WE stop and pause and recognize our Desert Storm Veterans that have left us again much too young at ages 43(1) and 44(2), representing Navy, Army,and Marine.
Full Honors……..Roll Call, Salute, Guns, Taps
34. James Richard "Rich" Parker, 43 of Austin , auto accident , US Navy
35. Michael Angel "Mike" Moreno, no cause of death, US ARMY
Age 44. Of Joliet, IL
36. STEVENS, Jonathan Jonathan Glenn Stevens of Hampton,VA, 44, USMC and Clayton County Sheriff’s Department where he served for 11 years. Services in Jonesboro and VA., no cause of death given
Full obits Follows………………………………………
James Richard Parker
James Richard "Rich" Parker, 43 of Austin and formerly of Midland, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009 from injuries received in an auto accident in Austin.
Rich was born January 20, 1966 to James Clyde and Florence Parker Pollard in Houston, TX.
Rich was raised in Midland and the Dallas/ Ft Worth area. He joined the US Navy and served in the Kuwait Gulf war — Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Rich lived life in an adventures way! He loved jazz music and playing his saxophone. He also loved the Native Indian culture, and exploring their rituals. Rich also taught the English language to Japanese foreign exchange students.
He always had a positive, happy and funny outlook on life, no matter what the negative situation was. He was the one to always find the good out of any situation, and in all people. Rich was always willing to help in anyway, the people who needed assistance. He gave no pre judgment to those he met. Rich was currently employed with Coach America, in Austin.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Clyde Parker and grandmother, Clara Parker.
Survivors include Florence and Bobby Pollard of Midland, TX; sister, Emily Follis and husband Brad and their family, Chris Boyd and Carrie Boyd all of Midland; a brother, John Johnson of Zepher, TX and his family, Liz and Nick Johnson of Indianapolis, IN.; his extended family, Jill and Grady Dale, Jimmy and Janet Pollard, Lola Pollard, Amanda, Lynn, Tanna, Thomas, Jackie, Micah, Luke and Josh.
Private memorial services are pending. Memorials may be made to one’s church or charity of one’s choice, or to the Aquarian Foundation, 4902 Wind River Road, Austin, Texas 78759-4235, one of his many interests.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made to www.mem.com.
Michael Angel "Mike" Moreno
Age 44. Of Joliet, left this world to be in a peaceful place, Saturday, May 23, 2009. Survived by his parents, Gabriel "Ben" and Jacqueline Moreno; wife, Kimberly (Udstuen) Moreno; children, Michael, Kristen, Alec and Jacob; brothers, Tony "Bucky" (Meghan) and Thomas "Boo" Moreno; son-in-law of Dave and Jayne Udstuen; brother-in-law of Lanette (Greg) Lewis; numerous nieces and nephews also survive. Preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Moreno. Michael graduated from Joliet West High School in 1984. He served in the U.S. Army during Operation Desert Storm and received various citations; Army Service Ribbon, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star. Michael was a decorated veteran when he was honorably discharged. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed being with his kids and family. Our loving husband, father, brother, son and uncle will be forever missed and never forgotten. A memorial service for Mike will be Wednesday, May 27, 2009, 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home chapel. Private family interment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded. Memorials in his name to the Jacob Moreno Benefit Account, c/o, Amcore Bank, 1525 Essington Rd., Joliet, IL 60431 would be greatly appreciated. Memorial visitation, Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. until time of services at: FRED C. DAMES FUNERAL HOME 3200 Black at Essington Rds., Joliet For information (815) 741-5500 www.fredcdames.com
Family-Placed Death Notice
STEVENS, Jonathan Jonathan Glenn Stevens of , Hampton, was born on August 23, 1965 to the late Mr. and Mrs. Russell Thomas Stevens, Sr. and departed this life on Friday, May 22, 2009. He was a native of Norfolk, VA. Jonathan attended Norfolk Public School System and graduated from Maury High School in June 1984. While in high school, Jonathan was on the wrestling team, varsity football team, and the cross country track team. Following high school he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp where he served for 13 years. While in the military, he served as an engineer equipment operator and recruiter. He also served in Operation Desert Storm. Jonathan was honorably discharged from the US Marine Corp in 1998. Jonathan became employed with the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department where he served for 11 years. While employed with the Sheriff’s Department, he held the positions of Corrections Officer, Mandate Officer, Field Training Officer and EvidenceCustodial Officer. Jonathan leaves to cherish his memories two daughters, Courtney Deshawn Brown of Norfolk, VA and Patience Jonevia Stevens of Hampton, GA; a grandson, Jahmir Lynn Brown of Norfolk, VA; four brothers, Russell Wayne Stevens of Hampton, GA, Eric Douglas Stevens (Talitha) of Jonesboro, GA, Russell Thomas Stevens (Holley) and Paul Nelson Stevens of Norfolk, VA; five sisters, Colleen Elizabeth Speaight (Arthur), Tammer Marrie Williams (Willie) and Rosamae Olivia Rowe of Norfolk, VA and Cynthia Belvedere Stevens and Jeannetta Ovelia Stevens of Kinston, NC; two long time best friends, Grant Kidd and Candy Griffin; a godson, Jonathan Kidd; thirty-two nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Services honoring his life will be held Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Divine Faith Ministries, 9800 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro, Donald E. Battle, pastor and on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 12:00 noon, Riddick Funeral Service, 1225 Norview Ave., Norfolk VA, Elder Kevin M. Jackson, officiating. Interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery. W. D. Lemon & Sons Funeral Home, 300 Griffin St., McDonough, (770) 957-4337. Printed in Atlanta Journal Constitution