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At our 50th reunion in Galveston, Yvonne Milner Kitchel and her Memorial Committee presented a very impressive ceremony remembering 82 fallen classmates. A celebration of the lives they lived was memorialized in song by Arthur Butaud, the roll call was read by James O'Sullivan, and a prayer was delivered by Bee Gee Gordon Langford. There was a display with a picture of each deceased classmate and each deceased classmate had their name written on a sand dollar.  As the classmate's name was called, a member of the class of 1956 put the sand dollar in a basket. These sand dollars were then sent out to sea from Galveston Beach. Others on the Memorial Committee were Judy Lively DeLoach, Marilea Roper Ferguson, and Nancy Hensler Warwick.

In memory of our classmates that we shared times together, let's remember them now and forever with warmth and passion. These were the classmates with whom we shared many experiences which we will carry with us throughout our lives.  Take a moment and recall the happy memories as you read the list of the deceased classmates. If you are a family member or friend of one of our deceased classmates and would like to share information or make a tribute to the person, please use the following link.    Contribute info of the loss of a classmate.

          Click on the highlighted names to read the obituaries.

Eugene Adamek

Durwood Allen

Clifford Antonini

Cecelia Arthur

Oletia (Kitty) Aylor Dugat

Danny Baker

Bobby Barnett

Betty Ann Bevers Rice

Andy Bonds

Emil Bowerman

Bennie Brooks

David Brown

Mike Butler

Maxine Carroll Meadows

Shirley Carroll

Lawrence Casey

Yvonne Cathey

Clark Center

Eddie Chandler

Melva Clark Mazach

James Coleman

James Collier

Philip Cox

Mary Delgado Magdaleno

Charles D. Davidson

Robert Dippel

Richard Duarte

Wayne Emanuel

Claudia Enderli Gary

Larry Enderli

Jerry Englert

Virginia Frazer Stein

Emmett Galloway

Jackie Mae Gamel Compton

Betty Jo Gates Crawford

Bee Gee Gordon Langford

Kenneth Grantham

Celia Anne Gray Branning

Joan Gray Culpepper

Richard Gregory

Ann Griffin Barnett

Avis Guilliams Adams

John Hadley

Jim (Jimbo) Haggard

Doye Glenn Hambrick

Danny Hardegree

Charles Harlan

David Harlin

Helen Hazelton Hicks

Wilbert Dean Henderson

Donald Herring

Bill Herwig

Carol Hill Ayers

Joe Hlanak

Max Hodgson

Kenneth (Mike) Holmes

Margaret Horton Shepherd

Virginia Hudgins Hindmon

Joe Huggins

Mary Lynn Huges Faulkner

Kenneth (Mike) Holmes

Charles Inge

Edna Jett Sides

George Killough

David King

Jerome Kleypas

Sidonia Koudlka Jones

Curtis Edwin Kulbeth

J.C. Langston

Ruel Laughlin

Glenda Lawhon

Judy Lively DeLoach

Frank Looney

Patsy Maroney Fugua

Bill Marshall

Steve Mays

Billy Mc Cartney

Larry McQuerry

Anneene Messick Jackson

Samuel Minter

Bill Mott

Calvin Muckleroy

Pricilla Myers Benham

Richard Naiser

Albert Nichols

Eugene Norton

William Duffie O’Brien

Beverly Olive McManus

Bennie Onken

Carol Patella Branstetter

Lawrence (Punkin) Padgett

Geraldine Peacock Morton

Sally Jo Pfardrescher Waters

Melba Phillips Davey

Norma Piwetz Bickerstaff

Colleen Pierce McConnell

Kathryn Pittman Eddy

Norma Piwetz Bickerstaff

Clark Powell

William J. Robertson (Billy)

John Rosser

Jack Sanders

Larry Shanks

Thomas Shugat

James Silvey

Olivia Slaughter Gardner

Norma Jean Stewart Burrous

Clifford Smalley

Bobby Smith

Freddie Nell Smith Timms

Jerry Don Smith

Bryan Spates

Wanda Jo Steere Dunnan

Norma Stewart Burrows

Juanita Swick Holman

James Timmons

David Todd

John Tubbe

Donald Walker

Bill White

Tommy Wiley

Carole Wilks Opryshek

Jimmie Young McDonald

George Zatopek



      YVONNE (VON) CATHEY died on August 16, 2006.  She was born On March 30, 1938 in

      Bell County, Texas.  She had been married a couple of times, but during the last years of

      her life, she preferred her maiden name.  She had two daughters, Sabrina and Melanie and

      three grandchildren. Submitted by Nancy Swenson Lane  2/14/07

            JOE HUGGINS, 64, passed away Friday, August 9, 2002.  He was Chairman of the Board of   

      Distributing Company.  Joe was involved in many organizations and committees. He was an Eagle

      Scout and continued to support the Boy Scouts of America. He was a lifetime director of the

      Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; Past Member of the Board of Directors of the 100 Club of

      Houston.; Past Chairman of the National Beer Wholesalers Association; Past President of the

      Beer Alliance of Texas; Member of the Houston Power Squadron & of the Houston Yacht Club. 

      He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Betty Jo Huggins and Barbara Huggins

      O'Day. He is survived by his sons Wade Clay Huggins and Joe Huggins, Jr. His sister, Suzanne

      H. Sharratt; his grandchildren: Jacob Michael Huggins, Peter James Huggins, Tyler Huggins,

      Benjamin Huggins, Wade Huggins, Jr. and Mary Margaret Huggins and by his fiance, Laveta

      Christian. Memorials may be sent to the Boy Scouts of America or The American Diabetes


            EMIL FREDERICK BOWERMAN, 61, of Cardenas Village Republic of Panama and Temple,

      passed away on Saturday, January 16, 1999, due to complications of heart surgery.  He was born 

      July 9, 1938 , in Baytown to Dr. Ernest W. and Margaret Jenkins Bowerman.  Captain Bowerman

      was a long time resident of the Republic of Panama having lived and worked there as a Panama

      Canal pilot since 1973. He was a 1960 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy

      Kings Point, New York and received his unlimited Master's license in 1967.  He worked as a Port

      Captain for Exxon International in New York City from 1967 to 1973, when he joined the Panama

      Canal Company as a pilot, a position he held to the present.  He was a long-time member of the

      International Organization of Masters Mates and Pilots and served the Panama Canal Pilots

      Association as a regional representative to the organizations. While in Panama, Capt. Bowerman

      was active in the Panama Canal Pilots Association, served as district commissioner for the Gold

      Coast District BSA, was a member of BPOE Elks USA Cristobal PN lodge No. 1542, The

      American Legion Post #3 Panama Canal, a Master Mason and member of Washington Lodge.

      F and A.M., a member of Salaam Temple and Abou Saad Temple. The Marine Square Club, and

      also a member of Elizabeth Craftsmen Club Inc. Bowerman was a recipient of The Gold Coast

      Community Public Service Award, and the United States Merchant Marine Academy's Silver

      Mariner Award. He had been planning to retire and had been a part time resident of Temple, TX

      since 1992.   Submitted by Archie Colburn.

      CALVIN LEE MUCKLEROY passed away Thursday, December 1, 2005 at home surrounded by

      his loving family.   He was born December 6, in Engleside, TX.


      LARRY JOE ENDERLI, 68, of Baytown, was born December 19, 1937 in Goose Creek and passed

      away Monday, May 8, 2006 in a local hospital.  He was a member of the Mont Belview United

      Methodist Church. Funeral services were Thursday, May 11, 2006 at Navarre Funeral Home with

      Rev. Ken Goodall officiating. Burial was at the Cedarcrest Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were

      Gary Welch, Matt Novosad, Louis Duncan, Larry Cryer, and Russell Metcalf.  Honorary

      pallbearers were Charles Tieman, Frank Kotria, Dan Pastorini, Dennis Lizard, Bubba Gregory,

      Gene Lenamond, Lee Gill, and Joe Braun. He was proceeded in death by his mother, Louise

      Enderli and son, Scott Enderli and is survived by his wife, Glenda Enderli of Baytown, son and

      daughter-in-law, Joey and Mona Enderli of Baytown, daughters, Carol Ann Enderli of Baytown,

      Kelli Lee Enderli of Austin, and Connie Jo Enderli of Houston, father, Edgar H. Enderli of Baytown,

      brother and sister-in-law, Johnnie and Gail Enderli of Baytown, brothers -in-law and sisters-in-law

      Wanda and Carl Morris of Baytown and Johnnie and Vickie Barrow of Beach City, grandchildren,

      Lori Jo, Jennifer, and Brandi, and great grandchildren, Jay and Justin.

      SAM MINTER, 67, of Baytown, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, August 14, 2005.  He was born

     October 1, 1937 in Baytown.  He was a salesman for the Armour Meats Packing Company. He then

     worked for Hilco Truck Covering Manufacturing as the Operations Manager until his retirement in

     2002.  He was a member of St. Marks United Methodist Church, where he was responsible for video

     taping the church services.  He loved to travel, his adventures with his church group lead him to the

     Holy Land, as well as many European countries. He was also an avid fisherman and hunter. He was

     preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Juanita Minter and mother of his children, Jo Ann.

     He is survived by his children, Ann Morrison and husband, Keith, Betty St. Andre, Victoria

     Morrison, Elijah Morrison, sister, Gloria Gay Sandell and husband, Jerry. Also, by his brother,

     Robert Minter and wife, Margaret and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services were

     August 19 at St. Marks United Methodist Church, officiated by Rev. Mike Proctor. Burial was

     at the Memory Gardens Cemetery.



       ROBERT K DIPPEL,  66, was born on September 17, 1938, to Elizabeth Schmid and Melvin

      Charles Dippel in Brenham, Texas.  Bob was preceded in death by his parents and an infant

      daughter, Joan Elaine.  He moved to Baytown from Brenham at the age of eight years and grew up

      in the Wooster subdivision.  He attended Baytown schools and played the trumpet at Robert E Lee

      High School where he was known for playing the trumpet solo, Dull Razor Blues.  He played foot-

      ball with the Baytown Colts from 1956 to 1959. Bob attended Lee College and worked at several

      area chemical plants including S & W Chemical, Goodyear, Marbon Chemical and finally Gulf Oil

      (Chevron), where he retired in 1992 after 27 years as an Operations Supervisor where he was given

      the nickname, "dip-say".  He enjoyed his last twelve years in retirement traveling and fishing at his

      vacation home on Sam Rayburn Lake.  Bob was a fine family man and was proud of his four

      children, thirteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

         Bob is survived by his loving wife, Joan of 48 years. He is also survived by his son, Criss Dippel

      and his wife, Susan of Baytown; daughter Jana Kotaska and her husband, Ed of Cedar Rapids, Iowa;

      son, Jim Dippel and his wife Julie of League City, and son, Jon Dippel and his wife, Kristine of

      Lufkin. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church where he served as an acolyte and acolyte

      director for 13 years, assisting the Rev P Walter Henckell.  He will be remembered for his fun

      loving personality and his zest for life. Pall bearers were Bill Clift, Larry Fruge, Raymond

      Henderson, Don Collins, Billy Rhodes, Beverly Woodall, Audrey Parrish, Ernie Jones, Darrell

      Wear, and John Pat Staples. Honorary pall bearers were Leonard Smith, Johnny Moore and his

      grandsons. Burial was at the Cedarcrest Cemetery February 9, 2005.


      CAROLE WILKS OPRYSHEK, a longtime leader in Baytown's business community died

      March 16, 2006 at home after a long illness. She was 68. She was the first baby born in Baytown in

      1938 (Jan 2) to T.W. and Elsie Pearce Wilks. Carole was valedictorian of the Robert E Lee High

      School class of 1957. (Carole was actually in the class of 1956 but was unable to complete her

      senior year and graduated the next year.) She always considered herself to be in the class of 1956.

      In 1970, Carole took over her parents' Baytown real estate business in Baytown. She became one

      of the most successful Realtors in the area, consistently having sales in the millions annually and

      receiving many national listing and selling awards. She was known by many as the "Dean of Real

      Estate". She received the Baytown Sun's annual Readers Choice award for favorite real estate agent.

      Besides her successful business career, Opryshek was known for her dedication to the community.

      In 2000, The Baytown Sun named her Citizen of the Year. At the time of her death, Carole was a

      director of the Baytown Chamber of Commerce, as well as a past president.  The chamber named

      her its first Volunteer of the Year in 1999. Among her many contributions to municipal affairs,

      Carole was a current member of the city's Long Range Planning Commission.  She also served on

      the Steering Committee for the city's 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update. She served as a member

      and president of the Goose Creek School Board. She was honored as Volunteer of the Year by the

      YMCA in 1997. She was involved as chairman and committee member of many organizations. She

      was preceded in death by her parents, T.W. and Elsie Pearce Wilks; her son, Keith Alan Opryshek,

      and her grandsons, David Barclay Opryshek and William Scott Opryshek. She is survived by

      daughter, Karla Opryshek Cernosek of Baytown; son Karl David Opryshek and daughter-in-law,

      Deborah Young Opryshek of Baytown; brother David Monroe Wilks of Belton; sister Diane Wilks

      Gillette and brother-in-law, John Alexander Gillette of South Shore Harbor; grandson, Steven Karl

      Opryshek of Baytown; special care takers and friends Mary and Charles Colwell; and numerous

      cousins and close friends. The funeral service was held on Monday, March 20 at Memorial Baptist

      Church. The internment was at Earthman Memory Gardens Mausoleum. Pallbearers were Richard

      Peebles, Reginald Brewer, Jerry Stafford, Everett Williams, Leon Brown, Kenneth McNulty, Buddy

      Milner and Thomas McLaughlin. Honorary pallbearers are Chuck Whitley and Terry Wagstaff.

     * Before her death, Carole was very active in the 1956 Reunion Planning Committee. She

      sponsored the band, "The Coast Liners" for the Dinner/Dance at The San Luis Resort.


      DONALD ALTON WALKER, 66, of Highlands went home to be with the Lord Tuesday,

      January 20, 2004.Donald is survived by his loving wife of 44 years; Janette Walker of Highlands,

      2 daughters: Terry Wright and husband, Todd of Baytown, Andrea Brown and husband Kenneth

      of Clear Lake, 6 grandchildren, sisters, Betty Debes of Beaumont, Maxine Sherron of Houston,

      Glenda Harvey of Baytown, brothers; Douglas Sherron of San Antonio, Jackie Sherron of LA,

      many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  Celebration of life was Friday, January 23,

      2004 at Highlands Church of Christ.  Burial was at White Cemetery.  Visitation was Thursday,

      January 22, 2004 at Sterling White Chapel.


            JAMES (JIMBO) HAGGARD, 68, of Huntsville, died April 19, 2006.  He received a law degree

      from The University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1966. He  

      practice for many years with Childs and Fortenbach, Beck & Guyton and was general counsel and

      vice president to American Pole Structures Corp. from 1973 until his death. He practiced in

      Huntsville as a sole practioner and with the firms of Bennet, Keeling and Haggard.  Smither, Martin

      Haggard & Henderson; and Davis, Durham & Haggard.  He served in the U.S. Air Force.  He is

      survived by his wife of 16 years, Irene Little Haggard, son Richard Matthew Haggard of Texas City;

      brother Joel H. Haggard of Fredericksburg; and one grandchild.



     JAMES COLEMAN, 68, services were Saturday, May 13, 2006 at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home

     Chapel, Tyler with Chaplain, Keith Hague officiating.  Burial was in Chandler Memorial Cemetery. 

     Mr. Coleman died May 8, 2006 in a Tyler hospital. He was born November 16, 1937 in Chandler

     to the late Ray and Esther Coleman. He retired as an electrical engineer and worked at Tinker Air

     Force Base with more than 25 years of service.  He was a Baptist.  Survivors include his wife,

     Martha Coleman; sons, Randy Coleman, Ocean Springs, MS, Billy Coleman, Fort Smith, AR, and

     Curtis Coleman, Vicksburg, MS; brother, Ray Coleman, Jr.; seven grandchildren. The pall bearers

     were Donnie Miller, Ronnie William, Jeff Walton, D.J. Lawson, Keith Hague and Jayson Coleman.

      JERRY DON SMITH, 57,of Baytown funeral services were held Tuesday, July 11, 1995 at

      Navarre Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve James officiating.  Masonic rites will follow the

      chapel service.  Smith, died on Saturday, July 8, at a Galveston hospital. Smith was born on

      March 23, 1938, in Houston and had been a lifelong resident of Baytown. He was also a member of

      Memorial Baptist Church and the Goose Creek Masonic Lodge 1192 where he was a 33rd degree

      Mason.  He was a native of Baytown and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1956, where

      he was an outstanding basketball athlete.  He was named All-State his senior year and was selected

      to play in the East/West All Star game. He was awarded a four-year scholarship to the University

      of Texas in the fall of 1956 where he was named honorable mention in the Southwest Conference.

      He was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity and graduated with bachelor degrees in industrial

      relations and personnel management in 1960. He was married to Dolores Burnett for 37 years.  He

      served as president of the Kiwanis Club, lieutenant governor of Kiwanis and president of the Goose

      Creek Consolidated School Board, where he served for six years.  He was also the founder of

      Heritage Interiors Carpet One in Baytown, where he worked with his wife and son.  He was pre-

      ceded in death by his parents, John C. and Estelle Smith and brother, John C. Smith, Jr.  He is

      survived by his wife, Dolores Smith of Baytown; his children, David Smith and Julie Smith;

      daughter-in-law, Laura Smith; grandchildren, Kristen and Kelsey Smith; sister-in-law, Norma and

      brother-in-law Sonny Baughman of Baytown; mother -in-law, Maxine Burnett of Baytown. Burial was

      held at San Jacinto Memorial Park.

      JEROME A. KLEYPAS, 63, of Houston, passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2001.Mr. Kleypas was

      born in West Phalia, Texas on September 30, 1937.  He was a member of Notre Dame Catholic

      Church and was Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus #7036. He was a veteran of

      the U.S. Army and graduated from Robert E Lee High School in Baytown, TX. He also attended

      The University of Houston. He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Olga Kleypas

      and is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Artie Sue Kleypas; daughters, Jennifer Lyn

      Courtney and husband, Doug, Stephanie Dianna Hines and husband, Wesley; grandchildren;

      Bryan Douglas, Thomas Russell, Rachel Lyn Courtney, and Dalton Wesley Hines; three

      sisters, one brother and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.  Visitation

      was held Friday, January 5, 2001 at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home with Vigil and Rosary

      service. The Funeral Services were held Saturday, January 6, 2001 with Rev. Nicolas Pasadilla

      officiating.  Interment services followed in Memorial Oaks Cemetery. In lieu of flowers,

      contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 20448, Houston, TX

      77225 or The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 297153, Houston,

      TX 77297.

      ALBERT NICHOLS, 64, of Baytown, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2002. He was preceded in

      death by his father, Hubert Nichols.  Al is survived by his mother, Edna Nichols; wife, Patricia;

      daughters, Penny and Deanna; son, Michael; three stepchildren, David Herbeck, Cara Herbeck and

      Holly Perry; brother, Nick Nichols and sister, Huberta Nichols.  A Memorial Service was held

      Saturday, May 18 at Earthman Funeral Home in Baytown.

           KENNETH "MIKE" HOLMES, 67, of Baytown, passed away Tuesday, August 15, 2006, in a

     Houston hospital.  He was born September 19, 1938, in West Plains, Missouri, to Ralph D. and

     Lucile (Ford) Holmes.  Mike was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and President of the

     Home Owners Association at the lake.  He was a member of KJT and 3rd degree member of the

     Knights of Columbus.  His hobbies included woodworking, genealogy, being at the deer lease and

     playing in the woods with the boys.  He was known to be full of facts that didn't matter (AKA Cliff

     Claven). Mike was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law and uncle and a

     treasured friend to many.  We will remember him for his strong faith, unbelievable love, and

     strength but mostly, for his unwavering guidance that he gave us to become strong adults. 

     Preceded in death by his parents and his son, Kevin Lynn Holmes, he is survived by his loving  

     wife of 48 years, Jeannette Holmes; sons, Kenneth Michael Holmes, Jr. and his wife, Kathy; Ralph

     Paul Holmes and his wife, Elisa; Kyle Joseph Holmes and his wife, Christine; Shawn Patrick

     Holmes and his wife, Deanne;  daughter Kimberly Arden Holmes; grandchildren, Candice,       Kenneth III, Rebecca, Rachel, Sydney, Michael, Scott and Katie Holmes and numerous brother-in-laws, nieces and nephews. Honoring the

     family as pallbearers were, Seke Novosad, Jr., Terry Englert, Charlie Bitterly, Robert Petrosky,

     Rodney Tindol, Dennis Novosad, Matthew Novosad and Mark Novosad.  Honorary Pallbearers are

     Stephen Novosad, Gary Englert and Howard Gudgell, Robbie Regian and John Elam.



George Edwin Zatopek, Jr., 69 of Baytown, departed this life peacefully Thursday morning, February 14, 2008 at a Houston hospital. Born on July 14, 1938, in Goose Creek, Texas, he was eldest of three children born to George and Mary Ann (Skopek) Zatopek. After graduating from Robert E. Lee High School in 1956, George proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corp, and later in Air Force. Following his military service, he began working for the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier, clerk and later a supervisor, until he retired in 1982. He was an avid goose and duck hunter and loved fishing, especially with his father.
A devout Catholic, George served as a Eucharistic Minister, Minister of Hospitality and Sacristan at
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. He was a member of Knights of Columbus and past member of the Legion of Mary.
George was proud of his Czech heritage, and was a member of the Ceska Katolicka Jednota Texasska (Czeck Catholic
Union of Texas.) George will be remembered as a generous and caring man, who would do anything for anybody, e
Preceded in death by his parents; George is survived by his son, George E. Zatopek, USN, of USS Harry S. Truman; two sisters, Patricia Viktorin of Dayton and Rose Marie Dykes and husband, Jimmy R. of Crosby; nieces and nephews, Theresa Fardelos, Steve Albers, Kenneth Hanson, James Dykes and Mary Ann Dykes.
There will be a rosary at
6 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Crespo & Jirrels. His family will receive friends following the rosary until 8 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Monday, February 18, 2008 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 800 West Baker Road, Rev. William A. Oliver, celebrant. Interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale.
Arrangements are under the direction of Crespo & Jirrels Funeral and Cremation Services,
6123 Garth Road, Baytown, 281.839.0700. To view the obituary or post a tribute to the family, visit


 William Fred Mott, III, (Bill Mott) 71, of Livingston passed April 26, 2008 at his home.

 A native of Sayre, Penn, he lived in
Livingston for the past 24 years.  He was retired from Pfizer as a sales manager.
 He was preceded in death by both parents, wife, Bernice Mott, son, Kennth Mott, step daughter,
Reva Jo Lane, and a grandson, Brinton Sutherland.
 He is survived by his step mother, Louise Mott of Baytown; brother, Jerrold Mott of Katy; sister, Trish of Katy; step daughter, Cindy Sutherland of Baytown; granddaughter, Laura Sutton and Amie Wagner both of Livingston; grandson, Jason Lalumandier of Livingston; and ten great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held
Thursday, May 1, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Woodville with The Rev. Steve Secur officiating under the direction of Riley Funeral Home in Woodville.
 In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Woodville.
A memorial book may be signed at



Larry Shanks, president of Baytown Boat Company and a founder of Ross Sterling Booster Club died February 16, 1976 in a Baytown hospital. He was 38 years old. Services were held at Earthman Chapel with his brother, the Rev. Jack Shanks of Memphis, Tenn, officiating. He was buried in the

Cedar Cress

with his brother, the Rev. Jack Shanks of Memphis, Tenn, officiating. He was buried in Cedar Crest

under the direction of Earthman Funeral Home. Larry was born in Bryson and lived in Baytown 33

years. He was a former All-District tackle for the Robert E Lee Ganders. He graduated in the class of 1956. He received a football scholarship to Sam Houston State University and graduated with a degree in Business Administration.  His college days were interrupted and during this time, he taught at a Channelview elementary school on an emergency certificate.  After he graduated from SHSU, he

was a manager of Delhomme Marine in Seabrook and trailer sales in Kansas City before joining

Baytown Boat Company. He was married to Carol Flukinger. He was a member of St. Paul's

United Methodist Church.


    John Duncan Rosser, 37 died May 4, 1975 in a Pasadena hospital. The services were held at Earthman 

Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. J.J. Krammer and the Rev. H.H. Rosser officiated. He was a native

of the Baytown area and an electronic technician with Lockheed Corp. He was survived by his wife,

Melinda Rosser, a daughter, Linda Suzanne Rosser and a son, John D. Rosser, Jr. all of Baytown. He

was also survived by his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Montgomery of Houston and father John H. Rosser of


    Philip Wayne Cox, 38, former Baytonian living in Brazoria, was killed near his home Saturday,

    January 19, 1976. He was clearing timber with a tractor when the accident occurred.  Services

    were held at the Brazoria Presbyterian Church, where he was a member and burial was in Brazoria.

    Philip lived most of his life in Baytown and was a graduate of the class of 1956 of Robert E Lee

    High School. He graduated from Texas A & M in May of 1960 and moved to Brazoria. He was a

    member of the First Presbyterian Church in Brazoria. He was a supervisor with Dow Chemical in

    Freeport. Survivors include his wife, Wanda Cox of Brazoria, two sons, Sam and Tim Cox of Baytown.

    Also, he had three step-children, Randy, Scott, and Debbie of Brazoria and his parents, Mr. and Mrs.

    Sam H. Cox of Kerrville.

     Celia Anne Gray Branning, 65, died June 19, 2003 in Tyler, Texas. The services were held at the

     Brookside Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Truett officiating under the direction of Eubank Funeral

     Home in Canton, Texas. Celia was born September 9, 1937 in Tyler to Herschel Leon and Lucille

     Blasingam Gray.  She grew up in Baytown and later lived various places including Germany and

     Montana. She lived in Canton for the last 23 years of her life except for the two years in Montana.

     She was a school teacher in Germany and Texas. After she retired from education, she became a

     massage therapist.  She was a member of Brookside Baptist Church where she sang in the choir. She

     was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Louis Hunsucker, and two children. Survivors include

     daughter, Christy Jacobs of Belgade, Montana, her father, Herschel Leon Gray of Canton, sister,

     Doloreska A Dinehart, of Canton and three grandchildren and two nieces. If desired, memorials may

     be made in Celia's name to the American Cancer Society.

     Carol Hill Ayers died January 26, 1998 at her home in Rusk, Texas. The graveside services were

     at the Salem Cemetery under direction of Wallace Thompson Funeral Home in Rusk with Brother

     Henry Ellis officiating. Carol was born December 21, 1937 in Tallahatta Springs, Alabama. She  

     was a resident of Rusk for eight years. She was formerly of Baytown, TX. She was a member of

     Kingdom Hall Jehovah's Witness in Rusk and was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband,

     Billy Joe Ayers, son, Clifford Ayers, brothers, Louis "Bubba" Cartwright and Ira Don Cartwright

     of Highland. She also had a sister, Annette Alexander of Old River and several nieces and







 James Luther Collier Sr

James Luther Collier Sr., 70, came to rest on December 16, 2008, after a long and courageous battle with Leukemia. He was born on December 27, 1937, to William L. and Carmen Collier of Baytown, Texas.

James attended school at Robert E. Lee and The
University of Texas in Austin, and married Margaret A. Rombs of Baytown. He began his career in the computer business in 1966, with IBM and it continued with Decision Data and Sorbus in Houston that lasted 40 years. James and his wife returned to Baytown, where he retired from UES after 13 years.

James was a devoted servant to the Lord and a committed member of the First Baptist Church of Baytown, where he served in the Homebound Ministries and many other areas of the church. He cherished his work at the church and the fellowship with its members.

James had a loving heart for his family, friends and his church where he found the strength and inspiration needed for his long battle with cancer.

He was survived by his wife Margaret Ann of 51 years; sons, James Collier Jr. his wife Kathy and two children Lucas and Allison of San Marcos, and Kevin Collier and his wife Silvia of Austin.



Joe  Hlanak: Joe Hlanak
Joe Hlanak


Joe Hlanak, 70, of Baytown, passed away Thursday, January 1, 2009 in Houston.

He was born
May 24, 1938, in Goose Creek, to his late parents, Joseph Hlanak and Emma Ulbrick Hlanak.

Joe lived in
Baytown all of his life and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and San Jacinto College. He was a retired Battalion Chief from the Baytown Fire Department after 34 years of service, a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Elks Lodge in Pasadena. Mr. Hlanak was the best man and most dedicated worker you would ever meet, an excellent father and grandfather, and loved his dogs. Joe also served in the United States Marine Corps.

He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his children, Rhonda Powers and her fiancé Carl Christensen of Baytown, Larry Tillis and his wife Brenda of Humble and Sharon Steinbecker and her husband Gary of Centerville; step-children, Wendy Price of Louisiana and R. J. Price of Baytown; sister, Allene Dunstan of Zavalla; grandchildren, Maygen Henderson, Maycie-Jo Henderson, Shronda McDonald, Lacey Toney and Michael Young; 2 great-grandchildren and 2 nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at
11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at St. John's Catholic Church with Msgr. Fred O'Connor officiating. Burial will follow at White Cemetery in Highlands.

The family will receive friends
Monday, January 5, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. at Navarre Funeral Home.

Joe was a mentor, a friend and a father to so many and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Arrangements are under the direction of
Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Drive, Baytown, Texas 77521, (281) 422-8111.


Carol (Patella) Branstetter, valedictorian, Class of 1956, Latin Club president,poet,etc,etc, passed peacefully into the arms of her Savior on August 29,2008 after a year long stuggle with cancer.  She is survived by 3 children (Lynn, Panama City) (Tony Orlanda Fl) (Amy Katy TX), 3 grandchildren, sister Linda Patella Seitz and brother Frank Patells, Jr.  Her husband of 42 years predeceased her in October, 2007. 



Norma Jean Burrous, 70, of Brenham, widow of Robert Burrous, passed away August 1, 2008 in a Brenham Rest Home.

Mrs. Burrous was born
January 2, 1938 in Ardmore, Oklahoma to George Milton and Mary (Walker) Stewart. She was baptized in the Baptist faith in Texas City, Texas, and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown in the class of 1956.  Norma was a homemaker.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law Stacy Anneene and Jack Fisher, Jr. of Brenham and a son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Shirley Patton of Dickinson; sisters Betty Hughes and Georgia Lemen, both of Huntington, Texas; special friend Lola Wilson of Brenham, and two grandchildren, Leah Fisher and Blake Fisher.

A visitation with family and friends will be held Saturday, Aug. 2 at Memorial Oaks Chapel from
6:00 until 8:00 p.m. The graveside service will take place Sunday, August 3, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. at Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham with Rev. Bob Craig officiating.

Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306
West Main, Brenham. To view the obituary online or to post a tribute to the family, visit








Anneene Jackson

Anneene Jackson, our inspiration and cornerstone, passed from this world January 31, 2009 surrounded by her family. She was born June 14, 1938 in Baytown, Texas to Tony and Lahoma Messick.

Anneene is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Jack C. Jackson, son Scott Jackson and his wife Frankie, daughter Toni Freeman and her husband Dan and son Gregg Jackson and his wife Jill. She is also survived by the grandchildren she loved so much; Kendall, Kevyn and Karsyn Jackson, Max and Greer Anneene Freeman, and Catherine and Caroline Jackson. Anneene is also survived by a host of other cherished relatives and friends.

Anneene was a 1956 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, where she was a Brigadier. She was employed by GCCISD in administration for 30 years. She also worked tirelessly for the community she loved. She was an Elder and Trustee with Faith Presbyterian church for many years. Anneene was a volunteer chairperson for Relay for Life, helping it grow to the largest cancer relay in
Texas. She was a board member for the Baytown Nutrition Center and Meals on Wheels. She was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi, Compassion International, Wooster Garden Club and was treasurer for PEO-AS Chapter.

The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from
6 to 8 p.m. at Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home. A graveside committal service will be held at Cedarcrest Cemetery, Thursday morning, February 5, 2009, and will immediately be followed by a celebration of Anneene’s life at 12:00 noon, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 1715 Market Street, with Dr. Richard Kleiman, officiating. Honoring the family as pallbearers will be Barry Nettles, Ron Parker, Larry LeGrande, Robert Guenther, Ronnie Rice, Jimmie Epperson, and Charley Johnson.

For those desiring, remembrances can be made in Anneene’s memory to the Building Fund of Faith Presbyterian Church or to the
Baytown unit of the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life.

Anneene will be remembered for her courage and resilience throughout her life. The
Jackson family wishes to acknowledge the wonderful nurses on the 8th floor of The Methodist Hospital and to the caregivers of Regency Hospice for their compassionate and tender care during Anneene’s journey. Special thanks are also extended to her numerous friends, especially to the Lunch Bunch and the Sister Girls for their countless acts of love, devotion and support.








            DR. PRISCILLA B. MYERS BENHAM was born July 30, 1938 to Vernon and Estulene Bennett Myers in Houston, Texas. After graduating from Robert E. Lee H.S., she went on to receive her BA from Baylor University and then her Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of Houston. She taught American History at the University of Houston and other colleges. While attending South Main Baptist Church, she met and married Allen Benham in 1963. Since 1978 they were both active members of Houston First Baptist Church. Dr. Priscilla Benham passed away on March 9, 2009 in Houston, Texas and was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Benham; her parents, Vernon and Estulene Bennett Myers; and her sister, L. Jill Myers. She is survived by her sons, David and Phillip Benham; her sisters, Sharon Brock and husband, Gene, and Verlene Masters; and niece and nephews. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Thursday, March 12 at Woodlawn Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM, Friday, March 13 in the Chapel of Woodlawn Funeral Home. Interment to follow in Woodlawn Garden of Memories.


Everette Clark Center, Jr.

Born in Baytown, TX on Oct. 30, 1938
Departed on
Oct. 18, 2009 and resided in BaytownTX.


Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009


Graveside Service:

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009



White Cemetery


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Everette Clark Center, Jr.: Everette Center
Everette Center





Everette Clark Center, Jr. 70, of Baytown passed away on Sunday, 0ctober 18, 2009. He was born in Baytown, Texas on October 30, 1938 and was a life long resident. He was a member of Wooster Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Everette and
Lillie Center; and niece, Sharon Summers. Survivors include his sister, Carolyn Summers and friend Johnny Johnson of Baytown; brother, Mike Center and wife Chris of Nacogdoches; nieces, Gaye Sylvester and husband Joel of Huntsville, Lisa Gaige and husband Bob of League City; nephews, Stephen Center, Patrick Center and wife Regan, Christopher Center, Matthew Center and wife Lori all of Nacogdoches.

The family will receive friends from
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at Navarre Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 12 p.m. Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at White Cemetery in Highlands with Dr. Mack Jones officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Faith Community Hospice in

Arrangements are under the direction of
Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 2444 Rollingbrook Drive, Baytown, Texas 77521, (281) 422-8111.





John Tubbe

Memorial services for John August Tubbe, 71, of Nacogdoches, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 20, 2009, in the First United Methodist Church in Nacogdoches with Reverend John Bingham and Reverend Meredith Wende officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home. Mr. Tubbe passed away on Friday, July 17, 2009, at Memorial Hospital in Nacogdoches. He was born September 10, 1937, in Nacogdoches, Texas, to Marion and Annie Lora Tubbe. By the time John was entering school, Marion had moved the family to Baytown, Texas. Here John enjoyed his high school years and left in 1956 with a football scholarship to Texas A&M. After his freshman year, John realized his 195 pound, 5 foot 10 inches body was no match for the taller, heavier men he was playing against. He dropped football, but continued his studies at A&M. After three years as a buyer for Joske's Department Store in Houston, he decided that education was to be his final career choice. His wife, Sarah, was a teacher, also. John taught in the Goose Creek ISD for 15 years and taught in the Lufkin ISD for 10 years. They retired in 1992, and moved back to Nacogdoches and the family farm to enjoy their retirement. John is survived by his wife, Sarah B. Tubbe of Nacogdoches; daughter and son-in-law, Tamberly and Thomas C. Brown of The Woodlands; two grandchildren, Thomas Von August Brown and Alexandra Regan Brown; and brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Bonnie Tubbe of Nacogdoches. Honorary pallbearers are Aubrey Stone, George Meisenheimer, Hal Bethune, Davis Townsend, Kirk O'Keefe and Dr. B.W. Henderson. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Women's Missionary League in care of the First United Methodist Church, 210 E. Hospital, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961. Immediately following the memorial service, there will be a reception and visitation in the church parlor. Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.









Betty Ann Bevers Rice, 71, of
Baytown was born April 2, 1938 in Goose Creek, TX (now Baytown) and passed away Monday, March 8, 2010 in a Baytown hospital. Betty graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown in 1956 and North Texas State College in 1960. Since 1980, Betty was an active member and past President of the Baytown A & M Mother's Club. She was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority and a member of the Goose Creek chapter of the Eastern Star. A die-hard Aggie, she lived for Texas Aggie football and traveled all over the country with her family to see the Aggies play.

She was preceded in death by her father, J. C. Bevers; son, Mike Rice; and brother-in-law, J. R. Blanscet. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Ronny Rice of Baytown; son, Kirk Rice of Austin; mother, Thelma Bevers of Bryan; brother and sister-in-law, Rev. Jimmy and Brenda Bevers of College Station; sister, Janel Blanscet of Channelview; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mike and Becky Rice of Houston; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her family received friends at
Navarre Funeral Home Wednesday March 10, 2001 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Navarre Funeral Home with her brother officiating.

In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Bay Area Relay for Life,
P. O. Box 758, Baytown, TX 77522,

 Doye Glenn Hambrick, 71, of Fredericksburg, Va. died Thursday, February 1

Mr. Hambrick was a retired Chief Warrant Officer III in the
U.S. Army having served in Vietnam. He later retired as Director of the Defense Logistics Agency Criminal Investigation Activity for the Department of Defense. Mr. Hambrick was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, the International Policeman’s Association, and CIDAA. He was also a member of St. Matthias United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Ruth Elizabeth “Clyde” Hambrick; two daughters, Coquie Nardolillo and her husband, Wayne of Odenton, MD, and Tracy Hambrick of Palm Springs, CA; two grandchildren, Angela and Tony Nardolillo; one great-granddaughter, Mariah Nardolillo; a sister, Erma Jewell Woods of Baytown, TX; a brother, Ernest V. Hambrick of LaPorte, TX; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held at
10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 19, 2010 at St. Matthias United Methodist Church with the Rev. Paula Werner and the Rev. Steve Bird officiating. Interment will be in Quantico National Cemetery.

Kathy  Pittman Eddy


Born: June 06, 1938

Died: March 21, 2010

Visitation:  No visitation is planned.

Services:  Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Crespo & Jirrels

Obituary:  Annola Kathryn Eddy passed away Sunday, March 21, 2010, in a Houston hospital. She was born June 6, 1938, in Brownwood, Texas to Murl and Novella (Gaines) Pittman. Kathy was an owner/operator of Jim Eddy Insurance Agency and Manpower Employment Agency for many years. After finishing her business career, she volunteered at the Baytown Area Womens Center. She was a member of Second Baptist Church and a graduate of Lee High School Class of 1956. She loved arts and crafts and adored her dogs, Sammy, Dottie, and Jake. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Gardner Pittman, and sister-in-law, Violet Pittman, she is survived by her husband, Jimmy Eddy, of Baytown; sons, Paul Kevin Eddy and wife, Janet of Baytown and Jimmy Karl Eddy of Baytown; daughter, Kimberly Lane Eddy of Shore Acres; brother, Glen Pittman and wife, Neva; sister, Dorothy Soules and husband, John; grandchildren, Jimmy Pocock and Christopher Eddy; special friends, John and Pam Hatch; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be at
10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home with Rev. Jamie Lea officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Baytown Area Womens Center or the Baytown SPCA. Arrangements have been entrusted to Crespo & Jirrels Funeral and Cremation Services, 6123 Garth Rd, Baytown, Texas 77521, 281-839-0700.


Memorials: Memorial donations may be made to the Baytown Area Womens Center or the Baytown SPCA


Margaret N. ShepherdMargaret N. Shepherd


Memorial for Margaret N. Shepherd

Born in Baytown, TX on Mar. 14, 1938
Departed on
Jun. 25, 2010 and resided in BaytownTX.


No Visitation


Graveside Service:

Tuesday, Jun. 29, 2010



Cedar Bayou Masonic Cemetery


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 Margaret N. Shepherd, 72 of Baytown, passed away Friday,
June 25, 2010. She was born in Baytown, TX March 14, 1938 and graduated from Lee High School in 1956. Margaret was an avid reader and loved to travel.

She is preceded in death by her parents; William B. Horton and Josephine Horton; brother, W. Bradley Horton.

Margaret is survived by her husband of 55 years, Ivy C. Shepherd; son, Glenn Shepherd; daughters, Lisa Barlow and Ivy Hooten; grandchildren, Dixie Barlow, Cassie Thorp, and Walter Barlow; great grandchildren, Zander Gilmore, Sadie Hawkins, and Joseph Hawkins.

Graveside services will be held at
Cedar Bayou Masonic Cemetery on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 10:00 am with Rev. Eddie Norris officiating.

To view the online obituary or to post a tribute for the family, go to

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of
Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX, 77521 (281) 422-8111.



Born: April 10, 1938

Died: April 26, 2010

Funeral Service

Friday, April 30, 2010

1:00 PM

Earthman Funeral Home

3919 Garth Rd

Baytown, TX 775213105

(281) 422-8181



Friday, April 30, 2010

2:00 PM

Memory Gardens Cemetery

8624 Garth Rd.

Baytown, TX 77521





Bette Jo Crawford, 72, of Channelview, TX, went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 26, 2010.
She was preceded in death by her father, Glenn E. Utter, husband Joe N. Crawford and daughter Katrinka Jo Crawford.
She is survived by daughters, Sheila Kay Alloway and husband Orville and Tanya Lee Carswell and husband Dennis; mother, Madge Utter; grandchildren, Juli Gaskins and husband Tommy, Matthew Carswell and Courtney Jo Carswell and great grandson, Austin Gaskins.
Arrangements under the direction of Earthman
Baytown Funeral Home, Baytown, TX.


James Lee Loftin

James Lee Loftin, 72 of Columbus, TX passed away Tuesday, June 1, 2010 after a 4 year battle with Cancer. He is survived by his wife, Carolynn of 48 years and 5 months; 2 sons and daughter-in-laws; William and Vicki Loftin, Markul and Melissa Loftin, 3 grandchildren; Darin, Dakota, and Sarah Loftin, all of Houston. He is the son of the late Artis Loftin and Estelle Loftin Cooper, stepfather; Walter Cooper, Brother; Jack Loftin (deceased), Glenda Loftin, sister in-law, 2 sisters, Earline Loftin Fulton and husband Charlie, all of Baytown. Merline Loftin Fogtman and husband Bob, Stepsister, Betty Cooper Morgan and husband Walt of Houston. Services are under the direction of Forest Park Funeral Home. The family will receive visitors from 4:00-8:00PM, Thursday, June 3, 2010 at Forest Park Funeral Home, 6900 Lawndale, Houston, TX 77023, (713) 928-5141. Services will be held Friday, June 4, 2010 at 11:00AM. Notes to the family may be sent to fultonwhyme(at)

Published June 3, 2010

Twillia Jean Baker


 She was a loving and devoted Christian who touched the lives of many people. She was an avid sports fan and enjoyed gardening, traveling, and the outdoors. Twillia was an amazing woman who found much pride and great joy in attending her children and grandchildren’s many events throughout her life. She had a special gift of seeing the good in everyone and everything she did. Her loving spirit will live forever in many who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Cynthia Lynn Baker; husband, Charles Roy Baker; parents, Albert and Gladys Rombs; and brothers, Robert, Albert, Johnny, and Jack Rombs. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Gladys and Matt Pace of Katy; sons and daughters-in-law, Charles Roy Baker, Jr. of Baytown, Andy Keith and Mary Baker of Crosby, Jack Steven and Kim Baker of Baytown, Kimber Ross and Laura Baker of Crosby, and David Anthony and Carol Baker of Baytown; stepson, David Evans of Texas City; stepdaughter, Lisa Boudreaux of Morgan City, LA; sister, Margaret Collier of Baytown; 14 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; her dog, Abbie; numerous nieces and nephews; and  a host of friends.

Her family will receive friends at Navarre Funeral Home Wednesday, August 4, 2010 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Graveside services will be Saturday, August 7, 2010 at the Concan Cemetery in Concan, TX.

In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions to help fund pancreatic cancer research may be made to The Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714

Her family would like to thank the nurses and staff of San Jacinto Methodist Hospital on 2 East and Faith Community Hospice for the loving care given to their mother. They would also like to express a special thank you to her extended family at Macy’s Department Store for their friendship and kindness shown over the years.

To view the online obituary or to post a tribute for the family, go to

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX, 77521 (281) 422-8111.








David Ray Todd, 73, 3130 Landing Way, Orangeburg died Wednesday morning at Palmetto Health Richland.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 PM Saturday at Dukes Harley Funeral Home Chapel with Charles Isenberg officiating. Burial will follow Memorial Park Cemetery. Pall Bearers will be Billy Kyles, John Graham, Clifton Graham, Eddie Hulsman, John David Graham, and Ralph LaFrance

Mr. Todd was born in Houston, Texas a son of James Davidson Todd and Verla Hance Todd. He was a retired Manager of Albemarle Corporation’s Orangeburg Facility. He was a graduate of Lamar University, Beaumont, TX with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering. Mr. Todd was a member of the Church Of Christ where he served as an Elder and Song Leader. He was formerly very active in civic affairs and served on many boards and committees.

He is survived by his wife; Lee Lauderdale Todd, of the home, three daughters; Celeste Graham, of Denham Springs, La., John Graham, Baton Rouge, LA., Charlene Graham and husband Clifton, of Baytown, TX, and Cynthia Todd of Orangeburg Two Sisters: Kathlyn Lindley and Husband Ron of Aransas Pass, TX and Carol Hulsman and Husband Edward of Navasota, TX Four Grandchildren: John David Graham, Christopher Scott Graham, Emily G. Sharpe ( Josh ) and Elizabeth Ashley Graham

Family will receive friends Friday evening from 6-8PM at Dukes-Harley Funeral Home and at other times the residence, 3130 Landing Way, Orangeburg

Memorials may be made to the Orangeburg Church of Christ, 2855 Columbia Rd., Orangeburg SC 29118

James G. Timmons

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Born: August 09, 1938

Died: February 12, 2011

Visitation:  His family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, February 14, 2011, at Crespo & Jirrels.

Services:  Service of Remembrance will be Tuesday, February 15, 2011, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Crespo & Jirrels, with Senior Pastor Tommy Clements officiating. There will be a private family burial.

Obituary:  James G. Timmons, 72, of Baytown, was born August 9, 1938, in Ingleside, Texas, and passed away on February 12, 2011, at a Baytown hospital. James graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1957, and earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Sam Houston State University. He began his teaching career in the Spring Branch School District, where he taught for four years and was a counselor for two years. James went on to join the faculty at Lee College, teaching biological sciences for 34 years until retiring in 2000. James was a faithful member of Second Baptist Church-Baytown for 40 years and served as a deacon. 

Preceded in death by his parents, J.W. and Helen Timmons; James is survived by his wife of 51 years, Bette Timmons; his children, Stacy Flower and husband, Wes, of Spring, Texas, Pauline Brown, of Baytown, Jamye Lyons and husband, Chad, of Kingston, Washington and David Stanford, of Burleson, Texas; his brother, Robert Timmons and wife, Sherry, of Loveland, Colorado; four grandchildren, Whitney and Scott Flower, Jacob and Charley Brown; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and cousins.

Service of remembrance will be Tuesday,
February 15, 2011, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Crespo & Jirrels, with Senior Pastor Tommy Clements officiating. A private family burial will be held at White Cemetery in Highlands. Honoring the family as pallbearers will be Jacob Brown, Gary Cerio, Scott Flower, Wes Flower, Chad Lyons, Buddy Rice, Stephen Senton and David Stanford; the deacons of Second Baptist Church are honorary pallbearers.

For those desiring, memorial gifts may be made in James’ memory to
Second Baptist Church-Baytown Building Fund, 6227 N. Main St., Baytown 77521.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Crespo & Jirrels Funeral and Cremation Services,
6123 Garth Road, Baytown 77521, 281.839.0700. 


Memorials: For those desiring, memorial gifts may be made in James’ memory to Second Baptist Church-Baytown Building Fund, 6227 N. Main St., Baytown 77521.

Cemetery: Not Applicable (Map)

Location: Crespo and Jirrels Funeral and Cremation Services (Map)

 Juanita Swick Holman Beloved family matriarch, Juanita Holman passed away in her sleep on Wednesday morning, December 10, 2008.  Fiercely private and independent, Juanita worked and lived on her own and on her own terms until the day she died.  Small in stature, her presence was animated and large, occupying whole rooms.  Her loss has left a void in the homes and hearts of her family and friends that will not soon be filled.  She is survived by her four daughters: Dena, Terry, Brooks, and Jennifer, granddaughters: Lindsey, Randee, Rhiann, Alee, and Corrie, sister Micci Volk, brother, Charles Swick, nieces Yvonne and Tina, sister-in-law, Barbara Gorrow, stepmother, Avenette Swick, and her sons-in-laws, Jim, Tom, and Dave.  She is also survived by the animals she rescued and loved, Caliente, a wild mustang and Levi, a dog refugee from hurricane Katrina.  Born Juanita Faye on October 13, 1937 in Goose Creek, Texas, she was the daughter of Charles Glen Swick and Georgia Cora Tompkins.  Juanita married Harold Ellis and their daughter, Dena Anne was born in Houston on Christmas Day, 1954. After their divorce, Juanita moved to Austin where she married Brooks Natt Holman and where their three daughters were born. Following the death of her husband, Juanita and her daughters relocated to San Diego where the family has been centered. After raising the daughters, Juanita launched a career as a technical writer which led her to jobs around the country.  Family and friends drew her back to San Diego and a job at Hewlett-Packard. This private woman accomplished surprising things in her life. Little know facts include she put herself through college while raising four girls, she managed the 13th Floor Elevators, she was district commissioner for California Youth Soccer Association, she had a pilot’s license, she rode her wild mustang, she sewed her daughter’s wedding dress and two bridesmaid’s dresses in less than a week. She could do anything she set her mind to.  In keeping with her express wishes, the Memorial will be private.  Those who wish to remember her should hold the memory in their hearts of a beautiful, opinionated, strong, loving woman.  Those who wish to honor her memory in some more public way should consider donating to a cause near and dear to Juanita’s heart:The Humane Society of the United States, Dept. GABHFU, 2100 I Street NW, WWashington, DC 20037.  (Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune on 12/21/2008.)

Billie Gail Gordon Langford (Bee Gee)


10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at First Baptist Church of Pasadena, 7500 Fairmont Pkwy., Pasadena, Texas



Will be held from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at First Baptist Church of Pasadena,7500 Fairmont Pkwy., Pasadena, Texas.


Billie Gail “Bee Gee” Langford, passed away Saturday, August 4th  at the age of 74.  She was born in 1937, in Baytown, Texas, to Charles and Ruby Gordon.  She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Charles Richard Gordon.  Bee Gee is survived by her husband, Gerald R. “Jerry” Langford of 54 years; son, Charles Read Langford and wife Traci; son, Rusty and wife Deanne; daughter, Cindy Parmer and husband Mark.  Grandchildren, Kyle, Cody, Rylie, Grant, Haley, Hannah and Blaine.  Sister-in-law, Maureen Gordon; nephew, Bill Gordon, and numerous cousins. 

Bee Gee enjoyed a full and rewarding life.  Her greatest joy was faith and family.  She was an active member and heavily involved at First Baptist Church of Pasadena for 46 years where she held numerous positions in the outreach ministry. More importantly, Bee Gee was a joyful witness for Christ who constantly shared her faith with others.

Bee Gee loved to shop, she loved fresh fruit and vegetables, wild flowers, vacationing with her family, traveling with her husband, extended trips with her close friends and lunches with her “Sister Girls” of Baytown. Many hours were spent following the activities of her seven grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 7th, at First Baptist Church of Pasadena, 7500 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, TX 77505, from 6-8 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at First Baptist, Wednesday, August 8th, at 10 a.m, under the direction of Rosewood Funeral Home, Pasadena, TX.  Private graveside service will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked those who wish to make contributions to the First Baptist Church of Pasadena Building Fund or the American Heart Association at

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at under current services.


Olivia Slaughter Gardner

Obituary for Frankie Olivia Gardner

Frankie Olivia Gardner, 74 of Trinity, Texas, formerly of Highlands, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. She was born October 31, 1937 in Fostoria, Texas to Henry Slaughter and Frankie Lakey. Olivia was a very loving and devoted woman to both her faith and her family. She was an author, a song writer and loved Gardening. She was always available to help others and enjoyed working with children.
Olivia is preceded by her parents, her brother, H.A. Slaughter and granddaughter Mandy Kay Robbins. She is survived by her husband, Jerry Gardner; son Roland John Weber Jr. and wife Linda; daughters, Deborah Jo Coles and husband Van, Diana Kay Robbins and husband Randy and Daye Lynn McCurdy and husband John. Also left to cherish her memory are sister,Martha Baker and husband Bob; sister, Gay Burke; 7 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, extended family and many friends.
A visitation will be held on Friday, September 28 from 5 – 8 pm at Sterling White. Services will be on Saturday, September 29 at 10am in the Chapel at Sterling White with Rev. Jeff Gardner officiating. Burial will follow in Sterling-White Cemetery. Honoring the family as pallbearers are Ryan Robbins, Roland Robbins, Roland Weber, Josh Weber, Zach Weber and Jason Coles. Honorary pallbearer is Tyler Robbins.
Services have been entrusted to Sterling~White Funeral Home & Cemetery, 11011 Crosby-Lynchburg Road, Highlands, Texas 77562. To send the family condolences please visit



Obituary  Joan Colista Gray-Culpepper
September 18, 1937 to
October 12, 2012

Joan Colista Gray-Culpepper, age 74 of Onalaska, Texas, was born on
September 18, 1937 in Ulysses, Kansas, to parents, Stanley and Colista Gray. She passed away in Livingston, Texas, on October 12, 2012.

She is preceded in death by per parents, Stanley and Colista Gray, her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Claude and Mattie Riggs; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Tommy and Grace Culpepper; Joan is survived by her husband of 55 years, Jeff Culpepper of Onalaska; her daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Tommy Hall of Baytown; her son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Susan Culpepper of Stephenville; her brother and sister-in-law, Lynn and Susan Gray of Schulenburg; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Leon and Faye Cone of Dayton. She is also survived by her five grandchildren: Jenna Brockman of
Austin, Timothy Brockman of Round Rock, Ashley, Merideth and Morgan Culpepper of Stephenville and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at
11:00 AM on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at Livingston First Church of The Nazarene. Rev. Fred Huff and David Johnson will conduct the service.

Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Please sign our online register at


Mrs. Tavita (Tavie) D. Lopez

  • Born: October 5, 1937
  • Died: February 10, 2013
  • Location: Baytown, Texas

Crespo & Jirrels Funeral & Cremation Services

6123 Garth Road
Baytown, TX 77521

Tribute & Message From The Family

Tavita (Tavie) D. Lopez, 75, passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2013, with her loving family at her side. She was born in Baytown on October 5, 1937, to Cayetano De Hoyos and Guadalupe Aleman De Hoyos. Tavita was a 1956 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and a 1958 graduate of Lee College. She worked in administration for Bayer for thirty years and retired in 2001.

Tavita enjoyed spending time with family and friends and loved to travel and spend weekends in Austin attending Longhorn football games. She valued opportunities to give back to her community and did so by serving as a Director on the boards of GCCISD Education Foundation, Sterling Municipal Library, and Communities in Schools. Tavita was also a former member of The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Baytown and the Allocations Committee of the United Way of Baytown Area. She was an alumna of the Baytown Citizen's Police Academy, a volunteer with the Blue Santa program, a founding member of the Concerned Citizens For Education advocacy group and active in the Bayer Baytown Retirees organization.

Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Lopez; siblings, Estela Morales, Amelia De Hoyos, Aurelia De Hoyos, Pedro De Hoyos, Andrea De Hoyos and Ruby Tanguma; Mrs. Lopez is survived by her sons, Randy Lopez and Ryan Lopez; daughter, Rhonda Lopez; brothers, Ruben De Hoyos and wife, Alice and Andrew De Hoyos; sister, Argentina Todhunter; and numerous other loving friends and family members.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, 2013, with a rosary at 7 p.m., in the Chapel of Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 15, 2013, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 800 W. Baker Road, Baytown, with Reverend Terence P. Brinkman, S.T.D. as celebrant. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Honoring the family as pallbearers are Louie Araujo, Dwayne De Hoyos, Matthew De Hoyos Michael De Hoyos, Mario Delgado, Albert Magdaleno and Jerald Morales.


Eugene Norton


Walter "Gene" Norton

June 28, 1937 - April 11, 2013
Resided in
Baytown, TX


Walter "Gene" Norton, 75, of Baytown, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013 in San Antonio. He was born June 28, 1937 in Overton, Texas to parents, Robert "Bob" Norton and Estelene Paddick Norton.

Gene had lived in
Baytown since 1942 and was a retired teacher and coach from Baytown Junior High School after 34 years of service. He was a member and deacon of Memorial Baptist Church. He was a Hunters Education Instructor. In 1994, he was inducted into the Texas Parks & Wildlife Hunter Education Hall of Fame. In 1998, he received the Hunter Ed Volunteer Instructor Award from Sportsman Conservationists of Texas. May 11, 2006 was declared Walter Gene Norton Day in Baytown. In 2007, Mr. Norton was named the Winchester Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor of the Year. He also received the Darrell Holt "Memorial Award" for Outstanding Dedication and Continued Service on Behalf of Texas Parks & Wildlife Hunter Education Program in 2007. In 2010, he was inducted in the International Hunter Ed Association Volunteer Hall of Fame.

In his youth, Mr. Norton was a volunteer firefighter in
Baytown. He also attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He served in the Peace Corp, from June 19, 1962 until April 19 1964, as a teacher in Thailand.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert "Bob" Norton; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Sam and Mae Oswalt and brothers-in-law,
Lowell Oswalt and Bill Davis.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Norton; mother, Estelene Norton; daughters, Kim Eneks and her husband Greg and Jenny Heinold and her husband Jerry; grandchildren, Alyssa, Caleb and Caden Eneks, and Moriah and Micah Heinold and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, April 14, 2013 at Navarre Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 15, 2013 at Memorial Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Piatt officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund, 600 W. Sterling Street, Baytown, Texas 77520, (281) 427-1725, or to the Friends of the Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Education and Recreation Center 1724 Market Street Baytown, Texas, 77520, (281) 420-7128,

Arrangements are under the direction of
Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Drive, Baytown, Texas


Norma Lee (Piwetz) Bickerstaff

1939 - 2013

Norma Lee (Piwetz) Bickerstaff

Norma Lee (Piwetz) Bickerstaff

Posted: Sunday, May 5, 2013 12:00 am

Norma Lee (Piwetz) Bickerstaff, 74, of Abilene (formerly of Baytown), departed this life on April 25, 2013. She was born in Baytown on February 17, 1939 and was the daughter of L.J. and Alvina (Orsak) Piwetz.

Norma spent most of her life in Baytown, with recent years in Abilene. She graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1956 and worked in Baytown for many years as a secretary. She was married to the late Charles Gregg Bickerstaff for 41 years.

Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Gregg Bickerstaff; parents, L.J. and Alvina Piwetz; brothers, Beauford Piwetz, Curtis Piwetz.

She is survived by her son, Beauford and wife Whitney of Abilene, son, James Lee Bickerstaff of Corpus Christi; grandchildren, Maison Bickerstaff, Cristen Bickerstaff; great grandchildren, Aydan Henderson, Harlie Skinner; and many good friends.

For those desiring, memorials can be made in Norma’s memory to the American Diabetes Association or the Clyde Nursing Center, 806 Stephens, Clyde, Texas 79510

Arrangements are under the direction of Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy 277 South, Abilene, TX 79606. A memorial service will be held at a later time.

Online condolences may be shared with  the family through the obituary link at


In Memory of

William Duffie O'Brien

June 23, 1938 - December 19, 2012

William O'Brien was a business owner with his wife Paula for many years. The two of them owned and ran the Baytown Galleria for many years later to retire to Uvalde where they lived out the rest of their days.
He was a member of Uvalde Masonic Lodge #472. He also served as a peace officer for many years with
Harris County, Uvalde County and worked for the Texas Department of Justice. He retired from Service. He also served in the Navy and was a Navy Veteran.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. William O'Brien; In-laws, Frank and Jessie Mc Muray of Baytown, beloved wife, Paula O'Brien; son, Will O'Brien, III, a brother & three sisters.
He is survived by a daughter, Sebrina and husband David Rowe of Uvalde; son, Tyler O'Brien of Baytown; sister, Bobbie English of Baytown; grandchildren, Colton O'Brien, Katlien Rowe, Conner Rowe, Ashley O'Brien, and Tara O'Brian; and loving companion, Mary Weiss.
The family will receive friends on
Friday, December 21, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Earthman Funeral Home Chapel, 3919 Garth Rd, Baytown, TX 77521.
Funeral Services will be held on
Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Earthman Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Sterling White Cemetery, 11011 Crosby-Lynchburg Rd, Highlands, TX 77562.








Judy Lively DeLoach

August 22, 1938 - November 18, 2011
Resided in
Baytown, TX


Judy DeLoach died in her sleep Friday, November 18, 2011 in Conroe while being on a getaway trip with her husband, Johnny Deloach. Mrs. DeLoach was born August 22, 1938 in Baytown to Sybil Baker and Earl Lively.

A product of Baytown schools, she was a twirler at Horace Mann Junior High School and Robert E. Lee High School, where she was a graduate of the class of 1956.
Judy and Johnny DeLoach married October 6, 1956, and remained dedicated to each other for their entire 55 year union. They were blessed with two daughters, Debbie and Dena.

Following graduation from high school, Mrs. DeLoach worked for Dr. Burnett Johnson at the former Humble Oil and Refining Co. until she became a mother and a homemaker. She served as a partner in her husband's business, Acme All-Pest Exterminating Co.
Mrs. DeLoach was a dedicated member to every organization with which she was affiliated. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, having perfect attendance for her entire 51 year membership. She received many awards in BSP including the coveted International Award of Distinction, Lucille Puderbaugh Award,
Golden Circle, Silver Circle, and Order of the Rose. Currently a member of Alpha Mu Master Chapter, she served in all offices in her individual chapters. Her chapters honored her as Woman of the Year and Valentine Sweetheart on many occasions. A member of BSP City Council, she served as president numerous times and held every other office, as well as serving as chairman of every City Council event several times.

She was a talented member of the
Baytown Porcelain Guild, Houston Porcelain Guild, Bay Area Porcelain Guild, and Baytown Art League. She traveled to Europe on two occasions to study with internationally renowned artists. She was a member of Grace Bible Church, and a former member of Memorial Baptist Church and Alliance Bible Church. Mrs. DeLoach touched many lives. To know her, was to love her.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Johnny DeLoach; daughters, Debbie and husband, Spencer Anderson of Dallas, and Dena and husband, Dennis Cowles of Oahu North Shore, Hawaii. Her family will receive friends at Navarre Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Memorial Services will held Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 10:00 am at Navarre Funeral Home Chapel.

In Lieu of flowers, the family wishes for donations to be made to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of
Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX, 77521



Melba Phillips Davey

BEDFORD -- Melba Jean Davey passed away peacefully on Friday, April 6, 2012, at age of 74.
10 a.m. Wednesday at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Chapel.
Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home, 5725 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the American Cancer Society in her name.
Melba was born on
Nov. 15, 1937 in Liberty to Claude and Jo Jackson Phillips and was the second of four children. She graduated from Lamar University in 1955 with a bachelor's degree and taught elementary school for seven years. In 1961, she married Harold John Davey Jr. in Baytown and lovingly raised their two children, Keith and Holly. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, gardening and reading.
Survivors: Melba is survived by Hal, her loving husband of 50 years; her son, Keith Davey and his wife, Ann, of Madison, Wis.; and daughter, Holly Aguiar and her husband, John, of Seattle. She is also survived by brother, Robert Phillips; sister, Claudia Hajovsky and her husband, James; her brother, Paul Phillips and his wife, Wanna; grandchildren, Caleb Davey, Amelia Davey, Ian Davey and Nathanial Aguiar; and her nieces and nephews.


Jackie Mae Gamel Compton was born January 17, 1938 in Hale County, Texas.  Her parents were Jack Wirt Gamel and Fern Fay Blackwell Gamel.  Jackie married Robert Charles Compton who preceded her in death.  Jackie died September 29, 2011 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Charles D. Davidson, 71 of Lufkin was born February 27, 1938 in Tyler, Texas the son of the late Maxine (Jeter) and D. W. Davidson.  He passed away Friday, March 20, 2009 in a local hospital. Mr. Davidson was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.  He was a retired electrical instrument technician for Chevron Pipeline.  Mr. Davidson was a member of Harvest Baptist Church and a member of the Cedar Hill Masonic Lodge #421 in Baytown.  Mr. Davidson was an avid sportsman who enjoyed the great outdoors.  He maintained a very positive outlook and a healthy sense of humor. He lived a Christian life. Survisvors include his wife, Earlene Davidson of Lufkin; sons, John Davidson on Panama City, Florida and Robert B Dinhobl of Sugarland; daughters and sons in law, Pam and Tim Morton of Pontotoc, Mississippi, Carol and Randy Holmes of Lumberton, Rhonda and Lt. Col. Mark Schwalm of San Antonio (currently in Irag) and Cynthia and Ray Boyle of Hallettsville; and 13 grandchildren. 


Donald Herring was born February 15, 1938 in Webster County, Mississippi. He died June 22, 2011 in Le Flore County, Oklahoma. His parents were Maurice Herring and Ila Orie Murrah Hicks. He was buried in Grand View Memorial Park, Pasadena, TX.


April 23, 2011

Virginia Lee Hudgins Hindmon

Elmer Richard "Dick" Gregory Ph.D.




Harris County

Texas, USA


Oct. 11, 2009
Lucas County

Ohio, USA

Elmer Richard "Dick" Gregory Ph.D., 71, passed away at his
Toledo home, Sunday, October 11, 2009, while under hospice care.

Dick was born in
Baytown, Texas, to parents Elmer Sr. and Bennie Elizabeth (Guynes) Gregory.

He realized at an early age the importance of education. Dick received a bachelor's degree from the
University of Texas. He then began studies at Rice University, receiving a master's degree. Dick was awarded a Doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Oregon.

He began teaching at the University of Toledo English Department in 1967 and retired in 1998. During Dick's career he published a book titled Milton and the Muses, and contributed many times to the Milton Encyclopedia. He was proud to be a friend of Bill W. for more than 34 years.

Dick was a long and active member of the
Salem Lutheran Church, Toledo.

He is survived by his loving wife, Martha "Martie" Ehlert-Gregory; son, Richard W. (Stephanie) Gregory of Canyon Lake, TX; grandchildren, Derek, Christopher, Dylan, Danielle, and Dayna, and stepmother, Leora Gregory of Shiner, TX.

Dick was preceded in death by his faithful K-9 companions, Johnny Reb and Gordy.

Friends may call at the Reeb Funeral Home, Thursday October 15th, from
4 - 8 p.m. Pastor Howard E. Abts and Vicar Adam B. Sornchai will conduct a Memorial Service at the Salem Lutheran Church, Toledo, Friday at 1 p.m. Dick's body will be laid to rest at Toledo Memorial Park.

Those wishing to give a memorial in Dick's memory are asked to consider one of the following entities he embraced, the
Salem Lutheran Church, the Lucas County Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, the Toledo Humane Society, or the Toledo Symphony.

Those wishing to share memories of Dick, or offer a condolence to his family, are encouraged to do so at:

Martie would like to thank the staffs of the Hospice of Northwest Ohio and Comfort Keepers, especially Burnell, for all the loving care and support during this difficult time.

Published in
Toledo Blade from October 14 to October 15, 2009 


Toledo Memorial Park
Lucas County
Ohio, USA

Created by: Avril Mason Mussehl
Record added:
Oct 16, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43175760


Beverly Ann McCartney

September 4, 1938 - April 10, 2014
Resided in
Baytown, TX


Beverly Ann McCartney, of Baytown passed away on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the age of 75. Beverly was born on September 4, 1938 in Roanoke, Illinois to Raymond and Frances Elaine Benson. The family moved to Baytown when she was 8 years old. Beverly graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1956. She later married William Burl McCartney, Sr. and the couple had 5 children. Beverly was a nurse's aide for many years and a longtime member of Baytown Revival Center. She also enjoyed reading, drawing, painting and making baby quilts. Her true joy was spending time with and doting on her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was also well known for her homemade biscuits and gravies.

Beverly is preceded in death by her husband, Burl; her father, Ray; step-mother, Willie Mae Benson; brothers, Norman Lee and Charles Michael Benson; son, Clifton Eugene McCartney, Sr. and grandsons, Jeffery Clark McCartney and Joshua Randall McCartney.

She is survived by daughter, Necia Monk; sons and their spouses, William Burl McCartney, Jr. (Kimberly), Lewis McCartney (Rhonda) and Benny McCartney (Mary); mother, Frances Elaine Cobb; 3 brothers, Freddie, Cary and Brett Benson; 2 sisters, Linda Searcy and Renita Goudeaux; 12 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; numerous other family members, friends and her beloved dog, Chico.

The family will receive friends on
Monday, April 14, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Navarre Funeral Home in Baytown. A funeral service will take place on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Lewis McCartney officiating. Burial will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Hardin.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Beverly's name to Harbor Hospice, 1600 James Bowie Drive Ste. D-111, Baytown, Texas 77520 or to a charity if one's choice.

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of
Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX 77521 (281) 422-8111.



Curtis Kulbeth, born December 28, 1937 to parents Hattie Mae and Carol Kulbeth passed away peacefully on Friday, April 18, 2014.  Born and raised in Highlands, Texas, he was a 1956 graduate of Robert E Lee High School in Baytown, Texas.


Curtis is preceded in death by his parents, Carol and Hattie Mae Kulbeth and brother, Donald Ray Kulbeth.  He is survived by his loving family: wife, Marcia Kulbeth, children, Scott and Susan Kulbeth. Yvonne  Kulbeth Sendejas and son-in-law, Ralph Sendejas. Grandchildren, Benjamin Kulbeth , Hannah Sendejas, Gilbert Ray and brother Kenneth Kulbeth.


Curtis was an avid collector, enjoyed gardening, restoring antique tractors and working with his hands.  He was most at peace spending time with family and friends, laughing remembering and telling stories.  Curtis was gregarious and larger than life, loved by many and fiercely stood by his loved ones and friends. Curtis’ dedication to those he cared about is evident in those friendships of 50 years or more with friends from childhood.


Curtis’ love for Jehovah and his son, Jesus Christ, came at an early age.  His mother, Hattie Mae established his love as a child.  Past years he has re-established his love of God and his Son.  Studying the Bible with Jehovah Witnesses.