William "Little Bill" Dearbonne

July 27, 1929 - April 11, 2021

William Dearbonne

William “Little Bill” Dearbonne, 91, of Beaumont, died Sunday, April 11, 2021, at Summer Place Nursing and Rehabilitation, Beaumont. He was born on July 27, 1929, to Ida Leger Dearbonne and Antone Dearbonne, in China. Little Bill retired as a truck driver for Red Ball Freight after over thirty-five years of service. He enjoyed visiting with family and friends and working in the garden. Little Bill will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandpa.

Survivors include his wife of seventy-one years, Pete Dearbonne; daughters, Sandra Gail Bridges and her husband, Colby, of Meeker; Kim Dara Waller and her husband, Larry, of Nome; and Leslie Sue Engman and her husband, Kevin, of Meeker; son, Kara Layne Dearbonne and his wife, Elaine, of Fred; grandchildren, Maggie, Kiley, Liz, Kori, and Chase; great-grandchildren, Kamryn, David, Sophie, Mason, and John Collier; great-great-grandson, Tyus; brother, Thomas Dearbonne of Fannett; sisters, Bobbie Foster of Cypress and Carol Guidry of Houston; and uncle, Morris Blanchard of China.

He is preceded in death by his father, Antone Dearbonne; mother, Ida Forrest; son, Kelly Dearbonne; grandchildren, Sarah Bridges and Layne Dearbonne; brother, Danny Dearbonne; and sister, Lois LaCaze.

A graveside service for Mr. Dearbonne will be at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at China Cemetery, China, under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, P.O. Box 38, China, Texas 77613.

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Graveside Service
China Cemetery
461 Benoit Avenue, China, Texas 77713
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
1:00 p.m.

Comments (15)

  • Barbara Mingo

    24 April 2021 at 04:41 | #

    You will be miss sorry I didn’t come see and may you Rest In Peace I’ll continue to take care of Mrs. P


  • Jim & Gladys Ainsworth

    15 April 2021 at 03:32 | #

    We all will miss you so much, little Bill.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, Pete and all of your family.

    P.S. I finally did get you to smile in church. So many great memories.

    Rest peacefully,
    Jim & Gladys Ainsworth


  • Mike Howell

    14 April 2021 at 11:32 | #

    Sorry for the loss. Mr Bill is resting in peace now. Prayers for all of his family.


  • Tina and Doug Almond

    14 April 2021 at 02:38 | #

    I am so sorry for your loss. Praying that God wraps His arms around all of you and gives you the strength and comfort you need to help you through this difficult time.


  • CK Spears

    13 April 2021 at 23:06 | #

    Praying that God gives you all the strength during this void remember God knows best


  • Moise Louvier

    13 April 2021 at 23:01 | #

    Mrs Pete, please accept my condolences and prayers for your family. Moe Louvier


  • Shirley Benson

    13 April 2021 at 18:59 | #

    Our deepest sympathy to a life long friend! Rest In Peace!


    • Loweda Elliott

      14 April 2021 at 20:12 | #

      Sorry to hear this . Prays for the families


  • P.J. Morris

    13 April 2021 at 17:28 | #

    So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I knew him for only a short time, but enjoyed his visits on his little red 4 wheel scooter. For some reason , Bill reminded me of my own grandfather. Gentle and kind and always in a pretty good mood. I appreciated him giving me helpful hints for my garden and even rowing it up for me one time with his tractor and plow.


  • Kay Abernathy

    13 April 2021 at 17:13 | #

    Pete, Sandy, Kim, Leslie, and Kara, I'm sorry for your loss and send love and prayers for all of you.


  • Theresa Horn

    13 April 2021 at 16:35 | #

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. So sorry for your loss.


  • jay christopher

    13 April 2021 at 13:22 | #

    Sorry for your loss, you are all in our prayers.


  • Colleen Manuel Sanders

    13 April 2021 at 03:02 | #

    Thinking and praying for your family during this heartbreaking time.


  • Nancy Perkins Yancey

    13 April 2021 at 02:00 | #

    I remember Mr. Bill as a very wonderful man who loved his family. He and his family lived behind my aunt and uncle Levy and Velma Foux. We often visited with them and many cups of coffee was downed. He will be truly missed. So sorry for your loss. Praying for all the family.


  • Mary Alice Kibodeaux

    13 April 2021 at 01:56 | #

    I’m so sorry to hear about Mr. Bill. Prayers for you all. I know your hearts are heavy. Prayers and hugs!


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