Bernadine M. Riner


Bernadine M. Riner passed from this life to the presence of our Lord and Savior September 20, 2016. She was born Bernadine Emmitt McKinney, daughter of Emmitt and Josie McKinney on October 4, 1927 in Center, Texas.

Bernadine came to Houston in the late 40’s and later went to work in the insurance industry for Houstoun, Stevenson and Cummings.  In her 45 years before retiring she worked her way up from switchboard operator to VP in the bookkeeping department.

Bernadine was the last of the charter members of Freeway Manor Baptist Church where she helped keep books, taught Sunday school, worked with the youth department and sang in the choir.  She was a member there for 60 years.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Brodie Riner.  She is survived by her son, Brodie Riner, Jr (Gene) and his wife, Brenda; son, Bobby Riner; grandson Brodie Riner III (Beau) and his wife, Erica; and great grandchildren, Aidan, Dylan and Logan; brother, Jessie Meryl McKinney and his wife Dotty; Sister-in-law June Hinkle.  Bernadine also has a host of nieces and nephews that looked to her as the matriarch of the family.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00am, Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Freeway Manor Baptist Church, 2300 Rodney St. Houston, TX 77034.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Bernadine Riner fund at the church which will go toward the building and start of the new Children’s Church.

Shirley Cheeseman


Shirley Cheeseman passed away at an early age of 62, September 18, 2016, in Pasadena, Texas.  Shirley was born June 10, 1954 in Moultrie, Georgia and was adopted into the loving Christian family of Van and Fluorine Dexter of Moultrie Georgia.  She grew up in Moultrie and after graduating from High School, she attended the local Tech School.  After completion, she took a position with Penn Emblem Company.  With the company expansion to the Houston market, she transferred to Houston.  At the same time her pastor at The First Church of the Nazarene in Moultrie took a new calling to The First Church of the Nazarene in Houston, Texas where he introduced her to Cliff who was a member of the Church.  After dating for two years, Cliff finally popped the question.  As it is said, the rest of the story is that she shared working with Cliff in his photography business for several years and then accepted a position with Groth Corp where she has spent the last 35 years working in many different positions in the company.

Shirley was well liked by everyone and never met a stranger.  She was outgoing, fun to be around, a great sense of humor and loving to all who knew her. She was hard-working, caring, giving and always taking the opportunity to help others. She had a big heart in doing well for others and always wanted to help make thing better for the ones she was surrounded with at work and at her church, and will be missed greatly by everyone.  She enjoyed reading, playing computer games and sharing her time with Cliff and his hobby of model railroading and with their many friends that came to visit, taking them on tour of their home and telling them about the items in their collection.

Shirley is survived by her loving husband, Cliff Cheeseman, of 38 years and her two loveable dachshunds, Buffy and Buster.

The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Thursday, September 22nd, and the service celebrating Shirley’s life will be held at 10:00am Friday, September 23rd, all held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel, with interment following at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.   2nd Timothy 4:7


Juan A. Cortes


Juan Aurelio Cortes-Colon was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico in 1931.  He enlisted in the United States Army at the age of 17 and attended boot camp in Panama as a member of the 65th Infantry Regiment.  His career in the Army would span 21 years, and he would deploy to the Korean and Vietnam wars.  He would eventually retire at the rank of Command Sergeant Major.  Juan was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions in Vietnam in 1967.

After joining the Army, Juan married his wife Ana.  Their marriage spanned four continents, over a dozen relocations and more than six decades.

When his career in the Army had come to an end, Juan moved his family to Puerto Rico where he worked in business, and spent his time pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at the Pontifical University of Puerto Rico.  He obtained a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts.

Six years later, the family moved to Houston, Texas where he would spend the remainder of his life.  After moving to Houston, Juan worked for Igloo, Inc. and then started “Sagemont Upholstery” which he ran with Ana.  Juan was an active member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church for over 40 years, serving his fellow parishioners as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and in several other ministries.

Juan also devoted 25 years of his life to the Diocese of Galveston-Houston’s prison ministry program.  Visiting and corresponding with inmates in 5 different state and federal facilities, he brought the word of the Gospel to those most in need.  Juan often met and spent one-on-one time with death row inmates, providing them spiritual counsel and guidance until the end of their lives.  He was formally recognized for his service by the Diocese of Galveston-Houston, and was presented with an award by the Bishop.

A man of many talents, Juan was an apt painter, ceramist, sculptor, mechanic and handyman.  If you needed something fixed or repaired, Juan was always available and was always generous with his time.  Juan was also generous with his wisdom and wit, and often shared scripture, his smile, and his sense of humor.  At the age of 73, Juan obtained a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Theology from the University of St. Thomas.
Even in his last days in the hospital, Juan was a caring and generous man.  He was constantly thankful for those who cared for him, and prayed for those surrounding him.  He never complained during his suffering.

Juan is survived by his greatest treasure in life – his family.  He is survived by his wife Ana, four children, eleven grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, three siblings, and numerous cousins.  He will be greatly missed as a good and holy man.

Visitation and a vigil service will be held September 25 at Niday Funeral Home, located at 12440 Beamer Rd. From 5-7 PM in the chapel.

A funeral mass will be held September 26, at 11 AM at St. Luke’s Catholic Church located at 11011 Hall Road.  A burial service will follow the funeral at the Houston National Cemetery located at 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Juan’s name to a food bank, the Diocese of Galveston-Houston, The University of St. Thomas, or a veteran’s organization.

Derrick Gobin


Beloved husband, father, brother and friend, Derrick Rashad Gobin, age 44, died on Sunday September 11, 2016. Derrick is survived by his loving wife Rachel Audelle Stordeur and children: two adult sons Khalil Ravi David Lee and Shawn Arwood, and daughter Audrie Helen Stordeur.  He was outgoing, fun, and loving to all who knew him. Derrick was hard-working, caring, giving, and always taking the opportunity to help others attain the all American dream of home ownership with his realty firm, Gary Greene Real Estate.

Born April 28, 1972 to his late mother Inez Doolethen, in Trinidad Tibago, and preceded in death by one brother. He also leaves behind father George Gobin and younger siblings. Gone but not forgotten.  Forever in our memories, Derrick “Superman” Rashad Gobin.

The service celebrating Derrick’s life will be held at 11:00am Thursday, September 22, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel, with visitation prior to the service starting at 9:30am.

Lorene “Lorri” Crews


Lorri Crews 54, of Pasadena, Texas passed away on September 11, 2016.  She was born on April 26, 1962 in Hopewell, Virginia.  She graduated from New Kent High School.  She served in the Navy for 3 ½ years and then attended Kaplan College where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.   She worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for many years, then moved to the Harris County Sherriff’s Department in Houston.

She is survived by her husband John Crews, son Timothy Babb, sister Jo Reagan, stepson Robert Crews and wife Jodie Crews with son’s Darien Wilcox and Nicholaus Crews.  Also many other family members and friends including the staff of the Harris County Sherriff’s Department.

The funeral service will be held at 11:30am., Thursday, September 15, at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Interment will follow the service at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr. Houston, TX 77038.

In Lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be to made MD Anderson Cancer Institute.

Karen Kay (Doig) Walker


June 2, 1942 – September 10, 2016

Our beautiful mother, Karen Kay (Doig) Walker, was born of Scottish heritage on June 2, 1942 to her loving parents, Joseph III and Josephine (Casto) Doig in Charleston, WV.  Larry J. Doig is her only sibling and older brother.

Early childhood years were spent in Kanawha County in St. Albans, WV, where she attended Highlawn Grade School (Rah, rah, rah!)  Her father was transferred with Union Carbide to Seadrift, TX; and the family moved to Victoria, TX.  That 12-year old girl could not wait to see the big ranch they’d own, the horses they’d ride, and the 10-gallon cowboy hats & boots to daily wear … because that’s what “all” Texans did back then!  While that surely wasn’t the case, watching old westerns was as close as she got. Karen made her profession of faith, was saved at age 5, and has loved the Lord her entire life.  The Doigs were members of the Baptist Temple. She attended Crain Jr. High and Victoria High School.  With the most beautiful voice, she was a valued member of the choir. Upon her 1960 VHS graduation, it was straight on to obtain her nursing degree from Victoria College, and a special certification in Electroencephalographic Technology from UTMB, Galveston, TX.

How appropriately this wise and compassionate woman was called to this profession to be a loving provider of care to so many!  She was an excellent nurse. Her career included Citizens Memorial Hospital, Victoria, TX; Sharpstown Hospital, Houston, TX; TDC-Retrieve, Angleton, TX; The Hampton, Houston, TX; Paragon Hospice, Houston, TX; and concluded her lengthy career this summer due to her health at Sugar Land Healthcare, Sugar Land, TX.  Along the journey of nursing she took a few breaks which included: Stay-At-Home Mom (which was her MOST favorite); co-owner of a furniture store in Angleton, TX; and Warden’s Secretary, TDC-Darrington, Rosharon, TX.

In 1965, Karen married the handsome and talented V. Ronald Walker of Port Lavaca, TX, her best friend.  His architecture career brought them to Houston, TX.  They were blessed with two children, Dawn and Todd. Their church memberships were first at Gethsemane Methodist, where they sang together in the choir; and then at West University Baptist.  From their home in West University Place, TX, to the big city of Angleton, TX, the Walkers relocated in 1975 when Ron opened his own firm. Upon their arrival they became members at First Baptist Church; and then moved their letter to Second Baptist Church, their 2nd Family.

On Saturday, September 10, 2016, with grace Karen went home to Glory to be with her Lord and Savior.  With strength and humor to the end, she faced what was before her.  Karen was no stranger to facing challenges.  She triumphed, with God’s healing hands, over Polio and paralysis as a 4-year old girl. Throughout her life into her Heavenly promotion, she was always confidently ready to go.  She was surrounded by her precious family and friends as she was loved into the arms of Jesus.

Karen, or KaKa to her grandchildren, is survived by her children, daughter, Dawn (Walker) & George Ruth, III; and son, Todd & Linda (Heczman) Walker; her precious grandchildren, Trey Foss, Victoria (Hernandez) & Fabian Galavez, Adrianna Ruth, Spencer Ruth, Tiffany Foss, Tyler Oden, Tommy Walker, Kierra Ruth & Eric Allen, Adam Ruth, Kyndall Oden, & Monica Ruth; and greats, Laila Foss, Mariah & Fabian Galavez, Jr., and Baby Allen, due in November.  She is also survived by her brother, Larry J. & Brenda (Meisner) Doig; her special nephews, Danny & Michael, and niece, Andrea, & families; WV cousins, and other family.  Special friends survived by her are many, but especially Brenda Alexander, Edobor Benjamin, Carlie Hinchman, Scott Ramon, Denise Lewis, and her sidekick Beverly Todd.

The celebration service to remember Karen will be held on Monday, September 26, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Second Baptist Church, Angleton, Texas.

Mother, not only were you the most selfless and giving as a Christian woman, you were the best wife, mother, friend, nurse. You are SO very loved!! We will try to aspire to show others the love, strength, and hope in Christ that you have lived. Thank you, Mom!!  We rejoice that you are in your Heavenly Home, though we will miss your beautiful big green eyes, the warmth of your touch, the wisdom you impart, and the unique humor to that which is … you.

God bless you, dearest Mother!!

Phyllis J. Eddleman


Silently slipped away during a peaceful moment the morning of September 10, 2016. Born in Spirit Lake, Iowa, June 13, 1933 to Pearl A.  Pollard and Harry A. Sorensen. Her mother passed in 1938, she was raised by her father and a brother ten years her senior Harry jr. on a farm. Attended a one-room school house in early years and graduated from Milford High School 1949. Active in the student body, a cheerleader for three years, played the French horn in a concert band, and was drum majorette for the marching band. Graduated from Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in 1951 and worked for a local Doctor for four years.  Phyllis moved to Long Beach, California to continue her education, where she met her husband James M. Eddleman (a long shore man), and became a medical transcriptionist a Career which she was involved in until 2011.

To this union four children were born, Kelley Jean, Scott Allen, Kristen D’Ann and Bradley James. They moved to Houston, Texas in 1961 where she has resided in the same neighborhood for over 50 years, Meadow creek.

Member of Park Place Lutheran Church for forty-five years, until the church closed in 2007.  She began attending Evangelical Lutheran church of the Redeemer in 2007; she served two years on the church council until she became ill in 2011.

She led by example of a woman with great faith, belief in God and love of people. A loving mother, wife, auntie, matriarch, and me maw known to her family, with that circle being large, her church and friends in the community played a large role in her zest for life. Served on many boards and communities, volunteered at schools and countless community programs. Phyllis enjoyed keeping up on current events gardening, music, art, cooking, all holidays and celebrations, an avid sports fan, and antiques shopper. Rescuing animals and the beach were dear to her heart.

She leaves behind five grandchildren, Brittany D’ Ann Kreir, Ethan john Scott, Pearce Elizabeth Katherine Pearce, Madeline Faith Eddleman and Jake Samuel Eddleman. Daughter Kelley j. Pearce son Bradley j. Eddleman. niece Beverly J. Helms, nephew Charles W.Eddleman. Many neighborhood children she claimed as her’s. Countless friends across the state of Texas, some include five decades, three generations. We are so proud of her courage, strength, laughter and love she shared with us during her lifetime.

Her children, daughter Kristen D’Ann Eddleman, son Scott Allen Eddleman, husband James Martin Eddleman. predeceased Phyllis.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00pm., Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, with visitation one hour prior to the service. A Reception will follow at 4:00p.m. at Evangelical Lutheran church of the Redeemer, 5700 Lawndale, Houston 77023.

Interment will be at 11:00am., Monday, September 26, at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery, 7301 Memorial Street, Hitchcock, Texas 77563

In lieu of flowers a donation can be made in her name to Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, or to your favorite animal cause.

Brenda Etta Kamke


Brenda Etta Kamke, 73, passed away September 8, 2016, in Webster, Texas surrounded by her family.  Brenda was born in Anderson, Indiana to Albert and Lucille Bainter on April 6, 1943.  She grew up in Indiana and lived in Michigan, Massachusetts, and Houston before settling down in her little home in the woods of Huntington, Texas, where she loved to host her children and grandchildren with her fabulous home cooking and games of Liverpool, which she always won.  Although Brenda loved cooking, baking, cleaning, organizing, gardening, thrift store shopping, or doing anything crafty, she most enjoyed being around her family.  She loved her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren more than anything in the world.

Brenda is survived by her sister, Donna Owens of Pendleton, Indiana, her daughter and son-in-law, Sherri and Darryl Pell of Crystal Beach, Texas, her son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Theresa Kamke of Houston, Texas; grandchildren Nicholas (Brianna) Kamke, Derek (Melinda) Kamke, Kenneth Pell, Kevin Pell, and Heather Kamke; great-grandchildren Kayleigh Guevara, Landon Kamke, Jaxon Kamke, Cole Kamke, and Maverick Kamke, as well as several nieces and nephews and her beloved dog, Moo Moo.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Melvin Keith Bainter.

The service celebrating Brenda’s life will be held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, or the hospice of your choice.

Cliff Trainer


Clifford Lee Trainer, Jr., also known as C.L, Big Daddy and Pawpaw, entered his eternal heavenly home on September 7, 2016, surrounded by his wife, daughter and son.

Cliff was born in Pasadena, TX in 1941 and graduated from La Porte High School in 1960.  Shortly thereafter, he began his service in the Army National Guard. Upon his return, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Sears. Cliff and Mary had two children, Marsha Trainer Parrish (husband, Mike) and Steven Lee Trainer (wife, Terri). Cliff has two grandchildren, Noah Michael Parrish and Ridley Lee Trainer, which were the light of his life; brother Keith Trainer and wife Mary Ann; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cliff joined Continental Airlines in 1961 in baggage services and ended his 36 year career as Regional Vice President at Houston Intercontinental Airport. Shortly thereafter he joined ITS Services as Regional Vice President. After three years, he made a career change and joined KBR’s International Services as HR Manager for six years, servicing Kosovo, Macedonia, and Iraq.  Upon his return, he decided he’d had enough corporate fun and took full retirement. That is when the good life really began for Cliff…..hunting, fishing, golfing, enjoying his family and traveling with wife Mary.

Cliff quickly became friends with everyone he met. He could always find the good in people and sought to encourage those around him. Cliff’s glass was always half full and he chose to embrace life fully. He lived his life to the fullest, always seeking to serve others, his church and his Lord.

The service celebrating Cliff’s life will take place at noon on Saturday, September 10, at Sagemont Church, 11300 S. Sam Houston Pkwy. E., Houston TX 77089, with visitation prior to the service, starting at 10:30am. For those wishing to make a contribution in lieu of flowers, please send donations to Helping Hands Ministries of Sagemont Church, or contact:

I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.   2nd Timothy 4:7

Gilbert Reyna


Gilbert Reyna, Sr., 89, of Houston, was called home on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. He is preceded in death by his sons, Gilbert Reyna, Jr. and David Reyna. Gilbert is survived by his loving wife, Lena Reyna and son, Daniel Reyna; grandchildren, Crystal Reyna, Sarah Coronado, April Andrade, Andrea Garcia, Matthew Reyna, Austin and Marissa Reyna; great-grandchildren, Kirsten Reyes, Kelvin Reyes,  Natalia Guerrero, Khloe Coronado, Brooklyn Coronado, Kaleb Coronado, Robert Andrade, Jr., Tessa Andrade, Nicolas Vega and Christian Vega, and many other family members and lifelong friends.

Visitation will be from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Sunday, September 11, and the funeral service will be at 10:00am Monday, September 12, all held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.