Class of '77 Obituaries

James Hall
James Nathan Hall, 53, of Beaumont and Vidor, more recently, passed away on July 16, 2013, in Beaumont, Texas. James was born on July 29, 1959 to his parents Paul David Hall and Ruby Dalton Franklin Hall who preceded him in death.
James was a graduate of French High School in Beaumont from the class of 1977 and was employed as a truck wash technician with Trimac Transportation of Beaumont. Throughout James' working career, he earned several truck driving awards for driving safety. One of James' interests was martial arts, which he pursued in his spare time, and earned some of the highest awards.
Funeral services will be Monday July 22, 2013 at 3:00pm with visitation starting at 1:00pm officiated by Chaplain David Cross . Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Beaumont. Pall Bearers for James will be Eugene Rogers, Trenton Carrinton, Matthew Ross, Glen Degenhart, Ray Perkins, and Marlon Hall.
Surviving Mr. Hall are his brother Marlon Thomas Hall and wife Rose of Kountze, Tx, his sister Carol Ann Mazzola of Colorado Springs , Colorado, and very close friend, Sharon Rogers, of Vidor. Other loved ones survived by Mr. Hall are aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. James was a private man, but those who knew him, loved him very much and he will be missed.

Paul Joseph Barriere, Jr.
Paul Joseph Barriere, Jr. "Lil Poochie" passed on to new life on Sunday, October 8, 2006 at Hermann Memorial Baptist Hospital.
He united in marriage to Gail Holman, April 5, 1983. Together they had four sons. Paul graduated from French High School in 1977 where he played football with lifelong friends, Wayne Johnson and Tony Coleman.
He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Barriere, Sr. "Poochie", mother, Ruth Biggers and brother, Kevin Biggers. He leaves to mourn his sons, Shad, Paul III, Patrick & Brian; grandson, Keyvan Cordell; brothers, Brian (Toni) Barriere, Maurice (Gaynell) Biggers, Morrell Biggers III, Ira (Maria) Wayne Biggers, Kenneth (Adrien), Donald Barlow, James (Crystal) Barlow; sisters, Sherry (Earl) Stagg and Andranetta (Perry) Hall; stepmother, Lucille Barriere; beloved aunt and godmother Helen (Enrite) Landry and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.
Visitation Saturday, 8-9:30 AM, Rosary is 9:30 AM & Funeral Services 10:00 AM at the Blessed Sacrement Catholic Church, 780 Porter St. Interment-Greenlawn Cemetery. Lockwood Funeral Home 9402 Lockwood Drive Houston, TX 777016 713/633-1421

Kirk Bess
Kirk Maurice Bess went to his eternal home Saturday, June 17 2006 at 7:21pm surrounded by his family and friends.
He was born to Richard and Lucille Bess in Beaumont, Texas January 19, 1959. He graduated in 1977 from French High School in Beaumont and attended Texas A&M University graduating the class of '81. Kirk began his teaching career at Bowie Jr high school, and taught woodworking at Forest Park High school until 1983, teaching one more year at Oak Ridge Jr. Sr. High School in Spring, Texas. He touched many young lives during this short time, leading many to local, regional and state UIL titles in woodworking. After leaving public education Kirk obtained his realtor license and began a new career in custom home building.
Over the years Kirk has built over 250 custom homes in the Montgomery county area , many homebuyers contracting him to build a second and third home. Kirk attended First Baptist Church in The Woodlands and West Conroe Baptist Church in Conroe, teaching youth Sunday school, coaching church basketball league and journeying to Mexico on many occasions with the church to build homes, churches and to teach the people of God's love for them.
Kirk worked closely with Conroe Area Youth Baseball for many years coaching and sponsoring teams. One of his greatest joys was watching Matt play and playing alongside him. One of Kirk's greatest passions was deer hunting. It gave him great joy to make the trip to the ranch in Rocksprings, Texas with Matt and Laura and several of his closest friends. He and Laura especially enjoyed this time together. Nothing gave Kirk greater joy than his family and friends.
He leaves behind his wife of 26 years Jan Timberlake Bess, son and daughter Matt and Laura Bess, parents Richard and Lucille Bess, brother Kyle and wife Joy Bess, sister Karen and her husband Mark, cousin Cindy and husband Dana Fredendall, nieces and nephews Jacy and Micah Bickham, Cody Bess, Emily Bess, Sarah and Pat Dean and Rick Martin . Kirk was preceeded in death by maternal grandmother Evelyn Schmitz,and husband William Schmitz, Maternal Grandfather Ira Edward Cocran, Paternal grandmother Faye Bess, special grandfather Clarence Maurice Bess and cousin Kent Miller. Honorary pall bearers are: Rich Barrent, Martin Dickey, Brent Jasper, Glenn Jasper, Eugene Knight, Joe Michels, Rodney Mobley, Jim Phelan, Mike Ray, Jerry Stappert, Melvin Shiflet and John Stephens.
A memorial service will be celebrated at 4pm on Tuesday June 20 at West Conroe Baptist Church 1855 Longmire Rd. Conroe Texas. Visitation with the family will be in the church parlor from 2-4pm. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to be made to the following: West Conroe Baptist Church building fund, The Brain Tumor Center at Duke, or Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Special Thanks to Dr. Janet Roberts, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Odyssey Hospice for their exceptional compassion and care for Kirk and his family during his illness.

James Welborn
James Welborn, 46, of Orange, died Thursday, April 14, 2005 in Orange County.
A native of Beaumont and resident of Orange, he was a self-employed draftsman, and a 1977 graduate of French High School.
He is survived by his sister, Clara Page and her husband Jerry of Buna; sister-in-law, Carol Welborn of Vidor; niece, Kayla Welborn of Coppell; and nephew, Grady Welborn of Vidor. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Thomas and Mildred Welborn; brother, Don Welborn; and nephew, Jason Scarborough.
Funeral services will be 4:00 P.M. Monday, April 18, 2005 at Broussardís Chapel, 2000 McFaddin with burial to follow at Magnolia Cemetery in Beaumont. A gathering of family and friends will be Sunday, April 17, 2005 from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. at the mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to, The Alzheimerís Association, 2909 West Holcombe Road, Houston, Texas 77025.

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