Celebrity Obituaries

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Marie Thomas

May 7, 1921 - November 5, 2013


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Douglas Haddon

November 13, 1941 - November 3, 2013

Douglas Haddon, 71, of Baytown, passed away Sunday, November 3, 2013 in Baytown. He was born November 13, 1941 in Crosby to his late parents, Lawrence Haddon and Nell Ewell Haddon. Mr. Haddon was a lifelong resident of the Baytown-Crosby area, a 1960 graduate of Crosby High School, member of the Crosby Buffalo football teams and also excelled at other sports while in high school. He was a U.S....
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Henry Horton Bridges

April 26, 1920 - November 2, 2013

Henry Horton Bridges passed away Saturday, November 2, 2013. A seventh-generation Texan, he was born in Nacogdoches, Texas, on April 26, 1920, to Burt and Virginia Bridges. After graduating from Robert E. Lee High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on October 19, 1939, proudly serving his country for almost six years. He received the American Defense Service Medal with one Bronze...
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Carmena Goss

February 11, 1945 - October 30, 2013

Carmena Goss, 68, of Mont Belvieu, was born February 11, 1945 in Opelousas, LA and passed away Wednesday, October 30, 2013 in a Houston hospital. She graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana with a Bachelor of Arts degree and Sam Houston State University with a Masters of Library Science degree. She taught in the Barbers Hill School District for 19 years and after retiring, she...
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Erin LeBlanc Fondon

July 4, 1972 - October 28, 2013

Erin LeBlanc Fondon, 41, of Baytown, passed away Monday, October 28, 2013. She was born July 4, 1972 in Lafayette, Louisiana. Erin was preceded in death by her mother, Kathleen Quebedeaux and her grandparents. She is survived by her husband, Troy Fondon; her children, Britney and Brandon Fondon; granddaughter, Layton Wood; father Lee Alfred LeBlanc; mother and father-in-law, Jerry and Mecca...
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Dorothy Hefner Boucher

April 16, 1915 - October 26, 2013

Dorothy Hefner Boucher, 98, of Baytown was born April 16, 1915, in Paris, IL and passed away Saturday, October 26, 2013 in a local healthcare facility. She was a 1933 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown and was a member of Cedar Bayou Grace United Methodist Church and before that, a member of Grace United Methodist Church for over 70 years, where she taught Sunday school and was a...
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Lanna Louree Harlan Doggett

August 17, 1958 - October 26, 2013

Lanna Louree Harlan Doggett, 55, went to be with our Lord on October 26, 2013 after a 4 year battle with breast cancer. Lanna was a long-time resident of Baytown who spent the last 17 years of her life living in Cove. Lanna was born in Baytown, TX on August 17, 1958 to Charles and Diana Harlan. She attended high school at East Chambers in Winnie, TX as well as Ross S. Sterling in Baytown, where...
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Frieda Kroeger

July 23, 1924 - October 25, 2013

Frieda Kroeger, 89, of Houston, loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great grandmother, was born July 23, 1924 in Chicago, IL and passed away Friday, October 25, 2013 in a Baytown healthcare facility. She retired from Maxwell House Coffee Company. She enjoyed doing yard work and tending to her plants, travelling, and bowling, having been a member of various bowling leagues. Even after...
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Shirley A. Archer

November 3, 1935 - October 24, 2013

Shirley A. Archer, 77, of Crosby was born November 3, 1935 in Memphis, TN and passed away Thursday, October 24, 2013 at her home. She retired from Citizens Bank and Trust Company (Now AmegyBank) as Vice President of Accounting. She was a member of Memorial Baptist Church and the Bay Area Volkswagen Club. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eli and Inez Johnson; brother, Eugene Johnson;...
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Lois J. Graves

January 12, 1934 - October 21, 2013

Lois J. Graves, 79, of Baytown, passed away on Monday, October 21, 2013 in a local healthcare facility. Lois was born into a farming family on January 12, 1934 in Wichita Falls, Texas. She was the only daughter born to the late Felix and Dorothy Massia. When Lois was a child her father went to work for Humble Oil Co. and the family moved to Baytown, where she would spend the rest of her life. ...
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Shirley Erwin

August 22, 1943 - October 20, 2013


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Gerald S. Wooster

January 5, 1950 - October 20, 2013

Gerald S. "Jerry" Wooster, 63, passed away on October 20, 2013 in a Houston hospital. A descendent of the pioneering Wooster family, he was born in Baytown on January 5, 1950. He was raised in Baytown and was a member of the first graduating class of Ross S. Sterling High School. At the time of his death, Jerry was employed by SNC-Lavalin as an Electrical Designer. He had spent his career...
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Sophi Marie Lewis

October 5, 2012 - October 17, 2013

Sophi Marie Lewis, 1 year old infant daughter of Joseph Lewis and Ericka Rivera Lewis, passed away Thursday, October 17, 2013 in Baytown. She was born October 5, 2012 in Baytown. Sophi is survived by her parents; grandparents, Francisco and Gisel Hernandez and Randy and Kittie Loria and aunts and uncles, Dustin and Dusty Drinkark, April Murphy, Franky Hernandez and Andrew Hernandez. The Family...
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James A. Davis

March 6, 1928 - October 16, 2013

On October 16, 2013, James Allen "Bitsy" Davis, precious husband, father, and grandfather, passed from this life into the next and now abides in the presence of his Lord and Savior. He was 85. Bitsy—so nicknamed by his Aunt Clara when he was just hours old—was born on March 6, 1928, in Harrisburg (Harris County), Texas, to Lowery Hamlin and Jessie Pauline Majors Davis. He was the...
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Mary Margaret Wilson Armstrong

September 27, 1927 - October 13, 2013

Mary Margaret Wilson Armstrong passed away with grace on Sunday, October 13, 2013. She was born on September 27, 1927 to George Dennison Wilson and Margaret Bailey Wilson in Houston, TX. Mary Margaret graduated from Lamar High School in Houston. She attended Rice Institute (now Rice University) and graduated with distinction in 1948. She later earned a Masters Degree from The University of...
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Jewel Kinney

September 6, 1932 - October 9, 2013

Jewel Kinney, 81, of Baytown, passed away Wednesday, October 9, 2013 in Houston. She was born September 6, 1932 in Lovelady, Texas to her late parents, Horace Grady Allee and Nellie Elnora Swearingen Allee. Mrs. Kinney moved to Baytown in 1951 and was a member of Baptist Temple, where she was very dedicated to service and hosting church activities. She was retired from Gordon's Jewelers and...
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Jerry Johnson

April 27, 1950 - October 4, 2013

Jerry Johnson, 63, of Old River, passed away Friday, October 4, 2013 in Baytown. He was born April 27, 1950 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to his late parents, Carl Johnson and Mary Beck Johnson. He spent his childhood years in Fort Lauderdale before moving to the Old River area where he lived most of his life. Jerry was a US Navy veteran that served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He was a...
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John Pitts, Sr.

March 29, 1940 - October 1, 2013

John 'Randall' Pitts, Sr. passed away Tuesday, October 1, at the age of 73. Randall was born March 29, 1940, in Houston, Texas, to Calvin Morgan 'Jack' Pitts and Hattie Mae Sullins Pitts. He grew up in Baytown, Texas, where he attended Ashbel Smith Elementary and Horace Mann Junior School and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1958. Randall went to work for Pearl Beer Distributing...
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Norma Lydia Lout

December 17, 1922 - September 26, 2013

Norma Lydia Lout, 90, went to be with the Lord on September 26, 2013 in Baytown TX. The cause of death was cancer. Norma was born on December 17, 1922 in Fort Morgan, Colorado to Carl and Lydia Wessel. Norma met and married Sam Laurie Lout in Antwerp, Belgium on July 16, 1946. They returned to the U.S. in December 1946. Norma resided in Center (campti), Lufkin and Baytown TX. While living in...
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William M. Deskin

March 23, 1948 - September 21, 2013

William M. "Bill" Deskin, 65, of Cove was born March 23, 1948 in Youngstown, OH and passed away Saturday, September 21, 2013 at his home. He was a U. S. Navy Viet Nam veteran, having served with the Seabees and was a member of the Viet Nam Veterans of America, Baytown Chapter #922 and Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He was a millwright by trade and worked at U. S. Steel and various area...
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Loretta Merka

July 20, 1933 - September 19, 2013

Loretta Merka, 80, of Baytown, passed away Thursday, September 19, 2013 in Madras, Oregon. She was born July 20, 1933 in Winsborro, Louisiana to her late parents, Elsie Taft Hastings and Bertha Mayberry Hastings. Mrs. Merka was a longtime resident of Baytown, member of St. John's Catholic Church, enjoyed cooking cajun style food and gardening. Loretta was preceded in death by her parents and...
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Herlinda Rodriguez

May 31, 1936 - September 18, 2013

Herlinda Rodriguez, 77, passed away Wednesday, September 18, 2013 in Baytown. She was born May 31, 1936 in Odem TX. Herlinda was preceded in death by her parents Petra and Jose Montemayor and 3 brothers and 2 sisters. She is survived by her husband, Heriberto Coronado; daughters, Rosie Williams and husband, Michael and Fina Rodriguez and companion, Jason Norman; grandchildren, Lesley Butts and...
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Shelly Salmon, Jr.

August 30, 1956 - September 17, 2013

Shelly Salmon, Jr., 57, of Baytown, passed away Tuesday, September 17, 2013 in Baytown. He was born August 30, 1956 in Hammond, Indiana and has lived in the Baytown area for the last 27 years. Shelly was a Shift Supervisor at Total Petrochemical and had worked there for over 30 years. His favorite hobby was riding his motorcycle but his favorite life experience was giving everything to his...
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L. W. Eddleman, Sr.

July 6, 1919 - September 14, 2013

L. W. "Jiggs" Eddleman Sr., 94, of Baytown, passed away Saturday, September 14, 2013. He was born July 6, 1919 in Aquilla, Texas. L. W. was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley and Wilsey Lee Eddleman; three brothers, Rube Eddleman, Pete Eddleman, and Woodrow Eddleman; sister, Florence Calloway; granddaughter, Rebecca Hurta; and sons-in-law, Frank Corley and Jack Baker. He is survived by...
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Vicki Leah Brumfield Smith

October 12, 1960 - September 7, 2013

Vicki Leah Brumfield Smith, 52, of Sweeny, formerly Bacliff was born October 12, 1960 in Baytown and passed away Saturday, September 7, 2013 in a Bay City hospital. She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Patricia Brumfield. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in law, Shane and Crystal Smith of Portland, Simon and Brittany Smith of Old Ocean, and Seth Smith of Corpus Christi;...
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Gale Gale Messer

May 27, 1947 - September 7, 2013

Gale Messer, 66, of Baytown, passed away Saturday, September 7, 2013 in Channelview. She was born May 27, 1947 in Charleston, West Virginia to her late parents, Woodrow Stanley and Vivien Jarrell Stanley. She was a longtime resident of Baytown, a member of Mont Belvieu First United Pentecostal Church, former member of Grace Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church in Green River, Wyoming and a...
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F. M. Hooper

October 8, 1953 - September 6, 2013

F. M. "Joe" Hooper, 59, of Baytown was born October 8, 1953 in Baytown and passed away Friday, September 6, 2013 at his home. He was a 1972 graduate of Ross S. Sterling High School and a member of Cedar Bayou Baptist Church. Joe owned and operated Hooper's Exxon Service Station before going to work as an operator at the ExxonMobil Mont Belvieu Plastics Plant. He enjoyed reading and spending time...
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Gail Mack Whitmire

January 21, 1927 - August 25, 2013

Gail Mack Whitmire, 86, formerly of Baytown passed away on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at a nursing home in Friendswood. The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Navarre Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow with Rev. Eddie Norris officiating. Burial will take place in Grandview Cemetery in Pasadena. In lieu of flowers...
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Lona Gale Donlon

October 18, 1955 - August 23, 2013

Lona Gale Donlon, 57, of Houston was born October 18, 1955 in Baytown and passed away at her home Friday, August 23, 2013. She was a graduate of Ross S. Sterling High School in Baytown and was a cancer survivor. Lona had a big heart and always had a smile no matter what the circumstances in her life. She loved her family and all animals and was nice to everyone she met. She will be greatly missed...
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Betty Douglas Offermann

October 1, 1925 - August 19, 2013

She would have been 88 had she lived through next month, but the Lord had other plans and she was called home on August 19, 2013. It wasn't just a movie; it was a wonderful life. Betty spent her childhood in Baytown, graduated from Robert E. Lee High School, attended Lon Morris College where she was a member of the Lon Morris Singers, and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. Armed...
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Frederick Wesley Reutz

July 1, 1917 - August 18, 2013

Frederick Wesley Reutz, 96, passed away Sunday, August 18, 2013 at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital. Frederick was a retired Lutheran minister who served churches in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Texas. He worked at the Baytown Municipal Library for 22 years until the age of 90. He is survived by his wife, Willene, daughter, Maria and nephew, Bob. Graveside services will be conducted by Pastor...
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Spc. Keith E. Grace Jr. U. S. Army

February 18, 1987 - August 11, 2013

Spc. Keith E. Grace Jr., U. S. Army, 26, of Baytown was born February 18, 1987 in Houston. He was a 2006 Graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and enlisted in the U. S. Army on January 18, 2012. He was Combat Lifesaver Certified and had completed the Dari Language Class. He was killed in action Sunday, August 11, 2013 in Paktia Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He...
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James Clinton Pond

July 6, 1939 - August 10, 2013

James Clinton Pond, 74, of Baytown, passed away at his home on Saturday, August 10, 2013. James was born on July 6, 1939 in Houston, Texas to Willard and Beulah Pond. After graduating from high school, James got a job as a welder. He later married Zora Hill and the couple had two daughters. James was a very creative man. He enjoyed building all sorts of things, from birdhouses to crosses and...
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Sydni Lewis

August 19, 1996 - August 8, 2013


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Brandon Deen-Hong Zee

June 30, 1940 - August 6, 2013

Dr. Brandon Deen-Hong Zee, 73 of Baytown was born June 30, 1940 in Shanghai, China and passed away August 6, 2013 in a local hospital. He was a retired pharmacist at Walgreens. Brandon was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Lee Zee, who he married in Oklahoma; his parents, Ah Fong and Footsing Zee; brother, Francis Deen-Loong Zee; sister, Deen-May Zee, and son, Brandon Deen-Hong Zee, Jr. He...
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Billy A. Whitley

July 1, 1934 - August 5, 2013

Billy A. "Bill" Whitley, 79, of Baytown, passed away August 5, 2013. He was born July 1, 1934 in Mohomet, Texas. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William and Polly Whitley and his sister, Darlene Robison and husband J.B. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Whitley; daughters, Kimberly Hall and husband Keith and Kristi Kimbro and husband Kevin; sister, Peggy Johnson; uncle, Durwood...
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Shelby Robert Jones

October 31, 1990 - August 2, 2013

Shelby "Robert" Jones, 22, of Baytown, passed away Friday, August 2, 2013 in Pasadena. He was born October 31, 1990 in Baytown and was a lifetime resident of Baytown. Robert graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 2009, was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, worked for K&D Pipeline and enjoyed playing pool, fishing and riding four wheelers. He was preceded in death by his maternal...
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Eleanor Scogin Stewart

January 8, 1919 - August 1, 2013

Eleanor Colbert Stewart passed away on August 1, 2013. She was 94 years of age and had lived a long and happy life. Eleanor was born to Ruby Scogin Colbert and Henry Williams Colbert in Monroe, Louisiana. She was their fifth child. All of her brothers and sisters have predeceased her. Eleanor graduated from Neville High School in Monroe and was very proud to have attended her 70th high school...
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Albina Cecilia Elliott

September 25, 1917 - July 30, 2013

Albina Cecilia Elliott, 95, of Baytown, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013 in Baytown. She was born September 25, 1917 in Bryan, Texas to her late parents, Paul P. Hayek and Antonia Turek Hayek. Mrs. Elliott had lived in Baytown since 1938 and was a retired mail clerk from the Humble Oil Company after many years of service. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Louis Elliott;...
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Chris Romero

April 10, 1959 - July 29, 2013

Chris Romero, 54, of Baytown, TX was born April 10, 1959 in Fort Hood, TX and passed away Monday, July 29, 2013 in a Baytown hospital. He was a 1977 graduate of Port Arthur Thomas Jefferson High School and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Baytown. He retired from Chevron Chemical as a supervisor in the waste management section with 35 years of service, where he was a member of the...
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Justin A. Achtenberg

July 7, 1971 - July 23, 2013


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Randy Ramon Joy

December 27, 1957 - July 21, 2013

Randy Ramon Joy, Jr., 55, of Highlands, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2013 in Baytown. He was born December 27, 1957 in Ganado, Texas to parents, Randy Ramon Joy, Sr. and Katherine Daniel Joy. Randy resided in Highlands since 1990 and was a chief operator for SSI Chusei. He had several hobbies, one of which was riding his GL 1800 Goldwing Motorcycle. He was preceded in death by his father and...
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Luther Harold Lindley

September 5, 1932 - July 21, 2013

Luther Harold "Curly" Lindley passed away Sunday, July 21, 2013 at home in Baytown, TX surrounded by his family. He was born in Gunsight, TX on September 5, 1932. He served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956 in Germany. He retired from Exxon Company, U.S.A. with more than 20 years of service in the Mechanical Division. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed spending time outdoors with his...
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Bonita Elliott

August 14, 1932 - July 21, 2013

Bonita Kelly Elliott passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 21, 2013. For the last 26 years she suffered from a rare lung disease, but 3 years ago it began taking its toll on her active lifestyle. Bonita was born August 14, 1932, in Wooster, Texas. She was the granddaughter of the pioneering Wooster family, "John L. Wooster and Jessie Margaret Brown," daughter of Frank Edward Kelly, Sr. and...
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John Combs

April 28, 1918 - July 15, 2013

Col. John "Jack" Combs (USAF, Ret.), 95, of San Antonio, passed away Monday, July 15, 2013 in San Antonio. He was born April 28, 1918 in San Marcos, Texas to his late parents, Marvin Browning Combs and Toressa Talbot Combs. Jack had resided in San Antonio for the last 23 years, previously lived in Baytown for 45 years and was a retired Lab Supervisor from Exxon. He was a member of the Church...
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John Lee Smilie

January 9, 1943 - July 14, 2013

John Lee Smilie, 70, formerly of Baytown passed away on July 14, 2013 in Lubbock, TX. John was born on January 9, 1943 in Baytown to the late John and Dolly Smilie. John lived in Baytown with his wife, Geneva, until he retired from being a truck driver three years ago. It was then that the couple moved to the rural farm town of Brownfield just south of Lubbock. John was quite the character. ...
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Jimmie Rae Kimmey

December 14, 1931 - July 7, 2013

Jimmie Rae Kimmey, passed away July 7, 2013. She was born on December 14, 1931 in Shepherd, Texas to Eldon and Agnes Parker. She is survived by the love of her life of 60 years, George Kimmey; son, Ronnie Kimmey and daughter, Debbie Kimmey Sloan and husband Jim; grandchildren, Tom Kimmey and wife, Wendy, Carrie Quinn and husband, John, Elizabeth Carlin and husband, Brad, Jonathan Baggett and...
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Dorothy Troylene Keoughan

October 18, 1929 - July 6, 2013

Dorothy Troylene Keoughan was surrounded by many of those whom she loved when she saw Jesus face to face on July 6, 2013. The oldest of 3 children, Troylene was born on October 18, 1929 in Baytown TX. She was a member of the Robert E. Lee class of 1947. On December 2, 1949, she married James W. "Jimmy" Keoughan, the love of her life. Known as "T.K." or "Trolly" to family and friends, T.K....
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Edward Keith Cammack

April 15, 1946 - July 6, 2013

Edward Keith Cammack, 67, of Liberty, formerly Baytown was born April 15, 1946 in Houston to Bonnie and T. J. Cammack and passed away Saturday, July 6, 2013 in a Baytown hospital. He attended San Marcos Academy and graduated from Madison High School. He attended Sam Houston State University and was a Military Police Officer in the U. S. Air Force. He owned and operated Snowflake Donuts for 41...
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Eliana Ortuvia

July 6, 1942 - July 2, 2013

Eliana "Eli" Ortuvia, 71, of Baytown, passed away July 2, 2013. She was born June 6, 1942 in La Serena, Chile. Eli was preceded in death by her parents Jose Domingo and Maria Julieta Flores and her brothers, Danilo Flores and Mario Araya. She is survived by her husband, Gustavo Ortuvia; son Ommar Ortuvia and wife, Michelle; daughter, Marylou Ortuvia; and 3 brothers and 3 sisters. A remembrance...
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Judith M. Bittick Conway

May 30, 1938 - June 29, 2013


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Martha Sue Marshall

July 11, 1938 - June 27, 2013

Martha Sue Marshall, 74, of Baytown was born July 11, 1938 in Lufkin, TX and passed away Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Baytown. She retired from the Goose Creek School District, having taught at Carver Elementary, Highlands Elementary, and McNair Elementary. She was preceded in death by her parents, Tallie and Virginia Cotten. She is survived by her son, Scott Jordan of Austin; daughter, Rene' Ray...
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James Coleman Godwin

September 1, 1925 - June 25, 2013

James Coleman Godwin was born September 1, 1925 to Iona and Homer Godwin in Mineola, Texas, and passed away on June 25, 2013. Coleman always said he was born in Mineola but he grew up on Okinawa. He was in the Navy on an LCI at the invasion of Okinawa and was so proud of being a World War II Veteran. After the war he came to Baytown to work for Humble Company. He met Chic in Baytown. He...
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Robert Richard Porter, Jr.

May 3, 1926 - June 21, 2013

Robert Richard Porter, Jr., 87, of Baytown, passed away Friday, June 21, 2013 in Baytown. He was born May 3, 1926 in Goose Creek at the old Lillie-Duke Hospital and was a lifelong resident of Baytown. Mr. Porter attended Robert E. Lee High School, where he played the trumpet in the band. As a youth he was a member of Boy Scout Troop #255 and lived on West Main Street that eventually became...
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Tom Hebel

December 7, 1919 - June 21, 2013

Tom (M.T.) Hebel died June 21, 2013. He was educated in the Goose Creek Schools, Lee College, and Baylor University. He was a WWII veteran. Tom retired from Exxon Research Center in Baytown. He and Lea Robbins Hebel were married for 54 years. Tom is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth and Patricia and their husbands Chris and Kirk. Two grand-daughters Lauri and Lisa and Lauri's husband Brant....
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James Laried Hughes

October 31, 1932 - June 20, 2013

James Laried "Sleepy" Hughes departed this earthly life to join his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in eternal heaven on Thursday, June 20, 2013 after a lengthy illness. Born in Center, Shelby County, Texas on October 31, 1932, he was the second of six children born to Jim Farrell and Ila Gay (Powell) Hughes. Preceded in death by his parents; son, Mark David Hughes; sister, Rosa LaVerne Hughes...
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John Lee Hall

December 4, 1933 - June 20, 2013

John Lee Hall, 79, of Mont Belvieu, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2013 in Houston, Texas. Born December 4, 1933 in Rapids City, Wisconsin to his late parents, Stanley Clifford Hall and Bina Leslie Hall, he moved to Orange, Texas as a young boy and was a Texan most of his life. Mr. Hall attended Sam Houston State University after serving in the Army and was known by Jackie to his close friends...
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Beverly Duke-Stone

February 6, 1948 - June 19, 2013

Beverly Duke-Stone, 65, of Mont Belvieu, Texas, was called home by her Lord and Savior on June 19, 2013. She was surrounded by her husband, Rick, her children, Bryan, Chris and Misty, and many more life-long and church family and friends. Beverly was born in Baytown, Texas on February 6, 1948. She graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown in 1966 and worked at Exxon-Mobil for 25...
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Mary Howard Brown

August 9, 1950 - June 19, 2013

Mary Howard Brown, age 62, passed away at home in Katy on June 19, 2013. She was born in Baytown on August 9, 1950. She graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown. She was preceded in death by her parents Howard and Gladys Brown of Baytown, and her son James Bert Brown of Houston. She is survived by her husband Robert Brown; her son Daniel Brown and wife Kim; daughter-in-law Tammie...
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Jeanie Threlkeld-Owens

August 30, 1954 - June 18, 2013

Jeanie Threlkeld-Owens, 58, of Cove passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. Jeanie was born on August 30, 1954 in the small west Texas town of Colorado City. Jeanie was a homemaker in the true sense of the word. She always took great pride in her lawn and gardens. If it was a pretty day you could be sure that you would find Jeanie outside tending to her plants. Camping and fishing were also...
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Andres Garibay, Jr.

June 12, 1985 - June 13, 2013

Andres "Andy" Garibay, Jr., 28, of Baytown was born June 12, 1985 in Houston and passed away Thursday, June 13, 2013. He was a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and was employed at Ron Craft Chevrolet as a salesman. He is survived by his parents, Andres, Sr. and Martha Garibay; sisters and brothers-in-law, Karina M. Garibay, Lisandra and Brian Herrera, and Martha Alyandra Garibay and Angel...
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Ruth Nitschmann

November 2, 1919 - June 13, 2013

Ruth Helen Nitschmann was born in Gonzales County, Texas on November 2, 1919, the sixth of nine children born to Rudolph Henkel and Hulda Muenzler Henkel. She attended elementary and early high school in her home communities of Wrightsboro and Cost, but her senior year she attended and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School, Baytown, Texas. After one year at Lee College, she attended...
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Phyllis Marilyn Clemmer Harper

March 28, 1930 - June 12, 2013

Phyllis Marilyn Clemmer Harper went to be with the Lord on June 12, 2013. She lived 83 full and wonderful years. She was a devoted and much loved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and a great friend to all who had the good fortune to know her. Phyllis was born March 28, 1930 in Eastland County TX to Carl Brock and Jewell Ethel (Weekes) Clemmer. She attended and graduated from...
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Fern C. Urban

February 21, 1929 - June 12, 2013

Fern C. Urban, 84, of Baytown was born February 21, 1929 in Ripley, OK and passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at her home. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Paul Urban, Sr.; daughter, Teresa Urban Mosier; daughter-in-law, Lisa Hood Urban; and parents, Claude and Florence Broyles. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law,...
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Gabe Clayton Slaughter

June 28, 1922 - June 12, 2013

Gabe Clayton Slaughter died peacefully on June 12, 2013 at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Hospital in Houston. Mr. Slaughter was born June 28, 1922, the ninth of ten children born to George Henry "Buck" Slaughter and Allie Russell Slaughter in Fostoria (Liberty County), Texas. He was an uncle twice at the time he was born. He attended school in Cleveland, Texas and he graduated from Cleveland...
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Betty Jane Steel

April 2, 1938 - June 10, 2013

On Monday, June 10, 2013, Betty Jane Steel, 75, passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ whom she loved and served for over sixty years. She was born April 2, 1938, in Broadus, Texas, the third of four daughters to Macon Burno and Nora Edith Woods. The family moved to Buna, TX where she attended school and was valedictorian of Buna High School's graduating class of 1956. She...
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Steven Christopher Fife

December 29, 1961 - June 8, 2013

Steven Christopher Fife, 51, of Baytown, Texas was born December 29, 1961 in El Paso and passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 8, 2013, of a heart attack. He was a 1980 graduate of Deer Park High School. He joined the Navy and then continued to work in the water industry, ultimately holding his A Water Treatment License and worked in the water treatment industry for more than 20 years. He was...
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Evelyn Spears Merrill

February 18, 1924 - June 7, 2013

Evelyn Spears Merrill, 89, of Baytown was born February 18, 1924 in Merryville, LA and passed away Friday, June 7, 2013. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She was a great mom. She loved all music and loved to dance. She was a member of Second Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sidney and Mattie Droddy; husband, Thomas D. Spears; daughter, Debbie Carr;...
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Cecil James Anderson

February 22, 1926 - June 4, 2013

Cecil James Anderson was born to Homer and Mae Anderson on February 22, 1926 in Cedar Bayou, TX and passed from this life on June 4, 2013, at the age of 87, to be with his Lord. Cecil was a lifelong resident of Baytown. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the Navy, where he served as a gunner during WWII. His troop transport ship was one of the first ships to liberate the Philippine Islands. ...
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Randall Nassar

October 23, 1954 - June 1, 2013

Randall "Randy" Nassar, 58, of Crosby, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2013. He was born October 23, 1954 in Sulphur, LA. Randy was preceded in death by his parents, Connie Mack and Rena Nassar and brother, Ricky Nassar. He is survived by his wife, Gina Nassar; daughter, Dana Nassar; uncle, Taylor Nassar; brothers, Mike and Harold Nassar; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. ...
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Wayne Clement

January 3, 1934 - June 1, 2013

Wayne Clement, 79, of Point Blank, a former longtime resident of Baytown, entered the gates of Heaven Saturday, June 1, 2013 in Bryan, Texas. He was born January 3, 1934 in Houston to his late parents, Vernon DeWitt "Jiggs" Clement and Ruby Juanita Griffin Butler. Vernon Wayne Clement, known to all as Wayne or Paw Paw, was raised in Baytown, Texas and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School...
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David Hurley

June 2, 1947 - May 27, 2013

Dr. David Hurley, 65, of Crosby, passed away Monday, May 27, 2013 at his home. He was born June 2, 1947 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and had lived in Crosby for the last 15 years. Dr. Hurley was a retired Chiropractor and was a member of the Deer Park Masonic Lodge No. 1362 AF&AM, where he was currently serving as Worshipful Master. He was also a member of the Shriners and was very active in the DeMolay...
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Kevin Jameson Thomas

September 12, 1976 - May 26, 2013

Kevin Thomas, 36, of Pasadena, passed away Sunday, May 26, 2013 in Houston. He was born September 12, 1976 in Trinidad and was a proud Marine Corps veteran. Survivors include his sons, Jaden and Kaleb Thomas; mother, Bernadette Auguste; father, Emerson Thomas; brothers, Shawn Thomas and Mark Thomas; sister, Britney Auguste; nieces and nephews, Trinity, Zoei, Raegan, Elijah and Jesus and...
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Kenneth H. Smith, Sr.

May 1, 1928 - May 25, 2013

Kenneth H. Smith, Sr., 85, of Baytown was born May 1, 1928 in Goose Creek and passed away Saturday, May 25, 2013 in a Houston hospital. He was a member of Cedar Bayou Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and also a member of the Goose Creek Masonic Lodge #1192. He was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his parents, Claud and Lillian Smith and brothers, Earl...
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Wayne Dykes

August 11, 1915 - May 22, 2013

Wayne Dykes, 97, of Baytown, formerly of Sulphur Springs, TX, was born August 11, 1915, in Winnsboro, Texas, and passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in a Baytown hospital. He married Cora Walker in Dallas, on June 18, 1938, then in 1946, Wayne and Cora bought the Walker Family Farm, 5 miles SW of Sulphur Springs, Texas. He was a retired dairy farmer as well as owner and operator of the Lake View...
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Allison Megan Partin

February 19, 1993 - May 20, 2013

Allison Megan Partin, 20, of Cove, TX was born February 19, 1993 in Houston and passed away Monday, May 20, 2013 in a Nacogdoches hospital. Being recognized by her parents as a gift from God, she was dedicated back to the Lord at the age of eight months and she accepted Christ while in the first grade. Allison was a 2011 graduate of Barbers Hill High School where she was a member of the National...
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Nick Lloyd Marr

April 27, 1959 - May 13, 2013

Nick Lloyd Marr, 54, of Baytown, passed away on May 13, 2013. He was born on April 27, 1959 in Pasadena, TX. Nick enjoyed spending time with family and friends especially his wife, Melissa, and his two "girls". He worked as a computer tech at Goose Creek ISD since 2008. He was friends to many and loved by all. Nick was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Lucy Marr and brother Jeff Marr....
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Ruby M. Newsom

October 13, 1946 - May 13, 2013

Ruby M. Newsom, 66, of Baytown, TX was born October 13, 1946 in Olney and passed away Monday, May 13, 2013 in a Baytown hospital. She taught genealogy and quilt making at the Wallisville Heritage Park in Chambers County. She is survived by her husband, Lynn Newsom of Baytown; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. James Lynn and Tonya Newsom of Brownsboro; daughter and son-in-law, Thelma Renee and Greg...
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Frankie Rushing

May 31, 1926 - May 12, 2013

Frankie Rushing, 86, of Baytown, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2013 in Baytown. She was born May 31, 1926 in Baytown to her late parents, Frank Tilman Smith and Bonnie Florence Pelham Smith and was a lifelong resident of Baytown. Mrs. Rushing was a graduate of Cedar Bayou High School in 1943 and received her nursing degree from St. Joseph School of Nursing in 1946. She was a member of Faith...
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Marion Edward Smith

October 5, 1908 - May 11, 2013

Marion Edward Smith October 5, 1908 – May 11, 2013 Having lived a long, happy life, Marion Edward Smith went to his heavenly rest on Saturday, May 11, 2013. He was 104 years old. M. E. spent the last four years in Louisville, Kentucky but lived most of his life in Texas. He was born Oct. 5, 1908 in Haskell, Texas to William James and Lottie Bishop Smith. "Smitty" grew up on a...
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Larry Debrow

January 26, 1966 - May 8, 2013

Larry Debrow, 47, of Highlands, TX passed away on May 8, 2013 at his home. Larry was born on January 26, 1966 in Marrero, LA to Larry Dean and Joyce Debrow. In 1977 the family moved to Baytown, TX, where Larry spent the majority of his adult life. Larry worked as a marine service technician for Reynolds Marine for almost 20 years. Larry enjoyed spending time outdoors, but his true passion was...
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Tom Maxwell

July 13, 1939 - May 7, 2013

Tom Maxwell, 73, of Houston passed away peacefully on May 7, 2013. Tom was born July 13, 1939 to Elton and Opal Maxwell in Hillsboro, Texas. Tom and his parents moved to Baytown where he graduated from Robert E. Lee High School. Tom played football for Robert E. Lee and was on his team's "suicide squad", which was quite an honor. Tom went on to graduate from both Lee College and The University...
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Norris Pommier

February 14, 1950 - May 4, 2013

Norris Pommier, 63, of Liberty, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2013 at his residence. He was born February 14, 1950 in Crowley, Louisiana to his late parents, Moeluer Pommier and Lejeh Cormier Pommier. He had lived in Baytown for many years before moving to Liberty in 1998, where he lived until his death and was a retired boilermaker from The Mundy Company. He was preceded in death by his...
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Mary Lynn Derden Mazoch

August 13, 1956 - May 4, 2013

Mary Lynn Derden Mazoch, 56, of Deer Park, formerly of Baytown, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2013 in Houston. She was born August 13, 1956 in Houston to her late parents, Leonard Derden and Nell Nyc Derden. Mary Lynn attended school at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Baytown through 8th grade and was a 1974 graduate of Ross S. Sterling High School. She was a longtime resident of Deer Park and...
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Ed Moak

October 10, 1931 - April 29, 2013

Ed Moak, 81, of Baytown was born October 10, 1931 in Baytown and passed away Monday, April 29, 2013 in a local healthcare facility. He was a graduate of Baylor University with graduate degrees from Southern Theological Seminary, Indiana University, and Sam Houston State University. He had a career in education and retired from Lee College as the Dean of Student Services/Registrar for 18 years. He...
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Cecil Dewain Wise

February 9, 1944 - April 28, 2013

Cecil Dewain "Wayne" Wise, 69, of Dayton was born February 9, 1944 in Corpus Christi and passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013 at his home. He was a U. S. Navy veteran and a member of the Baptist faith. He was a retired drilling consultant. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Nellie Wise; sisters, Barbara Wise and Delores Lavon Theser; brothers, Kenneth Wise and Arthur Eugene Wise;...
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Luetta Linder

July 30, 1925 - April 27, 2013

Luetta Linder, 87, of Cleveland, formerly Baytown, was born July 30, 1925 in Houston and passed away Saturday, April 27, 2013 at her home. She was a Graphic Arts instructor at Lee College, where she retired and was the first female president of the Lithographic Society. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Cornelia Cobb; husband, Otis Linder; brother, Leeland Cobb; and sister,...
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Jack Hinton Havis

January 3, 1925 - April 27, 2013

Jack Hinton Havis, 88, of Brenham, formerly Baytown was born January 3, 1925 in Pelly and passed away Saturday, April 27, 2013 in Brenham. He was a 1942 graduate of Cedar Bayou High School and was a U. S. Army Air Force WWII veteran. He attended Lee College and retired from Lubrizol Corp. in 1986 with 32 years of service in their Deer Park and Bay Port plants. After retirement, he enjoyed his...
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Johney L. Harvey

October 11, 1928 - April 27, 2013

Johney L. Harvey, 84, of Baytown was born October 11, 1928 in Lovelady, TX and passed away Saturday, April 27, 2013 in Baytown. He was a U. S. Navy veteran of the Korean War and a member of St. John's United Methodist Church, where he served as a Trustee and an usher and he was a member of the United Methodist Men's Group. After leaving the service, he went to work for the KTRH radio station for...
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Eula Lee Cox

May 8, 1916 - April 25, 2013

Eula Lee Cox, 96, of Allen, Texas, formerly of Baytown, was born May 8, 1916, in Huntsville, Texas, and passed away Thursday, April 25, 2013, at a nursing facility in Allen, Texas. She attended Lee College, retired from Exxon-Mobil, and was a long time member of Memorial Baptist Church in Baytown. She was a lifetime member of Eastern Star and long time member of Beta Sigma Phi. After retiring,...
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Gaston Benavides

February 19, 1936 - April 25, 2013

On April 25, 2013, Gaston Benavides of Baytown Texas passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends. Gaston was born on February 19, 1936 in Soliseno, Mexico and moved to the U.S. early in his life. He served almost 40 years as a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America Local Union 551 in Houston, TX. Gaston is preceded in death by his father, Tomas...
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Janet Butler

April 18, 1951 - April 24, 2013

Janet Butler, 62, of Channelview was born April 18, 1951 in Ponca City, OK and passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2013 in a Pasadena hospital. She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew "Bud" Henry Doughty, Sr. and Marietta Lois Holmes Doughty and brothers, Charles "Mickey" Clinton Doughty and Andrew "Andy" Doughty, Jr. She is survived by her husband, T. L. Butler, son and daughter-in-law,...
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Nicky Ray Monte, Sr.

February 9, 1954 - April 23, 2013

Nicky Ray Monte, 58, of Mont Belvieu, passed away on April 23, 2013. Nicky was born February 9, 1955 to Henry and Leona Monte in Port Arthur. After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur he joined the Merchant Marines. Nicky was an electrician by trade and enjoyed being an independent contractor in the construction industry. Nicky did not believe in all work and no play. ...
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Dorothy Neal Hamil

July 2, 1926 - April 23, 2013

Dorothy Neal Hamil, 86, of Houston, formerly Baytown was born July 2, 1926 in Chester, TX and passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at her home surrounded by her family. She retired from Lee College and was a longtime member of Memorial Baptist Church in Baytown. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carlton "T. C." and Elizabeth "Berie" Neal and husband, Douglas Hamil. She is survived by her...
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Michael A. Bargainer

May 20, 1944 - April 22, 2013

Michael A. "Mike" Bargainer, 68, of Baytown, passed away Monday, April 22, 2013 in Houston. He was born May 20, 1944 to his late parents, Andy Bargainer and Louise Ruby Bargainer. He was a longtime resident of Baytown, graduate of Robert E. Lee High School class of 1962 and was a retired marketing and vocational education teacher from Robert E. Lee High School. Mike also was the former co...
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Frances G. Herrera

October 10, 1917 - April 17, 2013


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Leon Jesse Washburn

January 13, 1920 - April 17, 2013

Leon Washburn, 93, formerly of Baytown, passed away on April 17, 2013. Leon was born on January 13, 1920 in Nacogdoches, TX to the late William and Margaret Washburn. After graduating from high school Leon enlisted in the United States Army in 1941. Before leaving the Army in 1945, he proudly served his country during World War II. During his service, he married Ann C. Christensen on October...
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Carl Blanton Youngblood

May 6, 1925 - April 14, 2013

Carl was born to Lee and Ora Youngblood at Timpson, Texas on May 6, 1925 and passed away Sunday, April 14, 2013. Carl grew up on a farm, working the fields along with his four sisters, Vera, Tennie, Margie and Yvonne. He finished high school at Huntington, Texas and served two years in the Army Field Artillery serving his country in the Philippines, Okinawa and Korea. After returning home, he...
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Mary Ann Strother

May 29, 1958 - April 13, 2013

Mary Ann Strother, 54, of Baytown, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2013 at home with her family by her side after a long battle with cancer. She was born May 29, 1958 in Terrell, Texas to her parents, Glen H. King and Reubine Turner King. Mary Ann had lived most of her life in Baytown and attended Peace Tabernacle Church. Some of her biggest enjoyments were her grandchildren, cooking, the...
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Nathan Johnson

October 26, 1989 - April 12, 2013

Nathan Johnson, 23, of Cove was born October 26, 1989 and passed away Friday, April 12, 2013 in a Houston hospital. He was a 2008 graduate of Barbers Hill High School. He was a member of the Missouri Street Church of Christ and the family" Catfish Mafia." Nathan had a passion for Christ, loved being outside fishing and hunting and always surrounded himself with the people he loved. Known for his...
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