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Susan Jayne Zapf

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Susan Jayne Zapf

11/29/1941 - 4/21/2017

Susan Jayne Zapf of Webster, Texas passed away on April 21, 2017.  She was born in Duluth, Minnesota to Richard W. Atkinson and Dagny Constance Christianson.

She married John D. Zapf on June 30, 1962 and they were stationed in Minnesota, Texas, and Colorado during his service as a medical doctor in the Army. They returned to Monticello, Minnesota and Susie raised her three boys and supported her husband in his medical practice. “Grandma Susie” was known for telling stories, enjoying Broadway musicals, instilling this love of musicals in her grandchildren, and spending time with her family. She enjoyed red cardinals and spending time at the cabin on Long Lake with her husband and children.

Susie was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Dr. John D. Zapf.

She is survived by her son, Joseph Zapf (guardian son) and daughter-in-law, Susan Zapf, and two grandsons, Christopher and Joshua Zapf of Friendswood, Texas; son, Peter Zapf of Chicago, Illinois; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Zapf and grandson, Jonathan Zapf of Southbend, Indiana; son, Paul Zapf and granddaughter, Haily Mae Zapf of Olympia, Washington and grandson, Justin Zapf of Andrews, Texas, and their mother Lyndi Zapf; and her sisters, Judy Franson of Milledgeville, Georgia and Doris Jensen of Rochester, Minnesota.

Susie had many friends and family residing in Minnesota. A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held in St. Cloud, Minnesota with date to be announced.

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

Della Louise Prouty

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Della Louise Prouty

07/16/1944 - 04/13/2017

Della “Dee” Louise Prouty, 72, of Friendswood, Texas, passed away peacefully on April 13, 2017.  She was born on July 16, 1944 in Crystal City, Texas to parents, Jimmy and Bennie Weaver.  Dee committed her life to servitude to others and entrepreneurism in Carrizo Springs, Texas where she and first husband, Eddie Svec, owned over five different businesses during their 29 years of marriage. She loved people and in between the times that she was not a business owner, she would serve in local restaurants.  After moving to Friendswood three years ago, she lived at “The Gardens” apartments for senior citizens, where she made many friends and became a caretaker for the last six months.  Her last months on this earth were spent living with her daughter and son-in-law.  She loved animals and especially her dog, Sweet Tea.  These acts fostered her on true love of serving and interacting with friends and strangers daily.  As the ultimate of sharing and kindness, her wish was to donate her body to the University of Texas Medicine for research.

Dee was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Eddie Svec and James Prouty; sister, Bennie McRorey; and brother, Dickie Weaver.

She is survived by her daughter, Melody Wilie and son-in-law Curtis Wilie of Friendswood, Texas; granddaughter, Laney Wilie of Houston, Texas; grandson, Colton Wilie of Austin, Texas; guardian son, Kyron Cobb of Terrell, Texas; sister-in-law, Bernice Svec Stark of Onalaska, Texas; and brother-in-law, Joe Stark of Onalaska, Texas.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Jeter Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77511, with Rev. Larry McRorey and Bill Whitworth officiating.

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


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Geraldine "Geri" Anita Smith

2/06/1937 - 4/09/2017

Geraldine “Geri” Anita Smith, 80, passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017 in Webster.  Geri was born on February 6, 1937 in Girard, PA to parents, Gerald and Hazel (Alexander) Rosenburg.

Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, with funeral services to follow at 2:00 P.M.  A private interment will be held in Bogalusa, LA.

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

Kirk Alan Watson

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Kirk Alan Watson

9/03/1955 - 3/30/2017

Kirk Alan Watson, 61, passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2017 in Clute, TX. He was born on September 3, 1955 in Pico Rivera, CA to parents Sam and Gertrude “Trudy” Paschke Watson.  Kirk worked for Dow Chemical in Lake Jackson as an Instrument Tech for many years until his illnesses grew too bad for him to be able to work safely.  Kirk loved woodworking and spending time in his workshop.  He would look for usable items he could make and gift to his family and friends.  He loved to play Mahjong with his family growing up and shared Mahjong with his family in Texas, Louisiana and Georgia for hours of family fun together.  Kirk happily married Christie Hadley in March 14, 2003 and together they built a happy home in Angleton, TX. He was a member of the Holy Comforter Church and enjoyed the early service and events with his church family. Kirk created many treasured memories and will be missed by all that knew him.

Kirk was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Trudy Watson; brother, Ray Watson; and father-in-law, L.O. Hadley.

He is survived by his loving wife, Christie Watson of Angleton, TX; mother-in-law, Mildred Hadley of Angleton, TX; daughter, Casandra and Aaron Hadley of Canton, GA; granddaughter, Sheridan Hadley and Marcos Olinyk of Marietta, GA; granddaughter, Lachlan Hadley of Canton, GA; brothers, Sam and Claudia Watson of Rightwood, CA and Bob and Nancy Watson of Rightwood, CA; brother-in-law, William and Melanie Hadley of Cedar Park, TX; niece, Jenna Bodenhamer of Cedar Park, TX; nephews, Aaron Hadley of Angleton and Bryan Hadley of Colorado; extended Hadley Family:  Aunt Jenny Lowery of Gonzales, LA, Judy and Doyle Hoffpauir of Gonzales, LA, Theresa and Todd Wallace of Gonzales, LA, Sheldon and Dixie Lowery of Tomball, TX, and Carl John and Pat Lowery of New Iberia, LA; and many family members and friends.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Restwood Memorial Park in Clute, TX, with Father Travis Smith of the Holy Comforter Church officiating.

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

Kathryn Maude Barnard Sowell

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Kathryn Maude Barnard Sowell

12/4/1924 - 3/31/2017

Kathryn Maude Barnard Sowell, 92, passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017.  She was born December 4, 1924 to Alfred L. Barnard and Edna M. Hawks in Donie, TX.

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

The funeral service will be held on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Steve Porter officiating.  Interment will follow at the Manvel Cemetery in Manvel, TX.

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

Frances Capitola Williams Klein

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Frances Capitola Williams Klein

9/23/1928 - 3/30/2017

Frances Capitola Klein, 88, of Friendswood, Texas passed away on March 30, 2017.  She was born on September 23, 1928 to William Williams and Agnes (Holley) Williams in Galveston Texas.  She joined the Navy in 1949, and was stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas.  She then went on to beauty school.  After getting married she moved to Dayton, Ohio.  In 1973, she moved back to Texas and continued to be a hair stylist until she retired.

Frances was preceded in death by her son, George William Klein in 1985 and her husband, Earl Elmer Klein in 2011.

She is survived by her daughter, Sheri Annette Klein; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

The Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at Church of Five Solas – 114 Park, League City, Texas, 77573 with Marc Schooley officiating.

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

Robert Allen Bludworth

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Robert Allen Bludworth

7/20/1923 - 3/24/2017

Robert Allen Bludworth, 93, passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017 in Houston.  Robert was born on July 20, 1923 in San Antonio, TX to parents, Richard and Lenora (Bond) Bludworth.  He married the love of his life, Betty Alice Robinson, in 1955 in Houston, TX.  His love for his country was shown as he proudly served in the United States Navy for two years.  Along with his brother Richard, they developed the Bludworth ATB ocean tug barge connection system during the 1960’s.  He had an audacious confidence and bravado personality about him that gave him the ability to hold attention in a room full of people.  He enjoyed spending time outdoors, hunting, traveling, and just enjoying the beautiful scenery.  He had a great love for all animals with all personalities, even his last dog Benji who was stubborn and never obeyed him once. But Robert adored him anyway! He treasured his family, created many cherished memories, and left behind a legacy of great personal and professional accomplishments. He will be missed by all that knew him.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Lenora Bludworth; daughter, Leslie Karen “K.K.” Bludworth; sister, Alethea “Pat” Brozovich; brother, Richard Bludworth; and his brother in law, Joe Childers.

He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Alice Bludworth; daughters, Judy Shuler, Teri Bludworth and Rhonda Bludworth; sisters, Loraina Childers, and Carrie Bludworth Savage; son-in-law, John Cook; grandchildren, Rand Shuler and wife Danielle, Nikki Tait and husband Jeremy, and Zachary Cook; great grandchildren, Mia, Conner, and Cameron Tait; numerous family members and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Monday, March 27, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546. 

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be sent to Special Friends, P.O. Box 1382, Friendswood, TX 77549.

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

Jarryd Austin Morton

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Jarryd Austin Morton

2/7/1993 - 3/19/2017

Jarryd Austin Morton, 24, (affectionately called Jare-Bear), passed away early Sunday morning, March 19, 2017.  Jarryd was born on February 7, 1993, at Bayshore Hospital in Pasadena, Texas. The firstborn of his parents, Kevin Morton and Lisa Aaser, he is survived by them both, as well as his stepmother Kathy Morton, stepfather Dennis Cox and siblings: youngest brother, Jacob Morton, Ashley, James, and Katlyn Van Matre, and Dylan Cox. He also sadly leaves behind his two precious children, Shia and Brylee. He is survived by his grandmothers Martha Aaser and Joan Blake, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and countless friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Mary C. (Sue) Morton, and grandfathers, Lou Aaser and Tommy Blake.

Jarryd spent his early years in Pasadena and moved to Friendswood at age ten. As a boy, Jarryd was a self-proclaimed “dirt-bike” kid—he loved extreme sports, lived for the thrill, and enjoyed a good adrenaline rush. Always outdoing his brothers (not without healthy rivalry) with a crazier or more intense trick on the trampoline, diving board, or random rockface, Jarryd loved life and especially the water. He could barefoot ski by age five, drive a jet-ski by age seven, and wakeboard by age eight. Most recently, he enjoyed taking the boat out every sunny, summer day on Clear Lake.  Preferring to work with his hands, Jarryd engaged in various trades: car mechanics, boat and jet ski repair, and the like. You could usually find him under the hood tinkering with what he considered a misguided, mid-life-crisis auto purchase his dad would routinely make. Friendship was important to Jarryd. He was generous, open, and high-spirited toward his friends. Always up for a good time, Jarryd was always ready to kick back, relax, and just chill. He loved a good craft beer (especially from Nobi Public House), inviting his buddies out on the town, and just being himself.  We will absolutely miss Jarryd’s laisse-faire, carefree, mellow, and just plain all-around “chill” approach to life. We love you.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., with the rosary to begin at 7:00 P.M. at the Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Deacon Chuch Turner officiating.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Mary Queen Catholic Church with Rev. James H. Kuczynski, M.S. officiating. 

After the funeral, the family welcomes everyone to a reception at Jarryd’s home in Friendswood, 405 Rancho Circle.

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

A college fund will be set up for his children, Shia and Brylee. For more information, you may contact Kevin Morton at kmorton@hometrust.com.

Kenneth Ray McNutt

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Kenneth Ray McNutt

9/1/1935 - 3/16/2017

“Coach” Kenneth R. McNutt passed away in his home on March 16, 2017. He was loved and cherished by many, and will be missed as much as he was loved.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his father, Delbert McNutt.

He is survived by his mother, Fay McNutt of Comanche; brother Charlie McNutt and wife Betty of, Arlington; partner, Carolyn Olson, of Pearland; son, Scott McNutt and wife Theresa, of Dickinson; daughter, Kim McNutt Moreland and husband David, of San Antonio; daughter, Gay McNutt, of Denton; grandchildren, Sara McNutt, Shae McNutt, Brooke Espinosa and husband Damian, Nathan Moreland, Kristen Garcia and husband Eddie, Shelby Montanaro and husband Rey, and Whitney Crider; numerous great-grandchildren; nephews, Curtis McNutt and Chad McNutt; and niece, Stacy Strain.

In his early years, Mr. McNutt enjoyed deer hunting with close friends and camping with his family. When he wasn’t doing either of these, he was sure to be found on a football field helping to build the lives of the young men he held so near to his heart. His passion for teaching and coaching brought him to retirement from Alvin High School in 1985. He coached in Alvin from 1966-1977 and then accepted a position teaching in the vocational department, from where he retired.

As much as Kenneth loved his job, he loved his family. He had the pleasure of coaching his son Scott, whom he was so proud of. His oldest daughter, Kim surrounded him with grandchildren that proudly called him “Papaw”. Kenneth’s youngest daughter, Gay, honorably followed in his foot- steps and became a coach.

Mr. McNutt completed his life with long time partner and friend, Carolyn Olson.

Mr. McNutt lived to be 81 years old and his loved ones thought his life too short. His life to him was complete.   He could tell a story like no other, and we will miss his stories, but what we will miss the most is the man, and what a man he was!

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. with the memorial service following at 4:00 P.M., at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200, with Pastor Al Perry officiating.

Donald L. Parrish

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Donald L. Parrish


Donald “Don” Lewis Parrish, 77, of Alvin, TX passed away on March 15, 2017. Don was born December 11, 1939 in Trinity, Texas to Lewis and QBelle Parrish.  He was raised in Goliad, Texas.  Don graduated from Goliad High School lettering all four years in various sports. He then attended and graduated from Rice University.

Don was a member of South Park Baptist Church in Alvin.  He was an active Deacon and worked with the children’s Sunday School for many years.

He was an avid modeler, building customized model oilfield trucks, and winning numerous awards with his trucks.

Don is preceded in death by his loving wife JoAnn and parents Lewis and Qbelle Parrish.

Don is survived by his sons, Mark and wife Jennifer Parrish of San Antonio and Ron Parrish of Houston; grandsons, Jackson S. Parrish U.S.N.A. and Benjamin Lewis Parrish of San Antonio; and sister, Ann (Parrish) Brasher and husband Jim.

Friends are invited to a Memorial Service for Don on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 11:00 am at South Park Baptist Church, 1718 South Johnson Street, Alvin, Texas 77511

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Don’s memory to the South Texas Children’s Home, P.O. Box 759, Beeville, Texas 78104, the Salvation Army or a charity of their choice.


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Richard Thomas Walter


Richard Thomas (Dick) Walter (89) of Seabrook, Texas passed away on March 11, 2017 after suffering a stroke. He was born on April 27, 1927 to William and Elizabeth (Kessinger) Walter in Portsmouth, Ohio.

He married Gwendolyn Marcus, September 10, 1949. After her death, he married Ione Calzada (Essmeier) Walter, May 3, 1975.

After high school, Dick served two years in the Army. He graduated from The University of Houston in 1958 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. In 1961, he began his career with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the Johnson Space Center where he went on to become an Aerospace Flight Systems Engineer. His career spanned multiple NASA programs, including Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle, and International Space Station, until his retirement in 1999 after 38 years of service. In addition, he was a member of the Seabrook Volunteer Fire Department for 52 years. As a member of the fire department, he was also one of the founding members of the Clear Lake Emergency Medical Corps (CLEMC) which was established in 1972.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, his brother William, and his son Stephen.

Dick is survived by his wife of 42 years, Ione, his children: Diane Murrell, Janice Butcher (Jon), Douglas (Cindy), Charles Essmeier (Laura), Scott Essmeier (Paula), Anne Lillie (Drew) and his sister, Ruth Hughes of Portsmouth, Ohio.

He leaves behind eight grandchildren: Diane and the late Larry Murrell’s children, Brian Murrell and Sara Aragon; Janice and Jon’s children, Keri Osterberg and Jessica McCorkle; Doug and Cindy’s daughter, Kristi Erwin; Stephen’s son, Shawn Walter; Scott’s son, Noah Essmeier; and Anne and Drew’s children, Catherine and Andrew Lillie. In addition, he is survived by 13 great-grandchildren.

A very special companion to Dick is his beloved dog Lola, adopted seven years ago from Red Collar Rescue.

A celebration of his life will be held on May 6, 2017 at 2pm at the Seabrook Volunteer Fire department Station 1, 1850 E. Meyer Road, Seabrook, Texas 77586. All friends and colleagues of Dick and Ione’s family are welcome to attend.

We would like to thank Harbor Hospice for their care and support. In lieu of traditional remembrances, donations can be made to Red Collar Rescue, 945 McKinney Street, No. 424 Houston, Texas 77002 (www.redcollar.org) or the Seabrook Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 98, Seabrook, Texas 77586.

Gloria Ann Marquis

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Gloria Ann Marquis


Gloria Ann Marquis, 76, of Alvin TX went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.  Gloria was born on January 31, 1941 in Newellton, LA to Talmadge and Louise Crane.  She earned her degree in Mathematics from Northwestern State College in 1962.  Later that year, she married her first husband Charles Jenkins.  After teaching two years in Louisiana, they moved to Alvin TX in 1966.  Gloria taught one year in Hitchcock before starting her thirty-eight year career as the librarian of Alvin Elementary.  A few years after the passing of her husband, Charles, in 1979, she met Earl Marquis.  The two were wed in March 1983 and have been happily married for thirty-four years.  Gloria played the piano and was very active with the GA’s (Girls in Action) at the First Baptist Church in Newellton.  She was a member 4-H growing up.   She enjoyed playing basketball throughout her high school years.  While in college, she was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority.  Gloria was a devoted member of the Alvin Historical Society as well as the Alvin Library League and Alvin Museum Society.  She also served two terms as president of the Association of Retired Teachers.  She was a charter member of Alpha Delta Kappa International Sorority for Women Educators where she held many offices, such as treasurer, secretary and president.  She taught Sunday school at South Park Baptist Church and was responsible for the altar flowers monthly.  Gloria was an avid bunco player and a member of the quilters  guild.  She loved to create many beautiful quilts with so many unique designs and colors. Some of her favorite pastimes were traveling, gardening and reading.  She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to so very many. She will be deeply missed by all that knew and loved her.

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, Talmadge and Louise Crane; and first husband, Charles Jenkins.

She is survived by her husband, Earl Marquis; daughter, Melanie Hughes and her husband Tommy; son, Charles Jenkins II; granddaughters, Ashley Matusek and her husband Scott, Emily Hughes and her fiancé Adam, Sarah Mackin, Kaytlyn Christie and her husband Josh; grandsons, Christian Perkins, Travis Mackin, Brandon Carney; great granddaughter, Olive Townley; brothers, Dale Crane and his wife Rosa, Dr. Kirk Crane and his wife Susan, and Keith Crane; many other relatives, close friends, and sorority sisters.

Friends are cordially invited to join the family for visitation on Monday, March 20, 2017 from 2:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, with a funeral service to follow at 3:00 P.M. with Rev. Shawn Nichols officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in her name to the Alvin Museum Society or the Alvin Historical Society.

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




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.