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Sunshine Cemetery
Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas

Wooldridge and Rodd Field Rds
Corpus Christi TX 78414

Lat: 27° 40' 38"N, Lon: 97° 21' 06"W

Contributed by Charlie Ward, Dec 26, 2004 [cward@stx.rr.com]. Total Records = 57.

Sunshine Cemetery is located at the corner of Wooldridge Road and Rodd Field Road.

This is a small cemetery, and entirely fenced. There is one gate on the Wooldridge Road side. The Texas Historical Commission placed a plaque commemorating the Sunshine Community in the cemetery, which existed from the late 1800's until the early 1940's. It encompassed this part of what is now Corpus Christi. The small farming and ranching settlement, was also known as Encinal.

The post office and the cemetery are the only physical remnants of the Sunshine Community. The oldest marked grave in the cemetery, is that of Ethel Eva Capeheart, and dated 1903. Tombstones in this cemetery reflect the family names of some of the early settlers who came to the area.

Most stones are gone, so this only reflects all existing and legible stones, when I visited and transcribed this cemetery on Sep 06, 1998.

- Charlie Ward

Burdette, Bessie F., b. 30 Jul 1912, d. 15 Dec 1995
Burdette, William O., b. 28 Dec 1909, d. no date
Capeheart, Ethel Eva, b. May 7, 1892 Carbon, Tex, d. 27 Dec 1903 Sunshine, Tex
Capeheart, Nancy Jane, b. Jan 15, 1861 Washington, Mo, d. 2 Dec 1939, Ingleside, Tex
Davila, Florentina Y., b. Feb 6, 1891, 10 Nov 1949, d. Recuerdo de su esposo e hijos (There is also a picture of the deceased)
Davila, Jose, b. Ago (Aug) 27, 1895, d. 14 Jun 1952, Recuerdo de sus hijos (There is also a picture of the deceased)
Davila, Nicolasa, b. Apr 8, 1897, d. 8 Jul 1942, In loving memory your son Epifanio Davila and family
Davila, Pedro, b. 19 Jan 1922, d. 20 Jul 1959, Texas PFC CO C 380 Engr Combat BN World War II (There is also a picture)
Diaz, Gabriel V., d. Fallesio el 19 de Dec 1913 a la edad de 72 anos
Diaz, Octavio, no dates
Diaz, Ursula, no dates
Estes, Aaron James, b. 5 Jan 1995, d. 5 Jan 1995, Infant son of Jon and Kaylynda Estes
Fondren, Charles, b. Mar 9, 1888, d. 12 Jun 1973
Fondren, Cordelia C., b. 1853, d. 1927, A tender mother and a faithful friend
Fondren, David Gunter, b. 1879, d. 26 Jan 1957
Fondren, Kathryn, b. 27 Jan 1901, d. 14 Dec 1941
Fondren, Oliver Simpson, b. 1881, d. 11 Mar 1960
Fondren, William Hiriam, b. 1892, d. 11 Feb 1960
Fondren, William N., b. Jul 12, 1853, d. 13 Jun 1939
Franklin, Henry, d. 15 Oct 1938, Pvt 2 Texas Inf. N.C
Garcia, Rosalio, b. Sep 4, 1876, 15 Apr 1953, d. Recuerdo de su esposa e hijos
Haney, Conrad L., b. 4 Oct 1915, d. 11 Jun 1945
Haney, David J., b. 12 Apr 1921, d. 8 Mar 1962
Haney, Ella A., b. Jan 5, 1882, d. 28 Feb 1962, Mother
Haney, Ernestine, b. 23 Sep 1913, d. 22 Apr 1932,
Haney, James Laurence, b. 24 Jul 1911, d. 25 May 1958
Haney, James Silas, b. Jul 24, 1871, d. 10 Feb 1939, Father
Haney, Margery Olive, b. 5 Dec 1919, d. 7 Dec 1919, Infant
Heflin, Ninabell June Haney, b. 30 Oct 1917, d. 22 Dec 1965
Herrera, Lorenzo M., b. 3 Jul 1945, d. 6 Jun 1988, For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21. In Loving Memory From Your Family
Herrera, Lorenzo S., b. 1888, d. 8 Oct 1962
Howell, Wm Thomas, d. 20 Nov 1916, Age 11 mo. Asleep in Jesus
James, Ashley Renee', b. 14 Feb 1986, d. 28 Sep 1997, Our precious daughter and beloved sister
Parry, Frederic L., b. Dec 1, 1883, d. 15 Sep 1942
Parry, Jesse L., b. Jan 2, 1882, d. 14 Nov 1950
Parry, John James, b. 1849, d. 1920, Father
Parry, M_ (Benja?)min, b. 190?, d. 1916, (This is a small wooden plack covered by glass. Very old & difficult to read)
Parry, Mary Elizabeth, b. 1854, d. 1935, Mother
Parry, Newton D., b. Apr 7, 1886, d. 27 Oct 1918, Again we have to meet thee when the day of life is fled, And in heaven with joy to greet thee, Where no farewell tears are shed. To know him was to love him
Parry, Theodora I., b. Aug 19, 1888, d. 28 Apr 1916
Payne, Maggie Mae, b. Jan 2, 1876, d. 9 Jun 1957
Pearse, Cora, b. Dec 28, 1885, d. 22 Sep 1913, A tender mother and a faithful friend
Pullian, Mrs., no dates
Shetter, David J., Jr., b. 18 Jun 1939, d. 18 Jun 1939, Son of D.J. and Novelle E. Shetter
Sprague, Tressie E., b. 16 Feb 1909, d. 3 Aug 1970
Taylor, Derefus S., b. 1894, d. 1978, Father
Taylor, Myrtle B., b. 1898, d. 1934, Mother
Thompson, Georgia E. Parry, b. 15 Jun 1925, d. 18 Jul 1985, Loved by everyone
Ware, Henry D., b. 18 Jul 1907, d. 6 Feb 1972
Ware, James W., b. 6 May 1942, d. 21 Sep 1993, In Loving Memory
Ware, Mabel C., b. 9 Aug 1913, d. none given
Ware, T. J., b. Sep 23, 1873, d. 18 Jun 1954, Father
Ware, Thomas H., b. 28 Jul 1913, d. 23 Aug 1995, footstone *
Ware, Tura, b. Jan 10, 1876, d. 12 Jan 1956, Mother
Ware, Walter Ray, b. 11 Mar 1917, d. 25 May 1918, Age 14 mo. Asleep in Jesus
Westbrook, George T., b. Oct 25, 1896, d. 4 Dec 1951, Texas Pvt 132 Field Arty 36 Div World War I

Broken Marker, no dates
Broken Stone, no dates
Parry, no dates (Unreadable Marker)
Stone Cross, no dates
Stone Marker, no dates
*Ware, Thomas Howard, b. 1913, d. 1995, Footstone: 'In Memory Of, He Is Honored By This Sunshine Community For His Love, Devotion And Care Of Our Cemetery. His Efforts Continue To Allow Generations To Visit This Peaceful Place Of Remembrance'
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