Posts Tagged ‘In Memoriam’

Joanne O. Abogunde (’15)

Joanne Onyinye Ozavize Abogunde was born in July 1994 in Nigeria, passed away on Thursday, March 11, 2021 in Texas at the age of 26.
Joanne is survived by two parents (Frances Uyanwune and Peter Abogunde), five sisters (Oiza, Eneze, Nene, Maryann, and Judith), one brother (Stephen), 11 nieces and nephews, and several cousins, uncles, and aunties. Joanne attended Eli Terry Elementary School and South Windsor High School, both in South Windsor, Connecticut. She graduated from the University of Houston, Texas in 2015, with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Kinesiology – Exercise Science.
Joanne started her working career as a Clinical Research Associate in 2016, and worked her way up to
become a Clinical Research Manager at the age of 25. She was an accomplished entrepreneur. She established and managed several businesses including meal prepping, dance and fitness instructor, and music rap artist. Joanne has always strived to have a stronger spiritual connection with God, and was involved in many activities in the Catholic Church, including – volunteering as a drummer in the choir/band, teaching catechism and leading elementary school bible study groups, and was a member of the African Young Adult Group. In 2018, Joanne participated in missionary work with the Divine Mercy Medical Missionary in Awka and Aba, in Nigeria, where she was involved with providing medical aid and care to the sick, less privileged, youths, widows and different orphanages.
Joanne was always very resourceful, hands-on, creative, brave, talented in craftmanship, very bubbly with a bright smile, could make people laugh even at the saddest moments, always willing to serve, has a giving spirit, very loyal and reliable. Her love for children was always evident in the relationship she had with her younger nieces and nephews. Of the things that mattered most to her were her family, her role as the youngest of seven children, and being the proud owner of her first home at the age of 25. Joanne was a great problem-solver and very skilled with her hands, and she often took on difficult projects around her home. Joanne was driven, determined and ambitious, bold and beautiful, and always wanted everyone around her to be happy. She had an infectious joy and vivacity. She loved and was loved by many. 
Our sweet beautiful Joanne will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her. She is gone way too soon, but will never be forgotten. Until we meet again at the feet of Jesus. We love you forever and always. #LoveWins

Cheryl Marie Crawford (’76)

Cheryl Marie Crawford, 69, of Coldspring, Texas peacefully passed away on March 31, 2021. Cheryl was born July 13, 1951 in San Antonio, Texas to Eugene and Dorothy Conard.

She met her husband, Richard Crawford, at church while in high school. They were married December 27, 1968. The pastor said several times that they were “meant for each other”. Cheryl was a much loved teacher of Texas History in the Clear Creek ISD, with a Bachelor’s degree from UH and a Master’s in Counseling from the University of Houston Clear Lake. She then went on to be a high school counselor for over two decades. She retired in 2009 only to return the next fall for an additional two years! After Richard’s retirement in 2012 from American National Ins, Co. they moved to their dream home on Lake Livingston. Cheryl enjoyed riding in the boat, fishing, and feeding all the animals that came by.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Crawford; daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Doyle Mathews; grandchildren, Olivia Mathews, Marek Mathews, and Bennett Mathews; nephew, James Owen, his wife Kelly, and daughters Heather Owen, Delaney Owen and Brooke Owen and Niece Kim Owen.

She is preceded in death by her son, Michael Eugene Crawford; parents, Eugene and Dorothy Conard; and Sister Kathryn Owen.

Services will be held on Friday April 9, 2021 in the Elwyn M. Gipson Memorial Chapel in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park, Lufkin Texas. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. Friday with the service to follow at 12:00 p.m.

Condolences may be offered at Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home.

Gordon G. Green, Jr. (’53)

Aug. 14, 1930 – March 3, 2021
Gordon Gibson Green Jr. passed on while in his home at Willamette View.
Gordon was born Aug. 14, 1930 in Hearne, Texas and raised in Houston. He is survived by two brothers, Roger living in Colorado, and Nolan in Texas. He was a distinguished graduate from the Army ROTC and earned a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Houston. After graduating, he joined the USMC, eventually training to be a fighter pilot at Atsugi, Japan and flight instructor at Corpus Christi, Texas. He met the love of his life, Marsha Ann Beebe, in Washington D.C. and they were married June 30, 1955. In 1958 he went to work as a civil engineer for the U.S. Corps of Engineers in Seattle. He later transferred to the Corps’ North Pacific Division office in Portland and eventually served for 12 years as Chief of the Reservoir Control Center. He helped coordinate the operation of numerous dams and reservoirs in the Columbia River basin. He was proud to be called a Texan, happily wearing bolo ties when square dancing with Mom at the Aloha Grange. Gordon designed and built himself the driveway, all walkways, gardens, and rockwork around his home in Beaverton. He was known as a hard worker all his life and toiled for months on this project. He and Marsha loved to invite their many friends, as well as overseas visitors into their Beaverton home, and later they enjoyed traveling with each other. He was an active member of several organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers, and Portland Chapter of United Nations Association. For four years he served as First Reader of the Christian Science Church in Beaverton. Gordon was a very dedicated caregiver for Mom later in life. She predeceased him in 2017.
He will be very much missed by his many friends and family. He is survived by a son, Forrest of Prior Lake, Minn.; and daughter, Melanie of Portland. His Minnesota family includes his daughter-in-law, Tamara and two grandsons.
Private service to be held later.
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Charles F. Ramsey (’51)

The community of Highlands, Texas lost one of its pillars on March 28, 2021 when Charles Fred Ramsey, fondly called Charlie by friends and family, passed away peacefully and unexpectedly. He was 92.

A special baby boy, Charles Fred Ramsey was delivered by his maternal grandfather, Charles Coker, M.D. on December 13, 1928 in the front bedroom of their home place on Main Street in Highlands, where he grew up. He was preceded to Heaven by Iris Olee and Ramon Anderson Ramsey, parents, Glen Rae Ramsey, brother, Frank A. Brewer, stepfather, Laverne Lydon, sister and Ramon Dane Ramsey, son. He was a devoted husband and loving father, and he is survived by his wife, Ferol Stuckey Ramsey, whom he loved dearly for 72 years and was married tofor 70 years. His children, who were the pride of his life, are daughter Sheri and husband David Brown, son Dave Ramsey and wife Jennifer, daughter, Dana Goins and daughters by choice, Iris Horton and Gayle Hood. His smile always beamed for his eight grandchildren, Krystal and husband Ryan Mire, Derek and Shannon Brown, Allison and Christopher Ramsey, Elliott, Tyler and Trenton Goins. He adored his four great grandchildren, Maxwell Brown, Kensington, Kylo and Everly Mae Staton.  He cherished his longtime friendship with Don Hill.

Charlie was a charter member of the first explorer scout troop in East Harris County and his determination helped him achieve Eagle Scout status. Even as a young man, Charlie never met a stranger and always truly listened to and cared about everyone he met. A 1947 graduate of Robert E. Lee high school in Baytown, he later attended University of Houston and graduated with a degree in Salesmanship and Marketing in 1951.

In September 1950, Charlie married the love of his life, Ferol Stuckey of Crosby. He enlisted in the Navy as a “white hat,”served aboard the Ernest G. Small DDR-838, a radar picket ship as an assistant gunnery officer. In Officer Candidate School, Charlie “Chuck” was proud to be elected by his fellow sailors as a prestigious “Honor Man.” He was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant Junior Grade.

After his service with the Navy, Charlie bought Ramsey Insurance and Real Estate. He developed and sold many subdivisions that are still in Highlands today. He later opened Ramsey Florist. As a highly active member of his community,Charlie was instrumental in acquiring the land and lights for the Highlands Little League ballpark. He served as president of the Jaycees and later as President of the Highlands Rotary Club,where he received a Paul Harris award. He was a founding director of the Highlands State Bank and a member of the Deer Park Independent School District Board of Trustees. A sixty plus year member with Sampson Masonic Lodge 231, he became a Master Mason and later a Shriner. Even though he was busy, he tried to never miss any of his children’s events.

With a smile that could light up any room, Charlie Ramsey sincerely listened with his heart and was always willing to help everyone. He was a well-respected business leader, mentor, and a faithful friend to many. Most of all, he loved his wife and his family. He was an avid hunter, enjoyed traveling and making special memories.

“Our hearts will hurt with your absence, but we were extremely fortunate to have you for as long as we did. We will always love you more.”

Due to COVID precautions, a small family service will be held on Friday, April 2, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Sterling/White Funeral home in Highlands, Texas. The service will be live streamed at 2:00pm on April 2, 2021. In lieu of flowers, please honor Charlie Ramsey with a donation to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children at

James M. Felsman (’50)

James M. (Jim) Felsman passed away peacefully on March 29, 2021 surrounded by his immediate family at Westminster Village where he was a resident. He was 5 days away from his 94th birthday. During the past 7 months that he struggled with several medical issues, he liked to say, he might give out, but he’d never give up. Jim was born in Ponca City, OK on April 3, 1927. His family migrated to East Texas where he was raised and graduated from New London High School in 1944. He quickly joined the Navy at age seventeen to help with the war effort and was deployed with the Seabees in the South Pacific Ocean. When the war ended, he attended college and graduated from the University of Houston. In 1956, he was hired by Humble Oil Company (now ExxonMobil). Later that year, he met his bride to be, Lois “Honey” Olmstead in Longview, TX. They married that year and were transferred to Grand Isle, LA before an assignment in Hattiesburg, MS. From there, they moved to New Orleans, LA in 1963 where he retired from ExxonMobil in 1986. In 2001, they relocated to Daphne, AL. Jim had a great love of family and life. He and Lois loved to drive, and the family spent countless hours on the road visiting family around the country and seeing the sites. As a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, he was active with the Vocations Ministry and was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus. He loved the Mass, and even when unable to attend in person, would live-stream the Masses every day. His hobbies included tennis, fishing, golf and later, calling Bingo at Westminster Village. He is preceded by his loving wife of 62 years, Lois (Honey) Felsman, his parents, Aldrich and Clara Felsman and brother Robert Felsman. He is survived by his sister Janet (Jack) Puryear, son Marty (Phyllis) Felsman, Jr. and daughter Margaret Ann (Charles) Anders. He will also be dearly missed by his grandchildren, Brian Bankston, Rebecca (Lindsay) Dozier, Keith Felsman, Amy (Cody) Brown and two great grandchildren, Madison and Emma Bankston. In addition to scores of nieces, nephews and his extended “Grand Isle” family, he will be missed on the golf course. Services will be held at Christ the King Catholic Church in Daphne, AL on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Visitation will begin at 10:00 followed by funeral Mass at 11:00. Interment will be at Belforest Catholic Cemetery in Daphne. His family would also like to thank the staff and caregivers at Thomas Hospital, notably, Colony Rehabilitation, as well as the staff and residents of Westminster Village. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be offered at Christ the King Catholic Church Vocation Ministry, 711 College Ave., Daphne, AL 36526.

Louis H. Green M.D. (’47)

Louis Harry Green, M.D., died on May 21, 2020, in his native city of Houston, Texas. Born on January 21, 1923 to Eva and Harry Green, he lived an extraordinary life full of accomplishment and leadership and graced with charm and warmth for others.
A graduate of San Jacinto High School, Louis continued to write a column in the class newsletter well into his nineties. He returned to Houston from the University of Texas to care for his widowed mother. He enrolled in the University of Houston where he has been honored as distinguished alumnus of The University of Houston Class of ’43. He was alumni president and a devoted supporter of his beloved Cougars.
Louis graduated medical school from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. During that time he served in the U.S. Navy and Air Force through World War ll. Following an internship in Washington,D.C., he became Dr. Michael DeBakey’s first resident in surgery. They operated at Jeff Davis and the VA Hospital before heart surgery became a recognized specialty. He enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a general surgeon and served many years as a clinical professor of surgery with Baylor College of Medicine and later with the VA.
His life was blessed with considerable talents as a fine pianist. He enjoyed playing with Dr. Denton Cooley in The HeartBeats, the first “doctor band”. Until recently, he entertained his fellow residents with a piano concert each month at Brookdale. He was a fine golfer, competitive tennis player, world traveler and student of history, art, religion and anything else he could lecture on throughout his life.
But if asked, he was most proud of his family. Louis is predeceased by his two brothers Sam and Leon. He was quick to say that he was lucky in love twice. Minnie Stepinoff Green was most definitely the love of his life for more than 40 years. She and Louis had three children including Shelley Green, Chuck Green (Pat), and Lauren Smith (Robert). Louis had three grandchildren including Geoffrey Smalling (Alissa), Elizabeth Shulak (Michael), and Mindy Green. He loved visiting with and seeing videos of his two great grandchildren, Rowan and Landyn Smalling (Geoff and Alissa).
Amazingly, in his early seventies, he married Barbara Schachtel, a personal friend for 50 years. They shared a wonderful second marriage of more than 20 years full of mutual interests in their synagogue, in their hospital affiliations, and in their love of music.
Louis had a close relationship with numerous nieces and nephews in Houston and throughout the country. He enjoyed the special attention of his nephew Harry Green.
His final years at Brookdale were a blessing. He had and made many friends at the community and claimed he had operated on just about every one of them. The family will always remain grateful to the amazing staff and compassionate care of the angels at Brookdale.
A private burial will be officiated by Rabbi Roy Walter who was considered a friend and twenty year tennis partner in addition to being his Rabbi.

James A. McDaniel (’60)

James Aubrey McDaniel, age 91, of Shepherd, Texas passed away Friday, December 11, 2020. He was born September 19, 1929 in the small town of Timpson, Texas (Shelby County) to parents James Calvin McDaniel and Lena McFadden McDaniel, who preceded him in death, along with his brother, Benjamin F. ?Buddy? McDaniel; sisters, Mildred Johnson and Syble Riffe; and great-granddaughter, Kyleigh Pittman.

Survivors include his loving wife of 72 years (1948), Maxine Lovett McDaniel; daughters, Linda Susan Dornburg and husband Billy, and Mary Ann Pittman and husband Doug; grandchildren, Jennifer Anne Williamson and husband Brian, Jason Aubrey Pittman and wife Katherine, and Jeffrey Wayne Pittman and wife Danielle; great-grandchildren, Cole Williamson, Madeleine Pittman, Luke Pittman, Carter Pittman, and Noah Nguyen; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Aubrey graduated from Shepherd High School in 1948. His high school class mates voted him ?Most Popular Boy?. He was Editor on the Annual Staff and quarterback and captain of his Football Squad.

He began his career at United Gas Company until he was drafted. He served in the United States Army. When he was honorably discharged, he went back to work at United Gas, while he completed his education at the University of Houston where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1960. He accepted a sales position at Southern States Life Insurance Company, eventually transitioning to a management position at Tower Life Insurance Company. In 1972, Aubrey launched into entrepreneurship as a real estate agent/broker and returned to Shepherd, where he lived the remainder of his life.

Visitation will be 12:30 p.m. ? 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at First Baptist Church in Shepherd, Texas. Following the visitation, full funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Lovett Cemetery on FM 2666, officiated by Brother Larry Dean and Pastor Justin Branch.

Out of concern and respect for the safety of all present, the family is requiring masks and social distancing at the visitation and funeral service.

Should you wish to do something in honor of Aubrey McDaniel, the family requests flowers or donations to the Texas Heart Institute, or foundation of your choice.
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Robert R. Hall (’62)

He was born January 26, 1934 in New Waverly, Texas, the son of James Marion Hall, Jr and Georgie Leila McGaughy Hall. He was the youngest of four siblings. He married Carol Jean Demaret on July 25, 1957, in Houston, Texas. He attended and graduated from The University of Houston in the early 1960s. After graduation from New Waverly High School, he served in the U.S. Army as a tank mechanic. After discharge, he was employed by the Defense Contract Audit Agency as an auditor until his retirement. Robert went on to work for The University of Houston in the Small Business Administration office, before retiring after a lengthy tenure. He is survived by son and daughter-in law, Alan and Susan Hall of League City, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Georgia Hall of Lumberton, Texas; son and daughter-in law Scott and Zana Hall of Liberty Hill, Texas; son Steven Hall of Dallas, Texas; son and daughter-in law Casey and Jennifer Hall of Oxford, North Carolina and brother and sister-in-law, Albert and Miriam Hall of Wortham, Texas. Robert is also survived by grandchildren: Jennifer Hall, Ryan and Brittany Hall, Russell and Kelsey Hall, Kris Hall, Caroline and Alex Allgood, Stephanie and Nick Edwards, Michelle and Andy Rearick, Henry Hall, Rowan Hall, Wendy Hall and Austin Nelson; and great grandchildren: Kaleb, Kennedy, Sophie, Katy, Elizabeth, Wesley, Ethan, Grayson, Jackson and Elizabeth. Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Carol, mother Leila, father James, brother J.M., sister Christine; and grandson Justin Michael Hall.

Charles Lee Bland (O.D. ’72)

Dr. Charles Lee Bland was born on July 4th, 1945 in Independence, Missouri to Lowell and Lillian Bland. He went to be with the Lord on March 16th, 2019. Charlie loved the Lord, enjoyed the outdoors, had a wonderful sense of humor and cherished his family above all else. He was patient, loving, selfless and so much more. He lived a life that was noble and charitable, kind and generous to everyone he met. Charlie grew up on a farm with a loving and hard working Christian family. He went on to college to become an Optometrist. While picking up his Norton motorcycle from England in 1971, he met his future wife Debbie. When he got back to the states, he made the trek from Missouri to Wisconsin to win her heart. They married on August 4th, 1972. He lived in Missouri with his wife, had 4 beautiful daughters and established successful eye clinics. In 1992 they moved to Menomonie, Wisconsin. Charlie loved to be in the woods, in his woodworking shop, putzing around in his shed, worshiping and serving God and caring for his family. He is survived by his loving wife Debbie, his daughters Krysta MacCourt, Amber Sutherland (Brandon), April Bland, Lauren Rust (Justin), his granddaughters Adryan MacCourt, Chyara MacCourt, Gianna MacCourt, Elliana Rust, his uncle Bob Bland, his siblings Larry Bland, Jannis Bland Keeling, Darrell Bland (Joyce), his nieces, nephews and other family members.

The family will be hosting a visitation at 10am followed by the service at 11am on March 30th at Alliance Church in Menomonie. Lunch will be served by the ladies of Otter Creek Christian Fellowship.

Wanda Gideon Fallin (’72)

Wanda J. Gideon Fallin, 87, of Baytown, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2021, at her residence after a courageous battle with cancer.
Wanda was born April 2, 1933, in Chandler, TX, to parents; Avery and Vivian Welch Gideon. She is a former resident of Houston and has resided in Baytown for the past 10 years. She received her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Houston and was a retired teacher from Channelview ISD after 20 years of teaching fourth grade. Wanda also enjoyed cruises, gardening, crossword puzzles, and her cats.
Mrs. Fallin was preceded in death by her father: Avery Gideon, mother: Vivian Welch Gideon Wilson, and her husband: Boyce Fallin. She is survived by her sons: Stephen Fallin and wife Carol, Richard Fallin and fiancée Miriam, and Jerry Fallin and wife Julie, grandchildren: Scott Fallin, Chris Fallin, Jason Fallin, Jeremy Fallin, Joseph Fallin, Alexis Fallin, and Jillian Fallin, great-grandchildren: Olivia Pribbanow, Malia Fallin, Grace Fallin, and Jackson Fallin, special friend: John Hesch, and numerous other relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, at the Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home Chapel. A private service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at the Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home Chapel with interment following at Brookside Memorial Cemetery in Houston. A celebration of life is planned for a later date.