July 9, 2003
Walter C. Schwartz
September 6, 1921 - July 7, 2003
Walter C. Schwartz age 81 of Brenham, Texas died Monday, July 7, 2003 in Methodist Hospital of Houston.
He was born September 6, 1921 in Iago, Texas to Walter Henry and Bertha Caroline Prenzler Schwartz. Walter was graduate of Brenham High School, Blinn College, University of Texas and the University of Houston where he received his Master’s degree. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corp in World War II as a communications specialist in Japan. On December 21, 1947 Walter married Annie Belle Kuehn in the St. John’s United Church of Christ in Burton, Texas. He was affectionately know to his friends as “Onion”. He held various positions at Blinn College from night school teacher for returning veterans beginning in 1948, Dean of Students from 1959-1984, 11th President of Blinn College from 1984-1994 and the first Chancellor from 1994 until his death. He had seen Blinn College grow from 300 students to over 12,000 students at the Brenham, Bryan and Schulenberg campuses.
He also held numerous public offices serving two terms in the Texas legislature representing District 21 from 1954-1959, City Council Member for the City of Brenham from 1982-1984 and 1962-1970 and Mayor of the City of Brenham from 1994 until his death.
He was involved in the civic life of the community serving the Washington County Little League, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Boy and Girl Scouts, United Way, March of Dimes, Brenham Maifest Association, Bohne Memorial Hospital and Trinity Medical Center, Washington-on-the-Brazos Park Association and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Brenham. He is survived by his wife Annie Belle Schwartz of Brenham; son, Charles Schwartz and wife Kay of Houston; daughters, Ann Fuelberg of Austin, and Kay Schwartz and husband Scott Murphy of Dallas; grandchildren, Ben Fuelberg, Anne Schwartz, Todd Murphy and Cole Murphy; a sister, Bertha “Mutzy” Fischer of Burton; and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mayor Schwartz will lie in state Wednesday July 9, 2003 from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Blinn College Student Center Brenham campus, where his family will receive friends.
Funeral services will be held at 4:00 pm July 10, 2003 at the Fist United Methodist Church. Dr. Wesley Welborn officiating. Burial will follow at Prairie Lea Cemetery; a reception will be held after the interment at the Blinn College Student Center.
Pallbearers will be Atwood Kenjura, Charles Moser, Dr. Henry Boehm, Jr, Gus Mutscher, Dr. Donald Voelter, Robert “Buster” Appel, Jr., Milton Tate, John Barnhill, Jr., A.W. Hodde, Eddie Van Dyke, Thomas Bullock, Sr., Leon Toubin and Tom Watson.
Honorary pallbearers will be past and current Mayors and City Council members of the City of Brenham and past and present Trustees of Blinn College.
The Brenham Police Department will serve as honor guard. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Walter C. Schwartz Scholarship Fund at Blinn College of the City of Brenham Park Fund. Funeral Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, Texas. 979-836-3611.
John H. Alexander
Oct. 11, 1921 — July 7, 2003
ROCKDALE — Services for John H. Alexander, 81, of Lexington are set for 10 a.m. Thursday at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale.
M.J. Lentz and James Walker Story will officiate. Burial will be at the Lexington Cemetery with full military honors.
Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Mr. Alexander died Monday at the Oakland Manor Nursing Center in Giddings.
He was born in Mineola and lived in Lexington since 1952. He was a self-employed carpenter and rancher. He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Lexington. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the VFW Post in Giddings.
Survivors include his wife, Pearl Alexander of Lexington; a son and daughter-in-law, John L. and Corine Alexander of Giddings; a daughter and son-in-law, Vivian and Larry Rowlett of Nacogdoches; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Robert N. and Lacretia Alexander of Houston, Elmer L. Alexander of Chandler and James E. and Ann Alexander of New Caney; a sister, Doris Lemoine of Bedford; six grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Lucy ‘Aunt Lucy’ Batson
Jan. 23, 1912 — July 7, 2003
NORMANGEE — Services for Lucy “Aunt Lucy” Batson, 91, of Normangee are set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Normangee Church of Christ.
Bro. Will Odom of the Normangee Church of Christ will officiate. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Cozart Funeral Home in Normangee.
Mrs. Batson died Monday in St. Joseph Regional Health Center.
She was born in Dawson and lived in Normangee since 1975. She was a retired homemaker and was a member of the Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alwyn Batson.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Connie Batson of Mansfield; two daughters and sons-in-law, Molly and Sonny Bell and Pam and Al Rogers, all of Normangee; a sister, Elizabeth Sanders of Euless; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Bernadine Marie Sheets
May 21, 1921 — July 6, 2003
Services for Bernadine Marie Sheets, 82, of Sandy, Utah, are set for 10 a.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Chapel College Station.
The Rev. Bill Wiman of the First Baptist Church of Bryan will officiate. Burial will be in the College Station Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Sheets died Sunday in Sandy.
She was born in Stillwater, Okla., and was an administrative secretary.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Phil K. Sheets Jr.; and a son, Phil K. Sheets III.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen L. and Robert J. Haworth of Draper, Utah; a daughter-in-law, Karyn Sheets-Stewart of Austin; and two grandchildren.
Eula Irene McCarty Shepherd
Nov. 19, 1912 — July 6, 2003
Graveside services for Eula Irene McCarty Shepherd, 90, of Bryan are set for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Kilgore Memorial Gardens in Kilgore.
Charles Wilson will officiate.
Arrangements are under the direction of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan.
Mrs. Shepherd died Sunday at her home.
She was born in Pernell, Okla., and lived in Bryan for 10 years. She lived most of her life in Kilgore where she attended the Highway 42 Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” Ernest Shepherd.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Herbert Dale and Barbara Shepherd of Bryan; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dec. 30, 1931 — July 2, 2003
Services for Sylvester Stewart, 71, of Bryan are set for 11 a.m. Thursday at Bethel Baptist Church in Calvert.
The Rev. Marke Toles of Bethel Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Beauty Rest Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Jones-Washington Mortuary in Bryan.
Mr. Stewart died Wednesday in Bryan.
He was born in Calvert and lived in Bryan for 11 years. He was retired and had served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of A.M.E. Zion Church.
Survivors include two sisters, Mildred Caldwell of Spring and Jayce Populus of San Francisco, Calif.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan.
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No Death Notices
Lucy “Aunt Lucy” Batson, 10 a.m., Normangee Church of Christ, Hopewell Cemetery.
William Coleman, 1 p.m., Hillier Funeral Home in Bryan, Snook Cemetery.
Eula Irene McCarty Shepherd, 2 p.m., graveside, Kilgore Memorial Gardens in Kilgore.