Helen C. (Polasek) Harwell, 81, of Brookshire, Texas, passed away Sunday. August 31, 2014, in Houston, Texas. Helen was born September 14, 1932, in Hobson, Texas, the daughter of Casper and Doris (Lyssy) Polasek. She grew up in Hobson, Texas, and Karnes City, Texas, graduating from Karnes City High School. On January 28, 1961, Helen was united in marriage to J.L. "Buck" Harwell, in Seguin, Texas. She was employed with Lone Star Brewery, Miller Motor Company in Katy, later went to work for Waller County Precinct 4, as the administrative assistant for Judges, Joe Pattison, Jim Koen and Ted Krenek, for 15+ years. Helen enjoyed sewing and bowling with family and friends. Helen is survived by her CHILDREN: Kathryn Wiley and her husband, Charles, of Katy, Gerald Harwell and his wife, Debbie, of New Ulm, and Jeff Harwell and his long-time companion, Wendi Stuart, of Brookshire; GRANDCHILDREN: Emily Wiley, Travis Wiley, and Erin Wiley, Dustin Harwell, Devin Harwell, Samantha Harwell, and Clayton Harwell. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.L. "Buck" Harwell, parents, Casper and Doris Polasek, brother, Casper "Sonny" Polasek, and sister Claire Marie Vajdos. Visitation was held from 5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at the Schmidt Funeral Home, in Brookshire, where Rosary was recited at 7:00 P.M. Funeral Mass was held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, September 4, 2014, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pattison, with Father David DuBois celebrant. Pallbearers were Kenneth Berger, Buddy Peterek, Gerald "Piggy" Gassner, Randy Bludau, Richard Holderman and Guy Lusher. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Mathews, Charles Swize, Nelson Guillotte, Clyde Grimet and Ted Krenek. Interment followed in the Pattison Cemetery. Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 4445 FM 359, Pattison, Texas 77466. Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, P.O. Box 248, 819 Waller, Avenue, Brookshire, Texas 77423 (281)934-2424 -www.schmidtfunerlas.com

Benito “Benny” Canto Munoz, 59, of Carrizo Springs, Texas, passed away August 20, 2014 in Austin, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Angelia Munoz; son, Raymond T. Sherlock; brother, Louis Munoz; sisters, Gloria, Suzie and Lupe Munoz and is survived by his wife, Amanthia Munoz of Carrizo Springs; daughter, Jennifer D. Stolar and husband, Richard of Columbus, Texas; grandchildren, Matthew J. Arcos, Dylan J. Arcos, Jesse J. Arcos, RossT Arcos, Elizabeth D. Stolar and Robert D. Sherlock; sisters, Minerva Pate and Leonora Munoz; brother, Manuel Munoz; nephews, George Pate and Timmy Munoz; niece, Gloria Munoz; and numerous other family members and many dear friends. Benny was born on March 21, 1955, in Brookshire, Texas, the son of Manuel and Angelia Canto Munoz. He grew up and attended school in Brookshire. He married Amanthia Sherlock on March 27, 1990. Benny had been employed with Wayne England Rice Farming and also as a maintenance worker for Harris County. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing and hunting. A memorial service was held on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel in Brookshire, Texas.

Billy Eugene Hurst was born on August 11, 1929 in Atoka, Oklahoma to David Mark and Ruthie Irene Sallee Hurst. On April 3, 1993, he married Jane Hintz Franz at the Willowfork Country Club, in Katy. Billy and Jane have lived in Brookshire for the last 20 years. Billy was always happy and could make you laugh. He loved gardening and raising tomatoes and especially giving tomatoes to his friends and family. Billy loved to hunt and fish and made annual fishing trips pulling a boat to Florida. Billy was a member of the Kingsland Baptist Church, where he was an usher for many years. He hosted the annual Adult Bible Fellowship fish fry at his home every Memorial Day weekend.  Billy Eugene Hurstpassed away on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, in Katy, at the age of 85 years. He is survived by his wife, Jane Hurst of Brookshire; children, Connie Taylor of Houston, Rechon and Walter Lewis of Waller, Tammy and Major John Owens of Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, Jason and Tammy Franz of Midfield, Texas, and Barrett and Debbie Franz of Bay City, Texas; grandchildren, Bart Taylor, Jennifer and Robert Legg, Carson Owens, Landa Owens, Jacob Franz, Jamicyn Franz, Coleman Franz, Saundie Franz, Jaycie Franz, Alan  and Hera Lewis, and Jerryand Jennifer Lewis; great grandchildren, Eli Legg, Coral Lewis, and Corina Lewis; brothers, Stanley  Hurst of Dallas, and Jim Hurst of Atoka, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, a sister, his son, Billy Eugene Hurst, Jr. and a daughter, Donna Ruth Hurst.  A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 30, 2014, at the Kingsland Baptist Church, in Katy, with Rev. Doyle Lowry officiating. Those wishing to make memorial gifts may do so  to the Go Beyond Missions Fund at Kingsland Baptist Church, 20555 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, TX 77450. Condolences may be expressed at www.SchmidtFuneralHome.net. Funeral services held under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home, 1508 East Avenue ~ Katy, Texas 77493 ~ (281) 391-2424

Robert Carl England, 61, passed from this life on August 17, 2014 at his home in Junction, Texas. Robert was born June 18, 1953 in Brookshire, Texas, the son of John and Edna England. He worked in the oil and gas business as a machinist for Halliburton for many years before returning to the family ranch in Junction, Texas. Those left to honor his memory include one son, John England of Ft. Worth, Texas, one brother, Arnold England of Brookshire, Texas, and one sister Charlotte Pattison of Pattison, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation services for Robert will be Sunday, August 31, 3:00 P.M. at the Pattison Fire Department, 2950 FM 359, Pattison, TX. The family requests memorials be made to; John England Memorial Scholarship Fund, C/O RHS-CTE Department, P.O. Box 469, Pattison, TX 77466.

DOROTHY MARIE LaCOMBE DEVANE, 70, of Luling, Texas, formerly of Brookshire, Texas passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Luling. Dorothy was born November 4, 1943, in Hayes, Louisiana. The daughter of Artulas and Pauline Broussard LaCombe, she grew up and attended school in Hayes and Bell City in Louisiana. Dorothy married Robert “Sonny” Devane on October 16, 1961 in Orange, Texas. They made their home in Ruskin, Florida and Fort Worth, Texas before moving to Brookshire in 1977, where Dorothy was employed in housekeeping at Farmers State Bank. Sonny preceded her in death in 1989. Dorothy was a Certified Medical Assistant and enjoyed crocheting, crafts, sewing, needlepoint and embroidering. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she cherished the time she was able to spend with her family. She is survived by her DAUGHTERS: Denise Devane of Houston and Robin Davidson and her husband, David of Katy; SONS: Robert Devane and his wife, Elaine, of Luling, and Ben Devane and his wife, Meme, of Houston; GRANDCHILDREN: Matthew Devane and wife, Megan, Marie Mireles and husband, Kelsey, Marci Pence and husband, Brian, Melanie Rouse and husband, Christopher, Jennie Devane, Isabella Devane, Zachary Devane, Hunter Devane, Daphanie Watson Devane, Erin Devane; GREAT GRANDCHILDREN: Brock Pence, Beau Pence, Oliver Mireles, Olivia Mireles and Keira Ball. Dorothy is also survived by her SISTER: Maelena of Shreveport, Louisiana; SISTERS- IN-LAW: Janet Devane Gillebaard and Barbara Devane Harmon; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Sonny, four brothers: Wilson, Willard, LeRoy, and Clyde and two sisters: Bell and Agnes. Visitation was held from 5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M., Saturday, August 2, 2014, at Schmidt Funeral Home in Brookshire. Funeral Service was held at 3:00 P.M., Sunday, August 3, 2014, at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel with Father David DuBois officiating. Pallbearers were Hunter Devane, Zachary Devane, Matthew Devane, Brian Pence, Christopher Rouse and Kelsey Mireles. Interment followed in Carrington Cemetery. SCHMIDT FUNERAL HOME, 819 Waller Ave., P.O. Box 248, Brookshire, TX 77423, (281) 934-2424, www.schmidtfunerals.com