Obituaries 2018
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
Milbert Calvin Haedge was born to Otto
and Bertha Haedge of Bleiblerville,
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,
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
3, 2018. Jordan was born November 6,
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

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
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
Raymondville, Texas. Ceaser is
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
Justin Lewis went home to be with the
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.  
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

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