Joseph Cash

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Joseph J. Cash, 65 of Houston, joined the Lord while surrounded by family on May 24, 2017.

Born in Hearne, Texas to Jimmie and Mary (Cangelose) Cash on October 26, 1951, his parents soon relocated to Houston after the death of his father. Spending most of his childhood in South Houston and attending various schools he later began iron work in the mid 70’s as Houston was growing. Hanging up the welding helmet to pursue other dreams, he was a jack of all trades and successful in every career choice. In 1991 he opened his own business to service the Houston area with honest, hard working home repairs and home construction from the ground up. Always a cowboy at heart, he became well known amongst family and friends for his compassion for raising his horses and treating everyone to the cowboy experience. Also having a passion for fishing, he loved spending time on the dock or the boat throwing out a line with his children and grandchildren, always helping to exaggerate the size of the catch. He seemed to “just miss” the big one every time.

Joe is preceded in death by first his father, younger brother Jimmie and then his mother. He is survived by his wife Brenda, son Joey and wife Megan Cash, daughter Kellie Perrone, and grandchildren Aeylah, Ethan, Makena, and Jonah. He is also survived by his sister Patsy and brother Samuel and wife Lynette, as well as numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. He was considered a bright, shining star for everyone that was family or friend. As he enters the gates of Heaven he will be welcomed by all who have been expecting him with open arms and love.

The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Tuesday, May 30th, and the funeral service will be at 10:00am Wednesday, May 31st, all held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery. All are invited to attend and celebrate his wonderful life with family and friends.

Special thanks to all the staff and helpful people that contributed towards his treatment and in comforting him.

Joseph “Joey” Rodriguez

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Joseph Agapito Rodriguez (Joey), 42 of Pasadena Texas, lost his battle with cancer and passed away peacefully on Saturday morning May 20, 2017. Born September 19, 1974 in Houston, TX to Jose L. Rodriguez and Catalina H. Rodriguez.  He attended South Houston High School and developed a love for music, anime animation and video gaming.

He was employed by Lone Star for nine years.  It was during that time, in 2010, that Joseph met Cynthia Medrano and her two young sons.  The relationship grew and they became a family.  Although Joseph would never have any children of his own, he became a great stepfather to Anthony and Joshua Medrano.  He enjoyed his family life by spending weekends in Galveston, watching favorite movies and playing games.  Joseph started to BBQ on the weekends and learned a new way to show love for his family by grilling. He would earn the nickname “pit-master”.   He was never afraid to try a new recipe or marinade and his BBQ was always delicious, because he put so much love into it.

Joey will be remembered as a stern, but loving, uncle, stepfather, loving son, husband and a dorky big brother who passed along awesome music to his little sister.  An original video gamer, ultimate BBQ master he was a humble yet simple man who was loved dearly and will be greatly missed by all.

Joseph was preceded in death by; his father Jose L.  Rodriguez, stepson Joshua Medrano, and his grandparents: Isabel Villarreal, Cipriana Rodriquez and Agapito Rodriguez.  He is survived by: his wife Cynthia Medrano and stepson Anthony Medrano, mother Catalina H. Rodriguez, sisters Patricia A. Sloan and Veronica L. Rodriguez, and his nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Friday, May 26, from 5:00pm. until 8:00pm. at Niday-Fairmont  Funeral Home in Pasadena. The funeral service will also be held at the funeral home, Saturday, May 27, at 10:00am.

Darlene Stokley

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Nita Darlene Stokley, loving wife, mother, grandmother and loyal friend was called to be with the Lord on May 20, 2017 at the age of 66. She is preceded in death by her parents Willie and Hazel Weaver and her brother Gary Weaver.

Darlene was born on September 29, 1950 in Dallas, Texas. She was the oldest of five children. The family moved from Dallas to Houston while she was still young and where she became a lifelong member of Gulfgate Pentecostal Church, now known as Christ Church Apostolic. While attending there she met and married the love of her life, Lawrence Stokley, after only three proposals.  She became church secretary, and served in that position for over 25 years.

She had two wonderful children, Stephanie and Stephen Stokley, whom she was deeply proud of, a son-in-law, daughter-in-law, and 6 grandchildren, with one more on the way.  She loved being “Maw-Maw” to her grandchildren and many others she cared for in her home.

She is survived by her husband Lawrence Stokley, daughter Stephanie Garcia and her husband Alex Garcia, son Stephen Stokley and his wife Sarah Stokley, grandchildren Melody Zayas, Makayla Zayas, Hannah Gonzales (Stokley), Jordan Gonzales (Stokley), Eli and Sophia Stokley, and baby Stokley (on the way), a brother Hershal Weaver, two sisters Regina McDaniel and Angela Weaver, and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Thursday, May 25th, from 5:00pm-7:30pm, with the Home Going service immediately following at 7:30pm, all held at Christ Church, 12815 Fuqua Street, Houston 77034. Interment will be at Forest Park East Cemetery.

Herbert Euhl Parsons III

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Herbert Euhl Parsons III was born on June 12, 1949 in St. Louis, Missouri to Herbert Jr. and Jean. He passed away suddenly on May 19, 2017.

Herbert was known by his circle of friends as “Doc”. As a youngster he attended private Catholic schools. He received the distinction of Eagle Scout in 1965. After graduating from high school he attended college in Missouri. When his family moved to Texas, he decided to transfer to Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas where he graduated with a degree in Business.

Doc loved water, boats, and tinkering with cars. One of his early accomplishments was building a Dune Buggy. He shared many adventures with his younger brother, Bob. One of their favorite memories was the time they took off on spring break and sailed a boat in the Intracoastal Waterway. That trip gave them stories to share for many years.

In 1979 Doc married his college sweetheart, Diane. They found jobs and settled in Colorado Springs for a number of years. Their marriage broke up, but they remained good friends for a lifetime. Diane has adopted Doc’s faithful canine friend, Freckles.

Doc moved to Houston and became a project manager for Window Systems of Texas where he has worked for the past fourteen years.

Left behind to mourn his loss is his sister in law, Linda Parsons of Kerrville, Texas, his niece, Laura Maxwell and her husband, Austin, and their daughter, Collins, of Honolulu, Hawaii. Also, his niece, Kelly Sanders, and her husband, Evan, and daughter, Elle of Leimen, Germany.

He also will be missed by his friend and co-workers, Gary Fisher and Ginny Berronez.

A celebration of Doc’s life is planned at his cabin in Colorado where his three cousins, Billy Parsons, Susan Melton, and Chris Berner will attend with their families.

Sonda Jill Charles

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Sonda Jill Shivers-Charles, one of God’s most beautiful creations, passed away in her sleep Friday, May 19, 2017.  Jill was born January 20, 1962, in Huntsville, Texas.  She was the eldest child of the late John F. Shivers Jr., precious daughter of Janis Shivers-Taylor, step-daughter of Brad Taylor, and beloved sister of Jana Shivers-Johnson and John F. Shivers III, adoring aunt of Lauren, Madison, and Cade Johnson, and Jonathan and Brittany Shivers.  On her late husband’s, William (Bill) Charles side of the family, Jill is survived by her brother-in-law’s Keith and wife Robyn, and Chris and wife Tina, and nephew Justin, and niece Ashley.  Additionally, Jill is survived by numerous extended family members, as well as precious long-time friends.

Jill was adored by her family and friends. She loved freely, cared deeply, gave generously, and supported unconditionally.  Jill was known by her nieces and nephews as the one who gave the greatest birthday and Christmas gifts.  Because Jill had no children of her own, she poured herself into her nieces and nephews.  She was one-of-a-kind.

Boating, sailboat racing, and an occasional golf game were favorite pastimes of Jill, and her late husband Bill.  They spent as much time as possible sailing the beautiful British Virgin Islands.  Most important to Jill, however, was her love for family and friends.

Jill will be missed greatly by all who had the privilege to know her.  But we know she is in a much better place today, no doubt, reunited with the love of her life Bill.

The funeral service  celebrating her life will be held at 6:00pm., Tuesday, May 23, at First Baptist Church, Pasadena, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will be 10:00am., Wednesday, May 24, at Evergreen Cemetery in Crockett, Texas.

 

Charles W. Callaway

Charles Wayne “Charlie” Callaway, age 83, of Pearland, Texas, died May 17, 2017 after a sudden brief illness. Charles was born in Blum, Texas on March 28, 1934 to Charles Edward Callaway and Travis Pauline Moulder Callaway. His family moved to Longview, Texas shortly afterward and then to Houston while he was in elementary school. He was a proud graduate of Milby High School, and then entered the Corps at Texas A&M. Charles served in the United States Army, attaining the rank of First Lieutenant.

A longtime resident of Houston, Charles worked in sales for many years for Curtin Matheson Scientific, earning numerous awards for his outstanding performance. He also worked as a Real Estate Broker before returning to sales and finishing his career with General Laboratory Supply, retiring just last year.

Charles was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved spending time at the Deer Lease. He also enjoyed boating, water-skiing, and spending time with family and friends. He was known for his friendly, outgoing personality and huge smile! He was also active in the United Methodist Church for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Johnny Pearce. Charles is survived by his wife of nearly 52 years, Joan Flurry Callaway, and daughters, Theresa Pearce, Susan Boyett and husband Gary, and Kerri Whitfield and husband Dwight. He is also survived by 5 grandsons of whom he was so proud: Charles (“Jake”), Mason, Ryan, Adam, and Jackson. He is survived by one sister, Sandra George, and numerous extended family members.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm Wednesday, May 24, at Friendswood United Methodist Church in Friendswood, Texas. A reception will be held at the church immediately following the service. A private interment will occur at a later date at Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org).

Richard Quintero

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Richard Quintero, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend was taken by the Lord on May 15, 2017 at age 54 in Livingston, TX.  Richard was born on October 2nd, 1962 in Houston, TX.  He was one of the eight children by Leno and Mary Quintero.  Having many jobs at a young age he met the love of his life who he then married, Rose Quintero. He retired from Houston Police Department as a Fleet Mechanic after 30 years of Service. He attended UTI to change trades and received his diploma/ license for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. He then worked for many hotels, hobby airport and Bayshore Medical Center as a maintenance engineer. He also started a family business as a real estate investor in order to leave a legacy for his loved ones.

Richard was a giver to many, especially his family. He had integrity and the unyielding desire to change the lives of everyone around him. He had three children by the names of Sabrina, Chris and Yvonne.  By the age of 38 he became a grandfather to his first grandchild.  His heart quickly filled with the love of all five of his grandchildren including Cassandra Montemayor, Michael Montemayor, Brilee Crump, Mia Arredondo and Mariah Arredondo.

He is preceded in death by his father Leno Quintero and brother George Quintero. He is survived by his wife Rose Quintero, daughter Sabrina Quintero Crump, son Chris Quintero, daughter-in-law Janet Quintero, daughter Yvonne Quintero, son-in-law Nathan Arredondo, grandchildren Cassandra Montemayor, Michael Montemayor Jr., Brilee Crump, Mia Arredondo and Mariah Arredondo, Brother Leonard Quintero, Brother Joe Quintero and Sister-in-law Tina Quintero, Sister Cynthia Garcia and Brother-in-law Andy Garcia, Sister Nicole Cruz and Brother-in-law Gilbert Cruz, Nieces Monica Quintero,  Ciara Garcia, Angelica Garcia, Lauren Quintero, Amanda Shatkin, Ashley Cruz, Mercedes Quintero, Andrea Garcia, Melissa Cruz, Nephews Gabriel Garcia and Gilbert Cruz Jr.

The visitation will be held at St. Pius Catholic Church in Pasadena, Friday, May 26, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm. The Funeral service will also be held at St. Pius Church, Saturday, May 27, at 10:00am., Interment will follow at Grand View Memorial Park.

Mary Ann Spain

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Heaven is a more beautiful place as it is with a heavy heart that our beautiful mother Mary Ann Spain at the age of 79 was welcomed into the Heavenly Kingdom of our Lord and Savior after a long and courageous battle with Dementia on May 15, 2017.

Mary Ann was one of three children born to Devoy Wiley Rhodes and Dora Mae Ault Rhodes In Donaldson, Arkansas. She attended school there where she was a cheerleader, she played basketball, she was in glee club, and she loved to write. She graduated High School and went on to Henderson State College, where she was studying to become a teacher, but her life took a different path when she became pen pals with a sailor and they wrote each other and fell in love with Nathan who would become her husband of 57 years.  Dad said after six months he had to propose and make her his wife.  He was stationed in San Diego and could not get leave and so he sent mom the money to come to be married. It has been a match made in heaven and dad has been by her side to the very end of her life.

She is preceded in death by her father and mother, and brother Bill. She leaves behind loving husband, Nathan, daughter, Stephanie and her husband Chris Harris, son, Brian Spain and wife Linda, son, Derrick Spain and wife Stacey. Grandchildren; Shaun Harris, Nick Harris and wife Heather, Annie Harris, Krista Harris and Arbey Reyes, Tiffany Spain and Tommy Douglas, Ryan Spain, Taylor Spain and Sam.  Austin Spain, Paige Spain and Devon Ward. Great Grand Children; Gabriel Harris, Kaedyn Harris, Corey Douglas, Kaleb Harris, Chloe Harris, Angela Harris and Brooklynn Reyes.

It is our mothers wish to be cremated and one day be interned with her husband of 57 years at the Veterans National Cemetery in Houston.

Our mother was a very happy and precious lady that always smiled and so we will be having a
CELEBRATION OF LIFE
When:  Saturday, May 27th
OPEN HOUSE:
What time: 2:00-6:00pm
Where:  The Home of Chris & Stephanie Harris
5431 Mason Mountain Lane Houston, Texas

Please come and share in the memories of this amazing and loving lady.

John Waling

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John Robert Waling was born on October 25, 1946 and went to be with our Lord on May 14, 2017.

He was born to John Neil and Bonnie Ruth Waling in Rensselaer, Indiana. The oldest of six siblings, John grew up in Pearland, Texas. It was there, as he would say, he obtained his “PHD” (Pearland High School Diploma). After graduation, he served in the United States Air Force.

“A soft word turneth away wrath.”  “Never be too old that you can’t be playful; never be too playful that you can’t be mature.” “If you truly want to be successful, keep 3 letters in mind – DPR – Develop Positive Relationships (lift others up first and you will not have lift up yourself).” John always seemed to have the right scripture or saying needed for just that moment. Be it deep or playful, he had a way of taking the focus outside of yourself (and himself), realign it with a Godly principle, and it was there you found the answers you sought. This was his gift, so it feels wholly inadequate for one person to sum up the life of John Waling. Therefore, permit me to steal the words that others have poured out these past few days.

“He was a kind man with endless hugs and always looking to help others through their toughest times. Even through his hospital stay last week, he was asking the nurses if he could pray for them because their job was so difficult.” (Daughter, Natalie Van Winkle”)

(Ron Waling, son), a man of very few words, but probably the most tender spirit and deepest well of feelings of anyone I’ve ever known, says it all in these few words) “Today is a hard day… it’s breaking my heart… I love you very much, dad!”

“He taught me how to do so many things, like driving and river rafting. He sparked my love for camping and being outdoors, but most of all, he showed me true and enduring love and non-judgmental support.” (Daughter, Laraine Saldivar)

“Leukemia came to claim my Dad’s life, ah, but ‘O death, where is thy sting?’ My Daddy is a child of God. As much I want to be selfish and hold him for as long as I can, we know that he will see his Savior, who will say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” I love my Daddy more than I can ever express.” (Daughter, Rhonda)

“Last night, I was holding his hand and he put his hand on top of mine and nodded. I knew what he was trying to say and I’m forever blessed to have had that special moment with him.” (Daughter – Christine)

My daddy was my greatest teacher. Teaching me when he didn’t know it. I watched him. I listened to him (even when he was sure I didn’t). He navigated successes and failures with humility and simply wanting to glorify his Father. In the end, even as a stubborn teen, when I had major life decisions, from joining the army to marriage and struggles with children, I found myself seeking his counsel. As I’ve grown, my greatest treasure is to have found that he thought enough of me to seek my counsel or seek a word from the Lord… how could this be? As I’ve heard others come to speak of how he touched their lives, ministries into which he poured his body, mind, and spirit, I’ve come to see that he somehow managed to edify you, the gift the Lord instilled in you, combine them into a blessing the he too could share with you, and yet made the Lord the center of all things!

John and Olivia shared a love that inspires and humbles us all. For 37 years, he loved his “Sweety” with every molecule of his being. They’ve been a living embodiment of 1 Corinthians 13, defining true love. Even when times seemed hardest, together their strength was each other and Matt 6:33 – seek ye first, the kingdom of heaven and all these things will be added unto you.

In the final hours, I truly believe the spirit of the Lord spoke through her to bring him and us comfort when she said, “I am yours, and you are mine”.

You have been a testament of God’s tender love

 

He was preceded in death by his mother Bonnie Ruth Waling, father John Neil Waling, brothers Irvin Waling and James Waling and grandson Gabriel Waling.

He is survived by his beloved wife Olivia Waling, children Natalie and Skip Van Winkle, Ron Waling, Laraine Saldivar, Rhonda and Manfred Freytag, Christine and Damon Welsh, Steven and Pamela Waling, 16 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, numerous extended family members and friends.

 

Virginia Walker

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Virginia Susan Walker passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Born on July 7, 1934 in El Paso, Texas, she was the oldest of four children.  She married the love of her life, James Phillip Walker, Sr. on August 13, 1955.  At the time of his passing they were wed nearly 50 years.  She loved her family with all her heart.  When her children were growing up you could always find her cheering them on at drill team, choir or athletic events.  Spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren brought her much joy.

Virginia was a member of South Main Baptist Church in Pasadena, TX.  There, she enjoyed crafting and quilting with her friends and helping out in the food pantry.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents Cedric and Marie Holt, her husband Jim and her brother Larry.  She is survived by her sisters Joyce Smith and her husband Fred, Vickie Johnson and her husband Gary, her children Lynne Leuthard and husband Scott, Cheryl Blancet and husband Larry and her Jimmy Walker and his wife Joyce.  She is also survived by her grandchildren Kathryn Sowders and husband Jack, LaDonna Bradley, Leslie Owens, Roy Bradley and wife Kristi, Keith Hampton, Kelsey Davis and husband Bryan, Laura Ray and Husband Weston, her great grandchildren, Aaron, Claire, James and Benjamin Bradley, Walker and Barrett Davis and Breayden and Breyanna Owens.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00am Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Houston.