Retired Lt. Col. Donald Stanley Kern, 76, of Friendswood, passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Donald was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Houston, TX to parents Lloyd J. Kern and Clara Readler Kern, both deceased. He graduated from Milby High School and The University of Houston.
Don is survived by his wife of 52 years, Loretta Jean (Aaron) Kern; daughters, Jennifer Kern of Nashville, TN., Megg (Kern) Ragan and husband Stan of Austin, TX; one brother, Ken Kern and wife Charlene of Bellaire, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Don served 26 years in the U.S. Army. He proudly served his country in Vietnam, Korea, Germany and the United States.
Don was an active member of the Pearland Shooting Club for over 20 years. He loved hunting and fishing, especially duck hunting with his Labrador retrievers. Over the years he enjoyed hunting, mainly wild turkey, with his son-in-law near Junction, TX. He was able to visit his ranch one last time before he passed away.
Don and Jean were members of Friendswood Community Church for 15 years where he served on several committees. He was an artist, athlete, and he loved working in his garden. We will surely miss him. He was such a character!
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Monday, March 19, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200, with Pastor Jason Seifert officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the Kern family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Pearl Knapp Bright, 84, of Pollok, TX, passed away on March 9, 2018. Pearl was born on September 15, 1933 in Starks, LA.
Pearl was preceded in death by her husband Eddie Bright, mother Erle Knapp, and multiple siblings.
She is survived by daughter Carol Lynn Maas and husband Jim Maas, daughter Debby Coward, son Michael Bright and wife Rebecca Bright, and son Douglas Bright and wife Tina Bright; grandchildren, Jennifer Sullivan and husband Matt Sullivan, Cristina Batz and husband Chris Batz, Alex Maas and wife Michelle Maas, Misty Kautzmann, Brandy Berger, Michael Paul Bright, Tim Bright, Ben Bright and wife Nadja Bright, Josh Bright and wife Rachel Bright; 8 great grandchildren, 2 sisters, and many, many, other family members and friends.
Pallbearers will be Michael Paul Bright, Jim Maas, Sawyer Kautzmann, Josh Bright, Alex Maas, Matt Sullivan, Chris Batz, Jerry Elliott, Mike (MJ) Jones, and Reginald Addo-Ankrah.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family from 1:00 P.M. until 1:30 P.M. on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200, with the funeral service following at 1:30 P.M. Interment will be at Confederate Cemetery, Alvin, TX 77511.
Condolences may be sent to the Bright family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Cecil Gerald Clanton, 73, of Friendswood, passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Cecil was born on May 3, 1944 in Kansas City, KS to parents Cecil and Loraine (Rusche) Clanton.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200.
Condolences may be sent to the Clanton family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Larry Wade Moore, 75 of Pearland, TX passed from this earth on Friday, March 9, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.
Larry will be remembered for his generous spirit, kind nature and enduring optimism. His easy smile and thoughtful conversation made all who crossed his path feel special. Larry was a true gentleman and a gentle man.
Larry was an only child, born August 7, 1942 to Prentice and Francis Moore. He earned a B.A. degree in Business Administration from University of Houston and began a career with Shell Oil Company, where the majority of his time was spent in Human Resources. He retired to enjoy his time with his family, playing golf, fishing, volunteering and keeping up with the exploits of his 9 grandchildren.
Larry married Maylene Copeland on September 7, 1963. For 54 years their marriage set a beautiful example that was deeply rooted in faith. Larry gave his unconditional love, wisdom and support to their three children and nine grandchildren. His family was his greatest source of pride.
After retirement, Larry and Maylene moved to Rockport, Texas where they spent 15 years enjoying the Texas Coast. Graced with the heart and vision of a natural leader, Larry inherited a strong sense of civic responsibility and commitment to the community. He spent numerous hour volunteering for organizations including Stephen Ministries and chairing the Good Samaritans of Rockport. His faith led him to be active in many different areas of the Methodist Church.
Larry is survived by his wife, Maylene of Pearland, Texas; son Jeffrey Moore and wife, Sabrina and their children, Alyssa, Juliana, Hannah and Matthew of Simpsonville, South Carolina; son Jason Moore and wife, Jennifer and their children, Sam and Charlie of Friendswood, Texas; daughter Jennifer Carson and husband Jay and their children, Max, Margie and Case of Van Alstyne, Texas.
Larry fought a courageous eight year battle with cancer and remained positive and optimistic throughout his journey. The family would like to thank Dr. Arlene Stefker-Badtke and her staff at M.D. Anderson for all their skill, care and compassion.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church, 2314 Grand Blvd., Pearland, TX 77581 with Rev. Barbara Fyffe officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Siefker Research Unit 1374, 1155 Pressler, Houston, Texas 77030.
Condolences may be sent to the Moore family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Patricia “Pat” Stratton Gidden, 86, of Houston passed away on Thursday March 8, 2018. Patricia was born in Houston, June 8, 1931 to Ray and Lois Stratton.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband E.W. “Sonny” Gidden; brother Col. Ray Stratton; and son Evan Clay Gidden.
She is survived by her loving son Andrew Stratton “Drew” Gidden and wife Evelyn; grandchildren Mark Evan Gidden and Haley Marie Gidden, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Pat and her husband Sonny were charter members of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Bridge Builders Sunday School Class. Pat loved to spend time at the church and with her family.
A memorial service celebrating Pat’s life will held at 12:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, 12955 Memorial Drive Houston, TX 77079. A reception will follow the service in the Friendship Court, adjacent to the sanctuary. A private family graveside services will be held at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers please consider contributions in Pat’s memory to the Caring Forever Foundation at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church.
John Paul Echoff, age 75, of Santa Fe, passed away March 4, 2018 at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center. John was born on March 21, 1942 to Lance L. Echoff and Lois Starkey Echoff and raised in his native city Houston, TX.
John was prideful of his service to his community and country serving to protect during his 6 years in the Marines, 25 years as a Texas Guard and 43 years of service with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. During his tenure with the HCSO, John set precedence for future crime stopper shows as the host of the local show: City Under Siege Houston’s Most Wanted for 9 years.
After John’s retirement from the HCSO he remained active in his community. As an avid gun collector and advocate for gun safety he used his expertise to teach gun safety classes. Many weekends were spent enjoying another hobby working security for a friend at a local Auction House. To support his community further he was a Master Mason and Past Master of Serenity Lodge 1462 in Hitchcock, TX. He was also a charter member of Wahoo Grotto, and a member of the Chenault Riders Masonic Motorcycle Club.
Anyone who knew John knew him to be a proud man. He was proud of his accomplishments, his family and numerous friends. He enjoyed the many opportunities to travel with his wife Linn, visiting friends and family near or far. He was a very generous individual sharing his time and advice with anyone who needed him.
John will be missed by many. Anyone who knew him, knew their own version of the man and the person they grew to love and admire. It is without a doubt that there are many stories that could be told of John today that would show how cherished he is by so many.
John was preceded in death by his mother, Louise Skelly; father, James Loyal Echoff; step-father, Clarence Hudson; brothers, James Skelly and Jack Lance; niece, Sherry Renfro Walker and great niece, Katie Walker.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Linn Echoff; step-son, Matthew Tyler and partner Rob Hurd; granddaughter, Kailtyn Tyler; step-son, Nathan Tyler and wife Susan Tyler; sister, Joanne Renfro; nephew, Billy Renfro and wife Sue Renfro; Van Walker (husband to Sherry Renfro Walker); grand nephews, Timothy, Jessie and Brandon Walker.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.
The funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at the Friendswood United Methodist Church, 110 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, with Chaplain Lt. Shannon Bowdoin officiating.. Interment will follow at the South Park Cemetery in Pearland, TX.
Reception and fellowship for those who wish to join the family will be held at the VFW Post, 11230 Hwy 6, Santa Fe, TX 77510.
Condolences may be sent to the Echoff family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Douglas Paul Dunn, 65, passed away peacefully on Saturday March 3rd, 2018, in Pearland Texas. He was born the 24th of May, 1952 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Alfred and Lavelle Dunn. Douglas had a working career as a wire line specialist with Wire Line consultants for 20+ years.
He was preceded in death by his father Alfred, Mother Lavelle and Step-Father James Domangue.
Douglas is survived by his wife Patricia Brown Dunn; daughter Jennifer Young and fiancé Ronald Wood; granddaughters, Alexis, McKinley, Breanna, and Delaney Young; step-son David and his wife Rendie Brown; grandson Cohen Brown; brother David Dunn and sister in law Sherry Dunn; two nephews Christopher and Steven Dunn; and two great nieces Taylor and Evelyn Dunn.
Doug was a strong, hardworking, kind hearted and loving man. He will be remembered for his big heart and beautiful soul, he was loved by many and touched the hearts of everyone he met.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200 with Rev. Brian Dunn officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the Dunn family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Anthony Stella, 87, of League City, passed away on February 16, 2018. Anthony was born on June 18, 1930 in Gainesville, FL to parents, Anthony and Mabel (Schwall) Stella.
A graveside service will be held at 1:15 P.M. on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77038.
Condolences may be sent to the Stella family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at ww.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Beryl Watson Cline, 86, of Alvin, TX passed away peacefully in his home on Thursday, February 22, 2018.He was born August 16, 1931 to Laurence Cline and Elizabeth Dillon Cline in Northbranch, KS.
He was a beloved, long-time veterinarian in Alvin, serving northern Brazoria County for almost 50 years. Beryl liked singing, hunting, telling stories and jokes, and playing any kind of sports. He loved the Lord, his family and those in his wide circle of good friends.He enjoyed friendly competition, and had an easy laugh, an abundant generosity and a kind spirit. In midlife, Beryl developed a passion for learning Spanish and really put his heart into it, seeking out those who would help him hone his speaking skills. He was active in the Friendswood Friends Church beginning in 1940, and coached the high school Bible Quiz Team to a national championship. Beryl served for many years on the Alvin ISD Board of Trustees, was active in leadership in the Alvin Chamber of Commerce, and achieved 50 years of perfect attendance in the Alvin Rotary Club, of which he was very proud.Over the years, Beryl was honored by these and other organizations for his fine leadership, good character and great work ethic.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Laurence Byron Cline and Elizabeth Dillon Cline and his step-mother Helen Powell Cline, and by his brother Conrad Wanton Cline.
Beryl is survived by his wife of 65 years, Margaret (Tschopp), his four children Charles Cline, Marsha (Warren) Holleman, Charlotte (Robert) Orr, and Paula (Daniel) Diepenbrock, his eleven grandchildren Beryl Cline II, Marie Cline (Arturo) Delgado, Dillon Cline, Annie Holleman, Tom Holleman, Jennifer Orr, Collins Orr, Kelley Orr, George (Lindsey) Diepenbrock, Ted (Lindsey) Diepenbrock and Margaret (Nicolas) Porter, and three great-grandchildren Will Diepenbrock, Leigh Diepenbrock and Graham Diepenbrock, as well as sister-in-law Carol Cline Vaughn and her children Byron (Jackie), Conrad (Phyllis), Karen (Bob) and Bruce (Sharon) and many other relatives and cherished friends.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at the Friendswood Friends Church, 502 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. Bobby Dale Kirkpatrick officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to Friendswood Friends Church, 502 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, Texas 77546.
Condolences may be sent to the Cline family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Kenneth Wesley Blankenship, 76, of Rosharon, TX, passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. Kenneth was born January 16, 1942, in Steubenville, Ohio, to parents Howard Wesley and Sadie Irene Blankenship.
Kenneth was a hard worker who provided unselfishly for his family. He enjoyed fishing with his son and watching football with his family. He was especially proud of his daughter's work, rescuing homeless animals. His dogs at home will miss sitting on his lap outside on the patio.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Sadie Blankenship, brother Wasel Wayne Blankenship, and sister Donna Irene Chapman.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Margaret Blankenship; his children, son Kenneth Todd Blankenship (Edythe) and daughter Christina Blankenship Jenkins; grandchildren, Sadie Lynn Jenkins, Kristina Cunningham (Christian) and Ted Cashion, III; and great-grandchild Ewan Kenneth Cunningham. He is also survived by his brothers, Howard Eugene, Milton Earl and Philip Blankenship, sister Wanda Showalter, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A short service will take place at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 7250 Harrisburg, Houston, TX 77011, at 10:00 A.M., on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, followed by a private graveside service at 11:00 AM. at Forest Park Lawndale, 6900 Lawndale St., Houston, TX 77023, with Rev. Desmond Daniels officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Kenneth’s name to his favorite charities, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org or your local animal shelter or animal rescue group.
Condolences may be sent to the Blankenship family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Elizabeth Bonella (Bailly) Glenn, age 87, of Friendswood, Texas, died in her home, surrounded by her family on February 5, 2018.
Elizabeth was born in Caracas, Venezuela to the late Florent and Bertha Bailly on November 25, 1930. Her family, including her brother and sister, the late Florent David Bailly and the late Leonor (Bailly) Gardner, moved to the United States when she was 12, eventually settling in California. She graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Biological Sciences in 1951. While at Stanford, she met James J. “Jack” Glenn, Jr, whom she married on September 20, 1952. They were married for over 53 years, until Jack died in 2005.
In addition to devoting herself to her family, Elizabeth was a dedicated feminist, volunteer and community leader. She was involved in several organizations, principally:the Houston Area Women’s Center for over two decades, beginning as one of the original volunteers and continuing in many roles including answering the hotline, working at the emergency shelter, and serving as President and on the Board of Directors; the League of Women Voters for over 50 years, including the League of Women Voters of the Bay Area; the Assistance League of the Bay Area; and the Houston Symphony League Bay Area. Her volunteer work was acknowledged and she was honored by several awards, including receiving a Savvy Award, which recognizes Houston’s outstanding volunteers, in 1986 for her work at the HAWC; and induction into the Men and Women of Heart Hall of Fame by Friends of the Bay Area Turning Point in 2000.
She is survived by her children, Betsy (Joe Lennihan); Barbara (Dallas Burtraw); James (Cheryl); David (Vicky); Thomas (Indira Balkissoon); and Martha (Matthew Clevenger), as well as nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to one of the organizations that Elizabeth supported as a volunteer.
Condolences may be sent to the Glenn family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Gary Eugene McFadden of Alvin, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, February 15, 2018. He was 68 years old.
Gary was born on June 22, 1949, in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Teddie McFadden and Imogene McFadden Mathews. He was raised in Muskogee and graduated from Central High School in 1967. Gary went to the Houston Community College Police Academy in 1970 and later became a Police Officer with the League City Police Department in 1975. He married his now wife, Deborah, on June 2, 1983.
Gary was preceded in death by his mother, Imogene Mathews and his father Teddie McFadden.
He is survived by his wife, Deborah McFadden; his son, Jonathan E. Cox and his wife, Lyzdeanna Cox, and their children, Jonathan L. Cox and Matthew Cox; his son, Kevin Cox and his wife, Carrie Cox, and their children, Jakob Cox and the princess, Emily Cox. He is also survived by his sister, Rebecca Davis.
Gary was an amazing son, wonderful husband, a great father, and a mentor to so many people. He loved spending time outdoors with friends and family at bar-b-ques, fishing, hunting, camping, golf, and drag racing. He enjoyed being a pilot and flying airplanes which later became a love for building and flying model airplanes as well as a passion for woodworking, creating arrowheads and everyone knew his love of all things Dallas Cowboys. Gary loved many things in his life with one of his greatest being his furry friends.
He was loved by many and will be missed by all.He will forever be in our hearts.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 9:00 A.M. with the funeral service to follow at 10:00 A.M. at Hope Lutheran Church, 1804 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. Jonathan E. Petering officiating.Interment will follow at the Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, TX.
Pallbearers will include Eric Cox, Leonard Fletcher, Michael Kramm, Greg Morgan, Sean Murray, and Gary Ratliff.Honorary pallbearers: Roger Lee, Rex Fancher and Janet Hornbeck.
Condolences may be sent to the McFadden family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Spencer Wallace Chaffin, Jr., 60, of Friendswood, passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Spencer was born on February 13, 1958 in Hartselle, Alabama to parents Spencer Wallace Chaffin, Sr and Mabell (Childers) Pruitt.
Spencer graduated from Alvin High School in 1977. He was employed at Team, Inc. (Alvin) before joining Monsanto in June of 1978. Spencer began his career with Monsanto as a processor in the SAB unit and worked there for 21 months before transferring to Olefins in March of 1980 for the start-up of the new unit. In late 1981, Spencer transferred to the Safety Department, where he was promoted to Fire Safety Inspector. In 1988, he transferred to NTA-IDA-STS for the start-up of the new STS unit. In June of 1999, Spencer was promoted to his present job as a Shift Coordinator.
Spencer has served as a member of the Fire Crew since his new employment. He worked at Chocolate Bayou for 39 ½ years. During the 1980’s and 1990’s, Spencer served as a volunteer for the Alvin Fire Department, the Alvin Police Department, the Fire Marshall, as well as an EMT Intermediate.
Spencer loved his family, God and helping others.
Spencer is survived by his wife “Sweetie” Gloria del Socorro Reyes Salazar; and a large extended family.
As Spencer always said, “Safety is personal”.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family from 3:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, February 19, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, with Rev. Richard Hinkley officiating. Interment will follow at Houston Memorial Gardens, 2426 Cullen Blvd, Pearland, TX 77581.
Condolences may be sent to the Chaffin family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Spencer’s name to MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Cleo “Granny” Brandon Mitchell, 87, of Houston, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2018. Cleo was born on November 24, 1930 in Nacogdoches, TX to parents Noble and Gladys (Crisp) Brandon.
Cleo was preceded in death by her loving husband, Bob Mitchell; her parents, Noble and Gladys Brandon; sister, Reba Carol; brother, Waymon Brandon; granddaughter, Christy Rife and Baby Huff; and many other loved ones.
She is survived by her daughters, Debbie Huff, Pam Rife, and Renee Deem and husband Mike; grandchildren, Zachary Huff, Keith Rife, Brandon Deem, and Jason Deem great grandchildren, Logan Rife, Ava Rife, Owen Deem, Cora Deem, and Gavin Deem.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200, with the funeral service following at 12:00 P.M., with Rev. McCauley Austin officiating. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the Mitchell family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Mary Frances Morehead Wissner, 81, of Alvin, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Mary Frances, or Pam to some, was born on August 18, 1936 in Houston, TX to parents William Howard and Dorothy Morehead.
Mary Frances was a nurse by trade and caretaker to many. Hospice and Home Health nursing was a true passion of hers until she was unable to continue working, though she did so well into her 70s. She was always very involved in church life wherever she resided over the years be it in Rockport, Kerrville, or Alvin. She was a lover of animals and could always be found with one by her side, be it her faithful companion pup, Sweetie, or sweet black cat, Twink.
She will be greatly missed.
Mary Frances was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Elton; her parents, William Howard and Dorothy Morehead; and her sister, Dottie.
She is survived by her children, Lou Wissner and wife Brenda, Howard Wissner and wife Michelle, and Elise White and husband Paul; grandchildren, Jennifer Wissner, Kevin Griffin, Christina Wissner, Misti Herrera, and Chelsea Wissner; great grandchildren, Mason, Joey, Kaden, Issac, Katerina, Sophia, Bryson, and Kaitlyn.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, February 9, 2018 at Grace Episcopal Church, 200 W. Lang St., Alvin, TX 77511, with The Rev. Nan Doerr officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the Wissner family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Alfred W. O’Farrell was born on June 30, 1928 in Houston, TX and grew up in Pasadena / Golden Acres area. He served in the Navy from 1946 – 1948. When he returned home, Al went to work at Sinclair Refinery in Pasadena, TX. He married the love of his life, Gerry, in 1950. In 1952, they had their first child Debby. They moved to Friendswood in 1954 and physically built their first home in Friendswood together on Melody Lane. At this home, they had their two boys David and Drew. Al and Gerry helped organize and build the First Baptist Church of Friendswood where they would attend, serve, and raise their family for many years. In 1962, Al began working real estate with his brother while still working at the refinery. Gerry started the first nursery school in Friendswood and Al would come help during lunch. Eventually, as the real estate business grew, Al was able to stop working at the refinery and work in real estate full time. The family moved from the house they built on Melody Lane to Windsong where Al custom built their home. When they moved into this house in 1972, they had their last child, Denise.
Al not only sold real estate but he also helped develop Friendswood. He played an intricate role in forming the city he loved. His footprints can be found everywhere in Friendswood. He developed several subdivisions in Friendswood including Cowards Creek, Pilgrim’s Pointe, Imperial Estates, Wedgewood Village, Windsong, West Friendswood, Field Creek, Mission Estates, to list some. Al also built custom homes and commercial buildings in the Friendswood area. He loved the people he worked with and all the people he built for. He also loved his job and continued to go to the office every day.
He was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was known for his generosity, kindness, hard work, and love for God. He passed away February 5, 2018 at the age of 89, surrounded by his loved ones.
Alfred is survived by his wife of 67 years, Geraldine O’Farrell, by his children Debby Allen, David and Lori O’Farrell, Drew and Janie O’Farrell, and Denise and Craig Mast. He is also survived by his grandchildren Jessica and Adrian Ching, Christopher O’Farrell, Dustin and Meredith Allen, Ryan and Hannah O’Farrell, Katie and Graham Travis, Barrett and Codi Allen, Rhys O’Farrell, Tyler O’Farrell, Molly O’Farrell, Julia Mast, Jordan Mast, and Jena Mast.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. on Friday, February 9, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200.
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Friendswood Friends Church, 502 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, with Rev. David Bridges officiating. Al will be laid to rest at Friends Cemetery. A reception will immediately follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mission Dignity at http://www.missiondignity.org/ .
Condolences may be sent to the O’Farrell family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Doris C. Coghlan Bundy, 94, of Pearland, TX passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2018.She was born March 21, 1923 to William Coghlan and Ettie Root Coghlan in Alvin, TX.
The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the Church of Latter Day Saints, 3311 Southfork Dr., Pearland, TX 77584 with Bishop Mark Anderson officiating.A graveside service will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the Holy Family Cemetery in New Iberia, LA.
Condolences may be sent to the Bundy family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Philip Magnus Johnson, 67, of League City, TX passed away on Thursday, February 1, 2018 surrounded by his family.
He was born December 7, 1950 in San Antonio, TX., Phil moved with his family to several Air Force bases in the US and Spain. He graduated from High School in Madrid, after which he joined the United States Air Force having been sworn in by his father, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force. Phil proudly served his country from 1970 to 1977. He was stationed in Spain and Thailand where he easily learned the local language; this was a true gift of his. After leaving the Air Force, Phil worked in the oil industry and retired from Exxon as a research technician.
One of Phil’s greatest enjoyments was training and showing his Keeshonden. He trained his companions in obedience, with his dogs earning many titles. His passion with Sadie was R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dog). Together, he and Sadie helped many third graders enjoy reading and gain confidence in their reading skills. Another of Phil’s passions was learning to fly Cessna 172 and he was working on acquiring his sport pilot license with the Flying Tigers flight school. He loved his flying lessons. Phil was a long-time member of Hope Lutheran Church. Over the years, Phil was involved in several ministries in the church especially with the Men’s Ministry. Phil loved doing things with his family and friends and he created many treasured memories that all of us will hold dear to our hearts.
Phil was preceded in death by his father, Magnus P. Johnson and his mother, Johnie M. Johnson.
He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Jo; his sister, Linda Byrd; brother-in-law, James Byrd; nephew, Ryan Byrd; nieces, Erin and Kayla Byrd; mother-in-law, Lorine Proske; brothers-in-law, James Proske and Curtis Proske; sister-in-law, Cheryl Maxwell; niece, Rachel De Luna; nephews, Zachary Maxwell, Daniel Proske, Andrew Maxwell, and Jason Proske.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. at the Hope Lutheran Church, 1804 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 with Rev. Ralph Hobratschk officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Camp Hope at www.ptsdusa.org/Camp-Hope/.
Condolences may be sent to the Johnson family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Marion Leonard Abbe, 89, of League City, passed away on January 31, 2018. Marion was born on December 6, 1928 to parents Bernice and Beulah (Linville) Abbe.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Friendswood United Methodist Church, 110 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, with Rev. Rosemary Dubois officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the Abbe family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Linda Jean (Corry) Bradshaw, age 56, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, after an 11-month battle with cancer. She died peacefully, surrounded by family and friends and comforted by the loving thoughts of those not present.
Linda was born on Nov. 15, 1961, in Bethpage, NY, to H. Richard “Dick” and A Elaine (Jennings) Corry. She attended Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) in San Marcos, Texas, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s in English Literature.
Linda’s passion was helping others learn. She began her career in college, helping fellow students with writing and reading skills at the on-campus Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC). After graduating, she became Director of SLAC. Many of the students who worked for Linda during this time became teachers in their respective fields, a testimony to her inspiration and leadership.
Upon leaving SLAC, Linda began a distinguished 26-year career in educational assessment. During these years, she was known for her leadership skills, and she quickly rose to become a senior-level staff member of several leading educational publishing companies, including Riverside Publishing, Educational Testing Services, and NWEA. At the time of her death, Linda was Vice President of Education Content Products for Certica Solutions.
Having overseen the development of countless assessments and curriculum materials designed for use with students, teachers, and other stakeholders, Linda was also nationally known for her expertise in such areas as English language arts, writing, and reading. For example, she was asked to meet with and share her expertise with many educational leaders, including members of state departments of education. In addition, while at Riverside Publishing, she led the development of the National Voluntary Test of Fourth Grade Reading, an initiative overseen by the National Assessment Governing Board.
Despite these many accomplishments, Linda was most proud of her children—daughter Skyler, son Claburn and stepson Ben—in whom she instilled her love of learning, laughter and serving others. She also spent as much time as possible with her beloved granddaughter Taylor. Watching her children’s and granddaughter’s personalities and talents evolve was her constant delight.
For the past 17 years, Linda and her family have lived in Friendswood, Texas, where she was active in both the local Rotary Club and in her church, The Harbor. She made many wonderful friends in the area. Linda shared her educational expertise with them, helping many of their children improve their learning habits and their performance in school. She also shared her skills with the adults in her life as she helped her small bible study group interpret the meaning of C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters.
And Linda loved to entertain. She sustained a large, long-running Bunco group with her sister Kathy, hosted many small group Bible studies, and was known for her annual costume parties for both Halloween and Christmas. Her favorite activity, however, was family game night, attended only by Skyler, Claburn and Clay, her husband of 26 years.
In the months following her diagnosis, the natural environment surrounding Linda’s home was a source of great joy to her. She nurtured a wide variety of plants, enjoyed the yellow-crested night herons that nested in the trees above her house, and was ever entertained by the family cats, Lynx, Bob and Spencer. During her final days, she watched the sunlight filtering through the large picture windows in her living room, and even caught a glimpse of her favorite bird, a brilliant red male cardinal.
Linda is survived by husband Walter Claburn “Clay” Bradshaw of Friendswood; daughter Skyler Nicole Waychoff; son Richard Claburn Bradshaw of Friendswood; stepson Benjamin Robert Bradshaw and granddaughter Taylor Bradshaw of Beebe, Ark.; sister Barbara Calderone and husband Sam of Pittsburgh; sister Kathy Caton and husband Bob of Friendswood; and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and loving friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, her stepmother Jacque Corry, and nephews Sean and Bobby Caton.
Linda was deeply loved and will be dearly missed. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, March 23, 2018 at The Harbor, 2821 W. Parkwood FM 528, Friendswood, TX 77546, with Pastor David Miller officiating. A private interment will be held with the family.
Family and friends have set up a scholarship program at Texas State University, her alumni. Please go to the link https://donate.txstate.edu/. Hover over the Search for a destination not listed and click on it. Type in the Fund Description: Linda Corry Bradshaw. Hit search. Click on the square with Mrs. Bradshaw’s namesake of the endowed scholarship and the donation information will come up.
Individuals that would like to mail in contributions, please make check out to: Texas State University Development Foundation. Mail to: Texas State University Advancement Services, 604 University Drive JCK-480, San Marcos, TX 78666. Please include Linda Corry Bradshaw Scholarship in the memo line.
In lieu of the flowers, please make donations in her name to one of the following or to a charity of your choice: National Audobon, Nature Conversancey, or World Wildlife Fund.
Condolences may be sent to the Bradshaw 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.