Lacey Marie Terry

Lacie picLacey Marie Terry, 27, of La Porte Texas, died peacefully on April 16, 2015 surrounded by her loving family and countless friends. Lacey is survived by her heart and soul, her son, Race Tallon, her parents Kathy and Stephen Terry, Brothers and Sisters in law Stephen and Shanda Terry, Brian Terry, Aaron and Becky Terry, Daniel Terry of LaPorte, TX; Sister and Brother in law Elaine and James Dietz of Sneedville, TX; grandmother Joyce Terry of Rising Sun, IN; Nieces and Nephews Tyler, Ethan, Emma, Earn, Sam, McKenzie and Jaxson Terry; Trey, Martin, Clarence, Winnie and Genevieve Dietz; Cousins Kristie Cate, William “Pecos” Ralph, Raymond Devers, Kathy Jo Pimentel, Aunt Billie Jean Ralph.

Lacey was beautiful, with a glorious smile and quick wit that endeared so many people to her instantly. She was a doting, loving mother to Race and was so proud of the young man he was becoming. He was her little man, and the center of her universe. May her memory live long in his heart and that he will continue to feel her presence throughout his life.

We are assured she’s in her new home in Heaven at the feet of her Lord, spreading her sunshine into eternity. Until we see you again sweet girl, your memory will live on with us in your beautiful boy Race. We love you Lacey Marie.

Visitation will be from 3:00pm until 5:00pm Sunday, April 19, 2015 and the service celebrating Terry’s life will be at 10:00am Monday, April 20, 2015, all held at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. Interment will follow in the LaPorte Cemetery.

Archie Palma

Archie picArchie Palma went to be with Jesus on April 16, 2015. He was born May 20, 1927 to Archibald and Artemis Palma in Phoenix, AZ. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife LaVonne Palma, his sister Delores, brother Phil, daughter Melissa (Mimi), stepdaughters, Renee and Michelle, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and countless friends.

Archie found a passion for basketball during his school years, that passion followed him into his college years where he graduated from Occidental College in Pasadena, Ca.
Archie serviced his country in the US Navy, owned and operated Sizzler Steak House restaurants, and always found himself surrounded by friends at Archie’s Better Times.
Archie loved life and always had a smile on his face. He brought happiness into lives of others with his laughter’s and words of wisdom.

The family will receive friends Monday April 20, 2015, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena with services to follow at 2:00 pm. Interment will follow at Grand View Memorial Park Pasadena, Texas.

Tara Alane Ball

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Tara Alane Ball, born January 26, 1977 in Houston, Texas to the parents of Larry Jay and Sheila Janice Ball, went to be with Jesus in Heaven as her earthly family was by her side on April 13, 2015. She is survived by her parents Larry and Sheila Ball, sister Tiffany and husband Rex Richards, nephew Nathan and niece Evelyn along with numerous family and friends that loved her so.

Tara was a graduate of Faith Christian Academy. She was an employee of Luby’s for over 16 years – a job she truly loved and her customers equally loved her – many routinely visited Luby’s just to see Tara and to be blessed by her smiling face and sweet spirit. She was also an active and loved member of the Special Friends Group at Sagemont Church and Mary Queen Catholic Church of Friendswood as well as Forgotten Angels of Pearland.

Tara enjoyed many arts and crafts, but she especially enjoyed latch hook and ceramics. Her ceramics were award winning at multiple ceramic shows around the city. And many of us have had the great pleasure of being the recipient of her latch hook and ceramic work which we consider some of our most cherished and treasured earthly possessions. One of Tara’s favorite things to do was to enjoy a special meal with family and friends. Tara loved food and was often very daring with the entrees she would choose. Tara loved people and she especially loved baking muffins for them if they were sick or hurting. This act became known as “Tara’s Muffin Ministry” and it has touched many lives over the years.

Tara had a beautiful and special heart for the Lord, her family, her church, her friends, and everyone – the countless individuals with whom she shared her life.

Our precious angel Tara, too good for this earth, God has called you home, we know you are much better off in Heaven, but then we loved you so, it is hard so hard to let you go. “His loved ones are very precious to Him and He does not lightly let them die.” (Ps. 116:15)

In lieu of usual remembrances, memorial contributions in Tara’s name may be made to Forgotten Angels at or to Special Friends at Visitation will be held Thursday evening, April 16, 2015, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. The service celebrating Tara’s life will be held at 10:00am Friday, April 17, 2015, at Sagemont Church in the HRA where Bro. John Morgan will officiate. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Houston.

Rosa Romero


Rosa Maria Romero went to be with the Lord on April 9, 2015. She was born March 23, 1952 in Mexico to Epifanio Hernandez and Valentina Contreras Hernandez.

Rosa is survived by her children, Maria E. Garcia, Leticia Navarro, and Jose A Romero, Jr.; 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Rosa was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, watching her Novelas and especially loving and caring for her family. Our mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and Godmother was very much loved and will greatly be missed.

Visitation will be from 4:00pm until 6:00pm Sunday, April 12th, with a Rosary being prayed at 5:00pm, and the funeral service will be at 11:00am Monday, April 13th, all held at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. Interment will follow at 1:00pm at Houston National Cemetery.

Josephine Vannoy

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Josephine Vannoy, who made her home in Shadycrest for 45 years, passed Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

Born Josephine Cheek on April 1, 1923, in Springfield, Missouri, she is preceded in death by her loving husband of 59 years, William Elbert “Van” Vannoy, and is survived by their daughter Kathryn Berdine and her husband Greg of Pearland; brother Tom Cheek and his wife Carol of The Woodlands, and sister Margaret Ecord of Kansas City, MO; as well as many beloved nephews and nieces.

The funeral service will be held at 7:00pm Monday, April 13, 2015, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel, with visitation one hour prior to the service. A private interment will be held at Houston National Cemetery.

Thelma Irene Bright

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Thelma Irene Bright, ‘Mima”, passed away April 7, 2015. She was born February 7, 1929 in Houston, Texas to Thomas Edgar Williams and Dorothy Mae Williams.

Irene was preceded in death by her loving husband of 61 years, Oliver “O.G.” Bright. Irene is survived by sons Stephen Bright and wife Denise and David Bright and wife Brenda; grandsons Brandon Bright and wife Christine; Michael Bright and wife Crystal;Granddaughters Danielle Parnell and husband Kevin; Amy Yanez and husband Jared. She’s also survived by six great grandchildren; Kellie, Abbie, Taylor, Andrew, Alyssa,Haley and her loving sister Marie Stanfield.

Irene was a long time member of Sunset Methodist Church. She lived most of her life in Pasadena, Texas. Irene loved life and her family. She was always “all in” on the many camping, fishing and sports activities. Our Mother and Mima was loved dearly and will be greatly missed.

The visitation will be held at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena from 10:00-11:00am, a graveside service immediately following at SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland with Scottie Baker officiating.

Joe Bayarena

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Joe Bayarena, Jr., 72, of Houston, Texas, passed away Tuesday, April 6, 2015, at home surrounded by his family. Joe is survived by his wife Linda of 48 years and sons Marco (Tracy) Bayarena and Lee Bayarena, brothers Oscar (Josie) Bayarena, Corando (Leticia) Bayarena, Roel (Olivia) Bayarena, Paul (Norma) Bayarena and Lupe Bayarena. He was preceded in death by his parents Jose and Manuela (Almendarez) Bayarena and his brother Pete Bayarena.
Joe was born October 21, 1942 in Encino, Texas. He graduated from Calhoun High School in Port Lavaca, Texas, and attended the University of Houston. He was employed by Lockheed Martin at NASA for 10 years and retired from AT&T in 2006. He loved spending time with his sons and enjoyed hunting, saltwater fishing and working at his ranch.
Visitation will be from 5:00pm until 6:45pm at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, 11011 Hall Road, Houston 77089, on Wednesday, April 8, followed by a Vigil Service at 7:00pm. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00am Thursday, April 9, also at St. Luke, with visitation prior to the mass starting at 9:30am. Burial will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church Capital Campaign. A special thanks to Heart to Heart Hospice for their loving care and support, especially his nurse Jamie Block.

Rosemary King

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Rosemary King, formerly of New Braunfels, passed away on March 31, 2015. She was born on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918 to Sam and Angela Trumbature. She is preceded in death by her husband, Russell S. King, and is survived by sister, Virginia Chadwell of San Antonio, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Rosemary was a talented seamstress who taught her nieces to sew and also sewed for others for many years. She was a beloved sister, aunt, mother figure and best friend to her nieces, nephews and friends.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00am Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery in New Braunfels.

John Morris O’Bryan

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John Morris O’Bryan of Houston, TX, passed away peacefully in his home on April 4, 2015. He was 91. John is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Martha Stein O’Bryan, his mother Emma Barr O’Bryan, father John William O’Bryan, and sisters Naomi Jackson and Bonnie Renaker. He is survived by his sister Irma Jackson, brother William O’Bryan, five children; John Jr. (Irene) of Los Angeles, CA, Richard (Carol) of New Albany, IN, Mary Ann, Kenneth (Kathy), and Rebecca Prejean (James) all of Houston, TX; nine grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

John was born in Meade County, Kentucky on December 30, 1923 and grew up in New Albany, Indiana where he lived until relocating to Houston in 1980. He graduated from New Albany high school in 1941 and from the University of Louisville in 1950 with a degree in Accounting. From January 1943 to March 1946, John served in the United States Army where his tour of duty included the European Theater of Operations. He was employed by The Lafitte Company in Louisville, KY from 1956 to 1977 where he served as director, vice president and treasurer. From 1980 until 1990, John was employed by the Internal Revenue Service in Houston, TX, where he served as team coordinator in Houston’s Large Case Division. An active member in his community, John served on the Floyd County, IN Tax Adjustment Board, served as director and treasurer of the Valley View Golf Club, served on the New Albany District Board of Education, and the Board of Education of Holy Family Church. He was also a member of the Cardinal Ritter Council of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in New Albany, IN and St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church in Houston, TX. In retirement he enjoyed playing golf, attending his grandchildren’s many school and sporting events, playing cards, visiting family from coast to coast and cheering on his Rockets, Texans, Astros, Cardinals, Longhorns and Aggies.

Dearly loved by family and friends, John was a leader by example who served as a moral compass for his family. He was a kind and loving husband, father and grandfather; his family his greatest source of joy and pride. Though he has gone to be with Martha in the house of the Lord, he will remain forever in our hearts.

Memorial contributions in John’s honor may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The visitation will be held at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, Texas on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 6pm-8pm. The funeral service will be held at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Houston, Texas on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 11:00am with the burial immediately following and being held at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas.

Jack Sumrall, Sr.


On April 3, 2015 Jack Sumrall went to be with the Lord. Jack was born July 6, 1938 in Smith County, Mississippi.

Jack was known by many names, Dad, Pawpaw, Papaw Jack and most reverently Captain Jack. Jack is survived by his wife Jean Bufkin Sumrall of 55 years; sister Cecil Bryant; brother Joe Sumrall; two sons, David Sumrall and wife Carla, and Jason Sumrall and wife Kelly; six granddaughters, Jennifer Hooter and husband Jeremy, Julia Harrington and husband Brandon, Shelby Sumrall, Ella Sumrall, Katrina Baker, and Paige Baker; and four great-grandchildren, Jacob Mitchell, Jaiden Hooter, Jentry Hooter and Ainsley Harrington.

Jack loved the outdoors, he loved to hunt, fish, and take the kids out on the pontoon boat. He loved to be at the lake house, sit around the fire and tell stories. He had a garden every year, and furnished family, friends and neighbors with home grown tomatoes. He always looked forward to spending time in his home town and visiting with family and old friends. But his greatest Love was his four granddaughters, and his four great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him and loved him.

Visitation will be from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Monday, April 6th, and the service celebrating Jack’s life will be at 10:00am Tuesday, April 7th, all held at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery.