Archive for May, 2020

Janis Champion Whatley


Janis Champion Whatley was born October 27, 1940 to Beatrice and Buford Champion. She was born at home in the Weaver Community near Timpson Texas. When she was about two years old, the family moved to Longview, where her Dad worked for the Borden Milk Company. She loved protecting her brother and playing with her sister outside they had a wonderful upbringing with amazing family memories. Her birthday parties were always Halloween themed. When she was about nine the family transferred to Corpus Christi. She started school in Corpus at Menger Elementary. She made new friends easily and was always bringing new kids home with her. New pets too. Once when trick or treating, she received a new kitten as one of her treats. Needless to say, that treat had to be returned. It came with lots of excitement and left with lots of tears. Another time, she came home from school with a baby opossum which was loaded with fleas. Her mom gave it a flea bath before they drove it out to the country to be set free.

She attended Menger Elementary, Wynn Seale Jr. High, and W.B. Ray High School. After graduating from Ray in 1959, she went to work for CPL Energy. She would soon meet Richard Whatley while working in downtown Corpus.
Jan worked in a building near where Richard worked and after many smiles were exchanged he was able to get her number from a co-worker.
In August of 1966 Jan agreed to have coffee with Richard. With lots of dates that followed, the two were married June 03, 1967. Living in a few different cities throughout their marriage South Texas has always been home. Jan and Richard were blessed with two children. Jan took great pride in being a mother and a wife. She was an amazing chef in the kitchen leaving many recipes for her family to cherish.
Jan and Richard moved to Odem in 1969 to be closer to family. Jan was always involved in her church teaching Sunday School and singing in the choir. She also had a great group of ladies she played Bunco with all the time.
Her home was open to all and no matter how late it was she would make food for all the kids, especially her homemade pizzas at 2am. She loved to entertain and so her home was always filled with guests and plenty of food for everyone.
In 2004, Richard and Jan moved back to Corpus to be closer to their children. To all of her grandchildren she was know as “Mimi” ! Mimi loved all her grandchildren and they loved her. They took every opportunity to stay with her and never left without getting one of her tasty grilled cheese sandwiches. Her love for cooking carried over to her grandkids and so many great memories of their time with her.

Jan and Richard enjoyed a wonderful marriage of 53 years. Only spending a few nights apart during their marriage the two were always together.

Jan was the best wife, mother, grandmother, friend, sister, cousin, aunt, … She leaves a legacy of unsurpassed dedication and love of the Lord for all of us to celebrate her life taking comfort in the memories.

Janis Champion Whatley was preceded in death by her parents, Buford and Beatrice Champion.

Survived by sister Martha Clark and brother Jerry (Nancy) Champion
Loving husband, Richard Whatley; Children, Amanda (Mance) Cutbirth, Richard Jason (Tonya) Whatley; Grandchildren in age order: Cullen Cutbirth, Dakota Stinson, Alexis ( Stuart) Brown, Caroline Cutbirth (fiancé, Thomas Hajduk),
Celesta Stinson, Charles Cutbirth, Catherine Cutbirth, Scott Whatley, Colton Cutbirth, Carter Cutbirth; Great-Grand Children: Beau Darling Brown, Holden Brown

And numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews and many other family and friends that she loved.

Visitation with the family will be on Sunday, May 31, 2020 from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, June 1, 2020 at the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Serving as pallbearers, Richard Jason Whatley, Charles Cutbirth, Steven Clark, Barry Clark, Jon Whatley, Elliott Pressly.

Honorary Pallbearers, E.M. Wood and Boyd Tyndall.

A special thank you to Grace Cross and Mirador Retirement Home for all you did her.

Donations can be made in the name of Janis Whatley to The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Lawrence Everett Witt

Witt, Lawrence

Lawrence Everett Witt passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at the age of 47 in Corpus Christi, Texas surrounded by his family. He lived in Sandia, Texas.

He was born on November 29, 1972 in Kingsville, Texas to Linda Bade Witt and Leland Roy Witt, Sr. He is a graduate of Tuloso-Midway High School, an Eagle Scout and proudly served in the US Army for 8 ½ years. He was an avid sportsman, a fan of NASCAR and Dirt Track Racing.

He is survived by his wife, Tracey Rene Witt; son, Austin Tyler Witt (Shana) of Corpus Christi, TX; step-daughter, Madelyn Martinez; step-granddaughter Ella Hayes Gonzales; son, Justin Lathan Witt parents, Leland,Sr, and Linda Witt of Driscoll, TX; sister, Shelly Monse (Jimmy) of Robstown, TX, brother Leland Witt, Jr. (Angie) of Driscoll, TX, sister Laura Hall (Jason) of Corpus Christi, TX, sister, Leslie Runnels (Lucas) of Kingsville, TX, and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Joe Everett Witt and Maxine Ricketson Witt, and maternal grandparents Edward Joseph Bade and Sybile Mrazek Bade.

Dorothy A. (Marek) Harshberger a.k.a. Dottie

Harshberger, Dorothy Ann

Dorothy A. (Marek) Harshberger a.k.a. Dottie, 76, of Corpus Christi, Texas left this world to be with the Lord ending her hardships with cancer on Saturday night, May 23, 2020.

Dottie was born to the late John & Adeline Marek in Banquete, Texas on December 27, 1943. She attended Agua Dulce ISD, Class of ’62.   She was a beloved wife, mother, aunt and friend to many people.

Dottie is preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Harshberger; brothers; Dan, Johnny and Edward Marek, and granddaughter, Lauren Lynch.

Dottie is survived by her sister, Martha Mussett; her three children, Cheri (Kenton) Sassmann, Samuel (Kathy) Lynch, and Tracy (Drew) Evans; grandchildren, Kaci Williams, Andrew Lynch, Brandi Slocum, Tyler Evans, Whitney Evans and Cody Evans, and many nieces and nephews. She was loved and adored by all and will be greatly missed.

As a devoted Catholic, Dottie was very strong in her faith. She was an active member of St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church and a former member of St. Theresa Catholic Church, where she was a member of The Alter Society.  She dedicated her later years to serving the members of the congregation with meals and prayer.

Viewing will begin at 5pm on Friday, May 29, 2020 at Sawyer-George funeral home with a Rosary to be recited at 7pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10am on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church with a procession to Roselawn Memorial Park in Alice, Texas immediately following.

Joseph “Joe” Crawford

Crawford, Joseph

Joseph “Joe” Crawford, 57, of Calallen, Texas passed away Friday, May 15, 2020. He was born July 11, 1962 in Denison, Texas.  He was retired from Bronco Oil Field Services after over 20 years of service.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Wanda Gowan Crawford; his daughter, Sarah Crawford; his three brothers, Richard Crawford, Larry Crawford and Freddy Gowan.

He is survived by his wife, Gay Crawford; his daughter, Hannah Diane Crawford; his son, David Allen Crawford; his two sisters, Frances “Susie” Ramos and her husband, Gabriel, and Wanda Fletcher and her husband, James; numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 2 P.M. Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Robstown Memorial Park Cemetery.

Robert “Bob” Weatherford

Robert “Bob” WeatherfoWeatherford, Robertrd, 80, went to be with his heavenly father on May 09, 2020. He was born April 29, 1940 in Decatur, Alabama to Robert and Marguerite.

Robert Weatherford graduated from Auburn University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. Bob’s career in the cotton business began in 1965 when he joined the staff of the National Cotton Council as a field representative in Arkansas. He later transferred to South Texas where he remained until 1975 when he became Area Supervisor in Lubbock, Texas. In 1978, Bob became manager of a gin supply facility in Robstown, Texas. In 1982 he joined Gulf Compress in Corpus Christi and became General Manager of the warehouse in 1994. He then retired as the General Manager of Gulf Compress in Corpus Christi, Texas in 2008.

Bob was honored to serve as President of the Texas Agriculture Cooperative Council where he was chairman of the Education Committee, and chairman of the Legislative Committee. He has also served as President of the Cotton Growers Warehouse Association and Secretary of the Corpus Christi Cotton Exchange as well as other local organizations.

The highest honor he received was the call of God on his life and to be licensed to preach and teach the Word of God. For the last 40 years, He was involved with prison ministry in many prisons around the US. For the last 2 years he was a part of the Kairos Prison Ministry where he taught the Word of God to so many.

He married Carole Hunt, of Irving Texas in 1962. They just celebrated their 57th wonderful year of marriage. They have 2 children; Velicia and Steven.

His hobbies were gardening and his “greatest extravagance”, restoring a 1951 Chevy similar to the one he drove in High School.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Weatherford. His mother, Marguerite Potter. His brother, Jim Weatherford.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carole Weatherford of Corpus Christi, Texas; his daughter, Velicia and Jason Uphoff of Ingleside, Texas; his son, Steven Weatherford of Corpus Christi, Texas; three grandchildren Kaylen, Karis, Camden of Ingleside, Texas; two great grandchildren Elijah, and Emilyn of Ingleside, Texas.

Graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at Memorial Park Cemetery in Robstown, Texas. In Lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Samaritans Purse, his favorite charity.

Something he’d like to tell the next generation is that true wisdom is from God and that history repeats itself.