Dora Muse Payne, 79, expired on Monday, October 26, 2015. Family received friends on Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. at Sugar Land Mortuary, 1818 Eldridge Rd., Sugar Land, TX 77478. Memorial Service began at 11:00 a.m. Immediately following the service, friends were invited to join the family in the dining hall for a reception, also at Sugar Land Mortuary Troy B. Smith Professional Services (713-734-8769) 9013 Scott St., Houston, TX 77051 was in charge of arrangements.

SANDRA KAY KING PAULUS, 69, of New Caney, Texas, passed away Thursday, October 29, 2015 in The Woodlands, Texas. Sandra was born April 23, 1946, in Houston, Texas. The daughter of Alfred and Erna Taylor King, she grew up in the Kinwood area, graduating from Aldine High School. Sandra spent her summers in Pattison where she enjoyed visiting with her family. On May 15, 1964, she married Harry Paulus in Houston, Texas. They have made their home in New Caney, Texas. During her working years, Sandra was employed as a Customer Service Representative in the insurance business in the Houston area for a number of years. She was a Baptist by faith. Sandra enjoyed gardening and working in her flower beds, and going to estate sales. Sandra is survived by her HUSBAND: Harry Paulus of New Caney; SON: Randal Paulus and his wife, Tina, of Houston; GRANDSON: Ben Hoang, also of Houston, BROTHERS: Alfred King and his wife, Marian, of Cypress, and Waymon King and his wife, Cathy, of Dike; NIECES: Jennifer King of Houston, and Laura Cathrine of Sulpher Springs; NEPHEW: Ross Alan King of New York, New York; GREAT NIECE: Karissa Sykes; GREAT NEPHEWS: Nicholas Vasilakopolos and Christopher Valle; GREAT GREAT NIECE: Averie Savage; GREAT GREAT NEPHEW: Andrew Jones; and numerous other dear friends and relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents. Visitation was held from 5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M., Sunday, November 1, 2015, at the Schmidt Funeral Home in Brookshire. Funeral Service was held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, November 2, 2015, at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jan Castleberry officiating. Interment followed in the Pattison Methodist Cemetery. Schmidt Funeral Homes, P.O. Box 248, 19 Waller Avenue, Brookshire, TX 77423, (281) 934-2424,

MERRILL L. “BUD” SCOTT, JR., 79, longtime Brookshire resident, passed away Friday, September 25, 2015, in Brookshire, Texas. Bud was born May 21, 1936, in Lamar, Colorado, the son of Merrill L. Scott, Sr. and Ruth Elizabeth Brown Scott. He grew up and attended school in Cheyenne, Wyoming where he attended Central High School and the University of Wyoming. At the University of Wyoming, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta and Phi Epsilon Phi, and served on the Interfraternity Council. He was also a member of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and was a member of the Society of the American Military Engineers. In 1956, he was employed by Organic Research Laboratories in Laramie Wyoming. In 1957, he went to work for the Wyoming Highway Department. Bud served his country in the United States Army in Military Intelligence during the Korean War from 1961 - 1967 graduating from the US Army Ordnance Guided Missile School on February 2, 1962. He attained the rank of SP 5 before his honorable discharge on July 31, 1967. After proudly serving his nation, Bud worked with General Electric on the Aerospace Project in Baltimore, Maryland and Syracuse, New York. He was married to Ardis Scheer and was the father of Eric James Scott, Lynn Ann Scott Browning and Jean Marie Scott Aranda. A loving grandfather, he adored his five grandchildren and treasured his great granddaughter. Bud was an avid poker player and was one of the original members of the Brookshire Poker Club where the famous and infamous gathered every other week to play poker and tell lies. He was also a member of The Breakfast Club where at times he was Chairman of the “Bored”. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and watching his grandsons’ sporting events. During the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, Bud and Ardis owned and operated several liquor stores and The Place Next Door To The Liquor Store where they regularly hosted town parties. He leaves behind his WIFE: Ardis Scott of Brookshire; CHILDREN: Mayor Eric Scott, also of Brookshire, Lynn Ann Scott Browning of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Jean Scott Aranda of Brenham; GRANDCHILDREN: Brock Browning, Derek Browning, Cortney Aranda Gough and husband, Lucas, Blake Aranda and wife, Brittney, and Gavin Aranda; GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER: Juliet Gough; SISTER: Barbara Scott of Cheyenne, Wyoming; BROTHER-IN-LAW: Jim Ford of Costa Rica; NIECE: Jamie Zapalac; NEPHEW: Charlie Ford; and many other dear friends who he appreciated. Bud was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Betty Ford. Family received friends from 4:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M., Monday, September 28, 2015, at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel in Brookshire. Graveside Service was held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at the San Felipe Cemetery with Thomas A. Knapp, Jr. officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Brock S. Browning, Blake A. Aranda, Derek L. Browning, Gavin S. Aranda, Harris C. Garrett, Gerald “Piggy” Gassner, David Jodie and Gary Woods. Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to Ms. G’s Personal Care Home, 32303 Pintail Street, Brookshire, TX 77423. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, 819 Waller Avenue, PO Box 248, Brookshire, TX 77423 - (281) 934-2424 -

Bessie Raye (Middleton) Hargest, 77, of Prairie View, Texas passed away July 27, 2015 in Houston, Texas. Bessie Raye was born on November 24, 1938 in Columbus, Texas to Pearl and Millie Middleton who predeceased her.
Bessie received an Associate’s degree from Blinn College and graduated from Texas Southern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Administration. She pledged Eta Phi Beta Sorority. She began her nursing career in Prairie View, Texas. She later worked at MD Anderson and Texas Southern University as a nurse and also taught Health Education at Jack Yates and Jeff Davis High Schools in Houston.
Bessie is survived by her children: Veronica Hargest Sharp (Prairie View), Debra J. Taylor (Willie), Beverly R. Chance (Chuck), and Conrad A. Hargest Jr., of Houston.
Bessie also leaves behind seven grandchildren: Savannah, David, Terri Taylor, Cameron, Courtney Chance, Conrad A. Hargest III, and Christopher Hargest and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
She is also survived by Sisters: Johnnie Henry Norwood, Dorothy (Middleton) Woods, and Carrie Junious; Brother: Elvin Middleton (Frances) and sister-in-law Barbara Middleton, of Houston.
Preceding Bessie in death were her parents Pearl and Millie Middleton, brothers: Pearl Jr., Robert Jr. Fred, and Wilbert; Brother-in-law Alvin Norwood and Nephew Reginald Norwood.
Services will be conducted by Reverend Joe Samuel Ratliff at Brentwood Baptist Church, 13033 Landmark, Houston, TX 77045 on August 8, 2015. Interment will be in Houston Memorial Gardens 2426 Cullen Blvd., Pearland, TX 77581. Repast will be held in Friendship Community Bible Church, 420 Wood, Sugar Land, Texas 77478.

JUAN URBANO SALINAS, 50, of Brookshire, Texas, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015, at his home.Juan was born May 25, 1965, in Cuba. The son of Juan and Maria Sanchez Salinas, he grew up and attended school in Cacahual, Cuba. In December 2000, Juan immigrated to the United States where he owned and operated his trucking company, Salinas Trucking.On November 5, 2005, Juan married Guadalupe Lidia Sanchez in Houston, Texas. They have made their home in Brookshire, Texas. Juan loved being outdoors and was an avid fisherman. He also enjoyed dancing.He is survived by his WIFE: Guadalupe Salinas, DAUGHTER: Anay Salinas; STEP-SON: Jose Barrientos; GRANDDAUGHTER: Daelly Barrientos; COUSINS: Juan Rafael Salinas and his wife, Mercedes Rodriguez, and Jorge Salinas; and many other dear friends and relatives. Juan was preceded in death by his parents. Final arrangements were under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, 819 Waller Avenue, PO Box 248, Brookshire, TX 77423 – (281) 934-2424 –