Obituaries

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. ...

Martha D. Jackson

Date of Birth: Sept 9, 1932  |   Date of Death: Oct 15, 2014   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, October 22, 2014. 

Martha D. Jackson

Martha D. Jackson of San Marcos, Texas, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and affectionately known to her family as “Mopsie”, passed away on October 15, 2014, at the age of 82.  She was born September 9, 1932, in DeKalb, Texas to the late H.G. and Audrey (Shipp) Jackson. A member of First United Methodist Church in San Marcos, Martha was a “skilled organizer” and she supported, and gave of her time to many organizations, including the Twice Blessed Consignment Shop, the Heritage Assoc. of San Marcos, The Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery, the San Marcos Guild, Meals on Wheels Assoc., and the Mt. Laurel Garden Club.  With time permitting, she managed to squeeze in a game or two of bridge, which she enjoyed. Her husband, Marcus Jackson (2009) preceded her in death.  She is survived by her son, Jim Jackson and wife, Sharon of San Marcos; daughter, Carolyn Spinelli and husband, Ralph of Baltimore, Maryland; granddaughters, Angela Spinelli and Asti Spinelli; great-granddaughter, Audrey Spinelli; and a host of friends.

Larry Warrell

Date of Birth: November 1, 1941  |   Date of Death: September 23, 2014   |   Service Date:  

Larry Warrell

Larry Warrell, born in Ouray, CO., passed away September 23, 2014, and is survived by his wife, Paula Warrell, and 3 children Ren Douglas (wife Tasha , and grandsons Trenton and Colby) and daughter  Robin Hill, (granddaughter Tessa, and grandson Kohl); and Larry Warrell Jr.  His children  and grandchildren are all in Arizona. There are numerous cousins from Yorktown, TX to the state of CO.   There are a host of friends throughout the nation in the National Council of Corvette Clubs, as well as Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing.   Larry spent the majority of his career with AT&T (Atlanta, GA to Austin, TX) , Raychem Corporation (Houston, TX to Denver, CO)  and a restaurant owner in Conifer, CO.   He retired in 2005, and with his wife Paula, moved  to Wimberley.   Larry enjoyed Corvette racing, riding Harley’s, playing golf, and various other activities making numerous friends along the way.  He will forever be missed. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, TX, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

Eileen Crook Vance

Date of Birth: February 5, 1921  |   Date of Death: October 4, 2014   |   Service Date: 2:30 P.M., Saturday, October 11, 2014. 

Eileen Crook Vance

Eileen Crook Vance, dearly loved by her family and friends, long time resident and community organizer in San Marcos, died in her home, surrounded by loved ones, October 4, 2014. She was 93 years old. Eileen was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on February 5, 1921, to William George Crook and Violet Edith Devine Crook. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Gerald W. Vance; and her siblings: Ellen Crook Barber, Leonard Crook, George Robert Crook, and William Herbert Crook. She is survived by her daughter Phyllis M. Vance and her sister-in-law Eleanor Crook, along with many beloved nieces, nephews and people who thought of her as a best friend or a second mother. When Eileen was a child, her family moved from Canada to Chicago, and then to Aransas Pass, Texas, where she graduated from Aransas Pass High School in 1939. Soon afterwards, during the Second World War, she served as local head of the USO (United Service Organization), dedicated to providing morale to U.S. troops. During these years she also assisted the local doctor and helped to deliver countless babies, often driving rural coastal roads with the doctor at night, ...

Paul Dennis Jarvis

Date of Birth: March 24, 1967  |   Date of Death: September 26, 2104   |   Service Date: 7:30 pm Thursday Oct. 2, 2014 

Paul Dennis Jarvis

Our brother and friend Paul died unexpectedly in an Austin hospital on Friday, September 26, following a cardiac arrest. Paul had gone into the hospital for severe abdominal pain several days after a hernia repair operation. He was only 47, and though he had been dealing with long-term health issues, his death was a complete shock to us. Returning to Austin to see Paul was truly a weird feeling, when remembering that what has brought his siblings here to join Wendy is actually his death. Shocking, tragic, heartbreaking, and way, way too soon. Paul was born at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, D.C., and he always felt his attachment to the nation’s capital, but ultimately his attachment to Texas was stronger. He moved to Texas with his family, as an army brat,  in 1975.  Later, his parents retired in San Marcos, and Paul entered Southwest Texas State University. He wasn’t born with that Texas Twang, but it quickly became natural to him, and he loved Texas and Texans. Later he joined the Army, graduating at the top of his class of military medics at Ft. Sam Houston, and earning the extra qualification as an EMT. Paul served with distinction as a ...

Pedro Gutierrez Esquivel

Date of Birth: March 14, 1923  |   Date of Death: September 22, 2014   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, Sept 30, 2014. 

Pedro Gutierrez Esquivel

Our beloved Pedro Gutierrez Esquivel, resident of San Marcos, Texas, was called by our Savior on September 22, 2014, at the age of 91. He leaves behind four sons, Henry Esquivel and wife, Jeanie of Las Vegas, Nevada, Asencion Esquivel and wife, Janie of San Marcos, Texas, Pedro Esquivel, Jr. and wife, Sylvia of San Antonio, Texas and Rosalio (Pat) Esquivel and wife, Melinda of San Marcos, Texas; four daughters, Irene Varela, Janie Romero and husband, Robert , Susie Chapman all of San Marcos, Texas and Gloria Miranda of Austin, Texas; and a sister, Asencion Esquivel of San Marcos, Texas. He is also survived by 23 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Rosa Sauceda Esquivel; a brother, Julian Peña; grandson, Mark Anthony Valdez and great-grandson, Lance Coby Esquivel. Pedro was born in Staples, Texas in 1923. He was an auto mechanic from a very young age. He learnt that trade and was good at what he did. Pedro loved to play the guitar. We would sit around him just to listen to him sing. He would sing romantic songs to our mother. He ...