OBITUARY

Joe Russell Calvert

September 11, 1943September 10, 2018
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Joe Russell Calvert (74) husband, father, mentor, friend and follower of Jesus, was called home by the Lord on Monday, September 10, 2018.

Joe was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He was a First Lieutenant in the United States Army, graduate of the University of Houston, successful business man, President of Rabon-Calvert Interests, a member of many philanthropic and corporate boards, and a Deacon at Houston’s First Baptist Church. Joe was a member of The Salt Grass Trail, and The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Quarter horse Committee. Throughout his life he received many awards and honors, but his favorite was his “Top Trail Rider of the Salt Grass Ride Association 2015”.

Our “Dad”,“Daddy”, “Grandaddy” and “Darling”, was extremely loved, is terribly missed and will always be cherished. Joe loved Jesus, his family, serving others and being outdoors. You could find him on his motorcycle enjoying God’s creation regularly or on the back of a horse. Joe was a man of strong character, integrity and irresistible charm. Joe reached out to everyone, no one was a stranger to him. He loved his children and grandchildren without reserve and showed them by example what it means to lead a family.

His most treasured role was as husband to Lisa. They were married for 35 years. Joe loved Lisa so well. His face lit up with pride every time he saw her. They were partners in every way and their marriage has been an example to so many. The joy they found in each other was a testament to God’s faithfulness and goodness.

He is proceeded in death by his parents James Franklin and Susie Reba Calvert; the mother of Stefanie and Russell, Patricia Ann Cain Calvert, and 7 brothers and sisters. Loved ones that will miss him until they meet again are his beloved wife Lisa, his daughter Stefanie, her husband Jay and their children Noah and Grace. His son Russell, his wife Elaine and their daughter Ryann. His mother and father-in-law Marinell and Jack Grimes. His brother-in-law Glenn Grimes and his wife Lennie and their children Lauren and John, as well as a host of nieces and nephews and other family members.

Serving as pallbearers are Russell Calvert, Jay Candelari, Noah Candelari, Glenn Grimes, John Grimes and Austin Taylor.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memorialoaksfunerals.com for the Calvert family.

  • FAMILY

  • Loved ones that will miss him until they meet again are his beloved wife Lisa, his
    daughter Stefanie, her husband Jay and their children Noah and Grace. His son
    Russell, his wife Elaine and their daughter Ryann. His mother and father-in-law Marinell and Jack Grimes. His brother-in-law Glenn Grimes and his wife Lennie and their children Lauren and John, as well as a host of nieces and nephews and other family members.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Russell Calvert
  • Jay Candelari
  • Noah Candelari
  • Glenn Grimes
  • John Grimes
  • Austin Taylor

Services

  • Visitation Friday, September 14, 2018
  • Committal Service Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, September 15, 2018
REMEMBERING

Joe Russell Calvert

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Sherri Martin

September 16, 2018

Kindness is a rare thing these days. But, Joe Calvert always had a ready smile and kind word for all he encountered, including me. He loved his God, his wife and family, and his country. CNP will not be the same.

All pain was quickly forgotten, all cares of this world gone, when the Lord opened the gates of Heaven for Joe.....he will surely be missed. We are all praying for sweet Lisa.

Sherri Martin

Steven Wales

September 16, 2018

Joe was always such a joy and delight. He always had a warm smile and a kind word. He was such a pleasure to be around. He will be missed. We will be praying for y'all!

Lester Green

September 14, 2018

I was first introduced to Joe in late 2011 by Rob Jensen who invited me to Joe's Bible study on Thursday mornings. I had returned tp HFBC in January 0f 2011. At the time I was a widower and got encouragement from Joe and the other men in the group. Joe made all newcomers welcome as did the others. I felt like I had known Joe forever, that's how he made me feel. We were close in age too and his first wife and I went to the same high school. Hearing about that part of his life really spoke to me since I had gone through a similar situation with my first wife. Joe was a great encourager and never meet a stranger. My life is richer now having been a friend of Joe's. Seeing Joe at church and other occasions was always a joy. I could tell when seeing Joe and Lisa that it was a true love, and of course Joe always talked about how much he loved his sweetheart. I will miss my friend and brother in Christ. Thank you Joe for being the real deal. Many blessings to Lisa and family.

Marla Bundick

September 13, 2018

As I scroll the many pictures posted by the family, tears stream down my face. My tears are for the family and for myself. I don't cry for Joe because I know he is at home in Heaven and I believe in the same promises that Joe did while he was here serving on earth. Joe was a special man, steadfast and solid as a rock. You never had to wonder where Joe was, Joe was doing his job. He was doing what he signed up for or what someone had asked of him. He did it without complaint. I was looking through my pictures and I realized that my pictures of Joe were mostly from the back and that was because Joe was always doing his job. He was watching out for others, standing guard, standing in the gap. If there was a need, Joe and Lisa were there to lend a hand. So many great memories include a "Denali Cram" early in the morning or after a well spent day in a wagon or on horseback. Lisa darlin' my heart just bleeds for you!! I know you must feel like a boat out in a storm without your anchor. I know this because I saw with my own eyes the level of commitment and unison of spirit between you and Joe. I also know that in time you and your family will rise. You will rise because of your faith in Christ and the knowledge of His promises. You will rise because you know it is what Joe would lead you to do. In the mean time, may God's love, peace and grace hold you and keep you. Joe is a special part of so many memories for so many people, lean on us, as we have leaned on you and Joe before. You have my utmost respect and love!!

Marla Bundick

September 13, 2018

As I scroll the many pictures posted by the family, tears stream down my face. My tears are for the family and for myself. I don't cry for Joe because I know he is at home in Heaven and I believe in the same promises that Joe did while he was here serving on earth. Joe was a special man, steadfast and solid as a rock. You never had to wonder where Joe was, Joe was doing his job. He was doing what he signed up for or what someone had asked of him. He did it without complaint. I was looking through my pictures and I realized that my pictures of Joe were mostly from the back and that was because Joe was always doing his job. He was watching out for others, standing guard, standing in the gap. If there was a need, Joe and Lisa were there to lend a hand. So many great memories include a "Denali Cram" early in the morning or after a well spent day in a wagon or on horseback. Lisa darlin' my heart just bleeds for you!! I know you must feel like a boat out in a storm without your anchor. I know this because I saw with my own eyes the level of commitment and unison of spirit between you and Joe. I also know that in time you and your family will rise. You will rise because of your faith in Christ and the knowledge of His promises. You will rise because you know it is what Joe would lead you to do. In the mean time, may God's love, peace and grace hold you and keep you. Joe is a special part of so many memories for so many people, lean on us, as we have leaned on you and Joe before. You have my utmost respect and love!!

Charles Poor

September 13, 2018

I had the privilege of knowing and working with Joe, principally related to Houston's First Baptist Church, for many years. Further, my wife Joanna and I have benefited from observing the extraordinary couple relationship that shined between Joe and his wife Lisa. I found Joe to constantly be fair, level headed and open minded to all parties who called upon his wisdom and experience to assist in reducing conflict and bringing peace to those at loggerheads with differing views. Joe was a perfect example of how a layman was comparable with full time ministers in presenting the good news of Jesus Christ throughout his community. He not only "talked the talk" but also "walked the walk." As a long time deacon (including being Chairman of Deacons) at Houston's First Baptist, Joe was a mentor to younger deacons, while simultaneously supporting the Pastor and attending to the needs of members of the congregation. To say that Joe's personal caring and leadership qualities will be missed is an understatement. Houston's loss is Heaven's gain. The only thing soothing the sting of Joe's departure is our confidence that a "glad reunion" awaits those of us wishing to see Joe again - providing that we, like Joe, proclaim that Jesus is Lord!

Charles Poor

Kelly Bourgeois

September 13, 2018

There are no words to express just how sorry I am to hear about your loss. I will always remember Joe having a witty sense of humor and I never saw him without a smile on his face. He had such a strong presence about him and was a good man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May God keep and bless you!!!

Love,
Kelly Bourgeois

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Biography

Joe Russell Calvert (74) husband, father, mentor, friend and follower of Jesus, was called home by the Lord on Monday, September 10, 2018.
Joe was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He was a First Lieutenant in the United States Army, graduate of the University of Houston, successful business man, President of Rabon-Calvert Interests, a member of many philanthropic and corporate boards, and a Deacon at Houston’s First Baptist Church. Joe was a member of The Salt Grass Trail, and The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Quarter horse Committee. Throughout his life he received many awards and honors, but his favorite was his “Top Trail Rider of the Salt Grass Ride Association 2015”.
Our “Dad”,“Daddy”, “Grandaddy” and “Darling”, was extremely loved, is terribly missed and will always be cherished. Joe loved Jesus, his family, serving others and being outdoors. You could find him on his motorcycle enjoying God’s creation regularly or on the back of a horse. Joe was a man of strong character, integrity and irresistible charm. Joe reached out to everyone, no one was a stranger to him. He loved his children and grandchildren without reserve and showed them by example what it means to lead a family.
His most treasured role was as husband to Lisa. They were married for 35 years. Joe loved Lisa so well. His face lit up with pride every time he saw her. They were partners in every way and their marriage has been an example to so many. The joy they found in each other was a testament to God’s faithfulness and goodness.
He is proceeded in death by his parents James Franklin and Susie Reba Calvert; the mother of Stefanie and Russell, Patricia Ann Cain Calvert, and 7 brothers and sisters. Loved ones that will miss him until they meet again are his beloved wife Lisa, his daughter Stefanie, her husband Jay and their children Noah and Grace. His son Russell, his wife Elaine and their daughter Ryann. His mother and father-in-law Marinell and Jack Grimes. His brother-in-law Glenn Grimes and his wife Lennie and their children Lauren and John, as well as a host of nieces and nephews and other family members.