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.
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
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
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
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 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, 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.