Norma Jean Noah

Norma Jean Noah, of Big Wells, TX beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother went to be with the Lord on December 25, 2019. She was born on April 17, 1935 in Leona, Texas to John L. and Euodias Harris. After graduating from Karnes City High School in 1953, she attended the University of Corpus Christi where she met the love of her life, Don . She then moved to Kingsville, Texas to finish her degree at Texas A&I in 1957, with a BS in Elementary Education. She completed her Master’s Degree in 1960 in Education, History and Speech, also from Texas A&I. She taught two years in Port Aransas, TX before teaching at London Independent School District (south of Corpus Christi,TX) for the reaminder of her tenure of 35 years in the classroom of grades first thru eighth. She was a Sunday School Teacher at both Travis Baptist Church and Parkdale Baptist Church. She was a member of the Corpus Christi Beta Xi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. Mrs. Noah is preceded in death by her parents and brother and sister-in-law: John R. and Carol Harris. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Don Noah; her daughter: Shelly (David) Teichmann, Pampa, TX; son: Scott (Mimi) Noah, Sugar Hill, GA; grandchildren: Weston (Lisa) Teichmann, Houston,TX, Carlyn (Jacob) Tolleson, Dumas, TX, Grayson Noah, Dallas, TX, and Kate Noah, Sugar Hill,GA; 1 great grandson: Jaxon Teichmann; sister: Barbara (Franklin) Atkinson, Marshall, TX; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 11:00a.m. to 12:30p.m. at Second Baptist Church of Corpus Christi, Texas, 6701 S. Staples, Corpus Christi, TX 78413 and Funeral services beginning  at 1:00p.m. with Rev. Dan Moore officiating. Graveside services will be held at 4:00p.m. at Kenedy Cemetery, Kenedy, TX. Pallbearers: Weston Teichmann, Carlyn Tolleson, Grayson Noah, Kate Noah, Jacob Tolleson, Quent Harris, Gerard Harris and Eric Wylie. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either the Sam and Gwen Craig Ministries, 521 Bunte Rd. Smithville, TX 78957 or the  Good Samaritan Rescue Mission, 2105 S. Alameda, Corpus Christi, TX 78401.

Darla Mae Chandler

Darla Mae Chandler, of Hobson,TX born on September 20, 1959 in Cortez, CO to Nathan Robinson and Bonnie Johnston Robinson passed away on December 22, 2019 at the age of 60. Mrs. Chandler was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters: Jane and Sharon and brothers: Jerry and Larry Robinson and mother-in-law: Lorraine Chandler. Survivors include her husband: Edward Chandler of Hobson, TX; two sons and one daughter: Justin (Tiffany) Chandler of San Diego, CA, Vannessa Chandler of Floresville, TX, Gared Chandler of East Bernard,TX; sister: Debbie (Michael) Atkinson of Falls City, TX; brother: Kenneth Robinson of CO; best friend, Susan Lamkin and her Abbi: Abbigale Polasek; two grandchildren: Kylee and Jaelyn; In-law: John and Carmen Chandler, Richard and Karen Chandler, Greg Chandler, Billy and Terrie Chandler; Judy and Kirby Hons, Effie and Tracy Wellmann, Brenda and Steven Hons, and Bonnie Culpepper; numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Visitation hours will be held Friday, December 27, 2019 from 5:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:30p.m. at Eckols Chapel. Funeral services Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 10:00a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church with Rev. Andrew Waszczenk officiating. Interment to follow in Hobson Cemetery. Pallbearers: Steven Stolle, John Kroll, Greg Kroll, Kelly Kotzur, Josh Polasek and Wayne Hierholzer. Honorary Pallbearers will be all of her nephews.

Walter W. Hill, Jr.

Walter W. Hill, Jr. was born August 8, 1923 to Walter W. Hill, Sr. and Ruth Suffel Hill. After attending school in Karnes City, San Marcos Military Academy and Kenedy High School class of 1941, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. During World War II,he served as a crew chief on B-17s and with the 36th Heavy Bomb Squadron in England on the B-24. He was discharged in 1945 but reenlisted in 1946 and served during the Berlin Airlift. In 1948, he was awarded a direct commission as a 2nd Lt. In March 1952, he was seperated from the service and returned to Kenedy. On March 10, 1946 he married his wife, Estelle and they were blessed with three children: Sandy, Bruce and Trey. Walter and his father owned and operated Hill Motor Sales in Kenedy for 18 years before Walter began his 3rd career, received a BA Degree in Public Administration; becoming City Administrator of Kenedy and the City Manager of Schertz and of Sinton. He retired from the City of Sinton after 15 years and established his own consulting firm which provided grant services to small cities. During that time he also served as interim City Manage at Rockport, Ingleside and Kenedy and served as a director of Commercial State Bank in Sinton. He was active in community affairs wherever he happened to be and was a member of the Kenedy Rotary Club(Paul Harris Fellow), and the VFW Post #8572. He held dual membership in Sinton and Kenedy Masonic Lodge. He was a long-time member of the Methodist Church leadership and taught Sunday School for many years. After moving back to Kenedy, he was active in the Word Fellowship Church. He entered eternal rest on December 20, 2019 at the age of 96 years 4 months and 12 days and is survived by his wife of 73 years, his three children: Sandy Livingston and husband Jim, Bruce and wife Linda, Trey and wife Earleen; 9 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Visitation will be held Monday, December 30, 2019 from 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. with Funeral Services beginning at 11:00a.m. Monday at Eckols Chapel with the Rev. Walter Hill, III officiating. A Private interment will be held in the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi, Texas.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to The Word Fellowship Church : P.O. Box 201, Kenedy, TX 78119 or the First United Methodist Church in Sinton :405 W Sinton St, Sinton, TX 78387

Michael Fitzgerald Williams

Michael Fitzgerald Williams of Cuero, TX born in Memphis, TN to Francis Cianciola and Eddie Jewel Williams Shaw passed away on December 17, 2019 at the age of 52. Mr. Williams is survived by his mother: Eddie Jewel Shaw and stepfather: Little Roy Shaw; sons: Michael Sinclair Williams and Sedgrick Williams;sisters:  Wanda Shaw  Boyd, Kimberly Joy Shaw, and Terri Shaw Lennon; nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 1:00p.m. Services to conclude in chapel.

Leticia Monsivais Morin

Leticia Monsivais Morin, of Runge,TX was born on October 19, 1965 in Kenedy, TX to Juan Monsivais Jr. and Diana Caballero Monsivais passed away on December 19, 2019 at the age of 54. Ms. Monsivais is preceded in death by her brother: Juan Monsivais. She is survived by her mother: Diana Caballero Monsivais; special friend: Ovedio Garza of Runge,TX; daughters: Jessica (Carlos ) Valdez of Falls City,TX, Elizabeth Diaz of Runge,TX and Gabrielle Hernandez of Helena,TX; son: Rafael Morin of Kenedy,TX; 14 grandchildren; 14 grandchildren; sister: Vivian (Ambrosio) Caranza of Houston,TX; brothers: Stephen (Cheryl) Monsivais of Kenedy,TX, Israel (Charlee) Monsivais, of San Antonio,TX, Tony Monsivais, of Floresville,TX ; and other relatives. Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 22, 2019 from 9am to 9pm. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00p.m. at Eckols Chapel Sunday evening. Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 23, 2019 at 11:00.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Rev. Norbert Hermann officiating  with interment to follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Pallbearers: Israel Monsivais, Tony Monsivais, Ambrosio Carranza, Joshua Monsivais, Michael  Maldonado and Eric Monsivais.

Carlos Gonzales

Carlos Gonzales, of Sudan formerly of Kenedy, TX born on January 27, 1974 in Amherst, Texas to Carlos Estrada and Magalena Lazcano passed away on December 7, 2019 at the age of 45. Carlos was a Truck Driver for Texas Cooperative Producers. He is survived by his wife 23 years: Librada Sanchez Gonzales; four children: Libby Ann  Zavala, Priscilla Nicole Gonzales, Sara Lee Gonzales and Carlos Gonzales Jr., along with their husbands Hector Zavala, and Christopher Alaniz. Carlos Gonzales was also survived by his grandchildren: Raiden Zavala, Alaric Zavala, Asael Zavala, Tyson Alaniz, Penelope Alaniz and Anylah Lara. Followed by his sisters: Maria Cantu, Guadalupe Lazcano, Magdalena Lazcano, Francisca Lazcano, and JoAnn and Brothers: Martin Lazcano and Cresensio Lazcano. He is preceded in death by his grandparents: Jose F. Gonzales and Francisca Gonzales; mother: Magdalena Lazcano; sister: Rosario Gomez; nephew: Juan Ramon Gomez and granddaughter: Azalea Jade Zavala. Visitation will take place on Monday, December 16, 2019 from to 9:00p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00p.m. at Eckols Chapel. Funeral services Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 10:00a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Rev. Norbert Hermann officiating.  Interment to follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Pallbearers: Tony Salinas, Fidel Salinas, Oscar Salinas, Raul Santos, Christopher Alaniz and Hector Zavala.

Ester Rodriguez

Ester Rodriguez, age 79, of Karnes City Texas passed away on December 13, 2019 surrounded by her loving family.

Ester was born to Jose Maria Saenz and Anita Cavazos Saenz on December 5, 1940 in Beeville Texas. She married Abel Rodriguez on February 16, 1963 and they lived together in Karnes City Tx. Together they raised 4 children.

Ester was a home maker, care giver, and a seamstress. She also worked part time with both the Karnes City and Fanning School districts. She was an avid member of Smirna Pentecostal Church in Pawnee, Texas.

She was preceded in death by parents Jose Maria & Anita Saenz. Husband Abel Rodriguez, granddaughter Teagan Grace Rodriguez, Sister Angelita Sauceda and nephew Jeremy Saenz.

Ester leaves her children Noel (Sonja) Rodriguez of Three Rivers,Tx, Oralia Urrutia (Tony Cruz) of Kenedy, Tx, Enrique Rodriguez of Normanna, Tx and Edward (Jennifer) Rodriguez of Kenedy Tx.

She also leaves to cherish her memory 4 grandchildren. Ashley White of Karnes City, Tx, Eric Rodriguez of San Antonio, Tx, Korie Rodriguez of San Antonio, Tx and Hailey Rodriguez of Kenedy, Tx along with 2 great grandchildren Amariah White of Karnes City, Tx and Roger Gill of San Antonio, Tx.

Ester is also survived by her siblings Alberto (late Petra Prieto) Saenz, Sylvia (Chuck Nations), Rosa Winn, Arnold (Maria) Saenz, Santiago Saenz, Raul Saenz, George (Vicki) Saenz, Carlos Saenz  along with a host of nieces, nephews, & cousins.

Visitation will be December 17, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm followed by aPrayer services at EcKols Funeral Home. Funeral Services are to be held at Smirna Pentecostal Church in Pawnee Tx on December 18, 2019 @ 10 am. Burial to follow at New Bremen Cemetery in Lenz Tx.

Adam DelaGarza Jr.

Adam DelaGarza, Jr. of Kenedy, Texas born on March 7, 1958 in Karnes City, Texas passed away on December 8, 2019 at the age of 61. Adam is preceded in death by his father Adam C. Delagarza Sr. Survivors include his mother: Juanita Garza Delagarza; sisters: Gracie Stewart of Three Rivers, TX and her daughter Vanessa Stewart and Nancy (Alexander) Strilka, Three Rivers, TX and daugthers: Kayla Strilka, Larissa Strilka, Lindsey Strilka; and other relatives. Visitation Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 5:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00p.m. at Eckols Chapel. Funeral services Friday, December 13, 2019 at 10:00a.m. at St. Cornelius Catholic Church with interment to follow in New Bremen Cemetery. Pallbearers: Carlos Gutierrez, Domingo Villanueva, Alex Strilka, Pat Pastore, Steven Molina and Jason Garza.

Dorothy Rayburn

Dorothy Agnes (Scott) Rayburn, 92, of Beeville, Texas went to her heavenly home on December 9, 2019.  Dorothy was born in the Green Community, Karnes County on September 8, 1927 to Lon Walker and Lou Ella (Vaughan) Scott. Dorothy married Charles Norman Rayburn on January 17, 1948 in Kenedy, Texas.  Charles & Dorothy made their home in Kenedy, Texas where they raised their three children.  Dorothy was employed as a teller at the First Nichols National Bank of Kenedy after graduation. After starting a family Dorothy was a devoted homemaker.  Dorothy had other business pursuits that included Circle N. Grocery and cosmetic sales.  Dorothy was a director of the Kenedy Chamber of Commerce and an active member of the Kenedy First Baptist Church.  Dorothy loved having family gatherings in her home.  Dorothy was proceeded in death by her parents, Lon & Lou Ella Scott, her husband Charles N. Rayburn, two brothers, Vaughan D. (Kathleen) Scott and Leonard W. (Bonnie) Scott, two sisters, Winnie Ruth (Bernard) Olson, and Louise (Gordon) Johnson.  She is survived by her children and their spouses, Cheryl Ann (David) Dollase, Beeville, Texas, Dorothy Jean (Brad) Yeater, Kenedy, Texas and Charles Norman –“Chip” Trina Rayburn, Jr., La Grange, Texas. Grandchildren: David Jason Dollase, Kansas City, Mo., Dori Allison Yeater, Austin, Texas Kelsey Nicole Yeater, Austin, Texas, Chase (Shelby) Rayburn, Cypress, Texas, and Matthew Scott Rayburn, Galveston, Texas.  Great grandchildren: Cade Walker Dollase, Reid Parker Dollase, Charlee Nicole Rayburn & Jenna Kay Rayburn, Niece Sue Thiele and many other loving nieces and nephews and a vast array of friends.

Services will be held at the Eckols Funeral Home, 420 West Live Oak Street, Kenedy, Texas Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:00 PM on December 11, 2019. The funeral will be at 10:00AM on December 12, 2019 with interment in the Kenedy Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Chase Rayburn, Danny Scott, Doug Olson, Gary Thiele, Phillip Stewart and Tom Dybowski, honorary pallbearer Michael Scott.

The family would like to thank her caregivers who have been so helpful in providing care and attending to Dorothy. Anysia Gomez and all the staff of Gramman Assisted Living. Caregivers Anita Garcia, Mary Jane Medellin, Catarina Gomez, Celia Segovia, Olga Castaneda, Claudia Gilmore, Rubi Gomez, Marissa Puente, Irene Dominguez, Misty Govella, Elsa Munoz, Mae & Tara with Exclusive and Jeanette with Hospice.


In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Kenedy First Baptist Church and the South Texas Children’s Home.

Beatrice Cruz

Beatrice Cruz, of San Antonio, TX was born on April 5, 1956 in Goliad, Texas passed away suddenly on December 5, 2019 at the age of 63. Bea was a Licensed Vocational Nurse for Encompass Home Healthcare. She is preceded in death by her mother, Creselda Garcia Rodriguez, brother: John Albert Rodriguez and father, Juan Rodriguez. She is survived by her boyfriend: Willie Esquivel, of San Antonio,TX; daughters: Christina (Joe) Benavides, of Kenedy, TX and Cassandra (Jared) Fossler of Converse, TX and their father, Trinidad G. (Rita) Cruz; 5 Grandchildren: Jesse Joe (Marina) Benavides, Justine Taylor Benavides, Iris Jade Ramirez, Kara Paige Fossler, Kagen Lee Fossler; great grandchildren: Mila Margaret Benavides, Emma Sade Benavides; brothers: Mario Rodriguez, Richard Rodriguez, and Joe Rodriguez; step-mother: Pam Rodriguez; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Visitation will be held from 5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Kenedy  with a Celebration of Life starting at 7:00p.m. led by family. Reception to follow in Fellowship Hall.