Letha Wise

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Letha Jeane Glass Wise was born in Texas City, TX to Arless and Geri Glass on November 28, 1960.  She went home to be with the Lord on April 28, 2016.

Letha moved to Pasadena, TX in 1962 with her parents and sister.  She is survived by two children, Arlessa and Taylor Wise, granddaughter, Adalyn, Dad, Arless Glass and wife, Joan, sister, Cathy Glass, brother, Rich Glass, and wife, Pam. Extended siblings include Becky Davis, and husband, Geron, Mark Carouthers, and wife, Lori, Karen Jenkins, and husband, Bryan. Letha had 16 nieces and nephews, and her beloved Yorkies, Harley and Paris.

Letha’s life revolved around her children, granddaughter, and family.  She loved God and enjoyed praise and worship at church.  Letha was the life of the party.  She was small in stature but had a big heart.  She enjoyed photography, reading, antiquing, interior decorating, gardening, and cruising with her sister.

The family will receive friends from 5:00pm until 7:00pm Sunday, May 1.  Her celebration of life will be Monday, May 2, at 2:00pm.  Both events will take place at The Church Triumphant, 1030 Strawberry Road, Pasadena 77506.  Interment will follow at Grand View Memorial Park.

Virginia Tatum

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Virginia Ruth O’Neal Tatum was born in New Brockton, Alabama on October 17, 1926 and passed away at her home in Friendswood, Texas on April 28, 2016 at the age 89.

She grew up in south Alabama and met the love of her life, Sam Tatum, at the Five and Dime Store in Prattville, Alabama in 1946.  They were married two weeks later and had a long, loving marriage until his death in 2000.  She is survived by five children:  Diane (Patrick) Piper, Mike (Ronda) Tatum, Tom Tatum, Kay (George) Havard, and Mary Clewis.  She is also survived by seven grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, one great great-grandchild and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers and sister.

Sam and Virginia moved to Texas in 1949 so Sam could begin his career in the tug boat business.  Since Sam worked away from home much of the time, she devoted her life to making a home and raising her children.  She was a loving mother who nurtured her children, attended their sporting events, band performances and other activities.  She always said she had a full time job as a homemaker.  She was also a strong disciplinarian.  She kept a switch by her chair in the family room and was usually chasing Mike around the house.  She would explain that the children had to obey her.  Each spanking was followed by a hug and an I love you.  A mother’s love is like no other.

The family would like to express their gratitude to her caregiver, Connie Garcia, for her loving, compassionate care of Virginia for the last four years.

Donations may be made to the National Arthritis Foundation or the American Heart Association in her memory if desired.

The family will receive friends from 3:00pm until 5:00pm Sunday, May 1, 2016, and the service celebrating Virginia’s life will be at 11:00am Monday, May 2, 2016, both held at Niday Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery.

Nellie McCarty

Nellie Izitta Mc Carty age 89 passed away on April 27, 2016.  She was born on May 23, 1926 to Emmett and Nama Sheroan in Louisville Kentucky. She survived the Great Flood in Kentucky in 1937 as well as the Great Depression. In her youth she was on a roller derby team as well as being offered a modeling job. She married the love of her life Joe and they were together for 43 years until his death in 1985.  She was a devoted stay at home mom until starting a career at Foley’s until at age 59 when she retired. Her love for our country was evident in the daily life and during World War II when she was a riveter on the planes used for the war and she gave blood regularly for the troops. Flowers and gardening was something that gave her joy and there was nothing that she couldn’t grow. She enjoyed music and dancing. Having her grandkids around brought her happiness and she danced in the living room with them whenever they were there.  She was preceded in death by her husband Joe, daughter Jo Anne, granddaughter Meghan, and great grandson John.

She is survived by daughters Nama and Pat, son-in laws Don and Larry, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Her strength throughout her life and everything that she has endured was a testimony to all that knew her.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 am Thursday, May 5, 2016, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Burial will follow at Houston National Cemetery.

Harry Spain

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Harry W. Spain Jr. passed away peacefully at his home in Pearland, Texas on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the age of 89. He was born in Haywood County, North Carolina on March 28, 1927 to Harry W. Spain Sr. and Mae Stamey Spain.

He served in the United States Navy during World War II in the Pacific Fleet. He had a love, like his father, of playing the guitar and entertaining family and friends which began in the Navy when he would entertain his crew members.  Upon discharge from the Navy he entered Blanton Business College in Asheville, North Carolina.  Shortly thereafter he moved his family to Pasadena, Texas to start a career at Champion Paper Mill where he worked for 37 years.   Harry touched many lives with his kindness and charm. He was very active in youth baseball and was instrumental in formation of American Legion baseball in Pasadena, Texas.

Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his loving wife, Janet Lessie Spain, sisters Dorothy Spain Hoyle, Helen Jones, Rosa Clontz, Ruby Spain, and daughter-in-law Glenna Brittain Spain.

Harry is survived by his children Ronald E. Spain and wife Brenda, Harry Daniel Spain, and Thomas L. Spain; grandchildren Stephanie Miller and Todd, Michael Spain and Dorrie, Brian Spain and Tanya, Laura Spain Bernard, Summer and Justin Spooner, Sara and Justin Schuart; great-grandchildren Cameron, Kylie, Kelan, Alexa, Madelyn, Kennedy, Xavier,Terrel, Blake, Sutton, Sadie and Collier; nieces and nephews Joyce, Sue, Rosemary, Gary, Melvin, Morris, Michael, Betty, Margaret, and Louise.

The family would like to express a special thanks to Yvonne Belote and Doris Weatherly for the special care they provided for Harry during his illness.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Niday Funeral Home.

Charlie Hunt

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Charlie Doyle Hunt, born February 27, 1934 in Missouri to Maxie and LaVerne Hunt, passed away April 23, 2016 at the age of 82. He was preceded in death by his parents and many other relatives.

Charlie is survived by nephew Randy Garner and wife Emily, and their sons Dawson and Brady, all of Huntsville, Texas; niece and special caregiver Phyllis Garner of Pearland, Texas, her daughter Tera Garner and partner Aubrey Vance of Tyler, Texas and Godson Zachary Allamon of Georgetown, Texas; his sister W. Camille Garner of Pearland, Texas; and numerous other relatives, friends at Cowboy Church, and other friends.

Charlie enjoyed working word search puzzle books, listening to CDs – especially old western music, watching television, reading and going to Cowboy Church.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm Monday, May 9, 2016, at First United Methodist Church in Pearland, with Rev. Marie Fuhrken officiating, with music by the Cowboy Church Band.

A private interment will be held at South Park Cemetery in Pearland at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, Pearland, Texas, or to Autism research.

Heberto Salazar, Jr.

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Heberto “Jr” Salazar, Jr., 55, was called home on April 22, 2016. He is remembered for his loud voice, stories, kind and loving heart. He was someone who left a great impression on anyone he met. He is preceded in death by his father Heberto Salazar, Sr. and mother Celia Valenzuela Salazar. He is survived by his wife Rosalie Salazar and his children Laura, Marcos, Tony and Vanessa, and grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings David Valenzuela, Hilda Cardenas, Velma Gonzales, Alice Rios, Johnny Salazar, Robert Salazar, Albert Salazar, and Roy Salazar. His sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Mary Ann/Fernando, Linda/Rick, Jody/Missy, John, Stephen, Lisa/Vernon, Louisa/Larry, Stephanie, and many other family members will miss him dearly.  Jr will deeply be missed by his mother-in-law Josephine B. Castillo and father-in-law Joseph Castillo.

Jr was born Oct 24, 1960 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Heberto Salazar, Sr. and Celia Valenzuela Salazar. He grew up in Corpus Christi, Kingsville and Houston, Texas.   Jr married Rosalie Castillo in 1989. He spent many years working as an A/C technician where he met many of his closest friends. He loved spending his days fishing in Texas City, Galveston, and in Corpus Christi. He loved barbecuing making his signature brisket and competing in cook-offs with sons and friends. He also loved watching the Astros and the Dallas Cowboys.  Jr wore many hats – he was a great a son, brother, HUSBAND, father, cousin, uncle and friend.  His memory will last forever.  MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.

The service celebrating Jr’s life will be held at 7:00pm Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Niday Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Stella “Penny” Hughes

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Stella Gladys “Penny” Hughes, 71, of La Porte, Texas went to be with the Lord on April 20, 2016. She was born on March 30, 1945 in Houston, Texas, the youngest of four children.

Penny was a talented caterer who enjoyed entertaining, cook-offs, and good times with family and friends. Some of her fondest memories were trips with her girlfriends and beach trips to South Padre Island with her family. Penny was a devoted mother and grandmother.

Penny has seen and done it all; from touring Europe and Africa, to cruising to Alaska and Mexico.  She even rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange. But after all of Penny’s great life experiences, she was a kind and humble person and was a great friend to all.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Ruth and Sellars Pittman and her sister, Eileen Darby. Those left to cherish her memory are her children; Raymond, his wife Ashley and their son Sean, Kristi and her daughter Lexi; sisters, Patricia and Peggy; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Penny brought great joy to anyone that was in her presence. She had a spirit about her to help those in need; as a result, she touched many lives. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. All who miss her will be comforted by warm memories and the faith that she is now in Heaven.

There will be a memorial gathering for family and friends celebrating Stella’s life, Thursday, April 28, from 6-8pm at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena.

John J. Parker

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John J. Parker, 92, passed away peacefully at home in Pasadena, Texas on April 21, 2016.  Remembered for his twinkling eyes, humorous stories and kind heart, Johnny was born November 11, 1923 in New Orleans, Louisiana, graduated from Warren Easton High School and dutifully served in U.S. Marine Corps in World War II. Johnny met Doris Jean Arnett, love of his life, at a Houston YWCA dance and were married June 7, 1947. His career began at the New Orleans Roosevelt Hotel then Railway Express until 1968.  Following railroad retirement, Johnny and Doris moved from Houston to Pasadena to own Parker’s Dairy Mart on Strawberry Road. Thereafter, Johnny joined Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jim Fonteno as Assistant Superintendent of Parks supervising Sylvan Beach, Clear Lake and precinct parks until 1990 retirement and was first “Precinct 2 Employee of the Year.” Johnny’s kind and giving manner shined during Christmas playing Santa to greet young and old in Bay Area communities. A favorite Santa story was arriving by helicopter in downtown Eagle Lake. Civic volunteerism included Rotary Club of La Porte as committee member and president and six-time recipient of Rotary’s Paul Harris Award; Precinct 348 voting judge; and Texas State Democratic Party convention delegate. Member of First Baptist Church Pasadena, Johnny enjoyed friendships made in Sunday School class and Keenage Club.

Johnnny is preceded in death by parents Bertha and John McCaa Parker and brothers Charles, Harry and Frank all of New Orleans. He is survived by Doris Jean Parker, his loving wife and best friend of 69 years.  Pallbearers are Les Bandy, Doug Felps, Allen Kohleffel, Leslie Parker, Mike Parrott, Chris Sheridan.  Honorary Pallbearers are Jack Beeson, Dan Walker, Al Ward and La Porte Rotary Club Members. The family wishes to thank Johnny’s loving caregivers for their kindness and patience over the past several years. Charitable donations may be made to First Baptist Church Pasadena Building Fund, 7500 W. Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, TX 77505.

The service celebrating Johnny’s life will be held at 11:00am Monday, April 25, 2016, at First Baptist Church Pasadena, with visitation one hour prior to the service, Interment will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake, Texas.

Louis “Gene” Todd

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Louis Eugene Todd passed away April 19, 2016 peacefully at home in Pasadena with his wife and daughter at his bedside. Born February 13, 1940 in Houston, Texas to Louis Elliod “Poppa” Todd and Mary Joyce Todd, he is survived by his loving and devoted wife Sandra; devoted daughter Victoria Ann Todd Young; son Troy Eugene Todd and his wife Lisa; grandchildren: Brooke Allison Todd, Blaine Elliod Todd, Ava Breanne Young and Johnathan Hernandez Todd; sister Sheryl Todd Bice and her husband Jerry; numerous nieces and nephews and many people whose lives have been touched by him.

Gene graduated from Pasadena High School and attended Texas Tech for 2 years.  He served in the US Navy from 1960 to 1969 where he was an air crew chief and rescue swimmer with 13 confirmed rescues during the Vietnam War.  He was initiated October 1970 and passed January 1971 and raised February 1971 to the sublime Degree of Master Mason at Pasadena Lodge 1155.  Gene retired from Occidental Chemical in Deer Park Texas. Gene was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Pasadena until he became ill several years ago.

Visitation will be from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Friday, April 22, 2016, at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 4:00pm Saturday, April 23, 2016, at First United Methodist Church of Pasadena. Burial will follow at 10:45am Monday, April 25, 2016, at Houston National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations be made to the Society of Saint Stephens in his honor at First United Methodist Church Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, Texas 77504, communications@firstumcpasadena.org , 281-487-8787.

Cleatus “Ray” Rich Jr.

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Cleatus “Ray” Rich Jr. died while in the dedicated care of Houston Hospice on April 14, 2016 in Houston, TX due to complications following lung cancer. He was 66.

Ray was born on March 23, 1950 in Dallas, TX to his parents, Cleatus Rich Sr and Margaret McBroom. He was raised in Lubbock, TX and graduated from South Plains College with a degree in Diesel Mechanics in 1969. He married Robin Powledge in 1978. The Riches have resided in Houston, TX for the entirety of their marriage. He retired from long-haul trucking and diesel mechanics in 2009.  He spent the rest of his days being a jokester, a prankster, amateur gardener, a terrific Papa and loving husband.

People often said diesel ran through his veins and never doubted his skill and natural ability. Ray was well known for his generosity and caring nature.  He was even better known for his silly euphemisms.  We all knew not to eat yellow snow, keep our hands on the covers, that he rarely would get our name right…..just to mess with us.  He thanked God each night for each day he had to live.  He kept up with family and friends with calls and visits, often unannounced and usually with donuts.  He loved his family, adored his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mr. Rich is survived by his wife, Robin, and his father, Cleatus Ray Rich Sr. of Pasadena, TX; his sons: Stanley Rich of Elkhorn, IA, Bradley Rich of Pasadena, TX, and his daughters: Vickie Everett of Dallas,TX and spouse Steve, LaDanna Stubbe of Sioux Falls, SD, Amy Hollingsworth and spouse Chuck. He has 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Wells, his daughter, Amber Rich, his sister, Linda Bartley and many relatives awaiting him in Heaven.

The family will receive friends Sunday, April 17,  from 3-5 p.m. at Niday ~ Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. The funeral service will also be held at the funeral home Monday, April 18, at 11 a.m. Officiating will be Pastor Howard Bruce with the assistance of Evangelist and brother-in-law, Mark Powledge. Burial will follow at San Jacinto Memorial Park in Houston, TX. Our family would like to sincerely thank the caring staff at Houston Hospice for their understanding and compassionate care of our loved one.

Pallbearers: Chuck Hollingsworth, A.W. Hunter, Jake Norton, Andrew Taylor, John Pavlicek, and Mark Powledge