Archive for December, 2018

Jack W. Lester

Lester, Jackson

 Jackson Wheeler Lester, known to his friends as “Jack,” passed away on December 25, 2018 at the age of 73 years. He was born August 22, 1945 in Dallas, Texas to Herman Jack and Bertha Era Lester.

Jack enlisted in the United States Army at the age of twenty-two and served for three years. He graduated from Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas and began a career in sales. He was a salesman and retired from Lakeland Marketing. Jack loved to go fishing, camping, and going to the movies. He was a Texas Longhorn, Houston Texan, and Houston Astros fan.

He was preceded in death by his father, Herman Jack Lester and his mother, Bertha Era Lester.

Jack is survived by his wife of 37 years, Mercedes Lester; his three sons, Anthony Hernandez of Houston, Texas, Chris Lester of Dallas, Texas, and John Lester of San Marcos, Texas; his two grandsons, Jacob and Kobe Lester and his cat, Bruce.

Visitation will be on December 27, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sawyer-George Funeral


Funeral services will be conducted on December 28, 2018 at 9 a.m. at the Sawyer-George

Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Anthony Aquino, Ronnie Watson, Dan Markel


Interment will be at 11 a.m. at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The family would like to send their sincere appreciation to the doctors and nurses at MD Anderson Cancer Center, the nurses at National Nursing and Rehab, and the nurses at Harbor Hospice.



Melvin E. Mauer


Melvin MauerMelvin E. Mauer, 91 died Thursday December 20, 2018.  He was born in Cuero, Texas on November 5, 1927 to Eugene R. Mauer and Nita Froelich Mauer.  He graduated from Corpus Christi High School and entered the Navy in 1944. He served in the Navy during  World War II.

He received his Bachelors Degree in 1952 for Secondary Education from A and I Kingsville.  Soon after he met the love of his life Kay Dawson and the following year they were married.  While pursuing his career in education he received his Master of Science degree in 1961.  He taught at Zavala Elementary and Mary Caroll High schools.  He finished his career in1985 as Dean of Allied Science At Del Mar College.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years Kay Mauer; children, Deborah (Ken) Nugent, Dana (Corby) Peace, Dawn Mauer, and David Mauer;  grand children, Portia Adkins, Charles Adkins, Sean (Rachel) Rush; and great grand child Seja Anderson.

There we be a celebration of his life at the Coastal Bend Hall at Mirador Retirement Community, 5857 Timbergate Drive, Corpus Christi, on Thursday December 27th, at 10 AM.  As a remembrance the family suggest donations in Melvin’s honor to the charity of your choice.

William Wayne Wright

Wright, Wayne

William Wayne Wright went to be with our Lord and Savior on Friday, December 14, 2018. Wayne was born on January 6, 1954 to Milus Polk “Chico” Wright, III and Barbara Ann Williams Wright.  He was an amazing dad, husband, Bapo and friend.   He was an avid outfitter, fisherman and photography enthusiast.  Wayne was a man of simple pleasures and did everything his way. He was always available to anyone that needed help.  He had a great love for his wife and boys, and his love for his grandchildren was immeasurable.  He was their Bapo.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Barbara Gail Malek; and his nephew, Colton Jeff Wright.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Wright; his sons, Cullen (Sarita) and Brandon Wright; grandchildren, Baileigh Wright, Mason Blanchette, Kyndall Wright, Tyler Pavlas and Chase Pavlas; brothers, M. P. Wright, IV (Chris), Larry Wright (Lynne) and Tracy Wright (Julie); sisters, Harriett Malek (Jimmy) and Denise Lawhon (Randy); brother-in-law, Ted “Buddy” Malek. Wayne is also survived by his lifelong friend, Lee Cooke (Sharon), as well as many nieces, nephews, and a long list of friends.

Visitation will be from 5 PM until 7 PM Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 PM Thursday, December 20, 2018 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Entombment will follow at Memorial Park Mausoleum .

In lieu of flowers please send any donations to Juvenile Diabetes Association, the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.


Reed, H.A.

HERBERT ALLEN REED, of Calallen, Texas, passed from life through death and into eternity on Thursday, December 13, 2018, at the age of 69.  He is now absent from the body and face to face with the Lord Jesus Christ. H.A. was born on December 7, 1949 in Corpus Christi, TX, to John Allen and Jackie Marie Reed. H.A. is survived by his sister, Connie Marie Finke; his son, Kyle Reed and wife Kari; his daughter, Shanen Dawn Hajdik and husband Marcus; and grandchildren, Olivia Reed, Piper Reed, and Ethan Hajdik.  H.A. graduated from Mary Carroll High School in 1969. Soon following H.A. joined the Army Reserves in Ft. Leonard Wood where he was a notable Track athlete. Over the years H.A. worked in several positions within the Calallen and Corpus Christi areas.  He was most notably known for his custom home building expertise. His success began when he built his first custom home in 1980 which led him to his own business, Reed Construction, which focused on custom built homes including residential developments.  In recent years H.A. became a member and part of the family of the Reguladores, a motorcycle club, where he built a close family providing him with support and friendships. H.A. has been described as a selfless man prepared at any moment to do for others and demonstrated at all times that he cared for everyone without discrimination.  He made his transfer from time to eternity in God’s provision of dying grace and with the firm understanding that “for me, living is Christ, dying is profit” (Philippians 1:21).

A visitation and gathering will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2018, at Sawyer-George Funeral Home from 2:00-4:00 pm in Calallen, TX.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to First Friday.

First Friday is a nonprofit organization dedicated to breast cancer awareness, detection, education and community outreach.

Gordon Keith Bickham, Sr.

Bickham, Gordon

Gordon Keith Bickham, Sr, passed peacefully into the arms of his loving Savior on December 9, 2018, in the presence of family. Born Gordon Keith Bickham on Texas Independence Day, March 2nd, 1929 in Robstown, Texas, to Mary Alice (Humphries) and Joseph Charles Bickham, Gordon was a son of South Texas. Living all of his 89 years on his family’s land in the Calallen area, Gordon was born, grew up, lived a full life, raised a family, and will be buried, all within about 5 miles of where he was born. As a child, he worked the dairy behind his home and enjoyed spending time hunting, fishing and camping with his dad, brothers, cousins and uncles on the Nueces River. After graduating from Calallen High in 1946, he attended Texas A&I for several semesters, often hitchhiking to his Engineering classes. He was soon smitten by a young brown-eyed girl named Peggy Ann Lisemby, and they were married on Sept 4, 1954 at Central Baptist Church in Robstown.  The couple settled in Calallen, built a home where they resided for nearly 62 years, and raised a family among relatives and lifelong friends.

Gordon made a career as a plant operator in the gas fields, working 17 years for South-Tex Corporation and another 26 years for Houston Natural Gas (later Enron). He was proud of the fact that he put 3 children through college on the salary of a plant operator without incurring any debt. Gordon was never one to sit still for long and he had many activities in his life. He raised birds for many years and ran a small business, Bickham’s Reloads, where he reloaded ammo and performed gunsmithing jobs for family and friends. He loved woodworking, especially refinishing and bringing out the grain of a nice gun stock or piece of furniture. Gordon was an excellent marksman as well, winning several rifle shooting competitions at local clubs. He enjoyed traveling, and never failed to take his family on interesting trips every year to see the nation’s wonders. These pilgrimages continued long after his children were grown, eventually including grandchildren as well.

Gordon had a passion for the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing with family and friends. Whether in his preferred habitat in the brush country of South Texas, the Texas hill country, wide open West Texas, the mountains of New Mexico, or the plains and plateaus of Wyoming, Gordon was an accomplished pursuer of many varieties of game animals, both large and small. In his retirement years, he spent many days on the water casting a line with his brother Carl. His trophies are a testament to the skill and dedication Gordon brought to his hunting and fishing activities. However, it was more than just the chase as he would take any and every opportunity to hunt or fish with his children and grandchildren as well as his father, brother, and a host of cousins and friends. Gordon knew this was a multi-generational bonding opportunity and a family legacy to be shared. He enjoyed passing down the stories and traditions that he learned from his family to the next generation.

Gordon was a longtime member of the Highway 44 Church of Christ in Robstown and a tremendous example of a Christian man. He served as an elder in that congregation for over 43 years. He was diligent in his love for the Lord, always trying to set a proper example for not only his children, but those around him as well. He never wanted anything he said or did to be a stumbling block for others. He was truly, a good and faithful servant.

Gordon is survived by 2 sons, Keith (Kimberly) Bickham of Spring, TX, and Duane (Susan) Bickham of Friendswood, TX; siblings, Roger (Tatiana) Bickham of Purvis MS, and Nancy (Allan) Gregorcyk of Richmond, TX; sister-in-law, Sue Bickham of Calallen, TX; brother-in-law, Frank (Donna) Fritz of Rockwall, TX; 9 grandchildren, Amber (Bob) Erickson of San Antonio, TX, Charlie (Idalia), Cody (Amanda) & Chance Wakefield of San Antonio, TX, Kaitlin (Brian) Cannon of Rogers, AR, Joseph Keith (Bevin) Bickham of San Antonio, TX, Karch Bickham of Spring, TX, and Hannah and Zeke Bickham of Friendswood, TX; and 2 great grandchildren, Cayden Erickson of San Antonio, TX and Abigail Cannon of Rogers, AR.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Bickham; a daughter, Ruby Wakefield; his parents Mary and Joe Bickham; and a beloved brother, Carl Bickham.

Pallbearers will be Charlie, Cody & Chance Wakefield, Joseph Keith, Karch and Zeke Bickham. Honorary pallbearers will be Amber Erickson, Kaitlin Cannon, and Hannah Bickham.

Visitation will be held Thursday, December 20, 2018 from 6-8 PM at Sawyer-George Funeral Home, 12497 Leopard St, Corpus Christi, TX 78410.

Funeral services will be Friday, December 21, 2018 at 10 AM, at Highway 44 Church of Christ, 301 West Avenue J., Robstown, TX 78380 with burial to follow at Robstown Memorial Park on FM 1889.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Highway 44 Church of Christ or the NRA Whittington Center [ ].

The family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to caregivers Jody Martinez, Roxanne Mathis, and Yvonne Arriaga. Their comfort, compassion, and caring during Gordon’s last year is a credit to their profession.