Class of '70 Obituaries

Darla Loftin Griffin
Darla Loftin Griffin, 65, of Sour Lake, died Saturday, January 7, 2017, at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, at approximately 10:15 p.m.
She was born on November 9, 1951, to Mary Odell Jordan Loftin and Harmon Loftin, in Beaumont.
She was a 1970 graduate of French High School. After graduation, Darla lived in Germany for one year then resided in Sour Lake the remainder of her time. She enjoyed shopping, scrapbooking, taking pictures, and spending time with her family and three dogs, Buckshot, Pugzee, and Sally.
Darla’s sense of humor brought so much joy into everyone’s life. When she was around you were sure to have fun. She loved her girls and family more than life itself. The last fourteen years she fought so many illnesses with courage. Her heart was tired and went home to be with the Lord.
Survivors include her husband of thirty-five years, George Calvin Griffin; daughters, Shannon Wilkins Garcia of Sour Lake; Nicole Wilkins-Marshall and husband, Nickole, of China; mother, Mary Odell Durham of Sour Lake; stepsons, Kevin Griffin and his wife, Michelle and Brant Griffin and his wife, Charla, all of Sour Lake; grandchildren, Brandon Biano and his fiancée, Taylor Clakley, Mason Garcia, Brayden Marshall, Kaleb Griffin, Kaylee Griffin, Kyler Griffin, Kolby Griffin, Andrea Teter, Taylor Griffin, Kadin Griffin, Adam Gilliand, Zakk Adams, and Boux Adams; sisters, Stacy Bernard of Beaumont and Rita Durham of Trinity; brothers, Lex Evans of Sour Lake; Andy Durham and his wife, Denise, of Fannett; and Dan and Daniel Durham-Charest, of Liberty; godchild, Ashlyn Murphy; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many friends. She is preceded in death by her father, Leonard Harmon Loftin “Smut”; grandparents, Ollie and John Jordan and Jimmie Zorn Loftin and Leonard Harrison Loftin ; grandchild, Cole Garcia; great-grandchild, Emerson Biano; and loving pet, Juanita.
A gathering of Mrs. Griffin’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Her funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 12, 2017, at First Baptist Church, 765 6th Street, Sour Lake. Her interment will follow at Phelps Cemetery, Thicket.

Sandra Williams
Sandra Lurlene Williams, 55, was a long time resident of Beaumont and a retired LVN.
Preceded in death by a brother Larry Carter and sister Pam Carter her survivors include her husband Ted Williams; three daughters, Amy Williams, Carrie Darby and Jennifer White; parents Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Carter; eight grandchildren; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and her very special friend Vicki Brekel.

Ted "Cheeser" Lloyd
Ted Lloyd, 56, of Austin & Port Aransas, died Monday, July 16, at his residence in Port Aransas after a valiant three year battle with lung cancer.
Ted was born June 19, 1952 in Beaumont to Clyde & Florene Lloyd. He graduated from French High School in 1970 & The University of Texas School of Medicine in Galveston in 1974. After graduating, Ted moved to Austin to pursue his career in Physical Therapy, eventually opening his own clinic, Lloyd Physical Therapy Services.
Ted enjoyed a long & successful practice, only recently retiring due to health problems. Ted loved entertaining friends & family at his house on Lake Travis in Austin, & in recent years he especially found pleasure spending time at his beach house in Port Aransas.
Ted is survived by his sister, Deby Turner of Vidor, nephew, Clint Turner of Beaumont, & two aunts, Nellie Davenport of Vidor & Juanita Squash Wood of Troup. Ted also had a large group of wonderful friends from Beaumont, Austin, & Port Aransas that were like a 2nd family to him. The Boys from Beaumont had their annual get together just a few weeks ago & Ted was able to attend. Some of the guys in this special group were from Ted's Elementary School Days, which is truly amazing.
Cremation arrangements were handled by Guardian Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Corpus Christi. Ted's wish was for his ashes to be spread at Lake Travis & The Gulf of Mexico.

Jack Curtis Craig Jr.
Jack, of Lumberton, Texas passed away at Harbor Hospice. Born in Beaumont to Jack and Ruth Craig he had worked as an Operator at Dupont.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jack C. Craig, Sr., and is survived by his mother, Ruth Craig; sons, Jason R. Craig and wife Lisa, Scott Craig; brother; Bruce Craig; sister-in-law, Julie Craig; niece, Brandy Craig; nephews, Tyler and Andrew Craig and his best buddy, Rocky his dog.

Dan Edward McBroom
Dan Edward McBroom, 62, of Kountze, died Saturday, December 27, 2014. He was born on February 19, 1952, in Beaumont, to Sue Nell Erwin McBroom and Albert Edward McBroom.
Survivors include his sister, Debbie Woodward; brother, Ronald McBroom; father, Edward McBroom; and mother, Sue McBroom, all of Beaumont; daughter, Melissa Ashworth of Nevada; nephew, Cody Woodward; close friends, Benny House, Robert Gillespie, Jaime Capps, Ray Johnson and his son, Samuel Johnson, Eric Bruce, Kenneth Downing, Mike Johnson, and Wade Eason; and numerous other family and friends.
His committal will be held at Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont. Cremation arrangements under the direction of Broussard's, Kountze.

Kirt Brown
A memorial service for Kirk Steven Brown, 61, of Beaumont will be held on Thursday, January 2, at 2:00 p.m. in the Claybar Kelley-Watkins Chapel with Dr. Jim Fuller officiating. A reception will follow in the family center of Calder Baptist Church, 1005 North 11th Street.
Kirk was born June 7, 1952 in Beaumont and died Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 in Beaumont after a short illness. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Sam and Melba Falcon and his father Zach Brown.
He is survived by his mother Shirley Falcon Brown, his sister Lynne Brown and countless friends he would identify as his family. Many people collect things but Kirk collected friends. Friendships he would begin at Edwards Elementary and maintain his whole life. He would create an extended family that will miss him like one of their own. Kirk was a devoted family man. He had a special bond with his grandfather, Sam and spoke often about memories of him. Kirk was also close to his mother, this relationship was a friendship rooted in family and continued up to his death. Holidays were devoted to family. Aunts, Uncles and Cousins would gather and catch up.
These gatherings would often take place at the beach cabin, an important place that Kirk and his family would share with many friends as well. Though Kirk had no children of his own, his friends were always happy to share theirs with him. He was a constant influence in their lives, even as they had children of their own, further expanding the children in his life. At Austin Middle School, Kirk began what was thought to be a promising athletic career. He received the All District medal in Discus, the only one for the schools Track Team. He further distinguished his public school career at French High School with the Ugliest Man Trophy.
Kirk began his affiliation with the Boy Scouts around the age of eleven, attending his first camp out and at least one of his fellow campers is a friend today. Boy Scouts continue to occupy Kirk's time through adulthood. Countless young boys were fortunate to have him as director of their summer camp, a job that continued several summers while he taught school.
The Church was an important part of his life. He forged countless relationships here as well as his spiritual life. Friends of North End Methodist Church will have great memories of Kirk's participation in a rendition of the Blues Brothers Rawhide. Kirk's size and happy disposition made him a shoe in for Santa at church functions. He transformed many Christmases for Wesley Methodist children even though for his many young friends the gig was up when they recognized Uncle Kirk as jolly St. Nick.
On a mission trip to Mexico, Santa's tears were evidence that he gained more from the experience then the children he surprised. So many of the youth of Wesley Methodist have only wonderful memories of Kirk as a mentor.
Kirk worked as a retail clerk at Gibson's, a tobacco salesman (a job he hated), an exterminator, and a steamship agent before finally finding his true calling as a teacher, graduating from Lamar University.
Kirk taught at Price Elementary, Eugene Fields and was presently teaching at Dishman Elementary School- where he taught since the school was first opened. His students found a patient educator and a friend for life. Many students continued to keep Kirk appraised of their milestones, which made Kirk proud, and they are much richer for having known him.
Kirk's fellow teachers found a tireless professional and friend they could count on. Kirk was active in the ATPE and held numerous offices on the local and regional level and was on the Board of Directors from 2007- 2011. Kirk never shied away from an issue, addressing them professionally and often humorously.
In 2011, he gave the nominating speech for a friend running for State Secretary. Though public speaking was hard for Kirk, a friend needing a favor was more important than his fear. His final lesson to all of us, in his full life cut short, is the true value of new and old friends, one is silver and the other gold. His extended family of friends is too many to count among his survivors but this wonderful man was a friend when anyone needed one.
It is hard to imagine a world without Kirk Brown and it is no coincidence that Kirk's home is filled with hundreds of model giraffes, the land animal with the largest heart.
One lives in hopes of becoming a memory. In lieu of flowers, friends may direct memorial contributions to the Kirk Brown Memorial Fund, Dishman Elementary School, 3475 Champions Drive, Beaumont, TX 77707 or to the Humane Society of Southeast Texas, 2050 Spindletop Ave, Beaumont, TX 77705.

Mike Dean
Mike Dean, 63, of Beaumont, died Monday, April 20, 2015, at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, after a brief illness. A native and lifelong resident of Beaumont, he was born on January 27, 1952, to Bobbye McCown Dean and Marshal Dean.
Survivors include his parents, Bobbye and Marshal Dean; brother, Jerry Dean and his wife, Patti; sisters, Lee Ann Dean Garth and her husband, Terry and Julie Dean Grammier and her husband, Ben; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
A gathering of Mike's family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont.
A family committal was held at Broussard's Crematorium, Beaumont. Memorial contributions may be made to Some Other Place, P.O. Box 0843, Beaumont, Texas 77704; or a charity of one's choice . Complete and updated information may be found at:

Phillip Doughty Jr.
Philip Doughty Jr., 60 of Beaumont, died Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital, Beaumont. He was born on September 12, 1952, to Lorena Sublette Doughty and Philip Hardtner Doughty, Sr. in Beaumont.
Survivors include his wife of thirty-seven years, Teresa Doughty; children, Timothy Smith, Aaron Doughty and Karina Doughty; grandchildren, Spencer Smith, Jonboy Smith, Jazmine Ledet, Madeline Doughty, Jordan Ledet and Jayleigh Doughty; great-granddaughter, Averie Smith; and his German Shepherd, Veda.
A gathering of Mr. Doughty's family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. Complete and updated information may be found at - See more at:

Richard Rick Whitson
Richard Rick Whitson passed away on October 25, 2014 at the Michael Debakey Veterans Memorial Hospital in Houston, Texas. He was born and raised in Beaumont and attended French High and Lamar college.
He then joined the United States Marine Corps where he was proud member for nine years.His last few years were spent engaging in radio controlled model aircraft, a hobby he enjoyed.
Preceding him in death were his parents Archie and Helen Whitson. Survivors include a sister Pamela Whitson Danbom and husband Michael, A daughter Victoria Tate and two grandsons. A niece Stacey Fasano an her daughters,Kasie and Danielle Murff, as well as cousin and great friends.
A private service will be held for family and friends.
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Nov. 2, 2014 - See more at:

Lawrence Keith Chaney
Lawrence K. Chaney, age 61 of Lumberton, Texas passed away on Monday, June 9, 2014 in Beaumont, Texas.
Graveside services will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home. Mr. Chaney was born in Beaumont, Texas on August 11, 1952. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Maryann Chaney and his son, Lawrence Keith Chaney, Jr.
Survivors include his sister, Nancy Chaney Richardson and her husband Donald of Lumberton, TX. One nephew, Donald Richardson, Jr. of Lumberton, TX and one niece Kristie Lynn Richardson White of Beaumont, TX. Two great nieces; Macy White and Brinn Richardson and one great nephew, Trent Richardson. As well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on June 11, 2014

Milburn Amy
Milburn Amy, age 61, died Monday, November 11, 2013 in Beaumont, TX.
Services will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at First United Methodist Church of Beaumont with Dr. Karen Doris and Rev. David Millner officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
Mr. Amy was born on June 17, 1952 in Beaumont, TX to the late Milburn Oren Amy, Sr. and Theda Brinson Amy. He graduated from French High School and Lamar University with a Bachelor of Science in Music, majoring in voice and violin.
Milburn was the youth director at First United Methodist Church for a number of years. He was an accomplished musician, who participated with the Beaumont Symphony, the Beaumont Civic Ballet, and the Beaumont Civic Opera and directed the Junior Forums Senior Citizens Choir, the Beauxs and Belles. He was a musical director of the Beaumont Junior Forums annual productions of LUV Follies and many other performances. He was also a director for Cargill productions, which traveled throughout the United States.
Survivors include his two brothers, James H. Amy and his wife Nelsalee of Pearland, TX and Peter Amy and his wife Sandy of Orange, TX. One sister, Barbara Amy of Beaumont, TX. Three nephews, Brandon Amy, Daniel Amy and Joshua Amy and three nieces, Rachael Amy, Emily Amy and Felicia Amy. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Beaumont, Texas.

William Budd Jr.
William Budd, Jr., affectionately known as Billy Budd, passed away on November 3, 2008 after a valiant battle with cancer.
Billy was born in Beaumont, Texas on July 28, 1952 to Ramona and William Budd, Sr.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his siblings, Judy Budd, Nancy Pattie & husband, Pat, and David Budd & wife, Margaret; five nieces, Stacy Wiley, Kelly Jagneaux, Cindy Ramirez, Lesley Hernandez, and Ciera Pattie, and very special friend, Pat Miss P Barrow.
Billy graduated from French High School in Beaumont, TX in 1970. After leaving Beaumont in the early 70's Billy played and toured with several bands around the country before settling back in Houston in the 80's. For the last twenty years he established himself as a top professional drummer within the Houston music community. Billy was well known for his vibrant personality and exceptional musical skills on the drums. He will be sorely missed.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 9, 2008 at 3:00 pm. in the Chapel of Heights Funeral Home. Please visit to share your memories of Billy. Heights Funeral Home 1317 Heights Boulevard Houston, TX 77008 (713)862-8844 - See more at:

Jim Farrell
James M. Jim Ferrell, Jr., 61, of Port Neches, died Sunday, March 17, 2013, at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas, Port Arthur.
He was born on February 20, 1952, in Houston, moved to Beaumont in 1963, and had been a resident of Port Neches since 1999. Jim was a United States Air Force veteran. He had previously worked with Stewart Title for many years, Southeast Texas Title, and Boy's Haven of America before accepting his teaching position at Lamar Institute of Technology.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy Ferrell; sons, Steven Ferrell of Beaumont and Ryan Ferrell of Lumberton; daughter, Jamie Ferrell of Port Neches; grandson, Ryan Ferrell, Jr.; brother, Mark Ferrell and his wife, Sandi, of Beaumont, extended family and numerous nieces and nephews.
A gathering of Mr. Ferrell's family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.
His funeral service will be 1:00 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3810 North Major Drive, Beaumont, with interment to follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches. Memorial contributions in Jim's memory may be made to Boys' Haven of America, P.O. Box 5815, Beaumont, Texas 77726; Lamar Institute of Technology Foundation, c/o Jim Ferrell Real Estate Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 10085, Beaumont, Texas 77710; or to Wesley United Methodist Church, 3810 North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas 77713. Complete and updated information may be found at:

Matt Dunaway
Gerald Matthew “Matt” Dunaway, 60, of Silsbee died on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at his residence. Born on March 9, 1952, in Beaumont, to Marie Broussard Dunaway and Gerald Dunaway, he had lived in Silsbee for the last two years.
Gerald was a 1970 graduate of French High School in Beaumont. He was a board member of Silsbee Ice House Museum, a member of the Professional Engineering Association, and was a Civil Engineer with the United States Army Corps of Engineers of Galveston.
Gerald is survived by his wife of thirty-nine years, Kathy Dunaway; mother, Marie Dunaway of Fannett; sister, Nancy Reed and her husband, Bob, of Buna; brother, Terry Dunaway of Fannett; sister-in-law, Lyn Slayter and her husband, Jim, of Beaumont; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Gerald Dunaway.
His committal was held at Broussard’s Crematorium under the direction of Broussards, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee.

Myron Trevathan
Funeral services for Myron Trevathan, 56, of Lumberton, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2008, in the Charles S. Kelley Memorial Chapel at Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home officiated by Chaplain Rocky Guererro.
Burial will follow with a Graveside Service at 2:30 p.m. in the Walker Cemetery in Lufkin, TX.
There will be a Visitation on Tuesday evening at the funeral home from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Myron was born on December 11, 1951, to Charles and Pauline Trevathan, and passed away on December 28, 2007, at Christus-St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont.
He was a 1970 graduate of French High School and enjoyed fishing, hunting and a love for classic cars. He was a pipefitter with Goldcrest Electric Company and a member of Pipefitter's Local 195.
Preceded in death by his father Charles E. Mutt Trevathan, he is survived by his mother, Polly Trevathan; sons, Sean Trevathan, Jason Trevathan and his wife, Shanna; daughters, Amber and Shannon Trevathan; grandchildren, Madeline and Abigail Trevathan and Kinsley Moore all of Lumberton and two aunts, Nell Griggs and Irene Schoolcraft both of Lufkin. He is also survived by the mother of his children, Susan Trevathan and companion, Valarie Rivers.

David Shimek
Funeral services for David Shimek, 60, of Beaumont, will be held Thursday, October 4, 2012, at 2:00 p.m., in the Claybar Kelley-Watkins Chapel. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
A gathering of family and friends will be held on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the funeral home.
David was born January 27, 1952, in Beaumont, Texas, to Charles and Katherine Shimek, and passed away September 30, 2012, at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont.
A graduate of French High School and Lamar University, David worked for over 35 years as a civil engineer for Exxon-Mobil. During his career with Exxon-Mobil, David worked in Malaysia, Norway, Holland, and Africa and recently served as the site engineer for the Golden Pass LNG Project in Sabine Pass.
David is survived by his mother, Katherine Shimek of Beaumont; brothers, Larry Shimek of Beaumont, Roy Shimek, Jr. of Convington, LA; and sister, Linda Shimek of Beaumont. David was preceded in death by his wife, Lynda Shimek; and daughter, Katie; and his father, Charles Roy Shimek, Sr.

Reuben A. Isern, M.D
Reuben A. Isern, M.D., of Winnie, passed away at the age of 60, Friday, August 31, 2012.
A native of Havana, Cuba, he lived in the Beaumont area since 1969 where he practiced medicine. Reuben left Cuba at the age of 14, and graduated from French High School in Beaumont.
He obtained his medical degree from the University of Zaragoza in Spain and returned to the United States where he trained in Internal Medicine. Upon completion, he joined his father in his medical practice in Beaumont. Dr. Isern subsequently returned to The University of Texas Medical School in Houston to pursue additional training in the field of Rheumatology and Autoimmune Diseases.
He is survived by his daughter, Diorella McGuire and her husband, Joe; two grandchildren; parents, Dr. and Mrs. Raul Isern; sisters, Yvette Estrada and her husband, Dr. Rolando Estrada; and Isel Caballero and her husband, Eduardo Caballero; and brother, Dr. Raul Isern, Jr. and his wife, Mary; niece, Gabriella Caballero; and nephews, Mario Juan, Raul Isern III, and Eduardo Caballero.
Reuben was a free spirit and an optimist always focusing on the positive. He was an exceptional father, and grandfather. Reuben was dedicated to his family, making the best of every minute he had with his elderly parents. To his siblings he was an older brother to look up to as well as the little brother to guide. In addition to the love that he had for his family, he was passionate about medicine and the well being of his patients; always going above and beyond.
He was a friend to all and helped everyone who crossed his path. His love for animals was evidenced by the menagerie in is home; every creature was his friend. Reuben made a difference every place that he went, and we all loved him for it. All who knew Reuben were captivated by his charm. Everyone who met him was impacted by his presence and he immediately became a friend for life. His mind and his body were sound and his spirit was never broken.
A Rosary for Dr. Isern will be recited 5:00 p.m., Sunday, September 2, 2012, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1:00 p.m., Monday, September 3, 2012, at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, 6825 Gladys Avenue, Beaumont, with interment to follow at Magnolia Cemetery, Beaumont.

Darla Ellen Mack Case
Darla, who was born in Beaumont, TX and was a resident of Port Barre died on Sunday, November 06, 2011 at her residence.
She is survived by a son, John Clayton Bond and wife Lauri; daughter, Alicia Danielle Case and boyfriend Danny Smolik; brothers, Albert Craig Mack and Rodney Bruce Mack; sister-in-law, Stephanie Mack; two step grandchildren, Jordan S. Quebedeaux and Sheree B. Quebedeaux; one step great grandchild, Maddox Luke Quebedeaux. She is also survived by her loving canine companion, Daisy.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Bruce and Mildred Leoffler Mack; brother, Willie Mack and a niece, Tracy Mack.
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, Beaumont, Texas.

Harry Hodge III
Funeral services for Harry Hodge III, 55, of Beaumont, was held on Saturday, December 8, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. in the Sabine Tabernacle. Rev. Jim Boykin will conduct the service with opening remarks by Rev. Clarence Day. Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family will receive guests on Friday between 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home.
Mr. Hodge was born December 17, 1951, in Beaumont to Billie Craig Hodge and Harry H. Hodge, Jr. and died in Galveston of a heart attack on December 3, 2007. Harry graduated from French High School and then from Lamar University with a degree in biology and chemistry.
In 1975, he married Kay McCullough and moved to Houston to continue his education at the University of Houston. Mr. Hodge was a pharmaceutical representative for several years and later moved back to Beaumont where he was employed as a Laboratory Technician at Mobil Chemical. He took early medical retirement from Exxon Mobil and had been living in Galveston for the past two and one-half years.
Mr. Hodge was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Kay, who died at the age 46 of a stroke eight years ago. Those left to cherish his memory are his parents, Harry Hodge, Jr. and Billie Hodge of Beaumont; sons, Mark and Paul Hodge of Beaumont; brother, Craig Hodge and wife Lois, as well as many aunts, uncles, nephews, cousins and his beloved in-laws, George and Lillian McCullough

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