Russell Simon


Long-time South Belt resident Russell Simon, 41, died of cardiac arrest and lung failure on October 22, 2016, in an Oklahoma City hospital, after collapsing on his job. At the age of eight, he had undergone open-heart surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital, with Dr. Denton Cooley performing the operation.

Born June 10, 1975, to Glenn and Linda Simon, Russell spent his first two decades in the South Belt area.

After attending Frazier Elementary, Russell went on to Faith Christian Academy, where he graduated in 1994.

He then went to work for his father’s commercial wall-covering business and served as an installer until his father’s retirement.

From there, he worked in disaster recovery, working in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina and also in New York after Super Storm Sandy. More recently, he worked for Blattner Energy installing wind turbines.

Friends had come to call him Rasta Man. He had a gusto for life, for his friends, for making new friends, for crawfish boils—especially with his extended Simon family from Louisiana

In addition to his parents, survivors include his sister, Christine Elliott; her husband, Christopher Elliott; and his nephews, Jonathan, David, and Stephen; and niece, Anna.

“How does one write about this level of loss,” his father asked. “How does one capture a life that touched so many lives in a few short sentences? No words can express what we have lost with the passing of Rasta Man or Russell. He would want everyone to keep on Russellin’. It will always be me and my RC.”

The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Friday, October 28, and the service celebrating Russell’s life will be held at 10:00am Saturday, October 29, both held at Niday Funeral Home. Russell will be laid to rest in Vance, Texas on Sunday, October 30.

Jeffrey Bremer


Jeffrey Moore Bremer, 74, of Tomball, Texas, formerly of Pearland, passed away on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.

Jeff was born to Robert and Helen Bremer in New Rochelle, New York, on November 9, 1941. He attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the University of Houston where he earned his bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Mathematics. Upon graduation, he worked as a Project Manager for NASA for 32 years.

Jeff is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Susan; his sister and brother-in law Peggy and Jack Powers of Henderson, Texas; children Justin and Emily Bremer of League City, Anne Comstock of Webster, Kyle and Laurie Comstock of Galveston, Carol and Paul Lonidier of Mont Belvieu and Liz and Boyd Purkis of Tomball; nephews Jeffrey and Jen Powers of Flower Mound, Scott and Cindee Powers of Katy and Kevin Powers of Henderson; 15 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Jeff’s life and legacy will be celebrated on Sunday, October 23, 2016, at 3:00pm at Niday Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Robert “Bob” Hill


Robert “Bob” Hill, 72, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, October 17, 2016.  Robert was born on January 4, 1944 in Pasadena, Texas to Frank and Nona Hill.  He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Frank and Nona Hill; brother, George Hill; sister, Joan Corder; brother-in-laws, Doyle Corder, Bobby Rawlinson, and Troy Rawlinson; father-in-law, Ralph Rawlinson; mother-in-law, Lola Rawlinson.  He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Julie Darline Hill; daughters, Tonya Kallfelz and Deidra Chauvin; son-in-laws, David Kallfelz and Scott Chauvin; nephew, Wayne Hill, wife Angela Hill; and numerous nieces and nephews; granddaughters Kaylie and Sydney Chauvin; grandsons, Brayden and Landen Kallfelz. On February 1, 1965, Robert enlisted in the United States Air Force and served 4 years during the Vietnam War. NASA employed him after serving his country where he worked with Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and other astronauts on the Lunar Landing Training Vehicle. Robert was an accomplished technician and owner of Bay Area TV and Electronics for 40 years, in Seabrook.

Robert was a loving husband, father, papa, and friend. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, family, and friends.  Some of his fondest memories were fishing, quail hunting, taking his grandchildren to Space Center Houston, and spending time with his loving wife at their country place in Cushing, Texas. Robert was a proud veteran and devoted Christian serving his Lord on the social committee at Memorial Baptist Church.  While his family rejoices in the assurance of his eternal salvation, he will be dearly missed by the many who loved him.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, from 6:00pm-8:00pm at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home, 6777 Fairmont Parkway in Pasadena.  The funeral service will be held Thursday, October 20, 2016, at noon in the chapel of Memorial Baptist Church of Pasadena. The interment will follow at Houston National Cemetery with military honors. Remembrances may be made in the form of flowers or donations to the Building Fund at Memorial Baptist Church, 6901 Fairmont Parkway in Pasadena, Texas 77505.

Louise Redden


Bertie Louise Redden passed away on Saturday, October 15th, 2016. She was born March 9th, 1931 in the small town of Coleman, Texas to Robert Milam and Stella Melissa Dobbs as the first of six children. She graduated from Coleman High School, where she developed an excellence in mathematics that would serve her well throughout her career.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Gene, Jimmie, and Jesse Dobbs, and sisters Elsie Randall and Patsy Robbins. She is survived by daughters Vicki Campbell and Donna Womack, and her son and his wife, David and Cathey Barrington, as well as eight grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Though Louise was brought up in humble beginnings, as she once fondly recollected – her first shoes were stolen from a department store, after all – her life was anything but ordinary. With great wit and a command of fashion no one else in our family inherited, Louise began a twenty-five year career in the banking industry as a temp and worked her way up to trust officer. She explored beautiful portions of the world, such as the Caribbean, Spain, Portugal, and Hawaii, and had four great romances when most are lucky to have but one. Louise had three beautiful children, and she taught them what they would one day teach their own children: the importance of laughter, of storytelling, and of gathering around the table with family at the end of the day to play one last game.

She loved to spend her time with family and friends, listening to oldies and playing cards or domino games, and in her quieter moments, reading mystery novels or the morning paper. She was strong, and she loved to talk and laugh and live. She will be so dearly missed.

The memorial service will be at 2:00pm Saturday, October 22nd, at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home. There will be a celebration of Louise’s life at Dean Womack’s home for family members after the service.

William “Sonny” Miller Jr.


William (Sonny) Rufus Miller, Jr. went home to be with his Savior, October 14, 2016 at the age of 85.  He was born to William Rufus Miller and Imogene Halbert Miller on January 28, 1931 in Nacogdoches, Texas.  He was lovingly called “Sonny” by his family and Bill by his friends and co-workers.

Sonny received a Golden Handshake and retired from Shell Oil Co. after 27 years of devoted service. He was proud to have served his country in the 7th Division of the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1950’s. Sonny loved his family and the Lord. He regularly attended First Baptist Church in Pasadena, Texas since it was first built, transferring from Second Baptist Church of Pasadena, Texas.

Sonny is preceded in death by his father, William Rufus Miller and mother, Imogene Halbert Miller.

Sonny’s surviving family members include his loving wife of 59+ years, Frances Marie Miller, his son, William Michael Miller of Los Alamos, NM; his daughter, Vicki Miller Raab and husband, Quinton Joe Raab, Jr. of Sugarland, TX; his sister Julia Anne (Miller) Truitt of Pittsburg, TX;  his four grandchildren, Shannon (Raab) Goble and her husband, Charles Goble, Brandon Raab and wife Mollie Raab of Chicago, IL; Sarah Raab of Edwardsville, IL; Michelle Miller of Denver, CO; one great grandson, Liam Scott (Raab) Goble; and many more loving relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends Friday, October 21, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm., at Niday –  Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. The funeral service will be held at 10:00am.,  Saturday, October 22, at  First Baptist Church of Pasadena. Interment will follow at  Nacogdoches Sunset Cemetery.


Hugh F. Grover


Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle, Hugh F. Grover went to be with his Heavenly Father on the 14th of October 2016 at the age of 86. Hugh was born on March 21, 1930 in Tulsa, OK to Ivan E. and Grace Grover. Preceded in death by sister Mary Addis Hendrickson, Hugh is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Betty Ann Abbott Grover; his children Paul Grover, Denise Eaton and John Grover; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

After graduating from Holdenville High School, Hugh immediately enlisted in the Air Force where he served for 6 years, including time in the Korean conflict. Following his honorable discharge in 1954, he returned to OK. On his first night home, he met Betty. While attending college in Norman, OK their first child Paul was born. Following graduation from the University of Oklahoma in 1958, Hugh accepted a job with Lockheed Aerospace and he and Betty made their home in San Jose, CA. Two children later, Hugh accepted Lockheed’s transfer to Houston to work in conjunction with the space program at NASA. Throughout his life, Hugh was known to say “Moving to Houston was the best move we ever made!”

Following his time at Lockheed, domestic and international sales of seismic and data processing services were some of his many endeavors. Hugh was an avid golfer, a voracious reader, a proud OU Sooner, and a lover of all sports. First and foremost, he loved his family. He was very proud of his three children in spite of the fact that they graduated from the University of Texas.

Hugh came to know the Lord and was baptized at the age of 70. Throughout the final years of his life, he was happiest when the family, his biggest source of pride, was together. He was thankful for the many years together with “that good lookin’ broad, Betty” and the loving care he received from her. Today we celebrate a life well-lived and that Hugh is no longer suffering.

The service celebrating Hugh’s life will be held at 2:00pm Saturday, October 22, 2016, at Niday Funeral Home.

Derek Hartwell


Lifelong South Belt resident Derek Lynn Hartwell, 40, died on Saturday, October 8, 2016.  He was born on December 9, 1975, to David Hartwell and Derlyn Frank in Houston.  He attended Atkinson Elementary School, Beverly Hills Intermediate, and Dobie High School for a few years, then graduated from Southeast Academy in South Houston.

Derek is preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Virginia Ford, aunt, Becky West, uncle, Tom Hartwell, Papaw D.A. Shank, Mawmaw Peggy Shank and cousin Quincy McGeehee.

He is survived by his parents, his two daughters, Tatelyn and Haven Hartwell, his fiancé, Michelle Cooper, and her children Skylar and Jordan Galvan.

Derek was full of energy and adventure and was constantly on the go, attending to his family and a multitude of projects.  He worked for AT&T for 17 years.  Derek was a proud father to his two girls, pouring much of his energy into raising them to be confident and capable women, with both practical life skills and fun experiences.  A hard worker and loyal friend, Derek’s family and friends knew that he could always be counted on to help out in a time of need.  Having grown up in the South Belt area, he had a close-knit group of buddies that he had known since they were kids, playing together and riding bikes in the neighborhood of Sagemont.  As adults with families, they spent time together with all the children, swimming in his pool, barbequing, fishing, and a host of other activities.

His passions were spending time with his two daughters, his family, building and riding his custom Harley motorcycle, and fishing on his custom-built Mosca boat.  As the life of the party anywhere he went, he was always surrounded by his family and lots of friends, and will be desperately missed by everyone who knew him.

The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Thursday, October 13th, and the service celebrating Derek’s life will be at 10:00am Friday, October 14th, both held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Entombment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery.

Vicki Rice


Vicki Lou Roberts Rice died on October 7, 2016. Vicki was born on July 31, 1946 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Vicki is preceded in death by her parents, Bob Knox Roberts and Kathleen Tarrant, and her loving husband, Vernon Rice. She is survived by her daughters, Cindy Cameron and husband Rich Falcone, and Shannon Moory and husband Sidney Moory. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Cynthia Taylor and Keith Howze, sister, Vina Roberts, niece and nephew, Suzan Brown and David Collins, her devoted best friend, Carol (Trooper) Gillock, and many loving family members and friends.

Vicki was a kind, generous, and loving mother and friend, and she loved animals. She had a passion for design and decorating, and, more than any other hobby, enjoyed having numerous decorating projects. She had a wicked sense of humor, a sharp wit, and a wonderfully kind soul, and she will be missed by everyone who knew her. From Cindy and Shannon: we love you, sweet Mama. There will never be another one like you.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00pm Friday, October 14, 2016, at Niday Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society, or to All Border Collie Rescue.

Sonja Summers


Sonja Kay Pumpelly Summers, 79, formerly of Wichita, Kansas, passed away peacefully on October 7, 2016 in Houston, Texas.

Sonja was born in Cushing, Oklahoma on May 18, 1937 to Elizabeth and Irvin Pumpelly.  She graduated from the University of Wichita in 1959 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business where she was a cheerleader and on the Greek Council for three years.  She raised six children and then went on to work in the aerospace industry as a payload engineer for NASA retiring in 2007 to enjoy her retirement until her death.

Sonja was actively involved in her church and largely filled her time with serving others at the family history center and the LDS temple when she wasn’t spending time with her grandchildren.  She liked to travel nationally and internationally with her adult children, brother, and sister-in-law, loved Masterpiece Theater type movies and shows, home improvement shows, and her pink recliner.

Sonja is preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Scott Summers, her parents, Mary Elizabeth Winford and Irvin Goss Pumpelly, and sister Barbara Diane Pumpelly Chrissie. Sonja is survived by her brother John, her children, Bret, Kent, Robin, Shawna, John, and Dana, and her grandchildren, Parker, Mitchell, Brady, Ryan, Jerry, Sofia, and Gabriella.  She is also survived by her sister-in-law Deanna, daughters-in-law, Sherry and Andrea, granddaughter-in-law, Amber, and nephews, Michael, Danny, and Chris.

Visitation will be from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Friday, October 14, 2016, and the funeral service will be at 11:00am Saturday, October 15, 2016, all held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 4655 South Shore Blvd, League City, Texas 77573. Burial will privately be held at Houston National Cemetery.

Frances Mae Wright


Beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Frances Mae Downing Wright passed away peacefully the 4th of October, 2016, at the age of 88.  Frances was born the 21st of February, 1928, in Limestone, Maine to Winnefred Frances Temple and Anthony LeRoy Downing.  She is survived by her sons Robert and Ralph Wright, her daughter Bonnie Schock, her brother Ralph Downing and sister Gloria Barber, as well as numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, family and a wealth of friends. She is predeceased by her parents, her son David Wright, her sisters Gladys and Dorothy, and brother Eugene Downing.

Fran retired from the Gary Wheaton Bank in Wheaton Illinois after 25+ years of faithful service. After several years of traveling the states in her camper, she eventually found the way to her new home in the South Belt community. Her spontaneous nature kept her busy sewing, volunteering at Memorial Herman SE, and being an active member of Cokesbury United Methodist church and more recently Crossroads UMC. She amassed many friends through these organizations and always participated in UMW, Busy Bee’s and Friendly Folks.

Fran truly never met a stranger. Her kind, gracious and loving nature made her a friend to all. Her children and family greatly mourn her passing but celebrate the remarkable life she lived and the joy she brought to theirs. Her independence and strength were a model to all who knew her.

A Memorial Service in Fran’s honor will be held at Crossroads UMC on Saturday, October 8 at 2:00 PM.