Obituaries

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04
Jan

Alfred M. Barfield

Alfred M. Barfield, 68, of Cuero, passed away on Dec. 31, 2015. He was born on July 14, 1947 in Thomaston to the late George and Erma Bryant Barfield.
 
He is survived by the mother of his children, Irene Barfield, his daughters, Deene Holmen (Lawrence), Erma Hawkins (Frank), Allison Barfield, Lisa Glover (Terry), and Erica Talley; sister, Shirley Brown, and brother, MacArthur Barfield. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, and four great- grandchildren.
 
Including his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters Angelia Barfield, and Claudine Barfield, and brothers Alloysius, Felix, Clifton, La’Vaughn, James, and Clarence.
 
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04
Jan

Karissa Wimberly

Karissa Halley Wimberly, age 22, fought a courageous battle against cancer and earned her heavenly wings, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015.
 
She was born Dec. 26, 1993 in Houston to Ronald Wimberly and Jennifer McClaran Werland.
 
Survivors are her parents, mother, Jennifer Werland and step-father, Michael Werland of Yoakum, father, Ronnie Wimberly of Montgomery, Texas; children, twins, Taylor and Kyndal Brower and Trenton Wimberly; sisters, Kaylynn Jones and Christen Werland of Yoakum; maternal grandfather, Albert and Sharon McClaran of Tomball, maternal grandmother, Leah Thomas of Yoakum and paternal grandparents, Ken and Janie Smith of Montgomery.
 
She was preceded in death by her uncle, Jason McClaran.
 
Funeral service is 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6 at Thiele Cooper Funeral Home with Rev. Richard Bowden officiating. Burial at Hebron Cemetery.
 
Thu
31
Dec

Dovie Hess

Dovie Lee DeDear Hess, 87, of Cuero passed away Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. She was born Aug. 23, 1928 in Cuero to the late Fred and Lydia Lee DeDear. Dovie married Vernon W. Hess, Jr. in Cuero, and they were married 57 years until his death in 2004. Dovie retired after 20 years in food service with Cuero ISD. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and was affectionately known as Granny.
 
She is survived by daughter, Dee Hall of Buda; sons, Mike Hess (Debora) of Cuero, Rick Hess (Jackie) of Baytown, Jeff Hess of Buda; brothers, Jerry DeDear of Hardin and Don DeDear of Victoria; special “son” Bubba Williams of Cuero; and her special “daughter” Peggy Boone of Cuero; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren with two great-grandchildren on the way.
 
Tue
29
Dec

Wilburn Arndt

Wilburn Earl Arndt, 87, of Lindenau passed away Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. He was born Aug. 6, 1928 in Lindenau to Adolph and Welhimina Kahlich Arndt. Wilburn married the love of his life, Dorothy Ann Frels, on Dec. 2, 1952 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Cuero. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean Conflict, and a life member of Cuero VFW Post 3972, Westhoff American Legion Post 369, and the Grand Lodge of the Sons of Hermann. He was also a member of St. John Lutheran Church of Lindenau, the Lindenau Rifle Club and Past President of the Lindenau Community Cemetery. Wilburn was one of the original members of the Cuero High School band in the 1940's, was a faithful Gobbler fan who loved all sports, was a retired CISD bus driver, and served on the Westhoff ISD School Board. He was former co-owner of ABZ catering, and was a retired rancher, farmer, and meat/sausage processor. Wilburn loved to cook, play dominoes, and cherished time spent with his family.
Tue
29
Dec

William Rangnow

William H. Rangnow, 85, of Cuero passed away Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015. He was born April 22, 1930 in Meyersville. He married Bobbie Hart on June 29, 1961 in Portland, Texas.
 
He is survived by sons, Glenn Rangnow of Inez and Randy Rangnow of Cuero; and grandchildren, Alyvia and Jaxx Rangnow of Inez and Chance Rangnow of Cuero.
 
Services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. at Freund Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery.
 
You may sign the guest book or send condolences at www.freundfuneralhome.com.
 
Freund Funeral Home, 361-275-2343.
Mon
28
Dec

Cecil Davidson, Sr.

Cecil Melvin Davidson, Sr., 87, of Cuero passed away Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015. He was born Sept. 16, 1928 in San Benito to Ira and Julia Davidson. Cecil married Charlene Dodson on Aug. 28, 1993 in Ganado. He served in the United States Army and retired as a pipefitter and heavy equipment operator for Union Association.
 
He is survived by wife, Charlene Davidson; daughters, Jackie Twinn (Tom) of Cuero, Linda Koop (Wayne) of Edna; sons, Cecil Davidson, Jr., of Goliad, Clifford Davidson (Lisa) of Victoria, Lynn Dodson (Brenda) of Round Rock; sister Jimmy Young of Johnson City; brother, George Davidson, Sr. of Cuero; 12 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
 
Cecil was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Bonnie Cox Davidson; grandsons, Quinton Davidson, Brian Twinn; and granddaughter Stephanie Koop Lambert.
 
Mon
21
Dec

Charlotte Hughes

Charlotte Ann Hornback Hughes, born Sept. 8, 1937, passed away Dec. 19, 2015.
 
She is survived by her husband, Peter Hughes of Meyersville; sons, Michael Harper of Seale, Alabama, Tony Harper of El Reno, Oklahoma, Joe Harper of Joplin Missouri, Mark Harper of Carthage, Missouri; step-sons, Keith Hughes of Navarre, Florida, Marc Hughes of Mehama, Oregon; daughter Diane Harper of Meyersville; step-daughter Jana Summey of California; sister Shirley Reynolds of Carterville, Missouri and brother Gary Hornback of Oklahoma. She is also survived by 36 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
 
She was preceded in death by both of her parents and brothers Jim and John Hornback, her son Willie Harper and a great-grandson, David Wain Gray.
 
She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Memorial will be arranged at a later date.
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21
Dec

Bennie Bauer

Bennie Bauer, age 81, passed away Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015.
 
He was born Jan. 29, 1934 in Gonzales to the late Benny and Julie Malatek Bauer.
 
He was a true cowboy with grit. He worked for over 65 years as a livestock handler in both Victoria and Cuero Livestock Auction Rings. He was tough but his tender side was for his beloved family.
 
Survivors are his wife of 64 years, Mary Louise Bauer of Cuero; sons, Jamey Bauer and wife Misty of Victoria, Billy Bauer of Cuero and Donald Bauer and wife Tina of Cuero; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; sister, Adell Hahn of Yoakum.
 
Preceded in death by his parents; son, Bennie Bauer Jr.; sister, Ruby Bolin.
 
Visitation was 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 20 at Thiele Cooper Funeral Home with Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 

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