In memory of classmates who have gone before us!
This page list the most resent Obituaries I've received or found online;


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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Kirk Douglas Tiller '74
Kirk Douglas Tiller was born on May 8, 1956 to Malcolm and Rachel Tiller in Beaumont, Texas. He later became a big brother to David, Paula, and Kimberly. Kirk attended school in Beaumont and played football for French High School. He played as a lineman on the team that won district in 1973. Kirk attended Lamar University and then worked as a carpenter. He married his high school sweetheart Jolyn Stanley in 1983. Their first child, Patrick, was born in 1985.
Soon after, Kirk started working for himself doing remodeling jobs. Their second child Caitlin was born in 1988, followed by their youngest Nathan in 1991. Kirk became a home builder and formed KT Construction. He served as President of the Home Builders Association of SETX in 1994. He later went to work for ACI in Batesville, Mississippi. In 1998, he survived a plane crash at Jefferson County Airport when heading back to Mississippi. After a long recovery, he decided to stay in Beaumont and became a contractor specializing in metal buildings. At the time of his death, he was owner of Metal Building Services, Inc.
Kirk enjoyed playing games, watching sports, and entertaining his endless group of friends. He was a big fan and supporter of Lamar Baseball, spending countless hours at the games and cooking for the team. He loved fishing and hunting which he learned from his late Uncle Jerry Whitton.
Kirk loved his family and had many friends who will miss him. He was very close to his cousins and loved his nieces and nephews dearly. He adored his two grandsons, Cayden Tiller, and Parker Milich.
He is survived by his wife, Jolyn Tiller, of Beaumont; sons, Patrick Tiller, of China; and Nathan Tiller, of Beaumont; daughter, Caitlin Tiller Milich and her husband, Brian, of Beaumont; grandchildren, Cayden Tiller, and Parker Milich; father, Malcolm Tiller, of Beaumont; brother, David Tiller, of Beaumont; sisters, Paula Martin, of Beaumont; and Kimberly Hester and her husband, Scott, of Beaumont; many cousins, including, Gloria Burks, of Warren; and many nieces and nephews.
Kirk was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harmerlee and Norma Durrett; and by his mother, Rachel Tiller.
A gathering of Mr. Tillerís family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, January 26, 2017, at Broussardís, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. His funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 27, 2017, at Broussardís. A family committal will be held at Broussardís Crematorium, Beaumont.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Kirk Tiller to Lamar University Men's Baseball Fund, P.O. Box 10011, Beaumont, Texas 77710.

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Joel K. DuBose '68
Joel was born on August 16, 1949 and passed away on Monday, January 23, 2017. Joel was a resident of Sour Lake, Texas at the time of his passing.
He was a United States Navy veteran having served during Vietnam.
He was married to Valerie.
A gathering of Mr. DuBose‚s family and friends will begin at 2:00 p.m. with his memorial service to follow at 3:00 p.m. Saturday January 28 2017 at Broussard‚s 1605 North Major Drive Beaumont.
A family committal was held at Broussard‚s Crematorium Beaumont. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior project 4899 Belfort Road Suite 300 Jacksonville Florida 32256.

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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.

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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.

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