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Jayroe began his career in law enforcement with the Tyler
Police Department where he served for 18 years. While there Jayroe
worked in the patrol, criminal investigations and narcotic
divisions. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant with the Tyler Police
Department. Chief Jayroe came to the Rockport Police Department in
July of 1989. He is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy and
holds a Masters Degree from the University of Texas at Tyler. Chief
Jayroe is married to Nita Jayroe and they have three sons and two
Howard began his career in law enforcement with the Aransas
County Sheriff’s Department where he worked for 5 years and then
worked for the Rockport Police Department from May of 1983 until his
retirement in December of 2008 totaling 30 years of service in law
enforcement. Gary at the time of his retirement was the Commander of
the Criminal Investigations Division. He is a 1992 graduate of the
Texas Law Enforcement Management Institute. Gary graduated from
Texas A & M University (Corpus Christi) with a Bachelor’s Degree in
Criminal Justice and also holds a Master’s Degree in Public
Administration. Gary is currently on the faculty of the University
of Phoenix where he teaches college undergraduate courses in
Criminal Justice and Management.
Since his retirement Gary is on staff at First Baptist Church in
Rockport where he serves as the Technical Media Director (audio and
video ministries) while also serving as the soundman for The John
Springer Family and the Singing Men of South Texas. Howard is
married to Patty Howard and they have two sons and one grandchild.
Livingston is the pianist for the Gospel Force quartet.
Becky has been with the quartet since it’s beginning in 1994. Becky
was born and raised in Rockport and she is the pianist for the First
Baptist Church of Rockport. She is married to Joe Howard Livingston,
and they have two daughters and eight grandchildren. Becky loves
playing for God's glory!
Almendarez is a Chaplain for Vista Care Hospice of Corpus
Christi. He is also a Part-time Pastor for Senior Adults at First
Abel was born and raised in Harlingen, Texas, and received a
teaching degree from Texas A & M University-Kingsville. He taught
Special Ed both at Harlingen and Gregory-Portland schools. Abel has
also earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in Theology.
Abel and his wife, Melinda, have been happily married for 19 years
and are the parents of two sons, Drew and Adrian.
is a member of the First Baptist Church of Portland, Texas. He grew
up in Edna, Texas and a graduate of Texas A & I College in
Kingsville, Texas. Tom is retired from CPL but continues to do
consulting work for Port Industries of Corpus Christi. He is married
to Nancy (Bass) Curlee. They have one daughter and are proud
grandparents to four
grandkids. In addition to singing Tom enjoys golfing, hunting,
fishing and snow skiing.
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& Present Members of the Gospel Force
information on this gospel quartet or for booking information please
contact Cmdr. Gary Howard at
361-205-2789, or write “Rockport’s Gospel
Force” c/o First Baptist Church, 1515 N. Live Oak St. Rockport, Texas
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