Obituaries

Editorial Staff

BANKSTON

Retired Police Officer Jo Marie “Fena” Bankston passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2019. She is preceded in death by her husband, Police Officer James C. “J.C.” Bankston, father-in-law, Sergeant Garland W. Bankston, brother-in-law’s, retired Police Officer Garland L. Bankston and retired Police Officer Stanley J. Skearton. She is also the aunt of retired Police Officer Philip H. Bankston. Officer Jo M. Bankston joined the Houston Police Department on November 8, 1955, Academy Class No. 12. During her career, she was assigned to the Juvenile Division and the Narcotics Division until her retirement on March 15, 1985. Services were held December 4 with burial in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery. (A profile of Jo Bankston was published in the January issue).


BURNS

Doctor Jimmy Clay Burns passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2019, at the age of 84. He is the father of IT Project Manager Clay B. Burns, assigned to the Office of Technology Services. Services were held December 11 with burial in West Columbia.


CARR

Police Officer Stephen Carr of the Fayetteville Police Department, Arkansas, died in the Line of Duty on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at the age of 27. He is preceded in death by his mother, Senior Police Officer Tonya R. Wilson, who retired on March 3, 2012, while assigned to the Robbery Division. She was re-hired by the Houston Police Department as a Senior Clerk on September 21, 2015, assigned to the Robbery Division. She passed away on March 13, 2016; he is also the son of Retired Sergeant Paul A. Carr, last assigned to the Airport IAH Division, retiring on July 19, 2018. Services were held in Fayetteville on December 12.


CASTILLO

Mr. Jacinto “Jac” Castillo passed away on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at the age of 91. He is the father of Counselor Teresa Castillo, assigned to the Criminal Investigations Command. Services were held December 5.


CONLEY

Mrs. Archie M. Conley passed away on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at the age of 71. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Yolanda E. Manley, assigned to the Airport IAH Division; and great aunt of Police Officer Danielle N. Rogers, assigned to the South Central Division. Services were December 27 with burial in Paradise North Cemetery.


DESCHENSKY

Mrs. Mary A. Euton Deschensky passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at the age of 80. She is the widow of Retired Sergeant Edwin Deschensky, who passed away on November 11, 1989.Services were held December 23 with burial in Klein Memorial Park in Tomball.


GANN

Retired Police Officer Michael L. Gann passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at the age of 72. He is preceded in death by his wife, Donna S. Gann. Officer Gann joined the Houston Police Department on January 22, 1973, Academy Class No. 58. During his career, he was assigned to the North Division and the Narcotics Division until his retirement on April 1, 1995. Services were held December 23 with burial in Garden Park Cemetery.


GARCIA, B.

Ms. Beatrice Rodriguez Garcia passed on Monday, December 2, 2019, at the age of 83. She is the mother of Executive Office Assistant Rose L. Bosworth, assigned to the Criminal Investigations Command, and mother-in-law of retired Senior Police Officer Keith R. Schirck. Services were held December 7.


GARCIA, E.

Retired Truck Driver Eraldo V. Garcia passed away on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at the age of 84. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Garcia; son Retired Sergeant Eraldo V. Garcia, Jr. who retired on December 20, 2013; daughter Senior Police Officer Elizabeth G. Mihalco, assigned to the Major Offenders Division; son-in-law Lieutenant Albert J. Mihalco, assigned to the Tactical Operations Division; granddaughter Police Officer Valerie D. Martinez, assigned to the Training Division; grandson Police Officer Nicholas R. Mihalco, assigned to the North Division; and nephew Sergeant Roland Nieto, assigned to the Gang Division. Mr. Garcia was assigned to the Fleet Unit throughout his career with the department, retiring on February 16, 2002. Services were held December 17 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.


GREENHAW

Mr. Jeffery Greenhaw passed away on Friday, December 6, 2019, at the age of 61. He is the father of Police Officer Jordan Greenhaw, assigned to the Auto Theft Division and father-in-law of  Police Officer Maria Resnick, assigned to the Special Victims Division. Graveside services were held in Kemp, Texas on December 11.


GUZMAN

Mr. Eloy Guzman Sr. passed away on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at the age of 80. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Eloy Guzman Jr., assigned to the Northwest Division. Services were held December 27 in La Vernia, Texas.


JOHNSON

Mrs. Shelia Ann Johnson passed away on Monday, December 9, 2019, at the age of 67. She is mother of Lieutenant Arthur Semein, assigned to Major Assaults & Family Violence Division. She is the cousin of Sergeant Bernard Simien, assigned to Special Operations Division; Sergeant Jason Phillips, assigned to Gang Division; Police Officer Christopher Semien, assigned to Vehicle Crimes and Police Officer Anna Fontenot, assigned to Southwest Division. She is also the cousin-in-law of Sergeant John Meyers, assigned to Special Operations Division. Services were held December 23 with burial in Paradise Cemetery.


HEADLEY

Mrs. Myrtice B. Headley passed away on Friday, November 29, 2019, at the age of 89. She is the mother of retired Lieutenant Ronald E. Headley who was last assigned to the Tactical Operations Division until his retirement on March 19, 2011. She is also the grandmother of Sergeant Jeff A. Headley, assigned to the Cyber and Financial Crimes Division. Services were held December 6.


HUU CAO

Mr. Nghia Huu Cao passed away on Monday, December 2, 2019, at the age of 82. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Sippi C. Cao, assigned to the Northwest Division and grandfather of Police Officer Thuong S. Tran, assigned to the Vehicular Crimes Division. He is also the grand-uncle of Sergeant Steven Dau, assigned to the Criminal Investigations Command and Senior Police Officer Chanh Q. Dau, assigned to the Auto Dealers Division. Services were held December 7 with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery.


McKINNEY

Retired Sergeant Thomas F. McKinney passed away on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at the age of 88. He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Anne McKinney. He joined the Houston Police Department on November 21, 1955, Academy Class No. 13. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Central, Robbery, and Auto Theft Divisions. Sergeant McKinney retired on March 3, 2001. Services were held November 9 with burial in Marks, Mississippi.


ORSAK

Mr. Arnold “Jack” Wood Orsak passed away on Monday, December 9, 2019, at the age of 80. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Jennifer L. Coffelt, assigned to the Criminal Investigations Command. Services were held December 14.


OSBY

Mr. John Douglas Osby passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at the age of 74. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Vantrisa L. Smith, assigned to the Southeast Division. Graveside services were held December 24 in Houston National Cemetery.


REISER

Mr. Donald “Don” Eugene Reiser passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at the age of 80. He is the father of Senior Police Officer William Reiser, assigned to the Special Victims Division and father-in-law of Lieutenant Katie Reiser, assigned to the Auto Dealers Division. Services were scheduled for January 11.


SCERBO

Retired Police Officer Joseph Scerbo passed away on Saturday, December 21, 2019, at the age of 75. He is a Veteran of the United States Army. He is survived by his wife, Mary K. Vadell Scerbo. He joined the Houston Police Department on August 20, 1973, Academy Class #61. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Patrol Bureau, Juvenile, Employment Services, Major Offenders, Burglary and Theft, and Auto Theft Divisions. Police Officer Scerbo retired on May 27, 1994.


SOLORIO

Police Officer Gizelle Solorio passed away on Thursday, December 19, 2019, at the age of 32. She joined the Houston Police Department on October 24, 2016, Academy Class #230. She was assigned to the Northeast Division.


WILLIAMS

Retired Sergeant Charles D. Williams, Jr. passed away on Thursday, November 21, 2019, at the age of 71. He is survived by his wife, Jean Ann Williams. He was a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He joined the Houston Police Department on March 29, 1976, Academy Class No. 74. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Northwest, Central, Emergency Communications, Training, Burglary and Theft, and Personnel Divisions. He was also assigned to the Technical Services Command Administration. Sergeant Williams retired on March 7, 1998, out of the Special Operations Division. Sergeant Williams donated his body to science.


WOOD

Mr. Luke Monroe Wood Jr. passed away on Sunday, December 8, 2019, at the age of 74. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Chris A. Wood, assigned to the North Division. Services were held December 14 with burial in Huntsville.