Tommie B. Riley, 90, of Arlington died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, at the Emily J. Lileg House in Burleson.
She was the mother of Shirley Kibler of Beeville.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday at Wesley United Methodist Church in Greenville, with Dr. Bob Henley and the Rev. Jerry Simmons officiating. Burial was in Forest Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Riley was born on Oct. 9, 1912, in Campbell to Thomas Andrew Barkley and Manoula Isham. She was a math teacher and principal in Dodd City prior to becoming secretary and director of First Federal Savings and Loan Association and then the director of Centennial Savings Bank in Greenville.
She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school, first in the junior high department and later an adult class. Mrs. Riley served on the administrative board, was chairman of the finance committee, member of the building committee and staff/parish relations committee.
She served as a board member at the Greenville hospital, Greenville YMCA and Greenville Cancer Association.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Paul, Guy and John B. Barkley; her sisters, Mildred Barkley Stringer and Madge Barkley Watson, and two husbands, Frank Stinson and George Riley.
Mrs. Riley is survived by her daughters and sons-in law, Sue Stinson and Jim DeShong of Arlington, Doris Riley Smith of Greenville and Shirley and Alex Kibler of Beeville; a sister and brother-in-law, Christine and Weldon Henley of Greenville; a sister-in-law, Mary Barkley of Greenville; her grandsons and their wives, David and Bland DeShong of Atlanta, Ga., Andy and Michelle DeShong of Allen, Dr. Perry and Laurie Smith of Greenville and George and Jackie Smith of Phoenix, Ariz.; her granddaughters, Suzie Smith and Todd Erickson of Greenville and Kay Smith Keeley of Paris; 13 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Tommie Riley Scholarship Fund at Greenville’s Wesley United Methodist Church.
Arrangements were handled through Coker-Mathews Funeral Home, Greenville.
Eleanor Brockman, 91, mother of Dr. John Brockman of Beeville and a resident of Rockdale since 1957, died Wednesday evening at Trinity Care Center in Brenham.
She was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church and a loyal member of the United Methodist Women. An active participant in the New Salem Home Demonstration Club, she was named “Homemaker of the Year.” She served as a Pink Lady at the hospital. She participated in many civic and church activities.
Mrs. Brockman was born in Van Zandt County, Texas, on Nov. 29, 1911, to Benjamin P. and Ira (Hilliard) Bruner. After a childhood in Providence in Smith County she moved to Mineola where she graduated from high school. She worked as a telephone operator in Mineola, a salesperson at Scarbroughs in Austin, and as a secretary for an insurance company before becoming a full-time homemaker and volunteer.
In 1936, she married Oscar M. Brockman; they were married for 53 years until Oscar’s death in 1990. Before settling down in Rockdale, they lived in Mineola, Mart and Austin. She was preceded in death by her husband, two children who were still born, two brothers, George Bruner of Terrell and Carl Bruner of Mineola, three sisters, Mary Elizabeth Bruner of Providence, Fanelle Fulcher of Gladewater and Ruth Carlisle of Mineola. She is survived by one daughter, Linda Farias, and husband Eddie of Houston and New Ulm; two sons, John Brockman and wife Martha of Beeville and Carl Brockman and wife Mary of Austin; her grandchildren, Jeff Davis of Houston, Carrie Bessey and husband Stuart of Manville, Laura Davis of Houston, Jay Davis and wife Marie of Rosenberg, and Hampton Brockman of Beeville; a great number great-grandchildren; and one sister, Florence Thompson of Grand Saline. She is also survived by many good neighbors and friends in Rockdale.
Funeral arrangements in Rockdale are pending.
Thomas Wayne Knorr, 56, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003, at his residence in Beeville following a long illness.
He was born on Dec. 31, 1946, in Chicago, Ill., to Clarence and Jewell Knorr. He served in the U.S. Navy. He went to the Great Lakes and served aboard the USS Enterprise. He was awarded several citations, including the Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea) and Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon. He had been employed for the last 10 years with WasteQuip MayFab in Beeville. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jewell Knorr.
Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Knorr of Beeville; two stepsons, Mark Boening of Beeville and Bryan Flower of England; three daughters of Beeville; a stepdaughter, Sunshine Kaye Flower of Beeville; his father and stepmother, Clarence and Florence Knorr of Westmont, Ill.; and two sisters, Barbara Baker and husband Rola of Roseburg, Ore., and Janice Knorr of Georgia.
Memorial funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 10 a.m. at the Knorr residence, 5885 Cherry Lane in Beeville.
Arrangements were handled through Roberson Funeral Home, Three Rivers.
Luciano A. Benavidez, 74, of Mathis died Monday, Feb. 3, 2003.
He was born on Jan. 7, 1929, in Bluntzer to Sebastian and Felipa Benavidez. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mathis. He worked with Engler Brothers for many years. He had been self-employed for the last 38 years. He painted many homes in the Mathis, George West, Orange Grove and Beeville areas.
Mr. Benavidez was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Benjamin Longoria and Augustin Benavidez; and one sister, Felicita Villanueva.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Refugia Benavidez; a daughter, Mary (Lupe) Galvan of Mathis; a son, Henry (Patti Jo) Benavidez of Beeville; two sisters, Elena Rodriguez of Duncanville and Luisa Sanchez of Port Lavaca; one brother, Eduardo Benavidez of Mathis; six grandchildren, Katherine and Candice Galvan, Adrianne Galvan-Garcia and Jaclyn Benavidez, all of Corpus Christi, and Benjamin and Jennifer Benavidez of Beeville; and a special niece, Eloisa Garcia of Mathis.
A rosary was recited Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Dobie Funeral Home chapel. Funeral Mass will be celebrated today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mathis, with Father Jose Salazar officiating. Interment will follow in San Patricio Cemetery.
Dobie Funeral Home, Mathis
William “Billy” Ronald Filbin, 40, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2003.
A memorial service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Galloway and Sons Funeral Home chapel, with Father Patrick Donohoe officiating. Mr. Filbin will be cremated.
He was born on April 7, 1962, in Sacramento, Calif, to William Roland Filbin and Jean Marie Filbin Styles. He served in the U.S. Navy. He married Judith Bowie on Oct. 20, 2001, in Live Oak County. He resided in Beeville and was a self-employed architect/handyman. He was also a member of the Catholic church.
Survivors include his wife, Judith Ann Filbin of Beeville; a son, Cory Goins of Colorado; two daughters, Christon Spears of Missouri and Caliann Spears of Beeville; two grandchildren, Trinity Young of Missouri and Mary Ann Goins of Colorado; a brother, Robert L. Filbin of Iowa Park; a sister, Wanda McNeil and husband Lee of George West; and two nieces, Barbara M. Scott and Lisa Ann Lacy, both of Live Oak County.
Galloway and Sons Funeral Directors
Pablo Garcia, 52, of Beeville died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, in a Corpus Christi hospital.
Visitation was held Sunday from 1 to 9 p.m. at Angelus Funeral Home in Beeville. Rosary was recited that evening at 7 o’clock at the same location. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church with Father Richard Gonzales officiating. Burial followed in Our Lady of Victory Cemetery No. 2.
Pallbearers were Clemente Aguilar, David B. Martinez, Derlin and Michael Gomez, Art Gomez III and Victor Guzman.
Mr. Garcia was born on Sept. 16, 1950, in Beeville to Ernesto and Lucia (Martinez) Garcia. He was a paper carrier for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and a member of Our Lady of Victory. He was preceded in death by his mother and his brother, Alberto M. Garcia.
He is survived by his father, Ernesto Garcia of Beeville; a niece, Florence Garcia, and a nephew, Alberto Garcia Jr., both of Yuma, Ariz.; and two aunts, Sofia and Adela Martinez, both of Beeville.
Angelus Funeral Home
Allen Reagan Sugarek, 78, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2003.
He was born on Jan. 15. 1925, in Bee County to Charles H. and Anna (Holik) Sugarek. He attended Beeville schools and Texas Tech University. He was a lifelong farmer in the Central community. He continued a Bee County farming tradition started by his grandfather in 1891, with their farm being recognized for having been in continuous agricultural production by the family for more than a century.
Mr. Sugarek was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Charles L. Sugarek.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Betty Watson Sugarek of Beeville; a daughter, Nancy Jane Sugarek of San Antonio; a brother and sister-in-law, Bruce and Dorothy Sugarek of Beeville; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Gideons International, c/o Preston Ford, 208 S. Filmore, Beeville, TX 78102, or to the charity of one’s choice.
Perry Edward Thomson, 56, of Beeville died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003, at his residence.
A memorial service was held Monday at 10 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Don Taylor officiating. Mr. Thomson was cremated.
He was born on July 29, 1946, in San Antonio to Knox and Monnie (Bowman) Thomson. He resided in Beeville and was a member of Faith Lutheran Church. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mr. Thomson was survived by his brother, Jim Thomson of Tomball; an uncle, Dewayne Bowman Sr. of Beeville; and several cousins.
Galloway and Sons Funeral Directors
Ralph Park Jr, 82, died Friday, Jan. 24, 2003.
Mr. Park attended Austin High School and lettered in all sports there. He attended the University of Texas where he played football, and was team captain under Coach D.X. Bible. He was selected honorable mention All-American, and elected to the All-Star Team in 1943.
After graduating from the university, Mr. Park was a restaurateur in Dallas, where he and his brother owned and operated the Bavarian Steakhouse. He later entered the oil and gas industry.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Park Sr., and his mother, Juanita Park.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Pulliam Park; his son and daughter-in-law, Ralph “Trey” Park III and Debra Kay Park; his daughters, Suzanne Park Dowdle and Pamela Park; his brother, Jack Park; his grandchildren; Angela Dowdle Kennedy, Brandon Bloodworth, Coy Dowdle, Page Marshall and Jaclyn, Blair and Colton Park; and six great-grandchildren.
A graveside memorial service will be held today (Saturday) at 1:30 p.m. in Briggs at the family cemetery.
Arrangements were handled through Briggs-Gamel-Wilcox Funeral Directors, Lampasas.
George Rollin Rider, 85, died in Porterville, Calif., on Monday, Jan. 13, 2003.
A resident of Lindsay, Calif., was a native of Hastings, Neb. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was a photographer on the aircraft carrier USS Kallinin Bay during the Battle of Coral Sea, which was the longest battle in naval history. He owned and operated his own hobby store. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served as personal facilities representative and handled the church newsletter. He was also a member of Sequoia Antique Bottle and Collectable Society, the National Rifle Association and a former member of the American Legion. He enjoyed collecting antique guns and growing roses.
Survivors include his wife, Orpha L. Rider of Lindsay, Calif.; a brother, Norris Rider of Beeville; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lindsay, Calif., with Bishop Kimble officiating. Interment took place at Lindsay-Strathmore Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Missionary Fund, 1400 E. Hermosa St., Lindsay, CA 93247, or to one’s favorite charity.
Arrangements were handled through Webb-Sanders Funeral Home.