Obituaries

James V. Natal

Date of Birth: February 17, 1932  |   Date of Death: December 16, 2014   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Monday, December 22, 2014. 

James V. Natal

James V. Natal, 82, of San Marcos, Texas, passed away on December 16, 2014. Visitation at Pennington Funeral Home, 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., with Rosary at 7:00 P.M., Sunday, December 21, 2014. Mass 10:00 A.M., Monday, December 22, 2014, at St. John’s Catholic Church in San Marcos. Interment J.F. Kennedy Cemetery in Martindale. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com  

Ignacio Medina

Date of Birth: July 2, 1950  |   Date of Death: Dec 8, 2014   |   Service Date: To be announced at a later date. 

Ignacio Medina

Ignacio Medina, age 64, passed away on December 8, 2014.  He was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 2, 1950, to Ignacio Medina, Sr. and Aida De Jesus Medina. Family will announce services at a later date. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas, 512-353-4311.  www.penningtonfuneralhome.com    

Douglas Edward Holcomb

Date of Birth: June 23, 1953  |   Date of Death: December 1, 2014   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 6, 2014. 

Douglas Edward Holcomb

Douglas Edward Holcomb died on December 1, 2014 at the age of 61. He was born to the late Edward Harley Holcomb Jr. and Josephine Marie Holcomb on    June 23, 1953 in Lockhart, Texas. Doug graduated from Luling High School in 1971 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural engineering from Texas A&M University in 1975. Following his graduation from A&M, he was employed by the Texas Water Rights Commission and continued to work for this agency through its many transformations – Texas Department of Water Resources, Texas Water Commission, Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, and finally the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Doug was a registered Professional Engineer. He participated in the water rights adjudication program and served as supervisor of the Utilities and Districts Section. During his 38-year career with this state agency Doug became a sought after expert in his field. Prior to his retirement in April of this year, he was a frequent and trusted resource witness at legislative hearings. Doug was greatly respected not only by his coworkers but also by the regulated community and the legislators he worked with. The flood of sentiments ...

Robert Frank Guerin

Date of Birth: July 3, 1936  |   Date of Death: November 20, 2014   |   Service Date: To be announced at a later date. 

Robert Frank Guerin

Robert Frank Guerin, also known as “Big Bob”, passed away peacefully at home on November 20, 2014.  He was born in New Orleans, LA on July 3, 1936.  He was raised by Ramon and Myra Guerin of New Orleans. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marian Guerin; by his daughter, Gayle Guerin Jones and her husband, Conlan Jones; by his son, Robert F. Guerin, Jr. and his wife, Kristy Guerin; by three grandchildren; and by sister-in-law, Nancy Spill. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church in San Marcos or the American Heart Association. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, Texas 78666, 512-353-4311. Obituary and guestbook online at www.penningtonfuneralhome.com  

James Thomas Davis

Date of Birth: September 9, 1952  |   Date of Death: November 22, 2014   |   Service Date: 5:00 P.M., Friday, November 28, 2014. 

James Thomas Davis

James Thomas Davis passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, at Central Texas Medical Center on November 22, 2014 in San Marcos, Texas at age 62. James was born on September 9, 1952 in Austin, Texas to his parents, June and Lisabeth Davis.  He graduated from San Marcos High School and attended the University of Texas. James worked as a self-employed businessman, including his own drywall company and Subway restaurants.  He spent the last 10 years as the ISS instructor at Canyon High School in New Braunfels, Texas and was a fixture at all Canyon High School sporting events. James is survived by his mother, Lis Davis Williams of San Marcos, son and daughter-in-law Justin and  Irisa Davis of Austin, Texas,  Justin’s mother Janis Davis of Austin, Texas, long-time girlfriend Cindy Ray of San Marcos, Texas, sister Debbie Hill of New Braunfels, Texas, brother Les Davis and wife Paulette of New Braunfels, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his father June and brother-in-law Wally Hill. A memorial will be held November 28, 2014, with the visitation at 4 p.m. and service to follow at 5 p.m. at Pennington Funeral Home in San Marcos, Texas. Memorial contributions may be ...

Philip Russell Stovall

Date of Birth: April 16, 1936  |   Date of Death: November 17, 2014   |   Service Date: 2:00 P.M., Saturday, November 22, 2014. 

Philip Russell Stovall

Philip Russell Stovall, 78, passed away on November 17, 2014, at his home with his wife Margaret and family by his side. He lived a life dedicated to his family, his church, and his Texas State Bobcat family. He was born in Plaquemine, Louisiana on April 16, 1936 to William Charles and Corma Marie Hamilton Stovall. Phil graduated from Knott High School where he excelled in 6-man football, basketball, and track (pole vault and 100-yard dash). He was a state finalist in pole vault. He played basketball at Howard County Jr. College where the team went on to national competition. Phil’s name is on the Howard College “Wall of Fame”. He attended Southwest Texas State University in 1958 and was a red-shirt football player on Coach Vernon McDonald’s team. He served 2 years in the United States Army - first at Travis AFB on a Nike missile site, then at the Presidio in San Francisco where he played basketball on the 6th Region Army Skymaster team. The team won the US RADCOM hoop title. Phil earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Angelo State College in 1968 and went on ...

Peggy James York

Date of Birth: October 20, 1932  |   Date of Death: November 4, 2014   |   Service Date: 1:00 P.M., Saturday, November 8, 2014. 

Peggy James York

Peggy James York went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.  Peggy was born in San Antonio, Texas on October 20, 1932. Peggy was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother.  She is preceded in death by her husband of fifty years, Lawrence York.   She is survived by her children Jennifer York, Tony & Linda (York) Swindall, Steven York and Randy & Judi (York) Klein as well as six grandchildren, Nikita Swindall, Zachary Swindall, Allison York, Rebecca Klein, Jeff Klein and Rachel Klein. Peggy graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Journalism in 1953.  Her passions were her family, serving in her church, volunteering and her friends.  Her encouraging words and caring manner will be missed. She was a member of Tallowood Baptist Church for over 45 years.  She served in many areas and touched many lives. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 P.M., on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at Memory Lawn Memorial Park in Martindale,  Texas. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of Peggy’s favorite charities: Boys & Girls Country (18806 Roberts Road, Hockley, TX 77477-9399). Arrangements under the care and guidance of Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San ...

Paula M. Rodriguez

Date of Birth: June 29, 1934  |   Date of Death: November 4, 2014   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Saturday, November 8, 2014. 

Paula M. Rodriguez

Paula M. Rodriguez, 80, of San Marcos TX, passed away on November 4, 2014 in Kyle TX, following her battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Visitation 5 PM to 8:30 PM, with Rosary at 7 PM, on Friday, November 7 at Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos TX. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM, Saturday, November 8 at St Anthony Catholic Church, Kyle TX. Burial will follow at Memory Lawn Memorial Park in Martindale. Paula was born in New Braunfels TX to Felix and Adela (Ortiz) Medina on June 29, 1934. She was married to the late Lorenzo Rodriguez, Sr. on October 24, 1959. She worked as a baker for San Marcos School District. She was a member of Union Funebre De Padres de Familia, loved playing bingo and was famous for her Pink Party Cake. Paula is preceded in death by Lorenzo Sr. and her parents Felix and Adela Medina. Paula is survived by her sons, Lorenzo Rodriguez, Jr. & Christopher Rodriguez, her siblings Inez Davila, Felix Medina Jr., Modesta Gomez, Minerva Tienda, Joe Medina, Domingo Medina, Rojelio Medina, Alicia Vela, Victor Medina, and her step-mother Antonia R Medina, and grandchildren Iris Rodriguez ...

Wren Ansell Giesen

Date of Birth: May 12, 1917  |   Date of Death: November 3, 2014   |   Service Date: 2:00 P.M., Saturday, November 15, 2014. 

Wren Ansell Giesen

“I’m going home!,” she declared.  And being a person who always kept her word, she did just that.  Home with her beloved father, John William Ansell and her amazing mother, Rennick Frazier Ansell.  Home with her strong-willed, protective older sister, Dorothy Gaillard, and sister Ann and brother Jimmy. Wren was born at home, 834 W. Hopkins Street in San Marcos, Texas, May 12, 1917.  Her father passed away when she was ten years old.  Mrs. Ansell started writing the society articles for the San Marcos Record which paid ten cents a column inch.  After games, Lyndon Johnson would run the college sports scores to her to forward to the San Antonio Express.  Before bounding off her porch, he would always say, “If there’s any way you can mention Lyndon Johnson in the paper, I’d be much obliged.”  “There goes a politician,”  Mrs. Ansell would state prophetically.  While money was scarce (they ate on $1 a day), friendships and laughter were abundant. Wren and Myrtle Williams Tarbutton, Wilbur Fourqurean, Billie Rector Bradley, and Wilburn Ragsdale had the whole town for their playground.  Children lived by rules.  At noon the ...

Amelia R. De La Cruz

Date of Birth: June 2, 1931  |   Date of Death: October 30, 2014   |   Service Date: 1:00 P.M., Saturday, November 8, 2014. 

Amelia R. De La Cruz

Amelia De La Cruz, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, was lifted up by our heavenly father to take her home on October 30, 2014. She was 83 years of age. She is preceded in death by her parents, Mateo and Dionisia Rodriguez; stepmother, Cecilia Rodriguez; her husband, Alex De La Cruz;  infant daughter, JoAnn De La Cruz; daughter, Diane Romo and one son, Armando De La Cruz. Amelia is survived by her sons, Alex (Tabby), Albert (Chavela), and Richard De La Cruz; a daughter, Debra De La Cruz (James) ; one brother, Nicolas Rodriguez (Amelia) from California; one half sister, Mary (Luis);  step sister Cathy Quintanilla (George); stepbrothers, Felix, Leonardo, Donociano, Antomas and Ignacio Pineda. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren, 10 great great grandchildren; two sons-in-law, Lupe Herrera and Robert Romo; a very special friend, Richard Natal and host of  nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Regent Care and Hope Hospice. God Bless you all. Amelia was a very loving and caring person to all. WE LOVE YOU MOM! A memorial service celebrating Amelia’s life will be ...

Marie Elizabeth Schnautz

Date of Birth: January 8, 1928  |   Date of Death: October 28, 2014   |   Service Date: 3:00 P.M., Saturday, November 1, 2014. 

Marie Elizabeth Schnautz

Marie Elizabeth Schnautz, 86, died October 28, 2014, with her family by her side in New Braunfels, Texas. She was born January 8, 1928, in Marshall, Texas to Sanford Bolling and Vallie Kate Bell.  Elizabeth moved to San Marcos, Texas at a young age where she remained throughout most of her life.  She was a devoted wife, mother,  and grandmother. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Julius Schnautz.  She is survived by daughter, Julia Blodgett and son-in-law, Larry Blodgett and daughter, Lonnie (Melanie) Henk and son-in-law, David Henk, as well as seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by sisters, Marguerite Hall and Ouita Bell and brother, Dr. Joseph Bell and wife Charlotte. A visitation will be held at Pennington Funeral Home, Friday, October 31, 2014, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.   The memorial service will be at University Church of Christ in San Marcos, Texas, on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at 3:00 P.M.  Burial will follow at the  San Marcos City Cemetery. Arrangements under the care and guidance of Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, Texas 78666, 512-353-4311. Obituary and guestbook online at www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

Robert “Pat” Kelso, Sr.

Date of Birth: July 2, 1931  |   Date of Death: October 28, 2014   |   Service Date: No Services. 

Robert “Pat” Kelso, Sr.

Robert “Pat” Kelso, Sr., of San Marcos, Texas, loving father, grandfather and brother, passed away on October 28, 2014, at the age of 83.  He was born July 2, 1931, to Clyde Kelso, Sr. and Dorothy (Scott) Kelso, in Laurel, Mississippi. Robert was a retired Professor of Engineering Graphics at Louisiana Tech University.  His wife, Marion Virginia Kelso preceded him in death on October 7, 2012. He is survived by a son, Robert “Bob” P. Kelso, Jr. of San Marcos, Texas; daughter, Julia Schneider and husband, Craig of Atlanta, Georgia; brother, Scott Kelso of Richmond, Virginia; and one grandchild. Arrangement under the care and guidance of Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, Texas 78666, 512-353-4311. Obituary and guestbook online at www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

Wilbert “Bubba” Kirk, Jr.

Date of Birth: January 20, 1952  |   Date of Death: October 26, 2014   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Saturday, November 1, 2014. 

Wilbert “Bubba” Kirk, Jr.

Wilbert “Bubba” Kirk, Jr., age 62, of San Marcos, Texas, passed away on October 26, 2014.  He was born January 20, 1952, in Taylor, Texas, to Wilbert Kirk, Sr. and Kathryn (Love ) Kirk. His mother, Kathryn (Love) Kirk preceded him in death. He is survived by his father, Wilbert Kirk, Sr. of San Marcos;  two sisters, Kathy Cook and husband, L.C. of Houston and Sandra Kirk of San Marcos; niece, April Clark and husband, Christopher of San Marcos, and nephew, Jonathan Kirk Owens and wife, Amber of San Marcos, Texas. Visitation at Pennington Funeral Home, 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Friday, October 31, 2014. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at First Baptist Church NBC, 420 S. Mitchell Street in San Marcos, with the Rev. Almond Dillard officiating.  Interment will follow at Memory Lawn Memorial Park in Martindale. Arrangements under the care and guidance of  Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

Petrea Delores Sodke

Date of Birth: April 22, 1928  |   Date of Death: October 22, 2014   |   Service Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014. 

Petrea Delores Sodke

Petrea Delores Sodke, born April 22, 1928 in Pensacola, Florida, passed away on October 22, 2014 at the age of 86. She is preceded in death by her parents, Peter Albert and Daisy Winifred (Gunn) Petersen, and by her daughter and son-in-law, Sue Ellen and Robert Sarmiento. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Henry "Tex" Sodke Jr.; her son, Henry Sodke III and his wife, Arlene Hoffman; and her four grandchildren Laura Sarmiento, Kevin Sarmiento, Kaibab Hoffman Sodke, and Bjorn Sodke Hoffman. Petrea was know as "Tiny" by all. As the wife of a career Navy officer, she lived in seven states as well as Morocco and Japan. She was the first city secretary of Lakeway, Texas. Tex and Tiny moved to Air Force Village in San Antonio in 2000. Tiny was layed to rest in San Marcos, Texas, on October 23, 2014. She was loved and will be missed by all who knew her. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas 78666, 512-353-4311. Obituary and guestbook online at www.peningtonfuneralhome.com

Kirk Michael Johnson

Date of Birth: Aug 6, 1983  |   Date of Death: Oct 20, 2014   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Saturday, Oct 25, 2014. 

Kirk Michael Johnson

Kirk Michael Johnson died unexpectedly on October 20, 2014 at 31 years of age. He was born on August 6, 1983. He was loved dearly and is survived by his parents, Charles and Linda Johnson; his brother and sister-in-law, Matt and Danielle Johnson; and his aunt Marsha Johnson. Kirk was a loyal employee of HEB Grocery, and aspired to move into store leadership and eventual corporate level human resource support. He was working his way up within HEB, recently serving as a principle trainer for new employees throughout Central Texas. Kirk was always known as a “people person” and counselor to many. Even through his high school years, he would frequently be called upon for advice from his many friends. Kirk graduated from San Marcos High School in 2002. For all four years of high school he played trombone in the band under Johnny Martinez and was a member of the choir directed by Angus McCloud where he played many roles in high school musicals. He completed his baccalaureate degree from Texas State University in 2007, majoring in education. He taught 5th grade for one year at Hernandez Elementary. ...