Obituaries 2019
Perfecta Ybarra Sierra (Dorothy) passed away Thursday
evening, March 21, 2019 at the young age of 85. She was
resting peacefully while surrounded by her loving family at
her home in Hempstead, Texas.She is survived by her
children: Lita Sierra, Tina Roberts and husband Frank,
Andrew Sierra and wife Lisa, Greg Sierra and wife Sylvia,
John Sierra and wife Carlene; grandchildren: Charles
Welch and wife Laurie, Andrew Sierra Jr., Jaclyn Sierra,
and John Paul Sierra; great-grandchildren: Tia, Leilah,
Matthew, Lola, Emmy, Alianna, Andrew III, and Keevon.
She is preceded in death by her husband Louis Paul
Sierra, parents Alex and Rachel Ybarra, brothers Big Joe
and Nick Ybarra, sisters Sylvia Hernandez and Rosie Vela
and her nephew who loved her dearly, Mario Ybarra. She
Perfecta Ybarra Sierra (Dorothy) passed away Thursday
ewas born Perfecta Ybarra, April 18, 1933 in Navasota,
Texas to Alex and Rachel Ybarra. They moved to
Chappell Hill where she grew up farming. She moved to
Galveston Island in 1952 where she met her husband,
Louis Paul Sierra. On their first date, they went to see the
movie High Noon. Sadly, her husband passed away in
1968, leaving her to raise five children from the ages of 13
on down. She immediately went to work at the Kettle
Restaurant as a short order cook and UTMB as a medical
supply clerk in order to provide for her family.
Dorothy believed in hard work and she enjoyed it more
than most could understand. She held two full-time jobs
for more than twenty years. Even after retirement, she
could not keep still and went back to work full-time again
for another three years. She could be heard singing while
cooking and often received tips from customers for it.
When at home, she would play Tejano music (loudly) while
cooking breakfast. Perfecta was a loving and
compassionate person. She was known for always having
an open door to her home. If she knew your names, you
were a friend; if you were a friend, you were treated like
family; if you were family, you were loved. Many people,
for many years, sat at her table and enjoyed great meals
and conversation. Although she was giving, you could
forget about her giving up on a game of dominoes.After
she retired in 1994, she returned to Hempstead because
she wanted to be near her brothers and sisters. She
bought land and built her dream home. There, she
continued her tradition of bringing family together over
great meals. Our Mom was such a strong and loving
person. If there was something she wanted to accomplish,
her determination would see it through. She gave good
advice to her kids and grandkids. A special Thank You to
our sister Lila, who took care of our mother for the last 6
years. We always knew our mother was well taken care of.
The family would also like to thank the staff of St. Claire's
Home Health Service, Dr. Mark Le and his staff, Ms. Betty
Young, Dee Gonzalez, and Compassionate Care Hospice
for their kindness. Visitation will begin at 8:00 am on
Saturday, March 30, 2019 at McWilliams Funeral Home,
706 Bremond Street, Hempstead, TX 77445. It will be
followed by services from 10:00 - 10:30 am, officiated by
Pastor Samuel Alvarado. Burial will follow at St. Mary's
Catholic Cemetery located on Hwy 159 in Hempstead.
Willard Wallace Wilkes, Sr., 99,
formerly of Hempstead, Texas passed
away Friday, February 1, 2019 in
Ashville, North Carolina. He was born
September 27, 1919 to Winford Wilkes
and Lorretta Wallace Wilkes in Verna,
Missouri. Mr. Wilkes is preceded in
death by his son Willard Wallace
Wilkes, Jr. and his wife Peggy. He is
survived by his son William Wilkes, Sr.,
sister Dale Driver, two grandchildren,
and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral Service: Saturday, February
9, 2019; 10:00 am
Burial: Hempstead Cemetery
Officiating: Pastor Mike Garrett
John Alan Dewveall was born on
August 8, 1964, in Clifton, Texas to
Eugene and Jackie Dewveall. He
passed from this life into paradise on
Friday, February 22, 2019, in
Hempstead, Texas. He graduated from
Sweeny High School in 1982. John
joined pte US Navy in 1985 and
served for 9 years, serving aboard the
USS Sterett and the USS Kis~a. He
attended TSTC in Waco and received
a degree in Computer Technology. He
was most recently employed by
Baker-Hughes/GE. John is survived by
his loving wife, Barbara Chumley
Dewveall, by his daughters Briana
Dewveall of Austin and Riza (AJ.)
Beleckis of Hawaii. He is also survived
by his parents Eugene and Jackie
Dewveall of Hempstead, his brother
David Mark Dewveall of Spring, sisters
Debra (Harry) Mergel of Jersey Village,
Dana Dewveall of Bryan and Alison
(Tony) Bloom of Houston, also by his
father-in-law and mother-in-law Dennis
and Mary Brown of Hempstead.
He is also survived by many aunts,
uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews,
grandnieces and grandnephews and a
host of friends. John was active in the
Hempstead Church of Christ. He was a
kind, gentle man, always ready to
lend a helping hand. A Memorial
Service honoring John will be held at
the Hempstead Church of Christ on
Saturday, March 9, at 10:30 A.M.
Arrangements provided by McWilliams
Funeral Home in Hempstead.
Mavanelle “Nell” Clendennen Marshall,
89, of Hempstead, Texas passed away
on Wednesday, February 27, 2019.  
She was born on July 4, 1929 in Milam
County.  She married Lawrence
Connie Marshall on January 24,
1946.   She raised two sons, Ricky
Lawrence Marshall and Monte Louis
Marshall.She was her husband’s
biggest fan and stood by him,  the co-
owner of several businesses.  In the
1950’s it was stock car racing and
purchasing the local Chevrolet
Oldsmobile dealership in Hempstead.  
During the 1970’s and 1980’s, the
dealership won numerous sales
awards including Chevrolet Century
Club and Oldsmobile’s Vanguard Elite.  
Lawrence Marshall Chevrolet was also
one of top 5% volume truck dealers in
the USA and a Chevrolet Service
Supremacy Medallion winner.  In the
1990’s, they expanded the dealerships
to include two in Bryan, Texas, and
one in Giddings, Texas.She was at her
husband’s side while he served as
president and director of the Waller
County Fair Association, a member of
the Houston Livestock Show Go Texas
Committee and the Dairy Scramble
Committee.  Their Rockin M Ranch
was a successful cutting and roping
horse breeder as well as a successful
cattle and hay business.  Carta Valley
Wildlife in Edwards County, Texas was
their 8,000 acre exotic game ranch.  
Nell was a great decorator, and made
Carta Valley Wildlife a show place.
Together they purchased the
Hempstead Country Club where she
put her decorating skills to work again
and managed the day to day
operations there.  Nell was a dedicated
member of the Hempstead Church of
Christ and was a regular contributor to
the Medina Children’s Home.  She
furnished and decorated the nursery
at the Church and it is dedicated in her
honor.  She also was very proud to
provide the flowers for every Sunday
service.  She loved the Hempstead
Church of Christ and will be greatly
missed.She is preceded in death by
her husband, Lawrence Connie
Marshall and her son, Ricky Lawrence
Marshall.  Her parents, Herman
Monroe Clendennen and Ima Mae
Reeves Clendennen.  Her brother,  
Barney Lynn Clendennen and her
sister, Linnie Ruth Clendennen
Owens.  She is survived by her son,
Monte Louis Marshall and wife
Leisha;   grandchildren:  Monica
Mathis and husband Michael, Monte
Louis Marshall, Jr., Joshua Jay
Marshall, Marilyn Montgomery and
husband Jason, Sarah Mikolajewski
and husband, Chad, Kaci Hancock and
husband Cade, Laura Marshall, Cody
Marshall, and Chase Marshall and wife
Chrissy;  15 great-grandchildren and
numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation:  Monday, March 4, 2019
from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at
McWilliams Funeral Home, Hempstead,
Texas.  Funeral Service:  Tuesday,
March 5, 2019 at 11am at the Church
of Christ, Hempstead, Texas.  Burial to
follow immediately at Woodlawn
Cemetery in Houston, Texas.
Jeanie (Cullen) Binder, 73, of Houston,
Texas passed away peacefully on the
morning of Saturday, March 16, 2019
at Memorial Hermann Hospital. Born in
San Antonio, Texas, she grew up in
Houston with her parents, Lois and
Harold Cullen and brother, Larry
Cullen. She is preceded in death by
her loving husband of 50 years,
Robert “Bob” Binder. Jean was a kind
and compassionate woman who
enjoyed spending time with her family,
her beloved animals, shopping on
QVC, traveling with her best friend
Sally, and sharing her life with Bob.
She and Bob traveled around the
world and United States, often times to
visit family. Jeanie and Bob owned and
operated their own business, Bob
Binder Graphics, for 43 years in
Houston. A cancer survivor, Jean was
a woman of immense strength and
determination. She was widely known
for her quick wit and sense of humor, a
trait that lives on in her children and
grandchildren. Jeanie had a big heart
for all animals, a love that went beyond
those that lived in her home. She was
known to provide affection and food to
any strays that crossed her path. She
also loved music of all kinds, even
keeping up with current songs that her
grandchildren and great grandchildren
enjoyed. She adored her family and
loved to brag about her grandchildren
and great-grands. Jeanie will be
greatly missed, but her memory lives
on through her son Bradley Binder, of
Kerrville, Texas; her daughter, Amy
(Binder) Toellner, her son-in-law
Jeffrey Toellner, of Warner Robins,
Georgia, her ten grandchildren, and
her three great grandchildren. She is
also survived by her adored rescue
dog, Cleo, who will be moving to
Georgia with Amy and Jeffrey.

Funeral Service: Thursday, March 21,
2019, 10:00 am
McWilliams Funeral Home
Burial: Fieldstore Cemetery
Officiating: Pastor Danny Wendt
Maria J. L. John, age 89, passed away
on May 23, 2019 after a short illness.
She is survived by her 2 daughters,
Johanna Pappas and Denise Lloyd,
husband Tim, her brother Mattheos N.
Stavrakakis and wife Marika, nieces
and nephews. Maria was born in
Detroit, MI. and at 6 months old her
family went to live in Sitia, Crete
Greece. At the age of 16, she came to
the United States, San Antonio, to live
with her grandfather. There she met
and married Pete Pappas. They
moved to Hempstead and raised 2
daughters. After 28 years they parted
ways and Maria moved to Houston.
Maria enjoyed reading her Bible,
writing and shopping where she loved
meeting people. Her most favorite
thing was to take lots of pictures. We
LOVE you so much mom.

Visitation: May 28, 2019 from 5 pm to 7
pm at McWilliams Funeral Home, 706
Bremond Street, Hempstead, Texas.

Visitation: May 29, 2019 at 10 am with
Funeral Service at 11 am at St. Basil
the Great Greek Orthodox Church,
1100 Eldridge Pkwy., Houston, Texas.

Interment:Forest Park Lawndale, 6900
Lawndale Street, Houston, Texas
immediately following service.

In lieu of flowers please consider
donating to her beloved church
St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox
Church, 1100 Eldridge
Pkwy., Houston, Texas 77077.
Louise Lipinsky, 92, passed away
Monday, May 20, 2019. She was born
June 22, 1926 to Weldon C. Leonard,
Sr. and Sally Mae Wilson Leonard in
Pattison, Texas. She was a wife,
mother, grandmother, great
grandmother and great-great
grandmother. She is preceded in
death by her husband Raymond, her
two  eldest daughters Janice French,
three years old and Sharon French,
seven months old; sister Melba Smith,
and brother Weldon Leonard, Jr.  She
is survived by her daughter Carolyn
Johnson, son Jerry French, daughter
Geneva Taschery, and many
grandchildren. Louise was a very
social person and love to have people
visit her. She was a good Christian and
loved the Lord. She loved to attend
church and sing her favorite hymns.
Nothing made her happier than being
with her children and grandchildren.
Funeral Service: Tuesday, May 28,
2019 at 2:00 pm at McWilliams Funeral
Home, Hempstead. Burial following at
Hempstead Cemetery with pastor Mike
Garrett officiating.
Robert Ned Milam, Jr., 75, of
Hempstead, Texas passed away
Thursday, June 6, 2019. He was born
May 12, 1944 to Robert Ned Milam, Sr.
and Juanita Marie Teague Milam in
Hearne, Texas. He is survived by his
wife, Patsy Milam, daughter Donna
Kmiec, brothers Michael Milam and
Jeff  Y'barbo, sisters Phyllis Y'barbo
and Patti George, Grandchildren:  
Jesse Sandoval and wife Kim with
children Caiden and Emerie; Cody
Sandoval and wife Kay with children
Jace and Ashlynne; Holly Kieke and
husband Kyler with children Braden
and Alyssa, and Robbie Milam.

Visitation: Tuesday, June 11, 2019,
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, McWilliams Funeral

Funeral Service: Wednesday, June 12,
2019, 11:00 am at McWilliams Funeral
Home, Hempstead with Pastor Mike
Garrett officiating.

Burial: Buckhorn Cemetery
John Walker Dewees, 80, of
Hempstead, Texas passed away
Saturday, June 8, 2019. He was born
December 8, 1938 to Alfred Leo
Dewees and Louise Caroline Spoerle
Dewees in Hempstead, Texas. John
loved to hunt and fish and spent a lot
of time enjoying these pastimes during
his life. He is preceded in death by his
parents Alfred and Louise, brothers:
Timothy, Alfred J., Bobby, and Eddie
Ray; and sisters: Ann Davidson,
Margie Coleman, and Thelma
Kennedy. He is survived by his sisters
Linda Carol Newman and husband
Ernest and Gloria Sims. Funeral
Service: Friday, June 14, 2019 at
11:00 am at McWilliams Funeral Home,
Hempstead. Burial following at Cedar
Creek Cemetery with Pastor Johnny
Arnall officiating.