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John Burke

Oct 05, 1941 - Nov 18, 2023

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Spring, TX

"John Edmund Burke, Sr. (aka Johnny, J5, Daddy and P-Paw), passed away in the early hours of Thursday, November 17, 2023. Johnny was born October 5, 1941 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to the late Mildred Catherine and William Byron Burke. From a young age, Johnny seemed to excel at everything he tried. In 1951 he helped his baseball Little League team win the Oklahoma State Championship. He still has his winning letter jacket today. He became an Eagle Scout often speaking of earning various difficu...Read More

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David Lloyd Needler

Jan 11, 1946 - Feb 27, 2024

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China Spring, TX

David Lloyd Needler, 78, of China Spring passed away February 27, 2024. 6-8pm Friday, March 1, 2024 at Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel 11 am Saturday, March 2, 2024 at China Spring Cemetery. David was born January 11, 1946 in Brownwood to Junior (Jack) and Cleo Needler. He graduated from Brownwood High School. During that time, David started out playing football but soon discovered his passion for rodeo where he did a little bit of everything from rough stock to roping. David had several different jobs including working at a donut shop, a dairy farm and combining. Soon after high school, David was drafted into the Army where he served in Vietnam in the 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry. David lived up to the true meaning of “I’ve Got Your 6” while having the backs of his brothers in arms and saving several lives. His heroic actions were being recognized in the local military and hometown papers, but he was always making sure to send letters, videos and voice recordings home to mom and dad. David also received many awards, medals and badges while in Vietnam: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Combat Infantryman Badge. After being wounded in combat, he was awarded the Purple Heart. After being honorably discharged, he moved to Waco where he worked a couple different jobs and went back to his true passion: RODEO! While being an all around cowboy competing in multiple events, he stole the show in clowning! He was always being fearless and making sure his fellow cowboys were safe! Bull riders always wanted him to clown for them, which won him several belt buckles through the years. Later David went to work for M&M Mars until he retired after 30 years. David enjoyed hunting, fishing and yearly trips to watch NFR (National Finals Rodeo), but his favorite past-time was watching his cattle. On any given day given, one could find him enjoying the company of his granddaughters, watching their ballgames and livestock shows, and spoiling them with candy! He also taught them how to drive tractors and be independent. David’s love for his granddaughters and animals intertwined as they showed livestock. David was a jack of all trades, and there wasn’t much he couldn’t make, fix or figure out! He taught them to build ramps, barrel water troughs, and taught them how to walk their pig on a leash. He could pull off a prank when you least expect it, tell a funny joke and spin a good tale. He was preceded in death by his parents; Jack and Cleo Needler; and niece, Kathy Kemp. Those left to honor his memory are his daughter, Shelley Needler; his son, Scott Needler (Elizabeth); three granddaughters, Dakota Needler (Tyler Hudson), Shyanne Needler and Sierra Needler; sisters, Donna Fouts (Donnie), and Dianna Little; two nieces, Jennifer Krahn (Mike and their children and grandchildren) and Cindy Kemp; and numerous cousins. China Spring Cemetery , 15654 Old China Spring Rd,; China Spring, TX 76633

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Sarah Lynn Martinez

Sep 30, 2001 - Feb 26, 2024

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Big Spring, TX

Sarah Lynn Martinez, 22, of Big Spring passed away at her home, Monday, February 26th, 2024. Visitation at Myers & Smith Funeral Home will be Friday, March1st from 12 noon to 9 PM. A vigil service will be conducted at 7 PM. The funeral will be held at Myers & Smith Chapel, at 11 AM, Saturday, March 2nd . Followed by interment at Mount Olive Cemetery.Sarah was born September 30th, 2001 in Big Spring, Texas. She attended Big Spring schools and the Big Spring High School. During her school years she was a cheerleader and a member of the softball team. She had a large circle of friends and created many memories with them. She loved food; especially menudo, jalapeno poppers and brisket. She also loved music and her favorite color was black. Recently she had been employed by Walmart in Big Spring.Sarah is survived by her mother, Christina Martinez; her brothers, Carlos Paredez, and Marcos Paredez; her grandmother, Lorenza Martinez; her great-grandmother, Simona Martinez; her uncle, Joseph Martinez; her aunt, Crystal Blanco; several cousins, extended family members and a host of friends.Arrangements have been entrusted to Myers & Smith Funeral Home. On-line condolences may be made at www.myersandsmith.com

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Jerene Hocker

Jan 13, 1934 - Feb 22, 2024

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Big Spring, TX

Jerene Hocker, 90, died Thursday, February 22, 2024. Private family services will be held at a later date.Jerene was born on January 13, 1934 in Winters, TX to Minnie Mitchell Stehle & Monroe Stehle.She married Harvey C, Hocker on August 18, 1951 in Ballinger, TX. They moved to Big Spring from Brady in 1955. He preceded her in death on May 6, 2017. She was a member of Baptist Temple.Jerene was a homemaker but also was a church secretary for Hillcrest Baptist and Berea Baptist.Jerene is survived by 2 sons: Keving Hocker (Cindy) of Illinois City, IL and H.L. Hocker (Jerri) of Big Spring; 1 brother Vernon Stehle (Jane) of Bartlett, TN; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her husband and parents, Jerene was preceded in death by 1 son: Winfred Hocker.Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at www.myersandsmith.com

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Eula Belle Rickard Koop

Oct 17, 1917 - Feb 25, 2024

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Spring, TX

Eula Belle Rickard Koop was born in Kaw City, Oklahoma. She was the oldest of three children born to John Harold Rickard Sr. and Marjorie Grace Ramsey Rickard.Koop was a force to be reckoned with from her fierce loyalty to God, her family and all of the ones in between that were her "kids''. She was married June 13, 1936 to Harry Koop. The family grew to four with the addition of two sons, Stan Koop and Jere Koop. She was an avid church worker and Cub Scout Leader in Phillips, Texas. The family did not grow again until 18 years later when Karla Koop was born in Dumas, Texas. Still an avid church worker at First Baptist Church, she worked with the youth program providing support through dinners and later as a secretary, mission trip sponsor and mentor. Living 25 miles away from town, she ferried Karla to piano lessons, church choir and church activities on Wednesday nights. After the death of Harry in 1971, she moved to the town of Dumas, where she became the Head Cook for the Dumas Noon Lions Club, Cook for First Baptist Church and Nursery Worker for the same. She is known to many as "Koop'' and over a 15 year period she mentored many that she lovingly thought of as her “kids” in the Youth Choir.In 2006, she left her home in the Panhandle to live with her daughter in Spring, Texas where she became a member of Champion Forest Baptist Church and became loved by the Solid Rockers Choir. She was a survivor of breast cancer and a stroke.She is survived by her daughter, Karla Koop of Spring, Texas; Daughter-in-Law Nita Hedleston Koop. Grandchildren Chris Koop and wife DeAnna, Carrie Hill and husband David, all of Lubbock, Texas; Great Grandchildren Kit Koop, Karlee Vestal (husband Blake),Kaitlin Martin (husband Bryan), Kamron Koop, Michael Hill (wife Lindsey), Matthew Hill, Joseph Hill (fiance Claudia). Great great grandchildren Bailee Vestal, James Vestal, Luke Vestal, Levi Vestal, Kooper Martin, Caroline Martin, and Nolan Hill. Additionally she has one nephew, Scott Rickard (wife Linda) and one niece Kristi Horton(husband Mike). Housemates\Caregivers Sharon Jennings and Susan Byrne.She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harry(1971), her sons Stan(2008) and Jere(1991), her brother Harold Rickard Jr., her sister Norma Lee Neilson and four nieces/nephews. John Harold Rickard Jr.,Gary Neilson, Terry Neilson and Pam Neilson-Knudson.A Memorial Service and Burial will take place at Memory Gardens of Pampa, 23rd Street and Price Road, Pampa,Texas on June 3, 2024 at 10:30 AM. A Memorial Service will be held at Champion Forest Baptist Church, 15555 Stuebner Airline Dr. Houston, Texas at 10:45 on March 21, 2024 in the Chapel for those wishing to attend.In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Champion Forest Baptist Church Library by sending a check to 15555 Stuebner Airline Dr. Houston, Tx 77069. All donations will go toward the children’s programs for reading. There are no gallery images.#recaptcha-container label {display: none}Upload a PhotoLabel: *Image: *Gallery:Obituary Photos Required Confirmation: Upload Gallery Image

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Michael Joseph Jensen

May 27, 1942 - Feb 24, 2024

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Spring Branch, TX

Michael Joseph Jensen, 81, of Spring Branch, Texas passed away on February 24, 2024 in Spring Branch. He was born May 27, 1942, in San Antonio, to John and Florence Jensen. Michael grew up in San Antonio, graduated from Breckenridge High School and joined the SA fire department before enlisting in the United States Army in 1964. He studied Swahili at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey California and became a member of the 5th Special Forces Group before serving in Vietnam from September 1966 to December 1967. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with valor for his service. Michael returned to San Antonio and continued to work for the San Antonio Fire Department. It was then that he met his wife Deborah and they had their only child Amber in June of 1982. Michael retired from the SAFD in 1995 as a lieutenant after 33 years with the department. He enjoyed hunting, but bass fishing was his favorite pastime, and his big catches made the newspaper on more than one occasion. Michael was a great storyteller. He and his grandson JJ always made each other smile. He was a sweet husband, father and grandfather and he will be dearly missed. He is survived by his wife Deborah, daughter Amber Mokry and her husband Jacob of San Antonio, grandson Jensen Jacob Mokry, and older brother, Terrence Jensen of Dallas, Texas. A committal service will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.

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Frank Joseph Rao

Jun 24, 1949 - Feb 26, 2024

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Spring Branch, TX

Frank Joseph Rao was born on June 24, 1949, in Beaumont, TX, and at 74, he passed into eternity on February 26, 2024, at 10:57 PM in Spring Branch, TX. Frank married his wife, Margaret “Peggy” Rao, on December 19, 1970. He is survived by his wife, daughters Courtney Skillman and Heather Clark, his grandchildren Greer Skillman, Rowan Clark, and Greyson Clark, and his sons-in-law, Chuck Skillman and Keith Clark. Frank was a generous and loving man to everyone he met. He enjoyed being outdoors, working in his workshop, and maintaining his property. He was an avid craftsman, hunter, fisherman, and boater throughout his life. Before retiring after 45 years in the Construction Industry, he served as Vice President, General Manager, and Manager of Construction. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Spring Branch, TX, at the home he built for his loved ones.

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Della Mae Parson Stokes

Nov 24, 1936 - Feb 06, 2024

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Spring, TX

"Della Mae Parson Stokes, of Spring, TX, formerly of Shamrock, TX passed away on Tuesday, February 06, 2024 in Spring at the age of 87 years 02 months 13 days. Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 10, 2024 in the First Baptist Church in Shamrock. Officiants will be Rev. Jeff Messer and Rev. Mark Howard. Interment will be in Shamrock Cemetery, Shamrock, TX. Arrangements are by Robertson Funeral Directors in Shamrock, TX. Della was born and raised in Wheeler County, where she raised her four children. She moved to Burkburnett and Brenham for a few years before returning to Shamrock in 2000. She loved her community of Shamrock where she had many cherished friends. She was a seamstress from a very young age making all her clothes. She loved quilts and quilting. She exemplified a Christian life and was a member of the First Baptist Church. She moved to Spring, TX in the fall of 2022 to live with her daughter and son-in-law Becky and Kip. She passed into eternity on Feb. 6, 2024 surrounded by family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Burnis, in 2021;her parents Aaron and Alice Parson; Siblings: Irene Keys, Cleve Parsons, Herman Parson, Edyth Egan, Dollie Johnson, Othella Lowell, Virginia Bennett, Jimmy Parson, Lavell Hobbs; Granddaughters: Shelia Buck, Kristin Wiley, and Great-Granddaughter Lauren Buck Survivors include her children: Burnie (Charlissa) Stokes, Amarillo; Brenda (Carl) Buck, Canyon, Rebecca \u0026amp; (Jon “Kip”) Wiley, Spring, TX; Connie Goodner, Garland, TX. Grandchildren: Rodney Stokes, Chris Buck, Jeremy Wiley, Amber Read, April Hernandez, Alan Kirkland, Daniel Walters, Dustin Walters, Kelsey Walters and bonus granddaughter Wendy Ganza; 22 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; Gene \u0026amp; Barbara Stokes; and numerous nieces and nephews."

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Nellie E. Kletzly

Jul 27, 1938 - Feb 19, 2024

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Spring, TX

"Ms. Nellie E.Kletzly passed away at her home on February 19, 2024 in Spring, TX. Ms. Kletzly, widow of John F. Kletzly, was born July 27, 1938 in Pikeville, KY, daughter of Troy W. Sparks and Gladys Maynard Sparks. Ms. Kletzly attended school in Pikeville, then went to the Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. TX. She met and married Army Sergeant John F. Kletzly. They had one son, John F. Kletzly. She and her husband traveled quite a bit while stationed overseas. Ms. Kletzly graduated from Mary Hardin Baylor with a BS degree and from Sam Houston State University with a Master’s degree. Ms. Kletzly then taught in the Houston area as a career educator. She loved to learn, new things were exciting to her, and she loved to teach. Ms. Kletzly is survived by her son John and his wife Susan, her sister Patricia A. Sparks, her brother David C. Sparks and his wife Freda, and one brother Troy Sparks (deceased), two grandchildren Max and Hannah. She had multiple nieces, nephews, and cousins. Ms. Kletzly’s longtime friend , companion, and caregiver Mrs. Maria Munoz, her two daughters. Alisa and Azucena, and son Jeff lived with Ms. Nellie at her home in Spring, TX. They enjoyed eating coconut shrimp, and drinking margaritas, while the girls loved to bake cakes with Ms. Nellie.

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Cathy Ann Turner

Feb 26, 1953 - Feb 23, 2024

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Spring, TX

Cathy Ann Turner, age 70, of Spring, Texas passed away on Friday, February 23, 2024. A visitation for Cathy will be held Tuesday, March 5, 2024 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home, 6900 Lawndale Street, Houston, TX 77023. A funeral service will occur Wednesday, March 6, 2024 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 6900 Lawndale Street, Houston, TX 77023. A committal service will occur Wednesday, March 6, 2024 from 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM, 6900 Lawndale Street, Houston, TX 77023.

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James Glen Carrigan

Apr 23, 1944 - Feb 26, 2024

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Big Spring, TX

James Glen Carrigan, 79, longtime resident of Big Spring, passed away Monday, February 26, 2024 at his residence. Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm, Friday, March 1, 2024 at Hillcrest Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm, Thursday, February 29, 2024 at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home. **CHECK BACK FOR FULL OBITUARY** To send flowers to the family or place a tree in memory of James Glen Carrigan, please visit our .

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