Joe Carranza, age 46, of Waller, Texas passed away on September 2, 2021. He is preceded in death by his parents James Carranza and Susan Chandler; uncles Tomas Carranza, Fernando Carranza, Johnny Chandler, Ed Brenner Sr., aunts Martha Haneline, Hilda Dedmon, cousins Eddie Brenner Jr., and Laura Arnold. He is survived by his wife Amy Laughlin Carranza; son Colby Carranza; daughter Rylie Carranza; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.
Joe met and married the love of his life Amy Laughlin Carranza during their years at Texas Tech University. In addition to their love, Joe was proud to be Dad for Colby and Rylie. He was often found supporting them in their numerous activities in every season of life. These included tasks like honey do lists, school errands, and titles like rodeo dad, football coach, community member and too many more to list all of them. Amy, Colby, and Rylie will always cherish the love of their husband and father.
Joe always enjoyed a good game, whether it was the Conroe Tigers (HS Alma Mater), Texas Tech Red Raiders, Waller Bulldogs, or the many youth sports team he coached and supported over the years. Joe made countless memories hunting and fishing with friends and family. Many days were spent in South Texas and venturing on the Texas bays. As a proud member of Delta Sigma Phi during his days at Texas Tech University, Joe continued to maintain close friendships with many fraternity brothers.
Joe was an active member of the West Houston Church of Christ, where he enjoyed many loving relationships to this day, his family continues to cherish these friendships. Some of Joe’s strongest spiritual gifts were extending laughter and encouragement to everyone he met. For all who knew Joe, they remember his charismatic demeanor which led to a career in Real Estate. Joe was always able to bring joy and humor to a gathering. Even greater, his caring heart was never hesitant to support and help anyone in need.
Family and Friends will gather at the West Houston Church of Christ on Saturday, September 11 at 2 PM for a celebratory memorial service. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a worthy charity of your choice or West Houston Church of Christ Youth Fund. Church Address: West Houston Church of Christ 17100 West Road Houston, TX 77095
Joe is in the care of Canon Funeral Home.
Shelby Jean McDonald, age 84 of Montgomery, Texas passed away on September 2, 2021. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband William L. McDonald Jr.; son Danny Sample; grandsons Curtis Sample, J.W. Sample.
She is survived by her son David McDonald and wife Jan; grandchildren Erica Henley and husband Shawn, Brooke McDonald and Lauren; great grandchildren Savannah Sample, Danny Lynn Sample, Jaxon Henley, Maddox Henley, Knox Henley; niece Cindy Johnson; nephew Curtis Pietrowski; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Visitation was Tuesday, September 7, 2021, from 9-11am. Funeral Services followed at 11am at Canon Funeral Home with Rev. Evelyn Cox officiating. Interment followed at Harwood Cemetery, Harwood, Texas.
Gladys Mae Murray left this temporary home on Thursday, August 26, 2021 to join her beloved husband Edward, their son Kevin, her parents Edith and Henry Oliver and her brother Jay in Heaven.
Gladys leaves behind her son Timothy Murray and his wife Elma, daughters Margie Petrowsky and her husband Bob, and Wendy Allen and her husband Stephen. Gladys had 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind sisters Lucille Scruggs, Mary Reimer, and Etha Overton. Private
Memorial Services were held Saturday, September 4, 2021 at McWilliams Funeral Home, Hempstead.
Perry von Gontard, age 70 of Hempstead, passed away on September 6, 2021. He is preceded in death by his parents Paul and Mary von Gontard and his brother Paul Victor von Gontard, Jr.
He is survived by his wife Karen; children Andrew, Benjamin (wife Tiffany), Christopher (wife Laurie), Daniel (wife Suzzettee), Erika, Frances, Gregory; brothers Peter, Perky (wife Patty), Paul, Patrick, Philip (wife Amy), Parker (wife Diane); sister Susie Kester (husband John); grandchildren Alexa, Hunter, Jacquelyn, Alyse, Grant, Garrett, Lilly, Cole, Dawson; special friend Edward “Gonz” Ross; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Perry is in the care of Canon Funeral Home.