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 Randy M. Cadena Our beloved Randy M. Cadena entered into heaven April 19, 2011. Mr. Cadena is survived by his wife, Rebecca, his son Andrew, daughter Amanda, and granddaughter Isabella. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Tomas and Shirley Cadena. In addition, he was preceded in death by three sisters; Tammy, Teresa, and Juanita. His brothers; Thomas, Jesse, Joey, Robert, and Rudy; as well as many nieces and nephews. Born on in Houston, Texas, he attended the Houston Fire Department Academy and became a firefighter. On the evening of September 25, 2010, he married Rebecca Lopez. Randy will be remembered for his giving heart, always helping others. His relationship as a husband, father, son, brother, and friend was always selfless. No words can express how much he will be missed. A Memorial Service will be held Monday, April 25 at 11AM at 4225 Interwood North Pkwy in Houston, Texas 77032, followed by a celebration of his life.



Joseph Ray Cantrill, Jr. passed away Wednesday, July 21, 2004 at the age of 21. He was born April 8, 1983 in San Antonio. Joe began his fire fighter career while attending O'Connor High School at the age of 16, while volunteering at the Helotes Fire Dept. He graduated from O'Connor High School in 2001 and began attending San Antonio College where he completed his Paramedic Certification at UT Health Science Center. Joe then joined Leon Valley Fire Department. Joe moved to Houston and graduated from the Houston Fire Academy in November 2003. In May 2004, Joe came back home and was accepted into the San Antonio Fire Academy and was to graduate on October 8, 2004. Joe made a lasting impression on our hearts in the short time he was here and he was loved by everyone he met. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Annabelle and Kenneth Ransom; father, Joe Cantrill; brother, Marcus; sisters, Natalie, Kimberly, Megan; great-grandmother, Janie Esquivel; grandparents, Teresa Segura, Juan P. Segura, Melesia Segura, Arturo Yglesias, Katherine Cantrill, Joe Ransom and Toni Ransom; aunts, Sylvia De La Rosa, Diane Ransom; cousins, Jenna, Christa and Sara De La Rosa; numerous other relatives and a host of dear friends. SERVICES Visitation will begin Today at 5:00 P.M. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 P.M. at Mission Park. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, July 24, 2004 at St. Matthews Catholic Church with Interment to follow at Mission Burial Park North. A Funeral Procession will depart the funeral home at 9:30 A.M. to St. Matthews Saturday morning. Mission Park Funeral Chapels North.    Article about Joe 


THE HOUSTON POST  September 28, 1963

Ranzy J. Campbell, 41, of 4907 Glengarry St., died Wednesday in a local hospital.  Resided in Houston for 25 years, member of the Minnetex Community Church, with Houston Fire Dept. Local 341 for 16 years, Survivors; Wife, Mrs. Mary E. Campbell; son, John Richard Campbell, both of Houston; father, Richard E. Campbell Sr, Tulsa, Okla; sister, Mrs. J. O. Miller, Tulsa, Okla; brothers, Richard E. Campbell Jr., Pauls Valley, Okla, Ronald Campbell, Tulsa, Okla, Hubert H. Campbell, Omaha, Neb, Herbert Campbell, Maryland, Services 2 PM Saturday, Boulevard Culien Chapel, Rev Donald M. Geiger, Burial Southpark Memorial Cemetery.  Pallbearers; C. S. Caplen, J. T. Pickle, J. T. ?, D. G. Bell, J. E. Barclay, L. D. Threoe. Honarary pallbearers; All members of the Houston Fire Dept.  BOULVEVARD FUNERAL DIRECTORS, 5733 Culters Blvd. Riverside 7-3411.
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Henry Jackson "Jack"Campbell
Born 4-15-1927
HFD From 1953 To 1969 
Died 5-25-1969 
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Jeremy Cantu, 27, a local firefighter died Tuesday, October 7, 2003 in Houston, Texas. He is survived by his daughter, Avery Cantu; companion, Kelly Sykes; mother, Sharon Strawn; father, Abel Cantu; brother, Bryant Smith and wife Melanie; sister, Carmen Cantu; nephews, Christopher Smith and Gabriel Cantu; grandmother, Joyce Drumm and numerous other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held Friday, October 10, 2003 from 5pm to 9pm at the Rosewood Funeral Home Chapel in Humble, Texas. Funeral Services will be held at 2pm, Saturday, October 11, 2003 at the Kingwood First Baptist Church in Houston. Interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Park, Humble, Texas.

Published in Houston Chronicle on October 10, 2003
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Bobby Dee Carraway
Born December 8, 1947  
HFD From 1968 to 2004
Died February 18, 2009
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Ray Carter Funeral Services for Mr. Ray Carter of Poynor, age 78 are scheduled for 2:00 PM Friday, November 7, 2008 at Poynor Baptist Church in Poynor Tx, under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Burial will follow at Liberty Hill Cemetery in Frankston Tx. Mr. Carter passed away Wednesday, November 5, 2008 in Tyler, Texas. He was born February 26, 1930 in Gallatin, Texas. Mr. Carter was a retired Senior Captain with the Houston Fire Department. Mr. Carter was a member of the York Rite, Scottish Rite and, a Charter Member of Arabia Shrine Temple Motor Corps. Mr. Carter is survived by his: Wife Barbara Westbrook Carter of Poynor, Mother Opal Carter of Houston, Sons Chuck Carter of Pasadena, Rick Carter of Santa Fe, TX, Bill Westbrook of Hallsville and Steve Westbrook of Brenham, Sisters Ruth D'Albergo of Houston, Linda Askin of Houston, nine Grandchildren, four Great-Grandchildren, several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins

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DANIEL CASANOVER, 61, of Hockley, Texas passed away July 25, 2007. Visitation will be 5-8PM Sunday at Klein Funeral Home in Magnolia with funeral services 10AM Monday at Zion Lutheran Church. Interment at Klein Memorial Park on SH249.

Published in Houston Chronicle on July 29, 2007    
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The Houston Post August 16, 1923

 Hold Funeral of Chaloupka Today

Funeral services for A.J.Chaloupka, 53, veteran city fireman, who died early Wednesday, will be held at  4 p.m. today at the home 5615 Harrisburg.Mr. Chaloupka joined the fire fighters in 1889 and has served under every paid chief since that date.  He was chauffeur and engineer at Station No. 10 at the time of his death.

Rev. R. P. Richey will conduct the services.  Burial will be in Evergreen cemetery under the direction of the Settegast-Kopf company, undertakers.  The deceased is survived by one son, Perry; four sisters, Mrs. W. G. French, Mrs. J. M. Giesselman, Mrs. C. I. Leach and Mrs. George Sager, and one brother, W. A. Chaloupka, all of Houston.

Active pallbearers will be Henry Levy, Captain, E. G. Smith, Captain P. P. Brown, L. C. Borden, W. G. Gage and George Richardson, first assistant fire chief. Honorary bearers will be the night crew of the Houston Fire Department. 
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Monroe D. Chester of Schulenberg, Texas passed away Monday, August 4, 2003 after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. "M.D." was born in Glenmora, Louisiana on April 12, 1915 and moved to Houston as a young man. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in WWII during which time he served as a Radioman in the Philippines. He was a retired Deputy Fire Chief with the Houston Fire Department, a profession he held very dear to his heart. M.D. is preceded in death by his first wife, Lillian, to whom he was married 41 years, and his eldest daughter, Patricia Hargett. He is survived by his wife of 9 years Evelyn; daughters, Laura Ross and Sondra Breska; son-in-law, Stephen Ross; grandchildren, Crystal Ross, Christopher Ross and Matt Breska; stepson, Harold Schmidt, Jr. and wife Janet; stepdaughter, Lori Nelson and husband Tim; step grandchildren, Jason Schmidt, Eric Schmidt, Rachel Jones and Clayton Long. Funeral Services will be held at SouthPark Funeral Home, Pearland at 11:00am on Friday, August 8, 2003. Visitation will be Thursday, August 7, 2003 from 6 - 8pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 2909 W. Holcomb, Houston, Texas 77025.

Published in Houston Chronicle from August 6 to August 7, 2003                              
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 Bricey E. Childress, 81, passed away on Saturday, February 9, 2008 in Jacksonville, Tx. He is survived by wife - Charlie M. Childress; daughter - Danna J. Childress; stepson - O. Burgess Francis, Jr.; granddaughter - Tamara N. Cobb and husband Andre; grandson - Brian Taylor, nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Bricey was a firefighter with the Houston Fire Department for 27 years and retired in 1986. Visitation will be 8 - 5pm Thursday, February 14, 2008 at Community Funeral Home 431 N. Main St. Jacksonville, Tx 75766. Funeral Service will be 11 am Friday, February 15, 2008 at Benson Memorial CME Church 900 Ellis St. Jacksonville, Tx 75766. Interment will follow in Jacksonville, Tx.


 William James Clemans went to be with the Lord on March 27, 2009. He was born on February 25, 1941 to parents George Clayton and Doris Alice Bellmire Clemans. William is survived by his wife of 48 years, Pearley Clemans; sister-in-law, Shirley Copeland and husband Jimmy; brothers-in-law: Wendell Keilers and wife Johnnie and Allen Keilers and wife Ann; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by both parents. The family will receive friends for visitation on Sunday, March 29, 2009 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Earthman Resthaven Funeral Home, 13102 North Freeway, Houston, TX 77060. The funeral service will be held on Monday, March 30, 2009 at 12:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Earthman Resthaven Funeral Home followed by an interment in Earthman Resthaven Cemetery.


Paul Cline 65, passed away November 10, 2003. He is survived by his loving wife Laura Cline, daughter: Wynette Cline, sons: Lamont Cline and wife Kelly, Mark Cline and wife Hyneatha and Paul Cline II, brothers: Edward Cline and wife Bertha Louise, Rudolph Cline and wife Bertha May, Clarence Cline and wife Dorothy and Robert Cline and wife Mary Jane, 6 grandchildren along with numerous life long friends. The family will receive friends from 5:00-8:00 Sunday November 16, 2003 at Klein Funeral Home. Services will be at 11:00 Monday at Champion Forest Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Houston National Cemetery.
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Leonard Woodall Clooney
The Houston Post Friday, February 14, 1986

Mr. Leonard W. Clooney, 86, died February 12, 1986. a member of Lindale Assembly of God Church. A Deputy chief of the Houston Fire Department, retired after many years of service.  Survived by; Wife, Esther Ella Clooney; daughter Sarah Phillips, son and daughter in law, Leonard P. and Dana F. Clooney; sister, Sybil Shupp; five grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service 12:00 p.m. Friday,

February 14, 1986, Heights Funeral Chapel, Rev. James McKeeham officiating. Interment in Houston National Cemetery. Grandsons to be honorary pallbearers. Heights Funeral Home, 1317 Heights Blvd. 862-8844.
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James Clyde Collins, Sr., 57, went to be with his parents James and Clyde Collins with God on January 25, 2005. He was a 31 year veteran of the Houston Fire Department where he rose to the rank of Senior Captain. Captain Collins loved his fellow firefighters and truly felt pride in serving the city and the men under his command. He was the ultimate definition of the word fireman. He is survived by his wife Barbara Collins; Beloved father of James Collins, Jr, and wife Kristy; daughter Kristie Criddle and husband Ron. Captain Collins also leaves behind 3 beloved grandchildren: Madison Denise Criddle, Caitlyn Delaney Criddle, and Colton James Collins. Papa we love you and will never forget you. He is also survived by 3 brothers: Wayne, Dale, and Brian. Visitation will be held 3-7 p.m. Sunday January 30, 2005 at Forest Park East Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. at Grace Community Church 14505 Gulf Freeway Houston TX 77034 713-363-2500 with burial to follow at Forest Park East Cemetery


Thomas G. Collins went to be with our Lord on April 24, 2010 in Houston, Texas. He was born in Brooklyn, NY on April 17, 1935 to the late Archibald and Anne Collins. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Eddie, Jerome, and Gregory Collins, and son, Roy Collins. Tom is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Mary Collins; son Greg Collins and wife Angel; step-children Craig Collins and wife Debbie, Sherry Lawson and husband Mike; Sister Barbara Nichols and husband Wayne; brothers Gordon Collins and wife Evelyn, and Gerald Collins and wife Kitty; grandchildren Ryan Collins and Collin, Michael and Brandi Lawson, Dwain and Tommy Collins and Hannah Stewart; numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Tom was as avid golfer and employed with the Houston Fire Dept. for 44 years serving as District Chief for 25 years. He was the center of his family that will be dearly missed. Thomas was a loving husband, father, brother grandfather and friend. The family will receive friends for visitation on Monday, April 26, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Chapel at Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral. Funeral Services are set for 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, April 27, 2010, in the Chapel followed with a rite of committal in Forest Park The Woodlands Cemetery.To sign the register book, or to offer your memories of Thomas to the family, please visit www. forestparkthewoodlands.com.


Wayne Winford Collins -Funeral services for Wayne Winford Collins, 63, will be 1P.M., Friday, November 17, 2006 at Thomaston Church of God with burial in Crystal Hill Cemetery. -Survivors include daughter, Dawn Chaffin; son, Dane Collins; four grandchildren; brothers. -Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. at Pasley-Fletcher Funeral Home.
Published in The Telegraph on 11/16/2006.


John Comstock, age 56 of Magnolia and former Houston Firefighter, passed away March 11th. Survived by wife, Becky; daughters Rebecca Comstock and husband, Kenny Gonzales; Rachel Funk and husband, Timothy; son, Caleb,and Grandson, Austin Ozan. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, March 14th, at 4:00 P.M. at Living Stones Church, 26605 Peden Rd. Magnolia, TX. You may leave a tribute for the family at www.magnoliafunerals.com.
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   Consford, Ishmel Worth ( Born October 27,1924 )  1954-1974  ( Died  July 15,2004 )
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George Harlan Conway 79, retired firefighter, of Kingsland, formerly of Houston, died Tuesday. Visitation 5 p.m. Friday, Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home, Llano. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, Lakeland Hills Memorial Park, Kingsland.
Published in the Austin American-Statesman on 1/15/2009


Willie Douglas Cooper  
Born 2-14-1911
HFD From 1955 to 1981 
Died 3-19-2001
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The Houston Post September 24, 1982
 Firefighter dies from injuries
Thomas Norwood Cooper

A Houston firefighter died Thursday from injuries received earlier in the week when he fell off the back of a moving fire truck, officials said.  Thomas N. Cooper, 22, died about 2:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Hospital.  He had received extensive head injuries about 1 p.m. Tuesday when he fell off the back of a fire truck at the downtown intersection of Congress and Hamilton, fire department spokesman Luke Mauro said.  Cooper, who had been with the fire department only about seven months, was responding with other firefighters to a trash fire when the Accident occurred, Mauro said.  Cooper was trying to push a hose back into the back of the truck when he lost his footing and slipped off the back of the truck.  He hit the pavement and his head slammed into the wheel of a parked car, the spokesman said.  Cooper was 47th fire fighter in the history of the fire department to die in the line of duty, according to city records.
Thomas Norwood Cooper
, 23, died September 23, 1982 in a local hospital.  He was a graduate from North Brook High School and the Houston Fire Department Training and Academy in June 1982.  Survived by: parents, Mr. And Mrs. C. E. Foster; sisters, Andrea-Cooper Heird, Paula Bone, Sharron Hales, Glinda Hitchcock; brothers, George Perkins Cooper, Jr. and Bruce Foster.  Services will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, September 25, 1982 at the Gardens Oaks Baptist Church, 3206 North Shepherd, interment will be held at Memorial Oaks Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be members of the Houston Fire Department.  Waltrip Funeral Directors, 1415 Campbell Road, 465-2525.


Edward Corliss, died Tuesday evening, August 27, 2002. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Evelyn; five of their seven children; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Thursday, August 29, 2002 at Earthman Resthaven Funeral Home, 13102 North Frwy., with a funeral service to be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, August 30, 2002 at Earthman Resthaven Chapel. Interment, Earthman Resthaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Houston Firefighters Credit Union, in care of Mary E. Corliss.


Eugeme  "Gene" George Cornelius, 88, passed away March 15, 2003. He was born February 16, 1915 in Midfield, Texas to Fritz Casper Cornelius, a Texas Pioneer, and Lula Gainer. Mr. Cornelius was a member and supporter of the First United Methodist Church of Houston, Downtown. He was a member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Committee, Lamb Committee, having been honored for the single most dollars raised for one year and having a day named in his honor. He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and enjoyed raising race horses. Mr. Cornelius was a five time Honorary Ringmaster for the Shriners Children's Circus and a 32nd degree Mason. He was married to Composer and Oil Lady, Merle Moore Cornelius for 30 years, during their years together they enjoyed time on the M & G Ranch in Rock Island, and giving to the charities of the Texas Children's Hospital and the Shriners Hospital for Children. Mr. Cornelius was preceded in death by his parents and wife. Survivors include his son, Eugene Gray Cornelius, Jr.; brother, Fonice Cornelius and wife Lyla; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of wonderful friends. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday, March 17, 2003 at Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2003 in the chapel of Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home with interment to follow. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be sent to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607-1460 or the Texas Children's Hospital, 6621 Fannin, Houston TX 77030.

Published in Houston Chronicle on March 16, 2003 


Services for Floyd Correll, Ebony Comm., Mills County, formerly Houston F. D., will be Saturday, June 19, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. in Ebony Comm, Interment at Ebony Cemetery. Stacy-Wilkins Funeral Home Goldthwaite, Texas 78844 325-648-2255
Published in the Houston Chronicle on 6/18/2004.


Morris Covin passed away, August 9, 2008 in Deer Park, Texas. He went peacefully, surrounded by his family, while they read John 14: verses 1-4 to him. He is survived by his wife Judy; Children Morris Dale Covin, his wife Sheryl, Sherri Christensen and her husband Earl, and Jeannie Bigler-Meyers, her husband Tim; his grandchildren Jennifer Covin-Wood, her husband Jason, Shannon Jones, her husband Tim, Jerry Moore, Greg Turk, Maycie Meyers, and Somer Meyers; his great grandchildren, Payton, Nikelle, Kaylee, Hannah and Cheyenne; and a host of many other relatives and friends. Friends are invited to visitation from 5 pm until 8 pm Wednesday at Grand View Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held 2 pm Thursday, August 14 at First United Methodist Church-LaPorte, 9601 Fairmont Parkway. Interment will follow in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church LaPorte. To view an online memorial, please visit


 John Edward Crow was born February 7, 1927, in Baytown, Texas. He was the son of John Ray and Clyde Murphree Crow.
John graduated from Baytown High School in 1945, then joined the United States Merchant Marines and traveled on ships around the world during World War II. He joined the United States Army, in September, 1950 and served during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant on September 20, 1952.
John married Doris Lloyd on December 20, 1952, and they made their home in Houston, Texas. He completed training in the fire academy in July, 1958, and went to work for the Houston Fire Department. He worked his way up in rank from pipe and ladder to chauffer, then arson investigator and was the HFD polygraph operator. He retired in 1979, and continued to work as an independent polygraph operator for many years. John and Doris also owned a bay house in Galveston and enjoyed their time together fishing and shrimping. They moved to Hempstead in 1990, and after Doris passed away in November, 2006, he moved to Palacios, with his son and daughter-in-law.
John passed away on Friday, October 26, 2012, at his home in Palacios, Texas, at the age of 85. He is survived by his son, Jerry Crow and his wife, Deborah, of Palacios; grandchildren, Jason Crow and his wife, Cori, of Rusk, Melissa Failla and her husband, Robert, of Fulshear, Stacy Hobbs and her husband, Aaron, of College Station; great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Crow, Lexi Harvey, Austin Crow, Sydnee Failla, Shelby Failla, Samantha Hobbs, Kaitlyn Hobbs, Jenna Hobbs; brother, Bobby Crow and his wife, Mary; and special friends, Charles and Jane Taylor and Tom and Glenda O'Banion.
John was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Crow; his parents; and his sister, Mellie Crow.
Special thanks to Hospice of El Campo, also Jan, Marie, Ellie and Vicki with Comfort Keepers of Victoria.
A visitation was held from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. before funeral service at 12 p.m. on Monday, October 29, 2012 at Schmidt Funeral Home, Bellville. Shan Jackson officiated. Interment was at Hempstead City Cemetery.
Pallbearers: John Milton Crow, Michael Zach, Wayne Holdgraf, Clint Sciba, Keith Bronikowski, and Bill Law. Honorary pallbearers: Charles Taylor, Tom O'Banion, and Freddie Zach.
Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to: Jackson County 100 Club, P.O. Box 246, LeWard, TX. 77970.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home, P.O. Box 610, 12029
HWY 36 South, Bellville, TX. 77418, 979-865-2424, www.schmidtfuneral.com.


 Joseph Henry  Cunningham  ( Born April 10, 1925 ) 1955 - 1976  ( Died May 10, 1976 )
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Roy Cunningham was born on June 28, 1927, in Houston, TX. He passed away October 26, 2012 in Houston, TX. Survived By Daughter Jill Baker and son in law Joey, Son Jeff Cunningham and wife Robben, Grandchildren Jackson Baker, Jarred Baker and wife Tina, Jessica Barrett and husband William, Hannah Eschberger and husband Jon, Julee Cunningham and Austin Cunningham, Great-Grandchildren Drew Keaton Baker and Rylan Grace Barrett, Siblings Donald Cunningham and wife Leda, Ann Knight and husband Sam, Freddie and wife Carolyn Cunningham, and Jeanette Mitchell and husband DeLoin, As well as numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by Wife, Regenia Cunningham, Brothers, Joe and Lynn Cunningham, Parents, Annie and Ralph Cunningham. Roy was a survivor of the great depression. He was a part of the "Greatest Generation" and he helped build this country. He served in the U.S. Navy and later became a Fire Fighter and retired as a Captain of the crash crew at Intercontinental Airport, Houston. During the same time period, along with his wife Regenia they built a successful local company-Cunningham Gas Products. Roy was well respected in his field as well as personally among everyone that knew him. Whether he learned it from his father or through his role in his church, his generosity to those in need was one of his key traits.
Visitation will be held Sunday, October 28, 2012 from 5pm to 7pm at Rosewood Funeral Home, Humble. Funeral services will be held at 2pm, Monday, October 29, 2012 at Rosewood Humble Chapel, interment will follow in Rosewood Memorial Park.
The family has requested, in lieu of flowers those that may wish to make a donation to the 100 Club of Houston, just mention "In Memory of Roy Cunningham". Roy was a strong supporter of this organization as they assist families of both Police Officers and Fire Fighters who have been lost in the line of duty. The 100 club may be reached at 877 955 0100 or online at the100club.org.


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Heaven sounded its final three bells at 8:01 am on Saturday, the 24th of October 2015, for former Retired Houston Fire Chief, Edward Anthony "Eddie" Corral. Chief Corral was 84 years old, born the 4th of July 1931, in Chicago, Illinois.

Chief Corral worked his way up the ladder, rung by rung. Eddie served numerous positions throughout his 50 year career including firefighter, arson investigator and Fire Marshall. He was appointed Fire Chief by Mayor Bob Lanier in 1992 and served as Chief throughout the Mayor's 6 year-term. Chief Corral worked under 18 Fire Chiefs and 10 Mayors, retiring as Fire Marshall in 2005.

Eddie's lifelong yearning was to serve the public but his passion was always fire prevention. Eddie launched several innovative programs that were initiated nationwide, including the Juvenile Fire Setters Prevention Program; The Cease Fire Club, a civilian fire prevention program; and the Triad; a cooperative high-rise safety program with owners of tall buildings. He was also responsible for changes in city policies, everything from mandatory smoke detectors, overcrowding of entertainment venues to the famous no smoking ordinance, all of which are in place today.

Eddie was a veteran having served in the United States Air Force. He attended the University of Houston and supported or volunteered for a number of causes including the Shriner's Hospital, Boy Scouts of America, Cancer Fighters, and endless additional charitable organizations.

Eddie's close friends also knew him as a fun loving guy. He met his wife Rima when he played jazz bass in one of the big bands. One of his favorite past times was listening to Jazz music with musician friends every Sunday. He was an accomplished painter and sculptor as well. His bust of Abraham Lincoln was displayed in the White House by both Presidents, George W. Bush, and George H.W. Bush.

Edward A. Corral is preceded in death by his mother, Carmen Corral, and brother Captain Robert Corral (USMC). He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Rima Corral, sons Edward L. Corral, and Robert J Corral and Granddaughter Caitlyn Corral.

The Corral family would like to thank the doctors and staff of Memorial Hermann Hospital and Cornerstone Hospital for the care they provided. We would also like to thank Rick Flanagan, Reid A. Millard, Joyce Jett, and Cpt. Chris Garcia for all their support and coordination of services.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six o'clock until eight o'clock in the evening on Thursday, the 29th of October, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston. The Fireman's Prayer Service is to be conducted at seven o'clock.

The funeral service is to be conducted at eleven o'clock in the morning on Friday, the 30th of October, in the Sanctuary of Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway Drive in Houston.

The interment will follow, via an escorted cortege, at Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston.

In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions in Chief Corral's memory may be directed to Firefighters Helping Firefighters, an organization which helps Houston Firefighters in crisis. A special In Memoriam donation page has been created for Chief Eddie Corral at http://fhfi.re/chiefcorral.



Alton "Wayne" Chaffee, 77 of Houston, Texas passed away on January 13, 2015. He was born and raised in the Heights section of Houston. Wayne graduated from San Marcus Baptist Academy, where he met his wife Cynthia, and attended the University of Houston. After serving in the Navy, he joined the Houston Fire Department and served for 39 years before retiring. Over his long career he held positions as SeniorInspector in the Inspection Division and Arson Investigator in the Fire Prevention and Fire Suppression Division. Wayne also was an instructor for Fire Science Technology at Houston Community College for many years. He also performed rodeo detail for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Wayne was a member of Tallowood Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife (the love of his life) Cynthia, to whom he was happily married for 44 years; his daughters Dianna Chaffee Elsby of Houston, Amelia Kendrick and husband Rick of Conroe, Mary Tompkins and husband Michael of Austin; his son Neil Chaffee and wife Brooke of Houston; his brother Robert Chaffee and wife Vickie of Dripping Springs; and his step-mother Marie Chaffee of Pasadena. He is predeceased by daughter Martha and son Joe Ed. He has 11grandchildren and numerous other relatives. A visitation will be held at Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home located at 6900 Lawndale St., Houston (713) 928-5141, on Thursday January 15. The family will be greeting friends and relatives from 5pm unti 9 pm.The funeral will be held at the at the Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home chapel on Friday, January 16 a 10:30 AM. There will be a Fireman's Farewell which will include the honor guard, a fire engine caisson, flag ceremony and honor detail. Interment will follow at the Forest Park Cemetery.


   Chester A. Cary, Jr., went home to be with the Lord on (Sunday) February 2, 2014. He was a retired Houston Firefighter after 30 years of dedicated service. Chester started at Station 55 and later retired from Station 81. He will lie in state in the Chapel of TROY B. SMITH PROFESSIONAL SERVICES, 9013 Scott on (Friday) February 7, 2014 from 12-6 p.m., Visitation (Saturday) February 8, 2014 from 9-10:55 a.m. with Funeral Services starting at 11:00 a.m., both services will be held at the New Covenant Christian Church, 10603 Blackhawk, with Bishop Bill Hines, Officiating, Interment will follow in Forest Park East Cemetery will Full Firefighter Honors - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/houstonchronicle/obituary.aspx?n=Chester-Cary&pid=169526520#sthash.9NRAW4H2.dpuf