Our classmates will be missed by all of us.
Our memories of them will stay with us forever.
Kenneth Price / July 28, 2015
James Mason / March 13, 2016
Obituary for Vinetta M Prince
Vinetta Prince, age 69 of Clayton, Oklahoma passed away from this life on Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She was born on May 1st, 1951 to Lillie (Smith) Clark and Ennis Clark in Ville Platte, Louisiana. Vinetta graduated high school in Channelview, Texas. She married the love of her life, Phillip Prince in August of 1972 and their marriage brought forth two daughters, Amanda and Megan. Vinetta loved to quilt, country western dance and most of all she enjoyed watching her grandkids play sports. Spending time with family and friends was most important to Vinetta. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Vinetta is survived by her husband, Phillip of the home; daughters, Amanda Prince Ball and husband, Erin of Houston, Tx, and Megan Prince Callahan and husband, Jeff of Teague, Tx; four grandchildren, Jacob Callahan, Joshua Callahan, Addison Ball and Brody Ball; siblings, Linda Dorman and husband, Joe of Channelview, Tx, Donald Clark and wife, Beverly of Point Blank, Tx, and Pam Merritt and husband, Sam of Channelview, Tx; sister in law, Connie Prince Potts; father in law, Richard Prince and wife, Daphne of Palestine, Tx, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
Vinetta is preceded in passing by her parents, Ennis and Lillie Clark; mother in law, Mary Prince; sister in law, Linda Prince Gantt, and brother in law, Mark Potts.
Graveside services will be at Sardis Cemetery in Sardis, Oklahoma with Bro. Gary Fitzpatrick officiating. Services have been entrusted to McCarn Funeral Service of Talihina, Oklahoma.
Phillip Prince and Vinetta Clark Prince
Obituary for Stuart Hill
Stuart Leslie Hill, age 69, passed away 2 Nov 2020 at his residence in Deming, New Mexico. Stuart is survived by his partner of 43 years, John Anderson; sister, Jeanne Owen (Of San Saba, Texas); brothers, Alan (of Richmond, Texas) & Howard (of Livingston, Texas); 3 nephews, Sam Owen, Aaron Hill, Evan Hill; 1 niece, Alyse Hill-McMenamin, 1 great nephew, Carter Owen, and 1 great niece, Cohen Owen. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene Albert (Bert) Hill and Clara Frances Smith Hill of Houston, Texas.
Stuart was born in Channelview, Texas on March 31, 1951, where he attended Channelview schools from 1st to 12th grade and took part in many school functions over that 12 year span.
As Stuart requested, there will be no services. Cremation will take place and he will be staying with his partner, John, until the time of his death, then they will be interred in a Houston-area cemetery.
(written by Stuart).
Stuart courageously fought his battle with cancer for 1 1/2 years. During this time he was ever the jokester that we all knew and loved. He was more concerned with the well-being of those around him than his own comfort. I was privileged to have known him for most of my life and to call him brother. He will be greatly missed even knowing that he is at rest with our Creator.
Obituary for Shirley Sneed
Obituary for Thomas "Tommy" Edward Hale
Thomas Edward Hale, 71, of Highlands, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 9, 2022. Tommy was born on January 3, 1951 in Kansas City, Missouri to Jean Marie Fisher. He was an Operator for Harris County Water District 21 and retired after working for many years. Tommy was a strong in his faith and was member of East Houston Revival Center where he attended many bible studies. Music made his heart happy and playing the guitar was his passion. Tommy always kept busy by working on his house and different projects. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Jean and Jimmy Fisher.
Tommy is survived by his wife, Barbara Hale; daughter, Kimberly Freeland and husband Thad; daughter, Candace Hale; grandchildren, Keith Powell, Cody Powell and wife Skyla, Kala Bryant, Kira Bryant, and Karina Bryant; great-grandchildren, Daniel Powell, Dustin Powell, and Destiny Powell; sisters, Dee Rachal, Bonnie Banks and husband Houston, and Denise Williams and husband Roy; and a host of extended family and friends.
Friends are invited to visit with the family from 12:00 P.M. until 1:30 P.M on Monday, January 17, 2022, at Sterling White Funeral Home with a service at 1:30 P.M. Burial will follow in Sterling White Cemetery, Highlands, Texas.
This information was from 2006.
Who did I go to the senior prom with? Kay Brett
What organizations did I belong to in high school?
National Honor Society, Band, Marching Band, Stage Band, Jazz Band (there appears to be a pattern, here!)
What state do I live in now? Rohnert Park, California
How many kids do I have now? Two daughters
What is or was my occupation?
Director of Sales for the Hertz Corporation
My closest friend/s in HS? John Lee, Hollis McClard, Kris Campbell, David Hart, Stuart Hill, Hans Muller and all the C-view girls!
What have I been doing since high school?
After my three-year stint as Drum Major on scholarship at the University of Houston, I started my career in the travel industry in 1973, working continuously in that industry ever since, having worked with two major airlines and now car rental. I've lived in the Seattle, Washington area, the Minneapolis/St. Paul area of Minnesota, Dallas/Fort Worth, and now the “wine country" of Northern California (what the heck took me so long to get here!) Working in this industry has provided me with an opportunity to travel with my family to many parts of the country and around the world, experiencing different cultures, sights, and sounds. I've been married for almost twenty-eight years to the same gal, have two girls one just graduated in May from Colorado State University; the other just finished her first year at the University of Oregon.
Retirement for me most likely will not be until I'm 59+ and, unless the housing market changes dramatically out here between now and then, it will require me to relocate elsewhere, most likely anywhere east of California! I've really enjoyed reacquainting myself with many of my Channelview friends and classmates during the last few years...something I missed out on since graduation, relocations and world travels. My brother, Bill, lives not far away in Portland, Oregon; and my sister Kathy lives in Liberty, TX.
Once Homer retired, he moved to Dallas, Texas. Homer passed away at a Dallas hospital on 10-20-22.
He had an aggressive cancer.
Homer Laird's Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Nov 12 at 2pm at the First Frisco United Methodist Church in Frisco, TX.
Homer Laird at our 50th Reunion in 2019
Jane Dunlop / May 19, 2016
Audrey Willis / January 12, 2017
Obituary of Renwick Preston
Renwick Preston, 67, went to be with the Lord whom he loved, August 23, 2019 at his home in Houston, Texas. Born October 22, 1951, in Harrodsburg, KY, he was the son of Vena Sheperson Preston and the late Harold Preston.
Survivors include three sisters: Debbie (Alex) Poulter of Lexington; Becky (Danny) Chapman of Louisville; Cindy (Daryl) Hampton of Houston, TX; two brothers: Jon (Linda) Preston of Sugarland, TX, and Dave (Jane) Preston of the Woodlands, TX and several loving nieces and nephews.
When his country called, he joined the United States Air Force. He worked as a Control System Specialist for S&B Engineering in Houston, TX.
Visitation will be at Ransdell Funeral Chapel on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 1-3pm, immediately followed by the funeral, officiated by Frank Preston with eulogies by Jon and David Preston. Committal will follow at the Ebenezer Cemetery, Slavisa, KY.
Honorary Bearers will be R. Alex Poulter, Brad Hampton, Chase Hampton, Danny Chapman II, Blake Hampton, David Preston, Jon Chapman, Spencer Poulter, Keith Preston, Travis Preston, Graham Preston, Jessica Rice, Laura Guerrero, Megan Karlsen, Lydia Kheir and Bethany Poulter.
Obituary of Ronnie DeSpain
Ronald Lee DeSpain, age 71, passed away Monday, October 26, 2020 in Bryan, Texas. A graveside service celebrating his life will take place 2 P.M., Friday, October 30, 2020 at Centerville Cemetery in Centerville, Texas. Pastor Tuffy Loftin, of the Cowboy Church of Leon County, will officiate the service. Those who wish to pay their respects to Ron’s family are encouraged to attend.
Ron was born February 18, 1949 in Houston, Texas, the youngest son of Quanah Marshall & Sarah (Havard) DeSpain. He grew up in the Channelview area and moved with his wife, Carol and their young family to Centerville from Baytown in 1981. Ron and Carol raised their family in Centerville. Living in the country allowed Ron the perfect opportunity to do what he loved best—hunting, fishing and being outdoors “in the woods.” He taught his children how to hunt and fish and later enjoyed taking his grandchildren to do the same. Family gatherings were a staple in Ron’s family. Fish-fries and bar-b-ques presented a prime opportunity for the whole family to get together and fellowship with one another. Ron always enjoyed those times. Ron retired from Nucor Steel in 2013 and thoroughly appreciated this time in his life. Although he only had a brief seven years as a retiree, Ron lived it to the fullest.
Ron was preceded in death by both of his parents; brother, Joe Aaron and nephew, Michael Aaron. His surviving family includes, loving wife, Carol (Rappolee) DeSpain of Centerville; sons, Chuck (Gari Shae) Perry of Round Rock, Jesse (Amanda) DeSpain of Centerville and Cody (Casey) DeSpain of Centerville and brothers, Michael “Alvin” Aaron and wife, Inez of Louisiana and Milton “Curtis” DeSpain and wife, Neva of Onalaska. Ron will forever be remembered as “Big Daddy” by his grandchildren, Corbin Chandler, Caiden Boss, Jeran Schaedler, Dayton DeSpain, Jake Pineda, Weston DeSpain, Luke DeSpain, Reese Perry and Avery Perry. Ron is also survived by sister-in-law, Barbara Jo Aaron and nephews, Sidney Dewayne, Robert Aaron and Dwayne Aaron.
Arrangements are under the direction of Walters Funeral Home, Centerville, Texas.
Obituary for Paul Randal (Randy) DeVault
Paul Randal “Randy” DeVault, 69, of Crossroads, TX, passed away Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at his home. Randy was born November 15, 1951 in El Dorado, AR to Harry Clem Gillespie and Alma Jean Pratt. Randy married Sandra Jo Julian on November 30, 1982 in Lewisville, TX.
Randy was a graduate of Channelview High School in Channelview, TX. He has lived in the Little Elm and Crossroads area since 1985. Randy was employed 25 years at Lone Star Gas and was the Supervisor in McKinney, TX. He volunteered his help and abilities to many places. Randy was the Fire Chief for both the Lewisville Volunteer Fire Department, and the Little Elm Volunteer Fire Department. He was big supporter of Toys for Tots, and Hometown Heroes as well.
If you knew Randy, you would know that he had a heart for giving and for serving others. He gave of himself to help others in need. Randy loved ranching and also owned a ranch named Shadow River Ranch in Aubrey, TX. He was a loving husband, father, brother, and friend. He will be missed greatly and remembered by many.
Randy is survived by his wife, Sandy of Crossroads, TX; son, Randal DeVault of Dallas, TX; daughters, Margaret Corn and fiance Dustin Scoggins of Caddo Mills, TX, and Kathy Hamilton and fiance Derek Mayfield of Little Elm, TX; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Buster Gillespie and wife Bam of Ponder, TX; sisters, Sherry Adams and husband Paul of Aubrey, TX, and Shelly Green of Forney, TX; and multiple nieces and nephews
Randy was preceded in death by his grandparents, Gene, and Beatrice Pratt; parents, Harry and Alma; daughter, Billie Jo Rainey; and sister, Jackie Stanley.
Arrangements are under the direction of Terri Slay and Slay Memorial Funeral Center.
Obituary for Connie Tomkins
Connie Smelley Tomkins, age 70, of Shreveport, Louisiana passed away on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. Connie was born June 2, 1951 in Greenville, Texas to parents, William D. and Cordelia W. Smelley. A memorial service for Connie will be held Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Hill Crest Memorial - Blanchard Chapel, 356 Warriner Avenue, Shreveport, Louisiana 71107. Officiating the service will be Bro. Stanley Dreyer.
Obituary for Gerald Edward Williams
Gerald Edward Williams, 71, passed on from this life on January 7, 2022 in Houston, Texas. He was born on August 18, 1950 to his parents Mattie Darlene (Spivey) and Robert A. Williams Sr. in Baytown, Texas. Gerald proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. During his spare time he enjoyed being in the outdoors hunting or fishing. Gerald will be greatly missed by all who were in his life, and his memory will forever live on within them. He is preceded in death by his parents. Gerald is lovingly survived by his siblings, Robert A. Williams Jr., and Bobbie Hanna; and nieces, Tracey Curci, and Shelby Curci; as well as other extended family members and friends. The family asks that you join them for a visitation at Carter-Conley Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Graveside services with military honors will take place on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 11:15 A.M. at Houston National Cemetery under the direction of Carter-Conley Funeral Home.
Robert Williams passed away. CHS class of 1969. Obituary on Carter Conley Funeral home website.
Robert Arthur Williams Jr., a loving and selfless man, passed away on May 9, 2023, at the age of 72. Born on August 18, 1950, in Baytown, Texas, he was the son of the late Robert Arthur Williams Sr. and Mattie Darlene Spivey. Robert was a strong-willed, caring, and loving individual who would do anything for anyone. He was a devoted family man, always putting the needs of his loved ones first. His selflessness and willingness to lend a hand to those in need earned him the admiration and respect of his peers. After graduating from high school, Robert enlisted in the United States Army, where he served his country with honor and distinction. He achieved the rank of Specialist and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal for his service during the Vietnam War. His time in the military instilled in him a sense of duty and responsibility that he carried with him throughout his life. Following his military service, Robert worked in the steel industry, where he was known for his hard work, dedication, and commitment to his job. He took great pride in his work and was respected by his colleagues for his strong work ethic and determination to get the job done right. Above all, Robert was a devoted family man who cherished the time he spent with his loved ones. He was always there to offer support, guidance, and a listening ear, and his presence will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Robert is preceded in death by his parents; and his twin brother, Gerald Edward Williams. He is survived by his sister, Bobbie Hanna; and his nieces, Tracey Curci, Shelby Curci, and Tori Radcliffe. A time for family and friends to gather for a visitation at Carter-Conley Funeral Home is currently being scheduled. Graveside services with military honors will follow at Houston National Cemetery under the direction of Carter Conley Funeral Home.
Graveside Service Thursday, May 18, 2023 10:15AM
Houston National Cemetery
10410 Veterans Memorial Dr.
Houston, TX 77038
This information is from 2007.
What organizations did I belong to in high school? D.E.C.A., F.B.L.A., played basketball my freshman year, football my freshman and junior year.
How many kids do I have now? Two children: a son, age 34 he lives in Brooklyn, New York and my daughter is 29. Three Grandchildren: Trent age 9, Amber and Timmy are 7, yes twins.
What is or was my occupation? I retired from the Houston Fire Department and currently am a Program Manager for Weapons of Mass Distruction and EMS porgrams for the Fire School at Texas A&M.
My closest friend/s in HS? Hans Muller, Jackie Carnathan, and Floyd Niemtshk
What have I been doing since high school?
After graduation in 1969, I went to work for Brown & Root at the Diamond Shamrock plant off Haden Rd. while I waited for my Houston Fire Dept. cadet class to start in March of 1970. I worked for HFD for ten years, served as a firefighter, paramedic, public information officer for the EMS division and retired (early) as a Captain. During this time, I married my High School sweetheart, Sharon Davenport (CHS -70). Unfortunately, that did not work out for us but we are still great friends and still see and talk to each other when we can. I did remarry in 1972 and the 70's brought the two children listed above.
Now to the 80's, with my fire department pension vested, I decided to make a career move and went to work for an offshore drilling company as their training coordinator. The company, Rowan Companies, Inc. had offshore rigs all over the world and my ventures outside the US began. For the next nine years I traveled to our rigs, conducting safety inspections and training in England, Holland, Africa, Singapore, Indonesia and of course the Gulf of Mexico. Great times, fond memories.
The 90's brought more changes for me as I left the drilling company and accepted an instructor's position here at the fire school at Texas A&M. I moved up from instructor to coordinator to manager. I have been here for the last fifteen years and think I will just stay until I really retire. I work in the Texas Engineering Extension Service, which is a State Agency within the A&M System. The programs I manage are responsible to the Department of Homeland Security for the delivery of training programs to emergency responders in all fifty states and U.S. Territories. We train the responders in how to manage terrorists’ attacks and natural and manmade disasters. I oversee the Incident Management, Emergency Medical Services and Hazardous Materials training programs.
I enjoy my position here, which allows me to travel with my training teams when the schedules permit. As I mentioned earlier, my daughter and grandchildren live here as well so I get to spend time with them. My son lives in New York City and we each make a trip sometime during the year.
I only attended CHS my four years of High School. So, you didn't grow up with me but we did grow together.
July 15, 1951 ~ May 24, 2023
Born in: Houston, TX
Resided in: College Station
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