Archive for April, 2019

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.

Carol McElroy

McElroy, Carol

Carol McElroy was born on July 18, 1963 in Sacramento, California.

Carol went to her heavenly home on April 17, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Carol was predeceased by her mother, Celia Peek.

Carol is survived by her husband of 38 years, Darryl McElroy; her daughter, Megan McElroy Earle (Joshua); her son, Ryan McElroy (Sarah); 7 grandchildren, McKenzie Earle, Skylar Earle, Emma McElroy, Peyton Earle, Kaeleigh McElroy, Jacob Earle and Samantha McElroy; sisters, Billie Peek and Loretta Peek; and brother, Bill Peek (Tonya). Carol is also survived by many nieces, nephews and many wonderful friends that she also considered family.

Carol resided and made her home with her high school sweetheart, Darryl McElroy, in Nueces County.

Carol was a long-time employee of NOV in Robstown, Texas where she managed their inventory of oilfield industry tools.

Carol was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend to many. She enjoyed hunting at the family lease in Hallettsville, riding horses, running barrels, bible study and spending time with family and friends.

Carol loved God and used every opportunity to share her faith with anyone who would listen. She raised her children in church and taught her grandchildren the importance of God being the central part of our lives. Carol’s inspirational and courageous journey with cancer and how she overcame every obstacle with faith while praising God touched so many people and through the help of social media, she touched and deeply impacted the lives of many people that she had never even met.

Visitation will be at Sawyer George Funeral Home on Friday, April 19, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at Calallen Baptist Church on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at noon, with the burial following at Memory Gardens at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu flowers the family has requested donation be made to:

Wilda Gentry Crice

Wilda Gentry Crice went to be with her Lord and Savior on April 9, 2019. She was born on March 11, 1932 in Ardmore, Oklahoma to Frank and Dewey Gentry. Wilda graduated from Ardmore High School in 1950. On July 8, 1950 she married Robert Crice in Ardmore and they had over 65 wonderful years together until he preceded her in death. She taught kindergarten for 26 years at Calallen Baptist and Second Baptist Child Development Centers.

Wilda is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and six brothers, Togo Gentry,Jack Gentry, John Lee Gentry, L.C. Gentry, Rufus Gentry and Bobby Gene Gentry.

She is survived by her two sons, Michael of Boerne, Texas and Stephen (Lupita) of Corpus Christi; one nephew, Roger Gentry (Debra) who was like a son; eight grandchildren, Kendra Stump (Gary), Shawn Stakes, Dylan Crice, Ragan Crice, Rudy Rios, Carlos Rios, Nick Rios (Lauren) and Matthew Rios; three great grandchildren, who were the light of her life, Ethan Stump, Kylie Stakes and Keller Stakes.

Wilda asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Calallen Baptist Church.

No services are planned. She will be laid to rest with her husband at the Veterans Cemetery.