Douglas Keith Staley, 75, of Friendswood, Texas, went to be with the Lord peacefully in his home on Thursday, October 19, 2017 with his loving family by his side. He passed away from complications of brain cancer after an 18 month battle. Douglas was born May 24, 1942, the son of Keith and Edith Staley in Oakland, California. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1965. He worked his whole career as a Chemical Process Engineer for Celanese Corporation, most of the time at the plant near Clear Lake, Texas, where he met and married the love of his life, Karen Ames on October 12, 1968 and remained happily married for 49 years.
A car lover and gardener his whole life, Douglas did both as much as he could, even moving all his garden dirt from Clear Lake to their new home in Friendswood. He completed the restoration of many cars including two of favorites that he owned, a 1953 Chevy 3100 Pickup and a 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass SX Convertible.
Douglas was preceded in death by his parents; and youngest brother, George.
He is survived by his loving wife, Karen; children, Greg and wife Michele, and Michael and wife Laurie; grandchildren, Grahm, Hannah, Ethan, Emily, and Ian; and brother, Richard and wife Lynn.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the Staley family from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, Texas 77546, (281) 992-7200.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, October 27, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the Staley family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Cecelia “Ce Ce” Ferguson Warren, 75, of Anna, Texas died peacefully in her sleep on October 18, 2017. Ce Ce was born on March 15, 1942 in Honolulu, Hawaii to parents Robert and Romonas (Gregg) Warren.
She was a top real estate associate for Century 21 in Alvin for over 20 years. She also worked for All State insurance for many years. When her husband, Newton passed away, she moved to San Diego California where she was an office manager for Mulay Plastics until her retirement in 2005. She then moved to Anna, TX to be near her sons, where she lived for the rest of her retirement. She enjoyed quilting and crosswords; loved to help people and would help local residents of her town get their taxes done at the library in Anna. She was an extremely smart and self-sufficient woman until Alzheimer’s disease robbed her of her memory.
Her husband of 33 years Newton “Buddy” Warren passed on April 7 1992; and her oldest son Kenneth “Kenny” Warren passed on January 10, 2017.
She is survived by her sons, Michael Warren and Jason Warren and his wife Deidra Warren; her brothers, James Ferguson and Lynn Ferguson; her sister Roberta Skelton; one grandson Jason “Sam” Warren; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
A graveside service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, October 27, 2017 at Confederate Cemetery in Alvin, Texas, with Pastor Jerry Stark officiating.
She will be greatly missed by her surviving family.
Condolences can be sent to the Warren family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Edward Dondzila, 76, of Friendswood, Texas passed away October 11, 2017 in Houston,Texas. He was born December 18, 1940 in Newark, New Jersey to Edward and Mary (Mackiewicz) Dondzila. He and Madeline touched lives across five states, marrying in New Jersey, making their first home in Ypsilanti, Michigan, growing and raising their family in Columbia, Tennessee and St. Louis, Missouri before settling here in Friendswood, Texas.
Edward was loved by a large, extended family and network of friendships going back to their early days together. He was active in serving those less fortunate through the Mary Queen Food Pantry. Ed made weekly trips collecting surplus food items and bicycles, bringing all of them to the pantry or other organizations dedicated to helping those less fortunate. He donated quietly and without recognition to many charitable causes.
Edward has now joined his loving wife, Madeline, in our Father’s presence. He is survived by his daughters, Cathy Nabulsi and husband Marwan, Beth Dondzila, Tracey Bell and her husband Frank, Jennifer Drake and her husband Richard; sons, Chris Dondzila, and Andy and wife Laura; two sisters, Alexandra Hollock and Sophie Cummings; granddaughters, Meghann Niesen, Emily Dondzila, Ashlee Drake, Andrea Dondzila, Bryce Nabulsi, Olivia Dondzila, Madeline Bell, and Lucy Dondzila; grandsons, John Niesen, Nick Dondzila, Richard Drake, Matthew Bell and Gray Dondzila.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, October 13, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in St. Joseph’s Chapel of Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood, Friendswood, Texas 77546. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Independence Village, 905 TX-3, Texas City, Texas, 77591. This facility loved and cared for Madeline’s sister for many years, easing her burden and thus Edward’s. Additionally, contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, www.heart.org .
Condolences may be sent to the Dondzila family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com .
Long time Pasadena resident Ray Russ Boyd, 91, passed away Friday, October 6, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Corsicana, Texas, December 12, 1925, to Russ and Mildred Davis Boyd. After graduating Gaston High School, Ray married his grade school sweetheart, Ruth Vivian Freeman and joined the Navy where he served as an airplane mechanic aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet in World War II.
Following a 38-year career at Shell Refinery in Deer Park, Ray retired in 1984, and he and Ruth enjoyed traveling in their RV. He loved hunting, fishing, traveling, and morning coffee with good friends. He could be found many early mornings cooking sausage for his buddies – Ray loved to feed people. He was a deeply loyal friend with a quick sense of humor.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, his devoted wife of over 66 years, Ruth V. Boyd; his sister, Birtie Burke; his brother, Van Robert Boyd; his son-in-law, W. A. Cowan, Jr.; his great granddaughter, Jessika Westbrook and his second wife Virginia.
He is survived by his daughter, Cheryl Cowan and her companion Joseph Cocca; his brother Frank Boyd and wife, Evelyn; grandson Trey Cowan and wife, Sherri; granddaughter Kimberly Spriggs and husband, David; great grandchildren, Stephani Villaloboz and husband, Xavier; Kara Cowan; and Cade Cowan; numerous nieces and nephews; and close friends Scott Shafer and Charlie Brazil.
Private family graveside services will be officiated by Pastors Royce Measures and Brian Hellard. A Celebration of Ray's Life will be in the Fellowship Hall of Golden Acres Baptist Church where he had been a long-time member.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Golden Acres Baptist Church, 2812 Pansy, Pasadena, Texas, 77503.
Condolences may be sent to the Boyd family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfunerlhome.com.
Don Kendrick Fulton, 82, a 48 year resident of Friendswood, passed away on October 9, 2017. Don was born to George D. Fulton and Emma Kendrick on October 25, 1934 in Franklin, Texas. Don was of the Baptist faith and attended First Baptist Church of Friendswood. He graduated from the University of Houston in 1964 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. He was proud of his work on several NASA projects. Don was a passionate fisherman and loved his annual Fulton fish fry. Don also kept an enormous vegetable garden each year.
Don is preceded in death by his wife, Carol “Nadine” Fulton, his brothers, Dewey and Ronald and sister, Lois.
Don is survived by his daughter, Carol Yvonne Havlik and her husband Timothy Ray; son, Don Fulton Jr.; brother, Joe Fulton and his wife Marjy Fulton; sister, Elsie Bounds; grandchildren Tyler Ray Havlik and Rachel Ivana Havlik, as well as numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
We would like to give a special thanks to Anne and her wonderful staff at Autumn Leaves Clear Lake for their kind and family-like care provided to Don.
The visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. The Funeral Service will be on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, Texas 77546, (281) 992-7200, www.jeterfuneralhome.com, with Reverend Roger Patterson officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery, Webster, Texas.
Condolences can be sent to the Havlik Family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Beloved Ruth Louise Skaggs Ruble, 92, of Friendswood, Texas, passed away on October 3, 2017. She was born October 25, 1924 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to loving parents Dollie May Skaggs and Claude Benjamin Skaggs and was the third of five children.
She moved to Houston, Texas in 1943 and initially resided in the Park Place area. Over a 74 year period she resided in various locations within Houston, Pasadena, Friendswood, and Clear Lake areas.
She married William B. Ruble in November of 1969 and they resided at 2008 Lillian, Pasadena, Texas. In October 1975, she and her husband moved to Friendswood, Texas where she practiced real estate until retirement and relocation to Clear Lake.
She worked for the Maritime International Long Shore Men Association for 20 plus years until her retirement in 1977. Once retired she began a second career as a real estate agent for Century 21 in Friendswood, Texas which lasted until 1995, thus resulting in her second and final retirement from the workforce.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Melvin Skaggs, Elbert Skaggs and King Skaggs; sister, Lucille Skaggs Rich; grandson, Fred “Wesley” Rayburn and her loving husband of 40 years, William B. Ruble.
She is survived by three children, Micki C. Rayburn of Tyler, Texas, Cheryl A. Janick of Clear Lake, Texas and Robin L. Ritchie and wife Medina of Lake Charles, Louisiana; eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; ten great-great grandchildren; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Monday, October 9, 2017 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546 (281) 992-7200.
The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. at the First Baptist Friendswood Church, 111 E. Heritage, Friendswood, Texas 77546. She will be laid to rest following the service at the Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, Texas.
Condolences may be sent to the Ruble family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Lloyd D. Stansberry, beloved senior member of our family took a sharp left turn off the path of life from his new home in Prescott, Arizona recently. Born in Denver, as a “Firecracker Baby” on Independence Day 1952, this second baby boomer of Stan and Dolores joined the parade of the American experience in the Post War era of growth, optimism and prosperity. Stan’s rising star in business, supported by Dolores’s stellar family management led all five of the family to Houston, as part of the American post war diaspora to the Southwest, from where Lloyd’s story begins.
Blessed with many talents, Lloyd excelled first as an athlete leading his baseball teams from behind the plate. This not quite physical enough for him, high school football was his next challenge, becoming team captain, and noted for his ability to sometimes play both defense and offense, sparing Lloyd the burden of leaving the field on change of ball possession. Not the largest member of our family, he wisely gave up that game in his first tenure at Texas Tech. Stan’s passion for golf led to Lloyd’s addiction to the game, taking him to the course frequently, the last visit only a day before his death.
Always a spiritual person (on some level), Lloyd initially contemplated the ministry as a young student. However, on his transfer to Rice University after the athletic dream was no longer realistic, he found a passion for the power of intellect through words, while majoring in Political Science. As Stan and Dolores imbued the drive to both succeed and make a living, Lloyd decided to pursue a career in law. Graduating from Bates College of Law in Houston, his apprenticeship was first as an assistant District Attorney. Recognizing the potential for disparity in the application of the Law, he next worked for the State in representing prison inmates, helping them negotiate the system that is sometimes not fair for all. These moments on both sides of the scales of justice honed his skills as an expert trial lawyer.
Finally, settling in the fast growth zone south of Houston, Lloyd joined the firm of Alton Todd and Roy Brown, his mentors of the practice of private Law. Assigned their criminal and family law matters, he quickly became known as a sharp litigator with lethal cross examination skill in the court rooms of Brazoria County. Famous cases Lloyd managed included an abused boy, goaded by his sick father to stab a fellow high school student, resulting in death as a complication of local medical mismanagement. Lloyd’s astute presentation of the case for the defense, led to sixty days “Shock Probation” for the unfortunate boy, keeping him out of the prison experience that would surely have destroyed another life. Lloyd prevented another miscarriage of justice in representing a crewman on a shrimp boat owned by the drug cartel smuggling two tons of marijuana and traces of cocaine into Texas. Skillfully suppressing evidence of the cocaine, and explaining the bystander nature of this crewman in the big picture, two years probation resulted. Cases like this earned Lloyd the reputation of the top court room gun in Brazoria County in the fields of family and criminal law. Many people were touched by the focus on ethics and excellence Lloyd brought with his practice. Several of Lloyd’s mentees practice in the area still.
In the end, Lloyd’s greatest legacy will be in his family life manifested by two stout offspring. David, the first born, as a young scientist (Lloyd never could get science!) And Marisa, an up and coming health care executive (Lloyd didn’t like doctors much, either). The brightest light in Lloyd’s eye was the love and commitment for these two wonderful individuals. In leaving the world better than one finds it with our offspring, Lloyd has contributed to the global good with this fine spirited family, enabled by the wonderful partners in his life who loved him despite it all (in chronological order): Susan, Kathy, Bobbi, and Sun.
As is the case with many heroes, Lloyd had an Achilles Heel. The gene of alcoholism runs deeply in the family (ask Stan, Paul and Sue). So afflicted was he in later years, many thought him unable to persevere. His greatest accomplishment was the individual conquest of this disease through AA and belief in God. Walking the steps of Bill W. in Prescott led him to firm sobriety and leadership of others to similar success by his example. Getting it back together with this new life, though quite far away from home, led us to hope that many more years of his love, compassion, wit and insight would be enjoyed. Alas, Lloyd thought otherwise.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Rev. Jerry Stark officiating.
lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Lloyds memory to
Houston Pets Alive, PO Box 36128, Houston, TX 77236 or www.houstonpetsalive.org.
Remembering the words of Lloyd’s favorite childhood heroes, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans:
Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin’ until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we’re together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.
Happy trails to you, ‘till we meet again . . .
Rebecca Jane Gaston Dye, 93, of Friendswood, Texas, passed away on September 27, 2017. She was born March 17, 1924 in Noxapater, Mississippi, the eldest daughter of Robert T. Gaston and Gladys Shaw Ligon Gaston. She grew up in various towns in northern Mississippi as her father worked for the Grenada Banking System. As a young woman during World War II, she worked in a local factory that supplied parts for aircraft for the war effort. In 1945 she graduated from Mississippi State College for Women with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics. She married Robert F. Dye in 1947 in Calhoun City--a loving union that lasted 68 years until his passing in 2015.
Early in their marriage, she taught high school science and home economics until the birth of her first child. From that time on, she was a devoted mother, daughter, wife, sister, and friend to many. She was a talented homemaker and many friends enjoyed her pound cakes and other southern specialties. For many years she was a member of Sugar Creek Baptist Church in Sugar Land, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Mable Young Gaston; and brother, Robert T. Gaston, Jr. Survivors include her sister Mrs. Bobbie Kenna of McComb, Miss.; three daughters, Rebecca Dye Parkhill (husband Trent) of Winchester, Mass., Margaret Dye Baker (husband Wesley) of Friendswood, Texas, and Robin Dye-Martin (husband Don) of Richmond, Virginia. Other survivors include seven grandchildren, Jason Parkhill (wife Kristen), Robert Baker (wife Jamie), Donnie Martin (wife Rebekah), Scott Parkhill, Sarah Martin, Stirling Martin and Kristin Baker; and two great-grandchildren, Caleb and Zooey Parkhill.
Funeral services and burial will take place on October 21, 2017 in Calhoun City, Mississippi.
Condolences may be sent to the Dye family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Virginia Lee (Mosley) Blakely, 84, passed away on Monday, October 2, 2017. Virginia was born on December 25, 1933 in Kilgore, Texas to parents William and Seawillow (Bates) Mosley. Virginia was a 1951 graduate of Sabine High School where she was Salutatorian of her graduating class, cheerleader, member of the school council, tennis and volleyball teams. She attended Kilgore Jr. College from 1951-1953 and was a member of the Kilgore Rangerettes Drill Team. While at Sabine High she met the love of her life, Bill Blakely, and they enjoyed a lifelong love affair culminating in sixty years of marriage. Virginia was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She enjoyed sports and was a passionate supporter of the University of Texas Longhorns and Houston Professional Sports Teams. Her absolute favorite team was the Houston Astros. She especially enjoyed and faithfully attended her grand-daughters (Chelsea and Brianna) volleyball exploits throughout their high school and college years, attending matches and tournaments in virtually every state of the continent. Her most recent blessing and source of inspiration to continue the battle against her illness was the birth of her great grandchild Aubrey Brenee Matthews.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents William and Seawillow Mosley, her sisters Mary Francis Travis and Billie Jean Baggett, her favorite brother-in-law Byrd (Junior) Baggett, and mother-in-law Iva Lee Sloan.
She is survived by her husband, Bill Blakely; Son, Stephen Blakely; Daughter-in-law Renee Blakely; Grandchildren: Chelsea Blakely and Brianna Blakely; and Great grandchild, Aubrey Matthews; as well as numerous other family members and friends.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family from 2:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. on Friday, October 6, 2017 at Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6435 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, TX 77505. A funeral service will follow at 3:00 P.M., with Pastor Rodwell Thom officiating. Interment will be on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. at Danville Cemetery in Kilgore, TX., with Pastor Jeff Borgwardt officiating.
Condolences can be sent to the Blakely family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Michelle Rene Chevalier Ballard, 49, of Pearland, TX passed away on Thursday, September 28, 2017 after a major stroke. She was born November 8, 1967 in Houston, TX to Leroy and Eveline Howard Chevalier.
Michelle graduated from M.B. Smiley High School in 1986. She attended University of Houston, graduating with a B.S. in Political Science. After graduation, she was accepted into Thurgood Marshall School of Law where she received her JD degree. Michelle married Jacques D. Ballard in 1991. To this union four children were born, Chloe Gabrielle, Jacques Demetrius, Jr (preceding her in death), Margot Jacqueline and Lana Claire Ballard. She leaves to mourn her death, the love of her life, Chloe, Margot, Lana and her loving mother and step-father, Eveline and Lloyd Kirk, Sr.; her beloved father, Leroy Chevalier Jr.; loving Grandmother, Mildred Chevalier; her dear sister and loved brother-in-law, Kimberly and Christopher J. Echols; her God-son, Christopher J. Echols; God-daughter, Charease Davis; beloved favorite niece, Hannah A. Echols; nephews, Leroy and Justice; many uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Michelle loved her family with great passion and everyone has fond memories of her life. She will be deeply missed and always loved.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 11:00 A.M with the funeral service to begin at 12:00 P.M. at the HOPE Church Pearland, 4209 Broadway St., Pearland, TX 77581 with Pastor Lloyd Kirk officiating. Interment will follow at the Houston Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Pearland, TX.
Condolences may be sent to the Kirk and Ballard families in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Fernando Velez-Rivera, 96, of Webster passed away on Thursday, September 28, 2017. Fernando was born in Bayamón Puerto Rico on June 8, 1921. He was the second of four brothers and a sister who died. At age 16 and a half, he left high school to enlist in the United States Army. The economic situation was precarious and he saw the opportunity to help his mother who was alone with four brothers. He fought in World War II and in Korea and trained as a flyweight boxer in Panama. He remained undefeated until he was knocked out by a Cuban, he told us. Returning from Panama to Puerto Rico, he put his eyes on Candida Alvarez, who lived in Barrio Dájaos. She was a member of the Disciples of Christ church in Barrio Naranjito where her brother, Rev. Carmelo Álvarez Pérez was the pastor. Fernando's aunt was a missionary and was the Celestine (or responsible) for this courtship. They married on June 7, 1952. Their mother, Dona Basilia Rivera was very ill with cancer. She died in the arms of Candida accepting the Lord before dying.
Aimee Yolanda Vélez Álvarez was born a year later in April 1953. Military life took the family to Germany and then to the United States. In 1964 they left Washington State for Puerto Rico. Fernando retired from military service. The Lord granted him and Cándida the desired son, Marco Antonio Vélez who was born in September 1967. Marco Antonio gave them three grandchildren: Taniushka Marie, Marcos Yafet and also Pablo Emmanuel Calderón, stepbrother.
Fernando always had a strong and determined character. Many times he took justice into his own hands which brought him trouble while in the army. For example, he posed as another companion surname Vélez. He took his place so that the other could visit his sick mother. He did not hesitate to do what was necessary to help the needy. His desire was always to serve. However, it was difficult for him to accept help. He was very gentlemanly, very attentive and affectionate with his wife; helping in the chores and even cooking. He advised his son Marco and his grandchildren to always love their spouses. He taught his children to do things right or not at all and not to be afraid of any type of work. Being a sergeant, he inspected our housekeeping duties to ensure they were done well.
Besides being strict and straight he had a good sense of humor; he came up with unique things that made us laugh, but at the same time left you wondering about it. Many times he was a clown and sometimes a philosopher. His long life and his experiences allowed him all that. His military anecdotes were very interesting and we all enjoyed them. Some were heroic and some were crude realities of the war. He knew the Gospel from childhood and was baptized young in the same church of Candida. His life in the army hardened his spirit a little, but the years beside his wife so dedicated to the Lord brought him back to the feet of his Master. He used every moment to speak of the Lord and his experiences to all whom he could. We know that we will see him again with his beautiful smile in the heavenly mansions. Fernando Vélez you will always be in our heart!
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200.
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, with Pastor Reinaldo Segura officiating. Interment will follow at 12:30 P.M. at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77038.
Condolences may be sent to the Velez family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Martha Jane Skinner Taylor, of Friendswood, passed away on Thursday, September 28, 2017. Jane was born on October 3, 1946 in Orange, TX to parents Paul and Lula (Conway) Skinner who preceded her in death.
She is survived by her loving husband, Gregory Taylor; and her five children, Marae Versteeg and husband Steven, Terese Matricardi and husband Ed, Nanette Hoelmer and husband Jon, Marcus Taylor, and Jane Marie Cowan; brother, Bill Skinner and wife Susan. Her pride and joy were her fourteen grandchildren; Mary-Caroline, McKenley, Kristianna, Greigor, Logan, Nathan, Liam, Mara, Marie-Clare, Emilee, Taylor, Aralyn, Reid, and River.
Jane was a lifelong dancer, dance teacher, elementary school teacher and Sunday school teacher. She was devoted to her family, friends, and spending nine “winters” in Alaska. Jane was active in the Methodist Church for many years in Texas and Alaska where she helped start a new church and built its initial sanctuary. She was a leader in the Stephen’s Ministry at the Friendswood United Methodist Church. She lived a life full of love, grace and beauty.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, October 6, 2017 at First United Methodist Church, 110 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546.
In lieu of normal remembrances, the family asks that you send donations in her name to The Amyloidosis Society at Amyloidosis.org and Stephen’s Ministry at Friendswood United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be sent to the Taylor family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Bobby Gene Verdine, 85, of Alvin, TX passed away on Thursday, September 28, 2017. He was born July 21, 1932 to Edvole Verdine and Minnie Mae Rose Verdine in Beaumont, TX.
Bobby attended Texas A&M and graduated in 1955. He was a member and deacon at South Park Baptist Church in Alvin since 1968.
He started his educational career in Alvin, TX with the Alvin ISD in 1968 as the principal at Mark Twain Primary and later moved to R.L. Stevenson Elementary. He had the respect of students, faculty members, other principals and the parents. In 1992, he moved to a position in the Central Administration Building. He eventually became the acting Superintendent of the schools and retired in 1999. He was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Alvin Independent School District for 9 years, where he continued to represent the citizens by looking out for the operations of the school district. In 2016, the Alvin ISD Agricultural Science Center was dedicated to Bobby G. Verdine. His educational career had gone full circle, as he started out being an agriculture teacher in the 1950’s.
Bobby was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Verdine; his parents; and his brothers, Cecil Verdine and Clifford Verdine.
He is survived by his daughter, Cheri Gideons and husband Patrick of Alvin; son Ralph Verdine of Alvin; grandson, Kevin Verdine and wife Delia of Sugarland; great-grandchildren, Victoria, Vince, Chance and Madeline; 2 great-great-grandchildren; nieces, Beverly Barnett of Silsbee and Cecile Clauder of Lumberton; and many other relatives and great friends.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. with the funeral service to begin at 11:00 A.M. at the South Park Baptist Church, 1718 S. Johnson St., Alvin, TX 77511 with Rev. Dr. Howard Daniel officiating. Interment will follow at the Confederate Cemetery in Alvin, TX.
Condolences may be sent to the Verdine family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Chester John Gurka, Jr., 63, of Alvin, TX passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017. He was born October 17, 1953 to Chester J. Gurka, Sr. and Helen Vrazel Gurka in Houston, TX.
He is survived by his wife Oletta Gurka; children, Jackie Jean Marple and husband Kenneth, Sonia Laiche and husband David, John Frank Gurka, Eddie Joe Gurka and wife Stacey and Joshua Gurka; sisters, Cynthia Sliva and Rose Schibbye; brothers, Johny Patke; sister-in-law Rhonda Gurka; grandchildren, Kenny Paul Marple, III, Heaven Lea Gurka, Aidan Gurka, Lily Gurka, Amber Laiche, Maegen Laiche, and Devan Laiche; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.
Condolences may be sent to the Gurka family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Vincent James Duckworth, 66, of Pearland, passed away on September 20, 2017. Vincent was born on September 1, 1951 in San Fernando Valley, California to parents Walter and Marguerite Duckworth. He married Rhonda Lynn (Freeman) Duckworth on July 4, 1989 in Nevada. He loved spending time with his family and his grandchildren, drinking his coffee and snacking on his favorite candy. Vincent created many treasured memories and will be missed by all that knew and loved him.
Vincent was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Marguerite Duckworth; brothers, Tim Duckworth, Johnny Duckworth, Don Duckworth and Ed Duckworth; and great grandson Keenan Johnson.
He is survived by his loving wife, Rhonda Lynn Duckworth; children, Vickie Nichols and husband Wesley, Lyndsy Moorhouse, Tammy Miller and husband Shawn, Heather Johnson and husband Thomas, Alicia Duckworth-Bowman, James Moorhouse, and Stephen Duckworth; brothers, Robert Duckworth and Darryl Duckworth; 14 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and numerous relatives and friends. He was loved by his church family at Bay Area Christian Church.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family from 12:30 P.M. until 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Jeter Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 P.M.
A celebration of Vincent’s life will continue at his home at 17620 County Road 125, Pearland, TX 77581.
Condolences may be sent to the Duckworth family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Michael Dale Leaverton, 59, of Pearland passed away on September 19, 2017.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 9:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. at Friendswood Friends Church, 502 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Bobby Kirkpatrick officiating. Interment will be at Friends Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the Leaverton family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Friendswood Friends Church, 502 S. Friendswood, Friendswood, TX 77546.
Jean Olsen Grubb, 90, of Friendswood, passed away on September 16, 2017. Jean was born on December 31, 1926 in Seattle, Washington to parents Ben and Gertrude Olsen.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Grubb.
She is survived by her children, Jim Grubb, Marilyn Pavone, Keith Grubb, and Robert Grubb; grandsons, Ryan Pavone and Kenneth Grubb; granddaughter Cori Crittenden; and numerous great grandchildren and loving family members.
Services will be private.
Condolences may be sent to the Grubb family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Edward “Eddie” Clyde Wilson, 68, of Pearland, TX passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. He was born February 26, 1949 to Clyde W. Wilson and Virginia A. Riedle Wilson in Houston, TX.
He is survived by his loving wife Janice Crenshaw Wilson; children, Mark Wilson and his wife Tiffany, Thomas Wilson and his wife Amanda and Shirley Shiflet and her husband Joey; bonus children, John Gunnin and his wife Jennifer, Jason Gunnin and his wife Ashley and Amy Walker and her husband Scott; 1 sister; 3 brothers; grandchildren, Preston and Colton Wilson, Xander and Xaria Wilson, Cullen Ramirez, Caitlin and Emma Gunnin, Aubrey and Emery Gunnin and Aaron and Evan Walker; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
Eddie was a great father and loving Grampy. He wore many hats throughout his life: he was a steel mill worker, a truck driver, a Randall’s employee for over 25 years and a professional shopper. He loved everyone and never met a stranger. He was an avid Coca-Cola collector and enjoyed cooking, fishing, drawing, writing poetry, and adventure. Above all else he loved his family (but they still weren't allowed in the kitchen).
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200
Reception immediately following service at Butler's Courtyard 122 N. Michigan Ave. League City, TX 77573
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org.
Condolences may be sent to the Wilson family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
James “Jim” Luther Davidson, 86, of Friendswood, passed away on September 13, 2017. Jim was born on April 10, 1931 in Chickasha, Oklahoma to parents William L. and Rebecca (Hefner) Davidson.
Jim is survived by wife Helen, and daughters, Janet Hatfield and husband Jeff; Julie Matney and husband Ron; sons, Jimmy Davidson and wife Janice and Jeff Davidson and wife Donna; sister Florence Spears; brothers, Calvin Davidson and Lawrence Davidson; grandchildren, Chris Hart, Eric Hart, Chris Tyre, Lisa Tyre, Michelle Edge, Kelli Tenny, Kristina Davidson, Johanna McWilliams, and Janell Amy Franks; numerous nieces, nephews, great grandchildren and other loving family members and friends.
Jim started work at 10 years old as a bicycle delivery boy delivering bread and pastries. At 12, he worked at a local hamburger joint for Clarence Webb, where he was required to figure the tabs in his head. He also began to barter and trade things on the side, once trading his first form of transportation, a mule, and a little bit of cash for his first vehicle, a Model A Ford. He attended school at Saint Joseph's Academy, finishing one year early, he graduated valedictorian on his class. He then worked for a railroad on a track maintaince crew. He married Joan Pilllers on June 21, 1950. They moved to Houston to be near Joan's parents. He found work at Hugh's tool as a machinest. During a down turn in oil, he was laid off and began working for the City of Webster in their maintaince department. Established in Webster, he made life-long friends with the Myers and Vickers families. That bond remains to this day and can be desbribed as family. As small nearby towns grew, he went to work in municiple utility districts as a water man. Sometimes worker, sometimes boss. He finished his career with Gulf Coast Authority in charge of the Blackhawk Waste Treatment Plant. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Another significant deal he brokered at an early age was the purchase of 40 acres in the hills of Oklahoma. There, he and the family spent many years of camping. Preparing for retirement, he built a small mountain home, where Joan's ashes were eventually laid to rest in 1997. His hobbies included model trains, making jewelry, rough ceramics, leather work, wood-working, videography and photography. It wasn't a family gathering if Jim hadn't taken a picture of everyone. His favorite place to eat was over the kitchen sink. For relaxation, he would work on brain-teasers. On Sunday afternoons, family would gather for dinner at the house in Friendswood. Everyone knew it was time to go home when he would put on his pajamas and brought out the “penny digging can” for the grandkids. Another interest he had, was avaition. He would often take the family to watch the planes take off and land, and at times they would take airplane rides over the Gulf Coast region. He even helped one of his grandsons take flying lessons. In 1999, he married Helen Burtschi. One of their interests were watching ships come in at Seawolf Park. Jim was an exceptional story teller. He would often recount instances from times past and present them in humorous and interesting ways. He was always ready for a good joke and would usually counter with an even better one. He was respected in business, loved by his family he will be greatly missed.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the Davidson family on Monday, September 18, 2017 from 1:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M. at Jeter Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 P.M., with Pastor Joe Schwenk.
Condolences may be sent to the Davidson family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
B.H. Parrack went home to the Lord on Friday, September 8, 2017 after a hard fought battle with lung disease, he was 83 years old. He lost his wife and best friend Nancy Parrack just 16 days earlier. The two of them were married right at 63 years and are now together again eternally. B.H. was born in Ganado, Texas on July 25, 1934 to Henry Alexander and Alta Lee Parrack. He was preceded in death by his brother Bill Parrack, and is survived by his sister Norma Scott. Raised in West Columbia Texas, B.H. was known as an avid outdoorsman who loved being in the woods and on the water. He was a quiet believer in God, and spoke that “God doesn’t hold lying against you as long as it is about huntin or fishin.” He had a wonderful sense of humor to the very end.
He was a family man who raised 4 children, had 16 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. B.H. lost his oldest son Gregg in 2015 who was survived by wife Bonnie. Living are daughter Debbie McCormack and husband Bob, son Brian Parrack and wife Marlene, and son Chris Parrack and wife Aleta.
To the younger family members he was called Pa. His grandchildren were Spencer McCormack, Mandy McCormack, Candace McCormack, Caroline Reed, Katie Frausto, Bobby McCormack, Jordan Parrack, Leah Parrack, Roy Knight, Deena Russell, Danny Parrack, Drew Parrack, Deborah Parrack, Julia Parrack, Christopher Parrack and Colton Parrack. Great grandchildren were; Taylor McCormack, Kaci Parrack, Jana Rudy, Nolan Rudy, Landon Roeker, Maverick Parrack, Sydney Parrack, Norah Parrack, Haddie Parrack, Winnie Parrack, Etta Reed, Louise Reed, June Frausto and Raegan Russell.
B.H. worked many jobs in his younger years. He got his first paying job at 13 years old driving a truck delivering live chickens to the packing house. To provide for Nancy and his young family, he was a hunting and fishing guide, construction worker, alligator hunter and eventually ran a corporate hunting and fishing club for Tennessee Gas Company. He moved his family to Friendswood in 1973 and began the last phase of his career where he sold welding supplies well into his 70’s. He knew everyone from the welder’s helper’s to the CEO and treated them with equal respect. B.H. had many friends who always had a good story to tell about his quotes, or things he did as a young man. He was the cause of a lot of laughter in his lifetime.
A casual Celebration of Life for B.H. and Nancy will be held from 1 to 4pm Friday September 15th at Joe’s Banquet Hall next to Joe’s BBQ in Alvin, Texas. Lunch will be served.
Condolences may be sent to the Parrack family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Diane Lee (Keller) Templeman, 84, of Pearland, TX, passed away on September 10, 2017. She was born October 18, 1932 in Chicago IL to parents Lee and Ida Keller. Over the years, Diane worked as an accountant and a sales associate, but her favorite occupation was when she worked as an Operations Crew member at Space Center Houston.
Diane was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, William Templeman.
She is survived by her children: Jill Del Re and husband Richard, Jack Templeman and wife Lou Ann, Joyce Pollock and husband Glen, Jeff Templeman, Julie Danley and husband Ray, Jerry Templeman and wife Aluska; 13 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family from 12:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. on Friday, September 15, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood TX (281) 992-7200. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 P.M., with Pastor Scott Niemeier officiating.
Condolences can be sent to the Templeman 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.