Obituary Page



It gets harder and harder for me to add names to the memorial page.
It's with great sorrow that I add names
of our friends, family and faculty that we have lost.
My deepest sympathy to the families of the of lost alumni.
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers!


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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.

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Corrie Van Hancock '49
Funeral services for Corrie Van Hancock, 83, of Silsbee will be 10:00 am Friday March 21, 2014 at Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee with interment following at Quicksand Cemetery in Newton. Visitation will be 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm Thursday at the funeral home. Mr. Hancock passed away March 16, 2014 at Silsbee Oaks Healthcare. A native of Beaumont, C. V. had been a resident of Silsbee since 1968. He retired from Mobil Oil after 35 years of service as an operator. He proudly served his country in the U. S. Air Force. He is preceded in death by his parents C. C. and Ruth Hancock. Survivors include his sister Liz Hancock of Silsbee.

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Dale Briley '68
Mr. Dale C. Briley, age 63, passed away on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in Beaumont, TX. Services will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be on Friday, March 21, 2014 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Forest Lawn Funeral Home. Mr. Briley was born in Beaumont, TX on September 8, 1950. He lived to be a husband, father, paw paw and friend. The profound footprint left behind will be eternally cherished and forever missed. He was preceded in death by his parents, F.G."Josh" and Emilee Briley. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Marian Briley of Silsbee, TX. Two daughters, Racheal Briley and her husband Rob Gibbs and Jessica Rae Burkett and her husband Arwin Burkett, Jr. Two grandchildren, Rian Zamora and Ethan Dale Burkett. Memorials may be made to the Beaumont Humane Society, PO Box 1629 Beaumont, TX 77704-1629 (409)8330504.

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Thomas Wayne French '59
Thomas Wayne French, 73, of Lumberton, died Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas- Beaumont. A native of Beaumont, he was born to Janice Elizabeth Schwarzer French and Homer Lee French, Jr. on January 22, 1941, and a direct descendant of John J. French, one of Beaumonts earliest settlers. He served his country in the Army Reserves, and was a letter carrier for thirty-four years with the United States Postal Service. Thomas will be remembered for his funny jokes, always making people smile and having a heart of gold opening his door and home to anyone in need. Some of his favorite hobbies included fishing, picking berries, playing cards, and going to the casino. He was a lifetime fan of the Dallas Cowboys and The University of Texas Longhorns. Survivors include his wife, Dora Mae Williams French; son, Tommy French, Jr., both of Lumberton; daughters, Penny French of Katy, and Leslie French of Lumberton; mother, Janice French of Sour Lake; brother, John French and his wife, Gail, of Beaumont; sister, Maureen Broussard and her husband, Gerald, of Nederland; brothers-in-law, Royle Williams, and his wife, Vel, of Mauriceville; and Rudy Williams, and his wife, Diane, of Beaumont; sisters-in-law, Beanie Carter and her husband, Claude, of Vidor; and Rae ONeal and her husband, Danie, of Rumsey, Kentucky; and several other family members. A Christian Vigil will be held at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 6, 2014, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2715 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, with interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society , 755 South 11th Street, Suite #212, Beaumont, Texas 77701. Complete and updated information may be found www.broussards1889.com

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Nancy Maggard Marchetti '65
Nancy Maggard Marchetti, born July 28th, 1947, died peacefully in her home on February 22, 2014. Nancy's loves were teaching, singing, and family. In addition to being a beloved mother and grandmother, throughout her life she was a counselor at Camp Niwana, a teacher and a daycare owner. She was a charter member of the Golden Neches and Greater Sabine chapters of Sweet Adelines for over 30 years, and enjoyed coaching as well as singing bass. She had an infectious laugh and a twinkle in her eye. She was preceded in death by husband Marco Toni Marchetti, parents Dorothy and James Maggard, Sr., brother James Maggard, Jr., and nephew Stephen Maggard. Nancy is survived by children Jamie Hornbuckle, Ashley Hornbuckle, Katie Brading, Cathi Griffiths, Mary Marchetti, Andy Marchetti, and Martha Vincent, as well as 20 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Nancy's memorial service and afterglow will begin at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 1st at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1350 N 23rd St, Beaumont, TX 77706. Daisies welcome, or donations in her honor may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/beaumontenterprise/obituary.aspx?n=nancy-maggard-marchetti&pid=169862154#sthash.QBW23qHg.dpuf

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Garland Scott Cutler '68
Scott Cutler, 64, of Deweyville, passed away Monday, February 10, 2014, at his home. Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 13, 2014, at First Baptist Church in Deweyville with Reverend Damon Bickham officiating. Burial will follow at King Cemetery in Hartburg. Serving as Pallbearers will be Jayson Villanueva, Kenny Bahnsen, Jody Bahnsen, Keith Miller, Craig Lisle and Jason Lisle. Honorary Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, at the church. Born in Vidor on February 10, 1950, Scott was the son of Garland David Cutler and Winnie Bell (Davis) Cutler. Scott graduated with a Master’s Degree in Education and School Administration. Over the years, Scott worked as a teacher and principal at Deweyville Middle School, Runge High School and Vinton High School. Scott enjoyed fishing and hunting and most of all spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his father, Garland Cutler; and brother, Mark Cutler. Scott is survived by his wife of 44 years, Karen Cutler; mother, Winnie Cutler; son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Melanie Cutler of Deweyville; daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Bob Browning of Deweyville; and son and daughter-in-law, Corey and Emily Cutler of Lumberton. Scott is also survived by his grandchildren, Raylee Browning, Logan Cutler, Brent Cutler, Caden Browning and Dakota Newman; and sisters, Roxie Miller and Marta King. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southeast Texas Hospice, P.O. Box 2385, Orange, Texas 77631. See more at: http://www.orangeleader.com/obituaries/x1783664329/Scott-Cutler#sthash.N83UGXyH.dpuf

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Jesse Worthy '65
Wade Worthy was born in Orange, Texas on March 26, 1947 to Martha Ford and Jesse Wade Worthey, III. He grew up in Leesville, Louisiana and Beaumont, Texas. His mother re-married when Wade was two years old and brought Ottis Knapp into his life. Wade used the last name of Knapp until he entered the Air Force. He had three younger siblings, Sammy Knapp, Martha Knapp and Jon Knapp. He moved to Dallas in 1965 to attend the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1967 (received a draft notice during the Viet Nam War but instead of dropping out of college, he received a deferment from the USAF for the price of four years of service). Wade was part of the SAC elite guard and Security Police at Offutt Air Force Base from 1967 to1968, then served from 1969 to1970 at Camh Ran Bay Air Force Base in Viet Nam. Just before leaving for Viet Nam, he married a young woman named Donna Dent. After his year in Viet Nam, he finished his 4 year commitment to the USAF by working town patrol at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. Wade and Donna moved to Dallas after Wade was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force in 1971. He began working for the University Park Police Department and stayed there from 1971until1976. He left the University Park Police Department in 1976 to start a new police career at the Carrollton Police Department. Wade and Donna were blessed with their one and only daughter Brandi Michelle in 1977. He was awarded police officer of the year in 1977. He was promoted to sergeant in during his time at Carrollton and he became involved with the Carrollton Rodeo Team, which brought him so many good memories. His favorite event was "chute doggin'". Sadly, Wade and Donna's marriage ended in 1990, but these two amazing people were able to develop a strong and everlasting friendship. In 1991, Wade started dating a co-worker, Cheryl Hitt. Wade decided to retire from Carrollton in May 1999. Wade and Cheryl were married on December 2, 2000. Wade and Cheryl were truly two parts of a whole. Wade was "PaPa" to his two granddaughters Erika and Emily and nothing meant more to him than these two beautiful girls. Family was without a doubt his greatest love. Wade loved playing softball, fishing, hunting, the Dallas Cowboys, guns, knives, painting landscape oil paintings, and gnomes. He did not care much for electronic gadgets, except for his Kindle and his Motorola Razor cell phone. Even though his favorite "pet" was a horse named Dunny Leo Dodger, he was finally converted to being a dog lover by Cheryl. They both enjoyed their two 4-legged fur babies Tater Tot and Hambone. Wade passed from this life to eternity on January 23, 2014 and will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him. The family will receive friends at a visitation on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Allen Family Funeral Options in Plano. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Carrollton, 2400 Josey Lane, Carrollton, Texas. Interment will follow at Dallas – Ft. Worth National Cemetery with military honors at the graveside.

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Candace "Candy" Susan Chase Miller '68
Candace Susan Chase Miller, 63, of Galveston and a native of Beaumont, died peacefully Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at The UTMB John Sealy Hospital in Galveston after battling a long illness. She was born on March 5, 1950, in Beaumont, daughter of Juna Belle Doors Chase and Norman L. Chase II. Candy, as she was better known; graduated from French High School in 1968. Her work as a teacher at a business college took her from Beaumont to Austin; then back to Beaumont. At this point of her life she met back up with an acquaintance; a 1968 graduate of French High School, Ben Miller, whom later became her husband of forty years. Her husband’s occupation in the hotel industry allowed them to work and travel across the country. Moving through Texas from Beaumont, to Austin, to Houston, then to El Paso; to Seattle, Washington; to San Francisco, California; to Bethesda, Maryland; to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia; to Savannah, Georgia; and finally back home to Texas, settling in Galveston. Along the way, Candy never met a stranger and made a lot of friends. Some of which became so close, they became her sisters. After retiring from the professional life in 1987; her entire world was centered around her family and friends. She is survived by her husband, Ben Miller; her daughter, Malea Miller; her sons, Colin Anthony Chase Drzewiecki and Benjamin Chase Miller; her brother, Norman L. Chase III; eight nieces and nephews; eleven great-nieces and nephews; one great-great-niece; one great-great-nephew; and a few cousins, whom all she treasured. She was preceded in death by her parents, Juna and Norman; and three of her brothers, Tommy James Chase Sr., Donald Gene Chase Sr., and Ronald Dean Chase Sr. Candy was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. A gathering of her family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. Her graveside service will be at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 19, 2014, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 4955 Pine Street, Beaumont, TX 77703. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 841125, Dallas, Texas 75284.

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Felix Michael "Mike" Gilbert '60
Felix Michael Gilbert, 71, of Beaumont, returned to his Creator on January 10, 2014. He was born on February 28, 1942, in Beaumont, to Helen Allen Gilbert and Felix George Gilbert. Felix spent his early years in Kirbyville, moving to Beaumont in the fifth grade. A disciplined student athlete, he was both a member of the National Honor Society and the football team at French High School; he graduated in 1960. He initially attended Lamar University on a football scholarship but was subsequently awarded the prized Texaco Engineering Scholarship for academic excellence. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering in 1964 and followed that with a Master’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1965. He worked for and retired from ExxonMobil as a Professional Engineer after thirty-six years of service. He was a devoted caregiver to his mother during her long Alzheimer’s illness until her death. Mike was a consummate deer hunter and an excellent marksman. His passion for the shooting sports and the outdoors was known to all as well as his love of history. A man of faith, he attended St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church and was active in the Men of Jude. Survivors include his children, Kathleen M. Gilbert of North Richland Hills; Kelly M. Henry and her husband, Gaile, of Beaumont; Susan Lavergne and her husband, Donald, of Vidor; and Michael S. Gilbert and his wife, Michelle, of Beaumont; grandchildren, Ryan Lavergne, Nicole Lavergne, Matthew Gilbert, Stephen Gilbert, Hannah Henry, Julia Gilbert, and Hayden Henry; and brother, Jack A. Gilbert and his wife, Mary, of Columbia, Maryland. He is preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Linda Croom Gilbert. A gathering of Mr. Gilbert’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., with a Christian Vigil at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. His Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, 6825 Gladys Avenue, Beaumont, with interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 700 North Street, Suite M, Beaumont, Texas 77701.

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Patrick "Pat" Follmer '72
Patrick “Pat” Follmer, 61, of Beaumont, died Thursday, January 9, 2014, at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth, Beaumont. He was born on November 10, 1952, in Beaumont, to Geraldine Breen Follmer and Jack Everett Follmer, and had been a native of Beaumont. He also lived in Georgia and Florida until he recently moved back home. Pat loved fishing, hunting, he was an avid Nascar fan, and was known for being quiet and kind. Pat is survived by his children, Patrick “P.J.” Follmer and his wife, Michelle, of Blytheville Arkansas; grandchildren, Seth Breen Follmer, Seth Michael Milam, Gavin Follmer, and Sophie Milam; parents, Geraldine and Jack Follmer of Beaumont; brothers, Jack Follmer, Jr. and Arnel of New York, New York; Mark Follmer and his wife, Caroline, of Gainesville, Georgia; sister, Lea Ann Harvey and her husband, James, of Beaumont; and niece, Caitlin Harvey. A gathering of Mr. Follmer’s family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., Sunday, January 12, 2014, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. His graveside service will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 13, 2014, at Magnolia Cemetery, 2291 Pine Street, Beaumont. Memorial Contributions may be made in Mr. Follmer’s name to MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77030.

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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.
http://lairdfh.net/book-of-memories/1768579/Rector-Malcolm/obituary.php

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Connie Raybon Del Rogers - '61 or '62
Connie Del Rogers passed away at home, on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at the age of 68. A devoted daughter, mother, and grandmother, she is survived by her mother, Dorothy Raybon; 3 children, Rick Allen, Stacey Perrine, and Heather Dibble; and 14 grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her father, Edell Dunn; her brother, Edell Dunn Jr.; and her son, David Edgar Lee Allen. Connie touched the lives of many during her 33-year tenure as an award- winning teacher and math coach in Conroe ISD. A family visitation will be held 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 15, 2012, and a memorial service will be held Saturday, June 16, at 2:00 p.m., with both taking place at the Montgomery United Methodist Church, 22548 Hwy 105 W., Montgomery, TX. In lieu of customary remembrances, Connie requested contributions in her memory be directed to the Backpack Ministry and Food Pantry of the Montgomery United Methodist Church. You are invited to leave memorial condolences at: www.shmfh.com.

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