Class of '50 Obituaries

Troy Kelley
Stanton Troy Kelley, Sr. age 82, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at home, with his family at his side. He was born March 18, 1931, in Beaumont, TX, to Inez Smith Kelley and Valentine Stanton Kelley. Mr. Kelleys family and friends are comforted by knowing he is with His Lord and rejoicing with family that went before him. He became a Christian at an early age, at North End Baptist Church, Beaumont, Tx. He is preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Charles and Bill Kelley; and grandparents: George and Mary Ella Kelley and Wesley and Stella Smith. Survivors include his children: Troy Kelley, Jr. and spouse, Vikki of Lumberton, Judy Kelley, of Beaumont, Wesley Kelley, of Groves and friend, Dina, Elizabeth Kelley and fiancé, Jeremy Hubbard, of Vidor; grandchildren: Brandon Tunnell of Vidor and Melana Kelley of Lumberton; sister: Margie Christopher and brother-in-law, Jerry Christopher of Lumberton; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and extended family and friends, and his beloved dog, BoBo. After graduating from French High School, Troy went into the U.S. Army. He served in the Korean War from 1950 to 1954. He retired from Bethlehem Steel after 35 years of service as a structural fitter. He was a member of the Woodmen of the World, the Boilermaker Union, and the American Legion Post #7. Mr. Kelley was a loving, caring, supportive, generous, thoughtful, and devoted son, brother, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. His devotion to his family encompassed prayer, hope, encouragement, sympathy, and love. He will be greatly missed by his family and host of friends. A gathering of family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Claybar Funeral Home, 1155 N. 11th Street, Beaumont. Funeral services will be Friday, March 29, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., in the Claybar Funeral Home Chapel, with interment to follow at Claybar Haven of Rest Cemetery, U.S. Highway 90, Beaumont, Texas.

Carol Harris
Carol Tevis Harris entered the gates of Heaven on Friday, June 26, 2015. Services will be at 10:00 AM on Monday, June 29, 2015 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Lennie Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at the funeral home.
Carol was born on October 31, 1932 in Beaumont, Texas to Frank and Ruth Tevis. She was the younger sister of brother, Leon Tevis. She was raised in the Beaumont area, and was a graduate of French High School, where she served as drum major. She formed many lifelong friendships while in school, and remained close to many of them over the years.
She married her high school sweetheart, Dale Harris, in 1953, with whom she would go on to have and raise five children. She was most devoted to her family, attending countless school events and youth baseball games during their school years. She also worked to ensure each of her children was instructed in the Christian faith. She shaped each of her children's spirituality through her tireless Christian example and witness.
Following her husband's death in 1991, she relocated to Lumberton, Texas. She continued her devotion to family through her remaining years, and took great joy in sharing her nurturing love with her twelve grandchildren, as well as her great grandchildren. She especially loved participating in large family gatherings and loved hearing about what each of her family members were doing at the time.
Carol possessed a contagious smile and a wonderful sense of humor. Throughout her life, she maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many, who even now are being influenced by her Christian witness of constant nurturing love and faith. Her gift of joy, shown through her constant smiling and laughter, will never be forgotten by those who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Frank and Ruth Tevis, brother Leon Tevis and husband Dale Harris.
Survivors include daughters; Terri Rutledge and her husband Kenny, Nancy LaRousse and her husband Marc, and Mary Nell Williams and her husband David. Sons; Phil Harris and his wife Katy, and Danny Harris and his wife Myrna. Twelve grandchildren; Sheri Boren and husband John, Kerri Jo Wilson and husband Joey, Anthony Harris and fiancé Nicole Gaspar, Joanna Harris, Jason Harris, Emily McCullough and husband Josh, Aaron Harris and fiancé Caleigh Etheredge, Allie Harris, Eric LaRousse, Morgan LaRousse, Casey Vasquez and husband James Vasquez, and Brandon Williams and wife Angela. Seven great-grandchildren; Taylor Kemp, Tiffany Kemp, Holly Wilson, Jenna McCullough, Abby McCullough, Layne Williams, and Branson Williams. One great-great grandson, Carson Mooring. Joey Wilson, Anthony Harris, Jason Harris, Josh McCullough, Aaron Harris, Eric LaRousse, James Vasquez and Brandon Williams will be serving as pallbearers. Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church (North Campus) AWANA Children's Ministry 395 Fletcher Rd. Lumberton, TX 77657, (409)755-4100.

Frank Harvey
Frank "Red" Harvey died Thursday, August 4, 2011. He was born to Annie Laura Carter and James Franklin Harvey, Sr. in Foulk, Arkansas on May 26, 1931. Shortly after, his family moved to Beaumont, Texas. Graduating from French High School in 1950, Frank was an avid sportsman, lettering in three sports, receiving a football scholarship at Panola. He was Beaumont's Athlete of the Year in 1950. I
nstead of Panola, Frank chose to go into the service. After joining the United States Air Force, he returned from Korea with his wife Nancy, to raise four children, Glenda, Bubba, Cindy and Mark. After a thirty-five year career with Mobil Oil, Frank retired to his home in Nederland, Texas, where he enjoyed traveling. His last twenty years were devoted to Christ, and offering words of encouragement to his children and grandchildren.
Frank is survived by his daughters, Glenda Langley and Cindy Harvey; sons, James "Bubba" Harvey and Mark Harvey; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren;: brothers, Tommy Harvey of Beaumont, Larry Harvey of South Carolina, and David Harvey of Groves; sister, Mildred Chance of Silsbee; and several nieces and nephews.
His funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 8, 2011 at Broussard's, 505 12th Street, Nederland with burial to follow at Memory Gardens of Jefferson County, Nederland. A gathering of his family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, August 7, 2011, at Broussard's. Obituary from Broussard's Mortuary, Nederland, Texas; August 5, 2011

June Rose Preshaw
June Rose Persohn, 81, of Beaumont, died Sunday, May 11, 2014. A native and lifelong resident of Beaumont, she was born on September 30, 1932, to Agnes Sonnenberg Preshaw and Otho Preshaw. June retired from Sears Service Center. She graduated in 1950 from French High School and continued friendships with many of her classmates.
June enjoyed her monthly girlfriend lunches and playing Bunco. June (known as MawMaw to many) loved her grandkids and spending time with her grand dogs, Camo and Chief. Survivors include her daughter, Patty Spitzer and her husband, Corbin; son, Joe Persohn and his wife, Lenita; grandchildren, Connor Spitzer and his wife, Jess; Lexy Spitzer Bumpass and her husband, Alan; Joseph Persohn; Joshua Persohn; and Jason Persohn; and niece, June Rose Dubois.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, J.B. Persohn, Jr.; sister, Ollie Harrison; and brother, Jack Preshaw. A gathering of Mrs. Persohn's family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Her funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3810 North Major Drive, Beaumont, with interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Beaumont. Complete and updated information may be found at: - See more at:

William Dudley
William T. "Bill" Dudley of Kingwood, Texas died March 20, 2009. Bill was born May 30, 1932 to Willie Thelmar and Mary Ella Dudley in Dayton, Texas. He was raised in Beaumont and graduated from French High School.
After serving in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict, he earned a business degree from Sam Houston State College in 1956. He worked with Shell Oil Company for thirty years, retiring in 1986. He and his wife Bonnie were avid square and round dancers, belonging to the Circle Eighters of Kingwood, the Humble Wildcatters and the Cypress Swingers. He was a member of the Kingwood United Methodist Church and attended the Seekers Sunday school class.
Bill is survived by Bonnie, his wife of 53 years; two daughters – Debra Lufburrow and her husband Howard, and Pam Kelly; two sons – Thomas Dudley and wife Tambi, and Kenneth Dudley; eight grandchildren, three nephews and five nieces. Visitation will be from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at Kingwood Funeral Home.
The funeral service will be Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 10:00 AM at the Kingwood United Methodist Church with burial at the Houston National Cemetery immediately following the funeral service. For those desiring, charitable contributions can be made to the Kingwood UMC Endowment Fund at 1799 Woodland Hills Dr Kingwood, TX 77339 or the Teen Square Dance Scholarship Fund. For more information about the life of Bill, to sign the register book, or to offer your memories of Bill to the family, please visit Kingwood Funeral 22800 Highway 59North Kingwood, TX 77339 281-358-9005 . Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Mar. 23, 2009 - See more at:

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