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.