Maria Alvarez


Maria Alvarez went to be with the Lord on March 20th, 2017 with her wife and family by her side. Maria was born July 14, 1964 in Brownsville Texas to Felipa and Juan Manuel Alvarez. She was a devoted wife and mother, a loving daughter, sister, cousin and friend. Maria enjoyed fishing, gambling, sports, grilling and spending time with her family. She especially enjoyed supporting her Houston sports teams! The Houston Rockets, Astros and the Texans.

Maria was survived by her wife and life partner of 14 years, Michelle Alvarez, her daughter Gemini, her father Juan Manuel Alvarez, her sisters Alice Guajardo (husband Ben), Felipa (Ginger) Becerra, brother Al Alvarez (wife Diane) nieces and nephews, Corina, Valerie, Briana, Alexandra, Junior, Julian and many cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother Felipa Alvarez.

A Rosary will be prayed at 6:00pm. Thursday, March 23rd, at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, visitation will follow until 8:00pm. The funeral service will be held at 10am, Friday, March 24th, 2017 also at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home; Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery at 21260 Gulf Frwy, Webster, TX 77598.

Ellen Slack


Ellen Kolbe Slack left this life peacefully on March 18, 2017 to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, a loving sister and loyal friend to many.

Ellen was born on July 31, 1923 in Cypress, Texas to Louis H. Kolbe and Emila Bremmer Kolbe.  After graduating from Cypress-Fairbanks High School in 1941.  She came to Houston and worked for Able Supply during World War II.  After the war, she married John Slack and was married to him until his death in 1992.  They had one son Kenneth M. Slack, who is an attorney in Houston. She has two grandchildren, Karen Meppen of Scottsdale, Az and John Michael Slack of South Houston, Texas and one great granddaughter Liat Meppen of Scottsdale, Az.

During her life she was an  active member of the First United Methodist Church of Pasadena and   many other civic organizations in Pasadena and South Houston including PTA, Scouts, and various garden clubs.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena from 6pm to 8 pm. The funeral service will be held at 10:00am.,  Thursday, March 23, at First United Methodist Church of Pasadena at 1062 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, TX 77504. The Reverend Emily Everett officiating; burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 8701 Almeda Genoa Road, Houston, Texas 77075.

Carl Hill DeWolfe


On Thursday, March 16, 2017, after a long illness, Carl Hill DeWolfe of Pearland went home to be with Jesus.

Known as “Hill” to his friends, “Dee” to his classmates and “Butch” to his family, Hill was born on October 28, 1943 in Fort Worth, Texas to Lenner Faye Brown DeWolfe and Clinton Hill DeWolfe. He grew up in Bay City, Texas where he attended Bay City High School. Hill was a talented athlete and participated in track, swimming, basketball and of course, football. Upon graduation he attended Southwestern University in Georgetown where he pledged with Pi Kappa Alpha. Hill served in the Air Force from 1967 until 1972 in the 6947th Security Squadron as a Voice Interception Specialist, interpreter and translator.  He graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Psychology and worked in occupational safety for many years. He was fluent in Spanish and often worked in Mexico and South America. Hill was a devout Christian and a devoted member of the Anglican Church. He enjoyed many hobbies such as jewelry making, woodcarving and leather work. He was a member of Mensa, a survivalist, a music lover, and an avid beer connoisseur.

He is survived by his older brother Clinton M. DeWolfe, his wife of 37 years, Susan DeWolfe, his daughter Pamela Crouch (husband, Jason), his son Steven Scheifley (wife, Elizabeth), his son Brian Scheifley, his daughter Katheryn Moore (husband, Clint), his daughter Elizabeth Abrahamsen (husband, Eric) and seven grandchildren, Brandon, Aleah, Abby, and Jenny Crouch, and Bella, Vivienne and Trevor Abrahamsen.

A viewing will be held Wednesday, March 22, 2017, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Niday Funeral Home, 12440 Beamer Road, Houston  77089. The Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am Thursday, March 23, 2017, at St. Thomas of Canterbury, located at 14007 South Freeway (288), Houston 77047, with a reception prior to the service starting at  9:00am. Burial will follow at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston 77038.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Thomas of Canterbury, The University of Houston, the American Heart Association, or to a charity of your choice.

Mary Frances Bailey


Mary Frances Bailey, 75, peacefully passed away Thursday, March 15th, 2017 at Bayshore Medical Center with her family by her side.  Mary was born March 7, 1942 in New Boston, TX. to May and Manuel Burnett.

She was a devoted wife and mother and spent most of her earlier years at home taking care of her family.  Later, Mary worked in the office and doing Interior Design at Montgomery Ward and Lowes.  She enjoyed spending countless hours in the flower beds and greenhouse.  She went on many trips with family and took pleasure in experiencing new places.  In her retirement years she took on many crafting projects and enjoyed crocheting, knitting, and quilting.

Mary is survived by her husband of 55 years Paul Sr; her children, Julie, Paul Jr. (Sonja), and Christopher; 4 grandchildren, Bailey, Kayler (Josh), Michael (Sara), and Jazmine; 2 great grandchildren and 2 more on the way.  Mary also had many Nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her older brother Joe, and younger sister Neta.

A memorial service will be held at Niday Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, Saturday, March 18, at 3:00pm.

C.M. “Chuck” Leonard


Charles Milton Leonard, Jr., better known as C.M. or Chuck, passed away peacefully at his home on March 15, 2017.  He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.

C.M. was born April 14, 1932 in Houston, Texas.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1949-1953.  Once he was out of the Navy, he began his life long career with the Houston Police Department.  He retired in 1982 as a detective in the Robbery Division.

C.M. is preceded in death by his father Charles Milton Leonard, Sr., his mother Lena Wuenche, and brother Douglas W. Leonard. He leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 66 years, Sonia Leonard; daughter Sonia Leonard Thorpe and husband Richard; daughter Charlie Leonard Williamson; daughter Teena Leonard; granddaughter Marcy Rambeau Lyon and husband Richard; granddaughter Leah Williamson Bartosch and husband Nate; great-grandsons Parker and Preston Lyon; and all of his ohana in Hawaii.

C.M. enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending lazy days at his bay house.  His most favorite past time was spending time with his family.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to C.M.’s friends who lifted his spirits in his last days at home and to the Hospice Care Team’s staff for their kind assistance.  And, a special thanks to Jerry Arthur and Kerri Arthur Biddle for the countless hours of help, guidance and late nights.

In honor of C.M.’s life, the family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2017, with the memorial service starting at 3:00pm at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel.

Charles “Charley” David Cottrell


Charles “Charley” David Cottrell of Deer Park, age 65, devoted husband, loving father, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend, passed away to be with his Lord Jesus on March 14, 2017.

Charley is survived by his wife, Linda Scarbrough Cottrell; daughter Amber Cottrell Dollar and husband Cody, of Dallas; son Bradley Cottrell of Webster; sister Malinda Clement and husband Hiram, of Deer Park; nephew Leonard Clement; niece Clarissa Clement Butler, husband Jack, and their baby Patrick; half brother Edward Earl Malone and wife Jenny, their children, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Elsie Augustine Cottrell; and father Charley Milton Cottrell of Deer Park.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, to Charley and Elsie Cottrell, Charley grew up in schools around the world including New Jersey, Tennessee, Florida, California, and the Azores,  while his father served in the United States Air Force. Charley attended college at Union University in Jackson, TN, and earned his Bachelor of Science in Math and History, where he met the love of his life, Linda.  He later attended the University of Memphis, where he earned  his degree in Electrical Engineering.

Charley and Linda were married on December 22, 1971, and built a loving life together for 45 years. Their relationship modeled love and dedication to family and to each other, which their children will always cherish.   They loved to travel together and planned to take more trips around the world after Charley retired.  They especially loved trips to the Caribbean or other beach destinations and recently celebrated their 45th anniversary in India with very dear friends.

Starting his career as a high school math teacher, Charley taught in Blytheville, AR, and Memphis, TN.   After earning his engineering degree in 1981, he began his career in Electrical Engineering in the petrochemical industry.  He worked at Hercules in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and then in 1988, Charley and his family moved to Deer Park. For over 25 years  Charley has worked as an electrical engineer at petrochemical companies in the area.  Most recently he has been working for several years at  Covestro, formerly Bayer, in Baytown.

Outside of work, Charley enjoyed several hobbies including amateur (ham) radio, coin collecting, and travelling. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.  He was always quick to volunteer time and money to support Amber and Bradley’s activities by coaching, acting as security, or otherwise offering a helping hand.

Along with Linda, he devoted 28 years as a faithful member of Memorial Baptist Church. He spent many Sundays helping in the church nursery and enjoyed the time caring for and playing with the children.  His faith in Jesus was important to him, and he worked to model that in his daily life.

In celebration of Charley’s life, the family will receive friends from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm Friday, March 17, 2017. The funeral service will be at 10:00 am Saturday, March 18, 2017, officiated by Pastor Jason Havner, all held at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena.  Interment will follow at Grand View Memorial Park.

Anil Chakalayil Varkey


Anil Chakalayil Varkeywas born in Kerala, India. He is the eldest son of James Chakalayil & Saramma Mammen,  both of which proceeds him in death. Surviving brothers are Ajit & Alex Varkey.

Anil attended Teague Elementary upon moving to Pasadena, Texas from India. He also attended Vincent Miller intermediate & Faith Christian Academy, all in Pasadena, Texas.

After graduating Faith Academy, he attended Oral Roberts University on a basketball scholarship.

 Realizing his talent for sales, he opened his own successful telemarketing business, named A.V & Associates, after which he became a customer retention rep for the Houston Chronicle, winning many awards, one of which he won during a stint with blindness! There he stayed for 20 years.

Although he loved the game of sales, his first love was always the game of basketball.  He played in the Indian league with the team “The force”, later known as “The Bandits”. Anil led that team to a championship game with his mean three – point shots, in 91-92.

On September 12, 1994, Anil Chakalayil Varkey married Regina Anne Prescott and became step – father to Erika, Chayla & Eric Williams. On December 06, 2000, Anil & Regina welcomed a baby girl named Angelina  Gina Varkey.

An exceptional husband and father Anil doted on his wife and children. Anil (Affectionately known as Neil), always kept a strong Christian faith & never started his day without giving honor to God & never ended his day without giving thanks to God.

Anil’s quiet presence was strong. He had an infection sense of humor & was so easy to talk to. He had a number of health problems, including diabetes & was undergoing dialysis three times a week. While in the hospital for an infection, he sustained a fall which rendered him unconscious. He remained in a coma for 19 days.

Anil C. Varkey passed away peacefully with his wife & three of his closest childhood friends present, praying & comforting him.

He is survived by wife Regina, 4 children Erika, Chayla, Eric, & Angelina, One grand-daughter Mariah, 2 brothers – Ajit & Alex,  5 sister in laws, 6 brother in laws (1 deceased) Mother & Father in Law Barbara & John Pickard, A host of nieces & nephews, & many friends, some as close as brothers or sisters! He will be remembered as a gentle soul with a heart of gold.

To his family – A loving & faithful husband, caring father & grandfather, A devoted Christian & overall compassionate & generous person. He will be truly missed!!

The service celebrating Anils’ life will be held at 6:00pm., Wednesday March 15, at Niday–Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Tommy Valentine

Clarence Valentine, Sr.

Tommy Valentine, Sr., 73, of Pasadena, Texas, went to heaven to be with his Lord on March 6, 2017.

Tommy was born November 2, 1943 in Houston, Texas, a son of the late Joseph Monroe Valentine and Mary Lou Valentine.  Tommy was adopted by Slim and Bessie Valentine at the age of 1 month.

Tommy is survived by his wife and love of his life, of 54 years, Jackie Valentine of Monroe, LA, son, Tom Valentine, Jr., 2 daughters, Monica Howard and Susan Barton.  Tommy had 9 grandchildren, Kristin Jones, Brookelyn Avila, Jason Jones, Avery Barton, Sarah Grace Valentine, Jacqueline Howard, Isabella Barton, Hope Valentine, and Scarlet Barton.  His family was his life.

Tommy had 18 brothers and sisters, Doc, Ruby, Ivy, Truman, Dub, Leonard, Lela, Carroll, Danny, Frankie Carl, Katherene, Kathleen (twins), Jimmy Mac, Patricia, Brenda Sue, Buster and Leroyce.  He loved the entire Valentine family.

At 18 years of age, Tommy began his career as a diesel mechanic for Stewart and Stevenson.  At the age of 73, his 7 month battle with lung cancer ended his career with Toyota Lift of Houston, where he had many, many dear friends.

Tommy was an all-star baseball player receiving many trophies and awards.  Tommy was an avid watcher of the television series Gunsmoke.  He cherished his visits with Fats Domino and his vast oldies music collection.  Tommy loved animals and brought home many that had gone astray.  Tommy celebrated the Oilers during the Love Ya Blue era.  He loved the Oilers, Bum Phillips, Earl Campbell and hated the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tommy loved his coffee, the Houston Chronicle and an occasional beer.  He served as President of the Richey Elementary School PTA while his children attended. He was an avid fisherman, loved hosting a fish fry and hanging out in his RV.  Tommy had an excellent sense of humor and was full of adventure, which may have resulted in a jeep being buried at the levy in Pasadena, Texas, and flipping a Volkswagen to prove it wouldn’t turn over….he lost that bet.

Tommy was loved and admired by many.  His memory will forever be etched in our hearts.  A personal request from Tommy was that his friends and loved ones stop smoking and forgive him if he ever offended you.

The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Wednesday, March 8, 2017, and the funeral service will be at 11:00am Thursday, March 9, 2017, officiated by Pastor Ron Nissen, all held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Dee Spencer, Wayne Campbell, Mark Morrow, Eddie Councell, J.R. Valadez, and Scott Stembridge.

Barbara C. Lamberson


Barbara Corlean Lamberson, 81; left this world on March 5, 2017 in Texas City, Texas.

Born on July 3, 1935 in Lindenhurst, New York. The daughter of Ella and Elwood Lamberson. Barbara is survived by her brother Roy Lamberson, from Pennsylvania, her children Lawrence Robert Honohan, his wife Patricia,  Debra Dawn Martinez, Susan Ellen Sylvester, her husband John and Robert Bruce Honohan, his wife Laura, her grandchildren, Mark Anthony Martinez, his wife Maria, Christy Lynn Avalos, her husband Sergio, Matthew Anthony Martinez, his wife Paula, Stephanie Lauren Honohan, Patricia Ann Honohan, Dominick Andrew Parisi, his wife Lauren, Jonathan Blake Martinez, his wife Jennifer,  Christopher Robert Honohan, her great-grandchildren Blake Thomas Martinez, Dawn Marie Musicaro, Joanna Alexandria Martinez, Debra Julia Ayala, Natalie Brianna Martinez, Anthony Moises Martinez, Gian Alexander Andrade, Madilyn Gianna Martinez, Isabella Gemma Martinez,Anthony Josephe Forlano-Parisi,  and soon to be Arabella Marie Martinez, and great-great grandchild Juliana Ella Musicaro.

Barbara is preceded in death by her loving Uncle Milton Dumper and her sister Ruthella Pate, son-in-law, Mark Anthony Martinez.

Barbara was an amazing quilter and enjoyed making crafts that her family has enjoyed over many years and will now treasure. Barbara loved butterflies and the color teal, she enjoyed spending time in her garden and caring for her potted plants and always ended her day watching Charlie Rose.

Your family loved you for your unique personality but heart full of love. Despite at times your rough exterior, you had a heart of gold. You would always tell it like it is and we loved that about you and we’ll miss it. Rest in peace our beautiful butterfly.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 9, 2017, from 5:00pm until 6:00pm, with the service to follow at 6:00pm, at Niday Funeral Home, 12440 Beamer Road, Houston 77089. Interment will take place at 2:00pm Saturday, March 18, at Washington Memorial Park, 855 Canal Rd, Mt. Sinai, NY 11766.

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” - Maya Angelo

Sam “Buddy” Pitts


Sam (Buddy) Pitts moved to his heavenly home on March 4, 2017 following a lengthy illness.  Sam was born to Alfred and Bessie Pitts on July 27, 1928 in McAlester, Oklahoma where he lived until moving to Houston in his late teens.

At the age of 17 Sam joined the U.S. Navy as World War II was winding down. Following discharge and a year at Feather & Feather Art School he enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps.  Sam finished boot camp just in time to join in the first battles in Korea, making the Inchon Landing and fighting in the infamous Chosin Reservoir where he was injured and ultimately discharged after receiving numerous medals, among which were two purple hearts.  He then determined to pursue a college degree at the University of Houston where he studied radio television production and education, majoring in history and speech.  He was a charter member of the radio-TV honorary fraternity AEP and graduated with a BFA in 1958.

Sam met the love of his life Joy King in 1953 and on May 30, 1954 they were united in marriage at the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church in Trinity, Texas.  On Father’s Day of that year Sam accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and has lived a life committed to serving and honoring Him, teaching junior boys, leading Royal Ambassadors, serving as a deacon and most recently directing the Lightbearers’ department at Sagemont Church.

In 1961 Sam decided to launch out into manufacturing and established Industrial Lumber & Box Company which continues in operation by his son following his reluctant “retirement.”  He believed and practiced the principle of Matthew 25:35-45 “…inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of one of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.” practicing compassion and belief in individuals even receiving recognition from the State of Texas for hiring the handicapped.  He ministered and spoke to recovering addicts through the Pulpit in the Shadows/The Shoulder and served on the Mission Centers of Houston Board while serving faithfully in his church.

“Interesting” and “curious” could be applied to Sam’s many hobbies and activities — he enjoyed RVing, creating “knot heads” from discarded lumber, scouting flea markets for treasures, collecting paintings and multiple other  works of art as well as a multitude of friends

Sam is preceded in death by his parents, step-mother Ester Pitts, and sisters Ruby Logan and Virginia Adams.

Surviving Sam are Joy, his wife of 62 years, 2 children: daughter Brenda Wendorf and husband Jay, son Sam and wife Valerie and   5 grandchildren: Madison Pitts, Sam Elza Pitts, Emmitt Pitts, Jacob Wendorf and Nicole Wendorf.  Also surviving are his sister Betty Patrick and husband O.D, brother-in-law Homer Adams, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

The service honoring Sam’s life will be at 3:00pm Friday, March 10, 2017, at Niday Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior to the service.