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Sep '10

Riley, Gale Christine

Gale Christine Riley, 72 of Pearland, passed away peacefully September 3, 2010.    She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, John Riley; sons, John Edward Riley III and wife Jennifer, Joseph Michael Riley and wife Jucel; daughter, Maureen Hayford and husband Derek; her mother, Ruth Powers; one brother, four sisters, and seven grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her sister, Dale Boland.

Gale was a successful Executive Secretary for many years balancing her career while raising her family and volunteering much of her time with various youth organizations. Gale most enjoyed spending time with her family and always looked forward to family gatherings. She and John also enjoyed their trips to Germany, Ireland, and Nova Scotia over the years.  After living in Illinois, Georgia, Florida, and Minnesota they retired to Pearland in 2004 to be close to family.  Gale was an avid reader and loved spending time with her grandchildren who affectionately called her “Grammie” or “Grammie Texas”.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A Funeral Mass will be conducted on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at noon at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church at 6502 County Road 48, Manvel, TX 77578 with Rev. David Zapalac officiating.  The pallbearers for the service will be John Riley, Joseph Riley, Derek Hayford, Ryan Hayford, Bud McGee, and Mike McGee. Donations in Gale’s honor may be made to the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester, Minnesota at www.rmhmn.org . 

Aug '10

Garner, Larry Glynn

Larry Glynn Garner, 73, passed away on August 29, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents, Phillip and Gladys Garner.  He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Johnnie May Garner; daughter, Cindy Kimmey and her husband David of Baytown, TX.; son, Bryan Garner and his wife Melissa of Pearland, TX.; brothers, Wayne, Milton and Lonny Garner;  grandchildren, James Kimmey, Amanda Moncivais and her husband Mario, and Quentin Garner.

Larry was born on June 7, 1937 in Alief, Texas and has resided in Pearland all his life.  He served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy.  Larry was a successful business owner in Pearland; owning Garner Cleaners for over 48 years.  The business was a long time Pearland institution.  Larry was affectionately known as “Paw Paw” to his grandchildren and cherished the times that he had spending with them.  Larry will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

The visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 1, 2010.  A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 am Thursday, September 2, 2010 at Clayton Funeral Home at 5530 W. Broadway Pearland, TX 77581.  The interment will follow at Southpark Cemetery.  The pallbearers for the service will be Quentin Garner, James Kimmey, Mario Moncivais, Ricky Garner, David Garner, Darren Garner, Gene Bane and Jimmy Alexander.

Aug '10

Rivera, Griselle R.

Griselle R. Rivera, 60, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family. Her father, Candelario Rodriguez, precedes her in death.  She is survived by her mother Ramonita Rivera and husband Jeremiah; husband, William Rivera; son, Willie Rivera, Jr. and fiancé Karen; daughters Aimee Angerome and husband Angelo, Liza Lafferty and husband Darren, Pamela Guerrero and husband Juan; brothers, Edwin Rodriguez and wife Nilda, Peter “Pedrito” Rodriguez and wife Juanita; sister Nancy Williams and husband Gary; grandchildren, Evan, Jacob, Avery, Gabriel, Angelo, Kamille, Aiden, Isaac, and Ethan.

William and Griselle enjoyed traveling together and their 40 year marriage was a union  that all their friends and family admired. Griselle was all about her family. Affectionately known as “Buela” to her grandchildren.  She had the ability to “balance” everything with her family, raising four children, kept a beautiful home and worked to help provide for her family. Griselle was an inspirational role model to everyone. She was a proud “Boriqua” who enjoyed cooking for her family. Griselle also loved dancing and passed that on to her children.  Her home was always open to her children, grandchildren and all of their friends; it was the place where everyone wanted to be because of her and Willie’s hospitality and love.

She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.   A Memorial Service will be held at eleven o’clock in the morning on Saturday, August 28TH at Grace Community Church at 14505 Gulf Freeway, Houston, Texas 77034 with Pastor Reuben Escobedo officiating.

Aug '10

Dawdy Sr. , William “Bill” Earl

William “Bill” Earl Dawdy, Sr., devoted father, husband, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully with family by his side on August 24, 2010 at the age of 83.  He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Alice Dawdy; and son, William Dawdy, Jr.  Bill is survived by his loving wife Betty Dawdy; sons, David Armstrong and wife Stephanie, Kenneth Armstrong, David Dawdy and wife Lorrain, Don Eubanks and wife Donna; daughters, Vivian Skidmore and husband John, Judy Fore and husband Bryan, Barbara Ruggiero and husband Frank, Marian Lux, and Earlene Young and husband Gilbert; twenty-nine grandchildren, twenty-two great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

Bill was a proud veteran of World War II and received the Purple Heart for his service in Okinawa.  He served for two years in the Army until he was wounded.  Following World War II, Bill re-enlisted in the Air Force which ultimately helped establish his career in the aviation industry.  He was very patriotic and loved eagles. 

Bill and Betty enjoyed fifteen wonderful years together and enjoyed traveling and fishing on Lake Livingston.  His love of fishing and the outdoors could only be matched by his affection for his dachshunds.  Bill cherished spending time with his blended family and relished in the times that they could all be together.

Friends are invited to a visitation with the family from six until eight o’clock in the evening on Sunday, August 29th at Clayton Funeral Home. A funeral service is to be conducted at ten o’clock in the morning on Monday, August 30th at Clayton Funeral Home with interment to follow at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77038 with Pastor Steven Lee of Calvary Baptist Church officiating.

Bill will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.  Betty and family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Joudah and Amed Hospice for their loving care.  Donations can be made in his memory to the American Lung Association at www.lungusa.org or Calvary Baptist Church at www.calvarybaptistpearland.org.

Aug '10

Ericsson, Eric A.

Col. Eric A. Ericsson, 89, retired U.S. Army, passed away August 22, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Marion Ericsson, and his first wife of 56 years, Greta Ann Sexmith Ericsson. He is survived by his wife Rosemarie Ericsson; sons, Dr. Charles Ericsson and wife, Joyce, and their children Jen and Jeff; John Ericsson and wife, Jeannie, and their children Liberty and Crystal; Eric Ericsson, Jr.; Victor Ericsson and daughter Clarissa; Robert Ericsson and wife, Faith; and daughters, Deborah Jackson and daughter, Elise; and April Jackson; and great-grandchildren, Carson, Ryder, Caden, Rowan, Dexter, Mckayla, Ally, Journey, Samantha, Jake, A.J., Madison, and Lawson.

Eric proudly served his country for more than 30 years, and received numerous commendations and awards for his efforts in Germany, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan and the United States. 

During his retirement, he enjoyed working as a real estate broker, traveling the world, collecting rare stones and lapidary arts, fishing, golfing, playing Tripoli and Mexican train with friends and family. Spending time with his children and grand and great grandchildren brought Eric much joy and pleasure.

Military Services will be held at Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso, Texas, on September 17 at 1 p.m. A Celebration of Life in Eric’s honor will be held at the Ericsson family home on September 25 at 4 p.m.

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Aug '10

Gatlin, Marvin Day

Marvin Day Gatlin, 61 of Pearland, passed away on August 19, 2010.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Aubrey (Swan) Gatlin.  He is survived by his wife of seven years, Sherry Gill Gatlin, son, Will Gatlin; daughter,  Brenda Pounds and husband, Tim; stepsons, Shaun Parker and his wife, Kara, Shayne Pollard and Shannon Gil; stepdaughter, Brandy Romaniuk; grandchildren, Nathan, Nick and Ethan Pounds, Roman Bartek, and Brenna Romaniuk.

Marvin made a career as a long shoreman and had retired four years ago.  He enjoyed his retirement where he could focus his attentions on his love for Nascar and fishing.  Marvin also enjoyed traveling during his retirement; going to places such as Las Vegas, Carlsbad Caverns and enjoyed a Nascar race on that trip.  When he wasn’t traveling or fishing, Marvin enjoyed spending time with his sons and grandsons building and working on race cars.  He was affectionately known as “Paw Paw” by all his grandchildren and loved family gatherings when everyone could be together.  Marvin will be greatly missed by all his family and friends who knew and loved him.

A visitation and memorial service will be held on Monday, August 23, 2010, starting at 6:00pm with the family receiving friends at Clayton Funeral Home.  The Memorial Service will begin a 7:00pm with Pastor Keith Anderson of New Harvest Church officiating.

Aug '10

Jacobs, Sharon Dell

Sharon Dell Jacobs, age 68 of Webster, passed away unexpectedly on August 15, 2010.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Willard Dixon and Margie McKay.  She is survived by her son, Loren Jacobs; daughter, Sherri Ramey and husband Doug; brothers, Kin King and John McKay; grandchildren, Natalie Furhman and Tyler McClain; great-grandchildren, Brody McClain and another great-grandson on the way.

Sharon was affectionately known as “Nana”.  She always looked forward to family get-togethers and she loved cooking for everyone. She was an animal lover who would do without before she would let any animal suffer. Sharon loved to go to Walmart with Sherri and spend the day shopping or just looking around. Sharon always looked forward to the morning ritual which was a call from Sherri just checking on her.  She was always there for Loren as well, whether it was just a phone call or a conversation at the house she was always there to love, listen and support without ever passing judgment.

Sharon was a hard worker and always took great pride in her job as a day care provider; especially taking care of the babies.  She enjoyed good health most of her life.  However, over the last several years she began to decline and had struggled with dementia and other health issues.  She still enjoyed her independence and living alone but found comfort in knowing that Sherri and Loren were always there to check on her.  Sharon will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

A visitation and memorial service will be held on Friday, August 20, 2010, starting at 6:00pm with the family receiving friends at Clayton Funeral Home.  The Memorial Service will begin a 7:00pm with Rev. Bob Joiner, of First United Methodist Church, Pearland, Texas officiating.

Aug '10

Gonzalez, Jose A

Jose A. Gonzalez, age 87 of Pearland, passed away on August 8, 2010.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Albino Gonzalez and Maria Refugio Gonzalez. He is survived by his loving wife, Maria Consuelo Gonzalez; his sons, Arnolfo Gonzalez, Estaban Carlos Gonzalez, Fernando Gonzalez, Jose Gonzalez, Jr., George Gonzalez, Javier Gonzalez, Efrain Gonzalez, Jamie Gonzalez; daughters, Anita Ramirez, Connie Seda, and Armendina Gonzalez; twenty six grandchildren and twenty one great-grandchildren.  Jose and Consuelo were married for 57 wonderful years.  Jose enjoyed being a cowboy and ranching for most of his life.  He worked on Senator Lloyd Benson’s ranch for many years.  He was known to all of his friends and family as “Chon.” Jose was affectionately called “Papa Chon” by his grandchildren. He enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with his family. He considered his sons and daughters as his best friends. Chon was the patriarch and the “Rock” for his family to lean on. Everyone gravitated to Jose and Consuelo’s home to spend time together.  He was a big Dallas Cowboy fan.  He was a wonderful example to all of his family and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

The visitation will take place on Monday, August 9, 2010 at the Clayton Funeral Home Chapel from 6pm to 8pm with the Rosary beginning at 7pm with Deacon Cruz Trujillo presiding.  The Funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at St. Helen’s Catholic Church  at 11am, 2209 Old Alvin Rd. Pearland, TX 77581 with Rev. Carl James Courville officiating.

Aug '10

Romeo, David Joseph

David Joseph Romeo
passed into Glory August 8th, 2010. He was the first born child from the union of Walter A. Romeo and Frances A. Hill Romeo. Born February 1, 1953 in Galveston, TX, David was the eldest of seven children.David Romeo was preceded in death by his mother, Frances and both sets of grandparents. He leaves behind to join him his wife Brenda Romeo, father Walter A. Romeo (Mary), son Brent Romeo, daughter/niece Ariadne Pollitt, six siblings: Walter Romeo (Barbara), Renee Ruff (Carlos), Michael Romeo (Karen), Andre Romeo, Yvonne Romeo Joseph, and Susan Harris (Thomas). Also he leaves behind multitudes of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, stepsiblings and friends.    In 1986, David met and married Brenda Joyce Lee. The wonderful couple raised their son Brent Jason in the Alvin area before moving to Pearland. David adopted his niece Ariadne, after her mother’s death, and raised her as his precious daughter.

David loved caring for and raising children and he served as an outstanding role model for his many nieces and nephews. In his last years David was overcome with happiness and love with the experiences he had with his grandchildren Allen James Hensley and Cadence Joy Romeo.

David spent his early childhood in Houston attending St. Mary’s Catholic School and participating in the altar service of the parish. He attended Cullen Jr. High , was a Boy Scout, and was an avid swimmer. In his freshman year at Jones High School he was in the band. Upon moving to the Alvin-Manvel area, David was a member of the high school marching and concert band as well as a member of the basketball and football teams. He graduated from Alvin High School in 1972.
Always skillfully and athletically inclined David took on the sports of Golf and Bowling excelling in and loving both sports. He attended Alvin Community College and began working for Monsanto Corporation. He was employed with them until his death, moving up with the company from the mail room into the position of Training Coordinator.  He will be greatly missed by those whose lives he influenced.

 The visitation will take place on Friday, August 13, 2010 at the Clayton Funeral Home Chapel from 6pm to 8pm.  A Rosary will be recited at 9:15am on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and the Funeral Mass will immediately follow at 10am with Celebrant Rev. Patrick Cummings officiating.  The church is located at 4600 Reed Rd., Houston, Texas  77051.  The burial will take place following the Funeral Mass at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas.

Aug '10

Presas, Jose Angel

Jose Angel Presas, age 24 of Pearland, passed away unexpectedly on August 7, 2010.  He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Maria Trinidad Castillo; aunts, Socorro Presas, and Jakeline Castillo; and family friend, Porfirio Ayarzagotia.  He is survived by his parents Carlos Castillo and Bertha Presas Castillo; brothers, Carlos Catillo Jr. and Edgar Castillo; grandparents, Jose Angel Presas, Hilario Castillo, and Concepcion Lopez; niece, Mariah Jacqelyn Castillo and nephew, Christian Carlos Castillo as well as a host of many other family and friends.  

Jose Angel Presas will be greatly missed by friends and family alike. Jose was born in Houston, Texas and spent most of his life in Pearland. He had the ability to make anyone smile. All his friends knew him as the “jokester”, he had an unbelievable sense of humor. Jose was a strong, brave young man never scared to try anything new. He enjoyed playing sports and took part in many youth teams; playing little league baseball, high school football, basketball, and also softball. He loved spending time with friends watching the Dallas Cowboys and UFC while having a couple beers. He was a great son who made his parents proud and a great brother. Words cannot describe what an amazing young man he was.

Jose was extremely excited to move to Arizona to attend Motorcycle Mechanics Institute. He graduated and later decided he would pursue a career in criminal justice. He began working at the detention center in 2009. Jose would often call to his family back in Texas and tell stories of his job and keep in touch. He took much pride in his work.

His family now knows there is truly an Angel looking down on them. God saw it fit to take him from us, but it is through Him that Jose will rest in peace. We know that we will one day again be together. May God bless his soul and may he be granted eternal life in the Kingdom of God.

The visitation will take place on Thursday, August 12, 2010 at the Clayton Funeral Home Chapel from 6pm to 8pm with the Rosary beginning at 7pm with Deacon Cruz Trujillo presiding.  The Funeral Mass will take place on Friday, August 13, 2010 at St. Helen’s Catholic Church  at 11am, 2209 Old Alvin Rd. Pearland, TX 77581 with Celebrant Msgr. Reginald R. Nesvadba.

Aug '10

Martinez, Maximino

Maximino Martinez, age 61 of Rosharon, passed away on August 5, 2010.  He is preceded in death by his mother Guadalupe (Alejandro) Martinez. He is survived by his father, Juan Martinez; his wife of 34 years, Guadalupe Martinez, son, Maximino Martinez, Jr. and wife Sandybell; daughters, Belen Martinez and Florencia Martinez; brothers, Juan Martinez, Rito Martinez, Domingo Martinez, Cenobio Martinez, Cruz Martinez, Pedro Martinez, Pablo Martinez, and Alberto Martinez; sisters Paula Martinez , Guadalupe Martinez, China Martinez, Virginia Martinez, Juana Martinez, and Concepcion Martinez; and grandchildren, Ariana, Nicholas, and Maximino Isaias Martinez.  Maximino was a dedicated, hard-working father and husband that always put his family first.  He was a very happy person who always loved family gatherings and was affectionately known to his grandchildren as “Welo.” He and Guadalupe enjoyed 34 wonderful years together.  He came from a large family and loved his family very much. He was a great friend to everyone who knew him.  Maximino was an avid reader and a man of very strong faith who spent a great deal of his time reading the Bible.  He was a wonderful example to all of his family and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

The visitation will take place on Sunday, August 8, 2010 at the Clayton Funeral Home Chapel from 6pm to 8pm with the Rosary beginning at 7pm with Deacon Cruz Trujillo presiding.  The Funeral Mass will take place on Monday, August 9, 2010 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church 6502 CR 48 Manvel, Texas 77578 at 11am with Rev. Charles E. Lynch C.S.B. officiating.

Aug '10

Kennon, Effie

Effie Eliza Kennon, age 96, passed away on August 3, 2010. She is preceded in death by parents; husband, Jesse Kennon; son, Glen Kennon; & daughter, Rosalie Henry. She is survived by sons Ray Kennon & his wife Marilyn; and Ron Kennon & his wife Mary Beth; daughter Martha Davis & husband James; grandchildren Rae Lynn Shropshire, Cheri Witney, Cindy Motherway, Scott Kennon, Dishel Henry, Walter Henry & Aimee Flores; and nine great-grandchildren.  Effie was born on November 7, 1913 in Marino Valley, New Mexico and resided in the Houston area for more than 22 years. Effie and Jesse were married for over 60 years and her caring nature extended through his battle with Alzheimer’s. Her strong faith and ability to be a peace maker in any situation endeared her to all that knew her. Affectionately known as “Grandma”, family gatherings were always special occasions for her. Effie was a wonderful cook, an avid reader, and enjoyed knitting and crocheting for her family and friends. She will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all those that knew and loved her.

A memorial service for Effie was held on Friday, August 6, 2010 at 4:00 pm in the Clayton Chapel. Pastor Keith Anderson from New Harvest Church officiated.