Obituaries 2018
Daut
David Bruce Daut, 61, of Hempstead,
Texas passed away Thursday, January
11, 2018 at his home. He was born
February 16, 1956 to John and Nellie
Daut in Houston, Texas. He was in the
military police of the Texas State
Guard. David is survived by his wife
Gail Starnes Daut, Daughters: Gayla
Velez & husband Victor, Kami Owens,
and Amanda Cohorn; brother John
Daut; sisters: Valerie Daut and Becky
Brown; Grandchildren: Joshua,
Nathan, and Jacob Long; Casen, Kayli,
and Clayton Baker; Bishop Corell;
Jodie Owens; Corbin, Ava, and Cayti
Cohorn; and Morgan and Colton Velez;
and one great-grandchild Creedence
Long. Funeral Service: Monday,
January 15, 2018 at 11:00 am at First
Baptist Church of Hempstead with
Pastor John Brandt officiating. Burial
following at Shiloh Cemetery under the
direction of McWilliams Funeral Home,
Hempstead. Pallbearers: Joshua Long,
Casen Baker, Clay Baker, Bishop
Corell, Lee McWilliams, and Matt
Wiggins.
Milbert Calvin Haedge was born to Otto
Austin County, Texas, on May 11,
1926. He passed away February 6,
2018 in Round Rock, Texas. He was
preceded in death by his father, Otto
Haedge, his mother, Bertha
Wawarofsky Haedge, brothers and
sisters Anita Hoppe of Austin, Texas,
Charlie Haedge of Bleiblerville, Texas,
Erna Meischen of Industry, Texas,
Mondell Haedge of San Francisco,
California, son Ronald Haedge of
Hempstead, Texas, and wife Evelyn
Haedge of Hempstead, Texas. He is
survived by daughter Janis Barnett
(Richard), son Alan Haedge (Linda),
daughter-in-law Debbie Haedge King,
eleven grandchildren, twelve great-
grandchildren, and a host of nieces
and nephews.  
Milbert was the youngest of 5 siblings.
He grew up on a farm in Austin County,
Texas, near Bleiblerville, where the
family raised livestock and crops. He
attended Santa Anna primary school
near his home, and later attended
Bellville High School, where he enjoyed
his shop classes, football, and track.
He graduated from Bellville High
School in 1944. After high school, he
immediately joined the US Navy where
he served with the Seabees in the
Pacific theatre during World War II
from May 30, 1944 to Feb 5, 1946.
After returning to Austin County after
the war, Milbert went to work for
Southwestern Bell Telephone
Company, working as a lineman.  In
1948, Milbert married Evelyn Mittanck
of Buckhorn, Texas. Together they
began their family on a farm in Austin
County, where they raised livestock,
and Milbert continued working for
Southwestern Bell.
In 1964, Milbert accepted a new
position within the phone company and
the family moved from “out in the
country” in Austin County to “in town”
in Hempstead. He and Evelyn
continued raising their family in their
Hempstead home, where the three
children graduated high school. Milbert
was a dedicated husband and caring
father, passing his values of hard work
and honesty to his children and
grandchildren. Milbert retired from the
phone company in 1988 after 42
years. He worked hard and was always
proud of his career and his company.  
Milbert was an active member of First
United Methodist Church in Hempstead
for 50 years.  He served as an usher
and member of the Trustees,
participating with others to repair and
refurbish the church facilities.   
After retiring, he continued raising
cattle on his land in Austin County. He
loved “The Woods” where he built a
camp house for the family to enjoy for
deer hunting and special occasions.
He enjoyed working his cattle and
continued this until just a few short
years ago, when he was physically
unable to keep up with the demands of
the ranching operation.
Milbert was loved and respected by all
who knew him.  He will be greatly
missed by his family and friends.  
Funeral Service: Tuesday, February
13, 2018 at 10:00 am at First United
Methodist Church of Hempstead with
Reverend Nancy Creason officiating.
Burial following at National Cemetery,
Nelsonville, Texas under the direction
of McWilliams Funeral Home,
Hempstead.
Haedge
Garner
Lucille Briggs Garner, 83, of
Hempstead, Texas passed away
Friday, February 9, 2018 at her home.
She was born July 4, 1934 to Nuna B.
Briggs and Louise Paasch Briggs in
Bay City, Texas. Lucille is preceded in
death by her husband Lee Roy Garner
and is survived by her sons Lee Roy
Garner, Jr. and wife Elizabeth and
Glen Garner, brother Gene Briggs and
wife Anita, sister Anna Belle Johnson,
3 grandchildren and 3
great-grandchildren. Visitation:
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 from 5:
00 pm until 7:00 pm at McWilliams
Funeral Home, Hempstead. Funeral
Service: Wednesday, February 14,
2018 at 10:00 am at First Baptist
Church of Hempstead with Pastor John
Brandt officiating. Burial following at
Salem Cemetery, Hempstead, Texas.
Pallbearers: Roger Kloecker, Darryl
Kloecker, Keegan Wimberly, Joseph
Evans, Tim Smith, and Randy Lewis.
Honorary pallbearer: Jimmy Zepeda.
Jordan Denyse Herr, 21, of Hockley,
Texas passed away Saturday, March
1996 to Larry H. Herr, Jr. and Cari
Colleen Carty Herr in Cypress, Texas.
Jordan is survived by her parents
Larry Herr, Jr. and Cari Herr,
grandfather Larry H. Herr, Sr.
grandparents Dennis R. Carty, Sr. and
Linda Blair, daughter Kacee Ann
Davis, brothers: Brody Wayne Herr
and Dylan Herr and wife Anna; sisters:
Christina Kirkland Leach and husband
Matthew, Candice Morgan Herr, and
Brooke Ann Herr; best friend Amanda
Hall, and numerous aunts, uncles,
cousins, and friends.
Visitation: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at
McWilliams Funeral Home, Hempstead.
Funeral Service: Thursday, March 8,
2018 at 10:00 am at First United
Methodist Church of Hempstead. Burial
following at Hempstead Cemetery with  
Pastor James McGee officiating under
the direction of McWilliams Funeral
Home, Hempstead. Pallbearers: James
Weigelt, Kendall Sides, Jeremy Sides,
Steven Forson, Shelton Magee, Jacob
Bufkin. Honorary Pallbearers: Stephen
Hall, Todd Bufkin, Wyatt Bufkin, Tucker
Bufkin.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks to
consider donating to:
Jordan’s daughter, Kacee Ann Davis
Woodforest National Bank
Account number: 1311835167

Someday, everything will make perfect
sense. So for now, laugh at the
confusion, smile through the tears, be
strong and keep reminding yourself
that everything happens for a reason.

John Mayer
Herr
Ceasar Zepeda, 64, of Hempstead,
Texas passed away Thursday, May 24,
2018. He was born December 21,
1953 to Nazario Zepeda, Sr. and
Catherine Cavazos Zepeda preceded
in death by his parents Nazario and
Catherine, and his brother Johnny. He
is survived by siblings: Nazario
Zepeda, Jr. and wife Kris, Jaciento
Zepeda and wife Suzy, Lupe Zepeda,
Arturo Zepeda and wife Robin, Sandra
Zepeda Uherek, Melba Bryant, Melinda
Hashaw and husband Bo, Elma Murray
and husband Tim; 16 nieces and
nephews, and 10 great-nieces and
great-nephews. Visitation: Monday,
May 28, 2018 from 5:00 pm until 7:00
pm at McWilliams Funeral Home,
Hempstead. Funeral Service: Tuesday,
May 29, 2018 at 10:00 am at
Lighthouse Word Church with Pastors
Brad Qualls and Jonelle Hammack
officiating. Burial: St. Mary's Cemetery,
Hempstead, Texas under the direction
of McWilliams Funeral Home.
Zepeda
Lewis
Lord on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the
age of 36.  His strong sense of humor
in everything he did both big and small
made him an endearing person to all
who were lucky enough to meet him.  
He loved his family and he had great
pride and an enormous amount of love
to give each one of them.
Justin was born in 1981 in Houston
and was proud to be a Texan.  He was
blessed to be born into a loving and
Godly family, and he walked with and
served the Lord throughout his life. As
a child Justin watched Star Wars and
this had a remaining effect on his life.  
Every battle he encountered was
waged with the same vigor and
strength of a true Jedi warrior.   Justin
was raised in Houston and attended
Cy-Fair Assembly Church and later
The Worship Center as a young man.  
He graduated from Windfern High
School at the top of his class.  And
furthered his education by attending
Lone Star College.   All the while he
was a mentor and guide to his two
younger brothers.  Justin’s love for his
family remained strong throughout his
life.For a short while Justin moved to
Georgetown where he worked at
Celebration church and helped with
the sound board in worship service,
which was a source of great joy and
fulfillment for him.   With his comedic
personality you could not be around
Justin for long before he had you
smiling and laughing. In 2016, he
moved back to Houston and began
attending The Ark Fellowship, where
he was embraced by a loving church
family. He worked as an insurance
adjuster with his lifelong friend.  
My friends, today Justin is alive in our
hearts.  And while his death was
incredibly agonizing and unjust, it
would be an even bigger injustice not
to honor, remember and celebrate his
life today.  

Justin is survived by his Mother,
Sharon Lewis, Father Don Lewis, sister
Brenton Lewis and brothers Donavan
and Dalton Lewis.  
Ruiz
Paul Carlos Ruiz, 36, of Hempstead,
Texas passed away Saturday, July 28,
2018. He was born September 21,
1981 to Zenon Ruiz and Carol Herrera
in Fort Worth, Texas. Paul is survived
by his father Zenon Ruiz, his step-
mother Rumalda Hernandez Ruiz, his
mother Carol Moreno, his siblings:
Hermalinda “Vicki” Ruiz, Jesse Ruiz
and wife Casey Wilburn, Jonathan
Ruiz, Adrian Moreno and wife Mikaela,
Jasmin Ruiz, and Alex Figeroa; and
nieces and nephews: Jessyka Melchor,
Anthony Melchor, Mikaela Ruiz, Jesse
Ruiz, Jr., Madilyn Ruiz, and Tristan
Garcia.

Rosary: Friday, August 3, 2018 at 9:30
am at McWilliams Funeral Home
Funeral Service: Friday, August 3,
2018 at 11:00 am at McWilliams
Funeral Home
Burial: St. Mary's Cemetery
Officiating: Pastor Jonelle Hammack

As long as we live…
You will live
As long as we live…
You will be remembered
As long as we live…
You will be loved
Villarreal
On Saturday, October 13, 2018, Sheila
Mitchell Villarreal passed away after a
long battle with cancer. Sheila was
born on an Air Force Base in Biloxi,
Mississippi on November 9, 1962 to J V
Mitchell and Barbara Mitchell. After
living on various air force bases and
Texas Towns she moved to
Hempstead, TX in 1975, where she
graduated from high school.  She
married Raul Villarreal in 1983 and
together they raised three sons.  While
her children were in school Sheila was
active in boy scouts and Hempstead
Little League.   Sheila’s was a familiar
face at both scouting events and the
Hempstead baseball field.  One of
Sheila’s greatest joys was family
gatherings, especially around the
holidays.  Her house was the place to
be during for Halloween.  Sheila is
proceeded in death by father J V
Mitchell, stepfather Lewis (Hammy)
Foster, brother Rodney Foster,
grandparents and four legged fur baby
Buddy. Sheila is survived by husband
Raul Villarreal, her son Mitchell
Villarreal, wife Rachel and daughter
Aleah; son Philip Villarreal; son Dylan
Villarreal, girlfriend Taylor Livingston
and daughter Kendall Vanice; mother
Barbara Foster; sister Susan Mitchell
Repka and husband Jon; sister Sally
Leatherwood Peters and husband
Mike; brother Johnny Foster and wife
Cathy; brother Russell Mitchell; as well
as numerous loved nieces, nephews,
great nieces, great nephews and four
legged fur babies, Katy, Bandit, Annie
and Paco. A Celebration of Life
Memorial Service will be held
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 10:00
am at McWilliams Funeral Home,
Hempstead with Pastor Mike Garrett
officiating.
On Sunday, October 21, 2018, Brenda
Marlu Riemer, beloved wife, mother,
and sister, went home to be with her
Lord; she was 67 years old. Born May
13, 1951, in San Angelo, Texas, to
George “Jake” & Nora “Becky”
Edwards; she was a 1969 graduate of
Water Valley High School. She married
Gary Ray Riemer, December 31, 1972
in Hempstead, Texas and they made
their home in the Waller County
community where they raised daughter
Cheressa and sons Matthew and
Jonathan.

Marlu was the eldest of seven children,
and from an early age was called upon
to help shepherd her six siblings, which
was a task she took seriously long
after she left her parents home and
extended it into her community. Her
brother Tommy whom she had helped
rescue from many perilous situations in
his youth, was autistic, and as she had
done in her youth she took him under
her wing after her mother passed
away. Marlu loved the Lord and she
was always reminding her family
members of the importance of faith
and family. Her door was always open
to her family and friends, where a
great meal, good fun and conversation
could be had. Known for her quick wit
and humor, she was a joy to be around
at get-togethers, and many laughs
were had in her home.

Marlu is preceded in death by her
parents George H. Edwards & Nora R.
Lay-Edwards, her brother George
Thomas Edwards, and her In-Laws
Gus & Ima Riemer. She is survived by
her husband Gary R. Riemer,
daughter Cheressa Riemer, son
Matthew & wife Celia Riemer, son
Jonathan Riemer, grand children
(Marlu's greatest joys) Javen Riemer
and Camryn Riemer, sisters Cyndy
Thornton, Twilah Jansen, & Bonny
Slaughter, brothers Kelly Edwards &
Eric Edwards, brother in-laws Richard
Riemer & Larry Riemer, as well as
numerous nieces, nephews, aunts,
uncles, & cousins.

A wake will be held Thursday, October
25, 2018, at McWilliams Funeral Home,
706 Bremond St., Hempstead, Texas
between 4pm-7pm.

Grave Side Services will be held at
11am, Friday, October 26, 2018, at
Monaville Cemetery, Kerr Rd.,
Hempstead, Texas.
Riemer
Milam
David Allen Milam, 56, of Hempstead,
Texas, passed away Thursday,
November 1, 2018. He was born
August 11, 1962 in Hempstead, Texas
to Robert Ned Milam, Jr. and Patricia
Irene Bailey Milam. David is survived
by his parents, Robert and Patsy
Milam, his son Robert Allen Milam, and
his sister Donna Milam Kmiec.

Funeral Service: Friday, November 9,
2018, 2:00 pm
Burial: Buckhorn Cemetery
Officiating: Pastor Mike Garrett

Pallbearers: Jesse Sandoval, Cody
Sandoval, Kyler Kieke, Roger Bailey,
Billy Mattox, Howard Springer
John Bryan Rushing Jr., of Jersey Village,
Texas, born on January 29, 1932 in
Hemphill, Texas, to the late Vlasta
Kopecky Rushing and the late Dr. John
Bryan Rushing, passed away at age 86
on November 7, 2018 in Houston, Texas.
John grew up in El Campo, Texas.  He
attended San Jacinto High School,
Kinkaid High School and University of
Houston. From 1951 to 1954, John
served in the submarine service in the
Navy and later served in the Navy
Reserve from 1955 to 1959. (John tells
stories of his service:
www.tinyurl.com/johnrushing). He was a
Metallurgical Technician at Cameron until
retiring in 1994. John was the beloved
husband of the late Mary Elizabeth
"Betty" Rushing. He was preceded in
death by his sister, Nancy Royce;
grandmothers, Nannie Bryan Rushing
and Josephine Kopecky; and
grandfathers, William Henry Rushing and
Joe Kopecky. John is survived by
daughter, Sharon Margaret Rushing;
sons, William Jeffery Rushing and John
Bradley Rushing; brother, William Alfred
Rushing; and sister, Melanie Rushing.
John loved scale model car & slot car
collecting. He was a founding member of
Foundry Methodist Church.  He was a
member of MENSA and the Houston MG
Car Club. John was a resident of Jersey
Village, TX for 42 years and once served
on the City Council.  John was a
dedicated blood donor who helped many
people by donating 41 times, giving 5
gallons of blood. McWilliams Funeral
Home is handling arrangements: (979)
826-2421.
Rushing
Josephine Emerson, 95, of
Hempstead, Texas passed away
Thursday, November 8, 2018 at her
home. She was born January 2, 1923
Salvatore and Natala Leone. She is
preceded in death by her parents, her
husband James Emerson,  her
brothers Michael Leone and wife
Jenny, Anthony Leone and wife Terry,
sisters Connie Gelati and Husband
Frank, Lily Leo and husband Frank,
Grace Robinson and husband Bill,
Rose Foley and husband Jim, and
Maria Leone. Mrs. Emerson is survived
by her sons James H. Emerson and
wife Tonya, and Charles H. Emerson,
and granddaughter Angelena
Emerson. Visitation: Friday, November
16, 2018 from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm
at McWilliams Funeral Home,
Hempstead. Funeral Service: Friday,
November 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm at
McWilliams Funeral Home. Burial
following at St. Mary’s Cemetery,
Hempstead, Texas with Pastor Craig
Garrett officiating.
Emerson
Scroggins
Charles Gilbert Scroggins, 85, of
Hempstead, Texas passed away
Sunday, December 2, 2018 at his
home. He was born December 19,
1932 to William Scroggins and Addie
Lee Hosea Scroggins in Fieldstore,
Texas. He is survived by his wife Ellen,
Son Craig Scroggins, daughters:
Debra Lynn Scroggins, Sandra
Tucker, and Linda Lane, sister Edith
Shipley, and many grandchildren.
Bailey
Charlie Clayton Bailey, 81, of Houston,
Texas passed away Saturday,
December 8, 2018. He was born
November 23, 1937 to Clayton Walter
Bailey and Mildred Jewel Mitchmore
Bailey in Raccoon Bend, Austin
County, Texas. He is survived by his
wife, Susan Bailey, Sons Lynn Bailey
and wife Denise, Roger Bailey, and
Michael Putman; daughter Sharon
Palmer, sisters Mary Lou Brock and
Patsy Milam, four grandchildren and
one great-granchild. Funeral Service:
Friday, December 14, 2018, 2:00 pm
Burial: Buckhorn Cemetery
Officiating: Air Force Chaplain Scott
McKay Pallbearers: Lynn Bailey, Roger
Bailey, Tommy Houghton,
Kody Kunze, Chris Grenne