Obituaries

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21
Dec

Carroll Ley

Carroll Eugene Ley, 79, of Somerville passed away on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. Visitation is set for Monday, Dec. 21, at Strickland Funeral home in Somerville, Texas, at 1 p.m. Service to follow at 2 p.m.
 
Carroll Eugene Ley was born Aug. 6, 1936, in Cuero, to the late Albert and Verna Ley. Carroll graduated from Cuero High School in 1954. He attended classes at Victoria College.
 
Carroll wore many hats throughout his life, working as a beer distributor for Carling Black Label, Schlitz and Miller High Life.
 
He worked for the Texas Railroad Commission and served as Cuero's Fire Chief for many years. He owned the Western Auto in Cuero and was part owner of Cuero Food Craft, where he was also the butcher. Later in life Carroll was owner and operator of Gate Security Services, offering oilfield services in Texas and Louisiana.
 
Mon
21
Dec

Judy Copenhaver

Judy Jacob Copenhaver, loving wife, mother and abuelita (grandmother) passed away Friday, Dec. 18 at her home in Cuero surrounded by family.
 
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Barry Copenhaver; children, Scott and Ineke Copenhaver, Jill and Lonnie Trevino, and Leah  Copenhaver; grandchildren, Carson, Justin and Max Copenhaver, and Maya Trevino.
 
Judy enjoyed an incredible life, she retired from the U.S. Department of State after 20 plus years where she received numerous awards for her service to the U.S. Government.
 
Judy and Barry lived in exotic, exciting and sometimes war torn places. They survived several coup d'états. They experienced a camel safari in the Rajasthan desert in India, panned for gold in the rivers of Panama and enjoyed the incredible wild life of Africa on safaris with friends.
 
Tue
15
Dec

Steven L. Sievers

Steven L. Sievers, 61 of Yorktown, passed away Tuesday Dec. 8, 2015. He was born Aug 31, 1954 in Yorktown to the late L.C. and Minnie Sucher Sievers.  He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his nephews Jeff (Kayla) Sievers and Josh Sievers, great niece Kendall Sievers and sister-in-law Penny Sievers.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Kathy Sievers and brother Arlan Sievers.

Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 at Massey Funeral Home. Memorial service was at 10 a.m. Friday Dec. 11 at Massey Funeral Home.

Visitors and guests are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.masseyfh.com.

Arrangements by Massey Funeral Home, Yorktown, 361-564-2900.

Tue
15
Dec

Edward Joseph John

Edward Joseph John of Carrizo Springs died Nov. 13 in San Antonio following a brief illness. He was 85 years old. Born Dec. 9, 1926 in DeWitt County on the family farm, he was the sixth of nine children reared by Thomas and Josie Maron John.

At age 18, Edward went to work for Southwestern Bell Telephone as a construction lineman before entering the U.S. Army in 1951 where he saw combat service in the Korean Conflict. He received the Bronze Star for Service advancing to the rank of sergeant. Edward returned to work for Southwestern Bell as a telephone installer and repairman in Kingsville and later as a combination man in Carrizo Springs. He retired from the company with 42 years service in 1992.

Thu
10
Dec

Joyce Hilbrich

Joyce Hilbrich, 86, of Cuero passed away Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 in Corpus Christi. She was born May 17, 1929 in Smiley to Roy and Velma Smith. She married the love of her life, Alfred F. Hilbrich, on June 7, 1946 in Smiley. Joyce was a member of the Cuero Garden Club, the Texas Tutor Reading Program and St. Mark's Lutheran Church.
 
She is survived by daughter, Nancy Parrish of Corpus Christi; sister, Joye S. Davis of Smiley; grandchildren, Scott Wayne Parrish of Austin, Jason Lee Parrish of Tyler and Brooke Hilbrich of San Antonio and great-grandchildren, Hailey and Chase Parrish of Austin and Morgan and Darren Parrish of Tyler.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sons, Barry Wayne Hilbrich and Jeffrey Roy Hilbrich.
 
Mon
07
Dec

Jack Franklin

Jack Pink Franklin of Cleveland, 70, passed away Dec. 6, 2015. He was born June 17, 1945 in Crystal City, Texas to the late Aline Lee Jurney Franklin and Raymond Franklin.
 
Jack proudly worked for Davis Plumbing Contractors, where he retired after 41 years. Jack enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and especially his time as a park host at various Texas state parks and lakes.
 
Jack is survived by his brother Daniel Franklin; daughter Tamara L. Walters (John), sons Jack P. Franklin Jr. (Margaret), Stephen E. Franklin (Jennifer); step-children Carlton McBride (Blanca), Penny L. Ybarra and Tonja Gordy; grandchildren Jared Walters, Hayden Walters, Olivia Franklin, Quinton Franklin, Erin Franklin, Candice Vastine, Misty McBride, Bethany McBride, Aaron McBride, Kevin Ybarra and numerous great grandchildren.
 
Mon
30
Nov

Ruth Moore

Ruth E. Moore, 93, of Meyersville passed away Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. She was born May 16, 1922 in Arneckeville to Edwin and Cora Egg. Ruth married Charles O. Moore, Jan. 7, 1956 in Victoria. She enjoyed quilting, playing bridge and dominoes, staying busy at the Meyersville Store, and spending time with family.

Mon
30
Nov

Mike Wilkinson

Michael “Mike” G. Wilkinson, 64, passed away Nov. 27, 2015. He was born Oct. 14, 1951 in Beeville, Texas to Ted and Nell Wilkinson. He married  Pamela Dawn Hartman on May 17, 1975 in Beeville, Texas. Mike was a Transportation Mechanic for the Cuero Independent School District for 32 years. He was also Chief of the Volunteer Fire Department in Fannin, a Royal Ambassador Instructor, CPR certified and an avid fisherman.
 
He is survived by his wife, Pamela Wilkinson; daughter, Linda Dvorak of Shiner; sister, Yvonne Norris (John) of Victoria; grandchildren, Ty Dvorak and Daylin Dvorak of Yoakum.
 
He is preceded in death by his parents and son, Edward Warren.
 
Visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 3,  from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Freund Funeral Home. Graveside service will be held Friday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Skidmore with Pastor Mike Whitfield, officiating.
 
Mon
30
Nov

Carey James

Carey James was born on July 14, 1929 in San Antonio. She passed away in Houston on Nov. 24, 2015 at the age of 86. She was raised in Cuero and was crowned a princess in the 1947 Cuero Turkey Trot. Many of her summers were spent in Monterey, California with her father, stepmother and sister. She attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas where she met her future husband of 56 years, R. Blair James. She was a member of the Zeta Sorority at Southwestern. Carey and Blair were married in 1949 and because of Blair’s oilfield career; the growing family subsequently lived in Kenedy, Pleasanton, Cuero, San Antonio, Mcallen, Corpus Christi and Houston.
 
She was pre-deceased by: husband R. Blair James, mother Janie Bell White Turner and father Tommy Turner and stepmother Peggy Foster mother Anna Belle Burns Haak and father Julius Haak, sister Abigail Turner Macdonald and husband Mc Mcdonald and niece Linda Gliebe. 
 
Mon
23
Nov

Stacy Kurtz

Stacy L. Kurtz (nee Kubecka), 84, of Austin, formerly of Cuero, passed away Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at Park Bend Nursing and Rehab Center in Austin. Stacy was born on Feb. 24, 1931 in Shiner to the late August Sr. and Josephine Simper Kubecka.  On Oct. 10, 1949 she married Edward F. Kurtz at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Cuero and also a member of Hermann Sons and St. Louis Catholic Church in Austin.   Stacy was a wonderful dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and homemaker all of her life.
 
She is survived by son, Edward J. Kurtz and wife, Betty, of Austin; granddaughter, Kimberly Lindsey and husband, Billy, of Leander; great-granddaughters, Jordan Nelson and Emily Lindsey of Leander; step great-grandchildren Cody and Kelsey Lindsey of Round Rock; sister-in-law Stacy Kubecka of Shiner; and numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

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