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Amie, James - Houston  
James Earl Amie 1943-2015 James Earl Amie, 71, departed this life on Monday, 4/27. Early Visitation, Friday 5/1 from 4 until 6 PM at the B.N. Johnson Chapel of Allen Mortuary. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, 5/2 at 12:30 PM at the Loving Word Fellowship, 170 Rittenhouse. The pastor, Bishop Paul David Landrew will be officiating. Entrusted: Allen Mortuary, 2003 Kelley Street - 713/742-0551.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on May 1, 2015
Andrews, Jack - Houston  
JACK C. ANDREWS 1944-2015 Mr. Jack Cameron Andrews of Houston, Texas went to be with the Lord on Tuesday April 21, 2015. Jack Cameron was born February 2nd, 1944 in Dallas, Texas. He was the only child of Mrs. Mary Jean Cameron Andrews of Kansas City, Missouri, and Mr. Jack McLeod Andrews of Dallas, Texas. Jack Cameron attended Texas A&M and later graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Mathematics. He had a long and accomplished career working globally in the emerging fields of computer programming, systems engineering and product development for several international corporations, ultimately working as a consultant before he retired. Jack was a complex and interesting man. He was a voracious reader and enjoyed many interests and hobbies. His favorites were cycling and scuba diving around the world in places such as Turks and Caicos. Jack Cameron passed away unexpectedly and leaving behind family and friends who did not get to say their goodbyes, and will miss him. Jack is survived by two sons, his eldest son, Jack Vogel Andrews, daughter-in-law, Jacqueline and granddaughter, Haley Catherine; his son David Cameron Andrews, daughter-in-law Julia and granddaughter Ella; and their mother Carole Vogel Andrews. As he was want to say parting ways or in closing an email or phone call, we all want to say a heartfelt 'Ciao Jack!' The family will receive friends Friday, May 8, 2015 from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM at Houston's First Baptist Church, 7401 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77024.
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Published in Houston Chronicle from May 5 to May 6, 2015
Anthis, Austin - Houston  
Austin Forrest Anthis, Jr. 1928-2015 Austin Forrest Anthis, Jr., born September 28,1928 went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on April 22, 2015 at the age of 86. Austin was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Austin and Fay Anthis. He moved to Houston, Texas with his family as a young boy. He graduated from San Jacinto High School and attended Rice University where he earned a BS degree in Chemical Engineering in 1950. He then went to Lawrence College in Wisconsin and graduated with both a Masters and PhD in Chemical Engineering. After graduation, while working in Houston, he met his beloved wife, Norma Ann at South Main Baptist Church and they were married in August of 1959. Their two children, Laurie and Joel, were born while they were living in Georgia. They later moved to Baton Rouge and eventually back to Houston in 1978. Austin was a faithful husband and father. He loved his family and spending time with them. He served his family and others with a kind and gentle spirit that was admired by all those who knew him. He was also an accomplished professional engineer but more than anything he was a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. He led his family in the knowledge and love of the Lord. Nothing gave Austin greater joy than to see his children walking in a living relationship with Jesus and living according to the word of God. He was a long time dedicated member of Houston's First Baptist Church where he was active in Stephen's Ministry, missions, and various Bible study and prayer groups. In his retirement years, he found great joy in prison ministry and Christian discipleship through InnerChange Freedom Initiative and Kairos Prison Ministry. Austin was preceded in death by his loving wife of 53 years, Norma Ann Anthis, as well as his parents Austin F. Anthis, Sr. and Fay Wright Anthis, and his sisters Fay Evelyn Couch and Barbara Wagner. He is survived by his daughter Laurie Anthis Kattner and her husband Kenric, his son Joel N. Anthis and his wife Cindy and their children Austin Forrest III, Allison, Abigail, and Anna Grace. Memorial Services will be held Thursday, May 7 at 11:00am at Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy, TX in The Loft, on the second floor. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Houston's First Baptist Church Missions Department.
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Published in Houston Chronicle from May 3 to May 6, 2015
Barber, Virginia - Burbank  
Virginia Williams Barber 1922-2015 Virginia passed away peacefully on the morning of April 4, 2015, in Burbank, CA. Virginia Jo was born in Paris, TX, on June 18, 1922, but was raised in Dallas, TX. After graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School, she attended TCU where she was a cheerleader and voted class favorite her junior year. She left school at midterm to marry Thomas David Barber on February 14, 1943, and they celebrated 61 years of marriage together. Virginia devoted her life to her family and friends and actively engaged in both church and civic affairs, including serving as President of the Women's Auxiliary of the Houston Geological Society. Endowed with an eye for beauty found beneath the surface, she enjoyed combing the beaches of her beloved Galveston Island for "found things" from which she created her knot art out of drift wood and rock art out of stones and pebbles she collected. Her creativity expressed itself in countless ways, from dance costumes designed and executed for her daughter to scrapbooks detailing the accomplishments of her husband and children, from craftwork celebrating family history to spiritual writings intended to encourage and exhort others. Even during her final moments, she was able to report back to us that "God is wonderful!" and that "the Bible is true!" She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom. She is survived by her sister, Shirley Reeder (Bill Reeder) of Temple, TX, by her 2 children, David Barber (Sharon Barber) of Las Animas, CO, and Ann Barber of Studio City, CA, by 3 grandchildren, Jennifer Gibson (Rev Mark Gibson) of Lumberton, TX, Rebecca Blair (John Blair) of Siloam Springs, AR, and Jessica McGarvey (Bob McGarvey) of Columbus, OH, and by 8 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two nieces, Kathy Cook (Ted Cook) of New Braunfels, TX, and Cindy Buchanon (JB Buchanon) of Allen, TX. A memorial service will be held at 2 PM on May 9, 2015 at First Christian Church, 300 North 5th Street, Temple, Texas. The family desires that any donations or gifts in memory of Virginia W. Barber be made to the National MS Society, PO Box 4125, Houston, TX, 77010.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on May 3, 2015
Beazley, Dora - Dallas  
Dora Beazley 1924-2015 Dora Kathryn (Dodie) Williams Beazley, of Dallas, TX, passed away on April 28, 2015. She will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend to all that knew and loved her. She was born on June 30, 1924, to the late Tallie Williams and Minnie Musgrove Williams. She grew up in San Antonio and lived in Harlingen and Houston before moving to Dallas in 2011. She attended Baylor University and graduated from Mary Hardin Baylor University. Survivors include her two children, daughter, Lista Hightower and husband Rick of Dallas, and son Kenneth Beazley and wife Nancy of Burleson and four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Liston Beazley. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 2 at 10am at Park Cities Baptist Church, Ellis Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Baylor University or Mary Hardin Baylor University in memory of Kathryn Beazley.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on May 1, 2015
Beetz, Kyle - Texas City  
Kyle Beetz 1977-2015 Kyle Beetz, 37, of Friendswood, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015, at his residence. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at Emken Linton Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Forest Park East. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at funeral home. Kyle Beetz was born July 4, 1977 in Texas City. He was an Industrial Pipefitter. Survivors include father, James Beetz; mother, Debra Banks; son, Kyle Drake Beetz; daughter, Kaytlen Beetz; brother, Kevin Beetz and partner Jared Bennett; sister, Kimberly Beetz; niece, Destiny Beetz; numerous other relatives and friends.
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Published in Houston Chronicle from May 3 to May 5, 2015
Beghtol, Dr. Carter - Houston  
Carter Vance Beghtol 1932-2015 Carter Vance Beghtol, M.D., 83, died April 30, 2015 in Houston, Texas. Born in 1932 to Marjorie Carter Beghtol and Vance Richards Beghtol, he attended public schools in Kearney, Nebraska. He boxed, worked on the school newspaper, was in the National Honor Society, held a part time job, and was on the municipal swimming team. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and taught English and Russian grammar in the U.S. Air Force pre-language school. Beghtol was graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kearney State Collage with majors in chemistry and German, minors in biology and Russian. He was in the Caledonian social fraternity, Lambda Delta Lambda honorary science fraternity and co-editor of the collage newspaper. Following his graduation from Kearney State, Northern Natural Gas in Omaha, Nebraska employed him. Received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Nebraska in Omaha and completed a rotating internship at the county hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Beghtol maintained a family practice in Orofino, Idaho through the 1960's, during which time he built North-side Medical Center and served on the Idaho State Board of Health, as well as Chief of Staff of Clearwater Valley Hospital. Later he practiced in Tomball, Texas and Houston, Texas, and served as company doctor for American General Life Insurance Company and for Texico Inc. until illness forced his disability retirement. Dr. Beghtol was past president of the Texas Occupational Medical Association and Fellow of American Collage of Occupational Medicine. He was a member of the Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club with the call sign KD5XX. Sons Eric and Karl, daughter-in-law Alma Valle Beghtol, grandson Spencer Beghtol and his sister Barbara Thompson survive Dr. Beghtol.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on May 5, 2015
Behrend, Ruby - Houston  
Ruby Irene Jatzlau Behrend 1920-2015 Ruby Irene Jatzlau Behrend, 95, passed away peacefully on April 28, 2015. She was born April 15, 1920 in Giddings, Texas to Charles and Minnie Jatzlau. She was affectionately known as "Granny" by all who knew and loved her. Upon moving to Houston, Ruby met her beloved husband of 56 years, Herbert I. Behrend, while at church. Throughout the years, she assisted and supported Herbert with his residential building company. Flowers were Ruby's pride and joy. She believed that beautiful flowers were a gift created by God. And just as the sun gives life to flowers, Jesus gives life to one's soul. She cultivated this love by graduating from floral design school in 1951, from what is now known as the Texas A&M Benz School of Floral Design. 35 years later she was honored to receive an invitation to the dedication of the M. Benz Floral Arts Building. She was always impeccably dressed and had an eye for high style and design, and in her younger years modeled clothing at the Rice Hotel for various retail stores . Ruby was a charter member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church. She served in the Altar Guild for 26 years designing floral arrangements and assisting with communion presentation. She was also an avid volunteer for the M.D.Anderson Chaplaincy. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Herbert I. Behrend, and daughter, Barbara Jane Keller. She is survived by her son, Ricky Ray Behrend and wife Rene; grandchildren, Kyle Behrend and wife Sarah, Rachel Seidel and husband Sam, Larry Keller and wife Paula, Lois Keller-Nelson, and Porter Keller and wife Christy; 9 great- grandchildren; sister, Frances Beauchamp; and numerous other loving relatives. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six o'clock until eight o'clock in the evening on Friday, May 1, at the Bradshaw-Carter Home, 1734 W. Alabama Street in Houston. The funeral service will be held at ten o'clock in the morning on Saturday, May 2, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 5315 Main Street in Houston. The interment will follow at Earthman Resthaven Cemetery in Houston. In lieu of the usual remembrances, Ruby requested donations be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church and Houston Hospice
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Published in Houston Chronicle from Apr. 30 to May 1, 2015
Bell, Mike - Tomball  
Michael W. Bell 1965-2015 Mike passed away April 30, 2015. Visitation will be Monday May 4, 2015 from 5:00 - 8:00 at Klein Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10:00 Tuesday at Spring First Church, 1851 Spring Cypress Rd, Spring, Tx.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on May 3, 2015
Bergman, Vernon - Bellaire  
Vernon Leo Bergman Jr. 1935-2015 Vernon Leo Bergman Jr., 80, passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2015 in Sugar Land, Texas after a long illness. A longtime resident of Houston and graduate of the University of Houston, he is survived by his wife, Mildred Gee Bergman and his children Bruce Bergman, Jill Ivy, Wendy Simon and Tracy Brooks, as well as numerous grandchildren. A memorial service will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Distinctive Life, 5455 Dashwood St., Bellaire 77401.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on May 3, 2015
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