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Sanchez., Roberto
  ( Born July27 1937 )   1962-1984  ( Died October 22, 2008 )
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TED W. SANFORD passed away January 26, 2008 in Trinity, TX. He was born February 7, 1926 in Beaumont, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents Ted and Addie Sanford and grandparents. He is survived by his wife of 62 years Betty A. Sanford; sisters: Patricia Ann Sanford Scalzi and Nancy Clair Sanford Zaccari; 4 nephews and 2 nieces. He was a Naval Veteran who survived the sinking of the USS Liscome Bay and received a Purple Heart, he was a member of the 32nd Degree Mason at Galena Park Lodge, a Shriner, 100 Club and the Sheriffs Association of Texas. He was a fireman for 28 years for the Houston Fire Department Station 1 and then worked for Lubrizol for 15 years. A graveside service will be held Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 2pm at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

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Travis Lynn Sattiewhite Sr. 58, lost his courageous battle with lung cancer on March 14, 2011. He died with Royal, his wife of 35 years, by his side. Travis was born on July 20, 1952 in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Jack Yates High School in 1971. Travis worked for the City of Houston for nearly 28 years. He spent 25 of those years saving and helping countless people as a Houston Firefighter and EMT, retiring in April 2002. A visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, March 22 at McCoy and Harrison Funeral Home, 4918 Martin Luther King Blvd., Houston, Texas 77021 from 9-11 a.m. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor Roscoe I. Campbell officiating. Interment: Houston Memorial Gardens.


Clarence O. Sharp, Sr. , 69, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, went to be with the Lord Thursday, April 28, 2011.
Clarence retired from the Houston Fire Department as a Senior Captain after 25+ years of service. After retirement, he served as a Fire Specialist with NASA for 15 years.
Preceded in death by his parents, Clarence E. and Edna May Sharp, and beloved brother, Monroe, Clarence is survived by a loving family; his wife, Nancy; daughter, Shari Morris and husband, Glenn; son, Owen Sharp and wife, Felicia; grandchildren, Jennifer, William, and Andy Morris, and Ashlyn and Joshua Sharp; sister-in-law, Geraldine Sharp; brothers-in-law, Mike, Pat, and Dennis McClain, and families; nieces, Michelle Erlich and husband, Greg, and Tammy Ditta and husband, Sam; numerous other relatives and a host of friends.
A memorial service celebrating Clarence's life will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday, May 2, 2011, at Niday Funeral Home.



Arthur Schiel, age 84 of Manvel, Texas passed away Sunday, March 27, 2011 at Regent Care Center of League City, League City, Texas. Arthur was born on April 20, 1926 in Cypress, Texas and was a resident of Manvel and raised in Alvin, Texas. He was a fireman for Houston Fire Department for over 25 years and served in the United States Navy during World War II. He rode on the salt grass trail ride for over 40 years as a 2nd Lt. Scout. Arthur was preceded in death by his parents, Fritz and Marguarite Schiel, daughter, Barbara Morales and son, Michael Schiel.
Arthur is survived by his sister, Alma Hildebrand, one granddaughter, Laura Sisk, three great-grandchildren, Tony Huffstuttler, Kimberly Sanchez and Laynna Burke, one great-great-grandson, Sebastian Sanchez and special niece, Betty Schiel and numerous other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at Scott Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, March 31, 2011 at Scott Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Confederate Cemetery, Alvin, Texas. Arrangements under the Scott Family, 1421 East Hwy. 6, Alvin, Texas 77511. (281) 585-1000



Keith Joe Schoenberg , 51, peacefully passed away surrounded by family and friends on Monday November 12, 2012. Keith was a proud 30 year veteran of the Houston Fire Department; he also served the community of Pearland as an EMT.
Keith was born in Bryan, Texas to Don and Janet Schoenberg; He was raised in Houston where he graduated from Broadway Baptist High School. In 1982, Keith graduated from the Houston Fire Department Academy. Keith was preceded in death by his father Don C. Schoenberg and grandparents Joseph and Velma Schoenberg. Keith is survived by his daughter Amanda Ruiz and husband Mauricio Jr. and grandson Ethan Ruiz of Belton, Texas; mother Janet Schoenberg; three brothers, Don C. Schoenberg, Jr., Wayne Schoenberg and Neal Schoenberg.
Visitation will be held Thursday, November 15, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm, and the Funeral Service will be Friday, November 16, at 10:00am, both held at Niday Funeral Home - Beamer Chapel. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Somerville, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Last Alarm Club, 1907 Freeman Street, Houston, Texas 77009.



Richard "Dickie" Schoettle, age 65, of Little Flock, died September 2, 2010. He was born at Sugarland, Texas, on September 19, 1944, to the late Morris and Mildred (Herder) Schoettle.Dickie worked for the Houston Fire Department in Houston, Texas, and retired from there in 1983, after which he moved with his family to Little Flock. He was Little Flock's Mayor for a number of years. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Marsha (Whiteley) Schoettle; son, John Douglas Schoettle of Memphis, Tennessee; daughter, Sheri Lynn O'Hearn and husband Joel of Rogers; siblings, Jack Schoettle and Carolyn Hardin of Texas; and grandsons, David Douglas O'Hearn and Michael Evan O'Hearn.
 Visitation will be Noon to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7, 2010, at Rollins Funeral Home, with Graveside services following at 2:30 p.m. at Benton County Memorial Park. Jackie Chesnutt will officiate.
  Memorials, in lieu of flowers, should be made to the Green Valley Bible Camp, 3100 NE Monte Ne Road, Rogers, AR 72756.
 Arrangements are by Rollins Funeral Home of Rogers. Online condolences may be made at www.rollinsfuneral.com.


Phillip Steven "Hank" Schultz  of Angleton, Texas, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2009. Mr. Schultz was a veteran fireman who spent 35 years with the city of Houston, and served as Fire Chief for the city of Lake Jackson, Texas, for five years. He is survived by his former wife and long-time friend, Teresa Schultz; daughter, Crystal Speights and spouse Scotty, granddaughter, Kaylee Speights, son, Duane Schultz, sister, Annette Hand and spouse Claude, brother, Robert Schultz and spouse Alamae, stepson, Mark Schultz, stepdaughter Kelly Crum; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved babies, Sid, Rudy, and Mattie. Funeral services are to be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2009, at First Baptist Church of Clute with Pastor Lyndon Pettijohn officiating. Entombment will follow at Restwood Memorial Park. Active pallbearers: Billy Yates, Mike Mathis, Mike Harper, Sr., Mike Jr., Benny Lowery, Corky Cochran. Honorary pallbearers: Lake Jackson Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service, and Houston Fire Department. Visitation was Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Restwood Funeral Home 1038 W. Plantation Drive, Lake Jackson, TX 77566. (979)297-2121. A Dignity Memorial Provider.


Funeral Services for Daniel Jefferson Self, 80, of Livingston, Texas will be held at 10 a.m. on Oct. 24 in the Soda Baptist Church in Livingston with Rev. Wayne Bickley officiating. Interment following in the Good Hope Cemetery in Anacoco at 3 p.m. Visitation is from 5-9 p.m. on Sunday at the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston. Pallbearers are Michael Self, Mark Self, Matthew Self, Mitchell Bullock, Brandon Conn, William Self and Roger Self.
Daniel was born on Jan. 26, 1931 in Anacoco to William Joseph Self and Effie Mahale Palmer Self and passed away on Oct. 20, 2011 in Livingston. He is preceded in death by his parents, William Joseph Self and Effie Mahale Palmer Self; brothers, Joseph Quenton Self, Odel Self, Hersal Self and Ray Self; and sister, Ida Jane.
Daniel is survived by his wife, Zelwanda Scott Self, of Livingston; son and daughter in law, Daniel Michael Self and Suzanne of Fredericksburg, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Wanda Diane Bullock and Wade of Montgomery, Texas; and daughter and son-in-law Sharon Kathleen Conn and Doug, of Lufkin, Texas; brothers, Elton Self of Leesville, and Carl Self and wife Ginger of DeRidder; and sisters, Carline Horton and husband Billy of Kingwood, Faye Carson and husband Jimmy of Natchitoches, and Wanda Deslattes of Alexandria. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren along with numerous other relatives and friends.
Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign our online register at www.cochranfh.com.
Published in Leesville Daily Leader on October 22, 2011


Milton F. "Frenchy" Seureau

The Houston Chronicle August 10, 1941 Front Page



 Wife of M. F. Seureau Says He Struck and Kicked Her; "I Shot Him," She Is Quoted.

 M. F. Seureau, 43-year-old city fireman of 4108 Wayne, was shot to death following an argument with his 36-year old wife in their two-room home in Kashmere Gardens at 11:25 p.m. Saturday. The couple was alone at the time of the shooting.  A 13-year-old daughter, Virginia, was visiting a friend near by. Mrs. Seureau, according to Deputy Sheriffs Frank Alfano and    J. A. Rex said her husband had struck her twice and then kicked her. "I told him that if he did that again I would shoot him.' The deputies quoted her as saying. "He hit me again and then I got a pistol and shot him," the deputies said she added.  The deputies said they found a 32-caliber automatic pistol in the house.  Seureau was shot in the abdomen.  The wound was powder  burned, the deputies said, indicating that the gun was fired from close range.  The daughter, Virginia, arrived at the home about 30 minutes after the shooting and went to the rear door and asked the deputies, "How is my father?" she had been informed of the shooting by neighbors. Virginia said she saw her mother and father arguing on the front porch of the house earlier in the evening.  She added that she saw her father 'yank' her mother into the house.

Justice of the Peace W. C. Ragan is conducting an inquest.  The Houston Funeral Home has the body.

 The Houston Chronicle August 11, 1941 Section B  Page 8

 Seureau - Milton F. (Frenchy) Seureau, 43, died at 11:10 p.m. Saturday at his home at 4108 Wayne.  He was chauffer for the battalion chief at the City of Houston Fire Station No. 1. He was a member of Fire Fighters Local No. 341. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lizzie Seureau; a daughter, Virginia Seureau; a sister, Miss Mary Edna Seureau of Houston; his mother, Mrs. P. G. Seureau of Galveston and a nephew of Houston. Funeral services held at 3 p.m. Monday in the Fogle-West Chapel, with Chaplain F. M. Johnson officiating.  Burial in the Seabrook Cemetery at Seabrook. Active pallbearers are Capt. B. J. Cafferkey, Capt. T. J. Powers, F. C. Catino, J. C. Conner, J. B. Cagle and W. Q. Rothwell.  Honorary pallbearers; Mayor Neal Pickett, Commissioners Frank Mann, Ben Reinicke, James H. B. House, and Phil Hamburger, Fire Chief Homer Lyles, all members of the Houston fire department and city officials.  Fogle-West Company directing


Gay V. Simmons, born on December 14, 1934 in Hope, Arkansas and passed away with his family by his side on September 26, 2003. Gay will be reunited in the afterlife by his best friend and twin brother, Ray Simmons; his mother and father, Hattie and Archie Simmons, and his siblings, Cora Simmons, Opal Martin, Dulcie Jones-Martin, Vera Huffman, Bonnie Pittman, Montez Moore-Grammer, Homer Simmons, Otha Simmons, and Roy Simmons. Gay's beautiful sister, Berlene Ingram, is Gay's sole surviving sibling. Gay also leaves his son, Roy Simmons, and his daughters, Kelly Simmons and Stephanie Simmons. He will be missed by numerous friends, including his longtime friend, Margaret Simmons, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and of course, his grand-dogs, Sam and Tucker-Bear. Gay loved being with his family, and raised three children, who loved him very much. He was an accomplished guitar player, with a love for music that carried through to his children. At least one evening a week, he played his guitar while his family listened and sang along to the music of the Ozarks--the music he deeply loved. He loved to walk and ride his bike. He was an amazing woodworker, who made beautiful, intricate birdhouses that he gave to friends, family, and generously donated to charities, raising hundreds of dollars for those charities. He painstakingly built three beautiful homes, from the ground up, for his family. He loved to communicate back and forth with his friends and family over the internet. He spent many hours researching his family's geneology. He kept every greeting card ever given to him. He loved to read old western novels. He liked watching football--especially when the University of Arkansas was playing. He loved fishing and camping. In 1958, Gay joined the Houston Fire Department, where he served over 30 years, until 1989. Through hard work and determination, Gay rose through the ranks of the Fire Department, ultimately retiring with the title of "District Chief"--the highest ranking, non-appointed position in the fire department. He was highly respected by the firefighters that worked with him. A great point of pride in his life was when his son, Roy, followed in his footsteps, retiring himself after 27 years of service. A memorial service will be held to celebrate Gay's life on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 at 2:00pm, at Rosewood Funeral Home, 2602 Old Humble Road in Humble. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to Midway-Boyd Hill Volunteer Fire Department, 211 Highway 29, Lewisville, Arkansas 71845.                     

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Retired Houston Fire Department Deputy Chief C. C. "Bud" Simonton (86) passed away quietly on February 9th following a courageous battle with cancer. Bud was born in the community of Conner near Madisonville, TX on April 11, 1917. He was the fifth child of six born to Minnie and Chesley Simonton. He moved to Houston with is family in the 1920's and was a graduate of Milby High School. He met and married Cathaleen Lindley Simonton while working for Reed Roller Bit and soon after he joined his two brothers as a Houston firefighter. He served in the Navy during WWII and after completing his service, he returned to Houston and the fire department. He proudly served the City of Houston for 40 years and was the last surviving Houston firefighter to have battled the Texas City explosion and disaster in 1947. Bud was an avid golfer and a member of Stephen F. Austin Country Club. He loved the University of Texas and was in attendance at almost every home football game since 1961. He loved to read and in his later years he enjoyed walking at Memorial City Mall. He was a man of great integrity and was admired and respected by all. One friend commented "they never heard Bud say a bad word or a negative thing about anyone." A Houston Fire Chief stated, "if my house were on fire, Chief Simonton is who I would want to tap it out." Bud is preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Cathaleen, his parents, Minnie and Chesley Simonton, brothers Harry Simonton and Willon (Sammy) Simonton, sisters Gladys Tinsley, Alene Avey and Maxine Riedel. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Sondra Simonton; his daughters Janis Simonton and Jeannene Simonton, his grandson, Christopher Simonton; his granddaughter; Meredith Simonton; his brother-in-law, Ernie Riedel; sisters-in-law Lois Simonton, LaVelle Lindley and Mary Bell Lindley and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 11th from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Houston Firfefighters" Relief and Retirement Fund-The Conference Center at 4225 Interwood N. Parkway. Funeral service will be held Thursday, February 13th at 1 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Second Baptist Church. Graveside service will follow at Memorial Oaks Cemetery. Pallbearers will be members of the Houston Fire Department Honor Guard. The family would like to thank Drs. Skelton, Abramowitz and Kaesler for their care during his illness and Heartland Hospice for their support in his last days. Special appreciation goes to Tom Batey for his years of friendship and care. There could be no better neighbor and friend. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to "Maudie" and Fernando for the dignity they afforded Dad during his brief stay at home. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Last Alarm Club, 1907 Freeman St. Houston, TX 77009 or to Second Baptist School Foundation, 6410 Woodway, Houston, TX 77057. All Faiths Funeral Services 9034 Long Point Houston, TX 77055 713-464-2299 
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Chester William "CW" Smith, age 71, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on October 20, 2003 after a courageous battle with lupus. Chester was born on August 15, 1932 in Jacksonville, Texas. He was preceded in death by parents, Thomas and Alice Smith; brother, Louis, Arthur, Henry and sisters Arminda, Ruby and Eva. In 1946, meeting at the ages of 14 and 12, he began a lifelong love affair with Zona Gail Campbell that culminated in 52 years of marriage at the time of his death. He is survived by his loving wife Zona; daughter LaJuana Rodriguez; son Keith Smith and wife Tracy; granddaughters Shannon Rodriguez and Kasey Smith; brother Oscar Smith and wife Christine of Jacksonville; sisters, Mary Alice Hedgecough and husband James of Tyler, and Vesta Kridler of Tyler, and numerous other relatives and friends. Chester proudly served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Army. On November 1, 1956, he began a long and distinguished career with the Houston Fire Department, achieving the rank of District Chief. Following his retirement from HFD, he joined the Harris County Constable's Office, Precinct 5, where he served for 10 years. Chief Smith will long be remembered for his sense of humor. There are many Houston firefighters today that were recipients of countless pranks and practical jokes. The impact that Chief Smith had on firefighters of yesterday resonates today throughout the Houston Fire Department. Many individuals in the fire department owe a debt of gratitude to the Chief, who helped mold and shape them into the fine people they are today. His lifelong passion for his family - his loving wife Zona, his daughter and son, and especially granddaughters Shannon and Kasey - are accolades to the words family and love. Chester was known by many names - Chester, C.W., Smitty and Chief; but the words he loved most to hear was "PaPa" from his two "Little Darlins" - granddaughters Shannon and Kasey. The family wishes to thank the many, many family members and friends who have called and visited with Chester over the recent months when his health began to decline. We would also like to thank Dr. Anil Sheth for his compassion and special care for the past 11 years. Many thanks also to the staff of Memorial Dialysis Center for the special concerns shown to Chester. Visitation will be held 6:00 - 8:00pm, Thursday, October 23, 2003 at Klein Funeral Home, 16131 Champion Forest Drive. Funeral Services, Friday, October 24, 2003, 10:30am in the chapel, Klein Funeral Home with Rev. Nancy Kellond officiating. Interment will follow at Houston National Cemetery. Even Though You fought the fight It's time to go We all will miss you Even though. We know you're in a better place We'll miss the smile upon your face. You gave us joy all thru the years We're letting you go thru many tears. We know we'll meet again someday As you are there to pave the way. You are with us always, that we know But we will miss you Even though.

Published in the Houston Chronicle from 10/22/2003 - 10/23/2003.
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James Lyndel Smith, 71 of Kempner, Texas moved from this life to his eternal one on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at his home and surrounded by his family. He died after a long, brave battle with carcinoid cancer. James, known as Lyndel to his family, was born on February 27, 1941 in a log cabin in Yellowpine, Texas to Robert Everett Smith, a Texas Ranger and Ellie Marie Edgar Smith. He had two older sisters, one older brother, one younger sister and two younger brothers. He attended Hemphill High School, where he met and fell in love with Sudie LaNell Wilson. After graduating high school in 1959, he joined the U.S. Army. At Christmastime the following year, he came home on leave and married his sweetheart on December 23, 1960. The two made their home in Houston, Texas where he joined the Houston Fire Department. Rising to the rank of Captain, he studied and received his arson certification, and thus became certified as a Houston Police Officer as well. Through the years, he also worked part time jobs in order to make ends meet; he installed windows, directed traffic, and built patio additions, among other jobs. The most important job he held was that of father, to one son and one daughter. Though James worked many long, hard hours, he always made time to attend his children’s ball games and choir concerts. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, and he loved Mexican food. Most of all, he loved studying the Bible and sharing the treasures he found there. He was happiest when he could combine fishing, hunting, Mexican food and Bible study. In 1987, James retired from the fire department after twenty-five years and went to work full time as a police officer for the Houston Independent School District. In 1997, he retired from H.I.S.D. and moved to Kempner, Texas. During his retirement years, he enjoyed his five grandchildren, who were the light of his life, and he became involved with prison ministry and Mexico Missions. He made several trips to Mexico to deliver food and supplies to the Arbor of Hope Orphanage and to minister to Mexican prisoners. James enjoyed being a sharp dresser, lved Stetson cologne, and was known to spend excessive amounts of time styling his thick, wavy hair. James is survived by Sue, his wife of nearly fifty-two years, his son Shelby Smith, his daughter Renae Brumbaugh, daughter-in-law Debbie Smith, son-in-law Mark Brumbaugh, and five beautiful grandchildren, Caitlyn Smith, Charis Brumbaugh, Rachel Smith, Joshua Smith, and Foster James Brumbaugh. He also leaves behind two brothers, Glyn Smith and Weldon Smith, and two sisters, Joyce Smith and Eyvone Reece, as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Everett Smith and Ellie Marie Edgar Smith, his younger brother Robert Everett Smith, Jr. (Bobby) and his older sister Betty Sue Heisler. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, September 24 at New Covenant Church in Lampasas, Texas. Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, TX. Donations can be made to the Caring for Carcinoid Foundation or the Arbor of Hope Orphanage, care of New Covenant Church. James lived well, he loved well, and he finished well. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the Righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing,” 2 Timothy 4:7-8


 The Houston Post Sunday December 09, 1973

Vernon (Little Smitty) Smith, 64, 1001 Winston, passed away Saturday in a local hospital. Native of Waco, Houston resident 60 years.  Retired from Houston Fire Dept. Member of the Baptist Church, Veteran of W. W. II.  Survivors; Sisters, Mrs. Bluebell Gerbig, Mrs. Josephine Jackson, both of Houston; several nieces and nephews. Graveside services and interment 10 a.m. Monday Resthaven Memorial Park. Rev. M. R. Massy officiating.  Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home,  6900 Lawndale Ave. 328-5141.


Dennis Wayne Snider is survived by his wife, Ruby Snider of Houston, Texas. Daughters, Dorothy Gilbert, Onalaska, Texas; Teresa Fitzsimmons, Cypress, Texas; Brenda Hair, North Zulch, Texas; Kay Strickland, Trinity, Texas; Carolyn McWalters, Singleton, Texas. 14 grandchildren. 4 great-grandchildren. Sister, Brenda Bell, Trinity, Texas. And other family members and friends. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, December 18, 2011 at Earthman Resthaven Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held 2:30 p.m., Monday, December 19, 2011 at Earthman Resthaven Chapel. Interment to follow, Earthman Resthaven Cemetery.


J. W. "SONNY" STAGNER, 72, retired Houston Firefighter, passed away November 2, 2005. The family will receive friends Monday, November 7th, from 5:00-8:00pm, at Niday Funeral Home, and the Graveside Funeral Service will be held, at Glendale Cemetery 8315 Magnolia Street, off Broadway, by Harris Elementary School, on Tuesday, November 8th, at 10:00am.


Woodrow W. Stahl, 84, passed away at his Coldspring home on Thursday, November 18, 2004. Woodrow was born and raised in Houston and he attended Reagan High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army stationed in the Philippines during WW II. He retired as a district chief from the Houston Fire Department in 1976 after 37 years of service. He was a former member of St. Stephens Methodist Church of Houston and member of Cade-Rothwell Masonic Lodge # 1151. Woodrow is preceded in death by his parents; his 1st wife and mother to his children, Doris Hambrick Stahl; brothers, A.J., Bryan and Allen Stahl; sisters, Bonnie Rapsch and Mavis Faulkner. He is survived by wife, Connie Stuart Stahl; children, Judy Redmon and husband Dennis, Jim Stahl and wife Debra; step-children, Rex and Kieth Stuart ;grandchildren, Kim Gandy, Mindy Warren, April Berger, "BO" Stahl; 9 great-grandchildren; sister, Iris Clifton; nieces, nephews, a host of friends from H.F.D. and other relatives. The family will receive friends for visitation on Sunday, November 21, 2004 from 1:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. and on Monday, November 22, 2004 from 5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m, at Earthman/Guadalupe Funeral Home, 5100 North Freeway. Funeral services 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 23, 2004 at Earthman/Guadalupe Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Hollywood Cemetery.


Funeral for Omer Earl "Pop" Stanford, 81, of Center will be at 1 p.m.Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, at Watson and Sons Chapel, Center, with the Rev. Larry Maddux and the Rev. Ed McRae officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery, Panola County. Mr. Stanford died Oct. 16, 2009, at his residence. He was born Feb. 5, 1928, in Geneva. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center.


Carlton Michael Stansel was born in Houston, Texas on February 15, 1954.  Mike passed away at his home on June 18, 2010 at the age of 56. Mike attended and graduated from Conroe High School in 1972. He entered the Houston Fire Department in 1978, serving the citizens of Houston for 17 years. He worked most of his career at Station 54 at Bush Intercontinental Airport. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of  Conroe Masonic Lodge # 748.

He is preceded in death by his father, William Garner Stansel, of Conroe, Texas. Mike is survived by his two sons, Jeffery Michael Stansel of Conroe and Joseph Ryan Stansel of Bryan, Texas. His mother, Billie Louise Stansel of Conroe, Texas. One Brother, Jerry Stansel and wife Leslie Stansel of Conroe, Texas. Scores of nieces, nephews, family members and friends. Mike lived life to the fullest and loved his family and friends passionately.

Mike, You will be missed but never forgotten. Mike we love you and will miss you, until we are together again.



 W. G. "Bill" Stansel, 76,Funeral services for of Conroe will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2006 at 12:30 p.m. in Cashner Colonial Chapel with Dr. Jay Goss officiating. Interment will follow in Garden Park Cemetery. Mr. Stansel was born on May 26, 1929 in Big Sandy, Texas and passed away on February 5, 2006 in Shenandoah, Texas. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Billie Stansel of Conroe. You are invited to leave a written tribute for the family on our website at www.cashnerfunerals.com.
Published in the Houston Chronicle on 2/9/2006.


Steve Startling, born September 16, 1922 went to be with the Lord on October 26, 2005. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Jynell Starling, children; Wanda Riley, Melvin Starling and wife Cora, Howard Starling and wife Sandra, Glen Starling and wife Linda, 12 Grandchildren and 24 Great-Grandchildren. Visitation will be Thursday, October 27, 2005 at 6:00 PM at Brookside Funeral Home. Services will be at 10:00 AM on Friday, October 28, 2005 at Brookside Funeral Home Chapel. Interment to follow at Brookside Memorial Park Findagrave.com link


Michael Duane Stone went to be with the Lord Saturday, August 13th. He is survived by Daughter Billie Stone and Son Michael Stone II. Grandchildren Greggory, Brenna, Branden, Micah, Jonas, Baylee. Siblings Lloyd "Butch" Stone and family, Cindy Lawrence and family, Lynda McKeehan and family, and Bruce "Buddy" Conway and family.
A viewing and memorial service will be held at Integrity Funeral Care at 3915 Dacoma, Ste. E, Houston, TX 77092 on Saturday, August 27, 2011 from 11am till 2pm. Samuel Lockhart will officiate the service at noon.



Anne McCormick Sullivan, age 24, of Sugar Land, Texas, passed away Friday, May 31, 2013. She was born December 4, 1988, in Houston, to Jack and Mary Moore Sullivan. Anne was a truly exceptional young woman. She graduated from Dulles High School where she was honored as athlete of the year. At age 17 she decided to become a firefighter and nothing was going to stop her. Her determination and perseverance to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal was remarkable. She bravely died in the line of duty doing what she was meant to do. Anne was fiercely loyal, loving, compassionate, courageous, trustworthy, funny, stubborn, tenacious, kind, spiritual, athletic, and a true friend. She will be deeply and forever missed by the many people whose lives she so positively impacted. She was the beloved and cherished daughter of Mary Moore Sullivan and Jack Sullivan. She is also survived by her brothers, William and Thomas; a sister, Kate; and grandmother, Shirley Moore Perry. Anne's family believes her memory is best served by establishing a living legacy honoring Anne and all firefighters by working with the Houston Fire Department to create the Anne McCormick Sullivan Memorial Scholarship to encourage young women to enter the noble profession of firefighting. This fund will be established in the near future.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, June 6, 2013, at St. Laurence Catholic Church, 3100 Sweetwater Blvd., Sugar Land, with the Rev. Drew Wood, officiating.

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 Randy Bill Surratt, 35, passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at home with his family and friends by his side after a courageous battle with cancer. Randy was a 10 year veteran of the Houston Fire Department Station #19. Randy was a loving father, brother, and son. He was preceded in death by his parents, Patsy and George Surratt; sister, Andrea Adele Achilles. He is survived by his children, Merranda Adele and Caleb Griffin Surratt; sisters, Angela Gober, Allison Yancy and husband Jamie; nieces and nephews, Mallory Achilles, Austin Vien, Colton Vien and Hailey Yancy; brothers and sisters of the Houston Fire Department and a host of loving friends. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m., Monday, May 3, 2010 at Rosewood Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at Grace Church in Humble, Texas. Interment will follow in Rosewood Memorial Park. In lieu of usual remembrances donations may be made to Randy Surratt Benefit at the Houston Firefighters Credit Union


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ROGER MILLER once wrote and recorded a song called "Kansas City Star", about a talented individual who never wanted to leave his home town. So it was with Leon "Pappy" Selph - he could have become an important country musician, but he preferred to stay in Houston, maintaining a day job as a fireman. He lived, worked and died in Houston and he would look lovingly at the Houston skyline and proclaim, "That's my town."

Leon Selph was born in 1914, in Houston. As a child, he learnt classical pieces on the violin and after graduation, he played with the Houston Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 1931, when he was 17, he joined Bob Wills and the Light Crust Doughboys, who were sponsored by a flour mill. As with most country bands of the day, the fiddle was a dominant instrument. The other musicians were impressed with Selph's musical knowledge, which he imparted to them.When Bob Wills moved to Tulsa in 1934 and found national fame, Selph stayed behind and formed the Blue Ridge Playboys. Like Wills's band, they featured western swing, which was country music with jazz overtones.

The Blue Ridge Playboys was Selph's band but it included the steel guitarist Ted Daffan and the singer and pianist Moon Mullican, both of whom went on to carve out substantial careers in country music. Even more significantly, Selph recruited the singer and electric guitarist Floyd Tillman from Mack Clark's dance band. Clark had refused to play Tillman's new composition, "It Makes No Difference Now", and so Selph, who liked the song, invited him to join the Blue Ridge Playboys. Unfortunately, the Playboys' record label, Vocalion, thought the song too slow and would not allow them to record it. "It Makes No Difference Now" became an international success for Bing Crosby in 1941.

The Blue Ridge Playboys' radio programmes were syndicated to many Texas stations. Selph's best-known song, "Give Me My Dime Back", was a regional hit and he also featured the new fiddling classic, "Orange Blossom Special", which remained in his repertoire.

Selph married in 1937 and became a father in 1939, which led to his nickname, "Pappy". He joined the fire service during the Second World War, although he still played music whenever possible. After the war, he stayed a fireman, becoming a captain in 1955 and the vice- president of his local union. He retired from firefighting in 1972 and concentrated on music.

In his sixties, Selph decided to travel. He was invited by the US State Department to perform as a cultural ambassador in the Soviet Union and played before European heads of state.

Back in Houston, he was the leader of the rodeo parade for over 30 years. From the mid-1980s onwards, Selph battled with cancer and heart disease. In 1991, the city of Houston declared a Pappy Selph Appreciation Day and, four years later, he was inducted into the Western Swing Hall of Fame.

Spencer Leigh

Leon "Pappy" Selph, musician: born Houston, Texas 7 April 1914; married (two daughters, one son, and one son deceased); died Houston 8 January 1999.





SCOTT Eugene and Sheila Scott departed this life June 8, 2012, left to cherish their memories are: Erica, Gena and Lauren, both leaving behind 6 siblings each and a host of loving family members and friends. Visitation Sat., June 16, 2012, 10:00am. Funeral Service 11:00am, both to be held at New Light Christian Center, 7317 East Houston Rd. Interment, Golden Gate Cem., Houston, TX.

Published in The Times-Picayune from June 15 to June 16, 2012

Thomas S. Sicola, Sr., 83, passed away on June 13, 2016 in Houston, Texas.
Tom was born in Houston, Texas on September 10, 1932 to Oscar and Dominic Sicola. The youngest of 7 children, Tom was energetic and eager to learn. He attended Reagan High School, married at 20, and had a daughter, Mary, son, Tom 13 months later, and daughter, Vicki 8 years later.
Tom joined the army, stationed in New Ulm Germany for two years. Being a devoted family man, his young family joined him in Germany, and he achieved the rank of Staff Sargent. Upon their return to Houston he joined the Houston Fire Department for 20 years; during that time he owned a used car business and real estate agency and earned his broker's license. Once retired, Tom opened a successful Travel Agency with his sister-in-law, Josie Marie Sicola, enabling him to travel the world and visit many places most people only dream about.
He is preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Catherine Norton Sicola; parents, Oscar and Dominic Sicola; brothers, Charles, Tony and Johnnie Sicola; and sisters, Sadie Davenport and Esther Miller.
He leaves behind his devoted wife of 26 years, Laurita Sicola, whom he adored and who cared for him during his illness; daughter, Mary D. Sicola; son, Tom Sicola Jr. and wife Brenda; daughter Vicki Sicola and husband Charles Botkin; grandson, Stephen Sicola; granddaughter, Victoria McMahon and husband Hagan; and great-grandchildren, Rowan and Ethan Sicola; sister, Tresa Sicola; step children, Brett Westphal and wife Robin, Charles Westphal and wife Connie, and Gina Bohreer and husband David; and seven grandchildren; along with numerous other relatives and friends.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Club, $club, Thursday Club, Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree, Assembly 1094.
The family wishes to extend their deepest appreciation to everyone at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Hospice, Ron Watt and Lolli Esquivel for all of their assistance and help. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in his name to MD Anderson Cancer Center, PO Box 4486 Houston, TX 77210 or Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77030.
Visitation will be held from 5-8pm, with a rosary at 7pm, Friday, June 17, 2016 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 3600 Brinkman, Houston 77018. Funeral Mass will be held at 11am, Saturday, at St. Rose of Lima, with a reception to follow. Interment will be held at Houston National Cemetery.

Published in Houston Chronicle on June 16, 2016



GARY LYNN SCHOENFELDT, 62, of Magnolia; 2PM, Tuesday, Klein Funeral Home, Magnolia, Pastor John Parks officiating. Visitation; 12 noon to 2PM prior to the service. Interment; Klein Memorial Park-FM1488.



Gerald P. Swonke
Gerald P. Swonke, 82, of Houston, Texas, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. Born in Houston, and a retired Houston Firefighter of 28 years.
Gerald is survived by his wife Mary Jane Swonke, two sons, Dennis and Neil Swonke, daughter Shelia Ott and grandson Darren Ott. He will truly be missed.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 22, 2015


Johnny Lee Scott 77 departed this world for Heaven on Tuesday June 16, 2015. Johnny was born in Pensacola on February 20, 1938, the only child of Johnny Mitt & Rosa Lee Golston Scott. He was a 1955 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School where he was a star basketball team mate with the mighty Wildcats. In 1963, Johnny began his professional career by joining the City of Houston Fire Dept as a firefighter. Later, he advanced to arson investigation. He courageously served for 30+ years and retired in 1995. He then returned home to care for his mother whose health had become impaired. After his return to Pensacola, he wholly surrendered his life to Christ and is now rejoicing in His presence. He was preceded in death by both parents and is lovingly survived by four children Pam Soles, Richmond, TX, Yasmine Scott, Pensacola; Norris Whittaker, Dallas, TX & Jonathan Scott, New Orleans, LA ,eleven precious grandchildren as we as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pensacolanewsjournal/obituary.aspx?n=Johnny-Lee-Scott&pid=175140957#sthash.5cNkzYPf.dpuf

Gerald P. Swonke
Gerald P. Swonke, 82, of Houston, Texas, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. Born in Houston, and a retired Houston Firefighter of 28 years.
Gerald is survived by his wife Mary Jane Swonke, two sons, Dennis and Neil Swonke, daughter Shelia Ott and grandson Darren Ott. He will truly be missed.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 22, 2015 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/houstonchronicle/obituary.aspx?n=Gerald-Swonke&pid=174206459#sthash.AiCCQ3I8.dpuf


RICHARD FRANK SMITH, 53, passed away April 28, 2007. Richard served the community as a Houston Firefighter for 30 years. He also served his country in the U.S. Army as a medic. Richard had many jobs, including his own business, Bay Breeze Carpet Cleaning, but the jobs he loved the most were husband and father. Richard always put his family at the center of his life and even in death he will watch over them. Richard was also a member of the HLSR safety committee. He is preceded in death by his father, Fred Smith, his mother, Felipa Smith, and his beloved Aunt Esperanza Garcia. Richard is survived by this wife, Elsa, his only daughter, Adrienne, her husband, Adam, and his two sons, Richard II, and Daniel. Richard also leaves behind his sister, Carol, and her husband, Pete, along with their children, Lisa, and her husband, Johnny, their children, Malaina, and Bryan, son, Pete Jr., and his wife Erika, and son, David. Richard also has many other family and friends that will greatly miss him. The viewing will be at Forest Park Lawndale, Tuesday, May 1, 2007 from 5pm to 9pm with a rosary at 7:30pm. The service will be in the Main Chapel on Wednesday, May 2, 2007. Interment will follow in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a contribution be made to Richard's sons college fund at The Houston's Firefighters Federal Credit Union.




Robert Douglas "Doug" Smith, age 54, of Goodrich, Texas, passed away Tuesday, January 13, 2015. He was born December 20, 1960, in Houston, Texas, to parents, Alton and Nell Smith, who preceded him in death. Robert was a fireman for the City of Houston for 33 years, and a Senior Captain in rank for Station #38. Survivors include his brothers, Johnny Smith and wife, Wanda and Brad Smith and wife, Jeanne; nephews, Brent Smith and Brody Smith; nieces Leslie Emerson and Kimberly Yeager; great nephew, Aaron Cody Emerson Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Monday, January 19, 2015, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, Texas. Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at Calvary Baptist Church, Cleveland, Texas. Interment will follow at Pace Stancil Memorial Rest Gardens with Pastor Carl Williamson presiding. -