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Bill Bailey

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And the cowboy rides away! A true legend has died. Constable Bill Bailey, voice of the Houston Rodeo and true servant of the Houston community passed away peacefully on July 27th, 2017 with family and friends at his side.

He was one of the good guys and the kind of man generations will talk about. Everyone has a favorite Bill Bailey story and that memory will always bring a smile.

Exactly when a man becomes a legend can be difficult to pinpoint. Usually, it comes after an icon’s colorful career arc begins its slow descent. Not so in the case of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™’s longtime announcer, Bill Bailey—most Rodeo fans and friends in the community can’t remember a time when Bailey wasn’t already a true Houston legend.

In 2016, Bill Bailey closed the gate on his long announcing career with the HLSR Show, where his voice has been heard, his wit has been appreciated, and his compassion and enthusiasm have been felt, for more than five decades.

It will be difficult to envision the Rodeo or this community without visualizing Bailey, microphone in hand, announcing the Grand Entry Salute. At the Calf Scramble, he will be remembered for how he encouraged scramble participants to run a little faster and how he could coax the calves into the chalk square with the patented “Bailey Bump.” Countless families have been touched by his energetic announcing at the Mutton Bustin’ event that made the young athletes feel like superstars, turning seconds of excitement into memories that will last a lifetime.

Bailey always had the gift of gab. He first grabbed the microphone while attending high school in Temple, Texas, and working at a local radio station. He later found radio more appealing than college, leaving Texas Western College before graduating to pursue opportunities in Round Rock, El Paso and then out of state. His love for Texas, though, never diminished. Often he expressed his gratitude for being an American and especially being a Texan.

Bill returned to Texas in 1960. Born Milton Odom Stanley, he applied to fill a position for a DJ that had been promoted using the song, “Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home?” Bailey agreed to assume the “Bill Bailey” moniker, and the name stuck. Later, working at KIKK-FM, Bailey became prominent in the country music scene, not only on the Houston and Pasadena, Texas, airwaves, but nationwide. Bailey was named by Billboard magazine as the Country Radio Program Director of the Year in 1970 and was honored by the Country Music Association in 1979 as the Large Market Disc Jockey of the Year. He was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Country Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2010.

In the early 1980s, at what might have appeared as the zenith of his broadcast career, Bailey did what any self-respecting disc jockey would do—he went from Buffalo Bill Bailey to begin a career in law enforcement as Constable Bill Bailey. Bailey put his hat in the ring for the position of Constable with Harris County Precinct 8. After winning a run-off election, Bailey made a real impact by implementing innovative programs focused on improving the community- the 8 communities in his precinct. His presence and support of the Johnson Space Center and the astronauts and their families was vital to the Clear Lake community. Precinct 8 is the only police agency in the nation with a NASA designed patch "Astronaut Support" for deputies and vehicles. He received the NASA Medal for Outstanding Public Service, NASA's highest Civilian Award. The NASA Precinct 8 association continues on today. Bailey's support from the public kept him in the Constable's position from 1982 until his seventh term in 2011.

After retirement, Bill Bailey stayed active in a multitude of activities, including his involvement as communications director for Rosewood Funeral Home. Bailey, incidentally, had long roots in the funeral business, having been an ambulance driver for the Howard family’s funeral home when he was in his twenties. At that time, he considered it a great job. “I got to drive fast and blow the sirens.” Perhaps that experience helped shape Bailey into the man of great compassion. He compared the funeral business to a ministry—providing comfort to families working through difficult times, and he, himself, took comfort in that role. Bailey also continued his service on the board of directors and a member of the senior loan committee for Pasadena-based Texas Citizens Bank where his business sense and sharp assessment was highly valued. And he also provided troubleshooting assistance and security advice to Harris County Precinct Two Commissioner Jack Morman.

Bill Bailey was an impact participant and served as President of both the Texas Constables & Justice of the Peace Association of Texas and the Texas Association of Counties. Again his determination to improve the organizations made lasting changes and improved the departments in County government. His statewide and local affiliations are too numerous to list. There was not an organization that Bill did not touch. His Commitment to local groups like the area Chambers of Commerce, Pasadena Rotary, the Salvation Army, the YMCA, the Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo, local school district education foundations, and the San Jacinto College foundation are just but a few. His Energy and enthusiasm for doing good is unrivaled in our times. Everywhere you look, there is a piece of Bill Bailey. He didn’t just join—he participated with energy and devotion. He gave with his heart, and he had a big Texas size heart.

He was a faithful member of South Main Baptist Church in Pasadena where he served as a adult Sunday School teacher and on the Sunday morning offering team. He was a 32nd degree Mason with memberships in the Jaques DeMolay Lodge No. 1390, Pasadena Lodge No 1155, Scottish Rite 32 degree & K.C.C.H., York Rite, Arabia Temple Shrine, and DeMolay L.O.H.

He was the kind of man who was just as comfortable in his backyard with his dogs, horses, mules, & chickens as he was in million dollar fund raisers with icons and country stars and politicians. He did not back away from what he thought was right, and he defended his beliefs in a conscientious and powerful way. He cared deeply about his friends, his country, his beloved Texas and his family. He made each of us a better person.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Verna and Floyd Stanley, his brother Bobby and his beloved son Milton.

He is survived by his wife and soul mate of 40 1/2 years Janis Bailey. Bill is also survived by his daughter Rae Sinor and her husband Keith, daughter Sharon Escareno and her husband Jaime, daughter Linda Taylor and daughter in law Amber Stanley. Bill is further survived by grandchildren, Amy Sanders, Lauren Bennett and husband Ken, Michael and John Sinor, Taylor and Michael Stanley, Jamie and Jessica Escareno and Eric Taylor and great grandchildren, Katelyn McKenzie, Kelsey Sanders, and Trey and Noah Bennett. Left also to grieve are his sweet sister Annette Parker, sister in law Doris Stanley, sister in law Adrienne Armstrong and husband Warren, many nieces and nephews, so many dear friends and family too numerous to count.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 1st at South Main Baptist Church, 4300 East Sam Houston Parkway South--from 5 PM until 7 PM. Private Family graveside services will be Wednesday, August 2nd. at Forest Park Lawndale. The Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 PM at First Baptist Church of Pasadena, 7500 Fairmont Parkway.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Jaime Escareno, Jess Fields, Ben Meador, John H. Moon, Sr. Ken Parker, Constable Phil Sandlin, Keith Sinor and Alan Stanley. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Harris County Precinct 8 Honor Guard.

In lieu of usual remembrances, the family ask that donations be made to the charities so close to their hearts that honor Milton: MSJ Outdoors, 501-C3 which is operated by Rae and Keith provides a unique life experience for inner city kids and our countries veterans and their families. And to the San Jacinto College Milton Stanley Endowment Scholarship which allows dozens of students each year to get that extra help they need.

We've lost a giant of a man. A true friend to all. May his spirit continue in each of us to be more than we ever thought we could be and to use our God-given talents in the benefit of so many.

William Dwight Slocumb

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slocWilliam Dwight Slocumb, 70 of LaPorte, Texas passed away July 23, 2017 at his home. William was born February 6, 1947 in Carmi, Illinois. He is the son of the late Rev. Wm Paul Slocumb and Fern E. Slocumb and stepmom Geneva Slocumb.

Yvonne Maria Olson

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Yvonne Maria Olson, 95 of League City, Texas, passed away July 22, 2017. Ms. Olson was born in Venice, Italy. She is preceded in death by her husband; parents Francesco and Guiseppina Iacoponi. Memorial service will be held 10:00 AM Wednesday , August 2, 2017 in the Chapel of Deer Park Funeral Directors with Pastor Jerry Garner officiating. Inurnment Ivy Hill Cemetery, Alexandria, Virginia, Deer Park Funeral Directors, 336 E. San Augustine, Deer Park, Texas 77536. 281-476-4693.

William Roy Willette

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willetteWilliam Roy Willette Jr., 68, peacefully went home to be with the Lord on July 21, 2017 in Deer Park, Texas surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Houston, Texas to Bill and Damie (Estess) Willette on October 17, 1948. He graduated from Deer Park High School in 1967 before joining the U.S. Army. Roy proudly served as a medic in Korea during the Vietnam War, during which time he received the National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the U.S. Army Marksmanship Qualification Badge as a Sharpshooter (Rifle M-14). He later served his city as a Deer Park Volunteer Fire Fighter and Paramedic for many years and continued his passion for firefighting during his employment and later retirement from Solvay. Roy will be remembered as a character in every sense of the word. You’d rarely catch him without his rebel flag hat on his head, which earned him the nick name “Rebel Roy.” You could often see him riding his scooter in his neighborhood, flag waving in the back, his beloved dog, Buddy, (always wearing a bandana so he looked cool) in his arms. He had an awesome sense of humor and had a joke for you every time you saw him or talked to him. He kept his favorites on little note pads he made from junk mail and staples in front of him at his kitchen work table—where every item had a particular place and needed to stay in that place when not being used. Roy was a great story teller too, and often told about his time at Solvay, in the army, and his firefighting days to his family, friends, and neighbors, especially Joey and Patricia Vestal and Liz Guyer. He loved to cook gumbo (homemade roux of course) and red-eye gravy and rice (aw-haw) and enjoyed many years with friends on a cooking team. Roy’s passion for reading and etymology could be heard in every conversation, as his vocabulary was sophisticated and impressive. Piles of dictionaries and challenging crossword puzzle books were always in their “correct” spot on his kitchen work table. The juxtaposition (he’d like that word) came when he’d switch into talking like Foghorn Leghorn right in the middle of one of those sophisticated conversations. That was him—it made everything even funnier. He was so silly and sweet, always trying to make others happy. Roy was definitely a giver and enjoyed supporting many charities that helped animals and people. He loved his children very much and was a good father. He shared his passion for music, mostly blues and jazz, with his son and never said good bye to his girls without giving them a “low one” instead of a high five. Roy is preceded in death by his parents William Roy Willette Sr. and Damie Estess; aunt Lois Audry Davidson; and sister Marianne Rapp Murad. He is survived by his loving children William Roy Willette III “Tre” and wife Jenny of Magnolia, Monica Frederick and husband Davy of Deer Park, and Michelle Humphries of Pasadena; grandchildren Reyna and Will Willette, Cameron and Caden Frederick, and Landon Maness; devoted mother Dorothy Willette of La Porte; brothers Michael Ray Willette of Livingston, James Roy Sanders and wife Eva of Trinity, Mike Sanders of Trinity, Joe Sanders and wife Dorothy Ann of Cleburne, and Glenn Sanders and wife Sherry of Cleburne; cousins Peggy Papageorgiou of Houston, Robert Owens of La Porte, and Larry Owens of Portland, OR; several nephews and a niece. Memorial Services will be held at 11 am on Saturday, July 29th in the Chapel of Deer Park Funeral Directors with Pastor Jon Redmond officiating. Interment will take place at the Houston National Cemetery with Military Funeral Honors privately at a later date.

The family asks that you always “wear your seatbelt and watch for intersections”. Roy never said goodbye without saying those words. He would love that.

Charlie Warren Coignard

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coignardCharlie Warren Coignard, 87 of Deer Park, Texas formerly of Houston passed away July 19, 2017 after a brief illness. Charlie was born March 9, 1930 to Charles and Isabella Coignard in Houston, Texas.

Roger Dale Caldwell

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calwellRoger Dale Caldwell, 81, of Deer Park, passed away July 14th, 2017. Roger is survived by his son Billy Caldwell and daughter-in-law Belinda; stepson Clarence Weaver and wife Jana,

Vernon Michael Zellner

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Vernon Michael “FIRECRACKER MIKE” Zellner, 57 of South Houston, Texas passed away at his home July 13, 2017 at 6:08 PM. Mike was born on August 22, 1959 to Vernon W. and Mary Cleary Zellner.

S. Verdette Hall

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hall vS. Verdette Hall was born on June 22, 1938 in Springfield, Illinois. His parents, Stanley Earl and Ruby Josephine Hall moved to Houston when he was 5 years old so that his father could take employment at the Brown & Root Shipyard installing electrical wiring in submarines during World War II.

Brenda Lamar

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brenda louBrenda gained her wings on July 6, 2017. Brenda was born in Houston, Texas on October 25, 1961 to Bennie and Lilly McComb. Brenda will best be remembered by her big smile, her kind heart and how she never met a stranger.

Frank John Tallerico

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Frank John Tallerico, 58 of Deer Park, Texas passed away June 27, 2017. Frank was born in Pittsburgh, PA. to Frank and Rose Tallerico. He graduated from Parkdale High School, in riverdale, MD and moved to Texas in 1980. Frank worked for twenty-five years for Walmart in the sporting goods department. Frank enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking, reading eating good food and his family. Frank is survived by his mother Rose Tallerico; sister Frances Tallerico; brother Robert Tallerico; five aunts Nina, Flora, Jane, Chris, Fina; two uncles Larry and Bill. Funeral mass will be celebrated 10:00 AM Monday July 3, 2017 at St Hyacinth Catholic Church with Rev. Reginal Samuels celebrant. Family will receive friends Sunday from 5:00 PM until 7:30. Rosary to be recited at 6:30 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Deer Park Funeral Directors, 336 E. San Augustine, Deer Park 281-476-4693.