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Adair Batterson Mapp

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Adair Batterson Mapp

11/28/1926 - 8/26/2015

Adair Batterson Mapp, 88, a longtime resident of Friendswood, TX passed away on Wednesday, August 26, 2015.She was born November 28, 1926 to Travis M. Batterson and Grace Edwards Batterson in Houston, TX.She retired from HISD after 36 years of teaching.

She is survived by her son, Greg Mapp and wife Diana, their children Nicholas and Abigail and her son Chris Mapp and wife Debra, their children Travis, Crystal, Jeannie and Martin; numerous great-grandchildren; her closest and dearest friend Pam Kopeki; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

A private graveside service will be held at Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston, TX.

Condolences may be sent to the Mapp family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
John Theodore Thiem

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John Theodore Thiem

2/6/1937 - 8/20/2015

John Theodore Thiem, Sr. went to be with our Lord in Heaven on August 20, 2015 in Houston, Texas at the age of 78 surrounded by his loving family.

John was born on February 6, 1937 in Galveston, Texas to Theodore and Muriel Thiem. He graduated from Ball High School in Galveston, attended Texas A&M University and graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.

He married Sandra Abney Thiem in 1960 and eventually settled in Alvin, Texas in 1969 to raise their three children. John worked for Brown & Root for 30 years and eventually retired from Union Carbide in 1999. John was proud to be a BOI (born on island) and a member of the Texas National Guard. He was a charter member of the Krewe of Gambrinus and served on the executive board up until this past February. John was elected to several terms as Mayor of Hillcrest Village where he resided.

He was a dedicated long time member of Hope Lutheran Church in Friendswood, Texas. John always loved spending time with his family and close friends. His children remember him as a kind, gentle father who instilled in them the Lutheran faith and encouraged them to work hard and pursue their goals.

John is survived by his loving wife, Sandra, of 55 years; his mother, Muriel Thiem; his son, John T. Thiem, Jr., and wife, Janice; his daughter, Shanna Thiem; his son, Matthew Thiem and wife, Jill; grandchildren, Jordan Thiem, Jared Thiem, and Jenna Thiem; his sister, Judy Whelton, and husband, Robert; his sister, Joan Dillard; his brother, Jerry Thiem and wife, Laleen; his brother, Jed Thiem and wife, Irma; and numerous nieces and nephews. He’s preceded in death by his father, Theodore Thiem.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Monday, August 24, 2015 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. at the Hope Lutheran Church, 1804 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. Ralph Hobratschk and Rev. Jonathan Petering officiating. Interment will follow at the South Park Cemetery in Pearland, TX.

Pallbearers are H.F. “Buddy” Beaman, Howell Fletcher, Raymond Haak, Leo Johnston, Edwin Korth, Trent Morgan, Joseph Tambrella, and Robert Whelton.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hope Lutheran Church (www.hope-lutheran.org) or The Lighthouse Charity Team (www.lighthousecharityteam.com).
Condolences may be sent to the Thiem family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Richard Everett Ross

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Richard Everett Ross

7/31/1958 - 8/11/2015

Richard Everett (Ricky) Ross, 57, died suddenly on August 11, 2015.Ricky was born in Houston on July 31, 1958, and grew up in SE Houston and Friendswood.As a boy, he played little league baseball, which his Dad coached, football, and also basketball.The family had a beach house in Surfside and Ricky loved to fish, go crabbing, and walk along the sandy beach.Ricky attended Friendswood Jr. High and High School and graduated in 1978.During his high school years he loved to play the drums and drive the main drag in Friendswood in his Trans Am.

Ricky started working in the family business, R&R Wholesale Dist. Co., as a teenager. He continued working there as an adult and became the owner in 2002 when his Dad passed away. He loved going to Disneyworld with his family and also developed a passion for NASCAR racing and drag racing.He liked it so much he often rented an RV and parked close to the track to enjoy the races up close.One of his favorite card games was his Mom's favorite - Kings in the Corner.Ricky attended Park Place Baptist Church and when the family moved to Friendswood, he became a member of First Baptist Church Friendswood by believer’s baptism.Throughout his life he never wavered in his faith - he knew God was with him and loved him throughout the highs and lows of his life.He even quoted scriptures as he overcame the different challenges that came his way. Ricky had such an energetic personality and was loved by many.He was almost always seen wearing his favorite cowboy boots (year round).At the time of his death, he was living in LaMarque and working at Genesis ATC as a warehouse manager.In his recent years, he felt led to help others and had a sense of accomplishment while aiding other men as they faced life's challenges.He was very family oriented and cherished his two daughters and 5 grandchildren.

Ricky was preceded in death by his brother Douglas L. Ross, Jr., his nephew Kirkland Ross Thurman, his mother Dana June Claunts Ross, and his father Douglas L. Ross.

He is survived by his 2 daughters, Christine Ross Howard and her children (grandchildren) Jaden, Alyssa, and Celeste, and daughter Lesley Ross and her children (grandchildren), Landon and Bradley, along with the mother of his daughters, Sandra Ross. He is also survived by his 2 sisters, Jodie Ross Wurzbach and her children (nephews), Eric Keith Wurzbach and Kevin Ross Wurzbach and sister Judy Ross McNeely and her husband John McNeely and her child (nephew) Le Thurman.Other family members include his uncle Kenneth Scanlan, and cousins Jerry Landreneau, Jack Wayne Ross and his son Jack, Cynthia Ross Murphy, Gilda Ross Sager, Roger Ross, Hank Scanlan, Keith Dawson, Annette Dawson Sonfield, Dana Lynn Claunts Armenta, Cobie Claunts Schoener, and Jeff Claunts.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 21, 2015 at 6:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 officiated by Zach Nicholson and Aric Harding vocalist. Visitation time will be prior to the service between 5:30-6:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the St. Jude's Hospital, 22 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tennessee in memory of his nephew Kirk whom he loved dearly and passed away of Leukemia at the age of 17.

Condolences may be sent to the Ross family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com..

 
Margaret Lafield Bates

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Margaret Lafield Bates

7/20/1926 - 8/18/2015

Margaret L. Bates, 89, longtime resident of Alvin, Texas passed away August 18, 2015. She was born July 26, 1926 in Houston, Texas to B.F. Lafield and Willie Goss Lafield. Margaret was a member of the 1st Presbyterian Church starting in 1940. She graduated from Alvin High School in 1943. She worked at the Blimp Base and Ellington Field during WWII. She met and married Glenn Bates on August 30, 1947 and had five children. She helped her husband run the radio shop, a grocery store and feed store, and a Humble Service Station. When her husband retired, she went back to work until her retirement in 1998. Margaret loved her family very much. She encouraged and supported them and delighted in her children and grandchildren. She loved all her "babies"! She loved to sew for herself, her daughters and granddaughters and enjoyed working out in the yard. She liked to read, especially her morning paper. Margaret had a deep devotion to her church. She spent twenty years as the kindergarten Sunday school teacher, was the church school superintendent, and was also a deacon, an elder, a trustee, and the church treasurer for many years.

She is survived by daughters, Patricia Wigley and husband Larry of Normangee, Texas; Pamela Bates, Sue Kelso, and Peggy Anders all of Alvin, Texas; her grandchildren include, Jamie Wigley of Mississippi, Amber Anderson and husband Mark of Houston, Christopher Parks of Alvin, Crystal Chadwick and husband Robert of Santa Fe; great grandchildren include, Tucker Chadwick, Madison Chadwick, Ellie Chadwick, Bowen Chadwick, Tinsley Anderson, Kelso Anderson and Noah Kelso.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Friday, August 21, 2015 at 8:30 A.M. with the funeral service beginning at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Rev. P.A. Washer officiating.  A private interment will be held at the Confederate Cemetery in Alvin, TX.

Condolences may be sent to the Bates family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Jack Houchin

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Jack Houchin "Pete" Murphy

3/25/1930 - 8/16/2015

Jack Houchin “Pete” Murphy, 85, of Friendswood, TX passed away on Sunday, August 16, 2015.He was born March 25, 1930, the youngest of four children born to Leonard and Frances Houchin Murphy in Arcola, IL.

Pete graduated from Arcola schools, served in the Korean War, and worked in the chemical field for over 30 years. He was also a farmer, gardener, and property manager. Pete was a member of the Friendswood United Methodist Church. He was a Charter member of the Tuscola Elks Lodge.

Pete was preceded in death by his son Stephen J. Murphy, who died in 1995.He is survived by his wife, Loretta Murphy; son Mark Houchin Murphy and his wife Pam; granddaughters, Sarah Murphy and Amy Murphy; and great granddaughters, Celia and Madison.

No visitation will be held, and a private burial will take place at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the City of Friendswood for Solar Lighting in Stevenson Park.

Condolences may be sent to the Murphy family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Jo

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Jo "Dee" Agnes WeMott Werner

7/13/1921 - 8/15/2015

Jo “Dee” Agnes WeMott Werner, 94, of Friendswood, TX passed away on Saturday, August 15, 2015.She was born July 13, 1921 to Herbert H. WeMott and Minnie P. Bullock WeMott in Butler, MO.

Dee was married to Donald P. Greely for 24 years until his untimely death in 1972 at the age of 47.She married Russell Werner in 1980 and they were married 35 years until his death 2 years ago. Dee was a wonderful homemaker; her first love was her family and was completely devoted to them; her second love was Tennis. She was an avid player for 7 decades, from her childhood in Butler, MO until an ankle break in her mid-seventies while living in Friendswood that forced her to quit playing. Dee continued to enjoy watching televised professional tennis until her death.

Dee was preceded in death by her parents; her husband’s Donald P. Greeley and Russell Werner; brothers, Harold WeMott and Arthur WeMott.

She is survived by her daughters, Dianne and husband Ken Duggan of Webster, TX, Janice and husband Richard Kinsel and Jerrie and husband John MGillis both of Friendswood, TX; stepdaughter Shirley Mitchell of California; stepson Keith Werner and wife Cindy of Washington; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, August 21, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Chaplain John Morris officiating.Interment will follow at the Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, TX.

Condolences may be sent to the Werner family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Donna Marie Grimm

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Donna Marie Grimm

9/23/1933 - 8/10/2015

Donna Marie Grimm, age 81 of St. Francis, MN and formerly of Monticello, MN and Pearland, TX, passed away on August 10, 2015 at North Memorial Medical Center of Robbinsdale, MN.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Alphonse and Viola Dhaemers; husband William Grimm; son-in-law Clifford “Rocky” Lindenfelser; sister Shirley Fick; and aunt Irene Kickland and uncle Dr. Palmer Kickland.

She is survived by her children, Duane and wife Suzy Krienitz of Houston, TX, Rick and wife Deb Krienitz of St. Francis, MN, Jeannie Lindenfelser of Corcoran, MN, Jill and husband Mark “Joe” Green of Denton, TX, William “Bill” and wife Tiffany Grimm of Pearland, TX; 13 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; brothers, Bob Dhaemers of Sioux Falls, SD, Roger Dhaemers of ND; sister Sharon Peyton of Sioux Falls, SD; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr.,
Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Stark officiating. A private interment will be held at the Houston National Cemetery in Houston, TX.

Condolences may be sent to the Grimm family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Samuel V. Hagopian

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Samuel V. Hagopian

5/4/1926 - 8/10/2015

The loving family of Samuel V. Hagopian sadly announce his passing on August 10, 2015 at the age of 89. He was born in Niagara Falls, NY to the late Movses and Satenig Hagopian.

Upon his return from proudly serving in the US Army as a Medic during WWII, he met and married Barbara Simonian of Buffalo, NY. During their 67 year marriage, they were blessed with four children, Natalie, Suzanne, Celeste, and Samuel Jr.

Samuel had several businesses throughout his lifetime. Upon moving to Houston in 1978, he owned and was President of Commercial Exterminators, Inc. After retiring in 1991, he and Barbara traveled abroad extensively. He was a boating enthusiast, enjoyed the fine arts, backgammon, Shakespeare, and the opera.He was a 32nd degree Mason. At the age of 14, he was the youngest violinist in the Niagara Falls Philharmonic. He was extremely proud of his Armenian heritage and was a board member of several philanthropic Armenian organizations. He will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his sister, Mary Jamgochian.

Sam is survived by his loving wife Barbara; daughter Natalie and husband Arman Manoukian, and their children Nicole Keshishian, Jason (Raffi) and Kristine Manoukian, the late Aaron Manoukian, and their grandchildren Isabella, Raffaella, Krikor and Arman Aaron; daughter Suzanne and husband Michael Azarian, and their children Leslie and Alex Karapetian, Michael Azarian Jr., Adam Azarian, Alexander Azarian, and their grandchild Theodore Karapetian; daughter Celeste and husband Michael Ayjian, and their children Michael-Aaron Ayjian, and Simone Ayjian; son Samuel V.(Jr.) and wife Anahid Hagopian, and their children Samuel V. Hagopian III, Tamar Hagopian, Leila Hagopian, and Ava Hagopian; and many loving nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 12:30 P.M., at St. Kevork Armenian Apostolic Church, 3211 Synott Rd, Houston, TX 77082.

Pallbearers will include his grandsons, Jason Raffi Manoukian, Michael Azarian, Jr., Adam Azarian, Alexander Azarian, Samuel V. Hagopian, III, and Michael Aaron Ayjian.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Kevork Church.

 
Dawn Alice’ Thomas

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Dawn Alice’ Thomas

6/17/1964 - 8/7/2015

Dawn Alice’ Thomas, 51, of Friendswood, Texas, passed away peacefully on August 7, 2015, with her brother John and husband Bryan by her side. Dawn was born in London, England, on June 17, 1964.In 1969, her family moved to the west side of Houston, Texas, where Dawn attended Thornwood Elementary, Westchester Junior High, and Stratford High School.

From early childhood, Dawn realized that education was a key component to her success and independence. Dawn excelled in everything she set out to accomplish; she was a 1st chair violinist, an accomplished pianist, and flutist and at the top of her class academically. She graduated from Texas A&M University summa cum laude in 1985 with a degree in mathematics. After one year with Exxon, Dawn entered civil service with NASA in 1986.

At NASA, her dedication and persistence were well recognized through her work in the Mission Operations Directorate, International Space Station Program Office, and the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate. She was a two-time recipient of the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and a Silver Snoopy Award recipient.

In 2006, Dawn married her husband, Bryan, and together they set out on a journey to achieve her most coveted achievement - the birth of their daughters, Katherine and Megan - in 2009.

Dawn was an eternal optimist, believing that there was nothing that one could not accomplish in life if there was sufficient will to do so.  She believed strongly in healthy eating, spirituality, and connecting with the universe through yoga and meditation. In the face of insurmountable medical complications, Dawn continued to be the strength of her family and always reminded us that “this too shall pass.”Dawn sacrificed everything she had to ensure that Katherine and Megan started their own life’s journey knowing the importance of education, inner self strength, independence, and a love of life’s daily miracles.

A memorial service to celebrate Dawn’s life will be on Thursday, August 13, 2015, at 10:00 AM at Hope Lutheran Church, 1804 South Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. Ralph Hobratschk officiating.Friends are cordially invited to the reception immediately following the services at the main reception hall adjacent to the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the “Dawn Thomas Memorial Fund” established at the JSC Federal Credit Union, 1330 Gemini St., Houston, TX 77058.(281-488-7070; 800-940-0708)

Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Ruth Elaine Ware Kirk

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Ruth Elaine Ware Kirk

10/4/1945 - 8/6/2015

Ruth Elaine Ware Kirk, 69, was born October 4, 1945 in Dallas, Texas to Gordon E. and Mary Frances Jacobs Ware.She took the hand of Jesus and ascended into Heaven on August 6, 2015.Ruth suffered a traumatic head injury, which was subsequently followed by a stroke and a period of time in ICU.

Ruth grew up in Dallas and graduated from Adamson High School in 1963, then attended the University of Houston and graduated with a BA in Accounting in 1967.Ruth met Albert Lawrence Kirk at the Wesley Foundation at the University of Houston.They later married on August 27, 1966 at the new Religion Center at the University of Houston.

Ruth and Lawrence first lived in the Glenbrook Valley area, and then moved to Friendswood in 1981.Ruth worked for Chevron of California in downtown Houston before becoming a full time mother and housewife.Later she started a small Christian book business “The Book Garden”, and successfully guided it for 30 plus years.

She enjoyed making stained glass, growing beautiful flowers, playing games (especially word games) and spending time with her family.Ruth was vigilant in regard to the dietary constraints of the Gerson therapy that helped Lawrence to be a pancreatic cancer survivor for 20 years and counting.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Gordon E. and Mary Frances Jacobs Ware.

She is survived by her husband Lawrence and children: Karen Brown (Trent); grandchildren, Caroline Brown and Cameron Brown; Brian Kirk and (Liza); brother Gene Ware and (Jeannie); and many other relatives and cherished friends.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546 (281) 992-7200.A private interment will be held at a later date in Seminole, Texas.

A memorial service will be held at Glenbrook United Methodist Church, 8635 Glen Valley Drive, Houston, Texas 77061 on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 11:00 A.M.with Rev. Beverly Woodard officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Gerson Institute, P.O. Box 161358, San Diego, California 92176 or www.Gerson.org; the Glenbrook United Methodist Church, 8635 Glen Valley Drive, Houston, Texas 77061, or the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be sent to the Kirk family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Bruce Archie Sipple

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Bruce Archie Sipple

12/3/1973 - 8/5/2015

Bruce Archie Sipple, 41, of League City, TX passed away on Wednesday, August 5, 2015.He was born December 3, 1973 to Bruce R. Sipple and Denise Anthony Sipple in Camden, NJ.

He is survived by his mother Denise Sipple; sister Nicole Sipple and niece Savannah Sipple all of Pearland, TX; children, Blake and Morgan Sipple of League City, TX; aunt Carol Melchart; uncle Warren Sipple; five cousins all of Blackwood, NJ; aunt Dorothy Sipple of Roundrock, TX; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 6:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Pastor Brad Gardner officiating.

Condolences may be sent to the Sipple family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 

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Kenneth R. Brown

3/24/1934 - 7/29/2015

Kenneth R. Brown, 81, of Rosharon, TX passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.He was born March 24, 1934 to Chester L. Brown and Ruth M. Anderson Brown in Youngstown, OH.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 1:00 P.M.at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.

Condolences may be sent to the Brown family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Ruth Ferrill Bradley

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Ruth Ferrill Bradley

9/17/1925 - 8/2/2015

Ruth Ferrill Bradley was born in Mobile, Alabama on September 17, 1925 and peacefully passed from this earth to eternal life with her heavenly Father on August 2, 2015. There she will be joyfully reunited with her late parents, William Archie Ferrill and Edith Gertrude Ferrill; her late husband, Irvin N. Bradley, and her late sister, Marie F. Hickson. She was 89.

Ruth met Irvin while working in the banking field when she was 28. They married in 1954 and were subsequently blessed with three healthy, active children, Cynthia M. Bradley (Norman Bagwell); Rick F. Bradley (Teresa), and Candy B. Chuoke (Chris), all to whom she dedicated her life.

Later in life, her additional sources of pride and joy were her grandchildren, Evan N. Bradley (Courtney); Skye L. Murrill (Justin); Robert C. Chuoke IV, and one great granddaughter, Sage C. Bradley.

Ruth and Irvin raised their family and resided in Mobile until Irvin passed away in 1987. She then relocated to Texas to live with her daughters, Cindy and Candy. Although she resided in Texas for the last 28 years until her death, Ruth proudly still exemplified a true Alabama Southern Belle. She showed genuine kindness and compassion for all those around her, including all four-legged friends, personifying daily the adage,"beauty is as beauty does".Especially in her later years, she made it her mission to be an advocate for other less fortunate elderly persons whom she could still assist.

The family would like to thank the staff of Brookdale Assisted Living and the staff of Friendship Haven Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Friendswood for their years of dedication to and love for "Miss Ruth". In addition, the family extends their gratitude to A*MED Hospice for their extraordinary compassion.

Services will be held at Friendswood United Methodist Church in Friendswood, Texas, 110 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 on Wednesday, August 5, at 10 a.m., with Rev. Rosemary Dubois officiating and a private interment will follow in Mobile, Alabama.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Friendswood United Methodist Church, M. D. Anderson Cancer Research Institute, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210-4486 or www.mdanderson.org/gifts or to the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be sent to the Bradley family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
William Rex Whipkey

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William Rex Whipkey

5/2/1930 - 7/31/2015

William R. Whipkey, born May 2, 1930 in Lawrenceville, Illinois, passed away in his home, on July 31, 2015 at 7:20 pm surrounded by his family. Bill, as he is known to friends and family, is survived by his wife Catherine Whipkey, ‘Cathy’ to whom he was married for 63 years; and his two daughters. His first-born is Sharon Bayus & her husband Michael and their children Chris Bayus, Dena & her husband Josh Jouffray, and Michelle Starling and husband Dave; as well as his youngest daughter, Patty Rhodes & husband Ben and their children John, Joey Rhodes & Wife Maria, Jeremy Rhodes & wife Kristina, and Jaemi & husband Stefan Peterson. Bill is also survived by his youngest brother, Larry Whipkey; in addition to nine (9) great-grandchildren Noah, Gia, Justice, John, Jaelyn, Ariel, Declan, Dylan and Blair; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill is preceded in death by his mother, Mildred Donaldson, father, Herman Whipkey, and two younger brothers, Robert ‘Bob’ and Nelson ‘Nelsy’ Whipkey.

Bill was a communications specialist in the Army, serving in the Korean War with performance described by his commanding officer while awarding the commendation of the Bronze Star as follows, “The achievements of Corporal Whipkey were so outstanding….and beyond the call of duty as to be extraordinary.”

Bill started his family in Marietta, Georgia where both his daughters were born. He spent his 30-year career at the NASA-Johnson Space Center until he retired in 1985. Bill moved his family to Friendswood in 1965. The Whipkey family joined the Friendswood United Methodist Church in 1970 and he and wife Cathy are still members today. A member of the Friendswood Masonic Lodge No. 1416 since July 31, 1964, Bill served as Worshipful Master from 1971-1972. He was a dedicated family man, as well as an avid fisherman and hunter, who loved the outdoors. Most notably, Bill was a master at carpentry, building mock-ups for NASA even after he retired, furniture for friends and family, and custom teak work in sail boats in his private business post retirement. All who knew him will miss him for his stories and infectious laugh, but mostly for his faithfulness to family.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at Friendswood United Methodist Church, 110 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. Earl Cantrelle and Rev. Rosemary Dubois officiating.A reception will follow in the Wesley Hall.Entombment will be held at 2:00 P.M. at the Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, TX.

In Lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org; or Friendswood United Methodist Church at www.friendswoodumc.com or Innovative Alternatives, Inc. at www.innovativealternatives.org (free counseling for abused children).
Condolences may be sent to the Whipkey family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Artha Jennie Terwilliger Wright

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Artha Jennie Terwilliger Wright

10/5/1927 - 7/28/2015

Artha Jennie Terwilliger, Wright, 87, of Friendswood, Texas passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.She was born October 5, 1927 in St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania to William Bird Terwilliger and Ethelinda Marie Elizabeth Martha Minor.Artha grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, graduating from Catonsville High School in 1945 before attending the Peabody Conservatory of Music, also in Baltimore.It was there that she met the man who would be her husband, partner, best friend and other half for almost 66 years.He tells of the first time he saw her coming down the spiral staircase of the Peabody Library and the immediate realization that this was the woman he was going to marry.He proposed to her on their second date and she said yes on their third.They were married on August 23, 1949.

Mitch’s music career brought them to Texas and eventually they settled in Friendswood.Artha took a job as a school crossing guard and from there she and Mitch eventually became the foundation of the Friendswood Police Department, actually answering the police phone from their own home in the early days.Artha worked as a reserve officer, dispatcher, city and court clerk and eventually as the town’s first City Secretary before leaving the workforce to raise her three daughters.

Artha was an accomplished seamstress, a creative and inventive crafter and model railroader, and an incredible cook.She found joy in everything around her and never stopped seeking out new things to experience and learn.Nature was a lifelong passion.Artha knew every flower, tree and bird and was a friend to every living creature.She and Mitch loved to travel and were able to visit every state except Hawaii, as well as Alaska twice and parts of Canada in their beloved RV “Lindy”.She loved all types of music, was an avid reader and enjoyed puzzles and games of all kinds.Most of all, Artha was the most loving and incredible mother and wife.She loved with her whole heart and without condition or limitation.Her greatest joy was her family and caring for them was her greatest pleasure.She taught her children how to love completely, give generously, and to creatively make all that you can out of what you have.She was simply the best and she will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

Friends are cordially invited to the memorial visitation on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.

Condolences may be sent to the Wright family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com

 
Lynda Gail Lipps Jolly

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Lynda Gail Lipps Jolly

5/30/1939 - 7/25/2015

Lynda Gail Lipps Jolly, 76, of Alvin, TX passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015.She was born May 30, 1939 to Juanita Dale Lipps in Los Angeles, CA.

Lynda grew up in Borger, TX and moved to Aransas Pass, TX where she graduated from high school in 1957. After she graduated high school, she moved back to Borger where she met the love of her life Carlos Wesley Jolly. They married on February 28, 1958 and moved to Old Ocean, TX where they had their first son Jimmy Don Jolly. The family later moved to Alvin, TX where their second child LaGwena Jolly Denney was born. Years later, Lynda obtained a secretarial position at Alvin Community College where she worked until retirement in 1992. After her retirement from ACC she assumed the permanent position of Grammy Jolly to her 3 beloved granddaughters. She enjoyed traveling with and watching her granddaughters dance and play softball. She was there for each of their accomplishments and milestones.

She was preceded in death by her mother Juanita Lipps and her husband of 35 years Carl Jolly.

Lynda is survived by her daughter and son-in-law LaGwena and Kevin Denney; son Jimmy and partner Buddy Jones all of Alvin, TX. Three granddaughters, Sarah Denney Gruetzmacher and husband Matthew, Lauren, and Melanie; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Heights Baptist Church, 1591 County Rd. 144, Alvin, TX 77511 with Dr. Kyle Hargove officiating.Interment will follow at the Confederate Cemetery in Alvin, TX.

Pallbearers will include Mathew Gruetzmacher, Christopher Morales, Shawn Jolly, Mike Jones, Scott Jones, and Buddy Jones.Honorary Pallbearers will include Steve Jolly, Troy Jolly and Mark Rogers.

Condolences may be sent to the Jolly family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Dimitri Gino Guardione

In Loving Memory

Dimitri Gino Guardione

12/20/1963 - 7/21/2015

Dimitri Gino Guardione, 51, of League City, TX passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2015.He was born in Rome, Italy on December 20, 1963 to Nicola and Nadya Guardione: while still a young boy he moved with his parents to the United States.

He built a successful career in forming with his father and running with his brother an auto paint and body business in Pearland, TX.

Dimitri was and incredible person, someone that when you meet, you simply do not forget.

He was a beloved husband and parent, a devoted son and brother, a respected member of the community, an always available father and friend.Also, he was a lover and a creator of good Italian cuisine, a passionate sailor and he loved traveling, especially to Tuscany – to visit his beloved Italian relatives.

A lover of life and – more than anyone – an incredibly generous giver of himself during his life.Above all, Dimitri was the witty, humorous, relentless, driving force of his family.We will remember Dimitri with joy, always thankful to him for all he selflessly shared with all of us.

Dimitri was preceded in death by his father Nicola.

He is survived by his wife Sigrid; his children Julia, Nicholas, Louis, Leonardo; his mother Nadya; his brother Rex; his sisters Maristel and Marita; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 3:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.

Condolences may be sent to the Guardione family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Jesse Morgan Robinson

In Loving Memory

Jesse Morgan Robinson

9/16/1926 - 7/22/2015

Jesse "Morgan" Robinson, 88, retired from Champion International Paper & Simpson Paper Company, entered into Heaven's Gates on Wednesday, July 22, 2015.He was born September 16, 1926 in Asheville, NC in the Great Smoky Mountains and spent his childhood in Fayetteville, NC.

Being an NC State chemical engineer graduate, Morgan dedicated his life to the paper industry for almost 50 years.While on a six month work assignment in Brazil, he met and married the love of his life, Margot.In 1961, he brought his bride back to the US where the two settled in Southeast Houston.Eventually they moved to Friendswood where they have resided for the last 10 years.The couple celebrated 54 years of marriage.

Morgan was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie Wells Robinson and Lucile Morgan Robinson.

He is survived by his lovely wife, Margot Pacheco Robinson; his two daughters, Michélle Gordy and her husband, Ray Gordy, of The Woodlands, TX, and Monique Hansen and her husband, Brian Hansen, of Friendswood, TX; sister, Martha Reeves, of Hickory, NC; seven grandchildren, Alexandra Gordy, Avery Gordy, Addison Gordy, Grant Tucker, Zack Tucker, Cade Tucker and Elijah Hansen; and other out of state/country relatives and cherished friends.

Morgan enjoyed a good history book, watching/reading mystery series, playing golf, taking care of animals and volunteering to teach adults to read post retirement.He will be remembered as a humble, simple, sweet man, living his life as a Christian example.

The family is grateful to all the amazing caregivers who crossed his path this past year, especially, Aggie Dial, Queen Bee Quilters, and all his personal caregivers and nurses at Friendship Haven in Friendswood, TX.

A memorial mass to celebrate his life will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 withRev. James H. Kuczynski, M.S. and Rev. Benny Thadathilkunnel, M.S. officiating. Organist, music and flowers by Russell Bolduc.

Friends are cordially invited to the reception immediately following the service at the main reception hall adjacent to the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Morgan's honor to the Alzheimer's Association, www.alz.org or American Diabetes Association, www.diabetes.org or a charity of your choice.

Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
 

 

 

Jeter Memorial Funeral Home is family owned and managed by Greg Jeter since it was established on February 15, 1995 by Greg Jeter and has proudly served the Friendswood, Alvin, Pearland, Clear Lake, Houston and League City, Texas areas with all of your funeral needs. If we can be of assistance, please call us at 281-992-7200.