Archive for March, 2018

Donald Ray Poland

Poland, Donald

Donald Ray Poland, 88, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2018. He was born March 9, 1930 in Manning, Texas.  He was inducted into the U.S. Army on August 5, 1948 in Lufkin, Texas and received his honorable discharge as a Sergeant (T) on June 15, 1952 at Fort Hood, Texas.  He was a veteran of the Korean War.  Mr. Poland was retired from the Corpus Christi Army Depot.  He was a member of Masonic Lodge #1282 AF&AM, the Scottish Rite Lodge in San Antonio and River Hills Baptist Church.  He was a past member of the Banquete School Board and was a past president of RVOS #105.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Frank Poland and Woodie Jo Buford Poland; his brothers, Robert Poland, Jacie Norman Poland, Kelly Poland, Jack Poland, Gene Poland and Bill Poland and his sisters, Eva Waits, Lula Vanglahn, Avis Sims, Mattie Dominey, Raby Grissett and Thelma Murray.

He is survived by his wife of over 65 years , Bobbie Poland; his children, Anita (Rick) Collins, Ronald Edwards, Sherry (Roy) Walker, Kathy (Frank) Anastos, Donald (Mary) Poland and Donna (Jeff) Hudspeth; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 2 P.M. until 4 P.M. Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 A.M. Monday, April 2, 2018 at River Hills Baptist Church with Bro. Bill Simmons officiating.

Graveside services with U. S. Army military honors will be conducted at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Manning Cemetery near Lufkin, Texas where his parents and daughter are interred, with Bro Cary Modisette officiating.

The family wishes to thank the staff at The Palms Nursing Home and the staff of Altus Hospice for their love and care of Donald Poland.

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

Bettie Rose Rowland

Rowland, Bettie

Bettie Rose Rowland, 85, of Corpus Christi, Texas went to be with our Lord on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 surrounded by her family.  Bettie was born in Adel, GA on October 26, 1932.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Juanita Strawder, as well as her siblings, Buddy and Mary and her husband, Billy Joe Rowland.

She is survived by her brother, Larry (Maxine) Strawder and sister, Ouida (Bernie) Biagiano.  Bettie and Billy had one daughter, Penny Smith, 2 grandsons, Ryan (Tanna) and Kyle (Sarah) Smith and 4 great grandchildren, Brayden, Ethan, Addy and Mia.

Bettie will always be remembered for the great cook she was and never letting anyone leave her home with an empty stomach.  After retiring from Southwestern Bell as a telephone operator, her focus and passions were her two grandsons, her dogs and being outside working in her garden.  Bettie was a WONDERFUL woman who was known to have a heart of gold and always lend a helping hand.  She will be dearly missed, but ask that those who want to celebrate her life, join us for a graveside service Saturday, March 31st, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at Seaside Memorial Park.

Rev. Mack Floyd Caffey

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Rev. Mack Floyd Caffey, age 85, joined his Lord on March 27, 2018. He was known to his many friends as “Bro. Mack” and his family as Daddy, PawPaw, GGPawPaw and Uncle Mack.  Although his ministry took him to numerous different places, he spent the majority of his life in Corpus Christi, Texas.  He touched many lives and was dearly loved by family and friends.  His kind and gentle spirit soothed many a troubled soul and his sparkling eyes and infectious laughter brought joy to those around him.  His love for the Lord was evident in every relationship he had.

He married the love of his life, Ann Elizabeth, on June 1, 1954, and they shared 63 years together. She was his soul mate, his confidant, and his best friend as he was hers.  He has four children, Mary Beth Caffey, Elaine (Scott) Lisenbe, Nancy (Keith Lovins) Cavitt, and Larry (Michelle) Caffey.  He has five grandchildren, Candice (Kyle) Tillman, Colby (Julianne Salinas) Cavitt, Chelsea Cavitt, Caitlin Cavitt, and Madison Caffey.  He has three great grandchildren, Axel Tillman, Norah Tillman, and Clifford Mack Cavitt.

He was the last of his family being preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Corene Caffey and his four siblings, Rosa Lee Lansford, George L. Caffey, Faye Barley, and his twin brother, Mart Caffey. He is survived and loved dearly by a large extended family.

He started pastoring when he was 17 years old and has continued to serve the Lord in whatever capacity was available whether it was preaching, teaching, or playing musical instruments. He was in the active ministry of the Lord for at least 60 years.  He ministered to souls from Oklahoma to Mexico.  He was fluent in and preached many sermons in Spanish.  Even at 85 years of age, he was serving as the organist at Tuloso-Midway Baptist Church.

We will remember him as a man who loved the Lord with all his heart and spent a lifetime ministering to those around him. He loved his family unconditionally and will be sorely missed.

Visitation will be held from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 P.M. Friday, March 30, 2018 at Tuloso-Midway Baptist Church. His beloved pastor, Rev. John McAllister, pastor of Tuloso-Midway Baptist Church, was chosen by him to officiate.  Interment will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Charles Barley, Doug Caffey, Scott Cornett, Larry Jim Cornett, Don Lanmon and Jeff Spoor.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Glen Kost, Hubert Hall, Bob Bowers, Jim Cherry, Boyd Tyndall, R. V. Wagner, Grady Isensee, Robert Arriaga and Mickey Johnson.

Those who wish, in lieu of flowers, may make donations to the Tuloso-Midway Baptist Church in his honor.

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

Betty Jane Wright Bates

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Betty Jane Wright Bates went to her heavenly home on March 26, 2018, after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born in Robstown, Texas to Earl Virgil Wright and Willie Queen Jones on March 25, 1928.

After graduating from Robstown High School she attended Texas College of Arts and Industries in Kingsville, Texas. While attending college, she developed a strong belief in education that she strongly instilled in her daughter. She married James L. “Buddy” Bates on March 11, 1946. Betty Jane was an excellent homemaker with her delicious cooking and excelling as a seamstress. If she wasn’t drinking coffee with her many Robstown friends, she was sitting in front of her sewing machine creating a new garment. In 1969 they moved to Houston due to Buddy’s career. They also had a home on Lake Corpus Christi where she loved to entertain, where many family members requested her scrumptious carrot cake. After Buddy’s retirement, they moved to Corpus Christi in 1998.

She is preceded in death by her devoted husband, Buddy; her parents; a brother, Wayne Wright and a nephew, Jeffrey Lee Wright.

Betty Jane is survived by her daughter, Molly Ann Bates; her granddaughter, Amy Bates Wilson; her great-grandson, James Logan Wilson; her brothers, Billy Earl (Peggy) Wright and Cecil Ray (Emery) Wright; her sisters-in-law, Tassy Whitson, Betty Everett of Tyler, Barbara (Hugh M.) Menking of Harker Heights and numerous nieces and nephews.

Special heartfelt thanks and gratitude go to John and Nicole Flores, Debbie Johnston, Lucy Dominguez, Mandy Uballe and Serenity Grace Hospice Care for their loving care during Betty Jane’s illness.

Cryptside services will be conducted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. at Robstown Memorial Park Mausoleum.


Edward David Uribe


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Edward David Uribe, 68, died Sunday, March 18, 2018 at his home in Corpus Christi with his family by his side.

Eddie was born on May 24, 1949 in Freer, Texas., to David and Alice Uribe. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Infantry as an Airborne Ranger, where he served in Vietnam.

He was deployed in 1968 through 1969 as he served his country. Eddie was wounded in combat and received a Purple Heart Medal and a Silver Star.

Eddie was honorably discharged from the service in 1978.

Eddie loved spending time with his family and enjoyed the company of his grandchildren. He was a loving father and husband and in his spare time he loved doing woodwork, BBQing, and drinking his Natural Light with his sons.

Eddie was preceded in death by his father and mother, David and Alice Uribe; brother, Jose Alberto Uribe; daughter, Jeannette Maria Alicia Uribe.

He is survived by his wife, Estella Uribe; five children, Edward D. Uribe Jr., Nathan Lee Uribe (Sandra Guerra ), Luis Alberto Hernandez (Justine Vasquez), Jose Roberto Uribe (Crystal Perez) and John Wesley Uribe (Gracie); 12 grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be, Luis Alberto Hernandez, Jose Roberto Uribe, John Wesley Uribe, Samuel Lopez, Edward David Uribe, Jr. and Alexis Miguel Gomez.

Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home, with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 PM.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 23, 2018 at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostle Catholic Church.

Burial will follow at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.