Class of '71 Obituaries





Big John Taylor
Big John Taylor of Jasper died Sunday May 1, 2016. He was born August 25, 1953 in Beaumont, Texas and was 62 years of age.
He made a career in the construction business and spent as much time as he could hunting and fishing.
There will be a memorial service at 2:00 PM Thursday May 5, 2016 at Forest Oaks Funeral Home Chapel in Jasper.
He is survived by his son John Taylor, IV and his wife Crysta of Groves, daughter Kimberly Taylor of Baytown, sisters Carolyn Ellis and Brenda Brister and her husband Rodger of Vidor, Johnnie Mandujano of Lumberton, brother Dorman Taylor of Lumberton grandsons Keaton Taylor of McKinney, Jordan Deloach of Groves, Markus Dunivan of Baytown, granddaughters Kris Abeyta of Baytown, Emily Deloach of Groves, Trinity Taylor of Groves, Reiley Taylor of Baytown, nephews Robert Ward of Marshall, Brian Bright Kelly of Bridge City, Ronnie Taylor of Jasper, Robert Bright Cindy of Beaumont, Rodger Brister, Jr. and wife Grace of Vidor, Brandy Brister and wife Laquita of Fannette, nieces Pam Hospodar and husband Steve of Beaumont, Jimmy Bright of Houston, Schantel Bright of Beaumont, Dawn Thibault and husband Paul of Vidor and Debbie Applegate and husband David of Spurger, also many other nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents John and Dorothy Taylor.


Maj. Charles A Debney
Charles, of Bryan, passed away Tuesday at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.
He was born in Beaumont to Buck and Estelle Sims Debney. He served as a Chaplain in the U.S. Army, retiring with the rank of Major.
Survivors include his wife, Margie Debney; sons and daughters-in-law, Charles A. Debney II and wife Kacy and Karl A. Debney and wife Elizabeth; mother, Estelle Sims Debney; sister and brother-in-law, Suzy and husband Bill Mudge and numerous nieces and nephews.


Kenneth Bell
Kenneth Ray Bell was born on March 9, 1958 to the late Melvin Bell Sr., and Othell Smith.
He was affectionately called "Kenney". He lived in Beaumont, Texas all of his life and attended the local elementary and junior high schools. Kenney was a graduate of French High School.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Herbert Bell. He leaves to cherish his memories one daughter Kimberly Ware (David), three brothers, Melvin Bell Jr. (Lydia) of Fannett, TX, Leonard Bell (Gwen), Weldon "Jessie" Bell (Donna); sister, Corliss Booker of Houston, TX; stepsister Pamela Haskins, four grandchildren all of Beaumont, TX and a host of relatives and friends.
Celebration of Life services will be at the funeral home on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery under the professional care and direction of Comeaux Community Funeral Chapel.



Dr. Elaine Lacy Barber
Dr. Elaine Lacy Barber, a resident of Beaumont most of her life, passed away Friday.
She was a graduate of French High School, Tyler Junior College and Lamar University.
She served her community as a teacher in the Port Arthur Independent School District as well as, Minister of Music for several churches.
Survivors include her husband, Carl Barber; mother, Lottie Mae Lacy; numerous godchildren, and a host of other relatives and many friends. Funeral services at Lacy Temple Cathedral Church of God In Christ with burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of Mercy Funeral Home.



Robbie Rice
Robbie C. Rice, 61, of Beaumont, passed away April 12, 2014 at his daughter’s home in Baytown, TX.
He was born February 19, 1953 in Beaumont to Jack and Frances Scarborough Rice and lived in Beaumont his entire life.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home.
A celebration of Robbie’s life will be Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of the funeral home.
Robbie was always one to work hard, give much and love those he cared for. At the age of 19 he began parking cars for American National Bank. As technology progressed so did Robbie as he worked his way in banking to a Vice President in charge of data processing.
After 29 years of banking he left to join the family business, The Fan Factory. It was Robbie who “fixed” fans for many of us in Beaumont. But he did much more than that; he found ways to use his skills and caring to help many others. One special project was building sensory boxes for blind children. He lived to fish but if he wasn’t fishing he could be found working on a computer somewhere for someone.
Robbie was preceded in death by his father, Jack M. Rice, brother, Michael Rice, and his grandparents. He is survived by the daughter he adored, Christy Webb and her husband Charles of Baytown, his grandchildren, Tanner Townsend, Pamela Webb and Karlie Webb; mother, Frances Rice Wood and her husband, George Wood, of Beaumont; brother, Paul Randall Rice and his wife, Debbie, of Galveston; step-brothers, George Wood, Jr. and his wife, Renee, of Beaumont, Jim Wood, and his wife, Sherri, of Lumberton; step-sister, Maralee Nicol and her husband, Gary, of Spring, TX and a cousin who he loved as a brother, Ronald Wayne Rice and his wife, Janelle of Lumberton, TX.
Christy would like to extend her deepest thanks to her husband, Robbie’s son-in-law, Charles, for all his love, support and care of her father, Dr. Anita Sabichi and her staff at Baylor College of Medicine, Kim Kinder for all her special care, James Robicheaux and his fellow officers, the staff of Hospice Compassus for all the great care everyone provided, Mike and Lisa Kinder for everything they did for Robbie, you are special people who are considered family and Ronnie Rice for the love and support and for being the best friend a man could ever have, you are loved as a brother.
Serving as pallbearers will be Ronald Wayne Rice, Tanner Townsend, Mark Gordon, Dean McClendon, Jim Wood and Mike Kinder. Honorary pallbearers are Gene Lindsey, Ronald Wayne (Bubba) Rice and Jerry Randolph.


Spencer William Jones
Spencer William Jones, born on May 7, 1953, to Rebel Byrum and Nellie Sherman Jones in Beaumont, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents and survived by his Fiancé, Gail Baker of Brenham, TX, son, Jeffrey Rebel Jones, daughter, Julie Lane Ferguson and Grandson Liam Ferguson all of Houston.
He is also survived by his sister, Pattie Jones and nephews, Jay and David Gibson all of Nederland and grand nieces and nephews.
Spencer grew up in Beaumont and graduated from French High School and attended Lamar University. He was employed in sales in Beaumont, Houston and later in the Brenham area. Spencer was employed with Teminix International in the Brazos Valley for the last several years.
He was also very active with the Brenham Elks Lodge #979. He was a trustee and had also served as Chaplain and on the house committee. He was respected and well loved and he will be deeply missed.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Beaumont.


Charles "Charlie" Netterville
Charles Netterville, 59, of Beaumont, died Monday, May 14, 2012. A native of Beaumont he was born on January 17, 1953, to Marie Carr Netterville and Oliver B. Netterville.
Survivors include his mother, Marie Netterville of Beaumont; daughters, Lauren LaFosse and her husband, Brett of Houston and Angela Netterville and her fiancé, Paul Hodge of Beaumont; and brother, Bill Netterville of Kountze. He is preceded in death by his father, Oliver B. Netterville of Beaumont.
A gathering of his family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., Friday, May 18, 2012, at Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont.


Marjorie Baxter (Margie) Davis
Marjorie (Margie) Baxter Davis, 58, went to meet the Lord on Friday, September 30, 2011.
She was born in Port Arthur, Texas on August 27, 1953 and grew up in Beaumont after the family moved there in 1959. She attended French High School where she had many close friends.
Margie worked in oilfield sales for a number of years before leaving Beaumont to live in Leakey, Texas with her husband Bill. She fought so very hard, yet passed away from complications due to breast cancer at Sid Peterson Hospital in Kerrville.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Gordon Francis Baxter, Jr. and Mary Olive Dailey Baxter, both of Beaumont, nephew Stewart Thomas Baxter of Beaumont and mother-in-law Ruth Davis of Beaumont.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 31 years, Bill Davis of Leakey, her daughter and best friend, Margo Bennett Caraway and two grand-daughters whom she adored, Jorie Rae Conn and Grace Elaine Caraway all of Beaumont. She is also survived by her many siblings and spouses: Molly and Alan Rayne of New Castle Colorado, Gordon and Linda Baxter of Rosenberg, Roney and Vicki Baxter of Leakey, Bonnie and Carson Patterson of Houston, Jim and Paula Baxter of Beaumont, Laurie and Greg May of Midland, Martha and Ross Hansen of Beaumont and Step-Mother and Sister Diane and Jenny Baxter of Beaumont. Margie also leaves behind a large number of nieces, nephews, great nieces/nephews, as well as many close friends.
Margie and Bill moved to Leakey in 2001 to take over River Haven Cabins on the beautiful Frio River from Janie Johnson and have been active members in the community and the Chamber of Commerce in Leakey for a number of years. They both participated in the Leakey American Cancer Society Relay For Life to honor the memory of nephew and Godson, Stewart, and Bill's mother, Ruth. Moving to Leakey and building their house on the land they owned on Saddle Mountain was their dream and they were blessed to experience many happy years there.
Margie never met a stranger, and went out of her way to help anyone she could. She considered guests and staff at River Haven as part of her family. She will be greatly missed by all and, though that sweet laugh and loving Sprit will live on in all who knew and loved her, there will never be another Margie Davis.
We love you wife, mom, sister, grandma, Aunt Margie, friend … to the Moon and Back!
There will be two Memorial Services for Margie: Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 2:00 PM, Leakey United Methodist Church, 419 North Market Street, Leakey, TX 78873. Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 12:00 PM., St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 4090 Delaware Street, Beaumont, TX 77706-7801. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you honor Margie's memory by making a donation in her name to The American Cancer Society .


William Crutcher
William Ernest Crutcher, Sr., 56, of Beaumont died Friday, April 19, at his home. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 23, at the Kathryn Barclay Hargrove Building at Antioch Cemetery in Buna.
A native of Buna, he was a longtime resident of Beaumont and was a truck driver for Port Iron in Port Arthur. He was a U.S. Army Viet Nam Veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Crutcher of Beaumont; sons, William Ernest Crutcher, Jr., of Colorado; Steven Keith Crutcher of Vidor; James Myles Barr of Houma, LA. and Robert Michael Barr of August, GA; his mother, Corine Walker of Buna; 5 brothers, John Earl Crutcher of Phoenix; Michael Lee Crutcher of Katy; Bobby Wayne Darden of Buna; Thomas Edward Crutcher of Beaumont and Roger Dale Crutcher of Kountze; 3 sisters, Barbara Ann Ward of Dothen, AL; Joyce Crutcher Kaufmann of Beaumont; and Judy Gale Freeman of Buna; and 3 grandchildren.
E.E. Stringer Funeral Home Buna, Texas


Jon Waters
My name is David Waters and I graduated in 1972 from French. I wanted to update you on my brother who passed away two years ago with cancer. His name was Jon Waters and he graduated in 1971.





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