July & August

BATISTE

Mr. Clyde Batiste passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020, at the age of 78. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Markquett J. Batiste, assigned to the South Gessner Division. Services were held June with burial in Paradise South Cemetery.

BENEVIDES

Mrs. Emma Benavides passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2020, at the age of 82. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Edna Benavides, assigned to the Airport Division-IAH.

Services were held July 27 with burial in Forest Park Lawndale.

BERNAL

Metro Police Dispatcher Francisco A. Bernal passed away on June 16, 2020, at the age of 53. He is the brother of Senior Police Officer Arturo Bernal, Sr., assigned to the Burglary and Theft Division; and uncle of Police Officer Arturo Bernal, Jr., assigned to the North Belt Division. Services were held June 21.

BROWN

Mr. Robert “Andy” Andrew Brown passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2020, at the age of 64. He is the husband of retired Sergeant Belinda A. Leatherwood Brown, who was last assigned to the Truck Enforcement Division until her retirement on July 7, 2012. He is also the brother-in-law of retired Sergeant Brenda M. Roberts Wilhite, who was last assigned to the Vehicular Crimes Division until her retirement on July 7, 2012 and Senior Police Officer David L. Wilhite, assigned to the Tactical Operations Division. Services were held July 1.

BURGETT

Mrs. Patricia Ann Burgett passed away on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at the age of 65. She is the mother of Senior Office Assistant Kelly R. Burgett, assigned to the Training Division.

CARSON

Mr. Gene P. Carson passed away on Friday, May 29, 2020, at the age of 82. He is the father of Sergeant Robert L. Carson, assigned to the Robbery Division. Services were held June 4 with burial in Klein Funeral Park.

COMPTON

Mr. Jimmy Lane Compton passed away on Friday, June 5, 2020, at the age of 75. He is the father-in-law of Senior Police Officer Steven F. Duffy, assigned to the Employee Services Division, and the cousin of retired Senior Police Officer Colan D. Wall, who was last assigned to the Narcotics Division until his retirement on June 17, 2017. Services were held June 10 with burial in Brookside Memorial Park.

CRANDELL

Mrs. Teresa Crandell passed away on Friday, May 29, 2020, at the age of 48. She is the sister of Airport-IAH Division Commander William V. McPherson; sister-in-law of Sergeant Kristi L. McPherson, assigned to the Internal Affairs Division; and niece of Retired Police Officer James C. McPherson, who retired on August 13, 1994.

DUFFY

Mrs. Marcela “Abue” C. Duffy passed away on Friday, June 12, 2020, at the age of 82. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Steven F. Duffy, assigned to the Employee Services Division. Services were held June 18 with burial in Memorial Oaks Cemetery.

ESTANIS-CHRISTOPHONTE

Mrs. Elizabeth Estanis-Chrisphonte passed away on Friday, May 29, 2020, at the age of 68. She is the mother of Police Officer Alberte Chrisphonte-Lovince; and mother-in-law of Police Officer Marcelet Lovince, both assigned to the Clear Lake Division. Services were held in Haiti and in Florida on June 11 with burial in Haiti.

FERGUSON

Mr. Jeff Ferguson, Sr. passed away on Thursday, May 28, 2020, at the age of 79. He is the father of Senior Police Service Officer Felia Ferguson, assigned to the North Belt Division. Services were held June 5 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

FISHER

Vallarie Fisher, life partner of Police Administrator Barbara Hartle of the Office of Legal Services, passed away unexpectedly on June 2, 2020, at their home in Rockport, Texas.

FORTE

Retired Police Officer Marvella S. Forte passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2020, at the age of 62. She is survived by her husband, Retired Sergeant Woodrow Forte, who retired on January 8, 2000. She joined the Houston Police Department on January 28, 1980, Academy Class No. 90. During her tenure with the department, she was assigned to the Southwest Division, Southeast Division, Jail Division, Juvenile Division, Training Division, Organizational Development Command, and Internal Affairs Division. Officer Marvella Forte retired on June 1, 2000.

FUTRELL

Mr. Phillip T. Futrell passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at the age of 73. He is the father of Commander Donna E. Crawford, currently assigned to the Internal Affairs Division with new assignment pending at this time; and father-in-law of Lieutenant James M. Crawford, assigned to the North Belt Division. Services were held July 30 with burial in Garden Park Cemetery in Conroe.

GARCIA

Mrs. Antonia Garcia passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2020, at the age of 84. She is the grandmother of Police Officer Anthony G. Gonzales, assigned to the Clear Lake Division. She is also the mother-in-law of retired Lieutenant Robert Gonzales, who was last assigned to the Narcotics Division until his retirement on July 27, 2019. Graveside services were held at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

GLENTZER

Retired Lieutenant Mark C. Glentzer passed away on Friday, July 17, 2020, at the age of 64. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Glentzer. He joined the Houston Police Department on January 12, 1981, Academy Class No. 95. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the North, Central, Westside, Burglary and Theft, Major Offenders, Internal Affairs, Identification, Jail, and Property Divisions. Lieutenant Glentzer retired on April  21, 2018. Services were held July 22 in Bellville.

GONZALES

Mr. Johnny Gonzales passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2020, at the age of 64. He is the father of Sergeant Anthony Gonzales, assigned to the Clear Lake Division. Services were held June 2 with burial in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

HARRIS

Retired Mechanic III Henry Lee Harris passed away on Friday, May 29, 2020, at the age of 75. He was a Veteran of the United States Army. He joined the Houston Police Department on July 14, 1978. Throughout his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Fleet Unit. Henry Lee Harris retired on November 27, 1990. Graveside services were held in Arnaudville, Louisiana on June 2.

HENRY

Mr. Otis V. Henry passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020, at the age of 89. He is the grandfather of Police Officer Kyuana J. Nelson, assigned to the Northeast Division. Services were held June 2 with burial in Richmond.

HESTAND

Mr. Joel D. Hestand passed away on Friday, July 3, 2020, at the age of 81. He is the brother of Police Service Officer Eddee B. Hestand, assigned to the Employee Services Division.

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

HOGAN

Mrs. Delores A. Hogan passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020, at the age of 84. She is the mother of Retired Senior Police Officer Melba Hogan, who retired on May 20, 2017 and was last assigned to the Burglary & Theft Division. Services were held May 30 with burial in Paradise North Cemetery.

JACKSON

Mr. Larry Jackson passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at the age of 66. He is the father of Police Officer Tony M. Russell, assigned to the Southwest Division. Services were held July 22 in Trotwood, Ohio.

KLAWITER

Retired Sergeant Thomas E. Klawiter Jr. passed away on Friday, April 10, 2020, at the age of 76. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nelda J. Klawiter. Sergeant Klawiter joined the Houston Police Department on January 8, 1968, Academy Class No. 37. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Emergency Communications Division, Juvenile Division, Homicide Division, Auto Theft Division, Westside Division and the Burglary and Theft Division until his retirement on April 24, 2004. Services were held July 25 in Katy.

LADDIE

Mr. Lanthony Keith Laddie passed away on Friday, July 3, 2020, at the age of 68. He is the father of Lieutenant Keith Seafous, assigned to the Narcotics Division. A private funeral service was held July 11.

LASTER

Mrs. Margaret Laster passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the age of 91. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Willard E. Laster, assigned to the Criminal Intelligence Division, and retired Senior Police Officer Larry A. Shaw, who was last assigned to the Westside Division until his retirement on January 14, 2017. A graveside service was held July 11 in Huntsville.

LYTLE

Mr. Roland Lytle passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2020, at the age of 67. He is the father of Administrative Coordinator Courtney Lytle, assigned to the Office of Budget and Finance. Services were held June 20 with burial in Earthman Resthaven Cemetery.

McRAE

Senior Police Officer Paul A. McRae passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2020, at the age of 53. He is survived by his wife Keshia McRae. He was a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He joined the Houston Police Department on December 30, 1994, Lateral Academy Class L594. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Northeast, Traffic and Accident, Traffic Enforcement, and Central Divisions. Senior Police Officer McRae was currently assigned to the Airport-Hobby Division.

MILLER

Mrs. Arlene O. Miller passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at the age of 84. She is the mother of Retired Senior Police Officer Todd W. Miller, who retired on July 2, 2016, and Sergeant Michael J. Miller, assigned to the Homicide Division.

MITCHELL

Mrs. Rhonda Lee Mitchell passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at the age of 61. She is the mother-in-law of Mobility Service Officer Donald W. Guerrero, assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Division. Services were held June 20.

MODISETT

Mr. Billy Ray Modisette passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at the age of 66. He is the father-in-law of Senior Police Officer Nathaniel D. Alvarado, assigned to the Central Division. Services were held June 26 with burial in San Jacinto Memorial Park.

MOORE

Retired Senior Police Officer Eugene Moore passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2020, at the age of 70, He is survived by his wife, Leatha D. Moore. He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force. He joined the Houston Police Department on July 22, 1985, Academy Class No. 130. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the South Central, Jail, and Traffic Enforcement Divisions. Senior Police officer Moore retired on July 14, 2007. Services were held June 6.

MORENO

Mr. Pedro L. Moreno passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at the age of 86. He is the father of Retired Senior Police Officer Johnny R. Moreno, who retired on April 18, 2020, and Retired Senior Police Officer Pedro Moreno Jr., who retired on September 8, 2018. Services were held June 5.

O’BRIEN

Retired Sergeant Kevin M. O’Brien passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the age of 63. He was a Veteran of the United States Army. He joined the Houston Police Department on November 15, 1982, Academy Class No. 109. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Central, Eastside, and South Central Divisions. He entered Phase Down A on December 31, 2016. Sergeant O’Brien retired on November 2, 2019. Services were held July 13 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

PICKARD

Mr. Allen Pickard, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at the age of 76. He is the father of Data Entry Operator Dorothea Ford, assigned to the Special Victims Division. Services were held July 18 with burial in Houston memorial Gardens.

PIZZINI

Mrs. Corina C. Pizzini, passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at age 84.  She is the mother of Payroll Clerk Elizabeth A. Gipson, assigned to the Burglary and Theft Division; mother-in-law of retired Lieutenant Ronald D. Gipson, who retired on January 31, 2014; grandmother of Police Officer Jonathan M. Villarreal, assigned to the Narcotics Division; and aunt of Retired Police Officer James H. Cortinas, who retired on November 6, 2015. Graveside services were held July 22 in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

PRESSLEY

Retired Sergeant Henry Pressley, Jr. passed away on Friday, June 19, 2020, at the age of 89. He is preceded in death by his wife Martha N. Presley. He is a Veteran of the United States Air Force. He joined the Houston Police Department on April 19, 1954, Academy Class No. 11. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Southeast, Jail, Northeast, Central, and Criminal Intelligence Divisions. Sergeant Pressley retired on September 1, 1984. Graveside services were held June 25 in Houston National Cemetery.

RAMIREZ

Mrs. Consuelo “Connie” Ramirez passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2020, at the age of 98. She is pre-deceased by her husband of 65 years, Mr. Aniceto Ramirez. She is the grandmother of Lieutenant Rebecca S. Follis, assigned to the Internal Affairs Division; and the grandmother-in-law of Commander Paul Q. Follis, assigned to the Airport-Hobby Division. Services were held July 7 in Missouri City.

RODRIGUEZ

Senior Office Assistant Nicole M. Rodriguez, assigned to Patrol Region 1 Command, passed away on Friday, July 3, 2020, at the age of 38. She is survived by her husband, Mr. Juan M. Rodriguez. Mrs. Rodriguez joined the Houston Police Department on June 10, 2002. During her career with the department, she was assigned to the Homicide Division, North Patrol Command, Special Investigations Command and the Organizational Development Command.

SMITH

Mrs. Dot Smith passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at the age of 78. She is preceded in death by her husband, Retired Captain Charles E. Smith, who passed away on June 12, 2018. Graveside services were held June 6 in Grapeland, Texas.

STRAWDER

Miss Hazel M. Strawder passed away on Friday, June 5, 2020, at the age of 71. She is the sister of Retired Senior Office Assistant Edna M. Constant, who retired on April 23, 2011, out of the Criminal Intelligence Division. Graveside services were held June 13 in Waterproof, Louisiana.

SWATZEL

Lone Star College Police Officer Kevin W. Swatzel passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2020, at the age of 55. He is preceeded in death by his father, Retired Identification Administrator Kenneth D. Swatzel, who passed away on November 6, 1997, and his mother, Retired Clerk Typist II Emma C. Swatzel, who passed away on March 3, 2019. He is the brother of Retired Senior Police Officer Keith A. Swatzel, who retired on November 4, 2016. Services were held May 29 in Montgomery with burial in Garden Park Cemetery in Conroe.

TENNARD

Mr. James Tennard, Jr. passed away on Sunday. June 7, 2020, at the age of 95. He is the father of Police Officer James Tennard, III, assigned to the Downtown Division. Services were held June 13 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

VAN VIEN

Mr. Nguyen Van Vien passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2020, at the age of 94. He is the father-in-law of Technical Hardware Analyst Hung C. Le, assigned to the Office of Technology Services. Services were held June 20 with burial in Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery.

VELEZ

Retired Sergeant Ramsey Velez passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at the age of 66. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Velez. Sergeant Velez joined the Houston Police Department on August 14, 1978, Academy Class No. 83 and was also a Veteran of the United States Air Force. During his career with the department, Sergeant Velez was assigned to the Juvenile Division, Narcotics Division and the Northeast Division until his retirement on November 13, 2010. Services were held June 12 in New Caney.

VILLASANA

Retired Clerk Typist II Shirley D. Villasana passed away on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at the age of 77. She is survived by her husband, Henry Villasana. She joined the Houston Police Department on March 27, 1968. During her tenure with the department, she was assigned to the Records, Burglary and Theft, Homicide, and Robbery Divisions. Clerk Typist Shirley Villasana retired on January 1, 2003, out of the Identification Division. Services were held June 16  with burial in San Jacinto Memorial Park.

VURNS

Mrs. Letha Anne Vurns passed away on Friday, June 12, 2020, at the age of 76. She is the grandmother of Police Officer Shaneequa (Nikki) Washington, assigned to the Auto Theft Division, and grandmother-in-law of Police Officer Kerwin Washington, assigned to the Mounted Patrol, and aunt of Senior Police Officer Nathaniel Jones, assigned to the Training Division. Services were held June 27 with burial in Paradise North Cemetery.

WALLACE

Mr. Butler B. Wallace Jr. passed away on Monday, July 6, 2020, at the age of 77. He is the father of Sergeant Gregory C. Wallace, assigned to the Burglary and Theft Division. He is also the grandfather of Police Trainee Xavier A. Wallace, assigned to the Training Division. Graveside services were held July 11 in Farmersville, Louisiana.

WHITE, DOE

Ms. Gloria “Doe” White passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at the age of 87. She is the grandmother of Senior Police Officer Jeffrey C. Oliver, assigned to the Criminal Investigations Command – Crime Stoppers. Services were held June 24 with burial in Magnolia Cemetery in Beaumont.

WHITE, JUNE

Mrs. June Marie White passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2020, at the age of 83. She is preceded in death by her husband, retired Sergeant Howard M. White, who retired on March 30, 1990 and passed away on March 16, 2016. Services were held July 18 with b