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Anne Louise Emser Ferguson

Anne Louise Emser Ferguson, 87, was called home to her Lord March 5, 2019. She was born November 4, 1931 to Henry John Emser and Linda Ellen Finlay Emser in Saint Louis, Missouri.  Anne is preceded in death by her husband, John Kenneth Ferguson, whom she met and married while both were serving in the United States Marine Corps. Anne is survived by daughters, Katharine Ferguson of Corpus Christi, Texas and Karen Walsh of Tampa, Florida; niece, Mary Ann Valtsin of Saint Louis, Missouri; brother-in-law, William J Ferguson of Edmund, Oklahoma; sister-in-law, Aline Kelly of Ennis, Texas; niece, Cheryl Warren of  Bishop, Texas; several other wonderful nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 12th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Sawyer-George Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 PM Wednesday, March 13th in Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with The Rev. Jonathan Wickham, Rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers friends are asked to make donations to All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 3026 S. Staples St. Corpus Christi, TX 78404, in memory of Anne Ferguson.

James Harrison “Jim” Pusley


Pusley, JamesJames Harrison “Jim” Pusley went to be with our Lord on March 5, 2019 at home surrounded by his loved ones.   Jim was born to William Wiley Pusley Jr. and Ella Viola Brooks on September 30, 1928 in Gerty, Oklahoma.  Jim and the Pusley family were prominent members of the Choctaw Indian Nation located in the Indian Territories of Oklahoma.  As a child Jim’s family moved to Clarkwood, Texas where he attended school up to the 8th grade.  He attended Tuloso Midway High School for two years and then transferred to Calallen High School where he played on the first Calallen Wildcat football team and scored their very first touchdown. He also excelled in basketball and track and was extremely proud of his association with Calallen sports.  He was also a proud member of the Boy Scouts of America.  After graduating from Calallen High School in 1946, Jim served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict.

Jim met and married the love of his life, Hilda Irene Scott, on September 2, 1950. They were married for 50 years and lived in Corpus Christi most of that time.  For a short time, they moved to Seguin, Texas, but after the death of his beloved wife, Jim built a home on Lake Corpus Christi and moved there to be closer to his family.

Jim had a long and illustrious career in the oil and gas industry. He was highly respected for his knowledge and skill of well completion technology as well as complex oil field construction.  His work was his life and he continued to work up until just a few weeks before his death.  He made many friends during his years in the oil and gas industry and although it required long hours and time away from his family, he cherished every minute.

Aside from his work, Jim’s other passions were hunting and spending time with his family and friends. He definitely left a lasting impression on everyone with his strong work ethic, friendly nature and unwavering love of his family.  If you ever met Jim Pusley you never forgot him.

Jim is preceded in death by his wife, Hilda; mother, Viola; father William; sister, Gloria Sanders; and his brother, Hall Pusley.

He is survived by his brother, Paul “Butch” Pusley; his children, Michael (Norma) Pusley, Lance (Lynn) Pusley and Vicki Pieper. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Candi, Courtney, Amber, Josh, and Zach Pusley, as well as Matt and Ashley Pieper. He also leaves behind 11 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Monday, March 11th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 12th at 10:00 AM at Calallen Baptist Church followed by graveside services at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Hunter Tegeler, Ryker Smith, Zach Pusley, Rex Taylor, James Fortner and Nick Burnett.

Honorary pallbearers will be Butch Pusley, Cleve Hunter, Bennie Barrera, Josh Pusley, Chacho Jasso, Ross Ford and John Dunlap.

Jim’s family would like to thank the many doctors, nurses and caregivers who helped Dad including Angle Bright Home Health Care and Absolute Caring Services. We also want to thank Altus Hospice, and Crystal Young for bringing comfort and peace to Dad’s final days.  We especially want to thank Shana Stuart, Elsie Rodriguez and Laura Williams for their loving care of our Dad.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers please make donations to the Calallen Baptist Church in memory of Jim Pusley.

Helen Ruth Williams Allen

Allen, Helen

Helen Ruth Williams Allen entered the Pearly Gates of Heaven March 1st, 2019. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family in her home in Corpus Christi Texas.

Helen was born January 30, 1925 in Gadsden, Alabama to Grady and Marjorie Williams. She attended Gadsden High school and graduated in 1942. After high school she was employed by the civil service where she proudly served her country during WWII as a secretary in Post Headquarters at Camp Sibert. While there, she met Lieutenant Fred Allen and they married in September 1945. After fulfilling his duties they returned to Gadsden and together opened Fred Allen Florist which they owned and operated for 13 years. They relocated, along with their three daughters, to Corpus Christi Texas in 1962.

Helen attended Texas A&I University graduating summa cum laude. After graduation she worked as an elementary school teacher for Corpus Christi Christian School and for CCISD for 22 years before retiring in 1998.

Helen is greeted in heaven by her parents Grady and Marjorie Williams, her great-granddaughter, Alexis Sanchez and her loving husband. Frederick G. Allen Jr.. She is survived by her three daughters, Sheri Denman (Dennis), Ginger Porche (James), Dr. Glori Allen, her brother, Bill Williams, her 5 grandchildren Trey Garcia, Bryan Garcia, Kristen Taylor, Lorie Sanchez and Melany Greathouse and 14 great grandchildren. She was deeply loved by all and will be greatly missed. Happy Trails Mymo!

A memorial service for Helen will be held on Tuesday, March 5th, at 6 p.m. at Kings Crossing Church of Christ at 5901 Yorktown Blvd. Corpus Christi, TX 78414.

Edith Katherine Balzer Shults

_Shults, Edith

Edith Katherine Balzer Shults passed peacefully on Monday, February 25, 2019 at the age of 95. She was born in Robstown, Texas on March 16, 1923 to Gerhardt and Sybella Balzer.

Following graduation from Robstown High School, she attended University of Texas Austin studying architecture. She married Robert “Jack” Caldwell Shults in 1948 and they spent 56 years together raising three children and traveling across the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Hawaii.

Edith was a founding member of St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church where she was active in Parish activities including the annual Spring Bazaars. Following several years residing at Trinity Towers, Holmgreen Center and Homewood Residence, Edith moved to Cedar Park , Texas in August 2015 where she resided at The Legacy at Crystal Falls until January 26, 2019.  Edith passed peacefully at Covenant House in Cedar Park, Texas.

Jack preceded her in death on December 10, 2004. Edith is survived by three children, Anne (Steve) Whitfield of Cedar Park, Jackie (Jim) Brannigan of Corpus Christi, and Chuck Shults of Garland, Texas; three grandchildren, Kara Sanitz of Cedar Park, Shea Brannigan of Corpus Christi, and Ross (Brianna) Whitfield of Cedar Park; great-grandchildren, Garrett Sanitz, Hunter Sanitz and Ava Whitfield all of Cedar Park, one sister, Doris Ann Erickson of Keller, Texas and one sister-in-law, Callie Ruth Anderson of Maryville, Tennessee.

The family wishes to thank Edith’s caregivers at New Century Hospice, The Legacy at Crystal Falls and Covenant House for the care and comfort they gave Edith.

Visitation will be Friday, March 8, 2019 from 6 to 7 PM at Sawyer-George Funeral Home. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 10 AM at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church with Fr. Eric Chapa as celebrant. Interment will follow in Robstown Cemetery in Robstown, Texas

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church.

Diane M. Pearl

_Pearl, Diane

Diane M. Pearl, 76, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away Thursday, February 28, 2019. She was born September 25, 1942 in Barryton, Michigan.  She and her husband, Bill, owned and operated Bill H. Pearl Productions.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Pearl; her parents, Carlyle and Madonna Edich Meek; her step-dad, Raymond Stotzer; and her granddaughter, Sarah Crawford.

She is survived by her son, Mark (Lee-Anne) Pearl; her daughter, Gay (Joe) Crawford; five grandchildren, David Crawford, Hunter Pearl, Emily Pearl, Hannah Crawford and Madeline Pearl.

Visitation with the family present will be from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. Monday, March 4, 2019 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Robstown Memorial Park.