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.

Essie Lorretta Spinks Herrmann


Essie Lorretta Spinks Herrmann, age 76 of Frisco, Texas passed away on June 27, 2014. She was born on July 2, 1937 in Mullin, Texas to Esteline (Swindle) and Albert E. Spinks. On June 1, 1973, Lorretta married Philip John Herrmann in Houston, Texas. She was retired School Teacher from Needville ISD and a member of the Roman Catholic Faith.


Lorretta is survived by her husband, Philip Herrmann of Frisco, Texas; two sister-in-laws, Janice Spinks of Crockett, Texas and Sue Sinclair  and husband Ron of Brookfield, Wisconsin; nephew, David Spinks and wife Judy of Lott, Texas; two nieces, Virgie Marsh  and husband Aaron of Crockett, Texas and Heather Robinett and husband Joe of Frisco, Texas; several great nieces and nephews.


Lorretta is preceded in death by her parents, Esteline and Albert Spinks and brother, Bernell Spinks.


A Graveside Service was held at Ridgeview West Memorial Park in Frisco on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 2:30 pm.  Family visitation was at the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Frisco prior to the service.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Holy Cross Catholic Church, P O Box 5365, Frisco, Texas 75035

Mildred Marie Teykl Urbanek

MildredUrbanekFuneral services for Mildred Marie Teykl Urbanek, 89, of Needville, Texas will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 7, 2014 at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 9122 Church St, in Needville, Texas with Rev. Jonathan Murray officiating. Interment will follow at the Needville Public Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 6, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Chapel in Rosenberg, Texas.

Mildred was born December 22, 1924 in Needville, to Joseph J. Teykl and Mary Hurta Teykl. She went to be with her Lord and Savior on July 1, 2014 in Richmond, Texas.

As a lifelong resident of the Needville area community, Mildred along with being a devoted housewife and mother, was active in many organizations. During her 89 years as a member of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, she was an Elder, Trustee, Sunday School Clerk and Teacher. She was President, Vice-President and Treasurer several times during her 54 years as a member of the St. Paul’s Presbyterian Women’s Organization. She was also active in the Needville American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Post #350 for 61 years, PTA, Vacation Bible School and Treasurer of the Needville Senior Citizens Organization for many years.

She is preceded in death by her husband of almost 52 years Frank J. Urbanek, Sr., parents J.J. and Mary Teykl, sisters, Ollie Krobot and Doris Eda; and brother, Harry Teykl.

Mildred is survived by daughter, Sharon Brauner and husband, Ernest; sons, Ronald Urbanek and wife, Cecelia and Frank Urbanek Jr. and wife, Rosie; grandchildren, Ernest Brauner Jr. and wife, Mendie, Shelly Pesak, Chris Urbanek and wife, Krissy, Richard Krobot and wife, Thersa, Keith Urbanek and fiancée, Jennifer, Christine Farquhar and husband, Chad; and step-grandchildren, Shirley Juarez and husband, Javier, Vickie Danielson and husband, Mike, fourteen great-grandchildren and six step great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Memorial Fund at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 389, Needville, TX 77461.

Fulshear Freedom Fest & Fireworks Show


The Fulshear Freedom Fest, hosted by the City of Fulshear and the Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Friday, July 4, 2014, 6 PM – 9:30 PM in Downtown Fulshear.  Music, parade, children’s activities, fireworks, shopping, and food, this event has it all!

The Triumphs ( will take the stage at 6 PM. The nine piece band has roots that go back to the early days of rock ‘n roll and also launched the career of 5-time Grammy award winner B.J. Thomas. Their music menu ranges from Elvis to the Eagles, Chuck Berry to Chicago, and the Beatles to Bobby Bland.

The parade will begin promptly at 7 PM, from the Bob Lutts Library on Fifth Street, moving south along FM 359 to First Street. Parade entries will be accepted through July 3rd. All local businesses, organizations and residents are encouraged to participate. The fireworks display will begin at 9:15 PM. The best place to view the fireworks will be within the event area, along FM 359.

There will be plenty of fun and activities for the whole family; including bounce houses, rock climbing wall, dunk tank, face painting and balloon artists. The kid’s area will benefit Our Military Kids and we ask for a $5 donation for admission, capping at $20 per family. Our Military Kids is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to provide support and recognition to military children. This may include children ages 3 years through the 12th grade of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members, along with children of Wounded and Fallen Warriors from all branches of service. The grants to children pay for fees associated with athletic, fine arts, and tutoring programs.

Although the event begins at 6 PM, road closures will begin at 12 PM to prepare for the event and set the stage. FM 359 will be closed to all traffic between Front Street and Second Street between 12 PM, Friday, July 4, 2014 and 1 AM on Saturday, July 5, 2014.  North bound traffic traveling along FM 359 and/or FM 1093 will be detoured by police officers to travel along Front St. to Harris St. to Fifth St. and will resume their intended route North on FM 359. South Bound traffic traveling along FM 359 will be detoured by police officers to travel along Second St. to Syms St. and will exit on FM 1093 to resume their intended route.

More information can be found