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2011 Obituaries

August 14, 1937 - December 21, 2011

ARP - Services for James M. Williamson, 74, Arp, are scheduled for 10 a.m.  Thursday at Arp First United Methodist Church.  Burial will be in the Baptist Cemetery in Bedias under the direction of Burrows Overton Funeral Home.  Mr. Williamson died December 21, 2011.

He was born August 14, 1937 and was a retired Arp school teacher.  

Survivors include his sister, Anne Letbetter, Atlanta, GA; nieces, Valerie Letbetter, Laura Letbetter: nephews, Eric Letbetter and Jason Letbetter; one great-niece and two great-nephews.

Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church.

Published in the Tyler Morning Telegraph on December 21, 2011.  

An on the air memorial was given by Net Chaplain, Ray N5NAV, for Jim.  Listen here.  

Antonio M. Garcia W5HHZ

October 12, 1919 - October 13, 2011


Antonio M. Garcia, age 92, a resident of Taft, Texas passed away Thursday, October 13, 2011 at his residence surrounded by his family. He was born October 12, 1919 in Mexico to Abelino Garcia and Lucia Martinez. Tony was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was wounded in action and received the Purple Heart having served in seven major conflicts. He was honorably discharged as a T5 Corporal in the Bugler Corps. Tony returned home to serve his community in the Civil Rights Movement in South Texas. He helped organize the American GI Forum in Taft and surrounding communities. He was instrumental in having East Elementary School built. Mr. Garcia was a member of the local VFW Post and served as Post Commander at least twice. He also served as 2nd Lt. in the Texas National Guard, and was appointed by the Governor of Texas as a Honorary Admiral in the Texas Navy. He was a Ham Radio Operator since 1954. Tony was proprietor of TITCO Appliance Center in Taft and retired as Director from the Community Action Agency in Nueces County.

Mr. Garcia was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Angelina A. Garcia.

He is survived by his children, Tony Garcia Jr. (Gloria) of Corpus Christi, Texas, Alma Lucia Garcia of Portland, Texas, Edward R. Garcia (Odilia) of Portland, Gloria Jean Garcia of Taft and Deborah Kay Garcia (Adam) of Corsicana, Texas; two brothers, Jesus Garcia (Guadalupe) of Illinois and Gilbert "Felix" Garcia (Gloria) of Freer, Texas; 15 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will take place at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, October 16, 2011 at the Colonial Funeral Home Chapel with a Rosary to be recited that evening at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 17, 2011 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Taft, with Fr. Francisco Lopez as celebrant. Burial will follow in Taft at the Taft Memorial Park Cemetery with full military honors provided by American Legion Post 364, Corpus Christi, Texas.

Active pallbearers will be Daniel Saenz, Edward Roy Garcia Jr., Jay A. Garcia, Tony Garcia III, Dante? Garcia, Adam Lee Garcia, Michael Moreno and Mathew Moreno.

Services are entrusted to Colonial Funeral Home, 204 North Meyer Street, Taft, Texas. 

Colonial Funeral Home, 204 North Meyer Street, Taft, Texas.

Thanks to AK5T for the information


An on the air memorial was given by Net Chaplain, Ray N5NAV, for Tony.  Listen here.  
Ray N5NAV, Net Chaplain, conducted an On the air memorial for Jay N5PWG Tuesday November 15.  The recording is available here.

A correction on the recording; Jay was awarded the Pheiffer Pfist Award from the TEX CW Net at the 7290 Traffic Net Picnic in 2011.  


Janurary 6, 1926 - October 20, 2011

JOHN WHITNEY SICARD, JR., age 85, beloved husband of 59 years to Lura Weaver Sicard, passed away suddenly on October 20, 2011 in Pasadena, Texas.

Born in Baton Rouge. Louisiana in 1926, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War Two. He was a graduate of Louisiana State University in Chemical Engineering, and brought his family to Pasadena in 1956 when he joined the start-up of the Celanese Plastics Plant on the Battleground Road. His Community Service included membership in the Pasadena Jaycees, United Fund Area Chairman, and many years as a Harris County Precinct Chairman and Election Judge. He was a Life member of the Knights of Columbus, Council No. 3700, and had served with several environmental organizations. A long-time Radio Amateur and member of ARRL, he volunteered his services during hurricanes when there was no other communication, and regularly participated with several Radio Networks including ARES, Texas CW, and the 7290 Traffic Net. He was the proud recipient of the 7290 "Pfeiffer Pfist Award for 2011" in recognition of CW excellence.

He retired from BASF Chemical Corporation, Freeport, in January of 1996 at age 70. Preceeded in death by sons J.Whitney Sicard, III and Frank (Skippy) McNelis. Survived by daughters Katherine Sicard Hara, Barbara McNelis Peacock and husband Larry ; Sons Christopher Sicard, Tom Sicard, Jonathan McNelis and wife Vicky - thirteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Jay and Lura have been advocates for the fundraising efforts by the Pasadena Public Library, and would welcome any contributions in his memory made to the Library.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Pius V Church in Pasadena, date and time pending final arrangements.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

Grand View Funeral Home
8501 Spencer Highway
Pasadena TX  77505
Published on 
from October 28 to November 10, 2011  

In Memoriam

- Jay Sicard, N5PWG, Silent Key
by Steve K6JT

As you know from my earlier E-mails, Jay passed away quite suddenly late last month. He is greatly missed by his family, including the amateur radio family of which we are all a part.

His wife, Lura, told me that she believed he was first licensed at the age of 12 or 13, which would be in the late 1930’s. I don’t know what other calls he may have had or if he was continuously active (other than the war years), but he was certainly one of the pioneers of our hobby.

Jay was a stalwart supporter of NTS and particularly of TEX. When we needed help last year due to the resignation of some members due to family needs, he was one of the first to volunteer to take RN5 liaison slots, which he had never done before, as well as expand his NCS role. His fine bug keying technique was a pleasure to hear. Both of those qualities earned him the Pfeiffer Pfist award this year. Lura told me he truly treasured it.

While we have maintained late Friday TEX as “bug night” ever since Jay started as NCS there, I would like to keep that going in his memory. All of you who have semi-automatic keys (bugs), please dust them off, re-adjust them, and join us on late TEX Friday evenings when you are able. I always use my bug on that net, even when I’m NCS (it is a lot more work than a keyer). You can, too.  

UPDATE: Memorial mass will be held on Saturday, November 19th at 1 PM in St. Pius church, 824 Main St. Pasadena, TX.  If you are in the area and able to attend, you are most welcome.  

Thanks to Steve and the TEX CW Net

for the info, picture and  the  Memorial  

Leroy Vernon Roever  WA5BXH

(March 28, 1927 - May 14, 2011)

The graveside service for Leroy Vernon Roever, age 84 will be held Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm at the Memorial Park Cemetery. Rev Carrel E Still will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Homes. 

Leroy was born March 28, 1927 in Enid, OK to H.H. and Clara Eckhardt Roever and died May 14, 2011 in Wichita Falls, TX. He graduated from Enid High School and attended the Amarillo Community College. 

He served in the US Army Air Corps during WWII, serving in the Phillipines. 

On September 11, 1949 he married Rosemary Wilson in Enid, OK. 

He enjoyed gardening and woodworking. He was a licensed radio operator since 1962. He was a member of the Panhandle Amateur Radio Club and the Wichita Amateur Radio Society. He also was active in biking and repairing objects. He was a life long member of Bethany United Methodist Church. He was a six gallon Red Cross Blood Donor. He was a member of Park Place Christian Church of Wichita Falls, TX. 

Survivors include his wife, Rosemary of the home, two sons, Neil Roever and wife Jodie of FL and Charles Roever of TX and daughter-in-law Tere Rozell of WA; foster daughter, Sharyn Russell and husband Eugene of TX; brother, Duane Roever and Wife Esther of Hennessey, OK; sister, Marian Patterson of Austin, TX; loving nine grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and many cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Memorials may be given to Bethany Untied Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to the family at 

Ladusau Evans Funeral Home

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Thanks to W5DAD & WB5PHM for the information  


Randy Griffin   K5BOC

(April 9, 1941 - April 29, 2011)

Randy Griffin 70, of Mountainburg, Arkansas entered into rest on Friday, April 29, 2011 in Van Buren. He was born April 19, 1941 in Fort Smith, Arkansas the son of the late Elbert Sr. and Sibyl Griffin.

He was of the Methodist faith, Emergency Manager for NWA Hamm Operations and Net Manager for Razorback Traffic Net. 

He is survived by one son, James Randolph Sabin of Van Buren; sister, Janet Griffin Skelton of Kemah, Texas, four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m. Monday May 2, 2011 at Lewis Funeral Chapel with interment at Roselawn Cemetery, Fort Smith. 

From the Lewis Funeral Chapel

Thanks to N5RXS and K5BMR for informing the Net

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