Archive for May, 2018

Dale Bruce Fansler

Fansler, Dale

Dale Bruce Fansler, age 73, of Corpus Christi, Texas went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Wednesday May 16, 2018. Bruce was born in Corpus Christi on March 27, 1945.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Orie A. Fansler and Julia Davis Fansler, his brother, Orie “Buddy” and sister-in-law, Pat Fansler, a sister, Julia “Judy” and brother-in-law, Gerald Gollnick; his nephew, Tracy Gollnick.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories, his loving wife of 45 years, Laura Fansler; daughter, Kira (Jimmy) Smith; a son, Aaron (Theresa) Fansler; five grandchildren, Rylyn Ware, Chloe, Ethanial, Scarlett and Jaxson Fansler all of Corpus Christi, Texas. Four bonus grandchildren, Destiny, Travis, Sterling, and Lacee Smith and two bonus great grandsons, Bentley and Caden Smith all of Dallas, Texas; four nephews, David, Brett, and Orren Fansler and Jarred Martinez; one niece, Julie Wyble; one sister-in-law, Lisa Landwehr all of Corpus Christi and one cousin, Susan (Spencer) Ernst of Cleveland, Missouri, and his true friends.

Bruce was the youngest of three children and grew up in Corpus Christi. He attended Oak Park Elementary, Driscoll Junior High and Roy Miller High School where he played Basketball and graduated in 1963.  His first job was at Rainbow Bakery.  In 1966 Bruce was drafted and served the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War until 1968.  He was a decorated war veteran, he was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal with the Bronze Star, the National Defense Service Medal and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Bruce returned home from Vietnam and went into the trade program at Del Mar College and obtained his Journeyman’s electrical license. He worked for several electrical contractors before he opened Fansler Electric, Inc. He obtained his Master License and began his business out of his home in 1983. He then purchased property on Kinney and moved his business there and served Corpus Christi and the surrounding areas for 34 years.  He had a strong work ethic and poured himself into his business.

In 1971 he met Laura at a night club called the Haunted House and he asked her to dance. After several months of dating he asked her to marry him. He knew he wanted her to be his wife after only two months of dating.  They were married at St. Patrick’s  Catholic Church on June 16, 1972.  Bruce attended St. Thomas Episcopal Church when he was growing up and was an altar boy as a young man.  He was currently attending Trinity Worship Center where his love and knowledge for the Lord strengthened.

He was a very giving man that had a heart of gold. He never met a stranger and would go above and beyond to help those he cared about and loved.  He loved his family and grandchildren dearly. He loved spending time with those he loved, telling stories, and sharing a laugh.

Although he wasn’t active with the Lodge and the Shriners at the time of his death he did have fondness of his time spent giving back to them.

Bruce enjoyed hunting and fishing, playing cards, and his swimming pool. He also enjoyed being at being at his farm, watching and yelling at the Dallas Cowboys and the San Antonio Spurs.  He enjoyed cooking for the holidays and always had to cook the turkey and make his signature mashed potatoes.  He loved to grow tomatoes and work around the house.  He loved to read and learn about new things, and loved conversations.  He also was a recliner engineer about spinning the wheel on Wheel of Fortune and Fox News.  He will be greatly missed.

His family ask that you join us in celebrating his life on earth and remember the good time that were shared with him. Remember the loving, kind, generous, caring, and hard working man that he was. Rejoice with us in his home going celebration.

He will be in our hearts and loved always.

Visitation will be on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:30 P.M. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at the Trinity Worship Center, 7010 Holly Rd. in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Graveside services will follow at 1:00 P.M. at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.


Johnny Joe Fleck

Fleck, Johnny Joe

Johnny Joe Fleck, 71, of Odem, Texas, passed away Monday, May 21, 2018. He was born March 31, 1947 in Sioux City, Iowa to William George and Mona Fae Alam Fleck.  He graduated from Miller High School and was the owner of Texas Pipe Fabricators.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Linda Fleck; his daughter, Marce Fleck (Paul) Bluntzer; his son, Joe B. (Kim) Fleck; his grandchildren, McKenna Fleck, Kiersten Bluntzer, Zane Fleck, Konner Bluntzer, Braydon Fleck and Braxton Fleck; his brothers, Amos (Judy) Fleck and Raymond (Lydia) Fleck; his sister, Charlene Fleck; his father and mother-in-law, Roy and Leona Corkill; his brother-in-law, Gary (Diana) Corkill; sister-in-law, Laurie (Mark) Phanco.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 A.M. Thursday, May 24, 2018 at the San Patricio County Fairgrounds Civic Center in Sinton, Texas with Pastor Willis Moore officiating. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in Odem, Texas.

Pallbearers will be Tucker Boyd, Gary Corkill, Rodney Dillon, David Eden, Bill Fleck, Glenn Hagler, Eloy Perez and Tanner Power.

Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Alexander, Rocky Baylor, Buzzy Dillon, Thomas Evans, Amos Fleck, Raymond Fleck, Tommy Nelms, Jim Bill Power, and Tracy Robertson and the employees of Texas Pipe Fabricators.

Striker Lee Chambless

Striker Lee Chambless, infant son of Jordan and Haleigh Chambless went to be with his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. He came into this world around 1:30 a.m. on this same date and was loved and adored by everyone who had the brief  but genuine pleasure to get to see him, hold him, and love him.  He will be greatly missed by his entire family.


Survivors include his loving parents, Jordan and Haleigh Chambless; his big sister to be, Carter Mae Chambless; and his grandparents, Asa and Kristi Chambless, Lori Berger and Thomas and Kathrine Berger. Also Striker leaves behind his great grandmother, Bobbye King, along with his aunts and uncles, Kellyn and Zach Wilmeth, Hannah Berger, and Logan Berger, Melissa Carter and Justin Carter.  Cousins include Rayce Lee Wilmeth and Laikyn Joan Wilmeth who were so looking forward to his arrival along with Carter and the rest of the family.


Graveside services will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery in Robstown at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018.

Esilla Claire “Sugar, ShooShoo” Wright Lawley

Lawley, Esilla

Esilla Claire “Sugar, ShooShoo” Wright Lawley, 82, of Bluntzer, Texas, went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 16, 2018. She was born November 19, 1935 and spent most of her life growing up on the family ranch in Bluntzer, Texas.  Being from a rural community, she started her education at the two room schoolhouse at Bluntzer before going to St. John Catholic School and graduating from Robstown High School in 1953.  After completing secretary school, she became the legal secretary for the Butler Law Firm for over 10 years.  She married Charles Lawley in June of 1965 and went on to raise two children, Mary and Neal.  Leaving the law firm to become a full time mom, she volunteered at St. John Catholic School and the Nueces County 4-H program to give her and other children a chance at a rewarding childhood.  In the late 1970’s, she and Charles opened a flower shop and feed store in Bluntzer.  For the next 40 years, she would be the strength that kept the Garden Corner Feed Store going.  She enjoyed her customers and usually spent more time visiting with them about their lives than remembering to take their orders.  Being a devout Catholic, she attended St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Robstown, and later gave much of her time and effort to the founding of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Calallen.  She was a charter member of the Catholic Daughters of American Council #2990 at St. Thomas, believing that her time given was always a blessing and not a chore.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee Roy and Isabelle Bluntzer Wright; three siblings, DeDe, Pete and Marcia; and the love of her life, her husband, Charles Lawley, whom she was married to for 44 wonderful years until his death January 19, 2010.

Esilla is survived by her children, Mary and Neal; sister, Mary Ann; brother, Mike (Myrna); many nieces, nephews, numerous cousins and friends. She was kind and giving, seeing the best in family and friends, always encouraging everyone to do as much as you were capable of doing.  She will be missed tremendously.

The Rosary will be recited at 7 P.M. Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 A.M. Monday, May 21, 2018 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church with Rev. Philip Panackal as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery in San Patricio, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, she would ask that everyone donate to the St. Thomas Bell Tower Building Fund.

Debra Lynn Ware “Debbie” Thomas

Thomas, Debra

Debra Lynn Ware “Debbie” Thomas, 52, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2018. She was born June 5, 1965 in Corpus Christi.  She was the manager of the family businesses.  She loved her family very much and cared for her dogs.

She was preceded in death by her father, Curtis Jerry Ware, her step-father that she adored, Richard Blumberg, her brother, Tony Ware and her grandparents, Audestia and John McCann.

She is survived by her husband, Billy Thomas; her children, Justin Dwain (Gracie) Thomas, Billy Dalton (Brittney) Thomas, Brittany Gail Thomas, and Jonathan Curtis Thomas; her mother, Irene Blumberg; her brothers and sisters, Donna Ware, Frank (Betsy) Blumberg, Jr., Randy (Nell) Ware, Ricky (Lori) Ware, and Roxanne (Mario) Saenz; five grandchildren that she adored that called her MiMi, Kyle Ortiz, Justine Thomas, Ashton Thomas, Raelynn Thomas, and Thomas Bennett Martino; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Visitation will be from 5 P.M. until 7 P.M. Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 P.M. Friday, May 11, 2018 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Sherry Lyle officiating. Burial will follow in Robstown Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Justin Dwain Thomas, Billy Dalton Thomas, Brandon Price, Frank Blumberg, Ricky Ware and Randy Ware.