Obituaries

Thu
09
Feb

Joe Luis Manuel Jr.

Joe Luis Manuel Jr, 75, passed away Feb. 5, 2017, in Temple, Texas.

He was born on Jan. 12, 1942, in Denton, Texas, to Joe Manuel Sr. and Jettie Lee Faye Manuel Sabrino.

He is survived by his wife, Annie Mae Manuel of Temple; his sons, Troy Manuel of Lubbock, Willie Charles Manuel and George Manuel, both of Levelland; sister, Loretta Sabrino Jackson of Lubbock; brother, Carl Sabrino of Levelland.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, George Manuel, Frank Sabrino, Brent Louis, and Chester Lewis Sabrino; and one daughter, Laura Manuel.

He enjoyed playing dominos, cards, and reading the Bible.

Services were held Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Cameron Grove Baptist Church in Cameron, Texas. Burial was at the Old Providence Cemetery in Branchville, Texas.

Tue
07
Feb

Omer Franklin Poorman

Omer Franklin Poorman, 92, of Cameron and formerly of Houston, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in a Temple nursing facility. 

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the First United Methodist Church in Cameron with Rev. Geoff Lightsey officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron.

Mr. Poorman, retired District Engineer for the Texas Highway Department, was born Feb. 21, 1924, in Katy to Omer Franklin and Dorcas Elfreda (Hoyt) Poorman Aylor.  He was decorated for his service with the U.S. Army in Northern France during World War II. He married Betty Margaret Chachere on Oct. 22, 1948.

Mon
06
Feb

Emily Skrhak

Emily Theresa Skrhak, 74, died Jan. 31, 2017, at Westview Manor Rehabilitation Center of McGregor, Texas, due to the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

The visitation and rosary was held on Friday, Feb. 3, at Cole's funeral home in McGregor. A funeral mass, co-officiated by former pastor, Father George C. George and present pastor, Father Boniface Onjefu, on Saturday, Feb. 4, at St. Eugene Catholic Church, in McGregor, followed by her burial at McGregor City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Kelvin Skrhak, Latham Skrhak, Kai Crist, Michael Jedlicka, Lindsay Luedeker, Mason Luedeker.

She was born April 10, 1942, in Cameron, Texas, to John A. and Emilie (Gelner) Jedlicka. She grew up on a small farm with her parents and three older brothers. She graduated from Yoe High School in Cameron in 1960.

Mon
06
Feb

Earnest Ray Moore

Ernest Ray Moore, 75, of Morgan’s Point Resort, Texas, passed away on Feb. 3, 2017.  He was born March 2, 1941, to Claude and Edith Moore of Rosebud, Texas. 

He graduated from Rosebud High School and the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University in 1977.  He married his high school sweetheart, Lorraine Hejl, on June 11, 1961.  He was a member of the National Guard while he started his career in banking.  He worked at Citizens National Bank in Cameron, Texas, from 1959-1982 where he was a Cashier Vice President. He worked at First National Bank in Cameron, Texas, from 1982-1986 where he served as Executive Vice President, and served as President from 1986-1990 and then President and Chairman of the Board from 1990 until his retirement in 1998. He was an owner of Balt, Inc. in Cameron, Texas, owner of Best-Rite Manufacturing in Temple, Texas, and owner of Trinity Furniture Manufacturing Company in Jacksonville, Texas. 

Mon
30
Jan

Jesus Canizales

Jesus Canizales, 72, of Cameron, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in a Temple nursing and rehab center. 

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Monica’s Catholic Church with Rev. Dimitrij Colankin officiating. Burial will follow in the Hernandez Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron with a rosary being recited at 7 p.m.

Mr. Canizales was born to Jeronimo and Erlinda (Ubando) Canizales.  He was a member of St. Monica’s Catholic Church. 

He was preceded in death by a brother, Juan.

Fri
27
Jan

Emily Estell Herrmann

Emily Estell Herrmann, 26, of Waller, went home to be with her Lord and Saviour on Jan. 11, 2017, after a three year battle with a rare and aggressive cancer.

She was the loving daughter of Charlie Hermann of Cameron. Her body was given to the research of the deadly cancer to help others.

Until we meet in Heaven again my angel, Daddy loves you forever

Thu
26
Jan

Santos Ortiz Acosta

Santos Ortiz Acosta of Bryan passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her children on Jan. 22, 2017, at the age of 84.

Santos was born on Dec. 28, 1932, in Cuero. She came to know the meaning of life, love and family at a young age. In 1952, at the age of 19, she married Gavino P. Acosta Sr. and together they happily raised eight children. Throughout her life she also helped to raise many nieces and nephews. Later in life she cared for many children of all ages, and in doing so they became her family. She was known to many as “Mom” and “Grandma Santos” because of her truthful and caring nature. Her door was always open.

She had a lifelong faith in God and was a member of La Primera Iglesia Bautista in Bryan and La Primera Iglesia Bautista in Cameron. She shared her strong faith with her husband and they instilled the same faith in their children and grandchildren. She made a lasting impression on all those that knew her; to know her was to love her.

Fri
20
Jan

Bobby Ray Wilkinson

Bobby Ray Wilkinson, 85, of Branchville, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, in a Temple hospital. 

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron with Rev. Geoff Lightsey officiating.  Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Bob was born Dec. 29, 1931, in Branchville to James A and Betty Virginia (Francis) Wilkinson.  He graduated from CH Yoe High School in 1949, went to TCU for one year, and was drafted by the New York Giants baseball club. He played one year for their minor league team in Muskogee, Okla., as a pitcher.  He later worked for Dow Chemical and Alamo Trucking, after which he worked for Merchants Fast Motor Lines where he retired as Terminal Manager of their Freeport terminal in 1993. 

Fri
20
Jan

Dana Willy

Dana Willy, 16, died peacefully, on Jan. 10 in her Austin home with her brother Nathan, mom Mabel, and dad Michael Willy at her side. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at Shepherd of the Hills Christian Church, 6909 West Courtyard Drive, Austin, TX 78730 at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28.

On the Caring Bridge website journal set up after Dana was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor, Dana’s Dad said her last words were “I love everyone” and he explained, “She means you.”

That’s who Dana was and what she did. Dana loved her friends and family and took care of them. If you were lucky to spend time with her, you were amazed at how she listened and made you feel alive, present, deeply loved, and cared for.

Dana was beautiful inside and out, able to make even an old pair of overalls look fashionable. Her smile could make your day.

Mon
16
Jan

Mary Wynelle Smith

Mary Wynelle Smith, 84, of Cameron, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, in a Cameron nursing and rehabilitation center. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at the Myrtle Cemetery in Ennis. 

Ms. Smith, a retired legal secretary, was born Feb. 4, 1932, in Ennis to William T. and Mary (Conklin) Smith. 

She is survived by: her daughters, Kathy Mayes and husband Mike of Buckholts and Ellen Byron of Victoria; and three grandchildren.

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

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