In memory of classmates who have gone before us!
This page list the most resent Obituaries I've received or found online;


My deepest sympathy to the families of the of lost alumni.
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers!

Larry Porter class unknown
Larry Porter was, 84, died unexpectedly on May 14, 2021, at Hermann Memorial Hospital. He was born in Jean, Texas, to Jeff and Mattie Porter. They moved to Beaumont in 1942. Larry was a French High graduate and took classes at Lamar Tech. He enjoyed his French High School friends at the monthly luncheons. Larry married his high school sweetheart, Jalle Stockholm Porter and celebrated sixty-seven years of marriage. He went to work at Beaumont Machine Shop. Larry left there and went into business with his father at Porter's Carpet and became owner after his parents retired. He retired in 2020 and turned the business over to his daughter and grandson. Larry led a very Christian life and was a member of the United Methodist Church most of his life. He was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church for seventy-six years. He enjoyed his Wednesday night Bible classes and reading the Bible. Larry was a veteran of the National Guard and an Eagle Scout. He served as Port Commissioner and was also a member of the Lion's Club, Rotary Club, YMBL, YMBL Fair Chairman, Masonic Lodge, and Shriners. Larry loved serving his community. Survivors include his loving wife of sixty-seven years, Jalle Stockholm Porter. He was an excellent role model for their three children, Larry Porter III, Catherine Edwards and her husband, Quentin, and Pam Hargrove and her husband, Steve. He was the best PePaw to his ten grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren, Brandon Giacomo, Cody Giacomo, Taylor Giacomo and his wife, Laura, Tiffany Jack, Blake Edwards, Jefferson Porter IV, Justin Porter, Sarah Porter, Michael Porter, Isabella Porter, Riley Giacomo, Porter Giacomo, Everette Giacomo, Braxton Giacomo, Dominic Giacomo, Kobi Williams, Jude Edwards, Brayden Jack, Brynlee Jack, Cael Parks, Connor Parks, Logan Porter, Levi Porter, and Lauren Porter. He was PePaw to many others that knew him. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his two sisters, Patsy Porter and Barbara Porter Scott. A gathering of Mr. Porter's family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 20, 2021, at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 21, 2021, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3810 North Major Drive, Beaumont, with his interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, P.O. Box 863765, Tampa, Florida 32886. Please observe social distancing guidelines. By attending any public event you are acknowledging the risk of exposure to the Coronavirus. Please follow the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com. To plant trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store. Published by Beaumont Enterprise from May 19 to May 20, 2021.

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Veta Stark
Veta Stark, 74, of Lumberton, went home to be with the Lord on June 1, 2021. She was born on December 1, 1946 in Beaumont to Thelma Scott Jones and John William (JW) Jones Jr. Veta attended French High School. Survivors include daughters Lisa Morrell and her husband, Phillip and Lorie Campbell and her husband Mike; son Keith Stark Sr. and his wife Melanie; grandchildren Brittney Morrell and her wife Magen Weinheimer, Zachary Morrell, Abigail Morrell, Brennan Berryhill, Keaton Berryhill, Kelsie Campbell, Ty Campbell, Keith Stark Jr., Kody Stark, Sr. and his wife Heaven, and Kameron Stark; great-grandson Kody Stark, Jr.: sister, Janelle Rice; brother David Gallier and his wife, Linda; Numerous nieces and nephews; and father of her girls, Bradley McKinley, Jr. She is preceded in death by her husband, Gaylon Stark and siblings, Lexie Tarkington, Doris Harrod, Gerald Jones, and Darlene Jones. A gathering of Mrs. Stark's family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday June 4, 2021, at Broussard's 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Her funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2021, at Broussard's, with interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont. Please observe social distancing guidelines. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com. To plant trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store. Published by Beaumont Enterprise from Jun. 4 to Jun. 5, 2021.

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Jo K. Irvine posted on a FHS page. .
It is with a heavy heart that I just learned, that one of the most beloved ladies in our Class of 1964 has gained her Angel Wings. Bonnie Lois Etie, age 75, went in last night for emergency bypass surgery, but the damage to her heart must have been too great. I’m still in total shock!! She will be sorely missed, but Heaven has a lot more laughter in it now. Please keep the Etie friends and family in your prayers.

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W. L. Pate, Jr.
Wilbur Lee (W.L.) Pate, Jr., entered the world on July 20, 1948, in Beaumont, Texas as the second child and first-born son of Connie Marie and W.L. Pate, Sr. It was in a small, modest duplex on the corner of Magnolia and Live Oak where a 72-year fervent allegiance to the city, state, and country of his birth began. On Sunday, June 20, 2021, he completed his service to his community and nation and began anew in his heavenly home. W.L. was a patriot who loved his country and believed that the United States, Texas, and Beaumont were worth fighting for through defending one’s country, serving in the halls of government, and supporting your community. His patriotism and love for this country was nurtured by his father and grew with the years. He considered himself blessed to be an American, a Texan, and a citizen of Beaumont. A U.S. Army Reserve veteran who served his nation for 27 years, he was inducted in 1967 as a private, and retired in 1994 as a Lieutenant Colonel. In 1969 he was commissioned as an infantry officer at Fort Benning, GA. In the years that followed, he served as an Artillery Battery Commander, a Headquarters Commandant for 75th Maneuver Area Command (the largest Army Reserve unit in the US), graduated from Command and General Staff College as a 30-year-old Captain in 1978, and became an Instructor for Command and General Staff College before retiring. Following his honorable discharge, he served his nation again on the Congressional Military Academy Selection Board for 3 Congressman, serving several years as Chairman. The enduring values of the United States Army – Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage were the hallmarks of his public and private life. As a son of Beaumont, one of W.L.’s greatest joys was contributing to the welfare and needs of his neighbors and friends in his lifelong hometown. A 14-year city councilman and two-time mayor pro tem, his colleagues and fellow citizens considered him as one of Beaumont’s biggest cheerleaders and ambassadors. As a successful businessman and entrepreneur, he was a tireless advocate for economic development within the community. He was a champion for Lamar University and the Cardinal Club, the Babe Didrikson Zaharias Foundation and Museum, and for downtown Beaumont. These are only a handful of organizations and businesses that W. L. promoted, supported, and served. In January of this year, W. L. represented Beaumont and the Babe Zaharias Foundation in Washington, DC and accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded posthumously to ‘the Babe’ by President Donald Trump. His service to God, Country and Community will be his lasting legacy, along with the integrity, honor and duty that he instilled in those he loved and spent time with. His family remembers him as Bubba, a term of endearment that was bestowed by his ‘sweet sister’ Pat Pate Griffith. W. L. (Bubba) was that son, brother, father, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend who always managed to maintain a positive and optimistic persona leaving one feeling appreciated and loved. He was famous for entertaining his audience with stories full of humor, humility, and that inevitable burst of wisdom. As he was known for saying on his Fox Forum radio show: (Tell -em you got it straight from W. L. Pate.)

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Daisy Loraine Fridelle, class of '35
Daisy Loraine Fridelle, 93, of Beaumont, passed away on March 21, 2021, at St. Elizabeth Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 26, 2021, at Westgate Memorial Baptist Church in Beaumont. Burial will follow at 2:00 p.m., at Zavalla Cemetery in Zavalla, Tx. Visitation will be held from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., March 26, 2021, at Westgate Memorial Baptist Church. Born in Gillett, Tx, on July 9, 1927, she was the daughter of John William Lewis and Annie Virginia (Townsend) Lewis. Loraine was a homemaker and a talented seamstress. She was a charter member of Westgate Memorial Baptist Church. Loraine was the Salutatorian of French High School Class of 1935. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Loraine was a big hearted caretaker for many people during her life and will be deeply missed by all those who had the pleasure to know her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Linwood Fridelle; parents, John and Annie Lewis; grandmother, Alice Townsend; son, Donald Gene Fridelle; siblings, Aline Crenshaw, Margie Tobey, Johnnie V. Murphy, and Raymond Lewis. She is survived by her children, Billy Fridelle and wife Chris, Betty Sue Holman and husband Paul; daughter-in-law, Karen Fridelle; grandchildren, Patricia Fridelle, Heather Wyble, Josh Fridelle, Wayne Fridelle, Sarah Tiller, Donna Rankin, Angie Dickerson, Hilary Riley, Kyle Holman, Cody Holman; 17 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

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Unknown Obits
I found these obits doing a search for FHS. classes unknown!
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Please remember those whom we have lost and contact those who are still here to remind them that you care. Make the call before you miss the opportunity to tell them how much you miss them and enjoyed knowing them in the past. Tomorrow may be too late.


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