PAISD Faculty Memorials

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Frances Cornelia White, Lee Elementary

91, of Groves, Texas passed away peacefully January 8, 2010. Frances was born in Jacksonville, Texas October 11, 1918 to Cullen and May White. She was a resident of Port Arthur for 73 years and a retired Teacher with the Port Arthur Independent School District, where she was the Librarian at Lee Elementary School. Frances was also a member of the Parent Teacher Association and served as Parliamentarian for many years, and was a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians. She served as President of the City Council P.T.A., Life member of the P.T.A., National Member, recipient of Special Advocate Award. She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for over fifty years, and member of Port Arthur Association of Retired Personnel. Frances was a member of the United Methodist Temple and the Cullen Hamilton Bible Class where she was a Sunday School Teacher. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #262.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday January 12, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Jesse Brannen officiating at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves. Visitation will be held Monday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Frances was preceded in death by her sister Kathryn White Key and brother William L. White. She is survived by two nieces; Pam Duplechian and husband Buddy of Groves and Linda Crossland and husband Clay of Basalt, Colorado. one nephew W.L. "Buddy" White, Jr. and wife Donna of Groves. 5 Great nieces and 2 Great nephews.

Thelma Christine Savage Parker, Travis and Franklin Elementary

95, of Port Arthur passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at Dogwood Trails Nursing Home in Woodville. Shewas born February 28, 1914 to Ida Harris Savage and William B. Savage in Joaquin, Texas. She earned a Masters Degree in Music Education from Stephen F. Austin University. Thelma was a resident of Port Arthur since 1925 and moved to Lufkin in 2005 due to Hurricane Rita, living in Woodville for the last year. She retired from P. A. I. S. D. as a Music teacher at Travis and Franklin Elementary School after 35 years of Service. She also taught Music at her home for over 35 years. Thelma wasa long time member of St. George Episcopal Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Bernice Kirkland,her brothers, Curtis and Leo Savage, her husband, Virgil J. Parker, Sr. and her grandson James David Parker. She is survived by her son, Virgil J. “Jim” Parker, Jr. and wife Ruth Ann of Nederland, Texas and her sister, Winnie Smith of Lufkin, Texas  along with several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Frances Hons Devall, Woodrow Wilson Faculty member

97, of Port Arthur, Texas, died Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Calder Woods in Beaumont, Texas. Frances was born on October 30, 1915 in Sabinal, Texas to John Leigh Hons and Lola McGehee Hons. She was a graduate of Southwest Texas State University, with a Master’s Degree in English. In 1945, she and her husband, Lonnie Devall, moved to Port Arthur. Both were involved in teaching and school administration. She taught English and served as Director of the Department, being associated with the Port Arthur Independent School District for overthirty-five years. Frances was an active member of the United Methodist Temple and a memberof the Cullen Hamilton Bible Class. She was also the first woman to serve on the church Administrative Board.
Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 31, 2013 at The United Methodist Temple under the direction of Levingston Funeral Home in Groves. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. A visitation for family and friends will be Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the church. Serving as pallbearers will be Kent Koerth, Clay Koerth, Bernie Brownand Neil Burrell. Honorary pallbearers are Joel Levingston, Ronald Amuny,and Mark Blanton.
Frances is survived by her son, John Marshall Devall and wife, Nadine Sloan Devall of Belton, Texas, and two grandchildren, Madeleine Leigh Devall and Zachary Sloan Devall, also of Belton, Texas. Many thanks to her longtime provider and friend Nancy Fontenot. Also thank you to Buckner Hospice nurses, Wendy and Sheri and to her other providers Claudette, Camellia, Tamekia and Marilyn.

Joel O’Neal Soileau, Thomas Edison Faculty member

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, Louisiana and graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor Degree in Education. He then moved to Port Neches with his wife, Freddie where he had a very successful coaching career at Thomas Edison Jr. High, Thomas Jefferson High School, Vidor High School, Hebert High School, and West Brook High School. He retired in 1999 after forty years of coaching.
Joel is survived by his wife of 57 years, Freddie Boyd Soileau of Port Neches, Texas; daughter, Diane May and husband Vic of Port Neches, Texas; two granddaughters, Lauren Abbott and husband Kyle of Port Neches, Texas; Victoria May and finance’ Cxadi Angus of Lake Jackson, Texas. He is also survived by sisters, Jeanette Polson and husband Buddy of Many, Louisiana; Geneva Limoges and husband Jim of Ville Platte, Louisiana. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 17, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Port Neches with Dr.David Mahfouz officiating under the direction of Levingston Funeral Home Port Neches. Burial will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park.

Nora Gregory

Thomas Jefferson H.S Year Bk, located on page 4

Donald Marsch

Thomas Jefferson H.S Year Bk, located on page 4

Felda Spradley

Thomas Jefferson H.S Year Bk, located on page 4

Martha Butler

Thomas Jefferson H.S Year Bk, located on page 4

Martha Fazio

Thomas Jefferson H.S Year Bk, located on page 4

John Godwin

Thomas Jefferson H.S Year Bk, located on page 4

Terrell Stansell

Thomas Jefferson H.S Year Bk, located on page 5

Aliece Anderson

Thomas Jefferson H.S Year Bk, located on page 5

Mary Evelyn Hayes

Students who plan to become teachers will benefit from a new endowed scholarship program created by a generous gift of $100,311.98 from the estate of Mary Evelyn Hayes, a Port Arthur native and a teacher in the Port Arthur Independent School District for 38 years, who died February 10, 2006, at the age of 93. Mrs. Hayes was an extremely dedicated teacher working in Port Arthur public schools for many decades. She made a positive impact on her student," said Dr. Sam Monroe, president of Lamar-Port Arthur." Now, through this scholarship fund, she will continue to have a positive impact on students who will become the teachers of the future." Hayes was born in 1912 and graduated from Port Arthur high School, She attended Texas State College, where she earned her bachelor and master's degrees before returning to Port Arthur to teach.
Hayes moved to Bryan in 1992 after the death of her husband, Walter Hayes of Port Arthur. She remained a supporter of Lamar State College-Port Arthur and the Museum of the Gulf Coast. Hayes' estate also celebrated scholarships at Texas Women's University, Texas A&M University and the University of Texas. Lamar-Port Arthur currently offers six associate of arts degrees in teaching. Students can choose to teach Early Childhood through fourth grade, Early Childhood through 12th grade, or they can specialize in teaching art, drama, music or physical education. The Mary Evelyn Hayes scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need.
Thomas Jefferson H.S Year Book, located on page 5

Ara A. Golmon

age 94, passed away April 24, 2009 at King's Daughters Medical Center in Brookhaven, Mississippi. She was born on March 22, 1915. She was a graduate of Brookhaven High School, Baylor University, and the Bread Loaf School of English. She was an English teacher for Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, Texas until her retirement. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Brookhaven. Survivors are her brother, Hollis Golmon of Monticell and Arleen Hogatt of Bridge City, TX. Graveside sevices for Ara A. Golman are at 10 a.m. Monday, April 27 at Rosehill Cemetery.
Thomas Jefferson H.S Year Book, located on page 3

Lionel Rowland

70, passed away to glory Friday, September 25,2009 at Christus St. Mary’s Hospital, in Port Arthur. He was surroundedby his loving wife, Shaaron, children Michael Rowland of Dallas, TX, Cheryl Bateman of Lubbock, TX, and Cynthia Robertson of Denton, TX. He is also survived by his sister, Diane Porterof Austin, TX. Born in Austin, Texas, in 1939. He was a devoted husband, father, historian, teacher, musician, and most of all, a disciple of Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior. He held a Bachelor of Science degree in History and Latin from Baylor University and a Master of Science in History from Lamar University. He was a resident of The Golden Triangle,for over 42 years while he raised and nurtured his family, taught History at area high schools (TJ, Lincoln and Port Neches-Groves) Lionel started playing the piano at the age of four and was the church organist by the age of 15. Lionel was extremely active with the Student Council on the local, state and national level. He was an avid scout, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster. Lionel had an open home to all. He will be missed.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 27, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Port Neches with Dr. David Mahfouz officiating under the direction of Levingston Funeral Home Port Neches. Burial will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00p.m. Saturday, September 26, 2009 at First Baptist Church Port Neches in the Koinonia Room.
Thomas Jefferson H.S Year Book, Located on page 5