Obituaries 2021
Maria Leonor Herrera, 84, of
Hempstead Texas passed away
Tuesday, January 12, 2021.She was
born in GTO Mexico on October 11,
1936 to Merced Herrera and Rutila
Guzman. Maria is preceded in death
by her husband, Alejandro Piñon and
her brother Francisco Herrera. She is
survived by her daughters: Maria
Delores Flores and husband José,
Ruth Avendano and husband José,
and Maria Piñon and husband Martin
Vega; brothers Juan Herrera and
Javier Herrera; sisters Maria Luisa
Gonzalez and Maria Avalos; 15
grandchildren and 36 grandchildren.
Visitation: Sunday, January 17, 2021
from 5:00 - 8:00 pm with a rosary at
7:00 pm at McWilliams Funeral Home,
Hempstead. Funeral Service: Monday,
January 18, 2021 at 10:00 am at St.
Katharine Drexel Church, Hempstead
with Father Xavier Bilavendiran
officiating. Burial following at St. Mary's
Cemetery, Hempstead, Texas.
Michael Z. Lewis, 67, of Hempstead,
Texas passed away Tuesday,
January 5, 2021. He was born August
21, 1953 in Ardmore, Oklahoma to
Troy Lewis, Jr. and Betty Jean Hotze
Lewis. Michael is preceded in death by
his parents and is survived by his son
Steven Troy Lewis, daughter Kristy
Lewis, brothers Steven Lewis and wife
Joyce, Troy Lewis, III and wife
Charlotte; and sister Anita Gail.
Arrangements were handled by
McWilliams Funeral Home, Hempstead.
Rosalie Wisniewski Hartman passed
away at her home January 16, 2021 at
the age of 103. Rosalie was born June
8, 1917 in Washington County to
Steve and Hedwig Wisniewski. The and
two sisters) the family spent their early
years working as farmers. Around the
age of sixteen Rosalie moved to
Houston, Texas where she later
married and gave birth to a son and
daughter. Rosalie had many trials in
her life, but with her faith and tenacity
she persevered through the hardships.
She spent her last sixteen years living
peacefully in Hockley, Texas in the
care of her daughter and son-in-law.
Rosalie is proceeded in death by her
parents, all of her siblings along with
their spouses, her oldest child David
Fojtik, an infant niece and two dear
nephews. She leaves behind her
daughter, JoAnn Crisler and husband
Robert; granddaughters Angela
Mathes and husband Chuck, Pamela
Skinner and husband Gary, Melissa
Cook and husband Jason; great-
grandchildren Daymon, Elizabeth,
James, Jenna, Jonathon and Morgan;
along with numerous beloved nieces
and nephews and their families. A
Memorial Mass will be held at St.
Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in
Hempstead, Texas on Thursday,
January 21, 2021 at 10:00 in the
morning. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s
Cemetery in Hempstead, Texas under
the direction of McWilliams Funeral
Juan Vazquez Mireles, 71, of
Hempstead, Texas passed away
Sunday, January 17, 2021. He was
born November 5, 1949 in Nadadores
Coahuila, Mexico to Federico Vazquez
and Maria Mireles. Juan is preceded in
death by his son, Juan Vazquez, Jr. He
is survived by his wife Paula Garza
Vazquez, sons Julio Vazquez, Jaime
Vazquez and wife Francisca,
daughters Maria Campos and husband
Eloy, Flor Sanchez and husband
David, Paula Ramirez and husband
Oscar, brother Jaime Vazquez, and ten
grandchildren. Visitation: Monday,
January 25, 2021 at McWilliams
Funeral Home from 3:00 - 6:00 pm with
a rosary at 5:00 pm. Funeral service:
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 10:00
am at St. Katharine Drexel Church,
Hempstead with Father Xavier
Bilavendiran officiating. Burial following
at Hempstead City Cemetery.
Alton “Doyal” Prince, 84, of
Hempstead, Texas passed away
Monday, January 18, 2021 at his home
in Hempstead. Doyal is preceded in
death by his wife Maye Prince, son
Boyd Prince, father JD Prince, mother
Pearl Rosson, sister Allyne Baker, and
brother Melvin Prince. Doyal is
survived by his daughter Allison
Kwiatkowski and husband Tommy, son
Chris Prince, and grandchildren: TJ
Kwiatkowski and wife Kiley, Amy
Carlton and husband Jason, Adam
Prince, and Ashley Prince. He loved
his grandchildren and great-
grandchildren whom affectionately
called him Papa and GGpa. Doyal is
also survived by brothers Jimmy Prince
and wife Barbara and Charles Prince,
sister Jewel Snodgrass, and many
nieces, nephews, special friends, and
children who were dear to his heart.
Visitation: Friday, January 22, 2021
from 10:00 am until noon at McWilliams
Funeral Home, Hempstead. Funeral
Service: Friday, January 22, 2021 at
noon at McWilliams Funeral Home with
Brother Philip “Deke” McWilliams
officiating. Burial following at
Hempstead Cemetery. Pallbearers:
Kory Kwiatkowski, Garret Kwiatkowski,
Adam Prince, Jr., Lloyd Cooke, Kevin
Hamric, Richard Hallman and honorary
pallbearers Omar and Ruben Fonseca.
Robert Allen Smith, 68 of Hempstead,
Texas, went to be with our Lord on
February 21, 2021.  Robert was born
in Fairfield, TX on July 20, 1952.  He
attended Buffalo High School where he
was a member of the FFA and played
center and defensive guard for the
Buffalo Bison Football team. Robert
retired from the Texas Animal Health
Commission after working there for 32
years.  Robert’s love of ranching
started out at the Van Winkle Ranch in
Buffalo, TX, followed by Plum Creek
Ranch, Fairfield, TX and continued to
be ranching for himself in Hempstead,
TX. Robert is proceeded in death by
his parents Robert and Loraine Smith.
Robert is survived by his loving wife of
33 years, Jeannie; his three children
Cynthia Johnson, Robert Smith Jr. and
wife, Karissa, James Smith, and wife
Lauren.  Grandchildren Jordan and
husband, Coletin Dover, Morgan
Johnson, Andrew Johnson, JD Smith,
Dakoda, and Rylee Smith.  Great
grandchildren Bentley and Easton
Johnson and Emma Dover.  His sisters
Connie and husband Joe Rice, of
Riesel, TX, Helen Kay and husband
Carol Hardy of Grapeland, TX, brother
Thomas (Jim Dandy) Smith and wife
Karen of Gatesville, TX, Sister Mary
Lou and husband Trevor Millican of
Buffalo, TX; along with 17 niece,
grandnieces and great grandniece and
17 nephews and grandnephews.
Pallbearers: Eric Sechelski, Curtis
Luthe, Odis Styers, Clayton Ellison,
Hunter Herring, & Jimmy Zepeda
Honorary Pallbearers: Thomas Smith,
Harrison Smith, Garrett Ellison, Morgan
Johnson,           Andrew Johnson, JD Smith,
Dalton “Pickle” Nutt,  Joseph Pursche,
Rusty Eldridge,                                          
Todd Wotring, Lewis Marshall, Ugene
Mattern, Tommy Hurst, William Mellman,
Johnny Mellman, Bill Pickering, & Keaton
In Lieu of flowers please consider a
donation to the Waller County Fair
Association c/o Heifer Committee.
Funeral service: 10:00 am Friday,
February 26, 2021 at the Hempstead
Knights of Columbus Hall with Pastor
Tom Dobbs officiating.  Burial following
at Liberty Cemetery in Centerville,
Texas under the direction of Mc
Williams Funeral Home,  Hempstead.
Walter Thomas Seymour, born July 21,
1928, went to his heavenly home on
February 23, 2021. He was preceded
in death by his parents Edwin and
Beulah Seymour, his siblings, his wife
Helen Seymour, his sons Keith
Seymour and Dana Valmain, and his
great great granddaughter Madelyn
Woodard. He is survived by his
children Gary (Carol) Valmain, Terry
Valmain, Richard (Julie Burch)
Valmain, Marshall (Florence) Peterson,
James (Geri) Peterson, and Debra
(Roy) Wawarofsky. He is also survived
by many nieces, nephews,
grandchildren, great-grandchildren,
and great-great-grandchildren. A
proud veteran of the United States
Army, Walter served in both World War
II and the Korean war. Following his
military service, he became an
engineer for Missouri Pacific and Union
Pacific. After retiring, he enjoyed many
cross country trips with his wife Helen;
most memorably, a cruise to Alaska.
Walter was also a very active member
of the Masonic Lodge and Order of the
Eastern Star, participating as long as
he was able. Though you seldom
heard “I love you”, you knew. We love
you, Pop, Dad, Pepa, Grandpa!
Visitation: Tuesday, March 2, 2021
from noon until 2:00 pm at McWilliams
Funeral Home, Hempstead. Funeral
service: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 2:
00 pm at McWilliams Funeral Home.
Burial following at Fieldstore Cemetery,
Waller, Texas.