Class of '54 Obituaries

Emmette Jorden Sr.
Emmette Edward Jorden, Sr. Oct. 15, 1934 Dec. 27, 2012 Emmette Edward Jorden, Sr. 78, of Sagle, Idaho died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He was born on Oct. 15, 1934 to Loma Madero Jorden and Alva Emmett Mike Jorden in McLennan, Texas. He attended French High School in Beaumont, Texas and Washington State University. He was by trade a pipefitter/welder, quality control engineer and in his younger years had been a rodeo clown and bull rider. He was a Boy Scout Leader for a number of years. Emmette loved working with leather, silversmithing and was a master gardener. He was an ordained minister and counselor with Four Winds Ministry and continued to volunteer his service for various causes throughout his life. He is survived by his wife Patricia Gabe Gabel Jorden of Sagle, ID, daughters Dorothy Therese Jorden Crocker of Lumberton, TX, Carol Marie Jorden Cleveland of Vidor, TX, Teanna Gabel Kurtz of Sagle, ID, sons Emmette Edward Jorden, Jr., Guy Busby Jorden both of Sagle, ID & Dominque Sorenson of Kennewick, WA, brothers Michael Jorden, of Houston, TX, John David Jorden of Vidor, TX, Theodore Ted Jorden of Ville Platte, LA, sister Theresa Tess Jorden Pate of Beaumont, TX plus others that he loved as his own. He had many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Emmette is preceded in death by one wife Ellen Jorden, his father Alva Emmett Mike Jorden; mother Loma Madero Busby Jorden, brother Alva Al Jorden, and sister Lisa Jorden Mayea. The family will be hosting an informal gathering of memories to celebrate the life of Emmette Jorden at New Hope Cemetery in Riesel, TX on Sat., Feb. 2, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers you may donate to your favorite American Indian charity, the Humane Society, or plant a tree in memory of his love for nature.

Ann LaVerne Sellers Perry
Ann LaVerne Sellers Perry, 77, of Houston, died Thursday, May 22, 2014. She was born on July 15, 1936, in Beaumont, to Aubrey and Ovilia Sellers. She attended St. Annes Catholic School during her early years and graduated from French High School in 1954.
Mrs. Perry married the love of her life, Jim R. Gink Perry in 1956. With his job, they lived in parts of South Texas; Abbeville, Louisiana; Mallorca, Spain; and Maracaibo, Venezuela. Upon his death, she and her children returned to Beaumont and worked for Gulf States Utilities until retiring in 1994. She then moved to Houston to be near her children. Mrs. Perry was a long time member of St. Pius X Parish in Beaumont.
Survivors include her children, Virginia Ginny Perry of Austin; Sharon Perry Martin and her husband, Mike, of Dallas; and Jim R. Perry, Jr. of Houston; grandchildren, Starla Huebner and Jim R. Perry, III; step-grandchildren, Jennifer Saxena and Jacqui Thomisee; six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; her husbands parents, Edna and Grafton Perry; her siblings and their spouses, Helen Sellers, Glenn Pope, Ann and Allen Sellers, and JoNell and Calvin Sellers; and her long time companion, Maurice Peck McDaniel.
Mrs. Perry's memorial service will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Elijahs Place, Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas, Diocese of Beaumont, 2780 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, Texas 77703. Complete and updated information may be found at

Wesley E. Jones '54
Wesley E. Jones of Vidor, TX, 75, died October 10, 2011, at St. Luke's Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Texas, surrounded by his immediate family, after a long battle with numerous health problems.
Wesley was a native of Beaumont, but had lived in Vidor for more than 30 years, where he was an active member of Pine Forest Baptist Church. Wesley attended Beaumont schools, he was a member of the French High School Class of 1954.
He began his career in the late 50's with the Beaumont Police Department. After several years, he transferred to the Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Department, before making a final career move to Gulf Oil, where he remained until he retired. Wesley served in active duty in the US Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. Upon completion of active duty, he continued his service in the Marine Reserves and then transferred to the Army Reserves, until he retired in 1984 with 31 years of service. Wesley loved the outdoors and anything adventurous.
He was a licensed pilot and loved parachuting, motorcycling, golfing, and traveling for entertainment throughout his years. Traveling was one of his greatest desires, and was a member of the Gulf Coast Cruisers RV Club. Throughout his lifetime, he traveled the world, which included every state in the United States and also the countries of Europe, Spain, Panama, and Mexico. He and his wife, Pat, were founding members of the Christian Motor Cycle Club, and traveled many places, with them. Wesley was also an active member of the Pine Forest Masonic Lodge 1420 of Vidor, Tolerance Lodge 1165 of Beaumont, where he served as Past Master, a Shriner with the El Mina Shriners of San Antonio, and a member of Eastern Star 914 out of Vidor. He was an avid golfer and loved to play dominoes and cards with his family and friends. Wesley also volunteered his services for the Lutcher Theatre in Orange, TX, where he respected the arts.
His funeral service will be on Friday, October 14, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., at Pine Forest Baptist Church. Wesley will be laid to rest with a graveside service to be held on Monday, October 17, 2011, at Carmel Baptist Church, in Monticello, Mississippi. He is survived by his wife, Patsy Lambert Jones; a daughter, Dr. Kimber Knight and her husband, David of Beaumont; a daughter, Shelli Brannon and her husband, Bow of Sugar Land; a daughter, Sandra Doland and her husband, Michael of Beaumont; a stepdaughter, Kimela West and her husband, Ben, of Vidor; a stepson, Mark Wood of New York; and a stepson, Paul Wood and his wife, Michelle, of the UK.
He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Megan Knight, Jason Knight, Hillary Brannon, Bow Brannon, III, Graham Wesley Brannon, Danielle Doland, Erin Doland, Tamara Milam and her husband, James, Melissa Kugler and her husband, Leif, and Joel West. Wesley is survived by four great-grandchil- dren, Alexandra Kugler, Kylan Kugler, Aidan Kugler, Jacob Milam; siblings, Ann Amy of Beaumont, Les Jones and his wife, Bette, of Orange, Carolyn Modica and her husband, P.J, of Beaumont; three stepbrothers, Jerry Droptini and his wife, Janice, Andrew Droptini and his wife, Jan, and John Droptini and his wife Janet; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Opal and Andrew Droptini; and his father, Thomas Jones; a sister, Bettye Heathcock; brothers, Thomas James Jones, and Bobby Gerald Jones; and two half brothers, Tommy Lewis Jones and Raymond Charles Jones. Memorial contributions can be made to the Pine Forest Baptist Church Building Fund.

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