On February 15, 2017, an extraordinary, ordinary citizen left this life to be with the great God that created us all. He was not a public figure, celebrity or professional athlete, but he was an extraordinary soldier, husband, father and friend.
Gerald Lee Roop, husband of Bernadine Rose (Mankowski) Roop, passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 13, 2017. Gerald was born in Caulfield, MO, to Sam and Beulah (Ramsey) Roop on September 7, 1934 on their family farm.
William Madison Fowler was born, June 27, 1931 in Daingerfield, Texas. Early in his life, Bill's family moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he attended school and graduated from Louisiana State University. (LSU). He entered the Army through ROTC and served 2 years active duty in France.
Lawrence A. Smith Jr, born April 20, 1940 passed away peacefully February 12, 2017 surrounded by his loving family in Pasadena, Texas. He was born to Lawrence A. Smith Sr. and Lottie Marie Tucker in Frederick, Maryland.
Ruby Lee Faust, 91, of Austin, Texas, passed away on February 11, 2017. She was born on February 13, 1925 in Miles, Texas. She loved serving God, her family, friends and good food.
Paul C. Ballard passed away Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. Paul was born in Hamilton Ohio on Oct. 23, 1924 to Mac Dow and Pauling Fehlinger Ballard. Paul graduated from Hamilton Catholic High School in 1942.
Donna Mae Thompson, 88, of Deer Park, Texas passed away on Friday, February 10, 2017. She was born on May 1, 1928, the daughter of Robert and Mabel Kochenderfek in Ashtabula, Ohio.
Deirdre passed away peacefully on February 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas at the age of 36 after a long illness.
Jene Evelyn Sullivan of Deer Park, Texas born March 19, 1932 passed away February 5. 2017. Jene was proceeded in death by her father and mother Howard and Leola Davis, her husband Dean D. Sullivan and her sister Ginger Gettle.
John Franklin Moy, 89 of Pasadena, Texas passed away on February 1st, 2017. John was born August 23, 1927 to Jason and Bera Moy in Sour Lake, Texas.
Nancy Milholland was born May 13, 1920 to Dayton Alexander Whatley and Hattie Lucille Applewhite Whatley. Her mother’s family was from Caseyville, Mississippi and her father’s family was from Rayville, Louisiana.
Kenneth Harold Sims was born January 11, 1928, to Kenneth and Stella Sims in Stoney Point, North Carolina. This family would eventually increase to eight; Betty (Brown), Jimmy, Harold, Bobby, Peggy (Novack), Judy (Cohoon.) At the age of 16 years he left this family to join the Merchant Marines in support of the war effort. He remained in the Merchant Marines throughout WWII and the Korean Conflict.
On August 31, 1949, he married Minnie Mae Cockrell and soon was blessed with two children; Terry Harold and Kathy Dianne. Shortly after the children were born, the decision was made to move to Freeport Texas, where a better job awaited. Later the family moved to Deer Park, where Harold was employed at USI as a mechanical inspector, retiring after many years of service.
The family prospered and blessed Harold and Minnie with three grandchildren, Brandi Sims, Corey Lyon and Heather Lyon (Tupa.) They were then further blessed with six great grandchildren; Tiana Haynes, Jaxson and River Lyon, Rylan, Raylee and Raegan Tupa.
His faith in God, family and friends were of utmost importance. Harold and Minnie faithfully attended First Baptist Church in Deer Park for 55 years and thought of the church as a second family. Whether Harold was golfing with friends at Baywood Country Club, fishing, driving across the county, meeting for breakfast at the Skillet, or assisting in the planning of the next Sims reunion, he always enjoyed their company and they his quick wit and teasing nature.
Curiosity fueled the continuance of his formal and informal (self-taught) education. He had an unquenchable desire to learn how and why things worked the way they did. There was nothing that Harold could not repair. Much of his free time was spent on a friend's car or repairing a TV that had gone on the fritz. He was always willing to help someone in need, no matter the need.
In his later years his curiosity also fueled his intense interest in the family genealogy. With the assistance of his brother-in-law Ray Cohoon, the family line was traced though the ages. He took great delight in being related, even at a distance, to famous characters in American and British history.
With the love and support of his family surrounding him, Kenneth Harold Sims peacefully passed away at the age of 89 on January 30, 2017. Harold is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, sister Betty and much loved wife of 64 years, Minnie. He is survived by his sister Judy and husband Ray Cohoon and sister Peggy Novack, son Terry and wife Maggie Sims, granddaughter Brandi Sims and her daughter Tiana Haynes, grandson Corey and wife Kristin Lyon, their children Jaxson and River, and granddaughter Heather and husband Jeremy Tupa, their children Rylan, Raylee and Raegan, and the extended family and close friends still residing in North Carolina and Deer Park area.
Visitation will be held Friday, February 3, 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at First Baptist Church-Deer Park 438 East 8th Street, Deer Park, Texas 77536. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2017 at 12:00pm at First Baptist Church-Deer Park. Interment to follow at Grand View Memorial Park.
Flowers may be delivered to the church.
Rebecca Ann Nichols of Deer Park, Texas, died Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 at the age of 63. A memorial service will be shared February 4, 1:00 P.M., at Grand view Funeral Home, 8501 Spencer Hwy., Pasadena, Texas. Reception following at 2501 Georgia Ave., Deer Park. Rebecca was born on November 5, 1953 in Houston, to Richard Gordon Letterman and Marjorie Faye Maddox.