Haley Nicole Pruitt
Baby Haley Nicole Pruitt, was born into this world and into the arms of her heavenly father January 30, 2004. She was born to James Elliott and Stacey Lynn Pruitt of Deer Park. She is lovingly survived by her parents and one brother Hunter Logan Pruitt of Deer Park; grandparents, Connie & Bob Nicholson of Deer Park; Beverly Stockwell of Pasadena; Larry & Jennie Harper of Pasadena and Ronnie & Margaret Frazier of Friendswood; great- grandparents, Jay Higgins of Pasadena; Elenora Green of Magnolia and Ralph and Judy Frazier of Pearland.
Graveside services were held February 5, 2004 in Grandview Cemetery under the direction of Carter Funeral Home.
Bela Lee Watson
Mr. Bela Lee Watson, Jr., 74, of Onalaska, Texas, formerly of the North Channel area, passed away January 20, 2004 after a long illness. Mr. Watson was born April 17, 1929 in Fort Stockton, Texas to Bela L. Sr. and Ethel Lucile Watson. He worked as a mechanical engineer for many years with Klean Kote which later became a part of Schlumberger. He was also with Union Carbide and Pipeline Dehydrators. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who was always willing to help those around him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as by three sisters, Peggy Watson, Jean Watson and Delores Thrash and stepson Dennis Capps. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Erline Kessler Watson; daughter and son-in-law, Beckie & Dean Brown; son, Dayries Watson of California; brother, Robert Glen Watson; grandchildren, Vincent Corbett, Kelly Ford & husband Russell, and Cory Brown; great-grandchildren, Davon Corbett, Samantha Ford and many many nieces, nephews and friends.
A celebration of Bela Watson's life was held Friday, January 23 at Carter Funeral Chapel with Mr. Watson Allen and family officiating. He was privately laid to rest in Rosewood Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Carter Funeral Home. Family has requested that in lieu of usual remembrances, donations may be made to Tipton Orphans Home, P.O. Box 370, Tipton, OK 73570.
Charlie William Marsh
Charlie William Marsh, Jr., 56, of Houston, passed away January 17, 2004. He was born May 1, 1947 in Houston to Charlie Marsh Sr. & Stella Vrana Marsh. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the U.S. Army and had worked for 22 years as a Captain of the motor vessel Sam Houston with the Houston Port Authority until taking an early retirement.
Mr. Marsh is survived by one son, Charlie William Marsh, III of Houston and daughter & son-in-law, Tabitha V. and Beau Beaty of Deer Park. He also leaves mother, Stella Marsh of Houston; sisters, W.A. "Bill" Marsh of Houston; Stella Clark & husband Martin of Marshall, Texas and Charlene Gulley & husband Butch of Crosby, Texas; two grandchildren, Mason & Jake Beaty.
Services were held January 21, 2004 at Faith Memorial Baptist Church with Rev. James Morris officiating. He was laid to rest in Brookside Memorial Cemetery with full military honors by the American Legion Post 586 Memorial Team, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Charlie W. Marsh, III, Lee Ordonio, R.D. Thompson, James Williams, Travis Brockan and Marsh Clark. Honorary pallbearers, Mason and Jake Beaty, Beau Beaty, Larry Brockhan and Gary Prochaska.
Bettie Sue Ellisor
Bettie Sue Ellisor, 72, of Channelview, passed away January 4, 2004. She was born October 14, 1931 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Don Marco & Bessie Lenora Dollar. She had managed and worked for the F.O.E. Lodge #3098 in Greens Bayou for 30 years. She is survived by one son & daughter-in- law, Don & Cindy Knight of Beaumont, Texas; and by two grandchildren, Don Knight Jr., and Melissa Knight; as well as by a host of many friends. Services were held Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004 at Carter Funeral Chapel with Pastor C.M. Kelly of Memorial Baptist Church officiating. She was laid to rest in San Jacinto Memorial Park under the direction of Carter Funeral Home.
Charles Edward West
Charles Edward West, 81, of Channelview, passed away January 3, 2004 at his home. He was born November 7, 1922 in Orlando, Florida to Ottie Roscoe and Ruby Louise West. He was a disabled veteran of World War II with service in the U.S. Marines in the Pacific where he was wounded in action. He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post 10462. He is survived by son, Charles Patrick West of Houston and daughter, Reba Ann Shawn of Baytown; as well as by sister, Joann Massia of Channelview and brother, Clark J. West of Pasadena, Texas; two grandchildren, Kari Lynn Shawn & Kim Shawn and one great-grandchild, Joshua. A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004 at Carter Funeral Chapel with Mr. Jim Jackson officiating. A private interment will be held at a later date. Arrangements with Carter Funeral Home.
Deria Adams Schreyer
Deria B. Adams Schreyer, 76, of Onalaska, Texas, formerly of Houston, passed away February 19, 2004. She was born October 28, 1927 in Houston to James W. & Beatrice (Ewing) Adams. She had been a 65 year North Channel resident retiring to Onalaska where she enjoyed fishing and boating. Before retiring, she made her living as a certified public accountant and book-keeper.
She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Karl & Carolyn Schreyer of Houston; brothers, John Quincy Adams and James Wade Adams, Jr. both of Houston; grandchildren, Sandra Denise Griffin and Laurie A. Spalding; and great-grandchildren, Janie Spalding, Kaitlyn Griffin, Ivy Griffin and Billie Griffin. As well as by life-long friend and companion, Joyce Burnett of Onalaska, Texas; Richard Burnett & family, John Ray Burnett & Family, Arlene Leonard and a host of other Schreyer & Burnett family.
Services were held Saturday, February 21 at Carter's Funeral Chapel with Rev. Bruce Whitmire officiating. She was laid to rest in Forest Park Lawndale under the direction of Carter Funeral Home. Pallbearers were John Ray Burnett, Steve Glass, John Q. Adams Sr., John Q. Adams, Jr., James W. Adams and Steve Crate.
Alma Maurine Hammer
Alma Maurine Hammer, 93, of League City, passed away February 18, 2004. She was born December 25, 1910 to Earl Eugene & Alma Ida Hinds in Yoakum, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents and well as by her beloved husband Nicholas Hammer and daughter, Frances Yvonne Burks.
She is survived by children, Gerald Nick Hammer of Thornton, Texas, David Russell Hammer of Marble Falls, Texas, Earl Hinds Hammer of Livingston, Texas; Cherry Sue Hammer of League City; and Joyce Lynn Nelson of Livingston; as well as by 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held Saturday February 21 in Seabrook Cemetery, Seabrook, Texas under the direction of Carter Funeral Home.
Annette Arnold Scalf
Annette Arnold Scalf, 45, of Houston, passed away February 10, 2004. She was born July 2, 1958 in Baytown, Texas to Owen Jasper & Ethel Arnold. She is preceded in death by her twin sister, Nanette Arnold Polk and by both parents. She is survived by one sister, Janet Arnold Burke of Bandera, Texas and one niece, Kendi E. Arnold of Houston; and nephew, Christopher Chad Burke of Houston. Memorial services were held Saturday, February 14, 2004 at Cloverleaf Baptist Church. Arrangements with Carter Funeral Home.
Bonnie Sue Lemonds Cater
Bonnie Sue Lemonds Cater, 53, of Houston, passed away February 4, 2004. She was born May 3, 1950 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Jim Sam & Millie Mae Lemonds. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Jennifer LeAnn Cater and by one brother, William Sam Lemonds as well as by her loving parents.
She is survived by husband, Willie Lee Cater, Sr. of Houston; son, Willie Lee Cater Jr. of Houston and Tina Renee Starr of Dayton, Texas. She also leaves one brother, Jimmy Lemonds and his wife Sherri; and grandchildren, Jason Kyle Starr, William Langley, Jr., and Brianna Nunez.
Services were held Saturday, February 7, 2004 at Carter Funeral Chapel with Mr. John Haymon officiating.
Beverly Van Wagner
Beverly Van Wagner, 83 of Houston, passed away after a long illness, March 25, 2004. She was born January 6, 1921 in San Antonio, Texas to Percy & Ola Aiken. She was a 50 year member of the Rebekah's Santa Rosa Lodge #263 and a member of the L.A.P.M.#10. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Enos F. Van Wagner of Houston; and by two sisters, Ionie Syler and Julia Peebles of San Antonio, Texas; as well as by nieces, nephews and a number of good friends. Friends gathered for a time of fellowship and celebration of Mrs. Van Wagner's life on Saturday, March 27, 2004 at Carter Funeral Home Chapel .
Emerico Vasques, 72, of Galena Park, passed away suddenly March 10, 2004. He was born January 18, 1932 in Hebbronville, Texas to Valentine & Seferina Vasquez. He was preceded in death by his beloved Jo Ann Vasquez in December of 2002. He is lovingly survived by sons, Glen Vasquez of Galena Park and Rico Vasquez and wife Judith of Houston; daughters, Suzette Vasquez of Houston and Carmela Vasquez-Jasso and husband Joe of Houston; as well as brother, Juan Vasquez of Killeen; and sisters, Elsa Cantu of Hebbronville; Elma Lee of Sacramento, California and Eva Minshew of Corpus Christi, Texas; and by grandchildren, Joey Israel Jasso, Ashley Nicole Vasquez-Huerta, Christopher Steven Jasso, Jennifer Renee Vasquez, Tiffany Maria Ann Jasso, Isaac Rico Vasquez, Belicia Giacinta Vasquez and Aaron Valentine Vasquez.
Services celebrating Emerico's life were held Monday March 15, 2004 at Bay Area New Life Community Church at 2121 Genoa Redbluff in Pasadena with Pastor James Crum officiating. He was laid to rest in San Jacinto Memorial Park under the direction of Carter Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Joey Jasso, Christopher Jasso, Emerico Vasquez, Jr., Glen Vasquez, Joe Jasso, Jr. and David Pineda.
Iris Susan VanSooy
Iris Susan VanSooy, 90, of Houston, formerly of Maine, passed away March 10, 2004. She was born March 25, 1913 in Medford, Massachusetts to Charles Edward & May Louisa Stewart. She was a graduate of Tufts University where she graduated Cum Laude with a degree in music. She was an accomplished pianist, singer and artist. She also loved gardening and enjoyed raising hybrid iris's for show where she won many awards. She was preceded in death by her husband Austin Thatcher VanSooy in 1997. She is lovingly survived by one daughter, Cheryl Arlene Sooy and her fiance, Thomas R. Rogers of Houston; special niece, Diane Gagne-Trotnow and her husband Hal of Las Vegas, Nevada; and nieces, Rosalie Littlefield of New Jersey and Violet Mae Gove of New York. Memorial services were held Saturday, March 13, 2004 with Rev. Cliff Gobin officiating under the direction of Carter Funeral Home.
Herman Luther McCoy
Herman Luther McCoy, 71 of Channelview, passed away March 3, 2004. Mr. McCoy was born August 7, 1932 in Millsap, Texas to John Luther & Dorothy "Parsley" McCoy. He made a living as a brick mason and was a member of the Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local #01. He was also an excellent musician playing in several local bands over the years.
He was preceded in death by parents as well as by two sisters, Shirlene Barnard & Linda Gail McCoy. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Margaret "Mitchell" McCoy of Channelview; sons, Keith McCoy & wife Tammy of Channelview; Herman McCoy of Houston; Terry McCoy & wife Terri of Channelview; and Michael McCoy and wife Daffiney of Colmesneil, Texas; daughters, Shelia Parker & husband Tommy of Colmesneil, Texas; Diana Hodson & husband Willie of Channelview and Debbie Todd & husband James of Huntsville, Texas; as well as by sister, Loweta Downey of Missouri and brothers, Ricky Lynn McCoy of California and Johnny Dale McCoy of Wisconsin; and 22 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services celebrating Herman's life were held Friday March 5, 2004 at Carter Funeral Home's chapel with Rev. Ronnie Jordan and Max Jordan of the Cathedral of Praise Church officiating. Interment followed in San Jacinto Memorial Park under the direction of Carter Funeral Home.
Ida Alice Jacobsen Teston
Ida Alice Jacobsen Teston, 82, of Houston, passed away suddenly April 24, 2004. She was born September 11, 1921 in Wichita Falls, Texas to Leslie & Minnie Lee Riddle. She is survived by daughter & son-in-law, Gail & Carl Nickell of Houston and son & daughter-in-law, Douglas L. & Karen Jacobsen of Lubbock, Texas; as well as by one sister, Jessie Riddle of Houston and four grandchildren, Tyler, Scott, Tanner & Kristine; and three great-grand- children, Jacob, Taylor & Hollie. Graveside services were held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday April 27, at South Park Cemetery in Pearland, Texas under the direction of Carter Funeral Home.
Anna Lynn Finch
Anna Lynn Finch, 89, of Houston, went to be with her Lord April 24, 2004. She was born April 4, 1915 in Topeka, Kansas to Hervy A. & Pearl VanCleve. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Jesse M. Finch and is survived by sons, Bobby Joe Finch of Oregon, Leonard D. Finch of Houston, William A. Finch & wife Emma of South Carolina, Jesse L.Finch & wife Patty of Conroe, and James Franklin Finch & wife Lynn of Spring; daughter, Mary Grace Cranford of Houston. As well as 14 grandchildren, 34 great-grand- children, 1 great-great grandchild and 3 nieces.
Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday April 27 at First Baptist of North Channel, 13817 Force, Houston, with Rev. Benny Cranford and Rev. James Finch officiating. She will be laid to rest in San Jacinto Memorial Park under the direction of Carter Funeral Home.
Alex Smeshuk, 82, of Channelview, passed away April 21, 2004. Mr. Smeshuk was born February 3, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York to Konon & Lena Smeshuk. He was a veteran of World War II with service in the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death the his beloved wife Louise Smeshuk and his only daughter, Louise-Alex Hutchison. He is survived by grandchildren, Brandi Statz, Brian Johnson, and Jennifer Johnson; and one great-grandchild, Laurel Louise Statz; as well as by his niece, Eileen Young of Dayton, Texas. Graveside services were held Saturday, May 1, 2004 in San Jacinto Memorial Park under the direction of Carter Funeral Home.
Bobby Lee Prine, Jr.
Bobby Lee Prine, Jr., 39, of Dayton, passed away May 28, 2004. Bobby was born July 6, 1964 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Bobby, Sr. and Hazel Prine. He was a 1983 graduate of Furr High School and was employed by Pro Waste in Baytown. He is survived by his wife, Kimberly Prine of Dayton; sons, Bobby Prine, III and Justin William Prine, both of Houston; step-daughter, Nicole Pierce of Dayton; mother and stepfather, Hazel and Curtis Berry of Houston; brothers, Grady Orbison, Jr. and Christopher Berry, both of Houston; as well as by one special nephew, Grady Orbison, III. Services celebrating Bobby's life were held Tuesday, June 1, 2004 at Carter Funeral Chapel under the direction of Carter Funeral Home.
Alvin Dewitt Grimes
Alvin Dewitt Grimes, 67, of Dayton, Texas, passed away May 26, 2004. He was born July 1, 1936 in Boynton, Oklahoma to Robert & Hazel Grimes. He served in the U.S. Army prior to Vietnam. He was preceded by parents and by brothers David Ray Grimes and Kenneth Neely and granddaughter Rebecca King. He is lovingly survived by his wife of 28 years, Barbara Joann Grimes of Dayton; daughters & son-in-law, Cindy & Rickey King of Dayton; and Angela Gentry of Sweetwater, Texas; stepsons &daughters-in-law, Paul Wayne & Talisha Johnson and Delbert Lee & Theresa Johnson all of New Caney; brothers & sisters, Jimmy Neely & wife Glinda of Wells Point, Texas; Dora Stoker & husband Mike of Kaufman, Texas; Jimmy L. Grimes & wife Sharon of Oklahoma; Nita Elk & husband, Henry of Louisiana; Gov. Richard Grimes & wife Debbie of Oklahoma; Teddy Joe Grimes & wife Mary of Oklahoma; Betty Whitten & husband Lane also of Oklahoma; as well as sister-in-law, Patsy Neely; twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial services celebrating Alvin's life were conducted Saturday, May 29, 2004 in Carter Funeral Chapel with Minister Heroy Stephenson officiating. Arrangements through Carter Funeral Home.
Carroll Benjamin Keplinger
Carroll Benjamin "Pops" Keplinger, 61, of Houston, passed away May 23, 2004. Pops was born January 16, 1943 in Johnson City, TN to Walter L. and Gertrude Keplinger. He is lovingly survived by sons, Carroll B. Keplinger, Jr. and Freddie Keplinger both of Illinois; daughters Cammie Buchanan and Denise Keplinger of Kentucky and Karen Grosse of Illinois; stepfather Doane Privette of Houston; brother, Danny Privette of Tennessee; Timmy Privette of Georgia; sisters, Linda Campbell of Kentucky, Doris Hinote and Kathy Holeman both of Houston and Minnie McCleer of Mississippi; as well as seven grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorial services were held Friday, May 28, 2004 at Eastbelt Baptist Church with Pastor Holland and Bro. Busbee officiating. Sister Busbee provided the music celebrating Pop's life. Mr. Keplinger will be taken back to his home state of Tennessee where he will rest in peace until the coming of Christ. Arrangements through Carter Funeral Home.