Charlotte M. Byerly, 83, of Corpus Christi passed away on Tuesday, March 15, 2011.

She was born on May 6, 1927 in San Patricio to Hugh and Elizabeth McCown.

She was a fourth generation Texan and descendant of the original San Patricio colonists. Charlotte graduated as valedictorian of her class from Mathis High School in 1944. She also attended Incarnate Word College, Southwest Texas State and Texas A&I University. In 1946, she married Maurice Ray "Snooky" Byerly at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in San Patricio. They were married for 49 1/2 years and raised three children together. She taught school for over 30 years, with the first two at Violet and the remainder at St. John's School in Robstown. Charlotte was involved at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church, where she had many friends over the years. She was involved in many civic and religious organizations throughout her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice Byerly; her parents; and her siblings, Marie, J.H., Harold, Orville, Irene, Inez and Paul.

She is survived by two sons, Daniel Byerly and James (Jennifer) Byerly; daughter, Mary Katherine Davis; sisters-in-law, Elaine McCown and Alma Phillips; grandchildren, Shawn (Colleen) Byerly, Kerry (Donna) Byerly, Bridget (Toby) Smith, Bryan Davis, Sharla Davis, Jennifer (Jimmy) Willden, Megan (Tre) Mackey, James Ryan (Roxanne) Byerly, and Allison Byerly; great-grandchildren, Kelly, Kaitlin, Jacob, Casey, Kyle, Kendall, Riley, Kate, Dominic, Kylan, Kaylem, and Peyton; and great-great-granddaughter, Madison Rae Byerly.

A Rosary was recited on Friday. March 18, 2011 at 7 p.m. at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church, with the Rev. Msgr. Morgan Rowsome as celebrant.

Interment followed in the St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in San Patricio.

Pallbearers were Kerry Byerly, Bryan Davis, Mike McCown, Jacob Byerly, James Ryan Byerly and Jimmy Willden.

Honorary Pallbearers were Jessie Laing, Richard Magee, Sammy Maldanado and all of her nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church.

Sawyer-George Funeral Home