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Apr '11

Barrett, Kristen

Kristen Barrett, 41, passed away on April 13, 2011.  She is preceded in death by her father, Paul Barrett and sister, Lauren Vaughan.  Kristen is survived by her mother, Patricia Dunning and her husband, Phil; her sister, Kellie Morton; and Mike Morton, who Kristen always referred to as her Dad; as well as many other family and friends.

Throughout her childhood, Kristen was a gifted athlete that excelled in softball.  She enjoyed the outdoors and spending time at the beach.  Kristen became an effective salesperson and was quite successful in this field.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her and she will remain in our hearts and memories forever.

A Funeral Service for Kristen will be held on Monday, April 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home with Brodon Park and Dr. Bob Joiner officiating.  Following the service, the family will receive friends at First United Methodist Church at 2314 Grand Blvd., Pearland, Texas 77581.

Apr '11

Blanco, Felimar Maylas

Felimar Maylas “Monoy” Blanco, 66, passed away on April 12, 2011.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Sergio and Rosario Blanco.  Felimar is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Melba Blanco; son, Derrick Blanco; daughters, Denise Blanco and Donna Mae Blanco Alvior and her husband, Anthony; brother, Wilfredo Blanco and his wife, Evelyn; sisters, Severa Gelito and her husband, Jose, Elenita Blanco-Pyle and her husband, Philip, and Milagros Diocales and her husband, Antonio; as well as a host of many other family and friends.

Felimar graduated Melchor   Memorial   High School in 1960.  He attended the University of  San Augustin  in  Iloilo   City  and graduated 1966 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  He was a member of USASCA, JUSMEE-USA, Tech Boys’ Club, and Epsilon Alpha Chi Fraternity during his tenure there.  He immigrated to the United States in 1972 went back to the Philippines to wed his wife in 1975. Their first child was born in 1976. He returned to America and wife and son followed him in 1977. A year later, the twins were born.

He was a mechanical engineer and worked for (to name a few) Lummus, Brown & Root, Dow Chemical, Bechtel, Raytheon, and held several contract jobs in smaller companies.  After his early retirement in the late 1990s, he spent almost ten years working on his website dedicated to his beloved hometown, Ibajay, Aklan in the Philippines.  He kept in touch with his old friends and family for updates and provided this information on his site to fellow Ibajaynons living outside of the Philippines.  In his website, he also created essay writing contests to promote and encourage the graduates of his former high school. 

Visitation will be on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 6-8PM with Rosary recited at 7pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581.  The Funeral Mass will be on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 12:30PM at St. Mark’s Evangelist Catholic Church, 5430 West Ridgecreek Drive, Houston, 77053 with Rev. Hugh Cullen officiating.  Interment will be in Ibajay, Aklan , Philippines.

Apr '11

Curless, Adelaide Elizabeth

Adelaide Elizabeth Curless, passed peacefully into eternal rest on April 7, 2011.  She is survived by her parents, Jared and Kim Curless; brothers and sister, Evangeline Curless, Asher Curless and Jacob Curless; great grandmothers, Jewell Richardson and Ione Lerille; grandparents, Frank and Jacqueline Bush, and Jon and Nancy Curless; uncle, Warren Daigle and his wife, Deborah; aunt, Amanda Lamadrid and her husband, Victor; as well as a host of many other loving family and friends.

Adelaide is a precious and beautiful gift from God.  Even though she was only here for a short time, Adelaide shared her love and sweet spirit with us all and she will remain in our hearts forever.

Funeral services for Adelaide will be on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 11:00 am at Epiphany Lutheran Church at 5515 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581 with Pastor Rob Harbin officiating.  Interment will follow at Alvin Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Adelaide’s name to the CJ Foundation for SIDS at http://cjsids.donorpages.com/Memorial/AdelaideCurless/.

Apr '11

Tucker, Gail Anthony “Tony”

Gail Anthony “Tony” Tucker, 59, passed away unexpectedly at his home on April 6, 2011.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Mary Tucker.  Tony is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Mary (Althof) Tucker; son, Travis Remington Tucker; daughters, Tracy Lynn Tucker and Taylor Krystin Tucker; nephews, Timothy Tucker and Troy Tucker; as well as a host of many other family and friends.

Tony’s most recent position before retirement was as Controller for Valero at the Texas City refinery.   He worked for Valero and their affiliates for more than 34 years.  He served on the Valero Federal Credit Union Board for 13 years and 2 years as the Chairman.  Tony was an active parishioner and volunteer at St. Helen Catholic Church.  He was also an active member of the Knights of Columbus.

By retiring early, Tony had the opportunity to spend time enjoying his two loves: his family and playing golf.  The simple things in life were the most important to him, like getting up in the morning and making breakfast for Taylor, sitting on the back porch talking to Travis, and planning the next football trip with Tracy.  Tony loved to play golf and looked forward to every opportunity he had to play.  He also loved to travel with his family and friends to experience new things and new places.  His generosity extended to everyone on these trips as he enjoyed taking care of all the details.  He truly loved to attend Broadway musicals and his favorite was always the most recent one he was attending.  Tony was also an active volunteer at Taylor’s school, Dawson High School, and was always there to lend a hand with her band activities.  Tony was a strong University of Houston Alumni Booster and was a proud Cougar.  Tony will be greatly missed by his loving family, friends, golf buddies, and his long time Valero family.

Visitation for Tony will take place on Sunday, April 10, 2011 from 2 until 4 pm with a Rosary recited at 3pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581.  The Funeral Mass will be on Monday, April 11, 2011 at 10 am at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Road, Pearland, TX 77581 with Msgr. Reginald Nesvadba officiating.  Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tony’s honor to the charity of your choice.   Also, a scholarship is being set up in Tony’s name through the Dawson High School Band Boosters.  Donations towards this scholarship can be made payable to: Dawson High School Band Boosters, Inc., and mailed to:  P.O. Box 84134, Pearland, Texas 77584-0018 (please note on your check that this donation is for The Tony Tucker Scholarship Fund).  Online condolences for the family may be left at www.claytonfuneralhomes.com.

Apr '11

Crockett, Ralph Edward

Ralph Edward Crockett, 57, passed away April 1, 2011.  He is preceded in death by his father, Donald Crockett and sister, Nancy Crockett Barfield.  Ralph is survived by his mother, Margaret Crockett; daughter, Karyn Crockett Olvera; step daughters, Heather Fisher and her husband Ted, and Stephanie Bellew-Valles and her husband Alex; sisters, Faye Crockett Wever and her husband Mark, Susan Crockett Kutch and her husband Robert, and Ginny Crockett Farley and her husband Doug, grandson, Osca Daniel Olvera Jr.; step grandchildren, Joshua Fisher, Jordan Spurlock, and Gabriel Valles; as well as a host of many other family and friends.

Ralph served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.  He followed in the family footsteps and became an electrician.  When not working, Ralph enjoyed spending time either on the water fishing or hunting.  He was an excellent provider for his family and enjoyed spending as much time with them as possible.  Ralph was fondly known to his grandson as Pa Pa.  He had an excellent sense of humor throughout his entire life.  Ralph battled cancer with great determination and courage.  He was a fighter until the very end.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation for Ralph will be on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 from 6 until 8 pm at Clayton Funeral Home at 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581.  A graveside service with military honors will be on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 9:30 am at Houston National Cemetery with Dr. Bob Joiner officiating.

Mar '11

Couch, Dr. Charles Earl

Dr. Charles Earl Couch, 83, passed away on March 30, 2011.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mildred Couch and son, Andy Couch.   Dr. Couch is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Wilma Jean Couch; sons, Vincent Charles Couch and his wife, Andree and Steven Earl Couch; daughters, Becky Couch-Kirchbaum and her husband Chuck, Katherine Ann Jones and her husband Stanley and Melissa Couch-Toal and her husband Jeffrey; grandchildren, Alyson Kirchbaum, Sophie Kirchbaum, Sofie Catharine Jones, Luci Couch-Toal, and Simone Couch; as well as a host of many other family and friends.

Charles proudly served his country in World War II as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army.  He graduated from Bluffton College in 1951 with a degree in Chemistry.  Charles later went on to earn his medical degree from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio.  He practiced medicine for 54 years as a family physician.  In addition to maintaining a successful medical practice, Charles had a wide and diverse array of talents.  He was a self taught classical pianist and avid pilot of his single engine plane.  Charles’ philosophy of encouraging vigorous exercise to his patients carried over into his personal life as a competitive tennis, handball and racquetball player, and ran and completed multiple marathons.  Charles was an excellent scratch golfer who was one of the founding members of South Shore Harbor Country Club in League City.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

As a physician and man of science, Charles was involved with many charitable organizations, particularly those dedicated to curing disease.  The family will be having a private memorial service for Charles at a later time and has requested in lieu of flowers, that you may honor Charles’ legacy through donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, one of his favorite charities.  Donations may be made to: Alzheimer’s Association, Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter, 2242 West Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030 in the name of Charles Earl Couch, MD.

Mar '11

Brownstein, David Harold

Our beloved family member, David Brownstein, died suddenly and unexpectedly on March 28, 2011, at his home in Pearland, Texas.  David, age 61, was the third son of Julius Brownstein, now deceased, and Jewell Rae Brownstein, who lives in Houston.

After graduating from Ray High School in Corpus Christi, David was a loyal employee for many years with Electrotex both in Houston and in Dallas.  He was also a licensed Defensive Driving Instructor for the State of Texas.  He moved to Pearland to become the office manager for his brother Ronnie Brownstein’s law practice.  His family is pleased to have shared with David his pride and pleasure in his new home in Pearland.

David will always be remembered for his deep sense of loyalty, for his easy temperament and his joyful sense of humor. He was an Eagle Scout, Scoutmaster, and available to anyone in need.  He was also a natural athlete, being a skilled tennis player and an All-Star baseball player in his youth, and an avid bowler as an adult.

David will be missed beyond measure by his friends and family.  These include, residing in Pearland, his brother Ronnie and his wife Lesa; in Houston, his mother Jewell Rae and his sister Debbie, his brother Bobby and his wife Carla, his cousins Roanne and Bill Stern and Eric and Carol Nelson; in Austin, his brother Larry and his sister Cheryl and her husband Walter; and his many nephews and nieces.

The family invites you to contribute to the American Diabetes Association or a charity of your choice in David’s name.  A family memorial service will be held for David.  We will always love you David.  Always.

Mar '11

Williams, Carol Marie “Kitty”

Carol Marie “Kitty” Williams, born January 16, 1928 in Houston, TX passed away March 25.   Preceded in death by her parents Frank Gerald Ludwig and Margie Alma Neill and brother Kenneth Ludwig.  Kitty is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 63 years, Thomas E. Williams; her son, Tom Williams and wife Norma, her daughter, Gwen Marie Martin and husband Bruce, her granddaughter, Kay Lynn Sears and husband Robby and great grandson, Kaleb Sears.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews and friends.   Our thanks to the staff of Grace Care Center of Katy and Resolutions Hospice for the care they provided “Miss Kitty.”

Kitty was loved by all who knew her.  She graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in Houston’s east end where she was a member of the school’s Scottish Brigade.   She held several positions in the shipping business before landing a retail sales job at Foley’s department store where she retired after nearly 30 years.  Kitty was a great bargain shopper and her favorite holiday was Christmas.  She always outdid herself at Christmas making sure everyone had multiple packages to open while letting you know what a bargain it was.  She enjoyed cooking and baking and made a wonderful pineapple cake with 3-minute icing.  Kitty also cherished all the cats and dogs she had through the years, especially her Heidi.  More than anything, Kitty loved her family and will be greatly missed.

A visitation is scheduled for Sunday, March 27, at 2 – 4 pm at Clayton Funeral Home in Pearland, TX.   Funeral services will take place at 11 am, Monday, the 28th of March with interment to follow the service.

Mar '11

Willard Leon Patrick

Willard Leon Patrick, 65, passed away on March 22, 2011.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Willard and Mattie Patrick.  Leon is survived by his loving wife of more than 28 years, Lynn Patrick; son, Willard Leon Patrick Jr. and his wife, Dawnette; stepsons, Junior Killian, and Howard Killian; daughter, Brenda Safarik and her husband, Wes; stepdaughter, Donna Killian; more than 20 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; his close cousin, Clifton West; his baby chihuahua, “Rambo”; as well as a host of many other family and friends.

Leon was the kindest gentleman you would ever meet.  He loved his family dearly and was a good provider.  Leon was a very skilled machinist and if given blueprints, he could make or build almost anything.  He was especially proud of his Cajun roots and heritage which he passed on to his family.  Leon never met a stranger and was always there to help anyone in need.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

The family will be having a memorial service and family reunion at a later date.

Mar '11

Hawkins, Robert Eugene

Robert Eugene Hawkins, 79, passed away on March 19, 2011.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Hawkins; and parents, George and Leo Hawkins.  Bob is survived by his devoted friend and companion, Janie Gonzales; sons, George W. Hawkins, John K. Hawkins, Allen R. Hawkins and his wife Karen; daughter, Connie McNeill and her husband, Eddie; grandchildren, Ricky Sharp, Travis McNeill, John McNeill, Jonathan Hawkins, and Elizabeth Hawkins; great grandchild Joshua Sharp; niece, Angel McShane; nephew, Michael Blass; as well as a host of many other family and friends.

Bob served in the Navy at 16, then the Merchant Marines and finally in the Coast Guard.  He was a very proud veteran and a proud American.  Bob was one of those individuals that never met a stranger.  Out of respect, he referred to every lady as “Pretty Lady.”  Bob enjoyed a cold beer with his friends at Sheffields and Ken’s Ice House for many years.  Bob was known to many of his friends as “Wolfman” and his grandchildren affectionately referred to him as “Poppa Wolf.”  Bob will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation for Bob will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 from 6 to 8 pm at Clayton Funeral Home at 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581.  Graveside services will be conducted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at Houston National Cemetery at 9:30 am.

Mar '11

Rhodes, Gisela Krambs

Gisela Krambs Rhodes, 73, passed away on March 18, 2011.  She is preceded in death by her loving husband of almost 50 years, Donald Rhodes; and her parents, Ludwig and Katharina Werle.  Gisela is survived by her brother, Horst Kramb; sisters, Elizabeth Schlorke, Margaret Kuni, Helga Hartmann, and Ursula Grabert; nieces, Karen Carter and Miriam Grabert; Grand nieces, Mina Carter; her close friend Taraiz Karafa; God children Lorri and Nicole Karafa; as well as a host of many other family and friends.

Gisela was an avid reader whose favorite book and movie was Pride and Prejudice.  She loved shopping, gardening, and making pottery and all types of ceramics.  Some of favorite pastimes included traveling all over the world with her husband, Donald.  Gisela was also very fond of good food and always looked forward to a plate of Italian or Mediterranean food.  Gisela’s famous goulash was a family recipe brought back from Germany and she loved to share it with everyone. She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A memorial service for Gisela will be held on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 2:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581 with Rev. Dr. Brian K. Gigee of New Life Lutheran Church in Pearland officiating.

Mar '11

Fincher, Dorothy Ruth

Dorothy Ruth Fincher, 79, passed away on March 9, 2011.  Born in Elmira, New York on September 17, 1931, she is preceded in death by her parents, Clifton and Ruth Allen; her husband of 54 years, Newton Fincher; and brother, Don Allen.  Dorothy is survived by her son, William Fincher; daughters, Cathy Rudzinski and her husband, Walter, and Carol Peeples and her husband, Bill; sister, Grace Murray; sister-in-law, Aurora Allen; grandchildren, Daniel Rudzinski and wife, Jessica, David Rudzinski, Stephanie Rudzinski, Ryan Peeples, Alex Peeples, and Emma Peeples; great granddaughter, Hayden Rudzinski; as well as a host of many other family and friends.

Dorothy and Newt married after only a six week courtship.  They started their marriage of 54 years in Houston, Texas.  After saving their money, they purchased land in Pearland and spent four years literally building their own home together.  Dorothy and Newt built their life around the church.  Many of their lasting friends have come from their church family.  Dorothy always remained very active in the church, from teaching vacation bible school, helping out with the youth group, to calling Bingo at the nursing home.  She was an active participant in her Sunday school class. 

Dorothy enjoyed all types of activities; from bowling, to competing with Newt on the golf course.  She especially enjoyed her time playing in the Chevron golf tournaments as well as the women’s golf charities tournaments. In the family she became known as the “master” bridge player.   She participated in two separate bridge groups for many years.   She remained very active throughout her life and was always up for a camping trip with the family. 

Her children said she was the “glue” that held the family together.  She was born to be a Mom and Grandma.  She was always there when you needed her, from being there when grandkids were born to watching the grandkids so that her children could take vacations, to caring for her mother and father-in-law in their later years.

A visitation for Dorothy will be held on Friday, March 11, 2011 from 6 to 8 pm at Clayton Funeral Home at 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581.  Funeral Services will be conducted on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 11:00 am at First United Methodist Church at 2314 Grand Blvd., Pearland, TX 77581 with Dr. Bob Joiner officiating.  Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Dorothy to www.bandofparents.org, an organization that was especially meaningful to Dorothy in the fight to cure childhood neuroblastoma.