The Carnes Brothers offer a full and complete range of services along with the
highest quality of funeral products from all over the world. The fleet of vehicles are
always the latest models and the facilities are of the quality that you would find in
only the grandest of settings. With multiple chapels and visitation areas, there is
room for any size gathering, from the most intimate to the very largest.
The families served by Carnes Brothers are Galveston's most prestigious families.
They continue to rely on the distinguished and discreet service that can only come
from a firm that is accustomed to serving families of such stature.
The Carnes Brothers welcome all families from every faith and background. They stand
ready to assist your family with every detail and look forward to meeting your expectation
before you even ask.
We offer a full line of pre-arranged funeral products to pre-plan a lasting and memorable
tribute to your loved one. We have funeral insurance and accept all other plans that have
been purchased from other firms. Our plans are transferable anywhere in the US.
|Hearsey Paul " Buddy " Sproull, Jr.
GALVESTON: Hearsey Paul “Buddy” Sproull, Jr. of Galveston / La Marque
went to be with the Lord after 97 full years of life, Monday, October 13,
2014 at Bayou Pines Care Center in La Marque. Funeral services are
10:00am Friday, October 17, 2014 at Moody Memorial First United
Methodist Church in Galveston, Rev. Bert Bagley and Rev. Charles
Bagley officiating. Interment will follow at 2:00pm at Brookside Memorial
Park in Houston under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home of
Galveston. The family will receive visitors on Thursday at Carnes Brothers
Funeral Home from 5:00pm until 8:00pm.
Buddy was born March 27, 1917 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Hearsey P.
Sproull, Sr. and Nora Allie McCandless. Recently, Buddy lived in La
Marque, TX with his daughter Sharon and son-in-law Don but always
remembered his house in Oak Forest as home. Buddy loved to travel
and his grandchildren will always have fond memories of their vacations.
He loved to fish even when he didn’t catch anything. He believed in doing
things right as well as doing the right thing. Buddy worked for the
Southern Pacific Railroad for 40 years and retired as General Yard
Master. He was a member of Moody Memorial First United Methodist
Church where he loved to serve and love the people of his church. He
was also a member at St. Stephens Methodist Church in Houston where
he and Judge Woodrow Seals founded the Society of St. Stephens, an
organization that helped those in need. He was a 70 year member of the
Oak Forest Masonic Lodge #1398 AF and AM in Houston. Buddy was also
a beloved member of the Houston Bay Area Emmaus Community where
he especially enjoyed attending Candle Light Services. He was the oldest
member of the Galveston Island Camp of Gideons International and the
Optimist International. In his early years Buddy traveled with the Big Bands
as a drummer and remained a pretty good drummer his entire life. Buddy
was involved in the funeral industry for many years, working at J. Levy and
Bros. Funeral Home in the 1930’s, then Pat H. Foley Funeral Home in
Houston for many years before retiring to Galveston where he served at
Carnes Brothers Funeral Home for over 15 years as the senior staff
funeral professional until his death.
Preceded in death by his beloved wife of 70 years Ruby Lilly Thomason
Sproull; grandson, Max Allen Threadgill, Jr.; brothers and sisters,
survivors include daughters, Sharon Kay French and husband Don of La
Marque and Barbara Joan Threadgill and husband Max Allen, Sr. of
Huntsville; granddaughter, Cheryl Gallegos and husband Rudy of
LaMarque; grandsons, Donald French, Jr. of Alvin, Howard French and
wife Jo of Virginia and Doug French of Houston; former granddaughter in
law Heidi French of Colorado; 11 great grandchildren, 6 great-great
grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers are Alfred Flores, Jr., Rudy Gallegos, Jr., Rudy Gallegos, Sr.,
Howard French and Donald French, Jr.
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff of
Bayou Pines Care Center, the staff of the Meridian and to Buddy’s good
friends and co-workers Rusty Carnes and Mike Carnes and the staff at
Carnes Brothers Funeral Home.
William Joseph Hrachovina, Sr.
GALVESTON: William Joseph Hrachovina, Sr. age 56 of La Marque died Sunday, October 12, 2014 at his residence in La
Marque. Funeral services are 7:00 pm Friday, October 17, 2014 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston,
Reverend Robert Dowdy, Sr. officiating. Graveside services are 10:00am Saturday at Lakeview Cemetery in Galveston
under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Friday from 5:
00pm until 8:00pm.
Born September 21, 1958 in Galveston to William Marshall Hrachovina and Teresa Martine, Joe was a Full Gospel
Christian Man. He loved his work in the Car Parts Business and his service to the residents of Galveston. He worked many
years at Standard Auto Parts, O’Reilly and Car Quest. He loved his customers and the many co-workers over the years.
He was a family man who enjoyed his grandchildren immensely. He was an avid or maybe even rabid Dallas Cowboy Fan
and was an Elvis enthusiast. He loved the outdoors and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Donna Hrachovina; daughters, Elizabeth Monique Hrachovina and Victoria Sanders
and husband Aziz; sons, William Joseph Hrachovina, Jr. and wife Brandy all of La Marque, Sgt. Johnathan Hrachovina, U.
S. Army and wife Sgt. Crystal Hrachovina, U.S. Army, Hawaii, and Victor Hrachovina and wife Ana of Alvin; sisters, Florence
Smith and husband Paul of Hitchcock and Patricia Dantin and husband Edward of Texas City; brother, Rev. Aaron
Hrachovina and wife Teresa of Galveston; grandchildren, William David, Joseph Daniel, Hannah , Ezekiel and Jayce
Hrachovina; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers are William, Johnathan, Victor and Aaron Hrachovina, Justin Edwards and Aziz Sanders.
|The Touch of the Master's Hand
"Twas battered and scared, and the auctioneer
Thought it scarcely worth his while
To waste much time on the old violin,
But he held it up with a smile.
"What am I bidden, good folks," he cried,
"Who'll start bidding for me?
A dollar, a dollar - now who"ll make it two _
Two dollars, and who"ll make it three?
"Three dollars once, three dollars twice,
Going for three". . . but no!
From the room far back a gray-haired man
Came forward and picked up the bow;
Then wiping the dust from the old violin,
And tightening up the strings,
He played a melody, pure and sweet,
As sweet as an angel sings.
The music ceased and the auctioneer
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said: "What am I bidden for the old violin?"
And he held it up with the bow;
"A thousand dollars - and who'll make it two?
Two thousand - and who'll make it three?
Three thousand once, three thousand twice
And going - and gone," said he.
The people cheered, but some of them cried,
"We do not quite understand -
What changed its worth?" The man replied:
"The touch of the masters hand."
And many a man with life out of tune,
And battered and torn with sin,
Is auctioned cheap to a thoughtless crowd.
Much like the old violin.
A "mess of pottage," a glass of wine,
A game and he travels on,
He's going once, and going twice -
He's going - and almost gone!
But the MASTER comes, and the foolish crowd,
Never can quite understand,
The worth of a soul, and the change that's wrought
By the touch of the MASTER'S hand.
~Myra B. Welch
Shirley Taylan Alviza
GALVESTON: Shirley Taylan Alviza age 77 of Galveston died Thursday, October 16, 2014 at M.D. Anderson Hospital in
Houston with her loving family by her side. Funeral Mass is 10:00am Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, Father John Taosan celebrant. Burial will follow at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock under the
direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston. The family will receive visitors from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on
Wednesday at the funeral home where a rosary will be recited at 6:00pm.
Shirley was born May 18, 1937 in Dingras, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in
accounting in the Philippines and relocated to Galveston, TX with her husband and 3 sons in 1988. She was known to all
as an unrelenting person with a tireless work ethic who devoted herself to UTMB medical records for over 20 years.
Following her retirement, she enjoyed traveling the world, taking casino trips with her sisters, tending to her gardens and
playing with her grandson, Taylan.
She is preceded in death by her daughter, Nahleen Alviza, her husband, Nilo Alviza, her parents, Rodrigo and
Consolacion Taylan, her brother, Gomer Taylan, Sr. and her sister, Catherine Veniegas. She is survived by her sons,
Norvel and Shirnyl Alviza, son and daughter-in-law Shelito and Jacalyn Alviza; grandson, Taylan Alviza; her siblings
Thelma Calapan, Norma Rosqueta, Melba Buado, Warlita Dondonay, Ernesto Taylan, and Marilou Bueta; their spouses;
and numerous nephews, nieces and extended family.
Robert Alan Hill
KATY Robert Alan Hill, age 84 of Katy, Texas died Friday, October 24, 2014 at Grace Care of Katy. Funeral services are
7:00pm Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston. The family will receive visitors
beginning at 3:00pm Tuesday at the funeral home
Robert was born September 22, 1930, in Indianapolis, Indiana to Vivian Sanders Hill and Benjamin Hill. He attended school
in Indianapolis, Purdue and IU. He retired from Chrysler after serving 33 years in Management. Robert moved to Texas in
2000 and married Yvonne Macik in Galveston, Texas. In 2008, after hurricane Ike they moved to Katy. In their 14 years,
they traveled all 50 states in the Union. He enjoyed, golf, bowling, tennis, any card game, especially bridge master,
camping, piloting airplanes and dancing. He loved talking about making his trip to California on his Indian Motor Bike, as a
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Charles Hill and one granddaughter, Amanda Hightower. Survivors
include wife, Yvonne Macik Hill; children, Lynnette Bennett of Arizona ; Robert Hill, Jr(Julie) of Kokomo, IN; Leslie
Waterman (Mark) of Indianapolis, IN.; Alana LaFave (Lee) of Sharpsville, IN.; step children: Stuart Macik (Linda) of
Lakewood, CO.; Kevin Macik of Austin ; Andrea Cheatham (Gary) of Cypress, TX; Gregory Macik (Dana) of Avon, CO. ;
14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
He was a quiet and pleasant man to be around, we will miss him.
Donald Lee Jordan
Donald Lee Jordan age 67, passed away peacefully at 1:30pm Tuesday October 21, 2014 at John Sealy Hospital in
Galveston. Donald was proudly a fourth generation Galvestonian and loved sharing his knowledge of Galveston’s rich
history. He was born July 5, 1947 to Harold G and Maybelle Jordan. Don was preceded in death by his parents, sister
Dottie and beloved aunt Veda May Jordan. He is survived by his cousin Veda May Eissler, and a huge group of loving
A 1965 graduate of Ball High School, Don continued his education graduating from the University of Texas Austin with a
degree in Business. He opened Crescent Real Estate in Austin and began his real estate development experiences with
various condo projects.
In 1986 Don moved to Corpus Christi to market various hotel condo endeavors until his return to Galveston in 1997 to
work for George Mitchell at Pirates Beach. He later teamed with his old fraternity brother, Mickey Giles, to initiate the
development of Grand Beach Galveston on Galveston’s East Beach. It was Don’s dream to build a grand hotel there to
emulate Nicholas Clayton’s Beach Hotel. That dream is still ongoing.
Mr. Jordan’s Galveston roots began in the 1840’s with his great grandfather Ferdinand Flake who owned and published
one of Texas’s first newspapers. Additionally, Donald’s mother, Maybelle, was one of the first presidents of the Galveston
Historical Foundation and was one of the pioneers in the commission of the historical architectural survey which helped
save our historic past. Don will be remembered by all as a kind, and attentive friend as well as a visionary of real estate
In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Mosbacher Odyssey Academy 2412- 61st street Galveston, Texas 77551.
A celebration of life will be held at the Galveston Country Club, Sunday October 26th, 2014 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
Good by old friend. It’s going to be difficult but, we will still repeat your sometimes facetious but uplifting words “It’s a
glorious day, every day just keeps getting better and better!”.