Miscellaneous Brazoria County, Texas Obituaries


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Glynn Oland “Steve” Stevens, 64, of Freeport, Texas went to be with the Lord Sunday, September 9, 2001, at his home.
Steve came to the area in 1956. He worked for Dow Chemical Company for over 35 years. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Virginia Alloy Stevens of Freeport; two daughters, Vicky Stevens Walker & husband John of Baytown and Mitzi Stevens Anderson & husband Ricky of San Marcos; seven grandchildren; one sister, Mae Stevens Brittain of Many, Louisiana; step-mother, Katie Stevens of San Augustine; and step-brother, Ronald Poindexter of Sulphur, Louisiana.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Cecil Stevens; and his father, James Stevens.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, 2001 at the Freeport Funeral Home in Freeport.
Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 12, 2001 at the Velasco Baptist Church in Freeport with Rev. Terry Backen officiating.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until service time Thursday at the Mangum Funeral Home in Center, Texas. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the Mangum Funeral Home with interment at the Old Union Cemetery with Rev. Terry Backen officiating.
The family requests donations to the Hospice Care Team or the American Heart Association.
Local arrangements by Freeport Funeral Home in Freeport, Texas.

Merlin Eugene (Gene) Lepper departed this life on Saturday, September 8, 2001 at Methodist Hospital in Houston, following a stroke. Gene was 74 years old.
Gene was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 14, 1926. He attended Butler University until enlisting in the army. He served in World War II where he was stationed in the Philippines and served in the military police for 2 years. After serving in the army, he attended Mexico City College where he enjoyed a decorated football career. He was known as “Mexico City College’s fiery 22-year old guard”. Gene was a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal in the Brazosport school district for 30 years, most of it spent at Lake Jackson Intermediate School.
After his professional career, Gene remained in the Brazosport area, spending most of his time helping others. His compassion and understanding of others was huge, and will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
His mother and father, Alma and Merlin Lepper and brothers, Wally and Eddie preceded Gene in death.
Gene is survived by his loving wife, Patsy L. Lepper of Brazoria; son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Debbie Lepper of Michigan; daughter and son-in-law, Gina and Armondo Garcia of Houston; step-daughter, Jenice Fernandez and husband, Troy of Lake Jackson; step-son, Wesley Slaughter of Brazoria; brothers, Tom Lepper and Larry Lepper and wife, Judy of Indiana; grandchildren, Steven, Phillip and Travis Lepper of Michigan, Lauren Garcia of Houston and Drake and Max Fernandez of Lake Jackson.
A memorial ceremony to celebrate Gene’s life and share our memories, will be held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Lake Jackson on Wednesday, September 12, 2001 at 6:00 p.m. There will be a reception immediately following the memorial ceremony at St. Michael’s.
Honorary pallbearers will be Earl Votaw, Joe Roldan, Bill Wakely, Jay Caperton, Johnny Redden, Flash Walker, Leo Neuerburg, Russel Lidberg and Richard Kramer.

Rhonda Henderson, 31, of Lake Jackson, Texas went to be with the Lord, Saturday, September 8, 2001.
Rhonda graduated from Brazosport High School in 1992.
She is survived by her father and step-mother, Clyde & Vivian Henderson of Lake Jackson; two brothers, Daniel E. Henderson & wife Gaye of Carrollton, Texas and Roger C. Henderson & wife Sharon of Leander, Texas; three step-brothers, Tommy Fletcher & wife Gracie of Brazoria, Ray Fletcher of Lake Jackson and Dale Fletcher & wife Theresa of Brazoria.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Susan Henderson; and her mother, Maudine Henderson.
The family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2001, at the Lakewood Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 13, 2001 at Temple Baptist Church in Clute, Texas with Brother Greg Caldwell officiating.
Interment will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 14, 2001 at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery in Monroe, Louisiana.
Honorary pallbearers will be Brazosport Sams R.V. Club and the Christian Motorcyc-lists Association.
Arrangements by Lake-wood Funeral Chapel in Clute, Texas.

Graveside services for Robert Dale Farris, 63, of Clute, formerly of Coldwater, Michigan, will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 13, 2001 at Colonial Cemetery in Brazoria with Rev. Mike Davis officiating.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 12, 2001 from 12:00 until 5:00 p.m. at Palms Funeral Home.
Robert died on Sunday, September 9, 2001 at a Houston hospital.
Robert was born to Dale and Nellie VanBlarcom Farris on July 25, 1938 in Coldwater, Michigan. Brother, James J. Farris and sisters, Marjorie Burk and Beverly Farris precede him in death.
Survivors include son, Scott E. Farris of Clute; daughters, Elisha Farris of Gatesville, Texas, Josie Parent of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Bonnie JaWard of Dearborn, Michigan, Deanna Farris of Ecouse, Michigan; brother, William Farris; sister, Jennie Southcott of Coldwater, Michigan; and 9 grandchildren.
Arrangements by Palms Funeral Home, Angleton, Texas.

JP Dansby, 81, died Thursday, July 4, 2002, at his home in Lake Jackson. He is survived by Roberta S. Dansby, his wife of 52 years; daughter, Joy Dansby, Houston; son, Brian, and wife Charleen, Lake Jackson; sister Edna Williams, Lake Jackson; nieces, Pat Pilkington of San Antonio, Sylvia Sheffield of The Woodlands, and Helen Todd of Plano; nephews, Tom Heckman of Dallas, Grady Dansby and son Daniel of Lake Jackson.
JP was born in Turnersville, Texas, on Jan. 25, 1921 to Cecil and Fannie Maye Dansby. The family moved to El Campo, where he attended school. During World War II, he was a corporal in the U.S. Army, winning several medals for marksmanship. He was stationed at Matagorda Island in Texas. He next attended the University of Houston, receiving a BS degree in Music Education in 1950. While at UH he met and married a fellow student, Roberta Sisson. He served as the assistant to the concessions manager at Buff Stadium, the home of Houston's minor league baseball team. In 1950, JP and Roberta moved to Lake Jackson, where he began work in the accounting department at Dow Chemical. He retired from Dow in 1984. Also during this period he taught music in the Columbia-Brazoria School District for 11 years. He was interested in community affairs and was an active member of the Jaycees, the Men's Garden Club and the Brazosport Little Theater. He continued his interest in music as a member of the First United Methodist Church choir, and as a Houston Grand Opera season ticket holder. Through these interests he became acquainted with Howard Brock, who would become his close friend, ski partner and travel companion. His passion for skiing resulted in the Dansbys choosing Innsbruck, Austria as their second home during retirement. While skiing was his choice for personal participation, it was to UH athletics that he gave his ardent support.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Brazosport Center for the Arts and Sciences, First United Methodist Church of Lake Jackson, Hospice Care Team (107 W. Way, Suite #29, Lake Jackson), or SPCA of Brazoria County.
Visitation to celebrate JP's life will be held at the Lakewood Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 9 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Rene Garcia, 46, of Freeport, Texas, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2002 at his residence. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 9, 2002 at the Lakewood Funeral Chapel in Lake Jackson, Texas. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday at the funeral chapel.
He is survived by his daughter, Christina Garcia; son, Orlando Garcia; mother, Elvira Garcia; grandchildren, Serina Lynn Ward, Orlando Rene "Orliez" Garcia Jr., Daniel Rene Garcia and Kayla Garcia.
He was preceded in death by his father, Roberto Garcia.
Interment will follow at the Restwood Cemetery.
Funeral services by Lakewood Funeral Chapel.

Brian Gregory Geserick, 29, of Lake Jackson, TX died Friday, July 5, 2002 in Clute, Texas.
He was born Thursday, March 22, 1973 in St. Louis, Mo. He was a member of the Bethel Presbyterian Church in East Columbia.
He is survived by parents, Larry and Cheri Geserick of West Columbia, and Connie Fortnam of Stratonville, Pa.; fiancee, Lacey Dawn Horton of Lake Jackson; son, Cody Michael Geserick of Brazoria; brother, Aaron Matthew Geserick of Lake Jackson; and sisters, Stephanie Faith Geserick of College Station and Amanda Beth Geserick of West Columbia.
Services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 8, 2002 at Bethel Presbyterian Church in East Columbia with the Rev. Bruce Williams officiating. Visitation will be between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2002 at Baker Funeral Home in West Columbia. Burial will be at Brazoria Cemetery in Brazoria, Texas.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Armstrong, Mike R. French, Douglas Geserick, Jimmy Geserick, Roy Maynor and Mike Moraw.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Presbyterian Church or the charity of choice. Arrangements by Baker Funeral Home of West Columbia.

Beulah Janet Keitel, 84, of Brazoria, TX died Saturday, July 6, 2002 in Sweeny, TX.
She was born Friday, September, 28, 1917 in Rock Island, Texas and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Brazoria Study Club and Brazoria Historical Society.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, P.A. "Jack" Keitel Sr. of Brazoria; sons and daughter-in-law, Philip A. Jr. and Catherine Keitel of Conroe, and Gerald Keitel of Brazoria; daughter, Judy Kay Gifford of Brazoria; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, July 8, 2002 at First United Methodist Church of Brazoria with Dr. Frank Alegria officiating. Visitation will be between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2002 at Baker Funeral Home Chapel in Brazoria. Burial will be in Brazoria Cemetery in Brazoria, Texas.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Cooper, Brock Cooper, Todd Cooper, Christopher English, David English, Luke Harlan, Philip Smith.
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of Brazoria.
Arrangements by Baker Funeral Home of Brazoria, Texas.

Fred "Big Tiney" Lee, 68, of Richmond, Texas, died Friday, June 28, 2002 at Hermann Memorial South-west Hospital of natural causes. 
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2002 at Blue Run Baptist Church, 215 North 16th St., West Columbia, Texas, with the Rev. Jeffrey Brown officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Danciger, Texas.
Friends may call 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2002 at E. Viola & Son Funeral Home. 
He was born July 10, 1933. Fred was preceded in death by two sisters, Johnnie Mae Lee and Annie V. Williams, and one brother, Louis Lee, Sr.
He is survived by God-daughter, Amanda Bishop of Richmond; four nieces, Winnie Riggins of Hitchcock, Ruthie Battise Haynes (Charles) of West Columbia, Mable Lee and Cathy Lee, both of Richmond; one sister, Ruth Oliver of Houston; one sister-in-law, Alma Lee of Richmond; three nephews; Allen Lee of Flatonia, Dan Lee (Mercie) of West Columbia and Louis Lee, Jr. of Richmond.
In lieu of flowers, make donations to E. Viola & Son Funeral Home, 205 North Broad, West Columbia, Texas 77486. Arrangements by E. Viola & Son Funeral Home of West Columbia, Texas.

Beulah Faith Pennock, 70, of Freeport, Texas passed away Saturday, July 6, 2002 at her home. Beulah was an area resident since 1967.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Leroy Pennock Jr. of Freeport; five children: Warren Pennock and wife, Elda, of Poteet, Texas; Alan Pennock of Michigan, Wanda Pennock of Freeport, Texas; Linda Kennelley of Freeport, Texas; William Pennock of Freeport, Texas; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters: Margaret Upton of Freeport, Texas and Nita Dever of Helotes, Texas; three brothers: Albert Cambell of Seguin, Texas, William Cambell of Austin, Texas and Louis Cambell of McQueeny, Texas; one brother-in-law: Norman Pennock and wife, Arethea, of San Antonio, Texas; and numerous other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her grandson, Jeremy Woodruff.
Family will receive friends 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday at Lakewood Chapel with funeral services 10 a.m. Monday, July 8, 2002 at Lakewood Chapel. Graveside services will be 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2002 at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.
The family requests donations to the Alzheimer's Association in lieu of flowers.

Elizabeth "JoAnn" Scantlin, 71, of Lake Jackson, went to be with the Lord Thursday, June 27, 2002.
Memorial services will be held on Monday, July 8, 2002, at 2:00 p.m., at Stroud Funeral Home with Pastor John Hatch, officiating.
JoAnn was a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother. Her family and friends will miss her greatly.
She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Robert Scantlin; daughter, Robin Dean & husband, Gary of Alvin; son, Robert Scantlin & wife, Pam of Sweeny; sister, Peggy Moore of Lake Jackson; grandchildren; Keri Scott, Rikie Mariam, Linsy Mariam, Courtney, Brittany, Jeffery and Brett Scantlin; great-grandchildren, Cole Mariam and Christopher Scott; and many other loving relatives and friends.
The family would like to express special thanks to the Hospice Care Team for their loving care.
Arrangements by Stroud Funeral Home, Clute, Texas. 979-265-1188.

Freddie Lincoln, 61, of Clute, Texas died Friday, July 5, 2002 at his residence. Arrangements are pending with E. Viola & Son Funeral Home of West Columbia.

George Leonard "Bubba" Rouse, 73, of Angleton, passed away Saturday, July 6, 2002 at the Angleton Danbury Medical Center.
He was born in Moss Point, Mississippi on February 22, 1929 to Alberta Ricker Rouse and Patrick Rouse. Bubba, as friends knew him, grew up in Moss Point, graduated high school in 1947, and attended Perkingston Junior College in Mississippi on a football scholarship. He moved to Texas in 1950 and married Ann Curry, and they lived in Angleton. Bubba and Ann had three children, John Kimberly Rouse, Dana Roxanne Rouse, and Suzanne Rayne Rouse. In 1985 he married Marcelene Rhoden of Cleveland, Texas.
Bubba was a jack of all trades before entering the public service arena. He began his career path in Moss Point at the age of 14. When the men went off to war, he and his buddies went to work, and wound up running the show at the local paper mill. After moving to Texas, he worked from Beaumont to Angleton laying pipelines and doing drainage work. He worked in the pipeline division at Dow Chemical Company. He started his own pest control business, Killum Pest Control, in the mid-1960s, and he read water meters for the city and wound up as the City Water Superintendent.
He spent 28 years in politics and public service. Those years include 10 years on the Angleton City Council, (8 years as Mayor Pro-tem during that time), 6 years on the Brazos River Harbor Navigation District (2 years as chairman), 12 years as Brazoria County Commissioner for Precinct 2.
The common thread in all of his endeavors was people. He loved people, and loved doing things for others. He would sooner walk straight through a room full of dignitaries to shake a working man's hand than to spend time with anyone self-important. To him, status was nothing - a good heart was everything. He taught us all how to move forward, but in moving forward to always look behind you to see who you could lend a hand to.
Bubba was raised in the Kreole Methodist Church in Moss Point, was a deacon and an elder for the First Presbyterian Church of Angleton, then joined the First United Methodist Church in Angleton. He was an active member of the First United Methodist, heading up committees and organizing activities for the benefit of others. He loved the church, and supporting their youth activities. 
Bubba coached Little League baseball in Angleton during the '60s and '70s, was a volunteer fireman in Angleton for many years, was an Angleton Chamber of Commerce member, member of the National Democratic Party - though he always supported the best person for the office regardless of party affiliation. He was an active member in the American Quarter Horse Association, and enjoyed a natural knack in picking horses that led to a successful racing career. 
His parents and second wife, Marcelene Rhoden Rouse, preceded him in death.
He is survived by son Kim Rouse of Angleton, Roxanne Rouse of Austin, Suzanne Rouse Saxon and husband Mike and stepdaughter Erika of Dallas; stepchildren Marcella McClain and husband Jeff of Cleveland, Texas, Susan Bergman and husband Louis of Cleveland, Doug Rhoden and wife Denna of Shephard, and Jennifer Rhoden of Conroe, and eight stepgrandchildren, and many cousins and relatives.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 9, 2002 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Palms Funeral Home in Angleton. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at 10 a.m. at The First United Methodist Church in Angleton. He will be transported to Moss Point, Mississippi for family services later in the week.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church for benefit of the children's program, His Kids.
Arrangements by Palms Funeral Home, Angleton, Texas.

Frances Elaine Peebles, 83, of Liberty passed away Saturday July 6, 2002 at her residence.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2002 at the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Charles Greene officiating. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2002 at Peebles Cemetery in Livingston, Texas. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, July 8, 2002 at Allison Funeral Service.
Mrs. Peebles was born in Shelby County, Texas on December 10, 1918 to parents Richard H. and Mary Frances "Fanny" Beck Blackstock. She attended Center High School and received her degree from College of Marshall (now East Texas Baptist University). She taught school in Midway, Texas before starting her family. She moved to Liberty from Livingston in 1958.
Mrs. Peebles was a member of the United Methodist Women, lifetime member of the Coterie Club and the Faith Sunday School Class. She enjoyed playing bridge and making ceramics, especially nativity sets. She was also an artist and enjoyed traveling, making trips to Europe, the Holy Land and the Bahamas.
Mrs. Peebles was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, M.A. "Tony" Peebles; son David A. Peebles; three brothers and three sisters.
She is survived by daughter, Mary Clymer and husband Mike of Liberty; sons Rick Peebles and wife Sharon of Baytown and Pat Peebles and wife Brenda of Lake Jackson; grandchildren, Rob Peebles and wife Heather, Amy Mayo and husband Thomas, Laurie Zuehlke and husband David, Todd Peebles, Annie Clymer; great-grandchild, Caroline Mayo; numerous other relatives and friends.
The family wishes to express appreciation to the caregivers, Rose Guillory and her family.
Arrangements are under the direction of Allison Funeral Service, 1101 N. Travis, Liberty, Texas (936) 336-6418.

Gertrue Caswell Aden
Gertrue Caswell Aden, 80, of Hemphill, Texas formerly of Brazoria, Texas crossed into the gates of Graceland on July 4, 2002, to be with her Lord and Savior.
Gertrue was born June 19, 1922, to Benjamin Franklin Caswell and Georgia Pinkie Tipton in Trinity, Texas. As a child she grew up in Oakhurst, Texas, then lived in the Brazosport area for 50 years before residing in Hemphill, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Benjamin Franklin Caswell & Georgia Pinkie Tipton; sisters, Annlee and Claudie Pearl; brothers, Willard and newborn baby; children: daughter, Lou Nell Gresham and son, B.F. Aden Caswell.
She is survived by brothers Ben Frank, George Jr., S.V.; sisters, Louisa and Ruthie; five children: sons, William Norman and Yvonne Aden of Lake Jackson, Richard Dean and Vergie Aden of Atlanta, Texas, Jimmy Wayne and Dollie Aden of Bronson, Texas, Robert Charles and Darlene Aden of Jones Creek, Texas; daughter, Charla Kay Aden and Monte Chance of Brazoria, Texas; grandchildren, Stephanie, Yvette, Willima Norman, Jr., Hunter Aden, Richard Dean Aden, Jr., and Deane Mae Mathews, Glenda and Brenda Gresham, Linda Haley, Teresa Davis, David Paul Aden, Sherry Zimmerle, Terinka McIntyre, Jennifer Coulter, and Jessica Aden, Robert Orren, Jr., Kevin Aden, Monica Lee and Monte Leon Chance, Jr.; and many great and great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Visitation for family and friends was held at Starr Funeral Home in Hemphill, Texas on July 5, 2002, then a graveside service followed at Mount Capers Cemetery at Oakhurst, Texas. Music of Elvis Presley's Gospel Amazing Grace. The officiating Pastor was Frances Wall of Brazoria, Texas.
The family would like to express special thanks to the First Baptist Church and First Assembly of God Church in Brazoria for all the outpouring of love and prayers during Gertrue's lengthy illness. Also, to Hemphill/Care staff and Dr. Winslow, Dr. Neal, and a special thank you to the Hemphell E.R. staff, especially Dr. Forrest, for their loving and giving care for her.
We appreciate all the kind deeds of family and friends for those that traveled long distances to be at our side and your prayers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations be made to the cancer, diabetics or charity of their choice.
Gertrue loved her family. They were her special gift from God. Her family loves her and will miss her presence but to know she is at rest in peace with the Lord makes all well to know her new home is Heaven. Psalm: 23.

Dewey Edward Allen
On July 7, 2002, Dewey Edward Allen, 76, of Angleton, Texas, went to be with The Lord. He passed away at Country Village Care Center in Angleton, Texas.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 11, 2002, at Palms Funeral Home in Angleton, Texas with the Rev. Floyd Scott officiating.
Burial will follow in the Angleton Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at Palms Funeral Home.
He was born on July 26, 1926, to Schley and Anna Abigail Allen in Wilson, Oklahoma. He was a resident of Angleton for more than 50 years. As a young man, he served his country in the United States Navy on board the USS St. Lo (CVE-63) (formerly USS Midway). Later, receiving an honorable discharge, he was awarded numerous medals, including the World War II Victory Medal and The Presidential Unit Citation.
Mr. Allen was a retired pipefitter and a past member of Pipefitter Local Union No. 211.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Cook Allen; and his parents.
Survivors include his daughters, Linda F. Furch and husband Robert of Angleton, Janet L. Wise and husband James of Sweeny and Terri G. Arceneaux and husband Terry of Lake Jackson; sister, Mildred Aycock of Lake Village, Arkansas; grandchildren, Kimberly Furch, Bryan Arceneaux, Michael and Tara Wise, Mark and Linda Wise and Jerry and Jennifer Wise; and great-grandson, Aubrey Gavin Wise.
Pallbearers will be Robert Furch, James Wise, Terry Arceneaux, Michael Wise, Jerry Wise and Bryan Arceneaux.
Honorary pallbearers will be Kimberly Furch, Mark Wise, Tom Aycock and Chris Garrett.
Contributions may be made to American Diabetes Foundation.
Arrangements by Palms Funeral Home in Angleton, Texas.

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things
I cannot change
Courage to Change
The things I can,
And wisdom
To know the difference

Lonnie Bates, Jr.
Funeral services for Lonnie Bates, Jr., 58, will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in McBeth Community, with the Rev. Ben Harper officiating.
Burial will follow in Peaceful Rest Cemetery in Brazoria.
He passed away Saturday, July 6, 2002, at Angleton Danbury Medical Center in Angleton.
There will be awake service from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2002, at Bethel Baptist Church in Freeport, Texas.
Active pallbearers will be Rocking A T Riding Club.
Honorary pallbearers will be Roger Woolridge, Marcus Cravey, Billy R. Pierce, Frank Bates, Jr., Jason Thomas, Ronnie Hooper Sr., Edwin Hill and L. W. Palmer.
He leaves to cherish his memory six children: Clayton Bates (Denise), Pamlar Clark (Roy), David Bates (Mona), Nancy Bates-Atkins (Ronnie), Marva Coney (Jamie), and Kenneth Bates (Monica) all of Houston; one step daughter: Michelle Beck of Houston; mother: Elouise Bates of Angleton; two brothers: Robert J. Jackson (Margaret) and Howard G. Jackson, Sr. (Betty) all of Freeport; two sisters: Michelle J. Gardner (Roy) of Angleton and Delia Roberts (Mervyn) of Freeport; 15 grandchildren; a special friend: Julia M. Hall of Angleton; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Arrangements entrusted to Gardner Funeral Home in Angleton, Texas.

Josephine Loveless Gilbert
Funeral services for Josephine Loveless Gilbert, age 92, of Rosenberg, are scheduled for 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2002, at the Garmany & Carden Funeral Chapel in Rosenberg with the Rev. Harold Sellers officiating.
Mrs. Gilbert died Saturday, July 6, 2002, in Richmond. She was born May 30, 1910 in San Ginesio, Italy to parents Alfred Loveless and Josephine Penciani Loveless. She came to the United States on July 18, 1913 at the age of three.
She was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She was a registered nurse and she started the first licensed nursing home in Texas.
A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, she is survived by her husband of 55 years, William Drew Gilbert of Rosenberg; son and daughter-in-law, Steven John Gilbert & wife, Jeannie of Richmond; grandchildren: Steven Drew Gilbert of Galveston; Emily Gilbert of Austin; Katie Gilbert and Lauren Gilbert both of Nacogdoches; step-granddaughter, Nicole Bowles of Richmond; brother, Fred Loveless of Vartow, Florida; sister, Jean Loveless Cerulo of Natick, Massachusetts.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Peter Loveless; sisters: Louise Loveless Gallagher, Rose Loveless Mancini, and Mary Loveless Hammond.
Memorials may be made to Vitas Healthcare Corp., 4828 Loop Central, Houston, TX 77081.
Funeral services are under the direction of Garmany & Carden Funeral Directors, Inc. 1201 Fourth St., Rosenberg, TX (281) 342-4671.

Floyd Langford
Floyd Byron Langford, 90, passed away July 5, 2002, at Brazosport Memorial Hospital.
He is survived by his loving wife, Rosie. He is also survived by his five children, Everette Langford, Donna Schoals and husband Stan, Sandra Langford, Lloyd Langford and his wife Janie and Floyd Langford and his wife Linda. He has nine grandchildren, Veronica Folks, Bobby Folks, Everette Langford II, Windy Perkins, Ray Langford and wife Yvette, Michael Langford, Brandy Langford, Alisha Thomas and husband Zachary; and one step-grandaughter, Crystal Davis. His great-grandchildren are Olivia, Alexis and T.J. Langford, Angelise Folks, Jenna Langford, Shyanne Thomas, Taryn Renee Leger and Imagen Kinard.
He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by all of us.

Clarence E. "Chris" Murray
Chris Murray, 57, of Lake Jackson, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2002, at Herman Hospital in Houston.
He is survived by his daughter, Taya Murray, of Austin; sisters, Midge Copeland and Kathy Murray Bingham of Houston.
Chris was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Kay Murray and brothers, Bob and John Murray.
Chris was the former owner of Jack Reid Appliances and had been a member of Lake Jackson Business Association and the Brazosport Rotary Club.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at 12:00 p.m., at the Houston VA National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cradle of Texas Emmaus Community, P.O. Box 563, Lake Jackson, TX. 77566.

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