Clayton Miller Graves


Clayton Miller Graves, 84, passed away on June 28, 2015 in Pasadena, Texas. Clayton was born on June 09, 1931 in Highland Park, Michigan to Frank C. Graves and Emily Miller.

Clayton is preceded in death by his parents and wife Thelma Graves. He is survived by his son Michael Graves, 3 grandchildren, 2 best friends Ruben Medina and Dan Byer. Clayton served in the US Army as well as a volunteer for the meals for wheels and police officers. Clayton never met a stranger and will certainly be missed by those who loved him.

There will be a private inurnment for the family and friends at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, Texas at a later date.

Delmar “Del” Eckler

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Delmar Clarence Eckler, resident of Houston, Texas, was born September 6, 1928 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Clarence and Marian Eckler. Delmar peacefully went home to be with the Lord at the age of 86 on Sunday, June 28, 2015.

Delmar met and married the love of his life, Claudine Roberts, on June 26 and celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last week. Delmar joined the Army in 1951, served for 2 years and represented his country in the Korean War.

Delmar was known for his tremendous work ethic and for his dedication to his family. His first passion was his family and second passion spent at the waterside with fishing pole in hand.
In 2007, Delmar was diagnosed with stage 4 Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. Working with the medical staff at Houston Oncology, Delmar endured multiple aggressive chemotherapy treatments. His focus was on getting better so he could spend more time with his wife, children and his precious grandchildren. While beating the initial prognosis by over eight years, the excellent care provided by the doctors, nurses and staff couldn’t prevent the effects of the chemotherapy treatment from taking a toll on his body.

Delmar is preceded in death by his son, Stephen Eckler of Houston. He is survived by his loving wife, Claudine; his son, David Eckler and wife Patty; his daughter, Stephanie Walters; his grandchildren, Jason, Craig, and Eric Eckler, and Corey and Cassie Walters.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am Thursday, July 2, 2015, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel.

Janet Lee Valentine

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Janet Valentine 64, resident of Houston, Texas, was born April 20, 1951 in Ponca City, Oklahoma and celebrated her Heavenly homecoming on June 26, 2015.

Janet graduated from Ponca City High School in 1969. She earned her Business degree from Northern Oklahoma College. Janet worked for Arthur Young accountants at Conoco Oil Company in Ponca City, Oklahoma where she met her husband, Lee. They married in April 1977 and had a daughter, Courtney, in January 1981.

Janet was known for her tremendous work ethic and for her love of serving others. She was a joyful giver and extraordinary hostess. Janet’s joy was contagious, and her walk with Christ impacted countless people of various backgrounds all across the country. She loved the Lord fully and faithfully lived according to these statements as written in her journal:

-God is who He says He is
-God can do what He says He can do
-I am who God says I am
-I can do all things through Christ
-I am believing God

She was a Bible Study Fellowship leader in Texas 1983 – 1989, Bible Study Fellowship leader in Illinois 1989 -1991, Prayer Advisor and President of Christian Women’s Club in Wyoming 1991-1993, Assistant Bible Study Fellowship Director in Illinois 1993 – 1995, Bible Study Fellowship Director and Children’s Coordinator in Virginia 1995 – 1997. She helped start the Lifetouch Ladies Bible Study at Sagemont Church and the Women’s Small Group Bible Studies at Sagemont in 1998 – 2001. She served with Priority Ministries in 2003 – 2010 and Global Missions Outreach as an online missionary starting in 2012.

In 2008, Janet was diagnosed with myelofibrosis, a rare form of leukemia. Working with the medical staff at M.D.Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Janet endured multiple clinical trials, blood transfusions, and hospitalizations. Her focus was on getting better so she could spend more time with her precious grandchildren, ministering to others, and travel with her husband. While beating the initial prognosis by over two years, Janet’s contributions and impact on those that came in contact with her at the hospital will not be forgotten.

Janet is survived by her loving husband, Lee of Clear Lake, TX; her parents Robert and Peggy Whitlock of Fletcher, OK; her daughter and son-in-law, Courtney and Lance Hays of Nacogdoches, TX; her brother, Robert Whitlock, Jr. of Fletcher, OK; her grandchildren Jackson (9), Avery (7), and Graci Hays (4) of Nacogdoches, TX.

Visitation will be held from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Monday, June 29th, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. The funeral service celebrating Janet’s life will be at 12:00pm Tuesday, June 30th, at Sagemont Church located at 11300 South Sam Houston Pkwy E, Houston, TX 77089. Janet will be laid to rest in Bethel Cemetery, Nacogdoches, TX.

David James Bishop

David James Bishop, 75 of Pearland, Texas (formerly of Ann Arbor, MI), passed away after an extended illness on Thursday, June 25, 2015. He was born December 6, 1939 in Monroe, MI. He is preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Pearl (Smoot), his brothers Everett Jr. and Robert, his sisters Rebecca Mueller and Alverta Colpaert. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Karen Kaye (Anderson), his daughters, Julie Kaye (Bishop) Leone and Laura Ann Bishop, his son-in-law Philip Leone, his grandchildren Maya and Jake Leone, sister Mary Schuster and his sister-in-laws Sally Knitter and Patty Bishop.

He proudly served in the Navy as a court stenographer and legal yeoman on the U.S.S. Piedmont. David received his B.A. in Journalism from Michigan State University (MSU) in 1964. He retired as the Associate Editor of the Ann Arbor News after 35 years and was also Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Michigan and Middle Tennessee State University. He was a Deacon and Stephen Minister at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church in Houston, TX and a former Elder at First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor, MI. Dave was an avid golfer (former member of Ann Arbor Golf and Outing and Georgetown Country Club), a huge Detroit and college sports fan, a veracious reader, a diehard Spartan fan despite living in a Wolverine town, loved mentoring his students and junior reporters and adored his grandchildren and his dog, Ivy.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm Tuesday, June 30th, at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church, 1511 El Dorado Blvd, Houston 77062, with a reception to follow in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to one of the following:
MSU School of Journalism, Scholarship in the name of David J. Bishop, 404 Wilson Rd., Room 305, East Lansing, MI 48824

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Willie Ben Taylor Jr.

Willie Ben Taylor peacefully went home to be with the Lord, at the age of 65, on Wednesday June 24, 2015. Ben, as he was affectionately called, was born November 28, 1949 in Hobbs, New Mexico to Willie Ben Taylor Sr. and Cornelia Granger. He attended high school at Hobbs High School, home of the Mighty Eagles, where he participated in track and played basketball. After graduating high school, Ben moved to Houston to begin his collegiate studies at Texas Southern University (TSU). While at TSU Ben pledged and became an active member of Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity. He had a long and successful career at the Gray Tool Company, and at TIW – Pierce Industries, where he retired in 2010. He was a generous, loving husband, a devoted father and a loyal friend to many. Ben valued life and loved the Lord. He was a long-time member of Fourth Missionary Baptist Church.

He leaves, to cherish his memories, his loving wife of 44 years, Jo Anna Taylor, and his only child, a daughter, Neva Janelle Taylor of San Antonio, Texas.

Ben is survived by his mother, Mrs. Cornelia Granger of Hobbs, New Mexico.
He is also survived by his sisters: Annie Ruth Whitmill of Dallas, Texas, Wanda Young (husband – Alfred) of Hobbs, New Mexico; and his brothers: Timmie Whitmill of Tyler, Texas, Johnnie Lee Whitmill (wife – Julie) of Corpus Christie, Texas, Michael Kenneth Whitmill (wife – Lora) of DeSoto, Texas, and David Carol Granger of Hobbs, New Mexico.

Preceding him in death was his father, Willie Ben Taylor Sr., his brother, Willie Beau Granger of Hobbs, New Mexico, and his sister, Minnie Sue Granger of Houston, Texas.

He leaves a host of nieces, nephews and friends whom he loved dearly.
2 Corinthians 5:8
“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord “

Victor “Vic” Rogers

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Victor Berkeley “Vic” Rogers passed away June 22, 2015. Vic was born January 20, 1938 to Victor Lee and Lillian Beatrice Mock of Buna, Texas where he enjoyed a country boyhood with his two brothers. After graduating from Buna High School, he relocated to Houston in 1956 and went to work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In his travels back home, he met and later married the love of his life, Gail E. Burns on August 19, 1960 in Groves, Texas. After returning to Houston, they raised two children, attended church regularly and were married 54 years before her passing on October 30, 2014.

Vic was actively involved in sporting activities. He played in men’s fast pitch softball and Houston City basketball leagues. He later refereed youth and men’s basketball games and tournaments along with coaching little league baseball. He enjoyed deer hunting and all types of fishing. His favorite pastime however was raising cattle and horses on his farm in Louisiana.

He enjoyed a long career of 46 years with the Federal Government before his retirement. He loved traveling with his wife, family and friends to many places throughout the world. Additionally, playing dominos with family and friends gave him great pleasure. Vic will be remembered as a giving person with a cordial and good-humored disposition.

He is preceded in death by his wife Gail. He is survived by his son Steve Rogers and wife Yvette of Pearland; daughter Susan Ehlinger and husband Kevin of Houston. He is also survived by his brothers, Delman Rogers and wife Hellen of Mansfield, Louisiana; Phillip Rogers and wife Vivian of Schulenburg, Texas; granddaughters Nicole Rogers and Renee Rogers of Pearland; grandsons Ryan Ehlinger and Sean Ehlinger of Houston.
The service honoring Vic’s life will be held at 3:00pm Thursday, June 25, 2015, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Entombment will follow at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.

Harold Victor “Vic” Denton


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Harold Victor (Vic) Denton, 84, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Fathers’ Day, Sunday, June, 21 in Friendswood, Texas. Vic was born July 16, 1930, in Westport on Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada to Harold Eugene and Anna Peters Denton.

Vic graduated from Nova Scotia Teacher College in 1951 and taught high school woodworking for four years before coming to Houston in 1955. He graduated from the University of Houston in 1958 and became a United States citizen in 1961. After college, Vic worked as a Funeral Director for 28 years. He changed careers in the late 1970s and worked in marketing for 15 years. Vic was the Past Master of Eastgate Lodge #1153; four times Past Patron of the Magnolia Chapter of OES #706; Past President of the East End Lions Club; and a long term member of Park Memorial; Gulf Meadows and Shadycrest Baptist Churches.

Vic was proud of his heritage and loved share stories of growing up in Brier Island and being the son of a fisherman. Woodwork was his passion. He could build anything and loved to make things for others. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the delight of his later years. Even after Alzheimer’s set in he would come to life with the kids were around.

Vic is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Elaine Ross and his stepmother Florence Denton. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Frances; his two children, Vickie and Roger Harris of Bay City, Texas and David and Susan Denton of Pearland, Texas; grandchildren Beth Denton, Kellie Harris, Kristen Harris and Matt Denton; great-grandchildren Melody and Harmony; sisters Marion Bustin (Reigh) of Broad Cove, Nova Scotia and Jeanette Denton of Westport, Nova Scotia; sisters-in-law Bonnie Dismukes, Freddie Hubert and Jerry Muhlbach and many nieces and nephews.

The service celebrating Vic’s life will be at 11:00am Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel, with visitation one hour prior to the service, and will be officiated by Weldon Harris. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery in Pearland. Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Wes Hubert, Dale Hubert, Danny Wilbanks, Jim Wright, Ronnie Wittenburg and Alan Fuller.

Gary Gibson

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Gary Gibson, 33, of Pearland, passed away June 20, 2015. Gary is survived by his mother and father, Sherry and Danny Gibson of Pearland, Texas, his brother Mike Teale of Hockley, Texas and his grandparents Betty and Charles Sailer of La Marque, Texas. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews of which most reside in the surrounding areas of Houston.

Gary was born on September 14, 1981 in Houston, Texas and lived in Pearland, Texas. He attended Pearland schools throughout his school years and remained close friends with a great many of his school mates. He graduated from Pearland High School in the year 2000 and remained in the Pearland/Manvel area. Gary worked with his dad at New West Trailers since before he graduated until he began his own company in 2011. His company, Eagle Fabrication and Repair Service, had developed into a thriving business and he had gained the utmost respect for his capabilities, quality of service and dedication to his work.

The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Wednesday, June 24th, and the service celebrating Gary’s life will be held at 11:00am Thursday, June 25th, all held at Niday Funeral Home, 12440 Beamer Road, Houston, Texas 77089, and will be officiated by his uncle, Greg Sailer.

Stephen T. Buckman

Stephen Thomas Buckman passed away in Houston Methodist Hospital on June 20, 2015 in Houston, TX at the age of 64.

Steve was born on January 8, 1951 in Kansas City, MO to Albert Buckman, Sr. and Cecilia Kendrick Buckman. He graduated from Bishop Lillis High School in 1969, and San Jacinto College Business Administration.

He married Kelly Smith in 1999. Steve was a Manager for the City of Houston in the Wastewater Treatment Division. He retired with 27 years of service. Steve was Director and Board Secretary for Clear Brook City Municipal District in Houston. He was an accomplished gardener and often cultivated beautiful floral and landscape arrangements. He was a generous individual who loved antiques and who was passionate about serving his community. He was an active and dedicated member of St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus chapter 9201, where Steve was a fourth degree Knight and served as the Grand Knight for two years.

Steve is survived by his wife, Kelly Smith Buckman, and siblings, Charlotte Buckman Cook (Kansas City, MO) and Paul Buckman (Monroe City, MO). He is preceded in death by parents, Albert Buckman Sr. and Cecilia Kendrick Buckman, and siblings, Albert (Doug) Buckman Jr. and Mary Lynn Buckman.

A rosary will be prayed at 8:00pm Thursday, July 2, 2015, at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, and the Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 4:00pm Friday, July 3, 2015, also at the church. Burial will be in Shelbina, Missouri.

Garrett Fazekas


Garrett “GMAN” Fazekas, earned his Angels wings peacefully at home in the early morning hours of Friday, June 19, 2015.

Garrett was born on December 3, 1997 to Ms. Billie Plante. Garrett was known for his infectious smile that could bring sunshine into any cloudy day. He never allowed any of his physical limitations to stop him from giving his love to everyone. Whether it was blowing kisses to his family or in his inspirational videos that were enjoyed in all the corners of the world.

Garrett was preceded in death by his brother, Johnatthan Plante. He is survived by his loving mother, Billie Plante; brother, Stephen Theriault; sister, Andrea Theriault; brother Nicholas (Ammanda) Beaton; grandparents, Denis and Angela Charpentier, and Robert Plante; aunt Cindy (Glenn) Medford; aunt Paula (Ricky) Fuller; aunt Nadine (Ruben) Bond; and scores and scores of loved ones.

There will be a memorial service Drop In and Balloon Release ceremony on Sunday, June 28, 2015, from 5:00pm until 9:00pm at the Dickinson VFW #6378, located at 5204 Highway 3, Dickinson, Texas 77539. The family invites all to attend and bring any color balloon of their choice to release.