Obituaries 2020
Gerrie Annette Herron, 53, of Tomball,
Texas passed away Sunday, January
5, 2020. She was born April 22, 1966
to Jerry Herron and Ruby Louise
Hamilton Herron in Denton, Texas.
Gerrie is survived by her mother Ruby
Herron, Robin Turell, and Sean Price.

Arrangements were entrusted to
McWilliams Funeral Home, Hempstead.
Herron
Hilligiest
Mary Darlene Hilligiest, 79, of
Hempstead, Texas passed away
Wednesday, January 8, 2020. She was
born May 22, 1940 to Benjamin Daniel
Wofford and Mary Helen Gracey
Wofford in Brushy Creek, Texas.
Darlene is preceded in death by her
son Chance W. Hilligiest and is
survived by her husband, Jerry
Hilligiest.

Visitation: Saturday, January 11, 2020;
9:30-11:00 am at McWilliams Funeral
Home, Hempstead.

Funeral Service: Saturday, January
11, 2020 at 11:00 am; McWilliams
Funeral Home

Burial: Mueller Cemetery, Cypress,
Texas
Pieper
Joan Linda Pieper, 90, of Hempstead
passed away January 11, 2020. She
was born September 11, 1929 to  
William and Leona Wischnewski
Lipscomb in Hempstead, Texas. Joan
worked at Southwestern Bell,  
becoming one of the first women to be
promoted into a management position.
This is also where she met her
husband. She would marry Clarence
Henry Pieper on November 14, 1954.
The couple would go on to have three
children and two grandchildren. She
was very strong in her faith and was an
active member of the United Methodist
Church in Hempstead where she
taught Sunday School for years. Her
love of animals led the family to raise
and breed dachshunds. Joan
co-owned a jewelry store,
Pieper-Murrah Jewelers, in Brenham
for 11 years. While Joan was an avid
reader and coffee drinker, her greatest
passion and focus was her love for her
family. She is preceded in death by her
parents, sister, and husband. Joan is
survived by her children: son, Peter
Pieper of Hempstead; daughter, Tracy
and grandchildren, Lauren and
Hayden Kurie all of Brenham; and her
son, Hunter Pieper and
daughter-in-law, Lauren Pieper of
Houston. Funeral services will be held
at the Methodist Church in Hempstead
on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at
10:00 am. Burial will follow at
Hempstead Cemetery under the
direction of McWilliams Funeral Home,
Hempstead. In lieu of flowers, the
family requests that memorials be
made to the First United Methodist
Church of Hempstead.
Brumley
Canie C. Brumley, Jr. known to all as
"Sonny", 69, of Waller, Texas passed
away January 28, 2020. He was born
January 22, 1951 in Houston, Texas.
Sonny is preceded in death by his
parents Canie C. Brumley and Mary
Alice Lemon and his beloved uncle
and aunt, John and Margie Waldrop.
Sonny is survived by his wife of 32
years, Lisa, daughter Christine of
Brenham, Texas, and son Tyler of
Waller, Texas. He is also survived by
his brother Michael Brumley and wife
Roseanne of Tomball, Texas, sister
Diane Clair of Spring, Texas, and his
loving mother-inlaw, Benita Mitchell of
Onalaska, Texas. Sonny will be forever
remembered by his numerous nieces
and nephews, extended family, and
life-long friends. Sonny worked his way
through college to earn a Bachelor of
Business Administration degree. He
held numerous jobs in accounting, as
well as ending his career with Amcap
Mortgage with 13 years as treasurer.
He never met a stranger and he was
liked and respected by everyone he
met. The most important thing to
Sonny was his family, whom he
enjoyed playing card games with. He
also enjoyed playing blackjack at the
casino, where he usually came out
ahead. Sonny loved fishing. He liked
watching baseball which meant never
missing Christine's softball or Tyler's
baseball games. In fact, one time his
son Tyler asked Dad to come throw
the baseball around with him. Tyler got
his glove and ball and went outside to
find his dad , who was nowhere to be
found. A short time later, Dad comes
out of the garage in full catcher's gear
and said, "OKAY, I'M READY!" Sonny
loved woodwork and working with his
hands. He really loved building Martin
bird houses. He could accomplish
anything he set his mind to do and
would build anything Christine would
ask for, included a canopy bed for her
dog.  He also like to country western
dance and dove hunt. The family
requests donations be made to MD
Anderson Medical Center, in  memory
of Canie C. (Sonny) Brumley, Jr. A
memorial service was held Saturday,
February 1, 2020 at 11:00 am at
McWilliams Funeral Home, Hempstead
with Pastor Deke McWilliams officiating.
Grice
Santos "Sandy" Grice, 69, of
Hempstead, Texas, passed away
Tuesday, February 18, 2020. She was
born November 1, 1950 to Octavio
Arellano and Maria Hernandez
Arellano in Shiro, Texas. Sandy is
preceded in death by her husband,
Jimmy Earl Grice and survived by her
daughters: Francis Arredondo and
husband Joel, Maria Perez and
husband Amado, Victoria Montoya and
husband Natahel, and Carmen Dimas
and husband Juan, brother Luis
Arellano, sister Janie Rodriguez and
husband Eli, 15 grandchildren, and 9
great-grandchildren. Funeral Service:
Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 10:00
am at McWilliams Funeral Home,
Hempstead with Pastor Deke
McWilliams officiating. Burial following
at Hempstead Cemetery under the
direction of McWilliams Funeral Home,
Hempstead.
Babbitt
ALVIN E. (BUD) BABBITT

Bud was born on July 2, 1940 to
Searcy E. & Nona H. Babbitt in
Houston, TX.  He attended Houston
schools and Allen Academy in Bryan.  
Bud was a Navy veteran, having
served aboard the USS Pocono for
three years as a Radarman.   In the fall
of 1961, he went on a blind date with
Jo Ann Leggio and they dated for two
weeks, while he was at home on
leave.  The week after he returned to
his ship, he took a weekend leave, flew
back to Houston, and asked her to
marry him.  They were married for 57+
years and were the parents of two
beautiful children; Elizabeth and Alvin
Jr. (Buddy).  
In 1963, Bud’s dad took him into the
construction business, which he
continued until he retired in 2017.  He
built homes in Houston and Spring, TX,
the Chicago area, then back to Waller
County.  Bud was also a retired
powerboat racer, having competed all
over the U.S., Canada, and the
Caribbean…he was a fearless driver
who loved speed and all types of
racing.  
In 2007, Bud was baptized and
confirmed into the Catholic Church and
has since been a devout member of
St. Katharine Drexel Church in
Hempstead.  Until his illness, he was
very active in church affairs.
Bud is survived by Jo Ann, his
daughter and son-in law, Elizabeth &
Robert Ewing, grandchildren, PFC
Jake Ewing, Ian & Lisa Vollers, and
Marah Ewing, as well as great-
grandchildren, Owen Curtis Vollers
and Noel Fay Ewing.  He was preceded
in death by his son, Buddy, parents,
Nona & Searcy Babbitt, sister, Phyllis
Anderson, and brothers Searcy A. and
Ronny Babbitt.
A quiet man of integrity, Bud was well
respected for his honesty, fairness,
compassion, and generosity.   He was
well loved by family, friends, and
business associates and he will be
dearly missed.
In lieu of flowers, he requested that
donations be directed to St. Katharine
Drexel Church, New Building Fund,
800 FM1488, Hempstead, TX 77445;
St. Jude’s Children’s Research
Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN
38101-9929; or Hospice Brazos Valley,
502 W. 26th St., Bryan, TX 77803, in
memory of Alvin E. Babbitt.
The family would like to thank the
nurses of Hospice Brazos Valley, in
particular Mrs. Jennifer Schoen, for the
loving care they gave Bud over the last
six months.

Visitation: Wednesday, February 26,
2020 at McWilliams Funeral Home,
Hempstead:  5:00-8:00 pm with Rosary
at 7:00 pm. Funeral Service:
Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 10:00
am at St. Katharine Drexel Church with
Father Xavier Bilavendiran officiating.
Burial following at 2:30 pm at
Resthaven Cemetery, Houston, Texas
under the direction of McWilliams
Funeral Home, Hempstead.

Pallbearers: Ian Vollers, Jake Ewing,
PFC, Darrell Beaulier, Mike Reed, Odis
Styers, Mark Kos. Honorary
Pallbearers: Alan Shelfer, Mike
Wickham, Milton Gibson, Pat Snow.
Milam
Ruth Virginia Milam, 93, of Hempstead,
Texas passed away Wednesday,
March 11, 2020 at her home. She was
born September 29, 1926 in Monaville,
Texas to Jesse Lee Chaney and
Cornelia Holik Chaney. Ruth is
preceded in death by her husband
Robert Ned Milam, Sr. and son Robert
Ned Milam, Jr. and is survived by
nephews Jerry and Terry Machac,
great-nephew Anthony Machac,
great-niece Dalynda Costello, sister
Janice Machac, one grandchild, three
great-grandchildren, and six
great-great grandchildren. Funeral
Service: Saturday, March 14, 2020 at
10:00 am at McWilliams Funeral Home,
Hempstead with Pastor Deke
McWilliams officiating. Burial following
at Hempstead Cemetery.  
Joseph “Joe” Orby Wheeler of Houston
passed peacefully Wednesday, March
11, 2020 in Hou-ston, Texas. He was
born June 17,1925 in a labor camp
tent in a jungle outside
Barrancaber-meja, Colombia.  Joe was
the second of three sons born
Katherine Riggs Wheeler of Perris, TX
and Orby Clinton “Jimmy” Wheeler of
Gainesville, TX. At the time of his birth
Joe’s father was a pioneering
petroleum geologist whose work in
Colombia led to the discovery of the
La Circa Oil Field. Joe began life with
his parents and older brother, James
Clinton Wheeler, in a palm thatched
hut situated on a river bank of the La
Circa-Infantas oil field.  His family
moved to Toronto Canada when he
was four and he remained there until
graduating college. He earned a BA in
biology from the University of Toronto,
a MA in biology from Duke University
and a MA in Petroleum Geology from
the University of Texas. He spent his
career as a petrole-um geologist
working at Exxon, Atlantic Richfield Co.
and Bechtel in exploration and
production. Joe met and married
Elizabeth “Karlene” Evans Wheeler in
Beaumont, Tx in 1962 while working for
Exxon.  They raised their three
children James Clinton, Thomas
Joseph, and Carolyn Eliza-beth
Wheeler in Houston. He was a loving
dedicated husband and father. Joe
was a modest man with a very dry
sense of humor and was known for
“zingers” that seem to come out of
nowhere. He loved birdwatching,
hunting, fishing, gardening, playing the
stock market and was an avid reader.  
He also enjoyed a “sniff” of good
bourbon and scotch.  Joe was most at
peace with his binoculars around his
neck identifying birds and taking note
of all plants, animals, rocks, and
geological formations around him and
sharing that with his children. Joe is
preceded in death by his wife of 46
years Elizabeth “Karlene” Evans
Wheeler, parents Kate Wheeler and
O. C. Wheeler, brother James Clinton
Wheeler, brother Charles Bowen
Wheeler and grand-daughter Hannah
Renee Wheeler.  He is survived by
sons James Clinton Wheeler, Thomas
Joseph Wheeler, daughter Carolyn
Elizabeth Wheeler and grand-daughter
Caroline Rose Kcenich. The family
wishes to thank Loie Zamora for the six
years of faithful lov-ing care she
provided to Joe. Your presence
brought him sunshine and peace.
Services will be held Friday, March 20,
2020 at 11:00 am in the chapel at
Second Baptist Church 6400 Woodway
Drive Houston, TX 77057.  A
celebration of life reception will follow
from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in the parlor.  A
brief graveside service will be held at
3:00 pm in Hempstead, Texas at the
Hempstead City Cemetery under the
direction of McWilliams Funeral Home,
Hempstead.  In Lieu of flowers please
make a one time donation to the
Houston Audubon Society at www.
houstonaudubonsociety.org
Wheeler
Dodd
Sandra Ann Lloyd Dodd, 73,  of
Hempstead, Texas passed away  
Friday, March 27, 2020. Sandra was
born June 8, 1946 in Houston Texas to
Glenn Ray Lloyd and Anna Florence
Marek Lloyd.  Sandra is proceeded in
death by parents Glenn Ray Anna
Florence Lloyd, Richard Lee Blackford
and nieces Jennifer Haley Rodgers
and Nicolette Huebotter. Sandra is
survived by her loving husband of 45
years, Charles L. Dodd.,  son Rodney
Lee Blackford; and daughters
Susanne Wagner and Traci Chandler.
She is also survived by her
step-daughter Cara Boggs and
husband Ken;  grandchildren: Meagan
Hufhines and husband Joe,  Chad
Wagner, and Cassidy Anderson,
Kaleigh Chandler, and Madison
Chandler; great-grandchildren Mason
and Tucker Hufhines;  Easton and
Weston Wagner; brothers Mike Lloyd
and wife Leslie, Tim Lloyd and wife
Denise; sisters Susan Winfree and
husband Travis and Tammy Haley and
husband Terry' numerous  nieces and
nephews, cousins, family and friends.
Arrangements were entrusted to
McWilliams Funeral Home, Hempstead.
Newcomb
Tony Newcomb, aged 82, passed away
on March 31, 2020.  He was born June
24, 1937 in Hempstead, Texas to
Martha and J.E. Newcomb.  Tony is
survived by his wife of 56 years,
Shirley Fay Newcomb; son Joseph and
wife, Lisa of Robstown, Texas; son
Michael and wife, Anne of Hempstead,
Texas.  He is also survived by his
grandchildren: Brady Newcomb and
wife, Lacey; Jessalyn Dixon and
husband, Colton; Alexandra Newcomb
and Pierce Newcomb.
Tony was a 1955 graduate of
Hempstead High School, where he
played football and served as the FFA
President.  He continued his education
at Blinn College, and was the
President of the Newman Club.  Upon
graduating from Blinn in 1957, Tony
studied Business at Sam Houston
State, and earned a Bachelor’s degree
in 1959.  He returned to Hempstead
and joined his father at Newcomb
Furniture.  Tony was a lifelong member
of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and St.
Katherine Drexel Catholic Church.  He
was the former President of the
Hempstead Lion’s Club and served as
a director on the Waller County Fair
Board.  Tony was a lifetime member of
the Knights of Columbus, achieving the
Order of the Fourth Degree.  He was
also the past chairman of the Knights
of Columbus car show.
A private burial was held on April 3,
2020, at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery
in Hempstead, Texas, with Father
Xavier Bilavendiran officiating under
the direction of McWilliams Funeral
Home, Hempstead.  In lieu of flowers,
memorial contributions may be made
to St. Jude Children’s Research
Hospital.
Fowler
Karen Ann Fowler, 73, formerly of
Hempstead, Texas passed away Friday,
April 10, 2020. She was born September
28, 1946 to Elvin Floyd Drew and Wanda
Freda Matthews Drew in Phoenix, Arizona.  
Karen is preceded in death by her parents
Elvin Drew and Wanda Long, and husband
Lee Macy Fowler, Jr. She is survived by
her sons Scott Fowler and wife Tammy and
Stephen Fowler and wife Marti, brother
Bobby Drew and wife Nancy,
grandchildren: Allyson, Kyle, Megan, Lexi,
and Zach Fowler. Private family services
were held Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at
Hempstead Cemetery with Father Frank
Hawkins officiating under the direction of
McWilliams Funeral Home, Hempstead.
Harold Edward Herrin II “PawPaw”, age
77 passed away Tuesday April 21,
2020 in Brenham, TX.  A private
graveside service was held at
Hempstead Cemetery, Hempstead, TX,
Friday April 24, 2020 at 10 am.  
Funeral arrangements were handled
by McWilliams Funeral Home in
Hempstead, TX.  
Harold was born November12, 1942 in
Houston, Texas.  He graduated from
Jefferson Davis High School and held
a career in the automobile parts
industry for 38 years, retiring at age
55, he was also a wrecker driver.  He
held the position of Parts Manager at
Lawrence Marshall Dealership in
Hempstead, TX for 15 years and
retired from Jimmy Copeland Chrysler
Dodge Jeep in Tomball, Texas.
Harold was preceded in death by his
loving wife LaMerle “Merkee” Herrin,
parents Harold E Herrin, Sr. and Willie
Mae Herrin, brothers Bobby and Jimmy
Herrin.  He is survived by children,
Debbie Watson and husband Donny,
Madeline Wilson and husband Travis,
Rocky Herrin and wife Evelyn, Bubba
Herrin and wife Cassi, BJ Herrin and
wife Tina.  His 10 grandchildren
include Donny, Jessica and husband
Heath, Heather, Kalem, Austin and wife
Lindsay, Brooke, Erik, Codi, Hannah,
Haeleah, and great grandson Cayson,
and his loving Yorkie Lexi.  He is also
survived by sister-in-laws Sissie
Gibbons and Rachel Thames, bonus
son Brian Sloan and wife Vickie and
numerous nieces and nephews.
He enjoyed spending time with family,
wood working, playing 42, all Houston
professional sports, and was an avid
NASCAR fan.  He was a 32nd Degree
Mason with the Hempstead Masonic
Lodge.
The Herrin family would like to thank
the staff and nurses at the Brenham
Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for
the care he received during his stay
there.  He will be missed by many.     
Herrin
Cynthia Lynn Fritzsching, 64, of
Hempstead, Texas passed away
Tuesday, April 28, 2020. She was born
August 21, 1955 to Billie F. Frazier and
Miriam Edith Scroggins Frazier in
Hempstead, Texas. She received her
education in Hempstead and worked
as a department store clerk at Frenkil’s
during her high school years. She lived
in Houston for a short time but came
back to Hempstead where she worked
in the family business. She liked going
with her companion Jimmy Lee
McKenney to flea markets and garage
sales to treasure hunt. She loved
taking pictures at family get-togethers,
first by camera then with videos.
Cynthia is preceded in death by her
father Billie F. Frazier and brothers:
David, Glen, and Pete Frazier. She is
survived by her mother Miriam Frazier
Shipley, brother Billy R. Frazier and
sisters Elaine Mikolajewski, Betty
Bierod and husband Ron, and
Charlene Todaro and husband Phil.

Private Graveside services were held
Friday, May 1, 2020 at 10:00 am at
Salem Cemetery, Hempstead, Texas
with Pastor Philip “Deke” McWilliams
officiating under the direction of
McWilliams Funeral Home, Hempstead.
Fritzsching
Long
Garlin William “Bill” Long, 60, of
Brenham, Texas passed away Sunday,
May 3, 2020. He was born March 29,
1960 to Melvin Darrell Long and Mary
Ruth Bell Long in Houston, Texas. He
is preceded in death by his mother
Mary Ruth Bell Long Starr and step-
father Robert Starr, step-mother Sue
Long, step-brother Mike Greenslade,
and step-sister Marla Greer. Bill is
survived by his wife Tammy Long, his
father Melvin Long, sons: Robert
“Bobby” Long and Phillip La Fountain,
brother James “Jimmy” Long and wife
Sue, sisters: Vickie Sloan and husband
Brian, Liz Cooke and husband Jimmy,
Regina Milam, and Christy Knight and
husband Billy; step-brothers: Max
Greenslade and partner Jannie
Gibson, and Marty Greenslade and
wife JoAnn; and numerous loving
nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and
great-nephews. Arrangements were
handled under the direction of
McWilliams Funeral Home, Hempstead.
Machac
Terry Wayne Machac, 67, of
Hempstead, Texas passed away
Monday, May 4, 2020. He was born
January 25, 1953 to Frank Machac
and Janice Cheaney in Bellville, Texas.
He is preceded in death by his father
Frank Machac and aunt Ruth Milam.
Terry is survived by his mother Janice
Machac, son Anthony Machac,
daughter Dalynda Costello and
husband Troy, brother Jerry Machac
and wife Bee, and grandson Caden
Wayne Costello. Visitation: Thursday,
May 7, 2020 from 6:00 -7:00 pm at
McWilliams Funeral Home, Hempstead
with a Rosary following at 7:00 pm.
Graveside Services: Friday, May 8,
2020 at 11:00 am at St. Mary's
Cemetery, Hempstead with Father
Timothy Bucek officiating under the
direction of McWilliams Funeral Home,
Hempstead.
Poynor
Don Warren Poynor, 51, of Lamar
Missouri, passed away Wednesday,
May 6, 2020. He was born July 11,
1968 to John Gaylord Poynor and
Edeltraud Ottilie Poynor in Landstühl,
Germany. Don is survived by his wife
and best friend Sandra Taylor Jones,
father John Garlord Poynor, mother
Edeltraud Poynor, sons Joseph and
Christopher Poynor, daughters Julie
Parish and husband Allen and Jennifer
Muehr and husband Lamont, brother
Michael Poynor and partner Alex,
sister Tammy Garcia and husband
Thomas, and 8 grandchildren.
Arrangements were entrusted to
McWilliams Funeral Home, Hempstead,
Texas.
Bayh
Russell Irving Bayh, Jr. 94, husband, father, military veteran, educator,
faithful servant to God and country, member of the “greatest
generation”, and dear friend to many, died peacefully with family
members on May 10, 2020 in Chappell Hill, Texas. He was born October
10, 1925 to parents Russell I. Bayh Sr. and Verlita Maie Broadway Bayh
in Monroe, Louisiana.  After his parents divorced, he lived with his
grandparents Henry Herman “Hank” and Emma Bayh in Monroe.  After
high school graduation, he moved to El Campo, Texas to live with his
mother and stepfather, Darwin Pliler, until being drafted into the Army.
He was inducted into the Army March 23, 1944 at Fort Sam Houston,
San Antonio, Texas, and trained at Ft. Bliss, El Paso, Texas for
assignment to the 90th Anti-Aircraft Battalion as a Fire Controller, which
involved gun aiming competency.  Serving as a PFC, he was reassigned
to the 9th Infantry Division, 47th Infantry Regiment, Company E in the
Rhineland, European African Middle Eastern Theater.  His military
qualification was Combat Infantryman with sharp shooter rifle.  He left the
United States January 31,1945 and arrived in Liverpool England, and
was sent by train to the east coast of England, then by boat to Le Havre
France where he was transferred to the Ardennes Sector front lines
February 8, 1945. One of his weapons was a tripod-mounted, air-cooled
30 caliber machine gun.  The men of the 9th Division were challenged by
blizzards, trench foot, frost-bite and frequent bursts of German artillery,
and losses were heavy. On March 4, 1945, he was badly injured by
German artillery fire in fierce fighting near the German city, Remagen.  
Considering extensive shell-blast and shrapnel wounds received, it was
an act of God that he did not die on the battlefield.  Five days after his
injury, his regiment had the recognized distinction of being the first
infantry troops to cross the Rhine River at Remagen via the famous “last
bridge standing”, the Ludendorff Bridge.  After field injury treatment, on
May 11, 1945 he was sent by boat to New York, then to McCloskey
General Hospital, Temple, Texas, where he arrived May 24 for
rehabilitation and fitment of an artificial prosthesis for his right leg, and
“shell-shock” treatment.  In March, 1946 he was discharged from the
Temple Hospital, then honorably discharged from the Army March 15,
1946.  For his military service injuries, he received two Purple Heart
medals, as well as a EAME Theatre medal with bronze Service Star, a
America Theater medal, a Good Conduct medal, and a World War II
Victory medal.  Qualified for the GI Bill, he went to Huntsville, Texas, to
start college at Sam Houston State University.  Despite his war-related
disabilities, he completed a BA degree in Industrial Arts in 1950 and a
MA degree in Industrial Arts and Education in 1951. While attending Sam
Houston State, he met Geneva Marie Fowler who was also attending
college in Huntsville, and she became his faithful, loving wife for sixty-six
years as Russell and Geneva were married October 13, 1950. As a
school teacher, he taught metal and woodworking shop classes at Santa
Fe High School in Alta Loma, Texas and in the Spring Branch School
District in Houston, Texas.  He also coached Junior High School football.  
In 1963, Russell oversaw and participated in building the family’s dream
home in Hempstead, Texas where they planned retirement and happily
lived for 61 years. With his artificial leg, the physical demands of
standing and moving about during long classroom/shop sessions
became a serious issue, and he began preparation for a less-arduous
Industrial Cooperative Education teaching role at Spring Woods High
School.  He continued his formal education via “summer special training”
courses 1966-68 at the University of Texas and Texas A&M University to
obtain the required job skills and qualify for this new role.  August 1,
1970, he started the new Vocational Counselor role where he mentored
and enabled students not planning college attendance upon graduation
to prepare for careers in a broad range of job types and industries.  He
served in this role until retirement in 1978. In his retired life, Russell
faithfully served as Chaplain in his Waller County VFW and American
Legion Chapters, and Choir and Vestry service at St. Bartholomew’s
Episcopal Church in Hempstead. Russell is survived by three children,
Russell I. (Rusty) Bayh III and his wife JoCile, Darwin Bayh and his wife
Lisa, and Rebecca Mikolajczak and her husband John.  He has four
grandchildren: Amanda McKitrick, Reese Bayh, Mason Wellman and wife
Lindsey, and Jared Mikolajczak.  He has one great-grandson, Russell
Cole McKitrick and one great-granddaughter, Aria Marie Wellman.  Also
surviving is his brother Billy Charles Bayh and several nieces, nephews,
and godchildren. Funeral services are scheduled for 9 AM Friday, May
15 at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Hempstead, Texas with
Father Frank Hawkins officiating.  In compliance with current Episcopal
Diocese Rules, attendance is limited to immediate family.  The service
will be live-streamed via Facebook at St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church
Hempstead, Texas.  The graveside service with Military Honor Guard will
be immediately following at the Hempstead Cemetery, and is open to the
public with compliance to social distancing rules.  Visitation will be from 6-
8 PM on Thursday, May 14 at McWilliams Funeral Home in Hempstead.
Russell was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.  In lieu of flowers,
donations can be made in his memory to the Veterans of Foreign Wars
(VFW) Post 4007 in Hempstead, Texas.
Cooke
Raymond Walter Cooke, 79, of
Hempstead, Texas passed away
Monday, May 18, 2020. He was
born May 30, 1940 to Columbus
Edwin Cooke and Ruth Gertrude
Calhoun Cooke in Navasota,
Texas. Raymond is preceded in
death by his parents and brothers.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy
Mae Cooke, sons: Roger Cooke
and wife Lisa, and Darrell Cooke
and wife Dineen, and four
grandchildren. Graveside Memorial
Service: Thursday, May 28, 2020 at
10:00 am at Salem Cemetery,
Hempstead, Texas under the
direction of McWilliams Funeral
Home, Hempstead.
Wilburn
Jenny (Janie) Lee Manning Wilburn, of
Willis, Texas, passed away May 26,
2020 after a valiant battle with breast
cancer at the age of 80.  Jenny is
survived by her brother Dwayne
Manning, son Billy Ray Lawson and
wife Tara, daughter Stella Jean Todd
and husband Kendall and daughter
Carrie Beth Allen.  Jenny is also
survived by thirteen grandchildren and
seventeen great grandchildren.   In
addition to her parents, she was
predeceased by a son, Calvin Lynn
Lawson and daughter, Wanda Jane
Cline.  Jenny was born August 17,
1939 in her grandmother’s home in
Schulenburg, Texas,  the daughter of
Walter Lee Manning and Annie
Veronica Sassin. She was a loving
mother and housewife/caretaker for all
her children and grandchildren.  She
enjoyed sewing, crocheting,
embroidery, eating out, traveling and
spending time with family. A graveside
service is scheduled at 10:00am,
Saturday, May 30, 2020 at the Pattison
Methodist Cemetery in Pattison, Texas
with Pastor Deke McWilliams officiating
under the direction of McWilliams
Funeral Home, Hempstead.  In lieu of
flowers please donate to American
Cancer Society in honor of Jenny.
Smith
Deborah Ann Smith, 64, of Conroe,
Texas passed away Tuesday, June 2,
2020. She was born October 30, 1955
to Carroll Dale Mitchell and Mary Lou
Hatcher Mitchell in Houston, Texas.
Deborah is preceded in death by her
parents Carroll and Mary Mitchell, and
her husband Calvin Rayford Smith, Jr.
She is survived by her sons Charles
Douglas Ferris and Carroll Hunter
Ferris and wife Amanda; daughter
Wendy Smith McCool and husband
James; brothers John Kelly Mitchell
and Carroll Dale Mitchell, Jr.; 9
grandchildren, and 2
great-grandchildren.  Visitation: Friday,
June 5, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 pm at
McWilliams Funeral Home, Hempstead.
Graveside Services: Saturday, June
13, 2020 at 10:00 am at Hempstead
Cemetery with Pastor Philip "Deke"
McWilliams officiating under the
direction of McWilliams Funeral Home.
Barber
Chavez
Xiomara Elizabeth Tobar Chavez, 38,
of Waller, Texas passed away
Saturday, June 13, 2020. She was
born August 7, 1981 to Luis Tobar and
Rosa Blanca Chavez in El Salvador.
She is survived by her parents Luis
Tobar and Rosa Blanca Chavez,
husband Santos Quintanilla, sons
Marlon Geovany Quintanilla, Fernando
Quintanilla, and Sandro Quintanilla;
daughter Sophya Elizabeth Quintanilla;
and her sisters Rosa Maria Tobar and
Ana Avigail Tobar. Visitation:
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 from 5:00
pm until 9:00 pm with a Rosary at 7:00
pm at McWilliams Funeral Home.  
Funeral Services: Thursday, June 18,
2020 at 10:00 am at St. Katharine
Drexel Catholic Church, Hempstead,
Texas.  Burial following at Canon
Mathis Cemetery, Waller, Texas with
Father Xaviar Bilavendiran officiating
under the direction of McWilliams
Funeral Home, Hempstead.
Phyllis Ann Barber, 79, of Hempstead,
Texas passed away peacefully Friday,
June 12, 2020 at her home. She was
born February 9, 1941 to George
Tryon Barber and Elda Lucille
Daughtery in Columbus, Ohio. She is
survived by her children Natividad
Leyva and Phaedria Danmola;
grandchildren Virgie Leyva, Mendella
Carter, and Pascuala Ann Leyva; great
grandchildren Evi Melain Carter, David
Andrew Carter, Natalie Leigh Leyva,
Alejandro Lopez Jr., and Pilar Ann
Leyva; her aunt Carol; cousins Gary,
Byron, Dwayne, Ray, Randy, and
JoEllen; and many friends.
Arrangements were provided by
McWilliams Funeral Home, Hempstead.
Zimmerman
Noble Wayne Zimmerman, 70, of
Hempstead, Texas passed away
Friday, June 19, 2020. He was born
September 2, 1949 to Noble Thyron
Zimmerman and Evelyn Ruby Dugan
Zimmerman in Houston, Texas. He is
preceded in death by his parents and
his brother Bill Zimmerman. He is
survived by his son Theron
Zimmerman and wife Eva, brother John
Zimmerman, and sisters: Laura Lee
Zimmerman Perry and Mary Evelyn
Zimmerman Johnson. Memorial
Services will be held Saturday, July 11,
2020 from noon until 4:00 pm at
Earthman Southwest Funeral Home,
2555 S Kirkwood Road, Houston,
Texas 77477. Arrangements were
handled by McWilliams Funeral Home,
Hempstead.
Freitag
Sandra Chilton Freitag, 70, went home
to be with the Lord on Monday, June
29, 2020. She was born December 21,
1949 in Austin, Texas to Robert and
Virginia Chilton. Sandy resided in the
Brookshire/Hempstead area with her
family and for many years was an
active member of the First Baptist
Church Brookshire, Texas. She is
preceded in death by her parents
Robert and Virginia. Sandy is survived
by her husband of 50 years, Ken
Freitag; two sons: Robert Todd and
Matthew Scott Freitag, both of
Brookshire; daughter-in-law Marilyn;
three grandchildren: Ava, Angelina,
and Hunter Freitag; brother Greg
Chilton and his wife Janice of the
Dallas area; four nephews, and one
niece. Visitation: Thursday, July 2,
2020 from 5:00 pm  until 8:00 pm at
McWilliams Funeral Home, Hempstead.
Funeral Service: Friday, July 3, 2020
10:00 am at McWilliams Funeral Home.
Burial: Carrington Cemetery,
Sunnyside, Texas. Officiating: Pastors
Dr. J. Calvin Webb & Dr. Richard
Rogers. Pallbearers: David Davila,
Aubrey Redwine, Larry Hall, Mike
Atkinson, Brad Autrey, & Ronnie Sturm.
Manuel Villegas Ramirez, 70, of
Hempstead, Texas passed away
Thursday, June 25, 2020. His was born
June 8, 1950 in Dolores Hildalgo ,
Guanajuato, Mexico to Merce Villegas
and Christina Ramirez. He is survived
by his wife Augustina Gonzalez De
Villegas, five sons, eight daughters,
three brothers, two sisters, 25
grandchildren, and three
great-grandchildren. Visitation:
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 from 5:00 pm
until 8:00 pm with a rosary at 7:00 pm.
Burial will follow in Mexico.
Ramirez
Hurley
Mollie Hurley, 77, of Hempstead, Texas was reunited with the love of her life
on Sunday July 5,2020, as she passed from this world into the arms of her
Charlie. Mollie was born December 12,1942 to Sheldon and Hilda Jones in
Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. Although she spent her early years in upstate New
York she was a true Texan for many years. Mollies greatest joy was her
family.  She was a nurturing and devoted wife, mother, gramma (Baby), and
great grandma.  She spoiled her Charlie rotten and loved him bigger and
better than anyone on this planet possibly could. She made holidays and
birthdays extra special.  Christmas was her favorite!  She decorated
EVERYTHING from her beautiful house plants to the bathroom.  She made
sure ALL of her family (including the fur babies) felt loved and cherished.  
Mollie is and always will be deeply and dearly loved!  Our lives will never be
the same without her here with us.  We are so very thankful for every
moment we had with her and for the many sweet memories she’s so
graciously gave us .  Mollie is preceded in death by her parents, the love of
her life, Charles Hurley, her sisters Ruth Hartman and Jane Fink, and her son
in law Peter McChesney. Mollie is survived by her children Vanessa
McChesney, Belinda Benware, Tonya Alexander husband Steve, Susan
Chandler husband Rick, David Hurley and her sister Nancy Washinski.
Grandchildren Sara McChesney (Mike), Katie Wilson (Eddie), Jerimiah
Benware(Tiffany), Mollie Benware(Dan), Jacob Alexander, Koby Alexander
(Haleigh), Melodie Chandler(Chen), Alisa King(Andrew), Derrick Hurley
(Caitlyn), and Lydia Hurley. Great grandchildren: Mike, Emma,Stella and
Charlie McChesney, Hailey, Caleb and Riley Wilson, Alecia and Isabella
Benware, Addison and Norah Older,  Kenleigh (Kiwi) Alexander, ChenLiXin,
YaMei, Sammy, George,Juli and Shan Chandler/Yong and Aubrey King and
last but not least her loyal and loving companion who was always by her side
Kate(her fur baby). A big Thank You to Michael David Brown who was always
there for Mollie and was her and Tonya’s chauffeur on their many trips to MD
Anderson. Per Mollie and Charles wishes when they were able to be reunited
they requested a private family gathering and for their ashes to be spread on
Poppa’s Mountain in West Texas. Arrangements were handled under the
direction of McWilliams Funeral Home, Hempstead.
Rozell
Donald Glenn Rozell, DDS, 75, of
Houston, Texas passed away
Thursday, Jul 23, 2020. He was born
to John Olin Rozell and Virginia Jewel
Holbrook Rozell November 1, 1945 in
Port Arthur, Texas. He is survived by
his wife, Sue Ellen Rozell,
step-daughter Julie Jones and
husband Tim, brother Howard Rozell
and wife Phyllis, one grandchild and
two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were handled by
McWilliams Funeral Home, Hempstead.
Maria DeJesus Vela Ortega, 96,
passed away Thursday, August 6,
2020. She was born October 30, 1923
in Kingsville, Texas to Erasmo Vela
and Manuela Leal Vela. She is
preceded in death by her husband
Tiodoro Ortega, Sr. and children:
Eddie Ortega, Edward Ortega,
Ramona Ortega, Joey Ortega, Michael
Contreras, and Gregory Ortega. She is
survived by her sons: Mike Ortega and
wife Aracely, Randy Ortega, and
Tiodoro and wife Lucy; daughters:
Janie Ortega, Mary Longoria and
husband Andy, Jo Ann Ortega, Gloria
Ortega Petry  and husband Mark,
Flora Ortega, and Lisa Lopez and
husband José; 30 grandchildren, and
numerous great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Monday, August 10, 2020
from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at
McWilliams Funeral Home, Hempstead.
Funeral Service: Tuesday, August 11,
2020 at 10:00 am at McWilliams
Funeral Home. Burial: Hempstead
Cemetery with Pastor Jonelle
Hammack officiating.
Ortega
On Wednesday August 5th, 2020,
Fred Jobe, loving father and friend,
passed away at the age of 88. Fred
was born in Lubbock, Tx, to Arlie Fred
and Edna Leigh Jobe. He graduated
from Lubbock High School and Texas
Tech University. He joined the U.S. Air
Force and proudly served as Navigator
/ Bombardier on a B-47. Fred later
became a stockbroker until he retired.
During retirement he enjoyed his time
by driving a school bus for Lubbock
ISD. Fred had a great passion and
love for the Lord and enjoyed meeting
new people as he always had time to
talk with anyone. Fred was a kind and
loving man with a compassionate spirit.
Fred was preceded in death by his
father, Arlie, his mother Edna, and his
sister Shirley Bird. He is survived by
his son Keith, Daughter in law Rian,
and his three grandchildren, Hayden,
Emma, and Austin. A graveside service
will be held at the City of Lubbock
Cemetery on August 15, 2020 at 10:00
a.m. under the direction of McWilliams
Funeral Home, Hempstead.
Jobe
Garrison
Jimmy Garrison, 79, died August 11,
2020 at Methodist West in Houston, TX.
A memorial service was held August 17th
at Hempstead City Cemetery surrounded
by his family and friends.  He was born
March 19, 1941 in Houston, TX but later
moved to Waller, TX where he remained
until his death. Jimmy is survived by his
sons Kirk and Clayton Garrison and his
daughter Michelle Garrison Mason and
her spouse Jack Mason, 8 grandchildren
and 2 great-grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by his mother
Clemmie Garrison, daughter Charmayne
Garrison and son Craig Garrison. In lieu
of flowers or donations may be sent St.
Katharine Drexel Catholic Church.
Arrangements were handled under the
direction of McWilliams Funeral Home,
Hempstead.
Hawkins
Imogene Lewellen Hawkins, 90, of
Hempstead, Texas passed away on
Thursday, August 27, 2020 in Tomball,
Texas. She was born on October 31,
1929 in Groveton, Texas to Jess Paul
and Martha Pearl Lewellen.
Imogene was preceded in death by her
parents Jess Paul and Martha Pearl
Lewellen, her husband, Neal Hawkins,
her son, George Robert (Bobby)
Galbraith, Jr. and her sisters, Trudy
Wendt and Nancy Harris. She is
survived by her sister, Paula Harris of
Pleasanton, Texas, two
Granddaughters, Courtney Galbraith
Loveday and her husband Jesse of
Washington, Jennie Galbraith Norris, 2
great grandchildren Chloe and Carter
of Oregon and many nieces and
nephews. She was a second mother to
her nephew, Jack Robert Wendt, of
Hempstead, Texas and to her niece,
Rebecca Demarais and her husband
Rock of Spring, Texas and was like a
grandmother to their children Ross
Demarais and Rachel Demarais.
Visitation was held on Friday,
September 4, 2020 from 5-6pm at
McWilliams Funeral Home, Funeral
Services were Saturday, September 5,
2020 at 10:00am at St. Bartholomew’s
Episcopal Church in Hempstead. Burial
followed at Hempstead Cemetery. In
lieu of flowers, please give donations
to St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal
Church, P.O. Box 961, Hempstead, Tx
77445.
Couperthwaite
Robert Allen Couperthwaite,
76, of Brookshire, Texas
passed away Wednesday,
September 2, 2020. He was
born November 22, 1943 to
James W. Couperthwaite
and Doris Constance
Thigpen Couperthwaite in
Victoria, Texas. He is
survived by his son Chad
Allen Couperthwaite,
daughter Leomia Morgan,
and three grandchildren.
Arrangements were handled
under the direction of
McWilliams Funeral Home,
Hempstead.  
Klepac
Annie Bernadette Klepac, 93, of
Cypress, Texas passed away Monday,
September 7, 2020. She was born
April 1, 1927 to Johan Valis and
Josephine Kubecek Valis in Hoxie,
Texas. She is preceded in death by
her husband, Alfred S. Klepac and is
survived by her son Daniel A. Klepac
and wife Edwina, daughters: Helen
Lepore and husband Ron, Joan
Kristoff and husband Allen, 6
grandchildren and numerous
great-grandchildren. Visitation: Friday,
September 11, 2020 at McWilliams
Funeral Home, Hempstead from 5:00
pm until 7:00 pm with Rosary at 7:00
pm. Funeral Service: Saturday,
September 12, 2020 at 11:30 am at St.
Katharine Drexel Church of Hempstead
with burial following at St. Martin
DePorres cemetery in Waller, Texas.
Kathryn Spencer Vail, 91, of
Hempstead, Texas passed away
Monday, September 28, 2020. Having
been trapped in a body that no longer
served its purpose and a mind that
often drifted back to days gone by, our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ mercifully
called her  home. She was born
December 20, 1928. She was raised in
Hempstead and she worked as a
telephone operator until she married
John Weldon Vail in 1946. Kathryn was
a stay at home wife and mother, and
helped raise her children to love the
Lord as she did. She was a wonderful
wife and mother whose devotion to
family and God resonated throughout
her life. Kathryn is preceded in death
by her parents Texanna Bingham and
Oscar Tidwell Spencer, husband of 46
years John Weldon Vail, five sisters:
Zada Garrett, Lucille Moore, Eura
Potter, Ruby Knight, and Gertrude
Michalak, and two brothers: Oscar Lee
Spencer and James Osborne Spencer.
She is survived by three daughters:
Linda Vail Keeton and husband Doy,
Patricia Vail Shirley and husband Bill,
and Deborah Vail Hefelfinger and
husband Ray, eight grandchildren: Kay
Keeton Lawhun, Connie Keeton
Swaringim, John Keeton, Kimberly
Shirley, Bryan Shirley, Jason Shirley,
Raymond Hefelfinger III, and Michael
Hefelfinger, and 15
great-grandchildren. The family wishes
to extend a special thanks to
Remarkable Hospice of College
Station, Texas.
Visitation: Thursday, October 1, 2020
11:00 am until 2:00pm, McWilliams
Funeral Home, Hempstead. Funeral
Service: Thursday, October 1, 2020 at
2:00 pm, McWilliams Funeral Home.
Burial following at Hempstead
Cemetery with Champion Fellowship
Church of Brenham, Texas officiating.
Pallbearers:  Bryan Shirley, Jason
Shirley, Ray Hefelfinger III, Michael
Hefelfinger, John Keeton, Kyle
Swaringim, Ryder Shirley, and Taylor
Lawhun.
Vail
Joy
James Edwin "Jimmy" Joy, 80, of
Hempstead, Texas passed away
Monday, October 12, 2020. He was
born August 13, 1940 to Melvin Clifton
Joy, Sr. and Eva Irene Thompson Joy
in Bryan, Texas. He is preceded in
death by his parents Melvin and Eva
Joy, brothers David Joy and Melvin
Clifton Joy, Jr., sister Elizabeth Waller,
and great-grandchild Leo McGee.
Jimmy is survived by his wife Robbie,
sons Allan Ray Joy and Jimmy Joy, Jr.;
daughters: Holly Lawson and husband
Bill, Michelle Belvin and husband Ron,
Robin Bratton, and Marissa Joy;
brothers Robert Joy and Johnny Joy
and wife Melba; grandchildren: Ryan
Joy and wife Jade, Jamie McGee and
husband William, Scotty Anhorn and
wife Melissa, Lindsay Anhorn, Skipper
Joy and wife Zelma, Forrest Anderson
and wife Jasmine; and 11
great-grandchildren. Memorial Service:
Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 11:00
am at Lighthouse Word Church,
Hempstead with Pastor Jonelle
Hammack officiating. Arrangements
were handled by McWilliams Funeral
Home, Hempstead.
Aguinaga-Sisk
Christian Dale Aguinaga-Sisk was born
on December 23rd 1997. Christian was
diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at
the age of 5. Though he was unable to
walk he was full of life and spirit.
Christian Left to his heavenly home on
October 21, 2020. He is survived by
his mother, Maria Guadalupe
Aguinaga, father, David Norman Sisk
Jr., brother Dominic Asencion Sisk and
sisters, Tatiana Nicole Sisk and
Marissa Monet Sisk. Christian touched
many lives during his time on earth. He
had a smile that would light up a room.
Those who met him and knew him were
touched by the peace that he was filled
with. Christian left this world saying,
"don't cry for me, I have been set
free!" Visitation: Tuesday, October 27,
2020 from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.
Funeral Service: Tuesday, October 27,
2020 at 2:00 pm at McWilliams Funeral
Home, Hempstead. Burial following at
St. Martin Deporres Catholic
Cemetery, Waller, Texas.
McMullin
John Richard "Johnny Mac" McMullin of
Hempstead, Texas was born to
Charles and Estelle Wells McMullin in
Wink, Texas January 22, 1936 and
went to be with Jesus October 24,
2020 at the age of 84.. He was the
only son with 4 sisters...I'm not sure if
that was poor sisters... Or poor John. I
have heard lots of stories... with a
couple different versions. John is
preceded in death by his parents, his
first wife Joyce, twin boys, Charles and
Carl as well as son Harold;  three
sisters: Betty and husband George,
Jean and husband Robert, Wanda and
husband Jimmy. He is survived by his
wife, Wynetta.  They celebrated their
golden anniversary last year; that's 50
years y'all! He is also survived by his
daughter Carol Sue, who he lovingly
called Sister Gail and her husband
John Scott; grandkids: Stephanie and
husband Thomas; Charles Irby and
wife Sharon; Casey Irby and wife
Elisha; Emily and husband Jayson
Lemmons, Samantha Scott, and
Joshua Scott; great grandkids: Taylee,
Kaitin, Adam, Devin, Lexie Tristan,
Emma, Allana, Ella, and Cayden. John
was a mechanic by trade; growing up
he was always working on cars. One
story goes that his mom told him not to
crawl under a car because it was cold
and the grass was wet and he had
been sick - so he turned the car
upside down and was on top of the car
working on it. Johnny Mac loved his
family and friends. He was always
ready to help out with the neighbors
who needed something fixed and
friends who needed help working cows.
One time he found out his horse was
better at cutting cattle then he knew;
he ended up with 3 pins in his broken
leg when his horse cut left and he
didn't. He loved to race cars and
boats, loved fishing and hunting and
spending time with his family - and man
did he love to gamble!!! I can easily
say, Johnny Mac will be greatly missed
by all. Visitation: Thursday, October
29, 2020 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.
Funeral Service: Thursday, October
29, 2020 at 2:00 pm at McWilliams
Funeral Home with Pastor Jonelle
Hammack officiating. Burial following at
Salem Cemetery, Hempstead.