Obituaries

Truett Preston Slaughter, Jr

Truett Preston Slaughter, Jr.

Truett Preston (“T.P.” or “Butch”) Slaughter, Jr., age 73, of Ingleside, TX, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 15, 2022. He was born in Refugio, TX, and graduated from Refugio High School. He voluntarily enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corp and served in active duty and reserves from 1967 to 1973 which included combat service during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged as a decorated Sergeant and returned to Refugio. He worked as a welder and crop duster before entering the oil field. He retired in 2010 from Kiewit Offshore Services where he worked as an electrician. T.P. was a cancer survivor and a man of great strength and character. He was a loving father, avid motorcyclist, and enjoyed spending time with friends. He could be found in the front yard on Friday nights ready to drink beers and share stories with anyone who dropped by. In the last year he adopted a Chihuahua named Lola, and they were inseparable.

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Robert (Popo Loco) Lopez

Robert (Popo Loco) Lopez had a lifelong career as a Commercial Fisherman. It was known he was a Captain, not a deckhand. Popo had a love for shrimping, the Broncos, telling jokes & music by Elvis Presley & Johnny Cash. You could never convince him he lacked vocal talent, or he wasn’t the funniest man in the room. Popo moved at one speed & pace, his own. He was an amazing cook. Robert was loving, patient & kind with a character and heart unmatched by any other. Popo loved the life he lived. He had unmeasurable love for the countless family he was born into & created and an indescribable love for his grandchildren

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T-Mo (Thelma Ann) Mertz

T-Mo (Thelma Ann) Mertz passed away peacefully in Casa Grande, Az February 10, 2022. Born in Port Allen, La. Jan. 10, 1932 she was the 5th of 9 children. She is survived by her husband Rick Mertz and her closest and best friend sister Shirley (Mami) Pecquet, Prairieville, La. and her sister Azelia Efferson, Bossier City, La. She modeled, trained models, and held fashion shows. She was also an executive secretary to several different CEO’s of major companies. After moving to Aransas Pass, she owned a successful dress shop named T-Mo’s. Her first husband Donald S. Hill preceded her in death. She married Rick Mertz, a homebuilder in Corpus Christi and greatly assisted him in building. Having moved to Fountain Hills, Az in 1996 she continued to help him in building and was very active in Woman’s Club. After a brief return to Texas, she resided in Casa Grande, Az. She will be best remembered for her quick wit, smile and friendly personality. No services are planned at this time.

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