Mr. Joseph R. "JR" Navarro

October 15, 1933May 16, 2014

Joseph Roxie Navarro, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away in Houston on the 16th of May 2014, in Houston. Joseph, also known as “JR,” was born in Houston on the 15th of October 1933, the oldest child of Roxie J. Navarro and Helen Carubbi Navarro. His father and grandfather owned Star Bottling Works at 1010 North San Jacinto. They bottled “Grapette,” Barq’s Root Beer and a wine cooler since the turn of the century. JR learned the “soda water bottling business” from his father and his Uncle “Toot.” They eventually owned and operated Pepsi-Cola of Houston until the 1960’s. After selling the Pepsi Cola Franchise, JR went on to work for Golden Age and other soft drink companies. He owned and operated Beverage CO2, a Coca Cola distributorship, for many years. JR was the eldest of the extended Texas - Italian Navarro family. He and his siblings, Charles Frank and Cynthia were raised by their mother and father in central Houston with their Aunt Josie Marie Navarro Campise and Uncle Anthony “Toot” Campise, co-owners in the family business which included various real estate properties in downtown Houston. JR graduated from St. Thomas High School in Houston and attended The University of Texas and The University of Houston. He was an active member of Sigma Chi fraternity. JR resided in Houston and Pearland most of his life and then retired to Wimberley, Texas in the hill country with his wife Donna. Joe spent the last years of his life near family in Friendswood. He was a member of St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Pearland, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wimberley where he was a member of the ACTS retreat and a Eucharistic minister, and finally Mary Queen Catholic Church of Friendswood, Texas JR was a proud member of Knights of Columbus Council #8494 and Fourth Degree Assembly #2084. He attended mass daily and was devout in prayer every morning. JR had a charismatic, effervescent personality, which drew people to him; he was often the life of the party. His favorite times were spent with family and friends, traveling to the Texas hill country, Las Vegas, New Orleans, San Diego, Europe and various other destinations. JR was an avid sports enthusiast, supporting The University of Houston, Rice University and Texas A&M University athletics. He enjoyed playing poker and Gin Rummy, handicapping college football, and Vegas craps. JR was an avid hunter. He spent much of his free time playing and watching golf as a member of Horseshoe Bay Country Club and Golfcrest Country Club. JR volunteered his time as his as a board member at Golfcrest Country Club and was president of his homeowners association in Green Tee, Pearland. During his tenure, the neighborhood began an organized effort to decorate with white lights at Christmas. Many people still enjoy viewing the lights today during the holidays. Through the Knights of Columbus, JR chaired fundraising activities and co-chaired the church bizarre and festivals. He chaired Father Everett’s 50th Jubilee celebration at St. Mary’s in Wimberley. JR was preceded in death by his father, Roxie J. Navarro; and mother, Helen Carubbi Navarro of Houston; sister, Cynthia Navarro Caliva; aunt, Josie Marie Campise; uncle, Anthony “Toot” Campise; and wife, Donna Dow Navarro. JR is survived by Judy Navarro; sons, Rocky J. Navarro, Joe A. Navarro and his wife, Stacia; daughters, Suzanne R. Navarro and her fiancé Clayton Hardman, and Alyssa Navarro Toomes and her husband, Chris. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren, Tiffany and Antonia “Toni” Navarro of Austin, Summer and Max Pousman of Houston, and Walker and Avery Toomes of Friendswood. Lastly, he is survived by his brother Charles Frank Navarro and his wife Camila. JR’s extended family includes nephews, Craig Navarro and Todd Caliva; nieces Kim Navarro Montalbano and her husband Joe, Heather Navarro White and her husband Don, Courtney Caliva Teague and her husband Ray, Tracie Caliva Durrett and husband, Brad, and Nicole Navarro; and brother-in-law, Anthony Caliva and his wife Barbara. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o'clock in the afternoon until eight o'clock in the evening on Monday, the 19th of May, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive, in Houston, where the recitation of the holy rosary is to commence at half-past seven. A Mass of Christian Burial is to be offered at eleven o'clock in the morning on Tuesday, the 20th of May, at Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood Drive in Friendswood. Honored to serve as casket bearers during the services are Craig Navarro, Todd Caliva, Walker Toomes, Max Pousman, Charles F. Navarro, John “Bat” Oggero, and Don Matheny. Honorary pallbearers are Charles Reginin and Mike Baker. The Rite of Committal is to follow, via an escorted cortège, at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception to be held at a venue to be announced during the services. In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in JR’s name be directed to Vantage Hospice, 21720 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, TX, 77450; or to MD Anderson Cancer Center. P.O. Box 297153, Houston, TX, 77297.


  • Visitation Monday, May 19, 2014
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, May 20, 2014
  • Rite of Committal Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Mr. Joseph R. "JR" Navarro

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Paul Lay

May 21, 2014

Always sad to lose a classmate. My thoughts are of J.R., my prayers are for his family.

Frannnnncine Byrd

May 20, 2014

Alyssa, Suzanne, Rocky and Joey,
I know we were not a close family after Aunt Helen Passed. I loved her dearly. Your Dad was so much older than I, but we did see each other at funerals. I am so sorry I am sick. I really wanted to bed there. I loved your Dad's humor and how much fun he was. I saw him more when he worked in Texas City. Just know I am praying for all of you so you may get through the next few months. Please know that you are always welcome to come to Galveston. My prayers and love are always with you.
Love always, Francine Carubbi Byrd

Julie Henley

May 20, 2014

May The Lord surround you with His comfort & peace during this difficult time. May you be comforted by the promise & hope of eternal life in Jesus. I am praying that The Lord will fill your heart with beautiful memories of you dad and remind you that this is just an earthly separation until you see your dad again! Much love & heartfelt prayers to you all, Julie

Richard Burns

May 19, 2014

Know all by these presents that the White Cross of Sigma Chi has gained new luster by his life. In Hoc Signo Vinces.

Brent Williamson

May 19, 2014

Rocky, Joey and Suzanne and family...I am praying for JR and ALL of his family and friends.... God Bless you JR....... We all had a lot of good times and laughs sometimes at JR's expense because he was such a great foil .... Great memories of playing golf and rolling the dice in Vegas. All things will be revealed to him now ......Love you Jar........

May 19, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry to hear about your dad!

Penny and the Okonite gang!

Wendy Slaton

May 19, 2014

Alyssa and family...we continue to pray for your family as you honor your Dad. With love and prayer, Wendy, Keith, Sarah & Caroline Slaton

May 18, 2014

Many fun memories. Our love and condolences to you all.

Linda & Sam Dishman (Ninna & Sampa)

May 18, 2014

Rocky, Joey,Suzanne and Family - My deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your father. I'm so sorry. Love and hugs. Joy Bonano McBride

Gerry Hoerster

May 18, 2014

He sounds like an awesome man, a great father, I wish I had the opportunity to meet him. Kim's parents lived on Green tee and long time members of Golfcrest country club. Members before the Pearland country club land was even purchased. I had an opportunity to see the Christmas lights myself.
Our sympathy to you Rocky,