Mary V. Galvan, 91, of Texas City passed away on Thursday, May 31, 2018 in Houston, Texas. She was born on January 26, 1927 in Galveston, Texas to Andrew and Mary Sanchez.
Mary was a lifelong resident of Texas City since 1951 and was formerly from Galveston, she was a Teacher at Roosevelt Wilson in the TCISD, an avid reader and loved history and genealogy.
She is preceded in death by her husband Desiderio S. Galvan and numerous brothers and sisters.
Mary is survived by her two daughters: Virginia Melton and Anita Flatt; three sons: Andrew Melton and wife Cory, Michael Galvan and Desi Galvan and wife Anna; brothers: Andrew Sanchez and Carl Williams Sanchez; and her 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be on Monday, June 4, 2018 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque. A Graveside Service will be at 10:00am on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas.
Catherine Cecile Crowder died peacefully in Austin, Texas on May 26, 2018 at the age of 88 years. She lived her life in Galveston, La Marque and Austin, TX. Catherine was born April 27, 1930 in Galveston to J.B. and Anna Henderson.
She graduated from Ursuline Academy in Galveston, Texas in 1947. She attended Texas State College for Women in Denton, Texas. She worked for the Corps of Engineers in Galveston, Texas. She married William F. (Bill) Crowder on September 20, 1951. Catherine spent the rest of her life as a homemaker, mother and grandmother. Always active Catherine enjoyed gardening, bike riding, walking, traveling, playing tennis and bridge. Over the past five years she became quite the Artist. She was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in La Marque, Texas.
Catherine was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her son Bryan Crowder.
She is survived by her daughter Laura Richardson (Don), son Paul Crowder (Lollie); grandchildren Abby BeMent and Bart Richardson, Collin and Caden Crowder, Ryan, Tye and Taylor Crowder, her sisters JoAnn Hogan and Jeanette Hasselmeier, her nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her great grandchildren, Bo BeMent, Bryan Crowder, Avaray Crowder and Brylynn Crowder.
A special thank you for her dear Caregivers at the Grace House her home for the past 5 years and to Guiding Hospice in Austin, Texas for their 3 days of care; also, her friend Patty from Emmaus Catholic Church in Lakeway, Texas.
Visitation for family and friends will be Friday, June 1, 2018 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm with a vigil being at 7:00pm with Deacon Sam Dell’Olio at the James Crowder Funeral Home, 401 Texas Ave La Marque, Texas. Funeral Service will be 10:00am on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Father Chacko Puthumayil officiating, 1224 Cedar Drive La Marque, Tx. Burial will follow at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Tx.
Terri Ann Hallett Ondrias, 53, of Texas City passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018. She was born on June 6, 1964 in Galveston to Oscar and Lavon Hallett.
Terri is preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Robert George Ondrias, Jr.
She is survived by her son, Robert George Ondrias, III; her in-laws, Frances and Robert Ondrias, Sr., her brother and sister-in-law Perry and Barbara Hallett, sister-in-law Sherri Gardiner and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque with the Memorial Service starting at 6:00pm with Pastor Doug McBrayer officiating.
Leota Williams (91) of Texas City, Texas, passed away on May 10, 2018. She was born in Lone Oak, Texas to Susie and Travis Brumit on October 18, 1926. Leota was a longtime resident of Texas City and member of Heights Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by her mother and father, and husband; Leonard Orlando Williams, Jr. Leota is survived by her daughters; Sherry Hinson of Texas City and Reta Bell of Santa Fe, son Carl Williams and wife Donna of Ballinger, Texas, brother; Rodney Brumit and wife Peggy, nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque, with a service beginning at 7:00pm, with Dr. R.L. Calhoun officiating.
Don C. Tyer (66) of Dickinson, Texas, passed away on Thursday, May 10, 2018. He was born in Carthage, Texas to Eunice and Clyde Tyer on October 22, 1951. Don served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War and worked as a Sport Fishing Charter Boat Captain. Formerly of San Leon, Don had been a resident of Dickinson for the past seven years.
Don is preceded in death by his mother and father, and his daughter; Dawnette Patrick. He is survived by his wife; Barbara Tyer, daughters; Cheryl Wooten and husband Michael of Dickinson and Tracey Viator of Dayton, sister; Linda Turnbough and husband Lonnie, brother; Tony Tyer and wife Kathryn, four grandchildren; Jacob Patrick, Amanda Terry, Patricia Napoli and Baylee Wooten and five great-grandchildren; Ryan, Kayson, Kyle, Hunter, and Allieeah.
Visitation will be held from1:00pm to 2:00pm on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson, Texas. A Celebration of Life will begin at 2:00pm with Pastor Tim Franklin officiating.
Larry L. Plasek (76), of La Marque, Texas, passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018. He was born in Texas City, Texas to Christina and Frank Plasek on January 16, 1942. Larry was a lifetime resident of La Marque and graduated from La Marque High School in the Class of 1960. He worked for Union Carbide Chemical Company, was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church and in the Knights of Columbus-La Marque Council.
Larry is preceded in death by his mother and father, brothers; Frank, Eugene and David, and sister; Katherine. He is survived by three sons; Lee Plasek and wife Amy of League City, Jeff Plasek and wife Susan of Dickinson, and Darin Plasek and wife Monica of La Marque, sister; Mary Lou Sandberg and husband David, ex-wife and mother of his children; Susan Plasek, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 5:00pm to 8:00pm on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Texas City. A funeral service will begin at 10:00am on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Texas City, with Father Clint Ressler officiating. Interment to follow at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas.
Betty Carter passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at her home after being diagnosed with ALS 9 months ago. During her daily struggles with this terrible disease, Betty still kept her beautiful smile and stayed in good spirits. As long as she could communicate she would comfort others with her famous line, “It Is What It Is”.
Betty was born in Palestine, TX on April 19, 1947 to Jake and Gladys Till.
Betty and her (late) husband, J.D. Petty moved to Texas City in 1965. She became a hairdresser and was a stylist for 16 years. Then the restaurant business called her name. She was the owner of Old Galveston Seafood in La Marque and Hitchcock for 17 years. During that time she made hundreds of good friends and happy customers. Her shrimp and oysters are missed by many. After closing the restaurant, she joined the staff at Mainland Pawn and Jewelry. She made even more friends from the many people she met there. She loved her co-workers and the owners like family.
Betty was kind and loving and truly never met a stranger, and always willing to help others. She was full of fun. The party didn’t start til Betty Boop got there.
She was an avid bowler for over 20 years; she also enjoyed traveling, especially her trips to Europe, Canada, gambling and her annual camping trip; meeting her friends at Gringos was one of her favorite times. But most importantly, she Loved-Loved her family and spending time with them.
Betty is preceded in death by her parents, her husband and children’s father J.D. Petty, husband Don Carter and sister Helen Smith.
She leaves behind her loving daughter and caretaker, Ginny Pryor and husband Robert Kyu of Texas City and her son Kevin Petty and wife Stephanie of League City; four grandchildren: Camron Pryor, Kyle Pryor, Alex Petty, Matthew Petty; two brothers, Dale Till (Debbie) and Donnie Till (Marie) and their families; a half-brother, Gary Ashley (Debbie) and half-sister, Jo Beth Gordan and many special nieces and nephews.
A thank you to all her family and friends and a special thank you to her dear friends Judy Holcomb, Jewelene Cornish, Sally Bell, Bea Olivares and Betty Holcomb for all the visits, phone calls, love and prayers.
The family would like to thank Vitas Hospice for all of their care and support.
Betty will be missed terribly by everyone that loved and knew her.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, May 13, 2018 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at the Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque. Funeral Service will be at 11:00am on Monday, May 14, 2018 at the Crowder Funeral Home. A graveside service will be at 11:00am on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Starr Hill Cemetery in Elkhart, Texas.
Dorothy Marie McLaren, 91, of La Marque passed away on Wednesday, May 09, 2018. She was born on November 28, 1926 in Rusk County, Texas to James and Bessie Little.
Dorothy was a resident of La Marque for 65 years, formerly from Galveston and Henderson, Texas; she was a member of 1st Baptist Church of La Marque, a cake decorator and she taught the class at College of the Mainland, she also enjoyed making quilts for many family members and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Charles McLaren. Dorothy is survived by her daughters; Barbara Glosson (Johnnie) of Humble, TX, Sharon Chang (Albert) of Rockwall, TX and Janet Saylors of La Marque, TX, her son Ronald McLaren (Marilyn) of Texas City, TX and sister Margie Kirkland (Louis) of Dickinson, TX; eight grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.
A visitation will be on Friday, May 11, 2018 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque. Funeral Service will be at 1:00pm on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the James Crowder Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Franklin officiating. Interment will follow at Hayes Grace Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas.
Ray Edison Schaper, 87, died Sunday morning, May 27, at his home in Galveston. He was surrounded by his three daughters, who cared for him until the end, and by other family members who loved him.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 30, at 10:30 a.m. at First Lutheran Church of Galveston with Pastor Richard Rhoades officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston.
Pallbearers will be Joe Betancourt, Dolph Tillotson, Justin Grigg, Jordan Grigg, Zach Williams, Charles Barkmann, Jay Tillotson and Billy Rearick.
Ray was one of 13 brothers and sisters born to August H. and Elizabeth Schaper. Everyone in the family for several generations worked at the Schaper Dairy, a business founded by the family after they immigrated from Germany in the late 1800s.
The family rode out the 1900 storm on the island with the minister from First Lutheran, who happened to be visiting the family that Sunday. The home splintered apart in the storm, and the family drifted several miles to the west in what remained of their attic.
The dairy closed in 1978. It was located on Stewart Road in the area near Campeche Cove.
After the dairy closed, Ray operated Schaper’s Barbecue on Seawall Boulevard below the Poop Deck. He was perhaps best known in Galveston for selling produce door-to-door to homes and restaurants from a well-worn pickup truck.
Ray spoke with a booming voice, always wore a cowboy hat — a felt hat in winter and straw in summer. He knew and liked virtually everyone in Galveston. He enjoyed visiting, bragging about his daughters and grandchildren and occasionally sharing a beer with friends.
Later in life, he also sold smoked turkeys and hams he cooked himself for holiday consumption at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. He enjoyed gardening all his life. When young, he and his brothers grew and sold watermelons. Late in life, Ray often had as many as 100 tomato plants in his yard in the spring and summer.
Ray was a lifelong Galvestonian. He was born at St. Mary’s Hospital on Feb. 11, 1931. He was well known as a standout high school football player for Ball High, where teammates knew him as Baby Ray. He played in the first game played at Public School Stadium on 27th Street, and he loved to talk about that game. Ball beat a heavily favored Kirwin High School.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Germany after the Second World War. While serving, he played on Army football teams to entertain the troops and build morale.
Ray’s wife and the mother of his three daughters, was Jane Schaper, who was a high school Latin and English teacher at Texas City High School. She also was a member of the board and later chairwoman for the Galveston Independent School District. Jane died in 1981.
He and other members of the Schaper family were life-long members of First Lutheran Church in Galveston. As long as he was able, Ray sat in the same spot in the same pew every Sunday, singing the hymns in his distinctive bass voice.
He belonged to BPOE Elks 126, American Legion Post 20 and the VFW.
In his later years, Ray loved watching Astros baseball, and he cheered them on in last year’s World Series run. He also rarely missed his daytime TV story, “The Young and the Restless.”
Ray never tired of telling friends and strangers about the accomplishments of his daughters — Keli Betancourt, Lisa Grigg and Teri Tillotson— and about his sons-in-law, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Ray is survived by daughters Keli and Joe Betancourt of Dickinson, Lisa Grigg of Dickinson and by Teri and Dolph Tillotson of Galveston; by a brother, Rusty Schaper and his wife, Jane; by his sister-in-law, Waunita Schaper; by granddaughters Taylor and Zach Williams and Kati Barkmann and her husband, Charles; by grandsons Justin and Jordan Grigg; by step-grandchildren, Jay and Deana Tillotson and Billy and Katherine Rearick. Ray also is survived by two great-granddaughters, Joli and Mazie Williams, and by his dear friend, Nancy Roach.
He was preceded in death by his parents August H. and Elizabeth Schaper; sisters and brothers, Helen Walker (Milton), A.C. Schaper (Norma), Harold Schaper (Olga), Ethel Mae Schaper, Mabel Schultze (Henry), Louis Schaper (Marguerite), Robert Schaper (Lillian), Annabelle Swygert (Tom), Victor Schaper, Theodore “Buck” Schaper, Catherine Siefkes (Paul); and Eleanor Pauls Schaper.
The family suggests memorials to First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Galveston, 2415 Winnie Street, Galveston, Tex., 77550.
Carnes Brothers Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
GALVESTON: Ola Dean Gobert age 91of Galveston was called home by her Savior on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Funeral services are Friday, June 1, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church in Galveston, with Reverend Ray Pinard officiating. Private family entombment will follow at Galveston Memorial Park Mausoleum in Hitchcock under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home. The family will receive visitors from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at the funeral Home.
Ola was born on September 26, 1926 in Natchitoches, Louisiana to Henry and Ella Fredericks the last girl of 12 children. She graduated in 1944 from Natchitoches High School where she was voted by the student body as most beautiful in her graduating class.
During that time she met a young soldier on maneuvers in the coffee shop where she worked as a waitress. When he proceeded to flirt with her, she responded by sticking her finger in his ice cream. He waited by the back door of the coffee shop for her to get off of work and asked if he could stay in touch by writing. After a mail communication courtship via letters overseas, Chester Gobert returned to Natchitoches after the war to claim Ola Dean as his bride. It was a love that lasted over 66 years until her husband’s death in 2012.
Ola and Chester started off life together in Tarentum, Pennsylvania where she worked in an insurance office. Over the years, she gained respect as a seasoned Insurance professional that covered 4 states in a period of 45 years.
After moving back to Galveston in 1968 Ola sold real estate and became an active member of several professional insurance organizations. As a member of Moody Memorial First at United Methodist church she served on their board of directors and on the Board of Directors of Libby’s Place adult day care.
Ola was a caring person who touched the lives of everyone she met. She was loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her son Rick and daughter-in-law Beverley Gobert, 3 grandsons, Aaron and his wife Nicole, Andrew, Jeremy and his wife Lauren.
Willard Kenneth Hutto, aged 82, formerly of Missouri City, Texas, died Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Sodalis Senior Living in San Marcos, Texas. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., with visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m., at Houston’s First Baptist Church at Sienna, 4309 Sienna Pkwy, Missouri City, Texas 77459. Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m. at Grand View Memorial Park, 8501 Spencer Hwy Pasadena, Texas 77505 under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home of Galveston.
Ken was born October 29, 1935 in Amarillo, Texas, to the late Jewel Otis Hutto and the late Geneva Palestine Work. As a child, he was active in the Maverick Club and later went to Amarillo High School where he met his high school sweetheart, Patsy Ann Kelley, and married her August 21, 1954 in Tucumcari, New Mexico. She predeceased him in 2012.
Ken played basketball for Texas A&M and received his degree in Business there in the 1950s. He was always a big fan of the Aggies throughout his life, and enjoyed the jokes as well. After starting his family, he made time to coach his sons and other youth in sports, especially baseball. As he got older, golfing became his favorite pastime. He worked much of his life in the banking business, but retired a few years ago from Frost Bank, where he was a small business lender.
He is survived by his son Neil Hutto and wife, Kim, of Deer Park, Texas; son Jeff Hutto and wife, Dana, of Huffman, Texas; son Joel Hutto of Dripping Springs, Texas; granddaughter, Alice Ann Hutto Aillet and husband, Lance, of Deer Park, Texas; grandson, Michael Hutto and wife, Jennefer, of Rockwall, Texas; grandson, Andrew Hutto and wife, Cede, of San Antonio, Texas; granddaughter Taylor Hutto of Deer Park, Texas; great granddaughter Emmalyn Aillet, great grandson Jackson Aillet, both of Deer Park, Texas; and great granddaughter Emmerson Hutto of Rockwall, Texas.
Memorials may be sent to Houston’s First Baptist Church at Sienna, 4309 Sienna Pkwy, Missouri City, Texas 77459
Robert “Bob” Merle Roberts passed away May 18, 2018 in Nassau Bay, Texas.
GALVESTON: Juana Duarte age 88 of Galveston passed away Thursday May 17, 2018 in Galveston. Visitation will be Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 6:00 pm at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston.
Juana was born June 12, 1929 in Mexico to Gertrudis and Brigida Serrato. She married Salvador Duarte and they have been happily married for over 60 years. Juana was extremely faithful to her Catholic religion and was always seen with a smile on her face. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren and spending time with them. Juana loved to cook, attend family gatherings and joking with everyone. She was always making people laugh. She will be greatly missed by the many people whose lives were made better by knowing her.
Proceeded in death by her parents; sister Petra Villanueva; brothrers Florencio Villanueva and Cornelio Villanueva. She is survived by her children Ever Duarte (Rafaela), Tomasa Galindo (Jorge), Berta Duarte (Javier), Flor Duarte (Pedro), Jorge Duarte (Elisabeth), Patricio Duarte (Viky), Norma Ayala (Miguel); brothers Estanilao Villanueva and Jose Villanueva; 25 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and special friends.
Michael Murray Kidwell, Sr.
August 17, 1944 – May 17, 2018
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” ~ Philippians 4:13
Michael Murray Kidwell, Sr., age 73, of League City, TX passed peacefully from this life at home surrounded by his family on May 17, 2018. Mike was born in Galveston, TX on August 17, 1944 and was the oldest of 4 brothers. He was a lifelong resident of Galveston County and after graduating from Kirwin High School in Galveston, TX he resided in Dickinson, TX to raise his family. Mike retired from Frito Lay and Randall’s Supermarket and always loved to greet everyone he met with a smile. Mike is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Blanche Kidwell and his infant daughter, Shelley Kidwell.
Mike’s memory will forever be cherished and survived by his loving and caring wife of 50 years, Karen Kidwell; daughters, Margaret Panciera and husband Gary, Patricia Clark and husband Rick, Kathleen O’Bryan and husband Cory; son, Michael Kidwell, Jr. and wife Amy; brothers, Timothy Kidwell, Patrick Kidwell, and Denis Kidwell; Brother-In-Law William FitzSimmons; 12 grandchildren, Petie Clark and wife Chloe, Noah Clark, Charity Panciera, Michael Kidwell III, Corbitt Panciera, Marianna Clark, Lyrick O’Bryan, Faith Panciera, Austin Kidwell, Jeremiah O’Bryan, Luke Clark and Jacob Kidwell; 4 great grandchildren Lilliana, Jonan, Adelaide, and Thomas Clark; along with numerous other relatives and friends.
At an early age Mike professed his faith in Jesus Christ and was baptized. He was an ordained minister and active member of several local churches. Later in life, he continued his walk with the Lord and became a member of Gulf Coast Foursquare Church under the leadership of Pastor John Elliott, Jr.
Mike’s greatest legacy is his family and sharing his love of the Lord with others. He never met a stranger and if you spent just a moment in conversation with him, Mike made you feel like his best friend. His love of music, laughter, and joke telling were paramount and he never missed an opportunity to ask how your day was going and if there was anything you needed prayer for. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.
The family would like to send a heartfelt “Thank You” to his friends and family who took the time to visit him during his illness. Special thanks to Essential Hospice for the wonderful loving care he received by the entire staff; his sweet caregiver, Brittni Jenkins; and all the visiting Chaplains, Social Workers, and Certified Aides. Most importantly, thank you to Mike’s brother Tim Kidwell, who faithfully came to spend time with him every day for the past months.
Viewing will be held on Monday, May 21, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 PM and the Funeral Service will take place on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM with a lunch reception to follow. All services will be held at Gulf Coast Foursquare Church, 6205 Delany Road, Hitchcock, TX with Pastor John Elliott, Jr. officiating. A private family burial will take place. Flowers may be sent to Carnes Brothers Funeral Home, 1201 23rd Street, Galveston, TX 77550. Donations made in Mike’s memory can be sent to Gulf Coast Foursquare Church, 6205 Delany Road, Hitchcock, TX 77563.
Robert Joseph Fagnana age 68 of Houston passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 7:00pm Monday, May 14, 2018 at Carnes Funeral Home 3100 I-45 North in Texas City, Texas 77591, Reverend Robert E. Dowdy, Sr. officiating. The family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00pm at the funeral home. A graveside service will be held at 12:00 noon Tuesday May 15, 2018 at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco, Texas .
Robert was born March 3, 1950, in Waco, Texas, to Angelo Joseph Fagnana, Jr. and Helen Mae Potter. He grew up in Houston where he drove an 18 wheeler over the road until he attended AC/ Refrigeration Technical School and opened his own business. He spent 17 years with Huton/Trane AC before he became an instructor at College of the Mainland where he worked until his untimely death.
He was well known as a hardworking man who inspired his employees as well as his co-workers and finally his students to do their best and excel in the trade that he loved. He never met a stranger and was the type of man who would drop what he was doing to help a person in need.
He was a well traveled man who would jump on his bike and go at the drop of a hat. He loved his Harley and enjoyed riding to Sturgis, Twisted Sisters and going to the Rallies where he would enjoy the company of friends and fellow bikers.
Throughout his years of service in the AC and Heating industry, Robert was recognized as the type of person that was always willing to share his knowledge and expert skills with others, even when it was late on a summer afternoon, in a hot attic.
Robert enjoyed cooking, watching movies, singing, watching sports, and most especially time spent with his family and friends. He was a man who lived life to the fullest.
Preceded in death by his parents, wife, Vonda Fagnana, sister Jo Ann Smith, son, Kenneth Fagnana and a nephew, Joseph Smith; survivors include sister, Mary Helen Halstead (Jimmy); daughters Angela Mulla (Anthony) , Raven Horning, Brandy Fagnana (Seth) and Kimberly Fagnana (George); sons, Robert Paul Bickerstaff, Charles Fagnana (Marynell), James Fagnana (Melissa) and Stephen Boyd (Jennifer); 16 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Pallbearers are Anthony Mulla, Anthony Garza, Colton Bone, Seth Staples, Johnny Parks and Charles Fagnana.
The family would like to thank Kristy Johnston, Johnny Parks, and Stephen Sturdevant and a special thanks to his sister Mary Helen Halstead for the beautiful flowers.
Galveston: Bernardo “NAYO” Jaramillo age 46 of Galveston was born in Monterrey, N.L, Mexico to Maria Elva Carrillo and Bernardo Jaramillo Chaires on June 26, 1971 and was called home to heaven Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 in Galveston, Texas.
NAYO worked many years of his life since coming to Galveston at Marty’s City Auto as a Mechanic for Marty who was a very good friend and boss for numerous of years. NAYO enjoyed his weekends off spending time working on cars in his backyard. He had a very strong passion for this type of work and spending time with his Wife and Family.
He was proceeded in death by Maria Elva Jaramillo (Mother), Bernardo Jaramillo Chaires (Father),Maria Jaramillo-Cisneros(Sister-In-Law).
He is survived by his Wife Marylou Jaramillo, his daughters and sons , Jorge Trevino(Brittany),Manuel Trevino, Anthony Trevino, Bernardo Jaramillo Jr., Allyson Lasso, Alexa Ibarra and Baby girl Katelynn Jaramillo. Grandchildren; Luciano Trevino, Ariana Garza, Austin Rico Trevino, Leyla Trevino; brothers and sister Victor (Mari), Juan (Brenda), Lupe, Alica (Sergio), Carlos (Daniela). Closes friends , Jose “Mauro “ Ramirez , Rigo “crispin” duarte , Mike Jimenez
A Celebration of Nayo’s life will be held Saturday, May 12th, 2018 from 5-8 pm at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home 1201 23rd Street Galveston.
GALVESTON: Mildred “Micki” June LaFleur age 86 of Galveston died Tuesday May 8, 2018 at her residence in Galveston. A Memorial service will be held at 3:00pm Thursday May 17, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston.
Born January 30, 1932 in Bell City, Louisiana to Ernest Stine and Lela Newton, Mildred was a waitress in Galveston for many years. She was a devoted mother who in her retirement years enjoyed crocheting and working cross word puzzles. She was known in Galveston as “everyone’s mom”, she never met a stranger or an enemy. She loved to joke and make people happy. She will be greatly missed by the many people whose lives were made better by knowing her.
Preceded in death by her parents, a grandchild, Andrew Nathan Duke, her 2 older sisters Loraine Stine and Pat Stine Reeves and 2 younger brothers Norman Stine and Leon “Buddy” Clifford Jorstead, Jr.; survivors include her daughters, Jeanne L. Renehan Duke and husband Robert Walker Duke of West Columbia, Texas, Terri Lea Stout and husband Lloyd Stout of Zion, Illinois and Randi Sue Buey and husband Jay Guald of Lakeland, Florida; sons, Bruce Gordon and wife Joyce Renehan of Bakersfield, California and Robert A. Moore of Galveston; sisters, Lois Deroeun of Alvin and Doris Nidiffer of Santa Fe; 11 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
GALVESTON: John Joseph Allex age 73 of Galveston died Wednesday April 25, 2018 at his residence in Galveston. Memorial services are 12:00 Noon, Saturday May 5, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston with visitation starting at 11:00am.
John was born November 20, 1944 in McAllen, Texas to Joseph Martin Allex and Mary Olive Worm Allex. He grew up in McAllen where he enjoyed fishing with his father on the beach in nearby Padre Island and playing tennis for the high school team in McAllen. He attended several colleges including the University of Dallas, Pan American University and the University of Texas at Austin where he found himself in the line of fire and almost shot by the sniper in the tower in 1966. He was the owner and operator of Allex’s Seafood Market in Galveston. He was an avid reader of science fiction, enjoyed detective novels and was of the Catholic faith.
Preceded in death by his wife Susan; survivors include son, Danny Allex of Galveston; daughter, Courtney Janak and husband Ju Tan of Santa Fe, New Mexico; sister, Josephine Smith and husband Henry of Harlingen, Texas; brother, David Allex and wife Carolyn of Harlingen, Texas and granddaughter Siena of Santa Fe, NM.
Peggy O’Neal, 83, of Dickinson, passed away on Monday, April 30, 2018. She was born July 29, 1934 in Flatt, Texas to Milton and Edna O’Neal.
She is preceded in death by her parents, son George Dick and her sister Bobby Carter and brother John O’Neal. Peggy is survived by her three sons Russell Scott Waddell, Chad Anthony Dick and Lyndon Troy Dick; her sisters and brothers: Betty Heffernan, Buddy O’Neal, Gerry Boudreaux, Donny O’Neal, Janice Wilson and Linda Carr; six grandchildren: George Dick, Timothy Troy O’Neal, Bryan Dick, Zoe Elizabeth Waddell, Erik Defoe and Abby Olthoff and ten great grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be at 10:00am on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque with Deacon Neil Lewis officiating.
GALVESTON: Maria Elena “Mary Helen” Coreas age 81 of Galveston died with her 2 daughters at her side Thursday April 26, 2018 at the home of her daughter in Santa Fe due to a fire at her home in Galveston on Palm Sunday. Funeral services are 2:00pm Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston. The family will receive visitors beginning at 10:00am.
Mary Helen was born June 9, 1936 in Baytown, Texas to Jose Felipe Marron and Katy Rogers. She was the co-owner and operator of the La Rumba Café and owner of Golden Comb. She also worked as a seamstress for Ortiz Taylors serving many famous stars such as Liberace, Wayne Newton, Elton John, Pete Fountain, while proudly serving Galveston Law Enforcement and the Sea Scout Base with the skills God blessed her with. She loved to cook, travel to the casinos every month for fun and was always willing to help those in need.
Preceded in death by her parents, daughters, Anna Alpentzou and Anna Reyes; brother, Richard Rivera, Benjamin Marron, Roy Marron and Joe Angel Nieto ; survivors include husband of 32 years, Rogelio Coreas; daughters, Adela Alvarado (Pedro) and Elizabeth Garcia; son, George Eduardo Hipolito; grandsons, Robert Hipolito, Thedapon Alpentzou (Teddy), Antonio (Tony), Pedro Morales, Jr. and Justin Maybry; granddaughters, Catalina Lynch, Melissa Sanchez and Gina Alvarado; step mother, Etelvina Marron; siblings, Paula Galvan, Linda Perez, Lupe, Hinojosa, Frances Reyna, Alberta Reyna, Gregory Orosco; step siblings, Isabel Gonzales, Johnny Marron, Mary Ortiz, Emma Garcia, Frank Marron, Richard Marron, and Ralph Marron; step children, Martha Coreas, Luz Ayala Coreas, Mauricio A. Coreas, Roxana A. Coreas, Yanira Coreas, Julia Coreas and Blanca Coreas, numerous grandchildren; great and great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Lynn Frederick Verret, 71, passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at St. David’s Hospital in Austin, Texas. Lynn was a resident of San Marcos, Texas since 2012.
She was born, September 1, 1946, in Abbeville, Louisiana. Lynn attended Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in Lafayette, Louisiana from kindergarten through twelfth grade. She then attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she completed business courses.
In 1971 Lynn made her home in Galveston, Texas where she raised her children and served as a loving wife, mother, coworker, and servant to church and community. She worked at The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) for 47 years in various roles within School of Allied Health Sciences, retiring as Director of Admissions. She continued to work after retirement as an Enrollment Services Specialist. Lynn served as a dedicated volunteer for Special Olympics and on the Board of Regents for Sunshine Center in Galveston. She was a faithful Eucharistic minister at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Galveston. Lynn enjoyed her retirement years living in San Marcos, Texas spending quality time with her grandson and her children.
She is survived by her children Robert “Bobby” Charles Latiolais, Laura Latiolais Duhon, Laura´s husband Mark Duhon, grandson, Beau Duhon, and her stepchildren; Greg Verret, Troy Verret, Scott Verret, Jude Verret, Holly Verret Manual, Lea Verret, Donald “Donny” Verret, Jr., Jamie Verret; their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bobbyś caregiver and family friend Thomasine Chatmon has been a great support to the family for over fifteen years as she continues to assist the family in caring for Bobby.
Lynn is also survived by her mother, Imay Frederick Bouillon, brothers Herman Frederick, spouse Debbie Frederick, Danny Frederick, spouse Jenny Frederick, sister Charlotte Frederick Fox, and spouse John Fox.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Donald Jude Verret (October 2004) as well as her father, Lully Paul Frederick (January 1969).
On Saturday, April 28, at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston, Texas there will be Visitation from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. A Service and Rosary will follow at 11:00 a.m.
A Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Lafayette, Louisiana on Saturday, May 12, 2018. A 9:00 am prayer and eulogy will proceed the 10:00 a.m. Mass. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Lafayette, Louisiana. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to any of Lynnś favorite charitable organizations.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
America Needs Fatima
Santa Cruz Catholic School in honor of grandson, Beau Duhon 1100 Main St, Buda, Tx 78610 512 312-2137 www.sccstx.org
James Hackett Bennett III (Jim) died on April 21, 2018, after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. He lived his life with dignity, a respect for others, and a passion for life. His wonderful smile and warm personality greeted his guests for 32 years at Shrimp and Stuff Restaurant.
Jim was born in Meridian, Mississippi on October 3, 1945 to Dr. Hackett and Elsie Venable Bennett. He was the second of five children. He graduated from Meridian High School in 1967 and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Mississippi Southern in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1971.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Hackett and Elsie Bennett, his sister Patricia Bennett Thompson, and his brother John Bennett. Jim is survived by his wife of 43 years, Catherine Schaaf Bennett, brother Wade Bennett (Beverly], and sister Susan Bennett. He is also survived by his nephews Austin Cartwright (Bonnie) and Gray Thompson, his nieces Cindy Petrovich and Gena Oakes, his great nephews Lee and Nick Cartwright, and three great nieces Maddie and Samantha Petrovich and Katie Oakes. Jim is also survived by the members of-the Schaaf Family.
Early in life, Jim began to cultivate what would become lifelong passions. In high school Jim learned to hunt and fish. During hunting season, Jim could be counted on to be the first person on the hunting lease and the last person to leave. During the course of his life, Jim owned at least three fishing boats and loved his role as a fishing guide for any of his houseguests. Each summer he traveled to the Bahamas for a week of fishing, sailing and having fun with his buddies.
While in college, Jim spent his summers working at Yellowstone National Park. He started as a bellman, and finally earned the esteemed position of head bartender, which was coveted by all, because of the tips and the opportunity to rub elbows with the rich and famous. His claim to fame was serving drinks to the Kennedy family one summer. Before they left, Jim was on a first name basis with the Kennedys.
Another passion of Jim’s was playing cards. He often told the story, that while in college, he received only a five-dollar weekly allowance from his father. Since this was not sufficient to cover his expenses, he learned how to play bridge and poker. He soon became a master level bridge player, as well as a shrewd poker player. After moving to Houston and then Galveston, Jim relished his weekly poker games with his friends.
Jim was offered a position in Houston with ADT Security Systems after graduation from college. It was during this time that he met Catherine Schaaf and they began dating. They were married on June 22, 1975, and a year later they opened Shrimp and Stuff Restaurant in a joint venture with Catherine’s parents, Bill and Josephine Schaaf. From the moment they unlocked the doors in March of 1976, the restaurant became a popular eating place for locals and visitors to the island. Over the course of 32 years, Shrimp and Stuff was featured in many publications across Texas, among them were Texas Monthly and Texas Highways. In April of 2008, Jim sold the business and retired. Jim and Catherine spent a great deal of time, after retirement, traveling and seeing the world.
Jim will be remembered as a man who embraced adventure. Whether he was running his business, playing cards, hunting and fishing, traveling, or just being with family and friends, Jim loved every moment of his life. God speed Jim Bennett. Yours was a life well lived and well loved.
Visitation will be held between 9:30AM -11:00 AM Friday, April 27, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home 1201 Tremont (23rd), in Galveston, Texas. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with the Rev. Tim Bucek officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery immediately following the service.
Serving as pallbearers will be Ron Ort, Jimmy McArthur, George Liberato, Tom Clann, Bob Slavik, Rusty Jordan and Austin Cartwright.
The family would like to thank Melia and Tiger Boone, owners of Serenity Gardens Memory Care Facility in Dickinson, TX for providing a safe, loving environment for Jim. A very special thanks to Rusty Jordan, executive director, and the staff who treated Jim with love, respect, and tenderness. We will never forget their dedication and devotion to Jim.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of James Hackett Bennett III to The Alzheimer’s Association. Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter. 6055 South Loop East. Houston, Texas 77087-1005
GALVESTON Mary Elizabeth Griffin-Calvert, 54, of Galveston, passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at her home.
Mary began her journey through life on September 11, 1963 in Houston. She was the youngest of 6 siblings born into a close-knit family. Her love and passion for animals was second only to the love she had for her family. In 1989 Mary met the love of her life, Tracy. Together they spent the last 28 years together raising their 2 children and living life to the fullest. Mary loved traveling with her husband, their weekend casino getaways, cook-outs on the beach, camping trips to the Renaissance festival and, of course, her favorite past time was celebrating Mardi Gras. She enjoyed riding the floats throwing beads and ensuring everyone around her enjoyed the festivities as much as she did.
She was a proud member of the Krewe of Aquarius for 15 wonderful years. Most of all Mary loved being a mother and Grannie. Her unwavering love and devotion to them will echo for generations to come. Mary’s passion and intensity for enjoying life will be remembered by all who knew her.
Mary is preceeded in death by her parents, Donald Griffin Sr and Juanita Martin; brother Donald Griffin Jr; and her best friend and sister-in-law Tally Calvert.
Left to honor her memory is her devoted husband, Tracy Calvert Sr; son Tracy Calvert Jr; daughter Brooke Rivera; grandchildren, Adam, Elyssa, Ariell, Salvador, Aiden and Elizabeth; sisters Brenda Brown, Glenda Rains, Linda (Dan) Garcia and Regina (Steve) Cowen; mother-in-law and father-in-law Shirley and Butch Windsor; Numerous nieces and nephews and a host of extended family and friends.
There will be a celebration of life at a later date that is to be determined.
“Some people say I have a drinking problem but I have no problem drinking at all”
GALVESTON Tony F. Rios a.k.a 7-UP age 82, of Galveston passed away Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Jeanie Sealy Hospital with his immediate family at his bedside.
Tony was born June 27, 1935 in Brownsville, Texas to Ofelia Flores. He was a long time resident of Galveston, Texas and was a very devoted husband, father, grandfather, and Popo. Tony was well known and loved throughout all of Galveston. He began his career at the age of 17 working for the Williamson Family at Broadway Drug Store. He loved his work and the loyalty of his employers. He gained lifelong friends whom he considered family; a place he remained employed for 65 years. He was a very friendly, kind, caring man, who was always willing to help anyone. He looked forward to the annual family vacations taken together to either the ranch, cabin, or on cruises and loved his family gatherings. Tony also enjoyed being outdoors, working on his lawn, riding his bike, sitting on his swing, listening to music and playing pick 3 everyday. He took pride and joy of his yard, home, and car by always making sure they were kept up and presentable. He had a love for gambling during football season. He would cheer on his Dallas Cowboys team every game day. If you caught Tony during his afternoon break you would catch him eating his favorite snack, “peanut butter crackers” and a “Sunkist”. Tony took pride in his tomato garden and chili pequin plants. He was a social neighbor, always chatting and taking care of his neighbors. His family will forever live on our family code from him as “lock it in”.
He is preceded in death by his wife Lillie Rios, son, Tony Rios, Jr., and son, Jimmie Lee Rios.
Tony is survived by his sons, David and wife, Lory Ann Rios of Galveston, and Michael and wife, Merry Rios of Galveston; daughter, Tina Rios Livingston of Sugar Land; sister, Viola Gonzales of Pasadena; grandchildren, Vanessa Perales, Erika Aguilar, Troy Livingston, Amanda Rios and Rodolfo Rios; great grandchildren, Angelina Perales, Chelsea, Daniel, and Aliana Aguilar, Natalia, Gabriella, and Tatiana Rios, and Lilliana Albarran.
At Tony’s request the immediate family will gather to celebrate his life in lieu of a formal service. His family will respect his wishes and appreciate all prayers and condolences through this difficult time. The family will accept visitors at the Rios household throughout the day Sunday April 22, 2018 and Monday April 23, 2018.
The family would like to thank all of the nurses and staff at Jeanie Sealy Hospital. They also wish to extend special thanks to Dr. DeAnda and his team of UTMB for the wonderful care they provided to Tony. We will forever be grateful to the 8th floor ICU team nurses for the care and loved they showed Tony.
GALVESTON: Alberto Lujan age 88 of Texas City died Wednesday April 11, 2018 at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster. Funeral Mass is 11:00am Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Father Orrin Halepeska officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Galveston under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home of Galveston. The family will receive vistors at the funeral home from 5:00pm until 8:00pm Monday where a rosary will be recited at 6:30pm.
Bill Wiley Smith, age 79, passed away peacefully April 27, 2018 at his home in The Villages, Florida, with family by his side.
Born in Texas City, Texas on February 3, 1939 to John C. Smith and Cora Heard Smith, he was a product of the La Marque School systems and a proud member of The Class of ’56. He graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Electrical Engineering and spent his career at the forefront of the integrated circuit revolution. His work took him and his wife Patti across the Country and across the World. He devoted many years to working with the Boy Scouts of America as a scoutmaster, in leadership as District Commissioner for Galveston County, and in training through the Woodbadge program.
In addition to his wife, the former Patricia Frances Stepchinski, he is survived by his sons, Bill Wiley Smith Jr. (BJ) and wife Fran and by son Stephen Patrick Smith and his wife Dolores, grandsons Bill Wiley Smith III (Trey), Sean and wife Samantha, and Matthew, by granddaughters Ashley and Chelsea, and by great grandchildren Sadayln and Liam, by sister Hazel Corcoran and brother Wayne Smith and his wife Pat.
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Crowder Funeral Home, 401 Texas Avenue in La Marque. Services will be at the funeral home at 10:00 am Thursday, May 3, 2018, officiated by Deacon Sam Ausmus. Pallbearers, members of the La Marque Class of ’56 and The Boy Scouts of America are Bill Otte, Connie Hartin, Robert Wilson, Alan Bailey, Jack Shelton, and Mike Griffin. Burial will follow at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock, Texas.
Marcie Dreyer, of Santa Fe, Texas passed away on April 11, 2018 at the age of 71 years. Marcie was born on August 6, 1946, in Seattle, WA.
Marcie loved the youth of Santa Fe Little League and always stood up for them, and as most of you know, how she loved her politics.
Marcie was preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband West Dreyer.
Marcie is survived by her brother Brecht Babeckos wife Terrie, two daughters Kelly Dreyer-Cruz husband Juan and Tricia Dodson, grandchildren: Patrick Dreyer wife Stacy, Samantha Vazquez husband Eric, Jordan Carrillo husband Nichols, Sean Dreyer wife Jesi, Dylan Dreyer and her great grandchildren: Eric Jr, Adrian, Gabrella Vazquez, Ariana Dreyer, Jayla and Isaiah Carrillo and Colton Dreyer.
A private service will be held at a later date.
Lynette Amanda Cole, 92, of Hitchcock passed away in Texas City at her sister’s home on Thursday, April 19, 2018. Lynette was born September 27, 1925 in Texas City, Texas to John and Hilda Neas. She was a long time resident of Hitchcock.
Lynette was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church. Her great joys were spending time with her loved ones and watching the Houston Astros. She was widely known as a wonderful homemaker who loved to cook for others and owned a large library of cookbooks and recipe collections. Many of her recipes have been passed down through the generations of her family, and continue to be served upon frequent request; these include her cornbread dressing, shrimp dip, shrimp gumbo, Redeemer bread, and “secret-ingredient” banana pudding.
Lynette, known by her family as “Babe”, loved going on adventures. She lived in Belgium for a time with her husband Raymond Cole, who worked for Carbide and passed in 1987 after 39 years of loving marriage. She sailed on many cruises with her family, and took the occasional trip to Las Vegas, where she was known for her luck at the slot machines. She visited her daughter in places like Alaska, New Mexico, Colorado, and Washington State, as well as to see her sister Kay in Alexandria, VA. She enjoyed going on long car rides with her sister Margie and brother-in-law Jim, even if it was just to drive the length of Galveston Island and back.
In addition to her beloved husband Raymond, she is preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, and two brothers.
She is survived by her daughter Sandra Robbins and son-in-law James of the Seattle, Washington area, as well as her sister and best friend, Marjorie Scalf, brother-in-law Jim Scalf of Texas City; grandchildren John Robbins, Susan Robbins, and Steven Robbins; two great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; a very special nephew, John Scalf; and many nieces and nephews.
Lynette was the much-loved matriarch of her family; she will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
Visitation will be held on Sunday April 22, 2018 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque. A funeral service will be on Monday April 23, 2018 at 10:00A.M. at the funeral home with Father Mark Marmon officiating with burial to follow at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.
Guy Roy English Jr., “Bubbie”, 54, of La Marque passed away in Texas City on Sunday, April 15, 2018. Guy was born on August 7, 1963 in Freeport, Texas to Guy and Glenda English. He was a life-long resident of La Marque for over 50 years.
He worked in the cooling tower industry as a carpenter for over 30 years, and had many friends.
Bubbie is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Steve Lynn English. He is survived by his son, Guy Roy English III and wife Brandi, granddaughter Caylee, grandson Brodee, his daughter Stevie English and grandson Camden, his sisters, Dianne Hill and husband Tim, Sandy Searcy and husband Todd, nephews Johnny Watts, Devon English, Henry Wyatt English, nieces Amber Bostick, Lacey English, Toni Tantillo and Megan Searcy as well as many great nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Visitation will be on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10:00am – 11:00am at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque, with a Memorial Service to follow at 11:00am with Dr. David Smith officiating.
Conrad Vann, 83, of Texas City passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Mainland Center Hospital with his loving wife by his side. Conrad was born September 13, 1934 in Middlesboro, Kentucky to Victor Vann and Ada Johnson Vann.
He was a resident of Galveston County for 46 years. He was a veteran of the United States Marines, member of First Christian Church Texas City, an active member of the Lowry Center. He belonged to the UFCW Local Union, working most of his life as a produce Manager for Kroger and Weingarten. After retiring in 1992, his passion was running, completing over 35 marathons, including Boston, and numerous 5 and 10K runs. He enjoyed doing some sprint triathlons and 50K endurance runs.
When Conrad wasn’t running, he could be found rebuilding old houses. His hobby was gardening and he loved watching his efforts grow. He spent much time on the water; boating, fishing, wind surfing or kayaking, living life to the fullest. He worked hard and played hard until he could do no more.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Philip Vann and step-daughter Julie Stewart. Conrad is survived by his wife of 48 years Marjalee Vann; son Victor Vann, step-daughter Janet Broglen and husband Bobby, two step-sons, Mike Blakeman, Jeff Blakeman and wife Lisa; sister-in-law Penny Yokubaitis and husband Dan, twelve grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
He was blessed with many friends and special friend Robert Webb.
My run on earth has ended. Jesus waits for me. I’m running home to Glory now that I am set free.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
GALVESTON: Alberto Lujan age 88 of Texas City died Wednesday April 11, 2018 at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster. Funeral Mass is 11:00am Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Father Orrin Halepeska officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Galveston under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home of Galveston. The family will receive vistors at the funeral home from 5:00pm until 8:00pm Monday where a rosary will be recited at 6:30pm. www.CarnesBrothers.com
God gracefully placed wings on our loving mother “Gracie Flores” as her husband of 56 years (Anniversary on April 14th) came to guide her into heaven so they may rest in eternal peace together.
Gracie Flores, 75, of Texas City, Texas passed away at her home, on the evening of April 10, 2018. She was born in Galveston, Texas on October 18, 1942.
A longtime resident of the Galveston County area, Gracie was a member of the St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Texas City.
As we lay our mother to rest with our beloved father, we would like everyone to know a few things about our mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She was kind, nice, compassionate and always willing to help anyone. She was the best cook ever; we loved her tortillas, roast and her tamales. She opened our house to many of my father’s friends, neighbor’s kids and all 6 of her children’s buddies.
This is not a good bye; this is a celebration of her life in heaven resting in peace with our father. This was her wish to reunite with her true love. We will always miss her and we look forward to all reuniting as a family one day.
Gracie is preceded in death by her parents, husband Charles G. Flores, son Charles “Little Charlie” Flores, seven brothers and three sisters. She is survived by her children; Jimmie Flores (Diane), Celina Bullock (Wayne), Luciano Flores (Holly), Anna Brown (Wesley), and Elaine Zaragoza (Corey Cridland) all of Texas City; her sister Nina Simon (Vern). Also left behind to cherish her memory are her ten grandchildren; Shane Flores (Rebecca), Brian Flores, Ashley McCartney (Tom), Dustin Flores (Nikki), Heather Jo Flores, Dillon Bullock, Raylene Zaragoza, Brayden Zaragoza, Emily Brown and Grayson Flores and her five great-grandchildren; Ysabella Flores, Preston McCartney, ‘Lil Brian Flores, Mia McCartney, and Jaxon McCartney.
The family would like to give special thanks to her bestie Stella Fredricks and Harbour Hospice Care Team.
A visitation will be held in the Chapel at James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm with a Rosary at 7:00pm. A funeral service will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in La Marque with Deacon Joe Hensley officiating. Interment will follow at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas. Pallbearers will be, Jimmie Flores, Luciano Flores, Wayne Bullock, Wesley Brown, Corey Cridland, and Tom McCartney.
Judy Grace Young, 70, of Galveston, TX, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2018 at UTMB Galveston, surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born on July 15, 1947 in Refugio, TX to Gaston and Gertrude Cavender. Judy was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was an avid bird watcher and loved traveling, especially Cruising. Judy was raised in several small Texas towns before her family settled in Wharton, TX, where she attended and then graduated from Wharton High School in 1965. Judy was married on September 11, 1966 to Thomas Milton Young in Houston, TX. Judy lived most of her adult life in Bellaire, TX with her husband and two children before retiring to Galveston in 2006. She happily sold Avon for 17 years and each one of her customers became a friend. In retirement she was employed by the cruise terminal in Galveston, TX and very much enjoyed the friends she made through Carnival Cruise Lines.
She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Thomas Milton Young of Galveston, TX. Two children; Thomas Darryl Young, son, and wife Lori Young of Houston, TX. Natalie Elizabeth Young, daughter, and Carlos Molina of Galveston, TX. Grandchildren; Emily Young, Madilyn Young, Connor Young, of Friendswood, TX and Benjamin Young Molina of Galveston, TX. Siblings; Carl Cavender and wife Marianna of San Antonio, TX, Betty Howell and husband Jess of Wharton, TX, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her father, Gaston Cavender (1967) and mother, Gertrude (Cavender) Smith (1999); two brothers, Malcolm Cavender (2001) and Elmer Cavender (2012).
A Memorial Service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday April 20, 2018 at Unity Church Houston, 2929 Unity Drive Houston, TX 77057. Officiated by Reverend Mindy Lawrence. Reception immediately following.
Judy’s final resting place will be the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, Dixon, CA
In Lieu of flowers, contributions to a college fund for Judy’s young grandson, Benjamin Young Molina, can be made at Wells Fargo National Bank (Account number – 6035463683)
Dorothy Reznicek, 94, of La Marque passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 in Texas City. She was born in Galveston, TX to Emanuel and Kathleen Endresen. Dorothy lived in Galveston until she moved to La Marque in 1951. She was a longtime member of the Queen of Peace Catholic Church and an active member of the Ladies Guild there.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband Frank Reznicek and her daughter Robin Reznicek. She is survived by her son Michael Reznicek and wife Melba; two daughters: Janis Wright and her husband Jimmy, and Sheri Reznicek; nine grandchildren: Michael and Jackie Reznicek, Allen and Mandy Reznicek, Aaron Reznicek, Debra and David Barton, and Scott and Mekesha Wright; and four great grandchildren: Gretchen Sacks, Rebekah Sacks, Jackson Barton and Blake Barton.
A visitation for Dorothy will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 3:00PM to 6:00PM with a Rosary and Vigil at 5:00PM at James Crowder Funeral Home 401 Texas Ave, La Marque, TX in La Marque. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 11:00AM at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 1224 Cedar Dr, La Marque, TX, with Father Paul Chovanec officiating. Interment will follow at Hayes Grace Memorial Park in Hitchcock, TX.
Memorials in Dorothy’s honor may be made to Queen of Peace Catholic Church.
Tammy Robinson-Ewing, 57, passed away on Friday, March 30, 2018 in Hitchcock, TX. She was born to T. E. “Mac” and Alice Ann Robinson, in Texas City, Texas on November 11, 1960. Tammy lived all her life in the Hitchcock and Santa Fe area.
She worked for UTMB and at Gulf Greyhound Park. Tammy had a special way with animals of which she loved. She enjoyed the outdoors and watching the Astros and Texans. Tammy especially loved her grandchildren.
Tammy is preceded in death by her mother, Alice Ann Robinson. She is survived by her father, T.E. “Mac” Robinson; special friend Keith Ewing, daughter Danielle Ewing, son Travis Ewing and wife Katie, sister Cynthia “Sis” Wise and husband Dennis, brother Gregory Mac Robinson, extended family Kimberly Dotson-Tucker, grandchildren; Tristany Ewing, Jada Morgan, Colton Wagner and one grandson on the way; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque. Funeral Service will be at 10:00am on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the Funeral Home with Missie Perez officiating. Interment will follow at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock, Texas.
Pallbearers will be Dennis Wise, Daryl Ewing, Sheila Ewing, Keith Ewing, Greg Robinson and Ted Robinson.
Betty Lou Oliver Keener, 82, of La Marque passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 in Webster, TX surrounded by her family. She was born on July 12, 1935 in Waco, Texas to Dan and Bessie Oliver.
She was a resident of La Marque since 1963, a member of Highlands Baptist Church for over 50 years. Church was her life and she especially enjoyed visiting the sick. Betty also enjoyed gardening; she was a book keeper at Malone Trucking Company and she worked in sales for Lowe’s Fashion.
She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Virginia Oliver and brother Doug Oliver.
Betty is survived by her husband of 61 years, James Keener, daughter Karen Keener, sister Dorothy Jeffcoat and husband Oscar and numerous nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 1:00pm in the chapel of the James Crowder Funeral Home with the service to follow at 2:00pm with Arlen Woody officiating. Interment will follow at Hayes Grace Memorial Park in Hitchcock, Texas.
Pallbearers will be Ken Jeffcoat, Jim Jeffcoat, CJ Crawford, Roland Hennington, Morris Dagerath and David Rac.
In lieu of flowers donations in her honor can be made to Highlands Baptist Church.
Nonette Elkins O’Donnell, beloved daughter, wife, mother, sister and friend, suddenly passed away Easter week at her home in Jamaica Beach, Galveston.
Nonette, known as Noni to so many, was born in Carnegie, Oklahoma, in 1949. In 1953, the family moved to Hollis, Oklahoma and then to Tulsa two years later, where Noni went to grade school. Then to Bartlesville where she attended middle school and then moved to El Paso in 1963, where she graduated from Coronado High School in 1967. She then attended the University of Texas El Paso majoring in business and transferred to Southern Methodist University where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration.
After graduation, she began her airline career as a flight attendant for Texas International Airlines until promoted to crew scheduling and later spent a year in Los Angeles following the merger of Texas International and Continental, where she worked until the mid ‘80s.
She made her home in Clear Lake where she met the love of her life, James V. O’Donnell, and they married in 1983. Their daughter, Ann, was born in 1986. Ann became an officer with the University of Houston Police Department and was tragically killed on duty on Christmas Eve 2010 in a wreck responding to an emergency call.
She lost James almost two years later in 2012 after a lengthy illness. Previously, they had lost Jim’s only son, Michael, in 2008. She was preceded in death by her parents, Brodace and Wynona Elkins in 2017 and 2015, respectively, and her sister, Nancy, in 1990.
Despite the repeated tragedies and losses, Nonette remained the same sweet person that everyone knew her to be. Brodace said that husband Jim once told him that Noni was “the finest person I have ever known.”
Nonette is survived by her brother, Howard, and wife Nancy, and their daughter, Jessica, from Lytle, Texas, step-daughter Kathleen Sullivan, and her husband Allyn, and their sons Adam and Jordan from Austin, and step-grandson, Zachary.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 9, at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home, 1201 Tremont, in Galveston. Memorial donations may be made to the American Police Hall of Fame in Titusville, FL, https://www.aphf.org/.
GALVESTON: Ercilia Kalsnes age 97 of Galveston died Monday April 2, 2018 at Concord Home in Galveston. Funeral services are 11:00am with visitation beginning at 10:00am Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Galveston.
Mrs. Kalsnes was born September 6, 1921 in San Antonio Texas to Joaquin Fernandez and Julia Diaz Fernandez. She devoted her life to the loving care of her cherished family. She was married to Einar Harold Kalsnes for over 51 years before his death on June 18, 1996. She was a faith member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church who enjoyed a blessed life. Ercilia was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother, who was a fun loving and spirited person to so many people. She enjoyed shopping and traveling even sitting in the hot sun watching her great grandchildren play ball all day long. It can truly be said that the real treasures of her life were her family and the time she was given on this earth to spend with them.
Preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers, Tony and Charlie Fernandez and sisters, Eleanor Fernandez and Gloria Phillips; survivors includes, son, Earl Kalsnes and wife Theresa of Galveston; daughter, Karen Kirk and husband Carl of Houston; grandchildren, Sunday Roberts and husband Shawn of Galveston and Karla Kirk and husband Pete Woelper of Bethesda, Maryland; great grandchildren, Colby Roberts and Tucker Roberts both of Galveston and Kirk Wall and Brett Wall both of Bethesda, Maryland; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers are Colby Roberts, Tucker Roberts, Shawn Roberts, Carl Kirk, Carl Kirk, E. L. “Earl” Kalsnes and Tony Fernandez, Jr.
The family would like to offer special thanks to the staff of Concord Home, Absolute Hospice and Libbie’s Place for the wonderful and compassionate care given to Mrs. Kalsnes during her time spent in their care. Your kindness will never be forgotten.
Memorials may be sent to Libbie’s Place 2803- 53rd Street Galveston, Texas 77551.
GALVESTON: Edwina Kapiolani Yoak age 62 of Galveston departed this life on Good Friday March 30, 2018 while surrounded by her loved ones at her residence in Galveston, after courageously battling lung cancer. Graveside services are 10:00 am Friday, April 6, 2018 at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Thursday April 5, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:00PM at the funeral home.
Born May 20, 1955 in Honolulu, Hawaii, Edwina is survived by husband, Ted Yoak.; children, William and Meredith Whitney, Jason and Karen Whitney, Matthew and Becky Whitney, and Amanda and Matthew Love; grandchildren Jacob, Megan, Allison, Liam, Mason, Madison, Gunnar, Trygg, Megan, Austin, Jordan, Brooklyn and Kimber; her siblings Mike Burnett, Karen and David Lewis, Clifford Hall Jr. Bernadette Kovlsick, Edwina Kalaola, Delphine Moana Agliam, Edwin H.K. Wise, David Wise and Travis Wise; numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her mother Elva Rena Hall, father Clifford Allen Hall Sr, uncle Edmund Burnett, and brother Anthony Wise.
Pall bearers are William Whitney, Jason Whitney, Matthew Whitney, Matthew Love, Michael Burnett and Jordan Dufrane. Honorary pallbearers are Mike Burnett, Clifford Hall Jr., and David Lewis.
The family would like thank M.D Anderson Cancer Team, UTMB, Galveston EMS and Texas Home Health Hospice for the outstanding care and encouragement given to her during her treatments.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Texas Home Health Hospice, an Accent Care Company 8876 Gulf Freeway, Suite 410 Houston, TX 77017.
GALVESTON: Pedro Moreno, IV age 39 of Galveston died Wednesday March 28, 2018 at his residence in Galveston. Funeral services are 1:00 pm Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston, Reverend John Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Galveston. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Tuesday.
Pedro was born June 16, 1978 in Galveston to Pedro Moreno, Jr. and Betty Blake. He was a wonderful and loving son, grandson and brother. He enjoyed listening to music and in his youth he enjoyed surfing and skate boarding. He loved spending time with his family. He was unique in that he could find a friend literally anywhere he went. He was very athletic and was a happy man with a kind heart. He was a native Galvestonian who enjoyed everything about his Island life. He was a faithful Christian man of the Baptist faith who now is with his heavenly father.
Survivors include his mother, Betty Blake; father, Pedro Moreno, Jr.; brother, Armando Mandy Moreno and wife Sharla; sister, Sandra Moreno Reyes and husband Michael; brother, Bobby Jo Moreno and wife Stacy and grandfather, Antonio Maldonado; aunts, Dahlia Blake Murphy and husband Rodney Hall; uncle Albert Blake and wife Pauline; nieces and nephews, Michael, Jr., Makayla, Makenzie, Mason, Amy, Reanna, Clorissa, Aaliyah, Armando, Jr., Amanda, Joseph, Anthony, Destinie, Whitney, III and Bobby James Murphy.
LEAGUE CITY: Aida Candelaria Paredes Arreola age 86 of League City passed away Monday March 26, 2018 at Houston Methodist St. John’s Hospital in Nassau Bay. Funeral Mass is 10:30am Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Father Orrin Halepeska officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Monday from 5:00pm until 8:00pm where a rosary will be recited at 6:30pm.
Aida Candelaria Paredes Arreola was born on February 2, 1932 in a small town just outside of Merida in the Yucatan peninsula called Motul Mexico. She moved to Galveston in 1954 where she raised her 5 children. She was a feisty woman and a devout Catholic with a big heart that ceased to amaze those around her. When she lived in Galveston she devoted time every week for her Bible classes with many cherished friends. She especially enjoyed going to Louisiana to play the slots or playing Loteria with the Trevino family and playing Thirty-One with her grandchildren. Aida held many jobs over her lifetime but can be remembered mostly for her time working at the Old Strand Emporium for many, many years. After retiring, she spent most of her days volunteering at the Ronald McDonald house and UTMB.
Survivors include her daughters, Beatrice Trevino and husband Sergio of League City, Mary Lou Biondo and husband Tommy of League City and Caroline Larisma and husband Ulysses of Houston; sons, Jose Enrique Arreola of Houston and Jesse Arreola and wife Christina of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; sister, Gloria Narvaez of Cancun, Mexico; brother, Cruz Felipe Paredes of Merida, Mexico; 14 Grandchildren, Numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, countless friends and extended family.
Aida is preceded in death by her Mother Manuela Campos, Father Canuto Fabian Paredes and Twin brother Gosberto Paredes Campos.
Pallbearers are Jose Enrique Arreola, Jesse Arreola, Tommy Biondo, Sergio Trevino, Domenic Biondo and Jack Biondo.
Mary Helen Lee Cook- Putnam was born on September 30, 1927 to Ella Conklin Lee and Robert H. Lee in Waterloo, Arkansas.
Mary was a devoted Christian, dedicated Educator, loving wife, daughter, sister, mother, step-mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She quietly passed away at her home in Galveston, Texas on Sunday, March 18, 2018. She was the lovely age of 90 years young.
Funeral services are 10:00am Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Moody Methodist Church, Reverends Jerry Neff and Ray Pinard officiating. Burial will follow at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Friday from 5:00pm until 8:00pm.
Mary was born in Waterloo, Arkansas, but raised in Texarkana, Texas. Upon graduating from Texarkana Texas High School in 1945, she attended Texarkana Junior College. During this time, she met her first love, Carl W. Cook, a WWII, war hero pilot and teacher/coach. They married December 26, 1946. Their life adventure together took them across Texas where they made many friends. Carl and Mary had two devoted and loving children, Stephen W. Cook, and Cynthia Lee Cook-Marza. They moved to Odessa, Texas, where they raised their children until 1965 when the family moved to their present residence in Galveston, Texas. After her first husband, Carl Cook, passed in 1974, she later met a wonderful man, Owen Putnam. They dated and married in1991.
Mary graduated from Odessa College, Sui Ross University, and University of Houston. Her pursuit in education, led to a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Education. She began working for Galveston ISD in 1965 as a third-grade teacher at Alamo and Island Elementary (Parker Elementary). Her teaching career opportunities were continued as an Elementary school supervisor where she introduced the “Right to Read” program for GISD. Later she became the principal of Burnet Elementary, “Pirates”, and the second principal of Parker Elementary, “Pelicans”. During her leadership she helped establish the “Open Concept” of classroom teaching and continued advancing the “Right to Read” program statewide. As a frequent educational presenter, she continued to encourage educators to delve into the high standards of educational instruction. Never idle, Mary helped establish the Galveston ISD Educational Foundation. As the Vice President of Programs, she helped establish the purpose to the foundation and its programs.
Mary loved Moody Methodist Church. As a devoted member, she was actively involved in her Sunday school class, Agape, teaching Sunday School and the many churches committees. Of course, she had her favorites, which was the Christian Board of Education and the Libbie’s Place Adult Daycare, where she was one of the founders.
Mary’s community service continued as the past president of the Alpha Delta Kappa teachers’ sorority, a founder of the Galveston Island Isle-a-Manders square dance organization, the West End Business Association, the Cultural Arts Association, and numerous professional and community organizations.
Mary is preceded in death by her husbands Carl W. Cook and Owen D. Putnam; her sister Doris L. Weaver and brother – in -law Walter Weaver, and her parents Ella C. Lee and Robert H. Lee. She is survived her children: son, Stephen W. Cook and partner Judy Mangus, her daughter Cynthia Cook- Marza, Lori Marsh, Leslie Johnston and husband Patrick Johnston, and Lisa Strapp. Mimi’s grandchildren; Carl W. Cook and finance Jessie Ormand, Kimberlee Marza, Stephanie Marza-Hebert and husband Scott Hebert, Margaret Marsh, William Marsh and wife Jessica Marsh, Melanie Johnston, Audrey Johnston, Erica Johnston, and Aaron Johnston. Her joys were her great-grandchildren Houstin Marza, Trey Marza, Joseph Marza, Angel Marza-Hebert and Jason Marza-Hebert. She is also survived by her brother, Robert “Swede” Lee and wife Jeanne Lee as well as numerous nephews, nieces and cousins; and beloved family and friends Lydia Cook and Eloise Karlan.
Pallbearers will be Steve Cook, Carl Cook, David Weaver, Scott Hebert, Patrick Johnston, and Swede Lee.
We would like to extend our heartfelt thank you to the UTMB Breast Cancer center doctors and nurses, the Right at Home caregivers and the Texas Home Health Hospice caregivers for their never-ending patience and care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Libbie’s Place Adult Daycare, 2803 53rd Galveston, Texas 77551 or a charity of your choice.
Craig Eugene Leach, 64, of Santa Fe, TX passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. He was born December 19, 1953 in Kilgore, TX to Gene Leach and Eva Jo Thrasher Leach. Craig was a resident of Santa Fe for 15 years.
Craig grew up in Lubbock, TX, where he attended Evans Jr. High and Monterey High School. Craig excelled in sports and competed on a State level in track. He holds a speed record in Lubbock which has never been broken. Craig was affiliated with Gulf Coast Foursquare Church. He was an Alumni of University of Houston at Clear Lake, where he earned his BS in Anthropology and a BA in Literature. Craig was a member of the O.D.K. National Honor Society. Craig had a successful career as an insurance adjuster until he lost his eyesight in 2004. He worked for RVOS, Farmers Mutual Protective Association of Texas.
Craig loved his family and friends. He was a giving person always thinking of others first. He loved his Lord and Savior and lived each day in the light of God’s grace. Craig Leach was a man of passion. He was a devoted father and husband. His home and family were his pride and joy. He lived his life with integrity, honesty, and dignity. He is remembered as an encourager, full of joy and compassion. Craig was a visionary, always seeing possibilities in others and the world around him.
Craig is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Karen Leach, of Santa Fe, TX; his 19 year old daughter, Mary Kathryn Leach, of Santa Fe, TX; brother, Robert Leach, and wife, Kelly Leach, of Lubbock, TX; sister, Stephanie Johnson, of Jakarta, Indonesia (formerly from Galveston); and brother, Douglas Leach, of Santa Fe, TX. Craig also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, cousins and many close friends who loved him and were there for him and his family throughout his lifetime, and especially during his recent illness.
A Memorial Visitation will be held from 2:00pm -3:00pm on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson with the Memorial Service to follow at 3:00pm with Rev. John Elliott officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Mary K. Leach College Fund.
Arrangements are under the direction of the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque.
Terry Lynn Smith Ray, 57 of Alvin passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in Webster, Texas. She was born on December 30, 1960 to Leo and Cordelia Smith in San Antonio, Texas.
Terry was formerly from La Marque and lived in Alvin for 10 years. She was a graduate of La Marque High School Class of 1979, graduated from Baylor School of Nursing in 1983, Southwestern Baptist Seminary in 1992, and Phoenix University School of Nursing in 2007 with a Master’s Degree in Nursing. She worked in numerous hospitals in Texas and Arkansas.
She was a member of Second Baptist Church Houston, Pearland campus.
Terry is preceded in death by her father Leo W. Smith. She is survived by her mother Cordelia Smith of Alvin, TX, son Benjamin Matthew Ray of Benton, AR, two sisters – Tammy Warren of McKinney, TX and Vikki Kirk of League City, TX, two brothers – Vernon Smith of La Marque, TX and Tim Smith of Alvin, TX, eight nieces and nephews, and five great nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 starting at 1:00PM with a service to follow at 2:00PM at the First Baptist Church of Pasadena, 7500 Fairmont Pkwy, Pasadena, with Dr. Charles Redmond officiating. Interment will follow at Hayes Grace Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas, officiated by Rev. Herb Reeves.
Pallbearers will be Paul Bernal, David Kelly, Pat Patterson and Dwight Gentry of Second Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Pasadena.
Willie Carrol Hysmith (Walton), age 72, a long time resident of Texas City passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. Visitation will be Monday, March 12, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. immediately followed by a Memorial Service at 6:30 p.m. with Rev. Jeff Spielman officiating at Crowder Funeral Home, 401 Texas Avenue, La Marque, Texas 77568.
From her birth on August 15, 1945 to her death, Willie nourished and cared deeply for everyone around her with love, kindness, laughter, and her beautiful smile.
She was born in Galveston, Texas to Willie Frank Walton, Sr. and Margarette (White). She was the oldest of their four children. Willie also had three half-siblings.
Willie will always be remembered as a caregiver. She stopped her education at an early age to help care for and support her mother and her siblings. On February 19, 1966, Willie married her husband, Charles (Charlie) Hysmith, Sr. Together they had two children, Charles (Junior) and Charlene, whom she loved very much. Willie was elated to be a grandparent. Being a Nana to her grandchildren brought her so much joy. She was the best Nana a child could ever have asked for.
She enjoyed simple pleasures in life such as loving and caring for all of her family members; supporting her children, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren in all of their activities; cooking for her family, especially for holidays and gatherings; traveling, especially with her sisters; playing cards; listening to music and dancing; quilting at her church; and spending time with her family.
Her laugh and smile would brighten your day. She devoted all of her time and energy to her family and friends. Family and friends were her passion. She will always live in the hearts and minds of everyone she interacted with.
Willie is preceded in death by her parents, Margarette Walton (White) and Willie Frank Walton, Sr.; her sister, JoAnn Cook; her brother, William Walton; and her beloved niece, Angela Cameron.
Willie is survived by her husband, Charles Hysmith, Sr.; her son, Charles Hysmith, Jr. and wife, Amy; her daughter, Charlene Courtney and husband, Lyle; her brother, Willie Walton, Jr. and wife Delores; her sisters: Mary Cameron and husband Gary; Margarette Balusek and husband, David; and Dottie Mosier; her grandchildren: Courtney Haney and spouse Kelly, Ciara Hysmith, Emily Williams, Zachary Courtney, Caitlyn Courtney, and Caleb Hysmith. She is survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins whom she adored.
Verlee Moliere, 94, of Texas City passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018. She was born September 22, 1923 in Wharton, Texas to Nelson and Jane Greer.
She was a member of Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church and The Order of the Eastern Star.
Verlee is preceded in death by her parents, son Jimmy Lee Ray and several sisters and brothers. She is survived by granddaughter Jamie Lenette Ray and five great-grandchildren: Ashley T. Hunter, Michael A. Ball, Jr., Nathaniel DeVivo, Miya J. Ball and Marcus D. Ball.
A visitation will be on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 11:00am -1:00pm at Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church 302 Oak Street North Texas City, Texas. Funeral Service will follow at 1:00pm with Rev. D.N. Benford officiating. Interment will be at Houston National Cemetery at a later date.
Ashneel “Ash” Sharma, 27, of Texas City, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Dallas. He was born in Galveston, Texas, to Anil Dutt Sharma and Reshmi Dutt.
Ash is survived by his parents; sister Ashlene Sharma; brother Rakesh Dutt Sharma(Joanna); grandparents, Ram and Daya Sukal, Shiu Lata and Prem Chand, aunts Reena Langdon(Randy), Kiran Olivo(Joe), Sareen Karan (Bob), Suman DeVasier (Brian), Madhu Dutt, Roshni Rahiman, Amanda Jewell, Uncle Anish Chand (Julie) numerous cousins and friends.
Pallbearers will be Rakesh Sharma, Randy & Lance Langdon, Bob & Christopher Karan, Brian and Nicholas Devasier and Anish Chand.
A visitation will be held from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque. Services will be held at 1:00pm Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Dickinson Texas.
Betty Jean Benton (75) of La Marque, Texas, passed away on Friday, March 02, 2018. She was born in Cuero, Texas to Louis and Verna Boone on March 9, 1942. Betty was a longtime resident of Galveston County and member of American Legion Post #89.
She is preceded in death by her mother and father, husband; Albert J. Veselka and sisters; Patricia Mentz and Doris Soria. Betty is survived by her daughter; Sheila Cline and husband Martin, sisters; Janice Greer and husband Robert, Carolyn Lera and husband William, brother; Daniel Boone, and grandchildren; Martin Cline, Jr. and Ashley Cline.
Visitation will be held Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque, Texas. A graveside service will begin at 10:00am at Grace Memorial Park in Hitchcock, Texas on Friday, March 9, 2018.
The family would like to give a special Thank You to the staff at Bayou Pines Care Center in La Marque, for taking such great care of Betty
José Gudberto Olvera III, de Brownsville, falleció el jueves 1 de Marzo de 2018 en Freeport, Texas. José nació el 24 de Diciembre de 1997, en co Mante, Tamaulipas, México, la familia de José Olvera y Norberta Hernandez .agradecen sus muestras de cariño asu hijo.
Wanda Eleanor Lucas, 93, of La Marque passed away on Thursday, March 01, 2018 in La Marque. She was born January 3, 1925 in Galveston to Stuart and Eleanor Werner.
She was a resident of La Marque since 1948 formerly from Galveston. Wanda was a Charter member of Highland Baptist Church of La Marque, and a member of the Santa Fe Railroad Club.
She is preceded in death by her husband John Lucas. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Mark Warner of Texas City, her son and daughter-in-law, Jarvis and Julie Lucas of Austin, brother Stuart Werner and wife Kay of Dickinson; five grandchildren: Ashley Warner, Franklin Warner, Christopher Warner, Jonathan Lucas and Jessica Lucas and three great grand-children: Adrian Racy, Jase Racy and Alec Racy.
Visitation will be on Monday, March 5, 2018 from 11:00am – 1:00pm at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque. Funeral Service will follow at 1:00pm. Interment will be at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock, Texas.
Pallbearers will be Franklin Warner, Christopher Warner, Jonathan Lucas, Doug Anderson, Paul Lucas and Stephen Werner. Honorary Pallbearer will be Ed Miller.
Tally Anne Calvert, 59 died March 9, 2018. Tally died peacefully at her Galveston home. Tally received her R.N. in 1981. She spent much of her nursing career at UTMB. She worked as a nurse aboard the Alaskan Universe Explorer cruise line and 2 years in Hawaii.
Tally, you were the Queen of our Universe. A shinning star of humanity. Your passion for life is an inspiration-as an advocate for equality, calling out the idiocracy and still finding good in life to share with everyone.
Poison control center nurse, animal rescue advocate, beachcomber (from her wall of lost soles to her list of items she cleaned off the beach were both humorous and a tragic testament to how we treat our planet). She made beautiful treasures from ocean debris, and gifted one of a kind treasures to all of us she met. She was a member of the Krewe of Aquarius for 20 years. A Member of the Elks Lodge #126 and an active member of the Galveston Fencing Club. Tally was a lifelong Astros fan and was ecstatic to see her beloved Astros win the World Series.
She is survived by her best friend and partner of 12 years Jim Bleicher (children Hunter and Dirk). Parents Shirley and Butch Windsor. Siblings Bret Calvert, Bruce Calvert (children Joshua, Jeremy and Ryan), Tracy Calvert and wife Mary Calvert (children Tracy Jr and Brooke), Christy Calvert Wong and husband Peter (children Ashley, David and Lindsey) and Tracy Windsor and wife Angela Brown (son Eric).
Great nieces and nephews: Ashlyn, Jeremy Jr., Elyssa, Adam, Ariel, Aiden, Salvador “Bubba”, and Elizabeth.
Lifelong friends, Nancy and Mark Jahn, Sharon Fleming and Ramona Meyers.
Friends and family are invited to join us as we celebrate Tally’s life. The celebration of life will be held on Tally’s 60th birthday, March 24th at her Galveston home.
Shirley Yvonne Cyphers, passed away Tuesday evening, March 6th at her home in Galveston, surrounded by family.
Shirl was born August 26, 1937 in Blandon, PA. She graduated from Muhlenberg Township High School in Laureldale, PA in 1955. She was Field Marshall of the “Muhl” Marching Band, played piano in the Orchestra, sang in the Choir, starred in the Drama Club, and was an Honor Roll Student, earning a full University Scholarship.
Shirl’s survivors include: Husband of 61 years, Ralph R. Cyphers; Son, Ross R. Cyphers and Daughter Amy E Simmons (of Leawood, KS): Grandchildren Justin A. Marin, Catherine E. Simmons and Davin A. Simmons.
Shirl was the Top Art Student at Austin Community College (ACC), where she taught Art Classes in Austin, TX, and spent 33 years with her passion in Antiques – owning shops in “Old Town Spring”, Arlington, and Houston, TX before retiring on Galveston island as Co-Owner of “Antiques on Postoffice”.
The Cremation was directed by Carnes Brothers Funeral Home, 1201 Tremont St. Galveston, TX 77550, with a small, private family ceremony held in Shirl’s honor.
GALVESTON Vivian Hershel Payne age 95 of Galveston died Sunday March 4, 2018 at Kindred Hospital in Webster. Memorial services are 2:00pm Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home 1201 Tremont Galveston, Texas 77550, Reverend Roy Love officiating.
Hershel was born June 14, 1922 in Stamps, Arkansas to Elery Paul Payne and Exie Fulmer Payne. He attended school in Tyler Texas then Milby High in Houston. He went to work as a machinist where he built destroyer shafts for Haun and Clay during WWII for the U S Navy. After the war he started Payne Manufacturing Co. to build blow out preventer control units for oil production units, which he held patents on. His equipment is featured in the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum from which he has received many awards. After selling the company in 1968 he started another oil field control company in 1970 called Valcon while at the same time owning Gulf Valve Company, an operation that built pipeline check valves. He also had several Industrial Supply Houses in Houston during the same period. He started Galveston Yacht Service in 1957 at the Galveston Yacht Basin, a business that continues to operate today under the leadership of his son Tommie. Hershel bought the Payco Marina in 1967, where the Yacht Service is located today. His family was very happy that Hershel received the Lord as his Savior in the later years of his life.
Preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Alease Rae and Frances Daigle and brother Vadel Dale Payne; survivors include, wife of 76 years Dorothy Louise Hosea Payne of Galveston; daughters Anita Lassiter and husband Hal, Barbara Vass and Debra Payne; son, Tommie Payne; 9 grandchildren, Holly Lassiter, Heath Lassiter, Christopher Reyna and wife Grace, Jennifer Gibbs and husband David Gibbs, Jason Payne, Angela Payne and husband Ahmad Zereini, Eric Jaeger and Ryan Jaeger and wife Ellinora Laine; 8 great grandchildren, Justin Lassiter, Kendall Lassiter, Elliott Reyna, Gloria Reyna, Hannah Windham, Neala Payne, Adam Zereini and Cassady Jaeger ; numerous other relatives and many friends.
GALVESTON: Robert Emmett Kelley, Jr. age 76 of formerly of Hitchcock died Thursday March 1, 2018 at his son in law and daughter’s residence in Dobbin, Texas. Memorial services are 11:00am Friday, March 9, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston.
Robert was born April 21, 1941 in Galveston to Robert Emmett Kelley, Sr. and Alma Mae Jewell Kelley. He was employed with the Falstaff Brewing Co in Galveston for 13 years before becoming a member and employee with the ILA Local 20 in Galveston, where he was a Gearman for several different Stevedore Companies for over 27 years. He was affiliated with the College View Baptist Church in Texas City. In his younger years he enjoyed fishing and painting cars. He also enjoyed raising goats and cows on his ranch in Dobbin, Texas, land that has been in his family for nearly 200 years. Once he retired he enjoyed gardening, doing home improvements, traveling to the Casinos in Louisiana occasionally with friends and going out to eat. The loves of his life were his grandchildren who brought him great joy.
GALVESTON: Loretta Diane Mathena-Dowdy age 59 of Santa Fe died Sunday March 4, 2018 at her residence in Santa Fe. Funeral services are 11:00am Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Church of the Living God, Reverend Robert Dowdy officiating under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston. Visitation will begin at 10:00am Saturday at the church.
Loretta was born March 22, 1958 in Austin, Texas to Eugene Edward Mathena, II and Clifford Loretta Piper. She was a teacher and member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles # 3789 in Santa Fe and the Church of the Living God in Galveston, She loved spending time with her Family but nothing put a smile on her face as much as spending time with her Grand Babies. She was a loving mother who always put her children before herself. She found joy in helping others and giving to those in need in any way possible. She was a wonderful cook and could brighten anyone’s day. She also enjoyed singing Karaoke at Halls Bayou and the Eagles, playing Bunco with her friends, raising money for Jimmy Durante Charity for Special Needs Children, and Organizing and Running Benefits for those in need. She was a remarkable strong loving wife, mother, and friend and she will truly be missed by all she knew.
Preceded in death by her step mother Vernadean Mathena survivors include her husband Thomas Earl Dowdy of Santa Fe; mother Loretta Piper of Spring City, TX; father Eugene Mathena, II of Ruidoso, New Mexico; daughter, Felicia Ann Taylor of Manvel; son, Jeremy Clifford Kazee and wife Jordan of Santa Fe, TX; daughters, Stacy Falco and husband Michael of Texas City and Kim Smith an husband Ryan Arnold of Friendswood; brothers, Eugene Mathena, III of Conroe, Michael Mathena of Pearland, Daniel Mathena of Stillwater, OK and Kenneth Mathena of San Diego, CA; grandchildren, Balie, Kaleb, Harmony ‘Gracie’, Hayden, Natalie, Jake, Cory, Jeron, Seth, Jake, Logan and Geoffrey; great granddaughter Sophia and numerous other relatives and many friends.
Memorials may be sent to the FOE Foundation Jimmy Durante Charity for Special Needs Children 1623 Gateway Circle South, Grove City, OH 43123.
Pauline Carney (Gardner) died peacefully in La Marque on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the age of 84.
Pauline is preceded in death by her husband Gary Carney of Nacogdoches, TX, parents John and Ella Gardner of Texas City, TX, her siblings Bobby Gardner, Patsy Gardner and Mary Daisy. Pauline is survived by her children Gary Carney and wife Janet of Hitchcock, Pam Forasiepi and husband Joe of Texas City, and Keith Carney. Grandchildren: Cody Carney and wife Lyndi, Chad Carney, Kristen Waggoner and husband David, Jenna Springer and husband Justin, Jordan Carney, Joseph Forasiepi and Besa Carney. Great grandchildren: Isabella Waggoner, Jackson Waggoner, Cuyler Carney and Cullen Carney. Sister Shirley Murphy and nieces and nephews.
Pauline was born on August 12, 1933 in Welder, TX to John and Ella Gardner. She was a longtime resident of both Texas City and Nacogdoches, TX. She worked for many years for Texas City ISD and later retired from Nacogdoches ISD. Pauline always enjoyed her job taking care of children.
Graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday February 27, 2018 at Forest Park East Cemetery, Webster, TX.
Annie Lanora Burnett, 94, of Texas City, passed away Thursday February 15, 2018, at her residence. Annie was born September 18, 1923, in Bradshaw, Texas, to Rudolph and Nora Fillip.
Annie was a retired PBX Operator, from Monsanto.
She is preceded in death by her parents, five brothers: William “Bill”, Dale, Edward, Evert Lee “Phil” and George; three sisters: Maudie, Lydia, Margaret; one granddaughter: Genille A, Stoltenberg.
Annie is survived by one son: Donald W. Stoltenberg, Jr. and wife Corrine B.; two grandchildren: Fernando Cardona and wife JoAnn, Teresa Alexander and husband Ray Don, Sr.; four great grandchildren: Fermamdo Cardona III and wife Areli, Brianna Cardona and Tre’ Herrera, Diavian K. Ivory, and Ariana Cardona; two great-great grandchildren Fernando Cardona IV and Zaia A. Herrera, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Private family services will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers donations should be made in memory of Annie Burnett goes to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Donald Thomas Kemmerling Jr., 62, of Hitchcock passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2018 in Galveston, Texas. He was born July 27, 1955 in San Diego, California to Donald and Shirley Kemmerling.
Donald was a lifetime resident of Hitchcock, a former Boy Scout Leader, a Phi Kappa PSI Fraternity member in College at Southwest Texas State University, a Hitchcock Little League Baseball Coach, and a member of Peace Lutheran Church of Texas City.
He is preceded in death by his father Donald Thomas Kemmerling Sr. Donald is survived by his wife Brenda Kemmerling of Hitchcock, mother Shirley Kemmerling of Lake Jackson, mother-in-law Willie Windham of Hitchcock, his three sons: Donald Kemmerling III and wife Tina of Austin, Joshua Kemmerling and wife Shellie of Austin, and Cody Kemmerling and wife Delilah of Austin, two unbiological sons: Jesse Falcon and Richard Reed, sister Tracy Zepeda and husband Joey of League City, two brothers: Brian Kemmerling and wife Anita of League City, and Larry Kemmerling and wife Katy of Lake Jackson, his five grandchildren: Cody Kemmerling Jr., Daylan Kemmerling, Collin Kemmerling, Demi Rose Kemmerling, and Marshall Kemmerling Jr., and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from1:00pm – 3:00pm at the Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque. Funeral Service will begin at 3:00pm on Saturday, March 3, 2018 with Pastor John Elliott officiating. Interment will follow at Hypolite Perthuis Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas.
Pallbearers will be Donald Kemmerling III, Joshua Kemmerling, Cody Kemmerling, Jesse Falcon and Richard Reed.
Wanda Eleanor Lucas, 93, of La Marque passed away on Thursday, March 01, 2018 in La Marque. She was born January 3, 1925 in Galveston to Stuart and Eleanor Werner.
She was a resident of La Marque since 1948 formerly from Galveston. Wanda was a Charter member of Highland Baptist Church of La Marque, and a member of the Santa Fe Railroad Club.
She is preceded in death by her husband John Lucas. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Mark Warner of Texas City, her son and daughter-in-law, Jarvis and Julie Lucas of Austin, brother Stuart Werner and wife Kay of Dickinson; five grandchildren: Ashley Warner, Franklin Warner, Christopher Warner, Jonathan Lucas and Jessica Lucas and three great grand-children: Adrian Racy, Jase Racy and Alec Racy.
Visitation will be on Monday, March 5, 2018 from 11:00am – 1:00pm at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque. Funeral Service will follow at 1:00pm. Interment will be at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock, Texas.
Pallbearers will be Franklin Warner, Christopher Warner, Jonathan Lucas, Doug Anderson, Paul Lucas and Stephen Werner. Honorary Pallbearer will be Ed Miller.
GALVESTON Hulen Dee Knox–known by some as “H.D.”–was surrounded by his beloved daughters when he passed away at his home in Galveston, Texas, on Wednesday evening, February 28, 2018. He was 92. A visitation will be held from 5:00p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2016 at the funeral home, Reverend Jerry Holman officiating. Burial will follow at Grace Memorial Park in Hitchcock.
Patrick Joseph Mahoney, 56, passed away on February 17, 2018 after a disheartening battle with brain cancer. Patrick was born to Antoinette Marie Corso Mahoney Broadway and Robert Weir Mahoney on June 6, 1961 in Galveston. He was a proud BOI with “sand between his toes.”
At a young age, Patrick and his family moved to Wheaton, Illinois where he lived throughout his high school years, taking in all that the Midwest life had to offer.
Before returning to Galveston, Patrick spent a few years in Connecticut making new friends and beginning his journey of jobs that would provide an outlet for his charismatic personality – from being a Disc Jockey to managing a roller skating rink during the disco days of the 70s.
That is how Patrick lived – loved life, enjoyed meeting new people and treasured his friendships.
During the 80s, Patrick moved back to Galveston, the island he missed so much. He was a manager (and chef) of Jo Jo’s restaurant for close to 10 years and enjoyed every day of it. If those walls could talk!
As time went by, Patrick moved to Houston which brought new friends and new experiences. He made use of his creativity by working as a kitchen and bath designer at Home Depot for more than 15 years. His work family brought him much joy and gave him a “stage” for his sneaky pranks, surprising magic tricks and of course beautiful kitchen designs.
Patrick began playing drums at a very early age, and was always tapping on anything he could find. A few friends formed a band, Slime and the Ice Machine, the name reflecting his lively personality.
But the most cherished moment in his life was the birth of his daughter, Jordan. She is his mini-me and carries his sense of adventure and playfulness as well as love of music.
Patrick is preceded in death by his father Robert Weir Mahoney, his grandparents Ellen and Thomas P. Mahoney, Angelina and John Corso and his aunts Patricia Horn and Ellen “Auntie” Mahoney.
He is survived by his daughter Jordan Mahoney, devoted mother, Marie and stepfather Sam Broadway, brothers Tommy Mahoney (and wife Cindy) and Kelly Mahoney, Aunt Bennie Rabago (and Tony), cousin Tammie Sonnier (and husband Tracy), niece Khrystyan Flores (and husband Alejandro), nephews Kylar Mahoney and Michael Mahoney, ex-wife Sonja Mahoney and many friends and family, including his girlfriend and fellow life adventurer, Trudi Smith, who all cherish the memories of Patrick and will forever love him.
A celebration of his life will be held March 17 on St. Patrick’s Day.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Patrick’s name to Buffalo Bayou Partnership or to your favorite charity.
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GALVESTON: Wilmer Mitchell, Jr. age 80 of Galveston died Saturday February 24, 2018 at his residence in Galveston. Memorial services are 11:00am Saturday, March 10, 2018 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Galveston. www.CarnesBrothers.com
Pedro Balderas, Jr., 81, of Texas City passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 in Kindred Hospital in Webster, TX. He was born May 7, 1936 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Pedro and Vicenta Balderas.
He was a resident of Texas City since 1970 formerly of Galveston. Pedro retired after 42 years with the US Corps of Engineers. Pedro was a veteran in the US Air Force with the 81st Fighter Support Group. He was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in La Marque and was a Lector at the church and a member of the Guadalupana Society. Pedro also was a member of the Woodman of the World Fraternity.
Pedro, known by many as Pete, was proud serving his country in the US Air Force. You would always see him wearing his US Air Force Veteran cap which he was very proud of. Pete loved spending time in Santa Fe at their property which was known as “The Rancho”. Pete had a love of horticulture. He had a passion for growing roses, fruit trees and cactus at his rancho and at his home. Another hobby for Pete was cooking which he would search recipes on the internet and always ready to prepare very new unique dishes for the family. He loved to experiment with new recipes. Pete was a long time collector of WWII Diecast. He had a large collection of airplanes and knew all the history of each plane. One of Pete’s biggest hobbies was going to garage sales or estate sales. He loved buying things even if he did not need it. He was also an excellent craftsman, whether he would build, repair or tear something down, he enjoyed every minute of his project.
Pedro was a man of strong faith. He loved God and his church. He enjoyed countless memories with family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents. Pedro is survived by his wife of 58 years, Julia Leal Balderas, three daughters and sons-in-law: Veronica Balderas Reider and Scott of Boerne, TX, Bernice and Lloyd Hibbitts of Texas City, TX and Angela Balderas Allison and Todd of League City, TX; son Peter Anthony Balderas and spouse Jeff Wortham of Los Angeles, California; six grandchildren: Lauren Michelle Anderson and Toby, Royce Andrew Morales, Brittany Nicole Hibbitts, Diego Balderas Allison, Emilio Allison and Laura Day Ellender; sister-in-law Patsy Balderas, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A visitation will be on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm with a vigil at 7:00pm at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in La Marque. Funeral Mass will be at 11:00am on Monday, February 26, 2018 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in La Marque with Father Chacko Puthumayil officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, Texas.
Serving as pallbearers will be grandsons, Emilio Balderas Allison, Diego Balderas Allison, Royce Morales, Toby Anderson, and best friends of 50 years Freddie Requenez and Steve Wipff.
Special thanks to Doctors and Staff at Clear Lake Regional and Kindred Hospital of Webster, TX for their compassionate care.
Memorials may be to Queen of Peace Catholic Church in La Marque 1225 Cedar Drive, La Marque, Texas 77568.
Alton Ollie Urbauer born in Cameron County, Texas September 9, 1938 died Saturday, February 17, 2018 in Texas City, Texas.
Alton moved to Las Vegas as a teenager and worked most of his life as a stagehand on the Las Vegas Stip.
Alton is survived by two sons Joseph and Wallace, daughter Mary Warren, 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Alton was preceded in death by his wife Amelia Reed Urbauer in 2011.
Elizabeth “Libby” Waldrop Sweeten, of Texas City, passed away Saturday, February 17, 2018, at her residence. Libby was born April 24, 1945, in Winnsboro, Texas, to Zelmer and Mattie Waldrop.
She spent most of her life in Texas City. Libby majored in Accounting at College of the Mainland and worked as a bookkeeper for years. She loved her family and friends. In her spare time she was an avid reader.
Elizabeth is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert Wayne Sweeten Sr.; her son, Robert Wayne Sweeten Jr; a brother, Zelmer Leon Waldrop; and a grandchild BK Tedder III. Libby is survived by her daughter Elizabeth Renee Sweeten; sister Sharon Dene Hays; brother Tommy Carol Waldrop; grandson Christopher Wayne Tedder and five great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 5:00PM to 8:00PM, at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 1:00PM at the Gum Springs Cemetery in Flynn, TX.
GALVESTON: Bobby St. Clair age 75 formerly of Galveston died Saturday February 17, 2018 at his residence in Davilla, Texas. Memorial services are 11:00am Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church, Rev. Bert Bagley officiating. www.CarnesBrothers.com
GALVESTON: Calvin Morgan age 88 of Galveston died Thursday February 15, 2018 at his residence in Galveston. Funeral Mass is 11:00am Saturday, February 24, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston. www.CarnesBrothers.com . Visitation will begin at 9:00am Saturday at the church.
Born December 12, 1929 in Scott, Louisiana to Windy Morgan and Mercedes Julian Morgan, Calvin was a skilled Carpenter. He was a member of St. Patrick’s where he enjoyed attending church. He loved to play the Play Station with his children and grandchildren. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed picking up lunch and sitting on the beach where he could enjoy his Island home. He was a great cook and wonderful leader for his family and many friends.
Barbara Ann Vasquez, 55, passed away on Wednesday February 7, 2018 in Houston, Tx. She was born on
June 14, 1962 in Victoria, Tx to the late Johnny C. and Mary Ellen Garcia Vasquez. Barbara attended LaMarque
ISD. She was a cancer survivor of MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndrome). Jack Vasquez was her bone-marrow donor.
Barbara is survived by her ex-husband Agustin Rubio Sr., sons Agustin Rubio Jr. (Lupita) and Abraham Cornelious
Vasquez, daughters Abril Maria Rubio and Bianaca Marie Rubio. Sisters Mary eresa Papillion (Mark) and
Katherine Ann DeLaFuente (Eudelio Jr.), Brothers Juan Vasquez (Mary), William Joe Vasquez, Nicholas Anthony
Vasquez (Eustacia), James Evan Vasquez and Jack Earl Vasquez. She was also preced in death by her sister
Mary Jane Perez.
12 grandchildren with 2 on the way. Numerous Aunts, Uncles, Neices, Nephews and Friends.
It is with sadness that the family of JoAnn Bessire announces her passing at her 26 year residence in Bayou Vista on February 7, 2018 just ten days following her 83rd birthday.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Nellie Palmer for the care of JoAnn during her illness.
She is preceded in death by the father of her children Doyle, son Dennis, and Aunt Jimmie Copeland, her shining star who guided her thru life.
She is survived by daughter Rene (Roger), son Johnny (Teresa), daughter-in-law Nora, and grandchildren Denise and Denny (Jen).
She was as strong as the elephants that lined her shelves and as beautiful as the butterflies on her walls.
A Memorial Service will be at 11:00am on Friday, February 16, 2018 at Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque.
Larry Lee Moreland passed away at The Crossing on February 11, 2018, surrounded by his beloved family. A longtime resident of Alvin, Texas he was born on November 18, 1942 to Troy and Hazel Moreland in Tulsa, Oklahoma and was married to Catherine Carlson for 14 years. Larry served his country in the United States Marine Corp, attended University of Houston, and worked in Houston area chemical plants and refineries for almost 40 years. He retired to life full of family, friends, and a Lakehouse on Lake Livingston. His lasting legacy will be that of a loving father, a child of God, a coach, and a friend to everyone he encountered. He will be dearly missed!
Larry was predeceased by his parents Troy and Hazel Moreland and Carol Jo Martin. Larry is survived by his partner Lucille Wilbur. He is also survived by his four children — Lance Moreland and wife Christina of Cypress, TX; Brett Moreland and wife Michelle of Richmond, TX; Natalie Joslin and husband Sean of Williamsburg, VA; and Emily Lunsford and husband Richard of San Antonio, TX. In addition, he is survived by his grandchildren Bryson Moreland, Madison Kaczynski, Meredith Moreland, Haley Kaczynski, Cole Lunsford, Olivia Lunsford, Ashton Moreland, and Luke Moreland.
Visitation will be from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 with Funeral services to follow at 1:00pm on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the James Crowder Funeral Home, 401 Texas Ave, La Marque, TX., with Dr. C.O. Magee officiating. Burial will be at Forest Park East Cemetery, 21620 Gulf Freeway, Webster, TX. Pallbearers will be Lance Moreland, Brett Moreland, Sean Joslin, Rich Lunsford, Bryson Moreland, Danny Trchalek, Cole Lunsford, and Ashton Moreland.
Mack Cravey, 75, of Jesup, Georgia passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2018 peacefully after a short illness in Clear Lake Shores, TX. He was born November 19, 1942 to Benjamin and Ruby Cravey in Turner County, Georgia.
He was a member of Touched by Faith Ministries International and Gideons International; he is a retired business owner and retired from Georgia Department of Transportation.
Mack is preceded in death by his parents Benjamin and Ruby Cravey; brothers, James and Milton Cravey; sister, Lucille Ponder, all of Ashburn, GA and sister, Carolyn Culpepper of Warner Robins, GA.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Cravey; daughter and son-in-law, Sherri and Robert Whitaker; grandson, Joshua Whitaker all of Clear Lake Shores, TX.
A graveside service will be at 2:30pm on Friday, February 9, 2018 at San Jacinto Memorial Park Cemetery in Houston, Texas with Drs. Regina and Jacob Morris officiating.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Touched by Faith Ministries International 2925 Gulf Frwy South, Suite B #226 League City, TX 77573-6750.
Robert “Bobby” Ondrias, Jr., 54, of Texas City passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2018 in La Marque. He was born January 2, 1964 in Texas City to Robert and Frances Ondrias.
He attended Paul’s Union Church. Bobby was raised in La Marque and attended La Marque Schools. He was a resident of Texas City for 28 years.
Bobby is survived by his parents; his wife Terri Ann Ondrias, son Robert George Ondrias, III and his sister Shari Anntionette Gardner.
A Memorial Service will be held at 6:00pm on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque with Pastor Doug McBrayer officiating.
Don M. Grove, III “also known as Ace”, 67, passed away on Monday, February 5, 2018 in Madison County. He was born in Galveston on July 9, 1950 to Jackie and Don Grove Jr.
He graduated from Ball High School in 1968. He then attended the Police Academy and joined the Galveston Police Department. Ace retired from the Galveston Police Department as a Lieutenant in 1997, and then the real work started the “day his watch broke”. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, dominoes and cooking on his BBQ pit.
He is preceded in death by his father, grandson Jeremy David Dahl, and sons-in-law Kevin Shotwell and Gene Creel.
Ace is survived by his wife of 39 years, Linda Ann Grove; mother Jackie Grove, daughters: Christy Shotwell, Juliet Dawson and husband Wade, and Dawn Grove; brothers: Mickey J. Grove and wife Judy and Gary D. Grove; grandchildren; Robert E. “RJ” Alexander and his wife Raychel, Rachele Hutchinson and husband James, Paul Alexander, Steven Hooker, and Nicholas Grove; great grandkids, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended adopted family and friends.
A visitation will be on Friday, February 9, 2018 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque. Funeral Service will be at 10:00am on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Crowder Funeral Home with Rev. Olan Weaver officiating. Burial will follow at Confederate Cemetery in Alvin, Texas.
Pallbearers will be RJ Alexander, Paul Alexander, Steven Hooker, Nicholas Grove, Todd Steffen, Wade Dawson, James Hutchinson, Mickey Grove, Jr., Lee J. Jones and Charles Hedges.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Tom Knotts, Bill Rankin, Russel Noel, E.G. Wiley and Galveston Police Department.
A special thanks to Madisonville and North Zulch Fire Departments, EMS and Sheriff Department.
In lieu of flowers the family asks you make donations to ALS Association, Alzheimer’s Association or the Charity of your choice.
Joaquin Garcia Castillo passed away Sunday, January 28, 2018. Joaquin was born on August 16, 1932 to Petronilla and Carlos Castillo. Joaquin is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Pablo, Heliodoro, Mauro, and Monseis, and his loving, caring, wife of 25 years, Maureen. Left to cherish Joaquin’s special memories are his brothers Federico, Francisco, Mateo, Felipe, and Carlos Jr., his sisters Simona, Paula, Amada, Luisa, and Alicia and their spouses, his children Daniel, Diana, Ruby, and his devoted son Richard who had cared for his parents the last several years, his grandchildren Shane, Stephanie, Daniel Jr, Stacey, Krista (Eileen), Andrea, and Jared, and 6 great-grandchildren. Joaquin enlisted in the U.S Air Force, ranked as Senior Master Sergeant and worked as a Crew Chief on B-52 aircraft. In his free time, he enjoyed swimming at the YMCA, the ocean, fishing, gardening, spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and was a member of the American Legion. Viewing will be Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 10am followed by funeral services at Crowder Funeral Home 401 Texas Ave. La Marque, TX 77568. After the services conclude, burial and graveside services will be at Houston National Cemetery at 2:00pm.
TEXAS CITY: Sharon Elaine Wielkens age 69 of Hockley, Texas died Saturday February 3, 2018 at her aunt’s residence in Texas City. Funeral services are 1:00pm Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston. www.CarnesBrothers.com
Born November 23, 1948 in Houston, Texas to William L. Collins and Mattie Sharp Collins, Sharon was a 1968 graduate of Sam Houston High School in Houston. She worked as an office manager in the business world most of her life and was affiliated with the Church of Christ. She enjoyed gardening and going to the beach in Galveston. Sharon grew up as a Christian, but like so many drifted away over the years. While sitting on her bed at the hospital with Susan she prayed and accepted Christ January 23, 2018. She will be missed but we know she is awaiting our arrival in heaven one day for a great reunion.
Preceded in death by her parents and a sister Cheryl Blackwell; survivors include brother, Dan L. Collins of Fircrest, Washington; nephew, John P. Blackwell and wife Robin of Houston; aunt, Susan Ann Lichenstein-Evans and husband W. Perry Evans of Texas City; and her beloved pets Emma and Sarah.
Trenton Layne Torregrossa, Jr. was born September 16, 1945 and died at home Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He was born in Galveston, Texas, one of three children, to the late Dr. Trenton Layne Torregrossa and Josephine Caldarera Torregrossa. Trenton graduated from Ball High School in 1963 and from the University of Houston in 1969 with a BBA in Accounting, where he was also a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and Beta Alpha Psi national accounting honor society. He also attended the Bates College of Law at the University of Houston. Following his education, he served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1971, having attained the rank of Sergeant. After his service, Trenton pursued his accountancy career on the tax staff of prominent firms such as Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., and Arthur Anderson & Co. Company in Houston, Texas, later rising to become Vice President and Comptroller of W.L. Moody & Company Bankers in Galveston, Texas. Subsequently, Trenton founded and ran Torregrossa Company, P.C., a public accounting and financial planning firm. He was a licensed Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Financial Planner, a designated personal Financial Specialist by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a licensed Mortgage Loan Originator. He was also a licensed Texas real estate broker, insurance agent and private pilot. Trenton was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of Certified Financial Planners and The Woodlands Country Club.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn Torregrossa Brandon and Brian Keith Brandon, and grandchildren Austin Layne Brandon, Blake Cortlandt Brandon and Cole Alexander Brandon, all of Houston, Texas; his son and daughter-in-law, Trenton Layne Torregrossa III and Anna Cole Torregrossa, and grandchildren Teagan Ashton Torregrossa, Trenton Layne Torregrossa IV and Ty Landon Torregrossa, all of Trinity, Texas; his daughters, Lauren Marie Torregrossa and Courtney Lynn Torregrossa, both of Austin, Texas; his sister, Carolyn Torregrossa Gaido, of Galveston, Texas; his brother, Allan Cortlandt Torregrossa of Houston, Texas; and the love of his life, Olivia Maceo, of Austin, Texas.
Friends are invited to visitation with the family from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14th at Carnes Funeral Home, 1201 23rd Street, Galveston, Texas 77550. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday February 15th at Sacred Heart Church, 1302 Broadway, Galveston, Texas 77550. Father Frank Fabj will be the Celebrant, assisted by Deacon Sam Dell’Olio.
Serving as pallbearers will be Trenton Layne Torregrossa IV, Brian Keith Brandon, Austin Layne Brandon, Blake Cortlandt Brandon, Cole Alexander Brandon, Michael J. Gaido III, David Babson Montgomery and Gavin Vaughn Johnston. Honorary pallbearers are Jon Russ Eversberg, E. Douglas McLeod, Jim Hazlitt, Jim Canion, Jim Gilbert, Ronnie Sapio and Herbert Hildebrand.
In lieu of flowers and remembrances, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210-4486; the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 10777 Northwest Freeway, Houston, Texas 77092; and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Donation Processing, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, Maryland 21741-5014.
Guadalupe (Lupe) Sendejas passed away peacefully in the early morning of Saturday, February 3 at her home in Galveston surrounded by her family.
Lupe was born in Gulf, Texas on June 19, 1926. She is preceded in death by her husband, Antonio Sendejas, sons, Jesse, Richard and Tony. She is survived by her daughter, Frances Samudio and son Rudy Sendejas. Grand-daughters, Stephanie Sendejas, Melissa Sendejas, Valerie Samudio and numerous great-grandchildren, brother-in-law, Max Sendejas and sisters-in-law, Olivia Mata, Margie Sendejas and Ophelia Sendejas.
Lupe was a devoted and loyal wife to Antonio for over 70 years. Lupe took care of her family tirelessly and generously always being there and never saying No to their needs. The family would like to give a special thanks to Ellie Pacheco for the care of Lupe during her battle with Alzheimer. Also thanks to Lupe’s protectors, ‘D’ and ‘Lil’, the grand-dogs that watched over her.
Visitation will start at 5pm on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home, 1201 Tremont St, with a rosary to be recited at 6:30pm. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00am Thursday, February 8, 2018 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Galveston, TX 77550. Burial will follow at Mt Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas with a reception following at St Patrick’s parish hall, 1010 – 35th St in Galveston, TX.
Pallbearers will be Elias Samudio, Michael Samudio, Joseph Sendejas, Marty Sendejas, Walter Sendejas and Paul Mata. Honorary pallbearers are Otto Longoria and Guy Mata.
Bernard “Bernie” J. Mundine, 96 of Cypress, Texas, passed away on February 3, 2018 at his home.
Visitation will be Wednesday February 7, 2018; 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Cypress Fairbanks Funeral Home, 9926 Jones Rd. Houston, TX 77065. Funeral Services will be Thursday February 8, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Christ The Redeemer Catholic Church, 11507 Huffmeister Rd. Houston, TX 77065 with Father Sean Horrigan officiating. Family and friends are invited to attend a reception at the community center located within the church immediately following funeral services. A graveside service with Military Honors will follow the reception at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston, Texas. Pallbearers will be Colton Foster, Dakota Hackney, Michael Willis, Britt Sumner, Andrew Hinojosa and Shane Hackney. Honorary Pallbearers will be John Nagy, Mike Hackney, Robert Miller, Mike Moon and Drew Willis.
Bernard was born September 16, 1921 in Houston Texas to Richard and Elizabeth (Wright) Mundine. Mr. Mundine proudly served our country in the United States Marine Corp as well as the Marine Corp Reserves. Bernard was a pilot for Humble Oil/Exxon and The King Ranch and retired in 1982. After retirement, he and his wife June, joyfully traveled the country in their motor home. Bernard was a devout Catholic and was always quick to offer a prayer of love and hope to anyone. After the passing of June, Bernard later moved in with his daughter Margaret in Cypress and remained active in various activities.
Bernard is preceded in death by his loving wife of 43 years, June; sisters, Mary Sharp, Theresa Nix, Gertrude Greer, Helen Hundley; brothers, Richard Mundine, Raymond Mundine.
Bernard leaves to cherish his memory; Bernard Mundine Jr.(Margaret), Nancy Hackney (Mike), William Mundine (Carol), Maura McCartney, Michael Moon, Terri Dawson, Sherri Willis (Drew), Mary Moon, Margaret Foster; 16 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews extended family and special friends.
GALVESTON Joseph “Cub” Rickey Mellen, Jr. age 47 of Galveston departed this earth Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in Galveston. Funeral services are 10:00am Monday, February 5, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home from 1:00pm until 4:00pm on Sunday.
Born May 11, 1970 in Galveston, Texas to Joseph R. “Grizzly” Mellen, Sr. and Bonnie Jean Perez Mellen, “Cub” was an HVAC Professional working with his father and best friend, “Grizzly” at Air Control in Galveston. He was a member of the Ball High School class of1988. He enjoyed collecting hot wheels, building, riding and working on motor bikes, cooking crabs, having crawfish boils, loved baking, fishing, Chevy trucks, game nights, spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed spending time on the couch watching movies and his favorite TV shows, Hells Kitchen, Street Outlaws and Pawn Stars etc.
Preceded in death by Grandparents Dorothy J. Perez, David Myrl Mellen and Pearl Lorraine Mellen.
Survivors include his wife Anna and son Joseph “Joey” R. Mellen III; mother Bonnie J. Mellen; father Joseph R. “Grizzly” Mellen Sr. and step-mother Debbie Mellen; brother, Randy J. Mellen Sr. and fiancé Mary Diaz De Leon; niece and God Daughter Elizabeth J. Mellen; nephews James and Ryan Mellen; great-niece Lorali “KiKi” Sanchez; grandfather Frank L. Perez and great-grandmother Willie Mae Burton; father-in-law and mother-in-law Jesse and Maria Rios; sister-in-law Tina (Rick) Leal; brother-in-law Jesse (Leslie) Rios Jr. and their kids; many extended family members and friends. He will be missed by his dogs, Hippie, Dixie and Chewie
Pallbearers are James R. Mellen Jr., Joshua Ryan Mellen, Drew Rios, Lawrence Rios, Jayson Rodriquez, Joshua Villarreal and Roland Peralez. Honorary pallbearers are Pete Valdez Jr. and Jesse Rios Jr.
The Mellen family wishes to acknowledge Dr. Michelle A. Mercatante at UTMB for Joe’s care and friendship for the past 24 years.
My Dad fought everyday for us and showed us how to be a warrior and to keep going no matter how much it hurt. He was the best father anyone could ask for.
Joseph Ragan Atchley, 78, of Texas City, passed away Thursday, January 25, 2018, at his residence. Joseph was born August 23, 1939, in Memphis, Tennessee, to Albert and Arlie Atchley. He as a retired Boilermaker, and a member of Boilermaker Local No 132. Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, his wife: Stella Rose Atchley, and two sisters: Ethel Birmingham and Dixie Philips. He is survived by one daughter: Lynn Pope and husband Darrell of Santa Fe; one son: Joseph P Atchley and wife Tonya of Texas City; three sisters: Fannie Cates, Mary Reeves and Kay Snipes; one brother: Frank Atchley; five grandchildren: Joey Atchley and wife Amber, Wes Kurtz and wife Katy, Lawson Hill and wife Nina, Sammy Atchley and wife Brandi, Jennifer Smith and husband Kevin; three great grandchildren: Penelope Atchley, Parker Kurtz and Sophia Atchley; sister-in-law: Linda Metille (his special inheritance); niece: Deniece Barczak; two brother-in-laws: Charles Christiansen and wife Sandy, and Robert Christiansen and wife Barbara, one sister-in-law: Sissy Stringer and husband Eddie Joe; numerous other nieces and nephews. A visitation will be from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Friday, February 2, 2018, at James Crowder Funeral Home, La Marque. A graveside Service will be held at 10:00am, Saturday, February 3, 2018, at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery, in Hitchcock. Interment will follow.
John Frank Barber was born in Orange, Texas October 21, 1923 and passed from this life in Clear Lake Regional Hospital January 28, 2018 at the age of 94, surrounded by the people who loved him. At his bedside was Mary Henderson, his two sons, John Thomas Barber Sr., Douglas L. Barber and other friends.
John joined the Army Air Corp shortly after the start of WW II, rose to the rank of Tech. Sergeant Engineer and waste gunner on B-24 Liberators. He was stationed in North Africa in the 15th Airborne where he flew 50 missions over North Africa, Italy, Poland and Germany. He was highly decorated earning the Distinguished Flying Cross, The Purple Heart and The French National Merit of Honor to name a few.
His entrepreneur spirit lead him to own Barber Motors (Buick and Pontiac Dealership) during the mid1950’s as well as the Barber Lynn Shoppe both in La Marque, Texas. Later, John worked for many years, both in Galveston and Denton Texas, for the Civil Service Branch of the Corp of Engineers from which he retired. Not letting grass grow under his feet he developed Moss Lake Enterprise.
John is preceded in death by his mother and father (Eunice Vilo Barber and Norman Barber) both of Orange, Texas, and his brother Roy Norman Barber of Santa Fe, Texas.
He is survived by his sister Betty Lou Wingate of Orange, Texas, sons: John Thomas Barber Sr. (wife Shearin Winters Barber) of Hitchcock, Texas and Douglas L. Barber (wife Michele Williamson Barber) of Denton, Texas. Foster daughter Debbie Gribble (son Eric, daughter Shelly); three grandchildren, Kimber Barber Holmes (husband Bryan), John Thomas Barber Jr. (wife Stacy Broiles Barber), and Allison Barber Gibbs (Husband Joel); six great grandchildren, Nelson and Simon Holmes, Ava, Ella, and Trace Barber and Gentry Gibbs, and numerous nieces and nephews who loved him.
John is also survived by his best friend and close companion Mary Henderson, her daughter Glinda (husband Robert) their sons Cory Holman (wife Devin and children Hannah, Holden and Emmie) and Cody Holman (wife Maria).
Visitation will be Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at James Crowder Funeral Home, 401 Texas Ave. in La Marque, Texas 77568. A Graveside Service will be held at 1:30pm on Friday, February 2, 2018 at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas 77563, with Pastor Helen DeLeon officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a small donation to St. Jude’s Children Hospital.
Rowena Helen Pierce Humbird, 92, of Texas City, passed away Sunday, January 28, 2018, in League City. Rowena was born March 1, 1925, in Kansas City, Kansas, to Roy and Ruth Kathren De Maranville.
Rowena was a resident of Texas City for over 62 years; she was a Secretary for 60 years at the Trinity Full Gospel Church, where she loved teaching her Sunday School Class. She enjoyed singing, gardening, canning, crocheting and she loved her cats; more than anything though she enjoyed reading and studying her Bible.
Rowena was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Humbird, daughter, Bonita Salter and brothers; Bud De Maranville and Ike De Maranville.
She is survived by; four sons: Scottie Pierce of Madagorda Peninsula, David Pierce and wife Kathy of San Leon, TX , Mark Pierce and wife Lawana of Bacliff, TX and Aaron Pierce and wife Kimberly of Seabrook, TX; seventeen grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
Visitation will be on Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 12:00- 2:00pm at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque, with the Funeral Service at 2:00pm with Pastor John Mincher officiating. Burial will be at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas.
William Gregory Adams age 60 of La Marque died December 8, 2017 at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City. Graveside services will be held 1:00pm Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.
On Sunday, January 28, 2018 The Lord Dispatched an angel to take our angel home, Cynthia Ann Kiff, at the age of 61 following a lengthily illness upon completing her earthly mission that included several roles. A loving wife, mother, sister and daughter who proudly served as a Galveston U.T. Police Officer and Galveston County Deputy Sheriff before becoming disabled in 2000.
Cindy was born November 27, 1956 to Jimmy and Loretta Rose Sheridan. Cindy grew up, lived and worked in Galveston before moving to Santa Fe in 1992. She is preceded in death by her first born son Donald (Bo Bo) McMahan Jr., grandson Austin Boultinghouse,; father, Jimmy Sheridan, Sr.; and brothers Michael and Jimmy Sheridan Jr. She is survived by her loving husband of 34 plus years David Kiff; daughter Jennifer Boultinghouse; sons Joseph and Joshua Kiff; mother, Loretta Rose Sheridan; grandson Anthony Means; granddaughters, Ariel Means, Dixie Ann Kiff and Arista Belton; a most loving and only sister Loretta Lynn Sheridan; brother Carl Sheridan; sister in law Renee Weede; numerous nieces and nephews. Cindy will be ever so sadly missed and never ever forgotten by all.
Pallbearers are her husband David Kiff, sons Joseph and Joshua Kiff, grandson Anthony Means, and nephews Mark and Pat Kiff.
Funeral services are 10:00am Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston. Burial will follow at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Friday from 5:00pm until 8:00pm
GALVESTON Officer David D. Thomas, Sr. age 96 of La Marque passed away Monday January 29, 2018 at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City. Funeral services 11:00 am Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston, Reverends Kerry Tillman and Eugene Lewis officiating. Burial will follow at Grace Memorial Park in Hitchcock. Visitation will begin at 10:00am on Wednesday.
Born December 15, 1956 in Galveston to Sidney Joseph Thomas, Sr. and Willie Mae Jones Thomas, David graduated Ball High School and went on to become a longtime devoted Public Servant in Law Enforcement serving as a Galveston Police Officer for 25 years until his retirement. He then went on to serve at the GISD Police Department 4 years, next to the Galveston Fire Department Marshalls Office until Ike and then to his current position with the Port of Galveston Police. He also has provided security for the Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston for many years. David was a lifelong member of West Point Baptist Church in Galveston and an avid and proud Dallas Cowboys Fan. He was a hardworking, faithful son and father who loved his children dearly. His legacy of hard work and faithful service to family and community will live on in the lives of his family and colleagues.
Preceded in death by his parents, survivors include his son, David D. Thomas, Jr. and wife Bonnie of La Marque; daughter, Jessica N. Limones and Damien McZeal, Sr. of Galveston; brothers, Sidney Joseph Thomas, Jr. of Houston and Reginald Mark Thomas of Galveston; grandson, Damien McZeal, Jr. of Galveston; former wife and close friend Johnetta Thomas of La Marque; close friend and companion, Rosemary Limones of La Marque; aunt, numerous other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers are Sidney Joseph Thomas, III, Carl Lomax, Ronnie Gordon, Matthew Thomas,
Lewis D. Holland, 89, of Texas City passed away on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 in Nassau Bay. He was born on November 27, 1928 in Galveston to Jess and Louise Holland.
Lewis served in the US Air Force; he was a member of VFW Post #8248 of La Marque, Optimist Club of La Marque and the First Christian Church of La Marque. He worked for Falstaff Brewery in Galveston and Union Carbide as an Operator.
He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters; Dorothy Murphy and Ursula Webster and brother Jess Holland.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Carolyn Holland, of Texas City, TX; daughters: Diana L. Wheeler and husband Gary of Groveton, TX and Peggy L. Stubbs of League City, TX; sisters: Dolores Baker of Chireno, TX, and Barbara Bledsoe of Dickinson, TX; grandchildren: Wesley Wheeler and wife Courtney, Ashley Hutto and husband Mark, Ryan Stubbs and wife Mandi, Laura Mansfield and husband Josh and one great grandchild Luke Christopher Wheeler.
Visitation will be on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm at the First Christian Church in La Marque 1204 Laurel Street La Marque, with the Funeral Service to follow at 4:00pm with Mr. Rex Teter officiating.
Pallbearers will be Wesley Wheeler, Mark Hutto, Josh Mansfield and Ryan Stubbs. Honorary Pallbearers will be Gary Wheeler and West Touchstone.
In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First Christian Church of La Marque.
GALVESTON Terry Lavander Bradshaw age 74 of Galveston passed away Wednesday January 24, 2018 at his residence in Galveston. Memorial services are 6:00pm Monday, January 29, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston, Reverend Marshall Monroe officiating.
Terry was born June 13, 1943 in Dallas, Texas to Pascal Wesley Bradshaw and Juanita Tisha Berry Bradshaw. He grew up in Dallas, Texas where he graduated from High School. He went to work for Texas Instruments as a Tool and Dye Machinist for a number of years before opening his own Machine Shop in Palestine, Texas where he serviced the A/C and Oilfield Industries. After a successful career in business he retired to his beloved Bay Home in Galveston where he could practice his love for fishing and boating on a more regular basis. As a consummate “Piddler” he could fix anything, and spent much of his spare time doing just that. Terry enjoyed the great outdoors and his Bay house facilitated a life that made it possible for him to teach those he truly loved, his children and grandchildren, about the “Galveston “way of life.
Survivors include his wife of 17 years Jessie Ann Bradshaw of Galveston; daughter, Monica Bradshaw of Palestine, Texas; sons, Terry D. Bradshaw and wife Denise of Palestine, Texas, John Robert Whinery and wife Barbara of Hobbs, New Mexico, Jessie Dean Hack and wife Stacey of Jacksonville, Texas and Michael Alexander Hack and wife Rachel of Hillsboro, Texas; brother, Dewayne Bradshaw of Oklahoma; granddaughters, Ashley Nicole Williams and husband Darin of Palestine, Texas, Cheyenne Cook of Hobbs, New Mexico, Olivia Ann Hack of Hillsboro, Texas, Andria Barnes of Palestine, Texas and Erin Zabransky of Palestine, Texas; grandsons, Caleb Bradshaw of Palestine, Texas, Braden Hack of Jacksonville, Texas and Brenon Hack of Jacksonville, Texas; 5 great grandchildren; numerous other relatives and friends.
Memorials may be sent to the Galveston Lions Club P.O. Box 450 Galveston, Texas 77553-0450.
GALVESTON Margarita Garza Gaona age 96 of Galveston, Texas passed away peacefully at her home Tuesday, January, 23, 2018.
Margarita was born in Mexico on February 19, 1921 to Dolores Cuevas Delgado and Margarito Garza. When she was a young girl her mother died, and Margarita was raised by relatives in Linares, N.L., Mexico. It was there she met her future husband Joe Gaona. They settled in Galveston to raise their 8 boys and 4 girls.
In 1964, Margarita became the sole breadwinner, making/selling breakfast burritos to hungry longshoremen. She took her food, coffee, and Mexican pastries to the docks by riding her tricycle. The kids were involved as well; the girls helped prepare the burritos before heading to school and performed household chores; the older boys had various jobs while the younger boys had newspaper routes. (Stories of the young “paper boys” were published in the Daily News in 1960 and 1964.)
Margarita was preceded in death by her son Jesus “Jesse” Gaona, grandson Joe F. Gaona, Jr., great grandson Jacob Roel Soto, great granddaughter Melody Tolentino, sons-in-law Joe Quintero and Roger Villarreal, Sr.; daughters-in-law Gloria Gaona, Yolanda Licerio and Pamela Mason Gaona, and the father of her 12 children Josue R. “Joe” Gaona.
Margarita is survived by Joe “Paco” and Edna Gaona, Israel and Olga Gaona, Alice Quintero, Joe “Pache” Gaona, Manuel and Stacey Gaona, Robert “Bobby” and Virginia Gaona, David and Clara Gaona, Delores Villarreal, Ana Rees, Amelia “Mae” and Gary Gelinas, Tommy Gaona, Robert Rodriguez and Ruben Hernandez, Rosa Carrasco; 36 grandchildren, 52 great grandchildren, 10 great-great grandchildren and many, many friends.
Margarita will be greatly missed by her family, which was blessed by her longevity and her strong will to survive. We thank our sister Delores and especially brother Tommy for the loving care they provided to mom in her declining years. We also thank those friends and neighbors who helped our mother in her time of crisis in the 1960’s.
Margarita is survived by 36 grandchildren
Marcus Gaona, Christopher Gaona, Gregory Gaona, Gabriel Quintero, Julie Quintero Scott, Richard Gaona, Christy Warren, Jennifer Sordia, Margot Esquivel, Mackenzie Gaona, Makaylie Gaona, Andrea Gaona, Robert Gaona Jr., Nicole Gaona, Audice Leon Gaona, Adam Gaona, Jessie Gaona, David T. Gaona, Zachary Gaona, Mark Watson, Melissa Soto, Roger Villarreal, Jr., Celenia Williams, Doyle Williams III, Cecelia Morales Cantu, Nicole Hidalgo, Brittany Tolentino, Justin Gelinas and Johnny Cruz Hopper, Jeremy Aceves, Jesse Sendejas, Maricela Tamayo and Jesse Tamayo, Felipe Mendoza, Elicia Carrasco, Loretta Carrasco.
Margarita is survived by 52 great grandchildren
Krystiana Weiland, Valerie Gaona Gracia, Gabe Gaona, Morgan Carroll, Quentin Scott, Jaelyn Scott, Jordan Scott, Mackenzie Saunders, Christian Warren, Caleb Warren, John Sordia III, Lauren Sordia, Joshua Sordia, Lianna Esquivel, Dina Harper, Alyson Harper, Brandon Vasquez, Cameron Vasquez, Nicholas Strother, Kylie Gaona, Adam Gaona, Jr., Kensley Gaona, Dylan Robert Gaona, Dacey Gaona, Gia Gaona, Natalie Graciano, Heaven Vargas, Ziara Gaona, Zuleigh Gaona, Marissa Soto, Miranda Soto, Jose Soto III, Donald Hammill, Jr., Dominic Hammill, Ceria Mosby, Cai Royce Williams, Niah Williams, Doyle E. Williams IV, Sophia Aliaga, Nicholas Aliaga,. Mark Tolentino, Jr., Michael Tolentino, and Matthew Tolentino, Jessica Alvarado, Brandon Sendejas, Jesse Sendejas, Chloe Sendejas, Joe Medina III, Jesse Speer, Juliana Speer, Jazmine Speer, Donovan Robinson.
Margarita is survived by 10 great-great grandchildren:
Fiona Weiland, Cameron Gracia, Sofia Gracia, Noah Gracia, Leila Torres, Austin Saunders, Jaton Saunders, Lola Jannen, Tre Alvarado, Maya Alvarado.
Margarita will be greatly missed by her family, which was blessed by her longevity and her strong will to survive. We thank our sister Delores and especially brother Tommy for the loving care they provided to our mom in her declining years. We also thank those friends and neighbors who helped our mother in her time of crises in the 1960’s.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am Saturday January 27, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1328 Broadway, Galveston 77550. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, 2506-65th St. Galveston 77551. The family will receive visitors from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Friday, January 26, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home 1201 Tremont Galveston, Texas 77550 where a rosary will be recited at 6:30pm.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons Marcus Gaona, Gregory Gaona, Gabriel Quintero, Richard Gaona, Robert Gaona, Jr., David T. Gaona, Roger Villarreal, Jr., Doyle Williams, III, Justin Gelinas and Johnny Hopper.
GALVESTON Lorena Savoy Bennett age 91 of Daly City, California passed away Saturday January 20, 2018 at Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center in California. Funeral services are 12:00 noon Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston . Burial will follow at Barbours Cemetery in Hitchcock.
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways
you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the
people you can, as long as ever you can”-
These words from John Wesley best describe the life of Rachel
Bergara Wyatt. Rachel celebrated her rebirth into eternal life on
January 22, 2018, at the young age of 65. Rachel was born in Kenedy,
TX on August 24, 1952. Her family then moved to Galveston,
TX where she spent her childhood and graduated from Ball High
School, Class of 1970. She married David Wyatt of Texas City on
July 15th, 1977.Over the course of her life she worked for several
prominent law firms, followed by a successful career with the City of
Texas City. She was a dedicated employee who loved to help others
through service. She retired in 2012 after many years of commitment
to the workforce. Not one to sit around, Rachel then went to
join her husband in real estate sales and property management in
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 27, 2018
at Emken-Linton Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Forest Park
East Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Friday,
January 26, 2018 at the funeral home.
Rachel will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 40 years, David,
and her children Stefani (David) Davalos of Pearland, Mathew
(Elizabeth) Wyatt of Galveston, and Anais (Allison) Barroso of
Pikeville, NC; as well as her 4 adoring grandchildren, Blake and
Brooklynn Davalos, and Deagan and Trent Wyatt. She will also be
fondly remembered by her mother, Ophelia Bryant, brother, Robert
Bergara, sisters Becki (Barry) Wortham and Roana (Gary) Cornett,
and numerous nieces and nephews. She deeply cherished time
spent with family, loved her children and grandchildren fiercely, and
exemplified the truest character in all she did. She was a firecracker,
whose selfless, dependable, and spirited character has left an imprint
on the hearts of all who knew and loved her. The light of God’s radiant
love and knowledge transcends all understanding, and surely
God now holds Rachel close in his everlasting presence.
Pallbearers will be Dee Williams, Harold Fattig, Daniel Davalos,
Kenneth Clark, Phil Landon, and Jimmy Jiminez. Honorary
Pallbearers are all the men and women of the Texas City Fire
Department, Burt Mounts, Eddie Dahl, and Leon Boone. In lieu
of customary remembrances, donations in the memory of Rachel
can be made to the Texas City Public Library, Salvation Army,
M.D. Anderson, or the charity of your choice.
Peggy McCauley went to be with her Lord and Savior, Friday, January 19, 2018. Peggy was a resident of Santa Fe. She was born November 6, 1933, in Beaumont, to Iva and Verna Warren.
She was raised in Galveston, attended Ball High School where she was a Majorette. Peggy was one of the first “Meter maids” to write parking tickets for the City of Galveston. She later went to work for the County of Galveston under Commissioner Frank Carmona. She retired from Galveston County after 24 years of service. She loved hunting, fishing and spending time with her grandchildren.
Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, George McCauley, one brother J. P. Warren: and one grandson, Alfonso (Fella) Mejia. She is survived by four daughters: Cheryl Hopf and husband Dolf, Verna Mejia, Kim Dudley and husband Charlie, Elsie Gravitt and husband Randy; one son: Roger McCauley and wife Felice; two adopted daughters: Carla Steinbach and Scooter Ostermayer; one sister, Ivey Jean Tarver; one brother, Richard Warren; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; and two close friends that were always there for her, Helen Martinez and Cindy Copeland.
A visitation will be held from 5:00pm to 8:00pm Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at James Crowder Funeral Home, La Marque. Services will be held at 10:00am Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at the funeral home, with Senior Master Sergeant Jason Gravitt officiating. Interment will follow at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery, in Hitchcock.
Pallbearers will include George Mejia, Jason Gravitt, Trey Thornton, Lee Boughton, Glen Ritter, and Larry Steinbach. Honorary pallbearers will include Ricci Ostermayer, Roy Steinbach, Chester Bolen, and Jay Richards.
We would like to thank Bayou Pines Nursing Home, A-Med Hospice and to our special “Angel” Suzanne Batista, for their loving help. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Galveston County SPCA.
Robert Alaniz Solis, 64, of Texas City passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2018 after a lengthy illness. He was born December 20, 1953 to Jose and Angelica Solis in Galveston, Texas.
Robert graduated in 1972 from Texas City High School and as a member of the varsity baseball team he pitched a perfect game. After high school he attended Alvin Jr College where he played baseball and then he moved on to complete his education at Texas A&M University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree for Physical Education in 1977. He coached and taught for 25 years in the Texas School District. He earned 4 state championship rings as a scouting coach, one with the Cuero Gobblers and three with the La Marque Cougars. Robert was a huge Astros’ fan and watching them win the World Series was one of the highlights of his year.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his beloved sidekick G Baby. Robert is survived by his wife, Linda Solis of 28 years; daughters; Marissa Angelica Solis, Maricella Aida Robins and Roger, Sr., and Jessica Isis Ordonez; sister Norma Solis, brother Ernie Solis and wife Sherry; seven grandchildren; Isabella, Roger, Jr., Brittany, Nana, Isis, Gabe and Gabriella and one great grandchild Karcyn.
He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.
A Visitation will be on Monday, January 22, 2018 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM with a Rosary at 7:00PM at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 11:00am at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas, with Deacon John Carrillo officiating.
He will be greatly missed but live forever in our hearts.
Travis Moss married Clara Frances Lawrence on
August 11, 1951. They enjoyed 65 wonderful
years together until Clara’s passing on
June 26, 2016. They settled in Texas City,
and began raising their family. Travis also
began a 60 plus year career as a general
contractor and developer. During this time,
he built and sold over 300 homes in Texas
City and the surrounding communities. He
had a special gift for eyeing a piece of raw
land, and recognizing its future potential.
As a result, he helped to develop several
subdivisions in the area.
Travis was predeceased by his wife, son
Timothy Moss, his parents and siblings.
He is survived by sons David (Robin) Moss
and Paul (Donna) Moss. He is also survived
by grandchildren Duane Moss, Tiany
(Duren) Jenkins, Michelle Moss (Jeremy
Kenan), Ashley (Weston) Black, Derek
Moss, Kyle (Katie) Moss and Riley Moss;
numerous great-grandchildren, one greatgreat
grandson and numerous extended
Pallbearers will be Doyle Lawrence, Duane
Moss, Derek Moss, Kyle Moss, Duren
Jenkins and Weston Black.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished
the race, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7
THE GARDNER FAMILY
are sad to announce the passing of
MICHAEL TATE GARDNER
on Thursday, January
GALVESTON Lorena Savoy Bennett age 91 of Daly City, California passed away Saturday January 20, 2018 at Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center in California. Funeral services are being planned for Saturday, January 27, 2018 to be held at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston . Burial will follow at Barbours Cemetery in Hitchcock.
GALVESTON Diane Elizabeth Brodie age 61 of Galveston passed away Thursday January 18, 2018 at her residence in Galveston. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, January 27, 2018 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Father Orrin Halepeska celebrant, under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston. A reception will follow.
Sister Martha Lee Tilmon
Funeral services for Sister Martha Lee Tilmon are 11:00am Friday, January 26, 2018 at West Point Baptist Church, Pastor Kerry Tillman officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Galveston under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home. Visitors may call at the church beginning at 9:00am on Friday.
Sister Martha Lee Tilmon was the youngest daughter born to the union of Levi and Tazzie Boone, Sr. in Markham, Texas. She was born May 9, 1941, was raised in Markham, Texas and was educated in Bay City. She graduated in 1960.
She was a dedicated mother and lifelong member of the West Point Baptist Church joining in 1969 under the late Rev. J. F. Sargent. She worked at Weiner’s Department Store in management for 32 years until retiring. She loved reading and fishing with her husband.
Sister Tilmon departed this life on Thursday, January 18, 2018 with her family nearby. She is preceded in death by her parents Levi and Tazzie Boone, Sr., 3 sisters and 2 brothers.
She leaves with fond memories her beloved and devoted husband of 48 years, her son Darryl Boone, her daughter, Janelsa Boone (Alfred Reed), her youngest son Frederick Boone (Tina French) all of Galveston. Four grandchildren: David Boone, Darryl Brooks (Jessica), Jacolby Boone (Tristan), Keriston Boone. 8 – Great-Grandchildren. Brother, Levi Boone, Jr. and Devoted sister in law and caregiver Annie B. Evans; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Marilyn Wiggins, 59, of Broken Arrow, OK passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. She is 2nd born to the late Lester and Pauline Moore. Marilyn was born November 16, 1958 in Texas City, Texas.
She lived in Broken Arrow, OK while attending Rhema Bible College. Marilyn was a 1976 graduate of La Marque High School; she attended Galveston College and obtained her LVN license, and was a member of Abundant Life Christian Church in La Marque.
Marilyn is survived by her husband of 39 years, John Wiggins, son Christopher Wiggins, her sister Patricia and her husband Terry Bosworth of Texas City, three brothers, Lester Paul and wife Diane Moore of Dickinson, Roy Clarence and wife Anna Moore of Friendswood and Dale Chance and wife Karen of Hot Springs, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Calleigh, Christian, Zane, Zailey and Cara; aunts and uncles, Peggy Springer of Santa Fe, Gene and Betty Springer of Santa Fe, Edward Springer and Candy of California, many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service in her honor will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 11:00AM at Abundant Life Christian Center in La Marque, TX.
Bobby Leon Davis, 48, was granted his angel wings on January 6, 2018, surrounded by his family and loved ones.
Bobby was born on August 7, 1969 in Colorado City, Texas. Bobby lived his life to the fullest never fearing what tomorrow would bring. His courage and wild spirit is one that should be envied.
Bobby leaves behind sons- Tyler Davis, Braden Morrison and Colton Davis. Father, Max Davis. Mother, Donna Willey. Sisters- Joey Bloom, Stephanie Vedia, Monica Garner, Ruby Davis, Nancy Davis and Brother Max Davis. Numerous nieces and nephews.
we know that you are gone.
And no one knows the heartache
As we try to carry on.Our hearts still ache with sadness
and many tears still flow.
What it meant to lose you, No one will ever know.Our thoughts are always with you,
your place no one can fill.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we love you still.There will always be a heartache,
and often a silent tear,
But always a precious memory
Of the days when you were here.If tears could make a staircase,
And heartaches make a lane,
We’d walk the path to heaven
And bring you home again.We hold you close within our hearts,
And there you will remain,
To walk with us throughout our lives
Until we meet again.Our family chain is broken now,
And nothing will be the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.
Jesse G. Lopez, 92, of Texas City passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at UTMB ICU in Galveston. He was born on October 15, 1925 in Concrete, Texas the son of Mateo Lopez and Braulia Garza Lopez.
Jesse was a resident of Texas City for 41 years. He served in the United States Navy, was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church of La Marque and retired from Todd’s Shipyard.
He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings, wife of 58 years Alifonsa and sons Jesse and Danny.
Jesse was a loving son, husband, father and popo.
He is survived by his daughters; Stella Sandoval (Jose), Diana Papillion and Linda Ortiz; grandchildren; Lisa Ramos, Belinda Sandoval, Christina Flowers (Wesley), Anthony Medellin (Jennifer), Mandy Medina (Jesse), Jason Perez, Roxann Ortiz (Alex) and Albert Ortiz (Irma), fourteen great-grandchildren, four sisters, and two brothers.
A visitation will be on Friday, January 19, 2018 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the James Crowder Funeral Home La Marque with a Vigil at 7:30pm. A Funeral Mass will be at 10:00am on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in La Marque with Father Chacko Puthumayil officiating. Entombment will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Galveston. A Reception will be at the church hall following the entombment.
In lieu of flowers the family request Memorials be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital in Memphis, TN.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at UTMB ICU; Tweet, Sara, Adam, Hannah, Lyndsey, Brittney and Cat RT.
Dorothy Wooley, 74, of La Marque, passed away Sunday, January 7, 2018 in Webster, TX. She was born January 31, 1943, in Galveston, TX to William and Dorothy Perthuis. Dorothy was a great homemaker and loved spending time with her family. She did everything she could to get to events and spend time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren even though they were spread apart. Dorothy enjoyed sewing, embroidery, and making baby blankets. She was a loving and caring woman to all her family and friends.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; husband James Allen Wooley, and son James Andrew Wooley.
She is survived by her daughters Elizabeth Kay Jennings and husband Will, Elizabeth Ann Bracewell and husband Ken, Lois Jeannine Johnson and husband Melvin; brother Ellis Perthuis; aunt Wilodyne Hooper; nephew Scott Perthuis; cousin Freddie Carmichael; brother-in-law Earl Hingle Jr.; extended family: Betty and Russell Cornitius, Roy and Bea Anthony, Rosie Richards, Darlene Richard, Wanda Bryant, Catalina Berndt, and Carol and Martin Rygaard; five granddaughters, six grandsons, four great granddaughters, four great grandsons, and numerous nieces and nephews and good friends.
A visitation will be held from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, Friday, January 12, 2018, Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson. Services will be held at 10:00am, Saturday January 13, 2018, at the funeral home, Deacon John Carrillo officiating. Interment will follow at the Hypolite Perthuis Cemetery, Hitchcock, TX.
Pallbearers will be Gelon Jennings, Jr., Kevin Eskridge, Kelvin Eskridge, Scott Perthuis, Nathan Perthuis, Tre’Vion Lindsey, Eddie Carmichael and Freddie Carmichael.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Ellis Perthuis, Russell & Betty Cornituis, Roy & Bea Anthony, Rosie Richards, Catalina Berndt, Martin & Carol Rygaard, Darlene Richard, Aunt Wilodyne Hooper, Will Jennings, Ken Bracewell and Melvin Johnson.
Sharon Kay O’Neal Maris left this life on January 2, 2018. It was a very cold Tuesday. My mom was no ordinary woman; therefore, I cannot eulogize her with some list of dates and family members on a form letter. Sharon was born in Texas City, TX on October 15, 1959. She grew up the only girl in a sea of brothers and had to be tough. In 1972, she met the love of her life, Larry Maris, in church. They were only teenagers. The son of the preacher, Sharon fell for Larry’s beautiful singing voice, and he fell for her beautiful long legs and infectious smile. They married in 1975 and never left each other’s side for nearly 43 years. Indeed, even in her passing, Sharon slept peacefully by Larry’s side.
She had three children by the age of 21, and so had to put off her own college education to raise and help support her family. She drove an ambulance as an EMT, was an office manager for several doctors, and finally became an operator at a refinery in a time when women were not welcome there. She endured harassment of the worst kind, and yet soldiered on because she knew it would bring a better life for her kids. Sharon always pushed her kids to achieve their full potential. After she left refining, she continued to be a role model for her kids, pursuing her degree in emergency medicine and achieving that goal well into her 40s.
Sharon was a highly intelligent woman. She had artistic talents, teaching herself to sing and play the mandolin. She was also tough as nails. She was always the one you wanted near in a medical emergency. She carried her paramedic kit in her truck no matter where she went so that she could always respond to someone in danger. She was generous and kind to charities and strangers, and she loved her animals. Most of all she loved her husband and children.
Sharon would not have classified herself as anyone special. She did not claim to be the perfect wife nor the perfect mother. In fact, she often felt as if she made too many mistakes. But the truth is, despite her flaws and perceived shortcomings; she left an amazing legacy behind. She left a brilliant daughter, Jesse, who graduated from Baylor and followed in her medical footsteps. Jesse carries Sharon’s physical beauty, almost as a carbon copy; and together with her husband, Dane, is raising three of Sharon’s beautiful grandchildren; Audrey, Ethan and Lila. Sharon also left behind her son, Jimmy Dale, the one to whom she always referred as her “miracle baby”, the preemie she almost lost. He is now a kind and gentle husband to his gorgeous wife Kaci, and a father of three beautiful children; Ryan, Colt and Brylee. Then there is her little surprise baby songbird, Tyler. Tyler grew up to become a brilliant singer/musician and a Senior Airman in the Texas Air National Guard, and he recently married his sweet-hearted, adorable wife Ariel. I guess that just leaves me, Ray. Mama’s forever middle child, I carry on her determination and perseverance. I married my beautiful wife, Bobbi, and we’re raising our brilliant kids; Keilan, Madysson, and Noah. All of Sharon’s grandchildren have some piece of her beauty, talent and intellect as well.
Mama’s life may have been relatively short, but she left her mark on the world, and it was a good one. She has numerous other family members, friends, and loved ones that she also left behind who will miss her as well. Now, she can rest in heaven with her beloved mother, Jimmie, and her brothers; Jimmy, Paul, and Phillip and all who have passed before her who were dear to her heart.
It wasn’t nearly long enough.
We love you, and we’ll miss you, mom. And don’t worry; we’ll take care of daddy. See you again soon.
Graveside Services will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, January 12, 2017 at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be to your favorite charity.
GALVESTON Mary Margaret Dean age 57 of Galveston passed away, Thursday January 11, 2018 at Jennie Sealy Hospital in Galveston.Memorial services are 11:00am Friday, January 19, 2018 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Reverend Susan Kennard officiating under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston.
Mary Margaret was born June 24, 1960 in Galveston, Texas to Joseph Charles Blackshear, Sr. and Helen Murray Blackshear. She was a 1978 graduate of Ball High School. She went on to graduate the University of Texas at Austin in 1982 with a Bachelor in Science in Speech Communication. During her high school years she enjoyed participating in the Sorority life as a part of the TR Sorority and was also a member of the Ball High Tennis Team. Professionally as a real estate appraiser she and her husband founded the Dean Appraisal Services on January 1, 1990 serving Galveston, Houston and Southeast Texas together for over 28 years. She was a faithful member of Trinity Episcopal Church where she loved to work and serve as the President of the Episcopal Church Women at Trinity. She enjoyed socializing with her many friends, new and old, and was an avid reader of mystery novels. The true love of her life was her children. As a devoted mother and wife the time she spent with them was what gave her deep and solemn joy. The sorrow of her loss will be felt for years to come but the impact she made on her family will last for an eternity. Until we meet again.
Preceded in death by her parents Joe and Helen Blackshear and a sister, Jan Blackshear; survivors include her loving husband of 35 years, A. Charles “Chuck” Dean; daughter, Margaret Helen “Maggie” Dean; sons, Charles Murray Dean and Spenser Graves Dean; brother, Joe Charles Blackshear, Jr. and wife Rochelle all of Galveston and Murray Blackshear and wife Faye of Brentwood, Tennessee.
Memorials may be sent to Episcopal Church Women- Care of Trinity Episcopal Church 2216 Ball Galveston, Texas 77550.
Barbara Ann Moreno, 79, passed from this life on January 8, 2018 at UTMB Hospital surrounded by her husband, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Funeral mass will be held 11:00am Tuesday January 16, 2018 at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Father Orrin Halepeska Celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston. There will be a reception at St Patrick’s Auditorium following the burial. The family will receive visitors from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home where a rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m.
Barbara was born on the Island to Peter and Catherine O’Donohoe on April 11, 1938. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Barbara loved to cook and would make sure no-one went hungry. She brought joy and laughter to everyone that met her. She had the most beautiful and brilliant Blue-Eyes. Barbara was an expert Bingo player and would never miss her football squares. She made sure her home was open to any one in need, especially Family. Barbara was truly and deeply loved by her 19 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed and in our hearts forever.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents Peter Michael O’Donohoe and Katherine Velma O’Donohoe; son John Michael Moreno; and beloved Son in Law Tony Hernandez.
Survivors include her loving husband of 63 years John Moreno Jr. and children, Sherry Moreno, Patsy Hernandez, Belinda Canales, Vera Torres and significant other John Ramos, Josie Coleman, Katherine Kiamar and Fiancé Fred Torres, Lawrence Moreno Sr. and significant other Kelly Guerra. She was also survived by two granddaughters she loved and raised as her own Deanna Shiloh and Fiancé Robert Diaz Jr. and Barbie Moreno.
Pallbearers are grandson’s JoJo Villarreal, Jason Canales, Lawrence Moreno Junior, Julian Williams, Blake Williams, and Freddie Shiloh Jr.
The family would like to thank the Dr.’s and nurses of UTMB hospital for the wonderful care given our loved one.
FELTON JONES, JR., passed away at his home on Saturday, January 6, 2018. He was born June 24, 1953, in Galveston, Texas, and the only son born to Felton Jones, Sr. and Doris Louise Jones. He graduated from Ball High School in 1971 and served as a proud member of the Ball High School Marching Band. He was a favorite D.J. at Dan and Don’s Club in Galveston, Texas. He attended Bishop College in Marshall, Texas and majored in music.
From the age of six years old, he has been around the funeral industry under the total care of Mr. Pendergraff, Jr. With the help of Mr. T.D. Armstrong, he graduated from Commonwealth College of Mortuary Sciences in 1974. He received his apprenticeship at Strode-Armstrong Mortuary and Hebert & Company. His professional career spanned 40 years and served Carnes Brothers Funeral Home Galveston, Carnes Funeral Home Texas City, Carnes Funeral Home Houston, Bay Area Funeral Directors, Fields Funeral Homes, J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home, Mainland Funeral Home, Malloy and Son Funeral Home and Wynn Funeral Home, where he not only exercised his skills in embalming and funeral directing, but also freely taught those skills to many aspiring morticians. He also worked many years at UTMB Department of Pathology where he trained many young student physicians in the anatomy of autopsies.
Throughout his years of service to the community, Felton has been recognized for his expertise and experience on the Mainland as well. His devotion and professionalism awarded him the appointments of Funeral Director and Funeral Services Specialist to the people of Galveston County.
Felton enjoyed cooking, jazz, movies, singing, sports, and time with family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Felton Jones, Sr., son, Felton Jones, III, and granddaughter, Christaline Dalanie Richardson. He leaves to cherish his memory a devoted and loving mother, Doris Jones from Texas City, Texas, sisters: Jacqueline Hasan from Galveston, Texas, Cathey Stewart (Steven) from Manvel, Texas, Feleneice Shanks from Houston, Texas, Winnifred Woodworth (Errol) from Haywood, California, Adrienne Jones from La Marque, Texas and Quinette James (Peter) from La Marque, Texas. One daughter, Jeannine Werdlow from Galveston, Texas, and one son, Kristopherson Jones from Houston, Texas. Six grandchildren: Rashard Richardson, Kansas O’Brien, Kayla O’Brien, Micalah Rivera,, Allen Jones, Jr., and Karrington Jones. Three great-grandchildren: Rylan Richardson, KayLinn Turner, and Kenzie Hardy, as well as a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and devoted friend Mr. Curtis Alex.
The family wishes to thank Mr. Mike Carnes, Mr. Rusty Carnes, Galveston EMS, Galveston Police Department and Officers Mr. Ashley, Mr. Lopez, and Mr. Weems. Neighbors: Mr. Clemons, Ms. Gayle, Ms. Kitty, Ms. Mary, and Ms. Rhonda. Also, Rev. Eugene Lewis, Mr. Arthur Mosley, and other first responders for their kindness and support.
Visitation will be held at 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and funeral services to follow at 11:00 a.m. at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston, Texas with Rev. Peter James, Sr., officiating on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Interment following at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas.
GALVESTON Otis Fields age 88 of Galveston went home to be with the Lord, Friday January 5, 2018 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family in Galveston. Funeral services are 11:00am Saturday January 13, 2018 at Greater Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, reverend Michael Dwyer officiating. Burial; will follow at Grace Memorial Park in Hitchcock under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston. Visitation will be held on Friday from 5:00pm until 7:00pm with a wake service from 7:00pm until 8:00pm at the funeral home.
Born May 21, 1929 in Navasota, TX to Booker T. Fields and Minnie Love, Otis attended Booker T. High School. He served as a U.S. Merchant Marine for over 44 years where he worked as a Chief Pump man, becoming an engineer. Otis always helped people in the community by giving to those less fortunate.
Otis was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters and 1 brother. He leaves precious memories with his daughters, Masami Kobayashi, Vanessa Fields (Mike), Makiba Fields, Theresa Lee and Sheliah Rolland; sons, Lee Otis Fields, Otis Williams, Anthony Fields and Willie Charles Fields; 2 brothers, Leslie Love and Michael Love and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Special thanks to Texas Home Health Hospice Nurses Latoya Otems and Celeste Marshall.
GALVESTON Ofelia Lilly-Hernandez-Garcia-Lopez age 84 entered into eternal rest, Saturday January 6, 2018 with her son by her side. Respecting momma’s final wishes services will be held 6:30pm Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston with cremation to follow. The family will receive visitors from 5:00pm until 8:00pm.
Ofelia was born in El Paso Texas October 5, 1933 to Reyes & Irene Hernandez Sr. and was the youngest sister of seven children. Momma was preceded in death by her parents, sister Veila Dunn and her daughter Cynthia Alcala. She was a long time resident of Galveston, TX and truly considered the Island her home.
She leaves behind her beloved mija, Donna Wallace & son in law, Tom Wallace. Her only son, mijo David Garcia & Cindy Foley as well as her youngest, Sammie Kay Gutierrez. She will be tremendously missed by that of her 8 grandchildren; Martin & Marcus Alcala, Tish and Lisa Alcala, Misty Moreno, Christie Garza and Ashley & Larry Gutierrez Jr. Including 18 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Left to continue their parents and sister’s legacy; are her sister Alice Huffman and brothers; Samuel, Daniel, Josh, Reyes Jr. along with numerous nieces, nephews and loving friends.
Momma worked hard her entire life to love and take care of her children. She was a graduate of Ball High School and retired from U.T.M.B on August 31,1993. Momma loved to cook creating meals for all her family and friends including her amazing tortillas. Her passionate love to cook made sure you never left her home hungry and reassured her love by feeding you whatever your favorite meal was. As an employee of U.T.M.B momma worked her way from housekeeping into the operating room sometimes side by side of that of her daughter Cindy. Momma loved to care for others even working with the elderly long after retirement. She had a passionate love for all of her siblings, grandchildren, friends and animals especially her Bossy.
The family wish to extend their gratitude to all the staff and nurses who cared and loved for momma with special thanks to Erin and Charlotte.
Max Charles Smith (Charlie) was born on February 27, 1930 on the Matador ranch in Matador, Texas. Growing up as a preacher’s son, he moved numerous times while growing up, and especially enjoyed working on the Rocking A Ranch in Oklahoma for his uncle Claude Brannon for many years.
Charlie graduated with an Associate Degree in theater and lighting design from Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas, and studied costume design with Miss Barton in the Shakespeare Theater of the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. Charlie then spent four years in the Air Force in the Strategic Air Command, which was an important and valued part of his life.
Charlie met the love of his life, Rose Marie, in 1953. After he finished his time in the Air Force, he returned to college at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where he graduated in 1955 with one Bachelor’s Degree in Theater and one in Industrial Relations.
Charlie and Rose Marie were married by Charlie’s father on August 28, 1955 at Robert’s Avenue Methodist Church in Beaumont, Texas, and then moved to Grapevine, Texas, where he and Rose Marie both worked as teachers. Charlie then worked in Human Resources for Rio Grande Life Insurance in Dallas, Texas, then for Pitts Industries, and later for the City of Denton. He was an adult probation officer for Denton County, where he retired in 1994, after which he and Rose Marie moved to Galveston, Texas. Charlie was heavily involved in the community theater in Denton, in the Denton First United Methodist Church and Moody Methodist Church in Galveston.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, Reverend Morris and Gladys Smith, and his sister, Barbara Ann Riddell. He is survived by his wife, Rose Marie Smith from Galveston, a brother, Richard Smith, from Cypress, Texas, and three daughters: Rozanne Smith and husband Mike Alvernaz from Missoula, Montana; Connie Norton and husband Glenn Norton from Natalia, Texas; and Jennifer Smith from Galveston, Texas; as well as two grandchildren: Crystal Calvert and husband Lee Calvert from Waxahachie, Texas, and Patrick Norton from San Antonio, Texas, and two great-grandchildren, Kyle and Eva Calvert from Waxahachie, Texas.
Charlie will be greatly missed by his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Sunshine Center, Inc., 1726 21st Street, Galveston, Texas 77550, or a charity of your choice.
Memorial services are 10:00 am Thursday, January 11, 2018 at moody memorial First United Methodist Church, reverend Ray Pinard officiating. A reception will follow the service at the church.
GALVESTON Lawrence Albert Elfstrom, Jr. age 72 of Splendora died, Friday January 5, 2018 at his home in Splendora. Funeral services are 10:00am Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston, Pastor Victor Frank officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Grace Memorial Park in Hitchcock. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5:00pm until 8:00pm where an Elk’s Memorial Service will be held at 6:00pm.
Born February 21, 1945 in Galveston, Texas to Lawrence Albert Elfstrom, Sr. and Nina Flora McNary Elfstrom, Larry was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving his country honorably in Vietnam as a Sargent. He was a Custom Home Designer by trade, was a very knowledgeable user of Auto CAD and could build a computer out of nothing. He was a past Leading Knight at the BPOE # 126 in Galveston where he was very active in all aspects of the lodge. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and barbecuing. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Cleveland, Texas.
Preceded in death by his parents, brother, Danny Elfstrom and sisters Karen Castaneda and Kathy Sorentino, survivors include his wife, Susan Leigh Elfstrom of Splendora; daughters, Beth Dick and husband Don of Santa Fe, Texas Nancy Morgan of Cleveland, Texas and Tracie Rusak and husband Rich of Miami, Florida; son, Lawrence Albert “Tray” Elfstrom, III and Larissa Maciel of Galveston; brother, Ronnie Elfstrom and wife Susan of Texas City; grandchildren, Brad Elfstrom, Crystal Elfstrom, Bryan Barclay, Maara Morgan and Melissa Maciel Elfstrom; great grandchildren, Taylor Elfstrom, Terri Robbins and Heather Doty; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Pallbearers are Bryan Barclay, Lawrence A. Elfstrom, III, Brad Elfstrom, Nancy Morgan, Ronnie Elfstrom and Vincent Sorentino.
The family would like to thank the Compassionate Care Hospice and especially nurse Abby Hoppas for the excellent and truly compassionate care given to Mr. Elfstrom.
DEBORAH LYNN PIRE. Debbie ascended to Heaven to join her Mother & Father (Janet & James Osteen) along with her Uncle George Kahanek.
Debbie is survived by her husband of 42 years, John Pire, four sons: Eugene Cothern, Michael (Mary) Cothern, John Jr (Rachel) Pire, and George Pire. Three brothers: Larry (Beth) Osteen, Vallon (Paddy) Osteen, Tommy (Jennifer) Osteen, 13 grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Debbie left our world in her sleep without any pain & suffering.
She will be looking down upon all her family & friends.
The last few years were very hard for Debbie, she persevered through it all, Many Doctors & Nurses took excellent care of her whenever she was under their care. All who will be forever in our Hearts – for their kindness & dedication to their chosen profession.
A visitation will be held on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM and a service will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 2:00PM both at the Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson. Interment will follow at the Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, TX.
Sadly missed by all who knew Debbie
John Pire & Family & Carroll Perry
Dorothy Jean Landriault, of Texas City, Texas passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. She was born in Galveston, TX to Edna and Joseph Clifford Landriault, Sr. on December 20, 1943.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her mother and father, brother; Joseph Clifford Landriault, Jr, and nephew; William Joseph Landriault. She is survived by her sister in-law; Belinda Landriault, three nephews Charles Landriault, David Hale, and Keaghan Gantt, and niece; Nora Landriault.
A memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson, Texas.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the charity of your choice.
Jack Theo Thomsen, Sr., 77, of Matagorda, formerly of Bryan, passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at Jennie Sealy Hospital in Galveston. Cremation services have been entrusted to Carnes Brothers Funeral Home of Galveston.
Jack Sr., born on October 13, 1940 in Bryan, Texas, was the son of Theodore Herman and Deasie Mae (Vance) Thomsen. Growing up he was a member of First Baptist Church and a part of Boy Scouts of America in Bryan. Throughout his time as a young man in Bryan he pumped gas at Dewie Moss Service Station and worked at Acme Glass. After graduating from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1959, he attended Sam Houston State University. Jack returned to Bryan and again worked at Acme glass. In January 1963, he and Dolores married; soon after Jack enlisted in the Army, serving 6 years, 1963-1969. In 1965 he became a Store Manager for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Corporation, managing stores in Bryan, Bay City and Port Lavaca. Jack worked as a Partner at Southwestern Marine after returning to his hometown in 1970; he and Dolores continued to raised their two children there. Jack also became a Cub Scout Leader during his son’s involvement in the Boy Scout organization. The family of four spent many weekends in Matagorda on the beach as the children were growing up. Later, Jack then moved on to own his own business, J&T Construction Co., for the rest of his career. He and Dolores moved to Matagorda permanently in 1982, Jack came to be involved in the Matagorda Historical Society, as well as a charter member of Community Baptist Church. He was known as the person to go to if you needed help, advise or just a listening ear in town. Jack became Matagorda VFD Fire Chief for five years, and was instrumental in procuring funds for a new ambulance, pumper truck, & brush truck for MVFD, along with the construction of Fireman’s Hall. Throughout his life, Jack enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching NASCAR; He also loved to dance and listen to country music.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Frances (Thomsen) Cloonan and mother & father in-law, Bud & Elizabeth Marquart.
Survivors include his wife, Dolores and their children. Daughter, Donna & husband Mitchell Morehead and son, Jack, Jr. & wife, Tina Thomsen. Grandchildren; Whitney (Morehead) & husband, Charley Coats, Ashley Morehead, Lindsey (Morehead) & husband, Arin Weedon, Payton Thomsen and Dustin Corbin. Great-granddaughter; Hannah Coats and many extended family and friends.
A Celebration Of Life will be held at Fireman’s Hall in Matagorda, Texas on January 13, 2018 at 1:00pm. In Lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to: Matagorda Community Latchkey Program, P.O. Box 212, Matagorda, TX 77457.
GALVESTON Veronica Donicia Contreras, age 42, of Texas City passed from this life on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in the Webster. Memorial services are 3:00 pm, Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church in Galveston, Reverend Ray Pinard officiating.
Born June 19, 1975 in Galveston, Texas to Johnny Contreras and Sylvia Ybarra, Veronica was a 1993 graduate of Texas City High School. She loved to dance and play slots. She was a kind, warm hearted person always willing to share with her family and friends the love that was so evident in her life. She dearly loved her nieces and nephews. She was employed at Wal Mart and was a wonderful daughter, sister and aunt.
Preceded in death by her mother, Sylvia Ybarra Contreras and grandparents Almira G. Garcia, John J. Garcia and Ernest Contreras, Sr.; survivors include, father Johnny Contreras and wife Sylvia Martinez Contreras of Pasadena, grandmother, Donicia Moreno of Galveston; sister, Cecelia Contreras and Joseph Medrano of Texas City; brother, A. J. Montoya of Hawaii; nieces, Amber Contreras, Marissa Martinez and Megan Martinez; nephews, Christopher Contreras and Justin Contreras; great nephews, Jonathan Contreras and Ralph Garcia, III; great niece, Vivian Westmoreland; numerous other relatives and friends.
CHARLESTON S.C. Father Theodore R. Lewis, Jr. was born in Galveston, Texas, on July 23, 1946, and departed this life on December 21, 2017. A Funeral Service of Celebration for Father Theodore R. Lewis, Jr. will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at St. Augustine Hippo Episcopal Church. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Martha D. Lewis; daughter, Carrie E. Lewis; grandchildren, DeAndre’ Alston, DeShaunna Nelson and Gikwan Young.
GALVESTON Aurora Amaya age 95 of Austin, formerly of Galveston died, Monday December 25, 2017 in the presence of her devoted family at her home in Austin. Funeral Mass is 10:00 am Thursday, January 4, 2018 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Father Orrin Halepeska, celebrant. Burial will follow at Houston National Cemetery under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home of Galveston. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm where a rosary will be recited at 6:30 pm.
June 21, 1933 – December 24, 2017
Beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, teacher, and friend, Michelle Jewell Funston, age 44, of Galveston passed away Sunday, December 24, 2017 surrounded by her loving family and friends.
For 17 years, Michelle was married to the love of her life, Sean Funston and together they raised the other love of her life, their son Tyler. A proud BOI, Michelle attended Ball High School and Stephen F. Austin State University where she received her BS in Childhood Education. A beloved teacher for 21 years, she taught multiple grade levels for GISD and, for the last 8 years, taught at Trinity Episcopal. Michelle was a dedicated teacher, certified through Neuhaus, who loved her students and strove to educate and bring out the best of every student she ever taught.
Michelle will be best remembered for her “dimpled darling smile,” loving nature, fierce loyalty, running on “Jewell sister time”, for being fiercely loving yet driving her sister crazy, her beautiful laugh, stubbornness, being the consummate back seat driver, her love for the two most cantankerous dogs in captivity, Murphy and Nacho, being a true friend, and for the cherished impact she had on all of her family, friends and students.
Preceded in death by her mother, Paula Biegert Jewell, Grandparents and father in law, Dean Funston, Michelle is survived by her husband Sean Funston and their son Tyler; her father Homer “Butch” Jewell and stepmother Patsy; her sister Deanna Jewell Barrett and husband Sean; niece Bella Barrett and nephew Braden Barrett, “favorite” mother in law Ann Funston, and numerous other relatives.
A Service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church Sunday, December 31st, 2017 at 2 pm. All are invited to a reception following the service in the Trinity school gymnasium.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, or Trinity Episcopal Church in honor of Michelle.
GALVESTON Lawrence Thomas Phillips, Jr. age 69 of Santa Fe passed away, Sunday December 17, 2017 at The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston. Funeral services are 10:00am Friday, December 22, 2017 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston, Salome Robert Sifuentes officiating. Burial will follow at the Alta Loma Cemetery under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral home. The family will receive visitors on Thursday from 5:00pm until 8:00pm at the funeral home.
Lawrence was born February 9, 1948 in Beaumont, Texas to Lawrence Thomas Phillips, Sr. and Hazel Mattes. He was a highly decorated Vietnam Veteran of the U. S. Army serving his country honorably attaining the rank of Sargent. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal W/5 Bronze Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal W/1960 Device, Bronze Star Medal, 2 Overseas Bars, First Class Gunner (81 Mort), Marksman (45 Cal), Expert (M-14, M-16, M-19). In his professional life he was the owner and operator of Coastal Plumbing and Heating in Galveston retiring after he became disabled. In his retirement years he enjoyed traveling to Louisiana and Las Vegas until it became too difficult for him to get around. The loves of his life were his grandchildren and great grandchildren who brought him great joy. He was a man with a tender and caring heart who would give anyone in need the shirt off of his back. He loved to fish and was of the Catholic Faith.
Preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence T. Phillips, Sr. and Hazel Hollingsworth, survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 31 ½ years, Vickie Lynn Phillips of Santa Fe; devoted daughter Juanita Ivy-Sifuentes and husband Robert of Texas City and Wendy Ziesemer and husband Phillip of Galveston; grandchildren, Kaela Ivy, Cheyenne Ivy, Huntre Ivy, Alexis Leuning and husband Tanner, Brittanie Diaz and Allie Aguilar; great grandchildren, Ahri Merida- Ortega, Spencer Walters, Timothy James Leuning , Audrey Leuning, Julian Martinez and John Martinez.
Pallbearers are Cheyenne Ivy, Jimmy Crowhurst, Salome Robert Sifuentes, Gary Ewing, Phillip Ziesemer and Yovany Valencia.
The family would like to offer special thanks to Dr. Bujarski and the ICU Nurses of at the VA Hospital, Krystal Kennedy and Devie Ubas for the excellent care given to Mr. Phillips during his illness.
GALVESTON Florentino Garcia-Salinas age 72 of Galveston died, Saturday December 9, 2017 at Jennie Sealy Hospital in Galveston. Funeral services are 7:00pm Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston. Visitation will be held from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Wednesday. Burial will take place at Panteon Municipal Cristo Rey in Melchor Ocampo, Mexico.
Florentino was born November 19, 1945 in Melchor Ocampo, Mexico to Santos Garcia and Clara Salinas. He was a retired employee with Walmart Stores.
Survivors include his wife Maria R. Garcia; daughters, Clara I. Garcia and Carina Garcia; sons, Jaime A. Garcia and Jesus A. Garcia; 10 grandchildren, Francisco J. Gonzalez, Cesar A. Garcia, Jazmin Martinez, David Garcia, Santiago Gonzalez, Natalia Martinez, Cynthia Garcia, Azucena Gonzalez, Ulises Garcia and Joel Gonzalez.
David Paul Holmen of St.Paul Minnesota passed away on November 16,2017. David worked at Minnesota correctional facility as a correctional officer for 15 years and Sears for 15 years. David is survived by his children David wife (Gena), Erika, and Aaron wife (Laura) Holmen. Sisters Mary Erdman, Karen and Joe Hines, brother Chucky and Mary Joe Holmen, Grandchildren Alex (United States Navy), Ario, Angelena, Ariana and Eric Holmen, Gianni Tenerelli Taylor Wood. Great grandchild Amelia Holmen, and many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Preceded in death by brother Jon and Teddy, father Edwin, mother Arlene and beloved grandson Nickolas Francis Tenerelli. He served his country proudly in the United States Air Force for 4 years in Vietnam. We want to give a special thank you to Rob and Linda Bassat for the loving care of our father through the years.
Visitation Tuesday, Nov. 21, 4-8pm at KESSLER & MAGUIRE FUNERAL HOME 640 W. 7th St., St. Paul, MN. 651-224-2341. Graveside Service Wednesday 11am at Oakland Cemetery.
GALVESTON Donna Beth Griffin age 59 of Galveston passed away, Monday December 4, 2017 at her residence in Galveston. Funeral services are 11:00am Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston with visitation beginning at 9:00am.
Donna was born October 30, 1958 in Houston, Texas to Donald Jack Griffin and Carol Brack King Griffin. She was employed as a Waitress at Nick’s Seafood in Galveston where she was loved by all her many customers and co-workers. She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister who will be remembered for the joy she brought to her family and the love she poured into her daughter, her son’s and grandchildren’s lives. She loved the outdoors, the beach, hiking, camping and being with her beloved family.
Preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Jack and Steve Griffin and a daughter, Jill Balestrino, survivors include sons, Jonathan Michael Balestrino of Channelview, Texas and Joseph Allen Balestrino of Galveston; grandchildren, Kristin, Chris, Kael, Katrina, Marcus, and Julianne; numerous other relatives and friends.
Edward James Kazaleh, 56, passed away Monday, November 20, 2017 at his residence in Houston. Born March 28, 1961, in Galveston, Texas to Jimmie and Suad Kazaleh, Edward graduated from Ball High School in Galveston and received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He worked with a prominent engineering and land development firm in Austin, Texas for several years. He then earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law in 1996. Edward practiced law in the Houston and Galveston area for 20 years, and was a certified mediator. He was also a licensed Texas realtor. Edward travelled extensively and lived around the world.
Edward is predeceased by his parents, his sister, Joanne Kazaleh, and his brother, Sammy Kazaleh. He is survived by his family and loved ones. A private service will be held Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at Forest Park East in Houston, Texas.
GALVESTON John Murrie “Trey” Proctor, III age 62 of Galveston passed away, Saturday November 25, 2017 after a long hard fought battle with cancer. Funeral services are 6:30pm Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home at 1201 23rd Street Rear, Galveston, TX 77550. The family will receive visitors from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Thursday.
Born September 2, 1955 in Galveston to John Murrie Proctor, Jr. and Kathryn Evelyn Proctor, Trey was a carpenter by trade, but fisherman at heart. He won so many fishing contest, they stopped allowing him to enter. He was a “B.O.I” through and through. Trey loved hunting, fishing, surfing, and the smell of that sweet salty stench that only Galveston can offer. He lived on the Island his entire life. Trey played baseball in his younger years and his love for the game grew into a passion for the Astros, which he has finally able to see win the World Series before he passed. In the last few years he did not let cancer hold him down, Trey set out and became quite the world traveler, taking trips to Jamaica, Haiti, Belize, and many more. Trey loved his family and will be truly missed by all except the fish, the fish population will definitely start making a comeback now Trey is in Heaven.
Preceded in death by his parents, survivors include son, Bryan Proctor and daughter in law Victoria Beuther of Jacksonville, Florida ;his daughters, Coral Proctor and Kimberly Simon; grandson, Kyler Morris ; niece, Ariel Conoly; sister, Nancy Conoly and husband Mike; brother, Tommy Proctor; cousin, Andy Baccinnelli all of Galveston
Memorials may be sent to the charity of your choice.
GALVESTON Marguerite Elizabeth Foreman age 71 of Galveston died, Monday November 13, 2017 at Oceanview Transitional Care Center in Texas City.
Marguerite was born February 5, 1946 in Houston, Texas to Allen Curry Gracey, Jr. and Dorothy Mae Kuhleman Gracey. She graduated from Lamar High School in 1964 and worked in Retail Clothing in Houston. In 1968 she married Sgt. Specialist 5th Class William Rogers “Bill” Foreman in Fort Polk, Tigerland, Louisiana, before he was deployed to Korea. After Bill’s tour of duty and returning to Galveston she returned to retail clothing at Craig’s Clothing Store, following them to Baybook Mall where she worked until its closing. She also attended Galveston College for several years majoring in computers. She was an excellent artist who was good in graphic art. She was a Lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Marguerite enjoyed being a wonderful homemaker after her retirement, throwing great parties and taking good care of Bill. She will be missed and loved forever.
No formal services are planned at this time. Local arrangements are under the directions of Carnes Brothers Funeral home.
GALVESTON Deborah Toni Simpson age 57 of Galveston passed away, Tuesday November 14, 2017 at Jennie Sealy Hospital in Galveston. Memorial services are 10:00am Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston.
Debbie was born February 20, 1960 in Galveston to James Albert Simpson and Esther Moreno Simpson. She was a member of the 1978 class of Ball High School. Debbie was employed at American National Insurance Company for 35 years as a Health and New Business Specialist. She was an avid reader, reading 2 and 3 books a week. She loved shopping, traveling to the casinos with her friends, and watching the Big Bang Theory. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt who enjoyed time spent with her family, especially her grandson.
Preceded in death by her parents, James Simpson and Esther Moreno Simpson; sister, Tina Simpson, brother, Jimbo Simpson and special friend, George Tavarez; survivors include daughter, Amanda Simpson and husband Greg Rickaway of Galveston; grandson, Gunner Rickaway of Galveston; sisters, Graciela Moreno and husband Jeff Coplon of Brooklyn, NY, Rita Gonzales of Galveston and Denise Castro and husband Raul of Columbia, Maryland; brothers, Guillermo Vasquez and wife Antonia of Houston and Charles Simpson and wife Debbie of Hitchcock; honorary sister Josephine Mejia and husband Julius Mejia of Galveston; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
The family would like to thank the Doctors, nurses and staff of Jennie Sealy Hospital 8th Floor CCU for their professional, kind and compassionate care of Debbie.