Class of '55 Obituaries

Barbara Rae Tomlinson
Barbara Rae Tomlinson, 76, of Saratoga, was called Home by her Lord and Savior, after a lengthy illness, on Monday June 10, 2013. She was a member of West End Baptist Church.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She was always involved in her children's and grandchildren's extra curricular activities. She was a life coach to all.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Fritz and Mary Heufelder and nephew, David Carroll Wallace. She is survived by her loving husband of over 52 years, Thomas Tomlinson of Saratoga; children, Gina Ann Brunett and husband Terry of Vidor, Tina Kay Smith and husband Vernon of Saratoga, Lisa Marie Craig and husband Jason of Katy, Robin Rene Palumbo and husband Steven of Saratoga, Tracie Rae Jacobson of Longview, Thomas KendallTomlinson, Jr. of Saratoga; step-son, Thomas Kendall Lambert and wife Liz of Nederland; nine grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; sisters Laura Ann Wallace of Vidor and Elaine Kay Whitten of Vidor; niece, Monica Elaine Whitten of Vidor; nephew, Steven Wayne Whitten of Groves; her little dog and loyal companion, Tillie.
Her family will receive friends at Faith and Family Funeral Services Chapel on Tuesday June 11, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A service of remembrance is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Wednesday June 12, 2013 at Faith and Family Funeral Services Chapel, officiated by Reverend Alvin Tomlinson. Internment will follow at Oil Field Cemetery inSaratoga.

Thomas Willard
Thomas Maxwell Willard, 78, died Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Lakeland FL Regional Health Center after a brief hospitalization.
Tom was born August 30, 1937 in Beaumont, TX to Max and Ruth Willard. He attended public school and earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
He graduated valedictorian from French High School in 1955. Tom continued his education at Lamar University, graduating with a BS in Chemistry, 1959. The day after graduation he married Barbara Youngblood of Groves, TX. They moved to New Orleans where he attended Tulane University and received a PhD in Chemistry, 1964. Tom and Barbara then moved to Lakeland, Fl where he was the Chairman of the Chemistry Department at Florida Southern College until his retirement.
Tom is predeceased by his parents and his wife Barbara. He is survived by his son Bill Willard and wife Susy of Auburndale, FL; daughter Elaine Lancaster and husband Don of Black Diamond, WA; his sisters Ruth Aubey and husband Jim of Beaumont TX, Della McDonald and husband Bill of Weatherford TX. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Tom's Celebration of Life was in Lakeland FL and there was a graveside service in Anahuac TX. Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Sept. 11, 2016

Ross Walker
Ross Weldon Walker, 78, of Beaumont, passed away on February 2, 2016 at his home. He was born August 9, 1937 in Fastrill, Texas, near Lufkin, to parents Ross and Temple Walker.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Claybar Kelly-Watkins Funeral Home in Beaumont. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM prior to the service at the funeral home.
Weldon grew up in Beaumont, where his father was a locomotive engineer at Southern Pacific Railroad and his mother worked at Texas Commerce Bank. After graduation from French High School in 1955, Weldon attended Lamar and then joined the U.S. Army. He was a helicopter mechanic instructor at Ft. Eustis, Virginia.
Three years later, upon his discharge, he returned to Beaumont and studied engineering at Lamar. In 1961, he began working at Dresser IDECO. He worked for IDECO and successor companies for 43 years. He was a structural engineer; his many responsibilities included traveling around the world troubleshooting and modifying oil drilling rigs. He has been to six continents and every oil producing country in the world, including Russia, China, Egypt, Nigeria, Trinidad and all the countries in South America.
He was granted three patents during the 1970s, all of which had to do with tunneling and boring machines. Weldon retired as vice-president of National Oilwell.
In his spare time, Weldon enjoyed being outdoors, water skiing and motorcycle riding with his family, especially in and around Sam Rayburn Lake.
Weldon is survived by his wife, Deanna Walker of Beaumont; their children Ben Walker of Topeka, Kansas, Tom Walker and wife Kim, of Beaumont and Lisa Walker of Beaumont; and their grandchildren Ashley Walker and Travis Walker. He is also survived by his daughter, Becky Ames and her husband, Rodney Ames, of Beaumont.
Weldon and his family appreciate the excellent care and service from Harbor Hospice.

Jerome Summers
Jerome Dean "Poppy" Summers, 73, of Moss Bluff died Friday, May 21, 2010 in a local hospital. Mr. Summers was born, raised and educated in Beaumont, TX where he was a graduate of French High School.
He attended McNeese State University following his service in the United States Air Force. Mr. Summers retired after thirty years of service as an Instrumentation Technician for Conoco and Condea Vista. He was a member and twenty year President of OCAW (Oil Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union), member IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local # 861) and was a Commissioner and Vice President of Calcasieu Parish 911 and a member of First United Methodist Church. He was also an educator of Plant Safety and Health throughout the United States. Mr. Summers had a true hobby of rabbits. He was active with 4-H leadership and children for forty years and was a well known breeder and showman. Over the years, Mr. Summers became an avid collector of trains. His most recent project was introducing his young grandson to Lionel, HO Scale and N-Gauge Trains and they were currently working on a layout of tracks. Mr. Summers will be most remembered for sharing his knowledge and wisdom with children.
He leaves to honor his memory, his loving wife of forty years, Iris Rushing Summers of Moss Bluff; one daughter, Susan Summers Miller and husband David of Moss Bluff; two sons, Jerry Summers and wife Tessie of Lake Charles and Jason Summers and wife Michelle of Dallas, TX; seven grandchildren, Kristi Summers of Moss Bluff, Christopher Summers of Minot, ND, Summer Miller of Moss Bluff, Amber Summers of Lake Charles; Peter Summers and Andrew Summers of Dallas, TX and Nina Mouton of Lake Charles and one great- grandchild, Nicole Carpenter of Moss Bluff. He was preceded in death by his parents, Achilles and Grace Ferrier Summers and one brother, Deril L. Summers.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at First United Methodist Church. Reverend Richard Humphries will officiate. Visitation Monday will be from 4:00 PM until 9:00 PM at Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation Tuesday will be from 9:00 AM until the time of service at First United Methodist Church.

James Jackson
James Jimmy Jackson, 78, of Port Neches, Texas passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family after a very courageous three year and nine month battle with pancreatic cancer. Jimmy was born September 30, 1936 in Beaumont, Texas to Albert Jackson and Hattie Durdin Jackson. He was a 1955 graduate of French High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lamar University in 1961.
He began his forty-year long engineering career at Neches Butane and retired from Huntsman. He is a member of the United Methodist Temple, serving as an usher and in Methodist Men, and a member of the Wesley Sunday School Class. Jimmy served his country in the US Army and US Army Reserves. Jimmy enjoyed playing golf and fishing, but most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends.
Jimmy is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Mary Jo Smith Jackson, his three children and their spouses: Greg and Lynn Jackson, Lisa and Jim Arisco and Cindy Courts and Tim Porter all of Port Neches; grandchildren, Lauren Arisco, Ashley and Josh Russell, Haleigh Courts, and Hunter Courts; great-grandsons, Peyton and Jackson James Russell; and sister, Dean Spencer and husband Gary. The family would like to thank three special angels: Felicia, Consuella, and Carolyn that took extraordinary care of Jimmy.
Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Levingston Funeral Home in Port Neches. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 13, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Temple with Judge Jeff Branick officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Temple, 4101 Hwy 73, Port Arthur, Texas 77642

Leonard Lambright, Jr
Leonard Lambright, Jr. 74, of Beaumont passed away June 11, 2011 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born May 1, 1937 in Louisiana but spent many years in the southeast Texas area. Leonard graduated from French high School in 1955.
During his life he worked at Trotti & Thompson as an operator. He later owned Jimmies Novelty Company which distributed jukeboxes, pool tables, games and cigarette machines. Leonard is preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Willie Mae Lambright and his brother A. E. (Kaz) Cloud.
Surviving Leonard is his wife of 50 years, Nelda Lambright, his daughters; Patricia Neff and her husband John, Mary Lewis and her husband Richard, and Brenda Trahan and her husband John; grandchildren, Teri Neff Calloway, John Neff, Jr., Wesley and Greg Barefield, Chyvonne Angelle, Elisha Brenham, and Chelsea Trahan; great-grandchildren, Acelyn Calloway, Callen and Addison Angelle , Lane and Nickolas Angelle, Aidan Brenham and Rhede Branch.
A gathering of friends and family will be held Monday, June, 13, 2011 from 5-9 p.m. at the funeral home. A celebration of Leonard's life is Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Rosedale Baptist Church in Beaumont. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. .Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on June - See more at:

James Mauer
James Carl J.C. Mauer, 70, of Warren passed away March 28, 2008 in Houston, Texas. A native of Beaumont, Texas, he lived in Warren for the past 35 years. He was a proud graduate of French High School in Beaumont.
He retired from Levingston Ship Building. He is survived by his wife, Jackie L. Mauer; children, Terri L. Sims and husband, Scot of Orange, J. Martin Mauer and wife, Ana Maria of Trophy Club, Jason C. Mauer of Beaumont, Ana L. Murray of Smithville and Charles B. Murray of New York, NY; mother, Gladys Mauer of Beamont; brothers, John F. Mauer and wife, Barbara of Lakeview, George A. Mauer and wife, Sandra of Wildwood and Robert Mauer and wife, Paulette of Grandberry; grandchildren, Traci and Dustin Fontenot, Julie Sims, Nicolas Mauer and Victoria Mauer.
Funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Village Mills Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. . Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Apr. 1, 2008 - See more at:

Donald Barnett
Donald E. Barnett, Sr., 76, of Beaumont, TX, passed away March 6, 2012, after a lengthy illness, surrounded by his loving family. Born Christmas day, 1935 in San Diego, California, Don lovingly recalled his youngest years in Florida and Massachusetts, before his father, a naval officer, settled in Beaumont. He graduated from French High School, attended Lamar University, owned and operated East Tex Printing Company, then became Director of Operations for First Security and later First City Bank of Beaumont.
A lover of all things living, Don raised roses and exotic plants, spent time at the beach with his family, and touched everyone he made contact with. Survivors include his loving wife of fifty-six years, Bonnie Barnett; brothers, Eugene Barnett, Sr. and his wife, Berylann, Kenneth Barnett and his wife, Henrietta; children, Don Barnett, Jr. and his wife, Missy, Steve Barnett and his wife, Angela, Michael Barnett and his wife, Lisa, Laura Lee and her husband, Bob, and Linda Barnett and Doug Lack; twelve grandchildren; and numerous other family members and friends. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Henrietta and Eugene Lee Barnett, Sr.
The family wants to extend their thanks and appreciation to Dr. Colgan and Greg, Dr. Huff and Penny, Dr. Dedarin, Dr. Jaysrs, and all the healthcare professionals that assisted Don over the years.
A gathering of his family and friends will be from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., with a Christian Vigil at 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 9, 2012, at Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 10, 2012, at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, 700 Jefferson Street, Beaumont, with entombment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard's. Memorial contributions may be made to American Kidney Foundation, 6110 Executive Boulevard, Suite 1010, Rockville, Maryland 20852; American Heart Association , P. O. Box 841125, Dallas, Texas 75284; or American Diabetes Association , 2400 Augustus Drive, Suite 175, Houston, Texas 77057. Complete and updated information may be found at: . Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Mar. 8, 2012 - See more at:

John Coston
John David "Johnny" Coston, 74, of Nederland died Thursday, March 10, 2011. He was born in Brady, TX and lived in Nederland, TX for 47 years. John grew up in Beaumont where he graduated French High School and Lamar University.
He served in the United State Navy aboard the USS Des Moines. Retired from Ameripol Synpol (formerly Texas U.S. Chemical) in Port Neches, TX. He enjoyed riding his Harley and being part of the Cowboy Harley HOG chapter. John was an avid fisherman, hunter and enjoyed the outdoors. John was husband to Phyllis Madden for over 50 years. He was the youngest of two sons, (William E. Coston the oldest) of John E. and Mildred Coston. He was a loving father to daughters, Lori Ivins and husband Wayne and Lisa Thibodeaux and husband Brent. Known as "Grandy", to his four grandsons, Justin, Brandon, Cody and Andrew Ivins and as "Grandy Grandy" to his two great-grandsons Layton and Kylon Ivins.
Visitation from 1:00 - 3:00 pm held Monday, March 14, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 4955 Pine St. in Beaumont. Graveside service at 3:00 pm

James David Buchanan, Sr.
James, 70, of Beaumont passed away at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2007 in Charles S. Kelley Memorial Chapel at Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. His family will receive guests beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday with a rosary service beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Mr. Buchanan was born October 26, 1936 in Warsaw, NY to David and Helen (Conroy) Buchanan. He is a 1955 graduate of French High School.
He was a very kind man who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Janette Buchanan; children, Michael Buchanan and wife Jennifer, David Buchanan and wife Heather, Helen Sue Busby and husband James, Vickie Alexander all of Beaumont, and Janice Kay Ballance and husband Rodney of Spring Branch, TX; twenty-one grandchildren; four great grandchildren and brother, Robert E. Buchanan and wife Janice also of Beaumont.
Preceding him in death are his parents and son, James “Bubba” Buchanan, Jr.

Trudy Roblow Duhon
Trudy, 70, Orange, passed away on Sunday, June 29, 2008 after a 5 year battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held at St. Helen's Catholic Church in Orangefield on Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Reverend Tom Phelan Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Beaumont, Texas. Visitation will be at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange on Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a rosary immediately following.
Trudy was born in Neighborton, LA on July 6, 1937 and moved to Beaumont with her family as a child. She was a 1955 graduate of French High school and married the kid across the street, Morris Duhon. They celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary on June 23rd. Trudy and Morris lived in Beaumont until 1976 and then relocated to Orange where she was currently residing. She loved to fish, travel and most of all she liked to shop with her sisters and granddaughters.
She also cherished spending time with her children, grandchildren and family. Trudy was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend to all. She is preceded in death by her parents Willie and Mary Lou Roblow, and a sister, Willie Andress. Trudy is survived by her loving husband, Morris Duhon; two daughters, Paula and Doug McCain of Lake Charles, LA, and Jaliene and Ricky Glaze of Orange; five grandchildren Mason and Monique McCain of Lake Charles and Haley, Todd and Derek Glaze of Orange. Also surviving her are sisters, Shirley Robbins and husband James, Pauline Tanner and brother, Ted Roblow, all of Beaumont; nieces, Cindy Carpenter of Beaumont and Jan Sims of Frisco, TX as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Serving as pallbearers will be Al Rabb, Bill Robbins, Doug McCain, Mason McCain, Ricky Glaze, Derek Glaze and Todd Glaze. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mamie McFaddin Ward Cancer Institute or a charity of your choice. Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on 7/1/2008.

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