Archive for December, 2017

Beulah “Kay” Wilson

Wilson, Beulah

Beulah “Kay” Wilson, age 71, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away December 26, 2017. She was born October 2, 1946 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Lester and Alma Wilke Maywald.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Leonard in 2010.

She is survived by a sister, Debbie Little; her children, Kendra (Bobby Pullin) Williams,  Corey (Jessica) Wilson, Scott (Melanie) Wilson, Robin (Rodney) Appleby;  grandchildren, Brandon Wilson,  Cameron Wilson, Chelsey  Koenning, Hannah Wilson, Molly Appleby, Dustin Appleby, R.J. Appleby ; great grand children, Brentley, Ryder, Rylee; and her two fur babies, Dinozzo and Gibbs.

Visitation with the family will be on Thursday, December 28, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, December 29, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at Jackson Woods Presbyterian Church.

Graveside services will be at 12 noon at the Robstown Memorial Park.

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

Benny Motes

Motes, Benny

Benny Motes, age 77, of Robstown, Texas passed away December 22, 2017.

He was born October 11, 1940 in Robstown, Texas to James and Leah Motes.

Benny was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Ron Motes, a daughter Vanessa Motes.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Nordiah Motes; a son; two daughters, Diana Jackson and Carolyn Hamilton; six grandchildren, Cassie (Jeff) Jones, Elizabeth Motes, Valerie (Nick) Wilson, Daniel Jackson, Amanda Shipp, and Phillip Jackson; two great grandchildren, Emma and Amelia Jones; numerous nieces and nephews. Benny was a very generous man and has worked in the oilfield for over 63 years.

Visitation will be from 5 P.M. until 7 P.M. Friday, December 29, 2017 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 A.M. Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Robstown Memorial Park.

DeeAnna Wright Griffin

Griffin, DeeAnna

DeeAnna Wright Griffin, 58 of Robstown, Texas, left her earthly body on Dec. 18, 2017, following a long battle with congenital heart defects. Born Dec. 6, 1959, in Harlingen, Texas, DeeAnna was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Martha Wright.

DeeAnna grew up in the Rio Grande Valley with her sister Terry and two brothers, Marc and Arthur. She always loved being outdoors, usually near the beach or lake with her friends and family. DeeAnna was passionate about participating in livestock shows, a passion she was dedicated to throughout her life. She served on the Lamb Committee for the Nueces County Junior Livestock Show for more than a decade.

It was at the Willacy County Livestock Show, where DeeAnna met Ken Griffin, the love of her life. They were married in Sept. 1985, and two years later were blessed with a son, Bryce. DeeAnna was a devoted wife and mother, and found true joy in her family. Her heart and home were open to everyone, and on any given day visitors could find DeeAnna in her kitchen, preparing a meal for countless guests.

DeeAnna’s crowning glory was seeing her beloved son marry the love of his life, Kayla Griffin, on Oct. 13, 2017. She welcomed her new daughter-in-law, and her Tennessee family with love and open arms.

We invite everyone to join us in celebrating the life of DeeAnna Wright Griffin for a Visitation Service at Sawyer-George Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28 at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Orange Grove.

A Celebration of Life Reception will be held immediately following the funeral services at the Griffin Residence in Calallen.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be sent to the Texas Children’s Hospital Cardiology Department. To make an online donation in DeeAnna’s memory, to go


Edna Ann Castro Castillo


Edna Ann Castro Castillo, 37, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away Friday, December 15, 2017. She was born June 27, 1980 in Corpus Christi.  Edna graduated from Tuloso-Midway High School, earned her LVN from Del Mar College and her bachelor degree in chemistry from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.  She owned Glam-R-Us Boutique and was a member of Arlington Heights Church of Christ.

She is survived by her husband, Fabian Castillo; her parents, Ernesto and Lucia Rios Castro; her sisters, Tina (Alfredo) Garza and Elizabeth (David) Andaverde; her brother, Ernest N. Jr. (Roxie) Castro; her niece, Lexi Lynn Castro; her nephew, Elijah Castro.

Visitation will be from 7 P.M. until 9 P.M. Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 A.M. Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with David Srygley officiating. Entombment will follow at Seaside Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Robert Dennis Tatum

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Robert Dennis Tatum, 77, passed away on December 17, 2017. Bob was born in San Diego, California, the son of Eddison Willis Tatum and Vera “Sally” Danly. Bob’s father was career Navy and was stationed at Pearl Harbor during the attack there in 1941. His family has the bullet that passed between he and his brother, Jerry, and hit the headboard where their mother had placed them for safety. He lived in several places growing up but eventually his dad retired and settled in Corpus Christi. Bob graduated from Carroll High School in 1959 and went to work as a welder. He went to work for the Corpus Christi Police Dept. in early 1961 shortly before his 21st birthday. During his career with the department he worked in Vice, IAD and patrol with most of his time spent in patrol. For many years his job was to write the budget for the uniform division. During the time he worked on the budget, his children knew to tiptoe around the house and never to say numbers of any kind around him. He loved his work with the department and had attained the rank of Captain long before his retirement in 1999. He met his back yard neighbor on April 15, 1982 and he and Jacci were married on April 18, 1983. After his retirement they traveled the United States in their RV and made many fond memories.

Bob was also an avid golfer for many years until back problems kept him from playing. Bob enjoyed wood working and built a few pieces of furniture for family members as well as many small items. He never sold anything he crafted saying they were made with love and were not for sale. His workshop was always a mess but Jacci knew better than to move anything to try to clean up because he knew where everything was.

Bob was a member of Christ Central Baptist Church, the Gideons West Camp and was a devout Christian. With his family around and his beautiful daughter Aamber singing Christian songs as she held his hand he slipped away into the arms of his Savior

He leaves his wife, Jacqueline “Jacci”; his son, Aaron Dean (Val) Tatum of Texarkana; daughters, Aamber Denise (David) Copple of Temple, Tina Marie (Ken) Jones of West Virginia and Jeannene Elizabeth (Daniel) Marcheschi of Mathis, TX; his brothers, Joe (Laurel) Tatum of Corpus Christi and Ed Tatum of Houston; grandchildren, Austin (Debbe) Tatum of Dallas, Chris (Claire) Tatum of  Dallas, Justin  and Faith  Jones of West Virginia, Jeni Hubbard and her daughter, Audrey (great grandchild) of Temple, TX, Mikayla Copple of Ponte Vedre, Florida, Timothy and Rylee Marcheschi of Mathis, TX, Layla (William) McBride of Denver,  Colorado and numerous other grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Bob requested donations to the Gideons West Camp, P.O. Box 260101, Corpus Christi, Texas 78426.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 20, 2017 in Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gwen Jennings officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.