In Memoriam


COUNTY JUDGE JAMES CLYDE ADOLPHUS  born October 10, 1929 in Birmingham, Alabama, died July 27, 2003 in Sugar Land, TX. Jim served as a Missouri City Councilman, as Fort Bend County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, and recently retired as County Judge of Ft. Bend County.

SAMUEL "SAM" BARTHOLOMEW, 48, of Sugar Land, passed away April 26, 2003.  He received his BBA from the University of Texas in Austin. He was a former past President of the Sons of the American Revolution, Alexander Hodge Chapter, a member of the Parks Board for the City of Sugar Land, as well as a member of the Fort Bend Chamber Leadership Class. Sam was a devoted member of Christ United Methodist Church where he was very active as a volunteer for the church youth group.  Survivors include his wife of 17 years Cynthia; daughter, Lara; parents, William and Martha Bartholomew of Hot Springs, Arkansas; sister, Beth Nolan and husband Mike of Round Rock, Texas; brother Mike Bartholomew and wife Robin of Sante Fe, Texas; four nephews; and two nieces.

JOSEPH FRANCIS BLOOMER  born December 31, 1920 in Hackensack, New Jersey, died July 16, 2016 in Round Rock, TX. Joseph F. Bloomer, 95, a long time resident of Round Rock, Texas, joined his wife, Vera, in eternal rest at 5:23 am on the morning of July 16, 2016 at home with his children.

Joe was born in Hackensack, NJ on December 31, 1920. He married Vera Ruth Robins on June 14, 1945. Joe and Vera had 4 children. Joe enjoyed playing golf and cards, especially Pinochle. He was also a life-long dog lover and owned many rescue dogs. Joe served his country for over 30 years, first in the Army and then in the Air Force. He was a Prisoner of War in WWII, and in jest he often described this as being a guest of the German Government. He also served in Viet Nam. After retiring from the military, Joe worked for the City of Austin. In 1986 Joe and Vera started a service based in their home supplying food and necessities donated from the community churches to those in need. Known as the Round Rock Area Serving Center, it is now located at 1099 E Main Street. Joe was a founding member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church. Joe became a member of the Knights of Columbus in 1955. While a 4th Degree member of the Knights, he served in various positions including Grand Knight, Faithful Navigator, and District Deputy. Joe was active in Toastmasters and served as 15th Commander of the Capitol City Chapter of the American Ex-POWs. Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Vera Robins Bloomer on July 22, 2012; his parents; 1 brother and 4 sisters.

Survivors include 4 children: David Bloomer of Missouri City, TX; Diann Ringo of Brazil, IN; Thomas Bloomer of Jarrell, TX; and Frances Bloomer of Round Rock. Several grandchildren: David Ringo, Jena Ringo, Ryan Bloomer and Kayla Gustafsson (Stephen).  Great grandchildren: Grace Ringo, Katharine Ringo, Makenzie Bloomer and Mila Gustafsson.

VIRGIL KEM ISAACKS was born on March 21, 1945 in San Angelo, Texas. He passed away on January 2, 2012 in Houston, Texas.

ROBERT "BOB" BENTON LEWIS, 87, passed away on February 20, 2011. He is preceded in death by his parents, David and Ida Lewis; four brothers and one sister. He was born in 1923 near Camden/Corrigan, Texas. He is survived by his loving wife, Dolores Lewis; sons, Robert Lewis Jr and his wife, Abby, Nate Lewis and his wife, Amy, John Lewis; grandchildren, Carrie, Ginny, Andrew and his wife, Ariel, Robert III, Brett, David, Jared, Natalie, Lindsey, and Aidan; and a host of many other family and friends.

Bobby was a proud World War II Pacific Veteran in the Amphibs 594th EB & SR. He was a 1953 graduate of the University of Houston and helped start the ROTC Band. Bobby thoroughly loved the grocery business in Texas and Ohio. He was extremely active in his personal life taking up hobbies as a runner, golfer, bowler, surfer, motorcyclist, bicyclist, swimmer and dancer. His friends included everyone from retail magnates, to astronauts, to lawyers and doctors, salesmen and every small child and dog he ever met. He was even affectionately known as "Bobby" by his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

WALTER SHEPPARD MCMEANS, age 83, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 23, 2012, in Sugar Land, Texas, where he lived for 47 years. Walter was born May 26, 1929, in Birmingham, Alabama. Later the McMeans family moved to Houston, where he attended Lanier Junior High and Lamar High School, graduating in 1948. After graduating from the University of Houston in 1953, Walter worked for Travelers Insurance as an adjuster. He served two years in the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant in France and Germany where he met his wife Jane who was teaching at the Stuttgart American Elementary School. Walter attended the University of Houston Law School at night and graduated in 1960. In June of 1960 he passed the bar exam, and on July 1, 1960, he married Jane Anna Glauner in Springfield, PA. He was associated with Sam Steritt, Douglas Pollard, and Robert Simmer in the practice of law. In 1965 the family moved to Sugar Land, where Walter served on the Planning Commission, the City Council, and then as Mayor from 1984-1988. As Mayor, Walter had the lead role in shaping the foundation and current city limits of Sugar Land. He was instrumental in the annexation of the land along Hwy 59 South to Greatwood, preventing annexation by Houston. In 1986, The Texas Legislature created a new County-Court-at- Law. Walter subsequently filed, ran, and was elected Judge of Fort Bend County Court at Law #2, where he served for 24 years, until his retirement in 2010. Walter was an Eagle Scout. He was a member of the Fort Bend Archeological Society, the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Bend Exchange Club, Sugar Creek Rotary, the 100 Club of Fort Bend County, the VFW, the Optimist Club, Sons of the Confederacy, and was a life member of the Fort Bend County Fair Association. He served as a Director for CASA, and on the Board of Directors for the Gus George Lawn Enforcement Academy and the Fort Bend Museum Association.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Luckett McMeans and Louise Sheppard McMeans. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jane Glauner McMeans; sons, Jeffrey A. McMeans, and Gregory A. McMeans and his wife Marika;daughter, Suzanne Overstreet and her husband John; grandchildren, Mason, Christy, Alex, Trenton, and Bryce; and brother-in-law, George Glauner and his wife Sue.

Walter was a loving husband, devoted father, and caring grandfather, who will be missed greatly. His life was the "Law" and he worked tirelessly to ensure Fort Bend County had a respected, fair, even-handed judiciary. In some way, legal, political, educational, religious, economical, or marital, Walter has touched the lives of almost everyone in Fort Bend County.

HILDRETH S. TAYLOR, a member of the "Greatest Generation," passed away peacefully at home on September 18, 2012. He joined Gulf Atlantic Distribution Services in 1940, at that time a Houston based subsidiary of Anderson, Clayton & Co., where he eventually retired as President after forty years of service. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and also obtained a law degree.
Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife of seventy-one years, Betty Taylor; his two daughters, Diane Anderson and Vicki Taylor; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

LIONEL JOE UPDYKE ,73, beloved husband, uncle, cousin and friend to many worldwide, passed away June 30, 2014, surrounded by his wife, Carole Eisenhauer Updyke, and family of friends. He was born August 29, 1940, in Lexington, KY, and was raised by parents, Hoyett Brandenberg Updyke and Buford Updyke. He graduated from Lee County, KY, schools, the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, and an M.S. from West Virginia University. He was employed by FMC Corp. in Charleston, WV, Squamish, BC, Canada, and New York, NY. After 20 years Joe joined Occidental Chemical Corp. Corporate Engineering in Niagara Falls, NY, and later transferred to Houston, TX.
He is survived by his wife, Carole, cousins, Elizabeth Blount and Mary Ferrer and their families, and 8 nieces and nephews, Nicholas Eisenhauer, Lynn Riegner, Terry Williams, James Eisenhauer and Dan Eisenhauer, Mark Miller, Ted Miller, Greg Miller and their spouses and families.

Always a Kentuckian at heart, this is where Joe's love for trains and dams, both near his home, and the Cincinnati Reds began. He yearned for education, took history classes and travelled the world. He loved to cook and baked thousands of loaves of bread, enjoyed by his family and friends.

Joe was a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and International Chlorine Institute. He was Treasurer of the Alexander Hodge, Chapter #49, Texas Society Sons of the American Revolution. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church since moving to the Houston area 19 years ago. He served on the Finance Council and Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults Team, helping many individuals prepare to enter the Catholic Church.

RICHARD CURTIS OSBORNE, beloved family man and friend, died on February 29, 2016.
A fifth generation Texan and native Houstonian, Curt was born December 9, 1941, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Houston. The oldest son of Richard and Ileeda (Collopy) Osborne, he grew up in Houston where he attended elementary school at Blessed Sacrament and Queen of Peace Catholic schools. He was among the first students in 1956 to attend the new Mount Carmel High School, graduating in 1960. Immediately following graduation, Curt enlisted in the U.S. Army. He spent a majority of his three year service in Germany, where he witnessed the construction of the Berlin Wall. Six months before being discharged, he purchased an engagement ring at the local PX and mailed it home to the love of his life, Peggy. They were married shortly after his return to Houston.

Curt’s natural ease with people, good business sense and personal charm made him a successful salesman in several industries: land sales, wholesale appliances, and eventually the watch industry where he worked for Seiko, Longines and Bulova watch companies. In 1991, he joined The Swatch Group as U.S. Vice President of its private label division, Endura. After his official retirement in 2003, he continued in the industry with his own company, Curt Osborne Enterprises. During his long career he traveled the world, always enjoying the adventure of each experience and gathering friends along the way.

Never a person to be idle, Curt lent his spare time to his parish in Sugar Land, was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 4204, was a volunteer for the Volunteer Services Council of Richmond State Supported Living Center and the USO. He also claimed his proud ancestry as a descendant of the heroes of this country and state, serving on the board of the Sons of the American Revolution, Alexander Hodge Chapter #49; served two consecutive terms as President of the Sons of the Republic of Texas, San Jacinto Chapter #1. He was commissioned by Governor Rick Perry as an Admiral in the Texas Navy, becoming the founding Commander of the Tom Toby Squadron of the Texas Navy. He recently qualified for membership in the General Society of the War of 1812. The sharing of history became his passion, working to recognize and honor the teachers of American and Texas History at local schools in Fort Bend County, his home for the past 34 years, and encouraging his children and grandchildren to own their heritage.

Curt was a strong man of faith and a stellar role model to his entire family and many friends. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Margaret (Peggy) Negrotto Osborne, son Scott Osborne (Tara) of Alpharetta, GA, daughters Karen Carr (Jay) of Sugar Land and Meg Pense (Jeff) of Jenks, OK, and eleven grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Don Osborne (Carolyn), sister Anne Mueller (Mike), sisters-in-law, Marie (Mitchell) and Beth Negrotto, brother-in-law, Buddy Negrotto, and numerous nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

ROBERT BUSBY WILLIAMSON died peacefully at his home on March 7, 2017, at the age of 74. He was born in Houston, Texas, to the late Wilma and James D. Williamson II. Robert will always be remembered for his intelligence and sense of humor. The most precious thing in his life was his family. Robert graduated from Newman High School in New Orleans, Louisiana, and furthered his education at Louisiana Tech University where he earned a mechanical engineering degree. He spent his entire 30+ year career working for Texaco where he retired in 1995. Robert leaves behind many loved ones to cherish his memory including his wife of 43 years Mary Ann Williamson; daughters Julia K. Williamson and Laura W. Zimmerman (Brandon); son Michael N. Williamson; grandchildren William, Mary Grace and Caroline Zimmerman; brothers James D. Williamson III and Dale T. Williamson; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation for the care that was given to Robert by Passages Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family requests masses be said for Robert. A gravesite interment of ashes will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 11 at Grove Hill Memorial Park in Dallas, Texas.

JOHN EDWARD HOOVER was a proud and devoted member of numerous heritage societies and organizations, and had served as an officer in several. Among them, he served as the Commander of the Texas Chapter of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars, and as Chaplain of the Alexander Hodge Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. He was also a member of the Albert Sidney Johnston Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Descendants of Mexican War Veterans, the General Society of the War of 1812, and the Huguenot Society. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Historical Heritage Corporation, and was the 2009 Chairman of the Southern Heritage Ball.

John was a native Texan, born in Denison, Grayson County, graduating from Denison High School, where he was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 2007. He was a graduate of Texas A & M University, earning a BS degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduation, he worked for several years at the Federal Aviation Agency. In 1964, he was employed by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration in Houston, where he retired in 2001. During his tenure at NASA, he was involved in every program of that era, including Gemini, Apollo, Spacelab, Space Shuttle, and the International Space Station.

As a highlight of his distinguished career, John received The Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded to the Apollo 13 Flight Operations Team, and the Manned Space Center Superior Achievement Award for his outstanding performance as Prime Recovery Coordinator during the flight of Apollo 13. A motion picture was later produced, entitled “Apollo 13,” which told the true story of the flight and the remarkable recovery of the astronauts and the spacecraft. Before his retirement, John was also awarded the Johnson Space Center Certificate of Commendation, the highest honor bestowed by the JSC.

John was also involved in the affairs of his neighborhood and served as president of the community association; and he was also a founding member and served on the Board of Directors of his volunteer fire department.

John Edward Hoover was a remarkable gentleman, devoted to his family, his profession, his church, and his heritage. All who knew him knew a fine and faithful man of great warmth and humor, an unassuming man of quiet dignity and humility.

TAYLOR MARSHALL WHICHARD, JR. of Missouri City, Texas passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Saturday, July 29th, 2017 at the age of 81. Marshall was born June 24, 1936, in Los Angeles, California to Helen Ewing Whichard and Taylor Marshall Whichard, Sr. He was preceded by his parents and a baby brother, Harvey Curtis Whichard. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 61 years, Mary True; his sons Trey and wife Jill, Mark "Buck" and wife Elizabeth and Brad "Bear;" his grandchildren Taylor and wife Justinne, Jessica "JJ," Bradley, Blake and his mother, Kim Whichard. Marshall is also survived by three great grandsons Gaige, Myatt and Rylan. Marshall was a proud Aggie, having been recruited to Texas A&M to play football by Paul "Bear" Bryant. He was a Korean War veteran and was especially proud of his service to his country in the U. S. Marine Corps. After retiring in 1992 from a career in Law Enforcement, serving the communities of Fort Bend, Harris and Montgomery counties, he founded a well-respected Private Investigative business, T. Marshall Consultant, which he continued to operate along with his son until ultimately retiring in 2010. Following his retirement, Marshall remained dedicated to his life-long commitment of public service. Marshall has been a member of the Sugar Land First United Methodist Church since 1994, transferring from First United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. One of his greatest joys was attending the Thursday morning men's Bible Study Group. As a member of the Sugar Land Masonic Lodge #1141, Marshall was a 32nd degree Mason and a Master Mason for over 50 years. He was also a York Rite Mason, serving with the Royal Arch Masons, Royal and Select Masters and the Commandery Knights Templar in Lufkin, Texas. As a Shriner, Marshall served for many years in various activities of the Shrine. Marshall was member and past president of the Sugar Land Rotary Club and was Assistant Governor for Rotary District 5890. He was twice named Rotarian of the Year and is a member of the Sugar Land Rotary Hall of Fame. He was a member and past Chairman of the Fort Bend Family YMCA's Board and was recognized in 2002 as their Volunteer of the Year. Marshall embraced the responsibility of being a positive role model in the lives of young people. He was president of the Lufkin Chapter of the Boy Scouts of America, president of the Windsor Village Little League, president of the Stafford/Missouri City Youth All-Play Football program, a volunteer and coach for the South Main Mustang youth football and Stafford/Missouri City little league programs. He also volunteered his time as a coach and mentor for St. Matthew's Lutheran School in Houston, Texas. Early in his Law Enforcement Career, Marshall was recognized as the 100 Club Rookie of the Year and later, as a detective with the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, was again honored by the 100 Club as Outstanding Officer of the Year for Fort Bend County. Marshall continued to serve the Law Enforcement community in Fort Bend County as one of the founding members and past president of Behind the Badge Charities, benefitting the families of Fort Bend County's first responders injured or killed in the line of duty. Marshall served on the advisory board for the University of Houston's Law Enforcement Academy, where he was an adjunct professor. Marshall was also a proud patriotic member and past president of the Texas Society of the Son's of the American Revolution.

NEIL PAUL CAMPBELL   66, born on January 16, 1950 passed away on May 20, 2016.

GUSTAVE ANTOINE MISTROT, III   88, of Houston, passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017.