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Celebrating the life of
Darby Sere
October 18, 2015 - September 18, 1947
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Burial
  • 12:00pm - Thursday, October 22, 2015
  • Forest Park Lawndale
  • 6900 Lawndale Street (Map)
    Houston, Texas 77023

  • Visitation
  • 6:00pm - Wednesday, October 21, 2015
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066
  • Rite of Christian Burial
  • 10:00am - Thursday, October 22, 2015
  • St. Anne Catholic Church
  • 2140 Westheimer Road (Map)
    Houston, Texas 77098

  • (713) 526-3276

Condolences to the family, I am very sorry for your loss. The scriptures encourage us to call upon the name of God (Psalms 83:18) for the comfort we need in times like these.

Abigail Cowell, Houston, TX

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. So sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of growing up next door to the Sere family on Montrose and so Darby will be dearly missed by all of us.

Gina Stonecipher Holloway, Lafayette, La

So sorry to hear of your loss. I know that Darby is present with the Lord and finally HOME. Praying for you and yours that God will flood you with His perfect peace and give you strength through this. You all are in my prayers.

Barbara Campeaux Fain, Lafayette,, LA

We are so sad to hear about Darby.. We have such good memories of Darby throughout our Fatima school years he was truly a special person. Our sincere condolence to his family Steve & Sandra Champion

Sandra champion, Lafayette, La

We are so sad to hear about Darby.. We have such good memories of Darby throughout our Fatima school years he was truly a special person. Our sincere condolence to his family Steve & Sandra Champion

Sandra champion, Lafayette, La

I remember when I was about 6 years old I was looking at Darby's baseball cards. He had a great collection. He walked into his room and saw what I was doing. He got somewhat "stressed"that his younger cousin was handling his prized collection. His mother came to my rescue, and assured him that I wasn't hurting anything. I will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

Tom Witsell, Dallas, GA

So sorry to hear about Darby! Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this tough time. May you find moments of peace as you remember your shared lives... Cathy, Gonzalo and kids

Villalobos (Fred and Lou's daughter), Gainesville, GA

I am so sorry for your loss. Darby and my brother Ray were life long friends and I well remember Darby Holding the Football when Ray Kicked Extra Points and Field Goals. Darby was a not to tall man but a GREAT MAN that always had a smile on his face. He will be missed but never forgotten.

Henry Mouton, Lafayette, LA

Jared Darby Seré, age 68, known as “Darby,” passed away peacefully on Sunday, the 18th of October 2015, surrounded by those who loved him most: his wife and partner of thirty-three years, Judith Arnold Seré; and their three children who will miss him deeply, Hunter, Andy and Connie.
Darby derived genuine joy through his role as husband, father, and grandfather. He worked tirelessly to provide for his family’s security and comfort until his final day. Darby fought a determined, characteristically optimistic fight against lung cancer. Darby was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on the 18th of September 1947, to Margaret Witsell and Jared Young Seré. Raised in Lafayette, Louisiana along with his beloved younger brother, Stephen, Darby attended Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School and excelled in baseball, basketball and football.
Darby graduated from Louisiana State University, with a degree in Petroleum Engineering and made many life-long friends there, several of whom traveled to visit with him during his last week. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University, and subsequently moved to Houston to work in the oil and gas industry, later serving ably as chief executive for two companies.
He was a longtime member of The Petroleum Club of Houston. Darby is survived by his loving wife, Judy; his eldest son, Hunter Shively and his wife, Jessica, and their children Robert and Charlotte; son Andy Seré and his wife Ashley, and their daughter, Carter; and daughter Connie Seré Ittner and her husband, Braxton.
Though Connie and Andy both have weddings planned for January and February, respectively, they chose to marry their fiancés in the last week of Darby’s life, surrounded by friends and family in his hospital room. Darby proudly walked Connie down an aisle formed by loved ones in his hospital room just three days before he died. He was an avid fan of LSU Tiger Athletics, especially football, and was able to enjoy the Tiger’s victory over a major SEC rival the night before he passed.
He was a man of great Catholic faith who was quiet and subtle in his devotion, but especially in his last months, no one could miss that he received enormous comfort from the Eucharist and prayer. He was a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Darby was also a disciplined runner until a neurologic condition damaged his ability to do so as he wished. As with most things in life, Darby pushed through the pain and discomfort for a long while before finally accepting the loss with grace. All who knew Darby couldn’t help but love him. He had an innate, straightforward goodness that manifested itself in his warm smile and easy laugh.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six o’clock until eight o’clock in the evening on Wednesday, the 21st of October, at the Bradshaw-Carter Home, 1734 W. Alabama Street in Houston. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will commence at half-past seven o’clock in the evening.
The Funeral Mass will be held at ten o’clock in the morning on Thursday, the 22nd of October at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer Road in Houston.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Darby’s memory to MD Anderson Cancer Center, St. Agnes Academy, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory or the University of St. Thomas.

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Condolences to the family, I am very sorry for your loss. The scriptures encourage us to call upon the name of God (Psalms 83:18) for the comfort we need in times like these.

Abigail Cowell, Houston, TX

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. So sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of growing up next door to the Sere family on Montrose and so Darby will be dearly missed by all of us.

Gina Stonecipher Holloway, Lafayette, La

So sorry to hear of your loss. I know that Darby is present with the Lord and finally HOME. Praying for you and yours that God will flood you with His perfect peace and give you strength through this. You all are in my prayers.

Barbara Campeaux Fain, Lafayette,, LA

We are so sad to hear about Darby.. We have such good memories of Darby throughout our Fatima school years he was truly a special person. Our sincere condolence to his family Steve & Sandra Champion

Sandra champion, Lafayette, La

We are so sad to hear about Darby.. We have such good memories of Darby throughout our Fatima school years he was truly a special person. Our sincere condolence to his family Steve & Sandra Champion

Sandra champion, Lafayette, La

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I remember when I was about 6 years old I was looking at Darby's baseball cards. He had a great collection. He walked into his room and saw what I was doing. He got somewhat "stressed"that his younger cousin was handling his prized collection. His mother came to my rescue, and assured him that I wasn't hurting anything. I will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

Tom Witsell, Dallas, GA

So sorry to hear about Darby! Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this tough time. May you find moments of peace as you remember your shared lives... Cathy, Gonzalo and kids

Villalobos (Fred and Lou's daughter), Gainesville, GA

I am so sorry for your loss. Darby and my brother Ray were life long friends and I well remember Darby Holding the Football when Ray Kicked Extra Points and Field Goals. Darby was a not to tall man but a GREAT MAN that always had a smile on his face. He will be missed but never forgotten.

Henry Mouton, Lafayette, LA


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