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
Grace Inez Herod
GALVESTON Gracie Inez Herod age 87 of Galveston passed away Saturday, December 20, 2014, at The Hampton
at Meadows Place in Stafford, Texas. Funeral services are 1:00 pm Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at Carnes Brothers
Funeral Home in Galveston with the Rev. Grady Sanders officiating. Burial will follow at Grace Memorial Park in
Hitchcock. Visitation will be held Monday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Gracie was born July 13, 1927 in Muldoon, Texas to Jessie Alford Bell and Alice Fleck Bell. She retired as an
administrative assistant at UTMB and worked at American National Insurance Company for many years. She was a
longtime, faithful member of Bible Baptist Church in Galveston for over 45 years.
Preceded in death by her parents and husband Billy Burl Herod of 45 years in 1991, and a grand daughter Lori
Beth Fox Whatley in January 2014.
Survivors include daughters; Carolyn Ann Seay and husband Tommy of Humble and Nancy Fox and husband Bill of
Rosenberg, grandchildren; Eric Thomas Seay, Brian Alan Seay and wife Stacy, Andrew Steven Fox and wife Allison
and James Wayne Whatley. Great grandchildren; Adam Jordan Fox, Madison Brooke Whatley, Janna Paige Whatley,
Peyton Thomas Seay, Maggie Reese Whatley, Anderson David Fox and Asher Daniel Fox.
GALVESTON – Consuelo Torres age 90 passed peacefully away surrounded by her loving family, Monday, December
15, 2014 at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston. Funeral Mass is at 10:00 am Friday, December 19, 2014 at St. Patrick’s
Catholic Church in Galveston, Father Jude Edzuma celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary 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
Thursday where a rosary will be recited at 6:30pm, led by Deacon John Carrillo.
Consuelo was born November 27, 1924 in Monterrey, Mexico to Ramon Espinosa and Maria Cantu Espinosa. Before
moving to the U. S. Consuelo was a teacher. She was a devoted wife, mother, sister and grandmother. She was a
member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. She loved to read, cook, shop and sew for her family. She enjoyed working in
her yard and she adored her grand and great grandchildren whom she cared for diligently.
Preceded in death by her parents, her husband Juan Torres, Sr., sisters, Rosa Estrada and Guadalupe Rodriguez and
a brother, Arturo Espinosa; survivors include daughters, Aurora Torres and Estela Torres; sons, Juan Torres, Jr. and
wife Diana and Roberto Torres and wife Nora; brother, Raymond Espinosa, Sr all of Galveston; grandchildren, Daniel
Torres, Roberto Torres and wife Anna, Javier Torres, Andrea Torres, Juan Torres, Jr. and wife Lauren and Christina
Vasquez and husband Jaime; great grandchildren, Anna, Caitlin, Avery, Matthew, Marcos, Diego, Ruben, Gabriel,
Maria, Marisa and Theodore; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Pallbearers are Daniel Torres, Juan Torres, Jr., Javier Torres, Roberto Torres, Jr., Jaime Vasquez and Raymond
The family would like to thank the Dr.s, nurses and staff of UTMB for the kind and compassionate care given to Mrs.
Torres. A special thank you to longtime friend and her Dr,. Angela Shepherd, MD. The family would also like to thank
Deacon John Carrillo and Jaime Vasquez for their prayers and words of comfort.
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 !!