Imogene Harrison

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Imogene Burkleo Harrison was born December 4, 1918 in Stephens County, OK and passed into the embrace of her Lord and Savior on March 25, 2015, at the age of 96.

She was the fifth of seven children born to Charles Van Burkleo and Nannie Fulton Burkleo. She was preceded in death by her siblings Virgie Burkleo Emerson, Gertrude Burkleo George, Mamie Burkleo Merchant, and Charles Theodore Burkleo, and her children Bill Bennett, Sr. and Lola Ruth Musick, and her granddaughter Rhonda Jean James. She is survived by brothers Granville Burkleo and Wayne Burkleo, her children Samuel Emmett Bennett, Sr., Judy Diann Aymond, and Timothy Leon Williams, her grandchildren Bill Bennett, Jr., Kathy Russell, Daniel Leigth, Leslie Musick, Mindy Duncan, Samuel Bennett, Jr., Randall Bennett, Ryan Bennett, Patricia Bonds, Lauren Graham and Cara Williams, as well as 12 great-grandchildren and other beloved extended family.

Imogene was a strong Christian woman with Baptist convictions who believed in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She will be missed by her family, her friends from her beauty salon, and her friends from her Sunday school class at First Baptist Church, Spring Branch.

The family will receive friends from 3:00pm until 5:00pm Sunday, March 29, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. A graveside service will be held at 2:00pm Monday, March 30, at Woodlawn Garden of Memories.

Frederick H. Parrott

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Frederick Herbert Parrott, 98, departed March 25, 2015 in Humble, TX because he had fulfilled the requirements for a long, productive life and completed his earthly duties.

Fred was born February 02, 1917 in Denison, TX to Herbert Young Parrott and Minna Louise Klopp. He and his sister Louise grew up in the North Texas town in the exciting years of the early turn-of-the-century. His youthful adventures in Denison rivaled a Hardy Boys Mystery book. Fred could recall every single one and often regaled his offspring family members with hilarious, exciting details.

He honored his parents in true Biblical fashion and laid the foundation for his sons and grandchildren to do likewise.

Fred achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, beginning a long history of Eagle Scouts in the Parrott clan. He and other members of his scout troop were invited to go to Washington, DC to meet Will Rogers, with Mr. Rogers footing the bill. The legendary folk hero perished in a plane crash just before the trip commenced. Fred and fellow scouts still journeyed by train to Washington, where they met with James E. West, the first Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts movement in America. Along the way, the scouts were photographed by local newspapers and participated in a radio interview.

Fred graduated from Texas A&M University in 1939 with a BS degree in chemical engineering. During those Depression years at college, he swept dorms and sold candy and snacks to fellow students to help pay for tuition.

As the war loomed, Houston beckoned Fred as the city of opportunity: in business and in love. He hired on as a member of the “work gang” with Sinclair Oil Refineries (later ARCO Refineries). Ultimately, he achieved 3rd in command of the entire refinery on Houston ship channel in his 46 year career with his first and only employer.

He met his match in a beauty with a brain named Grace Alice Bradbury. His love for Grace exceeded any Hollywood love story, especially during Grace’s final years of illness when Fred was her tender caregiver into his ninetieth year. Their marriage of nearly 64 years still stands as a beacon to emulate for the sons, grandkids and great-grandkids.

Fred was a “hands-on” father, setting an example by walking the Christian life and guiding with wisdom and unending love. His sons Robert and David reflect their father in all ways, both testaments to the continual guidance and loving spirit of their dad and, of course, their mother.

To say a man had no greater love for his wife & children is a cliché. But Fred’s love for his grandchildren and great- grandchildren was unparalleled. Fred and Grace were “down on the floor and play with me” grandparents. When the grandkids visited, time stopped. Every word they uttered was listened to, every need attended, every achievement praised, every failure studied with suggestions, every tear hugged away, every transgression punished as a learning tool. Fred and Grace were loving, but firm grandparents.

Fred leaves behind to mourn: sons Robert and wife Connie and David and wife Marge. Grandchildren: Chris and Allison Parrott, Kimberly and Zach Valenzuela, Diana and Austin Buesing, Daniel Parrott, Adam Parrott, Jennifer and Luke Doebele, Sarah and Rossi Morgan. Great-grandchildren: Dora, Elias and Bennett Parrott, Noah, Preston, and McKenzie Valenzuela, Kohen and Ian Doebele.

Visitation will be from 3:00pm until 6:00pm Sunday, March 29th, at Niday Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 10:00am Monday, March 30th, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Interment will follow at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery.

Mary Lois Rhodes

On March 23, 2015, Mary Lois Rhodes, 77, went to be with the Lord.  She was born March 25, 1937 in Sweeny, TX.   She was preceded in death by her parents Betty Ann (Findley) and Plummer Stevens Orr, her older sister Betty Marie Marshall, and younger brother Mack Stevens Orr.  She is survived by her loving husband Eugene E. Porter, her sister and best friend Mattie Louise Rollins, and her two children, son David Rhodes, daughter Rhonda Lee Crocker, son-in-law Charles Alan Crocker, and grandsons Chase Alan and Bryce David Crocker.  She was an endearing delight to many nieces and nephews, Randy Rollins, Ann Hering, Art Kelm, Susan Arrazola, Tracy Biggs, Joel Orr, Jason Orr, and Steve Orr, sister-in-law Audrey Verver and brother-in-law Denny Marshall.  She also loved her numerous great-nieces and nephews and many cousins, and extended family.

Mary graduated from Sweeny High School in 1955.  She attended the University of Houston shortly after she graduated from high school.  She majored in business and got her first job as an accounting clerk.

From 1968-1979, Mary lived in Huffman where she raised her family.  Mary loved her children, Rhonda and David, more than anything in the world which she told them often.  Living on Lake Houston, she enjoyed swimming, boat riding and the outdoors.

Mary had many passions in her life.  She was an entrepreneur and owned two small businesses.  For a number of years, 1980-1992 she owned and ran the Mayfair Pantry in the Anderson-Mayfair Hotel affiliated with M.D. Anderson Hospital.  It was here that she had the opportunity to meet celebrities such as Red Skelton and Amanda Blake, but more than that, she had the opportunity to encourage many who were receiving treatment in the Texas Medical Center and their families.  She was always happy and upbeat.  Socializing and cheering people up was one of her many gifts!

Mary loved big band music and ballroom dancing.  She loved to go to the Petroleum Club, Lakewood Yacht Club and other local venues to hear live music and dance with her husband Gene and many friends.  She loved to get dressed up and socialize.

For many years, 1985-2010, Mary was a freelance photographer and videographer.  She loved capturing life in film and video.  Along with her close friend, Gene Smith, they photographed and videotaped many weddings,  depositions, recitals, and other events.  Later, she worked in the Tax Department for the City of Pasadena, where she retired in 2005.

Mary was also a wonderful Grandmother to Chase Alan and Bryce David.  The grandsons knew her as “Nana” and she was an awesome Nana.  She was crazy about those boys.  She attended all their various activities, including soccer games, scouting events, orchestra and choir concerts.  The thing that made her the most proud was that she able to see them both come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior – she was there for both of their baptisms.  They miss her greatly!

It is hard to imagine life without Mary.  While death is a part of life, we are very sad, but not in despair.  We know that we will see her again because she believed in Jesus Christ.  Mary loved God and her spirit came from him. She was a blessing to so many and now she is blessed with an eternal life in heaven.  We know in our hearts, she is in heaven celebrating with Gran, Pappy, Betty Marie, Mack, Alex, Gene, Alma Jean, Patsy and many other friends and family.  We can only imagine that now she is doing one of her favorite things, which is dancing to beautiful music in heaven!

Thank you for all the prayers and for reaching out to us. It has meant so much!

The visitation will be held at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, Texas on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 6-8pm. The funeral service will commence on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 10am with the interment to follow at Sweeny Cemetery in Sweeny, Texas at 2pm.

Albert Lynn Harvey

Albert Lynn Harvey, 44, passed away March 21, 2015. Albert’s intelligence and strong work ethics always made him very successful in many areas of his life.  Albert enjoyed watching Longhorn football and was an avid Texas Fan.

He loved spending time at the lake either on the boat, fishing or throwing a game of cornhole.  Albert was a natural born chef and always entertained family with his cooking.  Albert’s pride and joy was his 4 children. He was constantly bragging of how proud he was of them. His favorite times were when he was playing and spending time with the kids.

He is survived by his loving wife Ashley,  his children Seth, Caitlin, Aiden and Mackenzie, his grandchildren Leighton, Jaxson and expecting 2 more, Sister Joyce, Brothers Danny, Johnny and Franklin, In laws Dennis and Elaine, Sister and Brother in law Shanna and Dennis,  Nephew Cody and Close friends Craig and Bill.

“What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose;

All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”

The memorial service will be held at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, Texas on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 7:00pm.

Alice Hoesl

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Alice Margaret Hoesl entered eternal rest Friday, March 20, 2015 at age 85. She was born April 30, 1929 in Washington Township, Iowa, the second of five children of Mathew F. Bonefas and Teresa M. Wingert.

After graduating from high school, Alice worked for the nuns at St. Frances Hospital in the administrative office.  Later, she moved to Mankato, Minnesota and was employed in the office of a newspaper called the Mankato Free Press.

At some point Alice experienced a religious calling and entered the Dominican Convent in Sinsinowa, Wisconsin.  She lasted about 6 weeks before deciding that the life of a nun was not for her, and returned to Mankato.

After a particularly bitter stretch of below zero temperatures, Alice decided to head south to visit her friend’s relative in Houston, Texas.  She found an apartment and located work with the nuns at St. Joseph’s Hospital.  Later she worked for Doctor Baker who was an obstetrician.

Alice met her husband, Joseph G. Hoesl, at church choir gatherings and they were married on September 29, 1956.  She and Joe successfully raised five children who all reside in the Houston area.

Alice worked at St. Christopher’s Catholic School as the school librarian and for St. Luke the Evangelist Church for 30 years in a variety of roles including Liturgy, Art and Environment and RCIA.  In her spare time, Alice enjoyed sewing, quilting, reading, growing African Violets and watching old movies.  She was a loving mother and grandmother, who would take in young persons in the neighborhood who needed help and guidance.

Alice was preceded in death by her brothers Leo and Robert Bonefas and her sister Frances Klein.  Alice leaves behind her husband Joseph, five children Joan Isiminger and husband John, Mark Hoesl and wife Patty, Grace Schamburg and husband Kurt, Paul Hoesl and wife Kim, and Kristi Koncaba and husband Kenny; eight grandchildren; Ryan Hoesl, Alice Koncaba, Brandon Hoesl, Elizabeth Hoesl, Mariel Isiminger, Cameron Isiminger, Matt Koncaba and Kristen Marinello,  her brother Will Bonefas and wife Mary Ann, sister-in-law Margie Bonefas, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many other well loved relatives and friends.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00am Monday, March 23, 2015, at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church

Robert “Larry” Baulch

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Robert Lawrence Baulch–Larry to his friends–was born December 24, 1946 and passed away on March 16, 2015. He is preceded in death by his parents, LTC Warren Baulch and Patricia Robertson Baulch. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Shirley Dunn Baulch; his sister and her husband, Norma and Gary Roberts from Burleson, TX; and his brother and his wife, David and Carol Baulch from Fort Worth, TX. He is also survived by his four children: Kim Walter and her husband Randy from Boerne, TX; Pam Stom and her husband Terry from Fort Worth, TX; Robert Baulch and his wife Wendy from Baytown, TX; and Richard Baulch from Houston, TX; his seven grandchildren: Joshua Walter, Elizabeth McCleeary, Chris Baulch, Aaron Baulch, David Baulch, Travis Stom, and Sara Stom; and his ten great-grandchildren: McKenzie, Colten, Luke, Alana, A.J., Sophia, William, Savanna, Cheyenne, and Victoria. In addition, he had several nieces–Michelle, Lisa, Amanda, and Rachel–and numerous grand-nieces and nephews.

Larry was born in Fort Worth, TX, and loved to be called a native Texan. In 1978, he moved from Fort Worth to the Pasadena/Houston area, where he became a long-time member of both the Southside Church of Christ and Parkview Church of Christ. Larry enjoyed writing articles for the church bulletin, serving communion, and leading prayers. A man with a servant’s heart, Larry often shared his table with strangers and those in need, and he regularly raised funds for charity. In addition, he loved to work and was proud to have been employed by Grumman Aerospace, LIT Group, and CCC Group. He was an avid reader of history and enjoyed relating the stories of youth. A long-time member of the National Rifle Association and Republican Party, Larry enjoyed discussing politics, guns, and religion without shame.

Privately, Larry was a man who treated his wife like a queen and lived with Christ as his King. He often called his children and grandchildren just to talk. His discovery of texting a few years ago resulted in numerous dings and notifications for those lucky enough to be included in his thoughts of the day, but nobody ever asked to be removed from his list. His happiest moments were spent sitting around the table with family and sharing stories of yesteryear. A man of wisdom and wit, he was quick to insert a phrase of encouragement and was often sought for words of advice. His death arrived without warning, and he will be sorely missed by everyone his bright light and warm spirit touched.

The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Friday, March 20th, and the service celebrating Larry’s life will be at 1:00pm Saturday, March 21st, all held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel.  Interment will follow at Forest Lawn cemetery.

John Dempsey

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In the early morning hours on March 12, 2015, John Charles Dempsey passed away peacefully of natural causes in his sleep while on a business trip in New Orleans.

John Dempsey was born in Houston, Texas on October 14, 1961. He was the third child and second son to Marge and Robert Dempsey.

John grew up in Pearland, Texas where he attended Pearland High School. During his junior year, he led the baseball team to their only state championship win in 1980, and again during his senior year, making it to state finals. John graduated from Pearland High School in 1981 and went on to play baseball for Mclennan Community College in Waco, Texas, where he competed in the National Championship Tournament in 1982. He completed his studies at University of Texas El Paso in 1985, while playing baseball there as well.

John started out in the beverage industry as a sales manager then moved into the auto service and repair business. This led John to his calling with Blessey Marine in July of 2002. John worked himself through the ranks to become the COO for the company he loved as much as if it were his own. He was honored and humbled in August on 2014 when Blessey Marine christened the MV. John Dempsey for his years of service and tireless efforts to improve every person and aspect of the company owned by one of his best friends, Walter Blessey.

John was an avid outdoorsman in every sense. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, shooting and cooking outdoors. He was the Texas State Sporting Clay Champion in 1999. He also enjoyed golf and was a member at Golfcrest Country Club. He was also a big sports fan, but baseball was always his first love. John continued this through coaching youth baseball tournament teams for several years.

John and Terri made their dreams come true when they purchased the Double D Ranch in 2009. John spent most of his free time working and improving the ranch with the hope of retiring there one day.

John was preceded in death by his mother Marjorie Childress-Dempsey and his father Robert Dempsey, as well as his father-in-law Nathan Ellis.

John is survived by his loving wife Terri Ellis-Dempsey and their children Tannis Knighton and husband Jason, Randi Massey and Shane Massey, as well as his mother-in-law Brenda Ellis. John was a proud grandfather to Kane, Kole and Kate Knighton. John is also survived by his sister Vicki Giallanza and husband Tom, and nieces Kristina and Kali, as well as his brother Kevin Dempsey and wife Renee, along with their children Stephanie, Chris and Jordan.

The service celebrating John’s life will be held at 10:00am Saturday, March 28th, at New Hope Church, 3640 CR 58,  Manvel, Texas 77578. A reception will follow at Reflection Bay Event Center, 12234 Shadow Creek Pkwy., Pearland 77584.

In lieu of usual remembrances, memorial contributions in John’s name may be made to the American Heart Association.

The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. A special thank you goes to the Blessey family for their support and help, especially to two of John’s closest friends; Clark Todd and Dane Morgan for their sincerity and compassion shown to our family in this difficult time.

Leroy Woods

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Leroy Woods, age 71, born May 16, 1943, passed away March 13, 2015.  He is preceded in death by his parents Oddrea Woods and Racy Dedman, and sister Darlene Schultz.   He leaves behind his devoted wife of 38 years, Peggy; sister Margaret Woods-Lovell; children: Walter Lee Woods and daughter-in-law Xueyuan; Danielle Woods Turner and son-in-law Johnny, Brandon Woods; grandchildren Gabrielle, Nicole, Boyu Han, Gold, Johnny, Jeremy, Chase and Andrew, and many loving friends.

Leroy proudly served his country for eight years from 1960-1967 in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He served with the City of Houston Police Department for 23 years from 1968-1991. Leroy then served with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department for 19 years from 1991-2010. He loved his profession and loved serving the people in the communities of which he patrolled.  Leroy will be missed very much.

The service honoring Leroy’s life will be held at 2:00pm Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at the Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77038.

Andrew Jacob Blanton

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Andrew Jacob Blanton was born in Houston, Texas on October 2, 1987. He died on March 13, 2015 in Humble, Texas at the age of 27.

He is survived by his wife Jennifer Marie Blanton, his mother Paula Louise Blanton, his father Asa Dyer, and numerous family and friends.

During Junior High, he earned a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do.

He completed his studies from Billy Ryan High School, Denton, Texas in 2006. There he served as the Unit Chaplain in the Air Force Junior ROTC and held the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. He was also in the drama department, in which he enjoyed playing a role in The Sound of Music production.

While attending Lone Star College – Kingwood, he met Jennifer Adams. Three years later she became Mrs. Blanton in a small ceremony in Houston, Texas on April 28, 2011.

During his life, Andy gained many lasting friendships. We will never forget the impact he has had on our lives.

The funeral service will be held at 7:00pm Thursday, March 19, 2015, at First Baptist Church Deer Park, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Billy Don Ridens

Billy Don Ridens, 67 of Pasadena, Texas passed away suddenly on March 11, 2015.  Billy Don was born on February 18, 1948 to Joye Belle and C.C. (Mutt) Ridens in Lamesa, Texas.  He married his high school sweetheart, Glenda Derouen Ridens in 1971.  In 1974, he began his career with Akzo and worked with them for 38 years.  He had many adventures and dear friends through his time spent with them.

The world lost a loving husband, brother, uncle and friend.  He was a big man of little words, but everyone had a story about him and the nicknames that he gave to ones he cherished.  Please hold your love ones tight and remember everyday is a gift.

He is survived by his wife Glenda Derouen Ridens of Pasadena, Texas, brother Wayne Ridens of Baytown, Texas and three sister-in-laws Carolyn Derouen of Snyder, Texas, Diane Derouen and her husband Glenn Chambliss of Madison, Wisconsin and Kathy Ferguson and her husband Tommy of Trinity, Texas; and several nieces and nephews he considered as if they were one of his own.  Nieces: Donna Emfinger (Kevin Law), Christine Chambliss, Michelle Mauldin (Cody), Jenny Followay (Jack).  Nephews: Patrick Ridens (Stacey), Henry Schoonover, Jon Derouen (Shaun), and Tommy Ferguson, Jr. (Sarah).  He was also loved by many great nieces and nephews.  Leslie Schoonover, Tristen and Jordan Compton, Dustin Ridens, Katie Derouen, Paton and Cade Mauldin, Jon and Jenna Followay and Ty and Lauren Ferguson.

Billy Don is preceded in death by his father C.C., sister Wynell (Dannie) Martin, sister-in-law, Nelda Ridens, mother Joye Belle, brother-in-law, Jon Derouen and niece Charlotte Schoonover.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, American Heart Association or the charity of your choice.

The Visitation will be held at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, Texas on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 12-1pm. The funeral service will commence at 1:00pm.