June 2015 Obituaries

Tom Kennedy

Blount

Retired Police Officer Louis Blount Jr. passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015.  Officer Blount joined the Department January 12, 1948 and retired July 18, 1968.  He was assigned to the Uniform Division, Patrol Division and the Robbery Detail.  Officer Blount is survived by his daughter Cassandra.  After he retired, Officer Blount became a pastor and was the founder of Good Samaritan Missionary Baptist Church. Services were held May 22 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

Childers

Mr. Harold LeGuin Childers, 87, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.  He is the father of Senior Police Officer Harold Childers (PD-C), who was last assigned to the SOLO Unit.  He is also survived by his wife, Betty Childers; daughter, Cathy Carter and son Hoss Childers.Services were held May 14.

Fletcher

Ms. Ophelia M. Fletcher passed away on Monday, May 11, 2015.  She is the sister of Retired Officer Mark A. Veal, who was last assigned to Security Operations.

Grimes

Hayward E. Grimes passed away Friday, May 1, 2015.  Hayward joined the Department on September 17, 1963 as a Radio Operator.  During his career, he served as a Senior Communications Technician, Operations Manager and retired as an IRM manager on October 27, 2001.  He was a veteran of the United States Navy where he was a Radar Operator on a destroyer and joined the Texas State Guard four years after the service.  Hayward is survived by wife, LaVona Grimes of Crockett. Services were held May 5.

Hickman

Cecile Hickman, 80, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.  She is the mother-in-law of Senior Office Assistant Rhonda K. Hickman, assigned to the Eastside Division. Cecile was the first female employed by Compaq Computer. Services were held May 6 with burial in Klein Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Matthews

Russell Matthews Sr., 61, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2015.  He is the father of Police Officer Luke R. Matthews, assigned to the Southeast Division.  Services were held May 3 with burial in Sorrel Community Cemetery.

McCarty

Riley McCarty passed away Sunday, May 3, 2015.  He is the father-in-law of Procurement Specialist Alvina J. McCarty, assigned to the Technology Services Command. Services were held May 9.

Nicholson

Retired Police Officer Jack L. Nicholson Jr. passed away Saturday, May 16, 2015.  Jack joined the Department February 12, 1957 as a Junior Clerk in the Burglary and Theft Division.  He then became a member of Academy Class No. 19 on September 8, 1958.  While an Officer, he was assigned to Radio Patrol, Shepherd, and Northwest Divisions, retiring June 30, 1981.  A memorial visitation was held May 30.

Patterson

Charles L. Patterson Jr. passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.  Mr. Patterson is the father of Police Officer Lakeitria L. Patterson, assigned to the Northeast Patrol Division. Services were held May 14 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

Salter

Mr. Bob Salter, 89, passed away on Friday, May 1, 2015.  He is the father of Retired Senior Police Officer Richard “Rick” Salter, who was shot on duty in 2009.  Mr. Salter served in the United States Army where he flew B-25 planes while serving in World War II as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Army Air Corp.  He is also survived by his wife of 68 years, Joyce Salter and daughter, Susan Salter. Graveside services were held May 5.

Soliz

Ms. Norma G. Soliz passed away Monday, May 11, 2015.  She was the mother of Sergeant Juan J. Reynado, assigned to the Southwest Patrol Division. Services were held May 16.

Surginer

Mrs. Mary Catherine Surginer, 91, passed away on Friday, May 1, 2015.  She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Brian Surginer, assigned to the Vice Division.  She is also survived by her husband of 65 years, Mr. Robert Jackson Surginer, and son, Michael Surginer.  Services were held May 6 with burial in Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery.

Thomason

Retired Detective James Carlson Thomason, 91, passed away on Monday, May 11, 2015.  He joined the department on November 7, 1945.  He was promoted to Detective on August 4, 1950, and was last assigned to the Robbery Division.  He retired on May 31, 1967.  Detective Thomason later became an Investigator with the Harris County Medical Examiners’ Office.  He was a veteran of the United States Air Force.  He is survived by his wife, Juanita Thomason of Wimberley. Services were held June 6.

Usher

Mr. David Usher Sr. passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.  He is the father of Sergeant David Usher, Jr., assigned to the Vehicular Crimes Division. Services were held May 8 in Splendora.

Walschburger

Mrs. Patti Walschburger passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2015.  She is the wife of Retired Sergeant Fred Walschburger, who retired from the department in 1988, while last assigned to the Training Division. Services were held May 8.

Warhol

Floyd Warhol, 67, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2015.  He is the father of Police Officer Mark J. Warhol, assigned to the North Division.  Services were held May 8 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

Wolfe

Mr. Eugene H. Wolfe passed away Sunday, May 10, 2015.  He was the father of Retired Senior Police Officers Terry and Eugene H. Wolfe II.  Terry and Eugene Wolfe were last assigned to the Training Division. Services were held May 16.

Zepeda

Mr. Arthur Zepeda, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.  He is the brother of Senior Police Officer Thomas R. Zepeda, assigned to the Eastside Division. Graveside services were held May 12.