Obituaries of HPD Family Members

Editorial Staff

ALLEN

Retired Sergeant Waymon O. Allen, Jr. passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at the age of 67. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn “Kari” Allen. He joined the Houston Police Department on November 11, 1974, Academy Class No. 67. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Northeast, Air Support, Burglary and Theft, Special Operations, Central, Internal Affairs, and Homicide Divisions. Sergeant Allen retired on September 25, 2004. Services were held September 13.


BURT

Retired Senior Office Assistant Ms. Patricia C. Burt passed away on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at the age of 76. She joined the Houston Police Department on June 6, 1987. During her career with the department, she was assigned to the Crime Analysis, Traffic/Accident, Robbery, Burglary and Theft, Auto Theft, Major Offenders and Narcotics Divisions until her retirement on December 29, 2017. Services were held September 14 with burial in Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery.


CARTER

Mr. Vernon G. Carter passed away on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at the age of 60. He is the brother of Police Officer Patrick Carraway, assigned to the Downtown Division, and uncle of Police Officer Derek Carter, assigned to the Southeast Division. Services were held September 21.


CHARRIER

Retired Senior Police Officer Michael R. Charrier passed away on Friday, August 30, 2019, at the age of 69. He joined the Houston Police Department on January 21, 1974, Academy Class No. 63. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Northeast Division, Traffic and Accident Division, Vice Division, Emergency Communications Division, Central Division and the Special Operations Division until his retirement on August 14, 2004. Services were held September 14.


CORPUS

Mr. Candelario Corpus, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at the age of 62. He is the father-in-law of Executive Office Assistant Leslie T. Rios, assigned to the Patrol Region 1 Command; and uncle of Sergeant Israel Hernandez, assigned to the North Division. Services were held September 11 with burial in Earthman Resthaven Cemetery.


COZMA

Retired Senior Police Officer Victor Cozma passed away on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at the age of 67. He joined the Houston Police Department on June 15, 1981, Academy Class No. 98. During his career in the department, he was assigned to the Southeast, Eastside, and Major Offenders Divisions. Senior Police Officer Cozma retired on May 20, 2017. Services were held August 31 with burial in Spring Branch, Texas.


GILL

Mr. John Benjamin Gill passed away on Monday, September 2, 2019, at the age of 35. He is the son of Retired Senior Police Benjamin K. Gill, who retired on June 16, 2017, out of the Narcotics Division. Services were held September 27 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.


GILLS

Mrs. Ann Gills passed away on Friday, September 13, 2019, at the age of 91. She is the mother of Retired Senior Police Officer Alvin W. Gills, who retired on June 17, 2006; mother-in-law of Retired Senior Police Officer Alma L. Gills, who retired on May 20, 2006; and grandmother-in-law of Police Officer Winston G. Ramsay, assigned to the Southeast Division. Services were held September 21 with burial in Paradise North Cemetery.


GUERIN

Retired Police Officer Michael K. Guerin passed away on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at the age of 71. He is survived by his wife, Vickie J. Guerin. He is the father of Police Officer Kent M. Guerin, assigned to the North Division. Michael Guerin joined the Houston Police Department on January 8, 1968, Academy Class No. 37. During his career with the department he was assigned to the Central Division, Southeast Division, Juvenile Division, Auto Dealers Detail, and the Auto Theft Division. Police Officer Michael Guerin retired on March 7, 1998. Services were held September 4 in Industry, Texas.


GUINN

Mr. Jack Daniel Guinn passed away in a tragic accident in Camarillo, California on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at the age of 58. He is the brother of Commander Tinsley Guinn-Shaver, Commander of the Robbery Division.


HARRIS

Retired Detective Homer F. Harris, Jr. passed away on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at the age of 91. He was a United States Navy Veteran. He is survived by his wife, Margie M. Harris. He joined the Houston Police Department on February 23, 1953, Academy Class No. 9. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Patrol Bureau, Mayor’s Office, and the Burglary and Theft Division. Detective Harris retired on October 26, 1978. Services were held September 1.


HAWKINS

Mrs. Pamela C. Hawkins passed away on Sunday, September 1, 2019, at the age of 62. She is the mother of Sergeant Yolanda West, assigned to the Downtown Division, and mother-in-law of Senior Police Officer Earnest West, assigned to the Central Division. She is also the cousin of Executive Assistant Chief Michael Dirden, who is currently on Phase Down C, and Aunt of Police Officer Betty Sinclair, assigned to the Employee Services Division – Peer Support. Services were held September 7.


HEART

Mr. Christ W. Heart passed away on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at the age of 75. He is the father-in-law of Senior Police Officer Jason K. Hall, assigned to the Criminal Intelligence Division. Services were held September 10 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.


NOBLE

Mr. Gerald Andrew Noble passed away on Friday, August 9, 2019, at the age of 71. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Sabrina A. Noble, assigned to the Recruiting Division. Services were held August 16 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.


JERDEN

Retired Police Officer Larry L. Jerden passed away Friday, September 13, 2019, at the age of 86. He was a Veteran of the United States Army. He is survived by his wife, Reba L. Jerden. He joined the Houston Police Department on September 8, 1958, Academy Class No.19. Officer Jerden Retired on April 16, 1981. Services were held September 20.


JOHNSON

Mr. Paul F. Johnson passed away on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at the age of 89. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Marsha L. Johnson, who is currently on Phase Down C since June 16, 2017. Services were held September 16 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.


RYZA

Mrs. Julia Adelaide Schmitz Ryza passed away on Monday, August 26, 2019, at the age of 86. She is the mother of Lieutenant Paul E. Ryza, assigned to the Northwest Division, and Retired Sergeant David A. Ryza, who retired on December 2, 2017 and was last assigned to the Robbery Division. She is also the mother-in-law of Retired Senior Police Officer Veronica Ryza, who retired on October 11, 2014 and was last assigned to the Robbery Division, and Retired Senior Police Officer Paul Reese, who is currently on Phase Down C. Services were held September 4 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.


SAUCEDO

Mrs. Genoveva Saucedo passed away on Friday, September 13, 2019, at the age of 77. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer David Lee Garcia, assigned to the Property Division. Services were held September 20 with burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery.


SEBER

Retired Police Officer Marvin D. Seber passed away on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at the age of 91. He is survived by his wife, Tommie Lou Seber. He joined the Houston Police Department on August 8, 1955, Academy Class No.12. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Patrol Bureau, Robbery Division, and Auto Dealers Detail. Officer Seber retired on January 22, 1988. Services were held September 20 with burial in Memorial Oaks Cemetery.


SKIPPER

Retired Captain Joe E. Skipper passed away on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at the age of 85. He is survived by his wife, Marie M. Skipper. He is also the brother of retired Sergeant John D. Skipper, who was last assigned to the Burglary and Theft Division until his retirement on January 15, 2000. Captain Skipper joined the Houston Police Department on September 14, 1954, Academy Class No. 22 and was also a Veteran of the United States Navy. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Patrol Division, Dispatch Division, Uniform Supply Division, Personnel Division, Vice Division, Planning and Research Division and Juvenile Division until his retirement on May 4, 1980. Services were held September 8 in Daingerfield.


SORIA

Mr. Jose Soria, Jr. passed away on Monday, September 16, 2019, at the age of 70. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Joe Soria, Jr., assigned to the Midwest Division. Services were held September 20.


TRIOLA

Mr. Maxie James Triola, Sr. passed away on Saturday, August 31, 2019, at the age of 88. He is the father of Criminal Intelligence Analyst Max James Triola, Jr., assigned to the Narcotics Division. Services were held September 9 in Leesburg, Virginia.


VAWTERS

Mrs. Marie Lucille Vawters passed away on Friday, September 6, 2019, at the age of 72. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Eva K. Vawters, assigned to the Juvenile Division. Services were held September 12 with burial in Hitchcock.


WILLIAMS

Mrs. Sarah Frances Jones Williams passed away Thursday, August 22, 2019, at the age of 81. She is the mother of Senior Police Service Officer Carla J. Smith, assigned to the Criminal Investigations Command. Services were held August 31 with burial in Cemetery Beautiful.