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Ella Mae Baker (Cunningham)

July 6th, 1924 - September 8th, 2011

Grandma
 
You instilled so much in us
To love, honor, obey and trust
And how to be there for each other
You were such a loving and special grandmother
 
Our memories of you will never fade
You were hand-crafted and beautifully made
You were made by the Master above
Created in his image and filled with love

Your patience, your kindness, your devotion was so rare
There’s no other on this earth that could even compare
You made us all laugh, you made us all cry
You even made us try your famous egg custard pie.
    
We’re gonna miss your warm and gentle touch
Oh, God how we loved you so very much
You always told us strive to be the best we can be
Oh, how we wish you were still here to see
 
Jesus now holds you close in his arms
You, too, are His precious and gentle charm
Heavenly peace with the Master above 
Grandma, you will always be our locket of love
 
                   Love, Your Grandchildren

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“To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven”

Ecclesiastes 3:1



Ella Mae Cunningham Baker was the only girl child born July 6, 1924 to the late Henry Cunningham and the late Agnes Hilliard Cunningham Newton.  She and her seven brothers were raised in Lavaca County and attended Brown Chapel Public School.  She attended Walls Beauty College, Houston, TX. Later she went on to become a licensed Nurse at Renger Memorial School of Nursing, Hallettsville, TX.  She had a passion for nursing and loved her work.   She loved to help people and retired after 26 years in the nursing profession.

Sister Baker confessed Christ at an early age and was a faithful and devoted member of New Zion Temple #2 Church under the leadership of Elder H. McClendon, Pastor.  She worked faithfully in all capacities of the church. Served as church Treasurer and Secretary and mother of the church, never tiring of doing for others.  Mother Baker touched many lives and was loved and adored by all who knew her.

She was known as Ella Mae, Ma'Dear, Aunt Ella Mae, Aunt Nanny, or Mother Baker. She was the family historian, and a strong woman with deep roots who loved her family. She was always willing to share a good home cooked meal, including her famous egg custard pie and collard greens with anyone in her presence.

Ella Mae was married to John Wesley Baker on March 12, 1944, who preceded her in death.  To this union they were blessed with four children; two girls and two boys. She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and one grandson, Chris Baker.

Mother Baker leaves to cherish her memory:  two daughters, Geraldine Baker Davis (Henry) and Beverly Baker Budd, San Antonio, TX; two sons; John Wayne Baker (Veronica), Oakland, TX; Kenneth Baker, San Antonio, TX., one stepson Rev. William Baker,(Deborah) Houston, TX; one brother, Robert B. Cunningham (Helen), Fourteen grandchildren: Terrance Davis, Tallahassee, FL, Kherri Davis Jean (McDonald), Ft Worth, TX, Rhonda Baker Watkins, Anthony Baker (Nickki), Theresa Baker, Jordan Baker, Little Rock, AR., John Wayne Weary, Houston, TX, Leonard Avery, Woodsburg, TX, Shawna Baker, Wylie, TX,  Allan Budd, Kenny Baker, Katrina Baker, Kenneth Baker, Doreathea Baker, and Edmond Baker Davis, San Antonio, TX.; 20 great grandchildren, three great-great, grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, and many, many cousins and friends.
 

“We Loved her, But God Loved her Best”

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John Henry Cunningham

May 31st, 1913 - May 2nd, 1985

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Mr. John Henry Cunningham was the second child born to Agnes and the late Henry Cunningham, May 31, 1913, in Lavaca County, Texas.

He attended Brown Chapel Public School.  At an early age, he confessed in Christ at Westland Baptist Church.  He later united with Wheatley Heights Baptist Church in San Antonio. Texas.

He leaves to cherish his memory, one daughter, Marguerite Cunningham Sapp, (Hanklin Sapp) of San Jose CA; three grandchildren, Ricky Sapp, Oakland, CA; SP4 Kimberly A. Sapp, Fort Belvoir, Virginia and Anthony C. Sapp of San Antonio, TX; his mother, Mrs. Agnes Cunningham Newton of Oakland Texas; one sister, Ella Mae Baker of Oakland TX; seven brothers, Ernest Cunningham, Houston, TX; Roy Lee Cunningham, Oakland Texas; Willie Cunningham, San Francisco, CA;  Rev. Eddie Cunningham, AC Cunningham, and Robert Cunningham, all of San Antonio, TX; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

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Robert Bennett Cunningham

December 24th, 1929 - October 14th, 2015

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Mr. Robert Bennett Cunningham was born on December 24, 1929 to the late Henry Cunningham and the late Agnes Hilliard Cunningham Newton.  He and his six brothers and one sister were raised in Lavaca County and attended Brown Chapel Public School.  He confessed Christ at an early age at Westland Baptist Church.  Later, when he moved to San Antonio, he united with the Wheatley Heights Baptist Church.  He served for two years in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1955.  He worked many years at Holiday Brick Company, and later at Manco Structures Ltd where he retired after 32 years as a foreman.  Manco Structures Ltd recognized his hard work and dedication by renaming Batch Plant #4 to “Robert B. Cunningham Plant”.  Robert’s favorite pastimes were hunting and fishing and his favorite place to pursue his hobbies was in Oakland, Texas.

Robert was married to Helen Johnson on September 20, 1952.  To this union they were blessed with one son.  Prior to his marriage, Robert had one daughter.  He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and one sister. 

Robert Cunningham leaves to cherish his memory: his devoted wife of 63 years, Helen B. Cunningham; one daughter, Sandra Richardson, San Antonio, TX; one son, Donald Cunningham (Yolanda), Houston, TX; five grandchildren, Tomika Cunningham Coleman (Dan), Asherdee Hollis (Daniel), San Antonio, TX, Brandi Cunningham Roberson (Erwin), Brandon Cunningham, Houston, TX, Briana Cunningham Crozier (Michael), Forney, TX; two step-grandchildren, Maya and Kristen Williams, Houston, TX, and seven great-grandchildren, Meghan Coleman, Brittany Parker, Tenè Coleman, Jaden Johnson, Dylan Roberson, Anakin Cunningham, Michael Crozier II and a host of nieces, nephews, and many, many cousins and friends. 

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Agnes Hilliard (Cunningham-Newton)

March 9th, 1893 - October 26th, 1985

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Mrs. Agnes Cunningham Newton was born March 9, 1893 in Lavaca County to the late Sarah Robinson and Elijah Hilliard.  She attended school in Brown Chapel and accepted Christ at an early age.  She united in Holy Matrimony to Mr. Henry Cunningham June 1911, who preceded her in death.  To this union eight children were born.  She was preceded by two sons, John Henry and Eddie Cunningham..

In 1952 she married Mr. Robert D. Newton who preceded her in death.  She departed this life October 26, 1986.  She leaves to mourn one daughter, Ella Mae Baker of Oakland, Texas; five sons, Earnest Cunningham of Houston, Texas; AC and Robert Cunningham of San Antonio, Texas; Willie Cunningham of San Francisco CA; Roy Lee Cunningham of Oakland, Texas; twenty one grandchildren and forty-two great-grandchildren; five daughter-in-laws; one devoted son-in-law, nieces, nephews, and a host of relatives and friends.

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Catherine Hilliard (Glass)

June 9th, 1918 - December 4th, 2001

Just a Little Note!

Mom tried to stay as long as she could and she said it was time for her to leave.   Because the train had pulled into the station at 4:20 p.m. Dec. 4, 2001. Little Cliff and I, Artis Sr. was by her bed side when she left us.   Having to give up someone we love is never easy.   Time is never enough.  We are at a loss.  After the grief has passed we should reflect back and think about the good thing Mom had done to make us all happy when we came home to Schulenburg Texas.   As a family we all should be able to find comfort and love that she gave to all of us over the years.

We Love you Mon
you’re Sons
Artis Glass Sr. & Clifton E. Glass
and Grandchildren

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Catherine Glass was born June 9, 1918 in Oakland, Texas to the late Artis Hilliard and Florance Gordon.  She attended public school in Weimer, Texas.   She was united in Holy matrimony to Oscar Glass in 1934.   To this union two children were born.  She was employed as Housekeeper unity retirement in 1982. 

Catherine accepted Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at an early age.   She worshipped for many years as Stevens Chapel United Methodist Church in Schulenburg Texas.    She served faithfully in the Choir, Teaching Sunday School, Bible Study and she enjoyed and loved preparing the children for Easter programs.   Easter would no past with Catherine's help.

On Tuesday, December 4, 2001 at 4:20 p.m. in San Bernardino, California in St. Bernadine Hospital, God was reaching down and Catherine was reaching up when he called her home.   She was at the age of 83 years, 5 months and 25 days.  She leaves to cherish her memory, Two Sons Artis Glass Sr of Los Angeles, CA, Clifton Glass & wife Mary of Diamond Bar, CA.   Three Grandsons Rev. Artis Glass Jr. & wife Renee' of Long Beach, CA, Clifford Glass & wife Carolyn of San Bernardino, CA, Troy Oscar Glass of Diamond Bar, Ca and on one Granddaughter Kimberly April Glass, of Riverside CA.  Great-grandchildren Natasha Glass, Nicole Glass, Brandon Glass, Tiffany Glass, Brittany Glass, Dionna Glass, DiAndra Glass, and Porsha Glass.
 

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Rev. Elroy Henry

October 27th, 1944 - June 14th, 2016

Great Grandfather: Elijah Hilliared / Sara Robinson 
 
Grandfather: Robert Hilliard / Minnie (Brown) 
 
Father: Elmo Hilliard / Ruby (Henry)
 

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Minister Elroy Henry passed away on June 14, 2016, He was born on October 27, 1944 in Houston, TX to Elmo and Ruby Henry.   He graduated from Phillis Wheatley High School in Houston, Texas.  Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Army where he served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War and retired as a Master Sergeant after 23 years of honorable services.

Elroy accepted Christ to his life at an early age and later acknowledged his calling to become a deacon and later a minister.   He loved his church and ministries.   As a member of Resurrection Baptist Church, Minister Henry unselfishly server by organizing supplies for Evangelism classes and teaching the 102 class, providing marriage and premarital counseling to couples, and bringing to life his vision of starting an outreach ministry, which provided food, clothes, fellowship and encouragement to those less fortunate.  He enjoyed traveling with his family and cruises with his wife.   He was an avid San Antonio Spurs and Judson Rocker fan.

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Elroy in survived by his wife of 50 years, Johnnie White Henry; sons: Eric Henry, San Antonio, TX and Terrill (Towanda) Henry, Garland, Texas; daughter, Terri Henry, Cibolo, Texas; grandson, Brandon Henry, San Antonio, TX and granddaughter, Mayorri Miller, Cibolo, TX; brother, Gene Aurty Henry, Weimar, TX Aunts: Rose Hilliard and Lillie Steward, Houston, TX, Rosie Hasty, Weimar, TX; sisters-in-law, Iranell (Clarence) Steward, and Thelma (Edward) Glass, Schulenburg, TX; Brothers-in-law: Manfred Spencer Sr.,  Houston, TX, Victor White Jr., Schulenburg, TX, Hermer White, and Ronnie (Marion) White, Houston, TX and a host of nieces and nephews.

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Allene Harper (Hilliard)

November 1st, 1915 - September 20th, 2012

Aunt Allene "Tardie" Harper Hilliard was the fancier version of my grandma.  They looked so much alike it was unreal.  Well, the Harper clan is all back together again in heaven.  And, if those sisters get to do in heaven what they loved to do here on each, they are cooking. 
 
Aunt Allene was a professional caterer. Aunt Vivian with the biscuits - I tasted them 30 years ago and the flavor never left me. Aunt Glady with the fish (buffalo is what I remember her cooking) in a little house in Atlanta, Texas.  Florence "Shepard" with the sweet potato pies.  Aunt Eunice was the supervisor. David Webster was her son and she supervised him all the way to college and the NFL.  I'm not sure what Aunt Blanche's specialty was, but she was one the prettiest first Ladies of the CME Church in Arcadia, LA.  I never met Aunt Josie and there were a set of twins and a still born girl.  Then there were the brothers Uncle Claude Harper (you have to say his whole name or it just didn't sound right), who probably has a big fat pig for the baby twins to ride on.
 
Uncle Ennis (Jill's daddy), and Uncle Willie "Bubba" he was named after their daddy, I think.  I met most of them only once or twice.  And as like other families, some more than that.  They left such a lasting and loving memory that I vowed never to forget them.  God bless them all and thank you God for letting us have them, if only for a moment. They were the most loving people I ever met and I'm proud to call them family!

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Allene Harper Hilliard was born in 1915 in Atlanta, Texas to Thomas and Nancy Harper.  The last surving offspring of 13 children.  She was preceded in death by her siblings Vivian, Gladys, Florence, Eunice, Blanche, Josie, Claude, Ennis and Willie.
 
As a young girl, she attended Enon first Baptist Church in Atlanta, Texas.  Allene was married to R. J. Henderson of Atlanta and to this union daughters, Bernice Henderson Flowers and Alvis Jean Henderson were born.  She later moved to Houston where she met and married Sid Hilliard and from this union were born two children, Maudie Hilliard Jordan and Sidney Allene Hilliard.
 
A dedicated wife, mother, homemaker, friend and church member.  Allene opened her home, especially her kitchen, and many benefitted from her wisdom and her no nonsense approach to life.  She was a member of Loyal Baptist Church serving in Day Mission and Nurses Aide Board.
 
Allene had a passion for cooking; she owned and operated several restaurants, a successful catering business and even cooked for the Museum of Fine Arts before retiring. 
 
She was preceded in death by her husband Sid Hilliard and daughters, Alvis Jean Henderson and Bernice Henderson Flowers.
 
She leaves to cherish her memory a loving daughter, Maude Hilliard Jordan (Edward), her devoted son, Sidney Allen Hilliard, eleven grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, one great great grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and relatives. 

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Amuel Hilliard

July 11th, 1934 - October 6th, 2017




 

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Amuel Hilliard was the youngest of seven children born to James and Violet Hilliard in San Antonio, TX on July 11, 1934. His family was prominent and well-respected members of the community and were actively involved in the Church of God. 

When he was nine years old, the family moved from Texas to San Diego, CA where he received his early education. In his Junior year, he moved to Perris, CA and attended Perris Union High School (PUHS) where he excelled in sports: Football, Basketball, and Track & Field. 

After graduation in 1952, he attended college for a short time, after which he enlisted in the United States Army, he was honorably discharged in 1955.

Amuel met the love of his life, Earline Smith in his senior year at Perris Union High School (PUHS).  Four years later, they were united in holy matrimony on June 3, 1956.  To their union were five children: Rachel, Renard, Jaynene, Myron, and Bobby.

Family roots and unity were of the utmost importance to the Hilliard's.  The highlight of every summer were the family trips.  Amuel and Earline would pile all the children into the camper/motorhome and traveled all over the United States, exploring places like the Grand Canyon, the White House, and the Statue of Liberty and making stops to visit as many relatives and friends as they could. They even ventured into Canada and of course Mexico.  Part of the more extraordinary experience of the summer excursions was when the motorhome broke down. That is when the blame and finger pointing began.but so did the games, jokes and all the other fun.  Those trips were truly an amazing test of faith and they were filled with many life lessons which will never be forgotten.

Amuel and Earline had a desire to visit the Holy Land so after the nest was empty, they made the trip twice with a group of friends from church and they also toured Rome, Italy, Jerusalem, Jordan, Switzerland, Norway, France, England, Israel, Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Singapore. 

Dad Hilliard took very good care of his family, and yet he was concerned about others and how he could make life better for them by buying or fixing things for them.  He was that pillar of strength that caused so many to call him 'Dad'. He truly believed "all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28)."

After 35 years of service, Amuel retired from the County of San Diego Department of Public Works as a Sanitation Regional Supervisor. 

Prior to Amuel's total commitment to Christ, he served as Past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Mt. Helix Lodge #1405. He also served as a 33° Mason with the Isis Temple No. #102.

He became a member of the Greater Jackson Memorial Church of God in Christ (COGIC) and later joined Faith Chapel C.O.G.I.C. under the leadership of Bishop Roy Dixon where he served as an Usher, Deacon, member of the Trustee Board, Finance Committee, and President of the Brotherhood. For the past five years he was an active and a faithful member of City of Hope International Church under the leadership of Bishop Terrell Fletcher.  He had a special connection with the Brotherhood where he spent every Saturday morning in prayer and fellowship with his brothers. His love for the scriptures never diminished and he was committed to the study and distribution of the Word of God.  He was a student of Bible Study Fellowship for many years and most recently attended Beyond Sunday Academy at New Creation Church under the extraordinary tutelage of Pastor Wendell Bass.

Amuel departed this life on Friday, October 6, 2017.  He now joins his father, mother, and six siblings who all preceded him in death.


Amuel leaves to cherish his memory: Earline, his loving wife and life partner of sixty-one years; six children: Kennard Hilliard, Renard Hilliard, Rachel Hilliard, Jaynene (David) Portis, all of San Diego; Myron (Mona) Hilliard, and Bobby (Jan) Hilliard of Atlanta, Georgia; adopted daughter Sarah (Ray) Carter of San Diego, Mentee Johnny (Rea) Williams. Thirteen Grandchildren: Kennard Jr, Vonya, Christine, Andrew, Daniel, Daryn, Raven, Rosalyn, Isaiah, Alex, Kendra (James), Myra, and Raymond.  Six great grandchildren: Elijah, Ilias, Sarai, Blake, Presley and Joseph; many adopted sons and daughters, and a host of relatives.



 

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Laura Bourgeois (Hilliard)

October 16th, 1916 - January 17th, 2006

This lady was a True Woman of God. She loved the Lord, first. She also loved her husband and children. She was all about doing right in the sight of the Lord. She was the First Lady of the church while her husband, the late Rev. John Hilliard was pastoring. Together, they planted seeds in the harvest of soul-winning. The Acreage Home Church of God in Houston,TX started in our living room from a bible class held each Friday night. She was diligent in her efforts to support the work of the Lord.
    Such a loving a beautiful Lady...even in death.  We praise God for such a worthy woman of God.  She was a true Saint.
  Now, she is enjoying the eternal blessings God promised.  She has 8 years of seniority with God's Angels of Heaven.
  We will always love you and miss your gentle spirit.  We praise God for your life here on earth

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Laura Beatrice Bourgeois-Hilliard was born in Franklin Louisiana on October 16, 1916. She was the daughter of Laura Robinson and Christopher Bourgeois. Her older brothers were Johnny and Christopher C. Bourgeois,II. After her mother's demise, her father married Lena Holmes. Another sister, Alaska Bourgeois-Prince and 7 more siblings were added. Laura"s son, Sgt. Paul L. Hilliard proceeded her in death. Following her legacy is John Evelyn Hilliard-Lewis (Percy deceased), Lionell A. Hilliard, Sr.(Virginia) and Edith Marie Hilliard-Page (Curtis); Grandson she raised Forece D. Hilliard; and Granddaughter she raised Laura D. Page-Ware (Edward); 18 more grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. "We miss you Big Mama!!!"

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Rev. John Hilliard

April 25th, 1910 - February 6th, 1992

  A true man of God...even in death.  We praise God for such a follower and minister of God such as he. 
  Now, he is enjoying the eternal blessings God promised.   He has 22 years of seniority with God's Angels of Heaven.
  We will always love you and miss your gentle spirit.  We praise God for your life here on earth with all of us. 

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John Hilliard was the youngest son born to Young East Hilliard I and Callie Cunningham on April 25, 1910.  He lived in Hallettsville, Tx and attended schools in Schulenberg, TX.  He pastored several churches.  Powell Point Church of God, Acreage Homes Church of God, Heights Church of God.  He was co-pastor of Texas City Church of God and the Assistant Pastor of Liberty Road Church of God.  He was married to Laura Bourgeois Hilliard and together they were parents of four wonderful children:  John Evelyn Hilliard Lewis (Percy); Paul Lawrence Hilliard (Barbara); Lionell Aubrey Hilliard, Sr. (Virginia) and Edith Marie Hilliard- Page (Curtis).  He has 18 grandchildren; 42 greatgrandchildren, and many cousins, nephews, and nieces AND friends.

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Young Hilliard

June 2nd, 1933 - April 14th, 2013

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Young Eason Hilliard Sr. was born June 2, 1933 in San Antonio, Texas to James and Violet (Eason) Hilliard.  Young moved to San Diego, California in 1945 where he received his formal education at Stockton Elementary Memorial Junior High and San Diego High School.  In 1949, Young moved to Perris, California with his father and where he graduated from Perris High School.
In 1955, Young met and married Lura Mae Seymore and settled in San Diego where they raised six children.
 
Young, fondly called YE is preceded in death by his parents, James and Violet Hilliard; brothers Henry (Alaska) Prince, James Hilliard, Harold (Pauline); sister, Espanola.
 
Young (YE) Hilliard was called to rest on May 14, 2013.  He leaves to cherish is memories, his wife Lura Mae Hilliard; sons, Michael (Cindy) Hilliard of Temecula, CA, Anthony (Debbie) Hilliard of Mesa, AZ, Young (Rhonda) of San Diego, CA; daughters, Rhonda Hilliard of Los Angeles, CA, Angela Hilliard of San Diego, CA, Pansy Hilliard of Moreno Valley, CA, Monice Smith of San Diego, CA; brother, Amuel (Earline) Hilliard of Chula Vista, CA; sister, Thelma Ree Hilliard-Davis of Tracy, CA; nine grndchildren, five great grandchildren, along with a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

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Clifton Hilliard Sr.

October 17th, 1928 - September 4th, 2016

Enjoying The Work


United States Post Office
Marina Del Rey Station

A Man of Delication
and Great Work Ethics

Some people come and go,
then there are those who
leave footprints on our heart....

Thanks for the footprint, Clifton

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Clifton Hilliard, Sr. departed this life on Sunday, September 4, 2016. Clifton was born on October 17, 1928, to the union of Ivory Hilliard and Catherine Granger, in Columbus, Texas.

After relocating to Santa Monica, he attended Santa Monice High School and Santa Monic College.   HE joined the United State Army in 1949, and received an Honorable Discharge in 1952.    He met and married Thelma Marie Barker in 1956.  To this union one son, Clifton Jr., was born.  God called Clifton Jr. home on December 26, 2000.

“Cliff” as he was affectionately known, was a dedicated family man, who always place his family first.   The happiest time of his life was when he was blessed with grandson, Aaron.   They were constantly together and really enjoyed each other’s company.
 
Cliff was employed by the United State Postal Services as a Supervisor in Venice, and Later in Maria Del Rey.   He enjoyed his co-workers and customers and often entertained the family with their exploits.   His special hobbies were card games and dominos.
 
He leaves to cherish his memory and mourn his passing, his devoted wife of sixty (60) years, Thelma; grandson, Aaron; sisters: Mattie Biles of Midland, Georgia and Jane Marie Welch of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.   His sister Lillian Hughes preceded him in death.

Our hearts are filled with sadness, but we realize that this homegoing is the greatest experience of Clifton Hilliard, Sr.’s Life – a life that was filled with wonderful experience as he enjoyed an abundance of love and joy.
 

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Leroy Lemons

January 1st, 1938 - August 27th, 2012

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Leroy Lemons was born January 1, 1938 in Egypt, Texas to Walter and Ora Lee (White) Lemons.  Leroy was raised in Sugar Land, Texas, graduated from M.R. Wood High School, served six years in the United States Army and retired from Soltex Polymer Chemical Plant.  Leroy was an active member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and the Male Chorus.
 
Leroy was preceded in death by parents, Walter and Ora Lemons; grandparents, Riley and Lonia Lemons and Annie White; brothers, Walter Lemons Jr., Eddie Lemons and Alfred Joseph. 
 
He also leaves to mourn his passing; baby sister, Rita Jo Lemons who he brought home from the hospital and raised as his daughter; brothers, James Riley Lemons, Raymond Lemons, Oliver Lemons, Ricky Lemons; sisters LaVerne Mitchell, Marizell Lemons and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends who loved him.
 

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Bryce Nicholas Page

March 9th, 2012 - July 15th, 2012

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Curtis C Page

May 17th, 1935 - February 9th, 2017

Curtis we love you and miss you tremendously!!!

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Curtis earthly arrival on May 17, 1935 encompassed many beautiful times and some challenges.  He leaves to embrace his legacy, his wife, Edith Marie Hilliard-Page, daughters Laura (Ed), Martha (Tony), Pamela (Jiminez), Glendene (Vance),  His sons Barry (Teyan), Benjamin (Mika), Byron (Jennifer), Brent, Curtis Jr.  He really loved hunting and fishing.  HIS HEAVENLY DEPARTURE was early Thursday morning on his mother's birthday, February 9, 2017.  He just slept away.  He loved family reunions.

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Donnie Gerald Sampson

October 13th, 1938 - September 23rd, 2013

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Denise Antoinette Sapp

July 12th, 1992 - February 10th, 2015

I'm Free

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God has laid you see.
I took His hand when I heard him call
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I found that peace at the close of day.

If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Oh yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and peace to thee
God wanted me now; He set me free.

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Life’s Journey

A precious one from us is gone. A voice we loved is stilled.
 A place is Vacant in our hearts that can never be filled.
 
On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, Denise Antoinette Sapp was that beautiful flower planted in the garden of Heaven.  Denise was born July 12, 1992, to Linda D. Haywood and Anthony Craig Sapp in San Antonio, Texas.  Since an early age, Denise has lived with her grandparents and legal Guardians, Marguerite and Hanklin (Hank) Sapp in Floresville, Texas where she was living at the time of her death on February 10, 2015.
 
Denise accepted Christ and was baptized by Rev. L.A. Williams at Wheatley Heights Baptist Church. She sang in the Children’s choir and participated in other children activities. She later became a member of Tree Mount Temple Church pastored by Rev. Artistide Brown.  Denise participated in Sunday school and Bible Study and she also sang in the Youth Choir.  In 2006, along with her grandparents, she joined New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church, Pastored by Dr. Paul D. Stevens and actively participated in the Youth Ministry, Sunday School and  helped in the Community Ministry program on days when she was not in school. On February 1, 2015, Denise rejoined Tree Mount Temple Church where she served as a faithful member until her death. 
 
Denise began her formal education by attending Camelot Pre-Kinder School at the age of three years old.  After one year, she was enrolled at Antioch Christian Academy where she completed the fourth grade.  She completed fifth grade at St. Benedict Catholic School. Denise later transferred to Floresville Middle School where she was a Cheerleader. She graduated from Floresville High School in the Class of June 2010.  While attending Floresville High school Denise was a member of the Business and Professional Association and a representative for that group in the Floresville Peanut Festival Parade. She was also a student assistant coach for both track and basketball. Denise was an active member of the San Antonio Metropolitan Chapter of Top Teens of America and the San Antonio Youth Council of the NAACP who performed community service throughout the city.  She was the Zeta Phi Beta Miss Blue Revue Queen in 2007 and a contestant in the Queen of Soul Pageant for 2010. After graduation from high school, she attended St. Philip’s College for one semester and later transferred to Prairie View A & M University. Upon completing her studies there, she returned home to enroll in Palo Alto College. After Palo Alto, she transferred to Texas A&M University at San Antonio as a junior pursuing a Degree in Psychology. At the time of her death, she was employed by The Robert Hart (RH) Financial Operations Group.
 
She leaves to cherish her memory: Mother, Linda Haywood; Father, Anthony Sapp; brother, Donovan Berry and sister, Serenity Sapp of San Antonio, TX; Grandparents: Marguerite and Hanklin Sapp of Floresville, TX; William Haywood of Fairfield, CA and Joyce Little of San Antonio, TX; Aunts Kimberly Ann Sapp of New Braunfels, TX and Jackie Little of San Antonio, TX, Uncle, Ricky Sapp of Palo Alto, CA.  Also left to mourn her passing are two nieces and a best friend since Kindergarten,  ArLeya Horne and a host of cousins, other family members and close friends who loved her dearly.

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