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Alvin Lionel DeGraff

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Alvin Lionel DeGraff

5/03/1926 - 6/22/2017

Alvin Lionel DeGraff, 91, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2017 in Houston.  Alvin was born on May 3, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan to parents Alvin J. and Bertha (Geroux) DeGraff.  

A graveside service will be held at 10:45 A.M. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77038. Condolences can be sent to the family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

Helen Maxine (Gabler) Tomlin

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Helen Maxine (Gabler) Tomlin

11/3/1926 - 06/21/2017

Helen Maxine (Gabler) Tomlin, 90, passed away peacefully on June 21, 2017 in Friendswood, TX.  Helen was born on November 3, 1926 to parents, Adolf and Dora (Koym) Gabler in East Bernard, TX. 

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, June 30, 2017 at East Bernard Methodist Cemetery, 100 Wallace Street, East Bernard, TX. 77435. 

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

Emma Johnson

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Emma Johnson

11/05/1931 - 6/19/2017

Emma Johnson, born Ematile Abshire on November 5, 1931 to Oza LeBlanc and Cleomare Abshire, went to be with her Lord on June 19, 2017 after a brief struggle with cancer.  She spent her last days surrounded by family and special friends

Emma was raised in a French speaking community in South Louisiana and French was her first language until she met and married Donald Johnson, who she would call “Dad” or “Pawpaw”.  They were married in December of 1956 and lived in Gueydan, Louisiana until 1971 when they moved their family to Alvin, Texas.  Alvin was home until 2013 when, after struggling with Alzheimer’s for several years, Emma moved to Brookdale in Pearland Texas where she lived until her death.

Together Emma and Don were loved by their seven children: Donald R. Johnson, Jr. “Skipper” (Laurie), James E. Johnson (Darla), Judy Caperton (Richard), Paul Johnson (Connie), Donna Barrier Pedersen (Bill), Darlene Morey (Bill), and Wendy Killingsworth Whitmire (Jeff).  She is survived by 16 grandchildren: Blaze Johnson, Eric Johnson, Troy Johnson, Christy Crawford, Andrea Hamilton, Matt Caperton, Ami Forrester, Daniel Johnson, Christelle Matheny, Scott Barrier, Jennifer Ryden, Sean Morey, Kira Bennett, Billy Morey, Kailey Davenport and Cade Killingsworth.  Great Granchildren:  Clayton, Sydney, Rylie, Penelope, Eva, Sam, Dylan, Jarrett, Madison, Colton, Luke, Meredith, Bryce, Marek, Madison, Lennox, Emma, Brooks, Charlotte, and Harper with two great grandchildren Beckham and Jordan on the way.  She was a great-great grandmother to Luke.  She is also survived by sisters-in-law Helen Knutson, Joyce Johnson and a host of nieces and nephews. 

Emma was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years,  Donald R. Johnson, her brother Leo Abshire, her parents Oza LeJeune and Cleomare Abshire, and great granddaughter, Emma Hamilton.  There to greet her also were many of her extended family members; daughter-in-law Doris Johnson, many brothers and sisters in law, aunts, uncles and cousins and a host of friends.

Our mother was very creative.  She made beautiful quilts but started many years ago with oil painting, macramé, wood work, and stained glass.  In everything she did, she took great pride and worked diligently to produce the very best end product imaginable.

Mom was always active in the community.  Whether she was serving high schoolers lunch in her “Sweet Shop”, teaching “kindergarten” in her living room, hosting friends that would stop by for coffee, cleaning the church building in Gueydan, helping dress the people of Alvin shopping at Brockman’s, cleaning houses, helping to raise grandchildren and great-grandchildren, to most recently, finding someone special at Brookdale that just needed a little extra care, she always put the needs of others first.  Mom had a servant’s heart and the lessons learned by her teaching were done through example.  “Therefore, my beloved brother, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”  (1 Corinthians 15:58)

Our family would like to thank Brookdale Pearland for being so accommodating to us these last two weeks.  Also to Danielle Morey, Della Wheeler, and Shannon Lawrence for being there with mom when we couldn’t be.

Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. on Monday, June 26, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, with a celebration of Emma’s life following at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Cecil Whitton officiating. Condolences can be sent to the family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.                     

Amie Lois (Taylor) Renk

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Amie Lois (Taylor) Renk

2/13/1926 - 6/19/2017

Amie Lois (Taylor) Renk, 91, passed away peacefully on June 19, 2017 in Webster, TX.  Lois, as she was known to all, was born on February 13, 1926 in Carthage, TX to parents, James Edgar and Jennifer Alice (Hudson) Taylor.  Lois was raised in Carthage and was one of nine children.  She would spend her days following her daddy around, working in the fields and with the animals.  Some of her favorite pastimes were hunting, fishing, knitting and crocheting.  She worked in a bullet factory while her first husband was away at war.  After her first husband was killed in the line of duty she put herself through nursing school, she had two boys to support and raise.  She graduated nursing school on May 31, 1966. She was a member of the Eastern Star.  Lois enjoyed numerous travel adventures with her 2nd husband around the U.S.  Hershel even convince her to travel outside of the U.S.  After her and her third husband retired they enjoyed traveling to Nashville and to Branson on several occasions, especially after the Christmas lights were put up.  To pass their time during the day, Ken and she loved to go down to one of the local elementary schools to read to the students for the HOSTS program.  Her family was of most important to her and she created many memories that will be treasured by all that knew her.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents, James and Jennifer Taylor; first husband, James Franklin Willis; second husband, James Hershel Walker; third husband, Kenneth Melvin Renk; sons, Douglas Willis and Robert Willis; siblings, Noble Taylor, Lacy Taylor, Olen “T” Taylor, Odis “Boss” Taylor, Myrtle Taylor Spradley, James Earl Taylor, Samuel Bryce Taylor, and Thomas Ervin Taylor. 

She is survived by her grandchildren, Craig Louvier and wife Kelley, Tiffiny Willis, Amie Wells and husband Michael, John Willis and wife Samantha; great grandchildren, Ryan Wells, Thomas Wells and Eli Willis; many family relatives and friends.

Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family at 9:00 A.M. until 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Jeter Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, 281-992-7200, with the funeral service to follow at 10:00 A.M.  Interment will be at 11:30 A.M. at Forest Park Lawndale, 6900 Lawndale St., Houston TX 77023.  Condolences can be sent to the family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

Robert Edward Johnson

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Robert Edward Johnson

12/8/1923 - 6/17/2017

Robert Edward Johnson, 93, of Alvin, TX passed away on Saturday, June 17, 2017.  He was born December 8, 1923 to Leon Johnson and Amelia Dolberg Johnson in Wellsville, NY.

He entered the Navy on October 1, 1942 and served in the South Pacific as an aircraft mechanic during WWII.  He was honorably discharged on January 28, 1946 from the Naval Air station in Corpus Christi, TX as a 2nd Class AMM.   While in the service, he graduated from the Spartan School of Aeronautics as an airline service mechanic.  Robert was a pilot for Tenneco for 28 years, during this time, he flew several foreign and domestic officials, including transporting Congressman Olin Teague to the Apollo XIII launch site.

Robert and Martha “Aggie” were married March 23, 1946 in Ingelside, TX and just celebrated 71 years of marriage.

He flew with Red Adair helping with Gulf oil-well fires; a member of the American Legion;  member of the Masonic Lodge as a master mason of good standing since  1965;  attended Alvin First United Methodist Church.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Arlouine Johnson; brothers, Richard Johnson and Walter Johnson; and grandson Ezekiel Robert-Benjamin “Ben” Cross.

He is survived by his loving wife, Martha Agatha “Aggie” Johnson; daughter, Eileen Kay Cross; son, Scott Taylor Johnson; brother, Kenneth Johnson; grandson, Seth Jamison Taylor Cross; great-grandson, Ian Martin-Taylor Cross; great-granddaughter, Katelyn Ruth Cross; many nieces, nephews and “adopted family”; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church Alvin, 611 W. South St., Alvin, TX 77511 with Rev. Matt Hogan officiating.

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

The Reverend Norman Wallace Fry

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The Reverend Norman Wallace Fry

7/25/1933 - 6/12/2017

Norman Fry was born July 25, 1933 in Henrietta, Texas, and died June 12, 2017, at Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas, following an illness.

He was born the eldest son of Wallace and Evelyn (Powers) Fry. A scholar throughout his life, he left home at age 16 to go to Decatur Baptist College, where he met JoAnn Stephens, who would become his wife of almost 66 years. They married on Sept. 1, 1951.

Norman was father to daughter Evelyn Deen Fry Aker, who preceded him in death, and sons Father Wallace Blake Fry of El Paso, TX, Stephen Bruce Fry (Kathie) of Houston, TX, and the Rev. Norman Keith Fry of Elgin, IL.

Norman continued his studies at Wayland Baptist College, receiving his degree in Biblical Studies in 1954. He was ordained to the Gospel Ministry and over the next 50 years served Texas Baptist churches in Collegeport, Oyster Creek, Three Rivers, Freeport, and Friendswood. He was pastor of First Baptist Church Friendswood for almost 37 years, shepherding it from a small congregation to a thriving assembly. Following his retirement, he continued to serve as interim pastor at the Dyess Grove Baptist Church, Temple, TX.

He also served the Southern Baptist denomination beyond the local church level, serving two terms on the Southern Baptist Sunday School Board (Lifeway), several terms on the Executive Committee and the Administrative Committee of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and several terms as moderator of the Galveston Baptist Association.

Norman was dearly loved for his compassionate and pastoral spirit, and his willingness to be available to anyone who was in need. He was also known for his preaching, which balanced a passion for the Gospel with wise and scholarly teaching. Countless people credit him with having pointed them to Christ. He was blessed to go on a number of mission preaching trips around the world, including to Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ukraine, and San Andres Island.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents and by daughter Evelyn. He is survived by wife JoAnn; his three sons, Blake, Bruce, and Keith; sister Joan Horn of Lubbock, TX; and brother Frank Fry (Doris) of Houston, MO. Grandchildren include Jordan Smith (Danielle Evans) of Temple, TX; April Ruen (Jason) of Houston, TX; Rachel Aker of Baton Rouge, LA; Brent Fry (Janet) of Houston, TX; Jason Fry (Rebecca) of West Bloomfield, MI; Nicholas Aker (Courtney Partee) of Temple, TX; and Cody Fry of San Antonio, TX. Great-grandchildren include Luke Fry, Aubrey Fry, and Megan Ruen of Houston; Aidan and Peter Fry of West Bloomfield, MI; and Bella Napolitano of Monroe, LA. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Norman’s life will be held on Saturday, July 22, 10:00 AM at First Baptist Church Friendswood, 111 E. Heritage Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546. A luncheon will follow at the church.

Memorial gifts may be made to Mission Dignity, which supports retired Baptist pastors and spouses: Mission Dignity, 2401 Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas, TX 75201 (www.missiondignity.org); or to First Baptist Church Friendswood.

“Then the master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! … Enter into the joy of your master!’”  

Joan P. Ellis

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Joan P. Ellis

8/26/1932 - 6/11/2017

Joan Pontius Ellis, 84, of Santa Fe, Texas, passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017, surrounded by her beloved daughter and granddaughters.  Joan was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Houston on August 26, 1932 to father Carl E. Pontius and mother Catherine Gray. As the eighth of nine children to Irish Catholics, she was instilled with the importance of family and celebrating all occasions from a young age.  Joan attended Annunciation School and graduated from Incarnate Word Academy in 1951, where she met her lifelong best friend, Jackie Mims.  She met the love of her life, Johnny, at the Silver Dollar in Bandera, Texas and married him on April 11, 1953. 

Shortly after they wed, Joan and Johnny welcomed a baby boy, Jon Patrick, who passed away soon after birth.  This sadness was surpassed by the arrival of two daughters, Therese Ann DeArman, in 1959 and Kellie Jean Scruggs, in 1961.  While they loved the proximity of family and friends at their home in Turtle Creek, Joan and Johnny decided to head to the “country” and raised their girls on 50 acres of land, known as the Double J Ranch, in Alvin.  In the late 1990s, Joan bought her famous Seascape condo and returned weekly to enjoy life on Galveston Isle. 

Joan listed her occupation as “Wonderful Wife and Mother” and was a Red Cross Swim Instructor and an avid beachcomber.  She was a lover of all things Irish - music, culture and drink – and shared this love with her sisters and nieces.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Preston Ellis; her children, Jon Patrick and Therese Ann; and her parents Carl and Catherine Pontius.

She is survived by her daughter, Kellie Scruggs, and husband, Glen, of Santa Fe; sister, Dolores Thomas, of Pearland; and sister-in-law, Lee Ellis, of New Braunfels.  She was loved by 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, who knew her as Memaw. 

Joan was cared for in her final year by a team of special women, Dorothy, Robin, Jasmine, and Angela, and the family is forever grateful for their kindness and companionship.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood Drive, Friendswood, Texas.  A Recitation of the Rosary will be prayed at 7:00pm.

Her funeral service and mass begins at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 16, 2017 at Mary Queen Catholic Church with Rev. James H. Kuczynski, M.S. officiating. A graveside service and interment will follow at South Park Resurrection Cemetery, 1310 North Main Street, Pearland, Texas.

A Celebration of Life will occur for family and friends immediately after the interment at the Knight of Columbus Hall, 2320 Hatfield Road, Pearland, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Center Houston, http://thecenterhouston.org/, in memory of Joan’s youngest sister, Peggy Pontius. 

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

“No one really ever dies as long as there is someone to remember.  When no one is there to remember – it doesn’t matter ‘cause that means we’re all together again!”

Quincy John Vandervort

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Quincy John Vandervort

4/9/1932 - 6/6/2017

Quincy John Vandervort, 85, passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in Seabrook, Texas.  Quincy was born on April 9, 1932 to parents Perry and Jean (Gayle) Vandervort in Madill, Oklahoma. 

Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family on Friday, June 9, 2017 from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at Jeter Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546, 281-992-7200.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at Jeter Funeral Home Chapel.  Condolences can be sent to the family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

Pedro Hernandez-Diaz

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Pedro Hernandez-Diaz

9/14/1964 - 5/30/2017

Pedro Hernandez Diaz, 52, passed away on May 30, 2017 in Webster, TX.  Pedro was born on September 14, 1964 in Ciudad Valles, San Luis Potos Mexico.  He has been a resident of Alvin, TX since 2001.  

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 110 E. South Street, Alvin, TX 77511, with Rev. John Taosan officiating.  Interment will follow at Oak Park Cemetery.  Condolences can be sent to the family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

Joe Frank Gaiser

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Joe Frank Gaiser

10/30/1932 - 6/3/2017

Joe Frank Gaiser, 84, of Houston, TX passed away with family by his side on Saturday, June 3, 2017.  He was born October 30, 1932 to Carl Gaiser and Nora O’Neil Gaiser in New Willard, TX; he was raised by his loving grandmother, “Big Mama”, in Livingston, TX.  He served our country in the United States Navy on the USS Essex, fought in the Korean War, and received an honorable discharge in October 1953.

As a loving husband and father, Joe was faithful to provide for his family for many years before retiring from his position as a supervisor at Schepps Dairy in Houston, TX.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Glenda Gaiser, his beautiful daughters, Deborah, Elizabeth and Kimberly, and their spouses; his grandchildren, Jason, Bryan, Rachel, Rebekah, and Aaron; and five great grandchildren.  He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and faithful pawtner in crime, Bebe.

A private service for the family will begin with visitation on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M., with the funeral service to begin at 11:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Pastor Frank Possert officiating.  Interment will follow at the Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston, TX.

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

Charles M. Dixon, Sr.

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Charles M. Dixon, Sr.

7/5/1928 - 4/28/2017

Charles M. Dixon, Sr., 88, of Pearland, TX and formerly Crockett, passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of April 28. 

He was preceded in death by his baby sister, Melody, his parents, Frank A. and Valrie Brown Dixon, and by his son, Gary Michael Dixon. 

He is survived by his wife, Lucille Dixon; his brother, Donald Dixon of Livingston; his sister, Frances Boultinghouse of Long Beach, CA; his son, Mel Dixon and wife Nora of Cibolo; his daughters, Tamra Evans and husband Bob of Alvin, and Michelle Sundin and husband Chris of Bradenton, FL; daughter-in-law, Betty Dixon of Houston; eleven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.

Charles was born in the west Texas town of Anson where he grew up on a farm.  After a lengthy career of driving long haul trucks, he returned to farming and chose Crockett as a place to enjoy his retirement while raising cattle.  His years of driving trucks allowed him the opportunity to travel across the entire continental United States and into Canada.  Having never met a stranger, he easily made friends at every stop along the way.  He was a devoted husband who spent his last years caring for the love of his life after she suffered devastating illness.  His love and care for her was admired by all who knew him at the care center where they lived.  Dad, Daddy and PawPaw, as he was known by his family, will be greatly missed.

A memorial service for Charles will be held at Grapeland Missionary Baptist Church, at the corner of College and Church Streets in Grapeland, TX on June 17, 2017 at 11:00 am. 

The family would like to thank all for their support at this difficult time, including the loving staff of Windsong Care Center and Heart to Heart Hospice.  Special thanks to friends, Mr. Tom Jones and Mrs. Jackie Porter who were and continue to be faithful friends to Mr. Dixon in helping his wife and family move forward. 

If preferred, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Dixon’s name to Grapeland Missionary Baptist Church, PO Box 132, Grapeland, TX 75844, or to Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation, 7240 Chase Oaks Blvd, Plano, TX  75025. 

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

Frances Loveta Love

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Frances Loveta Love

8/29/1927 - 05/26/2017

Frances Loveta Love was called home to walk on the streets paved in gold on May 26, 2017.  Loveta was born on August 29, 1927 in Wheeler, Texas to Clyde and Alice Newsom.  She graduated Tulia High School and attended West Texas State University.  Loveta married Dwane Dale Love on July 22, 1945. They lived in Tulia, Texas until 1949 and moved to Prior, Oklahoma.  Then in 1951 they moved back to Tulia and lived there until retirement.  They raised their two sons, Jim and Lynn in Tulia. Loveta worked at Rockwell Brothers Lumber Company and First National Bank in Tulia and then at Marse and Sons in Plainview. She and Dwane owned Farmers Grain Company and farmed 20 sections of land in Tulia. Upon retirement they moved to Canyon, Texas where Loveta began a new career that would become her passion.  “Mrs. Love” served in the church nursery and taught at In His Hands, at First United Methodist Church.  She found joy in developing young minds, encouraging parents and young teachers in their journey.  She spent the last years of her life in Friendswood, Texas, where she enjoyed her gardening and serving at Friendswood Methodist services for The Gathering Place and Joyful Hearts.

Loveta’s name says it all, Love-ta!  "Love” describes her perfectly!  She had a servant’s heart and found pleasure in making sure everyone around her was well taken of.    If you visited her you would be served a good home cooked meal and the best pies you would have ever eaten.  And everyone knows that her homemade pralines were the best around.  She loved fashion and was always dressed perfectly from head to toe and would have never left her home without earrings.  She was a fashionista!  She loved as Christ loves, she spoke the truth, and she was sure to keep you on your toes!  Grandkids and their friends knew her as Mimi or Grandmom.  She was at every sporting event and at every award, recital or graduation event.  She loved being involved in her grandkids lives. Loveta never stopped learning, at 84 she learned to text, use “Facebook”, “the internet”, and even “Pinterest”.  She studied her Bible daily and shared the lessons she learned at every opportunity.  Loveta was a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a great grandmother and a friend to many who will miss her love and humor dearly.

She is preceded in death by her husband Dwane in 2003, and sister Jean Hesser, Stillwater, Ok, in 2015 and her parents Clyde and Alice Newsom.  Survivors include sons: Jim Love  and wife Kathy Love of Marietta, GA, Lynn Love and wife Lee Ann Love of Friendswood, TX, Grand Children: Jeff Love of Marietta, GA, Kevin Love and wife Christine Love of Smyrna, GA, Chance Love and wife Sarah Love of Padre Island, TX, Ginny Watkins and husband T.J. Watkins of Nacogdoches, TX, and Garrett Love of Alvin, TX, grandchildren: Brianna Love, Sebastian Love, Tree Love, and Willow Love; and sister: Mary Lacewell, Allen, TX,  as well as many friends and family.

Services will be held June 10, 2017 at First United Methodist Church in Canyon, TX at 10:00 A.M., followed by a service at the Central Church of Christ in Tulia, TX at 2:00 PM. Memorials are to go to In His Hands Preschool at Canyon FUMC or to Boys Ranch.  Condolences can be sent to the family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

Helen Ann Sanders Stephens

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Helen Ann Sanders Stephens

11/8/1934 - 5/30/2017

Helen Ann Sanders Stephens, 82, of Angleton, TX passed away on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.  She was born November 8, 1934 to Jett Sanders and Chloe Dell Greathouse Sanders in Electra, TX.

She graduated from Sweeny High School in 1953.  On July 21, 1956 she married the love of her life, James Howard Stephens.  After several years of relocations - courtesy of the United States Marine Corps - they settled in Alvin, TX.  She worked for Alvin Independent School District for many years, eventually retiring as the "C" Cafeteria Manager at Alvin High School.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved James.

She is survived by brother Billie Joe Sanders and wife Mary; children, James Michael Stephens and wife Dora Mae, and daughter Pamela Rene Stephens; grandchildren, Jett Michael Johnson and wife Emma, Samuel James Stephens, Larra Bea Elliott and husband Arthur, Veronica Ann Upchurch and husband Tyler, Abigail Rose Stephens, and Andrew Barrett Stephens and wife Lysette; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 2:30 P.M. at the Joes Banquet Center, 1300 East Hwy 6, Alvin, TX 77511 with Deacon David Bowman officiating.  A graveside service will follow the memorial service at 5:00 P.M. at the Oak Park Cemetery, 300 Oak Park Dr., Alvin, TX with Rev. Mary Sanders, Chaplain, Alvin Police Dept. officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations are made in her memory to the Houston Marine Moms, 565 South Mason Rd. #160, Katy, TX 77450 or www.houstonmarinemoms.org.

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

Rev. Egidio A. Vecchio, M.S.

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Rev. Egidio A. Vecchio, M.S.

3/13/1927 - 5/25/2017

Father Egidio A. Vecchio, M.S., 90, a member of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette, died May 25, 2017 at St. Dominic Village Nursing Home in Houston, Texas.  He was born March 13, 1927 in Syracuse, New York, son of the late Anthony and Angela (Pugliesi) Vecchio.  After attending grammar and junior high school in Gloversville, NY, he completed high school at the La Salette Seminary in Hartford, CT.  He entered the La Salette Novitiate on July 1, 1947 in Bloomfield, Connecticut and made his First Vows on July 2, 1948. He then completed his studies in Philosophy and Theology at the La Salette Seminary in Ipswich, MA.  Father Vecchio was ordained to the priesthood on June 4, 1955 at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Norwood, Massachusetts.

After his ordination, he served as Assistant Shrine Director at the former National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Ipswich, Massachusetts.  Later he ministered as Pastor or Associate Pastor at parishes in Michigan, Louisiana and Texas.  He served with great enthusiasm the mission churches of Nacogdoches, TX especially in Moral, TX.  During Father’s ministry in Louisiana for over twenty years, he was appointed Dean of the Sulphur Deanery, and then Vicar of the West Vicariate by the Most Rev. Jude Speyer, D.D., when the Diocese of Lake Charles was created in 1980. Father Vecchio was most proud to serve the parishioners in Sulphur, LA while overseeing the construction and dedication of the new Our Lady of Prompt Succor parish church, complex and rectory. This parish is the foundational ministry of the La Salette priests and brothers in the south.  He enjoyed his years as pastor in parishes in Vinton, DeRidder and the Immaculate Conception in Sulphur, LA. While serving in the Diocese of Beaumont, TX, Father received the Pastor of the Year Award at the Tyler County Ministerial Alliance 17th Annual Community Thanksgiving Service in 2008. In the same year, his parish of Our Lady of the Pines in Woodville, TX was the recipient of the Bishop Curtis Guillory Parish Award for the greatest strides in Stewardship. In 2009, he was presented with the Honorary Outstanding Citizen Award by the Tyler County Chamber of Commerce in East Texas.

Father Vecchio shared his gifts and talents with the La Salette Community in various administrative positions over the years as Provincial Superior, Provincial Councilor, and Provincial Treasurer.  As pastor he took great pleasure in offering hospitality and hosting dinners for fellow clergy including bishops, religious and laity. In 1999 he entered his final ministry assignment serving the parishioners of Our Lady of the Pines, Woodville, TX until his retirement in 2009.  He resided at Our Lady of Prompt Succor in Sulphur, LA until he moved to St. Dominic Village in Houston, TX.

In addition to his La Salette confreres, Father Vecchio, M.S., is survived by his sisters; Angie Parillo of Gloversville, NY, Antoinette Sirois of Concord, NC and Theresa Mastropaolo of Gloversville, NY. Father was predeceased by his sisters Amelia Shramm and Mary Kurek, and his brother Santo Vecchio. He was uncle to many nieces and nephews and will be missed by numerous relatives and loving friends. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Parish in Sulphur, LA at 11:00 am.  Visitation will be held at Our Lady of Prompt Succor on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 from 5 to 8 pm and on Wednesday, May 31 from 9 to 10:45 am.  Burial will be at Mimosa Pines Cemetery in Sulphur, Louisiana. Contributions in his memory may be made to: Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette Retirement Fund, 915 Maple Avenue, Hartford, CT 06114-2330.  May he rest in peace.

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

Charlie Buford Wilkerson, Jr.

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Charlie Buford Wilkerson, Jr.

3/18/1954 - 5/25/2017

Charlie B. Wilkerson, Jr., 63, passed away on May 25, 2017.  Charlie was born on March 18, 1954 in Houston, TX to parents, Charlie and Evelyn (Culmer) Wilkerson, Sr.  Our loving Charlie has lost his long and courageous battle with cancer.  A native of Houston, Charlie was a long time employee of ITT Industries. He loved NASCAR, spending time with family, giving to others, Mexican food and Mom’s cherry pie. 

Charlie was preceded in death by his father, Charlie B. Wilkerson Sr.

He is survived by his mother, Evelyn Wilkerson; sisters, Karen Havens (Robert) of Mississippi, Mary Crochet (John), Kathleen (Robert); brothers, Glenn, Steve (Penny), Johnny, George (Laura), and David (Rebecca), all of the Houston area; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and longtime friends.

Per Charlie’s request, he will be cremated and a memorial service in his honor will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 10:00 am at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200, with Rev. Keith Anderson officiating.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his name to MD Anderson Cancer Center.  Condolences can be sent to the family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.  

The Silence of Suffering

You never complained, never whined.

I never heard you say, “Why Me?”

The pain you kept to yourself, as you smiled outwardly to others.

I knew, however, that deep inside you were crying out.

I saw it in your eyes. In the way you withdrew.

We’d see less and less of you, 

always wishing you’d come, but knowing you wouldn’t.

The silence of your pain quietly spoke volumes, 

Yet it was we who cried out at your pain. Never you.

Our pain is not silent. We are not brave. 

We are the broken ones…and now you are healed.

And while your silence will continue, your pain has ceased.

I love you Charlie,


Eleanor Leona Collura

In Loving Memory

Eleanor Leona Collura

2/5/1925 - 5/14/2017

Eleanor Leona Collura, 92, of Friendswood, Texas, passed away peacefully on May 14, 2017, with her family at her side.  She was born in Gering, Nebraska, on February 5, 1925, to George and Mary Harding. She married Carlo Collura on February 1, 1946, in Long Beach, California, where Carlo was stationed as a pilot in the Navy during WWII and Eleanor worked as a telephone operator.  They moved to Houston, Texas, in 1946 and lived there until 1986, when they moved to Friendswood, Texas.

Eleanor was a loving wife and mother who was a source of strength and love for her family until the day she died.  She loved spending time cooking for her family and taking care of her beautiful gardens while watching the red cardinals, hummingbirds, and other wildlife in her backyard.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents George and Mary; her husband Carlo; her daughter, Mary Frances; her sons, Roy and Robert; her brothers George and George; and her sisters, Emma, Mary, Bertha, Rachel, and Ruth.

She is survived by her sons, Carl Collura and Joseph Collura; her daughter, Karen Kaser and husband Ken; and her grandson, Robert Collura.

A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held in Friendswood, Texas, with date to be announced.

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

Paula Deneen Birchler

In Loving Memory

Paula Deneen Birchler

10/13/1958 - 5/19/2017

On Friday, May 19, 2017 at the age of 58, Paula Deneen Birchler passed away at home in Friendswood, Texas. She was surrounded by her loving family as she stepped into heaven to live the rest of her life among the Angels.  Paula was diagnosed April 28, 2014 with stage 4 glioblastoma. She was a great fighter who never complained and rarely cried. She kept her head up, keeping a positive attitude throughout it all. She was a true fighter and an inspiration to us all.

Paula was born October 13, 1958 in Friendswood, Texas. Paula was one of five children born to Melvin and Joann Tharp.  She was a member of Mary Queen Catholic Church in Friendswood. Paula loved gardening, cooking and giving. She was a daughter, sister, mother, wife and grandmother. She loved all animals, especially her three Pomeranians: Sugars, Sailor and Savior.

Paula will be remembered most of all for her love of “family”.

Paula loved her family above all else. She loved talking baby talk to her daddy, and her mother was and always will be her best friend. Paula always went out of her way for her parents, husband, children, siblings and friends. She found true happiness when she married Wayne. Wayne gave her his very best at all times. She loved her aunts and uncles and believed in family traditions. Paula’s greatest joy was her children: Jory, Jacob and Christopher. She was honored to have a daughter in law, Liz, Jory’s wife, who gave her a grandson named “Greyson”. Greyson brought Paula much needed joy during her last year. She loved him to “the moon and back”.

Paula is predeceased by sister, Lori Lee Smith, August 3, 2009

She is survived by her husband, Wayne Birchler; parents, Melvin and Joann Tharp; son, Jory Calle and daughter in law, Liz; son, Jacob Calle; son, Christopher Calle; grandson, Greyson Calle; brother, Melvin Tharp and sister in law, Paula Michelle; brother, Glen Tharp and sister in law, Jennifer; sister, Michelle Thomas and brother in law, Bo; numerous nephews, nieces, great nieces, cousins, aunts and uncles.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, May 26, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546.  Condolences can be sent to the family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

Ralph Bobby Heuring

In Loving Memory

Ralph Bobby Heuring

9/28/1944 - 5/19/2017

Ralph Bobby Heuring, 72, passed away on May 19, 2017 in Houston.  Ralph was born on September 28, 1944 in Houston, Texas to parents Claude and Naomi (Cotton) Heuring.

He worked hard as a commercial HVAC technician for 40+ years, he retired in 2004.  He lived his dream by traveling the United States in his motor home with his wife and beloved dog Daisy.

Ralph is survived by his loving wife Mary; daughters, Terrie Flora and husband Dwayne, Rhonda Morgan and husband Hunter and Lisa McConnell; grandchildren, Nicole Adams, Mathew Flora, Brady Morgan, and Jayce Morgan; great-grandchildren, Hailey Flora, Raelynn Adams, Brendan Adams, and Aiden Adams; his beloved dog, Lullabelle; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546, with funeral services following at 11:00 A.M.  Interment will be at South Park Mausoleum, 1310 N. Main St, Pearland, Texas 77581.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made in her memory to Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030 713-467-7423 or www.houstonhospice.org.

The family would like to thank all their dear friends and family that has continued to send prayers and love through this process.  We are very blessed!!

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

Robert Lee Hiles, Jr.

In Loving Memory

Robert Lee Hiles, Jr.

1/30/1938 - 5/16/2017

Robert Lee Hiles, Jr. was born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania on January 30, 1938.  He passed away peacefully with family at his side on May 16, 2017.  Robert, also known as Gunny, proudly served as a United States Marine from 1955 to 1975.  Serving as a Drill Instructor for thousands of Marines, Robert prepared and led his Marines in the Tet Offensive of 1967-1968.  After retiring from the Marine Corps, Robert worked for Amoco Chemical Company for 20 years.  After a second retirement, he stayed busy running a communication company for five years before driving busses for Friendswood and Pearland school districts. He was very active in veteran organizations.

Robert is survived by his wife of 36 years Carol; daughter, Michelle and husband Robert Mills; son, Scott Brooks; grandchildren, Lauren and husband Trent McClain, Hunter Brooks, and Chance Brooks; great-grandchildren, Brayden, Gillian, and Jameson McClain. He also shared a special bond with his beloved in laws.

Anyone who was around him and knew his sense of humor was drawn to him and loved him.

Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, with the funeral services following at 11:00 A.M.  Interment will be at 2:30 P.M. at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77038. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Disabled American Vets and God’s Army. Condolences can be sent to the family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

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

Shirley Jo Upton

In Loving Memory

Shirley Jo Upton

3/13/1948 - 4/17/2017

Shirley Jo Upton, 69, of Pasadena, TX passed away on Monday, April 17, 2017.  She was born March 13, 1948 to Clay Upton, Sr. and Pauline Darby Upton in New Orleans, LA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son Clayton Joseph Upton; sisters Nancy Thomas and Norma Sue Ferrier.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Jack Belland; daughters, Holly Spry, Stacey Davis, Cassie Zeledon and Nicole Salassi; former husband, Gene Aucoin; brothers, David Upton and Clay Upton, Jr; sisters, Brenda Simoneaux and Alice Blackwell; 8 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church of Waggaman, 401 Azalea Dr., Waggaman, LA 70094 with Rev. Frank Romero officiating.

Condolences may be sent to the Upton 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.