Jennie Welch Eggers passed on unexpectedly on July 19, 2010, at her home in Houston. Born in Houston on Sept. 15, 1953, Jennie graduated from Bellaire High School and then the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She returned to Houston after college and enjoyed a fruitful career in the theater community, performing at the Alley, Music Hall, Ovations, Stages, Strand, Windmill Dinner, Houston Grand Opera, College of the Mainland, Bayou City Concert Musicals, and TUTS/Miller Theaters, as well as two national touring companies. In 2008 she was awarded The Kim Hupp Award for Outstanding Contributions to Houston Musical Theater. She is preceded in death by her father, Patrick Errett Welch, who taught at the University of Houston from 1950 to 1970, and is survived by her husband, John Eggers; mother, Patricia C. Welch; brother, Michael E. Welch; sisters Katye Summers and Meg Dendler; and brothers-in-law Michael and Marshall Eggers. A visitation and memorial will be held Wed., July 28, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Bayou City Concert Musicals, PO Box 541795, Houston, TX, 77254.
Gary Blaine Hester, of Pearland, passed away unexpectedly on July 16, 2010 at age 71. He is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Eugene Hester & Lorene Moya Day, and sister, JoAnn Webster. He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Dalia (Reyna) Hester; son, Scot Hester & his wife Kathy; stepson, Ramiro A. Rodriguez; stepdaughter, Stephanie Cadieux & her husband David; brothers, Monte Hester & his wife Teddie, and Sid Hester; grandchildren, David Lee, Jacob, Zachary, and Joshua; nephews, Lance & Craig; niece, Monica; his beloved dog and constant companion Boomer along with other family & friends.
Gary was born on March 15, 1939 in Pilot, Texas and grew up in Ponca City, Oklahoma. He resided in the Houston area for more than forty years. He was a 1962 University of Oklahoma graduate and remained a lifelong alumni and fan of the Sooners. Gary avidly followed politics and kept current on events by reading his favorite newspaper, The Wall Street Journal and watching Fox News Daily. He considered himself a staunch conservative and admirer of Ronald Reagan. Gary was a successful businessman, venturing into various businesses during his life. He was affectionately known as “Grandpa Gary” to his grandkids and will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
A Celebration of Gary’s life will be held on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 5:00 pm in the Clayton Chapel, Clayton Funeral Home. Pastor John Davis of New Hope Church will be officiating.
Memorials may be made in Gary’s honor to University of Oklahoma, Athletic Department – Sooner Club, 100 Timberdell Road, Norman, OK 73019, 405-321-1174 or online at https://www.oufoundation.org
Neville C. Gomez, age 93 of Houston, passed away on July 6, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents, Julian Webster & Mabel Gomez. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Gomez; sons, Errol Caballero & his wife Gloria, Karl Gomez, & Ray Gomez & his wife Shay; daughters, Merle Flemeing & her husband Osbert, Linda Saddington, Lystra Toyloy, Annette Gomez, Lynette Gomez, Jennifer Gomez, and Deborah Gomez; twenty-one grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
Neville was born on September 26, 1916 in Trinidad, West Indies. He and Sylvia were married for over 61 years. Through hard work and dedication, they both came to America by way of New York City in 1969 with hopes of providing a better life and opportunity for their children. Neville was known as “Sap”, “Nevo”, “Mr. Neville”, “Daddy”, or “Old Daddy”–all terms of endearment to his family. He loved being around them playing games or telling stories to make everyone laugh. If his children were sick, he was very attentive to them and stayed by their bedsides until they got well. Neville never got stressed or let himself be bothered by anything except if his family was having troubles. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing cards, the lotto, or horse racing, always hoping he would win the big one so he could share the winnings with his kids. Neville was a loving husband and father and he leaves behind a wonderful legacy of love for everyone.
Visitation for Neville will be on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The Funeral Service is on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 1:00 pm in the Clayton Chapel. Interment is at Houston Memorial Gardens in Pearland, Texas.
Orlan “O.J.” Sellers, age 62 of Rosharon, Texas, passed away on July 5, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents, Bill & Ruby (Patrick) Sellers. He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Hawkins) Sellers; son, Michael Sellers & his wife Jennifer; daughter, Vicky Sellers; brother, Norman Sellers & his wife Marti; granddaughters, Morgan Sellers; numerous nieces & nephews; and a host of many other family & friends.
Orlan was born on September 20, 1947 in Magee, Mississippi and resided in the Houston area since 1975. He proudly served in the United States Marine from 1964-1968 during Vietnam. He received his good conduct medal and worked as a carpenter from 1976-1978 later becaming a millwright. O.J. retired from Farmers Marine and Copperworks after 32 loyal years of service. In his spare time, he loved playing golf, fishing, riding his Harley Davidson, or operating his tractor and jeep. Ruth nicknamed him “My McGyver” and he was truly loved by his entire family and all of his friends. O.J. was a jack of all trades and master of all and was well known and respected by everyone who knew him.
A Celebration of Orlan’s Life will be held on Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 1:00 pm in the Clayton Chapel.
Walter “Walt” Eugene Hillin, age 84 of Pearland, was called to his heavenly home on July 3, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents, Willie & Justene (Teal) Hillin; and wife Annette Hillin. He is survived by his sons, Bill Hillin & his wife Cris, and Norman Hillin; brothers, Joe Hillin & his wife Martha, Bob Hillin & his wife Linda, and Harold Hillin & his wife Vida; sister, Juanita Janecka; grandchildren, Sherri Burks & her husband Terry, and Rachel Alexander; and five great-grandchildren.
Walt was born on March 8, 1926 in Rosebud, Texas and resided in the Pearland area for the last 40 years. He was a switchman for SouthWestern Bell for 32 years and was a member of the Pioneers of America. Walt loved tending his garden where he grew tomatoes, green beans, okra, onions and potatoes. He was a cook while proudly serving in the U.S. Army, and later used this skill for cooking at his family gatherings. He enjoyed preparing the holiday meals and everyone looked forward to his desserts, especially “Chocolate Pudding Delight”. Around town, Walt was known as the “Soap Man” because he made all types of fragrant and medicinal soaps. He would later give these soaps, along with his vegetables, to anyone who needed them. Walt and Annette enjoyed traveling to Branson , Missouri and also attended Opry houses in Alvin and Manvel. Throughout the years, Walt’s family would often meet at their bay house in Boliver. He was very industrious and built this house as well as his home in Pearland. Walt will be remembered for his kind and giving heart and will be missed greatly by all those who knew and loved him.
Visitation for Walt will be on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home. The Funeral Services are Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 1:00 pm at First United Methodist Church , 2314 N. Grand Blvd. , Pearland , Texas 77581 , 281-485-1466. Dr. Bob Joiner will be officiating. Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland , Texas .
Homer Hamilton “Bud” O’Neil Jr., age 83 of Pearland, passed away on June 29, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents, Homer & Minne (Berry) O’Neil and his wife. He is survived by his daughter, Caron; and grandson, Kelly O’Neil & his wife Tara; and a host of many other friends.
Bud was born on September 23, 1926 in Denver, Colorado and resided in Texas for the last several years. He retired from the sales department at Budweiser in Houston.
A Memorial Gathering in honor of Bud will be held on Saturday, July 3, 2010 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the Lakeview Lodge at Country Place, Pearland, Texas.
Parker Christensen, age 62 of Tomball, passed away on June 21, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents, Floyd & Carolyn (Greeson) Parker; and wife, Gail Christensen. He is survived by his sons, Peter Christensen, and Patrick Christensen & his wife Veronica; sisters, Deni Rae Parker Christensen & her husband David, and Sarah Christensen; and a host of many other family & friends.
Parker was born on April 8, 1948 in Denver, Colorado and resided in Tomball, Texas since 2006. Parker proudly served in the United States Army and was a self-employed mechanic. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
A Graveside service for Parker will take place on Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 10:00 am at Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas.
Donnie Blissit, age 67, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on June 21, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents, Aurthur He is survived by his wife, Marvin (Maley) Blissit; son, Nathan Blissit & his wife Tiffany; stepson, Lynn Jones & his wife Jenny; daughter, Blake Blissit; stepdaughter, Cheryl Jones; brothers, Sonny Blissit & his wife Gloria, and Ronnie Blissit; grandchildren, Alyssa White, Taylor Connors, and Shane Connors; and host of many other family & friends.
Donnie G. Blissit was born on September 19, 1942 in Corpus Christi, Texas and resided in the Houston area his entire life. Donnie and Marvin were married for 32 wonderful years and created their fondest memories together traveling to Corpus and San Antonio or simply working in the yard. He was employed by Solutia (previously Monsanto) for 27 years and after retirement worked at Walmart for a short time. Family was the most important part of Donnie’s life and he was always there for them in times of need and he also enjoyed helping friends and neighbors. He was a peace officer for almost twelve years with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department , captain of the Pearland Volunteer Fire Department for eighteen years and also was very involved with the Solutia Fire Department during his employment there. Donnie enjoyed teaching at Texas A & M Fire School in College Station for many years. He was affectionately known as Granpa Donnie or Texas Grandpa to his grandkids. Donnie will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all those who knew and loved him.
Visitation for Donnie will be on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home. The Funeral Service is on Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 10:00 am in the Clayton Chapel. Interment is at Alvin Cemetery in Alvin, Texas.
Paul Pearce, age 91 of Pearland, passed away peacefully on June 20, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents, Samuel & Myrtle (Ratteree) Pearce; wife, Florine (McCoy) Pearce; son, Paul Pearce Jr.; and brothers, Sam Pearce, Mack Pearce, & Jack Pearce. He is survived by his son, Johnny Pearce & his wife Joyce; and grandchildren, Paul Jason Pearce, John Pearce, Jane-Anne Pearce, & Amy Pearce.
Paul was born on May 17, 1919 in El Dorado, Kansas and resided in the Houston area for more than seventy years. He earned his BBA as a Certified Public Accountant from the University of Texas and worked as an Auditor for Exxon Corporation for 38 years. He was a member of both the Texas State Society of CPA’s and the Institute of Internal Auditors. Paul and Florine were married for 60 years. During his lifetime, he was an avid reader, enjoyed carpentry and helped Johnny with the bookkeeping for his locksmith business. He would sometimes dabble with legal work while auditing and often volunteered at the Houston Food Bank. Paul was blessed to enjoy good health for most his life and even drove his car until he was eighty-nine years old. He came from humble beginnings but achieved much success in his life by helping others and living a strong faith. He will be greatly missed but fondly remembered by all those who knew and loved him.
Visitation for Paul will be on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 12:00 noon followed by a Funeral Service at 1:00 pm in the Clayton Chapel. Kevin Naillieux, Joyce Lawrence, and Hannah Bassham will be officiating. Interment is at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.
Robert D. (Bob) Renfrow passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 in Houston, Texas surrounded by his wife and family after a brief illness. He was born September 1, 1937 to Alford and Margaret Renfrow. Bob is survived by his wife of 44 years, Agnes; son, Robert (Robbie) & wife Rachele; daughter, Lisa White & husband Kenneth; brothers, Alford Renfrow Jr. & wife Shirley, and C.T. Renfrow & wife Kathy; sisters, Helen Hubenak & husband Johnny, and Carolyn Senior & husband Ralph; granddaughter, Heather Forrest; and great-granddaughter Hailey Olivarez; and a host of many other family & friends.
Bob was a wonderful, loving Christian husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend. He was a man of strong faith and a member of Quail Valley Church in Missouri City. He was a successful business owner of Renfrow Grocery in Fresno, Texas for 35 years. Raising cattle was his hobby and brought him great joy and relaxation.
Visitation will be on Saturday, June 19, 2010, at 10:00 am in the Clayton Chapel followed by a Celebration of Bob’s Life at 11:00 am. Services will be officiated by Pastors Clarence Lee and C.T. Canion of Quail Valley Church.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your church or send memorials to Country Place Foundation, 3119 Flowerfield Lane, Pearland, TX 77584.
Catherine Louise (Flori) Workman, age 39 of Pearland, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on June 7, 2010. She is survived by her parents, Leonard & Patricia (Brennan) Flori; husband, Chris; children, Steven and Lori; sisters, Lisa Nicholson & her husband Patrick and Karen Logan & her husband Aaron; father-in-law, Gary Workman & his wife Nadya, and mother-in-law, Katrinka Bootsman & her husband Kees, and a host of many other family and friends.
Cathy was born on December 30, 1970, in Dallas, Texas. She resided in Pearland since 2008 and also lived in other parts of Texas and Florida throughout the years. Cathy and Chris established One Life Church in Pearland where she oversaw the children’s ministry and worked as the financial secretary. In her leadership with the church, she helped to spearhead many service projects in the community. She was also a 3rd grade teacher at Wilder Elementary (Alvin ISD). She had previously taught school in Tampa, Florida, but opted to be a full-time mother when she and Chris had their first child. Cathy was a devoted follower of Jesus and her faith was strong and steadfast even during her illness as she became incredibly inspirational to all who knew her story. She was a kind and caring person with a sweet nature who was loved by everyone she met. Because of her battle with cancer, she brought others to Christ with her strength and conviction. Cathy was a shining example of a tireless wife and mother. Her children were precious to her and she was so tender and nurturing with them. She will always be remembered for her beautiful smile that could light up any room and for continuing to make a difference for others with her positivity, courage, and service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CaringBridge One Act of Kindness campaign or to the Workman family.
Visitation for Catherine will be on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home. The Funeral Service is on Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 1:00 pm in the Clayton Chapel. Interment is at Houston Memorial Gardens in Pearland, Texas.
Dennie Jefferson “Jeff” Teer Jr., age 68 of Pearland, passed away on June 7, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dennie Teer & Mary Ellen (Ames) McCluskey; survived by his wife, Patricia (Johnson) Teer; sons, Dennie Teer III and Troy Allan Teer; daughter, Angela Kamman & her husband Bill; daughter-in-law, Belinda Dowd & her husband Wes; grandchildren, Lauren, Bailey, Nicole & Ian Teer, and Ramsey, Finley, and Beckett Kamman; and a host of many other family & friends.
Jeff was born on October 6, 1941 in Houston, Texas and resided here his entire life. He was a pipefitter for the Local Union 211 for 25 years. A true do-it-yourselfer, Jeff could build anything mechanical, fix anything electrical, and was also an excellent auto paint/body specialist. He taught his sons many skills and repaired his daughter’s car frequently. Jeff and Pat were married for 45 years and enjoyed raising their family, hosting family gatherings, and even becoming “surrogate” parents to many other children. He was also an animal lover, especially cats and dogs. To his grandkids, Jeff was affectionately known as “Paw Paw”. Jeff was very opinionated and strived to be right! He always made sure you knew where you stood with him.
A Memorial Service for Jeff will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm in the Clayton Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Southest Texas, 2400 Augusta Dr Ste 252, Houston, TX 77057-4989, PH:(720) 748-9991 (800) 961-5683.