Embrace Ministries

Embrace Ministries
(Loss of Loved Ones)

Director: Ruth Buffington

Our mission is to offer comfort, encouragement, and healing to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, Embrace serves C.T. families by making phone calls, mailing sympathy cards, serving a family meal after the funeral, and publishing a quarterly bulletin, “The Embrace.”

During the Christmas season, a memorial tree is decorated with ornaments in memory of loved ones. On the second Sunday of December, Embrace presents a tribute to those who lost a loved one that year entitled, “A Christmas Night to Remember.”

When a C.T. member or a member's close relative dies, please call the church office at 713.453.7000 and provide the receptionist with the following information:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Is this a C.T. member or a member's relative?
  • Date of death
  • Funeral arrangements (date, time and location of viewing and funeral service)
  • Name, address, and phone of funeral home
  • Burial site (cemetery) or cremation

(Members' close relatives are: spouse, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, or sibling)

“Forever in Our Hearts”
(Recent Deaths and Funeral Services)


Maxwell Crosse
Member: Husband of Vela Crosse
Date of death: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Funeral Arrangements
Viewing: Saturday, July 8th, 10 a.m.
Funeral Service: Saturday, July 8th, 11 a.m.
Christian Tabernacle
13334 Wallisville Road, Houston, TX 77049
(713) 453-7000
Ross Mortuary
3618 Lyons Ave.
Houston, Texas 77020
(713) 223-8071
Burial: Houston Memorial Gardens
2426 Cullen Blvd.


Murlin Jenkins
Non-Member: Husband of Doris Jenkins
Date of Death: Sunday, June 25, 2017
Funeral Arrangements
Memorial Service: Saturday, July 8, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
Earthman Bellaire Funeral Home
4525 Bissonnet St., Bellaire, Texas 77401
(713) 667-6505


LoKeithen Nelson
Non-Member: Son of Chaquita Nelson
Date of death: Monday, June 12, 2017
Funeral Arrangements
Viewing: Saturday, June 24th, 10:00 a.m.
Funeral Service: Saturday, June 24th, 11:00 a.m.
Christian Tabernacle
13334 Wallisville Road, Houston, TX 77049
(713) 453-7000
McDuffie Mortuary
115 W. Hamilton, Houston, TX 77076
713) 695-8400
Burial: Paradise North Cemetery
10401 West Montgomery Rd., Houston, TX 77088


Mrs. Margaret Fuller (91)
Member: Grandmother of Felicia Melancon
Date of death: June 19, 2017
Funeral Arrangements
Viewing: Monday, June 26th, 10:00 a.m.
Funeral Service: Monday, June 26th, 11:00 a.m.
Christian Tabernacle
13334 Wallisville Road, Houston, TX 77049
(713) 453-7000
Paradise Funeral Home
10401 W. Montgomery, Houston, TX 77088
(281) 410-2884
Burial: Paradise North Cemetery
10401 West Montgomery Rd., Houston, TX 77088


Cinderella Daniels
Member: Wife of Wilbert Daniels
Date of death: June 9, 2017
Funeral Arrangements
Viewing: Saturday, June 17th, 10:00 a.m.
Funeral Service: Saturday, June 17th, 11:00 a.m.
Christian Tabernacle
13334 Wallisville Road, Houston, TX 77049
(713) 453-7000
Bill Clair Family Mortuary
2603 Southmore Blvd., Houston, TX 77004
(713) 522-9030
Burial: Houston Memorial Gardens
2426 Cullen Blvd, Pearland, TX 77581
(281) 485-2221


Mary Lee Frank
Non-Member: Sister of Mary Ben
Funeral Arrangements:
Viewing: Saturday, June 10th, 9 – 11 a.m.
Funeral Service: Saturday, June 10th, at 11:00 p.m.
Zion Hill Baptist Church
Ville Platte, LA 70586
Owens-Thomas Funeral Home
910 W. Hickory St.
Ville Platte, LA 70586
Date of death: June 6, 2017


Christopher Rockwell
Non-Member: Son-in-law of Quintin & Sherena Ward
Date of death: June 1, 2017
Funeral Arrangements
Funeral Service: Saturday, June 10th, 2 p.m.
Christ Nations Church
600 Sowell Lane, Texarkana, TX 75501
Officiating: Pastor Isaac Pitre
Haynes Mortuary, Inc.
7238 West 7th Street, Texarkana, TX 75501
903-838-6000
Burial: Chapelwood Memorial Gardens


Arleen Horton
Non-Member: Sister of Melissa Thomas
Date of death: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Funeral Arrangements
Funeral Service: Saturday, June 10th, 11 a.m.
Christian Tabernacle
13334 Wallisville Road, Houston, TX 77049
Lockwood Funeral Home
9402 Lockwood Drive, Houston, TX 77016
(713) 909-4983
Burial – Paradise North


Nina Cleary
Non-Member: Sister of Jackie Russell (Alfred)
Date of death: Monday, June 5, 2017
Funeral Arrangements
Viewing: Saturday, June 10th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Services: Saturday, June 10th, 2:00 p.m.
Living Faith Baptist Church
4310 Holloway Drive, Houston TX 77047
(713) 733-4141
Willie Waddell Riverside Funeral Home
6938 Westover St, Houston TX 77085
713) 640-2100
Burial: Houston Memorial Gardens Cemetery
2426 Cullen Blvd, Houston, TX


Mr. Virgil Lee Bullard
Non-Member, father of Reggie Bullard (Belinda)
Date of death – Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Funeral Arrangements
Visitation - Wednesday, June 7th, 10:00 - 11 a.m.
Funeral Service - Wednesday, June 7th, 11:00 a.m.
Windsor Village United Methodist Church
6000 Heatherbrook
Houston, Texas 77085
Carl Barnes Funeral Home
746 W. 22nd Street
Houston, Texas
713-869-4529 Barnes Funeral Home


Mr. Johnny Shynett
Non-Member, father of Wanda Ruffin (Greeter)
Date of death – May 14, 2017
Funeral Arrangements
Viewing – Saturday, May 27th, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Funeral Service – Saturday, May 27th, 11 a.m.
Greater Good Hope Baptist Church
2725 W. Virginia
Beaumont, Texas 77705
Larry Hawthorne, Pastor
Calvary Mortuary
1225 So. 7th Street
Beaumont, Texas 77701