Santiago Guajardo “Welo” Solis

Santiago Guajardo “Welo” Solis, of Kenedy,Texas born on July 25, 1934 in Kenedy, Texas passed away on November 7, 2019 at the age of 85. Mr. Solis was retired as a truck driver. He is preceded in death by his parents: Francisco Solis and Maria Guajardo Solis and siblings: 5 brothers and 3 sisters. Survivors include his wife, Manuela Rios Solis; son: Santiago R. (Cynthia) Solis Jr. of Kenedy,TX; daughters: Margarita “Margie” (Gregorio Jr.) Morales, and Rebecca S. (Danny) Diaz, both of Kenedy,TX; brother: Domingo Solis of Kenedy,TX; 8 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Visitation will be held Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 9:00a.m. to 9:00p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00p.m. at Eckols Chapel. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 11, 2019 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Rev. Norbert Hermann officiating with interment following in Loma Alta Cemetery. Pallbearers: James Sutton, Joe Daniel Solis, Theodore Rios, Steve Gonzales, Ruben Solis, Michael Solis. Honorary Pallbearers: Greg Morales III, Oscar Garcia Jr., Danny Diaz III, Melissa Sutton, Rachel Moses, Patricia Solis, Jackie Garcia and Christy Solis.

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Clarona “Clara” Ida Koerth Kotzur

Clarona “Clara” Ida Koerth Kotzur, Age 89 of Pettus, TX passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2019 in Karnes City, TX.   Clara was born on March 27, 1930 in Yoakum, TX to the late Fred and Leona Windmeyer Koerth.  She married Joseph “Joe” Kotzur on Feb. 10, 1951 in Karnes City, TX; retired as an accountant for K.R. Leggett Construction company in Pettus; was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and a member of The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Clara is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph “Joe” Kotzur; parents Fred and Leona Windmeyer Koerth and a brother Marlin Koerth.

Clara is survived by her daughter, Deborah Styra and husband Ferdinand of Yorktown; sons, Steve Kotzur of Berclair, Terry Wood of Lake Hills; grandson, Brett Styra of Yorktown and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Monday, November 4, 2019 from 6P.M. to 8P.M. in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 10A.M. at The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with the Rev. Wally Schievelbein officiating.  Interment will follow in the Kenedy Cemetery.

Serving as Pallbearers: Danny Koerth, Lloyd Koerth, Ray Koerth, Jerry Kotzur, Cody Kanak, Kevin Kanak, E.M. Kotzur, Jr., Kenneth Kotzur.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

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Dale St. John

Dale St. John, 81, of Kenedy, Texas died September 28, 2019 in Ozark, Arkansas. She was born on June 2, 1938 in Beeville, Texas, the daughter of the late Melvin Vaughn and Hazel Velma Bryan. She was the oldest of six siblings. In August of 1960, she married the love of her life, Clealan L. Pierce who was killed while serving in the United States Navy on January 4, 1962. She met and later married Charlie St. John on December 20, 1965 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Together they raised three wonderful children.

Dale graduated from Pan American University in 1989 with a Bachelor’s of Art Degree. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta. She received multiple awards in History and graduated with High Honors. She was an advid reader and enjoyed sharing her large collection of books with others.

Dale is survived by her daughters Carla Kuykendall and Marcie St John, both of Dallas, Texas. Her grandchildren Brittany Hall of Ft. Worth, Texas; Nicholas Hall of Eustis, Florida; Raye Ellen Wood of San Antonio, Texas;  Pricilla St. John of Karnes City, Texas; Jessica Jalufka of Allen, Texas; and Coleton and Courtney Henry of Dallas, Texas. Her great grandchildren Tristan, Emma, Cody and Sophie Chittenden of Ft. Worth, Texas; Ryder, Jagger and Harper Hartsfield of Karnes City, Texas; Kristina Wood of San Antonio, Texas; and Ryder Koop of Allen, Texas.   Siblings are Bays Bryan of Kenedy, Texas; Roy Bryan of Florence, Alabama; Richard Bryan of San Antonio, Texas; Reagan Bryan on Kenedy, Texas; and Vaughn Bryan of San Antonio, Texas.   Dale was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Kaiulani Lehua and her only son Karnes County Deputy Sheriff Rex Harrison St. John.
A graveside memorial service will be held at The Kenedy Cemetery in Kenedy, Texas on Wednesday November 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Services will be officiated by Rev. Aaron Corporon.
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Lawana K. (Potter) Hoff

Lawana K. (Potter ) Hoff, of Pettus, Texas born on February 19, 1939 to Oliver Potter and Peggy Anderson Potter passed away on Monday, October 28, 2019 at her residence at the age of 80. Mrs. Hoff is survived by her husband, Oren D. Hoff, Jr.; daughter and sons, Twila (James) Crothers, Terry Wayne(Mary) Keller, Troy Lee(Stephanie) Keller, all of West Virginia; son, Oren (Debra Lindsey) Hoff III, of Bruni, Texas; brother: Michael Potter;13 grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Visitation Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 6:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. at Eckols Chapel. Funeral services Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 3:00p.m. at Eckols Chapel. Services to conclude in chapel.

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Jess Burkett Williams

Jess Burkett Williams was born on January 21, 1946, to Lucy Williams and Jess Grady Williams, in San Antonio Texas.  Jess attended Kenedy High school and briefly went to college at Sam Houston University. He was an exceptional athlete participating in all sports, excelling in football, baseball and track.  He went to Sam Houston State and played football for one year.  Jess married his high school sweetheart Nancy Jane Klingerman in Karnes City on January 29, 1966.  Jess and Nancy moved back to Kenedy to start their family where they had two children Jess Jr and Rebecca Noel.
 Jess then began his illustrious carrier in the insurance business, a career that expanded over 40 years, his primary company was Business Men’s Insurance where he received awards year after year as the top performer.  He served on the Field Advisory Board in 1980, which is one of the company’s highest honors bestowed on an agent. He was also a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Round Table. During his career a product of his works he attended conferences all over the world, where Jess and Nancy enjoyed many good times together.  Jess was a very active member of his community, most notable activities include; the Karnes City Rotary Club, the Knights of Columbus, he was also an active member during his children’s years in school in the Badger Booster Club, even as President one year. Jess was a very active sports man where he coached and participated in slow pitch softball, with the Animals where they won numerous tournaments. He loved to hunt and fish, the family coast house was shared by many and great times were had by all.
Jess is survived by his wife, Nancy Jane Williams; son, Jess Williams Jr of Victoria; daughter, Rebecca Noel Miller (T.K.) of Karnes City; sisters, Cindy Burris (Mike) of Victoria, Elizabeth Haglestein (Ann) of San Antonio; and brothers Charlie Braun (LeAnn) of Karnes City,  Burke Braun (Julie) of Karnes City. Grandchildren, Jess Williams III of Victoria, Coleman Williams of Victoria, Ellen Williams of Victoria, Molly Miller of Karnes City and Maggie Miller of Karnes City, as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
Visitation will be held on Monday, October 28,2019 from 5:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00p.m. at Eckols Chapel. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 11:00a.m. at Eckols Chapel with interment to follow in the Kenedy Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Karnes County Humane Society or the Wounded Warrior Project. org.


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Guadalupe “Lupe” Salas, of Kenedy, TX  born on September 16, 1931 in Runge, TX to Ismael Salas and Manuela Sanchez Salas passed away on October 18, 2019 at the age of 88. Lupe was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings; and her brother-in-law, Manuel Rodriguez. She is survived by her sister: Estella Rodriguez, of Pleasanton, TX; her common-law husband, Dolores Rojas of Kenedy, TX; brother-law- Pedro Vasquez and sister-in-law: Adelfa Salas; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 25, 2019 from 1:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00p.m. at Eckols Chapel. Funeral services Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 10:00a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with interment to follow in Loma Alta Cemetery. Pallbearers: Raymond Salas, Christian Acevedo, John Acevedo, Eddie Salas, Esteban Ximenez and Justo Ximenez.

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Ida Mae Pogue

Ida Mae McIver Pogue was born to Hula Mae McIver and James D. McIver on November 1, 1935, in San Antonio, Texas. She attended Alamo Heights High School where she participated in a variety of activities, notably the Jody Drill Team. She attended Baylor University, where she met and fell in love with her future husband Gary Edwards Pogue.   Ida Mae and Gary married in San Antonio on August 6, 1955. They moved to Pawnee, Texas, where she settled into her roles as homemaker and new mom to their first daughter, Lisa.  In 1961 they moved to Kenedy, and welcomed new daughter #2, Laura.  Ida Mae quickly became an integral part of the community, immersing herself in family and church.  As if having two daughters, a husband, and a new home weren’t enough, she soon took on the role of “Second Mom”, mentor, loyal friend and confidant to her daughters’ ever-expanding circle of friends and to her many nieces and nephews.  Throughout the following years, Ida Mae’s commitment to family, church, and her husband’s growing business continued, along with her love of animals (especially dogs).  These things were the focus of her life.  After Gary’s death in 2008, Ida Mae’s life changed drastically, and her health gradually began to fail. She joined Gary in Heaven on October 15, 2019, dying in Guadalupe Regional Medical Center in Seguin.  Ida Mae is survived by her daughter Lisa Pogue Yaklin of Kenedy, daughter Laura Pogue Walters and son-in-law Keith Walters of Pleasanton, granddaughter Alexandria Walters of Los Angeles, Gary Luke Walters of Victoria, brother Lanny McIver and his wife Sandy of San Antonio, sister-in-law Dorothy Pogue of Kenedy, and countless nieces and nephews from all over.

Visitation will be held Friday, October 18, 2019 from 5PM to 8PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 11AM at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Pogue and Rev. Matt Singleton officiating.  Private Interment will follow at Sunset in the Pawnee Cemetery.

Donations and Memorials can be made to the Karnes County Humane Organization, The First Baptist Church of Kenedy, and SNIPSA.

Dear God: Grant that your servant Ida Mae, being raised by you through your Son Jesus Christ, may know the strength of his presence and rejoice in His eternal glory.  May Light Perpetual Shine

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Major Douglas Clay Waide, U.S.Army (Retired)

Douglas Clay Waide, U.S. Army (Retired), of Aransas Pass, Texas born on November 24, 1944 in San Diego, California passed away on October 8, 2019 at the age of 74 in Corpus Christi,Texas. Mr. Waide first  served in the U.S. Army (1962-66); then the U.S. Marines and was Retired from the U.S. Army as Major with over 20 years of military service. He is survived by his wife: Betty Sue (Donnell) Waide of Aransas Pass, Texas; son: Andy Waide of Texarkana,TX; brother: Doyle Waide, of Georgetown,TX; stepchildren: Mellani and Kenneth Jones, of Victoria,TX, Lynn and Karen Atkinson, Zavalla, TX and Barbara and Wayne Anderson, Calallen,TX; grandchildren: Kenny Craig, Tiffany, Megan, Alyssa, Steven, Cody, Amanda; great grandchildren: Coby , Chelsea and Greyson; and great great grandchildren: Karson and Libby; and other relatives. Visitation will be held Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 9:00a.m. with Funeral Services beginning at 11:00a.m. at Eckols Chapel with Rev. Aaron Corporon of Choate First Baptist Church officiating. Interment to follow in Choate Baptist Church Cemetery, Choate, Texas with U.S. Army Honors. Pallbearers: Kenneth Jones, Wayne Anderson, Kenny Jones, Coby Jones, Craig Jones, and Rich Duffy.

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Shawn D. Williams

On October 3rd, 2019, the Lord welcomed a new Angel. Shawn D. Williams lost his long battle with cancer on that day. Shawn is survived by his wife Lori, mother Sandy Hunt Satterfield (Jack), sons Timothy Williams and David Ames (Ferran), daughters Hannah and Stephanie (Christopher), grandchildren Bianca, Isabella and Rebekah as well as numerous other blended/extended family members.

Shawn was born on August 3, 1969 and grew up in San Antonio, After graduating from Roosevelt High School he attended both San Antonio College and the Univ of Texas @ San Antonio. When in his early twenties, he moved to the family farm in Choate, TX and pursued his life-lomg career in the construction business. He loved raising his cattle, hunting and fishing or bar-b-que-ing for family and friends.

Following in footsepts of his great-grandfather (C.B.Hunt) and grandfather (Wm. Cledy Hunt), Shawn became a Master Mason as a very young man. Through the years he served as the Master of his lodge several times and eventually pursued higher degrees in the Scottish Rite, Shrine and others. Masonry made a good man better–a better husband, better father, better son and better friend. He believed in and tried to live his life according to those principles.

Although not overly demonstrative, he had a deep and abiding faith in his Father in Heaven and in his Savior, Jesus Christ.

Shawn leaves behind a host of family and friends who will miss his kindness, silly antic and jokes, talents, friendship and fellowship. A quote from Jamie Anderson–“Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give but cannot. All of that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in our throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go.”

Visitation will be held Monday, October  7, 2019 from 3:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. at Eckols Chapel. Graveside services to be held Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 10:00a.m. at Choate Cemetery, Choate, TX. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Shrine Childrens’ Hospital or a charity of your choice to honor Shawn’s memory.

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Jose Cano, Jr.

Jose Cano, Jr, Age 69, of Kenedy, TX passed away October 3, 2019 in San Antonio, TX. Jose was born on February 1, 1950 in Karnes City, TX to the late Jose, Sr. and Lena Garza Cano.  He married Hilaria Villarreal on Jan. 5, 1972 in Kenedy.  Jose served his country proudly in the US ARMY during the Vietnam War; was a master carpenter, a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church and a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is preceded in death by his parents Jose, Sr. and Lena Garza Cano; sisters, Eva Casarez, Nora Rodriguez and a brother Romeo Cano, Sr.

He is survived by his loving wife Hilaria Villarreal Cano of Kenedy; daughters, Peggy Duenes of San Antonio, Yvette Perales and Husband Robert of Hobson, Miranda Cano of Kenedy; Son, Joe Cano III and wife Brenda of Kenedy; sisters, Nancy (Gerald) Mooney of Corpus Christi, Dora (Rudy) Saenz of Kenedy, Elma Cortez of Kenedy; brother, Roy (Lula) Cano of Kenedy, 5 grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

A Holy Rosary will be recited Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, October 7, 2019 at 10AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with the Rev. Norbert Hermann officiating. Interment will follow in the Loma Alta Cemetery with Military Honors in Kenedy,TX.

Serving As Pallbearers: Justin Saenz, Jesse Rodriguez, Jr., Romeo Cano, Jr., Johnny Cortez, Ernie Cano and Roy Cano

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