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Sun
21
Dec '14

Moss, Gary Wayne

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Gary Wayne Moss, 56, passed away Sunday, December 21, 2014.  He is preceded in death by his daughter, Megan Moss.  Gary is survived by his father Lewis Moss and wife, Sidney; mother, Rita Hoover and husband, Travis; his loving wife of 18 years, Danette Moss; daughters, Alichia and Laura Moss; brother, Lewis Moss Jr. and wife, Sharon; sisters, Charla Bradley and husband, David, LeLainya Moss; grandchildren, Diamadi, William, Jorge, Jaeden and Arijana; and a host of other family and friends.

Gary was a carpenter and a free spirit that traveled the country by the seat of his pants, working along the way to get to the next place.  When he met Danette, he settled down and became a stay-at-home Dad.  He loved his family very much and had a strong commitment to them.  Gary was strong in his faith and maintained strong determination throughout his health issues. He and Danette were truly best friends and loved their life together. He will be remembered for his love of old western movies and the joy he got from going fishing.  Gary will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation for Gary will be held Monday, December 22, 2014 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The graveside service will take place at 9:00 am at SouthPark Cemetery, 1310 North Main Street, Pearland, Texas 77581 with DC Brown officiating.

Sat
20
Dec '14

Cogbill, Basil Leon

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Basil Leon Cogbill, 97, passed away Saturday, December 20, 2014.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Etta Cogbill; his loving wife of 71 years, Carrie Mae Cogbill; five brothers and five sisters; and grandchild, Jon Cogbill.  Basil is survived by son, Steve Cogbill and wife, Elaine; sister, Mildred Bradshaw; grandchildren, Sherri Lyn Snedecor, Stephanie Rene Wadowsky; great grandchildren, Blake Austin and River Cogbill; and a host of other family and friends.

Basil was an excellent provider for his family and was a successful sheet metal fabricator.  His greatest accomplishment was his family.  Basil especially enjoyed watching his son, Steve played sports while he was growing up.  He loved spending time with his family and grandchildren traveling in their motor home.  Basil served on the City Council in Pearland in the late 1960’s.  He stayed very active throughout his life and loved bowling; playing in leagues well into his late 80s.  Basil will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation and service for Basil will be held Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will begin at 10:00 am and the service will follow at 11:00 am with Pastor Rex Forsyth officiating.  Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland.

Fri
19
Dec '14

Fish, Robert Edward

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Robert Edward Fish, 81, passed away Friday, December 19, 2014.   He is preceded in death by his parents, Thurston Fish and Silva Fish Swanson; and brother, Charles Fish.  Bob is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Carol Fish; daughters, Sue Ellyn Staggs and husband Jeff; Cathy  Donnelly and husband, Wayne; Linda McClelland and husband, Jerry; Sandy Seaborg and husband, Steve; grandchildren, Nicole and Jereme McClelland, Travis and Brett Donnelly.

Bob was born in Plainfield Illinois and looked forward to returning annually.  After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.   He retired from Northern Illinois Gas after thirty two years.  During those years he also completed his college degree.  Bob was an active member of the United Methodist Church.  He was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge, a Junior Achievement sponsor and Rotarian.

After retirement Bob and Carol lived in several communities where he enjoyed playing golf, card games, and meeting new people.  He liked to travel but most of all he loved spending time with family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s honor to First United Methodist Church or Country Place Foundation.  The memorial service for Bob will be held Friday, December 26, 2014 at 11:00 am at First United Methodist Church, 2314 N. Grand Blvd., Pearland, Texas 77581 with Dr. Bob Joiner officiating.

Wed
17
Dec '14

Falco, Joseph “Joe” Anthony

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It is with great sadness the family of Joseph Anthony Falco, 64, announces his passing on December 17, 2014.  His final days were spent surrounded by family in his League City home.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Anna Falco; son, Christopher Falco; daughter, Angela Ratzlaff; and sister, Vincent Tacker.

Joe is survived by his wife of 35 years, Connie Falco; children; Jason Falco, Kristina and JT Deel, Andrea and Kevin Ross and Monte Ratzlaff; grandchildren: Avery and Mason Falco, Haley and Tyler Deel, Reese and Raylee Ross, and Emma, Landon and Cole Ratzlaff; siblings; Nunzio and Cindy Falco, Rosie and Sammy Tull, Ann and Tim Paulissen, Charlie and Shawna Falco and many nieces and nephews.

Joe was born November 19, 1950 in Marlin, Texas to Anthony and Anna Falco. He attended Marlin High School and continued his education at Tyler Junior College. He was a pipe fitter welder for 25 years for the Local Union 211.  Seventeen years ago he begin his own business, Joe’s Amusements, giving him the flexibility to set his work schedule around his favorite past time; golf.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, playing golf with his wife and friends, fishing with his siblings and playing with his grandchildren.  Though too short, his life was filled love and happiness.

The visitation for Joe will be held Sunday, December 21, 2014 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm with a Rosary recited at 6:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral service will take place Monday, December 22, 2014 at 11:00 at the funeral home.  Interment will follow the service at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas.

Wed
17
Dec '14

Clay Banjo

On Wednesday, December 17, 2014, Austin lost its most unique and unforgettable voice when John Clay died.  Intense, direct and fiercely distinct, with a vicious honesty that was tempered only by his innocent sense of humor, John had an innate ability to capture the very stuff of life in such a very few words. Still, many of his songs like “West Texas Memories” were notorious for length, yet they brought listeners along for a seemingly endless trip through the flat-lands that turned out to be over much too soon.  Some, like “Mr. Bowly’s Still” or the “Meter Reader” were deliciously compact, like cummings with capitalization, set to music.

In a world of pretenders, John was an observer. Between the lack of pretense and the brutal nature of his observational skills, it is no wonder that his art is obscure. But the stark and predictive despair of “The Anson Runaway”, the knife-edge hilarity of “America After Five”, raucous commentary of “Bad Boys, Come Home”, or the sweet and genuine sadness of “Return to Florida” open the door to more than a few worlds that have all but disappeared.  The Lost Austin Band snidely, perfectly balanced John’s erratic performances with a deftness that only true friendship could lend to the unpredictability of genius.  With the passing of John Clay and his counterpoint in the late Leo Sullivan, Austin leaves behind an era many of us will cherish as long as we live.

By Dan Foster

Sat
13
Dec '14

Nuñez, Richard “Dickie”

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Richard “Dickie” Nuñez, 57, passed away Saturday, December 13, 2014.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Vera Nuñez.  Dickie is survived by his loving wife, Theresa Nuñez; daughters, Melissa Nuñez, Jessica Elzy; step-daughter, Crystal Gonzales; brothers, Ron Nuñez, Jason Nuñez and wife, Rachelle; sisters, Vera Lynn Smith and husband, David, Yvette Bonvillain and husband, Mickey; grandchildren, Emma, Delilah, Tyra and Alfonso Jr.; and a host of other family and friends.

Dickie was an excellent provider for his family and truly enjoyed his job. Although, Houston was his hometown, Dickie lived in Ohio for many years and considered Ohio his second home. He had many friends there who will miss him dearly. His illness brought him and Theresa back to Houston.  He was a mentor to his entire family, teaching them all the importance of family values.  Dickie loved camping outdoors and traveling and was very spontaneous.  He enjoyed cooking and spending time with his family.  Dickie was affectionately known as “Pop Pop” and “PePaw” to his grandchildren.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A Memorial Service for Dickie will be held Friday, December 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.

Thu
11
Dec '14

Allen, Alvis Evin

Alvis Evin Allen, 97, passed away Thursday, December 11, 2014.  He is preceded in death by his parents, John Henry and Lenora Ann; his loving wife of 64 years, Belva Allen; four brothers and six sisters.  Alvis is survived by his daughters, Karen Elaine Ross and husband, Patrick, Brenda Louise Covington and husband, John, Marla Arleen Fikes, Marsha Leigh Johnson and husband, Ron; grandchildren, Michelle Smaistrla and husband, Blake, Michael Ross and wife, Jill, Michael Covington, Tony McNickle and wife, Kelly, Janet Jacobs, Lynn Miller, and John A. Covington; great grandchildren, Matthew and Christopher Loubiere, Grayson and Carter Smaistrla, Trevor Robinson, Ashlyn and Taylor Ross, and River McNickle; and a host of other family and friends.

Alvis proudly served his country during World War II in the United States Army Air Corps.  He was the third oldest of eleven children.  Alvis was a hard-working and devoted family man that cherished his wife Belva and their four daughters.  He maintained excellent health throughout his life and stayed very active.  Alvis was affectionately known as “Granddaddy” to his grandchildren and “Poppy” to his great grandchildren and he always looked forward to spending time with them.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation for Alvis will be held Monday, December 15, 2014 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral service will take place Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 10:00 am at the funeral home with Pastor Pat Windham officiating.  Interment with military honors will follow at Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas.

Mon
8
Dec '14

Reyna-Gray, Erica Jannette

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Erica Jannette Reyna-Gray, 27, passed away Monday, December 8, 2014.  She is survived by her parents, Mario and Irma Reyna; her loving husband, Brandon Gray; daughter, Ily Mikayla Gray; grandparents, Cristobal and Maria Garcia, Glafiro Reyna; brother, Mario Reyna; sister, Andrea Reyna; Henry and Beverly Gray; and a host of other family and friends.

Erica was a true patriot who proudly served her country in the United States Air Force.  She was well-built in her faith spreading God’s hope by the manner in which she willingly and gracefully accepted to partake in Christ’s cross. With few words and her fearless acceptance of God’s will she could effortlessly inspire many.  Erica was a devoted daughter, sister, wife and mother that doted on her daughter, Ily.  Throughout her battle with cancer, Erica was determined to fight and maintained a sense of inner peace which inspired everyone around her, including many unfamiliar persons.  She will forever be remembered for her unique, amazing heart, her warrior spirit, and her steady persevering force.  Erica loved many and many loved her.  She took to heaven, for God’s eternal glory, a great deal of love and prayers from family, friends and strangers. Erica will absolutely be deeply missed by those who knew and loved her.

A visitation for Erica will be held Thursday, December 18, 2014 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral service will take place Friday, December 19, 2014 at 10:00 am at CT Legacy Church, 9701 Almeda Genoa, Houston, Texas 77075 with Pastor Vaughn Walwyn officiating.  Interment with military honors will follow at Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas

Fri
5
Dec '14

Anderson, Claude Lester

Anderson

Claude Lester Anderson, 86, passed away Friday, December 5, 2014.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Susie Anderson; son, Arthur Anderson; four brothers and two sisters.  Claude is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Leona Anderson; daughter, Pauline Mathews and husband, Stephen; grandchildren, Blake and Brent Mathews; and a host of other family and friends.

Claude was an excellent provider for his family and had a very strong work ethic.  For over 25 years he worked as a professional painter, starting off as a contractor with his good friend and partner before moving to a career at Methodist Hospital. Claude also loved the outdoors and enjoyed breaking horses.  He always enjoyed working with them and could appreciate their different personalities. Claude was an avid fisherman and loved taking his family fishing.  He was affectionately known as “Grandpa” to his grandsons and he cherished spending time with them.  Claude had a great sense of humor and always enjoyed either telling or hearing a good joke.  He was strong in his faith, found great joy in studying his Bible, and regularly attended the Pearland Church of Christ for more than 53 years.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

A visitation and funeral service for Claude will be held Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will be from 5:00 until 6:00 pm, and the funeral service will follow beginning at 6:00 pm with D.C. Brown officiating. The graveside interment will take place Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm at Bateman Cemetery near Bastrop, Texas.

Sun
30
Nov '14

Maples, Thomas Everett

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Thomas Everett Maples, 75, passed away Sunday, November 30, 2014.  He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Shirley Maples; sons, Thomas Maples Jr. and wife, Yvonne, Todd Maples and wife, Annemarie, Tobin Maples and wife, Heather; brother, Calvin Maples and wife, Donna; grandchildren, Haiden, Tait, Teag, Brandon, Zane and Tai Maples; and a host of other family and friends.

Tom proudly served his country in the United States Army for 20 years.  He was a Vietnam Veteran and retired with the rank of Major. Following his retirement from the military, he worked as a business executive for Executone.  Thomas was an avid golfer and lived on a golf course.  He and Shirley enjoyed many happy times together golfing.  Tom was strong in his faith and served the Almeda United Methodist Church for many years as Treasurer and Chairman of the Board.  He was affectionately known as “Grandpap” and “PapPap” to his grandchildren and he cherished spending time with them.  Thomas will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation for Tom will be held Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral service will take place, Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 10:00 am at the funeral home with Rev. Frances Foger officiating.  Interment with military honors will take place at Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas.  The gate time for interment will be 12:30 pm in lane 1.  In lieu of flowers, donations to MD Anderson Cancer Hospital would be appreciated.

Fri
28
Nov '14

Taylor, Thomas G

Taylor

Thomas G. Taylor, 62, passed away Friday, November 28, 2014.  He is preceded in death by his loving parents, Helen and Bert Brackman and his father, William Taylor. Thomas is survived by his three sisters and their husbands, Darvon and Joel Webb, Paul “Clay” and Linda Ballard, Lloyd, deceased, and Joan Benoit plus many relatives and friends.

Thomas was born January 12, 1952 in Houston , Texas.  He was a resident of Pearland during his childhood and graduated from Pearland High School.  Family and friends are comforted in knowing he was a Christian man and attended Pearland First Baptist Church throughout his life.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army. Thomas’s career was spent as an Abled Body Seaman in the Merchant Marines during which he visited many ports of call.

A graveside service with military honors for Thomas will be held Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 1:45 pm at Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas.

Thu
27
Nov '14

Schweers, Johanna

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Johanna Schweers, 51, passed away Thursday, November 27, 2014.  She is preceded in death by her father, William Fant.  Johanna is survived by her mother, Billie Blake Fant; her loving husband of 21 years, John Schweers; son, Stewart Schweers; daughter, Olivia Schweers; brother, Mark Fant; sister, Debbie Fant and her husband, Cary Lung; and a host of other family and friends.

Johanna was a devoted wife, mother, daughter and sister.  Her family and her children were her life, and she was considered by her family as the ultimate nurturer as she always put others’ needs before her own.  Johanna was strong in her faith and wanted to see the good in the world.  She was widely known for her dry sense of humor—being the “Queen of Puns”—and her love of jokes.  Johanna was an extremely creative and wonderful cook who delighted in being in the kitchen.  She had an extraordinarily compassionate and empathetic nature.  Johanna will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

A visitation and service for Johanna will be held Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the service will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Scott Cummings officiating.    For those desiring, donations may be made in Johanna’s name to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, New York City, NY 10004 or Peace Presbyterian Church, 1801 Country Place Parkway, Pearland, TX 77584.