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Patrick K. Forrest
04/22/23 - 01/06/02
Patrick K. Forrest, 78, of Richwood, Texas, passed from this life on Sunday, January 6, 2002.
He was born to Nancy Killough Forrest and Saint Patrick Forrest on April 22, 1923 in Lott, Texas.
Pat was in the 41st Troop Carrier Squadron during WWII and was very proud of his service to our country. After the war, he married the light of his life, Irene Esslinger, and they moved to the Brazosport area in 1952. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Clute. He was a member and Chief Emeritus of the Richwood Volunteer Fire Department. He was employed by The Dow Chemical Company for 33 years. After retirement, Pat became involved more heavily in volunteer work in the community. He was a volunteer with over 2,000 hours at Sea Center Texas in Lake Jackson. He served on the Richwood Beautification Committee for many years. He dearly loved all children and spent many hours at area elementary schools. He taught fire safety and was “Grandpa” to many children on Grandparent’s Day at Polk Elementary School and Our Lady Queen of Peace in Richwood.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 10, 2002, at First Baptist Church of Clute with Bro. Mark Cox officiating.
Burial will follow at Stranger Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Truman Bowles, Steven Joe Boykin, Rick Cary, Billy Crain, Gary Majors and Bill Reed.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Richwood Volunteer Fire Department.
Pat is preceded in death by his wife and true love, Irene Esslinger Forrest; his parents, Nancy Killough Forrest and Saint Patrick Forrest; and three siblings, Minette, Johanna and Carl.
Pat leaves behind nieces, nephews and loved ones too numerous to name. All who came into contact with Pat felt loved and very few left his presence without a hug.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Clute, His Love Counseling Services, Richwood Volunteer Fire Department or Sea Center Texas.
Arrangements by Lakewood Funeral Chapel in Clute, Texas.

Mary Novotny Peltier
Mary Novotny Peltier, 89, of Danbury, Texas, departed from this life and went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, January 8, 2002.
Born in Czechoslovakia on March 5, 1912, she came to Galveston, Texas, with her parents in 1913. After living in Houston and Freeport, she and her parents moved to Danbury in 1921. She married William “Bill” Leon Peltier in 1930 and together they had nine children.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Bill, in 1983. Mary was the last of the original Peltier clan that set up homesteads in Brazoria County.
She is survived by five sons, Alton & wife Dora Jean of Anacocoa, Louisiana, Bill Jr & wife Mary Ann of Alvin, Ralph & wife Audrey of Danbury, Michael & wife Margaret of Danbury and David & wife Pam of Danbury; four daughters, Joyce Dixon & husband Charles of Danbury, Kathleen Manuel & husband Calvin of Houston, Dianne Oswald & husband Ken of Danbury and Denise Gotcher & husband Bruce of West Columbia. She also leaves 20 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one brother, Ed Novotny & his wife Clara of Pearland; also a very special niece and Godchild, Mary Helen Knape of Alvin; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Mary will be remembered for her dedication to raising her family and helping others. She cooked many a delicious meal for her large family and the many guests that passed through her home over the years. She was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and a woman who loved her Lord and his Blessed Mother and inspired others with her dedicated prayer life and church service.
Pallbearers will be her five sons and her brother.
Mass Readers will be Robert “Nuck” Peltier and Laura Davenport.
Visitation will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, January 10, 2002, at Palms Funeral Home in Angleton, Texas, and a wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 10, 2002 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Danbury.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2002, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Danbury with Father Bill Kelly, Deacon Gerald Peltier and Deacon Jimmy Smith officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School, 1600 Hwy. 2004, Richwood, Texas, 77531 or VITAS Hospice, 211 E. Parkwood, Suite 108, Friendswood, Texas, 77546.
Arrangements by Palms Funeral Home in Angleton, Texas.

Lee Russell
Memorial services for Lee Russell, 69, of Turtle Cove, Texas will be held at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, January 10, 2002 for immediate family only, at Surfside Beach, with Dr. Timothy Higgins officiating.
She died Monday, January 7, 2002, peacefully, at her home.
Survivors include two sons, Tony Zapoli and Richard Zapoli; two daughters, Tina Jones and Michelle Santos; two sisters, Marlene Leazier and Marilyn Sager; seven grandchildren; and one-great-grandchild.

Edwin LeRoy Gay Jr.
Funeral services for Edwin LeRoy Gay Jr., 23, of Oyster Creek, Texas, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 11, 2002 at Stroud Funeral Home in Clute, Texas with Pastor John Braten officiating.
Interment will follow at Restwood Memorial Park in Clute, Texas.
He passed away Wednes-day, January 9, 2002, at his residence.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, January 10, 2002, at Stroud Funeral Home.
Edwin was a lifetime resident. He was a loving son, husband and father. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Angel Gay of Oyster Creek; mother, Stella Dirzanowsky of Freeport; daughter, Allyson Gay of Oyster Creek; sisters, Melissa Dirzanowsky, Holly Gay and Rachelle Gay, all of Freeport; brother, Michael Dirzanowsky of Oyster Creek; and other loving family and friends.
Arrangements by Stroud Funeral Home in Clute, Texas. 979-265-1188.

Jimmy Phillips
Bailey’s Prairie — Jimmy Phillips was born in Brazoria County, Texas, on May 17, 1913, and passed away Monday, January 14, 2002. Jimmy — and that’s what he liked to be called — was orphaned at an early age and raised by extended family and friends in Angleton. He helped to support himself from his earnings as a shoe shine boy and additionally by selling newspapers and magazines. He held as many odd jobs as he could find while attending the Angleton public schools. After graduating from Angleton High School, Jimmy worked his way through the University of Texas and its law school in order to fulfill his dream of becoming an attorney. Periodically, the Depression forced him to drop out of school for financial reasons, but he always returned to the University of Texas when he could raise the money and find a job in Austin. During college and law school, he worked at various times as a soda fountain clerk, booking bands for dances, gas station attendant, and as an elevator operator in the Texas capitol. While working as a state capitol elevator operator, he decided to go to work for the people and help see to it that everyone, despite their financial circumstances, could get an education and receive medical care.
In 1940, Jimmy was elected to the Texas House of Representatives from Brazoria County, and he was re-elected in 1942. Early in 1943, Jimmy resigned his draft-exempt office as a state representative and volunteered to become a private in the U.S. Army. After serving in military intelligence in the U.S. Army, he was honorably discharged having reached the rank of sergeant in 1946; and, later in the same year, was elected to the Texas senate. “Senator” Phillips served in the Texas senate from January 1947 until 1973. In his last term in the Texas senate, he was elected by the other senators to serve as president pro tem of the Texas senate. Jimmy became known to everyone as “Senator.” When the Legislature was not in session, Jimmy practiced law in Angleton.
As a state senator, Jimmy was extremely cautious about spending the money paid into the state treasury by Texas citizens. During his years serving the people of Texas, it was not uncommon to see newspaper headlines like “Phillips makes lone stand against more spending.” Jimmy believed in spending money wisely and carefully, in the right place and at the right time, and had the reputation for being a ardent champion of the poor. During his years in the Senate, the Houston Post once said of him: “He is a warm-hearted, even sentimental individual who has a sincere sympathy for the poor and unfortunate. His eyes sometimes fill with tears when he talks about the need for more charity beds to treat children with cleft palates and twisted legs, and for years he has resisted fiercely any effort by the Legislature to raise college tuition.”
His varied occupational background proved valuable in connection with all types of legislation, but he concentrated his efforts on improving the state hospital system and controlling the cost of state college tuition and keeping the state colleges growing to keep them open to new students. He conducted what amounted to a single-handed investigation of the veterans land scandal while he was a member of the Senate’s general investigating committee.
After Jimmy’s discharge from the Army, he became active in the American Legion affairs. He served as the Brazoria County chairman for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. With the help of his many friends, Jimmy also started the Brazoria County 100 Club.
After his years of service to the citizens of Texas ended in 1963, he worked for the Dow Chemical Company until 1969, and then began a law practice with his sons, Jimmy, Jr. and Michael in 1970.
The “Senator” still had his law office in the “Phillips Building” across from the courthouse in Angleton until his passing.
Jimmy Phillips leaves behind his loving and devoted wife, Esther Heyne Phillips, who he married in 1938. Jimmy and Esther have two sons, Jimmy Phillips Jr. and Michael M. Phillips, who both practice law in the building built for their offices in Angleton, Texas.
Funeral services will be held on Jimmy and Esther’s farm in Bailey’s Prairie, Texas, at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2002, with burial in the Phillips family cemetery. A reception following the service will be held in the “red barn” at his home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Brazoria County 100 Club or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Palms Funeral Home in Angleton, Texas.

Lois M. Gardner
Funeral Services for Lois M. Gardner, 81, will be held at noon Thursday, January 17, 2002, at First Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. G. R. Holland officiating. Burial will follow in Peaceful Rest Cemetery in Angleton.
She passed away Friday, January 11, 2002, at Angleton/Danbury Hospital in Angleton. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 16, 2002, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Gardner Funeral Chapel in Angleton. A wake and memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 16, 2002, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church in Angleton.
She leaves to cherish her memories: one daughter, Janet G. Johnson (John); three sons: Edwin Gardner (Cabrienna), Roy Gardner (Michelle), Gilbert Gardner (Michele) all of Angleton; 13 grandchildren: Adrian, Sandy, Lakievia, Carla, Raylon, Edwin Jr., Gerry Jr., Janyce, Gilbert Jr., Frederick, Byron, Lance and Johnee; 13 great grandchildren; two sisters, Doris Remaker and Esther Brooks (James) both of Houston; one brother, Aaron Dean (Barbara) of Houston; four sisters-in-law: Zella Thompson of Galveston and Nedra Gardner of Los Angeles Cal., Rachel Gardner of Houston, and Gertrude Gardner of Cuero; three brothers-in-law: John D. Gardner of Los Angeles, Cal., Zeno Gardner of Cuero and Bennie Brown Sr. of West Columbia; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Active pallbearers will be Matthew Thompson Jr., William B. Brown, Oscar Brown, Benny Brown, Willie R. Jackson, Jeff Jackson, Shed Waddy, Gordon Waddy, Harry Waddy, Willie Dean Jr., Rev. Ronnie Dean, Demon A. Dean, Lagette Kemp, Lee Williams, and Joe Shelton. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons and officers of First Missionary Baptist Church.
Arrangements by Gardner Funeral Home of Angleton.

J.R. Glenn Sanders
Funeral services for J.R. Glenn Sanders, 82, of Cat Spring, Texas, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2002, at St. John Lutheran Church in Cat Spring, with Rev. Eugene Timm officiating.
Graveside services are under the auspices of Sealy Masonic Lodge at Cat Spring Cemetery.
Born in Dallas, Texas, J.R. was the son of Powell Glenn Sanders and Clara Mae (Tapp) Sanders. He grew up in Brownsville and Harlingen and attended school there. On February 21, 1939, Mr. Sanders and the former Miss Ethelyn Brooks were married in Los Fresnos, Texas. 
J.R. worked as an oil field Machinist, was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Cat Spring and a member of the Sealy Masonic Lodge.
He died Friday, January 11, 2002, in a Temple, Texas, hospital.
Survivors include his wife of almost 63 years, Ethelyn Sanders of Cat Spring; daughter, Mary Kathryn Sanders of Spring; sons, Ralph Lee Sanders and wife Frances of Lake Jackson, Robert David Sanders and wife Shirley of Cat Spring, and Russell Glenn Sanders and wife Dorothy of Houston; sisters, Dorothy Hill of Arkansas, Patsy Scott and husband Robert of Washington State, Anna Mae Schoefield and husband Bob of LaMarque and Jean Boles and husband Jerry of LaMarque; brothers, Albert Sanders of Baytown and Wayne Sanders and wife Frances; 17 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his parents, Powell and Clara Sanders; son, James Richard Sanders; sisters, Barbara McDonald, Ruby Jean Sanders; and brother, Lloyd Sanders.
Funeral services are under the direction of Knesek Family Funeral Chapel, 34 North Masonic, Bellville, Texas. 979-865-3121.

Leonard Martin Vaught
Leonard Martin Vaught, 78, of West Columbia, Texas, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Houston.
Leonard was born Aug. 19, 1923, in Munkstown, Texas, to Ed and Jewell Vaught. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. During his military career he served in the 36 Division and during the Italy and France campaign and was held as a prisoner of war in Germany. Leonard graduated from Southern Methodist University and received his master’s degree from the University of Texas. He worked for the U.S. Corps of Engineers, E.I. DuPont and retired from Dow Chemical Co. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 0503. Leonard also was a member of Columbia United Methodist.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine Vaught, of West Columbia; three children: Elliott L. Vaught of Houston, Karl M. Vaught and wife Pam of San Antonio, Sheryl E. Sherbrook and husband Phillip of Angleton; three step-children: Susan Gosler and husband Richard of Galveston, Vickie Gosler of Houston and Greg Gosler of Houston; five grandchildren: Duane Sherbrook, Travis Vaught, Sarah Sherbrook, Tyler Vaught and Austin Vaught; one brother, Edward L. Vaught and wife Ann of Sherman; brother-in-law, James Earl Riley and wife Wanda of Pensacola, Fla.; sister-in-law, Mary D. Thompson and husband Freddie of Coatesville, Pa.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Doris Jean Vaught.
Family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Lakewood Chapel. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2002, at Columbia Methodist Church with the Rev. Rex Carleton officiating.
Pallbearers will be Ernest Harnden, Howard Parker, Jack Newport, A. Carroll, Eddie Groth and Duane Sherbrook.
Honorary pallbearers will be Sam Clapp, Tommy Hanks, Earl Harrell, Joe Marshall, Jamie Pugh, Bob Swan and Adolf Wobbe.

Janice Y. Swinford
Funeral services for Janice Swinford, 67, of West Columbia are pending with Baker Funeral Home in West Columbia.
She passed away on Monday, January 14, 2002 at her residence.

Retha L. Wishert
Funeral services for Retha Wishert, 60, of Brazoria are pending with Baker Funeral Home in West Columbia.
She passed away on Monday, January 14, 2002 at Diagnostic Hosptial.

Sam Webb
Sam Webb, 71, of Alvin passed away Monday, January 14, 2002 in Webster, Texas. 
Visitation will be Tuesday, January 15, 2002 from 12 noon to 9:00 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2002 at the Oak Park Funeral Home Chapel in Alvin, Texas.
Interment will follow in the Oak Park Cemetery.
Arrangements by Oak Park Funeral Home, 300 Oak Park Drive, Alvin, Texas 77511. 281-331-8217.

Lonnie Charles Lewis
Lonnie Charles Lewis, 55, of Freeport, Texas, passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2002, at Bayshore Medical Center in Pasadena, Texas.
He was an area resident since 1981. Lonnie was formerly of Beaumont, Texas. He was a member of the Local Union 450 Operating Engineers and also a member of the Redman’s Lodge.
He is survived by six children, Ricky Steininger of Beaumont, George Steininger of Beaumont, Danny Richards of Wild Peach, Tammi Wessels and husband Wayne of Freeport, Perry Richards and wife Renee’ of Angleton and Barry Richards of Wild Peach; six grandchildren; one brother, Martin Lewis and wife Beth of Vidor; one sister, Carolyn Gresham and husband James of Vidor; and a special loving companion, Kathy McGee of Freeport.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, and his wife, Betty Lou Lewis.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, January 17, 2002, at Freeport Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, January 18, 2002, at Freeport Funeral Home in Freeport, Texas.
Interment will follow at Gulf Prairie Cemetery in Jones Creek, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, his family requests contributions to Anchor Baptist Church of Surfside or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Freeport Funeral Home in Freeport, Texas.

Mary Lee Prewitt
Funeral services for Mary Lee Prewitt, 78, of Brazoria, Texas, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2002, at Greater St. Paul Baptist Church in Brazoria, Texas, with Rev. John Elder officiating.
Burial will be in Peaceful Rest Cemetery in Brazoria, Texas.
She died Saturday, January 12, 2002, at Angleton-Danbury Hospital.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2002, at the Dixon Funeral Home Chapel in Brazoria.
Mrs. Prewitt was a member of Greater St. Paul Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, two sisters and a stepson.
Survivors include her husband, Arthur Prewitt Sr. of Brazoria; one daughter, Deborah Sue Thomas (Jerome) of Sweeny; a step-son, Arthur Prewitt Jr. (Ruth) of San Francisco, Calif.; two brothers, Sylvester Bullard (Liz) of Galveston and L.C. Bullard of El Campo; three sisters, Dorothy Bullard of Freeport, Ineta Bullard of San Francisco, Calif., and Jessie Helm of Brazoria; one grandson, Roderick Allen of Brazoria; two great-grandchildren, Temetria Allen and Rejina Allen, both of Bay City; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Active pallbearers will be Jay Cridell, Grady Johnican, Don Morgan, Marshall Wade Tims, Jackie Jackson and John L. Bonner.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jerome Thomas, Roderick Allen, Raymond Waddy Jr., Leroy Bryan Jr., Leslie Davis, Sylvester Bullard and L.C. Bullard.
Arrangements by Dixon Funeral Home of Brazoria, Texas.

Joe Angel Banda
Funeral services for Joe Angel Banda, 88, of Angleton, Texas, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, January 18, 2002, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Angleton, Texas, with Father Jamie Abercrombie officiating.
Visitation will be begin at 5 p.m., with a Rosary service at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 17, 2002, at Palms Funeral Home in Angleton.
Mr. Banda was born to Creseno and Annetta Banda in Yorktown, Texas, on August 3, 1913. He died on Tuesday, January 15, 2002, at Methodist Hospital in Houston.
His wife, Maria Banda; son, Shorty Banda; and sister, Margaret Rosette preceded him in death.
Survivors include two sons, Samuel Banda and Joe Banda, both of Angleton; one daughter, Cruz Zapata of Angleton; one brother, Thomas Banda of Cuero; four sisters, Carmel Rivera of Lubbock, Martha Olvera of Galveston, Pauline Banda of Victoria and Marcellina Moreno of Santa Fe; 18 grandchildren; and 40 great-grandchildren.
Active pallbearers will be Arthur Zapata, Adolf Banda, Ruben Dorbeckor, Santos Banda Jr., Sammy Banda Jr. and Manuel Zapata.
Arrangements by Palms Funeral Home in Angleton, Texas.

Ruby Faye Sherman
Funeral services for Ruby Faye Sherman, 79, of Angleton, Texas, are scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday, January 17, 2002, in the Palms Funeral Home Chapel in Angleton, Texas, with Dr. Rodney Bowman officiating.
Graveside services will beheld at 2 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2002, in the Mt. Mariah Cemetery in Briggs, Texas.
Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2002, at Palms Funeral Home Chapel in Angleton.
Mrs. Sherman passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2002, in Angleton, Texas.
Ruby Faye Sherman was born August 22, 1922, in Williamson County, Texas, to Norman Hubbard and Katie Cornish Insall Seward. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Angleton, the Friendship Sunday School Class for more than 50 years and the Order of Eastern Star-West Columbia Chapter No. 705. She had served as past Worthy Matron and was past Mother Adviser for Rainbow Girls in Angleton.
She is preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Floyd Seward; and her husband, Aubrey Sherman, in 1991.
Survivors include her son, Hubbard Sherman of Corpus Christi; daughters, Ruth Burt and LaNell Robinson, both of Angleton; brothers, James Seward of Odessa and Ray Seward of Austin; sister, Ruth Carr of Bastrop; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Sherman’s grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of usual remembrances, donations may be made to First Baptist Church TV Ministries, 237 E. Locust, Angleton, Texas, 77515 or Hospice Care Team, 107 West Way, No. 29, Lake Jackson, Texas, 77566.
Arrangements by Palms Funeral Home in Angleton, Texas.

Galeo Soria
Funeral services for Galeo Soria, 76, of Angleton, Texas, are pending with Palms Funeral Home in Angleton, Texas.
He died Tuesday, January 15, 2002, at Brazosport Memorial Hospital in Lake Jackson, Texas.

WAYNE ANDREW McWILLIAMS
Wayne Andrew McWilliams, 74, passed away, Thursday, January 17, 2002, at Angleton-Danbury Hospital in Angleton, Texas.
He was born November 26, 1927 in Tipton, Oklahoma.
Wayne earned a chemical engineering degree from the University of Oklahoma and began working for Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, Texas. Wayne spent his career of 44 years with Dow in various locations and countries including Europe and Canada. Wayne also served proudly in the United States Army and was a Korean Conflict Veteran.
He is survived by his wife of thirty years, Marga Weterings McWilliams; two sons and daughters-in-law, John Keith & Victoria McWilliams of Houston and Andrew Allison Jeanette McWilliams of League City; daughter and son-in-law, Nona Elizabeth & Mark Taylor of Houston; daughter, Captain Monique Gemma McWilliams of Little Rock, Arkansas; nine grandchildren, Heath McWilliams, Hillary McWilliams Correll & husband Wayne, Andy McWilliams, Jill McWilliams, Tiffani Juarez, Melissa Norton, Allison Taylor, Wayne Taylor and Jennifer Taylor; four great-grandchildren, Jasmine Norton, Drew Correll, Haley Correll and Gavin McWilliams; brothers-in-law & wives, Ad Weterings & wife Getty of the Netherlands and Willem Jan and Marie Therese Weterings of the Netherlands; and sister-in-law, Ineke Bruyns of the Netherlands.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 21, 2002 at the Lakewood Funeral Chapel with Rev. Lee Maxcy of the Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Lakewood Funeral Chapel in Clute, Texas.

LAWRENCE J. ARMSTRONG, JR.
Lawrence J. Armstrong, Jr., 76, of Friendswood, Texas, formerly of Manvel, Texas, died Wednesday, January 16, 2002, in Friendswood.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 21, 2002 in the Oak Park Funeral Home Chapel in Alvin, Texas, with Pastor Ralph Hobratschk officiating.
Interment will follow at the Manvel Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m., Sunday, January 20, 2002 at Oak Park Funeral Home.
Arrangements by Oak Park Funeral Home, 300 Oak Park Drive, Alvin, Texas 77511. 381-331-8217.

CARL WILLIAM BERRY, SR.
Funeral services for Carl William Berry, Sr., 35, of Sweeny, Texas, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 20, 2002 at Baker Funeral Home Chapel in Brazoria, Texas with Floyd Scott officiating.
Burial will follow at Brazoria Cemetery in Brazoria, Texas.
He was born Monday, July 4, 1966 in Buena Park, California and died Thursday, January 17, 2002 in Sweeny, Texas.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, January 19, 2002 at Baker Funeral Home in Brazoria.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Sweeny.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Berry of Sweeny; son, Carl Berry, Jr. of Sweeny; daughter, Carlie Berry of Sweeny; parents, Charles, Sr. & Jeanette Berry of Sweeny; brothers & sisters-in-law, Charles, Jr. & Kim Berry of Sweeny, Charlie Jones, Jr. of Brazoria and Mack & Kay Lynn Kubena of Sweeny; sisters & brother-in-law, Misty & Craig Kershaw of Lake Jackson and Joanna Willy of Lake Jackson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Steve Benton, Marvin Graham, Bubba Murray, Johnny Scott, Jimmy Shelton and Benny Thompson.
Arrangements by Baker Funeral Home in Brazoria, Texas.

SUSIE Y. KINNEY GARTIN
Susie Y. Kinney Gartin, 83, of Port Arthur, Texas, died Friday, January 18, 2002, at Oak Grove Nursing Home in Groves, Texas.
She was a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana and resident of Port Arthur, Texas, since 1922. She was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church of Port Neches and the Red Hussar Drum & Bugle Corp.
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 21, 2002 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves, Texas, with Rev. David Mahfouz officiating.
Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Port Arthur, Texas.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, January 20, 2002 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves, Texas.
Survivors include her daughters, Sue Zingleman of Lake Jackson and Beth Kincaid of Nederland; sisters, Mildred Louise Foster of Midland and Dorothy DeBretton Brown of Little Rock, Arkansas; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Levingston Funeral Home, 5601 39th Street, Groves, Texas 77619. 409-962-4455.

JOHN PAUL PENIX
John Paul Penix, 76, of Sweeny, died Thursday, January 17, 2002 in Sweeny, Texas.
Funeral services will be Monday, January 21, 2002 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Sweeny. The Rev. Jerl Watkins will officiate.
Burial will be at Sweeny Cemetery in Sweeny, Texas.
Visitation will be at Baker Funeral Home on Sunday, January 20, 2002 between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. in West Columbia.
Penix was born in Santa Rosa, Texas on Friday, May 15, 1925 and was a member of First Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Minnie Penix; wife, Vernida “Pete” Penix; and grandchildren, Sara and Tara Lackey.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, John Robert and Connie Penix of Gonzales, Louisiana; daughters, Iva Lee Penix of Cleveland, Terri Ellen Wilmore of Sweeny and JoAnna Lackey of Angleton; grandchildren, Kelley Turner, Holly Munsuz, Jeremy Penix, David Lackey, Kimmy Guerra and Patty Wilmore; great-grandchildren, Ozan Munsuz, Errick Wilmore, Darren Wilmore, Colton John Wilmore, Logan Turner and Samantha Turner.
Arrangements by Baker Funeral Home of West Columbia.

WILMA LEE RISNER
Wilma Lee Risner, 77, of Lake Jackson, Texas passed away Friday, January 18, 2002 at Cypress Woods Care Center.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, January 21, 2002 at the Lakewood Funeral Chapel with Brother B.F. Flowers of Brazoria First Assembly of God Church officiating. The family will greet friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral chapel.
Wilma was an area resident for 55+ years, and a faithful and devoted Christian of First Assembly of God Church in Lake Jackson, Texas.
She is survived by her children: Jimmy A. Risner Sr., Patsy Ruth Risner and Joe Wayne Risner; by grandchildren: Jimmy A. Risner Jr., Tammy G. Doughty, Barrett W. Risner, Chad E. Risner and Darren K. Risner; and by one niece and two nephews.
Funeral services by Lakewood Funeral Chapel.

MIRIAM GREENVILLE TODD
Services for Miriam Greenville Todd, 77, of Lufkin, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday in the Gipson-Metcalf Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kenneth Young officiating. Interment will follow in the Simpson Cemetery.
Mrs. Todd was born August 23, 1924, in the Redtown Community, Angelina County, Texas, the daughter of Emma (Redd) and Timothy Durham, and she died Saturday, January 19, 2002, at her residence.
Mrs. Todd was homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother. She was lovingly known by her husband as “Tiger.” She lived in Clute from 1951 to 1985 and had resided in Lufkin since then.
She was a former member of the Rebecca Lodge. She was a former Avon saleslady and won many awards for sales achievement. Mrs. Todd was a former cafe owner in Clute, and was the best “biscuit and chocolate pie” maker. She loved gardening and her dog, “Tiny.” Mrs. Todd was non-denominational.
Survivors include her husband, O.C. Todd of Lufkin; sons, Alvin Greenville, Jr. of Lake Jackson and Jerry E. Greenville of Pollok; daughter, Linda Rupert of Spring; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Bonnie Hill of Pollok and Zelta Wilkerson of Lufkin; brothers, Phillip Durham of Center, Tim Durham of Hudson and John Durham of Pollok; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Todd was preceded in death by her first husband Alvin Greenville, Sr., and her son, Dwayne “Bo” Greenville.
Pallbearers will be Raymond Moody, Wiley Todd, Ray Saxton, Chad Greenville, Lewis Hatchell and Larry LaCaze.
Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Greenville, Dwayne Greenville and Michael Greenville.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday evening at the Gipson-Metcalf Funeral Home of Lufkin.

Erma Lee Johnson
Funeral services for Erma Lee Johnson, 71, of Freeport are pending with Dixon Funeral Home of Brazoria. 
She died Saturday, January 19, 2002, at UTMB. in Galveston.

Lorene E. Stanford
Funeral services for Lorene E. Stanford, 72, of Brazoria, Texas, are pending with Baker Funeral Home.
She died Sunday, January 20, 2002, at Sweeny Community Hospital.

JAYLENE MICHELLE BLACK
Funeral Services for Jaylene Michelle Black, 25, of Brazoria will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, January 26, 2002 at the First Assembly of God Church in Brazoria with Rev. Dale Frankum officiating.
Burial will be in the Brazoria Cemetery.
She passed away Thursday, January 23, 2002 in Baileys Prairie.
Family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday, January 25, 2002 at the Dixon Funeral Home Chapel in Brazoria, Texas.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Bill Cork and Billye Jo Cork.
She is survived by her father, Jay Black of Lubbock, her mother, Terry G. Black of Brazoria; one daughter, Loraine S. Rangel of Brazoria; one brother, Mikel L. Black of Brazoria; one sister, Lashawna G. Black of Brazoria; grandparents, Bud & Hazel Black of Lubbock; aunts and uncles, Billy & Linda Cork, Malcomb & Allison Cork, Lonnie & Joyce Cork, Riley & Bobbie Whittington, Betty Faye Furgham, Freddy Cork, Carl Lee Cork, Cloudy Cork, Celeste Cork, Jacky & Levita Black.
Active pallbearers will be Billy Cork, Malcomb Cork, Luke Cork, Chris Cork, Phillip Black and Charles Black.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Whitting, Carl Lee Cork, Bobby Black, Claudy Cork, Riley Whitting ton and Michael Shane Cork.
Beloved Mother, and Sister who was loved by many special Friends and Family who will be missed greatly by everyone. She worked hard and tried to help everyone she knew. Be happy. Until we meet again. My Little Angel (Jaylene).
Arrangements by Dixon Funeral Home of Brazoria, Texas.

BARBARA AMELIA HOBBS
Funeral Services for Barbara Amelia Hobbs, 86, of Wharton will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 26, 2002 at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Rev. Paul Kersten and Rev. Robert Pfenning officiating. 
Interment will follow in the Wharton City Cemetery.
Barbara was born to Ed Berberich and Julia Heil Berberich on July 15, 1915 in Wharton County and passed away Thursday, January 24, 2002 in Bay City following an extended illness.
Friends may call at the Wharton Funeral Home between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., Friday, January 25, 2002.
Mrs. Hobbs was a homemaker and a life long resident of Wharton County. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, the Womens Circle and Quilting Club. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, raising flowers, and cooking for her family and friends.
She married Floyd William Hobbs on April 1, 1934 in Wharton and was preceded in death by him on February 5, 1978. She was also preceded in death by a son, James Hobbs; her sister, Jeanette Williams; and two brothers, Phillip and Eddie Berberich.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne & Pat Hobbs of Caldwell, Wilbur & Annita Hobbs of Lake Jackson Ray and Carole Hobbs of Van Vleck; brother, Louis Berberich of Wharton; 13 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Robert Hobbs, Duane Hobbs, Charles Hobbs, Jerry Hayslip, Paul Hobbs, David Hobbs, Timmy Hobbs and Aaron Lankston.
If desiring, memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 325 North East Ave., Wharton, Texas 77488.
Arrangements made by Wharton Funeral Home, 515 Boling Hwy., Wharton, Texas 77488.

DOROTHY B. MADDEN
Dorothy B. Madden, resident of Angleton since 1987, passed away, Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at Cypress Woods Care Center in Angleton at the age of 92.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Ryan Madden in 1983; two sons, Jerry & Ted Madden and one brother. 
She is survived by her son, Joe Madden of Alvin, one sister, Shirley Aribinko and two grandchildren.
Palms Funeral Home.

ELIZABETH TUCKER
Funeral Services for Elizabeth Tucker, 62, of Angleton are pending with Palms Funeral Home in Angleton, Texas.
She passed away, Wednesday, January 23, 2002.

GLADYS HESTER ARNOLD
Funeral Services for Gladys Hester Arnold, 92, of Angleton will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 26, 2002 at Palms Funeral Home with Rev. Carolyn Arnold Markham officiating.
Viewing at 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday, January 25, 2002.
Galdys was born July 6, 1909, transitioned from her earthly life on January 22, 2002. Mrs. Arnold was a resident of Angleton since 1944, and previously had lived in Danbury from 1930 until that time.
She was a beloved teacher. A graduate of Humble High School, Mrs. Arnold attended Sam Houston State Teacher’s College in Huntsville, where she received her teaching certificate. She furthered her education at University of Houston. After years of teaching according to the need of the school system in Danbury, Mrs. Arnold became the elementary school music teacher in Angleton, where she served for 19 years. She was famous for the spring music festivals in which she insisted every child in the elementary school system should participate. These extravaganzas were the highlight of many children’s early years of education.
As wife of County Judge Alton C. Arnold, Gladys served the County in many ways; especially during time of civil emergency. She volunteered with the Red Cross Disaster team during hurricanes and flooding. She served as hostess for social events, and all the while continued her teaching career.
Gladys Arnold was a founding member of the Angleton-Danbury Hospital Auxiliary and a founding member of the Retired Teacher’s Association. She served for 40 years as pianist/organist at First Baptist Church of Angleton, taught Vacation Bible School, and she was also a member of the Women’s Study Club and Embroidery Club of Angleton. She served for years as a Docent at the Brazoria County Historical Museum.
For the past 6 1/2 years Mrs. Arnold has been a resident of local nursing home, where she made many friends and in spite of the incapacities of her stroke managed to always muster a smile and friendly pat on the hand for others. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. 
She is survived by two children, Dr. W. Perry Arnold of Baltimore, Maryland and Rev. Carolyn Arnold Markham of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Grandchildren include Jon Arnold, Derek Arnold, Ronald Roberts, Claudia Metting, David Burks, Nancy Andrews, and Catherine Stefano; and as well as nine great-grandchildren.
In lieu of usual remembrances donations may be made in her honor to Brazoria County Historical Museum, 100 E. Cedar, Angleton, Texas 77515.

HANNAH LYN DeGROOT
The Mass of the Angels Funeral Service for Hannah Lyn DeGroot, 4, of Lake Jackson, Texas will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 26, 2002 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Lake Jackson, Texas with Monsignor Leo Wleczyk officiating.
She passed away, Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at her home.
Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Friday, January 25, 2002 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church with a Wake Service at 7:00 p.m.
Hannah attended preschool at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School. She was a happy little girl who lived an all too brief , but spirited life. She could sing like an angel and loved to dance, do gymnastics and play with her babies and her big brother, Max. She was a deeply loved daughter, sister, granddaughter, great granddaughter and niece, and a special friend to many. Hannah was and will always be a rich source of light, laughter and love for all who knew her.
She is survived by her parents, Jackie & Willem deGroot of Lake Jackson; her brother, Max deGroot; grandparents, Mary A. deGroot of Annapolis, Maryland & the late Dr. Volckherdt M. deGroot and Lynette A. & Dr. Marvin Dvorak of Omaha, Nebraska; her great grandfather, Milton A. Watson of Persia, Iowa; and her beloved friend and “Nana,” Patricia Head of Richwood.
Pallbearers are David Barber, Tim Bartholome, Bill Efaw, Steve French, Mark Kuettel, Ed Madenjian, David Vavra, and Bill Wiatt.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Hannah Lyn deGroot Memorial Fund for Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School at the Texas Gulf Bank.
Funeral Arrangements by Lakewood Funeral Chapel, Clute, Texas.

KATHRYN ROSE MILLIGAN
Funeral Services for Kathryn Rose Milligan, 62, of Angleton are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 26, 2002 at Community Baptist Church in Danbury, Texas with Brannon Revel officiating.
Burial will follow in Danbury Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Friday, January 25, 2002 at Palms Funeral Home in Angleton, Texas.
After a courageous fight with cancer, Kathryn passed away at her residence, Wednesday, January 23, 2002.
Kathryn was born to Jesse Herbert and Alma Jean Burgess Pfaff on November 13, 1939 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She was a loving wife, mother and grandma and had been a Brazoria County resident since 1962.
She is preceded in death by her father; brother, Herbie Dean Pfaff; sister, Patty Moustoufi and infant son Bobby Dean Milligan.
She is survived by her mother, Jean Pfaff of Dumas; husband, Bob Milligan of Angleton; son, Mark Milligan & wife Cyndi Kay of Scott Depot, West Virginia; daughters, Cindi Hamilton & husband Steve of Angleton and Denise Osborn & husband Scott of Danbury; sisters, Peggy Roberts & husband Billy of Dumas and Jerry Wright & husband Jack of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; and seven grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers will be Louis Warford, Bobby Allen, Dennis Milligan, Wayne Brady, Johnny Hatthorn and Johnny Williams.
Arrangements by Palms Funeral Home in Angleton, Texas.


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