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Mar '10

Maguire, Donna

Donna Moore Maguire, age 77 of Port Neches, passsed away on March 17, 2010. She is preceded in death by her parents, Eugene & Mina (Merritt) Moore; and sister, Sally Auguston. She is survived by her sons, Larry Hultman & his wife Corinne, Howard Hultman & his wife Cindy, Scott Hultman, and David Hultman & his wife Karen; daughters, Debbi Roy & her husband Rickie, Anita Jones & her husband Wes, and Alicia Smith & her husband Lance; brothers & sisters, Eldwyn, Marcline, Duane, Ruby, Gloria, Myrna, Ronald, Nancy, Judy, Kathy, Douglas, & Donald; 18 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

Donna was born on March 30, 1932 in Village of Kill Deer, North Dakota but resided in Texas for the past 40 years. She was a Methodist by faith and throughout the years enjoyed her entire family.

A Graveside Service for Donna was held on Friday, March 19, 2010 at 2:00 pm at Alvin Cemetery in Alvin, Texas. Pastor Keith Anderson officiated.

Mar '10

Zeller, Harold “Zeke” Jr.

Harold Zeller Jr., “Zeke”, passed away peacefully March 16th. He is survived by his large and loving family, his wife Mary Perthuis Zeller of Pearland, his six children and their spouses: Fred and Janet Zeller of Pasadena, Randall and Becky Zeller of Missouri City, Ron and Yoka Zeller of Alvin, Kurt and Linda Zeller of Friendswood, Paul and Diane Zeller of Eau Claire Wisconsin, Cathy and Rick Thompson of Austin his former daughter-in-law Terri Huey of Texas City, 15 grandchildren and one great grandchild and his brothers Mert and Alfred Zeller.

Harold was born in Orange, Texas October 17, 1929. He was the devoted son of Harold and Ruby Vincent Zeller. Harold grew up in Galveston, Texas where he graduated from Ball High school in 1947.

Visitation for Zeke will be held Friday March 19, 2010 from 5 PM to 8PM at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland Texas. The Memorial Service will be held at 2 PM on Saturday March 20, 2010 at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 5515 Broadway, Pearland, Texas.

Mar '10

Martinez, Jose

Jose Angel “Johito” Martinez, age 67, of Pearland, passed away on March 15, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents, Rogelio & Armantina Martinez. He survived by his wife, Lydia (Padovani) Martinez; Javier Martinez & his wife Jeanne; daughter, Janice Martinez and Jenniffer Everitt & her husband Wes; brother, Samuel Martinez & his wife Nadia; sisters, Carmen Martinez Sanchez & husband Chalo, Lucy Martinez Irizarry & her husband Felix, Milagros Martinez Santana & her husband Jesus, Annie Martinez Rivera & her husband Jeremias, and Teresita Martinez; grandchildren, Judy Ann, Jonathan, Jacque, Gabriella (Tinita), and William (Bubba); and great-grandchildren, Jordan, Tanner, and Elliegh.

Johito was born on February 14, 1943, in Yauco, Puerto Rico but resided in Oklahoma and settled in Pearland for the last three years. Jose and Lydia lived all over the country and world because of his job with General Dynamics as an Electrical Engineer. They also traveled extensively to visit family but it was most enjoyable to return to Puerto Rico where they could see everyone and spend time playing dominoes or being outside to enjoy the weather. In his spare time, Johito would often fish and was a Scout Master for Javier’s Boy Scout where they enjoyed many outings and activities together. Johito was regarded as the mentor to his family and he inspired many others to get educated and be successful. His grandchildren affectionately called him “Grandpa” or “Popa”. Jose loved being surrounded by family and was always up for a party.

Visitation for Johito is on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm with the Rosary beginning at 7:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2010 at 9:30 am in the Clayton Chapel.

Mar '10

Currie, Robert M. (Bob) Jr.

Robert M. “Bob” Currie Jr., age 83 of Pearland, passed away on March 13, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert M. Sr. & Mary (Tomlinson) Currie. He is survived by his wife, Hazel of 59 years; sons, Robert M. “Greg” Currie III & his wife Susan, Paul Currie & his wife Gay, and Kevin Currie; daughters, Valerie Currie, Allison Watts & her husband Daniel, and Heather Currie; sister, Jeanne Rohrbach; grandchildren, Colt, Colette, Stephen, Chelsea, McGregor, Logan, Brittany, Lyndsie, Nellie, Coleman, Ryan, and Lexi.

Bob was born on October 2, 1926 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to Corpus Christi when he was 5 before settling in the Houston area in 1960. Bob was an A & M graduate and received his MBA from the University of Chicago and proudly served his country during World War II in the U. S. Navy. Bob and Hazel enjoyed playing bridge and traveled the world together competing in tournaments. For their 50th wedding anniversary, Bob & Hazel took their entire family, all 20 of them, on a cruise to Cancun and Cozumel. To his grandchildren, Bob was affectionately known as “Papa”. Bob was a successful business man for many years and owned a car dealership, Bob Currie Ford. In his spare time, he would often play tennis with his family. After he retired, Bob kept busy with the Pearland Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He also enjoyed managing his investments and closely followed the stock market. Bob will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all those who knew and loved him.

Visitation for Bob will be on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 10:00 am followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 am in the Clayton Chapel. Rev. Rosemary Dubois of Friendswood United Methodist Church will be officiating. Interment will be at Houston National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s name to the Compassionate Care Hospice, 2020 N Loop West, Ste 140, Houston, TX 77018, 866-535-3247.

Mar '10

Childress, Doyal

Doyal Reneau Childress Sr., age 85 of Friendswood , passed away on March 7, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents, George W. & Nettie Childress; son, Doyal “Buddy” Childress Jr.; brothers, Clyde Childress, L.W. Childress; sisters, Bertha Williams, Nancy Preston, Bernice Likens, and Bernell McMahon. He is survived by his wife, Hazel; daughter, Joy Sloan & her husband John, and Barbara Puckett; sister, LaRue Goldsmith; grandchildren, Sheri Ford & her husband Kevin, Tad Childress & his wife Jodi, Jennifer Hudman, Robert Hudman, Jay Childress; ten great-grandchildren; and a host of many other family & friends.

Doyal was born on October 1, 1924 in Ira, Texas. He resided in Beeville Texas for most of his life before settling in Friendswood in 2006. Doyal and Hazel were married for 63 years and had a strong and loving model relationship. The family admired them and they all aspired to having a relationship like theirs. Doyal was a wonderful provider for his family, working as a Firefighter and Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Beeville and even drove a school bus part time in Harlingen, TX. As a man of strong faith, Doyal read and studied the bible daily and truly had a servant’s heart. He would visit nursing homes conducting services or funerals and even led a prison ministry. He loved discussing the Bible and shared the word with whoever was interested in learning about it. Doyal was an Elder and Deacon in the Combes, TX Church of Christ before moving to Beeville in 1966. He was asked after moving to fill in at the Pettus Church of Christ as a part time preacher which turned into a twenty year “part time preaching assignment”. He also was involved at his church, the Westside Church of Christ in Beeville before he and his wife became ill and moved near their daughters in the Pearland area. He baptized many of his followers including his grandchildren. Doyal’s messages of faith and the inspiration he shared throughout his life will always influence those who knew and loved him.

Visitation for Doyal will be on Saturday, March 13, 2010, at 11:00 am at Clayton Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will follow at 1:00 pm in the Chapel. David Todd will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Doyal’s honor to: Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011. Donate by phone: 1.800.272.3900 or online at www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp.

Mar '10

Ahart, Billy

Billy Egbert Ahart passed away on March 3, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents, Troy & Perlene (Colson) Ahart. He is survived by his wife, Betty Jo (Armstrong); son, Heath Vogt & his wife Noel; Belinda Shufelt & her husband Terry, and Patty Chalmers & her husband Morris; sister, Katherine Heathcock & her husband David; grandchildren, Justin, Colton, Bailey, Wyatt, Maggie, & Gracie; and a host of many other family & friends.

Billy was born on October 25, 1938 in Houston, Texas and resided in the Bellaire area for forty years. Billy & Betty Jo were happily married for 39 years and traveled all over the country together. He was a wonderful husband, father, and Nascar fan. Billy loved life and spending time with his family. To his grandchildren, he was affectionately known as “Grand Pa”. Billy was a successful wrecker business owner for over 25 years and was the past vice president of the Houston Wrecker Association. Known as a jack of all trades, Billy could do just about any task and, with Betty Jo, even built their lake house. His fond memories will live on in the hearts of all those who knew and loved him.

A Funeral Service for Billy will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2010, at 1:00 pm in the Clayton Chapel. Pastor Larry Shine will be officiating.

Feb '10

Baldez, Antonio “Tony”

Antonio “Tony” Baldez, age 70 of Pearland, passed away on February 27, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jesus & Maria (Perez) Baldez. He is survived by his wife, Mary (Molina) Baldez; son, David Baldez & his wife Yi-Ling; daughters, Brenda Pritchard & her husband John, Anna delaCruz & her husband Roberto, Diana Takiff & her husband Neal, and Laura Baldez, Rahul Manchanda, Lewis Gonzalez, & Maria Saldaña; grandchildren, Shannon, Justin Anthony, Beau, Zachary, Lucas Alan, Henry, David, and Lina Claire; many other family members and a host of friends.

Antonio was born on May 7, 1939 in Houston, Texas and resided here until settling in Pearland for the past year. He and Mary were married for 42 years. They had five children and eight grandchildren who affectionately called him “Po Po”. Tony was very intelligent, always reading or writing poetry. He taught himself French and was even learning Italian. He enjoyed music, especially classical or opera and he and Mary traveled all over the world together. Tony was a man of strong faith who was the patriarch of his family and a hero to them for the courage he displayed while battling cancer. He will be dearly missed but leaves behind a legacy of love and support for his family.

A Memorial Service for Tony will be held on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 10:30 am at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77038, 281-447-8686.

Following the service, the family is inviting everyone to a reception and gathering at the home of Tony and Mary on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 5:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tony’s honor to the American Cancer Society, Lung Cancer, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, 800-ACS-2345.

Feb '10

Wortham, Beckie

Beckie Wortham, age 43 of Pasadena, passed away on February 23, 1010. She is preceded in death by her father, Jerry Sosebee. She is survived by her mother, Dorothy (Ross) Sosebee; husband, Paul Wortham; parents-in-law, Bobby & Gladys Wortham; son, Kevin Rogers; daughter, Jacquolyne Steward & her husband Wesley; brother, Dickey Sosebee; sisters, Sherri Tracy & her husband Doug, Debbie Comeaux & her husband Robert, and Terri Nichols; grandchildren, Blaine, Jordan, and Elizabeth; and a host of many other family and friends.

Beckie was born on October 12, 1966 in Houston, Texas and resided here her entire life. She married Paul in 1997 and was proud to be a mother and grandmother to his children. They enjoyed attending church, watching tv or riding together on Paul’s motorcycle. Before Beckie’s illness, they would often go fishing and had even spent their honeymoon doing this. Beckie was an animal lover and especially adored cats. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

A Memorial Service for Beckie will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2010 in the Clayton Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Bob Hotten of Center Point Community Church will be officiating.

Feb '10

Bingham, John James Sr. “Jack”

John James Bingham Sr, passed away on February 19, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank & Julia (Rinchisen Poland) Bingham and wife, Patricia (Bentham) Bingham. He is survived by his sons, John Bingham Jr. & his wife Leesa and Brian Bingham; and daughter, Elizabeth Jewkes; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

John “Jack” was born on June 29, 1922 in Tucson, Arizona. He resided in Pinow Hills, California, before settling in the Houston area in 1994. Jack proudly served his country in the United States Naval Air Corps in the Pacific as a pilot on a PB2Y Coronado. He was discharged on April 4, 1946. John and Julia were married in 1945 and remained happily married until Julia’s passing in 1991. Jack was a faithful member of Victorville Baptist Church and Shadycrest Baptist Church in Pearland. In his spare time he loved reading, especially the Bible or anything about history. There are many family memories of vacations in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and spending time at a cabin there teaching his sons how to fish. Jack made a career in farming management and as an antiques dealer. Jack will always be remembered for his positive influence on his childrean and as a very honorable man whose word was always his bond.

A Funeral Service for Jack will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 10:00 am in the Clayton Chapel. Pastor Stephen Daily will be officiating. Interment will take place at a later date at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.

Feb '10

Hall, John William

John William Hall, age 47 of Manvel, passed away on February 13, 2010. He is survived by his parents, Harry & Barbara Jean (Bartz) Hall; brother, Michael Hall; sister, Patricia Trese & her husband Timothy Ray; and a host of many other family & friends.

John was born on January 22, 1963 in Wichita, Kansas and resided in the Manvel area for the past eight years. He began his working career as a carpenter pounding nails and later advanced into a job as an estimator working for Phoenix Mill Work in Alvin. He traveled all over the country with his work and made friends wherever he went. John loved his family and friends and was always very kind, thoughtful, and generous with them. He was a wonderful son and brother and will always be remember for his smiles and laughter.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the John W. Hall Memorial Fund at either branch of Texas Advantage Community Bank (Alvin Branch, 281-388-5200 or Pearland Branch, 281-997-7715).

Feb '10

Bagwell, Tony

Tony Paul Bagwell, age 45 of Manvel, Texas, lost his battle with sarcoma on February 12, 2010. He is survived by his mother, Reba Terrell of Cashion, OK; wife, Charlene Bagwell; son, Cody Dobbs & his wife Staci of Seattle, WA; sister, Amy Broadbent & her husband Lane, and their four children Luke, Cade, Baylee, and Rylee of Cashion, OK; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends from all over!! He is preceded in death by his father John Terrell, and his grandparents, Harvey and Bonnie Cain.

Tony was born on April 2, 1964 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His family moved to Weatherford, Oklahoma in July of 1974 where he grew up and graduated from Weatherford High School in 1982. He attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University for 2 years and eventually transferred to Oklahoma State University. There, he earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Industrial Engineering in May of 1989.

Within the same month of graduating from OSU, Tony began his employment with Reda in Bartlesville, OK. Tony’s work ethic and determination helped him earn the respect and admiration of his supervisors and coworkers. He was a dedicated employee for Reda, which eventually became Schlumberger, for 20 years. Tony invented and was granted a patent on an electroactive polymer pumping system in April of 2008. At the time he was diagnosed with cancer and began his treatment, Tony was working as the IPC Manufacturing Manager at the Sugarland plant.

Tony met Charlene Dobbs while working for Reda in Bartlesville after relocating there in 1989. They began dating shortly after, and eventually fell in love. He was blessed to marry the love of his life in March of 2000. Char had a son, Cody, when she and Tony began dating, and Tony and Cody quickly became close allies and shared many common interests. Tony and Char lived in Bartlesville until 2005 when they both accepted transfer positions with Schlumberger to Houston, Texas.

Tony was a member of several professional societies including the Society for Industrial Engineers from 1989-1995, APICS from 1993-1997, and the ASQ from 1996-2009. He served as the Treasurer, Vice President, and eventually President for the Tulsa Chapter Institute of Industrial Engineers where the chapter received the Five Star Award. Tony was also happy to lend his expertise as a member of the Technical Advisory Board for Tulsa Junior College for the Manufacturing Technology curriculum and Quality Control Technology curriculum. Tony wrote on his profile page for Schlumberger in his personal statement that, “the principles I admire most are integrity, persistence, and hard work. I believe any obstacle can be overcome by adhering to these values.” He also said, “I enjoy solving problems and find it very rewarding to utilize these skills to improve the world around us. My family is very important to me and a major source of motivation.” I think anyone who knew Tony would say this pretty much sums up his character.

Tony was diagnosed with sarcoma cancer of the connective tissue of his abdomen in April 2008. He began treatment at MD Anderson in June of that same year. He battled cancer through chemotherapy and many, many scans and tests of all kinds. His body finally gave out on Friday, February 12, 2010 where he was surrounded by his loving wife, his mother, and two cousins. Tony was blessed to have many family and friends who loved him, came to see him, and help take care of him throughout his illness. Although his battle with cancer was profound, his loved ones will most remember the incredible courage and dignity he exemplified. Among his last words spoken to his family he said, “I love you and at the end of the day that’s all that really matters.” His loved ones find comfort in the fact that Tony is resting and rejoicing in the arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ and is no longer suffering from his debilitating disease. However, they will all miss him greatly because he was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, and friend.

Visitation for Tony will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 10:00 am at Pearland Church of Christ, 2217 N. Grand Blvd, Pearland, Texas 77581, 281-485-2436, with a Funeral Service following at 11:00 am. Pastor D.C. Brown will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, (Sarcoma Center), P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210-4486, Phone: (713) 792-3450 or (800) 525-5841, or online at: www.mdanderson.org.

Feb '10

Machado, Miguel “Coach”

Miguel Angel Machado, age 63 of Houston, passed away on February 7, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents, Vicente & Elena (Rodriguez) Machado. He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Lillibett (Ruiz); sons, Ivan & Miguel Machado; grandchildren, Karla & Paolo Machado; and a host of many other family & friends.

Miguel was born on May 13, 1946 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He resided in Puerto Rico before settling in the Houston area for the past twenty one years. Miguel was a wonderful husband, father, & grandfather and the grandchildren affectionately called him “Abuelo Quique”. He worked as a sales manager for Burroughs Corporation and before that was a professional soccer player in Argentina, 1st Division, and was known as the “Quique Cañon” (Cannon Leg). He continued his love of the game by coaching soccer and his team once came in third in the state. If he could, Miguel would watch soccer 24 hours a day. It was his second love next to his family. Many young soccer players were influenced by Miguel’s positive impact and he always encouraged the youth to be as good as they could be. Even after Miguel could no longer get around without his cart, he continued to encourage and coach his team. He will always be remembered as a great player, coach, husband, and father, and grandfather.

A Memorial Service for Miguel will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 1:00 pm in the Clayton Chapel.