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Aug '15

Hoppens, Maxine Pennington


Maxine Pennington Hoppens quietly passed away at home on August 23, 2015. She was preceded in death by her father, H. A. Pennington, her mother, Virgie Pittman Pennington, two sisters, Bobbie Poland and Jerry Sue Bailey and her son, Marc Edmond Hoppens. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 67 years, Gus Freddie Hoppens, daughter-in-law, Colleen Mack Hoppens, daughter, Amy Hoppens Schweers and husband, Marty Schweers, daughter, Molly Hoppens, grandchildren, Matthew Hoppens, Lena Hoppens, Benjamin Schweers and wife, Alessandra Schweers, Brad Schweers, and Brooke Schweers, great-grandchildren, Claire Willbanks and Kinsey Hoppens, her sister, Virginia Rodgers, and many nieces and nephews.

Maxine, born in Colmesneil, Texas on July 30, 1929, attended school in the Houston Independent School District, graduating from Milby High School in 1947. She married Freddie Hoppens on February 5, 1948, starting their family in 1955. She worked as an Executive Secretary for the Houston office of Ameron Protective Coatings from 1969 until her retirement in 1991. She loved her job. The people she worked with were like family to her.

She was confirmed as a Lutheran in 1952 at Park Place Lutheran Church. Even though she was a member of the choir at Park Place Lutheran, she was ever faithful to her Southern Baptist singing. As a new mother, Maxine was an active member of the Mother’s Club at Park Place Lutheran Church.

She was a member of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Pearland, Texas since 1995. She sang in the choir, served as a member of the Altar Guild, and volunteered at the Then and Now Resale Shop in Friendswood, Texas, a part of the church’s ministry. She also participated in the Meals on Wheels ministry. She was a faithful member of a bible study group for many years and loved each and every member of the small group.

She loved her family and many friends. She never stopped missing her mother, who passed away in 1984. She loved to dance and sing and loved being the life of the party. Maxine never, ever met a stranger. She made the best iced tea in the area and always had a fresh pitcher to offer guests.

Pallbearers are Matthew Hoppens, Ben, Brad, and Brooke Schweers, Robert Hoppens,  and Jamie Pittman. Honorary Pallbearers are Lena Hoppens, Kenneth Fisher, Jack Rubright, David Wells, and Buz Hoppens

If so desired, donations may be made to the Epiphany Lutheran Church Altar Guild or a charity of your choice in Maxine’s name.  A visitation for Maxine will be held Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 5515 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral service will take place at the church Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm with Pastor Jon Salminen officiating.

Aug '15

Lindemann, Erwin


Erwin Herman Lindemann, 86, passed away Sunday, August 23, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Gertrude Lindemann; his wife of 38 years, Ursula Maria Lindemann; brothers, Gerhard and Heinz Lindemann; and sister, Doris Owczarczak.  Erwin is survived by his longtime friend of partner for the last 26 years, Mary Helen Postel; son, Gary Lindemann and wife, Cheri; daughters, Silvia Goodwyne and husband, Dan, Renee Sanford; brother, Klaus Damerau; sister, Hildegard Widera; twelve grandchildren, four great grandchildren with two more on the way; and a host of other family and friends.

Erwin grew up in a small town outside of Berlin called Marienfelde and spent a lot of time on his grandfather’s farm.  At the age of 14, he began his apprenticeship as Tool& Die Maker with Siemens.  A year later he was drafted by German Army at the end of World War II.  After the war, he went back to work for Siemens to finish his apprenticeship and it was then that he met his future wife, Ursula.  He and Ursula were married in 1950 and immigrated to the United States several years later.  Shortly after arriving in the US he was drafted by the US Army.  Being the proud patriot, he served his new country and became a citizen while stationed at Fort Polk in Louisiana.  His family would eventually relocate to Texas and settle in the Pearland area.  Erwin was a devoted member of St. Helen Catholic Church for over 50 years and originally attended church when it was simply a Mission with the priests coming from Alvin to hold Mass.  He was active in the Parish Council, served as chairman of the BBQ shortly after the yearly bazaars were formed, and was active with the Knights of Columbus.  Erwin continued working as a tool & die maker his entire life until retiring at the age of 82.  He enjoyed deer hunting, flounder gigging and spending time with his grandchildren.  Erwin will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A funeral mass for Erwin will be held Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 10:00 am at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Rd., Pearland, Texas 77581 with Father James Courville officiating.

Aug '15

Dharmawardene, Leslie N.


Leslie N. Dharmawardene, 62, passed away Sunday, August 23, 2015.  He is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Ramanie R. Rajapakse; sons, Devinda Dharmawardene and Chamikera Dharmawardene; two brothers, four sisters, and a host of other family and friends.

Leslie was a teaching instructor for over 29 years in his home country of Sri Lanka.  He relocated to the United States and served as Water Filtration Plant Operator for the City of Houston.  Leslie was an excellent provider for his family and devoted father to his sons.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

A funeral service for Leslie will be held Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 4:00 until 6:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  

Aug '15

Armstrong, Rosemary


Rosemary Armstrong – Born 3/13/1924 in Ottumwa, Iowa to George and Nora Smith and went into the arms of her Lord 8/23/15 in Pasadena, TX.  She is survived by her husband of 73 years, John  A. Armstrong; daughter Polly Davidson and her husband  Bill Davidson of Conroe;  daughter Karen Bridges of Channelview;  grandson Russ Rosamond and his wife Karen of Pasadena;  granddaughter Gina Davidson of Conroe, granddaughter Viki Bridges; great grandson Josh Bridges.  A host of cousins, nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her brother Bob Smith of Bryan, grandson Billy Davidson; son-in-law Allen Rosamond and son-in-law Wayne Bridges and daughter in law Mandy Rosamond.

Rosemary was the rock of the family.  She loved life, she loved her family.  She was loved and respected by many.  She will be missed by many. Her kitties, Annie, Smokey, Tiger, and Spooky will miss their Granny.

A celebration of life will be held at her home on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The family requests donations to the Houston SPCA in lieu of flowers.

God Bless you Mom.  You’re one of God’s angels now.


Aug '15

Kirby, Elizabeth Jean


Elizabeth “Jeanne” Kirby, 83 passed away Monday, August 10, 2015.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Pat Pitre.  Jeanne is survived by her brother, Larry Pitre and wife, Pam; children Martha Greene and husband Hank, Tim Kirby, Keith Kirby and wife, Teresa; 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; nephew, Brad Pitre; and a host of many other family and friends.

Jeanne was born on March 26, 1932 in Houston, Texas. The most important thing in Jeanne’s life were her family and friends. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  When she wasn’t busy with her family or friends, she enjoyed watching her favorite shows on HGTV and the Food Network. She had a passion for football and loved watching her hometown team the Houston Texans. She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Lung Cancer Association. A memorial Service for Elizabeth “Jeanne” Kirby will be held Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Clayton Funeral home, 5530 W Broadway Pearland, TX 77581.

Aug '15

Crye, George Thomas


George Thomas Crye, 82, passed away Saturday, August 8, 2015.  He is preceded in death by parents, George and Nona Crye; and brother, Gene Crye.  George is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Louise Crye; son, Bruce Juneau and wife, Leslie; daughters, Gail Juneau Matthews and husband, George, Jackie Juneau Bordelon and husband, Rodney; sister, Betty Brashier; grandchildren, Keith Ford, Chad Monk, Tina Smith, Chris Monk, and Vanessa Anderson; great grandchildren, Josh Ford, Cora Smith, and Cannon Smith; nephews, Randy Brashier and wife, Judy, Buba Crye and wife, Randi; and a host of other family and friends.

George was born in Springfield, Arkansas on January 22, 1933. George proudly served his country in the United States Army.  He had a successful career in the steel industry and had a great reputation as being a “start-up” specialist.  He was a strong Christian with good moral character. In his earlier years, he enjoyed the outdoors and loved hunting and fishing.  George had a gifted green thumb and he enjoyed gardening throughout his life.  He was also an avid reader and enjoyed sitting in his recliner and reading his Kindle.  He could even be seen sitting out back enjoying a good cigar. George also enjoyed woodworking and making trunks for his family. He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation for George will be held Wednesday, August 12, 2015 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The graveside service for George will be held Friday, August 14, 2015 at 10:00 am at Bordelon Cemetery in Marksville, Louisiana.


Aug '15

Chavez, Yolanda



Yolanda Chavez, 65, passed away Friday, August 7, 2015.  She is preceded in death by her sister, Maria Jimenez.  Yolanda is survived by her mother, Lupe Chavez; brother, Joe Raymond Rodriguez; nephews, Frank Jimenez Jr and wife, Zonia, Richard Jimenez and wife, Arcilia, Ernest Jimenez and wife, Olivia, Joe Rodriguez and wife, Yesenia, Johnny Rodriguez, Rudy Rodriguez and wife, Emelia; nieces, Mary Alice Vasquez and husband, Ricky, Belinda Garcia and husband, Eddie, Cindy Rodriguez, Carmelita Olivares; and a host of other family and friends.

Yolanda had a successful career with American Building Maintenance where she worked as a District Manager for many years.  She had strong opinions and you always knew where she stood on a variety of topics.  Yolanda was an excellent daughter and caregiver for her mother and loved all of her nieces, nephews and their children.  She was devoted to her family and cherished spending time with all of them.  Yolanda enjoyed playing bingo and going to Louisiana to gamble.  She truly had a servants heart and was always looking for ways to help others.  Her caring nature also extended to special causes and her church where she devoted her time, energy and resources to help others.  Yolanda will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A visitation and Rosary service for Yolanda will be held Thursday, August 13, 2015 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will take place from 5:00 until 8:00 pm with the Rosary recited at 6:00 pm.  Another visitation and Rosary will be held at Charlie Marshall Funeral Home, 2003 W. Wheeler Avenue, Aransas Pass, Texas 78336. The visitation and Rosary will be held Friday, August 14, 2015 from 3:00 until 9:00 pm with the Rosary recited at 7:00 pm.  The funeral mass will take place Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 10:00 am at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 2414 Main Street, Ingleside, Texas 78362 with Father Thomas Wellar officiating.  Interment will follow at San Ignacio Cemetery in Ingleside, Texas.


Aug '15

Joiner, Reverend Dr. Robert “Bob” Davis


Reverend Dr. Robert “Bob” D. Joiner, Jr., 86, passed away Friday, August 7, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Effie (Sue) Harwell Joiner; and sister, Joanna Joiner.  Bob is survived by his loving wife, Kathryn (Kay) Wolfer Joiner; children, Mia Joiner-Moore and spouse, Liz Moore, Mike Joiner and spouse, Kathy, Misa Batcheller and spouse Craig; brother, Marvin Joiner and spouse, Joyce, sister-in-law, Patricia Wolfer; grandchildren, Jodi Batcheller, Miles Jones, Steffi Batcheller, Christopher Joiner; great grandchildren, Lynix Gannod, Thurston Kirk; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.

Bob grew up in Gilmer and Tyler, Texas.  He was a dedicated servant to his Lord and his congregations throughout his life.  Bob served as an ordained Methodist minister for 62 years.  He was a graduate of Southwestern University, Southern Methodist University and Drew University.  Bob proudly served as minister at First Methodist Church, Pasadena, Holy Trinity UMC, Houston, Perritte Memorial UMC, Nacogdoches, St. Paul’s UMC, Baytown, Sunset UMC, Pasadena, League City UMC, League City, Canterbury UMC, Alief, Chapelwood UMC, Lake Jackson, and First UMC, Pearland. His dedication to his community also included serving as a volunteer fireman in Nacogdoches and Houston, as a Rotarian and a member of Optimist International.  Bob could be found most days visiting the sick in hospitals, nursing homes, and shut-ins who could not make it to church.  He was the true definition of a pastor; someone who watched over their church members as a shepherd watches over his flock. Bob will be greatly missed by his family, his many church families and the communities he served.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First UMC, Pearland at www.fumcpearland.org      A Memorial Service for Bob will be held Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 10:00 am at the First United Methodist Church, 2314 N. Grand Blvd., Pearland, Texas 77581.  A private family burial will be held at a later time.


Aug '15

Blair, Winford Royce


Winford Royce Blair, 70, passed away peacefully at his home on August 6, 2015.  Royce was preceded in death by his parents Lee Roy and Merleigh Milam Blair and sister, Judy Bridges. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 46 years Karen Blankenship Blair; daughters, Alison Kathleen Blair and Ashley Blair Ohman and husband Trent; granddaughters, Blair Kathleen and Grace Eugenia Ohman, brother, Lynn Blair and wife Chris; sisters, Carolyn Byrnes, June Dunlap and husband, Robert; sister-in-law Eugenia Blankenship Zibby, several nieces and nephews, and many friends.  He was also proceeded in death by his father and mother-in-law Robert and Kathleen Blankenship, and brothers-in-law Jim Byrnes and Michael P. Zibby.

Royce was born April 22, 1945 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He grew up in East Texas and graduated from Longview High School. He enjoyed the great outdoors, where he loved to hunt and fish throughout his life.  He also enjoyed country music and even had a little group that got together to play and sing.  Royce and Karen met in college at Lamar University. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force, where he attained the rank of Captain.  He had a successful 43 year career with Stewart and Stevenson Corporation, where he held numerous management positions.  Royce was a wonderful husband, father and provider for his family.  One of Royce’s greatest roles was being “Grandad” to Blair and Grace.

If desired, memorials may be made in Royce’s memory to Caring Ministries at St. Luke’s Methodist Church or to a charity of your choice.  A memorial service will be Friday, August 28 at 11:00 in the chapel of St. Luke’s Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Rd., Houston, Texas 77027.


Aug '15

Massie, James “Don Jaime”


James “Don Jaime” Massie, 55, passed away August 5, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Lou Pipkins Massie.  James is survived by his son, Andy Massie; daughter, Jessica Massie; brothers, Sam Massie and wife, Teresa, Joe Massie; sister, Marcy Deprow and husband Howard; grandson, Samuel Baird; sister-in-law, Faith Massie and a host of many other family and friends.

James was known to many as Don Jaime.  He enjoyed all types of charity work and events with his motorcycle club members and friends. He collected all types of memorabilia, loved building model cars and spending time with his family.  He also had a great eye for detail and you could see it in everything he did.  James had a great sense of humor, enjoyed a good joke and always had smile on his face.  He loved spending time with his family and going out to eat Mexican food which was his favorite.  James lived life to the fullest, enjoyed riding his motorcycle and never looked back.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation for James will be on Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Clayton Funeral Home 5530 W. Broadway Pearland, TX 77581.  The funeral service will be on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 11:00am also at the funeral home with Chaplain Joan Wynn officiating.  In lieu of flowers please make donations at http://www.youcaring.com/jessica-massie-407726#.VcNuGyiyv98.facebook

Aug '15

Kelm, Russell Lee


Russell Lee Kelm, 67, passed away Tuesday, August, 4, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Rosaline and Raymond Kelm; and his first wife, Dana Kelm.  Russell is survived by his brother, Curtis Kelm, Sr.; his long time girlfriend, Michele Times and her daughter, Jamie Burns.

Russell enjoyed the outdoors and one of his favorite pastimes was fishing.  He loved traveling and seeing different parts of the country.  He was known to have a sweet tooth and loved all kinds of sweets and desserts.  Russell loved going to the casinos and gambling with his friends.  He also enjoyed spending time at home and watching his favorite reality television.  He cherished spending time with his family and had a special place in his heart for his beloved dog, Casper.  Russell will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

The family would like to thank their close friends who have been helping them through this difficult time.

A memorial service for Russell will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway Pearland, Texas 77581.

Aug '15

Craft, Mason Joseph

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Mason Joseph Craft was taken home to be with his Lord on August 3, 2015.  He is survived by his mother Amanda Craft and his “D.D.” Danny Behnke; Grandparents, Lori & Joe Craft and Paula & Mark Swanberg; Great Grandparents, Joe D. Craft Sr. and his wife Lou, Shirley T. Craft, Edna & Vernon Swanberg, Angie & Donnie Campbell and Donna Pfeiffer; Aunts, Kristin & Courtney Craft; and a host of many other family and friends.

Born on December 7, 2012 at 4:33pm, weighing 7lbs and 3.4 oz. Ever since the day he was born he was the light of our lives. There were so many people’s lives he changed for the better. He brought joy and love to us every day. He was an Aggie, a Gamecock, and of course a Texan. Mason was too smart for his own good.  There wasn’t anything electronic that he didn’t know how to work.  He lived on his tablet doing puzzles and mimicked the sound of every farm animal he knew. He loved Mickey Mouse and his two favorite teddy bears that he carried around with him everywhere. He loved making a mess and half of the time he would pick up after himself. Mason always had a precious little smile on his face and that was because he was always so happy.. He adored his two aunts and uncle because they let him get away with almost anything. He loved being outside, playing with his dogs and swimming with his family.  Mason’s light will continue to shine bright in the hearts of all his family that loved him dearly.

A visitation for Mason will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2015 beginning at 10:30am at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway Pearland, TX 77581.  The funeral service will begin promptly at 12:00 noon on the same day with Pastor John Mark Benson officiating.  The interment will be on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 12:30pm at Forest Park East Cemetery 21620 Gulf Freeway (I-45 South) Webster, TX 77598.