Class of '61 Obituaries






Joyce Savoie
Joyce Ann Savoie, 72, of Vidor, and a longtime resident of Beaumont, passed away on Sunday July 26, 2015 in Nederland.
Joyce was born on November 2, 1942 in Jeanerette, Louisiana to her parents Harold J. and Eloise Rogers Savoie who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death was her sister Evelyn Savoie.
She retired from the City of Beaumont after many years of dedicated service as a Detective Division Clerk. Mrs. Savoie enjoyed fishing, crocheting, and especially taking care of all the grand nieces and nephews.
Surviving Joyce are her sister Pat Holden and husband John of Vidor, three nephews, Aaron Young and wife Laurie, Alan Young and wife Wendy, and Damon Young and wife Michelle. Also surviving are five grand nieces and nephews, Desiree Young, Madeline Young, Cryslynn Young, Austin Young, and Camden Young.
Graveside services will be held on Tuesday July 28, 2015 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park at 10:00 A.M.


Bill Jenny
William Ray "Bill" Jenny, 73, a former twenty-year resident of Lafayette, Louisiana and resident of Beaumont for eight years passed away on Sunday December 6, 2015 in Beaumont.
Mr. Jenny was born on October 26, 1942 in Beaumont, Texas to his parents Clarence Merle and Louella Babb Jenny who preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death was a brother; Henry Allen Jenny. He was a Christian, an Accountant for Petroquest Energy, a graduate of the 1961 Class of French High School and a Lamar University Alumni, and a United States Army veteran PFC. William, a devoted husband and father enjoyed gardening, cooking, fishing, working on cars, and taking care of his loyal companions, Toto, Marley, Stryker, Zoe and Jazz.
Surviving Bill are his loving wife of fifty-years; Sandra Walker Jenny of Beaumont, sons; William Brent Jenny of Wheaton Illinois, Thomas Ryan Jenny of Walker, Louisiana, daughter; Jana Jenny Miller of Beaumont, and three grandchildren; Seth Christian Jenny, Evan Matthew Jenny, and Abigail Diane Jenny.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday December 12, 2015 at 1:00p.m. at the Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel in Beaumont.


Connie Raybon Del Rogers
Connie Del Rogers passed away at home, on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at the age of 68. A devoted daughter, mother, and grandmother, she is survived by her mother, Dorothy Raybon; 3 children, Rick Allen, Stacey Perrine, and Heather Dibble; and 14 grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her father, Edell Dunn; her brother, Edell Dunn Jr.; and her son, David Edgar Lee Allen.
Connie touched the lives of many during her 33-year tenure as an award- winning teacher and math coach in Conroe ISD.
A family visitation will be held 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 15, 2012, and a memorial service will be held Saturday, June 16, at 2:00 p.m., with both taking place at the Montgomery United Methodist Church, 22548 Hwy 105 W., Montgomery, TX.
In lieu of customary remembrances, Connie requested contributions in her memory be directed to the Backpack Ministry and Food Pantry of the Montgomery United Methodist Church. You are invited to leave memorial condolences at: www.shmfh.com


Phillis Hopkins Rienstra Jeffrey
Phillis Jeffrey, daughter of Annie Laurie Hardin Klein and Robert Lee Hopkins, was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and grew up in Arkansas and Texas. She graduated from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and earned a Ph.D in Communication and Performance at the University of Texas, Austin in 1976. She served on the faculties of the University of Texas at Austin, Auburn University, and the University of Vermont, where she taught Literature in Performance. She was the co-author of Group Performance of Literature in which her critically praised script, No Sense of Decency: The Army-McCarthy Hearings, appeared. She contributed to several National Communication Association publications. Her dissertation, "An Expressive Voice: The Poetry of Diane Wakoski" is available online.
Ongoing passions defined Phillis's work. A lifelong Democrat, she was a fierce advocate for abused women through Family Violence and Rape Crisis Centers. She counseled battered women and often appeared with them in court. She supported LGBT men and women and other groups whenever she saw justice at stake. She founded the Jeffrey Communication Group, which provided assistance to political candidates. Later, while living in San Miguel, Mexico, temporarily, she joined an effort to heighten awareness of historical and cultural landmarks. A fluent speaker of Spanish, she became a walking tour leader for that city's residents and tourists.
Phillis Jeffrey was an ebullient woman. Smart, stylish, and beautiful, she listened intently, laughed freely and often, voiced strong opinions, and shared in the lives and times of colleagues and friends across the country. Moreover, Phillis was determined and positive when facing the ravages of cancers and, finally, respiratory failure.
Phillis is survived by a sister, Anna Lee Drayer and brother-in-law, Larry Drayer of Austin, Texas; twin brother Phillip Wayne Hopkins and sister-in-law, Paula Hopkins of Dubuque, Iowa; nephews Eric Drayer and Paul Hopkins; niece Kimberly Hopkins-Christenson; and godson, Drew Sudduth. Especially significant in Phillis' life were Steve Rienstra and Robert Jeffrey, her late husbands; and Gilbert Tausch of Houston, Texas, her beloved partner during the last six years of her life. Phillis's ashes will be buried in Okolona, Arkansas, near her mother's grave. At this same place in the spring, a celebration of Phillis's life will take place.
Friends may consider a memorial contribution to an organization that provides assistance and support to abused, disadvantaged or discriminated against persons. Published in Houston Chronicle on Sept. 27, 2015. See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/houstonchronicle/obituary.aspx?n=phillis-jeffrey&pid=175922154&fhid=11571&eid=sp_shareobit#sthash.TL6IgUcO.dpuf


Frank Zellers
Funeral services for Frank Zellers, 58, of LaRue, were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Vernon Burrow officiating.
Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Athens. Mr. Zellers died Thursday, Sept. 6, in an Athens hospital. He was born Aug. 23, 1943 in Beaumont to Franklin Lee II and Marthella Burris Zellers.
Mr. Zellers graduated in 1961 from French High School, Beaumont. He lived in Dublin prior to moving to LaRue seven years ago. Mr. Zellers owned Henderson County Livestock Auction and was a realtor in Athens and Stephenville. He was a member of Cattlemen's Association and Beef Committee.
Mr. Zellers was preceded in death by his father. Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Gayle Linn Zellers, LaRue; sons, Frank Troy Zellers, Chugiak, Alaska, and Scott Nettles, Denton; mother, Marthella Zellers, Beaumont; sisters, Barbara Smith and Kay Meyers, both of Sour Lake; and seven grandchildren. Pallbearers were Rusty York, Gary Allmon, Bob Bolin, Herald LaFleur, O.O. Gilbreath and Jim McCutheon.
The Frankston Citizen September, 2001 - September 13, Edition



Connie Del Rogers
Connie Del Rogers passed away at home, on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at the age of 68. A devoted daughter, mother, and grandmother, she is survived by her mother, Dorothy Raybon; 3 children, Rick Allen, Stacey Perrine, and Heather Dibble; and 14 grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her father, Edell Dunn; her brother, Edell Dunn Jr.; and her son, David Edgar Lee Allen. Connie touched the lives of many during her 33-year tenure as an award- winning teacher and math coach in Conroe ISD.
A family visitation will be held 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 15, 2012, and a memorial service will be held Saturday, June 16, at 2:00 p.m., with both taking place at the Montgomery United Methodist Church, 22548 Hwy 105 W., Montgomery, TX. In lieu of customary remembrances, Connie requested contributions in her memory be directed to the Backpack Ministry and Food Pantry of the Montgomery United Methodist Church. You are invited to leave memorial condolences at: www.shmfh.com


Bennie Gene Roberts
Bennie Gene Roberts, 66, of Bevil Oaks, died Sunday, October 19, 2008 at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth in Beaumont. A native of Kirbyville and lifelong resident of the Beaumont area, Bennie was a retired field dispatcher with Transit Mix. He was in the Army Reserve and enjoyed auto racing and watching sports.
Survivors include his previous wife, Helga Helen Conklin of Portsmouth, Ohio; step-mother, Reba Roberts of Beaumont; daughter, Leslie Roberts Durio and her husband Kevin, and their daughter Peyton all of Atlanta, Georgia; sons, Eric Roberts and his wife Vanessa, and their daughter Erika all of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Brian Roberts of Bevil Oaks; brothers, Alvin Roberts and his wife Patti, and their son Matthew of Lumberton and Mark Roberts and his wife Shizue, and their two daughters Emma and Julia all of Beaumont.
A graveside service will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 23, 2008 at Magnolia Cemetery under the direction of Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Bennie loved his family and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Complete and updated information may be viewed at broussardsmortuary.com.


Vicki Parfait
Vicki Parfait, known throughout Southeast Texas and Southeast Louisiana as an outstanding female radio personality passed away Monday, January 10, 2011 at home in Houston.
Always a fighter, she spent the last several years of her life taking on the trials of Diabetes and in pure Vicki Parfait style going toe to toe with its challenges to her last day. Born to Lloyd and Dorothy Denby Parfait on March 27, 1942, Vicki graduated from French High School in 1961 and joined the United States Marine Corps.
After her Honorable Discharge she started her family – the delight of her life. So many of her dedicated fans and advertisers knew Vicki as a creative, fun, entertaining and top rated radio personality on KYKR, KOLE, KKMY, KQXY, KTRM, KTFA, KJAS in Southeast Texas and other stations including Houston and Louisiana; but even more Vicki was a dedicated mother, daughter, sister and friend to so many – and when it came to her kids, she was a rock and a refuge, a protector and a confidant – and for many years a single parent that would take on any thing or any one when it came to her family.
There are no words to express the depth of our loss. No doubt, Vicki lived her life to the fullest. She loved adventure and showed her kids so many different parts of the country she had served and loved on camping trips and cross country car trips. And that love of adventure made her a household name as she drove in demolition derbies, dabbled in sky diving and other stunts in the name of radio promotions. She was quite a woman. Vicki was preceded in death by her ex-husband and friend, Sgt. Major Carl O. Stucker, II and her parents, Lloyd and Dorothy Parfait.
She is survived by her children, Dottie Britt and husband, Mark, Carl O. Stucker, III and wife, Nicole, Jessica Parfait, Christi Stucker Battenfield and husband Ray, Clay Stucker and wife Terri Pugsley Wittman, and Joshua Jude Stucker plus 6 grandchildren, Breanna, Erin and Raven Britt, Chelsea and Carly Thibodeaux and Bo Stucker, to whom she was affectionately known as "Moo", 6 sisters, 3 brothers, countless nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins and friends too numerous to list. A life long animal lover she also leaves behind her beloved Chihuahua and body guard, Chewie and her other pups.
Vicki’s family would like to thank Dr. Shalin Patel for his diligent and compassionate care, the entire staff of Davita Dialysis Center for more than the care they provided but the friendships she made over the past two years and to Kiesha Melancon and her group of EMT’s that became extended family to Vicki over the past years. Your caring and compassion truly helped make the last years of her life special. Thank you all so very much. If Vicki were writing this there is no doubt she would end it the way she ended every radio show for over 20 years and how she ended every conversation with her children, relatives and friends and how we will end it now, "I love you".


Dianne Hybarger Sudduth
Dianne, born on the 12th of November 1943, in Beaumont, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, the 27th of April 2010, in Houston, Texas at the age of 66.The oldest daughter of Delmas Lee Hybarger and Dorothy Stauts Hybarger, Dianne was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas with her sister, Nancy, and brother, Chuck. Dianne graduated from French High School in 1961 and Lamar Tech in Beaumont in 1964.
Dianne married her loving husband of 45 years, Dannie Dewitt Sudduth, on June 5, 1964 before moving to Houston in 1969. Dianne taught elementary school before becoming a devoted mother to Britt and his wife Jen; Drew and his wife Julie; and Cade Sudduth; and her beloved grandchildren MyKala, Daniel, Mary Caroline, and Jack. Dianne was also a loving aunt to Justin Hybarger; Lauren, Michael, and Matthew Ledet; and had many cousins with whom she was very close. Dianne adored and was adored by her family and friends. Led by a strong inner curiosity, Dianne pursued her life to the fullest, traveled far and wide, made friends everywhere she went, and never tired. Dianne Sudduth leaves behind a large group of family and friends who will continue to miss her dearly, always keep her in their thoughts, and strive to live their lives by her example.
Dianne's faith was strong and she is now at peace with the Lord. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six until eight o'clock in the evening on Wednesday, the 28th of April, in the Drawing Room of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.The memorial service is to be conducted at ten o'clock in the morning on Thursday, the 29th April, in the Sanctuary of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Road in Houston, where Dr. Tom Pace, senior pastor is to officiate.In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that donations in Dianne's memory be directed to Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund - JDRF Houston Gulf Coast Chapter, 2425 Fountain View Drive, Suite 280, Houston, Texas 77057; Justice for Children, 2600 Southwest Freeway, Ste. 806, Houston, Texas 77098; or St. Luke's United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 22013, Houston, Texas 77227-2013.


Mary E. Byrom Watkins
Mary passed away Thursday Feb. 2 2010 in Pearland, TX. She was Mary Byrom in school. Her late mother taught at Eugene Field Elementary. Her brothers James and Gerald are both French High graduates. Memorial services are planned for a later date.


Judy English Hatch






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