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Burney M. Aucoin

June 23, 1922 - May 27, 2015

Burney Aucoin, 92, of Groves, Texas passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Burney was born June 23, 1922 in Port Arthur, Texas to Ernest and Valerie Aucoin. He was a lifelong area resident and retired from Texaco Island as a receiver and dock worker after many years of service. He was a former member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church for 60 years and an active member of St. James Catholic...
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Andy Dewitt Smith

August 28, 1938 - May 26, 2015

Andy Dewitt Smith, 76, of Nederland, Texas passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Magnolia Manor in Groves, Texas. Andy was born August 28, 1938 in Groesbeck, Texas to Russell Smith and Lois Stark Smith. He was a lifelong area resident and retired retail salesman. He was a veteran and proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers....
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Robert Eugene Robbins

December 13, 1928 - May 22, 2015

Robert Eugene Robbins, 86, of Port Neches, Texas passed away Friday, May 22, 2015 at Jefferson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Beaumont. He was born on December 13, 1928 in Marion, Ohio to Guy Arthur Robbins and Edna Porter Robbins. Robert had lived in this area since 1953 and was a member of Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in Port Arthur. He retired as an operator from Chevron in Orange...
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Kenneth Lee Spikes

July 6, 1938 - May 14, 2015

Kenneth Lee Spikes, 76, of Port Neches, Texas passed away Thursday, May 14, 2015 at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur. Kenneth was born July 6, 1938 in Groves, Texas to Arthur E. Spikes and Emma Vincent Spikes. He was a lifelong area resident and member of Southside Baptist Church. Kenneth retired from Star Enterprise after 43 years of service as a Lab Technician. He was...
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Dorothy L. Soileau

November 14, 1926 - May 14, 2015

Dorothy L. Soileau, 88, of Groves, Texas passed away Thursday, May 14, 2015. Dorothy was born November 14, 1926 in Peason, Louisiana to E. C. Mills and Gladys Duplissey Mills. She was a lifelong area resident and member of First Baptist Church of Groves. Dorothy was a homemaker and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Patti Lynn Soileau; two sisters,...
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Nancy Gayle Viola

January 29, 1947 - May 13, 2015

Nancy Gayle Viola, 68, of Groves, Texas passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. Nancy was born January 29, 1947 in Port Arthur, Texas to Landry Homer Lofton and Allie Randall Lofton Smith. She was a lifelong area resident and member of First Baptist Church of Groves. Nancy was a school nurse and retired from Port Neches-Groves ISD after 20 years...
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M.E. Stephens

June 7, 1931 - May 9, 2015

M. E. "Bunky" Stephens M. E. "Bunky" Stephens, 83, of Bridge City, Texas passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on June 7, 1931 in Port Arthur, Texas to Charles Stephens and Myrtle "Toot" Landry Stephens. Bunky was a lifelong area resident and member of Memorial Baptist Church in Port Arthur. He retired as a Tinner from Gulf Oil after 37 years of...
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George W. Gleason

October 10, 1922 - May 8, 2015

George W. Gleason George W. Gleason, lovingly called "Papaw Bill" by his family, was born in Faceville, Georgia, on October 10, 1922. On May 8, 2015, he opened his eyes and saw heaven. He was surrounded by his loving family and caregivers as he struggled against the disease that would eventually take him away. It brought the family much comfort to know that he was holding the hand of David, the...
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Anita M. Higginbotham

April 15, 1925 - May 5, 2015

Anita M. Higginbotham, 90, formerly of Groves, Texas passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. Anita was born April 15, 1925 in Merryville, Louisiana to Everette Ford Montgomery and Sally Karr Montgomery. She was a longtime area resident before moving to Columbus, Ohio. She was a retired school teacher, having taught for many years in the Port Arthur and Fairview Park, Ohio school...
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Dorothy Allen Meents

December 19, 1923 - May 1, 2015

Dorothy Allen Meents, 91, of Port Neches, Texas passed away Friday, May 1, 2015 at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur. Dorothy was born December 19, 1923 in Groves, Texas to Roland Allen, Sr. and Dorothea Eagan Allen. She was a lifelong area resident and member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Port Neches. Dorothy retired from New York Life Insurance Company as an executive...
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Tilman Ray Hanchey

January 8, 1942 - April 25, 2015

Tilman Ray Hanchey Tilman Ray Hanchey, 73, of Port Neches, Texas died Saturday, April 25, 2015 at his home in Port Neches. Tilman was born January 8, 1942 in Port Arthur, Texas to Robert Nelson Hanchey and Edith Hurst Hanchey. He was a Project Manager with Boeing Corporation and a retired US Navy Veteran having served in Vietnam. Tilman was a member of the Nederland American Legion Post 493...
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Susan Satterwhite Hilton

October 17, 1954 - April 25, 2015

Susan Satterwhite Hilton Susan Hilton, 60, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Saturday, April 25, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. Susan was born on October 17, 1954 in Fort Ord, California. She was a lifelong area resident. Survivors include her daughters, Stephanie LeJune of Groves, Texas, Peaches Youman of Groves, Texas, and Kristen Abshire (Griffin) of Port Neches, Texas; four...
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Joni Gayle Pate

June 24, 1957 - April 24, 2015

Joni Gayle Pate, 57, of Groves, Texas passed away Friday, April 24, 2015 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. Joni was born June 24, 1957 in Port Arthur, Texas to Johnny Gene Hebert and Sue Patterson Hebert. She was a lifelong area resident and member of United Christian Fellowship in Port Neches. She was preceded in death by her mother, Sue Patterson Hebert. Survivors include...
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Charles M. Pellerin

September 8, 1931 - April 18, 2015

Charles M. Pellerin, 83, of Port Neches, Texas died Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Christus Dubuis Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas. Charles was born September 8, 1931 in Port Arthur, Texas to Antione Pellerin and Agnes Goula Pellerin. He was raised in Port Arthur, Texas and graduated from Bishop Byrne High School. He moved to California and lived there for over 50 years before moving back to Port...
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Genevieve A. Colletti

October 10, 1924 - April 17, 2015

Genevieve "Ginger" A. Colletti, 90, of Port Arthur passed away Friday, April 17, 2015 at Oak Grove Nursing Home in Groves, Texas. She was born on October 10, 1924 in O'Donnell, Texas to Loretta and Dave Fergason. Ginger graduated from Denver City High School and was valedictorian of her class. She attended Draughon's Business College in Lubbock and then St. Paul Hospital in Dallas where she...
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George Truett Smith

April 4, 1928 - April 15, 2015

George Truett Smith, 87, of Groves passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont, Texas surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 4, 1928 in Lucien, Mississippi to Walter Lee and Mae Smith. George graduated from West Lincoln High School and later enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Korea. He was employed by the Southwestern Bell/AT&T as a phone technician and...
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Betty Jean Elder

December 14, 1934 - April 12, 2015

Betty Jean Elder, 80, of Port Arthur passed away, Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. She was born on December 14, 1934 in El Paso, Texas to John Elder and Helen Good Elder. She earned her Masters in Speech Therapy and was employed with the Port Arthur Independent School District for 40 years. She had also been awarded Teacher of the Year. Betty had lived...
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Larry Dean Schmuck

May 5, 1959 - April 10, 2015

Larry Dean Schmuck of Groves passed away at Harbor Hospice in Pearland on April 10, 2015, at the age of 55 after a courageous battle with liver cancer. Larry is predeceased by, his parents, T.C. and Olive Schmuck, and his brother, Buddy Lynn. Larry was a member of Carpenters' Way Fellowship church, where he recommitted his life to Christ and was baptized in 2013. Larry is lovingly remembered by...
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Warren Gerald King

April 1, 1943 - April 10, 2015

Warren Gerald (Jerry) King, 72 of Groves, TX passed away from this life on April 10, 2015 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont, TX. He was born April 1, 1943 to Warren Johnson and Johanna Fikkers King in Port Arthur, TX. Warren was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Paul, and nephew Jeremy Jackson. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dolores (Besse) King; brother, Wayne King and wife Wini...
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John H. Warden

February 12, 1925 - April 10, 2015

John H. Warden, 90, of Groves passed away Friday, April 10, 2015 at Christus St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas. He was born on February 13, 1925 in El Paso, Texas to John H. Warden, Sr. and Gladys Hubbard Warden. John was a proud 1948 graduate of The University of Texas and was employed as a chemical engineer with Texaco retiring after over thirty years of service. He served his country...
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Ruth Sain Irvine

September 24, 1917 - April 9, 2015

Ruth Naoma Sain Irvine, 97, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Gulf Health Care Center. Ruth was born September 24, 1917 in Trinity, Texas to Albert Hill Sain and Claudia Robinson Sain. She was a homemaker and member of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Guy Irvine. Survivors include her daughter, Claudia Prescott and husband...
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Jennie Robbins Wilmer Rife

February 20, 1936 - April 5, 2015

Jennie, 79, of Roswell, New Mexico formerly of Port Acres, Texas died Sunday, April 5, 2015. Jennie was born February 20, 1936 in Red Lick, Mississippi to James Allen Robbins, Sr. and Wyland May Mann Robbins. She was an Apartment Manager for the Ridgewood Apartments, a Waitress at the Boondocks Restaurant, and had also worked at Walgreens. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 11,...
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Alma Kathrine Drake

February 17, 1938 - April 3, 2015

Alma Kathrine "Kay" Drake, died Friday, April 3, 2015 in Port Arthur, Texas. Kay was born on February 17, 1938 in Port Arthur, Texas to Harry Leonard Hendrix and Mary Crockett Hendrix. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1956 and in 1958 she graduated from The Methodist Hospital School of Nursing. She married J. C. Drake on August 1, 1959. Kay was employed as a registered nurse at...
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Cecil Wilson Holstead

April 15, 1917 - March 31, 2015

Cecil Holstead of Port Neches, Texas died March 31, 2015 at the age of 97. He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, his wife of nearly 74 years, Katie Holstead and his youngest daughter, Jo Beth Williams. He is survived by his older daughters, Joyce Haese of Choudrant, Louisiana and Cecile Holstead of Port Neches. Other survivors include 8 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 6...
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Barbara Glaze Morgan

July 1, 1943 - March 30, 2015

Barbara Glaze Morgan passed away March 30, 2015 at the SETMC after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in 1943 to Lonzie and Alda Glaze of Pt Arthur, she was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School and Hotel Dieu School of Nursing. She entered into marriage with John D Morgan Sr, in 1963 that would last for 52 years. Retiring in 1997 from NISD as the school nurse at C.O. Wilson...
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Emma Jean Kitchens

May 8, 1927 - March 28, 2015

Emma Jean Pugh Kitchens 1927-2015 Emma Jean Pugh Kitchens was born in Mobile, Alabama on May 8, 1927 and passed away in Port Arthur, Texas on March 28, 2015, at the age of 87. She was one of four children born to Kirk and Lillie Pugh, and enjoyed her childhood with her sister and two younger brothers. After graduating from Murphy High School in 1944, Jean served as a nurse's aid at Mobile...
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Linda Ann Mullenix

November 22, 1943 - March 27, 2015

LINDA ANN MULLENIX, 71 of Groves Texas, joined our Lord on Friday, Mar. 27th 2015. She was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Groves. Preceded in death by her husband Glenn Tillman Mullenix. Survived by her son Glenn Mullenix Jr of Groves, daughter-in-law Carrie, granddaughters Baylee and Abby. Son Shane Mullenix of New Braunfels TX, daughter-in-law Cindy, granddaughters Hannah...
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Janice L. Brodnax

February 19, 1949 - March 25, 2015

Janice L. Brodnax, 66, of Vidor, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Gulf Health Care Nursing Home. She was born February 19, 1949 in Port Arthur, Texas to Cpl. Charles L. Barnett and Billie Jean Fairchild Barnett. She was christened in the Methodist faith. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1967. She was snare drum sergeant for the Red Hussars. She followed that with...
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Karen Frances Clark

July 6, 1944 - March 23, 2015

Karen Frances Clark, 70, of Groves, Texas passed away Monday, March 23, 2015. Karen was born July 6, 1944 in Conroe, Texas to Carl and Hazel VanEman. She was a lifelong area resident and member of Groves First United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Courtney Ray Perkins. Survivors include three daughters, Gina Sarver VanDevender and husband Chad of Vidor, Patti...
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Francis V. Dack

March 31, 1929 - March 18, 2015

Francis V. Dack, 85, of Port Neches, Texas died Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at home surrounded by his family. Francis was born March 31, 1929 in Belleville, New York to George A. Dack and Marie S. Peyton Dack. He was a resident of this area for 39 years and a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Port Arthur. Francis retired from Stone & Webster in Syracuse with 50 years of service....
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Donald Charles Smith, Sr.

July 18, 1918 - March 18, 2015

Donald Charles Smith, Sr. was born July 18, 1918 in McKees Rock, PA to Anna Koffler and Grover L. Smith and died March 18, 2015 in Tyler, TX. He is preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Sallie (Tay) Steed, a sister and a brother. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in chemical engineering and was employed by Gulf Oil for 37 ½ years as a corrosion...
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Dorothy Norton

August 22, 1927 - March 18, 2015

• Psalms 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. Singing with the angels won't be nearly enough for Dorothy Norton, who passed from this world to live with her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. She'll have much to do. Dorothy will begin her new and forever life sitting at the feet of her Lord, asking questions and seeking answers. She was a...
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Jose Jiliberto Alvarez

January 7, 1976 - March 16, 2015

Jose Jiliberto Alvarez, 39, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Monday, March 16, 2015 at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas. Jose was born January 7, 1976 in Jesus Maria, Jalisco, Mexico to Jose Alvarez and Maria Lopez. He was a resident of Port Arthur for 7 years and was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. He was employed as a carpenter for Torres House Repairs. Survivors...
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Henry H. Walker

January 3, 1929 - March 16, 2015

Henry H. Walker, 86, of Hamshire, Texas passed away Monday, March 16, 2015. Henry was born January 3, 1929 in Newton, Mississippi to Henry Benjamin Walker and Hortense Lawson Walker. He was an area resident for 68 years and member of Central Baptist Church in Port Arthur. Henry retired as a welder from Texaco after 38 years of service. He was also a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include his wife...
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Martha Jane Saatzer

February 2, 1929 - March 14, 2015

Martha Jane Keith Saatzer, loving mother and grandmother was called home to live with Our Lord on the 14th day of March, 2015. Martha was born in Ben Wheeler, Texas on the 2nd day of February, 1929 to Ervin and Willie Keith. Martha was a lifelong area resident, graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1948 where she was a member of the Red Hussars Drum and Bugle Corps. She retired from...
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Clayton Roy Byrom

January 4, 1930 - March 13, 2015

Reverend Clayton "Preacher" Roy Byrom, 85, of Beaumont, Texas passed away Friday, March 13, 2015 at Baptist Hospital. Clayton was born January 4, 1930 in Port Arthur, Texas to Emmette Charles Byrom and Regina Hart Byrom. He was a resident of Groves for 42 years before moving to Beaumont 43 years ago. Clayton was a member of Church of God of Cleveland Tennessee and was a retired pipefitter from...
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James Jackson

September 30, 1936 - March 10, 2015

James Richard Jackson James "Jimmy" Jackson, 78, of Port Neches, Texas passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family after a very courageous three year and nine month battle with pancreatic cancer. Jimmy was born September 30, 1936 in Beaumont, Texas to Albert Jackson and Hattie Durdin Jackson. He was a 1955 graduate of French High School and received a...
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Elliot Paul Romero

February 10, 1941 - March 7, 2015

Elliot Paul Romero passed away peacefully Saturday, March 7, 2015 after enduring cancer and treatment repercussions. He was born February 10, 1941 in Port Arthur, Texas to Walter and Wilda Romero. After working 25 years in area refineries and 17 years in industrial sales, he retired in 2003. At an early age Elliot developed a love and great ability for sports. In middle school he decided he...
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Lily Jane Stevenson

July 1, 1918 - March 5, 2015

Lily Jane Hansen Stevenson, 96, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her forever loving children on Thursday, March 5, 2015. She rejoins her devoted husband of 61 years, Craig Howard Stevenson, who passed away in 2001. She was born on July 1, 1918 in Port Arthur, Texas, one of four children of Norwegian immigrants Adolph Severin Hansen and Marga Josephine Christoffersen Hansen. Lily...
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Mary Tanner

February 27, 1921 - March 4, 2015

Mary Tanner, 94, of Groves, Texas passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Christus St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas. Mary was born February 27, 1921 in Turner, Michigan to Martin and Susie Stanek. She was a resident of Groves for 30 years and member of West Groves Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Tanner. Survivors include two daughters, Amy Burnette of...
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Wallace Nugier

March 16, 1929 - March 1, 2015

Wallace Nugier, 85, of Groves, Texas passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont, Texas. Wallace was born March 16, 1929 in Erath, Louisiana to Phillip Nugier and Felicie Carol Brien Nugier. He was an area resident for 70 years and retired as a machinist from Standard Alloys after 50 years of service. Wallace was preceded in death by his wife, Jewett Nugier; three brothers,...
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Marjorie M. LeBlanc

October 24, 1917 - February 28, 2015

Marjorie M. LeBlanc, 97, of Port Arthur passed away Saturday, February 28, 2015. Marjorie was born October 24, 1917 in Beaumont, Texas to Bertie Gooch LeBlanc and John LeBlanc. Margie lived in Port Arthur since 1921 and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur and Texas Women's University in Denton. She taught elementary school in the Port Arthur Independent School District for...
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Max K. Savoie

September 17, 1953 - February 23, 2015

Max K. Savoie, 61, of Port Arthur passed away Monday, February 23, 2015 at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital in Houston, Texas. He was born on September 17, 1953 in Port Arthur, Texas to Nathan Savoie, Sr. and Carolyn Savoie Mills. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Greenlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Levingston Funeral Home in Groves....
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Charlie Ben Vanatta, Jr.

August 21, 1939 - February 21, 2015

Charlie Ben Vanatta, Jr., a retired Educational Administrator, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Consultant, and Chief Petty Officer, USNR, left this life to be with his Heavenly Father early Saturday morning, February 21st, 2015. As a lifelong educator, he served as a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent with Port Arthur ISD, Texas Director of Elementary Education for...
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James Russell Lowrey, Jr.

September 25, 1942 - February 19, 2015

James Russell Lowrey, Jr., 72, of The Woodlands passed away Thursday, February 19, 2015. James was born September 25, 1942 in Port Arthur, Texas to James Russell Lowrey and Gola Lowrey. He grew up in Groves and Port Arthur, Texas. As a member of the First Baptist Church of Groves, from infancy, he loved Vacation Bible School in the summer. Animals of all kinds were his second love. He had...
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Nestor Zapata

November 12, 1976 - February 19, 2015

Nestor Zapata, 38, of Houston, Texas passed away Thursday, February 19, 2015. Nestor was born November 12, 1976 in Managua, Nicaragua to Evaristo Zapata and Maria Zamora. He was a resident of Houston for 8 years and was a social worker for Houston Area Community Services as a housing placement coordinator. He was also a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include his mother, Marie "Chilo" Ramirez and...
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Clay Reed

October 3, 1942 - February 18, 2015

Clay "C.D." Reed, 72, of Groves, Texas passed away Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Clay was born October 3, 1942 in Corsicana, Texas to Clay Dudley Reed, Sr. and Mary Lura Shelton Reed. He was a resident of Groves for 65 years and also a member of First Baptist Church of Groves. He retired from Motiva as an operator after 42 years of service and was a U.S. Navy veteran. Survivors include his loving...
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Paula Suzanne Capps

July 26, 1952 - February 17, 2015

Paula Suzanne Capps – beloved mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, best friend, mother-in-law, cousin, niece, neighbor – of Nederland passed away peacefully on February 17 at the age of 62, after a brief but brave battle with cancer. She is survived by daughter Allison Powell Jernigan and son-in-law John; grandsons Brayden and Gavin; brother Dr. Charles James Capps III and...
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Mitchell Leonard Plaia

April 24, 1936 - February 16, 2015

Mitchell Leonard "Bubba" Plaia, 78, of Port Neches, Texas passed away on Monday, February 16, 2015. He was born April 24, 1936 in Beaumont, Texas to the late Leon Plaia and Francesca Cappadonna Plaia. Bubba was a South Park Graduate. He retired from Texaco Inc. as an Electrical Supervisor with 30 years of service. He was so proud of his grandchildren, attending many ballgames and dance...
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Murphy Robert

November 27, 1923 - February 13, 2015

Murphy Robert, 91, of Groves passed away February 13, 2015 at St. Mary Hospital. He was born in Rayne, LA on November 27, 1923 to John Robert and Rita Thibodeaux Robert. Murphy came to Port Arthur in 1946. He worked as a chauffeur for the Nuns at St. Mary Hospital in the early 1950's. He also worked for Judice's, Cho's Superette, Blackies, Alfords, Franks, King Saver, and LaBoves Hunting Lodge....
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Helen Medford Knight

November 12, 1916 - February 12, 2015

Helen Medford Knight Helen passed away February 12 in Pt. Arthur at the age of 98. She was a retired teacher who came to Pt. Arthur out of Stephen F. Austin College to teach music at Franklin. She met and married chemical engineer Leonard Rogers Knight and they had two daughters, Beth Ann and Melinda. With the baby boom, she returned to teaching music, fifth grade, and sixth grade for 40 years at...
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Ruth Richey

April 4, 1928 - February 12, 2015

Ruth Richey, 86, of Bridge City, Texas died Thursday, February 12, 2015 at The Medical Center in Port Arthur, Texas. Ruth was born April 4, 1928 in Vinton, Louisiana to Jesse Walter Vincent and Mary Ella Stephens Vincent. She was a resident of this area for 55 years and a member of the Family Worship Center in Orange, Texas. Ruth was the Office Manager for Richey Heating and Air Conditioning. ...
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Audrey Lorene Domingue

July 27, 1920 - February 9, 2015

Audrey Lorene Domingue July 27, 1920 – February 9, 2015 Audrey Lorene Domingue, a longtime resident of Groves and in later years Woodville and Beaumont, died Monday, February 9, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glaston John Domingue, a son Arthur Louis Domingue, and a brother Riley Woolley. She is survived by her sisters, Rosemary...
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Clarese Smith Allred

December 30, 1928 - February 9, 2015

Clarese Smith Allred, 86, of Groves, Texas passed away Monday, February 9, 2015 at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas. She was born on December 30, 1928 in Beaumont, Texas to R. D. and Ida Smith. She was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in the Class of June 1947.Clarese married Thurman Allred on June 8, 1948. She was a charter member of Friendship Baptist Church and retired from...
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Marcus Adam Johnson

September 26, 1959 - February 5, 2015

Marcus Adam Johnson Marcus Adam Johnson, of Groves passed away Thursday, February 5, 2015 at Methodist Hospital in Houston surrounded by his family. He was born in Port Arthur, Texas on September 26, 1959 to Adam Johnson and Ethel Mae Nolan Johnson. Marcus was a lifelong area resident and was employed as the Chief Water Operator with the City of Groves for 37 years. He held an "A" license in...
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William Hoggatt

August 20, 1957 - February 5, 2015

William H. "Billy" Hoggatt, 57, of Groves, Texas passed away Thursday, February 5, 2015. Billy was born August 20, 1957 in Port Arthur, Texas to William T. Hoggatt and Ima Gene Golmon Hoggatt. He was a lifelong area resident and member of Groves First Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, William T. and Ima Gene Hoggatt. Survivors include his sister, Carolyn Ellis of Austin,...
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Betty Jean McFatter

July 14, 1927 - February 4, 2015

Betty Jean McFatter, 87, of Port Neches, Texas died Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Christus St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas. Jean was born July 14, 1927 in Roswell, Texas to Harland T. Russell and Marie Zellner Russell. She was a lifelong resident of Port Neches and a member of First United Methodist Church Port Neches. Jean retired from PN-G ISD with 40 years of service as a Teacher....
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Thomas Edward Arrington

September 19, 1945 - February 2, 2015

Thomas Edward Arrington, 69, of Groves, Texas passed away Monday, February 2, 2015 at the VA Hospital in Houston, Texas. Thomas was born September 19, 1945 in Niles, Michigan to Julius Edward Arrington and Phyllis Lamb Arrington. He was a resident of Houston for 25 years before moving back to Groves 13 years ago. Thomas retired from the Texas Highway Department as a Civil Engineer specializing in...
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Lillian M. Evans

December 3, 1922 - February 2, 2015

Lillian M. Evans, 92, of Beaumont, Texas died Monday, February 2, 2015 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. Lillian was born December 11, 1922 in Vinton, Louisiana to Joseph Constant Bourriague and Beulah Chauvin Bourriague. She was a resident of this area since 1923 and a member of First United Methodist Church in Port Neches. Lillian was a bookkeeper for J.D. Evans Realty. ...
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Marjorie H. Pierce

July 10, 1922 - February 1, 2015

Marjorie H. Pierce, 92, of Port Neches, TX, passed away peacefully on February 1, 2015 in Colorado Springs, CO. Margie was born July 10, 1922, in Port Acres, TX, the oldest of three children to Henry and Elizabeth Westerman. She was a graduate of Stephen F. Austin High School and Port Arthur College. Margie was employed as a secretary at Consolidated Steel Corporation shipbuilding in Orange, TX,...
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Floyd D. Gladden, Sr.

January 26, 1922 - February 1, 2015

Floyd D. Gladden, Sr., 93, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Sunday, February 1, 2015 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont, Texas. Floyd was born January 26, 1922 in Fairbanks, Louisiana to Eugene Webster Gladden and Birdie Spence Gladden. He has been a resident of Port Arthur since 1940 and member of Jehovah's Witness. He retired from Texaco in 1982 as an electrical supervisor with 36 years of service...
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Patsy Ann Reitz

August 4, 1938 - February 1, 2015

Patsy Ann Reitz, 76, of Groves, Texas passed away Sunday, February 1, 2015 at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur. Patsy was born August 4, 1938 in Vivian, Louisiana to Marion Elmer "Red" Hobbs and Elizabeth McCollough Hobbs. She has been a resident of Groves since 1974 and a member of First Christian Church. Patsy and her husband, Dean Reitz were both Allstate Insurance Agents...
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Maggie F. Davis

July 13, 1918 - February 1, 2015

Maggie F. Davis, 96, of Groves, TX passed away on February 1, 2015 at Cypress Glen Nursing Home. She was born July 13, 1918 in Welch, La. and was the last remaining sibling of the nine born to Darmus Frederick and Mary Pamela Frederick. She is preceded in death by her husband, Oscar E. Davis, and daughter Mary Ann Davis. Survivors include her daughter, Ida Mae Davis of Groves, sons Oscar A....
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Margie Hartsfield Fuller

June 24, 1928 - January 30, 2015

Margie Hartsfield Fuller, 86, of Port Arthur, Texas died Friday, January 30, 2015 at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. Margie was born June 24, 1928 in Nacogdoches, Texas to Elton Hartsfield and Mozelle King Hartsfield. She was a resident of this area for 59 years and a member of First United Methodist Church Port Neches. Mrs. Fuller was a retired Port Neches-Groves ISD High School Teacher...
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Herbert R. Carre, Sr.

January 11, 1935 - January 30, 2015

Herbert R. "Ray" Carre, Sr., 80, of Port Neches, Texas died Friday, January 30, 2015 at Christus St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas. Ray was born January 11, 1935 in Port Neches, Texas to Albert Carre and Delila Sterling Carre. He was a lifelong resident of Port Neches and a retired Operations Supervisor on the Hypalon Unit at DuPont Beaumont Works with 30 years of service. He was a member...
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Nicholas Erin Binagia

October 12, 1983 - January 27, 2015

Nicholas "Nick" Erin Binagia, 31, of Houston, Texas passed away Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Nick was born October 12, 1983 in Houston, Texas to Kevin B. Binagia and Janice S. Fontenot Binagia. He was a resident of Houston and was employed by Mistras NDT Inspection. Nick is survived by his adorable 9 year old son, Casey Kieth Binagia whom he loved very much. He is also survived by his parents,...
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Clovis Rayburn Wigginton

January 21, 1927 - January 27, 2015

Clovis Rayburn Wigginton, 88, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Tuesday, January 27, 2015 in Simpson, Louisiana. Clovis was born January 21, 1927 in Crockett, Texas to Henry Wigginton and Udell Adams Wigginton. He has been a resident of Port Arthur since 1947 and retired from Texaco Refinery in 1984 as an operator supervisor. He was the owner of many properties and various businesses. Clovis had...
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Ruby Lee Deaton

November 27, 1926 - January 27, 2015

Ruby (Reba Lee) Deaton, 88, of Beaumont, Texas passed away Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born in Singer, Louisiana on November 27, 1926 to William Henry Foster (Cheney) and Florence Perkins Foster. Ruby attended school in Starks, Louisiana where she played on the girl's basketball team. After graduating from Starks High School, she caught the train to...
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Emily S. Davis

January 6, 1929 - January 25, 2015

Emily S. Davis, 86, of Port Neches, Texas died Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Christus St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas. Emily was born January 6, 1929 in Angelina County, Texas to William Stanaland and Mina Frances Smith Stanaland. She was a resident of this area for 60 years and a member of First United Methodist Church in Port Neches. Emily was a Port Neches Police Dept. School Crossing...
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Louann Arredondo

August 27, 1935 - January 24, 2015

Louann Arredondo, 79, passed away Saturday, January 24, 2015 at her home in Port Arthur, Texas. She was born on August 27, 1935 in Port Arthur to Clifford Cradier and Louise Broussard Cradier. Louann was a lifelong area resident and member of St. Therese, Little Flower of Jesus Catholic Church. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Levingston Funeral Home in...
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Lola Sparrow

May 14, 1930 - January 23, 2015

Lola "Belle" Sparrow, 84, of Groves, Texas passed away Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Mid Jeff Extended Care in Nederland, Texas. Belle was born May 14, 1930 in Milam County, Texas to Clyde Taylor and Evie Belle Butterfield Taylor. She was a homemaker and area resident for over 60 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Ray Sparrow, Sr. and nine siblings. Survivors include two...
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Charlie Macha, Jr.

July 11, 1921 - January 23, 2015

Charlie Macha, Jr. Charlie Macha, Jr., 93, passed away on Friday, January 23, 2015 at his home in Port Neches, Texas surrounded by his family. He was born on July 11, 1921 to Charlie Macha, Sr. and Alice Cholet Macha in Port Neches where he lived his entire life and was an active member of the community. Charlie served 4 ½ years with the US Army during WWII where he was a member of C...
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Helma Sawyer

March 5, 1961 - January 23, 2015

Mrs. Helma Sawyer Mrs. Helma Sawyer, 53, of Groves passed away on Friday, January 23, 2015 at her home. She was born on March 5, 1961 in Brim, Germany. Helma had lived in Groves since 1985 and was employed with Total Petrochemicals as a security officer. Helma's favorite thing was spending time with her husband and grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 27,...
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Aaron C. McBride, Sr.

December 22, 1923 - January 21, 2015

Aaron C. "Buddy" McBride, Sr., 91, of Port Neches, Texas died Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur, Texas. Buddy was born December 22, 1923 in Port Arthur, Texas to Adam McBride and Alida DeVillier McBride. He was a lifelong resident of this area and a retired Welder with Fina. Buddy was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Port Neches and...
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Marceline Russell Barker

June 3, 1929 - January 20, 2015

Marceline Russell Barker, 85, passed away Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas. Marceline was born in Port Arthur, Texas on June 3, 1929 to Edna McFaddin and Homer Thomas Russell. She has lived in Port Arthur all of her life, and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. She married Milton Lee Barker, Sr. in 1949 and they were married 52 years. Within the first 6...
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David Lee Stivner

August 26, 1935 - January 19, 2015

David Lee Stivner, 79, of Caldwell, Texas passed away Monday, January 19, 2015 at College Station Medical Center. David was born August 26, 1935 in Port Arthur, Texas to Archie Stivner and Lillian Cunningham Stivner. He was a resident of Bridge City, Texas for 20 years before moving to Caldwell 7 years ago. David retired from the U. S. Army after serving from 195l to December 31, 1973. Survivors...
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Juanita H. Bain

October 17, 1921 - January 17, 2015

Juanita H. Bain, 93, passed away January 17, 2015 after a brief illness. She was born on October 17, 1921 in Slaton, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband Lucian Bain, her father and mother, Russell and Aria Edna Ham and her brother, Billy Mark Ham. She is survived by cousins, Jayna Holley and husband, Clint and Mark Boyd and fiancé, Lisa Lakner. Juanita was a graduate of...
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Alice Amelia Pitre

November 2, 1950 - January 17, 2015

Alice Amelia "Amy" Pitre Alice Amelia "Amy" Pitre, 64, of Groves passed away Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont, Texas. She was born on November 2, 1950 in Jonesboro, Louisiana to Travis Paul and Grace Watts Enmon. Amy was a graduate of Port Neches Groves High School and a small business owner for many years. She was a resident of Groves, but enjoyed spending time at her...
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Eudora Haber

March 6, 1916 - January 17, 2015

Eudora Murry Haber, 98, of Port Arthur passed away Saturday January 17, 2015. Eudora was born March 6, 1916 in Ripley Mississippi to C.M. Murry and Hattie Neblett Murry. She was a homemaker and resident of Port Arthur for 78 years and a member of Providence Church. She was also a member of the Chapter AT P.E.O. Sisterhood. Eudora was preceded in death by her husband Homer Haber. A memorial...
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Melvin L. Dubois

February 28, 1940 - January 16, 2015

Melvin L. Dubois, 74, of Groves passed away Friday, January 16, 2015 at Christus St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur. Melvin was born on February 28, 1940 in Lena, Louisiana to Ralph Dubois and Delsie Guinn Dubois. He was a resident of the area for 48 years and a retired Maintenance Supervisor with Unocal with 37 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Melvin was preceded in death by...
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Evelyn Marie LaVergne

November 24, 1935 - January 11, 2015

Evelyn Marie LaVergne, 79, of Groves, Texas passed away Sunday, January 11, 2015. She was born November 24, 1935 in Maurice, Louisiana to Andrus Arabie and Gertie Jean Hebert Arabie. Evelyn was a 60 year area resident and longtime member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She was a retired custodian from Port Neches ISD. Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, F. J. LaVergne, and her...
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Anna Heintschel McCorvy

August 6, 1920 - January 9, 2015

Anna Oleta Heintschel McCorvy, 94, of Groves, passed away into the loving arms of her Savior and Lord on Friday, January 9, 2015 at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur. She was born to Frank and Annie Heintschel on August 6, 1920 as the baby of nine children in Port Arthur, TX. At age 30, she moved with her family to Groves where she lived for 64 years. On...
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Lois M. Childers

March 25, 1913 - January 7, 2015

Lois M. Childers, 101, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at Cambridge Nursing Home in Richmond, Texas. Lois was born March 25, 1913 in Newton County, Texas to Walter Isaac Miller and Mary Jeanette Young Miller. She was an area resident for 80 years before moving to Sugar Land 12 years ago. She was a longtime member of Memorial Baptist Church of Port Arthur. Lois was...
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Marian Judice Vincent

February 13, 1924 - January 7, 2015

Marian Judice Vincent, 90, of Port Neches, Texas died Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at her residence. Marian was born February 13, 1924 in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana to Austin Judice and Solange Champagne Judice. She was a homemaker and a resident of this area for over sixty years. Marian was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Port Neches. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday...
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Ivaleta Joyce Lege

May 30, 1925 - January 6, 2015

Ivaleta Joyce Lege, 89, passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Ivaleta was born May 30, 1925 in Emmett, Texas to Andrew Balley and Nannie Stroder Balley. She was a resident of Groves for 20 years and retired caretaker for the Humane Society. Survivors include her daughter, Toni Breaux and husband Courtney of Groves, TX; son, Charles Michael "Peanut" Lege of Liberty, TX; eight grandchildren, eight...
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Stanley Alan Wappler

August 21, 1953 - January 5, 2015

Stanley Alan Wappler, 61, of Port Arthur passed away Monday, January 5, 2015 at his home. He was born on August 21, 1953 in Port Arthur, Texas to Joe Eckhardt Wappler and Anita Zoch Wappler. Stanley was a lifelong area resident and was retired as a carpenter from Kizziah Construction. A visitation for family and friends will begin at 12 noon, Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Levingston Funeral Home...
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James Donald Goebel

November 2, 1935 - January 5, 2015

James Donald Goebel, 79, of Groves, Texas passed away Monday, January 5, 2015 at Gulf Health Care in Port Arthur, Texas. James was born November 2, 1935 in Port Arthur, Texas to Gus Henry Goebel and Emma Esbell Zingerman Goebel. He was a lifelong area resident and retired from Gulf Oil/Chevron USA as a senior design engineer after 38 years of service. He was an active member of Faith Tabernacle...
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Joseph Trosclair

September 14, 1931 - January 3, 2015

Capt. Joseph I. "Pete" Trosclair, 83, of Groves passed away Saturday January 3, 2015 at his residence. Joseph was born September 14, 1931 in Houma, Louisiana to Angelo Trosclair and Louise Foret Trosclair. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Groves. He worked at Kirby Inland Transportation. Spent many years as Captain aboard many vessels for Kirby. Later years spent 17 and a half years on...
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Curtis G. Whitman

July 20, 1923 - December 30, 2014

Curtis G. Whitman, 91, of Port Neches, Texas died Tuesday, December 30, 2014 in Beaumont, Texas. Curtis was born July 20, 1923 in Bancroft, Louisiana to Joseph Whitman and Susie McBride Whitman. He was a resident of Port Neches for 68 years and retired from Unocal as an Operator with 35 years of service. Curtis was a member of First Baptist Church in Port Neches and a WWII US Army Veteran. ...
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Raymond B. Graham

August 23, 1928 - December 30, 2014

Raymond B. Graham, 86, of Bridge City, Texas passed away after a full life and a long battle with cancer, Raymond was called by Our Heavenly Father to suffer no more on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 to join his family and friends who have gone on before him. He was born to Gillom and Jewel Gill Graham on August 23, 1928, in Leesville, Louisiana. The family moved to Port Arthur, Texas while Raymond...
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Sue Linda Muse

July 26, 1948 - December 29, 2014

Sue Linda Muse, 66, was born July 26, 1948, in Lawton, Oklahoma to Robert and Glada Coombs Boucher. She died December 29, 2014, at her home in Lawton, Oklahoma. Visitation for family and friends will be held Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 p.m. at Levingston Funeral Home in Port Neches. Sue married Fred G. Muse Jr., and moved to Port Arthur, Texas. She enjoyed being a stay-at...
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Phyllis Lynette Fruge

September 5, 1954 - December 24, 2014

Phyllis Lynette Fruge, 60, of Nederland, Texas passed away on Wednesday, December 24, 2014. Phyllis was born September 5, 1954 in Port Arthur, Texas to Terry Clarence Ashworth, Jr. and Mildred Lawanda Miller. She was a lifelong area resident and retired marketing manager from AT&T. Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband, David "Roger" Fruge; son, Kerry Braquet; daughter, Kassie Braquet;...
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Edward Earl Kitchens, Sr.

September 6, 1926 - December 22, 2014

Captain Edward Earl (Ed) Kitchens, Sr. 1926-2014 Captain Edward Earl Kitchens, Sr. was born in Electric Mills, MS. on September 6, 1926 and passed away in Port Arthur, Tx. on December 22, 2014, at the age of 88. He was one of seven children born to Fred and Betty Kitchens and enjoyed a childhood that included fishing with his brothers and loving support from his sisters. After serving with the...
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Mary Fenn

May 20, 1927 - December 21, 2014

Mary Fenn, 87, of Groves died peacefully in her home on Sunday, December 21, 2014. She was born in Port Arthur, Texas to Alex and Emelie Broussard on May 20, 1927 and graduated from St. James High School. She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing and was an extremely accomplished seamstress. She also liked to garden and her backyard was a wonderland of...
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Gary Stephen Pelkey

February 24, 1958 - December 20, 2014

Gary Stephen Pelkey, 56, of Beaumont, Texas died December 20, 2014 in Beaumont, Texas. Gary was born February 24, 1958 in Vermont to "Perk" and Joyce Pelkey. He had worked for Time Warner Cable. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, May 22, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in Beaumont with Reverend John Hughes officiating under the direction of Levingston Funeral Home...
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Earl Lynn Broussard

December 7, 1944 - December 18, 2014

Earl Lynn Broussard was born on December 7, 1944 in Many, Louisiana to Winnie and Earl Sherwood. She passed away peacefully on December 18, 2014 at Memorial Hermann Medical Center in Houston. Christmas was one of Lynn's favorite times of the year. As a young child, she remembered spending Christmases in Louisiana at the old wooded homestead with her family. Lynn lived in the Groves, TX area for...
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Jerry Lynn Arthur

December 6, 1932 - December 15, 2014

Jerry Lynn Cross Arthur, 82, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away on Monday, December 15, 2014. Jerry Lynn was born December 6, 1932 in Wheelock, Texas to William Cross and Mary Ellison Cross. She was a lifelong area resident and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Arthur; son, Ronnie Erickson; great-grandson, Ray Perez, Jr.; two sisters and four brothers. Survivors include her...
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Elmore D. Nelson

August 9, 1929 - December 14, 2014

Elmore D. Nelson, 85, of Port Acres, Texas passed away Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Oak Groves Nursing Home in Groves. Elmore was born August 9, 1929 in Bloomington, Kansas to David Nelson and Hattie Grieve Nelson. He was an area resident for 33 years and member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Nederland. He retired from U. S. Intec as a production manager. Elmore was preceded in death by his...
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John Henry Somerville

January 10, 1924 - December 14, 2014

John Henry Somerville, 90, of Port Arthur, Texas died Sunday, December 14, 2014. John was born January 10, 1924 in Clementon, New Jersey to John Wesley and Elizabeth Somerville. John was a resident of Port Arthur for 68 years and longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He retired after 38 years of service as a carpenter from Gulf Oil Refinery. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. John...
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Dallas James Domingue

February 5, 1930 - December 12, 2014

Dallas James Domingue, 84, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Friday, December 12, 2014 at his daughter's home in Katy, Texas. He was born on February 5, 1930 in Port Arthur, Texas to Avery Domingue and Lucille Touchette Domingue. Dallas was self-employed and owner of Offshore Diving and Salvaging and also Maritime Consultants. He was a veteran serving in the United States Air Force and the...
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