JETER MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME

Jeter Memorial Funeral Home
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Jeter Memorial Funaral Home

Jeter Memorial Funaral Home

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.



 

In Loving Memory

David Alan Clarkson,

5/16/1958 - 10/17/2014

David Alan Clarkson, 56, of Friendswood, TX passed away on Friday, October 17, 2014.  He was born on May 16, 1958 to Edwin R. Clarkson and Gayle Stott Clarkson in Lawton, OK.

 

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.

 

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

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William Andrew West

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William Andrew West

5/25/1979 - 10/12/2014

William Andrew (Billy) West, 35, of Friendswood, TX passed away on Sunday, October 12, 2014.  He was born on May 25, 1979 to Birney (Bill) and Harriet (Susie) West in Houston, TX.

Billy married the love of his life, Ashley (Krenek) West, in January 2002, after dating for five years.  They loved to fish and play with their two “fur children”, Jolly and Gizmo.

He was always there for his family, friends, and neighbors; willing to help fix cars, boats, houses, or just be a confidant for those who needed advice. He will be missed by so many.

Billy is survived by his wife Ashley; his parents Bill and Susie; his brother Chris and Chris’ two children, Alexa and Dylan; Aunts and Uncles Peggy and George Craig of Virginia Beach, VA; Laurie and Jess Porter of Huntsville, AL; Susan and David Stevens of Savage, MN; parents in-law Jerry and Debbie Krenek; brother and sister in-law Brad and Sarah Krenek, their children Elisa, Emily, and Charlie of Friendswood, as well as many cousins and close friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Rev. Roger Patterson officiating. Informal dress is requested. A reception will be held following the service. Location will be announced at the service.

The family would like to express gratitude and appreciation for the support and kindness extended to us during our time of sorrow. Condolences may be posted to the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home blog at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to S.A.V.E Rescue Coalition would be preferred. S.A.V.E was formed to help local animal rescue groups in the Houston Metro area work more effectively together for the purpose of reducing the homeless pet problem through Spay/Neuter, Adoption, Volunteering and Education. They are a 100% donation funded organization. With Billy’s love for animals, this is what he would prefer: www.saverescue.org/donate/.

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Richard Ellis Cotten

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Richard Ellis Cotten

9/13/1949 - 10/12/2014

Richard Ellis Cotten, 65, of Alvin, TX passed away on Sunday, October 12, 2014.  He was born on September 13, 1949 to Ebbie B. Cotten and Betty J. Trahan Cotten in Dayton, TX.

  

Rick was born in Dayton, TX and grew up in Saratoga where he attended West Hardin High School. He went on to attend college at Sam Houston State University. Rick spent numerous years working alongside his brother-in-law building custom cabinetry, before going on to become a chemical operator at Celanese in Bayport. He retired from Celanese Chemical after 15 years but continued to consult on numerous projects in the chemical field.

 

Rick was proud of his Choctaw heritage and was an avid hunter. He used his expertise in hunting to instill those same values in those he hunted with. In April of this year, he was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer.  After months of grueling treatment, he succumbed to the disease and peacefully passed away surrounded in a full embrace by his family. Rick was the epitome of a loving and devoted husband, son, brother, father, Pawpaw, and friend, and he will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

 

He was preceded in death by his father, Brack Cotten and daughter, Lori Kirk.

 

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Janice, his mother Betty Cotten, daughter Lacy Bogar of Friendswood and husband Billy, daughter Erin Hernandez and Mateo Hernandez, both of Alvin, son Reese Cotten of Alvin and wife Shannon, daughter Kim Croley of Houston and husband Clint, sisters, Sandy Harris of Nederland, Carla Jannise and husband Joe of Raywood, grandchildren, Lindsey Mourikis, Jamie Kirk, Ryan Lakner, Kaela Kirk, Holly Lakner, Maia Kirk, Ava Kirk, Tanner Chapman, Lee Cotten, Will Croley, Laelyn Cotten, Jaxon Hernandez, great grandson Alexander Mourikis, and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 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, October 16, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mary Sanders officiating.  Interment will follow at Guedry Cemetery, 11713 Batson Prairie Rd., Batson, TX  77519 at 2:00 P.M. 

 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142 or 800-805-5856 or at www.stjude.org

 

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

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Janet C. Flurry Griffis

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Janet C. Flurry Griffis

4/14/1934 - 10/9/2014

Janet C. Flurry Griffis, 80, of Alvin, TX left this world on October 9, 2014 after a long illness.  She was born in Marlow, OK on April 14, 1934 to Dolph and Ludie Simpson Flurry.  She met Alvin Neal Griffis, Sr. on a blind date in Odessa, TX and they were married for 63 years.  They were members of the First Baptist Church in Rockport for many years; they have lived in Alvin, TX for the past 40 years. 

 

She is survived by her husband Neal; her daughter Pamela Edwards Szymanski of San Antonio, TX; her son Alvin Neal Griffis, Jr. of Alvin, TX; her grandson Glyn David Haas of Cedar Creek, TX; her granddaughter Jennifer Lee Griffis Baxter of Alvin, TX; 3 great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Michell Byrne, Haley Charlene Byrne, and Douglas Neal Baxter; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

 

She will be buried in Odessa, TX next to her parents in the Sunset Memorial Cemetery on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 1:00 P.M.

 

Janet always put others before herself and will be sadly missed, but always remembered.

 

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

 
Stephen Paul Newcomb

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Stephen Paul Newcomb

12/2/1942 - 10/10/2014

Stephen P. Newcomb, 71, husband, brother, uncle, and friend passed away early Friday, October 10, 2014.  His family takes comfort in the fact that he was at home and passed peacefully while he slept. He was born on December 2, 1942 in Bridgeton, NJ to Paul V. Newcomb and Carolyn Baer Newcomb.

 

Steve was a graduate of Galena Park High School and San Jacinto College.  A member of the U.S. Marine Corps; Steve served in the Vietnam War.  Wounded in battle, he returned from active duty and was honored with a Purple Heart.

 

In May of 1967, Steve married Angie Russell from Freeport, Texas, and they made their home for a time in Houston, moving to Friendswood in 1977. 

 

Steve was an outgoing, people person who never met a stranger. In Steve’s early years, he helped build and operate a shrimp boat and co-owned a seafood restaurant. He also enjoyed working for a limousine company at times as he had the opportunity to meet interesting and sometimes well-known people. In recent years, Steve took pride in working in the flooring industry. Among his favorite pastimes, he enjoyed cooking and researching family ancestry. His jovial spirit will be greatly missed.

 

His parents preceded Steve in death. He is survived by his wife, Angie Russell Newcomb; his brother, Roy Newcomb and wife Donna; his nieces and nephews, Dustin Newcomb and wife Cheryl, Bryce Newcomb and wife Molli, Cheryl Wright, Kimberly Wright Pate and husband Mike, Monica Holley, Natalie Holley, Shelly Russell, Jennifer Russell Findley and husband Jeremy, Tommy Russell and wife Danta, Jeremy Russell, Jeffery Russell, and numerous great nieces and nephews.

 

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Monday, October 13, 2014 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood, TX 77546.

 

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at Antioch Cemetery, 4116 FM 230, Lovelady, TX 75851.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Antioch Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 26, Lovelady, TX 75851.

 

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

 
Vernon C. Hammersley, Jr.

In Loving Memory

Vernon C. Hammersley, Jr.

12/30/1936 - 10/5/2014

Vernon C. Hammersley, Jr., 77, of Friendswood, TX passed away on Sunday, October 5, 2014.  He was born on December 30, 1936 to Vernon C. Hammersley, Sr. and Melba Whited Hammersley in Wichita Falls, TX.

 

Vernon was a devoted Civil Servant at the Nasa Space Center for 35 years.  He enjoyed many years at “JSC” or the “Space Center” forming many lifelong friends and relationships.  After work, and for fun, Vern loved to fly his light airplane fondly known as “6680 Mike”.  He loved to attend local Air Shows and attended the EAA Air Venture Air Show in Oshkosh, WI each year.

 

In 1994, Vern married Sylvia Todd Hammersley.  He and Sylvia have enjoyed 20 years of marriage.  During his marriage to Sylvia, he was introduced to “Special Friends”.  He spent many a weekend coaching several special needs teams in volleyball and baseball.  He enjoyed every minute of his time with the Special Friends and his son, Mark Todd.

 

Vernon was preceded in death by his parents; his sister; and his wife, Wilnah Eschman Hammersley.  Both Vernon and Wilnah were proud graduates of the University of Texas.

 

He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Todd Hammersley; his children, Kristi Mushinski and spouse Ronnie Mushinski, Vernon Scott Hammersley, Jay Patrick Hammersley and spouse Nicole Hammersley, Beth Todd Boyd and spouse Rich Boyd, Barbara Todd Wedhorn, Matthew Todd and Lisa, and Mark Todd.

 

Vernon cherished his grandchildren, Casey, Colin, Nick, Susan, Jordy, Jardine, Ellie, Emma Claire, Stefanie, Tiffany, Jay Jr., Benjamin, Corianne, Megan, Danielle, Gabrielle, Michelle, James, Jake and Kelvin.

 

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, October 9, 2014 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 Friday, October 10, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the Friendswood United Methodist Church, 110 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. Rosemary Dubois officiating.  A graveside service will be held on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Crestview Memorial Park Cemetery, 1917 Archer City Hwy., Wichita Falls, TX 76302 with Rev. Don Pellikan officiating.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Special Friends, P.O. Box 1382, Friendswood, TX 77549, or Friendswood United Methodist Church-Music Department, 110 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546.

 

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

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Clifford Ray Taylor

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Clifford Ray Taylor

2/25/1955 - 9/29/2014

Clifford Ray Taylor, 59, of League City, TX passed away on Monday, September 29, 2014.  He was born on February 25, 1955 to Haskell Taylor and Vera Jean Taylor in Houston, TX.

 

He is survived by his parents and sister, Jeannie and husband Jim Ward.

 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 2:30 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Rev. Jim Bass officiating.  A reception will follow at the Friendswood United Methodist Church in the Wesley Hall.

 

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

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Nancy Mae Sperling Drum

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Nancy Mae Sperling Drum

12/1/1936 - 9/29/2014

Nancy Mae Sperling Drum, 77, of League City, TX passed away on Monday, September 29, 2014.  She was born on December 1, 1936 to Edgar Sperling and Lilly Scheer Sperling in Arlington, NE.

 

Nancy lost her mother before the age of twenty. She married Babe Newton Drum, secretly in Las Vegas on February 14, 1957 and returned to Nebraska and officially married Babe in a church on April 21, 1957. She wore a white gown and carried a bouquet of white lilies (her favorite flower). She never told her father about the Las Vegas wedding.

 

Nancy gave birth to Philip Lee on (July 15, 1958), to Bryan David on (August 29, 1959) and Scott Alan (June 18, 1962) and adopted a daughter, Kathleen Ann, on March 16, 1967 who was born on (March 12, 1967).

 

The children’s friends always called her ‘mom’ and she made them feel at home. Her house was always the center of the lives for her children and their friends. Nancy had many hobbies throughout her life; landscaping, redecorating, and ceramics.  Working with ceramics was her passion and she never once sold them. She made them out of love for her family to always remember her as a strong, creative woman.

 

She employed herself with her own business, Drum Enterprises and although the business itself will not survive her loss, the spirit of independent, self-reliant and hard working woman she was is instilled in each of her children. 

 

She was the strength of our family, the heart, and the muscle. She taught us to be kind and generous to each other, to put family first, keep a positive attitude and always work hard. She taught us that if something is worth doing it is worth doing exceptionally well and that money was for keeping your family safe and happy.

 

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar Sperling and Lily Sperling, step-mother Clara Sperling, brother Don Sperling and daughter-in-law Angie Drum.

 

She is survived by her husband Babe Newton Drum and her four children; Philip Lee (Christine), Bryan David (Barb), Scott Alan (Elizabeth) and Kathleen Ann Drum. She has eight grandchildren; Brandon Lee Drum, Tiffany Lynn Haley (Rex), Jennifer Lyn Drum, Michelle  Lynn Bailey (Cory), Darci Rae Drum, John Michael Drum (Erin), Amber Elizabeth Drum, Abigail Anne Drum, Aaron Nicholas William Drum and one great grandchild Ava Lyn Haley. She also leaves behind a brother Milo Sperling and sister Ardes Vance.

 

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, October 2, 2014 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 Friday, October 3, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ralph Hobratschk officiating.  Interment will follow at the Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, TX.

 

Pallbearers will include Bruce Sauser, Brian Chapin, Bryce Sauser, Steven Sheffield, Ron Johnson and John Drum.

 

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

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Laura Virginia Hyneman Strickland

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Laura Virginia Hyneman Strickland

8/2/1920 - 9/29/2014

Laura Virginia Hyneman Strickland, 94, of Friendswood, TX passed away on Monday, September 29, 2014.  She was born on August 2, 1920 to Henry Hyneman and Cora Mae Brice Hyneman in Acton, TN.  She married Henry Daniel Strickland in August 1939, together they had 2 daughters.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

 

Laura is survived by her daughters, Charlotte Ann Melton and husband Marvin, and Annette Coleman; grandchildren, Sherry Nowell and husband Peter, Jim Melton and wife Marianne, Gwyneth Ortiz and husband Gabrielle, Laura Vail and husband Mark, and Darryl Baskind and wife Tammy; great-grandchildren, Jaclyn Nowell, Daniel Nowell, Krista Melton, Collin Melton, Christina Ortiz, Justin Vail, Dylan Vail, Michael Ortiz, Tyler Baskind and Daylyn Baskind; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

 

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Parlor, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.  A private burial will be held at the Houston National Cemetery at a later date.

 

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

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Dominga Vegas

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Dominga Vegas

9/2/1941 - 9/28/2014

Dominga Vegas, 73, passed away on Sunday, September 28, 2014.  She went to join many of her loving family members.  She died in McKinney, TX from side effects of dementia.  She was born on September 2, 1941 to Lucas Vegas and Dominga Juarez Vegas in Goose Creek, TX.  Dominga was known as “Peanut” for the rest of her life, after being given the nickmane by her Aunt Sophia Juarez Garica.

 

She graduated from Baytown Robert E. Lee High School in 1960, Sacred Heart Dominican College, and St. Joseph School of Nursing.  She worked for more than 30 years for the VA Hospital in Puerto Rico, Chicago, and the last years of her career at the Audie Murphy VA Hospital in San Antonio.

 

Peanut loved to dance and loved music of all kinds.  She enjoyed being in her high school band, and later being a part of the Plano City Band with her former high school band director.

 

Dominga was preceded in death by her parents Lucas and Dominga Vegas; her husband, Fred Lopez; her sister-in-law, Ruth Reed Vegas.

 

She is survived by her daughter, Audrey Mercado of McKinney, TX; brothers, Lucas and wife Pat Vegas and James and wife Nelda Vegas; nephews, Luke and wife Angie Vegas, Jaime and wife Brooke Vegas, and James and wife Mary Vegas; nieces, Lucinda and husband Joe Bright, Yolanda and husband Tony Estrada, and Joanna Vegas; grand-nephews, Jacob, Joshua, Lane and Sullivan Vegas, and Noah Bright; grand-nieces, Liz, Sarah, Katie Ruth, and McKenzie Nell Bright, Caitlin and Landri Estrada; and many other family members from Baytown, TX mourn the loss of Peanut; and a host of cherished friends.

 

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Friday, October 3, 2014 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with the Rosary beginning at 7:00 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 Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home with Deacon George Rincon officiating.  Interment will follow at the Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, TX.

 

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

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Gordon L. Ginn

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Gordon L. Ginn

12/26/1937 - 9/25/2014

Gordon L. Ginn, 76, of Friendswood, Texas passed away on September 25, 2014. He was born in Houston, Texas, to Frederick L. Ginn and Marguerite Pate.   Gordon married his high school sweetheart, Janice Lee Lighter on February 12, 1954.  Gordon is survived by three children, Mark W. Ginn, Laura E. Burlton, and A. Scott Ginn, and their respective spouses, Paul Kimbrell, Maria A. Ginn, R. Christopher Burlton and Cindy Ginn, and his 12 grandchildren: Laura L. Hanks, Carrie L. Durden, Linda E. Goodwill, Lisa C. Laurin, Emily M. Ginn, Stephen A. and Sam H. Ginn, Rebecca A. Ikeler, Amanda L. Hale, Carl C. Burlton, Ashley E. Ginn, and 10 great-grandchildren.   Gordon was preceded in death by his wife Janice L. Ginn, daughter, Karen E. Kimbrell,  and grandson, Michael Austin Ginn.

 

He played baseball for Reagan High School, won greatest all-around honors as a catcher at Reagan.  Received a scholarship to the University of Texas. He loved his Reagan Bulldogs his University of Texas Longhorns and baseball.

 

The funeral service will be conducted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at ­­­­10:00 A.M. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 505 Deseret, Friendswood, TX. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from 9:00 A.M. to 9:45 A.M. at such church building before the funeral service.

 

Burial and a short graveside service will follow at the Woodlawn Garden of Memories, 1101 Antoine, Houston, Texas 77055 at 2:30 P.M.

 

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

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Margaret Mary Wawrzaszek Sabin

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Margaret Mary Wawrzaszek Sabin

10/17/1929 - 9/23/2014

Margaret Mary Wawrzaszek Sabin, 84, of Friendswood, TX went to the Lord on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. 

 

She was born October 17, 1929 in Auburn, New York; she attended Holy Family High School and graduated from the Auburn City Hospital School of Nursing in 1951.  Marge, who would remind her friends that only her husband called her Margaret, lived out a life of service to her nursing profession, providing care for over 50 years.

 

Marge married the love of her life, John Sabin, on February 16, 1952.  They settled in Binghamton, New York to raise their 6 children prior to moving to Houston, Texas in 1980.  Marge will be especially remembered for her dedication to her family, her sweet disposition and her “one-of-a-kind” witticisms.


She was preceded in death by her husband, John.

Marge is survived by her Uncle, John Niemiec, of Auburn, New York; her children and their families, Guy and Sue Sabin and their sons, Zach and wife, Hillary and Alex, of De Pere Wisconsin; Mark Sabin, of Nassau Bay, Texas; Kevin and Cindy Sabin and their children, Maddie, Nick and Gaby, of Savage, Minnesota; Teri and Lee Oliver and their children Christina, Andrew John and Sarah, of Pasadena, Texas; Keith and Debbie Sabin and their five children, Jacquelin, Sara, Maxwell, Harrison and Shae, of League City, Texas; and Karen Sabin, of Pasadena, Texas.

 

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with the rosary beginning at 7:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with the Knights of Columbus #8494 officiating.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. Jim Kuczynski, M.S. officiating.  Entombment will follow at the South Park Cemetery in Pearland, TX.  A reception will be held at Debbie and Keith’s home following the burial.

In lieu of usual remembrances the family requests memorial donations be made to Knights of Columbus, #8494, c/o Steve Harrison, 4889 W. Main St., League City, TX 77573.

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

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Mary Hawkins Beaver

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Mary Hawkins Beaver

1/30/1920 - 9/14/2014

Mary Hawkins Beaver, 94, of Alvin, TX passed away on September 14, 2014.  Mary was born on January 30, 1920 in Huntington, Texas to Robert Eli Hawkins and Margaret Warren Hawkins, the youngest of ten children.  She was a dedicated wife, mother and wonderful homemaker.  Mary was a past worthy Matron in Eastern Star.  She was very active in the First United Methodist Church of Alvin.  Over the years, she participated in the Meals on Wheels program, visited shut-ins as a member of the Cheerful Ambassadors and faithfully attended the Women's Bible Class.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Jack R. Beaver in 1989 and her son, David Beaver, in 2012 and her four sisters and five brothers. 

 

Mary is survived by daughters, Kay Birdwell of Austin, TX and Carla Keithley and husband N.A., of Alvin, TX and daughter-in-law, Julie Beaver of Alvin, TX; surviving grandchildren, Jack Taunton and wife Julia, Adrienne White and husband Dusty, Brian Birdwell and partner Caley, Chad Beaver and wife Tara, Greg Beaver and wife Carrie, Garrett Keithley and wife, Leslie, Nancy Sanders and husband Joe Don, Scott Keithley and wife Kriste; she is also survived by fourteen great-grandchildren, Cameron White, Nick Zamora, Makenzie Beaver,  Chad M. Beaver, Jr., Riley Beaver,  Landry Beaver, Emily Keithley, Reagan Keithley, Shea Keithley, Campbell Keithley,  Corey Sanders, Kylee Sanders,  Kyndel Sanders, Carson Keithley and Connor Keithley.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in the name of “Mary Beaver” to the First United Methodist Church, 611 W. South Street, Alvin, TX  77511.

 

A private interment will be held Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the Confederate Cemetery in Alvin, TX.  A memorial service will be on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church, 611 W. South St., Alvin, TX 77511 with Rev. Linda Snow officiating.

 

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

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Lani Light Sykes

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Lani Light Sykes

12/14/1940 - 9/13/2014

Lani Light Sykes, 73, of Friendswood, Texas, passed away on September 13, 2014. She was born on December 14, 1940 in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Eugene Wilson Latimer and Ellen Wardell Latimer.

Visitation will be held at Jeter Funeral Home in Friendswood on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church Friendswood at 11 A.M. on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 with Rev. Roger Patterson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Baptist Church Friendswood Food Pantry or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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

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Edward Frank Manuel

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Edward Frank Manuel

3/29/1923 - 9/11/2014

Edward Frank Manuel, 91, of Houston, TX passed away on Thursday, September 11, 2014.  He was born on March 29, 1923 to John F. Manuel and Dorothy V. Carter Manuel in Westlake, LA.  He grew up on a farm in Shepherd, TX where his father and uncle Tom Manuel ran Manuel Brothers General Merchandise.

 

He graduated from Shepherd High School in June 1940.  After graduating high school Edward spent several years working in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He married Ruth McWilliams on March 31, 1945 and they lived in San Antonio, TX while he served in the army. They then moved to Houston, TX where he worked for Seaboard Transit and Red Arrow Freight Line. Edward attended University of Houston while raising a family, graduating in 1949 and became a Certified Public Accountant. Edward worked for many years in the trucking industry and was Comptroller of Robertson Tank Lines before joining his brothers Vernon and Gerald in running their own business, Manuel Brothers Optical in Shepherd, TX for some years before his retirement.

 

Edward was preceded in death by his parents; sister Joyce Birmingham; nephew Edward Wayne Johnson; and son-in-law Steven Sparks.

 

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Ruth McWilliams Manuel; children, Edward Manuel Jr. and wife Virginia, Elaine Sparks, Lynn Ciolli and husband Clayton, David Manuel and wife Susan; sisters, Ethelda Nelson, Matilda Johnson and Jackie Manuel; brothers, Vernon Manuel, Gerald Manuel and Donnis Hunter; grandchildren, Amy Curtis and husband Eugene, Lisa Ciolli-Hile and husband Chris, Stacy Ciolli and Jordan Manuel; great grandchildren, Mikaela Curtis, Sydnie Hile and Addison Curtis; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

 

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 12:00 P.M. with the funeral service following at 1:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Rev. Ron Culberth officiating.  Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, TX.

 

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

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Steve Hazen

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Steve Hazen

4/4/1952 - 9/9/2014

Steve Hazen, 62, of Friendswood, TX passed away on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

 

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, September 11, 2014 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 Friday, September 12, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow at the San Jacinto Memorial Park Cemetery in Houston, TX.

 

In lieu of usual remembrances, the family requests donations are made to “Banded Brigade Outdoors” at www.bandedbrigadeoutdoors.org or Camp Hope at www.ptsdusa.org/camp-hope.

 

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

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Elizabeth Oakley Surface

In Loving Memory

Elizabeth Oakley Surface

11/13/1929 - 9/6/2014

Elizabeth Oakley Surface, 84, of Friendswood, TX passed away on Saturday, September 6, 2014.  She was born on November 13, 1929 to Johnny Oakley and Josephine Tillison Oakley in Wills Point, TX.

 

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents; her husband George; her son Ronald; grandson Randy; and daughter-in-law Debbie Surface.

 

She is survived by her sons Charles Surface and wife Marcia and Greg Surface; sisters, Bessie Shafer, Joy Ewalt, Paula Moore and Patsy Thornton and husband Sammy; brothers, Ernest Oakley and Joe Oakley and wife Judy; grandchildren, Michael Surface, Chris Surface and wife Lindsay, Michelle Pfister and husband Deke, Justin Surface and Ronnie Surface; great-grandchildren, Noah Surface, Kaitlyn Surface, Kara Surface, Victoria Surface, Dylan Pfister and Isabella Pfister; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

 

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 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, September 10, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Leroy Surface officiating.  Interment will follow at the South Park Cemetery in Pearland, TX.

 

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

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Robert J. Hall

In Loving Memory

Robert J. Hall

4/25/1920 - 9/5/2014

Robert J. Hall, 94, of Friendswood, TX passed away on Friday, September 5, 2014.  He was born on April 25, 1920 to Joseph R. Hall and Elizabeth Ganoe Hall in Ankeny, IA.  Robert was the oldest of seven children.  He was a lineman for Ankeny High School football team and played all four years without a loss, including four state championships.  Ronald Regan (ex-president) was the sports announcer for WHO radio out of Des Moines at that time and broadcast each game for them.  Bob and Ronald became good friends.

 

Bob was active in many sports, including roller skating where he met his love Fay Zimmerman in 1939.  They were married at the “Little Brown Church in the Vale” in Iowa on December 7, 1940 and settled in West Des Moines, Iowa.  They were married for 73 years before Fay’s death in 2013.  He also loved square dancing, which he participated in for over 45 years.

 

On December 7, WWII broke out and Bob was drafted into the Army and served for five years.  He was a radar technician and was stationed at various sites along both shores before being transferred to the Philippines.  He was discharged in February 1946.  After returning to Iowa he worked as an electrician and then worked for Chennault Elevator Company.

 

He moved to Pearland, Texas in 1965.  He worked at Houston Elevator Company until retirement in 1984 at the age of 62.  He then worked for Reality America for another twenty years.  He also served as a Chaplin for twenty two years each Saturday at Ramsey prison.  Bob had a passion for the Lord and dedicated many hours for his church throughout his life.

 

Bob is survived by his son, John and his wife Leona of Friendswood, Texas; his daughter Julia Mae McNabb of Louisville, Kentucky; three grandsons and one granddaughter; six great-grandchildren.

 

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Monday, September 8, 2014 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, September 9, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the Friendswood United Methodist Church, 110 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. Rosemary Dubois officiating.  Interment will be held at the Houston National Cemetery at a later date.

 

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

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Gary Morse Allison

In Loving Memory

Gary Morse Allison

6/20/1948 - 1/13/2014

Gary Morse Allison, 65, of Friendswood, TX passed away on Monday, January 13, 2014.  He was born on June 20, 1948 to Chester M. Allison and Glenice C. Etheridge Allison in Houston, TX.

Gary loyally worked in the oil industry for over thirty years, while traveling around the world.  He was a life-long NRA member and enjoyed showing his friends and family a good time at the PSC shooting club.  Gary was also an avid reader, loved photography and playing chess.  He was a huge history buff, car fanatic, and was always eager to learn more about the world around him.  Gary was the epitome of a loving and devoted husband, father, PaPa and friend.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and son James Steven Allison.

Gary is survived by his wife Denise and their five children, Christopher Rigdon, Brian Allison, Jana Davis, Stephanie Glover and Teresa Allison; grandchildren, Joseph, Delaney, Kelsey, Madelyn, Austin, Kyleigh and Pryce.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. followed by the funeral service at 2:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX  77546 (281) 992-7200 with The Rev. Bob Moore officiating.  Interment will follow at the Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, TX.

Pallbearers will include, Joseph Davis, Richard Davis, Sergio Sarmiento, Robert Alien, Jack Rigdon, Michael Shipper, Jr. and Hendrik Kooiman.

Honorary Pallbearers will include, Dr. Biswajit Kar, Dr. Christina Paruthi, Dr. Bindu Akkanti, Dr. Rajaprayer, Dr. Nathan and Deandria “Dee” Brown.

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

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