Anna Kathryne “BabyDoll” Martin

January 5, 1939 was one of the Lord’s best days.  He blessed Annie Selina Givens-Spencer and Dennis Charles Martin with a beautiful baby girl.  They named her Anna Kathryne Martin.  She was so beautiful everyone thought she looked like a baby doll; hence the name BabyDoll.

Her mother made sure all of her children knew the Lord Jesus Christ and BabyDoll was baptized at her family church, Brown Chapel A.M.E., in Kenedy, Texas.  BabyDoll loved Kenedy and lived there her entire life.  Her pride and joy was her children.

She gave birth to four boys, Ruben Michael Martin (Mike), Charleston Foley Martin (Chuck), Denny Charles Martin and Albert Kevin Martin (Kevin).  Although she only gave birth to the four above, she was a mother to all who needed one.  Anthony Owens, Sr. (Tony) was not her son by birth, but by love.

BabyDoll was well known for her cooking skills, especially baking.  She didn’t wait for a holiday to cook huge, festive meals, the only reason she needed to cook was a  “hey BabyDoll I’m hungry, what you got in there?”  The stove and oven would immediately go full blast.

BabyDoll was the epitome of a strong woman.  She raised four strong young men and countless others along the way.  If you needed a place to stay and eat, you could just call on her.

The Lord saw that strength ebbing away and he thought it was a mighty good day to give her that sweet blessed sleep early Sunday morning, September 8, 2013.

Her son Ruben Michael Martin (Nelda) preceded her in death as well as parents and the following brothers and sisters:  Charles, Ernest, Ruben, Joe Louis, Bradley, Myrtle, Callie Mae, Sammie Lee, and Charlotte.

She leaves to mourn her passing three sons, Charleston Foley Martin (Liz), Denny Charles Martin and Albert Kevin Martin (Teresa) and that one niece that just would not go away, Bettye Gaye Clay (Joe).   Two sisters, Christine and Carlette (Elmorris, Sr).  Six grandchildren, Anthony Owens, Jr. (Tony), Anna Maria Martin, Jessica Martin, Brittany Martin, Dominique Martin and Anja Martin and a host of great grandchildren and other family members.

Funeral services will begin at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, September 12, 2013, in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy, Texas. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.

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Angelica “Kela” Garza

Angelica “Kela” Garza, Age 79 of Kenedy, Texas passed away on September 7, 2013 in Kenedy.  Kela was born on June 5, 1934 to the late Jose Garza and Rafaela Villanueva in Kenedy.  She was a loving Mother and homemaker and a faithful member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Angelita Villanueva and brother Thomas Villanueva.

She is survived by her daughters, Patricia Alvarez, Clara Garcia,  Irma  Garza (Tino) ;  sons Edward Garza (Terri), John Earl Garza, Randy and wife Donna Garza of Kenedy, Texas, Connie and wife Rosie of San Marcos, Texas, James Garza of Spring, Texas,  Eleazar “Shorty”  and wife Helen Garza of Karnes City, Texas; sisters Maria and husband Ascencion Carrizales of Beeville, Texas , Irene Garcia of Port Lavaca, Texas, a brother Candido Villanueva, Sr. of California and 29 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren

A Rosary will be recited Monday, September 9, 2013 at 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Kenedy, Texas.  Interment will follow at the Loma Alta Cemetery in Kenedy. Texas.

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Pomposa Lopez Rodriguez

Pomposa Lopez Rodriguez, a resident of Kenedy, Texas, passed away, Friday, September 6, 2013, at 3:54 A.M., at DeTar Hospital in Victoria, Texas at the age of 87 years, 11 months and 18 days.

Pomposa was born in Kenedy, Texas on September 19, 1925, the daughter of Cecelio Lopez and Dolores “LoLa” Hernandez Lopez. She worked as both a dietary cook for Green’s Nursing Home and then later as a cook for May’s Restaurant. She was of the Catholic faith and attended Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Kenedy.

Pomposa is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Pedro Rodriguez, Sr.; her sons, Edward, Paul and Jesse Rodriguez; her sisters, Natalie Garcia, Luciana Lopez, LoLa Sauceda and Petra Morales and her brothers, Tommy, Pablo and Macario Lopez. Ms. Rodriguez is survived by her daughters, Mary DeSalme of San Antonio and Cynthia Valderrama and husband Phillip of Victoria; her sons, Lucio Rodriguez and wife Beatrice P. of Victoria, Pedro Rodriguez of Corpus Christi, Pedro Rodriguez, Jr., and wife Mary Ann of Victoria, Juan Rodriguez of Kenedy and Alejandro Rodriguez and wife Janie of Kenedy and her sister, Frances Skotzko of Chicago. She is also survived by her 105 grandchildren and great-grandchildren and her 5 great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will begin, Sunday, September 8, 2013 and a rosary will be recited Sunday at 7:00 P.M., in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy, Texas. Funeral mass will be celebrated, 10:00 A.M., Monday, September 8, 2013 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Kenedy, Texas. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery,
Kenedy, Texas.

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Fred Guerra, III

Fred Guerra, III, passed away, Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at the Metropolitan Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, at the age of 40 years, 11 months and 24 days. Fred was born, September 11, 1972, the son of Fred Guerra, Jr., and Frances Garcia Guerra.

Fred is survived by his parents, Fred Guerra, Jr., and Frances Garcia Guerra of Kenedy; his sister, Lisa Rapstien of Karnes City and one niece.

A rosary will be recited, Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 11:00 A.M., at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Kenedy, Texas. Funeral mass will be celebrated, Saturday, at 11:30 A.M., also in the Church with Rev. Norbert Herman officiating. Interment will follow in the De Ntra Sra De Guadalupe Cemetery, Pawnee, Texas.

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Marjorie Alice Rawe Little

Marjorie Alice Rawe Little was born June 17, 1922  in Cibolo, TX and passed away August 31, 2013, in Bedford TX.

Preceded in death by beloved husband Royce Little, parents Otto and Selma Rawe, brother Joyce Rawe, and nephew Kieth Rawe.

Marjorie is survived by her son Alan Little (Cat), daughter Durrine Kilgore (Scott), grandchildren Matthew (Lindsey), Joshua (Brenda) Little, Colin Kilgore and great grandchildren Caitlin, Coraline, and Ian Little.  She is also survived by nieces, Eyleen Crain and Charlene Hochman, and nephew Bud Little.

Marjorie graduated with a Home Economics degree from Southwest Texas State Teachers College, now known as Texas State University, in San Marcos. She taught school for over 45 years in Cibolo, Karnes City and Sinton, TX.

She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church Sinton, Texas for many years.

Marjorie loved her family and friends very much and will be dearly missed.

Graveside services will be held at 9:30 A.M., Thursday, September 12, 2013 in the Kenedy Cemetery, Kenedy, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Sinton, TX in her honor.

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Martha Gonzalez Hernandez

Martha Gonzalez Hernandez, surrounded by her family passed away, Friday, August 30, 2013 at her residence in Pawnee, Texas at the age of 66 years, 6 months and 18 days.

Martha was born, February 12, 1947 in Nell, Texas, the daughter of Jesus Gonzalez and Guadalupe Alaniz Gonzalez. In 1965, Martha married Frank Hernandez in Pawnee, Texas; together the two started a family and raised 6 sons, Martha was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. She was of the Catholic Faith and a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Pawnee.

Martha is survived by her beloved husband of over 45 years, Frank Hernandez of Pawnee; her sons, David Hernandez and wife Barbara of Three Rivers, Jerry Hernandez of Pawnee, Fidencio “FiFi” Hernandez and wife Amy of Pawnee, Danny Hernandez and Kristine Ochoa of Kenedy and Jeffery Hernandez of Pawnee; her sister, Agarita Cortez of Pawnee; her brothers, Juan Gonzalez of Karnes City, Felix Gonzalez of Three Rivers, Mike Gonzalez, Sr., of Karnes City and Matias Gonzalez of Kenedy. Martha is also survived by her 17 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews. Mrs. Hernandez is preceded in death by her parents; her son, Christopher Lee Hernandez and her brothers, Benny and Tony Gonzalez.

Visitation will begin, Monday, September 2, 2013 in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with a rosary to begin at 7:00 P.M., Monday. Funeral mass will be celebrated, Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 10:00 A.M., at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Kenedy with Rev. Norbert Herman officiating. Interment will follow in the Nell Cemetery.

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Carlos Garza

Carlos Garza, a lifelong resident of Kenedy, Texas, entered eternal rest Sunday, August 25, 2013, at Citizen’s Medical Center in Victoria, Texas at the age of 54 years, 9 months and 19 days.

Carlos was born in Karnes City, Texas on November 6, 1958, the son of Isaias Garza and Noemi Ruiz Garza.  Carlos was both a rancher and a cowboy for many years and worked at the Karnes County Livestock Exchange. Mr. Garza was of the Baptist faith.

Carlos is survived by his beloved wife of over 30 years, Barbara Ann Fritz Garza; his son, Andrew Isaias Garza of Kenedy and his brothers, Joe Garza and Isaias Garza, Jr., both of Victoria, Texas. Mr. Garza is preceded in death by his parents, Isaias Garza and Noemi Ruiz Garza.

Visitation will be held, Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M., in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy, Texas. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 A.M., Friday, August 30, 2013 in the Eckols Chapel with Rev. Robert Ochoa officiating. Interment will follow in the Kenedy Cemetery, Kenedy, Texas.

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Felipa Esparza Reyes

Felipa Esparza Reyes, a lifelong resident of Kenedy, Texas, passed away surrounded by her family, Thursday, August 22, 2013 at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital at the age of 95 years, 3 months and 9 days. She was born, May 13, 1918 in Tivoli, Texas to Francisco Esparza and Juanita Otero Esparza.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Garcez and husband Michael of Grand Prairie, Texas and her 2 grandsons, Michael Garcez and wife Anna of Kenedy, Texas and Patrick Garcez of Grand Prairie, Texas. Ms. Reyes is preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Trinidad Alvarado Reyes; her sister and her 4 brothers.

Visitation will be held, Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 10:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M., in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with funeral services beginning at 2:00 P.M., also in the chapel with Rev. Richard Pena officiating. Interment will follow in the Runge Cemetery, Runge, Texas.

 

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Donnal “Donald” Hugh McCarn

Donnal (aka Donald) Hugh McCarn, 81, of Tomball, passed away August 14, 2013 at the Heartland Nursing Home, in Houston. Graveside funeral services will be Saturday, August 24, 2013, at the Pawnee Cemetery, in Pawnee, Bee County, Texas at 11 a.m. Service arrangements are being handled by Eckols Funeral Home in Kenedy, Texas – 830-583-2533.

Don was born on March 20, 1932, to Hugh Douglas and Dovie Jewell “Bill” Phillips McCarn, in Pawnee, Texas. About 1937, the family moved to Port Lavaca, where Don started school. His dad worked for many farms and gins in the area, but soon became a school bus driver, and spent as much time making sure that Don stayed in class. Don met the love of his life there in Port Lavaca schools, and soon he and Betty Jean Patrick were a pair to be seen everywhere together. Don worked many nights at the old Port Lavaca Theater.

In March 1951, Don joined the US Air Force to do his part in the Korean Conflict. While home on Thanksgiving leave after boot camp, he and Betty were married on November 26, 1951 at the First Methodist Church, in Port Lavaca. After the honeymoon, he was stationed in England, where Betty soon joined him. While there they had their first son, Donald Hugh, Jr.

When Don got out of the USAF in 1955, he worked for Union Carbide for a short period. Going to Texas A & M College was a priority for him. The family spent a few short years in Aggie Land while Don got his degree in Industrial Education, graduating in 1958. During the time in College Station, his and Betty’s second son, Dennis John, was born.

Don moved his family to Corona, New Mexico to work as a school teacher. Shortly after that, he landed a position with Lufkin Industries in Lufkin, Texas. He spent several years in Lufkin, and their daughter, Kerisa Ann, was born. From here he and the family moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Great Bend, Kansas, back to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Sheffield Lake, Ohio. The family moved to Conroe, Texas after Betty was diagnosed with cancer. Don went to work for the International Division/Houston of Lufkin Industries where he traveled extensively in the Middle East. They moved to Bellville in 1981 and Betty passed away in 1982.

Don met Jane Barnett and they married in Quinlan, Texas. They lived in Bastrop, Bellville and finally Port Lavaca. At the onset of Dementia, Don moved to Marble Falls to be near Kerisa. From there he moved to the Temple V. A. Nursing Home, then to Tomball.

Don is survived by his sons, Don, Jr. and wife, Beth McCarn of Sealy; Dennis John and wife, Kim McCarn of Anacortes, Washington; daughter, Kerisa Ann and Eddie Storey of Cypress, Texas; seven grandchildren; and five great grandchildren; brother, Bobby Ray McCarn, Port Lavaca; sister, Lynda Sue and husband, Walter Breeding, Madisonville, and a host of family and friends who will miss him dearly.

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Terrence Joseph “Terry” McGovern

 

Terrence Joseph “Terry” McGovern, Age 67, of Kenedy, TX formerly of San Antonio, TX entered into eternal peace on Monday, August 12, 2013.  He was born on May 10, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois to Edward P. and Maria Hartley McGovern.  He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and uncle. He was a Veteran of the United States Army.  He then went on to serve his community in San Antonio, TX at University Hospital as a social worker for the Texas Dept. of Family Services, from which he retired after 28 years of service. 

 He is survived by his beloved wife of 32 years Irene, his son Christopher Alvear, daughter Michelle Alvear, granddaughter Jacquelyn, grandsons Kendell and Michael, brothers Eddie and Phil McGovern, sisters Monica McClusky and Janie Casanova and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Terry was preceded in death by his parents and brother Thomas McGovern.

 Visitation will be held Thursday, August 15, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel in Kenedy, TX. A Prayer Vigil Service will be held Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 1:30 PM with Funeral  Mass celebrated at 2:00 PM at St. Cornelius Catholic Church in Karnes City, TX. 

 

Pallbearers will be Chris Alvear, Michelle Alvear, Kendell Seguin, Leroy Kotzur, David Kotzur, and Anthony Salinas.

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