Charlie I. Braun

Charlie I. Braun of Victoria, Texas and formerly of Kenedy, Texas, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at 9:15 P.M., in the Twins Pines Nursing Center, in Victoria, Texas, at the age of 97 years, 8 months and 10 days.

Charlie was born, May 12, 1915, in Bexar County, Texas, the son of Walter Ernest Braun and May Hargraves Braun. He worked for Schlumberger and after retiring went to work as a Jax Beer Distributor. Charlie also served on the Kenedy City Council.

Charlie is preceded in death by first wife, Haysel Parsons Braun; his sister, Vine Donnell; his sons, Charles Richard, Walter Silas, James Allen Braun and Ray Lardy and his second wife, Lucy Burkett Williams Braun.  Mr. Braun is survived by wife of 27 years, Catherine Ables Braun; his children, Charlotte Walters and husband Bob, Cindy Burris and husband Mike, Jess Williams and wife Nancy, Elizabeth Braun, Charlie Braun II and wife LeAnn, Burke Braun and wife Julie, Sandra Braun,  Donna Lardy and Catherine Gann. He will be missed by 19 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren and his family at Twin Pines Nursing Center.

Visiation will be held Friday, January 25, 2013, from 6:00-8:00 P.M., in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy, Texas. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, January 26, 2013, in the Eckols Chapel, with Rev. Wally Schievelbein. Interment will follow in the Kenedy, Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers will be Charlie’s grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers will be the Domino Club of Coletoville.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Martin Luther Church of Coletoville Building Fund.

Maria Elena Rodriguez

Maria Elena Rodriguez, age 65, passed away, Monday, January 21, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas. Maria was born, November 4, 1947 in El Oso, Texas to the late Hilario and Hortencia Villarreal Chapa, Jr. She worked for 25 years as an Instructional Paraprofessional at Roger E. Sides Elementary in Karnes City, Texas.

Maria is survived by her daughter, Nancy Rodriguez; her granddaughter, Samantha Segura; her brothers, Hilario Chapa, III, and wife Sylvia and Carlos Chapa and wife Linda; her nieces, Lena Reyes and husband Lucas, Alisa Parker and husband Shelby, Andrea Stewart and husband Mark and her nephew, Carlo Chapa. Ms. Rodriguez is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Leonel “L.D.” Rodriguez and her parents.

Visitation will begin. Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 12 Noon and a rosary will be recited Wednesday at 7:00 P.M., in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, with Rev. Norbert Herman officiating. Interment will follow in the De Ntra Sra De Guadalupe Cemetery, Pawnee, Texas

Lynne H. Wallace

Lynne H. Wallace, a longtime resident of Kenedy, Texas, died suddenly after a massive heart-attack, Sunday, January 20, 2013, at 4:37 A.M., in Kenedy, at the age of 74 years, 6 months and 18 days.

Lynne was born, July 2, 1938, in Amarillo, Texas, the daughter of Robert Higinbotham and Virginia Johnson Higinbotham. She graduated Valedictorian of her high school class in Venezuela where she took satellite classes from Sunburst, Montana. After graduating high school, Lynne went on to graduate from Baylor University with her Bachelor’s Degree and later her Master’s Degree from Ole Miss University. On January 28, 1960, Lynne married the love of her life, Donald Wallace in Memphis, Tennessee.

Donald and Lynne traveled the world together and enjoyed every minute of it; Lynne enjoyed collecting hundreds of odds and ends from the places they lived and visited. Lynne taught in places such as, California, Brazil, Scotland, Florida, Venezuela, Peru and Texas. She taught English to many and shared her love and generosity to all she encountered.

No matter where Lynne and Don lived, Lynne always made sure that they were involved and active in church. She was active in the Methodist church and served as choir director for the Methodist church in both Kenedy and Smithville. When she wasn’t busy teaching or traveling, Lynne found time to be
part of different local organizations. She was a member of the ZTA Sorority, the Ladies’ Auxiliary and The Red Hat Club. She was a gifted seamstress and had a very artistic side to her. She had a true heart of gold and cherished all the many people she met along the way. Lynne never met a stranger and once she was your friend; she was your friend for life.

Lynne is survived by her beloved husband of over 52 years, Don Wallace of Kenedy; her daughter, Dixie Remy and husband Jackie of Tulsa, Oklahoma; her son William “Bill” Wallace and wife Tanya of Muldoon, Texas; her grandchildren whom she cherished very much, Michelle Orsak, Rachel Collier and husband Robert, Olivia Poole, Crystal Remy, Lana Hart and husband Cody and Amy and Elizabeth Wallace. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren Sommer Skye, Titus and June Marie; her brother, Ret. Lt. Col. Lewis Higinbotham and wife Fran of Missoula, Montana; her niece and nephews and a host of many special friends she made along her journey. Mrs. Wallace is preceded in death
by her parents, Robert and Virginia Higinbotham.

A memorial service will be held, Thursday, January 24, 2013, at 1:00 P.M., in the Eckols Funeral home Chapel with Rev. Sue Huntsman officiating.

Yolanda P. Bryand

Yolanda P. Bryand, a longtime resident of Kenedy, Texas passed away, Saturday, January 19, 2013, surrounded by her family at 2:03 A.M., at her residence in Kenedy, Texas, at the age of 59 years, 10 months and 28 days.

Yolanda was born, February, 22, 1953, in, Pawnee, Texas, the daughter of Crispin Lopez Portillo and Urbana Sinfuentes Portillo.  On December 26, 1970, Yolanda married Vidal Bryand in Yorktown, Texas. After their wedding, Yolanda and Vidal moved to Houston, Texas where they spent 25 years and then in 1995 moved back to Kenedy, Texas. She was a devoted housewife and mother and loved to quilt and cook for her family. She was an active member of the Elim Pentecostal Church in Karnes City, Texas, where she shared her faith with her family.

Yolanda is survived by her beloved husband of 42 years, Vidal Bryand; her daughters, Rebecca Bryand, Yolanda Leos and husband Adan and Lisa De Los Santos and husband Pas. Anthony all of Kenedy; her son, Robert James Bryand and wife Yolanda of Houston, Texas; her nine loving grandchildren; her sister, Aurora Duenes of Austin, Texas and her brothers, Crispin Portillo and Jesse Portillo both of Houston, Texas. Mrs. Bryand is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Rosa Portillo.

Visitation will begin at 5:00 P.M., Sunday, January 20, 2013, in the Elim Pentecostal Church, Karnes City, Texas. A prayer service will begin Sunday at 7:00 P.M. Funeral services will be held, Monday, January 21, 2013, at 10:00 A.M., in the Elim Pentecostal Church with Pastor Anthony De Los Santos officiating. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Kenedy, Texas. Serving as pallbearers will be , Robert James Bryand, Robert James Bryand, Jr., Nathaniel De Los Santos, Chris Bryand, Adan Leos and Jimmy Beltran.

John Arthur Arnold

John Arthur Arnold, a longtime resident of Choate, Texas, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at 4:00 A.M., in Choate, Texas, at the age of 83 years, 7 months and 9 days.

John was born June 7, 1929 in Stafford, Texas the son of Arthur C. Arnold and Gladys Burson Arnold. Throughout his life, John held several jobs having worked as a cowboy, police officer and finally retiring as a correctional officer. John married Ana Sue Arnold. Ana preceded him in death in 1997.

John is survived by daughters, Margie Grady and husband Cletus of Choate, Texas and Patricia Pierson of Victoria, Texas; his grandson, Cody Arnold and his brothers, Fred Arnold and wife Vivone and Walter Arnold and wife Sandra both of Silverton, Texas.  Mr. Arnold is preceded in death by his parents; his son, Mike Arnold and his sister, Marion Hamilton.

Visitation will be held, Thursday, January 17, 2013, from 5:00 -7:00 P.M., in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, January 19, 2013, at First Baptist Church Silverton, Silverton, Texas, with Rev. Rance Young, officiating. Interment will follow in the Silverton Cemetery, Silverton, Texas. Serving as pallbearers will be, Poke Arnold, Max Hamilton, Bob Arnold, Todd Hamilton, John Arnold and Jay Arnold. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be, Ted Daughtry, Patrick Craig, Ronnie Leg, Stoney Lee and Seth Lee.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Nurses In Touch, 1815 Tenth Street, Floresville, Texas 78114.

Joe Homeyer

Joe Homeyer, a resident of Kenedy, Texas, passed away, Friday, January 11, 2013, at 7:47 P.M., surrounded by his loving family, at the age of 83. Joe was born on February 16, 1929 in Karnes County, TX to the late W.T. and Annie Conwan Homeyer. He served his country proudly in The US ARMY and the Korean War.  On June 19, 1955 Joe married Mary V. Baker in Kenedy, TX.  Joe was a professional Truck Driver and of the Baptist Faith.

Joe is survived by his daughter Bryna Schulze and husband Jack of Austin, Texas; his sons, Tilm Homeyer of Kenedy, Texas and Ty Homeyer and wife Jennifer of Argyle, Texas; foster daughter Frances McDonald and husband Bob of Uvalde, Texas; sister Lora Madsen of Kenedy; brother Bob Homeyer of Kenedy, TX; grandchildren Craig Schulze, David Homeyer, Halston Homeyer, Connor Homeyer, Kaelyn Homeyer; great-grandchildren Jackson Schulze and Courtney Schulze.

Joe is preceded in death by his wife Mary V. Baker, parents W.T. and Annie Conwan Homeyer and brothers Jim and Dan Homeyer.

Visitation was held, Sunday, January 13, 2012 from 3PM to 5PM at Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Services were, Monday, January 14, 2013 at 10AM at Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with Mallory Homeyer Herridge officiating.  Interment followed in the Pilgrim Cemetery, Smiley, Texas.

Serving as pallbearers will be Tilm Homeyer, Ty Homeyer, David Homeyer, Jack Schulze, Craig Schulze, Jackson Schulze, Halston Homeyer and Connor Homeyer.

Memorial contributions may be made to the South Texas Children’s Home.

Marcia Ann Hunt

Marcia Ann Hunt was born in Kenedy, Texas on June 17, 1952, to J. Truett and Ann Gibson Hunt.  She passed away on January 7, 2013 in Kenedy.

Marcia attended Kenedy Public School, The Brown School in San Marcos, and Bee County College.  She participated in programs sponsored by the Karnes Association for Limited Citizens and the Camino Real MHMR agency.

Marcia was a devoted member of First Baptist Church, Kenedy, where she assisted in the church library and sang in the choir.  She also worked at Karnes Insurance Agency and The Countywide newspaper.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 7, 2013 at First Baptist Church Kenedy, with burial following at Choate Cemetery. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers were Ron Hyde, Terry Frazier, Roy Hunt, Samantha Hunt Jennings, Amanda Hunt, Kristen Rice Jackson, Justin Rice, Heather Jo Breckenridge, Bob Meeks, John Marshall Mills, Dale Hunt, and Billy Hunt.

Marcia is survived by her father, J. Truett Hunt; brother, Truett L. Hunt, and wife, Maggie; sister, Margaret Hunt Rice, and husband, Gene; sister-in-law, Caroline Hunt; nephews, Roy, Justin and Bob; and nieces, Samantha, Amanda, Kristen and Heather Jo; as well as numerous other family members and friends.  She was preceded in death by her loving mother, Ann Gibson Hunt.

The family is grateful to her community, her church and all who nurtured Marcia through the years, and especially to Maggie Henry Hunt who provided loving care for Marcia during the latter years of her life.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Kenedy Library Fund.

Ernest Fernandez

Ernest Fernandez, a longtime resident of Lincolnton, Georgia, entered eternal rest, Saturday, January 5, 2013, at 10:45 P.M., in the Floresville Nursing and Rehab Center in Floresville, Texas, at the age of 69 years 3 months and 7 days.

Ernest was born, September 19, 1943 in Croswell, Michigan, to son of Luis Fernandez and Refugio Lamonte Fernandez.

Ernest is survived by his daughter, Angelica Maria Garcia of Marietta, Georgia; his sisters, Dora Molina of Karnes City, Texas, Mary DeLaRose of San Antonio, Texas, Connie Paz of Moreno Valley, California and Lydia Gonzales of San Antonio, Texas; and his brothers, Joe Fernandez and Richard Fernandez both of San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Fernandez is preceded in death by his parents.   

Visitation began, Monday, January 7, 2013 and a rosary was recited, Monday at 7:00 P.M., in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy, Texas. Funeral mass was celebrated at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at St. Cornelius Catholic Church, Karnes City, Texas, officiated by, Rev. Stanislaw Marciniak. Following the funeral mass, Mr. Fernandez was cremated.