Archive for August, 2018

Jessie Eugene Miller

Miller, Jesse

Jessie Eugene Miller passed away on August 28, 2018 in Corpus Christi, Texas at Holmgreen Assisted Living at the age of 73. He was born in Alice, Texas, to Edith Miller and Cliff Miller.  Jessie was preceded in death by his mother, Edith Weeks and stepfather, J.P. Weeks.  He was also preceded by his brother, Jay Weeks and his father, Cliff Miller.

Jessie is survived by his wife of 30 years, Nancy Gibbs Miller. In addition, Jessie leaves his sons, Jason Miller and Jeff Miller and granddaughters, Presley Miller, Renee Miller and Sydney Miller.  He leaves his stepdaughter, Brandy Simpson Moreno and husband Chuck Moreno and his grandson, Mason Dulane Moreno.

Jessie has three remaining sisters, Carolyn Matlock, Linda Edlin, and Marilyn Pettitt and her husband John Pettitt. His brothers are Mickey Weeks and Earl Weeks.  Finally, he is survived by his stepmother, Chris Miller and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

After graduating from H.M. King High School in Kingsville, Texas, he attended Texas A&I University. Jessie served in the U.S. Army including a tour of duty in Germany.  After the Army, he worked for Citgo Refinery as a unit supervisor until his retirement.

Jessie enjoyed many hobbies and lived a big life. Some of the things he enjoyed were golfing, piloting an airplane, hunting, fishing and spending time at his cabin in the hill country.  Jessie also loved his authentic chuck wagon: participating in cook-offs and sharing Dutch oven cooking and cowboy history with students at the school where his wife Nancy was the principal.  Calallen football was an important part of his life.  He was a booster club member and held the “Cat” sign at home games.

It brings us peace to know he is with his Lord because of John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Services will be conducted on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Sawyer- George Funeral Home Chapel.

Thomas M. Menchaca Jr.

Menchaca, Thomas

Thomas M. Menchaca Jr. age 67, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Thomas was born on October 8, 1950 in San Saba, Texas to Thomas M. Menchaca Sr. and Mary (Martinez).  Thomas graduated from San Saba High school in 1969 and was a member of the San Saba Armadillo Football team that reached the State Quarter Finals in 1968. He married the love of his life Janie Torres on May 24, 1972.  Thomas worked as a machine shop supervisor for 3M Corporation in Brownwood, Texas until his retirement in 2006.  He loved family gatherings and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Those left behind to cherish his memory are his wife, Janie Menchaca of Corpus Christi, Texas; two sons, Chris Martinez and wife Sylvia and Thomas Gilbert Salinas; three daughters, Stella Orozco and husband Juan, Teresa Boisse and husband T. J. and Elena Martinez and husband Michael; two sisters: Esther Cisneroz and husband Pedro, Cynthia Creek and husband Larry; two brothers: Richard Menchaca and wife Tani and Robert Menchaca and wife Sylvia; eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Rosary will be recited at Sawyer-George Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 6:00 P.M.

A visitation/rosary will be held on Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 6:00 –8:00 P. M. at Blaylock Funeral Chapel in San Saba, Texas. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, August 31, 2018 at 10:00 A. M at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in San Saba, Texas with Father Javier Toscano officiating. Interment will follow at San Saba Cemetery.

Blaylock Funeral Home of San Saba in charge of arrangements.

Gene Clopton

Clopton, Gene

Gene Clopton passed away on August 20, 2018 after a long illness.

He was born in Waxahachie, Texas on December 24, 1931. Gene and his wife

Norma moved to Corpus Christi in 1963.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Norma L. Clopton; their five children,

Keith (Rhonda) Clopton, Scott (Joe Jalomo ) Clopton, Wanda Clopton,

Randy Clopton, Robby (Kim) Clopton;  grandchildren, Cameron Clopton, Ethan

Clopton, Amanda Clopton, Brooklynn Clopton, Makynna Hood, Garrison Clopton;

great grandchildren, Tristan Clopton and Troy Clopton.

Viewing and visitation will be on Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, August 31, 2018 at12:30 p.m.

in the Sawyer- George Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial with full Military Honors will follow at 2:00 P.M. in the Coastal Bend State

Veterans Cemetery.

Clayton Clyde Cates

Cates, Clayton obituary

Clayton Clyde Cates, 80, of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away peacefully in his home on August 21, 2018, enjoying his last days surrounded by family and care givers who loved him very much.  He was born February 23rd, 1938, in Robstown, Texas to Clyde and Zela Cates.  He was a 1956 graduate of Robstown High School, and a 1960 graduate of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Upon graduation from A&M, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army, and then served in the Texas National Guard for several years. When he began his career with State Farm Insurance at the age of 26, he was one of the first four agents south of San Antonio, Texas.  Clayton enjoyed a long 38-year career with State Farm Insurance as a independent contractor agent – he always appreciated and loved his team who worked with him in Robstown.

Clayton is survived by his wife, Anita; his children, Clayton Cates, Jr. (Jena) of Portland, Texas and Carol Neal (Larry) of Austin, Texas; his grandchildren, Trey and Braelin Cates of Portland, Texas; his sister and brother-in-law, Zula and Dale Langley of Corpus Christi, and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Zela Cates.

Two weeks after he graduated from A&M, he married the love of his life Anita Fox, and they shared the next 58-year adventure together. Clayton loved to cook, fish, hunt, scuba dive, travel, and volunteer, and he always sought to do activities that involved his family.

Clayton was an Eagle Scout. When he became a father, Anita became a den leader, and Clayton an area pack leader, and he nurtured his own son to the achievement of becoming an Eagle Scout as well – Clayton valued “values”. He was a long time member of Arlington Heights Church of Christ, whom he considered his church family. Clayton believed in giving back to his local community and was a life-long volunteer – he held leadership positions and was an active member in Robstown Rotary Club, the Jaycees, the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla, and the Robstown Cemetery Association.

Pallbearers will be Clayton’s beloved nephews: Dale Langley, Jr., Clyde Langley, Dr. David Clayton Langley, Denny Dinsmore, Beau Wingo, Luke Wingo, and Nathan Lawrence.

The family will receive visitors at the Sawyer-George Funeral Home, 12497 Leopard St. in Corpus Christi, Texas on Friday, August 24 from 5 to 7 PM.  Funeral and Celebration of Life services will be held at Arlington Heights Church of Christ on Saturday, August 25 at 10 AM, with burial following at the Robstown Cemetery.

The family is thankful for the love and care provided by Angel Care 1990, and especially the love given him by Irma, Brinda, Julie, and David, with amazing guidance by Roxanne Mathis.

The family is also very grateful to New Century Hospice for their loving care in these last few weeks of Clayton’s earthly life, as well as the amazing team who provided successful guidance for 20+ years at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Most especially, the family wishes to thank the loving members of Arlington Heights Church of Christ for all they do to show love for others – we are eternally grateful for our life-time involvement with such a loving church family.

Memorial donations may also be given to Corpus Christi Food Bank, or Sunny Glenn Children’s Home, a couple of local charities Clayton and Anita valued greatly in our community.

Jasper Edward Atkinson

Atkinson, Jasper

It is with great sadness that the family of Jasper Edward Atkinson announces his passing after a battle with cancer on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at the age of seventy two.  Jasper served in the U.S. Navy at the age of seventeen and was a dedicated employee of Valero Refinery for forty six years.  Jasper was a long time season ticket holder for Calallen Wildcat football games and rarely, if ever, missed a game.  There was never a dull moment with him.  He could light up a room and bring you to tears with laughter.  He was a kind, caring and generous man.  Jasper will be forever known for his passion of his family, friends, his ranch and Calallen Wildcat football.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Ida Atkinson, his father, Hoy Atkinson, along with his sister, Natalie Esterak.

Jasper will be lovingly remembered by his wife of fifty years, Linda Atkinson; his children, Chamarie and husband Mark, DeWayne and wife Heather, Natasha, Darren and wife Whitney along with his eleven grandchildren, Ashlynn, Tyler, Lexie, Blayne, Katylin, Jack, Shailynn, Charles, Beau, Hunter, Luke and his only great grandchild, Zachariasz.  He is also survived by his brothers, Fred and wife Sharon, Donald and wife Doreen, James and wife Virginia, along with countless cousins, family and friends.

A celebration of Jasper’s life will begin with visitation from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with a Rosary to follow at 7 P.M.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 A.M. Friday, August 24, 2018 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church on FM 624, Robstown, Texas.

Graveside services with full military honors will follow at 1 P.M. at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.