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CONROE FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Honoring Your Loved Ones With Compassion

JOHN EDWARD BARBEE


In Loving Memory of John Edward Barbee, 28, of Conroe, Texas who passed away on June 11, 2013. Funeral services for John will be held at 11:00 A.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. The Visitation with the family will be held from 9:30 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. prior to the service on Tuesday. John was born on April 3, 1985 in Houston, Texas to Kenneth and Deborah Barbee. He was a loving man who was full of life and love. John is survived by his loving family: Parents, Kenneth and Deborah Barbee; his precious daughter, Carly Ann Barbee; his fiance’, Elizabeth Holcombe; his sister, Crystal Barbee Jackson and husband, Bradley; his brothers, Kenneth Barbee and wife, Crystal and KevinBarbee and wife, Megan and his sister, Sharon Barbee. Numerous other dear relatives and friends also survive. John will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

RONNIE EDWARD BUSSHART

Ronnie Edward Busshart was born August 17, 1958 and left this world June 2, 2013. He was born in Houston, Texas and moved with his family to Conroe in 1965. He graduated from Conroe High School and went on to the University of Texas. He completed his degree at the University of Houston. Ron worked many years as an insurance examiner first in Texas, Nevada, and then in Vermont. He became interested in the medical field and began his studies to become a respiratory therapist.

Ron came back to Texas where he was continuing his studies, as well as battling a serious heart condition. He leaves behind to grieve our loss a daughter, Brittany Barron and two grandchildren, Mason and Shea; mother, Bettie Arnold; father, Gene E. Busshart; brother, Barry Busshart; sister, Susan Bingham; brother-in-law, Johnny Bingham; half-brother, Joel Busshart; step-brother, Tony Arnold; step-sister, Cathy Reed; life-long friends, Mike and Dede Canada, dear cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. We will miss you so much, and always will. Until we meet again, my son- until we meet again. There will be a Celebration of Life for Ron at a later date.  

WILLIE MAE SIMMONS

A Memorial Service for Willie Mae Simmons of Conroe, Texas will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 3:00 P.M in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Ray Hyden officiating. Willie Mae was born on December 27, 1929 in Midway, Texas to Oscar and Dollie (Kay) Harrell and passed away peacefully on May 25, 2013 in Conroe, Texas, at the age of 83. Willie Mae retired from CISD bus transportation after 23 years service. Throughout her life, she loved creating beautiful crocheted Afghans, which she graciously shared with her family and friends.

Willie Mae also enjoyed spending leisurely time in her garden, feeding the birds and fishing with her family. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother whose loving smile and giving nature will be dearly missed. She is survived by her family: Daughter, Cynthia DuBose and husband, Larry; Sons, Carl Simmons, Mark Simmons and Matthew Simmons; Grandchildren, Ashley Simmons, Nikki Simmons, Scarlett Caiton and Wendi DuBose and husband, Steve; Great grandchildren, Cayden, Julia, Zander and Luke; numerous other dear relatives and friends also survive.

JAMES F. FERGUSON

Visitation for James F. Ferguson of Conroe, Texas, formerly of Independence, Kansas, will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2013 from 2:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. at Conroe Funeral Directors. Funeral services and interment with military honors will be held in Independence, Kansas. Mr. Ferguson was born on June 23, 1927 in Elk City, Kansas and passed away peacefully on May 22, 2013 in Conroe. He was 85 years old. James lived in Independence, Kansas for many years before moving to Conroe with his wife Evelyn, 14 years ago.

Known for his domino playing, his love of country dancing and his ever present smile, James will be missed by all who knew him. As an avid genealogy enthusiast he spent many hours preserving his family’s unique story. James proudly served his country in the Navy during the Korean Conflict era. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn in 1999. James is survived by his loving family: Daughters, Kathie Caudle and husband, Richard and Debbie Alford and husband, Scott; son, David Ferguson and wife, Mary; Sister, Donna Clark and husband, Jim; grandchildren, Shawn, Michelle, Kimberly, Matthew, Dominic and William; Great grandchildren, Tyler, Bryce, Nathaniel and Evelyn; numerous other dear relatives and friends also survive.

JAMES LOUIS LAWSON

In Loving Memory of James L. Lawson, 72, of Conroe, Texas who passed away on May 18, 2013 at his home surrounded by loved ones. James was born on March 14, 1941 in Nacogdoches, TX to James and Emmie Lawson and resided in Conroe for most of his life where he raised his family. James proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 2 years and was retired from Pipefitter’s Local 211 in Houston.

He was the Owner of the popular Ice House “The Waterhole” for many years where he was always willing to lend a helping hand, whether it was to a friend or an acquaintance. James never met a stranger. He was preceded in death by his grandchildren, John and Lori, as well as, his brother, Jerrell. James is survived by his family: children, Linda Massey and husband, John, Pat Sunday and Jerrell Thomason, Dennis Lawson, Mechail West and husband, Donald, and James L. Lawson, Jr. and wife, Shelley; brother, Lonnie Glyn Lawson and wife, Debbie; grandchildren, James, Hellena , Mechelle, Jennifer, Amy, Timothy, Luke, Mark, Amanda and Matthew; 21 dear great grandchildren. Many other caring relatives and friends also survive. James was a loving and kind father, brother, Grandpa and friend who will be dearly missed. A Remembrance gathering will be held at a later date in honor of him.

MARY ALICE CARSON

Mary Alice Carson (Vaco, Reagan) passed away on May 3, 2013 at the age of 75 in Riverside, California from complications of Alzheimer’s. She was born on March 25, 1938 to Charlie and Ruthie VanVeckhoven in Nacogdoches, Texas. During her life, Mary had worked as a hair-dresser, cashier, assistant apartment manager and CNA. Some of her hobbies included her longtime love of oil painting, being outdoors and singing old hymns. She was a loving person who will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, L.J. Reagan and her daughter, Mary Ruth Merchant.

She is survived by her son, James Victor Reagan; Granddaughters, Sha LaNae and Shadow King; Grandsons, Seth and Shannon Reagan; Great-Grandson, Giovanni LaNae, and a large extended family. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Ray Hyden officiating. Interment will follow at Willis Cemetery, 10129 FM 1097 W. Willis, TX 77318.  

JAMES (JIM) DAVID TRAVIS


James (Jim) David Travis was on born June 11, 1955 in Georgia and passed on Friday, May 10, 2013 in Conroe, Texas. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Joe and Vera Travis, and sister, Betty. He is survived by his wife, Diana McHugh, step-son, Jason McHugh; grandson, Korbyn McHugh; grand dog, Kenzie; brother, Robert Travis and wife, Vicki; and sister, Theresa; numerous nieces, nephews, other dear relatives and friends also survive. Jim served ten years in the Air Force where he studied radio repair and communications. Jim was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in 1983. It was then that Jim began working on contract services for the Armed services until 2006. In 2009, Jim was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma, as a strong man he didn't let it slow him down much. He was greatly loved and will be dearly missed. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 4:00 P.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Rebecca McGee officiating. The Viewing will be held from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. prior to the service in The Chapel. Graveside will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Sunset Memorial Park in Norman, Oklahoma. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to: MD Anderson Kidney Research at www.mdanderson.org/gifts in Jim’s Memory.  

BILLY GENE CASH

Funeral services for Bill Cash of Houston, Texas will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Charles Allen Briethaupt officiating. Interment will follow at Brookside Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 6, 2013 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

Billy was born in Jacksonville, TX on November 6, 1929. His family moved to Forney, TX when he was two years old and lived on a cotton farm until he was twelve when the family moved to Houston.  

His Dad worked as a ship fitter building ships during World War II.Billy went to Hohl Elementary, Hamilton Junior High and Reagan Senior High in Houston. He went to work for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company on October 11, 1948. He had thirty-six years of service when he retired. He held the job titles of Cable Splicer, Switchman and Estimate Assigner. After retiring he worked nineteen years for Carey Limousine. He really enjoyed his duties with Carey as he has always enjoyed being with people. He has driven many important people such has the King of Spain, Prince of Spain, Queen of England, the Premiere of Canada and, of course, the Average Joes.In 1952 he was drafted into the Army. His induction was in San Antonio, TX. Billy took his basic training and schooling at Camp Gordon in Augusta, GA. After his schooling, he went to the country of Germany. In Germany his job was working with people which he loved. This job required him to live in a hotel and he was the Assistant Manager to the Officers Club. After two years he came back to the United States being discharged in Fort Smith, ARK. While he was in the Army, his wife, Clara, stayed in their home; keeping the Home Fire Burning and working for Southwestern Bell.Billy married his ever-loving wife Clara Paluch (Pollock) on November 11, 1949 after working for Southwestern Bell for a year. They had many wonderful years together. Billy and Clara had two special daughters, Mary Cash Beckman and Marcia Cash LaMarche; 5 grandchildren, Autumn Beckman, Emily Beckman Lloyd, Anessa Swonke, Ashley Swonke Mangrum, and Adam Swonke; 4 great grandchildren, Hunter and Cody McClelland, Mylanah and Haevyn Mangrum. Son-in-law, Al LaMarche and one grandson-in-law, Raymond Lloyd, Two sisters-in-law, Mozelle and Velma Cash. Two sisters-in-law preceded him in death, Rosie and Dorothy Cash. Billy had four brothers three of which preceded him in death, Charlie Dee, Amos and Lewis Cash. His surviving brother, James Cash, lives in Winnsboro, TX. He has many nieces and nephews besides his family.He leaves much love to Frances Whitmire, Evelyn and Mark Messer; E.J. and Rhonda Swonke, Courtney Etherton and Tracie Hensley. He loves all his family and also all of the family reunions throughout the years. He had special love for all his friends and co-workers.Billy accepted Christ as his personal Savior in the Baptist church when he was eleven years old. He has worked in the church as Song Director, Sunday School Teacher, Pianist, Director of the Royal Ambassadors for boys. He has always enjoyed his Christian duties. Now he has met his Christ face-to-face. What a glorious time for him!

BOBBY LEE DOREE (BOB)

Bobby Lee Doree (Bob), 79, of Montgomery (formerly of Conroe and Houston), peacefully entered God's kingdom on Sunday, April 7, 2013, after a brief battle with bile duct cancer. He was born December 17, 1933 to W.J. and Effie Mae Stutts Doree in El Campo, TX. After the death of his father at a young age, the family moved to the Heights in Houston where his mother met and married Wallace Frank, the wonderful man who raised him. Bob graduated from Reagan High School in 1952. After proudly serving our country in the Air Force for four years, he went to work for Braniff Airlines as a customer service agent for 25 years.

In 1960 he married his beautiful wife Lee. After the airline went bankrupt, Bob eventually went to work for Aldine ISD transportation as the parts manager for 15 years before retiring. He is preceded in death by his parents and the love of his life for 48 years, Lee. He is survived by his two daughters and their children, Deon Doree of Magnolia and Jeremy, Kayley and Brianna Freed, and Dawn and Scott Hill of Montgomery and Rebecca Batterson. He also had the joy of meeting his new great-grandson, Bryson Lee Twitty. In addition, he is survived by a brother and two nephews, and his close companion Maria Lara, as well as other relatives and many dear friends. Bob never met a stranger, and lived to make people laugh. As a strong Christian, he taught Sunday school for many years, and was very involved in the men's ministry at Airline UMC where he organized events such as 42 tournaments and the annual Roast N Toast. He loved to travel, often taking back roads in different routes to his destination, was an avid golfer, and enjoyed playing dominos, having a 31 year running game with his close friend Charles Faigle.A Celebration of Bob's Life will be held at Christ Church United Methodist, 6363 Research Forest, The Woodlands, on Sunday, April 28, at 2:00pm. The family would like to thank all their friends and family for the many prayers, care and concern shown through Dad's journey, and especially the wonderful people at Odyssey Hospice in Conroe for their encouraging support. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society or Odyssey Hospice in his name.

TOM L. COLLINS

Tom L. Collins was born on September 7, 1922 in Claremore, OK and passed at his home in Montgomery, TX on April 6, 2013 attended by loving family. Tom was preceded in death by his wife, the love of his life, Juanita Walding Collins by 3 months, 28 days.He was also preceded in death by his parents, E.R. Collins and Bertha (Rogers) Collins; siblings, Kenneth Collins, Lois Margaret Collins, Virgil Collins, Theodore Collins, Bertha Marie Collins, John Paul Collins, Delbert Collins.He is survived by his children (spouses), James Collins (Sarah), Thomas Collins (Sonja), Nita Bailey (Jay), Patrick Collins (Richard Spethman Jr.);

grandchildren, Christopher Collins (Vanessa), Rhonda Banks (Joel Kesterson), Lisa Slocum (Preston), Doug Blackwell (Sandy), Matthew Bailey, Bryan Bailey, Kara Leighton (Jacob), Cordelia Collins, Camille Collins, Kanon Collins; great grandchildren, Peter Horn (Kristin), Brian Horn, Alexandra Martin, Ian Freeman, Elliot Blackwell, Reid Collins; great-great grandchildren, Georgia Horn; sister, Ernestine Wilson- Audd (Ralph Lee); sisters in law, Johnnie Waites, Emma Collins, Mary Collins; nephews, Robert Waites (Suzanne), Kenneth Waites (Karen); great nephew, Kendal Waites; great niece, Heather Waites; with many other nephews, nieces and loved ones.As a child Tom's family moved to Kilgore, TX where he soon demonstrated his excellence as a football player. He played for Kilgore High School and Kilgore Jr. College. In 1946 he was part of the team that traveled to California to play in the first Jr. Rose Bowl.Tom served in the Army in the Battery B 798th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion during WWII. He was awarded the EAME Campaign Medal 3 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Overseas Service Bars (4 years). Tom and Juanita moved to the Houston area in the late 1940's. He graduated from the University of Houston to begin his career as an educator in the Houston Independent School District. When he retired he and Juanita moved to Montgomery, TX. He became a Master Gardener and spent many years growing Christmas trees and hybrid apples. Tom spent over three decades as a volunteer for the Mt Pleasant Cemetery Association. He was instrumental in the re-building of the Chapel in 1976. Tom was a lifetime member of the Freemason Society, Danville Lodge No. 101 A. F. & A. M., Kilgore, TX. He was devoted to his family and truly believed there was no place like home. His wisdom, honesty and unconditional love will be cherished by all that knew him always.The family is sincerely appreciative of the countless, nameless people that honored Dad in his last years by stopping him on the street to shake his hand and thank him for his service to our country during WWII.A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Mt Pleasant Chapel in Montgomery, TX at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers the family request donations to the Disabled Veterans or the Chronic Disease Foundation.

ELLA MARIAN HALE

Ella Marian Hale, 96, passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2013. Ella was born in Tabor, Kentucky on March 22, 1917 to Lewis C. and Queen Blevins. She and her husband relocated to Galena Park, Texas in 1949 and later Channelview. In 1991 the Hales moved to Conroe to be closer to family where Ella continued to nurture and care for her ill husband. Ella was a member of North Side Baptist Church, Order of the Eagles in Houston, volunteer at Tidelands Hospital and was very active with the Channelview Senior Center while she lived in that area.

In February 2008, due to health reasons, Ella moved to the Willis Nursing Home where she made many friends and in August 2009 moved to Conroe Health Care Center. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Elmer R. Hale, her parents, and eleven siblings. Survivors: daughter, Janice Oliver of Montgomery; sons and daughters-in-law, Ron and Karen Hale of Hilltop Lakes: Larry and Donna Hale of New Braunfels; and Terry and Debbie Hale of Broken Arrow, OK; grandchildren, Scott Hale and wife, Dr. Irma Aquirre of Jewett, Stewart Hale of Houston, Chris Oliver and wife Tina of Montgomery, Michael Oliver of Austin, Lee Hale of Houston, Jeremy and Jeffrey Hale of Broken Arrow, OK, and Tiffany Ramirez of Gulfport, MS; ten great-grandchildren; sister Marjorie Hake of Ft. Thomas, KY and many nieces, nephews and friends. Ella will always be remembered by her laughter and love of life. The family wishes to thank the staff at One North, Conroe Regional Hospital, and the staff at Conroe Health Care for their loving care of Ella or “Miss Ellie”.In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the charity of your choice.Visitation will be on Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at Conroe Funeral Directors, Conroe. Graveside services will be held on Friday, April 19, at 11 a.m., Garden Park Cemetery, Conroe.

JOHN EARL STAMPER


In Loving Memory of John Earl Stamper of Conroe, Texas who passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at the age of 64 in Conroe, Texas. John was born on October 6, 1948 in Galesburg, Illinois to James and Margaret Stamper. He was a loving son, brother, father, grandfather and friend who enjoyed living life to the fullest and spending time with his family and friends. John also proudly served his country in the Marines during the Vietnam Era. He was preceded in death by his parents. John is survived by his loving family: daughter, Annette Ikenburg and her husband, James; grandchildren, Katherine, Rebecca and Jaime Ikenburg; sisters and brothers, Loretta Kelley, Mary Anne Heil, James Stamper, Rose Loggins, William Stamper and Patricia Nelson and husband, Russell; numerous dear nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive. Private services will be held at a later date.

MARGIE ANN THOMPSON

Funeral Services for Margie Ann Thompson of Willis, Texas will be held on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. David Taylor and the Rev. David Hahn officiating. The Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Margie was born on March 21, 1957 in Willis, Texas to Newton F. Downs, Sr. and Annebell G. Weaver Downs.

She passed away at the age of 55 on March 18, 2013 in Willis, Texas with her family by her side. Margie met and married the love of her life, Raymond Glenn on March 18, 1977 in Willis, Texas. She and her husband were longtime residents of Willis and together raised a strong Christian family. Margie, who loved to cook, often shared delicious meals with her family, as well as, extended family and dear friends. She absolutely adored children and loved helping out families in need. Margie had a passion for her family that was evident to all who knew her. Her greatest roles were that of being a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and faithful friend. Her memory will be carried on in the hearts of her dear family and friends. She is survived by her loving family: husband of 36 years, Raymond Glenn Thompson; daughters, Crystal Hartwick and husband, Brian and Wendy Thompson; brothers, Newton R. Downs, Jr. and Nathan E. Downs; sister, Sheryl D. Lovelady; grandchildren, Phoebe Hartwick, Bailey Hartwick, Lane Dick, Seth Dick, Caden Dick and Blaidyn Downs; numerous other dear relatives and friends also survive.  

LUMAN BURR

A Memorial Service for Luman Burr of The Woodlands, Texas will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Ray Hyden officiating. Mr. Burr was born on October 7, 1941 in Normal, Illinois and passed away peacefully on March 16, 2013 in The Woodlands, Texas. He was 71 years old. Luman is survived by his loving family: wife, Amalia Burr; sons, Hudson R. Burr and Luman Burr, Jr. and wife, Leticia Ortiz Guzman; sisters, Charlotte B. Modhal, Ann H. Burr Smith

and husband, Kenneth and Marcia Burr; grandchildren, Charlotte Burr, Hudson Burr, Dylan Burr, Luman Burr, and Luman Burr; sister-in-law, Rosalba Ortiz, friend, Alexander Dow; nephew, Robert Dow; numerous other dear relatives and friends also survive. Luman lived and teached Algebra in Los Angeles for many years before moving to The Woodlands. He was a hard working, well respected man who was extremely generous with his time when it came to others. Luman loved politics, old steam engine trains, biking, the great outdoors and he especially enjoyed bird watching. He was a great family man and will be dearly missed. 

VICKEY LYNN PENNINGTON


“Aunt Vickey” born in Brenham, Texas on November 18, 1950 passed away on March 20, 2013 in Conroe, Texas. She will be joining our dad, Dean Pennington “Uncle Dean”, her dad Harold Swindell, her mom Juanita Swindell, and her brothers, Harold Wayne Swindell “Uncle Wayne” and Ronnie Swindell. She is survived by her beloved children, Dana Robertson, Chad Penningtonand his wife, Nicole Pennington, Clint Pennington and his wife Tricia Pennington, and blessed dearly with Justin Lee Pennington. Her children blessed her with five beautiful grandchildren; Hannah Renee’ Robertson, Aiden Dean Robertson, Cole Wayne Pennington, Maddie Jo Pennington and Payden Renee’ Pennington. She is also survived by her niece, Selena Crane and husband, Lauren Crane and their daughter, Cassie Hope. Vickey Lynn had countless family members and friends that will miss her very much and will treasure time spent with her. She is also survived by very loyal friends Courtney and Fritz Swarthout and their children, Kenneth “K.C.”, Bryce, Corbyn, and Masyn Dean. Fritz is among the manythat our parents loved and treated as their own. Vickey Lynn has forever imprinted into our hearts andlives her strength, courage, determination, compassion, forgiveness, and love and we will greatly miss her. Our mom did not ask for much. She was always available to talk, she loved her family and mostimportantly she loved her children and married the love her life who she is now with. Our mom’s life was dedicated to making sure Justin was happy, healthy, and most importantly loved equally. Vickey and Dean never turned their backs on anyone who needed help. She will be the brightest star in the night sky shining down on all of her loved ones left behind. The family asks in lieu of flowers; please donate to Conroe Funeral Directors on behalf of Justin Pennington. All donations go to the final cost of burial and any extra for the care of Justin. Viewing will be held at Conroe Funeral Directors on Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 5–8 pm. Services will be held at gravesite Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 11 am at Mount Zion Cemetery in Spring, Texas. Pallbearers include Fritz Swarthout, Roy Brzymialkiewicz, Fred Banks, Bubba Blackwell, Robert Anderson, and Kenneth Swarthout.

WILLIAM "BILL" FOSTER TRENT


In Loving Memory of William “Bill” Foster Trent of Conroe, TX, formerly of Norcross, Georgia, who passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in Conroe, TX. Bill was 69 years old. He will be laid to rest at the VA Houston National Cemetery at a later date. Bill grew up in Florida, but lived and worked in Norcross, Georgia for most of his adult life. He loved his job and worked as an A/C Technician for Shumate Mechanical in Norcross for over 20 years until he was forced to stop due to his illness. Bill was a hard working, well respected man who was always there to help friends or former customers, whom requested him specifically, with their A/C issues. He was extremely generous with his time when it came to others. Bill was a funny, light hearted soul that will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Fly with the angels Bill. Bill was preceded in death by his father, John Foster Trent; his mother, Felecia Trent in March of 2012. He is survived by his loving family: sister and brother-in-law, Connie and Doug Payne; nieces, Rhonda Soto and husband, Jaime and Tara Sincleair and husband, Stuart; great nephew, Jacob Soto; great nieces, Madalynn Soto, Courtney Copeland, Audrey Sincleair and Hattie Sincleair; many cousins in W. Virginia, Georgia and Florida also survive.  

BERNICE FERN CRAWFORD NORRIS


Bernice Fern Norris was born on May 13, 1914 in Nederland, Texas to F.N. and Ernestine (Lee) Hollier and passed away peacefully on March 12, 2013 in The Woodlands, Tx. She was 98 years old. Bernice worked as a Secretary in the energy industry for many years. She was a kind, loving woman of grace and integrity who will be dearly missed. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at St. Simon and Jude Catholic Church in The Woodlands with Father Mathew Thottiyil officiating. Interment will follow in Conroe Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum under the direction of Conroe Funeral Directors. Bernice is survived by her loving family: Daughter, Sharon Surface and husband, Harry; sister, Beth Zipprich; nephew, John Zipprich and niece, Marilyn Birt; grandchildren, Dianna Cox and husband, David and Karen Bewsey and husband, Russ; great grandchildren, Chase Bosch, Hunter Bosch and Brooke Bewsey. 

GEORGE FRANCIS ROWE


Memorial service for George F. Rowe, 66, of The Woodlands, Texas will be held on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Ray Hyden officiating. George was born on September 11, 1946 in Mobile, Alabama and passed away on March 8, 2013 in The Woodlands, TX with his devoted family and friends by his side. He is survived by his loving family: wife of 25 years, Dede Rowe and his sons, Wayne Scott Rowe and Ryan Adam Rowe; sister-in-law, Shannon Roth and husband, Jeff; niece, Veronica Fisch; father and mother-in-law, Gerald and Mary Brewer; and numerous longtime friends from The Woodlands and Conroe areas. George worked in the Traffic and Transportation Department with the City of Houston for over 25 years before retiring. George was an excellent bowler and enjoyed bowling with his family and friends over the years at 300 Bowl and AMF Woodlands Bowl. He also loved Guide Salt water fishing, hunting, gardening, his Harley and his puppy, Koko. He was a gentle, kind man who will be dearly missed. 

BETTY MILDRED EPPERSON


Funeral services for Betty Mildred Epperson, 93, of Conroe, Texas will be held on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Phillip Moore officiating. Interment will immediately follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service on Friday in The Chapel. Mrs. Epperson was born on March 26, 1919 in Itasca, Texas to George and Mary Abbott and passed away peacefully on March 4, 2013 in Montgomery, Texas with her family by her side. Betty was a 1936 graduate of Itasca high school and attended Texas Tech University. She loved to travel and throughout her life, she was able to take two trips through Europe. Betty worked for Southwestern Bell for over 33 years in Lubbock. Texas and was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church where she served as Deacon for 3 years. She also was a member of the Retired Pioneer’s of Southwestern Bell, Past President of the ABWA, and Secretary of the Ladies Auxiliary at the Presbyterian Church in Lubbock. Betty met and married the love of her life, Dwight E. Epperson and they were married for 9 years and resided in South Carolina until his passing. Betty was a loving, kind mother, wife, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend who loved life and her family. She was dearly loved and be missed by all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her loving parents, her beloved husband, Dwight Epperson, her sister, Glenn Fuqua, step-sister, Jane Estes and step-daughter, Lynn Pearson. Betty is survived by her loving family: daughters and sons-in-law, Gail J. and Gilbert W. Box and Jana Jo and Grady Collins; grandchildren, Suzanne Box and James A. Box and wife, Mary; Great grandchildren, Michael J. Box and Amber L. Box; cousin, Bill Morris; step-children, Bo Epperson, Jimmy Epperson, Bobbie Oliver and Emma Jo Spivey; step-grandchildren, Stephen Collins, Brian Collins and Christa Collins; niece, Janie Lu Beatty; nephews, Rob Fuqua and wife, Judie, Len Fuqua and wife, Carole and Dr. Murray Young and wife, Jane; numerous other dear relatives and friends also survive.  

WENDY A. GIESBRECHT


"WENDY’S CELEBRATION" 

Wendy A. Giesbrecht passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 3 at MD Anderson Medical Center in Houston after a short battle with liver cancer. She is survived by her husband, Todd Giesbrecht, a nearly 7-year son, Mason Todd Giesbrecht, her mother, Carole Michaelson, her father, Steven Seitz, a step-mother, a step-father, a half sister, and 2 half- brothers. Wendy was born in Washington, DC and spent her early years in Maryland and Puerto Rico where she learned to love the water.

She graduated from Old Mill High School in 1989 and then from the University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus in 1993. During her college years, she worked for Carden Healthcare in Maryland and then transferred to Carden’s Texas office in 1993 to resume her career in healthcare. Here she met her husband-to-be, Todd, and they married in 1997. During their 16 years together they traveled numerous times to the Caribbean, Mexico, and the Rockies where Wendy enjoyed the outdoors, especially any BEACH. Her favorite beach is Rehoboth Beach, DE where she worked summers in high school and in later years enjoyed at least one week each summer at the Delaware shore. She loved being a mommy, camping, and traveling, and touched many lives in her 42 years.


**Her family and friends will celebrate her life on Friday, March 8, 2013 from 3-6 p.m.at Shirley Acres, 217 Woerner Rd. Houston, TX 77090 (off Kuykendahl Road at Cypress Creek Drive.)

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in memory of Wendy at The Hepatobiliary Cancer Foundation, www.canliv.org. Click “donate today” on the blue dot in the upper right corner. Donations can be sent by mail to: The Hepatobiliary Cancer Foundation, 164 Market Street, Suite 129, Charleston, SC 29401.

CHARLES "CHARLIE" FRANK SCHMIDT

Funeral services for Charles “Charlie” Frank Schmidt, longtime resident of Conroe, TX will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Rev. Raya Machupa officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, February 22, 2013 from 6:00 P.M until 8:00 P.M.. Charles will receive military honors and will be laid to rest with his late wife, Susie, at Houston National Cemetery at a later date. Charles was born on August, 17, 1944 in San Antonio, TX and passed away peacefully at his home on February 15, 2013 in Conroe, TX surrounded by his family. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the Army as an Armored Calvary Scout, where he served with the 1 Infantry Division during the Vietnam War.

After his Army service he began his lifelong career on the water and recently retired as a Tug Boat Captain out of Houston. Those who knew Charles shall remember him best for his wicked sense of humor, his epic social gatherings, gambling and his love for the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, gardening and crabbing. Charles was a lifelong member of the VFW Post 4709 in Conroe, TX, the Masonic Lodge 748 in Conroe, TX, and a longtime member of the Arabia Shrine in Houston, TX. Charles will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Charles was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 41 years, Susie in March of 2012; his parents, William “Sonny” George and Jacqueline Jane (Cooley) Schmidt and his sister-in-law, Irene Schmidt. He is survived by his loving family: Daughters, Teresa Kelley and husband, Thomas and Esta Schmidt-Adams and husband, John; grandchildren, Thomas “Bubba” Kelley, Tanner Kelley and Tristan Kelley; foster grandchild, Autumn Cossell; Brothers, Robert Schmidt and wife, Lois, William Schmidt, Jr. and Kenneth Schmidt and wife, Linda; Sisters, Esther Ingle and husband, James and Linda Presswood and husband, John; sisters-in-law, Jackie Medlock, Karen Schmidt and husband, Archie, Donna Wegner and husband, Gary and Diane Chaltry; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive. Charles was deeply loved and will be missed greatly by all who knew him. He is now at rest with the Lord and with his devoted wife, Susie, the center of his life.  

PATRICIA LEE PURSWELL ADAMS


Partricia Lee Purswell Adams, 70, of Cleveland, Texas passed away on February, 11, 2013 in Conroe, Texas. Patricia was born on May 19, 1942 in Houston, Texas and lived in the Galveston area during her childhood years. She moved to Conroe in 1994 and lived in the surrounding area up until the time of her passing. Patricia was a longtime member of Fostoria Oaks Missionary Baptist Church. She loved her family, her church family and will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donnie Wedgeworth and her son, Donnie Deville. She is survived by her children, sister, Mary Everett, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at Fostoria Oaks Missionary Baptist Church at a later date.  

JEANNE K. PELAN

Funeral service for Jeanne K. Pelan, 53, of The Woodlands, Texas will be held on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 3:00 P.M. at Woodlands United Methodist Church with Rev. Cliff Ritter officiating. The viewing will be held one hour prior to the funeral service. A fellowship luncheon will immediately follow at the church. Mrs. Pelan was born on September 28, 1959 in Mont Clair, New Jersey to Stanley Henry and Lois Ann (Lienau) Kowalewski and went to be the Lord on January 28, 2013 in The Woodlands, Texas. Jeanne was a loving daughter, wife, mother, sister, aunt and grandmother who touched many people with her caring ways and her passion for family and life.

She will be dearly missed but her memory will be carried on through the hearts of her loving family and faithful friends. Jeanne had a contagious smile that melted your heart and was a true lady. She loved cooking for her family and friends and enjoyed country dancing. Jeanne worked at Newpark Resources in The Woodlands as a Credit collections coordinator and loved her colleagues, as well as her job. Jeanne was preceded in death by her mother, Lois. Jeanne is survived by her dear family: beloved husband, Michael Pelan; children, Douglas D. Clelland; Amanda J. Clelland; Tyler and Cassie Pelan, Matthew Pelan, Amber and Gerod Rush; father, Stanley Henry Kowalewski; sister, Janet McNault; brother, George Kowalewski; granddaughters, Brinley and Macie Rush; nieces, Kimberly MacNaul, Hannah MacNaul, Candice Kowalewski and Hollie Myers; great niece and nephew, Gemma and Cannon Roach; many other relatives and friends also survive.

WILLIAM SHERMAN WEEKS

Funeral services for William Sherman Weeks, 83, longtime resident of Shenandoah, Texas will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:00 P.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. David Taylor officiating. Interment will follow in Houston National Cemetery. Mr. Weeks will receive full military honors from the Air Force Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, January 31, 2013 from 4:00-8:00 P.M. (1504 N. Thompson St. Conroe, TX 77301) Mr. Weeks was born on July 26, 1929 in Grayson County, Virginia and passed away peacefully on January 25, 2013 in Shenandoah, Texas. Bill was an honorable man who was caring, compassionate, and was a “true fighter” who loved life and his country. He will be missed, but his memory will live on through the hearts of his dear family and friends. Mr. Weeks had an outstanding 30 year career in the Armed Forces, starting with World War II, continuing throughout the Korean War, and ending with two tours in the Vietnam War. He first served in the Army for five years and then transferred to the Air Force, when he retired in 1974 as Chief Master Sergeant. After retirement, Bill worked as a Landman within the Oil industry, he was a licensed real estate agent, a licensed insurance agent, maintenance supervisor at Nasa and Catapillar, and owned an auto repair and restoration business. Bill was a member of the Masonic Lodge; 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason, Member of the Chapter, Council and Commander of the Shrine; and a Colonel of the Legion of the Honor in Wichita Falls, TX. Bill held a Bachelor’s Degree from Wayland Baptist University and also attended the University of Omaha and the University of Maryland, where he was placed on the Dean’s List. He loved the great outdoors and was a true animal lover. Bill also enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling and golf. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James; sisters, Dorothy and Jean; first wife, Katharina Weeks; mother-in-law, Lottie Berry and his dear son, James Calvin Weeks. Bill is survived by his loving family: wife, Judy Berry Weeks; children, William Sherman Weeks, Jr. and Sherman Nathaniel Weeks and wife, Caitlyn; Karen Thibodeaux and husband, Robbie, Brenda Hatfield and husband, Jim, Veronda Smitherman and husband, Jeff, Steven Berry and wife, Staci, and Alesha Maalouf and husband, Omar; grandchildren, Faith Turner and husband, Jeff, Lauren, Trey, Courtney Locke, Tisha Gibson and husband, Kevin, Amber, Taylor, Sarah, Justin, Samuel, Cameron, Dylan, Jay and Dallas; great grandchildren, Kathryn, Preslie, Parker and Shawn; second wife, Carolyn Weeks Turner; numerous nieces, nephews, other dear relatives and friends also survive. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting Donations to be made in Bill’s name to Moms USA (Moms of Military Serving) at momsofusa.com and click on donations or a check can be mailed to: Box 842355, Houston, TX 77284. This organization sends care packages to the men now serving.  

SALLIE PEARL HUGHES 

Sallie P. Hughes, of Conroe, Texas went to be with our Lord and Savior Thursday, January 24, 2013 at the young age of 79 after a hard-fought battle with multiple myeloma.

She was born in Fisher County, Texas on August 3, 1933 to the late Jewel and Everest “Ebb” Wiley. She spent her childhood years in Levelland, Texas and graduated from Levelland High School, class of 1950 and was married to James Hughes for 61 years.

Her life was dedicated to being a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, along with being the secretary at Wedgwood Baptist Church and Oak Ridge Baptist Church.

She enjoyed reading, sewing, singing and spending time with family. She also loved researching family history as a member of The Genealogy Society for many years. She was a devoted Christian woman, who was actively involved at GracePoint Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents and son Fletcher Hughes. She is survived by her loving husband James Hughes and sister Peggy Wommack, of Georgetown, Texas. She is also survived by her three other children: Beverly and husband Carl Darnell, of Conroe, Texas; Janet Wright, of Arlington, Texas; and Blake Hughes, of Roanoke, Virginia. She is also survived by her 10 grandchildren: Josh Darnell, Stephan Darnell and fiancé, Cathy Casperson; Cimarron Hughes, Chance Wright, Rachel Wright, Nathaniel Hughes and wife Jennifer, Blaze Hughes and wife Becky, Anastasia Barner and husband Josh, Haniya Hughes, and Noelani Hughes. And also survived by great-grandchildren Taylor Colby and Bradoc Hughes, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be held at Conroe Funeral Directors on Monday, January 28, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be Tuesday, January 29, 2013 in the Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors at 10:30 a.m. officiated by Brother Gary Ladd. Interment will follow in Garden Park. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Gracepoint Baptist Church Building Fund is greatly appreciated. The address is 6606 FM 1488 Magnolia, Texas, 77354.

VIRGINIA DARE MOORE


Funeral service for Virginia Dare Moore, 95, of Conroe, Texas will be held on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors. She is survived by her children, Raymond C. Moore and wife, Denniece, E. Faith Thompson and husband, John and Faye V. Kuyat and husband, Jim; 19 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She will be dearly missed. 

REMI ROSE MARIE LOPEZ

Memorial Service for Remi Maria Lopez of Conroe, Texas will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 3:00 P.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Pastor Ronald Grimes officiating. Remi was born on November 1, 1949 in St. Isabela, Puerto Rico and passed away peacefully on January 21, 2013 in Conroe, Texas. She was 63 years old. She is survived by her loving family: son, Eric Dunlap; granddaughter, Makenna Rose Dunlap; sisters, Ruby and Nancy; close family friend, Joseph Alexander-Gomez; other dear relatives and a host of friends also survive. Remi lived in Conroe for many years where she worked for the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department. She was also was an active member of the Red Hat Society of Montgomery County and had previously worked for Arthur Murray Dance Studio as a ballroom instructor.

Remi enjoyed traveling with her son, modeling and playing tennis. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend who had a passion for life and touched many with her kind heart. Remi will be dearly missed. conroefuneraldirectors.org

CYNTHIA LYNNE GILSTRAP

Graveside services for Cynthia Lynn Gilstrap of Meridian, Mississippi, formerly of Willis, Texas, will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at Earthman Resthaven Cemetery in Houston, Texas. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Conroe Funeral Directors. Cynthia was born to Arlie and Berta Dye on June 14, 1967 in Geneva, Illinois. She passed away peacefully after a long courageous battle with cancer on January 17, 2013 in Willis, Texas.

Cynthia loved life, her family and her friends. Her precious memory will be carried on through the hearts of those who loved her dearly. She is survived by her loving family: beloved husband of 17 years, Ron Gilstrap; her dear sons, Louis Donovan and Anthony Gilstrap; her sister, Debbie Neely; her brothers, Glendon Dye and James Sanders. Numerous other dear relatives and friends also survive.  

JAMES CALVIN WYATT

James Calvin Wyatt was born September 25, 1941 in Talladega, Alabama to parents Jessie Mae (Trammel) and John H. Wyatt, and he went to be with the Lord on January 17, 2013. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 21, 2013 in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Daniel Syfrett officiating. Interment will follow in Willis Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 20, 2013 from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Conroe Funeral Directors. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bobby Joe Wyatt; sister, Mary Marie Miles; brother, Houston Wyatt; brother-in-law, Bud Lathrop; and sister, Loreen Hostler.

James is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Elizabeth Hoyt Wyatt, his daughter, Kimberly Irene Wright and her husband, Chris, his son, James E. Wyatt and his wife, Jeanie; his grandchildren, Cody James Wyatt, Lauren Nicole Wyatt, James Casey Wyatt, Bethany Ann Wright, Angelina Wright; brother, John Howard Wyatt; sisters, Mary Ellen Lathrop and Linda Sue Young. Numerous other dear relatives and friends also survive. James was devoted to his wife Elizabeth and loved his family. He was an active member of the Painters Allied Trade Union where he worked in the trade for over 39 years, he retired in 1999. James loved the outdoors especially working in his garden and driving his tractor. He was greatly loved and will be dearly missed. Pallbearers will be Cody James Wyatt, James Casey Wyatt, Mark Eugene Mills, Randy Rogers, Donald Rogers and Ethan Diver. Honorary Pallbearers will be W.A. Miles, Billy Hoyt, and Danny Hoyt.

JAMES 'JIM' E. STAAT


Memorial Service for James E. Staat, 76, of Conroe, TX will be held on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Pablo Holguin officiating. Jim was born on June 9, 1936 in Milwaukee, WI and passed away peacefully on January 14, 2013 in Conroe, TX. He proudly served his country for 8 years in the U.S. Air Force and will receive military honors. He and his wife, Julie were married for over 46 years, and have lived in the Conroe area since 1977 where they raised their two children. Jim was a Computer Programmer/Systems Analyst in Houston who retired in 2000. He had a passion for life and a great love for his family. Jim will live on in the hearts of his loved ones. He is survived by his loving family: wife, Julie Staat; son, John Staat; daughter, Kristina Staat and her husband, Octavio Holguin. Jim is also survived by his devoted Sheltie, Cooper. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to:mdanderson.org.

ALVIE JAY "AJ" ALMAND


Funeral services for Alvie Jay Almand, 65, of Montgomery, Texas will be held on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors. Interment will follow in County Line Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M. (two hours prior to the service on Friday) in The Chapel. A.J. was born on October 5, 1947 in Troup, Texas and passed away on January 7, 2013 in Montgomery, TX surrounded by his loving family. A.J. was preceded in death by his brothers, Jerry Almond, James Almand, Jr. and John Henry Almand and his sister, Mary Dorothy Driver. He is survived by his loving family; wife, Judy Almand; children, Jason Daniel Almand and Amber Kay Almand; siblings, Anita Johnson, Mary Almand Mutti, Arnold Almand, Claude Almand, Garland Kreger, Lonnie Kreger and Gladys Sylvester. Numerous other dear nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive. A.J. attended Texas Tech University where he studied accounting. While living in Midland, Texas, he taught Sunday school at W. Kentucky Baptist for many years. A.J. was a longtime resident of Conroe and was retired from CISD. He was currently a member of West Conroe Baptist Church and was a man of strong Christian values who had a passion for life and a great love for his family. He was the youngest of 12 children who was also a loving son, husband, father and friend. A.J. was dearly loved and will live on in the hearts of his loved ones.

FREDRICK "FRED" ANTHONY BRUMAN


A Memorial Service for Fredrick “Fred” Anthony Bruman, of Montgomery, TX, will be held on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Bill Bruman officiating. He will receive military honors from the VFW Post 4709 for his honorable service in the Army. Fred was born on August 29, 1949 to George and Mary Elizabeth Bruman in Brown City, Michigan and passed away on December 26, 2012 in Conroe, Texas. He was 63 years old. Fred proudly served his country during Vietnam as an Army medic and was a member of the VFW Post 4709 in Conroe. He was an avid fisherman as well as an exceptional landscaper and gardener. Fred was a wonderful, selfless man who was supportive and loving to his family and to all who knew him. Fred had a contagious smile that melted your heart and was a true gentleman. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend who was well loved and will be dearly missed. Fred was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, John Bruman. He is survived by his loving family: wife of 42 years, Jean Bruman; daughter, Cammie Blum; dear grandchildren, Seth Gilliam and Madison Blum; siblings, Joe Bruman, Leonard Bruman, Jo Ann Haske, Lou Bruman, Dave Bruman, Bob Bruman, Bill Bruman and Don Bruman; God-daughter, Brandy; numerous other dear relatives and friends also survive.  

LYNN F. ENMON


Funeral services for Lynn F. Enmon of Goodrich, TX, formerly of Conroe, will be held on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 12:00 P.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Pastor Wes Hinote officiating. Interment will follow in White Oak Cemetery in New Caney. The family will receive friends from 10:00 A.M. until Noon (two hours prior) to the funeral service on Thursday. Mr. Enmon will receive full military honors from the VFW Post 4709 for his honorable service in the Marines. He was born on May 14, 1932 in Center, TX and passed away peacefully on December 17, 2012 in Goodrich, TX. Lynn was retired from Houston Millwright Union, a lifetime member of the Conroe VFW 4709 and was a member of the honor guard for many years. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Deborah Stark and his wife, Beverly. Lynn is survived by his loving family: daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Dave Hudson and daughter, Robin Wright. Nine grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, as well as, many nieces, nephews, other dear relatives and friends also survive.  

DOROTHY "TERRY" LOUISE LLOYD

Memorial Service for Dorothy “Terry” Louise Lloyd of Conroe, Texas will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Cindy Littlefield officiating. Terry was born on February 5, 1925 in Monroe, Louisiana to Rammage and Louise Osborn and passed away peacefully on December 1, 2012 in Conroe, Texas. She was 87 years old. Terry is survived by her loving family: daughters, Jonnie Gilliam and Cindy Littlefield; son-in-laws, Ron Gilliam and Craig Littlefield;

grandchildren, Cindy Schunk, Chris Foster (Sarah) and Krystal Cochran (Kory); great grandchildren, Hunter Foster and Jacob Schunk; and special friends, Peggy Gaugh, Gina Baldwin and Nell Allmon. Terry carried in her this rare personality that when she met you, she made you feel as if you were the most important person in the world. Few people have this gift, but she did, and consequently, she went through life with many, many friends and loved ones who would gladly do anything for her. She was well loved and will be greatly missed for her one liners and humor. She had many occupations throughout her lifetime, with one hobby of oil painting.

RONNNIE LEE FULLEN


Funeral services for Conroe native, Ronnie Lee Fullen will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 3:00 P.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors. Interment will follow in Conroe Memorial Park Cemetery. The viewing will be held on Friday, November 23, 2012 at Conroe Funeral Directors from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Mr. Fullen was born on November 4, 1951 in Conroe, TX and passed away peacefully on November 18, 2012 in Conroe, TX. He was 61 years old. Ronnie was a member of Mims Baptist Church and proudly served his country in the Marines. He was also a longtime member of the Huntsville Elks Lodge #1981 and especially enjoyed his work with the special needs summer camp. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ramona Fullen and his parents, Young and Bernice Fullen. Survivors: Children, Jill Smith, Tammie Hudson and Craig, James Fullen and Christine, Leslie Fullen and Amy and Chris (CK) Fullen; 20 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren; lifelong friends, Gordon, Beverly and Jason Plumlee; numerous other dear relatives and friends also survive. 

HERMAN EDWARD WEITZ

n Loving Memory of Herman Edward “Skip” Weitz,73, longtime resident of Walden, Texas. Skip was born in 1939 in Newport News, Virginia and passed away peacefully on November 22, 2012 in Conroe, Texas. He was an avid golfer who enjoyed spending time with his fellow golf buddies and had a keen sense of humor that he carried with him throughout his life. Skip retired from the Marriott Corporation after 30 years of service. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who was well loved and will be greatly missed.

Skip was preceded in death by his two children, daughter, Lori Anne Jinks and son, Shawn Christopher Weitz; and his sister, Clara Wrobel. He is survived by his loving family: wife, Yvonne Weitz; granddaughter, Michele Garcia; son-in-law, Robin A. Jinks; step-grandchildren, Megan Dutkiewicz and Robin Jinks. For those wishing to leave a memorial, please consider: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, www.cff.org.

BILLY JACK COLLIER


Billy Jack Collier, 61, of Montgomery, Texas died on November 20, 2012 in Conroe with his family by his side. A Celebration of Life for Billy will be held on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at Conroe Funeral Directors. Billy was a man of many talents, and one close friend who had known him for many years called him a “Renaissance Man”- a man who had an inquiring mind and could converse on any broad range of subjects. He was known for his kind heart and generosity. To know Billy was to Love him. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Billy was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Ann Dominy and his two brothers, Johnny Bradford and Ken Bradford. He is survived his loving family: Father, Don Bradford; Children, Jason P. Collier, Billy D. Collier, Steven T. Collier and Bradford L.S. Collier and wife, Kristi; Siblings, William Bradford, Rosean Bradford, David Bradford, Cindy Bradford, Danny Bradford, Mark Bradford, Timothy Bradford and Lisa Bradford; and eight beautiful grandchildren. Many other dear relatives and friends also survive.  

CARL FROST MCLEOD


A Memorial service for Carl Frost McLeod, 71, of Cleveland, Texas will be held on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors. Interment will be held at a later date in the Houston National Cemetery under the direction of Conroe Funeral Directors. He was born on October 21, 1941 in Rockdale, Texas and passed away peacefully on November 8, 2012 in Conroe, Texas. Carl was preceded in death by his mother, Cappy Hutchinson. He is survived by his loving family: his beloved wife of 16 years, Linda McLeod; son, David McLeod and wife, Kim; step-son, Wesley McGee and wife, Holly; step-father, John Hutchinson; brother, David McLeod and wife, Judy; sister, Diane Goff; grandchildren, Sean McLeod and Joshua McLeod. Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends also survive. Carl proudly served his country in the Marines and will receive full military honors at his burial. He married the love of his life, Linda on November 7, 1996 in Willis, Texas. Carl retired in 2007 after many years of dedicated service to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Parole Division. He was a loving and caring son, husband, father, brother and grandfather who was greatly loved and will be missed dearly. The family would like to send a heartfelt thanks to the staff at Solara Hospital in Conroe and the staff of Methodist Hospital in Houston for all of their loving care and support.   

LESLIE SHERIDAN BUDD

Funeral Services for Leslie Sheridan Budd, 76, of Conroe, Texas will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors to celebrate her life. The Rev. Dr. Raya Machupa will officiate. The viewing will be held (10:00 A.M.) one hour prior to the funeral service. Sheridan was born on December 29, 1935 in Oklahoma to Thomas and Francis Shoemake and she passed away peacefully on November 8, 2012 in Conroe, Texas. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and faithful friend who had a gentle soul and a great passion for her family. Sheridan was greatly loved and will be dearly missed. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William Budd.

Sheridan is survived by her loving family: Daughters, Susan Budd West; Kelly Wesselman and husband, Tim and Anne Chancey and husband, Bruce; Sisters, Nancy Strange and husband, Bill, Kay Maxwell and husband, Billy and Christy Merryman; Grandchildren, Michael Zephyer West, Will Owen West, Larissa Rose West, Casey John Wesselman and Preston Sage Lovell; Great Grandchildren, Amelia West, Vivian West and Margo West; numerous nieces, nephews other dear relatives and friends also survive.

LAVERNE FERGUSON

Graveside services for LaVerne Ferguson, 93, longtime resident of Conroe, Texas will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 3:00 P.M. in Garden Park Cemetery under the direction of Conroe Funeral Directors. Mrs. Ferguson was born on January 7, 1919 in Nacogdoches, Texas and passed away peacefully on October 22, 2012 in Conroe, Texas with her family by her side. LaVerne was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 66 years, Frank Maxwell Ferguson, parents Hampton and Ruby Rudd; granddaughter, Renee Ferguson, grandson, Gordon Evan Grogan and son-in-law, Bill Lawler.

She is survived by her loving children: son, Tom Ferguson and daughter, Barbara Lawler. Dorothy is also survived by her dear grandchildren, Gieselle Grogan, Will Grogan, Corey Ferguson and Leanne Lawler; seven great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren and her daughter-in-law, Gale Ferguson, as well as, many other relatives and friends. After LaVerne’s mother graduated from Sam Houston in Huntsville, the family moved from Nacogdoches to Conroe. She graduated in 1936 from Conroe High School where she was a cheerleader. After high school she married the love of her life, Frank Ferguson and they had two beautiful children. While living in Conroe most of her adult life, LaVerne was very active in many organizations and volunteered whole heartedly. She was one of the founding members of the Montgomery County Public Library (which started out in one room at the Conroe community center), and was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church of Conroe where she served with the Methodist Women organization for many years. LaVerne also was a member of the Fidelis Sunday School class at Methodist. She served as Past President of Beta Sigma Phi, the Conroe Service League, and the Pan American Round Table 1. After their children were grown, LaVerne and Frank traveled and lived all over the world. They lived in Ontario, Canada, Manila, Philippines, West Virginia, north and south Louisiana to name a few and traveled all over Europe together. Mrs. Ferguson was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who was the ultimate Southern lady who had style and grace throughout her whole life. She had a passion for her family that was evident to all that knew her. Her greatest role was that of being a loving wife, mother, grandmother and faithful friend. Her memory will carry on in the hearts of her family. The family would like to thank Kim Nichols and the wonderful staff at the Azalea House Personal Care Home in Conroe for all of their caring support.

DOROTHY M. REHERD


Funeral services for Dorothy M. Reherd of Houston, TX will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 12:30 P.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Pastor David Taylor officiating. Interment will follow in Brookside Memorial Park. Viewing will be held one hour prior to the funeral service. Dorothy was born on February 15, 1932 in Houston, TX and passed away on October 22, 2012 in Houston, TX.

BILL 'BUDDY' BRAND


Memorial Services for Bill “Buddy” Brand of Conroe, TX, formerly of OK, will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at Northstar Church with Pastor Darryl Hooper officiating. (27326 Robinson Rd, suite 209-210, The Woodlands, TX 77385) Mr. Brand was born on January 7, 1949 in Muskogee, OK, Seminole County and passed away on Monday, October 15, 2012 in Conroe, TX. He was 63 years old. Buddy was preceded in death by his father, James Brand.

He is survived by his loving family: mother, Joanne Kaiser Brand; his beloved wife of 44 years, Irma Garcia Brand; daughter, Angelina Lynn Rohling and husband, Bill; son, Christopher John Brand and wife, Bridget; sisters, Connie Cook and husband, Ron and Cathy Brand and husband, David; brothers, Randy Brand, Joe Brand and wife, Brenda and Terry Moss; grandchildren, Caitlyn, Parker, Chloie, Matthew and Corbin; numerous other dear relatives and friends also survive.

Buddy grew up in Del City, OK and graduated from Del City High School in 1967. While in High School, he was named Mr. Baseball. He was well known in that area for his left handed pitching abilities. Buddy spent 2 years at Northeastern A&M in Miami, Oklahoma, then eventually became a Del City Firefighter in 1970. He spent 11 years with the fire department. In 1980 he started Brand Oil and Gas and spent the next 25 years successfully “oilfield wildcatting” in Oklahoma.

He and Irma were soulmates, so when she suffered a cerebral injury in September of 1995, he, of course, took over as primary caregiver. In July 2012, they both survived a near fatal car accident in Oklahoma, so in August they moved to Conroe to be with their son and his family. Buddywas a loving husband, son, father, brother and grandfather who was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

Memorials may be made to: Northstar Church in Memory of Bill Brand: www.northstarchurch.tv (click on the egiving tab).  

GEORGE R. SPOON


Funeral services for George Spoon of Conroe, Texas will be held on Monday, October 22, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Pastor’s Bill Fehmer and Pastor Wes Pratt officiating. Interment will follow in Conroe Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service. George was born on September 29, 1938 in Reno, Nevada and passed away on October 18, 2012 in Conroe, TX after being in a coma for 5 weeks. He was 74 years old. George was preceded in death by his parents, Eli and Arvilla Spoon and by his sister, Lenora Kanzeg. George is survived by his loving family; wife of 49 years, Frances of Conroe; two sons, Eli Spoon and wife, Kat of Odessa, MO and Jason Spoon and fiancé, Melissa Smilie of Montgomery, TX; grandchildren, Jacob Spoon of Valley City, ND, Rebecca and Zoe Spoon of Odessa, MO and Brandi Ell and Dillon Ell of The Woodlands, TX; and brother, Ron Smith and wife, Bettye of Las Vegas, NV. Numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends also survive. George was retired from Operating Engineers, Local 450 in Houston, TX. He was currently employed by Kroger for the past 10 years. George was also a longtime member of the Houston Restoration Church and proudly served his country in the Navy. He was a loving and kind husband, brother, father and grandfather who was greatly loved and will be dearly missed. John 14

M. WILSON "JUNIOR" LEAGUE

M. Wilson “Junior” League, age 79 years young, went to be with our Lord and Savior on October 1, 2012. Wilson was born in Longview, Gregg County, Texas on March 1, 1933. He was preceded in death by his parents, Katie Bell [Myers] and Marvin Wilson League, Sr.; a grandson, Aaron Pennell, and step- daughter, Marjorie Crimm. He is survived by Elnora, his wife of 13 years; his children, Anthony League; Paula Pennell; and Michael League. Cary Hall; M.E. “Eddie” Crimm; and Linda Crimm Walraven. A celebration of his life will begin on Friday, Oct. 5, with visitation at 10am in The Ark Church, 450 Humble Tank Rd, Conroe, Texas. Funeral service will follow at 11am, conducted by Pastor Alan Clayton. Interment at Conroe Memorial Park Cemetery.

IDA LORRAINE KELLEY

Funeral services for Ida Lorraine Kelley,77 of Willis, Texas, will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Leon Cowart officiating. Interment will follow in County Line Cemetery in Willis, Texas. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Mrs. Kelley was born on June 30, 1935 in Houston, Texas and went to meet the Lord on September 24, 2012 in Montgomery, Texas. Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, Father, Issac Sparks Reader, Sr. and Ida L. Reader; her husband, Thomas Derrell Kelley and her two sons, Michael Eugene Kelley and Thomas Wayne Kelley,

Sr. Lorraine is survived by her loving family: Son, Richard Demond Kelley and wife, Connie, daughter, Pamela Kaye Pinkard and husband, David, daughter, Patricia Ann Grant and husband, Rodney; brothers, Issac Sparks Reader and wife, Dean and Charles Eugene Reader; She is also survived by numerous loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many dear friends. Lorraine was a member of China Grove Baptist Church. She loved Jesus with all of her heart and gave him her soul. Lorraine was a friend and a mother to everyone and a chef to all that sat at her table. She loved to sew, but most of all, Lorraine loved reminiscing with old friends. She adored her family deeply and will be missed dearly. Pallbearers: Davey Ruddick, Dustin Ruddick, Derrell Kelley, Jamie Kubezkca, David Pinkard, Jr., Keith Roark, Jimmy Snoe and Thomas Kelley, Jr. The family of Ida Lorraine Kelley would like to thank you for your kind expression of love and support. John 14: 1-4, Rev 21:1-5