Archive for October, 2018

Elwood Alfred Knetig

Knetig, Elwood

Elwood Alfred Knetig, 89, returned to his heavenly home on October 9, 2018 after a short battle with illness. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.

Elwood was born to the late Alvin and Anna (Klostermann) Knetig, in Robstown, Texas on April 2, 1929. He was immersed in the Christian community from an early age.  He proudly served as a member of the 36th division of the National Guard for eight years and farmed for over 60 years.  He also worked for the ASCS office and the National Resource Conservation Service (Soil Conservation Service) for almost 30 years until he retired in 1989.  He enjoyed hunting at the family ranch in Meyersville and visiting and spending time with family and friends.  He was a hard worker and a skilled carpenter who always had a project to work on.  He loved watching football, the Little League World Series, and game shows.  He was an active member of the St. John Lutheran Church and enjoyed serving as an usher.

Elwood was blessed with a large and loving family. He married his wife of 66 years, Mona Fay (Wendel) Knetig, on April 25, 1952 in Corpus Christi, Texas.  He was an exceptional husband, father, grandpa, great grandpa, relative and friend and although he leaves a void in our lives, we thank God for blessing us with him for so many years.

Family members left to cherish his memory include his wife, Mona Fay;   his children, Robert (Chris) Knetig of Robstown, Texas, Esther (Mark) Edwards of Midlothian, Texas and Stephen (Kim) Knetig of Austin, Texas; his grandchildren, Tiffeny (Anthony) Ranly, Kyle (Ellen) Knetig, Garrett Edwards and Cameron Knetig; great grandchildren, Lane Ranly, Lathan Ranly, Kolton Knetig and Brandt Knetig; his sister, Valeria Eggert, and a large extended family.  He is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.

Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Friday, October 12, 2018 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 13, 2018 at St. John Lutheran Church with Pastor Sarah Nye officiating. Graveside services will be conducted at 2:30 P.M. Saturday at Seaside Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pall Bearers include Garrett Edwards, John Freeman, Ronnie Klostermann, Weldon Guettler, Cameron Knetig, Ellen Knetig, Kyle Knetig, Anthony Ranly, Tiffeny Ranly and Randy Wendel. Honorary Pall Bearers include Kenneth Emshoff, Albert Hornung, Don Kennedy, Bob Turk, Bill Wendel and Halley Boyd Wendel.

The family would like to thank Del Cielo Hospice and Palliative Care for the support and guidance. Erica, Crystal, Nora, Rachel, Claudia, Cindy and Steven.  Your kindness and grace was greatly appreciated and will not be forgotten.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be given to St. John Lutheran Church of Robstown.

Donald Lee George

Donald Lee George, age 84, of Robstown, Texas passed away October 7, 2018.

he was born January 12, 1934 in Oronogo, Missouri. He moved from Pittsburg, Kansas to Corpus Christi, Texas in December 1957.  He began working at the Chevolet  dealerships until 1979 when he became a auto mechanic instructor at Bee County College , Beeville, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Gertrude (Griffis) George and siblings, Jack, Robert, Lonnie, Mildred (Woodson) , Sibyl (Storm), Joe, Earl and Lloyd George. Daddy was the youngest of nine siblings.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve (Edwards) George of 62 years on November 19, 2015.

Our parents were very proud of their children, Don (Marsha) George and Janet (Ronnie) Armstrong; Grandchildren, Michael(Amy) Armstrong and Jennifer (Conrad) De La Paz. Great grandchildren, Jonathan and  Shannon Armstrong and Candence and Anthony De La Paz.

Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. in the Sawyer-George Funeral Chapel.

Interment will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in Skidmore, Texas

The family would like to thank Windsor Calallen for their love, support, and care of our father.

William N. Brooks

Brooks, William NealWilliam N. Brooks, 62, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away Friday, October 5, 2018. He was born March 9, 1956 in Brownsville, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Caddo and Shirley Brooks and his sister, Sharon Freitag.

He is survived by his sister, Sandra (David) Rathke; his nieces and nephews, Shawnna (Sterling) Brooks, Matthew, Chase and Kiersten Rathke, Lance (Teri) Rathke and Cheryl Collins; six great nieces and nephews and three great great nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. until 7 P.M. with the Rosary being recited at 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 A.M. Thursday, October 11, 2018 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Seaside Memorial Park Cemetery.

Herman Allen Pollard

Pollard, Allen

Herman Allen Pollard, 68, of Bandera, Texas, and former resident of Robstown, Texas, was called to heaven on Friday, October 5, 2018. Allen was born on October 7, 1949 in Robstown.  He is preceded in death by his father, Malcolm A. Pollard, grandparents Herman & Christine Paul, Louis A. Pollard, and Lucille Swope and step-son Andrew Davis.  He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Hoelscher Davis Pollard of Bandera, Texas; daughter Karie (Trey)Wimberly of Goliad, Texas; son Jody (Leanna) Pollard of San Antonio, Texas and step-son Mark (Kelly) Davis of Andover, Massachusetts; mother Pauline Pollard of Marble Falls, Texas; former spouse Vicki Pollard of Corpus Christi, Texas; grandsons Mac, Weston and Walker Wimberly, Hudson and Lawson Pollard and granddaughter McKenzie Davis, as well as his brother Andy (June) Pollard of Canyon Lake, Texas, sister-in-law Rita (Jim) Hausman of Mooresville, NC; nephew Justin Pollard of Dallas, Texas; nieces Cayce (Adam) Corley of Katy, Texas and Michelle and Kristen Hausman; great nephews Austen & Jaksen Corley, and great nieces Lucy & Annie Pollard; uncles Jimmy (Sally) Swope of New Braunfels, Texas and William H. (Geneva) Paul of Augusta, Georgia; aunt Gloria (Ronald) Blanton of Marble Falls, Texas, numerous cousins, and countless friends.

Allen was a devoted husband and father and most proud of all his grandchildren. He loved the Lord, was baptized and a member of the Robstown United Methodist Church.  He graduated from Robstown High School in 1968, and had attended Texas A&I University as a business major.  He began a career in radio that spanned approximately 15 years working as an announcer, program director and salesman for area stations KTAI, KOPY and KROB.  Allen was recognized for his contributions to radio, and in 2008 received the “Straight From the Heart” DJ award from Music City Heart of Texas.  He also announced the Alice Coyote football games on the radio for KOPY.

Allen was passionate about music. He received his first guitar at age 14 and over the years became an accomplished musician playing guitar, steel guitar and fiddle.  Allen was a member of multiple bands, the first of which was a rock band.  Later, he joined his family’s country western band, Mac Pollard & the Western Stars as lead guitar player, followed by steel guitar player for Al Dean & the All Stars, the Jukebox Cowboys, the George West Opry house band, and The Majek Orchestra polka band.  He also played with Leona Williams and the late Box Car Willie.  Allen’s musical talents eventually led to the creation of Dancehall Sounds DJ service whose mission was to recreate the sounds and songs heard in traditional Texas dancehalls.  This included occasional live fiddle and singing performances.

Dancehall Sounds was very successful, creating a large following of fans who enjoyed dancing to his choice of music. His life-long passion of music enhanced appreciation for traditional country music, created numerous special friendships, and one of his performances even made it to YouTube (Allen Pollard Fiddle Debut).  Allen loved to entertain and instruct others how to play string instruments, especially youngsters.

Allen’s day-job career included employment by Champlin Refinery for 7 years where he met a lot of wonderful people. After leaving refinery work, he became an independent insurance agent and then was employed by Carlisle Insurance in Alice, Texas where he retired after 30 years of service.  He was a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow.

Allen was involved in his children’s activities by serving as a volunteer and board member of Northwest Football League for 10 years. He was a lifelong supporter of the 4-H program having participated since 9 years of age; served as board member, Vice President and President of the Nueces County Junior Livestock Show and was a member of the NCJLS Queen’s Committee for 25 years (1990-2015).  He also provided his expertise in management of sound equipment for the Queen’s Contest and the livestock auction.  Allen traveled many miles and hours to watch his grandsons’ sporting events and was an avid supporter of Goliad Athletics and Texas Aggie Football.

Visitation will be held at Sawyer George Funeral Home on Thursday, October 11th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  A celebration of Allen’s life will be held at Grace United Methodist Church on Friday, October 12, 2018 beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Interment will follow at Runge Cemetery in Runge, Texas at 4:00 p.m.  Pallbearers include Trey Wimberly, Mac Wimberly, Weston Wimberly, Walker Wimberly, Bernie Mokry and Jim Hausman.  Honorary pallbearers are Darwin Fuhrken, Ernie Scholz, James Flaherty, Harvey Buehring, Gary Miller, Galen Calloway, Tommy Doyle, Tiger Gene Gary, Jerry King, Larry Blomstedt, Alan Sheppard and Billy Paul.

Allen’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for your prayers and support especially to those who visited, called to check on Allen, the group “Hello’s” from the VFW and Community Hall, those who sang and played their musical instruments at Allen’s home to entertain him, and sent videos of music performances and football plays. Your kindness is deeply appreciated.  Also, thank you to Peterson Hospice, especially nurse Debbie, for their care and concern.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Allen’s memory can be made to: Andrew W. Davis Memorial Scholarship, Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation, Inc., PO Box 2202, Kingsville, TX 78363; Julie Wimberly Memorial 4-H Scholarship, 239 E FM 1961, Goliad, TX  77963; NCJLS Queen’s Contest Scholarship Fund, PO Box 260968, Corpus Christi, TX 78426, or Andrew Davis Memorial Fund, Coastal Bend Community Foundation, 615 N. Upper Broadway, Suite 1950, Corpus Christi, TX 78401.

Charles David Alexander

Alexander, Charles

Charles David Alexander, 54 years old, passed away on October 4th of 2018 in Corpus Christi, TX. David was born in Center, TX on February 23rd, 1964. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Tommie LaMyrl and Charles Hershel Alexander. He is survived by his three children, Kayla, Lauren, and Joshua, and one grandchild, Kelly.

David grew up in the small east Texas town of Timpson. His teenage years were full of waterskiing and spending time on the lake with family and friends.

David entered the workforce as a floor hand on his father’s drilling rig in the early 1980s, instilling a love for the oilfield that would later give him experience in the manufacturing business.

David was a passionate follower of God and unwavering in his faith. He became a brother of the Texas Freemasonry in 2007, where he advocated and excelled in the gift of giving. David obtained many leadership positions throughout his time as a Mason, including Worshipful Master across numerous lodges in Texas. He was also the Vice-President of the Grand Lodge Audit Committee and Chairman of the 2020 Grand Masters Planning Committee.

If there was any task David loved more than his philanthropic endeavors, it was his job as a father and grandfather. His pride lived in the lives of his children and granddaughter.

In his free time David was an avid hunter. His trophy room is a reflection of the love he had for the great outdoors. Many trips were made with his daughter Lauren, son Joshua and older brother Billy. Colorado was a favorite destination.

In the early 90s David moved to Houston to work closely with his dad in the family business. Within a few years he was a 50% owner of Pyramid Alloys. Over the years David relocated the business from the Houston area to Corpus Christi where it remained open, operating dually with Timpson Tamco, Inc until David’s health prevented his active participation. For the past 6 years, David and his brother Billy and sister Teri owned and operated the business together, carrying on their parents legacy.

Funeral services will be held at 10am on Monday, October 8th, at the Al-Amin Shrine Temple in Corpus Christi, TX. Burial will be at 2pm on Tuesday, October 9th, in Patroon, TX.