Archive for January, 2019

Antonio Villarreal

Antonio Villarreal

In loving memory of Antonio Villarreal, fondly known as Tony or Mr. V, who passed away on January 30, 2019. Tony was born on January 17, 1927 to Concepcion and Jacobo Villarreal of Runge, Texas and baptized November 5, 1927 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Runge.  The son of a farmer and a homemaker, Tony grew up learning how to work the fields and attending school.

He joined the United States Army in 1945 and dutifully served his country first as a mechanic and eventually as an MP for the 50th Field Hospital in France during World War II.

When PFC Villarreal returned home, he went back to working as a clerk in a general store in McAllen, Texas with the young woman who had been given his clerk position while he was in the Army who was now his manager. Over time, he eventually built up the courage to ask her to a movie and eventually to share his life.

Tony married Maria Guadalupe Garcia on April 14, 1950. Their first child, Juan Antonio “Tony”, was born in 1953.  Joel Efrain “Joey” was welcomed into the family in 1957 and then Christina Regina “Chris” completed their family in 1966.

After their marriage, Tony took a clerk position with Hayes-Sammons Warehouse, a warehouse and hardware store in Mission, Texas. Later, by virtue of his honesty, leadership, and attention to detail, he was offered the bookkeeping position with Hayes-Sammons.  Eventually, Mr. Claborne Brazzeal, the owner of Hayes-Sammons closed the hardware store and opened an agricultural chemical company called Hayes-Sammons Chemical Company and eventually the name was changed to Tex-Ag.  Mr. Brazzeal brought Tony along to be the company’s accountant and auditor and eventually the Chief Financial Officer until Tex-Ag was closed and the business wound down.

Tony is preceded in death by his parents, and his granddaughter Monica Marie Villarreal. Tony is survived by his wife, Lupita, and his children, Tony (Yolanda), Joey, and Chris.  He also leaves four grandchildren, Denise Yvonne Villarreal, Amanda Renee Villarreal, Jaime Joel Villarreal, and Alexandra Marie Jones, and three great-grandchildren: Jaime Joel Villarreal, Jr., Isabella Marie Villarreal, and Ava Marie Jones.

A rosary will be recited at 7pm on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home in Corpus Christi, Texas. The funeral mass will be celebrated by Fr. Mark Wheelan, SOLT, at 11am on Friday, February 1, 2019 at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Robstown, Texas, with the interment to follow at Seaside Memorial Park in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Active pallbearers are: Dario Armendariz, Armando Garza, Richard Tamez, Adam Torres, Tony Torres, and Jaime Villarreal. Honorary pallbearers are: Bobby Gonzalez and Oton Guerrero, Jr.

Memorial donations in Tony’s memory are welcomed and may be made to St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, 603 N 1st Street, Robstown, Texas 78380.

James “Jim” Thomas Cypert

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James “Jim” Thomas Cypert passed away peacefully after a long, fulfilling and wonderful life on Friday, January 25, 2019.  He was born May 23, 1934 in San Patricio, Texas to John Thomas and Artie Mae Cypert.  Fondly known as “Jimmy” to his family and friends, he was born with a giving heart that knew no limitations.  To have the honor of knowing Jim meant you were a friend for life, as he was always willing to assist the needs of others at any time and without question.  He was a devoted father and loved his family deeply.  Jim enjoyed camping and jumping off of rocks at the Frio River every year, in addition to building and tinkering on car and home projects. His most prized possession was the 1936 Ford pickup that he built from the ground up.  Jim worked at Southwestern/Kerr McGee refinery for 38 years, where he met many of his wonderful lifelong friends.  Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 17 years, Bette Dueitt Cypert, his parents, and sister Etta Jean and her husband, John Hunter.  He is survived by his children: John Cypert (Tina) of Malibu, CA, Cindy (Matt) Robinson of Culver City, CA, Jill (James) Powers of Fulton, Nancy (John) King of Houston, Bill (Leigh) Garrett of Lillian, John (Sherri) Garrett of Moody, Gaye Lynn (Mark) Hadlock of Corpus Christi; 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and friends. Visitation will be on Friday, February 1, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, at Sawyer-George Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 10:00 AM, at Sawyer-George Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Medina Children’s Home ( and The HollyRod Foundation ( The children wish to extend their gratitude to Jim’s sister-in-law, Kathy Howden and her husband Steven for their love and support, as well as the many friends who visited Jim and helped raise his spirits.  We also wish to thank Kristina Kovanda and other hospice aides, as well as the nursing facility caregivers who assisted with his care.

Charles Anderson, Jr.

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Our Beloved Uncle, Charles Anderson, Jr., passed from this life into his Eternal Home in Heaven on Friday, January 25, 2019, at the age of 87.

He was born in Nueces County, Texas on September 17, 1931 to Charles Anderson and Cordie Emma Starr Anderson. He graduated from Orange Grove High School in May, 1948.  The majority of his working years were spent at Nicholson Building Supply as a bookkeeper.  After his retirement, he worked part-time for the Fraternal Order of Police, Corpus Christi Lodge #27, where he was awarded Honorary Membership on December 1, 2001 for his dedication and support.

He was a faithful member of Grace United Methodist Church where he had served as an usher and was presently teaching his adult Sunday School Class.

Our uncle was an honest, humble, kind “gentle man” who loved his God, his family, his church and church family and his friends. He was one of our most treasured blessings and his memory will forever live in our hearts.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Cordie Anderson; his sisters, Ora B. Hunt, Mary Lou Hobbs, Ethel Edwards, Mae Swensen and Mabel Anderson; his brother, George Anderson; nephews, Wayne Edwards and Kenneth Ray Edwards; nieces, Norma McKinzie, Betty Ann Overton and JoAnn Doffing.

He is survived by his nieces and nephews; Robert Hunt (Mary Ann), Myrna K. Odom (Rocky), John Hobbs (Kathy), Kris Dychoff (Richard),  George T. Edwards (Susan), Marsha McDaniel (David), and Cheryl J. Swensen.  He is also survived by 26 great nieces and nephews and several great-great nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. at the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation for family and friends will be held an hour prior to services.

Burial will follow at 2:30 P.M. at the Seaside Memorial Park in Corpus Christi, Texas.


Zelda Merle Brittain

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Zelda Merle Brittain, age 93, of Bishop, Texas passed away January 22, 2019 in Robstown, Texas. She was born December 6, 1925 in Robstown, Texas to Richard Eric and Charlotte Josephine Coats.

She was a Charter Member of Central Baptist Church in Robstown, Texas and is currently a member of First Baptist Church in Bishop, Texas. She loved to sew,  cook, paint and especially enjoyed entertaining her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-seven years George Brittain, Jr. and is survived by her son, Martin Brittain of Bishop, Texas; daughter, Ann (Wayne) Bowers of Bishop, Texas; grandchildren, Leslie (Will) Lewis, Britt (Elizabeth) Bowers; great grandchildren, Lindsay, Alyssa, and Emily Lewis, Quinton, Brittain , Connor, Chase, Lauren and Tyler Bowers; numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be on Friday, January 25, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. in the Sawyer-George Funeral Chapel with Pastor Will Lewis and Pastor Clif Abshier officiating.

Interment will follow in the Robstown Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Martin Brittain, Britt Bowers, Quinton Bowers, Brittain Bowers, Connor Bowers, Chase Bowers and Tyler Bowers.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Lindsay Lewis, Alyssa Lewis, Emily Lewis and Lauren Bowers.

The family expressed grateful appreciation to the many caregivers for assistance provided over the past three years. The family is especially appreciative of the care, love, and support provided by Yvonne Arriaga and Annabel Rodriguez.

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

Josephine “Joyce” Bockholt

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Josephine “Joyce” Bockholt, 86, of Deer Park, Texas, formerly of Robstown, Texas passed away Sunday, January 20, 2019. She was born April 16, 1932 in Robstown, Texas to Frank and Anna Hlavinka Moravek.  She was a homemaker, an active member of St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church and was active with her husband in the Nueces County Junior Livestock Show.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Anna Moravek, her husband, Leo B. Bockholt, Sr., her son, Leo B. Bockholt, Jr., her sister, Barbara Vickery and her brother-in-law, Ervin Menn.

She is survived by her son, Myron J. Bockholt and his wife Tammy; her daughter, Rita Marie Harris and her husband Michael; her daughter-in-law, Elaine Bockholt; her five grandchildren, Michelle Gordon and her husband Jason, Lisa Bockholt, Brandon Harris and his wife Kate, Hayley Martins and her husband Danilo and Courtney Harris; one great grandchild, Bekah Gordon; her sister, Betty Menn; her brother-in-law, Jimmy Vickery; numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 6 P.M. until 7 P.M. with the Rosary to be recited at 7 P.M. Thursday, January 24, 2019 at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Robstown, Texas.

Visitation will be from 9 A.M. until 10 A.M. with the Funeral Mass to be concelebrated at 10 A.M. Friday, January 25, 2019 at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church with Rev. Mark Whellan and Rev. Jerry Sheehan as concelebrants.

Entombment will follow at Robstown Memorial Park Mausoleum.