LaVerne Brammer Holmes

LaVerne Holmes

LaVerne Brammer Holmes joined her Lord and Savior, October 27, 2014, after a long illness.  LaVerne was bornDecember 22, 1921 in Rhome, TX to Homer Brammer and Ruby Warren Brammer.  Her family moved to Pasadena, TX in 1926 where LaVerne resided the rest of her life.  Upon graduating from Pasadena High School in 1938, she worked for the city of Pasadena as a clerk and as assistant city secretary.  She married the love of her life, Edwin Holmes of Sugar Land, TX, in 1942.  Together they enjoyed many vacations with friends and family until his death in 1990.

Laverne was faithful to her Assemblies of God church and enjoyed the many friends that she met and loved along life’s way.

LaVerne is survived by her son Dr. Michael Holmes and wife Becky, grandson Aaron and wife Ana Mae, granddaughter Heather and husband Larry Hernandez, brother Larry Brammer and wife Elaine, nephew David Brammer and wife Mary, niece Brenda and husband Don McClain.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Dr. Edwin Holmes, brother Lamoine Brammer, and niece Donna Brammer.  The family extends their thanks to caregivers Angie and Barbara for their devoted care to LaVerne.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm, Wednesday, October 29th at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena.  The funeral service will be at 10 am, Thursday, October 30th at Christian Temple Church, 9701 Almeda-Genoa Rd, Houston.

Jonathan R. Sandhu

Sandhu photo

Jonathan R. Sandhu, born August 24, 1958 entered into rest October 24, 2014. He is survived by wife, Diana, sons; Jonathan Nicholas David and Josiah. Daughter, Ruth Sandhu. The funeral service will be held at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena at  1:00pm,  Saturday, November 1, 2014.

Donald Lee Angle

Donald Lee Angle died Sunday, October 26th under the care of Vitas Hospice and Vosswood Nursing Center in Houston, Texas, following a lengthy illness. He was born December 1, 1947 in Nacogdoches, Texas to Marvin G. and Pauline Angle, who preceded him in death.

Don served in the United States Air Force and was employed by Texas Air National Guard from which he retired. Survivors are his sister, Delphine Dodd of Houston, brother Joe Angle and wife Judy of Jacksonville, Texas; nieces, Rebecca Hixson and husband Grant of Houston, Tamara Hitt and husband Shawn of College Station, Katherine Wood and husband John of Inman, South Carolina, Mary Claire Angle of Cincinnati, Ohio, nephews Don and Bobby Dodd and wife Beth of San Antonio and John Harrison Angle of Seattle, Washington. Also surviving are many dear friends and colleagues.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, October 28th, from 5:00pm until 7:00pm, and the service celebrating Don’s life will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, October 29th all held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Interment will follow at 3:30pm in Nacogdoches County on CR 929 off of Highway 204 in Linn Flat Cemetery. The cemetery is near Don’s favorite land on which to hunt.

Don was also a member of Harris County Beekeepers Association, serving as president for the 10 years prior to his prolonged hospitalization.

Jaunita Mae Baumann


Jaunita Mae Baumann was born on November 21st, 1925 in Dallas, Texas and went to be with the Lord on October 22nd, 2014. She graduated from North Dallas High School and attended John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, Texas where she completed her nurses training. After graduation in 1947 she joined the Army as a nurse and was stationed at Fitzsimmons Hospital in Denver. It was here that she met her husband, Omar Baumann Sr., and after a short courtship she married the love of her life in 1949.

Jaunita loved being a nurse as she saw it as her duty to help and nurture others. She was a nurse until her first born arrived where she became a full time mother and housewife. Jaunita had several hobbies including playing sports with her sons, fishing, and raising a vegetable garden. She would compete with her husband each year to see who could grow the biggest tomatoes. Jaunita loved to travel as well and Hawaii was one of her favorite destinations. Church was an important part of her life and she would go to the Methodist church each Sunday.

She is survived by her husband, Omar Sr, children Omar Jr and Terry Wynn along with 5 grandchildren, Timothy, Benjamin, Jonathon, Brittany and her husband John, Laura and her husband Mark. Jaunita had 3 great grandchildren; Olivia, Carson, and Landon. Jaunita was preceded in death by a brother Eugene Landry and daughter Lorinda Kay.

Visitation will be held Sunday, October 26th, from 6-8pm at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. Her life will be celebrated with a service at the Sunset Methodist Church in Pasadena, Monday, October 27th at 10:00am. Interment will take place at Houston National Cemetery at 1:15pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested a donation be made to the Alzheimer’s Organization.

Julia F. Vasquez


Julia F. Vasquez was born to Trinidad and Bernarda Flores on January 29, 1933 in Brownsville, Texas. She passed away October 24, 2014. She moved to Pearland, Texas in 1958. She was always a hardworking woman who loved the outdoors.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Trinidad and Bernarda Flores and her brother Francisco Flores.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Janie Loera, Linda Aguilar, Manuel and Robert Vasquez; her grandchildren, Sophie Hernandez, Amy Spain, Adrian Loera, Tracy Cabrera, Kelly Aguilar, Eric Aguilar, Danny Vasquez, Valerie Davis, Nathan Vasquez, Sonya Loera, and Kinsey Vasquez; great grandchildren, Christian Fernandez, Andrew and Daniel Hernandez, Alyssa Loera, Wesley Spain, and Keagan Aguilar.

The family will receive friends Monday, October 27th, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm, with a Rosary being prayed at 7:00pm, and the service celebrating Julia’s life will be held at 10:00am on Tuesday, October 28th all held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. The Rite of Committal will follow at South Park Cemetery.

Gerald Mark Samaniego


Gerald Mark Samaniego was born on November 8, 1957 to Mary Lou Marquez Samaniego and Efren M. Samaniego in Odessa, Texas.  He went to be with the Lord on October 23, 2014 at the age of 56.

Gerald is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Efrem Samaniego, Jr.  He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Annette Bang Samaniego; daughter Sky Samaniego and fiancé Angelo Hines; son Geoffrey Samaniego; grandchildren Joseph, Rene, Thomas and Troy; sister Mary Crain; sister-in-law Mary Ann Samaniego; brother Michael Samaniego and wife Kelly; nieces Judy Lopez, Lisa Rivera, Kristi Robishaw, Annie Gibson, Katy McCain Brittain, Allison Lara, Mia Lara, and Maggie Samaniego; and nephews Al Lara, Orlando Mendivil, Mark Skelton, James Samaniego, Christopher Robishaw, Sam Robishaw,  Conor Gibson, Ben Robishaw, and Byron Gibson.

Gerald was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where he attended school and was an altar boy.  He attended Hood Junior High where he played and learned the game of football.  He was also a member of the Moose Lodge Little League baseball team where he began his life-long love of the game.  He moved to Houston in 1972 and attended Pasadena High School for a short time and then became a South Houston Trojan.  Mark played football and was a member of the choir.  Although he loved sports, he found that singing and participating in the choir became his passion.    Mark was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church where he was a past member of the choir and an active member of the Men’s Club. He was the Past Deputy Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus Council 3700 in Pasadena.  Mark was involved with many charitable organizations, the latest one being the Community Pregnancy Center of Pasadena, and participated in organizing and executing charitable acts in his community.  He was a past member of the South Houston Little League board, an umpire, and a coach in the league for a number of years.  Mark was a proud member of the South Houston High School graduating Class of 1976 and was a Trojan until the end.  Pallbearers for his final journey will be Mark Glorioso, Byron Zollers, Stuart Woods, Anthony Cardona, JR Labardini, Louis Mendez, Mark Mendez, Gabe Mendez, Scott Williams, Byron Davis, Larry Moore and Mark Willis.

Visitation will be from 5:00pm until 9:00pm Tuesday, October 28th, with the vigil and rosary starting at 7:00pm, and the Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30am Wednesday, October 29th, all held at Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church.

Clara Bess Black


Clara Bess Black passed away peacefully at her home on October 22, 2014. She was born in Navasota, Texas, May 8, 1926 to Charles and Ella Sechelski, who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were her husband, William C. Black, and her siblings, Helen, Joe, Edward, Christine, and

Victoria.   She is survived by her son, Stephen Black, daughter Susan Greer and husband Mitchell,   grandchildren Caitlin Anderson and Matthew Greer, and sister Viola Singletary as well as many nieces and nephews.

She lived life fully and enjoyed volunteering at her church, playing bridge, tending to her flower beds, and especially spending time with her grandchildren.  She was loved by all who knew her.

The family will receive friends Sunday, October 26th, from 5:00pm until 7:00pm, and the service celebrating Clara’s life will be held at 10:00am on Monday, October 27th all held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery.

Margaret Ann McBride Walter


Margaret Ann McBride Walter of Houston, Texas went to be with her lord and savior on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

She was a very loving and dedicated mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and aunt whose kindness and devotion to her family and friends is cherished by all. She was courageous, inspirational and brought an abundance of joy and laughter to all who knew her.

Margaret was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on May 19th, 1951 to Anderson Joseph McBride Jr. (deceased) and Camilla Anne Hughey McBride.

Margaret began her career in the mail room with no exposure or experience to the pipe, valve and flange industry and took it upon herself with great drive and dedication to gain the expertise and knowledge necessary to succeed in a field that few women chose to pursue. After 28 years of inside sales with Piping and Equipment, Margaret expanded her family and found a new home with Transquip, USA where she shared her expertise of the ins and outs of the industry and cared greatly for her customers.  The greatest joy she found in her new venture was the family she found in Transquip, USA;  a bond of laughter and respect that brought much fulfillment to her career.

She is survived by her mother Camilla Hughey McBride; daughter Kimberly Walter Robison and son Robert Walter; granddaughters Taylor Furst, Madison Walter and Sophie Walter; sister Sharon McBride Stewart and her husband Jerry; brother Andy McBride; nieces and nephews Joshua McBride, James Stewart and his wife Cortney, Brittney Jordan and her husband Rob, and Jennifer Stewart; great nephews Hendrix Stewart and Baer Stewart  and numerous friends and relatives.  She will be greatly missed by all.

The funeral service celebrating Margaret’s life will be held at 1:00 PM Friday, October 24th, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Arthur “Buddy” Leroy Byers

Buddy Byers

If you ask anyone, they will tell you that Buddy Byers was a good man.  He embodied kindness; would give anyone in need the shirt off his back, the last penny in his pocket, or the last hour of his day. He never met anyone he didn’t like, treasured his friends and family, and the only thing he loved more than his precious wife Ann was his Lord Jesus Christ.

He wore the whole armor of God.

He was encompassed in the eternal Cloak of Joy.

He was blessed with our Lord’s Robe of Peace.

And through the wondrous Holy Spirit of Christ our Saviour,

He was attired in the Radiant Gown of His Love.

He wore this wardrobe, a Gift from our Lord, exceedingly well.

-by Ward Byers (brother)

Arthur “Buddy” Leroy Byers was born on March 27, 1924, in Cle Elum, Washington, and joyfully joined our Lord on October 19, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Ann S. Byers; daughter  Deborah Boehlke, son-in-law Robert, and granddaughter Bree; daughter Sandy Burkhalter, son-in-law Greg, and grandchildren Macon, Isaac, and Ruthie; son Allen Penna and brother Cliff Byers.

Buddy was proud to be a part of the Greatest Generation, serving his country during WWII. He joined the U.S. Navy at the tender age of 17 and arrived at Pearl Harbor in February of 1942. He saw action as an aircrewman on PBYs and B-24s at Midway, Gilbert and Ellice Islands, Guadalcanal, Marshall Islands, Tarawa, and Kuajalein. After returning home, his love for airplanes led him to be a barnstormer specializing in wingwalking and delayed parachute jumping. He remained an active pilot until the late 1970s. Buddy was the consummate salesman who could sell ice to Eskimos. In reality, he sold everything from airplanes to laundry equipment. He managed a jewelry store, a pawn shop, and a resale shop. He was a faithful member of Memorial Baptist church, participating in the Men’s Bible Study Group and the Saturday Prayer Group. He volunteered his time to the Buildings and Grounds Committee and was willing to do any odd job that needed to be done. Buddy never stopped moving and going. Those of us left with his stillness will dearly miss him.

The funeral service celebrating Buddy’s joyous life will be held at 11:00am Thursday, October 23rd, at Memorial Baptist Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a favorite charity.

Kenneth Coker


Lloyd Kenneth Coker, 65, of La Porte, Texas, passed away, Wednesday, October 15, 2014 in Houston, TX.

Ken was born February 19, 1949, in Vernon, Texas to Lloyd and Frances (Ford) Coker. He graduated from Midway High School in 1968. On April 5, 2012, he married his wife Jean.  Ken was employed as a social worker for the State of Texas until his retirement. Ken also called bingo at the local bingo halls in Pasadena, Texas for the last 20 years. Ken was an avid bowler, he also enjoyed listening to country music, sitting on his patio drinking coffee, cooking on his barbecue grill, watching his Texans football team, and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.  Ken is survived by his loving wife, Jean Coker of La Porte, Texas; his daughter, Cassie Vogel of Deer Creek, Texas; his four sons, Cory Coker of Tomball, Texas, Kenny Coker of Delray, Florida, Michael Terry of Pasadena, Texas, Brian Terry of Boyd, Texas; one sister, Cathy Talley, Henrietta, Texas; two brothers, Mike Coker of Deer Creek, Texas, David Coker of Deer Creek, Texas.  Father precedes him in death Lloyd Coker of Deer Creek, Texas; mother Frances Coker of Henrietta, Texas.  He leaves nine grandchildren, Norma Terry, Austin Thorn, Cole Thorn, Meagan Terry, Sarah Terry, Shane Terry, Matthew Coker, Faith Vogel, and Amber Coker. He will be greatly missed.

A celebration of life service will be held at 12pm on Monday, October 20th at Niday Funeral Home 12440 Beamer Road, Houston, Texas  77089; Pastor Micah Sutton will be officiating. Visitation will be from 10am-12pm Monday before the service.