Letty Lee Hickman Surman


Letty Lee Hickman Surman, passed away at the age of 50 on the morning of October 19, 2014 at her home in The Heights in Houston, Texas.
The visitation will be held from 6 to 8 P.M. on Friday, October 24, 2014 at Crowder Funeral Home located at 1645 East Main Street in League City, Texas. The funeral service will be held Saturday, October 25, at 12 P.M. at Crowder Funeral Home, led by Deacon David Bowman.
The burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 7801 Gulf Freeway, Dickinson, Texas under the direction of Crowder Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are her beloved nephews James Rex Hickman II, Herschel M. Hickman, Jr., Stuart Niemeyer, Antonio Brinkerhoff, as well as her cousins Bennett Cook and George Harvey.
Letty was born on April 25, 1964 in Houston, Texas. Born to James and Mary ‘Helen’ Hickman I, Letty was the second of three children. Her father, James (Jimmy), accepted a position as an Assistant Agricultural Attaché for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which brought their family to various places around the world. At four years old she traveled with her family as they relocated to Turkey, Liberia, Yugoslavia, and Virginia before settling in Seabrook, Texas.
Letty attended school in Seabrook, Texas and graduated in 1982 from Clear Lake High School. Shortly thereafter, she met Robert (Robby) Surman. They then married in 1984 in League City, Texas. During their time together, they had their most precious gift, their daughter, Jennifer Nicole Surman.
In the late 1990’s, Letty knew her calling was in the Human Resources field. At that time she pursued her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Southwest Texas State University and graduated in 1999. In 2004, she accepted a position with KBR/Halliburton and relocated to Kuwait, and later to Iraq. In 2007, she returned to the States and made her home in The Heights in Houston, Texas.
Letty loved her family and friends tremendously, especially her daughter and granddaughters. Being adventurous, she enjoyed trying new things by challenging her creative intellectual capabilities by returning to school for her Master’s Degree. She was quite the jet setter and delighted in traveling the globe as well as savoring eclectic cultures.
Letty is preceded in death by her father, James Rex Hickman I; and her mother, Mary ‘Helen’ Cooper Hickman of Seabrook, Texas.
Letty will be greatly missed by all those who loved her, especially her daughter, Jennifer Nicole Crum and husband Michael; her granddaughters, Jillian Turner and Audrey Crum, of League City, Texas; her sister, Lorre Moore and husband Donald of Baytown, Texas; her brother Herschel M. Hickman, Sr. and wife Rebecca of Caldwell, Texas; her nieces Sandra Brinkerhoff and husband Antonio of Alvin, Texas; Alexandra Niemeyer and husband Stuart of Shenandoah, Texas; Makayla Hickman and Halie Hickman of Caldwell, Texas; her nephews James Rex Hickman II and Herschel M. Hickman, Jr., of Caldwell, Texas; along with three great-nieces and one great-nephew. Letty will always be remembered in the hearts of all those she touched as a great mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.


  1. Dearest Letty,
    You were named for my mother, Letty Verlene Cooper Harvey (as she was named for Lettie Lou Ann Crockett Clark, her grandmother), you were always a beautiful child with deep affection for all. God will enfold you in his arms and you will be with your mother and father, my mother and father, once again in Heaven. May it be so. Amen.

    Chuck Harvey
  2. Rest in peace 🙁

  3. Letty,
    We all will miss you very much, you might be gone from this earth but never from my heart and mind there you will always stay, if you think by going to heaven you will break our friendship well that will never happen. Our prayers are with the family and love.
    Love you Letty

    John Cosentino
  4. Letty will be missed by the entire Woodson family. Letty’s paternal grandmother Norma Woodson Hickman help initiate a Woodson family reunion. That reunion has continued annually for over 60 years. Letty’s grandparents, parents, Letty and her siblings, her children and grand children have attended that family gathering. As a result 5 generations of Woodson descendants have been privileged to both know and love Letty and her descendants and to be known and loved in return. Knowing Letty, as the kind caring lady that she was, blessed my life. Hers was a life to short for those who loved her. I hope her eternity with Jesus is filled with joy and peace.

    Philip Kimmel
  5. Love and miss you Ms.Letty.


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