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In Remembrance of the '68 Class Family and Friends

Kane Cole Adams, grandson of Shari Champagne
  33, of Port Arthur, Texas, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2024.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2024, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Melancon Levingston Funeral Home in Groves.
Prayer services will follow at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2024.
Kane was born in Port Arthur, Texas, on September 19, 1990, he was the son of Bobby Adams, and Neicole Macon. He was a force larger than life. He was the life of the party, the practical joker and always had the best dance moves. Throughout his life he saw many seasons yet was determined to weather his storm. He loved his family and was focused on moving forward. We know you are fishing in the Heavens with all the loved ones who were waiting on you with open arms. Our beloved Kane Cole “Fishin Pole” Adams.
He is proceeded in death by parent, bonus dad Chris Macon, grandfather Eddie Vernon “Black Diamond” Morgan, grandmother Gloria Morgan, grandfather Clint Macon and grandmother, Patricia Taylor.
He is survived by his loving parents, mother Neicole Macon and boyfriend James Wactor Jr., of Groves, TX; father, Bobby Adams and bonus mom Stephine Adams of Groves, TX; his fiancé, Kayla Rapone of Groves, TX; children, Kylor Cole Adams of Lumberton, Kane Cole Adams Jr., and Kylie Kay Adams of Groves, TX; grandparents: Robert and Shari Adams of Groves, TX; Pam Macon Daigle of Hot Springs AK; Don Taylor of Greenville; Nancy Woolam Taubert of San Antonio TX; and Winford and Kathy Sanford of Corpus Christi, TX; brothers: Jacob Macon of Groves, TX; and Logan Broussard of Fannett, TX; sister Magen Spurlock of Silsbee, TX; There are many family members and friends left to cherish his memory and oh the memories they have.

Donald "Don" Anglin, husband of Barbara Griffin
 beloved husband of Barbara Anglin and step-father to Lindsey Ross Lefort, departed earth into the arms of his LORD on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at his Port Neches.
Don was born on February 25, 1946, in Port Arthur, Texas, to his beloved parents Donald and Hildegard Anglin.
Don's career journey was diverse and filled with determination. He began his professional life at Bradley Auto Supply in Port Arthur before transitioning to a role as a mechanic at Weaver Scelerandi Auto Dealership in Port Arthur. He then became a Port Neches Police Officer, where he discovered his purpose to protect and serve his community. From there, a good friend, Harry Gardner asked Don to go to work for Neches Butane Refinery which later became Texaco and later Huntsman. Utilizing his sharp mind and attention to detail to contribute significantly to the company, he then acquired and became a (CSP) Certified Safety Professional. Huntsman then sent him back to school for a Paralegal Degree to help further his duties for Huntsman. Eventually, Don pursued his passion for real estate and obtained his Real Estate License now employed with Remax in the Golden Triangle area, where he demonstrated his exceptional skills in sales. Don's personality and strong work ethic allowed him to thrive in this arena as well. He also built fences for a home builder in Beaumont; he donated and built the fence for St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Groves; he even dug water wells for neighbors and friends and he also donated and had the sign made for the Calvary Cemetery on 9thAvenue in Port Arthur. He was a “Jack of all Trades”.
Outside of work, Don was known for his remarkable ability to repair anything for friends, family and local nail technicians who would often bring their small broken appliances such as blenders, toasters and nail drills to The Nail Cottage, their place of business—and leave them stacked up for Don's skilled hands to mend. Don valued education and completed his studies at Thomas Jefferson High School in 1964. This foundation provided him with the tools necessary for lifetime success. Don also served his city again as a City Councilman for many years.
Don and the love of his life, Barbara; later became beekeepers and enjoyed taking care of them and harvesting the honey that they provided. They worshiped at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica in Beaumont. He and Barbara were Eucharistic Ministers; while attending St. Peter’s Catholic Church they served as coordinators for the sponsor couple and starting over in Christ programs; attended and coordinated retreats; as they were devoted to their FAITH and would do anything they could to help others achieve their ministry, faith and overall happiness in this world. Most of all, Don loved his family and friends. There was nothing Don would not do for his fellow man. He truly would give his shirt to anyone who needed it. Don was one of a kind; people loved him and in return he gave them his all; he was truly a good hardworking man with a “Big Heart”. We will miss you Don but you will never be forgotten.
He leaves behind a profound legacy that will be cherished by all those fortunate enough to have known him. Don's memory will forever be treasured by his surviving family members: his loving wife of forty years, Barbara Griffin Anglin of Port Neches; step-daughter Lindsey Ross Lefort of Port Neches; grandchildren Ross Lefort, Kate Lefort, and Lucas Lefort; Sister Haidee Tadora and her husband Ray and their son, Collin; Sister Hilde Atterberry and her husband Richard and their children, Joshua, Zachary, Adam and Daniel; brother Peter Anglin.
To honor Don's life and pay respects, a visitation will be held on Monday, February 12, 2024, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at St. James Catholic Church located at 3617 Gulfway Drive in Port Arthur, Texas. This will be followed by a Mass starting at 2:00 PM at St. James Catholic Church. All are welcome to join in commemorating the remarkable life of Don Anglin. Burial will then follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves, Texas.
Don Anglin was an exceptional individual who touched the lives of many through his hard work, dedication, and fervent commitment to his family and careers. He will be fondly remembered as a loving husband, caring father, doting grandfather, and loyal friend. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Lynn Bert Fowler, brother of Billy Fowler
 68, resident of Port Aransas, Texas passed from this life, January 13, 2024 in his home. He was born in Port Arthur, Texas to proud and loving parents, Willis M. Fowler, Jr. and Bessie LeJeune Fowler on June 10, 1955.
Lynn was a caring, son, brother, father, grandfather and step-father. Growing up He was very athletic and played different sports, and lettered in three sports in Junior High School. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1973, and lettered in football.
He moved to Deer Park, Texas in 1977 and worked for shell Oil for 39 years. During his time there he made many friends and enjoyed playing softball, BBQ cook offs, and yearly fishing trips with his work family. He loved to cook and never missed a crawfish boil. After retirement he fulfilled his dream of moving to Port Aransas to become a beach comber with his little dog Elvis.
He was preceded in death by his son Tyler Louis Fowler, his twin brother Glynn M. Fowler and his parents.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory; granddaughter Jaycie Renee Fowler, brothers Willis M. “Billy” Fowler and wife Lorraine, Benn M. Fowler and wife Elaine, and Step daughter Cynthia “Cindy” Fowler.
In his honor a celebration of life will be held Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 2:00pm in the Crowder Funeral Home Chapel Dickinson, Texas.

Wilford Larry Fergusson, husband of Penny Moak
 peacefully passed away on January 21, 2024 surrounded by family at home after a long journey with Alzheimer's. He was 77 years old. A memorial service will be held at Robinson Church of Christ (428 Chado Ln, Robinson, TX 76706) on Saturday, January 27, 2024 starting at 11:00am followed by a time of visitation. All are also welcome to attend a additional graveside service at Robinson Cemetery (620 East Stegall Rd. Robinson, TX 76706) at 2:00pm.
Larry, as he was fondly known, was born on January 30, 1946, in Port Arthur, TX, to Demetra and Wilford Fergusson. At the age of 3, Larry contracted Polio which nearly ended his life. Doctors predicted he would never regain the ability to walk, but through the diligence of his mother’s care and his immense will, Larry recovered and walked for over 70 years. Growing up in Port Arthur, he loved hunting and fishing the bayous with his father and friends. As a teenager, he met Penny while at church and began a courtship that would last a lifetime. After graduating from Port Arthur High School in 1964, Larry pursued his passion for science and earned a degree in Biology from Lamar University. On September 27, 1969, he married the love of his life, Penny, and together they embarked on a beautiful journey filled with love, joy, and adventure.
Larry's career with the state of Texas in water quality led him to Kilgore, TX, where he and Penny welcomed their first child, Laurie. The family then settled in Duncanville, TX, where their other two children, Tammie and Cody, were born. In 1991, Larry's dedication and expertise earned him the position of Water Quality District Manager with the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission, which led to their move to Waco, TX. Robinson, a small town near Waco, became their beloved home for the next 33 years.
Larry was a devoted family man who always put his loved ones first. He had an incredible sense of humor that brought joy to those around him. Known for his exceptional problem solving skills, Larry could fix anything and was an accomplished wood carver of duck decoys. He had a deep love for music and enjoyed playing his guitar.
Larry's love for his family was unwavering, and he fiercely protected and supported them throughout their lives. He was a dedicated and active member of the Robinson Church of Christ, where he served as a Deacon. Larry's wisdom and intelligence were evident to all who knew him, and he was always willing to share his knowledge and insight.
In addition to his wife Penny, Larry is survived by his daughter, Laurie and husband Waldo; daughter Tammie and husband David; son Cody and wife Carole. He was also blessed with seven grandchildren, Noah, Devin, Emma, Kinley, Ava, Joshua, and Lucy, who brought immense joy and happiness to his life. Larry was preceded in death by his mother, Demetra, father, Wilford, and sister Barbara.

Robert "Jim" Wilson, IV, brother of John Wilson
 peacefully passed away on January 18, 2024, at Harbor Hospice of Beaumont. Born on November 24, 1946, in Port Arthur, Texas, Jim was the beloved son of Anna Lucile (Wear) Wilson and Robert James Wilson, III.
Jim's love for his country led him to proudly serve in the United States Navy. With deep patriotism and reverence, he dedicated himself to upholding the values and principles that make America great.
Jim's education was also an essential aspect of his life. He earned an Associate's degree in Instrumentation, which equipped him with the knowledge and skills necessary for his successful career. Alongside his professional pursuits, Jim actively participated in Immaculate Conception/St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church as a devoted parishioner. He found joy in his involvement with the church choir and possessed a beautiful singing voice that enriched every Mass. In his professional career as an instrument and electrical technician, Jim demonstrated unwavering commitment and dedication to his work at the Calabrian Chemical Corporation. He approached every task with meticulous attention to detail and a strong work ethic that earned him the admiration and respect of his colleagues. After many years of service, Jim retired with a sense of pride and fulfillment.
Beyond his professional and religious affiliations, Jim had various interests that brought him happiness throughout his life. He had a passion for flying his drone, captivated by the beauty and perspective it provided from above. Additionally, he enjoyed creating fond memories during Disney vacations with his loved ones and cherished spending time on the golf course with his brother.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., with a Rosary to be recited at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 20, 2024, at Melancon Levingston Funeral Home in Port Neches. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Robert James Wilson, III and Anna Lucile Wilson; and his beloved wife of 40 years, Virginia "Ginger" Wilson. Jim's passing leaves a void in the lives of those who loved him dearly. Jim's memory will be carried by his daughters, Gina Wilson and her partner, Michelle of Port Neches, Texas, and Lisa Wilson of Port Neches, Texas. His grandchildren Katherine Jacobs, Benjamin Jacobs, and Christopher also capture the essence of his love and legacy.
In addition to his immediate family, Jim is survived by his caring sister, Shirley Caldwell and her husband Tom of Sherman, Texas, as well as his brother, John Wilson and his wife Janie of Winnie, Texas. Jim also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.
Jim touched the hearts of everyone he met throughout his life's journey. His genuine kindness, warm smile, and incredible zest for life made him an unforgettable presence. He leaves behind a legacy built on unwavering love for family, exceptional work ethic, and dedication to serving others. As we mourn the loss of Robert "Jim" Wilson IV in these trying times, let us also celebrate the wonderful life he lived. May fond memories comfort all who had the privilege of knowing him as we gather together to honor his life and bid farewell to this remarkable individual whose impact will forever be engraved in our hearts.

Russell “Russ” Selkirk, husband of Sheila Irby
 passed away on January 14, 2024 in Beaumont, TX. He was 70 years old. Russ was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother.
A visitation will be held on Friday, January 26, 2024 starting at 3:00 pm with a memorial celebrating his life following at 4:00 pm at Melancon Levingston Funeral Home in Groves, TX. An additional memorial will be held at a later date at Lake Sacandaga in New York.
Russell was born on June 13, 1953 in Philadelphia, PA to his parents, Robert and Shirley Selkirk. He was raised in Cobleskill, NY where he cherished growing up with his siblings. Russ settled in the area in the mid 1970's eventually becoming a long time resident of Port Neches, TX. He started his career at Neches Butane and Gulf as an operator where he retired from Valero in the late 2000's.
Russell was an avid Houston Astros fan. He also loved high school football and especially enjoyed supporting PN-G. Russell stayed busy with the many hobbies he had. He had a passion for hot rods and dedicated his time into restoring many of them over the years. He also enjoyed gardening and working on small projects around the house. When he wasn't outside, he could often be found in the kitchen creating one of his unique recipes. Russell spent his leisure time watching Jeopardy every day and never missed an episode.
Russell is preceded in death by his parents and daughter in law, Susan “Suz” Selkirk.
He is survived by his devoted wife of forty-six years, Sheila Selkirk of Port Neches, TX; two sons, Russell Selkirk Jr. of East Norriton, PA and Scott Selkirk, his wife Danica and his beloved grandson, Orion of Port Neches, TX; his sister Barbara Howe and her husband James of Cape Coral, FL; his brothers John Selkirk and wife Terri of Cobleskill, NY; Douglas Selkirk and wife Linda of Sevierville, TN; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Sandra and Buddy Spivey of Port Neches, TX. He leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews and a wide circle of friends. He was a master of many talents and his creative spirit will be missed.

Raymond G. Knox, husband of Pat Trahan
 77, of Beaumont, died Tuesday, December 26, 2023, at Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas, Beaumont. He was born on June 11, 1946, to Margaret Wilkinson Knox and Wallace Knox, in Taylor.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Knox; sons, Richard Knox of Beaumont and Jeff Knox and his wife, Lee Ann, of College Station; grandchildren, Kannon Knox and Rhett Knox, both of Beaumont and Aubrey Knox and John Wallace Knox, both of College Station; sister, Carolyn Gamerman of Arizona; and beloved dog, Sandy.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
A gathering of Mr. Knox’s family and friends will be from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 30, 2023, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, 6825 Gladys Avenue, Beaumont. His interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Southeast Texas, 2050 Spindletop Avenue, Beaumont, Texas 77705; the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516; or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

Beatrice LaCour Barbin, mother of Gary Barbin
 age 99, passed away on Gaudete “Rejoice” Sunday, December 17, 2023, at Ascension Providence Park, St. Catherine’s Long-Term Care.
A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Wednesday, December 20, 2023, at Waco Memorial Park in Robinson, with Father Cyril Ejaidu officiating.
Beatrice was born in Port Arthur, Texas, to Lawrence LaCour and Hortense Rodriguez LaCour, and married Forest Hewitt Barbin in Port Arthur where they lived, worked, and reared their three children. Bea was a beautiful teen violinist under mentor Louis J. LaGarda, the conductor of the Port Arthur Symphony. She was employed as a switchboard telephone operator. Bea was a great mother, homemaker, cook, seamstress, and volunteer. Bea and Forest moved to Waco in 2003, several years after Forest retired from DuPont Sabine River Works. In Waco, she was a long time Providence Hospital Volunteer in the Gift Shop.
Beatrice was proceeded in death by her husband, Forest Barbin in 2010 in Waco; her parents; her brother, Donald LaCour; and son-in-law, Edward McLellan.
Beatrice is survived by her daughter, Phyllis Barbin McLellan; grandson, James McLellan, his wife Amber, and great-granddaughters Lilly and Ava; Grandson, John McLellan and his wife, Christina, and great-granddaughters Emma and Eden; her son, Gary K. Barbin MD and wife, Jody; granddaughter, Lori Barbin Espinosa, her husband, Jaime and great-grandsons, Ryan and Liam; grandson, Luke Barbin and wife, Tara, great-granddaughter, Olive and great-grandson, Jude; grandson, Clay Barbin MD and wife, Kylie, great-grandson, Hayes and great-granddaughters Reese and Bea; daughter, Linda Barbin Bowers, and husband, Reggie; grandson, Eric Bowers and wife, Marisol, great-granddaughter, Adriana, and great-grandson, Patrick; granddaughter Jackie Bowers Logvinoff, and her husband, Nick, and great-grandsons Tristan and Calvin.
Memorials may be made to Bishop Louis Reicher Catholic School in Waco, Ascension Providence Park Living Center, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Waco, or your charity of choice.

Jesse Branick, brother of late Lizbeth Branick
 72 of LaBelle, Texas, a beloved and dedicated member of the community, passed away on November 20, 2023, in Beaumont, Texas. He was born on September 1, 1951, in Port Arthur, Texas. Jesse was known for his dedication to the law and his contributions as an attorney and public servant. After completing his B.B.A. in marketing at Lamar University in 1973, Jesse went on to earn his Juris Doctorate Law Degree from the South Texas College of Law. Armed with his legal expertise, he opened his law practice in Nederland in 1999 where he represented families in the areas of Wills/Probate, Real Estate, Personal Injury, Adoptions, and Business Law. Jesse's commitment to justice led him to serve as a city attorney for Nederland from 2009 until just recently. Additionally, he served as a prosecutor for the cities of Port Neches, Nederland, Groves, and Port Arthur. In recognition of his knowledge and capabilities within the legal field, Jesse also served as a magistrate judge in Jefferson County starting in 2007.
Jesse leaves behind a legacy that extends beyond his professional accomplishments. He deeply cherished his family and friends and will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
His immediate family members who survive him include his loving wife of 38 years, Jo Lynn Branick of LaBelle, Texas; daughters, Jeslyn Hebert and her husband, Aaron of Orangefield, Texas and Jena Branick of Phoenix, Arizona; sisters, Lee Dell Poole and her husband, Bob of Royse City, Texas and Laura Branick, also of Royse City; brother, Jeff Branick and his wife, Sherrie of Port Neches, Texas. Jesse's impact will continue to resonate within this close-knit circle. Jesse is preceded in death by his parents, Bruce Branick and Virgie Caughlin Branick; and his sister, Lizbeth "Libby" Branick.
Throughout his life, Jesse demonstrated unwavering dedication both personally and professionally. Throughout his career, Jesse was known for and looked forward to helping families through his true passion for adoption. His strong sense of morality and passion for justice were evident to all who crossed paths with him. While he will be profoundly missed by those who knew him best, Jesse Branick's memory will endure as a source of inspiration for generations to come.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to The Temple, Sweet Pups, Pups in Peril, Meezer's Mission Cat Rescue or any animal rescue of your choice.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Scott Hall at The Temple, 4101 Hwy 73, Port Arthur, Texas on Wednesday, November 29, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. ~ 7:00 p.m. with remembrances shared by Jesse's friends and colleagues at 5:30 p.m. Services are under the direction of Melancon~Levingston Funeral Home, Nederland, Texas. May Jesse Branick rest in eternal peace, forever remembered as an exceptional attorney and a cherished member of the community.

Joseph “Joey” Daniel Mallet, son of Lavada Wilson
 47, of Silsbee, died Sunday, November 19, 2023. He was born on May 13, 1976, in Port Arthur, to Lavada Jean Wilson Mallet and Joel Daniel Mallet.
Survivors include his wife, Mindi Mallet of Silsbee; his children, Savannah Blanchard of Silsbee and Jacob Mallet and Shelby Mallet, both of Port Arthur; his parents, Lavada Edwards and her husband, Bruce, of Roans Prairie and Joel “Danny” Mallet and his wife, Molly, of Port Arthur; sister, Kim Belding and her husband, Doug, of Memphis, Tennessee; and nephews, Cade Belding and Brady Belding.
A gathering of Mr. Mallet’s family and friends will begin at 11:00 a.m., with his funeral service to follow at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, November 25, 2023, at Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee, with his interment to follow at Daniels Cemetery, Kountze.