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May '10

Dayhoff, Christopher

Christopher “Chris” Allan Stanford Dayhoff, age 72 of Pearland, passed away on May 31, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents, George & Elizabeth (Claussen) Dayhoff. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl “Cher” (Keplinger) Dayhoff; sons, Christopher Dayhoff Jr. & his wife Veronica, and Charles Dayhoff; daughters, Theresa Contreras & her husband Joel, Marie LaRue, D’rese Werry & her husband Kevin, April Hernandez, Elaine McInnis & her husband Greg, Elizabeth Ann Dayhoff, Jacie Jeffrey & her husband Carl, Yvette Pierce & her husband Mike, and April Richards & her husband Brandon; brother, George Dayhoff Jr. & his wife Sara; sisters, Elizabeth Ann Willhelm & her husband Joe, Lenora Farinola & her husband Pino, and Susan Storzum & her husband Uwe; thirty three grandchildren; and thirty three great-grandchildren.

Chris was born on September 6, 1938 in Brownsville, Texas and resided in Pearland for the past fifteen years. One of his greatest passions was riding his Harley Davidson trike, “The Bandit”, with Cher. They created many memories biking, especially when they went to Sturgis in 2005. Before his illness, he and Cher went to numerous motorcycle rallies around the state and took several wonderful cruises to the Caribbean Islands. In November 2009, Chris and his friend Jim took a hog hunting trip that ended up being very meaningful to the both of them. To his grandchildren, he was affectionately known as “Grandpa” and in his spare time, he loved shopping on ebay to find good deals. Chris will always be fondly remembered for his adventurous and loving spirit and will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Visitation for Christopher will be held on June 6, 2010, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home. Interment will take place at Houston National Cemetery, in Houston, Texas on Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at 10:30 am.

May '10

Harris, Betty

Betty Beasley Harris, age 73, slipped the bonds of this earth, in the arms of her family, on May 21st, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer. She is preceded in death by her parents, Edwardd & Merle (Nordyke) Beasley; first husband, Leo Fischer; brother, Gary Beasley; sister, Shirley Beasley Truett; step-son, Randall Harris; and granddaughter, Tessa Harris. She is survived by her husband, Dan Harris; sons, Denver Dennis Jr. & his wife Jeri, and Edward Fischer; step-son, Danny Harris; daughters, Carol Matsumoto & her husband Cary, Linda Matthews & her husband Richard; brother, Barry Beasley & his wife Linda; grandchildren, Bonnie & her husband Jason Schmeisser, Samantha, Jaclyn, and Cody Dennis; Amanda Matthews, Sarah Carroll & her husband Chad, Tommy Fischer, and Justin Harris; great-grandchildren, Dylan Doloff, Ethan and Aiden Carroll, Leo Bettencourt; her lifelong friend, Bobbie Jones; and a host of many other family & friends.

Betty was born on February 11, 1937 in Lamesa, Texas and resided in Midland most of her life. Loyal to her roots, she was always a proud Texan. By the time Betty was just 25 years old, she had to bury her first husband then her father, and was left to raise her four children by herself. This caused her to be exceptionally strong as she taught her children poise, grace, and moral values while they were growing up, despite their difficult circumstance. Betty’s wonderful sense of humor helped them through many situations and she was truly a trailblazer for strong women and a model as an excellent provider for her family. She spoke her mind so it was always clear where she stood. Betty was well versed and loved to read. She enjoyed photography and taking pictures of her family. In her spare time she watched the TV series NCIS, solved puzzles, created scrapbooks or traveled. Betty’s grandchildren affectionately called her “Granny”. Deep love for her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ carried Betty over many obstacles that she conquered with verve and humor. Her radiant soul and fortitude inspired the many lives that she touched to follow in her footsteps.

Visitation for Betty in Pearland, Texas is on Sunday, May 23, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home. The Funeral Service is on Monday, May 24, 2010 at 11:00 am in the Clayton Chapel.

There will also be a Visitation on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at West Funeral Home, 401 N. Guadalupe, Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220, 575-885-2211. The Funeral Service will be on Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 10:00 am in the West Funeral Home Chapel. Interment is at Carlsbad Cemetery in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

May '10

Renfro, Paul

Paul Russell Renfro, age 55 years passed away on May 11th, 2010, after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife and soul mate, Leanne, his Mother and Father, Frances and Ben Renfro, his Brothers, Charles and Thomas Renfro, his Sister Elizabeth Davis, his Brother-in-Law Doug Davis, his Niece Rachael Davis, his nephew Zachary Renfro, his Mother-in-Law Laurie Schwartz and Brother-in-Law Rob Schwartz.

Paul was born in Baytown, Texas on May 1, 1955. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1974 and attended Lee College thereafter. He became a piping Designer leading to work as a Project Manager for several companies during the 1990’s and 2000’s.

Paul was an active sportsman; in his youth he was a champion motor cross competitor, and a surfer. In his later years he became an avid golfer, fisherman, and a champion sailing racer in the Galveston Bay Cruising Associating. He and Leanne participated and won many Galveston Bay and Gulf of Mexico competitions. Paul and Leanne were married on one of their races to Mexico in 1993 with all their sailing friends attending. Paul also loved music and playing guitar.

Paul and Leanne sold their home and sailed to the Caribbean in 2004. Living their dream for the next 4 years they sailed south through the islands landing in Carricou, Granada, where Paul became ill and returned to Texas.

Paul was an exceptional person. He was good at anything he tried. He was a first class Designer/Builder, regardless if it was work in the process industry, fishing, sailing, golfing, playing guitar or designing in those activities. He touched many lives in a positive way and will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

Paul’s Life will be celebrated at the Club Classic on Nasa 1, Seabrook at 2PM, Sunday, May 16. Bring your stories, pictures, and photo CDs to share your personal experiences.

May '10

Phillips, Pamela

Pamela Phillips, age 65 of Houston, passed away on May 2, 2010. She is preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Calvin & Lorene (Killough) Williams. She is survived by her daughters, Cody Sanderlin & her husband Adrian; Kendall Thomas & her husband David; and her grandchildren, Avery & Tyler Sanderlin and Alice & Harris Thomas.

Pamela, born on May 11, 1944 in Greenville, Texas, resided in the Houston area since 1976. As the child of an Army officer, she traveled the world affording her cultural experiences spanning the globe, including Japan, Turkey and Germany.

Blessed with a creative mind and a love of learning, Pamela earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts from The University of Denver, and became an accomplished artist and writer. She had a gift of relating to people leading to her position for the last 18 years with Houston Asset Management as a Client Relations Representative.

In her spare time, she enjoyed reading and had a keen interest in murder mysteries. “Whammy” treasured her time with her grandchildren and had a special culinary flair that she would share with her friends and family.

Despite various health issues over the years, Pamela was always positive and remained inspirational to others throughout those difficult times.

A Memorial Service for Pamela will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Clayton Funeral Home. Pastor Joe Griffin will be officiating.

For the support and daily Bible study provided during the last several years, we request any donations be made to the following: Joe Griffin Media Ministries, 1821 South River Road, St. Charles, MO 63303-4124.

Apr '10

Gardiner, James

James Gardiner, age 73 of Pearland, was visited by the angel of death on Friday, April 30, 2010. His passing brought sadness to the hearts of all those who knew and loved him. James is preceded in death by his parents, John Sr. & Loretha (Colombe) Gardiner; seven brothers, and two sisters. He is survived by his wife, Diane (Allen) Gardiner; daughter, Gina Gardiner-Young & her husband Harold; sisters, Linda Gardiner Rogers & her husband Kenneth and Lillian Gardiner Jackson; grandchildren, Gerald Lemond III, Ginna Lemond, Gia Lemond, Gabriel Lemond & Hannah Young.

James was born on September 19, 1936 in Grand Cateau, Louisiana. He was united in Holy Matrimony to Diane on November 5, 1974 and they shared thirty five blessed years together.

A Visitation and Rosary for James will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 10:00 am at St. Helen Catholic Church in Pearland. The Funeral Mass will immediately follow at 11:00 am. Interment is at Houston Memorial Gardens in Pearland, Texas.

Apr '10

Stitt, James “Jim”

James “Jim” Ansley Stitt was born March 1, 1922 in Sherman, Texas. He passed away peacefully at his home in Pearland, Texas on April 26, 2010. He is in heaven now, reunited with the love of his life and wife of 57 years, Joan Ann. Jim was preceded in death by his loving wife and best friend, Joan; daughter, Sharon Marie; his parents, James Leander and Marie Ansley Stitt; and sister, Virgina Williams. He is survived by his daughters (and their spouses), Cindy (Jerry) McAllister, Cecile (George Patrick) Stiles and Bettye (T.J.) Chambers; grandchildren, Amber (Brad) Barnette, Emily (Andy) Otto, Kevin and Morgan McAllister, Shiloh (Sherwin) Sterling, Miriah (Lewis) Davis, and Sonny Chambers; great grandchildren, Hailey Barnette, Pierce and Tye Sterling, and Trenton Davis; his sister, Betty (Randy) Kimbler; and cousin, Linda Demanche.

Jim was a proud veteran of the US Navy, who served eight years in the Pacific theater during World War II. He was highly regarded in the aviation industry and retired from ExxonMobil after 36 years of service as a pilot, flight engineer and superintendent of aviation. He was a longstanding member of the Quiet Birdmen, a fraternal organization of air force pilots and former officers, as well as the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association. He was so grateful to have had a career doing what he enjoyed most… flying. Jim was blessed to have many lifelong friends with whom he remained in close contact through the years and whose lives he felt privileged to share.

Jim’s family would like to express a special thanks and love to Mary Henley, Jim’s caregiver and friend.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the charity of your choice.

Jim, Joan and Sharon will be interred at the Houston National Cemetery on Friday, May 7, 2010 at 10:30 am. A beachside memorial service will be held in Galveston, Texas sometime during May or early June.

Apr '10

Miller, Ronald

Ronald Pearce Miller, age 43, died tragically in a car accident on April 23, 2010. He is survived by his wife Elaine and their daughter, Ashley and sons, Thomas and Dylan; parents, Craig and Mollie Miller; sister, Jessica Miller Estrada & her husband, Chris; grandparents, Lowell S. & Jodi Miller; uncle, Brent Miller & his wife, Daphne; uncle, Kirk Miller; aunt, Lisa Delgado & her husband Felix. Ron is also survived by extended family and many friends and whose lives he touched including brother, Cary Shatto & his wife Angela; Serena Peterson; Melissa Rorvig, and Uncle Alf Shatto & his wife Kathy.

Ron was born on January 10, 1967, in Houston, and lived in the Houston area most of his life. He was a paralegal, a salesperson, and a professional in the credit and collections business. Active in amateur sports, Ron played in numerous softball and ice hockey leagues, and coached his daughter’s T-Ball team. Ron was also a past president of the Oakland Raiders Silver & Black Fan Club.

Ron was full of energy and fun, and quickly became fast friends with people he met. He could watch the Raiders of the NFL or the Penguins of the NHL for hours and knew everything that was involved with their strategy or their players. He always had a joke, or the energy to participate in something new or to help with something around your house or his. He was proud to be, and was appreciated as a father, a business professional, a sports enthusiast and an encouraging coach of the young people on his daughter s team.

A Memorial Service for Ronald will be held on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 3:00 pm in the Clayton Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Keith Anderson will be officiating.

Apr '10

Bunnell, Eldon

Eldon Bunnell, age 71 of Houston, passed away on April 23, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents, Sam & Maybell (Parmer) Bunnell and brothers, Glen Bunnell and S.W. Bunnell. He is survived by his son, Royce Bunnell & his wife Mary; daughter, Diana Jeske & her husband David; sister, Vivian Corder; grandchildren, Drew, Dustin, Dane, & Diannah Jeske, and Chris and Kelsi Bunnell; and a host of many other family & friends.

Eldon was born on July 27, 1938 in Gatesville, Texas and resided in the Houston area since 1963. He had a successful career with IBM for 25 years and was even an EMU Rancher for a short time. Eldon enjoyed fishing and found adventure in any outdoor excursion. He enjoyed spending time with his family and was affectionately known to his grandchildren as “Pappy”. For most of his life, Eldon was blessed with good health but in 2001 began to have a few setbacks. He always maintained his love of life and was usually a spur of the moment person, up for anything at anytime. Eldon will always be remembered for his idea that, “More is better!”

A visitation and graveside service will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2010 at 2:00 pm at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Gatesville, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Eldon’s honor to the Ladies Auxilliary VFW Post 581, 27 Farrell, Houston, TX 77022.

Apr '10

Bennett, James G.

James G. (Jim) Bennett, age 86 of Pearland, passed away on April 21, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents, Calvin S. & Mary (Wilson) Bennett; brothers, Edward, Calvin, John, & Kenneth; and sisters, Nina Stenson and Sara Dodd. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Lorene (Molitor) Bennett; son, Brian Bennett; sister, Lenora Moyer; nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Jim was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 28, 1924. He served his country with pride for 20 years during World War II and the Korean Conflict.

Visitation for Jim will be on Sunday, April 25, 2010, from 6 pm to 8 pm in the Clayton Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, April 26, 2010 at 10:00 am at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 5515 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581, 281-485-7833. Pastor Rob Harbin & Pastor John Salminen will be officiating. The interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim’s honor to the Epiphany Lutheran Church Altar Guild.

Apr '10

Felts, Walter “Ben”

Walter Benjamin “Ben” Felts, 82 of Huxley, Texas, passed away at his daughter’s home on April 9, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry & Clara (White) Felts. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rebecca Felts; sons, Ben Felts & his wife Margaret and David Felts & his wife Susan; daughter, Connie O’Day & her husband Mike; seven grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Ben was born on September 20, 1927 in Prescott, Arkansas. He attended Toledo Bend Baptist Church pastored by Brother Jack Forbis. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy and built a career owning and operating Ben Felts Utility Company. “Mr. Ben” was a man of great faith who was loved by all who knew him. His greatest joys were his family, friends, fishing, and hunting.

A Memorial Service for Ben will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 2:00 pm at Toledo Bend Baptist Church, 2543 FM 3172, Shelbyville, Texas 75973. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Toledo Bend Baptist Church. Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.

Apr '10

Pierce, Sally Ann

Sally Ann Pierce, age 54 of Webster, Texas, passed away in her home on April 9, 2010. She is preceded in death by her parents, James W. Pierce and Oletah Ford Pierce of Longview, Texas. She is survived by her brother, Bill Pierce & his wife Linda, who presently reside in Rapid City, South Dakota; and three nieces, Heather Lott & her husband Doug of Longview, Texas, Charleen Pierce of Spring, Texas, and Katrina Suter & her husband Jason of Spring, Texas.

Sally is a 1974 graduate of Longview High School in Longview, Texas and earned a degree in Speech Pathology from Sam Houston State University. Sally was a teacher at Pearland High School for 20+ years and spent many years working with special needs children. She loved each of her students in a special way and called them “Her” kids putting her heart and soul into the care of all those she taught. In 2009, Sally was named Teacher of the Year. In her spare time, Sally enjoyed dancing, traveling, and her cat “Boo”.

A Visitation for Sally will begin at 3:00 pm on Thursday, April 15, 2010 at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 3311 Southfork Drive, Pearland, Texas 77584, 713-436-5470 with the Funeral Service following at 4:00 pm. Bishop Davidson will be officiating. Sally will be interred at Memory Park Cemetery in Longview, Texas, next to her parents.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: Autism Society of Houston, 1300 Moursund Street, Houston, TX 77030, (713) 513-7575, www.houstonchapterasa.org.

Apr '10

Davis, Charles

Charles Owen Davis, age 78 of Pearland, passed away on April 7, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents, Owen & Mamie Davis. He is survived by his wife, Cecila (Molina) Davis; sons, Benjamin Davis & his wife Andrea, and Patrick Simmons & his wife Cathy; daughters, Duyen Barrientos & her husband Santiago, and Susannah Munro & her husband Mose; grandchildren, Megan, Aaron, Cole, Jared, Alexa, Daniel, and Sophia; and great-grandchild, Brooklyn.

Charles was born on August 26, 1931 in Waelder, Texas but spent most of his life in Houston and Pearland. He was a successful business owner for most of his life managing washaterias, restaurants, and rental houses. Charles and Cecila were married for 45 years and would often travel back to Columbia to visit family. There was nothing more important to him than family and he was close with all of his children and grandchildren. Charles had a witty sense of humor and always enjoyed hearing a good story as well as telling one.

A Memorial Service for Charles will be held on Monday, April 12, 2010 at 11:00 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 6502 County Road 48, Manvel, Texas 77578, 281-489-8720.