Jarryd Austin Morton, 24, (affectionately called Jare-Bear), passed away early Sunday morning, March 19, 2017. Jarryd was born on February 7, 1993, at Bayshore Hospital in Pasadena, Texas. The firstborn of his parents, Kevin Morton and Lisa Aaser, he is survived by them both, as well as his stepmother Kathy Morton, stepfather Dennis Cox and siblings: youngest brother, Jacob Morton, Ashley, James, and Katlyn Van Matre, and Dylan Cox. He also sadly leaves behind his two precious children, Shia and Brylee. He is survived by his grandmothers Martha Aaser and Joan Blake, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and countless friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Mary C. (Sue) Morton, and grandfathers, Lou Aaser and Tommy Blake.
Jarryd spent his early years in Pasadena and moved to Friendswood at age ten. As a boy, Jarryd was a self-proclaimed “dirt-bike” kid—he loved extreme sports, lived for the thrill, and enjoyed a good adrenaline rush. Always outdoing his brothers (not without healthy rivalry) with a crazier or more intense trick on the trampoline, diving board, or random rockface, Jarryd loved life and especially the water. He could barefoot ski by age five, drive a jet-ski by age seven, and wakeboard by age eight. Most recently, he enjoyed taking the boat out every sunny, summer day on Clear Lake. Preferring to work with his hands, Jarryd engaged in various trades: car mechanics, boat and jet ski repair, and the like. You could usually find him under the hood tinkering with what he considered a misguided, mid-life-crisis auto purchase his dad would routinely make. Friendship was important to Jarryd. He was generous, open, and high-spirited toward his friends. Always up for a good time, Jarryd was always ready to kick back, relax, and just chill. He loved a good craft beer (especially from Nobi Public House), inviting his buddies out on the town, and just being himself. We will absolutely miss Jarryd’s laisse-faire, carefree, mellow, and just plain all-around “chill” approach to life. We love you.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., with the rosary to begin at 7:00 P.M. at the Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Deacon Chuch Turner officiating.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Mary Queen Catholic Church with Rev. James H. Kuczynski, M.S. officiating.
After the funeral, the family welcomes everyone to a reception at Jarryd’s home in Friendswood, 405 Rancho Circle.
Condolences may be sent to the Morton family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
A college fund will be set up for his children, Shia and Brylee. For more information, you may contact Kevin Morton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Coach” Kenneth R. McNutt passed away in his home on March 16, 2017. He was loved and cherished by many, and will be missed as much as he was loved.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his father, Delbert McNutt.
He is survived by his mother, Fay McNutt of Comanche; brother Charlie McNutt and wife Betty of, Arlington; partner, Carolyn Olson, of Pearland; son, Scott McNutt and wife Theresa, of Dickinson; daughter, Kim McNutt Moreland and husband David, of San Antonio; daughter, Gay McNutt, of Denton; grandchildren, Sara McNutt, Shae McNutt, Brooke Espinosa and husband Damian, Nathan Moreland, Kristen Garcia and husband Eddie, Shelby Montanaro and husband Rey, and Whitney Crider; numerous great-grandchildren; nephews, Curtis McNutt and Chad McNutt; and niece, Stacy Strain.
In his early years, Mr. McNutt enjoyed deer hunting with close friends and camping with his family. When he wasn’t doing either of these, he was sure to be found on a football field helping to build the lives of the young men he held so near to his heart. His passion for teaching and coaching brought him to retirement from Alvin High School in 1985. He coached in Alvin from 1966-1977 and then accepted a position teaching in the vocational department, from where he retired.
As much as Kenneth loved his job, he loved his family. He had the pleasure of coaching his son Scott, whom he was so proud of. His oldest daughter, Kim surrounded him with grandchildren that proudly called him “Papaw”. Kenneth’s youngest daughter, Gay, honorably followed in his foot- steps and became a coach.
Mr. McNutt completed his life with long time partner and friend, Carolyn Olson.
Mr. McNutt lived to be 81 years old and his loved ones thought his life too short. His life to him was complete. He could tell a story like no other, and we will miss his stories, but what we will miss the most is the man, and what a man he was!
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. with the memorial service following at 4:00 P.M., at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200, with Pastor Al Perry officiating.
Donald “Don” Lewis Parrish, 77, of Alvin, TX passed away on March 15, 2017. Don was born December 11, 1939 in Trinity, Texas to Lewis and QBelle Parrish. He was raised in Goliad, Texas. Don graduated from Goliad High School lettering all four years in various sports. He then attended and graduated from Rice University.
Don was a member of South Park Baptist Church in Alvin. He was an active Deacon and worked with the children’s Sunday School for many years.
He was an avid modeler, building customized model oilfield trucks, and winning numerous awards with his trucks.
Don is preceded in death by his loving wife JoAnn and parents Lewis and Qbelle Parrish.
Don is survived by his sons, Mark and wife Jennifer Parrish of San Antonio and Ron Parrish of Houston; grandsons, Jackson S. Parrish U.S.N.A. and Benjamin Lewis Parrish of San Antonio; and sister, Ann (Parrish) Brasher and husband Jim.
Friends are invited to a Memorial Service for Don on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 11:00 am at South Park Baptist Church, 1718 South Johnson Street, Alvin, Texas 77511
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Don’s memory to the South Texas Children’s Home, P.O. Box 759, Beeville, Texas 78104, the Salvation Army or a charity of their choice.
Richard Thomas (Dick) Walter (89) of Seabrook, Texas passed away on
He married Gwendolyn Marcus,
After high school, Dick served two years in the Army. He graduated from The University of Houston in 1958 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. In 1961, he began his career with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the Johnson Space Center where he went on to become an Aerospace Flight Systems Engineer. His career spanned multiple NASA programs, including Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle, and International Space Station, until his retirement in 1999 after 38 years of service. In addition, he was a member of the Seabrook Volunteer Fire Department for 52 years. As a member of the fire department, he was also one of the founding members of the Clear Lake Emergency Medical Corps (CLEMC) which was established in 1972.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, his brother William, and his son Stephen.
Dick is survived by his wife of 42 years, Ione, his children: Diane Murrell, Janice Butcher (Jon), Douglas (Cindy), Charles Essmeier (Laura), Scott Essmeier (Paula), Anne Lillie (Drew) and his sister, Ruth Hughes of Portsmouth, Ohio.
He leaves behind eight grandchildren: Diane and the late Larry Murrell’s children, Brian Murrell and Sara Aragon; Janice and Jon’s children, Keri Osterberg and Jessica McCorkle; Doug and Cindy’s daughter, Kristi Erwin; Stephen’s son, Shawn Walter; Scott’s son, Noah Essmeier; and Anne and Drew’s children, Catherine and Andrew Lillie. In addition, he is survived by 13 great-grandchildren.
A very special companion to Dick is his beloved dog Lola, adopted seven years ago from Red Collar Rescue.
A celebration of his life will be held on May 6, 2017 at at the Seabrook Volunteer Fire department Station 1, 1850 E. Meyer Road, Seabrook, Texas 77586. All friends and colleagues of Dick and Ione’s family are welcome to attend.
We would like to thank Harbor Hospice for their care and support. In lieu of traditional remembrances, donations can be made to Red Collar Rescue, 945 McKinney Street, No. 424 Houston, Texas 77002 (www.redcollar.org) or the Seabrook Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 98, Seabrook, Texas 77586.
Gloria Ann Marquis, 76, of Alvin TX went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Gloria was born on January 31, 1941 in Newellton, LA to Talmadge and Louise Crane. She earned her degree in Mathematics from Northwestern State College in 1962. Later that year, she married her first husband Charles Jenkins. After teaching two years in Louisiana, they moved to Alvin TX in 1966. Gloria taught one year in Hitchcock before starting her thirty-eight year career as the librarian of Alvin Elementary. A few years after the passing of her husband, Charles, in 1979, she met Earl Marquis. The two were wed in March 1983 and have been happily married for thirty-four years. Gloria played the piano and was very active with the GA’s (Girls in Action) at the First Baptist Church in Newellton. She was a member 4-H growing up. She enjoyed playing basketball throughout her high school years. While in college, she was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority. Gloria was a devoted member of the Alvin Historical Society as well as the Alvin Library League and Alvin Museum Society. She also served two terms as president of the Association of Retired Teachers. She was a charter member of Alpha Delta Kappa International Sorority for Women Educators where she held many offices, such as treasurer, secretary and president. She taught Sunday school at South Park Baptist Church and was responsible for the altar flowers monthly. Gloria was an avid bunco player and a member of the quilters guild. She loved to create many beautiful quilts with so many unique designs and colors. Some of her favorite pastimes were traveling, gardening and reading. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to so very many. She will be deeply missed by all that knew and loved her.
Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, Talmadge and Louise Crane; and first husband, Charles Jenkins.
She is survived by her husband, Earl Marquis; daughter, Melanie Hughes and her husband Tommy; son, Charles Jenkins II; granddaughters, Ashley Matusek and her husband Scott, Emily Hughes and her fiancé Adam, Sarah Mackin, Kaytlyn Christie and her husband Josh; grandsons, Christian Perkins, Travis Mackin, Brandon Carney; great granddaughter, Olive Townley; brothers, Dale Crane and his wife Rosa, Dr. Kirk Crane and his wife Susan, and Keith Crane; many other relatives, close friends, and sorority sisters.
Friends are cordially invited to join the family for visitation on Monday, March 20, 2017 from 2:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, with a funeral service to follow at 3:00 P.M. with Rev. Shawn Nichols officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in her name to the Alvin Museum Society or the Alvin Historical Society.
Condolences can be sent to the Marquis family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com
Jack Harvey Harris, 85, passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017 in Pearland. Jack was born on December 12, 1931 in Houston, TX to parents Frank and Marguerite (Curry) Harris. He proudly served his country as Captain in the United States Air Force from 1953-1961. He attended several Universities from 1953 to 1966 and obtained his degree in Master of Science, Doctor of Dental Surgery, and a Bachelor of Arts. He was a proud Texas A&M Aggie, Class of 1953. Jack shared his knowledge with others as an assistant and associate professor of periodontics for UTMB of Houston (1962-1995) and on the advisory board of health law and policy institute at the University of Houston-School of Law. He utilized his education and built a successful private practice of dentistry and periodontics from 1961-1991. He held many positions for organizations such as the Houston District Dental Society, President of the Texas Dental Association, President of the American Dental Association, and FDI World Dental Federation. His many accomplishments throughout his life also included County Commissioner in Brazoria County (1997-2008), and Texas State Representative (1985-1996). Jack held positions on political committees such as higher education, natural resources, environmental affairs and state, federal and international relations, as well as special committees for teenage drug abuse, health care task force and natural resource conservation. His extensive involvement and the positions he held were very beneficial to the success of his many publications and oral presentations. He published many articles in the Houston District Dental Journal, Texas Dental Journal and Journal of the American Dental Association. Many of his oral presentations were held in Washington D.C., conferences, and universities and schools around the world, including England, Hungary and Ireland. The honors he received throughout his life were many. His devotion to his career and his family were well shown and he will be missed dearly by all that knew him.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Marguerite Harris; sister, Mildred Smith; brother in laws, B.M. Smith and Lyle Pulleyn.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Mary Ellen Harris; son, Rick Harris and wife Susan; sisters, Jean Pulleyn and Jane Shephard and husband David; grandson, Ryan Harris and wife Stephanie; granddaughter, Kathryn Harris Jones and husband Dustin; great granddaughter, Avery Madison Jones; numerous nieces, nephews and family members.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at First United Methodist Church in Pearland, 2314 N. Grand Blvd, Pearland, TX 77581.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his name to TDA Smiles Foundation, 1946 S. IH35, Austin, TX 78704 or to Lewy Body Dementia Foundation at www.ibda.org/donate
Condolences can be sent to the Harris family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com
Jackie Carroll Baston, 72, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017 in Webster. Jackie was born on May 29, 1944 in Augusta, GA to parents Harry Carlton and Dorothy Jane (Guess) Baston. He proudly served his country in the Army and Air Force, worked for Nasa for 29 years, and worked most recently for Barrios. He enjoyed being a radio DJ for KACC radio 89.7 for Alvin Community College and being a past Master and Endowed Member of Friendswood Masonic Lodge #1416. Jackie will be missed by all that knew him.
Jackie is survived by his loving wife, Judith Vivian Baston; children, Jay Baston, Janine Baston, Gregg Duppstadt, Michael Duppstadt, and Gary Duppstadt; grandchildren, Corrie Salvador, Tori Ebding, Kimberly Duppstadt, Stephen Trego, Stacie Trego, and Jarin Duppstadt; great grandchildren, Harley Salvador and Matthew Watkins; many other family members and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 P.M. on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, with Pastor Steve O’Donohoe officiating.
Condolences can be sent to the Baston family at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Margaret Louise Huckaby Powell, 70, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017 in Webster. Margaret was born on February 14, 1947 in Bryan, TX to parents Marvin K. and Evelyn (Faulkner) Huckaby. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1965 and Sam Houston State University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She taught elementary school for a short time in Flatonia, TX. Margaret married the love of her life, James David Powell, on December 27, 1970. Upon moving to Pearland, she worked as the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Public Affairs of Baylor College of Medicine for 38 years. She was a member of Trinity Church in Pearland, TX for 25 years, where she served Jesus faithfully in many ways including teaching at the children’s church. Her favorite hobbies were tending to her plants and gardening. She had and loved many dogs during her life. Her family meant the most to her and she created many memories for them to cherish.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Evelyn Huckaby.
She is survived by her loving husband, James Powell of Pearland; son, David Powell and wife Rachel of Pearland; sisters, Nancy McDonald and husband Wayne of Burleson and Virginia Huckaby of Brenham; brother, Ken Huckaby and wife Janice of Franklin; numerous nieces and nephews of whom she was very fond.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 A.M., with Reverend Chuck Hacic officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in the name of Margaret Powell to the National MS Society at www.nationalmssociety.org
Condolences can be sent to the Powell family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com
Lois Coryn Wright DeBee, 89, of Houston, TX passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017 following a short illness. She was born March 10, 1928 in Tyler, Texas. Lois was greatly loved and will be missed by family and friends.
Lois was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Prosper Elbert DeBee, her parents, Thomas L.Wright and Hallie C. (Ashby) Wright, and her brother, Thomas A. Wright.
She leaves to mourn her children Prosper (Shannon) DeBee, Lisa (Glenn) Schiller, and Suzanne (David) Knowles. She also leaves her four loved grandchildren Hollie (David) Attebury, Jenny (John) Vaughn, Logan Knowles, and Sarah Schiller. In addition, she leaves her precious great-grandchildren Henry and Charlotte Attebury.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Friday, March 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 Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Jason Hess and Rev. David Attebury officiating. A private interment will be held at a later date at the Houston National Cemetery in Houston, TX.
Condolences may be sent to the DeBee family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Dustin William Prill, 35, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017 in League City. Dustin was born on August 14, 1981 in Akron, Ohio to parents, Gregory and Sandra (Blankenship) Prill.
Dustin was extremely intelligent and always there as a helping hand. He was a network administrator for iGoFigure where his attention to detail was evident in his work. He enjoyed driving in his car with Nolan with the windows down and listening to music together, relaxing in his chair watching TV with Amanda, cooking for everyone, woodworking, fishing, planting vegetables, flying RC airplanes and making things on his computers and with electronics. Vacations, game nights, holidays and every day for that matter will never be the same without him.
Dustin is survived by his wife Amanda and their young son Nolan; father Greg and step mother Rose Mary; brother Raun and his wife Erica and their daughter Isabel; step sister Christin Lott and her husband Jim Hebert and their 4 children; step sister Heather Lott as well as many other amazing family members and friends who will all miss him dearly.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546.
Condolences can be sent to the Prill family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
A GoFundMe has been set up for Amanda and Nolan to help with
adjusting to life without Dustin. Please visit https://www.gofundme.com/prill-family-fund
Carolyn G. (Camm) Pfaff, 78, of Friendswood, TX, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Carol was born in Toledo, Ohio, and later moved to Monroe, MI. She and husband, Hollis, moved to Texas in 1990. Carol retired from Walmart in Pearland in 2014. She worked in the garden center there, and was affectionately called “Grandma” by her co-workers. Her many regular customers looked to her for advice in making their gardens beautiful. Carol was outgoing and loved to talk and play games with her friends. Known for her helpfulness and wonderful sense of humor, she will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Hollis. Survivors include: daughter Corrine Johnson, her husband Daniel, of Friendswood, TX, and their sons, Jordan and his wife Andrea, and Asher; son Keith Miller, his wife Denise, of Flat Rock, MI, and their son Kyle and daughter Jenna; and son Kirk Miller, his wife Karen, of New Boston, MI, and their daughter Seairra and son Luke. Carol enjoyed many vacations and outings with her children and grandchildren and left us all with many warm memories.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, April 1, in The Foundry at The Harbor, 2821 W. Parkwood Avenue, in Friendswood.
Doris Earline Zimmermann, 93, entered into Heaven’s glory at sunrise. Doris was born on July 19, 1923 in Port Arthur, TX to parents, Walter and Clara (Riske) Bailey. She was married to Erich Paul Zimmermann for 60 years until his passing. A life to service her church and devoted teacher at Mothers-Day-Out programs for 19 years gave her so much joy. She loved her family, sewing Christmas stockings and the Christmas season was her favorite.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Clara Bailey and her husband, Erich Zimmermann.
She is survived by her two children, David and wife Cheryl Zimmerman of Knoxville, TN and Jan and Mannie Steglich of Pearland, TX; four grandchildren, Crystal Zimmerman of Denver, CO, Christian Zimmerman of Knoxville, TN, Jamie and husband Scott Hood of Pearland, TX, and Ryan and wife Lori Steglich of Cape May, NJ; three great grandchildren, Ellyssa Hood, Jaxon Hood, and Erich Steglich. Extended family includes Elizabeth and Jason Jordan and son Jacob of Halletsville, TX.
The family wishes to express our gratitude to the incredible, loving staff of Friendswood Health Care Center. She called it home and enjoyed so many activities and meeting so many people that provided so much more than health care. A special thank you to John in therapy and Rose for coordinating so many fun events.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family at 6:00 P.M. on Monday, March 13, 2017 at Jeter Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX. A funeral service will follow at 7:00 P.M., with Rev. Jon Salminen officiating. Interment will be at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Port Arthur, TX.
Condolences can be sent to the Zimmermann family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Edward Earl Van Hoesen passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at his home in Friendswood. Eddie was born in Wharton, Texas on April 15, 1946 to now deceased parents Elmer Byron and Margaret Cecil Van Hoesen. Eddie earned his Eagle Scout at the young age of 13 years. He attended Wharton County Junior College and graduated from Lamar Tech in Beaumont with a degree in electrical engineering. During his late teens and early twenties he played guitar with several rock and roll bands in the Wharton area and in Houston. Eddie served in the United States National Guard for six years. He worked in the space industry at NASA for Lockheed Martin for 47 years. During his life, Eddie worked with the Friendswood Wranglerettes and with several dance studios for 21 years, cutting and editing music and serving as their official photographer. They all called him Mr. V. – The Music Man. The Wranglerettes have given a dance scholarship in his name for the last 10 years.
Eddie is survived by his wife, Sandra; daughters, Johanna Smith of San Marcos and Laura Van Hoesen of New Braunfels; three special grandchildren, Larkin, Evan, and Hayden; sister-in-law, Norma Van Hoesen; niece, Dana Voigt; and numerous cousins.
The family offers special thanks to the managers and staff of Harbor Hospice of Houston, and to Eddie’s daughter, Laura, who stayed seven months assisting in his daily care, making it possible for him to remain with his family at home for the duration of his long illness.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 North Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX., with Rev. Jerry Stark officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in Eddie’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society at 1180 Astoria Blvd, Houston, TX 77089, or at www.cancer.org.
Condolences can be made to the Van Hoesen family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Gerald “Jerry” Alan Darrah, 63, of San Leon, TX returned to his heavenly home on Thursday, March 2, 2017. He was preceded in death by his beloved mother Diane Cooper Darrah and leaves behind the following to continue loving him - his father, Raymond Ellsworth Darrah and sister, Cindy Kathryn Koncaba of Tavernier, FL; three children: sons Jeremy Scott Darrah of Portland, OR and Richard Alan Darrah and daughter Krystal Darrah Olszewski of Houston, TX. He also leaves behind three grandchildren: Kylee Michelle Olszewski, Jason Andrew Olszewski and Brandon Robert Hobbs; nephew Matthew Travis Koncaba, niece Kristen Koncaba Marinello and grandnephew Andrew Alexander Marinello. Jerry will be missed by numerous friends whom he loved unconditionally, especially Margaret McDonald of Friendswood, TX whom he called “Second Mom”.
Jerry grew up in Friendswood and wherever he traveled he always considered it home. He was well known around the area as a natural mechanic. If it had wheels and a motor (automobile, bike or lawnmower), his talented hands could care for it. If you were a Friendswood resident in the 1980s and 1990s chances are he repaired your vehicle. Jerry worked at Mustang Automotive for eleven years, from 1979 to 1990, and at Ford’s Automotive for nine years, from 1990 to 1997 and from 2009 to 2011.
Jerry enjoyed motorcycles, he loved animals, he liked to barbeque, and he loved and took great pride in his truck. He also loved people and saw only good in everyone he met. In his final earthly home overlooking Galveston Bay, he hung a cross with the words “Look for the Good in Everyone.” These words personified Jerry. He had a gentle spirit and loving heart, just like his mother whom was his heart and soul. He loved the Lord deeply and drew his strength from him.
Jerry’s life matters! He will be missed profoundly. May he rest in peace.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 10 A.M. at the Friendswood Friends Church, 502 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546.
The family asks for and deeply appreciates prayers during this most devastating time. Personal messages may be sent to to his father, sister, and nephew at 215 Pueblo St. Tavernier, FL 33070 or at the funeral home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com or you may mail them to the funeral home and they will be forwarded to the family.
Carlota Garza, 81 of Friendswood TX, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017. Carlota was born June 24, 1935 at her parents ranch in La Rosita, Texas. She was the only child of Evaristo Valerio and Flavia R. Valerio. At the age of 3 her father died and her mother moved them to San Diego, TX where she attended all 12 years of school and met her future husband Frank Garza. They were engaged on her high school graduation day. Frank was in the Air Force and Carlota worked as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone. Carlota and Frank were married on June 26, 1955. They have 3 children, David Garza of Houston, Texas, Danny Garza of Houston, Texas and Linda Smith of Friendswood, Texas. Carlota worked for the Foleys Company for 25 years and enjoyed retirement with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Carlota spent her time volunteering with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Committee, Friendswood Garden Club, Mary Queen Catholic Church and the Queen Bee Quilters. Carlota was deeply loved by all who knew her and is thankful for all her friendships throughout her life.
Carlota was preceded in death by her parents, Evaristo and Flavia Valerio.
She is survived by her husband, Frank Garza; children, David Garza, Danny Garza, and Linda Smith; 4 grandchildren, Anthony Garza, Nicholas Garza, Scott Smith, and Samuel Smith; 2 great grandchildren Liliana Garza and Jasmine Garza; many family members and friends.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Friday, March 10, 2017 from 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. at Jeter Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200. A reading of the Rosary will follow at 3:00 P.M. with Deacon Chuck Turner. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, with Rev. James Kuczynski, M.S. officiating.
Condolences can be sent to the Garza family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com
Amanda Jean Romo, “Mandy”, 64, of Pearland, Texas passed away peacefully holding her husband Ricardo’s hand on Friday, March 3, 2017. Mandy was born October 23, 1952 to Earl Dean and Laura Jean “Jeannie” Keith in St. Louis, MO. Mandy lived in St. Louis until she was 2 years old. She then moved to Hot Springs, Ar. where she lived with her mother and grandmother Mamie Skillern. Mandy moved to Houston when she was 8 years old with her mother and step father Howard Warwick. She graduated from Milby High School in 1970. Mandy worked at East End Transfer and a few other businesses before she went to work at AT&T as a service representative in 1989. She retired in 2010. Mandy made many lifelong friends during her working career. Mandy was an awesome cook and loved cooking for her family. Our favorite was her lasagna. Mandy had a talent for decorating; she made beautiful cakes and could turn any house into a home. Mandy spent her time watching movies with Ricardo, spending time with her kids, grandkids and her mother. She loved reading books, sewing, scrapbooking and working jigsaw puzzles. Mandy had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. Mandy loved being with her family above all. She was loyal, loving, generous and caring. Mandy’s strength at the end of her life was amazing. She loved Jesus and knew she would see all of us again.
Mandy was preceded in death by her father Earl Dean Keith and her step father Howard Wilmer Warwick.
Mandy is survived by her husband of 10 years, Ricardo Romo; mother, Jean Warwick of Pearland; son, Jason Ruff and wife Margo of Texas City; daughter, Adana Knotts of Pearland; brother, Howard Lee Warwick and wife Paula of Pearland; sister, Connie Hodde and husband Bill of Pointblank; four grandchildren; Desiree Knotts, Aiden Ruff, Ashton Ruff, Austin Ruff; nieces & nephews and many loved ones.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 A.M. on March 9, 2017 at Donna’s Legacy Event Center, 785 County Road 539, Alvin, Texas 77511. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at www.pulmonaryfoundation.org.
Condolences may be sent to the Romo family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Aaron Heath Ustick, 49, passed away in Friendswood, TX on Thursday, March 2, 2017. He was born on June 13, 1967 in Houston, TX to parents, Wilborn Lee and Margie (Whitten) Ustick.
He is survived by his loving wife, Berta; daughters, Linda Tijerina and Tiffaney Sheppard and husband Tristan; sister Viki Ferguson and her husband Phillip; grandchildren, Andrew and Avery Tijerina and Sylas Sheppard; niece Kimberly Ferguson; his friends at Lary’s Florist; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200, with Rev. Jerry Stark officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the Ustick family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Richard Alan “Dick” Lemmon, 79, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017 in Houston. Dick was born on December 4th, 1939 to Gladys Theadora Wesling and Henry Clay Lemmon in Buffalo, NY. In 1954, he graduated from Ysleta High School in El Paso, TX where he was a cheerleader and played on the tennis team. Dick graduated from New Mexico State University in 1960 with an Architectural Engineering Degree and moved to Milwaukee Wisconsin for his first job at Alice Chalmers. He worked for 30 years at Carborundum and Sigri Carbon before becoming a Realtor for REMAX Southbelt from which he retired from. Dick was a loving husband, father, brother and PaPa . He was a member of Sagemont Church and member of Golf Crest Country Club in Pearland. Dick was one of the first Downtown YMCA Superstars in the 1970's. With his athleticism and competitiveness, he excelled in golf, tennis, racquetball snow and water skiing. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports and one was sure to hear a story or two about it. Dick had the joy of gab, he never met a stranger and had numerous stories to tell.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Donna Bradshaw.
He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years Linda; daughter Terri Lemmon Langner and husband Ronald and their children Lindsey and Lauren; son Randy Lemmon and wife Yvonne and their children Randal and Selena; daughter Tammy Brueggeman and husband David and their children Wade and Ashley; brother and best friend Tommy Lemmon of Spring and numerous nephews and nieces.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. with a memorial service to follow at 2:00 P.M at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200. In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.
Condolences can be sent to the Lemmon family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com
Charles Murray “Charlie” Helms, 67, passed away on March 4, 2017 in Milam, Texas. Charlie was born on April 5, 1949 in Conroe, Texas to parents, Dillard and Jessie “Faye” (Mayfield) Helms. Charlie worked for Wilson Downhole LC, La and opened C and H Rental Tools LC, La. He was the president of RAM Rental Tools which later became STS in 1985. He patented various tools including the Top Entry Access System in 1994. Charlie sold his business in 1998 and stayed on with Oil States Energy Services until he retired in 2012. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, spending time with his family, video poker, gardening, cigars, iced tea, and loved doing for others. He was full of life, had a great sense of humor, loved making people happy and seeing their faces when he introduced them to new experiences.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, Dillard and Jessie Helms; son, Charles Murray Helms, Jr.; and first wife, Donna Helms.
He is survived by his wife, Laurie Vice Helms; children, Michelle Cantu, Brandi Ballard and husband David Ballard, Kami Brown and fiancé Brad Smith, Michael Clemmons and Lacy Guidry, and Jessica Clemmons; sisters, Linda Heuitt and Becca Love; grandchildren, Brittany Boutte and husband Danny Boutte, Kendra Parrack and husband Danny Parrack, Max Cantu, Dylan Broussard and wife Stormie Broussard, Hayley Ballard, Madison Ballard, and Riley Brown; great grandchildren, Kyra Boutte, Norah Parrack, Haddie Parrack, Brex Boutte, Winnie Parrack and Eleanor Broussard; many family members and friends.
Friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation with the family from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor McCauley Austin officiating.
Condolences can be sent to the Helms family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Thomas George Koroscik, 86, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017 in League City. Thomas was born on March 22, 1930 in Kenosha, Wisconsin to parents George and Adele Koroscik. Tom was loved by many, some who are here today. Everyone who knew him knew he loved a good practical joke and telling stories. Over the years, he enjoyed softball, camping, dancing, playing bridge, bowling, swimming, fishing, and golf. When playing cards or board games he loved to make up his own rules, a trait he passed down to his children and grandchildren. These were known as “Koroscik” rules. His charade escapades are legendary. He would write Bible verses that none of us knew and were at least 20 words longs. He would stretch out the charade as long as possible. He was an active church member all his life; usher, reader, greeter, INNS and soup kitchen volunteer. He loved talking and reading and was not shy about sharing his opinion. This made for lively bible studies. He took his faith seriously and knew his salvation was assured through the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He longed for the day he would reunite with his beloved wife, Gloria.
He is survived by his four children, David and wife Janell Koroscik, Debra and husband Gary Duncan, Janet Koroscik, and Daniel and wife Judith Koroscik; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family members and friends.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Monday, March 6, 2017 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546. Funeral services will be at 11:00am on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Lakeside Lutheran Church, 1101 S. Egret Bay Blvd., League City, TX 77573, with Pastor Helen Rose Moore officiating. He will be interred in Wisconsin at a later date.
Condolences can be sent to the Koroscik family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com
Leatha Mae Watson, 75, of Houston, TX passed away on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017. Leatha was born in Halifax City, VA on March 15, 1941 to parents Joseph Beverly Francisco and Maggie Cooke Francisco. She graduated from Dan River High School in Danville, VA before relocating to Texas. She was a descendant of Peter Francisco, a Revolutionary War hero in Virginia. Leatha was married to James Robert Watson, Jr. on April 25th, 2002. They were married for 15 years. Leatha owned and operated Elegant Remodeling and Design, Inc. in League City, TX. She was active in the Democratic Party. She had a great love of classical music & opera.
Leatha was preceded in death by her son, Joshua Francisco Watson.
Leatha is survived by her husband James Robert Watson Jr., her children Sterling Wynne Bennett, Jr of Austin, TX and Starlett Lea Gonzales of Nassau Bay, TX and her sisters, Janice Francisco Chapman of Seal Beach, CA and Edith McCoy Wetherington of Jacksonville, FL. Leatha also had three beautiful granddaughters, Jenna Bennett, Laura and Samantha Mangrum.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200, with Rev. Jerry Stark officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may made to the American Cancer Society www.cancer.org
Condolences can be sent to the Watson family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Mike Charles Compton, age 55, of Friendswood, TX passed away in his home on February 25, 2017, from an apparent heart attack. Mike was born on June 30, 1961, in Chickasha, OK to Don and Mary Alice Compton. He was the youngest of 3, including his sisters Donna and Teri. At the age of 25, Mike went to work for Houston Lighting & Power, later to become Reliant Energy. He had an exceptionally strong work ethic, and remained with the company until the time of his death.
Mike is survived by his wife Mary, children Christopher, Benjamin, and Amanda, parents Don and Mary Alice, and sister Donna.
Mike was devoted to his Catholic faith, always letting Christ work through him and touching others, especially in their own time of need. He gave thanks to God in the good times, and stayed faithful through the tough times with the help of the Serenity Prayer. Mike kept God first, but loved his wife and children (and dogs) unconditionally. Mike loved living a simple life, and would most likely question why we all took the time to dress up, when our favorite pair of shorts were lying at the foot of the bed. He enjoyed helping Mary bake, as the official house taste tester. He hung the pair of socks Amanda wore in track and had framed in his office for everyone to see. He became an honorary Texas A&M Aggie when Ben left to play football there, only after claiming Georgia Tech, where he followed the football team only for the opportunity to watch Chris play in the marching band at half time. If Mike was going out to eat on a Friday, he was ready to order on a Tuesday. He was the man with the plan, and always made sure the plan revolved around his family.
All are welcome to come and celebrate the life of Mike on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood Dr., Friendswood, TX. The services will begin with a rosary at 9:15 in the morning, followed by a memorial mass at 10:00, with a reception immediately after. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking donations be made to either Mary Queen Catholic Church Food Pantry or Scholarship America. The family would like to thank everyone that has offered prayers, meals, support, and the many incredible gestures shown by the community. As Mike would say, “I’m kind of a big deal!”
Teresa Marie Nagy Carpenter, 43, of Houston, TX passed away on Friday, February 24, 2017. She was born on February 17, 1974 in East Grand Rapids, Michigan to parents Charles and Delsie Nagy. Teresa moved to Friendswood, TX with her family in 1977. She graduated from Friendswood High School in 1992 and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2001. Her many achievements included Beta Alpha Psi Honorary Society in 2000-2001 and Accounting Association in 1999. She also participated in the Houston Aramco Half Marathon in 2007-2009, Angie’s Half Marathon Clear Lake in 2008-2010, and Cinco Ranch Triathlon in 2006. Teresa lived her life to the fullest up until she succumbed to her illness. She will be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her daughter, Savannah Lauren Carpenter; parents, Charles and Delsie Nagy; sisters: Christine Renee (Nagy) Giammaruti and her husband Robert and their son Matthew, Andrea Michelle (Nagy) Lucero and her husband Sergio and their sons Micah, Lucah and Seneca, Sara Beth (Nagy) Barrington and her husband Mark and their sons Nicholas, Wyatt and Kolby; uncle, Robert S. Nagy; aunt, Kathleen Diane (Nagy) Jelsomeno and her husband Tom; many relatives and friends in Michigan and Texas.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Mike Manning officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the Nagy family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Bunnye Baldwin, 72, of Friendswood, TX passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, January 9th, after a years-long battle with COPD and cancer. She is survived by her husband, Roland Chris Baldwin, daughters, Crystye and Karrye, and son-in-law Ty; as well as sisters, Connye Hamlin and Tommye Lyles, and older brother Dayne Miller.
Bunnye was born in Graham, Texas on February 10, 1944. She was the daughter of Vennie Brannon and Tom Miller. Bunnye attended the University of Texas in Austin, where she met her husband, and moved with him to the Houston area in order to be close to his work with IBM and NASA. While raising two girls, Bunnye went back and finished her Bachelor's Degree, graduating from the University of Houston.
Bunnye dedicated her life to nurturing and growth - through her dedication to her family, numerous volunteer projects, and her beautiful garden. She taught Sunday School at Friendswood United Methodist Church for over 40 years. She was also a proud member of the Heritage Gardeners, the Houston Federation of Garden Clubs, and the Friendswood Historical Society, where she was instrumental in the restoration of the 1902 Perry Home.
She believed that the greatest gift one could give was to work hard and help something bloom - whether it was a child, an animal, or one of her gorgeous plants. It is fitting that even at the end of her life; she was more worried about her loved ones than herself. Her dedication, kindness, and easy laugh will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
The family asks that in lieu of condolences, you honor Bunnye's memory by planting something and helping it grow.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. Jerry Stark officiating. A reception will be held at the Friendswood United Methodist Church in the Wesley Hall following the service.
After 81 years of vivacious life, Dee Watson, passed away February 23, 2017, in Alvin, Texas. Dee was born April 18, 1935 in Plainfield, New Jersey to Herbert and Bee Croft. She later moved and graduated high school in San Antonio, Texas and then attended the University of Texas at Austin.
Introduced by a blind date organized by their parents, Dee married her best friend and soul mate, James Watson on June 18, 1955 in San Antonio, Texas. Their travels together were immeasurable and left behind a legacy of exciting adventures. Their family of six lived along the California and Texas Coast and later resided in Alvin, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Bee Croft; her husband, James T. Watson; and her son, Richard A. Watson.
Dee is survived by her daughter, Kim Watson Follmar; sons, Thomas C. Watson and daughter-in-law Mary Beth Watson of Spring TX and David S. Watson and daughter-in-law Terry Watson of Longview TX; sister, Barbara Perritte; nephew, Steven and Judy Jones of Dallas TX; niece, Aleene Jones Zurobski of Sherman TX; grandchildren, Lauren Gandolfo and husband Sean Gandolfo, Lane Yahchouchi and husband Youssef Yahchouchi, Zach Gillen and wife April Gillen, Travis Watson and wife Laura Watson, Ryan Watson and wife Brandy Watson, Jared Watson and wife Jeehye Watson, Lauren and husband Jason Mims, Lindsay and husband James Keeton, Kristen Varon and Mel Varon; great grandchildren, Malia, Marley and Chaz Gillen, Tye and Tommy Watson, Koda and Chase Watson, Liam Yahchouchi, Ashelynn, Sloane and Barrett Mimms; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
Dee and Jim spent many years in Coos Bay, Oregon- while enjoying their summer home. Her favorite activities involved family, friends, swimming, playing cards, and traveling. Her cheerful, happy spirit will forever be in our hearts.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. Jerry Stark officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation be made in her memory to MD Anderson Hospital at www.mdanderson.org or The Arthritis Foundation at www.arthritis.org or the Benjamin Garcia Memorial Fund at www.purplemonkeyfunrun.com.
Condolences may be sent to the Watson family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Mary V. O’Connell, fondly known as Mom, Nanny O, and Aunt Mary, 73, of Webster, TX passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. She was born May 29, 1943 to Christopher T. Fitzgerald and Margaret Crowley Fitzgerald in New York, NY.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Harry O’Connell and twin brother Christopher Fitzgerald.
Mary is survived by her children, Maureen O’Connell and husband John Nieves of Dickinson, TX, Patricia O’Connell and husband Mark Labberton of Friendswood, TX and Thomas O’Connell and wife Christine of League City, TX; grandchildren, Christopher O’Connell, Mallory Labberton, and Quinn O’Connell; brother Gerard Fitzgerald of Battle Ground, WA; sister Theresa Fitzgerald of Kingston, PA; sister-in-law’s, Cathy and husband Jim Barry of League City, TX and Teresann and husband Ed Barry of Hampstead, NC; dear close friends Richard and Deborah Cope of Houston, TX; numerous nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 10:00A.M. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1612 E. Walker St., League City, TX 77573 with Father Howard Drabek officiating. A private family burial will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, TX. A gathering of friends and family will follow at the home of Tom O’Connell.
Condolences may be sent to the O’Connell family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Wanda May Williams Skinner, died February 18, 2017, in Webster, Texas. Wanda was born April 23, 1939 in Heber Springs, Arkansas to James Alvin Williams and Lois Allen Williams. She later moved to and graduated high school in Merced, California.
She married Jesse F. Skinner in 1959. They lived in several places throughout the United States eventually moving to Santa Fe, Texas in 1979 and settling in Alvin, Texas in 1981.
Wanda was a legal secretary in the office of Attorneys Jim Wigginton and Garth Woods for more than 20 years.
She is survived by her sons, Jon Mark Skinner (Alvin), Getty Skinner (Jacksonville, Florida), daughter and son-in-law, Nancy Jo and Mitch Heiserman (Alvin), daughter-in-law turned daughter, Paula K. Skinner (Oregon), a nephew, Bill Lamb (Alvin), a brother, James Allen Williams (Merced, California), 12 grandchildren, Jesse F.B. Skinner (California), Heidi M. Kiser (Oregon), Adam E. Skinner (Oregon), Joseph W. Hubbard, Joshua W. Hubbard, Jacob W. Hubbard and Jared W. Hubbard (all of Heavener, Oklahoma), Stephanie R. Wilson, Brittany L. Skinner, Nicholas G. Heiserman, E. Alexander Heiserman, and Zachary L. Heiserman (all of Alvin, Texas); 17 great-grandchildren, Tanner and Natalie Kiser, Dylan and Taylor Skinner, Bryce, Trystan and Alyssa Skinner, Makinzie, Grace and Lilly Erwin, Jodie Hubbard, Kaylee Eastland, Katherine Gonzalez, Cheyanne Skinner, Jesse and Ally Hubbard, and Luke Scott Dukes-Heiserman, and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her daughter, Lois Ann Skinner-Hubbard, a great-granddaughter, Samantha Gonzalez, her daughter-in-law, Marla K. Skinner, and her son-in-law, Phillip Hubbard.
In honor of Wanda’s wishes, she will be cremated and no services will be held.
Condolences may be sent to the Skinner family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Charles Ray Bond, 63, of Friendswood, TX passed away on February 17, 2017. He was born August 18, 1953 to Jimmie and Thelma Bond in Dickinson, TX. It was in Dickinson that he began his school years where he quickly gave his parents a glimpse of the wild years that would lie ahead: On his very first day of school, a young Charles shocked his class by kicking his teacher square in the shin. Later on, believing a Catholic-school education might be… beneficial… his parents enrolled him in Our Lady of Refuge in Refugio, TX. However, this did little to curb the wild child’s ways; it was there Charles set fire to the frizzy hair of the red-haired girl who sat in front of him in class. Finally, back in public school, Charles earned his high school diploma at A.C. Collins High School in Beeville, TX (where, as family legend has it, everything was so old it was all in black and white).
Charles went on to work a small handful of jobs, including as a scuba diver building bridges at a Naval base in Virginia, before he found his home in the plastics business. This was the industry for which Charles would become a crucial player. He worked his way up the ranks, becoming plant manager, and eventually Director of Marketing at a company that would be known as TSI in De Quincy, LA. This was a career he thrived in, and the industry was better for having had him be part of it.
In his late 20s, he had two children, Kristin and Justin; in his early 30s, he met the love of his life Gail and also gained a son Jeremy. A little while later he married Gail, and they would move to Houston and ultimately buy their home in Friendswood, TX. Charles loved his family with passion, always putting them before himself. When he first became a grandfather in 2004, he was overjoyed to step into his new role of Pawpaw. His grandchildren became the apples of his eye, and they loved him deeply in return. Also worth mentioning, Charles was a softy for his dogs, and Grizzly, Pedro, Little Girl, and Red gave him great joy and were very much part of his family.
Charles was a great man with a passion for life. His career was quite important to him, he was respected by all who worked with him, and often he wouldn’t know when to call an end to the workday. As hard as he worked, he also knew how to enjoy himself. He was the life of a party, and it is widely said he never met a stranger. He’d give the shirt off his back for family or friend, and more often than not, did just that.
Charles was preceded in death by parents, Jimmie and Thelma Bond. He is survived by wife Gail, son Jeremy and wife Fancy, daughter Kristin, son Justin and wife Lizz, grandchildren Xander, Gracy, Zaira, Reed, Ivan, and Clive, brother Jerry and wife Judy.
Charles spent his earthly years being a loving family man, a hardworking career man, a loyal friend, and a jokester with a great sense of humor. Today, he is our angel in Heaven.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546.
Condolences may be sent to the Bond 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.