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What makes people collect antique engine and tractors? It's a way of connecting themselves to the past. Antiques are something we use to understand and find our place in history, in our own lives and within the greater community of mankind. In this regard, antiques are no longer an end, but a means of providing greater understanding and appreciation of the history our forebears created. The relationship we have with our forebears, who provided for us and built the foundation we use to reach for our dreams and goals, is critical if we wish to become the forebears our children need.

With this in mind, we needed a page to memorialize the members who have passed on to greater things. We need to memorialize their contributions, their insight and their unique perspective that we enjoy.

Virgil Harold Mathews Jr., age 60, of Deer Park, died Wednesday, July 25, 2012 in a Galveston hospital following an extended illness. He was born on Nov. 5, 1951 in Wharton, the son of Virgil Harold Mathews Sr. and Esther Kramr Mathews.

Mr. Mathews had been a resident of Deer Park since 1986 and was Methodist by faith. He graduated from Wharton High School in 1970 and then attended Wharton County Junior College. He was in the transportation business for the past 40 years. His hobbies included cattle, farming, John Deere Tractors and participating in tractor pulling contests. He was preceded in death by his father on Feb. 25, 2004.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Wharton Funeral Home with Rev. Meredith Wende officiating. Cremation followed.

Survivors include his wife, Sherrie Langley Mathews of Deer Park; son and daughter -in-law, Todd and Amberly Mathews of Edna; daughters and son-in-law, Kimberly and George Ayala and Brandi Langley, all of Deer Park; mother, Esther Mathews of Glen Flora; brother and sister-in-law, Dr. J. Kyle and Cindi Mathews of Plano; grandchildren; Toby, Kourtnee, Khloe, Jonathan, Kathleen, Lauren, Georgie and Addison “Snookem.”

Mr. Donald Edwin Young passed from this life Sunday evening, August 5, 2012, in Webster.

Born March 22, 1935 in Stockton, NY, Mr. Young had been a resident of Algoa since 1976, previously of La Marque. He proudly served our country as a medic in the US Army and was a self-employed contractor. Donald had been a member of Gulf Coast Cowboy Church of Santa Fe and College View Baptist Church of LaMarque, VFW Post # 5400, Bluebonnet Tractor Club and President of the 50’s Unlimited Car Club and former Vice President of the Greater Houston Car Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Young and Ruby Pearl (Markham) Dieter; his cousin, Ed Markham.

Survivors include his loving wife of 41 years, Dixie Young of Algoa; son, Kevin Craig Ames and wife, Ellie of Mayville, NY; daughter, Joanna Lynn Roberson and husband, Jeffrey of Algoa; 2 grandchildren, Jacob James Roberson and Kevin Craig Ames, Jr..

Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 11, 2012, in the chapel of Hayes Funeral Home, with Mr. Randy Jones officiating. A private cremation was conducted under the direction of Hayes Funeral Home.

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