Feburary

Armand, Herbert D.

Retired Police Officer Herbert D. Armand passed away on Monday, January 29, 2024, at the age of 81. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bernadette M. Armand. He joined the Houston Police Department on November 12, 1963, Academy Class #29. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Traffic and Accident, Community Services, and Northwest Divisions. Police Officer Armand retired on November 24, 1989.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Bacon, Alva J.

Retired Jail Attendant Alva J. Bacon passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at the age of 61. She is the grandmother of Police Officer Channya Watson, assigned to the Central Division. Jail Attendant Bacon joined the Houston Police Department on August 13, 1981, as a Clerk Typist I. She also served as a Dispatcher I and Senior Police Telecommunicator. During her tenure with the department, she was assigned to the Robbery, Emergency Communications, and Jail Divisions. Jail Attendant Bacon retired on November 1, 2013.

A visitation was held before the Celebration of Life Service at Houston’s Community Temple Church on Friday, February 9, 2024.

Cobbs, Juanita

Mrs. Juanita Cobbs passed away on Friday, January 12, 2024, at the age of 92. She is the mother of Retired Sergeant Whitney L. Labbe who retired on March 3, 2023, and the mother-in-law of Sergeant Lance P. Labbe assigned to the Auto Dealers Division.

A Visitation was held before the Funeral Service at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church on Saturday, January 20, 2024.  Burial followed at Paradise North Cemetery.

Countryman, Carolyn

Mrs. Carolyn Countryman passed away on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at the age of 80. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Jason L. Countryman assigned to the Tactical Operations Division and the mother-in-law of Lieutenant Melissa A. Countryman assigned to the Homicide Division.

A Visitation was held at Greenwood at Mount Olivet Chapel Funeral Home on Friday, February 2, 2024.

A Graveside Service was held at Mount Olivet Cemetery on Friday, February 2, 2024.

Crawford, Patrick J. (RETIRED)

Retired Senior Police Officer Patrick J. Crawford passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, at the age of 76. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Janice M. Crawford. He was a Veteran of the United States Coast Guard. He joined the Houston Police Department on November 15, 1971, Academy Class #52. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Central, Traffic and Accident, Vehicular Crimes, and Traffic Enforcement Divisions. Senior Police Officer Crawford retired on March 19, 2011.

A viewing was held before the Funeral Service at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home – Willis, on Friday, January 26, 2024. Burial followed at Smith Memorial Park.

Crenshaw, Glenda

Mrs. Glenda Crenshaw passed away on Monday, January 29, 2024, at the age of 73. She is the mother of Sergeant Michelle L. Gallagher assigned to the Major Assaults & Family Violence Division and the mother-in-law of Retired Lieutenant Troy L. Gallagher who retired on February 9, 2018. She is also the sister-in-law of Retired Sergeant Mitchell Crenshaw who passed away on November 8, 2006.

A Graveside Service was held at Evergreen Baptist Church Cemetery on Friday, February 2, 2024.

Lieutenant Dombrowski, Scott P. (RETIRED)

Retired Lieutenant Scott P. Dombrowski passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2024, at the age of 68. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Julie B. Dombrowski. Lieutenant Dombrowski joined the Houston Police Department on November 15, 1982, Academy Class #109. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Central Division, Southeast Division, Burglary and Theft Division, Auto Theft Division, Internal Affairs Division and the Robbery Division until his retirement on March 24, 2018.

A visitation was held before a Celebration of Life service at Clayton Funeral Home on Monday, February 12, 2024.

Engelhardt, Ricci

Mrs. Ricci Engelhardt passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at the age of 57. She is the wife of Senior Police Officer Christopher Engelhardt, assigned to the Northwest Division.

A visitation was held before the funeral service at Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home on Friday, January 26, 2024.  Interment followed at Davis-Greenlawn Cemetery.

Fortenberry, Jack A. (RETIRED)

Retired Police Officer Jack A. Fortenberry passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at the age of 88. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lila M. Fortenberry. Officer Fortenberry, who was also a Veteran of the United States Army, joined the Houston Police Department on November 28, 1959, Academy Class #23. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Traffic Bureau, Jail Division, Patrol Bureau and the North Shepherd Division until his retirement on January 11, 1983.

A visitation will be held before the funeral service at Calvary Baptist Church, 3321 6th Street, Bay City, Texas 77414 (979) 245-2476 on Wednesday, January 24, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery, Matagorda County, Texas.

Holt, Freddie L. (RETIRED)

Retired Senior Police Officer Freddie L. Holt passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2023, at the age of 93. He is the grandfather of Police Officer Nicholas S. Burton, assigned to the Southwest Division and the grandfather-in-law of Police Officer Terrence D. Lindsey, assigned to the Kingwood Division. Officer Holt, who was also a Veteran of the United States Army, began his law enforcement career with the City of Houston Park Police Department on March 9, 1970. On September 1, 1985, the Park Police Department merged with the Houston Police Department. Throughout his career with the Houston Police Department, Officer Holt was assigned to the Special Operations Division, until his retirement on January 29, 1994.

A graveside service was held at Paradise Cemetery North on Thursday, January 4, 2024.

A memorial service was held at his gravesite on Saturday, January 20, 2024.

James, Andrew

Dr. Andrew James passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2024, at the age of 88. He is the father of Sergeant Jonathan K. James assigned to the Command Center.

A Visitation was held before the Celebration of Life at Westbury United Methodist Church on Tuesday, February 6, 2024.  Burial followed at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery.

Johnson, Birta M.

Mrs. Birta M. Johnson passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2024, at the age of 82. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Timothy L. Johnson, assigned to the Recruiting Division.

A visitation was held before the Funeral Service at Greater First Baptist Church on Saturday, January 20, 2024.  Burial followed at Houston Memorial Gardens.

Retired Administrative Supervisor Linda D. Johnson passed away on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at the age of 82. Mrs. Johnson joined the Houston Police Department on July 26, 1989. During her tenure with the department, she was assigned to the Community Services, Personnel, and Chief of Police Divisions until her retirement on July 31, 2010.

A Wake Service was held at All Peoples’ Funeral Home Rosharon on Friday, February 2, 2024.

A Visitation was held before the Funeral Service at Greater Saint Matthew Baptist Church on Saturday, February 3, 2024.  Burial followed at Houston Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Johnson, Lucille M.

Mrs. Lucille M. Johnson passed away on Thursday, January 11, 2024, at the age of 95. She is the grandmother of Staff Analyst Courtney J. Lytle, assigned to the Office of Budget and Finance.

A viewing was held before the Funeral Service at Friendship Baptist Church on Saturday, January 20, 2024.

The Graveside Service was held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on Wednesday, January 24, 2024.

Kemp, Girtha L.

Mrs. Girtha L. Kemp passed away on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at the age of 91. She is the grandmother of the Houston Police Department’s Chaplain, Sergeant Vincent L. Johnson, assigned to the Employee Services Division.

A Celebration of Life Service was held at Saint Vestal CME Church on Saturday, February 3, 2024. Burial followed at Arlington Memorial Park.

Sergeant King, Jesse R. (RETIRED)

Retired Sergeant Jesse R. King passed away on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at the age of 91. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Patsy King. Sergeant King joined the Houston Police Department on December 29, 1958, Academy Class #20. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Patrol Bureau and Auto Theft Divisions until his retirement on February 14, 1991.

A Funeral Service was held at Pace Funeral Home on Saturday, January 27, 2024. Burial followed at Douglas Cemetery.

Latin, Otis J.

Mr. Otis J. Latin, Sr. passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2024, at the age of 74. He is the father of Retired Senior Police Officer Otis J. Latin, Jr., who retired on January 16, 2016, and of Retired Senior Police Officer Otha J. Latin, who retired on March 15, 2014; and father-in-law of Senior Police Officer Mary N. Latin, who entered Phase Down B on December 26, 2020.

A viewing was held before the Celebration of Life at The Fountain of Praise Church on Friday, January 26, 2024.  Burial followed at Houston Memorial Gardens.

Lee, June L.

Retired Office Supervisor June L. Lee passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at the age of 69. She is survived by her husband Mr. Jerry Lee. Mrs. Lee joined the Houston Police Department on October 29, 1975. During her tenure with the department, she was assigned to the Office of Technology Services, Records, and Burglary & Theft Divisions until her retirement on May 5, 2004.

A Visitation will be held before the Funeral Service at True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, 404 Oak Avenue, Crosby, Texas 77532 (281) 462-4642 on Saturday, January 20, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. A Funeral Service will commence at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Sterling-White Cemetery, 11011 Crosby Lynchburg Road, Highlands, Texas 77562 (281) 426-8431.

Leon, Lyla A.

Baby Girl Lyla A. Leon passed away at birth on Friday, January 26, 2024. She is the daughter of Police Officer Nathan R. Leon, assigned to the Southwest Division.

Private Funeral Services will be held.

Lewis, Wunzel

Mrs. Wunzel Lewis passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2024, at the age of 72. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Joseph P. Rodgers II assigned to the Tactical Operations Division.

A Visitation was held before the Funeral Service at The Church Without Walls on Thursday, February 1, 2024.

Medellin, Consuelo

Mrs. Consuelo Medellin passed away Saturday, December 30, 2023 at the age of 95. She is the mother of Administrative Associate Melissa A. Rodriguez, assigned to the Employee Services Division. She is preceded in death by her husband, retired Mechanic III Carlos Medellin, who was last assigned to the Fleet Unit until his retirement on April 27, 1988.

A visitation was held at Morales Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 10, 2024 with a rosary recited.

A funeral mass was held at St. Patrick Catholic Church on Thursday, January 11, 2024.  Interment followed at the Houston National Cemetery.

Sergeant Murray, Lawrence J., Jr. (RETIRED)

Retired Sergeant Lawrence J. Murray Jr. passed away on Friday, January 12, 2024, at the age of 84. Sergeant Murray joined the Houston Police Department April 20, 1970, Academy Class #44. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Central, Special Operations, and Auto Theft Divisions until his retirement on March 25, 2005.

A Memorial Service was held at Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home.

Ortiz, Dolores C.

Mrs. Dolores C. Ortiz passed away on Monday, January 8, 2024 at the age of 80. She is the sister of Administration Manager Cynthia A. Cuellar, assigned to the Office of Community Affairs.

A visitation was held at Earthman Resthaven Funeral Home on Monday, January 22, 2024 and a rosary followed.

Funeral services were held at St. Edward Catholic Church on Tuesday, January 23, 2024.  Interment followed at Houston National Cemetery.

Pete, Earl J.

Mr. Earl J. Pete passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at the age of 83. He is preceded in death by his wife, Retired Jailer Lillie M. Moore-Pete, who passed away on December 11, 2009. Mr. Pete is the stepfather of Senior Police Officer Donald W. Moore, assigned to Southeast Division and of Evidence Technician Sheryl A. Moore, assigned to the Crime Lab; and grandfather of Police Officer Kendall W. Moore, assigned to Westside Division.

A viewing was held before the Funeral Service at Nehemiah Community Church on Saturday, January 20, 2024.  Burial followed at Houston Memorial Gardens.

Captain Smith, Kenneth L. (RETIRED)

Retired Captain Kenneth L. Smith passed away on Monday, January 22, 2024, at the age of 87. He is preceded in death by his father, Retired Detective St. Elmo L. Smith, who passed away on February 29, 1980. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Estella Smith; he is also the father of Retired Senior Police Officer Mark D. Smith, who retired on September 10, 2016. Captain Smith joined the Houston Police Department as a Junior Clerk on June 28, 1955. On April 28, 1958, he started his law enforcement career as a member of Academy Class #18. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Traffic and Accident and Recruiting Divisions. On October 9, 1976, he was promoted to the rank of Captain. As such, he was in command of the Houston Crime Information Center, Recruiting Division, and Community Services Division. Captain Smith retired on April 7, 1983.

A visitation was held before the Funeral Service at Hempstead Church of Christ on Tuesday, January 30, 2024.  Burial followed at Shiloh Cemetery.

Smith, Willie D.

Mr. Willie D. Smith passed away on Monday, January 8, 2024, at the age of 63. He is the brother of Senior Police Service Officer Carla J. Smith, assigned to the Victim Services Division.

Private Funeral Services will be held.

Terry, Lorraine

Retired Clerk Typist Lorraine Terry passed away on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at the age of 74. She joined the Houston Police Department on November 8, 1976. During her tenure with the department, she was assigned to the Employment Services Division, Psychological Services, and Central Division. Clerk Typist Terry retired on January 5, 2002.

A viewing was held before the Homegoing Service at The Rock Ministries International Church on Saturday, February 3, 2024.

Vaeza, Stephen B. (RETIRED)

Retired Police Officer Stephen B. Vaeza passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2023, at the age of 78. He was a Veteran of the United States Navy. He joined the Houston Police Department on October 6, 1969, Academy Class #42. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Central, Jail, Narcotics, and North Divisions. Police Officer Vaeza retired on January 31, 1990.

A visitation was held at Earthman Funeral Directors on Wednesday, January 17, 2024.

A Graveside Service was held at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery on Thursday, January 18, 2024.

Van Huynh, Don

Mr. Don Van Huynh passed away on Thursday, January 11, 2024, at the age of 90. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Tuan N. Huynh, assigned to the Northwest Division.

A visitation was held at Chapel of Eternal Peace at Forest Park on Monday, January 22, 2024.

Funeral Services were held at Chapel of Eternal Peace at Forest Park on Tuesday, January 23, 2024.

Whittaker, Valerie

Ms. Valerie Whittiker passed away on Monday, January 22, 2024, at the age of 75. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Terri S. Charles assigned to the Northeast Division and the grandmother-in-law of Police Officer Andrew L. Rudison assigned to the Narcotics Division.

A Visitation was held before the Funeral Service at Templo Poder Y Gozo on Saturday, February 3, 2024. Burial followed at Brookside Cemetery.