Kelly Hart Adams
3/27/50 - 12/2/94
44, of Port Arthur died Friday, December 2, 1994
at Cresthaven Nursing Home. A native of Port Arthur, he was a lifelong resident of Beaumont and Port Arthur . He was a self-employed sales person.
Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Levingston Funeral Home Chapel in Groves with the Revs. Darrell McCoy and B.H. McCoy officiating.
Survivors include, sister, Kathleen Newton, Port Arthur ; and brother, Rogers A. Adams, Houston. ______________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Toni Lee Adams
10/49 - 7/27/85
35, of Port Arthur died Saturday at the University of Texas Medical Branch Hospital in Galveston following an illness.
Mrs. Coleman was born in Shreveport, La. and was a life long resident of Port Arthur. She was a member of the Solid Rock Baptist Church and a 1968 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, 11:00am at the Solid Rock Baptist Church with Samuel Joseph officiating. Burial will follow in the Live Oak Cemetery. A wake will be from 8:00 to 9:00pm tonight at the Moody Harris Funeral Home Chapel.
Survivors are: two daughters, Daphne Coleman and Crystal Patrice Coleman; a son, Fredrick Coleman, all of Port Arthur; brother, Andre Crecy of Houston; aunt, Gracie Slone of Houston; other relatives and friends. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Janice Marie Ames
9/12/50 - 12/25/13
63, of Port Arthur passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2013. Janice was born September 12, 1950 in Port Arthur, Texas to Anthony and Doris Ames. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson and was an associate for Wal-Mart for over 20 years.
Janice is preceded in death by her parents, Anthony Ames and Doris Dixon Ames; husband, Russell Joseph Breaux; sister, Rebecca Maddox; and a niece, Amy McKee. She is survived by four sisters, Jacqueline Doyle of Beaumont, Paula Quebedeaux of Bridge City, Cassie Huggins of Austin, Texas and Mary Methvin of Allen, Texas. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Clifford J. Antone
10/27/49 - 5/23/06
56, known to his life-long friends as C.J., passed away May 23, 2006 at his home in Austin , Texas . Antone was noted as founder of the internationally known nightclub, Antone's, best known as Austin 's Home of the Blues.
Clifford was born October 27, 1949 at St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur , Texas , middle child of Jamal and Georgette Antone, also of Port Arthur . His immediate living family includes sisters Susan Antone and Janelle Antone Raad, and niece Georgette Raad, 13, and nephew Jamal Raad, 6. He leaves behind an uncle and two aunts along with many cousins, and a large extended family of fine friends. Antone graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur in 1968 and relocated in the late Sixties to Austin , where he attended the University of Texas . Clifford was preceded in death by his parents, grandmothers Pauline Ashy and Jamilee Antone, grandfather Elias Antone, his loving aunts Onnie Hyslop and Gloria Farha, uncles K.E. Antone, J.E. Antone, and Fred Ashy, and cousins Craig Ashy and Will Farha. Visitation is open to the public at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar, Thursday and Friday, May 25 and 26, 6-8 p.m. At the family's request, donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Clifford Antone Memorial Fund, care of Prosperity Bank, or to American Youthworks. A public memorial and celebration of Clifford's life will be held June 3rd 6:00 p.m. at Palmer Auditorium in Austin. Clifford Antone truly loved the blues with all of his heart and his home in Austin, Texas. Peace and love. Hook 'em Horns!
Karla Ann Arnsberg
2/19/50 - 9/12/15
Karla passed away on September 12, 2015 at the age of 65. Karla graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, Port Arthur, TX in 1968 and graduated from University of Texas in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. Karla was employed with San Antonio Independent School District for 17 1/2 years as a Physical Therapist. She was a Girl Scout leader, a member of the Gideons Auxillary, and a volunteer for Special Olympics. Karla also worked part-time for the Baptist Hospital System as a Physical Therapist. In 1975 she married the love of her life Gordon Burge. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Universal City Church, where she taught Pre-K for the First Baptist Academy. Karla had many hobbies, sewing, arts and crafts fairs, cake decorating, and traveling. She loved to travel and spent her summers visiting her grandsons wherever they were stationed. Karla is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Gordon Burge, Converse, TX.; daughters, Stephanie A. Layug and husband, Joselito, Fort Polk, LA, Jessica E. Burge, Converse, TX; grandchildren, Nathaniel Layug and Zachary Layug, both of Fort Polk, LA. A visitation will be held on Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 5:00PM – 9:00PM at Schertz Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 7:00PM at the First Baptist Church of Universal City with Pastor David Lindow officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 1:00PM on Tuesday September 22, 2015 at Blake Cemetery in Rising Star, Texas.______________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
2/15/49 - 4/9/13
Casey passed away on Tuesday (4/9/13) Casey was born on 2/15/1949. He had been ill for quite some time and was living in a nursing home in the Woodlands. There will be no service. He wished to be cremated. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
0/0/00 - 4/8/04
53, of Port Arthur, died April 8, 2004 after a long battle with cancer.
Visitation will be at Grammier Funeral Home, Port Arthur and funeral services will be at 12:00pm, Monday, April 12, 2004 at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves, TX officiated by Rev. Don Falke.
Galen is survived by his wife, Carolyn Bailey of Port Arthur; two sons, Jason Bailey of Japan and Matthew Bailey of Lake Jackson, TX; three daughters, Gina and Amanda Bailey, both of Port Arthur, and Monica Bailey of Dallas; three brothers, Dwayne Bailey of Scottsdale, Pennsylvania, Phillip Bailey of Bridge City, and James Bailey of Port Arthur; one sister, Lynda Bailey of Maryville, Tennessee and four grandchildren______________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Stephen Dale Baker
8/24/50 - 1/16/02
51, of Orange, died Wednesday, January 16, 2002, at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 18, 2002, at the Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. Reverend Damon Bickham of the First Baptist Church in Deweyville will officiate. Masonic Graveside Rites and entombment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, January 17, 2002, at the funeral home.
Mr. Baker was born in Port Arthur, Texas on August 24, 1950. He was a Lab Technician for DuPont Sabine River Works in Orange and a Past Master of Masonic Lodge #126 AF & AM in Orange.
He was preceded in death by his father, Mel Baker. He is survived by his wife, Deborah Baker, of Orange; mother, Katie Baker, also of Orange; daughter, Tara Ashley Baker of Sulphur; two sons, Richard Alan Baker, Michael Dean Baker, both of Orange; sister and brother-in-law, Becky Baker and George Thomas of Port Neches; sister Susie Baker of Port Arthur; and two nieces. Serving as pallbearers will be the Masonic Lodge #126 AF & AM. ______________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Michael W. Becker
0/0/00 - 8/15/89
39, of Nederland died Tuesday, August 15, 1989 at Jeannie Sealy Hospital in Galveston after an illness. He was a native and lifelong Port Arthur-Nederland area resident. He was employed as an operator with nine years of service and was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Nederland Memorial Funeral Home. His remains were cremated. Survivors include his wife, Kelly Powers; two daughters, Leslie Becker and Zoe Becker; a son, Jeffrey Becker; father, John Becker; stepmother, Mary Blanton Becker; a brother, Johnny Becker; and three stepbrothers, Michael, Terry, and Chris Blanton. ______________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Clarence Bertrand Jr
4/18/49 - 9/29/13
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9/9/50 - 5/29/00
49, of Converse, La. died Monday, May 29, 2000, at Mansfield Hospital in Mansfield, La.
A native of Port Arthur, he was a sea captain for more than 25 years.
Memorial services were Wednesday at Agape Christian Fellowship with the Rev. Greg Kyler officiating. His body will be cremated.
Survivors include his wife Wendy; two daughters, Alethea Bertrand of Pittsburg, Pa. and Michelle Bertrand of Converse, La; two sons, Adrian Bertrand and Joshua Bertrand, both of Morgan City, La; his parents, Leroy and Catherine Bertrand of Port Arthur, one brother, Paul Bertrand of Luling, La; three sisters, Anita Marcos and Ginger Worell, both of Port Arthur and Jean Rantz of Shreveport, La; and three grandchildren.
5/20/50 - 2/8/21
a.k.a Mouse, was born in Atchison, Kansas, on May 30,1950, to Gladys and Alfonzo Betts. He was raised in Port Arthur, Texas, where he developed
a love for surfing and salt water at Crystal Beach and Galveston Island.
He loved working on cars, and just having a great time running around with his close friends who are here with us today. Jerry and his buddies spent a good amount of time driving up and down Gulf Way Drive also known as the “drag”, including cruising in Gary Staton’s dune buggy!
While in high school and with his father’s help and leadership, Jerry earned the rank of Eagle Scout. His first job was at the Burger Chef, and he gave his mother his paycheck to help pay bills. His dedication to earning and paying his way permeated his entire life. He was a hard worker who never took anything for granted.
In February of 1970 his number was called to join the army. He enrolled in the airborne school out of Georgia and later joined the National Guard Airborne Infantry division and served 6 years. He was deathly afraid of heights but as part of the airborne division he had to face this fear and conquer it. He was very proud of overcoming this fear in order to serve his country.
Jerry later moved to Houston where he had one daughter, Gretchen, on May 11, 1976. He later met Kim, the love of his life, who he’s spent the last 17 years with. Jerry is also survived by his three grandchildren: Geoffrey, Corbin, and Zach. He was a loving husband, father, and grandpa, who made a huge impact on all of their lives.
Jerry also made a huge mark on many thousands of people in his work as a talented civil engineer. He designed and oversaw construction of schools, apartments, and football fields to name a few. He was trusted in his industry to get the job done right. His advice to anyone wanting to get ahead in business was, “Silence is golden. Shut up and get rich!”
Throughout his life he has always been a jokester with a mischievous personality. Jerry made others laugh, he was always looking for that cold beer and just enjoying life to the fullest with his close friends. Jerry loved catching the big fish, and always would lend a helping hand to others in the same pursuit. He had a huge playlist of music, and if there was one song that described Jerry’s spirit and approach to life, it would be Born to be Wild by Steppenwolf. There was always the smell of smoke from the pit and his music playing in the background at every social gathering and party.
He left an indelible mark on everyone he met, and he will be dearly missed by all. His spirit lives on in all of those he touched, and will never be forgotten. To honor Jerry’s life, a tree and garden will be planted in his place of retirement, Sargent, Texas.
What we know is Jerry would ask you to grab a cold one, throw some ribs on the grill, crank up the music, enjoy life, and keep it between the ditches!
Raymond Roy Blakeman
8/31/48 - 6/27/15
66, of Groves died Saturday, June 27, 2015. The funeral was held at Melancon’s Funeral Home in Nederland. ______________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Marilyn S. Blanks
6/1/50 - 12/16/13
63, of Vidor died Monday, December 16, 2013 in Vidor. A native of Port Arthur, TX, she was a longtime resident of Vidor. Marilyn was a member of First Baptist Church of Vidor. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor, with burial to follow at Del-Rose Cemetery in Vidor. A gathering for family and friends will begin at 6:00 pm Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at Memorial Funeral Home. Marilyn was preceded in death by her Husband Frank Homer Kaiser, Parents Joseph and Mary Blanks, brother Kenneth Blanks and sister Cynthia Cindy Blanks. She is survived by her sons Donald Duck Busby and his wife Selina Short Busby of Vidor, TX, Robert C. Burke and his wife Angela of Port Neches, TX, daughters Wanda Landry and her husband Hughey of Baytown, TX, Charlene Burke of Baytown, TX, Carol Jones and her husband Brad of Vidor, TX, brother Eddie Blanks and his wife Cindy of Springdale, AR, sister Jerry Sharp and her husband David of Pine Bluff, AR, 15 grandchildren and 11 great- grandchildren.
Phillip Walter Bodin
11/16/49 - 2/24/18
Lizbeth Libby Branick
7/14/50 - 2/24/18
was welcomed to heaven by her Savior when she passed from a blood clot in the lung on Saturday morning February 24, 2018.
She joyously accepted Christ as her Savior in her 20’s and gracefully served him as a member of Central Baptist Church in Port Arthur. Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher and nursery worker, she was a “meeter of needs” whenever called upon. She attended Bible Study Fellowship for many years and was a former children’s leader in the Beaumont class. Libby had been employed as a legal secretary at Provost Umphrey Law Firm for 34 years.
She is survived by her Mom, Virgie Branick; Dad, Bruce Branick; sister, Laura Branick; sister, LeeDell Poole and her husband, Bob; Brothers, Jesse Branick and his wife, JoLynn, Jeff Branick and his wife, Sherrie; Aunt, Donnie Beckcom; Aunt and Uncle, Edel and Clyde Caughlin; Nieces, Jeslyn and Jena Branick, Merritt Branick James and her husband, Taylor, Ellie Grace Branick, Joanna Duncan and her husband, Rick; Great niece, Kate Duncan; Great Nephews, Sam Duncan and Jackson James, and several much loved cousins.
A gathering of family and friends will be held on Tuesday evening, February 27, 2018, from 5:00p.m.-8:00p.m. at Melancon's Funeral Home in Nederland. The funeral service be at 2:00p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, February 28, 2018, also at the funeral home, with Dr. Phil Sigman officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches, Texas.
Linda K. Brousard
3/9/50 - 10/24/96
46, of Nederland died Thursday, October 24, 1996 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Port Neches. A native of Port Arthur , she lived in the Nederland area all her life. She was a stenographer with Clark Refining in Port Arthur for 26 years.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Broussard's Mortuary in Nederland with the Rev. Earl D. Mudd officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches under the direction of Broussard's Mortuary in Nederland . Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Friday with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. at the mortuary.
Survivors include a son, Ron McAnelley, Jr.; a sister, Annette White; and a brother, Regan Broussard.
Jerry W. Brown
7/16/50 - 10/16/10
54, of Port Arthur passed away Monday, September 27, 2004 at Oak Grove Nursing Home in Groves .
Services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 29, 2004 at Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home in Port Arthur with burial to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves . A gathering of friends and family will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
A native and lifelong resident of Port Arthur , Jerry was a retired service technician for Sears Roebuck for thirty years. Jerry was also a pilot in his spare time.
Survivors include his son, Jason Michael Brown; daughters, Tracy Ann Brown and Jennifer Leigh Woosley and husband Keith; three grandchildren, Macy Dee Brown, Holden Pete Pinder, and Hunter Houston Pinder. His daughter, Jennifer, is expecting in December which would have been Jerry's fourth grandchild, Logan Kristopher Woosley.
Rachel Ann Burton
9/12/50 - 12/25/13
60, of Bridge City, Texas passed away Saturday, October 16, 2010 at her home in Harper, Texas.
Rachel was born July 16, 1950 in Port Arthur, Texas to O.W. Burton, Jr. and Annie Mitschke Burton. She was an area resident and lifelong member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, but was part of the Hill Country since she was a child. She was a rancher and second generation owner of Burton Shipyard. An avid horse lover, and competed in many horse shows in her youth. She and her husband were brought together by horses. She wanted to be known for her extraordinary Axis deer. She was a lifetime member of the Exotic Wildlife Association and she loved to travel. Some of her better memories were of her time spent in Mexico.
Survivors include her loving husband of 34 years, Jesse Wheeler of Harper, TX; loving daughter, Anna Wheeler of Bridge City, TX; loving son, Daniel Wheeler of Bridge City, TX; loving step-son, Lee Wheeler and wife, Millette of Lumberton, TX; her loving brother, Carl Burton and wife, Linda of Junction, TX; two loving grandchildren, Jake Wheeler and Cole Wheeler; her special friends , cats Spookie and Beadie and her bird, Buddy.
Funeral services will be at 10:00a.m., Thursday, October 21, 2010 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves with Reverend Francis Schroeder, pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
A visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday evening from 5:00p.m.-8:00p.m. at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Fred Burton, Jim Teinert, John Burton, Craig Miller, Ron Moerbe, and Scott Burton. Honorary Pallbearers will be Maldred Chauvin and Hans Schulz.
Patricia P. Byrd
8/23/50 - 12/5/03
53, of Beaumont, Texas, died Friday, December 5, 2003, at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont.
She was born August 23, 1950, in Shelbyville, Texas, and had be Thomas Jefferson High School, and was a legal secretary and a former employee of Strong, Pipkin, Bissel, & Ledyard, LLP Law Firm in Beaumont. Jesus became her personal savior at 13th Street Missionary Baptist Church in Port Arthur. She was a member of Unity Church in Beaumont.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 7, 2003 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves. Reverend Frank Hodges, pastor of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Nederland, will officiate. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Saturday, December 6, 2003, at the funeral home. She was preceded in death by her father, J.W. Byrd, Jr. She is survived by her mother, Mary E. "DuBell" Byrd of Port Arthur; sister, Gloria Faye Guillote also of Port Arthur; two nephews, Matt Guillote, and Chiris Guillote; and two great-nephews, Dylan Guillote, and Dustin Guillote.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 4, Port Neches, Texas 7765l.
Pamela Elaine Clary
5/15/50 - 12/10/97
56, passed away on December 10, 2006. She was born May 15, 1950 in Dubberly, LA to James Frank and Lillian Clifford (Howell) Clary. Pamela was definitely a home body but enjoyed embroidery, reading, playing the piano, making jewelry and she loved shoes. She was preceded in death by her parents: brothers Ray and Charles Clary. Survivors include her loving husband of 37 years, Gary; children, Deanna Faye Olson and husband Chris of OKC and Nelson James Wiser of the home; siblings, Mary Jo Smith and husband Frank of TX, Nelda Ruth Moore and husband Frantz of TX and Richard Clary of MS.
Michael Wayne Coats
0/0/49 - 0/0/13
Vicki Kay Cochran
9/13/49 - 4/27/15
65, of Nederland, died Monday, April 27,2015. She was born on September 13, 1949, in Port Arthur, to Gertrude Byrd and
John Taylor Cochran, and had been a life long resident of the area.
Vicki’s heart was so pure, loving, and kind. She never forgot birthdays or phone numbers. Vicki sent cards to everyone for birthdays and holidays. She loved her cats.
Vicki is survived by her husband, Thomas Greer of Nederland; brother, Tommy Cochran of Groves; nieces,Claire Provost and her husband, John and D’Ann Cochran, all of Nederland; and nephew, Taylor Cochran of Groves. She is preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Betty Cochran McKenzie.
A memorial service for Mrs. Cochran will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. Her committal was held at Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont.
Carmela A. Collida
10/24/50 - 1/23/01
George Clifford Collins
1/11/50 - 12/10/20
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. George was among the first faculty members at University of Houston Clear Lake, where he faithfully served his students and colleagues for forty years, holding positions including Associate Dean of Natural & Applied Sciences, Director of Programs in Technologies, and Program Chair of Computer Engineering.
Continuing with scouting, he volunteered as a Den Leader for Pack 18 at Poe Elementary. He was a dedicated member of First Christian Church for over fifty years. He lived for his family, particularly enjoying group vacations to the mountains of New Mexico.
He welcomed his mother-in-law and later his father into the family home in Houston, and cared for them in their last years with his typical patience and love.
George is survived by his wife Donna; sons Nicholas (Tanya), Andrew, and Benjamin (Monica); grandsons Anton, Alexander, and Hudson; brothers Billy (Marian), Eddie (Marie), and Johnny (Darcy); sisters-in-law Sue, Jennie, and Felice, aunts Virginia Avery and Flo Garrett, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was a kind and gentle soul with a great sense of humor, and we will all miss him terribly.
A memorial service will be planned for a safer time in the future. For those interested in making a donation in George’s memory, please consider Houston Area Parkinson Society (hapsonline.org), Houston Hospice (houstonhospice.org), or any organization you would desire to support.
10/11/50 - 5/28/89
38, of Baytown died Sunday,
May 28, 1989 at Park Place Hospital in Port Arthur after anaccident Friday in Sabine Lake. A native and resident of Port Arthur for 29 years,
he had lived in Baytown 10 years and was a student at San Jacinto Junior College in Houston. He was a former employee of U.S. Steel of Baytown.
Services will be at 4p.m. Monday at St. Charles Catholic Church in Nederland with burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves. A rosary was recited Sunday night at the Pat A. Riley Funeral Home Chapel. Survivors include his mother, Mae Comeaux; one sister, Barbara Comeaux; and one nephew, John Comeaux.
Terry J. Cook
8/11/50 - 2/20/00
49, of Nederland
died Sunday, February 20, 2000, at Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston . A native of Amarillo , he lived in Nederland for 28 years. He was
a self-employed maker of air boats.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Nederland Apostolic Church with the Rev. James Corkran officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches under the direction of Levingston Funeral Home in Port Neches. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Survivors include his wife Brenda Rector Cook; his mother and stepfather, Edith and the Rev. Jarel Derese, Sr.; a son, Terry Jay Cook,Jr.; a sister, Renee Joy Derese; and two brothers, Gary James Cook and James Arian Cook
Jerome Jules "Jerry" Crochet
9/10/49 - 8/27/13
8/24/50 - 3/5/21
a deeply loved wife, mother, grandmother,
sister, and aunt passed away on March 5, 2021 in the home of her daughter, Mandy Johnson in Katy, Texas.
Martha was born in Houston on August 24, 1950 to her mother, Guadalupe, and her father, Crecencio Cruz.
Eventually planting long-term roots in Silsbee, Texas, Martha married her surviving husband, Robert Middlebrook, who took great care of her throughout the years and kept a smile on her beautiful face constantly.
Genuine, radiant and never without red nail polish. Martha was adored by many. From hand-stitched quilts to cooking meals from scratch. Martha loved many things and people. She was an excellent care giver who always made sure that her children and grandchildren were well taken care of with bellies full of good food, cheeks covered in kisses, and bodies warm from tight hugs. Now gently tucked into our memories as "snug as a bug in a rug." Martha continues to live on in our hearts forever.
6/10/50 - 9/27/13
Without warning death plucked a flower from our garden on Sept. 27, 2013. Sister Providencia Aretha Felipa-Dangerfield “Rita” Johnson was called from earth to heaven’s reward. She was born in Flushing Queens, Long Island, N.Y., on June 10, 1950, to the late Josephine Lewis Dangerfield (Nelson J. Dangerfield) and the late Prudencio V. H. Felipa.
Eulogy will be conducted on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m. at the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, with Pastor Donald R. Burnette as the officiant. Visitation will begin from 8 a.m. until the time of services. Interment will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Port Arthur, Texas. Rita, as she was affectionately called, was a civic leader and a public servant who can be appropriately described as a godly woman who vigorously pursued a godly path toward a godly cause. This chosen course of action made her unique and set her remarkably apart in God’s orchard as an abundantly productive fruitbearing tree whose leaves of concern for human betterment never withered, and whose inward and outward prosperity never waned.
Sister Johnson received her high school diploma from Thomas Jefferson High School of Port Arthur, Texas, in 1968 and graduated in 1970 from Chenier Business School of Beaumont, Texas, with a certification in business administration.
Providencia and Larry Thompson were united in marriage and produced a daughter, Sharonda. When she moved to Crowley, she united in holy matrimony with Haymon Johnson on Sept. 5, 1998. She was proud of her family whom she loved dearly, and that love was reciprocated.
Her religion began with the Catholic faith and in 1985 Rita was baptized at the Mount Sinai Baptist Church of Port Arthur, Texas, and later united with Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church of Crowley, her church family, under the leadership of Reverend Donald R. Burnette Sr. Sister Johnson served faithfully as member of the Chancel Choir, held the position of pastor’s aid president, produced a newsletter called “The Star”, was a youth department member and of Division II – Missionary Society, a Bible Vacation School teacher, donated toward the purchase of uniforms for the junior ushers and worked wherever she was needed. Providencia was the first president of the reorganization of Homeland Civic and Social organization. She served in that capacity for two years.
She was an inactive member of Excelsior Chapter, Order of Eastern Star #84. Rita’s career in Crowley began as clerk at Crowley City Hall. She later moved into the position of grants coordinator. She was responsible for the grant writing and research for funding of Capital Outlay Projects, DARE grants, Local Law Enforcement Block grants, Rural Development grants, Decentralized Arts Grant, Louisiana Main Street grants and Historic Preservation grants.
Rita was very instrumental in the implementation of the Historic Parkerson Avenue Redevelopment Avenue Project and was the grants writer for the improvements to the Crowley Baseball Complex and Miller Stadium Project. In 1999, she became the first Main Street manager for the city of Crowley. Rita implemented the Main Street program which is designed to promote the historic and economic redevelopment of downtown. In 2001, Crowley Main Street was recognized as a National Main Street Community. She introduced Witchy Way, and Kids Day Out, “An Evening with the Arts & A Taste of Cuisine, (a Remember November Main Street event) and published a newsletter for Main Street. She was financial officer for the Louisiana Main Street Mangers Association.
Providencia helped plan over 33 percent of the arts programming for the Crowley Art Association and the city. Along the way she helped create sidewalk chalk art day in April Sketches, art shows at the Opera House and helped spread the word about arts of Crowley.
She was co-chairperson of the Mardi Gras and July Fete festivities.
She was a participant of the Miss Bea’s Reading Program at Ross Elementary School.
Rita was secretary to Alderwoman Laurita Pete, president of the Louisiana Black Caucus Association for one year.
Providencia was the mother of one child and five grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her mother, Josephine Dangerfield; her father, Prudencio V. H. Felipa and Nelson J. Dangerfield, who reared her; two sisters, Mary Louise Lawson and Dorothy Morgan; and one brother, Bennett Tyler.
She leaves to celebrate her life her husband, Haymon “Jake”; one daughter, Sharonda (Craig) of Beaumont; five grandchildren, Amanda Holbert and Breanna Arline (Rashad Arline) of Beaumont and Samaris Smith, Broderick Holbert and Bryce Holbert, all of Beaumont; two great-grandchildren, Carmen Jones and Jatorian Adams. Rita also leaves to cherish her fond memories: one sister, Mattie Dorsey of Port Arthur; one sister she adopted, Margaret Young of Crowley; and her special friends, Pat Johnson of Crowley and Charlene Godeau of Port Arthur.
She leaves also to mourn her passing Ms. Delores N. Johnson, her mother-in- law; Mr. John Johnson (Claudette), her father-in-law; four sisters-in-law, Vera Minix (Paul Lewis) of Beaumont, Nancy (Wendell Milson) of Crowley, Leola Johnson (Walter Anderson) of Crowley and Elaine (Mike Freeman) of Crowley; three brothers-in-law, John Wayne (Doretheia) of Rayne, Dave of Rayne and Gilbert of Manhattan, Kan.; two godchildren, Laqueisha Pattman of McKinnley, Texas and Brianna Anderson of Crowley; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
John DeCluitt, III
0/0/0 - 3/13/04
54, of Brady, passed away on March 13, 2004 in San Angelo .
A memorial service, officiated by family members, was held March 15 at Richard's Park in Brady. Interment was in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Mr. DeCluitt was born Jan. 3, 1950, in Port Arthur, the son of John and Barbara Deane (Faulk) DeCluitt Jr. He was an automotive and diesel mechanic until ill health forced his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Dwight James DeCluitt; and one sister, Connie Lou Kemmitz. Survivors include two brothers, Gerald DeCluitt of Montgomery , AL. and Donald Curtis DeCluitt of Gatesville; two sisters, Deborah Ann Holbern of Eden and Norma Ruth Kemmitz of Gatesville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
3/28/50 - 7/14/16
66, died Thursday at the Nix Hospital, after a long battle with cardiovascular disease. He was born in Port Arthur, Texas 03-28-1950. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur in 1968. He attended Lamar College. Donald lived in California for many years and moved to San Antonio in 2013.His parents, Beatrix and Jesse Austin DeLee of Port Arthur, Texas, precede Donald in death. He is survived by his brother, Jesse C. DeLee of San Antonio and many cousins, nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church, 8500 Cross Mountain Trail, San Antonio, on August 13, 2016 at 9:30 AM, officiated by Father Conor McGrath. The family suggests donations to the San Antonio SPCA in lieu of flowers.
George Phillip Dickman
0/0/50 - 7/11/04
53, of Orange , died suddenly Sunday, July 11, 2004, at Memorial Herman Baptist Orange Hospital .
Mr. Dickman was born in New York , NY and a lifelong resident of Orange . He was the owner and operator of Dsigns of Bridge City. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church
in Orange and a member of the Golden Triangle Emmaus Community.
He is survived by his wife, Ronna Dickman of Orange; daughter, Shonna Hunt and her husband, Gene of Atascocita, TX; son, Nathan Edward Dickman of Orange; four grandchildren, Phillip Nathaniel Hunt, Alaina Broussard, Avery Hunt, and Chris Hunt; brothers, Richard Dickman of Hemphill, TX and Neil Dickman of Bridge City; and sister, Lynida Reaux of Bridge City.
Roy Edward Dugas
8/3/50 - 4/15/21
was born on August 3, 1950 and passed away on April 15, 2021. He proudly served in the Marines for eight years. He signed up right after graduating from Thomas Jefferson HS in 1968 and was a Vietnam veteran. Surviving are his wife, BJ Dugas; sons Roy Moore, Edward Dugas, Joshua Moore and Walter Moore; daughters Jennifer LeBouef, Amber Ellis, Kayla Dugas and Ariana Dugas. He has 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. No public services are being held. ______________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Cynthia "Cindy" Duplantis
2/2/50 - 10/7/17
67, of Horseshoe Bay, TX, passed away on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Cindy was born on February 2, 1950.______________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Jeanne Sue Duplantis
7/31/50 - 2/2/08
57, of Port Arthur passed away on Saturday, February 2, 2008, at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont after a nine month battle with lung cancer.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2008, at Grammier - Oberle Funeral Home in Port Arthur. A gathering of friends and family will take place from 11:00 a.m. until service time on Saturday. Cremation will take place at Wilbert Crematorium in Beaumont. Jeanne was born on July 31, 1950, in Port Arthur, Texas to Lydia Marie Hogg Duplantis and Guy Ray Duplantis. She had lived in Port Arthur all of her life and was employed at Transit Mix as a yard manager. Jeanne loved to play golf, loved to remodel and was generally considered a “handy-woman” tinkering with things that needed to be fixed around the house. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend who will be missed dearly.
Survivors include her son, Lawrence Myers and wife Lillian of Port Neches; brothers and sisters, James Duplantis of Houston, Jerry Duplantis, Tim Duplantis and Betty Achord all of Port Arthur, Sharon Manuel of China, Jack Duplantis of Port Arthur and Jan Chance of Groves; grandson, Lucas Myers of Port Neches. Jeanne was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Gale Webb.
Janis K. Dupont
12/19/49 - 5/14/79
29, of Houston died Tuesday, December 19, 1979 after a sudden illness. She was a native of Port Arthur and resident of Houston 10 years. She was employed a Cardio Scan of Texas and was a 1968 Thomas Jefferson High School graduate.
Services are set for 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Peter's Catholic Church with burial following in Greenlawn Memorial Park . A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Clayton-Thompson Funeral Home chapel.
Survivors include her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Dupont; one sister, Patricia Vizzard; one nephew, Sean Vizzard; one niece, Kimberly Vizzard
Terry Robert Durham
6/28/49 - 6/1/99
49, of Port Arthur died Tuesday, June 1, 1999. A resident of Port Arthur for 49 years, he was employed at Durham's Cash Store. He was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church and Masonic Lodge No. 1264 A.F. & A.M. Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Dammom officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Nederland . Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy; his mother, Joyce Durham; two step-daughters, Cindy Bledsoe and Melinda Garcia; a son, Walter Durham; two sisters, Walterine Anders and Cindy Durham; five brothers, James, John, Kenneth, Tommy, and Frank "Bull" Durham; and three grandchildren.
Cynthia J. Elizondo
12/17/49 - 12/14/04
54, of Houston, Texas passed away on Tuesday, December 14, 1004, at her home in Houston.
She was born on December 17, 1949 in Port Arthur Texas to Johnny Elizondo and Eppie Moreno Elizondo. Cynthia lived in Port Arthur for most of her life, before moving to Houston 8 years ago. She was a 1968 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School and a graduate from Lamar University in Beaumont. Cynthia also graduated from University of Texas at Arlington, and worked as a Critical Care registered nurse at Clear Lake Regional Hospital in Clear Lake, Texas, and Christus Saint Mary's Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas.
A Rosary for Cynthia will be recited at 6:00pm, Saturday, December 18th, 2004 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church by Rev. T.R. Blanco. Private burial will be at Memory Gardens. Arrangements are under the direction of Clayton Thompson Funeral Directors.
She is survived by her parents Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Elizondo of Port Arthur, her brothers and sisters: Tom Elizondo and Irene Cooper of Port Arthur, Gloria Elizondo of Lafayette, LA., Mary Helen Elizondo of Port Arthur, Steve Elizondo of Raleigh, NC., Cathy Hammond of Groves and a host of nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, or Southeast Texas Humane Society. Cynthia always had a great love for animals.
Linda Rosa Estrada
2/10/50 - 1/12/98
47, of Port Arthur died Monday, January 12, 1998 at St. Mary Hospital . formerly of Galveston , she was a Port Arthur resident for 36 years. She was a teacher's aide with the Port Arthur School District . Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. T.R. Blanco officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park . Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. at Clayton-Thompson Funeral Home.
Survivors include her husband, Rudolph "Rudy" Aldaiz; her father, Francisco Estrada; her mother, Bertha Estrada; two sons, Israel and Marcos Aldaiz; a daughter, Marisa Aldaiz; two brothers, Carlos and J. Frank Estrada; and a sister, Evangelina Estrada.
Jack Walker Etheredge, Jr.
2/10/50 - 1/12/98
68, of Bridge City, Texas, passed away on May 15, 2019, at his home surrounded by loved ones.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 20, 2019, at St. Henry Catholic Church in Bridge City. Officiating will be Father Steve Leger. Cremation will follow the Mass under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City.
Born in Port Arthur, Texas, on August 17, 1950, he was the son of Jack Walker Etheredge, Sr. and Eva (Blackwell) Etheredge. Jack served his country in the National Guard and worked many years as an operator for Total. Jack enjoyed spending time on the golf course, watching westerns-especially Gun Smoke and anything with John Wayne, reading, and going to see blues music played live. He loved the beach and would spend as much time as he could at their family beach house in Crystal Beach. Jack was a very adventurous, outgoing man with a great sense of humor as well as being affectionate and always there for the good hugs. He had an infectious laugh, the gift of gab, never met a stranger, and was known to be the life of the party. He was a true family man who adored his grandchildren. He loved to take them to breakfast, coach their little league teams, and never missed one of his children’s or grandchildren’s games. Jack loved life and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. Life will be a little less bright without his shining smile.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Eva Etheredge.
He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Charlotte Ellia (Cunningham) Etheredge; daughters, Niki Renee’ Ford and husband Chris, of Buda and Brittany Starr Sauer, of Mauriceville; grandchildren, Peyton Ford, Jaxon Sauer, Sydnee Sauer, Cason Ford, and his bonus grandson, Bryden Richardson; siblings, Chalma Blackwell and husband Mike, Angie Burleigh and husband Kenny, and Vicki Etheredge; along with numerous other loving family and friends.
Serving as pallbearers will be Mike Blackwell, John Blackwell, John Metoyer, Charlie Fontenot, Darin Cricchio, Chris Ford, Jake Sauer, and Buddy Cunningham. Honorary pallbearers are Scott Cunningham, Ernest Vincent, Glenn Garcia, Charlie Wells, Scott Nunley, Mike Metoyer, Brian Metoyer, Doc Segura, Josh Richardson, Harvey Blankenship, Mike Barnett, Dick Jordan, and Marcus Broussard.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Glioblastoma Foundation at P.O. Box 62066, Durham, NC 27715 or at glioblastomafoundation.org.
Alan Wayne Foley
7/6/50 - 1/10/2018
67, of Port Arthur passed away on Sunday,
January 7, 2018 at Medical Center of Southeast Texas.. Graveside services to be held at 2:00 pm Friday, January 12, 2018 at Greenlawn Memorial Cemetary,
3900 Twin City Highway, Groves, Tx, under the direction of Clayton Thompson Funeral Home. ______________________________________
7/11/50 - 9/17/2020
70, of Port Neches, Texas passed away Thursday, September 17, 2020 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont, Texas. Beverly was born July 11, 1950 in Port Arthur, Texas to Willis Fontenot and Rosa Belle Fontenot. She was a lifelong resident of this area and a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Port Neches. Beverly retired from Port Arthur ISD having worked in the cafeteria at Travis Elementary with 20 plus years of service. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Levingston Funeral Home in Port Neches with Reverend Shiju Churakal officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park. Visitation for family and friends will be held Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Beverly was preceded in death by her mother, Rosa Belle Fontenot, and brothers-in-law, Dennis Nixson and Dennis Holberg. Surviving relatives include her husband of 50 years, Frank “Nick” Nixson of Port Neches, Texas; sons, David Nixson and wife Vicki of Port Neches, Texas, Derrill Nixson of Port Neches, Texas; grandchildren, Kynlee Nixson, Kade Morgan, and Kalah Morgan all of Port Neches, Texas; father, Willis Fontenot of Port Arthur, Texas; sisters, Debbie Fontenot Holberg of Nederland, Texas, Susan Fontenot Singleton and husband Brian of Nederland, Texas, and Melissa Fontenot of Port Neches, Texas; brother, Kevin Fontenot of Port Arthur, Texas; brother-in-law, Terry Nixson and wife Lana of College Station, Texas.