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Rodney Glenn Wigginton, Another Classmate, Has Passed Away

Rodney was born on June 11, 1950 in Port Arthur, Texas to his parents, Clovis & Corina Smith Wigginton. He passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at his home in Leesville. Rodney is preceded in death by his parents, and one Brother, Clifford Wigginton.


A Very Loving Classmate, Charlotte Pace, Passed Away In November of 2020

Charlotte Ann Pace of Port Neches, Texas passed away Friday, November 27, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family.
She was born in Port Arthur, Texas on December 4, 1949 to Eugene Calvin Pace and Dorothy Ann Collins Pace.
Charlotte was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School.

Class Valedictorian and Good Friend, George Collins, Passed Away in December of 2020

George was born in 1950 in Port Arthur, Texas to Corinne Thorne and Howard William Collins. He died December 10, 2020 following a courageous fight with progressive supranuclear palsy.
George was raised in Griffing Park, and went to Thomas Jefferson High School where he graduated as valedictorian in 1968. An active Boy Scout with Troop 82 in Port Arthur, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout.
He moved to Houston, where he attended Rice University to receive BA, MS, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering. During his undergraduate years, he met his wife of fifty years, Donna, in the Rice Owl Band.

Deaths of a Local Businessman and Celebrity

Elias Hernandez and Harry Vaughn

Elias Hernandez, 86, passed away on January 7, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on March 2, 1934 to Natividad Hernandez and Sofia Rivera Hernandez in Port Arthur, Texas.
He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, followed by serving in the U.S. Army in Japan during the Korean Conflict. Elias returned home to marry Flora Marie Gaona in 1956, continuing to live in Port Arthur as they raised their family.
Elias was a businessman, first owning Hernandez Television Sales and Service. From 1982 to 2012, Elias was the owner of Hernandez & Solis, Inc., a Mexican food distributorship and manufacturing business, a business in which he took great pride.
EElias was active in the community both politically and in civic organizations. He served as a member and in leadership roles for numerous city, county and local boards, including the Port Arthur Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Port Arthur Parks and Recreation Board, various Port Arthur Independent School District citizen advisory boards and Lamar University System Affirmative Action Committees. Elias loved his native city of Port Arthur and worked to help improve the lives of others in this community.

Harry Vaughn, age 93, passed away peacefully at a private residence in Marble Falls, TX in the morning of December 30, 2020. He was a native of Port Arthur, Texas born on December 7, 1927, to Claiborne and Regina Vaughn. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and from Texas A&M University, 1950.
While in high school he formed his first band, "The Masters of Rhythm", (age 15) and played at the Black Cat Club on Saturday nights.
He was a member of The Fighting Texas A&M Marching band and tried out for the Aggieland Orchestra as a sophomore and made it.
He played with the Dance Orchestra for three years.
He returned to Port Arthur and took a job at Sears.
He re-organized his orchestra and after interviewing with Texaco, got on as a Union Clerk.
At age 28, Harry Vaughn's Orchestra also played at the Pleasure Island Ballroom starting in 1955.
He appeared in the Annual CavOilCade Parade and played for Coronation Ceremonies for several years starting in 1966.
For 35 years he was leader of the Harry Vaughn Orchestra.

George Jones

The Museum of the Gulf Coast, Music Hall of Fame

Sept. 12, 1931-April 26, 2013
According to country musician Waylon Jennings, "If we (country singers) all could sound like we wanted to, we'd all sound like George Jones." George Jones grew up in Colmesneil, Texas. His father was a violent alcoholic, who would sometimes return home in the middle of the night, wake up George, and demand that he sing. Despite the way music was abusively thrust on him, Jones continued to perform. When he was nine years old, his father bought him his first guitar, and he began busking on the streets of Beaumont. He left home at 16 and went to Jasper, Texas, where he sang and played on the radio.

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Labor Day Parade downtown Proctor Street
Franklin 1940s Cheerleaders
Franklin 1940s Hussars and fans
Groundbreaking and blessing of St Mary Hospital
Grand Opening of Pleasure Pier
Lakeshore Apartments on Lakeshore Drive
Proctor Street Port Arthur 1954
The Smoking Tree at Edison Junior High

Sam Harris Was Sometimes Known As "The Texas Kid."

"According to legend, 'Big Sam' Harris of Farmersville, Texas began to pack on the pounds after suffering from typhoid fever as a young man. When fully grown, Sam served for a time as the town marshal.

First Mayor – Goofy

Rabbit Hash Historical Society

Mayor Goofy Borneman was the first elected mayor of Rabbit Hash. Born of unknown parentage and adopted in 1985 by the Borneman/Calhoun family of Rabbit Hash, Goofy was raised as any local dog-resident of the town. His early years were happy ones, playing with the Bornemans’ son, Mike Calhoun.

Kenny Bragg sworn in for the 93rd General Assembly.

Swearing in for the 93rd General Assembly. "Thank you for the opportunity to serve in the Arkansas House of Representatives. It is an honor and a privilege to represent the constituents in District 15."