Earvin Hume Snell, Jr.

EARVIN PATROL CAREarvin Hume Snell Jr. was born to the union of Earvin Hume Snell Sr. and Annie Houston on June 26, 1961 in Ballinger Texas. He professed a belief in Christ at an early age. He attended Ballinger ISD. He furthered his education by attending Career Point Institute. Earvin served proudly in the US Army and received an honorable discharge.  He entered into a union of marriage with Linda Lopez which were born two daughters. He served the Kenedy Police Dept. as an officer and chief of police. Then he proudly joined the Karnes City Police dept. before joining the Karnes County Sheriff’s Dept.

He is survived by his mother Annie Snell, daughters Brigette Snell, Halle Snell, son Jermaine Clark, Step daughter Megan Harrison (Jason spouse), and stepson Robert Torres. Sister-Katherine Snell Robertson (Anthony Robertson spouse), Shawnae Snell (Niece), Dhawnae Snell (nephew),  Charlie Loud IV (nephew)(Brittnay spouse),  Akheel Cochran (nephew), Jaleel Cochran (nephew), Tramaneece Robertson (Niece), Brother-Michael Snell Sr., Michael Snell Jr. (nephew), Phillip Snell (nephew), Aleesha Snell (Niece).  Brother-Charles Snell, Caleb Snell (nephew). And Aunties, Uncles and cousins, friends and family who loved him dearly.

               A visitation was held Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 6P.M. to 8P.M. in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral Services were held Friday, May 23, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial was in the Menard Cemetery in Menard, TX on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 2:00 P.M.

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Lena G. Cano

LENA G CANO obit picMrs. Lena G. Cano age 85 of Kenedy, TX passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at John Paul II Nursing Home.  She was born on March 14, 1929 in Kenedy, TX to the late Exiquio and Elissa Cantu Garza.  She was a housewife and member of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church.

She is survived by her daughters Elma (Juan) Cantu, Nancy (Gerald) Mooney, Dora (Rudy) Saenz, Sons Roy (Lula) Cano, Joe (Hilaria) Cano Jr. , brother Leo Garza and  numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her parents Exiquio & Elissa Cantu Garza, husband Jose Cano, Sr., daughter Eva Casarez, Nora Rodriguez, and son Romeo Cano.

Rosary will be held Monday May 5, 2014 at 7 PM at the Eckols Chapel, Mass will be Tuesday at 10 AM at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church.   Interment will be in the Kenedy Cemetery

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Myrtle Dean Freeman Booe

Myrtle Booe PicMyrtle Dean Freeman Booe, 89, passed away on May 13, 2014 at Blossom Care Assisted Living in Leon Springs, Texas.  She was born on January 21, 1925 in Galveston, Texas to Allan Brown Freeman and Myrtle Harris Freeman.

Myrtle grew up in Galveston, and after graduating form Ball High School at the age of 16, she enrolled at the University of Texas in Austin where she ultimately received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy. Myrtle lived the majority of her adult life (64 years) in Kenedy, Texas where she worked as a Pharmacist in Kenedy and the surrounding communities until age 75.

Myrtle married Everett L. Booe Jr. (Buddy) in 1943 in Galveston, Texas.  They were happily married for 58 years until Buddy died in 2001.

Myrtle was a member of Good Shepard Evangelical Lutheran Church. Her activity with the church brought Myrtle great joy.  In her latter years, she enjoyed working at the Thrift Center.  Most of all she loved being with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Myrtle was proceeded in death by Myrtle Harris Freeman, Allan Brown Freeman, and Everett L. Booe Jr.

Myrtle is survived by her sister Claudette Pfennig High, by her daughter and sons Barbara Ann Manley (Charles R. Manley III), Everett L. Booe III (Janet Booe), and Allan F. Booe (Diane R. Booe), by grandchildren Barbara A. Haney (Daren Haney), Jonathan E. Booe, Taylor W. Booe (Tyra Booe), Charles R. Manley IV, Denise Booe Williams (Justin R. Williams), and Philip F. Booe, and by great grandchildren Kendell Haney, Brent Haney, Saxon Haney, Elizabeth Haney, Tosher Haney, Raylen Booe, and Ryder Booe.

A visitation will be held at Eckols Funeral in Kenedy, Texas on May 15, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  A funeral service will be held at Good Shepard Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenedy, Texas on May 16, 2014 beginning at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org/donate)

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Katherine Sue Gibbs Barnes

Katherine Gibbs Barnes Age 43 of Floresville, TX passed away on May 8, 2014 in Floresville, TX.  She was born on August 2, 1970 in Floresville, TX to Homer and Sue Gibbs.  She was a dental hygienist and a member of the Cowboy Fellowship Church in Pleasanton, TX. 

Katherine is survived by husband Michael Wayne Barnes, Sr. of Kenedy, TX , her parents Homer and Sue Gibbs of Floresville, TX , daughter Hannah Jansky and son  Hunter Jansky of Poth , TX, step-daughters Cyresia Soto of Kenedy, TX, Andrea Rodriquez of Converse, TX, Stephanie DeLosSantos of Karnes City, TX, Step-son Michael Wayne Barnes, Jr. of Kenedy, TX , brothers Lee and  Doyle Gibbs of Poth, TX and Aunt Ruby of  Floresville, TX.

Memorial Services will be held Friday, May 16, 2014 at 5:00 PM in the Eckols Funeral Home, Chapel with the Rev. Scotty Smith officiating.

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Dr. Johnye Cannon Sturcken

Johnye Sturcken Obit PicDr. Johnye Cannon Sturcken passed away at Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia, Washington, on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the age of 90 after a struggle with congestive heart failure. She was born on December 7, 1923, in Kenedy, Texas, to John Bunton Cannon and Lola Reasoner Cannon. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Clem Reasoner Cannon, her sister, Jeanne Cannon Leslie, and her niece, Jerrye Cannon Arnold.

            Johnye was a graduate of Kenedy High School. In 1944, while attending Baylor University, she married Edward Butler Sturcken, of Kenedy, who predeceased her. She graduated from Baylor in 1945. In the early 1950s, she taught at Kenedy High School and coached the girls’ basketball team there before pursuing her graduate degrees. She received her Ph.D. in British Literature and History from the University of Texas at Austin in 1964. After teaching English at Central Missouri State College, Warrensburg, Missouri, she became an associate professor of Literature and Languages at East Texas State University, now Texas A&M  University- Commerce, where she spent the rest of her career. In 1972, she was appointed Dean of ETSU’s Graduate School. In 1973, she was appointed Dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, becoming the first woman to serve as an academic dean in the university’s history. In 1976, she resumed teaching English as a full professor in the Department of Literature and Languages at ETSU, retiring as a Professor Emerita in 1993. Her academic specialties were English Renaissance literature and Shakespeare. She was a talented, respected and dedicated teacher who always maintained high academic standards for the benefit of all her students. The Texas A&M University– Commerce flag was flown at half- staff on May 1, 2014, in her memory. During her career, she was active in the International Modern Language Association, the American Studies Association of Texas, the Shakespeare Society, the Southwest Modern Language Association, the Western American Literature Association and other academic organizations.

            Johnye was very generous, social and fun-loving, and she had lots of friends throughout her life. She loved giving dinner parties for her friends and participated for years in the Commerce, Texas, Wine & Cheese Society. She also was adventurous and loved to travel. Johnye visited every continent except Antarctica, but her favorite destination was Europe- especially Great Britain and France. Even after she was afflicted with macular degeneration, which eventually left her legally blind, she bravely continued to travel within the US to visit family and friends. In 2006, she joined the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sacajawea Chapter, in Olympia, Washington.

            Johnye is survived by: her sisters-in-law, Mary Cannon Quillian, and Betty Gay Kennedy; her cousin, Edwin P. Ruhmann, III, and wife Jeanne and their family; her sister’s children, Thomas R. Leslie, IV, and Jeanne Leslie; her brother’s children and their families- her nieces Christy Cannon and Lisa Cannon Theriot and husband Michael, grandniece  Michelle Whitten and husband Keith, grandnephew Brandon Cass and wife Virginia, grandniece Laura Morgan and husband Buck, grandniece Mary Champagne, grandniece Lauren Arenas and husband Jesse, and grandnephew John Theriot; and the family of her late cousin, Saralyn Pietsch. She is also survived by: many long-time friends in Washington State, Texas, and elsewhere, including Dr. Dorys Crow Grover, Caroline Coble, Maryetta McClurg, Dr. Keith McFarland, and Dr. Richard Tuerk; her childhood friends in Kenedy, Nancy Avant and Amanda B. Reid; and her kind personal assistant and caregiver in Lacey, Washington, Louise Hay.

            The funeral will be held Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at 1:00 pm at Eckols Funeral Home, Kenedy, Texas, with Reverend Sue Huntsman officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Edwin P. Ruhmann, III, Thomas R. Leslie, IV, Michael Theriot, Brandon Cass, John Theriot, and Jesse Arenas. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to South Texas Children’s Home, P O Box 1210, Beeville, Texas 78104-1210.

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Elizabeth D. Henshall

E HENSHALL_0001 Elizabeth Henshall was born in Ft. Smith, AR to Rev. Ford and Defsie Gauntt.   As a preacher’s kid, her family ministered in various Southern Baptist churches in Arkansas and Oklahoma. In 1947-1949 Liz attended Oklahoma Baptist University where she met and then married John on December 21, 1949.  They stayed in the Oklahoma City area until John finished his degree. Shortly after Jack was born in 1952, John and Elizabeth moved their small family to Kenedy so John could try his hand at farming.  John farmed while Elizabeth had babies. Jan, Jean, and Jim were born within the following 4 years. The drought in the 50s forced John to find work to support his family, so he commuted to Beeville daily to teach Math & Industrial Arts at A.C. Jones High School. The following year, John moved his family to Beeville. Joyce was born in 1958, and the Henshall clan was established.  Liz stayed extremely busy the next 30 years raising her family, finishing her college degree in education, teaching Special Education in both the public school and at church, and was involved in many other activities at church and in the community. She was very active in church music activities. She sang in the adult choir, accompanied choirs on the piano, and led music for children of all ages. She enjoyed making beautiful quilts and other crafts.  In the mid 80’s John and Elizabeth retired from education and began building their retirement home back on the farm in Kenedy. They enjoyed over 20 years in peaceful retirement before John had to become Liz’s primary care-giver. Elizabeth always had a smile on her face and a song on her lips. She leaves behind a great legacy—5 children, 8 grandchildren, and 5 great-granddaughters.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 27th at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church in Kenedy, TX.  A time of visitation with the family will occur immediately following the memorial service in the Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to South Texas Children’s Home Ministries or to the Renovation Fund at First Baptist Church, Kenedy, TX.



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Carol Ann Johnson

Carol Ann JohnsonCarol Ann Johnson, a longtime resident of Kenedy, Texas, passed away in her home, Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 8:40 A.M., at the age of 80 years, 6 months, and 20 days. Carol was born in Buffalo, New York, September 27, 1933 to Henry McCourt and Anna Takac McCourt.

On February 3, 1962, Carol married Harding Johnson in Kenedy, Texas. Harding preceded Carol in death on March 6, 1997.

Carol is survived by her sons, Terry Johnson and wife Melanie of Karnes City, Jim Johnson and wife Karen of Victoria, Mike Johnson and wife Brenda of Austin, Patrick Johnson and wife Staci of San Antonio and Glenn Valentine of Kenedy; and her grandchildren, Rhett and Hailey Johnson, Kelly and John Williams, Andrea and Drew Rhodes, Chris Johnson, Kaitlyn, Grant, and Michael Johnson, and Kayla and Kevin Johnson. Ms. Johnson is preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Peggy McCourt and her brothers, Kenneth McCourt and Robert McCourt.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Friday, April 18, 2014 in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy, Texas. Funeral services will be, Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 2:00 P.M., in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Sue Huntsman officiating. Interment will follow in the Kenedy Cemetery, Kenedy, Texas. Serving as pallbearers will be, Chris Johnson, Rhett Johnson, Kevin Johnson, Grant Johnson, Michael Johnson, and Kyle Shaw.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to, Nurses In Touch Hospice; 491 N. Sunset Strip, St. #106, Kenedy, Texas 78119.

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Jose Rene Sanchez

Jose Rene Sanchez, a former resident of Kenedy, Texas passed away, Friday, April 11, 2014 in Corpus Christi, Texas at the age of 48 years, 8 months and 13 days.  Jose was born, July 29, 1964 the son of Alcrio Sanchez and Estella Garza Sanchez.

Jose is survived by his father, Alcrio Sanchez; his sons, Jody Hale and Rene Valdez; his sisters, Barbara Monsivais, Susana Rodriguez, and Esther Martinez; his brothers, Joe Manuel Sanchez and Regino Sanchez; and 8 grandchildren. Jose is also survived by 13 nieces and nephews and 27great nieces and nephews. Mr. Sanchez is preceded in death by his mother, Estella Garza Sanchez and his brother, Reynaldo Sanchez, Sr.

A rosary will be recited, Monday, April 14, 2014 at 7:00 P.M., in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy, Texas. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 9:30 A.M., Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Kenedy, with Rev. Norbert Herman officiating. Interment will follow in the Loma Alta Cemetery, Kenedy, Texas.

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H.R. “Jerry” Dybowski

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Santiago “Jimmy” Hinojosa

Santiago “Jimmy” Hinojosa, a lifelong resident of Kenedy, Texas, passed away, Monday, April 7, 2014 at 10:56 P.M., in the Metropolitan Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas at the age of 65 years, 4 months and 27 days.

Jimmy was born, November 11, 1948 in Kenedy, Texas the son of Ramon Hinojosa and Teresa Lira Hinojosa. He was a carpenter by trade and of the Catholic faith.

Jimmy is survived by his children, Susie Griffin, Teri Hinojosa and Lee Pena, Darrell Hernandez and wife Michelle, Danny Hinojosa and wife Priscilla, Jim Hinojosa and wife Trini, and Joey Hinojosa all of Kenedy; his sisters, Mary Ann Olivares of Kenedy, and Janice Reyes of Runge, and his brother, Ramon Hinojosa of Kenedy. He is also survived by his 15 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Mr. Hinojosa proceeded in death by his parents, Ramon and Teresa Hinojosa.

A rosary will be recited, Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7:00 P.M., in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy, Texas. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M., Friday, April 11, 2014 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Kenedy, with Rev. Norbert Herman officiating. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Kenedy, Texas.

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