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Charles Frederick Welch

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Charles Frederick Welch

6/2/1950 - 7/24/2016

Charles Frederick Welch, 66, of Friendswood, TX, formerly of Houston TX, passed away Sunday, July 24 2016. He was born June 2, 1950 to George Welch, Sr. and Lucille Polasek Welch in Houston, TX.

Native of Houston, TX, Charles was a hard and conscientious worker, and was kind to all who knew him. He was a previous member of the First Christian Church when growing up. Charles will be remembered as a gentle person and accepting his fate all his life with graciousness and humility. Fortunately he was able to travel the world with his mother on vacations. He could talk to anyone he met with sincerity and complete honesty. He also complained very little about his conditions or any suffering he endured in the latter parts of his life; yet he made everyone feel most comfortable when they were around him. He was an inspiration to his family. Of course he will be missed, but he is now at peace in Heaven with his Mother, Father, and other relatives.

Charles is survived by his brother, George (Buddy) Welch and sister, Barbara Ann Welch Biehunko; nephews and niece, Michael Eastridge, and Trey, Truley, and Trevor Welch, and many other relatives and cherished friends.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow at the Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston, TX.

Family request friends make donations to the Epilepsy Foundation, 8301 Professional Place, Suite 200, Landover, MD 20785 800-213-5821 www.epilepsy.com or their favorite charity.

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

Marvin Ray Wisley

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Marvin Ray Wisley

11/18/1939 - 7/24/2016

Mr. Marvin Ray Wisley, 86, of Pearland, TX passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2016.  He was born November 18, 1929 to Whitt and Alda Wisley in Damon, TX.

Marvin married the love of his life, Louise Haskins, on January 29, 1950 and they shared 65 years, 10 months, and 20 days together. Marvin was a lifetime resident of the Alvin/Pearland area. While in high school, Marvin was in the FFA and played football for Alvin. He went to work in the oil fields as a roughneck with his dad. He was a Union Pipe Fitter, Local 211, for over 50 years. Marvin also worked in various refineries up and down the Gulf Coast and the nuclear power plants in Cedar Rapids and Sioux City, Iowa and Bay City, TX. During this time, he also worked with his father-in-law building roads throughout the Pearland area. He was also a fireman for the Pearland Volunteer Fire Department. For many years, he manned the barbecue for the annual Turkey Shoot. He retired from pipefitting to go to work full-time serving his community and friends by building houses, garages, roofing houses, baling hay, building fences, gardening, and rounding up cattle. Most importantly, he became a grandfather and was from that point on known as “Paw Paw”.

Marvin took his role as Paw Paw very seriously and there wasn’t a baby that he didn’t try to talk to or hold. He made time to support all of his grandchildren and took great pride sharing their stories and accomplishments with his friends at the cafe. He could build anything his grandkids could dream up and was a master Easter egg hider. He shared his love for hunting and fishing with everyone and was ready to go at a moment’s notice, especially with his grandson, Michael.  He even tolerated the annual wrapping of his house when his grandchildren were in town. (As long as it was cleaned up the next day).

Marvin was preceded in death by his wife Louise; his parents; his brother Wayne Wisley, and his sister Natalie Wisley Jourdan.  Marvin is survived by two children, Gene and Kathy Wisley of San Antonio and Janice Wisley Bradley and George Hawk of Pearland; three grandchildren, Frank and Shannon Wisley Foster, Kelley Wisley and Michael Bradley; and two great-grandchildren, Katlin and Caroline Foster; as well as several cousins, nieces, and nephews; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

Marvin’s honorary grandchildren included, John Henry Bass and his family, Emily Bass, and Jerry and Katie Bass Bradshaw, Janelle McKendree Hart and her family, James McKendree and Jordan Roos , Jason Parker, Christie Miller Cates ,  and Jamie Parker.

The pallbearers are Michael Bradley, John G. Bass, John Henry Bass, Jim McKendree, James McKendree, and Ricky Miller. Honorary pallbearers are Richard Duty, Larry Stavinoha, Don Smith, Harold Gaddy, and E. R. Milstead.

The family would like to give a special thanks to George Hawk, Betty Benes Hill, Lou Cody McKendree, and Judy Benes Poston and for their love, care, and continued support of the family. 

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, July 28, 2016 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.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Stark officiating.  Interment will follow at the South Park Cemetery in Pearland, TX.

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

Gary Ernest Lamell

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Gary Ernest Lamell

10/23/1955 - 7/25/2016

Gary Ernest Lamell, 60, of Campbellton, TX passed away on Monday, July 25, 2016.  He was born October 23, 1955 to Earnest Willard Lamell and Joe Sue Grant Lamell in Baytown, TX.

Gary was a long-time hunting and fishing guide at the 74 Ranch in Campbellton, TX.  He loved his family, hunting, fishing, finding arrowheads, fast cars and adventures.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Gary is survived by his daughter Letisha Scharff and husband Aaron; grandchildren, Dylan and Corryn; siblings, Ginger Lella and husband John, Donna LaMell, Craig LaMell, and Kristi LaMell; nieces and nephews, Lenice, Heather and husband John, Lee and wife Cindy, Grant, Curtis, Christopher; great nieces and nephews, Damian, Shelby, Margot, Chance; and numerous loving family members and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 6:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.

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

Donald R Mudd

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Donald R Mudd

6/23/1937 - 7/22/2016

Donald R. Mudd, of Iowa Colony, 79, passed away on Friday, July 22, 2016.  He was born June 23, 1937 to Oscar T. Mudd and Thelma F. Pullin Mudd in Wrightsboro, TX.

Donald is survived by his wife, Kay Mudd; daughter, Shirley I. Pike; sons, Donald B. and Thomas K. Mudd; 8 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and cherished friends.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Vera; mother, Thelma Fay; father, Oscar Thomas; sisters, Thelma and Carol; and his daughter, Vimajo.

Donald grew up all over America:  Texas, California, and Oregon to name a few. At 17 he wanted to see more so he joined the Marines and then the Navy and saw the world. He served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was a retired military Lieutenant Colonel. He spent years working for Brazoria County and retired as the Director of Environmental Health. He was also a retired peace officer.

In his journey, he met his first wife Vera Irene Hiatt in 1958.  They were married in less than a month and were married for 40 almost years.  He started a family while still in the military, so his children Shirley and Donald had the opportunity to move a lot, courtesy of the United State Navy.

After leaving active duty, he and his wife Vera opened their own business, Blue Crab Island, to help provide gas and groceries to the community of Surfside Beach. It was a family ran business, with Shirley and Donald “helping.”

Donald changed direction after having his 4th child Thomas; he started to work with Brazoria County Health Department. He worked there for over 20 years and helped change the way we look at pollution and water usage. At the same time, he decided to become a peace officer while he was working full time and also active in the Texas State Guard. He worked for the Fort Bend County Precinct 2 Constable office for almost 20 years.

Donald married Kay Bell on Valentine’s Day 1997.  They moved to Iowa Colony and have been active members of the town and the county, raised cattle and had D-K Ranch. They enjoyed retirement together, having fun and traveling to see many parts of America.

He never seemed to go someplace that he did not know someone, and if he did not know anyone he had a friend before he left.  Donald was always at Fat Boy’s and enjoyed talking to other fisherman and customers.  He loved his grandkids and really enjoyed spending time with his great-grandkids.  Donald was always willing to help anyone that needed help, and was always active in the community that he lived in, Lack Jackson, Surfside Beach, Arcola, or Iowa Colony.  He was involved in the Brazoria County Groundwater Conservation District, Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of the Texas Revolution, and the Brazoria County Democratic Party.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.  A private burial will be held at the Arcola-Fresno Cemetery in Fresno, TX.

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

Judith Gwendolyn Williams Shannon

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Judith Gwendolyn Williams Shannon

10/26/1936 - 7/24/2016

Judith Gwendolyn Williams Shannon, 79, of Houston, Texas passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2016.  Our sweet bird is now resting with the angels and is no longer suffering from the crippling pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis.   Judy was born in Hammond, Indiana on October 26, 1936.  She spent the first months after her birth sleeping in dresser drawers, traveling with her parents Janeace and Ken Williams who was a traveling auditor for Sinclair Oil.  Houston soon became their permanent home.

Judy attended San Jacinto High School and was a proud member of the Golden Gauchos as a lasso twirler.  She would laugh and comment that the skill didn’t exactly translate to a long term career.  Judy received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin.  She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

She married James (Dennis) Shannon in 1958 and they settled in the Pearland area where he started a 37 year career with NASA.

Judy is survived by her loving husband and three wonderful children, twins Jennifer LeStourgeon (husband Greg) and Kenneth Shannon (wife Rona) and son John Shannon (wife Yvette).  She is also survived by beloved sister Virginia Jones of Hills of Lakeway, Texas.

Judy is survived by nine grandchildren – Byron LeStourgeon, Brendan LeStourgeon, Stephanie Corbridge (husband Justin), Daniel Shannon (wife Katie), Chris Shannon (wife Sierra), Keith Shannon, Scott Shannon, Sarabeth Shannon, and Charlotte Shannon. Six great-grandchildren – Kinsler Corbridge, Braelynn Corbridge, Gwendolyn Corbridge, Wiley Shannon, Tyler Shannon and Adrian Shannon.

Judy is also survived by her special pals Dolly, LouLou, Charlie, and Bert.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Meerasahib and staff at the Deke Slayton Cancer Center for the excellent care Judy received during her continuing struggle with cancer.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546 (281) 992-7200.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 3:00 P.M. at the Hope Lutheran Church, 1804 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. Jonathan E. Petering officiating.  Interment will follow at the Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, Texas.

In lieu of flowers a donation to her favorite charities in Judy’s name would be appreciated.  These include The Houston Food Bank, 535 Portwall, Houston, Texas 77029 713-547-8623 www.houstonfoodbank.org or The Star of Hope Mission, 6897 Ardmore, Houston, Texas 77054 713-748-0700 www.sohmission.org or the SPCA of Houston, 900 Portway Dr., Houston, TX 77024 713-869-7722 www.houstonspca.org.

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

Pauline Fitzgerald Whitley

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Pauline Fitzgerald Whitley


A Celebration of the Life and Homecoming of Pauline Fitzgerald Whitley

She began her earthly life on Tuesday, August 17, 1920, in the small sawmill town of Oakhurst, in San Jacinto County, Texas, and began her heavenly life on Thursday, July 21, 2016, at age 95 from Bryan, Texas; although she was a life-long resident of Friendswood, Texas since 1956.When the Hospice Brazos Valley In-Patient Facility nurse called at eleven o’clock at night to say she had passed of natural old age, the family felt such instant grief and cried out in sorrow because she was gone from us, but at the same time there are other loved ones and friends who were watching for her coming and their glad voices shouted, “Here she comes! Praise God! Welcome Home Pauline.” And so with the ultimate experience of God’s grace she went into the arms of Jesus; she began her eternal life.  Pauline knew the promise of Jesus in John 11:25, and shared this message with everyone:  “I am the Resurrection and the Life.  He who believes in Me will live again, even if he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.”

Pauline was born as an only child to farmer Robert James Fitzgerald and housewife Myrtle Skeen Fitzgerald. After her folks’ marriage dissolved in 1922, she was raised mostly by her grandparents Lewis Cass and Mary Margaret “Mollie” Skeen, and grew up among her cousins from the Alex Rosell Cozby family, from Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri.

She has joined her loved ones preceding her in death including her husband of 63 years, Clemons W. Whitley, and son Billy R. Whitley.  She is survived by two sons, Ray A. Whitley and Charles “Butch” W. Whitley, and their families; her eight grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins; and many friends and customers whom she loved as family.

Pauline loved her journey through life and all her memories of her vast and interesting careers.  She was a true Texas woman of ambitious drive to support and provide for her family.  She and her husband married in January of 1935 and a week later bought a general store in New Waverly in Walker County, Texas.  They later built a gasoline station in New Waverly, ran a pulpwood business in 1942 during WWII, and then moved to Village Mills in Hardin County, Texas. Starting life in Houston in 1952, in Denver Harbor, Clemons and Pauline began their construction company, “Whitley Drywall”, and Pauline had several Houston area jobs: as a cashier in Weingarten grocery stores and an elementary school.  In 1956 they moved their three sons to Friendswood, Texas, to 10 acres of land along Choate Road, now FM 2351.Since coming to Friendswood in 1956, Pauline joined the Friendswood Baptist Church and had several jobs beginning with her homestead and then working in the community for Friendswood Cleaners, K.U. Davis Minimax, and Baker’s Grocery Store. In the summer of 1974, they built a 1600 square foot store near the road to look like an old blacksmith shop.  Half of the store was then “Friendswood Drywall”, the new name for the family business still run by son, Ray Whitley since 1968.The other half of the store was “Whitley’s Country Place” and Pauline used this half for her own business of sewing, alterations, and a dry cleaners pick-up location. She and her daughter-in-law, JoAnn Whitley began sewing costumes for the performing seals, porpoises, and monkeys and made uniforms for the trainers and employees at Sea-Arama; now long since gone from Galveston’s coastline history.

In November of 1974, “Whitley’s Country Place” became a Purina Feed store with farm products, and a hay barn, carrying animal care supplies, Western and English riding tact, and stock trailers to rent.  In 1978 they remodeled the store to its 3200 square foot size, the present space today.  Eventually Pauline closed her alterations and sewing business and focused on their feed store.  Pauline worked there for 29 years until she retired in 2003 at the age of 83 years young, and sold the business which is still her legacy of a Friendswood feed store.  We like to say she just got too old to hoist those 100 pound bags of feed on her shoulder.  She loved to greet the public every day and tried to bring a smile to everyone’s face by her godly countenance, loving wise counsel, and ran a nurturing school of entrepreneurship for her grandchildren and employees.

Pauline has touched many, many lives in a very positive way in her 95 years of life. She had so much pride in her family roots in Friendswood. Her spirit is now at rest in His presence. Please know that she was a member of Sagemont Church, 11300 S. Sam Houston Pkwy E, Houston, TX 77089, www.sagemontchurch.org, and passed on from this life in Hospice Brazos Valley In-Patient Facility, www.hospicebrazosvalley.org, and in lieu of flowers and the usual remembrances, the family gratefully requests any expressions of sympathy or donations be made to these organizations. 

Her service of worship and celebration will be at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546.Visitation will be Tuesday, July 26, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Celebration of Life, and sharing of memories, on Wednesday, July 27, 10:00 a.m.  The interment at East Sandy Cemetery of Bethal Baptist Church, 5744 FM 1374, in New Waverly, Texas, is at 3:00 p.m., that same afternoon, in the Whitley family gravesite.

Theodore Gilbert Debner

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Theodore Gilbert Debner

4/26/1916 - 7/15/2016

Theodore Gilbert Debner, of Webster, TX passed away on Friday, July 15, 2016 very peacefully at the age of 100. Ted was born on April 26, 1916 in San Antonio, TX to Theodore Anton Debner and Katherine Estelle O'Shaughnessy Debner. Dad served his country with pride and honor, enlisting in the Navy during WWII. He served on two different destroyers while in the Navy; The USS Flusser, and the USS Atlanta. While the Peace Treaty was being signed by the United States and Japan, he and his shipmates were on patrol in the Sea of Japan to prevent any trouble from starting. After his time in the Navy was up, he moved to Houston, TX. and got a job with the McFadden Co. It was there where he met a young woman who worked in the office. They became friends, started dating and were married on June 12, 1947. She was our Mom, Evelyn Stewart Debner. They were happily married for 56 years, until she passed away on August 17, 2003. Mom and Dad were the proud parents of three boys; Theodore Gilbert Debner Jr. (Teddy), David Michael Debner and Kelly Carter Debner. Dad is survived by his two sons, David and Kelly and one daughter -in -law, Rose Debner whose husband Ted Jr., passed away in 2008.

Dad’s passion was working outdoors, tending to his garden, mowing the lawn, trimming trees and bushes, keeping his yard looking neat! Dad loved being active, but at the same time knew it was okay to take 5 every once-in-a-while! He also had his four legged companion(s) Ginger, then Honey faithfully by his side whether he was working out doors or doing things inside the house!  Before you did anything, you had to check with her to make sure it was okay or you were doing it right! When Dave and I would visit Dad in the hospital, one of the questions he would ask;" How is you know who?" And when we would leave, he would pat himself on the head. His way of asking us to give her a pat on the head for him!

Dad's faith in the Lord never wavered. He attended services until he wasn't physically able to. But that did not stop him from serving the Lord. He still said prayers to God on behalf of people who were in need of prayers. And talk about a role model, just ask the many nurses and doctors who cared for him over the last few years. They will tell you, he never complained, always did what they asked him to do and was always polite, even at his age!

Dad you and Mom were role models for us all. Dad our hope is that we may live as long as you did! We'll be sure to give you know who, a pat on the head, make that a hug instead!

Our heartfelt gratitude goes to all who treated Dad with great compassion and care every time they were needed, as if he was their own Dad! All of the doctors, most notably Dr. Alfred Mitchell (thumb up) and nurses at Clear Lake Regional Hospital, especially The Heart Tower, the EMT's from HFD Station # 94, Diana with Bethany Home Health and to the staff at Harbor House Hospice.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Friday, July 22, 2016 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. at the Friendswood Church of Christ, 2051 West Parkwood, Friendswood, TX 77546 with Danny Mercer officiating.  Interment will follow at the Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, TX.

Pallbearers will include Rick Bradshaw, Brad Bacom, Weldon Womack, Ron Meyers, Stephen Fulgham, and Eddie Turpin.

Honorary Pallbearers will include Eugene Boswell, Paul Wells, Jesse Thompson, Shawn Wilkerson, Richard Wilkerson, and Hayden Wilkerson.

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

Ricky Lee Olson

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Ricky Lee Olson

9/16/1947 - 7/13/2016

Ricky Lee Olson, 68, of Alvin, TX passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.  He was born September 16, 1947 to Raymond T. Olson and France Tweedt Olson in Ames, IA.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. with the funeral service to follow at 3:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Rev. Jerry Stark officiating.

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

Ralph Stanley Sawyer

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Ralph Stanley Sawyer

1/9/1921 - 7/14/2016

Ralph Stanley Sawyer, 95, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2016. He was born on January 9, 1921 in Gray, Maine to Ralph and Evelyn Sawyer. As a young man, he excelled in many sports, including baseball, basketball, and held two state track records of which he was very proud. After graduating from Pennell Institute, he was accepted at Tufts University after winning an academic four year "New England Scholarship'" as it was then termed. After graduating with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Electronics and Physics in 1944, he joined the Navy and was stationed on the USS Lexington until 1946. Following this, he attended Dartmouth College and worked toward his Master's degree; in addition, he joined the Marine Corps Reserve.

In 1947, Ralph became part of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics at Langley Memorial Labs (formerly NACA, now known as NASA) and was employed as an Aeronautical Research Scientist in the Instrument Department. While in Virginia, Ralph’s life was further enriched when he met the love of his life, Helen Howard, at a YMCA dance for military employees; they married three years later on October 15, 1951. From that point, his career took off and he worked for Minneapolis-Honeywell as an Electrical Engineer, and later the United Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown, Virginia. Further career moves were with the United Weapons Station in Virginia, the United States Naval Underwater Ordinance Station in Rhode Island, and then the United States Naval Weapons Laboratory where Ralph worked as head Consultant on the Polaris project.

Ralph was one of the first pioneers to have a start in what was officially to become the “race to get to the moon.” He was part of the Space Task Group at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia from 1959-1961. It was in Virginia, where his two children were born, Nancy in 1958, and Michael in 1961. The Manned Spacecraft Center (Johnson Space Center) moved to the Houston area, so the family moved from Virginia to Texas.  Ralph was Chief of the Flight Systems Branch from 1961-1962; Chief of Instrumentation and Electronics Division from 1962-1968; Chief of Space Electronics from 1968-1969; Chief of Telecommunications from 1969-1973 and eventually became Chief of Tracking and Communication Development from 1973-1989. As Chief of Tracking and Development, Ralph directed his division in the application of Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and ASTP experience to the research, development, and test of television, communication, tracking, and telemetry systems for the Space Shuttle and Space Station. He was responsible for these systems used on all flight vehicles sponsored by the United States. Ralph won many awards, and among them were the Project Mercury Group Achievement Award, the Television Academy Award for “Outstanding Achievements in Engineering Development –Color Television from Space (’69-70)” and NASA Medal for Outstanding Leadership in 1981. Ralph was also a member of many professional and honorary societies, one of which was the Mayflower Society of Maine. As a descendant of William Brewster, a pilgrim who helped write the Mayflower Compact, Ralph upheld strong beliefs in his country, the diversity of people, and the ability to choose one’s own way of life.

Ralph’s church family was of utmost importance; the Sawyers were members of Friendswood United Methodist Church for 52 years; Ralph served on many committees, including the Financial board. Through his donations and time, Ralph contributed much to the development of FUMC.

A wonderful father, friend, and example to all, Ralph leaves behind a family he cherished.  Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Helen Howard Sawyer; daughter, Nancy Evans and husband Steve; son, Michael Sawyer; grandchildren, Jeffrey Evans and Michael Evans and wife Nancy Jo Evans. He adored his five great-grandchildren, Haley, Tori, Wyatt, Avery, and Annabelle. Ralph also loved his Virginia and Maine families; he shared many wonderful experiences with them over his lifetime, although he always said he never regretted moving to Texas.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 22, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the Friendswood United Methodist Church, 110 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546 with Rev. Rosemary Dubois officiating. A reception will be held in the Wesley Hall following the service, everyone is welcome.

In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions in Ralph’s memory may be made to FUMC 110 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, Texas 77546.

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

Helen Janice Verdun Strickland

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Helen Janice Verdun Strickland

12/21/1939 - 7/12/2016

Helen Janice Verdun Strickland passed away at Harbor Hospice in Houston, TX. on July 12, 2016 at 6:24 PM at the age of 76.  She was born in Pontiac, IL on December 21, 1939 to Harry F. Verdun and Anna M. Close Verdun.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband of 55 years Charles (Sonny) Clayton Strickland; son, Richard Charles Strickland and daughter-in-law Janice (Silvers) Strickland; brother, Harry J. Verdun; sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and John Cleary; and brother-in-law John L. Louis.

Helen is survived by her daughter, Patti and husband Bill Pait; son, John and wife Terri Strickland; sisters, Grace June and husband Alan Welte, Jo Ann and husband Ray Hoegger and Kay Louis; sister-in-law, Catherine Verdun; many nieces, nephews; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

After retiring, Helen and Sonny enjoyed traveling the open road and exploring the country in their RV making many friends along the way. Helen loved a good joke and enjoyed playing poker, reading, board games, sewing, embroidery and spending time with family and friends.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 1:30 P.M. with the funeral service to follow at 2:30 P.M.at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Rev. James H. Kuczynski, M.S. officiating.

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

Michael Stewart Tucker

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Michael Stewart Tucker

3/21/1962 - 7/8/2016

Michael Stewart Tucker, founder and owner of USA Karate, passed away at 12:15 pm, Friday, July 8, 2016, surrounded by his family. He was born on March 21, 1962, in Denver, Colorado. After graduating from Clear Creek High School in League City, Mr. Tucker completed a bachelor’s degree at University of Houston-Clear Lake in 1985.  He and Monica Contreras were married on January 10, 2003.  Monica has three sons:  Christopher, Gabriel and Emilio, and he loved them all dearly.

Mr. Tucker started training in 1980 under Al Garza.   He was recognized 5 consecutive years as one of the top ten in Texas and as Rookie of the Year and Top Black Belt Fighter in 1985.

From 1985 to 1990, Mr. Tucker ran schools for Mr. Garza and helped create a unique Martial Arts and business system. Early spring 1987 Mr. Tucker, age 25, was teaching karate full-time, sparing, and winning tournaments when he was diagnosed with large tumor in his chest (non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma).  He underwent intensive, successful treatment including surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.

Things went well for a number of years. Mr. Tucker opened his first karate school in 1991 off Scarsdale in the Food Town shopping center to what is now USA Karate.  Through years of diligence and constant improvement, Mr. Tucker developed the current system being taught. He expanded the karate classes to include after school care and then summer day care (1997).

Mr. Tucker was a 6th Degree Master Level Black Belt under Rick Moneymaker and Tom Muncy, 8th Degree Grandmasters in Okinawan Kempo and Tuite – Jitsu. He also held a 4th Degree Black Belt under 9th Degree Grandmaster George Dillman in Ryukyu Kempo. In addition Mr. Tucker held a 3rd Degree Black Belt under 8th Degree Master Al Garza in Tae Kwon Do, and a 1st Degree Black Belt under 7th Degree Zdenek Matl in Judo and Ju Jitsu.

In 1993, Mr. Tucker was recognized as one of the Top Instructors of the Year in the state of Texas by the Amateur Organization of Karate.

In 1999 Mr. Tucker was inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame as the Master instructor of the year. Also in that year Mr. Tucker was certified as a 5th Degree Black Belt in Torite-jitsu by the World and British Kempo Arts Federation, signed by 11 Masters and Grandmasters.

In June 2000, carbon dioxide started building up in his body and he began to deal with the long-term side effects of his cancer.  His heart and respiratory system suffered severe damage. Sadly, he had to quit sparing in karate but has continued to teach and develop his business.

In 2005/2006 his karate facility was affected by adjacent fires on two separate occasions almost exactly a year apart.  Plans formed for construction and operation of the Scarsdale facility which opened in 2007.

Scaring damaged the aortic valve and Mr. Tucker had successful replacement in 2015.

Mr. Tucker opened his second school in Pearland in June 2013. He continued to teach, supervise his instructors, and operate two karate schools.  He achieved his 7th degree black belt and the title of Grand Master in 2014.  Respiratory issues created by the cancer and treatments intensified, requiring additional breathing support.  Ultimately, Mr. Tucker was unable to overcome the combined long-term effects of the original cancer treatments. 

Mr. Tucker attributed much of his resilience and continued positive attitude to the physical, psychological, and spiritual teachings of karate. Through the many medical challenges and hospitalizations, Mr. Tucker continued to focus on his schools assuring that a high operating standard was set.  He carefully selected staff who shared his passion and who would maintain that standard over time.  His staff members were like a second family to him. He touched many lives and was admired for his determination, perseverance, and positive persona as he dealt with all of his challenges.  His legacy will live on in his schools, students, friends and family.

In addition to karate and business skills, Mr. Tucker was an accomplished woodworker. His intricate works will be treasured by his family. He was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan, card/game player, and dog lover.

He is survived by his family: Wife: Monica Contreras Vargas Tucker; Children:  Christopher Vargas (wife-Nina), Gabriel Vargas, Emilio Vargas; Parents: Ruth and Larry Marcott; Thomas Tucker; Brothers and their families: Douglas Tucker, wife-Sherry, daughters-Catherine Laws (husband-Matt, daughters-Lexi and Cali); Kristina Brown (husband-David, daughters-Brooke and Taylor Rose) Gregory Tucker, wife-Elizabeth, daughters- Audrey, Rachel; Troy Marcott, wife-Valerie, daughter-Courtney Allen and Randy Marcott; Aunt: Elizabeth Moyer; husband-Patrick; son-Daniel and daughter-Phoebe; Uncle: Bill Tucker; wife-Joan; cousins-Wesley (son-Wayne) and Scott (wife-April, daughter-Amelia).

Mr. Tucker’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Dr. Scott Kenneth Lloyd, and the many doctors and nurses who cared for him over the years.

A memorial service will be held:  Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 2 pm at Webster Presbyterian Church, 201 West NASA Parkway (corner of NASA 1 and HWY 3), Webster, TX  77598-5207

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mike Tucker’s name to the charity of your choice.

For additional information about Mr. Tucker, visit:  http://usakarate.cc/socialsite/our-instructors

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

Logan Annabelle Cadena

In Loving Memory

Logan Annabelle Cadena

12/12/2006 - 7/3/2016

Logan Annabelle Cadena was granted her angel wings on July 3rd, 2016. She passed peacefully in the arms of her mommy surrounded by her family when she met the eyes of Jesus.

Logan's life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by her understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. Her gentle eyes could melt the hearts of those around her and though she never spoke a word, her voice could always be heard because she gave so much love to those around her.

Logan had the ability to overcome incredible odds and physical challenges. With her courage and strength at only 9 1/2 years old, she led us to believe that each day is a blessing and an opportunity to create lasting memories. She could spend hours rocking while cuddling close to those she loved. She loved bath time, playing her up-down game, and listening to Toddler Tunes(especially Baby Beluga). She loved the laughter of other children and playing games with them. She loved stroller walks outside and flying in the airplane to visit her other family members in Montana. But most of all, she loved being the center of attention and being told "I love you" with kisses an uncountable amount of times.

With Logan's passing, we remind others that her life is one to be celebrated. She is free from pain and suffering, and is dancing in the clouds above.

Logan is survived by and watching over her loving parents, Kaylee Cadena and Justin Minarcik, maternal grammy Brenda Cadena, paternal grandparents Russell and Cindy Minarcik. Logan is also celebrated by her great-grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, nanny and many others.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.

The family would also like to thank the staff at UTMB Galveston Hospital PICU for the incredible care provided to Logan and the entire family.

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

Helen Louise York Weber

In Loving Memory

Helen Louise York Weber

4/5/1927 - 7/1/2016

Helen Louise York Weber was born to James Marion and Ethel York on April 5, 1927, in Des Moines, Iowa.  Helen is predeceased by her husband, Joseph Weber, daughter Susan Jane, parents, sister and brother-in-law Jane and Ernie Sperry, and son-in-law David Robertson. Helen is survived by her son Dan of Webster and daughters Janet Robertson of Sebastian, Florida and Nancy Surman (Everett) of League City, Texas,  grandson Colton Robertson (Susan) and great grandchildren  Jayden, Alex, Kyla and Reagan of Cottrellville, Michigan and sister-in-law Eleanor Weber of Norfolk, Nebraska; and many other relatives and friends.

Helen graduated from North High in Des Moines and has a degree in Food and Nutrition from Iowa State University. She was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. Helen taught school in Pearland for 21 years.  She was active in Alpha Delta Kappa, teachers’ sorority, a volunteer at St. Luke’s Hospital and a volunteer for Reach to Recovery, American Cancer Society.  She was a charter member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Pearland and has been attending Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Friendswood where she has been active in the Altar Guild and The Order of the Daughters of the King.

After retiring, Joe and Helen enjoyed many years of traveling together and making new friends along the way.

Memorial Services will be held at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Friendswood on August 13, 2016 at 1PM.  Memorial remembrances may be sent to the Alter Guild Fund at Good Shepherd or any charity of one’s choice.

Jamey Jack

In Loving Memory

Jamey Jack"JJ" DeSpain

2/20/1978 - 6/30/2016

Jamey Jack “JJ” DeSpain, 38, of Pasadena, TX passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2016.  He was born on February 20, 1978 in Pasadena, TX to Jack A. DeSpain and Julia A. Fowler DeSpain. Although Jamey was born with challenges he never let his disabilities slow him down. Jamey participated in Special Olympics with his favorite sports being bowling and basketball, but his winnings weren’t limited to athletics. Jamey had a winning smile and loved to make others laugh.   

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Jamey is survived by his brother, John Douglas DeSpain and wife Amber; sister, Debra Ann Ketchum; sister, Jaclyn Leigh McDuff and husband Landon; caretakers, Pamela Tucker (aunt), Jeff Morris (cousin); numerous nieces and nephews, Lauren, Brian, Derek, Danielle, Jon, Kailey, Sydney, Brayden, Addison and Tatum; many loving Aunts and Uncles; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor John McDuff officiating.

Because of Jamey’s caring nature, the family requests, in lieu of flowers donations can be made to Texas Special Olympics, 1804 Rutherford Ln., Austin, TX 78754, 800-876-5646 or www.sotx.org or the SPCA, 900 Portway Dr., Houston, TX 77024, 713-869-7722 or www.houstonspca.org.

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

Donald Richard Davis

In Loving Memory

Donald Richard Davis

2/24/1954 - 6/28/2016

Donald Richard Davis, 62, passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.  He was born February 24, 1954 to Earl R. Davis and Lulamae Rinehart Davis in Houston, TX.    The loss of Don will put a hole in the lives of so many.  He was a special person with a big heart who never passed a chance to help his family and friends when they needed him. His humor and lighthearted character will always be remembered.

Don loved to paint, draw, and create art pieces with wood and anything he could get his hands on.  His art was displayed throughout his house.  He loved to fish and hunt.  He loved guns, he loved dogs, he loved to garden, working with tools and he loved life. 

With his wife by his side, he served his church family until the end.  He was excited when asked to make the stage props for his new church and all the door stops.  He loved driving his car around the parking lot to put out the church signs.  Often times you saw him at the front doors of the church greeting people as they walked in.  He will be missed.

Don leaves his beloved wife of 42 years, Brenda Davis; his son, Dustin Davis and wife Shirisha; his daughter, Abrey Wuneburger; his grandchildren, Camryn Jaeger, Maddy Wuneburger, Ram Davis and Sonakshi Davis and a host of nieces and nephews.  He loved each of them dearly and they brought joy to his life.  Don is also survived by his sister, Coyleen Schmitt and husband Mike; and sister, Sandy Kielman and husband Barty; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

A Celebration of Life Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 1:00 P.M.  at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 North Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546 with  Pastor David Tripp officiating.

There will be a reception following the service at the Charleston Tea Room and Café at 154 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX. 

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

Richard Valdez Moreno

In Loving Memory

Richard Valdez Moreno

4/3/1940 - 6/30/2016

Richard Valdez Moreno, 76, passed away Thursday June 30, 2016 in his home peacefully surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in Gonzales, TX, April 3, 1940 to the late, Miguel Moreno and Consuelo V. Moreno. He resided in South Houston, Texas for the last 70 years.

He was an avid outdoorsman, loved to fish, hunt, camp and soak up nature. He owned his own business and had a love for racing cars. He was employed by Tommy Vaughn Motors for the last 17 years. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who truly enjoyed his family and friends.

Richard is survived by his wife of 56 years, Geneva Mottu Moreno; his children, Richard Moreno, Jr. and wife Tracey Moreno, Yolanda Marin and husband Carlos Marin, Kristine Fox, and Rey Moreno and wife Stephanie Moreno. He is also survived by his 10 grandchildren, Richard Vance Moreno, Marla Marin, Carla Marin, Monica Marin, Samantha Nunez, Cody Moreno, Kalena Lopez, Dustin Moreno, Sara Moreno, and Tanner Moreno; 5 great grandchildren, Cameron Montelongo, Mason Nunez, Vivianne Ayala, Evan Nunez and Roman Abarca.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Bobby Trayal officiating. Interment will follow at the South Park Cemetery in Pearland, TX. 

Flowers are welcomed and can be sent to Jeter Memorial Funeral Home.

Condolences may be sent to the Moreno 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.