January

Adler, Gary L. (RETIRED)

Retired Senior Police Officer Gary L. Adler passed away on Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at the age of 76. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Alice Adler. Officer Adler began his law enforcement career on November 10, 1976 with the City of Houston Airport Police Department. On November 20, 1992, the Airport Police Department merged with the Houston Police Department where Officer Adler was assigned to the Airport Division – IAH until his retirement on May 27, 2006.

A memorial service will be held at Heights Funeral Home on Saturday, January 14, 2023 beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Armstrong, Reginal

Mr. Reginal Armstrong passed away on Monday, January 2, 2023, at the age of 55. He is the husband of Administrative Associate Javena M. Armstrong of the Records Division.

A Visitation was held before the Funeral Service at St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, January 14, 2023.  Burial followed at Houston Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Sergeant Calix, Elvin (RETIRED)

Retired Sergeant Elvin Calix passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at the age of 61. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Antonia Calix. He also the brother of retired Senior Police Officer Miguel A. Calix who was last assigned to Burglary and Theft Division until his retirement on February 13, 2016 and brother-in-law of retired Senior Police Officer Linda S. Reichert who was last assigned to the Kingwood Division until her retirement on May 18, 2019. Sergeant Calix joined the Houston Police Department on June 27, 1983, Academy Class #114. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the North Division, Central Division, Jail Division and the Traffic Enforcement Division until his retirement on April 2, 2011.

A visitation was held at Kingwood Funeral Home on Friday, December 16, 2022.

Cardenas, Manuel Cantu

Mr. Manuel Cantu Cardenas passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2022, at the age of 63. He is the father of Police Officer Hector M. Cardenas, assigned to the Clear Lake Division.

A memorial service was held at Primera Iglesia Bautista Maranatha on Saturday, January 7, 2023.

Sergeant Colbert-Taylor, Judy E. (RETIRED)

Retired Prison Sergeant Judy E. Colbert-Taylor passed away on Friday, December 16, 2022, at the age of 77.  Ms. Colbert-Taylor joined the Houston Police Department on August 26, 1968. During her tenure with the department, she was assigned to the Jail Division until her retirement on August 29, 1998.

A Visitation was held before the Funeral Service at Abiding Faith Baptist Church on Friday, December 23, 2022, and burial followed at Houston National Cemetery.

Dixon, Richard M. (RETIRED)

Retired Police Officer Richard M. Dixon passed away on Sunday, December 4, 2022, at the age of 76. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Raven Dixon. Officer Dixon, who was a Veteran of the United States Air Force, joined the Houston Police Department on April 5, 1971, Academy Class #49. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Office of Technology Services and the Northwest Division until his retirement on June 30, 2001.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Elias, Victor J.

Mr. Victor J. Elias passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at the age of 74. He is the father of Police Officer Samuel A. Elias, assigned to the North Division.

A Funeral Mass was held at Christ the King Catholic Church on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 with burial at the Houston National Cemetery.

Foster, Rose Carolyn

Mrs. Rose Carolyn Foster passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2022, at the age of 87. She is preceded in death by her husband, Retired Detective Bobbie Joe Foster, who passed away on February 21, 2022.

A visitation was held at Klein Funeral Home – Magnolia on Wednesday, January 4, 2023.

A Funeral Mass was held at Saint Matthias Catholic Church Thursday, January 5, 2023 and burial followed at Klein Memorial Park – Magnolia.

George, Maxie D. (RETIRED)

Retired Detective Maxie D. George passed away on Monday, December 5, 2022, at the age of 88. He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force. He joined the Houston Police Department on October 17, 1960, Academy Class #24. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Patrol Bureau and Auto Theft Division. Detective George retired on February 19, 1982.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Hagewood, Johnnie

Mrs. Johnnie Hagewood passed away on Monday, December 12, 2022, at the age of 80. She is the grandmother of Senior Police Telecommunicator Ebonee L. Brown of the Emergency Communications Division.

A visitation was held before the Funeral Service at Christian Faith Baptist Church on Saturday, December 24, 2022.  Funeral Service and burial followed at Paradise Cemetery South.

Harris, Willie Arthur

Mr. Willie Arthur Harris passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2022, at the age of 68. He is the father of Senior Police Telecommunicator Shequania Q. Moses, assigned to the Emergency Communications Division.

A visitation and services were held at New Providence Missionary Baptist Church, on Saturday, December 10, 2022.

Head, Samuel J., Jr. (RETIRED)

Retired Police Officer Samuel J. Head, Jr. passed away on Thursday, December 15, 2022, at the age of 77. He is proceeded in death by his wife Shirley Head. Officer Head joined the Houston Police Department on November 8, 1965, Academy Class #32. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Jail, Northwest, Central, Special Operations, and South Central Divisions until his retirement on January 18, 1991.

A Funeral Service was held at Brookside Funeral Home on Thursday, December 22, 2022.

Jones, Earl (RETIRED)

Retired Police Officer Earl Jones passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2022, at the age of 84. Officer Jones joined the Houston Police Department on January 13, 1969, Academy Class #40. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Special Operations, Northeast, Internal Affairs, and Employee Services Divisions until his retirement on November 17, 1995.

A Visitation was held before the Funeral Service at First Metropolitan Church on Friday, December 30, 2022, and a Funeral Service followed.  Burial was at Houston National Cemetery.

Lopez, Vidal A.

Senior Police Officer Vidal A. Lopez, who was assigned to the Office of Technology Services, passed away on Monday, December 12, 2022, at the age of 42. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Maritza Lopez. He is the nephew of Retired Senior Police Officer Edgar G. Lopez, who retired on May 1, 2021, and Senior Police Officer Primitivo “Primo” Lopez, assigned to the Risk Management Division. He is also the cousin of Retired Senior Police Officer Oscar B. Cavazos, Jr., who retired on April 7, 2022, Sergeant Alfonso H. Olvera, assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Division, Sergeant Alfonso Lopez, assigned to the Downtown Division, and Police Officer Abelina G. Lopez, assigned to the Eastside Division. Officer Vidal Lopez joined the Houston Police Department on June 3, 2002, Academy Class #181. During his tenure with the department, he was also assigned to the Central Division, Northwest Division, Vice Division, Westside Division, Jail Division, Special Victims Division, Internal Affairs Division, Eastside Division, Office of Public Affairs, and South Gessner Division.

Funeral services were held at Iglesia Universal on Monday, December 19, 2022 and interment followed at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

McFarland, Ricky (RETIRED)

Retired Senior Police Officer Ricky McFarland passed away on Friday, December 23, 2022, at the age of 64. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Roseni V. McFarland. He is also the brother of retired Sergeant Johnnie McFarland who was last assigned to the Downtown Division until his retirement on January 14, 2017. Officer McFarland joined the Houston Police Department on May 7, 1986, Academy Class #135. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Jail Division and Southeast Division until his retirement on January 27, 2018.

A memorial service was held at Rejoice Funeral Home on Saturday, January 7, 2023.

Nguyen, Son Thanh

Mr. Son Thanh Nguyen passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at the age of 70. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Lam T. Nguyen, assigned to the Vehicular Crimes Division.

Two visitation services were held before the funeral at the Chapel of Eternal Peace at Forest Thursday, January 5, 2023.

Phan, Tro

Mr. Tro Phan passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at the age of 78. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Kenny Phan, assigned to the Vice Division.

A visitation was held at Winford Funerals Southwest on Monday, January 2, 2023 and a second visitation was held on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

The funeral service was held at Winford Funerals Southwest on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 and the interment followed at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery.

Ramsay, Winston G., Sr.

Mr. Winston G. Ramsay, Sr. passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at the age of 65. He is the father of Sergeant Winston G. Ramsay, Jr. of the Southwest Division.

A Funeral Service will be held in Jamaica.

Roeber, Herbert P. (RETIRED)

Retired Detective Herbert P. Roeber passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2022, at the age of 90. He is proceeded in death by his wife Frances Roeber. He is also the brother-in-law of Retired Lieutenant Nelson J. Zoch, Retired Detective Herman A. Zoch, and Retired Captain Leroy N. Zoch. Officer Roeber joined the Houston Police Department on October 1, 1956, Academy Class #15. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Patrol Bureau, Forgery, and Burglary & Theft Divisions until his retirement on March 31, 1980.

A Funeral Service was held at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Wednesday, December 21, 2022. Burial followed at Winchester Cemetery.

Romero, John R., Jr. (RETIRED)

Retired Senior Police Officer John R. Romero, Jr. passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2022, at the age of 64. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lorraine G. Romero. He joined the Houston Police Department on April 20, 1981, Academy Class #97. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Southwest, Northeast, and Kingwood Divisions. Senior Police Officer Romero retired on January 3, 2015.

A Funeral Service was held at Trail of Life Cowboy Church on Monday, January 2, 2023.

Thies, Howard J.

Mr. Howard J. Thies passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2022, at the age of 94. He is the father of Sergeant John H. Thies, assigned to the Clear Lake Division.

A Funeral Mass was held at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church Pin Oak.

Thomson, Robert M. (RETIRED)

Retired Police Officer Robert M. Thomson passed away on Thursday, December 15, 2022, at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife Florinda Thomson. Officer Thomson joined the Houston Police Department on May 25, 1964, Academy Class #30. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Southwest, Central, and South Central Divisions until his retirement on February 17, 1993.

A private Visitation will be held at a later date.

Viera-Sierra, Carlos A.

Mr. Carlos A. Viera-Sierra passed away on Monday, December 5, 2022, at the age of 50. He is the brother of Lieutenant Luis R. Menendez-Sierra, assigned to the Auto Theft Division.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Wade, Candice G. (RETIRED) – UPDATE

Retired Executive Office Assistant Candice G. Wade passed away on Monday, November 21, 2022, at the age of 81. She is preceded in death by her first husband, Police Officer Antonio Guzman, Jr., who was Killed in the Line of Duty on January 9, 1973; and her second husband, Retired Police Officer Edwin B. Wade, who passed away on May 2, 2011. She joined the Houston Police Department as a Dispatcher, on April 30, 1973. During her tenure with the department, she was assigned to the Emergency Communications Division, Traffic and Accident Division, Office of the Chief of Police, Organizational Development Command, and Special Investigations Command. Executive Office Assistant Wade retired on January 4, 1997.

A Funeral Mass was held at Christ the King Catholic Church on Wednesday, December 7, 2022.

Wilson, Kevin P.

Mr. Kevin P. Wilson passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at the age of 60. He is the brother of Sergeant Brent Y. Wilson, assigned to the Southeast Division.

A private Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Woolf, Samuel I. (RETIRED)

Retired Senior Police Officer Samuel I. Woolf passed away on Friday, December 23, 2022, at the age of 66. He joined the Houston Police Department on February 8, 1982, Academy Class #103. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Southeast, Jail, Northwest, and Tactical Operations Division. Senior Police Officer Woolf retired on December 31, 2004.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Zeller, Beverly

Mrs. Beverly Zeller passed away on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, at the age of 87. She is the mother of Retired Assistant Police Chief Wendy E. Baimbridge who retired on August 5, 2021 and the mother-in-law of Commander Larry J. Baimbridge, Jr. of the Kingwood Division.

A private Funeral Service will be held at a later date.