November

ACKER, SENIOR POLICE OFFICER SAMMIE L. (RETIRED)

Retired Senior Police Officer Sammie L. Acker passed away on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at the age of 75. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Susan Acker. He was a Veteran of the United States Army. He joined the Houston Police Department on November 22, 1976, Academy Class No. 76. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Southeast, Personnel, and Narcotics Divisions. Senior Police Officer Acker retired on October 23, 2004. Services were held October 2 with burial in Houston Memorial Gardens.

BARNETTE, GEORGE NELSON

Mr. George Nelson Barnette passed away on Monday, October 4, 2021, at the age of 78. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Matthew J. Barnette, assigned to the Tactical Operations Division. Services were held October 16 in Johnson City.

BLACKWOOD, MARY LEE

Mrs. Mary Lee Blackwell passed away on Friday, October 1, 2021, at the age of 74. She is the mother of Executive Office Assistant Rachell R. Hernandez of the Office of Legal Services Division. Services were held October 23 with burial in Hollywood Cemetery.

De SOTO, TERESITA NUNCIO

Mrs. Teresita Nuncio De Soto passed away on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at the age of 80. She is the grandmother of Sergeant Starlyn A. Rendon, assigned to the Northeast Division. Services were held October 21 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

GALLARDO, ADRIAN

Mr. Adrian Gallardo Torres passed away on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at the age of 60. He is the father of Sergeant Adrian C. Gallardo, assigned to the South Central Division. Services were held October 13 with burial in Austin.

GRANTZ, OFFICER JIM (RETIRED)

Retired Police Officer James “Jim” Gratz passed away on Monday, October 18, 2021, at the age of 74. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sheila Gratz. He is also the father of Retired Senior Police Officer James R. Gratz, who retired on September 10, 2005. Police Officer James “Jim” Gratz was a Veteran of the United States Army. He started his law enforcement career with the Port Arthur Police Department, on July 23, 1971. He joined the Houston Police Department on June 10, 1974, Academy Class No. 65. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Northwest, Emergency Communications, Juvenile, North, and Training Divisions. Police Officer Gratz retired on January 19, 2002. Services were held November 2 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

GREER, LINDA M.

Mrs. Linda M. Greer passed away on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at the age of 80. She is the mother-in-law of Administration Manager Timothy Palmer of the Office of Community Affairs Division. Services were held October 16.

HALL, LEONARD G. JR.

Mr. Leon G. Hall, Jr. passed away on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at the age of 81. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Rochon B. Hall assigned to the Office of the Chief of Police. Services were held October 30 with burial in Forest Park East Cemetery. 

HIBERT, SGT. DAVID J. (RETIRED)

Retired Sergeant David J. Hibert passed away on Monday, October 25, 2021, at the age of 56. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Diane M. Hibert. Sergeant Hibert joined the Houston Police Department on June 11, 1990, Academy Class No. 140. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the North Division, Northwest Division, Command Center and the Emergency Communications Division until his retirement on June 11, 2011. 

HUDSON, SPO JAMES D. (RETIRED)

Retired Senior Police Officer James D. Hudson passed away on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at the age 60. He was a Veteran of the United States Army. He joined the Houston Police Department on December 11, 1989, Academy Class No. 138. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Southwest, Eastside, and Clear Lake Divisions. Senior Police Officer Hudson retired on December 21, 2019.

JONES, SPO HAROLD M. JR. (RETIRED)

Retired Senior Police Officer Harold M. Jones Jr. passed away on Thursday, August 12, 2021, at the age of 66. He joined the Houston Police Department on November 2, 1981, Academy Class No. 101. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Central, Jail, Northeast, and Westside Divisions. Senior Police Officer Harold M. Jones retired on January 6, 2012. Graveside services were scheduled for November 6 in Tomball.

MOTLEY, OFFICER KENNETH R. (RETIRED)

Retired Senior Police Officer Kenneth R. Motley passed away on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at the age of 72. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Janice D. Motley. Officer Motley joined the Houston Police Department on December 27, 1982, Academy Class No. 110. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Southwest Division, Jail Division, Westside Division, Community Services Division, Airport IAH Division and the Airport Hobby Division until his retirement on January 31, 2015.

PATCHES, GERALDINE RUTH

Mrs. Geraldine P. Ruth Patches passed away on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at the age of 82. She is the mother of Retired Senior Police Officer Russell R. Ruth who retired on April 5, 2019 from the Kingwood Division. Services were held October 5 with burial in Reading, Pennsylvania.

SCHINDLER, HELEN A.

Mrs. Helen A. Schindler passed away on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at the age of 85. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Ronald J. Schindler, assigned to the Risk Management Division. Services were held October 20 with burial in Earthman Resthaven Cemetery.

SHORT, SPO SCOTT A. (RETIRED)

Retired Senior Police Officer Scott A. Short passed away on Friday, September 3, 2021, at the age of 73. He is survived by his wife Miliza Short. Officer Scott joined the Houston Police Department on August 28, 1967 Academy Class No. 36. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Southwest Division until his retirement on January 18, 2005. Graveside services were held October 23 in Richmond.

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SLADER, JULIA S.

Mrs. Julia S. Slade passed away on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at the age of 83. She is the mother of Retired Senior Police Officer David W. Slade, who retired on November 28, 2020, out of the Air Support Division; and grandmother of Police Officer Matthew D. Slade, assigned to the Airport IAH Division. Services were held October 12 with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.

SUTTLE, JOHN W. JR.

Mr. John W. Suttle, Jr. passed away on Monday, October 18, 2021, at the age of 63. He is the son of Police Officer John W. Suttle, Sr. who Died in the Line of Duty on August 23, 1959. He is also the step-son of Retired Lieutenant Kenneth “Sam” Smelley and uncle of Police Officer Ralph J. Keller III.  Services were held November 5 with burial in Lufkin.

SWIFT, EDGAR L.

Mr. Edgar L. Swift passed away on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at the age of 80. He is the father-in-law of Senior Police Officer Gregory E. Polk, assigned to the Joint Processing Center Unit. Services were held October 9 in Gause, Texas.

WIEESNER, SENIOR POLICE OFFICER JOHN (RETIRED)

Retired Senior Police Officer John M. Weesner passed away on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at the age of 68. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Daisy Weesner. He joined the Houston Police Department on February 12, 1979, Academy Class No. 85. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Southwest and Westside Divisions. Senior Police Officer Weesner retired on May 8, 2004. Services were held October 4 with burial in Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery.

WILLIAMS, BETTY

Mrs. Betty J. Williams passed away on Monday, September 27, 2021, at the age of 61. She is the mother of Sergeant Tiffany D. Williams, assigned to the Northeast Division. Services were held October 8 with burial in Houston Memorial Gardens.

WILSON, MAURICE

Mr. Maurice Wilson passed away on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at the age of 63. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Jocelyn D. Wilson, assigned to the Criminal Investigations Command. Services were held October 9.