Archive for August, 2019

Gene Raymond Campbell

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Gene Raymond Campbell of Corpus Christi, age 82, went peacefully to be with the Lord on August 26, 2019. He was born in Covington, Georgia on August 25, 1937.  He joined the Navy in 1956 and was stationed at NAS Corpus Christi where he met and married his wife of 61 years. Gene always said, “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as soon as I could.”  He worked at CCAD for 30 years as a sheet metal supervisor as well as a special projects supervisor and then worked another 15 years at Oxy Chemical as a maintenance supervisor.

Gene was preceded in death by his father, Theodore Campbell and his mother, Ruth Campbell.

Gene will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Paula Campbell; son, Chris (Shawnna) Campbell; daughter, Stacy (Brett) Wallace; 5 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; brother, Charles Campbell and sister, Gloria Parnell.

A graveside service with full military honors will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.

Services entrusted to Sawyer-George Funeral Home, Inc., 12497 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78410. (361) 242-3205  Please visit our web site at

Betty Jo Graham

Betty Jo Graham passed away peacefully early in the morning on Sunday, August 25. Betty was preceded in death by her mother and father, Arthur and Mildred Graham, and her brother, William Graham. She leaves behind her loving family; her sister Patricia Ann Graham, her son and daughter in law Kirk and Liza Yarbrough, and her daughter Cheri Augustine. She also leaves five granddaughters, Ashley Yarbrough, Kate Yarbrough, Kendra Yarbrough, Allison Yarbrough, and Jessica Augustine. Finally, she leaves her beloved and loyal dog, Toby. Betty was born in La Feria, Texas, on February 15, 1940. She grew up in La Feria and graduated as salutatorian of her high school senior class. She began college in San Antonio at Trinity University and continued at the University of Texas in Austin. She graduated college and began teaching school in the Austin area, and married Kenneth Yarbrough. Betty and Ken moved to Corpus Christi and welcomed a son, Kirk, in 1968 and a daughter Cheri, in 1970. Betty was a housewife and mother during the 1970s and early 1980s, and during this time she earned her Master’s degree in psychology from Corpus Christi State University. Betty began working as a case worker at Nueces County MHMR where she worked to advocate for and organize health services for those with mental illnesses and those who are mentally challenged. She worked for MHMR in various positions until 2014. One of Betty’s favorite things in life was spending time with her family. Whether we were hanging out at home playing games, out shopping and eating, going to the beach, or off on vacation she enjoyed these times with her family. She loved the holidays, mainly Thanksgiving and Christmas, because the whole family got together to celebrate. Another of Betty’s favorite things in life were her pets. From her dog, Chip, she had when she was young to her faithful Toby; she had many dogs and cats in between. At one point she even brought home some rats from an Experimental Psychology class because she knew that otherwise they would be fed to the snakes. She also enjoyed relaxing in her reclining chair, and more often then not, there would be one or two cats relaxing with her. As she relaxed in her recliner, Betty loved to watch TV. She had her favorite shows throughout the years, like ER, The Practice, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, and Criminal Minds. She also enjoyed cooking shows and never missed the nightly news. One of her favorite movies was Good Will Hunting, and she thought though Matt Damon is real cute.Betty was many things. A loving daughter and sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. A teacher, a friend and confidant. She was a cook, a homework helper, a babysitter when the grandkids were young. She made things, she fixed things, and was often the voice of reason. She was our rock. She was our Home. It’s going to take some getting used to to get along without her, but it helps to know that from somewhere she is still looking out for us. Visitation with the family will be from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 P.M. Friday, August 30, 2019 followed by a Memorial Service at 2:00 P.M. the Chapel of Sawyer-George Funeral Home.



Elton Rabey Needham

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Elton Rabey Needham, 96, of Corpus Christi, Texas was called home by the Lord on August 17, 2019. He was born in Flatonia, Texas on April 12, 1923 to Rabey and Blanch McMullin Needham.  He grew up in Corpus Christi and graduated from Corpus Christi High School before joining the U. S. Army Air Corp on December 11, 1942.  While training at Wichita Falls, he met and became friends with the brother of the future love of his life, Nina Elizabeth Walker.  The couple met when her brother, Leonard, brought him home during a weekend leave.

Needham served as a waste gunner on a B17 in the 8th Air Corp, 96th Bomber Group in Great Britain. His plane was involved in a mid-air collision over Germany and crash landed March 12, 1944.  He was taken prisoner about 5 days later.  He and fellow prisoners where liberated March 2, 1945.  Before being liberated he survived what came to be known as the German Death March, where he and thousands of other POW’s marched for 86 days in below freezing conditions.  Upon his return to the states, he married Nina.  The couple had two children and were married for 74 years.  He worked for PPG Industries until the plant closed in 1978.  He was also a building contractor and later built and opened a storage facility in the Calallen area.  He and Nina became avid hunters, fishermen and skeet shooters during their many years together.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Mildred Karten; his half- brother, Louis Ashley, Jr.; and his lifelong friend and POW buddy Donnie Parker.

He is survived by his wife, Nina, of Corpus Christi; his children, Patricia Massey of San Angelo, Donnie Needham and wife Fotine of Boerne; grandchildren, Gina Webber of Tampa, Florida, Jimmy Needham and wife Kelly of Cedar Hill, David Needham and wife Samantha of Houston; great grandchildren, Desiree Webber, Jalen Parker, Lively Needham, Sophia Needham and Benjamin Needham.

Graveside Memorial Services with Full Military Honors will be conducted at 11 A.M. Friday, August 30, 2019 at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.

Memorial gifts are requested to the POW/MIA Foundation or your favorite organization.

Ouida Mlle “Aunt Tut” Sims

Ouida Mlle “Aunt Tut” Sims, 94, of Clarkwood, Texas, passed away Sunday, August 25, 2019 at her home. She was born February 1, 1925 in Corpus Christi, Texas.  She graduated from Robstown High School in 1942, was voted class favorite all four years and was a loving homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Bobbie Soles McLeroy, her husband, Ernest Ray Sims, Sr. and her brother, Larry McLeroy.

She is survived by her son, Ernest Ray “Herbie” Sims, Jr. and his girlfriend, Liz; her sister, Patsy Murphy; her very special nephew, Dwayne (Jo Dean) Murphy, her very special niece, Renee Murphy; sisters-in-law, Sherry McLeroy and Thelma Sims; brother-in-law, Harry Kelley; numerous other nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will begin at 8 A.M. Wednesday.

Funeral services will be conducted at 9 A.M. Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ronnie Watson officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Charles Larry Dreyer

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Charles Larry Dreyer, 74, passed away August 25, 2019 after losing a courageous battle to cancer. Larry was blessed with a large, loving family and they surrounded him with that love until he entered into God’s loving arms. He lived in Corpus Christi his entire life. He attended Crossley Elementary in Hillcrest and played Little League and Pony League on westside teams. Larry was a happy-go-lucky kid who mowed yards and graded eggs for his spending money. When the crosstown freeway took the family’s home, they moved to Saxet Heights where he met his future wife, Judy, in the 9th grade. Larry lettered in baseball at both Driscoll Jr. high and Roy Miller High School, graduating in 1963. He was proud to be from the the “west side” and believed in “once a Buc”. He went on to Del Mar,  graduating from their technical training school.   He then went to work for Southwestern Bell, starting out first in the line crew, then moving to the toll office. He later transferred to AT&T. He was selected to attend AT&T’s advanced training schools. Upon completion of those schools he received security clearance to install and maintain the Federal Government computer systems along the S.Tx-Mex. border. He worked at that position until his retirement. After retiring from A.T. & T, he went to work for Koch (Flint Hills) Refinery as their “Telephone Man”, working there for years until his 2nd retirement. Larry loved to work and everyone he worked with. He exemplified neatness in his work and his personal appearance. He served six years in the U.S. Army National Guard, attaining the rank of  E-6.  Larry’s volunteerism included serving over 40 years on the Board of Directors of Members 1st (Telco) Credit Union, all his daughter’s and grandchildren’s sports activities, 4-H activities and Board of Trustees for Grace United Methodist Church. After his retirements, Larry poured all his energy into his ranch, building a beautiful home and raising cattle.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Mildred Dreyer; brother, Gus and infant daughter, Jessica.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Judy; brother, Raymond (Moggie); sister, Brenda Stephens; daughter, Ginger; granddaughter, Leslie; grandson, Dylan; five special nieces and nephews, and special friends.


Visitation will be from 5 P.M. until 8 P.M. Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, August 29, 2019 with Reverend Mark Porterfield officiating. Burial will be at Robstown Memorial Park Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to Grace United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice.