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Celebrating the life of
Peter Layne
March 17, 1948 - April 22, 2015
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
No services are scheduled at this time.

I very much regret this huge loss and feeling the pain his family are going through, I want to share the hope that very soon "will be a resurrection from God", as the Bible tells us in Acts 24:15. Courage and strength to all your family at this painful time.

Gerardo, Kissimmee, FL

LuAnn and Joe, We are so sorry for your loss of your remarkable brother. Love, Whitney & Richard

Whitney Wolf & Richard Kottle, Dallas, TX

Peter Woodfin Layne was born in Dallas on March 17, 1948, to Wayland and Dorotha Darling Layne. Known as “Woody” to his loving family and vast circle of friends, he passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from brain cancer at Houston Hospice.

He was preceded in death by both parents and his older brother, Wayland Layne. He is survived by his beloved sister, LuAnn Eakin and her husband, Joe, of Garland; nephew, Scott Layne and his wife, Vicki, of Midlothian; great-niece, Brittany Layne, of Fate; great-nephew, Scotty Layne, of Midlothian; sister-in-law, Arleen Layne of Glenn Heights; niece, Terri Miller and husband, Jim, of Arlington; great-niece, Shannon Miller; and great-nephew, Matthew Parlngton. Also surviving are cousins, Amy Mosher MD, Melinda Goodwin, and Mary Lee Stuck.

Woody graduated from Sunset HS in 1966 where he was a National Merit Semi-Finalist, voted “Senior Boy Most Likely to Succeed”, and participated in many extra-curricular activities. He excelled in piano from an early age, receiving numerous awards and accolades. He received a four-year William Marsh Rice scholarship to Rice University. He graduated with a degree in architecture in 1970.

Woody loved good music, food, wine, and scintillating conversation with his many friends. He loved his sister’s baked beans, cherry and mince meat pies, and homemade brown sugar fudge candy. All of these recipes were passed down from his mother, another wonderful cook. Add into the menu good ham, bacon, BBQ, patty melts and onion rings and he was in heaven!

Woody’s career transitioned from architecture to graphic design. One longtime, professional associate stated at his hospital bedside that he was THE premier graphic designer in all of Houston. She stated no one else had his design skills, vision, or creativity.

The things most people have commented on was his kindness, wit and charm. The first thing you saw was the twinkle in his eyes and his half-smile. One friend said he was one of those rare grown men not afraid to giggle. In that way, he made you feel like you were witty and charming, too. His arsenal of bon mots, especially those triggered in the most unexpected places and by unusual circumstances, will be sorely missed by all.

Words cannot express the gratitude from his family for the loving, attentive friends that provided so much support during his initial 2014 cancer treatments. Bill McDugald took him to M. D. Anderson for all of his visits when he was so weak. He sat in on all visits to ensure all information was remembered and adhered to. As Woody got better, everyone brought him food and helped Woody in so many ways.

During his 2015 hospitalization, Bill was again there for everything Woody needed. Also, his former Rice University roommate, George Edwards was with him at his bedside during the last three weeks of his life, ensuring Woody’s needs were met. Stephanie Shapiro also sat with him many times late into the night.

Others, who have been with him for so long, include Deborah Wright, another dear friend from Sunset HS days. Also many thanks for the loving friendship of Gudrun and Karlheinz Becker, Jackson Hicks, Paul Hester, Ann Stautberg and Frank X. Tolbert 2, Linda Broocks and Jim Hall, Sara McDaniel, MariAlice Grimes, Margaret Babcock, Jeffrey Anderson, Randy Hirzel, Robert Rosenberg, Michelle O’Dwyer, Liz Dittmer, and Lynda Jones. Also, the family thanks the doctors and staff at M. D. Anderson hospital for giving him one more year of a remarkable life.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Houston.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite animal shelter, no-kill shelter, or any other animal rights group.

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I very much regret this huge loss and feeling the pain his family are going through, I want to share the hope that very soon "will be a resurrection from God", as the Bible tells us in Acts 24:15. Courage and strength to all your family at this painful time.

Gerardo, Kissimmee, FL

Candle tribute lit by John Latson — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Alisa Bales Baur — California

Candle tribute lit by Eileen Fitzpatrick DeSalme — Pennsylvania

LuAnn and Joe, We are so sorry for your loss of your remarkable brother. Love, Whitney & Richard

Whitney Wolf & Richard Kottle, Dallas, TX


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