My deepest sympathy to the families of the of lost alumni.
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers!
Irwin Meinscher '60
Irwin John Meinscher, age 76, passed from this life on January 30, 2019. He was born to Julius And Anna Meinscher on February 16, 1942 in Beaumont, TX.
Irwin was a man of character and integrity, He was faithful to his family and in all of his endeavors. The depth of love he showed towards his family was immeasurable; he never missed a sporting event or achievement that his grandchildren or great-grandchildren were involved with. He had the spirit of a servant and the heart of a giver, even in his weakest days he refused to allow a sickness to dictate his quality of life. Irwin loved to spoil the love of his life, preparing breakfast and coffee for His bride, Joann, gave Him great joy. As a lifetime resident of South East Texas, he greatly enjoyed hunting and fishing. The great outdoors was his playground. Irwin truly loved nature and anything he could do to be in it. He had a blessed career with Exxon Mobil as an inspector for nearly 40 years and was known for his ability to make and keep relationships. Irwin was a kind and gentle soul, one that was loved dearly by all who knew him.
Irwin is survived by his loving wife, JoAnn Meinscher; sons, Donald Brett Meinscher, James DeFord and wife, Virginia; daughters, Cathie Jo Floyd and husband, Tyrus, Kimothy Lee Dixon and husband, Chris; brothers, Ted Meinscher and wife, Marlene, Richard Meinscher; grandchildren, Jessi Summers, Sabrina Torres, Collin Westmoreland, Courtney Meinscher, Kayla Cummins, Aaron Dixon; great grandchildren; Kaden Summers, Koen Summers, Preston Torres, Sloane Westmoreland, Towns Westmoreland.
He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Mary Ann Daleo.
VISITATION Friday February 1, 2019, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Woodcrest United Methodist Church
1684 Hwy 96 South Lumberton, TX 77657
FUNERAL SERVICE Saturday February 2, 2019 2:00 PM. Same locatio
Dr. Rexford Kosciusco Anderson Jr. '60
Dr. Rexford Kosciusco Anderson Jr. passed away on January 11, 2018 of natural causes.
He was born on August 25, 1942 in Port Arthur, Texas. He lived in Beaumont, Texas graduating from French High School in 1960, Lamar State College of Technology in 1966 and The University of Texas Medical School in Galveston, Texas in 1968.
He married Mary Rhoades of Beaumont, Texas in 1968. He continued his education with an internship at Latter Day Saints Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and his residency in neurology at The University of Utah Medical Hospital.
He served in the Army at Fort Campbell, Kentucky for two years.
He began his practice in Abilene, Texas in 1974 where he practiced neurology until his death. Throughout his practice he practiced neurological care for the clients at the Abilene State School. He was a member of the Highland Church of Christ.
In 2015, Rex and Mary moved to Plano, Texas near his secondary practice in age management in Dallas.
Rex was preceded in death by his father and mother, Rexford K. Anderson Sr. and Dorthy Anderson.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Anderson and two children; Rexford K. Anderson III and Linda Christian; Rex's wife, Amanda Anderson and Linda's husband, Kevin Christian; four grandchildren; Morgan, Kaitlin and Seth Christian and Sloane Anderson; a sister, Donna Jo Anderson and an aunt, Barbara Anderson and cousins.
Sandra Mae Bramer '60
Sandra Mae Bramer, 76, a lifelong resident of Lumberton passed away on Wednesday January 16, 2019 in Beaumont. Sandra was born in Houston, Texas on June 19, 1942 to her parents Wesley Phillip Moore and Evelyn Pruitt Moore.
After her father preceded her in death at an early age, Sandra was raised by her mother Evelyn Pruitt Schmitz and step-father William H. Schmitz who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her husband; Raymond Albert Bramer, Jr. and brother; Robert Cocran.
Sandra is survived by her son; Raymond Scott Bramer and wife Sydney of Fort Worth, daughter; Kelly Jeffcoat and husband Wayne of Beaumont, sisters; Jane Wright of Lumberton, Lucy Bess of Colmesneil, four grandchildren; Shelby Raye Jeffcoat, Esq., Lana Jeffcoat, Carly Jeffcoat, and Raymond Chance Bramer.
Sandra was a Christian Baptist known by her friends to possess a very strong faith in her Lord. She was owner and operator of Bramer Mini-Storage and in her spare time she loved traveling, shopping at malls, and especially enjoyed with family various trips to all the casinos.
A sharing of Sandra’s life will be held on Sunday January 20, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn Funeral Home.
A celebration of life funeral service will be held on Monday January 21, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Beaumont.
Michael Miller '71
Michael “Mike” Miller, 65, of Baytown, TX was born October 25, 1952, in Woodville, TX and passed away Sunday, August 19, 2018, at his home. He loved God and was a member of Second Baptist Church in Baytown. He was employed by Everitt Industrial Supply and had worked in industrial supply sales along the Texas Gulf Coast for almost 40 years. He was a funny man with a big heart. He loved his family, loved to talk, and he could always be counted on.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Clellion “Bill” Miller. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Cha Miller; son, Garrett Miller; daughters and son-in-law, Carly Miller and Rachel and Adam Bueno; brother and sister-in-law, Randy and Robin Miller; sisters and brother-in-law, Donna and Mike McGill and Wanda Henry; and many friends.
His family will receive friends at Navarre Funeral Home on Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be Friday, August 24, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at Navarre Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Stafford officiating. Burial will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Bethany Cemetery in Colmesneil, TX.
Serving as pallbearers will be Garrett Miller, Randy Miller, Mike McGill, Marvin Boehnke, Adam Bueno, and Michael Paul Henry.
In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions may be made to Servants of the King, P. O. Box 781903, San Antonio, TX 78278-1903. To view the online obituary or to post a tribute for the family, go to www.navarrefuneralhome.com . Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX, 77521 (281) 422-8111.
Judy Walker Ferguson '72
Judy Dianne (Walker) Ferguson, passed away April 15 from cancer
she didn't graduate from FHS but attended
would have been class of '72
Joyce Williams ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Joyce Mack Williams, 89, of Beaumont, died Wednesday, November 21, 2018. She was born in Vinton, Louisiana and moved to Lake Chares, Louisiana at an early age. Joyce attended McNeese State University and graduated from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches with a degree in education. She taught school in Lake Charles, Louisiana and in Beaumont at French High School. Joyce married Malcolm Williams in the summer of 1956 and they have been married for sixty-two years. After living in Lake Charles and Lafayette, Louisiana they moved to Beaumont where they have resided for the past fifty years. Joyce was a wonderful teacher, wife, mother and grandmother. She was an elegant lady, with class and character. Joyce loved to entertain in her home and was dedicated to her faith, family, friends and community service. Joyce served as a volunteer at St. Elizabeth Hospital for almost forty years, volunteered at Some Other Place, once a week, for forty years and was an active member of the St. Marks Annual Chili Bazaar for almost fifty years as well as making generous commitments to other charities. She is survived by her husband, Malcolm Morris Williams; daughters, Kathryn Cavender and Karen Foster; grandchildren, Kate Cavender, Kimberly Foster, and Kyle Foster; son-in-laws, Kent Cavender and Pat Foster of Houston; and brother, Robert Mack of Lake Charles. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Abdulla and Matilda Bosby Mack; and brother Howard Mack. A private memorial service will be held for the family at St. Mark's Episcopal Church at a later date. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 680 Calder St, Beaumont, TX 77701. Complete and updated information may be found at broussards1889.com
Published in the Beaumont Enterprise from Nov. 25 to Dec. 2, 2018
Joan Fullerton Webb
Joan Arline Fullerton Webb, 78, of Nacogdoches, died on August 29, 2018, at home surrounded by her family. She was born June 9, 1940, to Dallas H. Fullerton and Betty Jo Fullerton in Ajo, Arizona. She lived in Humble, Texas, with her mother and sister, Barbara Fullerton Smith, while her father was in WWII. After the war they moved to Seattle, Washington, where she attended elementary school. The family moved to Beaumont, Texas, in 1950 when Joan was in fifth grade. She graduated from French High School in 1958 and Cheniers Business College in 1959. She was a member of Northend Baptist Church and a Blue Bird leader for several years. She volunteered at the Humane Society of Southeast Texas and held a position on the board. Joan was active in the Beaumont Junior Forum for several years. Joan Married S. A. Webb in 1959 they had two children, Jeanne and Terry. She worked at The S & R Shop after business school and stayed home with her children until they graduated high school. She then went back to work for Angie Nall School for Special Children and later as a bank teller for First Federal Savings and Loan. She is survived by her husband, S. A. Webb; sister, Barbara Fullerton Smith; daughters, Terry Webb Henson and Jeanne Webb Blacksher; Jeanne's husband, Danny Blacksher; grandchildren, Jenna Blacksher, Janie Henson, Shana Henson Green and her husband, David Green; great-grandchildren, Brooks and Tucker Green; aunt, Judith Smith; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Dallas Fullerton and Betty Jo Fullerton; stepmother, Rosalie Fullerton; and nephew, Perry Wayne Smith. Joan will be remembered mostly by her beautiful smile and loving compassion for others. Her laughter and sense of humor was contagious. She brought joy to everyone around her and she will surely be missed but never forgotten. A gathering of Mrs. Webb's family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m., with her funeral service to follow at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 1, 2018, at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens of Jefferson County, Nederland. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.
William Henry Thurston, Jr., 85, of Beaumont, passed away on April 10, 2018, at his home. Funeral services will be 2:00pm, Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home in Beaumont. Burial will follow at Magnolia Cemetery in Beaumont where the Masonic Rights will be given. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00pm, Friday, April 13, 2018 at Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home. Born in Beaumont, Texas, on September 29, 1932, he was the son of William Henry Thurston, Sr. and Mable Estell (Meadows) Thurston. Henry was a lifelong resident of Beaumont and Graduated from French High School. He was an electrician by trade and a 65 year member of the IBEW local #479. He served on the executive board of the IBEW Credit Union. He was a Cashan Grotto with the El Mina Shine Beaumont Lodge #286. Henry was a longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Beaumont. He enjoyed listening to country music and traveling with his RV club. Henry loved Lamar Basketball in any form and was a longstanding season ticket holder. He was preceded in death by his sons, Eugene Thurston and Bill Thurston; daughter, Valinda Welch; sisters, Nancy Miller and JoAnn McNeely and his first wife, Dorothy Thurston. He is survived by his wife, Nelva Thurston; children, Glenda Beckett and husband, James of White Oak, Kent Welch and wife, Brenda of Buna, Vanessa Simmons and husband, Pat of Vidor, and Randy Welch and wife, Bonnie of Ohio; 17 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; brother, Jimmy Immel and sister, Patricia Lagel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner's Hospital in Galveston, Attn: Donor Development Office, 815 Market St. Galveston, TX 77550. The family wishes to thank the staff at Harbor Hospice, especially Dr. Stout for their wonderful treatment of Henry while he was in their care.
Published in the Beaumont Enterprise on Apr. 13, 2018
Opal Lou Thrash '45
Opal Lou Thrash, 89, of Beaumont, died Saturday, October 27, 2018, in Beaumont. A native and lifelong resident of the area, she was born on June 8, 1929, to Carnation and Bill Chefchis. She was a 1945 graduate of French High School. Lou was very active in St. Michael's Greek Orthodox Church and was a member of both the St. Michael's Altar Society and the Ladies Auxiliary. She was a fabulous cook and mother. Survivors include her sons, William Dean Shows and Dave Lindsey Shows, both of Beaumont; daughter, Katherine Shows Doss and her husband, Michael, of Spicewood, Texas; brother, Ernest Tice Soffes of Beaumont; grandson, Marcus S. Sheffield and his wife, Diane, of Vidor; and five nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Sophie Cutler and Billie Debes; son, Richard Scott Shows; husband, Joe F. Thrash; and the father of her children, Hal B. Shows. A Trisagion for Lou will begin at 6:00 p.m., with a gathering of her family and friends to follow until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, November 1, 2018, at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Her funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 2, 2018, at St. Michael's Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 690 North 15th Street, Beaumont. Interment will follow at Magnolia Cemetery, Beaumont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Michael's Ladies Auxiliary or the St. Michael's Altar Society, 690 North 15th Street, Beaumont, Texas 77702. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com
Published in the Beaumont Enterprise from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, 2018
Brenda Lee Squyres
Brenda Lee Squyres, 62, of Beaumont, died Tuesday, September 11, 2018. A native and lifelong resident of Beaumont, she was born on June 27, 1956, to Violet Sachitano Squyres and Raymond E. Squyres, Sr. Brenda graduated French High School and Lamar University. She retired as a Medical Lab Technologist from Baptist Hospital with 48 years of service. Brenda enjoyed reading, computers, traveling, and gardening. She loved her Texas sport teams especially the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Astros. Survivors include her aunt, Doris Varley of Big Springs; her sister, Rayanne Enderle of Beaumont; brother, Raymond E. Squyres, Jr. and his wife, Jennifer, of Humble; and nieces and nephew, Desaray Enderle, Emma Squyres, Violet Squyres (Godchild), and Raymond E. Squyres III. A gathering of Miss Squyres' family and friends will begin at 9:30 a.m., with a Rosary recited at 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 17, 2018. Her memorial mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Monday, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 5075 Bigner Road, Beaumont. An entombment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont. Brenda will be greatly missed and will always be in our hearts and prayers. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Pius X Catholic Church, 5075 Bigner Road, Beaumont, Texas 77708 or the St. Anthony Cathedral School Foundation, 850 Forsythe Beaumont, Texas 77701. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.
Earl Eugene Pruitt, 90, of Beaumont, passed away on January 30, 2018, at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. Funeral services will be 1:00pm, Friday, February 2, 2018, at Sabine Tabernacle in Beaumont. Burial will follow at Magnolia Cemetery in Beaumont. Visitation will be from 5:00pm-7:00pm, Thursday, February 1, 2018, at Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home in Beaumont. Born in Beaumont, Texas, on December 25, 1927, he was the son of Edgar and Frances (French) Pruitt. Earl grew up in Beaumont and attended French High School and later went to work as a service repairman for Centerpoint Entergy where he retired after 39 years. He enjoyed bowling and was very mechanically inclined. Earl attended Sabine Tabernacle. His main passion in life was to help people whenever he could. He is preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Frances Pruitt and his sister, Melba Shane. Earl is survived by his wife, Gloria Pruitt; his sons, David Neal Pruitt, Sr. and wife, Debbie of Branson, Missouri, Steve Pruitt of Houston; step-son, Dale Collier; grandchildren, Derick Pruitt and David Pruitt, Jr.; brothers, Carroll Pruitt and wife, Wanda, Wayne Pruitt and wife, Gwen both of Nederland; and his sisters, Ann Winn and husband, Bill of Coco, Florida and Elaine Laird of Evadale. Serving as pallbearers will be Weston Allen, Danny Boudreaux, Richard McCowan, Dylan Collier, David Pruitt, and Barry Allen.
Published in the Beaumont Enterprise on Feb. 1, 2018
Rosa Lee Perello
Rosa Lee Perello, 88, of Beaumont, loving sister, aunt, and friend has left our precious sight on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at Christus Hospital-St. Elizabeth, Beaumont. A native of Beaumont, Rosa was born on July 28, 1929, to Catherine and Anthony Perello. Rosa graduated from French High School in 1947 and entered the work world as a secretary at Calder Pharmacy. Rosa was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and St. Pius X Ladies. Always dear to her heart are the circle of friends that befriended her in special ways through good times as well as bad times. She enjoyed her outings with this group of ladies whom she referred to as her "Christmas Group". Rosa also looked forward to the class reunions, renewing old acquaintances. Rosa has as prayer list that wraps around the globe. She was an avid watcher of EWTN for spiritual comfort. Rosa had fond memories of the hospital chaplains from St. Anthony, who were not only her spiritual guides, but also enjoyed the coffee and cookies that were served during her visits. Along with the fond memories is an extended thank you to the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and the classes of Student Nurses. Rosa was deemed the matriarch of the family and its spiritual guide, who always encouraged prayer and faith in the lives of those around her, especially the children. Her spirit was always high through all of her adversaries. She loved the accumulated flowers, cards, prayers, visits, and phone calls from friends, who were, she said, "some famous and some not so famous." She was grateful for her extended family of friends and their children, who lovingly called her Aunt Rose. Rosa used her hobbies, the iPad, and puzzles to keep her mind alert and strong. To all who knew her, Rosa was a clear example of courage, hope, and acceptance. Those left to cherish her memories are her nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and four God-daughters, who have been so dear to her. Rosa is preceded in death by her parents, Catherine and Anthony Perello; brothers, Grispe, Veto, and Jasper Perello; sisters, Angie Phillips and Frances Davis; sisters-in-law, Neme Perello and Avis Perello; niece, Margaret Perello Kelly; nephews, Keith Perello and Johnny Davis. Rosa requested a special thanks to be given to Beaumont Home Health, Ameripro, and many health providers who took such good care of her, as well as the doctors and nurses who have kept her in good health. She was especially grateful to her nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins, and God-daughters, who have been very good to her. With a smile, Rosa says, "that's all folks-see you with the angels." A gathering of Miss Perello's family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary recited at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 22, 2018, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 5075 Bigner Road, Beaumont, with interment to follow at Magnolia Cemetery, Beaumont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Rosa Lee Perello's name to Birthright of Beaumont, 2626 Calder, Suite 201, Beaumont, Texas 77702; St. Pius X Catholic Church, 5075 Bigner Road, Beaumont, Texas 77708; or a charity of your choice. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.
Published in the Beaumont Enterprise on Feb. 20, 2018
Lynda Herrington Moncla
Lynda Herrington Moncla was born on May 11, 1950, to Leo and Thelma Herrington, in Beaumont, Texas. She went to be with the Lord on March 15, 2018, after a short battle with cancer. Lynda attended French High School and Lamar University. In 1973, she married the love of her life, Wayne Moncla. Together they had two wonderful sons who made her very proud. In her younger years she worked as a secretary, phlebotomist, and medical transcriptionist. Later in life she found peace staying at home. She was very attached to her loving cat, Suki. Lynda enjoyed traveling, especially the Texas Hill Country and Fredericksburg. She is preceded in death by her parents. Lynda is survived by her husband, Wayne; sister, Debbie Herrington of Beaumont; sons, Brandon Moncla and his wife, Amber, and their children, Wyatt and Adelaide, of Houston and Aaron Moncla and his wife, Stephanie, and their children, Blake and Bryson, of Abilene. A gathering of Mrs. Moncla's family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Her funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at Sabine Tabernacle, 1065 Hazel Street, Beaumont. Entombment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4 Bayou Brandt Drive, Suite B, Beaumont, Texas 77706 or Boy Scouts of America Three Rivers Council, 4650 Cardinal Drive, Beaumont, Texas 77705. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.
Martha Jackson Lester '50
Martha Jackson Lester, 86, of Beaumont was born June 8, 1932 in Beaumont and passed away Sept.16, 2018 at Oakwood Manor in Vidor. A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 at 10 am in the Claybar Kelley-Watkins Chapel in Beaumont. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Tuesday evening from 6-8:00 pm at the funeral home. Martha lived most of her life in Beaumont and was a proud 1950 graduate of French High School. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas M. Lester, Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Debbie Andrus and husband, Tommy; step-daughters, Annette Hodges and husband, Rusty, Michelle Henry and husband, Mark; 9 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchldren.
Published in the Beaumont Enterprise on Sept. 18, 2018
Laura Laird Jones
Laura Lea Laird Jones passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at her home in Pasadena, TX. Laura is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kristin and Anthony Parras of League City, TX, three grandchildren, Adrian Gonzales, Alek Parras and Carter Mattingly, her brother and sister-in-law, Buddy and Jan Laird of Beaumont, TX, three nieces, one nephew, four grand-nieces and two grand-nephews, all of Beaumont. Laura was 62 years old. A native of Beaumont, TX, she attended French High School and had lived for the past 37 years in the Houston area. Laura was preceded in death by her parents, Timothy and Louise Laird of Beaumont, her son, Erick Mattingly and her grandson, Taylor Melville. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The American Heart Association @ https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__donatenow.heart.org_&d=DwICaQ&c=B73tqXN8Ec0ocRmZHMCntw&r=tJCSct5tu-gXVbZIKaoF1Ik8aNSexgFFyVmYik7DWS0&m=acJMtZGQDUs6HWA8DBihUlQJuzs5ufQSxvsHRvj57BE&s=DOC9GAwfQPhMxvQiwJ5_KCS0958K6-jerGumvr9i5Xg&e= in memory of Laura Laird Jones.
Published in the Beaumont Enterprise on Jan. 28, 2018
Marlon Hall '70
Beloved husband, father, and Papa, Marlon Thomas Hall, 66, of Kountze, died Monday, August 27, 2018. He was born on February 27, 1952, in Beaumont, to Ruby and Paul Hall. Marlon graduated in 1970 from French High School. Survivors include his wife, Rose Hall, five daughters, many grandchildren, and his sister. A gathering of Mr. Hall's family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 30, 2018, at Crestwood Baptist Church, 1150 US-69, Kountze. His funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 31, 2018, at Crestwood Baptist Church with his interment to follow at Old Hardin Cemetery, Kountze. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.
Published in the Beaumont Enterprise on Aug. 30, 2018
Joyce Lou Fairchild '44
Joyce Lou Fairchild 91 was called home to be with the Lord on Sunday February 18, 2018. She was born in Beaumont, Texas on Sunday November 7, 1926 to Eugene and Ruth Wilson. She was raised in the Wilson North End Pinecrest home which was filled with love through five generations. Joy attended Edwards Elementary and graduated from French High School in 1944. She remained close to her many school friends and enjoyed fellowship gatherings over the years with them. She married the love of her life Billy Fairchild in 1947 and they celebrated 51 years of marriage before his death in 1998. During those years Joy and Billy traveled across the country with Gulf Oil from Cambridge City, Indiana to New Orleans, Louisiana then to Houston, Texas and finally retiring back home in Beaumont, Texas. Joy was an avid reader and accomplished writer. She spent her days calling to check on friends, always offering a helping hand where needed. Joy devoted her time to visiting friends in hospitals and nursing homes and being a kind hearted caretaker. She walked in the footsteps of her dear mother Ruth who showed Joy by her own benevolence that caring for others was a true blessing. Joy was a faithful member of Wesley United Methodist Church for over 35 years and during that time served the church in many capacities. Joy is preceded in death by her husband Billy, her parents Eugene and Ruth, her brothers Sam and Gene, her precious nephew Tommy Gene, and her lifelong friend and sister-in-law Zelma. Joy is survived by her nephew Sammy Wilson and wife Cathy and nephew Billy. She is also survived by numerous great nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. Joy leaves behind her dear friend Helen Bistline and the Bistline children and the "daughter of her heart" Carole Marsh and her husband Dick. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the wonderful staff of Atria Collier Park who showered Joy with love, attention and special friendships for the last two years. In Joy's final days the tender loving care shown by Linda and Kellie at the YaYa Assisted Living Home was priceless. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice in Joy's memory. And as Joy would do, wake up each day looking for ways to share your service of love to others. "Well done good and faithful servant, enter into the Joy of the Lord." Mathew 25: 21-23.
Published in the Beaumont Enterprise on Feb. 22, 2018
James "Daryl" Eller, Sr
James "Daryl" Eller, Sr., 78, of Beaumont, died Friday, January 19, 2018, at Harbor Hospice, Beaumont. He was born on May 6, 1939, to Glady's Overstreet and John Eller, in Beaumont. Daryl received his high school diploma from French High School and graduated from Lamar University, Beaumont. He was a retired railroad engineer. Survivors include his sons, Kirk Eller and his wife, Sandra, of Nashville; Colin Eller and James Eller, Jr., of Beaumont; grandchildren, Bryden, Brianna, Ryan, and Ashlynn Eller; brother, John "JN" Eller and his wife, Louise; and Ronny Eller and his wife, Karen; sister, Linda Weston and her husband, Charles; numerous nieces, nephews and other family members; and beloved companion and friend, Linda Mae Holland. A gathering of Mr. Eller's family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 25, 2018, at Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. A private family committal will be held at Broussard's Crematorium, Beaumont, with a private family burial of his cremated body at Holland Cemetery, Kountze. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com
Lora Mae Pedigo Canter '47
Lora Mae Pedigo Canter, 88, of Chattanooga, TN, went home to be with her Lord on November 8, 2018. Lora was born March 21, 1930 in Beaumont, Texas, and was the daughter of the late Louis Pedigo and Lydia Pedigo Wood. She graduated from French High School in Beaumont in 1947. She married Roger E. Canter on September 2, 1950 in Viton, LA. They resided and raised their family in Midland, TX. Lora was an enthusiastic golfer and sports woman. She enjoyed golfing and hunting and loved scuba diving and fishing. She also earned her pilot license. She was up to a good challenge and a competitive board game player! God gave her to us, and she gave us the knowledge of God. Forever in our hearts. When she wasn't enjoying her hobbies, Lora spent her life in ministry. She was very active in the Changed Lives Tape Ministry with Ben Haden for 46 years. She also was active in the His Way Ministry in San Francisco, CA in the early 80's. In Midland, TX she was an active member of Midland Bible Church leading ladies Bible studies. Lora was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga, TN. She was a loving mother to the late Frank D. Canter; Lisa L. Canter, Ennis, MT; Eloise Canter Taylor and husband Mark E. Webb, Christoval, TX and Cathy Canter Jennings, Austin, TX. She was an affectionate grandmother "Gam" to 4 grandchildren, Erin Taylor Cotto, Levi S. Taylor, Kyle Jennings, Dean Jennings, and their father Burt Jennings. Great grandmother of Shane Hensley, Tristan Cotto, & Gunner Cotto. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Claude, Carl, and Louis; sisters, Florence and Ethel. She is survived by her siblings, Betty Mixson, College Station, TX and Larry Pedigo (Linda), Buna, TX. Her family is forever grateful to the caregivers these past 6 years in her home. Thank you, Velva Moore (the one who went above and beyond making her life complete), Shalon Dozier, Brittany Patterson, Joyce Finley and Gwen Chandler. She will be missed dearly by her friends and church family. Services will be held in Beaumont, TX on Tuesday, November 13 at 11:00 AM. The pall bearers will be Levi Taylor, Kyle Jennings, Dean Jennings, Shane Hensley, and Rob Cotto. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Chapel in Chattanooga, TN on Wednesday, November 28 at 11:00 AM. Family will receive friends from 10:30 and 11 AM prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to Changed Lives, P.O. Box 100, Chattanooga, TN 37401; The Alzheimer's Association, 7625 Hamilton Park Dr. #6, Chattanooga, TN 34721 or Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37416. Please visit www.heritagechattanooga.com to share condolences and view the memorial tribute. Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 E. Brainerd Rd. Chattanooga, TN 37421.
William Russell Campbell - "Coach"
William Russell Campbell passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, June 11, 2018 in New Braunfels Texas at the age of 87. "Rusty" is survived by his wife, Charlotte Kull Campbell, daughter Carla Heverly, her husband Todd and grandson Noah, all of Houston Texas. He is also survived by his three stepdaughters, Chartee Pratt, Freida Duckworth and Geiget Luthi, who called him "Dad". A true Texan, Rusty was born to Lucille Goode Light and Claude Russell Campbell on June 6, 1931 in Jennings LA but as he told everyone with a big smile, "I got to Texas as quick as I could!" moving to Beaumont at the age of 3 months. He graduated from San Marcos Academy. With love of country, he joined the U.S. Army serving in 10th Special Forces as Staff Sergeant during the Korean War. After serving his country he received his AA Degree from Allen Military Academy, his BS from Lamar State College and his Masters Degree in Education from Texas A & M University. He then became a firefighter at Beaumont Fire Department before becoming a history teacher and football coach at French High School in Beaumont. "Coach" as he was called by all who knew him was truly a beloved and well respected teacher, coach and friend. He was a role model for the young men and women he mentored on and off the field. After retirement he volunteered as a Child Advocate in Beaumont for many years. He also dedicated much of his time to the East Texas Historical Society. The funeral service will be held at 10:30am on Friday, June 15, 2018 at Saint Joseph's Anglican Church at 446 N. Seguine Ave. New Braunfels Tx 78130 and final internment of his ashes will be at Magnolia Cemetery in Beaumont which will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, dona tions may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project or your local Humane Society to honor his beloved "critters".
Published in the Beaumont Enterprise on June 15, 2018
Louis Beard '38
Louis Beard was born December 3rd, 1920 in Rosedale, Texas to Robert Smith Beard and Annie Mary Beard. He was a resident of Beaumont for 97 years. He passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family singing his favorite hymns. A service of worship honoring his life will be held on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary of Calder Baptist Church. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. A gathering of family and friends will be from 10-11:00 am prior to the service in the fellowship hall of the church. He will be remembered as a family-loving Dad and Grandfather, gentle and kind, with Christ- like humility and generosity. He was a positive role model for family and friends, a moral conscience in business, and beloved by many. Louis was active in church and civic affairs. He was a long-time member of Calder Baptist Church having taught Sunday School, served as Deacon, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees. In 2016 he received recognition as Deacon Emeritus from his pastor and congregation. He was valedictorian of French High School graduation class of 1938. He attended Lamar Junior College and obtained his law degree from the University Of Texas School Of Law, in 1943. He served as Lieutenant in the United States Navy and was executive officer aboard the LST 744, in the South Pacific wars. His war record included serving during the invasions of Moratia, Leyte and Lingayen in the Philippine Islands. While serving his country in WWII, he met and soon married a Navy WAVE and the love of his life, Carrie Marie Yater. In 1963 Louis was a founding partner forming Wells, Duncan and Beard Law Firm and has been of counsel with the law firm which now bears the name of Wells, Peyton, Greenberg and Hunt. Since 1963 he served as attorney for British Clubs with offices in London, England and Sunderland, Scotland handling a variety of maritime cases. He also served as general counsel for Higman Towing Company. Louis' professional associations included the Maritime Law Association, Southeastern Admiralty Law Association, Propeller Club, American Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Association, Jefferson County Bar Association and Texas Association of Defense Counsel, chairman of the State Bar Association District 3 Student Admissions Committee and Grievance Committee and also served as chairman of the Southeast Texas Estate Planning Council. In 1995 Louis was presented with the Blackstone Award by the Jefferson County Bar Association in recognition of his consistent ability and courage as a lawyer. Louis was also involved in the work of the Y.M.C.A., United Appeals, and Chamber of Commerce. He served as chairman of the advisory board for the Salvation Army and as chairman of the professional division of United Appeals. In 1963 he was one of the organizers and the first general counsel of Citizens National Bank. Louis has been a Rotarian since 1954, served as president in 1959- 1960, also serving on the ByLaws, Student Loan, Indoctrination and International Contracts committees and on the Board of Directors. Later years he enjoyed sitting at the old-timers table with many friends including Gator Dollinger and Dr. J.D. Landes. As an attorney, Louis did not miss dabbling in politics. Waggoner Carr was Louis' classmate at the University Of Texas School Of Law. When Carr was elected to his first term as attorney general of the State of Texas, Louis served as Chairman of Carr's Jefferson County Campaign Committee. Louis is survived by his children: Becky Bryan, Bobby Beard and Bonnie Brown; Grandchildren: Meredith Lemon, Scott Bryan, Leigh Ann Bryan, Casey Bird, Katy Puckett, Carrie Wright, Kallie Dreher, Buck Beard, Matthew Brown and Lucas Brown; Great grandchildren: Abigail & Reagan Lemon, Tyler Bryan, Mattie Mutina, Henry Bird, William & Jack Puckett, Michael, Nate and Sam Wright, Katelyn Kocian, Lila & Kate Brown; Great-Great Grandchildren: Drake Mutina; Sister: Betty Sue Knight He is preceded in Death by: His wife of 69 years, Carrie Marie Beard; his parents; sisters, Ruby Horn, Ruth Anderson Schilling; twin sister, Lucile Allardyce Nichols; brothers Johnny, Martin & Joe Beard. The family wishes to extend their special thanks for their devotion and loving care to "Grandpa" from Jennifer Fountain, Cindy Me Williams, Rhonda Haywood, Beth Sellers, and Cherrlyn Farnsworth. Special thanks goes to Texas Home Health providers; Debby Fontenot, R.N., Jennifer Zumwalt, P.T. and LaToya Kelly, R.N. and volunteers from Nutrition Services of Beaumont; Laura Rice, Cindy Moore, Angelique Como and others. Friends and family who wish may direct contributions to: Calder Baptist Church-General Fund, 1005 N 11th St., Beaumont, Texas 77702 or Nutrition and Services for Seniors (senior meals.org) 4590 Concord, Beaumont, Texas 77703, 409-892-4455.
Published in the Beaumont Enterprise on Feb. 25, 2018
Anita Margaret Blake Beal - attendance clerk and secretary
Anita Margaret Blake Beal, 92, died July 12, 2018. A longtime resident of Beaumont, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hebert Beal, and daughter, Jan Beal Sullivan. Anita was employed for many years by Beaumont Independent School District, as attendance clerk and secretary at Dick Dowling Junior High School and French High School. She is survived by sisters, Zana Tarpey and Barbara Puckett, both of Houston; brother, Johnny Blake, of April Sound, Texas; her son, Grant Beal, Jr., of Merryville, Louisiana; daughters, Lyndsey Beal Roby of Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Ginna Beal Burdine, of Austin, Texas.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren; and her friend and caregiver, Rose Clark. A gathering of friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Her cremation was handled through Broussard's Crematorium, Beaumont. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.
1605 N Major Dr
Beaumont, TX 77713
Funeral Home Details
Published in the Beaumont Enterprise on July 14, 2018
Ardice Ener '55
Ardice Ray Ener, 80, of Bridge City, passed away on November 22, 2017, in Orange.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 27, 2017, at St. Helen Catholic Church in Orangefield. Officiating will be Father Michael Strother. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange.
Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. officiated by Deacon Tim Istre, on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City.
Born in Beaumont, Texas, on July 3, 1937, he was the son of Ardice B. Ener and Anna Belle (Braquet) Ener. Ardice was a pipefitter for Texaco Chemical for 27 years before retiring. He was a veteran of the United States Army Reserves and served from 1958 to 1967. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and of St. Helen Catholic Church. He was very involved in baseball and was an umpire, he coached all of his kids for 17 years, and went to every Bridge City sporting event. Ardice enjoyed the outdoors and fishing, and was a proud Eagle Scout. Ardice was loved by many and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law, Micki Ener; and grandson, Kyle Ener.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Ellen (Hale) Ener; children, Randy Ener and wife, Donna Lynn, of Orange, TX, Ronald W. Ener of Bridge City, TX, Clay Ener and wife, Stacia, of Bridge City, TX, and Pamela A Herndon and husband, Clay, of Orange, TX; grandchildren, Lacie, Douglas, Erica, Ryan, Blake, Malori, Lyvia, Jamie, Haley, Chase H., Alyssa, Dylan, and Chase P.; eight great-grandchildren; and siblings, Kaye Bryant and husband, George of Beaumont, TX, Kathy Gilstrap and husband, Ronnie, of Alvin, TX, and Marty Fazand and husband, Fred, of Tyler, TX.
George Michael Harris '66
Daddy - Papa George - Pawpaw - Uncle Popcorn,
Born in Beaumont Texas on July 30, 1948
Left this world on December 24, 2017 .
George was born to George & Betty Tolar But-
Adopted, raised and loved by his biological grandparents:
Howard & Irene Harris (Mawmaw & Pawpaw)
George graduated from French High School in Beaumont Tx in 1966
where he met and fell in love with the mother of his children
They were married on May 16, 1967
and remained married for over 35 years.
Divorced in 2002
He is survived by his 3 children Michael Harris
& his children, George Harris,
Staci & Jamie Miller & Hannah Harris
Daughter Sheri Harris & Ricky Dryden
& children Ashley Harris & Johnathon Beene
Kristyna Gibson & Mark Dixon
Kara Beth Gibson
Erin & Stephen Garrett
Daughter Teri & Mike Hall
& Children Nikki Plunkett
John Ronald Harris
And MANY Great grand children
Nieces and Nephews
Visitation was held Saturday, December 30, 2017 at
Klein Funeral Home 1400 W. Main Tomball, TX 77375
10:00 AM, Saturday, December 30, 2017
Klein Funeral Home
1400 W. Main Tomball, TX 77375
11:30 AM, Saturday, December 30, 2017
Klein Memorial Park
9714 FM 2920 Tomball, TX 77375
Kathy Mevers '65
Katheryn Louise "Kathy" Mevers, 71, of Port Arthur, passed away peacefully Sunday, December 17, 2017, at The Medical Resort of Bay Area, in Pasadena, Texas, after an extended illness. Katheryn was born December 21, 1945, in Jasper, Texas. Kathy looked forward to attending her French HS Alumni events, Thursday night outings at Larry's French Market, on-line shopping, sewing, and talking for hours on the phone. She enjoyed spending time with her family and loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren dearly.
Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, Katheryn Gibson Martin and J V Husband. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Leslie J. "Buddy" Mevers, Jr.; three daughters, Tammie Ambriati and husband, Tom of Hankamer, Texas, Lesley Moore and husband, Allen of Atascocita, Texas, and Sarah Guin and husband, Chris of Groves, Texas. She also leaves behind 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; brother, Steven Martin of Vidor, Texas; nieces, nephews and extended family and friends to cherish her memories.
A gathering of friends and relatives will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., Friday, December 22, 2017, with a Celebration of Life service to begin at 12:00 p.m., with Katheryn Louise's uncle, Mike Husbands officiating, at Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches.
In lieu of flowers, please make a Memorial Contribution in Katheryn's name to The Humane Society.
Ben Elliot '67
Ben Elliott, 69, of Vidor died Friday, September 8, 2017 at his residence. A native of Dallas, Texas, he was a longtime resident of Vidor.
Ben retired from the HVAC industry and served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. during the Vietnam Conflict. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and dabbling around the house.
Visitation will be held from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Monday, September 11, 2017 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Graveside service will begin at 2:00 pm Monday, September 11, 2017 at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor. Ben is survived by his wife of 21 years Carolyn Elliott of Vidor, TX, sons Ben A. "Trey" Elliott III of Jacksonville, FL, Ronald Harper of Lumberton, TX, Bill Elliott of Laramie, WY and Christopher Elliott of Laramie, WY, daughter Karen Braneff of Orange, TX and Aileen Elliott Laramie, WY, 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Ronald Sigur '67
Ronald David Sigur, 68, passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Grace House Assisted Living, a loving and caring community in Austin, Texas, surrounded by family and friends. He was born in Beaumont, Texas on January 5, 1949 to Carlos Sigur and Pearl Boutte Sigur.
Ron led an interesting and full life as his passions and career led him down many different avenues. Ron entered the Army in 1968 and was honorably discharged in 1971. He then became a police officer under the Beaumont Police Department. He not only earned a degree from Lamar University, but also taught Drafting at Lamar and then found his passion as a project manager of the first local power plants in Texas becoming a world traveler as his passion led him all around the U.S. and overseas to places such as New York, Massachusetts, Alaska, Canada, China, and the Philippines. Through it all Ron stayed a devoted member of the Masonic Lodge in his hometown of Beaumont.
Ron will be sadly missed by his beloved children, daughter, Christina Townsend and husband, Wayne; sons, Matthew Sigur and wife, Jessica and Ryan Sigur; brother, Matthew Sigur and wife, Terri; sister, Suzanne Robinson; grandchildren, Elizabeth Townsend, Bentley Sigur, and Harper Sigur; his companion, Cindy Johnson; numerous other relatives; and a host of friends.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be at 3:30 P.M., Friday, December 22, 2017 in the Chapel of Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow at a later date at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like contributions in Ron's memory to be made to the ALS Association of Texas, 1315 Sam Bass Circle, Unit B5, Round Rock, Texas, 78681, (877)714-0088 or www.alstexas.org.
John Wilson '64
John Howard Wilson was born January 11, 1946, in Crockett, Texas, to Berta Irene (Evans) Wilson and Shannon Wilson. His parents later moved to Beaumont, where John and his sister Bonnie grew up. John attended Beaumont schools, graduating from French High School in 1964, and from Lamar State College of Technology (now Lamar University) in 1969. After graduation, he served with the U.S. Army in Germany. After receiving his honorable discharge in 1971, he returned to Beaumont and went to work for a homebuilding firm founded by his classmate and close friend, Haywood Walker.
This job was the first in a long career for John as an estimator and consultant in residential and industrial construction. In 1969, John married Judy Walker, and they had one son, Shannon. In 1984, he married Judi Read, a union that lasted for the remainder of his life. John enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and golf. He loved to tell jokes, and none were funnier to him than his own.
He was famous for assigning nicknames; to earn one from him was a sure sign that he liked you. But beneath all the teasing and a sometimes gruff exterior, he was a deeply caring person, a loyal friend and supporter, and always ready to help when needed. His family and friends meant the world to him. He was a wonderful husband to Judi, father to Shannon, and son to his mother, Irene, to whom he gave devoted care in her final illness. This loving care was richly repaid by his family and friends, who provided generous support for him in his own time of need. John was also sustained by a deep faith in God, which he found in the months and weeks before his death.
Surviving John are his wife, Judith Read-Wilson; son, Shannon Andrew Wilson and wife, Bonnie; grandsons, Zachery Lundy and Dylan Lundy and his wife, Hailey Teel; great-grandson, Wyatt Lundy; sister, Bonnie Sue Wilson; nephew, Chad Edward Chatelain; Judi's cousins, Karen and Walter Cochran of Port Arthur; former wife and good friend Judy Walker Linsley, and her other sons, Ken and Sam Linsley, who formed a special bond with John, especially after the death of their own father. John was predeceased by his parents, Berta Irene and Shannon Wilson. Pallbearers will be Chad Chatelain, Zachery and Dylan Lundy, Ken and Sam Linsley, Stewart Yoes, Bart Owens, and Jason Lynch. Honorary pallbearers are Haywood Walker, Sam Wilson, Tim Broussard, and William Hammond. A gathering of John's family and friends will be from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Friday, June 16, 2017, at Broussard's,2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. His funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Broussard's, followed by interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, 3810 North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas 77713 or Humane Society of Southeast Texas, P.O. Box 1629, Beaumont, Texas 77704. Complete and updated information may be found at broussards1889.com.
Robert Van Nolan '66
Robert Van Noland, 70, of Beaumont, passed away on April 11, 2017, at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. Funeral services will be 2:00p.m., Friday, April 14, 2017, at Sabine Tabernacle in Beaumont. Officiating will be Reverend James Boykin of Sabine Tabernacle.
Burial will follow at Haven of Rest in Beaumont. Visitation will be from 5:00p.m.-8:00p.m., Thursday, April 13, 2017, at Claybar Funeral Home in Beaumont. Born in DeRidder, Louisiana, on February 26, 1947, he was the son of Pierce Andrew Noland and Mildred Pauline (McCullough) Noland.
Robert graduated from French High School 1966. After graduation he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served in the 818th Engineer Battalion. During his service he served in the Vietnam War and received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. After his service to our country he went to work for Texaco in 1972 as an Operator, retiring in 2006. Robert has been a member of Sabine Tabernacle since 1959. He enjoyed deer hunting, trout fishing, traveling and was a gentle giant.
One of his favorite roles in life was being a grandfather. Robert will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. He is preceded in death by his parents; and his daughter, Laura Kate Noland. Robert is survived by his wife of 42 years, Debra Noland; children, Pattie Byerly and husband, Tom of Protem, Missouri, Carla Merril and husband, Nathan of Keller, Texas and Robert Van Noland, Jr. and wife, Jana of China, Texas; seven grandchildren; and his siblings, Barbara Senters, Jerry Noland, Chuck Noland, Beverly Robbins, and Mike Noland.
Published in the Beaumont Enterprise on Apr. 13, 2017
Kimberly Seago '80
Kimberly Ren�� Seago, 55, of Beaumont, died Sunday, June 18, 2017. She was born in Frankfurt, Germany, on February 1, 1962.
Kim attended French High School and graduated in 1980, she later attended Lamar University and graduated in 1984. Kim earned her EMT license from Lamar University as well as graduating from the Police Academy in 1988.
She worked at Baptist Hospital, Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth in the Emergency Room, and for the Orange Police Department. For the last twenty-eight years, Kim worked with the Beaumont Police Department as a Patrol Officer-which she loved.
She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Beaumont. Kim is survived by her sister and brother-in-law. Kathy and Darrel Harris, of Kountze; niece, Amanda Rice and her husband, Johnny; nephew, Christopher Malone, of Deer Park; great-nephews, Hayden, Grayson, and Weston; and her great-niece, Halie, who affectionately called her "Pippy"; aunt, Margie Watkins, of Beaumont; a host of cousins and friends; her sweet four legged babies: Birdie, Bindi Renee, Dakota Rose, and Clementine; and all her brothers and sister in Blue at BPD. She is preceded in death by her parents, Anna and Billy Seago; grandparents, Polly and Ersa Mosteit and Allie and John Seago. Kim loved to golf and made 2 holes in one. She loved the beach and spending time with her family and friends. Kim's life dramatically changed in 2003 when introduced to the Fellowship. She had her own personal Angel (Donna) for five years and that relationship meant everything to her. The women of the Fellowship provided love, encouragement, and support- a special thanks to Lori H., Lisa Q., Laniece S., Ruthie S., and Danae G. Also, thank you to the women of BPD who were always there for Kim; and to Robi and Glen.
A gathering of Kimberly's family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Her funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 22, 2017, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3810 North Major Drive, Beaumont, with her interment to follow at Haven of Rest Cemetery, Beaumont. Memorial contributions may be made to American Lyme Disease Foundation, P.O. Box 466, Lyme, Connecticut 06371 or you may donate online at email@example.com. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.
Brenda Roberts '81~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Brenda Roberts was born on June 5,1962 to the union of Wilbert White and Ella Mae Zachary in Beaumont, Texas.
Brenda graduated from French High School class of 1981. She was a member of St. Pius Catholic Church and also enjoyed attending Antioch Missionary Baptist Church with her beloved daughter, Blake.
Brenda's memory will be cherished by her daughter, Blake Roberts; fianc��, James Jackson; granddaughter, D'Laiyah Brantley; grandsons Jamorean Roberts, John Roberts III, Landon Nolbert; father, Wilbert White; godmother, Mary Thomas; sisters, Lisa Zachary, Carmaro Hervey (George), Cathy Smith (Chris), Patrice Colbert (Wilbert), Charlette Pleasant, Charlene Rideaux; brothers, Paul Zachary, Greg White, Micheal White, Alexander White; nieces and nephews, cousins, and a host of relatives and friends. Our "angel Brenda," who created warmth and love wherever she went, will be deeply missed and forever remembered by all who were blessed to know her.
A woman of faith, integrity and generosity, she leaves a legacy that is defined by her love for family and friends, as well as her selfless efforts to care for everyone who entered her life. Brenda devoted herself to nurturing and supporting her children, grandchildren and other family members with a ready ear to listen, a solid shoulder to lean on, and unwavering love to sustain them in the years ahead. Her gift of never-ending love extended into her passionate and dedicated service to the Julie Rogers Gift of Life Program, IEA-Inspire, Encourage, Achieve, the Ben Rogers "I Have A Dream" Program and other community outreach initiatives, forever changing the lives of hundreds of children and adults. Regardless of life's challenges, Brenda embraced every moment with courageous determination, radiating compassion and love.
Funeral services will begin at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. Visitation will begin at 9:00 am at the church with burial to follow at Greenlawn Cemetery under the direction of Calvary Mortuary Staff.
Candace McClusky '70~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Candace Jan McClusky, 65, of Beaumont passed away on Sunday March 5, 2017 in Beaumont. Candace was born on April 24, 1951 in Beaumont, Texas to her parents Herbert Edwin McClusky and Marjorie Wydell Mahaffey McClusky who preceded her in death.
She was a graduate of the 1970 Class of French High School. She then attended Texas State Technical Institute, where she studied Instructional Media and graduated with an Associates Degree. After graduation, she then went to work for H.I.S.D., then assisted at a nursing home, and later worked as a Montessori Teacher's Aide.
Candace is survived by her two sisters; Moira "Mory" Anders and husband Steve of Beaumont, Molly Garrison of San Antonio, Nieces and Nephews; Matthew Anders and wife Carrie, Jennifer Landry and husband Adam, Amanda Garrison, James Richard Garrison, III "Trey", Micharel Garrison , and three great nieces. A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held on Saturday March 11, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Greater Arc of Beaumont at 4330 Westridge Lane Beaumont, Texas, 77706, in Ms. Candace McClusky's honor.
Published in the Beaumont Enterprise on Mar. 9, 2017
Harold Johnston '55~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Harold Raymond "Ray" Johnston, Jr., 80, of Sour Lake, died Monday, February 6, 2017. He was born on September 30, 1936, to Marie Grant Johnston and Harold Raymond Johnston, Sr., in Beaumont.
He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Janita Dell Johnston; and brother, Eugene Johnston. Ray was a 1955 graduate of French High School and graduated from Lamar University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 1964 and became a Professional Engineer with the State of Texas in 1977. He was owner of Galewsky-Johnston Consulting Engineers in Beaumont. Ray was an Elder at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church and served as Deacon and Elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church. He was an Eagle Scout and served as Scout Master for Troop 251 in Pinewood.
Survivors include his wife of sixty years, Gwen Johnston; sons, Hal Johnston and his wife, Alice, of Sour Lake; Mark Johnston and his wife, Patsy, of China; and David Johnston of Beaumont; grandchildren, Will Johnston, Chris Johnston, Jennifer and Tracy Davis, Ryan and Sasha Johnston, Laura Segler, Danika Johnston, Nathan Johnston, and Annalyse Johnston; and great-grandchildren, Morgan, Carley, Collin, and Grayson Davis, Rylei, Preslei and Lyndlei Johnston, and Chase Segler.
A gathering of Mr. Johnston's family and friends will begin at 1:00 p.m. with his funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 1350 North 23rd Street, Beaumont. His interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.
Melba Jenkins '46~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Melba Louise Jenkins, 88, of Beaumont, died Thursday, June 1, 2017. A native and lifelong resident of the area, she was born on January 3, 1929, to Svea Blumquist Silverburg and Edwin Silverburg. She is preceded in death by her husband, William Gates Jenkins, junior and her six older siblings, all who helped raise her and adored their baby sister.
The life of Melba and Bill was filled with faith, family, friends and service. Since 1943, she was a member of North End Methodist Church, which became Wesley Methodist Church. Melba graduated from French High School in 1946 and married Bill in 1947. The homeroom mother, Boy Scout mom, and then a librarian at Eugene Fields Elementary School, Melba was the mother with an apron at her waist, oatmeal cookies on the counter and the back door open. Her four grandchildren grew up in her kitchen and in Bill's garden. Homemade Christmas stockings, baby blankets and treasured recipes have been carried down to her nine great-grandchildren. She and Bill loved to laugh and adventures were often, whether on a date night with a bowling league or travels across the country. Among their favorite trips were annual ship reunions with those Bill served in the United States Navy during World War II.
Her warm nature carried her into the last phase of her life at Collier Park where she was never without a friend or a Bingo partner. Not an unkind word spoken, Melba was soft, sweet and gentle.
She leaves behind a family that learned to love without any conditions except that you never stop and you hug always. Survivors include her son, Mike Jenkins and his wife, JoBeth; daughter Diane Castro and her husband, Toby, all of Beaumont; grandchildren, William Gates Jenkins III and his wife Gillian, of Beaumont; Michael Jenkins, Jr and his wife Betsy, of Tyler; Sara Tahaney and her husband Casey, of Groves; and Colby Castro of Missouri City; great-grandchildren, Hannah Jenkins, William Gates Jenkins IV, Roy Thomas Jenkins, Mary Ellis Jenkins, Bowen Jenkins, Henry Jenkins, Jake Tahaney, Jillian Tahaney and Delilah Castro. A gathering of Mrs. Jenkins' family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Sunday, June 4, 2017, at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.
A graveside service will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 5, 2017, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 4955 Pine Street, Beaumont. Memorial contributions may be made to Boy Scouts of America Troop #65 c/o Wesley United Methodist Church, 3810 North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas 77713; or St. Anne Catholic School, P.O. Box 3429, Beaumont, Texas 77704. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.
1923 - 2017 Aline Lewis Crenshaw~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Beloved Wife, Mother, Sister and Friend Aline Lewis Crenshaw of Beaumont, TX and long time resident of Port Arthur, TX passed away April 18, 2017 in Beaumont, TX. She was born in Groveton, TX on February 4, 1923 to John William and Mildred Lewis.
She graduated from French High School in Beaumont, TX.
She was preceded in death by her husband J. G. Crenshaw Jr., her daughter Linda Ann Crenshaw Guidry and her sister Marjorie Toby. She is survived by her three sons James A., Larry G. and Jerry L. Crenshaw and by her sisters Loraine Fridelle, Johnnie V Murphy and brother Raymond Lewis. Memorial service to be held at Memorial Baptist Church, 4011 Memorial Blvd., Port Arthur TX on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm.
Published in the Beaumont Enterprise on Apr. 23, 2017
Gary Clark ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Our Lord and Savior called Gary Ray Clark "Papa" home after a heroic battle. Gary Ray Clark, 75, of Beaumont, peacefully passed away June 16, 2017, at his home in San Antonio, Texas, surrounded by his family. Gary was born in Yellowpine, Texas, on October 23, 1941, to Henry Ray Clark and Mertie Click Clark.
He was the youngest of four children and was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Edsel "Jack" Clark and Gerald Clark and his sister Juanita Clark Elliott Steck. Gary grew up in Beaumont, attended elementary through high school here and was known by all as Gary Ray. While at French High School, he lettered in both basketball and baseball. Gary played forward guard on the '59 French Buffalo's District Champion team. Also, his senior year, he was elected Twirp King and named Senior Class Favorite.
Gary was scouted to play baseball for the farm teams of the Chicago White Sox and Pittsburg Pirates. Instead of playing baseball, he enlisted in the US Army and was stationed in Korea. After returning home from serving his county, Gary began working in construction and later studied the field of Structural Engineering. He was part of the crew that built the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. On a trip back home to Beaumont, Gary met his future bride, Clifteen Tomlin, on a blind-date. After a very short courtship, the two married on November 27, 1965, beginning their 51-year adventure. Adventure was the correct word; newlyweds bought a travel trailer and began a two year "gypsy" life. They traveled all over the United States, while Gary worked construction jobs. The Texas boy shoveled his way out of the Chicago Blizzard of 1967. When it was time to start a family, Gary and Clifteen returned to Beaumont and opened their family business, Gary Clark Contractors, Inc.
In the early 70s, they welcomed their two children Heather and Gary "Cliff". In the mid-90s Gary retired. That didn't go over well and he later returned to the construction field he loved most. He later served as Vice President Building Division with Brystar Contracting, Inc. This soon became the best of both worlds, retired and working. Gary took immense pride in his work but his "Papa-time" came first. His pride and joy were lovingly referred to as "Papa's Best Buddy" and "Papa's Pretty Thing". Gary burned up I-10 as he traveled between Beaumont and San Antonio, never missing an event for his grandkids or a work deadline. As everyone in the construction business knew, Gary's word and handshake was a sealed deal. Gary was a very active community member and volunteer. He was a member of many community organizations. He served and volunteered during Cliff's YMCA Little League days and Heather's school events, Blue Bird events and the two enjoyed Indians and Princesses together. Gary was named "Honorary Pi Guy" in 1992, after years of dedication to Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. Gary grew-up fishing and hunting in East Texas and continued until one day in his early 40s, a deer looked him in the eyes and he laid down his gun and he became a deer lease "head cook". Cooking became a passion and he soon became the neighborhood cook, too. Gary will be dearly missed by family and friends but his GREATNESS will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
Gary is survived by his wife, as he called her "His Child-bride", Clifteen Tomlin Clark, daughter Heather and husband Clark Boudreaux, son, Gary "Cliff" Clark, grandchildren Trenton and Ashlyn Boudreaux, sister-in-law, Shirley Tomlin, his red dog, Maggie and many nieces and nephews. Honorary Pallbearers are John Elliott, Tim Elliott, John Michael Butler, Bobby Burford, Grant Sutton, Tony Levacy, Cole Gober, Phil Young and the Brystar Team. Words cannot express our respect and gratitude for Clark who moved in to Gary's house and took care of him for 3 weeks with patience, respect and unconditional love. We would like to thank Dr. Nathan Shumway and his staff at Texas Oncology San Antonio, Dr. Milind Javle and his staff at MD Anderson Houston and River City Hospice San Antonio for their dedication to Gary's well-being.
In lieu of flowers, we request donations be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, California 90266, or Pancan.org. A memorial service for Gary will be 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont, with a reception for his family and friends to follow at Broussard's Centre, 1775 Calder Avenue, Beaumont. Complete and updated information may be found at:broussards1889.com.
1933 - 2017 Mildred Barton~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
was born in Beaumont, Texas, on February 23, 1933 to Ural Bonnette Smith and Buck Smith, and was called home by her Lord on June 17, 2017. At a very early age, she became the organist at Magnolia Avenue Baptist Church.
She was a graduate of French High School, Lamar State College (now Lamar University), where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Music. Mildred attended the University of Houston where she earned her Master's Degree in Music Theory. She had a God-given talent for arranging music, she could play any song in any key and could also play a song after hearing it just once. Mildred was well-known in the world of musicians around the Beaumont area. She spent many years teaching music and choir at Amelia Elementary School and Forest Park High School. Her high school choirs earned sweepstakes at the UIL Contest at the local level, State Contest for the All-State Choir and State Solo Contest in Austin. While at Lamar University, she was invited to play for a reception at the Governor's Mansion in Austin. This was an honor which she cherished. After fifteen years of teaching choir, she received her certification in the counseling field from McNeese State University. At that point, Mildred became a counselor/registrar at Forest Park High School and then West Brook High School. She remained in that position until her retirement.
Mildred met the love of her life, Neal Barton while both were teaching at Amelia Elementary School. They were married for more than fifty years and God blessed them with a son, Neal Barton Jr. who is married to wife, Renee, of Tyler, Texas. Mildred was blessed with many cousins. She also stayed in contact with many of her students until her health began to fail. She was a master at the piano but she was at her happiest playing the organ for her Lord at Westgate Memorial Baptist Church for fifteen years. Her church was extremely important in her life.
A gathering of Mrs. Barton's family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m., with her funeral service to follow at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Westgate Memorial Baptist Church, 6220 Westgate Drive, Beaumont, with Dr. Raymond McHenry, officiating. A private family committal will follow at Garden of Memories Memorial Park, Lufkin, where she will rest next to her beloved Neal. Arrangements are handled by Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.
Donald Abbott '65~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Donald Lynn Abbott, 71, of Beaumont, Texas passed away on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Donald was born on December 18, 1945 in Beaumont, Texas to Geraldine Nantz Abbott and James Samuel Abbott.
Donald was a member of the French High School class of '65, and the U.S. Naval Reserve; he was Honorable Discharged. He was a pipefitter with Local 195 for 15 years before leaving to form his own enterprise, Abbott's Janitorial Service. Donald was a festival/fair vendor and performed as a mime and clown during Mardi Gras, both locally and across Louisiana. Health issues forced him to retire early. Don was an avid fisherman & viewer of golf. He was always happy when he could put a smile on your face.
Donald is preceded in death by his parents, Geraldine and James Abbott. Donald is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Sharon Keels Abbott; his 3 daughters, Reena Abbott Cook, and husband, Douglas of Independence, KS, and Houston, TX; Sheri Rogers Ford, and husband, Keith, of Vidor, TX, and Sandra Rogers Griffin, and husband, James, formerly of Vidor, TX, now Alamosa, CO; a son, James Wesley Abbott, and wife, Kay, of Clear Lake, TX; a brother, Dr. James Ron Abbott, and wife, Lillian, of Webster, TX; a sister, Beverly Ann Martinez; 9 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. Donald will be missed by all who were privileged to know and love him.
Published in the Beaumont Enterprise on Sept. 17, 2017
Della Rose Willard McDonald - 1964~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
September 11, 1945 - August 1, 2017
Died in Ft. Worth TX, Survived by husband Bill McDonald of Weatherford,
Son Cam McDonald & wife Peggy of Carrolton, Grand daughter Maia Grace McDonald of Carrolton, and Sister Ruth Willard Aubey of Beaumont
Melody June "Dodie" Wilson '76 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
1957 - 2017 Melody "Dodie" June Wilson, 59, of Clear Lake, formerly of Beaumont, passed away on April 23, 2017, at Clear Lake Regional Hospital in Clear Lake, Texas. Funeral services will be 10:00am, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at Claybar Kelley Watkins Funeral Home in Beaumont. Burial will be 3:00pm at Forest Park Cemetery, Webster, Texas. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00pm, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at Claybar Kelley-Watkins in Beaumont. She was preceded in death by her mother, Peggy Harrison; husband, Burt Wilson and her son, Will Wilson. Dodie is survived by her father, Harlen Harrison of Vidor; son, Robert Wilson of Vidor; brother, James Harrison and wife, Lisa of Fannett; sisters, Peggy Judice and Vickie Brekel both of Hardin County
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was born in Beaumont, Texas, on February 23, 1933 to Ural Bonnette Smith and Buck Smith, and was called home by her Lord on June 17, 2017. At a very early age, she became the organist at Magnolia Avenue Baptist Church. She was a graduate of French High School, Lamar State College (now Lamar University), where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Music. Mildred attended the University of Houston where she earned her Master's Degree in Music Theory.
She had a God-given talent for arranging music, she could play any song in any key and could also play a song after hearing it just once. Mildred was well-known in the world of musicians around the Beaumont area. She spent many years teaching music and choir at Amelia Elementary School and Forest Park High School. Her high school choirs earned sweepstakes at the UIL Contest at the local level, State Contest for the All-State Choir and State Solo Contest in Austin. While at Lamar University, she was invited to play for a reception at the Governor's Mansion in Austin. This was an honor which she cherished. After fifteen years of teaching choir, she received her certification in the counseling field from McNeese State University. At that point, Mildred became a counselor/registrar at Forest Park High School and then West Brook High School. She remained in that position until her retirement. Mildred met the love of her life, Neal Barton while both were teaching at Amelia Elementary School. They were married for more than fifty years and God blessed them with a son, Neal Barton Jr. who is married to wife, Renee, of Tyler, Texas. Mildred was blessed with many cousins. She also stayed in contact with many of her students until her health began to fail. She was a master at the piano but she was at her happiest playing the organ for her Lord at Westgate Memorial Baptist Church for fifteen years.
Her church was extremely important in her life. A gathering of Mrs. Barton's family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m., with her funeral service to follow at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Westgate Memorial Baptist Church, 6220 Westgate Drive, Beaumont, with Dr. Raymond McHenry, officiating. A private family committal will follow at Garden of Memories Memorial Park, Lufkin, where she will rest next to her beloved Neal. Arrangements are handled by Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.
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