Class of '74 Obituaries

Kirk Douglas Tiller
Kirk Douglas Tiller was born on May 8, 1956 to Malcolm and Rachel Tiller in Beaumont, Texas. He later became a big brother to David, Paula, and Kimberly. Kirk attended school in Beaumont and played football for French High School. He played as a lineman on the team that won district in 1973. Kirk attended Lamar University and then worked as a carpenter. He married his high school sweetheart Jolyn Stanley in 1983. Their first child, Patrick, was born in 1985. Soon after, Kirk started working for himself doing remodeling jobs. Their second child Caitlin was born in 1988, followed by their youngest Nathan in 1991. Kirk became a home builder and formed KT Construction. He served as President of the Home Builders Association of SETX in 1994. He later went to work for ACI in Batesville, Mississippi. In 1998, he survived a plane crash at Jefferson County Airport when heading back to Mississippi. After a long recovery, he decided to stay in Beaumont and became a contractor specializing in metal buildings. At the time of his death, he was owner of Metal Building Services, Inc.
Kirk enjoyed playing games, watching sports, and entertaining his endless group of friends. He was a big fan and supporter of Lamar Baseball, spending countless hours at the games and cooking for the team. He loved fishing and hunting which he learned from his late Uncle Jerry Whitton. Kirk loved his family and had many friends who will miss him. He was very close to his cousins and loved his nieces and nephews dearly. He adored his two grandsons, Cayden Tiller, and Parker Milich.
He is survived by his wife, Jolyn Tiller, of Beaumont; sons, Patrick Tiller, of China; and Nathan Tiller, of Beaumont; daughter, Caitlin Tiller Milich and her husband, Brian, of Beaumont; grandchildren, Cayden Tiller, and Parker Milich; father, Malcolm Tiller, of Beaumont; brother, David Tiller, of Beaumont; sisters, Paula Martin, of Beaumont; and Kimberly Hester and her husband, Scott, of Beaumont; many cousins, including, Gloria Burks, of Warren; and many nieces and nephews.
Kirk was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harmerlee and Norma Durrett; and by his mother, Rachel Tiller.
A gathering of Mr. Tillerís family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, January 26, 2017, at Broussardís, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. His funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 27, 2017, at Broussardís. A family committal will be held at Broussardís Crematorium, Beaumont.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Kirk Tiller to Lamar University Men's Baseball Fund, P.O. Box 10011, Beaumont, Texas 77710.

Amy Abood Bell
Amy Marie Abood Bell, 59, of The Woodlands, died Thursday, September 3, 2015, in her home. She was born on September 30, 1955, in Beaumont, to Francis Faye McGuirt Abood and George Abood. Amy graduated from French High School in 1974. She earned her associates degree and worked for many years as a paralegal.
Survivors include her sons, Adam Anders of The Woodlands; Andrew Bell of Naples, Italy; and Tyler Bell also of The Woodlands; father, George Abood of Beaumont; brother, George Abood, Jr. of Canyon Lake; Sister, Judy Bravo of Payneville, Kentucky; and numerous other relatives in the Beaumont area.
A gathering of Ms. Bellís family and friends will begin at 12:00 p.m., with her funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at Broussardís, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. Her interment will follow at St. Michaels Orthodox Cemetery, Beaumont.

Sharon Brashear
Sharon Kay Brashear, age 58, of Lakeway, Texas went home to be with the Lord on October 24, 2014. She was born in Houston, Texas on November 10, 1955. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Lucille and Vernon Brashear and her sister, Linda Richardson. She is survived by her brother, Byron Brashear, nieces Donna Ballard and Lisa Ashworth, an aunt and uncle and numerous cousins.
Sharon was friendly, kind and considerate and she always enjoyed talking to people. She was a member of the First Methodist Church in Houston and she attended Riverbend Church. She was president of the Lakeway Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association where she thoroughly enjoyed her volunteer work.
Visitation will be from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Weed-Corley-Fish Lake Travis Location, 411 RR 620 South, Lakeway, Texas. Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, October 30, 2014 at Smith Chapel at Riverbend Church. Burial will follow in the San Marcos City Cemetery, San Marcos, Texas.

Steven Wright
Steven Earl Wright, 58, died on July 10, 2014. He was born March 22, 1956, in Beaumont, TX to Jane Lillian Cocran Wright and Lenard Earl Wright. Steven graduated from French High school in 1974. Football was his passion. He played as a halfback and was an outstanding athlete. Steven was an avid reader and history buff who retained what he read and learned. Quite the charmer, Steven loved joking around and playing pool. His granddaughter, Brianna, was such a special addition to his life.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Brandi Wright and husband, Rodney Winfrey, of Sea Brook, TX; son, Justin Earl Wright of Sea Brook, TX, granddaughter, Brianna Winfrey of Sea Brook, TX; mother, Jane Wright, of Lumberton, TX; sister, Kathy Gobert and husband, Kenny, of Lumberton, TX; nieces, Jessica Stevenson and husband, John, of League City, TX and Allison Seale and husband, Kevin, of College Station, TX; and great nephews, James Earl Stevenson and Archer Oliver Seale. Steven was preceded in death by his father.

Gordon Lee George
Gordon Lee George, 52, formerly of Beaumont, while living in Houston, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, September 22, 2008 at his residence. Gordon was born April 27, 1956 to Carl Lee and Mary Jane George in Beaumont and was a longtime member of the Church of Christ.
He was a 1974 graduate of French High School, after which he attended the University of Texas at Austin where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Gordon was recruited by the Navy during his senior year at U.T. He chose the nuclear submarine service and went to officer candidate school in Rhode Island. After graduating as an Ensign, he went to several other Navy schools in New York, Florida, and Connecticut. He was finally deployed to San Diego where he served aboard the U.S.S. Pintado. During this tour he went to the North Pole. He served on several other fast attack boats and received many awards and commendations during his several tours, including the Navy's Navigator of the Year award. His last boat, The USS Houston, saw action in the Film The Hunt for Red October. Gordon was the driver during the famous Fly Dallas, Fly scene where the boat makes an emergency blow to surface. He achieved the rank of Lt. Commander before leaving the Military.
Gordon left the service to work in the private sector. He held several jobs in different parts of the country. He held several high level supervisory jobs dealing with diverse concerns such as power generation and oil movement. He was employed with Mustang Engineering at the time of his death and was blessed with many fine and honorable colleagues.
He is survived by his mother, Mary Jane George; brother, Gary Alan George; and two beloved nieces, Carla Jane George and Mattie Mae Neely. His father, Carl Lee George preceded him in death in 1994. Graveside service will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 29, 2008 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park under the direction of Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.
A gathering of family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Sunday, September 28, 2008 at the Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1131, Fairfax, Virginia 22038 or to American Red Cross, 706 Magnolia, Beaumont, Texas 77701. Complete and updated information may be viewed at

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