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Thu
16
Oct '14

Garcia, Constance “Connie” Louise

Constance “Connie” Louise Garcia, 62, passed away on Thursday, October 16, 2014. She is preceded in death by her parents, Blackie and Jackie Montross. Connie is survived by her loving husband, Oscar; sons, Jon Spears and wife, Shana, Thomas Marks and wife, Christie; step-sons, Joe Martinez and Steve Garcia; brother, Kenneth Montross and wife, Marbeth; sister, Yvonne Myers; grandchildren, Adam and Zachary Spears, and Isiaih Garcia; and a host of other family and friends.

A visitation and funeral service for Connie will be held on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581. The visitation will begin at at 10:00 am and the funeral service will follow at 11:00 am with Pastor Keith Anderson officiating. Interment will follow at Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas.

Sun
12
Oct '14

DeGarcia, Irene Bazan

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Irene Bazan DeGarcia, 94, passed away on Sunday, October 12, 2014.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Francisco and Marcela Bazan; her loving husband of 46 years, Leonel Garcia; four brothers and six sisters.  Irene is survived by sons, Leonel Garcia and wife, Virginia, Jose Francisco Garcia and wife, Estela, Rene Garcia, Jose Antonio Garcia; daughters, Olinda Montes and husband, Juan, Irene Dela Puente and husband, Alberto; sister, Rita Villarreal; eighteen grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

A visitation and funeral service for Irene will be held on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Clayton Funeral Homes, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will begin at 9:00 am the service will follow at 11:00 am with Deacon Gustavo Camacho officiating.

Sun
12
Oct '14

Ina, Kevin James

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Kevin James Ina, 53, passed away on Sunday, October 12, 2014.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Earlene Ina.  Kevin is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Diana Ina; son, Cedrick Handy; daughters, Tasha Handy, LaTonya Malinconico and husband, Robert, Ashley Ina; sisters, Karen and Kimberly Ina; father and mother-in law, Robert and Lula Handy; grandchildren, Jeremiah, Isabella, Hunter, Tzipporah, Asher, and Bauruch; step-grandchildren, Adrian and Noah; and a host of other family and friends.

Kevin was a compassionate and loving, husband, father and grandfather.  He was a very quiet and private person who cherished spending time with his family.  Kevin was an excellent provider for his family and worked hard for many years as a Quality Control Technician. He loved all kinds of music, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren, and was affectionately known and “Grandpa” and “Pawpaw” to all of them.  Kevin was a man of amazing faith in God and knew that in heaven he would be made whole again without any illness.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation for Kevin will be held on Wednesday, October 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 on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church Pearland, 3005 Pearland Parkway, Pearland, Texas 77581 with Pastor John Godby officiating.  Interment will follow at Houston Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.

Wed
8
Oct '14

Savell, James Charles “Charlie”

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James Charles “Charlie” Savell, 51, passed away on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.  He is preceded in death by his father, James Charles Savell; and sister, Jenette Savell and his beloved stepfather Richard “Pops” Smith.  Charlie is survived by his mother, Norma Savell Smith; his loving wife of 19 years, Kimberly Bounds Savell; brothers, Carlton and Mike Wiseman, Richard Savell and wife, Barbara; sisters, Judy Hill, Jill Rodgers, Sissy Savell and Robin Savell; niece and nephew, Richelle  and Austin Savell; Goddaughter, Brooke Mayfield Weddle; lifelong family friends, Kent and Katrina Nutt; special nephews, Connor Nutt and Alyx St. Jean; all of his Texas Steel Family; and a host of other family and friends.

Charlie was a sports fanatic that had a passion for classic rock music. He has been a member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for many years.  He was an excellent provider for his family and a hardworking, dedicated company man for Texas Steel Conversion. One of Charlie’s greatest loves was celebrating Christmas and buying gifts for needy children and the children at MD Anderson Children’s Wing.  He and his friend Kent shared  many adventures all around the world  together .  Charlie and Kimberly loved traveling together and with friends to many places that always ended up with lots of laughter and fond memories.  He knew many people in all walks of life and made friends everywhere he went.  Charlie was truly the life of the party and will forever be remembered for his spontaneous nature.  He was a loyal and caring friend and husband that will be really missed by all that knew and loved him.

A Memorial Service for Charlie will be held on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581. Following the memorial service, the family would like to extend a special invitation to those wishing to join them for a reception at Chuy’s Restaurant, 9350 Westheimer, Houston, Texas 77063 from 7:00 until 9:30 pm.

Tue
7
Oct '14

Shockley, Velma Mae

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Velma M. Shockley, affectionately known as “Lil Sis,” “Mother Shockley” and “Grandma,” was born January 27, 1938, in Yazoo County, Mississippi, to the late John Brown and the late Mae Bell Gipson.  She was the total embodiment of love, grace, strength, courage, boldness, faith, respect and family.  She dedicated her life to the betterment and the fulfillment of others.  Her livelihood was spent building, uniting, and loving her family and friends.  She is most famously known for her candor, wit, wisdom, and willingness to instill spiritual values.

After relocating to Cleveland, OH in 1962 in the pursuit of a better life for her family, she found gainful employment, married the love of her life, joined Jeremiah Baptist Church and raised six girls. As a community activist for over 20 years, she became a precinct judge and was awarded the key to the City of Cleveland by Mayor Frank Jackson.

At the age of 60, Velma decided to pursue a modeling career where she was an accomplished fashion, print and catalog model.  One of her assignments resulted in her picture on an American Greeting Card which was sold worldwide.  In her late 60s, she became a successful entrepreneur in the pie business… her sweet potato pies were sold in several grocery stores in Cleveland Ohio.  Velma enjoyed life, reading the bible, exercising, cooking, traveling, meeting people and the arts.

Velma was preceded in death by her parents, John Brown and Mae Bell Gipson; sister, Willie Mae Howell; sister, Jeraldine Henry; brother, Johnnie German; and daughter, Henrietta Williams.

Velma leaves to cherish her memory, five daughters Evelyn Williams of Houston TX, Alicia Shockley of Cleveland, OH, Tamu Shockley of Cleveland OH, Velma J. (Bill) Shockley-Pines of Houston TX, and Crystal Shockley of Houston TX; one brother, Mansell B. Boyd; ten grandchildren; three great grandchildren; a niece and nephew; a host of cousins, other relatives, and friends.

The homegoing celebration for Velma will be held on Monday, October 13, 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.  Interment will take place at Houston Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.

Fri
3
Oct '14

Raska, Bettie Louise Oglesby

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Bettie Louise Oglesby Raska, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to so many was called to her eternal home on October 3, 2014. Born on August 4, 1927 in Edna, Texas, she was the beloved daughter of Lillie T. Malone Oglesby and James Baker Oglesby, Sr. Bettie (Sissy) is survived by her brother, James (Bud) Oglesby, Jr. She was preceded in death and is now reunited with her loving husband of 65 years, Emil J. Raska.

As a young girl, she lived in Edna, Texas and Corpus Christi, Texas before moving to Houston in the early 40’s. She worked as a telephone operator during WWII and Weingarten’s grocery store. She and Emil met on January 15, 1946 at a dance doing the “Paul Jones” and they were married on March 9, 1946 at Fulbright Memorial Methodist Church in Houston. They remained in the Houston area where they raised three sons and a daughter.

Bettie remained home taking care of her family for many years and became very involved with the United Methodist Women, UMYF, teaching children’s Sunday school and vacation bible school at St. Andrews United Methodist Church. When her children started school she was an active volunteer, room mom and PTA President. She also enjoyed serving as a Girl Scout Leader for many years. Bettie loved being involved with her children and when the last one graduated, she decided she would like to go back to work, so she went to work at Lang’s Pharmacy for a few years until Emil officially retired.

In retirement Bettie and Emil enjoyed going camping at Ink’s Lake in their travel trailer, traveling with their children, going out to eat and shopping.

She was a strong, determined, smart, caring woman who loved spending time with family and friends. Talking to people was a joy to her and she would talk to everyone. Playing dominoes, “42” and “Mexican Train” with Dot, Alfonse, Bennie, Peewee and the rest of the gang was something she always looked forward to.

She and Emil joined First UMC Pearland and became active members of the Searchlight Class, served on several committees and for many years Bettie worked as a volunteer receptionist in the church office. Bettie truly enjoyed the years she served as class president for the Searchlight Class and always looked forward to the class parties and getting to know everyone. She also enjoyed coming to Primetimers when she could.

Bettie is survived by her sons, Jim and wife Katrina, Gary and wife Barbara, Ricky and wife Tina and her daughter Robin Roehr and husband Bill. She was blessed with eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, Stephanie Raska Cooper and husband Raymond, Stephan Raska and wife Elizabeth, Christopher Raska and wife Nikki, Lily Raska Cochran and husband Scott, Ricky Raska Jr. and wife Elizabeth, Jennifer Raska, Zachary Roehr and Lauren Roehr, Audrey Cooper, Grant Raska, Ella Raska, Connor Raska, Peyton Raska, Scotty Cochran, Victoria Cochran and Madeline Raska.

Bettie would always tell us God Bless You, Love You and Thank You for everything. Well, we are all happy that God blessed us with her loving spirit and we all loved her dearly and we are so thankful for everything she did for us. We will miss her so very much.

A visitation for Bettie will be held on Tuesday, October 7, 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 Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 10:00 am at First United Methodist Church, 2314 N. Grand Blvd., Pearland, Texas 77581 with Rev. Dr. Keith Whitaker and Rev. Dr. Bob Joiner officiating.  Interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston, Texas.

Thu
2
Oct '14

Frame, Malinda Ann

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Malinda Ann Frame, 62, passed away on Thursday, October 2, 2014.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Betty Jo Short; brother, Mike Short.  Malinda is survived by her loving husband of 41, years, Phil Frame; daughter, Kristel Reida and husband, Al; grandson, Christian Douglas Reida; and a host of other family and friends.

Malinda attended Southmayd Elementary School, Deady Junior High and Milby High School where she graduated near the top of her class.  She then went on to The University of Houston with majors in both History and English Education.  After earning her BA degree in Education in 1973, she worked as a teacher in a multi-level private school at Freeway Baptist Church for a year, then “retired” for a few years, still doing occasional substitute teaching, mostly in the Pearland/Alvin/Pasadena/South Houston areas.

Phil and Malinda were married on the evening of December 29, 1972. After a honeymoon in Corpus Christi and Port Isabel they lived in an apartment on Broadway in Houston. After about a year they bought a home in the Garden Villa area near Hobby Airport and in 1978 were blessed with daughter Krissy.  The family remained there until moving to Pearland in 1983.

While still living in Houston, Malinda accepted a teaching position in Pearland.  She stayed there for a semester but due to class size, etc., she and Phil agreed it best to give that up for a time.  Besides, she missed her daughter.  After Krissy was older, Malinda went back to Pearland Schools teaching English, History, and finally, what she discovered as her calling & passion, English as a Second Language (ESL).  She earned a Master of Science in ESL Education at University of Houston Clear Lake in 1989 while teaching ESL at Pearland.  The last class for this degree took place on the campus of the University of Hawaii in Honolulu so she, Phil and Krissy all had to “endure” a few weeks there and were able to do lots of sightseeing on the islands.

In 1997 she was diagnosed with Chondrosarcoma requiring both major surgery and radiation.  She then went back to Pearland Schools the following semester.  Two years later the cancer had returned, and yet another surgery was required.  She and Phil agreed that she should take a position less demanding, thus began her career at Houston Community College, still teaching ESL.  She made many great friends, both at the Pearland schools and at HCC.  Malinda remained at HCC until retiring in 2007.

In the years following retirement Malinda and Phil were often able to enjoy traveling in their RV and visited many areas of Texas and other parts of the United States, including the New England states, the West coast, the Great Northwest, Minnesota and upper Mississippi River, parts of Canada, and a fly/drive outing to Alaska. They saw almost all of the US, but were both keenly aware that there is no place like Texas, and that service to The Lord and to others, no matter where you are, is what brings true and lasting enjoyment.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Malinda may be made to Shadycrest Baptist Church Local Missions Fund, which supports the ESL Ministry, which The Lord graciously granted her the strength and support to begin.

The visitation and memorial service for Malinda will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581 .  The family will be receiving friends beginning at 9:30 am and the service will follow at 11:00 am with Dr. Ryan E. Jennings officiating.  

Thu
2
Oct '14

Walters, Dennis James

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Dennis James Walters passed away Thursday, October 2, 2014.  His parents, James Walters and Dorothy Herman, precede him in death.  Dennis passed away peacefully with his loving wife of 43 years, Vicki Zeitler Walters, by his side at Houston Hospice.  He is survived by his children: Suzanne Kathleen Organ and husband Scott Organ, Steven James Walters, Staci Michelle Walters and husband Jeffery Eisenmann, and Scotty Lee Walters; niece: Amberly Day and husband Brandon Mobley; sister: Joyce Heckadon; brother: Lyle Herman and wife Vickie; grandchildren:  Haley and Nathan Wright, Cole and Carlee Organ, Evalina Eisenmann, and Bella Mobley.

Dennis James Walters was a caring person who gave unconditional love to anyone and everyone. His humor brought constant life and laughter to his family and friends and complimented his fun-loving disposition. He was always accepting, never mad, and giving of his time, self, and money to those around him. He was a cherished husband and father who supported his family as a Chief Engineer for the Merchant Marines.  Retiring after 26 years of dedicated service, he had travelled the world and collected more than his fair share of adventures. Dennis was an accomplished woodworker, leaving behind a collection of award-winning violins. His courageous battle with brain cancer lasted more than 23 years and Dennis is remembered in a positive light as a constant source of inspiration, touching every person he met.  Affectionately known as “PePaw”, Dennis enjoyed spending the days of his retirement with his children and grandchildren.  We remember Dennis as able to repair anything, caring for the family business Brookside Storage, golfing, as a puzzle enthusiast, and offering help to anyone in need.  Some of his most memorable accomplishments include carving his violins with carefully chosen pieces of broken glass bottles and outsmarting ant rafts in his flooded front yard.  Dennis was known as a cat person, caring for “Mama Cat” and her 32 offspring.  Dennis enjoyed his lawn mowers and was known for spending cool mornings mowing the yard and a daily ride to the mailbox.  He was a well-respected mentor by the example of his life, through his strong faith and love of the Lord.  His generosity is well known among his co-workers, friends, and family.  His life overflowed with love and joy and his smile will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation and memorial service for Dennis will be held on Monday, October 6, 2014 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The family will receive friends beginning at 5:00 pm and the service will follow at 6:00 pm with Pastor Jon Taylor officiating.

Tue
30
Sep '14

Reep, Margaret Marie Atkins

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Margaret Marie Atkins Reep, a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt, went peacefully to be with her Lord on Sept. 30, 2014, in DeSoto, Texas. She was 89.

She was born Margaret Marie Atkins to Victor Ray Atkins and Alice Modena Atkins on April 25, 1925, in Green Hill, Texas. She married the late Noel G. Harbour and raised three children; Shelby Ray Harbour, Barbara Ann Harbour McClary and Jerry Wayne Harbour, in Mount Pleasant, Texas. In 1959, Margaret and her children moved to Houston, Texas, where she later married Robert Reep.

In addition to being a strong and professing Christian, Margaret was a loving and caring mother who also worked outside the home throughout her life. She retired from Southwestern Bell in 1985 after 35 years of dedicated service. Margaret was a proud member of the Communications Workers of America, Local 6222. A longtime Houston resident, she had recently relocated to Hutchins, Texas, to live with her daughter and son-in-law Obie McClary.

Margaret is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, son Jerry, grandsons Michael Ray Harbour and Shad Lee Smith, granddaughter Laura Harbour Meeker, a nephew, a niece, eight great-grandsons and great-granddaughters, and brother Bennie Ray Atkins. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, son Shelby, and daughters-in-law Rachel Harbour and Mary Harbour.

Visitation and services will be at Clayton Funeral Home in Pearland, Texas, on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. The visitation will begin at 9:00 am and the funeral service will follow at 11:00 am with Pastor Walter Swain officiating.  Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Houston.  Online condolences may be left for the family at www.claytonfuneralhomes.com.

Fri
26
Sep '14

Ajose, Sheila Nadine

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Sheila Nadine Ajose, 58, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 26, 2014.  She is preceded in death by her parents, George and Pauline Johnson; brothers, Paul, Richard, Wayne, Ricardo, George and Alvin Johnson; and sister, Joan Clay Whitlock.  Sheila is survived by her husband, Akinsanya Sunny Ajose; sons, Richard Johnson, Akinsanya Sunny Ajose Jr. and significant other, Teneka Curry; daughters, Angela Akinde and husband, Hakeem, Kesha Fisher and husband, Kevin; brothers, George Johnson and wife, Mary, Bernard Johnson and wife, Dynees, Keith Johnson and wife, Diane, Victor Johnson; sisters, Helen Ross and husband, Louis, Sharon Alexander and husband, Henry, Marva Williams; eleven grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Sheila was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother that loved taking care of everyone.  She cherished spending time with her family and looked forward to cooking for everyone.  Holidays were her favorite time of the year because the house was filled with music, laughter and family.  She was affectionately known as “Grandma” and will forever be remembered for her world famous sweet potato pie.  Sheila will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A visitation and home going celebration for Sheila will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Loyal Missionary Baptist Church, 3901 N. MacGregor Way, Houston, Texas 77004 with Pastor R.D. Sanders officiating.  The visitation will begin at 10:00 am and the funeral service will follow at 11:00 am.  Interment will follow at Houston Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.

Thu
25
Sep '14

Keenan, Henry John Paul “Harry”

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Henry John Paul “Harry” Keenan, 78, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, September 25, 2014.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Jean Keenan; eldest son, Paul Francis Keenan; brothers, Brian and Sean Keenan.  Harry is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Betty Keenan; son, Christopher Keenan; daughters, Claire Goodrum and husband, Christopher; Margaret Keenan, Julia Melendez and husband, Roberto; brothers Gerard Keenan and wife, Grainne, Martin Keenan and wife, Sue; sister, Anne Grady; ten grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren and one more on the way; and a host of other family and friends.

Harry grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland and was fiercely proud of his Irish heritage.  In his younger years he was a great sportsman and enjoyed playing soccer, Gaelic football, cricket and boxing.  As a young adult he moved to England where he met and married the love of his life, Betty, and they remained devoted to each other for 60 years. They raised their family in England and later spent time in Southwest Africa, and eventually immigrated to the United States in 1978 where they settled in Houston.  Harry had a successful engineering career with Stewart & Stevenson and later owned his own consulting business.  He loved traveling the world and meeting new people; he never met a stranger.  He was an avid photographer and a World War II historian who enjoyed studying battle plans.  He loved the peace of the ocean and the excitement of aviation and could identify any aircraft simply by the sound of its engine. Harry was a true craftsman and enjoyed working with his hands, whether building furniture or designing decorative ironwork. He took immense joy in making toys for his children when they were young, from rocking cradles and cribs for his girls’ dolls, to forts and working tanks for his boys. He even designed and built the crib for his first born grandchild.  He was a grand storyteller and a poet. Affectionately known as “Granddad”, it was a rite of passage for all the grandchildren and great-grandchildren to experience his “Beardies” and “Nosies”.  His family will forever remember his colorful personality, his warmth, intelligence and quick wit, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

A visitation for Harry will be held on Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 3:00 until 5:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral mass will take place on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 9:00 am at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 5560 Laurel Creek way, Houston, Texas 77017 with Rev. Michael Barrosa.  Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas.

Sun
21
Sep '14

Eldred, A. Elizabeth “Betty”

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A. Elizabeth “Betty” Eldred, 88, formally of York, New York, passed away on Sunday, September 21, 2014.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Agnes McAllister; her loving husband, James S. Eldred; sister, Jean MacFarlane and her husband, Bernard.  Betty is survived by her sister, Ruth Rumrill and husband, Peter; brother in law, Thomas Eldred; and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family.

Betty and James were married for more than 50 years and enjoyed traveling all over the country and the world.  After their marriage in 1955, they resided in Texas and Louisiana.  Betty worked for many years as a secretary for Bryan Laboratory.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles.  Betty was a welcoming hostess and enthusiastic tour guide for all who were fortunate enough to visit her and Jim.  She loved any time that she could spend with family and friends.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betty’s honor to Autism Speaks or the American Diabetes Association.  A graveside service at Riverside Cemetery in Rochester, New York will be held on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 10:00 am.