Earl Center

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

Roger W. Smelser

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 Baytown.

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:

Roger Smelser 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.

Gregor V. Baker
May 10, 1948 — March 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.
Kenneth Wayne Carter  - March 24, 2002
Fred Hand- May 2004

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.

Betty Jean Jacobs Davis
Memory submitted by Sandy Davis 7/8/09

I 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 the end.

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 “Charlie”Martinez
Died: August 16, 2005

Submitted by:Clem Hausmann

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.


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.


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. To view the obituary and post an online tribute to the family, visit: www.crespoandjirrels.com

Ancelmo "Al"Juarez

Ancelmo (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) 695-0631.

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

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.

To 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 Carter

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.

Lounelle O'Grady Thompson

On July 15, 2007, LOUNELLE THOMPSON passed 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.
Published in the Houston Chronicle on 7/19/2007.


Gary W Ford

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


Flois Dale Monk Smith
Flois Monk SmithFlois 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 www.sterlingwhite.com.


Robert “Bob” Moore


Bob MooreRobert 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.   ob 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.

Donna Wolf
Donna WolfDonna Dale 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 11/29/47

Ronnie Dale Voigt

Ronnie,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 arrangements.                 

Betty Jacks Phelps

Betty Jacks at the 40thFuneral 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 and her husband Ken of Frisco, Texas.

In 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 www.mchumane.org.

Please visit our online register: www.ralphrobinsonandson.com

Larry Scott Russell
Born: June 04, 1947Died: June 12, 2009Visitation:  No visitation is plannedServices:  Friday, June 19, 2009, at 9:45 a.m. in the Chapel of Crespo & Jirrels; interment at Houston National Cemetery at 11:45 a.m.Obituary:  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.

Barbara Jean (Odom) Allen

Barbara Jean (Odom) Allen: Barbara Jean AllenBarbara 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 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.

Allen Tomlinson-REL Class of 66

Allen Tomlinson  departed Jun. 22, 2010

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.

In lieu of usual remembrances, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, www.cancer.org

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX, 77521 (281) 422-8111.

Eddie Bridwell

Eddie Bridwell, 62, of Baytown passed away July 13, 2010. He 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 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.

Richard Floyd Worth, Jr.
Schertz, Texas

Richard Worth, 62, of Schertz, Texas, passed on November 10, 2010 at Northeast Methodist Hospital in Live Oak, Texas. Richard was born in Baytown, Texas and had lived many years in Houston before moving to Schertz 10 years ago. He was a graduate of Texas A&M University, Class of '70 and served many as a self-employed tax accountant. Richard was preceded in death by his father and mother, Richard Floyd Worth, Sr. and Mary J. Worth of Fair Oaks Ranch, and his wife, Rhonda Worth of Schertz, Texas. He is survived by his brother, Brian Worth; sister, Caroline Woods and husband, Rex Woods; two nephews, Connor and Jackson and two nieces, Madeline and Emily. Memorial donations may be made to: American Cancer Society , PO Box 22718, Oklahoma, OK, 73123-1718 or by phone: 1-800-227-2345. You are invited to sign the electronic guestbook w.schertzfuneralhome.com
Ron TollesonRonald Dale Tolleson passed away Friday, February 18, 2011 in a local hospital. He was born October 16, 1946 in Marshall, Texas to Robert L. and Billie (Crawford) Tolleson. He was the owner of Marshland Sporting Goods and Marine and Trail Boss Air Boats. He was a member of Cedar Bayou Baptist Church, the NRA, GCCA, and AOPA. He loved hunting, fishing, flying his airplane, and air boating. He also enjoyed reading and loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.
Mr. Tolleson is preceded in death by his mother; father-in-law, D.M. Merritt, and brother-in-law, Joe Carlisle. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Barbara Tolleson of Baytown; daughter, Shanna Leavins and husband, Buck Jr. of Mont Belvieu; father, R. L. Tolleson of Baytown; brother, Robin Blake Tolleson and wife, Rita of Mont Belvieu; grandchildren, Ross and Linzi Leavins; mother-in-law, Estella Mae Merritt of Baytown; sister-in-law, Deborah Carlisle of Old River; Brothers-in-law, Douglas Merritt and Gary Merritt and wife, Cheryl of Baytown; nieces, Kelly Moore, Hailea Merritt, Jenny Tolleson, Tiffany Partin and husband, Dan, and Maureen Carbojal and husband, Manuel. Honoring the family as pallbearers are Harry Hutter, George Gilmore III, Brad Tolleson, Tony Jenkins, Robert Tallerico and Douglas Merritt. Please show your support of Ron’s love for the outdoors by wearing your camouflage clothing.
Cemetery: Memory Gardens (Map)

Kay Jungbluth Richards

Kay Jungbluth RichardsKay, 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) 422-8111.

Dwight C. Fisher, 60, of Baytown was born March 20, 1948 in Baytown and passed away at his home Saturday, October 18, 2008. He was a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and Sam Houston State University and was an operator at the ExxonMobil refinery. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Lynette Fisher and mother, Blanche Fisher and is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas and Kaycee Fisher of Crosby and Darrin and Nikki Fisher of Baytown; father and stepmother, Arvil and Mai Fisher of Baytown; and grandchildren, Katherine Fisher and Andrew Fisher.
Burial:San Jacinto Memorial Park ,Houston,Harris County,Texas, USA

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