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EDWARD LEWIS NISBET ('70)
On August 23, 2005, Edward Lewis Nisbet made a peaceful transition through
death after a long illness at the age of 53. He was surrounded by his family
at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Ed was born on September 29, 1951 in
Houston, Texas to Robert C. and Sara L. Nisbet. Ed graduated in 1970 from H.M.
King High School in Kingsville and received a Bachelor of Business
Administration from Texas A&I in Kingsville.
Ed was preceded in death by his father and his beautiful wife Lisa Pointer
His surviving family includes two daughters, Michelle (Rick) Elizondo of
Kingwood, Texas and Melissa (Jorge) Elizondo of Brownsville, Texas; five
grandchildren: Lauren and Sydney Elizondo; Alejandra, Andres and Sofia
Elizondo; his mother, Sara Nisbet of Mathis, Texas; four siblings: Gail
(Larry) Kestler of Livingston, Texas, David (Juliette) Nisbet of Corpus
Christi, Texas, Sue (Ed) Bradley of San Marcos, Texas and Tricia Lynn (Felix)
Rolon of Miami, Florida; also numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service and celebration of his life was conducted Thursday, August
25, 2005, 1:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio located at 404
N. Alamo Street.
Lending a hand. Cedar Park Police Association President Albert Munoz joined
CLEAT and officers from Galveston, Galveston County and Texas City in
delivering supplies, such as food, water, ammunition, body armor, toiletry
items, socks and shirts to New Orleans Police officers on Sunday, Sept. 4.
The Austin Community College Police Department also gathered items that were
taken to assist the officers.
[Albert is the son of Adan ('66) and Middy (Alaniz - '67) Munoz.
From the Hill Country News, Sept. 8, 2005.]
NEWS FROM KATRINA VICTIMS
Sunday, Sept. 4, 2005
Last night, at 11:30 p.m., my daughters called to say KXAN TV was posting a
request for volunteers to come to the Convention Center immediately and help
set up beds for a newly arriving batch of hurricane victims, who were due about
5:00 a.m. We went downtown to see what we could do. There were more people
at the Convention Center than there were on Sixth Street! In a mere 2 hours
after the request was broadcast, almost 2,000 people were lined up waiting to
register to help. The line stretched for an entire city block, and an
exhausted but moist-eyed volunteer (he hadn't slept in four days) told us they
had far more people offering their time than they could possibly use.
In the meantime, I received the following e-mail from Carolann Arthur ('65),
who lives in Meridian, MS.
"We're okay. Just got our electricity back on yesterday. My DSL is out, but I
was finally able to get a land-line tonight & get online. Phones are totally
screwed up, even cell phones.
Things look like someone dropped a bomb. It will be a very long time getting
everyone's electric power restored in our county and surrounding counties,
clearing the downed trees off of roads and out of homes, picking up all the
garbage (spoiled food) and debris. God love em, we have workers from a number
of states here cleaning up, helping out, restringing power lines, poles,
cutting paths through the jungle of trees. Naturally, it's hot as HELL.
I don't know how these guys can do it, but I sure love them for being willing
to do it!!!!!
All the water systems were contaminated due to loss of pressure and
electricity, so we're boiling our water before consuming. At least we are
able to bathe, wash clothes, dishes, etc. now that our power is back on.
I won't go into all the gorey details. Things are terrible here (about 200
miles from the coast), but the pictures and stories from the coast are a
disgrace! I'm sure you agree....
Hugs to you. Keep everyone in these states in your prayers.
ALICE PATTILLO NAU
Alice Pattillo Nau, 48, went to be with our Lord, after a courageous battle
with brain cancer, on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at her residence, with her
family by her side.
She was born on July 27, 1957 in Kingsville Texas to Frankie Crocker Pattillo
and Olen Hubert Pattillo. She went to Ricardo Elementary and graduated at H.M.
King High School in 1975 and from Texas A & I University with a Bachelor’s
degree in Elementary Education in 1979. She taught in the public schools for
twenty years in Banquete, Ricardo and her last twelve years in Riviera as a
Pre-Kindergarten teacher. She was a dedicated and charismatic teacher.
Alic‚ was preceded in death by her father.
She is survived by her mother, Frankie Pattillo; daughter, Abigail Frances
Nau and son, Olen Daniel Nau of Kingsville, Texas; two brothers, Gary A.
Pattillo of Kingsville and Monte F. (Tammy) Pattillo of Calallen, Texas; four
sisters: Debbie A. Pattillo and Terri E. Pattillo of Kingsville, Jayne P.
(Jack) Loff of Brownsville, Texas and Leah E. (Donald) Murphy of Port Aransas,
Texas. Other survivors include six nieces: Nona Marie Gajdos, Gina Dear, Nena
Murphy, Erika Loff, Mattie Pattillo, Shelby Pattillo and on nephew Trevor
In lieu of flowers, Alic‚ requested that donations be given to the Riviera
Kleberg Co. Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 53, Riviera, Texas 78379.
A Memorial Service will be held 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2005 at
Kingsville Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.
[From the Corpus Christi Caller, Aug. 12, 2005]
Old friends from Class of '67 get together at Chez Zee in Austin
L-R: Beth Walters Franke, Susan Hayes Edwards, Kitty Walker, Jan Anderson Redden, and Jan Steinke Starnes
JAMES M. (MIKE) HAESE ('75)
James M. (Mike) Haese passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2005, in Corpus
Christi, Texas, after a very courageous nearly four-year battle with cancer.
He was born on November 28, 1956, in Ganado, Texas. Due to his father's
occupation, Mike and his brothers lived in various small South Texas towns
while growing up, towns which were the ideal foundation for what would become
a life-long love for hunting, fishing, and baseball. He graduated from
Kingsville High School in 1975, was very proud to have worked for Valero
Refining for the last 27 years, and almost 5 years ago found his permanent
"vacation spot" on Padre Island after marrying Irasema (Iris) Valdez.
Mike was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Gordon and Mae Haese
of Liberty, Texas, and his maternal grandfather, Ernest Kunkel of Ganado,
He is survived by his wife Irasema (Iris) Haese of Corpus Christi, Texas; his
father and stepmother, Gordon and Elizabeth Haese, his mother and stepfather,
Carolyn and Jerry Foster, and his grandmother Ella Kunkel, all of Kingsville,
Mike leaves behind a brother, Ronnie Haese of Kingsville, Texas, and a brother
and sister-in-law, Rick and Devon Haese of Corpus Christi, Texas, and two
stepsisters, Alexis Foster and Katherine Perez, both of San Antonio, Texas.
Mike is also survived by his father and mother-in-law, Americo and Herlinda
Valdez; brother and sister-in-law, Hector and Annie Valdez; sisters-and
brothers’ in-law, Selma and Ron Hernandez and Irene and Rudy Landa, all of
Corpus Christi, Texas and a sister-in-law, Deena Valdez of Dallas, Texas. Mike
was very proud of and will be greatly missed by his nieces and nephews, Erin,
Amy and Drew Haese of Kingsville, Texas, Ryann Haese of Corpus Christi, Texas
and Gabriel and Andrea Valdez, Marc and Nicole Hernandez, and Cesar and Sara
Landa, all of Corpus Christi, Texas. Though Mike leaves behind a very large
Valero Refining family, he was especially proud of his "C" Shift brothers.
Mike was the strongest person we will ever know, facing his illness
optimistically and showing those around him how to live each and every day
no matter what obstacles you may face. Mike would be the first to tell you
that no matter the outcome, he had lived a blessed life.
The Haese, Foster, and Valdez families would like to send a special thank you
and our sincere admiration to the Christus Spohn Hospice organization,
especially Angie Ruiz and Mary Tunches, who cared for Mike as if he was a
member of their own family.
Visitation will be held at Seaside Funeral Home on Sunday, July 24, 2005, from
1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m.
Graveside Services will be held on Monday, July 25, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at
the Ganado Cemetery in Ganado, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in
Houston, Texas, or the American Cancer Society.
[From the Corpus Christi Caller Times, July 24, 2005. Submitted by Adan Munoz ('66).]
FRANK B. HIGGINS, M.D.
Frank B. Higgins, M.D. We celebrate the life of Frank B. Higgins, M.D. Born in
Sulfur Springs, Texas, to Charles and Sarah Higgins on November 23, 1918, he
went to be with the Lord July 5, 2005, in Austin. Frank graduated from East
Texas State with a B.S., and went on to get his Masters from U.T. Austin. He
then attended the prestigeous Johns Hopkins School of public Health from
1941-42. Frank joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 and was sent to U.T. Medical
School in Galveston, and graduated in 1947. He did his Internship and
Residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, specializing in
Internal Medicine. He became an active duty medical officer from 1949-51 and
retired in 1957 Lt. (M.C.) U.S.N.R. Despite his advanced education and
experience Frank preferred to bring the practice of quality, caring medicine
to more rural areas of Texas. He had private practices in Yoakum (3 yrs) and
Kingsville (18 yrs). Frank was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Ben Hur Shrine,
Scottish Rite, and a member of St. Albans Espicopal Church. Frank showed his
remarkable courage when he wed his beloved wife Elizabeth Wright Jester since
each was bringing three teenage sons to the marriage. This loving husband,
father, and step-father is survived by the wife he adored, Elizabeth, and a
brood of sons and daughters who will miss him: Charles Higgins, Greg and
Debbie Oveland and their children Christopher and Elizabeth of San Antonio;
John Higgins, Jeff and Nancy Oveland of Dallas; Tim and Sonya Oveland of
Neiderwald. He was preceded in death by his son, James Frank Higgins. Frank
loved medicine so much that he worked for Texas Rehabilitation Commission/
DARS-DDS until his death at 86. The memorial plans are for a small family
gathering at his and Liz s "sanctuary" on Onion Creek, so in lieu of flowers
the family requests donations to the charities of your choice.
[Published in the Austin American-Statesman on 7/17/2005.]
[Submitted by Nancy Deviney ('65). Article from the Freer Press, June 29, 2005]
ADRIAN ALANIZ, NEPHEW OF ADAN ('66) AND MIDDY ALANIZ ('67) MUNOZ, GETS WRITEUP IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
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DAVID LAMAR (MARK) FLATO ('63)
DAVID LAMAR (MARK) FLATO passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack on June 19,
2005 while in West Texas. He was doing what he enjoyed most, motorcycling with
friends. Mark was born on August 23, 1944 in Marlin, Texas and was raised in
Kingsville, Texas. Following his service in the U. S. Marine Corps, Mark
worked as a computer specialist and administrator in Houston. He was an active
member of the BMW Club of Houston and the HAL-PC Users group. He loved to fly
small aircraft and held a commercial pilot's license. Mark gave unselfishly of
his time and talents to others, and he leaves behind a host of friends who
were very special to him. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles H.
Flato, III and Frances Chatham Flato and his brother Charles H. Flato, IV.
Mark is survived by his brother Francis M. (Frank) Flato of Irving, Texas, his
nephew Charles H. (Rique) Flato, V of Richmond, Virginia, his niece Susan R.
Flato of Corpus Christi, Texas, and his uncle Thomas B. Chatham of Corsicana,
Texas. A memorial service will be held to honor and celebrate Mark's life at
10 a.m. on Friday, July 1, 2005 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1805 W.
Alabama, Houston, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a
charity of choice.
[Published in the Houston Chronicle on 6/26/2005.]
CHARLES FROMAN SAUNDERS, JR.
Charles Froman Saunders, Jr., age 79, passed away June 20, 2005 at a hospital
in Kerrville, Texas. He was born April 1, 1926 to Charles and Mary Saunders in
Corpus Christi. Charles married Nelda Irene Riffe March 4, 1946 in Corpus
He was preceded in death by parents, Charles and Mary Saunders; three sisters
and one brother.
He is survived by his wife, Nelda Saunders of Utopia, Texas; daughter, Peggy
Lancaster and husband, Shelby of Sugarland, Texas; sons, Bobby Jack Saunders
of Utopia, Texas and Larry Gene Saunders of South Sioux City, Nebraska;
sisters, Betty Eddy of Pleasanton, Texas, Patricia Fink and husband, Sig of
Fairbanks, Alaska; brother, John W. Saunders and wife Esther of Seguin, Texas;
six grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, great
nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.
Services will be held on Friday, June 24, 2005 at 1:30 p.m. at First Baptist
Church in Utopia, Texas with Bro. Jimmy Linn, Bro. John Carter, Bro. Norman
Rushing, and Bro. Timothy Walshe. Burial will be at Waresville Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be: Shelby Lancaster, Jr., Ray Schultz, Bruce Hudson, Dean
Haley, John Edward Saunders, John Eric Saunders, Floyd Luper, Jr., Duane Hahn.
Honorary pallbearers will be: Lloyd Wientjes, Donald Hahn, and Jerry Thompson.
[From the Corpus Christi Caller, June 24, 2005]
Smith, Dr. Malcolm Crawford
DR. MALCOLM CRAWFORD SMITH, age 69, a resident of Shoreacres since 1966, passed
away Friday, June 3, 2005, at the Baytown Methodist Hospital after a brief
illness. His wife, Jamie Marie, survives Dr. Smith. He is survived by son
Gavin and daughter-in-law Libby, daughter Natasha and their mother Mary. Also
survived by stepson James Foster and wife Janet. Grandchildren are Kelcey,
Katy, Julie, Preslie, Gunnar, and numerous nieces and nephews. Survived by
brothers, Sam and former wife Vicki, Rollin and wife Dixie and Lois Falvella,
Mother-in-law. Dr. Smith was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Kara,
and his parents Malcolm Sr. and Bessie Smith of Kingsville, Texas. Dr. Smith
was born in Kingsville, Texas on January 2, 1936. Dr. Smith received his DVM
degree from Texas A&M in May of 1959. Upon graduation, Dr. Smith joined the
United States Air Force, serving as a member of the Medical Science Corps.
While in the Air Force He earned a Masters Degree in Food Technology from
Purdue University. He was then immediately assigned to NASA Space Center,
where he was instrumental in developing the technology for the Space Program
that is still in use worldwide. Dr. Smith left the Air Force in 1969 but
continued to work for NASA until 1983. He then worked as a consultant with
numerous companies. During this time, Dr. Smith re-entered the Air Force as a
member of the Texas Air National Guard in 1978, serving until his retirement
in 1988 as a Lt. Col. The family would like to express their heart-felt
gratitude to the doctor's, nurses, and support personnel at the Baytown
Hospital. A private Memorial was held at Dr. Smith's Home on June 5. In lieu
of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, of the
American Heart Association.
[Published in the Houston Chronicle on 6/15/2005.]