Jack Sam Yianitsas, Sr.

December 25, 1930, August 03, 2019

Jack Yianitsas, Sr.

Jack Yianitsas, Sr., 88, of Silsbee, died Saturday, August 3, 2019. He was born on December 25, 1930, in Beaumont, to Laura Kiatta Yianitsas and Sam George Yianitsas. Jack proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps during Korean War. He later became a motivational speaker.

Survivors include his children, Laura Fontenot and her husband, Carl, of Silsbee; Jack Yianitsas, Jr., and his wife, Lynn, of Mobile, Alabama; and Sam Yianitsas of Vidor; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ted LaRue Lemons Yianitsas; brother, George Yianitsas; and sisters, Anna Economos, Helen Hawa, and Marie Vaccarello.

A gathering of Jack’s family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m., with his memorial service at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 10, 2019, at St. Johns Episcopal Church, 1305 Roosevelt Drive, Silsbee, under the direction of Broussard’s, Silsbee. His committal was held at Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 636, Silsbee, Texas 77656.


Broussard's Mortuary - Silsbee, TX
490 Cemetery Road Silsbee, TX 77656
Gathering of Family and Friends
St. Johns Episcopal Church-Silsbee
1305 Roosevelt Drive, Silsbee, Texas 77656
Saturday, August 10, 2019
10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
Memorial Service
St. Johns Episcopal Church-Silsbee
1305 Roosevelt Drive, Silsbee, Texas 77656
Saturday, August 10, 2019
11:00 a.m.
Broussard's Crematorium
5150 Stivers Street Beaumont, TX 77705
St. Johns Episcopal Church-Silsbee
P.O. Bo X636, Silsbee, Texas 77656

Comments (5)

  • Dion McInnis

    31 August 2019 at 19:34 | #

    I am saddened and my prayers are with all those whom Jack touched in life. I heard him speak at a luncheon of the Alief-Southwest Houston Chamber about 35 years ago. I knew then that I wanted to be a speaker. I still share his story about barging into a boardroom meeting and saying, "I talked to God this morning, why can't I talk to you?" I have tried to find him to thank him for his influence. I am sure that he now knows my appreciation. God bless Jack.


  • Lynda Ferguson George White

    21 August 2019 at 15:02 | #

    Jack, Sam Yianitses. and my husband Demitri George,. spoke a secret language that only they knew the meaning. When these three were together you could count on a afternoon filled with side splitting laughter. God bless all three of them now reunited in heaven. Lynda


  • Dale Shearer

    10 August 2019 at 15:33 | #

    Jack was great guy and a real friend. We worked together for several years. He was always available as a receptive counselor and friend to my employees and co-workers. He is missed, and will be remembered as a positive force and a caring soul..


  • Art Economos

    08 August 2019 at 16:59 | #

    When ever uncle Jack was around you knew you were in for some good times...and plenty of laughs!! We had some great times in Sandelwood fishing in the lakes...then you landed that 20 pounder...well...sure looked like 20 lbs to you and me!! We love you so much...you are the best!!!


  • Laura Sibley Cunningham

    07 August 2019 at 21:46 | #

    Waiting on this man and his wife at Stingaree Restaurant was always a treat and treasured pleasure. God bless him and his family. Laura, thinking of you.


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