George Randall “Randy” McAlister

???????????????????George Randall “Randy” McAlister, age 81 born Nov. 14, 1933 in Rogers, TX; married Jan. 19, 1961 in Grover, NC at Presbyterian Manse, passed away May 3, 2015 Pineville, North Carolina.  He was preceded in death by his father George W. McAlister and mother Edith Durnal McAlister.   He is survived by his daughters, Mary Lisa Starry of Lake George, CO; Susan Rice of Gastonia, NC; sister, Susan Clark of Longview, TX; brother, Tommy McAlister of Kenedy, TX; and grandchildren, Chase Starry, James Borrum, Jonathan Rice, Nathan Rice, and Hannah Rice. Randy was a graduate of San Marcos Military Academy and he attended Texas A&M College.  He was self-employed most of his life, managing the family ranch and antique shop. He was a carpenter and an electronic technician by trade, a Mason belonging to Masonic Lodge #200, enjoyed carving, painting, cooking, and rebuilding computers.

Family Visitation will be held Friday, May 8, 2015 from 6PM to 8PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral Services will be Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 10AM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ronnie Bowers and Rev. Chris Howell officiating.    Interment will follow in the Kenedy Cemetery in Kenedy, TX.


In Lieu of Flowers Memorial may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

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Dorine Denise Aguero Cast

Dorine CastDorine Denise (Aguero) Cast, Age 31, from Karnes City, TX passed away on May 23, 2015.  She was born July 21, 1983 in Seguin, TX to Manuel Aguero, Sr. and Consuelo “Connie” Cruz Aguero. She is preceded in death by her father Manuel Aguero, Sr. and sister Doreen Aguero; Paternal Grandparents, Francisco “Pancho” and Amelia Aguero of Kenedy, Maternal Grandparents Gumecindo and Irenia Cruz of Karnes City; Uncles Crispin Perez, Rudy Cruz, Sr., Felipe Cruz; and Aunt Petra Cruz Rodriguez.  She is survived by her husband Charles Adam Cast of Karnes City; Mother Consuelo Cruz Aguero of Karnes City; Sisters, Cynthia (Michael ) Rosales of Karnes City, Lucy Aguero of Houston; Brothers, Manuel (Priscilla) Aguero, Jr. of Kenedy, Henry (Elizabeth) Aguero of Beeville; Nephews, Michael Rosales, Jr., Mark Rosales, Manuel Aguero, III, Paul Perez; Nieces Amanda Rosales, Cyndi Rosales, Monica Rosales, Valerie Aguero, Stephanie Aguero, Zoe Aguero, Marissa Aguero, Claudissa Aguero,  Chloe Aguero, Great-Nephews,  Devin Mikal Pedroza, and Charles Xavier Reddic;  Great-Nieces, Carolina Rosales, Cecilia Rosales, Summerlin Rosales, Avery Rosales, Bella Aguero, Aubree Rosales, Mia Guzman, and Riley Rosales.  A Rosary will be recited Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral Mass will be Thurs. May 28, 2015 at 10AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.   Interment will follow in the New Bremen Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Mark Rosales, Manuel Aguerro, III, Anthony Cruz, J.D. Cruz, Simon Cruz, Rudy Cruz, Jr.

Honorary Pallbearer will be Mark Rosales, Jr.

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Joe Simon Sandoval

Joe Simon Sandoval, Age 42, of San Antonio, TX formerly of Kenedy, TX passed away May 10, 2015 in San Antonio, TX.  He was born on April 17, 1973 in Kenedy, TX to the late Guadalupe Sandoval and Maria Guadalupe Reyna Ramos.  He was a volunteer for the Church UnderThe Bridge in San Antonio.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife Margie Mata of San Antonio, sister Dolores Segura and husband Armando, Sr., Adela Jew and husband Paul both of San Antonio; uncle Jimmy Reyna of Runge; nephews, Steven Hernandez and wife Ruby, Michael Hernandez, Mario Hernandez, Simon Hernandez; grt-nieces & grt-nephews, Alison Hernandez, Ennessii Hernandez, Lezley Hernandez, Michael Hernandez, Jr., Avisti Hernandez, and Abraham Herrera all of San Antonio.

A Holy Rosary will be recited Wed., May 13, 2015 at 7:30 P.M. in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thurs., May 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with the Rev. Stanislaw Marciniak Officiating.  Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.

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Aquilino Salinas , Sr.

ASalinas obit picAquilino Salinas, Sr. age 82 of Kenedy died May 8, 2015 in Kenedy.  He was born  Jan. 4, 1933 in Kenedy to Antonio & Anita Salinas.  He worked at the Compress as a Warehouse manager.  He is precede in death by his parents and wife Rafela Calderon Salinas.  He is survived by his daughters, Kathy Salinas of Kenedy, Patricia (Archie) Kotzur of Kenedy, Wanda (Richard) Canales of Uvalde, & Jennifer Fraga of Kenedy.  Sons Aquilino (Doren) Salinas, Jr., of Kendy, Jay Salinas, Sr. of Kenedy & Kelly (Yolanda) Salinas of Schertz, TX. One brother Ladislow Salinas of San Antonio.

Rosary will be held at the Eckols Chapel Monday May 11, 2015 at 7:00 PM, with funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.  Interment will be in the Loma Alta Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be Hector Salazar, Jr., Anthony Salinas, Sr., Ernnie Salinas, Jay Salinas, Jr., Jokob-Dyllan Castillo, & Anthony Salinas, Jr.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Trey Salinas, TSgt. Cody Kotzur, Jalon Canales, & the grand & great grandchildren.

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Lori Dugan

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On Saturday May 2, 2015 the Lord Jesus escorted our beloved Lori Dugan to the home he had prepared for her.  Lori was born Aug. 10, 1965 to Michael J. Cody, Jr and Madeleine “Bunny” Cook Tidball in Trenton, New Jersey.    Lori was preceded in death by her father.  She is  survived by her mother, Husband Tom Dugan, daughters Marcie (David) Ellison, Ashley Townsen, & Hannah Hicks, brothers Michael J. Cody, III, Daniel F. Cody, & Andy D. Parton; her beloved grandchildren Christian & Emma And numerous nieces & nephews.

Lori spent most of her life serving others as a nurse.  She moved from Tennessee to Texas where she met, fell in love and married Tom Dugan.  They built a life for themselves in Tuleta.  She will be greatly  missed.  Pallbearers will be the Tuleta Fires Department & her brothers.  Visitation with the family will be on Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 5PM to 8PM at the Eckols Chapel in Kenedy.  Funeral Services will be on Friday May 8, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the First Baptist Church in Tuleta, TX with the Rev. Jack Allen officiating.

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Charlotte D. Alexander

Charlotte D. Alexander Obit PicCharlotte Dean Alexander, Age 81 of Runge, TX passed away on May 1, 2015 in Runge, TX.  Charlotte was born on November 22, 1933 in Norfolk, VA to the late Claude W. and Minerva Cecelia Gray Dean.  On March 25, 1955 she married Ralph Alexander in Columbia, South Carolina. She was a homemaker a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a devout Christian.  She is preceded in death by her parents Claude W. and Minerva Cecelia Gray Dean.  She is survived by her loving husband, Ralph Alexander of Runge, TX; daughter, Kelli-Sue McKinnon and husband Sterling of Dearborn Heights, MI; son, Robert Alexander of Kenedy, TX; sister Elizabeth Murgita of Rockland, Maine;  grandchildren Jessie Alexander, Richard Alexander, Zac McKinnon; great-grandchildren, Zachariah Alexander, Elijah Alexander, Cassidy Alexander, Alisha Alexander, and Anthony Alexander.Family Visitation will be held Monday, May 4, 2015 in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel from 5PM to 6PM.  Services will begin at 6PM Monday, May 4, 2015 in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel  with the Rev. Curtis Moyer officiating.

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Leroy Louis Angermiller

ANGERMILLER, LEROYLeroy Louis Angermiller, 84, of Baytown, TX went to be with his heavenly father on Thursday, April 30, 2015, in a Baytown hospital with family by his side.He was born December 11, 1930, in Taft, TX to Fred and Mary Angermiller. He graduated from Kenedy High School then went on to serve his country in the United States Navy. He served on the USS Constitution (a hospital ship) for 4 years. He graduated from Texas A&I in Kingsville where he received a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering degree.He retired from Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation after 30 years of service. After retirement he enjoyed gardening and playing “42″ with friends and family. He loved hunting and fishing especially with his grandchildren. He was a member of Second Baptist Church in Baytown.He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Louise Green; and brother-in-law, Carl Tolar.He is survived by his wife of 59 years and the love of his life, Martha Dee (Murphy) Angermiller; daughters, Gloria Graves (husband Paul) and Sandy Hicks (husband Dallas) all of Baytown; brother-in-law, Walter Green of Kenedy; sisters, Ima Jean Hartman (husband Dalton) of Runge, Freda Tolar of Deer Park, and Charlene Stewart of San Antonio; grandchildren, Jason Graves (wife Lauren), Justin Graves (fiancé Holly Pogue), Ashley Thurgood (husband Travis); great grandchildren Gavin Graves, Kaitlyn Graves, and Chandler Thurgood; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 2015, with services to follow at 2:00 p.m. at Eckols Funeral Home, 420 W. Liveoak, Kenedy, TX 78119.

The family would like to express a special thanks to Dr. Chris Hays and staff for the extra special care throughout this difficult year.

Donations in his memory can be made to a charity of your choice.

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Benny Leon Alexander

Benny Leon Alexander, born June 16, 1934 in Stephens County Oklahoma, left this life on April 26, 2015 at his home in Kenedy, Texas.  He is preceded in death by his parents Alpha Carson Alexander and Charles (Choc) Alexander as well as his sister, Shirley Ann Alexander, all of Duncan Oklahoma.

Benny was an ambitious and hard worker even at an early age. Before he was ten years old Ben had a paper route, and later he set up pins at a bowling alley.   In his early teens he raised hogs, and as a freshman in high school, he leased the school agriculture land and raised crops.

Ben followed World War II as a grade school student reading the war news avidly since his beloved uncles and father were serving overseas. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy early because he was so anxious to serve his country. He celebrated his 18th birthday on board a ship.  He visited many places while in the Navy including, Korea, Japan, South Africa, and Hawaii.  Ben’s entire life he was fiercely patriotic. After September 11, he was disappointed that he was unable to serve his country.

Ben graduated from Mississippi Southern College and later did graduate work at West Texas State.

Ben married in 1957, and was blessed with two beautiful daughters of whom he was always immensely proud.

Later, Ben moved to Kenedy, Texas where he taught Science. The students Ben taught during the early 60’s would remain special to him his entire life, attending many of their reunions and becoming lifelong friends with several.

While in Kenedy, he leased land and bought his first Santa Gertrudis cattle. This was the beginning of Ben’s now well respected herd of A + cattle.  Although Ben rarely ran more than 300 head, the Santa Gertrudis Breeders International Association acknowledged his tremendous impact on the breed by inducting him into the SGBI Hall of Fame this past March.   When told of this honor, Ben was humbly proud, especially pleased his children and grandchildren would know he had done the best he could and had been honored by those in his business.

Ben married Robbin Homeyer of Kenedy, Texas in Utopia, Texas on July 22, 1981, and they made their home northeast of Kenedy for almost 34 years.  Ben was blessed again with three more children. Alongside his new workforce of children, he cleared the land and left it better than he found it.

Ben has five children: Jayne Fry of Wichita, KS; Jana Wooderson (Chris) of Ark City, KS; Amy Seal (Robert) of Karnes City, TX; Gina Sugarek (Jim) of Beeville, TX; and Ben Ross Alexander (Genna) of Karnes City, TX.  He leaves six grandchildren: Suzanne Fry, Corbyn Fry (Ali), Kayce Jo Mayes, Hunter Mayes, Decker Seal and Samantha Sugarek.   He has one great grandchild, Corbyn and Ali’s son, Noah.

Ben lived a full life, raising children and cattle, traveling the world, and learning all he could.  Always striving for excellence in every aspect of life.  He leaves a tradition of putting forth A+ effort in all you do for A+ quality results.

There will be a visitation held Thursday April 30, 2015 from 5-6:30pm and a memorial service to follow at 6:30.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Chisolm Trail Church of Christ in Duncan, Oklahoma, the

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Raul Garza

Raul Garza age 77 of Kenedy died April 25, 2015.  He was born Dec. 19, 1937 in Runge to Diego & Dora Caballero Garza, Sr.  He married Mamie Beltran Oct. 17, 1964 in Karnes City.  He was a retired truck driver.  He is survived by Sisters Lydia (Edward) Downey, Patricia (Dan) Salais, Elvira Garza, Alice Sanchez, Cynthia (Patrick) Seals.  Brothers Fidencio (Connie) Garza, Manuel Garza, Albert Garza, Diego (Elizabeth) Garza, Jr., Leroy (Anna) Garza, & James Garza.  A Rosary will be recited Tue. April 28, 2015 at 7 PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Mass will be held Wed. Apr. 29, 2015 10 AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Interment will follow at a later date in the Runge Cemetery.

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Rudolph Polasek

Karnes City, TX  Rudolph died April 25, 2015. John Polasek was born Apr. 9, 1933 to Tom & Alice Bordovsky Polasek in Coy City, TX. He was a veteran of the Korean War.  He retired from Enserch in 1988 & became a farmer & rancher.  He was active in the old machinery and engines where he was a member of the Rio Grande Machinery and Antique Club.  He is survived by his wife Betty June Lieke Polasek, two brothers Mike (Ruby) Polasek of Coy City, Tommy Polasek of Hobson, Sisters Frances Zidek of Pleasanton, JoAnn Kroll of Hobson.  A Rosary will be recited Monday, at 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.   Funeral Mass will be Held Tuesday at St. Cornelius Catholic Church at 10:00 AM in Karnes City, TX with the Rev. Jeff Polasek officiating.  Interment will follow at the Lauback Family & Friends Cemetery.

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