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Anna Mae Kriewald Koenning


Anna Mae Kriewald Koenning, a native Texan, was born July 24, 1932 and died September 29, 2019 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Alton (Baldy) Koenning; her father, Bruno Kriewald and mother, Alvina Kriewald; sisters, Marion Grote and Marlene Bonds .

She is survived by her daughters, Saundra Koenning Thaxton (Jack), Karen Koenning (Linda Burt), Joan Koenning Owen (Terry) and their two daughters, Heather and Jamie; son, Alton (Bud) Koenning (Kellie) and their two daughters, Kendall and Kiersten and son, Bryce Birdwell.

Anna Mae attended and graduated from Robstown High School in 1948 after which she attended Texas Lutheran College in Seguin. She received her Bachelor Degree in History/English in 1953. After graduation she moved to San Antonio where she taught English.  She then met Baldy and later married in 1959.  Anna and Baldy purchased a farm South of Banquete and began farming and ranching.

She dedicated her life to working with Baldy and raising four children. She was committed to staying home to raise their family. Anna’s time was involved with various activities for the children such as sports, music and schooling. Family came first and it was important to the Koennings’ to provide the most rounded environment for their success. Her quiet and gentle soul allowed her to lead us all and will continue to do so.

Though her life was centered around her children, she also enjoyed cooking, entertaining and trips to Lake Mathis for the weekends with her family. Much of her time was spent sewing for the children in their early years. Anna Mae loved animals, plants and going to the fields to watch the harvest. Of course a day to the field was not complete unless she took lunch. She was frugal and taught to never live beyond your means. She believed that honesty was the best policy and hard work was the solution to a successful life. Truthfulness was of utmost importance to her.  All of these philosophies were passed down to each of the children and expected to be practiced daily which they now do in their own lives. Anna Mae is a person that will indeed be missed.

Family visitation will be held at Sawyer-George Funeral Home, Wednesday October 2, 2019 from 5 to 7 PM.

The public service will be at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday October 3. 2019 at 10:00 AM, followed by a private burial at the Koenning Cemetery.

The Koenning family extends a special thank you to Dr. Mark Strauss and his staff.

In lieu of flowers the family would prefer donations to be made to the American Diabetes Association or other charity of choice.

Earlene Walton

Walton, Erlene

Earlene Walton, 92, of Corpus Christi, Texas, stepped into Heaven on Thursday, August 29, 2019. She was born July 3, 1927 in Tarpon Springs, Florida to Luther Martin Durden and Lillie M. Peoples Durden.   Earlene married Bill Johnson and John Walton.  She had been employed by Mercantile Bank, Citizen State Bank and Corpus Christi National Bank.  She was involved as a Sunday School Teacher at Travis Baptist Church, was a life member of Lexington Place Elementary School where she served as the PTA President and a home room mother, was a member of the Nueces County Child Welfare Board for 17 years, Region II County Welfare Board, Texas Council County Welfare Board, and was honored as the volunteer of the year in 1995 and 2000, and as a children’s advocate, was Mrs. Claus at the Foster Christmas Party.  Her life focus was on family, friends and children without a Christian foundation and was instrumental in the lives of so very many children.  May she rest in peace.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Walton; son, Mark Allen; sister, Betty; and brother, Larry.

She is survived by her son, Frank Johnson; a grandson, Michael Johnson; a granddaughter, Stephanie Johnson; sister, Mary MacFatter; nieces and nephews, Cameron, Debra and Shawn.

Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 P.M. Friday, September 6, 2019 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ronnie Watson officiating. Entombment will follow at Memory Gardens Mausoleum.

Patricia Ann Byrd

Byrd, Patricia

Patricia Ann Byrd, 62 years old, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 29, 2019.

Patricia was born in Corpus Christi to George & Lula Mae Zdansky on February 2, 1957. She went to London School, and graduated from Mary Carroll High School in 1975. She married Richard Byrd in December, 1980. She enjoyed baking and spending time with her family.

Patricia is preceded in death by her mother, Lula Mae Zdansky.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Byrd; her daughter, Brandy Williams and her husband Robert; her son, Lee Byrd and his wife Jennifer; grandsons, Draven and Jasper; her father, George Zdansky, Sr. and her step-mother Andrea; brother, George Zdansky, Jr.; brother, Michael Zdansky and his wife Kim; sister, Laura King and her husband Frankie; sister, Suzanne Hyde and her husband Dennis; sister, Amy Haenel and her husband David; brother, Curtis Parker; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. on Friday, July 5, 2019 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 A.M. Saturday, July 6, 2019 in Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to Salvation Army in memory of Patricia Byrd.

We would also like to thank all the doctors, nurses, and the therapists who helped her during her long illness.

Thomas James “Tommy” Despain

Despain, Tommy

Thomas James “Tommy” Despain, 90, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away un-expectantly at his residence Wednesday, April 26th. He was born May 23rd. 1926 in Roxton, Texas.

Tommy graduated Salutatorian from Roxton High School, whereupon he immediately joined the U.S. Navy. He served in World War II aboard the Carrier USS Franklin, and was honorably discharged in November of 1945.

Thomas worked as a lineman and electrician prior to joining the Corpus Christi Police Department in 1950. Over his 35-year career at CCPD, Tommy progressed through the ranks from Patrolman to Commander, the rank at which he retired in 1985. He served in numerous positions including Chief of Detectives, and Commander of Special Services. He attended several law enforcement training programs hosted by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas A&M University, and the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

When the Corpus Christi Police Department established the rank of Commander in 1968, Tommy was in the first class of officers who reached that level, and he was the last surviving member.

Thomas was a member of the Corpus Christi Police Officer’s Association. Upon his retirement from CCPD, Tommy joined the Nueces County Sheriff’s Department where he served as Deputy.

Tommy was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Joann Eaton Despain.

He leaves behind two sons, Roger (Mary Kay) of Tike Island, Texas and Reagan (Lisa) of Olive Branch, Mississippi; five grandchildren, Sean (Leah) De Spain, John De Spain, James De Spain, Alex DeSpain and Alina DeSpain; and a great granddaughter, Charlie DeSpain.

Visitation will be from 5 P.M. until 7 P.M. Monday May 1st, and services will be conducted at 9:30 A.M. Tuesday, May 2nd, both at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Graveside services and burial will follow at 11A.M. at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers please make contributions to:

C. C. Police Officers Association

c/o St. Michael’s Fund

3122 Leopard Street

Corpus Christi,  Texas 78407