Class of '59 Obituaries

Norman Blake
Norman Everett Blake, age 75, of Rowlett, TX, passed away October 8, 2016. He was born June 14, 1941, in Beaumont, TX, to Norman Bruce Blake and Patricia Ann (Sullivan) Blake.
Normanís career as a Professional Landman with Sun Oil Company kept him moving until his retirement in 1999. He loved his family, and spending time at his lake house in east Texas. Norman was a member of First Baptist Church in Rowlett where he volunteered his time helping others. He was an understanding and supportive father who was dearly loved, and will be greatly missed every day.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years: Barbara Blake; daughter: Kimberly Blake of Rowlett; son: Craig Blake and wife Karen of Dallas, TX; mother: Patricia Blake of Terrell, TX; brothers: Stephen Blake of Houston, TX, Michael Blake of Byhalia, MS, and Jonathan Blake of Terrell; and sisters: Erin Johnson and Pam Tucker both of Terrell; along with many nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father: Norman Bruce Blake and brother: Jack Patrick Blake.
The family will receive guests prior to the funeral at First Baptist Church, 4309 Main Street in Rowlett, beginning at 10:00am. Funeral services will be held 11:00am Tuesday, October 11, 2016. Officiating the service is Pastor Cole Hedgecock and Brother Steve Leatherwood. Interment will be 10:00am Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at Magnolia Cemetery, 2291 Pine Street in Beaumont, TX.

Rose Bruce Jones
Rose Marie Bruce Jones went to be with her Lord and Savior on February 5, 2015. Born on February 18, 1941 in Beaumont, Texas to Zelma and Carlton Bruce, Rose Marie attended Beaumont schools and graduated from French High School in 1959.
She was voted class sweetheart at Bowie Jr. High and was a cheerleader at French. She received her bachelor's degree from Lamar University where she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. In 1963, she married Wayne Allen Jones of Beaumont and taught at Forest Park High School.
After moves to Tulsa, Houston, back to Beaumont and finally to Longview with Sun Pipeline in 1982, Rose Marie taught in the business department at Spring Hill High School. Rose Marie was a devoted member of Greggton United Methodist Church where she was active in the Joy-Wellmaker Sunday School Class, sang in the choir and joyfully served her church family in many ways throughout the years.
She had a servant's heart and volunteered at Meals on Wheels and the Longview Interfaith Hospitality Network, a ministry serving homeless families. To say that Rose was an avid bridge player is an understatement. She loved to play and was a member of several bridge groups. Rose Marie never met a stranger and anyone that knew her loved her. Her fun loving sense of humor and infectious laughter will not be forgotten.
Rose Marie is survived by her daughter, Allison and husband, Richard Leigh of Dallas; her son, Christopher and wife, Whitney Jones of Fort Worth; and daughter, Laurie and husband, Scott Collins of San Diego and nine grandchildren, Audrey and Hank Leigh; Taylor, Wilson and Karis Jones; and Catherine, Elizabeth, William and Patrick Collins whom she was so proud of and loved dearly. She adored her sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews whom affectionately called her Sissy. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her brothers Teddy and John Gayle Bruce.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 14 at 11:00 a.m. in Longview, Texas at Greggton United Methodist Church (1101 Pine Tree Road). A graveside service will be held at a later date in Beaumont. Memorials may be made to the Longview Interfaith Hospitality Network at PO Box 2732, Longview, TX 75606 ( or to Greggton United Methodist Church ( - See more at:

Thomas French
Thomas Wayne French, 73, of Lumberton, died Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas- Beaumont. A native of Beaumont, he was born to Janice Elizabeth Schwarzer French and Homer Lee French, Jr. on January 22, 1941, and a direct descendant of John J. French, one of Beaumonts earliest settlers.
He served his country in the Army Reserves, and was a letter carrier for thirty-four years with the United States Postal Service. Thomas will be remembered for his funny jokes, always making people smile and having a heart of gold opening his door and home to anyone in need. Some of his favorite hobbies included fishing, picking berries, playing cards, and going to the casino. He was a lifetime fan of the Dallas Cowboys and The University of Texas Longhorns.
Survivors include his wife, Dora Mae Williams French; son, Tommy French, Jr., both of Lumberton; daughters, Penny French of Katy, and Leslie French of Lumberton; mother, Janice French of Sour Lake; brother, John French and his wife, Gail, of Beaumont; sister, Maureen Broussard and her husband, Gerald, of Nederland; brothers-in-law, Royle Williams, and his wife, Vel, of Mauriceville; and Rudy Williams, and his wife, Diane, of Beaumont; sisters-in-law, Beanie Carter and her husband, Claude, of Vidor; and Rae ONeal and her husband, Danie, of Rumsey, Kentucky; and several other family members.
A Christian Vigil will be held at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 6, 2014, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2715 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, with interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society , 755 South 11th Street, Suite #212, Beaumont, Texas 77701. Complete and updated information may be found

Troy Coleman, Sr.
Troy Coleman, Sr., 71, of Lumberton, died Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at Liberty Dayton Regional Medical Center, Liberty. He was born on August 8, 1941, to Ruth Wilson Coleman and Jesse Eugene Coleman, in Beaumont. Troy was a retired Information Systems Manager for ExxonMobil Company. Troy was full of life and loved every moment with his wife and dogs. He also enjoyed spending time with his sons and grandson playing golf, hunting, and fishing. He was adored and admired by his granddaughter who felt his unwavering support daily. Troy was a devoted husband, a loving father, and grandfather who watched over his family with unconditional love and pride.
He encouraged them to make their own mistakes and was the first one there to catch them if they fell too hard. He left a lasting impression on all that knew him. Survivors include his wife of fifty-two years, Sherrill Coleman of Lumberton; sona, Troy Coleman, Jr. of Kingwood and Tod Coleman and his wife, Marilee, of Lake Jackson; grandchildren, Andy Thomas and his wife, Lindsey, of The Woodlands and Cassie Coleman of Lake Jackson; and brother, Jesse Coleman and his family of Fort Worth. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Kristi. A
A gathering of Mr. Colemanís family and friends will begin at 2:00 p.m. with his memorial service to follow at 3:00 p.m., Friday, December 21, 2012, at Broussardís, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A family committal was held at Broussardís Crematorium, Beaumont.

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