Obituaries

Tue
15
Nov

Clara Beem

Clara Lee Powers Beem went to be with the Lord on Nov. 10, 2016 surrounded by her family. She was born Sept. 27, 1944 in Refugio, Texas to the late Noah Lee and Lena Page Powers.

In her early years the family travelled extensively living in California, Colorado, and Texas. She loved and raised various animals, hunted and fished, and remained an avid fan of ‘true’ country music and classic westerns. Clara Lee enjoyed cooking and baking, and being creative occupied her time drawing, painting, sewing, and soap-making.  

Mon
14
Nov

Don Cook

Don Selman Cook, 72, of Brazos Country, Texas died at his home on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.

Don was born March 14, 1944 in Corpus Christi to Dorothy Harris Cook and Enoch H. Cook. He grew up along with three siblings--Sue, Jack, and Jan--and attended school in McAllen, Texas from first grade through high school. He was in the honor society and graduated from McAllen High School in 1962. While there he played three sports: football, basketball, and baseball.

He attended Victoria College and then graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Accounting in 1967. While there, he also completed the coursework for a Master’s in Professional Accounting. While at college, he met and married Rosemary Fife in 1968. Later on they would have two children--Gregory and Marion.

Mon
14
Nov

Gloria Eckel

Gloria Ruschhaupt Eckel, 81, of Goliad passed away Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. She was born July 25, 1935 in Meyersville to the late Marcus and Florine Hasdorff Ruschhaupt. Gloria married Gary D. Eckel on Aug. 22, 1959 in Cuero.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Kathi Moreno (Jessie) of Victoria; grandchildren Khristina Knebel of Cuero and Ashley Moreno of Austin; four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and her loving family of dogs.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Gary; brother Gordon Ruschhaupt and sister, Marlene DiGiantomasso.

Visitation will be held Monday, Nov. 14 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Freund Funeral Home. Services will be Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. at Freund Funeral Home with Pastor Sharon Wiggins officiating. Interment to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Dylan Knebel, Kamren Knebel, Michael Ruschhaupt, Kenneth Knebel, Brandon Knebel, Jonathan Knebel and Jeff Forester.

Mon
14
Nov

Cassandra E. Hopkins-Whiten

Cassandra E. Hopkins–Whiten was born in Cuero to Elizabeth Odom and the late Micah Hopkins. She was called home to be with the Lord on Nov. 10, 2016.

She was a member of Mt. Bethany Baptist Church in Thomaston.

She is survived by her Mother Elizabeth Odom of San Antonio, daughter Truquwelya Williams of San Antonio, sons Wesley Whiten Jr. and Walter Whiten, both of Cuero and daughter Cshawndra Whiten of Cuero. Also survived by her brother Glenn Love of San Antonio, sisters Christshawna Williams of San Antonio and Tonya Hopkins and Tesa Hopkins of Houston, Felicia Brown of San Antonio and Gwenn Love of San Antonio, Stepmom Carol Yates-Hopkins of Houston and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her father Micah Hopkins, Grandmothers Mable Polk and Fannie Blackwell, as well as Grandfathers August Odom and Joel Love and Uncles.

Thu
10
Nov

Ruby Thigpen

Ruby N. Thigpen, 84, of Cuero passed away Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. She was born Dec. 11, 1931 in Cuero to Ned and Viola Thigpen. Ruby had a deep love for all animals and worked to rescue, spay/neuter those that were lucky enough to cross her path.

She is survived by her brother, Walter Ray Thigpen of Mission Valley, Vernon Thomas Thigpen of Port Lavaca, and Douglas Conrad Thigpen of Cuero; sisters, Geraldine Thigpen Spears of Cuero, Doris Thigpen White of Cuero, Loyce Thigpen Sikes of Woodsboro and Deborah Jean Thigpen of Victoria; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ned Thigpen and Viola Simon Thigpen; and brother, Ned Thigpen, Jr.

Visitation will be held Friday, Nov. 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Freund Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. at Freund Funeral Home with Pastor Donna L. Martin officiating. Interment to follow at Hillside Cemetery.

Wed
09
Nov

Clella Carter

Clella Marie Carter, 82, of Cuero passed away Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. She was born Nov. 12, 1933 in Fort Worth to Frank and Willie Rodgers. She married George H. Carter, Jr. on Sept. 3, 1951 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

She is survived by daughters, Brenda Kay Littleton (Bill) of McAllen, Janice Marie Smith (David) of Sanger, Jeanine Kay Jennings (Jim ) of Sinton; son, David Holt Carter (Denise Brewer) of Victoria; grandchildren, Jennifer Ramsey of Ft. Worth, Wendy Baker of Scottsdale, Arizona, Janelle May of Aubrey, Ryan Carter of Houston, Will Littleton of McAllen, Victor Carter of San Antonio, Jonathan Carter of Crestview, Florida and Ashley Carter of Crestview, Florida; great-grandchildren, Kalyn Baker, Carter May, Marek May and Jett Baker.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband George; sisters, Thelma Rodgers, Billie Payne, Shirley Guerrero and Mollie Queen; and brothers, Jack Rodgers and Bob Rodgers.

Mon
07
Nov

Anna Day

Anna Louise Day, 91, of Cuero passed away Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016.She was born Jan. 28, 1925 in Seguin to the late Arnold and Louise Boldt. Anna married Everitt Benson Day, Sr. on Jan. 25, 1947 in Cuero. She was co-owner of a convenience store and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

She is survived by daughter, Carol A. Buchhorn of Cuero; daughter-inlaw, Lisa Day of Mansfield; grandchildren, Warren C. Buchhorn (Jennifer) of Cuero, Christina L. Kenne (Clayton) of Yoakum and Laura Ann Day of Dallas; great-grandchildren, Tyler Z. Buchhorn and Amber N. Buchhorn, Lara K. Thamm, Travis A. Thamm and Logan E. Kenne.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Everitt Benson Day, Sr.; son, Everitt B. Day, Jr.; and son-in-law Weldon E. Buchhorn, Jr.

Mon
07
Nov

Merlene Brewer

Merlene Burton Brewer, age 95, of Cuero, passed away peacefully on Nov. 3, 2016. She was born on May 22, 1921 to the late Charlie and Lula Mae Burton in Wooters, (Houston County) Texas. She grew up in The Heights, Houston, Texas and graduated from Reagan High School. She married Eugene “Gene” Brewer on Feb. 28, 1941. 

She was retired from the Public Works Department, City of Houston and was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Cuero and Park Place Chapter No. 731, Order of the Eastern Star, Houston. She was a Pink Lady volunteer with Northeast Medical Center in Humble, Texas and later, Cuero Community Hospital in Cuero. Merlene is survived by her son, Jerry E. Brewer and wife, Virginia of Katy, Texas, daughters, Verna Dobbs of Houston and Susie Albert and husband Chuck of Cuero. 

Fri
04
Nov

Clyde Duffield

Clyde ‘Duffy’ Duffield, 83, of Thomaston passed away Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. He was born Nov. 24, 1932, in Houston to the late Clyde Sr. and Johnnie Snell Duffield. Clyde was a United States Navy veteran serving on the Kesarge, Yorktown, Essex, and Boxer Aircraft Carriers. He married the love of his life, Sidney Lou DeDear, on July 16, 1956, in Corpus Christi, and they moved to Thomaston in 1962. Clyde worked at DuPont and retired after 20 years of service. He established Duffy’s Lawn and Garden in Victoria which he owned for 28 years. Clyde enjoyed many things in life, but above all, he loved spending time with his family and watching his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren grow.

Fri
04
Nov

Derwood Brandstetter

Derwood Alton Brandstetter, 76, of Cuero passed away Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. He was born Sept. 18, 1940 in Gonzales to Louise Coulter and the late Benjamin Brandstetter. Derwood married the love of his life, Donna Faye Schaffner, on Sept. 15, 1984 in Lindenau. He was a carpenter and enjoyed fishing, collecting coins and monkey wrenches, and working in his woodworking shop. Derwood loved listening to country music and watching the deer while drinking his coffee. 

He is survived by his beloved wife, Donna Brandstetter; mother, Louise Coulter; sons, Steve E. Brandstetter and wife, Pam, and Clint A. Brandstetter and wife, JoAnn, both of Cuero; sisters, Dorothy Ann of California and Dianne of Granger; brother, Tommy of Weir; grandchildren, Cory T. Brandstetter and wife, Cindy, Tylor R. Brandstetter, and Kristen L. Brandstetter, all of Cuero; and great-granddaughter, Lynzi R. Brandstetter. 

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