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CONROE FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Honoring Your Loved Ones With Compassion

RUTH MIZE SNIDER

Funeral services for Ruth Mize Snider, 66, of Conroe, Texas will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. in the The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Ray Hyden officiating. Interment will follow in Ryan Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Ruth went home to be with her beloved husband and son on November 3, 2017 after a short illness. Fly high oh loved one, we will miss you so much but we know your work on earth is done. Ruth was the fourth child of eight born to Hubert Allen Mize Sr. and Annis Clorene Shinault. Ruth was born in Mesa, Arizona and moved with her family to Texas when she was eleven. In 1967, she married the love of her life and soulmate, Leonard Donald Snider. Ruth and L.D. were married 49 years and had 2 children, Tammy Kathleen Snider Cofield and Donald Allen Novel Snider. She had 4 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She was very proud of all of them and loved them to the moon and back. They were very special to her and “Granny” was very special to all of them. Ruth loved to spend time with her great grandchildren. She loved going to garage sales. She and L.D. enjoyed having their annual 4 of July picnics with family and friends. She enjoyed watching her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren participate in sports and school events. She loved watching westerns, especially John Wayne, a love she shared with her son, Donald and granddaughter, Brooke. She loved being outside and swimming in her pool. She loved teaching her grandchildren and great grandchildren how to swim. She was especially close to her great granddaughter, Emi, and loved helping her with her homework and learning to read. They would invent stories together and loved spending time together. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, L.D., her son, Donald, siblings: Hubert Mize, Jr. and Bonnie Johnson. Survivors: daughter, Tammy Snider Cofield and husband Patrick, grandchildren: Cray Cofield, Brooke Myers Snider and fiancé Chris Ragsdale, Bodine Snider, and Jacquelene (Jackie) Grafft and husband, Michael; and great grandchildren: MaKenzie Halstrom Snider, Emilyn “Emi” Cofield, Callan “Cali” Grafft, Dante Cofield Armstrong, Braylee “Chickadee” Grafft, Bodean Snider; sisters: Dorothy (James) Dueitt, Patricia (Johnnie) Posuk, Twila (Eric) Chatham; brothers: Bruce (Sue) Mize and Terry (Angie) Mize and her beloved basset hound, Smiley. She is also survived by many additional family members and friends. Our family would like to thank the Jesse Powell family at Conroe Funeral Directors for their help during this difficult time.

MARTHA JANE (HALES) HENDERSON

Graveside service for Martha Jane Henderson of Willis, Texas will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at County Line Cemetery with the Rev. John Walker officiating. Mrs. Henderson was born on November 4, 1948 in Cleveland, Texas to Oscar Lee Hales and Mary Pearl (Powers) Hales. She passed away peacefully on November 1, 2017 at her home in Willis surrounded by her family. Martha was 68 years old at the time of her passing. Her sweet smile and laughter will be dearly missed.

Martha was a loving wife, mother, sister, and grandmother who lived to love and care for her family. She met and married the love of her life, Buck on July 19, 1968 in Splendora, Texas. They were married for 49 years and had two beautiful children. Martha worked as a beautician for over 38 years in Willis, Texas before retiring.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Pearl Hales; her brothers, Billy Jack Hales and James Hershel Hales; her sisters, Reba Rollins and Ruby Joyce Hales and her uncle, Sonny Henderson. Martha is survived by her loving family: husband, Buck Henderson; son and daughter-in-law, Richard Keith and Diane Henderson; daughter, Kimberly Ann Vick and fiancé, Scott Graeter; grandchildren, Kaitlyn Henderson and Presslie Vick; sisters and brothers-in-law, Judy Traylor, Francis and Tommy Rutledge, Linda and Jimmy Shropshire and Vera McKinley; brother, Tommy Ray Hales; aunt, Maribel Henderson; mother-in-law, Margie Lockhart. Numerous other dear nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, as well as, other dear relatives and friends also survive.

A special heartfelt thanks to: Rose of Texas Hospice, especially, Sholanda, LaKeisha, Melissa and Elizabeth for all their care and support during this most difficult time. 

JOYCE ANN FRIEND ANGLIN

Funeral Services for Joyce A. Friend Anglin will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 2:30 P.M. at Grangerland Baptist Church with Pastor Charles Foshee officiating. Interment will follow at Dry Creek Cemetery under the direction of Conroe Funeral Directors. The viewing will be held one hour prior to the funeral service beginning at 1:30 P.M. at the church. Joyce was born on September 11, 1952 in Boliver, Texas to Edward W. Friend and Norma L. (Parks) Friend. She passed away peacefully with family by her side on October 31, 2017 in Pasadena, Texas. Joyce was 65 at the time of her passing.

Joyce was a woman with compassion for the environment; she had a green thumb and loved flower gardening. Everything she touched bloomed. She also enjoyed reading, movies, bowling, and watching her favorite TV show, “The Golden Girls.” Some of Joyces’ other favorites were the music of Elvis and watching our “World Series Champions” The Astros play! Of all the things she did best, her love for her family was foremost. Her main joy in life was spending precious time with her children and grandchildren. Joyce was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend who was dearly loved and will be dearly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward William Friend and Norma Louise (Parks) Friend and her brothers, Don Friend, David Friend and Charles Friend.

Joyce is survived by her loving family: husband, Jerry Smith; Daughters and sons-in-law, Beverly and James Rachel, Sheryl and David Valverde, Cynthia and Richard Kackley, Melissa Highberg and Kathie and Michael Brod; brother, Robert Friend; grandchildren, John, Jacob, Jarred, Jessica, David, Noah, Sean, Aaron, Andrew, Brandon, Alexander, Taylor and Madyson; many other dear relatives also survive.


Pallbearers: James Rachel, David Valverde, D.J. (David) Valverde, Chris Brodie Damion Frizzell and Joshua Brodie. 

BETTY COLLEEN KELLEY HINSLEY

Betty Colleen Kelley Hinsley, 79, of Conroe Texas, left us to meet her heavenly father on October 24, 2017.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 11:00 AM. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Pastor Steve Barnett officiating. Betty was born in Galveston, TX on February 27, 1938 to Lillian Maude and Estes A Kelley. She attended Milby High School in Houston, TX when she met and married the love of her life Herman "Wayne" Hinsley on February 8, 1956.

Betty held many jobs during her life but her role as wife and mother was the most important. She owned a skating rink in Houston and later when she moved to Conroe she worked for Flowers Baking Company.

Betty had a very green thumb, she could grow anything, she loved flowers, fruit trees and anything she could make a cutting of and stick it in the ground to see if it would grow! Betty loved the Lord, everywhere she went and every person she came in contact with was a chance for her to spread God's word. Her most memorable trip was to Israel, she absolutely loved walking on the same path as Jesus and learning so many new things. She was a prayer warrior, praying constantly for her family and friends. She was part of a big network of prayer warriors across the United States. Her close personal relationship with God pulled her through many hardships that she encountered in her life.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Herman "Wayne" Hinsley, son Michael Dewayne Hinsley; granddaughter, Heather Lorene Hinsley Jennings and brother, Donald Stewart Kelley. She is survived by her loving family; son, Larry Wayne Hinsley and wife Dorothy, son David Keith Hinsley and wife Janelle; daughter, Sheryl Lynn Martin and husband Brad, daughter, Donna Kay Sample and husband Mike; grandchildren, Josh Hinsley, Kim Colvin, Melissa Wilson, Melanie Creel, Stephanie Phillips, Jessica Brussel, Courtney Caswell, Matthew Hogan and Dustin Hogan. Sixteen great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends also survive. Betty was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. 

CLAUDE THOMPSON WILLIAMSON, SR.

Funeral services for Claude Thompson Williamson, Sr. of Houston, Texas will be held on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the Houston National Cemetery at 11:15 A.M. Pastor Gregory McCrimmon will officiate. Claude proudly served our country in the Navy during World War II. He was born on May 14, 1925 and passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the VA hospital in Houston,Texas. He will be dearly missed. 

CHARLES WARREN SWINEA

Funeral services for Warren Swinea, 81, of Conroe, TX will be held on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church with Pastor John Walker officiating. Burial to follow at Copeland Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 from 5-7 PM at Conroe Funeral Directors.

Mr. Swinea was born on July 5, 1936 to George and Mittie Swinea in Conroe, TX. He passed away peacefully in Conroe on October 7, 2017 at the age of 81. Warren was a kind and gentle man. His soul was generous and his heart was big. He was a good man who truly led by example. Warren lived a good faithful life and his love for the Lord and his family were truly inspiring. Warren was deeply loved and will be greatly missed. Mr. and Mrs. Swinea were longtime members of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mittie Swinea, son, Robert Swinea, grandson, Caleb Warren Walls and sister, Rose Swinea.

He is survived by his loving wife, Kathren Swinea; daughters, Patty Terreo, Kathy Auld & husband Steve; son, Charles Swinea & wife Tina; sisters, Helen Worthen and Elnora Hyde; grandchildren, Keith Walls & wife Stephanie, Becky Dozier, Nicholas Swinea & wife Katie, Johnathon Swinea, Elizabeth Thibodaux & husband Kyle, Andrew Wilson & wife Monica, Brandy Edgar & husband Joe, Colby Swinea & wife Jessica and Jason Hadley; great grandchildren, Callie, McKenzie, Aiden, Mason, Anela, Addie, Maddie, Ethan, Cade, Kohl, Luke, Gracelyn, Nathan, Cayson and Jaydon; and many other relatives and friends.


Pallbearers: Keith Walls, Nicholas Swinea, Johnathon Swinea, Andrew Wilson, Colby Swinea and Jason Hadley. 

J.C. FIELDER

J.C. Fielder, 72, of Conroe, Texas passed away on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at home. He worked for Conroe Independent School District for 23 years. A Memorial Service will be held in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors, 1504 N. Thompson St., Conroe, Tx 77301 on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Mark Bradberry officiating. J.C. was born on March 7, 1945 in Canalou, Missouri to Marion L. Fielder and Bertha M. Williams Fielder.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Tressie Bailey and Emmer Calvert; brothers, Orville Fielder and Douglas Fielder. J.C. is survived by his loving family: wife, Sue Fielder; son, Jerry L. Fielder, Sr.; grandsons, Jerry L. Fielder, Jr. and Rod Fielder; brother, Gary Fielder; sister, Selmer Pulliam; brother-in-law, David McKown and wife, Donna; sister-in-law, Sharon Mitchell and husband, Sam; sister-in-law, Marilyn McKown; many nieces, nephews, other dear relatives and friends also survive. J.C. will be dearly missed.

VIRGINIA YVONNE JONES 

Virginia Yvonne Martin was born on September 23, 1943 in Texarkana, AR to Morris Parker and Virginia Dora (Haynes) Parker. She passed away peacefully on September 26, 2017 in Conroe, Texas.

Virginia was a loving, gracious and calm person who enjoyed life and was always there to brighten the lives of others. She was a "true lefty" that could create anything with her hands. There was nothing Virginia liked better than playing "trivia games" with her family and friends. (Of course, she always won!) She loved anything that would give her quality time with her family and friends.

Virginia was preceded in death by her sister, Patricia Smith and her niece, Amie Hurst.

She is survived by her loving family who adored her: daughter, Lisa Ellis Testa and husband and loving son-in-law, John Testa; son, Keith Ellis and wife, Karen; sister, Doris Odell McQueen and husband, Al McQueen; brother, Bobby Parker; grandchildren, Cindy Lemus, Kathy Duke, James Ellis, Jr. and granddogs, Charlee and Presley; seven great grandchildren as well as, a host of other dear family and friends that loved her dearly.

A Celebration of Virginia's life will be held on Monday, October 2, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at Conroe Heath Care Center with the Rev. Ray Hyden officiating.

GREGG ALLEN JONES

Memorial service for Gregg Allen Jones of The Woodlands, Texas will be held on Sunday, October 2, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with The Rev. Ray Hyden officiating. Gregg was born on October 5, 1956 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and passed away peacefully on September 27, 2017 at his home in The Woodlands. He was 60 years old. Gregg was a loving husband, brother, father and friend who will be dearly missed.

CHARLES EUGENE SARGENT

Graveside services for Charles Eugene Sargent of Conroe, Texas will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in Blue Springs cemetery in Etoile, Texas with military honors. The Rev. Ray Hyden will officiate. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Conroe Funeral Directors from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Mr. Sargent was born on March 23, 1926 in Etoile, Texas to James Eugene Sargent and Lydia Ophelia (Atkinson) Sargent. He passed away peacefully on September 17, 2017 in Conroe at the age of 91. Charles grew up in Etoile but over the years lived and raised his family in Houston and Conroe. Charles proudly served his country in the Army during World War II and was a Bronze star medal recipient (European Theater of Operations). He was a kind man. His soul was generous, and his heart was big. Charles was a good man who truly led by example. He lived a good life and his actions in life were truly inspiring. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, James and Lydia Sargent; brothers, James “Pete” Sargent, Lloyd “Curly” Sargent, Clinton “Mann” Sargent; and his daughter, Bonnie Rhodes. Charles is survived by his loving family: wife of 63 years, Rhama Ann Sargent; son, Bennie and wife, Kathy Whitworth; daughter, Linda and husband, Harold Carraway; son, Everett and wife, Cheryl Sargent; grandchildren, Don and wife, Wendy Sargent, Christy and husband, D.E. Tims, Nina Sargent, Amanda and husband, Cliff Baltrip and Chuck Carraway; numerous other grandchildren, great grandchildren, family and friends. Pallbearers: Roger Sargent, Harold Carraway, Chuck Carraway, D.E. Tims, Claude Williams and James Alvis. Honorary: Billy Goodwin, Kenny Jones and Jeff Sargent.

EVANGELINE ROSE JOHNSON

Funeral Services for Evangeline Rose Johnson of Conroe, Texas will be held on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints- Crighton Ward with Bishop Joshua Reade officiating. Interment will follow at Houston National Cemetery with full military honors. The family will receive friends at the church on Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Evangeline was born on April 30, 1963 in Upper Fruitland, New Mexico to Charley Frank and Marie Martinez. She passed away peacefully at her home in Conroe on September 15, 2017 at the age of 54.

Evangeline grew up in New Mexico where she graduated from Cirtland high school. She later proudly served our country in the Army where she served 10 years total duty; which included the National Guard and several active duties; one of them during Desert Storm. She was a lifetime member of the LDS Church where she was a primary teacher. Evangeline loved children and teaching the gospel. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her eight brothers and sisters, Willie Frank, Mary Frank, Charley Frank, Jr., Steven Frank, David B. Jansen, Harrison Frank, Nathaniel Frank, and Calvin Frank. Evangeline is survived by her loving family: husband of 24 years, Shane O. Johnson; daughters, Courtney R. Johnson and Marie Johnson and son, Samuel O. Johnson; brothers and sisters, Harry Harrison, Joe Harrison, Henry Frank, Rosie Decker, Rose Ann Kellywood, Ernest Frank, Darlene Frank and Dennison Frank. Numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews also survive. Pallbearers: Samuel Johnson, Nathan Yellowman, Arvin Hunt, Truman Emerson, Dakota Foster, Jesse H. Johnson, Jr. and Vincent Frank.

CLAUDIA MAE KING ELDERS 

Claudia Mae King Elders, 64, went to be with the Lord on August 23, 2017. Claudia was born January 25, 1953, to Jesse Floyd King and Dorothy Mae King in Amarillo, Texas. She was a 1971 graduate of Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena, Texas. Claudia met the love of her life, Dale Harding Elders, on a blind date in 1974, and the two have been inseparable ever since. They were married May 24, 1975, and together raised their two wonderful children near Montgomery, Texas. Claudia dedicated her life to her family and loved being involved in her children’s activities.

She served as a Girl Scout leader for a number of years, among other supportive roles. Claudia was a member of the Longmire Road Church of Christ and loved and served the Lord faithfully throughout her life on earth. Before her retirement Claudia worked as a substitute teacher, as a secretary for S&K Sales, and as a key punch operator for Good Pastures, Inc. and Sparkler Filters.

Claudia was preceded in death by her father, Jesse Floyd King, in 2013, and her mother, Dorothy Mae King, in 2015.Claudia will be sorely missed by her husband Dale Elders and their two children, Brian Paul Elders and wife Tina of Plano, Texas, and Audrey Kay Elders Prove and her husband Kenneth of Montgomery, Texas; her four precious grandchildren, Aislin Elders and Candler Elders of Plano, and Kyra Prove and Stella Prove of Montgomery; one sister, Connie King Fair and husband Jerry of Montgomery, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Lisa McFerrin and husband Earl of Moran, Texas, and Patsy Elders of Norman, Oklahoma, and a number of nieces and nephews and other family members as well as many beloved friends.

Services honoring the life of our beloved Claudia will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, September 2, 2017, at the Longmire Road Church of Christ. Interment will follow in New Montgomery cemetery. Services will be preceded by visitation of friends and family at 1:00 pm, under the direction of Conroe Funeral Directors.


Many have asked us in lieu of flowers what could be given. God and her families' spiritual life was always so important to her. In addition to Godly desires, Claudia had food allergies as well as some of her grandchildren, one with anaphylactic reactions. The family would appreciate donations to go towards one of the following:


* Youth fund at the Longmire Road church of Christ

200 Longmire Road, Conroe, TX 77304


* Youth fund at Plano East church of Christ

3939 Merriman Drive, Plano, TX 75074


* F.A.R.E. (Food Allergy Research & Education)

https://secure2.convio.net/fare/site/Donation2… (recipient name would be Dale for record keeping purposes)

KAMERON DOUGLAS HUTCHINS

Kameron Douglas Hutchins was born on November 3, 1961, in Conroe, Texas, to Dr. Melvin Goodrich Hutchins and Robbie Kathryn (Edwards) Hutchins. Kam was one of eight beautiful children of this union. He and his family are longtime residents of Conroe, where they unselfishly give of themselves to their community and church.

Kam passed away peacefully with family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at his home in Conroe. Kam was 55 years old. He graduated from Conroe High School, where he played football for the Conroe Tigers and served as student body president, in 1981.Kam graduated from Texas A&M University in 1984 with a degree in Agricultural Economics.

He went on to receive two master’s degrees in Educational Technology and Administration. Kam taught in Conroe ISD and made a huge, positive impact on the lives of many at-risk students and families in the community. From 1998 to 2002, Kam and his wife, Vickie, spent time teaching in Venezuela and Taiwan (Republic of China). He and the love of his life, Vickie, were married on January 2, 1988. They shared 30 wonderful years and had two beautiful children, Harrison and Hannah. Kam, being a strong city, county, and state conservative and political activist and supporter all his life, loved helping his college classmate, Todd Staples, in his Senate campaign. He also enjoyed working alongside his brother at “Exercise Defined” in Conroe, where they helped many individuals find health and fitness.

Kam was an intelligent, thoughtful, hardworking man with a love of knowledge, history, and words…but also a practical, down-to-earth man. He took great pride in stories about his family and heritage. Even as he was fighting cancer with more strength and courage and honesty than anyone can imagine, Kam often positively spoke about how he could make our world a better place. His love for the Lord and his family was strong.

Kam was preceded in death by his brother, Kyle, in 1977 and his father, Dr. Hutchins, in 1994. He is survived by his loving family: wife of 30 years, Vickie Ocker Hutchins, of Conroe and their two dear children, Harrison and Hannah Hutchins; mother, Robbie Hutchins, of Conroe; brothers and sisters, Ken Hutchins and wife, Brenda, of Conroe; Kathy Daniel and husband, Bob, of Conroe; Karen Roberts and husband, Mark, of Dallas; Keven Hutchins and wife, Rhonda, of West Virginia; Kelly Hutchins and wife, Lisa, of Conroe; and Karl Hutchins and wife, Sharon, of Conroe; uncle, Robert Hutchins, and wife, Pam; nieces and nephews, Leslie Newman, and husband, Tim; Clifton Roberts; Bronwen Roberts; Aubrey Hutchins; Stephanie Bess and husband, Matt; Ryan Hutchins and wife, Taylor; Mason Hutchins; Bay Hutchins; numerous other dear family members, and a host of caring friends.

Kam would like to send a heartfelt thanks to these special people, caregivers, and organizations who helped care for him physically and spiritually: Dr. Bill Quinn, his wife, and staff; Dr. Jeremy Laningham and staff; the team of nurses at Millennium Oncology; caregivers at Heart to Heart Hospice; Dr. Jean Stewart and her team of special angels; all of his Conroe Tiger teammates; Roger Holtkamp and family; JoAnn Beken; Hauke High School faculty;

Gale Drummond; Angels in Action(Coldspring); Marianne Walters; Kam’s Krusaders (Melanie Schoettle and Nathan Arrazate); Duke Coon; Todd Staples; Keith Cartwright; and Bill Chilcoat. He would also like to thank his loving church family and Sunday school class friends (Pairs and Spares and New Passages) at First United Methodist Church of Conroe and his work partners: brother, Ken Hutchins, Steve Kasmiersky, Missy Fletcher, Marilyn Moore, and Judy Robert for keeping his spirits high. Last, but not least, a loving thanks to his whole family for all their love and support and especially to Vickie, Mark, Karl, Kathy, Bob, and Kelly for their help with his care and doctor visits.

A Celebration of Kam's life was held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church of Conroe with the Rev. Mary Tumulty and the Rev. Janet Stillwell officiating. 

MARCELINE IRENE ADAIR

A Mass of Christian Burial for Marceline Irene Adair, 56, of Cleveland, Texas will be held on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe, Texas. Fr. Emmanuel Akpaidem, MSP will officiate. Interment will follow in Conroe Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 17, 2017 from 5:30-8:00 P.M. at Conroe Funeral Directors.

Marceline was born on December 28, 1960 in Conroe, Texas to Donald Ray Adair and Sonja Georgene (Meeks) Adair. She passed away on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at her home in Cleveland, Texas. Marceline was a 1979 Conroe High School graduate and was a dental assistant for many years. Her sweet smile and kind disposition will be greatly missed.

Marceline was preceded in death by her father, Donald and her sister, Sonja. She is survived by her loving family: mother and stepfather, Sonja and Maurice Saroni; her daughter, Kimberly Adair; brother, Donald Ray Adair; grandchildren, Francesca Frisina, Justine Frisina and Chloe Frisina; great grandchildren, Dominic Woods and Jade Blair; other dear family members and friends also survive.

RUTH MARENE HOLLIDAY

Funeral Services for Ruth Marene Holliday, former longtime resident of Conroe, Texas will be held on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Pastor Ed Greenstein officiating. Interment will follow at Houston National Cemetery at 1:00 P.M. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, August 7, 2017 from 5:00 P.M until 8:00 P.M. Mrs. Holliday passed away peacefully at the age of 91 at home in Hockley, TX on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Ruth was born an identical twin and one of eleven children on April 7, 1926 in Weeks, Arkansas. She was born to Noah Clarence Mitchell and Zora Arnona (Swiney) Mitchell who were hard working migrant farmers. Ruth’s big family moved to California during her childhood years where Ruth graduated from Reedley High School in Reedley, Ca. She and her husband, Robert were pen pals during World War II which lead them to marriage. They were married in Texas and raised five children. They ran a successful Tile Company for over 41 years starting in North Houston and then moving to Conroe in 1968 where they eventually retired. Ruth was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 62 years, Robert Lee Holliday, Jr; son, Larry Dale Holliday, Sr.; grandson, Clint Michael Holliday; brothers, Jimmy Mitchell, John Mitchell, Samuel Dawson Mitchell and Jack Mitchell; sisters, Magdalene Crawford and Georgia Mae Ingle. She is survived by her loving family: children and their spouses: Patricia Ann and Jerry Goodman, Roberta and Benny Hodges, Michael Lee and Trisha Holliday, and April and Galen “Mac” McMahan; sisters, (twin) Ruby Irene Lloyd and Joy Geier; brothers and their spouses, Lloyd and Marty Mitchell and Don and Janice Mitchell; seventeen grandchildren and twenty-six great grandchildren; numerous other dear relative and friends also survive. She was a kind, loving woman who always cared for others and will be dearly missed Mrs. Holliday passed away peacefully at the age of 91 at home in Hockley, TX on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Ruth was born an identical twin and one of eleven children on April 7, 1926 in Weeks, Arkansas. She was born to Noah Clarence Mitchell and Zora Arnona (Swiney) Mitchell who were hard working migrant farmers. Ruth’s big family moved to California during her childhood years where Ruth graduated from Reedley High School in Reedley, Ca. She and her husband, Robert were pen pals during World War II which lead them to marriage. They were married in Texas and raised five children. They ran a successful Tile Company for over 41 years starting in North Houston and then moving to Conroe in 1968 where they eventually retired. Ruth was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 62 years, Robert Lee Holliday, Jr; son, Larry Dale Holliday, Sr.; grandson, Clint Michael Holliday; brothers, Jimmy Mitchell, John Mitchell, Samuel Dawson Mitchell and Jack Mitchell; sisters, Magdalene Crawford and Georgia Mae Ingle. She is survived by her loving family: children and their spouses: Patricia Ann and Jerry Goodman, Roberta and Benny Hodges, Michael Lee and Trisha Holliday, and April and Galen “Mac” McMahan; sisters, (twin) Ruby Irene Lloyd and Joy Geier; brothers and their spouses, Lloyd and Marty Mitchell and Don and Janice Mitchell; seventeen grandchildren and twenty-six great grandchildren; numerous other dear relative and friends also survive. She was a kind, loving woman who always cared for others and will be dearly missed. Pallbearers: Larry Holliday, Rayford Lucas, Jerry Holliday, Dennis Holliday, Johnathan McMahan, Jacob McMahan, Tyler Holliday and Cade Holliday. Honorary Pallbearers: Edward Lucas, Justin Holliday, Cody Holliday, Benny “Scooter” Hodges, Jerry Goodman, Benny F. Hodges, Galen “Mac” McMahan.

GERALD ROBERT HALL

In Loving Memory of Gerald Robert Hall, 74, of Conroe, Texas who passed away on Friday, July 28, 2017. Gerald was born on March 16, 1943 in Quincy, Illinois. He proudly served his country in the Army. Gerald is survived by his loving family: beloved wife, Linda Hall; son, Gerald Hall, Jr. and wife, Debra; sisters, Janet Mysinger and husband, Raymond; Kay Cobb and husband, Buddy and Mary Owens and husband, Jerry; grandchildren, Robert Lucas Hall, Felicia Wessel and Brandon Bruton; other dear relatives and friends also survive. He will be dearly missed.

PATRICK BENNETT CRANE

Patrick Bennett Crane, Sr. of Montgomery Texas, peacefully left this world on July 17, 2017. Patrick was born February 19, 1939, in Houston, Texas. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Dale Buckalew Crane of Conroe, Texas; sister: Courtenay Crane Cross; daughters: Callie Mason and Sean Crane; son: Patrick Crane, Jr.; Dale’s children: Debbie Buckalew Campbell, Don Buckalew Jr., Denny Buckalew and Deann Alger; grandchildren: Kyle Mason, Kaylie Mason, Dylan Konen and Allison Cooper; great grandchildren: Mackenzie Sedgebeer, Colton Cooper and Mackenzie Cooper; nieces, nephews, cousins, and beloved friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Tommie Carpenter Crane; parents, James Crane and Faye Patrick Crane, and by his brother, Joseph Crane.

Patrick grew up in Conroe, Texas and graduated from Conroe High School in 1957. After high school, he attended the University of Texas where he majored in history, graduating in 1962. He remained an avid Longhorn fan often wearing the burnt orange with pride. Patrick was a very proud Texan and cherished his years growing up in Conroe and he kept in contact with many of his childhood friends. Patrick was employed for 22 years at Trade-Rite Appliance and was the owner and operator of Hi-Tec Amusement for 8 years.

Patrick and Dale married September 21, 1990. They lived in Conroe, Texas before settling in Montgomery, Texas and Soldotna, Alaska where they split their time for many years. Patrick and Dale enjoyed traveling and spent many days traveling across the United States. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved nature, fishing and hunting. He was also an avid spectator of sports, especially, baseball, football, basketball and golf. Patrick also enjoyed reading and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank his daily caregivers at Plantation Assisted living for all the gentle and loving care he received. In addition, the family thanks Nurse Nicole and the entire staff of Texas Elite Hospice for the attentive care they provided Patrick during the last several months.

Patrick can be best remembered for enjoying the great outdoors, like bass fishing on Lake Conroe or salmon fishing from the banks of the Kenai River.

A memorial celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 2 p.m. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors, located at 1504 N Thompson St, Conroe, TX 77301. The Rev. Ray Hyden will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either the American Cancer Society at https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate/ or by mail at American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Conroe 2727 N. Loop 336 W, Conroe, TX 77304. 

JOHN ERKEL MOBLEY, SR.

n Loving Memory of John Erkel Mobley, Jr. who passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 peacefully at his home in Port Arthur, Texas. He was 92 years of age. John was born on June 26, 1925 in Vinton, Louisiana to John Erkel Mobley, Sr. and Rose Elizabeth (Sweeney) Mobley. John worked at DuPont in Beaumont and surrounding areas as a superintendent for many years. He was a loving husband and father who will be greatly missed. John was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marilyn; his brother, George Mobley and his dear son, Jesse Mobley. He is survived by his loving family: sons, John E. Mobley, III and wife, Suzanne and James Mobley; sisters, Mildred Pfluger, Connie Wade and June Dennis and husband, Joe; daughter-in-law, Catherine Mobley; longtime family friend, JoAnn Richards. He will be laid to rest next to his wife, Marilyn in Port Neches Cemetery. The ceremony will be private. 

VIRGIL RICHARD MAYES-Beloved friend of The Powell's

uneral Services for Virgil Richard Mayes of Rhome, Texas, formerly of Conroe, Texas will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Ray Hyden officiating. Interment will follow at Houston National Cemetery at 1:30 P.M. with full military honors. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Virgil was born on June 23, 1945 in Evansville, Indiana to William Thomas Mayes and Margaret Ellen (Willyard) Mayes. He passed away peacefully at the age of 72 on Thursday, July 13, 2017 in Decatur, Texas with his family by his side. Virgil was a devoted and beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend. Above all, time spent with family is what he treasured the most. He will be dearly missed.

Virgil was preceded in death by his parents; William and Margaret Mayes and his siblings, Joe Mayes, Buddy Mayes, Forest Mayes, Steve Mayes and Mandy Morris.

He is survived by his loving family; wife of 52 years, Sarah Mayes; children, Sidney Mayes; Candy and husband, Ryan Frost, Robert Mayes and wife, Michelle, Richard (Virgil) Mayes, and David Mayes and wife, Heather; sister, Sarah Bryski and husband, Ron; brothers, John Mayes and wife, Clara and Sherman Mayes; Grandchildren, Robbie Mayes, Casey Gaskins , Randall Mayes, Ryan Mayes, Ty Gaskins, Rachel Mayes, Andrew Mayes, Amber Mayes, Devin Mayes, Chris Mayes, Heidi Mayes, Katie Mayes and Kyle Mayes. Virgil is also survived by numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other caring family members and friends. Pallbearers: Casey Gaskins, Ty Gaskins, Robbie Mayes, Randall Mayes, Eugene Lutz, and J.T. Mayes. 

VIRGINIA D. CONATSER

uneral services for Virginia D. Conatser of Conroe, Texas will be held on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Pastor Ronnie Davis and Pastor Donald Duke officiating. Interment will follow in Garden Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday from 8:30 A.M. until 10:00 A.M. in The Chapel.

Virginia was born on January 21, 1939 in Odessa, Texas to Roland and Louise Maggie (Jones) Allbright. Both her parents preceded her in death. Virginia passed away peacefully on July 13, 2017 at her home with family by her side. She was 78 years of age.

Virginia spent many years as a licensed beautician running and owning her beauty shop in New Caney, TX. Being quite the entrepreneur that she was: Virginia then opened up an upholstery store, “LaFont Upholstery and Drapes” in Conroe. She ran this business successfully and with much talent for many years before being recruited by CISD to teach an Upholstery shop class. Virginia spent 10 years teaching at Conroe High before retiring. She and her beloved husband, Kenneth spent 11 years building their dream home together with their own hands. Virginia was an accomplished artist and loved creating portraits, many of them hang in their home today.

Her sweet smile and loving disposition will be greatly missed. Virginia was dearly loved by many.

She is survived by her loving family; husband, Kenneth Conatser; sons, Richard Gene LaFont and wife, Tonia, Rodney Earl LaFont and Michael Byron LaFont; brother, Cecil Allbright and wife, Jan; numerous dear grandchildren and great grandchildren; and special friend, Mary Seibert. Virginia is also survived by other dear family members as well as, a host of loving and caring friends.

The family would like to send a heartfelt thanks to TriCare Hospice for all their care and support.

Pallbearers: Richard LaFont, Rodney LaFont, Michael LaFont, Casey Conatser, Joe Kubin and Lance Molchan. Honorary pallbearers: Allan Kingsbury, Russell Skinner, Gordon Skinner, Danny Rupert and Duke Jeffers. 

BERTHA MAE BURSON

Bertha Mae Burson received her wings on July 8, 2017 in Conroe, TX while surrounded by family and was reunited with the love of her life, Harold lee Burson Sr. along with all of her children, Wendy Snipes, Michael Brown, Glenda Diane Cox, Harold Burson Jr., and Connie Davis. Bertha was born to George & Mae Stowe on September 15, 1938 in a Willis TX. Through cooking, gardening, feeding & flourishing Bertha created a beautiful life with strong roots for friends & family.

She is survived by her daughter, Melissa and fiancée Barry, her son, Mike Davis, her brother, Buddy and Pat Stowe and her sister, Lynn and John Hastings, as well as her beloved grandchildren: Angela Nabors, Shannon Petillon, Heather Smallwood, Chris Cox, Candace Boggs, Michael Brown, Dwayne Acree Jr., Spring, Kasi and Zachary Davis, Desteney, Megan and Eric Burson and many great and great-great grandchildren whom she loved dearly. Known as "Granny" to many, we invite you to celebrate her life on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Ray Hyden officiating. Interment will follow in Dry Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 9-11 Am (two hours prior) to the service in The Chapel.

VANNASSA W. ACREMAN

Funeral service for Vannassa W. Acreman of Conroe, Texas will be held on Monday, June 26, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at New Caney Apostolic Church with Bishop Dennis Clark and Pastor Joshua Cathey officiating. Interment will follow at Morgan Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Conroe Funeral Directors on Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Vannassa was born on August 10, 1960 in Houston, Texas to Floyd L. Willingham and Erma (Alexander) Willingham. She passed away on June 18, 2017 in New Mexico at the age of 56.

Vannassa was preceded in death by her parents Floyd and Erma Willingham and her brother, Thomas Willingham. She is survived by her loving family: husband of 18 years, Gary Acreman; children, Nathan Acreman, Gayla Payne, Sheena Acreman, Jessica Acreman, Amy Phillips, and Eric Acreman; grandchildren, Chastity, Autumn, Ethan, Olivia, Teagan, Lane and Ryder; brothers, Dennis Willingham and wife, Donna and Colland Willingham; sisters, Carolyn Lockhart, Anna Snow and husband, Gregory and Barbara Willingham; numerous other dear family and friends also survive. Pallbearers: Eric Acreman, Tony Willingham, Clay Anderson, Trey Coile, Eric Payne and Steve Abrams.

CATHY C. WEAVER

Cathy C. Weaver of Conroe, Texas passed away after a long, courageous battle and left us at home in peace on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at the age of 50. Visitation for Cathy will be held on Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Conroe Funeral Directors.

Cathy was born on November 6, 1966 in Brownsborough, Texas. She adored her family and loved spending time with her precious grandchildren. She also enjoyed gardening in her flower beds. Cathy's sweet smile and kindness will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her loving family; husband, Randy C. Weaver, Sr; parents. Randall and Donna Weaver; children, Michael Jackson, Kenneth Jackson and wife, Sarah, David Jackson and partner, Andi Newman, Randy Weaver, Jr., and Crystal King; brothers and sisters, Billy Miller, Shirley Coker, Theresa Featherston and Johnny Miller; numerous grandchildren, other relatives and friends also survive.  

JANE LLOYD MYRICK

Jane Lloyd Myrick, born October 24, 1931, passed away peacefully in Conroe, Texas surrounded by her family. She was born in Alice, Texas and graduated from high school in Alice in 1949, then attended Baylor University. Jane L. Myrick and her husband, Ralph Myrick, moved to Conroe in 1977 where she was secretary of Public Works for the City of Conroe and then Director to the Montgomery County of Board of Realtors. They were active in the Friends of Conroe and enjoyed camping and spending time with friends and family.Jane was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Ralph Myrick.

She is survived by her loving family: Children Michelle Mihalko and husband, Matt, Eddie Myrick and wife, Melinda, Marsha Stevenson and husband, Billy, and Keith Myrick and wife, Missy. Her grandchildren: Kimberly Nelson and husband, Jason and great-grandchild Reese, William Stevenson, Madison Myrick, Kendall Myrick, Debbie Blalock with her children Brenna, Bo and Brayton and Stephanie and Mike Doolan with their children Ben and Savannah and other dear relatives and their families.

Funeral services will be held in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. Ray Hyden will officiate. A private interment will be held at Houston National Cemetery.   

TERESA ANN HORTON

In Loving Memory of Teresa Ann Horton of Huntsville, Texas who passed away on May 19, 2017 in Conroe, Texas. Teresa was born on March 6, 1950 in Bedford, Indiana to Herbert W. Gorbett and Maralyn O. (Holsapple) Gorbett. She passed away peacefully at the age of 67. Teresa is survived by many loving family members and friends.

CLARA HATTIE (PALUCH) CASH

Funeral Services for Clara Hattie (Paluch) Cash will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 2:00 P.M at Brookside Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Ray Hyden officiating. Clara was born on March 17, 1929 in Angelica, Wisconsin to Peter Paluch and Frances (Konczal) Paluch. She passed away at the age of 88 in Houston, Texas on May 29, 2017. Clara married the love of her life, Bill Gene Cash on November 11, 1949. They enjoyed life for 64 years together before his passing in 2013. Clara worked for Southwestern Bell until the birth of her two girls and then became a stay-home mother. While at home she took up quilting, sewing and crocheting and became quite good at all three.

Clara was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Gene Cash. She is survived by her loving family: daughters, Mary Beckman and Marcia LaMarche and husband, Al; grandchildren, Autumn Beckman, Anessa Swonke, Ashley Ballou and husband, John, Emily Lloyd and husband, Raymond, Adam Swonke and wife, Courtney; great grandchildren, Hunter and Cody McClelland, Mylanah and Haevyn Mangrum; sister, Phyllis Streckenbach and husband, Leland; brother-in-law, James Cash; other dear relatives and friends also survive.  

CHARLES ARTHUR KENT 

Funeral Services for Charles Arthur Kent of Willis, Texas will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Pastor Ron Bates officiating. Interment will be held at Ebony Grove Cemetery in Mercedes, Texas. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday beginning at 1:00 P.M. Charles was born on February 3, 1935 in Bald Prairie, Texas to Duncan Cameral Kent and Bertha (Neagle) Kent. He passed away peacefully on May 23, 2017 at his residence in Willis, Texas at the age of 82. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Duncan and Bertha Kent; his sisters, Etta Faye Gardner and Myrna Loy Reese; his son, Charles Wayne Kent and his daughter, Sharon June Kent Cecil.

Charles is survived by his loving wife, San Juanita Cavazos Kent; children, Terry Chapman, Vicky Kent-Polk and husband, Kenneth and Rodney Alan Kent; brother, Cam Wayne Kent; sisters, Dorothy S. Baca and husband, Leonard and Earline Goeth and husband, Robert; numerous other dear relatives and friends also survive.  

MATTHEW LYNN BURKS

Memorial service for Matthew Lynn Burks of Conroe, Texas will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Pastor Vance Letbetter officiating. Full military honor guard presentation by the Conroe VFW 4709 will be rendered in Matt's honor.

Matt was born on July 14, 1988 in Conroe, Texas and passed away on May 22, 2017 at his home in Conroe at the age of 28.

After graduating from Willis High School in 2006, Matt joined the Marines for 5 years. 

He spent time in Iraq and Afghanistan during his service to our nation and was honorably discharged as Sgt. Matt went on to graduate from Concordia University in Austin in 2015 with a BA degree. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.

Matt was preceded in death by his grandfather, Clyde Letbetter and his father, Stanley Burks. He is survived by his loving family; mother, Lisa Burks; twin brother, Michael Burks and fiancé, Hannah Stephens; brother, Joseph Burks and Megan Henry; sister, Laura Burks; maternal grandparents, Laura Beth and Charles Porter; paternal grandparents, Fay and Virgil Martel; numerous other dear relatives and friends also survive. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to: PTSD research. Please see www.ptsd.va.gov for information. 

MARY GARZA

Memorial Service for Mary Garza of The Woodlands, Texas will be held on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with Pastor Shannon Bowdoin officiating. A private burial will be held at a later date. Mary was born on August 2, 1934 in DeWalt, Texas to Manuel Mireles Garza and Juanita Montoya Garza. She passed away peacefully on May 21, 2017 at her home in The Woodlands at the age of 82.

Mary loved family get-togethers; any chance to spend time with her family was important to her. She especially loved singing, dancing and listening to Trio music. This brought her much happiness. Her signature gift of joy, shown through her constant smiling, laughter, and love will never be forgotten. Mary’s favorite place to visit was Corpus Christi, Texas where she had many cherished memories over the years. Our mother, aunt and grandmother will be missed by all that knew and loved her.

Mary was preceded in death by her daughters, Marcella Hernandez and Graciella Reyna. She is survived by her loving family: Daughter and son-in-law, Virginia Russell and Ben; Son and daughter-in-law, Ruben Garza and wife, D’Anna; and Daughter, Lulu Chapa and husband, Rick; grandchildren, Carrie Garza, Christy Gonzales, Ruben Garza III, Jeremiah Garza, Patrick Garza, Ronnie Fullen, Elizabeth Garza, Erik Garza, Santos Reyna, Jr. Joanna Reyna, Paul Reyna, Marcus Reyna, and Joseph Reyna; numerous loving great grandchildren; as well as, a host of many beloved nieces and nephews and friends also survive. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to: St. Jude's Hospital or to the American Heart Association. 

ALINE TAYLOR WAGNER

Funeral services for Aline Taylor Wagner of The Woodlands,Texas will be held on Sunday, May 7th, 2017 at 2:00 P.M.at the United Methodist Church in Como, MS with the Rev. Phillip Denman officiating. Interment will follow in Friendship Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Ray Nowell Funeral home Chapel in Senatobia, MS. on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Mrs. Wagner was born on October 2, 1921 in Como, Mississippi to Thomas Shelton Taylor and Mary Agnes (Sherman) Taylor. She passed away peacefully on April 25, 2017 at her residence in The Woodlands, Texas. She was 95 years old.

JAMES WARREN COOK

Funeral services for James Warren Cook, of Conroe will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Ray Hyden officiating. Interment will be held on Monday, May 1, 2017 at Wortham Cemetery in Wortham, Texas under the direction of Conroe Funeral Directors. James Warren Cook was born to Annie Myrle (Peyton) and Roy “Pete” Heywood Cook on September 19, 1939 in Dallas, Texas. He passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at home with his family by his side.

Jimmy as he was called, contracted Polio at an early age, and on the advice of the family doctor, Pete and Myrle moved Jimmy and his younger brother, Curtis Paul, to Wilson County, Texas.

In 1958, Jimmy married Alice Jean (Bitty) Reeves. To this union, three children were born: Robert Earl, Teresa Ann and Christopher Lynn.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, Pete and Myrle; a sister Nancy Patterson and a brother, Curtis Paul Cook and his wife, Joy and their daughter, Sandra. Jimmy has resided in Conroe for the past several years. For the last nine years, he has shared his life with Katherine Ann Cole Blackstock.

Jimmy is survived by his partner, Katherine; his son, Robert Earl Cook and his wife Jessie of Rye, Colorado; daughter, Teresa Ann Cook of Conroe, son, Christopher Lynn Cook and his wife, Anissa of Conroe, and their mother Bitty; sister, Nelda Cook Hoefelmeyer and her husband, Carl; brother, Horace Dale Cook and his wife, Nancy; one grandson, Roy Austin Lum and his wife, Courtney, one granddaughter, Rebecca Rose; and two great-grandsons, Cyle and Caleb; and his nephews and nieces, Mark Cook, Kevin Patterson, Danny Cook, William Hoefelmeyer, Karla Blackstock and Deanna Snow, along with several great-nieces and nephews.

Jimmy lived a full life as a welder, fabricator and small business owner. For over thirty years Jimmy was very active in the shooting industry. Twenty of those years were spent with his family running BC Gun Shop in Cleveland, Texas. His family was always deeply involved in his enterprises. His faith in our Lord was strong, believing in God's Easter promise of life eternal with God in Heaven.

He will be missed on earth. We love you, Father, Poppa, Pop, Jim, Jimmy, and Uncle Jimmy. Honorary Pallbearers: Al Hauke, Joel Gates, Paul Greger and Billy Williams.

HECTOR GAONA

Funeral Service for Hector Gaona, 50, of Conroe, Texas will be held on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Ray Hyden officiating. Hector was born on October 16, 1966 to Victor and Clara (Gomez) Gaona. He passed away on April 25, 2017 in Conroe, Texas. Victor is survived by his loving family: Sisters: Maria Arroyo, Josefat Arroyo, Selene Arroyo, and Andrea Arroyo; Children, John Chavarria, Israel Arroyo, Victor Arroyo, Natali Sykes, Viannet Arroyo, and Marco Arroyo; and his wife, Margarita Martinez; numerous other relatives and dear friends also survive. Hector was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.

Eva Lena Atkinson

Funeral service for Eva Lena Atkinson of Conroe, Texas will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors at 10:30 A.M. with Chaplain Marty Ballesteros officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.

Mrs. Atkinson was born on September 5, 1924 in Tyler, Texas to John H. and Mary Eva (Kiker) Humphreys. She passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 at her home in Conroe. Eva was 92 years of age. She was a kind loving mother, sister, grandmother and friend who will be dearly missed.  

Eva was preceded in death by her daughter, Sondra Lee; sisters, Mary Ruth, Vera May and Bonnie Veleta; son-in-law, Charles Rayford. She is survived by her loving family: daughters, Peggy Ann Moore and Richalene Murphy; seven grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends also survive.


The family would like to thank Traditions Hospice for all their kindness and support throughout this difficult time.  

MONTY RAY KOERNER

A Celebration of Life will be held for Monty Ray Koerner, age 76 of Conroe, Texas, on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Steve Yates officiating. Interment will follow in Conroe Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 5:00 P.M until 7:00 P.M.

Monty Ray Koerner was born April 29, 1940 in Austin, Texas and passed away on Monday, April 17, 2017 in Conroe, Texas. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He worked as Campus Security at the University of Texas before moving to Conroe in 1966 to join the Conroe Police Department and later Montgomery County Sheriff Department. 

After retirement, he became involved with the Montgomery County Christians Against Substance Abuse and enjoyed prison ministry for 12 years through Conroe Church of Christ where he was a member since 1970. Monty was a great lover of all outdoor activity. His favorite place was the coast.

Monty was preceded in death by his parents: Edmon Koerner and Elna Wisian Koerner of Austin, TX. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Nancy Vaught Koerner; two sons, Tom L. Koerner and fiance’, Leslie Booher Cuccia of Montgomery, Texas and Monty Kyle Koerner and wife Sharon Green Koerner of Tyler, Texas; one grandson, Jacob Ray Koerner of Conroe, Texas; four step grandchildren, Thomas Cuccia of Midland, TX., Jacob and McKay Cuccia of Montgomery, TX and Hailey Thomas of Groceville, TX. One great granddaughter, Tommie Kaylynn Koerner of Conroe, TX; sister, Anita Koerner Baldridge of Lockhart, TX; brother-in-law, Neal Vaught and wife, Helen Williams Vaught of Gretna, LA; three sisters-in-law, Maynelle Vaught Pruett of Conroe, TX, Noressa Vaught Bull of Montgomery, TX and Charlotte Vaught Perkins and husband, Ronnie Joe Perkins of Conroe, TX. He is also survived by many nephews, nieces, extended family and friends. Pallbearers: grandson, Jacob Ray Koerner, step grandson, Jacob Cuccia, nephews, Charles Lee Hereford, Gary Lynn Hereford, James Neal Bull and Charles Kevin Bull.


In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Conroe Church of Christ Share the Vision Building Fund, Family Promise or Montgomery County CASA through Conroe Church of Christ, 1860 Longmire Rd, Conroe, Tx 77304.

JEDEDIAH MICHAEL HUMPHREYS

uneral Service for Jedediah Michael Humphreys, 20, of Houston, Texas will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Phillip Wilhite officiating. Jed was born on October 3, 1996 to Michael Steven McDonald and Lisa Renee Humphreys. He passed away on March 23, 2017 in Houston, Texas. He was preceded in death by his uncle, Eric Berg Humphreys. Jed is survived by his loving family: parents, Michael Steven McDonald and Lisa Renee Humphreys; grandparents, Earle and Nicette Humphreys; grandmother, Winnie Humphreys; great grandmother, Jean Humphreys; uncles, Michael Cardosi and Kelly Humphreys; aunts, Nicole Humphreys Amezola, Pamela King, Judy Harris, Linda Nelson and Wendy Wagner; cousins, Tristen Humphreys Cardosi, Makai Amezola and Bella Amezola and Zach Humphreys; numerous other relatives and dear friends also survive. Jed was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.

WILLIAM MCCARGO BARNES

William "Bill" McCargo Barnes, 87, was born on June 10, 1929 and passed away peacefully with family by his side on April 12, 2017.

Bill was well known for his quick wit, sharp mind, deep compassion, and devotion to his family and friends. He was an accomplished writer and loved sharing critiques with fellow authors. His letters-to-the-editor on political topics are legendary.

Bill earned his degree in Petroleum Geology from Sul Ross University. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served 2 years in the Counter Intelligence Corps in San Antonio, TX. After his military service, he started his career in Geology with Stanolind Oil and Gas in Midland, TX. His career took him to several cities in Texas for Pan American, Amoco, Mitchell Energy, Westland Oil, and he eventually formed his own company in 1980. Those in the oil industry respected him as a brilliant and honorable geologist, and he was still actively involved in the field at the end of his life.

Bill was preceded in death by his mother and father, Thelma and William Turner Barnes. He is survived by his beloved wife Margaret, with whom he shared an extraordinary 61 year marriage; his daughter Libbie Vaughan, son-in-law Glenn Vaughan and grandsons Jackson and Cameron Vaughan of Missouri City, TX; and nieces Gail Bradley of Dallas, TX and Phyllis Miles of Pearland, TX.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 14 at 11:00am at Conroe Funeral Directors Chapel, 1504 North Thompson St., Conroe, TX, with a viewing at 10:00am and interment at Forest Park Cemetery in the Woodlands at 12:30pm.Bill's family would like to thank Seasons Hospice for their loving care as he made his transition.

MARILYN WHITE PHILLIPS

CONROE, TX – Marilyn White Phillips, 91, passed away Thursday, April 6, following a brief illness. Born in Mexia on Feb. 25, 1926, Marilyn was the only child of Mary Elenor McKenzie and William Mack White.


A graduate of Mexia High School and the University of Texas in Austin, Marilyn taught school in San Antonio before marrying her childhood sweetheart, Thomas Albert Phillips, in Mexia on Jan. 26, 1952. For the next 31 years, Marilyn was her husband’s faithful and fearless help-mate as his career with the US Air Force took them from base to base across the country.

In 1978 Marilyn and Tom chose Conroe to spend their retirement years where she was an active member of Beta Delta Women’s Sorority, the Thomas Jefferson Stubbs Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Coushatti Trace Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Judge Nathaniel H. Davis Chapter of Daughters of the Republic of Texas. As an alumna of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, Marilyn also enjoyed many years of service as the Panhellenic Advisor for Montgomery County which garnered her a national award of recognition by her sorority. She was also very active in local, state and national politics as a contributor and volunteer for numerous campaigns and the Montgomery County Republican Party where she served as a delegate for several State Party Conventions.


Marilyn was also a proud member of the Texas Ex Students Association, becoming an annual foundation donor and enjoying many years of attending Texas Longhorn football games.


Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, Tom, and her son, Thomas Mack Phillips. She is survived by her two sons, Hon. M. Lance Phillips and wife Jan S. Phillips of Mexia, and Mark McKenzie Phillips and wife Meredith Y. Phillips of Conroe. Her grandchildren are Brady Phillips Lehmann and husband Corey Lehmann of Kerrville, Thomas Chase Phillips of Kerrville, Thomas Drew Phillips of Austin and Austin McKenzie Phillips of Conroe.


A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Conroe at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12. Interment will be at the Mexia Cemetery in Mexia. A graveside service will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 14.

JAMES ROBERT LOWE, JR.

Funeral Service for James Robert Lowe, Jr. of Cleveland, Texas will be held on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 2:00 P.M in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with full military honors. The Rev. Ray Hyden will officiate the service. 

Visitation will be held in The Chapel one hour prior to the funeral service. Mr. Lowe was born on October 16, 1938 in Corpus Christi, Texas to James Robert Lowe, Sr and Zella Inez (Avant) Lowe. James passed away peacefully on March 30, 2017 in Conroe with his wife by his side.

James proudly served his country in the Army from 1956 until 1962. After serving in the military, he began working for Trinity Construction where he stayed for many years before retirement. After a short time of retirement, James went back to work; this time for Harris County- Road and Bridge Division and stayed there for many years before retiring again. Throughout his life, James enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and raising cows. Gardening was one of his favorite past times after his retirement and tomatoes were his specialty. James was a loving man who was an excellent provider for his family. His love and kindness will be dearly missed.


James was preceded in death by his brother, John E. Lowe and his parents, James R. Lowe, Sr. and Zella I. Lowe. He is survived by his loving family: wife of 51 years, Rosa F. Lowe of Cleveland, Tx; sons, Jimmy F. Lowe and wife, Deb of Houston, Tx and Bobby E. Lowe of Houston, Tx; brother, Bud Lowe of Colorado; sister, Kathy Baker and husband, Don of Oklahoma; grandchildren, Ryan Lowe and wife, Melissa and Lauren Lowe; great grandchild, Cami Lowe; many other dear relatives and friends also survive. In lieu of flowers, memorials to: Coushatta Trace/Wreaths Across America, 2003 Timberlane, Conroe, Texas 77301.



BARBARA "BOBBYE" JUNE ALDRIDGE

Barbara “Bobbye” June Aldridge, 82, of Conroe, TX was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on March 25, 2017. Barbara was born May 1, 1934 to Erma Lou Rancher and Jeff Lee Davis in Waco, TX. She is preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Curtis Aldridge as well as her parents and six siblings: Kathleen Reed, Irene Hatter, Merle Goossensen, Jeff Lee Davis Jr., Billy Gene Davis, and Ralph Davis. She is survived by her daughters Donna Ivy & husband Dennis Ivy of Huntsville, Janna Buchanan of Conroe, Lori Day & husband Daryl Day of Montgomery; her grandchildren Jarrod Ivy, Leslie Driggers, Katelyn Butler, Jessica Weiss, Jamie Buchanan, and Timothy Day; 14 great-grandchildren; special cousin, Carolyn Pool; 2 sister-in-laws, Marie Davis and Faye Edge; several nieces and nephews; and numerous close family friends.

Barbara met her husband Curtis over 60 years ago, while both were working for Safeway in Waco. After which, they moved from Waco to Rockdale, TX for 4 years before finally settling in Conroe, TX in 1969. She stayed home with her children for some time but eventually went to work for Conroe ISD. She remained with the school district for 17 years before retiring to spend time with her family and to care for her husband. Barbara and Curtis spent their many good years enjoying their children and grandchildren. She absolutely lived for her family. She said her eldest daughter really took great care of her and her father all her life and that she was so blessed to have her and as well as her younger daughters.

Barbara had a fiery personality that left a lasting impression on all who met her. While she was strong-willed and opinionated, she was equally caring and compassionate. She enjoyed being outside working in her garden and visiting with her family and friends in her home. When her children were young, they spent time together in the summers by traveling in their RV and camping. She was a vivacious woman whose presence will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be held Thursday, March 30, from 6:00-8:00 PM at Conroe Funeral Directors, in Conroe. A chapel funeral service will be held Friday, March 31, at 10:30 AM with a gravesite interment immediately following at Garden Park Cemetery in Conroe, TX.


Her family would like to extend a special thank you to Mixi Grande-Fernandez who took special care of her following Curtis’ death, as well as family friends Don Whitmore, Hershel Short, and Tom Willis.

MICHAEL LLOYD TEASDALE

Michael Lloyd Teasdale, age 55, passed away peacefully February 26, 2017, at home in Conroe, Texas. Michael was born March 22, 1961, in Houston, Texas, to Louie Loyd Teasdale and Dorothy (Bader) Teasdale. He is predeceased by his mother Dorothy Teasdale. Survivors include his father Louie Teasdale; sons Michael Garrett Teasdale, Ronald L. “BuddyRo” Teasdale, and Christopher Long (wife Sharon); brother John Setser of Portland Oregon; sister Toni Teasdale Rodriguez; loving companion Sheila Gosselin; and grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Service of remembrance will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Ray Hyden officiating.  

ERNIE L. RENFRO

In Loving Memory of Ernie L. Renfro, resident of Pasadena, Texas who passed away on February 6, 2017 at his residence. Ernie was born on August 5, 1953 in Conroe, Texas. He was preceded in death by his wife, June in 2016. Ernie will be dearly missed by his family and friends. LDS service information will follow.

KENNETH J. SCULLY

In Loving Memory of Kenneth J. Scully, resident of Willis, Texas who passed away on February 3, 2017 in Willis, Texas. He was born on December 3, 1938 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was a kind, loving father and grandfather who will be greatly missed. Full obituary to follow. 

RUTH MARLENE BYRD

Funeral services for Ruth Marlene Byrd of New Caney, Texas will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Byron Reeves officiating. Mrs. Byrd was born on January 20, 1936 in Baytown, Texas to Cody Capps and Ellen Laverne (Potts) Capps. She passed away peacefully on February 9, 2017 at her home in New Caney at the age of 81.

Marlene was a very kind and gentle soul; she had a loving and generous heart, and was always giving to others. She will be dearly missed.

Marlene is survived by her loving family: husband, Dean Byrd; Daughter, Lavene Johnson and husband, Ricky; sons, Robert Byrd and wife, Ginger and Paul Byrd and wife, Debbie;

grandchildren, Kerri Puckett and husband, Bryan; Brandon Johnson and wife, Angela, Matthew Byrd, Logan Byrd, Richard Miles, Michael Miles and wife, Margaret and Cherie Rayborn and husband, Mike; great grandchildren, Collin Puckett, Colton Puckett and Angel White and husband, Aaron. She is also survived by her special puppy, Heinz.

TANYA LYNN MCKELVEY

  Tanya Lynn McKelvey, 56, of Montgomery, Texas, passed away late Friday, February 3, 2017 Her last days were spent with her family by her side.

A native Texan, Tanya was born on June 29, 1960, in Wichita Falls to Nathan and JoAnn Jordan, who originally were from southeast Missouri.

Her childhood was that of a military family, including several locations in the United States and abroad. Her parents located to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, upon retirement from Air Force life; it was Ocean Springs that she called home. She married Paul McKelvey of Lafayette, Louisiana in November of 1984. The couple’s two sons, Brent and Chris, were born there. In 1991 she moved to The Woodlands, Texas, and has been a Montgomery County resident ever since.

Tanya’s life was dedicated to Christ, motherhood, and service. While raising her two children she was an active leader in the Boy Scouts of America. She served as a den mom, and in later years impacted thousands of youth by training hundreds of adults in the program. She also taught Sunday School and Communion classes at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Spring, Texas, for many years. She volunteered for almost ten years at St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital Auxiliary, until relocating in 2013 to Montgomery. She then turned her volunteer focus to service with the Assistance League of Montgomery County. Tanya’s true passion was her creativity. As a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Conroe, Texas, she and her friends created many items for donation to those in need. Those who knew Tanya’s work were always amazed by her attention to detail and perfection in her work. She and her husband enjoyed a decade of travel after their sons left to further their education. Together they enjoyed many camping trips throughout Texas, enjoying a love of God’s creation that shaped Tanya’s life. In her final two years, Tanya was blessed to know the joy of being a grandparent.

She is survived by her husband Paul, son Chris, son Brent and his wife Sarah, and her granddaughter Elliotte, all of Montgomery, Texas. She is also survived by her father Nathan Jordan of Ocean Springs and sister Terri Nunenmacher of Gautier, Mississippi.

A Memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at St. James Episcopal Church in Conroe, with the assistance of Conroe Funeral Directors. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Tanya McKelvey Memorial Scholarship. This fund has been established at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, which trains future lay and ordained leaders in the Episcopal Church of America. Contributions may be sent to Seminary of the Southwest c/o Mrs. Betty K. Hewell at 501 E. 32nd Street, Austin, TX, 78705; or online at ssw.edu; or call 512-472-4133. 

JOSEPH NED NACE 

Memorial service for Joseph N. Nace, 88, of Conroe will be held on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with the Rev. Ray Hyden officiating.

Mr. Nace was born on February 17, 1929 in Paducah, Kentucky and passed away on February 3, 2017 in Conroe, Texas. Mr. Nace graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1951, served in the Armed Forces during the Korean war, and worked for Gulf Oil Corporation for 30 years. His joys in life included golf, Kentucky basketball and reading.

Joe is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Peggy J. Nace, parents, William Murrel Nace and Lucille Green Nace; brother Dr. William Nace, and Nephew, Lance Nace. He is survived by daughters, Janis R. Bright and husband Kevit of Houston, Jill R. Johnson and husband Wayne of Loganville, Georgia and Jerri D. Butler of Conroe; brothers Gene Nace of Stuart, Florida, Kenneth Nace of Melbourne, Florida, Larry Nace and wife Peggy of Jackson, Tennessee; sister in law Roanne Nace of Jackson, Tennessee; grandchildren Ron Bright, Jordan Singleton and husband Alex, Justin Johnson and wife Mandie, Amy Tippins and husband Jeffrey, Missie Johnson, J.R. Butler and Kara Butler; 11 great-grandchildren and the third musketeer Kim Sedlacek. Numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members and friends also survive.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to University of Kentucky Alumni Association, 400 Rose Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40506 or in honor of his granddaughter Missie Johnson, Just People, PO Box 930037, Norcross, GA 30093. Papa- Always in our heart, forever our hero.

GERALD GLENN MANCHESTER

Funeral Services for Gerald Glenn Manchester of Spring, Texas will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 11:00 A.M at Champions Forest Baptist Church, 15555 Stuebner Airline, Houston TX 77069. A private interment service will be held at Houston National Cemetery with military honors. Viewing will be held one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Saturday.

Gerald was born on July 23, 1936 in Port Huron, Michigan to Trevlyn and Evanda (Bradley) Manchester. He passed away peacefully on January 30, 2017 at his home in Spring at the age of 80.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers; four sisters; and his wife, Ginny Manchester in 2004.

Gerald proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He was greatly loved and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Gerald is survived by his loving family: wife, Donna Manchester, her four children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is also survived by his children, Pamela Collins of Houston, TX; David Manchester and wife, Gilma of Spring, TX and Debbie Zeleny and husband, Richard of Georgetown, TX; Grandchildren, Joshua Collins and wife, Mary, Candy Smith and husband, Gary, Ashley Steinhauer and husband, Jakob, Zachery Manchester and wife, Teresa, Hailey Manchester, Christopher Zeleny and wife, Katrina, Jeremy Zeleny, Brandon Zeleny, Jacob Zeleny, Andrew Zeleny and David Caleb Manchester; 12 great grandchildren, and his sister, Pat Hinds; numerous other dear relatives and friends also survive.  

ROSE BARBARA (WARRINGTON) LAKICS

Known as Barbara to her family, she passed away peacefully on January 28, 2017 surrounded by the love of her family at Memorial Hermann Hospital in The Woodlands, Texas.

Barbara is predeceased by her husband Walter Gilbert Lakics (2011) to whom she was married for 52 years. She is survived by her three sons and their spouses: Christopher John and Jacqueline, Gregory Scott and Melissa, and David Matthew and Paula. Barbara leaves seven grandchildren: Ashley, Elizabeth Jane Resendez, Cory, Kennedy, Landon, Nathanial, and Tyler. Also, step grandchildren, Matthew Whalen and Kaylee Votano, many friends, and wonderful neighbors.

The youngest of eight children, she was born on June 24, 1932, at the end of the Great Depression. She graduated from Witmer High School, Toledo, Ohio, in 1949 where she played the clarinet in the marching band for four years, was a member of the Glee Club; and acted in the school’s plays Shangri-La!, and The Man Who Came to Dinner.

Barbara loved music. She also played the clarinet in the Toledo University band where she attended for two years before marrying and having children. She enjoyed teaching music to her children, and used her musical skills by playing the organ and piano for the Methodist Church in Samaria, Michigan.

She reentered college in her 50s, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Sam Houston State University, Texas.

After teaching 4 grade History for 15 years, Barbara retired from the Montgomery Texas Independent School District. In retirement, she spent her time researching her family’s genealogy to times predating the Revolutionary War. Barbara and Walter loved to drive up to Ohio and visit family and places of ancestry. She is remembered for her humor, her love of cooking, her stories of the family tree, and her kindness and care for family. She loved being a willing taste tester for her neighbor’s new restaurant. Most importantly, Barbara was never seen without a cup of coffee. She loved sending cards and letters to relatives, along with funny jokes, recipes from the newspaper, and home project updates.


Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 3, 2017 in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors, 1504 N. Thompson St., Conroe, Texas, 77301. The viewing will he held one hour prior to the funeral service. A private burial will be held at the Houston National Cemetery, Houston, where she will join her husband. 

RONALD 'RONNIE' WYATT LILES

Ronald (“Ronnie”) Wyatt Liles, 86, died Saturday, December 31, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia following a brief illness. At the time of his death, he was surrounded by his family and had the opportunity to visit with each of his five grandchildren before he died. Ronnie Liles was a long-time resident of Baytown, Texas before moving to Fayetteville, North Carolina to be closer to family.

He was born in Alexandria, Louisiana, in 1930 to parents J. Robert and Elizabeth Liles. He grew up in Conroe, Texas and received a degree in History from Sam Houston State University. He spent most of his life in the oil and gas industry, retiring from Exxon in 1994. After retirement, Ronnie traveled extensively overseas.

Ronnie was a history buff with a special interest in Texas history. Over his lifetime, he amassed one of the largest collections of Texana held in a private collection. He was a member of the Masons and especially enjoyed his time spent as a Shriner, raising money to provide charitable support for children receiving care and treatment at Shriner Hospitals around the country.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sheila Cason Liles. Survivors include his daughter, Cynthia Martin of Niceville, Florida, and his son, Robert W. Liles, of Arlington, Virginia. Ronnie also leaves his sister Connie Rogers of The Woodlands, Texas, and his brothers Stephen Liles of Conroe, Texas and Joseph (“Joe”) Liles of Houston, Texas. He also leaves behind five grandchildren: Robert Saltaformaggio, Olivia Martin, Gabriella Martin, Hunter Liles and Cason Liles. Survivors also include many beloved nieces and nephews.

A private interment will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at Garden Park Cemetery in Conroe, Texas.


The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ronnie’s memory to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 6977 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77030.

KENNETH BRUCE KING  

Memorial Service for Kenneth Bruce King of Conroe, Texas will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. in The Chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors. Bruce was born in Conroe on November 7, 1957 and went to be the Lord on January 17, 2017 in Trinity, Texas at the age of 59. Bruce retired from Consolidated Communications after 30 years, 10 months and 7 days of faithful service.

He will be dearly missed, but his memory will live on through his family and friends. Bruce was preceded in death by his father, Leonard K. Straily and brother, Scott E. King. He is survived by his loving family: wife, Patty Terreo-King; parents, Mary and C.B. King; son, Jason King and wife, Michelle; daughter, Jennifer Gregory; brothers, Keith King and wife, Sha, C.B. King, Jr. and wife, Susan, Bill Straily and Kevin Straily; sisters, Sheley Womack and Yvonne Womack; seven dear grandchildren; special friend; Michael McLemore; as well as, numerous other dear relatives and friends.   

KATHLYN HAIGNEY HEMMER

Kathlyn Haigney Hemmer was born August 7, 1914 in Brooklyn, New York to John and Susan Haigney. She was the middle child of 5 siblings who have preceded her in death- Jack, Eileen, Alice and Douglas. She attended St. Joseph's College in New York where she was voted most beautiful in the senior class and earned a B.A.. In 1942 she married the love of her life, Lieutenant Commander Bernard C. Hemmer USN (b. 1911- d. 1998). Bernie and Kathlyn moved to the Memorial area of Houston in the 1950's, where they raised their only child, Suzanne.

Kathlyn and Bernie were faithful members of St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Houston and were members of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulcher. They had a wonderful life together and spent much of their retirement years traveling around the world. Kathlyn- known most often as Mrs. Hemmer- was a long time special education teacher in the Spring Branch School District. She taught at Hunters Creek Elementary for the majority of her career working with primarily with children with special needs. She was an absolutely devoted teacher and loved her students, often having them home for an overnight stay so they could have the experience of a slumber party. Her students continued to visit and check on her throughout her life, no doubt as a result of having been cared for so deeply by their teacher Mrs. Hemmer. Her personality was one of great caring and devotion to her family, many of whom she was not related to by blood. In particular, Timothy Maher and the Jake and Lena Dee family. She was also deeply connected to all her nieces and nephews who came to visit her from Dallas, New York, Connecticut and Maine. Mrs. Hemmer was most vividly remembered for her smashing sense of humor-everyone wanted to be at her table. As her nephew David Deegan said, "When Aunt Kay was there, it was a party!" Fortunately, her grandchildren, Kathlyn Chase Stovall McClough and Richard Bernard Stovall have inheritated her fabulous wit. At the age of 93, Kathlyn moved in with her daughter, Judge Suzanne Stovall of Conroe, Texas where she was loved and cared for until the end of her life. Ms. Angelica Gutierrez, Ms. Ana Diaz and Ms. Maricela Sanchez where her "Angels sent from God." These gracious ladies loved Mrs. Hemmer like she was their own mother and gave her, in the words of the hospice nurse, "the best care I have ever witnessed!" Mrs. Hemmer is survived by her daughter, Judge Suzanne Stovall of Conroe, Texas; her granddaughter and namesake, Dr. Kathlyn Chase Stovall McClough and her husband, Dr. Joel McClough and great grandchildren, Elizabeth and William McClough of Herndon, Virginia. She is additionally survived by grandson, Dr. Richard Stovall and his wife, Andrea Stovall and great grandchildren, Tesah, Sophia and Nicolas (BFB) Bernard of Austin, Texas. A private Celebration of Life will be held by the family.

ROBERT L. KARSNAK

Robert “Bob” Karsnak, a member of the Greatest Generation, passed away January 12, 2017 in Conroe at the age of 91. As a member of this generation, Bob grew up during the great depression of the 1930’s and later served his country in the Army (Yankee Division) during WWII. Robert fought in the European Theatre with the Us Army Yank Division seeing action during the Battle of the Bulge where he was wounded and received a Purple Heart.

Bob was born on March 22, 1925 in Indianapolis, Indiana to John and Anna (Rich) Karsnak. He grew up in Indiana with his large family which included four sisters and one brother. Robert graduated from Muncie Central High before heading off to war. He married the love of his life, Ellen and they were happily married for 66 years. They have two children, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He took pride at his profession as a tool and die maker at US Engineering and spent many years with this company.

Bob’s favorite past time was his family. He truly enjoyed spending time with them, whether it fishing and boating at the lake, special “Taco Thursday’s” with his son, John and grandsons, Austin and Jordan, taking trips to spend quality time with his daughter, Robin and her family in Wichita, KS. cruising on their lake or he and Ellen slipping away every Wednesday morning for breakfast at Panera which they so lovingly called “Panera Wednesday’s.” A recent highlight of he and Ellen’s travels were attending the weddings of two of their grandchildren; Jennifer and Michael’s wedding in Chicago and Ryan and Tristin’s wedding in Anna Marie Island, Florida. While there, he finally witnessed his beloved Cubs win the World Series!

Bob loved his family and his family loved him. He will be dearly missed, but his memory will live on.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Anna Karsnak, one brother and two sisters.

Robert is survived by his loving family: wife of 66 years, Ellen Karsnak; Son, John R. Karsnak and wife, Deborah of Willis, Texas; Daughter, Robin Reed and husband, Jim of Wichita, Kansas; grandchildren, Austin Karsnak of Willis, Texas, Jennifer Burka and husband, Michael of Chicago, Drs. Ryan and Tristin Reed of Seminole, Florida, and Jordan Karsnak of Willis, Texas; great grandchildren, Kaden Karsnak of Willis, Texas, Rowan Karsnak of Conroe, and Ryker Karsnak of Conroe, Texas; sisters, Jean Walker of Yorktown, Indiana and Audrey Ashby of Anderson, Indiana; numerous other dear nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive. 


Visitation for Robert L. Karsnak of Willis, Texas will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 1:00 P.M until 2:00 P.M. at Conroe Funeral Directors with the VFW Post 4709 Honor Guard rendering full military honors at 2:00 P.M. Bob will be buried at Houston National Cemetery at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to: www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.

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