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CONROE FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Honoring Your Loved Ones With Compassion

RECENT OBITUARIES OF

YOUR LOVED ONES

Please Scroll All the way down to see Archived Obituaries:

** Not all families run obituaries, so please call funeral home if service information is not shown here. #936.756.2210


James Edwin Hargrave 1950 - 2021

Robert Lee Smith 1941 - 2041

Carlos R. Lafayette 1932 - 2021

Carolyn Abbey Scheffler 1988 - 2021

Charles William McFadden 1947 - 2021

Sonya Leah Cowan 1959 - 2021

Mary Jane Orphey 1948 - 2021

Audrey F. Baker 1930 - 2021

Laura Beth Porter 1934 - 2021

Shirley Loraine Fryar 1943-2021

Frances Marie Groves 1935 - 2021

Guillermo C. "Willie" Mendez 1925 - 2021

Margaret Eloise Woodson 1930 - 2021

Jerry Dean Hoffpauir 1935 - 2021

Johnny Gene Carson 1960 - 2021

Robert C. Ellis 1944 - 2021

Ernesto Tabing Lara - 1933 - 2021

Betty L. Smith- Powell's beloved family 1935 - 2021

Geraldine Shaw Crain 1945 - 2021

Water Raymond Crain, Jr. 1945 - 2021

Jack Edward O'Brien 1930 - 2021

Audrey May Holloway 1930 - 2021

Augusta Leister Skorpenski Jackson 1922 - 2021

Pamela Kaye Bentley Giacomini 1953 - 2021

Frankie Castro Hernandez 1942 - 2021

Evie Olson 1948 - 2021

Mary Elizabeth "Beth" Woods 1949 - 2021

Sherry Ann Wiggins 1954 - 2021

Robert Lynn Foshee, Sr. 1941 - 2021

Marco Tulio Estrada 1947 - 2021

Norman Key 1951 - 2021

Lillian Irene Weaver 1932 - 2021

Peggy Sheridan 1952 - 2021

William Frank Collora 1955 - 2021

Albertina Katherine Barham 1923 - 2021

Helen Marie Gary Del Papa 1952 - 2021

Lance Wade Reynolds 1966 - 2021

Larry Wayne Backhus 1955 - 2021

Zelda Mae Henderson 1932 - 2021

Addie Geraldine Crain 1945 - 2021

Walter Raymond Crain, Jr. 1945 - 2021

Dwight Leslie Sales 1954 - 2021

David G. Kline 1932 - 2021






JAMES EDWIN HARGRAVE

Graveside Service for James E. Hargrave, 70, of Conroe, Texas will be held on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. in Cude Cemetery, Willis, Texas. The family will receive friends at Conroe Funeral Directors on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Mr. Hargrave was born on June 11, 1950, in Conroe, Texas to Reid and Eddie Ruth Hargrave and went home to be with our Lord on Sunday, June 6, 2021.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Eddie Ruth and Reid Hargrave and his brother, Thomas Reid Hargrave. He is survived by his loving family: daughter and son-in-law, Cheri and Trey Chambers; son, Richard P. Hargrave; granddaughter, Bailee Chambers; grandson, Tyler Chambers and wife, Amber; five great-grandchildren; as well as, many other cousins and dear friends.

James was a Conroe high school class of 1969 graduate and joined the U.S. Navy right after his senior year. He was an avid fisherman and loved the beach. James also, enjoyed hunting and loved a good game of poker with his family and friends.

He was a caring and fun-loving person. James showed love and compassion towards the people he cared for and he adored animals. He will be dearly missed.

If desired, memorials may be made to Montgomery County Animal Shelter in his name at https://www.mcaspets.org/. 









ROBERT LEE SMITH

Robert Lee Smith died peacefully on May 29, 2021. Bobby was 79. Survived by wife of 43 years, Kathy Means Smith, and 5 children: Rachel Laiche (Dixon), Dr. Robert Smith II (Susy), Christen Watt (Craig), Rebecca Thurlow (Micah) and Travis Smith (Anna); his 15 grandchildren Raymond, Wyatt, and Sarah Laiche; Brynne, Asher, Austin, and Ryland Smith; Taylor and Davin Watt, Joel, Andrew and James Thurlow; Josiah, Samuel and Caleb Smith. He is also survived by his sister Marianne Henderson (Rudd), and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mildred and Travis Smith, and grandson, William Robert Thurlow.

Bobby was born July 8, 1941, in Oklahoma City, OK. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and served in the Army before receiving his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. After practicing law for 50 years, he retired in 2018. Known to many as the Prince of Real Estate, Bobby was a diligent advocate for his clients, an enthusiastic mentor to many, and always ready to use his professional skills to help someone in need. Coming to a deeper faith in later years, he loved singing in the choir at The Woodlands United Methodist Church and serving in various ways. Bobby always had a song on his lips and wanted to know if you were having a lovely day. He lives on in our hearts, and his quips and phrases are never far from our lips.


Memorial service will be on Thursday, June 10, at 2:00 pm at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, 2200 Lake Woodlands Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to: The Woodlands United Methodist Church or to: PACN- Pregnancy Assistance Center North. 

CARLOS R. LAFAYETTE

In Loving Memory of Carlos R. Lafayette, 88, of Spring, Texas who passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, in Tomball, Texas. Carlos was born on August 10, 1932, to Fred V. and Lorena (Cavender) Lafayette. He was a 1951 graduate of Conroe High School and attended Texas A&M. It was at Texas A & M where he realized he was a true Texas rancher at heart. Over the years, he managed several ranches in Texas, finally owning his own ranch in Dobbin where he will be laid to rest. After A&M Carlos went to work for Humble Oil Refinery/Exxon and retired in 1980 after 30 years of service.

He proudly served in US Army while stationed in Germany during the Korean era.

Carlos lived and raised his family in Tomball. After many years, he met and married his love, Shirley in 1998. They moved to Bentwater then later Spring, Texas where they lived until his passing. Carlos had a down to earth personality among his peers and was a devoted, faithful husband and father to his family. His kindness towards others and love for all animals was evident in his everyday life.  Carlos is survived by his loving family: son and daughter-in-law, Marc Lafayette and wife, Mary Ella Walters; daughter and son-in-law, Keely Lafayette Mobley and husband, Mike; wife of 23 years, Shirley Kelley Lafayette and her daughter, Kim Strenger and husband, Jim; and son, Mitch Kelley (deceased); grandchildren, Bennett Mobley, Hannah Mobley and Julie Mobley, Megan and Carleigh Strenger, and Kennedy Kelley; a host of dear relatives and friends also survive.  





CAROLYN ABBEY SCHEFFLER

Funeral service for Carolyn Abbey Scheffler, 33, of Porter, Texas will be held on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Ray Hyden officiating. Abbey was born on January 27, 1988, in Conroe, Texas and passed away on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, in Porter, Texas. She is survived by her loving family: daughter, Brooklyn; mother, Rhonda; sister, Veronica; grandmother, Carolyn; as well as, a host of caring aunts, cousins, and an uncle. Abbey is dearly loved and her sweet smile will greatly be missed. 






CHARLES WILLIAM MCFADDEN

Charles William McFadden was born on July 7, 1947, to Esther and Clarence W. McFadden at Florence Nightingale Hospital, in Dallas, Texas. He left for his eternal home on May 25, 2021, in Conroe, Texas. Charles was the second child, and first son, born into their family. His mother was a “war bride ‘’ from Australia, and his father a Navy Corpsman, when they met. Charles was preceded in death by his parents and his grandparents “Nanny,” Anna Mae, and “Popper,” Charles McFadden, of Pasadena Texas. He was also preceded by his sister Beverly Johnson and brother Gary McFadden, and his beloved granddaughter Linda Kay Thibodeaux. He is survived by his wife Beth (Bailey) and his sister Pamela Elaine, and husband, Mike Sorich. His four children also survive him: Kim Newman (Shane), Charles, Jr. (Denise), Vanessa (Nick), and Chad (Kelly). He is also survived by two granddaughters, Pamela Thibodeaux and Shaylnn McFadden, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Charles graduated from Pasadena High School in 1965. He joined the Houston Fire Department in 1967 and served the Houston community for 35 years. Charles attained the rank of Captain before his 30th birthday, and never sought to promote again, because he wanted to be on the front lines fighting fires and serving the people of Houston. The Exchange Club of Greenway Plaza named Captain McFadden Firefighter of the Year in 1976. “Captain Mac” truly loved his career as a fireman, but his greatest service and love, was for his family. He loved fishing of all kinds, West Texas motorcycle trips and playing music. He was a talented, self-taught, musician, who played piano and guitar by ear. His favorite song to play and sing at his church was “Me and Jesus” by Tom T. Hall. Charles was a Christian from his youth when he asked his beloved Popper, a Baptist preacher, if he could be saved and was baptized.


Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 10:00 AM, at Conroe Funeral Directors, 1504 N. Thompson, Conroe, Texas 77301.





MARY JANE ORPHEY


Visitation for Mary Jane Orphey will be held on Friday, May 14, 2021 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors. Mrs. Orphey was born on May 15, 1948 in Cotton Valley, Louisiana to Richard and Willie (Dudley) Parish. She passed away peacefully on May 5, 2021 in The Woodlands, Texas. Mary was 72 years of age. Survivors include her loving children and her beloved spouse, Wilson Joseph Orphey. A host of caring grandchildren, other relatives and friends also survive.  









SONYA LEAH COWAN


Funeral service for Sonya Leah Cowan will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 1:00 pm in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Ray Hyden officiating. Sonya was born on October 15, 1959 in Houston, Texas to Clarence Leslie and Merlen Catherin (Blakley) Cowan. She passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at home in Conroe, Texas at the age of 61. Sonya is survived by her loving family: son, Joshua Broomas and her sister, Karen Horn; numerous other dear nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends also survive.








  

AUDREY F. BAKER 


Funeral services for Audrey F. Baker will be held on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Pastor Wayne Norman officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service beginning at 12:00 pm. Mr. Baker will be laid to rest on Friday, April 23, 2021 next to his wife, Charlene in Memory Lawn cemetery in Martindale, TX. Audrey was born on May 25, 1930 in Bend, Texas to Oscar and Marie Baker. He passed away peacefully on Monday, April 19, 2021 at home with surrounded by family. 

Audrey graduated from Lampasas high school and received his Bachelors of Agriculture from SW State Teachers College in San Marcos where he met his wife, Charlene. He served in the Air Force for 2 years and went on to work for the Soil and Conservation Service for 31 years. He and Charlene retired and moved to Huntsville in 1990. They loved having family and friends gather and spending time with their children and grandchildren. Audrey was a member of Huntsville Methodist church. He enjoyed traveling, history, and camping. Audrey loved the Lord, his country and family. He was known as Gus McCrae to his cowboy shooting family. He was known as a good shot won many competitions. He loved dressing up in period clothing and attending shooting matches. Audrey traveled to New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming for matches. He was a member of Texas Historical Shootist Society, Tejas Pistoleros and Old West Shooting Association.

He was also a lifetime member of NRA, TSRA, the 2nd Amendment Association and was a sustaining member of Boy Scouts of America where he earned the prestigious beaver award as Scoutmaster.

Audrey was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Marie Baker, his brothers, Jack and Aubry Baker and his loving wife, Charlene. He is survived by his loving family: Daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Stan Goodson; son and daughter-in-law, Audie and Laura Baker; grandchildren, Sheldon Caracci, and Zachary Baker; great granddaughter, Shelby Chandler; great grandson, Chandler Caracci; sisters-in-law, Bert Baker and Lula Baker; and his beloved horse, Shorty. Numerous other dear nieces, nephews and friends also survive.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Joe and Donna Young, Maxine Lewis and Amen Hospice for their loving care and visits.


Pallbearers

Audie Baker, Guy Riemenschneider, Chandler

Caracci, Sheldon Caracci, Zack Baker & Jack Baker.

Honorary: Joe Young, Stan Goodson and Companero and Paladin. 










LAURA BETH PORTER

It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of a humble servant of our Lord, Laura Elizabeth Lancaster Porter. Laura Beth was born on May 30, 1934 in San Marcos, Texas to Porter Lancaster and Laura Louise (Cline) Lancaster. She passed away peacefully at home in Conroe on Thursday, April 15, 2021 with family by her side.

Laura Beth grew up in Conroe, graduating from CHS in 1952 and went on to attend the University of Houston. She married her high school sweetheart, Clyde Letbetter and soon were blessed with Lisa and Chuck. They were married 31 years before Clyde’s passing.

Laura Beth was a follower of Christ. She had unfailing faith and treasured the moments sharing this love with others. She believed in the hope of the resurrection of Jesus and its’ hope that comforts us. Laura Beth was a longtime member of Thee Evergreen church in Evergreen, Tx where she spent many Sunday’s playing the piano and worshiping.

Later in life she married a childhood friend, Charles Porter and they spent 15 happy years before his passing in 2018. Her legacy has been intertwined many places along her journey of life. As a mother of two children, four grandchildren and one great grandchild, her legacy will continue to grow.

Laura Beth was preceded in death by her parents, Porter Lancaster and Laura Louise (Cline) Lancaster; husband, Clyde Letbetter; son, Chuck Letbetter; grandson, Matthew Burks; and husband, Charles Porter.

She is survived by her loving family: Daughter, Lisa Burks; brother, Edward Lancaster and wife, Sue; grandchildren, Michael Burks and wife, Hannah, Joseph Burks and fiancé, Megan Henry and Laura Burks; great grandchild, Kennedy Burks and one on the way; and Charles’s daughter, Charlyn Williams and husband, Butch.

Our beautiful soul, Laura Beth was the Best mother, a doting grandmother and great grandmother, loving sister, and faithful friend to many will be sorely missed. Her sweet smile, kind disposition, elegant handwriting, and her knack for thoughtful handmade gifting will live forever in our hearts. Friends and relatives always looked forward to receiving her Christmas cards, get well cards, birthday cards and her “just because” cards, if for no other reason than just to admire and enjoy her beautiful penmanship! The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to her caring friends and devoted church family for their loving care and visits.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation to: Thee Evergreen Church, P.O. Box 894, Coldspring, TX 77331.

A Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Pastor John Davidhizar officiating. 









SHIRLEY LORAINE FRYAR

A memorial service for Shirley Loraine Fryar, 77, of Montgomery, TX. will be held on Friday, April 16, 2021 in the chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors at 2:00 P.M

Shirley was born on Dec. 14, 1943 in San Diego, CA. to Letha and James Harris and passed away on April 9, 2021 in Montgomery, TX. She is survived by her loving family: husband, Don Fryar; sons and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Donna Fryar, and Wesley Fryar; grandchildren, Nathan and Melody Fryar, Alexander, Samuel and Elizabeth Nelson-Fryar; and many other relatives and friends.



FRANCES MARIE GROVES 

Memorial Service for Frances Marie Groves, 76, of Conroe, Texas will be held on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Chaplain John Downs officiating. Frances was born on January 16, 1945 to John E. Pullman and Frances M. Pullman (Thompson). She passed away peacefully on March 30, 2021 with family by her side. Frances met and married her soulmate James Groves in South Bend, Indiana. They lovingly raised their two daughters Cheryl and Deborah, and they moved to Texas as soon as the opportunity arose. Family was the most important thing to Frances. Her life revolved around her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her family’s happiness is what made her thrive, especially when she was doting on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren! She volunteered for many years with her husband for The New Waverly Lions Club helping the community. Frances took pride in her family and their accomplishments. At the end of the day, Frances made sure her family wanted for nothing, and that her home was filled with faith, love, warmth, and happiness. 

Frances was preceded in death by her parents, John E. Pullman and Frances M. Pullman (Thompson) and her husband of 54 years, James Groves in 2019.

Frances is survived by her loving family: sister, Jean Pullman; sister-in-law, Joan Hammer; daughters, Cheryl Groves and Deborah Dennis and husband, Arthur; grandchildren, Kasey Lamoreau and husband Kurt, Cory Koch and wife, Mango, Kacie Morgan and husband, Dane and Evan Groves; great grandchildren, Kaden Lamoreau, Korbin Lamoreau, Hoyt Morgan and Beau Koch; numerous other relatives and friends also survive.

The family would like to thank Priyanka Johri and the caregivers at Acorn Manor for the loving and compassionate care they provided Frances in the last few months of her life.





GUILLERMO "WILLIE" MENDEZ

Memorial service for Guillermo “Willie” Mendez of Conroe will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors. The family will receive friends from 10:00-10:30 a.m. in The Chapel. Mr. Mendez will be laid to rest in Houston National cemetery with his beloved wife, Velia.

Willie was born on August 14, 1925 in Brownsville, Texas to Jose Mendez and Isabel Cortez Mendez. He passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at his home at the age of 95.

Willie worked in the airline industry for many years and was a proud veteran of the United States in the 20 Armored Division, #412 Armored Field Artillery Battalion, Battery A, Maintenance Section during World War II.

Willie also was a longtime member of the Conroe VFW-4709 and the Willis American Legion honor guards for many years in Montgomery county. He served as commander for several years.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years, Velia Mendez in 2014 and their son, Jerry Mendez; brothers, Juan Jose Mendez, Elijio Mendez, Robert Mendez, Henry Mendez and his sisters, Rita Mendez and Gloria Reedy.

Willie is survived by his loving family: children, Sonia Carvajal and husband, Javier, Cynthia Montgomery and husband, Gary, Guillermo Mendez, Jr. and wife, Darlene and stepdaughter, Alma Wilson; grandchildren, Kathy, Blake, Matthew, and Nicolas; great grandchildren, Koi, Kai, Grayer and Isla; two sisters, Margaret Flanikan and husband, Tex, and Josefina Wilson. Numerous nieces, nephews, other dear relatives, and friends also survive. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to: The VFW4709 Honor Guard in Willie's name at: www.vfw4709.org or mail to: VFW Post 4709, Attn: Honor Guard, P.O. Box 122, Conroe, Tx 77305. 




MARGARET ELOISE WOODSON

Graveside service for Margaret Eloise Woodson of Conroe, Texas will be held on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Earthman Resthaven cemetery with Pastor Mitchell Bell officiating. Mrs. Woodson was born on December 30, 1930 in Cleveland, Texas to William and Alla Cain. She passed away peacefully on March 27, 2021 in Conroe, Texas at the age of 90. She will be laid to rest by her husband, Bishop who preceded her in death.

Margaret is survived by her loving family: daughter and son-in-law, Lottie and David Schultz; grandchildren, Holly McGee and husband, Wesley, and Dusty Schultz and wife, Brittany; and her dear great grandchildren, Peyton and Kolton.

JERRY DEAN HOFFPAUIR

Funeral Services for Jerry Dean Hoffpauir of Montgomery, Texas will be held on Monday, March 29, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors. Interment will follow in Garden Park cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service beginning at 11:30 a.m. Mr. Hoffpauir was born on March 26, 1935 in Orange, Texas to Robert Roy and Jewel Gail (Gibney) Hoffpauir. He passed away peacefully on March 22, 2021 in The Woodlands, Texas at the age of 85. Jerry married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Bobbie Jean (Prouse) Hoffpauir and together they raised a beautiful family of two sons and one daughter. Jerry was graduate of the University of Houston and was a Petroleum engineer with Bechtel and Fluor during his longtime career. He was a wonderful, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend who will be dearly missed. Jerry was preceded in death by his sons, Jerry Dean Hoffpauir, Jr. and James Robert Hoffpauir, parents, Robert Roy and Jewel Gail Hoffpauir and his great grandson, Robert Patrick Brown. He is survived by his loving family: beloved wife, Bobbie Jean Hoffpauir; daughter, Jewel Dianne Leal and husband, Benigno (Ben) De Jesus Leal; daughter-in-law, Patricia Kathleen Hoffpauir; granddaughters, Charissa Nicole Patterson and Catherine Rose Brown and husband Matthew Jacob Brown; great grandchildren, Hayden McCaleb Brown, Micah Jameson Brown, Jewel Elloral- Rhayne Brown and one great grandson on the way, James Robert Patterson.

Pallbearers: Michael Schmidt, Leann Hall, Hank White, Geddy Baker, Matthew Brown, and Hayden Brown. Honorary pallbearer: Micah Brown. 

JOHNNY GENE CARSON

On Thursday, March 18, 2021, Johnny Gene Carson, loving husband, father, and grandpa, passed away at the age of 60. Johnny was born on December 25, 1960 in Conroe, TX to Betty Jean Carson Rash and Billy Gene Carson. On April 16, 1987, he married Deborah. They raised two daughters, Nicole and Kelly.

Johnny was a truck driver for 40 years and had a passion for the outdoors. He loved fishing, hunting, and sipping his coffee on the patio watching the sunrise with the dogs. Johnny loved life and never met a stranger. His infectious sense of humor and heart the size of Texas were much admired not only by friends and family, but by everyone who had the good fortune to meet him.

John was preceded in death by his parents: Billy Carson and Betty and Howard Rash.

He is survived by his loving family: Wife: Deborah Carson; children: Kelly Carson, and Nicole and Josh Donaldson; grandchildren, Eli and Emma Donaldson; and sisters, Leslie, Tammy, Tina, Cheryl, Lisa, Angela, and Jessica. He is also survived by countless other cherished family members and friends.

A private memorial service will be held on Friday, April 2, 2021 in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors followed by a celebration of Johnny’s life for family and friends at Candy Cane Park, Conroe, TX at 4 o'clock p.m. 

ROBERT C. ELLIS

Funeral services Robert C. Ellis, 76, of Montgomery, Texas will be held on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with The Rev. Chris Gober officiating. Interment will follow in Houston National cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends in The Chapel one hour prior to the funeral service beginning at 11:00 a.m. 

Born to Curtis and Shirley Ellis in Los Angeles, California on May 9, 1944, Rob showed many interests throughout his life. From his military service as a Navy Veteran, to his love of trains and music, he was well rounded in bringing the joys he found in his hobbies to all those around him. At an early age, Rob became fascinated with trains. Over time, this fascination led to the building of elaborate model train layouts and an extensive collection of model trains and transportation paraphernalia. Having family in the military provided him opportunities to travel overseas while visiting his grandchildren. He doted on all of his grandkids and instilled in each of them the same curiosities he had growing up. They always look for trains while on their travels, eager to show their Grandpa what they found. Rob also had a love for music. While his sister was listening to the “Beatles”, Rob was blasting “Victory at Sea”. He frequently entertained his family by playing the accordion and he was mesmerized with the pipe organ. Rob has always adored Huskies and adopted several of them from a local rescue shelter. He loved the Lord and was a member of First Montgomery Baptist Church. There he served as a greeter and participated in every Bible study offered, allowing him to share with others his spiritual message about his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He loved his family deeply and supported his wife’s love for the outdoors. He is survived by his wife Laura; his daughter Judy and husband Zac; his son David and wife Dawn; 5 grandchildren; his sister Nancy; his two nephews Greg and Brian and their families. 

If desired:

Honor Rob's passion for the military by making a donation in his name to: Wounded Warrior Project at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/ and/or Disabled American Veterans at https://www.dav.org/ways-to-give.

ERNESTO "NESTO"

TABING LARA

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic church with Father Ronnie Dela Cruz officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Park-The Woodlands cemetery under the direction of Conroe Funeral Directors. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Ernesto Tabing Lara went to be with our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at the age of 87. He was a loving husband, father & grandfather.

Ernesto was born on May 25, 1933 in Imus Cavite, Philippines to Pedro & Rosario Lara. He was a well trained, highly skilled aircraft inspector for 40 years. During his travels around the world for his profession he met his beautiful wife Kimberly in Vietnam. They married on October 21, 1966 & have 3 children together. He also has 3 children from a previous marriage which brings his total of children to 4 boys & 2 girls.

Ernesto’s children are listed by birth order:

Pedro Rey

Martin

Rosana

Philip

Feliciano

Kellee Kim

Ernesto’s grandchildren are listed by birth order:

Rikki Martin

Karla

Jerica

Francis

Bryan

Harmony Lori

Kobee Jacob

Audisee Drew

Alexis Joy

Haylee Nicole

Mykah Levi

Kaleb Michaiah

Christopher Samuel Jr.

Ernesto’s great grandchild:

Alexander Martin

Ernesto’s grand fur babies:

Rex

Angel

Heaven

Ivy

Sunshine

Cali

Nakoa

Zeus

Zoe

Ernesto was known for his hard work & dedication to what he loved most, his family. Even at the ripe age of 87 he did not allow anything to stop him from living a full & satisfying life. Collector of momentos, he kept & cherished items that had significant meaning to his heart. He is the originator of the term “Foodie” because he enjoyed cooking & eating. During his last moments of life all he asked for was to be home with his family & a warm, delicious meal.

Ernesto was loved & well respected by many. His life & legacy will continue to live on through his wife, children, grandchildren and so forth. Death is bittersweet & although we grieve here on earth we know there is a celebration in heaven for his arrival. For we all know “To be absent of the body is to be present with our Lord!” Until we meet again...

“But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD!”

Joshua 24:15 

BETTY LOU SMITH

Betty Lou Smith, 86, passed away on March 13, 2021 at her home in The Woodlands. She will always be remembered through her family and many friends for her presence in their lives. Betty came to Conroe from Oklahoma, having married the love of her life, F. David Smith, in 1955. Betty and David walked hand in hand during their travels through life. She was a beloved and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. The “cheerleader and the football player” stayed in Conroe to raise their two daughters, Dabet and Renee. Betty loved learning and received her BS in Education with a minor in Spanish as well as continuing on to earn her Master’s Degree in Counseling. She had a long and influential career as an Educator and counselor at Conroe High School. She will be remembered for making a difference in the lives of many young people. She was active during her life in the Conroe Bridge Club, Pan American Round Table as well as other Community Organizations, Book Clubs as well as the Methodist Church and St. James the Apostle Episcopal Church.

As an avid traveler and art lover, Betty instilled these adventuresome and appreciative traits in both her daughters and grandchildren. She loved the beach and their adventures to Mexico started a passion which turned into trips all around the world with her husband. Her fondness for learning led her to develop her “green thumb” into becoming a certified Master Gardener. With her gift and a passion for growing beautiful flowers and unusual plants, her unique home always reflected her expertise with its lovely green and year-around blooming central courtyard. She had a zest for life and a loving commitment to family and friends. As her daughters, we were blessed to learn many treasured lessons such as the value of life-long education and travel, the importance of family and friends…. as well as how to cook the perfect country-friend chicken and cream gravy and learning the tradition of making the best-ever Scrapple! 

Betty was preceded in death by David, her husband of 51 years, her brothers Gene and Jack Compton, as well as her sister, Peggy Compton Durrett. She is survived by her two daughters, Dabet Smith and Renee Billings (Roger) as well as her three grandchildren, Rachel Saul, Harrison Saul (Kylee) and Zoe Neckar and her 2 great-grandchildren, Samantha Warner and Odin “Odie” Saul. She is also survived by numerous long-standing friends. She will be long remembered for her love of entertaining friends and family at home, her love of art and travel and her enthusiasm for helping others grown and learn.

As per her wish, Betty will have a private family graveside service at a later date in Cleveland, Oklahoma where her ashes will be lovingly placed with her husband’s. 

In lieu of flowers, if you so desire, please donate to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. To donate by phone 1-800-822-6344 or searching online for “st jude memorial donation”.

WALT AND GERRI CRAIN

Memorial service for Walt and Gerri Crain will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Ray Hyden officiating. 

GERRI

Geraldine Shaw Crain was born September 19,1945 in Lake City, Florida and passed away January 25, 2021 in The Woodlands, Texas.

Gerri was a generous and creative woman who enjoyed baking, shopping at dollar stores, and collecting Native American art. She was a retired entrepreneur who created beautiful leather garments, studied herbs and essential oils, and owned a flower shop and bakery in Conroe, Texas.

Gerri was the matriarch of a large extended family and enjoyed serving up grand holiday meals.

Gerri was married to her husband, Walt, for forty-four years. Together they created a fun, full life for their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Gerri is survived by her daughter, Terry Noska and husband Randy, son Bill Ferrell, daughter Tami Crain, and daughter Kristi Martinez and husband Carlos; grandchildren, Randy Noska, Jr. and wife Lauren, Derek Ferrell, Cody Grant, Chris Grant, Victoria Crain, Riley Elliott, Michael Elliott, Matthew Martinez, Alex Martinez, Devin Ferrell, Nick Ferrell, and Brooke Ferrell; brother Jerome Shaw and wife Francis, brother Gary Shaw and wife Becky Shaw.

Gerri is preceded in death by her parents, Jerome Kirby Shaw and Serena Harrell Midkiff, her grandson Bradley Ferrell, and her husband Walt Crain.

WALT

Walter Raymond Crain, Jr. was born May 15, 1945 in Princeton, Illinois and passed away January 7, 2021 in The Woodlands, Texas.

Walt was a family man who enjoyed working on his farm, playing with his grandchildren, and spoiling his little dogs, Ed, and Lulu. Walt always had a positive outlook and brought great joy to everyone who knew him. He was a retired sales manager/entrepreneur.

Walt was married to wife, Gerri, for forty-four years. He was a kind and patient man, caring for his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who adored him. Walt is survived by his daughter, Terry Noska and husband Randy, son Bill Ferrell, daughter Tami Crain, and daughter Kristi Martinez and husband Carlos; grandchildren, Randy Noska, Jr. and wife Lauren, Derek Ferrell, Cody Grant, Chris Grant, Victoria Crain, Riley Elliott, Michael Elliott, Matthew Martinez, Alex Martinez, Devin Ferrell, Nick Ferrell, and Brooke Ferrell; brother Charles Crain.

Walt is preceded in death by his parents, Walter Raymond Crain, Sr. and Verna Bell Crain, his grandson Bradley Ferrell and his brother Paul Crain.

In lieu of flowers

Please donate to your preferred Covid relief fund or the Montgomery County Food bank.

JACK EDWARD O'BRIEN

Jack E. O’Brien, age 90 of Conroe, Texas died on February 11, 2021 in Goodrich, Texas. He was born in Rucker, Tennessee, near Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee. He was the son of the late Hugh Frank and Mamie (Rowland) O’Brien. Jack was preceded in death by his brothers, Frank O’Brien and William (Billy) O'Brien. He is survived by his son, Russell D. and wife, Amber O’Brien of Willis, Texas and his daughter, Felita L. and husband, Wayne Schramme of Richmond, Texas; his grandson, Colton M. O’Brien and great grandson, Braylon Sage O’Brien of Aiken, South Carolina.

Jack graduated from Christiana High School in Christiana, Tennessee. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN and a Master of Arts degree from Golden State University in Los Angeles, California.  

He was a veteran of the United State Army earning the rank of Captain at the time of his resignation having served at 4 different military posts in the United States, plus serving in Germany and Lebanon.

Jack spent several years of his life in Sales and Marketing in this country. He also assisted other companies in nine (9) different foreign countries including Central and South America, Australia, and Europe. 

Jack was an active member of West Conroe Baptist Church in Conroe, Texas where a Memorial Service will be held on Monday, March 15, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. in the Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Jay Gross officiating. Interment will follow in the columbarium wall at Houston National cemetery in Houston, Texas with honors.   

In lieu of flowers, if desired, memorials may be made to: Wounded Warrior Project at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org

AUDREY MAY HOLLOWAY

Audrey May Holloway, age 90, entered eternal rest peacefully in Conroe, TX, on February 23, 2021. Audrey was born on the first day of Spring, March 21, 1930 in lovely Southampton, England, a beautiful port city on England’s south coast, to Arthur Charles Steele and Georgina May Hall Steele. Like other English children who lived in cities during WWII, Audrey and her sister Brenda were evacuated to a foster home in the country to escape bomb raids while their younger sister Maureen stayed with their mother in Southampton. After WWII Audrey and Brenda moved to the coastal resort town of Bournemouth where she grew to not only love the golden sandy beaches, but she also met the love of her life, William Davis (“Bill “) Holloway who served in the U.S. Airforce. Audrey and Bill were married for 67 years and are now reunited in Heaven as Bill went to be with the Lord in 2016. 

Audrey worked in London for the BBC during her professional years as a switchboard operator, an occupation she loved dearly and had many stories she loved to recount with eager enjoyment and enthusiasm. Audrey also had a passion for making porcelain dolls and used to say with a smile she was a little girl who never grew up. As Audrey was born during WWII and didn’t have many dolls, Audrey’s father, Arthur who was in the merchant Marines sent the sisters 2 dolls from America, but the lady keeping them would not allow the dolls to be taken out of the box. Whether not having dolls during her childhood was really the reason Audrey became a dollmaker we will never know, but Audrey started making dolls after her four children were grown and she had grandchildren. Audrey said, “The first dolls I made were dolls for my grandchildren” The dolls were all Holloway originals and Audrey put her personality into each of her creations. Audrey’s fascinating stories of her adventurous move from England to America to unite with the man she loved were both absorbing and intriguing. Her beautiful kind spirit, beaming smile, her radiant eyes and contagious laughter will be deeply missed. Previously departed loved ones include sister Brenda Louella Pate and brother Edward (Ted) Best. Audrey is survived by her sister Maureen Joyce Gelinas, and brothers Colin Peter Best, Michael Gaterell, Gordon Gaterall, daughters Debra Holloway Samson, Gina Holloway Moore, sons Michael Davis Holloway (Brenda) and Stephen Dewey Holloway (Kelli), 8 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held in the Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 1:00 pm.  

We’ll be seeing you in every summer’s day; In everything that’s light and gay; We’ll ALWAYS think of you that way. We love you Audrey May Holloway. Wife, Mother, Grandmother and always our Angel Above. 

 AUGUSTA LEISTER

SKORPENSKI JACKSON

(Gussie on her 98th Birthday)

Augusta Leister Skorpenske Jackson was born June 12, 1922, in a tent in Troy, Alabama, to Charles Augustus Leister, a union painter, and Jessie Lee Cowan Leister. They were traveling in a Model T Ford with their daughter, Clara Mae, from a job in Tampa, Florida to visit family in Drumright, Oklahoma. “Gussie” spent the first half of her life in Houston, moving to Conroe in 1975 to work

for Mitchell Energy. She passed away peacefully on Monday, February 22, 2021, at the age of 98. Gussie was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 35 years, Marsh Glenn Jackson; sons, Paul Lee Skorpenske, Jr. and Michael David Skorpenske; and granddaughter, Cheryl Lee Skorpenske Clark Owens.

She is survived by her loving family: daughter and son-in-law, Sandra Lynn Skorpenske Hunt Smith and husband, Michael G. Smith; nine grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and 4 nieces.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Ray Hyden officiating. Please join us earlier for visitation and to view family photos beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Houston. 

PAMELA KAYE BENTLEY GIACOMINI

Funeral services for Pamela Kaye Bentley Giacomini of Mesa, Arizona will be held on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with The Rev. Ray Hyden officiating. Interment will follow in Willis cemetery adjacent to her parents. Pamela was born to James Keith Bentley and Anna Lee Morrison Bentley on December 24, 1953 in Houston, Texas. She died of natural causes February 9, 2021 in Mesa, Arizona, at the age of 67.

Pam graduated from South Houston High School in 1971. She attended Texas Tech University and finished her bachelor's degree at Texas A & M University in Corpus Christi. She is survived by her son, Michael Giacomini and his wife, Kimberly of New Jersey; her sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Michael Johnson of Texas; and her cousins and their families. 

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FRANKIE CASTRO HERNANDEZ

In Loving Memory of Frankie Castro Hernandez, loving husband, father, Popo, and friend, who passed away on February 17, 2021. A private service will be officiated by Pastor Jesse Galvan. Frankie was born on September 28, 1942 in Tempe, Arizona to Willie Hernandez, Sr. and Frances Castro. He is survived by his beloved wife, Juanita Hernandez; son, Frankie, Jr. Hernandez; daughters, Virginia, Rebecca and Laura; grandfather of 15 and great grandchildren of 24; brother of 7 brothers and 3 sisters. Frankie was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. The family wishes to extend sincere gratitude and kindness to everyone who have shown us care during our time of bereavement. We truly appreciate all your prayers and support. We thank you kindly. Psalm 23.

EVIE OLSON

Funeral Service for Evie Olson, beloved wife, mother, and sister will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 11:00 am in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Ray Hyden officiating. Private interment will be held at County Line cemetery. Mrs. Olson was born on October 24, 1948 in Chandler, Texas and passed away on peacefully on Friday, February 12, 2021 at the age of 72.

Evie is survived by her loving family: her husband and best friend, Orvin Olson; daughters, Crystal Deshotel and husband, David; sisters, Barbara Gay, Linda McCleod and Kathleen Renfro; brothers, Walter Henry and Ralph Henry; grandchildren, Steven Westmoreland and Gavin Deshotel; great grandson, Oliver Westmoreland; numerous other dear relatives and friends also survive.

Evie was truly a loving, sweet, and caring soul. It was shown all throughout her everyday life as she lovingly cared for her family, her garden, and her sweet pets. Evie loved crafting and homemaking, but was also a willing, but reluctant fishing partner with her husband, Orvin. She met and married the love of her life, Orvin on December 1, 1990. They built a beautiful life together and were blessed by our Lord from the day they met. Evie was dearly loved by all her family and friends and her sweet smile and generous heart will be missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Henry’s Home-Horse and Human Sanctuary at www.henryshomehorsesanctuary.org, the Montgomery County Animal Shelter or to a charity of your choice. 

MARY ELIZABETH WOODS

Memorial Service for Mary Elizabeth Woods of Conroe, Texas will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with The Rev. Ray Hyden officiating. She passed away on Friday, February 12, 2021 in Tomball, Texas. Beth was born on October 31, 1949 in Marked Tree, Arkansas to Johnnie and Ollie Woods. Beth was 71 at the time of her passing. She was predeceased by her parents. Beth is survived by her loving family: siblings: sister, Gayle Woods; brothers, Bryan Woods (Tina), Alan Woods (Jeanette) and Randy Woods (Kathy); nephews, Austin Woods (Amy), Colton Woods (Jacque), Scott Woods, and Kerri Ray Woods; nieces, Rhiannon Hale, Delaina Storhok (Chris), Melissa Ann Holmes, Holly Linzey (Dennis) and Jennifer Woods; numerous great nieces and nephews also survive. 

In lieu of flowers, if desired memorials may be made to: St. Jude at www.stjude.org/donate.

SHERRY ANN WIGGINS

Graveside Service for Sherry Ann Wiggins of Humble, Texas will be held on Friday, February 19, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in Dry Creek cemetery with The Rev. Ray Hyden officiating. The family will receive friends at Conroe Funeral Directors on Thursday, February 18, 2021 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.

Sherry Ann was born on September 14, 1954 in Conroe, Texas to John Henry and Maudie Wiggins. She passed away peacefully on February 10, 2021 in Humble, Texas at the age of 66.

Sherry Ann was preceded in death by her parents, John Henry (Sonny Boy) Wiggins and Maudie McDaniel Wiggins and her brother, Jerry Wayne Wiggins.

She is survived by her loving family: brother, Billy Stearns and wife, Jimmie; Sister-in-law, Brenda Wiggins; many nieces, nephews, other dear relatives and friends. Sherry Ann was a true joy to her whole family. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

ROBERT LYNN FOSHEE, SR.

Celebration of Life for Robert Lynn Foshee, Sr., beloved husband, father, and friend will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 12:00 pm. at The Ark Church with Pastor John Fernandez officiating. Interment will follow in Conroe Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Robert will receive full military honors for his service in the Air Force.

He moved to Winnfield as a small child and spent his life there until he graduated from high school. Robert still had many life-long friend friends from Winnfield. His class has a yearly reunion which he attended almost every year.  

After graduation, he joined the United States Air Force and served in Security Service. He said, “I grew up with these guys, we all became men together.” They were still his dear and special friends. After all these years they get together yearly for a reunion in Myrtle Beach, SC. After the Air Force, he married and moved to Baton Rouge, La where he worked for Shell Oil and later in the finance industry. Robert got a promotion and transferred to Monroe, LA. After several years he attended College and graduated from Northeast Louisiana University, currently University of Louisiana-Monroe with an accounting degree. In Monroe, he worked in the finance and banking industry. After college he went to work for Georgia Pacific Corporation in Crossett, AR. One year later he went to work as the Forestry Accountant for Louisiana Pacific, a spin off from Georgia Pacific, located in Conroe, TX. His career with Louisiana Pacific spanned 20 plus years. Robert also worked for TDC, Texas Workforce Commission and Foshee and Associates CPA’s.

Robert loved people and he was always willing to help. He loved God, his family, and his country. He was a loyal, trust-worthy, and never met a stranger. Robert loved to cook on the grill and have friends over to eat. He was an avid LSU Tigers and Houston Astros fan. He went to many Astro games and after he was sick, he watched the Tigers and the Astros on TV. Robert was the calm one, the rock we depended on. We will miss him and remember him every day of our lives.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Gary Foshee, Sr. and David Foshee, Sr.; and his sister, Cheryl Page.

He is survived by his loving family: wife of 55 years, Billie Ann Knight Foshee; son, Robert Foshee, Jr.; sisters-in-law, Sheila Foshee of Provencal, LA and Sharon Rollow of Hoschton, GA; Brother-in-law, Dave Rollow of Hoschton, GA.; nieces and nephews, Terry Ann Sims of Provencal, LA., Angela Womack of Provencal, LA., Christine Shifflett of Bossier City, LA., Amanda Foshee of Houston, TX, Cindy Hightower of Calvin, LA., Gary Foshee, Jr. of Provencal, LA., David Foshee, Jr. of Alexandria, LA., Danny Slayter of Winnfield, LA, Sammy Slayter of Arcadia, LA., Melissa Norris of Duluth, GA., and Shelley Keith of Bartlett, TN. He is also survived by a host of other dear relatives and caring friends.

Pallbearers: Gary Foshee, Jr., David Foshee, Jr., Bob Shifflet, Ron Cossman, Jimmy Koukas and Duke Coon.

We wish to give a special thank you to the wonderful caregivers, who became a part of our family during the fourteen years Robert was sick. We shall forever be grateful to John Moses, Debra Burns, Jennifer Lee and Trisha Shafer. We would also like to thank Elara Caring Hospice for their compassion, efficiency and expertise when needed in this moment.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the following: The Ark Church, 450 Humble Tank Rd., Conroe, TX 77304, Alzheimer Association, at https://www.alz.org/texas or to the charity of your choice.

MARCO TULIO ESTRADA

Funeral Services for beloved husband and father, Marco Tulio Estrada of Shenandoah, Texas will be held on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 10:00 am in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors. The Pastor Javier Pimentel will officiate. Interment will follow in Garden Park cemetery.

Mr. Estrada was born on May 24, 1947 in Guatemala to Angel and Dolores (Andrino) Estrada. He passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at the age of 73 at home. Marco and his beloved Angela “Lulu” were married in Guatemala City in 1971. Marco was a loving, generous, hard-working, family man who was a true role model for his daughter, Carla as well as many of his extended family. He was energized by hard work and doing the right thing for his family. He gave the very best of himself every day. Above all, Marco loved time spent with his family. He didn’t dream of traveling the world because to him his daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren were his world. Although he only had one child, many called him “Papi.” He was a humble, selfless, and simple man who touched many lives. Marco was preceded in death by his parents, Angel and Dolores Estrada; brothers and sisters, Roberto Estrada, Francisco Andrino, Marta Andrino and Jose Luis Estrada. Marco is survived by his loving family: wife, Angela “Lulu” Estrada; daughter, Carla Pimentel (Estrada) and husband, Javier Pimentel; grandchildren, Heaven, Caleb and Madison; great grandchildren, Ashleigh, Nathan and Ezra; sisters and brothers, Estela Estrada, Berta Franco, Ana Maria Franco and Carmen Salvatierra; numerous nieces, nephews, other caring relatives and friends. A host of dear friends and family in Guatemala also survive.  

NORMAN WANYNE KEY

Funeral Service for Norman Wayne Key of Crockett, Texas will be held on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Pastor Lester Hutson officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service beginning at 10:00 a.m. Norman completed his journey in this world on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at the age of 69. He was born in Houston, Texas to Lacy and Katherine Key on December 3, 1951.   

Norman is survived by his loving family: beloved wife, Yvonne Key; sons, Jeff and Andrew; daughters, Bonnie and Candace; brother and sister-in-law, Lacy Key III and Shirley; grandchildren, Ami, Abigail, Ryan and Leah; great grandchildren, Hunter, Rylee and Addison 24 nieces and nephews. Norman was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. 

LILLIAN IRENE WEAVER

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 29, 2021 at 11:00 am in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Bob Seal officiating. Interment will follow at Houston National cemetery. She will be laid to rest next to her husnand Acel.

Lillian Irene Weaver was born May 7, 1932 in Logan County, Ohio. Passed away January 27, 2021 in Conroe Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband Acel Weaver and son Gary Weaver. Survived by four sons, Bob Weaver, Larry Weaver and wife Loraine, Dan Weaver and wife Barbara and Jerry Weaver. Grandchildren Sarah and husband Hector, Clint, Rachel and husband Calvin, Joshua and wife Melissa, Kezia, Kenny, Starlie, Allie, Angel, Amber and husband Hunter, Jasom and Brooke and husband Jared. Great grandchildren Kaylin, Kelsey, Hope, Zac, C.J., Hunter, Savannah, Antonio and Emilio. 

PEGGY SHERIDAN

Peggy Sheridan, 68, of Conroe, TX, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2021. She was embraced and healed by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Peggy retired from Sadler Clinic as an X-Ray Technician. She was well respected by her colleagues and a mother, sister, and friend to many.

She will be dearly missed by her Son, James Holbert, Daughter, Candy Holbert & Jack Sisco, Goddaughter Lisa Linares & husband Justin. Granddaughter Chaslin Holbert, and Great Goddaughters Leah Linares and Leanne Linares. 

As requested, no services will be held.

If Roses grow in Heaven

Lord, please pick a bunch for me. Place them in my Mother's arms and tell her they're from me. Tell her that I love her and miss her,

and when she turns to smile, place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for awhile. Because remembering her is easy,

I do it every day, but there's an ache within my heart that will never go away.

-Kirsten Preus

ALBERTINA KATHERINE BARHAM

    Memorial Service for Katherine Barham of Willis, Texas will be held Friday, January 22, 2021 at 3:00 pm in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors. Mrs. Barham was born on January 11, 1923 in Ashley, North Dakota. She passed away on January 18, 2021 in Willis, Tx at the age of 98. 

HELEN MARIE G. DEL PAPA

Helen Marie Gary Del Papa, beloved wife and mother, passed away on January 13, 2021, at the age of 68 after battling brain cancer for two and a half years. She never complained about pain or her circumstances.

Helen was born on August 11, 1952 and grew up in Beaumont, TX. After receiving her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in 1974 from Lamar University, she opened an Italian restaurant in Beaumont enhancing her skills at hosting and entertaining. In December 1979, she married Rocky Del Papa and they soon moved to The Woodlands. Their wonderful, loving partnership lasted for 41 years. Helen was the cornerstone of their business operations and family life. Everyone knew she was an impeccable bookkeeper that never made a mistake. She loved to care for her family and shined at being a mother. 

Helen is survived by her best friend and loving husband, Omero “Rocky” Del Papa III and their three children, Allison Del Papa, Omero Del Papa, and Elizabeth Bradburn. Also survived by her mother, Loretta “Bordages” Gary; sisters, Denise (Vinny) Stasio, Rita (Carl) Marino, and Grace Perkins; brother, Thomas Wade (Carol) Gary; sister-in-laws, Sherri (Charles) Gordon and Jenny (Bob) Tresch; grandchildren, Luke, Helena, and Ezra Bradburn; and numerous aunts, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her beloved father, Tom Gary, Jr. as well as her grandparents, Julia and Tom Gary, Sr. and Marie and J.D. Bordages; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Lena and Omero Del Papa, Jr.

Helen was a faith-filled, loving mother who cherished her children. As an excellent cook, she enjoyed preparing meals for her family, entertaining, and baking Italian cookies along with reading, traveling and playing golf. She had a wealth of friends that she loved with all her heart. Helen left many memories of great vacations, hearty laughter and quality time with the ones she loved. 

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 21st at WoodsEdge Community Church in the Pavillion (25333 Gosling Rd. Spring, TX 77389) at 2:00pm. She will be laid to rest at Forest Park The Woodlands. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6

WILLIAM FRANK COLLORA

William Frank Collora of Montgomery, TX passed away at the age of 65 on January 15, 2021 in The Woodlands, TX. William “Bill” Collora was born and raised in Huntington, NY to William and Jacquelyn Collora.

Bill moved from New York to Texas in 1978 with his young family. Following in the footsteps of his parents to Houston, TX. He worked hard his whole life to own and operate a local plumbing company, alongside the help of his two sons every day. Bill was the social center of his large family. He loved to entertain with Italian food, red wine and loved his Ma’s tomato sauce. He had a big laugh, loud voice and had a jokester personality. His presence would fill the room. His love of music and the Beatles were often his favorite subject.

There is also the side of him that his family knew well, he was a son, big brother, Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, and a friend. He was generous, un-judgmental and forgiving to the people he loved. His passions varied greatly from boating, fast cars, fly fishing, camping, RVing and traveling to Colorado. He enjoyed playing the stock market and was a savvy businessman. But some of his and our favorite nights were his movie nights, swimming, fishing at home with his kids and grandkids. All of his children share his passion for a love of animals and aquariums. He was a proud father to Robyn, Billy and Joey and their beautiful families and his grandkids. He enjoyed bragging about Lily and Rose in their accomplishments in school and sports, and was so excited for their futures.

He was preceded in death by his father William Collora and brother James Collora.

He is survived by his children, Robyn (Dennis) Wear, Billy (Amy) Collora, Joey (Candace) Collora, Lily and Rose Collora. His grandchildren Emily and Will Collora, Alexis and Colton Collora, Sadie and Ava Wear. His mother Jacquelyn Collora, siblings Linda Lavino and Perry Collora. Numerous nieces and nephews and close friends. Also, the mothers of his children Linda Alexander and Geralyn Collora. He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Due to the unprecedented times we will not be holding a traditional service. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project or Habitat for Humanity. 

LANCE WADE REYNOLDS

Lance or as some called him Lancer, was born to Richard & Dianne Reynolds on April 6, 1966 in Houston, Tx. On Tuesday January 5, 2021 God called Lance home to the place that He has prepared for him. Lance was a lifelong resident of Texas and was very proud of his Texas roots. At the age of 2 Lance moved with his family to Conroe, Tx. Lance grew up in River Plantation and this is where he was raised. As a boy he could not wait for the school bus to drop him off at the driveway so he and his friends could ride bikes, play football in the street, catch crawdads or go out in the woods with B-B guns. As a young boy on Friday nights in the fall if you were looking for Lance you would find him and his friends by the scoreboard at Tiger Stadium playing football with wadded up Dr. Pepper paper cups as the ball. As Lance grew into his teens he grew to love the game of football. Lance dreamed of one day becoming a Conroe Tiger and when he made it to Conroe High he fulfilled that dream. Lance was known to be a hard-nosed player who never took a play off.

 It was common to see blood running down his face because of a punishing hit he would impose on an opponent, only to go back to the line of scrimmage anticipating the next play. Lance was loved by his teammates, counted on by his coaches and respected by those who played against him. After high school Lance went to college at Texas Lutheran to continue his love of the game. Lance soon realized that he wanted to serve his country and became a member of the United States Army. Serving proudly Lance was able to make a lot of new friends from all across the United States. After the Army Lance returned to Conroe. Throughout his working career Lance gave the same hard-nosed effort that he was known to give in everything else he did. Lance was known to light up a room with his infectious personality, a sense of humor that would leave you in stitches and he had a laugh that made you happy when you heard it. Lance had a twinkle in his blue eyes that ranged from mischief to admiration. Lance was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. Lance loved anything to do with being outdoors. But more than anything else Lance loved his son Jack. Jack was the world to him. Lance always wanted to know how others were doing but he couldn’t wait to brag about his son Jack to family, friends or co-workers.

Lance is preceded by his mother Dianne Reynolds and father Richard Reynolds. Lance is survived by his beloved son Jack Reynolds, his twin sister Lisa Reynolds, brother Scott and his wife Robin and niece Alex and nephew Zach uncle John Reece, Jr. former wife and mother of Jack Mandy Fetner, stepson, Austin Ondrej, and former wife Pam Johnson. Lance also leaves behind countless other family members as well as so many friends who loved him very much. Rest in peace Lancer, you won’t be forgotten. 

A Memorial service will be held at The Ark Church 450 Humble Tank Rd, Conroe, TX 77304 on Monday January 18, 2021 at 11:30 with Pastor John Fernandez officiating. Please feel free to arrive anytime beginning at 10:45. 

 In Lieu of flowers please make a donation to Camp Hope at https://ptsdusa.org/give-help/or Camp Hope 9724 Derrington Rd. Houston, Tx. 77064. 

DAVID G. KLINE

In Loving Memory of David G. Kline of Panorama, Texas who passed-away on Thursday, January 7, 2021 in Conroe. He was 88 years old. David was born on October 22, 1932 in Wayne, Michigan to Raymond and Stella Kline. He was a proud United States Marine who had strong faith in our Lord, a quick wit and a kind smile. He will be dearly missed.

DWIGHT LESLIE SALES 

In Loving Memory of Dwight Leslie Sales of Magnolia, Texas. Dwight was born on February 29, 1954 in Houston, Texas to J. L. Sales and Dolores (Harbin) Sales. He passed-away on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at the age of 64. 

ADDIE GERALDINE CRAIN

In Loving Memory of Addie Geraldine Crain of Bedias, Texas. Gerri was born on September 19, 1945 in Lake City, Florida to Jerome and Serena Shaw. She passed away on January 25, 2021 in The Woodlands, Texas, 18 days after her beloved husband, Walter Raymond Crain,Jr. She was dearly loved by her family and friends and will be missed. 

WALTER RAYMOND CRAIN, JR.

In Loving Memory of Walter Raymond Crain, Jr. of Bedias, Texas. Walt was born on May 15, 1945 in Princeton, Illinois to Walter Raymond Crain, Sr. and Verna Bell (Travis) Crain. He passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021 in the Woodlands, Texas at the age of 75. He will be dearly missed.   

ZELDA MAE HENDERSON

Funeral services for Zelda Mae Henderson will be held on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Pastor Bob Seal officiating. Interment will follow in Willis Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 10, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Mrs. Henderson was born on April 12, 1932 in Nacogdoches,Texas to William T. Reynolds and Lillian (Saunders) Reynolds. She passed-away peacefully on Friday, January 8, 2021 at home in Conroe at the age of 88. Zelda was a longtime (20 year) employee at the Log Cabin Restaurant in Humble, Texas and then went on to work for Eckerd Drugs for 15 years. Later in life, she worked as a CISD bus monitor for 15 years where she loved every one of the children she looked after.

 Zelda was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her children and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as Grandmother. Zelda was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who is loved deeply and will be greatly missed.

Mrs. Henderson was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Henderson; son, Tony Demopolis; granddaughters, Denise Whitley and Tari Henderson; her parents and her brothers and sisters.

Zelda is survived by her loving family: Sons, Donnie Henderson and wife, Nora and Tommy Henderson and wife, Marilyn; Daughters, Gail Cooper and husband, Larry, Nancy Zimmerman and husband, Mike, and Athena Demopolis; 18 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren; numerous great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by other dear relatives and a host of caring friends.

Pallbearers: Alec Johnson, Gary Cooper, Tom Henderson, Steven Logston, Leslie Henderson, Anthony LeCrone. Honorary Pallbearers: Jesse Crawford and Tim Kocera.

LARRY WAYNE BACKHUS 

Graveside service for Larry Wayne Backhus of Conroe, Texas will be held on Friday, January 8, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Garden Park cemetery.

Larry was born on August 27, 1955 in Ft. Worth, Texas to George Backhus and Agnes (Bohuslar) Backhus. He passed-away on January 1, 2021 at home in Conroe at the age of 65. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, George and Agnes Backhus and his sister, Terri Jo Backhus.

Larry is survived by his loving family: Siblings and spouses: George H. Backhus (Ginger), John Backhus (Sandy), Ruth Backhus Anderson, Sherri Jo Backhus, Jim Backhus (Carol); numerous nieces, nephews, other dear relatives, and friends also survive.

Larry was always a source of positivity. He was a kind, caring man who had a compassionate heart and was always there to lend a helping hand.

Larry was also a Conroe High School graduate (class of 1975) and an avid fan of all sports. His memory will live on in the hearts and minds of his family he leaves behind. 

ARCHIVED FROM 2020:

Altha Pearl Taylor 1940 - 2020

Paul Rex "Snap" Henry 1950 - 2020

Lowell "Toby" Vern Humphrey 1955 - 2020

John Ray Case, Jr. 1924 - 2020

Edward Kyle Russell 1942 - 2020

Jackie "Jack" Ray Davidson 1937 - 2020

Michelle Sherí Williamson 1973 - 2020

Lequita Ann Holmes 1946 - 2020

Christopher Sean Poehl 1970 - 2020

Barbara Sue (Pepper) Shimman 1940 - 2020

Daniel Edward Bostock 1950 - 2020

Joseph Steve Ogrodowicz, Jr. 1955 - 2020

Jeanne Marie Crane 1943 - 2020

Lela Elizabeth Beathard 1942 - 2020

Bonnie Faye Moon 1926 - 2020

Velmer C. Clair 1932 - 2020

Carl Thompson Cochran, Jr. 1928 - 2020

Robin Carol Gutierrez 1960 - 2020

Kenneth Lloyd Ward 1960 - 2020

Jon- Ann Andrews 1940 - 2020

Michael Stephen Ingram 1952 - 2020

Lois Juanita Garner 1932 - 2020

Virginia Gail Stedman 1947 - 2020

Martin Kent Smithson 1952 - 2020

Corey Alexander Johnson 1986 - 2020

John Arthur Gilliam 1974 - 2020

Helen "Elaine" Jones 1966 - 2020

Mary Lou Meyer 1940 - 2020

Peggy Parsley Paddock 1938 - 2020

Rudolph C. Bullock, Jr. 1943 - 2020

Charles David Smetana 1956 - 2020

John Hurley Culpepper 1946 - 2020

Jack O'Neal Brackin 1933 - 2020

Mary Jo Snow 1929 - 2020

Grace L. Wilhelm 1931 - 2020

James "Jimmy" R. Hoffpauir 1961 - 2020

Nancy Mayfield Owen 1938 - 2020

Joyce Faye Jackson 1949 - 2020

Roy Dean Williams, Sr. 1936 - 2020

Richard "Dick" Earl Jones 1930 - 2020

Milton Leroy Curtis 1941 - 2020

Norman Myers 1938 - 2020

Gerald (Gerry) Leroy Friedsam 1940 - 2020

Truett Victor White 1926 - 2020- POSTPONED

Christopher Sean Poehl 1970 - 2020

James Milton "Jimmy" Smith 1959 - 2020

Ray Clifford Shubert 1937 - 2020

Guy Vincent Hendricks 1964 - 2020

Keith H. Beilgard 1941 - 2020

Caroll Woodrow Bullock 1935 - 2020

Clarice Hunter 1934 - 2020

Donna Mae Harget 1942 - 2020

ALTHA PEARL TAYLOR

Funeral Services for Altha Pearl Taylor, 80, of Willis, Texas will be held on Friday, January 1, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Richard Sawyer officiating. Pearl was born on April 1, 1940 in Logansport, Louisiana to Oscar and Tommie Lee Holloway. She passed peacefully in Conroe, Texas on December 30, 2020. Pearl was preceded in death by her parents Oscar and Tommie Lee Holloway, and her daughter Patricia Ann Plaster. Her surviving family includes her husband James Taylor of Willis, Texas. Her children: Cherry and Bruce Parker of Wichita Falls, Texas. Susie and Gary Neeley of Archer City, Texas. Darlene Kellar of Willis, Texas.

Jeannie and Bubba Owen of Willis Texas. Her grandchildren: Crystal Garcia, Melissa Richard, Heather Helton, James Helton, Travis Kellar, Kristopher Kellar, Angie Tigert, Johnny Dement, Ashley Dement, Tricia McCarty, Brandie Sawyer, Mandie Plaster, and Mikey Neeley. 40 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren.

Pearl was a dedicated Wife, Mother and Nana. She treasured her family and enjoyed every moment with them. She made friends everywhere she went. Pearl will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.

PAUL REX "SNAP" HENRY

Funeral Services for Paul Rex “Snap” Henry of Conroe, Texas will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2021 in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors at 12:00 p.m. with the Rev. Melvin Hite officiating. Interment will follow in County Line cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service in The Chapel. Mr. Henry was born on September 22, 1950 in Chandler, Texas to Leonard L. Henry, Sr. and Birdie Jewell (McCurley) Henry. He passed-away peacefully on December 24, 2020 in Conroe, Texas. Snap is survived by his loving familiy; daughter, Theresa Henry; sons, Paul Rex Henry, Jr. and Carrijean and Michael Henry and Kathy; sisters, Linda McLeod, Barbara Gay, Evie Olson and Cathleen Renfro; brothers, Walter Henry and Ralph Henry; and his dear grandchildren, Autumn Thigpen, Marc Rebeske, Jr., Kaylah Bryan, Michael Henry, Luke Henry, Maggie Carr, William Carr, Kaylee Carr, Carlyle Fisher and Draque Henry; great grandson, Jameson Thigpen; and friend/ex-wife, Bonnie Hermes. Numerous other dear relatives and friends also survive. Pallbearers include: Michael Henry, Paul Henry, Marc Rebeske, Jesse Hermes, William Jezek and Justin Thigpen. Dearly loved and greatly missed. 

LOWELL "TOBY" VERN HUMPHREY, JR.

Graveside service for Lowell “Toby” Vern Humphrey, Jr. will be held on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Garden Park cemetery in Conroe, Texas. Toby was born on May 27, 1955 in Seattle, Washington to Lowell Vern Humphrey, Sr. and Joan Claudette (Belles) Humphrey. He passed-away on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 in Conroe, Texas at the age of 65. Toby is survived by his loving family: Sisters, Terry Humphrey, Tracy L. Leigh, Melody Wortley, Debbie Humphrey; niece, Laura Loob and brother, Guy Humphrey; many other dear relatives and friends also survive. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. 

JOHN RAY CASE, JR.

John Ray Case Jr., age 96 of Conroe, TX passed away Dec. 7, 2020. Ray was born March 15, 1924 in Waco, Texas to John and Jewel Atkinson Case. He was a graduate of Texas A & M University, and a World War II Veteran who served as an Army Sergeant in the Army Air Force in the Pacific from 1943-45.

After retiring from Sears, he moved to Cleveland, TX where he and his wife Bobbie owned and operated the Midway Drive In Grocery for 12 years. Ray was an avid golfer, a talented artist, and enjoyed many years of league bowling with his wife Bobbie. Ray loved spending time outdoors, and enjoyed daily walks down to his pond, often with his beloved pets, Willie the goose, or Pogo the collie, by his side. He was known for his opinions on politics and world events and would regularly have his letters to the editor published in the local newspaper. One of his favorite traditions was heading up the annual family Christmas bingo game, where he would provide an eclectic mix of prizes from his own keepsake collections.

Ray was preceded in death by his wife Bobbie, the love of his life for 66 years, and his sister, Leslie Stanley. He is lovingly remembered by his three daughters: Connie Sonnier and husband, Bill, Linda Carter, and Karen Beall and husband, Johnny. He also leaves behind five grandchildren: Jeremy Beall and wife Amanda, Julie Conn and husband Chad, Jennifer Nichols and husband C.J., Kelli Knight and husband Matt, and Dusty Carter, as well as numerous great-grandchildren. A special thanks to the staff at The Wellington, Encompass Home Health and Conroe Regional Hospital for the wonderful care Ray received. Due to current circumstances, the memorial will be planned for a later date.

EDWARD KYLE RUSSELL

Edward Kyle Russell III was born September 1, 1942, in Clarksville, Texas, to Josephine (Bowers) and E. K. Russell, Jr. Kyle attended school in Clarksville, graduating from high school there in 1960. He attended Paris Junior College and The University of Texas before transferring to North Texas State University, where he graduated in 1964 with a degree in Business. He immediately went to work for Shell Oil and remained a ‘one-company man,’ a loyal employee of 34 years. During his career he worked in Tulsa, Dallas, Babylon (New York), Atlanta (Georgia), Houston, and Midland.

In Midland, Kyle met Janet Foster, and they were married on June 27, 1992. While working there, Kyle was very active in the Rotary club and facilitated an international project in which several Rotary clubs in West Texas assisted a Lion’s Club in Ojinaga, Mexico, by providing building materials, school supplies, furniture, household items, and medical supplies. These donations filled over eight semi-tractor trucks and helped equip an orphanage compound for street children and young, homeless teens.

When transferred back to Houston, Kyle and Janet settled in The Woodlands, Texas. The Woodlands United Methodist Church was their home for worship and the place where many deep friendships developed. Kyle was very involved in numerous church ministries: ElderRide, mission trips to Guatemala and Juarez, and Quest Men’s Fellowship. He directed the church’s blood drives for 22 years. A certificate from the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center recognizes his efforts in helping save and sustain 41,007 lives through 13,484 donations. Kyle personally gave 185 units during his lifetime.

Kyle is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Gene Russell. He is survived by his wife, Janet; son Kirk Russell, his wife, Kelly, and their son, Nolan Russell; son Justin Russell and his wife, Diane; his sister, Anne Russell Evetts (and Doug Evetts and their son, Chris Evetts); and his first wife, Sylvia Fodge Russell. He is also survived by his stepdaughters Mary Foster-DeSimone and Jennifer Foster; and Mary’s daughter, Sara.

Due to the need for limited gatherings because of health concerns, there will be a family memorial service at The Woodlands United Methodist Church on December 18, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. The service will be live streamed on the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?y=5GSsxDeGwQ4

If desired, memorial contributions may be sent to the following: The Mission Fund at TWUMC Foundation at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, 2200 Lake Woodlands Dr., The Woodlands, Tx 77380 or The National Parks Conservation Association, 777 6th St. NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20001-3723.

JACKIE "JACK" RAY DAVIDSON

Jackie “Jack” Ray Davidson, age 83, passed-away peacefully on December 2, 2020 in Willis, Texas. Jack was born in Okemah, Oklahoma and attended Cromwell High School. He is preceded in death by his wife Dana Jane Davidson, daughter Nicole DeAnn Corbit, grandson Alex Ray Corbit, parents William and Mabel Davidson, brothers, William and Jerry Davidson, and sister Betty Thomas. He served in the US Army for 4 years and was a very, proud veteran. Jack worked in the oilfield as a coring specialist for many years, visiting many countries and making many friends. He loved playing golf, cards, watching sports and attending his grandchildren's game’s. Jack was a resident of River Plantation from the 1970’s until 1994 when he and Dana moved to Village Mills, Texas; later moving to Beaumont. Jack moved back to Conroe to be closer to family in 2014 and enjoyed many years as a member of Mims Baptist Church. He especially loved his Sunday School class led by Mr. Joe Corley. Jack leaves behind a sister, Ellen Ann Priesendorf. Family also includes son, Randy Norris; grandchildren, Chad Norris, Keraudren Beckman; son in law, David Corbit (Dana); and grandchildren, Austin Corbit and Sean Corbit. The family is thankful for the very caring staff of Loving Care Personal Care Home in Willis. A private family burial will take place Thursday, December 17, 2020 and a Memorial service is planned for early 2021. If desired, friends may make a donation to the Meals on Wheels Montgomery County, Attn: Tribute Giving, 111 South 2 Street, Conroe TX, 77301. They provided many meals for Jack and he greatly appreciated their service.

MICHELLE S. WILLIAMSON

Funeral service for Michelle Sherí Williamson of Montgomery, Texas will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with John Vaughn officiating. The family will receive friends in The Chapel one hour prior to the funeral service beginning at 10:00 a.m. Michelle was born on September 29, 1973 in Houston, Texas and passed-away peacefully surrounded by family on November 13, 2020 at the age of 47. She is dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

Michelle is survived by her loving family: Children, Justin Lungren, Katelin Lundgren, Nathan Lundgren, Aubrey Williamson, IV, and Aden Williamson; Grandchild, Kaiya Purdue; Mother, Brenda Hansen; Brothers, Michael McDevitt and Jerrad Hansen; Grandmother, Joyce Stanley. Numerous other dear relatives and friends also survive.

LEQUITA ANN HOLMES

Lequita Ann Holmes was born on March 22, 1946 in Dallas, Texas to William and Jewell Hooker. She passed-away peacefully on November 12, 2020 with surrounded by family at the age of 74.

Lequita was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford P. Holmes and her son, David Wayne Mulkey. She is survived by her loving family: daughter, Sherry Mulkey; brother, Don Hooker and wife, Lisa; sisters, Anita Perry and Celita McCrorey; grandchildren, Airiana McDowell and husband, Cory, Matthew Fowler and wife, Shea and Cheyenne Mulkey; step-daughter, Rachel Vasquez; cousin, George Farqurhar; best friend, Carla Brown; numerous other dear family members and friends also survive.

Lequita’s kind heart and positive outlook on life was a blessing to everyone who knew and loved her. Her grandbabies and her family were her passion. She had a carefree spirit that will live on the hearts of her family. Lequita worked for many years at CISD and truly-loved her job working with children and she adored her work family. She will be dearly missed. 

SHIRLEY LORAINE FRYAR

  A memorial service for Shirley Loraine Fryar, 77, of Montgomery, TX. will be held on Friday, April 16, 2021 in the chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors at 2:00 P.M

Shirley was born on Dec. 14, 1943 in San Diego, CA. to Letha and James Harris and passed away on April 9, 2021 in Montgomery, TX. She is survived by her loving family: husband, Don Fryar; sons and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Donna Fryar, and Wesley Fryar; grandchildren, Nathan and Melody Fryar, Alexander, Samuel and Elizabeth Nelson-Fryar; and many other relatives and friends.

CHRISTOPHER SEAN POEHL

Christopher Sean Poehl of Montgomery, Texas was born on December 19, 1970 in Houston, Texas to Ronald James and Geraldine Dian Poehl. Chris went to be with our Lord on March 20, 2020 at the age of 49 after a two and a half year battle with cancer.

Chris is survived by his wife Angela Adair Poehl, children Kristen Sherie Poehl, Cassidy Adair Poehl, and Corbin Christopher Poehl, sister Kim Poehl Levandowski and husband Paul and their children Connor James Levandowski, Katelyn Dian Levandowski, and Callie Alexis Levandowski and many other loving family members and friends. Chris was preceded in death by his father Ronald James Poehl of Houston, and his mother, Geraldine Dian Pampell Poehl of Hempstead. 

Chris graduated from Waller High School in 1989 and attended Blinn College in Brenham. It was during this time that he met Angela and eventually moved to Conroe in 1995. The two married in 1996. Chris graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.


Chris worked as a Petroleum Landman all over Texas for over 20 years. He was a great family man and a loving father. Chris was loved by all and known for his love of classic rock, classic cars and also for his fun loving personality and crazy antics. He was full of life and loved to keep his family and friends laughing. Chris loved to travel and hunt and enjoyed spending time with many good friends at his deer lease in Ozona, Texas. Chris was famous for his amazing barbeque and won many awards at the Montgomery County Barbeque Cookoff, including Reserve Grand Champion. Chris also enjoyed his time spent on the music committee for the Friends of Conroe and volunteering for the Montgomery County Fair Association.


A private service for Christopher will be held on March 27, 2020, at New Montgomery Cemetery with a memorial to follow at a later date. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Chris's life at that time. Memorial donations can be made in Chris's name to: Fellowship of Montgomery, 12681 FM 149, Montgomery, Texas 77316. 

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Fellowship of Montgomery with Pastor Dale Wells officiating. Honorary pallbearers include: Corbin Poehl, Connor Levandowski, Paul Levandowski, John Baskin, Mark Hegemeyer, Byron Barnes, Glenn Holliday and Blair Matthews.


Please join us immediately after the service for a celebration of Chris’s life at the Poehl Home at 17399 Sunset Ranch Drive, Montgomery, Texas.

BARBARA SUE (PEPPER) SHIMMAN

Barb, Im1Angel2, was called home to be with Jesus, receiving her angel wings, and is now with her late husband, Ervin A. Shimman.

Barb was born in Akron, Ohio to the late James E. Pepper and Geraldine McAtee. She attended East High and later moved to Toledo where she worked at St. Charles Hospital for over 25 years. In 2016 she moved to Conroe, Texas with her sisters Claudia & Carole. Her last 2 years were at Elmcroft Nursing home, after suffering from strokes and Alzheimer’s.


Barb was a very caring and generous to a fault person with a snappy personality. A collector of angels, she now is one. She enjoyed crafting, crocheting, doing bus trips, making chocolates, camping and traveling with her husband, having friends over for Bunko, playing cards, and was an avid Michigan fan, passing a dollar with her friend Matt “Stapes.” She was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and belonged to East Toledo Senior Center volunteering and caring for others, and dressed as an elf every year, driving Santa.


Barb will be deeply missed by sisters Carole (David) Wissinger of Adrian, Missouri, Claudia Blaydes of Conroe, Texas and Betty Bolyard of Suffield, Ohio; best friend Ruth Tippey and good friend Judy Joldrichsen of Toledo, Ohio and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins..

The family is so grateful for the loving, tender, selfless, compassionate care given by her niece, Joan Allen, during this difficult time. To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors.


Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, November 13, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Claudia Blaydes.

Barb's ashes will be taken back to Toledo and she will be buried by her husband, Erv, in Lake Township Cemetery with private graveside services.

JOSEPH STEVE OGRODOWICZ, JR.

Graveside service for Joseph Steve Ogrodowicz, Jr. of Willis, Texas will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Joseph Elmina cemetery with Deacon Klaus Petereit officiating. Mr. Ogrodowicz was born on July 19, 1955 in Houston, Texas to Joseph Steve Ogrodowicz, Sr. and Virginia Catherine (Gregory) Ogrodowicz. He passed-away peacefully in Willis, Texas on November 6, 2020 at the age of 65.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, Joe, Sr. and Virginia Ogrodowicz; brother, Paul Ogrodowicz; and his sister, Rose Gold. He is survived by his loving family: Sons, Justin Ogrodowicz and Joe Ogrodowicz; brother Larry Ogrodowicz; sisters, Laura Hoffard, Margaret Ogrodowicz and Yvonne Ogrodowicz; grandchild, Cash Edward. 

DANIEL EDWARD BOSTOCK

In Loving Memory of Daniel Edward Bostock, 70, of Conroe, Texas who passed-away on Friday, November 6, 2020 in Shenandoah, Texas. (The Woodlands) Daniel was born on September 22, 1950 in Ithaca, New York to Edward E. and Ruth S. Bostock. He is survived by his loving family: son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Katie Bostock of The Woodlands, Texas ; daughter, Kristyn Bostock of Las Vegas, Nevada; and his significant other, Jennifer Threadgill of Conroe, Texas. He is also survived by other dear relatives and friends. Dan is dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

JEANNE MARIE CRANE 

Funeral Service for Jeanne Marie Crane, 77, of Willis, Texas will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Pastor Ray Payne officiating. Interment will follow in Willis cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service beginning at 11:00 a.m. in The Chapel. Jeanne was born on April 18, 1943 in Bryan, Texas to Albert Bowen Jennings and Winona Marie (McKnight) Jennings. She passed-away on Friday, November 6, 2020 at her home in Willis.

Besides beautiful, the first word that comes to mind to describe Jeanne would be a “hoot.” She had a fun, enduring personality that she exuded openly to all. Her love and loyalty to her family, friends and faith was clearly shown throughout her walk of life. 

She was married at the sweet young age of 17 in 1960 to Calvin E. Crane. Jeanne loved and cared for dearly for her husband until his death in 2011. He was a lucky man. Whether it was her children, grandchildren, or closest friends, Jeanne was always was there for them. In their corner. No matter if they were right or wrong. Her faith in Christ could be easily be evidenced by a quick turn of the pages of her bible. One can easily see the highlighted verses that were written on her heart and carried out in the love and compassion she emanated to all. A large book could easily to written about all the stories of loving things she did. Jeanne was truly a remarkable woman.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Earle Crane. She is survived by her loving family: daughter, Kelly Crane Langhamer and husband, Greg; son, David Crane; sister, Flo Bennett; grandchildren, Zachary Langhamer, Taylor Langhamer, Deanna Langhamer, Stephanie Butler, Jaimie Crane, Jayde Gillaspie and Jagger Gantt; great grandchildren, Zoe’ Langhamer, Lyssa Stronanis and David Butler. 

LELA ELIZABETH BEATHARD

Funeral Services for Lela Elizabeth Beathard, 78, of Willis, Texas will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. in the Family Worship Center with Guy Hargrave officiating. Interment will follow in Copeland Chapel cemetery under the direction of Conroe Funeral Directors. The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. prior to the funeral service at the church. Lela was born on September 27, 1942 in Houston, Texas to Raymond Lee and Sara Grace Smith. She passed-away on Thursday, November 5, 2020 in Willis, Texas surrounded by family.

Lela will greatly be missed here but we know she will be rejoicing in Heaven with her Lord and Savior.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Sara Smith; brother, Marvin Smith; sister, Patsy Poole; son, Ben Gilmore; brother-in-law, Rex Dahl and by her two former husbands, Ben Russell Gilmore and Nolan Beathard.


She leaves behind three children, Sarah Beathard, Patricia Williamson and Jeshaiah Beathard; one daughter-in-law, Barbara Gilmore; five grandchildren, Jana Mallory Gilmore, Ben Russell Gilmore, Naomi Willamson, Rebecca Russell and Jeshanah Seraiah Beathard; eight great- grandchildren, Natalie, Devanna, Ethan, Ella, Gaylynn, and Ethan, Brooklyn and Carlione Russell. Lela is also survived by her brother, George Ray Smith and wife, Annie; sister, Linda Taylor and husband, David; sister, Kathy Dahl; and sister, Violet Blackman and husband, Terry and her brother-in-law, Rick Poole. Numerous loving nieces, nephews, and treasured friends.


Pallbearers: John Dahl, Rick Poole, Morris McCollum, Devin Taylor, David Taylor, Jr. and Ricky Dean Smith. Honorary Pallbearer: Matt Harris. 

BONNIE FAYE MOON

Funeral services for Bonnie Faye Moon will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors. Interment will follow in Cude cemetery. The family will receive friends in The Chapel one hour prior to the funeral service beginning at 10:00 a.m. Bonnie gained her wings on October 31, 2020. She was blessed to walk this earth for 94 years. She lived through multiple wars, a depression, the 70’s, and she even got to see the age of cell phones and snapchat. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that Bonnie had touched throughout her long life.

Bonnie aka Granny was born on June 16, 1926 in Harris county. Her early years were spent married to Owen Hilton McGoldrick where she had two sons Owen Ray McGoldrick and R.L McGoldrick. Granny was a spitfire, a hell cat, and was just all out fun to be around. Her laugh was contagious. She had a smile that would make you feel good about yourself. She loved to cook whether it be peach cobbler, or cat head biscuits, or her delicious friend chicken. She could skin a squirrel better than any man. She loved her grandkids, and great grands and her great-great grandchildren with all her heart. A lot of her time was spent at the deer camp with her family, or on the creek banks of white rock where she would drink a beer, or have a whiskey drink with you, and sit around a fire. After a few drinks, she would put the old cane down, and you would see her get up and do a jig! She never let you leave her house without some sort of cookie or as she would say a “Sodie Water.”


Bonnie is survived by her son, R.L. McGoldrick and wife Sabrina, and their children, R.L. Jr. and Krystina McGoldrick, Lisa and Doug Countryman, Kerrie and Shae Beshears, James Owen McGoldrick and wife, Tammy and Kay McGoldrick; step-daughter, Frankie Hennard and husband, Red and Virginia Richnow. Nineteen great grandchildren, eleven great-great grandchildren as well as countless nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive. Preceded in death by the two loves of her life Owen McGoldrick, and Vernon Moon; her brother, Lonnie Mullins; son, Owen Ray McGoldrick as well as her parents and many other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.


Pallbearers: R.L. McGoldrick III, Garrett Countryman, Matthue Smith, Bradley Anderson, Robert Smith, Jr. and John Sweeten. Honorary Pallbearers: R.L. McGoldrick Jr., Tommy McGoldrick, Roy Steeley, Shane Beshears and Doug Countryman. 

VELMER C. CLAIR

In Loving Memory of Velmer C. Clair of Montgomery, Texas who passed-away on October 28, 2020 at the age of 88. Mrs. Clair was born on January 10, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois.

Velmer was a loving wife, mother, grandma and great grandma. Her kind disposition and unwavering devotion to family and friends will be missed. She was a talented artist which could be seen through all her beautiful painted ceramics and handmade cards. The Clair’s retired to Arizona in 1980 and she went on to teach ceramics. In September of 2019 she moved to Texas.

Velmer was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Leonard John Clair in 2017.

She is survived by her loving family: Sons and daughter in laws, Leonard G. (Suzanne) Clair, Ronald J. (Pamela) Clair and Richard A. (Sandra) Clair; Grandchildren, Ronald Jr., Jessica, Lisa Mae, Eric, Brian and Matthew; Great grandchildren, Nicolas, Vanessa, Tyler, Andrew, Ava, Dylan, Axel, Austin, Gavin and Luke.

CARL T. COCHRAN, JR

Funeral services for Carl Thompson Cochran, Jr., 92, of Conroe, Texas will be held on Monday, November 2, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Ray Hyden officiating. Interment will follow in Garden Park cemetery. The family will receive friends in The Chapel one hour prior to the funeral service beginning at 11:30 a.m. Mr. Cochran was born on October 4, 1928 in Jefferson County, Texas and passed-away peacefully in Conroe on October 27, 2020. Carl was raised and completed all of his schooling in the Heights of Houston. He pastored for 7 years and was retired from the UMC, Oklahoma conference. Carl was a longtime Mason and was a member of the Cordell Lodge #127 in Oklahoma. He proudly served his country in the Navy and belonged to the American Legion Post 618 in Willis, TX. Carl was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years, Eleanor M. Cochran; parents, Carl T. Cochran, Sr., and Helen G. Cochran; brother, Arthur Hunt; and sisters, Winelle Niborg and Ruth Higgins. Survived by his loving family: Son, Carl T. Cochran, III; Daughters and sons-in-law, Anita and Peter Wooldredge, Michelle and Maynard Norman and Jeanine and Roy Radican; grandchildren, Sherry Flinn and husband, Terry, Amy Divin and husband, Christopher and Michael E. Radican and wife, Crystal; great grandchildren, Amber LeBlanc and husband, Christopher, Keller Divin, Kirsten Divin, Khloe Divin, Lillian Hazel Radican and Michael Radican, Jr.; and great-great grandchild, Lyanna LeBlanc. Numerous other dear relatives and friends also survive. Mr. Cochran will receive full military and Masonic burial honors.

ROBIN CAROL GUTIERREZ

Funeral services for Robin Carol Gutierrez of Conroe, Texas will be held on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Pastor Marcus Huddleston officiating. The viewing will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 5:00-8:00 pm at the funeral home. Robin was born on March 13, 1960 in Atlanta, Georgia to Fred Haulk Parker and Maggie Lee (Watson) Parker. She passed-away on October 24, 2020 in Conroe, Texas at the age of 60.

We will miss her smile, her sense of humor, and her devotion to family and friends. She was a loyal, honest, good woman of the greatest character. She leaves a lasting legacy of love to her family, and we will forever be grateful for our time with her. She was truly one of a kind and very special to all who knew her.

Robin is survived by her loving family: beloved husband, Dennis Gutierrez; sons, Ronald Colson and wife, Laura, Shaun Colson and Kevin Colson; step-son, Devon Gutierrez and wife, Angela; sisters, Valerie Dohrmann, Vanessa Johnson, Kay Parker Evans, Pam McCall, Kim Sandoz and Lynn Derkowski; grandchildren, Christian, Makiya, Danae, Aryel and Emily; numerous other dear relatives and friends also survive. Dearly loved and greatly missed.

KENNETH LLOYD WARD

Memorial Service for Kenneth Lloyd Ward of Willis, Texas will be held on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 3:00 pm. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Pastor Merle Blado officiating. Kenny was born on October 17, 1960 in Houston, Texas and passed-away on Monday, October 19, 2020 in Conroe, Texas. He was 60 years old. Kenny grew up in Houston and graduated from Spring Woods High School.

He was fun loving, happy go lucky, gregarious, and extremely social. Kenny lived life by the seat of his pants and was a “to the max” optimist. Humor was number one, he could not be serious. He worked in sales, and did excellent handyman work, Kenny was a true “jack of all trades.” He also loved gardening, music, flyball, football, and simply loved life itself. Kenny will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald R. Ward and Vetra J. Arrazate; his brother, Russell Ward and his nephew, Clifford Raines. Kenny is survived by his loving family: wife, Robbie Strang-Ward of Willis, Tx; son, Kelly Eugene Strang of Arkansas; daughter, Mallory Hebert and husband, John of Ft. Worth; brother, Doug Ward and wife, Christi of Houston; step-father, Eliud Arrazate of Conroe; step-brothers, Frank Arrazate and wife, Deborah of Conroe and Nathan Arrazate and wife, Jenifer of Conroe; step-sisters, Rebekah Arrazate of Tyler and Elizabeth Randolph and husband, Jonathan of Kingwood; aunt, Lala “Bay” Messerly of Houston; sister-in-law, Joanie Ward of Houston; grandchildren, Addison, Zoey, Ali, Ryleigh and Harper. Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other dear family and caring friends also survive. 

JON-ANN ANDREWS

Jon-Ann Andrews, 80, passed away peacefully on September 9, 2020. Jon-Ann was born in Houston, Texas on July 23, 1940. She devoted over 30 years to education in the Houston I.S.D. She was an active member of the St. Phillips Methodist Church as well as a devoted choir member. Jon-Ann also treasured the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo where she was a Life Member and a member of the Rodeo Choir. Jon-Ann adored time with family and friends as well as shopping, gardening, crafting and doting on her dog Charlie. She was always generous with her time and loved doing for others. She is preceded in death by her mother Wanda Rheinlander, her father C. E. "Fats" Rheinlander and her sister Betty Lou Lay. She is survived by her son Bradley Walling, wife Melisa, daughters Hunter and Sydney and son Mike Walling; nephew Kevin Lockley; niece Brooke Tyson and brother-in-law, Mick Lay. A memorial service will be held at St. Phillips Methodist Church on October 22, 2020 at 2:00. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Phillips Methodist Church 5501 Beechnut Street Houston, TX 77096.

MICHAEL STEPHEN INGRAM

Michael S. Ingram, born August 17, 1952 in Georgia, passed away on September 15, 2020 as a result of complications related to ALS, in Conroe, TX.

In 1970, Mike graduated from Morse High School in San Diego. He was a graduate of New Mexico State University with a degree in Psychology. As a veteran of the US Army from 1971 to 1974, he served in Korea during the Vietnam War era. His time in the Army afforded him the opportunity to learn to fly privately, earning various aircraft ratings that eventually landed him a prestigious flying career with Continental Airlines. Following the merger of Continental and United Airlines, he continued to fly as a Captain with United Airlines until his retirement at age 65, in 2017, completing over 29 years of service at the time of retirement.

Mike is preceded in death by his sister Valerie Saenz and his parents Willie and Hazel Ingram.

He is survived by his wife Janet Ingram, her two children Jackie Lee and Jesse Chauvin along with their 3 grandchildren Katelynn Lee, and Caleb and Elizabeth Chauvin. He is also survived by his siblings Bill (Twila) Ingram of Albany, OR, Lisa (David) Avery of Sweet Home, OR, and Thomas Ingram of San Diego as well as two nieces Celeste and Camille Jacobson-Ingram, and nephew Jason Ingram.

Services are pending.

LOIS JUANITA GARNER

Lois Juanita Garner passed away peacefully on March 20, 2020 in Conroe, Texas at the age of 87. She was born November 6, 1932 in Palestine, Texas to Robert Lee Henry and Eula Thompson Henry. Mrs. Garner was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and great grandmother whose sweet smile will be greatly missed. She worked for many years in the Medical industry before retiring in the 1980’s. Her love of family and gospel music will carry on through her grandchildren with whom she loved so dearly. Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Garner and her son, Robert Fiesler. She is survived by her loving family: Daughters, Deborah Doucen and Ivy Oakes and husband, Kenneth; Grandchildren, Robert Fiesler, Jason Doucen, Christina Doucen, Cory Doucen, Kirsten Oakes and Christian Oakes; great grandchildren, Alexandra Doucen, Everly Doucen and Grayson Oakes. She is also survived by special nieces, Mary Langston and Judy Reed; and her daughter-in-law, Susan Fiesler.


Memorial Services to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Marty Ballesteros officiating. 

VIRGINIA GAIL STEDMAN

In Loving Memory of Virginia Gail Stedman, 72, of Conroe, Texas. Virginia was born on November 18, 1947 in Houston, Texas to Lon Stedman and Agnes (Meadows) Stedman. She passed away on September 12, 2020 in Conroe, Texas. Virginia is survived by her loving family: Son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Sherrie Stedman; grandchildren, Aaron and Lydia Stedman; sister, Laura Kay Lindley; two nieces, multiple great-nieces and nephews also survive.

A private service will be held in her honor on Friday, September 18, 2020. 

MARTIN KENT SMITHSON

Memorial Service for Martin Kent Smithson of Montgomery, Texas will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors. Mr. Smithson was born on September 19, 1952 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Luther E. and Susie M. (Martin) Smithson. He was 67 years of age at the time of his passing. Martin is survived by his beloved wife, Judy Smithson and his loving family.


In lieu of flowers, if desired, please send memorials to: give.kickstartkids.org.  

COREY ALEXANDER JOHNSON

Funeral service for Corey Alexander Johnson of The Woodlands, Texas will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Pastor Dale Dailey officiating. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the service in The Chapel beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Corey was born on August 2, 1986 and passed away on August 30, 2020.

Dearly loved and cherished, Corey will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his loving family: Daughter, Coley Johnson & her mother, Jamie Rhodes; wife, Julia Johnson; mother, Vicki Larson; parents, Laura & Jodie Johnson; sisters, Addison Johnson, Shelly Prather, Amanda Tarvin, Amy Johnson & Cara Mason; brothers, Jonathan Damuth, Draven Johnson & Stephen Johnson; and many other dear relatives and longtime friends also survive.


JOHN ARTHUR GILLIAM

Memorial service for John Arthur Gilliam of Spring, TX will be held on Monday, September 7, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in The Chapel with the Rev. Ray Hyden officiating. John was born on September 10, 1974 in Beaumont, Texas to Pamela and Johnny Gilliam. He passed away on August 31, 2020 in Spring, Texas at the age of 45.

John lived in Spring, Texas and was an expert machinist and computer programmer by trade. He had a smile that could light up a room and was always happy and full of laughter. His outgoing personality would always make him the life of any party. John will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his father, Johnny R. Gilliam. John is survived by his loving family: son, Seth Gilliam (Ashley) and their child, Charlie; mother, Pam Gilliam; sister, Amy Harris; brother, Benjamin Gilliam; nephews, Skyler Gilliam, Brennen Harris and Bryce Harris; many other dear relatives and longtime friends also survive.

HELEN "ELAINE" JONES

In Loving Memory of Helen “Elaine” Jones, 53, of Trinity, Texas. Elaine was born on October 13, 1966 in Belle Glade, Florida to Harrison Ray Jones, I and Violet Ann (Malone) Jones. She went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 in Conroe, Texas.

She was a doting mother & proud MeMe to 5 grand babies. She was an Administrative Assistant for a fencing company. Her "cup runneth over" with love for time with her family & friends. She understood that "tempus fugit" (time flies). She made the most of her time taking great value in life simply living, laughing & loving. She enjoyed nature, animals, cold weather, card games & a good meal...

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, Harrison and Violet Jones.

She is survived by her loving family: Daughters, Krista Smith and husband Russell, and Cacey Burns and husband Konley; Loving sister, Shanna Sanders and husband, Brian; Brothers, Harrison Ray “Casey” Jones, II and Michael Jones. She is also survived by her dear grandchildren, Dailynn, Baiden and Liam Smith and Caison and Kailor Burns;A special thank you to her uncle George “Ed” Lott for providing great love & care for her over the last 3 years.

Elaine was dearly loved. Her laugh & knack for telling jokes will be greatly missed. 

MARY LOU MEYER

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Mary Lou Connelly Meyer announce her passing, on August 31, 2020. Affectionately known as Mimi to family and friends. She was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 3, 1940 to John Joseph and Myrtle Agnes Mary Connelly Meyer. She leaves a beautiful legacy of tenderness and kindness. Mimi will be gravely missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing her. She was known for her love of cooking and baking and was always ready and willing to share her talent with everyone.

Mrs. Meyer was preceded in death by her loving parents, brother, and numerous close relatives. She is survived by her devoted husband of 59 years, 2 months and 8 days, Charles H. Meyer Jr. “Buzz”, her sons Charles H. Meyer III (Letty), and John Joseph Meyer (Priscilla), granddaughters Emma St Amour (Matthew), Lilly Meyer, and one great-grandchild Henry St Amour.

A viewing and Rosary will be held in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors on Thursday, September 3, 2020 starting at 5 PM until 8 PM. A service in her memory will held at her home parish, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe on Friday, September 4, 2020 at 3:00 PM. A celebration of her life will immediately follow the church service in the John Paul II building at Sacred Heart and all are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to: St. Jude, Shriner’s or Ronald McDonald House in Mary Lou’s honor.


Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 109 Frazier St., Conroe, Tx 77301.


PEGGY PARSLEY PADDOCK

Peggy Parsley Paddock was born 31 December 1938 in Rabon Chapel, Texas and joined her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in Heaven on 31 August 2020, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Peggy, a sixth generation Parsley living in Montgomery County, was the loving daughter of J.Q and Dorothy O. (Gundy) Parsley. She graduated from Willis High School in 1956 and married her high school sweetheart, soulmate, and best friend, Mel Paddock, that same year. Peggy and Mel celebrated their 64 wedding anniversary last Thursday. Peggy graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1959 with a degree in Elementary Education and was the first person in her family to graduate from college. She later went back to Sam Houston State University and received a Master’s in Special Education. Peggy’s first teaching assignment was at Aldine High School followed by a teaching assignment at Sam Houston Elementary School in Conroe.

Peggy left teaching in 1966 to start her family with Mel and they have two children, a daughter, Karen, and a son, Wade. In 1970, Mel and Peggy opened Paddock Pre-School Kindergarten and Daycare Center in Conroe where Peggy wrote the curriculum and taught kindergarten for ten years. After Karen and Wade graduated from high school, Peggy returned to teaching and taught at Cleveland Elementary School where she received numerous accolades. Peggy captured the heart and mind of every young child she came in contact with throughout the years.

Peggy was a member of West Conroe Baptist Church and loved serving the Lord. She enjoyed volunteering in any and every way she could and was always available to serve wherever she was needed to include starting a Lady’s Bible Study Luncheon at West Conroe Baptist Church that continues today.

Peggy is survived by her beloved husband, Mel Paddock, of Conroe; daughter and son-in-law Karen and Tony DiCenso; son and daughter-in-law Wade and Melissa Paddock; granddaughters Megan (DiCenso) McLeod and husband Byron McLeod; Rachel Paddock, and Sarah Paddock; great-grandson Dominic McLeod; brother John Wayne Parsley; brother and sister-in-law William and Joyce Parsley; her late brother Kenneth Parsley’s wife Frances Parsley; as well as many other relatives and friends.

Peggy’s Funeral Service will be held at West Conroe Baptist Church, 1855 Longmire Road, Conroe, Texas on Saturday, 5 September, at 2 p.m. Visitation will be held one hour prior to her service. Peggy’s final resting place will be the Willis Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the following for their prayers, prayer blankets, text messages, and cards while Peggy was undergoing treatment and battling cancer. West Conroe Baptist Church, Mims Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church of Willis, and countless family and friends. Also, a special thanks to the Silverado Hospice Care Staff for being so caring and supportive.

The family asks, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Benevolent or Building Fund c/o West Conroe Baptist Church, 1855 Longmire Road, Conroe, TX 77304, to promote their work in assisting community members in need; the Willis Cemetery Association, 314 Harris Blvd., Conroe, TX 77301, or a charity of their choice.

CHARLES DAVID SMETANA

Celebration of Life Service for Charles David Smetana of Conroe, Texas will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Tamara Fincher officiating. Mr. Smetana was born on January 25, 1956 in East St. Louis, Illinois to John Smetana, Jr. and Billie Dean Mary (Kremer) Smetana. He passed-away on July 22, 2020 at the age of 64.

Charles grew up in Bellville, Illinois where he graduated from high school in 1974. Immediately following high school, he began Diesel Technology School in St. Louis where he would learn life-long techniques.

 After Tech school in 1976, Charles hopped onto the Freedom Train-Steam Engine and eventually landed in Houston. Soon after he began his longtime career as the Lead Mechanic for the Houston Fire Department. (1978-2006) He was retired.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Billie Dean Mary Kremer and father, John Smetana, Jr.

Charles is survived by his wife, Maureen McMinn Smetana; step children, Sean Merritt, Samantha Merritt and Sarah Merritt; step grandchild, Valentina Merritt; brothers, John Smetana and wife, Linda, of Tomball, Texas, Stephen Smetana and wife, Annette, of Eau-Claire, Wisconsin, Thomas Smetana and wife, Barbara, of Germany and Chris Smetana and wife, Lynn, of Bunker Hill, Illinois; sister, Kathy Smetana Tullock and husband, Mark of Smithton, Illinois. Charles also leaves behind several nieces and nephews from the Smetana and Tullock families, as well as Kremer cousins and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:

The American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org.

RUDOLPH C. BULLOCK JR.

Funeral Services for Rudolph “Rudy” C. Bullock, Jr. of Houston, Texas will be held on Monday, August 31, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. at the VA Houston National Cemetery. Mr. Bullock will receive full military honors for his service in the Army during the Vietnam era. Rudy, affectionately known as Cowboy, was born on October 31, 1943 in Jefferson County, Texas to Rudolph C. Bullock, Sr. and Florida (Johnson) Bullock. He passed- away peacefully on August 20, 2020 in Houston at the age of 76.

Rudy was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolph and Florida Bullock. He is survived by his brothers, Karlos Bullock and Desi Bullock; and his sisters, Lady Oliver and Freddie Walters. Rudy was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.


JOHN HURLEY CULPEPPER

Funeral Services for John Hurley Culpepper of Houston, Texas will be held on Friday, August 21, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Ray Hyden officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn-Garden of Memories cemetery. The visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service beginning at 10:00 A.M. John was born on November 1, 1946 in Houston, Texas to James and Ruby Culpepper.

He passed-away peacefully on August 15, 2020 in Houston, Texas at the age of 76. John was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jane Hixon. He is survived by his loving family: His children, Ruby Viola Deaton, Helen Marling and husband, James, James Culpepper and wife, Stephanie and Rachel Byrnes and husband, Lance; sisters, Caroline Hunt and Katherine Wilhoite; grandchildren, Nicholas, John, Christian, Amber, Jacob, Brittani, Ashley, Morgen, Dakota and Hunter; and several great grandchildren. John is also survived by the mother of his four children, Rachel “Martha” Forehand and a host of other dear relatives and friends

JACK O'NEAL BRACKIN

Private Graveside service for Jack O’Neal Brackin of Katy, Texas will be held at the VA- Houston National Cemetery. Mr. Brackin will receive full military honors for his honorable service in the Navy. He was born on February 21, 1933 in Geneva County, Alabama to Emon E. Brackin and Alice (Russell) Brackin. Jack passed-away peacefully on July 29, 2020 in Katy, Texas at the age of 87.

He is survived by his loving family: Beloved wife, Penny; daughter, Jackie Bower and husband Mike; sons, Tom Brackin and wife Kathy and John Brackin and wife Moni; 6 grandkids, 10 great-grandkids; and countless beloved friends and relatives.

From the family:

The issues from the pandemic are having a major effect on the Funeral industry. He will be buried at the Veterans Cemetery here in Houston. Since the service will be short and they do not allow flowers to remain after the service we felt it would be best that in lieu of flowers donations could be sent to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). The instructions are below:

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Disabled American Veteran (DAV) in honor of his 20 years of service in the United States Navy. DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year.

To donate in honor of the family on behalf of Jack O. Brackin you may choose to mail your donations to:

Donate by Mail

Payable to:

DAV – Disabled American Veterans

P.O. Box 14301

Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301


(Please note if you would prefer to mail your donation please make sure the information below is included)


Online donations can be made at https://www.dav.org/methods-to-donate/.

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Honoree Name: Jack O. Brackin

Notification Recipient Name: Ponell Brackin

Notification Recipient Street 1: 25230 Cinco Manor Lane

Notification Recipient City: Katy

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MARY JO SNOW

Funeral Services for Mary Jo Snow of Willis, Texas will be held on Monday, July 27, 2020 at 11:00 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe. Father Mark Hebert will officiate. The viewing will be held at 10:00 am with a Rosary being cited at 10:30 am.

Mary Jo Snow was born in Rye, Texas on August 2, 1929. She grew up in Romayer, Texas then resided in Channelview and Houston, Texas before retiring in Willis, Texas. Mary Jo left her family to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on July 23, 2020.

Mary Jo worked at KPRC Radio station in Houston after graduating from business school. Later in life, she worked for Memorial Hermann hospital system for over 20 years. She retired to live with her husband and family in Willis, TX on Lake Conroe.

Mary Jo belonged to the KC Ladies Auxiliary and Catholic Daughters of America. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, and playing dominoes.

Mary Jo is preceded in death by her husband, T.R. Snow, daughter, Sherry Anne and her parents, Bertha Ella Richards and Walter Bryan Brashear. She is survived by her son Kenneth Snow; daughters, Diana Snow and Mary Snow Thomas (husband Gary); grandson, David Snow (wife Laura), and great grandchildren, Kayla and Kenzie. She also leaves behind numerous cousins, niece and nephews from the Richards and Snow families.

GRACE L. WILHELM

Grace L. Wilhelm passed away peacefully on July 22, 2020 in Conroe, Texas. She was born March 26, 1931 in New York, New York to Grace and Robert Durante. She married Albert DeMaria in 1949 and moved to Miami, Florida in 1963 where they raised their family of six children. Grace remarried in 1979 and relocated to Grand Island, Nebraska with her husband Darrell. Grace and Darrell loved to travel and cherished the time they spent cruising the Hawaiian Islands. They also enjoyed summers in their remote cabin near Custer, South Dakota.

Grace remained in Grand Island for several years after Darrell passed away in 2004. She remained very active in her church and her children and grandchildren visited her often during that time. Grace relocated to Texas in 2017 to be closer to her daughter Laura. Grace is preceded in death by her husband Darrell L. Wilhelm and her brother, William Durante. She is survived by her sister, Marion Jankauskas; sons, Robert DeMaria and wife Dayle; Mark DeMaria and wife Anne; Carl DeMaria and wife Nicole; daughters, Laura Looper and husband Mike; Diane Edwards and husband Dennis; and Eve DeMaria; 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Grace was a member of RiverPointe Baptist church in Conroe for several years and enjoyed singing classic hymns. Our family would like to express our gratitude to the staff at Above and Beyond for their kind care during the latter part of Grace’s life. Due to the pandemic, a private family memorial will be held at a later date. 


JIMMY ROBERT HOFFPAUIR

Funeral Services for James Robert Hoffpauir will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 1:00 pm in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Priscilla Navaroli officiating. Interment will follow at Garden Park cemetery.

Jimmy was born on January 27, 1961 in Orange, Texas to Jerry Dean and Bobbie Jean Hoffpauir. He passed away peacefully on July 7, 2020 at his home in Montgomery at the age of 59.

He and his wife, Patti were married for 31 years. Jimmy was a caring, loving man who was a hard worker and will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Jerry Dean Hoffpauir, Jr. Jimmy is survived by his loving family: wife, Patti Hoffpauir; parents, Jerry D. and Bobbie J. Hoffpauir; daughter, Niki Patterson; sister, Jewel Dianne Leal and husband, Ben; niece, Cathy Brown and husband, Matt and their children, Hayden, Jewel and Micah; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Ann Patterson and her sons, Ryan and Michael Schmidt and their families.


Pallbearers: Ryan Schmidt, Michael Schmidt, Ryan Olsson, Matt Brown, Hank White and Hayden Brown. 

NANCY MAYFIELD OWEN

Nancy Mayfield Owen, of Conroe, passed away peacefully July 9, 2020. Nancy was born October 18, 1938 in Odessa, TX to Peel and Nina Mayfield. She attended Midland High School and graduated in 1956. Nancy lived most of her adult life in Conroe raising her family and building lifelong friendships.

Nancy was a loving mother and Nana as she treasured her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed visiting with her many long-time friends, playing bridge, and working the USA Today crossword puzzles. She had a head full of trivia, was the most devoted fan of the Oklahoma Sooners and was known for her witty personality.

Nancy is survived by her son and two daughters, Stephen and Linda Owen of Huntsville, TX, Teri and Steve Hankins of Conroe, TX, and Susan and Greg Allen of Fair Oaks Ranch, TX. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Jonathan Staton, Lauren Cutchen, Kyle and Justin Allen, four great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 

JOYCE FAYE JACKSON 

On May 2, 2020, I lost the love of my life, my partner and my best friend Joyce Jackson. She was my loving wife of 43 years and I will forever love her. You cannot understand the love and connection of a husband and wife until you have shared what we have. Joyce Faye Jackson left behind a large loving family that will miss her always. We shared three loving children, four wonderful grandchildren and three amazing great grandchildren. For those of you who know Joyce then you will agree that she was determined, strong willed, crazy, and had amazing talent. Anything she set her mind to would just come together like painting, singing, woodwork, crocheting and quilting.

Most of all she loved fiercely and when you needed someone she was there. We will all miss her every day for the rest of our lives. We know the Lord called her home and we will see her again. Joyce is survived by her beloved husband, Raymond Jackson; son, Wayne Jackson and wife, Julia; daughter, Angela Beacleay and husband, Chad; daughter, April Tyler and husband, Robert and daughter, Verna Lewis; grandchildren, Chelsie Cook and husband, Gary, Dalton Bartlett, Sydney Beacleay and Chad Beacleay, Jr.; great grandchildren, Gary Cook, Jr., Clayton Cook and Ayden Tyler; mother, Dorthy Hudson; brother, Rufus Parker; sister, Chris Smallwood; sister, Cindy Hart; brother, Bruce Parker and many other nieces, nephews and friends. Joyce was preceded in death by her father, Rufus Parker, Sr., Brother, Leon Parker and Brother, Frank Parker.

Private family service for the family.

Until we see you again. YOU ARE DEARLY LOVED!!

ROY DEAN WILLIAMS, SR

Roy Dean Williams, Sr, was born the 4 of October 1936 in Arkoma, Oklahoma, and passed on to his reward on the 9 of May 2020 in Conroe, Texas. Roy loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus, with all his heart and this love he gave freely to his family and friends. Roy was a hardworking family man, passionate about everything he did. He will be greatly missed. He is preceded in death by the love of his life, Peggy “Mini” Williams, and four grandchildren, Ben Grimmer, Alain Williams, Joseph Kirsch, and Brit Riojas. He is survived by his children, Lynn and Jeff Reagan; Jan and Benny Grimmer; Roy and Shelley Williams; Lisa and Jim Murphy; Glen and Shannon Williams; 15 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and 1 great- great grandchild.


A Celebration of Roy’s life will be scheduled in the near future, when we can all gather together and rejoice.

RICHARD "DICK" EARL JONES

Richard “Dick” Jones passed away peacefully at the age of 90 on April 28, 2020.

He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on March 19, 1930. After graduating from high school, he served in the United States Air Force and attended Louisiana State University. Dick was very proud to show his support for LSU where he received his degree in Electrical Engineering.

The first part of his career included working on the rocket booster fuel systems in the early space program. He then went on to have a long, successful career in the oil and gas industry, mostly with Drilco/Smith International. He was well respected in his field, so much that many times his colleagues were known to say, “This is a job for Super Dick.” Although his career took his family to various parts of the world, they eventually settled down in Conroe, Texas.

Always an engineer, there was nothing Dick would not try to fix or “tinker” with around the house, and everyone knew who to call on when help was needed. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, watching sports, doing crossword puzzles, or just relaxing and reading the newspaper. Dick will be remembered for his optimistic outlook and beaming smile – a man we all enjoyed being around.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Theodocia “Doe” Jones. He is survived by his three children: Rick Jones and his wife Sonja, Greg Jones and his wife Shari, Blair Jones Kasmiersky and her husband Michael; his six grandchildren who called him Grandad: Page Alexander and her husband Rhett, Corey Jones, Cole Jones, Clay Jones, Mason Kasmiersky, and Cameron Kasmiersky. He is also survived by one great-grandchild, Jordan Alexander, who referred to him as Gee-gad and gave him so much joy over the past 2-1/2 years.

The family truly appreciates the caregivers at The Wellington in Conroe, Texas. They took care of him like he was one of their own, and we could not be more thankful for all of them.

Out of respect for his wishes, there will not be a formal burial or service. He will be remembered and celebrated with a private family gathering in the fall.

MILTON LEROY CURTIS

Milton Leroy Curtis was born September 18,1941 in Houston, Texas and passed away on May 8, 2020 in Georgetown, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Jesse Curtis, wife Esme Jean Curtis, and brothers, Thomas Curtis and George Curtis. Curtis is survived by his sisters Sally Collins and Betty Busa, brother Paul Curtis and wife Darlene, son Mark Curtis, as well as one grandson, two granddaughters, one great grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements are being made by Conroe Funeral Directors, however, due to concerns of Covid-19, there will only be a graveside burial with close, immediate family only. 

NORMAN MYERS

In Loving Memory of Norman Myers of Conroe, Texas. Mrs. Myers was born on April 9, 1938 in Oakland, California to Leonard and Elizabeth (Olberg) Myers. He passed away peacefully on April 2, 2020 at the age of 81. Norman was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Judith Myers. He is survived by his loving family: Son, Michael Myers; Daughter, Monica Reed; and son, Matthew Myers and wife, Cortney; grandchildren, Corey Burton and wife, Chantelle, Devin Myers, Brittney Myers, Bridgette Monnich, Kent Whipple, Madison Myers and Shannon Monnich; two great grandchildren, as well as, other relatives and friends. Norman was greatly loved and will be dearly missed. 

GERALD (GERRY) LEROY FRIEDSAM  

Gerry was born February 17, 1940 in Bakersfield, California to Roy & Joy Friedsam, the oldest of four children. Survived by his brother, Don (Sandi), sons Alex and Shane, numerous nieces, nephews, family members and friends. Gerry passed away on April 8, 2020 as a result of a fall. Inurnment will be held at Houston National Cemetery at a later date.

TRUETT VICTOR WHITE

In loving memory of Truett Victor White of Conroe, Texas, who passed away peacefully on March 14, 2020 at the age of ninety-three. Mr. White was born on November 2, 1926 in Granite, Oklahoma to Arnim and Florence White. Truett proudly served his country in the Army during War War II. Following military service, he answered God's call to the ministry, completing his education at Wayland Baptist College, and then pastoring in many small towns across Texas for over thirty years. He both met and married the love of his life, Glenna Ree Edwards in Lubbock, Texas. In November of 2019 they celebrated 71 happy years together. Truett is survived by his loving family: wife, Glenna Ree; son, Donald R. White of Dallas; daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Chuck Armstrong of Conroe; five precious grandchildren, many beloved great-grandchildren, a few great-grandchildren, and other extended relatives and dear friends also survive. A small, private Celebration of Life service for Truett will be held in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors at a later date.

CHRISTOPHER SEAN POEHL

Christopher Sean Poehl of Montgomery, Texas was born on December 19, 1970 in Houston, Texas to Ronald James and Geraldine Dian Poehl. Chris went to be with our Lord on March 20, 2020 at the age of 49 after a two and a half year battle with cancer.

Chris is survived by his wife Angela Adair Poehl, children Kristen Sherie Poehl, Cassidy Adair Poehl, and Corbin Christopher Poehl, sister Kim Poehl Levandowski and husband Paul and their children Connor James Levandowski, Katelyn Dian Levandowski, and Callie Alexis Levandowski and many other loving family members and friends. Chris was preceded in death by his father Ronald James Poehl of Houston, and his mother, Geraldine Dian Pampell Poehl of Hempstead. 

Chris graduated from Waller High School in 1989 and attended Blinn College in Brenham. It was during this time that he met Angela and eventually moved to Conroe in 1995. The two married in 1996. Chris graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.


Chris worked as a Petroleum Landman all over Texas for over 20 years. He was a great family man and a loving father. Chris was loved by all and known for his love of classic rock, classic cars and also for his fun loving personality and crazy antics. He was full of life and loved to keep his family and friends laughing. Chris loved to travel and hunt and enjoyed spending time with many good friends at his deer lease in Ozona, Texas. Chris was famous for his amazing barbeque and won many awards at the Montgomery County Barbeque Cookoff, including Reserve Grand Champion. Chris also enjoyed his time spent on the music committee for the Friends of Conroe and volunteering for the Montgomery County Fair Association.


A private service for Christopher will be held on March 27, 2020, at New Montgomery Cemetery with a memorial to follow at a later date. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Chris's life at that time. Memorial donations can be made in Chris's name to: Fellowship of Montgomery, 12681 FM 149, Montgomery, Texas 77316. 

RAY CLIFFORD SHUBERT

Funeral services for Ray Clifford Shubert, 82, of Magnolia, Tx will be held at Trinity Episcopal in The Woodlands on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 2:00 pm with the Rev. Dr. Gerald Sevick officiating. Interment will follow in Trinity Episcopal columbarium. Mr. Shubert was born on August 10, 1937 in Lewiston, Idaho to Ernest August Shubert and Rachel C. Wilsey Shubert. He passed away peacefully on March 7, 2020 in Houston, Tx with family by his side.

He was raised in Culdesac, Idaho, where he attended high school and later graduated from the University of Idaho in Moscow with a mechanical engineering degree. He proudly served his country as a Lieutenant in the Navy during the Vietnam war, where he was an attack pilot off the USS Kitty Hawk.

Ray was always up for an adventure that included his travels and the outdoors. This started early in life with smoke jumping for the Forest Service while in college, to flying fighters off the carrier. Ultimately, leading to his 31 years with Continental Airlines as a pilot where he retired as a 757 Captain. He shared with his family his love for travel with many adventures here and abroad. He was always open to telling you a story of these many travels and adventures, reliving the memories he cherished. Ray was an avid outdoors-man, family time was often hunting, shooting or spending time in the Colorado Mountains that was home for so many years. Ray and his beloved wife, Carol were married in 1975 in Denver, CO. and shared 44 years of marriage. After retirement, they enjoyed spending precious time with family and traveling with family and friends.

Ray and Carol were longtime members of Trinity Episcopal of The Woodlands and Ray was an active member of the American Legion- Post 305 in The Woodlands.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Rachel Shubert and his brothers, Byon and Neil Shubert. He is survived by his loving family: wife, Carol Shubert of Magnolia, Tx daughter and son-in-law, Kristin and Roger Van Hauen of Magnolia, Tx. and grandson, Brandon of Magnolia, Tx.

Ray was a thoughtful, caring and loving husband, father and grandfather who will be dearly missed.


If desired, memorials may be made to: Trinity Episcopal-The Woodlands or to “Tunnel to Towers” organization at www.tunnel2towers.org/donate/

JAMES MILTON SMITH

December 26, 1959 – March 14, 2020.

James “Jimmy” Smith of Willis, age 60, passed in his home from a blood clot after a recent surgery. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Lola Petkovsek Smith; his son Lucas Andrew and wife, Holly Smith; his father, Milton Smith, of Conroe; three grandchildren including Tyler Kelly, Ashlynn Smith, and Brooke Smith. He was the oldest of six children. Siblings include David Smith and wife, Mikki, of Bryan; Robin Smith of Beaumont; Donna Smith Cole and husband, Robert, of Lumberton; Stephen Smith and wife, Tonya, of Conroe; and sister-in-law, Alison Gilmore of Lumberton. He was blessed with many nephews and nieces, whom he loved and cherished. He was preceded in death by his sister, Lori Ann Smith; sons Micah Gregory and Charles Wayne Smith; and his mother, Beverly Finke Smith.

Jimmy was an amazing man. He was a friend and a mentor to all. He showed, by his actions, that he would do almost anything to help anyone. He wanted his life to be better than a sermon by showing the love and hope of Jesus. He did so by loving and honoring his mother and father. He also had a steadfast love for his wife and sons. He was his boys’ Little Dribblers coach and Scout Master. He simply loved being involved in their lives. He was involved in helping others through rough times. As a teen, he began working at Boys Haven in Beaumont. He also spent many years volunteering at Bonnie’s House, a drug and alcohol recovery house in Conroe. He loved to fish on his boat—alone or with his friends and family. Once, he caught a 67 lb. catfish which may have been a Lake Conroe record had it been weighed on official scales.

He was a gift to Milton and Beverly Smith. Our family is proud of his service at GSU/Entergy from 1985 to present. Jimmy was amazing from birth, weighing in at 10.7 pounds and was lifting his head--alert and looking around before leaving the hospital nursery for home. We would like to think he was looking around from the very beginning to see what his mission would be—Greatness: to love God and to love people.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the following: The Light Church (building or children’s ministry), The Gideon’s, Samaritan’s Purse, Bonnie’s House or Voice of the Martyrs.


Memorial Service pending.

RAY CLIFFORD SHUBERT 

Funeral services for Ray Clifford Shubert, 82, of Magnolia, Tx will be held at Trinity Episcopal in The Woodlands on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 2:00 pm with the Rev. Dr. Gerald Sevick officiating. Interment will follow in Trinity Episcopal columbarium. Mr. Shubert was born on August 10, 1937 in Lewiston, Idaho to Ernest August Shubert and Rachel C. Wilsey Shubert. He passed away peacefully on March 7, 2020 in Houston, Tx with family by his side.

He was raised in Culdesac, Idaho, where he attended high school and later graduated from the University of Idaho in Moscow with a mechanical engineering degree. He proudly served his country as a Lieutenant in the Navy during the Vietnam war, where he was an attack pilot off the USS Kitty Hawk.

Ray was always up for an adventure that included his travels and the outdoors. This started early in life with smoke jumping for the Forest Service while in college, to flying fighters off the carrier. Ultimately, leading to his 31 years with Continental Airlines as a pilot where he retired as a 757 Captain. He shared with his family his love for travel with many adventures here and abroad. He was always open to telling you a story of these many travels and adventures, reliving the memories he cherished. Ray was an avid outdoors-man, family time was often hunting, shooting or spending time in the Colorado Mountains that was home for so many years. Ray and his beloved wife, Carol were married in 1975 in Denver, CO. and shared 44 years of marriage. After retirement, they enjoyed spending precious time with family and traveling with family and friends.

Ray and Carol were longtime members of Trinity Episcopal of The Woodlands and Ray was an active member of the American Legion- Post 305 in The Woodlands.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Rachel Shubert and his brothers, Byon and Neil Shubert. He is survived by his loving family: wife, Carol Shubert of Magnolia, Tx daughter and son-in-law, Kristin and Roger Van Hauen of Magnolia, Tx. and grandson, Brandon of Magnolia, Tx.

Ray was a thoughtful, caring and loving husband, father and grandfather who will be dearly missed.


If desired, memorials may be made to: Trinity Episcopal-The Woodlands or to “Tunnel to Towers” organization at www.tunnel2towers.org/donate/

**Mr. Hendricks Service has been Postponed as of March 19, 2020. Will be rescheduled at a later date.

GUY VINCENT HENDRICKS

Celebration of Life for Guy Vincent Hendricks, 56, are pending with Conroe Funeral Directors. Mr. Hendricks was born on February 1, 1964 in Bay Shore, New York to George and Kathleen (Hewett) Hendricks. He passed away peacefully on March 11, 2020 at his home in Conroe with family by his side.

Guy grew up in Bay Shore, NY, but move to Texas as a teenager. He spent over 27 years in the OTR-moving industry. Guy was a loving, caring man who will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Kathleen Hendricks, grandmother, Florence Hewett and his aunt, Doreen Walsh. Guy is survived by his loving family: wife, Kathy Hendricks; sons, Joseph Bullock, Sr. and Joseph Bullock, Jr.; step father, Dana Leech; step mother, Annette Hendricks; brother, Adam Hendricks and wife, Susan; sister, Doreen Fiedler and husband, Darel; brother, Ryan Leech; cousin, Daniel Walsh; sister-in-law, Virginia Bender and husband, John; brother-in-law, Bobby Driscoll and wife, Noreen; sister-in-law, Margaret Mishko and husband, Richie and brother-in-law, Jimmy Driscoll and wife, Tina. Numerous other nieces, nephews, other dear relatives and friends also survive.

The family sends a heartfelt thanks to his work family at New World Van Lines for all their years of caring support. 

KEITH HARVEY BEILGARD