Obituaries 2017
Hamner
Ernest Ward Hamner (Butch) was born
in Navasota, Texas on February 29,
1932 to Sam Richard and Evelyn
Hamner.He passed away Monday,
January 2, 2017. Butch had one
brother, Glenn Hamner, and one
sister, Evelyn Hamner Winfree, both
deceased. Butch is preceded in death
by his mother, father, brother, sister,
wife, Edna Marie Morgan Hamner, and
3 sons, David Marcus Hamner, Ernest
Ward Hamner, Jr., and Sam Morgan
Hamner. Butch attended Hempstead
Schools where he graduated in 1950.
Butch was in the army from
1953-1955, stationed in Buffalo N.Y.
Butch worked for the Hamner Trucking
Line. In the early 1970s he bought the
Western Auto Store in Hempstead and
owned it until 1983. From 1983-1999,
Butch was the Justice of the Peace for
Precinct 1. Butch is survived by many
nieces, nephews, great nieces and
nephews, and great, great nieces and
nephews. Butch was a member of the
Hempstead Church of Christ.        
Visitation: Thursday, January 5, 2017
from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at
McWilliams Funeral Home, Hempstead.
Funeral Service: Friday, January 6,
2017 at 10:00 am at McWilliams
Funeral Home with Pastor Eugene
Dewveall officiating. Burial following at
Hempstead Cemetery. Pallbearers:
Steven Chambers, Ryan Alford, Barry
Alford, Brad Alford, Scott Bishop, and
Allen Morgan, Jr. Honorary
Pallbearers: Victor Gails and Roland
Tompkins.In lieu of flowers the family
prefers you make donations to Gamma
Omega, Delta Kappa Gamma Society.
Butch made yearly donations to this
organization which his wife, Edna, was
a member for many years. The money
is then given as scholarships to
prospective teachers and has always
been greatly appreciated. Make
checks payable to Gamma Omega,
memo-Scholarship Fun and mail to
Linda Pinkerton, P.O. Box 236,
Somerville, Texas 77879.
Parker
Larry Dean Parker, 77, of Hempstead,
Texas passed away Wednesday,
January 4, 2017. He was born
December 21, 1939 to Eugene
Webster Parker and Nellie Lucille
Noojin Parker in Altoona, Alabama. He
is preceded in death by his daughter
Mary Anna Parker, parents Stanford
and Nellie Gregg, and brother Charles
Alvin Parker. He is survived by his wife
Deborah, daughter Lanell Kay Truxillo,
sister Shirley Yousef, and three
grandchildren. Graveside services:
Friday, January 13, 2017 at 11:00 am
at Shiloh Cemetery. Arrangements
were handled under the direction of
McWilliams Funeral Home, Hempstead.
Bayh
Geneva Marie Bayh, 87, of
Hempstead, Texas passed away
peacefully on January 17, 2017 at
Kruse Village in Brenham after a
lengthy illness. Geneva, wife, mother,
and dear friend to all was born on
October 3, 1929 in Hempstead to
Henry and Norma (Eichler) Fowler.  A
life-member of St. Bartholomew's
Episcopal Church, where she was
baptized, she served with faith and
devotion as organist and choir director
for 54 years. She served as
secretary-treasurer of the St.
Bartholomew's Foundation for over 40
years, served for many years on the
Altar Guild, and held office as
secretary for the Episcopal Church
Women. Geneva was valedictorian of
her 1947 Hempstead High School
graduating class.  She graduated from
Blinn College in Brenham where she
was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and
numerous other organizations. She
attended Sam Houston State University
and graduated with a BA degree to
teach High School English. She is a
charter member of the Waller County
Texas A & M Mothers Club. She was a
member of the Hempstead-Wednesday
Study Club for many years.  She was
also a volunteer worker at the
Hempstead Retirement Care Center.
Geneva taught school in Santa Fe and
Spring Branch in Houston until she and
her husband built their retirement
home in Hempstead. She is survived
by her husband of 66 years, Russell I.
Bayh, Jr. and three children, Russell I.
(Rusty) Bayh III and his wife JoCile,
Darwin Bayh and his wife Lisa, and
Rebecca Mikolajczak and her husband
John.  She has four grandchildren:
Amanda McKitrick and husband Bob,
Reese Bayh, Mason Wellman and wife
Lindsey, and Jared Mikolajczak. She
has one great-grandson, Russell Cole
McKitrick. She is also survived by her
sister Helen Louise (Fowler) Carlston
and numerous cousins, nieces,
nephews, and godchildren. Visitation
was held from 5:00 until 8:00 pm on
Friday, January 20th at St.
Bartholomew's Episcopal Church,
Hempstead. Funeral services were
held 10:00 am, Saturday, January 21,
2017 at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal
Church with Father David Ottsen
officiating. Burial followed at
Hempstead Cemetery under the
direction of McWilliams Funeral Home,
Hempstead. Pallbearers were Bud
Blaha, Clint Blaha, Mills Menke, Cody
Chapman, Jared Mikolajczak, Bob
McKitrick, Mason Wellman, and Reese
Bayh. Honorary pallbearers were Joe
Pattison, Woody Kramer, Jon Bayh,
Charles Menke, Bryant Mathis, and
Anthony Stanley. Geneva was greatly
loved and will be dearly missed.  In lieu
of flowers, donations can be made in
her memory to St. Bartholomew's
Episcopal Church, 811 14th Street,
Hempstead, Texas 77445.
Garrett
Marjorie LaNelle Garrett of the Pine
Island community near Hempstead was
born July 28th, 1931 and entered the
presence of our Lord on January 22,
2017 at the age of 85 years.  She was
the daughter and only child born to
Frankie and Lorene Baethe, and grew
up in Waller, TX. Lanelle is preceded in
death by parents Frankie and Lorene
Baethe, husband Clyde Garrett, and
grandson, Stephen Clyde Garrett.  She
was the mother of two sons, Travis
Michael (Mike) Garrett (Alma Garrett)
and Dr. Stephen Craig Garrett (Terry
Garrett), seven grandchildren:  Travis
Michael II, Brandy Conner Bell, Chris
Conner, Stephen Tyler Garrett,
Jonathan Garrett, Courtney Lynn
Garrett, Katey Marie Garrett, and
Gabriela Teresa Garrett Ortega, and
fourteen great-grandchildren.
LaNelle attended public school in
Waller, and in high school was both a
cheerleader and a cornetist in the WHS
band.  Upon graduation in 1949 she
earned the honor of valedictorian of
her class. She grew up a serious
student of the piano, which led her
eventually to become pianist for Pine
Island Baptist church from the 1950’s
until the late 80’s, then moving her
membership and piano talents to
Monaville Baptist Church where her
elder son Mike was and remains
pastor, and where Craig now also
serves as a deacon. LaNelle and Clyde
Garrett of Pine Island married in 1949,
and the couple became a musical duo,
Clyde as song leader for the
congregation and she as pianist.  They
led the music together there and
became accomplished at singing
special music duets in harmony.  
Through the years they served not only
at Pine Island Baptist Church, but also
at numerous revival meetings
throughout the surrounding
communities.  In addition, one of the
long-standing relationships in their
service-leading was their association
with the Hill Country Cowboy Camp
Meeting near Kerrville and Comfort,
Texas.  This week-long series of inter-
denominational Christian meetings is
held the 1st Sunday through the 2nd
Sunday of August each year, and
Clyde & LaNelle led the music  there for
around 15 years back in the 60’s and
70’s.Career-wise, LaNelle began as a
homemaker when the boys were
young, but in addition to the usual
country tasks like keeping up with the
full-time dairy business responsibilities
and home canning, she managed for a
number of years to have a successful
cake baking/decorating business out of
their home in Pine Island.  She later
worked for Guaranty Bond State Bank
for a number of years, Lawrence
Marshall Dealerships, and Citizens
State Bank for close to twenty years.
Visitation: Wednesday, January 25,
2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at
McWilliams Funeral Home, Hempstead.
Funeral Service: Thursday, January
26, 2017 at 10:00 am at McWilliams
Funeral Home. Burial following with
Pastor Mike Garrett officiating.
Pallbearers: Travis M. Garrett II,
Jonathan W. Garrett, Stephen T.
Garrett, Kyle McCalla, Chris A. Conner,
Travis M. Garrett III, Caden D. Bell,
Matt Ortega, and Colin W. Bell.
Frances Rebecca Upchurch
Richardson, 76, of Bryan, Texas
passed away Tuesday, January 31,
2017. She was born July 8, 1940 in
Iola, Texas. She is survived by her
daughters Rebecca Aman and
husband Aaron and Edie Speer and
her husband Stan, and five
grandchildren. Graveside services
were held Sunday, February 5, 2017
at 3:00 pm at Hempstead Cemetery
under the direction of McWilliams
Funeral Home, Hempstead.
Richardson
Forshee
Roger Thomas Forshee, 73, of
Hempstead, Texas passed away
Monday, February 6, 2017. He was
born July 19, 1943 in St. Louis,
Missouri to Frank Forshee and
Eleanor Cooke Forshee. Roger is
survived by his wife Susan Forshee,
sons: Roger Forshee, Jr., Jeffrey
Forshee, Samir Sliman, Emil Sliman,
and Khamal Sliman, daughter Michelle
DeLeon, brother Charles Forshee,
sister Barbara Gibbons, and ten
grandchildren. Visitation: Thursday,
February 9, 2017 from 6:00 pm until
8:00 pm at McWilliams Funeral Home,
Hempstead. Funeral Service: Friday,
February 10, 2017 at 10:00 am at
McWilliams Funeral Home.  
Carter
Malcolm Amos Carter, 90, of Pattison,
Texas passed away Monday, February
13, 2017 at his home. He was born
April 1, 1926 to Percy Carter and Nellie
Khelm Carter in Hempstead, Texas. He
was a World War II Army veteran and
worked many years for the Waller
County Road & Bridge department.
Malcolm is preceded in death by his
parents and his wife Margaret Lucille
Carter. He is survived by his sons
Malcolm P. Carter and wife Sheila and
Milton W. Carter and wife Virginia, 8
grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren,
and 1 great-great grandchild.
Visitation: Thursday, February 16,
2017 from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at
McWilliams Funeral Home in
Hempstead, Texas. Funeral Service:
Friday, February 17, 2017 at 10:00 am
at McWilliams Funeral Home. Burial
following at Monaville Cemetery with
Pastor Mike Garrett officiating.
Binder
Robert “Bob” Frank Binder was the
second of three sons born to Edwin
and Amelia Binder on February 25,
1943.  He was born in Bordon, Texas,
and spent his formative years in
Weimar, Texas where he attended St.
Michael’s Elementary School, later
graduating from Weimer High School in
1961.  After graduation, Bob began a
job in Houston, Texas, and shortly
thereafter enlisted in the U.S. Army
Reserves. There he served as a
traditional reservist until 1969,
achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant in
the Medical Corps. In early ’66 he met
Jeanie Katherine Cullen of Houston,
and entered holy matrimony in October
1966.  In May of 1967 Bob and Jean
welcomed their daughter Amy Lyn
Binder, followed by their son Robert
Bradley Binder in May 1970. Bob went
on to work at Fluor Engineering,
managing the Graphic Arts department
until his departure in 1976, when he
opened the doors to his own printing
and graphic arts business, Bob Binder
Graphics, which is still in operations
today.  Bob’s passion for his business
was evident in the accolades the
company received from customers,
notably “Vendor of the Year” from the
Westin Oaks Galleria Hotel.Bob
enjoyed traveling and creating family
memories with Jean and the kids,
venturing across the country: from New
England in the fall, to summers in
South Padre Island and the Gulf coast,
spring in the Smokey Mountains, and
winter in Tahoe, no road marker
unaccounted for or historical site
unseen. Bob enjoyed the outdoors,
and when traveling with, or to see
family, he rarely missed an opportunity
to get some fishing in, or “drowned
some worms” as he’d put it.  Whether it
was the surf of the Gulf of Mexico or
the tank at the beloved family farm, he
could usually be found there with a
smile on his face and a fishing pole in
his hand.  One of his favorite retreats
was the workshop he built in the
backyard, where he spent a lot of his
evenings building some kind of wood
project.  Whether it was a boat, just to
see if he could, or personalized
keepsake for one of his grandchildren,
Bob garnered a great deal of
enjoyment from crafting his visions into
sensible, detailed items for others to
enjoy. Another of Bob’s loves was
sports, whether it was Houston’s
professional teams, or Brad’s little
league teams, Bob was an enthusiast,
and adoring fan.  He spent several
years on the little league fields in
Spring Branch passing on his love of
the game by coaching Brad and his
teammates. But, more than anything
Bob took pride in his family. The
keeper of the family history, Bob
connected generations through the
stories he would share with his
grandchildren and great-grandchildren
and the numerous photographs he
would take along the way. Bob passed
away Thursday, March 2, 2017. He is
preceded in death by his parents,
Edwin and Amelia Binder, and his
youngest brother Daniel Lee Binder.  
He is survived by his loving spouse of
50 years, Jeanie Katherine (Cullen)
Binder, his oldest brother Edwin
Kenneth Binder, daughter Amy Lyn
(Binder) Toellner and husband Jeffrey,
son Robert Bradley Binder, 10
grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren,
and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation: Monday, March 6, 2017 at
McWilliams Funeral Home, Hempstead
from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm with a
Rosary at 7:00pm. Funeral Service:
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 10:00 am
at McWilliams Funeral Home. Burial
following at Fieldstore Cemetery,
Waller, Texas.
Villanueva
Theresa Nachtrab Villanueva, 82, of
Hempstead, Texas passed away
Friday, March 24, 2017. She was born
November 23, 1934 to Xavier Nachtrab
and Katherine Brendel Nachtrab in
Nürnberg, Germany. She is preceded
in death by her son Michael Kingsbury
and is survived by her husband Jorge
Villanueva Sanchez, sons Thomas
Kingsbury and David Kingsbury,
daughters Sandra Clifton, Katherine
Kelly, Karen Oropeza, and Linda Eklof,
sister Anneluise Fey, 11
grandchildren, and 8
great-grandchildren. Visitation:
Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 10:00
am until 8:00 pm at McWilliams Funeral
Home, Hempstead. Funeral Service:
Friday, March 31, 2017 at 2:00 pm at
McWilliams Funeral Home. We Love
You Mom
Steinbach
Charles Lee Steinbach, 69, of
Hempstead, Texas passed away
Tuesday, June 20, 2017. He was born
July 1, 1947 to Walter Steinbach and
Ruth Cook Steinbach in Burton, Texas.
Charlie is survived by his longtime
companion Andrea Shuck, nephews
Wayne Newton and Kevin Husband,
cousins Lois Hill and Robert Bolin, and
numerous other nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held
Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 10:00 am at
McWilliams Funeral Home, Hempstead.
Brown
Neola Brown (aka Coonie to her
friends and family), passed away at
her home in Katy, TX on Sunday, July
2, 2017. She was born February 14,
1942 in Lake Charles, Louisiana to
John Douglas and Ina Dulton Douglas.
She is survived by her son David
Brown, daughter Linda Holland Martin
and husband Keith, brothers George
Douglas and wife Pat, Leo Douglas
and wife Ernestine, John Douglas and
wife Gwen, sister Delores McMahon
and husband Melvin; grandchildren
Leila, Stella, Virginia, and Jeremy; and
5 great grandchildren. She is
proceeded in death by her husband of
30 years, George David Brown.
Visitation: Wednesday, July 5, 2017
from 5:00pm - 8:00 pm at McWilliams
Funeral Home, Hempstead. Graveside
Services: Thursday, July 6, 2017 at
10:00 am at Hempstead Cemetery with
Pastor Danny Wendt officiating under
the direction of McWilliams Funeral
Home.
Lilli Belle McPherson Vines was born
on October 1, 1921 and passed away
on July 5, 2017 at the age of 95. Lilli
Belle was born in Comanche County,
Texas to Basil and Lilli McPherson and
spent her childhood on a farm tending
to animals and picking vegetables to
sell to the cannery. She married
Weldon Vines, also of Comanche
County, on July 27, 1940. They were
married 66 years when he passed
away on February 12, 2007. Lilli Belle
is survived by her three daughters and
their husbands: Kay Vines Meadows
and husband Jim of Houston, Texas;
DeAnna Vines Lake and husband
Ferrell of Montgomery, Texas; and
Vicki Josey and husband Bobby of
Kingwood, Texas. She was known as
Grandmother to her six grandchildren:
Clay Meadows and wife Nora of
Fredericksburg, Texas; Forrest
Meadows and wife Melissa of
Fredericksburg, Texas; Carl Meadows
and wife Emery of San Francisco,
California; Jennifer Butler and husband
Todd of Louisville, Kentucky; Nicole
Riley and husband Brad of Magnolia,
Texas and Taryn Josey of Kingwood,
Texas. Lilli Belle was also loved by her
seven great grandchildren: Tony Feil,
Justin Feil and wife Haylee, Jacob
Butler, Madison Fitzgerald, Kyle
Fitzgerald, Bradley Fitzgerald, and
Isabel Meadows and two great-great
grandchildren Riley Feil and Jake
Henry Fitzgerald. She is also survived
by one brother, Ron McPherson and
wife Janie of Dallas, Texas. Lilli Belle
was a devoted wife and mother. After
raising her family, she used her sewing
talents making baby clothes in
Brenham and later at the Waller
County Library, allowing her to
exercise her love of reading. She loved
spending time with her family, cooking,
sewing, and fishing with Weldon.
Funeral services were held Saturday,
July 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm at McWilliams
Funeral Home, Hempstead. Burial
followed at Hempstead Cemetery with
Pastor Gene Dewveall officiating.
Vines
Foster
Rodney Lee Foster, 41, of Irving,
Texas passed away Saturday, August
19, 2017. He was born March 5, 1976
to Lewis Hamilton Foster and Barbara
Lou Mitchell Foster in Houston, Texas.
Rodney is preceded in death by his
father Lewis Foster and is survived by
his mother Barbara Foster, wife
Rachael Foster, brothers John
Hamilton Foster and Jon Russell
Mitchell, sisters Sheila Villarreal and
husband Raul, Susan Repka and
husband Jon, and Sally Peters and
husband Mike, and numerous nieces
and nephews. Funeral Service:
Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 10:00
am at McWilliams Funeral Home,
Hempstead with Pastor John Travis
Smith officiating. Visitation occurring
from 8:00 am until service time on
Saturday. Burial following at
Hempstead Cemetery
Rehms
Ethel "Lee" Rehms (94) went to be with
the Lord Jesus on October 11, 2017 in
Spring, Texas.  She was born March
17, 1923 in Hempstead, Texas to
Benjamin R. and Antonio “Tony”
Rehms.  She was the 5th of 7 children
and the last to join her family in
heaven. She is preceded in death by
her loving parents Benjamin and Tony
Rehms; brothers Benjamin C. “Dutch”
and Lester “Mutt”; and sisters Lucille
Solomon, Bernice Ford, Dorothy
“Dottie” Teague, and Dixie Rehms.  
She is survived by nieces Barbara
Wilcox, Mildred Sue Bland, Judy
Rogers, DebbieLee Teague; and
nephews Royal and David Solomon,
along with many great nieces and
nephews.
     She graduated from Hempstead
High School and went on to graduate
from Texas State University in 1944.
Upon graduation she taught school
and PE in Austin until retirement in
1986.  She was an Austin, Texas
“Teacher of the Year” as well as an
amazing tournament ASA fast pitch
softball 2nd baseman and base stealer
for which she was recognized.  She
also coached in Austin’s Parks and
Recreation Dept every summer prior to
moving to Angleton/Lake Jackson,
Texas upon retirement.
     She lovingly and faithfully cared for
all her siblings, family, friends, and her
students.  She always had an
immaculate yard and garden; and
rescued many abandoned dogs and
cats.  She could discuss any sport
(collegiate and professional) players,
coaches, etc with you.  She was
extremely active until she moved into
an assisted living facility at age 92.  
She even mowed her big yard 2 days
prior to moving!
     She was known for being a great
listener and having unconditional love.  
She had a special way of making you
feel like you could do anything and
that she had faith and confidence in
you.  
     Her Celebration of Life will be a
graveside service on Monday, October
16, 2017, at 11:00 am at the
Hempstead Cemetery in Hempstead,
Texas under the direction of
McWilliams Funeral Home,
Hempstead.  In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to dementia
and Alzheimer’s research.  
Jackson
Judge June Jackson, age 65, passed
away November 2, 2017, after a long
and courageous life with cancer. She
died at home in Hempstead, Texas, in
the presence of loving friends and
family. Judge Jackson was born in
Hempstead in 1952 to William and
Dorothy Jackson. She became a third
generation lawyer in 1979 after
completing her legal studies at South
Texas College of Law Houston and
was elected Judge of the Waller
County Court at Law in 1990. She
served the people of Waller County as
Judge for over 26 years, applying her
wisdom, patience, and kind heart to
improve the lives of families in this
community. June cherished the
handwritten notes she often received
from people whose lives she touched,
and she felt blessed to help so many
families and children through some of
their most difficult times. June was a
lifelong member of St. Bartholomew’s
Episcopal Church, where she served
as Director of the Kate Urban Children’
s Trust, head of the Episcopal Church
Women’s organization, and a senior
member of the Church’s vestry.
Throughout her life she was deeply
engaged with her community, serving
through CASA, Lion’s Club, Little
League, and many other programs.
She was there anytime a friend asked
her to help. But June’s most personal
pursuit – after family – was her joy and
delight in nature. She felt closest to
God when amongst the wonderful gifts
God granted the earth, which she
engaged through her special passion
for bird watching and nature
photography. June traveled the world
to pursue and share this passion with
others and also promoted
conservation efforts at home in Waller
County. June is survived by her
adoring children Elizabeth Eakin and
husband Mark Bankston, Jennifer
Cosio and husband Roger Cosio, and
Dr. John Eakin; her beloved
granddaughter and playmate, Autumn;
and her darling grandsons Andrew,
Ben, and Isaac. She leaves to mourn
her husband of 43 years, Larkin C.
Eakin, Jr., her sister Jackie Romine,
her cousin Debby Day, and her sister-
in-law Judy Broadus, as well as many
loving nieces, nephews, friends, and
those who called her “Momma June.”
All who knew her will grieve the loss of
her loving spirit, playful humor, and
selfless generosity. She was preceded
in death by her father William F.
Jackson, Sr., mother Dorothy Dell
(Milam) Jackson, and brother William
F. “Bill” Jackson, Jr. The family is
grateful for the love this community
showed June. They invite all who cared
for her to join them for a memorial
service honoring June’s life on
Saturday, November 11, 2017, at St.
Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church.
Reverend Robert Merrill will begin
services at 11:00 a.m. with fellowship
to follow in the Church’s parish hall,
where the community is invited to
share memories and celebrate June’s
life. Arrangements were handled by
McWilliams Funeral Home, Hempstead.
In lieu of flowers, please honor June’s
memory with a contribution to The Katy
Prairie Conservancy, c/o June Jackson
Memorial, at 5615 Kirby Dr. Ste. 867,
Houston, Texas 77005 or katyprairie.
org.
Rodriguez
Benjamin “Benny” Rodriguez, 73, of
Hempstead, Texas passed away
October 14, 2017 in Cypress, Texas.
He was born May 18, 1944 in Cayey,
Puerto Rico to Casimiro and Maria
Rodriguez. Benny is preceded in death
by his father and is survived by his wife
Barbara Haffelfinger Rodriguez;
mother, Maria Acosta, sons: Ronald
Benjamin Rodriguez and Benjamin
Jesse Rodriguez and wife Evette;
daughters: Cynthia Karen Rodriguez
and husband Ron, San Juanita
Rodriguez and husband Daniel, and
Dana Haffelfinger-Hill and husband
Jeffery. Benny is also survived by two
brothers: David Acosta and wife
Elizabeth, and Orlando Rodriguez.
Visitation: Friday, October 20, 2017
from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at McWilliams
Funeral Home. Funeral services: 10:00
am Saturday, October 21, 2017 at
Lighthouse Word Church with Pastor
Brad Qualls officiating. Burial:
Fieldstore Cemetery, Waller, Texas
under the direction of McWilliams
Funeral Home, Hempstead, Texas.