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Roy Ford, 50, of Wharton was born Jan. 12,1972 departed this life Nov 21,2022.  

Our father, Earnest Lee Gillis, left this world on November 22, 2022 at the age of 84. He will be greatly missed and will always hold a special place in our hearts. We would love for you to come and join us in honoring his life because it was definitely an extraordinary life well lived.  

Raymond Henderson, 75, of Houston born in El Campo February 15, 1947 passed away November 26, 2022. Funeral service will be Saturday, December 3 at 10 a.m. at Greater St. Matthew in Houston, with burial following at Peach Creek.

Mrs. Sadie Conner Johnson, of Wharton passed away on November 23, 2022.  Sadie was born on April 23, 1943 to Danny and Susie Conner.

   Mrs. Anita Marie Michalec went to her home in heaven on Sunday, November 20, 2022.  The only daughter of Edwin and Mary Ann Derrich Kresta, Anita was born on February 25, 1933, in Wharton County, Texas. She married the love of her life Laddie A. Michalec on October 15, 1951.  The family m…

  Carrie Rae Muhlhausen, 41, of Wharton passed away suddenly on November 22, 2022, in a motor vehicle accident.  She was born in Wharton on July 29, 1981, to Johnnie Hoelscher and Susan Tucker Hoelscher.

   Robert “Rock” Phillips, 81, a native Whartonian, born December 15, 1940, peacefully transitioned at his home November 21, 2022 surrounded by family.

  Juan Ruiz, 81, of Wharton passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at a Sugar Land hospital following an extended illness. He was born on November 6, 1941, in La Mesa, Texas to the late Pedro Ruiz and Conception Rios Ruiz.

   Juan was raised in the La Mesa area. He married Ernestina Ruiz on November 15, 1964, in Wharton. She preceded him in death on March 27, 2021.  He was a skilled cabinet maker, a devout Catholic and loved sports – especially football (Go Cowboys), baseball (Go ‘Stros) and volleyball.  He enjoyed playing washers and Chinese checkers with friends and family.  He loved watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their sport activities and other events.  In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by his sister, Julia Garza and his brothers, Guadalupe Ruiz and Ignacio Ruiz.

  Juan is survived by his children Rhonda Ruiz, Rhoda Ruiz, Roland & Cathy Ruiz and Randy & Carolina Ruiz, sisters, Manuela Perales and  Janie Arreazola of Kennedy, brother, Andres Ruiz of San Antonio, grandchildren, Stephanie & Quincy Ragston, Stacy & Joseph Aguilar, Randy & Jessica Ruiz, Jr., Ryan & Chelsea Ruiz, Chase & Katy Ruiz, Kellsie Ruiz, Sebastian Castro and PVT Jacob Castro and great-grandchildren Krystella Lopez, Ramiro Lopez, Mathew Lopez, Jocelyn Lopez, Dylan Silva, Devon Silva, Randy Ruiz III, Autumn Ruiz, Aden Ruiz, Bryson Ruiz, Connor Ruiz and Penny Aguilar.

    Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects Sunday, November 27th after 4 p.m. at the Wharton Funeral Home, 515 E. Boling Hwy. with a rosary service to begin at 6:00 p.m.  Funeral services will be on Monday, November 28th, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 506 S East Ave in Wharton. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, Wharton.

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    Funeral services are under the direction of Wharton Funeral Home. 515 E Boling Hwy. Wharton, Tx  77488. 979-532-3410.  

   Peggy Salas, 71, of Newgulf passed away on Tuesday evening, November 22, 2022 at her home. She was born on September 15, 1951, in Newgulf to the late Joe and Teddy Cook. Peggy was also preceded in death by her granddaughters, Brooke and Morgan Salas.

  Patsy Ruth Cooper Shannon passed away peacefully November 8, 2022, at Crestview Retirement Center in Bryan. Born in Newgulf on December 27, 1931, she was just a few weeks away from her 91st birthday.

Addie “Honey” Cooper, 92, of Wharton, born June 28,1930 departed this life November  11, 2022.

Leon John Kristynik, 87, of Wharton departed from this life peacefully at his home on Saturday, November 12, 2022. He was born on July 25, 1935 in Novohrad and was the youngest of the four children of Joe A. and Martha Kristynik. As a youth, he attended Komensky School and Abbott’s Grove. On…

John David White, Sr., 91, of Wharton born March 6, 1931 passed away on November 13, 2022. His visitation will be Friday, November 18, 2-7 p.m. at Matthews Funeral Home.

Juanita Delores Johnson, 84 yrs. old of Houston passed away on November 04, 2022.  Juanita was born on November 11, 1937.

Wilbert Wayne Kalina, Sr. passed away on November 7, 2022 at his home in Wharton. He was born on January 6, 1949 to Wilbert “Wille” and Viola Kalina and was the eldest of six children.

Benito Pena, 69, of Wharton passed away on November 9, 2022, at a Sugar Land hospital. He was born on June 29,1953, to Luciano and Juanita Pesina Pena.

Daniel Clifford “Dan” Hobbins passed away peacefully in his home in Shiner, Texas the morning of September 26, 2022. Dan was born September 26, 1963 in Beaumont to Clifford and Janelle Hobbins and was the youngest of six children.

Wilma Jean Wilson, 77, of Houston born July 28, 1945 in Wharton went home to be with the Lord November 4, 2022. To honor her life,  a visitation will be held Friday, November 11, 2-6 p.m. at  Matthews Funeral Home and Saturday, November 12, 9-11 a.m. at New Faith Church.

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Billie Hollis Jones passed away at her home on Monday, October 31, 2022.  Billie was born in Tenaha, Texas to Ray Franklin Hollis and Maggie Nichols Hollis.

Billie Jones’ visitation will be held on Thursday, November 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Wharton Funeral Home.

Alphonse David, Jr. “Junior”, 68, of East Bernard, passed away on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at his residence in East Bernard. Alphonse was born February 7, 1954, in East Bernard to the late Alphonse David, Sr and Mary Valigura David. 

Thomas Eugene Hudgins, 90, of Wharton, passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2022 in Wharton. Thomas was born November 29, 1931, in Hungerford to the late Carlton and Dora Wilbeck Hudgins. 

Lisa Melendez, 46, of Wharton, passed away peacefully while in hospital care on October 23, 2022 from complications after a sudden diagnosis of cancer. She was born in Orange County Florida to Wanda Christy Melendez and late Benjamin Melendez.

Thomas E. Hudgins, 90, of Wharton. Passed into the arms of the lord on October 23, 2022 at Sodalis Nursing Home. Thomas was born on November 29, 1931 in Hungerford to the late Carlton and Dora Wilbeck Hudgins.

John Joseph Kramr passed away peacefully at his residence on October 19, 2022, at the age of 94. John was born June 8, 1928, to the late William and Mary (Jurajda) Kramr. 

Alfred Preston, 79, of Wharton, born August 1, 1943 in Damon to the late Willie & Rosie Preston, departed this life October 22, 2022.

Ruth Vivian Swafford, 96, passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus on October 20, 2022, in Houston. She was born May 30, 1926, in Gulf, Texas to the late Frank Everett and Rose Ryman Hatchett.

Lucille Thompson, age 89, of Richmond passed away in Houston Hospice on Friday, October 21, 2022. She was born on July 3, 1933, in Ridge, TX, to the late William Wesley Perkins and Ima Fay Johnston Perkins.

Calvin Edwards, 75, of Wharton born May 26, 1947, departed this life October 16, 2022 surrounded by his family.

Cornelius Ray Craft, Sr. age 74 yrs. old of Houston, TX. passed away October 11, 2022.  Mr. Craft was born on December 06, 1947 in El Campo to London J. Craft and Ruthie Mae Boston.

On October, 16, 2022, Peggy Duyka of Wharton Texas, was called home to Jesus after a courageous battle at MD Anderson.

Clarence Lolan “Bubba” Goudeau, 79, of Hungerford, passed away on Sunday, October 16, 2022, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on February 10, 1943, in Houston to the late Harry Young Goudeau and Naomi Jane Watts Goudeau Lewis.

Jessie C. Hill, age 82, of Van Vleck, passed away Thursday, October 6, 2022 in Brazosport hospital following a brief illness.  He was born June 20, 1940 in Wharton to the late Henry and Edna Mae McKey Hill. 

Alphonse Johnny Sitka (A.J. Sitka), age 79, passed away Sunday, October 2, 2022 in Oakbend hospital following a brief illness.  He was born June 6, 1943 in Wharton to Alphonse and Ella Jurena Sitka. 

Wilfred Vencil Srubar passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at Houston Hospice in Houston. He was born November 27, 1925 to Louis Srubar and Anna Andel Srubar in East Bernard, Texas.

On September 23, 2022, Linda Lou Abercrombie, loving wife and mother, passed away at age 77. Her battle with serious medical issues these last several years showed her courage and determination to live. Linda maintained her great sense of humor and insisted on having her hair fixed and red l…

  Mattie Mae Bruno, age 52, born on February 15, 1970, passed away September 28, 2022. Services will be held Saturday, October 8, visitation will be 9 a.m.  - 11 a.m. Funeral service will be held at MLK Church of Christ, 1908 MLK Blvd, Wharton, TX. Repast immediately following at Abell St C/…

Pastor Helen McCanick, 75, of Wharton born September 21, 1947 in Wharton received her heavenly wings on September 27, 2022.

Daniel Clifford Hobbins, 59 years old, passed away peacefully from his Shiner home into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on September 26, 2022.

Rosie Marie ”Rotaye” Jackson-Bailey, age 58 yrs. old of Wharton passed away September 28, 2022.  “Rotaye” was born on November 11, 1963 in Wharton to Raymond Shanklin and Rosie Jackson.

Mr. Justin Ross Price, 38 yrs. old of Wharton passed away September 27, 2022.  Justin was born on February 21, 1984 in El Campo to Felton Price, Sr. and Yolonda Gary.

Julian Estrada, Jr., 41, of Lane City passed away September 23, 2022 after a sudden illness.  He was born on March 23, 1981 to Julian Estrada, Sr and Isabel Andrade Garcia. Raised in Lane City, Julian graduated from Wharton High school with the Class of 2000.  He worked at the Perma Pom fact…

Larry P. Robertson, 75 years old passed away in the arms of the Lord, on September 23, 2022 , at his home surrounded by family, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born in Ramona California April 1st 1947 to Former Fire Chief Rick Robertson and mother Kitty of Ramona California. 

Raymond John Valigura, 86, of Sealy passed away September 18, 2022 after a sudden illness.  He was born on December 3, 1935 to the late Steve and Louise Kubena Valigura.

Alton William Balusek of Garwood died September 23, 2022 at the age of 84. He was born December 13, 1937 in Provident City to Emil and Lena Brownson Balusek.

Lula Mae Allen Ray, age 63 yrs. old of Rosenberg, TX. passed away September 20, 2022.  Mrs. Ray was born on July 16,1959 in Wharton to Lloyd Elsie Allen and Mary Lee Sanders.

Mary Kathryn Sparks passed away peacefully to be with our Lord on September 14, 2022.  Mary was born February 13, 1933 in Minturn, Arkansas.  She spent her early childhood years in Arkansas and considered Malvern her hometown, later years were in San Antonio, Houston and Corpus Christi where…

John Wesley Steen, age 45, beloved son, brother and father went to be with his Heavenly Father on September 22. 2022. He died at Memorial Hermann in Houston, from a brief illness.   John is preceded by his father Gil Steen. He has left behind his mother Betty Steen, two brothers, Billy and J…

Lois Esther Boerger, 69, of Wharton passed away suddenly Tuesday, September 20, 2022.  She was born on January 7, 1953 to the late Rev. Walter and Paula Gaertner Bielefeldt.

Muriel Dean Hacker, 82 of El Campo passed away on September 19, 2022. He was born on March 20, 1940 in El Campo to the late Fred and Georgia Fothergill Hacker. He retired in 2018 from Tree House Furniture where he repaired and finished furniture.

Mary Kathleen Sparks passed away peacefully to be with our Lord on September 14, 2022.  Mary was born February 13, 1933 in Minturn, Arkansas.  She spent her early childhood years in Arkansas and considered Malvern her hometown, later years were in San Antonio, Houston and Corpus Christi wher…