The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas on September 22, 1981 · Page 20
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Galveston, Texas
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Tuesday, September 22, 1981
Page 20
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'Deaths and funerals 1 R.C. Samuel McKee A survivor of R.C. Samue! McKee, 67, of Galveston, iwho died Friday, is Chief iPetty Officer Richard Douglas McKee of Camp ^David, Md. ." Services were held Mon- 'day at J. Levy & Bro. Funeral Home and burial was in Grace Memorial Park. Earl Smith Services for Earl Smith, 77, of 1604 23rd St. (rear) in Galveston will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at West Point Baptist Church with the Rev. Earnest Pinesette officiating. Mr. Smith, a retired longshoreman and a resident of Galveston for 59 years, died Friday at St. Mary's Hospital in Galveston. He was a member of 1LA Local #1504 and of New Hope Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and a trustee. A devotional will be held from 7-8 tonight at Green's Funeral Directors Chapel. Mr. Smith was born June 18,1904, inSmithville. He is survived by three daughters, Johnnie Lee Barley of Brookshire and Avis Smith Gunnells and Geraldine Smith Morgan, both of Houston; seven sons, Henry Earl Smith, James Harold Smith, Raymond McJarvis Smith, Gerald Smith and Robert Smith, all of Galveston, Clarence Smith of St. Louis, Mo., and Richard Wayne Smith of Houston; two step- daughters Gloria Haywood of Galveston and Ernestine Campbell of Houston; a sister, Mamie Smith of Brookshire; a brother, Bailey Jackson of Brookshire; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Burial will be in Mainland Cemetery in Hitchcock under the direction of Green's Funeral Directors. Pallbearers will be Carles Gunnells, Milton Morgan, Leroy Travis Jr., Henry Starks, Jessie Starks and Tom Starks. Honorary pallbearers will be members of 1LA Local #1504. Visitors may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. today. Mrs. Ivel Byrket Suspect admits he may have abducted woman, made threat By DAN BRADFORD News Staff Writer Kenneth Mark Jones, 24, admitted Monday in 56th .^District Court he may have -abducted a Galveston -woman Feb. 7 and threatened to kill her while he was under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Jones is being tried on an aggravated kidnapping charge as a result of the •.incident. The victim said she was washing her car at about 7:30 a.m. in a car wash on 6lst Street when Jones approached her from behind with a tire tool. She said he was slapping the tire tool in his hand when she noticed him. "You know what I want, bitch," she said he told her. The woman said she tried to escape but he caught her and dragged her back to her car twice. At one time, he indicated he would stab her in the chest with the point of the tire tool if she didn't give him the keys to her car, she said. During the struggle he -stripped her from the waist :up. ; She said he didn't say what he wanted but threw her purse to the floor when she offered it to him. "I really thought he was going to kill me," the victim said. She said he sped down Stewart Road with police cars in pursuit. When she caused the car to swerve he said, "Now you've done it, bitch. Now we're both going to die," the victim quoted the suspect as saying. She said she believed he meant to run the car into a brick wall. After a chase along Stewart Road and Heard's Lane, at speeds estimated by police between 60 and 70 mph, the victim said Jones ran the car into a blue van. She escaped moments before police arrested him. "He was acting like a wild man," the victim said. "... bizarre, strange behavior... 1 was afraid I was going to die." The victim said the man did not strike her with the tire tool and did not sexually molest her. However, she received several abrasions while being dragged on the car wash slab. Several other witnesses confirmed the story told by the victim. Harold Jones, father of the defendant, said his son attended an all-night party at his house before the incident. Jones said his son left the party at about 6:30 a.m., When asked by assistant! district attorney Jim Hewitt if he was concerned about his son driving away from the party, Jones said he wasn't. "My son has been in the service for four years ... He can take care of himself," Jones said. When the defendant testified, he said he had been at his father's party from about midnight. He said he drank about a pint of gin while at the party and took two blue and white capsules he thought were amphetamine. He said he took the pills to keep him "up." Jones said he got the capsules from a person with car trouble whom he had helped. He testified he could not identify the person. Jones said he did not remember any of the events of Feb. 7 from the time he left the party until he saw a policeman on top of him. "My behavior has never been like that," he said. Jones said he did not know what his intentions were but did nol dispute any testimony- Under cross-examination from Hewitt, Jones admitted the victim's story could be true. Final arguments and the court's charge are to be given to the jury today at 9:30 a.m. -UPI briefs - Porno star sought in 4 slayings LOS ANGELES (UPI) — Porno movie star John Holmes is running from both the police and the underworld because he is believed to know something about the bludgeoning deaths of four people, it was reported Monday. The Los Angeles Times quoted the actor's wife, Sharon, as saying Holmes feared for his life and had been "caught in the middle" since the July 1 killings in Laurel Canyon. Investigators believe the slayings were drug related. She quoted her estranged husband as saying, "There are good guys, bad guys and the in-between and they are all out for me, one way or the other." The Times said Holmes, who uses the professional name Johnny Wadd, was acquainted with a man described in court as a possible suspect in the murders. He also knew the victims and told his wife he had been at their house "hours or maybe minutes" before they were slain. Mrs. Holmes, who has filed for divorce, said she hadn't seen her husband since July 18. Police kept Holmes, 37, in hiding for three days at various motels and offered him protection in an effort to persuade him to cooperate in the investigation, she told the newspaper. She said police had believed Holmes' life was in danger, but withdrew their protection because he had not produced testimony that they considered to be useful. Holmes then fled. Reverend asks boycott of advertisers JACKSON, Miss. (UPI) - The Rev. Donald Wildmon, leading a campaign against sex and violence on television, said Monday he plans to call a national boycott of certain TV advertisers in about three weeks. He declined to commit himself to an exact date or to name the offending advertisers. Wildmon had threatened a similar boycott on June 29, but shelved it because he felt he was making some progress in talks with ad agencies and network executives. But, he said that boycott now is a certainty because sponsors of shows his group finds objectionable have returned to their old ways. Wildmon, who heads the National Federation for Decency, based in his home town of Tupelo, Miss., said the boycott was set aside after advertisers agreed to clean up their act. But, he said his decision was seen as a weakness. "It was as if we were speaking Chinese and they were speaking German. They didn't understand, even after we went through all those conversations and the phone calls, what we were saying," said the balding 43-year-old Methodist preacher. "I'm getting the opinion — from the network people especially — that there will be no communication (with NFD). The advertisers are of the opinion that when we decided against the boycott last June that we didn't have the strength to carry out the boycott. And now they are going back to doing whatever they want." Accused Soviet agent fears plot JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (UPI) Accused Soviet spy Joseph George Helmich Jr. told a deputy U.S. marshal he fears the Russian intelligence agency will assassinate him, U.S. Attorney Gary Betz told federal court Monday. "Mr. Helmich voluntarily and spontaneously told the marshal, 'I'm afraid the KGB are going to knock me off/" Betz said at the end of the first day of jury selection in Helmich's spy trial. Helmich, a former Army warrant officer, is charged with selling to Soviet agents "documents, instruments and information" about the KL-7 Cryptosystem, a top secret encoding and decoding machine, in 1963-64 when he was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Paris. Helmich, 44, who has held a number of jobs in different parts of the country since leaving the Army in 1966, sat stoically at the defendant's table, smiling occasionally during the questioning of jurors. TEXAS CITY - Services for Ivel W. Byrket, 80, of 1005 23rd Ave. North in Texas City, will be 2 p.m. today at the chapel of James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque, the Rev. Robert W.King officiating. Burial will follow at Grace Memorial Park Cemetery in Santa Fe. Born Sept. 29, 1900, in Hico, Mrs. Byrket died Monday at Danforth Memorial Hospital in Texas City. She was a resident of Texas City for 25 years and was a member of Rebekah Lodge #15 of Texas City. Mrs. Byrket was also a member of the T.E.L. Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church of La Marque. Survivors include her husband, Marion C. Byrket of Texas City; two daugh- .ters, Kathryn Bateman and Wynette Tripp, both of Texas City; one son, J.C. "Sonny" Byrkett of Texas City; one sister, Ella Burtch of Huntington Beach, Calif.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Visitors may call at Crowder Funeral Home after 8 a.m. today. Pallbearers will be Michael W. Tripp, Marvin C. Byrkett, Clay F. Bateman, David N. Bergeron, Delbert L. Bateman and Jimmy Hayley. Mark A. Anderson LA MARQUE — Services for Mark Allen Anderson, 23, of La Marque, will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the chapel of James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque, the Rev. Frank Lagana officiating. Burial will follow in Grace Memorial Park Cemetery in Santa Fe. Born Nov. 15, 1957, in Texas City, Mr. Anderson died 7:40 p.m. Sunday at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston. Mr. Anderson was a maintenance operator training with Houston Oil and Mineral Co. in Port Bolivar. He was a resident of La Marque for the past 23 years, graduated from La Marque High and received a degree from Texas A&M University in 1980. Survivors include his mother, Eva Mae Anderson of La Marque; his father, Martin Roy Anderson of Hitchcock; his grandmother, Mary Mescher of Bridgewater, S.D.; and two sisters, Sandra Emerson of Fort Leavonworth, Kansas, and Penny Lee Helmick of San Antonio. Visitors may call at Crowder Funeral Home after 5 p.m. today. Pallbearers will be Brent Langlinais, Chris Stubbs David Morgan, H.G. Cooper, Pat Minor, Joby Stubbs, Robert Falk and PeteeCorbett. Louis Frit2 DICKINSON - Louis Fritz, 92, of Dickinson, died Monday at Memorial Hospital of Galveston County in Texas City. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at La Marque City Cemetery, the Rev. Robert King officiating. Mr. Fritz was born May 9, - Funerals— TODAY Simon B. Yanas, 78, of Arcadia, died Saturday; services 10 a.m. today at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Texas City; burial at La Marque Cemetery in La Marque, under direction of Emken-Linton Funeral Home of Texas City. Leroy Eppson Jr., 35, of Galveston, died Wednesday; services 1 p.m. today at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church in Galveston; burial at Grace Memorial Park in Alta Loma, under direction of Green's Funeral Home of Galveston. WEDNESDAY Bobby Temple, 44, of Los Angeles, a former Galveston resident, died Wednesday; services 2 p.m. Wednesday at Spiritual True Church in Galveston; burial at Barbour Cemetery in Hitchcock, under direction of Fields Funeral Home of Galveston; wake 7-8 p.m. today at the funeral home; visitors may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. today; memorials may be sent to the funeral home. 10-B 1889, in Kilgore. He was a retired carpenter and painter. Survivors include his wife, Ruby Mae Fritz of Dickinson; two stepdaughters, Loreane Gerami of Humbell, and Mary Cogswell of Dickinson; one step-son, William Heitman of El Reno, Okla.; and three grandchildren. Visitors may call at Crowder Funeral Home after 5 p.m. today. John T. Kelley F RIE N D S W 0 0 D Graveside services for John T. Kelley, 51, of Friendswood will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Forest Park East Cemetery in League City with the Rev. Jack Pierce officiating. Mr. Kelley, a salesman for Star Building Co. whoj had lived in the community for six years, died Sunday in Sealy. Born Oct. 15, 1929, in Commerce, Mr. Kelley was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. He is survived by his wife, Leavon Kelley of Friendswood; a son, Kurt Kelley of Friendswood; three step-sons, Billy Haynes of Victoria, David Haynes of Pearland and Greg Haynes of Friendswood; a daughter, Kari Kelley of Friendswood; his mother, Emma L. Kelley of Irving; and a sister, Nell K. Vardeman of Irving. Services are under the direction of Jack Rowe Funeral Home in League City. Visitors may call at the funeral home after 11:30 a.m. today. Cornell Mattes Services for Cornell Mattes, 85, of Galveston are pending at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. Mr. Mattes died Monday at St. Mary's Hospital. Tuesday Morning, September 22, 1981 Richard Harold Miller Memorial services for Richard Harold Miller, 28, of Galveston will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Malloy & Son Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Herbert Polinard officiating. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at O'Bannon Funeral Chapel in < Luling under the direction of O'Bannon Funeral Home of Luling. Mr. Miller, a native of Eaton Rapids, Mich., born there Sept. 5, 1953, died Sunday at John Sealy Hospital. He was employed as a marine biologist with L.G.L. Marine Fisheries of Galveston and had been stationed in Europe while serving in the U.S. Army. A resident of Galveston for two years, Mr. Miller graduated from Texas A&M in the spring of 1981, finishing in the top 1 percent in the nation. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Highsaw Miller of Galveston; four sisters, Marlene Miller Hardie of Lake Almanor, Calif., Willia' Dean Camplin Bettis of Eaton Rapids, Gloria Gean Jones Hebbe of Luling and Linda Miller Vollentine of Gonzales; and a brother, Bruce Wayne Miller. Burial will be in Luling City Cemetery under the direction of O'Bannon Funeral Home. Local arrangements are under the direction of Malloy & Son Funeral Home. Memorials may be sent to the scholarship fund at Texas A&M University. Isle-born Sara Haden., 'crabby' actress, dies HOLLYWOOD (UP1) Sara Haden, who played as many crabby and crotchety ladies on film as anyone in history, has died at the age of 82. Her death Sept. 15 at the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, was recently disclosed. Born in Galveston, Texas, the daughter of silent screen actress Charlotte Walker, Miss Haden made her film debut in 1934 as an office girl in "Spitfire," which starred {Catherine Hepburn. She appeared in 70 more films. During a two-year period in the mid-1930s. Miss Vittorio"Vic"Lovisa Services for Vittorio "Vic" Lovisa, 78, of 2228 Seawall Boulevard, will be noon Wednesday at St. Mary's Cathedral, Msgr. C.J. Alleman officiating. Burial will follow in Galveston Memorial Park Mausoleum. i A rosary will be recited in the Memorial Room of Broadway Funeral at 6:30 tonight. Born Feb. 7, 1903, in Friedrichstal Saar, Germany, Mr. Lovisa died Sunday at Sr. Mary's Hospital after a brief illness. Mr. Lovisa entered the U.S. in 1924 and worked for five years for a company in Toledo, Ohio. A contractor for more than 40 years, Mr. Lovisa was the retired president of the Galveston Art and Tile Co., which he started when he came to Galveston in 1929. He was president of the firm until he liquidated it in 1968. Mr. Lovisa was a 40-year member of the brick layers Tile Terrazzo Workers Local #1. He was past president of the Sons of Hermann Lodge, in which he was a member more than 43 years, and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge for 50 years. Survivors include his son, Valentino Lovisa of New / Orleans, La.; one brother, Alvise Lovisa of Red Wood City, Calif.; one grandson, one granddaughter, nieces, nephews and other relatives. Pallbearers will be Nicholas Termini, Joseph Termini, Sam Tramonte, Raymond Rapp, Armedeo Trimarchi and Santo Trimarchi. .Honorary pallbearers will be Louis Sporar and Pat Dispensa. Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Church. Haden grouched and grumbled in 15 films, including "Poor Little Rich Girl," "Love Crazy," and "Boom Town." She also played Mickey Rooney's spinster "Aunt Molly" in all but two of the Andy Hardy films. Of her mean roles, she said: "I'm always mean, but there is no monotony about my meanness. 1 am mean in a great variety of fashions. "Even my own nephew looks at me with baleful eyes. I am glad my dog doesn't go to the movies. Maybe he wouldn't think so much of me if he did." Due here Betty Turner of Austin, president of the Federation of Insurance Women of Texas, will attend a luncheon at I h e Wentletrap Restaurant Tuesday sponsored by the Insurance Women of Galveston. Mrs. Turner will be accompanied by her corresponding secretary, Gail Willingham, also of Austin. The FIWT will hold its 37th annual convention Oct. 8-10 at the Marriott Hotel in San Antonio. The purpose of the organization is education. It is comprised of 31 clubs throughout Texas, with approximately 2,001) members. shop t:30 to 5:30 man. thru sat. 765-6613 use flband'i Charge, Visa or Mattercharge presents THE LOOK OF ELEGANCE IN BURNT ALMOND your FREE BONUS with any 7.50 purchaie of Faihion Fair. 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