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Fri
13
Feb '15

Woods, Ava Darlene

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Ava Darlene Woods, 56, passed away Friday, February 13, 2015.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Leroy and Audrey Griffin; and brother, Johnny Lee Griffin.  Darlene is survived by her daughters, Audra Anderson and husband, Dustin, Brandy Cagle and husband, Johnny, Jamie Burleigh and husband, Clint; brothers, David Griffin and wife, Linda, Christopher Griffin and wife, Shauntell; sister, Tresa Gayle Oneal and husband, Victor; grandchildren, Raelynn and Lloyd Caden Anderson, Emily Grace, Raegan Michelle, and Kinley Rae Cagle, Cheyenne and Jonah Burleigh; and a host of other family and dear friends.

Darlene was strong in her faith, loved the Lord with all her heart and cherished the friends that God placed in her life.  She enjoyed bird watching and especially loved cardinals.  Darlene was affectionately known as “Mimi” to her grandchildren and cherished playing with them and spending time with her family. She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses, staff and doctors at Houston Hospice for all their care, love, and support throughout Darlene’s illness.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Darlene Griffin Woods Medical Fund, c/o Frost Bank – Pearland, 5208 Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.

A visitation for Darlene will be held Monday, February 16, 2015 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral service will take place Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 10:00 am at the funeral home with Pastor Keith Anderson officiating.  Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.

Wed
11
Feb '15

Prentice, John “Jack”

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John “Jack” Prentice, 91, passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Helen Prentice; his loving wife of 54 years, Catherine Mavis Prentice; brother, Bill Noble, and sister, Madeleine Forest.  Jack is survived by his son, Stewart Prentice and wife, Sharon; daughter Jackie Storey and husband, Kenneth; grandchildren, Kathleen and Erica Storey, Samantha and Steven Prentice; and a host of other family and friends.

Jack was born in Torphichen, Scotland on August 1, 1923.  He served in the British Army during World War II with the 2nd Battalion Royal Scottish Fusiliers.  Throughout his life, Jack loved playing the bagpipes and was a member of the Royal Scots Fusiliers Pipe Band. Jack was a long time member of the Torphichen Pipe band which won a world championship piping competition. Jack immigrated with his family to South Africa in 1967 and he worked in South Africa for 34 years as a machine shop inspector and later chief inspector for David Brown Gear Industries.  Jack and Catherine enjoyed traveling and taking cruises all over the world.  He always looked forward to spending time with “his gang” at the Knapp Senior Center in Pearland and for going on drives in classic cars on Saturday with Stewart.  Jack will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jack’s honor to the Knapp Senior Center in Pearland, at 2424 South Park Avenue, Pearland, Texas 77581.  A Memorial Service for Jack will be held on Monday, February 16, 2015 at 3:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581 with Rev. Dr. Bob Joiner officiating.

Mon
9
Feb '15

Eaton, Steven James

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Steven James Eaton, 59, passed away Monday, February 9, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents, James Eaton and June Ward; and brother, David Eaton.  Steve is survived by his son, Justin Amato; his former wife and Justin’s mother, Cheryl Amato-Franco; brother, Michael Eaton and wife Kim; sister, Pat Loftis; his very special aunt Bettye Adams; and a host of other family and friends.

Steve proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps.  He was a skilled wood-working craftsman that had a successful construction business for more than 29 years.  In his younger years, Steve played rugby, but soon became an avid golfer.  He was a very generous man with a big heart that was selfless and always thinking of others.  Steve loved his family very much and Justin was the light of his life.  He was an amazing father and son.  Steve will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation for Steve will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral service will take place Friday, February 13, 2015 at 11:00 am at the funeral home with Chaplain Dan Danford officiating.

Fri
6
Feb '15

Nix, Louise Leuttella

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Louise Leuttella Nix, 79, passed away Friday, February 6, 2015.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Moletta Misiak; her loving husband of 50 years, Bob W. Nix; brothers, Floyd L. Watkins Jr. and Budd Watkins.  Louise is survived by her sons, Michael R. Nix and wife, Kathy, Raymond E. Nix and wife, Alison; daughter, Deborah J. Gonzales and husband, Marcus; grandchildren, Robert M. Guzman II, Garrett Nix, Alexandra R. Nix, Amber L.A. Gonzales; great grandchildren, Abigail G. Guzman, Robert M. Guzman III, Kaitlyn R. Guzman; and a host of other family and friends.

Louise was devoted to her family and to her faith.   She was active in her church and enjoyed her women’s group, Sunday school classes, and volunteering at the church whenever she could.  Louise loved all babies and was affectionately known as “Grandma” and “G.G.” to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She enjoyed ceramics, traveling and playing either dominoes or cards with the grandchildren.  Louise cherished spending time with her family and leaves a lasting legacy for them to follow.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A visitation for Louise will be held on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral service will take place Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 10:00 am at the funeral home with Pastor Rex Forsyth officiating.  Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.

Tue
3
Feb '15

Farmer, Lela Jacqueline

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Lela Jacqueline Farmer, 81, passed away Tuesday, February 3, 2015.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Freda Starr; her loving husband of 47 years, R. C. Farmer; brothers, Elmer, J.T. and Travis Starr; and sister, Norma Costales.  Lela is survived by sons, Michael Farmer and wife, Belinda, Kenneth Farmer and wife, Joy; sister, Lavinia Cooke; grandchildren, April White, Katie Crockett and husband, Dan, Amy Nesrsta and husband, Eric, Casey VanNostrand, Rebekah Farmer; great grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Chloe and Kyle Crockett; nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends.

Lela was born in Stephenville, Texas and her family later moved to Houston where she graduated from Aldine High School in 1951. She loved sewing, reading, embroidery, crocheting and knitting.  Lela was strong in her faith and a devoted member of the Church of Christ.  She found great joy in cooking for others and was always available to assist at the church with meals.  Lela was affectionately known as “Memaw” or “Meme” to her grandchildren and she cherished spending time with them.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A visitation for Lela will be held Monday, February 9, 2015 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral service will take place Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 10:00 am at Clayton Funeral Home with D.C. Brown officiating.  Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery, 21620 Gulf Freeway, Webster, Texas.

Sat
24
Jan '15

Laughlin, Charlene James

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Charlene James Laughlin, 80, passed away surrounded by her loving family Saturday, January 24, 2015.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Ruby James.  Charlene is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Jerry Laughlin; son, Rick Laughlin and wife, Jody; daughter, Becky Henry and husband, Raymond; sister, Gloria Gross and husband, Bill; grandchildren, Christopher Laughlin, Mark Henry, Kelsey Laughlin, Ryan Henry; and a host of other family and friends.

Charlene was very active in the Country Place community and especially enjoyed playing golf with the Ladies Golf group.  She enjoyed working in her yard and was even caught a time or two mowing her neighbors yards.  Charlene loved her gardening and was known for always having to doctor her ant bites and poison ivy.  She enjoyed traveling, visiting family, cross stitch and board games.  Affectionately known as “Nana” to her grandchildren, she always looked forward to opportunities for the family to be together so that she could spend time with them. Charlene and Jerry traveled extensively to Europe, Alaska, Canada and all over the United States but it was the cruises that she enjoyed the most.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund at www.curealz.org, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at www.jdrf.org, or the Parkinson’s Action Network at www.parkinsonsaction.org. A Memorial Service for Charlene will be held Friday, January 30, 2015 at 10:00 am at First United Methodist Church, 2314 N. Grand Blvd., Pearland, Texas 77581 with Rev. Dr. Bob Joiner officiating.

Fri
23
Jan '15

Quick, Ann K.

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Ann K. Quick, 66, passed away surrounded by her loving family Friday, January 23, 2015.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Ruth Kopejzna; and brother, Warren Kopejzna.  Ann is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, G.B. Quick; daughter, Allison M. Voisin; sons, Gerald “Jerry” B. Quick Jr. and wife, Sharee, Warren “Ben” B. Quick; grandchildren, Thomas Bevill, Caleb Quick, Rylee Matherne, and one on the way, Colin Quick; and a host of other family and friends.

Ann was a dedicated teacher for 45 years and was devoted to each and every one of her students.  She was strict and stern as a teacher and parent but her students and children alike learned many valuable lessons from her and were all richer for it.  Ann loved to travel and especially enjoyed the mountains and visiting the hill country.  She was strong in her faith and let her strong morals guide her.  Throughout her battle with cancer, Ann maintained her strong-will and determination and was an inspiration to all that knew her.  She will forever be remembered for her grace, intelligence, adored stubbornness and persistence.  Ann will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at M.D. Anderson and Memorial Hermann Hospital for their dedication, love and support throughout Ann’s illness.

A visitation and rosary for Ann will be held Friday, January 30, 2015 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will take place from 5:00 until 8:00 pm with the Rosary recited at 6:00 pm.  The funeral mass will be held Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 10:00 am at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Road, Pearland, Texas 77581 with Father James Courville officiating.  Interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston, Texas.

Thu
22
Jan '15

Barnhill, Neil C.

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Neil C. Barnhill, 84, passed away Thursday, January 22, 2015. He is preceded in death by his parents, Hernando and Obeara Barnhill; brothers, Cecil, L.H., Dewitt, Billy, Lester, Louie, and Albert Barnhill; sisters, Lucille Lee, Myrtle Johnson, Juanita Barnhill. Neil is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Fran Barnhill; son, Ron Barnhill and wife, Kris; daughters, Sue Dalmeida and husband, Bill, Denise Coleman and husband, Doug; brothers James Barnhill and wife, Pat, Paul Barnhill and wife, Susette; sisters, Nell Evans, Joan Bishop and husband, Larry; grandchildren, Jennifer Oncken and husband, Mike, Nikki Scott and husband, Chris, Joey Barnhill, Nicholas Barnhill and Bryan Wagner; great grandchildren, Emma, Tommy and Charlie Oncken; and a host of other family and friends.

Neil proudly served his country during his career in the United States Air Force. His service included numerous foreign assignments during the Korean War and after. Early in his Air Force service while stationed at Ellington Field in Houston, he met Fran; they were later married shortly before he shipped out for Korea. Neil would go on to serve for 20 years in the military; earning the rank of Chief Master Sergeant and eventually serving on the Inspector General Team. Neil earned a B. A. of Economics at the University of Missouri while in the Air Force.

Neil taught his family the importance of giving back to the community, serving others and always helping others in need. Neil served as President of the Air Force Sergeant’s Association, which partnered with the Lion’s Club on many civic and community projects. He frequently made trips to private homes, nursing homes and hospitals to visit the elderly and deliver meals on wheels, often taking his children and grandchildren along. Neil was very active with his church and served as both elder and deacon. After his retirement from the Consumer Credit Counseling Service in 1992, Neil and Fran enjoyed traveling in the United States and in the United Kingdom, and had the opportunity to go on an Alaskan cruise with his family. He was an avid reader and enjoyed reading many books and his Bible. Neil was also very interested in genealogy, extensively researching the Barnhill family history. Neil will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Neil’s honor to the Medina Children’s Home at www.armsofhope.org. A visitation for Neil will be held Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581. The funeral service will take place Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 10:30 am at the funeral home with DC Brown and Paul Cartwright officiating. Interment with military honors will follow the service at Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas.

Sat
17
Jan '15

McAleer, Walter Howard

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Walter Howard McAleer, 82, passed away Saturday, January 17, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Alice McAleer; and sister, Maggie Foren.  Walt is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Ducky McAleer; son, Dave McAleer and wife, Julia; daughter, Marguerite McAleer; brother, John McAleer and wife, Norma; four grandchildren, one great grandson and a host of other family and friends.

Walt was born in Royal Oak, Michigan.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army and had a very successful career with USAID as a Chief Engineer for more than 30 years.  His career took him all over the world – to include Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Egypt, Sudan and the Philippines. Walt was an excellent provider for his family and along with his big heart, was generous to both family and friends.  After retirement, Walt and Ducky enjoyed many wonderful years in Florida where they were both active at St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church.  His devotion to the church included serving for many years with the Knights of Columbus.  In 2013, Walt and Ducky relocated to Houston to be closer to their family.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A Visitation and Funeral Mass for Walt will be held Monday, January 26, 2015, at Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood Drive, Friendswood, Texas 77546.  The visitation will begin at 10:00 am and the service will follow at 11:00 am with Rev. James H. Kuczynski, M.S. officiating.

Wed
14
Jan '15

Johnson, J.D. “Mike”

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J.D. “Mike” Johnson, 85, passed away Wednesday, January 14, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Dewey and Edna Johnson; one brother and five sisters.  Mike is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, “his doll”, Bobbye Johnson; sons, Rene Johnson and wife, Tanya, Marcus Winder; daughters, Jackie Richison and husband, Blaine, Michelle Tharp; many loving grandchildren and great grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Mike loved his Louisiana roots, and his chicken and sausage gumbo.  He was an excellent provider for his family and had a successful career on the railroad for more than 33 years.  Mike was an active member of the S.P.J.S.T. Lodge and the AARP in Pasadena.  His involvement in the community also extended to the H2U organization at Clear Lake Regional Hospital.  Mike enjoyed reading, dancing, traveling with Bobbye, and smoking his pipe.  He was strong in his faith as a devout Catholic and read his Bible twice a day.  Mike will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation and Celebration of Life service for Mike will be held on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will begin at 1:00 pm and the service will follow at 2:00 pm with Father Wayne Wilkerson and Pastor Don Pope officiating.  A graveside service will take place Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Ashford Cemetery in Eunice, Louisiana.

Mon
12
Jan '15

Vargas, Jesus “Jesse”

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Jesus “Jesse” Vargas, 70, passed away on Monday, January 12, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Janie Vargas; half brothers and sisters, Irene Garcia, Andrew Vargas, Rosie Nejia, Delores Vargas, David Vargas; and grandson, Anthony Holton.  Jesse is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Susie Vargas; his aunt that raised him, Carolina Nieto; sons, Jesse “Buddy” Vargas Jr. and wife, Zayda, Raymond Vargas, Nicholas Vargas, Jesse James Vargas and wife, Rickie; daughters, Jayne Vargas, Annie Vargas and husband, Robert Granad, Mary Jane Mauricio and husband, Frank Jr.; brothers, Joe D. Vargas, Justo, Johnny, Lupe, Thomas, Martin, and Narciso Nieto; sisters, Mary, Theresa, Licha, Delores, and Elizabeth Nieto; half brothers and sisters, Steven Vargas, Rebecca Garza, Linda Williams, Yolanda Vargas, Janie Grimaldo, Mary Helen Boyd, Gloria Vargas; numerous grandchildren and two great grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Jesse proudly served his country as an 82nd Airborne Ranger.  He was a take charge kind of guy that loved watching wrestling and old cowboy movies.  Jesse earned his brown belt with two stripes in karate and competed in many competitions.  He enjoyed golden oldies, going to the flea market and the mall, and going dancing with Susie.  Jesse was affectionately known as “Grandpa” to his grandkids and he cherished spending time with them.  He will greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A Visitation and Rosary will be held for Jesse on Friday, January 16, 2015 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will take place from 5:00 until 8:00 pm with the Rosary recited at 6:00 pm.  The funeral mass will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 11:00 am at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 6502 County Road 48, Manvel, Texas 77578 with Father Thomas V. Ponzini officiating.  Interment will follow at Alvin Confederate Cemetery in Alvin, Texas.

Mon
5
Jan '15

Key, Lt. Colonel Thomas “Butch” Davis

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Lt. Colonel Thomas “Butch” Davis Key, 72, passed away Monday, January 5, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Davis and Billee Key; and brother, John Henry Key, sister in-law Charlene.  Butch is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Ginny Key, his two sons, Tom Key and wife Gaby and Jon Key, his grandchildren, Lorenzo and Malena Key, His sisters, Barbara Jean Maxey and husband Jeff, Mary Eisenberg and husband Larry, and a host of other family and friends.

Butch grew up in Kilgore, Texas and graduated from Kilgore High School, where he was an All-District football player, before earning his BA in Political science and History at the University of Texas in Austin.  He would later graduate from Troy State University where he received his MS in International Studies.  Butch proudly served his country in the United States Army.  He served as an officer and spent 14 years in active duty and 16 years in the Army Reserves in the 75th Maneuver Area Command. He retired as a Lt. Colonel. He took great pride in serving with the 173rd Airborne Brigade (Separate).  During his military career, Butch served two tours of combat in Vietnam, served as Commander at Fort Sam Houston and a Commanding Officer in Germany.  Following his highly decorated military career, he was a Health, Safety and Environmental professional.  Butch belonged to many professional organizations and was very involved in his church.  He was a life-long Episcopalian, changing to the Reformed Episcopal Church for the last 25 years, and served in many different roles at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church.  Butch will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Butch’s honor to St. Thomas of Canterbury Church or to the American Cancer Society.  The funeral service for Butch will be held Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church at 14007 South Freeway, Houston, Texas 77047 with Father James Payne officiating.  Interment with military honors will take place Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 10:45 am at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.