Posts Tagged ‘In Memoriam’

Mary Elizabeth (Graham) Dennard (’57, M.Ed. ’72)

Mary Elizabeth (Graham) Dennard
Aug. 29, 1918-Jan. 5, 2021
HOUSTON Houston, Texas resident Mary Elizabeth (Graham) Dennard, age 102, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

Elizabeth was born August 29, 1918 in her family cabin located in the mountains of Arkansas, the daughter of Perry and Mary Elizabeth Bettie’ (Fuquah) Graham. She graduated from Pampa High School in 1935 and the University of Houston with a BS in Education in 1957 and a MEd in 1972. Elizabeth was a proud educator in Pasadena ISD and Houston ISD. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society and spent her adult life active at Park Place Methodist Church and St. Stephens United Methodist Church.

Elizabeth and her late husband, Henry, were introduced on a blind date orchestrated by Henry’s brother, Dick. Mary Elizabeth Graham and Henry Kennedy Dennard were united in marriage on October 29, 1938 in Pampa, Texas. They were happily married for 67 years.

Elizabeth is survived by her loving and loyal daughter Betty Beck of Houston, Texas; daughter in law Beth Dennard of Seabrook, Texas; her grandson John Beck, his wife Kathy and their son Nicholas of Lufkin, Texas; her granddaughter Christine Murray, her husband Gregg and their children Jarrett, Shane, and Sarah of Dallas, Texas; her grandson Andrew Beck, his wife Sheri and their daughter Chloe of Houston, Texas; her granddaughter Claire Mangrum, her husband Jonathan and their children Eliza and Jet of Houston, Texas. Elizabeth is preceded in death by her parents Perry and Bettie Graham of Pampa, Texas; by her brother James Conrad Graham of Pampa, Texas; her son Michael Dennard of Houston, Texas; her son in law Beau Landry of Alexandria, Louisiana; and her grandson Patrick Dennard of Houston, Texas.

Elizabeth was known for having a quick wit, impeccable hair, a knack for pinching pennies, a world renown Texas Sheet Cake, an affection for her dog, Pookie, and for being an incredible teacher. She won Teacher of the Year while teaching 5th grade at Durham Elementary of Houston ISD. Elizabeth loved to travel seeing most of the contiguous United States on epic RV trips strategically mapped out by her husband Henry, his sister Miriam and her husband, Jim. She cherished memories from a cruise to Alaska and a once in a lifetime trip through Europe. She also loved camping with her young family. Elizabeth loved her friends and family dearly and will be sorely missed. She left an impression on anyone that was lucky enough to have made her acquaintance.

Due to current Covid restrictions, a small family gathering at Bethlehem Cemetery in Carthage, Texas is being planned at this time. Elizabeth will be laid to rest alongside Henry, her devoted husband of 67 years. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Crossroads at Park Place at: c/o Doug Fortner 7843 Park Place Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77087. Crossroads serves the homeless population in the Houston area and is a ministry of Park Place Methodist Church.

Joseph Martin Fogarty

Joseph Martin Fogarty
July 8, 1963 – December 20, 2020

Our beloved Joe went home with the Lord Sunday, December 20th at 1:30 in the afternoon after a two month battle from complications of treatment for Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). Joe never let this knowledge of this disease define him. He lived; he loved; he laughed. He is preceded in death by his father, John Joseph Fogarty; his sister Mary Elisabeth Fogarty; and his niece, Emily Jane Szafarz. Joe is survived by his wife of 22 years, Neala Shirley Fogarty; his daughter, Bronwyn Elizabeth; his mother Catherine Ann Fogarty; his siblings James Patrick Fogarty, MD and wife Susan Fogarty; Jeremiah John Fogarty and wife Rosalina Fogarty; Jane Marie Falk; Michael Joseph Fogarty and wife Sally Fogarty; and John Joseph Fogarty and wife Beth Fogarty. He is also survived by fifteen nieces and nephews and thirteen great nieces and nephews whom he loved very much.
Joe had many titles throughout his 57 years in this life. He was affectionately known as son, brother, uncle, friend, husband, father, “Uncle Joe”, “Figs” and “St. Joe”. To us, he was an amazing light in the darkness. He never had an unkind word toward anyone or anything. To know him was to be invited as “family”. Everyone knew what that meant including those that worked with him either at Grocers Supply or one of the many vendors he developed relationships with over the years. Joe began working at Grocers Supply straight out of college after graduating from the University of Houston with degrees in both MIS and Marketing. He began in the warehouse and continued working his way up to directorship in the company. He spent 35 plus years with Grocers including the last six after it became C&S Wholesale.
Joe was very active in life. He loved to play softball, coach parish basketball, attend his beloved UH football games, and after his daughter was born, became a patron of the arts. To his softball buddies, he was known as “Figs” or the “Tin Man” which was apparent as he would run the bases. To his parish basketball girl’s teams, he was affectionately known as “Coach” or just plain “Uncle Joe”. His lesson when coaching was, “it doesn’t matter if you win or lose, only matters if you had fun playing.”
Joe loved traveling with his family. He often said he couldn’t make up his mind where he liked to be better: the beach or the mountains of Colorado. He enjoyed our Thanksgiving trips on the 30A in the panhandle of Florida and our Spring Break trips to Colorado. However, his greatest joy was his daughter Bronwyn. He always said he stood in awe of her and everything she did and accomplished. It was because of her, he became a patron of the arts and looked forward to every theatrical, musical, and band performance she was in. Friday night lights became our date night because Bronwyn played in the band. Bronwyn was his greatest joy and he felt his greatest accomplishment.
To say Joe will be missed is an understatement. We can only hope that we can carry ourselves as he did; with love and honor of all of humanity.
Visitation/Rosary will be at Earthman Funeral Home in Bellaire 4525 Bissonnet Monday evening December 28th from 6:30pm – 8:00pm with a private family time from 6:00pm – 6:30pm. A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday morning at 10am at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church 6800 Buffalo Speedway. Interment immediately following at Memorial Oaks Cemetery Reflection Lake Estates 13001 Katy Freeway. Memorial donations may be made to Houston Christian High School at and fill out the “In memorial” section.

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Dec. 27, 2020.

Cyrus A. Reeder, Jr. (M.Ed. ’65)

Cyrus A. Reeder, Jr.
TYLER — Memorial services for Cyrus A. Reeder Jr., 87, of Tyler will be held on Monday, January 4, 2021 with visitation at 1:00 p.m. followed by service at 2:00 p.m. at Stewart Family Funeral Home with Rev. Pike Wisner officiating under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.
Mr. Reeder passed away Saturday, December 19, 2020 in Tyler. He was born July 2, 1933 in Hughes Springs, Texas to Cyrus A. Reeder Sr. and Hazel Maxine Gibson Reeder.
Cyrus was a member of First Baptist Church Tyler. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955-1957. He graduated from the University of Texas Austin and University of Houston with a Masters in Economics. He worked at several banks, retiring from J.P. Morgan/Chase in 1994 as Manager of the Trust department.
Cyrus is survived by his wife, Mary M. Reeder; and his loving family including stepson, Wayne Ruark; sister-in-law, Helen Ross; cousins, Barbara and Charlie Brown, Cheryl Lawrence, Nancy Patterson, Ginger Fraiser, Kenny Reeder; and multiple second and third cousins.
The family extends appreciation to Hospice RN, Jeannie Conneen and his loving caregivers, Lou Timmons, Living Angels, Tameka, LaMesa, Shellie, and Ann, for their exceptional dedication and attention.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Tyler, 301 West Ferguson St., Tyler, Texas 75702 or Buckner Ministries, 700 N. Pearl St., Suite 1200, Dallas, Texas 75201.

Sandra Hammons (’78)

Sandra Ann McManners Hammons passed away peacefully in the company of her sons on October 16, 2020 in Round Rock Texas. There are no funeral arrangements as of this time. A celebration of life will be planned at a later date. Sandra Ann McManners Hammons passed away peacefully in the company of her sons on October 16, 2020 in Round Rock Texas. Born in Houston to Marrion Yvonne Goodwin and Jesse McManners on December 1, 1942, Sandy grew up in the Pasadena area, graduating from Pasadena High School after which she attended the University of Texas and the University of Houston, eventually earning her Master’s degree in Education

John William Garrison (’72)

John William “Bill” Garrison, beloved husband, father, uncle, grandfather, and friend to so many, passed away October 14, 2020. Bill was born November 2, 1940 in Beaumont, Texas to Archie and Mildred Garrison. He graduated from Port Arthur Thomas Jefferson High School and honorably served our country as a U.S. Marine. In 1972, after going to night school while working full-time, he received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Houston. Although he spent most of his career with Dow Chemical, he was successful in a variety of positions with different companies, including forays into transportation and real estate. The eclectic outside interests Bill pursued at various times in his life ranged from rodeo to golf, and from hunting and fishing to playing the guitar. Bill’s life was about so much more than his professional endeavors or hobbies. An understanding of Bill’s life can only be found in the hearts of the many, many people he served and befriended. Whether it be The United Way, Special Olympics, or his children’s sports teams, Bill was willing to be chair, officer, coach or other volunteer. His infectious grin and cheerful spirit brought joy to almost everyone he encountered. For his near eighty years, Bill managed to stay a kid at heart. He never found a person, place or situation that could not benefit from a good joke, and he always had one at the ready. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Patricia Bowling, and granddaughter Raegan McCulloch. He is survived by his wife Margaret Garrison; his daughter Katherine Drastal and husband George, of San Luis Obispo, California; son Jimmy Monte, of Dallas, Texas, and his mother Carolyn Monte; son Greg Garrison and wife Catherine, of Galveston, Texas; daughter Kristi McCulloch and husband Michael, of Galveston, Texas; daughter Jennie Garrison, of Richmond, Texas; and grandchildren Jessica Lorance and husband Cody, Justin Barkley and wife Beth, Hannah Garrison, Cody McCulloch, Ansley McCulloch, Riley McCulloch, and Wayne McCulloch, and numerous nieces and nephews who adored their Uncle Bill. A virtual celebration of Bill’s life will be held October 24, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. A link for the service can be obtained by emailing . In lieu of flowers, Bill’s family asks that donations be made in memory of John William (Bill) Garrison to American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, P.O. Box 841125, Dallas, Texas 75284, or to Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, 2914 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75204.

Joanne C. Pertuis (’57)

Jo Anne Centanni Pertuis died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. JoAnne was 86, a native and lifelong resident of Kenner, LA. JoAnne received a Bachelor of Science in Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management from the University of Houston in 1956; Teachers’ Certification in Elementary Education from Tulane University in 1967; Masters Degree in Education from Nicholls State College in 1970 and went on to receive her plus 30 hours. JoAnne worked in the St. Charles Parish Public School System as an elementary teacher and principal and served on numerous state boards and committees. JoAnne was a retired principal at St. Rose Primary School; a member of the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association, Louisiana AARP, and the St. Charles Parish Retired Teachers Association; and a parishioner of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. For 49 years JoAnne was the beloved wife of the late Alton John Pertuis. Loving mother of Andre Joseph Pertuis (Debbie), Suzette Marie Pertuis DiGiovanni (Joseph) and Paulette Ann Pertuis Millet (Richard). Grandmother of Lauren Anne Pertuis and Paige Marie Pertuis Stahl (Rudolph). Great grandmother of Rudolph Frederick Stahl, Jr., Paige Diane Stahl, Landen Joseph Pertuis and Aubrey Mae Stahl. Daughter of the late Ione Agnes Fourroux and Joseph John Centanni. Sister of Christian Paul Centanni (Linda). Granddaughter of the late Julia Jumonville Fourroux and Paul Adam Fourroux and Maria Mary Centanni and Castrenze Centanni. JoAnne lived at Christwood in the assisted living wing for 1 years and enjoyed the many friends made there. JoAnne was an inspiration to all whose lives she touched and will be greatly missed by all who knew her and will remain Forever in Our Hearts. Loved by many nieces, nephews, cousins and other family and friends. Many thanks to the staff at Christwood, the caring staff at Hospice of St. Tammany and all who helped in taking care of her.

A private service was held at L. A. Muhleisen and Son Funeral Home, 2607 Williams Blvd., Kenner on Saturday, October 24, 2020 followed by interment in Jefferson Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

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Lester L. Hewitt (’65)

Lester L Hewitt, passed away at the age of 78 on October 24, 2020 surrounded by his family in Houston, TX. A kind, hardworking, faithful Catholic, beloved by friends and family, Les will be missed dearly.

Les was born in Houston, TX, to James and Lena Hewitt. He attended Jones High School where he was involved in debate, drama, football, and tennis. He attended the University of Houston on a partial tennis scholarship, graduating in 1965 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. In 1968 he graduated from the University of Houston Law Center specializing in intellectual property law. Les practiced law at the Houston firm of Pravel Hewitt Kimball and Krieger, before joining Akin Gump as a member of the firmwide management committee and co-head of the intellectual property practice. Throughout his 50-year law career, he served as lead counsel in numerous complex intellectual property cases involving patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret issues. He served as treasurer and president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, director of the 4th district of the State Bar of Texas, and adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center. He remained a partner with Akin Gump until the age of 65, then continued as a solo practitioner before officially retiring at the age of 73.

Les met his wife of 55 years, Taffy, as an undergraduate at U of H. They married in 1965 and were blessed with three children Chris, Lannie (Chris), and Brady (Annie). They love and adore their eight grandchildren Sadie, Field, Cassidy, Courtney, Jack, Hannah, William and Cora. Les and Taffy were members of Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Church where he served as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, was a member of That Man is You, and the Society of Saint Vincent DePaul. Les was a devout Catholic and member of the Sunrise Bible Study for decades.

Les proudly became a Knight of Magistral Grace in the Order of Malta in 2012. He lovingly served as chairman of the Mamie George Food Fair, volunteered at Martha?s Kitchen, participated in prison ministry, and was a pastoral minister at Memorial Hermann Hospital. As a member of the Order?s annual pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, he accompanied the Malades to the healing baths of Mary?s Holy Spring. He was also honored to serve as the assistant chairman for the pilgrimage to Our Lady of Good Help in Wisconsin. He received the President?s Award for Service from the Federal Association in 2017.

Les loved traveling with family and friends to many wonderful places. He was an avid tennis player and golfer, and an active fan of all of the activities his grandchildren were involved in. He also loved spending time at his beloved farm with loved ones hiking, mowing, taking care of trees, and admiring the beautiful Texas sunsets. He will be greatly missed.

There will be a visitation at 6 pm and a rosary at 7 pm at the Earthman Funeral Directors at 8303 Katy Freeway. The funeral mass will be held Saturday morning at 11 am at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church at 1801 Sage Road. Services will be live streamed and links will be available on the Earthman website for those not attending in person. In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions may be sent to the Houston Area Order of Malta c/o George Smith, 5953 Green Tree Rd, Houston, TX 77057, or to Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 1801 Sage Road, Houston, TX 77056.

Wendell T. Few (’52)


Loving father, loyal friend, and respected community leader, Wendell Few died October 18, 2020 at age 101. Born in Zhenjiang, China on June 26, 1919, Wendell graduated Chiao Tung University, College of Civil Engineering in China and remained a role model for all Chiao Tung and Jiao Tong University Alumni. During his time at the University, Wendell also served as a translator for The United States Army Air Forces, General Chennault’s Flying Tigers in China from 1946-1947. Wendell immigrated to the United States in 1947 and earned an engineering degree from the University of Houston in 1957. Afterward, he founded several successful engineering firms in Houston, TX and Conroe, TX. Wendell retired in 1998 and remained active in real estate and market investments for the remainder of his life. He loved to play golf rain or shine and never turned down an opportunity to test a new course. At his 100th birthday he was still able to take a 5 iron down the middle for 165 yards!He will be remembered by his wife Nora Few, sons Lawrence Few, Michael Few, Tim Graham and daughter Janice Matteucci. He had a deep love and adoration for his grandchildren Michael Few II, Melanie Few, Megan Few, Melissa Few, Thibault Few, Colette Few, Arianne Few, Buddy Mays and Joshua Matteucci, As well as his great grandchildren Bethany Mays, Brianna Mays, Keli Mays and Guinevere Matteucci. Wendell is preceded in death by his grandchild Zane Mays. The family is especially grateful for the loving and compassionate care he received over the past two years from Devetha Hamilton, The Woodhaven Village Community and Devotion Hospice teams. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions provided to the charity of your choice would be welcomed.

James A. Wingo (’54)

James Andrew “Andy” Wingo, 97, moved on to greener pastures on Friday November 27, 2020. Andy was born in the summer of 1923 in Houston, Texas to Almer and Anna Faulds Wingo. As a young boy growing up in the Houston Heights, Andy could be found out and about hunting and fishing with his favorite horse Sonny Boy and his bird dogs. He shared his love of horses and the great outdoors with his mother Anna. Andy worked at Carnation Milk Company before joining the U.S. Army in 1942. After serving his country he went to work as an electrician for Humble Oil Company in Houston. He met and married the love of his life, his wife of 62 years, Roegene Turner. Andy was a proud graduate of the University of Houston with a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering. He and Gene raised their three kids on the Dickinson Bayou where they enjoyed entertaining friends and family and boating. We’re pretty sure he taught half of the kids in Dickinson how to water ski. He retired in 1980 from Friendswood Development Company upon which time he and Gene moved to their cattle ranch in Sweet Home, Texas where they enjoyed many years with special friends. Andy was a lifelong member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, VFW Post #6209 Shiner, Texas, Sweet Home American Legion, Post #571 where he served as Commander for many years. He was also a lifelong member of Yoakum Lodge #662 Grand Lodge of Texas, AF & AM, the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, the IBEW, Lavaca County Crime Stoppers, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers and Lavaca County Wildlife Management Association. Andy was preceded in death by his mother and father, his wife Gene Wingo, his brothers Denson Wingo, T. M. Wingo, Harley Wingo, his sister Geraldine Hermansen and his oldest grandson Justin Wingo. Left to cherish his memory are his son, Dennis Wingo (Shirley), his two daughters Denise Davis (Ripper) and Donna Dienst (Mike). His grandchildren Erica Dienst (Chris), Ryan Wingo, Beau Wingo (Tiffany), Michael Dienst (Melissa), Mandy Klindworth (Eric), and great grandchildren Logan Strom, Laney Dienst, Westin Dienst, Kennedy Dienst, Gunner Carlson, Tyson Carlson, Justin Wingo, Emaleigh Wingo and Libby James Klindworth as well as many nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to all of Andy’s special caregivers, especially Denise Cates, his angel and best friend. Laura LaBry his most caring and thoughtful hospice nurse and Essential Hospice, LaVitaBella his final residence, Dr. Chaconas and the wonderful ladies in his office and his most caring and kind physician, Dr. Brian Acquino. The family will have a private visitation then Andy will be laid to rest beside his wife and family at Rosewood Memorial Park cemetery, 2602 S. Houston Avenue, Humble, Texas on Tuesday, December 1 at 2:30 p.m.

Thomas B. Wells (’73)

FEBRUARY 28, 1950 – AUGUST 31, 2013

Thomas Bradford Wells was born on February 28, 1950 in McAllen Texas and left us on August 31, 2013. Thomas graduated from Pasadena High School and received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston. He is survived by his sisters Peggy Glover, Jackie Sayers, Donna Platt, Elisa Lopez and brother Lee Wells. He is also survived by 14 nieces and nephews, 15 great nieces and nephews and 1 great, great niece. Thomas lived a full life and touched us all in many ways. He loved to country western dance, enjoyed old sci fi movies and got his pilots license to fly. He was a loving son and a great “Bubba”. Thomas will be dearly missed and remembered by his family and friends.