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Ann Hawkins
1960-2013



Ann P. Hawkins was born October 7, 1960 in Galveston, Texas. She passed away November 15, 2013, in Texas City. She leaves behind to cherish her memories her daughter Leacardele Hawkins, granddaughter, Le Jevnie, sisters; Thelma, Mary, and Dorothy, brothers;  Andrew Hawkins (Ann), Walter Hawkins(Brenda), Charles Hawkins (Annet), Robert Hawkins, and Dwight Hawkins, and step-children, Threase (Kevin), Jean (Paula), and Eddie, Jr. (Alice), as well as other relatives and friends.

A memorial visitation will be held from 3PM until 5PM, Saturday, November 23, 2013, at Bay Area Funeral Parlor, 5410 FM 1765, Texas City, Texas 77591. The family will received guest at their home immediately following the visitation services. Memorial can be sent to Bay Area Funeral Parlor.



Cora Elizabeth "Bummie" Burnside
1933-2013




Cora Elizabeth "Bummie" Burnside departed this life on November 18, 2013. Bummie was born to the late Ester Lee and Theodoshia (Deyon) Jacobs on August 29, 1933 in Lake Charles, Lousiana.


Bummie was a family person, and she was always on the go. She loved shopping at the flea market, playing cards, and going to the casinos. She was preceeded in death by her grandparents; Alex and Cora Deyon, and Houston and Elizabeth Jacobs.

Surviving to cherish her memories are her son, Vernon Guillory, her sisters; Bonnie Davis, Betty Watts (Robert), and Eva Mae Warner, and a host of nephews, great neices and nephews, as well as other relatives and friends.

The family will receive guests for visitation, and public viewing Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 9AM until 10AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 1220 Cedar Drive, La Marque, TX. 77568. A Funeral Mass will follow immediately at 10AM, Reverend Chacko Puthumayil will officiate the services. The family has opted for private interment. Memorials can be sent to Bay Area Funeral Parlor.



Calvin Earl Phillips
1953-2013



On Saturday, October 19, 2013, Calvin Earl Phillips, Sr., bid farewell to those he loved so dear.  Calvin was born November 25, 1953 to the late Reverend Zephaniah Phillips and James Anna Dobbins Phillips. He is a 1972 graduate of La Marque High School and served in the United States Air Force.  Being reared in a Christian home, Calvin accepted Christ at an early age and united with Greater Bell Zion Baptist Church in Texas City, Texas.

Calvin is preceded in death by his father, Reverend Dr. Zephaniah Phillips; brother, Dennis Phillips; and grandson, Ka Marion Phillips.  Calvin leaves a legacy of love and devotion in the hearts of his loving son, Calvin Earl Phillips, Jr.;  brothers, Alvin Phillips, Sr., Danny (Deborah) Phillips, Sr., Anthony Phillips, Sr., and Dalwenda "D.D." (Felicia) Phillips; sisters, Cheryl Phillips and Karen (Ronald) Harris;  grand daughter, La Dasia Phillips and a host of nieces, nephews, other family members and caring friends.

Special thanks to Laura Diaz and family, AMED Hospice Team members and devoted friend, Mary Ann Allen and our many friends and family.

A Public Visitation will begin Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM followed by A Life Celebration Service at 11:00 AM.  Both Services will be held at Carnes Funeral Home 3100 Gulf Freeway, Texas City, TX 77591.

A Private Burial is scheduled at Houston National Cemetery Houston, TX.  The Funeral services are being arranged by Funeral Director Dorthea Jones and the caring staff of Bay Area Funeral Parlor at 5410 FM 1765 Texas City, TX 77591.  Memorials may be sent to the Funeral Home.



Timmie "Fat Man" Davis
1958-2013



Home Going services for Timmie “Fat Man” Davis of League City, Texas will be held  Saturday, October 26, 2013.  A Public Viewing will begin at 2:00 PM followed by a the Funeral Service at 3:00 PM.  Both Services will be held at Carnes Funeral Home 3100 Gulf Freeway, Texas City, TX  77591.

He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife of 23 years, Patricia Jackson Davis;  his daughters, Timmora Davis and Timmarian Davis and a host of other relatives and friends.

There will be a Private Burial.  The family has made final arrangements for Mr. Tim Davis with Dorthea Jones, Funeral Director, and the compassionate Staff of Bay Area Funeral Parlor 5410 FM 1765, Texas City, TX 77591.  Memorials may be sent to the Funeral Home.



Tommie Earl Williams

1928-2013



Tommie Earl Williams was born September 15, 1928 in Jacksonville, Texas to Mattie Mae Gamble and Albert Williams.  He attended school in Jacksonville, and later graduated from Jacksonville High School.

Tommie eventually found his way to Galveston County, Texas where he resided until he passed.  Tommie was a long time employee of Uneeda Laundry from where he eventually retired.

Tommie passed away at home October 17, 2013 in Texas City, Texas. He was proceeded in death by his parents, Mattie Mae Gamble and Albert Williams.

He is survived by his son, Freddie L. Williams (Lashona), his brothers; Bennie Gamble, Lindsey Gamble, Timothy Gamble (Vickie),  George Gamble (DeeDee), and Danny Gamble (Evon), his sisters; Tottie Pharms, Lorraine Gamble, Mary Matthews (Clark), and Sophie Gamble, Granddaughter, Shamarrion Williams, Great Grandchildren; Jayla, Gary, and Keshawn, and many nieces, nephews, and  other family and friends. He will be missed by all.

The family will receive guest for visitation and public viewing, Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 9AM until 11AM at Bay Area Funeral Parlor, 5410 FM 1765, Texas City, TX. 77591. A Celebration of  Life Ceremony, will begin promptly at 11 AM, Saturday October 26, 2013, immediately following the visitation, Pastor Timothy Gamble will officiate the services. Interment will follow immediately at Rising Star Cemetery. Memorial can be sent to the funeral home.



Charles Anthony Brown, Sr.

1960-2013



Charles Anthony Brown was born September 16, 1960 in Clarksdale Mississippi to the late Gotrea & Minnie Brown.  Charlie was educated in Clarksdale Public Schools and was a graduate of Aggie High School.  He furthered his education by attending Coahoma Junior College and later served in the U.S. Air Force.
 
He was baptized at a early age at Calvary Baptist Church in Clarksdale Mississippi, and came to be a strong believer in Christ.  He relocated to Texas and united with the Jerusalem Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor A.S. Johnson.  In February 2005 he and his family united with the Gospel Temple COGIC under the leadership of the late Superintendent Freddie Doughty, Sr. Under his leadership Bro. Charles Brown trained to become a deacon.
 
While in college, Charles Anthony Brown met and fell in love with Barbara Ann Price.  On April 12, 1997 they were united in marriage.  He loved to cook and dress and plant in his garden.  Charles worked in the Engineering Department at the San Luis Hotel, for the City of La Marque for several years, and later worked for the City of Galveston for many years. He did his dialysis at work on his lunch break, then returned back to work on calls.  He was a man of strong character and believed with God all things are possible.
 
On Friday September 13, 2013, after a long illness, the Lord whispered to Deacon Charles Brown, "I know you are tired.  Come and rest."  He fell asleep in the sweet arms of Jesus.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents Gotrea and Minnie Brown and two brothers Pastor Gotrea Brown and Stanley Hawthorne.
 
He leaves to cherish his memory  his loving and devoted wife Barbara Brown, four children,  Melanie Price (Robert) of Houston Texas, Charles and (Briaune) Brown of Los Angles California, Charlzetta and (Josh) Lahner of La Marque Texas, Fayth Brown of Texas City Texas, Three grandchildren Jarell Lahner , Jayana Lahner both of La Marque Texas and Ananda Wilhite of Los Angles California, Godson,( Papa Big Boy),  Kaden Winston of Dickinson Texas, Three sisters Gloria Brown and Mildred Taylor of Clarksdale Mississippi, Frankie Turner of Lansing Michigan and one brother Eddie Brown of Clarksdale Mississippi, Mother In Law Alma Randall of La Marque Texas and two sister in laws Doris Harris of La Marque Texas and Jeannette & (Louis) Holloway of La Marque Texas; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends   Special Thanks to those who cared and went with us all the way, when his physical strength began to fail. Quinterrance (Terry) Williams, Robert Roberson, Houston Home Dialysis, his nurse Rachael Eastland, Dr. Robin Armstrong, Dr. Justin Merszei, Dr. Mario Assouad, and  Dr. Laurens Pickard. Thank You , Thank You, Don D and Deen.
 
The family will receive guest for visitation the evening of Friday, September 20, 2013 from 5PM until 8PM at Bay Area Funeral Parlor, 5410 FM 1765, Texas City, Texas 77591. A celebration of life ceremony will be held 11AM Saturday Morning , September 21, 2013 at Greater Randle Temple Church of God in Christ, #25 Highway 3 South, Texas City, Texas 77591. Remains will be laid to rest at 10:45AM Monday Morning, At Houston, National Cemetery, Houston, Texas.

Donnie Joe Cok
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1965-2013



Donnie Joe Coke, 47, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, September 5, 2013. Donnie was born on December 16, 1965 to Billy and Glenda Coke in Helena, Arkansas.  Donnie graduated from Dickinson High School in 1983. He was a chef by nature and loved to cook and loved to just sit back and watch people enjoy eating his food, especially his potato salad.  He would bet money against anyone that his potato salad was better than theirs...and it was.


Donnie is preceded in death by his parents, Billy and Glenda Coke and nephew Steven Ray Coffman.

Donnie is survived by his wife, Rose Coke; daughters, Ashley Synatzske and husband Michael, of League City and Victoria Coke of Austin; Step-son Sean Kelly of Dickinson; brother Michael Coke of Dickinson; and sisters Traci Whitt and Debbie Dunlap of Arkansas; his nephews Jamie Whitt of Arkansas and Cody Martin of Mississippi; and nieces Myranda Coffman, Jennifer Martin, Christy Webb all of Arkansas and Corinthiann St. Andry of Houston. Donnie also had a very special brother-in-law, David St. Andry of Houston; and wonderful in-laws Mary St. Andry and John Troquille of Bellaire. Donnie also had a best friend for many, many years, Jeff Johnson of Cedar Creek.

Donnie loved his family dearly and will be greatly missed.  May we keep Donnie forever in our hearts as we celebrate his memory today and everyday.

It was Donnie’s wishes to be cremated. There will be a memorial Sunday, Sept 15, 1-4pm at the Bay Area Club in League City, 2111 Webster St.

Donnie had recently renewed his faith and accepted Jesus Christ into his heart.


Almeta McGregor
1920-2013

Almeta McGregor, 92, passed away to eternity peacefully in her home with love ones by her side during the early morning hours of Friday, September 6, 2013. She was born on December 18, 1920 in Caldwell, Texas to Mr. and Mrs. Ollie and Jessie Fisher.  She came to Galveston as a young adult and was employed as a Cook at various restaurants around Galveston, then later, moved into a career with the Galveston Independent School District as a janitor where she later retired.  Almeta was a devoted mother who enjoyed cooking, gardening and WWE wrestling.  She had an infectious laugh that drew everyone to her.  Her church home, while on the Island, was at the Avenue K Church of Christ under the leadership of Brother Marv Thorn.

Preceding Almeta in death were her parents: Ollie and Jessie Fisher, and, daughters: Jessie Mae Armstrong and Marlene Johnson.

Surving to cherish her memories are her son, John Earl McGregor, Jr., daughter, Mary J. Fisher, grand-daughter, Geraldine Johnson, numerous great grandchildren and a host of other family and friends. She will be missed by all.

The family will receive guests for visitation and viewing from 9AM until 11AM Saturday morning, September 14, 2013, at the Avenue K Church of Christ, 5501 Avenue K., Galveston, Texas.  A Celebration of Life service for Almeta will be held at 11AM immediately following the viewing. Brother Marv Thorn will officiate the services.  Memorials can be sent to the funeral home.

Charity Beatrice Boulet
1941-2013

Charity Beatrice Boulet was born August 30, 1941 in Galveston, Texas. She was a faithful member of Compton Memorial Church of God in Christ where she was a member of the senior choir and the women’s chorus. Charity graduated from Central High School Class of ’59 and attended Franklin Beauty School where she obtained her beautician’s license. Charity passed away August 31, 2013, in Webster, Texas.

Charity was preceeded in death by her parents; Jessie and Laura Dickison, son, Edwin Dickison, grandson, Edwin Dickison, Jr., and brothers, James Davis, and Jimmy Dickison, Sr.

Surviving to cherish her precious memories are her daughter, Rhonda Williams, her sisters, Vandella Dorsey and Elizabeth Dockery (George) of Houston, brother, John Dickison, granddaughters, Madison, Edbrieal, Macayla and Rhonda, God- Daughter, Pamela Hennigan (James), her church family at Compton Memorial Church Family, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive guests for viewing and visitation from 9 AM to 11 AM at Compton Church of God in Christ, 2628 Ball Ave., Galveston, Texas 77550, Saturday September 7, 2013. A home going celebration will be held, also at Compton Church of God in Christ, at 11AM immediately following the visitation, Elder Robert E. Woodard, III will officiate the service. Memorial may be sent to Bay Area Funeral Parlor, 5410 FM 1765, Texas City, Texas 77591.

Marvin Tolden
1954-2013

Marvin was born on March 11, 1954 in Galveston, Texas.  He was a lifelong resident of Texas City until he was called home to the lord on August 11, 2013.  Anyone who knew Marvin understood that he loved the game of basketball.  Marvin began his basketball career by playing for the Levi Fry Dragons, where he assisted them in winning the State’s championship.  In high school, Marvin played basketball for the Texas City Stingarees, where he was known for his impressive ball handling skills.  In 1972, Marvin graduated from Texas City High School earning a scholarship to college based on excellent academics and athletics.  He continued his education atPrairie View A & M University, and later Marvin transferred to Waylan BaptistUniversity.  Marvin will always be remembered as being a pioneer of his time.  After college, Marvin served his country by joining the United State Navy, obtaining an honorable discharge.

Marvin was survived by his loving spouse of 33 years, Janice Tolden.  Marvin was the proud father of 6 children: Yolanda Smith, Andrew Smith, Monica Tolden (Ronald Brinkley Sr.), Marvin Tolden Jr. (Roylisha Tolden), Matrese Tolden, and Marlowe Tolden.  13 grandchildren; 1 great grandson and a host of other relatives and friends.

Marvin was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Tolden, and his brothers Jerald Tolden, and Charles Tolden.  His surviving siblings include: Gloria Tolden, Jimmie Tolden, Norman Tolden, Albert Tolden, and Earl Tolden. 

A Public Visitation will be held Thursday, August 22, 2013 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Bay Area Funeral Parlor 5410 FM 1765 Texas City, TX 77591.  Funeral Services will be Friday, August 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Greater Barbour's Chapel Baptist Church 7420 FM 1765 Texas City, TX 77591.  Reverend Andrew W. Berry, II will conduct the services. Burial will follow at Houston National Cemetery, Houston, TX.

Services have been arranged with Dorthea Jones, Funeral Director, and the Staff of Bay Area Funeral Parlor 5410 FM 1765 Texas City, TX 77591.

Letha Frank-Holloway
1937-2013

 

Mrs. Letha Frank- Holloway, was born on August 7, 1937, in Welch,Louisiana to the late Sidney and Nola Prevost Frank. She attended school in Jennings, Louisiana, and later Booker T. Washington High School in Texas City. Letha went home to be with the Lord, August 18, 2013 at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, after a brief illness.

Letha work for the Farmers and Sharp families in Galveston for may years, and later in life she also worked for the U.S. Postal Services, and UTMB before she retired.

She was proceeded in death by her husband, Felix Holloway, her parents, Sidney Frank and Nola Prevost Henny, son; Kenneth Frank, and Felix Frank, sister, Donna Locklin and brother, Ronald Frank.

Surviving to cherish her memories are her seven children; Karen Frank (Bob), Tommye Frank, Sr. (Carolyn), Karl Frank (Sheila), Lillie Frank, Betty Frank, and Rochelle Simmons (Michael) of Texas City, and Paul Frank of Arizona, brothers, Larry Frank, Sidney Frank, Jr., and Lawrence Frank of Jennings, LA, sister, Ann Frank of Arkansas, and Addelia Frank and Leola Harvey of Texas City, sister-in-laws, Emma Thompson (Clifford) of Galveston, Ada Captain of Houston, and Dorothy Hardy of Texas City, as well as 18 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of other relatives and many friends.

The family will receive guest for visitation Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 9AM until 1PM at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 2917 Sealy,Galveston, Texas. A funeral service will be held, at 1PM immediately following the visitation, also at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Reverend Louis Simpson, Jr. will officiate the service.

Etta Mae Tucker
1937-2013

Etta Mae Tucker, “Plunnie” was born in Old Washington, TX to James Lott, Sr. and Willie Lee and Lula Mae Rodgers Watkins.  She lived and raised her family in the Texas City La Marque area.  She was known for “cooking just what you wanted to eat and cooking it just right; then she would throw that million dollar smile on you.” Everyone will always remember Miss Plunnie in a special way.

A Public Visitation Celebrating Her Life will begin Friday, August 23, 2013 at 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM; the Life Celebration Service will be Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Noon.  Both services will be held at Mount Paran Missionary Baptist Church 19 Sixth Street North Texas City, TX 77590.  Pastor Dr. WW Jackson, Jr. will deliver the Eulogy and Reverend D. J Harris will conduct the services. Burial will follow at Mainland Cemetery Hitchcock, TX.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her daughter; Lisa Looney and other relatives.  She will always be loved and missed by her children, Kelvin Wayne Tucker (Cheri), Tonia Renee Griffin, and Sonja Ly Nette Roberts; 14 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; siblings, Lorene Bradley, Willie Mae Watkins, Alta Caligone, Venora Smith, Ferma Lee Hall and Charles Watkins; nephews, nieces, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.

The Celebration Arrangements have been entrusted to Dorthea Jones, Funeral Director, and the caring staff of Bay Area Funeral Home 5410 FM 1765 Texas City, TX 77591.  Memorials may be sent to the funeral home.

James E. Beasley
1945-2013

James E. Beasley 68 of Texas City, TX left this life on Wednesday August 14, 2013 at his residence with his loving sisters at his bedside.

James was born June 30, 1945 to Lillie M. Allen and Walter Beasley in New Orleans,LA. He lived with his family in Texas City where he graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and worked as a laborer.  He was baptized at an early age and was a member of Mount Paran Missionary Baptist Church.

James is preceded in death by his parents and grandmother.  Left to cherish his memories are his sisters, Geraldine Sayles and Shirley (Donnell) Wilredge; brothers, Joseph Pointer, and Willie Pointer; cousins, Valeria Jackson, Larry (Lorrine) Jackson, and Errol Lynn (Bonnie) Jackson; and a host of nephews, niece cousins and other relatives and friends.

A Public Visitation will be held Saturday, August 24, 2013 beginning at 11:00 AMfollowed by Funeral Services at 2:00 PM.  Both services will be held at Bay Area Funeral Parlor 5410 FM 1765 Texas City, TX 77591.  Reverend WW Jackson, Pastor of Mt Paran Missionary Baptist Church will conduct the services.  Burial will follow at Mainland Cemetery in Hitchcock, TX.  Special thanks to the doctors and staff of Mainland Medical Center, the staff of A-Med Hospice and everyone who turned from their busy schedules to consider our family during this difficult time.

Final Arrangements have been entrusted to Dorthea Jones, Funeral Director and the staff of Bay Area Funeral Parlor.  Memorials may be sent to the funeral home.

Sylvia Dena Howard
1941-2013

Sylvia Dena Howard, born January 3, 1941 in Hartford, Arkansas, passed away August 5, 2013 in Texas City, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Howard, Sr., parents, Elmer and Opal Young, sister, Wanda Dindo, and son, Gene Ramirez.

Surviving to cherish her memories are her brother, James Young (Juanita), sister, Betty Simerly, children, Sylvia Ann, Jamand greates Ramirez, and Billy Perdue, and a number of nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren. Special Thanks to grandchildren, Sedrick Miles, and Lisa Prevost, for their devoted care.

The family will receive guests for visitation Saturday, August 10, 2013, from 9AM to 1PM at Bay Area Funeral Parlor, 5410 FM 1765, Texas City, Texas. A funeral service will be held at 1PM, immediately following the visitation in the Bay Area Funeral Parlor Chapel, Rev. Sammy Siverand Bay Area Staff Chaplain will officiate the service. Sylvia will be laid to rest at Hayes Grace Memorial Park, in Hitchcock, Texas, immediately after the funeral.

Richard Ornelas
1957-2013

Richard Juan Ornelas, Jr, born March 14, 1957 in Texas City, Texas to Dominga and Richard Ornelas, passed way in San Marcos, Texas on August 3, 2013.

Richard was a free spirit, he never met a stranger, and he left everyone with a smile on their face. His positive outlook in life found the good in every one. He was a wonderful, son, father, and Grandpa. Richard would give his time generously to his family, and he enjoyed learning and exploring his spiritual culture to share with others.

Richard's father Richard A. Ornelas, Sr. proceeded him in death.

Surviving to cherish is memories are his mother, Dominga Ornelas, his son Richard J. Ornelas, III, daughter-in-law, Jennifer Ornelas, his grandchildren, Alexandria D. Ornelas and Richard R. Ornelas IV, sister, Rosa Garza, brothers; Ruben N. Ornelas and Rego B. Ornelas, Sr., ex-wife and longtime friend Lisa Ornelas as well as numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive guests for visitation from 1PM until 9PM Friday, August 9, 2013, at Bay Area Funeral Parlor, 5410 FM 1765, Texas City, TX. A vigil service will begin at 7PM in the Bay Area Funeral Parlor Chapel. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 AM at St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church, Saturday, August 10, 2013. Memorials can be sent to the Funeral Home.

Jason Thomas Whetstein
1982-2013

Jason Thomas Whetstein, 30, of Dickinson passed away on May 9, 2013. Jason was born on November 3, 1982 to Nancy King Whetstein and Bruce Whetstein. Jason grew up in the Galveston County area and was a skilled tradesman who worked in the construction industry. Jason worked many years for Mike Ziegler at Coastal Building & Remodeling. Jason loved to make people laugh and reminisce. Jason loved his family and friends, would do anything for them, and would give you the shirt off of his back when he actually had one on.

There will be a viewing and service held for Jason at Bay Area Funeral Parlor. Viewing will start 2:00pm for family and will continue at 4:00pm for friends. The Service will follow the viewing at 6:00pm. Bay Area is located at FM 1765, Texas City, TX, 77591.

Jason leaves to cherish his memory his son Christian McMahan Whetstein of El Reno, Oklahoma, his mother Nancy King Whetstein of Orange, Texas, his sisters Eugenia “Jeannie” Renee Brown of Orange, Texas, Brandi Keithley of Alvin, Texas, Misty Gerdes of Santa Fe, Texas, his brother Justin Whetstein of Santa Fe, Texas, his cousins, who were raised as brothers, Jeremy Sealy and John Sealy of Galveston, Texas, and numerous other cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles at last but not least his beloved dog Taz.  Jason was preceded in death by his beloved father Bruce Thomas Whetstein of Alvin, Texas.

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