February

ALTUNTAS

Kadem Altuntas passed away on Friday, January 22, 2021, at the age of 68. She is the mother-in-law of Commander Y. Bashir, assigned to Major Assaults & Family Violence Division. Funeral services was held in Kayseri, Turkey.

BAILEY

Ms. Verrita K. Bailey passed away on Friday, January 22, 2021, at the age of 55. She is the sister of retired Senior Police Officer Adolph Beck who retired on February 14, 2015 and was last assigned to the South Central Division. Services were held January 29 with burial in Houston Memorial Gardens.

BANKSTON

Retired Police Officer Philip H. Bankston passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the age of 73. He is survived by his wife Kathy Bankston. He joined the Houston Police Department on August 28, 1967, Academy Class No. 36. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Traffic Enforcement, Narcotics, Central, and Training Divisions. Police Officer Bankston retired on January 4, 1989. Services were held January 13 in Hockley.

BASS

Mr. Ronald K. Bass passed away on Friday, January 1, 2021, at the age of 65. He is the father of Sergeant Richard Bass, assigned to the Internal Affairs Division. Services were held January 8 in Malvern, Arkansas.

BATES

Ms. Cynthia Bates passed away on Monday, December 28, 2020, at the age of 61. She is the sister of Financial Analyst IV Deborah “Debbie” Kuhnley, assigned to the Office of Budget & Finance.

BOSWELL

Ms. Mattie Boswell passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at the age of 60. She is the mother of Police Officer Kawanski Nichols, assigned to the Office of Planning & Data Governance. Services were held January 30 in Montgomery, Alabama.

BOONE

Retired Sergeant Charles L. Boone passed away on Friday, January 22, 2021, at the age of 87. He was a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He is preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Retired Detective Ormond G. King, who passed away on April 20, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Boone. He joined the Houston Police Department on September 8, 1958, Academy Class No.19. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Traffic and Accident, Records, Central, Training, Narcotics, Community Services, Property, and Juvenile Divisions. Sergeant Boone retired on September 29, 2004. Services were held January 27 with burial in Memorial Oaks Cemetery.

BROUSSARD

Mrs. Alice “Momo” Broussard Greene passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at the age of 104. She is the grandmother of Administrative Assistant Michelle L. Cameron, assigned to the Office of Chief of Police. Services were held in Opelousas, Louisiana.

BURKHALTER

Retired Police Officer Roger Burkhalter passed away on Monday, January 4, 2021, at the age of 74. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Marilyn Burkhalter. He was a Veteran of the United States Army. He joined the Houston Police Department on May 6, 1968, as a member of Academy Class No. 38. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Central, Air Support, Southeast, Eastside and Clear Lake Divisions, retiring on February 15, 1997. Services were held January 9 with burial in Forest Park East Cemetery.

CANTU

Mr. Jose Benavidez Cantu passed away on Monday, January 18, 2021, at the age of 90. He is the father of Sergeant Carlos R. Cantu, assigned to the Eastside Division and the father-in-law of Senior Police Officer Perla R. Cantu, assigned to the Airport Division – Hobby. Graveside services were held in Pasadena on January 26.

CLARK

Retired Police Officer Charles “Jim” Clark passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2021, at the age of 75. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Marie Clark. He was a Veteran of the United States Navy. He joined the Houston Police Department on June 22, 1970, Academy Class No. 45. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Central, Emergency Communications, Fleet, Southeast and Vice Divisions. Officer Clark retired on October 12, 1990. Graveside services were held January 20 in Crockett.

EDGAR

Retired Sergeant Paul C. Edgar passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the age of 89. He is survived by his wife Doris May Edgar. He was a Veteran of the United States Navy. He joined the Houston Police Department on September 17, 1962, Academy Class No. 26. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Central Division and Jail Division. Sergeant Edgar retired on March 31, 1989. Services were held January 12 in Houston National Cemetery.

EICHHOLTZ

Retired Lieutenant Fred T. Eichholtz passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at the age of 77. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Judith Ann Eichholtz. Lieutenant Eichholtz who was also a Veteran of the United States Army, joined the Houston Police Department on November 8, 1965, Academy Class No. 32. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Central Division, Criminal Intelligence Division and the South Central Division until his retirement on June 21, 1991.

FLETCHER

Mr. Alan Dale Fletcher passed away on Friday, January 15, 2021, at the age of 59. He is the father of Administrative Assistant Kina M. Owuor, assigned to the Office of Legal Services. Services were held January 19 in Kirbyville.

GADDIS

Mrs. Gayle Patricia Gaddis passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021, at the age of 77. She is the mother of Police Officer Guy P. Gaddis, who was Killed in the Line of Duty on January 31, 1994. Services were held January 14 with burial in South Park Cemetery.

HANNA

Retired Lieutenant Mart C. Hanna passed away on Monday, December 14, 2020, at the age of 68. He is survived by his wife Patricia A. Hanna. He joined the Houston Police Department on June 9, 1975, Academy Class #70. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Southeast, Vice, Central, Records, Southwest, Major Offenders, Auto Theft, Robbery, and Burglary & Theft Divisions. Lieutenant Hanna retired on September 25, 2003. Services were held January 9 in Kerrville.

JACKSON

Mr. James E. Jackson, Jr. passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at the age of 56. He is the brother of Lieutenant Angela M. Merritt, assigned to the Vice Division. Services were held January 23.

JOHNSON

Mrs. Joyce Arline Johnson passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020, at the age of 92. She is the mother of retired Sergeant David G. Johnson who was last assigned to the Midwest Division until his retirement on March 11, 2017. Services were held January 4 with burial in Memorial Oaks Cemetery.

JONES

Mr. Richard H. Jones passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at the age of 90. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Terry W. Jones, assigned to the Office of Planning and Data Governance. Services were held January 30 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

LEE

Retired Police Officer Carl Travis Lee passed away on Friday, January 15, 2021, at the age of 85. He is survived by his wife Mary K. Lee. He joined the Houston Police Department on March 4, 1957, Academy Class No. 16. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Patrol Bureau and the Dispatcher’s Office. Police Officer Lee retired on May 24, 1982.

LEWIS

Mrs. Rubbie Nell Lewis passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, at the age of 93. She is the mother of retired Senior Police Officer Loretta L. James who was last assigned to the Training Division until her retirement on February 5, 2011.

LUNA

Retired Sergeant Roberto G. Luna passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021, at the age of 86. He is survived by his wife Geneva Luna. He was a Veteran of the United States Army. He joined the Houston Police Department on December 6, 1961, Academy Class No. 25. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Traffic and Accident, Jail, and Community Services Divisions. Sergeant Luna retired on March 27, 1992.

MALDONADO

Retired Senior Police Officer Oscar Maldonado passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2021, at the age of 57. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Delma Maldonado. He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force. He joined the Houston Police Department on November 11, 1993, as a member of Academy Class No. 156. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Northwest and Central Divisions, retiring on January 12, 2019. Services were held January 14 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

MERRILL

Retired Captain Sam A. Merrill, Jr. passed away on Friday, January 22, 2021, at the age of 79. He is preceded in death by his wife, Lereese K. Merrill. He joined the Houston Police Department on May 25, 1964, Academy Class No. 30. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Traffic and Accident, Southwest, Northeast, Burglary and Theft, Clear Lake, and Inspections Divisions. Captain Merrill retired on May 8, 2004. Services were held February 1 with burial in Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery.

MONTOYA

Mrs. Maria J. Montoya passed away on Monday, December 28, 2020, at the age of 80. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Patrick Esquibel, assigned to the Narcotics Division. Services were held January 12 with burial in Pueblo, Colorado.

NELSON

Mrs. Isabel C. Nelson passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2020, at the age of 93. She is the grandmother of Administrative Assistant Sylvia D. Rodriguez, assigned to the Property Division and the grandmother-in-law of Senior Office Assistant Irma D. Diaz, assigned to the Office of the Chief of Police. Services were held December 31 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

NEWMAN

Retired Sergeant Craig L. Newman passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2020, at the age of 61. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Diane B. Newman. Sergeant Newman joined the Houston Police Department on June 30, 1979, Academy Class No. 87. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the North Division, Northeast Division, Juvenile Division, Northwest Division, Jail Division and the Auto Theft Division until his retirement on March 1, 2014.

PARKER

Dr. L. C. Parker, Jr., passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at the age of 71. He is the father of Lieutenant Lewis Parker, assigned to the South Central Division. Services were held January 9 with burial in Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery.

PICCOLO

Mrs. Kate Marie Piccolo passed away on Monday, January 4, 2021, at the age of 72. She is the wife of retired Senior Police Officer Sam M. Piccolo who was last assigned to the Emergency Communications Division until his retirement on January 27, 2007. Services were held January 8 with burial in Grand View Memorial Park Bethany Cemetery in Pasadena.

PRESTON

Mrs. Barbara A. Preston passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at the age of 76. She is the mother of Police Officer Derrick L. Preston, assigned to the Downtown Division. Services were held January 30.

RAMOS

Mrs. Mary Juaregui Ramos passed away on Friday, January 1, 2021, at the age of 84. She is the mother of Lieutenant Linda Ramos Zamora, assigned to the Air Support Division and the mother-in-law of retired Lieutenant Manuel F. Zamora who retired on May 28, 2011. She is also the grandmother of Police Officer Jacob J. Ramos, assigned to the Mental Health Division. Burial was in Arlington National Cemetery.

RAZO

Mr. Richard T. Razo passed away On Sunday, January 24, 2021, at the age of 76. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Richard T. Razo, Jr., assigned to the Airport IAH Division. He is also the uncle of Police Officer Michael P. Roman, Who was Killed in the Line of Duty on January 7, 1994, Lieutenant Jose Garcia, Jr., Assigned to the Burglary and Theft Division, Police Officer Yvonne S. Horton, assigned to the South Gessner Division, Police Officer Ashley N. Romo, assigned to the Mental Health Division, Police Officer Jessica L. Lam, assigned to the Special Victims Division, Retired Senior Police Officer Armando  M. Ordaz, Retired Senior Police Officer Steven M. Garcia, and Retired Senior Police Officer David Garcia. Services were held February 2 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

SIMON

Mrs. Theresa Cordelia Simon passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at the age of 92. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Charles M. Simon, assigned to the Vice Division. Services were held January 28 with burial in Paradise Cemetery North.

SEPOLIO

Retired Senior Police Officer Richard Sepolio Sr., passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at the age 71. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Debra Sepolio. He was a Veteran of the United States Army. He joined the Houston Police Department on January 19, 1976, Academy Class No. 73. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Jail and Southeast Divisions. Senior Police Officer Richard Sepolio Sr., retired on January 30, 2016. He is the father of Sergeant Richard Sepolio Jr., assigned to the Southeast Division and Senior Police Officer Eric Sepolio, assigned to the Narcotics Division. He is also the father-in-law of Sergeant Robert Speckman, assigned to the Narcotics Division. Services were held January 20 with burial in Confederate Cemetery in Alvin.

SMITH, JOHN H.

Retired Senior Police Officer John H. Smith passed away on Monday, January 4, 2021, at the age of 69. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Gaylyn J. Smith. Officer Smith joined the Houston Police Department on October 3, 1983, Academy Class No.116. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Northwest Division, Records Division, Emergency Communications Division, Westside Division and the Midwest Division until his retirement on December 8, 2012.

SMITH, THOMAS J.

Retired Detective Thomas J. Smith passed away on Friday, January 22, 2021, at the age of 94. He is preceded in death by his wife, Anna J. Smith. He joined the Houston Police Department on February 23, 1953, Academy Class No. 9. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Patrol Bureau, Jail, Vice, Burglary and Theft, Forgery, and Special Thefts Divisions. Detective Smith retired on March 5, 1982.

TRAVIS

Retired Police Officer Carl Travis Lee passed away on Friday, January 15, 2021, at the age of 85. He is survived by his wife Mary C. Lee. He joined the Houston Police Department on March 4, 1957, Academy Class No.16. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Patrol Bureau and the Dispatcher’s Office. Police Officer Lee retired on May 24, 1982. Services were held January 19 with burial in Magee, Mississippi.

VASQUEZ

Mr. Juan Jose Vasquez passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2021, at the age of 72. He is the Father of Police Officer Alberto Vasquez, who was Killed in the Line of Duty on May 22, 2001. Services were held February 5 with burial in Earthman Resthaven Cemetery.

VENTO

Mrs. Antoinette Marie Vento passed away on Monday, December 28, 2020, at the age of 82. She is the wife of retired Police Officer Anthony C. Vento who was last assigned to the Special Operations Division until his retirement on March 27, 1999. She is the aunt of retired Sergeant Bruce R. Baker who retired on November 29, 2008 and deceased Sergeant Paul S. Weido who passed away on December 11, 2018. She is also the great aunt of Sergeant Brandon R. Baker, assigned to the South Gessner Division, Police Officer Abbigail E. Weido, assigned to the Southwest Division and Police Officer Zane J. Weido, assigned to the North Belt Division. Services were held January 4.

WARD

Retired Senior Police Officer David N. Ward passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at the age of 61. He is survived by his wife Lisa Ward. He joined the Houston Police Department on October 3, 1983, Academy Class No. 116. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Southwest, Westside, Jail, and North Divisions. Senior Police Officer Ward retired on June 7, 2014. Services were held January 28.

WATSON

Harris County Deputy Sergeant Bruce Watson passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2021, at the age of 51. He is the husband of Senior Police Officer Tracy Vinson-Watson, assigned to the Major Assaults & Family Violence Division.

Funeral Services will be held at Grace Community Church, 14505 Gulf Freeway, Houston, Texas 77034 (713) 363-2500, on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by the service at 10:30 a.m. COVID-19 social distancing guidelines will be followed. Interment will follow at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77038 (281) 447-8686.

WESTBROOK

Retired Sergeant Bruce W. Westbrook passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at the age of 75. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sarah P. Westbrook. Sergeant Westbrook was also a Veteran of the United States Navy began his law enforcement career on July 9, 1979 with the City of Houston Airport Police Department. On November 20, 1992, the Airport Police Department merged with the Houston Police Department where Sergeant Westbrook was assigned to the Airport Division – Hobby until his retirement on October 6, 2007.

A memorial service will be held at the Houston Police Officers’ Union, 1600 State Street, 4th floor, Houston, Texas 77007 (832) 200-3400 on Thursday, January 21, 2021 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

WRIGHT

Ms. Jewel Wright passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at the age of 68. She is the mother of Police Officer Jimmy James, assigned to the Burglary & Theft Division. Services were held December 29 with burial in Paradise Cemetery-North.