Archive for category Obituaries

Karen Janine Starr Lemmons

Lemmons.jpgPassed away on  April 14, 2017. Born July 19, 1970 in Falfurrias, Texas.

Karen graduated from Calallen High School where she lettered in choir and was a founding member of Top Cats.  She played kickball for NW Little Miss Kickball, and was a member of the order of Rainbow for Girls. Karen is survived by her parents,  Albert and Lynn Starr, daughter (the light of her life) Kaitlynn Rae Lemmons, sisters, Sherry (Pat) Breedlove of Victoria, TX, Debbie (Greg) Hauger, and Tammy (Garry) Shafer.  Also many nieces, nephews, great niece and nephew, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends. Memorial service will be held at River Hills Baptist Church, 16318 FM 624, Robstown, TX on April 29, 2017 at 10:00 am.

Donald John Ranly

Donald John Ranly passed away on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at his home in Corpus Christi.  Donald was born in Violet, Texas, on November 9, 1934, to Joseph and Cecilia (Busenlehner) Ranly.

Donald lived the American Dream.  Born into a humble life, Donald aspired to greater goals.  He was accepted into his beloved alma mater, Texas A&M, after graduating from Corpus Christi College Academy in 1953.  Donald hitchhiked to College Station and worked diligently to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, majoring in accounting.  While a young man, he met and married the love of his life, Jeanette Robinson.  Jeanette worked to put her husband through college and proved the partner he needed to realize his true potential.  After becoming his family’s first college graduate, Donald obtained his CPA license.  He and Jeanette built a life and business together.  It wasn’t easy—in the beginning, Donald worked two jobs to make ends meet while starting his fledgling firm. Little-by-little, his hard work and determination enabled his business to grow.  Clients gathered, attracted to the light of his honesty and integrity.

Still, Donald never lost sight of life’s greatest endeavor—family.  Donald and Jeanette were blessed with three children.  Despite the long hours and attention to clients, Donald never failed to provide for his family.  Not just financially, but emotionally as well.  Donald loved his family and gave the best of himself to them.  Always with a gentle smile or word of encouragement and advice, Donald’s warmth and kindness were felt by all he encountered.

Although Donald has passed on to his great reward, the generosity of his spirit continues in the many lives it touched.  While the weight of his absence will always be felt, the lightness of his being still comforts the hearts of all, whom, he held dear.  His children offer their gratitude for the sympathy received from so many in these difficult days, but wish to extend a special thank you to Donald’s sister, Charlene, for her immeasurable love, care, and concern for their Father in his final years.

Donald is survived by his children, Jennifer (Dale) Zunke of Portland, Texas, Keith (Leslee) Ranly of Sugar Land, Texas, and Lauren (Lance) Duke of Corpus Christi, Texas; his grandchildren, Hunter and Abigail Ranly of Sugar Land, Texas, Lawson Duke of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Dale (Jackie) Zunke of Atlanta, Georgia; his great-granddaughter, Madeline Zunke of Atlanta, Georgia; his brother, Charles Ranly, and sisters, Charlene Ranly and Linda Gallagher; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  Donald is preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife and brothers, Bobby Reindl and Vincent Ranly.

A Rosary and Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Violet, Texas, with Rev. Zenon Konowalek as Celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Anthony’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, Blessed Sacrament Convent, 4105 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas 78411 or the charity of your choice.

Thomas M. Bernsen “Tommy”

Bernsen, Tommy

Thomas M. Bernsen “Tommy”, 84, of Robstown, Texas went to be with our Lord on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.  Tommy was born July 1, 1932 in Violet, Texas to W. T. and Katherine Bernsen.  He was married to his loving wife, Delores (Hill) on November 22, 1954, whom he spent 62 wonderful years with.  Tommy served in the U.S. Army from 1952 – 1954, was a lifetime farmer in Nueces County, a founding member of the Violet Water Corporation and an active member of  the VFW Post 7841 where he held various officer positions.

Tommy is preceded in death by his parents, W. T. and Katherine Bernsen, sons, Tommy Bernsen and Jim Bernsen, and grandsons, Scotty Hennigan and David Moore.

He is survived by his wife, Delores Bernsen; children, Janet (Blaine) Hennigan of Caldwell, Robert (Leslie) Bernsen of San Antonio, Judy (Olan) Moore of Corpus Christi and daughter-in-law, Toni Bernsen of Robstown. Tommy leaves behind 9 grandchildren; James (Denise) Bernsen of Lexington, KY, Melanie (Brian) Cunningham of San Antonio, Kenny (Joy) Hennigan of  Katy,  Jessica Moore of Corpus Christi, Kimberly Bernsen of San Antonio, Jennifer Hennigan of Austin, Charles (Andrea) Bernsen of Hurst, Julie Moore of Corpus Christi and Clare Bernsen of Robstown.  He is also survived by 5 great-grandchildren, Erin Cunningham, Kaya Bernsen, Emma Hennigan, Lynnlee Bernsen and Benjamin Hennigan.

Visitation will be from 5 PM until 7 PM with a Rosary to be recited at 7 PM Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 AM Monday, April 24, 2017 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Violet, Texas. Burial will follow in the St. Anthony’s Cemetery.

Robert David Fields

Robert David Fields, 63, passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 18, 2017.

David was born in Denver City, Texas, where he graduated high school. He attended Southwest Texas University(Texas State) in San Marcos and Texas Tech University in Lubbock. David was born and bred in the cotton industry. Prior to becoming the CEO President of Gulf Compress in Corpus Christi, Texas, he worked for the Plains Cotton Cooperative Association in Lubbock, Texas and Acuff Gin in Acuff, Texas. David was a past president of the Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council(TACC). He was named Cooperator of the Year in 2012, in addition to being honored as Warehouseman of the Year by the Texas Cotton Association(TCA). David was also a member of the South Texas Cotton & Grain Producers Association(STCGA) and the Cotton Growers Warehouse Association.

David is survived by his wife, Leasa; his children, Jacob Fields and Luci Edwards and her husband, Kyle; his parents, Dan and Joyce Fields, of Lubbock, Texas; his two sisters, Danna Dewlen and her husband Robert and Deborah Savage and her husband Jack; David also leaves behind many caring relatives and family.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home at 12497 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78410.

The funeral service will begin at 2:00 PM, followed by a private burial with the family.


“When my earthly trail is ended

And my final bacon curled

And the last great roundup’s finished

At the Home Ranch of the world

I don’t want no harps nor haloes

Robes nor other dressed up things-

Let me ride the starry ranges

On a pinto hawse with wings!”

-Badger Clark, Ridin’


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

Laura Patricia Sanchez

Sanchez, Laura

Laura Patricia Sanchez, born at 23 weeks, was a gift given to us on October 31, 2002 and God called her home April 6, 2017.  She is preceded in death by her four brothers who are now joyfully together.

She is survived by her mother, Patricia Rosa of Corpus Christi; sister, Trina Michelle Benavides of Austin; grandparents, Cleto and Isabel Rosa of Roma, Texas; numerous uncles, aunts and cousins from the Valley, Freer, Corpus Christi, Deer Park, Dallas, Oklahoma and all over the state of Texas.

She was an angel that touched everyone who got to meet her with her big, big smile and those big brown eyes. Laura’s laugh was contagious. Laura was loved by many and a blessing to all. Laura loved her mom, Patricia Rosa and sister, Trina Benavides, Mary Rhodes, her provider and nurse Misty Hale.

Laura’s favorite things were her music, Dora the Explorer, and to be read to, especially “Little Witch.”

The family would like to thank everyone who touched Laura from the beginning to the time she went to be in Heaven. The nurses from Deconess, PSA, Nurses on Wheels, Epic Health Services, Educare, Calallen ISD, Calallen DME, Travis Medical, Dr’s Ernesto and. Luisa Lira and staff, Dr. Jon Robert and staff, Dr. Carol Deline and staff, Driscoll Foundation Children’s Hospital, HEB Pharmacy Violet Road, along with all her therapists and everyone who touched her life. Last but not least, the doctor who brought her safely into this world and his wonderful staff, Dr. Michael Karagas and his wonderful wife Karen and his wonderful nurse, Amanda Carrion. Thank you for walking this journey with us.

Lord Jesus thank you for putting this beautiful angel in my life I know that she has completed her stay here on earth and you have called her home. I am so grateful for the time you shared her with us and the immense love she gave us and we gave her. She was a very brave and courageous soul, full of life and love, but her body was weak and broken. I have been blessed to have been her mother. It is NOT goodbye my precious, it is farewell until we are reunited for all eternity.  I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART AND SOUL MIJA MI LAURITA.  You are now at peace. So rock those beautiful golden wings my sweetness and fly to your heart’s content. I am so proud of you. Kisses for my Laurita always.

Visitation will be from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Monday, April 10, 2017 with a rosary recited at 7:00pm at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00am on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostle Catholic Church.