, Philip and Proxey Prukop. He is survived by his wife, Karen Prukop Vaughan, his daughter Breanne of McKinney, TX, his sister Marlett (David Bahn) of Kingsville, TX, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be held on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 5 to 7pm with the Holy Rosary to follow at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 16602 FM 624. A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 10am at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Graveside service to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery on FM 1889.

Pallbearers are his nephews: James Kraatz, Matthew Lackey, Philip Prukop, Trevor Prukop, Justin Prukop, Randy Prukop, Mitch Rando, and Matt Rando.

Honorary pallbearers are: David Bahn, Bill Middagh, David Olney, Frank Prukop, James Prukop, John Prukop, Ted Prukop, and Preston Smith.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Texas Wildlife Association – Youth Hunting Program or the American Heart Association.