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Dec '10

Backhaus, Agnes M.

Agnes “Aggie” M. Backhaus, 75 of Pearland, passed away December 2, 2010.  Aggie was born December 13, 1934 in Callicoon, New York to William and Flora Wilke.  She is preceded in death by her parents; nephew Bill Goodyear and niece Judy Backhaus.  Aggie is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, W. H. “Jug” Backhaus; sons, Darren Backhaus and wife, Laura, and Kurt Backhaus; sister, Rosemary Goodyear; grandchildren Brady and Meredith Backhaus; and a host of many other family and friends.

Aggie was extremely active in her church and the community, serving in many volunteer capacities.  She was a member of St. Helen’s Catholic Church for more than 45 years; and proudly served with the Lioness Club of Pearland and was a Board Member of the Pearland Neighborhood Center.  In her early years, she enjoyed doing artwork and painting. This passion served as the inspiration for her working as a graphic illustrator for IBM for 35 years.  Aggie will be fondly remembered for her compassionate nature and constant dedication to helping others.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

Visitation for Aggie will take place on Sunday evening, December 5, 2010 from 6 to 8 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581 with a Rosary recited by Deacon Darvin Bordelon at 7 pm.  Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday morning, December 6, 2010 at 10 am at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Rd, Pearland, TX 77581 with Father Reggie Nesvadba officiating.  Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery at SouthPark in Pearland, Texas.

Serving as pallbearers will be Larry Loessin, John Loessin, Mike Loessin, John Williams, Dennis Mills, and Virgil Mikeska.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Aggie’s honor to the Lionesss Club of Pearland or the Pearland Neighborhood Center at www.pnctexas.com .

Nov '10

Thornhill, Norman Addison

Norman Addison Thornhill, III,  51 of Friendswood, passed away November 29, 2010.  He is survived by his loving wife, Shelly; sons, Norman “Tanner” Thornhill, and Thomas “Parker” Thornhill; daughters, Alex Thornhill, and Emily Thornhill; parents, Norman and Donna Thornhill; brother, Anthony Thornhill; sisters, Kay Pleasant and husband, Jerry, Suzanne Landry and husband, Cass, and Adrian Thornhill.  Norman is also survived by Shelly’s parents, Tom and Linda Long; grandmother, Joan Haarup; and Shelly’s sisters, Wendy Menbeck and husband, Mark, and Penny Weeks and husband, Bill; and a host of many other family and friends.

Norman was a loving father, husband, and friend that lived life to the fullest.  He ran with the bulls in Spain, completed the New York marathon, and finished in the Baja 1000.  Norman enjoyed vacationing with family and friends.  He loved dirt biking, boating, and spending time outdoors with his kids.  Norman was also a highly skilled millworker and was known as “the world’s fastest cabinet maker.”  He will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation for Norman Addison Thornhill III will be held on Thursday evening, December 2, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm with a Rosary recited by Father Jim Courville beginning at 7:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  An additional visitation will be held on Friday morning, December 3, 2010 at 10:00 am with the Funeral Service beginning at 11:00 am at Sagemont Church at 11300 S. Sam Houston Pkwy E., Houston, Texas 77089 with Pastor Loren Jones officiating.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Thornhill Memorial Fund created by Norman’s friends as a college fund for the Thornhill children by contacting Wells Fargo Bank.

Nov '10

Ferguson, Rosalie Briggs

Rosalie Briggs Ferguson, 85, passed peacefully into the eternal Kingdom on November 27, 2010 surrounded by her family. She is preceded in death by her parents Clinton G. Briggs and Viola Briggs and brother Clinton G. Briggs Jr. She is survived by her husband   Dr. Lloyd R. Ferguson, children Lloyd Ray Ferguson Jr. and wife Tomi and Randall Lee Ferguson and wife Phyllis. She is also survived by her grandchildren Megan Jane Ferguson, Brandon Todd Ferguson and Clinton Alexander Ferguson as well as her brother Kenneth G. Briggs.

Rosalie met her future husband of 65 years at Howard Payne College in Brownwood, Texas where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. She subsequently received a Masters of Education degree from Texas Christian University in her hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.

Mrs. Ferguson was a retired school teacher teaching in the Alvin and Dickinson school districts as well as Alvin Community College. She completed her teaching career as a home bound teacher in the Clear Creek ISD. One of her greatest accomplishments was guiding and mentoring high school students towards a high school diploma who would not have graduated without her skills and encouragement.

Upon her retirement from teaching, she became active in Pearland as a volunteer for many organizations including First United Methodist Church, Clean Pearland, Lioness Club and the Delphian society. She authored the first book on the history of Pearland and donated copies to most of Pearland’s original families.

She and her husband were instrumental in the growth and success of Pearland State Bank and First National Bank of Alvin. She proudly served as Secretary of the board of directors of Pearland State Bank and Coastal Bancshares, Inc. for many years.

The family will host a visitation at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas on Tuesday, November 30 from 5:30-7 p.m.  A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 2314 N. Grand Blvd., Pearland, Texas. Immediately after the service a reception will be held at Pearland State Bank.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to the ministry programs at First United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice.  Online condolences may be left for the family at www.claytonfuneralhomes.com.

Nov '10

Eiland, Roy D

Roy Delbert Eiland, 78, passed away November 25, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Amie Eiland; and brother, Charles V. Eiland, Jr.  He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Irene Eiland; sons, Rodney D. Eiland and wife Susan, and Richard L. Walker and wife, Barbara; daughters, Cathy Martin, Sharon Cheney and husband, Bob, and Linda D. Dicken and husband, Wesley; sister, Shirley Culpepper and husband, Ipo; twenty seven grandchildren; twenty two great grandchildren; and a host of many other family and friends.

Roy worked for Hitachi for 17 years and also Elcen Metals for many years before he retired.  He loved helping people throughout his life.  Roy was very active with his church and took pride in assisting with the maintenance of the facility.   His favorite project was “Roy’s Barn”, which he spent countless hours working on.  It was there that Roy enjoyed working on little projects for the home or church.  If he didn’t have the tool to fix it, he just made one instead.  He was affectionately referred to as “Grand Pa Pa” by his grandchildren and cherished the times he got to spend with them during family gatherings.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

The Pallbearers for the service will be Albert Evans, José Franco, Mike Milstead, Joe Wallace, Manuel Palomarez, Monroe Parker, Jerry Tieman, and Fred Salvadore.  Serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be Derek Eiland, Ricky Walker, Joey Templet, Sid Krajca, Billy Shoemaker, Robbie Shoemaker, Don Wisenbaker, Aaron Dicken, Joshua Dicken, and Bruce Pudenz.

Visitation for Roy will be held on Tuesday, November 20, 2010, beginning at noon at Faith Assembly of God at 3940 Vista Road, Pasadena, Texas 77504.  Funeral Services will follow beginning at 2:00 pm.  Following the services, interment will take place at Forest Park Lawndale, at 6900 Lawndale St., Houston, Texas 77023.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Roy’s honor to the Kelli McDuff Memorial Fund care of Faith Assembly of God at 3940 Vista Rd., Pasadena, TX 77504.

Nov '10

Jackson, Ronald Kenneth

Ronald Kenneth Jackson was born May 21, 1946 in Norfolk, VA to Alma Norwood Jackson and Clarence Jackson (both preceded in death).  Jackson is the eldest of five siblings, Betty, Lorraine, Nancy and Bruce (preceded in death).

Jackson has one child, a daughter, LaTronda Jackson-Darnell (Stephen) of Austin, Texas.  He was a proud father and his daughter’s biggest fan, often boasting of her academic achievements and career accomplishments.  Jackson has two grandchildren, Christiane and Carter; and three great-grandchildren Maya (3yrs), Maliyah (19 mos.), and Jackson (6 mos.). 

Jackson was a proud man of high moral integrity.  Affectingly known as “Cowboy” and “Bulldog” by friends and neighbors, Jackson was well –liked and respected in the community.   He has a close-knit group of friends who he had breakfast, lunch and dinner with each day.   He enjoyed Christian fellowship and Bible Study with a small group ministry of believers each week.

Jackson spent most of his retirement days enjoying nature, spending time relaxing in the yard of his ranch home and taking drives along the Galveston coast.  Jackson was an avid antique collector and enjoyed buying and reselling vintage furniture.  He loved his Cadillac and cowboy hats.

To celebrate his life and morn his passing, Jackson leaves one child, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Along with three sisters, two nieces and two nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, December 3, 2010 at Clayton Funeral Home at 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.

Nov '10

Nedbalek, Emil

Emil (Ned) Nedbalek, 93, passed away November 15, 2010.  He was born to Anna Barinka and John Paul Nedbalek in Snook, Texas on April 30, 1917.  Ned is survived by his wife, Ollie Nedbalek; sons, David Nedbalek and Ronald Nedbalek; daughter Carolyn Kirkley and husband Dave; sisters, Lillie Kana and Annie Mazoch; grandchildren, Tiffani Kirkley Lewis and Kristen Kirkley Cantu.

At a young age, he and his family moved to a farm near Blessing, Texas where he grew up with his five sisters and two brothers. During these years he formed close relationships with friends and family that have lasted his entire lifetime. On October 24, 1941, Emil married Ollie Kopecky and moved to Houston.  He recently celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary with his beloved wife, who he fondly called “Honey.”

Emil served honorably in the US Army overseas in Europe during World War II.  His service in the supply division eventually led to a future in the industrial distribution industry.  He was best known as “Ned” in the machine tool industry and owned Dolan Industrial Sales, Inc. for more than 40 years.  His strong work ethic and keen knowledge of the industry provided a role model that inspired many young businessmen to work in the industry, and start their own companies.  He worked until he was 89 years old.

Ned was a lifelong Lutheran belonging to Ascension Lutheran Church and later Epiphany Lutheran in Pearland.  Raising his family with Christian values was important to him.  He celebrated his Czech heritage and belonged to SPJST Lodge 88, where he met lifelong friends and celebrated life, listening and dancing to Czech music.

When not working, Ned enjoyed being outdoors and spending time on his tractor or raising cattle.  He and Ollie cherished their time together at their farm.  He will always be remembered for his devotion to his family, his sense of humor, love of friends and passionate work ethic.

Visitation for Ned will be on Thursday, November 18, 2010 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, at Clayton Funeral Home at 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581.  Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 19, 2010 at Epiphany Lutheran Church at 5515 W. Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581.  The final interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery.  The family would like to express sincere gratitude to Lillie Kana, Ned’s sister, for her love, devotion and constant companionship.

Nov '10

Soliz, Jesse Jon

Jesse Jon Soliz, 47 of Pearland, passed away November 12, 2010.  He is survived by parents, Reynaldo and Stella Soliz; his loving wife of fourteen years, Paula Soliz; son, Brian Soliz; brothers, Reynaldo Soliz, Jr. and wife, Rose, Ricardo Soliz and wife, Linda; sister Mary Mohammad and husband, Ali; and a host of many other family and friends.

Jesse was a wonderful son, brother, husband, and father who always looked out for his family and took care of them.  His smiling disposition and happy attitude made him a magnet for all of his nieces and nephews as well as all the children in the neighborhood.  Jesse loved his dogs and was a big animal lover.  He was always there for everyone and could never say  “No” to someone in need.  Jesse was very close to his brothers and sister and family gatherings were always a special time for him.  The relationship he had with his parents was a special one as he fondly called his dad, “Sergeant” and considered his mother one his of best friends.  Jesse will always be remembered for his love of football and his support of the Oakland Raiders.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Visitation for Jesse will be on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, with a Rosary beginning at 7:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home.  Liturgy of the Word will be held in the Clayton Chapel at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 with Father David Zapalac from Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church officiating.  The final interment will follow at Alvin Cemetery.  The pallbearers for the service will be Ricardo Soliz, Reynaldo Soliz, Brian Soliz, Frank Herrera, Ricardo Soliz, Jr. and Robert Soliz.

Nov '10

Griffith, Harry Riley

Harry Riley Griffith, 72, passed away November 11, 2010.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Elizabeth Griffith ; and brother, Ike Lewis Griffith.  Harry is survived by his loving wife of fifty years, Mary Griffith; sons, Michael “Sam” Griffith, Harry “Greg” Griffith, and Howard “Todd” Griffith; daughters, Tammy Lynn Bright and husband, David, Pamela Louise Akers and husband Paul, and Kathy Shoemaker;  special niece Dee Dee;  sisters, Clara “Sue” Baker, Doris Lou Shoemaker and husband, Charles, Pauline Dorothy Todd and husband, Commodore, Polly Ann Underwood and husband, Vernon, and Sandra Faye Wright and husband, Sam; grandchildren, Dillon Griffith, Riley Griffith, Derrick Akers, Austin Akers, Brandon Bright, Marrissa Bright, Andrea Donahue, Lindsay Prowse, and Hunter Prowse ; and a host of many other family and friends.

Harry was an ironworker by profession for 35 years.  He was a horseman that raised and rode horses throughout his life.  Harry was a good provider for his family and always made sure his family had what they needed.  He raised his children to be good upstanding citizens.  Harry always looked out for his family.  He courageously battled with poor health for over twenty years and never complained.  Harry was a great example of how to be a father and his grandchildren will always have fond memories of their Pa Pa.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

The family will have a memorial service in West Virginia at a later date.  The family wishes to express a special thanks to Rod Shoemaker for helping to bring Harry to Texas.

Nov '10

Case, Catherine “LaRue”

Catherine LaRue Case, 85, passed away on November 11, 2010.  She is preceded in death by her parents Lewis and Susie Gibson, sisters, Frances Gibson Fulbright and Gwen Gibson Rambo.  LaRue is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Dick Case; daughters, LaJuana Case Gill and husband, Randy, and Donna Case Wallis and husband, Terry; grandchildren, Tressa Catherine Maddux and husband Scott, Clinton Case Wallis, Jackson William Wallis, Sara Pat Wallis, and Christopher Randall Gill.

LaRue’s father passed away when she was twelve years old and that loss served as motivation to instill not only a strong work ethic but also a determination to do well in school.  She graduated Salutatorian from her high school.  LaRue worked while in college and received a degree from Abiliene Christian University with Summa Cum Laude honors.  She was in the first graduating class that offered a degree in Psychology.  LaRue was a scholar, who loved to read and loved all parts of learning and education.  She passed on this love of reading to her girls.

LaRue truly loved the Lord and committed her life to Christ and her family.  She was a beautiful, bright woman of God to all that knew her.  LaRue always felt more comfortable serving others above herself.  She was a true supportive partner in her husband’s ministry. LaRue was thrifty and was always knew how to stretch a dollar.  She was a self-taught seamstress and made many beautiful dresses for her daughters.  She also taught both of them how to sew as well. Her love of education also extended to Bible study as she taught many young girls how to become young ladies.  LaRue was invited to teach and counsel at the Good Shepherd Home for Girls in Denver, Colorado.

Dick and LaRue enjoyed traveling the world together spreading the word of Christ and always enjoyed the mission trips together.  The trips were always a great adventure and a wonderful part of her life she shared with her family.  She enjoyed good health for most of her life.  LaRue will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

Visitation will be on Sunday, November 14, 2010 from 2 to 5 pm at Clayton Funeral Home.  A funeral Service will be held Monday, November 15, 2010 at 10 am at Clayton Funeral Home.  There will be another funeral service, for her North Texas church families, on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 1 pm at the Bridgewood Church of Christ at 6516 Brentwood Stair Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76112.  A private interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Fort Worth, Texas.

Nov '10

Mendonca, Anne

Anne Mendonca, passed from this world on November 7, 2010.  She was born Anna Delina Carrier in New York City on February 4, 1934, the second of five children born to Joseph Amede Carriere and Catherine Testa Carriere.

Anne’s impact on this world cannot be adequately catalogued in this brief obituary, nor can her life’s contributions and true essence be captured here.  She was selfless and strong, managing every challenge that faced her during her lifetime.

Anne started out life with a love of ballet and attended a prestigious high school for the performing arts.  She had the opportunity to fulfill her childhood dream by performing at Carnegie Hall.  Anne married William J. Scherrer and became the proud mother of eight children.  Her love of the arts continued throughout her life and was handed down to her children and grandchildren. Anne enjoyed cooking her grandmother’s Italian recipes and teaching her children the importance of her family’s traditions. She took pride in her real estate career and had a keen eye for a deal.  In the next chapter of Anne’s life, she was lucky enough to find love for a second time.  She married Jim Mendonca in 1982 and spent 28 years married to her best friend.  Anne and Jim enjoyed traveling the U.S. and abroad until retirement years took them to the Texas gulf coast.  She loved the water, watching sunsets, and visiting with family and friends. Although retired, Anne never gave up her entrepreneurial spirit and involvement in real estate opportunities.

She will be most fondly remembered for the incredible impact she made on the lives of all of those she met, her unwavering support of her children’s’ lives and careers and her determination to grow and learn.   We find peace in knowing that her dedication and love will remain in the hearts of her family and friends.  She left this place better than she found it while leaving behind her zest of life and unconditional love.

Anne was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Catherine Carriere, sister Catherine “Tootsie” Carrier, brother Daniel Carrier, husband William J. Scherrer and daughter-in-law Lisa Beyen Scherrer.  She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Jim Mendonca, brother Arthur Carrier and wife Jean, sisters Jane Johnson and husband Tony, and Christine Collins and husband Bobby, sister-in-law Dina Carrier, sons William Scherrer and wife Carolyn, Richard Scherrer, Jeffrey Scherrer and wife Marianna, Robert Scherrer and wife Bari, Paul Scherrer and wife Amy, daughters Alison Harris and husband Doug, Lisa Inmon and husband Owen, and Kathryn Scherrer.  She left grandchildren Melisa, David, Michael, Monica, Caroline, Rebecca, Emily, Jared, Ethan, Rebecca, Chelsea, Sara Beth, Jacob, John and Jeffrey as well as many nieces and nephews.

Anne, mom, grandma, aunt, sister and friend, we love and miss you.  Your memory will neither fail nor fade and your light will burn forevermore in our hearts.  Goodbye for now, but not forever.

A memorial service celebrating Anne Mendonca’s life will be held on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 2:30 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.   Please feel free to share your condolences and memories with the family on this website.

Nov '10

Killian Sr., Charles Russell

Charles Russell Killian Sr., born on January 9th 1930 in Holt, Alabama, passed away on All Saints Day, November 1st 2010 at the age of 80. His parents Russell and Retha Killian preceded him in death. Charlie is survived by: his wife of 37 years, Adelene Killian; children, Russell Killian and wife Dawn, his daughter Susan McRae; and eldest son Charles Killian Jr.; his sister, Mary Lowrey; nephew, Lee Lowrey, and grandchildren, Kevin Killian, Christina Killian, and eldest grandson Sean McRae; and a host of many other family and friends.

Charlie graduated 5th in his class from The University of Alabama, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering. He continued his education in both chemical and electrical engineering. Charlie took great pride in keeping technically knowledgeable at a level that was state-of-the art. He worked on the world’s first large scale solid-fueled rocket. Charlie designed flight simulator equipment and a “freeze refining” process to purify foods and metals. Charlie was an expert in Polystyrene and Styrene. He was also granted US Patents in a variety of areas from electrical circuitry to chemical processes. Over the years Charlie worked for Huntsman Chemical Corporation, Goodson Polymers, American Hoeschst, Foster Grant Company, Commercial Chemical Consultants, Electrical Associates, Inc., Melpar, Inc., US Army – Signal Corps, and Thiokol Corporation.

Charlie held high expectations for himself as well as others. His philosophy was there are “no problems… just challenges.” He was able to see the whole picture and simplify it in terms everyone could understand. Despite his accomplishments and intelligence he was a humble and well-grounded man. His favorite things in life included sharing a meal with family and friends, golfing, bowling and of course flying his own airplane. Charlie and Addie also enjoyed breeding, raising, and racing Arabian horses. Charlie will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Visitation will be held Sunday, November 7, 2010 from 2pm to 5pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland TX 77581. Graveside services will be Monday, November 8th, 2010 at 1pm at Azalea Rest Cemetery in Zachary, LA.

Oct '10

Goodie, Jimmie Marvin

Jimmie Marvin Goodie, 71 of Houston, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 23, 2010.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Amando Goodie; brothers, Joseph Goodie, Charles Goodie, Lawrence Goodie, and Melvin Goodie; sisters, Mary Goodie Prejean, Dorthy Goodie, Gurtrude Goodie, Amanda Jean Goodie, and Barbara Goodie.

He is survived by his sons, Joel Goodie and wife LaShawn, Baxter Gill and wife Cassandra; daughters, Denise Goodie Crow and Darlene Goodie Mason; nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren; former wife, Dennis Marie Huffmon; and a host of many other family and friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 8:30 am at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4600 Reed Rd., Houston, TX 77051.  Interment will follow at Houston Memorial Gardens Cemetery.