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Terri Rochelle Walters, daughter of Darlene Turner

  49, of Kountze, Texas passed away on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. Terri was born on May 1, 1972, in Port Arthur, Texas, to Darlene Turner Landry and Steven James Landry. She graduated in 1990 from Thomas Jefferson High School and was a Catholic. As a young woman, Terri was a superb athlete. She played softball and was an excellent pitcher. Later in life, she served as a pitching coach. Terri loved the Dallas Cowboys and was an avid fan. She had a kind soul—creative and intelligent, and generous to a fault with a giving and loving heart. Terri lived to serve others, especially those who she could see needed help. She was a loyal person toward whom people gravitated. She was a wonderful wife, daughter, mother, sister, and grandmother. Everyone felt blessed to have Terri in their lives, and she will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Survivors include her husband, Jeff Walters, Sr. of Kountze; mother, Darlene Landry of Port Neches; daughters, Kristen Herrin and her husband, Dalton of Kountze; Jennifer Walters-Lindsey and her husband, Jeremy of Silsbee; and Baillie Zinis and her husband, Alex, of Silsbee; sons, Jeffrey Walters, Jr.; and Jon P. Doyle of Groves; brother, Bryan Landry, and his husband, Michael Talbot, of Atlanta, Georgia; grandchildren, Jaxon, Wyatt, Aiden, Elizabeth, Aubree, Harpper and Salem. Terri was preceded in death by her father, Steven. Visitation will take place from noon until 1:30 p.m. with a rosary to immediately follow, and a Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Port Neches, Burial will follow at Jordan Cemetery in Kountze, Texas, immediately after Mass under the direction of Melancon’s Funeral Home in Nederland, Texas. A bereavement dinner (following the burial) furnished by the Apostolic Church of Beaumont, Texas, will be held at 932 Richardson Road, Kountze, TX 77625 in memory of Terri and to honor her life.

Dr. John Allen Schmidt, brother of Dennis Schmidt

  69, passed away Monday, September 27, 2021 at his residence in Nederland, Texas. He was born in Port Arthur, Texas on November 16, 1952, to J.C. and Mildred Schmidt. He was the second of five siblings. Dr. Schmidt graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1971 and received his Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Texas at Austin. He went on to complete a residency in general surgery in Des Moines, Iowa, and returned to his native Port Arthur to practice at Port Arthur Surgical Association. He retired in 2012 after 27 years of practice, and after finally beating Candy Crush he returned to work part-time at Tower Medical. John enjoyed watching Astros games with his mother-in-law, eating any and all desserts, camping with his wife in their RV, and grilling for family get-togethers. Late nights he could be found reading books by lamplight on his kindle. But most of all he loved being a grandfather. He would usually have at least one grandkid on his lap in his recliner if not more watching Paw Patrol or YouTube kids on his iPad. John is survived by the love of his life of 36 years, Bettye Schmidt; daughters, Jennifer Schmidt, Christian Ebenhack, Monica Bentzen and husband, Joshua, Veronica Pellegrin and husband, Trae; son, John Allen Schmidt, Jr., and wife, Melissa, and grandchildren Hudson, Hannah, Sawyer, and Roland. He was preceded in death by his parents, J.C. and Mildred Schmidt, father-in-law Don McCollum, and daughter-in-law Carole Simon. A private memorial service honoring Dr. John A. Schmidt’s life will be held at Melancon’s Funeral Home in Nederland, Texas with Pastor Rick Erwin, officiant.

Stacie Lynn Williams, sister of Dennis Schmidt

  63, of Port Neches, died Monday, October 11, 2021, at Christus Southeast Texas – St. Elizabeth, Beaumont. She was born December 31, 1957, to Mildred Ann Abadie Schmidt and Joseph Cornelius “J.C.” Schmidt.
Stacie attended Thomas Jefferson High School, Port Arthur. She met her husband, Brad, and was married on September 1, 1974. Brad is the love of her life and soulmate to the truest form. They were married for forty-seven years and virtually inseparable. Stacie and Brad raised two sons, B.J. and Chris, who are loving husbands and fathers raising their beautiful grandkids. Her five grandkids call her, “CiCi”. You could frequently find her at any of her grandkid’s baseball games, church events, or school activities.
Stacie worked for many years as an Instrument and Electrical Designer. She later followed in her sons’ footsteps and became a nurse. She worked as an ICU nurse and hospice nurse until she retired at the age of 58.
Stacie was a faithful member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Port Neches, and was a member of the Lady’s Guild. She loved crafting and working with her hands, especially sewing and making quilts. She also enjoyed going to the beach, bowling, and camping. As well as, reading and playing bunco. Every year Stacie organized the Williams’ family reunion beach vacation. Above all else, she cherished the moments she spent with her family and grandkids.
Survivors include her husband, Brad Williams, of Port Neches; sons, B.J. Williams and wife, Cindy, of Watsonville, California and Chris Williams and wife, Brittny, of Bridge City; grandchildren, Luke, Abigail, Gavin, Kohen, and Jaxon Williams; sister, Millie Pritchard; and brothers, Joey and Dennis Schmidt.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Mildred and J.C. Schmidt; brother, Dr. John Schmidt; and son, James Connor Williams.
A Rosary for Mrs. Williams will be recited at 5:00 p.m., with her gathering to follow until 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 22, 2021, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, October 23, 2021, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 2006 Nall Street, Port Neches, with her interment to follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches.
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Janet Die Bodin, wife of the late Phillip Bodin

  passed away on Thursday, December 2, 2021. Janet was born July 14, 1952 in Port Arthur, TX. A native and lifelong resident of Port Arthur, Janet was a parishioner of St. James Catholic Church. She retired from 5 Point Credit Union.
Janet was preceded in death by her parents Dora and Jim Die; her husband Phillip Walter Bodin and a son Marshall J. Bodin. She is survived by three sons, Matthew Bodine of Port Arthur, Michael (Candice) od Bridge City and Mitchell (Sheena) Bodin of Pierre Part; a daughter, Michelle (Anthony) Guerra of Groves; a brother David (Pam) Die of Port Neches. Janet also leaves behind nine grandchildren.
A Private Family Memorial Service will be scheduled at a later date.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grammier-oberle.com for the Bodin family.

Ray Baldridge, brother of Allen Baldridge

 passed away on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at Arden Place of Beaumont. He was 69 years old. Raymond was born in Port Arthur, TX, to Robert Powers and Maxine Bishop Baldridge on December 30, 1951. He grew up in Port Arthur but lived all his adult life in Beaumont. He never married. He graduated from Lamar University in 1975 with a degree in business, and he managed a motel in Beaumont for 20 years.
He is survived by two brothers, Robert Allen Baldridge, wife Wanda of Hideaway, TX, and Ronnie Gene Quick, wife Karen of Midway, TX. He adored his two nieces and two nephews—Ryan Baldridge, Amanda Quick, Kamrie Quick, and Kyle Quick. He enjoyed family gatherings and was always excited to hear of yet another great niece or nephew—a total of 10.
Raymond donated his body to UT McGovern Medical School in Houston.

Bruce G. Betar, husband of Shirley Moreau

 86, of Nederland, passed away on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 8, 2021, at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves. Officiating will be Reverend Trenton Stevicks of Mid-County Baptist Church of Nederland. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 8, 2021, at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves.
Born in Port Arthur, Texas, on July 17, 1935, he was the son of Robert Betar and Angell Wickley Betar. Bruce proudly served in the United States Air Force. He had lived in Nederland for 20 years. He was a member of Mid-County Baptist Church. Bruce was never without a job, bread baker, milk truck driver, and butcher. Before becoming legally blind he worked at Ingalls Shipyard in Mississippi as a Ship Fitter, he helped build ships and submarines. He held top security clearance at the shipyard. After becoming legally blind he worked many odd jobs, sometimes as many as three at a time. Bruce was employed at Wal-Mart for 15 years before he retired. Bruce enjoyed fishing, cowboy movies and working in his yard. He loved a good bowl of gumbo, fried catfish, a piece of chocolate or lemon cake and oreo cookies.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Patricia Ann Betar; grandson, Brandon Lee Betar; sister, Cornelia Bourque; brothers, R.A. Betar, Jr.; Autry Betar; Buddy Lee Betar; and Lloyd Betar.
Bruce is survived by his wife of 52 years Shirley Moreau Betar of Nederland; son, Michael Betar and wife Erin of Nederland; grandchildren, Pamela Eide and husband Kenneth, and Bradley Betar and wife Sarah; great grandchildren, Kamerin Eide, Keely Eide, Hailee Petty, and Davian Petty.

Jolene Louise Ross LaPoint, sister of Melanie Ross Labove and Gene Ross

 Our beloved wife and mother, Jolene Louise Ross LaPoint, passed away from this life peacefully on Sunday, September 19, 2021. Born in Port Arthur, TX, on April 6, 1946, Jolene Louise Ross was a spirited one from the get go. She spoke her mind, fought for what she believed in, and didn’t often back down. Jolene loved her family with a true passion and expected the very best from us. She didn’t hesitate to let you know if she felt you could do better. She took pride in her time at Bishop Byrne as a member of the Colleen Marching Band and playing in various bowling leagues, where she won many trophies. Jolene was known for making some incredible floats for Newton Homecoming parades, her craftiness, her fantastic cooking, and her love of the Lord. While Jolene became a marvelous cook, never passed up an opportunity to eat out and Mexican food and seafood were always a favorite of hers. She loved an adventure and was always ready to go.
She met the love of her life, Chester LaPoint, on a blind date that almost didn’t happen. They dated for 8 months and were married for 55 years. Though they both were from the Port Arthur area, they made a home in Newton, TX, where they raised their three daughters. Jolene and Chester loved dancing and were known to clear a dance floor a time or two.
Jolene worked alongside Chester to build their convenient store business for many years. She volunteered her time to support the PTO and oversaw the CCD program, the religious teaching program for the Catholic Church to prepare youth for the doctrine of the faith. However, when Jolene began substitute teaching, and eventually became a certified teacher’s aide, at Newton ISD, she found her passion. She adored working with the teachers to educate the youth of Newton.
Jolene and Chester left Newton in 2013 to move to Sour Lake, TX, to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
Jolene was preceded in death by her parents, Gerald Ross and Dorothy Hohne Ross and her precious Odie.
She is survived by her husband, Chester LaPoint, of Sour Lake, TX, her daughters Leslie Snider(Frank) of Sour Lake, Lisa Ciecwierz Roman) of Houston, and Leah Nelson (Chris) of Audubon, IA, siblings Cindy Dumesnil (Jim) of Mauriceville, TX, Melanie LaBove (Joe) of Spring, TX, Gene Ross (Jacque) of LaBelle, TX, and Ray Ross (Sharon) of Port Neches, TX, her grandchildren Devin, Victoria, Adrian, Carleigh, Jessica, Leann, Jake, Laci and Lance and her great-grandkids, Jenevieve and Theo and a host of nieces and nephews.

Cynthia "Cindy" Diana Dumesnil, sister of Melanie Ross Labove and Gene Ross

  78, of Mauriceville, passed away Monday, October 18th, 2021 at Christus Dubois Hospital in Beaumont. She was raised in Port Arthur but was a longtime resident of Mauriceville. Cindy took pride in her time at Bishop Byrne High School as a 1961 graduate and a member of the Colleen marching band and the Drum and Bugle Corps. She was a strong believer in the Christian faith and loved crocheting, cooking, fishing, going to casinos, and most importantly spending time with her grandkids and great grandkids. She would always speak her mind and tell you the truth. Cremation arrangements are entrusted with Memorial Funeral Home in Vidor and the family will have a memorial ceremony to celebrate her life on a later date. Cindy is survived by her husband of 43 years Jim Dumesnil of Mauriceville, TX, children: Kevin Soileau of Mauriceville, TX, Eric Soileau of Gist, TX, Kerry Soileau of Olalla, WA, and Amy Challie of Lumberton, TX, siblings: Melanie and husband Joseph LaBove of Spring, TX, Gene and wife Jackie Ross of Fannett, TX, and Ray and wife Sharon Ross of Port Neches, TX, 15 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Gerald and Dorothy Ross, sister Jolene LaPoint, and one great grandchild Eliana Perez. The family has requested in lieu of flowers to make a donation to the charity of your choice .