Earthman Bellaire Funeral Home

4525 Bissonnet St, Bellaire, TX


Dr. John Millard Pike

November 2, 1928May 18, 2020
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Dr. John Millard Pike passed away peacefully Monday, May 18, 2020 at the age of 91. John was one of four children, born in Houston, Texas on November 2, 1928, to Bernice William Pike and Virginia Beuhring Pike. He grew up and lived his life in Houston, Texas. He attended Lamar High School and went on to graduate from UT Dental School with a degree in Doctor of Dental Surgery. John practiced dentistry from 1952 – 2017. He served in the Korean War in the Army Dental Corps. from 1952 – 1955, earning a Bronze Star for exemplary service. John lived with his wife of 69 years, Patricia Ann Pike, and six children in Houston, Texas. Their second home was a ranch in Halletsville, Texas named Tooth Acres.

John was a man of many interests and talents. He enjoyed scuba diving, archery, making jewelry, hunting, photography and was an amateur geologist and astronomer. He was President of the Sunset & Bellaire Optimist Club in the 1960’s and President of the Houston Gem & Mineral Society in the 1970’s. John loved nature and above all, his family.

He is preceded in death by Bernice and Virginia Pike (parents), Beuhring Pike (brother), Dorothy Pike Nash (sister) and Susan Sanford Pike (daughter).

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Pike; son, Herbert Pike of Cortez, Colorado; daughter, Theresa Jones (Dennis) of Cincinnati, Ohio; son, John Michael Pike of Houston, Texas; son John Patrick Pike of The Woodlands, Texas; daughter, Mary Pike of Houston, Texas; sister, Peggy Gordon of College Station, Texas; and many nieces, nephews and cousins; grandchildren, Sondra Langland, Julie Brackett, Nicole Pike; and great-grandchildren, Lauren and Sarah Langland, Natalie and Avery Brackett, and Jamison Pike Prochnow.

Many thanks to Dr. Yesid Alvarado and his team. Thanks to all the nurses, doctors and ancillary staff for their kindness and the exemplary care they gave our father.

The funeral will be held Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at Earthman’s Funeral Home Bellaire, 4525 Bissonnet Street, Bellaire, Texas 77401. Visitation will start at 10:00 am followed by a brief mass at 11:00 am. Graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm at Forest Park Lawndale, 6900 Lawndale Ave., Houston, Texas 77023. The service will also be live streamed at 11:00 am through Facebook on Earthman Bellaire Funeral Home's Facebook page.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to MD Anderson Cancer Center. Due to COVID-19, the service will observe social distancing and have masks and hand sanitizer available.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020


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Brent Holloway

May 26, 2020

Dr Pike was my dentist for 50 years. Always enjoyed our talks after the appointment. One of most interesting people and definitely one of the smartest I have ever known. He was genuine and also had a great sense of humor. His assistant had to always remind him he had patients waiting. He will be missed.

Ann Fournier

May 26, 2020

Cousin John will be missed so much. What a wonderful gentle man! Loved seeing the memory photos❤️ Bought back so many great memories growing up with the Pike’s and Aunt Ruby and Aunt Clara! Love you guys 💕


May 26, 2020

Dr. Pike: my favorite dentist for 15 years. I will treasure all the adventures you shared ....telescoping the moon and stars at Tooth Acres along with your space buds. Fantastic shots in your office of the moon eclipse. Story of your grand daughter knocking your telescope aimed at the moon and pointing to you that " there's the moon". You were a fine dentist that never stopped learning and giving...especially dental care for the needy young of Houston.

When I gaze at the moon, stars and heaven, I will picture you there with all the answers and beauty. Love, Nancy Sevier

Tom Robertson

May 26, 2020

John is my best friend for over 40 years. We have hunted, fished, camped, and worked together, and John and Patricia have treated me and my family as an extension of their own for which I am forever grateful. John will be imbedded in my good memories so long as I still have the ability to remember.

Sondra Langland

May 25, 2020

I have many memories of going to the country house with grandma and grandpa. It was a place to explore and learn new things. One of the many things grandpa taught me was how to fish. When I was younger, I would just swim in the pond. But as I got a little older, the fishing lessons began. I remember he loved to fly fish. I thought it was difficult and couldn't understand how he had the patience for it. But I can still see him, whipping that pole and string back and forth to the middle of the pond. We celebrated every fish we caught, knowing it would be part of a delicious dinner that night. As a teenager, he taught me how to clean the fish myself. Once I got passed the slimy feel of the fish, I got the hang of it and surprisingly found it satisfying. He also taught me to ride a horse, tend to the cows, drive the tractor, mend broken fences and to relax and enjoy the country life. There were also many nights we would spend at his homemade observatory and look at the stars and the moon through his homemade telescope. He knew so much about the makings of our mysterious outer space and never missed a chance to tell you all about it. The pictures he took of these amazing stars and planets were proudly hung in his home.
When I took a geology class in college, we had a new little hobby to share. There was never a dull moment with grandpa and I cherish all the memories I have of him.
You will be missed beyond words can say, I love you grandpa!
Oh and I'm sorry for throwing the dinner roll at you as a child. I wish I could remember the look on your face!

Alton Rogers

May 25, 2020

I first met Johnny Pike in early 1942 when we moved into the neighborhood. Johnny lived on Welch St. and I lived on West Drew. We were early teenagers and immediately became best of friends. I made trips with his family and Johnny with mine to Galveston on weekends. My daddy took us duck hunting. We were the retrievers for my daddy. We had the best time playing cowboys and Indians. Our bicycles were our horses. One time while playing at Cherryhurst Park Johnny shot me off my horse with and arrow. Luckily it hit a shoulder blade and did not penetrate. We made our own bow and arrows and rubber guns. I learned to use a whip which belonged to Johnny. Johnny’s brother made a telescope, Johnny and I saw things few kids had ever seen on the moon at that time. Johnny and I use to go to my Uncle John’s ranch to ride horses and work cattle. We did everthing together. Johnny, Pat and I continued to be friends all these years. As adults we visited each other’s home and I was waiting for this darned COVID-19 virus to get over to visit Johnny and Pat. I will never forget you Johnny

Diana Purcell

May 25, 2020

I have only been around Dr. Pike a handful of times over the years I’ve been friends with his daughter Mary but he was nice to have a conversation with and very knowledgeable about many subjects. And I do know that he was dedicated to his family. It was a pleasure to have known you.

Frans Pike

May 24, 2020

I have known Dr. Pike since 1977.
His son John Michael Pike has been my best friend. Dr. Pike taught me how to be a Texan. I spent many a times on the ranch in Lavaca County. He had horses, cattle and a beautiful telescope, with witch we looked at the heavens, he even had a gas well. We learned how to crack a whip, catch big bass out of the pond and shoot guns.
I have good memories of Dr. Pike . He had always something interesting to say. He will be sorely missed!

Mary Pike

May 23, 2020

I remember when I was little and dad came home from work smelling like cloves from the oil he used in his dentistry. That scent always reminds me of him.


Dad loved fishing.


50th Wedding Anniversary


The year I stole Mom and Dad for Christmas in Ohio.


Dad's beloved horse.


All the family get togethers at Ruby and Georges home.

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