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Oct '10

Ybarra, Elisa

Elisa Ybarra, 63 of Pearland, passed away Sunday, October 17, 2010.  She is preceded in death by her parents Santiago and Estella Cuellar.  She is survived by her husband, Ramiro Ybarra; son, Daniel Morales, Jr. and wife Jenny; daughters, Miriam Doyle and husband, Kevin, Mirielle Chapa and husband Oscar,  Michelle Ochoa and husband, Jonathon; stepson, Roland Ybarra and wife Nicole; brothers, Eddie Morales and Joe Morales; sisters, Teresa Laurel, Mirin Solis, Minnie Medina and Elma Cuellar; grandchildren, April Domec, Alyssa Rojas, Ethan Daniel Morales, Justin Lee Cruz, Isabella Ochoa, Nicholas Chapa, Alex Chapa, Andrew Chapa, Oscar Chapa, Nicholas Ybarra and Roland Ybarra, great grandchild Alani Johnson; and a host of many other family and friends.

Elisa was a loving person who was always happy.  She was a devoted mother, wife, grandmother, sister and friend.  Elisa loved singing, dancing and gardening.  She was an inspiration to everyone who knew her.  Elisa enjoyed window shopping and looking for antiques.  She especially enjoyed being outdoors and loved fishing in Port Aransas and Corpus Christi. Elisa and Ray cherished their time together and he called her his “Angel”.  She was affectionately known to her grandkids as “Wella” (grandmother) and to her coworkers as “Wera,” (white girl).  Elisa and all of her friends at work had a very close relationship and they were like a second family to her.  She loved her job and was very dedicated to her work.  Elisa will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

Visitation for Elisa will be Wednesday, October 20, 2010 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581.  The funeral service will be Thursday morning, October 21, 2010 at 10:30 am at Clayton Funeral Home with interment to follow at Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas, http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/houston.asp

Oct '10

Pledger, Gary Lee

Gary Lee Pledger, 76 of Pearland, passed away on October 11, 2010.  He is preceded in death by his parents Albert and Betty Pledger, and daughter Holly Pledger.  He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Barbara Pledger; sons, Greg Pledger and wife Lisa, Chris Pledger and wife Robyn; brothers, Paul Pledger and wife J.J., David Pledger and wife Pat; sisters, Claudia Howard and husband Milton, Sharon Murdock and husband Charles, and Myra Casey; grandchildren Christy Blalock, Clint Pledger, Amber Pledger, Jared Pledger, Hayden Pledger and Dustin Pledger; great grandchildren Kade, Kole and Bella; and a host of many other family and friends.

Gary loved spending time outdoors.  He enjoyed fishing and camping with his family and many of those trips turned into great adventures.  Gary’s love of sports included playing catcher as well as being a spectator for not only Chris and Greg but also for his grandchildren.   He was always available to help someone in need, rarely able to say “no” to anyone.  Gary was an ordained Deacon at Real Life Ministries, was licensed to preach and taught Sunday School. He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Visitation for Gary Pledger will be on Thursday, October 14 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be Friday, October 15 at 11:00 am at Clayton Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Hogg of Real Life Ministries of Pearland.  Donations in Gary’s honor made be to Real Life Memorial Fund at 4248 Veterans Drive, Pearland, TX 77584.

Oct '10

Walker, Lillian Fornes

Lillian Fornes Walker, 101, passed away on October 6, 2010.  She was born to George and Crystal Fornes  in Westfield, Illinois on October 26, 1908.  Lillian is preceded in death by her husbands, Ray Schwarz in 1970, Lester Zwally in 1990, and William Walker in 2006.  She is survived by her son, Ray Schwarz and wife Marion; brothers, Victor Fornes and wife Helen, and George Fornes; sisters, Irene Ufheil and Marie Snyder and a host of many other family and friends

Lillian was very healthy for most of her life and in her early years enjoyed gardening and taking care of her home. She enjoyed her independence and loved going out to dinner. Lillian had thirty years of service with the government, where she was awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service medal in 1947. She was privileged to have met the Wright Brothers and Howard Hughes while working for General Franklin Carroll, for whom she served as executive secretary for fifteen years, at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Lillian also met all of the crew that fitted the Enola Gay with the atomic bomb at Wright Field. Lillian saw many changes in her life and shared this history only when asked.

Oct '10

Rios, Brenda Denise

Brenda Denise Rios, 35, passed away on October 4, 2010.  She is preceded in death by her father, Thomas Barron.  She is survived by her mother, Elaine Schild and her stepfather August “Butch” Schild; fiancé Chris Gregg; daughter, Peyton Rios; brothers, Harold Barron, Curtis Klingle, and Chris Barron; and sister Kayla Villagomez; and a host of many other family and friends.

Brenda was a warm and loving person.  She was a wonderful daughter, sister, mother and loving companion who was strong and courageous throughout her battle with cancer.  She enjoyed doing for others and loved being a mother.  Brenda and Chris met September 24, 2008 and developed a wonderful relationship, quickly becoming great friends and planning for the future.  After they first met, they were inseparable and enjoyed shopping, playing cards, and especially spending time with their kids.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, October 7, 2010, at 2:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home in Pearland, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Brenda’s honor to Peyton’s Education Fund.  All checks should be made payable to “Fidelity Advisor 529 Plan”, referenced Peyton Rios 529 Trust and sent to the attention of Raymond James, 5847 San Felipe, Suite 1400, Houston, Texas 77057.

Oct '10

Toups, Rebecca Lynn

Rebecca Lynn Toups, age 38, passed away unexpectedly on October 4th, 2010.

Rebecca is survived by her daughter, Taylor Toups; her mother, Gwen Toups; her sister, Rhonda Paz and her husband, David; her grandmother, Bobbie Duncan; her nieces, Mallory Paz and Kylie Paz.  She is also survived by other family and many loving friends.

Rebecca was born in Texas City , and graduated from Texas City High School in 1990.  She received her nursing degree from College of the Mainland.  She worked for NurseFinders and loved traveling and meeting new people.

Rebecca loved to laugh and joke around.  She had a very positive spirit and a magnetic personality.  Rebecca was fiercely loyal to her family and her friends.  She was a great friend to many.  The love of her life was her daughter, Taylor.

A celebration of Rebecca’s life will be held on Saturday, October 9th at 10 am at Clayton Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Scholarship Account for Taylor Toups at Regions Bank.

Oct '10

LeBlanc, Edwin

Edwin LeBlanc, 63, of New Orleans, LA, passed away October 3, 2010.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Rowena LeBlanc.  He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Mary J. LeBlanc; daughters, Alisha A. LeBlanc, Angela D. LeBlanc-Ernest and husband, Gibson; brother, Frank LeBlanc and wife Laura; grandchildren, Jade M. LeBlanc-Ernest, Soutel E. LeBlanc-Ernest and Fuchsia C. LeBlanc-Ernest; and a host of family and friends.

Edwin worked for CSX (Formerly L&N) railroad for 38 years, where his coworkers nicknamed him “Spider.”  In spare time, he enjoyed fishing, golf, and watching football, boxing, and westerns from his recliner. He was a devoted husband, father, brother and grandfather, and will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Visitation and Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 16, 2010, beginning 9:00 am at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581. Interment will be Monday, October 18, 2010, 10:00 am at Houston National Cemetery.

Oct '10

Lawson, Lee

Lee Lawson age 78, passed away on October 2, 2010.  He is survived by his wife Shirley Lawson of Coldsprings, Texas.  Lee is also survived by his two sons Tom Lawson and Kelly Lawson; his two daughters Jacqueline Tomlinson and her husband Scott and Angela Lawson.   Lee was one of thirteen brothers and sisters.  He has six grandchildren Brandy, Kristi, Janna, Jayme, Erik and Kyle; and four great grandchildren Dalton, David, Kimber and Carter; and a host of many other family and friends.

Lee was a military man his entire life working for the government.  He first started out in the Air Corp and finished his military career in the Air Force.  Lee then went to work for NASA for twenty nine years.  He was a quality control inspector for most of those years before he retired in 1995.  Lee was always a good provider for his family.  In his early years as a father you would always see him at all the boy’s sports activities when they were growing up.  Lee was very mechanical and could fix just about anything.  Lee and Shirley moved up to the Lake Livingston area after his retirement where he enjoyed fishing, gardening and spending time with his grandchildren.  Lee enjoyed watching and keeping up with all types of sports and he was a big Dallas Cowboy fan.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at Houston National Cemetery at 2:00 pm, www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/houston.asp .  Full honors will be presented by the District Four Honor Guard.

Oct '10

Gayle, Steve Edward

Steve Edward Gayle was received into the hands of his Savior on October 1, 2010. He is survived by his wife Joy and children Brandon and Sierra of Pearland, daughter Stephanie of New York, son Steven Baker of Houston, 3 brothers and 3 sisters and extended family.  Steve leaves behind him a legacy of a life well-lived and battles heroically fought. He was born in Taft, Texas on February 6. 1948, to Zelma Lou and Edward Stevenson, and raised in Corpus Christi. He graduated high school and attended Del Mar College. Steve bravely served his country as a Private First Class in the United States Army from 1967 to 1970 during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged and among his decorations were the National Defense Services Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and 2 OS Bars.

Steve spent the first half of his working career in the oil and gas business, retiring from Unocal in 1999. During that time he was involved in volunteer work at Mission Glen Elementary and began his membership at First Presbyterian Church in Pearland, where he served as a deacon. After retiring from Unocal, Steve returned to work for the government as an administrative program support assistant at the Michael E. DeBakery VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas.  Steve was deeply proud and honored to serve the veterans at the VA Medical Center and considered this last assignment from his Lord one of his most meaningful in his work history.

Beyond his notable professional accomplishments, however, Steve will be most fondly remembered for the incredible impact he made on the lives of all those he ever met. Steve was particularly brave in his last battle against liver cancer, as he was blessed to receive a liver transplant and bore witness to the amazing grace of Jesus as he walked through the challenge of this with his family and friends. He was a lover of music of all genres, an avid Rockets fan, a hero to all of his children, and a best friend to his wife.  He will be deeply missed, though his family rejoices in knowing that he is in the company of his Lord and surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.

A service of celebration of Steve’s life and witness to Jesus Christ will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 2 p.m. The service will be at First Presbyterian Church in Pearland, and will be conducted under the care of Steve’s loving Pastor, Rev. Casey Jones. Several expressions of the Body of Christ will be assisting Rev. Jones in bringing this worship celebration, including the Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Peace Presbyterian, Steve’s Acts 29’s Men’s Group, and numerous prayer servants. Entombment will be at a later date, at the Houston National Cemetery, with full military honors provided by the District Four Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly request that donations be made to the Michael E. DeBakery VA Medical Center, to the attention of “Voluntary Services”, 2002 Holcombe, Houston TX 77030. Donations made in memory of Steve will be distributed directly to serving the needs of veterans in the Houston VA.

Sep '10

Ellis, Aubrey Gerald


Aubrey Gerald Ellis went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at the age of 73.  He was one of nine children born to  Milburn and Mellie Ellis on February 13, 1937 in Riverside, Texas.  He spent most of his life in the Pearland-Friendswood area.  He was married for 52 years to his loving wife, Martha Ellis.  

Aubrey graduated from Pearland High School and attended The University of Houston along with other local universities where he took continuing education courses in his profession.  He was self-employed in the water and pump industry and a long-time member of the Water Well Drillers Association of Texas.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 8 years.  He was a former city councilman and mayor pro-tem for the City of Pearland.  He was an avid fisherman and family man, who loved the Lord.  He served in the Children’s Ministries at First Baptist Church Pearland for 35 years.

Aubrey is survived by his son Randy K. Ellis and wife Selena Ellis, daughters Missy Ellis and Cindy Ellis.  He is also survived by grandchildren Zachary Wasson, Erin Ellis, Matthew Ellis, Shannon Ellis, Mallory Hall, Piper Ellis and Carter Ellis.

He is preceded in death by parents Milburn and Mellie Ellis, brothers William Ellis, Marvin Ellis, M.W. Ellis and Frederick Ellis and sisters Lilly Nelson and Elsie Krell.  He is survived by brothers Donald Ellis and Philip Ellis. 

Visitation will be held on Friday, October 1, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Clayton Funeral Home, 5330 West Broadway, Pearland, Texas (281) 485-4446.  The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at Clayton Funeral Home. 

Sep '10

McGee, John Arthur

John Arthur McGee, born December 7, 1934, lived for his family, built a legacy, and passed away unexpectedly on September 27, 2010.  John was a creative and gentle man.  His memory will endure, not only among his family, but also in the parks, churches, and homes that retain the imprint of his own architectural style.  He will be remembered always by Joan, his beloved wife of fifty years, his four children, Stephanie, Gregory, Julie, and Andrew, their spouses, and his ten loving grandchildren.

A private family mass will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2010, at 11:30 AM in the St. Laurence Catholic Church Chapel, 3100 Sweetwater Blvd, Sugarland, TX 77479.  Friends are cordially invited to a celebration of John’s life at 12:30 to 2:00 pm in the Church Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center or one’s own charity.

Sep '10

Alexander, Thomas Patton

Thomas Patton Alexander, Sr., 83, of Pearland, Texas passed away on September 26, 2010.  He was born on December 29, 1926 in Galveston, Texas, the 6th child of ten children of Charles Hansborough and Helen Drysdale Alexander of Pearland, Texas. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, friend and community leader who enjoyed life fully. 

Tom loved spending time with his family and friends.  Tom was an avid baseball fan of the Houston Astros and supporter of the Pearland Little League.  Although he was a man not known for his patience and always in a hurry to get a solution to a problem, he was a steadfast and loyal friend to many in the community and a supporter of numerous good works.  He was a big picture thinker with a forward vision of Pearland’s future and worked hard to help create that future.  He and his wife Bettye have worked together to build a better Pearland.

Tom attended Alvin schools, the Shriner Institute, Texas A & M University and Baylor University. He served in the Merchant Marines in 1944-46 before marrying the love of his life, Bettye Garrett Mathis and moving back to Pearland in 1949.  He had many career interests, including real estate investing and developing, oil and rice farming. He formed a long term real estate partnership with David Smith, Sam Vester and others to work on projects to improve Pearland’s economic development and image including Golfcrest Country Club, Nottingham, Alexander Landing and other properties. He was a community leader who signed the City of Pearland charter in the 1950’s and served as an original member of the Pearland City Council from 1957 to 1965.  He was an initiator and original member from 1945 of the Pearland Volunteer Fire Department. He served as president of Golfcrest Country Club in 1981. In 1974, he was president of the Pearland Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of Pearland Methodist Church. He was a founding supporter (Silver Triangle Club, Founding Fellow) of the Pearland Y.M.C.A. He served on the Board of Pearland State Bank from 1970 to 2010.

Tom is survived by his children including Harriett Alexander Holmes and husband, Allen, Cynthia Elizabeth Alexander, Diana Alexander Holzhauser and husband, Dennis, and Thomas (Tom) Patton Alexander, Jr., and wife Rosslyn. He also is survived by grandchildren, Marylyn Reed, Alex Holmes, Amy Williams, Jason Alexander, Sloan Speck, Kevin Alexander, and Harrison Speck. He also had great-grandchildren Luke Holmes, Henry Holmes, Samuel Williams, Nicholas Hubbard, Chase Alexander, Kiley Alexander, and Luke Alexander.

Tom is survived by one brother, Jud Alexander and four sisters, Mary Alexander Bartlett, Sue Alexander Morrison, Patricia Alexander Wood, and Elizabeth Alexander Nisbet.  He is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Charles (Jack) Alexander, John Alexander, and Robert Alexander and his sister, Martha Alexander Crouch.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Clayton Funeral Home, 5330 West Broadway, Pearland, Texas (281) 485-4446. 

The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on September 30, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church, 2314 Grand Blvd., Pearland, Texas (281) 485-8721. In lieu of flowers, the Alexander family requests that donations be made to The First United Methodist Church of Pearland or the Texas Lion’s Club Camp through the Pearland Lion’s Club, P.O. Box 903, Pearland, Texas 77588 or Adult Reading Center, Inc., 2246 N. Washington Avenue, Pearland, TX 77581-4040.

Serving as Pallbearers will be Alex Holmes, Sloan Speck, Harrison Speck, Jason Alexander, Kevin Alexander, Marc Black, Brad Williams, Steve Reed and Nicholas Hubbard.  Serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be Jud Alexander, Dr. David Armbruster, Reverend Barclay Barnett, Bill Brower, Lloyd Ferguson, Ray Ferguson, Randy Ferguson, David Griffen, Michael D. Martin, David Smith, Mike O’Day, Bud Theriot, Ken Phillips, Paul Grohman, Russell Kibbee, Larry Speck, Glenn Cheney, Jack McGuff, Jack Idoux, Staff at Pearland State Bank, Coffee Club at Kelley’s Café, and Card Players at Golfcrest Country Club.  Ministers at the service will be Dr. Bob Joiner and Dr. John Wood.

Sep '10

Mitchell, Bobby Gene

Bobby Gene Mitchell, 63, passed away on Saturday, September 25, 2010.  He is preceded in death by his parents James Edward Mitchell and Louise Rachel Reeves; and brother Billy Wayne Mitchell. He has survived by his wife of 28 years Debbie Calvit; son Gilly Calvit; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Louis and Rose Cristanelli of Alvin; brother  Eddie Mitchell and his wife Cindy of Brunswick, Georgia; and three brothers Jerry, Danny and Terry Mitchell all of Galveston.  His cousin Doris  Bryant and her husband Jimmy came from Atlanta, Georgia to spend the last two months of Bobby’s life with him. 

Bobby was born in Atlanta Georgia on June 16, 1947.  Bobby and his wife Debbie have been soul mates for 28 wonderful years.  He enjoyed collecting pictures, posters and movie memorabilia for the past 30 years. Bobby was a truly unique individual that never  met a stranger. He was the epitome of an American entrepreneur. Bobby had a wonderful sense of humor and his dry wit will forever be remembered by all that knew and loved him. As a young man Jimmy nicknamed him “Bobcat’’.  Bobby became a Christian about 10 years ago and it changed his life. He had a very strong Christian faith. He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Debbie would like to extend a special thank you to Jimmy, Doris and Rose for all their endless love and support through this difficult time.  She would also like to thank Bobby’s brother in Christ, Mike McClain for always being available to lend an ear, sit by a hospital bed or to offer prayers.

The Memorial service will be held on Saturday October 2, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at New Harvest Church at 12216 Broadway St., Pearland, TX 77584-7823 with Pastor Keith Anderson officiating.