David Wayne Evans, 70, died June 25, 2015 at The Brookwood Community in Brookshire, Texas. David was born December 11, 1944, in Hereford, Texas. He was developmentally disabled due to birth complications. He spent his early years in Hereford and was the favorite playmate for his little sister, Zee Ann. In 1954, he moved with the family to Fort Worth when his father was called to serve as the business officer for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. David was well-known and loved at Gambrell Street Baptist Church, where he attended faithfully. He was recognized for his enthusiasm in singing hymns, particularly his favorite “Blessed Be the Name.” David had a ready smile for everyone. He would typically walk up to a stranger, extend his hand, smile and say,“Who are you?” People would respond to David in one of two ways. They would realize this was someone special, smile back and engage in a friendly conversation with him, or they would feel awkward and back away. Those friendly people were indeed those of generous heart, spirit, and understanding. In this way, David engaged the people most worth knowing. All of those who knew him, loved him. His devoted mother and father took care of David at home until they were 85 years old. The family was grateful to find The Brookwood Community, a faith-based residential facility and vocational program for adults with disabilities. He was cared for there with love, understanding, and kindness. In his later years, he had significant medical complications and the staff at the Brookwood Clinic cared for him with love and diligence. He is preceded in death by his sister, Zee Ann Evans of Hereford, his mother, Zona Elizabeth Evans of Fort Worth, and his nephew, William David Patterson of San Antonio. He is survived by his father, Charles Wayne Evans of Fort Worth and now San Antonio, his sisters, Lyn Evans Demy of Middletown, Rhode Island and Jan Evans Patterson of San Antonio, and his nephew, Evan Frost Patterson of Boston. There will be a graveside memorial service at 1:00 pm, Monday, June 29, 2015, West Park Cemetery, Hereford, Texas under the direction of Girdner Funeral Home Abilene, Texas. Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The Brookwood Community, 1752 FM 1489, Brookshire TX 77423. http://www.brookwoodcommunity.org <http://www.brookwoodcommunity.org/> or the David Wayne Evans Endowed Cowboy Band Scholarship, Hardin-Simmons University, Office of Advancement, PO Box 16100, Abilene, Texas 79698. http://www.hsutx.edu <http://www.hsutx.edu/>

MARIA DE LOS ANGELES (TAPIA) RODRIGUEZ, 46, passed away Thursday, June 6, 2015, at her home in Brookshire after a courageous battle with cancer. Maria was born September 15, 1968, in San Diego, Mexico. The daughter of Nicolas Tapia and Antonia (Arellano) Tapia, she grew up and attended school in San Diego. On April 6, 1991, Maria was united in marriage with Salvador Rodriguez in Mexico. She and Salvador then moved to San Felipe. Since 1996, they have made their home in Brookshire and have been members of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church inPattison. A homemaker, Maria was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She treasured the time she was able to spend with her family, and she loved to crochet. Maria is survived by her HUSBAND: Salvador Rodriguez of Brookshire; 4 SONS: Marcos Rodriguez and his wife, Yesenia, Rolondo Rodriguez, Salvador Rodriguez, Jr., and John Miguel Rodriguez, all of Brookshire; GRANDDAUGHTER: Jenabelle Rodriguez, also of Brookshire; MOTHER: Antonia Tapia of Brookshire; SISTERS: Victoria R odriguez and her husband, Pedro, Norma Sanchez and her husband, Miguel, and Clara Rodriguez and her husband, Jose, all of Big Lake, Texas, Patricia Tapia of San Angelo, Texas, Ampro Tapia of Big Lake, Texas; BROTHERS: Eduardo Tapia and his wife, Olga, of Mexico, Juan Ramon Tapia and his wife, Mari, also of Mexico,Rojelio Tapia and his wife, Juana, of Atlanta, Georgia, Luis Armando Tapia and his wife, Angelica, of Atlanta, Georgia, Jorge Tapia and his wife, Ericka, of Big Lake, Texas, Eulojio Tapia and his wife, Myra, of San Angelo, Texas; and many other dear friends and relatives. Maria was preceded in death by her father and by her brother, Jaime Tapia. Visitation was held from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M., Friday, June 5, 2015, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pattison. Rosary was recited at 7:00 P.M. Funeral Mass as held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, June 6, 2015, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father David DuBois celebrant. Interment followed in the Pattison Methodist Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Luis M. Sánchez, Vicente Rodríguez, Fernando Rodríguez, Raúl Rodríguez, Rogelio Tapia and Alfredo Arredondo. Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, P.O. Box 248, 819 Waller Avenue, Brookshire, Texas 77423. (281)934-2424 –www.schmidtfunerals. com Schmidt Funeral Home - Brookshire, TX 819 Waller Ave. - P.O. Box 248 Brookshire, TX 77423 (281)934-2424 phone(281)934-3150 fax

Thelma Rebecca Wollgast, age 88 of Sealy, passed away on May 24 2015. She is preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Mary Ann Goldsberry; husband, Ross R. Wollgast; 1 brother, 5 sisters and great granddaughter, Peyton Reese Wollgast and is survived by sons, Richard Wollgast and Terry Wollgast and wife Kathy; Betty Jean Richardson Wollgast and husband Ronald, Ardene Wollgast and Mary Ann Schneebeli and husband Jack; grandchildren, Sherry Breneman and husband Billy, Bill Wollgast, Brandon Wollgast, Brent Wollgast and wife Brooke, Kyle Wollgast and wife Rianne, Jake Schneebeli and wife Christena, Aundrea Schneebeli, and Caleb Schneebeli; great grandchildren, Betty Lee Oliver Meggs, and husband Junior, Cheryl Renee Oliver and Johnny Auschlager, Ronald Edward Oliver and Candice, Justin Tanner Wollgast, Jayden Reese Wollgast, Jesslyn Rose Wollgast, Rylee Beth Wollgast, Gavyn Lane Wollgast and Evelyn Shae Wollgast, great-great grandchildren, McKenzie, Chloe, and Kirsten; special friends Patricia Casey and Jo Marie Hestilow as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Thelma was a homemaker, a devoted mother, a GREAT cook, an avid reader and a confidant to many. She was a seamstress, gardener, a hunter, and she loved to play dominos and solitaire. She was a wonderful person who enjoyed spending time with and caring for her family. Visitation was held on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 from 5-8pm. Funeral Services were Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 11am at Canon Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Garrett officiating. Interment followed at Wawarofsky Cemetery.[Video Tribute and Guest Book @ www.canonfuneralhome.com Canon Funeral Home & Monument Co., 420 Farr St., Waller, TX 77484, (936) 372-3683, www.canonfuneralhome.com

Mr. L. E. “Gene” Stringer, 73, of Hempstead, passed away peacefully at Hospice Brazos Valley in Bryan on Sunday, May 24th. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 10:00am, Thursday, May 28th. Arrangements are under the direction of Nobles Funeral Chapel. Gene was born in Rosenberg, Texas on December 20, 1941 to Edgar and Louise Stringer. When he was young, he supported himself by working as a ranch hand on neighboring ranches. He owned and operated Stringer Construction, Inc., for over 35 years until his retirement and most recently worked for Grimes County Road and Bridge. He was very active in the TPRA and USTRC, Team Roping and the Gulf Coast Donkey and Mule Association. He was known in and around Waller County as “Stringer the Mule Man”. He is survived by his loving wife, Deborah, of Hempstead, daughters and sons-in-law Sheana and Brett Guerin of Waller, Tammy and Wayne Navarro of Austin, Neely and Shawn Zorn of Houston and Teri Sue and Patrick Longoria of Houston; sons and daughters-in-law Clint and Tina Stringer of Hempstead and Dale and Pam Stringer of Damon; sister and brother-in-law Coralou and Clarence Hennessey of Rosenberg; brother and sister-in-law Eddie Joe and Sissy Stringer of Texas City; 13 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Kimberly Ann Bridges and stepson Terry Dayle Henricksen. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a memorial donation to Hospice Brazos Valley at www.hospicebrazosvalley.org . You are invited to leave kind words and fond memories at www.noblesfuneral.com.

Mark Vern, 46, passed away May 12, 2015. The family will receive friends Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Klein Funeral Home from 6-8pm. Funeral services will be Friday at 10:30am at Foundry United Methodist Church, 8350 Jones Rd. Interment will follow at Klein Memorial Park-CyFair. The Vern family would like to send a heartfelt “Thank You” to all nurses and doctors on the entire Main 8th floor of Methodist Medical Center, Dr. Beinart, Dr. Kew, Dr. Iyer, Dr. Kammble, the entire bone marrow team and Houston Hospice for their exceptional care. Klein Funeral Home - CyFair NorthWest, 9719 Wortham Blvd., Houston, TX 77065, (832) 678-3900