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Rita Fox Seelig

4/9/1945 - 7/13/2017

Rita Verne Fox Seelig, 72, passed away July 13, 2017 in Friendswood, TX. Rita was born on April 19, 1945 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma to Marvin Eugene Fox and Elsie Marie Dryden Fox. 

Rita grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s Degree. Over her lifetime, Rita lived in many places including Oklahoma, Florida, California, and Texas. Rita worked for Coastal/El Paso Corporation for most of her career. Rita married Larry Seelig on June 4, 2005. After two years of marriage, Rita was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 62. 

Rita was a loving, kind, beautiful woman. Rita always had a smile on her face and a happy, compassionate disposition. Rita loved the Lord and attended church regularly at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Rita had a magnetic personality that attracted people to her and enjoyed meeting people and being active in the church. Rita loved being outdoors, especially coastal and mountainous regions, going on long walks, dancing, and gardening. Rita also had a special fondness for nature, children, and animals. Rita will be deeply missed by her family and friends. The world is a better place because of the time she spent here with us. 

Rita was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Kent Fox.

Rita is survived by her husband Larry Seelig; daughter Kitee Valentz and husband Jason Valentz; sister Sandra Brennan; two grandchildren, Aidan Paradise and Ethan Paradise; and many family members and friends.

The family is very grateful for the loving caretakers at Serenity Gardens home in Friendswood where Rita passed away peacefully. 

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 18220 Upper Bay Rd., Houston, TX 77058  with Pastor Brian Weaver officiating.  Rita will be laid to rest at Forest Park East Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.

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

 
John Carl

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John Carl "Pug" Pontius

1/20/1940 - 7/14/2017

John Carl "Pug" Pontius, 77, was born in Houston, TX at St. Joseph's, on January 20, 1940 to John W. Pontius and Jonnie Danford Pontius.  After serving in the Navy, he excelled in the sales of oil-related equipment.  He continued his career with Wolar Industrial, Inc. until his death on July 14, 2017. 

He was known for his generous spirit, love of nature, devotion to family and friends, and his kindness to animals.  Pug's life was never just a mere existence.  His greatest joy was sharing anything he owned, or cooked, with others.  He was a lifelong hunter and fisherman, but his passion for the great outdoors was less about the harvest and more about the celebration, conversation, and providing gourmet-style meals for those returning from the blinds.  He was not much of a threat to the deer and other wildlife that he enjoyed "glassing," but fossils, arrowheads and other artifacts didn't stand a chance. 

Though Pug rarely left the great state of Texas, he was intimate with the mass of land from Houston to Ozona, and on down to Brownsville.  If you were a passenger of Pug's on a four-hour journey, you knew you were in for at least seven hours of stops to buy produce, honey, pecans, and historical marker readings.  One would come to expect customary detours to visit friends he had made on previous road trips.  He was an expert at making others feel special, and no person knew fewer strangers.  Pug has left us with a lifetime of memories.

He is survived by his sister, Mickie Christian and her husband, Paul; his nephew, Corey Christian and wife Amy; his nephew, Jeep Christian and wife Caroline, and their two children, Wells and Maggie; his niece, Kathy Pohl and husband Eric; and his beautiful aunt, Dolores Thomas.  Other family includes three generations of close cousins, plus childhood and life-long friends, and devoted co-workers. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 22, at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood Dr., Friendswood, TX.  A celebration of John's "Pug's" life will follow with a fish fry. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to www.triumphoverkidcancer.org or the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, www.kintera.org

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

 
Frank Byron Burns

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Frank Byron Burns

3/03/1931 - 7/14/2017

Frank Byron Burns, Jr, 86, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2017 in Clear Lake, TX.  Byron, as he was known to all, was born on March 3, 1931 to parents, Viola Hargett and Frank Byron Burns in Boling, TX.  He attended and graduated from Boiling High School in 1949. After graduating from high school he went to Texas A&M University on a football scholarship. Byron was employed at Texas Gulf Sulfur Co in New Gulf, TX.  In 1953, he joined the US Army and honorably served in the Korean War.  On August 3, 1957 Bryon married the love of his life, Shirley Anne Gabler.  In 1962, the family moved to Alvin, Texas where Byron was employed by the Monsanto Chemical Company. He stayed with Monsanto until he retired in 1985.  Byron enjoyed the outdoors; hunting, fishing and camping with his family. He also had a passion for woodworking which led to boat building.  Byron stayed active during retirement with several part time jobs. One of the most interesting was parking cars at the Astrodome with his cousin Edward Moritz.  Byron truly enjoyed spending time with family from camping at the beach to mowing and taking care of the family farm in East Bernard, TX. He was a wonderful man who will be truly missed.

Byron was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Marie Burns Fertsch.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Gabler Burns of 60 years; sons: Russell and wife Becky and Kenneth and wife Lisa; grandchildren:  Danielle, Austin and Kayley Burns; numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77511, (281) 992-7200. Condolences can be sent to the family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Hortencia Rodriguez Villarreal

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Hortencia Rodriguez Villarreal

3/11/1941 - 7/12/2017

Hortencia Rodriguez Villarreal, 76, of Pearland, TX passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2017.  She was born March 11, 1941 to Pablo Rodriquez and Julia Martinez Rodriguez in Edcouch, TX.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.  Hortencia was a faithful member of St. Helen Catholic Church

She was preceded in death by his parents and grandson Michael Jude Ybarra.

Hortencia is survived by her loving husband Felipe; daughters, Rosalinda Villarreal-Ybarra and husband Alfredo of Alvin, TX and Monika Ybarra and husband Paul of Pearland, TX; sisters, Francisca R. Cruz of Edcouch, TX, Matilde R. Caballero of Friona, TX and Bea R. Salinas of Edinburg, TX; brothers, Domingo Rodriguez of Fresno, CA and Roberto Rodriguez of Edcouch, TX; grandchildren, Alfredo Ybarra, Jr, Marcos Ybarra, Stephanie Lynn Ybarra, Joseph Nathaniel Ybarra, Vanessa Jane Ybarra, Paul Ybarra, Jr, Dylan Felipe Ybarra, and Matthew Michael Ybarra; great-grandchildren, Jacob Anthony Ybarra, Victor Alan Ybarra and Alfredo Ybarra, III.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 21, 2017 and 2:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Fr. Jhon Muriel officiating.

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

 
Peter Jurtshuk, Jr.

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Peter Jurtshuk, Jr.

7/28/1929 - 7/9/2017

Peter Jurtshuk, Jr. Ph.D. was born on July 28, 1929 in NYC and died on July 9, 2017.  He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Rebecca Jones, his son, Peter Jurtshuk, III, his daughter, Larissa Jurtshuk, Au.D., 1 sister, Tania Sampson (nee Jurtshuk, M.D.), 1 sister in law Ann York (nee Jones), and many nieces and nephews, and a large extended family.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Jurtshuk and Peter Jurtshuk, Sr

Peter graduated from Stuvyesant High School in 1947, NYU Washington Square College with a BS in 1951, Creighton University with a MS in 1953, University of Maryland College Park with a PhD. in Microbiology in1957.  He did a Post Doc at the University of Wisconsin in Madison at the Enzyme Institute from 1959-1963.  He taught microbiology at University of Texas at Austin from 1963-1969 before joining the faculty at University of Houston in 1970.  He retired in 2011 and was granted emeritus status in 2012.  Many students he taught have gone on to teaching and research positions around the world.

Pall Bearers: Richard D. Knapp, Ph.D., Gary D. Cherneski, Lawrence R. Williams, Ph.D., Nagindra Prashad, Ph.D., Michael Terraco, Ph.D., and James M. Farrell, Lt. Col (Retired).  Honorary Pall Bearers are: William Taylor and Larry Moreland.

Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family on Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, 281-992-7200.  Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, July 14, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Glenn Young officiating. Interment will be at 3:00 P.M. at Pilot Grove Cemetery in Yoakum, TX.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made in his name to Clear Lake Baptist Church Food Pantry, Make a Wish Foundation or Gary Sinise Foundation.

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

 
Woodrow Garland Kelly

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Woodrow Garland Kelly

4/29/1929 - 7/06/2017

Woodrow Garland Kelly, 88, went to be with our Lord on July 6, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.  Garland, as he was known to all, was born on April 20, 1929 to parents H.B. Kelly and Gladys Corene Cole Kelly in Meridian, TX.  Garland’s family moved to Friendswood in 1934 and as a boy he spent hours hunting and fishing along the banks of Clear Creek.  He attended Friendswood schools for 12 years, graduating in 1947 from Friendswood High School.  He enjoyed sports and was active in all during his high school years. 

Garland married the love of his life, Lanice Hill, and moved to Pearland in 1973.  They were happily married for 69 years. He worked for Amoco Oil Corporation in Texas City as a millwright and retired after 40 years of devoted service.  Garland was a Charter Member of First Baptist Church of Friendswood since 1956, where he served as first Training Union Director and on Church Council. He was a prayer warrior for many.  His prayer list was extensive and he often told family and friends he was praying for a specific need for them and their families. He will be missed by all that knew him.

Garland was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Preston Kelly; and sister, Joy Kelly Lewis.

He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Lanice Hill Kelly; son, Larry Garland Kelly and wife, Gladys; brother, Buddy Kelly and wife, Joann; grandson, Chase Garland Kelly and wife, Alyssa; great grandson, Brandon Eberspacher and wife, Erica; 3 great great grandsons, Nathaniel, Landon, and Mason; numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, many other relatives and a multitude of friends.

The family would like to thank Silverado Hospice for their loving care during the last seven months.

Friends and family are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family from 1:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M. on Monday, July 10, 2017 at First Baptist Church Friendswood, 111 Heritage, Friendswood, TX 77546, with the funeral service at 2:00 P.M, with Rev. Roger Patterson officiating.  Interment will follow at Friends Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Lee Hamilton, Austin Hill, Graham Hill, Gary Kelly, Robert C. “Bob” Felts and Josh Griffon.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to First Baptist Church Friendswood Building Fund or the charity of your choice.

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

 
Raymond Bryan Rehm

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Raymond Bryan Rehm

11/18/1962 - 7/1/2017

Raymond (Ray) Bryan Rehm, 54, of League City, passed away surrounded by friends and family on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at Methodist St. John Hospital after a brief battle with cancer. He was born on November 18, 1962 in St Joseph, Missouri to parents Valeda Joan Hotzel and Donald David Rehm.

Ray married Kathleen Sharp on June 13, 1992; they just celebrated their 25th anniversary.

As a young man Ray served in the United States Naval Reserve which helped him pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  This eventually led to his job as Safety Engineer for GHG, a contractor for NASA, achieving a childhood dream to be part of the Space Program. He was greatly loved and appreciated by his coworkers there.

Ray was a man after God’s heart, joyful and caring. He touched many lives with his loving and silly nature, and was always willing to help out a friend in need. He was a gifted storyteller, a talented cook, and an avid supporter of the St. Louis Cardinals. Above all, Ray was a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend who remains with us still in the hearts of all who loved him.

He is preceded in death by parents, Valeda Hotzel and Donald Rehm, and brother, Kenneth Rehm.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Rehm, children, Teresa Rehm and Danny Rehm; brothers, Richard Rehm, Kansas City, MO; and David Rehm, St. Joseph, MO; sisters, Peggy Voltz, St. Joseph, MO; Phyllis Pearl, Kearney, MO; and Karen O’Dell, St. Joseph, MO; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express their gratitude for your many kindnesses evidenced in thought and deed.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family on Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 2:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. at Jeter Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546, 281-992-7200. A memorial service will follow at 3:00 P.M. with Pastor Mike Cervantes officiating.  Memorial contributions may be sent in Ray's name to Methodist St. John Hospital at www.houstonmethodist.org/giving.   

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

 
William R. Gignac

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William R. Gignac

2/27/1940 - 6/26/2017

William “Bill” Richard Gignac, 77, of Friendswood, Texas went to be with our Lord on June 26, 2017 in Webster, Texas.  Bill, as he was known to all, was born on February 27, 1940 in Royal Oak, Michigan to parents Frederic and Zilpha Gignac and was the second youngest of eight children.  He married the love of his life, Sherry, on November 30, 1963.  Bill was devoted to his Catholic faith participating as often as he could as a member of the Knights of Columbus, The Light House Cooking Team (in his early years) and Mary Queen Catholic Church Festival and Choir.   Bill was a devoted employee of Ford Motor Company for over 30 years as a car salesman.  His career started out by selling cars at Stark-Hickey Ford in Detroit, Michigan in 1963 and sold his last Ford in 2002 from McRee Ford in League City.

 In his early years, Bill loved water sports, especially swimming, waterskiing and diving for the Ferndale High School Dive team.  He also enjoyed camping, cookouts and traveling.   Bill was proud that he was able to take the family traveling to all of the 48 States. One of his favorite pastimes was playing golf. Some of his proud moments were meeting famed pro golfer Arnold Palmer and hitting a hole in one on the golf course at Beacon Lake in 2006. 

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Donald, Dorothy and Margaret.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sherry Gignac; children, Eric Gignac and wife Lucy, Michelle Gignac, David Gignac and wife Jill, and Michael Gignac and wife Fonda; siblings, Bob, Florence, George and Tom; grandchildren, Eric, Soleil, Cameron, Sophie and Claire; many family members and friends.

A memorial mass will be held at 1:00 P.M. on July 1, 2017 at Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood D., Friendswood, Texas 77546, with F. T Huhn officiating.  Condolences can be sent in care of the family at Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

 
Opal M. (Mills) Wood

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Opal M. (Mills) Wood

1924 - 2017

Opal M. (Mills) Wood, 92, passed away on Thursday, June 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  Opal was born on November 1, 1924 to parents Maudie (Cook) and Roger Q. Mills, Sr. in Three Rivers, Texas.  She was raised on a farm and ranch in south Live Oak County and raised by Earnest Keene.  Opal married the love of her life, Owen T. Wood, on January 7, 1942 and they were happily married until his passing in 1999.  She has made Friendswood her home for 70 years and her church and home became very dear to her.  The first Sunday after they moved to Friendswood, she went to Friends Church and continued to attend when she was able.  Opal was a cafeteria manager for the Friendswood Independent School District for 13 years and when she and Owen retired, they bought a fifth-wheel and travelled from coast to coast with the Good Sam’s Club where she served as regional secretary. 

Opal was preceded in death by her husband, Owen T. Wood; parents, Maudie and Roger Mills, Sr.; son Malcom G. Wood; brothers:  Roger Q. Mills, Jr. and Kenneth Keene.

She is survived by her sons, M. Donald Wood of Pearland, Gerald R. Wood and wife Rhonda of Friendswood, Wade T. Wood and wife Mary of Friendswood; brother, Floyd Keene and wife Barbara of Pasadena; grandchildren, Clint Wood and Kim Whittington, Melissa Dallas Wood and Bobby Vaughan, Amanda and Donnie Croix, and Allison and Tyler Gregory; great grandchildren, Wyatt Scott Croix and Presley Wade Vaughan; and many other family member and friends.

Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546, (281) 992-7200.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, July 3, 2017 at Friends Church Chapel, 502 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546, with Rev. David Bridges officiating.   Interment will follow at Friends Cemetery.

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

 
James Richard Giblin, Sr.

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James Richard Giblin, Sr.

7/5/1924 - 6/27/2017

Captain James Giblin was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 5, 1924. His parents were Lawrence and Ina Pierce and he had four brothers and sisters: Margie, Larry, Gene and Eileen. He graduated from Ramsey High School in Birmingham, Alabama in 1942. He then spent one year at Valparaiso University majoring in music, James was a trumpet player and singer.

James joined the Merchant Marines in 1943. He served bravely in World War II, and continued to sail as a Merchant Mariner for much of his working life. If there was an opportunity to rise through the ranks James would take it and he became a Captain in 1948 at age 24.

In 1952, James was in Rotterdam, Holland looking for a place to eat lunch with his friends when he saw the most beautiful girl in the world and asked her for directions. That beautiful Dutch girl was Geertruida van Beek, and he married her in September of 1953.

James and Gerda settled in Houston- in West University Place and had 3 children: James, Simone and Margaret. There was some moving around- Nederland, Texas, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and back again to Texas, finally they settled in Clear Lake and then in Friendswood.

James had a couple of different jobs through the years as a Port Captain and Consultant but he really was a Sailor. He was a Husband, Father, Grandfather (Tracy, Devin, Alaina, Nikki, Anna, John and Lauren) and Great Grandfather to Myles. He was also much beloved by his sons in law, James and Martin.

After he retired he played the stock market and his trumpet, lived with Gerda until her death in 2012, then only with their cat. Through this his children and the rest of his family loved him without measure. He was an intelligent, responsible, funny, handsome, tough, sweet, thoughtful and charming man and he will always be missed.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with The Rev. Nan Doerr officiating.

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

 
Denise Keel Moore

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Denise Keel Moore

2/27/1965 - 6/23/2017

Denise Keel Moore, 52, passed away on June 23, 2017 at her home in Friendswood, Texas, surrounded by loved ones. She leaves behind her husband and best friend, Jeff Moore, daughter Devin Nicole Brown, and stepdaughters, Denise (David) Tucker, and Desiree (Billy) Flagel.

She was born on February 27, 1965 in Key West, Florida, to Thomas and Betty Keel, who preceded her in death.

Denise is survived by her husband and children, as well as four grandchildren: Tristian Flagel, Hailee Flagel, Trevor Tucker, and Austin Tucker. Three siblings also survive her: sister, Debra (Greg) Pfohl, brother Richard (Cathy) Keel, and brother Robert (Suzy) Keel. Denise also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, and many family relatives and friends.

Denise’s family and friends are invited to celebrate her life on Saturday July 1, 2017 at 5:00 P.M. at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N Friendswood Dr., Friendswood Texas 77546, 281-992-7200, with the funeral service to follow at 6:00 P.M.

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

Her family would like to thank everyone for their love and support throughout this journey. 

 
Daniel Lee Lazenberry

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Daniel Lee Lazenberry

9/16/1933 - 6/23/2017

Daniel Lee Lazenberry passed away at home at the age of 83 on June 23, 2017 in Friendswood, TX.  Daniel was born on September 16, 1933 in El Paso, TX to parents Robert G. and Vera M. (Hawkins) Lazenberry. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carol Summers Lazenberry; his daughters, Margaret C. Lazenberry, Charlotte Brohi, Jacqueline McDonald, and Susan Magers; son, Hugh Lazenberry; daughter in law, Lisa Lazenberry; son in laws, Al Brohi and James McDonald; 12 grandchildren and six great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. His son, Daniel Lee Lazenberry, Jr. preceded him in death.

Daniel proudly served his country with full military honors in the United States Army, serving in Korea.  He was an El Paso police officer for ten years, followed by Seminary Theological School in New Orleans, LA.  However, he discovered his true passion was for teaching.  After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at El Paso, he moved his growing family to Houston, TX in 1970 and began his distinguished career with the Houston Independent School District serving for more than 32 years, of which 23 years were with The High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice.  He was most proud that he served his students in the same classroom and with the same principal for all 23 years.  Daniel retired from teaching in 2001.

He was passionate about the poems and songs of praise he penned over the years and about the numerous articles he wrote for The El Paso Times.  He was a self-taught musician who shared with his children the sounds of his guitar and hymn singing at bedtime.  After spending the last 40 years writing about his passion for Jesus Christ, he happily completed his manuscript, The Barricades to Paradise:  The Devil’s Siegfried Line, just two weeks before his passing.

Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX, 77546, (281) 992-7200.  His Homegoing Celebration will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Jeter Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Valgene Holmes officiating.  He will be buried at the Houston National Cemetery. 

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

 
Alvin Lionel DeGraff

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Alvin Lionel DeGraff

5/03/1926 - 6/22/2017

Alvin L. DeGraff, 91, of Houston, Texas, passed peacefully from this life on June 22, 2017. Alvin was born in 1926 in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Walled Lake High School in 1944. He served in the US Navy during WWII in the Pacific on the USS Mertz as a radioman and anti-aircraft gun loader. Alvin was an accomplished draftsman, working for Ford Motor Company after the war and moved to Cleburne, Texas in 1956 to work for a farm implement manufacturer.

He and Frances were married in 1957, and they began their family in 1958. In 1964, Alvin moved the family to Houston, Texas where he joined others supporting America’s space program. He worked for Lockheed as a draftsman during the Gemini and Apollo programs until funding subsided, and then he worked supporting Exxon as a pipe draftsman until he retired.  He was a wonderful husband and father, instilling dignity and integrity into his children and serving as a role model for his children on the value of hard work.

Alvin was preceded in death by his mother, Bertha (Geroux) DeGraff and his father, Alvin J. DeGraff.

Alvin is survived by his wife, Frances A. DeGraff, his children, Dennis and Deborah DeGraff, Geoffrey and Cindy DeGraff, Curtis and Julie DeGraff, and Alisa and Roscoe Farmer; his grandchildren, Rachel, Hayley, and William DeGraff, LeAnna DeGraff, Casandra and Belinda DeGraff, and Amber and Jayde DeGraff.

Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Monday, June 26, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, 281-992-7200.  

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.

A memorial service and reception will be after the burial at the Servant-Savior Presbyterian Church on 11303 Hughes Rd., Houston, TX at 2:00 p.m.

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 Lewis Christopher and Dora (Koym) Gabler in East Bernard, TX. 

Helen was born in East Bernard, Texas and worked with her parents on their beloved farm. After high school graduation she attended Memorial Hospital School of Nursing where she became a Registered Nurse in 1947. Her passion was working in the newborn nursey. She was a long time resident of the Heights in Houston, Texas. She loved tending to her plants and feeding every cat that came to visit. Her kind and loving heart will be greatly missed.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow (Woody) Tomlin and her parents A. L. C. and Dora Gabler.

She is survived by her sisters:  Dorothy Smith, Edith Lane and Shirley Burns and husband Byron.

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

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

In Loving Memory

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

In Loving Memory

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

In Loving Memory

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!’”  

 
 

 

 

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.