Class of '67 Obituaries

James "Jim" Charles Nichols
James "Jim" Charles Nichols, 72, of Beaumont, died Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston, Texas. Jim was born on December 23, 1948, in Pontiac, Michigan, to Geraldine Violet Gilliland Nichols and James Burrell Nichols, Jr. In 1953, Jim and his family, the "Four J's," moved from Albion, Michigan to Beaumont where he attended Eugene Field Elementary, James Bowie Junior High and graduated in 1967 from French High School. After graduation, Jim attended Sam Houston State in Huntsville. During the height of the Vietnam War, Jim and several friends enlisted in the United States Marine Reserves and were stationed at Fort Ord in California. After returning to Beaumont, he enrolled in Lamar State College studying business. In 1955, his parents started Nichols Tile Sales where he worked for many years. An avid lover of nature, Jim enjoyed fishing, walks in the woods and birds. Jim will forever be remembered by his quick wit and infectious smile. A fan of politics, he had not missed a Rush Limbaugh show in twenty years. He kept up with the weather and could tell you what the weather was going to be today, tomorrow, and a week from now. Jim is survived by his only sibling, Jadeanne Joy Nichols Hayes and her husband, Jeffrey Lynn Hayes; his wife, Maggie Nichols all of Beaumont; three stepsons, Jorge Isaac Arias, Samuel Alberto Arias and Jorge Alberto Arias, all of Honduras; niece, Kelli Kathryn Hayes Trevino and her husband, Paul Trevino; nephews, James Kyle Hayes and his wife, Ann Perkins Hayes and Jason Roy Hunter Hayes, and his wife Janice Mazzoli Hayes, all of Beaumont. Jim was also blessed to have many great nieces and nephews that adored him, James Jeffrey Trevino, William Jordan Reese, IV, Mary-Caroline Trevino, David Carroll Perkins Reese, Anne Kathryn Trevino, Lauren Grace Hayes, Walker O'Hara Reese, William Huston Hayes, James Jeffrey Harrison Hayes and Elizabeth James Trevino. He is preceded in death by one day by his only child, Abigail Violet Nichols and his parents Jerry and Jim Nichols. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 4955 Pine Street, under the direction of Broussard's Mortuary, 2000 McFaddin, Beaumont, Texas. The family asks that masks be worn graveside and social distancing guidelines are observed at all times. Complete and updated information may be found at: To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store. Published in Beaumont Enterprise from Jan. 24 to Jan. 25, 2021.

Ben Elliot
Ben Elliott, 69, of Vidor died Friday, September 8, 2017 at his residence. A native of Dallas, Texas, he was a longtime resident of Vidor. Ben retired from the HVAC industry and served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. during the Vietnam Conflict. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and dabbling around the house. Visitation will be held from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Monday, September 11, 2017 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Graveside service will begin at 2:00 pm Monday, September 11, 2017 at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor. Ben is survived by his wife of 21 years Carolyn Elliott of Vidor, TX, sons Ben A. "Trey" Elliott III of Jacksonville, FL, Ronald Harper of Lumberton, TX, Bill Elliott of Laramie, WY and Christopher Elliott of Laramie, WY, daughter Karen Braneff of Orange, TX and Aileen Elliott Laramie, WY, 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Ronald Sigur
Ronald David Sigur, 68, passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Grace House Assisted Living, a loving and caring community in Austin, Texas, surrounded by family and friends. He was born in Beaumont, Texas on January 5, 1949 to Carlos Sigur and Pearl Boutte Sigur. Ron led an interesting and full life as his passions and career led him down many different avenues. Ron entered the Army in 1968 and was honorably discharged in 1971. He then became a police officer under the Beaumont Police Department. He not only earned a degree from Lamar University, but also taught Drafting at Lamar and then found his passion as a project manager of the first local power plants in Texas becoming a world traveler as his passion led him all around the U.S. and overseas to places such as New York, Massachusetts, Alaska, Canada, China, and the Philippines. Through it all Ron stayed a devoted member of the Masonic Lodge in his hometown of Beaumont. Ron will be sadly missed by his beloved children, daughter, Christina Townsend and husband, Wayne; sons, Matthew Sigur and wife, Jessica and Ryan Sigur; brother, Matthew Sigur and wife, Terri; sister, Suzanne Robinson; grandchildren, Elizabeth Townsend, Bentley Sigur, and Harper Sigur; his companion, Cindy Johnson; numerous other relatives; and a host of friends. The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be at 3:30 P.M., Friday, December 22, 2017 in the Chapel of Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow at a later date at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would like contributions in Ron's memory to be made to the ALS Association of Texas, 1315 Sam Bass Circle, Unit B5, Round Rock, Texas, 78681, (877)714-0088 or

James Metcalf
found on facebook: James O'Neal Metcalf passed away on October 24th. He was class of 67. He went to Vietnam for his senior trip. He came home in 1969 and graduated in 1970. He fought a hard fight with cancer.

Jack Townsend
Jack Lee Townsend, 62, of Sour Lake, died Saturday, August 27, 2011. A native of Beaumont and lifelong resident of Sour Lake, he was born October 21, 1948, to Faye Smyly Townsend and J.L. Townsend. He was a consultant with Streamline Production Systems, Inc.
Survivors include his sons, Jay Townsend and his wife, Marcy of Beaumont and Josh Townsend and his wife, Kristin of Gainesville; grandchildren, Tanner Townsend, Aaron Biehle, Tyler Townsend, Jathen Townsend and Mattison Townsend; brother, Jerry Townsend and his wife, Peggy of Zavalla; sisters, Nan Townsend Richardson of College Station, Kay Townsend Hare and her husband, Wallace of Jasper, Cecelia Townsend Barclay and her husband, Billy of Silsbee and Sue Townsend Chaplin of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Faye and J. L. Townsend; and brother-in-law, Reginald Richardson.

Mary Bond Rash
Mary Carolyn Bond Rash, 66, of Lumberton, died Thursday, March 12, 2015, at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Beaumont. She was born on February 4, 1949, in Beaumont, to Dessie Marie Firmin Bond and Russell Ishler Bond.
Mary will always be remembered as a kind, understanding and patient friend, mother, and wife. Those who knew her well may remember her saying �Stop lollygagging around!� She made an example of this by giving of herself generously to benefit her children. Mary volunteered countless hours at Stephanie�s Dance Studio and at Chad�s little league games as scorekeeper.
She was also a founding member of the Lumberton High School Raiderette Booster Club where she helped raise funds for trips and excursions. Mary worked at Sam�s Wholesale Club in Beaumont for several years as the Demo Coordinator. She later continued her Sam�s career in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
She is survived by her husband, Dwight Rash of Lumberton; daughter, Stephanie Rawlinson and her husband, Todd, of Fannett; brother, Dale Bond and his wife, Peggy, of Tomball; mother-in-law, Joyce Rash, of Lumberton; and many loving family members. Mary was preceded in death by her mother, Dessie Bond; father, Russell Bond; and son, Chad Rash. Most of all, Mary will be remembered for her boisterous laugh and big hugs.

Howard Hudley
Howard Herman Hundley, 63, of Boulder City, passed away March 1, 2012. He was born September 26, 1948 in Beaumont, Texas and was a nine year resident of Nevada. He served in the U.S Army and was a retired Mechanical Engineer for Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR).
Howard was married to Grace Sandy Hundley February 2, 1979. He is survived by his Mother, Frankie Hundley; Sister, Beverly Coleson; Nephew, Jared Coleson; Stepsons, Richard and Steven Cobb; Stepdaughter, Jennifer Cobb. Internment at Southern Nevada Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, Boulder City, NV.

Mike Westfall
On July 19, 2015, Robert Michael Westfall (Mike) passed away at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. Born May 5, 1948, Mike was a native of the Beaumont area and resided in Lumberton.
Mike was a loving husband, father, Pawpaw, and friend. Known by many and adored by all, he rarely met a stranger. Mike was a people person thru and thru. He was a Route Salesman for Frito Lay and retired from there after 42 years.
Besides spending time with family, Mike's true passions were golf and the Dallas Cowboys.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Peggy Westfall, and his brother, Jerry Westfall. Those left to cherish his memories include his loving wife of 34 years, Deniece Westfall; his sons, Bobby Phillips and wife, April of Burleson; Darrell Westfall and wife, Hillary of Sour Lake; Jared Westfall and wife, Karen of Lake Charles; his daughters, Sheri Clawson of Belton; Andrea Bazar and husband, Ryan of Lumberton.
He is also survived by brother, Charles Westfall and wife, Tanya of Lumberton, and sister, Linda Cole of Port Neches; and ten grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on July 23, 2015, at Christian Fellowship Worship Center in Beaumont at 1:00 p.m. There will be a Memorial Service beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the church. The family humbly requests any contributions be donated to Christian Fellowship Worship Center Building Fund at 3950 Pointe Parkway Beaumont, Texas 77706. Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on July 22, 2015

Melanie Ann Brunette
Melanie Ann Brunette, 61, of Bryan, formerly of Beaumont, passed away at her home Saturday afternoon, May 15, 2010.
Visitation will be Tuesday May 18 at 10 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan followed by funeral services beginning at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in the New Baden Cemetery in New Baden, Texas. Melanie was born in Bryan, Texas to Philip and Mabel Smith Brunette.
She graduated from French High School in Beaumont and received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education from Lamar University. Melanie dedicated her life to teaching children in Beaumont I.S.D. spending most of her teaching career at Odem Middle School and Central High School. She retired in May of 2007 and moved back to Bryan n June 2009 She was very proud of receiving her Teacher of the Year Award. She specialized her talents working with the Gifted and Talented Students and sponsored the UIL Gifted and Talented Future Problem Solving Team winning the State Championship one year followed by a 1st Runner Up a second year.
She was a member of the Golden Triangle Writers Guild and was a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church in Beaumont before joining First Baptist Church in Bryan. Since living in Bryan, Melanie has become a member of the Brazos Valley Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, a Mentor for the Job Force Training for Abused Women, and a member of several Bible Study Groups.
She is survived by two sisters and one brother-in-law, Marian and Tim Romere and their daughter Lindsey of Sour Lake, TX and Marsha Brunette Toole and her son David of Beeville, TX; step-mother, Peggy Brunette of Paris, TX; one step-brother, Kelly Broussard; two step-sisters, Karla Broussard and Kriste Broussard; two aunts and numerous cousins.

Michael "Mike" St. Clair
MICHAEL L. (MIKE) ST. CLAIR, 53, of Houston, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2002. Mike was born and raised in Beaumont, TX.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He attended Rice University. Mike worked in the banking industry for many years before owning and operating several floral shops in the Houston area, and was presently managing LaQuinta Inn and Suites.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lloyd St.Clair and is survived by his mother, Aderle St. Clair Hall and husband, Thomas; sister, Sherry Storer and husband, Steve; brother, Terry L. St. Clair and wife, Gwen; one niece, three nephews and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

Frances Youngblood White
Frances Lee White, 60, of Beaumont, died June 12, 2008 at Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital. A lifelong resident of Beaumont, Frances was a retired hairdresser.
She is survived by her Daughter, Barbara Warren and her husband, Raymond of Beaumont; Sister, Dorothy Adams of Missouri; Grandchildren, Casey Ware and Carrie Ware. Frances was preceded in death by her parents, Pete and Marie Youngblood; sons, Teddy Mercer and Terrie Mercer; sister, Norma Youngblood Fant; and great granddaughter, Jaelynn Rose Ware.

Janet Beal Sullivan
Janet L. Sullivan, 58, of Nederland, Texas passed away Saturday, September 22, 2007 at her home. She was born April 2, 1949 in Beaumont, Texas and moved to Nederland in 2006.
She was a graduate of French High School and Lamar University. She was an art teacher at St. Anne School with 19 years of service. She loved her children, her dogs, and her students.
A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. at 1407 Navasota, Nederland, TX. A Memorial Mass will be at St. Anne School on Friday, October 5, 2007 at 8:15 a.m.
She was preceded in death by her father, Hebert Beal. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, John Sullivan; mother; Anita Beal; daughter, Christina Starr Sullivan; son, John Daniel Sullivan; siblings, Grant Beal, Lynn Roby and Ginna Beal; and granddaughter, Katelynn Rollins.. Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on September 26, 2007

Donald Flemings
Donald L. Flemings, 59, of Beaumont passed away Monday, August 18, 2008 after a lengthy illness.
Funeral service will be at 1:00p.m. Saturday, August 23, 2008 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, with burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation, 12 Noon until 6:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home; Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. until time of the service at the church.
He was a native of Beaumont; graduated from French High School in 1967 and retired from BASF with 33 years of service.
Survivors are: wife of 33 years, Ella C. Flemings; son, Gregory D. Flemings; daughter, Brandy A. Flemings; step- daughter, Hilda Pierre; sister, Patricia A. Hooks (William); brother, James S. Flemings, Jr. (Vallarie); brother-in-law, Larry Milligan-Pierre; (5) grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. -

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.

Darlene, D.D. Anne Conner Blakesley
Darlene, D.D. Anne Conner Blakesley, 60, of Lumberton, died Tuesday, October 27, 2009, at Memorial Hermann Baptist Beaumont Hospital.
She was born July 30, 1949, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Mary Frances Gulli Conner and William Coda Conner. Darlene grew up in the Beaumont area, moved to Seattle in 1990 where she lived for many years and resided in Lumberton for the last fifteen months.
She graduated from French High School Alumni in 1967 and was a retired Human Resource Manager for K-Mart with twenty-seven years of service.
Survivors include her husband of nine years, Robert Blakesley; children, Christina Kanakis, Christy Brandelli and her husband Brian, Jessica Blakesley, Bradley Blakesley, and Brandon Blakesley; sister, Cheryl Conner; niece, Kim Conner-Heck; sister, Sharon Conner Langston and her husband Larry; nephew, Cody Seay and his wife Lydia; brother, Billy Conner and his wife Melinda, nephew, Coda Conner; aunt, Elizabeth Coons; and cousin, Richard Coons and his wife Carol. She was preceded in death by both of her parents.
A gathering of her family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 29, 2009, at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A private family committal service will be held at Broussard's Crematorium. Complete and updated information may be viewed at

Donald Edward Holton
Donnie Holton, 60, of Beaumont died Friday, May 21, 2010, at his residence. He was born in Silsbee, Texas on August 6, 1949, to Edward and Betty (Cluff) Holton.
A lifelong resident of Beaumont, he retired from Southwestern Bell as a communications technician. Following retirement, �Poppy�s� greatest pleasure was spending time with his grandchildren. He proudly served his country as a Vietnam Veteran in the United States Army.
Survivors include his wife, Angie McReynolds Holton of Beaumont; children, Amy Schulze and her husband Chuck of Nederland, Brad Holton of Silsbee, Eric Holton and his wife Doree of Beaumont, and Jessica Holton of Beaumont; father, Edward Holton of Bevil Oaks; brother, Robert Holton of Groves; sister, June Holton of Bevil Oaks; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Waunice and J.D. McReynolds of Orange; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and five nieces and nephews.
His funeral service will be 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, 2010, at North End Baptist Church, 5115 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Beaumont under the direction of Broussard�s, 1605 N. Major Drive, Beaumont. A gathering of his family and friends will be Monday, May 24, 2010, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Broussard�s

Walter Eugene Meredith
Walter Eugene Meredith went to be with his Father Tuesday, April 7, 2009, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Gene was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on June 25, 1949. His family moved to the Beaumont area soon after that.
He was a graduate and class president of the French High School Class of 1967. He was dedicated to planning their class reunions every five years. He planned seven of them with great success.
He also received an associate's degree from Lamar University. He married Peggy Pate Meredith on December 13, 1969. Gene and Peggy were blessed with two wonderful children, Jason and Gina. He was a member of Crestwood Baptist church. Gene retired from ExxonMobil after thirty-one years of service. He truly enjoyed his job, but even more than that he loved the people he worked with and the many true friends he spent those years with. Gene was a man of honor and always put his family first.
He was a great storyteller, had a quick wit, and loved making people laugh. His wit and humor will live in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. He loved fishing, hunting, playing golf, and his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He loved his bike even though he only got to ride it a few times.
Gene is preceded in death by his father-in-law, Charles "Hoss" Pate, Sr.; and sister-in-law, Becky Pate. Gene is survived by his father, Joe Meredith of Conroe; and mother, Beatrice Meredith of Lumberton; by his wife, Peggy; his son, Jason and his wife Kristan of Lumberton; his daughter, Gina Cox and her husband Allan of Spring, Texas; granddaughter, Gabie and grandson, Tyler both of Lumberton. Gene is also survived by two brothers, Bill Meredith and his wife DeEsta of The Woodlands and Burke Meredith and his wife Donna of Beaumont; brothers?in-law, Charles Pate, Jr. and his wife Ginger of Lumberton, and Paul Pate and his wife Dee of Kingwood; mother-in-law, Juanita Pate; sister-in-law, Brenda Anderson; and ten nieces and nephews.
His funeral service was held Friday, April 10, 2009 at Crestwood Baptist Church in Lumberton with burial to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park under the direction of Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Crestwood Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 8420, Lumberton, Texas 77657. Complete and updated information may be viewed at Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on 4/9/2009

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