2014 Obituaries

2014 Obituaries

Ronald Eugene Robinson
1945 – 2014

Ronald Eugene Robinson age 69, of Texas City, Texas passed away on November 30, 2014.  Ronald (Butch) Robinson was raised in Texas City and graduated from Lincoln High School.  He enlisted in the United States Navy where he served during the Vietnam War. There after He joined the Merchant Marines.

Ronald was proceed in death by his mother Annie Mae Saxton his youngest brother Arthur David Saxton and father Ernest Will Saxton.

Ronald is survived by his wife Rose Robinson of (27) years, daughter Nicole Robinson, granddaughter Dawnshea Robinson, and great grandson LiL (Peanut). His brother Farad Abdullah (Zoie Abdullah), Sister Ruth Saxton Sprigging, father in-law Clifton Jones (Helen Jones),and countless   numbers of family  members  and friends.

The family will receive guests for visitation and fellowship, and Friday, December 5, 2014 from 9A until 11A. Memorial service will be held Friday December 5, 2014 at 1 pm. Both Visitation and Memorial Service will be held at Bay Area Funeral Parlor, 5410 FM 1765 Texas City, Texas 77591, Rev. W. L. Randall of Greater St. Matthews Baptist will officiate the services, and memorial can be sent to the funeral home.

Elmo Giles
1920 – 2014

Elmo Giles was born, May 17, 1920.  To the union of Oslee and Travis Giles. He was educated in the public schools of Van Vleck, Texas.  He was a graduate of O.H. Herman, High School.

He was known for his Jovial attitude, his willingness to help others and his clever verbal antics.  He was employed and retired from Kroger’s.  At 18 years old he enlisted and served in the United States Army where he was released of duty with an Honorable Discharge.  He served as a faithful and loyal member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church.  He also served on the Usher Board #1 and became a Deacon of the church.  Some referred to him as the father of the church.
He was preceded in death by his parents Oslee and Travis Giles.  His son Tyrone Giles and Jesse Baylor, Stepson Eldridge Sellers III.  His first wife Elsie C. Giles and second wife Rosia Giles.

Elmo went to be with the lord on November 21, 2014 at his home in Texas.
Left to Cherish his memories are his sister Carrie Frierson, his children: Son Elmo Giles Jr. (Marsha) of Carrollton, Texas; Daughter Joyce D. Landry (Paul-deceased) of Galveston; Daughter Raphael H. Morgan (Ernest) of Dallas; His grandchildren: Terrance Giles, Alexandria Giles, Tiania Finch, Ainsley Landry, Paul Landry III, Erin Sterling (Job), Deanna Morgan, 4 great grand-kids.  A host of other Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Friends.  A very special friend Thelma Frater, John Ford, Eldridge Sellers IV and Jzacqu Sellers.

A special Thanks to Brianna and the entire staff of AMED Hospice as well as the entire staff of Libbies Place.

UPDATE: The family will receive guests for public viewing and visitation, Saturday, November 29, 2014 from 11AM until 1PM, immediately following the visitation, a Home-Going Celebration will be held for Elmo at 1PM. Both visitation and celebration services will be held at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 5202 Avenue K, Galveston, TX. 77551. Pastor Tim Allen, Sr. will officiate the service. Burial will follow the Service at Hayes Grace Memorial Park, in Hitchock, Texas. Memorial can be sent to the funeral home.

Opal Pauline Koehl
1926 – 2014

Opal Pauline Koehl was born March 4, 1926 in Little Rock, Arkansas to George Mason and Dorothular Cooper.  She passed away November 20, 2014, in Hitchcock, Texas, surrounded by her loving family.

Opal worked hard to provide for her family as a nurses aide, and also as a waitress, she always held two back to back jobs.  She was a caregiver to all, and stood by everyone even if you stumbled and fell. Opal was truly a fighter, and never wanted to give up on life, she was loved by all who knew her.

On April 22, 1948 she married James Woodrow Koehl, who has preceded her in death, they were soon to share their 60th wedding anniversary.  Opal is preceded in death by; Sara Evans, Deloris Mason, Gilbert Cisneros, Norma Lewis and Lauren Lewis.

Surviving to cherish her memories are her five children; James Busby, Felix Hoy, Mary Deacon, Kathryn Walker, and Marvin Koehl, as well as numerous grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, as several nieces and nephews whom she loved and stood by like they were her own. She will be missed by all.

Evelyn Yvonne Chambers
1951 – 2014

Evelyn Yvonne Chambers was born, October 1, 1951 in Galveston, Texas to Spellman and Marie Chambers. She was baptized at a young age at Johnson A.M.E. Church in Fort Worth, Texas. She received her calling from our Heavenly Father, on November 4, 2014 at Mainland Medical Center, in Texas City, Texas.

Evelyn graduated from Como High School in Fort Worth, Texas, and went on to receive her Associates Degree in Business from Bishop College. She worked as a supervisor at the Fort Worth State School, until her relocation to Texas City, Texas.She was known as a devoted mother to her children, and a loving friend.

Surviving to cherish her memories are her mother, Marie Chambers, her children; Bianca (Toi) Chambers, Bernard (Bubba) Chambers (Jalisha), grandchildren; Azahria O’Nae Glasker, Jayden Lujan, and Roshun Flores, sisters; Carrie Foley (Bill), Diana (Mimee) Deyon, and Corine Chambers, brothers, Nathaniel Tobey, Robert Washington (Debra), Spellman, Jr. (Ottie), and L.G. (Lizette) Chambers. Her Memories will continue to live on in our hearts.

A Memorial Service will be held, Thursday, November 13, 2014, in the chapel of Bay Area Funeral Parlor, 5410 FM 1765, Texas City, Texas 77591. Memorials can be sent to the funeral home.

Roy “Sack” Williams
1942 – 2014

Roy “Sack” Williams, passed away September 1, 2014 at his residence.  A public viewing will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 beginning at 1:30PM with a Memorial Service immediately following at 3PM.  Both viewing and visitation will be held at the Bay Area Funeral Parlor, 5410 FM 1765, Texas City, Texas 77591. Memorials can be sent to the funeral home.

Nathan Batiste
1938 – 2014

Nathan Batiste passed away August 31, 2014.  Memorial Services will be held Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 11:00 AM, in the chapel of Bay Area Funeral Parlor, 5410 FM 1765, Texas City, Texas 77591.  Memorial can be sent to the funeral home.  Dorthea Lewis Jones is the family funeral director.

Gilbert “Wolf” Loud, Sr.
1938 – 2014

Gilbert “Wolf” Loud, Sr. of Texas City, Texas passed away at his residence on Sunday, September 7, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Gilbert was born to Thelma and Johnny Loud in La Grange, Texas. He was a longtime resident of the Galveston County area and he retired from Union Carbide.

He leave to share his memories, his children, Gilbert Loud, Jr., Chris Loud and Charolette Loud Gardner; grandchildren; Curtis, Adrian, and Jason Journet, and Chrissy Loud; siblings, Bertha Davis and Lenox Loud, as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

A public visitation will be held Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 5PM, followed by the Life Celebration at 6PM. Both visitation, and celebration service will be held at Bay Area Funeral Parlor, 5410 FM 1765, Texas City, Texas 77591. Memorials may be sent to the funeral home. Dorthea Lewis Jones is the Family Funeral Director.

Royce Norman Strahan
1946 – 2014

On Sunday July 06, 2014 Royce Norman Strahan of Alvin, Texas for 40 years went to be with The Lord.  He was the Son of William Theodore Strahan and Ava Beatrice Duggan Strahan.  Royce was born on Mar 19, 1946 Houston, Texas. Royce was the Grandson of Theodore Lockwood Strahan and Daffie Ola Martin Strahan, Nicholas S Duggan and Climmie White Duggan.  Royce was the 6th Child born from William and Ava.

Growing up Royce worked on the farm and dropped out of school at a young Age and got himself a job to help his parents.  Royce went into the Army when he was 17 and went into the Vietnam war.  When he got out of the Army he married Rebecca Daughtry.  They had two sons together name Aaron and Scott Strahan.  Later on Royce and Rebecca got a Divorce and then Royce Married Ruth Lee Revels. Ruth had Two Children name Chris and Michael Revels.  Royce took them as his children. Chris and Michael took him as their father.
Royce was always working outside and enjoyed working in the garden, enjoyed going fishing. He would take all of his children on the boat and just go fishing.  He didn’t like sports, but would enjoyed watching his children and grand children play.

Royce is survived by His wife Ruth Strahan, Children Scott Strahan (Darla) of Alvin, Chris Revels (Tina) of Robstown, Michael Revels of Alvin. Grandchildren Austin Revels, Morgan Revels, Bryndan Strahan, and William Craig Revels. Sisters Evelyn Grimms (Tony) of Lufkin, Virginia Cain (Ronnie) of Lufkin, Twin Sister Joyce McCants (Billy) of Deer Park.  Brother Everett Strahan of Minneola.  Many Nieces and Nephews.

Royce is preceded in Death of His Parents William and Ava Strahan, His Son William Aaron Strahan, Sister Vivian Rankin (Sonny) Brother Robert Strahan.

Royce will be cremated. Service for Royce will be at the Strahan Residence on July 26, 2014 at 5:00PM for Family and Friends and that all knew him.

Reginald Mc Cloud
1956 – 2014

“Redno” was born January 18, 1956 in Galveston, Texas to Joe Mc Cloud and Delores Mitchell Sneed, the seventh of nine children.  He passed away in Texas City following a brief illness.  He was  raised in Texas City an educated in the Public Schools graduating in 1976 from Texas City High School.

He was an auto mechanic and worked for Malone Trucking Company for a number of years.  He had a passion for breaking down and rebuilding automobiles. Even as he was confined to his wheelchair he still found a way to repair cars.  Everyone in the neighborhood knew him and knew he would get you back on the road. When he could, Redno would always help.  Kind considerate and helpful was his way of life.

Redno is preceded in death by his son, Deshadray NeKeith Smith( Wadi); grandparents: parents; step-father, Aluster Sneed; siblings, Ralph Williams and LaFonda Sneed Cohen.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his daughter, Keya (Deyon) Mc Cloud Tigott; granddaughter, Alexandria Tigott; devoted siblings, Norris (Gwen)Williams, Jay (Glenda) Williams, Sybil (James) Oliver, Stephen (Georgetta) Randall, Wayne Mc Cloud, Bethal McCloud,  Myrtis (Joe) Kennedy, Rozelia Mc Clould, Joy (Glen) Lockett great great niece, Jaycee Branch and a host of other relatives and friends.  A special group (The Brotherhood), Cedric McCray, Terry Cotton, Charles Ray, Bokky Woodkins, Charles Lacy, Doug Alford, Mike Jones and devoted Nephew James Oliver, Jr. (Ebay).

Special thanks to Neuro Specialties 4th floor and Dr. Shaw at UTBM Galveston; Gulf Coast Health Care; AMED Hospice Team, First Baptist Church, Dorthea Jones and the Staff of Bay Area Funeral Parlor.

Helen Williams
1941 – 2014

On October 24, 1941, a beautiful baby daughter was born to the late Kassie Bell Jenkins and the late Arthur Lee Woolbright, in Marlin, Texas.  Her name was Helen, and she was the second child of eight.  Helen was a very happy child, and she was loved by her parents and siblings with whom she got along with well.  Helen attended George Washington Carver in Navasota Texas, and went on to graduate from George Washington Carver High School in Baytown, Texas.

Helen was joined in Holy Matrimony to the late Joe Warren Williams.  In their union they brought forth two children, who were the loves of their lives; Joe, Jr. and Anita Faye.  Helen was an excellent wife and mother.

Helen was employed for many years with the postal service.  She was a Jehovah’s Witness and was an active participant in Field Services and all endeavors that they were involved with.  Helen loved the word of God and applied it to her life.

Preceding her in death are her parents; Arthur Lee and Kassie Bell, her husband, Joe Warren Williams, brother, Willie James Washington, and two sisters; Kassie Bell Bundage and Versia Mae Baker.

Surviving to cherish her memories are her two devoted loving sons; Joe Williams (Debbie), and Leon Robinson; a devoted and loving daughter, Anita Faye Wright (Tyrone), two granddaughters; Nyjia and Anonda, grandson, Joshua Curley, maternal aunt, Willie Blake, sister; Ida Clark (Richard), Theresia Smith, Sandra Curley, and Christine Greenwood.

The family will receive guests for viewing and visitation from 11AM until 1PM, Thursday, June 19, 2014, in the Chapel of Bay Area Funeral Parlor, 5410 FM 1765, Texas City, TX  77591.  A funeral service will be held at 1PM, in the Chapel of Bay Area Funeral Parlor, with Brother Norris Scott, will officiate the services.  Memorials may be sent to the funeral home.

Floyd D. Turner
1935 – 2014

Mr. Floyd D. Turner affectionately known as Sonny to his family, was born in Henderson County, Texas on November 12, 1935 to the late Sham and Fannie Turner. Mr. Turner was a construction worker for over 50 years. He established his own business Floyd Turner & Company.

Mr. Turner was a resident of Houston, Texas for over 50 years, where he was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church.

Floyd was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Johnson, his son, Gregory Turner, parents; Fannie and Sham Turner, brothers; Ervin, Sham, Jr., and Robert Turner, and sisters; Addie Lloyd, Fannie Sloan, Elsie Jackson, Lauren Norman, and Irene Lee.

He leaves to cherish his memories a daughter, Sheila E. Turner (Lee), two sons; Floyd D. Hayden, and Christ Bonney, two sisters; Theola Yarbrough and Johnnie Mae Watkins; three granddaughters; Samantha Sumlin, Chloe Turner, and Briea Sumlin, grandson, Elijah Bonney, great granddaughter, Jadyn Shankle, and great grandson, Chase Sumlin. He also leaves behind a loving pet, April, and many devoted neices, nephews, and friends.

The family will receive guests for viewing and visitation from 9-11AM, in the chapel at Bay Area Funeral Parlor, 5410 FM 1765, Texas City, TX. 77591. The Homegoing Celebration for Mr. Tuner will begin, at 11AM immediately following the visitation. Interment will be held at Mainland Memorial Cemetery, immediately following the service. Memorials can be sent to the Funeral Home.

Linda Lewis
1964 – 2014

With loved ones by her side, Linda “Linda Faye” Lewis slipped away on May 25, 2014. She was born June 25, 1964 to Maggie Lee and Rev. Richard Austin, Sr..  Linda grew up in Hitchcock, TX  with her family and later moved to La Marque, TX.

She is preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Richard, Jr. David and Thomas Austin.

She leaves to cherish her memories, her children, Chirrell  De Wayne Austin, Nathaniel Boykins, Eddrikka Lewis and Eddrena Lewis; her siblings, Evelyn M. Preston, Ivy Rose Brown, Albert James Austin; six grandchildren nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.  Rest in peace we will miss you.

A Public Visitation will begin Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM followed by Funeral Services at 1:00 PM.  Both Services will be held  in the Chapel of Bay Area Funeral Parlor 5410 FM 1765 Texas City, TX 77591.  Rev. Booker T. Brown, Jr., will officiate the services.  Burial will follow at Mainland Memorial Cemetery, Hitchcock, TX 77591.
Memorials may be sent to the funeral home.

Eva Mae Warner
1942 – 2014

Eva Mae Johnson Warner, was born July 18, 1942 in Galveston, Texas to John Johnson and Theodosia Deyon Johnson. She  grew up and attended school in Galveston.  She worked in La Marque Schools and various Nursing Homes in the area.  She was currently working as a medication aide at Bay Oaks Nursing Home. She loved to cook, play bingo and entertain her friends. Eva is preceded in death by her parents and grand parents; sisters, Shirley Hurst and Cora Burnside. She is survived by her son, John Wayne Johnson (Joanne); stepmother, Lorna Johnson; siblings, Bonnie Davis, Betty Watts, Tammy Dupree and Vickie Petty; loving brother-in-law, Robert Watts; nieces, nephews, a special niece, Edna Singleton and a host of other relatives and friends.

A Visitation will be Noon, Saturday, May 24, 2014 followed by Memorial Services at 2:00 PM.  Both services will be held at Carnes Funeral Home 3100 Gulf Freeway Texas City, TX 77591. The family has chosen a private disposition.

Willie Ed Matthews, Jr.
1988 – 2014

Willie Ed Matthews Jr. spread his wings and followed God into Heavenly gates on May 6, 2014. Willie was born February 23, 1988 in Texas City, TX to Willie Sr. and Toni Landry.  He was affectionately known by his family and close friends as “Chill”. To know him was to love him. He had a warm and caring heart, a contagious smile and the greatest sense of humor.

Willie attended DISD schools and learned who God was at a very early age being reared in Dickinson, Texas by his Aunt/Mother, the late Ella Landry Owens. He participated in different school activities including wheelchair basketball, which was his favorite sport. He later became a resident of Hitchcock and attended school there being named Mr. Sophomore in 2004-2005 and graduating in the class of 2007 which was a proud moment and great accomplishment for Willie. He continued  his walk with God, joining the family of Greater St.  Matthews Baptist Church also in Hitchcock, Tx.

He is preceded in death by his brother Jerrodi A. Landry, his Aunt like Mother Ella L.Owens , grandparents Wilbert Matthews and Mark and Essie Ward but leaves so many to celebrate and cherish his legacy of love and devotion in Gods care.

His father  Willie Sr (Sandra Kay) of Bay City, TX.  Dad Marvin L. Conner of Hitchcock, TX.  Mother Toni Landry Conner and Step-dad Jonathan Deal of Killeen, TX. brothers  Jumar Matthews (Ju’Miya), Simmeon Landry (Ayce) and Quinton Conner (Camryn) ; step-brothers Chris Helms and Damien Deal;  devoted friend/brother Ramone Cross (Ja Quayla) and God brothers Jaden Collins and Percy Ray Jr. Sisters Tynesha Matthews (Tierra, Justice and Jermaine) Tosha Matthews (Toshell, Trey, Thaddieus, and Tabyus), La Toria Cahee (Mike and Destin);  step sisters Angela Helms (w/3 children) , Alexus Deal and God sister RaKell Landry (Chance); Aunts Clethia Moore, Anita Hayes; Uncles Harold Matthews, Donald Matthews and RayAllen Ward; devoted Uncles Raywood  F. Landry, Jr (Alicia)and Doug Landry (Katrice); his Grand-parents Effie Clark (Winston)and Raywood F. Landry, Sr. (Marie),  Eddie Mae Matthews, Louvenia Henry ; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A special thanks to Precious Teno and Larry Venzant for opening their hearts and home to my precious son ‘Chill’ and providing him with devoted love and care. Thank you to Amarette Landry, LaToria Cahee, Clinay Long, and Au’mery Teno for any help and/or assistance that you offered to Precious and Larry.

The family will receive guests for viewing and visitation, Saturday Morning, May 17, 2014 from 9AM until 10AM, at Greater St. Matthews Baptist Church, 6333 Highway 6, Hitchcock, TX. 77563. Rev. W. L. Randall will officiate the home going celebration beginning at 10AM also at Greater St. Matthews. Memorials can be send to Carnes Funeral Home, 3100 Gulf Freeway, Texas City, TX. 77591.

Bobbie Ruth Jenkins
1951 – 2014

Bobbie Ruth Jenkins, was born March 28, 1951, in Wharton, Texas to Josie Mason, and Billy Franklin. Bobbie was called home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, May 7, 2014 in Webster, Texas. Awaiting her arrival in heaven are her parents, Josie Mason and Billy Franklin, and her brother, Patrick Mason.

Bobbie leaves behind to cherish her memories, her husband, Sylvester Jenkins, her children; Sherman Jones (Ivette), Patricia Jones- Greer (Anthony), George Jones (Viola), Adam Jones, Sr., Tyra Jones, and Davion Mason, her siblings, Walter Mason (Alicia), Andrew Mason (Cheryl), Johnny Mason (Ruth), Anthony Mason, Joyce Archie (Daryl), Lorena Mason, Pamela James (Harry), Mary Nelson (Larry), and Catherine Miokiff (Willie), as well as, ten grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. She will be missed by many.

The family will receive guests for public viewing and visitation Thursday morning, May 15, 2014 from 9AM until 11AM at Carnes Funeral Home, 3100 Gulf Freeway, Texas City, Texas 77591. A Funeral Service will begin at 11AM sharp, also at Carnes Funeral Home, Pastor Walter Abernathy will officiate the service, and deliver the Eulogy. Interment will follow immediately at Rising Star Cemetery, La Marque, Texas. Davion Mason, Andrew Mason, Johnny Mason, Domonique Johnson, Harry James, and T. Cockrell will serve as pallbearers. Memorials can be sent to the funeral home.

Theodore Alvin Cutley
1968 – 2014

On June 15, 1968 Theodore Alvin Cutley born to the late Ida Mae Cutley and Sherwood Lyles, Sr. He confessed Christ at an early age at the Friendship Baptist Church in Natchitoches, LA.

Theodore Alvin Cutley was called home to rest eternally on May 5, 2013.

Theodore leaves behind his father Sherwood Lyles, Sr. He leaves three sisters behind to cherish his memory; Margaret Bobb McDaniel (Arthur), Wanda Cutley (Terry), Anne Marie Cutley. He leaves behind one brother Stanley James Bobb. To further cherish his memories he leaves behind a host of aunts, uncles, neices, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Davion Alexander, Jr.
1980 – 2014

Davion Alexander Jr. of LaMarque, TX passed away on April 27, 2014 at Clear Lake Regional Hospital in Webster, TX. Davion was born June 19, 1980 in Galveston, TX to Lois Colvin and Davion Alexander.  Davion attended school in Texas City I.S.D and later obtained his G.E.D.

Davion had a very likable personality, and was loved by many.  To him there was no such thing as a stranger; he spoke to them all.  He enjoyed most spending time and being in the company offamily and friends.  Greeting him at heavens gates his son Baby Elijah Davion Alexander and bothsets of Grandparents.  He leaves to cherish his memories are his sons Kaivis Simien, Mason Alexander, Jaxx Alexander, and stepson Gregory Stevenson. Parents Lorenzo Colvin (Step- Father) Lois Colvin, and Davion Alexander Sr. His sister Sheena Colvin and nephews Dylan and Devin Savage. And special friend Jillian Claussen. And a host of Cousins and friends.

The family will receive guests for viewing and public visitation Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 12 Noon until 2PM, at Bay Area Funeral Parlor, 5410 FM 1765, Texas City, TX. 77591. Reverend S. D. Siverand, Bay Area Funeral Parlor Staff Chaplain, will officiate the funeral services beginning immediately after the visitation at 2PM. Interment will follow the services at Galveston Memorial Park.  Memorials can be sent to the funeral Home.

Irene Dennis
1949 – 2014

On April 19, 2014 Irene, our dear mother, sister, friend and grandmother left this world to seek a peaceful rest. She brought joy to everyone and that joy will be in our hearts forever. We will always love her and cherish her, and spread her joy to all.

Memorial Service
May 9th @ 2:00pm
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
281-333-4535
18220 Upper Bay Rd.
Houston, Tx 77058

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make donations to Gloria Dei’s Care Ministries or Shut-in Ministry. We feel that these programs exemplify Irene’s passion for caring for others.

Joyce Lynette Gilbert East
1952-2014

Mrs. Joyce Lynette Gilbert East was the fourth child of Haymon and Jewel Gilbert born in Galveston, Texas on October 19, 1952. At an early age she received Christ and attended Live Oak Baptist Church in Galveston, Texas.

Joyce graduated from Ball High School with the class of 1971.  After the completion of her education, Joyce united in holy matrimony with Mr. Walter Jefferson Sr. (Speedy) in 1974 and they were blessed with four children. In 1983, Joyce united in holy matrimony with Mr. Lonzo East and they were blessed with one daughter.

Joyce was first employed at UTMB as a unit clerk. She then left the medical field and attended college in the field of Cosmetology. Joyce then found her passion in caring for children. For several years, Joyce was the owner and operator of the Buttons and Beaus Day Care Center where she diligently and cheerfully cared for children in the community. She touched the lives of many children and their parents.

Joyce was known for her loving and caring personality and for having a home that was always filled with love, laughter and life by all who knew her. Joyce’s home was the house in the neighborhood where all the kids gathered and felt comfortable because of her welcoming spirit.

Joyce was a faithful and loved member of the Willing Workers Baptist Church in Texas City, Texas where she sang in the church choir and was a dedicated servant on the Usher Board. She could be found every Sunday fulfilling her duties with a grand smile and a joyful stride in her walk as she warmly welcomed God’s people into the house of the Lord.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Haymon Gilbert and Jewel Arceneaux. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 31 years, Lonzo East of Hitchcock, Texas, sons Walter L. Jefferson (Jermillah) of La. Marque,TX, Patrick Jefferson, Andre Jefferson, Paul Jefferson, Ben East, and daughters Delonza Blue (Freddie), Yolanda Fisher, Denise Herring, Crystal Shorts, and Joanne Cade, all of Texas City, Texas, brothers Haymon T. Jahi (Aminah) of San Jose, CA, James L. Gilbert (Jackie) of Texas City, TX., and Bobbie Arceneaux Jr. of Phoenix, AZ., and sisters Sandra Batiste of Hitchcock, TX., Delores Martin of Texas City, TX., Marilyn Doty of Galveston, TX., Sarah Bunton (Leon deceased) of Lubbock, Texas, Dorie J. Gilbert of Austin, TX., and Barbara J. Collins (James) of Kingsville, TX., step siblings, Douglas Venters, Dora Venters, Irvin James Gilbert, and Leonard Brooks, 12 grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends, including devoted friends, Pearlette Thomas and Alice Fletcher. Joyce will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

On Saturday, April 5, 2014 the family will receive guests for public viewing at 12PM followed by the home-going celebration beginning at 1:00pm. Services will be held at Willing Workers Baptist Church located at 801 29th Street, Texas City, TX.  Flowers may be sent to Carnes Funeral home at 3100 Gulf Freeway, Texas City, TX 77591.

Sharon Denise Moore
1966-2014

On February 11, 1966 in Lufkin, Texas, a beautiful baby girl was born to Vera Moore and Erastus Moore, they named her Sharon Denise Moore. She was educated in the public schools of Hitchcock, TX, and worked as a home health provider until her health failed.

On March 23, 2014, God said to Sharon, “take my hand, you have earned your wings.” Sharon went home to be with the Lord. Greeting her in heaven are her grandparents; Minnie and Finis Scott, and Exia and Walter Moore, and her father, Erastus Moore.

She leaves to cherish her memories; her sons Dafford Ray Moore and Bernard Moore of Texas City, her mother; Vera Mae Moore of La Marque, Texas, sisters; Bridget Moore and Lisa Moore of La Marque, Texas, Trena Alegria (Manuel) of Texas City, Texas, and brother, Nathan Moore of La Marque, Texas.

The family will receive guests for a public viewing, Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM, followed by a funeral service at 1 PM, in the Chapel of Bay Area Funeral Parlor. Reverend Randy Wells will officiate the service. Burial will follow immediately at Rising Star Cemetery, in La Marque, Texas. Memorials can be sent to the funeral home.

Robert “Bubba” Richardson
1955-2014

Robert “Bubba” Richardson departed his life on March 19, 2014 at Clear Lake Regional Hospital in Webster, Texas at 11:11pm, with his family and friends by his side. His passing brought sadness to all who knew and loved him. He had a loving and caring spirit that left an impression on everyone’s heart with whom he came in contact with. He was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, father, grandfather, and friend.

Robert Edward Richardson was born May 29, 1955 to Jessie Mae Richardson(Ferguson) in Navasota, Texas. He attended Dickinson High School where he graduated with the class of 1972. After working for Frito Lay for a short time, he was then hired on at Brown & Root in Pasadena, Texas where he was employed for over 32 years. Robert confessed his life to Christ at an early age, and later rededicated his life at Greater New Hope in Dickinson, Texas under the leadership of Dr. William H. King III. In his spare time, Robert enjoyed cooking, playing pool and dominoes, spending time with his family and closest friends, and dancing and singing to zydeco and old school blues.

As he reaches the heavenly gates, there he will be greeted by his mother, Jessie Mae Ferguson, wife, Jacqueline Moore-Richardson, brother, Alfred Richardson, and his sister, Ethel Faye Richardson. He leaves to cherish his memories: 2 daughters, Ollie Marie Richardson(Reginald) of Texas City, and Mercedes  Richardson(Dennis) of Dickinson, Texas, stepson Bernard Moore(Nikki) of Cleveland, Ohio, his brother Bobby Richardson(Stacey), and his sisters Denise and Brenda Ferguson, all of Dickinson, Texas, special friend Lesa Jenkins, also mother of Mercedes, (2) aunts: Mary Helen of Navasota, Texas,  and Cora Richardson of LaMarque. Texas, (1) granddaughter: Aiyana Lagway, (1) stepgrandson: Bernard Moore Jr., along with a host of nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

The family will receive guests for viewing and visitation, Saturday, March 29, 2014, from 9 AM until 11AM, at Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 1725 Texas Highway 3, League City, TX. 77573. A home-going celebration will be held at 11AM, immediately following the viewing at Greater New Hope MBC, Dr. William H. King, will officiate the ceremony. Interment will follow immediately at Rising Star Cemetery.

Dorothy Louise Hanks Murphy
1932-2014

 Dorothy Louise Hanks Murphy departed this life on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 after a lengthy illness.  She was born January 14, 1932 in Galveston, TX  where she was educated in the Public Schools and graduated from Central High School in 1950.  She was a graduate from Franklin Beauty school and she worked as a beautician until her retirement. She relocated to Texas City, TX in 2000 to be closer to her family.  

Dorothy was a devoted mother, grandmother great grandmother and sister.  She leaves to cherish her memories, her children, Terry Hanks (Charlene), Kevin Hanks, Steven Hanks, Glenda Hanks, Melody Hanks Moses; siblings, Melvia Hall Johnson and Lawrence Hall, Sr.; 23 devoted grandchildren a host of great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren; nieces nephews, many friends and a devoted cousin, Gertie Mavis.

Special thanks to the Staff of Gulf Healthcare, Texas City, TX , UTMB 10th Floor and A-Med Hospice.

A Service Celebrating Her Life will be held Saturday, March 8, 2014 at NOON in the Chapel of Bay Area Funeral Parlor 5410 FM 1765 Texas City, TX 77591. Dr. Ira Antoine will officiate the Celebration.  Memorials may be sent to the Funeral Home. The family has selected a private burial at a later time.   

“Assuring a unique service to our client families with distinction and humility.” Dorthea Lewis Jones, Funeral Director.

John L. Arrow
1919-2014

On December 13, 1919, the name John Lewis Arrow was penned in the book of life.  He was born in Franklin, Louisiana, to the parentage of Joseph and Clara Battle Arrow.  He was a handsome baby boy bringing joy to his family.  He was nurtured in a close loving home.  His journey with the Lord began when he was a young child; he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior and was baptized.  He was educated in the public schools of Galveston, graduating from Central High School.  He gallantly served his country through the United States Navy, serving a tour of duty during World War II.

John was united in marriage to Seretha O. Shaw until her untimely death.  In November 1974, John was united in marriage to Lillian Wright Green.  For 39 years, John and Lillian maintained a loving family and beautiful home while developing lasting and enduring friendships and loyalty to friends and family.  John’s horticulture expertise and love of nature resulted in them enjoying many moments of pride in their vegetable and fruit orchards and lots of trees and flowers.  John had a “my way” persona.  He was a man of great strength with a strong work ethic.  He would not accept the word no.  He was the first African-American Fireman at Carbide Chemical Company in Texas City.  He gave valuable service as an employee retiring after decades of service.  He could build anything, if you envisioned it, he saw it he could build it.

John knew that God could do anything and he stood on this principle until God called him home.  He was a member of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, he served under the leadership of Reverend B.J. Hunter faithfully until his health began to fail.

John was one of a kind, a very unique individual.  He was very tough at times but he loved his family.  He leaves a legacy of strength, courage and love to his family and friends.

On Friday, February 21, 2014 the Book Of Life for John Lewis Arrow closed with the inscription “resting until the rapture”.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Clara Arrow, first wife, Seretha O. Arrow, sister, Ada Mae Hobgood, his second wife, Lillian Arrow and other loved ones.

He leaves a legacy of love with his family, his children through marriage, Albert III (Shirley) Green, and Mary Louise Green; his niece that he raised as his daughter, Sandra H. Sherow; his grandchildren, Sonya M. Sherow, Sheronda K. Sherow, Tracie Lemons, Dormesha (Harvey) Wheaton and Trenise (Previn) Duckens; nieces, Carolyn H. Reddic and Augustine H. Spiller; his daughter-in-law, Paula Green; a host of great-grandchildren, great-nieces and nephews, in-laws, cousins and friends.

A Public Visitation is scheduled for Saturday March 1, 2014 at 9:00am followed by A Service to Commemorate His Life at 11:00am.  Both services will be held at Bay Area Funeral Parlor 5410 FM 1765 Texas City, TX 77591.  Reverend S. D. Siverand will conduct the services.  Burial will immediately follow at Mainland Memorial Cemetery Hitchcock, TX.  Memorials may be sent to the Funeral Home.

Thomas “Boo-Boo” Lee Oliver
1937-2014

On Thursday,  February 6, 2014, God called him home.  Thomas “Boo-Boo” Lee Oliver was born in Galveston, Texas on August 1, 1937 and resided in West Texas City. He was born to Thomas Lee Oliver, Sr. and Pearl Britton Oliver. He accepted Christ at an early age.

He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas Lee and Pearl Louise Oliver of La Marque, Texas; grandparents Thomas James Britton and Adeila Britton; children. Thomas Lee Oliver and Orian Lee Oliver.

Thomas was a devoted husband to Carol Oliver. His children are James Douglas, Gregory Oliver, Gwendolyn Wyatt,  Shanda Baker, Thomas J. Oliver, Bridgette Nobles, Sonia Martin, and Glendia Josey. Grandchildren are, Ritia Britton, Stacy and Angel Allen,  Nikeisha and Rodney Gamble,  James, Jr. and Jacoby Oliver, and Katie Oliver. Thirteen Grandchildren;  David Oliver (Shirlene), Faye Stewart (David), James Oliver (Sybil), and Denise Call.

Janice Todd
1952-2014

Janice Todd went to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 2, 2014. She was born September 28, 1952 in Galveston, Tx. to Willie B. and Roy Williams. She married Larry Todd in January, 1976. She graduated from La Marque High School in May, 1972. She lovingly worked as a home health aide for several patiends.

Janice was preceded in death by her father, Roy Williams, sister, Deborah Holmes and step father Bishop Robert Wiltz, Sr.
Surviving to cherish her memories are her mother, Willie B. Wiltz, sisters, Sandra James, Lisa Bell Wilson (Leon), Martha Clark and Linda Colbert; brother, Robert Wiltz, Jr.; aunts, Ina Mae Jackson and Sarah Colbert; Uncle, Platt Williams, neices, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

The family will received guest for visitation, Saturday Morning, at 11AM at Bay Area Funeral Parlor, 5410 FM 1765, Texas City, TX. 77591. A Funeral Service will be held at 1PM, also at Bay Area Funeral Parlor. Memorial can be sent to the funeral home.

Charlotte Stapleton
1945-2014

Charlotte was born July 31, 1945, in Angelina County, Texas.  She was a life long resident of Texas.  She passed away at her home January 19, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

Charlotte formerly worked at KTLW radio station as the top sells person, and she later became beautician. She loved working with arts and crafts, and she was a true animal lover. She will be missed by many.

Her parents, Curtis J. and Mary Ann Ashworth, preceded her in death.

Surviving to cherish her memories are her children; Cheryl Sifuentes and husband Ben of Port Arthur, Texas, and Curtis Reader and wife Marigail Reader of Texas City, Texas, Grandchild; Autumn Orange, Matthew Koen, Joseph Koen, Salina William McLaren, Thomas McLaren, Daniel Reader, Hunter Reader, and Amelia J. Miller.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11AM, at Trinity Baptist Church, 2220 29th St. North, Texas City, TX. 77591. Bro. Hector Rodriguez will Officiate the Services.

Leon Robert Lee, Sr.
1936-2014



Leon Robert Lee, Sr., known as Robert Lee, was born February 15, 1936 in Galveston, TX to Mary and Perry Lee.  He attended and graduated from Public School in Galveston, TX.  Robert was a Semi-Professional Bowler, winning a National Bowling Award for bowling “A Perfect Game”.  He also was an avid fisherman.  He retired from Todd Shipyard where he worked as a painter.  He married Alice Gee and to this union two sons were born, Leon Robert Lee, Jr. and James Lee.  He passed away peacefully January 12, 2014 in Webster, TX.

He is survived by his loving wife, Alice Gee Lee; sons, Leon Robert Lee, Jr. (Sophrenia), and James Lee; 5 grand children and 7 great grand children; sisters Mary Ada Johnson and Pauline Blockman and a many other relatives and friends.

A Public Visitation will begin Saturday, January 25, 2014  at 9:00 AM followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 AM.  Both Services will be held at Bay Area Funeral Parlor Chapel 5410 FM 1765 Texas City, TX 77591.  The Services will be conducted by Reverend Thaddeus J. Brown, pastor of New Light Missionary Baptist Church 6538 MLK  BLVD, Hitchcock, TX 77563.  The family will receive visitors at New Light Church following the burial at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery Hitchcock, TX.
Dorthea Jones, Funeral Director.  Memorials may be sent to the Funeral Home.

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