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In Remembrance of Class Family Members and Friends



Deree Owings, sister of Pam Owings
passed away in her sleep March 16, 2022. She was born December 17, 1954 in Port Arthur, Texas and attended Thomas Jefferson High School. She had been living in the Houston area since shortly after graduating. At the time of her death she was living in Spring, Texas. She retired from Union Pacific Railroad after 20 years service as a claims representative. She belonged to Spring Baptist Church.
Deree is survived by her sister and brother in law, Pam and Kenneth Hund, her niece and nephew, Angelique and Ricky McAnally, nephew Matthew McAnally, godchild, Jessica Olson, boyfriend, Tom Curry, a multitude of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. She will be dearly missed by her family and all that knew her. Her goal in life was to help people and bring them happiness.

Donny Gerald Broussard, local Port Arthur businessman
87, of Nederland, Texas passed away on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont, Texas with his loving family at his side.
Donny was born on November 18, 1933, in Franklin, Louisiana to Unis Bergeron Broussard and Willis J. Broussard. He was a former member of St. Catherine’s Catholic Church and most recently attended St. Charles in Nederland. Donny owned Pizza Inn in Port Neches on Magnolia Boulevard and Pizza Inn on Gulfway Drive in Port Arthur, along with many others throughout the years. Donny loved to play golf, hunt and go dancing with his wife, Irma. He was very involved in the community and allowed defensive driving classes at Pizza Inn in Port Neches for many years. He was a proud sponsor of Port Neches Riverfest and thoroughly enjoyed the boat races.
Survivors include his wife of fifty-seven years, Irma Arnaud Broussard of Nederland; son, Stacey Broussard of Nederland; daughter-in-law, Cissy Arredondo of Nederland; grandchildren, Jerrod Broussard of Port Neches and Steven Knott of Houston. Donny was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Jerry Broussard and brother, Willis Broussard.
A visitation will take place from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Sunday, October 17, 2021, at Melancon’s Funeral Home in Nederland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 18, 2021, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Nederland with entombment to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves, Texas.
Serving as Pallbearers will be Cheremy Arnaud, Shane Arnaud, Shane Broussard Scott Burgess, David Knight and Gary Richards. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jerrod Broussard and Stacey Broussard.
After the services, a bereavement dinner will be held at St. Charles Catholic Church in Nederland, in Honor of Donny Broussard and the wonderful life he lived.

Philip Charles Eldemire, brother of Linda Eldemire
The family of Philip Charles Eldemire, with great love and affection, announce the passing of their most beloved husband, father, brother and friend.
Those who remain to cherish his memory include his devoted wife and children. Charlie’s wife, Louanne, was the love of his life, his soulmate. They shared adventures, worked hard, played hard and created homes where family and friends were always welcome. Charlie was a father full of fun. Robyn and Robert attribute their love of life to their father. Robyn’s outgoing personality and sense of adventure and Robert’s love of hunting, fishing and cooking are a reflection of their father’s influence. He was their hero, their mentor, their confident. Also, loved by Charlie as if they were his own, are Jessica, Lauren and Phillip. Their love for Charlie is wide and deep. An amazing man entered their lives and they are the better for it. His humor, loyalty and love created an environment where affection, trust and compassion grew abundant. Along the way, precious grandchildren added to his joy. Lily, Parker and Barrett sure do love their Papa Charlie. Included in those close to Charlie are Robyn’s fiancé Clay, Jessica’s partner Casey, Lauren’s husband Josh, and Phillip’s fiancé Nicole.
Charlie was also a deeply caring brother to Phyllis, who has passed; Linda and her husband, Mike; Ronnie and his partner, Gina. Their love for Charlie is everlasting. His Uncle Philip Coburn Eldemire, who was like a father to him, loved Charlie as a son. Charlie always looked forward to visiting him and hearing stories of the Eldemire family. Also having a loving bond with Charlie are his nephews Todd, Steven, Chuck, and niece Alex. His in-laws, David and Debi became close, offering spiritual guidance and peace during difficult times. Barry and Suzanne shared his love of the Pacific Northwest. What an abundance of love in this truly blessed family.
Charlie is the son of the late Philip Dorson and Gunda Eldemire. His mother, with her steadfast love, created a home where magnificent childhood memories were made. His father taught him the importance of providing for his family. Charlie graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, Port Arthur, TX in 1973. He attended Lamar University in Beaumont, TX where he pledged Pi Kappa Alpha. He often gave his fraternity the credit for motivating him to study and graduate. Those days with his fraternity brothers created memories and strong bonds. Charlie was said to have been the glue that held these friendships together, these band of brothers. During college he held down three jobs, mowing lawns, bartending at the Port Arthur Club and working at Fred Millers Hardware. After college he was on to bigger things, thanks to a fateful job interview giving him the opportunity to become a financial advisor at EF Hutton. During his 43-year career in financial services, he had many achievements including the position of Managing Director at UBS. Raymond James, where he took a position with the goal of bringing dedicated advisors to a firm in which he believed, is where he chose to spend the last days of his career.
He also had another band of brothers as he moved up in his career. Bound together in the trenches with market fluctuations, management changes, and, of course, award trips, friendships were forged. His antics well known, his personality well loved, and his recruiting…well, legendary. He touched the lives of so many in his career with his knowledge and guidance. There were two things that were well known about Charlie…his word was his bond, and he made 37.5.
The Eldemire Family would like to extend many thanks and the greatest appreciation for the love, kindness and prayers shared. These meaningful gestures gave Charlie such joy and peace in knowing he had a positive impact on so many people. Thank you to the Mendenhall family for their help in obtaining medical treatment and providing a place for us in Houston. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Pancan.Org Information regarding a memorial service will be forthcoming.

Frank Castaneda, brother of Ernestina Castyaneda
Frank was born March 7, 1938 in Benavides, TX to Emilio & Maria Antonia Castaneda. He passed away December 26, 2021 in Broken Arrow, OK. He joins his wife, Neva who passed away in November 10, 2010. Frank and Neva were married on May 30, 1973 , in Jenks, Oklahoma.
He is survived by seven children, their children and grandchildren:
Son and family:
Alan and Susan Castaneda
-Angela and Marcial Garza (Jonathon, Joey, & Mia)
-Michelle & Frank Morales (Jude & Liam).
-Joshua Castaneda & Amanda Dworak
-Christopher Castaneda & Elise Madrid
-Rachel and Alex Dundas (Sofia)
-Matthew Castaneda

Daughter and family:
Suzanne & Malcolm Croft
-Melissa and Tristan Sheldon (Caden, Paxton, & Landon)
-Megan & Ryan Reed (Wyatt and Nora)
-Marty and Melissa Croft (Clint & Coner)

Son:
Jeff Castaneda
Son and family:
Jason & Tara Castaneda
- Justin Castaneda
-Jordan Castaneda
-Kyle Castaneda
-Kayleigh Castaneda
-Kevin Castaneda
-Matthew Castaneda
-Jonah Castaneda

Stepdaughter and family:
Rhonda Hart
-Jessica & Clint Richardson (Baylei & Connor)
-Arrah Hart
-Dylan Hart (Cadence & Rainy)

Stepson and family:
Randy & Kelly Robertson
-Bonnie Wyatt (Eva & Olivia)
-Annali Morris (Wyatt, Jacob, Daniel, David & Saraya)
-Ryder Robertson

Stepdaughter and family:
Robin & Mike Keith
-Sarah & Rob McGee (Colton, Riley, Hayden, Chloe & Ronin)
-Ashley & Jason Brant (Elijah, Keaton, Emma & Grey)
-Laci Sampley (Gage & Payton)
-James Keith
-Alicyn Keith

Brothers and spouses:
Jose and Maria Castaneda
Eduardo Castaneda
Jaime (deceased) and Cecilia Castaneda

Sister and spouse:
Ernestina & Ronald Bullion and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Services are pending at this time.

Peggy Jackson Weldon, mother of David Weldon
Peggy Jackson Weldon was born Feb. 22, 1928 in Many, Louisiana, in a log cabin, to David Curtis Jackson and Nellie O'Lea McGarrahan. She went to be with her Heavenly Father on March 5, 2022.
Her parents moved to Port Arthur when her father went to work at the Texas Company. She attended Websters, Mrs. Morton's Private School, Franklin Elementary, Woodrow Wilson Jr. High and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. She also went to classes at Lamar Univ. She attended the 4th grade in Many, LA where she lived with her grandparents, Steven Douglas Jackson and Flora Branda Allen Jackson. She also spent time with her maternal grandparents Floyd Patrick and Clara Florence Small McGarrahan.
She was preceded in death by all of the above and her loving husband of 61 years, Robert Earl Weldon Sr. in 2007 and a baby daughter Pamela Jean Weldon in 1956, her sister Janice Nell Jackson Byram, brothers Steven Douglas, Chester Ray and Robert Lee Jackson. She and her husband moved to Decatur, TX after Hurricane Rita in 2005.
She is survived by her four sons, Robert E. Weldon Jr. and his wife Linda Dowling Weldon of Woodville, TX, David Weldon and his wife Karie Blessing Weldon of Benbrook, TX, Gary Weldon and his wife Jacqueline Cochran Weldon of Houston, TX, and Kevin Paul Weldon of Decatur, TX who has been her caregiver since 2012.
She is also survived by a brother, Harold Floyd Jackson of Rosenberg, TX. and a sister Mary Etoile Jackson Forsythe of Port Neches, TX., 9 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
A visitation will be held on Friday, March 11, 2022 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 2:00 PM at the funeral home, Rev. Dr. Steve Dollar will be officiating. Entombment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Shirley Metreyeon Broussard, PE teacher at Woodrow Wilson JH
86, of Nederland, Texas passed away on Friday, March 4, 2022 at her residence in Nederland. Shirley was born in Nederland on August 28, 1935 to the late, Dudley Metreyeon and Beulah Champagne Metreyeon.
Shirley was a 7th grade teacher and coach at the Nederland Independent School District and retired with 40 years of service. Shirley was an avid Nederland Bulldog fan and those that know her best know that she was often the best “coach” in the stands on any given Friday night. She absolutely loved her Nederland Bulldogs…
Those left to cherish Shirley’s memory include her daughter, Brooke Sanchez and her husband, Rick of Frisco, Texas; son, Cody Broussard and his wife, Yvette of Nederland; sister, Janis Simmons of Nederland; grandchildren, Abby Sanchez, Gannon Sanchez, Luke Broussard, Annelise Sanchez and Gabby Broussard; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.
Shirley is preceded in death by her parents, Dudley Metreyeon and Beulah Champagne Metreyeon; her loving husband of 56 years, Paul D. Broussard; and her brother, Donald “Toppy” Metreyeon.
The family would like to thank Deborah Hinton for all of the loving care she provided during their time of need. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made in Shirley’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. You may donate online at www.StJude.Org or you may mail in your donation to 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105.
A gathering of family and friends will be held at Melancon’s Funeral Home in Nederland on Wednesday evening, March 9, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Nederland on Thursday morning, March 10, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. with Father John Hughes, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches, Texas.

Misti Dawn Cruse, daughter of Norma Gayle Guidry
In Port Arthur, Texas on March 25, 1975, Norma Gayle Guidry and Richard Alton Cruse welcomed a beautiful, green eyed baby girl and named her Misti Dawn Cruse. Misti already had a older sister, Lori Poljak to look up to. Misti’s mom later welcomed an additional little sister, Danessa Sanders. Soon the small family settled in Phoenix, Az. Misti attended Iron Wood high school. After high school, she welcomed a baby boy, Calvin Zachary Prentice. Misti spent her early twenties in Phoenix. Soon after, she moved back to Texas to be closer to her family. Misti welcomed a baby girl, Bailey Ann Sherrin and a son, Christian Sherrin. Misti was kind, funny, smart, a loyal friend, beautiful inside and out, spontaneous, and spunky. She was real about her struggles. Misti fought to get her mind, soul, and life clear. She struggled to feel good about herself and view herself as others did, with love. Misti left us on January 09, 2022. She is now in the folds of Gods hands, listening to the angels sing. She can now see her beauty and feel the love from all who loved her. She will be missed and always loved. Misti was cremated and her ashes returned back home to her mother and sisters.

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.