Meet the Jays Saturday, August 9 at Blue Jay Stadium

MeetTheJaysNeedville High School coaching staff  have scheduled a day of free activities and a hamburger fundraising meal for the community to Meet the Jays, on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

The morning will begin with Needville  team and individual pictures starting with Varsity Football beginning at 8AM.

The Blue Jay Spirit Store will open for business at 4:00 pm for fans to stock up on Needville Blue Jay and Lady Jay attire for the upcoming season.

Freshman and JV Football teams will hold intrasquad scrimmages at 4:30 and 5: 15 respectively to showcase their preseason prep.

The fundraising meal will be served from 5:00-6:30pm. Proceeds support the Needville Blue Jay Booster Club.

Welcome and Introduction to the 2014-201 Needville Coaching Staff, Athletic Teams, Athletic Booster Club, Band Boosters, and High School Band will begin at 6:30pm.

The Varsity Football intrasquad scrimmage will be held after the team introductions beginning at 7:15pm and the Needville High School Band will perform.

For more information or questions, please contact Tony Novosad at 832-595-4420

Catherine Riggle

Funeral services for Catherine Riggle, 83, of Needville, TX are set for Saturday, 8/9/2014 at 2:00 P.M. at Garmany & Carden Funeral Directors Chapel, 3103 School Street, Needville, TX 77461 with a private family burial to follow.

A time of visitation will be held Friday, 8/8/2014 from 5-7 P.M. at Garmany & Carden Funeral Directors Chapel, 3103 School Street, Needville, TX 77461.

Catherine Inez Davey Wright Riggle died Wednesday; July 30th, 2014 at 7:40 P.M. in Needville, Texas. She was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, great-grandmother, and teacher. She was born September 21, 1930 in Louisville, Kentucky to Walter Ignacius and Carrie Essie Gregory Davey. She was also blessed with a sister, Janet Mae Davey Champagne.CatherineRiggle

Although born in Kentucky, Catherine was raised in Providence, Rhode Island. She collected and pasted in a myriad of albums, pictures of her youth and young adulthood. There really were pictures of her walking to school in the snow bundled from head to toe and wearing snow boots! There were also pictures of Catherine playing with her family and their Cocker Spaniel, going to Church, and school dances. Many pictures also showed her family at the beach in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and their family home in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Catherine had so many fun and funny stories to tell about her childhood. But, one story she told of a near tragedy showed the bravery and heroism of her mother, Mrs. Davey. On Catherine’s birthday in 1938, her mother took Catherine, her sister and some friends to a movie in downtown Providence. When they left the movie, there was a terrible storm outside. Patrons tried to get back inside the movie theater away from the rushing water in the street; but, the manager locked the doors and would not let them in. In winds up to 100 miles per hour and torrential rains pouring down on them while skirting fallen power lines, Mrs. Davey and her young charges traveled by foot and home to safety. This horrific storm is now known as the Great New England Hurricane of 1938.

While living in Providence, Catherine met her first husband. Elvin Doyle Wright was a member of the United States Navy. He served during the Korean War and was stationed in Reykjavik, Iceland. Catherine and Doyle met while he was on leave in Rhode Island. They married shortly after she completed her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the Rhode Island College of Education.

Doyle was transferred to Texas where they ultimately made their home. In 1958, along with her father-in law and brother-in-law, Catherine and Doyle built their own home in Needville. They had six children: Walter, John, Robert, Patsy, Wayne, and Kathleen. There are so many stories to share; but, one in particular was during another hurricane. The family decided to leave Needville and seek shelter at the Wright family home in Groveton during Hurricane Carla. On the way to Groveton, the family stopped near the Trinity River to baptize Kathleen who was less than a month old. In 1967, Catherine and Doyle were divorced.

Catherine was a first grade school teacher in the Needville Independent School District for almost 30 years. Catherine had a wealth of friends in the administration, faculty, and staff at the elementary school. In particular, Geraldine Waits Winkelman was a friend whose laughter and wit made her an adopted family member. Catherine, Geraldine and the kids shared many summer evenings making ice cream and playing croquet. In later years, Catherine brought home another good friend that the entire family loved. Her name was Dee Briscoe and she was a new kindergarten teacher. It brought so much joy to Catherine and the entire family when a few years later, her son John married Dee and gave her another daughter. Catherine loved being a teacher and she loved her students. She prepared handmade gifts for them for the holidays. She was always so happy and pleased as the years passed and she witnessed her students graduating from high school and becoming young, successful adults raising their own families.

Catherine was a talented seamstress. She could also crochet and knit. Through their early years, the family of eight would attend Easter Mass in matching attire. The boys all wore matching shirts and the girls matching dresses. Like her mother, Catherine worked on a Singer sewing machine and lovingly made clothes for she and the girls. She made dresses, bathing suits, coats, sweaters, and scarves. When she was no longer able to perform the hand-sewing due to carpal tunnel syndrome, Catherine began quilting. Many of her grandchildren were given these quilts for their high school graduations.

A few years before Catherine retired from Needville ISD in 1986, she met and married Wallace Riggle. Catherine retired from school so that she could travel across the United States with Wallace. As a union electrician, Wallace was able to procure employment almost anywhere. He customized the interior of a van for them to travel from job to job and they were off! As he got closer to retirement, they purchased a travel trailer. For several years, they were on the road much of the time. They had friends all across America. Some of her children called Catherine, “Ramblin” after Rambling Rose.

Catherine and Wallace’s rambling days drew to a close as Catherine began displaying the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. Wallace took loving care of her at home until he was encouraged to seek the help of the wonderful staff at the SPJST Rest Home in Needville. She lived in the rest home for several years and was cared for with great love until her death. Her family wishes to convey their utmost thanks for the years of love and service from the staff at the SPJST Rest Home.

Catherine was predeceased by her parents, sister, two spouses, and one step grandson Bobby Riggle. She left behind a great legacy of love through her children: Walter and Daphne Wright of Austin; John and Dee Wright of Richmond; Robert and Madge Wright of Burgettstown, Pennsylvania; Patsy and Roger Collins of Huntsville; Wayne and Becky Wright of Conroe, Kathleen Wright of Dickinson and stepson Robert Wayne and Kathy Riggle of Arlington. Her grandchildren are: Camille Parks, Walker Parent, Cheryl Zwahr, Christopher Wright, Erica Alvarez, Casey and Eric Boyer, Clair, Austin, and Ellyse Collins, Nathan and Carlos Wright, Cassidy and Dallan Hayworth, Deanna Greer, Daniel Davis, Stacey Reynolds, and Matt Riggle. She also has 21 great- grandchildren: Desmond and Lucian Parks, Cale and Canton Zwahr, Chloe and Dalton Wright, Casey Rae, Colton, Cayden, Brooke and Meadow Boyer, Madeline Wright, Toby, Julie, and Austin Jenks, Tyler, Trevor, and Katelyn Greer, Dominique, Hailey and Alexandra Davis. She also has a wealth of nieces, nephews and friends that will sorely miss her; but, cherish her memory.

Condolence messages may be written for the Riggle family at

Memorials may be giving in her memory to Needville I.S.D., P.O. Box 412, Needville, TX 77461.

Services are under the direction of Garmany & Carden Funeral Directors, 3103 School Street, Needville, TX 77461 (979)793-4515.

Bobby Joe Worthy

BobbyWorthyBobby Joe Worthy, 69, of Needville, TX passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014. Bobby was born January 7, 1945, in Gladewater, TX, to Howard Worthy and C. Inez Worthy. His step-father was Clinton Thorson. Bobby was married to Margaret Worthy of Needville, and they had three children. Bobby served in the United States Army and fought in the Vietnam War. He was very patriotic and proud to display the United States Flag. He was an avid fisherman and would spend many weekends camping out at the beach and Matagorda Bay. Bobby was also a good mechanic and could fix just about anything. We called him “Jack of All Trades”.

Bobby is survived by his children; son Robert Worthy and wife Michelle of Houston; daughter DeeAnn Orellana and husband Sam of Needville; daughter Sara Zakem and husband Cole of Needville; grand-children Elizabeth “Lizzy”, Jonathon, Isabelle, Joseph, Sofia, Alysa, Wesley and Blayne. He is also survived by siblings James Worthy of Conroe, Betty Walger of Rosenberg, Kenneth Worthy of Cuero, and Raymond Thorson of Needville, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration service of Bobby’s life will be held at Needville Community Church at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 2, 2014, with Pastor Monty Kelley officiating.

Memorials may be given to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 75817, Topeka, Kansas 66675, or online at

Condolence messages may be written for the Worthy family at

Services under the direction of Garmany and Carden Funeral Directors, 1201 Fourth Street, Rosenberg, TX 77471 (281)342-4671.

Fort Bend Museum Marks 125th Anniversary of Jaybird-Woodpecker Battle

A Scene of Strife: The Jaybird Woodpecker Battle Exhibit, Reenactment, and Lecture Series:

On July 8, the Fort Bend County Museum opened a new exhibit entitled “A Scene of Strife: The Jaybird Woodpecker Battle.”  In conjunction with this exhibit, the Museum will be presenting a lecture series (see titles below) and walking tours. The walking tours will take place after the Saturday lectures and will be specific to the events discussed in each lecture.

To commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Jaybird Woodpecker Battle on August 16th, a costumed reenactment will be conducted on the streets of Richmond near City Hall. Starting at 6pm, when the original shoot out took place, actors will portray the historic figures who played a part in the conflict in 1889.


The lecture series will be presented at the 1908 Historic County Courthouse and will be free of charge and open to the public. The Fort Bend County Historical Commission has just completed the reprinting of “The Jay Birds of Fort Bend County,” the history of the conflict and the Jaybird Association that grew out of it by Pauline Yelderman. The books will be on sale at the Fort Bend County Museum, 500 Houston Street, Richmond.


Lecture series(remaining):

Saturday, August 2 at 4 PM

The Jay Bird – Woodpecker Saga by Bruce Kelly

PowerPoint presentation on the tensions leading up to the fight for political power in Fort Bend County and the battle that ensued on the streets of Richmond.

Bruce Kelly is a technical writer, historian and student of history, board member of Sugar Land Heritage Foundation, and FBC Historical Commissioner.


Thursday, August 21 at 7 PM and Saturday, August 23 at 4 PM

…With Liberty and Justice For All??? by Wolfram M. Von-Maszewski

Discussion centers on the legal history that led to the break-up of the Jaybirds’ stronghold that deprived certain voters from exercising their rights.

Wolfram M. Von-Maszewski retired as manager of the Genealogy and Local History Department at George Memorial Library, Richmond, Texas. He has translated and published on the subject of German-Texan history.

For more information, please visit Fort Bend Museum website:

Donnette Hall

Donnette Hall

Donnette Hall, 73, of Burkes Garden, VA, passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Carilion Tazewell Community Hospital in Tazewell, VA. Born September 22, 1940 in Farrar, TX, she was a daughter of the late Donald and Nettie Lindley Reese. Donnette graduated from Groesbeck, TX High School and attended Sam Houston State University, graduating with a degree in Business and a minor in English with a Teaching Certificate. She taught school in Texas at Damon ISD for two years and at Needville High School for thirty-two years where she taught typing, short-hand and note taking. One of her students was a Texas state champion in typing. She was very proud to be a part of the Needville Blue Jay family. Donnette was a sixth generation Texan and member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, James Reese.

Donnette is survived by her husband of 51 years, Jon Hall and her beloved dog Chipper, of Burkes Garden, VA; two sons, Bret Hall and his wife Kimberly of Burkes Garden, VA and Steven Hall and his wife Pamela of Spotsylvania, VA; a sister-in-law, Bobbie Reese of Stafford, TX; four grandchildren, Ethan Hall of Chicago, IL, Abby Hall of Columbus, OH, and Elizabeth and Emily Hall of Spotsylvania, VA.

Graveside services and interment will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Damon Public Cemetery in Damon, TX.

In lieu of flowers, the family would encourage a memorial tribute to The Alzheimer’s Association P.O. Box 96011 Washington, DC 20090-6011 or the Needville High School Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 412, Needville, TX 77461.

Condolence messages may be written for the Hall family at

Services are under the direction of Garmany & Carden Funeral Directors, 1201 Fourth Street, Rosenberg, TX 77471 (281)342-4671.

“Walk with Pride Shoe Program” August 17


Above: Richard Morrison, Commissioner Precinct 1; Grady Prestage, Commissioner Precinct 2; County Judge Robert Hebert; Andy Meyers, Commissioner Precinct 3; James Patterson, Commissioner Precinct 4 and Walk With Pride Recipients

Fort Bend County Department of Social Services will be hosting the Annual “Walk with Pride Shoe Program” August 17. Registration is already underway for eligible school age children living in Fort Bend County who wish to take part in this event. Eligible children will receive a voucher that gives them the opportunity to pick out a new pair of shoes at a participating Payless Shoe store the day of the event.

For more than 20 years, Fort Bend County Social Services has hosted the “Walk with Pride Shoe Program” in collaboration with various contributors including charitable organizations, private businesses, and individuals in the community. Each year before school begins, parents register their child(ren) to receive a complimentary pair of shoes to enter the new school year and “Walk with Pride.”

.All participating children will receive one-on-one attention from a compassionate volunteer throughout the shoe selection process, and is able to leave with a new pair of shoes and of course, a big smile.

Last year one of many students who received a pair of shoes expressed his gratitude by sending a homemade thank you card to all the “Walk with Pride” volunteers and contributors.

While the agency would like to help every child in need, the number of children it can help depends on the amount of funding received. Donations are being accepted at this time and any amount is never too big or too small.  Your donation is tax deductible and can be mailed to Fort Bend County Social Services at 301 Jackson Street, Richmond, Texas 77469 and made out to Fort Bend County Social Services-Walk With Pride.

To learn more about this event, registration information, and donations, please contact Anna Gonzales, Director of Social Services at 281-238-3506.