March 26, 2019

Gus Mancuso

   August Rodney "Gus" Mancuso was an American professional baseball player, coach, scout and radio sports commentator. He played as a catcher in Major League Baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals (1928, 1930-32, 1941-42), New York Giants (1933-38, 1942-44), Chicago Cubs (1939), Brooklyn Dodgers (1940) and Philadelphia Phillies (1945). He was known for his capable handling of pitching staffs and for his on-field leadership abilities. He was a member of five National League pennant-winning teams, and played as the catcher for five pitchers who were eventually inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was regarded as one of the top defensive catchers of the 1930s.

   In 1946, Mancuso became the player-manager of the minor league Tulsa Oilers and in 1948 took over as manager of the San Antonio Missions. In 1950, he was hired as the pitching coach for the Cincinnati Reds, then began a career as a broadcaster in 1951 with his hometown Houston team in the Texas League. He later moved to St. Louis where he worked with play-by-play announcer Harry Caray on the Cardinals' radio network until 1954, when he served as a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Houston Colt .45s. In 1962 Mancuso was seriously injured in a traffic accident which killed his wife, Lorena. In 1981, he was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1981 and elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1984. He contracted emphysema in 1984 and died at the age of 78 in Houston. Source

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Section 55
Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery

March 19, 2019

Nancy Spencer Gray

   Nancy Gray, early Texas settler, moved to Texas from Tennessee with her husband, William S. Spencer, by April 1824. Karankawa Indians killed William in a fight on Bay Prairie in Brazoria. On August 19, 1824, as the widow of one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, Mrs. Spencer received title to a sitio now in Fort Bend County on the Brazos River eight miles above the site of present Richmond. In 1825 she married Thomas Barnett, and the colony census of March 1826 listed her as his wife. The Barnetts had six children. Barnett died on September 20, 1843. In 1845 Nancy married Thomas M. Gray. They had one son. Nancy Gray died on August 4, 1863, and was buried in the family cemetery. Source 

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Barnett Cemetery

March 12, 2019

Margaret Trigg

   Margaret Juliet Trigg was born May 30, 1964, in Bastrop, Texas, to Kleber and Minifred Trigg. She graduated from Bastrop High School in 1982 and Stephens Womans College in Columbia, Missouri, in 1985 with a B.A. Degree in Literature and Dramatic Art, then spent her junior year at Oxford University in England. After graduation, she lived in Dallas and briefly in Los Angeles before moving to New York in 1989 where she worked tirelessly writing her own stand up comedy routines. A skilled comedian, her popularity took off  after performances at Caroline's Comedy Club, The Comic Strip, The New York Comedy Club and others. She appeared on several television shows and won a starring role as alien mother Cookie Brody in Aliens in the Family on ABC. She began accepting roles in movies, and starred in two low budget films, R.O.T.O.R. and Dream House. She became addicted to plastic surgery and went bankrupt from spending every dollar she earned on improving imperfections only she could see. She died of a heart attack due to amphetamine abuse in 2003.

30° 06.856, -097° 18.319

Fairview Cemetery

March 5, 2019

Vinnie Abbott

   Vincent Paul Abbott was born in Abilene, Texas, on March 11, 1964. His father Jerry, a country music songwriter and producer, directed his interest in music towards the drums and bought him his first kit. In 1981, Abbott formed the heavy metal band Pantera with his brother Darrell, and, after a few member changes, recruited vocalist Phil Anselmo in 1987. By 1990, the band had been signed to Atco Records and released Cowboys from Hell, which proved to be the band's turning point. Over the course of four more studio records, a live album and a greatest hits compilation, Pantera was nominated for four best metal performance Grammys for the songs I'm Broken, Suicide Note Pt. I, Cemetery Gates, and Revolution Is My Name.

   Because of an ongoing dispute between Anselmo and the brothers, Pantera disbanded in 2003. After the breakup, the Abbotts formed the heavy metal band Damageplan with Bob Zilla on bass and Pat Lachman on lead vocals. Damageplan released only one album, New Found Power, in 2004. On December 8th of that year, while on tour to support the new album, Darrell Abbott was shot dead onstage by Nathan Gale at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. Damageplan disbanded shortly thereafter. After burying his brother, Vincent formed Big Vin Records in February 2006 and released Rebel Meets Rebel and a DVD, Dimevision, Volume 1. Along with Cristina Scabbia, (co-lead vocalist of Lacuna Coil) he wrote a monthly question-and-answer column in Revolver

   In June 2006, after an 18-month performing hiatus, Abbott joined the heavy metal supergroup Hellyeah, which also featured Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett from Mudvayne, Tom Maxwell from Nothingface, and Bob Zilla from Damageplan. In 2016, the group released 5 studio albums, with the latest being Unden!able, released in June 2016. Unden!able would turn out to be Vincent's last album. His final performance took place at The Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel and Resort at Las Vegas on June 17, 2018. Five days later, Vincent unexpectedly died at the age of 54 in his hotel room from coronary artery disease. He was buried beside his mother, Carolyn, and brother, Darrell. Source

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Lakeside Estates
Moore Memorial Gardens