Obituaries

In Remembrance of Class Family Members and Friends


John Allen "J.T." Travis, Class of 1969

of Austin, TX, passed away Saturday morning, May 9, 2020 at the age of 68. J.T. was born to parents Oscar and Frances Travis on August 30, 1951 in Port Arthur, TX. He attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, after which he moved to Austin, TX. J.T. possessed a passionate love for sports and music and was a die-hard New Orleans Saints and Willie Nelson fan. Known for his quick wit and sense of humor, J. T. is fondly remembered by family, friends, golf buddies and patrons of his favorite spot and former employer, Deep Eddy Cabaret. J.T. is survived by his nieces and nephew, Karrie Stefflen, Michelle Carter and Michael Stefflen; his great niece and nephew, Julia Gros and Jesse Carter; his cousins, Darla Guidry, Don Travis, Larry Travis, Paul Travis, Fletcher Travis, Skyla Herford and Latice Fontenot; and his close friends, Mark and Janie Murphy, Inger Olsen, David Pratt and the rest of J.T.'s "Austin family," who are too numerous to name. He is preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Frances Travis; his sister, Carol Stefflen and his cousin, Patricia Mahlen. The family is grateful for the condolences and requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to the Carol Stefflen Scholarship Fund at First Baptist Church Port Neches. J.T.'s ashes will be scattered in Austin at a memorial service to be scheduled at a later date.

Robert “Bob” Hollier, brother of Ronnie and Donnie Hollier

75, passed away on May 13, 2020, following difficulties with his heart. Bob was born in Jacksonville, Florida, on September 23, 1944, during World War II, but grew up in Port Arthur, Texas. He was graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1963, and afterwards attended Texas A&M on a football scholarship, graduating in 1967 with a B.A. in History, to be followed by receiving an M.A. in History from Lamar University. Bob was a history teacher and a coach at Bridge City High School from 1967 until his retirement in 2000. He loved rooting for “his” Aggies and for the Astros. He collected baseball cards and loved playing golf. Bob was preceded in death by his younger twin brothers, Ronnie and Donnie Hollier, and by his parents, Ivan and Jean Hollier. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Amelia Votti (Mimi) Hollier; his only son, Robert Foxwood Hollier and his wife Amber, and her children Sierra, Dylan, and Tori and her husband Bradley Gray; his grandson, Gavyn Edward Hollier; his brother-in-law Carl Wood Votti, his wife Lisa, and their sons Carl and Cuyler Votti; his two nephews Ronnie Hollier, Jr., and Bryan Hollier; his three nieces, Lori Ortiz, Jennifer Cardinas and Jaime Hollier. Following cremation, he will be interred at the Memorial Garden at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Orange, Texas. A memorial service at St. Paul’s will be tentatively scheduled for late June. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Humane Society of Southeast Texas, to the Gary Sinise Veterans Program, to the Shiner’s Hospital for Children, or to the Danny Thomas Research Hospital for Children. “And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.” Ecclesiastes 12:7

Roy Gaspard, brother of Katie Gaspard

78, of Groves, Texas passed away Sunday, May 3, 2020 surrounded by his family. Roy was born July 25, 1941 in Abbeville, Louisiana to Lonie Lee Gaspard and Elvena Trahan Gaspard. He was a 70 year resident of this area and retired from the Port Arthur Police Department after 30 years of service. He proudly served in the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve. Roy was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Lonie Gaspard, Jr. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Gaile Gaspard of Groves; daughters, Paige Molbert and husband David of Groves, and Cristi Martinez and husband John of Groves; son, Ron Gaspard and wife Kim of Groves; sisters, Katie Gaspard of Port Arthur, Maggie Joubert and husband Ray of Orange, and Sharon Anderson of Wichita Falls; brothers, Floyd Gaspard and wife Francine of Port Arthur, and Darrell Gaspard and wife Diana of Groves; sister-in-law, Cheryl Gaspard of New Caney; grandchildren, Brittany Sanchez, Ryan Molbert, Chastin Martinez, and Mason Martinez; great-grandchildren, Kyler, Jack, Bryson, Chloe, Amelia, and Lucy. A visitation for family and friends will begin at 12 noon, Thursday, May 7, 2020 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves followed by the funeral service at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Ruth Morrow King, mother of Kay King

94, went to be with the Lord on April, 26, 2020 in Fort Bend Co, Texas. She was born Dec. 22, 1925 in the Elmwood Community in Anderson, Co, Texas to Samuel Luther Morrow and Pearl Gambrell Morrow. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, James Earl King, Jr, her parents, her brother and three sisters. She is survived by her three daughters and sons-in-law: Kay Young and husband Dwayne of Rosenberg, TX, Elaine Curtis and husband Carl of Lynchburg, VA and Jamie Wilding and husband Mark of St. Marys, WV. Six Grandchildren: Mara Hehli of Katy, TX, Krista Leons of Omaha, NE, Wesley Wilding of Sour Lake, TX, Whitney Hughes of Gisenyi, Rwanda, Kate Stearns of Dallas, TX, and Emma Curtis of Dallas, TX and nine great grandchildren.

John “Johnny” Ferral Faulk, father of Mike Faulk

92, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Saturday, April 25, 2020. Johnny was born March 31, 1928 in Crowley, Louisiana to the late Arthur and Beulah Faulk. Johnny joined the United States Navy at the young age of 17. He was a veteran of WWII on the USS Dixie. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, archery, traveling and gardening. Johnny had a green thumb for growing vegetables and roses. He retired from Gulf Oil Refinery after 36 years of service. Johnny cherished his family and friends. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be missed by all. Johnny was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Faulk and Beulah Pearl Petry Faulk; sister, Catherine Faulk and granddaughter, Lauren Brack. Those left behind to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 39 years, Carole Helen Faulk; children, Mike Faulk and his wife, Linda; Debbie Dugas and her husband, Ronald; Randy Faulk and his wife, Paula; Cindy LeBlanc and her husband, Tommy; daughter, Christel Chamberlain; daughter, Cammie Pool and her husband, John; sister, Betty Lou McDaniel; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.

Peggy Rising Henderson, mother of Glen Henderson

91, passed away of natural causes on Mother's Day morning at her daughter's home in Galveston, Texas. Born in Port Arthur, Peggy was a 1945 graduate of St. James High School and of Baptist Hospital Nursing School. She was an RN at St. Mary Hospital for many years, and was a Eucharistic Minister for St. James Church. Peggy was preceded in death by her husband, Tom, and her son, Lynn. Survivors include: daughter, Lodie Massey and son-in-law, Jack Massey, son Glen Henderson; grandchildren, Jessica and Todd Holt, Beau and Meagan Bunce, TJ and Kayla Henderson, Starsha Henderson, and Christina Worthington; great grandchildren Jackson, Masen, Hunter, Colton, Ashley, Bradley, and Scott and many beloved nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves on Thursday, May 14, 2020 from 11:30 AM till 1:45 PM with graveside services to follow at 2:00 PM in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Memorials in Peggy's name may be made to St. James Church or Hospice Care Team

Glynn Martin Fowler Sr., brother of Billy Fowler

64, of Bridge City, passed away on Friday April 3, 2020. Glynn was a native of Port Arthur and resided in Bridge City for the past 23 years. He was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church. Glynn was employed by Kansas City Southern Railroad for 31 years before retiring in June 2015. He enjoyed outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, and camping with friends and family. However, he loved spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and many others who called him “Paw-Paw.” Glynn was preceded in death by his parents, Willis Marion "Bill" & Bessie Fowler, Jr. and a granddaughter Amber Brenee Duke. He is survived by his wife, Colleen; his children, Jennifer Fowler Duke of Lumberton, Glynn Martin Fowler, Jr "Bubba". and his wife Reina of Groves, Kelly DeCuir Holbrook and her husband Logan of Kentucky and Nathan Lane Fowler of Bridge City; his brothers, Willis Marion "Billy" Fowler III and his wife Lorraine of Longview, Lynn Fowler of League City and Benn Fowler and his wife Elaine of Walker, LA. Glynn is also survived by his grandchildren Hannah James, Elizabeth "Liz" Duke, Tori Fowler, Ethan "LB" Fowler, and Laytin DeCuir. A private family Graveside will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Green Lawn Memorial Park. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grammier-oberle.com for the Fowler family.

Bobbie Joe Burks, mother of Gloria Faye Burks

98, of Henderson, will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 at Crawford - A. Crim Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Bill Kuykendall and Rev. Jerry Woodall officiating. Interment will follow at Zion Hill Cemetery under the direction of Crawford - A. Crim Funeral Home of Henderson. Visitation will be from 3:00-5:00 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 at the funeral home. Mrs. Burks passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 at Integris Hospice House in Oklahoma City. She was born Feb. 16, 1922 in Brachfield, TX to the late Sam Hubbard and Katie Ferris Bearden. Bobbie graduated from Mt. Enterprise High School. She spent most of her life in Port Arthur before moving home to Rusk County. She loved her family, praying daily for each one by name. Mrs. Burks was very active in and loved her church families of 4th Ave Baptist Church and Trinity Baptist Church in Port Arthur and Calvary Baptist Church in Henderson. She enjoyed serving her church as head of the kitchen and also teaching Sunday School and Bible Class. She was an excellent seamstress, and loved to bake. She also enjoyed gardening vegetables and plants. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Martin Burks; son, Martin Edward Burks; and sisters, Nellie Orr, Ellie Orr, and Ruth Orr. Survivors include: her two daughters, Barbara Woodall and husband Jerry of El Reno, OK, and Faye Fowler of Longview; daughter-in-law Natalie Burks of Palestine; eight grandchildren, Bret Woodall and wife Krista, Todd Woodall and wife Sundae, Dawn Soriano, Lori Haas and husband Clay, Blake Fowler and wife Tiffany, Josh Burks, Andy Burks, and Emily Mitchell and husband Clay; sister-in-law, Reta Faye Burks of Henderson; 18 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 410 N. Marshall, Henderson, TX 75652.

Marie Blanchard, mother of Randy Blanchard

98, died in Huntsville, Texas on March 27, 2020. She was born in New Iberia, Louisiana to Felix and Clarisse Deslatte. Orphaned at an early age, she was raised by relatives in Port Arthur, Texas, where she lived for most of her life. She was the youngest girl and the third youngest sibling among 12 brothers and sisters. She is the last surviving sibling. Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony J. "Tony" Blanchard, daughter Donna Hebert, and son Terry Blanchard. She is survived by her son Randy Blanchard of Port Arthur, Texas, son-in-law Gayle Hebert of Huntsville, Texas, granddaughter Michelle Hebert, MD of Huntsville, Texas, grandson Darren Hebert and his wife Lori of Bellville, Texas, step-great grandson Kevin Dupuy and his wife Becky and son Dez of Mountainview, California, grandson Matthew Blanchard and his wife Jessica, and their daughters Maddie, Lillie and Izzy of Cedar Park, Texas, and granddaughter Joyce Bonner and her husband Chad of Leander Texas. She is also survived by nephew Glenn Guillot of Lumberton, Texas and nephew Ronald Hebert of Satellite Beach, Florida and goddaughter Toni Love of Melbourne, Florida and many other extended family and friends. Marie was a long-time member of Saint Catherine Catholic Church in Port Arthur, Texas where she was a member of the Ladies Altar Society. Marie was dearly loved by family and friends and will be greatly missed. She loved to travel and was a voracious reader and puzzle solver. She was a gifted cook and loved to prepare meals for family and friends. Her gifts of roux, fig preserves, fruit cake and pie were especially treasured. Special thanks are offered to Lynn and Dennis Longmire and the caregivers of Angel Care Outreach in Huntsville, Texas for their loving and compassionate care of Marie. Thanks also to Dr. Karl Mahaffey and Dr. Christie Cahill for their extra efforts to provide for her medical and hearing needs. Special thanks also to Father Fred Valone, Marilyn Johnson and others of Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church for attending to her spiritual needs. Special thanks also to Compassionate Care Hospice for making her final days peaceful. A private visitation was be held at Grammier Oberle Funeral Home in Port Arthur, Texas on Tues, March 31 followed immediately by a private graveside service and interment at Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery. Once circumstances permit, a memorial service will be held in her memory. In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully requests that donations be made in her name to the Senior Center of Walker County to support their Meals on Wheels program, Catholic Charities of Galveston-Houston or to the charity of your choice.