Raymond Lee Bellew

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Raymond Lee Bellew, 89, went home to be with our Lord on June 22, 2017. He was born March 21, 1928, in Bluffton Arkansas.

Ray is survived by his son, Kenneth Bellew and wife Cindy Bellew (Myers), grandson, Colby Bellew, granddaughter, Hollie Bellew-Shaw and husband Dave Shaw, and great-granddaughters, Raynee Shaw and Kenlee Shaw all of Alvin, TX.  His daughter-in-law Rhonda Bellew (Rowe) of Pearland, TX, granddaughter, Ashley Bellew of Manvel, TX, and his grandson, Ryan Bellew of Pearland, TX.  His brother, Cleo Bellew and wife Leslie Bellew of Longview, WA, his sister-in-law, Sue Bellew of Cedar Rapids, Iowa as well as many nieces and nephews.  Ray is also survived by his many employees, both past and present.

He is preceded in death by his parents, James Thomas Bellew and Sallie Ann Bellew (Napier), his wife, Helen Louise Bellew (Pippin), brothers Russell Bellew and Rick Bellew, sister, Jo Powell (Bellew), and his son, Gary Bellew.

Ray lived a long and happy life dedicated to hard work.  He drove a truck for a mobile picture show in his early teens, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a fireman 1st class on the USS Carter Hall, delivered milk in the Houston area, he was a patrolman and dispatcher for the Harris County Sherriff’s Department, and then went on to driving trucks.  After spending many years of his life behind the wheel, Ray decided it was time to buy a few trucks of his own.  Thus, in 1968, with the help of his wife, Louise, and his two sons, Kenneth and Gary, Ray Bellew and Sons, Inc. was born.  For 49 years, Ray dedicated his life to his company and to his family.  Ray was also a lifetime committeeman for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and has volunteered since 1990 on various committees.  Shortly before his 89th birthday, Ray was honored by the Masons of Texas for having served for over sixty years as a Master Mason.  He believed in hard work and did not take many days off, but when he did he loved to hunt, fish, and spend time with his family.

Ray was truly one of a kind.  He was loving, kind, generous, stubborn, and at times cantankerous. He was a man of his word and very proud of his business.  By many accounts, he was a hard man to work for, but he was loved and respected by all that knew him.  He had a great love for his family, as we did for him.  His wisdom, leadership, compassionate nature, warm sense of humor, and his mischievous grin will be greatly missed.  We “LOVE YOU THE MOSTEST” Papa Ray!

The family would like to thank his doctor and longtime family friend, Dr. P.V. Balakrishnan.  His personal care and attention for over twenty-six years has been greatly appreciated. The family would also like to thank his caregiver, Amador Garza, for his help and care for the last few years.

Visitation will be held on Monday, June 26th, from 6-8 pm and the Funeral Service on Tuesday, June 27th, at 10 am both at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery in Pearland, TX.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to the charity of your choosing.

Eric Moreno

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Eric James Moreno was born on May 10, 1974 in Houston, Texas.  He went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ after a long, courageous battle with Uveal Melanoma cancer on June 22, 2017 at the age of 43.

He is survived by his parents Rudy and Marilyn Moreno, sister, Elaine Jeanette and husband James McWhirter, brother, Samuel Christopher Moreno, niece, Mia Adelyn McWhirter, and nephew, Micah James McWhirter.  Uncles Gary Glenn Prater, Wayne Ephraim Ortiz Sr., and Aunt Melinda and husband Scott Benham, and extended family.

Eric was a longtime resident of Pearland, Texas but moved to Dallas to work for Associated Air as a buyer.

Eric accepted the Lord when he was 5 years old.  He was a passionate audiophile enthusiast and enjoyed music and pursuing high fidelity sound through his audio equipment.  Eric also frequently strived to achieve a higher level of fitness by focusing on nutrition and bodybuilding.  He loved to debate politics and theology and was always in pursuit of truth.  Eric was a loyal and caring friend to all who had the privilege to know him.

Eric was diagnosed with Uveal Melanoma cancer eight years ago but was successful in defeating it at that time.  The Lord was merciful in granting Eric seven years of cancer-free life.  In May of 2016, he was diagnosed with Stage IV Uveal Melanoma. During his year of battling cancer, Eric was the first to receive experimental cancer therapies.  Upon completing his treatment at M.D. Anderson, Eric was thanked for his part in advancing cancer research and his doctors remarked that he had been an exceptional patient.   Because of Eric’s sacrifice, he paved the way for so many future cancer patients. He was admired greatly by all his physicians and nurses who cared for him who were frequently amazed by his perseverance.

Before he was diagnosed again with cancer, Eric rededicated his life to the Lord in May 2016.  He served the Lord fervently during this last year and became an awesome testimony to everyone who knew him.  He was truly a faithful and inspiring Man of God.  Two weeks before he passed away, Eric was re-baptized at the cross at Sagemont Baptist Church.

Eric will be forever loved and missed, but we take comfort that we will be reunited once more with him in heaven.

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he sent my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.  Psalms 40:2

We love you, Eric.

The service celebrating Eric’s life will be held at 4:00pm Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Sagemont Church, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at 10:00am Monday at South Park Cemetery in Pearland.

Nancy Brooks

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Nancy Claire (Tabb) (Harrell) Brooks was born October 26, 1936, completing her journey on June 20, 2017 three years after losing her dear husband Louis.  It is bittersweet for us to know they are together again.   Services will be held at Niday Funeral Home in Houston, Saturday morning with visitation from 9:00am-10:00am, with the service starting at 10:00am. A private burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Nancy requests contributions be made to Sagemont Church, Medical Bridges or your favorite charity.

Nancy is survived by her children Diana Harrell, Rebecca Caux- (Mark) Harry, David Harrell, Hollie (Joel) Dickens, and Geoff Brooks, as well as her cherished grandchildren, Colt, Abigail and Annaleigh Dickens and Jacob Harrell.  She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Ann (Barry) Bennick, Shirley Brooks and Chris Tabb, many cousins, nieces and nephews.  She was a graduate from Lamar High School, class of ’53.  Attended Rice and UTMB-Galveston earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing.  She was a career woman most of her life, retiring from her last position as OR nurse at The Methodist Hospital, having earned the first certificate offered for Certified Nurse-Operating Room.

A fierce Christian, she was active at Sagemont Church and participated in charitable, mission and volunteer activities.  She spent many hours supporting Medical Bridges, which honored her contribution in 2016 with a Special Recognition Award. While she was raising her children, she volunteered with the American Red Cross to give of her nursing skills.  She was a member of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls advancing to Worthy Advisor during her teenage years.  This membership put her on a life-long journey of volunteerism and charity, always wanting to share her good fortune with others.

To our beloved Mother, we honor your grace, discipline, sweetness and strength of character; all of which you shared with us during pivotal points on our joint paths.  We watched you and learned from you every day.  We’ve even learned the hardest lessons; how to overcome heartache, illness and aging, as well as the final lesson, welcoming the end to a life well lived.

O.E. Dexter

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Olen Earl Dexter, 94, passed away June 15, 2017. He was born August 14, 1922 in Iuka, Mississippi.

He is survived by his wife, Irene Dexter, daughters Glenda Marsh (Greg) of Glen Rose, Texas and Gayle Holder Carter (Eddie) of Pasadena, Texas.  Carol Dunkel (Bob) of Longmont, Colorado and Darlene Huffman (Denny) of LaPorte, Texas.  Known as “Papaw”to his Grandchildren,   Brandon Marsh (Amy), Chad Marsh (Lori), Ryan Holder (Elyse) James Richmond (Megan), Daniel Richmond (Jenn), Granddaughter Alycia Miller (Chris).  Great grandchildren Reagan Marsh, Layla Miller, Alex and Andy Richmond, Sawyer and Finn Richmond. Sisters Grace Brawner and Dot Lucas, brother, Dee Dexter.

Earl was preceded in death by his wife, Mamie, “Virginia” Dexter, Parents Daniel and Ina Dexter, Sisters, Eleanor Johnson, Mary Dexter, brother, Garfield Dexter.

Earl served in the United States Army during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946. Earl, Mamie and Glenda moved to Texas in 1950.  He owned his own trucking company and also worked at Diamond Alkali for 30 years receiving a perfect attendance award for 25 years.

Although Earl did not have a formal education there was nothing he couldn’t build, repair, grow in the garden, or would do for his family and friends. He was a gentle giant with a heart of gold and his favorite hobby was time spent with his buddies at the deer lease every deer season for 50 plus years.

Earl was a longtime member of Southmore Baptist Church in Pasadena and at the time of his passing was a member of Peace Lutheran Church.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation for the loving care he received from his caregivers, Dwayne and JoAnn and from his caregivers and nurses from Hallmark Hospice, Tymali, Babs, Patti and YaYa.

Visitation will be held from 3-5 pm on Sunday, June 18th and the Funeral Service at 10 am on Monday, June 19th, both at Niday Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena.  Interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale.

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Norman Beris

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Norman Beris, 82, passed away on June 15, 2017.  He was born January 5, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York.

Norm is preceded in death by his wife Darlina Gail and his parents Isidore and Ann. He is survived by his children Michael (Karen), Robin (Anthony), and Eric (Crissy), grandchildren Lauren, Reese, Joseph, Addison, Abigail, Rachel, and Jacob.

Norm served in the Army in Korea.  After serving he received an honorable discharge.   He moved first to New Orleans and then to Houston.

Norman worked in the medical supply field most of his career. Even after retirement, he continued to volunteer in the medical community at Medical Bridges.  He assisted physicians and facilitated missions to medically underserved populations.  In 2016, Norman was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for volunteering.

He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.  His hobbies included collecting rocks, baseball cards and stamps.  He enjoyed sharing these hobbies with his family.

The service honoring Norman’s life will be at 11:00am Wednesday, June 21st, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery.

Lillian Louise Frierson

 

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Lillian Louise Frierson entered peacefully into Heaven on June 14th in Deer Park, Texas. Lillian was born Lillian Louise Hays in Logan County, WV to George W. Hays and Nancy Roberts Hays. She lived in West Virginia and Kentucky until the age of 20 when she moved to Houston, Texas. Shortly after moving to Houston in 1945, Lillian met and married Charles Milton Frierson with whom she had three sons. Lillian enjoyed staying home and raising her boys, Gary, Lance, and Tom, all of whom served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Later in life, Lillian volunteered her time around our Nation’s Veterans at V.F.W. and American Legion Halls where she loved boasting about her sons and their families.

Lillian Louise Frierson was preceded in death by her parents George and Nancy Hays, her former husband Charles Frierson, and brothers Ward and Dallas. She is survived by siblings Doris Chinn and Wilgus Hays; her three sons Gary, Lance, and Tom and their wives Cheryl, Debbie, and Jackie; grandchildren Gary JR, Keith, Penelope, and Brandon; and great-grandchildren Rowdy, Chance, Annabelle, and Hayes.

The family wishes to thank the staff at San Jacinto Manner in Deer Park who were so attentive during Lillian’s last days.

Visitation will be held 2pm-4pm, Saturday, June 17th 2017 at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home  in Pasadena. A Graveside Service will be held at 9:30am the following Monday, June 19th, at Grand View Memorial Park, 8501 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, TX 77505.

Carol Rhodes

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Carol Yvonne Jenkins Rhodes (“Mongi”), age 78, of Pearland, Texas, went home to be with her Savior on June 13, 2017 after losing her battle with pneumonia.  Carol was born May 13, 1939 in Paris, Texas, to James Nolan and Frances Johnson Jenkins.  Carol was the first born of 5 children, raised in the loving Christian home of her paternal grandparents, James Ray and Dolly Jewel Jenkins, of Paris, Texas.  She met the love of her life, Wendell Rhodes, on the Paris town square in the fall of 1955, and wedded in January 1956.  Carol and Wendell subsequently relocated to Houston, Texas later in 1956, where they transformed their young romance into the foundation of a loving, Christian family, which has grown to include 2 children, 4 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.  “Mongi”, as she was known to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was deeply loved, and will be greatly missed.  She will be remembered for her loving nature, sweet personality, and wonderful smile, which she shared with all who surrounded her, including her last waking moments.

Carol was a long-time member of Meadowbrook Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School and the Girls Auxiliary.  She was also a founding member of a neighborhood social club, known as the “Misty Ladies”, where she enjoyed regular luncheons and other social gatherings, bringing her great enjoyment with close friends.  Carol was a talented seamstress, creating delightful fashions for her daughter, Shari, close friends, and herself.  In addition, she was an incredible chef, creating unforgettable desserts, from her celebrated chocolate fudge, to her delicious pecan pies, which were in high demand each holiday season.

Carol was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, never failing to shower her family with unconditional love and support.  She is remembered with love by her two children, daughter Shari Rhodes Hughes, and husband Eddie, of Pearland, Texas, and son Wendell “Alan” Rhodes, of Pasadena, Texas; grandchildren Corey Hughes, and wife Amanda of League City, Texas, Austin Hughes of Webster, Texas, Colby Rhodes and wife Brandi of Alvin, Texas, and Chelsie Rhodes of Pasadena, Texas; great-grandchildren Ethan Hughes and Henry “Hank” Hughes of League City, Texas, and Kendallyn Rhodes of Alvin, Texas; brother Tommy Jenkins of Paris, Texas; sister-in-law Margaret “Peggy” Rhodes of Houston, Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews that she loved dearly.

Carol was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Wendell Rhodes; grandparents James Roy and Dolly Jewel Jenkins; parents, James Nolan Jenkins, and Frances Johnson Mealey; brother Jim Jenkins, sister Patricia Hines, brother Mickey Jenkins, and many other family and friends.

The family will hold a memorial celebration of Carol’s life at 4:00 PM, Wednesday, June 21 at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home, 6777 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, Texas.  The visitation will be held at 3:00 PM, prior to the service. A private interment will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association.

The family would like to thank the IMCU team of doctors, nurses, and staff at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital for their loving care during her 3-week stay.

Kimberly Pappe

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Kimberly Ilene Pappe was born on October 3, 1964 in Baltimore Maryland to Ronald Allen Martindale and Linda Lee Stevens. Kim was a loving wife, mother, sister, Nana and friend to many until she went peacefully in her home to be with Jesus on June 12, 2017 at the young age of 52.

Though they didn’t marry until later in their adult life, Kim and her husband Glenn Pappe attended high school together. Kim found great joy in watching her husband Glenn play softball. During this time Kim attended College Of The Mainland to study Applied Science in Process Technology and graduated with her degree in the Class of 2013.

Kim was very close to her grandmother Helene throughout her early years as well as her aunt Bonnie Wise. Kim’s family was very important to her and she held many different roles during her lifetime, one of which was being a mother to her three children, Bonnie, Patricia and Ronnie. Some of Kim’s favorite hobbies included sewing and embroidery, riding her own Harley Davidson Sportster with her husband and spending time at the beach. Kim was also a very devoted Nana to her grandchildren Kiley, Natalee, Jayton and Wesley as they brought her so much love and joy. Kim also loved baseball and especially watching when the Houston Astros played, whether in person or on the T.V.

Kim was preceded in her passing by her parents Ronald Allen Martindale and Linda Lee Stevens, her grandmother Helene Stevens and her nephew Rayden Lee Engstrand. She is survived by her husband Glenn of nearly seven years, daughter Bonnie Nava and husband Anthony Nava, daughter Patricia Roberts and husband Travis Roberts, son Ronnie Sontag, brother Glenn Martindale and his children Kaleb, Skyler, Hailey and Joseph, brother James Engstrand and wife Heather Engstrand and their daughter Alexis Engstrand; her grandchildren Kiley, Natalee and Jayton Nava and Wesley Roberts; in addition to many other Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces and Nephews.

Kim’s family will receive relatives and friends on Monday, June 19, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel.

Chase Brown

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Harrison Chase Brown, our loving son and brother, died on Saturday, June 10, 2017 in Pearland, Texas, by an accidental drowning.  The golf cart he was driving flipped into a pond and trapped him under water.

Chase was born December 8, 2005 in Lake Jackson, Texas.  He was eleven years old at the time of his death.

Chase was an incredibly easy to like boy.  He was polite and had a heart to make friends and have fun.  He was eager to please and was always proud to lead the way for his younger brothers.  Chase was at home with new adventures. He loved climbing trees, riding his bike, and walking the dog. He also enjoyed playing basketball or catch outside, or video games inside with his friends and brothers.

Chase is preceded in death by his mother, Geneva Brown. He will be forever missed by his fathers, Lawrence Brown and Fredy Cordova, his brothers, Mason, Ethan, and Jacob, his grandmother Barbara Revo Brown, and his faithful dog, Brick.

A memorial service to celebrate Chase’s life will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2025 W. 11th St., Houston, Texas 77008.

Special thanks to the brave men and women of the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office, Pearland Fire and EMS, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Life Flight, for their rapid response and dedication.

Jon David Scott

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Jon David Scott (71) – A steadfast and loving husband, father, friend, confidant, and mentor was called home to our Lord on June 9, 2017. Jon was born on August 28, 1945 in Joliet, Illinois.

Jon will be remembered for so many things and by so many people. Most of us will remember his vast knowledge on many topics – particularly history and politics. However, what may be remembered most endearingly is his never ending internal data bank of general & sometimes useless trivia. We loved it all!
Jon always spoke his mind so you knew where you stood with him at all times. And this man, he gave all he had to those he loved. No questions asked.

Jon’s strong faith in God and his incredible work ethic were both groomed early on by the nuns who helped raise him during his formative years. After attending high school in North Little Rock, Arkansas he went on to attend and graduate with a degree in marketing from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Soon after graduating, he was drafted into the United States Army and eventually moved to the great state of Texas where he would live out his legacy.

While visiting a friend in Dallas, he met his soon to be bride at a local community swimming pool. Jon and Linda had a swift courtship and once married, he easily fell into the role of being a father. What a great one he was! From 5:00am swim practices to tossing the ball after work; from shuttling four kids to and from all practices and games to coaching those same teams; from helping with homework to just being the guy we could all talk to…..he set the bar extremely high, in essence, breaking the mold. It would seem he was born for the role of father!! Those who came to know Jon quickly realized his giving nature did not stop with his family. If you were in his circle and he had it to give, it was yours.

Jon’s career saw him serve in positions ranging from marketing to banking and finally for the Veterans Administration in Houston, TX. In addition, he worked various odd jobs to support his growing and eventual family of six. Those extra jobs included things such as working in local ice houses, selling shrimp on the side of the road while his children rode bikes in the parking lot, and of all things…..repossessing vehicles (a job we’re sure he despised). He did all of these things not in pursuit of wealth or recognition but for the sole purpose of supporting his family. This is the man we loved – doing whatever it took for those who mattered to him.

Jon is preceded in death by his parents – Glenn & Anita Scott as well as his Aunt Helen.

He is survived by Linda Scott, his wife of 45 years; daughter Stephanie Duston and husband James – grandchildren Rylee & Reese; daughter Cari Gonzalez and husband Lucio – grandchildren Andrew, Dylan, Hayden, and Paityn; son Nick Scott – grandchildren Harper & Camden; daughter Amanda Scott-Padilla – grandchildren Katelyn & Ray; and brother Jerry Scott.

The memorial service for this much loved man will be held at 3:00pm. Friday, June 16th at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service with a Rosary prayed at 2:30.
Attire will be that of which Jon is known for – Aloha Casual. Please come sporting your best tropical look!
Following the service there will be a celebration of his life with food, fellowship, music, and laughs at the home of Lucio and Cari Gonzalez.