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Mon
18
Aug '14

Spears, Donald Joe

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Donald J. Spears passed away on Monday, August 18, 2014.  Don was born on the 28th of April, 1927, in Corsicana, Texas, son of Thelma J. and F.H. (Jake) Spears. Don grew up in the Houston area, graduated from Reagan High School, attended Rice University prior to enlisting in the US Navy at the age of 17, served in the Navy as Aviation Machinist’s Mate during World War II and the Korean War, and graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Don is preceded in death by his parents, sister and grandson, Thelma J. and F.H. (Jake) Spears, Beverly Duvall Stallcup, and Edward L. Koslosky, Jr.  He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Linda; his daughter Sandra Jo Siddall; his son Robert (Dusty) W. Spears; his step-daughter Jennifer Lynn Webb and  husband, J. Kiley Webb; his grandson Donald Frank Koslosky and wife Cathe; his great-grandson Christopher L. Koslosky; his great-grandson Edward (Eddie) L. Koslosky III and wife Christi; step-grandson and step-granddaughter Dylan Kiley Webb and Grace Lynn Webb. He is also survived by nieces Gwen Gough, and husband, Don; Patsy Ann Farrar; Becky Heeney and husband, Neil; Jean Haden and nephews Albert Bacarrisse and wife Bettie; Jerry Bacarrisse and wife Mary Beth; Lester Bacarrisse; and Ross Lynn Leone.

Don’s career included successful years in sales and sales management with Carnation Milk, Consolidated Building Products, Honeywell Computers, Singer Computers, Burroughs/Graphic Sciences and Hughes Offshore.  Don loved the great outdoors and enjoyed boating, hunting and fishing in the areas around Houston and Galveston. Don treasured the many friendships he made over the years, including time as a member of the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook: boating, playing tennis and attending varied social activities.  His most recent years in Pearland offered a beautiful view of nature through the back windows of his home, which provided much pleasure for Don.  At all times, Don cared deeply for his many pets who were treated royally and were always a major part of his life.

The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at The Methodist Hospital for their kindness and care of Don in his final days.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Society, the American Heart Association, or to the charity of your choice.  A Memorial Service for Don will be held on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at ­­­­­­­­2:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581 with Pastor Keith Anderson officiating.

Thu
14
Aug '14

Arrendondo, Samuel Roel Avila

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Samuel Roel Avila Arrendondo, 11, passed away on Thursday, August 14, 2014. He is survived by his parents, Lizabeth and Francisco Arrendondo; sisters, Aylinn Gisselle Avila and Susie Isabel Arrendondo; and a host of other family and friends.

Samuel loved his family and was very close to his sisters.  He always made sure to put everyone else’s feelings first and was well loved at school by all of his classmates.  Samuel was a big Houston Texans fan, enjoyed playing soccer, baseball and riding his bike.  Growing up with two sisters, they made sure to teach Samuel how to act and treat girls, and by doing so, he became the favorite of all the girls in his class.

A private family funeral service for Samuel will be held on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 10:00 am at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581 with Deacon Richard Reyes officiating.

Sat
2
Aug '14

Nealey, Loraine Southall

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Loraine Southall Nealey went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 2, 2014.  She was born on March 20, 1933 to Mr. Isham Southall and Eliza Sampson in El Maton, Texas.  Loraine received Christ at an early age and attended Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Markham, Texas.  She was raised by her grandparents, Jack and Lucy Harrison, and largely influenced by her aunt, Pearl Jones (Totsie).  Loraine joined Mt. Hebron Missionary Baptist Church remained a faithful member for over 40 years until her death.

She was a graduate of Hilliard High School in 1949.  The “almighty 49ers” were a close knit group of friends.  Loraine always remained an active member of the Houston Chapter of the Hilliard Alumni Association.  After high school, she attended Prairie View A&M University (PVU) from 1949 until 1953 and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.  Loraine was an active PVU Alumni member and believed in giving back to the university.  While attending PVU, she also met her husband, James E. Green, whom she married in 1957.  To this union, two children were born, Vincent Edward Green and Tammi Green Smith.

She started her teaching career in El Maton, Texas.  After teaching for 3 years in the Bay City area, she and her husband moved to Houston.  Loraine specialized in Elementary Education and worked at Gregory, Mading and Montgomery Elementary schools.  She loved teaching and served as a mentor for many new and upcoming professionals.  Loraine taught citizenship, respect for self and others and moral values.  She led by example and demonstrated great leadership.  Her career spanned 43 years and she loved every minute of it.

In 1970, Loraine married Leslie A. Nealey.  To this union, one daughter, Traci Nealey, was born.  Leslie preceded her in death in 2006.  Loraine was a strong and focused woman that believed that she could do anything through Christ who strengthened her.  She befriended many people.  To know her was to love her.  She was very loyal to all of her friends… and there were many.  Loraine had unconditional love for her children.  They were her life.  In her retirement years, she enjoyed traveling, working in her yard and celebrating with family and friends.  She leaves to mourn, one son, Vincent Green; two daughters, Traci Nealey and Tammi Smith (Lawrence); two grandsons, Lawrence Smith and Byron Green; and one great grandson, Byron “BJ” Green II.  Loraine also leaves a host of family and close friends; namely, Wilma Jean Criswell, March Tramble, Maxine Curvey, Nathalia Binder, Henry Bush, Naomi Edison and Robbie Johnson – her true friends.

A visitation and wake service will be held on Friday, August 8, 2014 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will take place from 6:00 until 8:00 pm with the wake service beginning at 7:00 pm with Rev. Aaron Binder officiating.  The funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 10:00 am at Mt. Hebron Missionary Baptist Church, 7817 Calhoun Road, Houston, Texas 77033 with Rev. Max Miller officiating.  Interment will follow at Houston Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.

Wed
16
Jul '14

Nedbalek, Ollie D.

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Ollie D. Nedbalek, 92, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.  She is preceded in death by her parents, V.L. and Louise Kopecky; her husband, Emil “Ned” Nedbalek; two brothers and two sisters.  Ollie is survived by her sons, David and Ronald Nedbalek; daughter Carolyn Kirkley and husband, Dave; grandchildren, Tiffani Schuh and husband, Danny, Kristen Cantu and husband, Joseph; great granddaughter, Chloe Schuh; and a host of other family and friends.

Ollie was an excellent homemaker, a wonderful cook and a loving and caring mother to her family. She was strong in her faith and a lifelong Lutheran belonging to Ascension Lutheran Church and later, Epiphany Lutheran Church in Pearland. Raising her family with Christian values was important to her.

She celebrated her Czech heritage and belonged to SPJST Lodge 88 where they met lifelong friends, danced and listened to Czech music. She enjoyed entertaining whether it was at home for family and friends, or company functions.  She was very supportive and helpful to Ned in their successful Industrial Tooling business.

As a young woman, Ollie was very athletic and played basketball in school, even serving as the team captain. She continued to follow basketball throughout her life and enjoyed pro games and college games on television.  Ollie enjoyed gardening and growing beautiful flowers and was awarded “Yard of the Month” on several occasions.

She was married to “Ned” for 69 years before he passed away in 2010.  As a couple, they enjoyed spending their spare time at their farm raising cattle, or at their beach house entertaining family and friends. She will always be remembered for her devotion to family, love of friends, and her Czech work ethic.

A visitation for Ollie will be held on Sunday, July 20, 2014 from 3:00 until 5:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral service will take place on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 10:00 am at the funeral home with Pastor Jon Salminen officiating.  Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.

Mon
14
Jul '14

Toll, Walter Jr.

Toll

Walter Toll Jr., 81, passed away on Monday, July 14, 2014.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Erna Toll; daughter, Pamela Jean Soliz; brothers, Eldon and Elloyd Toll.  Walter is survived by his loving wife of 13 years, Deanna Toll; sons, Walter “Bud” Toll III and wife, Glenda, Jack Wallace Toll; step son, John Brem; twelve grandchildren and twenty-four great grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Walter was an avid sports fan that loved following college and professional football.  His favorite teams were Alabama and Texas A & M.  Walter was widely known for his grilling expertise, whether he was cooking hamburgers or steaks.  He even had his own “famous” Bar-B-Que sauce that he made himself.  His first language was German until he started school and started speaking English in first grade. Growing up during the depression on a farm, Walter learned at a very young age to work hard.  He carried that strong work ethic throughout his life and had a successful career in the elevator industry which afforded him and his family many things he did not have when he was growing up.  Walter was truly a Southern gentleman who put his wife, “Miss D” and his family first.  He cherished family get togethers and always looked forward to Christmas Eve with the grandchildren.  Walter will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Walter’s honor to the SPCA or to any animal rescue of your choice.  A visitation for Walter will be held on Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral service will take place on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 11:00 am at the funeral home with Gene Samford officiating.  Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.

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Kilmer, Karen “Katie” W.

Kilmer

Karen “Katie” W. Kilmer, 70, passed away on Monday, July 14, 2014.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Helene Woglom.  Katie is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Larry Kilmer; sons, Brian Kilmer and Jonathan Rust; daughter, Lindy Kilmer; stepdaughters, Becky Gamlem and Robin Davidson; brother, Bill Woglom; nephews, Mark and Kurt Woglom; grandchildren, Sebastian, Zachary, Kristen, Nathan, Tyler, Stephanie, Amy, Josh, Austin and Loni; and a host of other family and friends.

Katie was adventurous, loved the outdoors and even served as Alaska’s first female game warden.  Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to start many different endeavors throughout the years.  She opened a yarn shop, a take-out restaurant, a deposition company and a feed & grain store.  At the age of 50 she went back to school and learned computer programming at Boston University.  Katie was an avid fan of the New England Patriots, loved puzzles, magazines, crosswords, Sudoku, and especially playing card games with her family.  Katie will forever be remembered for her love of animals, gardening and exploring the country on her many road trips.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A visitation and funeral service for Katie will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will be from 9:00 until 11:00 am with the funeral service following at 11:00 am with Pastor Keith Anderson officiating.

Fri
11
Jul '14

Montgomery, Taylor Brook

Montgomery

Taylor Brook Montgomery, 20, passed away on Friday, July 11, 2014.  She is survived by her parents, Ron and Kim Montgomery; son, Joshua “Blake” Montgomery; brother, Blake Choate; sister, Angie Allen and husband, Caleb; grandparents, John and Elaine Bengston, Bluford and Lynne Weikel; nieces and nephews, Luke, Brady, Owen and Griffin Allen, Hunter Choate; and a host of other family and friends.

Taylor was a beautiful, angelic, loving and kind mother that cherished her son more than life itself.  Family was very important to her and she had a very special bond with her big brother, Blake.  Taylor was smart and free spirited and had recently decided to go back to school to be a dental assistant.  Growing up, she was known to most of the family as the energetic one that never seemed to slow down.  Her uncle had even nicknamed her Taylor two shoes.  She loved animals, riding horses and barrel racing.  Taylor will forever be remembered for her independent nature and her complete devotion to her son, Joshua Blake Montgomery.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

A visitation for Taylor will be held on Monday, July 14, 2014 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral service will take place on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the funeral home with Pastor Bryan Shippey officiating.  Interment will follow at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland, Texas., with a reception following at Crosspoint Church, 1134 Old Alvin Road, Pearland, Texas 77581.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Taylor’s honor to Joshua Blake Montgomery’s College Fund at www.gofundme.com/bj08ow

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Shrum, Grace Marie James

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Grace Marie James Shrum, 89, passed away on Friday, July 11, 2014 in Houston, Texas.  She is preceded in death by her parents, William James and Mary Ann Lockwood James; husbands, Louis Lasher, Blake Shipp and Jack Shrum; brothers, George and Joe James; and daughter, Linda Katherine.  Grace is survived by her daughter, Lou Ann Lasher Gramann, and husband, Kenneth; grandchildren. Linda Grace Gramann and Jacob Edward Gramann, who adored her and miss her Bingo candy winnings.

At a very young age Grace’s parents passed away and she was raised by the loving family of August Schier.  She worked many years at the Warwick Hotel and the Remington Hotel in Telephone services.  Grace spent many years in McAllen Texas as a Winter Texan, and gave many happy hours of volunteer work at Edinburg Hospital. She had many friends who loved her and will miss her.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Grace’s honor to Hydro angels over America. A Memorial Service for Grace will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581 with Pastor Keith Anderson officiating.  A private family interment will be at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery at a later time.

Wed
2
Jul '14

Schroeder, Edward Lynn

Schroeder

Edward “Ed” Lynn Schroeder, 56, passed away on Monday, June 30, 2014.  He is preceded in death by his father Edwood Schroeder and brother, Larry Dean Schroeder.  Ed is survived by his mother, Mary Schroeder; his loving wife of 22 years, Katrina Schroeder; son, Jason Schroeder; daughter, Cielisse; stepson, Ronnie Tindall; stepdaughter, Shanelle Bullock; sister, Sandy Miller and husband, J.S.; uncle, Ben Schroeder; grandchildren, Hayden, Layne, Addison, Luke, Jude, Brandon, Alyssa and Nathan; and a host of other family and friends.

Ed enjoyed being outdoors hunting and fishing.  He looked forward every year to the rodeo at the Pasadena Fairgrounds where he assisted in setting up all their electrical needs.  He was a huge country music fan and always watched the CMA Awards shows.  Ed loved listening to and dancing to his favorite country music artists.  He battled health issues throughout his life and managed to fight back through many obstacles.  Ed was affectionately known as “Papa” to his grandchildren and he cherished spending time with his family.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

A visitation for Ed will be held on Sunday, July 6, 2014 from 2:00 until 5:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The funeral service will take place at the funeral home on Monday, July 7, 2014 at 10:00 am with Rev. Dr. Bob Joiner and Rev. Dr. Keith Whitaker officiating.  Interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston, Texas.

Sat
28
Jun '14

Farrar, Elizabeth Hatsfelt

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Elizabeth Hatsfelt Farrar, 69, of Pearland, Texas, earned her angel wings Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Nassau Bay, Texas.  She was born July 27, 1944, in Oakdale, Louisiana to Vernon and Eugenia Hatsfelt, now deceased.

Elizabeth graduated from Oakdale High School in Oakdale, Louisiana.  She married James Paul Farrar Sr. in 1967 and they travelled the world and lived in many other countries until his retirement from the United States Army in 1977.  In her spare time, she enjoyed crocheting, sewing, cooking, traveling, reading and spending time with her husband, children and 4 grandchildren.

She is survived by her loving husband, James Paul Farrar Sr. of Pearland, Texas; three children, Cassaundra Nichols and her husband Guy a Nichols of Santa Fe, Texas, James Paul Farrar Jr. of Pearland, Texas, and Ronald Vernon Farrar of Onalaska, Texas; four grandchildren, Kayleigh Elizabeth Cole, Kenneth Woodrow Nichols, Dixie Lee Nichols and Carolyn Jeanette Nichols; five sisters, Billie and Elroy Ray of Oakdale, Louisiana, Bobbie and Morteza Vaziri of Oakdale, Louisiana, Kathy and Ricky Jordan of Oakdale, Louisiana, Donna and Steve Parrott of Oakdale, Louisiana and Linda and Roderick Ryder of Oberlin, Louisiana.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Ronald Hatsfelt (wife Annette) of Oakdale, Louisiana, and sister, Verna Kay Disatell (husband Rick) of Oakdale, Louisiana.

Memorial Services will be held on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm at White Oaks Funeral Home, 110 S. 12th in Oakdale, Louisiana with the Reverend Jim Wyche officiating.

Fri
27
Jun '14

Martin, Jackson Daniel

Martin

Jackson Daniel Martin, passed away on Friday, June 27, 2014.  He is survived by his loving parents, Morgan Martin III and Emily Shupak; grandparents, Sheri Huettel and Mike Shupak, Bo and Donna Martin, Erin and Tony Ryan; great grandparents, Karen Stanfill, Morgan Martin Jr., Jack and Cynthia White, James and Angie Armstrong; and Joy Huettel; great great grandparents, Inez Martin and Benjamin Apple; aunts, Andrea Young, Autumn Key, Adelina Midcap, Tay Ryan, Bree Ryan, Aunt NaeNae, Alyssa Ryan, Bailey Martin and Linsey Cary-Holt; uncles, Michael Shupak, Mykal Ryan, Trey Myers, Rowdy Ryan, Casey Cary, Gary B. Holt and Eugene Mayer; and a host of other family and friends.

Jackson was a larger than life personality that brought joy to all around him.  He loved animal, being outside in the garden and enjoying nature.  Jackson smiled with his entire body and had a wonderful glow about him.  He will forever be remembered for his big blue eyes and being the light that lit up his family’s life.  Jackson will be greatly missed by all that knew, loved and cared for him.

A visitation and funeral service for Jackson will be held on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  The visitation will begin at 12:00 pm and the funeral service will follow at 1:00 pm with Chaplain Mary Lynn Sanders officiating.

Wed
25
Jun '14

Cruz, Santiago

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Santiago Cruz, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.  He is survived by his parents, Ivan and Ana Cruz; grandparents, Lydia Torres, Medardo Cruz, and Pedro Barrera; brother, Aaron Ulysses Cruz; sisters, Ann Karen and Monica Stephany Cruz; and a host of other family and friends.  His delicate spirit will forever be fondly remembered and cherished by those who loved and cared for him.

A graveside service for Santiago will be held on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 10:00 am at Houston Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Pearland, Texas with Father Jim Courville officiating.