Norman Mathis


Norman Ray Mathis, Sr., age 90, passed away on Sunday, August 13, 2017, in Pasadena, Texas. He was born December 18, 1926 in Waller, Texas to Cullen and Vera Mathis.

Norman was raised in Waller. After he graduated high school Norman enlisted in the United States Army where he served his country proudly. Norman later met the love of his life, Marguerite Helen Conway, whom he married on November 26, 1947. Norman and Marguerite had three children, Norman Jr., Kay and Glenn. Norman worked for Layne Texas Company until they were sold in 1989. He then went to work for Carroll Childers where he was president of the Carroll Childers Credit Union until he retired in 2010. Norman loved to work in his yard and take care of his plants when he was not working. He and Marguerite taught fourth grade Sunday School for over 40 years at Park Place Baptist Church. In his spare time Norman loved to collect antique glass. Norman and Marguerite shared 69 years together before she passed in January 2017.

Norman is preceded in death by his wife, Marguerite Helen Mathis; his grandparents, Grandpa and Grandma Mathis; his parents, Cullen and Vera Mathis; sister, Emily; son, Norman Jr; great-grandson Christian Tyler Powell. He 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; grand-children, 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; 13 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Monday, August 21, 2017, and the funeral service will be at 10:00am Tuesday, August 22, 2017, both held at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. Burial will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster.

Robert “Bobby” Rice


Robert William Rice, 81, went to be with the Lord August 12, 2017.   He was born July 18, 1936 to Charlie James Rice and Beulah Lillie Rice.  He was the second of eight brothers and sisters. He was a native Texan and a lifelong resident of Houston.  He attended Milby High School, San Jacinto College and the University of Houston.  At the age of seventeen he became a Christian and loved the Lord with all his heart.

Robert was a man of many talents.  He proudly served in the U. S. Army.  His career spanned 32 years with the U. S. Postal Service while working part-time umpiring for ASA Softball and driving a school bus.  A member of Sagemont Church for 42 years, he served as a deacon, taught Sunday School, was a RA Missions Leader and sang in the choir.  He was an avid football fan, extensive reader, history buff and loved gospel music.  He had a passion for travel and nature.  As a foster parent he fostered 13 children.  Children were his greatest joy.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 58 years, Mary Kathryn (Byerly) Rice; daughter, Kathy Wilson and husband Dennis; sons, Rob Rice and wife Emily, Scot Rice and wife Flo; nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; siblings and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Charles Rice, Joshua Wilson, Zachary Rice, Derek Rice, Austin Rice and Jason Walker.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Niday Funeral Home, 12440 Beamer Road, Houston, Texas 77089.  Celebration of life will be held Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Sagemont Church, 11300 South Sam Houston Pkwy East, Houston, Texas 77089.  Interment at Hempstead Cemetery, Hempstead, Texas.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Sagemont Church.

Robert was a person of faith and lived his life serving others.  He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.

Mary Fortune


My little momma and best friend, Mary Fortune or Weezie (as her big sister nicknamed her) was born on April 10th, 1939, in Houston, Texas and returned home to be with the Lord our Heavenly Father on August 11th, 2017, at the age of 78.  During her time here on earth she always had a smile on her face and there was never a dull moment when you were around her. She had an infectious way of spreading her joy, happiness & encouragement to you even when you thought you couldn’t smile because her smile was contagious to anyone she came in contact with. She was a loving, supportive and caring wife to her husband Jerry Fortune Sr., who preceded to Heaven before her.

She was also a loving mother to her two children, Jerry Fortune Jr. and Sherry Merritt. She loved spending time with all of her family & friends and had the pleasure of enjoying her recently born great grandbaby.  She was always quick to start up a conversation and a most gracious host, making sure your belly was full and that everyone had all the iced tea they could drink.  She made it a point to read her bible every day, as she loved being a child of God and having a fellowship with our Heavenly Father.  She loved and enjoyed painting on her artwork, listening to the Paul Berlin Show, watching the Lawrence Welk show, going shopping and dancing to her favorite music, just some of her past time things to do.

She will be extremely missed by all of us but we are comforted in the knowledge and we rejoice in the fact that she is in Heaven and has been reunited with our Heavenly Father and her loving husband.

She attended Berachah Church for 50 years and loved all of the friends she had there.

Mary Is survived by her loving sisters Virginia, Patsy, Suzie and Cynthia and her brother John, her nieces Tracy, Margie, Jackie and Tammy and nephew Emmett, her daughter Sherry, grandsons David and Michael and great grand baby Hazel, her son Jerry, and granddaughter Shelby.  She will be greatly missed by all of us but we rejoice in her time to eternity transfer.

We invite all to attend the celebration of her life at Niday Fairmont Funeral Home, in Pasadena. The  visitation will be held Tuesday, August 15, from 6pm to 8pm., the funeral service will also be held at the  funeral home Wednesday, August 16, at 10am. For those who wish to join, the interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, 1101 Antoine Dr., Houston, Tx. 77055.

Lorii Hogue


Lorii Hogue, was born October the 13th 1970 in Irving Texas.  Lorii is survived by her loving husband and two extraordinary daughters Haylee and Peyton Hogue, also her loving and courageous mother Sandra Looper. She loved her pets, Sophie is her last surviving pet.

Lorii graduated from Southlake Carol High School in 1989. Shortly after graduation Lorii and her family moved to Sugar Land, Texas.  She met Patrick Hogue and they were married in October of 2000. Her daughters Haylee (14) and Peyton (10) were her whole heart and soul.  Lorii’s attitude and her presence would light up the whole room.  Her personality of wanting everyone to be happy and laughing was infectious.
Now Lorii is an angel in heaven watching over us all.  She will forever be loved and missed by all. She made the world a better place when she walked it.  Now she makes Heaven a better place.

The service celebrating Lorii’s life will be held at 5:00pm Saturday, August 19, 2017, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel.

Don Mann

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Donald “Don” Raymond Mann, Jr. of Shoreacres, Texas, passed away on Friday August 11, 2017, he was 66 years and 22 days old.  Born on July 20, 1951 in Elkhorn, Wisconsin to parents Donald Raymond Sr. and Carol Jean (Lightfield) Mann, he was the eldest of four siblings.  He is survived by his wife Judy of 34 years, a daughter (Courtney), sons (Joseph, Mason and Timothy), a daughter-in-law (Sabrina), four grandchildren and all his numerous friends he thought of as extended family. You know who you are.

Don was a hardworking man and was in the construction industry for 50 years. He enjoyed his work and considered many he worked with family.  Through church and fellowship, he met many people he also regarded as family.  In 2005, he became an ordained minister and traveled to India and was moved by what he saw and felt there. He was loving, caring and generous of heart, the kind of person you could go to for counsel. Don was a special person, had a glowing smile and a broad unique sense of humor.  A true man of God, he was loved by many and will truly be missed.

Romans 10.15

How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

The family will receive friends Wednesday, August 16, from 6pm until 8pm., at Niday Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. The funeral service will be held Thursday, August 17, at 10:00am., at Christian Tabernacle Church, 13334 Wallisville Rd. Houston, TX 77049.

Al Franz


Allan Ray Franz, (Al), passed away on August 9, 2017 at the age of 87.  He was born on June 2, 1930 in Houston, TX  to James B. Franz, Sr. and Ada Elizabeth Franz.  He is preceded in death by his parents James and Ada Franz, wife Donna Sue Franz and daughter Terri Richards. He is survived by his sons, Steve Franz and wife Kathy and  Curtis Franz; daughter, Donna Franz Hinnant and husband Dan Neffendorf; grandsons, Rory Ballard, Clay and Wade Richards and wife Janna, Kendall and Clint Hinnant; granddaughters, Jamie Franz Glasscock and husband Landry, Susan Franz, and Wendy Hinnant and 16 great grandchildren, one great grandchild and loving nieces and nephews.

His smile was contagious and warmed the hearts of everyone he met. He was a very loving, kind hearted, generous man and was a very good friend to many.

Rejoice with us that he has been reunited with loving wife and family.

Al attended school in Houston, graduating from Milby High School in 1948 and attended U of H before beginning his career with Continental Emsco in Business Development for many years, before starting his own business as a home remodeler.

Al served as a Deacon at South Main Baptist Church and was very active in the church, which he dearly loved.  He enjoyed visiting others with the Homebound Ministries and less fortunate that were in hospitals, to pray with them. He was also active in the SMBC traveling men’s constructions ministry.

The family will receive friends Sunday, August 13th from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Niday Fairmont Funeral Home, 6777 Fairmont Pkwy, Pasadena, TX 77505.  The Funeral service will be held Monday, August 14th, at 2:00pm with visitation one hour prior to the service at South Main Baptist Church, 4300 East Sam Houston Pkwy, Pasadena, TX 77505. Interment will follow at Forest Park East, 21620 Gulf Fwy, Webster, TX 77598.

Jamie Stewart


Jamie Dawn Toombs Stewart, 35 of League City, was called home on August 9, 2017. She was a beloved mother of Abbi Stewart, Brooklyn Stewart, and Connor Stewart. Jamie is survived by loving husband Lance Stewart, mother Dawn Hayes, grandmother Carla Toombs, sister Candice Thompson, and by many loved friends.

Jamie had a kind and caring soul that even through the darkest of days shined. Her most precious gifts were her three children. They were her whole heart and soul.  She could light up a room just by talking about them. Now she is an angel watching over them in Heaven.

Jamie, you are truly loved and will be missed by all.

The service celebrating Jamie’s life will be held at 2:00pm Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel.

Sharon Matthews


Sharon Crawford Matthews, age 77, passed away peacefully on August 7, 2017 in League City.  She was born December 6, 1939 in St. Martinville, LA.  She graduated from Pearland High School in 1958.  She married Wilson Lynn Matthews in 1959 and raised their three children in Pearland, TX.  Sharon and Lynn retired to their farm in Center, TX in 1983, where they lived until his death in 1993.  Sharon also enjoyed family and friends while living in Friendswood, Montgomery and League City.  She was an avid fan of Elvis, country music, Nascar and her Pittsburgh Steelers.

Sharon was preceded in death by her husband, Lynn Matthews; parents, Kenneth and Rosie Crawford; and brother, Charles Lynn Crawford.  She is survived by her sister, Peggy Madison and brother, John Crawford.  She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Melissa and husband, Joe Coleman; Susan and husband, Bob Beatty; and son, David Matthews and wife, Michelle.  “Meme” was especially proud of her grandchildren:  Lauren Davis and husband, Jason; Matthew Elliott and fiancé, Mandi Fuller; Jeffrey Elliott and fiancé, Leah Ingebrigtsen; Rachel Beatty, Jared Beatty and Chris Watson; Danielle Foster and husband, Zach, and their son, Jackson; and Michael Matthews.  Meme adored her “big girl” great-granddaughter, Preslee Ann Davis.

Friends and family are invited to the visitation on Friday, August 11, 2017, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Niday Funeral Home, 12440 Beamer Rd., Houston, TX 77089.  The funeral service will be held at Niday Funeral Home on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 3:00pm, with Chaplain Monty Montgomery officiating.   Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery, 1310 North Main, Pearland, TX 77581.

Richard “Skip” Sharer


Richard “Skip” Sharer, beloved husband and father, went home to be with the Lord on August 7, 2017.  He was filled with love for his family and friends, and every stranger he met became his friend.

Skip was born December 2, 1935, in Cumberland, Maryland to John and Virginia Sharer and was raised with his brothers Jack, Bob and Ernie, and sisters Sue and Pat.

Skip was a member at Sagemont Church in Houston, TX.  He loved the Lord and spoke often and enthusiastically about his salvation to anyone he met.  He loved his pastor Brother John as well as his teachers Chuck and Stuart and all of the members there. Brother John told Skip that he was an Encourager after observing the positive way Skip’s outlook and Faith affected everyone he met.

In high school, Skip was the captain of the 1953 Texas City Stingaree baseball team.  He later went on to serve in the United States Air Force.  He worked most of his career for Charles R Haile as a survey engineer, and he retired as Utility Director for the City of Texas City.

Skip was very happily married to Carolyn Smith Sharer for 60 years.  She recalls that there was a song from the Sound of Music that Skip sang all the time to people as he left them, “So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodnight.”  These also turned out to be his very last words when he sang them to her as she left his room.

Skip is survived by his wife, Carolyn; his three children Rick, Tim, and Lisa; grandchildren Jessica, Katelyn, Josh, Hannah, Taylor and Macy; great grandchildren Caden and Beckham.  The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Bay Area Christian School with reference to The Hope Fund, ref Skip Sharer.  Checks should be made out to Bay Area Christian School and sent to 4800 W Main Street, League City, TX, 77573.

The service celebrating Skip’s life will be held at 10:00am Thursday, August 10th, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel, with visitation one hour prior to the service, starting at 9:00am. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Houston.

Pamella Ford

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On August 3, 2017, Pamella Long Ford passed away suddenly at her desk while at work at the young age of 61. Pam was born July 12, 1956, in Alexandria, Louisiana. Pam is survived by her husband, Dick Ford, and by her sons, Jamey Davis, James Davis, and Gerad Funderburk, and her brothers, Donald Long, Rusell Long, and Darold Weber. Pamella is also survived by her sweet grandkids, Colin, Noah, Kasen, Khloey, and Madilynn.

Pamella’s purpose in life was to serve God and be the best Christian example for her husband, kids, grandkids, family, and friends that she could be. She was the definition of a giver, not a taker. Everyone that knew Pam knew of her tremendous heart. She was constantly giving to and serving others until the very same day that God brought her home.

Pam was not only a very loving and giving person, she was extremely smart. She was the only paralegal at her firm that did not have a college degree. Her colleagues would constantly call her and email her day and night to get advice on cases that she wasn’t even working on. They all knew that they could count on Pam. She won many awards and was inducted to multiple Societies and paralegal entities.

The service celebrating Pams’ life will be held Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 2:30 PM at Niday Fairmont Funeral Home, located at 6777 Fairmont Pkwy., Pasadena, TX.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Pamella’s name to an organization called “The Refuge,” which is located at 2005 Deer Valley, Deer Park, TX 77536. The Refuge was very close to Pamella’s heart. She and her husband donated their time and money to the Refuge, and this is what she would have wanted. Thank you in advance.