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
Virginia Landa Diaz
GALVESTON – Virginia Landa Diaz age 85 passed peacefully away surrounded by her loving family, Thursday,
December 4, 2014 at her residence in La Marque. The Funeral Mass is at 10:00 am Wednesday, December 10, 2014
at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in La Marque, Father Chacko Puthumayil celebrant. Burial will follow at Mount
Olivet Cemetery under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home 409-765-8080. The family will receive visitors at
Carnes Funeral Home- 3100 I-45 N in Texas City from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Tuesday where a rosary will be recited
Virginia was born August 19, 1929 in Driscoll, Texas to Lorenzo Landa and Luz Sauceda Landa. She was a
devoted wife, mother, sister and grandmother. She was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church. She loved to
play Bingo, cooking, shopping, especially at J.C. Penny, her favorite store. She enjoyed working in her yard and she
adored her grand, great and great-great grandchildren whom she cared for diligently.
Preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Adrian Diaz, Sr; survivors include daughters, Irma Rodriguez
and husband Nick of Robstown, Sylvia Alvarado and husband Reverend Samuel Alvarado of La Marque and Cynthia
Foley and Dave Garcia of Texas City; sons, Noe Diaz and wife Mary of Texas City, Adrian Diaz, Jr. and wife Gloria of
Texas City, Richard Diaz and wife Sally of La Marque, Robert Diaz and wife Rosemary of La Marque, Randy McCoy
and wife Ayesha of La Marque and Ricky McCoy and wife Jenny of League City; sister, Jesusa Mungia and husband
Francisco of Robstown; brother, Juan Landa and wife Maria of Corpus Christi; 24 grandchildren, 43 great
grandchildren, 8 great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Pallbearers are Randy McCoy, Ricky McCoy, Eric Diaz, Robert Diaz, Jr., Adrian Diaz, III, Marcus Diaz, Arthur
Castaneda, III, Jeremy Alvarado, Michael Diaz and Nick Rodriguez, IV.
The family would like to thank her granddaughter Gina Alvarado for the special care given to Mrs. Diaz and to the
Heart to Heart Hospice nurses Patti Savage and Donnica Pierre.
Maxine Norma Lexsee
GALVESTON – Mrs. Norma Maxine Lexsee age 84 of Galveston passed away peacefully, Heaven Bound Wednesday,
December 3, 2014 at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City. Funeral services are 11:00 am Saturday, December 13,
2014 at Jerusalem Baptist Church 2717 Ball in Galveston. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery under the direction of
Carnes Brothers Funeral Home. The family will receive visitors at the Funeral Home from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Friday
where a wake will be held from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm.
Norma was born October 4, 1930 in Simsboro, Louisiana to Mack Jackson, Sr. and Bernice Lyons Jackson. Maxine
was faithful in all she did, from working with the Mission Department at Jerusalem Baptist Church. She enjoyed donating
her time and energy to help others less fortunate as a member of “Under the Tree Club and Charity” where she would
deliver holiday boxes.
Preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Thomas Lexsee and a sister Lillie Mickens; survivors include
her brother, Mack Jackson, Jr. (Vivian) of Galveston; nephews Lin R. Garner (Beverly) of West Texas City, Mack
Jackson, III of Galveston; nieces, Linda Ferguson (Fred) Erika Jackson of Galveston, Lillie M. Handy (Paul) of La
Marque and Monique Jackson of Texas City; cousins, Doll Shepherd (Willie) of Galveston, Carl Greer (Betty) of
Hitchcock, Johnny Greer of Monroe, Louisiana and a host of other relatives in Louisiana and California.
Pallbearers are Fred Ferguson, Paul Handy, Ricky Willis, Harold Mason, Carl Greer and Willie Shepherd.
Francisco Elias Urbina, Sr.
GALVESTON Francisco Elias (Frank “Big Train”) Urbina, Sr. age 89 of Galveston, passed away peacefully Wednesday,
December 3, 2014, at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, Texas. Funeral Mass is 10:00 am Tuesday, December 9, 2014
at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Father E. J. Stein, OFM celebrant. Entombment will follow at Calvary Catholic
Cemetery Mausoleum in Galveston under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home. Mr. Urbina’s family will
receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home where a vigil service will be held at 6:30 p. m.
followed by the rosary.
Mr. Urbina was born October 10, 1925 in Galveston, Texas, a BOI, to Librado Urbina and Librada Elias Urbina. At
the age of 30, he met the love of his life, Celia Cazares Urbina while she was vacationing on the island. The two married
and for 53 years were lovingly devoted to each other and to their union. They shared their lives with four wonderful
children, three very loving grandchildren and one unborn great grandchild on the way. The Patriarch of his family, Mr.
Urbina was a very honest hardworking individual who always put his family first no matter the circumstances. He was an
avid baseball player and a devoted fan of the Houston Astros, and always enjoyed watching a ball game, and loved
being surrounded by his family and close friends.
Francisco (Frank Big Train) was very proud of his loyal and dedicated service to his country and the United States
Army. He served in World War II with the 89th Infantry Division assigned to General George S. Patton’s third Army, 1944-
1946 in Rhineland Central Europe where he was discharged with the Rank E-5. His decorations included Combat
Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, ETO Medal with 2 Bronze Stars,
WWII Victory Medal, Army of Occupation with Germany Clasp, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Sharp Shooter
Marksmanship Badge with Rifle and Machine Gun Bar, Marksmanship Badge with Pistol and Bayonet Bar. In 1949
Francisco re-enlisted for the Korean War. He served with the 24th Infantry Division “G” Company 21st Regiment and
earned the rank of E-7 SFC. His decorations included Combat Infantry Badge 2nd Award, National Defense Service
Medal, Korean Service Medal with 6 Bronze Stars, United Nations Service Medal, Korea Presidential Unit Citation and the
Presidential Unit Citation.
In 1966, Francisco became a Merchant Marine and helping in the Vietnam War Effort by delivering jet fuel to Cam
Ranh Bay. After the war Francisco worked as a Merchant Marine in the S.I.U with over 20 years of dedicated service. He
was fortunate to have the privilege to travel port to port all over the world seeing all Continents, his favorite destination
being Brazil. While he was home from overseas, Francisco also worked as a Longshoreman in the I.L.A. Local 1576 and
then Local 20, eventually retiring from both employers.
Mr. Urbina is preceded in death by his loving parents, Librado and Librada Elias Urbina, loving sisters, Ignacia Urbina
Gutierrez and Leonora Urbina Trevino; loving brother, Jesus Elias Urbina and most of all his loving wife of 53 years,
Celia Cazares Urbina. He is now joined in eternal life with his loved ones in the heavens above.
He leaves behind to cherish with many fond memories, a beautiful daughter, Elizabeth Urbina, his pride and joy and the
Sunshine of his eyes. He also leaves 3 sons, Francisco Urbina, Jr., Philip Urbina and Leo Urbina and wife Kelly all of
Galveston. Also sharing in his loss are Francisco’s 3 loving grandchildren, Ashli Kashmiere Urbina, Chelsi Michelle
Urbina and Brandon Rosalio Urbina all of Galveston. Cherished and loved deeply by Mr. Urbina are his nieces and
nephew and family whom often visited him, Raquel Cornell and family, Rosie Urbina, Driana Urbina, Nidia Urbina, George
Urbina and Nancy Hernandez and family.
Francisco is also loved and cherished by his extended family, Alfred and Retta Lopez and especially their son Ivan
Wayne Lopez, Rosalinda Rodriguez, Eliza Rodriguez along with many loving nieces, nephews and a host of other loving
family members and many friends. He will forever be remembered in the hearts of his family and friends.
Pallbearers are Manuel Urbina Trevino, Sonny Trevino, Vic Gonzales, Ivan Wayne Lopez, Rudolfo Hernandez and
Francisco’s grandson, Brandon Rosalio Urbina. Honorary pallbearer are Elias Romero Cazares, Albert Trevino, Johnny
Sanchez, Max Sendejas, Rick Ruiz and Frank Vargas.
Mr. Urbina’s family would like to extend a special thank you to his many physicians who so diligently cared for him during
illness. Most especially , our gratitude to the UTMB House Call Physicians and his Doctor, Vinod Prakash Kaushik, as
well as the entire staff at the Geriatric Clinic, especially Jackie Pope for always being so kind, generous, concerned and
caring. To his former care provider, Judy Ann Thomas who took such good care of him. Also Rick Ruiz for being his
personal Barber and Vic Gonzales always offering to help. To the STAT Home Health Agency and all of its nursing staff,
Johanna, Karen, Linda and Barbara, for the wonderful care and attention and concern given to our entire family, we are
most grateful for your thoughtfulness. If we have left anyone out, you know who you are and many thanks are extended
to you as well.
Last but not least, God Bless his children who effortlessly and diligently gave everything up and rearranged their own
lives to care for both of their loving parents without any regrets to the final end. As he would always say, up to the end,
“Thank you Sons for everything, you are number 1, and the best in the west.” Until we see you again, we all thank you
too dad for being a wonderful man, husband and the best father, God Bless !!