NEITSCH, Viola Marie

NEITSCH, Viola Marie, 78, retired farmer, of Walburg died Saturday. Visitation 1 p.m. and services 2 p.m. Wednesday, Zion Lutheran Church, Walburg. Burial Zion Cemetery. Arrangements by Austin-Peel & Son.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on March 12, 2013

NEITSCH, Carl Robert

NEITSCH, Carl Robert, 74, farmer, of Walburg died Wednesday. Visitation 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. today, Zion Lutheran Church, Walburg.

Burial Zion Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements by Austin-Peel & Son.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on March 19, 2013

PARKER, Lucille Zimmerman

Lucille Marion Zimmerman Parker, age 90, of Austin, Texas passed away on March 12, 2013 surrounded by family and friends who loved her.

Born April 9, 1922 in Thrall, Texas, she was the third child born to Edward and Louise Zimmerman. Survivors include her two children, Riley and wife Carol Parker of Seguin and daughter Roxann Parker Lagow of Austin. Lucille is also survived by grandchildren Dr. Van Parker and wife Jennifer of McQueeney, Brant Parker and wife Kristin of Round Rock and Mihira Chandrasoma and wife Babs of Austin. Great Grandchildren Brittni Chandrasoma, Colby Chandrasoma, Meg Knighten, Cullen Parker, Preston Parker and Caroline Parker plus many nieces and nephews and extended family members.

Lucille or “Lucy” as she was known to many is preceded in death by her husband La Van Riley Parker Sr., two infant daughters, parents, Edward and Louise Zimmerman, sisters Ruby Parker and Ella Nora Kautz, brother Edward Zimmerman, son-in-law Dr. Richard Lagow and granddaughter, GiGi Parker Chandrasoma. As a long and faithful Christian and member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Austin, Lucille made many lifelong friendships. She loved being a Lutheran and stayed true to her belief in Christ that sustained her through various challenges in life.

She and her husband, La Van were staunch lovers of the University of Texas. Both were some of the founding members of the Longhorn Foundation. They loved attending the UT football games and showed their burnt orange spirit with countless UT memorabilia throughout their home. Additionally, this couple both loved participating in the activities of the Shriners. Lucille was an Eastern Star member and La Van, a founding member of the Lizzyteers.

Lucille had a passion for a beautiful yard, being kept under the watchful care of gardener and friend, Pete Castillo. Her home won many accolades for being a showcase for the Allandale neighborhood. She was a longtime Austin Business woman, belonged to the Austin Women’s League and various other civic organizations. Nothing, however, compared to her love of family. The Parker family enjoyed many years of various family traditions including a Christmas Eve gathering which began by attending a candlelight church service at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, followed by a family dinner, caroling around her player piano and always concluded with a surprise visit from Santa.

This lady loved life, her family and a glass of wine in the evening with her daughter, Roxann and spoiling her little furry “Peaches”. Lucille (Mom, Granny, Lucy, Mrs. “P”) will be missed by many. She had many attributes including a wonderful sense of humor. She loved her arts and crafts, sewing and was known to be one of the most style conscious and feisty ladies around. Having survived Breast Cancer, she knew how important life was and enjoyed it to the fullest.

The Parker Family especially wants to express our gratitude to Heart to Heart Hospice and for her staff of caregivers that included Maria Chagoya and her family, who had been a part of her life for over 21 years, and the more recent helpers, Eva Miramontez, Linda Potter, Beverly Roddy and Jen Crawford.

Visitation will take place on Sunday, from 3-5PM, at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 14501 N. IH-35, Pflugerville, TX. Lucille’s “Celebration of Life” to be held on Monday, March 18, 2013, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 200 West Anderson Lane, Austin, TX. Reception will take place at 11:30am, followed by services at 1pm, with Pastor Karl A. Gronberg officiating. Graveside Service will be immediately following at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery – Pflugerville.

Memorial Contributions can be made to Gethsemane Lutheran Church, the Alzheimer’s Association or charity of your choice . Lucille Parker, the Matriarch of our family will receive the promise of everlasting life through Jesus Christ our Savior. Thanks be to God for this remarkable lady. To share your personal memories of Lucille Parker, please visit

Published in Austin American-Statesman from March 15 to March 17, 2013


Nell Rose Gore Nichols passed away on Friday, March 29, 2013.

She was born on April 11, 1923 in Taylor, Texas to Oscar Sydney and Mary Gore.

She is preceded in death by her two brothers Sam Gore and J.T. Gore and her beloved husband Paul B. Nichols. Mom grew up on a farm in the Shiloh, Texas community and graduated from Thrall High School. After high school she moved all the way to Galveston to work. She met dad and they were married before he went overseas to serve in World War II. Mom moved to Austin while dad was away and began her long association with working for the federal government.

She also worked for First Baptist Church in the 1960’s. When she retired she was working at the Social Security Administration. Mom’s favorite things were family, church, and travel. She and dad traveled to Europe, Russia, China and the Middle East taking the most beautiful pictures and creating a lifetime of memories.

Nell is survived by daughter, Lynda Williams and granddaughter Kara Roper; son, Dr. Bob Nichols, wife Laura and grandchildren Rebekah Nichols, Rachael James, and Ben Nichols along with eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Sam’s daughter, Louise Grose and many treasured nieces and nephews from dad’s side of the family. Mom was blessed to have two precious bonus daughters, Sharon Lafayette and Gloria White, and bonus son Nick Coburn.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2nd, at Austin Memorial Park, followed by a Memorial Service at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 901 Trinity, Austin, TX 78701.

The family would like to thank the staff at Emeritus at Spicewood Springs, especially Sam, Heather, Tom and Ben. She could not have been cared for better. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First Baptist Church. Obituary and guestbook available online at

Published in Austin American-Statesman from March 31 to April 1, 2013

GATTIS, Lenard

Lenard “Buck” Gattis, 77 of Cedar Creek, TX returned home to be with the Lord and reunite with his parents, Erie and Alma Gattis, and sister Sylvia Bassett, on Saturday March 9, 2013. Buck was born on September 21, 1935 in Garfield, TX.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce of 55 years. Brothers, Walter Gattis of Thrall, David Gattis of Thrall, Alvin (Shirley) Gattis of Garfield, and sister Cynthia (Douglas) Hamrick of Garfield. One son, Lenard E. Gattis (Christy) of Garfield. Three daughters, Debra Gattis (Thomas Boyd), Peggy Gattis, Becky Kamp, all of Cedar Creek. Seven grandchildren, Gary “Luke” (Jeannie) Gattis, Misty (Dustin) miertschin, Kandi Kamp, Jenna Gattis, Kristin Gattis, Bree (Jeffrey) Hanna, Christopher (Meagan) Roark. Eight great-grandchildren, Kaylen, Kasey, Bryan, Shelby, Hailey, Bryce, Savanna, BobbyIII, Laynie and Daeton. Also many nieces, nephews, and Friends. In his working days, Buck made a lot of friends out on the highways and in the construction business. (Gattis Ditching & Trucking).

To be called his friend was truly an honor for so many. Buck will be remembered as a man’s man, who believed in hard work and self sacrifice. “Work hard everyday, help when you can, and walk slow” Services will be held on March 30th @ 1:00 P.M. at Haynie Chapel in Garfield TX.


Sue, or Susie to some of her closest friends, was born on April 11, 1931 in Thorndale, Texas. She was the only child of E.C. and Clarice Poe. Sue spent much of her childhood living in various cities along the Gulf Coast where her father worked in oil refineries.

The family eventually returned to Thorndale. Although she technically graduated from another high school she considered herself a proud member of the Thorndale High School Class of 1949 and attended Homecoming almost every year.

Sue ventured out on her own and moved to Austin, Texas where she met her first husband, Dodge Clifford (Cliff) Moffitt while he was stationed at Bergstrom AFB. They married on January 17, 1956 in a small country church. After a brief stay in California they settled in Dallas, Texas where Cliff worked in banking. There they welcomed first Chris and then Melinda to their family. Lifelong and valued friendships were made while living in Dallas.

The family later moved to Austin where they joined the Northwest Hills United Methodist Church family. Sue was active in the church and spent time as a volunteer at various area hospitals. The family next moved to Houston where Sue spent her time shuffling her children from various sports activities and again volunteering and being active in her church. They eventually moved back to Austin to be close to Sue’s mom.

Sue lost both Cliff and her mother in the spring of 2000 but was able to have a second chance at love when she married a longtime family friend. Sue and Robert (Bob) Present were married on April 30, 2001 and celebrated their wedding anniversary every month for almost 12 years. Bob adored and cherished Sue. They travelled extensively, even venturing as far as Canada. Their marriage was one full of love and affection.

Sue remained an active member of her church and enjoyed the friendships she made in her Emmaus ladies group. Sue is survived by her loving husband, Robert Present, children Chris Moffitt and Melinda Thomas, as well as grandchildren Taylor Thomas and Morgan Thomas.

A viewing will be held on Monday, March 18th from 6-8 pm at Weed Corley Fish on North Lamar and services will be held at Northwest Hills United Methodist Church on Tuesday, March 19th at 10 am. A private burial will be held in Thorndale, Texas. Obituary and guestbook available online at

Published in Austin American-Statesman from March 16 to March 17, 2013

GAGE, Tommie, Sr.

GAGE, Tommie Sr., 83, of Taylor died Sunday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, Zion Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Taylor. Burial will be private. Arrangements by A Life Celebration by Franklin, Taylor.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on March 14, 2013

DOBBINS, Thomas Earl

DOBBINS, Thomas Earl, 65, retired airman, of Round Rock died Thursday. Visitation noon Monday, A Life Celebration by Franklin, Taylor. Services 11 a.m. Tuesday, A Life Celebration by Franklin. Burial Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, Killeen.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on March 18, 2013

CUNNINGHAM, Robert Allen

Robert Allen Cunningham, age 47, of Taylor, Texas, passed away Saturday morning, March 23, 2013 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

He was born in Manhattan, Kansas, the son of Dr. Bryce Allen and Marilyn Frances Cunningham. He was a mechanic, aviation pilot, and a musician and he was of the Lutheran faith.

Survivors include: his father Dr. Bryce Allen Cunningham and wife, Phyllis, of Coralville, Iowa; sister, Catherine Cunningham of Albuquerque, New Mexico; two brothers, John Cunningham, and wife, Renee, of Los Angeles and James Cunningham and wife, Lisa, of Lavonia, Michigan; aunt, Elaine Eagle, of Minneapolis, MN, niece, Elayna Cunningham; stepsister, Chere Miller of Rochester, Minnesota and stepbrother, David Knight of Boone, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his mother. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on March 30, 2013

CAFFEY, Hugh F., Jr.

CAFFEY JR., Hugh F., 84, of Thorndale, died Thursday. Survived by wife Peggy. Visitation 4 p.m. Sunday, Providence Funeral Home, Taylor. Services 10 a.m. Monday, St. John Lutheran Church, Thorndale. Burial Thorndale City Cemetery, Thorndale.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on March 24, 2013