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!

Ronald "Ronnie" Wayne Rice class of '72
Ronald "Ronnie" Wayne Rice, 66, of Lumberton, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at his residence. He was born on June 10, 1954, in Beaumont, to Dorothy "Dot" Elaine Young and George Napoleon Rice, Jr. Ronnie was a 1972 French High graduate and spent his years in the grocery business, including owning a few stores of his own. Ronnie, also known as Pawpaw, was the heart of his family. He was a true force to be reckoned with, but if you knew him you loved him. Survivors include his wife of forty-eight years, Janelle Jones Rice; children, Carrie Bryant and her husband, W.T., Jr.; Ronnie "Bubba" Rice II; Meagan Adams and her husband, Larrin; and Brandi Miller and her husband, Mike; grandchildren, Ethan, Cade and Evan Bryant, Troy Rice, Karson Guidry, Weston Adams, Matthew and Brandon Bautizta; and special nephew, Ricky Nichols and his wife, Cheryl; and special niece, Christy Webb and her husband, Charles; along with several other special nieces and nephews. Ronnie is preceded in death by his parents; his grandson, Austin Cole Rice; and cousin like a brother, Robbie Rice. A gathering of Mr. Rice's family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 11, 2021, at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 12, 2021, at Broussard's, with his 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 Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store. Published in Beaumont Enterprise from Feb. 11 to Feb. 12, 2021.

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Barbara Kitty Katherine Boykin Andress class of '75
Barbara Kitty Katherine Boykin Andress, 64, of Lumberton, died Monday, February 22, 2021. She was born on December 4, 1956, to Barbara Bobbie Alice Penry and John David Boykin, in Beaumont. Survivors include her daughter, Amy Racca and her fiancé, Barry Blanchet of Lumberton; son, Kevin Andress and his wife, Ashley, of Simpsonville, South Carolina; brothers, Charles Butchie Boykin of Beaumont and William Bubba Boykin of Woodville; and grandchildren, Jayda Racca, Troy Andress, Johnathan Andress, and Maddox Andress. She is preceded in death by her parents and sister-in-law, Cheryl Boykin. A gathering of Ms. Andress family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Saturday, March 6, 2021, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Her cremation will be handled through Broussard’s Crematorium.

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Karl William Oszczakiewicz class of '77
Karl William Oszczakiewicz died unexpectedly on December 14, 2020, of natural causes. He was born on December 4, 1953, the son of Thomas Jastrzad Oszczakiewicz and Annabel Dickerson VanSchoubroek. Karl graduated from French High School in 1977 where upon he became a pipefitter's apprentice at Local 195. He attended Lamar University and ultimately became a draftsman for Omega Engineering. A severe motor vehicle accident ended his career, and for the last several years he resided at Brookdale Assisted Living on Dowlen Road in Beaumont. He was predeceased by his parents and is survived by his children and grandchildren. A Rosary for Mr. Oszczakiewicz will be recited at 5:30 p.m. with a gathering of family and friends to follow until 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 18, 2020, at Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. A graveside service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, December 19, 2020, at Magnolia Cemetery, 2291 Pine Street, Beaumont. In lieu of flowers the family requests gifts directed to Lamar University Foundation for the Thomas Oszczakiewicz Memorial Scholarship in Engineering. Mail gifts to Lamar University Foundation, P. O. Box 11500, Beaumont, TX 77710 or use www.lamar.edu/give.Those who wish to honor the memory of Karl Oszczakiewicz may do so by making a donation to the scholarship endowment at Lamar University in memory of Mr. Thomas W. Oszczakiewicz. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com. To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store. Published in Beaumont Enterprise from Dec. 18 to Dec. 19, 2020.

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James "Jim" Charles Nichols class of '67
James "Jim" Charles Nichols, 72, of Beaumont, died Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston, Texas. Jim was born on December 23, 1948, in Pontiac, Michigan, to Geraldine Violet Gilliland Nichols and James Burrell Nichols, Jr. In 1953, Jim and his family, the "Four J's," moved from Albion, Michigan to Beaumont where he attended Eugene Field Elementary, James Bowie Junior High and graduated in 1967 from French High School. After graduation, Jim attended Sam Houston State in Huntsville. During the height of the Vietnam War, Jim and several friends enlisted in the United States Marine Reserves and were stationed at Fort Ord in California. After returning to Beaumont, he enrolled in Lamar State College studying business. In 1955, his parents started Nichols Tile Sales where he worked for many years. An avid lover of nature, Jim enjoyed fishing, walks in the woods and birds. Jim will forever be remembered by his quick wit and infectious smile. A fan of politics, he had not missed a Rush Limbaugh show in twenty years. He kept up with the weather and could tell you what the weather was going to be today, tomorrow, and a week from now. Jim is survived by his only sibling, Jadeanne Joy Nichols Hayes and her husband, Jeffrey Lynn Hayes; his wife, Maggie Nichols all of Beaumont; three stepsons, Jorge Isaac Arias, Samuel Alberto Arias and Jorge Alberto Arias, all of Honduras; niece, Kelli Kathryn Hayes Trevino and her husband, Paul Trevino; nephews, James Kyle Hayes and his wife, Ann Perkins Hayes and Jason Roy Hunter Hayes, and his wife Janice Mazzoli Hayes, all of Beaumont. Jim was also blessed to have many great nieces and nephews that adored him, James Jeffrey Trevino, William Jordan Reese, IV, Mary-Caroline Trevino, David Carroll Perkins Reese, Anne Kathryn Trevino, Lauren Grace Hayes, Walker O'Hara Reese, William Huston Hayes, James Jeffrey Harrison Hayes and Elizabeth James Trevino. He is preceded in death by one day by his only child, Abigail Violet Nichols and his parents Jerry and Jim Nichols. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 4955 Pine Street, under the direction of Broussard's Mortuary, 2000 McFaddin, Beaumont, Texas. The family asks that masks be worn graveside and social distancing guidelines are observed at all times. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com. To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store. Published in Beaumont Enterprise from Jan. 24 to Jan. 25, 2021.

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Arthur George McDonald class of '51
Arthur George McDonald of Beaumont passed away peacefully Sunday, June 14, 2020. He was born on October 18, 1933, to Frances and George McDonald and was their only child. Arthur lived a full life in his 86 years and was lovingly known as a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, an avid sports fan, and a passionate Aggie who bled maroon. He was a role model that set an inspiring example and had a special ability to bring out the greatness in everyone. Growing up in Beaumont, he created and maintained lifelong friendships with many of his schoolmates at Edwards Elementary and French High School. He graduated high school with the class of 1951 and then followed his dream to become the loudest and proudest member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of '55. Arthur later received a Master's degree from Tulane University in 1962. Soon after graduation from A&M, Arthur enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a Sargent in Korea. He was a lifelong member of North End Baptist Church. His parents joined shortly after the church was established in 1933. He often spoke of his memories of attending church services in a tent with sawdust floors. He embodied the true spirit of the 12th Man. He was a football season ticket holder for nearly fifty years and closely followed and often in the stands of all other A&M games and sports. He was never shy to express his opinion on his Aggies and enjoyed discussing (arguing) those opinions. He was proud that all his children and grandchildren were also Aggies - whether they attended the school or not. Mr. McDonald spent most of his career as an Administrator in the South Park Independent School District. He eventually retired as the Director of Special Services in the Beaumont Independent School District. Some of his closest friends were the teachers, coaches and other administrators he worked with. The most obvious thing that describes Arthur McDonald was his total and complete devotion to his family. Paw Paw was happily married to Maw Maw, Bille Jean Harrison McDonald, for 59 years. They enjoyed traveling together and in retirement took many trips with their beloved friends. Arthur cherished and guided his children and supported them in any way he could. He really loved to brag on all the accomplishments of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include his son, Steve 'Mac' McDonald and his wife, Connie; son, Shannon McDonald and his wife, Susie; daughter, Michelle McDonald Fore and her husband, Lloyd; grandchildren, Elyse Streater and her husband, Doug; Connor McDonald and his girlfriend, Shelbi Chapman; Jake McDonald and his wife, Taylor; Colton McDonald; Tara Green; and Tanner Green; and great-grandchildren, Savannah McDonald, Carson Streater, and Chandler Streater. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Billie Jean Harrison McDonald; and grandchildren, Kevin McDonald and Audie McDonald. A gathering of Mr. McDonald's friends and family will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at Broussard's, followed by his interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 4955 Pine Street, Beaumont. Please observe social distancing guidelines. Our family would like to give a special thank you to our sister Michelle that compassionately took on the role as a primary caretaker for our parents over their last few years. Without any hesitation, Michelle always went above and beyond to ensure Mom, Dad, and their animals were always well fed and taken care of each day. Arthur was a true Fightin' Texas Aggie whose spirit can ne'er be told! In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be made to North End Baptist Church, 5115 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, Texas 77706.

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Ada Jean LaSalle class unknown
Ada Jean LaSalle, 77 passed away on September 8, 2020, at M.D. Anderson after a short illness. Among the many things for which she will be remembered for were her grace, beauty, charm, love for animals and best of all, a great party closer. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Jean was born on December 7, 1942, to Ada Emmerline Coles and Charles Walter McGehee. She grew up in Beaumont and graduated from French High School. Jean was Secretary/Treasurer of her senior class. She was a member of the Buffalo Belles. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in education from Sam Houston State University. After graduation, she taught grade school for several years. She went to work for Southwestern Bell in 1970. After spending twenty-eight years in various positions, she retired on June 1, 1998. After retiring, Jean split her time between Tiki Island and Beaumont. Jean enjoyed gardening, fishing, dancing, and wine time at Tiki, along with all the neighbors. Jean loved entertaining. She was happiest when stray cats came knocking. Jean always had a "treat" stash. The last two cats that joined the group were Butterfly and Buddy. Jean's positive attitude, zest for life, and unconditional caring for others will be her lasting legacy. Survivors include her husband of forty-eight years, Leonard LaSalle; son, Coy Lynn LaSalle, grandchildren, Meghan Cobb, Marshall Cobb, Amanda Cobb Hart and her husband, Jonathan; Juliette LaSalle, Gabrielle LaSalle, Caden LaSalle, and Brock LaSalle; great-grandchildren, Jax LaSalle, Josey LaSalle, Hunter Hart, Hudson Hart, Henry Hart; sister, Charlene Mae Dugue and her husband, Donald; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and son, Jimmy Cobb. A gathering of Mrs. LaSalle's family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., with a Rosary recited at 6:00 p.m., Sunday, September 13, 2020, at Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 14, 2020, at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, 6825 Gladys Avenue, Beaumont, with her interment to follow at Magnolia Cemetery, Beaumont. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.

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Elvin Lee Hill< class of '72
Elvin Lee Hill was born in Beaumont, Texas on a Wednesday morning February 3, 1954, the second of four boys, to Dale and Velma Hill. He passed peacefully from this life into a promised future in heaven on Monday, March 15, 2021 in Winnie, Texas. He was a graduate of French High School, class of '72, where he excelled in track as a long distance runner and received his bachelor's degree from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He later owned and operated his own title abstract company, ELH Contracting, Inc., that served the area of southeast Texas. Lee was preceded in death by his father who died in a hunting accident in 1957 when Lee was three years old, a daughter, Andrea Dawn, as well as his mother and stepfather, Dick and Velma Busby. He is survived by his wife, Teresa, of Hamshire, a son, Evan (Felicia) of Arizona, and a daughter, Ellis, of Kingwood, and six grandchildren-James and Julia, Aubrie, Easton, Jaxon and Genevieve, as well as a great nephew, Brayden McComb, whom he dearly loved and a stepdaughter, Jennifer Nantz (fiancé, Jason) of Kingwood. Lee is also survived by an older brother, Dale (Karen) of Lago Vista, TX, and two younger brothers, Steve of Hardin, TX and Mike (Dawn) of Angleton, TX along with many other nieces, nephews and friends. People will remember Lee as a highly energetic, fun-loving man who was involved in civic and social activities in and around the Beaumont-Liberty-Dayton area. He loved the outdoors and grew up hunting and fishing with his three brothers, a passion he shared later with his children. He loved spending time with his kids at all sorts of sports activities and often coached their teams in order to pour into their lives. Lee was a member of First Baptist Church, Dayton. A brief graveside service will be held in Dayton at the Magnolia Park cemetery at 10 am on Saturday, March 27. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Lee's name to the local Alzheimer's Association: 700 North Street/ Suite M/ Beaumont, Texas 77701. To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store. Published in Beaumont Enterprise from Mar. 22 to Mar. 23, 2021.

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Nancy Henderson Groat class of '57
Memorial graveside services for Nancy Henderson Groat of Hideaway, Texas are scheduled for Thursday, January 21st at 2 pm, and will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Beaumont, Texas with Rev. Louis Mizell officiating. Services are under the direction of the Caudle-Rutledge-Daugherty Funeral Home in Lindale, Texas. Born to Burnet and Lois Cochran on March 21st, 1939 Nancy spent her childhood, graduated French High School in 1957, married, and gave birth to her first child in Beaumont, TX. She called many places home from PA, MD, CA, to several cities across TX until settling in Hideaway the past 23 years. Nancy relocated for the last time, to her forever home on Friday, January 1st, 2021. The first thing people noticed about Nancy was her dazzling smile and brilliant blue eyes. She had a spark about her fanned by the flames of family, faith, and friendship. Nancy's life was defined by a sense of service. She put the needs of her husbands, children, family, employers, church members, friends, and even strangers ahead of her own, always. As a teenager, Nancy and her classmate once rescued 2 adults from drowning in the Neches river. She danced on the Buffalo Belles high school drill team and the Lakettes touring tap group beyond retirement. She woke her children by singing, "Good Morning, Good Morning", drove carpool, to and from sports, music and dance lessons, held PTA positions, volunteered, and was home in time to ask, "How was your day?" Nancy's fried chicken could have won blue ribbons, and her cornbread dressing was simply the best. She was an excellent seamstress, having sewn her own clothes in school and sewed pajamas for her children once. She held part-time and temporary jobs as a secretary, tax return advisor, and antique gift shop clerk. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels and served on several committees at Hideaway Church. She designed and had 5 houses built in Hideaway. Nancy's favorite United States destination was Kauai, Hawaii. She also traveled internationally beginning with a school trip to Mexico City, work wives' trip to Germany, France, Switzerland, mission trips to Guatemala, the Dominic Republic, mother-daughter trip to Ireland, Scotland, England, and ending with husbands only Cayman Islands, Mediterranean cruises. Nancy was married to her high school sweetheart, Ronnie Henderson, for 40 years until separated by his death in 1999. When asked if he was her knight in shining armor she replied, "I wasn't looking for a knight, I just wanted someone who wouldn't drink, would make a good living, and take me to church on Sundays." She was married to her second husband, Dennis Groat, for nearly 16 years until separated by her death. Prior to their marriage she sent handwritten notes to her friends stating she had found someone who "cooked for her, held her hand, and loved God". Nancy lived a life of faith with her eyes on heaven. As a child she stood on the sidewalk, outside church Sunday mornings, heard sounds of rejoicing, and longed to be inside. Once an adult, she made her childhood dream come true. Nancy was a lifelong, active, church member, who learned and followed the teachings of the Bible, knew and loved Jesus Christ as her savior, walked daily with Him, sang in the choir, and made her own joyful sound. She was known by many, loved by more, and will be missed immensely. Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Wesley Henderson, her brother James Thomas Cochran, and niece Vicki Lynn Cochran. She is survived by her current husband, Dennis Eugene Groat, her brother Charles Euland Chochran, son Ronald Douglas Henderson and daughter-in-law Barbara Ann Henderson of Santa Paula, CA, daughter Tambralyn Suhler and son-in-law Charles Kenneth Suhler, daughter Rhonda Ann Lyon and son-in-law Edwin Anthony Lyon all of Austin, TX, children by marriage Dennis Eugene Groat, Jr. and Kelly Anne Groat of Boerne, TX, Carrie Janann Groat of Hanover Park, IL, David Runciman Groat of Carrollton, TX, 9 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. The family would like to express sincere appreciation for the loving care Nancy received by Heart to Heart Hospice, specifically Barbara Oldham, RN, Lindsey Coffey, CNA, and Nia Forbin, Home Aide Associate. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Nancy's name to Hideaway Lake Church 1500 Lake Park Circle Hideaway, TX 75771 or Heart to Heart Hospice 7929 S. Broadway Suite 1140 Tyler, TX 75703. To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store. Published in Beaumont Enterprise from Jan. 17 to Jan. 18, 2021.

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Katheryn Medile Garbo, class unknown
Katheryn Medile Garbo, 97, passed away peacefully in her sleep, Saturday, May 30, 2020 surrounded by loved ones in San Antonio, TX. She was born to the late Frank & Callie Medile, August 7, 1922 in Beaumont TX. Katheryn graduated from French High School and married the love of her life of sixty-two years, Sylvester J. Garbo. She was a loving mother and homemaker to John and Frank. Katheryn also worked as an office manager for Dr. Travis for over 20 years before retiring with Sylvester to travel and enjoy the summers with their grandchildren. She was an active member of St. Pius and enjoyed serving in the church. She enjoyed tending to her flower gardens, sewing, cooking and watching the purple martins return every spring from her back porch. She loved her family deeply and always made precious time to show them she did. Katheryn lived a life of integrity, faith and grace. She is survived by son, John S. Garbo and sister, Lena Brocato. She is also survived by three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A Rosary for Mrs. Garbo will be recited at 5:00 p.m., with a gathering of her family and friends to follow, on Thursday, June 4, 2020, at Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 5, 2020, at Broussard's, with her interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont. Please observe social distancing guidelines. to Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store. Published in Beaumont Enterprise from Jun. 3 to Jun. 4, 2020.

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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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John Milton Davis -- taught "Bible history"
John Milton Davis was born to Willard Milton and Una Belle Mahon Davis on January 26, 1930, in the small town of Clanton, Alabama. He was the oldest of six boys with two older sisters. Upon graduation from high school, he left Alabama to attend Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, where he met the love of his life Gena Chesshir. They married December 24, 1950, and enjoyed 48 years together until her death, February 13, 1999. John earned his undergraduate degree working in the college cafeteria making breakfast. The early morning duties not only taught him how to make delicious omelets and homemade biscuits, but also developed in him a pre-dawn work ethic he maintained until his health no longer allowed it. While raising his family and beyond, it was his habit to work in his office or print room from 5 to 7 am, go home and eat breakfast with his family, and then return to work. When work, counseling, or meetings were over, only then would John return home. His commitment to God, his church family, and his community came first. John's decision to attend Harding College was the result of a recruitment visit to his church congregation by Cliff Ganus, who later went on to become one of Harding College's presidents and John's lifelong friend. It was at Harding that John confirmed his decision to become a preacher, a goal he had carried since his youth. After graduation, he began his career in New Orleans, LA, preaching for the Carrolton Avenue Church of Christ. A few years later, he and Gena moved to New Boston, TX, where he preached for the New Boston Church of Christ. In 1955, they welcomed a baby boy, Mark, and the couple became a family. In 1957, John began working with the Rose Hill Church of Christ in Texarkana, TX, and they completed their family with a baby girl, Melinda. In 1959, John moved his family to Beaumont, TX, where he served the Ridgewood Church of Christ congregation for more than fifty years. He devoted himself to working for God, participating in mission campaigns, speaking at and attending the Harding University lectureships, and preaching across the globe. In addition to preaching, John was an active community member wherever he lived. As a student at Harding, he worked with the Red Cross in relief efforts after a tornado devastated the nearby town of Judsonia. At 27 years of age, with a toddler at home and a newborn on the way, he served as a board member for the Bowie County Child Welfare Board in Texarkana. John also served as an Executive Board member for Mental Health Southeast Texas in Beaumont for a number of years and was an active member of the Kiwanis club for more than 40 years. While enrolled in college, John worked as a summer counselor at Camp Tahkodah, igniting his lifelong goal of providing young people with an opportunity to study the Bible while enjoying camp life. He served as president of the Camp Red Oak Springs board from 1960 to 2010. John and Hubert Franks were founding figures of Camp Red Oak Springs, and their legacy lives on by the Franks/Davis Pavilion erected at the camp this past year. John was also a marriage and family counselor for decades. In addition, John was a teacher, having taught "Bible history" at French High School and "Home and Family" at Beaumont Christian High School. John's hobbies included a love of music, hunting and fishing when he had the opportunity, and most especially printing and flying. At the beginning of his preaching career, he acquired an offset printing press to produce church bulletins. Over the years he upgraded and took pleasure in printing such things as business forms, stationery, invitations, envelopes, memo pads, announcements for church members, friends, and family. He spent countless hours in his print shop, confirmed by his ink-stained fingers and frequently smashed fingernails often caught between ink rollers. His passion, though, was flying. On the rare occasions when his schedule was free, he would "bore a hole in the sky," as he loved to say. He was an excellent pilot and an even better storyteller about his many flights. A favorite story was when he and Melinda, then 5-months pregnant, were forced to do an emergency landing in a pasture near Newport, AR, due to a severe thunderstorm. John was preceded in death by his parents, W.M. Davis and Una Belle Davis of Tuscaloosa, AL; his wife Gena Chesshir Davis; brothers, Willard Davis of Tuscaloosa, AL, Paul Davis of Auburn, AL, and Wayne Davis of Morrilton, AR; brothers-in-law, Thomas D. (Buddy) Woods of Stone Mountain, GA, Howell Kennedy of Birmingham, AL, and William H. Handy of Texarkana, AR; sister-in-law, Martha Davis of Morrilton, AR, and former sister-in-law, Jane Davis Pennington of AL. John is survived by his son, Dr. Mark Davis and wife, Laura, of Shirley, AR; daughter, Dr. Melinda Barnett and husband, Del, of Beaumont, TX; grandchildren, Blake Barnett and wife, Laci of Texas City, TX; Megan Milich and husband, Dan of Beaumont, TX; Erin Mize and husband, Josh of Cabot, AR; great-grandchildren, Paxton Davis Jones and Mazzy Rose Milich of Beaumont, TX, and Davis Edwin Mize and Luke Thomas Mize of Cabot, AR; sisters, Peggy Woods of Decatur, GA; and Faye Kennedy of Pelham, AL; brothers, Roy Davis and wife, Dixie, of Shreveport, LA; Hubert Davis and wife, Vyneeta, of Lawrenceville, GA; sisters-in-law, Neva Handy of Texarkana, TX; Barbara Davis of Tuscaloosa, AL; Gayle Davis of Auburn, AL; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family wishes to give special thanks to John's loyal and devoted caregiver for over eight years, Ms. Lori White. Thanks also goes to his other precious caregivers, Mrs. Patsy Bass, Ms. Vera Wells, Ms. Rosie London, and Mrs. Kimberly Ancelet Overholser. Services will be conducted through Forest Lawn Funeral Home, Beaumont, TX, with burial in Nashville, AR, at Restland Memorial Park. Memorial contributions can be made to Camp Red Oak Springs-Franks/Davis Pavilion, P.O. Box 2019, Kountze, TX 77625; Meadows Church of Christ Building Fund, P.O. Box 5126, Beaumont, TX 77726; or the Church of Christ Student Center at Lamar University, 1018 E. Virginia St., Beaumont, TX 77705.

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Marilyn Lavern Jenkins Foster -- class of '73
Marilyn Lavern Jenkins Foster, 64, devoted to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, passed from this life to her eternal Heavenly home March 14 after an extended illness. Marilyn was born to Rev. Cecil C. and Lavern Jenkins on May 29, 1955 in Beaumont. She was a 1973 graduate of French High School, earned her bachelor's degree in education from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1976 and her master's degree from Lamar University in 1983, all with honors. She met Ralph Foster at church in 1977. Sharing a common loving interest in sharing the gospel, they wed August 11, 1979 and soon began a pastoral ministry that would span more than 30 years. They headed the founding of Kingdom Culture Church in Groves where Marilyn focused on the growth of the children's ministry. They served until Rev. Foster's death in 2017. Marilyn worked in the Silsbee and Beaumont school districts during her career spanning nearly 40 years. Among many awards, she was honored by the Beaumont A&M Club with their annual teacher of the year honor and the Beaumont Independent School District's Good Apple Award. A multi-talented vocalist and musician, Marilyn ministered in churches throughout Texas since her teenage years. She was an avid reader who enjoyed a good mystery. Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents Albert and Lee Ola Hamilton and Henry and Carrie Jenkins and half sister Vivian Webb. Marilyn is survived by her daughter Leah Chessher (Eugene), son Ryan, beloved granddaughters Cecilia and Olivia Chessher, and brother Christopher Jenkins. Also surviving are sisters-in-law Janice Redden (Michael) and Betsy Hart, Aunt Imagene Duggan (Doyle) as well as several members of extended family. Private services will be held for the immediate family under the direction of Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home, with a memorial service at a later date. The family wishes to personally thank Stephanie Lee for her never ceasing devotion to the care of Marilyn. Also, the staff of Kindred Hospice, including her nurse Kat and aide Summer for exceptional care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions honoring Marilyn may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate." Proverbs 31, NIV

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Jerry Richardson, Class of 1966, passed in Dec. He resided in Lampassas, TX.

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Pat Pate, class of '65,
Pat Pate Griffith, 73, of Hamshire, Texas entered the gates of heaven on Thursday, December 24, 2020. Born on April 30, 1947 in Beaumont, she was the first born to Connie and W. L. Pate, Sr. Pat, or GG as her grandchildren affectionately called her (Pat claimed this was the abbreviation for Gorgeous Grandmother), was a devoted Christian who anyone could count on for empathy, prayer and wise counsel. She is known for her vivacious spirit, loving kindness and joyful demeanor. She brightened any room she entered, and people were naturally drawn to her smile, laugh and sparkling eyes. Pat did not know a stranger and almost every encounter resulted in new friends, admirers, and in many cases, new brothers and sisters in Christ. Pat Griffith was a loving sister of the faith and staunch advocate of the gospel. Her greatest desire was for the salvation of mankind and the return of Jesus to a broken world. Her daily routine of study, prayer, supplication, and thanksgiving was first and foremost for her beloved family and friends. For this she prayed continuously with an earnest and loving heart. It is with hopeful assurance of those who knew Pat best, that her advocacy for her loved ones continues in the heavenly realms at the feet of the Messiah. Pat was a Bible believing woman and she took to heart the direction given in 1 Timothy 2:1 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men. So many of us have been divinely blessed by Pat's petitions. Survivors include her daughter Tamara Kelso (Kent) of Martin, TN and son Pate Jones of Newton, TX. Grandchildren are Paten Jones, Kaeden Kelso, Kellan Kelso and Presley Parra. Brothers and sister W.L. Pate, Jr. (Sherrene), Pam Pate and Robert Pate (Sandy). Nieces and nephews include Suzanne Pate, Jennifer Pate, Devin Riley, Rob Pate and Stefanie Williams. Aunts Barbara Mattison and Bobbie Baggett and Uncles Don Warren and Pat Warren along with numerous cousins. The family would also like to acknowledge others who were special to her including her beloved sisters-in-law and numerous close friends which include her dedicated prayer warrior sisters with whom she shared many devotions, supplications and miracles and her dear friends who shared a table and coffee at Rao's on a regular basis. She was preceded in death by her parents, W.L. Sr. and Connie Marie, who provided the foundation of her faith, values, and character. A gathering of Pat's family and friends will be from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., Thursday, December 31, 2020, at Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. Her graveside service will be 3:00 p.m., Thursday, December 31, 2020, at Magnolia Cemetery 2291 Pine Street, Beaumont. Pallbearers include her son, three grandsons, Josh Hansen and Randy Byers. Honorary pallbearers are Devin Riley and Tyler Hansen. If you have a special memory to share, please write it in a card and bring it to Broussard's or mail it to 16100 Brush Island Rd, Winnie, TX 77665. In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations to the Hope Women's Resource Center, 3740 Laurel Ave., Beaumont, TX 77707. The family respectfully requests that those attending either the visitation or graveside service stay safe while honoring her memory. Masks, social distancing, and limited interactions with others during visitation are necessary to ensure as safe an event as possible. The family understands that there are those who may not be able to attend because of these concerns. Public Announcement: 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.

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Boyce Dean Stalter Sr. '65
Boyce Dean Stalter Sr was born in Athens, Texas on December 18, 1944 and died at Memorial Herman Hospital in the Woodlands from a complication of a knee infection from a total knee replacement done on October 26th, 2020. Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home of Huntsville, Texas will have a visitation on Tuesday, 12/29/2020 from 5:00pm-7:30pm and a Memorial Celebration of Life Wednesday 12/30/2020 at 2:00pm. Survived by his wife Sally Jane Stalter of Huntsville, Tx, son Boyce Dean Stalter Jr of Houston, step sons Ted Edward Cole of Fort Lauderdale, FL and Kent James Cole of Huntsville Tx. Three granddaughter McKenzie Marie Stalter of Montgomery Tx, Kailie Rene Stalter and Allison Dean Stalter of Houston Tx and 4 great grandchildren Wyatt Keith Sellars, Leovanni Skye Ramirez, Emma Gracie Marie Cooley, Wesley Theodore Cooley. In addition to ALL are many supported friends. Boyce was proceeded in death by his father, Freeman Stalter and mother Allie Mae Chambers, sister Sue Ella Williford and special Aunt Ruby Lee Tevebaugh. Boyce attended Lee College in Baytown where he obtained his Associates Degree. He was employed by DuPont Chemical Plant for 37 years both at the Orange, Texas plant and the La Porte, Tx plant and retired from these as the Production Supervisor over the Sulfuric Acid Division. After retirement he and Sally moved to their beautiful retirement farm on 20 acres in Huntsville, Tx. Not yet completely ready for retirement Boyce continued to work for the next 5 years for the State of Texas TDCJ, Region 1 as their Maintenance Supervisor. Then he worked at Bauer, a German based drilling company in Conroe, Texas. Last but not least Boyce worked for the Sam Houston Funeral Home as an Assistant to the Funeral Director. In lieu of flowers donation can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children- 815 Market Street, Galveston Tx 77550. Memorial condolences to the family may be made at www.shmfh.com

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Class of 1965. We have lost another of ours. Tommy Latino passed away yesterday 12-10.

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Emelie Jeffries c/o 1979 passed on November 12

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RIP Ms Gladdie Fowler, FHS Homemaking Teacher

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It is with a heavy heart, that I , Ted, post the loss of my older brother, Michael Rhea Jorden. He graduated from FHS in 1957, joined the USAF, which sent him to Yale Univeristy, where he learned to speak Chinese. After four years in the USAF, he attended the Univeristy of Washington, and the University of Houston. He was a draftsman by trade, but also was an artist and sculpter. He has lived in Tom Ball, Texas for over 30 years, and leaves behind a wife, daughter, and two grandchildren. He will be laid to rest in the Jorden family plot in Reiselle, Texas next week.

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Karen Menard :
I just wanted to let you know my Brother James Menard passed away on Thursday November 5th. He was in the class of 1978. he was 61

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Class of ‘65
So sorry to report that Craig Hall -- '65 passed away. Please be in prayers for his wife Vickie, c/o 65 and his sister Orvalee c/o 64. (His wife was Vickie Welborn)

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Marilyn Foster class of 1973
Marilyn Lavern Jenkins Foster, 64, devoted to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, passed from this life to her eternal Heavenly home March 14 after an extended illness. Marilyn was born to Rev. Cecil C. and Lavern Jenkins on May 29, 1955 in Beaumont. She was a 1973 graduate of French High School, earned her bachelor's degree in education from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1976 and her master's degree from Lamar University in 1983, all with honors. She met Ralph Foster at church in 1977. Sharing a common loving interest in sharing the gospel, they wed August 11, 1979 and soon began a pastoral ministry that would span more than 30 years. They headed the founding of Kingdom Culture Church in Groves where Marilyn focused on the growth of the children's ministry. They served until Rev. Foster's death in 2017. Marilyn worked in the Silsbee and Beaumont school districts during her career spanning nearly 40 years. Among many awards, she was honored by the Beaumont A&M Club with their annual teacher of the year honor and the Beaumont Independent School District's Good Apple Award. A multi-talented vocalist and musician, Marilyn ministered in churches throughout Texas since her teenage years. She was an avid reader who enjoyed a good mystery. Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents Albert and Lee Ola Hamilton and Henry and Carrie Jenkins and half sister Vivian Webb. Marilyn is survived by her daughter Leah Chessher (Eugene), son Ryan, beloved granddaughters Cecilia and Olivia Chessher, and brother Christopher Jenkins. Also surviving are sisters-in-law Janice Redden (Michael) and Betsy Hart, Aunt Imagene Duggan (Doyle) as well as several members of extended family. Private services will be held for the immediate family under the direction of Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home, with a memorial service at a later date. The family wishes to personally thank Stephanie Lee for her never ceasing devotion to the care of Marilyn. Also, the staff of Kindred Hospice, including her nurse Kat and aide Summer for exceptional care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions honoring Marilyn may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate." Proverbs 31, NIV

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Don Covington class of 1952
Don O. Covington, 85, of Orange, Texas passed away peacefully at his home on April 20, 2020. Born on June 23, 1934, Don graduated from French High School in 1952. Soon after, he married Claire Fogal and joined the Army's Special Forces. After receiving an honorable discharge from the military, Don and Claire settled in Orange where they would raise a family. Don began his career as a draftsman for Levingston Shipbuilding, and by 1984, as Levingston was closing, he had been promoted through V.P. of Engineering to President of the company. Afterward, he and business partners formed Texas Drydock, Inc. (TDI) in 1986. With Don serving as President and owner, TDI eventually grew to over 2,000 employees and was acquired by a public company in 1998. Don was a contemplative man with a compassionate and giving heart. He was wholly devoted to his wife of 64 years, his immediate and extended family, his work, his church, and his community. He was a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Propeller Club of Southeast Texas (Man of the Year in the 90's), Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce Board, Orange Chamber of Commerce, Sabine River Authority Board of Directors (two terms as president), Toledo Bend Dam Joint Operations, and a long-standing member and frequent board chair of First Christian Church of Orange (Disciples of Christ). He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Claire Covington, his grandson, Brennan Covington, his mother, Lucille Gager, and his father, Bill Covington. He is survived by his sons Guy Covington, and wife Karen of Katy, Texas, Scott Covington of Sugarland, Texas, and Russell Covington, and his wife Jennifer of Orange, Texas. His grandchildren include Katy Tinsley, Jonathan Covington, Jordan Covington, Katrina Avinger, Griffin Covington, Callie Covington, Jayne Covington, and Lydia Covington. Great grandchildren are Max, Charlie, Allie, JT, Piper, Cora, Merritt, Witten, Tucker, and Luna. A private service will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens on Friday at 11:00 AM. With respect to our current circumstances, social distancing recommendations will be observed. Serving as pallbearers are Griffin Covington, Jonathan Covington, Jordan Covington, Conner Guillotte, Dylan Knau, Todd Rash, and Lance Tinsley. Honorary pallbearers include Tilley Deleon, Mike Dolan, Jimmy Gentile, George Istre, Rachel Parker, and Earl Williams. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in honor of Don Covington to Meals on Wheels America.

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