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!
Milburn Amy '70~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Milburn Amy, age 61, died Monday, November 11, 2013 in Beaumont, TX. Services will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at First United Methodist Church of Beaumont with Dr. Karen Doris and Rev. David Millner officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Mr. Amy was born on June 17, 1952 in Beaumont, TX to the late Milburn Oren Amy, Sr. and Theda Brinson Amy. He graduated from French High School and Lamar University with a Bachelor of Science in Music, majoring in voice and violin. Milburn was the youth director at First United Methodist Church for a number of years. He was an accomplished musician, who participated with the Beaumont Symphony, the Beaumont Civic Ballet, and the Beaumont Civic Opera and directed the Junior Forums Senior Citizens Choir, the Beauxs and Belles. He was a musical director of the Beaumont Junior Forums annual productions of LUV Follies and many other performances. He was also a director for Cargill productions, which traveled throughout the United States. Survivors include his two brothers, James H. Amy and his wife Nelsalee of Pearland, TX and Peter Amy and his wife Sandy of Orange, TX. One sister, Barbara Amy of Beaumont, TX. Three nephews, Brandon Amy, Daniel Amy and Joshua Amy and three nieces, Rachael Amy, Emily Amy and Felicia Amy. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Beaumont, Texas.
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. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/houstonchronicle/obituary.aspx?n=rosalie-maye&pid=167750927&fhid=6290#sthash.Ov3YnldN.dpuf
Oail Andrew “Bum” Phillips Jr., '41~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Oail Andrew “Bum” Phillips Jr., who spent half his adult life as a football coach and every waking moment as the personification of all things Texan, died Friday at his ranch in Goliad.
Phillips was three weeks past his 90th birthday and more than three decades removed from his heyday as head coach of the Oilers from 1975 through 1980. But he will be remembered as the personification of a time, a place and a team that remains deep in the hearts of everyone who saw them play.
The end came on a cool autumn football weekend as Houston’s current pro team, the Texans, prepares to play Sunday with his son, Wade, serving as defensive coordinator. Family members said Wade Phillips visited with his father before rejoining the team for its trip to Kansas City.
“Bum is gone to Heaven-loved and will be missed by all -great Dad,Coach, and Christian,” Wade Phillips, whose Twitter handle is @sonofbum, tweeted shortly after 10 p.m.
Bum Phillips was a product of a family that traced its roots to Texas’ frontier past, and he did his job dressed in boots, jeans and a white Stetson – except at the Astrodome, since his mama told him it was impolite to wear a hat indoors.
He was, said one admirer, the “Will Rogers of the NFL,” justly famous for such sayings as, “There’s two kinds of coaches: them that’s been fired, and them that’s gonna be fired.”
But it was his relationship with his players – and theirs to him – and his ability to relate to fans that cemented his place among the legends of Texas football coaches with the likes of Darrell Royal, Tom Landry and Gordon Wood.
“Bum Phillips’ Oilers succeeded in a way that will never be measured by percentages and trophies,” wrote former Chronicle columnist Ed Fowler in a book about the team. “They symbolized a city rather than merely representing it.”
They called it “Luv Ya Blue,” and from 1978 through 1980, it was the biggest thing in Houston sports. In truth, the city has not seen anything to top it.
Twice Phillips’ Oilers battled the Pittsburgh Steelers for a berth in the Super Bowl, and both times they came up short. After each loss, they were welcomed home by more than 40,000 cheering fans at the Astrodome, inspiring one of the most famous quotations in the history of Texas sports.
“One year ago we knocked on the door. This year we beat on the door,” Phillips said after the 1980 title-game loss. “Next year we’re gonna kick the sumbitch in.”
But they never did. After the Oilers lost a first-round playoff game in 1980, Phillips was fired on Dec. 31, 1980, by Oilers owner K.S. “Bud” Adams. Never again, until their departure for Nashville in 1997, would the Oilers again so captivate their fans or come so close to a championship.
Phillips coached for five years with the New Orleans Saints but remained a Texan, moving for the last time in 1996 to the 400-acre ranch outside Goliad where he spent his final years, true to the values he set out in an interview in the mid-1970s.
“I don’t think I could change if I wanted to, and I don’t see any reason to,” he said. “I’m going to try to live my life the way I think it ought to be led, raise my children the way they ought to be raised, coach the way I ought to coach and treat people the way they ought to be treated.
“If that happens to be country, well, then I’m country.”
‘They believe in him’
Phillips was born Sept. 29, 1923, in Orange. Both grandfathers were ranchers, and one rode the Chisholm Trail and worked for Charles Goodnight, the pioneer 19th-centrury Texas cattleman and rancher.
He got his nickname when his sister Edrina’s efforts to say “brother” came out “bumble,” which was shortened to “Bum.” “I don’t mind,” he said, “as long as it’s a name and not a description.”
He graduated from Beaumont’s French High School, served with the Marines in the South Pacific during World War II and took a job with Magnolia Petroleum under the assumption he’d work there until he retired.
But, early on, he got into a squabble with a superior about contributing to the company’s favored charity, which happened to be a cause he didn’t support.
He asked his boss if he could give to another good charity and, after that idea was rejected, he replied, “Then tell the man at the gate to have my check ready. I’m leaving.”
Phillips was 21 and hadn’t completed a college course, having withdrawn from Lamar College his freshman year to enlist after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But driving home from the Magnolia plant, he passed the Lamar practice field and stopped to watch. Spying him, a coach came over and asked if he was interested in trying out.
“He told me I could have a scholarship if I wanted one,” Phillips recalled years later. “I really wasn’t that interested, but I realized I could go to school on the GI bill and (football) would be something I could do until I got a good job.”
After college at Lamar and Stephen F. Austin State University, he began his coaching career as an assistant in Nederland in 1950. He became head coach the next year and later was head coach at Jacksonville, Amarillo, Port Neches-Groves and Texas Western (now Texas-El Paso) and an assistant at Texas A&M (to Paul “Bear” Bryant), Houston (to Bill Yeoman, SMU (to Hayden Fry) and Oklahoma State.
“He has a great knack for handling people. They believe in him,” said Bryant, who tried, unsuccessfully, to convince Phillips to join him at Alabama after the 1957 season. “Bum’s a terrific individual with a lot of class. He has a knack for selling, which is the same as coaching.”
In 1967, he joined the San Diego Chargers as an assistant to Sid Gillman and came to Houston as Gillman’s defensive coordinator with the Oilers in 1974. He became coach and general manager when Gillman resigned after the 1974 season.
In the five years before Phillips became head coach, the Oilers were 16-52-2. In his six seasons as head coach, Houston was 55-35 with three playoff appearances and two appearances in the AFC Championship Game, losing 34-5 to Pittsburgh after the 1978 season and 27-13 to end the 1979 season.
Their breakout season was 1978, when Phillips swapped three draft picks and tight end Jimmie Giles to Tampa Bay in return for the No. 1 pick in the 1978 NFL draft, which the Oilers used to select Texas running back Earl Campbell, the 1977 Heisman Trophy winner from Tyler.
Campbell joined such veterans as center Carl Mauck, quarterback Dan Pastorini, linebackers Robert Brazile and Greg Bingham and defensive lineman Elvin Bethea on a team that captured Houston’s heart.
They were 10-6 in 1978, including a memorable 35-30 victory over Miami behind Campbell’s 199 rushing yards that introduced the “Monday Night Football” audience to the “Luv Ya Blue” phenomenon, and beat the Dolphins in the first round of the playoffs 17-9, Houston’s first playoff victory since 1961, before losing to the Steelers for the AFC title.
A year later, they improved to 11-5 and beat the Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers in the playoffs before another AFC title showdown at Pittsburgh. In a game that will be remembered for an official’s blown call on what appeared to be a touchdown pass to Oilers receiver Mike Renfro, Houston lost on the field but again captured the hearts of fans.
Of the first of the two mammoth Dome pep rallies, Phillips said, “Don’t forget all those people standing along the road when we were driving in. There must have been a hundred thousand of them out there. And we’d lost the damned game. I’ll take that memory to my grave.”
Houston advanced once more to the playoffs in 1980, losing to the Oakland Raiders in the first round, and Phillips was fired amid Adams’ complaints that the team lacked discipline.
“People said I was too easy on my players,” Phillips said. “We weren’t too easy on them. I love my mama, and she loved me, but she whipped me when she needed to. That’s how I felt about players.”
Trust equaled success
Former KHOU (Channel 11) sports director Gifford Nielsen, who played quarterback for Phillips in the late 1970s, then worked with him on Oilers radio broadcasts in the 1990s, said Phillips built winning teams by knocking down barriers between players.
“He could take a conservative kid out of Utah, put him with a kid who grew up in the projects in Pittsburgh, a guy from Southern California and a guy from the Deep South, and it didn’t matter what color was their skin, how big they were and what their talent level was,” Nielsen said. “He would bring them together as a team.
“The reason people liked Bum so much is because he was real. He always said, ‘Trust me, and we’ll do things my way and great things will happen.’ When we did trust him, we were successful, and it carried over not only to the team but the fans.
“Whenever we went on the road, people wanted to see Bum Phillips, and it was because of the genuine person he is. That is his legacy.”
Outside Houston, Phillips became a popular Texas-sized personality, in large part thanks to the efforts of NFL Films, which devoted an entire hour to the best of Bum as part of its “Lost Treasures of NFL Films” series.
“We probably shot more footage and had more fun following Bum around than any coach in the game,” the late NFL Films president Steve Sabol said in an interview for the series. “The perception was that because he wore a cowboy hat instead of a headset that he didn’t do much coaching. But that wasn’t the case.”
Not only did Phillips know ‘X’s’ and ‘Os’, he influenced the manner in which they’re still taught today, inventing a numbering system for the alignment of defensive linemen that he passed on to Bryant in the 1950s.
He also was the inventor and namesake of the “Bummerooski,” a trick intentional fumble play that the Oilers used to score a touchdown against the Chicago Bears in 1980.
Neal Morgan, who played at Nederland on Phillips’ first team as head coach and later became a coach and author, said coaches flocked to clinics to hear Phillips talk football.
“We often skipped lectures we had paid to attend and sat in a hotel room watching Bum draw ‘Xs’ and ‘Os’ on a blackboard until the wee hours of the morning,” Morgan wrote in a story for Bill McMurray’s book “Texas High School Football.”
Wade Phillips, who worked as an assistant coach with his father, said Bum remained an icon among Texas coaches well after retirement.
“We were at a coaching clinic in San Angelo with (Texas coach) Mack Brown in 2005, and they had him come up on stage and he got a standing ovation,” Wade Phillips said. “It was nice of him to realize that people still thought well of him.”
He became a full-time rancher after leaving the Saints in 1985, prompting another Bum-ism when he was asked about his retirement activities and replied, “Nothin’. And I don’t start doing that until noon.”
“It wasn’t because I didn’t like coaching anymore,” he said in a 2010 interview. “I just wanted to do some other things, things I’d wanted to do since I was a kid, before I got too old to do them. When you’re a coach, you don’t have time to do nothing else.”
In retirement, it wasn’t uncommon for the Phillipses to put in 11-hour days on their 400-acre ranch outside Goliad, where they moved in 1996 to raise and train cutting horses.
He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1999 and in 2004 was one of 43 Houston sports legends honored during the first “opening ceremony” program at a Super Bowl, joining former players Elvin Bethea, Pastorini and Campbell.
Characteristically, he downplayed the honor.
“So many names being tossed around,” he said, “makes me feel like a cow chip that somebody threw into the punch bowl. I’m going to go around and get autographs that night, because I don’t feel I’m in the same league.”
Phillips was hospitalized earlier this year after falling at his ranch, and his wife, Debbie, said there had been “a few bumps in the road” this year. But Phillips was upbeat, telling Chronicle staff writer Dale Robertson, “I’m gonna die sometime, but it ain’t now.”
He celebrated his 90th birthday by asking friends and fans to contribute $90 each to Bum Phillips Charities, which is raising money to build Camp Heart Sign, a summer camp on the couple’s ranch in Goliad benefiting children, families and educators that depend on American Sign Language (ASL) as a primary means of communicating.
In an interview with television station KIII, Phillips said, “Ninety is better than 89. I didn’t live what I would say is a proper life, but I lived a good life.”
The Phillips family asks for donations to the Bum Phillips Charities at 2981 S. Riverdale Lane, Goliad, Texas, 77963. You can go to bumphillipscharities.com as well. The family’s goal is to help build a home for deaf children in Goliad.
Terry Breaux '68~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Terry Breaux, 63, was born October 27, 1949 in Port Arthur, TX to Curtis and Bertie Browning Breaux and passed away October 14, 2013 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, TX. A memorial service will take place at 2:00 PM Friday, October 18, 2013 at Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home, 1155 North 11th St, Beaumont. There will be a gathering of friends and family from 1:00 PM until the service at 2:00 PM at the funeral home.
Terry was a long-time resident of Beaumont and had a special impact upon those he met. He was loved dearly by friends and family and in turn gave his love freely to others. Terry is survived by his sister, Janis Bayless of Lumberton, TX ; his brother, Winston Breaux of Alvin, TX; nine nieces and nephews; nineteen great-nieces and nephews and one great-great nephew and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Gary Bre
Lolita Ramos '64~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Lolita Julia Ramos, longtime Jefferson County District Clerk and well known figure in local media, political, and criminal justice circles, passed away at the age of sixty-seven on Sunday, October 13, 2013, after a debilitating illness.
Ms. Ramos was the daughter of the former local television anchor and newsman, Ralph Ramos, and his wife, Irene, of Beaumont.
After her election in 1986, Lolita Ramos became Jefferson County’s first female clerk and one of the first women elected to a local political office in fifty years. Between her first election and current tenure, Ramos served three consecutive terms as head of the county clerk’s office. In the years after her graduation from French High School and attendances at Lamar University and Texas State University, she worked during the early 1970’s as a news and feature writer for the Beaumont Enterprise and Journal. She then pursued career opportunities in Austin, where she became the Chief Deputy of Planning and Administration for the Travis County Sheriff’s Department. Ms. Ramos returned to Beaumont in 1983, to work for Judge Ron Walker as bailiff for his 58th District Court.
As a volunteer, she served as chair of the local chapter of the American Red Cross and was a steady supporter of the Girls’ and Boys’ Haven, often steering fundraising efforts and special events. Lolita Ramos was known for her tenacity vivaciousness and compassion. Throughout her long life she attracted loving friendships with people of all ranks and will be remembered for her wit, generosity and sense of justice.
She is preceded in death by her parents; and, sister, Rita Ramos Alford.
Survivors include her daughter, Melissa Anne Parvin-Dowell and her husband, T.J., of San Antonio; sister, Anita Kiker and her husband, Homer, of Fannett; nieces and nephews, Melanie and Kevin Nunez, Glenn and Lindsey Kiker, and Michelle and Ronnie Rasa; great-nieces and nephews, Rita Thornton, Amanda Alford, Alvin Michael Savoy, Ferrell Kiker, Stone Kiker, Speed Rasa, and Roadie Rasa.
A Christian Vigil for Ms. Ramos will be 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 17, 2013, at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, 700 Jefferson Street, Beaumont, with interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Red Cross, 706 Magnolia Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701; Girls’ Haven, 3380 Fannin Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701; or Boys’ Haven of America, P.O. Box 5815, Beaumont, Texas 77726.
Richard J Perry '65~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Richard J Perry - Born October 11th, 1946 to Barbara & Gilbert Perry in Dallas, TX. He was joined by his brother, James 3 years later.
The family moved to Beaumont, TX in 1950. It was there where he graduated from French High School in 1965. During his school days he was a proud member of the Boy Scouts of America in Troupe 65 supported by the North Er Methodist Church. During his time as a scout he had become an Eagle Scout as well as became a member of the Order of the Arrow and then became a camp counselor for 4 years.
He then went on to graduate from Lamar University with a bachelor's degree in business administration. While attending Lamar, he participated in the concert and traveling choir, which traveled internationally. He went on to marry Karen A. Larkin in 1972 and the couple moved to Dallas where Richard began his career in banking. He went on to continue that career for twenty years in Dallas, Corpus Christi, Sweeny & Falfurrias.
The family then moved to Austin in 1997 where he had changed careers and began work with HEB. He was beloved by many of his co-workers & customers alike.
Richard is survived by his wife of 41 years, Karen, his brother, Jim of McKinney, mother, Barbara of Round Rock, Sons - Richard Carl Perry of San Antonio, Mark & Sean Perry of Austin. He is also survived by his 4 grandchildren - Loren, Alex, Logan and Ethan all of San Antonio.
Diane Herring Allen '60 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Diane's funeral will be at 3 PM Oct 5th
St Peters United Methodist Church at 20775 Kingsland Blvd, Katy, Texas 77450
(no other information at this time )
Richard Smith '57~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Richard L. Smith, 73, of Prosper, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2013. The son of Theda Cobb and Raymond Smith, Richard graduated from French High School in Beaumont in 1957, joined the Army Reserve, and attended Lamar Tech University. After his father passed, Richard assumed control of the family design business, winning national awards for his department store window displays. A passion for the outdoors led to a successful career in competitive shotgun shooting sports that spanned 50 years. Richard lived in the moment, following his dreams, traveling the world, winning international events, and inspiring everyone he met. A mentor, teacher, and beloved friend, Richard was a true champion. Richard was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Smith. Survived by his mother Theda Cobb of Burleson; children: Morgan Smith of Houston, Richard Smith JR & Steven Smith of Topanga,CA; Siblings: Roland (Connie) Cobb of Vancover, WA, Candice (Eddie) Castillo of Burleson; Grandchildren: Evan Campos & Conor Compos of Houston. A gravesite service to be held in Beaumont, Fri March 8th at Forrest Lawn Funeral Home 2pm, 4955 Pine St.
Dean Morgan '85~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Dean Cyprian Morgan, 46, was born to Esther R. Fontenot Morgan and Horace Morgan, on September 26, 1966, in Beaumont, Texas. On July 19, 2013, he departed this life. He was educated in the B.I.S.D. and was a 1985 graduate of French High School. He attended Lamar University before serving in the United States Air Force; he then returned to Beaumont and worked at I-Corp. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Calvary Mortuary Chapel, with interment at Sacred Heart Cemetery, under the direction of Calvary Mortuary Staff. Visitation will be held on Saturday, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the chapel. His love and memories will remain in the hearts of his mother and step father, Esther R. & Matthews Turner; children, Cypria, Raven, and Darian Morgan; siblings, Clemon Taylor, Deborah Eaglin (Roland), Byron Morgan (Crystal), Jeffery Morgan (Gwen), and Shaun Egins; and a host of aunts, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Frances Culver Linthicum '57~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Frances Ruth Culver Linthicum, 73, passed away 4/4/13 from cancer, compounded by the additional trauma of a hip fracture. She was the daughter of Vernon and Bernice Culver. Both have passed. Her late husband was David Bruce Linthicum of Port Arthur. She was a delight as Drum Major at French High in 55, 56, & 57. She earned a Bachelor's in Literature and a Master's in Library Science, then taught for almost 3 decades. After retirement, she focused on her favorite pastime, fishing, while living near Sam Rayburn Lake, then later at Bennett Springs, Mo. She was Wonder Woman - so talented at seemingly everything. Everyone loved her and she will be deeply missed by all including: her children, David Bruce Jr.; Jennifer; and by her care-giving daughter, Rachel; son-in-law, Carl; grandchildren, Kasey, Jason, and Emily; as well as by her last living brother, Lee Culver. Frances will also be missed by her many nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in her name to the American Cancer Society . God will place her under His angel's wings and she will be at peace in heaven forever. There is a memorial website at: paxmemoriam.com where information, pictures, celebration, and tales of old can be shared.
James Laudig '65~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
James Jim Erskine Laudig, age 65, died Friday, March 08, 2013 in Beaumont, Texas. Graveside services will be at 3:00 PM on Monday, March 11, 2013 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park with Rev. Jim Sliger officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Sunday, March 10, 2013 and one hour prior to the graveside service on Monday at Forest Lawn Funeral Home. Mr. Laudig was born in Beaumont, TX to the late Joseph B. and Hazel Agnes Beall Laudig on August 7, 1947. He graduated from French High School in 1965 and then graduated from the University of Houston Clear Lake campus in 1976. Jim proudly served in the United States Army. He was a member of Woodland Baptist Church and volunteered and served as the treasurer for the Gideon's International in Beaumont. Jim worked for Rexel Incorporated for the past 32 years. Jim is survived by his wife Jo Ellen Laudig, two sons Scott Laudig and his wife Vicki and Jay Laudig and his wife Kate. Two brothers, Don Laudig and his wife Norma Jean and Mike Laudig and his wife Kay. As well as two grandchildren, Melissa and Sarah Laudig and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to The Gideon's International PO Box 7134 Beaumont, TX 77726
James Hall '77~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
James Nathan Hall, 53, of Beaumont and Vidor, more recently, passed away on July 16, 2013, in Beaumont, Texas. James was born on July 29, 1959 to his parents Paul David Hall and Ruby Dalton Franklin Hall who preceded him in death. James was a graduate of French High School in Beaumont from the class of 1977 and was employed as a truck wash technician with Trimac Transportation of Beaumont. Throughout James' working career, he earned several truck driving awards for driving safety. One of James' interests was martial arts, which he pursued in his spare time, and earned some of the highest awards. Funeral services will be Monday July 22, 2013 at 3:00pm with visitation starting at 1:00pm officiated by Chaplain David Cross . Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Beaumont. Pall Bearers for James will be Eugene Rogers, Trenton Carrinton, Matthew Ross, Glen Degenhart, Ray Perkins, and Marlon Hall. Surviving Mr. Hall are his brother Marlon Thomas Hall and wife Rose of Kountze, Tx, his sister Carol Ann Mazzola of Colorado Springs , Colorado, and very close friend, Sharon Rogers, of Vidor. Other loved ones survived by Mr. Hall are aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. James was a private man, but those who knew him, loved him very much and he will be missed.
James Holland '69~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
James Douglas Cannonball Holland, 63, of Vidor, TX, passed away on Monday, September 2, 2013 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital surrounded by his wife and daughters. Doug was born on January 9, 1950, in Beaumont, TX, to Cecil and Evelyn Holland. He grew up in Beaumont and graduated from French High School in 1969. Doug moved to Vidor after marrying his wife of 41 years Mischelle Foster Holland. After 40 years, Doug was a semi-retired Ironworker of Local 135. He had recently been volunteering at the Christian Care Center in Vidor. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Doug enjoyed watching his grandsons participate in their sporting and theater activities. Mr. Holland was preceded in death by his parents Cecil Holland and Evelyn (Holland) Deaven. He is survived by his wife, Mischelle Foster Holland; two daughters, Deedra LaPray and husband Matthew of Vidor, and Breyn Quinn and husband Mark of Houston; two grandsons, Tate and Porter LaPray of Vidor, and brother Gary Holland of Wildwood. Cremation arrangements were entrusted with Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Memorial services will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, September 6, 2013 at Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor.
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.
Joey Watson '72~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Joel Martin Watson, known to friends as Joey, passed from this life on May 22, 2013. He was born in Beaumont to John and Ila June Watson on March 18, 1954. He attended French Elementary, James Bowie Jr. High, French High School, and graduated from Lamar University in 1977. In his younger years Joey was an accomplished athlete lettering in 3 sports in high school and playing college baseball. He worked in industrial sales most of his adult life, but devoted his last several years to caring for his mother and brother, John. When possible he enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf, and watching team sports. He was also an avid reader. Most remember Joey as outgoing and humorous, with a smile that always lit up a room when he entered.
Joey was preceded in death by his father, John Allison Watson, and is survived by his mother, Ila June Watson of Beaumont, one son, Joel Forrest Watson and wife Emily of the Dallas area, one granddaughter, Lily, and three brothers; Jack Seely of Austin, John Watson II of Beaumont, and Jeffrey Watson and wife, Jean Elise, of Palestine; his nephew, Jack Wesner Seely Jr. of Oklahoma City, OK and his niece, Dawn Michelle Beltz of Stafford, VA. He is greatly missed.
Mrs. Beattie, FHS Counselor ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
we will miss you
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
Jim Farrell '70~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
James M. Jim Ferrell, Jr., 61, of Port Neches, died Sunday, March 17, 2013, at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas, Port Arthur. He was born on February 20, 1952, in Houston, moved to Beaumont in 1963, and had been a resident of Port Neches since 1999. Jim was a United States Air Force veteran. He had previously worked with Stewart Title for many years, Southeast Texas Title, and Boy's Haven of America before accepting his teaching position at Lamar Institute of Technology. He is survived by his wife, Sandy Ferrell; sons, Steven Ferrell of Beaumont and Ryan Ferrell of Lumberton; daughter, Jamie Ferrell of Port Neches; grandson, Ryan Ferrell, Jr.; brother, Mark Ferrell and his wife, Sandi, of Beaumont, extended family and numerous nieces and nephews. A gathering of Mr. Ferrell's family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His funeral service will be 1:00 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3810 North Major Drive, Beaumont, with interment to follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches. Memorial contributions in Jim's memory may be made to Boys' Haven of America, P.O. Box 5815, Beaumont, Texas 77726; Lamar Institute of Technology Foundation, c/o Jim Ferrell Real Estate Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 10085, Beaumont, Texas 77710; or to Wesley United Methodist Church, 3810 North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas 77713. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.
James Jim Erskine Laudig '65~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
James Jim Erskine Laudig, age 65, died Friday, March 08, 2013 in Beaumont, Texas. Graveside services will be at 3:00 PM on Monday, March 11, 2013 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park with Rev. Jim Sliger officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Sunday, March 10, 2013 and one hour prior to the graveside service on Monday at Forest Lawn Funeral Home. Mr. Laudig was born in Beaumont, TX to the late Joseph B. and Hazel Agnes Beall Laudig on August 7, 1947. He graduated from French High School in 1965 and then graduated from the University of Houston Clear Lake campus in 1976. Jim proudly served in the United States Army. He was a member of Woodland Baptist Church and volunteered and served as the treasurer for the Gideon's International in Beaumont. Jim worked for Rexel Incorporated for the past 32 years. Jim is survived by his wife Jo Ellen Laudig, two sons Scott Laudig and his wife Vicki and Jay Laudig and his wife Kate. Two brothers, Don Laudig and his wife Norma Jean and Mike Laudig and his wife Kay. As well as two grandchildren, Melissa and Sarah Laudig and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to The Gideon's International PO Box 7134 Beaumont, TX 77726.
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.
Barbara Kay Medford '60~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Barbara Kay Medford 70, died in her home January 12, 2013 surrounded by her loving husband of 50 years and her children. She was born September 6, 1942 in Beaumont, Texas to John Herbert and Augusta Sheppard. She is survived by her husband Ronald; daughters Glynnis Pass, Pam Dunn and Tiffany Ital; sons Glen Medford and Allen Banks; son-in-law Chris Pass; daughter-in-law Cindy Medford; and grandchildren Madison and John Robert Pass. Barbara was a pediatric nurse and avid quilter. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Jan 16th at 3:30 PM at The Chapel at Red Rocks, 905 Bear Creek Avenue, Morrison, CO 80465.
Troy Coleman, Sr. FHS Class of 1959~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Troy Coleman, Sr., 71, of Lumberton, died Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at Liberty Dayton Regional Medical Center, Liberty. He was born on August 8, 1941, to Ruth Wilson Coleman and Jesse Eugene Coleman, in Beaumont. Troy was a retired Information Systems Manager for ExxonMobil Company.
Troy was full of life and loved every moment with his wife and dogs. He also enjoyed spending time with his sons and grandson playing golf, hunting, and fishing. He was adored and admired by his granddaughter who felt his unwavering support daily. Troy was a devoted husband, a loving father, and grandfather who watched over his family with unconditional love and pride. He encouraged them to make their own mistakes and was the first one there to catch them if they fell too hard. He left a lasting impression on all that knew him.
Survivors include his wife of fifty-two years, Sherrill Coleman of Lumberton; sona, Troy Coleman, Jr. of Kingwood and Tod Coleman and his wife, Marilee, of Lake Jackson; grandchildren, Andy Thomas and his wife, Lindsey, of The Woodlands and Cassie Coleman of Lake Jackson; and brother, Jesse Coleman and his family of Fort Worth.
He is preceded in death by his daughter, Kristi.
A gathering of Mr. Coleman’s family and friends will begin at 2:00 p.m. with his memorial service to follow at 3:00 p.m., Friday, December 21, 2012, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A family committal was held at Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont.
Gayle Sharpton McCullough '76~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Gayle McCullough was born September 11, 1958 in Beaumont to Eugene and Hazel Fry Sharpton and passed away January 10, 2013 at her home in Beaumont. She was employed as a registered nurse with Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital prior to her retirement.
Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, January 12, 2013 at Sabine Tabernacle. A gathering of friends and family will take place from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Friday at Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home.
Gayle is survived by her husband, Randy McCullough; sons, Josh McCullough and wife Amy, of Beaumont, Jared McCullough of Beaumont and Micah McCullough of Camp Pendleton, CA; grandson, Jamison McCullough; sisters, Bette Jo French, Rita Noland and husband Jerry, Karlene Boykin and husband, Reverend James Boykin; brothers, Jerry Sharpton and wife Adelena and Robert Sharpton and wife, Pam and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister-in-law, Kay McCullough Hodge and her husband, Harry H. Hodge III.
Sylvia Jeanne Jordan - '66 & her husband, Thomas Nelson ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Thomas Nelson Jordan, 64, of Lumberton passed away Friday, December 7, 2012 in Beaumont. Sylvia Jeanne Jordan, 65, of Lumberton passed away Saturday, December 8, 2012 in Beaumont. Thomas was born December 18, 1947 in West Palm Beach, Florida to Alf and Margaret Campbell. Thomas was a pilot and loved to hunt, draw and do photography. Mr. Jordan retired in 1999, from Mobil Oil as a process operator. Thomas is preceded in death by his father, Alf Campbell. He is survived by his mother, Margaret Jordan; son, Brian Jordan and wife Carla; one sister, Deborah Pickering and husband Ronald; two grandchildren, Nickolas and Skylar Jordan. ...
Thomas Nelson Jordan, 64, of Lumberton passed away Friday, December 7, 2012 in Beaumont. Sylvia Jeanne Jordan, 65, of Lumberton passed away Saturday, December 8, 2012 in Beaumont.
Thomas was born December 18, 1947 in West Palm Beach, Florida to Alf and Margaret Campbell.
Thomas was a pilot and loved to hunt, draw and do photography. Mr. Jordan retired in 1999, from Mobil Oil as a process operator.
Thomas is preceded in death by his father, Alf Campbell.
He is survived by his mother, Margaret Jordan; son, Brian Jordan and wife Carla; one sister, Deborah Pickering and husband Ronald; two grandchildren, Nickolas and Skylar Jordan.
Sylvia was born October 19, 1947 in Beaumont, Texas to Carl and Aline Havard.
Sylvia was a member of Candlestick Baptist Church in Lumberton where she enjoyed teaching bible school.
Sylvia is preceded in death by her father, Carl Havard; loving husband, Thomas Nelson Jordan.
She is survived by her mother, Aline Havard; son, Brian Keith Jordan and his wife Carla of Starks, Louisiana; two sisters, Barbara Havard and Lana Havard Fertita and grandchildren, Nickolas and Skylar Jordan.
A gathering of family and friends will be held for Mr. and Mrs. Jordan Thursday, December 13, 2012 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Forest Lawn Funeral Home. Funeral services for Mr. and Mrs. Jordan will be held Friday, December 14, 2012 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
Richard Edward Schmidt 61, passed away Jan. 2011. class unknown
He was supposed to graduate Class of 69. Not sure if he did. Lived around the corner from me ( Frank K) in Baytown
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.
I found these obits doing a search for FHS. classes unknown!
William Joseph "Will" Wiggs
William Will Joseph Wiggs, 50, of Houston, went to be with the Lord, Friday, April 13, 2012. He was born to Pat and George Wiggs on November 16, 1961, in Beaumont. Will was a graduate of French High School. After graduating, he joined the United States Air Force and proudly served for two years. Will was a man with a great sense of humor, awesome personality, and a big kind heart. He was a loving son, father, brother, uncle, and cousin. Will was a happy and outgoing man, who always made time to talk to his mom, and as far as he was concerned, she was the best cook ever. He was a big Astros fan and made all the games he could. He was the biggest kid to those who knew him best and not a moment will go by that he won't be thought of. Survivors include his mother and step-father, Pat and John Riddle of Nederland; daughter, Dianna Wiggs Hooyboer of Elgin; step-brothers, John R. Riddle and his wife, Jackie and James D. Riddle and his wife, Eugenia, all of Nederland; nephews, Dino Riddle and his wife, Mandy and Barrette Riddle, all of Nederland; aunts, Pauline Welch Martin of Houston, Linda Langham of Lumberton, and Mary Lou Acree and her family of Warren; uncle, Dusty Riddle and his wife, Helen of Houston; and cousins, Sharon Cantrell, Carson Neuman, and Linda and Rocky Riddle, all of Houston, Kriss Welch of Nederland, Lisa Welch Brown of Sour Lake, and Frank Scooter Welch of Vidor. Will is preceded in death by his father, George Marion Wiggs; grandfather; William H. Welch; grandmother and step-grand- father, Francis Jo and Herman McCullor; uncles, Frank H. Welch and James Riddle; and step-sister, Gale Barnette. A gathering of his family and friends will begin at 12:30 p.m., with his graveside service to follow at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 20, 2012, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 4955 Pine Street, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard's, 505 12th Street, Nederland. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on April 19, 2012
Oliver Earl Spell, 93, of Nacogdoches, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Born June 21, 1919, Earl was a native and former resident of Beaumont. He had also formerly lived in Tyler. Mr. Spell graduated from Beaumont's French High School and attended Centenary College on a football scholarship. He later attended Lamar University and the University of Texas, receiving his degree in Applied Mathematics. He had a long, successful career with Bethlehem Steel, helping develop some of the first US offshore drilling platforms and ultimately retiring as a manager from Bethlehem's Singapore Ship Yard. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving his country during World War II. Throughout his lifetime, Mr. Spell was also deeply devoted to service in the body of Christ as a teacher, preacher, elder, and ministry director in Beaumont, Singapore, and Tyler. His passion for God's word inspired him to participate in several evangelistic mission trips to Australia and Canada. His survivors include his sons, Walter Earl Spell and wife, Bonnie of Center, Texas, and Jeryl Edd J Spell and wife, Pam of Tyler, Texas; sister, Mae Kennedy of Beaumont; brother, Martin Spell of Garland; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Madge Elizabeth Petree Spell, in 2004; parents, Oliver Claude and Esther Rose (Gaskin) Spell; twin sister, Merle Mott; and brothers, Horace Spell, Bo Spell, and Ben Spell. Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 13, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 4955 Pine St., in Beaumont, with Bill Sherrill officiating. Online memories and condolences may be offered at: CasonMonk-Metcalf.com. Cason Monk-Metcalf Nacogdoches, Texas (936) 564-7333.
Mr. Stanton Troy Kelley, Sr. age 82, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at home, with his family at his side. He was born March 18, 1931, in Beaumont, TX, to Inez Smith Kelley and Valentine Stanton Kelley. Mr. Kelleys family and friends are comforted by knowing he is with His Lord and rejoicing with family that went before him. He became a Christian at an early age, at North End Baptist Church, Beaumont, Tx. He is preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Charles and Bill Kelley; and grandparents: George and Mary Ella Kelley and Wesley and Stella Smith. Survivors include his children: Troy Kelley, Jr. and spouse, Vikki of Lumberton, Judy Kelley, of Beaumont, Wesley Kelley, of Groves and friend, Dina, Elizabeth Kelley and fiancé, Jeremy Hubbard, of Vidor; grandchildren: Brandon Tunnell of Vidor and Melana Kelley of Lumberton; sister: Margie Christopher and brother-in-law, Jerry Christopher of Lumberton; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and extended family and friends, and his beloved dog, BoBo. After graduating from French High School, Troy went into the U.S. Army. He served in the Korean War from 1950 to 1954. He retired from Bethlehem Steel after 35 years of service as a structural fitter. He was a member of the Woodmen of the World, the Boilermaker Union, and the American Legion Post #7. Mr. Kelley was a loving, caring, supportive, generous, thoughtful, and devoted son, brother, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. His devotion to his family encompassed prayer, hope, encouragement, sympathy, and love. He will be greatly missed by his family and host of friends. A gathering of family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Claybar Funeral Home, 1155 N. 11th Street, Beaumont. Funeral services will be Friday, March 29, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., in the Claybar Funeral Home Chapel, with interment to follow at Claybar Haven of Rest Cemetery, U.S. Highway 90, Beaumont, Texas.
Emmette Edward Jorden, Sr. Oct. 15, 1934 Dec. 27, 2012 Emmette Edward Jorden, Sr. 78, of Sagle, Idaho died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He was born on Oct. 15, 1934 to Loma Madero Jorden and Alva Emmett Mike Jorden in McLennan, Texas. He attended French High School in Beaumont, Texas and Washington State University. He was by trade a pipefitter/welder, quality control engineer and in his younger years had been a rodeo clown and bull rider. He was a Boy Scout Leader for a number of years. Emmette loved working with leather, silversmithing and was a master gardener. He was an ordained minister and counselor with Four Winds Ministry and continued to volunteer his service for various causes throughout his life. He is survived by his wife Patricia Gabe Gabel Jorden of Sagle, ID, daughters Dorothy Therese Jorden Crocker of Lumberton, TX, Carol Marie Jorden Cleveland of Vidor, TX, Teanna Gabel Kurtz of Sagle, ID, sons Emmette Edward Jorden, Jr., Guy Busby Jorden both of Sagle, ID & Dominque Sorenson of Kennewick, WA, brothers Michael Jorden, of Houston, TX, John David Jorden of Vidor, TX, Theodore Ted Jorden of Ville Platte, LA, sister Theresa Tess Jorden Pate of Beaumont, TX plus others that he loved as his own. He had many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Emmette is preceded in death by one wife Ellen Jorden, his father Alva Emmett Mike Jorden; mother Loma Madero Busby Jorden, brother Alva Al Jorden, and sister Lisa Jorden Mayea. The family will be hosting an informal gathering of memories to celebrate the life of Emmette Jorden at New Hope Cemetery in Riesel, TX on Sat., Feb. 2, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers you may donate to your favorite American Indian charity, the Humane Society, or plant a tree in memory of his love for nature.
Henry Lee Ellison - Class unknown
Richard Edward Schmidt 61, passed away Jan. 2011. class unknown.
William N. Dawson III, (class unknown) 4/2010
Paul D. Legendre, 47, of Lumberton, died Saturday, August 27, 2011
James D. Anderson age 67, passed away March 5, 2006
Slvator Anthony Mazzola passed away July ?
Gladys Margaret Doiron age 96, passed away February 17, 2006
Dr. Elaine Lacy Barber age 52, passed away November 2005.
Paulette Norsworthy Barclay passed away October 2005,
Vernon Gallier, Sr., age 72, passed away Oct. 2005
Helen Sellers Pope class unknown, passed away in 2005.
Jack Townsend's ( class unknown )memorial service was held at Broussard's on Major, Friday, Sept. 2, at 3:00 pm
Please remember those whom we have lost and contact those who are still here to remind them that you care. Make the call before you miss the opportunity to tell them how much you miss them and enjoyed knowing them in the past. Tomorrow may be too late.