Memories of our Deceased
Dallas Gary Spurlock
Dallas Gary Spurlock, 56, of Baytown, passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2003 at a Houston hospital. Dallas was born September 7,
1946 In Houston. Dallas was a retired Electrical Estimator for Alpha Electric. He was a member of St.
John's United Methodist Church and a member of IBEW Local Union #716 for 36
years. He was preceded in death by ills father, Dallas B. Spurlock. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sharon
Spurlock of Baytown; mother, Helen Spurlock of Conroe; sons, Dallas Shane
Spurlock of Houston; Charles R. Carroll of Houston; daughter, Shari Barger
of Baytown; sister, Sondra Charlene Atkinson and husband John of Conroe;
grandchildren, Blaine and Blake Barger and many special nieces, nephews and
friends. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. today, March 6, 2003 at Navarre
Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2003 at
Navarre Chapel with Rev. David Meeker Williams officiating. Interment will
follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.Pallbearers will be Glenn Foster, Bryan
Atkinson, Hugh Sigers, Chad Sigers, John Kubasik and Larry Fenton, Jr.
Earl Center died in a motorcycle accident in Dallas.
Although he had a van, he used his cycle that day because was
celebrating the signing of his band’s first long term contract to play
at a club in Dallas.
submitted by Jack Cantrell
GARY "Babo" BLACK
Died Sept 8, 1970
Funeral services for Sgt Gary Brugh (Babo) Black,
22 will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church with
the Rev. Burnette W Dowler officiating. Sgt. Black died in an automobile
accident in Augusta, Ga. Monday. He had served two years in the Army and
had returned to Augusta after visiting Baytown for final processing for
discharge from the Army A graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, Black
had attended Lee College before entering the service. Survivors include
his wife Mrs. Rhonda Black of Baytown; parents, Mr. and Mrs Elbert M.
Black of Baytown; a brother, Guy Black of Baytown; and grandparents, Mr
and Mrs. Guy R. Black of Greenville and Mrs. George F Brugh of Houston.
Burial will be in Cedar Crest Cemetery under the direction of Earthman
Ovid Rogers Jr
May 1, 1948 - Jun 17,
Baytown, Harris, Texas
Memorial services for Dr.
Alan Melinger, of Morrison, Colo,, were to be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday
June 12, 1987, at Feldman Funeral Home in Denver. A member of a
well-known Baytown family, Melinger died early Thursday after a brief
illness. Friday would have been, his 39th birthday. His parents, Al and
Helen Melinger, recently retired as the owners and operators of The
Style Shoppe, a business founded many years ago by his grandparents, the
late Harry and SadyeBlum. A 1966 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School.
Melinger graduated summa cum laude from the University of Denver,
earning a doctorate degree in psychology in 1983.He also graduated summa
cum laude from Denver's metropolitan college, where he earned his
bachelor of science degree.A clinical psychologist, Melinger was the
clinic case manager, co-owner of Community Care Associates and president
of Community Care Corp. Previously he designed and facilitated the
development of residential programs governed and supervised by peers.
These programs are currently utilized by the Jefferson County Mental
Health Center and the Adams County system. He also founded and for three
years directed the
Denver Mental Health Recreational and Athletic Association. In addition
to his parents, Melinger is survived by his wife, Leverne, and daughter
and son, Wendy and Dustin Melinger, all of Morrison; a brother, Michael
Melinger of Eugene, Ore.; and a sister, Anne Melinger of Austin.
Note: In more recent years, Leverne, also passed away.
Charles Barry Donnelly
25 Sep 1947 - 2 Jul 1988
Buried in Cemetery: Cedar Crest
Baytown, Harris County, Texas, USA
Gregor V. Baker
May 10, 1948-Mar 6, 2004
NAVASOTA — Graveside services for Gregor V. Baker, 55, of Millican are
set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Wheat Cemetery.Tommy Lyons will officiate.
Arrangements are under the direction of Lindley-Robertson-Holt Funeral
Home in Navasota.Mr. Baker died Saturday in Ecuador.He was born in
Baytown and was a volunteer with the Peace Corps. He had lived in
Millican for the past 30 years. He attended Idaho State University. Mr.
Baker graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown, and upon his
return from Vietnam he attended the University of Texas and graduated
with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He traveled the world and was
most recently a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador at the time of his
death. He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam
War. He was a Methodist.Survivors include a son, Travis Baker of
Lafayette, La.; a daughter, Anna Baker of Millican; a brother and
sister-in-law, Carson and Bev Baker of Shelbyville, Ky.; his mother,
Gwen Royder-Williams of Fredericksburg; and a grandson.
Maria Rosie Ansualda
26, 1947 - October 15, 2011
Rosario (Rosie) Ansualda Latiolais was born in Odem, Texas on August 26,
1947 and entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on
October 15, 2011. She was 64 years old.
Rosie was a life-long resident of Baytown, Texas where
she graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1966 and was a proud member
of the REL Southern Bells. She was employed by Exxon Chemical and Medical
departments and retired after 35 years of service. For over 20 years she was
very active with Fields of Harvest Church in Baytown, where she served in
numerous ministries that included Secretary on the Board of Trustees, Prayer
Intercession Team, Praise Team Singer, Co-leader of Marriage Walk, Circle of
Love Ministries, Children's Ministries, and just recently donated her time
as receptionist. She made over 10 missions trips to Brazil where she helped
in several capacities that included building and planting new churches in
various regions. Rosie was preceded in death by her brother, Lupe Ansualda,
Jr, and her parents, Lupe and Julia Ansualda. Left to cherish in her memory
is her husband of 7 years, Perry Latiolais; her children Tommy Juarez, of
Baytown, Andy Juarez and wife Jennifer of Providence, RI, Angel Juarez Hux
and husband Mike of Baytown; Granddaughters; Juliana Marie Hux, Natalia
Renee Hux and Jenna Silveira; Sisters Gloria Serrano and husband Martin, and
Eva Teagarden and husband Ric, her entire church family of Fields of Harvest
Church in Baytown, and hosts of friends and family who loved her. The family
will receive friends and family on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 from 6 – 8
p.m. at Earthman Funeral Home, 3919 Garth Rd, Baytown, TX 77521.Funeral
Services will be held at Earthman Funeral Home on Thursday, October 20, 2011
at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor David Cochran, officiating. Interment will follow
at Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of Earthman Baytown
Funeral Home, Baytown, TX.
HAND, JR., 56, of Trinity, went to be with the Lord Sunday, May 16, 2004.
Fred is survived by his loving family; mother, Bobbie Hand of Beaumont;
brother, Kirk Hand and wife Julie of Wallisville; daughter, Michelle
Odom and husband David of Trinity; daughter, Paula Hand of Trinity; son,
Frederick Hand, III of Spring; son, Robert Hand of New Orleans; grandsons,
Jake and Chase Odom of Trinity; many nieces, nephews other relatives and
friends. Funeral Services will be 10:00 AM Thursday, May, 20, 2004 at St.
Jude Catholic Church in Highlands. Interment will follow at White Cemetery
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at Sterling
White Chapel in Highlands from 5:00 to 9:00 PM with a rosary at 6:30 PM.
Arrangements are entrusted to Sterling White Chapel. 11011 Crosby-Lynchburg
Rd. Highlands, TX 77562. 281-
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Cynthia Huron Trout
Cynthia Ann Trout, 58, died Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at her home in
Livingston, Texas. She is survived by her husband David Trout of
Livingston, TX, brother Robert Huron of Centerville, TX, daughter Tammy
Scott of Fontana, CA, son Paul Finney of Livingston, TX, stepdaughters
Linda Kay Otero of Loraine, OH, and Deborah Darrow of Shepherd, TX,
stepsons Davy Clinton Trout of Loraine, OH, Michael “BJ” Trout of
Conroe, TX, Travis Trout of LaPorte, TX. Numerous grandchildren,
nephews & cousins, uncles J.B. Miks and Gilbert Miks of Baytown, TX and
many friends also survive. She was preceded in death by her father
D. C. Huron, her mother Geral Miks Huron, and her brother Harold Huron.
She was born October 5, 1947 in Goose Creek, Texas. Pallbearers were
Chris Cole, Joseph Darrow, Travis Trout, Michael Trout, Paul Finney &
Corey Brandon Trout. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 20, 2006
at 10:00 a.m. at Cochran Funeral Home. Livingston pastor Jack Hagee
officiated. Burial was held in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston.
Marie Ball Fitzgerald passed away September 11, 2011, in Lantana,
Texas, at the age of 63.
Anna was born December 8, 1947 to Otis Vaden and
Lavonia Marie Waldrop Ball in Baytown, Texas. She and her husband Jimmie
raised their children, Scott and Jennifer, in Spring, Texas living briefly
in Mobile, Alabama. In addition to being a loving wife and mother, Anna
cherished working in children’s libraries and creating arts and crafts.
Anna was preceded in death by her parents and leaves behind her beloved
husband of 42 years, Jimmie Wayne Fitzgerald, her son Scott Fitzgerald and
wife Susan, daughter Jennifer James and husband Mike. She also leaves behind
her precious grandchildren Elizabeth, Lillian, and Holton James, and Wayne,
Benjamin, and Henry Fitzgerald. She is survived by her sister Alice Stephens
and husband Joe, of Deer Park, Texas, and brother, Tom Ball and wife Amy, of
Morrilton, Arkansas. Anna’s loving, sweet, compassionate nature and her
beautiful smile are cherished by all who knew her. Funeral services will be
held at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Friday, September 16, 2011,
at 10:15am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the
Alzheimer’s Association at
Betty Jean Jacobs Davis
Memory submitted by Sandy Davis 7/8/09
am writing to say a little about a very special classmate, Betty Jean
Jacobs. I'm her husband, Steve "Sandy" Davis (grew up in Liberty).
Betty and I began dating while attending Lee College and were married
Thanksgiving day, 1967. She graduated from Lamar Univ. and taught 3rd
grade for several years in the Dickinson I.S.D. Then she became an
agent for State Farm in League City until her death on the 4th of July, 1987
at the age of 39. She passed away 9 months after being diagnosed with
breast cancer. We knew early on that the cancer had begun to spread
throughout her body and that the prognosis was bleak. She knew she
would leave behind her 2 sons, ages 9 & 16, but her outlook was
amazing----even inspirational. She never expressed any self-pity
whatsoever. Her faith sustained her for she knows we will all be
reunited as a family unit someday. Our sons, Jared & Jason,
have grown to be fine young men and have blessed us with 4 beautiful
granddaughters thus far. We feel her presence and take comfort knowing
she smiles down on us. I miss her terribly, but am grateful to
Heavenly Father for the time I had with her during her mortal existence.
Betty often spoke fondly of her friends at Robert E. Lee. Betty Jacobs
Davis remained in close contact with several of her classmates right up to
Funeral services for Pfc. Roger W. Smelser, 20, who was killed in Vietnam
March 8, 1969 will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Earthman Funeral Chapel
with the Rev. Robert Cheek officiating. A formal military burial service
will be held in Memory Gardens of Baytown Cemetery. The body arrived in
Baytown early Tuesday afternoon. The young soldier was an infantryman with
Company B, Second Battalion 502 of the 101st Airborne Division stationed
near Hue. He was killed while in a defensive position, according to
information the family received. Roger attended Robert E. Lee High School
before volunteering for the Army. He had been in the Army since August of
1968 and had been in Vietnam since January. He was a member of First Baptist
Church and the REL Future Farmers of America Chapter while at REL. Survivors
include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Smelser; two brothers, James Michael
Smelser and Walter Donald Smelser, and one sister, Kay Ann Smelser, all of
Roger Smelser was killed in action in Viet Nam. I am a Nam vet and proud to
call him my brother
Charlie Frazier 6-5-06
From the Viet Nam Wall:
was born on July 9, 1948. He was single and of the Baptist
religion. He became a member of the Army while residing in
Baytown, Texas and attained the rank of PFC (E3). On March
8, 1969 at the age of 26, Roger Smelser gave his life in the
service of our country in South Vietnam, Thus Thien
Province. You can find Roger Smelser honored on the Vietnam
Memorial Wall on Panel 30W, Row 81.
Mary Ann Nichols Williams
Mary Ann Nichols
Williams passed away of heart failure on August 16, 1994 at the
Moody House Edgewater Retirement Community, where she was a resident
intern in preparation for the Methodist Ministry. She leaves
behind three children, Richard B. Hughes, Darcy Williams, and David
Williams. Mary used to say that she wanted to be the one
mother to whose house all the kids in the neighborhood would come
over to play, because they felt safe there. Her untimely death
cut short her attempt to expand that sentiment to the rest of the
world. I believe that everyone she touched was better off for
having known her. May she rest in peace.
submitted by Richard L.
Hughes, Class of 1966.
Carlos Martinez, 57, passed away August 16, 2005. He was a
resident of Denver, Colorado for over 30 years. He was a graduate of Tulane
University and also Yale. Carlos defined himself as an artist first because
this is what gave meaning to his life. He was named Community Outreach
Coordinator by the Denver Museum of Natural History and was director for
C.H.A.C. “Chicano Humanities and Arts Council”. The art community will be
dedicating the annual “Chili Festival” in his honor on September 10th and
11th to recognize his paintings and dedications to his artwork. All proceeds
will be donated to Youth Education for the Arts. Carlos has a large family
and will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his father, Alberto
J. Martinez and by his sister, Irene Martinez. He is survived by his mother,
Elvira B. Martinez of Baytown, TX; brothers, Albert J. Martinez Jr. of
Baytown, TX, David Martinez and wife Maureen of Houston, TX, George Martinez
of Fayetteville, TX, and Joseph Martinez and wife Ruth of Baytown, TX;
sisters, Eva Benavides and husband Guadalupe of Baytown, TX, Paula Eliaz and
husband Tony of League City, TX, Maria Teresa (Mona) Martinez of Baytown,
TX, and Maria Guadalupe (Lupe) Garcia and husband Efrain of Baytown, TX,;
numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. The family will receive
friends 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, August 21, 2005 At Earthman Funeral Home.
3919 Garth Road, Baytown. A rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass
will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 22, 2005 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic
Church with Father Luis Hernandez, O.S.A. officiating, 1124 Beech Street,
Baytown, Texas. Pallbearers will be George Martinez, Joseph Martinez, David
Martinez, Efrain Garcia, Tony Eliaz, and Joe Bernal.
Linda Marie Sjolander
Born Sept 19, 1947 • Baytown, Texas
Died Aug 11, 2000 • Galveston County,
Maria DeJesus Del Toro
Maria “Mary Jane” DeJesus Del Toro, 59, of
Baytown, passed away Monday, September 18, 2006, at a local hospital.
She was born August 25, 1947, to Jesus and Simona (Olachia) Del Toro, in
Baytown, TX. She was a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, a member
of St. Joseph Catholic Church and also a member of The Altar Society.
After retiring from nursing, she enjoyed sewing and watching the Astros,
but her most favorite time was spent with her grandchildren, who she
adored. Maria was a devoted mother, daughter, grandmother, sister and a
treasured friend to many. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and
loved her. Preceded in death by her father, Jesus Del Toro and sister, Geneva
Avalos, she is survived by her loving daughters, Rachel Hewitt and her
husband, Michael, of Baytown, Christine Taylor and her husband, Ervin,
of Baytown, and Andrea Mayfield and her husband, Clint, of Deer Park;
mother, Simona Del Toro; brothers, Luz Del Toro and his wife, Delores,
of Seabrook, Antonio Del Toro and his wife, Elizabeth, of Baytown, and
Carlos Del Toro and his wife, Melissa, of Baytown; grandchildren, Aaron
and Kaylie Hewitt, Olivia, Marcus and Noah Taylor and numerous nieces,
nephews and cousins. Honoring the family as pallbearers will be Michael
Hewitt, Ervin Taylor, Clint Mayfield, Benjamin Del Toro, Mark Del Toro,
Brent Del Toro, Eric Del Toro and Joe Del Toro. Honorary pallbearers are
Luz Del Toro, Antonio Del Toro, Carlos Del Toro, Abel Del Toro, Alford
Rodriguez and Daniel Avalos. The family will receive friends on
Thursday, September 21, 2006, from 6 to 9 pm with a rosary at 7 pm at
the Chapel of Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held
10:00 am Friday, September 22, 2006, at St Joseph Catholic Church with
Rev. Dwight Canizares as celebrant. Interment to follow at Memory
Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Crespo & Jirrels
Funeral and Cremation Services, 6123 Garth Rd., Baytown, 281.839.0700.
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(Al) Juarez, Jr., 61, of New Orleans, LA and
formerly of Baytown, TX, passed away peacefully
on April 4, 2007. He was born on August 12, 1945
in New Gulf, Texas. He graduated from Robert E.
Lee High School in 1966. He is preceded in death
by his parents Arnulfo C. Villarreal and Luisa
(Amaro) Villarreal. He is survived by his
brother, Robert Juarez, of Palacios, Texas,
sisters Eva DeLeon and Maria Garza of Houston,
TX; sons Tommy Juarez, of Colorado Springs, CO,
Andy Juarez, of Providence RI, Juan Carlos, of
Deer Park, TX, and daughters Angel Hux, of
Baytown, Texas and Misti Juarez, of Houston
Texas; companion Mary Reuter and daughter
Christian of New Orleans, LA; grandchildren
Jonas Rodriguez, Jr., Jacob Rodriguez, Joshua
Rodriguez, Juliana Marie Hux, and Kayla Alicia
Juarez and numerous family and friends. Services
are pending through Morales Funeral Home, 2901
Canal Street, Houston, Texas; (713) 223-1167.
Funeral services will be held at 11am on
Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at St. Patrick’s Church,
4918 Cochran Street, Houston, Texas; (713)
Lucas E. Estrada
Born in Baytown, Texas on
Oct. 18, 1946 ,59, life
long resident of Baytown, TX, went to be with
his Lord and Savior Saturday, June 03, 2006 in
Houston, TX. After a 3 year courageous battle
with cancer, with his family by his side. Mr.
Estrada retired from Exxon after 34 years of
service. He was a member of Gospel Light House
Church, he coached the Baytown Girls Softball
league for many years. He also loved the Gander
Football Games, Dallas Cowboys and was a big fan
of Elvis Presley. He loved Christmas and
spending time with his grandchildren. Mr.
Estrada was honorably discharged from the U.S.
Army after serving 3 years in the Vietnam Era.
He is survived by his loving wife Mary E.
Estrada of 36 years, son; Robby Estrada of
Baytown, TX, daughters; Melissa Estrada of
Baytown, TX, Amy Estrada Coker and husband Roy
of Norfolk, VA and Joni Estrada and Manuel
Torres of Baytown, TX, mother; Guadalupe Estrada
of Baytown, TX, sisters; Frances Estrada Sheldon
and husband Dan of Baytown, TX and Janie Estrada
of Baytown, TX, brother; David Estrada and wife
Rosie of Wichita, KS, grandchildren; Taylor,
Lauren, Brayden Torres all of Baytown and Jordan
Hinojosa of Norfolk, VA, brothers-in-law; Jose
Garcia and wife Judy of Columbus, TX, Gilberto
Garcia and wife Lydia of Devine, TX Vidal Garcia
and wife Mary Ruth of Jourdanton, TX and Edward
Garcia and wife Eva of Castroville, TX and
numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Acting as Pallbearers will be Edward Garcia,
Vidal Garcia, Reyes Ramirez, Tony Ramirez,
Manuel Pequeno and Wilbert Fontenot. Honorary
Pallbearers include, Robby Estrada, Gilberto
Garcia and Jose Garcia. Our Family would like to
thank the doctors, nurses and staff at The
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
for their genuine devotion and concerning care.
Joe Ross Aylor,
departed this life at home on March 10, 2006.
He was born May 4, 1948 in
Baytown, Texas to Joe and Elizabeth Aylor. He graduated from Robert E. Lee
High School, joined the Navy in 1968 served in Vietnam on the Navy SeaBees
Team. He's been in the construction business his entire life and at the time
of his death was the owner of ARJ Contractors. He enjoyed working, hunting,
and the Dallas Cowboys.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is
survived by his wife, Sue Aylor; daughters and sons-in-law, Angel and Mark
Carlson, Kristi and Troy Bowden; son and daughter-in-law, Joe Ray and Lauren
Aylor; sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Milton Green; sister, Lynn
Davis; stepbrother, Brad Wolcik; mother-in-law, Troylene Keoughan;
granddaughters, Delaina Smith, Rylee Bowden, Chiann Aylor; uncles, and
aunts, OB Aylor, JC, and Olga Aylor; nephews, Jim LeCompte, Darrin Hanson,
Wes Hardin; and numerous cousins, and friends.
Services were entrusted to Navarre
Funeral Home of Baytown, Texas.
Becky Suzanne Holder Renaud
Becky Suzanne Holder Renaud, 58, of Seabrook,
passed away on June 17, 2007 due to an illness that took her precious
life too soon. She was a loving, caring, passionate daughter and friend
to many friends and family. Becky enjoyed traveling the hills of Texas,
walking on the beach and spending time with friends and family. She was
also a member of the Methodist faith. Born and raised in Baytown, Becky
graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and then continued her studies
at Southwest Texas State University where she graduated with a degree in
Education. She taught school for 30 years, 20 years with Goose Creek ISD
and 10 years with LaMarque ISD. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00
PM Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at the Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation
Services of Baytown with Rev. Ken Goodell officiating. Visitation will
be from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at the Navarre
Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Baytown. She was preceded in
death by: Mother: Palma Holder and Cousin: Clay Vincent. Survivors
include: Father: Prentice Holder of Hemphill; Adoptive Daughter: Lynette
Thompson and her husband David; Cousins: Robin Little and Family,
Sherrill Chaffin and Family, Ronnie Callaway and Family, Gary Vincent
and Family and Sammy Vincent and Family; Aunt: Freda Riley Ripkowski and
a host of friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
American Cancer Society 18301 Egret Bay Blvd, Houston, TX 77058 (281)
335-1411. o view the online obituary or to post a tribute for the
family, go to www.navarrefuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the
direction of Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444
Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX, 77521, (281) 422-8111.
Leslie “Les” Lee Carter, 59, of Alvin, Texas
passed away June 25, 2007.
He was born November 18, 1947 to J.B. and
Dorothy (Wilburn) Carter in Baytown, Texas. He was a loving son, father,
grandfather, brother and friend to many. Les was a quiet man, rather
private but loved his family and friends very much. He worked as a
journeyman since 1972. Les was a member and had 39 years good standing
with IPEW Local Union #527 of Galveston County. He was a 17-year member
of the John Mitchell Masonic Lodge #1401 in Hitchcock, Texas. Les loved
the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
July 15, 2007, Lounelle away, surrounded by family and
friends. Lounelle, born July 22, 1948, was the daughter of Norman B.
O'Grady and Ruth C. O'Grady. They raised her in Baytown, Texas where her
love for music and singing became evident at an early age. Lounelle's
passion for music and singing carried on throughout her entire life and
loved to share her talents with family and friends. Lounelle's love for
life is noticed by everyone that had the privilege of knowing her and
being a part of her life. Her contagious laughter and presence will be
heard and felt always by all of those who loved her. A devoted and beloved
mother, Lounelle is survived by her son, Jack Scott; her daughter, Katelyn
Christine; and many other close family members and friends including Gayle
"Birdie" Marrs, Billie Shadid and Debbie Canales. The Thompson family
would also like to Thank all of the hospital staff at St. David's hospital
for all of their help and support for Lounelle and the family during this
hard time. Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm 8:00 pm on Friday, July
20, at Wilke-Clay-Fish Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 1:00 pm on
Saturday, July 21 at Wilke-Clay-Fish Chapel, followed by a Celebration of
Lounelle's life at the family home. Arrangements by Wilke-Clay-Fish
Funeral Home, 2620 S. Congress, Austin, TX 512/442-1446. You may view
memorials at www.wcfish.com.
Gary Wayne Ford, died Aug. 30, 1983, from a
massive heart attack. He left behind wife Karen (Floyd) Ford and
14-yr old son Shannon Lee Ford. He was employed by US Steel for a
number of years prior and up to the time of his death. Even when
times were hard, Gary had a unique way of making everyone laugh.
He was an avid fisherman, and some of his happiest times were sitting in
a boat or standing on the banks of Highlands Reservoir with his best
friend, J. C. (Sonny) Greenhaw.
Submitted by his sister,Terry (Ford)
Moore--REL class of ’67
Robert “Bob” Moore
Robert Franklin (Bob) Moore , age 60, passed away at his home in Flower
Mound,Texas on Sunday May 11,2008. He is survived by his wife of 40 years,
Judy Prince Moore, Daughter and Son-in-Law Robin & Marcus Schwandner,
Daughter and Son-in-Law Missy & Kyle Lewallen, Daughter Jace Moore and Son
Colt Moore. He is also survived by 7 grand-children Kristin, Marissa,
Dalton, Mason & Matthew Schwandner and Faith and Seth Reese. He is survived
by his mother Mary Fullen, Brother and Sister-in-law Ron & Kim Moore,
Sisters Sherry Jackson and Beverly Miller. He was preceded in death by his
father Bill Moore, Father-in-law J.R. Prince and brother-in laws Billy Don
Prince and Larry Miller and Step-Father Bob Fullen. He is also survived by
his Mother-in-law Alpha Bea Prince, Sister-in-laws & Brother-in-laws Linda &
Charles Simms, Catherine & Bob Craig, Buddy Prince, Tom & Karen Prince,
Milton & Judy Prince, Terry & Debbie Prince and many nieces, nephews,
cousins, aunts & uncles who loved him dearly. A loving and devoted father,
husband, son, brother and grand-father, he was known as”Bob Bob” to his
grand-children and “Mr. Bob” to the neighborhood kids. He was loved and
respected by all who knew him. Bob was a 1966 graduate of Robert E. Lee High
School in Baytown, where he met and married his high school sweetheart Judy
in 1967. He was a sailor in the U.S. Naval Submarine Reserves during the
late 1960’s and lived in the Highlands-Baytown area for many years. Bob was
a 3rd generation building contractor for 35 years and owned his own company.
He built in the Ft. Clark Springs area in the 1980s and has built and
remodeled in the DFW area for the last 20 years. People were amazed at his
talent, knowledge and abilities. He always strove for perfection in his
work. Bob was an avid sportsman who loved hunting with his family and
teaching his children and grandchildren about nature and the great outdoors.
He was very loving and giving, never turning down anyone that was in need.
He will be greatly missed by many. Services will be held on Thursday May 15,
2008 at First Baptist Church, 210 Magnolia, in Highlands at 2:00 pm.
born on August 11, 1947 and passed away on Thursday, October 22, 2009.
Carl was a resident of Baytown, Texas
Donna Dale Baldwin Wolf,
60, of Crosby, passed away at her home Saturday,
September 20, 2008.
She was raised in Baytown and was a 1966 graduate of
Robert E. Lee High School. While skating as a young girl at Baytown Roller
Rink, she caught the eye of the young man who would one day become her
husband. She and Jimmy W. Wolf were married in 1966 and they were blessed
with two sons. She worked as a receptionist and secretary for several banks,
including Crosby State Bank in Crosby, and IGI Manufacturing. Her favorite
hobbies included shopping and going to garage sales, but her passion was her
grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gus and Johnny Mae
Walters, and mother and father in law, Wilse and Alice Wolf. Her loving
family includes her husband of 42 years, Jimmy W. Wolf, Sr., of Crosby;
sons, Jimmy W. Wolfe, Jr. and his wife, Meredith, of Pasadena, and John C.
Wolf; sister, Felicia Westmoreland, her husband, Joe, of Crane, Texas and
their children, Bill Rogers and Grady Westmoreland; brother and sister in
law, Jerry & Sherry Wolf of Liberty, and Jannie & Murray Foreman, of
Baytown; her beloved grandchildren, Skylette Moran Wolf, Tabatha Brooke
Wolf, Caitlynn Alyssa Wolf, Gabriel Ashlyn Wolf, and Patrick Prince;
numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and a host of treasured
friends too numerous to mention.Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m.,
Wednesday, at Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home. Service of remembrance will be
11 a.m., Thursday, September 25, 2008, in the Chapel of Crespo & Jirrels,
with Robert Nichols, officiating. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens.
Honoring the family as pallbearers will be David Motley, Robert Lee Foreman,
Kevin Sharp, J.J. Wolf, Clint Wolf, Bill Rogers, and Grady Westmoreland. dob
age 61, of Gonzales,
passed away on Monday, March 9, 2009. He was born August 27, 1947. He was a
Marine and served in Vietnam and he was a member of the Gonzales V.F.W.
Post 4817. Survivors include his father, Raymond Voigt of Belton; one
daughter, Sagen E. Voigt of Gonzales; step-son, Shane Brzozowski and his
wife Elaine of Gonzales; two grandchildren, Aubrey Hernandez and Seth
Brzozowski, both of Gonzales; two brothers, Danny Voigt and Jimmy Voigt,
both of Gonzales; two nieces, Krystal Voigt and Courtney Voigt, both of
Gonzales; his step-father, Roy Glover, of Gonzales. He was preceeded in
death by his mother, Evelyn Heinemeyer Glover and his brother, Rocky Allen
Voigt. Graveside services were held Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at Gonzales
Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. Clint Lowery officiating. Honorary
pallbearers were members of the Gonzales V.F.W. Post 4817. Memorials may be
made to the Gonzales V.F.W. Post 4817 or to Accolade Hospice, 222 West
Grand, Yoakum, Texas 77995. Seydler-Hill Funeral Home was in charge of
Betty Jacks Phelps
services for Betty Jacks Phelps, 61 of Rockville, Maryland, were held on
Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 3 p.m. in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in the Chapel
of Ralph Robinson and Son with Reverend James Watson officiating. Interment
followed at Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Ralph Robinson and
Son Funeral Directors. Betty Jacks Phelps pass away on Tuesday, February 24,
2009 at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney, Maryland, after falling ill
shortly after celebrating the inauguration of our new President. Mrs. Phelps
and her devoted husband have lived in the DC area since 1994. Mrs. Phelps
was born September 9, 1947, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, to the late James
Richard and Gertrude Bea Thompson Jacks. She was reared and received her
education in Baytown, Texas. She attended court reporting school and was a
freelance court reporter for many years in Houston, Texas. She eloped with
Randy Phelps on August 8, 1977, in San Antonio, Texas, and their two hearts
beat together for 31 years. They were the loves of each other's lives. Mrs.
Phelps was a renaissance woman; an artist, writer, gardener, lover of
politics and devoted mother to her three precious dogs. She was an activist
for women's rights and was a former officer of the Houston Chapter of the
National Organization for Women. Her survivors include her husband, Randy
Phelps, PhD. of Rockville, Maryland; a brother, James Richard "Dickie" Jacks
and his wife Earlene of Carthage, Texas; a sister-in-law, Deanna Martin andn
lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to support women's
health through the American Heart Association at
www.americanheart.org or animal
rescue at the Montgomery County Maryland Humane Society
Nancy Jean (DeVaal) Rhodes,
59, of Mont Belvieu, was born on
October 12, 1947, and passed away Thursday, September 13, 2007, under the
care of Odyssey Hospice in Baytown.
She is preceded in death by her parents,
Pieter and Ruth Mary DeVaal and sister, Kathryn Payne. She is survived by
her loving and devoted husband of almost 42 years, David Rhodes; son and
daughter-in-law, Chris and Julie Rhodes; daughter and son-in-law, Kim and
David Coker; grandchildren, Thomas, Nicholas and Kathryn Coker and Paige
Rhodes; sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Leonard McLain and numerous nieces and
nephews. Her wishes were to be cremated. In lieu of flowers, donations can
be made to the Houston SPCA or to BACCR in Baytown, her two favorite animal
charities. Arrangements have been entrusted to Crespo and Jirrels Funeral
and Cremation Services, 6123 Garth Rd., Baytown, 281.839.0700
Larry Scott Russell, 62, of Crosby, passed away
on June 12, 2009, at a Baytown hospital.
He was born on June 4,
1947, in Baytown to Frank Russell and Lucy (Jennings) Russell. A
1966 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, Mr. Russell proudly
served in the United States Marines and then worked as a retail
manager.Mr. Russell is preceded in death by his parents; and is
survived by a son, Tony Scott Russell and wife, Kimberly, of
Yorktown, VA; one sister, Cindy Hopmann of Palacios, TX; one
brother, Norman Russell, of Arlington, TX; two grandchildren, Aeriel
Russell and Daphnie Russell; and nieces and nephews, Crispin Gale,
Lori Hopmann, Sean Russell and Stephanie Russell.A funeral service
will be held on Friday, June 19, 2009, at 9:45 a.m. in the Chapel of
Crespo & Jirrels, with Pastor Richard Rose officiating. Interment
will follow at 11:45 a.m. at Houston National Cemetery. Arrangements
have been entrusted to Crespo & Jirrels Funeral and Cremation
Services, 6123 Garth Rd., Baytown 77521, 281.839.0700. Cemetery: U.
S. Houston National Cemetery
Barbara Jean (Odom)
Jean (Odom) Allen, 61, a life long resident of Baytown, Texas, went to be
with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on September 30, 2009. Barbara was
born in Baytown on October 25, 1947, the 2nd of 4
children to Beatrice and Fisher Odom.
Barbara had a strong faith in God and loved to dance
and sing for the Lord. Her family knows that is what she is doing now.
Barbara held her cosmetology license for many years and was a Licensed
Vocational Nurse (LVN). She worked for several area doctors before moving to
geriatric care in area nursing homes.
Barbara loved to decorate her house, make artificial floral arrangements and
work in her yard. In July 2009 she was recognized with the Cedar Bayou
Garden Club Yard of the Month for which she was very proud. She was a loving
“Mam Maw” who cherished time spent with her grandchildren.Barbara was
preceded in death by her father and is survived by her loving and devoted
husband, Johnny Allen of Baytown; mother, Beatrice Odom of Baytown;
siblings, Scharlotte (Odom) Hughes and husband Sam of Baytown, Denise Odom
and husband Victor Boiles of League City and Glen Odom and wife Suzanne of
Baytown; children, Rodney A. Evans and wife Celeste of Baytown, Annette
(Evans) Durrett and husband Charles of Houston, Melissa (Davenport) Allen
and husband Stephen of Baytown; stepdaughter, Angela (Allen) Espinosa and
husband Miguel of Burlingame, CA.; grandchildren, Rodney Jr., Hunter,
Sophia, Ashley, Abbey, Brooke, Morgan, Tessa and William; numerous nieces
and nephews; and many dear friends. Her family will receive friends at
Navarre Funeral Home Friday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Funeral services
will be Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Navarre Funeral Home with
Rev. Sam Hughes officiating. Burial will follow at San Jacinto Memorial Park
in Houston. Serving as pallbearers will be Victor Boiles, Charles Durrett, Rodney Evans, Jr., John Hall, Rick Johnson and Stephen Allen.To
view the online obituary or to post a tribute for the family, go to
Alan, 61, of Baytown was born August 11, 1948 in Dayton and passed away
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 in a Houston hospital. He was a 1966 graduate of
Robert E. Lee High School and was a U. S. Army Viet Nam veteran. He
retired from Lubrizol and was a member of Memorial Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louise and Gerald Tomlinson. He
is survived by his wife, Cheryl Tomlinson, son and daughter-in-law, Chris
and Nikki Tomlinson and daughter and son-in-law, Jodie and Jason Meredith,
all of Baytown; sister and brother-in-law, Becky and John White of Forney;
brothers, Steve Tomlinson of Baytown and Wade Tomlinson of Gonzales, LA;
grandchildren, Troy, Taylor and Tyson Tomlinson and Jacie and Jaden
Meredith; and his "girls", Priscilla and Maddy.A memorial service will be
held Friday, June 25, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Memorial Baptist Church, 600
W. Sterling Ave., Baytown, TX 77520 with Rev. Brad Hoffman officiating. At
his request, he was cremated.
62, of Baytown passed away July 13, 2010.
was born in Baytown January 26, 1948 to Aaron and Betty Bridwell. He was a
participant and honored survivor of the Bay Area Relay for Life and
enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play little league
baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball and many other sports. He was
preceded in death by his mother, Betty Bridwell, and his brothers James
Lee Bridwell and Billy Wayne Bridwell. He is survived by his wife, Beth
Ann Bridwell of Baytown, his father, Aaron Bridwell of Baytown, two sons,
Greg Bridwell and wife Alma of Westmont, IL, Michael Bridwell and wife
Rachell of Highlands, his daughter, Amy Tierney and husband Kevin of
Decatur, GA, his sisters, Carol Fabian of Baytown and Dorothy Murphy of
Center, TX, his mother in law, Peggy Anderson of Baytown and
grandchildren, Keaton Michael Bridwell, Anderson Reid Bridwell, Lillian
Grace Bridwell, Scott Gregory Bridwell, and Suzanne Elizabeth Tierney
along with numerous nieces and nephews. His family would like to express
deep appreciation for the special care and attention given to Eddie and
his family during his time spent with the nurses and doctors at Cancer
Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa, OK and M.D. Anderson Cancer
Hospital in Houston. They would also like to express gratitude to Eddie’s
doctors: Hays, Rauf, Hafeez and Barbandi and the doctors at Texas
Oncology. The kindness and concern shown to Eddie and the family by the
doctors, nurses, staff and other caregivers will never be forgotten. His
family will receive friends at Navarre Funeral Home Thursday, July 15th
from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be Friday, July 16,
2010 at 11:00 a.m at Navarre Funeral Home with Rev. Ronnie Webb
officiating with special words shared by Eddie’s childhood friends, Ricky
Burch and Mickey Tiner. To view the online obituary or to post a tribute
for the family, go to
Kay, 63, of Baytown passed away Monday, May 16, 2011
in a Houston hospital. Kay Jungbluth Richards, 63, lifelong resident of
Baytown was born January 2, 1948 in Galveston and passed away Monday, May
16, 2011 in a Houston hospital. She was a 1966 graduate of Robert E. Lee
High School. She retired from NOV and loved to travel, gamble, and be in
the outdoors. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Jo
Jungbluth. She is survived by her daughter, Shea Richards and son, Blake
Richards, both of Baytown; sister, Janet Flournoy and former husband,
Terry Flournoy of Baytown; brother, Ted Jungbluth of Cleveland, OH;
precious granddaughter, Chloe Richards; former husband, Kenneth Richards
of New Caney; and nieces and nephews, Taryn and Kade Flournoy, Evan and
Kyla Jungbluth, and Jordan and Jaycee. er family will receive friends at
Navarre Funeral Home Friday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Funeral
services will be Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Navarre Funeral
Home with Rev. Bob Dees officiating. Entombment will follow at Memory
Gardens Mausoleum. Serving as pallbearers will be Larry Edwards, Bubba
Lancon, Pat Bell, Brad Wolcik, Kade Flournoy, and Wade Ritchie.
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Navarre Funeral
Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX, 77521 (281)
Dale (Monk) Smith,
63, beloved wife, mother, grandmother,
great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, was born October 3, 1947 in
Baytown, Texas to Floyd & Ellen Monk.
After a long struggle with cancer,
she left this earth to be with her Lord, Sunday, July 24, 2011. Flois or “NaNa”
by her beloved grandchildren; has been a lifelong resident of the
Highlands area. Among the many things Flois enjoyed in life were shopping,
gardening and her beloved Pomeranian, “Lexey”. Her time spent with her
grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her most precious moments, and
she will be deeply missed by all. She is preceded in death by her mother,
Ellen Monk. Flois is survived by her beloved husband of forty-four years,
William Morris Smith; daughter, Misti Shrum & husband Jody; son, Jake
Smith & wife Rachel; three grandchildren, Brittany McClung, Skyler Smith
and Cash Smith; three great-grandchildren, Madison McClung, McKenzie
McClung and Hunter McClung; sisters, Ellen Doyle & husband Jesse, Rosanna
Monk; and numerous other family and friends. A visitation will be held
Thursday, July 28, 2011 from 5-8pm at Sterling - White Funeral Home in the
Chapel. A funeral service will be held Friday, July 29, 2011 at 10:00 am
at Sterling - White Funeral Home in the Chapel. Burial will follow at
Sterling - White Cemetery. Services have been entrusted to Sterling -
White Funeral Home & Cemetery, 11011 Crosby Lynchburg Road, Highlands,
Texas 77562. To send the family condolences please visit
Vernon R. Hayes
The angels spread their wings on September 21, 1947
and brought new life to Houston. Vernon R. Hayes, 63, of Baytown was born
to Lawrence M. Hayes and Orlean Margariete Hayes. He retired from OXY
Chemical on March 31, 2011 as a maintenance supervisor. Vernon enjoyed
being a father and grandfather, spending time at the deer lease, and
annual family ski trips to Red River, NM. He and his wife, Wilma enjoyed
the many motorcycle trips they took together. Vernon was a very active
member of Optimist International of which he held various offices in both
the district and local club level, including serving as a past Governor of
the S. E. Texas District. He was also an active member of the Baytown
Lions Club and a member of Second Baptist Church. Vernon was preceded in
death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Wilma Hayes; sons and
daughters-in-law, Tim and Laura Hayes, Michael and Ann Hayes, Deke and
Connie Witt, and Scott Witt; sisters and brother-in-law, Kathy and Royce
Williams and Cindy Wolfe; and grandchildren, Zach Hayes, Rachel Witt,
Forest Hayes, Kelsey Lyles, James Witt, Sarah Hayes, Corbin Hayes, and
Josie Witt. His family will receive friends at Navarre Funeral Home
Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Funeral service will be Wednesday,
May 4, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Navarre Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Stafford
officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Serving as
pallbearers will be Ken Pantin, Todd Phelps, Charlie Miles, Mike Shirley,
David Evans, and Billy Mitchell.In lieu of usual remembrances,
contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box
15186, Austin, TX 78761, www.heart.org, the Baytown Optimist Club, P. O.
Box 695, Baytown, TX 77522, or the charity of one's choice. Vernon's sly
sense of humor, gravely voice, and smile will be sorely missed.
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Navarre Funeral
Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX, 77521 (281)
Barbara Sue Kirkland
age 63, a 20 year breast
cancer survivor, went to be with the Lord May 2, 2011.
Her husband, Davis,
was at her bedside when she drew her last tiny breath. She was born in
Baytown, Texas, September 24, 1947, to the late Joe and Hilda Kirkland.
She met Davis on Valentine's Day, 1967, and they were married December 26
the same year. It was her beautiful smile that captured his heart, a smile
she maintained through all her setbacks. She went back to college to
follow her second dream after being a homemaker for 20 years. On May 12,
1990, at the age of 42, she graduated from the University of Houston -
Clearlake with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Shortly after her graduation
she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She forged her way through four
months of chemotherapy and then started her teaching career. She taught 4
years at Baytown's St. Joseph Catholic School, where she received the
1994-1995 Monsignor Joseph P. O'Sullivan Staff Award. Next she taught 12
years at Channelview ISD, Hamblen Elementary School in particular. In
December, 2004 her cancer returned. She courageously worked until December
31, 2006 and retired. From January 2007 through December 23, 2010, she was
under the concerned care of Dr. Harry Price and the angelic chemotherapy
nurses of Oncology Consultants of Houston. Then December 24, 2010, the
family, along with Barbara's consent, started Home Hospice care with Faith
Community Hospice of Baytown with Davis as her full time caregiver. Then
December 24, 2. The Hospice Nurses and aides that came out on a regular
basis checking on her were also angelic. And a special thanks to Dr.
Guidry, the Hospice physician. Barbara was born into Central Baptist
Church and was a lifetime member and had many friends there that loved and
prayed for her. She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Davis
McCauley; son, Andrew McCauley; daughter and son-in-law, Patti and Howard
Thomsen; daughter and son-in-law, Melanie and Sean LaPlante; brother,
David Hollaway; grandchildren, Mason Phipps, Jadine Wannamaker, Jesse
Thomsen, Adrien LaPlante, and Jolene Barbara LaPlante. Barbara will be
cremated and her ashes will be placed in a wall niche in the beautiful
Houston, VA cemetery and await the ashes of Davis. There will not be a
family visitation or a funeral service. Her immediate family will meet at
the site when her ashes are placed in the wall niche. For those of you
that knew and loved her, please keep her lively and courageous spirit and
beautiful smile in your memory.
In lieu of flowers/plants please
send donations to Central Baptist Church, 1800 King Street, Baytown 77520,
in memory of Barbara.
62, of Baytown,
Texas, passed away Friday, August 27, 2010, at the San Jacinto Methodist
Hospital in Baytown.
Scott was born January 9, 1948, in Baytown to his
late parents, Beulah Armenia Martin Townsend and Leslie Warren Townsend,
grew up in a wonderful 1950's neighborhood environment in Baytown, where
his father worked for Exxon, and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School
in 1966. After attending Lee College, Scott worked for Lee College for 30
years, retiring in 2005. His greatest pleasures in life were the simple
things like talking with friends, reading, and watching television. Scott
was a sweet, kind, generous, and gentle soul, much like his beloved mother
and father.Scott is survived by his brother, Craig Arnold Townsend of
Houston, nephew Kelly Craig Townsend of Austin, and grandnephew, Emmett
Scott Townsend. The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m.,
Tuesday, August 31, 2010, at Navarre Funeral Home. A service will be held
at 10:00 a.m.,
Wednesday, September 1, 2010, at the funeral home with Rev. Nancy
officiating. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday,
September 1, 2010, at Oakland Cemetery in Navasota. In lieu of flowers,
the family requests that donations be made to the John Scott Townsend
Scholarship Fund, c/o Lee College, P.O. Box 818, Baytown, Texas 77522.
Arrangements are under the direction of Navarre Funeral Home, 2444
Rollingbrook Drive, Baytown, Texas 77521, (281)422-8111.
Linda Dunaway, 63
away on July 28, 2011, in Pasadena, TX. She is preceded in death by her
parents, Grady and Betty Jo Dunaway and brother, Ronnie Dunaway. Linda is
survived by her daughter, Shelly Sybert and her husband Richard; son,
Chris Schrier; grandchildren, Christopher, Brett; Schrier and his wife
Courtney, Christopher Thomas Schrier, Eric Sybert, Timothy Joseph; TJ;
Schrier and Caylee Schrier; great-grandchildren, Addison Hogan and Bentley
Bryan Schrier; aunts, Faye Robinson and her husband Robby, and Carolyn
Moran; also survived by Cherrie Russell and her husband Robby who she
loved like a daughter and numerous loving family members and friends. The
family will receive friends on Monday, August 1, 2011, from 10:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. at Grand View Funeral Home. Services will follow at 12:30 p.m.
in the Chapel of Grand View Funeral Home. Interment will follow at San
Jacinto Memorial Park. Online memorial tributes may be placed at
William "Steve" Holmes, Jr.
September 6, 1947 - December 4, 2011
Funeral services for Mr.
William “Steve” Holmes, Jr. age 64, of Carthage, TX, will be held at 11
a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home Chapel
with Pastor Delbert Stone officiating. Interment will follow in Rock Hill
Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Friday at the
funeral home. Mr. Holmes passed away on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 4, 2011, in
South Bend, Indiana.
Mr. William “Steve” Holmes, Jr. was born on Sept. 6, 1947, in Chicago, IL.
He was the son of William Holmes, Sr. and Dorothy Campbell Holmes. He
graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown, TX with the class of
1966. After graduation, Mr. Holmes attended trade school. He proudly
served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1968-1972, attaining the rank of
Quartermaster before being honorably discharged. He re-joined the U.S.
Navy reserves as a Seabee. Mr. Holmes worked for Texas Department of
Transportation as an engineer until his retirement in 2011. He was an avid
ham radio operator, loved photography, traveling, and was a loving father
and grandfather. Mr. Holmes moved to Carthage in 1983, from Tulsa, OK and
was a member of Central Baptist Church. Mr. Holmes was preceded in death
by his parents.
Holmes is survived by one daughter, Ann Bogenschutz and husband Todd of
Carthage; one son, Kevin Holmes and wife Shay of Douglasville, GA; one
brother, Terry Holmes of Chesapeake, VA; five grandchildren, Stephen and
Paige Bogenschutz and Austin, Dallas, and Houston Holmes; aunt, Esther
Messmore and cousin, Jerri Messmore both of South Bend, IN; and special
friend, Patty Dawson of Carthage.
Serving as pallbearers will be Brian Bogenschutz,
Richard Bagley, Max Stillwell, Mike Anderson, Ray Brady, Pat Porter, and
Serving as honorary pallbearers are the members of the area Ham Radio
A guestbook may
be signed online at
Marshall Bennett Jobe
passed away on December 19, 2011 after
She was born in Houston on July 16th, 1948 and raised in
nearby Baytown. She married her high school sweetheart, Roger Bennett,
while attending Lamar University, where she received a B.S. in Elementary
Education. She later received her Master's from Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
She taught elementary school in Portland, Texas for many years and was a
talented writer, publishing a tour guide and many magazine articles. In
later years she enjoyed writing speeches and speaking to women at church
retreats and Ladies' Days. Marilyn and Roger raised their children in
Portland. Several years after Roger's passing she married Chuck Jobe and
moved to The Woodlands, and after they retired they called Chappell Hill
home as well.
preceded in death by her parents William and Nona Marshall and brother,
Maurice, as well as her husband of 27 years, Roger Bennett. She is
survived by her adoring husband of 11 years, Chuck Jobe. She is survived
by sons Roger and wife Beth Bennett, Andy and wife Katie Bennett, and
daughter Kimberly and husband Kyle Stringer. She was also precious Grammy
to Colten, Maddie, Claire, Seth, Laura, Blake, Gavin, and Cullen. She is
also survived by her brother Bill Marshall.Marilyn's life was a life lived
in service to her Lord. Countless people name her as bible teacher, camp
counselor at Camp Bandina, spiritual mentor, and friend. Her home was
always open to those she loved and she loved many. She was a devoted
mother to her children and she had no greater joy than to know that they
too walk in the Truth. Her grandchildren will remember her as fun-loving
and doting, someone who baked cookies, painted rocks, and swung in tree
swings with them. Marilyn was passionate about life: she enjoyed
gardening, cooking, and singing, and she also loved hunting, fishing, and
water skiing. She was a wonderful piano player and countless people have
had the pleasure of singing around the piano with her and her family.
Her memorial service
will be held at A&M Church of Christ in College Station at 2:00 pm on
December 21. She will have a private burial service in Portland followed
by a memorial service at the Kings Crossing Church of Christ in Corpus
Christi on December 22 at 3:00 pm . Her pall bearers are Dan Bennett,
Bruce Bennett, Dan Jobe, Randy Blankinship, Mark Blankinship, and Jimmy D.
West. Bill Marshall and David Blankinship are honorary pall bearers.
Funeral arrangements for Marilyn Jobe are entrusted
to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the
family, visit the website
Ronnie Dwayne "Light'nin"
Pitts, 64, of Highlands, TX
passed away February 17, 2012.
He was born on November 13, 1947. He was a
graduate of Lee High School Class of 1966. He also served in the U.S. Army
and was an avid gun enthusiast. Ronnie worked 47 years as a pipe-liner,
welder and inspector. He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and
He was preceded in death by his father, Emmitt Dalton
Pitts; mother, Bertha Lee Barron; and brother, Jerry Kent Pitts.
survived by his sister, Cynthia Sue Pitts-Webb and husband James Henry Webb;
nieces, Kimberly Ann Webb, and Jamie Sue Webb-Burch and husband Shelton Lee
Burch; great nieces and nephews, Stacey LeeAnna Edmondson and Harold
Pilgreen, and Henry Dalton Edmondson, Miranda Nicole Burch, Shelton Jasper
Burch and Bridget Leigh Burch; great-great niece, Khloie LeeAnna Pilgreen.
The family will receive friends and family on Tuesday, February 21, 2012
from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Earthman Funeral Home Chapel, 3919 Garth Road,
Baytown, TX 77521.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February
22, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Earthman Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike
Habermehl officiating. Interment will follow at San Jacinto Cemetery with
Serving as Pallbearers will be Shelton Burch, Harold
Pilgreen, Luke Jordan, Ryan Jordan, Jerry Allen, and Joey
Flinn. Serving as
Honorary Pallbearer will be Calvin Stanton.
Glenda G. Browning, 65, of Baytown, passed away
on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in a local hospital. A life-long resident of
Baytown, Glenda was born on December 24, 1948, to William Chamblin and
Lois Maze Chamblin. She was a faithful member of Cedar Bayou Baptist
Church and chose a career as a teacher. Glenda enjoyed spending time with
her family and cooking. Preceded in death by her parents, William and Lois
Chamblin and her cousin, Claude Chamblin; Glenda is survived by her loving
husband, Travis E. Browning; son, Travis E. Browning II and wife, Candace,
of Jarrell, Texas; daughter, Tracey Browning of Baytown; brother, Michael
Chamblin; sister, Jeanne Flewellen and husband, Porter; grandchildren,
Travis E. Browning III and Maili Browning; numerous nieces and nephews;
and a host of other relatives and friends. A funeral service will be held
at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in the Chapel of Crespo & Jirrels,
with Reverend Denton Maze officiating. A graveside service will be at 2
p.m. on Saturday at Peebles Cemetery near Goodrich, Texas. Arrangements
have been entrusted to Crespo & Jirrels Funeral and Cremation Services,
6123 Garth Road, Baytown 77521, 281.839.0700.
Beverly Hobbs Duke-Stone, 65, of Mont
Belvieu, Texas, was called home by her Lord and Savior on June 19, 2013.
She was surrounded by her husband, Rick, her children, Bryan, Chris and
Misty, and many more life-long and church family and friends. Beverly was
born in Baytown, Texas on February 6, 1948. She graduated from Robert E.
Lee High School in Baytown in 1966 and worked at Exxon-Mobil for 25 years.
Beverly met her soul mate, Rick Stone, in January 2007; they married on
April 28, 2012. Beverly dedicated her life to her Lord and Savior and
spent her time providing for and serving others. She raised and was very
proud of her two sons and their wives, and she absolutely doted on her
grandchildren. Beverly volunteered endless hours of her life to help
others by working with the United Way, Relay for Life, Meals on Wheels and
recently the Eagle Heights Church's Quilt Ministry. Her love and presence
will be as everlasting as her place in heaven. Beverly is preceded in
death by her parents, Melton Edward and Vera Maureen Hobbs. Beverly is
survived by her husband, Rick Stone; her sons and daughters-in-law, Chris
& Misty Duke and Bryan & Dana Duke; eight grandchildren, Kaylee, Abigayle
and Madalynn Duke, Bryson and Allie Duke, Macen James, and Matthew and
Miranda Webb; her brother and sister, Michael Hobbs and Jan Chapman; and
many other family members, friends, and church family. Visitation will be
held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 21 at Navarre Funeral
Home. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 22
at Eagle Heights Church in Mont Belvieu, Texas. A private burial will
occur on Monday. Pastor Scott Neal will be officiating. In lieu of
flowers, memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels or the Eagle
Eights Church Homeless Ministry, 14120 Highway 146, Dayton, TX 77535. The
family would like to express its heartfelt gratitude to the Eagle Heights
Church family for their support and prayers during this time. Arrangements
are under the direction and personal care of Navarre Funeral Home &
Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX 77521 (281)
422-8111. - See more at:
Janice Price Racca
1947 - July 21, 2013
Rev. Teddy Carroll Purdy
"Faithful". That is the first word that comes to mind when thinking of
this gentle man of God.
"Faithful". That is the first word that
comes to mind when thinking of this gentle man of God. Those who would
enter his home spoke of the peace they felt. The conversations, no matter
where they started, would ultimately end talking about the goodness of God
and His glory and majesty. Early Saturday morning, the Lord Jesus decided
these conversations needed to be face to face. One minute Rev. Purdy was
here with loved ones and friends. The next minute, he was standing before
the Throne of Grace, talking to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Faithful to his wife of forty-seven years, faithful to his friends,
faithful to his Savior. This is the epithet that should be on his
gravestone. Teddy and his wife Suzanne co-pastored a UPCI church in
Casper, Wyoming and pastored the UPCI church in Mont Belvieu, Texas. He is
survived by his wife, Suzanne Purdy, son Paul Purdy, daughter in law Pam
Purdy, daughter Jeanine Schrimpf, son in law Philip Schrimpf, grandson
Trey Purdy, granddaughter Kayla Schrimpf and too numerous to mention here
all of the aunts, uncles, cousins and the many friends of the Purdy
Steve Winford McCaleb
1947 - June 6, 2014
Steve Winford McCaleb, born October 7, 1947
in Goose Creek, TX, went home to the Lord on June 6, 2014 after a
courageous battle with cancer. Steve lived his life to the fullest.
He served his country in the Army before spending his career in the
petrochemical industry. He never saw anything as a challenge which
could not be overcome and went on to excel at everything to which he
dedicated himself. Active from a young age, he excelled in sports such
as racquetball, golf, softball, and weightlifting, was gifted at culinary
arts, and he served for years as a volunteer fireman. He was a fan of
geology and spent the last years of his life dedicated to his rock
polishing craft and was a member of the Houston Gem and Mineral
Society. Known best for his sense of humor (which he had right up until
the end), he never met a stranger and was loved by all who knew him.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 23 years, Leslie; son Jason
McCaleb of Anchorage, AK; daughter and son-in-law Ashley and Jess Motter
of Pasadena, TX; daughter and future son-in-law Sierra McCaleb and
Josh Lewis of La Porte, TX; grandson Thorin McCaleb of Anchorage, AK;
brother and sister-in-law Earl and Bonnie McCaleb of Montgomery, TX;
brother-in-law Ronnie Drake of Mont Belvieu; one nephew, three nieces, and
many great- nieces and great-nephews and extended family. He is
preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Margie McCaleb and his sister,
His "going-away" party is to be held on Tuesday, June
10 at 7:30pm at the Del Angel Funeral Home (901 S. Main, Pasadena, TX
77506) and, per his request, no black is to be worn for his
celebration of life. His interment will be held Wednesday, June 11 at
10:45am at the Houston National Cemetery (10410 Veterans Memorial
Drive, Houston, TX 77038). Steve, known as husband, father, brother,
uncle, and, to his friends, "Elvis," will be missed until our time comes
to join him.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Funeraria Del Angel - Pasadena 901 S. Main Pasadena, Texas 77506
Attendees are requested to NOT wear black, in
honor of the celebration of
Steve's life. Tuesday, June 10, 2014,
Funeraria Del Angel - Pasadena 901 S. Main Pasadena, Texas 77506
Brenda Kay Silliman Shelton
February 2, 1948 - August 21, 2014
Kay Shelton, 66, of Houston, TX, passed away on August 21, 2014. She was
born in Goose Creek, TX to Leon and Jessie Silliman. She was a graduate of
Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown as well as Lee College in Baytown,
and the University of Houston. She retired from Exxon-Mobil after 35 years
of service as a systems analyst.
She is survived by her mother,
Jessie Silliman; her husband of 43 years, Dan Shelton; a daughter, Leslie
Ann Shelton; a brother, Ronald Silliman and wife Carol; a grandson, Kaylan
Shelton; and a niece Laura Silliman.
The family will receive
friends on Thursday, August 26, 2014 from 9:00 to 10:00a.m., with Funeral
Services following immediately at 10:00a.m. at Earthman Funeral
Interment will follow at Earthman Memory Gardens Cemetery, 8624 Garth Rd.,
Baytown, TX 77521.
Our friend and classmate, James Keel Frazier lost his battle with
cancer September 6, 2014. He was born in November 9, 1948.
James, is his wife, Helen Page Frazier and cousin, Camille Bunting.
Billy Barnett shared the following about his great friend, James.
"James went to San Jacinto Elementary, Baytown Jr High and graduated REL
in 1966. He lived his adult life in the Clear Lake area. In his
professional life, he owned and operated a business that serviced all
types of water craft, from sailboats to tugboats. One of his first
business endeavors was a motocycle shop in Baytown, where he sold and
As per James' specific instructions, there will
be no obituary or public service. He is being cremated and at a future
date, his ashes will be cast out to sea.
So, as his friends, we will
have our fond memories to carry with us. Whether the memories include the
REL Band, hanging out at Tri-City Pharmacy drinking a Cherry Phosphate,
spending the week end at his parent's beach house out Tri-City Beach Road,
riding motorcycles, fishing/hunting, playing golf, flying, or sailing,
we'll be smiling as we remember those special times. James had a wonderful
full life, with many different interests and different sets of friends to
go with each interest. Gene Campbell was the one friend who transcended
and over lapped into many of the different aspects of James' varied life.
The two of them had many mutual interests and loves, with perhaps golf
being the only one that James could not entice Gene into trying and
enduring. James was a good friend and one of the smartest persons I have
ever known and if you didn't believe me you could have asked him!"
1948-Apr 16, 2015
September 4, 1947 - November 30, 2014
Butch Wood, 67, of Mayhill, NM, passed away on November 28, 2014 at his
beloved mountain home. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 am, Friday,
December 5, 2014 at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Chapel.
Butch was born on
September 4, 1947 in Baytown, TX to Frances Rose Heckler Wood and Milton
Leroy Wood, Sr. He was a very strong, dependable, and giving man who never
met a stranger. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. He loved
to fish, ride his horses, and spend time with his family. He was a proud
US Air Force Veteran who served 3 tours in Vietnam. He also prided himself
on his career of ensuring the safety of his fellow oilfield service
employees. He married Theresa Ann Bianchi on August 9, 1969 in Highlands,
TX. He had one son, David Shawn Wood (Shawnee Brook), and one daughter
Laurie Anne Wood (LarLar/Sugar Bug). He has 4 grandchildren, McKinzee
(Kinzee Mac Girl), Gabe (Gabe Man), Helena (Lena Girl), and Alice (Ali
He is survived by his wife, Theresa Ann Wood; son and
daughter-in-law, Shawn and Michelle; grandchildren, Helena and Alice;
daughter and son-in-law, Laurie and Steve (Mijo) Fulwider; grandchildren,
McKinzee and Gabe; mother and father-in-law, Art and Jean Bianchi, whom he
loved as his own parents; brother and sister-in-law, James and Jan Blaha;
and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.He is preceded in
death by his mother, Frances Rose Heckler Wood; father, Milton Leroy Wood,
Sr.; and brother, Marty Wood. The family would like to express their
gratitude towards All the family and friends who have sent their prayers,
love, and support during his courageous battle with cancer.
In lieu of
flowers, donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans.
Arrangements are under the
direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland.
Online condolences may be made at
Anthony Baker, Sr., 66, of
Channelview, Texas, passed from this life on December 5, 2014. Jerry was
born February 23, 1948 in Orange, Texas to parents, Franklin & Lela Grace
Jerry was diagnosed in September with pancreatic cancer, and it
had advanced to other organs.
He is lovingly survived by his wife Linda
Ann Baker; by children, Lisa Baker, Jerry "Jake" Baker and Robert Baker;
as well as by two grandchildren, Max Harper and Ravyn Baker.
Lisandro Herrera Jr.
September 8, 1947 - January 13, 2015
P. Herrera, Jr., 67, was born September 8, 1947 in Baytown, Texas and
joined our heavenly father on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. He passed
peacefully in Virginia Hospital Center due to multiple health conditions.
He called Arlington, Virginia home for over 25 years and lived happily
with his life partner and best friend, Carol Booth.
for the District of Columbia for over 25 years and contributed to the
growth and many architectural changes in the District of Columbia. He is
remembered for his love and passion for fishing and the occasional trips
to Atlantic City, New Jersey for his favorite game of rolling the dice. He
often dined at the local Mexican restaurant, Guapo’s, in Arlington, VA to
get a taste of that Tex-Mex food he loved so much.
He was preceded
in death by his parents, Frances G. Herrera and Lisandro A. Herrera. He is
survived by his life partner and best friend, Carol Booth of Arlington,
VA; and his extended family in Arlington, VA, Kip Booth and his family,
Rusty Booth and family and Stephanie Booth-Blum and husband, Daniel Blum.
Lisandro is also survived by his only daughter, Lina Marie Herrera and
only grandson, Cristian A. Garza of San Antonio, TX; his brother and
sister-in-law, Rudolph and Irene D. Herrera of San Antonio, and brother
and sister-in-law Daniel and Teri Herrera of Baytown; nephew, Steven R.
Herrera and his fiancée, Renee Brill of Round Rock; niece, Katherine H.
Torres and her husband, Jacque D. Torres, of Pearland, with niece and
nephew, Katalina A. Torres and Javier Jacque-Anthony Torres.
Visitation Jan 23, 2015
Crespo and Jirrels Funeral and Cremation
Services 6123 Garth Road Baytown, TX, US, 77521
JAN 24 Funeral Mass Our
Lady of Guadalupe Church 1124 Beech St. Baytown, TX, US
Died Jan 15,2015
Gerald Andrew Tindall
passed away July 3, 2014.
Gerry is survived by his wife of 36 years,
Theodora (Donny) Tindall; son, and daughter-in-law Andrew and Andrea
Tindall of Houston; grandson Benjamin; sister and brother-in-law Kit and
Michael Griffin of Austin; brother and sister-in-law Robert and Sally
Tindall of Kingwood; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives. A
Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated by Monsignor Chester Borski 10:00
Thursday, July 10, 2014 at St. Martha Catholic Church, 4301 Woodridge
Parkway, Porter, TX 77365.
submitted by his daughter, Leigh Ann Green
funny, smart, loving, adoring father, Leroy Henry Krolczyk passed away
from this earth into HEAVEN on Sunday March 1, 2015. We are sad, but we
know how happy he is now. Sharon Kaye Krolczyk and I invite you all to
remember his life with joy.If you'd like to attend the memorial service,
we will meet Friday, March 6th, at 11:00 am at Sugar Land Baptist Church
(16755 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land TX).
A visitation and reception time
will follow at the church.
If you feel led to donate a gift, please
consider Vision 2020 at Sugar Land Baptist Church, or Southwestern Baptist
Theological Seminary, Havard Campus.
Tribute from a friend,
While sitting in the Mobile, Ala., airport, my
phone began to vibrate – not a good sign on Sunday evening. Answering, my
wife said through her tears “Leroy Krolczyk just transferred his home to
glory.” Many who read this would not know Leroy, but he was precious to
Southwestern and especially precious to me. After he served with his wife
Sharon for quite a number of years as Minister of Music in our churches,
he joined the staff of Houston Baptist University in Institutional
Advancement. Later, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary was able to
secure his services to assist in our growing Havard Campus in Houston.
And Leroy Krolczyk got it! Raising money for the seminary is fine, but
never the end or real purpose of the ministry. The guiding commitment is
always to take care of the donors, to meet their spiritual needs, to love
them supremely, and to trust God for the rest. Leroy—wonderful husband,
consummate father, gentle and encouraging minister of the gospel—waited on
his flock as unselfishly and faithfully as any I have ever known. All who
knew him rejoice with his new adventure with God but sense only too well
the loss we have sustained.
When I learned from my wife that Leroy was
gone, I wept, but then I was flooded with a memory so sweet that I thought
I heard angels singing. Suddenly I was 19 again, and I was just walking
onto the platform of Memorial Baptist Church in Baytown, Texas, to preach
the evening revival service. It was 6:15 p.m., and I was a few minutes
early to begin the service at 6:30 p.m. Then it hit me. I had attempted to
share my faith with a young man that afternoon. He was from a Roman
Catholic background but was most curious about Jesus. He informed me that
he could not talk then but finished work at 5p.m. He asked me to come by
his house. “I will be there at 6 p.m.,” I replied. Then, may God have
mercy on my soul, I forgot. Walking on the platform at 6:15, the Lord
suddenly brought Leroy back to my mind. What would I do? By the time I got
to his house and shared a few moments with him, it would be time for me to
preach, and all the saints would wonder where the evangelist was.
“Well, it was just another kid,” I reasoned. He probably would not have
been home anyway. Surely to stay and preach to a large gathered
congregation was more important. I sat in the cushioned platform chair and
opened my Bible. But I could not shake the vision in my heart. God seemed
to say, “You promised Leroy that you would come. What need have I for a
preaching evangelist who is not a man of his word? Go now, and someday you
will be a thankful man.” Approaching pastor Ed Thiele, I said, “Pastor, I
have made a terrible mistake. I must go and make it right. Please sing
until I return.” I drove to the address that Leroy had provided.
Sitting on the front porch, Leroy said, “I was about to give up on you. I
thought you had forgotten me.” I told him the truth. I did forget. Please
forgive me. But God reminded me; and though the service is already under
way, I had to come here. Oh glorious night! On that night, Leroy Krolczyk
invited Christ to be his Savior. On that day he set a course that would
change the lives of hundreds for good and for God.
Now in the airport,
I missed him greatly— taken from us, I thought, far too soon. But then I
remembered the delinquent witness who almost did not go to Leroy. And I
wept once more as I thanked God that He would not let me forget, and I
also realized anew that this is precisely how God intends evangelization
to take place. Not preaching to massive crowds, but the personal word of
love and salvation—this is what God has purposed to use. Please, precious
Lord, never let me forget again. And please, Lord Jesus, may our people
recover this vision. Farewell, sweet brother, Leroy Krolczyk. I know that
it is only for a while; and when I approach, you will be waiting for me on
the porch of heaven.
Janice Lee Doskocil Ellingson
Janice Lee Doskocil
Ellingson passed away on April 12th, 2015 in Houston, Texas. Born to Frank
and Thelma Doskocil on October 22nd, 1947, Jan was raised in Baytown,
Texas and later moved to Houston.
As an adult, Jan was most proud of
her 40 year career with National Oil Well Varco, where she served with
distinction as an accountant and made many lifelong friends. Jan was a
breast and ovarian cancer survivor who was a longtime supporter of the
Susan G. Komen Foundation . Thirty years ago she met the love of her life,
Andy Ellingson, and they were married on November 8, 1997.
"My wonderful wife and best friend passed away after a rough
battle with congestive heart failure. Jan was the best wife any man could
ever hope for. Her compassion and understanding were felt and remembered
by everyone who had the good fortune of knowing her. Heaven has gained a
Jan was predeceased by her parents. She is survived by her
husband, Eugene Andrew Ellingson, Jr. "Andy"; her uncle, Emil Doskocil;
sister-in-law, Louise "Weezie" Sharman Johnston, and husband Peter W.
Johnston. Nieces, Mathilde Posey Sharman Sexton, Anne Pincoffs Sharman,
and Mary Alexander Sharman. Nephew, Charles Lancaster Sharman.
memorial service will be held at half past ten o'clock in the morning on
Thursday, April 16, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer Rd. in
Houston, where Fr. Jay Walsh will serve as celebrant.
desiring, memorial contributions may be made in Jan's name to the Susan G.
Komen Foundation or to the charity of one's choice . - See more at:
Thomas Mark Gage
classmate, Mark Gage, age 66, suffered a major heart attack last Sunday
and Thursday morning, he had another heart attack and a severe stroke.
From his daughter Katie:
On July 14, 2015, Thomas Mark Gage, age
66, passed away peacefully, sleeping, surrounded by his two daughters
Emillie and Katie, his
brother, his nephew, his sister, his
brother-in-law and his dog, George. It was a good death. Anyone should be
so lucky. He loved his family, his country, art, mountains, history,
music, singing and his dog.
Harrell Colwell Jr
December 12, 1947
- October 22, 2006.
Harrell was a resident of Texas.
Birth: Jan. 8, 1949 Death: Apr. 9, 1992
Graveside services for Maxine
Moravits, 68, of Lufkin, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015 in
Whitehouse Cemetery, with Pastor Mark O'Neill officiating. Maxine was born
October 28, 1946 in Baytown, Texas, the daughter of the late Evelyn Ellen
(Frazier) and Frank Melton. She passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2015 in a
local hospital. Maxine was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.
Survivors include her loving husband of 49 years, Victor Moravits; son and
daughter-in-law, Cory and Meghan Moravits; two grandsons, Alex Urias and
Jackson Moravits; sister-in-law, Doris Melton; and three nephews and their
Orval E. Overstreet, 67,
formerly of Houston, passed away on September 30, 2015 in Humble, Texas.
A private Graveside “Celebration of Life” Service, with Full Honors
Military Guard, was held to honor both Father, Emmitt C. Overstreet and
Son, Orval E. Overstreet. Service was held on November 14, 2015 at
Fellowship Cemetery in Warren, Texas.
Orval E. Overstreet, 67, formerly of Houston,
passed away on September 30, 2015 in Humble, Texas. Orval was born on
November 30, 1947 in Baytown, Texas. Orval is preceded in death by
his: Father, Emmitt Overstreet; Mother, Mae Outlaw Overstreet;
Grandfathers Samuel Hampton Overstreet & Beryl Outlaw; Grandmothers
Pairlee Geiger Overstreet & Eunice Neal Read Outlaw.
He is survived by his: Sister, Lee
Overstreet; Cousins Dr. Dennis Overstreet & wife, Vikki; Marilyn Langley &
husband, Leroy; Betty Stewart & husband, Mickey; Sharon Holloway &
husband, Mickey; Royce Overstreet; Rosie Jones & husband, Sam; Janis Brown
& husband, Ford; Elton Williford & wife, Clarice; Troy Williford & wife,
Donna; Tene Owens Stonebarger; and Eddie Owens & wife, Dru.
Orval graduated from Robert E. Lee High School
in Baytown, Texas. He also attended Stephen F. Austin University in
Nacogdoches, Texas prior to enlistment with the U.S. Navy, where he served
from 1971-1975. He was assigned to USS RATHBURNE, serving approximately
4-1/2 years total service and approximately 3-1/2 years overseas.
Upon honorable discharge, Orval lived in Las
Vegas for several years, where he worked in security services, as a
security guard. Upon retirement, Orval made Humble his home
for the last seven years.
A private Graveside “Celebration of Life”
Service, with Full Honors Military Guard, was held to honor both Father,
Emmitt C. Overstreet and Son, Orval E. Overstreet. Service was held
on November 14, 2015 at Fellowship Cemetery in Warren, Texas.
Those who wish to
make a Memorial contribution in Orval’s honor, in lieu of flowers, may do
so to: DAYSTAR, a Christian ministry - their website: daystar.com.
of our Family, we thank you for your heartfelt prayers and outpouring of
Love & Support at this time.
Karen Lynn Floyd Ford
Olson of McPherson, passed away at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
peacefully at Cedars House.
Karen was born in Luling, Texas on Jan. 7,
1948, a daughter of Andrew and Bettie Floyd. She was the window of our
deceased classmate, Gary Ford.
She attended the Baytown, Texas schools and
attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Newton and was
Karen was united in marriage to Martin Olson on
Nov. 11, 2010 in Baytown, Texas.
Karen is survived by her brother Jack Floyd of
Baytown, Texas; her son, Shannon Ford and his wife Laurie; grandchildren
Tristanna, Taylor, Matthew, Brett, Jacob and Timothy; great-grandchildren
Brenning and Brilynn Ford of Baytown, Texas; step-daughter Belinda Olson
Anderson; other relatives and a host of friends.
was in Houston, Texas.
Kathy Lounsberry Menzel
A memorial service will be held in her honor at St. John’s
Lutheran Church of Boerne at noon on October 18, 2014.
Kathy L. Menzel
received the Lord on October 1, 2014 at the age of 66 years. She passed
peacefully at home surrounded by her family. Born in Baytown, Texas, she
was the daughter of Paul and Joyce Lounsberry, Sr. She graduated from
Robert E. Lee High School and Lamar University. Mrs. Menzel was a retired
and beloved teacher of 33 years. She taught in Beaumont ISD, Lumberton ISD
and Comal ISD. She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church of Beaumont
then St. John’s Lutheran Church of Boerne.
Kathy is survived by her
husband of 44 years, Chris H. Menzel; her daughter Kristin Menzel Deitch
and husband Jeff; her grandchildren Madison, Cooper and Griffin; her
mother Joyce S. Lounsberry; her brother Paul M. Lounsberry, Jr. and wife
Sandy; her sister Becky Miller and husband Lonnie, as well as numerous
nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held in her honor at St.
John’s Lutheran Church of Boerne at noon on October 18, 2014. In lieu of
flowers, please make a donation in memory of Kathy Menzel to the American
Cancer Society at www.cancer.org/donate.
To leave a message for the
family, please visit Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Vaughan’s Funeral
Home of Boerne. www.vaughanfuneralhome.com
Laura Ann Mims
May 26, 1946 - January 5, 2016
Laura Ann Mims, 69, of Baytown, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2016 in
Houston. She was born May 26, 1946 in Florida, was a longtime resident of
Baytown and formerly attended Central Baptist Church. She is survived by
numerous cousins. A Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m.,
Thursday, January 7, 2016 at White Cemetery in Highlands with Rev. Eddie
To view her online obituary, or post a tribute
to her family, go to www.navarrefuneralhome.com. - See more at:
Lynn Johnson Smith was born June 18, 1948 and passed away
peacefully at the age of 67 on Thursday February 11, 2016.
August 18, 1967 Janis married the love of her life Larry N. Smith, and
thus began the start of an epic adventure that included raising up three
rambunctious boys; Corey, Kerby and Casey.
After the boys were grown,
Larry and Janis moved to Lake Tyler in East Texas where she proudly
acquired the name “GranJan.” There she passionately poured all of her
heart into spoiling her four beautiful grandchildren; Sydney, Stanton,
Mackenzie, and Sawyer.
Janis was a devoted wife who would have
celebrated her 49th wedding anniversary this year. She was also a loving
mother, and a dedicated grandmother with a passion for sharing her
artistic talents with her grandchildren. She was very proud of her family
and cherished every time she heard her grandchildren call her by her new
name “GranJan.” Janis loved holidays and family get-togethers; any chance
to spend time with her family was important to her. Even when she did not
feel well she would spend hours cooking and preparing for her family and
Janis was known for her feisty, witty, yet sweet sense
of humor. She will be missed by all of those that knew her and loved her.
Janis was the beloved wife of Larry N. Smith, devoted mother of Corey
Smith and wife Candice Smith, Kerby Smith & wife Rebecca Smith, Casey
Smith & wife Deborah Smith. Janis was a faithful Sister to Joyce (Jolly)
Ayrhart and Jay Johnson and loving grandmother to Sydney Smith, Stanton
Smith, Mackenzie Smith and Sawyer Smith. Janis was also very special to
all of her neighbors on Cardinal Ln in Troup. Services for Janis
Smith will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at
Hilliard Funeral Home with Rev. Shelby Davidson officiating. Visitation
will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. before the service. Lunch will
be provided following the service, at the Hilliard Residence.
Edward Lee "Ed" Ferguson,
67, of Baytown, TX was born November 5, 1948, in Baytown and passed away
Monday, April 4, 2016, at his home surrounded by his loved ones.
retired from the Exxon Refinery with 30 years of service. He was also a
member of the BHISD School Board from 1990 until 1996 and was a member of
Second Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon until his death. Ed or
"Doo Daddy" could always be seen either riding around on his motorcycle or
with his beloved dog, Sweetie Pie. He was preceded in death by his father,
James Robert Ferguson and his first wife and the mother of his children,
Carol Ferguson. He is survived by his wife, Debra Albright Ferguson;
children, Amy Kubala and husband, Dave, Ross Ferguson and fiancé, Rachel
Kilmer, Allera Porter and husband, Mark, and Zach Hall and wife, Grayson;
mother, Rachel Loriene Ferguson; grandchildren, James and Luke Kubala,
Madison and Hunter Porter, and Carter Hall; and numerous other family
members and friends. His family will receive friends at Navarre Funeral
Home Wednesday, April 6, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Funeral
services will be Thursday, April 7, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Navarre Funeral
Home with Rev. Tommy Clements and Rev. Mark Stafford officiating. His
family would like to say a special "thank you" to Dr. P. Medellin, Dr. S.
Iyer, Dr. Pingali, the eighth floor staff at Houston Methodist Hospital,
Harbor Hospice, caretakers Jessica, Georgia, and Christy, and his good
friend Greg Garrett. In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions may be
made to Emma's Hugs, P. O. Box 8388, Baytown, TX 77522, www.emmashugs.com
or to the Second Baptist Church Building Fund, 6227 N. Main St., Baytown,
TX 77521. To view the online obituary or to post a tribute for the family,
go to www.navarrefuneralhome.com Arrangements are under the direction and
personal care of Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444
Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX, 77521 (281) 422-8111 - See more at:
Stuart, 68, of Baytown was born October 9, 1947, in Houston and passed
away Wednesday, July 6, 2016, in a local hospital. He was a 1966 graduate
of Robert E. Lee High School. He attended the University of Texas and
graduated from the University of Houston. He was employed by Carboline
Industrial Coatings where he was a member of many work related
professional organizations. He was especially proud of being a NACE
Certified Engineer. Tim was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church. He was
an avid drag racer and a member of the NHRA.
He was preceded in death
by his parents, A. E. and Jane Stuart and sons, Jeffrey Stuart and Timothy
Stuart. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Kathy Stuart of Baytown;
daughters and sons-in- law, Amy and James Kaminski of Baytown and Melanie
and Scott Risko of Kingwood; brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Sharon
Stuart of Cameron; grandchildren, Tyler, Lauren, and Sarah Kaminski and
Lacey and Timothy Blake Risko; and niece and nephew, Shari and Joe
Smitherman of Cameron.
His family will receive friends at Navarre
Funeral Home Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will
be Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Navarre Funeral Home at 10:00 a.m. with Dr.
Richard Kleiman officiating. Burial will follow at Cedarcrest Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers will be James Kaminski, Scott Risko, Tyler
Kaminski, Mike Milstid, Bob Schmidt, and Josh Ivey.
To view the online
obituary or to post a tribute for the family, go to
Arrangements are under
the direction and personal care of Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation
Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX, 77521 (281) 422-8111.
Daniel Joseph Kubin
Daniel Joseph Kubin, 66, passed away July 8, 2016 in San Antonio, TX.
Daniel was born September 26, 1948 in Baytown, TX to Stanley and Rose
Machala Kubin. After growing up in Crosby, TX, Danny attended and received
his Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&M University. During college, he
married his high-school sweetheart, Mary Michalsky. After college Danny
enlisted and proudly served with the U.S. Army for two years. Danny worked
for the family business and later began his professional career. He and
Mary lived a wonderful life of 47 years and raised two beautiful girls.
They eventually moved to Blanco, TX in 1997. The Texas Hill Country was
always Danny’s heaven on earth. Daniel was a long-time and devoted member
to St. Ferdinand Catholic Church and was also a member of the Knights of
He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters,
Rita Gregory, Margaret Cutbirth, and Bernadette Eilers. Daniel is survived
by his loving wife, Mary Michalsky Kubin; two daughters, Wendy Kotrla and
husband Bryan, Amy Swenson and husband Travis; four grandchildren, MaKenna
and Kaitlyn Kotrla and Samuel Swenson and Megan Carbaugh; two sisters,
Mary Ann Fischer and Dorothy Janacek; and one brother, John Kubin and wife
Faye. Anyone who knew Danny knows what making memories with his family
meant to him. He was the definition of what a family man was to his entire
family and many friends and relatives.
Visitation will be 5:00 PM
to 7:00 PM Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at Crofts – Crow Funeral Home in Blanco,
TX where a Rosary will be held at 7:00 PM that evening.
Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Wednesday, July 13, 2016
at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church, 29 Main St., Blanco, TX 78606. Interment
will follow in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Blanco, TX.
In lieu of
flowers, please make memorial contributions to St. Ferdinand Catholic
Carole "Dee" Rushing Lay
Carole (Dee) Rushing Lay, 68, was killed in a
two-car crash Friday, July 8, 2016 near Marble Falls, Texas. She was
born May 3, 1948 in Baytown to Nona Rushing and the late Ray Rushing.
A 1966 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in
Baytown, Ms. Lay continued her education at Trinity University in San
Antonio where she graduated in 1970 with a degree in history and teacher
certification. In addition to her Trinity degree she earned a
master’s in educational administration from the University of
Alaska-Juneau. She was also certified to teach English as a second
Shortly after graduating from Trinity, she
married J. Stephen Lay and the two embarked on an odyssey together taking
them from Texas to Alaska, Washington, Montana, Africa, The Bahamas and
Thailand before returning to Texas. Carole liked to say, “We’ve
moved 29 times in 46 years and each time was a new adventure.” She
was also an avid traveler visiting several countries including England,
France, Italy, Malaysia, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Israel.
She was a passionate professional. Among her
adventures were teaching English to a generation of Eskimo and Indian
students; teaching basic skills in the Royal Bahamian Prison in The
Bahamas, and teaching English as a second language to Asian students in
While much of her career was in
education, she also worked as a social worker and tourism consultant.
She was an avid reader and volunteer. She
loved spending time with friends and family, particularly her young
grandchildren. Some of her fondest memories involved sharing a meal
and dessert with friends and/or family, while sharing stories and
laughing. She was loved by many and will be remembered for her
kindness, compassion and dedication to family while living life to the
She is survived by her husband, J. Stephen Lay,
her mother, Nona Rushing, her sister, Jeani Rushing Currie, brother-in-law
Marvin Currie; daughters Katie and Stephanie Lay; son-in-laws Roy Bodayla
and Chris Williams; four beloved grandchildren; nephews Mark L. Reed and
Matthew R. Reed, Sr. and wife Amy and their three children, many cousins,
extended family members and loving friends.
Her family wishes to thank everyone who has
reached out with healing words of love and support during this tragic
Two celebrations of life in her memory are
* The first memorial service will be at 6pm,
Thursday, July 14th at Baytown Faith Presbyterian Church,
3900 N. Main, Baytown, Texas. Officiating this memorial will be
the Reverend Dr. Jim Gill.
* The second memorial service will be at 2pm,
Saturday, July 16th at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Cypress
Mills, Texas. (263 Spur 962, Cypress Mill, Texas 78663) Officiating
this memorial will be Father Tommie Bye.
The family asks in lieu of flowers please
donate in Carole’s name to the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Building Fund,
Cypress Mill, Texas (263 Spur 962, Cypress Mill, Texas 78663) , your local
library, or an organization protecting elephants.
Murlene Dickerson White
Murlene passed away Oct 27, 2016 in Pasadena, TX of Alzheimer's.
She was Nancy Smith's sister-in-law, our classmate and friend. The
visitation was Thursday, Nov. 3 from 4-7:00 and the funeral was Friday,
Nov. 4 at 10:00 am. Both were at San Jacinto Memorial Park near
Lois Dianne Havard Carey
Carey, 68, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, died Saturday, November 19,
2016. She was born August 19,1948 in Baytown, Texas and was married to
Michael L. Carey. Lois was a homemaker.
Carol Sue Eiland Fitzmorris -Tieman
April 7, 1948 - December 18, 2016
Born on Wednesday April 7, 1948
in Baytown, Texas, Carol Sue Eiland Fitzmorris Tieman joined her Jesus in
heaven on Sunday, December 18, 2016. She was known for her infectious
smile that she credited to her mother's teaching. A great nephew said you
can almost see Aunt Carol's smile over the phone. She smiled through all
the pain and disappointments of her life.
Carol attended Lee high
school and graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in
elementary education. Teaching was her passion as she taught elementary
school. Her room attracted not only her student's parents but other
parents that heard about her. When she attended a high school graduation
for a family member or friend she would circle the honor students who were
former students of hers which made her proud.
If there was anyone that
disliked her, it was never known. She sang like an angel and played the
piano like Paderewski. She lived Colossians 3:23 "And whatsoever you do,
do it heartily, as to the Lord and not unto men
She was preceded in
death by her mother and father, Sadie and Luther Eiland, husband Tom
Fitzmorris, sister and brother-in-law Necie Joy and Jim Davis.
survived by her husband, Jerry Tieman, daughter Glena Sue Fitzmorris, son
David Fitzmorris and wife Stacy, sister Mae Rene Graham and husband Bill,
brother G. L. (Buba) and wife Ann, step-daughter Julie Doyle and husband
Steve , Stephanie McGowan and husband Donny, sisters-in-law Joy Dell and
Jack Heintschel and Peggy Wehmeyer and husband Marion, brothers-in-law
Leon and wife Lynda, and Glenn. Also grandson Tristan Fitzmorris,
step-grandchildren Ashley and Nichole Doyle and Tyler McGowan
great-grandchild Hailee Tyler and special nieces and nephews, Chere
Johnson, Pam Vandehaar, Janie West, Susan Greer, and Julie Futrell, Gary
Eiland, Gerald Eiland, Bud Graham and a host of other relatives and
Visitation on Wednesday, December 21st from 5-7 p.m. at
Navarre Funeral Home in Baytown, TX. Funeral on Thursday, December 22nd at
10 a.m. at Faith Assembly of God church in Pasadena TX. Burial to follow
at Forest Park East Cemetery League City TX.
Arrangements are under
the direction and personal care of Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation
Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr. Baytown, TX 77521, (281)422-8111.
John "Huey" Busby
"Huey" Busby, as we knew him, passed away in
early April after a stroke. At the time he resided in Arora, Colorado.
He does have a Facebook account under "John Busby", so if you would like
to leave a message for family, that might be a good place.
We send our thoughts and prayers to Huey's
Paul O Cherry
Owen Cherry, age 68, of Suwanee, GA passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2017.
He is survived by his wife of thirty-seven years, Shanna Austin Cherry,
Suwanee, GA; children, Jessica Lynn Cherry Mills and husband, Ryan Mills,
Hoschton, GA and Jason Paul Cherry, Woodstock, GA; granddaughter, Ella
Morgan Mills; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Wayland and Jane Austin,
Vidor, TX and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sherry and Grady Colvin,
Austin, TX; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Cherry was born
July 25, 1948 in Houston, TX. He was a 1966 graduate of Robert E. Lee High
School in Baytown, TX. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army. He was retired
from Advantage Industrial Automation as a software trainer. He was a
volunteer for Friends of Suwanee. He was a member of Hamilton Mill United
Methodist Church, in Dacula, GA, where he was also a member of the Way
Sunday School Class and a leader of Life Group. Funeral services will be
held on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Hamilton Mill United
Methodist Church, 1450 Pine Road, Dacula, GA 30019 with Pastor Rev. Jason
Mincey officiating. The remains will be placed in state at the church at
12:00 noon. Interment will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.
at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA with military honors. The
family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, May 31, 2017
from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may
be made to Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church Building Fund in memory
of Paul O. Cherry.
Source : Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory
23, 1947 - June 21, 2017
Born in Goose Creek, TX Resided in
On April 23, 1947, Arthur Martinez was greeted by his
parents, Julio O. Martinez, Sr. and Esther Garcia Martinez, and on June
21, 2017, his wife of 49 years, Hilda Carrizales Martinez bid him a
farewell to the heavens.
Their three children, Michelle Streety, Jason
Martinez and Desiree Klaus along with their spouses, Patrick, Veronica and
Matthew witnessed that farewell. Arthur was a grandfather and great
grandfather to Jordan Streety, Santos Streety, Mason Montgomery, Carter
Montgomery, Izaiah Streety and Genesis Streety; Zoe Martinez, Ava
Martinez, Rocky Martinez and Maximiliano Klaus and Castiel Klaus.
Arthur was preceded in death by his parents Julio and Esther as well as
his brothers Jimmy, Roy, Julio, Jr., and Glenn and sister-in-law Peggy
Sanchez Martinez and grandson, Alonzo Streety.
Arthur was a man with a
big heart to go along with his smile. He loved his family and his church
community. He was a charter member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic
Church and was also a member of the Guadalupana Altar Society. He had a
beautiful voice and he used his talent by volunteering to lead a choir for
20 years. He also served as a lector on many Sundays. Arthur also served
his church as a facilitator for a Quince Anos preparation program which he
co-partnered with his wife for seven years.
In the community, Arthur
was a Sterling High School booster club president, in which he played a
huge mentor role for the athletes playing with his son. Arthur was
supportive by being there for those students who now hold him in high
esteem. The Hill of Rest Cemetery was one of his community accomplishments
by initiating and cleaning and reorganizing the status of the cemetery. It
was an experience Arthur joyfully participated in, in bringing peace to
the families of loved ones that were interred there. With his leadership,
the cemetery was maintained beautifully and the name of cemetery was
His hard work to provide for his family included working as a
Laborer in the Labor Union No. 313 for a decade and then as a chemical
operator at Lubrizol Corporation until his retirement in 2004.
sports enthusiast Arthur played little league baseball and basketball and
football during his junior and high school years, number 55 was his jersey
number as a linebacker.
Arthur played fast pitch softball as a catcher
from the time he was a teenager until his 30's with the Baytown Cardinals,
a team started at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. This sport was Arthur's
passion, he wore jersey number 11, until he could no longer play.
Arthur played his role as a man in a "team" mode, always in a focused and
supportive direction with his family, friends, and his community. His
efforts were rewarding and as a humble man of strong will, and a lot of
patience. His love for good works and kind acts was one he enjoyed doing
in the best way he knew how or could, and those works gave him much joy.
His family will receive friends at Navarre Funeral Home Sunday
beginning at 5:00 p.m. with a rosary to follow at 7:00 p.m. A funeral mass
will be Monday, June 26, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe
Catholic Church, 1124 Beech Street, Baytown, TX 77520, with Rev. Terence
P. Brinkman officiating. Burial will follow at Cedarcrest Cemetery.
To view the online obituary or to post a tribute for the family, go to
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Navarre
Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX,
77521 (281) 422-8111.
Rev. Charlotte Ann Baumbach
Anderson passed away, Saturday, July 08, 2017. A memorial
gathering will be held from 6 to 8 PM on Thursday, July 13, 2017 in the
VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana, OH. A memorial service will be held at 7:00
PM on Friday, July 14, 2017 at the Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church,
Urbana with Rev. Bruce Booher officiating; where a 1 hour gathering will
be held prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be
made either to Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1013 E. Lawn St.,
Urbana, Ohio 43078, the World Wildlife Fund, 1250 24th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20037 or to the Shriners Hospitals for Children2900 N.
Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607. Condolences may be expressed to the
family at w.vernonfh.com.
Rev. Charlotte Ann Anderson, 68 of Urbana,
passed away, Saturday, July 08, 2017 at the Springfield Regional Medical
She was born on August 19, 1948 in Baytown, TX to Charles and
Mary Baumbach. Charlotte received her BA in Theatre from Sam Houston State
University in Huntsville, TX in 1972, her masters in English from Sam
Houston State University in 1977, and her masters of divinity from Trinity
Luther Seminary in Bexley, OH in 1995. She was a high school teacher in
Houston, TX; where she taught theatre, speech, and English and a professor
at San Jacinto Junior College in Pasadena, TX, where she taught English.
She was a pastor at First English Lutheran Church in Damon, TX, St. John
Lutheran Church in Leigh, NE, Zion Lutheran Church, in Platte Center, NE,
Lutheran Church in Euclid, OH; as well as the secretary at
Christ Lutheran Church in La Porte, TX. She was a retired pastor in the
Southern Ohio Synod and was involved with Messiah Lutheran Church as a
preacher of sermons & children’s sermons, lector, assisting minister,
choir member, and Sunday school teacher.
Charlotte loved to read and
write, especially poetry. She enjoyed traveling and a few of her favorite
places were to Galveston Beach, the Great Smoky Mountains, the Blue Ridge
Parkway, and all beaches. Charlotte was marvelous singer, dancer and
performer. She enjoyed community theatre where she performed and directed
in the Baytown Little Theater, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and the
Footlighters in Wharton, TX. Charlotte loved to visit the zoo and play
with her cats. Most of all, she was a loving wife, mother, and
Charlotte is survived by her husband of 36 years, Rev.
Scott Anderson; children, Sgt. Christian Walter (Halle) Anderson of Fort
Campbell, KY and Catherine Elyse (Leilani Barrett) Anderson of Cleveland
Heights, OH; grandchildren, Lydia Danielle Anderson, Sparrowe Scott
Anderson, and Leonidas John Anderson; and 4 nieces and nephews.
preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Wanda Baumbach and Mary Hollis
O’Banion; brothers, Hervey Dale Seale and Gene Baumbach; niece, Phyllis
O’Banion; nephew, Keith O’Banion; and brother-in-law, Tommy O’Banion.
memorial gathering will be held from 6 to 8 PM on Thursday, July 13, 2017
in the VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana, OH. A memorial service will be held at
7:00 PM on Friday, July 14, 2017 at the Messiah Evangelical Lutheran
Church, Urbana with Rev. Bruce Booher officiating; where a 1 hour
gathering will be held prior to the service at the church.
contributions may be made either to Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church,
1013 E. Lawn St., Urbana, Ohio 43078, the World Wildlife Fund, 1250 24th
Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20037 or to the Shriners Hospitals for
Children2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.
Condolences may be
expressed to the family at
Bruce Wayne Chase
August 16, 1948 - July 13, 2017
1948- October 6, 2017
In Quentin's words:
"On October 6, 2017,
at age 69, George Quentin (just ‘Q’ to some) Sheffield completed his
bucket list and most of his honey-do’s and confidently sailed into the
other side of eternity to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Born on August 1, 1948 in Houston, his home town was Baytown, Texas, where
he grew up around a great group of kids. Though not much of a musician, he
was proud to have been part of Charlie Forque’s Famous Robert E. Lee
Marching Band, performing in the Astrodome’s 1965 grand opening for the
Astros and later for the Houston Oilers. He graduated with The Class of
1966 from Robert E. Lee High School. He attended college but never
graduated, instead wanting to ‘get on with his life’. Quickly finding a
niche in the fast growing IT industry, he made a career of it in Houston,
being blessed to work at a few pretty good companies with some great folks
who were mostly smarter than him and are still friends.
Never broke a
bone but nearly drowned once. Always showed up in person. Solo backpacked
in the Colorado Mountains. Never won a trophy, but in his 40’s he
completed numerous long-distance bike events, including the
Houston-to-Austin MS 150 for nine consecutive years. Once biked across the
state of Texas in seven days.
At age 65 jumped out of ‘a perfectly good
airplane’ along with his 60 year old brother and 70 year old sister. His
‘book-end’ siblings are like that. He got the video. Over the years he had
several hobbies: photography, restoring an old sports car and settled on
His proudest accomplishments are his three favorite
daughters Crispin Marie Gale (Ureste) of Victoria, Sarah Michele Holland
of Spring and Allison May Williford of Houston. Crispin blessed him with
three of his favorite granddaughters Brittany, Morgan and Lauren. Sarah
blessed him with his other favorites Hayley and Benjamin. Allison gave him
his favorite granddogs, Zeppy and Willie, true leaders of the pack.
Three other huge blessings in his life are his three sons-in-laws, Andrew
Ureste, Grey Holland, and Dawson Williford. These men take great care of
his three daughters & their families & love them unconditionally. Each
son-in-law is an answer to prayers asked many years ago over his
The turning point of his life came at the age of 32 when he
accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior along with daughter Crispin. They
were baptized together. In the following years he was blessed to answer
the invitation hand-in-hand with Sarah and later with Allison as they made
decisions to accept Christ. Three of the best days of his life. He also
watched each of his granddaughters’ baptisms following their decisions to
The absolute best move of his life came in 1979 when he
married above his station to the love of his life Pamela Kay Morris
Sheffield. She brought peace, joy, fun, caring, affection and greatly
needed spiritual leadership to his life. Together they had numerous great
adventures, backpacking in Texas and Colorado, raising their daughters,
and in 2009 moved out to the country in Fayette County where they built
their dream home. They embraced the community and joined Flatonia Baptist
church, making life-long friendships. They were greatly blessed beyond
expectations with their wonderful East Parker Road neighbors and friends.
The family would like to thank the caregivers of Accolade Hospice in
Yoakum, Texas for their time, hearts and love they gave to Quentin during
his last three weeks at home. Each nurse was truly a blessing to our
A joyful memorial celebration of his life will be held at
Flatonia Baptist Church in Flatonia, Texas on November 11, 2017 at 11:00
Mr. Sheffield (Q) suggested that in lieu of flowers, please send
Pam chocolate or make a meaningful contribution to the Youth Fund at
Flatonia Baptist Church… or both."
The Celebration of Life service
for Quentin Sheffield is on Saturday, November 11, 2017.
It will be at
Flatonia Baptist Church in Flatonia, TX at 11:00 am.
Garvin H. Shipley Jr. passed away on March
9, 2018 in New Braunfels, Texas, suffering from heart complications.
Garvin was born on July 16, 1948, to parents, Garvin Howard Shipley Sr.
and Fay Nell Capps Shipley, in Freeport, Texas. He attended Robert E. Lee
High School in Baytown and was a proud member of the class of 1966. In
1968, he married the love of his life, the former Cynthia Anne Malchar of
Crosby. Garvin and Cynthia would go on to enjoy 43 years of marriage
before Cynthia’s passing in 2011.
After serving as a Noncommissioned
Army Officer in the Vietnam War, he returned to attend the University of
Houston, earning a Bachelors of Business Administration. During his
working years, Garvin served as a successful corporate executive, rising
in both rank and responsibility throughout his career. In retirement, he
earned his Texas Teaching Certificate and went on to teach middle school
Language Arts and junior high Wood Shop.
Garvin was a leader in the
communities where he lived, serving as a parish leader and school board
member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and School, Crosby, Texas, and at
St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church in Oak Hill, Texas.
being described as a man of simple tastes, he wanted only the best for his
family and relentlessly doted on his wife, kids and 6 grandkids. He was a
regular fixture at countless youth sporting events, cheering on his
favorite junior athletes. He leaves behind a family that is proud to call
him Dad and Papa.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his
loving wife, Cynthia Anne Shipley; he is survived by his son, Jeff Shipley
and wife, Susie; daughter, Meredith Beever and husband, Will;
grandchildren, Katie Shipley, Matthew Shipley, Caroline Shipley, Trey
Beever, Garrett Beever, and Emma Beever; brothers, Ed Shipley and wife,
Gail, Doug Shipley and wife, Janice along with his beloved brothers- and
sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and countless friends.
family as pallbearers will be Nathan Shipley, Brian Shipley, Kevin
Shipley, David Malchar, Tyler Malchar, Sam Malchar, Joe Malchar, Kevin
Burns, Christopher Itin, and Nolan Malchar. The family will welcome
friends from 6-8 pm on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, for a visitation at Crespo
and Jirrels Funeral and Cremation Services, 6123 Garth Rd., Baytown,
Texas. A celebration of Garvin’s life will be held on Wednesday, March 14,
2018, at 10 am in the chapel of Crespo and Jirrels Funeral Home. Burial
will follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.
Larry Ray Toups
Larry Ray Toups, 70, passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. He was born in
Baytown, Texas on October 1, 1947 to Ira Toups and Mary Ann Bednar. When
Larry was younger he was in boy scouts and helped his mom with her
Handicapped Girl Scout Troop. He attended Lee High School where he was on
the Swim Team and Water Polo Team. He retired after working for Lubrizol
for many years. Larry was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints where he was involved in being a Sunday School teacher,
Mission Leader, Bishop’s Counselor, Elders Quorum Presidency, Stake
Mission President, High Councilman, Audio Visual Specialist, Employment
Specialist, Ward Missionary and Temple Worker. Over the years Larry also
was a Scout Leader for Boy Scouts of America. He enjoyed playing golf,
camping, kayaking, and going to the gun range. Larry was a great cook; his
specialty was gumbo and barbequed briskets and chickens. He most of all
loved his family and took the time to be there for them and support them
in their activities. Larry will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ira “Frenchy” Toups
and Mary Ann Bednar Toups Curbello. Larry is survived by his beloved wife,
Lynda Kay Sumbot Toups; sons, Ryan Eastman Toups and Phillip Luke Pierce;
daughters, Laci Kathleen Toups Brantley and Mackenzie Allyson Toups
Hensley; granddaughters, Kylie Eastman, Addison Monroe Hensley, Janie
Marie Brantley, Maya Pierce and Grace Mackenzie Eastman; grandsons, Wesley
Bernard Brantley, Castle Luke Pierce, Corbin Phillip Pierce, and Tatum
Jack Hensley; niece, Kristy Faulkner; sister, Sandra Kay Toups Faulker;
and a host of extended family and friends.
A visitation for family
and friends will be held on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 from 10:30am - 11:45am
at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1010 Birdsong Dr,
Baytown, Texas 77521. Funeral services will immediately follow at 12:00pm.
Interment will be in Sterling White Cemetery. Arrangements have been
entrusted to Sterling White Funeral Home, 11011 Crosby-Lynchburg Rd.,
Highlands, Texas 77562. To send the family condolences please visit
David Henslee Thedford
Aug 23, 1947 - June 1, 2011 • Tow TX
David, 63, oil field engineer, of Tow died Wednesday, June 1, 2011.
Preceded in death by his parents,Retus
Billie Maxine Earle. Survived by wife Petra, daughter
Angela Thedford Smith and sister Lynda. Services 3 p.m. Sunday,
Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home, Llano. Burial Llano City
Published in Austin American-Statesman on June 3, 2011
Dennis Alan Williams
Dennis Alan Williams, 69, of Houston, passed away Monday, December 11,
2017, at his home.
Dennis was born Janu-ary 1, 1948 in Baytown, to
parents; James Mc-Clure and Mary Boncha Williams.
He was raised in
Baytown and is a graduated High School in 1966 He was a defense star on
the Gander’s football team and a leader in the Key club and Honor Society.
Dennis received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in
Marketing and Adver-tising in 1971. He was a proud UT graduate and wore
the colors well.
After graduation, he married Jean Marie Frymire in
October at St Jo-seph’s Catholic Church in Baytown.
He has resided in
Houston for the past 51 years with jobs in banking and marketing. He
attended St. Vincent de Paul Cath-olic Church.
Mr. Williams was
pre-ceded in death by his father: James “Jimmie” Williams.
survived by his mother: Mary Bonchaand wife Laila Eliassi Williams and
Chris and wife Eloise Wiley Williams, sisters: Janice Wil-liams Giroir and
husband James and Maxine Wil-liams Henry and husband Steve, granddaughter:
Lindley Williams, Uncle Robert Lee “Bobby” and Aunt Carrie Williams,
Auntie Ann Boncha Cer-anec and numerous niec-es, nephews, cousins, and
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday,
December 19, 2017, at the St Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, in Houston
with luncheon following the service. Memorial graveside rites will be held
at a later date.
May 13, 1948 - August 9, 2017
Born in Baytown, TX
Resided in Houston
David Shelby, 69, of Baytown, passed away Wednesday August 9, 2017 at
a Houston area hospital. He was born in Baytown, May 13, 1948. He was
an avid Gander fan and was a member of the R.E.L. class of 1966 where
he was involved in cross country sports. He was a member of St. John’s
United Methodist Church of Baytown. He enjoyed fishing and gardening.
He would always turn his entire backyard into his garden. From his
vegetables, he would make the best sauces, salsa, and pickles and
always giving them away to his friends and neighbors. He also enjoyed
watching sports, he loved the Texans and spent every Sunday watching
NASCAR. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be
greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is preceded in
death by his parents, Lester and Malvalee Shelby; and sister, Mary
He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years,
Bennie Shelby of Baytown; children, Clint Shelby and wife, Kelly of
Round Rock, and Stephanie Shelby of Baytown; grandchildren, Lindsey
Hamilton, Ashley Shelby, Jaxon Shelby, and Azlyn Shelby; brother,
James Shelby and wife, Kathy of Baytown; mother-in-law, Johnnie
Gresham; several cousins, nieces, and nephews; and his beloved
The family will receive friends at Navarre
Funeral Home from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. on Saturday August 12,
2017. The funeral service will follow at 10:00 a.m., officiated by
Reverend Mark Davis.
To view the online obituary or to leave a
tribute for the family, please visit www.navarrefuneralhome.com.
Alan J Acosta
Jul 21, 1948 - Nov
Alan Joseph Acosta of Baytown, Texas entered eternal rest
on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at the age of 70. He was born one of six
children in Baytown to Jesse and Dora Acosta on July 21, 1948. He was
predeceased by his loving wife, Linda Villaseñor Acosta, and he has one
son, Alan David Acosta.
Alan was educated at St. Joseph Catholic
School, Baytown Junior High and Robert E. Lee High Schools in Baytown and
the University of Houston.
Alan, who was also known as “Al” and “Big
Al” was a star athlete and he received many accolades. While playing for
the Robert E. Lee Ganders Alan received the PiYi Kern Award for “Guts and
Courage” and was named to the All-District Baseball and All-District
Football Teams. He played for the Lee Gander team which was ranked the No.
1 High School Football Team in Texas in his senior year. Alan was also
voted by the people of Baytown to the Baytown Sun’s All-Century Football
Team - First Team Safety.
Al played fast-pitch softball for the Baytown
Hawks for 20 years alongside his brothers Rudy, Jaime, Geraldo, and David.
The team was a family affair. He was coached by his Uncle BeBe Garcia, and
his parents and sister Deanna were involved in all aspects of the team.
Alan was named to the Rusk Athletic Club’s Latin Fast Pitch Softball Hall
of Fame. The Club’s nearly 70-year tournament is known as “the Latin” and
Al played in 13 tournament finals and was on the Championship team 6
times. He was also named to the Latin’s All-Tournament Team 6 times. Al
starred on the Hawks’ team which competed at the ISC Softball World
Tournament and were known as the Latin Champs. In 2015 he was elected to
the Fast-Pitch Legends Hall of Fame of the Greater Houston Area.
served in the United States Army with Honor. He was a combat veteran in
the Vietnam War, was commended and received the Purple Heart. Alan had a
sacred affinity for those with whom he served and he was committed to keep
in touch with those who sacrificed so much for our Country. He was
involved with Veterans issues and was a regular visitor to the Veterans
Affairs Medical Center where he died due to complications of a heart
Al was a private investigator by trade and earned a sterling
reputation in the Harris County legal and law enforcement community. He
was a well-respected man who practiced his trade with integrity, honesty,
and loyalty. Alan also served and held various positions in the Courts of
Judge Angel Fraga, Judge David Mendoza, Judge Denise Collins, Judge Jay
Karahan, and Justice of the Peace Richard Vara. He was the lead
investigator for many attorneys including his brothers Jaime Acosta,
Geraldo Acosta, his sisters in law Shelia Acosta and Mary Acosta, and his
nephew, Jerry Michael Acosta.
Alan was a creative artist who studied
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. He was a writer of poems and studied the
works of Pablo Neruda and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Alan wrote words and
music and was a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and
Alan was a founder of the Rock En Espanol group, Sol y
Luna, along with his brother David Acosta. Their eponymous album Sol y
Luna was released in 1993. The album was a critical success and the Band
was known for their electrifying live performances. In 1994, the Band was
named “Best Latin Band” in Houston and the album competed for a GRAMMY
award for Best Latin Pop Performance which was won by Luis Miguel.
Alan was a multifaceted individual who strived for excellence in
everything he did but he was most proud of his family. He was totally
devoted to his wife Linda before she passed away in 2014 and continued his
loyalty to the Villaseñor family until his death. He spent countless hours
mentoring his son, Alan David, and they were best friends. They spent the
last four years living and enjoying life together.
Alan was a fierce
defender of his brothers and sister and their families. He loved his
grandparents, Remigio and Virginia Garcia of Baytown, and Espiridion and
Josefina Acosta of Houston, as well as his uncles and aunts, and all of
his 84 first cousins on both sides of the Garcia and Acosta families. His
friends could always count on him and they describe Alan with words like
“the real thing…awesome human being…an honest man…a man of decency…kind
and respectful…gentle…warm and peaceful…strong…had great integrity…was a
fierce competitor…creative and visionary…never had a bad thing to say
about others…a true leader…cared about others…always hugged you…and always
said “Love you”. Alan Joseph Acosta was Love.
Alan is survived by his
son Alan David, his brother Jaime and sister-in-law, Shelia Acosta, his
brother Geraldo and sister-in-law Carol Acosta, his brother David and
sister-in-law, Mary Acosta, (all from Houston) and his sister Deanna
Williams from Galveston, nieces and nephews, and numerous aunts, uncles,
Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 28, 2018,
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Felix H. Morales Funeral Home, Houston, Texas. A
Evening Service will begin at 7:00 pm. With a mass to follow on Thursday,
November 29, 2018 10:00 am at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
Cremation will take place at a later date.
All services are
under the care of Morales Funeral Home. For any questions or concerns
regarding the services for Alan Acosta, please contact Morales Funeral
Home at (713) 223-1167
NOV 28. 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Morales Funeral Home
2901 Canal St. Houston, TX, US, 77003
NOV 29. 10:00 AM
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
2405 Navigation Blvd Houston, TX, US, 77003
Arturo Castillo passed away on December 31, 2018. He was born
on May 15, 1947 in Highlands, Texas and was a 1966 graduate of Robert E.
Lee High School in Baytown, Texas.
He served three years in the Army
and attained the rank of Sergeant. He obtained a Bachelor's Degree in
Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Educational Administration
from the University of Houston.
He was employed with the Houston
Independent School District for forty
years and served as Teacher,
Assistant Principal, and Principal. He was most proud of having served as
Principal of Memorial Elementary for twenty-three years.
playing fast-pitch softball, a sport which he participated in for over
twenty years and excelled as a pitcher. He also enjoyed woodworking,
making home projects and arts and crafts for family and friends.
preceded in death by his first wife, Margarita Sylvia, from Port Arthur,
Texas. He is
also preceded in death by his parents Juan and Esperanza
Castillo of Baytown; brothers Juan Jr., Alejandro, and Arnold Castillo
also from Baytown.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Marie Castillo and
his three children; Christopher Castillo and wife Sandra of Channelview,
Arturo Gabriel Castillo and wife Veronica of Humble, and Christine
Burroughs and husband Jeff of Pearland. He is also survived by his three
step-children; Billy Sosa of Spring, Nick Sosa and wife Jessica of
Houston, and Michelle Romero and husband Ricky of Humble. He is also
survived by five grandchildren; Derika and Adan Castillo and Kai, Noa, and
Lailee Burroughs. Also nine step grand-children; Alexis, Chris, Bianca,
Ariel, Starla, Destiny, Liam, Nicole, Esmerelda, and Xavier and four great
grandchildren; Alecia, Bryson, Bennett, and Avian. He is also survived by
his two sisters Linda Castillo Samora and daughter Laurie Cervantes &
family, Sylvia Rocha and husband Victor their children, Adrianne Feller
and Anthony Rocha, and a host of family and friends to cherish his memory.
The family will receive friends for a visitation on Sunday, January 6,
2016 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary beginning at 7 p.m. at Brookside
Funeral Home, 13747 Eastex Freeway, Houston, Texas 77039. A funeral
service will be held promptly at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 7, 2019 at
Brookside Funeral Home in the Grand Chapel followed by a burial in
Brookside Memorial Park and Cemetery.