Norman Beaman

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Norman Dale Beaman, 70, of Houston, passed away peacefully January 18, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was a wonderful blessing to all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Norman was born on October 10, 1946 in Galveston, Texas to Evangeline and Norman Beaman II. He is preceded in death by Evangeline Beaman Schaefer and Norman Beaman II.   Norman is survived by his wife of 34 years, Ruth Beaman; sons Kevin M. Sockwell and wife Stacy Sockwell, Troy L. Sockwell and wife Donna M. Sockwell; four grandchildren, Devin M. Sockwell, Jeremy A. Sockwell, Brittany E. Sockwell and Kade S. Sockwell; sister Sharon Webb and husband Frank Webb; as well as nephews Jason Hawkins and Frank Webb II.  Norman spent his early years in LaGrange, Texas and then moved to Houston, Texas.

Norman loved God and always tried to spread His love and grace to all he knew.  In his early years he worked in the oil field industry with Smithco Industries and then moved on to the automobile industry excelling continuously in sales.  This then lead him to becoming a buyer for many of the leading dealerships throughout Houston and the surrounding area.  Continually volunteering at church as usher and leading many mission trips, to always help the needy with the Shriners Burn Hospital in Galveston being one of his most fulfilling.  Having a couple of free days he filled them volunteering at Memorial Hermann Southeast for quite some time as well.  Also helping anyone who he saw needed help.  Being a cancer survivor himself, he had a special passion to pray for those dealing with cancer and praying for them continually.  He kept a special list always of anyone needing prayer whether he knew them or not.  He was a true prayer warrior for all. Being able to witness to his fellow man and woman and to go to them when in need and humble himself, and not only pray for them, but also to anoint them with oil and wash their feet as the Lord did Himself.

The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Friday, January 20, and the service celebrating Norman’s life will be at 10:00am Saturday, January 21, all held at Niday Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery.

David Prentice Burnside


David Prentice Burnside, 34, of Deer Park, Tx. Passed away on Monday, January 16, 2017. He is preceded in death by his beloved grandparents Chloe & Prentice Burnside and several aunts and uncles. He is survived by his parents Sandra & Charles Scott of Deer Park and Mark Burnside of Louisiana, brothers James Leverett, and Michael Scott, sisters Julia Martin, Natasha Spradley, and Jennifer Scott of Deer Park. Brother Bradley and sister Renee of Louisiana, and 2 beautiful daughters Kalysta & Brianna Burnside.

David was an avid computer geek, always taking them apart and putting them back together, working on them for everyone and able to fix them. He loved to ride motorcycles and was a devoted die hard Texans fan! He had a quirky, witty, sense of humor that could make anyone laugh. He worked in sales and was a top salesman at Nissan. In his younger years, he loved to race bikes and ride skateboards every chance he got.

He will be extremely missed everyday and there will forever be a missing piece of our hearts.

The family will receive friends from 3:00pm-4:00pm., at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, Saturday, January 21, the service celebrating David’s life will follow at 4:00pm.

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in Spirit.” Psalm 34:18

Richard Mathew Sorgmann


Richard Mathew Sorgmann of Pasadena passed away on January 15, 2017 at the age of 78.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife Rosemary Sorgmann. The survivors left to cherish his memory are his children, Richard, William and Kathryn; grandchildren Shea and Tara, great-granddaughter Addison and his feathered friend and close companion “Eagle”.

Richard lived a colorful life covering nearly every profession and hobby. In the golden years people will remember him for his white beard, calling him Papa Smurf, with his pet bird “Eagle” perched proudly on his shoulder, even while driving his taxi.

We love you and will miss you dearly Paw-Paw, rest in peace.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate Richard’s life, Sunday, January 22, from 4:00pm. to  6:00pm., at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena.

John Thurber


John Noel Thurber, 71, of Kingwood, Texas, went to be with our Lord on January 15, 2017 following a long battle with heart disease.

John was born February 16, 1945 in Oceanside, CA. He served in the Navy from June 1962-June 1968, where he earned the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Vietnam) and the National Defense Service Medal. He moved to Deer Park, TX in 1978 where he was owner and operator of Action Trailers. From 1988 until 1996 when he became ill, he worked for DSI and Enterprise Products as a Long Haul Truck Driver.

John is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Iris White; grandson, Joseph Glenn Sullivan. John is survived by his wife of 28 years, Lanell Thurber; brother, Phil ”Mack” White of Bend, OR; six children, Donald Thurber and wife Mylisa of Muncie, IN; son, Richard Davis of Dallas, TX; daughter, Janen Callihan and husband Mike of Lakewood, CA; son, Richard Sullivan and wife Anita of Waller, TX; son, Michael Stringer and wife Lydia of Baytown, TX; daughter, Amanda Holder and husband David of Huffman, TX. John is also survived by eleven grandchildren, Nicole Osborne, Sean Stringer, Brandon Thurber, LCpl Scott Heavin, Jacob Heavin, Tanner Holder, Samantha Heavin, Breanna Holder, Sam Sullivan, Ellie Sullivan, Zoie Stringer, and four great-grandchildren, Katherine, Vivian, and Logan Blakley, and Jade Osborne. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and friends.

If you were a friend of John’s, you knew him as an out spoken, highly intelligent and confident man, who loved a good debate. If you were family, you knew a man that always had your back, who loved unconditionally and saw no difference in his very blended family. He was a dedicated and loving husband, father, and granddad and papa. He will be greatly missed.

The funeral service celebrating John’s life will begin at 11:00am Friday, January 20, 2017, at First Baptist Church of Huffman, 25503 FM 2100, Huffman, TX 77336, and will be officiated by Pastor Mike Martin and Larry Sharpe. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery, 21620 Gulf Freeway, Webster, TX 77598 at 1:00pm.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Don Thurber, Sean Stringer, LCpl Scott Heavin, Jacob Heavin, Sam Sullivan, and Richard Davis.

We would like to give a special thanks to the doctors and nurses of Michael E. Debakey Veterans Hospital for all their great care and support.

Paul Dean Reich

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Paul Dean Reich, 90, of Cleveland, TX, passed away on January 15, 2017 in Pasadena, TX. Paul was born in Houston, TX to Linnie and Beulah Reich on August 21, 1926.  He attended Pasadena High School. He served in the Army from 1944 – 1946 in the 2138th unit as a Military Policeman. He married Faye Louise Thielepape on August 18, 1950 in Houston, TX. He was a member of the Houston Fire Department for 33 years before he retired in 1983 as a Captain. He enjoyed fishing, cards, golfing, gardening, and attending Fire Department events for retirees.

Paul Reich is preceded in death by his wife, Faye Reich, son, Damon Reich, brother, Joe Reich, and parents, Linnie and Beulah Reich.

Paul Reich is survived by his daughters, Danielle and Diane Reich, his grandson Dustin Reich and wife Marisa, and great-grandson Malcolm Reich.

The family of Paul Reich wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Hallmark Hospice, Faith Memorial Nursing Home, and the Houston Fire Department Honor Guard.

Family will receive friends from 10am-12pm., Saturday, January 21, at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. A graveside service will be held at Forest Park East Cemetery at 1:30pm., with Reverend Mark Downs officiating. Paul will also be honored by the Houston Fire Department Honor Guard.

Michele Perez

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Michele Renee Perez, 51 years old, earned her wings on January 11, 2017, at her home in Pasadena, Texas.  After her valiant fight with Breast Cancer in 2011-2013, Michele’s battle resumed in early 2014 with metastasized Breast Cancer which spread to her Brain.  Her strong will to live, unwavering faith in God, and the love and  prayers of family, friends, and many supporters carried her through 3 more years of various surgeries, therapies, and Dr. appointments. Yet throughout her struggle with cancer, she made time to reach out to others affected by the horrendous disease in more ways than one.  Whether it had been a motivator in her local Church or offering a shoulder to cry on to another woman in Pink, she never hesitated.

Michele was born on July 20, 1965, in Houston, Texas to Dwaine and Jeanette Cooper.  The sister of Trent Cooper, Neal Cooper, and Amy Bodie and their spouses Angela Cooper, Debbie Cooper, and Paul Bodie, who all live in different areas around Michele’s home in Pasadena Texas.  Married for 25 years, Michele and Art raised the dear children, Victoria, Katelyn, and Gentry over the years in Pasadena, Texas.  Possessing a true servants heart, Michele faithfully cared for her family through delicious “home cooked” meals, family movie night every Friday. And countless family vacations to San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Leakey Texas, and the Smokey Mountains.  A woman of faith, Michele shaped their spirituality by her tireless Christian example, and also through various youth prayer groups and church sports activities.  With a real zest for life, Michele loved to travel, dance, be around her family, and enjoyed spending her weekends off with her husband and children.

Michele, in her early adult life was active in the South Houston International Order of Rainbow for Girls, where she served as Worthy Advisor and Grand Representative to Indiana in Texas, and held the Grand Cross of Color.  She was also a 25 year member of the Park Place Order of the Eastern Star, No 731 where she served as Worthy Matron.  Her surviving family members who have not yet been recognized are stepmother of 3 girls, Jeri Trotti, Bernadette and Mark Alvarez, and Denise Perez, stepgrandmother of 2, Blain Trotti, and Chloe Alvarez and unfortunately too many other family members to list.

Visitation will be from 6:00pm until to 8:00pm Sunday, January 15th, and the Funeral Service will be at 10:00amMonday, January 16th, all held at Niday Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Garden of Memories.

Michael Unfried


Michael Kenneth Unfried went to be with the Lord on January 10, 2017. He was born on August 26, 1980 in Houston, TX and grew up in Pasadena, TX. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Elizabeth June Unfried, and grandparents, Richard and Alene Venters. Michael is survived by his parents, Ken & Lisa Unfried, his sister, Rachel Unfried-Hitchcock with husband Chris and his niece Raelynn Gisele Hitchcock, his children, Kahlan Unfried and Sebastien Unfried, his grandfather Walter Thomas Unfried, Uncle Gary Unfried, Uncle Don Unfried with wife Debbie and son Eric, Uncle Rick Venters with wife Valerie and his Aunt Carole Venters. He is also survived by numerous loving family members and friends. Michael was looking forward to be an uncle by sister Rachel, the sister he loved and adored since her birth.

Michael was a kind and giving person always trying to help those in need and devoted much time in efforts with organizations helping those less fortunate. He attended Deer Park High School and was a member of Pasadena’s First Baptist Church. He focused his career in computer programing and was employed with Harris County. He loved his work but his passion was with his family and he loved them so much. Michael’s love and joy could be seen no greater than that he had for his precious children, Kahlan and Sebastien.

God had other plans for Michael and he was taken from us much sooner than we can seem to bare. He will always be remembered and cherished. Michael will continue to help us feel his love and will be listening and watching us as we go through life. We are reminded by God’s message to us in Lamentations 3:22-23; “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

The family will receive friends from 4:00pm until 6:00pm Sunday, January 15, at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. The service celebrating Michael’s life will be at 10:00am Monday, January 16, at First Baptist Church Pasadena. Interment will follow at Grand View Memorial Park.

Marguerite Mathis

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Marguerite Helen (Conway) Mathis, age 91, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017, in Pasadena, Texas. She was born June 7, 1925 in Houston, Texas to Judson Truett and Lillian Helen Conway.

Marguerite was saved at a young age at Lawndale Baptist Church. She worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company until she met and married Norman R. Mathis. On November 26, 1947 she married the love of her life, Norman. Marguerite was a housewife and mother. She and Norman had three children, Norman Jr., Kay and Glenn.  She kept her grandchildren and school teachers children in her home for 10 plus years. Marguerite and Norman taught fourth grade Sunday School at Park Place Baptist Church for over 40 years. Through the years she loved to collect antique glass, taking care of her grandchildren and taking trips to Las Vegas with Norman and his two aunts.

Marguerite is preceded in death by her parents Judson Truett and Lillian Helen Conway; son, Norman Ray Mathis, Jr.; brothers George Harlan Conway, Judson Truett Conway, Jr.; sisters Jean Ford and Bernice Bingermer. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Johnny Musgrove of Deer Park, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Glenn and Lysa Mathis of Hankamer, Texas; grandchildren Tammie Mathis of Daingerfield, Texas; Phillip Mathis and wife Kara of Telephone, Texas; Julie Powell and husband Eddy of Deer Park; Michael Musgrove and wife Meagan of Deer Park;  Jennifer Mathis of Winnie, Texas; Candice Mathis of Baytown, Texas; Meghann Saylor and husband Chris of Mount Belview, Texas; 14 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation for the family and friends will be Friday, January 13, 2017, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Niday Funeral Home in Houston. The funeral service will be held at 11:00am Saturday, January 14, 2017, also held at Niday Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Phillip Mathis, Michael Musgrove, Eddy Powell, Bret Conway, Truett Conway, and Caleb Lopez.

Harold Clifford Matthys


Harold Clifford Matthys passed away peacefully on January 8, 2017 in Houston, Texas at the age of 91.

Harold was born on July 24, 1925 to parents Ernest and Cleo Matthys in a farmhouse in Hallsburg, Texas.  He went to Riesel High School through the eleventh grade, where he met his wife of 72 years Hazel Pryor Matthys.  Harold joined the Navy and fought in World War II on the Battleship North Carolina.  Upon returning from war and being honorably discharged he went to work at Goodyear Tire and Rubber.  After working at Goodyear for 22 years he went to work at Texas Aluminum Industries until retirement in 1992.

Harold loved fishing at Matagorda Bay where he had some of the best moments of his life.  He made life long memories with his family teaching them how to fish.  He was also the handyman of the neighborhood always willing to run over to help fix any problem no matter what time of day.  Spending time with his family was so important to him.  He spent many hours talking about his days in the service, discussing the football game, and telling old fish stories.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents and son, Donald Matthys.  He is survived by his wife; son Tom Matthys; grandchildren, Doug Matthys, Bryan Matthys, Stacy Reed, Holly Richards, and Michael Matthys; great-grandchildren, Tyler Matthys, Alaska Reed, Keaton Reed, Zachary Reed, and Finley Richards.

The funeral service celebrating Harold’s life will begin at 1:00pm., Friday, January 13, at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service; interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale.

Mary McMillan


Mary Sue (Wilson) McMillan, age 85, passed away peacefully on January 6th, 2017 in Pasadena Texas.  She was born January 8, 1931 in Prescott, Arkansas to Owen and Vernell Wilson.

Mary spent most of her life in Texas and enjoyed a civil service career during which she worked for Bryan Air Force Base, US Postal Service and the Veterans Administration.  She was an avid fan of the Texas Aggies as well as a stamp collector, civil war enthusiast and genealogy buff.  Her greatest joys, however, were her grand/great-grandchildren, her many dachshunds and tending her plants and gardens.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, T.D. “Pete” McMillan in 2009;  her parents;  brothers Owen, Jr., Tillman Wilson, and Byron Watson Wilson; sisters Delma Faye Smith, Carolyn Hart and Bette Wilson.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Les and Carol McMillan of Pasadena, Texas;  daughter, Patricia McMillan of Katy, Texas; granddaughters Amie McMillan, Carrie Payne and husband David, and Vita Hickman and husband Ben;  and great-grandchildren, Maddex Payne, Kaya and Leo Hickman,  all of Pasadena/Deer  Park; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00am Tuesday, January 10th, at Niday Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. Burial will privately follow at Sweet Home Cemetery in Blevins, Arkansas.

In lieu of usual remembrances, memorial contributions in Mary’s name may be made to the Pasadena Animal Shelter or Salvation Army.