Obituaries

Thu
27
Dec

Verna Mae Henderson

Verna Mae Henderson, 95, of Bryan and formerly of Ben Arnold, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in a Bryan nursing facility. 

Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron with Gary Tatum officiating. Burial will be at a later time at the Ben Arnold Cemetery in Ben Arnold.

Mrs. Henderson was born on Sept. 25, 1923, in Ben Arnold to Ed and Tonie (Trojan) Dahse. She retired as Postmistress of the Ben Arnold Post Office.  She married Reese Henderson on April 1, 1989, and he preceded her in death on November 15, 1996. 

She is survived by a cousin.

Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home of Cameron is in charge of arrangements.

Thu
27
Dec

Martha Rhea Patterson

Martha Rhea Patterson, 74, of Cameron died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, at her home.  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, at Cameron Grove Baptist Church with Pastor Leslie Dunn officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation and viewing will be Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home.

Mrs. Patterson, a homemaker, was born March 28, 1944, in Cameron to Shirley Spells and Annie Lee Young Spells. She graduated from O. J. Thomas High School. She married Jerry Patterson Sr. on Sept. 18, 1963. She had worked for many years in the Cameron ISD. 

She is survived by: her husband of 55 years, Jerry Patterson of Cameron; daughters, Dinah Anderson of Katy, Regina Waters of Houston, and Sharon Patterson of Houston; son, Jerry Patterson Jr. of Cameron; brothers, Solomon Douglas Spells of Fort Worth, Aaron Spells of Cameron, and Thomas Edward Spells of Cameron; and six grandchildren.

Fri
21
Dec

Elmo “Candy” Petty

Elmo “Candy” Petty, 82, of Temple, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, in a Temple rehab center. 

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at Lights Chapel Baptist Church in Cameron.  Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Candy, a retired school bus driver, was born March 17, 1936, in Jones Prairie to Luthell and Delores (Petty) Dunn. 

He was preceded in death by a son, Curtis Taylor; a granddaughter, Keandra Russell; and two brothers, Ray Dunn and Dwight Dunn. 

He is survived by: three daughters, Linda Cooke of Rosebud, Lynette Russell of Rockdale, and LaHoma Russell of Rockdale; brother, Rev. Leslie Dunn of Cameron; sisters, Lenora Bell of Cameron, Glinda Dunn of Longview, Dorothy Edward of Stephenville, Ernestine Bailey of Florida, and Cynthia Wilson of Cameron; step-brothers, Delawrence Wilson of Cameron and Willie Ray Spells of Cameron; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Mon
17
Dec

Ricarda Moreno Salazar

Ricarda Moreno Salazar, 79, of Cameron died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in a Temple hospital. 

Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 16, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron with Pastor Basilio Montez officiating. Burial followed in the Hernandez Cemetery. A prayer service was held Saturday, Dec. 17, at the funeral home.

Ms. Salazar was born April 13, 1939, in Fredricksburg to Antonio Moreno and Rafael Aleman.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Michael Salazar and Dennis Salazar. 

Mon
17
Dec

Virginia "G.G." Halpain

Virginia “G.G.” Halpain, 59, of Woodville, Texas, formerly of Cameron and Rockdale, passed away Monday, Dec. 10, at her residence.

Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m. in the Kathryn W. Green Chapel of Green-Patterson Funeral Home in Cameron, with Pastor Gene VanNoord officiating. Burial followed in the Liberty Cemetery.

Ms. Halpain was born May 26, 1959, in Texas City, to Harvey Edward and Virginia Lucille (Galloway) Shafer. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include: her sons, Robert Dechaume and wife Carrie, and Terry Dechaume, all of Woodville; brothers, Harvey Leroy Shafer and wife Sandra of Milano, Richard Allen Shafer of Ft. Stockton, and Ronald Dale Shafer of Cameron; sisters, Janice Mills of Milano, Sally Jo Guthrie of Lampasas, and Rebecca Kay Taylor and husband Larry of Temple; and grandchildren, Autumn and Matthew Dechaume, both of Woodville. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.

Mon
17
Dec

John David Thompson

John David Thompson, 79, of Cameron died Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at his home.  Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Marak. Burial will follow in the Ss. Cyril & Methodius Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home.

Mr. Thompson was born Oct. 15, 1939, in Cameron to Henderson and Theresa (Matula) Thompson. He graduated from C.H. Yoe High School. He married Jo Ann Puckett on Jan. 17, 1961, and she preceded him in death in 2010. He served in the Army National Guard. He worked for Alcoa for 38 years and was a member of the Local United Steelworkers #3895. He was a member of the Cameron Volunteer Fire Department for 38 years. He was a member of Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. 

His brother, Jimmy Thompson, also preceded him in death in 2007. 

Mon
17
Dec

Judy Faye Ramsey

Judy Faye Ramsey, 63, of Cameron died Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at her home.  Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home with Rev. Betty Wenzel officiating. Burial will follow in the Pebble Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Ms. Ramsey was born April 2, 1955, in Dimmitt, Texas, to Virgil and Elouise (Lyles) Pevehouse. A homemaker, she worked also as a caregiver and Apartment Manager. She was a member of Grace Church in Cameron. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Roy Dean Pevehouse; and a sister, Mary McAnulty. 

She is survived by: sons, Robert Elliston and wife Lori of Rockdale and Brad Elliston of Cameron; brothers, Virgil Pevehouse Jr. of Abilene and Kenneth Teal of Cameron; sister, Dorothy Ewald of Caldwell; and four grandchildren, Luke, Isabelle, Levi, and Bryton.

Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home of Cameron is in charge of arrangements.

Mon
26
Nov

Peggy Matula

Peggy Matula, 85, of Cameron died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in a Cameron nursing and rehab center. 

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron with Rev. Tim Cheatham officiating. Burial will follow in St. Monica’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Matula, a retired waitress, was born Nov. 1, 1933, in Milam County to Jack and Maude (Springer) Ingram. She married Albert Frank Matula and he preceded her in death in 2012.

She is survived by son, Bubba Shuffield of Cameron; step-sons, Al Matula Jr. of Cameron and Joe Matula of Cameron; daughter, Cindy Cryer of Cameron; step-daughters, Cynthia Matula of Mineola, Carolyn Bowen of Grapevine, Kathy Kirk of Cameron and Patricia Hays of Cameron; 11 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home of Cameron is in charge of arrangements.

 

Mon
26
Nov

Mary Ann Plachy

Mary Ann Plachy, 91, of Cameron, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, at a Cameron nursing and rehab facility. 

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Marak with Rev. Darrell Kostiha officiating.  Burial will follow in the Sts. Cyril & Methodius Cemetery near the church. Rosary was recited at at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home on Sunday night.

Mrs. Plachy, a homemaker, was born Oct. 31, 1927, in Jordanton, Texas, to Joseph and Eva (Michalik) David. She married Jerry Edward Plachy on April 12, 1949, and he preceded her in death.

She had worked as a nurse for several years and later she had worked in a local dress factory for several years. She was a member of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church where she was a member of the St. Ann’s Altar Society.  She was also a member of K.J.Z.T. 

Wed
21
Nov

Martin Dean Hobbs

Services for Martin Dean Hobbs, age 84, of Thorndale were held Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale with Rev. Mark Porterfield officiating. Burial followed in the Pleasant Retreat Cemetery. Public visitation was held on Monday at the funeral home.

Martin was born Sept. 15, 1934, south of Thorndale, and was the son of Jess and Olga (Schramm) Hobbs. 

He was a graduate of Thorndale High School. He lived most of his life in the Thorndale area except for 25 years he lived in Houston and managed a Whites Store. 

After moving back toThorndale he became a rancher until he retired. He and Wanda Shirley were married on May 29, 2003, in Cameron. Martin was a member of the Pleasant Retreat United Methodist Church, a veteran of the United States Army and served Milam County as Justice of the Peace in Precinct 4 for 14 1/2 years. He was a member of the Houston Masonic Lodge and was a 32nd degree Mason. 

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