Travis Cole Grayson

Travis Cole Grayson passed away peacefully on November 27, 2023 surrounded by his mom, brother and home health nurse Kristy.  He was born in Victoria, TX November 23, 1996 to Shelley Grayson.  Travis was a true miracle; he lived a life longer that was given.  Travis had a smile that would brighten up the room and was loved by so many. Travis was really loved by his beloved “Mom-Mom” who I know welcomed him with open arms and dancing and playing in heaven.  Travis is now healthy and whole and at peace.  He will be missed.

Travis is survived by his mom, Shelley Grayson of Beeville; brother, Logan Fregoso of Beeville; Step-Grandpa (Papa), Gene Donnell of Choate; Uncle, Shane Grayson and Wife Shannon of Choate; aunt, Susan Donnell of Kenedy, many cousins, great-aunts and great-uncles.

Travis is preceded in death by his “mom-mom” Donna Bagwell; grandpa, Robert Gary Grayson; great-grandparents, John and Faye Bagwell, Bob and Annie Fay Grayson; aunt, Stephanie Donnell and a cousin Casey Walker.

Visitation will be held Thursday, November 30, 2023 from 6PM to 8PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Services will be Friday, December 1, 2023 at 11AM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ricky Bagwell officiating.  Interment will follow in the Choate Cemetery in Choate, TX. 

Serving as Pallbearers: Shane Grayson, Christian Grayson, John Grayson, Garett Grayson, Adam Reyes and Clinton Bagwell.

In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Driscoll Children’s Hospital, 3533 S. Alameda St., Corpus Christi, TX 78411.

We the Family would like to thank his home health nurses through the years that have worked and helped take care of Travis.  We would also like to thank Restorative Home Health for their service.  The nurses who worked with him will always have a special place in our hearts and will always be FAMILY.  Thank you to everyone

Maria G. Gonzales

Maria G. Gonzales, Age 77 of Coy City passed away surrounded by her loving family on November 26, 2023.  Maria was born on October 28, 1946 in Tilden, TX to the late Dolores and Desideria “Chalella” Serrate Garcia.  She married Pedro Gonzales in 1969 in Karnes City, TX; was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, a devout member of St. Cornelius Catholic Church and touched many lives of the children of Roger E. Sides Elementary and the Karnes City High School working in the cafeteria before her retirement.

She is preceded in death by her parents Dolores and Desideria “Chalella” Serrate Garcia, a son Jesus Gonzales; sisters, Lupe Almendarez and Lena Huerta.

She is survived by her loving husband, Pedro Gonzales of Coy City; sons, Pedro Gonzales, Jr. and wife Jo Ann of Kenedy, Samuel Gonzales, Sr. and wife Jo Lynn of Kenedy; sister, Angie Martinez of Christine; brothers, Felipe Garcia and Armando Garcia of Tilden; 5 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and a host of family members and dear friends.

A Holy Rosary will be recited Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home chapel.  Funeral Mass will be Celebrated Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 10:30 A.M. at St Cornelius Catholic Church in Karnes City, TX.  Interment will follow in the New Bremen Cemetery in New Bremen, TX.

Serving as Pallbearers: Pedro Gonzales, Jr., Samuel Gonzales, Sr., Samuel Gonzales, Jr., Cash Gonzales, Abel Gonzales and Daniel Fuentes.

Santos Gonzales Rodriguez

Santos Gonzales Rodriguez, Age 86 of Kenedy, TX passed away on Friday, November 24, 2023.  Santos was born on July 5, 1937 to the late Gregorio and Maria Elva Villarreal Gonzales.  She married Dolores V. Rodriguez on August 28, 1954 in Karnes City, TX was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother and a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dolores V. Rodriguez; parents, Gregorio and Maria Elva Villarreal Gonzales; daughters, Julia Alvarado, Isabel Salas; sisters, Olivia Carranzo, Margaret Cruz; brothers, Bernabe Gonzales and Venancio Gonzales.

She is survived by her daughters, Mary Salas of Kenedy, Rachel Rodriguez of Richmond, Angie Hernandez of Sugarland; sons, Joe Luis Rodriguez of Kenedy, Guadalupe Rodriguez of Kenedy, Dolores Rodriguez, Jr. of Lubbock, Oscar Rodriguez of Richmond, George Rodriguez of Needville; sisters, Elena Rocha of Three Rivers, Elvira Chavez of Coy City; brothers, Pete Gonzales of Coy City, Carlos Gonzales of Coy City, Rosendo Gonzales of Coy City, Gregorio Gonzales, Jr. of Pawnee 26 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

A Holy Rosary will be recited Monday, November 27, 2023 at 7:00 PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with the Rev. Robert Pohl and Deacon Guadalupe Cantu officiating.  Interment will follow in the Loma Alta Cemetery in Kenedy, TX.

Serving as Pallbearers: Oscar Rodriguez, George Rodriguez, Dolores Rodriguez, Jr., Gregorio Gonzales, Jr., Pete Gonzales and Carlos Gonzales.

Ruben Olivan Rodriguez

Ruben Olivan Rodriguez passed away in his home on Saturday, November 18, 2023 peacefully, surrounded by family at the age of 88.  He was born on March 25, 1935 to Epifanio and Elvira Rodriguez.  He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Carolina Escobedo Rodriguez, sister, Jovita Mendoza, sons and daughter, Ruben Rodriguez, Jr., Robyn (Joel) Saenz, William Rodriguez, five grandchildren, Jackie (John) Tollackson, Ryan Rodriguez, Katie Saenz, Dina Rodriguez, and Hannah Rodriguez, four great-grandchildren, Weston, Levi, Henry and Lila Tollackson.

Family Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 21, 2023 from 5PM to 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Graveside Services will be Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at 10AM in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Cemetery in Pawnee, TX.


     Mary Louise Ziegler Pullin passed away November 8, 2023 at the age of 89.  She was born on November 17, 1933 to Louis and Helen Shedden Ziegler. 

     Mary Louise attended school at the Camp Ranch school in Floresville before being transferred to Floresville High School, where she graduated in 1950.

     She married Roy Pullin of Kenedy on January 13, 1951 and they moved to Ft. Hood where he was stationed.  After his discharge, they returned to Kenedy to begin life after the Army.  They were blessed with four children:  Dixie (Bobby) Mutz of Falls City; Russell (Andrea) Pullin of Midland; Stanley Pullin of Floresville; and Dr. Clayton (JoLynn) Pullin of Helotes.  Six grandchildren:  Nathan Mutz; Aaron (Jeanne) Pullin; Cash (Avery) Pullin; Savannah (Robert) Denison; Emily Pullin and Logan Pullin.  Eight great-grandchildren:  Mattie, Mikaylee and Mella Mutz; Lena, Toby, and Mary Emma Pullin; Henry and Scout Pullin.  She also leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

     Mary Louise and Roy owned and operated their own custom processing business from 1977 until 2003.  They enjoyed all of their customers and made many friends during those years.  Afterward, Mary Louise went to work at the Karnes County Thrift Center and loved her job up until she suffered a stroke in November 2014.

     Mary Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; her parents; brother, Robert Ziegler; and grandson, Sgt. Mitchel Mutz. 

     Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 13 at Eckols Funeral Home in Kenedy.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church In Kenedy, with Pastor Wally Schievelbein officiating.  Burial will follow at the Kenedy Cemetery.  Pallbearers include grandsons, Nathan Mutz, Aaron Pullin, Cash Pullin, and Logan Pullin, along with Donald Walston and Robert Denison.

     In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, or to the public library of your choice.

     The family would like to thank the staff, nurses, and aides of the Floresville Residence and Rehab Center where Mary Louise received professional care for the nine years that she resided there. Sincere appreciation goes to the Guadalupe Regional Hospice Services for their help and guidance during a difficult time.   Many thanks to Pastor Wally and the members of her church family at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.  You are all much appreciated.

Linda June Karl Jimerson

Life Reflections

Linda June Karl Jimerson, age 75, passed peacefully into the arms of her loving Savior, Jesus Christ, on November 6, 2023. Linda was born June 25, 1948 in Yoakum, Texas to her adoring parents, Raymond and Audrey (Fitch) Karl. She grew up in rural Lolita, Texas surrounded by her family. In her early years, she learned the importance of faith, family, rabbit, squirrel, deer and fried frog legs.

While a senior in high school, Linda met the love of her life, Tommy Jimerson (who was then a Sophomore at Texas A&I). Linda was dutifully taking notes in her future brother-in-law’s Shorthand class, when she first saw her soon-to-be husband. Linda graduated from Industrial High School and then continued her education at Texas A&I Kingsville.

Linda and Tommy married on October 10, 1966 in Reynosa. The two began their life together in Kingsville, in their first home – an 18 foot camper trailer. On their wedding day, Linda wore a beautiful Jackie Kennedy inspired dress suit that she spoke of quite often and elegantly wears this very day. College friends of the newlyweds gifted them with an extravagant dinnerware set, sheepishly collected from the A&I Baugh Hall Cafeteria. Linda’s GPA at A&I was always superior to Tommy’s, even though he claims to have made better grades – his only downfall was not sitting on the front row sporting a mini skirt.

Years passed and after a few stops along the way, Linda and Tommy built their family home in Choate, Texas during the summer of 1979. Linda worked unselfishly, both within and outside of the home…sowing seeds of fruitfulness.

Together, Linda and Tommy were active members of the Choate Baptist Church, where Linda served as Treasurer for many years. Linda enjoyed serving the children of the community, especially during the annual Christmas Caroling Hayride – where she made certain there was enough hot cocoa and Halepaskas’ cookies for everyone.

Linda loved fiercely. She received the title “Big Mama” when she first became a grandmother, but was adamant to never be referred to as “Great Big Mama” by any future great-grandchildren. Today, very few people call her anything other than Big Mama.

To her children, she was never a “helicopter mom” – she allowed them to succeed or fail on their own. Although, she did tend to always support her kids and grandkids at sporting events…she would bring the “nuke”. She preferred the B-52 Bomber approach when disagreeing with a call……RUMOR has it she followed an official into the locker room after a basketball game to inform him of his – BAD calls.

When her children failed to live up to certain expectations, they knew they were in “real” trouble when she bit her tongue, a gesture many Karl’s are notorious for. They were told to prepare themselves for a butt-whippin’ – so they added several layers of clothing and waited impatiently for their dad to come home. However, most of the time the discipline was forgotten after she was made to see the humor of the situation.

Fighting wasn’t tolerated in her house. Once, she separated Jay and Ricky with a broom diffusing a slight altercation. In compliance with her brothers’ speculation – Taunja was the one child who could do no wrong. An example being when one of her older brothers made a very athletic move dodging a large marble thrown their way, by six-year-old Taunja, shattering a glass plated oven door…the two boys got the blame.

There was never a school day without a hot breakfast to send the kids on their way or an evening without a full course meal, even after late night sporting events and barn chores. When grandkids came along, the same was true, only with added extras. Typically brownies, or whatever else their hearts desired. Cooking was part of her purpose, she loved preparing large family meals and seldom allowed others in her kitchen – making sure that all of the goodness was prepared exactly as it should be. A few signature dishes included Chicken Rotel, Chocolate Pie, Coca-Cola Cake and Taco Soup. To add, her tea was the envy of every respectable church lady. Her motto was….Live well, Laugh Often, Love Much, and…that Happiness adds and Multiplies as we Divide it with Others.

Linda June (AKA Big Mama) was a fierce competitor. She played basketball in high school, ran track and won her first 400 yard dash as a Freshman at Texas A&I. Tennis was another favorite sport, everyone wanted to be her doubles partner at family reunions – of course, she was selective. Table games were also in her wheelhouse. The sound of cards shuffling was heard by her children on several date nights – she would play solitaire at the dining room table until the “date” called it a “night”. She never turned down the opportunity to demonstrate her 42 skills and without exception, always knew her opponents’ hands.

Her competitiveness was often seen, or some may say heard, from the bleachers – whether it be at a stock show or sporting event. The best seats were a priority – she would always tell Tommy that she would “Save a Spot” for him. Many times that spot would be filled by someone who didn’t mind the occasional resounding disagreement when the judge, umpire or referee “Got it Wrong”.

Although not really known to utter foul language (less the somewhat frequent “Oh Bull Sh…t” retort) – she became infamous amongst family and friends for shouting “Oh Sh…t” while sliding down a few red- carpeted stairs on her rear end at an Elvis concert in Vegas, and in the process breaking a high heel. With the intent to entice – Tommy frequented the re-telling of the incident. Linda didn’t let him win, she always ended the story reminiscing over Elvis splitting his tight, white pants while on stage.

Linda was an adamant giver. Credit was never taken or even desired to be taken. She loved her immediate and extended family unconditionally and gave all that she could even when she couldn’t.

Just prior to the Heavenly journey into her Eternal Home, Tommy reminded Linda to “Save him a Spot”…those words will resound in his heart until our Heavenly Father reaches for his hand and joins it with her’s once again.

The following is a “Collection of Attitudes”, in reference to the Parable of the Good Samaritan, taken from Big Mama’s Bible that was given to her by Tommy on December 24, 1996:

Luke 10:25-37

*To the expert in the law, the wounded man was a subject to discuss.

*To the robbers, the wounded man was someone to use and exploit.

*To the religious men, the wounded man was a problem to be avoided.

*To the innkeeper, the wounded man was a customer to serve for a fee.

*To the Samaritan, the wounded man was a human being worth being cared for and loved.

*To Jesus, all of them and all of us are…worth dying for.

“Love your neighbor as yourself”… to everyone who was privileged the opportunity to know her – Big Mama was and will eternally be the Loving Neighbor.

Linda is preceded in death by her father, Raymond Karl; mother, Audrey Karl; father-in-law, Wiley Jimerson and mother-in-law Delsie Jimerson.

Left to cherish her memory is her Steadfast Husband of over 57 years, Tommy Jimerson of Choate; Siblings: Patsy Jones and husband Jerome of Hull; Sue Karl of Sweet Home; Larry Karl of Port LaVaca; and Dennis Karl and wife Dee of LaWard; Her Children: Jay Jimerson and wife Ellie of George West, Ricky Jimerson and wife Lisa of Falls City, Taunja Schroeder and husband Tommy of Choate; Her Grandchildren: Ty Jimerson and wife Tori of Weesatche, Wade Jimerson and wife Karley of New Braunfels, Kate Hussey and husband Will of George West, Luke Jimerson and wife Kelli of Cibolo, Zach Jimerson of New Braunfels, Gabe Jimerson and wife Lexa of New Braunfels, Hannah Jimerson of San Antonio, Trayle Schroeder of College Station, Trew Schroeder of College Station, Taije Schroeder of College Station and Trak Schroeder of Choate; Her Great-Grandchildren: Thomas Jimerson of Weesatche, Eli Jimerson of Weesatche, Wren Rose Jimerson of New Braunfels and Weston Jimerson (who is scheduled to make his earthly debut at the end of the month) – as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Family Visitation will be held Friday, November 10, 2023 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Services will be Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 2;00 p.m in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Irving oficiating. Interment will follow at the Choate Cemetery. Afterwards please join the family at the Choate Baptist Church Feloowship Center for food, friends and fellowship.

Angelita Davila Amador

Angelita Davila Amador, Age 67 of Kenedy, TX passed away on November 2, 2023 at home surrounded by her loving family.  Angelita was born on December 31, 1955 in Karnes City, TX to the late Frank and Teresa Rodriguez Davila.  She married Alfredo G. Amador on November 13, 1982 in Kenedy; was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother retired from K.I.S.D and was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

She is preceded inn death by her parents, Frank and Teresa Rodriguez Davila; sister, Aurora Gonzales; brother, Angel Davila; brother-in-law’s,  Matias Gonzales and Ramon Rodriguez.

She is survived by her loving husband, Alfredo G. Amador of Kenedy; children, Anna Lisa Amador of Kenedy, Audrey Helen Amador of Skidmore, Angelita Theresa Amador of Kenedy, Aurora Nicole Amador Varra of Beeville, Anthony O’Brian Amador of Kenedy, Alvin Andrew Amador of Beeville, Albert Theodore Amador of Skidmore; sisters, Nicolasa Rodriguez of Kenedy, Connie Sotelo of Temple, 17 Grandchildren, 7 Step-grandchildren, 2 Great-Grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

A Holy Rosary will be recited Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral mass will be celebrated Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 10AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with the Rev. Robert Ploch officiating. 

Everly Ann Lopez

Everly Ann Lopez, Age 2 of San Antonio, TX passed away on October 31, 2023 in San Antonio, TX.  Everly was born on September 15, 2021 in San Antonio to James Anthony, Sr. and Elisa Sanchez Lopez.  Everly an angel with a smile that would captivate your heart was a loving daughter, sister and of the Catholic Faith.

Everly is preceded in death by her brother John Erik Lopez.

Everly is survived by her parents, James Anthony, Sr. and Elisa Sanchez Lopez of San Antonio; brother, James Anthony Lopez, Jr., of San Antonio; Maternal Grandparents, Regino and Sylvia Sanchez of Runge; Paternal Grandparents Johnnie E. Lopez, Sr. of Kenedy and Diana Ochoa of Montgomery and a host of family members.

A Holy Rosary will be recited Monday, November 6, 2023 at 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at 10AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with the Rev. Robert Ploch officiating.  Interment will follow in the Runge Latin Cemetery in Runge, TX.

Serving as Pallbearers: Johnnie E. Lopez, Sr., Regino Sanchez, Johnnie E. Lopez, Jr. and Raymond Fanning.

Honorary Pallbearers: Eddie Alvarez, Makayla Segovia and Erik Alvarez.