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Jan '10

Agema, Denise


Denise (Monthei) Agema of Pearland, passed away on January 20, 2010. She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Jim Agema; daughter, Dawn Peveto & her husband Paul; stepdaughter, Heather Packenham & her husband Dave; stepson, Shawn Gross; brother, Gary Monthei & his wife Margaret; stepbrother, Jack Martine & his wife Susan; and grandchildren, Cody, Sealy, Justin, Brennan, Emily & Grace; and stepdad, “Pop” Carroll Kuhlman. She is preceded in death by her parents, Odell & Katy (Ives) Monthei.

Denise was born on March 21, 1956 in Hillsboro, Texas and resided in the Houston area since 1988. She worked for the Pearland Police Department for 17 years as the Chief of Police Secretary. In her spare time, Denise enjoyed her friendship and fishing with Deanna. She also enjoyed spending time by the pool, cooking in her kitchen, or reading on her back patio. She often had long conversations with her childhood friend Cindy while they were coloring each other’s hair or watching Monday night TV together. Denise and Patty were friends for many years and enjoyed working together at the Pearland Police Department. Denise and Susan became neighbors first and friends for more than twenty years helping and watching out for one another. Denise adored her grandkids who affectionately called her “Granny”. She was also a cat and dog lover and enjoyed her animals. Denise was a giver who was always doing and thinking of others. She will always be remembered for her strong sense of faith and the strength she brought to her family.

A Celebration of Denise’s Life will be held on January 23, 2010 at 11:00 am in the Clayton Chapel. Pastor Keith Anderson of New Harvest Christian Fellowship will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New Harvest Christian Fellowship Youth Department, 12216 West Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77584.

Jan '10

Wheeler, Stephen “Steve” Wayne

Stephen “Steve” Wayne Wheeler, age 66 of Pearland, passed away on January 16, 2010, following a brief illness. Steve was a loving and devoted son, husband, father and brother. He is survived by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. H.G. Wheeler; his wife, Debbie (Sharpe) Wheeler; son, Joey Bartlett; daughters, Stephanie Hill & her husband Don, Amanda Riese & her husband Leigh, and Ashley Marquez & her husband Jason; brother, Mike Wheeler & his wife Pat; sister, Kay Scroggins & her husband Bill; grandchildren, who lovingly referred to him as Paw Paw; Anna, Philip & Jude Riese, Chris, Josh, Caitlyn & Lorelei Marquez, Corinne Hill; and many nieces and nephews.

Steve was born on February 24, 1943 in Orange, Texas and resided in the Pearland/Alvin area for more than 35 years. His second love, after his family, was teaching, and he spent 37 years in the Biology Department at Alvin Community College as a professor and administrator. After retiring in August 2009, Steve looked forward to spending quiet time on Lake Livingston, traveling, playing golf, and enjoying time with his grandchildren. Steve will be fondly remembered for his warm heart, quick wit and dry sense of humor. He will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

A celebration of Steve’s life will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 10:00 am in the Clayton Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Amyloidosis Research at Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, Mayo Clinic, 200 1st Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905.

Jan '10

Gonzalez, Marin Humberto Jr. “J.R.”


Marin Humberto “J.R.” Gonzalez Jr., passed away on January 11, 2010. He is survived by his parents, Marin Sr. & Maria (Rodrigues) Gonzalez; former wife & best friend, Mary Gonzalez; sons, Edgar & Christopher Gonzalez; brother, Robert Gonzalez; sisters, Rosa Solis & her husband Ray, Anna Binder & her husband Louis, Amy Slayton, Linda Solis & her husband Rick, Connie Gonzalez, Caroline Gonzalez, and Hope Gonzalez; and a host of many other family & friends.

Marin “J.R.” was born on August 22, 1961 in Turlock, California and resided in the Houston area for forty years. J.R. was a man who loved his family and friends dearly, and spent time with them whenever he could. After the hurricanes, he lent a helping hand to anyone who was down and out and never asked for anything in return. J.R. was most proud of his family and hispanic heritage. He was a crane operator for 16 years and had a very strong work. During that time, he proudly never had an accident or an injury. In his spare time, J.R. enjoyed riding his motorcycle out on the open road. His family called him the “Early Bird” because he was always the first one up in the house. J.R.’s fond memories will live on forever in the hearts and minds of all those who knew and loved him.

Visitation for Marin will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 11:00 am in the Clayton Chapel. Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland.

Jan '10

West, James Robert II


James “Jim” Robert West II, age 57, passed away on January 6, 2010. Jim is survived by his wife of 26 years, Kathy; daughter, Diana Levy and husband, Chris, of Naples, Florida; daughter Julie; and son, Jason; and grandchildren Emma and Jack Levy. Jim is also survived by brother, Mike West and wife, Jane; brother, Pat West and wife, Kathy, of Baton Rouge Louisiana; sister, Debbie Derong and husband, Mel; brother, Kevin West and wife, Cindy; brother-in-law, Tom Pardue, of San Antonio and numerous nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, James & Charlotte West, and sister, Virginia Pardue.

Jim was born on October 17, 1952, in Mobile, Alabama to an Air Force family that moved around quite extensively until settling in Texas in 1963. He was a 1974 graduate of Texas A&M University where he was a proud member of the Corps of Cadets. Jim worked in the insurance industry as an adjuster for more than 35 years. He often traveled throughout his career and his family always looked forward to him bringing home a new t-shirt or magnet that he picked up along the way.

Jim was a devoted family man who enjoyed spending time with his family, and was affectionately known by his grandkids as “Grandpa Jim”. Jim loved vintage cars and was an avid Astros and Texas Aggies fan. In both his home and business offices, he proudly displayed memorabilia from The Three Stooges. Before settling back in Pearland, he lived in South Florida where a daily walk on the beach was his favorite way to unwind after the work day was done.

The family will receive friends for visitation on Sunday, January 10, 2010, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581. A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 11, 2010 at 11:00 am in the Chapel of Clayton Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas.

Dec '09

Duran, Phillip


Phillip Duran, age 13, of Alvin, died in a tragic accident on December 30, 2009. He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Phillip Robinson. He is survived by his parents, Andrew & Tricina (Robinson) Duran; sister, Jessica Duran; step-brothers, Lorenzo Venegas & Louis Venegas; step-sisters, Miranda Medina; grandparents, Elizabeth Sadiq and Jessie & Juanita Duran of the La Marque & Galveston areas; and a host of many other family & friends.

Phillip was born on November 18, 1996 in Texas City, Texas. He was a student at Harby Junior High in Alvin where he was a good student who always made his grades. He loved football and basketball but one of his favorite pastimes was fishing, something he tried to do everyday. Phillip had a wonderful personality and made friends wherever he went. He was very handy and could fix just about anything. Phillip was always there for his family and will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

Tricina would like to thank her employers, Stanton’s Grocery Store and Greak’s Smoke House, for their loving support during this difficult time.

A Memorial Service for Phillip will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 11:00 pm in the Clayton Chapel. Pastor Keith Anderson of New Harvest Christian Fellowship will be officiating.

Donations may be made in Phillip’s honor in care of Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.

Dec '09

Rutter, Terri


Terri A. Rutter, age 58, of Pearland, passed away on December 14, 2009. She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert & Patricia (Sporn) Turner. She is survived by her husband, Phil Rutter; daughters, Jessica Roth and Ramie Rutter; sister, Beverly Borth; grandchildren, Justin & Jayleeann Roth, and Patty Rutter; stepfather, William Link; and a host of many other family & friends.

Terri was born on January 29, 1951 in McPherson, Kansas but resided in the Houston area for the past 30 years. Terri was an excellent horticulturalist who could grow just about anything and at one time even owned a plant store. She was very creative and enjoyed painting and sewing, especially making clothes. Terri loved tinkering with gadgets or doing crafts with her grandkids. She was a wonderful matriarch who supported her family in all their endeavors. Terri was very strong in her faith and often watched the Joyce Meyers Ministries television program. She lived her faith everyday and believed in angels. Feed the Children and Operation Christmas Child were two of her favorite charities. Terri and Phil were married for 38 years. Throughout the years, they enjoyed camping, parasailing, snow skiing, and jet skiing with the kids & grandkids. Terri loved her family and will be dearly missed.

A Funeral Service for Terri will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 12:00 noon in the Clayton Chapel. Brother Ross Fontaine will be officiating. Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas.

Donations may be made in Terri’s honor to: Life Outreach International, P.O. Box 982000, Fort Worth, TX 76182-8000. Make check payable to: Life Outreach (In check memo write: Terri Rutter #7375860001). Proceeds will benefit the Water for Life well being drilled and installed in a remote village in memory of Terri.

Dec '09

Hearon, Raymond Clifford Jr.


Raymond Clifford Hearon, Jr., loving husband and devoted father and grandfather, passed away peacefully in Pearland, TX, on December 11, 2009 at age 68. He was born May 3, 1941 to Raymond Clifford Hearon and Margaret O’Neal Hearon in Hattiesburg, MS.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother, Ernest C. Hearon. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Mary Ann Hearon; his son Gregory E. Hearon and wife Bridget; his son Matthew J.Hearon and wife Laura; his granddaughters Riley Ann Hearon and Avery Lea Hearon.

Ray was a graduate of Mississippi State University with an MS in Mechanical Engineering. He began his career with The Boeing Company at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, LA. In 1968, the family moved to Salisbury, NC, where Ray began his employment with Celanese Chemical Company. He retired from Celanese with over 30 years of service in Plant Engineering at the Bayport facility. He was an active member of the Houston Business Roundtable and served on committees and subcommittees focusing on owner/contractor health and safety issues at the workplace.

Ray was an active member of Seabrook United Methodist Church and served as a member of the Board of Trustees. He also served on the Advisory Committee for the United Way-Bay Area Service Center and could be found volunteering at the local Interfaith Caring Ministries food pantry.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, December 14, 2009, at 1:00 PM, at the Seabrook United Methodist Church, 3300 Lakeside Drive, Seabrook, TX. The family will receive friends prior to the service. Interment will be at Roseland Park Cemetery, Hattiesburg, MS. In lieu of flowers, our family wishes that donations be made to your local food pantry or charitable organization. To send condolences please visit www.claytonfuneralhomes.com.

Dec '09

Gross, Alice


Alice Marie Gross, age 78 of North Dakota, passed away in the Houston area on December 9, 2009. Alice will be interred at St. Charles Catholic Cemetery in Oakes, North Dakota.

Dec '09

Holland, Lewis


Lewis Edward Holland Jr., age 43 of Pearland, died tragically on December 7, 2009. He is survived by his parents, Lewis & Mary (Yaun) Holland; wife, Vivian Holland; son, Lewis Holland III; daughters, Lauren & Elaina Holland; brother, Scott Brady & his wife Fatima; and sister, Teresa Mello & her husband Jerry.

Lewis was born on January 30, 1966 in Houston, Texas and spent his entire life here. He was an excellent provider for his family working for nineteen years as the Operations Manager at Almeda Mall in Houston. Lewis was a practical joker, who enjoyed having fun and making people laugh. In his spare time, he loved hunting and fishing or spending time with his family. Although plain spoken, he always spoke the truth. Lewis and Vivian were married for 16 years. As a father, he was always there for his children, providing a firm hand but loving them unconditionally. Lewis’s kindness and thoughtfulness will always be remembered and he will be greatly missed.

Visitation for Lewis will be on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 10:30 am with a Memorial Service following at 12:00 noon in the Clayton Chapel. Donations may be made in Lewis’s honor to Chase Bank in care of Vivian Holland.

Nov '09

Young, Claude “Thomas”


Claude Thomas Young, age 41 of Richmond, Texas, died tragically on November 27, 2009. He is preceded in death by his father, Claude Thomas Young II. He is survived by his mother, Linda James; wife, Erin (Hunt) Young; son, Graham Young; daughters, Morgan & Claudia Young; sister, Kathy Hastings & her husband Jeff; uncle, Bill James; mother-in-law, Elaine Stephens; sister-in-law, Jo Crenshaw & her husband Rich; brother-in-law, Eric Hunt & his wife Melissa; nieces & nephews, Ashton & Addi Hunt, Lawson & Liam Crenshaw, and Ethan Hastings; & a host of many other family & friends.

Thomas was born on February 24, 1968 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He graduated from High School in Piedmont Oklahoma, earned a Bachelor Degree from Oklahoma Baptist University, & a Masters Degree from Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth Texas. Thomas came to know Jesus Christ as his Savior when he was 19 years old. Soon after, the Lord called him to preach the gospel. Thomas constantly studied God’s Word and was an amazing communicator of the Gospel. He was passionate and driven to take the good news of Jesus to the world. He and his wife Erin were married 17 years and together impacted thousands of people around the world for Jesus Christ. Whatever Thomas did, he did with unending energy. He loved Jesus, the Word, OU Sooners, his friends, great food, his wife, and his 3 kids. Morgan, Graham, and Claudia were the greatest joy in his life. Thomas was currently the founding and lead Pastor of The Sanctuary Fellowship in Sugar Land, Texas.

A Funeral Service for Thomas will be held on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 1:00 pm at Sugar Creek Baptist Church, 13333 Southwest Freeway, Sugarland, Texas 77478, 281-242-2858. Pastor Kelly Green will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the “Young Family Fund”, C/O The Sanctuary Fellowship, 2006 Thompsons Highway, Suite 204, Richmond, Texas 77469. To donate online, please visit thesanctuaryfellowship.com, enter your amount under “Staff Support” and enter “Young Family Fund” in the Notes field.

Nov '09

Metzgar, Donald


Donald Metzgar, age 73 of Pearland, passed away on November 23, 2009. He is preceded in death by his parents, Gale & Mary (Fahey) Metzgar. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara (Bonacci) Metzgar; son, Donny J. Metzgar; brothers, Joe Metzgar & his wife Daphne, Jerry Metzgar & his wife Carolyn; brother & sisters-in-law, Ed & Tina Agnoni, and Margaret Ann Bonacci; grandchild, Amanda Metzgar; and a host of many other family & friends.

Donald was born on February 23, 1936 in Weston, West Virginia. He proudly served his country in the United States National Guard. He resided in La Port, Texas before settling in Pearland for the last two years. Donald was a Plant Manager for Tenaris and was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church in Pearland.

A Funeral Service for Donald will be held on Friday, November 27, 2009 at 10:00 am at St. Helen Catholic Church in Pearland, Texas.

Nov '09

Baldwin, Rex


Rex Baldwin, age 55 of Pearland, passed away on November 23, 2009. He is preceded in death by his father, William Baldwin; and brother, Bill Baldwin. He is survived by his mother, Betty Sue (Coleman) Baldwin; wife, Joanna Baldwin; mother-in-law, Nettie Belle Mills; sons, Cody Baldwin, Rex Baldwin Jr. & his wife Vanessa, and Brandon Armstrong; daughter, Ashley Baldwin; sisters, Nita Baldwin, and Betty Wallace & her husband Darryl; grandchildren, Faith Baldwin, Trey Baldwin, and Nicholas Baldwin; and a host of many other family & friends.

Rex was born on December 8, 1953 in Orange, Texas. He resided in the Pearland area for twenty years. Rex was the rock of his family and was always a good provider. He enjoyed spending time by the river, fishing or camping, and could often be found at his computer or listening to any type of music. He really loved his dogs and they were always his faithful companions. Even through all of his health issues, he remained positive for everyone around him and strong in his faith.

A Memorial Service for Rex will be held on December 5, 2009 at 10:00 at New Hope Church in Manvel, Texas.