My deepest sympathy to the families of the of lost alumni.
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Mildred Barton class unknown
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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