Obituaries of HPD Family Members

Tom Kennedy

ALCANTARA

Mr. Antonio Alcantara passed away on Monday, May 30, 2016, at the age of 90. He is the father of Retired Senior Police Officer Anthony Alcantara, last assigned to the Night Command and Security Operations, retiring on October 25, 2014. Services were held June 2 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

BENAVIDEZ

Mrs. Sylvia Vela Benavidez passed away on Sunday, July 10, 2016, at the age of 54. She is the sister of Senior Police Officer Paul Vela, assigned to the Homicide Division. Services were held July 15.

BLACK

Retired Sergeant Freddy G. Black passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at the age of 74. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He joined the Houston Police Department on August 28, 1967, Academy Class No. 36. During his career with the Houston Police Department he was assigned to the Northeast Division, Traffic and Accident Division, Northwest Division, and the Emergency Communications Division, retiring on January 5, 1988. Sergeant Black is the father of Senior Police Officer Ronald E. Black, assigned to the Downtown Division. He is survived by his wife of over 44 years, Donna Black. Services were held July 22.

BURKE

Mrs. Edna Mae Burke passed away on Monday, July 11, 2016, at the age of 93. She was preceded in death by her husband, Retired Police Officer Preston D. Burke. He retired on September 14, 1963, and passed away on November 2, 2000.    Services were held July 16 with burial in Farris Cemetery in Madisonville.

CARMICAL

Doris Carmical, 87, passed away on May 7, 2016.  She is the surviving spouse of Police Officer William F. Carmical who passed on July 25, 2012.  Officer Carmical was assigned to the Clear Lake Division.  He joined the department in Police Class No. 18. The family held a private funeral service.

COLEMAN

Mr. Robin L. Coleman passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2016, at the age of 65. He is the brother of Retired Senior Police Officer Albert E. Coleman, last assigned to the Traffic / Accident Division, retiring on January 27, 2002. Services were held on July 2 with burial in Somerville.

COLSTON

Mr. Robert Colston, Sr. passed away on Sunday, June 5, 2016, at the age of 79. He is the father of Senior Office Assistant Candy G. Gradney, assigned to the Midwest Division. Services were held June 11 in Lake Charles.

DEMERY

Mrs. Ruth Ella Demery passed away on Sunday, July 10, 2016, at the age of 91. She is the grandmother of Senior Police Officer Derrick O. Watson, assigned to the Northeast Division.

Services were held July 16.

DOUGAN

Mr. Harold Lynn Dougan passed away on Monday, June 20, 2016, at the age of 70. He is the step-father of Senior Police Officer Charles D. Allen, assigned to the Central Division / Divisional Gang Unit. Services were held June 27 with burial in Highlands.

DOWNER

Christopher Glenn Downer passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. He is the brother of Police Officer Donald J. Downer, assigned to the Midwest Division. The family had a private funeral service on June 18 in Katy.

 EASTERLING

Mr. Isiah Easterling, Jr. passed away on Saturday, July 16, 2016. He is the brother of Police Officer Ryan L. Johnson, assigned to the North Division. Services were held July 23.

FRANCIS

Mrs. Latonya Francis passed away on Monday, May 23, 2016 at the age of 30. She is the sister of Police Officer Monique R. Francis, assigned to the Northeast Division. Services were held May 28 with burial in Brookside Memorial Park.

GAINES

Mr. Lewis Henry Gaines, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at the age of 71. He is the father-in-law of Police Officer Jeffrey W. Corliss, assigned to the North Division. Services were held June 13 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

GALANO

Retired Sergeant Hipolito A. Galano passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at the age of 77. He joined the Houston Police Department on August 23, 1971, Academy Class No. 51. During his career with the Houston Police Department, he was assigned to the Southeast Division, Internal Affairs Division, Major Offenders Division, and retired out of the Burglary & Theft Division on February 2, 2002. He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Lupe Galano.

 

GUERRERO

Ms. Ruby Leighan Guerrero passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at the age of 18. She is the daughter of Mobility Service Officer Donald W. Guerrero, assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Division. Services were held May 28 with burial in Brookside Cemetery.

HICKMAN

Mr. Larry Hickman passed away on Monday, May 23, 2016.  He is the father-in-law of Police Officer Oneil A. Chambers, assigned to the Southwest Division. Services were held June 2 with burial in Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.

JASSO

Mrs. Ninfa Gutierrez Jasso passed away on Sunday, July 17, 2016, at the age of 96. She is the grandmother of Senior Police Officer Ninfa V. Castaneda, assigned to the Crime Analysis and Command Center Division.  Services were held July 20 with burial in Zapata, Texas.

JOHNSON

Nicholas Anthony Johnson, 26, passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.  He is the son of Data Entry Operator, Yvonne Johnson, assigned to the Records Division.  Nicholas served our country as a United States Marine from 2009 through 2013, where he attained the rank of Corporal.  Services were held June 6 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

 LEONARD

Mr. Eugene S. Leonard passed away Saturday, June 4, 2016. He is the father of Sergeant Marcus E. Leonard, assigned to the North Division; and uncle of Police Officer Leslie K. Buggs, assigned to the Central Division. Services were held June 18 with burial in Humble.

LONG

Mrs. Barbara E. Long passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Ralph “Ray” Freeze, assigned to the Southwest Division DRT; and mother-in-law of Senior Police Officer Dawn M. Freeze, assigned to the Crime Analysis and Command Center. Services were held June 7 with burial in Marquez, Texas.

 

LOPEZ

Mr. Jesus Lopez, Sr. passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at the age of 80. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Jesus Lopez, Jr., assigned to the North Division and of Senior Police Officer Marco A. Lopez, assigned to the Tactical Operations Division / SWAT Detail; he was also the brother of Lieutenant Humberto Lopez, assigned to the South Gessner Division / DTU.  Services were held July 5 with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.

LOVE

Mrs. Nancy Lurie Love passed away on Friday, May 27, 2016, at the age of 79. She is the widow of Retired Police Officer Charles E. Love. He retired on January 4, 1980, and passed away on January 22, 1993. Services were held May 31 with burial in Hardin, Texas.

McKEOWN

Retired Senior Police Officer William G. McKeown passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at the age of 66. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran. He is survived by his wife, Debbie A. McKeown. He joined the Houston Police Department on August 20, 1973, Academy Class No. 61. During his career with the Houston Police Department he was assigned to the Northwest Division, Jail Division, Central Division, and North Division. Senior Police Officer McKeown retired on March 17, 2012. Services were held July 2 with burial in Forest Park Lawndale.

McPHERSON

Mrs. Bernadine McPherson passed away on Friday, June 24, 2016, at the age of 88. She is the grandmother of Lieutenant William V. McPherson, assigned to the Vice Division. Services were held June 27.

MORGAN

Mrs. Annie Brown passed away on Monday, May 30, 2016, at the age of 91. She is the grandmother of Sergeant David K. Morgan, assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Division. Services were held June 9 in San Antonio.

PHILIOPOULOS

Mrs. Betsy Philiopoulos passed away on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the age of 58. She is the sister of Senior Police Service Officer Margaret H. Guillory, assigned to the Airport IAH Division / K-9 Explosive Detection Unit. Services were held June 17 with burial in Columbus, Ohio.

POHL

Retired Sergeant Benard A. Pohl, Jr. passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at the age of 71. He is survived by his wife, Paula Pohl. He joined the Houston Police Department on December 27, 1966, Academy Class No. 34. During his career with the Houston Police Department, Sergeant Pohl was assigned to the Southeast Division and the Burglary & Theft Division. Sergeant Pohl retired on March 19, 2011. Graveside services were held in Salem Cemetery in Ezell, Texas.

RANEY

Mr. Norman E. “Bubba” Raney passed away on Monday, July 4, 2016. He is the father of Senior Office Assistant Caryn R. Foster, assigned to the Airport Division / IAH. Mr. Raney is the grandson of Mounted Police Officer Ira D. Raney who was killed in the line of duty on August 23, 1917, during the Camp Logan Riots. Services were held July 9 with burial in Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster.

RICH

Retired Detective R.C. Rich passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at the age of 86. He joined the Houston Police Department on August 8, 1955, Academy Class No. 12. During his career with the Houston Police Department, he was assigned to the Patrol Bureau, Training Division, Homicide Division, Auto Theft Division, and the Harris County Organized Crime Unit. Detective Rich retired on January 11, 1980. Graveside services were held June 27 in Anderson County.

RIOS

Mr. Valeriano “Bill” Rios, Sr. passed away on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at the age of 82. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Valeriano Rios, Jr., assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Division / Solo Motorcycle Detail; and grandfather of Police Officer Valeriano Rios III, assigned to the Southeast Division. Services were held June 20 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

RODRIGUEZ

Janitorial Services Attendant Raul Rodriguez passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at the age of 57. He worked at the Edward A. Thomas Building as a Porter for over 10 years. Services were held July 12.

SANCHEZ

Mrs. Virginia C. Sanchez passed away on Friday, July 8, 2016, at the age of 73. She is the grandmother of Data Entry Operator Guadalupe C. Sanchez and Data Entry Operator Brittney A. Sanchez, both assigned to the Burglary & Theft Division.  Services were held July 14 with burial in Forest Park Lawndale.

SANDERS

Mrs. Dorrie Doyle Sanders, 81, passed away on Friday, July 8, 2016.  She is the mother-in-law of Sr. Police Officer Eric W. Fagan, assigned to the Mayor’s Protections Detail.  Services were held July 15 with burial in Paradise South Cemetery in Pearland.

SEPULVEDA

Retired Senior Police Officer Andrew L. Sepulveda passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at the age of 68. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He started his police career with the Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office. On February 5, 1990 he joined the City of Houston Marshal’s Office until its merger with the Houston Police Department on November 20, 1992. On November 21, 1992, Senior Police Officer Sepulveda started Houston Police Department Academy Class No. CMC2. During his career with the Houston Police Department he was assigned to the Marshal Division and Westside Division, retiring on December 8, 2012. Senior Police Officer Andrew L. Sepulveda is the father of Senior Police Officer Andrew L. Sepulveda, Jr., assigned to the Westside Division. Services were held July 14.

 SMITH

Retired Police Officer Lloyd H. Smith passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at the age of 84. He joined the Houston Police Department on June 1, 1959, Academy Class No. 21. During his career with the Houston Police Department he was assigned to the Central Division and Traffic/Accident Division and retiring on August 8, 1996. Lloyd was preceded in death by his dear wife, Judy Smith, who passed away last year on August 9, 2015.  He is survived by his daughter, Tracy Smith Hair and two sons, Paul Smith and Lloyd H. Smith. Services were held July 30 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

 STEWART

Newborn Princess Allena Marie Stewart passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.  She is the granddaughter of Office Service Manager Annie Sanders, assigned to the Records Division, and the great-niece of Senior Police Service Officer Deborah Sanders, assigned to IAH Airport Division. Services were held July 22 in Paradise North.

 TALLEY

Retired Detective Jack W. Talley passed away on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at the age of 90. He joined the Houston Police Department on January 12, 1948, Academy Class No. 1. Detective Talley retired on June 22, 1970, while assigned to the Robbery Division. Services were held July 9 in Tomball.

TAYLOR

Mrs. Lovie Taylor passed away on Monday, June 13, 2016, at the age of 86. She is the grandmother of Senior Police Officer Vantrisa L. Smith, assigned to the Southeast Division. Services were held June 18 with burial in Bryan.

THOMAS

Mrs. Dorothy Thomas passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2016. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Robert L. Thomas, Jr., assigned to the Vice Division. Services were held July 2 with burial in Paradise North Cemetery.

THOMPSON

Mrs. Margie V. Thompson passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at the age of 92. She is the mother of Administrative Assistant Cheryl A. Taylor, assigned to the Office of Planning. Services were held June 4 with burial in Paradise North Cemetery.

THRAILKILL

Mrs. Norma Sue Thrailkill passed away on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at the age of 83. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer William J. Thrailkill, assigned to the Narcotics Division. Services were held June 10 with burial in Earthman Resthaven Cemetery.

VEGA

Mrs. Guadalupe Vega passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at the age of 97. She is the mother of Retired Data Entry Operator Mary Ann Garcia, last assigned to the Juvenile Division, retiring on January 17, 2004; and grandmother of Retired Senior Police Officer Evangeline M. Gutierrez, last assigned to the Emergency Communications Division, retiring on June 4, 2016. Mrs. Vega was preceded in death by her grandson, Senior Police Officer David J. Gutierrez, who retired on June 27, 2009, and passed away on January 18, 2013. Services were held June 28 with burial in Forest Park Lawndale.

WEBB

Mr. Jacob F. Webb, Sr., 76, passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2016.  He is the father of Senior Police Officer Jacob F. Webb, Jr., assigned to the Burglary and Theft Division, brother of Retired Police Officer Charles L. Webb, uncle of Senior Police Officer Charles N. Webb, assigned to the South Central Division and Officer Oscar N. Webb, Jr., assigned to the Southeast Division. Services were held July 8.

WESLEY

Retired Police Officer T.Z. Wesley passed away on Monday, July 11, 2016, at the age of 77. He started his police career at the City of Houston Marshal’s Office on December 9, 1985, until its merger with the Houston Police Department on November 20, 1992. On November 21, 1992, Police Officer Wesley started Houston Police Academy No. CMC2. He was assigned to the Marshal Division until his retirement on June 1, 2006. Services were held July 16 with burial IN Houston Memorial Gardens in Pearland.

 WILLIAM

Mr. Lionell William passed away on Friday, July 8, 2016, at the age of 49. He is the brother of Jail Attendant Sarah Guy-Jackson, assigned to the Jail Division. Services were held July 16.

 YOREK

Mrs. Victoria Theresa Yorek passed away on Friday, July 1, 2016, at the age of 92. She is the mother of Retired Assistant Chief Franklin E. Yorek, retired on October 25, 2014, and of Captain Glenn D. Yorek, in command of Airport Division / IAH; grandmother of Police Officer Kenneth P. Yorek, assigned to the Recruiting Division; and mother-in-law of Captain Robert W. Robertson, in command of South Gessner Division. Services were held July 6 with burial In Earthman Resthaven Cemetery.

ZARATE

Police Officer Marco Antonio Zarate from the Bellaire City Police Department was killed in the Line of Duty on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at the age of 52. He is the uncle of Police Officer Eric J. Garza, assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Division. Services for this brave officer were held July 18 with burial in Memorial Oaks Cemetery.