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from the class of 1977


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In Memory of Julia Garza (Instrumental Music 1977)


Julia Garza passed away at the age of 29.

She had two sisters who also attended HSPVA Ninfa Garza Montez & Maria Lozano  


In Memory of Bircendia Antonyce Churchwell-Rayford (1977)

December 4, 1959 - October 8, 2009 

BIRCENDIA ANTONYCE CHURCHWELL-RAYFORD was graciously born to the parentage of Mr. Nyle A. Churchwell Sr. and Mrs. Birdia M. Williams Churchwell in Houston, TX, December 4th 1959. She peacefully transitioned to her heavenly presence with the Lord on October 8, 2009 at St. Joseph Hospital. She was educated in the Houston Public Schools at Lockhart, Southland, Lanier Junior High School, HSPVA, and Jack Yates High School. She continued her education on an Engineering and ROTC Scholarship at Prairie View A&M University and completed specialized technical certification at San Jacinto College with many honors and awards. Bircendia leaves to cherish memorable times, a loving and devoted husband, Mr. Arnold Rayford; her parents - Mr. Nyle A. Churchwell Sr. (Mary) and Ms. Birdia Churchwell; two sisters - Jacquelyn Churchwell and Quiana Smith; one brother - Nyle A. Churchwell Jr. (Dorothea); two nephews and one niece-Brian and Nyle III, and Brittany Churchwell; and a special aunt - Mrs. Thomie Lee Garcia and family, and a host of other relatives and many friends.Visitation will be held at McCoy & Harrison Chapel from 6:00pm to 9:00pm Wednesday, October 14th 2009. The Funeral Services will be at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, 3826 Wheeler Avenue at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 15th 2009. The Interment will be at Paradise South Cemetery.(Cullen Blvd. - Pearland, TX). 


In Memory of Marlene Denson Biblo (Vocal 1977)

November 21, 1958 - December 16, 2013

Marlene Augusta Bilbo, 55 of Fort Smith, Arkansas passed away on Monday, December 16, 2013 in Fort Smith. She was born on November 21, 1958 in Houston, Texas to her parents H.L. and Oleta (Worden) Denson.

She is preceded in death by her parents, H.L. and Oleta Denson; Husband, Chuck Bilbo and sister Jan Evelyn Denson Mistric.

She is survived by two sons, Brian Bilbo of Fort Smith, Arkansas and Matthew Bilbo of Fort Smith, Arkansas; step-daughter, Riki Matlock of Tomball, Texas; sister, Leeann Bolton of Plano, Texas; brother, Joe Denson of Texas and two grandchildren, Amy Matlock and Leah Matlock of Tomball, Texas.

In memory of Lisa Littlefield (Instrumental 1977)

Lisa passed away unexpectedly June 1, 2013. 


In Memory of Cheryl Seymour (Art 1977)
In Memory of John Sweeney (Vocal 1977)

John Sweeney June 10, 1959 - April 15, 2015

John Sweeney, born in Houston on June 10, 1959, died on April 15 in Houston after several months' illness. He had been employed at the Houston Press for more than ten years in the production department as the Layout Editor, handling both editorial and ad copy.

John went to Lockhart Elementary and Lanier Junior High and graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA.) He attended Texas Southern University, where he was a fashion design major. He worked with several magazines before joining the Press.

"Whenever I walked into our production department, John was always the first one to say hello. I keep thinking about that. He was a good employee who contributed a lot to the success of our publication and I will miss him for the person he was as well as the work he did," said Houston Press Publisher Stuart Folb.

"Working every day together for years, John wasn't just a co-worker. He was family. We discussed fashion, music, art, politics, television and more. And that could have all been in just one morning. Smart, funny, compassionate, caring and fabulous. He's missed more than I can put into words," said Houston Press Production Manager Brian Cook.

Houston Press Art Director Monica Fuentes had this to say: "Professionally, John Sweeney was an art director's dream. He made my job seem easy for the entire time I worked with him, and I knew he took pride in his work for the Houston Press. Personally, John always had a smile and quick wit that made those around him feel totally at ease. He was incredibly creative in many mediums, but his true love was fashion. He will be missed, and he will always be a Presser."

John is survived by his twin sister and only sibling, Donna Fernandez, and husband Ricardo Fernandez; his nieces Cassidy Edwards, Ryan Wheeler and Taylor Fernandez; his nephew Jesus Fernandez; his grand nephew Jordan Blanks and grand nieces Aaliyah Edwards, Zoë Seiglie and Londyn Edwards. He was predeceased by his mother and father, John and Azoree Sweeney.

Friends and family are invited to a visitation from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, 3826 Wheeler Avenue. A service will follow starting at 11 a.m. Bill Clair Family Mortuary is handling the arrangements. A GoFundMe account has been established to help defray the costs.


In Memory of Karen Smith Udechukwu (Vocal 1977)

October 23, 1958-January 11, 2013 Karen was born on October 23, 1958 and passed away on Friday, January 11, 2013.


Karen was a resident of Houston, Texas.


In Memory of David Kevin Zimmerman (Drama 1977)

DAVID KEVIN ZIMMERMAN age 48, passed away on Feb. 9, 2007. David was born to Dr. Stanley and Jane Zimmerman. He was a graduate of the High School for Performing and Visual Arts and The American Academy of Dramatic Art. David was a talented actor and chef. He is survived by his partner of 29 years, Scott F. Cornwall, his parents, and his sister, Susan Rosen, brothers, Doctor Stephen J. Zimmerman, and Paul J. Zimmerman, his niece, Jennifer Rosen and nephew, Jeremy Rosen, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins. Graveside services were held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007 in Emanu El Memorial Park, 8341 Bissonnet. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Temple Emanu El, 1500 Sunset Blvd, Houston, 77005 or charity of choice. 


In memory of Lisa Hill Zochert Griffith (Art 1977)

 November 10, 1959-December 1, 2014

Lisa was born on November 10, 1959 and passed away Monday, December 1, 2014. Lisa was a resident of Texas.


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