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Sun
20
Jul '14

Hargrove, John Warren

Hargrove

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.

Fri
18
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.

Wed
16
Jul '14

Nedbalek, Ollie D.

Nedbalek

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.

Mon
14
Jul '14

Toll, Walter Jr.

Toll

Walter Toll Jr., 81, passed away on Monday, July 14, 2014.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Erna Toll; daughter, Pamela Jean Soliz; brothers, Eldon and Elloyd Toll.  Walter is survived by his loving wife of 13 years, Deanna Toll; sons, Walter “Bud” Toll III and wife, Glenda, Jack Wallace Toll; step son, John Brem; twelve grandchildren and twenty-four great grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Walter was an avid sports fan that loved following college and professional football.  His favorite teams were Alabama and Texas A & M.  Walter was widely known for his grilling expertise, whether he was cooking hamburgers or steaks.  He even had his own “famous” Bar-B-Que sauce that he made himself.  His first language was German until he started school and started speaking English in first grade. Growing up during the depression on a farm, Walter learned at a very young age to work hard.  He carried that strong work ethic throughout his life and had a successful career in the elevator industry which afforded him and his family many things he did not have when he was growing up.  Walter was truly a Southern gentleman who put his wife, “Miss D” and his family first.  He cherished family get togethers and always looked forward to Christmas Eve with the grandchildren.  Walter will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Walter’s honor to the SPCA or to any animal rescue of your choice.  A visitation for Walter will be held on Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral service will take place on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 11:00 am at the funeral home with Gene Samford officiating.  Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.

Mon
14
Jul '14

Kilmer, Karen “Katie” W.

Kilmer

Karen “Katie” W. Kilmer, 70, passed away on Monday, July 14, 2014.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Helene Woglom.  Katie is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Larry Kilmer; sons, Brian Kilmer and Jonathan Rust; daughter, Lindy Kilmer; stepdaughters, Becky Gamlem and Robin Davidson; brother, Bill Woglom; nephews, Mark and Kurt Woglom; grandchildren, Sebastian, Zachary, Kristen, Nathan, Tyler, Stephanie, Amy, Josh, Austin and Loni; and a host of other family and friends.

Katie was adventurous, loved the outdoors and even served as Alaska’s first female game warden.  Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to start many different endeavors throughout the years.  She opened a yarn shop, a take-out restaurant, a deposition company and a feed & grain store.  At the age of 50 she went back to school and learned computer programming at Boston University.  Katie was an avid fan of the New England Patriots, loved puzzles, magazines, crosswords, Sudoku, and especially playing card games with her family.  Katie will forever be remembered for her love of animals, gardening and exploring the country on her many road trips.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A visitation and funeral service for Katie will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will be from 9:00 until 11:00 am with the funeral service following at 11:00 am with Pastor Keith Anderson officiating.

Fri
11
Jul '14

Montgomery, Taylor Brook

Montgomery

Taylor Brook Montgomery, 20, passed away on Friday, July 11, 2014.  She is survived by her parents, Ron and Kim Montgomery; son, Joshua “Blake” Montgomery; brother, Blake Choate; sister, Angie Allen and husband, Caleb; grandparents, John and Elaine Bengston, Bluford and Lynne Weikel; nieces and nephews, Luke, Brady, Owen and Griffin Allen, Hunter Choate; and a host of other family and friends.

Taylor was a beautiful, angelic, loving and kind mother that cherished her son more than life itself.  Family was very important to her and she had a very special bond with her big brother, Blake.  Taylor was smart and free spirited and had recently decided to go back to school to be a dental assistant.  Growing up, she was known to most of the family as the energetic one that never seemed to slow down.  Her uncle had even nicknamed her Taylor two shoes.  She loved animals, riding horses and barrel racing.  Taylor will forever be remembered for her independent nature and her complete devotion to her son, Joshua Blake Montgomery.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A visitation for Taylor will be held on Monday, July 14, 2014 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral service will take place on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the funeral home with Pastor Bryan Shippey officiating.  Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland, Texas., with a reception following at Crosspoint Church, 1134 Old Alvin Road, Pearland, Texas 77581.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Taylor’s honor to Joshua Blake Montgomery’s College Fund at www.gofundme.com/bj08ow

Fri
11
Jul '14

Shrum, Grace Marie James

Shrum

Grace Marie James Shrum, 89, passed away on Friday, July 11, 2014 in Houston, Texas.  She is preceded in death by her parents, William James and Mary Ann Lockwood James; husbands, Louis Lasher, Blake Shipp and Jack Shrum; brothers, George and Joe James; and daughter, Linda Katherine.  Grace is survived by her daughter, Lou Ann Lasher Gramann, and husband, Kenneth; grandchildren. Linda Grace Gramann and Jacob Edward Gramann, who adored her and miss her Bingo candy winnings.

At a very young age Grace’s parents passed away and she was raised by the loving family of August Schier.  She worked many years at the Warwick Hotel and the Remington Hotel in Telephone services.  Grace spent many years in McAllen Texas as a Winter Texan, and gave many happy hours of volunteer work at Edinburg Hospital. She had many friends who loved her and will miss her.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Grace’s honor to Hydro angels over America. A Memorial Service for Grace will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581 with Pastor Keith Anderson officiating.  A private family interment will be at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery at a later time.

Sat
5
Jul '14

Clark, William “Bill” Monroe

Clark

William “Bill” Monroe Clark, 84, passed away on Saturday, July 5, 2014.  He was born December 23, 1929.  He was the youngest of 6 children.  He served in the U. S. Navy during the Korean War.  After his military service, Bill went to Michigan State University on the G.I. Bill.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business before going to work at Dow Chemical, where he met his loving wife of 56 years, Merla.  Bill soon went to work for Union Pump Company and held a variety of sales and management positions before retiring at 57.

Bill was an avid fly fisherman and loved fishing for rainbow trout on his annual vacations.  After retirement, Bill and Merla enjoyed traveling around in their RV visiting family and historical points of interest. National Parks were favorite spots to stop for a while, camping and hiking and being outdoors enjoying God’s creation.  He liked learning about American history and spending time with his beloved dog “Poki.”

Bill was excellent on his computer and studied the stock markets daily.  He was an excellent provider for his family and was a true role model to his children.  Bill was wise and patient and always managed to see the good in everything around him.  He was a constant source of strength to his wife and served as the patriarch and together they coordinated for many family gatherings.  Bill was affectionately known to his grandchildren as “Papa.”  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

He is preceded in death his parents, Floyd and Mae Clark and his three brothers and two sisters.  Bill is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Merla Clark and his 3 children. He has 2 sons William “Bill” Clark II and wife Jill, and Robert Clark and wife Kim, and one daughter Kimberly Livingston.  He has 11 grandchildren, Peter Clark, Dylan Clark, Chelsea Kennedy and husband Joma, Caleb Mendez, Casey Clark, Emma Clark, Lily Clark, Chandler Clark, Andrew Clark, Justin Livingston and Ashley Livingston.  He has one great-granddaughter, Charlotte Kennedy. He has a host of other family and friends.

A visitation and rosary for Bill will be held on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will be held from 3:00 until 5:00 pm with the Rosary recited at 3:30 pm.  The funeral mass will take place at 10am on Monday, July 28, 2014 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 6502 County Road 48, Manvel, Texas 77578.  Interment with military honors will follow at Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project in his memory at http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

Fri
4
Jul '14

Allman, Doug

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A  limb has fallen from the family tree that says grieve not for me.  Remember the best of times, the husband, the father, the grandfather, the great-grandfather, and the wonderful life I lived while I was strong.

Doug Allman went to be with his Lord in the early morning hours of July 4, 2014.  He lived to be 89 years old, 24 days shy of his 90th birthday.  He was born in Texarkana, Texas on July 28, 1924.  In 1947 he married the love of his life, Sybil Audean Crowson.

Doug, an outstanding athlete loved baseball, playing for many semi-pro teams in the Texarkana area as well as at Sam Houston State Teachers College in 1949 and 1950.  It was at Sam Houston State that he and Audean met many of their lifelong friends.  Whether his enthusiasm for sports, his time spent in the Navy or his life’s journey he always enjoyed the opportunity to share his personal stories with his family and friends, much to their delight.

Following his graduation from Sam Houston in the summer of 1950 he and Audean moved to Houston where they resided for the next 64 years.  Doug began his career at South Texas Lumber Company, later to become a successful homebuilder throughout the Houston area.

Prior to his time at Sam Houston State he proudly served 3 years in the United States Navy as an Aviation Machinist Mate Second Class aboard the USS Brookings.  He served his country with pride.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Fritzi Allman and brother Austin Allman.

The treasure of his heart was his wife Audean, affectionately known to him as “Pidge”.

He also leaves behind his daughter, Ann Campbell and husband Robert of Pearland and son Dennis Allman and wife, Vickie of Jarrell.  His beloved sister-in-law Patsy Crowson Alexander of Houston.

Also left to cherish his memories are his grandchildren: Heidi Lott and  husband, Albert; Heather Jordan and husband, Clark; Dusty Cole and wife, Ashley; Christopher Allman and wife, Kari; Jason Allman and wife, Lanessa; Ashley Allman and Emily Campbell.

His greatest pleasures were his great grandchildren: Chloe and Camie Jordan; Savannah and Jacob Lott; Hudson Douglas Cole; and Parker, Banner, West and Clark Allman.

He was remembered as a special uncle by his nephew, Gary Alexander and his nieces, Gayle Greenthaner, Lisa Ulestad and Lori Rowe.

Pallbearers will be Christopher Allman, Jason Allman, Dusty Cole, Albert Lott, Clark Jordan, Gary Alexander, Jake Alexander and Jacob Lott.

Visitation with the family will be on Thursday, July 10, 2014 from 9:00 am until 11:00 am with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 am.  Services will be held at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas  77581.  Burial will be at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, 77038.

Wed
2
Jul '14

Schroeder, Edward Lynn

Schroeder

Edward “Ed” Lynn Schroeder, 56, passed away on Monday, June 30, 2014.  He is preceded in death by his father Edwood Schroeder and brother, Larry Dean Schroeder.  Ed is survived by his mother, Mary Schroeder; his loving wife of 22 years, Katrina Schroeder; son, Jason Schroeder; daughter, Cielisse; stepson, Ronnie Tindall; stepdaughter, Shanelle Bullock; sister, Sandy Miller and husband, J.S.; uncle, Ben Schroeder; grandchildren, Hayden, Layne, Addison, Luke, Jude, Brandon, Alyssa and Nathan; and a host of other family and friends.

Ed enjoyed being outdoors hunting and fishing.  He looked forward every year to the rodeo at the Pasadena Fairgrounds where he assisted in setting up all their electrical needs.  He was a huge country music fan and always watched the CMA Awards shows.  Ed loved listening to and dancing to his favorite country music artists.  He battled health issues throughout his life and managed to fight back through many obstacles.  Ed was affectionately known as “Papa” to his grandchildren and he cherished spending time with his family.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation for Ed will be held on Sunday, July 6, 2014 from 2:00 until 5:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral service will take place at the funeral home on Monday, July 7, 2014 at 10:00 am with Rev. Dr. Bob Joiner and Rev. Dr. Keith Whitaker officiating.  Interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston, Texas.

Tue
1
Jul '14

Fox, Charles Ray

Charles Ray Fox, 72, passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Beulah Fox and mother-in-law Mildred “Mingo” Sandusky.  Charles is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Margaret Fox; daughters, Cindy Fox Cavazos and Tracy Fox; granddaughter, Kelsie Cavazos; great granddaughter, Eleanor Williams; sisters, Bonnie Sue Law, and husband, Fred, Linda Kay Rogers and husband, Rothey; father-in-law, A. N. “Sandy” Sandusky; brother-in-law, Dr. George Sandusky and wife, MaryAnn; sisters-in-law, Kathryn Barnett,  Patty Esslinger and husband Warren Campbell; also not to be forgotten, his dog and little buddy “Lucy Lou”; as well as a host of other family members and friends.

Charles graduated from Bay City High School and lived in Pearland since 1978.  He enjoyed camping, being outdoors and helping all of his family and neighbors, especially those friends residing on Orange and Linwood Streets with whom he became very close with over the years.  Charles was a great provider for his family and loved them very much.  He was affectionately known as “Papa” and considered being a grandfather to Kelsie and Ellie one of his greatest joys. Charles will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made in Charles’ honor to the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association or to the American Cancer Society.

Mon
30
Jun '14

Chavez, Abe C.

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Abe C. Chavez, 72, passed away on Monday, June 30, 2014.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Abraham and Cresencia Chavez and former wife, Gilda LaVictoria Chavez. Abe is survived by his loving current wife of 24 years, Edna Chavez; son, Christopher Chavez; daughters, Anna Bodine and husband, Donovon, Crestina Hardie and husband, Chris; brother, Beltran Chavez and wife, Virginia; grandchildren, Alexa, Liliana, Ava, Evangeline, Abigael, and one on the way; and a host of other family and friends.

Abe was born in Negros Occidental, Philippines.  He moved to the United States after college, where he worked as an accountant for more than 40 years in Austin and Houston, Texas. Anyone who knew recognized he worked to live.  Abe loved fishing whether he was looking for his favorite freshwater fishing hole or going to Galveston to saltwater fish.  His affinity for travel took him to all fifty states as well as many countries around the world.  Abe spent many evenings playing mahjong and poker.  It’s hard not to remember Abe without a microphone in his hand singing karaoke or out on the dance floor ballroom or line dancing.  He lived life to the fullest, had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh.  His granddaughters affectionately knew him as “Lolo”; he cherished spending time with them.  Abe considered being a grandfather his crowning achievement.  Family came first.  Abe was strong in his faith and he served many roles as a parishioner of St. Helen Catholic Church.  He served as an usher and a member of the Pastoral Council.  Abe was a founding member of St. Helen’s Kislap NG STA Elena – an organization focused on promoting Filipino culture and spirituality.  He created the academic achievement awards for the group and dedicated much of his time to its success.  Faith, family and friends encompassed his life.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation and Rosary will be held for Abe on Friday, July 4, 2014 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581.  The visitation will be held from 5:00 until 8:00 pm with the Rosary recited at 6:00 pm.  The funeral mass will take place on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 10:00 am at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Rd., Pearland, TX 77581.  Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.