Grover Ross Broome known to everyone as Ross, 86, of Friendswood, TX passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2016. He was born February 16, 1929 to Ira E. Broome and Alpha Mae James Broome in Greenville, MS. His family moved to Warren, Arkansas in 1935 where he graduated from Warren High School in 1947. He has resided in Friendswood since 1964.
Ross attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA, and later Arkansas A&M College, Monticello, AR.
He enlisted in the Air Force, September 9, 1950. He trained at Lackland and Sheppard Air Bases and was sent to Weisbaden, Germany U.S.AF European Headquarters with 12th Air Force. He was assigned staff Sergeant, to the Deputy Chief Finance, Budget Division as a Budget Analyst.
Ross worked at Ellington Air Force Base from 1958-1985 as the Budget Officer. He was a lifelong member of the American Legion Post #490 where he managed the post for many years. He was a member of Friendswood United Methodist Church since 1967.
His favorite past time was sitting outside in his rocking chair, visiting neighbors Jill and Richard Singo, and making his daily visits to Ken at Ken’s Automotive, the staff at Kroger pharmacy, and Kenny his barber. He loved his “girlfriends” and has kept in touch with his Warren High School classmates over the years as well his other buddies Ed Quilter, Terry and Carol Edgerton to name a few. Ross was very proud and adored his grand kids and grand dogs, Penny and Charlie, and his favorite cat Rita.
A special thanks to his son in law, Jim Evans, for being there for him always and especially during the last few weeks, and to the staff at Friendship Haven Healthcare and Rehabilitation, and to Paula Johnson with Amed Hospice who was with him during his last few hours of life.
Ross was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ira E. Broome, Jr; niece Carol Houston Palmer.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Marlene Broome; daughter, Traci Broome Evans, son in law Jim Evans; grandchildren, Wyatt Evans, Whitney Evans; daughter, Christina Rowe Freese; grandchildren, Shelby Freese, Bonnie Freese Mills (Jonnie); and great granddaughter, Mckenzie Timmons; sister, Mrs. Jane Broome Thurman, of Abilene, TX; nephew, David Ross Houston of Cedar Park,TX; and great nephew, Will Houston also of Cedar Park, TX; niece Faye Boegler Derbes of Alvin, TX; nephews, Ronnie Boegler (Myra) of Alvin, and Craig Boegler (Judy) of Georgetown, TX; great friend and neighbor Barbara Harkrider, of Friendswood, TX; and numerous other friends and relatives who will miss his funny stories..
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Friendswood United Methodist Church, 110 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. Rosemary Dubois officiating. A burial will be held at a later date in Warren, AR.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations may be made to the Friendswood United Methodist Church Music Dept., or a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to the Broome family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Nancy Bibb Ring Vreugde, beloved daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother, and grandmother, entered into Heaven at sunrise, Sunday, February 7, 2016. Nancy was born in Houston, Texas, on September 3, 1931 to Robert and Lillian Delores (Sandiford) Ring. She was the youngest of six siblings (one of whom died shortly after birth) and spent her early years in the family home on Tuam Street.
Nancy was born into a family committed to volunteerism and the betterment of their community. Her grandmother, Elizabeth (Fitzsimmons) Ring, “Gammy,” fought for women’s suffrage, the right for women working in retail to sit when not helping customers, and was a founder of the Houston Public Library System. The Spring Branch library is named in her honor. Nancy’s grandfather, Henry Ring, was the first president of the now Texas Bar Association, and served for a time as the Houston city attorney. Nancy’s father was also a well-known and much loved attorney in Houston. Nancy had wonderful memories of times with Gammy, her father, mother, and siblings, including those of sailing in her father’s boat on the Gulf of Mexico out of Galveston Bay.
Nancy’s beloved father passed away when she was eight years old. She and her mother moved to a modest home on Plumb Street, near Rice University. Her mother Lillian worked in retail to provide for Nancy, and they lived on a very modest income. However, Nancy was able to take piano lessons, and quickly rose to become a national competitor in her age group. Her gift of music would follow her all her life, providing great pleasure to her and to all who were privileged to hear her play.
Nancy graduated from high school at the age of 16 and entered Rice University just after her 17th birthday. Her quick wit, intelligence, writing skills and musical gifts were further developed, and Nancy graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Rice on June 6, 1952. While at Rice, Nancy became great friends with Marilyn Vreugde, whose older brother, Ludwig Rupert Vreugde, was attending California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. Known as “Rupert” to his family and “Dutch” to friends and coworkers, he was drawn to Nancy’s beauty and smarts, and they began a long distance relationship. They fell in love, and were married on June 9, 1952. They moved to Pasadena, California, where Rupert was employed, and they began their married life.
Nancy and Rupert welcomed their first son, Robert Hendrik Vreugde in 1955, and their daughter, Mary Lillian Vreugde (McCracken) in 1957. They moved to Menlo Park, CA in 1958, where Rupert was to attend Stanford University for his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. They welcomed another son, John Rupert Vreugde, in late 1959. Rupert and Nancy purchased their first home in 1960 in Sunnyvale, California, and began their suburban lives. Nancy was a stay-at-home mom, and thoroughly enjoyed raising children, joining the PTA and later becoming president. Nancy returned to school and earned her teaching degree in 1967, shortly before giving birth to their third son, William “Bill” Ring Vreugde. The family needed a larger house and moved to Saratoga, California. Nancy became a wonderful gardener, with a beautiful rose garden, and participated in bridge clubs, piano teaching, and gourmet cooking.
Nancy returned to school again to earn her Masters in Music at San Jose State, but Rupert changed jobs before she could complete her degree. Nancy, Bill and Rupert moved to Ridgefield, Connecticut, in 1980, where they would live for 25 years. It was during this time that Nancy became very involved with the Mayflower Society, eventually becoming the governor of the Connecticut chapter. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Daughters of the Founding Fathers. As well, Nancy joined the Connecticut chapter of the American Association of University Women and quickly rose to leadership in that organization. She became a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Ridgefield Connecticut, and was a Daughter of the King. Nancy enjoyed gardening so much that she became a master gardener and consulted on related topics in Ridgefield.
Rupert became ill in 2004 and passed away in that December. Nancy moved back to Houston in March, 2006, where she purchased her final home. In Houston, she renewed her many friendship with family and friends, and continued to be active in the Mayflower Society. She transferred church membership to St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Nassau Bay, where she enjoyed leading Bible studies and making new friends. It was during this time, that Nancy took up painting. She had long wanted to do this, and now had opportunity. Her beautiful paintings grace her home and the homes of her children.
It was in Houston, that Nancy was able to live close to her sons Robert and Bill, and eventually, John. Robert and wife, Amy Louise (Besherse) Vreugde, had a young and growing family, and Nancy delighted in caring for them and interacting in their lives. Nancy’s daughter, Mary, living on the west coast, also blessed Nancy with seven grandchildren, who were able to visit with her through the years. Nancy’s twelve grandchildren have been central to her life, and filled her days with joy and love.
Nancy enjoyed deep friendships everywhere she lived. As her son, John, so eloquently said, “Her friends are represented across our nation, for wherever she went friendship blossomed like spring flowers.” She was generous with her time and resources, her intelligence and home. She gave her heart to her children and grandchildren, friends and community, and is greatly missed.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Lillian (Sandiford) Ring and siblings, Robert “Cap” (Rhydonia) Ring, Jr, Gregg (Betty) Ring, Mary “Tishie” (Ring) (Robert) LaMontagne, Sandiford “Sandy” (Margaret) Ring, and an infant brother, John Ring. She is survived by her children: Robert (Amy) Hendrik Vreugde, Mary Lillian (Vreugde) McCracken, John Rupert Vreugde, and William Ring Vreugde; her grandchildren, Sarah (John) Rose McCracken Gastineau, Jesse (Jade Sepolen) David McCracken, Joy Megan Tiffany Rainbow McCracken (AKA Jo Alegria Proginoskes), Jacob Stephen McCracken, Sean Collin Taylor McCracken, Mary “Molly” Elizabeth Hope McCracken, and Katherine Grace McCracken, Victoria Evangeline Vreugde, Liberty Anne Vreugde, Verity Sophia Epiphany Vreugde, Myles Hendrik Vreugde, and Justin Rupert Vreugde; and numerous extended family.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Wednesday, February 10, 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 Friday, February 12, 2016 at 3:00 P.M. at the St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, 18300 Upper Bay Rd, Nassau Bay, TX 77058 with Rev. Mike Stone officiating. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Glenwood Cemetery in Houston, TX.
Condolences may be sent to the Vreugde family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Emanuel Titus Dan, 82, of League City, TX passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2016. He was born May 15, 1933 to Ioan (John) Dan and Ana Bruda Dan in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. with the funeral service to follow at 2:00 P.M. at the Nassau Bay Baptist Church, 18131 Nassau Bay Dr., Houston, TX 77058 with Chaplain (LTC) John Laing officiating. Burial will be held at a later date at the Poplar Springs Cemetery in Richmond, VA.
Condolences may be sent to the Dan family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Hilman Anthony Reviere, of Friendswood, passed away on Friday, February 5, 2016 at the age of 85. He was born December 23, 1930 to Anthony Reviere and Lena Bellard Reviere in Lawtell, Louisiana. He was the youngest of five children. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary Herrick Reviere. He is also survived by his brother Carlton Reviere and wife Delores of Bunkie, La., his sister-in-law Johanna, Mrs. Nolton Reviere, of Lawtell, La. and many nieces and nephews.
Hilman (Hilly) was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Zula Reviere Bertrand and Agnes Reviere Lafleur, and his brother Nolton Reviere.
Hilman was a graduate of Lawtell High School and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La. He received a B.S. in Dairy Production. He attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A & M University, but left after an illness forced him to miss too many classes. He had enrolled in the Air Force and was called to active service in August 1952. During the Korean War, as a 1st Lieutenant, he served as the Food Service Officer at Ellington Air Force Base.
Hilman began his career at Shell Chemical Company, Deer Park, TX soon after he was discharged in August 1954. He made many close and lasting friendships at Deer Park. Some friends have pre-deceased him, but others remain close. They enjoyed lunchtime bridge games, poker nights, fishing and golf. At Shell, Hilly became known as Paul. He met his future wife Mary during the union strike of 1973. After retirement, he played golf regularly and attended senior day at the Gulf Greyhound dog track.
Mary and Paul enjoyed several driving vacations with Agnes in the western states, visiting New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California, Oregon, South Dakota, Wyoming and Idaho and also a vacation in Arkansas and Tennessee. He enjoyed going to the Northeast in October to enjoy the beautiful fall colors.
Hilman kept the values of his youth throughout his life. He was a hard worker who was frugal, but generous. He found pleasure in the simple things in life - fishing, nature and gardening. He is remembered for his intelligence, integrity and fairness. He was a faithful and very kind, loving husband, son and sibling and a loyal friend.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Friday, February 10, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. with the Rosary to begin at 1:30 P.M. at the Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. James Kuczynski officiating. A burial will be held at a later date at the Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, NY.
In lieu of flowers, Masses are appreciated or please make a donation to the charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to the Reviere family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Erwin Charles Fiedler, of Friendswood, Texas, passed away Feb. 4, 2016. He was 85.
Erwin was born Oct. 22, 1930, in Schulenburg, Texas, to Charlie and Elsie Deterling Fiedler. He moved with his family to the Houston area during World War II and graduated in 1949 from Galena Park High School, where he was on the track team and played cornet in the Galena High School Band. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Houston.
He married Dorothy Jane Carroll May 31, 1951, at Baptist Temple in Houston, and they were blessed to celebrate 60 years of marriage and raise four sons together.
Erwin served with the U.S. Army Seventh Cavalry in Japan during the Korean War. His distinguished career as an engineer for Brown & Root spanned more than 40 years, as he helped design manufacturing plants and supervised construction projects both in the United States and abroad.
Erwin was skilled in working with his hands, and enjoyed tackling a range of home projects involving auto repair, carpentry and gardening. He loved fishing and taught all his sons how to fish, and also helped them with many projects during their time as Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.
He was a lifelong learner who enjoyed history and Bible studies. He served as a volunteer at Friendswood Public Library for many years and was a faithful member of Friendswood Baptist Church.
Erwin became an avid traveler and camper, leading his family on vacation trips by automobile across the United States, Canada and Mexico. In later years he and Dorothy were able to tour Europe and Asia together.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by his wife, Dorothy Fiedler.
Erwin is survived by his sister, Estelle Traner, of San Francisco; his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Carroll Deterling, of Houston; four sons, Randy Fiedler, of Waco, Matthew Fiedler, of Friendswood, Benjamin Fiedler, of Georgetown, and Scott Fiedler, of Friendswood; two granddaughters, Rebecca Fiedler, of College Station, and Katelyn Fiedler, of Waco; seven nieces and nephews; and many more family members and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, February. 13, 2016 at Friendswood Baptist Church, 315 W. Shadowbend, Friendswood, TX 77546.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Friendswood Baptist Church.
Condolences may be sent to the Fiedler family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Jack Fortenberry passed away at the age of 73 in his home while sleeping surrounded by his loving dogs on Thursday, February 4, 2016. Jack Fortenberry was born in Texas City on November 20, 1942. He was just 4 years old when the Fertilizer Ship exploded at the Texas City Dyke where he spent his childhood.
At the age of 18, he enlisted in the Air Force. He was able to see all the bases in Texas before he was assigned to the Minute Missile Man project in Montana during the Cuban Missile Crises. He had the highest security clearance on the base. He was honorably discharged after four years of service.
Going through his life, he enjoyed playing golf, 8-Ball, and 9-Ball pool. This has been passed on through his family. Also, Jack loved his American muscle cars. Growing up he would work on his cars. He spent 30 years working shift work at Dixie Chemical before medically retiring.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon; sons, David Passmore, Paul Fortenberry, and Daniel Fortenberry; brother, Bruce Fortenberry; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Shirley Willman and Rev. Don Willman; grandchildren, Chelsea, Charlotte, and Forrest Passmore; nephew, Troy Fortenberry. He is also survived by adopted family of: Steve Croce; Robert and Andrea Holmes and daughter Eden.
Jack would do anything for anyone including giving the shirt off his back. He also enjoyed animals throughout his life. Due to his love of animals, if you would like to make a donation, please make it to the Houston SPCA at http://www.houstonspca.org/give/memorials-and-tributes.html
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, February 11, 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 Friday, February 12, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jose Pena and Rev. Arturo Cadar officiating. Entombment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, TX.
Condolences may be sent to the Fortenberry family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Winston Churchill said “History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.”
Therefore, I intend to write my obituary. Why?
Because I DON’T want a cutesy story about how happy a guy I was, always pursuing my pleasure. Because that isn’t me! THAT IS: NO BUCKET LIST!
What my life is about is service and leadership, and role modeling for my kids and mycommunity. That is what I am about! I didn’t play golf, I didn’t hold season tickets for sports
teams, didn’t hunt, didn’t fish.
What I did do? I provided leadership for the community and got involved in my kids’ activities (PTA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts) and Lions Clubs. I was elected to school boards, campaigned for the school district on separate bond issues (three different times!) and in sum total, raised approximately $300 million dollars in infrastructure.
I was ALWAYS serious about my career, sure. But never to the neglect of my family. In fact, when the “Harry Potter” books came out, my kids were just the right age for me to read them aloud. We read every one of the seven books together, all with better voices than Jim Dale — he does the audio books — so obviously that took a lot of time! Below are some links, so that you can read about my professional accomplishments; I am proud of them.
I believe millions of people are alive because of the work Dan Musher and I did on my Ph.D. dissertation; it was fun, and it was an honor collaborating with such a great mind.
Why did I do all this? I want my family to live in this world with a great community, and I think I succeeded.
So I didn’t play golf, couldn’t fish, didn’t know how to bag ducks and geese. I didn’t own or shoot a gun, but I did know scout and leadership skills honed through a lifetime of practicing it with kids and adults, and with NASA. I didn’t ever own a nice car, just a hybrid (which was a nice car!—a Honda Insight). I tried to get good gas mileage and have as little a carbon footprint as possible. I didn’t go on a cruise, or to Las Vegas, or on some other big vacation.
But was I happy? Indeed, I was!
Why? Because, I got to see my kids become quality adults!! So, I set that as my goal when they were babies, and I accomplished that!!
Here is a narrative of my life:
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Visitation and life celebration will be held on Friday, February 5, 2016 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Westside Event Center, at 2150 Country Place Parkway, Pearland, Texas, 77584.
Condolences may be sent to the Watson family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Sarah Lerlene Hollister, 89 of Houston, Texas went home to be with our Lord and Savior on January 25, 2016. She was born in Lufkin, Texas on May 17, 1926 to Lillie and Josh Mills. She loved learning. She met Burnis Hollister at a church function in Lufkin, Texas. She fell head over hills in love with him and they married on May 17, 1942, her 16th birthday. She had told him she would not marry young and he had to wait until she was 16. They settled in Houston and she had 3 children. They became founding members of Forest Oaks Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and worked at the church Mother’s Day Out Program for many years. After her children were grown she went to work for Southwestern Bell.
She was very active over the years singing in the church choir, teaching Sunday School, VBS and served on various committees. Her focus was her family and church. Her home was always open and everyone was always welcome to come and stay for any reason and for however long they needed.
Lerlene had many talents. She cooked amazingly especially that Banana Pudding, Fried Half Pies, and the famous Sugar Cookies. She sewed anything and everything that anyone needed from pillows to wedding dresses. She painted pictures of flowers and country landscapes, did ceramics and painted and decorated everything that A.B. made.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Augustus Burnis Hollister; her parents, Lillie and Josh Mills and her 5 brothers, Hollis, Odell, Morris, Cecil and Gene Mills.
She is survived by her son, Richard Edward Hollister, Sr. and wife Pat; daughters, Sandra Jeanne James and husband Jimmie and Karen Sue Collie and husband Robert; grandchildren, Deanna and husband Mike, Sheri and husband Spencer, Michelle and fiancé AJ, Richard, Jr. and wife Cheryl, Melissa and husband Edward, Robert and wife Brittany and Michael; great-grandchildren, Anthony and wife Susie, Jonathan, Haley, Stephanie, Richard III, Brittany, Jessica, Sarah, Edison, Madison and Jazgul; great-great-granddaughter, Rhiannon and great-great grandson Ryker; beloved sister-in-law’s, Pat and Jeanie; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Wednesday, January 27, 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, January 28, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kevin Barefield officiating. Interment will follow at the Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston, TX.
Pallbearers will include Richard Hollister, Jr., Anthony Hollister, Robert Collie, Michael Collie, Richard Hollister, III, Mike Burkett, and Spencer Duke.
Condolences may be sent to the Hollister family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Celia Ann Henny Caskey, "GiGi", 79, went to be with her Lord and Savior January 17, 2016.
The second of four children, Ann was born November 17, 1936 in Abilene, Texas to Curtis Peyton and Alice Thelma Henny. Ann spent the majority of her youth in Jones Creek, Texas, where some of her happiest times included playing the piano and clarinet, being the Drum Major at Freeport Junior High and High School, and spending time with her friends and family. Her friendships from Jones Creek are vast and continue to this day. In 1954, Ann and her family moved to Floral, Arkansas. Life on the farm in Arkansas was a big change, but Ann embraced it, spending her senior year immersed in life at Floral High School playing basketball and going to social events culminating in meeting her future husband, whom she married shortly after graduation in 1955.
As an avid outdoorsman, Ann and her husband spent their early years of marriage sharing their mutual love of hunting and fishing. Over the next several years they welcomed three sons and Ann immersed herself in enjoying every aspect of her growing family. Ann spent countless hours with her boys, supporting every activity and interest they had, from football to baseball to hunting. Her love of the outdoors was cultivated in her boys as she took them with her to the deer stand when they were as young as three years old. A self-described and proud "home-maker", Ann created a “home” for her family, whether in the city, the farm, or at "deer camp", full of home cooking and memories. With her family, her love knew no bounds. Her children were her pride and joy, the most important part of her life, and she loved them with every ounce of her being.
Ann was incredibly strong and resilient. At 38 years old she embarked on a new chapter of her life as a career woman and single mom. She was self-taught in her job duties and she balanced both her family and job with grace and fortitude. She encompassed the importance of being the head of her household and mother to her children with grace and dignity. As in her favorite scripture of Ephesians 6:13, she wore the FULL armor of GOD, putting her trust in HIM, praising HIM for giving her the strength and ability to do what was needed for her family.
In 1979, Ann's life changed again as she became a grandmother or "GiGi" as everyone affectionately called her. Her greatest joys came when the grandkids came to "GiGi's". As with her own sons, Ann put her heart and soul into her grandkids. Every visit to "GiGi's" was an adventure. She made sure there was always a cookie jar full of fresh made goodies; plenty of blankets for making tents and forts; crayons for coloring; Play-Doh and arts at the kitchen table; movie time with plenty of popcorn; homemade water activities in the summer; and the most special times sitting in her lap, wrapped in her arms as she read and re-read about the adventures of Winnie the Pooh and others. Her grandkids were always mesmerized by her gift of storytelling; making each story come alive with animated sounds and gestures, all of which have now become the "tradition" passed down to future great-grandkids. Her presence and love will forever surround us whenever any Golden Book story is read to our children and grandchildren and her practice of delivering her special popcorn, as a treat, will be continued as our families grow.
As the grandsons grew up, just as she had with her own sons, Ann was always there to support them at anything they were involved in: football, baseball, and basketball. She loved all kinds of sports, most especially the Houston Astros and the Texans, but nothing was as special to her as being able to watch her own children and grandchildren play. They were the pride and joy of her life and she would be glad to tell you about each and every one of them.
Annie was also a tremendous teacher to her daughters-in-laws, passing along the wisdom gleaned from raising her own boys and passing along the Henny family tradition by teaching and demonstrating the "making of the noodles." Her love, acceptance, and encouragement of her "daughters" was immeasurable. Her gift to them was the kind and loving husbands they received when they married into the family.
Ann married Roy Caskey, "Pop" in 1985 and for over 20 years they shared a wonderful life full of travel, music, crafts, family and fun. Each day of their life together started out with coffee and reading the paper, and deciding what adventure they would embark upon that day. Her life was happiest when she was spending time with Roy. Wherever they were, as long as they were together, their bond was full of love, contentment, family and fun.
Roy and Ann enjoyed square dancing, playing music in the "Froggy Mountain Band", camping, fishing, or just "crafting." Ann was artistic and talented; she enjoyed different types and styles of arts and crafts, sewing, painting on canvas, ceramics, and tole painting. Always creative, Ann enjoyed sharing her creations with family and friends. "GiGi" was a tremendous cook, delighting in preparing a massive feast whenever we were all together.
Ann is survived by her greatest joy, her family. Her sons: Gary Pitts and wife, Lisa of Friendswood, Don Pitts and wife, Jennifer of Alvin, Curtis Pitts and wife, Judi of Sweeny. Her grandchildren: Beau Pitts and Monica Miller of Galveston, Jared Pitts and wife, Jessica of Friendswood, Morgan Pitts of Fort Worth, Jordan Pitts, and wife Katie and their son, Ann's first Great-grandchild and the delight of her life, Wyatt of League City, Jacob Pitts and wife Katelyn of Sweeny, Colton Pitts of Alvin, Emily Speckman and husband Ashton, Austin Tyler, Abby Tyler, and Ethan Tyler, all of Alvin.
She is also survived by her sister Carolyn Pitts and husband, Roy, her brother Peyton "P.W." Henny, her precious niece Joy Lee Nichols whom she shared a wonderful mother/daughter bond and husband Dale, all of Alvin, her nephew Phillip Pitts and wife Janet, of West Columbia, her niece and namesake Joy Ann King, of Alvin, nephew Pat Henny and wife Chris of Connecticut, niece Gala Henny and nephew Peyton Henny, both of Alvin, numerous other nieces, nephews, relatives and cherished friends, all of whom will miss her sweet smile and generous heart.
To welcome Ann to her heavenly home will be those who preceded her in death; her parents, her brother Gary Douglas "Butch" Henny, and her husband Roy Lee Caskey.
Ann impressed upon her children, grandchildren, family and friends, her love in GOD, eternal life in HIS gift of JESUS CHRIST and her unfailing trust in HIM. She never faltered in HIS assurance that she was HIS CHILD, first and foremost, and will be with HIM for eternity. We were immeasurably BLESSED to have been given such a wonderful mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, sister, aunt, and friend. We miss her.
Ann will be buried in a private family service.
Ann is a member of Heights Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests anyone wishing to honor her memory can do so to Heights Baptist Church, 1591 County Road 144, Alvin, Texas 77511.
Condolences may be sent to the Caskey family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com
Fred Daniel Saucedo, 72, of Friendswood, TX passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2016. He was born January 16, 1944 to Willie Saucedo and Nellie Duran Saucedo in Bastrop, TX. He graduated from Bastrop High School and proudly served in the United States Army. Fred worked for Center Point Energy for 43 years.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mary; sons, Jonathan and Jason; daughter-in-law Natalie; grandchildren, Lucas, Angelina and Logan; 3 brothers and 3 sisters; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 24, 2015 from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. at 17920 Regis Dr., Pflugerville, TX 78660.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to www.txp2p.org/donate/donatereq.html in memory of Fred Saucedo.
Condolences may be sent to the Saucedo family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Lena Homeyer Moncel, 94, of Houston, TX passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. She was born June 5, 1921 to Louis Homeyer and Emma Schroeder Homeyer in Anderson, TX.
She was a loving wife and mother, whose was a fantastic cook, skilled seamstress, immaculate house keeper, and kept her flower beds meticulous. Her home was always spotless, yet she apologized because the house, she said, “was dirty.” Her best meal was fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and waxed beans with Cherry O cream cheese pie for desert. Lena sewed for the entire family, men, women and children. She always enjoyed showing the flowers she grew to those who visited. She was part of the Ladies Aid at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church.
Lena was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roger Moncel; siblings, Irvin Homeyer, Willie Homeyer, Gilbert Homeyer and Alma Homeyer.
She is survived by her sons, Billy and his wife Carol Moncel and Glen and his wife Vicki Moncel; brother Fred and Ruth Homeyer; grandchildren, Lisa and David Wood, Brian and Heather Moncel, and Kristeena and Steven Mickela; great-grandchildren, Darin Wood, Lindsey Wood, Steven Mickela, Davin Mickela, and Brenden Moncel; numerous nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
The funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Pastor James Crum officiating. Interment will follow at the Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, TX.
Condolences may be sent to the Moncel family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Donna Kelledy Accardo, resident of Kemah, TX, died on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at the age of 59. She was born on March 9, 1956 in Suffern, New York, and was raised by her loving parents, Robert and Joan Kelledy.
Donna was a graduate of Friendswood High School. She never met a stranger and she loved unconditionally. She enjoyed the Pasadena Livestock Show & Rodeo and was on cook teams and served as a committeeman for many years.
She is survived by her loving husband, Sidney P. Accardo, Jr.; stepdaughter Sonya Accardo and partner Vernon; stepsons, Sidney Phillip Accardo, III, Christopher Accardo and wife Meranda, and Micheal Hairell and partner April; brother, Brian Kelledy and wife Linda; sister-in-law, Vicky Kelledy; nieces, Kacie Galvan and husband Ricky, Amy Dyson and husband, Jesse Dyson IV, Kelsie Kelledy, Kourtney Thornton and husband Kevin, Kendall Kelledy, and Kailyn Kelledy; grandchildren Sydney Accardo, Ethan Accardo, Taylor Rodriguez, and Zachary Hairell; grandniece, Kinzley Galvan; and grandnephews, Drew and Beckett Dyson.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Kevin Kelledy, and sister, Kerry Kelledy.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the rosary being held at 7:00 p.m., and the funeral will be held on Friday, January 22, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., both at Jeter Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.
Condolences may be sent to the Accardo & Kelledy families in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Laura Elizabeth Burns McWhirter was born, at home, to Ulis Peter and Sallie Elizabeth Dennis Burns on November 6, 1928, in Illinois Bend, Texas. She was the second of four children, older brother “Junior”, younger sister Emma Catherine, baby brother James Franklin “Jimmy”. Her dad was a teacher, principal, carpenter, farmer, chicken hatcher, and grocer in Bulcher and Saint Jo, Texas. Her mother was a homemaker, seamstress, great cook, child tender, grocer, and nurse to Laura’s brother, Junior, who died of heart failure when Laura was 10. Laura mostly grew up in Saint Jo where she learned all about hatcheries and baby chickens; adopting stray kittens on the long walk up the hill from school; Saturday movies and popcorn in the thriving city of Saint Jo; mopping a white kitchen floor daily; and how to run a grocery store during the depression. She broke her nose while riding on the sidewalk on her new bike between her neighbor’s houses – the Kingery’s, Dollie, Roy, and near-sister Elaine, and her beloved friend and counselor Aunt “Net” Crump. Her family loved to visit her uncle in Dallas and ride the train to the State Fair – Laura’s only concern was that she would have to ride on the top of the train like the hobo’s!
Laura was football queen and salutatorian in her little graduating class. She left Saint Jo for Texas Tech in 1947 where she majored in Commercial Art. At that point in time Commercial Art was in the school of Engineering and she was the only female in a lot of her classes. Through friends at Tech she met the love of her life, Vernie Cloyce McWhirter – one of those engineering students. They eloped in February of 1948 and were married for 65 years. In early marriage they lived in Saint Jo, then moved to Eureka Springs, Arkansas and lived “in the little house around the corner”. Laura and Vernie worked as cooks, grocers, and gas station attendants in the family business. Vernie got a job in the oil business which led to life in Saint Jo, Abilene, Wichita Falls, Gainesville, Sweetwater, Snyder, Tyler and Pearland. As Vernie moved up in the company, Laura had Ronny and Vicki, then Alisa and Luanne. She was often a hostess for Vernie’s company, even answering the phone in the early days and baking her famous chocolate chip cookies for many events. Laura worked in PTA for over a decade, ending up as President; she worked with G.A.’s, VBS, Kindergarten Sunday School, Youth activities and bus trips with 100 teenagers, and Puppet Ministries at First Baptist Church, Pearland. Laura started her youngest girl’s Bluebird Troop and carried them and their friends through to their graduation as Camp Fire Girls. In her spare time she was an accomplished quilter, seamstress, artist, and crafter.
She convinced every one of her kids that she loved them the most, and when she started having Grandchildren her love expanded even more. Retirement was at “Katy Lake”, where they had 25 years and built a cabin with enough beds to sleep all the kids and grandkids. Life was full of swimming and exploring, cookies, kite flying on Aunt Dollie’s hill, cookies, trips to Dairy Queen, boat rides, snake hunts, games, intense card games, puzzles, lots of movies, lots and lots of back rubs and hugs, and more cookies. When the grandkids weren’t around, she and Vernie loved traveling and crossed the continent multiple times, driving to Maine and even to Alaska. They took several trips with friends to England and one long trip in a 15-passenger van with 12 people and several ice chests across the southwest to California. Laura was always saving her fun money for the “next trip”.
Laura had a wit and dry humor that never failed, even to her last days. She never met a stranger, sometimes to the chagrin of her children. All of her family knows that she made the best of every situation with her famous quotes: “That’s how the mop flops”, or “that’s how the cookie crumbles” or “you can get happy in the same clothes you got mad in”. Vernie spent his life waiting for Laura while she brushed her teeth or got another kleenex. The family joke was that she was always “as fast as a herd of wild turtles”.
Her love was straight from God and epitomized in First Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV) ”Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
We can all picture her looking at us, tilting her head to the side and saying “hasn’t God been good to us?”
Waiting for Laura in heaven were her parents Ulis and Sallie Burns; her brother Ulis “Junior” Burns; her husband Vernie McWhirter; her son-in-law Marvin Raney; and her great grand-daughter Tayler Behlmer. She is survived by her son Ronald McWhirter and wife, Mary Anne; daughter Vicki Prebilsky and husband, Wayne; daughter Alisa Raney; daughter Luanne Coffee and husband, David; sister Emma Ross and husband, Curtis; brother Jimmy Burns and wife, Annette; grandchildren James McWhirter, Chad McWhirter, Joel Prebilsky, Carolyn Raney Snell, Derek Raney, Stephen Coffee, Cordy Raney, Jonathan Coffee, Bonnie Raney Netherland, and Timothy Raney; great-grandchildren Mason Coffee, Tyler Allen, Mia McWhirter, Jackson Coffee, Micah McWhirter, Elizabeth “Ellie” Snell, Nathaniel “Nate” Snell, Carson Coffee, and baby girl Coffee on the way; and precious nieces and nephew Jimmy, Cathy, Gwen, Lynn and Laurie.
In lieu of flowers, dontations in Laura’s memory may be made to the Lighting at Judge McWhirter’s Court, SJCC c/o 1st State Bank, PO Box 130, Saint Jo, Texas 76265 or First Baptist Church, Saint Jo, Building Fund, 402 N. Broad Street, Saint Jo, Texas 76265 or Shadycrest Baptist Church, 3017 Yost Blvd., Pearland Texas 77581
A memorial visitation will be held on Monday, January 18, 2016 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Shadycrest Baptist Church, 3017 Yost Blvd, Pearland, TX 77581. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Mountain Park Cemetery in Saint Jo, TX.
Condolences may be sent to the McWhirter family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Joseph Mitchell “Mitch” Wright Jr., longtime resident of Friendswood and the city’s first and longest serving Chief of Police, passed peacefully from this life on January 8, 2016. He was 92 years old.
Born April 15, 1923 in Baltimore, Maryland to Joseph Mitchell Wright Sr. and Gladys Elinor Matthews, “Mitch” grew up in Baltimore graduating from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1941. He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and trained in Electrical Engineering and Radar Repair, serving in the Signal Corps as a Technical Sergeant until 1946. With his G.I. Bill he enrolled in The Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore majoring in Harmony/Composition and minoring in Keyboard. It was there that he met the woman who would be his wife, partner, best friend and other half for almost 66 years. He told of the first time he saw her coming down the spiral staircase of the Peabody Library and the immediate realization that this was the woman he was going to marry. He proposed to her on their second date and she said yes on their third. They were married on August 23, 1949.
Following his dream, Mitch turned down a promotion as an Electrician for GE and he and Artha, along with their young daughter, Artha Jo, hit the road to play music. They traveled around the Northeast and Midwest playing in nightclubs and ballrooms for several years before Mitch’s music career brought them to Texas and a steady engagement at the Normandie Restaurant and then the International Club Lounge at the Shamrock Hilton in Houston. He settled his family in Friendswood and continued to travel and play music. Artha took a job as a school crossing guard in Friendswood which led to Mitch taking a position as the first paid police officer and later the very first Police Chief for the growing city. From there Mitch and Artha eventually became the foundation of the Friendswood Police Department, actually answering the police phone from their own home in the early days. Over the next 25 years, Chief Wright took the department from a one man operation to the modern, well-educated, well-equipped organization it is today. He truly loved Friendswood and was honored to serve the people of his adopted hometown.
Mitch was well-liked and well-respected in the Law Enforcement community and served on many Law Enforcement boards, committees and organizations throughout the Houston area and the State of Texas. He taught Criminal Justice courses at both College of the Mainland and Alvin Community College. He continued to play music as both a solo pianist and as a member of the Galveston Beach Band. He was a long standing member of the Friendswood Rotary Club, the American Federation of Musicians and the Friendswood Fine Arts Council. He was a charter member of Hope Lutheran Church in Friendswood.
He was a devoted husband and father, somehow managing to always be working yet always present at the same time. He worked up to 4 jobs and still managed to attend every concert, every open house, and every event his children were involved in. He was present in every possible way and modeled integrity, compassion, excellence and kindness in everything he did. He was the most capable yet humble man, skilled and knowledgeable in so many things, intelligent, well-spoken and funny. Everyone who met him and spent any time with him was changed for the better. He was simply extraordinary.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Artha T. Wright, parents, J.M. Sr. and Gladys Wright, brothers, George E. Wright and William C. Wright, and sister, Shirley Lenhardt. He is survived by his daughters, A.J. (Artha Jo) Beicker and husband Karl of Alvin, TX, Amy Weaver and husband, Phil of Pflugerville, TX and Beth Sharpe and husband, Walt of Friendswood, TX, nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren as well as his brothers, Norment M. Wright and wife, Bernice of Cedar Falls, Iowa and David Wright of England.
Cremation has been performed according to his wishes.
A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Drive (FM 518), Friendswood, TX 77546, 281-992-7200. Anyone who wishes to pay their respects to the family is invited to come by at that time.
Condolences may be sent to the Wright family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Janis Cayce Carpenter Sheldon was born on September 16, 1943 in Corpus Christi and passed away unexpectedly and peacefully in her home on Tuesday, January 12, 2016.
Jan was a natural beauty and participated in numerous fashion shows, pageants, and modeling events from her early teenage years, was a varsity cheerleader in high school, and attended Trinity University.
After attending college in San Antonio, Jan began a meaningful career with the Texas Medical Association in Austin before moving to Houston after her first daughter was born. From there, she spent the rest of her successful career in sales as a “peddler” as she often described herself. If she wanted to, she could sell a strawberry Popsicle to an Eskimo wearing white gloves.
Jan’s infectious personality and caring heart was loved and enjoyed by so many. Always the Fashionista, Jan could walk in a room and light it up. Keeping an “open door” policy to her house, many afternoons were spent with neighbors, friends, and loved ones enjoying conversations by the pool. To know her was to love her.
She brought joy to so many others, but perhaps her greatest joy in recent years was seeing the birth of her two adored grandsons. Gigi “insisted” on daily pictures, phone calls, and humorous Facetime sessions, and we are forever grateful that the boys got to know and spend time with their beloved Gigi.
She is survived by her high school sweetheart and soul-mate, Robert Sheldon, her daughter Allison Halley, her husband Craig and son Hudson, daughter Christen Siegel, her husband Adam and son Austin, her adored brothers David and Doug Carpenter, her precious bichon Maddi, and too many surrogate daughters, grandchildren and friends to count!
You were a light in all of our lives and we will forever love and miss you. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a cause near and dear to Jan’s heart: children. MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Center
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 North Friendswood Dr. Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Pastor Carol Schneider officiating. A celebration of life will follow at Golf Crest Country Club.
Condolences may be sent to the Sheldon family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Joe Dell Shipley, Sr., resident of Friendswood, TX, died on Sunday, January 10, 2016 at the age of 75. He was born on February 5, 1940 in Marksville, Louisiana. Joe was raised by his loving parents, Willie and Merrill. He graduated from Texas City High School in 1958, and went on to attend A&M University after graduation. Joe was the proudest Aggie around; you would usually spot him wearing his A&M hat and jacket. Fishing was his favorite past time and he passed that love on to his grandchildren. Joe’s sense of humor touched all who knew him. He lived a good life.
He is survived by his son Joe Dell Shipley, Jr. and wife Becky, son William Randolph Shipley and wife Becky; grandchildren, Amanda, Matthew, Macy, Conor, Sam, Katie, Joey, Haley, and Molly; great granddaughter Audrey; step-son Keith Steele and wife DeDee, and their children Megan, Morgan, and Caleb.
Joe was preceded in death by his father W.C. Shipley; parents, Willamina Estel and William Randolph Merrill; daughter Barbara Jane Shipley; and brother Lawrence Shipley.
A gathering of close friends and family will be held on Monday, January 18, 2016 from 12-2PM at 103 Lottie Ln, Friendswood, TX 77546.
Condolences may be sent to the Shipley family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Richard G. Stinson, 59, a 25-year resident of Friendswood, passed away January 11, 2016. He was born January 26, 1956 to Thomas A. Stinson, Jr. and Verna Dodd Stinson in Shreveport, LA.
He was a Longhorn mechanical engineer, and spent 35 years in the space industry. He was an engineer with Lockheed Martin and Rockwell International, and was recognized by the Astronaut Corps with two Silver Snoopy Awards. “Coach Richard” coached the 86/87 Wildfire Soccer team. Richard was a graduate of Trinity High School, Euless Texas.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Carla, and his daughter, Jordan, who was a 2004 graduate of Friendswood High School.
Memorial service will be on Friday, January 15, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at Friendswood United Methodist Church 110 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. Rosemary Dubois officiating.
Family welcomes donations to the Friendswood United Methodist Church, or Donate Life America, 701 East Byrd St., 16th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219 or www.donatelife.net or American Liver Foundation, 39 Broadway #2700, New York, NY 10006,or 212-668-1000 or www.liverfoundation.org.
Condolences may be sent to the Stinson family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Grady William Fletcher, 96, of Houston, TX passed away on Monday, January 11, 2016. He was born July 31, 1919 to William Fletcher and Cora Milligan Fletcher in Gainesville, TX.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, January 14, 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 graveside service will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. at the Fairview Cemetery in Gainesville, TX.
Condolences may be sent to the Fletcher family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com
Fourteen-year-old James Cannon Willard of Friendswood, TX passed away on Jan. 4, 2016, and one less light shines in the world with his absence.
Cannon was born February 20, 2001 to Rachel and Barry Willard of Friendswood. In roughly 5,400 days of life, Cannon charmed an extended family of relatives and friends and left an indelible memory of humor, intelligence, achievement, and the most radiant, mischievous smile.
A gifted and passionate athlete, Cannon grew up playing multiple sports. From baseball to soccer to basketball to football, he cultivated physical and mental skills beyond his age. As part of a FYFA league for several years, Cannon played on the Broncos team that won a youth Super Bowl championship in 2010. Most recently, he played both football and basketball and this year earned his spot as a starter on the Friendswood High Freshman ‘A’ basketball team.
Friends remember Cannon at ease, often with a ball in hand, ready for any game. His most intense and competitive moments, they said, came on the court or field, with his usual demeanor quickly returning to a witty, introspective young man who watched as many sports as he played, indulged in video games and always made a point to include younger siblings in his and his friends’ play.
His family deeply feels the absence of the fun personality, the playfulness and the attentiveness of Cannon, particularly his siblings and cousins both younger and older. A deep, lifelong friend to his older cousin, and the favorite playmate of his younger cousins, Cannon’s life was woven tightly into a close-knit family.
Cannon is survived by his parents, Barry Ivan Willard and Rachel Kerith Willard, both of Friendswood and formerly of Henderson, TX, and by his brother, Carson Andrew Willard, and his sister, Kerith Anne Willard. He is also survived by his grandmother, Cynthia Anne Willard, and great-grandmother, Dorothy Cannon Barry, both of Henderson, TX; and by his grandmother Lucia McKinney Hilderbrand and husband Joe Hilderbrand, of Henderson, TX.Survivors also include aunt and uncle, Jill and Jeff Young of Houston; aunt and uncle Amy and Trey Hacker of Henderson; cousins Will and Hank Young of Houston and Hope and Jack Hacker of Henderson; as well as aunt Lara Wilson of Houston; aunt Rebecca Stone of Fort Worth, TX and cousins Ringo and Lucia Wilson of Houston, TX. Finally, Cannon’s surviving family includes a great uncle and several great aunts, and 16 2nd and 3rd cousins.
Cannon was preceded in death by his grandfather, Ivan Earnest Willard, by his great-grandfather, James Arthur Barry, and by his uncle Ray McKinney.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Friday, January 8, 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.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 10 A.M., at Friendswood Community Church, 2821 W. Parkwood, Friendswood, TX 77546 officiated by both family minister Chris Alston of Clear Creek Community Church and Cannon’s great uncle James Barry of Chattanooga, TN. A private family burial will be held after the service, at Lakewood Memorial Cemetery in Henderson, TX.
In lieu of flowers, for friends who wish to make an act on Cannon’s behalf may contribute to the James Cannon Willard Scholarship Fund in care of Friendswood High School, Attention Bookeeper, 702 Greenbriar Friendswood, Texas 77546.
Pallbearers will be Lucus Waller, Austin Alvarez, Luke Revere, Mike Hermes, Kobe Edmond, Griffin Schneider, Andrew Lara, Ian Bivins.
Honorary pallbearers are the Mustang Men’s Basketball Team including, Tyson Roberston, Zach Zamora, Julian Monroig, Miles Morgan, Eddie Blanco, Alex Fluellen, Ben McAndrews, Ryan Diaz, Dylan Matter, Jacob Blair, Thomas Hamre, Aron Hines, Roderick Hutchinson, Jonathan May, Ryan Tostado; and Asa Ehrlich, Christopher Glaze, Garrett Leitko, Mason Schneider, Bailey Ybarra, Justin Waller, Ringo Wilson, Jack Hacker, Trey Hacker, Will Young, Jeff Young and Robert Arnold, Shane Porter, Seth Porter, Ryan Wall, and Eddie Ordemann, Jr.
Personal notes relaying a memory of Cannon or a shared experience with Cannon may be mailed to the Willards in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the Willard family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Mark Andrew Smithson, or “Coach Mark”, as he was known by many, of Alvin, Texas, passed away peacefully on January 5, 2015 at the age of 58 surrounded by loved ones. Mark was born September 30, 1957 to Norman Smithson and Eleanor I. Gentle Smithson in St. Louis, MO and a resident of Alvin since 1961.
Coach Mark attended school in Alvin and graduated from Alvin High School in 1979. One of Mark’s passions in life was his love for sports, and in 1980, he began serving as an assistant to the Alvin High football team and coaching staff. Coach Mark’s dedication, enthusiasm, and hard work continued with Alvin High School for almost 25 years. He was officially dubbed “Coach Mark” and honored in 1987, and cited for his signal-calling techniques from the sidelines as being unsurpassed and an inspiration to the teams and their supporters. During football season, Coach Mark could be found walking up and down the sidelines with his headset on and his play cards in his hands.
Coach Mark was preceded in death by his parents whom he affectionately called “my Mother” and “my Father.”
Coach Mark is survived by his older brother, Albert Smithson and wife Sue, of Alvin; his younger sister, Kaycee Orman, of Alvin; nieces, Melissa Bergen Landis and husband Brett Landis, and Amanda Smithson; nephew Clark Smithson; great niece, Gracelyn Landis; great nephews, Collin Landis and Brogan Landis; best friend and mentor, John Brotherton; and many other cherished friends who made a significant impact on Mark in his life.
Coach Mark will be missed by all who knew him, especially his smile and continual happy approach to everything encountered in his life.
Visitation will be Thursday, January 7, 2016, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.
Funeral service will be held on Friday, January 8, 2016 at 3:00PM at First United Methodist Church Alvin, 611 South St., Alvin, TX 77511 with Rev. Linda Snow officiating. Burial will follow at Confederate Cemetery, Alvin, TX.
Pallbearers will be Coach John Brotherton, Coach Bud Jackson, Coach Mike Bass, Coach Jeff Dungen, Coach Kirk Martin, and Coach Danny Rodriguez
Condolences may be sent to the Smithson family at 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.