Class of '66 Obituaries



Judith Ann Budd
November 6, 1947 - September 29, 2015
Judith Ann Budd, 67, of Beaumont, passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 in Beaumont. Judith was born to William and Ramona Budd on November 6, 1947 in Beaumont, Texas. She was a member of Infant Jesus Catholic Church in Lumberton. Judith enjoyed interior decorating and design and spending time with her grandkids, friends and other family. She loved dogs and was often found dog sitting for family and friends. Judith was a 1966 graduate of French High School and was looking forward to her 50th year class reunion.
Judith was preceded in death by her husband, James Muir; parents, William Ramona Budd; brother, Billy Budd; grandson, Andrew Markham.
Survivors include her daughter, Kelly Jagneaux and her husband Kirby of Beaumont; brother, David Budd of Silsbee; sister, Nancy Pattie and her husband Joe of Beaumont; grandchildren, James Markham and his wife Kassi, Wesley Markham; numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside Services will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2015 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.


Seleta Plaia
Seleta D. Plaia, 66, of Mauriceville died Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas in Orange.
A native of Beaumont, TX, she has been a resident of Mauriceville for the past 12 years. Seleta was a retired Officer of Collections with Texas Commerce Bank and was a homemaker. She was a member of Silver Oaks Baptist Church in Mauriceville and a past madam president of the Grand Auxiliary Order of the Eagles.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at Silver Oaks Baptist Church in Mauriceville, with burial to follow at The Cemetery in Mauriceville. A gathering for family and friends will begin at 6:00 pm Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at Memorial Funeral Home. Seleta is survived by her husband of 33 years Robert Plaia, daughter Amy Murdock and her husband Eddie of Mauriceville, TX, sister Jackie Tippett of Vidor, TX, 2 granddaughters Mackenzie and Madison Murdock



Sandra Margo Dale Loe
It is with much sadness that the family of Margo Loe announces her sudden passing on Friday, December 19, 2014. Margo, born Sandra Margo Dale in Beaumont, Texas, was a long-time resident of Ocean Springs.
After graduating from French High School and Lamar State University in Beaumont, Texas, Margo graduated from nursing school at the University of Southern Alabama having chosen a career as an Registered Nurse. She worked in ERs, ORs and ICUs across the United States and the Caribbean. Coworkers appreciated her knowledgeable and professional demeanor, while her patients experienced her gentle, compassionate and proficient care.
At the time of her death, Margo was preparing to return home for Christmas having just finished a stint at a radiation oncology clinic in Plano, Texas, where she worked as a nurse. While she enjoyed a lifetime career as a nurse, her interests were vast and varied and certainly not limited to the medical field. In addition to pursuing creative outlets such as gourmet cooking, jewelry-making, painting and photography, she had a passion for books and was an avid reader, loved the arts and movies.
Along with her hobbies and interests, Margo also had an entrepreneurial spirit and for many years, she owned and operated her own businesses: first Heart's Designer Lingerie & Fashions in Slidell, Louisiana followed by Morning Glory Coffee & Tea on the island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. It was on this beautiful island that Margo spent 20 years, further cultivating her lifelong love of fine coffee by running her popular coffee house as well as raising her son, Andrew, with former husband Bobby Loe.
Margo eventually returned to the Gulf Coast following her divorce, where she shared her life with her long-time fiance, Timothy Mumphrey. Tim will miss so much about Margo, including her warm, loving touch, her radiant smile and of course, her companionship. Margo possessed so many amazing traits and qualities that will be greatly missed by those who knew her, most notably her creativity, incredible sense of humor, generosity and loving nature. She had a knack for putting everyone at ease in her presence and was known for being an incredible gift giver, putting to great use her love of shopping.
Also left behind by Margo is her mother, Dora Dale and her sister Debra Dale, both of Ocean Springs. She will be missed tremendously by her surviving children and their families: Larry Appel of San Antonio, Texas, along with his wife, Lucy, and baby Sean; and Kriss Burgard of Big Spring, Texas, with her husband, Frank and their daughter Summer, 4. Areyanna Loe, 5, is also a surviving grandchild, born to Margo's son Andrew.
Margo especially cherished her latest role as "Mimi" to her grandchildren. After tragically losing Andrew last year in an auto accident, it is our sincere prayer that mother and son have been joyfully reunited in Heaven, along with other family members who preceded them in death: Margo's father, Edmond Dale and her loving Nana and Papa, Golda and John Dale.
Services for Margo will begin with a viewing at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 27, 2014 followed by a service at 11a.m. at the Ocean Springs Chapel of Bradford O'Keefe Funeral Home. View and sign register book at www.bradfordokeefe.com - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sunherald/obituary.aspx?n=Margo-Loe&pid=173589275#sthash.9pL377GB.dpuf


Shelia Collins
Shelia Marie Collins, 63, died on Monday, May 30 2011, in Houston, Texas. She was born on January 24, 1948 in Houston, Texas to Howard and Betty Hartman. Her passion was dancing. She taught dance for over thirty years to children and adults alike as the Director of Spring Branch Independent School District Dance Program. She was an extremely hard worker as she also had a full time job in property management.
She grew up in Beaumont, Texas and spent the rest of her life in Houston. She was an active member of St. Francis Episcopal Church.
She is survived by two sons, John J. Kelley II (and wife Adrienne), and Christopher Collins; her mother Betty Hartman; and brother Rick Hartman.
The funeral service will be held at 4pm at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home in Houston with Rev. Stuart Bates, officiating. Visitation will begin at 1pm.


Janet Marie "Jan" George Centofanti
A beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 11, 2011.
She will be known best by all who knew and loved her for her beautiful spirit, her love and dedication to her family, and her unwavering faith. She fought brain cancer for two long years and though our hearts are heavy and we at times are overcome with grief, we know she is now home and is a new person through Christ. She was a native of Baton Rouge and a resident of Gonzales.
Visiting will be at Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Highway, on Sunday, November 13 from 4pm until 7pm. Visiting will resume at Istrouma Baptist Church on Monday, November 14, 2011 from 9am until service at 11am. Burial will be in Resthaven Gardens of Memory.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph Centofanti; mother, Ethel Novella George; daughters, Andrea Centofanti-Cahill and Elizabeth A. Landry; sons-in-law, Rick J. Landry Jr. and Richard P. Cahill; grandchildren, Cameron, Carter, Ian and Avery; sister, Penny George; brothers, Charles R. George and Clifton George. She was preceded in death by her father, Gerald George. Pallbearers are Cameron Heintze, Carter Heintze, Avery Landry, Charles George, Clifton George, Ricky J. Landry Jr., and Richard Cahill. She went to French High School in Beaumont, Texas and to Texas Women's College in Denton, Texas.


Ronald Bean
Ronald Alan Bean, 65, of Beaumont, Texas, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth, Beaumont.
He was born on January 23, 1948, in Beaumont, to Laura Harrington Bean and Frank Willis Bean, and had been a lifelong resident of the area. Ronald worked many years for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Petkovsek Bean; mother, Laura Bean; son, Chris Bean and Brian Bean; brother, Gary Bean; one grandchild on the way; nephew, Brent Bean; niece, Krystal Bailey; and four great-nieces and nephews. His funeral service will be at Broussard's, with interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont.


Roger Barras
Roger Eric Barras, 67, passed away on Monday, June 1, 2015, at St. David's Medical Center in Austin, Texas. He was born on January 26, 1948, to Tina and Lennie J. Barras, in Beaumont, Texas.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Government Studies from Lamar State College of Technology, Roger attended the South Texas College of Law where he received a Doctor of Jurisprudence on August 19, 1974. He spent 18 years working in private practice before joining the Child Support Division of the Texas Attorney General's Office. As a State Attorney, he remained dedicated to practicing law until the family's big move to Georgetown, Texas on June 12, 2014.
Although he was reluctant to give up his profession, Roger was fortunate to spend his final years taking part in his favorite hobbies: bike riding, bird watching, and Friday-night karaoke. He also enjoyed flying model planes with fellow members of the Radio Control Modelers Club, and evening golf cart rides with his beloved dog, Huxley.
He is survived by son, Timothy Barras, and daughter, Lindsay Barras, both of Austin, Texas, and wife, Kathy Barras of Georgetown, Texas; his sister, Karen Barras of Houston, Texas, and extended family.


Julian Galiano
Julian, a longtime Southeast Texas newsman with an encyclopedic recall of sports and a deep love of family and friends, died early Sunday at Beaumont Health Care Center after a long illness.
Galiano, a French High School graduate, a Lamar University alumnus who also had a hand in naming the college newspaper the "University Press," had suffered from a combination of ailments, but remained sharp in mind and gleamed when old friends visited. "He was barely awake on Thursday when I went to go see him," said Al Caldwell of KLVI. "I sat down and asked, 'Do you remember Irish Johnny Copeland?' We started talking sports and he went into overdrive." Copeland was an obscure boxer who was a Golden Gloves winner in the 1960s. But he was part of Galiano's encyclopedia of sports knowledge. "He knew he was in his last days," Caldwell said. But they laughed about a trip to Ruston, La., to cover a Lamar game, a trip in which Caldwell found himself under arrest for unclear reasons. "'You were aiding and abetting,'" Caldwell said Galiano told him. Galiano had worked a couple of years for the Port Arthur News and was assigned to cover the Jefferson County Courthouse. Louise Wood was covering the courthouse for The Enterprise. She thought a sportswriter, which Galiano was, would be lost trying to cover news. "He beat me on stories so many times because he knew everybody," she said.
Rush Wood, former Enterprise sports writer, assistant sports editor and retired Lamar sports information director, remembers the first time he met Galiano, which was in the press box at a South Park High School baseball game in 1968 when a contingent of Houston sports writers had come to Beaumont to cover the Pasadena team. "He talked a whole lot," Wood said. "You didn't really talk to Julian. You listened to Julian." Galiano was an authoritative source on a variety of local sports. In the news story about NFL great Bubba Smith's death, Galiano provided some eyewitness history. "He had incredible explosiveness off the line," said Galiano, who was in his teens when he saw Smith play at Charlton-Pollard High School. "With Bubba, it was his quickness after the snap that set him apart from a lot of people."
Galiano was proud of his close relationship with second-cousin Joseph Anthony Fiorenza, archbishop emeritus of the Galveston-Houston Roman Catholic diocese. In a 2008 column in The Enterprise, Galiano wrote, "His spiritual foundation also has direct ties to his parents, Anthony Fiorenza and my great-aunt Grace Galiano Fiorenza. My Uncle Tony was a barber and his loving wife certainly epitomized her given name. Joe has always had such a wonderful pastoral quality and listening to him speak is compelling.
I remember well his eulogy for my mother, who died in 1971. Those soothing words helped ease my grieving process." In his column, Galiano also wrote of three other second cousins who had become nuns in the Roman Catholic Church and served as healers and teachers. "Faith, family and friends. My family has been so richly blessed in these attributes," Galiano wrote.


Linda Dowell
Linda Laurine Dowell, of Beaumont, passed away October7, 2014. She was born June 20, 1948 in Beaumont to Clarence Herbert Dowell and Velma Hatley Dowell.
A graveside service celebrating her life will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
Laurine attended school in Beaumont and was a 1966 graduate of French High School. After graduating she attended Lamar University. Later she served as Safety Education Specialist for both the City of Beaumont and Lamar University. Laurine was a very creative person and at one time owned Dowell's Drapery Shop in Beaumont.
She was preceded in death by her father and her brother, Glenn Hatley Dowell. She is survived by her mother, Velma Dowell Fellows; sons, Jonathan Dowell and Mark Glenn Dowell; 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/beaumontenterprise/obituary.aspx?n=linda-dowell&pid=172772295&fhid=10987#sthash.SXBTaol3.dpuf


Sylvia Jeanne Jordan & her husband, Thomas Nelson
Thomas Nelson Jordan, 64, of Lumberton passed away Friday, December 7, 2012 in Beaumont.
Sylvia Jeanne Jordan, 65, of Lumberton passed away Saturday, December 8, 2012 in Beaumont.
Thomas was born December 18, 1947 in West Palm Beach, Florida to Alf and Margaret Campbell.
Thomas was a pilot and loved to hunt, draw and do photography. Mr. Jordan retired in 1999, from Mobil Oil as a process operator.
Thomas is preceded in death by his father, Alf Campbell. He is survived by his mother, Margaret Jordan; son, Brian Jordan and wife Carla; one sister, Deborah Pickering and husband Ronald; two grandchildren, Nickolas and Skylar Jordan.

Sylvia was born October 19, 1947 in Beaumont, Texas to Carl and Aline Havard. Sylvia was a member of Candlestick Baptist Church in Lumberton where she enjoyed teaching bible school. Sylvia is preceded in death by her father, Carl Havard; loving husband, Thomas Nelson Jordan.
She is survived by her mother, Aline Havard; son, Brian Keith Jordan and his wife Carla of Starks, Louisiana; two sisters, Barbara Havard and Lana Havard Fertita and grandchildren, Nickolas and Skylar Jordan.
A gathering of family and friends will be held for Mr. and Mrs. Jordan Thursday, December 13, 2012 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Forest Lawn Funeral Home. Funeral services for Mr. and Mrs. Jordan will be held Friday, December 14, 2012 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.


Thomas Chesser
Tom Chesser, 63, of Conroe, TX passed away, January 28, 2011 in St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, from complications of kidney failure.
He was born November 19, 1947 in Beaumont, Texas. Tom is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Katherine Chesser; daughters Tiffani Chesser; Joy Chesser and her husband Luis Pequeno; granddaughters Leia and Lexi Warner. He is also survived by his mother in – law Lillian Mize; brother- in – law and sister – in – law Wayne and Dawn Mize; brother – in – law and sister – in – law Chuck and Gail Stratz. Tom is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and great – nieces, and friends.
Tom was preceded in death by his son Thomas Matthew Chesser; parents Buford and Louise Chesser.
Tom graduated from Lamar University with a degree in Marketing. He began his career with Fox Photo where Tom's love for photography bloomed. Photography continued to be one of Tom's many passions throughout his life. Tom became an account manager with Proctor and Gamble where he worked until his retirement in 2007 after 30 years of dedication and service. Tom had immeasurable love for his children, grandchildren, and wife. His interests included spending time with his grandchildren, traveling, grilling, entertaining family and friends, fishing, hunting, golfing, photography, camping, and being in involved in his church community. He was a friend and positive force to many.
After being diagnosed with congestive heart failure, Tom became involved with Mended Hearts and The Heart Exchange. He walked many heartwalks to raise money to fight cardio vascular disease. Tom was always positive, helpful, and caring.
A memorial service is to be conducted at 2:00 in the afternoon on Wednesday, the 2nd of February, at The Woodlands Presbyterian Church at 4881 West Panther Creek. Prior to the service, the family will gather for a private interment at Forest Park Cemetery in The Woodlands. We do ask that instead of flowers people make donations to Mended Hearts. Mended Hearts is a nonprofit patient support organization that offers compassion, hope and encouragement to heart patients, thier families and caregivers. It provides educational information, individual and group support to recovering patients and their families. The Tommy Chesser Fund is a fund that will be set in place to help heart patients and their families with any needs they may have, like paying for parking or a hotel if needed in the medical center


David Marshall
David Marshall passed away of a heart attack. Visitation was Friday, 1-22-10, 5-8 p.m. @ Cashner Funeral Home - 80 Teas Nursery Rd. - Conroe, TX 77303 - 936 756-2126 Funeral Services were Saturday,1-23- 10, 10 a.m. Long Star Cowboy Church - Montgomery Texas 77356 - 936 597-5742 - Burial was back at grave site by the funeral home.


Kathy Salter-Getschel
Kathy Salter,Getschel, 59, of Beaumont, died Saturday, October 6, 2007 at Magnolia Manor in Groves.
A native and lifelong resident of Beaumont, Mrs. Getschel was employed with Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department for twenty-one years.
Survivors include her daughter, Kelly Getschel of Port Neches; grandchildren, Jaclyn Getschel and Jace Melancon both of Port Neches; sister, Judy Baber of Mauriceville; brother, Jack Salter and his wife Julie of Lumberton; niece, Sheri Sherwin and her husband Jon and their son, Matthew; nephews, David Baber, Eric Salter and his wife Kassia and Phillip Huff; and other loving family members.Her parents, Hoyt and Margaret Salter; and son, Jerry Getschel, Jr. preceded her in death.
Mrs. Getschel was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She had a love for animals, music and she loved a good joke. She is loved by many and will be greatly missed by all.
Funeral services were , October 10, 2007 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church with burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park under the direction of Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin, Beaumont. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard will be serving as pallbearers. The family would like to thank Magnolia Manor staff and residence and Odyssey Hospice staff for all of their time and compassion that they shared with her.


Jessie Grover Frederick
Jessie Frederick, 60, of Silsbee, died Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth in Beaumont.
Jessie proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. A lifelong resident of the area, Jessie was a correctional officer with the prison system and had worked many years as an account representative for Woody’s Toys.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Bonner Frederick of Silsbee; daughters, Donna Bergeron of Beaumont, Missy Sirmons and her husband Shannon of Silsbee, and Melanie Frederick of Port Neches; five grandchildren; and brothers, Charles Ray Huckaby of Beaumont and Robert Martin of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Funeral service were Friday, October 5, 2007, at Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee with burial at Frederick-Linscomb Cemetery near Mauriceville.


Sheryl Isbell Kling
Sheryl Kling, 59, of Beaumont, died Saturday, January 12, 2008 at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth.
A native and lifelong resident of Beaumont, Mrs. Kling was an administrative assistant to the Public Works Director for the City of Beaumont.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas Kling of Beaumont; mother, Mae Isbell of Beaumont; sister, Kaye Gammon of Houston; niece, Jennifer Ellis; and nephews, Jeffrey Gammon and Justin Gammon; and sister-in-law, Kathy Ellis and her husband Bob of Bryan.
Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont with cremation to follow at Broussard’s Crematorium. A gathering of family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at the Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, 3810 North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas 77713.





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