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www.Yicto riaAd vocate.co m LAWRENCE J. FORD Lawrence Jamet Ford, 53, erf Victoria, died Wednesday, July 16,2003. He was bom Dec J, 1949, in Refugio, to the late Lloyd and Kathleen Isaiah Ford. He was retired. Survivors: wife, the Rev. Willie Mae Fbrd, daughters, Winter Ford of Victoria and Tara Fbrd of Dayton; son, Devron Ford of Victoria; sisters, Peggy Ford Xott of Lancaster, Calif., Carolyn Wills and Janice Deadrick, both of Victoria; and seven grandchildren. Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. tonight at Tracy's M.J. Santellana Funeral Directors chapel. Services will be 3 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, the Rev. Harvel Snell officiating. Burial will be 11:30 a.m. Monday at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery in San Antonio. Tracy's M.J. Santellana Funeral Directors, Victoria, 361-582-0858. Memorials: Salter Chapel AME Church, 610 S. Cameron, Victoria. JOSE MARTINEZ EL CAMPO - Services for Jose Martinez, 84, of El Campo, who died Wednesday, will be 2 p.m. today at St. Robert's Catholic Church. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery. Triska Funeral Home, El Campo, 979-543-3681. Pallbearers: Felix Martinez, Victor Gonzales, Greg Gallegos, Greg Gusman, Michael Rodriguez and-Eric Ballejo. Memorials: Hospice Support or St. Robert's Church. BERNICE 0.W. SLAUGHTER Bernice Oralee Watkins Slaughter, 83, was born July 31, 1919, the daughter of Willie Mae and Barry Ross Watkins of Bay City, TX, left this world July 16, 2003 to spend eternity with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. A graduate of Bay City High School, she married Ruben Floyd Slaughter, her best friend and childhood sweetheart in 1939. His employment with Slaughter Stanolin Oil & Gas company (BP Amoco), allowed them to live in or travel in 48 states. In 1972, they returned to Bay City to retire close to their family and friends. After retirement, their love for people guided them to many years of employment at Wieners Department Store in Bay City. She was and active member of the First Baptist Church in Bay City. Bernice was a member of the Bay City Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a founding member of Bay City's AARR Volunteer work brought Bernice great joy. She dedicated much time and effort to the school and civic organizations. Helping underprivileged children was especially close to her heart. Widowed in 1991, she moved to Richmond to be close to her daughter Karen and grandsons Floyd & Henry, who we're the joy of her life. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rosenberg. The joy and love she brought to our lives will always be remembered. What remains Ln our heart is ours forever. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ruben Floyd Slaughter; her parents, Willie May Smith Watkins and Barry Ross Watkins; her - grandson, Floyd Roland Ferguson; by her brothers and sisters, Luther Watkins, Pat Watkins, Efton Watkins, Lillian Coleman, Helen Bunk, Cecil Watkins and Willie Bell Hudgins. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Loftin and husband Harold of Richmond; her grandson, Jonathan Henry Ferguson and wife Kimberlie of Rosenberg; great granddaughter: Rylie Rae Ferguson of Rosenberg; step-grandchildren: Harold Loftin, Jr. and wife Melanie of Willow Park, Joe Loftin and wife Dianne of The Woodlands, and Ruth Loftin of Angleton; Step Great Grandchildren: Amanda Goode, Christopher Loftin, Jonathan Loftin and Ben Loftin; twin sister: Beatrice Ryman of Dickenson; and by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, July 19, 2003 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapelwith Dr. Donnie Melton officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. Pallbearers will be Charles Miller, Chan Miller, Nouhad Mamoun, Glenn Schnizel, Joe Loftin, and Nick Butler. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 2454613. Obituaries are provided as a free public service by the Victoria Advocate. More detailed or specially worded obituaries, which appear in a box, are available for a fee. Information submitted by funeral homes for either free or paid obituaries must first be verified and approved by a family member of the deceased. Fax number for the obituary clerk is 361-574-1212. SHARON W.BAUER Sharon West Bauer; 33, of Victoria, died Tuesday Jury IS, 2003. She was born Dec 3, 1969, in Victoria, to Loyd C. and Georgia LewandowsM West She was an information systems manager at De- vereux and a member of- Our Lady of Victory Cathedral Survivors: parents; husband, Janiey R Bauer, sisters, Sandra West Fricks -of Bayside and Carol West Tally of Bauer Austwell; and brother, James C. West of Victoria. Preceded in death by: grandparents. Otto H. and Willie Mae Christin Lewandowski, and Berley N. West and Ruby Cora Mixon West A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at Colonial Funeral Home chapel. Services will 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Victory Cathedral, the Revs. Gabriel Oduro and Gabriel Bentil officiating. Burial will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Colonial Funeral Home, Victoria, 361-578-3535. Memorials: Sharon West Bauer Scholarship Endowment Find, c o Devereux, Box 266, Victoria. Texas 77902-2666. LARRY W.GARCIA LAS VEGAS - Larry Wayne Garcia, 46, of Las Vegas, and formerly of Victoria, died Monday, June 30, 2003. He was born May 24, 1957, in Yoakum, to Elivaldo "Joe" Garcia of Victoria and the late Virginia Charles Garcia. He was a driller in the oilfield and a Catholic. Survivors: wife, Priscilla Garcia; daughter, Monica Garcia of San Marcos; step daughters, Jas-' Garcia min Cahna and Camille Calma, both of Las Vegas; stepmother, Angie Garcia of Victoria; stepsisters, Alice Rosas, Dolores Ramirez, Susie Estrada and Mary Escalona, all of Victoria; brothers, Roger Glen Garcia and Kenneth Ray Garcia, both of Victoria; and stepbrother, Joe Estrada of Victoria. Preceded in death by: stepbrother, Robert Paul Estrada. A memorial service will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Artero Memorial Chapels, the Rev. Edward Molina officiating. Artero Memorial Chapels, Victoria, 361-575-3212. JUAN A. VILLA JR. Services for Juan Armando "Jon Jon" Villa Jr., 23, of Victoria, who died Saturday, will be 2 p.m. today at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, the Rev. Gabriel O'Toole officiating. Burial will be Hillside Cemetery in Cuero. Tracy's M.J. Santellana Funeral Directors, Victoria, 361-582-0858. ' JAMES A. KOEHL James Albert Koehl, 60, of Le-ander, passed away early Wednesday morning with his family gathered around him. He was born October 12, 1942 to El- wood and Dorothy Koehl in Victoria, Texas. He was the oldest of three boys. He dedicated 25 years of his life to military service, serving in Koehl both the Navy and the Air Force. Some of his favorite pastimes were playing baseball, deer hunting, fishing, and HAM radio. Jim will be remembered with love by many, including his wife of 31 years, Dorothy Koehl; four daughters, Heather Koehl of Austin, Carol Korzekwa of Arlington, Barbara McCarley of Austin and Kathy Whitson of Leander; 11 grandchildren; father, Elwood Koehl of Victoria; brothers, Bob Koehl of Conroe, and Gary Koehl of Alvin; and many friends, including a circle of radio friends who treated him like family. He is reunited with his mother, Dorothy Koehl, who passed from this world in 1975. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2003, at Beck's Funeral Home, Cedar Park, 512-259-1610. A second memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, at Rosewood Funeral Home with the Rev. Clayton Taylor officiating, 3304 E. Mockingbird Lane, Victoria, Texas, 361-573-4546. Military funeral honors under the auspices of Victoria Veterans Council, VFW, CWV, DAV, Vietnam Veterans of America, American Legion, Marine Corps League, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Crossroads Ex-POWs and the Military Order of the World Wars will be performed at Evergreen Cemetery immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim's memory to the Lance Armstrong Foundation, PO Box 161150, Austin, TX 78716-1150. Arrangements under the direction of Beck Funeral Home, Cedar ParkLeander, 512-259-1610. - , . L J Obituaries ESTELA V. ALVARAD0 ROSHARON - Estda Vasquez Al-varado, 50, of Rosharon, died Wednesday July 16, 2003. She was born Feb. 10, 1953, in Port Lavaca, to the late Marcos and Hor-tencia Pina Vasquez. She graduated from Polytech Institute in 1983 and a retired assistant supervisor with the Harris County Hospital District She was a Catholic. Survivors: husband, Otilio Alvara- do Sr.; son, Otilio Alvarado Jr. of Rosharon: and brothers, Pedro "Pete" Marcos Vasquez of Pearland and Ed-uardo "Wally" Vasquez of Port Lavaca. Preceded in Al vara do death by: brother, Eloy P Vasquez. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. today at Artero Memorial Chapels in Port Lavaca. A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at the funeral home chapel. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church. Burial will be at Port Lavaca Cemetery. Artero Memorial Chapels, Port Lavaca, 361-552-2300. JEANNE LEWIS PORT LAVACA - Jeanne Lewis, 83, of Port Lavaca, died Thursday, July 17, 2003. Services are pending at Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home, Port Lavaca, 361-552-2988. ELIDIA R. ORTIZ PORT LAVACA - Services for Elidia "Lillie" Rivera Ortiz, 80, of Port Lavaca, who died Monday, will be 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church. Burial will be at Port Lavaca Cemetery. Artero Memorial Chapels, Port Lavaca, 361-552-2300. Pallbearers: Eu Ortiz gene Menchaca Jr., John Menchaca, Manuel Ortiz Jr., Daniel Ortiz, Esteban Ortiz and Eutiquio Perez III. Honorary pallbearer Otis Ortiz. PATRICIA A. BATTLE BAY CITY - Patricia Ann Battle, 50, of Bay City, died Tuesday, July 15, 2003. She was born Jan. 26, 1953, in Bay City, to the late Andrew and Geraldine Harris Battle. She graduated from Bay City High School and attended Prairie View A&M University where she received a bachelor's degree in education. She worked for Bay City ISD for 23 years and was an art teacher at McAllister Middle School. Survivors: nephew she raised, Byron Battle of Bay City; sisters, Joyce Johnson of Anchorage, Alaska, Ava Parker of Pearland, Candace Brown, Jewel Battle and Diane Battle, all of Bay City; and brothers, Allen Battle of Houston and Thomas Battle of Bay City. Visitation will be 3-9 p.m. today at Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home chapel. Services will be 1 1 a.m. Saturday at Mother Zion Baptist Church, the Rev. K J. Griggs officiating. Burial will be at Eastview Cemetery. Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home; Bay City, 979-245-5197. ROBERT B. SANDERS Robert Bruce Sanders, age 66 of Onalaska, TX died on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 in Houston, TX. He was born on February 22, 1937 in Clark County, Alabama, the son of B.R. Sanders and Idell Phillips Sanders. He graduated from Livingston High School in 1956 and from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX in 1962. He coached basketball from 1962 to 1974 and was an Elementary Principal from 1974 to 1992 in Livingston, Lytle, Laredo and Van-derbilt TX. He was a referee for volleyball games and basketball games and also taught Driver's Education. He was a member of the Vanderbilt Volunteer Fire Department and worked With the EMS Service for eighteen years. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Onalaska, TX. He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Virginia Mueck Sanders. He is survived by son, Bruce Sanders Jr. of Bay City, TX; two brothers and sister-in-law, Rile Sanders, and Roy and Marilyn Sanders of Livingston, TX; sister, Bonnie Holbrook of Livingston, TX; special friend, Edith Walters of Livingston, TX; godchild, Rachel Kight of College Station, TX; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Gene and Ann Due-boay of Livingston, TX, Bubba and Linda Mueck of Livingston, TX and Bruce and Jan Mueck of Grand Prairie, TX; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. The family will receive friends at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, TX on Friday, July 18, 2003 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, July 19, 2003 at Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, TX. Reverend Jack Hutson and Reverend Don Wilkey will conduct the services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: the Bruce Sanders' Memorial Scholarship Fund; RO. Box 1297; Livingston, TX 77351. Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, TX is in charge of the arrangements. 7or ROGER W.LANE Visitation for Roger WiUian Lane, 57, of Victoria, who died Tuesday, will be 1-8 pm today at Cook Butler Funeral Home chapeL Services will be 2 pin. Saturday at Scruggs United Methodist Church, the Rev Martin Williams officiating. Burial will be at Sayles Cemetery. Cook-Butler Funeral Home, Edna, 361-782-3821. CARLOS G. HERNANDEZ JR. Carlos Guajardo "Charlie" Hernandez Jr., 86, of Victoria, died Saturday, Feb. 22.2003. He was born April 9. 1917, in Refugio, to the late Carlos and Guadalupe Hernandez Sr. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army. He graduated from Pan American Presbyterian School in Rivera. He was a carpenter and was retired from the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station. Survivors: daughters, Betty Lou Rutherford of Corpus Christi and Barbara Ann Homeyer of Houston; sons, Eddie Hernandez of Corpus Christi, Charlie Hernandez and Gary James Hernandez, both of Houston, and Roy Hernandez of Handa-Shi Aichi-Ken, Japan; sister, Mary H. Ri-ojas of Victoria; brother, Santana Hernandez of Austwell; 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by: ex-wife, Dora Garcia Hernandez; wife. Frances Gonzales Hernandez; sister, Hort-encia Hernandez; and brothers, Jose Hernandez, Frank Hernandez and Alfred Hernandez. Graveside services were 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Resurrection Cemetery. Artero Memorial Chapels, 361-575-3212. THE REV. JAMES H. THOMAS The Rev. James H. Thomas, 66, of Victoria, died Monday July 14, 2003. He was born July 15, 1936, in Elgin, to the late James Henry and Cora Ruby Christmas Thomas. He was the pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Cuero. He attended Booker T. Washington High School in Elgin and graduated from Guadalupe Theological Seminary in San Antonio in 1974, receiving a bachelor of theology degree. He was theiormer pastor of several churches, including Cedar Grove Baptist Church in La Grange, Mount Horeb Baptist Church in Blanco, Antioch Baptist Church in Bastrop and Mount Zion Baptist Church in Victoria. Survivors: wife, Altha Marie Ramey Thomas; stepdaughter, Patricia Arm Harvey of Victoria; son, Willie James Thomas of Bastrop; sisters, Katherine Vincent of Elgin, Ella Brown, Mary Jo Brice, Lorine Davis and Erma Jean Berkley, all of Oakland, Calif., and Ernestine Obey of Beaumont; brothers, Willie Thomas of Elgin and Isiah Thomas of Victoria; and six grandchildren. Preceded in death by: sisters, Mary Lee Taylor and Ruthie Mae Maxell; and brothers, John L. Thomas and Alfred Thomas. A wake service will be 6-8 p.m. tonight at Rosewood Funeral Chapels. Services will be l p.m. Saturday at Northside Baptist Church, the Rev. J.E. Brice officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. Rosewood Funeral Chapels, Victoria, 361-573-4546. Memorials: Antioch Baptist Church in Cuero. LE0NAAKRIDGE Leona Akridge, 98, of Victoria, died Wednesday, July 16, 2003. Services are pending at Colonial Funeral Home, Victoria, 361-578-3535. BARNEY R0DGERS Barney George Rodgers of Victoria passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2003 at the age of 81. He was born on January 27, 1922 in Gustine, Texas, to the late Will and Minnie Chancellor Rodgers. Mr. Rodgers retired after 45 years in the recycling business. He began his recycling business, Rodgers Salvage, in Kenedy, Texas, in 1946 where he served in the city of Kenedy as fire chief of the Volunteer Fire Department, a member of the Kenedy school board and a great supporter of youth baseball. He started his recycling business in Victoria in May of 1967 and later moved to Victoria in 1971. He was a supporter of . the Victoria Little League and the Victoria Livestock Show. Mr. Rodgers was a member of the Green Baptist Church and a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his two sons: Lane Rodgers and wife Iris of Victoria, Lynn Rodgers and wife Jamie of Victoria, and daughter Linda Baker and husband Tom of Wimberley, Texas. In addition to his children, he is also survived by his five grandchildren: Laurie Rodgers Poole and husband Scot of Round Rock, Scott Rodgers and wife Lori of Victoria, Jennifer Baker and husband, PJ. Wearden of Wimberley, Tanner Rodgers and Shannon Rodgers of. Victoria; and by five great grandchildren: Sawyer Tate Baker, Griffin Wearden, Wyatt Rodgers, Piper Poole and Payton Poole. He is also preceded in death by three sisters-and four brothers. Private graveside services will be held on Friday, July 18, 2003. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer Foundation. Rosewood Funeral Chapels of Victoria in charge of arrangements. 361-573-4546. VICTORIA ADVOCATE, Frklar, Juhv 18, 2003-3A ROSARY C LONG0R1A Memorial services for Rosary C. Longoria, 64, of Victoria, who died Monday, will be 10 am today at Artero Memorial Chapels. Anero Memorial Chapels, Victoria, 361-575-32 12. D0MINGAS0US CUERO - Dominga Solis, 84, of Cuero, died Wednesday, July 16, 2003. She was born March 23, 1919, In Kenedy, to the late Juan and Maria DeHoyos Villa. She was a home-maker and a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Survivors: daughter, Helen Saenz of Cuero; stepdaughters. Victoria Garcia of San Antonio and Anita Alonzo of Bovina; sons, Juan Solis, Ruben Solis and Jimmy Solis, all of Cuero; sisters. Jesusa Quintana of Edinburg and Delores Salinas of Houston; brother, Manuel Villa of Cuero; 14 grandchildren; 30 greatgrandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by: husband, Santiago Solis; stepdaughters, Marcela Solis and Josephine Saenz; and brothers. Nicholas Villa and Guadalupe Villa. A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at Freund FUneral Home chapel. , Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, the Rev. Kirby Hlavaty officiating. Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 361-275-2343. MADELEINE B. STEWART SAN ANTONIO - Madeleine Berges Stewart, 74, of San Antonio and formerly of Hallettsville, died Wednesday, July 16, 2003. She was born in Pau, France. She was a teacher at the Institute of Texan Culture and had affiliation in the Alliance Frances. She traveled in the mountains of Peru and the Himalayas in Tibet. Survivors: son, John Francois Stewart of San Antonio; brother, Gerard Martz of Paris, France; and two grandchildren. Preceded in death by: husband, James D. Stewart. A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at Porter Loring Chapel in San Antonio. Services will be 1 1 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hallettsville. Burial will be at St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery in Hallettsville. Porter Loring Chapel, San Antonio, 210-227-8221. Local arrangements by Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 361-798-3271. Memorials: American Cancer Society. MANUEL D.GARCIA BAY CITY - Manuel DeLeon Garcia, 58, of Bay City, died Thursday, July 17,2003. He was born Jan. 16, 1945, in Bay City, to Ezquiel Sr. and Julia DeLeon Garcia of Bay City. He was a truck driver and a Catholic. Survivors: parents; wife, Mary J. Avila Garcia; daughters, Monica Garcia and Stacie Longoria, both of Bay City, and Brenda Reyna of Houston; sons, Richard Garcia of Bay City and Eddie Garcia of Freeport; brother, Sidney Garcia of Bay City; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Preceded in death by: brothers, Ezquiel Garcia Jr. and Richard Garcia. Services will be 4 p.m. Saturday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Van Vleck. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613. NANCY J. SMITH Nancy Jane Smith, 88 of The Woodlands, Texas, died peacefully on Saturday, July 12, 2003. She was born November 18, 1914 to the late James L. and Lillian Petty Williams in Sherman, Texas. As a legacy she leaves her creativity, especially her needlepoint, crochet, knitting, miniatures and love for every living thing as demonstrated by the ever-present pets, both wild and domestic. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Rackley and husband Weldon of Wilmington, N.C., and her son Robert Smith and wife Barbara of The Woodlands as well as grandchildren Shawn, Kip and Gina Rackley and Brooksy and Bufly Smith; Great-grandchildren Allissa, Mckenzie and Tyler Rack-ley, and Madison and Ryan Smith; Step Great-grandchildren Michael and John Amantea. She is preceded in death by Brooksy, her beloved husband of 44 years, and her grandson Stephen Rackley. Nancy Jane moved to Bay City following her marriage and resided there until she relocated to Wharton, Texas, following the death of Brooksy. While living in Bay City, she was Active in the First Baptist Church as a Sunday school teacher, leader of a Girl Scout Troop and in the various roles that supported the main activities of her children. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Friday, July 18, 2003 at Taylor Bro. Funeral Home in Bay City, with Dr. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Internment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements by Taylor Bros. Funeral Home 979-245-4613. VIRGINIA E. K00P VANDERBILT - Services for Virginia Edgin Koop, 78, of Vanderbiit who died Tuesday will be 2 pm today at St Pdul Lutheran Church in Edna, the Rev Paul Kaiser officiating. Burial will be at Red Blafl Cemetery. Slavik Funeral Home, Edna, 361-782-2152. Pallbearers: Wayne Koop, Larry Koop, Bobby Koop. Walter "Kopie" Koop, Kenneth Koop and James Koop Jr. Honorary pallbearers: Devon Fitzpatrick, Rodger Crawford, Donald Crawford, Toby Symmank, Pat Browning. Jerry Browning, Roy Roberson, Gilford Roberson and Carl Schubert. Memorials: St. Paul Lutheran Church. ENOCH B0SWELL PORT LAVACA - Services for Enoch "Ike" Boswell, 69. of Port Lavaca, who died Monday, will be 10 a.m. today at Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be at Hugh Wilson Cemetery in Tanglewood, Texas. Richardson Colonial Funeral Home. Port Lavaca, 361-552-2988. GLADYS E. DAVIS YOAKUM - Gladys Eckols Davis, 99, of Yoakum, died Thursday, July 17, 2003. Services are pending at Buffing-ton Funeral Home, Yoakum, 361-293-2333. LOUIS H. BEVERSD0RF YOAKUM - Services for Louis H. "Buster" Beversdorf, 75, of Houston, who died Sunday, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Buffington Funeral Home chapel, the Rev. Richard Bowden officiating. Burial will be Oak Grove Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 361-293-2333. RAYMOND A. MEYER SR. YOAKUM - Services for Raymond Albert Meyer Sr., 91, of Yoakum, who died Tuesday, will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Buffington Funeral Home chapel, the Rev. Gary Goodson officiating. Burial will be at Oak Grove Ceme-'tery. Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 361-293-2333. FLOYD T. HAMM0NS PORT LAVACA - Floyd Terrell Hammons, 83, of Port Lavaca, died Wednesday, July 16, 2003. He was born Dec. 3, 1919, in Port Lavaca, to the late Barney Franklin and Maude Elizabeth Carter Hammons. He was a crane operator at Alcoa and a member of Lyngrove Methodist Church. Survivors: wife, Bettye Louise Hammons; daughters, Terry Margaret Hammons Leita of Inez and Shelby Louise Hammons of Longview; son, Floyd Gale Hammons of Bay City, sisters, Annie Bell Chamberland of Enis and Joyce Smith Dallas; brother, James Alex Hammons of Martin; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by: sisters, Ilene Toland, Ruth Harris, Mavis Peinney and Elizabeth Louise Hammons; and brothers, B E Hammons, Samuel Hammons, Walter Lee Hammons and Clinton Hammons. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. tonight at Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home chapel. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home chapel, the Rev. Anthony Casey Dubose officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery. Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home, Port Lavaca, 361-552-2988. Memorials: Alamo Heights Baptist Church. Combat deaths- Continued from Page 1 A War. For troops' families, critics of the war and supporters, too, the rising casualty numbers underscored concerns abo.ut how U.S. leaders are managing the conflict. Are the tours of duty too long? Should the United States keep nearly 150,000 troops in Iraq? Was the entire war a mistake? The Pentagon officially updated its figures Thursday morning. On Wednesday, a rocket-propelled grenade attack on a supply convoy took the life of one soldier; on Monday, one soldier was killed and six wounded in another convoy attack. "Every day it terrifies me," said Julie Galloway in Hinesville, Ga., whose husband, Sgt. Michael Galloway, is in Iraq with the 3rd Infantry Division. She still supports the war, but no longer watches the news. "How do they expect people to live like this?" Last week, President Bush asked for patience and said the nation would "have to remain tough." Prior to the war's start in March, some analysts thought it might be much worse. They raised fears of heavy casualties if the Iraqis used chemical and biological weapons, or engaged in a house-to-house defense of Baghdad Neither scenario came to pass. The 147 deaths from hostile fire include 32 that have occurred since May 1, when Bush declared major combat over, according to the Pentagon figures. Overall, there have been 224 Americans killed in Iraq since the war began March 20, the Pentagon said. That includes 77 accidental and other deaths that weren't the result of hostile attacks - two-' thirds of them after May 1. Hi

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