Houston Chronicle : 2019-02-11
FROM THE COVER | OBITUARIES LIFE TRIBUTES : 13 : A13
FROM THE COVER | OBITUARIES LIFE TRIBUTES
A13 HH Houston Chronicle | HoustonChronicle.com and chron.com | | Monday, February 11, 2019 FROM THE COVER | OBITUARIES LIFE TRIBUTES Ellison, Billie Hall, Dora Rainey, Opal Graves, Sue Neely, Robert Rodriguez, Josephine chron.com/obits CEMETERY LOTS South Park, Pearland 8 Plots Forest Park The Woodlands $1,600 ea 832-466-2277 [email protected] 4 Spaces, Section 18, Evergreen Terrace. Valued at $6,995 ea. Will negotiate, 936-275-2260 [email protected] PRAYERS FOREST PARK WESTHEIMER M Thank you St. Jude for prayers 6 plots, 3 roadside Sec#501, Lot#509 $4,500ea answered. 713-416-4383 ECT Share
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your of your loved one at no charge. by book and uploading own photos Houston Chronicle 713-224-6868 Be part of a circle of comfort at chron.com/obits. Send your condolences at chron.com/tributes SUE HOCHMUTH STUDLEY GRAVES 1935-2019 Sue’s exceptional life ended on February 7, 2019 in Katy, Texas following a prolonged battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. A fourth generation Houstonian, Sue was born on October 15, 1935 to Inez Terry Hochmuth and Alvin Earnest Hochmuth. While at Lamar High School where she graduated with honors, Sue was a member of the National Honor Society and the Arrowhead Honor Society. She attended Camp Mystic in Hunt, Texas and was the gold medalist in the 100-yard dash in the National Junior Olympics.
In the fall of 1953 Sue enrolled at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA to be close to her older brother, Alvin Earnest Hochmuth Jr., who was a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy. It was in Annapolis that she caught the eye of her future husband, Thomas E. Bentley, a midshipman in the same company as her brother. They married in 1953 and had three children: Thomas Eugene Bentley Jr., Terry Bentley Hill, and Laura Bentley Kellogg. The Bentley family settled in Richardson, Texas.
When all of Sue’s children were school-aged, she fulfilled a dream to complete her college education. At the age of thirty-three Sue enrolled in Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas where she graduated with honors with a B.A. and M.A. in English. She taught English at Richardson High School and Richland College. Despite her busy schedule, Sue was active in her children’s activities, serving as a Brownie and Girl Scout Leader, Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church, Richardson, P.T.A. President and a member of the Richardson Women’s Club and a member of the Dallas Heritage Society.
After twenty-seven years she returned to Houston and in 1985, she married Murray Andrew Studley. They enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, entertaining, and spending time with Sue’s grandchildren. They shared a love and devotion for Christ and for the activities in their church.
When Murray passed away in 1997, Sue became further devoted to her community and her family. She was on the Board of Directors of Holly Hall Retirement Community, she joined Ministry of Presbyterian Outreach to Patients at the Methodist Hospital, and she served as an Elder, Stephen Minister, and Moderator and Life Member of Presbyterian Women at her beloved church, Grace Presbyterian.
In 2006 Sue found love again with Glen Forest Graves, a fellow Elder at Grace Presbyterian. They spent their time gardening, attending plays and concerts, traveling the world, and visiting with friends and family. After Glen’s passing in 2017, Sue often recalled the years of dancing, music, and laughter that she and Glen shared. Towards the end of her life, she liked to imagine the garden Glen was preparing for her in Heaven.
Sue is predeceased by her parents, brother, her husbands, and her granddaughter Hallie Danielle Hill. Sue is survived by her loving children, Thomas Eugene Bentley Jr., Terry Bentley Hill, Laura Bentley Kellogg, their spouses Xiu Li Bentley, Tom Krampitz, and Guy Kellogg. Sue is also survived by her seven grandchildren, Catherine Hill, Elizabeth Hill-Caruso and husband Anthony, Bentley Hill, Emily Kellogg, Kathryn Kellogg, Guy Tom Kellogg, Leo Bentley, her precious great grandson Tommy Caruso, and her step-children, Wig and Jill Graves and Joyce Sage and their families.
Sue’s family will fondly remember their “Mimi” for her radiant spirit, deep and abiding faith, unconditional love, and her joy of life. Sue will live on in the hearts of her family and friends with whom she shared her thoughtfulness, her compassion, and the love of Jesus Christ.
Please join Sue’s family in a celebration of her life on Tuesday, February 12th at 1:00 pm at Grace Presbyterian Church located at 10221 Ella Lee Ln, Houston, Texas 77042.
In lieu of flowers, her family has established a Sue Studley Graves Memorial Fund in her honor at Grace Presbyterian Church.
Condolences may be offered at www.levyfuneraldirectors.com Billie Eugene Ellison, 90, Perryville, formerly of Houston, Texas died, February 8, 2019.Funeral: 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 12, at Journey Church, with burial at Ada Valley Cemetery. Visitation: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Monday, February 11, at Harris Funeral Home in Perryville. Arrangements by Harris Funeral Home of Perryville. Online guestbook: www.harrisfuneralhomes.net CEMETERY LOTS JOSEPHINE C. RODRIGUEZ 1949-2019 Josephine C. Rodriguez, 69, entered eternal rest on February 8, 2019. She was born December 21, 1949 in Houston, Texas. Josephine attended and graduated from Jeff Davis High School. On September 14, 1968, she married the love of her life, Jimmie Rodriguez.
Visitation for family and friends will begin Tuesday, February 12th from 6pm-9pm with a Rosary beginning at 7pm at Brookside Funeral Home. You may visit the funeral home’s website for additional service information. BILLIE EUGENE ELLISON 2019 ROBERT (BOB) WILTON NEELY 1934-2019 OPAL RAINEY 1923-2019 Grand Lodge of Texas. He had a passion for motorcycles and enjoyed traveling with his wife and family. He also enjoyed gardening and being outdoors.
Bob was a long-time member of the Sunset United Methodist Church and an endowed member of Archives Masonic Lodge #1399 for 49 years. He had two favorite Bible verses that meant more and more to him as he neared the end of his life. Matthew 11:28 (NIV) “Jesus said, come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest,” and Psalm 122:1 (NIV) “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the LORD.’”
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 14th at Shield of Faith Church, 823 Seydler Street, East Bernard, Texas 77435 at 10:30 AM, with lunch to follow in the reception hall. A private graveside service will be held later. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Sunset United Methodist Church, 709 Allendale, Pasadena, Texas 77502, ATTN: Memorial Fund, Bob Neely. PASADENA- Robert (Bob) Wilton Neely, 84, died Wednesday, February 6, 2019 in Pasadena, Texas, following health complications.
He leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Lillian May (Kelner) Neely; his son Robert Alan and wife Lara of The Woodlands, Texas; his son James and wife Meyoung of Gravel Ridge, Arkansas; his son John and long-time girlfriend Sandy Palmer of Benton, Arkansas; and seven grandchildren: Jordan Neely, Aidan Neely, Juliana Rhea, Danielle Carroll, Fauna Dee Neely, Nicholas Neely, and Angus Neely. He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as, his brother, Jimmy Neely.
Born and raised in Warren, Arkansas, the son of Aubert and Robbie Zell (Thurman) Neely, he graduated from Warren high school in 1952 and joined the U.S. Navy, where he was proud to have served as a Second-Class Petty Officer on three different ships in the Repair Division. He lived in Hawaii and New Mexico before settling in Pasadena, Texas, where he worked as a welder and lived over 50 years.
Bob earned several degrees as a Boy Scout, was a 32nd Degree Master Mason, spent many years involved in the American Legion, and volunteered as a Salvation Army bell ringer. For 22 years, he volunteered for Shriner’s International through the Opal Louise Dorman Rainey, 95, passed away peacefully on February 6, 2019. Opal was the only child of John Thomas Dorman and Lena Mae Miller Dorman, who predecease her. She was born in Albany, Shackelford County, Texas on August 25, 1923. Upon moving to Corsicana in the mid-1930s, she met her husband-to-be, Edwin Arnold (Bud) Rainey. Bud and Opal married on June 16, 1943 and were married for over 75 years. Bud survives her, along with their only child, Tonya Alece Rainey Anderson and Tonya’s husband, John A. Anderson, Jr. Also surviving Opal is their only grandchild, Steven Bryan McCary and three great grandchildren, Ewan Alexander, Ashley Alece and Ansley Marie McCary, along with their mother, Erin Davis McCary, and long-time family friend, Sally Evans.
Bud and Opal are decadeslong active members of First Christian Church, where Opal was involved in all facets of hospitality, from planning menus, cooking, serving, decorating, and cleaning, for luncheons, dinners, after church fellowships, weddings, and funerals.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 12 in the Chapel of First Christian Church, 1601 Sunset Blvd.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Disciples Women’s Ministry of First Christian Church, or The Houston Gilbert and Sullivan Society, P.O. Box 741267, Houston, TX 77274-1267. DORA N. HALL 1927-2019 God’s Servant and lifetime Texas Educator will lie in peaceful slumber on February 12, 2019 at Carl Barnes Funeral Home between 4 & 8 P.M. Both the Visitation (10:30-11:30 A.M.) and the Funeral Service will promptly begin at 11:30 A.M. occurring on February 13, 2019 at Bella Vista Missionary Baptist Church, located at 803 East 36th Street, Houston, Texas 77022, phone 713-692-3944. Internment: Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery at 2 P.M.
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