Graveside memorial service for Dixie J Coats, 82, of Lawton, was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 29, 2015, at the Walters Cemetery, Walters, Oklahoma, with Pam West, officiating. Mrs. Coats passed away on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at a local retirement center in Lawton. She was born on March 2, 1933, in Walters, Oklahoma, to Robert Sanford and Vonnie Arvonia Leneau Brewer Wilson. Dixie grew up in Walters and attended school in both Walters and Needles, California, from which she graduated high school. She married Robert (Bob) Coats on January 13, 1951, in Walters. Dixie worked several years at Otasco in Walters and also owned and operated her own beauty shop in Walters. She loved to sew, quilt and cook delicious meals for her family. Following retirement, she and her husband traveled full-time in their motor home for 10 years.
John H. Oliver, 92, formerly of Uvalde, died at his residence in Portland on Aug. 14, 2015. He was born on Nov. 26, 1922, in Crockett to Susan (Allee) and John Denton Oliver. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps at the age of 19 and was stationed in the Philippine Islands. His unit was captured by the Japanese in 1942. He was awarded the Bronze Star, World War II Victory Medal, the Pacific Theatre Medal of War, and the Prisoner of War Medal. He later became the national commander of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor. In 1958, he opened Oliver’s Jewelry Store in Kingsville and ran it until 1970. He then moved to Uvalde with his wife, Dawn. The couple purchased his brother’s jewelry store, which they owned and operated as Oliver’s Jewelry Store for 19 years. They retired in 1995 and moved to Portland in 2012. He is survived by his wife, Dawn M.
Peggy Trickey Northcutt, 92, died Aug. 22, 2015, at her home in Highland Park, Texas. She was born on July 8, 1923, in Fort Worth to Mary and Charles Trickey and graduated from Texas State College for Women in Denton with a degree in child development. While working for American Airlines at Dallas Love Field, she met the love of her life, Robert “Bob” Northcutt. They were married in December of 1948. Peggy was a member of the Dallas Women’s Club, the Junior League of Dallas, and the Junior League Garden Club. She was a parishioner at the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, where she served on the altar guild committee for many years. According to the family, she loved playing doubles tennis and hosting her ever-expanding family. In fact, following the death of her husband in 1990, family members wondered how the 67-year-old would navigate the rest of her life without her singular partner.
Alice M. Dawson, 91, of Uvalde died on Aug. 23, 2015, in Schertz. A graveside service will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Uvalde Cemetery, followed by interment. She was born on Dec. 11, 1923, in Reagan Wells. She was preceded in death by her husband William Lee Dawson Jr., and one son, Darryl Mills Dawson. She is survived by one daughter, Sharon Lee Dawson of Schertz; five grandchildren, Lisa Lee Potter and husband, Byron, Michael Dawson, Michelle Dawson, Melissa Burrier Kaiser and husband, Stephen, and Paul Burrier Jr.; five great-grandchildren, Crystal Keiser, Tammy Burrier, Austin Krueger, Ashley Krueger, and Amber Lee Potter; and three great-great-grandchildren, Izabella Burrier, Celeste Keiser, and Caleigh Keiser.
Janice O. McClure, 82, of Montell died on Aug. 24, 2015, at her residence. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary with interment following at Hillcrest Cemetery. She was born on Sept. 3, 1932, in San Antonio to Pearl Olive (Seale) and Japtha Price Landrum. She married Robert Allen McClure in Uvalde on Sept. 10, 1961. He preceded her in death in 2011. She is survived by one son, Raleigh McClure of San Antonio; two daughters, Julie Sue McCaughan and husband, William, of San Angelo, and Paula Jean Stonecipher of Missouri; one daughter-in-law, Jeanie Farris of Missouri; five grandchildren, Michelle McCaughan, Daniel McCaughan, Amanda Leek, R.J. McClure, and Roberta Russell; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Roberta Jean McClure and Janice Kay Craig; one son, Daniel Thomas Craig; two brothers; and two sisters.
Steven Novosad, 54, died at his residence in Utopia on Aug. 21, 2015, after a short battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Navarre Funeral Home in Baytown. He was born on May 15, 1961, to Lima (Klesel) and Edwind Novosad in Baytown, and he graduated from Lee High School in 1976. He worked as an operator at Gulf Chemical Plant, which later became Chevron Philips. In 2005, he retired and moved to the Hill Country where he became a park ranger at Lost Maples State Natural Area. He then began a travel trailer rental business, S and T Travel Trailers. He had many hobbies including fostering and training service dogs, welding, fishing, going to the gun range and raising his own dogs, cats and chickens. He was preceded in death by his father, Edwind Novosad, and one sister, Vernell Perkins.
Lawrence Jacob Tschirhart, 91, of Bigfoot passed away on Aug. 22, 2015, at Devine Health and Rehabilitation, surrounded by his family and those who loved him most. Visitation will be held today at the Hurley Funeral Home Chapel in Pearsall from 2 to 9 p.m., with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m tomorrow at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Pearsall, with interment to follow at the Charlotte City Cemetery. Lawrence was born at his country home in Castroville in 1923 to Lorine (Wernette) and Sam Tschirhart. As a child, Lawrence attended St. Louis Catholic School in Castroville where he sang in the choir and played baseball. He married Doris Hutzler on Oct. 28, 1947, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Devine. The couple met on Valentine’s Day and instantly bonded over their faith and common ancestry. They married just eight months later. Lawrence loved the land and made his living as a farmer.
Ernesto Flores Santos Sr., 70, of Uvalde died on Aug. 19, 2015, at his residence. He was born on Nov. 29, 1944, in Uvalde to Juanita (Flores) and Tomas Santos. He married Anna Peña in Uvalde on Sept. 17, 1999. He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Christine Maldonado and husband, Arturo, of Austin and Cassandra De Hoyos of Uvalde; five sons, Ernest Santos Jr. and wife, Mary, Cruz Santos and wife, Juanita, Leeroy Santos and wife, Arcie, Michael Santos, all of Uvalde, and Roy Elemen Jr. and wife, Mary, of Adkins; nine grandchildren Kathryn Santos, Amanda Lynn Santos, Samantha Santos, C.J. Santos, Christopher Santos, Jeremy Santos, Diego Marines, Nataly Santos and Katherine Fulton and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Gilbert Santos. A rosary was recited on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A funeral mass was held yesterday at 9 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Anastacia Fuentez Mancha of Uvalde, 79, died on Aug. 12, 2015, at the Uvalde Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Uvalde. She was born on April 27, 1936, in Sonora to Filomena (Fuentez) and Cleto Sifuentes Mancha. She is survived by four sisters, Celestina S. Rangel of Del Rio, Josefa Cervantes Maria M. Ruiz, both of Uvalde, and Refugia Aguilar of Georgetown; and one brother, Anacleto Mancha of Uvalde. She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, Eduardo Mancha, Evaristo Mancha, Lazaro Mancha and Gregorio Mancha. A memorial service was held yesterday at 4 p.m. at Templo Cristiano Church.
Jerome John Gold, 84, died Aug. 18, 2015, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 22, 1930, in Fredericksburg to Alma (Knopp) and Guenther Theodore Gold. Visitation will take place today from 4 to 6 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. Funeral services will be tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Rushing-Estes- Knowles with chaplain Bill Ruff officiating. A reception will follow at the mortuary’s reception hall. Interment will take place at Hillcrest Cemetery. Gold served in the U.S. Navy. He worked for Coca Cola for 30 years, bookkeeping and managing the Uvalde plant. He was a member of the Lions Club and American Legion for many years. According to the family, Gold had a great love for the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his friends and family – especially his grandchildren. The family said he was a most loving person who enjoyed visiting with and getting to know people.