Mack Elliott


Alton “Mack” Elliott Jr., of Port O’Connor, TX, passed away August 25, 2015 after a long battle with cancer at the age of 71. Mack was born on August 30, 1943 and raised in Houston, TX and retired to Port O’Connor in 2007.

Mack served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years. He was a proud member of the Eastwood Lodge AF & AM, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, and Arabia Shrine Temple. Mack worked at Johnson Controls as a project manager for over 25 years. When not working, Mack enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was an avid fisherman, airplane pilot, enjoyed camping and hanging out at the river or going to the Ponderosa to visit with friends and family. The first time you met Mack you were a friend for life and you may have even called him Mack Daddy or Captain Mack.

Mack is survived by his wife of 36 years, Peggy Elliott; his daughters Cindy McCann and husband Richard, Christi Parham and husband Charles; his son Michael Brandon and wife Peggy. He also leaves his sister Barbara Quinn and husband Kenneth; nieces Betsy Medieros and Pam Bordovsky; his sister-in-law Charlotte McCain and husband Guy; his brothers-in law Richard Crone and wife Nancy, Roger Crone and wife Judy, and Ronnie Crone and wife Sharon. He was loved by his seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Mack is preceded in death by his parents Alton Mack Elliott, Sr. and Jessie Louise Elliott, sister Betty Lomas, son Stephen Brandon and niece Kelly Quinn.

The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Thursday, August 27, 2015, and the service celebrating Mack’s life will be at 10:00am Friday, August 28, 2015, all held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery in Pearland. A reception will then be hosted for family and friends at Pearland Church of Christ, 2217 Grand Blvd., Pearland 77581.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mack’s name may be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Carl Rodgers

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Carl Ira Rodgers, 73, of Pearland, passed away August 25, 2015 at Clear Brook Crossing Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Houston.

Carl was born May 10, 1942 in Orangefield, TX to parents of Ira Branch Rodgers and Leona Higginbotham Rodgers of Louisiana. He has resided in Houston for the past 37 years. He began American Transmission in 1980 and continued to grow the company throughout the community that included six stores for 36 years. He had a love for classic cars that included entering car shows and parades. Carl had a great passion for coaching youth sports including baseball, softball, basketball, football, and much more. His gift of teaching the games as well as life lessons to young children and teenagers has left a great impact on countless children and their families. He was involved in the community coaching little league ball, YMCA and also coached at Faith Christian Academy and Harvest Christian Academy. One of his greatest enjoyments in life was spending time with family and he loved playing basketball with his children and grandchildren. .

Mr. Rodgers was preceded in death by his parents, son Carl Dean Rodgers, daughter Carla Jean Rodgers and brother Willie Ray Laviolette. Carl is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 38 years, Darlene Clawson Rodgers of Pearland, children: son Walt Rodgers of Houston, daughter Stephanie Waddell and husband Chad of Pearland, son Brian Rodgers and wife Lindsay of Riesel, and daughter Angel Burnett and husband Eric of Pearland; grandchildren: Ruthie Rodgers, Deanna Rodriguez, Jackie Rodgers, Kailey Waddell, Kelsey Waddell, Kinsey Waddell, Chad Waddell, Jr., Trey Burnett, Hayden Burnett, Halle Burnett and Ella Rodgers; great-grandchildren: Jose Castillo, Pedro Gonzalez and Lylah Baldwin; sister Verdie Rogers; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Friday, August 28, 2015, and the service celebrating Carl’s life will be at 10:00am Saturday, August 29, 2015, all held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery in Pearland.

In lieu of usual remembrances, memorial contributions in Carl’s name may be made to the Helping Hands Ministry of Sagemont Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Rudy Garza Olivares

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On the morning of August 25, 2015 Rudy G. Olivares passed in peace at the age of 75. Born August 17, 1940 in Taft, TX to Audelio C. and Susana (Garza) Olivares.
He was preceded in death by his Father Audelio C. Olivares, Mother Susana G. Olivares, Brother Ernest G. Olivares, Sister Helen O. Chapa, Brother in law Manuel L. Chapa and Niece Susana Chapa McCoy

He is survived by his Daughter Margo Olivares and wife Melysa, Son Jeremy Olivares, Son Robert Salinas Olivares and wife Desiree all of Pasadena, TX. Daughter Veronica O. Johnson and husband Rick of Cottonwood, Idaho, Brother Eddie and wife Emily Olivares of Corpus Christi, TX. Sister Alice O. Scott and husband Robert of Springfield, MO. Sister Cecilia O. Wood of Springfield, MO. 7 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, 14 nieces and nephews, 15 Great nieces and nephews.

Rudy served in the U.S. Air Force for 3 years. He was also involved in many organizations. Corpus Christi Youth Football Coach, President Of CC Southside Little League Association, President of Southside Girls Fast Pitch Softball. Coached Little League Basketball in Victoria, TX. Coached Girls Fast Pitch Softball, and Boys Little League baseball in San Antonio, TX. He retired as a Senior Specialist Technical Engineer in 2013.

A memorial service will be held at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, Texas on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 2:00pm.

Kimberly Holland

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Kimberly Holland left us on August 24, 2015 to be with God and is now in Heaven with her mom, Johnie.

Kim was born on October 4, 1970 to Terry and Johnie LaTour. She is survived by her husband, Larry and three wonderful children, Joshua, Sarah and Nathanael, a step-daughter, Darnella, whom she thought of as her own; and sister, Tammy Pierce.

Kim was a graduate of Channelview High school and San Jacinto College. Kim was full of life. She was a member of Abundant Life Christian Center where she loved to sing and volunteer. She was always willing to help whoever needed it.

She was a graduate of Abundant Life’s Bible School. Kim was a Food Nutritionist in several Clear Creek Schools and enjoyed working around children.

The service celebrating Kim’s life will be held at 10:00am Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Abundant Life Christian Center. Interment will privately be held at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

Dr. James J. Klubnik

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On Sunday, August 23, Dr. Jim Klubnik entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Jim was born in Los Angeles, California, and trusted Christ at age 17. He attended Bellflower High School and Long Beach City College. At UCLA he sang in an award-winning SAE quartet. He and his wife, Peggi, met at a Campus Crusade for Christ meeting, and were married in 1959 at Berachah Church in Houston.

Jim was a pastor for over thirty years, including nine years as Minister of Youth at the Church of the Open Door in Los Angeles, pastored by Dr. J. Vernon McGee. He also served as pastor of Grace Bible Church in Houston and Minnetex Community Church, then serving as an interim pastor for 13 years in five different churches.

Jim hosted the weekly live, call-in Questions and Answers program on KHCB 105.7 FM for over 40 years. He also broadcast a Sunday morning Bible study for several years. From 1979 to 2013, Jim served as an adjunct professor at the College of Biblical Studies. He also taught several small group Bible studies in the Houston area.

In 1984, Jim and Peggi began a ministry behind the Iron Curtain at the invitation of Campus Crusade for Christ and Eastern European Seminary. Being of Russian descent, his desire was to minister in the Soviet Union. In 1990, he began an underground Bible-teaching and evangelistic ministry in Moscow, later ministering in 22 Russian cities for eighteen years. Jim’s teaching ministry spread to over 20 countries. After returning to Houston, Jim continued to host the Questions and Answers program (often with Peggi or their son, Jon) and teach at the College of Biblical Studies. He also taught an adult Bible class at Sagemont Church.

A graduate of UCLA in political science, Jim also held the Master of Theology and the Doctor of Ministries from Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Klubnik’s website,, features a rich collections of articles, Bible studies, sermons, charts and diagrams, and topics from his KHCB radio program.

Jim loved spending time with his family, camping, horseback riding, boating, biking, singing, playing the piano, and giving flowers to his wife. His life-long passion was studying God’s Word, and sharing his personal faith.

Jim is survived by his wife of 56 years, Peggi; son Jon and his wife Tiffany, and their children, Allie, Kyle and Andrew; his son Tod and his wife Kimberly, and their children, Carson, Riley, Reed and Cade. He is preceded in death by his parents Jim and Ann Klubnik, his brother Don, and his grandsons, Michael and Jake Klubnik.

Visitation will be held Saturday, August 29, from 4:00pm until 6:00pm at Niday Funeral Home, 12440 Beamer Road, Houston, Texas 77089. A Celebration of the Life of Dr. Klubnik will be held Sunday, August 30, at 3:00pm at Fellowship Bible Church, 1720 E. Broadway Street, Pearland, Texas 77581. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Jim’s memory may be made to KHCB, 2424 South Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77098.

Thomas “Tom” Burton


Thomas “Tom or Tommy” James Burton, Jr. born August 17, 1949 in Amherst, Ohio peacefully gave himself to the Lord on Friday, August 21 with his wife and daughter holding his hands as his heart took its last beat. A heart that gave him 16 1/2 years of precious treasured life, many happy days and milestones he would have not celebrated.

Tom is survived by his wife of 37 years Marlu Burton, daughter Anna Burton, his mother Norma Burton, sister Marcia Burton Adams and brother Dwayne Burton and other loved ones. He is preceded in death by his father Thomas James Burton Sr. and sister Barbara Burton King.

Tom loved his family more than words can explain as he moved through all the stages of his life from a very strong person building the lake house to his dedication at his work. Then becoming ill and facing many unknowns as the doctors explained a heart transplant was his only hope. Facing this he continued as he always had being strong again pulling through, returning to work and being able to meet many of the goal that were so important to him. Until the last couple of years as other medical issues made it difficult for him, he still was positive and tried so hard. He was a gentle person who always had a very patient disposition and a kind word about everyone. Tom loved anything that had to do with the water: surfing in Galveston from an early age to surfing in California where he was based in the Air Force, driving the boat, skiing for hours, letting the kids tube until they were worn out and tired, and quiet times sitting on the deck watching the great sunsets.

A Memorial Service celebrating Tom’s life will be held at 11:00am Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at First United Methodist Church Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Pkwy., Pasadena 77504. He will be inurned at Houston National Cemetery.

“God only knows what I’d be without you.”
~The Beach Boys

Eloisa Quiceno

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Eloisa Quiceno, 81, beloved mother, grandmother and friend, went to be with her Lord and Savior on August 15, 2015. She was born in Cali, Colombia on September 13, 1933, one of seven children. Eloisa was a loyal housekeeper and nanny to many missionaries in Columbia. In 1952 she dedicated her life in service to her beloved adopted family, the Thompson’s. In 1980, Eloisa moved to Houston, TX with the Thompson family where she continued her dedication to the work of the Lord serving her church family, Life Tabernacle, and the Kilgore family.

Eloisa is survived by her loving daughter Melanie Hightower and husband Devin; three granddaughters, Kaylie, Kendra and Kara Fogleman and a host of other relatives, adopted family and friends, not to mention her beloved and loyal teacup Chihuahua, Buttercup.

Visitation will be Tuesday, August 18, 2015, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. The Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at 10:00am, at Life Church, 9901 Windmill Lakes, in Houston. Interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

Carla Denise Brown

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Carla Denise Brown died peacefully August 11, 2015, at the age of 53, with Ray Soto at her side. Fondly loved mother of Brooke Sample, mother-in-law of David Sample, grandmother of Maranda and April Sample, step-grandmother of Katie and Tommy Sample. She is also survived by brothers Charlie and Tommy Brown, sister-in-law Jackie Brown, nieces Katrina, Marissa, Kylee and nephew Tyler. She is preceded in death by her father, Tom Brown, her mother, Glenda Brown, and brother Jerry Brown.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm Saturday, August 22, 2015, at Niday Funeral Home.

Michael Barnett

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Michael Cole Barnett, 62, passed away August 10, 2015. He was born and raised in Houston, Texas to Jack and Gloria Barnett on November 19, 1952. He played high school and college football and enjoyed hunting and fishing with friends and family. He came to know Jesus as a freshman LSU football player in the fall of 1971. Mike married his high school sweetheart, Cindy, and they have enjoyed 41 years of life and ministry together.

Mike holds an MDiv and a PhD in Church History from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mike and Cindy served overseas for eight years facilitating and training workers in the least reached areas of the world. When they left the field in 2000 Mike began his teaching career; equipping and training students at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Columbia International University. He remained connected to the field, consulting with several mission-minded organizations. He touched thousands of lives in the classroom and marketplace. His life purpose was “To Know Him and to Make Him Known.” His legacy is in his children and grandchildren, his students, his friends and colleagues, and his tireless dedication to “equipping the saints for the service of the Lord.”

Mike enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He and Cindy had planned to spend their retirement years in Bryan, Texas close to family. He is survived by his wife, Cindy, his son Cole Barnett, fiancé Laurel Laviolette and grandchildren, Lily, Jack and Leo; and his daughter Michelle (Barnett) Morris, husband Ben and grandchildren Benton and Avett. He is also survived by his brother, Scott McCorkle, wife Georgina and daughter Kathryn; sister, Elaine (McCorkle) Wells, husband Joe and children Joe and Emily; and brother Curtis McCorkle.

The funeral will be held at 6:00pm Saturday, August 15, in the Chapel at Sagemont Church, 11300 S. Sam Houston Pkwy. E., Houston 77089, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at 5:00pm Sunday, August 16, at Bryan City Cemetery, 1111 S. Texas Ave., Bryan TX 77803.

Victor Audley Chapman Jr.

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Victor Audley Chapman, Jr., 83, entered into eternal life August 10, 2015. He was preceded in death by his mother Connie Roell and stepfather Joseph Roell.
He grew up in the Victoria, Texas area and graduated from St. Joseph’s High School and the University of Houston. He served in the U.S. Army and then worked for Stauffer Chemical as a chemist for many years.
He is survived by wife, Elaine Chapman, son, Burton, and daughter in law, Musica, and grandchildren Emily and Andrew.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00am Friday, August 14, 2015, at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church located at 11011 Hall Rd. Houston, Texas 77089