Obituaries of HPD Family Members

Tom Kennedy

 

AUTRY

Vermel Chambers Autry passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019, at the age of 85. She is the mother of Senior Customer Service Clerk Shirley Merritt, assigned to the Records Division. Services were held January 19 with burial in Graham.

 

BAKER

Retired Sergeant Thomas E. Baker passed away on Monday, December 31, 2018, at the age of 89. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Bell Baker. Sergeant Baker joined the Houston Police Department on November 16, 1953, Academy Class No. 10 and was also a Veteran of the United States Army. During his career, he was assigned to the Central Division, Emergency Communications Division, Robbery Division and the Homicide Division until his retirement on February 16, 1985. Services were held January 4 with burial in Grand View Cemetery in Pasadena.

 

COFFELT

 

Mr. Jack Kenneth Coffelt passed away on Saturday, December 15, 2018, at the age of 95. He is the father-in-law of Senior Police Officer Jennifer L. Coffelt, assigned to the Criminal Investigations Command / Victim Services Unit. Services were held January 7 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

 

CORTINAS

Mrs. Irene R. Cortinas passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at the age of 84. She is the grandmother of Police Officer Jonjey Hernandez, assigned to the Southeast Division. Services were held January 21 with burial in Forest Park Lawndale.

 

GARCIA, ANTHONY

Mr. Anthony M. Garcia passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at the age of 76. He is the grandfather of Police Officer Candace Reyes, assigned to the Emergency Communications Division, grandfather-in-law of Police Officer Christopher Reyes, assigned to the North Division and father-in-law of Sergeant James Avant, assigned to the Downtown Division.

 

GARCIA, HECTOR

Mr. Hector Garcia Sr. passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at the age of 97. He is the grandfather of Sergeant Adalberto R. Ramos, assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Division. Services were held in San Antonio on January 22.

 

JACKSON

Mr. James E. Jackson, Sr. passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2018. He is the father of Lieutenant Angela M. Merritt, assigned to the Vice Division. Services were held January 12 in Galveston.

 

 JOHNSON

Mr. David Alexander Johnson passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019, at the age of 49. He is the brother of Police Officer Rodney Johnson, killed in the Line of Duty on September 22, 2006. He is also the brother-in-law of Retired Lieutenant Joslyn Johnson, who retired on December 29, 2018. Services were held January 22.

 

McCALISTER

Retired Police Officer Shirley A. McCalister passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the age of 69. She joined the Houston Police Department on November 02, 1981, Academy Class #101. During her career with the department, she was assigned to the Northeast, Central, Special Operations, Jail, Traffic & Accident, and South Central Divisions, retiring on December 20, 2000.

 

MAHRER

Retired Senior Police Officer Elayne Mahrer passed away on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at the age of 73. She joined the Houston Police Department on August 21, 1972, Academy Class #56. During her career with the department, she was assigned to the Jail, Juvenile, Emergency Communications, Southwest, and Westside Divisions. Senior Police Officer Mahrer retired on February 15, 2003. Graveside services were held January 22 in Normangee.

 

PATRICK

Retired Police Officer Orris D. Patrick passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife, Betty Sue Patrick. He joined the Houston Police Department on September 16, 1957, Academy Class #17. Officer Patrick retired on April 29, 1978. Services were held January 24 in Mt. Enterprise, Texas.

 

RAMIREZ

Mrs. Ramona R. Ramirez passed away on Monday, January 14, 2019, at the age of 81. She is the mother-in-law of Sergeant Rodolfo Rodriguez, assigned to the Westside Division. Services were held January 18 in Wharton.

 

RIGGS

Mr. William “Bill” R. Riggs passed away on Friday, January 4, 2019, at the age of 79. He is the father of retired Sergeant Jerry S. Riggs who was last assigned to the Training Division until his retirement on January 30, 2016 and grandfather of Police Officer David A. Riggs, assigned to the Vice Division. Graveside services were held January 9 in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

 

SALINAS

Mr. Patrick Salinas passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the age of 68. He is the father of Police Officer Annette L. Keyes, assigned to the Special Victims Division. Services were held January 2 in Victoria.

 

STEWART

Ms. Eva M. Stewart passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2018, at the age of 65. She is the sister of Financial Analyst IV Robert J. Stewart, assigned to the Office of Budget and Finance. Services were held January 5 in Baton Rouge.

 

SVOBODA

Retired Police Officer Michael J. Svoboda passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at the age of 72. He is survived by his wife, Janet Svoboda. Officer Svoboda joined the Houston Police Department on January 13, 1969, Academy Class No. 40. During his career, he was assigned to the Vice Division, Central Division and Northwest Division until his retirement on June 30, 1989. Graveside services were held January 10 in Memorial Oaks Cemetery.

 

TEED

Mrs. Nancy Luella Teed passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the age of 80. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Daniel C. Teed, assigned to the Central Division. Services were held January 31 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

 

VALENTINO

Retired Senior Buyer Mary Cindy Valentino passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at the age of 69. She joined the Houston Police Department on September 17, 1969. Throughout her whole career in the department she was assigned to the Office of Budget and Finance, until her retirement on April 16, 1994.

 

WILLIAMS

Mr. Alan Tilford Williams passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at the age of 73. He is the father of Senior Police Telecommunicator Angela D. Williams, assigned to the Emergency Communications Division. Services were held January 26 with burial in Houston Memorial Gardens.