Class of '55 Obituaries

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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