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Wanda Bagwell - taught typing
Wanda Earlene Bagwell, 88, of Beaumont, died Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Beaumont. She was born on January 2, 1928, to Annie Lou Joplin and Elwood Lee Johnson in Crosbyton, Texas.
Wanda loved quilting for her children and grandchildren and enjoyed square dancing. She retired as a librarian from Peace Elementary School in Port Acres and taught typing French High School.
She was a member of Fidelis Sunday School at Wesley United Methodist Church. Survivors include her daughter, Linda Bagwell of Beaumont; grandchildren, Lee Arthur and his wife, Amy, of Washington State; Lisa Harding of Arkansas; April Sellers of Bridge City; Wendell Poplin of Buna; Tammy Holloway and her husband, Greg, of Nederland; and Robert Bagwell of Pennsylvania; fourteen great-grandchildren; and thirteen great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Milton Wyatt Bagwell; and sons, Michael Bagwell and Claude Bagwell.
A gathering of Mrs. Bagwell's family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 28, 2016, at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Her funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 29, 2016, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3810 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at Claude Cemetery, Claude, Texas. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Judy Rufus - teacher
Judy Ann Garrett Rufus, 72, of Beaumont, TX, departed this life on Saturday, July 2, 2016. Mrs. Rufus, an educator for 42 years, in Beaumont Independent School District at French High School, Beaumont Charlton Pollard and Central High School.
She was a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Phi Delta Kappa Sorority, Inc. and the National Association of University Women. She was a devoted and active member of the Church of Christ.
A Celebration of life will be held at 11:00 AM, at Eleventh Street Church of Christ, on Saturday, July 9, 2016. Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, at the church. Burial will be held at Post Oak Union Cemetery in Longview, TX, under the direction of Calvary Mortuary Staff. Her love and memories will remain in the hearts of her husband, Charles E. Rufus, Sr.; sons, Gregory K. Garrett (Coy) and Jason B. Rufus, Sr.; sisters, Lisa Brinson Holman, Minnie Rell Barnes, and Eva Lou Brinson; brothers, Roy Brinson and Curvy Brinson (Wanda Jean); 3 grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, loved ones, and friends.


Mary Jean Rogers Bost
Mary Jean Rogers Bost 89, of Beaumont entered her final classroom on September 1, 2016. Jean was born and raised in Malakoff, Texas, one of nine children born to William E. and Lura Tarrant Rogers.
She married David L. Bost, Sr. and moved to Beaumont, Texas where she graduated from Lamar University with a degree in Biology. Jean later received her Masters degree in Biology from East Texas State University.
She taught at French High School for 28 years, then at Central High School and, after a brief retirement, finished her teaching career at Kelly High School.
Jean was very active in her profession and served as President of the Beaumont Classroom Teachers Association as well as the Delta Kappa Gamma Honor Society. She travelled extensively after retirement including trips to all of Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China and the Galapagos Islands.
She is survived by her sister Audrey Ferguson and brother Regan Rogers, both of Malakoff, Texas. Also by sons David L. Bost, Jr. and wife Toni, Brent W. Bost and wife Jennifer, grandchildren Amanda Hutchens, her husband John and their son Graham, Neal and wife Erin, Lisa, Andrea, Regina, Stephen and Thomas Bost.
A reception celebrating her life will be held on Sunday, September 18 at Claybar Funeral Home in Beaumont from 1 - 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Jean Bost Scholarship at Lamar University.
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Wanda Bagwell - typing
Wanda Earlene Bagwell, 88, of Beaumont, died Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Beaumont. She was born on January 2, 1928, to Annie Lou Joplin and Elwood Lee Johnson in Crosbyton, Texas. Wanda loved quilting for her children and grandchildren and enjoyed square dancing. She retired as a librarian from Peace Elementary School in Port Acres and taught typing French High School. She was a member of Fidelis Sunday School at Wesley United Methodist Church. Survivors include her daughter, Linda Bagwell of Beaumont; grandchildren, Lee Arthur and his wife, Amy, of Washington State; Lisa Harding of Arkansas; April Sellers of Bridge City; Wendell Poplin of Buna; Tammy Holloway and her husband, Greg, of Nederland; and Robert Bagwell of Pennsylvania; fourteen great-grandchildren; and thirteen great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Milton Wyatt Bagwell; and sons, Michael Bagwell and Claude Bagwell. A gathering of Mrs. Bagwell's family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 28, 2016, at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Her funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 29, 2016, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3810 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at Claude Cemetery, Claude, Texas. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/beaumontenterprise/obituary.aspx?n=wanda-earlene-bagwell&pid=182196701&fhid=26679#sthash.wL1DnkY7.dpuf


Bob Meynig
Bobby Roy Meynig, 86, died November 6, 2014 at his home in Beaumont, Texas.
Bob was born in Silsbee Texas on September 8, 1928 to Roy Meynig and Thelma Willard Meynig.
He grew up in High Island, Tx. and moved to Beaumont in 1943 where he graduated from French High School a year later at the age of 16.
Bob joined the Marines just before his 18th birthday ultimately achieving the rank of Sergeant. He provided security during the war crime trials at the end of WWII, and participated in the atomic bomb testing in the Marshall Islands.
After discharge, Bob attended Lamar State College, then the University of Houston, graduating in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science. Later, thanks to a Math Foundation Scholarship, he was able to complete his Master of Arts degree at the University of Texas in August 1967.
Bob taught at French High School for eighteen years beginning in 1951. He was loved and respected by hundreds of students over the years. He began his second career at Region V Education Service Center as coordinator of data processing in 1969 and retired in August 1989.
Bob met the love of his life and his wife of 62 years, Patricia Townsend, on a blind date in 1951; they married on August 2, 1952. Bob and Pat attended First Baptist Church for over sixty years and recently joined Calder Baptist Church in Beaumont.
Bob will be deeply missed by his family including his wife, Patricia; daughter, Judy and her husband Roger of Beaumont; son Karl of Beaumont; and son Dr. Jeffrey Meynig and his wife, Lorie of Austin. He is also survived by his grandchildren Juliana and Patrick Lourde, Cody Meynig, Christopher, Courtney, Douglas and Andrew Meynig, Samantha Louvier and her husband Mitch, and Casey Lourde. He was a proud great-grandpa of Landon and Aiden Lourde and Kash, Keaton and Karson Rice. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Carol; and grandson Ryan Lourde. Pall Bearers will be Christopher Meynig, Cody Meynig, Patrick Lourde, Douglas Meynig, Andrew Meynig, Joseph Louvier and Zane Lee.
Visitation will be Saturday night, Nov. 15, 2014 from 5-7 at Claybar Funeral Home on 11th St. in Beaumont. Funeral services will be on Sunday Nov. 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm at Claybar Funeral Home with internment at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Calder Baptist Church, 1005 N. 11th St., Beaumont, Tx 77702 and First Baptist Church Building Fund, 3739 N. Major Drive, Beaumont, Tx 77713. -
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Joyce Fay Callahan
Joyce Fay Callahan, 81, of Beaumont, died Sunday, May 18, 2014, at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Beaumont.
She was born on July 15, 1932, in Troup, to Ethel Ross Franklin and Roy Franklin, and had been a longtime resident of Beaumont. Joyce was a retired teacher and faithful member of North End Baptist Church. Joyce was a member of the Red Hat Society. She loved her church and Sunday school class, traveling, was always positive, and never met a stranger.
She loved teaching and was awarded the Texas A&M Teacher of the Year for the City of Beaumont.
Survivors include her husband, John S. Callahan; children, John Brent Callahan and his wife, Kathy of Bevil Oaks and Jan Carol Sparks and her husband, Randy, of Orange; grandson, John Skyler Wilberding of Orange; great-granddaughter, Scarlet Wilberding; sister-in-law, Shirley Franklin of Tyler; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; and twin brother, Royce Franklin.
A gathering of Mrs. Callahan’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, May 23, 2014, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.
Her Red Hat Society funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Broussard’s. Her committal will be held at Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont.


Dr. Malcolm Rector - principal
Early Tuesday morning, Jan. 7, 2014, Dr. Malcolm Rector went to be with the Lord.
He was born to Norman and Leslie Pitts Rector in Woden, TX on August 26, 1933. After graduating from Beaumont High school in 1951, he then received his undergraduate degree in agriculture from Stephen F. Austin State College in 1955. There he met LaWanda Bowlin from Port Neches, TX, and on May 29, 1954, they were married. Within a few years, the addition of three sons completed their family.
Malcolm entered the Army in 1955 and was stationed at The Presidio in San Francisco, CA until 1957. Upon his return to Texas, he soon earned his Masters of Education from Stephen F. Austin University, and over the following decade, he worked diligently to complete his PhD through a distance learning program at Walden University in Naples, FL.
He became Dr. Malcolm Rector in 1973.
Education was one of Malcolm’s life-long passions. He began his education career in Little Cypress ISD teaching agriculture. While living in Beaumont, he coached and taught 6th grade, was an assistant junior high principal, and before long, was named principal of Dick Dowling School where he had attended as a boy. Over the next few years, Malcolm also served as principal of Stephen F. Austin Jr. High and French High School.
During this time he spent two summers in Europe as principal for a large group of students with the Foreign Study League; it was through this experience that Malcolm developed his love for international travel, which he enjoyed with his wife during the greater part of their retirement years.
After serving as assistant Superintendent of BISD, Dr. Malcolm Rector became Superintendent in 1975. Then in 1979, his career path took him back to East Texas where Malcolm was appointed Superintendent of Nacogdoches ISD. Upon his retirement in 1989, he served as Adjunct Professor of advanced education classes at Stephen F. Austin State University for the following decade. Altogether, Malcolm gave fourty-two years to his career in education. Malcolm was a long-time Rotarian and Republican, served on the Stephen F. Austin Alumni Board for 25 years, refereed basketball, traveled the world with his wife (visiting China, Peru, Egypt, and most of Europe), taught Sunday school classes (and even preached on occasion), and served as a church elder at Ridgewood Church of Christ in Beaumont and later at North Street Church of Christ in Nacogdoches. Malcolm enjoyed the outdoors and could often be found hunting and fishing with his sons and grandsons on the weekends.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of almost 60 years, LaWanda Rector of Nacogdoches, TX; sons, Jeff Rector and wife, Tammy, of Abilene, TX, Randy Rector and wife, Becky, of Lumberton, TX, and Dr. Tony Rector and wife, Dana, of Southlake, TX; brother, Gilber Rector of Orange, TX; seven grandchildren, Calli Birch (Ivan), Aaron Rector (Caroline), Whitney Rector, Brady Rector (McKenna), Mandee Chrane (Evan), Hunter Rector, and Nick Rector; and two great granddaughters, Elizabeth and Evelyn Birch.
Visitation with family and friends is Friday, Jan. 10, 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Laird Funeral Home, Nacogdoches, TX.
His service will be held at North Street Church of Christ in Nacogdoches on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 10:00 am with Bill Sherrill officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.
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Homer Lee Coody - principal
HOMER LEE COODY was born July 28, 1915, and died April 1, 1994, while living in Beaumont.
Homer Lee and Betty Davis Coody came to Ranger in the late 40's. Betty attended Ranger Junior College in the 1949-1950 and 1950-1951 school years, while her husband was on the college faculty, graduating in 1951. She later taught elementary classes. Homer Lee was a teacher and became Principal of Ranger High School from 1950-1956 and taught in years after that.
A son, Michael Lee Coody was born September 19, 1946, prior to their move to Ranger and a son, Charles Daniel Coody was born on October 3, 1952, in Ranger.
Michael Lee Coody died March 2, 1996, in Beaumont, from complications of Diabetes. Homer Coody was the principal at French High School in Beaumont for 14 years before he retired.
Betty was the first woman to beadmitted in the School of Education Administration at the University of Texas. When Texas A&M went co-ed, they brought her in to set up the women's curriculum and to teach the first women's courses. She was appointed Regent's Professor and retired Emeritus from Lamar University in Beaumont, TX.


D.L. Hybarger
D.L. Hybarger passed away on April 18,1999.
He was born on July 17 1910 in Pineland, Tx. Mr.Hybarger graduated from Stephen F. Austin State College and moved to Beaumont where he lived the rest of his life.
He was the principal of Edwards Elementary, French Jr. High and French High School,before becoming a Professor of Education at Lamar University.
His career in education spanned 48 years. He is well remembered and greatly loved by "his kids". Mr. Hybarger was a veteran of World War II, serving with the Merchant Marines. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and served as a Beaumont city councilman.
Mr. Hybarger played semipro baseball as a very young man and followed baseball the rest of his life. A loving and patient father, he had 3 children with his former wife, Dorothy Stauts Hybarger, They are, Dianne Sudduth, Nancy Hybarger Ledet ( who preceded him in death) and Charles "Chuck" Hybarger.
He is also survived by a sister, Lois Hybarger Forster, son in law, Dan Sudduth, daughter in law, Sharon Hybarger, 8 grandchildern, and numberous nieces and nephews.
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Mr. Hybarger loved his years at French and considered French "his" and the students "his kids".
I was told he remembered all of you and could sit and tell stories for hours.


Claude LeMasters
Claude LeMasters, 94, of Beaumont died October 30, 2008 at Christus Hospital St. Mary.
A native of Shelby County, Indiana, and resident of Beaumont since 1952, he was the son of Ralph and Ophelia LeMasters. Claude grew up on a farm, graduated from Shelbyville High School in Indiana and in 1938 graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry and a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army.
He served as an artillery officer during World War II, earning a Bronze Star. After World War II, he remained in the Army Reserves and retired in 1968 with the rank of Colonel. Prior to his active military service, he worked as a Forester in the Northwest and then served as an officer in the Civilian Conservation Corps.
He received his teaching certificate from Lamar University and taught chemistry and biology at French High School until becoming assistant principal. Claude received his master's degree in Biology from Peabody/Vanderbilt University.
He is survived by his wife, Joy C. LeMasters of Beaumont; sons, Claude Richard LeMasters and his wife Candace of Beaumont and Philip LeMasters and his wife Paige of Abilene; sister, Eleanor Jean Pigman and her husband Stuart; and six grandchildren, Ian LeMasters, Kate LeMasters, Mary Margaret LeMasters, Patrick LeMasters, Will LeMasters, and Anne LeMasters.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Art, Lawrence, and Carroll; sisters, Lucille and Marjorie; and his first wife, Eleanor K. LeMasters.
Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 3, 2008 at Woodland Baptist Church under the direction of Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin, Beaumont. A gathering of family and friends will be Sunday evening, November 2, 2008 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to Woodland Baptist Church, 1860 W Lucas, Beaumont, Texas 77706 or Some Other Place, PO Box 843, Beaumont, Texas 77704. Contributed by John Addison Ballard


Lydie Johnson Dejean
A former resident of Beaumont, Texas, she died at the Hospice Butterfly Wing at Ollie Steele Burden Manor at 9:25 am on Thursday July 19, 2007 in Baton Rouge, LA.
She was 81 years old and a native of Jackson, LA. She resided in Baton Rouge from 1986 until her death.
Visitation will be at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., on Saturday July 21, 2007 from 9am until funeral service at 11am, conducted by Rev. Chris Andrews of First United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Greenoaks Memorial Park.
She died as the result of complications of a stroke. Formerly Lydie Evelyn Johnson, she was a graduate of Jackson's McKowen High School and then LSU in 1947. She retired from 17 years of teaching history at French High School in Beaumont, TX., where she had lived for 37 years.
She completed graduate studies at Lamar University in the history of Eastern and Western Civilizations. At LSU she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority, and became a member of the White Rose Circle of Kappa Delta as an active Alumnus for over 50 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge. She was also an active member of the John James Audubon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph E. DeJean, Sr.; her daughter and son-in-law, Melanie DeJean Hansbrough and Dr. Thomas A. Hansbrough of Baton Rouge; a son, Dr. J. Edwin DeJean, Jr. of New Orleans; grandson, Thomas A. Hansbrough, Jr. of Baton Rouge; granddaughter, Leigh Hansbrough Fahr and her husband, Trevor C. Fahr of Dallas; and one great grandson, Thomas A. Hansbrough, III of Baton Rouge.
She is also survived by her sister, Helen Prescott of Baton Rouge. She was preceded in death by her father, Senator James Mellard Johnson, her mother, Rita LeBlanc Johnson; and her brother, James Mellard Johnson, Jr., all formerly of Jackson, LA. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bill Castro, Gregg Samrow, and Jesse Bankston. The family extend special thanks to Dr. Terry Rehn, Dr. Swayze Rigby, Dr. Robert St. Amant, Dr. Pat Gahan, and Jean Comeaux.
The family also extends gratitude to the entire organization at Ollie Steele Burden Manor, Hospice of Baton Rouge, and to the efforts of the Care Team and staff of First United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions maybe made to First United Methodist Church, 930 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA. 70802 or Hospice of Baton Rouge, 9063 Siegen Lane Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA. 70810. Rabenhorst Funeral Home 825 Government St. Baton Rouge, LA. 225-383-6831 - S
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Patrick Coburn Ford
Patrick Coburn Ford, 64, of Onalaska, died Sunday, May 16, 2010, at his residence.
A celebration of his life for family and friends will be from 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, May 22, in the Cochran Funeral Home Onalaska Chapel. It will be a time for remembrance and fellowship.
Patrick was born on Oct. 22, 1945 in Anaconda, Mont., the son of Phillip M. Ford and Betty Lou Coburn Ford. He began his professional career in the U.S. Army, serving four years as a combat surveyor. Once honorably discharged, Pat completed his undergraduate degree from Winona State University in 1971. He promptly moved to Texas, where he taught industrial technology classes (woodworking and drafting) in the Beaumont Independent School District for 26 years.
As an example of his professional competence and unyielding desire to help his students, Pat was the two-time Outstanding Industrial Arts Teacher of the Year for the Southeast Texas Region (1974 and 1990). His desire for constant self improvement led him to earn a master of science degree from the University of Texas-Tyler in 1993. Pat retired from teaching in 1998 and began his well-deserved retirement.
During the course of his life, Pat constantly gave back to his community. He has extensive experience as a Little League umpire, a soccer coach and referee, and was the tennis coach at French High School. Additionally, Pat was a certified water safety instructor, teaching swimming lessons to both children and adults alike.
While teaching at French, Central and West Brook high schools, Pat's voice was heard far and wide as the public address announcer at home football, baseball, basketball and powerlifting contests for 15 years. Further promoting school spirit, Pat was also the leader of the mascot group for French High School known as The Herd. Beyond athletics, Pat was also an ordained deacon at Woodland Baptist Church as well as a youth church camp counselor, where he taught swimming, canoeing, camping and hiking. Harkening back to his days in the service of our great nation, Pat was also a liaison officer for the United States Air Force Academy, where he recruited, screened, and counseled potential cadets during the rigorous admissions process.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Ford of Onalaska; son, Major Jason Ford and wife Brandi of Montgomery, Ala.; his grandchildren, Alexandra Ford and Adam Ford, both of Montgomery, Ala.; by his sister-in-law, Patsy Hammock of Onalaska; nephews, Tommy Ager and wife Francis of Onalaska and Brad Ager of Overland Park, Kan; his great-nieces, KayLeigh Ager and Kara Ager, both of Onalaska; adopted parents, Joyce and Jim Crittenden of Beaumont and numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family members.
Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.
.Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on May 19, 2010
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John Henry Pagan, Jr.
John Henry Pagan, Jr., 79, of Beaumont, passed away Monday, December 6, 2010.
A native of Goose Creek, he was born February 6, 1931, to Mable Jane (Ruyle) Pagan and John Henry Pagan. A lifelong teacher, John Henry began his career in Port Neches. He taught at Lamar University as well as Beaumont Independent School District where he was a long time teacher at French High School and Central Middle School.
A model airplane enthusiast, he was a charter member of the Beaumont Radio Control Club and a Life member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics. He and his wife enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and Canada instructing other hobbyists.
A member of Calvary Baptist Church, John Henry loved his church family. He was also a United States Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife of thirty-six years, Carroll Pagan of Beaumont; son, Brett Patrick Pagan of Katy; daughter, Stephani Waters of Harlingen; son, John Christopher Pagan of Clearlake; sister, Pat Hutter of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and several grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Stephen Michael Pagan; and grandson, Jonathan Pagan.
His memorial service will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 10, 2010, at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.
In lieu of flowers, John's family would like for memorial contributions to be made to the Missions Ministry, care of Calvary Baptist Church, 3650 Dowlen Road, Beaumont, Texas 77706. Complete and updated information may be found at www.broussards1889
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Susan B. Johnson
Susan B. Johnson, 56, of Beaumont, died peacefully at her home Monday, February 18, 2008 from cancer.
She was a native of Houston and lived in Pearland in her early years before moving to Beaumont in 1976. Mrs. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1973 and Masters of Education degree in 1978 at the University of Houston and a Masters of Educational Leadership at Lamar University in 2004. She enjoyed a long career in education as a teacher and administrator. Among the schools in Beaumont where she taught were Hebert High School, French High School, and St. Anne Catholic School. She also worked and taught at Galveston Community College, at Lamar-Orange, and most recently at the Lumberton Independent School District.
She taught mathematics and computer science and other computers related subjects in the classroom and later specialized in helping teachers use computers in the classroom. Susan was active for many years in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America. Also among her varied interests were working with computers, quilting, traveling, reading, raising house plants, and doing things with her devoted family and with her many dear and loving friends.
Her father, Robert H. Burroughs; and son, William F. Johnson preceded her in death. Survivors include her husband of thirty-five years, Cecil L. Johnson, Sr. of Beaumont; sons, Robert A. Johnson of San Antonio, Cecil Buddy Johnson, Jr. and George K. Johnson both of Denton and Zachary C. Johnson of Beaumont; mother, Katherine C. Wentzel of Manville, Texas; brothers, William Burroughs of Sugarland, George Burroughs of Indianapolis, Indiana and Steven Burroughs of Tomball; and sister, Jo B. Lindberg of Austin.
Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 22, 2008 at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont with burial to follow at Magnolia Cemetery. A gathering of family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 21, 2008 at the Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 755 North 11th Street, Suite 212, Beaumont, Texas 77701.
Complete and updated information may be viewed at www.broussardsmortuary.com. .
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Rosalie Halbouty Maye - beloved teacher
Rosalie Halbouty Maye departed this life to be with her Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ on Sunday, the 27th of October 2013.
She was a very loving and giving woman who cared deeply for her fellow man as well as her family members on who she lavished unconditional love and devotion. Devotion unparalleled by only a few. She was a woman who loved deeply and vehemently and was generous and very thoughtful throughout her life in so many loving ways. She obtained her education from Beaumont High School in Beaumont, and attended UCLA in Los Angeles and continued her education at the University of Texas where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
She also attended the University of Houston to achieve a Master's of Education degree. She was extremely dedicated to her teaching profession and strived consistently to enhance her education and her knowledge. She was an extraordinary teacher and was greatly loved and revered by so many of her students by influencing them to achieve success and strive for greatness.
In 1956, the year book of French High School in Beaumont was dedicated to her. In Houston, she taught at Spring Woods High School and San Jacinto High School. Many of her students excelled at life, some became doctors, some lawyers and some gravitated to the political arena. She will live in the hearts and memories of every person who was fortunate enough to be on the receiving end of her knowledge and her benevolence.
Her husband of 46 years, John Patrick Maye, preceded her in death on the 14th of May 2012. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Sodia and Thomas Halbouty, five brothers, I.J., Michael T., James J., Dr. M. Robert and Zackey Halbouty.
She is survived by many nieces, nephews, great nephews, great nieces, and god daughter, Karen Konduros Knowles. We love you dearest Aunt Rosalie today, tomorrow and until we are all united in heaven with you, God and His Son Jesus Christ. May God keep her in His infinite care.
She will be missed greatly, loved beyond measure and remembered forever by the many she blessed with her graciousness, generosity and tender loving heart. We cannot feel life's losses without first feeling the blessings of its fullness. Sorrow is a fleeting emotion but love is infinite. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from four o'clock in the afternoon until six o'clock in the evening on Wednesday, the 30th of October, in the drawing room of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.
The funeral service is to be conducted at ten o'clock in the morning on Friday, the 1st of November in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons. Immediately following, the family is to gather for a private interment at St. Michael's Cemetery in Beaumont.
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Mrs. Beattie, FHS Counselor
Dorothy Jane Winfree Beattie was born in Beaumont, TX on October 27, 1928, to parents, Shelby and Villula Winfree and passed away at her home Saturday, March 16, 2013.
A lifelong resident of Beaumont, Jane graduated from Beaumont High School in 1945. Jane completed her undergraduate degree at Texas Woman's University and went on to receive her Master's of Education from the University of Arizona. She began her 30 year teaching career primarily teaching Physical Education and coaching women's sports at Beaumont High School, and later at French High School. At French, Jane moved from the classroom into a Counselor's role that she held until retirement.
Jane was an active supporter of the athletic programs and sponsored the French High Cheerleaders for many of her teaching and counseling years. Most, if not all, graduates there knew Jane and many had their lives and careers shaped and guided by her commitment to the students and graduates. After retirement, Jane remained active in Beaumont with her church and many social organizations.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bob Beattie; and brother, Shelby Winfree, III.
She is survived by her son, Bobby and his wife, Lisa of Montgomery, TX, and her granddaughter, Amanda Beattie Slover and her husband, Daniel of Houston. Surviving extended family include her sister-in-law, Kathy Winfree and her daughter, Nancy Winfree Miles, husband, Mike and their two children, Laura and James of Johnson City, TN; her aunt, Maudie Valenta of Wharton, TX; and her cousin, Al Johnson of Houston.
Through Jane's passionate hobby for genealogy, many more additional relatives and extended Winfree and Baylor family trees she worked so hard to identify and catalog, survive her today.
In addition, she is also survived by her special friends, Ken and Pat Abbot of Beaumont who meant so much to her in her later years and will now look after her beloved Yorkie, Buddy.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held Friday, March 22nd at 2:00 p.m., at First United Methodist Church of Beaumont, followed by a gathering of family and friends. In lieu of flowers, it was Jane's wish that considerations be given to First United Methodist Church of Beaumont, The Wimberley Adoption Group & Rescue (wimberleywagrescue.org), or your charity of choice .
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on March 20, 2013





Mary Powers
Mary Groves Powers was born October 3, 1915, in Asheville, NC, to John Alexander Groves and Rhetta Ann McElreath Groves and died on May 1, 2008.
She attended Sullins in Bristol, VA, and at the age of 18, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude with three majors from University of Tennessee in Knoxville. It was there she met John Pike Powers III. They wed in 1937 and honeymooned in Havana, Cuba. Mary and Pike were married 56 years at the time of his death in 1993.
The couple moved to Beaumont in 1950 and began a long tenure of civic involvement including membership as one of the10 founding families of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. She was active many years in the church's Altar Guild and served as former president of Women of St. Stephen's, of which she was program chairman for seven years.
Mary also was dedicated to several historical and cultural organizations. For many years she volunteered as a docent at the French Trading Post and the McFaddin-Ward House and was a member of the Gallery Guild of the former Beaumont Art Museum. She was a charter member of the Progressive Study Club, a member of the Symphony League, the Beaumont Heritage Society and the Texas Gulf Historical Society. Serving more than 15 years on the Jefferson County Historical Commission, of which she was a member emeritus until her death, she wrote the county's history to provide an historical marker at the courthouse downtown.
When her children were young, Mary was active in the Cub Scouts, Campfire Girls, PTA and often served as a room mother. She later taught English and history at All Saints Day School, Stephen F. Austin Junior High School and Beaumont and French high schools. She was a member of many professional teachers' organizations, the United Daughters of the Confederacy (Houston) and the Tyrrell Historical Library Association. She served on the board of the League of Women Voters and was active in the Chi Omega alumnae chapter of Beaumont, for which served as president in 1966.
A longtime member of Milady Garden Club, she won many prizes for her floral arrangements. She loved to travel and visited 59 foreign countries.
She is survived by three children, John Pike Powers IV and his wife Pam, Austin; Richard Gwin Powers, Oxford, MS; and Ann (Scout) Powers Carr, Austin; five grandchildren, John Pike Powers V and his wife Nicole, Shannon Flahive and husband, Kevin, and Murray Carr Young and husband, James, all of Austin; Groves Stader Powers and his wife, Catherine, Madison, MS; Leigh Powers Stephens and husband, Tom, Lexington, KY; and her former daughter-in-law, Taylor Richardson Powers, of Baton Rouge, who was like a daughter. She has five great-grandchildren, Emma Josephine Young, John Pike Powers VI and Josephine Reagan Powers, Austin; and Lawrence Beckham Powers and William Stader Powers. Madison, MS.
Memorial services will be at 2 pm Saturday May 17, 2008 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, with innichement at St. Stephen's Columbarium next to her husband. Please send memorials in lieu of flowers to that institution, 4090 Delaware, Beaumont, TX, 77706.
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on May 4, 2008





Steve "Coach" Mack Shaver, Sr.
May 6, 1940 - March 1, 2013
Coach Steve Mack Shaver, Sr., 72, of Bevil Oaks, died Friday, March 1, 2013.
He was born on May 6, 1940, in Palestine, and had been a longtime resident of the Beaumont area. He graduated from Bellaire High School, in Houston, Texas, 1958, where he was a prominent athlete in many sports. Steve attended Wharton Junior College and graduated from Sam Houston State Teachers College majoring in physical education and a minor in history.
He then went on to receive his master's degree from McNeese State University in Louisiana. His career as a coach began in 1962 coaching junior high at Little Cypress School in Orange. Coach Shaver would later go on to coach at Del Valle High School, Corpus Christi King High School, French High School, and Central High School.
In 1968, he was named Central Texas Coach of the Year. While at Del Valle High School, his team only lost two out of twenty-three games in his last two years of coaching at the school. Nineteen of those games were played in a row without a defeat.
While at French High School in 1972, he led the team to the best season in the history of the school. The 1984 football season at French High School would end with a State Championship win, and Coach Shaver being named Texas State 5A Football Coach of the Year. When the doors were closed at FHS in 1986 he then moved over to the newly formed Central High School.
The Central High School team was ranked number ten in the nation by U.S.A Today Newspaper while under the direction of Coach Shaver. In his twenty year coaching career, he would bring his schools many district championships and would receive numerous Coach of the Year awards. On October 31, 1999, Coach Shaver was inducted into the Sam Houston State University Bearkat Football Hall of Honor. Along with his talent of coaching, he was also owner of Shaver Defensive Driving School. He also taught drivers education at Westbrook High School from 1989 until 1999.
Survivors include his wife of forty-seven years, Dee Dee Shaver; daughter, Shannon G. Shaver of Humble; sons, Steve M. Shaver, Jr. and his wife, Paulette, of Lumberton and David N. Shaver and his wife, Rachel, of Crosby; grandchildren, Kara and Bryce Shaver; Dawson, Karsyn, and Haleigh Shaver; and Annmarie Riggs; sister, Mazie Petree and her husband, Jack, of Orlando, Florida; and nephew, Daniel Petree of Orlando, Florida.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Mary Louise and Walker Neal Shaver. A gathering of Coach Shaver's family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Monday, March 4, 2013, at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at North End Baptist Church, 5115 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, with interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont.
As Coach Shaver devoted his life to the well being of both mind and body of his student athletes, the family requests in lieu of flowers, remembrances be sent to The Cody Stephens Go Big or Go Home Memorial Foundation. This a 501c(3) foundation that promotes and provides funding for the use of ECG heart screening with student athletic physicals throughout Texas. Contributions can be made by mailing a donation to: Cody Stephens Memorial Foundation, 12723 Woodforest Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77015 or wiring funds to route # 031100157 account # 1877358060.
Complete and updated information may be found at broussards1889.com.





Dorothy Aileen Raybon .. art teacher
Dorothy Aileen Raybon, 91, of Tomball passed away on Tuesday September 10, 2013 at Grace Care Center at Northpointe in Tomball.
Mrs. Raybon was born February 5, 1922 in Brookeland, Texas and was a lifelong resident of Beaumont. She was a public school art teacher at French High School in the 1950's and was awarded National Art Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Raybon was a member of The United Daughters of Confederacy, Daughters of Republic of Texas, and Daughters of The American Revolution.
Surviving Dorothy are her grandson Rick Allen and wife Della of Shreveport, granddaughters Stacey Perrine and husband Brian of Tomball and Heather Rogers of Huntsville. Also surviving are eight great grandchildren Lenae Allen, David Allen, Janie Allen, Claire Allen, Grace Coscio, Gaby Coscio, Laine Dearman, Shelby Dibble, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Saturday September 14, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at the Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.


Thelma Joyce Bill
The Celebration of Life Services will begin with a visitation on Friday, September 21, 2012, from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Comeaux-Community Funeral Chapel, located at 624 Irma Ave., and the Mass of Christian Burial for Thelma Joyce Bill, 64, of Beaumont, will be Saturday, September 22, 2012, at 2:00 p.m., at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 780 Porter St., in Beaumont, TX.
Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery in Beaumont, under the professional care and direction of Comeaux-Community Funeral Chapel.
The viewing of Thelma's remains will be from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church, the Rosary will be recited at 1:30 p.m. Thelma Joyce received her heavenly wings on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.
She was surrounded by her dearest family and friends.
Born on February 16, 1948, Thelma Joyce was the one and only child of the late Robert Mae McCrory Leblanc and Anderson McCrory. Thelma accepted Christ as a child and was baptized as an infant at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, where she remained faithfully active in many capacities, until her untimely illness.
She will be sorely missed by her church family and Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary. Thelma received her primary education at Blessed Sacrament Catholic School, graduating from Hebert High School in 1966. She then attended Lamar University where she earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Business Accounting. She later obtained a Master's of Education in Guidance Counseling from Prairie View A&M University. These educational achievements molded her career as a life-long educator and school counselor within the Beaumont Independent School District, as she served as an instructor of Mathematics and Cheerleader Sponsor at French High School, under the principalship of Mr. Calvin Williams; a Mathematics Teacher, Silver Stepper Sponsor, and JV Cheerleader Sponsor at Central Senior High School under the principalship of Dr. Preston Shaw, Mrs. Sybil Comeaux, and Mr. Thom Campbell-Amons.
In addition, she served as Lead Counselor, School Historian, Medical Magnet Coordinator, Medical Magnet Counselor, and National Honor Society Sponsor at Central Medical Magnet High School, under the principalship of Mrs. Patricia A. Lambert. Thelma worked diligently in her final position as Lead Counselor. Not only was Thelma dedicated to her work, she loved and revered her social and civic affiliations, and delighted in serving her community and fellow man. Thelma was a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the first Greek-letter organization for women of color, for 35 years.
Locally, she was a member of the Alpha Omega Omega Graduate Chapter, where she served as Treasurer and Corresponding Secretary for many terms over the years. Thelma remained true to her life-long commitment as an Alpha Kappa Alpha woman, as she attended many leadership conferences and trainings across the country. She was a Beautiful Pearl, sister, and soror to many, her wisdom and knowledge of finances remains unparalleled.
Thelma Joyce also extended her professionalism to her educational affiliations as she was an active and dedicated member to the National Alliance of Black School Educators, Texas Alliance of Black School Educators, Beaumont Alliance of Black School Educators, Phi Delta Kappa, Incorporated, teacher sorority, and the state and local Teachers Association.
Left to cherish her memory is her only daughter and best friend, Neadra Shontae Richard and grand-dog, Sophie of Beaumont, TX; and foster brother, Archie Lee Kelly (Lucy) Austin, TX.; a host of loving family, many friends, colleagues, co-workers, and the many students whose lives she touched.


Wills, Billy Ray "Coach"
Mr. Wills, 72, of Bolivar Peninsula, Texas died Saturday, November l7, 2007.
A memorial services will be held at l0:00 a.m., Saturday, December 1, 2007 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves with Reverend Anton Smikal of Port Acres Pentecostal Church officiating.
Billy was born November l9, l934 in Beaumont, Texas to Sydney Ray Wills and Opal Mae Davis Wills. He was a lifelong area resident and graduated from Lamar University with a Masters Degree. He retired from Silsbee ISD and was an area football coach for 20 years. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #3719 which will also have a memorial service in Billy's honor at a later date.
Survivors include his two sons, Wynn Wills and wife, Kim and children, John and Chris Jennings of Nederland, Texas and Chris Wills of Austin, Texas; sister, Betty McMahon and husband, R. E. of Conroe, Texas; brother, Marvin Wills of Nederland, Texas; and grandchild, Raven Leigh Wills.
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on 11/29/2007.


Juno Helen Brooke Mulder
Juno Helen Brooke Mulder was the first of five children born to Juno H. and Grady C. Brooke on April 14, 1921 in Wellington, Texas. She passed away on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at her home, with her family at her side.
A graduate of Texas Tech, she met Herbert T. Mulder, Jr. while he was training as a glider pilot during World War II. They married on August 24, 1945 in Lubbock. She taught Homemaking at Olton High School and at Dick Dowling Jr. High, Bowie Jr. High and French High School in the Beaumont School District for twenty-one years.
She was active in the Quilt Guild of Southeast Texas, a long time member of AAUW, Alpha Delta Kappa, numerous professional teaching organizations and The Fun Travelers. She was also an avid supporter of Herb’s affiliation with the Glider Pilots of World War II. After their retirements, Herb and Juno enjoyed many springs, summers and falls at their log cabin in Pagosa Springs, Colorado with their children, grandchildren, family and friends. They also traveled extensively across the United States in their Mobile Scout Travel Trailer and motor home.
Survivors are her husband, Herb, of sixty-three years; four children, Juno Bishop of Lubbock, Jan Ellender and her husband Mike of Beaumont, Becky Withers of Beaumont, and son, Tom and his wife Teresa of Houston. Also remaining with many loving memories of Grandmother are nine grandchildren, Tracey Strickland and husband Wayne of Beaumont, Stephanie Comeaux and husband Lee of Beaumont, Amy Moore and husband Mike of Houston, David Alan Bishop, Jr. of Humble, Kristi Bishop of Dallas, Catherine Withers of Beaumont, Matthew Withers of Beaumont, Andrew Mulder of San Marcos and Allen Mulder of Houston. Also, surviving are four great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Trey Comeaux, and Juliana and Grant Stickland; two brothers, Don Godfrey Brooke and his wife Gayle of Lubbock and Courtney Brooke and his wife Jerry of Amarillo; one sister, D’Lyle Blackmon of Lubbock; sister-in-law, Anna Brooke and numerous nieces, nephews and friends also survive her. Her parents, Juno and Grady C. Brooke; and youngest brother, L. Grady Brooke preceded her in death.
A funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2007 at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin, Beaumont. A gathering of family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at the mortuary. Honorary pallbearers are her four grandsons, David Alan (Bubba), Matthew, Andrew and Allen, Lee Comeaux, and good friends, Doug Canant and Ray Hargroder. In lieu of floral remembrances, it was Juno’s request that donations be made to Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 5005 L.B.J. Freeway, Ste. 250, Dallas, Texas 75244.
The family would like to express their gratitude for the loving care given to Juno by Dr. Santos Soberon, Dr. Alfred Brady, Dr. Scott McKenney, Dr. Emmitt Mackan, Dr. Hal Bencowitz and the nursing staff and aides on 4 SE, 2 SE and 2 E at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth. You are all truly examples of professionalism and dedication and we thank you for caring for our wife and mother as if she were your own.


Coach Lindsey
Dudley Lindsey age 92, born June 6, 1919 died in Austin, Texas on February 2, 2012 after a long healthy life.
He was born in Travis County, to Felix and May Penelope Lindsey. He spent most of his youth in Dripping, Springs Texas. Dudley graduated from Johnson City high school. He proudly served in the Navy during World War II. After returning from the war he married Maxine Monroe of Topeka, Kansas on October 17, 1944. He attended Southwest Texas State University on a basketball scholarship. He lettered for three years and served as the team captain. He later received his Master's Degree from the University of Houston.
He lived in Beaumont, Texas for many years, where he worked for the Beaumont ISD. He coached French High School men's basketball for 13 years and ended his coaching career with a 309-99 win-loss record, never having a losing season.
After his coaching career he assumed different positions within Beaumont ISD administration, he later became the director of adult education for Southeast Texas. He retired in 1983 and then in 1990 moved to Austin, Texas. He maintained his health and belief in physical fitness by walking his dog, Bear and enjoying the shores of Lake Travis. He was a beloved husband, father and papa.
He will be remembered for his kindness, generosity and devotion to his family. Survivors include his wife -Maxine Lindsey, daughter- Sandy Cooper & husband Dale Cooper, son- Delmer Lindsey, and his grandson- Kelly Cooper.
Services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Dripping Springs, Texas on Monday February 6, 2012 at 1:00 in the afternoon with burial following at the Phillips Cemetery in Dripping Springs, Texas overlooking his childhood family farm.
Relatives and friends are welcome for visitation at the Harrell Funeral Home, located at 4435 Frontier Trail, Austin, Texas on Sunday, February 5 between 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm. Suggested memorial contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars at: http://www.vfw.org/Contribute/ Special thanks to his many friends in the Travis View Loop community! Harrell Funeral Home 4435 Frontier Trail Austin, TX 78745 512-443-1366
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on February 5, 2012


Richard "Dick" Maurice Bess - '49 & Coach
Maurice Bess, 80, Colmesneil, Texas, went to be with the Lord, February 4, 2012, at his home.
He died from complications related to Parkinson‘s Disease. Dick was born July 9, 1931, in Lawrence, Kansas, to Mary Faye Wolfe Bess and Clarence Maurice Bess. His family later moved to Beaumont and he graduated in 1949 from French High School where he was an All-District football, baseball, and basketball player. He was named to the All-State basketball team and played in the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star game. Dick attended Texas A&M University on a basketball/baseball scholarship and graduated in the Class of 1953 with a Bachelor of Science degree.
He was designated a Distinguished Student. Dick also attended Sam Houston State University where he received a Master of Education degree and did additional graduate work in Guidance and Counseling. He served two years in the United States Air Force at McDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, and was discharged as a First Lieutenant. After teaching for a short time in Tampa, he returned to Beaumont where he was a coach, teacher, and guidance counselor for thirty-five years in the Beaumont Independent School District. During that time, he served two years as president of the Beaumont Classroom Teachers Association. He retired in 1987 and moved to Colmesneil.
Dick served as a deacon in Mount Carmel Baptist Church and later at First Baptist Church Colmesneil where he was recognized as Deacon Emeritus when he was unable to serve in a full time capacity. He served many years as the Legislative Chairman for the Tyler County Retired Teachers Association and also served on the Tyler County Tax Appraisal Board. Dick loved the Lord, traveling, sports, and most of all, his family. Before and after retirement, he and wife, Lucille, traveled extensively plus following all of the grandchildren in their activities no matter how far the distance. He has always been extremely proud of his children and grandchildren but especially when they all accepted Jesus as their Savior and then all completed their college or professional training. His family was his life.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Kirk Maurice Bess, Class of 1981 Texas A&M University; and one grandson, Richard Daniel Martin. He is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Lucille Cocran Bess; one daughter, Karen Bess Martin and her husband, Mark; one son, Dr. Kyle Bess and his wife, Joy; daughter-in-law, Jan Bess Benton and her husband, Jack; grandchildren, Jacy Bess Bickham and her husband, Micah, Cody Michael Bess and his wife, Jessica, Matthew Maurice Bess and his wife, Stephanie, Laura Bess, Sarah Martin, and Emily Bess Ervin and her husband, Jared; great-grandchildren, Logan Andrew and Landen Richard Primrose, Owen Haley Bickham, and Lachlyn Elivia Bess; niece, Cindy Fredendall and her husband, Dana; sisters-in-law, Jane Wright and Sandy Bramer; and other nieces, nephews, cousins, and many dear friends.
We would like to express a deep and heartfelt thanks to Dr. Suresh Indupalli, Dr. George Groves, East Texas Home Health, Lakes Area Hospice, Luke and Ginny Calley, and Bill and Fran McAfee for their loving care and friendship to us during Dick‘s illness.
A gathering of his family and friends will begin at 11:00 a.m., with his memorial service at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 11, 2012, at Caney Creek Baptist Church, 1346 East Caney Loop, Chester. A family committal was held at Broussard’s Crematorium, under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Caney Creek Baptist Church, P.O. Box 32, Chester, Texas 75936, or The Association of Former Students, Class of 1953, 505 George Bush Drive, College Station, Texas 77840.


J.W. (John Ward) Burgess - FHS Band and Belle's director,
Mr. Burgess died after a sudden illness on Sunday, February 12, 2012, at Good Shepherd Medical Center, surrounded by his wife, Elwanda; daughters, Deborah Stuck of Denton, Texas, and Sharon Lundgren of Longview; and son, Gary Burgess of Houston.
Mr. Burgess was born September 7, 1922, in Corsicana, Texas. He later moved to Longview with his parents and was a student at Pine Tree High School. Mr. Burgess served in the United States Army from 1940 to 1945, and was stationed in England and France. He not only fought in battle, but also played trumpet in the Army Band and was in the Bugle Corps. After the war, he met and married Miss Elwanda Pepper of Longview. Following his graduation from Stephen F. Austin University, Mr. Burgess spent the next 20 years as a high school band and orchestra teacher.
In 1969, he changed careers and became a Senior Counselor for the Texas Rehabilitation Commission until his retirement. Helping his neighbors and his community was exemplified by his service on the board of the East Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and his service as a Courtesy Counselor at Boyd House. Mr. Burgess was a member of Longview Christian Church and a longtime member of Bible Study Fellowship. His love of music and worship was so strong that he helped start a church choir when he was just 86 years old.
Mr. Burgess is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Elwanda; and his children, Gary Burgess, Deborah and Paul Stuck, and Sharon and Rich Lundgren; sisters, Mary Ruth Neal of Longview, Dean Cooper of White Oak and Kathryn Craig of Grand Junction, Colorado; sister-in-law, Jimmie Keith of Longview; and loving nieces, nephews and cousins. He has nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was a well loved friend and neighbor to hundreds of people in the Gregg County area, and is a special friend of Bill W.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2012, in the Chapel of Welch Funeral Home, with Bob Sieh, Teaching Minister at Longview Christian Church, and Troy Bayne, Family Pastor at Longview Christian Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Chalk Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will include grandsons, Drew Lundgren and Thomas Stuck; grandsons-in-law, Harry Walker and Richie Hudson; and sons-in-law, Paul Stuck and Rich Lundgren. Memorials may be made to the East Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, 708 Glencrest Lane, Longview, TX 75601.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today, February 14, 2012, at Welch Funeral home. "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." Matthew 25:21. An online registry may be signed at www.news-journal.com, by clicking on the obituaries link.


Archie D. Rogers, Jr.,
Mr. Roger, 86, of Beaumont, went to be with his beloved wife, Lois in Heaven Tuesday, November 8, 2011.
A native and lifelong resident of Beaumont, he was born December 19, 1924, to Ida Mae Ross and Archie D. Rogers, Sr. He was educated in the Beaumont City Schools from first grade at Junker Elementary School through Dick Dowling Junior High School and graduated from Beaumont High School in May of 1942.
He married Lois Mildred Cobb on August 22, 1947, and they had three sons and six grandsons. He served as an artilleryman in the 6th Infantry Division in the South Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II for two and one-half years in New Guinea and the Philippines.
Archie graduated from Lamar Junior College in May 1948 with an Associate of Arts certificate and continued his education graduating in 1949 from The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas with a Bachelor Science Degree and a Masters of Education degree in 1963. He taught physics and chemistry among other subjects at French High School from 1949 until 1966.
He became Director of Business Services for the old Beaumont Independent School District and served in that capacity from 1966 until 1984 when he retired. As a young lad, he served as Junior Councilor in the Frank P. Decker chapter of the DeMolays. He was also a member of the Downtown Optimist club serving in various capacities during the 1960's and 1970's. He served on the Board of Trustees of Schlesinger's for a number of years, serving as Chairman among other positions on the Board. He was a Deacon with Calder Baptist Church and a teacher for the Men's Bible Class for many years. He had a great love for growing things like flowers, vegetable gardening and Bonsai. For about twenty years, he planted hundreds of tulip bulbs for the show they would exhibit in the early spring, brightening the yard and the neighborhood. Folks would slowly drive by to look at the show and many would stop and ask about the flowers.
He also had a love for Bonsai, the Japanese art of growing trees in pots with the resulting minituring of the plant. At various times he would have as many Bonsai he could crowd in the small backyard benches he built to accommodate his hobby. Sometimes he would have hundreds of little trees in pots, lovingly repotted at the proper time. Each tree would have a history that he would carefully keep, noting the care given and the result of the care. He was also interested in the history of his family and as a result wrote a book about his family. He and his wife, Lois, traveled to most of the great libraries of our nation to investigate the histories of their families.
Survivors include sons, A. Douglas Rogers and his wife, Donna of Orange, Gregory H. Rogers of Vidor, and Gary A. Rogers and his wife, Nada of China; grandsons, Daric Rogers and his wife, Andrea of Dallas, James Rogers and his wife, Heather of Beaumont, Daniel Doyen and his wife, Katie of Midland, Deven Doyen and his wife, Brianne of Kingsland, Ross Rogers of China, and Ryan Rogers of China; and great grandchildren, Bailey Rogers and Deacon Rogers of Beaumont, Casen Doyen of Kingsland, and two more on the way.
His memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 26, 2011, at Calder Baptist Church, 1005 N. 11th Street, Beaumont, Texas. Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on November 25, 2011


Marcus Bowman
Mr. Bowman 81, of Lumberton, passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2011, at his residence.
He was born in McComb Mississippi and raised in Galveston, he graduated in 1949 from Ball High School in Galveston and taught at French High School from 1956 to 1964.
He has lived in the Lumberton area since 1969. From helping create the Lumberton Municipal Utility District to opening the first insurance agency in Lumberton; from coaching Raiders football to being the “Voice of the Raiders” for 20 years to serving on the LISD school board and was on in the Lions Club for over 50 years.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Frances Dennis Bowman of Lumberton; daughters, Cindy Garrison Woodall and husband Billy of Nome, Marcia Spears and husband Mark of Lumberton; grandchildren, Marc Garrison and wife Kayti of Camp Pendelton, Casey Spears; niece, Rose Marie Leisner and husband Bobby of Evergreen; and nephew, Mac Phillips and wife Helen also of Evergreen.
Marcus is preceded in death by his mother and father, Marcus and Bessie Bowman; and sister, Marie Phillips.


Mildred Campbell Yates - English
Mildred Campbell Yates, despairing optimist and free-thinking Methodist, died on Saturday, January 9, 2010, at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth in Beaumont.
Born in Beaumont, she was the daughter of Eula Owens Campbell and Will H. Campbell. She attended local public schools, graduating with honors from Beaumont High School in 1936. Mildred attended Randolph Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia, and graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens in 1940.
Returning to Beaumont with war clouds brewing, she realized that all she knew how to do was to write scholarly papers and play the cello, so she took a secretarial course and found work in the defense industry, first at the Defense Plant Corporation which was overseeing the building of Neches Butane Products Company in Port Neches, then at Pennsylvania Shipyards in Beaumont. She married Reed H. Yates, Jr., in 1944, and they lived in Gulfport, Mississippi, where Reed was an instructor at the Gulfport Army Air Base. There were two children born to their marriage, Reed III and Mary.
In 1953, Dr. Lena Milam asked Mildred to teach music and language arts at the new elementary school, Eugene Field, and she began the career she was born for. She spent fourteen happy years at Field, then two years at Lamar teaching graduate students who were working toward their Masters Degree in Language Arts. In 1969, she returned to the Beaumont Independent School District, this time to French High School, where she taught English and occasionally various history courses. Mildred loved teaching – she was a natural – for it came easily to her and all her students were dear to her. She also enjoyed her own children and entered joyfully into their lives. In 1962, she earned the Master of Arts Degree in English from Lamar.
She took early retirement in order to spend time with her family and travel with her husband. She threw herself into Historic Preservation with the same enthusiasm she had put into teaching and was pleased to play a part in the restoration of the Tyrrell Historical Library, the Jefferson County Courthouse and the Jefferson Theatre.
She was the author of two developmental readers, Images and Keystone, published by Houghton Mifflin. She was associate editor and author of two chapters updating the history of First United Methodist Church, Beaumont, With a Dome More Vast. She belonged to the Beaumont Heritage Society and was twice its president, and held membership in the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, the Mental Health Association in Jefferson County, of which she was for four years its secretary, the Tyrrell Historical Library Association, in which she served in many capacities, the Jefferson Theater Preservation Society, Pi Beta Phi national sorority, Texas Gulf Historical Society, for which she served as genealogist, and First United Methodist Church and its Alpha Omega class. She had docented in both the John Jay French House and the McFaddin-Ward Historic House. Mildred is listed in Who’s Who Among American Women for the years 1999-2005.
Her husband, Reed Yates preceded her in death, as did her sister, Mary Bond Belk; and her brother, Jeff H. Campbell.
She is survived by her son, Reed H. Yates III and his wife Linda of Southlake; daughter, Mary Yates Kirkpatrick of Beaumont; grandsons, Phillip Kirkpatrick of Austin, Charles Reed Kirkpatrick of Beaumont; granddaughters, Amanda Yates Bradford and her husband Kevin of Arlington, Bethany Kirkpatrick of Beaumont; greatgranddaughter, Natalie Bradford of Arlington; and her greatgrandson, Connor Reed Bradford of Arlington; her life-long friend, Mildred P. Hall, “the other Mildred”; many students she so happily taught; as well as three nieces; and two nephews.
Her funeral service were held Thursday, January 14, 2010, at First United Methodist Church with burial followed at Magnolia Cemetery under the direction of Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin, Beaumont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tyrrell Historical Library, P.O. Box 77726, Beaumont, Texas 77726-2563; First United Methodist Church, 701 Calder, Beaumont, Texas 77701; or to Charlsie Berly Fund of Texas Gulf Historical Society, P.O. Box 1621, Beaumont, Texas 77704.


Adlai Guy Welch
Guy was born and raised in Chickamauga, GA. He graduated from Mercer University, Macon, GA in 1925. He married Katherine Moore of Macon and moved to Rusk, Texas where he taught mathematics at Rusk Junior College. Katherine died of pregnancy complications in 1926.
He then married Ruth Dominy in 1928. She was one of his students at Rusk. He moved to Beaumont, TX as Principal of French High School. He stayed there until 1936 when he accepted the position of Principal of Alvin High School in Alvin, Texas. In 1938 he became Superintendent Of Schools in Alvin. In 1950 he also became Dean Of the new Alvin Jr. College and retained both positions until his retirement in 1954. He later accepted the position of Superintendent of the Manvel School District until his death in 1961.


Lydie Johnson DeJean
A former resident of Beaumont, Texas, she died at the Hospice Butterfly Wing at Ollie Steele Burden Manor at 9:25 a.m. Thursday, July 19, 2007, in Baton Rouge as the result of complications of a stroke.
She was 81, a native of Jackson and a resident of Baton Rouge since 1986.
Visitation at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., on Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. until funeral service at 11 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Chris Andrews of First United Methodist Church. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park.
Formerly Lydie Evelyn Johnson, she was a graduate of Jackson's McKowen High School and then LSU in 1947. She retired after 17 years of teaching history at French High School in Beaumont, where she had lived for 37 years. She completed graduate studies at Lamar University in the history of Eastern and Western civilizations. At LSU, she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority, and became a member of the White Rose Circle of Kappa Delta as an active alumnae for more than 50 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge. She was also an active member of the John James Audubon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph E. DeJean Sr.; daughter and son-in-law, Melanie DeJean Hansbrough and Dr. Thomas A. Hansbrough of Baton Rouge; a son, Dr. J. Edwin DeJean Jr. of New Orleans; grandson, Thomas A. Hansbrough Jr. of Baton Rouge; granddaughter, Leigh Hansbrough Fahr and her husband, Trevor C. Fahr, of Dallas; and great-grandson, Thomas A. Hansbrough III of Baton Rouge. She is also survived by her sister, Helen Prescott of Baton Rouge. She was preceded in death by her father, Sen. James Mellard Johnson; mother, Rita LeBlanc Johnson; and brother, James Mellard Johnson Jr., all formerly of Jackson. Honorary pallbearers are Bill Castro, Gregg Samrow and Jesse Bankston. The family extends special thanks to Dr. Terry Rehn, Dr. Swayze Rigby, Dr. Robert St. Amant, Dr. Pat Gahan and Jean Comeaux.
The family also extends its gratitude to the entire organization at Ollie Steele Burden Manor, Hospice of Baton Rouge and for the efforts of the Care team and staff of First United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 930 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70802 or Hospice of Baton Rouge, 9063 Siegen Lane, Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA 70810.





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