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Aug '14

Stafford, Jerry Ivan

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Jerry Ivan Stafford, 73, passed away on Wednesday, August 27, 2014.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Eula Stafford; and son, Dennis Craig Stafford.  Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Lynda Stafford; daughter, Marilyn Allison and husband, Mike; daughter- in-law, Melissa Sosebee and husband, Len; sisters, Tressie Spradling, Karen Rumbaugh and husband, Billy; grandchildren, Jacob, Caroline, Jenna, Jake, Benjamin, Josh, and Sarah; and a host of other family and friends.

Jerry enjoyed a successful career with Amoco as an electrical engineer and then went on to his true passion of teaching.  He was a college professor for more than 25 years at Texas Lutheran College and Amarillo College.  He was always doing for others but never wanted credit or recognition.  Jerry was very courageous in his battle with cancer and was the epitome of grace and strength throughout his illness.  He was affectionately known as “Poppy” to his grandchildren and was a pushover for whatever they wanted to do. Jerry enjoyed playing golf back in Amarillo with his golf buddies.  He was a graduate of Texas Tech University and always supported his Red Raiders.  Jerry will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A graveside service for Jerry will be held on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Llano Cemetery in Amarillo, Texas with Pastor Howard Batson officiating.

Aug '14

Neitzey, George F. Sr.


George F. Neitzey, Sr., 78, passed away on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Regina Neitzey.  George is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Margaret Neitzey; sons, George Neitzey, Jr. and wife, Cassie; John Neitzey; Mark Neitzey and wife, Jennifer, Nick Neitzey and wife, Hilari; daughters, Diana Neitzey, Cindy Anthis and husband, Joel; brothers, Joe Neitzey and wife, Kathleen, Frank Neitzey and wife, Sharon; sisters, Mary Daly and husband, Jack, Jane Fahey and husband, Mike, Margaret Godson and husband, Jack; grandchildren, Patrick Neitzey, Austin Anthis, Georgia Neitzey, Harper Neitzey, Allison Anthis, Kyle Neitzey, Abby Anthis, Hattie Neitzey, AnnaGrace Anthis, and one on the way, Ragan Neitzey; and a host of other family and friends.

George was a wonderful role model and provider for his family.  He was a 50 year member of the IBEW and was a “top dollar” foreman electrician.  George had many successful years in sales management with Greenlee Tool Company.  He was truly devoted to his family and made sure to have an active part in the lives and activities of all six of his children.  George always managed to attend football games, track and gymnastic meets, golf tournaments, soccer and baseball games and as many recitals and plays as he could.  Although his health had prevented him from being as active in the lives of his nine grandchildren, he loved them dearly and cherished visits and catching up on their latest activities.  George was an avid sports fan and could be found many Sundays rooting for his favorite Washington Redskins or more recently for the Houston Texans.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff and administration at Windsong Village and Memorial Hermann Southeast for all their care, support and attention.  In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made in George’s honor to Christ Clinic at 5504 First Street, Katy, Texas 77493 or online at www.christclinickaty.org/make-a-donation.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for George will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 6502 County Road 48, Manvel, Texas 77578.  The family will be receiving guests beginning at 10;00 am and the memorial service will follow at 11:00 am with Father Tom Ponzini officiating.

Aug '14

Schreyer, Jennie Rayls


Jennie Rayls Schreyer, 66, passed away on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Hilda Rayls; and brother, Gordon Dittmer.  Jennie is survived by her loving husband, Glenn Schreyer; daughters, Megan Schreyer and Julie Lang; brothers, James, Marlin, Joe and Kennie Dittmer; one grandson; and a host of other family and friends.

Jennie worked for over 26 years as an Executive Assistant for doctors at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.  She fought a courageous battle with cancer and maintained an active life without letting her illness slow her down. She enjoyed shopping, wine tastings and visiting vineyards.  Jennie and Glenn always looked forward to traveling and went on several cruises over the years.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved them.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jennie’s honor to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in her name at www.mdanderson.org.  A Memorial Service for Jennie will be held on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581 with Pastor Keith Anderson officiating.

Aug '14

Spears, Donald Joe

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Donald J. Spears passed away on Monday, August 18, 2014.  Don was born on the 28th of April, 1927, in Corsicana, Texas, son of Thelma J. and F.H. (Jake) Spears. Don grew up in the Houston area, graduated from Reagan High School, attended Rice University prior to enlisting in the US Navy at the age of 17, served in the Navy as Aviation Machinist’s Mate during World War II and the Korean War, and graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Don is preceded in death by his parents, sister and grandson, Thelma J. and F.H. (Jake) Spears, Beverly Duvall Stallcup, and Edward L. Koslosky, Jr.  He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Linda; his daughter Sandra Jo Siddall; his son Robert (Dusty) W. Spears; his step-daughter Jennifer Lynn Webb and  husband, J. Kiley Webb; his grandson Donald Frank Koslosky and wife Cathe; his great-grandson Christopher L. Koslosky; his great-grandson Edward (Eddie) L. Koslosky III and wife Christi; step-grandson and step-granddaughter Dylan Kiley Webb and Grace Lynn Webb. He is also survived by nieces Gwen Gough, and husband, Don; Patsy Ann Farrar; Becky Heeney and husband, Neil; Jean Haden and nephews Albert Bacarrisse and wife Bettie; Jerry Bacarrisse and wife Mary Beth; Lester Bacarrisse; and Ross Lynn Leone.

Don’s career included successful years in sales and sales management with Carnation Milk, Consolidated Building Products, Honeywell Computers, Singer Computers, Burroughs/Graphic Sciences and Hughes Offshore.  Don loved the great outdoors and enjoyed boating, hunting and fishing in the areas around Houston and Galveston. Don treasured the many friendships he made over the years, including time as a member of the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook: boating, playing tennis and attending varied social activities.  His most recent years in Pearland offered a beautiful view of nature through the back windows of his home, which provided much pleasure for Don.  At all times, Don cared deeply for his many pets who were treated royally and were always a major part of his life.

The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at The Methodist Hospital for their kindness and care of Don in his final days.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Society, the American Heart Association, or to the charity of your choice.  A Memorial Service for Don will be held on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at ­­­­­­­­2:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581 with Pastor Keith Anderson officiating.

Aug '14

Bautista, Elvira Anna Garza

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Elvira Anna Garza Bautista, 47, passed away on Saturday, August 16, 2014.  She is preceded in death by her father, Asension Torres.  Elvira is survived by her mother, Andalecia Torres; son, Rigoberto Bautista; daughters, Maricela Carbajal and husband, Gary Mitchell, Franceli Carbajal, Jeanene Torres; grandchildren, Marco Antonio Balderas and Cameron Antonio Mitchell; and a host of other family and friends.

A visitation and funeral service for Elvira will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581.  The visitation will take place at 9:00 am and the funeral service will follow beginning at 11:00 am.  Interment will follow at Houston Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.

Aug '14

Arrendondo, Samuel Roel Avila

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Samuel Roel Avila Arrendondo, 11, passed away on Thursday, August 14, 2014. He is survived by his parents, Lizabeth and Francisco Arrendondo; sisters, Aylinn Gisselle Avila and Susie Isabel Arrendondo; and a host of other family and friends.

Samuel loved his family and was very close to his sisters.  He always made sure to put everyone else’s feelings first and was well loved at school by all of his classmates.  Samuel was a big Houston Texans fan, enjoyed playing soccer, baseball and riding his bike.  Growing up with two sisters, they made sure to teach Samuel how to act and treat girls, and by doing so, he became the favorite of all the girls in his class.

A private family funeral service for Samuel will be held on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 10:00 am at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581 with Deacon Richard Reyes officiating.

Aug '14

Nealey, Loraine Southall

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Loraine Southall Nealey went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 2, 2014.  She was born on March 20, 1933 to Mr. Isham Southall and Eliza Sampson in El Maton, Texas.  Loraine received Christ at an early age and attended Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Markham, Texas.  She was raised by her grandparents, Jack and Lucy Harrison, and largely influenced by her aunt, Pearl Jones (Totsie).  Loraine joined Mt. Hebron Missionary Baptist Church remained a faithful member for over 40 years until her death.

She was a graduate of Hilliard High School in 1949.  The “almighty 49ers” were a close knit group of friends.  Loraine always remained an active member of the Houston Chapter of the Hilliard Alumni Association.  After high school, she attended Prairie View A&M University (PVU) from 1949 until 1953 and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.  Loraine was an active PVU Alumni member and believed in giving back to the university.  While attending PVU, she also met her husband, James E. Green, whom she married in 1957.  To this union, two children were born, Vincent Edward Green and Tammi Green Smith.

She started her teaching career in El Maton, Texas.  After teaching for 3 years in the Bay City area, she and her husband moved to Houston.  Loraine specialized in Elementary Education and worked at Gregory, Mading and Montgomery Elementary schools.  She loved teaching and served as a mentor for many new and upcoming professionals.  Loraine taught citizenship, respect for self and others and moral values.  She led by example and demonstrated great leadership.  Her career spanned 43 years and she loved every minute of it.

In 1970, Loraine married Leslie A. Nealey.  To this union, one daughter, Traci Nealey, was born.  Leslie preceded her in death in 2006.  Loraine was a strong and focused woman that believed that she could do anything through Christ who strengthened her.  She befriended many people.  To know her was to love her.  She was very loyal to all of her friends… and there were many.  Loraine had unconditional love for her children.  They were her life.  In her retirement years, she enjoyed traveling, working in her yard and celebrating with family and friends.  She leaves to mourn, one son, Vincent Green; two daughters, Traci Nealey and Tammi Smith (Lawrence); two grandsons, Lawrence Smith and Byron Green; and one great grandson, Byron “BJ” Green II.  Loraine also leaves a host of family and close friends; namely, Wilma Jean Criswell, March Tramble, Maxine Curvey, Nathalia Binder, Henry Bush, Naomi Edison and Robbie Johnson – her true friends.

A visitation and wake service will be held on Friday, August 8, 2014 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will take place from 6:00 until 8:00 pm with the wake service beginning at 7:00 pm with Rev. Aaron Binder officiating.  The funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 10:00 am at Mt. Hebron Missionary Baptist Church, 7817 Calhoun Road, Houston, Texas 77033 with Rev. Max Miller officiating.  Interment will follow at Houston Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.

Aug '14

Hawkins, Cheryl Adams



Cheryl Adams Hawkins, 63, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Friday, August 1, 2014.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Quinton and Mary Ware; son, Clayton Adams III; and former husband, James Hawkins.  Cheryl is survived by her daughter, Candace Lovings and husband, Cedell; step-sons, Jimmie Hawkins and wife, Yvonne, Tony Hawkins and wife, Elizabeth; step-daughters, Cassandra Hawkins and husband, Chris, Cynthia Simpson and husband, James; grandchildren, Jibri, Simone, Ashton, Raelanah, Jaylin, Jamal Lauren, Tai, Dezmond, Donovan, and Jack; and a host of other family and friends.

Cheryl was a vivacious person who truly loved life.  She was a registered nurse for over 35 years and was with the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Antonio for 31 of those years.  Cheryl was a devoted mother and grandmother and tried to teach all around her to live life to the fullest.  She was a wonderful cook and always looked forward to opportunities to cook for her family and friends.  Affectionately known as “Grandma Cheryl,” she loved all of her children and grandchildren alike.  Cheryl was a big animal lover and loved her pet Schnauzer, “Sebastian.”  She will forever be remembered for her shopping, trying new foods and her love of life.  Cheryl will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A Memorial Service for Cheryl will be held on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 10:00 am at Lewis Funeral Home, 8111 S. WW White Rd., San Antonio, TX 78220, (210) 227-7281.

Jul '14

Sullivan, Emma Dorene

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Emma Dorene Sullivan completed her life on July 29th, 2014, after a year-long battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Her husband Jerrel and their three children, Terrie, Steven and Michael were at her home bedside, when she passed from this world to another.

She was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on the 26th of June, 1939, to the parents of John Wiley and Emma Dora Donham. She grew up in Oklahoma City and graduated from Northwest Classen High School. She met her future and present husband, Jerrel E. Sullivan while in high school and they married January 29, 1960. They remained married until she took her last breath. During their marriage they had three wonderful children, Terrie, Steven and Michael and three lovely grandchildren, Alfredo, Avery and Ethan.

Everything she did, everyone she touched, everything about her was grand, and her smile and laugh were infectious to everyone that ever met her. Above all, she lived her life for her family and she loved them dearly. Her very presence lit up a room because of her wonderful personality. She will be so dearly missed by so many people, from her husband, children, grandchildren, brother and sister in-laws whom she considered her brothers and sisters, many nieces and nephews, her bridge club ladies of 49 years and many, many friends. She loved everyone and everything, and was probably one of the most cheerful individuals you would meet in your lifetime.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at Houston’s First Baptist Church Chapel, 7401 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77024, on Monday, August 11th, 2014 at 2:00 PM. Immediately following the service, all are invited to greet the family in the adjacent reception room. In lieu of customary flowers and remembrances, a donation can be made to Houston’s First Baptist Church, the wonderful Blue Team of Houston Hospice for whom we are eternally grateful, or to the charity of one’s choice.

Jul '14

Hargrove, John Warren


John Warren Hargrove, of Pearland, Texas, born April 2, 1935, passed away July 20, 2014, at Methodist Hospital.

He was born on a farm near El Dorado Springs, Missouri, the first child of Howard and Helen Hargrove.  He is survived by his wife Sally, of the home, son Dan Hargrove (Sugar Land, TX) and daughter Sabra Hargrove and husband Larry Jones (Seabrook, TX), stepchildren, Trey Dent, Stephen Dent and wife, Laurie, Andrew Dent and wife, Ria;  four grandchildren—Morgan and Chris Hargrove and Moriah and Vincent Hargrove Anders; step grandchildren, Danielle, Desire, Jesse and Michelle Dent, Glenna Chisholm, Whittie and Digby Dent;  brother C. William Hargrove and wife Ermile (Kaneohe, HI) and sister R. Carol Culp and husband Rolland (Asheville, NC), and former wife Carol Ann Sharp.  He was predeceased by both parents and his brother Elmer O. Hargrove and wife Patricia.

After ten years of farm life, John moved to Lawrence, Kansas, attended public schools and graduated from The University of Kansas in 1959 with a degree in business.  He later earned his Professional Civil Engineering Certification while working for the U.S. Forest Service in Washington.

John’s initiative and deep sense of responsibility surfaced early in his life as he worked as a paperboy and later as assistant printer in the local print shop.  Other interests included playing in a community baseball league, building and flying model airplanes, and participating in the Boy Scouts, where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at the same ceremony as his brothers, a feat for which he was responsible.  This defined the man he would become.

Among his many interests were flying with the Faith flying club, piloting his Cessna, sailing his Dragonfly, attempting to dissect what is wrong with the Houston Texans, and debating the world with the guys at the amen table at Faith Lutheran Church.  His pride in his children and grandchildren was boundless as he avidly followed their pursuits.

John held three professional positions that gave him great satisfaction—the U.S. Forest Service , Boeing Company, and the City of Pearland.  While employed as the City of Pearland Engineer, he designed and managed the project of building the environmental waste management treatment facility which he was honored to have named for him.

Visitation will be at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 West Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581 on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Faith Lutheran Church, 4600 Bellaire Boulevard, Bellaire, TX at 2:00 p.m.

Memorial gifts are welcome for the Parkinson’s Foundation or the Faith Lutheran Church.

Jul '14

Brashier, Gary Daniel

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Gary Daniel Brashier, 55, of El Dorado, passed away July 18, 2014 at Lifetouch Hospice surrounded by his family and friends after a two year battle with cancer.  He was born in Houston, TX on August 19, 1958 to William Frances Brashier and the late Mary “Billy” Elizabeth Brashier.  He went to Galena Park High school where he played football.

He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather.  Gary believe in spreading the word of God whenever possible, he went on two separate mission trips to China and was actively involved with the youth group and Sunday school when his two girls were growing up.  In his early years, Gary worked with his father in construction and upon moving to El Dorado, he worked at AmerCable.

Gary is preceded in death by his mother, Mary “Billy” Elizabeth Brashier, a brother, William Michael Brashier; Charlie Emmitt Phillips and Estelle Phillips.

Gary is survived by his wife, Annie Dale Brashier of El Dorado; his father, William Frances Brashier, two children, Sandra E. McNeely and husband, Cody of Texarkana, TX and Bridgette Fitch and husband, Dustin of LaPorte, TX.  Three grandchildren, Bryce McNeely of Texarkana, Gaige LeGrand and Kilee Fitch of LaPorte, TX; brother, Clarence Wayne Brashier and wife, Janice of Pearland, TX; and two sisters, Frances Ann Fregia and Jodi Lynn Alley and husband, David of Humble, TX.  Friends, Phillip Rainwater, Linda Tanner, Jeff King and Bill Brashaw and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the John R. Williamson Hospice House, 2301 Champagnolle, El Dorado, AR 71730.  A Memorial Service of Gary will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.

Jul '14

Nedbalek, Ollie D.


Ollie D. Nedbalek, 92, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.  She is preceded in death by her parents, V.L. and Louise Kopecky; her husband, Emil “Ned” Nedbalek; two brothers and two sisters.  Ollie is survived by her sons, David and Ronald Nedbalek; daughter Carolyn Kirkley and husband, Dave; grandchildren, Tiffani Schuh and husband, Danny, Kristen Cantu and husband, Joseph; great granddaughter, Chloe Schuh; and a host of other family and friends.

Ollie was an excellent homemaker, a wonderful cook and a loving and caring mother to her family. She was strong in her faith and a lifelong Lutheran belonging to Ascension Lutheran Church and later, Epiphany Lutheran Church in Pearland. Raising her family with Christian values was important to her.

She celebrated her Czech heritage and belonged to SPJST Lodge 88 where they met lifelong friends, danced and listened to Czech music. She enjoyed entertaining whether it was at home for family and friends, or company functions.  She was very supportive and helpful to Ned in their successful Industrial Tooling business.

As a young woman, Ollie was very athletic and played basketball in school, even serving as the team captain. She continued to follow basketball throughout her life and enjoyed pro games and college games on television.  Ollie enjoyed gardening and growing beautiful flowers and was awarded “Yard of the Month” on several occasions.

She was married to “Ned” for 69 years before he passed away in 2010.  As a couple, they enjoyed spending their spare time at their farm raising cattle, or at their beach house entertaining family and friends. She will always be remembered for her devotion to family, love of friends, and her Czech work ethic.

A visitation for Ollie will be held on Sunday, July 20, 2014 from 3:00 until 5:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral service will take place on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 10:00 am at the funeral home with Pastor Jon Salminen officiating.  Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.