2014 Year In Review

Remembering the lives of the most notable personalities lost in 2014


Our Obituaries

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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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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Lucene Baldree Westmoreland

August 1, 1939 - December 11, 2014

Lucene Baldree Westmoreland August 1, 1939 – December 11, 2014 Lucene Baldree Westmoreland was born August 1, 1939 in Sabine County, Texas to James Loma Baldree and Lou-t Kerr Baldree. She passed away December 11, 2014 in Beaumont, Texas following a lengthy illness. Lucene married Jimmy Dean Westmoreland on June 10, 1960 in Rosevine, Texas. They were married for 54 years and parents to...
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Olive Marie Schmuck

March 30, 1923 - December 10, 2014

Mrs. Olive Marie Schmuck, 91, of Groves, Texas went to meet her Lord on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at Oak Grove Nursing Home. Olive was born March 30, 1923 in Yoakum, Texas to John Dolsen and Lillian Woolsey Dolsen. She was a resident of Groves for the past 20 years, and member of First Baptist Church Groves. She was also a longtime member of the Eastern Star of Sour Lake, Texas. Olive was...
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Wanda J. Brown

August 6, 1965 - December 9, 2014

Wanda J. Brown, 49, of Vidor, Texas died Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at St. Luke's Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Wanda was born August 6, 1965 in Jackson, Michigan to Gerald Richard Dorer and Emogene Crabtree Dorer. She was a resident of Vidor, Texas for two years and a former resident of Jackson, Michigan. She was a member of Turning Point Church in Vidor, Texas. Wanda worked 10 years in...
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Peggy Joyce Sandifer

November 2, 1929 - December 5, 2014

Peggy Joyce Sandifer, 85, passed peacefully in the early morning of December 5, 2014. She's now in the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Peggy was a hairdresser in the area for 25 years, and after the death of her beloved husband, John, she stepped up and ran the family business, Sandifer's LP Gas, along with her two sons. She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Port Neches...
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Larry Ballard

September 7, 1945 - December 5, 2014

Larry D. "Showtime" Ballard Larry D. "Showtime" Ballard, 69, of Groves, Texas passed away Friday, December 5, 2014 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. He was born on September 7, 1945 in Nederland, Texas to Roy Ballard and Katherine Shuford Ballard. Larry was a 1965 graduate of Port Neches Groves High School where he was a star football player, #44, for the Indians and continued to play ball for the...
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Robert Carl Rice

February 26, 1932 - December 4, 2014

Robert "Bobby" Rice, 82, of Groves, Texas passed away Thursday, December 4, 2014. Bobby was born February 26, 1932 in Franklin, Pennsylvania to Richard H. Rice and Lillian Andrews Rice. Bobby graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. He played football for Lamar, before joining the Army and fighting in the Korean Conflict. He was a resident of Groves for 55 years and retired from Texaco...
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William John Windle

April 11, 1927 - December 3, 2014

William J. Windle, 87, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at Mid Jefferson Extended Care Hospital. William was born April 11, 1927 in Delphos, Ohio to Russell Windle and Olive Studer Windle. He came to Texas as an Executive for the Boy Scouts of America, after about 5 years or so he retired from scouting and began working for Gulf Oil as an accounting clerk. He has...
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Jerry Steven Treaster

August 11, 1960 - December 2, 2014

Jerry Steven "Steve" Treaster My loving husband and best friend, Jerry Steven Treaster, 54 of Lago Vista, Texas went to his Lord Jesus on December 2, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. Steve is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Rhonda Babin Treaster and his precious chihuahua, Elle, of Lago Vista, Texas. He is also survived by his mother, Elizabeth Goeddertz Treaster of Port Neches; his half...
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Timothy Carl Knowles

February 10, 1958 - November 30, 2014

Timothy Carl Knowles, 56, of Fannett, Texas passed away Sunday, November 30, 2014. Timothy was born February 10, 1958 in Port Arthur, Texas to James Knowles and Marie Ebarb Knowles. He was a lifelong area resident and graduated from Lamar College. He was a former teacher in Anahuac. Timothy was preceded in death by his father, James Knowles; and his wife, Betty Sue Knowles. Survivors include his...
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Edward Dayton MacMurtrie

May 3, 1932 - November 30, 2014

Edward Dayton MacMurtrie, 82, of Port Neches, Texas died Sunday, November 30, 2014 at Harbor House in Beaumont, Texas. Edward was born May 3, 1932 in Montgomery, New York to Margaret and Dayton MacMurtrie. He received a degree in chemistry from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He worked for Texaco and was transferred from Beacon, NY to Port Arthur in 1963. He served in the US Army from...
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Edward Dayton MacMurtrie

May 3, 1932 - November 30, 2014

Edward Dayton MacMurtrie, 82, of Port Neches, Texas died Sunday, November 30, 2014 at Harbor House in Beaumont, Texas. Edward was born May 3, 1932 in Montgomery, New York to Margaret and Dayton MacMurtrie. He received a degree in chemistry from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He worked for Texaco and was transferred from Beacon, NY to Port Arthur in 1963. He served in the US Army from...
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Cora Lee Phelps

March 11, 1949 - November 29, 2014

Cora Lee Phelps Cora Lee Phelps, 65, of Groves, Texas passed away Saturday, November 29, 2014 at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas. She was born on March 11, 1949 in Port Arthur, Texas to Earl Godbold and Cora Grandberry Godbold. Cora had lived in this area for 54 years and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Groves. She retired from the Wesley Student Center at Lamar University...
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Lois Vincent Fells

December 26, 1931 - November 29, 2014

Lois Vincent Fells Lois Vincent Fells, 82, of Bridge City, Texas passed away Saturday, November 29, 2014 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. She was born on December 26, 1931 in Port Arthur, Texas to William Loren Vincent and Juliette LaSalle Vincent. Lois was a lifelong area resident and graduated from Port Neches Groves High School. She was founder and owner of Oak Groves Nursing...
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Vera Lea Petersen

January 6, 1923 - November 28, 2014

Vera Lea Petersen, 91, of Groves, Texas passed away Friday, November 28, 2014. She was born January 6, 1923 in Cheneyville, Louisiana to Julius Earle Lewis and Francis F. Couvillion Lewis. Vera was a lifelong area resident and member of First United Methodist Church of Groves. She was preceded in death by her husband, Capt. Christian F. Petersen, Jr. Survivors include two daughters, Laura Fanese...
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Kason James Landry

January 31, 2013 - November 25, 2014

Kason James Landry (Pumpkin Pie), 22 months old, passed away Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. Kason was born January 31, 2013 in Beaumont, Texas to Jake Ryan Landry and Katie Jo Anderson Landry. He is survived by his parents, Jake and Katie Landry of Orange, TX; sister, Kyler; brother, Kobe; grandparents, John and Penny Landry, Carlos and Nancy...
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Nathan Allen Bond

March 13, 1963 - November 23, 2014

Nathan Allen Bond, 51, of Port Neches, Texas died Sunday, November 23, 2014 at M.D. Anderson in Houston, Texas. Nathan was born March 13, 1963 in Port Arthur, Texas to James Thomas Bond and Phyllis Chambers Bond. He was a resident of this area the majority of his life and a resident of Gatesville, Texas for 16 years. Nathan was an Instrument Tech with Motiva. He was a member of St. Elizabeth...
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Robert Carl Foulk, Sr.

March 10, 1927 - November 23, 2014

Robert Carl Foulk, Sr., 87, of Port Neches, Texas died Sunday, November 23, 2014 at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur, Texas. Robert was born March 10, 1927 in Newark, Ohio. He was a resident of Port Neches since 1971 and retired from Unocal as an Environment Dept. Manager. He was a US Navy WWII Veteran in the Pacific Theatre and a Mason. Funeral services will be held...
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Anthony Hollier

January 17, 1938 - November 22, 2014

Anthony Hollier 76, of Groves passed away Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Anthony was born January 17, 1938 in Leonville, Louisiana to Arthur Hollier and Marie Celima Hollier. He was a resident of Groves for 44 years and a member of the United Methodist Temple. Anthony was an Accountant for Rental Services and a member of the Port Arthur Evening Sertoma Club....
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Theda Kathlyn Mora

November 26, 1915 - November 21, 2014

Theda Kathlyn Dumesnil Mora was born to Ivy Virginia Peveto and Felix John Dumesnil on November 26, 1915 in Pear Ridge, Texas. She made me promise to sure & tell she was the first baby born there. Theda so loved life! At a very young age she discovered dancing. I think she would of rather dance than eat. It was back in the day when girls wore flowing evening gowns and had dance cards to keep...
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Shannon Smith

December 26, 1937 - November 20, 2014

GRANBURY -- Shannon McEachern Smith, 76, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 in a care facility in Granbury. Shannon was born to Johnnie McEachern and Katherine Morgan McEachern in Shreveport, LA on Dec. 26, 1937. The Funeral service will be held Tuesday, November 25, 2014; 11:00 a.m. at Levingston Funeral Home, 2001 Nall Street, Port Neches, Texas 77651. Burial to immediately follow service...
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Joel O'Neal Soileau

November 14, 2014 - November 14, 2014

Joel O'Neal Soileau, 81, of Port Neches, Texas died Friday, November 14, 2014 at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas. Joel was born on June 19, 1933 to Ariel and Melicia Soileau in Ville Platte, Louisiana. After graduating high school and one year at Hinds Junior College in Raymond, Mississippi, Joel served two years in the Marine Corps. In 1956 Joel entered Louisiana College in Pineville,...
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Lavelle Moak Carter

October 16, 1930 - November 12, 2014

Lavelle Moak Carter, 84, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas. Lavelle was born October 16, 1930 in McComb, Mississippi to Nolan Moak and Velma Smith Moak. She was an area resident for 60 years and member of Old River Baptist Church in Mont Belvieu. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth E. Carter, Sr. Survivors include...
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Dorothy Ann Moore

May 28, 1934 - November 10, 2014

Dorothy Ann Moore, 80, of Port Neches, Texas passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter, Marilyn Dombrowski, in Chicago, Illinois Monday, November 10, 2014. She was born to the late Louis B. and Gladys (Delhomme) Blanchard on May 28, 1934 in Port Arthur, Texas. She was a resident of Port Arthur most of her life eventually settling in Port Neches. Dorothy retired from the Jefferson County...
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Eula Mae Leleux

December 20, 1922 - November 4, 2014

Eula Mae "Granny Peanut" Leleux, 91, of Port Neches, Texas passed away Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at Cypress Glen in Port Arthur, Texas. She was born December 20, 1922 in Estherwood, Louisiana to Euger Smith and Mary Menard Smith. She was a resident of Starks, Louisiana for 40 years and a member of the Catholic faith. Eula was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Leleux, four sisters and four...
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Chet Boin Domingue

October 19, 1962 - November 2, 2014

Chet Boin Domingue passed away at the age of 52 in his home in Houston, Texas. He was born on October 19, 1962 in Port Arthur Texas. Chet was the son of Doris Bay Haig and Clifford "Butch" Domingue. He was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, Texas and Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Chet is survived by Dr. and Mrs. Martin Haig and Mr. and Mrs. Clifford "Butch"...
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Billie Louise Bourgeois

April 4, 1928 - November 2, 2014

Billie Louise Bourgeois of Port Arthur passed away Sunday, November 2, 2014. Billie was born April 4, 1928 in Vernon Parish, Louisiana to Marion Frances Musgrove and Margaret Lurettie Hodges. Her generous spirit was fueled by her love of giving to others. Billie wanted everyone around her to enjoy life. She was known for her style and sparkle. She had a compassionate and nurturing nature and...
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George H. Tuttle

October 21, 1926 - November 2, 2014

George H. Tuttle, 88, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Sunday, November 2, 2014 at the Rose House. George was born October 21, 1926 in Rockport, Texas. He was a resident of Port Arthur for 70 years. He graduated from Lamar in 1949 and went to work at Gulf Oil in the electrical department and retired as a supervisor after 37 years of service. George was also a member of the Swinging Squares. He...
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Charles Eugene Hall, Sr.

June 11, 1921 - October 31, 2014

Charles Eugene Hall, Sr., 93, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Friday, October 31, 2014 at Oak Grove Nursing Home in Groves, Texas. He was born on June 11, 1921 in Port Arthur, Texas to William and Raiford Hardy Hall and was the eighth out of sixteen children. Charles was a lifelong area resident and a member of First Baptist Church of Port Arthur for over 80 years. He was a member of the...
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Colleen Elizabeth Rice

November 30, 1925 - October 31, 2014

Colleen Elizabeth Rice, 88, of Groves, Texas passed away Friday, October 31, 2014 at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur, Texas. Colleen was born November 30, 1925 in Mena, Arkansas to Charles Hughes and Florence Bradley Hughes. She was a resident of Groves for 55 years and retired as a self-employed antique dealer and beautician. Survivors include her husband, Robert Rice of...
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Reba Frields Hulin Welch

August 24, 1945 - October 31, 2014

Reba Frields Hulin Welch, age 69, died at her home in Groves on Friday, October 31, 2014 surrounded by her close family and friends. Reba lost her battle with Lung Cancer after a 2 year heroic fight. She was born on August 24, 1945 in Burkburnett, Texas, but last resided in Groves, Texas. Reba worked for Sutherland Lumber Company as a Manager for 16 years, and most recently was the Assistant...
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David Prescott Lyons

November 7, 1944 - October 30, 2014

David "D. P." Lyons, 69, of Port Arthur, passed away Thursday, October 30, 2014 at Christus St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas due to pancreatic cancer. He was born on November 7, 1944 in Port Arthur, Texas to D.N. and Edna Wright Lyons. "D. P." was a lifelong resident of Port Arthur and member of First Baptist Church of Groves for 50 plus years where he also served as a deacon. He retired...
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Mary Alice Griffith

March 9, 1928 - October 28, 2014

Like Jesus, Mary came to serve, not to be served. Surrounded by family, Mary Alice Myers Griffith died in Conroe, TX October 28, 2014 after an extended battle with dementia. Mary Alice was born on March 9, 1928, in Mattoon, Illinois. She grew up on a dairy farm in Mattoon, Illinois with an older brother and younger twin sisters, demonstrating her penchant for hard work and service early. ...
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Nicholas A. Lopes

August 5, 1929 - October 27, 2014

Dr. Nicholas A. Lopes, passed away on October 27, 2014 at home in Port Neches, Texas surrounded by family at the age of 85. Nick earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from The University of Texas in 1956. Nick served in the US Army stationed in Germany, once discharged he settled in Groves, Texas where he specialized in Anesthesiology for 50 years. Nick was preceded in death by his wife, Susan....
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David Rick Simon

December 19, 1968 - October 27, 2014

David Rick Simon, 45, of Nederland, Texas died Monday, October 27, 2014 at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur, Texas. David was born December 19, 1968 in Beaumont, Texas to Elzie David "Bud" Simon and Cynthia Marie Cogar Simon. He was a lifelong resident of this area and an IBEW #479 Electrician with Newtron. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 31, 2014 at 10:00 a.m...
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Marlene McKay

April 20, 1925 - October 26, 2014

Marlene McKay, 89, of Groves, Texas passed away Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Cypress Glen Nursing Home in Port Arthur, Texas. Marlene was born April 20, 1925 in Dry Prong, Louisiana to Ed Hodnett and Mary Douglas Hodnett. She was a Groves resident and a member of First Baptist Church Groves since 1952. She was preceded in death by her husband Calvin McKay. Survivors include her two daughters,...
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Lavonia Kay Gilbert

May 23, 1949 - October 23, 2014

Lavonia Kay Odom Gilbert 65, of Groves passed away Thursday October 23, 2014 at her residence. Lavonia was born May 23, 1949 in Jasper, Texas to Alonzo Odom and Doris Hancock Odom. Lavonia was a co-owner of Occasions in Nederland were she was a decorator and Coordinator of events. She was a resident for Groves since 1968 and a former member of the Port Arthur Service League. She was active in the...
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Donald K. Gilbert

August 9, 1936 - October 23, 2014

Donald K. Gilbert 78, of Groves passed away Thursday October 23, 2014 at his residence. Donald was born August 9, 1936 in Charleston, West Virginia to Homer B. Gilbert and Audrey Elkins Gilbert. He was a resident of Groves for 39 years. Donald retired in 1992 from Gulf Oil and Chevron as a Manager of Chemicals and Fire and Safety. He was co-owner of GBL Associates and also worked at Occasions in...
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Mary LaVerne Smith

October 16, 1930 - October 22, 2014

Mary LaVerne Smith, 84, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Wednesday, October 22, 2014. LaVerne was born October 16, 1930 in Center, Texas to Lee Lout and Leona Fleming Lout. She was a resident of Port Arthur for 42 years and a member of First Pentecostal Church of Port Arthur. Mary was a retired licensed vocational nurse, having worked at Park Place Hospital for 14 years and for Dr. O. L. Echols...
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Marie Spencer

February 17, 1928 - October 21, 2014

Marie Spencer, 86, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas. Marie was born February 17, 1928 to Henry Sawyer and Ellenor Hassell Sawyer. She was a homemaker and lifelong area resident. She was also a member of the United Methodist Temple. Marie is survived by her husband of 66 years, Art Spencer of Port Arthur, TX; daughter, Susan...
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Edwin Miller

April 20, 1922 - October 19, 2014

Edwin Miller Edwin Miller, 92, of Wilson, Kansas passed away Sunday, October 19, 2014 at Cypress Glen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Port Arthur, Texas. He was born on April 20, 1922 in Russell, Kansas to Henry Miller, Sr. and Dora Bisterfeld Miller. Edwin was a lifelong resident of Wilson, Kansas before moving to Port Neches a year ago to be with his son and family. He was a 1940 graduate...
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Lanelle Jean Rost

December 27, 1943 - October 18, 2014

Lanelle Jean Lavespere Rost, 70, of Port Neches, Texas passed away Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Gulf Health Care in Port Arthur. Lanelle was a born December 27, 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas to Watson Lavespere and Carrie Gossett Lavespere. She was a homemaker and lifelong area resident. She was preceded in death by her brother, James "Butch" Lavespere. Survivors include her three sons, Kenneth...
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Wayne Boo Hebert

June 21, 1943 - October 9, 2014

Mr. Wayne "Boo" Hebert, of Mid County, passed away on October 9, 2014 at home at the age of 71, surrounded by his family and friends. Wayne was born on June 21, 1943, to Melvin J. Hebert and Mavalena Foreman Hebert. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 49 years, Gale Soileau Hebert, and his children, Tina Balsamo (husband Ronnie) and Marc Hebert. He is also survived by his grandchildren,...
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Martha Wilma Richards

August 20, 1927 - October 7, 2014

Martha Wilma Richards, passed away at home October 7, 2014 at 87 years of age. She was born August 20, 1927 in Pensacola, Florida, her mother was Wilma Van Pelt Morton, who died in childbirth, and her father was Thomas B. Morton. Martha was raised as a child in the family of Harry and Aunt Elsie Morton Adams. Martha finished high school at Pensacola High and worked as a secretary for a paper mill...
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Waltraut McMurray

July 11, 1921 - October 7, 2014

Waltraut "Wally" McMurray, 93, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Lake Arthur Place. "Wally" was born on July 11, 1921 in Germany to Oswald Wendlandt and Grete Schulz Wendlandt. She was a resident of Port Arthur for 66 years and retired as a sales clerk from Nacol Jewelry Store after 27 years of service. She was also a member of the German American Club. Everyone that...
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Rudy Marie Janssens

August 27, 1920 - October 7, 2014

Rudy Marie Janssens, 94, of Groves, Texas passed away Tuesday, October 7, 2014. Rudy was born August 27, 1920 in Loreauville, Louisiana to Leon Paul Vaughn and Stella Marie Neuville Vaughn. She was a resident of this area for 74 years and member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Quincy Janssens; son-in-law, John Wells; and great-grandson,...
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Mary Margaret Pitre

November 11, 1953 - October 7, 2014

Mary Margaret Pitre, 60, of Port Neches, Texas passed away Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Christus St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas. Mary was born in Ireland on November 11, 1953 to Clarence and Sadie Budwine. Mary was a lifelong area resident, homemaker and member of the Catholic Faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Pitre. Survivors include her daughter, Patricia Bryant of...
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Cheryl Ann Knight

September 17, 1953 - October 3, 2014

Cheryl Knight, 61, of Orange, Texas passed away Friday, October 3, 2014 at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas. She was born on September 17, 1953 in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Donald and Geraldine Barnwell. Cheryl had lived in Orange for the last 20 years and was a homemaker. A visitation for family and friends will be held Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Levingston Funeral Home...
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Steven Paul Duhon

October 26, 1964 - September 23, 2014

Steven Paul Duhon, 49, of Port Neches, Texas after a long courageous battle lost his fight on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Christus St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas. Steven was born October 26, 1964 in Port Arthur, Texas to Earl J. Duhon, Sr. and Lillie Humphrey Duhon. He was a lifelong resident of this area and graduated from Port Neches-Groves High School in 1983 and Lamar University...
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Andrus Schexnider

February 2, 1931 - September 22, 2014

Andrus Schexnider, 83, of Groves, Texas passed away Monday, September 22, 2014. Andrus was born February 2, 1931 in Kaplan, Louisiana to Obrey Schexnider and Eve Longion Schexnider. He was an area resident for 76 years and a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Andrus retired from Texaco Chemical as an operator after 37 years of service. He was also a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was...
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Belinda Carol Foulk

November 20, 1953 - September 18, 2014

Belinda Carol Foulk Belinda Carol Foulk, 60, of Port Neches, Texas died Thursday, September 18, 2014 at M.D. Anderson in Houston, Texas. Belinda was born November 20, 1953 in San Augustine, Texas to Winfred and Pat Wright. She was a resident of this area for most of her life and a member of First United Methodist Church Port Neches, Promises Sunday School Class, and served as a volunteer for C...
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Sharon Wainright Graffagnino

March 14, 1942 - September 16, 2014

Sharon Wainright Graffagnino, 72, was born March 14. 1942 in Port Arthur, Texas, and passed away September 16, 2014 at St. Mary's Hospital. She was in the Bishop Byrne graduating class of 1960. She worked for many, many years at FB Taylor Insurance as a commercial agent and office manager. In 1996, she earned her Certified Insurance Counselor license, earned by only 1% of women in the field of...
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Nellie Arlene Smith

September 7, 1929 - September 14, 2014

Nellie Arlene Reeves Smith, 85, of Port Neches, Texas died Sunday, September 14, 2014 at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur, Texas. Nellie was born on September 7, 1929 in Weldon, Texas to Horace Clyde and Grace Knighten Reeves. She was a member of First Baptist Church Port Neches and a resident of Port Neches for sixty years. Funeral services will be held Wednesday,...
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Lisa Marie Lewing-Naquin

September 21, 1978 - September 13, 2014

Lisa Marie Lewing-Naquin, 35, of Port Arthur, Texas died Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Oak Grove Nursing Home in Groves, Texas. Lisa was born September 21, 1978 in Port Arthur, Texas and was a resident of this area for the past 8 years. She was a member of the Catholic faith. Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Levingston Funeral Home in Port Neches...
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Gene Allen Martin

January 4, 1959 - September 11, 2014

Gene Allen Martin, 55, of Groves, Texas passed away Thursday, September 11, 2014 at Jefferson Nursing and Rehab in Beaumont, Texas. Gene was born January 4, 1959 in Port Arthur, Texas to James Ray Martin and Nessie Daigle Martin. He was a lifelong area resident and member of Groves First United Methodist Church. Survivors include his four sisters, Paula Benson and husband Richard of Cypress, TX,...
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Jack Allen

August 19, 1923 - September 11, 2014

Jack was born on August 19, 1923 to Bessie Ann Lambert Allen and Richard Ralph Allen in Paris, Texas. He served in the Navy Seabees during World War II and graduated from Paris, TX High School. After returning from serving for 32 months, Jack moved to Port Arthur and went to work at Gulf Oil refinery. He retired in 1984 as an operator after 36 ½ years of service. Jack was a member of...
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Austin Gonsoulin

June 7, 1938 - September 8, 2014

Austin W. "Goose" Gonsoulin Austin W. "Goose" Gonsoulin, 76, of Beaumont, passed away Monday, September 8, 2014 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. He was born on June 7, 1938 in Port Arthur, Texas to Gilman Joseph Gonsoulin and Audrey Newsome Gonsoulin. Goose was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur where he was a star football player, winning numerous awards and setting many...
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Hubert Rans, Jr.

February 4, 1944 - September 5, 2014

Hubert "Hub" Rans, Jr., 70, of Beaumont, Texas died Friday, September 5, 2014 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont, Texas. Hub was born February 4, 1944 in Valparaiso, Indiana to Hubert Ray Rans, Sr. and Catherine Ensign Rans. He was a resident of this area since 1972 and a retired Senior Designer Draftsman with Huntsman. He was also a US Coast Guard Veteran. Funeral services will be held Monday,...
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David Ray Davidson

December 21, 1947 - September 3, 2014

David Ray Davidson, 67, of Richmond, Texas passed away Wednesday, September 3, 2014. David was born December 21, 1947 in Port Arthur, Texas to Eldridge Carlton Davidson and Lois LaVerne Massey Davidson. He retired as a pastor of the Methodist Church after 30 years of service. David was also a U.S. Navy veteran during the Vietnam War serving on the USS Hull. David was a graduate of Lamar...
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Roger Danny Elrod

November 11, 1950 - September 2, 2014

Roger Dan "Danny" Elrod, 63, or Fannett, Texas went to be with the Lord on September 2, 2014. He was born on November 11, 1950 to Cecil and Ruby Elrod. Danny was a native of Port Arthur, Texas and a 1970 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School. Danny was a U. S. Army veteran, serving in Vietnam and then stationed in Japan as a military police. He was an electrician for 40 years at Valero...
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George Michael Newsome

August 13, 1963 - September 1, 2014

George Michael Newsome, 51, of Groves, Texas passed away Monday, September 1, 2014. George was born on August 13, 1963 in Port Arthur, Texas. He was a resident of Groves for 28 years. He was a member of First Christian Church of Port Arthur and was employed by the City of Beaumont as a water reclamation superintendent. George was a member of the Texas Water Utilities Association. George was also...
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Kenneth Paul Hebert

August 2, 1959 - August 29, 2014

Kenneth Paul Hebert "Chimp" Kenneth Paul Hebert "Chimp", 55, of Groves, Texas passed away Friday, August 29, 2014 at his home. He was born on August 2, 1959 in Groves, Texas to Phillip Hebert, Sr. and Henrietta Wetzel Hebert. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves with Reverend J. C. Coon officiating. Burial will follow in...
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F. Paul LaRue

October 27, 1928 - August 28, 2014

F. Paul LaRue, 85, of Groves, Texas passed away Thursday, August 28, 2014. Paul was born October 27, 1928 in Port Arthur, Texas to Fernond C. and Annie Guillot LaRue. He was a lifelong area resident and member of Stonegate Church of Christ. Paul retired in 1986 from Texaco after 36 years of service. He was an auxiliary volunteer for 28 years at Park Place Hospital and Southeast Texas Medical...
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Francis E. Bodin

September 30, 1928 - August 27, 2014

Francis E. Bodin, 85, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont, Texas. Francis was born September 30, 1928 in Port Arthur, Texas to George Joseph Bodin and Leslie Williams Bodin. He was a lifelong area resident. Francis retired after 33 years of service as a police officer, having served in Groves for 26 years and Port Arthur for 5 years. He was a...
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Howard Dale Comstock

October 23, 1938 - August 27, 2014

Howard Dale Comstock, 75, of Port Neches, Texas died Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at Lake Arthur Place in Port Arthur, Texas. Howard was born October 23, 1938 in Nitro, West Virginia to Virgil Hill Comstock and Cora Stowers Comstock. He was a Port Neches resident and a retired Mechanic with DuPont Beaumont. Howard was also a US Air Force Veteran. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Alex...
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Claude Andrus Jackson

July 4, 1952 - August 24, 2014

Claude Andrus Jackson died August 24, 2014 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont, Texas after an illness. Claude was born July 4, 1952 to Bettye Andrus and O.R. Jackson in Port Arthur, Texas. He graduated from Forest Park High School and Lamar University and worked for many years in a family owned business dealing with parts for cars, trucks, and construction equipment. He was a long-time member of...
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Irene Foster Darville

April 13, 1922 - August 23, 2014

Irene Foster Darville, 92, entered heaven's gates Saturday, August 23, 2014. She was met by a host of family and friends, including her husband of sixty-three years, Robert Henry Darville, her parents Nathan and Bertha Foster, two brothers and two sisters. Irene was born on April 13, 1922 in Port Arthur, Texas, and lived in the area her entire life. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High...
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Peggy McBee Kole

July 26, 1935 - August 23, 2014

Peggy McBee Kole, 79, of Fannett, Texas passed away Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Jefferson Nursing & Rehab in Beaumont, Texas. Peggy was born July 26, 1935 in Houston, Texas to Allen K. McBee and Lena Hayes McBee. She was a lifelong area resident and member of First Baptist Church of Beaumont. She was preceded in death by her sister Mary Lee Mentz. Survivors include her husband of 56 years,...
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Fred Miller

December 10, 1926 - August 23, 2014

Fred Miller Fred Miller, 87, of Port Neches, passed away Saturday, August 23, 2014 at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas. He was born on December 10, 1926 in Iota, Louisiana to Louise and Jeff Miller. He and Mary Short Miller were married March 2, 1945. Fred was U.S. Army veteran and retired as a machinist from Ameripol-Synpol in Port Neches in 1990. He was a member and deacon at Southside...
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Betty Woodall Moore

December 22, 1927 - August 19, 2014

Betty Woodall Moore passed away at her home Tuesday, August 19, 2014. She was born December 22, 1927 in Port Arthur, Texas and resided in the Port Arthur/Groves area for 73 years before moving to Taylor Landing. Betty graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and attended Lamar State College in Beaumont. She married Charles J. Moore in 1947 and they had two daughters Rebecca and Debbie. She...
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