Thomas Mallard Bruner, Jr., 89 “a life well lived”, passed away on Monday, May 30, 2016. He was born April 18, 1927 to Thomas Mallard Bruner, Sr. and Mozelle Wood Bruner in Greenville, AL.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. with the funeral service to follow at 2:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546. Interment will be private.
In lieu of usual remembrances, the family requests donations be made to a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to the Bruner family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Elizabeth Marie (Walton) Brannon, 83, passed away peacefully on May 26, 2016 in Pearland, Texas. She was born on June 29, 1932, to Herman and Olive Walton in Sherrodsville, Ohio.
Elizabeth spent most of her years in the Steubenville area before moving to Texas in the 70's.
She was preceded in death by her parents. Elizabeth leaves behind two daughters: Rhonda Bednarek of East Liverpool, Ohio and Gail Crowell (Dean) of Pearland, Texas; one brother John Walton of McKinney, Texas; six grandchildren: Ryan Bernard and family (South Carolina), Shaun Bednarek and family, Todd Bednarek and family (Ohio), Kyle Sala and family (Spain), Kerry Brewton and family (Thailand), Jason Crowell and family (Texas); and 14 great-grandchildren.
Elizabeth was very kind, gentle, and talented person. She had such a wonderful personality. She enjoyed crocheting, painting, reading, and solving crossword puzzles.
She will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her...Condolences may be sent to the Brannon family at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Evelyn Carroll (Niemann) Smith swung open the pearly gates and ran into the arms of Jesus on May 18, 2016, at age 81. She was born July 4, 1934 to Erhart Charles Niemann and Sabra Estes Niemann in Lexington, KY.
She was an adored wife, mother and friend to all who knew her. Evelyn was raised in London, KY, where she married her husband of 49 years, Glenn Austin Smith. They moved to Texas, raised their family of four in Austin, then returned to Frankfort, KY before returning to Clear Lake. She was a former member of University Baptist Church and was involved in the Clear Lake Christian Women’s Club.
Evelyn loved the Lord Jesus, she loved life, she loved music, she loved bright colors, she was known for being a snappy dresser, and she loved people. Those who were around her were made to feel like family, not just friends. She was a gracious and giving lady.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Glenn.
She is survived by four children: son Mark Smith and wife D’Ann of Kansas City, MO; son Ron Smith of Lexington, KY; daughter Denise Smith Wright and husband Bobby of Friendswood, TX; and daughter Deborah Smith Wingate and husband Tommy of Frankfort, KY. She also was blessed with fourteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home in Friendswood, TX, on May 20, 2016, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Frankfort, KY.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter, 6055 South Loop East, Houston, TX 77087-1005.
Condolences may be sent to the Smith family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Richard Kyle Haffelder went to be with his Heavenly Father on Monday, May 16 at the age of 57 after a courageous 3 ½ year battle with cancer. He was born May 5, 1959 in Houston, TX. to Emily and John Haffelder. He was a devoted father, brother, uncle and a friend to all. Richard will be dearly missed and will be fondly remembered by all who were blessed to know him. He owned a successful business for many years. He loved spending time with family and friends at the lake house and could always whip up a fantastic meal in no time. His greatest joy in life was fishing, hunting and coaching his boys in their various sports. He was always supportive to his high school alma mater, the Friendswood Mustangs, and the Pearland Oilers where his 2 oldest sons attended high school. He was the Texas Longhorns biggest fan and most of his clothes consisted of UT gear.
He was preceded in death by both of his parents and his infant daughter Shelby Lynne Haffelder.
Richard is survived by his 3 sons, Michael Ryan Haffelder, Steven Kyle Haffelder, and James Logan Haffelder; granddaughter, Kaydence Arliene Haffelder and grandson Kaleb Kyle Haffelder. He is also survived by brother, Steven Keith Haffelder (Marina); 2 sisters, Suzan Kimball (Duane) and Sally Wilson; and numerous nieces and nephews and extended family.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. with a memorial service to begin at 11:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Lori Gunnels officiating.
In lieu of flowers, there has been a foundation set up in Richard’s memory by his good friend Philip Bullock for underprivileged children to attend a summer camp of their choice. Donations can be made at the website: www.bunkerhead.net/richard
Condolences may be sent to the Haffelder family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Dennis Newell Bedingfield, 82, of Houston, TX passed away on Monday, May 16, 2016. He was born August 3, 1933 to Dennis C. Bedingfield and Grace Scruggs Bedingfield in Oak Flat, TX.
Dennis made his career in the automobile and recreational vehicle business in the Houston area. He would always put his customers at ease with a story or two and they would always get a fair deal. A good friend once said, Dennis could sell a bucket of sand to the King of Saudi Arabia. An avid collector of handmade knives, he attended a knife making school in Arkansas and made many of his own. His true passion was cooking and spending time with his family out by the camp fire.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife of 53 years, Mary Patricia.
Dennis is survived by his brother Glen and sister Ann; five children, Kathleen Broussard and husband Ron of Katy, TX, Susan Guinn and husband Keith of Houston, TX, Denise Hammond and husband Donnis of Houston, TX, Jerilynn Bedingfield of Atlanta, GA; and Dennis Bedingfield and wife Mitzi of Friendswood, TX. He was also blessed with thirteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Rev. Don Savell officiating.
In lieu of flowers, plant some seeds and grow something in his memory.
Condolences may be sent to the Bedingfield family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Eugene Harold Davis, 75, of Alvin, TX passed away from Leukemia on Friday, May 13, 2016. He was born September 15, 1940 to Joseph Davis and Ruth Mitchell Davis in Red Level, AL.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 39 years, Shirley Jean Davis; and his brother, Buddy Davis.
Eugene is survived by his daughter Connie Potts and husband Jimmy of Alvin, TX; son Dennis Davis and wife Rachel of Pittsburg, KS; daughter Gail Little and husband Scott of West Columbia, TX; siblings, James Davis of Austin, TX, Joann Mund of Augusta, GA, Nell Leboff of Augusta, GA, and Shirley Turner of Panama City, FL; 13 grandchildren, Megan, Clay, Meagan, Paige, Haylee, Brooke, Ashton, Nicole, Chase, Dustin, Tristian, Savannah and Shelby; 4 great-grandchildren, Madison, Mavery, Larne and Chase; best friend Linda St. Germain; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 4:00 P.M. with the funeral service to follow at 5:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Rev. Jerry Stark officiating. Interment will be held on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the Viney Creek Cemetery in Golden, MO.
Condolences may be sent to the Davis family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Steven Patterson McCarroll, 68, a longtime resident of Friendswood, TX, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 2, 2016. He was born April 28, 1948 to Kenneth McCarroll and Patricia Patterson McCarroll in Jacksonville, TX.
During his youth, Steven served honorably in the United States Army, enlisting in 1969 and receiving an honorable discharge in 1971. After completing his military service, Steven attended the University of Houston and received a bachelor's degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, in order to fulfill a lifelong interest of working in the hospitality industry.
Later in life, Steven began a successful career in the electronic security systems and fire alarm business, first working for Simplex Systems and ADT, and then eventually founding and operating his own company, 4M Security Systems, in the Friendswood and greater-Houston area. Throughout his life, Steven was also greatly committed to participating in civic activities, being involved in the local chapter of the Rotary Club as well as the Presbyterian Church. To his family and friends, he was known as a very outgoing, thoughtful, and beloved member of the community.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Steven is survived by his son, Kevin McCarroll; his wife of 19 years, Robin McCarroll; his two brothers, Dr. Kerry McCarroll and Scott McCarroll; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
Friends and family are cordially invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 1:00 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 McCarroll family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Rosemary Nellie Alsfasser Martin, 91, of Alvin, TX passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2016. She was born July 16, 1924 to Mathias Alsfasser and Nellie Elringer Alsfasser in St. Joseph, MO.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77038.
Condolences may be sent to the Martin family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Thomas Warren Muecke, Jr., 52, of Friendswood, TX passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2016. He was born August 20, 1963 to Thomas W. Muecke, Sr. and Suzanne Hopkins Muecke in Galveston, TX.
Tom grew up in Angleton, TX where he attended Angleton High School and quarterbacked the football team to a 10-0 season. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Baylor University as a two-time All SWC pick, where he led the Bears to two bowl games and was named the Houston Post SWC Most Valuable Player and winner of the SWC/ Fort Worth Kiwanis Club Sportsmanship Award. After college, Tom headed to the Canadian Football League where he played for seven seasons and was part of two Grey Cup championships in both Winnipeg and Edmonton. After a successful football career, Tom returned to Friendswood, TX where he and his wife Alison have lived for the past 15 years with their two children, MacKenzie (14) and Garrett (9). Tom has remained actively involved with his family through school activities and sports, coaching football and basketball for the community youth leagues. Tom was an avid high school football fan and could be found in attendance any given Friday night in the stands cheering on his local team. His passions are family, friends, and sports.
He spent the last 15 years as an optometrist at Berkeley Eye Center in Clear Lake, TX.
Tom was an angel on earth and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Alison Antill Muecke; children, MacKenzie and Garrett; father, Tom Muecke, Sr; sister, Karen Hillier; brother-in-law, Glen Hillier; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Willie and Sandy Anitll; nephews, Tyler and Aaron Hillier; brother-in-law, Tracey Antill and wife Amy Antill; nieces, Sydney and Avery Antill; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 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, April 27, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the Friendswood United Methodist Church, 110 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. Gale Towns and Rev. Rosemary Dubois officiating. Interment will follow at 3:00 P.M. at the Angleton Cemetery in Angleton, TX.
In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be sent to the Angleton Wildcat Football Booster Club, 1 Campus Dr., Angleton, TX 77515 or the Friendswood Mustang Football Booster Club, 702 Greenbriar Dr, Friendswood, TX 77546.
Condolences may be sent to the Muecke family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Jean Smithhammer Kacz, 86, of Alvin, Texas passed from this world into the arms of her Lord in a most peaceful and dignified fashion this April 18, 2016. Jean died due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease. In the final weeks of her life, Jean was surrounded by the members of her loving family and close friends.
Jean was born at home in O’Hara Township in Allegany County in rural Pennsylvania. She was the middle child between her older sister, Thelma and younger brother, Neal. Her parents were Cornelius and Clementine Smithhammer which probably accounts for her name being simply ‘Jean’. Her father was a professional boxer, her mother a homemaker. Jean’s childhood stories included fond memories of her and her siblings stopping to pick berries in the berry patches along the way to and from school. In high school, she was athletic and marched in the band. She was an accomplished clarinet and sax player and played in college as well. Her college nickname was ‘Smitty’ and she graduated from Slippery Rock State Teacher’s College with a teaching degree in 1951. She immediately began her life-long career of teaching at Clinton Elementary in Clinton, Pennsylvania. During her sophomore year in college, she met the love of her life, Bob. Their story is that they went bowling on their first date and Jean dropped the bowling ball on Bob’s foot. It was true love ever since. Jean and Bob married in 1952, were blessed with 6 children and adopted their grandson, Patrick, as a toddler. They were married just shy of 59 years when Bob passed in 2011.
Bob and Jean moved to Texas in 1957 and immediately immersed themselves into the small rural town of Alvin. Although Jean was busy raising 6 children, she was very active in the Alvin community. Jean devoted her love for teaching to her own private kindergarten and she also taught citizenship classes to adults. She assisted in initiating the first low-income child care facility in Alvin and dedicated many hours to its success.
Jean was instrumental at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church where she began her ministry by greeting and welcoming newcomers to the community. Friends today still recall her warm welcome. Jean eventually handled all aspects of church administration. She spent many years as the church secretary and mentored others to serve the Lord in the same manner. She was also in the first group of certified Directors of Religious Education in the diocese and served as an Eucharistic Minister. She helped start the first Mother’s Day Out program at St. John’s and her granddaughter, Erin, was one of the inaugural students. Jean spent many years sharing her love of Christ with others as an instructor of RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) teaching adults the Catholic faith. Later after much initial encouragement, Jean was very active in the ACTS (Adoration, Community, Theology and Service) retreat program where she is fondly remembered as a fun loving, major contributor to the program helping others to know and become closer to Christ.
Jean loved children, all children. She was a “teacher” through and through. Although the current term is “educator”, Jean’s heart and soul was dedicated to “teaching” with a special love for children. She began teaching in her private kindergarten before public schools provided such. She taught in her kindergarten on their property behind their home for approximately 20 years. Many children passed through those doors and their lives were changed due to Jean’s teaching and positive influence. Jean saw former students everywhere she went in Alvin, remembering most of their names and especially their behavior! She continued teaching in the Alvin Independent School District as practically a full-time substitute teacher. She was highly regarded by many of the faculty as the ‘sub’ they requested for their long-term absences. Jean made many life-long friends with the faculty and administrators of the schools where she taught for close to 40 years until she retired at the age of 81. And amazingly enough, she continued to teach during her last days when her caregivers would find her ‘teaching’ students by name in the middle of the night in her bedroom.
Jean was a devoted wife and was truly the ‘woman behind the man’. She helped her husband, Deacon Bob, manage the many accomplishments and church activities he performed. She assisted at Masses, made sure that weddings went off without a hitch, as well as funerals, baptisms and Quinceaneras, orchestrated the Christmas ornament sales, worked at the annual festival and was involved in, if not in charge of, almost every other church activity throughout the years. Jean served her Lord by always being available with a helping hand to anyone that needed her. Her friend, Laura Seyffert remembers her as “a faithful friend; one who kept promises, who could be depended on, whatever the need, whatever the time”.
Jean was a devoted mother raising her children and grandchildren spreading over 40 years. It is doubtful that Jean and Bob ever lived alone in their home as many others; both family and non-family, temporarily shared their home with them. She may have been the quiet voice in the stands when her children and grandchildren performed but she was the proudest. She was a kind and gentle soul. She was stern but loving. She had the best dry wit and sense of humor that was not understood by all, but if you did understand it, you loved her even more for it.
Jean loved traveling. Most often it was with Bob and the family but at times she traveled with friends. She treasured her travels to Lake Tahoe, the Holy Land, Rome, Ireland, England, Spain, Mexico City, the Aztec and Inca Pyramids of South America, Machu Picchu in Peru, Hawaii and throughout the United States. Jean and Bob enjoyed dancing, especially the polka. She competed in local bowling leagues and traveled throughout the United States with her bowling partner and close friend, Shirley Guilliams.
Jean loved many and was loved by many. We are blessed to have known her and spent the time we had with her. Alzheimer’s may have stolen some of her memories but fortunately, it did not take ours.
A special thank you to Jean’s caregivers for providing her a pleasant and dignified last couple years; Marliz, Belma, Eva, Eleanor, Maria, Regina and Wayne, Dolores and Sabrina.
Jean is survived by her children; Mike and wife Nancy, Patti and spouse Cheryl Yale, Bobbi, Terri, Sherri and husband Guy Hardy, Lorri and husband Joe Dinkins, and Patrick; her brother, Neal Smithhammer and wife Mary; ten grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; other relatives and numerous friends.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation at Moody National Bank in Alvin in Jean’s name. Funds will be given to Alzheimer’s research. Thanks to all of you for your thoughts and prayers for Jean and her family.
A vigil service will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Alvin at 4:30pm Friday, May 6, with a rosary to be recited immediately after. Visitation will begin at the conclusion of the rosary at 5:15pm.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30am Saturday, May 7 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Alvin with Rev. John Taosan, O.M.I., celebrant. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas.
Arrangements are under the direction of Jeter Funeral Home, 311 W. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546. (281) 992-7200, condolences may be sent to the Kacz family at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Alma "Joyce" Dunn Partridge, 70, beloved sister, mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2016 after a long and painful illness. Known variously as Joyce, Mom and "Nana" by those who loved her best, Joyce was predeceased by her beloved husband, Bobby Joe Partridge, and her parents, J. W. Dunn and Lonnie "Grace" Dunn.
Born August 24, 1945 in Mississippi, Joyce grew up in Meridian, Mississippi, where she met her husband, Bobby. She lived more than 46 years in the Houston area, most of it in Friendswood, Texas. A woman of fierce devotion and conviction throughout her life, she freely gave of herself to family and friends. Joyce was always willing to lend a hand, offer words of advice, compassion or support, and to provide that most precious of things -- her time. Joyce's home in Friendswood served as the central gathering place for immediate family. Most Sunday evenings were spent there where, after a home-cooked meal, football was watched, board games were played and love was freely shared.
Joyce's last seven years were spent actively and energetically spoiling her grandchildren. During times of better health, she would take them on special adventures that might include shopping trips, movies, playgrounds, favorite restaurants or even overnight stays. Joyce also adored animals, and she willingly shared her life with well-loved pets over the years, most recently her cat, Lizzie. In a heart seemingly full to the brim with love, she always found room for more.
Joyce is survived by brothers, Harold Dunn and Larry Dunn; daughter, Kimberly Partridge-Error; sons, Bobby Partridge, Jr. and Michael Partridge; and grandchildren, Brendan Error and Morgan Error.
A small service celebrating Joyce's life and legacy will be held on April 21, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas, 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Rev. Jerry Stark officiating. Close friends and family members are welcome. For those so inclined, in lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made in Joyce's name, to charities of the givers' choice.
Condolences may be sent to the Partridge 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.