Class of '64 Obituaries

Jim Hester
Jimmy Hester, Class of 1964, passed away on December 16th, in the VA Hospital in Houston.
Jim wanted his body donated to science to help find a cure for cancer. He did not want a funeral with sad music but rather a SHINGDIG and allow people to share their good times with him.
The plan is to host this in January and location is still being worked out. He also wanted No Tears...but I told him that is one promise I can't make him.
His military service will be honored also.
He was so special to so many.
This message was posted by Jimmy’s friend Sandra Womack

Billy Ray Dykes
Billy Ray Dykes was born in Hemphill, Texas on September 8, 1945 to Gladys and Daniel Dykes. He passed away on October 17, 2015 surrounded by family.
Billy was a long time service advisor for car dealerships; however, his favorite times were spent collecting antiques and running the roads. Just last month he was able to fulfill his dream of cruising down Route 66 with an old school friend.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Janina Mathis, sons Darrin Dykes and Brandon Dykes along with wife Saray, daughter Cindy Dykes, stepdaughters Katrina Mathis and Tara Roth along with her husband Justin, his brother Danny Dykes and his wife Carolyn and sister Dianne Livingston and her husband Sam Livingston.
A gathering to celebrate Billy's life will take place at Colony Creek Community Church, 7555 Highway 6 South, Missouri City, Texas 77459 on Saturday, October 24th at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to New Beginnings Ministries, P.O. Box 4040, Port Arthur, Texas 77641

Jimmy Mazzola
James Ronald Jimmy Mazzola, 61, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and cousin, died on December 29, 2007. James died peacefully at home after cancer.
James was born on January 12, 1946 in Beaumont, Texas to Lydia Hinson and Sam C. Mazzola. James grew up in Beaumont, Texas and graduated from French High School in 1964 and continued his education at Lamar State College in 1968 and was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. James served proudly with honor in the U.S. Army in 1968.
James moved to Colorado Springs in 1993 and married Carol Ann Hall Bengfort, his high school sweetheart, in 1994. He had a distinguished and enjoyable career with the Sprehe Construction where he worked as a Master lather, carpenter, and dry waller from 1993-2000. James cherished many long lasting friendships throughout his career with Sprehe Construction. James was a member of the St. Francis Parish, and was also a member of the American Legion. James also enjoyed spending time gardening, growing tomatoes and peppers, bird watching, learning from cooking shows, playing dominoes and cards. He was well known for his Great Spaghetti and Meatballs.
James is survived by his loving wife of 14 years, Carol A. Mazzola, sister Pat Davis, brother-in-law Doyle Davis, brother John Mazzola, sister- in-law Carol Mazzola, sister-in- law Juanita Mazzola, step- daughter Anneliese Bengfort, step-daughter Liliana Carter, step-son-in-law Ty Carter, and grandchildren Amber Boudreaux, Crystal Boudreaux, Ashley Boudreaux, Raymond Boudreaux, and Daidyn Carter. He is also survived by many great-grand children, dear friends, nieces, nephews, and other family members.
James was preceded in death by his mother, Lydia Hinson, his father, Sam C. Mazzola, his brother, Sam Mazzola, his former spouse, Geraldine Mazzola, and his step- daughter, Patty Boudreaux.
The family would like to give special thanks to Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care for the extraordinary care given to James.
A Celebration of Life and Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M., on January 16, 2008 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 4955 Pine Street, Beaumont, TX 77703. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent in the name of James Ronald Mazzola to charities of choice or to Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care at 625 E. Pikes Peak Avenue, Ste. 600, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.. Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on January 14, 2008

Curtis Clark
Curtis Ray Clark, 68, of Beaumont, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 7, 2014, at his residence. Curtis was born on October 4, 1945, in Mayflower, Texas, to Dessie Marie Clark and Walden Robert Clark.
He moved to Beaumont with his family in 1950. Curtis was a part of the French High School, class of 1964. Curtis served in the United States Army, where he was part of the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagle division, received the national defense service medal, good conduct Medal, Vietnam campaign Medal, Vietnam service medal, and parachute badge. He served two tours in Vietnam before being honorably discharged in April 1969.
Curtis worked at Motiva from 1972 until his retirement in August 2012. He served as union board president for the United Steelworkers Local 13-423, was a member and Past Master of B. F. Quicksall Lodge #1370 A.F. & A.M., an Eastern Star, El Mina Shriner, and a recipient of the Golden Trowel. He was also a member of Cub Scout Pack 10, in China. Curtis was a great support to his daughters and grandchildren accompanying them to sporting events and other activities where he could be seen helping in any manner needed. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dessie and Walden Clark; brother, Robert Clark; and grandson, Nehemiah Spot Stager.
Survivors include his daughters, Laura Stager and Crystal Smith and her husband, Luke; son, Kenneth Williams; grandchildren, Kay Fuller, Dessie Lee Jagneaux, Daniel Lee Stager, and Gabriella Gabbie Smith; brother, Jerry Clark and his wife, Kaaren; two nieces; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Curtis will be missed greatly by family and friends alike.
A gathering of Mr. Clark's family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 11, 2014, at Broussard's, with a graveside service with Masonic and military honors to follow at 3:00 p.m., at Weeks Chapel Cemetery in Newton County. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hearts for Zoey, Neches Federal Credit Union, Account#54859, 1955 Dowlen Road, Beaumont, Texas 77706 or Cub Scouts Pack #10, P.O. Box 705, China, Texas 77613. Complete and updated information may be found at - See more at:

Richard "Larry" Shimek
Richard “Larry” Shimek, 68, died at Harbor Hospice on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. He had been fighting a battle with emphysema for six weeks.
Larry was born on June 14, 1946, in Harlingen, Texas, to Charles (Spud) Shimek and Katherine Shimek. He had two brothers, one sister, and one older sister who died in infancy. He received his education in Beaumont attending French High School, where he graduated in 1964.
Larry excelled in all things “sports”. While attending Lamar University, he minored in engineering while earning a Bachelor of Science in Math in December 1968. During his college years, Larry worked part time at the Texas Highway Department as a draftsman. In August 1968, Larry married Patricia Hickey. They had two daughters, Stephanie and Heather. One month after college graduation, the United States Army invited him to join them. Upon completion of basic training in El Paso, Texas, Larry was stationed at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia.
He was a computer programmer at the Forestall Building in Washington, D.C. After finishing his Army tour of duty, Larry returned to Beaumont and to the Texas Highway Department, where he worked in the computer department. He left after fifteen years to work for Gulf States Utilities (Entergy) as an auditor. In 1996, he retired from Entergy and took a consulting job with Shell Oil in Houston.
At the time of his death, Larry was retired and acting as his ninety-four year old mother’s caregiver. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed tinkering in his garage.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Shimek; daughters, Stephanie Shimek and Heather Shimek Rudd and her husband, Marcus; mother, Katherine Shimek; brother, Roy Shimek; sister, Linda Shimek; one grandson, Calder Rudd; and one granddaughter, Samantha Rudd. He is preceded in death by his father, Spud Shimek and brother, David Shimek. A gathering of Mr. Shimek’s family and friends will be from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday afternoon at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 4955 Pine Street, Beaumont. Thanks to the staff of Harbor Hospital. You made his stay there pleasurable and your food helped him gain twenty pounds. Thanks also to the red headed nurse at Health South for your kindness. To the male nurse, Chris, at Baptist ER who loaned out his cell phone to Stephanie, thank you. There are people in healthcare who care about their patients.

Lolita Ramos
Lolita Julia Ramos, longtime Jefferson County District Clerk and well known figure in local media, political, and criminal justice circles, passed away at the age of sixty-seven on Sunday, October 13, 2013, after a debilitating illness.
Ms. Ramos was the daughter of the former local television anchor and newsman, Ralph Ramos, and his wife, Irene, of Beaumont. After her election in 1986, Lolita Ramos became Jefferson County’s first female clerk and one of the first women elected to a local political office in fifty years. Between her first election and current tenure, Ramos served three consecutive terms as head of the county clerk’s office. In the years after her graduation from French High School and attendances at Lamar University and Texas State University, she worked during the early 1970’s as a news and feature writer for the Beaumont Enterprise and Journal. She then pursued career opportunities in Austin, where she became the Chief Deputy of Planning and Administration for the Travis County Sheriff’s Department. Ms. Ramos returned to Beaumont in 1983, to work for Judge Ron Walker as bailiff for his 58th District Court.
As a volunteer, she served as chair of the local chapter of the American Red Cross and was a steady supporter of the Girls’ and Boys’ Haven, often steering fundraising efforts and special events. Lolita Ramos was known for her tenacity vivaciousness and compassion.
Throughout her long life she attracted loving friendships with people of all ranks and will be remembered for her wit, generosity and sense of justice. She is preceded in death by her parents; and, sister, Rita Ramos Alford.
Survivors include her daughter, Melissa Anne Parvin-Dowell and her husband, T.J., of San Antonio; sister, Anita Kiker and her husband, Homer, of Fannett; nieces and nephews, Melanie and Kevin Nunez, Glenn and Lindsey Kiker, and Michelle and Ronnie Rasa; great-nieces and nephews, Rita Thornton, Amanda Alford, Alvin Michael Savoy, Ferrell Kiker, Stone Kiker, Speed Rasa, and Roadie Rasa.
A Christian Vigil for Ms. Ramos will be 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 17, 2013, at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, 700 Jefferson Street, Beaumont, with interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Red Cross, 706 Magnolia Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701; Girls’ Haven, 3380 Fannin Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701; or Boys’ Haven of America, P.O. Box 5815, Beaumont, Texas 77726.

Hugh Clifton Kelley
Hugh Kelley, 66, of Beaumont, died Wednesday, October 10, 2012. A native of Beaumont, he was born to Mabel Hogue Kelley and Clifton Kelley on February 4, 1946.
He worked hard from an early age to help his family, and this instilled in him a tremendous work ethic, that served him for the rest of his life. His ambition to make the most of himself was present early on, but truly changed forever, after serving as a Marine Corps Scout Sniper in the Vietnam War. Hugh would speak about that part of his life from time to time, but it was evident that near death experiences, and the horrors of war, motivated him to live life on his terms and for his ambitions. Those experiences fostered in him a sense of living in the moment that was present in his eyes every time you saw him.
He had a hunger for life that I have never seen in another person. The consistency of that vitality was one of the more amazing aspects of his character, for those that saw him frequently. Rain or shine, sick or well, Hugh woke up expecting to do something every day, and do it to the best of his abilities. This is why he accomplished so many things throughout his life. If he found an interest, Hugh pursued it until he succeeded or was satisfied. From flying, to drag racing, to ranching, to hunting the world over, he seemed to do it all. His determination was a defining part of his personality. The quantity and quality of people that called him friend speaks volumes about his character.
Once he embraced someone as a friend, Hugh would do anything in his power to help that person. He was always there to offer words of wisdom, or even a helping hand. His dependability was as absolute as the rising sun each morning. Everyone that knew him understood that if you needed Hugh Kelley, he would be there without question. A character so much larger than life, that he seemed to be the only person you would see in a room full of people. Others can better tell the stories of his life regarding the wild things he did or the people he helped. Hugh was a man who loved his family and took care of the people around him. He wore everything about himself right on his sleeve for the world to see. He never flinched away from work, or a fight, and was always there for the people he cared about. As a cornerstone of our community, he will be missed. As a member of our family, he will be mourned. As a father and a man without equal, he will be celebrated and cherished for inspiration of how to live life in the best way possible.
He will be greatly missed by all the many people whose lives he touched. Hugh attended Edwards Elementary, James Bowie Jr. High School, and graduated from French High School in 1964. He attended Lamar University and later served in the United States Marine Corps as a Scout Sniper, Force Recon, and Lance Corporal during the Vietnam Conflict. He was the owner of Allied Electrical Contractors, Inc. of Beaumont and Houston. Hugh built and ran air boats in his younger years and then developed a love for flying. He was an accomplished instrumented rated pilot of both airplanes and helicopters. He began hunting at the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Refuge and the Bessie Heights Marsh. He loved to gig frogs in the Neches River and the bayous around Rose City, Texas; and hunting in Mexico, Montana, Mississippi, Louisiana, Africa, and Colorado, where also some of his favorite places. Hugh loved his family and grandchildren. He loved to spend time at his farm in Nome, Texas. Hugh was loved by his employees, and a true friend to everyone he knew.
Survivors include his wife, Jerry Lynne Kelley of Beaumont; sons, Kelly Kelley and his wife, Rhonda, of Beaumont; and Joe Kelley and his wife, Melody of Port Arthur; and known as Paw-Paw to his grandchildren, Dylan, Kristopher, Sean, Brett, Kendra, and Adam. He is preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Georgia Ann Rusek. A gathering of Mr. Kelley's family and friends will be from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., Sunday, October 14, 2012, at Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont.
His funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 15, 2012, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3810 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont with Mike Carrell, Leonard Cessac, Mike Hutson, Burke Meredith, Lee Murphy, Alvin Newton, D.J. Penning, Dave Puckett, Dr. Joel Smith, Haywood Walker, and Felix Webber serving as pallbearers. Memorial contributions may be made to The Arc of Greater Beaumont, 700 North Street, Suite Q, Beaumont, Texas 77701, or All Saints Episcopal School, 4108 Delaware Street, Beaumont, Texas 77706. Complete and updated information may be found at

John E. Carrington
John Carrington, 65, of Lumberton, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010.
He was born in Beaumont on November 29, 1944, to Lillie Bravanec and Wiley Carrington. John had been a lifelong resident of the Beaumont area and was a brick mason until his retirement in 2000. He attended schools in Beaumont and graduated from French High School in 1964.
John served in the United States Army in Fort Lewis Washington and Vietnam in the Corps of Engineers from 1966 to 1968. John was a gentle quiet man who loved the outdoors and fishing. He took long walks and loved to observe nature-the birds, deer and was very interested in Astronomy. He also loved Classical music. John was an avid reader and could tell you anything about the Bible and the life of Jesus that you wanted to know. He loved to read bedtime stories to his girls when they were small. John loved to travel and was always talking of going to Israel and tracing his family heritage to Barbados and England.
He was very interesting to sit and talk with because of his vast knowledge gained from years of reading ancient history and biographies of famous individuals. Survivors include his daughters, Andrea Susan Carrington Davis, and Ashley Lynne Carrington Bruce; brothers, David Lea Carrington, Paul Edward Carrington, James Edward Carrington, Daniel Ray Carrington, and Samuel Morris Carrington; sister, Sara Nell Carrington; and nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father, Wiley Elmer Carrington; mother, Lillie Vlasta Bravanec; daughter, Laura Alison Carrington; and brother, Wiley Elmer Carrington, Jr.
His memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A family committal will be at Broussard's Crematorium. Complete and updated information may be viewed at

Philip W. Lockhart
Philip Lockhart, 61, passed from this life to begin his next great adventure on June 28th at his home in Barry, Texas. He was a wonderful father, son and brother.
A native of Beaumont, he graduated from French High School in 1964 and joined the Air Force in 1966 serving until 1972. Upon return to Beaumont he enrolled in Lamar Technical College and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. He lived his life to the fullest and for those who knew him understand the large presence that he was and it is hard to imagine life without him.
He is survived by his mother, Johnnie Mae Lockhart, 87, of San Antonio, his daughters Margaret Devillier and her husband Russell of Nederland and Jennifer Neal and husband Ron of Colleyville, two sons Aaron Lockhart and Philip Lockhart Jr. both of Kingwood, his brother James V. Lockhart and Roseanne of Milford, his sister Sue Faifer and husband Kenneth of San Antonio, five grandchildren, six nieces and nephews and great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of dear friends. He was preceded in death by his father Jack E. Lockhart and his son Terrance Lockhart.
A celebration of his life was held on Saturday, July 12th at Big Rich Courville's located at 1744 Rose Lane (off Hwy. 90) in Beaumont. (2.8 miles past Major Drive on the left) All are welcome and stories are requested! In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Phil's honor to Lamar University Foundation, P.O. Box 11500, Beaumont, Texas 77710. Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on 7/9/2008

Jan Mickle Holloway
Jan Holloway, died peacefully on Saturday, June 30, 2007 in Kerrville, Texas following a short illness. Her husband and daughter were at her bedside.
She was born on July 1, 1946 in Longview to Joan McKay Mickle and William Robert Mickle. She graduated from French High School in Beaumont and attended Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York before graduating with a degree in history from the University of Houston. Jan later completed course work for the Master of Library Science degree at the University of Texas, Austin, and additional courses in Information Systems at San Jose State University, California.
During the course of her life, she was employed in various fields; notably, she was one of the first interns at Dialog, an early database company. Her experiences there led her to start her own enterprise in the early 1980s she became one of the first technical editors to work from home using a personal computer. While at the University of Houston, Jan met Robert Reagan Holloway, Jr. of Dallas. They were married November 24, 1967. The couple left Texas in 1976 to pursue Bob's post doctoral studies at the University of California. Their daughter, Leata, was born in 1979, and in 1984, the family settled in the coastal town of Montara, where they remained for the next eighteen years. In 2002, Jan and Bob returned to Texas, and have lived in Kerrville since.
Jan began a career in writing while living in California; she is the author of the psychological suspense novel White Witch, Blue Lady. She has also published numerous short stories and has been a featured author in the anthologies Mystery in Mind and Murder Across the Map. She won the 2006 NEWN (formerly New England Writers' Network) Mystery/Suspense Contest. She was working on a new novel, Thicker Than Blood, at the time of her death. She was a member of the writers' groups NovelPro, Sisters In Crime, and the Kerrville Writers Association. In addition, she founded a novel critique group in Kerrville. Jan was an enthusiastic and creative cook who enjoyed entertaining, especially her writing colleagues and the Schreiner University community. She played cello and piano as a young woman and enjoyed rock and roll as well as classical pieces. Among her other interests were genealogy and gardening.
Survivors include husband Bob Holloway, daughter Leata Holloway, siblings Gaile Farmer and Lowell Mickle, nieces Sara and Emily Farmer and nephews Daniel and Chris Mickle, and mother Joan Mickle. She is preceded in death by her father and her grandmother, Leata Rose Gallaway McKay.
Services were held on July 7, 2007 at Grimes Funeral Chapel in Kerrville, Texas. In lieu of flowers, Jan's family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

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