Archive for April, 2019

Mary Pennington Akin

Akin, Mary

Mary Pennington Akin died peacefully in Corpus Christi, Texas on Friday evening the 26th of April, 2019.

She was born on the 10th of March, 1935, in Lyford, Texas, to Edgar Pennington and Onie Mae Marsh Pennington.

In October of 1953, at the tender age of 18, she married John “Johnny” F. Akin Jr., a union that would last 57 years and produce one child, Steven Michael.

She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Harold Pennington and Billy Pennington; her sister, Wanda; and her husband, John F. Akin Jr.

She is survived by her son, Steven Akin of Austin, TX.

Mary and her husband lived in Odem, TX from 1961 until 1978.

In addition to raising their son, Steven, Mary was a regular church attendee at the Odem Church of Christ. Mary had many friends and acquaintances around Odem.  Mary was known to be warm and friendly and she would drive by and visit those friends frequently.

Mary was employed at PPG Industries plant in Corpus Christi as a Chemical Laboratory Tech for a few years in the 1960’s and then later in the 1970’s, she was employed to conduct similar work at Celanese Chemical in Bishop, TX.

At time of retirement, Mary and her husband moved to East Texas for a few years and later relocated to Temple, TX.

In 2014 Mary moved into The Villa South Assisted Living in Corpus Christi, TX.

Mary’s remains will rest at the Evergreen Cemetery in Odem, TX.

She was a lady of traditional values, a devoted Christian, wife and mother who loved her God and family foremost.

She will be missed by many, but survived by her love of God and people.

W.C. “Dub” O’Neal II

_O'Neal II, W.C.

W.C. “Dub” O’Neal II, 30, passed away peacefully on April 24, 2019 in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Dub was born to Barry O’Neal and Beatrice Garcia, on February 23, 1989 in Corpus Christi, TX, and is a graduate of Calallen High School.  He married Sarah Beth Williams O’Neal of Elgin, Texas in 2014, and together they had one son, Murphy Danger O’Neal, age two years.

He leaves, as his legacy, his wife, son, and parents, as well as one sister, Trinity O’Neal of Austin, Texas, and grandmother, Alicia Garcia of Corpus Christi, Texas. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, W.C. O’Neal and Billie Fay O’Neal, and Jesus T. Garcia, all of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Dub had a plethora of passions, of which he shared with so many people. Growing up, he had a deep interest in music and movies, and loved spending time on the island with family and surfing with his dad.  He spent his time as a teen writing poems and screen plays, learning almost every song known to man on his guitar, and keeping a very extensive movie library than most would have.  Being an old soul, he particularly loved music artists like Bob Dylan, The Clash, Led Zeppelin, Townes Van Zandt, and Joy Division, and films by George A. Romero, Quentin Tarantino, and Stanley Kubrick, with an extra special love for ‘80’s-niched horror films, as a descendant of Lon Cheney.   He loved art and to draw, which transformed into becoming a tattoo collector, acquiring body art inspired by Classic American Flash and his Gaelic Black Irish roots. Dub enjoyed going hunting with his parents and grandfather, W.C., at their ranch in South Texas from a young age, and became an avid gun collector as an adult.  He also shared his love for travel, particularly with his wife Sarah, as they road-tripped around the U.S. in his beloved Dodge Challenger to places like Big Bend, Carlsbad Caverns, and New Orleans.  In 2014, Dub and Sarah moved to the Hill Country to pursue a profession in wine making and viticulture.   It was then when Dub realized his affinity for wine tasting and food-pairing, which “paired” well with his love for great food and cooking with his wife.  After Dub and Sarah brought their son, Murphy, into the world, “morning music time” became a daily morning staple, where Dub played vinyl records for him as they got ready for the day.  Dub was an eccentric, passionate, and loving person, who found joy in his interests, family and friends, and who openly shared his talents with those around him.  He was so very loved by those in his life, and his one-of-a-kind, charismatic nature will live on in memory.

A viewing is scheduled for Friday, April 26th, 5:00-7:00 PM at Sawyer George Funeral Home in Corpus Christi, Texas with the funeral service to take place at the gravesite located at Memorial Park Cemetery at 4607 FM 1889 in Robstown, Texas on Saturday April 27th at 10 AM.

Betty June Simpson

Simpson, Betty

Betty June Simpson, age 85, passed away Monday, April 22, 2019 in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was born February 23, 1934 in Jacksonville, Texas, to R.P. Hobson Bunch and Nettie Williams Bunch. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Corpus Christi, a former elementary school teacher and homemaker that loved the opera, traveling and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

June was preceded in death by her husband of over 45 years, James W. Simpson; daughter, Kimberly Michele Simpson; sister, Gladys Marie Mobray; and brother, Helman McMahan.

June is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Jaye Simpson of Southlake, TX; son-in-law, Randy Shilling and wife Nanci of Humble, TX; grandchildren, Spencer Simpson, Anna Simpson, and Blake Shilling; sister, B. Joan Flatt and her children, Gregory Flatt and Noel Flatt of Belmont, MA; as well as long time friend and caretaker, Cathy Mattolini and her husband Marco.

Visitation will be on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Sawyer-George Funeral Home in Corpus Christi, TX.

A graveside service will take place on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 10:00 am at Seaside Memorial Park Cemetery.

Amelia Hernandez

Hernandez, Amelia

Amelia Hernandez was preceded in death by her husband, Jose Hernandez, they were married 70 years. Two sons, Jose Hernandez, Jr. and Rudy Hernandez.

She is survived by her daughter, Angela Woods and husband Jewel; son, Cruz Hernandez and wife Diane. 14 Grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home with a Rosary will be recited  at 7:00 P.M. in the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.  The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 A.M. Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.

Burial will follow at 11:00 A.M. in the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.


Everett “Tommy” Sterling Tong

Tong, Everett

“I thank God for my life” was a daily affirmation of Everett “Tommy” Sterling Tong, a.k.a. “Daddy”, “Granddaddy”.  He was born to Ewell and Mary Alice Tong, January 23, 1925, in Biscoe, Arkansas.  He took up residency in eternity, April 17, 2019.

He was the 4th of nine children, a World War II Veteran, Charter and Lifetime member of VFW Post 3837, an avid domino player, and daddy loved to dance……did I say loved to dance. He was a believer of Jesus Christ since 1957, a Baptist and Mason. He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Sgt. James E. Brooks in 1970, step-granddaughter, Regina R. Foreman in 1996 and his wife Joyce in 2007.

He earned his GED in 1994 with an honorary diploma from Foreman High School, Foreman, Arkansas. He served in the United States Army under General Patton with the 3rd Army, 69th Armored Infantry Battalion, 16th Armored Division.

In the community he was known as “The Annaville Angel”. Many a morning began with him checking in on folks that were home-bound, which resulted in visiting for a spell or a trip to the store.  He could strike up a conversation with anyone willing to talk.

Self-employed most of his life, he was a hard, dedicated provider for his family. “Hard work never hurt anyone,” he used to say.

Survivors include his daughter, Peggy (Bud) Brooks Foreman; his son, Ron (Lana) Tong all of Sandia, Texas; one sister, Joy (Elmer) Ayers of Arkansas; 4 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 8 step great-grandchildren.

Celebration of his life will be conducted at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel, beginning with visitation on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 9:30 A.M. until 10:30 A.M. followed by funeral services at 10:30 A.M.

Graveside services will be concluded at Memorial Park Cemetery, FM 1889, Robstown, Texas.

The family wishes to thank River Ridge Nursing and Rehab Home for the loving care of our dad during his stay there since 2013 and Harbor Hospice of Rockport in his final hour.