Bailey Ray Atkinson

Bailey Ray AtkinsonBailey Ray Atkinson age 69 of Kenedy passed away July 23, 2015.  Bailey was born in Kenedy Oct. 9, 1945 to Bailey F. & Sybil Radicke Atkinson.  Bailey worked as a Lab tech for Ashland for 45 years, and was a rancher.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church.Bailey is survived by his Mother Sybil Atkinson, wife Norma Remmers Atkinson of Kenedy, daughters Vicki (Sean) Noble of San Marcos, CA, Lisa (Tom) Devine of Stafford, VA, son Scott (Lisa) Atkinson of Kenedy, Sisters Beverly Castle of San Antonio, Becky Spahn of Karnes City, Brenda Wymer of San Antonio, 10 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his father, sister Candace Novak, brother Jimmy Atkinson, and great-grandson J.D. Ferron.  A visitation will be held Sunday, July 26th. From 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Eckols Chapel.  Funeral services will be held Monday July 27th. At 10:30 AM at the Eckols Chapel with T.J. Burris officiating.  Interment will follow in the Kenedy Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Nurses in Touch, South Texas Children Home, or to the First Baptist Church in Kenedy.

Ruben Paul Oehlke

Ruben Oehlke Obit PicRuben Paul Oehlke, 84 of Kenedy, TX passed away Monday, July 13, 2015 at his home in Kenedy.  He was born on May 14, 1931 in Goliad County, TX to the late Gus and Ella Goehring Oehlke.  He married Vernell Joyce Volkmer on December 30, 1955 in Schroeder, TX.  He held various positions while working for United Gas Pipeline Co. before retiring after 39 years of service. After retiring he enjoyed his days working on his ranch and tending to his cattle.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Darwin Oehlke, sister-in-law, Laverda Oehlke and brother-in-law, William Volkmer.

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Vernell Oehlke; daughters, Glenda Arnold (Jeffrey) of Sugar Land, Shirley Bleidt (Barry) of Tamarac, Florida and son, Vernon Oehlke (Tammy) of La Grange; grandchildren, Brooke Oehlke (Chris Pochron), Ryan Ermis (Sarah), Cody Arnold, Justin Oehlke (Amber), Courtney Arnold, Jackie Gilley (Tommy) and Brittany Bleidt; great-granddaughters Emma Bleidt and Carlie Pochron; brothers, Alton Oehlke (Sarah), Gaylon Oehlke (Kathy) and a sister-in-law Barbara Volkmer.

Pallbearers will be Ryan Ermis, Cody Arnold, Justin Oehlke, Chris Pochron, Tommy Gilley, Harlan Oehlke, Stanley Oehlke, Brandon Oehlke and Brad Volkmer.

The family would like to extend their thanks to Oscar Briones, Comfort Keepers, Accolade Hospice and special friend and honorary pallbearer, Dr. Larry Riedel.

Family Visitation will be held Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel in Kenedy, TX.  Services will be Friday, July 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Randy Bruno officiating.  Interment will follow in the Kenedy Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Runge, the American Heart Association or the American Kidney Foundation.

William Edward “Bill” Allen

William Edward “Bill” Allen, 72 of Pawnee, TX and Aransas Pass, TX passed away Saturday, July 10, 2015 in Corpus Christi, TX.  Bill was born on March 27, 1943 in Corpus Christi to the late Ned M. and Faye McCarn Allen.  On October 15, 1965 he married the love of his life Nancy Pogue in the Church of Christ of Aransas Pass, TX.  Upon receiving his Bachelors of Science degree in Electronics Technology from Del Mar Tech in 1966 he was offered a position as a geophysicist for the Humble Oil & Ref. Co.  The pay rate of $550.00 a month was more enticing to the young couple than the title.  Bill traveled worldwide working for Exxon for 25 years, and later worked for Vanco Exploration and TGS Geophysical from  which he retired and became an independent contractor once again working for Exxon. In 2005 Bill retired to the Allen Family Ranch in Pawnee.  He was a lifetime member of the NRA, a member of the Texas State Rifle Association, a USO South Texas Ambassador, an Honorary Admiral of the US Navy under Governor  George W. Bush, member of the Society of Exploration of Geophysicist and most recently Secretary for the Bee County Appraisal Review Committee and the Secretary and Historian for the Pawnee Cemetery Association.   He has left a circle of friends around the world in the oil and gas industry and the U. S. Military. He will be greatly missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents Ned. M and Faye McCarn Allen and his in-laws Herbert “Red” and Luna May Duckworth Pogue.

He is survived by his loving wife Nancy Pogue Allen;  daughter, Renee Allen Powell;  son,  Jeffrey Edward Allen and wife Nancy;  sister, Patricia Allen; grandchildren, Ariane Powell, Taylor Allen, Shelby Allen, Mackenzie Allen, and Riley Allen.

Family Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 15, 2015 from 5PM to 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Services will be Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 10AM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel in Kenedy and a later Service will be held Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 4PM at the Church of Christ in Aransas Pass, TX.  Interment will follow in the Prairie View Cemetery in Aransas Pass, TX.

In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the USO of South Texas P.O. Box 7, CC, TX 78403, the Pawnee Cemetery Association or the Pawnee Volunteer Fire Department.


Marvin D. Kinnamon

Marvin KinnamonMarvin D. “Pop” Kinnamon, Age 57 of Pettus, TX passed away on June 25, 2015 in San Antonio, TX.  He was born on September 17, 1957 in Irving, TX to Murlin and Ruth Daniels Kinnamon.  He was a farm and ranch manager for the South Texas Children’s Home and a member of First Baptist Church in Kenedy.

He is preceded in death by his mother Ruth Daniels Kinnamon.

He is survived by his Loving wife Patricia Ann Kinnamon of Pettus; sons, Justin D. Kinnamon and wife Amanda Elaine of New Braunfels, Jake Kinnamon of Corpus Christi; father, Murlin E. Kinnamon of Jacksonville; sister, Barbara K. Hardy of La Porte; brother, Randy M. Kinnamon of Mansfield; grandchildren, Tyler, Elaine  and Landry of New Braunfels  and was “Pop” to many more sons through his years of being a house parent for the South Texas Children’s Home.

A Memorial Service will be Held Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 2PM at The First Baptist Church in Kenedy, TX.

Dorothy Atkinson Kolinek


Dot. A. Kol.Dorothy Atkinson Kolinek went to be with her Lord and Savior June 28,2015.
She was born April 2, 1927, to W. H. And Leta Youngblood Atkinson in Kenedy, Texas. She
graduated from her beloved Baylor University in 1947, and married the love of her life, H. J.
Kolinek, Jr. September 6, 1947.

Dorothy was a loyal and faithful member of the First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday
school for over 30 years and sang in the choir. Her passions included spending time with family
and friends and attending church. In addition she was an excellent seamstress and a member of the progressive study club.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and is survived by her loving family including her
husband, H. J., daughter Marsha Duniven and son-in-law Dennis, granddaughter Crista Kuhn andher husband Ben and granddaughter Cara Duniven.

At the family’s request in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dorothy Atkinson and
Marsha Kolinek Duniven Endowed Scholarship Fund of Baylor University, One Bear Place
#97026 Waco, Texas 76798-7026 or to the “Renovation Fund” of First Baptist Church, 209 E.
School St, Kenedy, Texas 78119 or Donor’s Choice.

Family Visitation will be held June 30, 2015 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Services will be held July 1, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Matt Singleton and Rev. Tim Williams officiating. Interment will follow in the Kenedy Cemetery.
Serving as Pallbearers will be Kerwin Kolinek, Ron Hyde, Jim Fox, Tobe Ricks, Billy Morris, and Richard Robinson.

Ann Ladean Willoughby Sowell

Ann Ladean Willoughby Sowell, 54, of Kenedy, formerly of Refugio, passed away Friday, July 3, 2015 peacefully in her home with family beside her.  Ann was born on September 19, 1960 in Robstown, TX to the late Seal Eugene Willoughby and Frances Ann Cabe.  She was a homemaker, loving wife, mother and grandmother.  On March 21, 1981 she married Vint K. “Sonny” Sowell in Refugio, TX.

She is preceded in death by her father, Seal Eugene Willoughby; mother, Frances Ann Cabe.

She is survived by her husband Vint K. “Sonny” Sowell of Kenedy, daughter Haylee Ann Sowell of Karnes City, sons, Vincent Kenneth Sowell and wife Heather of New Braunfels, Derrick Seal Sowell, wife Laura and grandson, Truett Sowell of Spring Branch.

The family would like to express their appreciation to everyone who called, visited, and helped throughout the last few months.   She will always be loved and her legacy will live on through all of us.

An extended thank you to:  Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital, Dr. Rayford Mitchell, Accolade Hospice, and Kenedy HEB Pharmacy.

A Graveside Service to celebrate her life will be held Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 10AM in the Choate Cemetery with the Rev. Walter Hill, III officiating.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Choate Baptist Church Cemetery Trust.