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Sep '10

McGee, John Arthur

John Arthur McGee, born December 7, 1934, lived for his family, built a legacy, and passed away unexpectedly on September 27, 2010.  John was a creative and gentle man.  His memory will endure, not only among his family, but also in the parks, churches, and homes that retain the imprint of his own architectural style.  He will be remembered always by Joan, his beloved wife of fifty years, his four children, Stephanie, Gregory, Julie, and Andrew, their spouses, and his ten loving grandchildren.

A private family mass will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2010, at 11:30 AM in the St. Laurence Catholic Church Chapel, 3100 Sweetwater Blvd, Sugarland, TX 77479.  Friends are cordially invited to a celebration of John’s life at 12:30 to 2:00 pm in the Church Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center or one’s own charity.

Sep '10

Alexander, Thomas Patton

Thomas Patton Alexander, Sr., 83, of Pearland, Texas passed away on September 26, 2010.  He was born on December 29, 1926 in Galveston, Texas, the 6th child of ten children of Charles Hansborough and Helen Drysdale Alexander of Pearland, Texas. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, friend and community leader who enjoyed life fully. 

Tom loved spending time with his family and friends.  Tom was an avid baseball fan of the Houston Astros and supporter of the Pearland Little League.  Although he was a man not known for his patience and always in a hurry to get a solution to a problem, he was a steadfast and loyal friend to many in the community and a supporter of numerous good works.  He was a big picture thinker with a forward vision of Pearland’s future and worked hard to help create that future.  He and his wife Bettye have worked together to build a better Pearland.

Tom attended Alvin schools, the Shriner Institute, Texas A & M University and Baylor University. He served in the Merchant Marines in 1944-46 before marrying the love of his life, Bettye Garrett Mathis and moving back to Pearland in 1949.  He had many career interests, including real estate investing and developing, oil and rice farming. He formed a long term real estate partnership with David Smith, Sam Vester and others to work on projects to improve Pearland’s economic development and image including Golfcrest Country Club, Nottingham, Alexander Landing and other properties. He was a community leader who signed the City of Pearland charter in the 1950’s and served as an original member of the Pearland City Council from 1957 to 1965.  He was an initiator and original member from 1945 of the Pearland Volunteer Fire Department. He served as president of Golfcrest Country Club in 1981. In 1974, he was president of the Pearland Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of Pearland Methodist Church. He was a founding supporter (Silver Triangle Club, Founding Fellow) of the Pearland Y.M.C.A. He served on the Board of Pearland State Bank from 1970 to 2010.

Tom is survived by his children including Harriett Alexander Holmes and husband, Allen, Cynthia Elizabeth Alexander, Diana Alexander Holzhauser and husband, Dennis, and Thomas (Tom) Patton Alexander, Jr., and wife Rosslyn. He also is survived by grandchildren, Marylyn Reed, Alex Holmes, Amy Williams, Jason Alexander, Sloan Speck, Kevin Alexander, and Harrison Speck. He also had great-grandchildren Luke Holmes, Henry Holmes, Samuel Williams, Nicholas Hubbard, Chase Alexander, Kiley Alexander, and Luke Alexander.

Tom is survived by one brother, Jud Alexander and four sisters, Mary Alexander Bartlett, Sue Alexander Morrison, Patricia Alexander Wood, and Elizabeth Alexander Nisbet.  He is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Charles (Jack) Alexander, John Alexander, and Robert Alexander and his sister, Martha Alexander Crouch.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Clayton Funeral Home, 5330 West Broadway, Pearland, Texas (281) 485-4446. 

The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on September 30, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church, 2314 Grand Blvd., Pearland, Texas (281) 485-8721. In lieu of flowers, the Alexander family requests that donations be made to The First United Methodist Church of Pearland or the Texas Lion’s Club Camp through the Pearland Lion’s Club, P.O. Box 903, Pearland, Texas 77588 or Adult Reading Center, Inc., 2246 N. Washington Avenue, Pearland, TX 77581-4040.

Serving as Pallbearers will be Alex Holmes, Sloan Speck, Harrison Speck, Jason Alexander, Kevin Alexander, Marc Black, Brad Williams, Steve Reed and Nicholas Hubbard.  Serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be Jud Alexander, Dr. David Armbruster, Reverend Barclay Barnett, Bill Brower, Lloyd Ferguson, Ray Ferguson, Randy Ferguson, David Griffen, Michael D. Martin, David Smith, Mike O’Day, Bud Theriot, Ken Phillips, Paul Grohman, Russell Kibbee, Larry Speck, Glenn Cheney, Jack McGuff, Jack Idoux, Staff at Pearland State Bank, Coffee Club at Kelley’s Café, and Card Players at Golfcrest Country Club.  Ministers at the service will be Dr. Bob Joiner and Dr. John Wood.

Sep '10

Mitchell, Bobby Gene

Bobby Gene Mitchell, 63, passed away on Saturday, September 25, 2010.  He is preceded in death by his parents James Edward Mitchell and Louise Rachel Reeves; and brother Billy Wayne Mitchell. He has survived by his wife of 28 years Debbie Calvit; son Gilly Calvit; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Louis and Rose Cristanelli of Alvin; brother  Eddie Mitchell and his wife Cindy of Brunswick, Georgia; and three brothers Jerry, Danny and Terry Mitchell all of Galveston.  His cousin Doris  Bryant and her husband Jimmy came from Atlanta, Georgia to spend the last two months of Bobby’s life with him. 

Bobby was born in Atlanta Georgia on June 16, 1947.  Bobby and his wife Debbie have been soul mates for 28 wonderful years.  He enjoyed collecting pictures, posters and movie memorabilia for the past 30 years. Bobby was a truly unique individual that never  met a stranger. He was the epitome of an American entrepreneur. Bobby had a wonderful sense of humor and his dry wit will forever be remembered by all that knew and loved him. As a young man Jimmy nicknamed him “Bobcat’’.  Bobby became a Christian about 10 years ago and it changed his life. He had a very strong Christian faith. He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Debbie would like to extend a special thank you to Jimmy, Doris and Rose for all their endless love and support through this difficult time.  She would also like to thank Bobby’s brother in Christ, Mike McClain for always being available to lend an ear, sit by a hospital bed or to offer prayers.

The Memorial service will be held on Saturday October 2, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at New Harvest Church at 12216 Broadway St., Pearland, TX 77584-7823 with Pastor Keith Anderson officiating.

Sep '10

Shatto, Mary Treadway

Mary Treadway Shatto, 94, passed away on Friday, September 24, 2010. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia on August 19, 1916.  She is preceded in death by her first husband, William McIntyre Stanford and second husband, Alf P. Shatto, Jr. Mary is survived by her two sons, John Paul Stanford and wife, Gail and William M. (Bill) Stanford and wife Mary and stepson Alf P. Shatto III and wife, Kathy; twelve grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Mary was a trailblazer in her younger years; accomplishing many things that most women did not think they could accomplish.  She was also the first female stockbroker from Houston on the New York Stock Exchange.  Mary was a professional singer and at one time was a soloist at First United Methodist Church downtown.  She was the owner of a fishing camp in Port Isabel, Texas.  Later she was the office manager for SHW Group, Architects.  Widowed as a young woman, Mary raised her sons for nineteen years as a single mom before marrying Alf Shatto, Jr.

Visitation for friends and family will be Wednesday, September 29, 2010 beginning at 9:30 am at Cypress United Methodist Church at 13403 Cypress North Houston Road, Cypress, Texas 77429.  Funeral services will follow beginning at 11:00 am with Rev. Harold Knolls officiating.  Interment will follow at Houston National Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Johnny Stanford, William Stanford, Alfred Shatto IV and Christopher Shatto, Gary Jedlicka and Justin Stanford.  Honorary pallbearers will be Cary Shatto, Jim Heister, Les Swanson, Tom Bruce and Colby Stanford.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Building Fund at First United Methodist Church of Pearland at  http://fumcpearland.org.  A special thanks to Laura Powell and the staff for all their love and support at Grace Care Center of Cypress.

Sep '10

Gaffney, Dona J.


Dona J. Gaffney, 54 of Houston, passed away September 21st, 2010.  She is preceded in death by her father, Thomas Vigil; and brother, Thomas “Riley” Vigil.  Dona is survived by her mother Barbara Vigil; fiancée, John Rizzo; brother, John Vigil; sister, Cynthia Moon and husband, Patrick; nephew, Sean Moon; niece, Nicole Mathes; Aunt, Joyce Areallano; cousin, Laura Figgi; and a host of many other family and friends.

Dona was one of the warmest and giving people you would ever meet.  Her caring nature, engaging personality and beautiful smile were the things that friends cherished the most about her.  She and John enjoyed traveling together and looked forward to the opportunities they had to enjoy each others time as they strolled down secluded beaches.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A visitation for Dona will be held at Clayton Funeral Home at 5530W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581 on Thursday evening, September 23rd from 6:00 until 8:00.  A Rosary will be held at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church at 11011 Hall Road, Houston, Texas 77089 on Friday, September 24th beginning at 7:30 pm.  A Memorial Mass will be Saturday, September 25th at St. Luke’s Catholic Church at 2:00 pm.

Sep '10

Goodwin, Phillip

Phillip Lane Goodwin, 82 of Pearland, passed away on Monday, September 20, 2010.  He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Ester Goodwin; and his first wife, Alice Goodwin.  He is survived by his wife Norma Goodwin; daughters, Laura Austin and husband Rob, and Joan Wilsey and husband Chad; grandchildren, Jake Barton, Stefani Barton, Payton Wilsey, Shaun Austin and Kirstie Austin; brothers, Bill Goodwin and wife Genie, and Dex Goodwin and wife Helen; stepsons, Hal Anderson and wife Sharon, Greg Anderson and wife Donna, Chris Anderson and wife Cindy, Dennis Anderson and wife Pam, Tim Anderson and wife Tricia; stepdaughter, Diane Anderson Stinson; seventeen step grandchildren, eight step great grandchildren and a host of many other family and friends.

Phillip served his country as a mail carrier in the U.S. Navy when he enlisted at 16 years old.  He was an avid Houston Astros fan and loved all sports.  He enjoyed golfing for many years and became quite good and carried a very low handicap.  Phillip was a very good provider and loving husband.  After losing his first wife Alice in 1991, he volunteered his time at the hospital.  It was there that he met and later married Norma in 1993.  Their blended family grew and he shared his love with everyone.  He was affectionately known as “Jau Jau” to his grandchildren.  Phillip loved his family very much and had a wonderful sense of humor and would flirt with all the nurses at the hospital.  He loved his little dog “Precious” and always looked forward to their walks together.  His family meant everything to him and he made sure everyone knew they were loved.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation will take place at Clayton Funeral Home at 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581 on Wednesday, September 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 in the evening with a 7:00 pm Rosary. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Helen Catholic Church at 2209 Old Alvin Road, Pearland, TX 77581 at 10:00 am on Thursday, September 23, 2010.

Sep '10

Layne, Linda Tom

Linda Tom Conrady Layne, 73, was born on December 4, 1936 in Ardmore, Oklahoma to Tom and Irene Conrady.  She passed away unexpectedly at her home on September 20, 2010.  She graduated from Muskogee Central High School in Muskogee, Oklahoma and is a graduate of Indiana University.  She was a choral director for various schools in the Ector County Independent School District in Odessa, Texas for over 30 years.

She married Robert Layne on August 15, 1959.  After his death in 1996, she moved to Pearland, Texas to be closer to her children.  Linda loved music, playing bridge, shih tzu puppies and spending time with her family.  She was a breast cancer survivor and was an inspiration to her family and friends with her consistently positive attitude and relentlessly strong faith in God.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.  She is survived by her son Robert Layne and wife Kim and daughter Libbie Layne Merritt and husband Randall, all of Pearland, Texas.  She is also survived by her brother Jim Conrady of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, grandchildren Michael Merritt of Grapevine, Texas, Willie Merritt and family of Missouri City, Texas and Cameron Layne of Pearland, Texas, as well as numerous other loving family members and friends.

The family will receive friends for visitation on Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 West Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  A visitation will also be held at First Baptist Church in Odessa, Texas on Saturday, October 2, 2010 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Private graveside services will be held at a later date in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Music Ministry of the First Baptist Church, Odessa, Texas, the Music Ministry of First United Methodist Church, Pearland, Texas or the American Cancer Society 

Sep '10

Beaupre, Eugene “Gene” Francis

Eugene “Gene” Francis Beaupre, 57 of Pearland, Texas, passed away at his home on September 19, 2010, after a frustrating and exhausting fight with cancer.  He was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and was married to Deborah, his high school sweetheart, for over 38 years.  Together with their sons, they moved to Texas in 1978 and enjoyed a life filled with family, love, happiness, and adventure. 

Gene and Deborah loved to travel whenever they could to places such as Mexico, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Hawaii, and numerous locations throughout the United States.  Gene was affectionately known to his grandchildren as “ Pepe ”.  He was a great leader and mentor that never allowed emotions to cloud his judgment.  He listened intently and gave wise council to countless friends and family – moving many to look towards him for guidance and direction.  Gene had a special way with humor, often using practical jokes or doing something unexpected to lighten up a stressful situation.  He somehow managed to leave you with a smile on your face during times when it was least expected.  Gene battled his illness with great courage and selflessness, and one of his final wishes was to see his mother in Connecticut one last time.  His wish was granted by innovative family members and modern technology via a video chat on the Friday before he passed away.  He was a wonderful son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend, who will be greatly missed by many.   His life will serve as an inspiration and example to all that knew and loved him.

Gene is survived by his wife Deborah Beaupre; his sons: Christopher Beaupre and wife Angela, Michael Beaupre and wife Katja; his five grandchildren: Chase, Kaitlyn, Emily, Melanie, and Josie; his mother, Geraldine Beaupre; two brothers: James Beaupre and wife Alice and Ronald Beaupre; two sisters: Elaine Daly and husband Kieran, Susan Ehlers and husband Earl; his mother-in-law Mary Georgini and sister-in-law Brenda Smith and Ed; He also leaves behind many nephews, nieces, cousins, aunts and uncles.  He is preceded in death by his father, Edwin Beaupre and brother, Philip Beaupre.

A Memorial Service for Gene will be held at Clayton Funeral Home at 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581 on Sunday, September 26th at 2:00 in the afternoon.  Donations may be made in his honor to http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/genebeaupre   or the cancer research fund of your choice. 


Sep '10

Banaglorioso, Amado P.

Amado Pineda Banaglorioso, 73 of Pearland, passed away on Sunday, September 19, 2010.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Francisco and Genoveva Banaglorioso.  He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Cecilia Banaglorioso; sons, Raul Banaglorioso and wife Mary Joy, Joel Banaglorioso and wife Dedes, Ted Banaglorioso and wife Clem; brother, Carling Banaglorioso; sisters, Gloria Presto, Ester Taylor, and Nene Montenejo; and nine grandchildren.

Amado loved to play tennis and enjoyed fishing.  He always looked forward to gathering with friends and family where he could exhibit his wonderful sense of humor.  Amado loved his family very much and enjoyed good health for the majority of his life. He will be missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation for Amado will be held at Clayton Funeral Home at 5530W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581 on Friday evening, September 24th from 6:00 until 8:00 with a 7:00 pm Rosary.  A  Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, September 25th at St. Helen Catholic Church at 9:00 am.

Sep '10

Rakestraw, F.I.

F.I Rakestraw Jr. was born in Byars Oklahoma January 21st, 1921.  He passed into heaven on September 16th, 2010 at the age of 89 years.  F.I. was affectionately called Daddy, Grandpa and Nailbender by those who loved him.  F.I. was an extraordinary man that led an extraordinary life.  He was a builder and owner of Rakestraw Construction and KJKG Inc.  F.I. built many of the houses and commercial buildings in Weslaco and surrounding areas of the Rio Grande Valley.  He was known for the quality of his work.  F.I. learned to fly airplanes as a young man in the Army.  This would lead to a love for flying.  At one time F.I. had his own plane and loved to take his children and Grandchildren flying.  F.I. also loved to play Golf.  In his later years, he really enjoyed watching Golf and would often draw his family into whatever game he was watching.  Over many years F.I. spent a great deal of time hunting Whitetail Deer.  This was probably his favorite thing to do.  He enjoyed hunting with his Sons, Grandsons and Great-Grandsons.  This will always be a special memory for these men and boys.  F.I. had a way of loving his family and friends that was special.  He loved in simple ways that made an impact on many people.  During the last five years, F.I. lived in Houston, Texas and took care of his wife Edith.  During these years he gave of his life sacrificially and lovingly to Edith.  He was so Thankful for the 68 years they were married.  F.I. was a Christian and loved to tell his family how thankful he was for all God had done for him.  Two weeks prior to his death, he told his oldest Grandson that he and Grandma were going to take a trip.  When asked what he meant, F.I. smiled and pointed up.  “To be absent from the body for F.I., is to be present with the Lord.

F.I. is preceded in death by his Parents, nine Brothers and Sisters and one Great-Grandson.  He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Edith Josephine Rakestraw, Children; Kathy Crow and her husband Bill, Janet Ault and her husband Buddy, Ken Rakestraw and his wife Irma and Gary Rakestraw and his wife Kathy. Grandchildren; Mark Roach, Kevin Ault, Brian Ault, Rusty Ault, Scott Rakestraw, Kristin Rakestraw, David Rakestraw, Hannah Rakestraw and Great-Grandchildren; Cameron Roach, Collin Roach, Evan Roach, Caroline Roach, Erin Roach, Brandon Ault, Ryan Ault, Katie Ault and Greta Ault.

Memorial Services will be held at Clayton Funeral Home on Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 2:00 pm. Entombment will take place at Houston National Cemetery at a later date.

Sep '10

Bieber, Christopher “Chris”

Christopher B. Bieber, 51 of Pearland, passed away on September 15, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents Theodore and MaryAnn Bieber, and brother, Robert Bieber.  He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Stacey Bieber; son, Ryan Bieber; foster sons, Kyle Lord and Cade Radcliff;  sister, Barbara Bieber-Hamby; nephew, Nathan Bieber; niece, Christy Bieber; and a host of many other family and friends.

Chris and Stacey met 25 plus years ago while working in a car dealership in Midland, Texas.  Chris was always so nice and eventually won Stacey over.  He had a strong love and dedication to his family. Chris enjoyed his job at Natijonal Oilwell Varco and had many friends through his work there.  Sailing was a passion he enjoyed for most of his life.  He was highly intelligent and an excellent athlete going through school.  Chris was an avid reader and loved to read everything from Popular Mechanics to Sailing magazines or even “How-to” manuals.  Chris had a very mechanical mind and always wanted to know how things worked. He always enjoyed the annual family vacation to New Braunfels.  Chris and Ryan enjoyed spending time floating on the river or riding the rides at Schlitterbahn.  His love of the water and the open seas also included going on cruises.  His favorite pastime on the ship was going to the engine room to see how things worked or the bridge to see and observe the operations of the ship.    He will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Visitation for Chris will be on Friday, September 17, 2010 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home. at 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  Funeral services will be held in the Clayton Chapel at 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 18, 2010 with Pastor Glen Liston of New Hope Church officiating.  The final interment will follow at Alvin Cemetery.  The pallbearers for the service will be Kyle Lord, Cade Radcliff, Eric Ensley, Peter Stanton, Thomas Vu, and Frank Springett.

Sep '10

Kennon, Cora R.

Cora R. Kennon, age 96, passed away on September 10, 2010. She is preceded in death by parents, Willie and Addie Reynolds; husband, Drue; and son, David. She is survived by her son, Charles and wife Danell; daughter-in-law Kay; brother, Elton Reynolds and wife Helen; sister, Gladys Meyer; and great-grandchildren, Evan and Erin.

Cora and Drue were married for more than 47 years before his death in 1988.  Cora was an active mom who devoted most of her attention to her children’s activities; from helping with Cub Scouts, to serving as PTA President, Band Booster President, and School Secretary for Stovall Jr. High in Aldine ISD.  She was a seamstress and loved sewing and gardening.  She was very active in the church teaching Sunday School and the Ladies Bible Study. Cora was blessed with good health most all of her life and proudly lived independently until she was 96 years old.  She enjoyed spending time with her family.  She was very proud of her two sons and her daughters-in-law which she thought of as her daughters.  Her great-grandchildren became the joy of her life and they affectionately called her “G.G.”. She will be fondly remembered by all those that knew and loved her.

A graveside service for Cora will be held on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 11:00 am at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery, 6900 Lawndale, Houston, TX 77023. Pastor Byron Williamson from Calvary Baptist Church in Rosenberg will officiate.