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William Lemuel Guthery

01/09/1975-08/19/2017

William Lemuel “Bill” Guthery, 42, of Alvin, TX passed from this life on August 19, 2017 following a long illness.  He was born on January 9, 1975 to Lemuel Edward and Evelyn Jo Guthery in Stillwater, OK.

Bill was a graduate of the T.H. Rogers School in Tanglewood.  His favorite pastimes were visits with family, listening to music and watching PBS and westerns. 

Bill was preceded in death by his father, Lemuel Edward Guthery; grandfather, J.D. Whisenhunt; grandparents, Mark and Helen Guthery; uncles, Justin, Derald, Jimmy and Gene; and cousin, Justin.

He is survived by his mother, Evelyn Jo Guthery; brothers, Joseph Edward Guthery and wife Nelda, and Samuel Alexander Guthery; grandmother, Donnie Whisenhunt; aunts, Arlene, Carol, Kathy, Gena and Jan; one uncle, James; and many cousins and great aunts and uncles.

A private service will be held by the family.  Condolences can be sent to the Guthery family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneral home.com.

 
Gerald “Jerry” Lee Harryman

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Gerald “Jerry” Lee Harryman

8/30/1944 - 8/17/2017

Gerald “Jerry” Lee Harryman, 72, of League City, TX passed away on Thursday, August 17, 2017.  He was born August 30, 1944 to Alfred J. Harryman and Alice Anderson Harryman in Galveston, TX.

He was a former member of the Lions Club; Rotary Club President; Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce; owned and operated Santa Fe Insurance Agency and Maximum Business Brokers Inc.  He was a disabled veteran having served in the United States Army and received the Bronze Star V in Vietnam.

Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Annette Harryman; his daughter Nicole Harper; his son Jay (Gerald Lee Harryman, II); sisters, Elaine Coleman and Lenora Bruns; brothers, Jim Buckner, Tom Harryman, and Wayne Harryman; grandchildren, Pierce Harper, Chase Harper, Erik Harryman and Kate Harryman; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Monday, August 21, 2017 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 22, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. at the Southeast Church of Christ, 2400 West Bay Area Blvd., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rick Fyffe officiating.  Interment will follow at the Southpark Cemetery in Pearland, TX.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in Hope for Haiti’s Children at www.hopeforhaitschildren.org.

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

 
James Joseph Welby, Jr.

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James Joseph Welby, Jr.

7/18/1946 - 8/14/2017

James Joseph Welby, Jr., 71, of Friendswood, TX passed away on Monday, August 14, 2017.  He was born July 18, 1946 to James Joseph Welby, Sr., and Theresa Dolores Costa Welby in Cambridge, MA.  James enjoyed boating, gardening, music, nature and birdwatching.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter Tracey Welby.

James is survived by his loving wife, Joyce Welby; daughters, Lisa Welby and Leslie Welby; sons, Anthony Welby and his wife Chihiro and Jeff Engbrock; sisters, Catherine Welby; brothers, Ron Welby and his wife Chris; grandchildren, Ryan Roberson and Morgan Roberson; 5 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, August 17, 2017 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, August 18, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Steve O’Donohoe officiating.  Interment will follow at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, TX.

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

 
Robert

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Robert "Bob" Walker Adams

6/29/1930 - 8/12/2017

Robert “Bob” Adams, 87, from Alvin, TX passed away on August 12, 2017.  Bob was born on June 29, 1930 in Waynesboro, PA to William G. and Lillian Adams.  He graduated from Penn State with a degree in Chemistry and went to work for Sun Oil Company (Delaware) in 1952. He entered the service shortly thereafter and worked in Army Intelligence.  After serving his country, he returned to work for Sun Oil.  In 1969, he was transferred to Amoco Chemicals Chocolate Bayou Plant. He remained with Amoco until his retirement in 1992.

Bob actively served in the First United Methodist Church in Alvin, the Alvin Museum Society, American Legion, the Alvin Evening Lions Club and the Alvin Library League. He enjoyed spending time with family and stayed in contact with childhood, college, Army and workplace friends throughout his life.

Bob was preceded in death by his first wife, Joanne; brothers, Bill and Ken.

He is survived by his loving wife, Ruby; his children, Bobby Adams, Kim Hickman (Brian), Becky Llenos (Mike); his grandchildren Laura, Brian and Sarah Hickman; Ruby’s children, Charlie Marken (Nancy), Jimmy Marken (Kim), Donald Marken (Laurie) and Elizabeth Rombs (Jeff); numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and family members.

Friends are cordially invited to attend a memorial visitation with the family at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at First United Methodist Church Alvin, 611 W. South Street, Alvin, TX 77511.  A memorial service will follow at 11:00 A.M, with Rev. Mike Mayhugh officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to FUMC Alvin or any of the above organizations where he served.

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

 
Cordell Harris Hechler

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Cordell Harris Hechler

3/2/2000 - 8/5/2017

Cordell Harris Hechler, 17, of Santa Fe, TX passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2017.  He was born March 2, 2000 in Nassau Bay, TX. His parents are Wayne W. Hechler and Connie L. (Dotson) Hechler.

Cordell was an avid motorcycle rider. He started riding at a young age, riding behind his mother on the back of the bike.  As he grew into a young man, he would be seen riding the bike with his mother, only she would be the one riding behind him on the back of the bike.  He also enjoyed skateboarding and hanging out with his girlfriend Alyssa, his sisters and brother, and his many friends.  He was very proud of his many accomplishments, pins and awards he received as a cadet at Lyman Ward Military Academy, such as marksmanship, sword drill, and honor guard.  He was selected to be a cadet leader upon returning for his senior year and recently attended Leaders Camp in preparation. Cordell was also a former student at Santa Fe High School where he enjoyed the auto tech class. Cordell spent many hours with “Uncle” Mike Dotson working on motorcycles, 4 wheelers, boats and his truck. He learned many trades from his Uncle Mike. The memories that he created will be cherished by all that loved and knew him.

Cordell was preceded in death by his brother, Marshall Moinat; grandfather, Earnest Glenn Dotson; and grandparents, Manuel and Irene Hechler.

He is survived by his mother, Connie Hechler; father, Wayne Hechler; grandmother, Bonnie Dotson; brother, Dallas Clifton and wife Rebecca; sisters, Starla Moinat Bell and husband David, Ashley Hechler, Melissa Cruitt and husband Chip, Janice Baker and husband William “Bill”, Olivia Martinez and husband Andrew; girlfriend, Alyssa Morris; aunts and uncles, Glenda and James “Bo” Henry, Carolyn and Jim Derrisaw, Nancy Garland; numerous nieces and nephews, Xayvion, Lyric and Norman; Josiah, Sarah, Reagan, Shawn, and Kieran ,numerous cousins and friends.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Monday, August 14, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200.

The funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Charles Rollo officiating.  Interment will follow at the Hayes Grace Memorial Cemetery in Hitchcock, TX. 

Pallbearers are Keegan Martin, Reagan Israel, Shawn Israel, Josiah Baker, Isaiah Barrett, and Zoey Lambright.  Honorary pallbearers are Xayvion Moinat, Devin Oros, Adrian Oros, and Lyric Bell.

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

 
Amber Leigh-Marie Burkham

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Amber Leigh-Marie Burkham

11/12/1998 - 8/5/2017

Amber Leigh-Marie Burkham, 18, of League City, passed away on August 5, 2017.  Amber was born on November 12, 1998 in Webster, TX to parents, William Shawn and Kristi (Roznovsky) Burkham.

Amber was preceded in death by her father, William Shawn Burkham; gramdmother, Eve “Nana” Roznovsky; uncle, Ian Burkham; and numerous family members.

She is survived by her mother, Kristi Burkham; sister, Julia Smothers; grandparents, Richard Roznovsky, and William and Lunette Burkham; aunts and uncles, Rick and Liane Wilmeth, Deann Caldwell, Carla Groff, Mischie Earp, Tracy “Aunt T” and Tom Beazley, Wendell and Chris Worthey, Rusty Worthey, Loretta and Jimmy Fudoli; cousins, Tristan Groff, Deven and Mattie Smith, Bryce and Brytnee Burkham, Tony and Valerie Wilmeth, and Rick Wilmeth, David, Duane & Sean Worthey.

Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at Jeter Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, August 11, 2017 at Jeter Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Jim Bass officiating. Please join us for a reception after the service at Friendswood United Methodist Church Wesley Hall, 110 N. Friendswood Dr, Friendswood, TX 77546.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to:  City of Friendswood, c/o Friendswood Animal Shelter, 910 S. Friendswood Dr, Friendswood, TX 77546 or Mercy Tree, 16516 El Camino Real #106, Houston, TX  77062

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

 
W L Jacobs, Jr.

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W L Jacobs, Jr.

2/20/1925 - 7/31/2017

W.L. (Dub) Jacobs passed away in his sleep at his home in Pearland Texas on July 31, 2017.  Dub was born in Bogue Chitto, Mississippi on February 20, 1925 to William Lawrence Jacobs, Sr. and Bertie Beatrice Gwin Comer Jacobs.  He married Bobbye Jacobs on June 1, 1949 and they were married for 37 years until her death in 1986.

Dub is survived by two daughters, Gaiden Ring and husband John and Holly Simpkins and husband Philip.  Also surviving him are 5 grandsons,  Jay, Mark (and wife Sarah), Tyler (and wife Amanda) and Ryan Ring and Christopher Simpkins (and wife Stephanie) along with 7 great grandchildren.  Addison, Hunter and Luke are children of Mark and Sarah Ring.  Mallory, Jameson and Grace are children of Tyler and Amanda Ring.  Camden is the son of Christopher and Stephanie Simpkins.  Close relatives predeceasing him are his wife, Bobbye, his parents, and brothers, Ashley and Charlton as well as a sister, Lucille. Also surviving Dub is his lifelong and loyal friend Joan Siess who he reconnected with after the death of his wife.

Dub attended high school in Hazlehurst, Mississippi where he played football as a wide receiver. He tried to enlist in the army at the early age of 17 and was refused.  Upon high school graduation at age18, he tried again and was quickly inducted into the United States Army on July 6, 1943.  He was very proud of his service having served in the height of battle in Italy and France and received two purple hearts for wounds received in the War.  He enjoyed telling the story of his first war wound that was a bullet wound to his knee.  He said that he knew it wasn’t life threatening and mistakenly thought they would send him home.  They did send him for rest and rehabilitation in France.  However, after a few weeks to recover, he claimed the nurses tricked him into dancing with them which proved he was well enough to return to the war.  He also joked about his second wound, being a bullet to the buttock saying, “you know which way I was going.”  In actuality, Dub was a dedicated American patriot and true War hero who was willing to put his life on the line for his country.  He was also an incredibly kind and decent person who won the trust of all who knew him.

After the War he attended the University of Mississippi where he met Bobbye, his bride to be.  They were married in 1949 and made a home in Memphis/Germantown, Tennessee.  Dub began his professional career as Director of Data Processing of Plough, Inc. in Memphis, Tennessee.  After retiring from the computer industry he eventually moved to Houston in 1970.  In Houston he developed many skills in real estate becoming a resort manager, home-builder and a Real Estate Broker and owner of Westwood Realty. 

He especially enjoyed time with his daughters and grandsons, travel, food, politics, sports, tennis and riding his exercise bike until his health no longer allowed that.

The funeral services will be Friday, August 4, 2017 at 11 A.M. at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at 311 N. Friendswood Drive in Friendswood, Texas.  There will be a short graveside service immediately following at Mt.Olivet Cemetary located at 7801 Gulf Freeway in Dickinson, Texas,   Immediately following the graveside service a lunch will be provided for friends and relatives at the home of Gaiden and John Ring at 202 E. Viejo Dr. in Friendswood.  Condolences can be sent to the family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Lillian Ruth Longmire Neves

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Lillian Ruth Longmire Neves

8/27/1920 - 7/31/2017

Lillian Ruth Longmire Neves passed away peacefully on Monday, July 31, 2017 after a lengthy illness; she was 96 years and 11 months of age.

Ruth was born August 27, 1920 to William Harve and Lizzie May Longmire in Windom, TX.  She was the baby of the family welcomed by two older siblings who were in high school.  Ruth always maintained close ties with the small north Texas farming community where she was raised.

She graduated from North Texas State University with a degree in home economics.  In 1948, she married John Douglas Neves and together they moved to Alvin, TX where they lived and raised their family.

Ruth was a teacher, office manager, antique dealer, Sunday school teacher, scout leader, school volunteer, caring neighbor, and participated in numerous Alvin community events.  She loved sewing and needlework, arts and crafts, cooking and baking cookies, collecting cut glass, growing roses, caring for young children, and spending time with friends and family, especially her two beloved grandsons.  Above all she loved her Lord and Savior and treasured her church family at First United Methodist Church of Alvin where she was a member for 69 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, John D. Neves; son, Doug Neves; son-in-law, Steve Baughman; and sister-in-law and best friend, Doris Hibbert.

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Ruth Ann Neves Baughman; grandson, J. Baughman and wife Julie and grandson, Hunter Baughman; great-grandchildren, Tyndall Anne and Wade Stephen Baughman.

The family is eternally grateful to Brookdale Friendswood, A-Med Community Hospice, and Brookdale Hospice for the loving care and attention given to Ruth the last four and a half years.

A private family graveside service will be held.

 
Roland Chris Baldwin

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Roland Chris Baldwin

9/30/1941 - 07/16/2017

R. C.  "Chris" Baldwin, age 75, of Friendswood, Texas, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 16, 2017 due to complications from progressive COPD. Chris was born in Kilgore, Texas on September 30, 1941, eldest son of proud parents Betty and R.P. "Kiowa" Baldwin.

Chris grew up in Odessa, Texas, often working in the oil fields alongside his father. Upon graduation from Odessa Permian High School, Chris moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas, where he met his wife, Bunnye, who passed earlier this year. The two were wed in Graham, Texas in June of 1965.

After graduating with a Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics, the only available precursor to U.T.'s Computer Science Program, a lifelong interest in space and technology led Chris to hire on with IBM as a computer programmer, where he was immediately placed as a contractor on NASA's ongoing Project Gemini. He also spent a brief period with IBM's corporate business units, which required he and Bunnye to relocate to New York and Holland. 

Chris's passion for space exploration steered his IBM career back to NASA and the ongoing Apollo missions. It was his critical work on the Apollo 13 crisis which earned him a place in the Mission Control Center for the remaining Apollo missions, as well as several awards. Chris also worked on the SkyLab Program, as well as the Space Shuttle Programs from their inceptions.  He received a Certificate of Appreciation from the IEEE Computer Society for his work as editor of the Standards for Software Quality Metrics, which remain the basis of today’s standards.  Chris remained at IBM until 1993, retiring as an Advisory Analyst.

A widower, Chris is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Bunnye.

He is survived by his older daughter Crystye Baldwin, younger daughter Karrye Baldwin and son-in-law, Ty Melton, as well as his younger brother Jack Baldwin and his wife, Lynne.

At Chris' request, there will be no memorial service. A private dual interment service will be held later for both Bunnye and Chris, who preferred never to be separated, even in death. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Friends of the Friendswood Library, where Chris was a dedicated, long-time patron.

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

 
Mary Eunice (Oliver) Turberville

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Mary Eunice (Oliver) Turberville

1/15/1939-7/24/2017

Mary Eunice (Oliver) Turberville, 78, passed away on July 24, 2017 in Webster, Texas.  Mary was born on January 15, 1939 in Panama City, Florida to parents, Willie R. and Jane Elizabeth (McCormick) Oliver.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Turberville; parents, Willie R. and Jane Elizabeth Oliver; sisters, Nancy Elizabeth McComb and Betty Jane Oliver; brother, William Lowell Oliver; and brother in law, Larry Tate.

She is survived by her sisters, Jean Wood and husband, Clarence Edwin of Georgia and Alice Tate of Florida; sister-in-law, Pat Allen and husband Charles; brother-in-law, Jack Turberville and wife Penny; nephews, Crawford Lowell Wood, Gregory Edwin Wood, Tracy Alan Wood, and Robert McComb.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, August 11, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, Texas, 77546, 281-992-7200, with Rev. Ann Spears officiating. 

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

 
Rita Diane (Simon) Wright

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Rita Diane (Simon) Wright

6/17/1947-7/20/2017

Rita Diane (Simon) Wright, 70, passed away on July 20, 2017 in Webster, TX.  Rita was born on June 17, 1947 in Lorain, OH to parents, Henry E. and Nolia (Fontenot) Simon. 

Rita is preceded in death by her husband, Terry Schutz; parents, Henry and Nolia Simon; and brother, Michael Simon.

She is survived by her daughter, Ronnie Jones and husband KC; son, Kevin Atlikhani and wife Stephanie; sisters, Becky Trahan and husband Clifton, and Karen Sanders and husband David; sister in law, Freida Simon; grandchildren, Jessica Jones, Emily, Julia and Riley Atlikhani; many nieces,  nephews and a large extended family.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Breath of Life Community Church, 166 West South Street, Alvin, TX 77511, with Pastor Jay Williams officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Breath of Life Community Church.

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

 
Margaret

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Margaret "Peggy" DiCenzo

1/22/1948-7/21/2017

Margaret “Peggy” DiCenzo, 69, of Friendswood, Texas passed away Friday, July 21, 2017. She was born January 22, 1948 in Kansas City, Missouri to William and Marjorie Cooney.

Peggy grew up in Buffalo, New York and attended Holy Family School for grade school where she met the love of her life, Ralph DiCenzo. Peggy attended Mount Mercy Academy (all-girls school) and Ralph attended Bishop Timon High School (all-boys school), so they spent time together at the weekly high school dances. After high school, Peggy attended Trocaire College and received her Nursing Degree. Peggy and Ralph were married November 23, 1968 in Buffalo, New York surrounded by family and friends.

After graduating from Trocaire College, Peggy worked as a Registered Nurse on the surgical floor of Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, New York. When Ralph’s job moved the family to St. Louis, Missouri, Peggy worked as a nurse in an assisted living facility. In 1976, the family moved to Friendswood, Texas and she has lived there ever since. Peggy worked for over 30 years for optometrists Dr. Jack Bridwell and Dr. Floyd Williams.

Peggy was a devoted and loving mother.  She was very proud of her family and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Peggy dedicated her life to her family, working as an optician as well as taking care of the family and home. She was an incredible role model for her daughters and demonstrated great love, support, caring and compassion. She always went above and beyond to make sure her family was safe, happy, and healthy – always putting others first.

Her family always enjoyed her cooking – homemade Italian soup, homemade bread, meatballs and chicken sinker soup. Peggy loved shopping, playing cards, gardening, visits to the casino, and visiting her family in Buffalo, New York. Peggy always shared the wonderful memories she had of spending time with her grandmother, and she always strived to make her grandchildren feel as special and cherished as her grandmother made her feel.

Peggy was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph DiCenzo and father, William Cooney.

She is survived by her mother, Marjorie Cooney; her daughters: Lisa Nixon and husband Troy and Margie Beville and husband Larry; grandchildren Dana and Ryan Nixon and Lauren and Lindsay Beville; her sisters Pat Barnes and Paulette Harrop; many other relatives and cherished friends, and her newly adopted puppy, Rose Bud.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200, with Rev. Sibi Kunninu, M.S. officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to Traditions Hospice, 1120 East Nasa Parkway, Suite 340 A, Houston, Texas 77058, (281) 333 – 4048.

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

 

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Rita Fox Seelig

4/9/1945 - 7/13/2017

Rita Verne Fox Seelig, 72, passed away July 13, 2017 in Friendswood, TX. Rita was born on April 19, 1945 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma to Marvin Eugene Fox and Elsie Marie Dryden Fox. 

Rita grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s Degree. Over her lifetime, Rita lived in many places including Oklahoma, Florida, California, and Texas. Rita worked for Coastal/El Paso Corporation for most of her career. Rita married Larry Seelig on June 4, 2005. After two years of marriage, Rita was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 62. 

Rita was a loving, kind, beautiful woman. Rita always had a smile on her face and a happy, compassionate disposition. Rita loved the Lord and attended church regularly at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Rita had a magnetic personality that attracted people to her and enjoyed meeting people and being active in the church. Rita loved being outdoors, especially coastal and mountainous regions, going on long walks, dancing, and gardening. Rita also had a special fondness for nature, children, and animals. Rita will be deeply missed by her family and friends. The world is a better place because of the time she spent here with us. 

Rita was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Kent Fox.

Rita is survived by her husband Larry Seelig; daughter Kitee Valentz and husband Jason Valentz; sister Sandra Brennan; two grandchildren, Aidan Paradise and Ethan Paradise; and many family members and friends.

The family is very grateful for the loving caretakers at Serenity Gardens home in Friendswood where Rita passed away peacefully. 

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 18220 Upper Bay Rd., Houston, TX 77058  with Pastor Brian Weaver officiating.  Rita will be laid to rest at Forest Park East Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.

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

 
John Carl

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John Carl "Pug" Pontius

1/20/1940 - 7/14/2017

John Carl "Pug" Pontius, 77, was born in Houston, TX at St. Joseph's, on January 20, 1940 to John W. Pontius and Jonnie Danford Pontius.  After serving in the Navy, he excelled in the sales of oil-related equipment.  He continued his career with Wolar Industrial, Inc. until his death on July 14, 2017. 

He was known for his generous spirit, love of nature, devotion to family and friends, and his kindness to animals.  Pug's life was never just a mere existence.  His greatest joy was sharing anything he owned, or cooked, with others.  He was a lifelong hunter and fisherman, but his passion for the great outdoors was less about the harvest and more about the celebration, conversation, and providing gourmet-style meals for those returning from the blinds.  He was not much of a threat to the deer and other wildlife that he enjoyed "glassing," but fossils, arrowheads and other artifacts didn't stand a chance. 

Though Pug rarely left the great state of Texas, he was intimate with the mass of land from Houston to Ozona, and on down to Brownsville.  If you were a passenger of Pug's on a four-hour journey, you knew you were in for at least seven hours of stops to buy produce, honey, pecans, and historical marker readings.  One would come to expect customary detours to visit friends he had made on previous road trips.  He was an expert at making others feel special, and no person knew fewer strangers.  Pug has left us with a lifetime of memories.

He is survived by his sister, Mickie Christian and her husband, Paul; his nephew, Corey Christian and wife Amy; his nephew, Jeep Christian and wife Caroline, and their two children, Wells and Maggie; his niece, Kathy Pohl and husband Eric; and his beautiful aunt, Dolores Thomas.  Other family includes three generations of close cousins, plus childhood and life-long friends, and devoted co-workers. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 22, at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood Dr., Friendswood, TX.  A celebration of John's "Pug's" life will follow with a fish fry. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to www.triumphoverkidcancer.org or the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, www.kintera.org

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

 
Frank Byron Burns

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Frank Byron Burns

3/03/1931 - 7/14/2017

Frank Byron Burns, Jr, 86, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2017 in Clear Lake, TX.  Byron, as he was known to all, was born on March 3, 1931 to parents, Viola Hargett and Frank Byron Burns in Boling, TX.  He attended and graduated from Boiling High School in 1949. After graduating from high school he went to Texas A&M University on a football scholarship. Byron was employed at Texas Gulf Sulfur Co in New Gulf, TX.  In 1953, he joined the US Army and honorably served in the Korean War.  On August 3, 1957 Bryon married the love of his life, Shirley Anne Gabler.  In 1962, the family moved to Alvin, Texas where Byron was employed by the Monsanto Chemical Company. He stayed with Monsanto until he retired in 1985.  Byron enjoyed the outdoors; hunting, fishing and camping with his family. He also had a passion for woodworking which led to boat building.  Byron stayed active during retirement with several part time jobs. One of the most interesting was parking cars at the Astrodome with his cousin Edward Moritz.  Byron truly enjoyed spending time with family from camping at the beach to mowing and taking care of the family farm in East Bernard, TX. He was a wonderful man who will be truly missed.

Byron was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Marie Burns Fertsch.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Gabler Burns of 60 years; sons: Russell and wife Becky and Kenneth and wife Lisa; grandchildren:  Danielle, Austin and Kayley Burns; numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77511, (281) 992-7200. Condolences can be sent to the family in care of Jeter 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.