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!


Sorry to report that Amy Abood Bell '74 passed away last night (Sept.2) at her home in the Woodlands. Will post more as soon as I hear something....Broussard's is going to be handling the arrangements.


Tommy Lowe '69

    Thomas Troy Lowe, 64 of Wylie, Texas, passed away on June 4th, 2015, in Grand Prairie, Texas. Tommy was born December 13th, 1950, to James and Alice Lowe, in Beaumont, Texas.

    Tommy graduated from French High School in 1969. He attended Lamar University and graduated with a BBA Marketing Degree in 1973. Tommy worked with his father at James T. Lowe Construction Company and later moved into Project Management as a Superintendent for multi-family dwellings. He worked in multiple states and always looked forward to the next location that his job took him.

    Those left to cherish his memory include daughters, Tiffany Michelle Hiltpold and her husband, Chris of San Antonio and Sabrina Lowe of Silsbee; a son, Kristopher Lowe and wife, Rhonda of Wylie, Texas; and three grandchildren; sister, Donna Lowe Groce and husband, Hank of Houston; and brother, Jerry Lowe and wife, Tabitha of Lumberton; with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Alice Lowe and wife, Janelle Meche Lowe. Tom leaves behind several loving friends and family members.

    Close friends and family are invited to honor his life by attending a Memorial Service, which will be held on Saturday, August 15th, at 11:00 am, at New Beginnings Church, 1614 Farm 105, in Evadale, Texas.
    Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Aug. 9, 2015 - See more at:


Jay - Roland Tompkins Jr. - '75

      Jay Tompkins, a man of few words but large presence, died on Thursday, July 2, 2015. He spent his final hours focused on those activities to which he had dedicated his life -- i.e. to the going out of his way for others. He had a soft spot for the trials and tribulations others face, and he knew well that it is the little things that ease our pain and suffering, and add abundance to our lives. Jay was also a self-described encyclopedia of useless knowledge.

      In the days following his death, his consistent effort to add practical ease and comfort the lives of those around him, particularly to his wife's, was proven time and time again to be Jay's most impressive skill. His wife's birthday (still weeks away) present awaited us at the front door -- two pairs of the comfiest sketchers you could ever find. It had long been a running joke that the only gift Jan ever gave Jay was shoes, and he finally returned the favor, bringing her some much needed physical comfort as we begin to walk this new path. He also ordered three packets of new socks along with her shoes, which, while practical, wasn't needed. His closet is overrun by socks -- but in his absence his step-son will be getting the six new pairs -- which makes for perfect timing, since Todd's socks are all falling apart and he'd had never bought any new ones for himself.

      We found in his truck that he had made a pit stop at Buckee's before his passing, buying a mixture of regular and chili-lime pistachios for his wife, her hand down favorite snack and one that she will eat to ad nauseam. Again, the timing couldn't have been any more perfect -- after all, all she has been able to eat for the last few days is those pistachios, and we were running frighteningly low. As usual, Jay came to the rescue, solving for the detailed pain points in each of our lives without us having asked, and without him even being here.

      Details just weren't something Jay much forgot. In fact, he always knew the names of every one of his step kids friends and significant others, which, trust us, in his short six years with us, he certainly met quite a few of the latter. He could rattle off professional golf stats in his sleep, though he often resisted, understanding full and well that that that particular fascination was unique to himself and his golf buddies. In all, Jay can best be described as a doer and a giver. If he saw you drinking a new liquor, talking about a new favorite food or simply struggling to pull in an old suitcase that was falling apart at the seams -- any of those details we all see every day from those that surround us, but that which we assume they can take care of themselves -- you'd soon have a new suitcase at your door, a liquor cabinet full of that new alcohol, and a cabinet full of Italian green beans, in the case that you were his step daughter, who, to his as well as others continued disgust, eats those things right out of the can.

      Jay found comfort himself in being useful and practical in his giving -- a talent he continued to nurture for more than fifty-nine years. For all of us left behind, let us also begin to foster and nurture that within ourselves. Make a pit stop at Buckee's every so often, buying some chili-lime pistachios and send them his wife's way. You will make her day, and in the following years, we'll need as many of those as possible. Pay more attention, too, to the ones you love around you. Though our complaints may be small in comparison, go out of your way, for a moment, to buy your friend who is always complaining about low battery life a better charger or a Mophie. For that one person on your family plan who uses all the cell data because they can't remember for the life of them the fifteen word/number combination password Time Warner sets on the Wifi -- set up an easy to remember password and save yourself and everyone else a few dollars. Or, simply buy your wife a thoughtful birthday present long before you need to, in the case that something unexpected happens and you can't be there. Jay would have. Jay did.

      In these ways, each of us will keep Jay's memory alive. See, you can't take possessions with you where we are all ultimately headed, but new shoes; good drink and good food certainly make the road there a lot better for the wear. Let his life influence you in that way. Let it change you for the better. Let it impact others in such a way that they must ask, with full gratitude in their heart, as to why the sudden change in your behavior. And when they do, grill them up a steak, butter some corn and tell them the story of a man gone too soon, of a man with little words but massive generosity, who made it his sole mission on earth to ease the burden of life's nagging details and the personal honey-do lists of those he loved. He was a big man with a bigger heart who was always thinking of others before himself.

      Jay is survived by his wife, Janyce Wallace; stepdaughter, Tracey Wallace, of Austin; stepson, Todd Wallace, of Beaumont; sisters, Ginny Hubert and her husband, Dave, of New Jersey; Debi Lautenschlager and her husband, Bill, of Oregon; and Nancy Drexler, of Houston; five nieces; one nephew; and one great-nephew. He is preceded in death by his parents. A gathering of Mr. Tompkins’ family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A private family committal will be at Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont.

      Finally, in lieu of flowers, in which Jay would find absolutely no practicality, please make a donation in his honor to Humane Society of Southeast Texas, P.O. Box 1629, Beaumont, Texas 77704. Like all truly good, kind and gentle souls, Jay had a way with dogs (four of which survive him). Please donate so that more animals can find loving homes and families just like his.


Gene Westbrook '68

      Hesser Gene Westbrook, 65, of Independence, MO passed away Monday, Aug 3, 2015 at Vitas Hospice in KC, MO. He was born Jan. 3, 1950 in Houston, TX. He lived most of his life in Texas before moving to Missouri in 2001.

      He is a US Army Veteran who proudly served his country in Vietnam. He retired from Exxon/Mobil Refinery in Beaumont, TX in 2001 where he made many life long friends. After moving to Missouri in Dec 2001 he worked for several more years at ATK Lake City Army Ammunition Plant where he made many more friends before retiring in 2012 due to illness.

      He is the beloved husband of Debra Westbrook of Independence. Also surviving are his mother & step father Patsy (Linden) Sims and his father Hesser Westbrook, in-laws Jay & Vicki Robinson of MO; 4 daughters Christine (CJ), Shelly (Stephen), Kelly (Colin) all of TX, Mary (Jerry) of WA: 2 brothers Marvin (Deborah) CA and Louis (Jane Ann) TX, 1 granddaughter Sarah TX and great grandson Riley TX, along with many nieces, nephews and other much loved family in TX, 2 step daughters Briana, Vanessa (Shawn) of MO, 2 step granddaughters Destiny & Ashlyn (MO) and step grandson Jacob (Mo) all of whom he loved as his own. Gene was preceded in death by his beloved grandson, BJ (TX).

      Gene requested cremation with no services. His wish is that his much loved family and friends celebrate his life in the way you remember him being most. Gene was a people person that NEVER knew a stranger. He will be missed by many and will be OUR FOREVER RENEGADE. Internment will be at Swan Lake Memorial Park in Grain Valley, MO. - See more at:


Janelle Meche Lowe '73

      Janelle was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas, while spending her earlier years in Port Arthur and Groves. She was born on June 6, 1955 to her mother, Dorcas Powell Meche and her father, Joseph Clayus Meche.

      She is survived by her husband, Thomas Lowe, born and raised in Beaumont and currently of the Dallas area, daughter, Sabrina Lowe of Wylie, Texas; son, Kristopher Lowe and his wife, Rhonda, of Wylie, Texas; two Shih Tzu Dogs, Daisy and Piper; sister, Debra and her husband, Phil Creore, of Orlando, Florida; brothers, Billy Meche and his wife, Linda, of Beaumont, Texas and Bobby Meche of Hurst, Texas; sisters, Melinda Meche and Connie Soria, both of Hurst, Texas; brother-in-law, Jerry Lowe and his wife, Tabitha, of Lumberton, Texas; three grandchildren and many others who knew her as “MiMi”; sixteen nieces and nephews; ten great-nieces and nephews.

      Janelle was a 1973 Graduate of French High School in Beaumont. After graduation, she worked as a dispatcher for the Beaumont City Police Department. After meeting the Love or Her Life, Tom Lowe, they were married and moved away, making many stops across the United States before finally making roots in the Dallas area. Out of this union became two of the most important people in her life, her children, Sabrina and Kristopher, that she loved and cherished dearly. She also became a lover of Shih Tzu dogs and started raising puppies but could never let one go without knowing that they were going to good homes and then checking on them afterwards to make certain. Two of the puppies became her favorites, Daisy and Piper, which were always by her side. She dressed them like children and put bows in their hair. They remained by her side until the end.

      Janelle had a passion for life and a love for God and family. Seldom did you ever see her without a smile, even in the last days of her life while battling the ALS disease. She loved to laugh! Some of her favorite things were crafting, (stamping, sewing, scrap booking, quilting, and mosaics), but her favorite thing was cooking, (especially during the holidays). Her favorite holiday was Christmas where she always prepared a big feast and was always the one who organized our families get together. She also, loved the beach where she once lived for a short while during their traveling days. Janelle loved being there with family as well as sitting on a deck or beach by herself just enjoying the sea breeze, water, and sand.

      Last and most of all, Janelle loved giving. She always found the time to help others and even made a place in her home for those in need. Even as ALS made her life short, she was able to fulfill her wishes and give again for one last time as she took her last breath on earth. She was a successful Organ Donor. The night she passed away, we found that she helped save the lives of someone in Louisiana and Texas, as well as helping others in the future.

      A gathering of Mrs. Lowe’s family and friends will begin at 11:00 a.m. with her memorial service to follow at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

      The family would like to take this time to thank all the special care givers that helped Janelle during her time of illness, and especially to the loving Donor team for all their kind words, love and prayers. To her cousin and best friend, Gina Thibodeaux, of Lafayette who made many trips to help take care of her, take her shopping, cooking for her and the family, to be by her side, and hold her hold her hand when she needed it. To Connie, who always showed up with Janelle’s favorite cup cakes, to listen and help Janelle see the positive side of things, and for all those beautiful pictures she shared with her on Face Book each weekend. Last and most of all, a very special “Thank You” to Rhonda Lowe who unselfishly took care of her mother-in-law until the very end. The journey through the ALS illness was long and hard, but Janelle always had a smile on her face and love in her heart. You now have your wings Janelle, So Fly High!

      It was in Janelle’s wishes that everyone attending the service to please wear pink.


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