Jerry Wayne Sims


Jerry Wayne Sims was born September 26, 1936 in Gadsden, Alabama and graduated from Gadsden High School in 1952. He attended the University of Alabama and played football under Coach Red Drew from 1953-1954. He and Patricia Walthour married October 22, 1955 and had five sons together. He served in The United States Army and traveled much of Europe while enlisted. Following his military service, he moved to Houston, Texas to work for NASA in the Apollo Program while history was being written. NASA awarded Jerry “The Man of the Year” award in 1970. Next in his career, he traveled back to Gadsden, Alabama in 1972 where he opened and ran his own construction company for 9+ years. He then returned to Houston in 1981 and continued his construction business, which he later turned over to his son Patrick. He then opened up the company Capias Investigations which he operated and ran for 20+ years. He worked for almost every judge and attorney in the Houston area serving papers, filing court documents, private investigations, etc….

After retirement, Jerry enjoyed working on his farm, boating, painting, reading, cooking, traveling and would always make time to watch a good John Wayne movie. He has always been an avid football fan, faithfully watching University of Alabama Crimson Tide, and The Houston Texans.

Jerry never met a stranger and he always had a story to tell. Jerry would always go the extra mile to do whatever it took even if it meant running out of gas.

He will be greatly missed

Jerry is survived by his wife Patricia, his five sons, Jerry W., Stephen T., Michael L., Gregory S., Patrick L., 9 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 1 brother Sonny and numerous nieces and nephews.

The memorial service celebrating Jerry’s life will be held at 11:00am Saturday, December 20th, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel.

Johanna Brundage


Johanna (Jo) Marie Moore Brundage, went to be with her Lord on December 12, 2014 at 4:40am at Brookdale Place, Pearland Texas.  She was born January 18, 1920 in Abilene TX.  Her family moved to the Waco, TX area where they remained for many years.  Joanna married Jimmy Brundage in August 1939 and remained in the Waco area to raise their family.  They moved to Houston, TX in 1956 and remained until 1973 when they moved to the Ft. Worth area where they remained until Jo moved to Brookdale Place 7 months ago.

Her children describe her as “a Proverbs women”.  She was a Godley wife and mother, a strong witness for her Lord, a wonderful grandmother and a devoted friend.  She lived by example, providing well for her family, kept a beautiful yard and home.  She raised a garden and was a great cook.  She took her children to church on the city bus every Sunday.  She was a Sunday School teacher, teaching children about God’s love.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

She is survived by her sister, Rita Faye (Ritzie) Reed of Garland, Texas.;  by her daughter, Jimmie Sue and husband Richard (Dick) Orth of Houston;  her son Hardy Joe and wife Marianne Brundage of Conroe;  granddaughters, Lori Johnson, Mandi Gulledge, Ami Miller, Cindy Way, Vicki Williams, and Michelle Bond; 12 Great grandchildren ; 9 great great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Edythe Marie Sandig and John Ernest Moore, Sr.; her husband  James (Jimmy) Edwin Brundage;  a brother John Ernest Moore, Jr.;  a sister Dorothy Lee Young, and a daughter Peggy Lou Brundage.

Her last months were spent at Brookdale Place in Pearland, which she had grown to love and call home.    She dearly loved her new friends and they loved her.  She will certainly be missed.

The family of Johanna would like to thank the residents and staff of Brookdale Place for all the loving care that was provided.  They turned a very difficult time into cherished memories.

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

The funeral service will be held at 10:00am Monday, December 15, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at 11:00am Tuesday, December 16, at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville, Texas.

Albert Montoya


Albert Montoya was born March 21, 1970 and passed away December 12, 2014.

He is survived by his loving parents; Luis A. Montoya, Sr. and Carmen Cuellar Montoya; brother, Luis A. Montoya, Jr.; sister, Carmen E. Montoya and husband Jonathan E. Little, niece, Kailie Ruffino-Montoya; extended family, loved ones, and numerous friends.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 17th, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm, and the service celebrating Albert’s life will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, December 18th all held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to Albert’s funeral expense account

Jody Prazak


Jody Prazak was born in Houston, Texas on July 24th, 1946. He was raised in Pasadena, and graduated from Pasadena High School in 1965. He died of natural causes on December 8th, 2014.

He is preceded in death by his father, Jody Prazak, Sr. Jody leaves behind, his loving mother, Mildred Prazak Wade; daughter, Laura Thomas and husband Bill; son, Michael Prazak of Montgomery; sister, Susan Partridge and husband Ronnie of Pearland, Texas;  nephews, Preston and Casey Partridge; brother, Lawrence A. Prazak of Winnsboro, Texas; nieces, Sonia and Juliette Prazak; grandchildren, Halen Byrd and Robert and Haley Prazak.

The funeral service celebrating Jody’s life will be held at 1:00pm Thursday, December 11th, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at 12:00pm. Interment will follow at Grand View Memorial Park.

Hiram A. Piñón

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On December 7, 2014 Hiram A. Piñón was called home to be with our Lord Savior to play one final gig. Hiram was a veteran of the Vietnam War and played in the Army Band during his military career and traveled through Europe and Germany. He loved the trumpet and it loved him. The beautiful notes that came from his horn were created from his love of music and years of long night practices and pure dedication. His love for his music was second to the love for his family, a wife of fifty years, two sons, and a granddaughter, all true trophies of what a successful life he led. He leaves behind his soul mate of 50 years Santos, his two sons Xavier & Jason, a granddaughter Hillary, and his brother Mark Piñón. He is proceeded in death by his parents, Anselmo & Lilia Piñón and his brother Lionel Piñón . With loving arms we received you into this world, with loving hearts we return you to our Lord. We love and miss you Hampa, Dad, Babe, until we meet again.

Visitation will be from 5:30pm until 8:00pm Tuesday, December 9th, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00am Wednesday, December 10th, at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Houston National Cemetery at 2:30pm.

Betty May Thompson

Betty May Thompson went to be with Jesus on December 3, 2014. She was born August 8, 1927 to Mattie May and Levi Pace in Monticello, Arkansas.  Left to cherish her memory is husband Richard Thompson, children Sharon Louise Romine, Kathryn Lynn Dodson, Michael Kenny Boyd, six stepchildren, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Betty is preceded in death by her parents, and oldest son John Ricky Runyan.

Betty proudly worked for SAS Shoes for 20 years, retiring just 7 years ago. Her loyalty to her employer was evenly matched by her devotion to her favorite pastime.   Betty was an avid bowler spending countless hours throwing a 10lb ball toward the middle pin.  This pastime, combined with Betty’s sassy personality, gave her an extended family of treasured friends.

Along with bowling, Betty and Richard spent their retirement years driving across the country visiting family and spoiling their poodle babies.  Betty’s curly red hair, witty sarcasm and love of fried shrimp are trademarks that we will cherish in our hearts and memories.  She will be missed dearly, but we take comfort knowing that we will meet her again in heaven.

A Memorial Service celebrating Betty’s life will be held Tuesday, December 9th, 6:30 pm at Niday- Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, Texas.

Christina Mansukhani

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Christina Mansukhani, known as “Chris” has peacefully been called by the lord on the morning of December 3rd, 2014.   Chris was a beautiful, kind, and extremely giving mother and grandmother. She was born to Alfonso (deceased) and Rosa Machado on November 13, 1958 in Seguin, Texas.

She grew up In Houston and was a serious Texan Fan. She is survived by  her   3 sisters:   Marylou Tovar, Linda Machado, Josie Soraiz,and her 4  brothers  Richie Cervantes, Mark Machado, Jody Machado, Alfonso Machado

She loved spending time with her 6 children : Samuel Gonzales, Jesse Meijas, Rikki Mejias, Christina Mejias and  Laura Mejias (deceased) Joseph Lee Gonzales (deceased)her greatest joy was her grandchildren:

Samantha Gonzales, Samuel Gonzales, Gabriel Gonzales, Kyle Gonzales, Destinee Gonzales, Joseph Gonzales ,  Heaven Gonzales, Benny Gonzales, Issacc Gonzales, Jeremiah Gonzales, Michael Cantu, Azaria Burroughs, Xavion Burroughs, Eliajah Mejias, Jose Medina, Anthony Medina, Emme Mejia,    Isabel Mejia, Laura Mejia

Chris loved going to church, spend quality time with her cats, and enjoyed helping her customers at work. She was always  with her daughter Christina and their love will be everlasting. She will be very much missed by all her family and friends.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, December 7th, from 6pm until 8pm at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. The service celebrating her life will be held Southeast Church of Christ, Monday, December 8th at 11:00am. Interment will follow Houston Memorial Gardens.

James Henry Burnett