Obituaries

In Remembrance of Class Family Members and Friends


George “Bubba” Rhodes, brother of Jenny Rhodes

 79, of Beaumont, died Saturday, June 26, 2021, at Summer Place Nursing and Rehabilitation, Beaumont. He was born on December 7, 1941, in Port Arthur, to Margaret Nowlin Hooper Rhodes and George Wright Rhodes.
George served in the United States Air Force before starting work at Texaco and then moving into the Petroleum inspection field. He worked at Charles Martin and Associates and SGS until he retired. George was very mechanically inclined and loved to tinker and fix things. If you were willing to listen he would tell you a story. Not always the same story but usually a funny one. He knew love and heart break. He knew happiness and disappointment. He learned of forgiveness and forgave and offered amends where he could. He learned of Jesus and knows him as his savior.
Survivors include his daughter, Rebecca Underhill and her husband, Mark; sons, George Webb Rhodes and Joe Rhodes and his wife, Carolyn; grandchildren, Robert Underhill and his wife, Elissa; Allison Underhill; Michael Underhill; Alex Rhodes; and Victoria Rhodes; sister, Jenny Hamilton and her husband, L.H.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Myrtis Fletcher and Sally Phillips.
The ennichment of Mr. Rhodes’ cremated body will be 2:15 p.m., Friday, July 30, 2021, at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston. His committal was held at Broussard’s Crematorium under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 2200 Space Park Drive, Suite 100, Houston, Texas 77058.
The family acknowledges the loving care he received while a resident of Summer Place Nursing and Rehabilitation. George leaves behind many friends both with residents and staff.

Thaddeus "Hawk" Jerome Bellanger, brother of Chris Bellanger

 Thad Bellanger, 80, of Orange, passed away on June 15, 2021, in Beaumont.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 19, 2021, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Officiating will be Deacon Steve Obernuefemann. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange.
Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 19, 2021, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City.
Born in Port Arthur, Texas, on April 25, 1941, he was the son of Henry Bellanger and Judith Ann (Sharon) Bellanger. He graduated high school from Bishop Byrne in Port Arthur in 1960. Hawk served his country bravely with the United States Marines. He was employed as a Pipefitter and a member of Local 211 where he participated as an active member and later retired from Ameripol Synpol. Hawk was an avid hunter and fisherman, and also enjoyed gardening and was an excellent cook. Thaddeus went by many titles, including but not limited to, Hawk, Fatboy, Paw Paw B., and frequently gave those around him nicknames too. He was adored by everyone he knew and left a lasting impact on those he met. Hawk will be deeply missed by all those who came to know and love him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Judith Bellanger; sister, Martha Bellanger; and brother, Jimmy Bellanger.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Catherine Faye Bellanger; children, Tammy Trahan and husband Stan, Troy Bellanger, Terry Bellanger and wife Kristen, and Tod Bellanger and wife Alicia; grandchildren, Mitch Trahan and wife Paije, Hunter Bellanger, Laken Bellanger, Anthony Bellanger and Austin Bellanger; and siblings, Chris Bellanger and wife Jeanne Anne and Joe Bellanger; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and other loving family.
Serving as pallbearers will be Mitch Trahan, Hunter Bellanger, Anthony Bellanger, Austin Bellanger, Chris Bellanger and Joe Bellanger. Serving as honorary pallbearer will be Laken Bellanger.

Phyllis Ann (Eldemire) Crauford, sister of Linda Eldemire

On Thursday, April 29, 2021, Phyllis Ann (Eldemire) Crauford passed away at the age of 72. Phyllis was born December 16, 1948, to Capt. Philip Dorson Eldemire and Gunda (Fleischmann) Eldemire, in Port Arthur, Texas. A native of Port Arthur, she graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1967.
Phyllis married Charles Crauford on January 15, 1971 and together they raised two sons, Charles (Chuck) and Steve. She retired from AT&T after over thirty years of service and remained in Beaumont. Phyllis loved her family. She loved late night talks with her sons.
She was most proud of her seven grandchildren: Lindsey, Kaley, Hadley, Wesley, Aubrey, Hunter, and Hailey. She enjoyed inside jokes with her siblings and big family Christmas parties. She was proud of her father’s Cayman Island heritage and her mother’s German roots. Known for her love of fabulous jewelry, Philly loved to shine and made sure her home sparkled for each holiday.
She was a faithful supporter of the Fighting Texas Aggies.
Many Saturdays were spent watching football games with her boys even though one chose the “other” school.
Philly pampered her cat, Koby Kyle, aka The Misters.
Phyllis is survived by her oldest son, Charles (Chuck) Crauford, of Georgetown, his four children, and her son, Steven Crauford, of Round Rock and his wife, Terri and their three children.
She will also be missed by her extended family including siblings: brother, Charlie Eldemire and his wife, Louanne, brother, Ronnie Eldemire and Gina Spear, and sister, Linda Judice and her husband, Mike; numerous nieces and nephews; and one adorable great-nephew.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
A memorial service for Mrs. Crauford will be held at a later date. Her committal was held at Broussard’s Crematorium under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

Edith Atkins, mother of Jack Atkins

91, of Beaumont passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Edith was born July 28, 1929 in Port Arthur, Texas to the late William and Margaret Fordyce. She was a member of First Baptist Church-Nederland. In January 2019 Edith moved to Collier Park Senior Living, where she was able to be independent and made many new friends. Edith enjoyed gardening and pulling weeds every morning. Her favorite past time was playing trivia games at Collier Park and visiting with her friends and family.
Edith is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jack Tommy Atkins; and son, Randy Carl Atkins.
Those left behind to cherish Edith’s memory are her son, Jack Ray Atkins and his wife, Chris of Village Mills, TX; and their children, Jason Atkins and his wife, Kelcie of Houston, TX; Alaina Fournier and her husband, Keith of Lake Forest, IL; daughter-in-law, Sharon Atkins of Jasper, TX and her son, Bradley Atkins of Jasper, TX; and two great grandchildren, Chloe and Eric Fournier.
A gathering of friends and family will be held at from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., with the service to begin at 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 3, 2021, at First Baptist Church of Nederland; 1911 Nederland Ave., Nederland, TX 77627. Interment will follow at Memory Garden’s of Jefferson County, Nederland, Texas.

David R. Williams, father of Patricia Williams

97, of Nederland, Texas passed away January 26, 2021. He was born in Mexia, Texas to Edmond V. Williams, Sr. and Lorene N. Williams. David retired from Texaco and was in the U. S. Navy serving during WWII. He was a member of St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church in Port Arthur. David ‘s hobbies was working with wood and reading. He was the past Post Commander of VFW 797.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Joyce Wortham and Rose Sherrill; his youngest son Russell E. Williams; his granddaughter Sarah E. Williams; and his daughter-in-law Nelwyn L. Williams.
Those left to remember David’s memory are his older brother Edmond V. Williams, Jr; his children, Dan and Diana Williams of Corsicana, Kathleen and Mike Garrison of Nederland, Patricia Williams of Port Arthur, Edmond Williams of Waxahachie, and Steve and Donna Williams of Bridge City; also his grandchildren, Ariana Karst, Michael Williams, Kyle Williams, Janna Vandermeer, Kevin Huebel, Kelli Morris, Casey Huebel, Cody Huebel, Matthew Williams, Jeremy Williams, and Laura Williams; and many great-grandchildren. A gathering of family and friends will be held Saturday, February 6, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Melancon’s Funeral Home in Nederland with a Memorial Service being held at 1:00 p.m.

Mabel Roccaforte, mother of Anthony Roccaforte

91, of Groves, Texas gained her angel wings on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at her home surrounded by family. She was a lifelong resident of the Golden Triangle area. She was retired from Sears, where she worked in the catalog department, and she was also a seamstress. Mabel was preceded in death by her husband Camille, her grandson Christopher, her granddaughter Tara, her parents Voorhies and Hazel Trahan, and her sister Rosa Nell O’Quain.
Survivors include her six children Anthony (Marilyn), V.W. (Jolene), Camille (Sharon), Ronald (Patsy), Nicki, and Gary. She is also survived by her grandchildren Kristie (Chad) Aycock, Marsha (Will) Fults, Ryan Roccaforte, Michelle (Dane) Hollier, and numerous great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Audrey McClain and two brothers Carol (Susan) Trahan and Kenneth (Sue) Trahan.
Mabel was a loving woman and loved her children and grandchildren more than life itself. She was a strong willed woman and an amazing cook.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, April 28th from 9-11 am. The funeral service and a celebration of life will follow at 11 am. All will be held at Grammier Oberle Funeral Home. The internment will follow at Oak Bluff Cemetery.

Gardner Clark, Jr., father of Gardner Clark III

Born in Port Arthur he was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School at the age of 17, May 1941. November of that same year he started work at Texaco Oil Refinery making 45 cents an hour. On December 13th, 1942 he joined the U.S. Navy, serving as a radioman on a sub-tender, U.S.S. Orion in World War II, was discharged in 1945. He returned to Texaco where he retired in 1979. Gardner owned Mc Tavish Liquor in Port Neches then Mac’s on Gulfway Drive in Port Arthur. He was active in the Port Arthur Little Theatre, participated in over 100 plays and served on the Board. A founding member of the Gulf Coast Museum; life member of the American Legion and V.F.W.; volunteered with the Coast Guard Reserve; Shangra La; Botanical Gardens in Orange; the Lutcher Theater & member of the Guild. Gardner was also involved in several clubs and organizations throughout his life.
Gardener is survived by his four children, Linda K. Prince and her husband Murray of Nederland, Gardner J. Clark III of San Diego, California, Loretta Johnson and her husband Ray of Owens Cross Roads, Alabama and Lyle Graham and his wife Karen of Weatherford, Texas; fourteen grandkids; twenty-four great grandkids and thirteen great-great grandkids.
A visitation will take place from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 15, 2021, at Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home in Port Arthur. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 16, 2021, at Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home with burial to follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches.
In lieu of flowers; “Memorial Contributions” can be made to the Port Arthur Little Theatre located at 4701 Jimmy Johnson Blvd., Port Arthur, TX 77642 or the Museum of the Gulf Coast located at 700 Procter, Port Arthur, TX 77640.

Cynthia Ramirez, sister of Alma Menchaca

65, of Beaumont, died Wednesday, March 31, 2021. She was born on January 30, 1956, in Port Arthur, to Anita Marie Rodriguez and Manuel Menchaca.
Cynthia enjoyed cooking, soap operas, crime tv, and was a DIE HARD Dallas Cowboys and Astros fan. She was the best mom and grandmother and always put others first. She was a great wife, friend, sister, and daughter. Her laugh was addicting, and she loved unconditionally. Cynthia was at every event possible for her children. She was always the first to let them know she was proud of them and was always there for them, no matter what.
Survivors include her husband, David Ramirez; mother, Anita Menchaca; son, Manuel Menchaca; daughter, Jessica Sanchez; sons, Carlos Rodriguez and Angel Rodriguez; stepdaughter, Vicki Ramirez; stepson, David Harmon; sisters, Alma Lopez, Maria Menchaca, and Belinda Menchaca; grandchildren, Manuel Menchaca, Jr., Raymundo Menchaca, Royce Menchaca, Zoe Sanchez, Cruz Sanchez, Carlos Rodriguez, Jr., Jesus Rodriguez, Isabella Rodriguez, Isaac Rodriguez, Jazmine Escamilla, Adrian Escamilla, Angelica Aviles, Triston Rodriguez, Olivia Rodriguez, Isaiah Ramirez, Marcus Williams, Tianna Taylor, Kyla Harmon, Sunshine Harmon, and Bella Harmon; brothers-in-law, Fred Ramirez, Abel Ramirez, Danny Lopez, Sr., and Paul Lona; sisters-in-law, Elpidia Lujan, Adela Morales, Martha Canaba, and Letty Murphy; son-in-law, Willie Sanchez; and daughters-in-law, Myrna Menchaca, Melissa Aviles, Melissa Rodriguez, and Allisha Harmon.
Her Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m., with a gathering of family and friends to follow until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 8, 2021, at Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 9, 2021, at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, 700 Jefferson Street, Beaumont, with her interment to follow at Live Oak Cemetery, Beaumont.