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Thu
23
Jul '09

Braden, Msgr. Leroy

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Rev. Msgr. Leroy H. Braden, passed away peacefully on July 23, 2009. He is preceded in death by his parents, Rockus Braden and Louise Wendel Braden; and brothers Leon and Lenard Braden. He is survived by his sisters, Mary Louise Hacker & her husband Martin, Sister Elaine Braden; brother, William Braden & his wife Connie; nephews & nieces David , James & Robert Hacker, Paul & Eddie Braden, and Theresa & Barbara Powell. The family would like to thank Msgr. Braden’s good friend and caretaker Mary Marks.

Msgr. Braden was born on August 5, 1926 in Mentz, Texas. His family moved to Wharton County when he was seven and he attended Jones Creek School. In 1943 he graduated from Crescent High School. Msgr. Braden entered St. Mary’s Seminary in La Porte in 1946 and was ordained a priest there by Bishop Wendelin J. Nold on May 30, 1953. The next day, he celebrated his first Solemn Mass at St. Philip Catholic Church in El Campo, Texas. Msgr. Braden’s assignments as Assistant Pastor were at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Galveston, St. Christopher Catholic Church and Corpus Christi Catholic Church, both in Houston, Texas. As Pastor, his past parishes include St.
Mary Catholic Church in Plantersville, with a mission church at St. Joseph’s in Stoneham, Texas, St. Augustine Catholic Church and St. Christopher Catholic Church, both in Houston, Texas. In June 1984, he became the pastor of St. Helen Catholic Church in Pearland, Texas.
In recognition of his outstanding priestly ministry, Msgr. Braden was made an Honorary Prelate with a title of Monsignor by Pope John Paul I on December 5, 1978. Besides his parish ministry, Msgr. Braden was also active in Engaged and Marriage Encounter, Seafarers Center, Chaplain of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Knights of Columbus, Alhambra, and Catholic Life Insurance Union. He was a charter member of the Pearland Ministerial Alliance. He has also served as Dean of the Southeast Deanery and a member of Personnel Board and Priest Senate of the diocese.

Visitation for Msgr. Braden will be held on Monday, July 27, 2009 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, with the Rosary being recited at 7:00 pm, at St. Helen Catholic Church in Pearland. Msgr. Reginald R. Nesvadba will be presiding. The Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00 am at St. Helen Catholic Church on Tuesday, July 28, 2009. Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza will be presiding. A meal will follow the Mass in Helena Hall. Interment is at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Helen Catholic School, 2213 Old Alvin, Pearland, TX 77581, 281-485-2845.

Wed
22
Jul '09

Barrier, Bobbye

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Bobbye Jean (Williams) Barrier, age 75 of Pearland, passed away on July 22, 2009. She is preceded in death by her parents, John Zieglar “Blackie”, Lucy (Farmer) Williams & Chris Williams, niece Kelli Barrier and nephew Jackson Crum. She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Herbert Barrier; daughter, Becky Carbone & her husband Don; sons, Bud Barrier & his wife Debbie, Jeff Barrier & his wife Donna, and Chuck Barrier & his wife Lisa; grandchildren, Tony Carbone & his wife Crystal, Cheri Goggans, Amy Bonetati & her husband Tony, Jennifer Foster & her husband Michael, Devon Davey & her husband Clayton, Christelle Lowry & her husband Bob, Scott Barrier, Bobby Barrier, Jeff Barrier, Ronny Barrier, and Jarrod Lee; great-grandchildren, David & Ashley Bonetati, Stella Foster, Luke & Meredith Lowery and Colton Barrier; Brother, Bill Barrier & his wife Rosemary; niece, Traci Barrier Crum & husband Scott and their children Kennedy, Pierce & Monroe Crum; and a host of many, many other family & friends.

Bobbye was born on March 15, 1934 in Houston, Texas and resided in the Houston area throughout her life. The Barrier family moved to Brookside Village, just outside of Pearland, in 1963 and has been proud Brookside residents since that time.

Bobbye was a truly devoted wife and mother. She completely enjoyed and dearly loved her family and friends. She thoroughly enjoyed sharing the triumphs of her family and reserved plenty of time to brag to her friends. Bobbye, or “MaMaw” as the grandchildren called her, was truly a proud, proud woman. She spared no expense when protecting her family and showing love to them.

As a friend, to know her was to love her! Bobbye made it a great priority in her life to share the love of Christ with others by loving others the way that Christ loves us. She gave sacrificially to the community throughout various church experiences over her lifetime and was there to contribute to anyone in need. Bobbye, Herb, and kids were long time members of First Baptist Church, Pearland, and later members of Brookside Baptist Church and currently New Hope Church. She had strong patriotism and was very proud of her country. Bobbye was a visual representation of a prideful citizen when she stood and saluted any time that a flag was near. She created packages to send to troops stationed over seas and enjoyed volunteering with the Military Moms of Brazoria County.

Bobbye was also a great cook and talented cake decorator. She loved her bridge buddies: the Monday Group, the Tuesday Group, and the Wednesday night players. Those ladies shared a special bond. She was a gifted writer and an avid reader. But, give her five minutes notice and she was ready to go! She loved to travel.

Bobbye will be fondly remembered, deeply missed and treasured by all who knew and loved her.

Visitation for Bobbye will be on Saturday, July 25, 2009 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home. The Funeral Service is on Sunday, July 26, 2009 at 2:00 pm in the Clayton Chapel.

Donations may be made in Bobbye’s honor to: Military Moms and Wives of Brazoria County, MMWBC, P.O. Box 3615, Lake Jackson, Texas 77566, 979-236-6861, http://militarymomsandwives.org/

Wed
22
Jul '09

Frizzell, Billy Ray

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Billy Ray Frizzell, age 71 of Pearland, passed away on July 22, 2009. He is preceded in death by his parents, Monroe & Mattie (Wooley) Frizzell; wife, Peggy Joann Frizzell; and grandson, Christopher Dougherty. He is survived by his son, Pete Frizzell & his wife Sherri; brother, Jack Frizzell & his wife Barbara; sisters, Gladys & Wilma; granddaughter, Kayla Dougherty; and a host of many other family & friends.

Billy was born on June 4, 1938 in Crockett, Texas. He was a boilermaker with the Local Union #74 from 1966 until he retired in 1998. Billy and Peggy were happily married for 47 years. They enjoyed their family and loved their dogs. Billy was always a loving husband and good provider for his family. In his spare time, he enjoyed his yard and garden and was handy enough to fix just about anything.

Visitation for Billy will be on Sunday, July 26, 2009 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home. The Funeral Service is on Monday, July 27, 2009 at 1:00 pm in the Clayton Chapel. Pastor Keith Anderson of New Harvest Christian Fellowship will be officiating. Interment is at Confederate Cemetery in Alvin, Texas.

Tue
21
Jul '09

Arandia, Robert

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Robert Arandia, age 53 of Pearland, passed away on July 21, 2009. He is preceded in death by his parents, Salvador Arandia & Cresencia Go. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Cecilia (Degala) Arandia; sons, Albert, Jose, & Andre Arandia; daughter, Cyd Charisse Arandia Garcia; brothers, Jose Arandia; sisters, Susan Liang, Trini Sumpter, Virgie Arandia, Corazon Laurente, Sue Arandia, Purita, Omen, Delia Suazo, & Patsy Arandia; grandson, Vincent Garcia; and a host of many other family & friends.

Robert was born on October 14, 1955 in Tacloban City, Philippines. By trade, he was an engineer and worked for seven years in Tucson at the University of Arizona. Robert’s father taught him how to play tennis and he enjoyed the game his entire life. He was also an accomplished guitar player and a handyman who could fix just about anything. Robert enjoyed working at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital during his time in Texas. Robert will always be remembered as a loving husband and wonderful provider who was very proud and supportive of his entire family.

Visitation for Robert is on Friday, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 10:00 am in the Clayton Chapel.

Sat
18
Jul '09

Ebers, Daniel

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Daniel Ernest Ebers, age 44, passed away unexpectedly on July 18, 2009. He is survived by his parents, Thomas & Melby (Elder) Ebers; his loving wife of 21 years, Kayla; sons, Thomas Ebers & his wife Lexi, Joseph Ebers, Caleb Ebers, and Benjamin Ebers; brothers, Mike Ebers, Randy Ebers & his wife Jeanie, and Jerry Ebers & his wife Julie; sister, Christy Ebers; sister-in-law, Kimberly Elwood & her husband Jason; nephews, Dylan, Brendon & David; and a host of many other family and friends.

Daniel was born on February 13, 1965 in Louisiana, Missouri and grew up in Marshall, Missouri. He resided in the Houston area for the last thirteen years. Daniel was a sign language interpreter at church when he and Kayla met. During their twenty-one years of marriage together, they raised four boys and Daniel was their primary home schooling teacher. Daniel was self-employed for Formor International. In his spare time, he loved teaching, cycling and camping with his family, studying the Bible and being a Care Group Leader. Daniel will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and mostly as a loving husband, father, and good provider for his family.

A Memorial Service for Daniel will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2009, at 2:00 pm in the Clayton Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Daniel Ebers Children’s Donation Fund or Kayla Ebers in c/o Wells Fargo Bank, Account #2655317168, The Daniel Ebers Children’s Donations Fund or Kayla Ebers.

For those needing accommodations, the La Quinta Hotel in Pearland is offering a discounted rate. Please mention the Ebers Memorial Service when making your reservation. The hotel is located at 9002 Broadway Street, Pearland, Texas 77584, 281-412-5454.

Wed
15
Jul '09

Williams, Marie

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Marie Louise Williams, 65, of Clear Lake, passed away peacefully at her home on July 15, 2009 surrounded by her loving family. She lived her life to magnify Christ and give all the glory to Him. She was preceded in death by her parents Rev. Monroe and Dorothy (Langlois) Drew Jr. Marie is survived by her husband of 41 years Richard (Dick) Williams; son Brian Williams and wife Cyndee of Springfield, MO; daughters Karen Hopkins and husband Mike of New Braunfels, TX, Janna Edwards and husband John of Tulsa, OK; brothers, Cameron Drew and wife Lynn of Conway, SC and Malcolm Drew of Mercerville, NJ; seven grandchildren, Megan, Nathan, Nolan and Stephen Hopkins and Brennan, Brooke and Aubree Williams; and a host of other family members and friends.

Marie was born in Oakland, CA on March 10, 1944. She and her mother shared the same birthday. Marie was a gifted woman with many talents. She was an exceptional student athlete, artist, and musician, playing both flute and guitar. Marie was voted “Miss Trenton High School” her senior year and won other various awards for her achievements. Her first job out of high school was painting porcelain birds for the Boehm Studio in Trenton, NJ. She had fond memories of her childhood road trips and traveled with her family to forty nine states. In 1999, Marie made a trip of a lifetime with friends to Israel, where she walked where Jesus walked. Marie enjoyed photography and learned to fly in a Piper Cub with aspirations of becoming a missionary pilot. Around that time, Dick swept her off her feet and asked her “to be his co-pilot.” They enjoyed their forty-one year life-flight together.

Marie devoted her life to Christ, her family, to Christian education and the development of children. She received a B.A. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Trenton State College and a M.Ed. in Educational Administration from the University of Arizona. Marie’s student teaching experience was with the “Junior Five Nursery Program” a pioneering demonstration nursery school in Trenton, NJ. Her first teaching experience after graduation was at the Adventure School in Tucson, AZ. A strong advocate for children’s Christian education, Marie founded and directed two Christian schools (Lamb’s Gate School in Tucson, AZ and Lord’s Gate School in Webster, TX). She was a church leader in Missions, Vacation Bible School, Pioneers and Bible Bus, which included many imaginative inputs that drew upon her creative artistic and musical talents. Most recently, Marie served as the Area Coordinator for Child Evangelism Fellowship’s After-School Good News Clubs in the Greater Galveston Bay Area.

Marie lived her life selflessly, always looking to the interests of others, especially children. She loved her family and had a driving passion to train up a generation to know Christ and to hide His word in their hearts. Persevering in faith throughout her illness, Marie inspired many to “keep up the good fight of faith.” She was a pillar of strength to her family and leaves behind a legacy of love and a beautiful example of Christian faith. Our beloved Marie has now received the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Her family is comforted with the blessed assurance of being reunited with her one day

Visitation for Marie was held on Saturday, July 18, 2009 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581. Memorial services were Monday, July 20, 2009 at Bay Area Presbyterian Church, 670 E Medical Center Blvd. Webster, TX 77598, officiated by Rev. John Gregory Farrell. In lieu of flowers Marie requested that donations be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship of Greater Galveston Bay Area, 6918 4th St., Hitchcock, TX 77563.

Sun
5
Jul '09

Gorley, Harold Hans Jr.

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Harold “Butch” Gorley Jr., age 58 of Pearland, passed away unexpectedly on July 5, 2009. He is preceded in death by his father, Harold Gorley Sr. He is survived by his loving wife Sue; mother, Mable Estelle; son, Brian Gorley & his wife Shannon; sisters, Ada Childs & her husband Allan and Lynn Carlson & her husband Russ; grandson, Brennan Gorley; and a host of many other family and friends.

Harold “Butch” was born on May 20, 1951 in San Antonio, Texas and resided in the Houston area since 1976. An important event in Butch’s life occurred when he, his Mother and Father were all baptized at Palm Heights Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas on October 6, 1962. Throughout the years, he had a diverse career spending four years in the Marines, ten years as a commercial diver, and twenty-three years with Continental Airlines as a scheduler. Butch was a kind and giving person, who loved his family and friends and was always thinking about others. He had a strong temper but if he got mad it never lasted long. His wonderful sense of humor stayed with him throughout his life. In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening and was a handyman who could fix just about anything in fact he was known for going to other people’s homes to fix things when no one else could. Butch’s memory will live on in the hearts of all those who knew and loved him.

Butch’s family will be holding a Memorial Reception on Saturday, July 11, 2009 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home.

Sat
4
Jul '09

Wyatt, Dalton

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Dalton Chase Wyatt was received into the arms of the Lord on July 4, 2009. He is survived by his mother, Iverna Wyatt and father, Terry Wyatt; stepmother, Debbie Wyatt; sisters, Meghan Wyatt and Jewels Wyatt; stepbrothers and stepsisters, Adam Lilley, Jeremy Lilley and Sara Appling; grandparents Mike Wyatt of Austin and Sandra Goehring of Graham and Gary & Ivy Becher of Ellinger; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Dalton was born on May 4, 1993 in The Woodlands, Texas He lived most of his life in Pearland and completed his sophomore year at Pearland High School. He was a beautiful child, full of life and energy. He enjoyed playing many activities including track, soccer, basketball, baseball, jetskiing, bike riding, and camping with his friends. Dalton will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Visitation for Dalton is on Wednesday, July 8, 2009 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, Pearland, Texas. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 10:00 am in the Clayton Chapel. Online condolences and tributes may be shared with the family by visiting www.claytonfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dalton Wyatt Memorial Fund through Regions Bank, Acct #0084067209.

Thu
2
Jul '09

Brashier, Joseph Daniel

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Joseph Daniel Brashier, age 72, of Katy, Texas, passed away after a long illness on July 2, 2009. He is preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin & Ava (Daniel) Brashier, and loving wife of 48 years, Vivian. He is survived by his son, Roy Brashier; daughters, Diane Brashier Honzell, Brenda Brashier Galvan & her husband Armando, and Mary Brashier Sucher & her husband Joe; brothers, Ben Brashier & his wife Marge and Bill Brashier & his wife Johnnie; ten grandchildren and one honorary grandson.

Joe was born on February 8, 1937 in Santa Rosa, Texas, the youngest of nine children. He was a business owner and rancher for most of his life and was also a heavy equipment contractor who could operate and fix just about any piece of machinery. Joe and Vivian had a wonderful marriage and life together for 48 1/2 years. He loved his family and all of his grandchildren and inspired them with his patience and wisdom. Joe was a softspoken man who strived to be a wonderful husband, brother, Dad, uncle, and Granddaddy.

Visitation for Joe will be on Monday, July 6, 2009 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home. The Funeral Service is on Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 10:00 am in the Clayton Chapel. Pastor Mark Poe will be officiating. Interment will immediately follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.

Thu
2
Jul '09

Bullmer, George Jr.

George Bullmer, Jr., age 73, passed away peacefully on July 2, 2009 in Houston, Texas. He is preceded in death by his loving parents, wife Tommye, and brother Ken Bullmer. He is survived by his sons, Brad Bullmer & his wife Amy and their children Alexander & Elise, Scott Bullmer & his wife Julie and their soon to be born daughter; stepson Randy Bennett, whom he lovingly helped raise as his own & his wife Vicci and their daughter Rebecca Rose; and stepson Sammy Bennett & his wife Tammi.

George was born on September 16, 1935 to George and Mildred (Hahn) Bullmer in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri. George and Tommye married on March 16, 1978 and were happily married for 31 years and remained long time residents of Pearland, Texas. George purchased Popular Printing in 1984 and successfully managed this company for over twenty years. George was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be dearly missed.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Ms. Judy Orta for her loving and gentle care of Dad.

Visitation for George will be on Sunday, July 5, 2009 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home. A Celebration of George’s Life is on Monday, July 6, 2009 at 10:00 am in the Clayton Chapel. Entombment will immediately follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland. Memorial contributions may be directed to Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030.

Sat
27
Jun '09

Smith, Irma

Irma B. Smith, age 81 of Pearland, passed away after a long illness on June 27, 2009. She is preceded in death by her parents, Astorre & Pierina (Gattino) Biscottini, and husband, Kennith Smith. She is survived by her daughters, Susan Bittick & her husband Guy, Debbie Lytle & her husband Paul, and Donna Gregory; brothers, Eugenio Biscottini & his wife Deloras, and Aldo Biscottini & his wife Lucille; six grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Irma was born on December 16, 1927 in Tenafly, New Jersey. She resided in the Houston area since 1948 and settled in Pearland in 1961. Irma and Kenneth were married for fifty-one years. She was the matriarch of her family and the rock that they leaned upon. Her grandchildren lovingly called her Grandma and her great-grandchildren called her Grandma G.G., for “Great Grandma”. She always enjoyed the Easter and Christmas holidays when she could decorate and buy presents for everyone. Irma had a very easygoing attitude about life, was extremely giving towards others, and never met a stranger. Her unconditional love will be missed but always remembered by her entire family.

Visitation for Irma will be on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 10:00 am in the Clayton Chapel. Chaplain Charles Flannigan will be officiating. Interment will immediately follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland.

Wed
17
Jun '09

Remmers, Herman Richard Jr.

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Herman Richard Remmers Jr., age 77 of Houston, passed away unexpectedly on June 17, 2009. He is preceded in death by his parents, Herman Sr. & Vera (Rothbauer) Remmers; brother, Robert Remmers; and sister, Evelyn Remmers. He is survived by his cousins, Frank & Kathleen Bogar, Georgie Mae Mendel, and Frances Winfield; and a host of many other family & friends.

Herman was born on October 12, 1931 in Moulton, Texas and resided in the Houston area for more than 50 years. He was a very quiet and religious man who was an active member at St. Jerome Church in Houston. Herman enjoyed a lifelong career as an accountant. In his spare time he loved reading history, watching t.v., and dining at Mexican restaurants–the spicier the better! He was also a vintage car enthusiast. Herman’s gentle spirit will be fondly remembered by all those who knew and loved him.

A Memorial Service for Herman will be held on Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 10:00 am at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 8825 Kempwood Drive, Houston, Texas 77080, 713-468-9555. The inurnment will immediately follow at 11:15 am at Houston National Cemetery.