Broussard’s Mortuary Silsbee

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490, Cemetery Road, Silsbee, Texas, 77656, United States,
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Broussard’s Mortuary Silsbee Obituaries

Billy Gerald Flowers
July 7, 1929 - January 16, 2022

Billy Gerald Flowers, Sr., 92, of Kountze, died Sunday, January 16, 2022.  He was born on July 7, 1929, in Village Mills, to Rosie Stott Flowers and Charlie Flowers. Survivors include his son, Joe Mark Flowers and his wife, Sheree, of Silsbee; grandchildren, Cody Swor and his wife, Crystal, of Kountze; Heather Stippel and her husband, Zach, of Winnie; Derrick Flowers and his wife, Shawna, of Beaumont; Misty Flowers of Silsbee; Amy Flowers of Beaumont; and Shawn Flowers of Silsbee; great-grandchildren, Carli Swor Lutz and her husband, Brandon; Cheleby Swor; Cody Shane Swor; Blake Carey; Dallas Flowers; Corvin Stippel; Witten Ard; Sophie Flowers; Elijah Stippel; and Walker Flowers; and siblings, Louise Merrit of Silsbee and Ruth Alexander of Buna.  He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jo Ann Reed Flowers; son, Billy Gerald Flowers, Jr; daughter, Pamela Renee Flowers; siblings, Richard Flowers, Charles Flowers, Louzelle Johnson, Marie Creel, […]

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Sharon Fowler White
October 4, 1943 - January 12, 2022

Sharon Fowler White, 78, of Lumberton, died Wednesday, January 12, 2022.  She was born on October 4, 1943, in Nacogdoches, to Gwendolyn Pitts Fowler and Jefferson Earl Fowler. Survivors include her children, Debbie Slayter of Lumberton and Jerry White and his wife, Glenda, of Port Acres; grandchildren, Jeremy Slayter and his wife, Jenise; Bryce Slayter and his wife, Danielle; and Jerred White and his wife, Haley, all of Lumberton; Jessica White of Kountze; Jerrica Savage and her husband, Justin, of Beaumont; Jake White of Kountze; and Tiffaney Chandler of Port Acres; great-grandchildren, Mindalyn Slayter, Samantha Slayter, Nova Savage, Sage Savage, Ava Lucas, Jett White, Maddox Woods, Isaac Roane, Cheyanne Damron, and Colton Damron; siblings, Claxton Fowler and his wife, Patty and Linda Eaves and her husband, James, all of Lumberton; and Rick Fowler and his wife, Kathy, of Kountze; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by […]

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Rachel Juanita Hall
September 4, 1932 - January 12, 2022

Rachel Juanita Hall, 89, of Kountze, died Wednesday, January 12, 2022.  She was born on September 4, 1932, in Midway, Texas, to Corrie Mae Crocker West and Luther O. West. Survivors include her children, Dessie Griffin and her husband, Thomas; Carroll Hall and his wife, Phyllis; David Hall and his wife, Eva; and Billy Joe Hall and his wife, Margie, all of Honey Island; grandchildren, Heather Young and her husband, Jonathan, of Humble; Wendy Wells and her husband, Jerome, of Odessa; Shandala Hall and her husband, Ricky, of Colorado; Chasity Desormeaux and her husband, Todd, of Cleveland; Carol Evette Hall; Tommy Griffin and his wife, Amanda; and Travis Griffin and his wife, Jamie, all of Honey Island; David “DJ” Hall, Jr. and his wife, Barbara, of Fred; Sharlanda Hendrix of Honey Island; Dustin Hall and his wife, Tiffany, of Livingston; Christina Fowler and her husband, Ray, of Saratoga; Savannah Foster […]

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Jerry Wayne Kellum
June 13, 1945 - January 8, 2022

Jerry Wayne Kellum, 76, of Kountze, Texas, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, January 8, 2022. He was born on June 13, 1945, in Beaumont, Texas, to Katie Bell Kellum and Marshall Bolton Kellum. Jerry proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. After coming home from the war, Jerry married Marian Chambless on January 25, 1980. The most important things in Jerry’s life were his love for the Lord, his family, and the Dallas Cowboys. Survivors include his wife, Marian Kellum; children, EL Ryan of Kountze; Coti Matthews Wingate and her husband, William, of Fannett; and Jana Kellum of Kountze; grandchildren-, Halston Ryan, Colt Ryan, Anthony Salazar, Isabella Walters, Macy Matthews Linn, Hayden Matthews, Hope Oliphant, and Lane Oliphant; great-grandchildren, Melody Ryan, Presleigh Ryan, and Collins Cate Linn; brothers, Tommy Kellum and his wife, Linda, of Silsbee and Charles Kellum and his wife, […]

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Ramona Chadwick Orr
November 4, 1933 - January 5, 2022

Ramona Orr, 88, of Lumberton, Texas, died Wednesday, January 5, 2022.  She was born on November 4, 1933, in Long Branch, Texas, to Mildred Prycer Chadwick and William Chadwick. Mrs. Orr graduated from Carthage High School, Carthage, Texas and was married to Stanley Orr for fifty-eight years.  She was a member of Infant Jesus Catholic Church in Lumberton, where she was on the Altar Society and the Bereavement Committee.  Mrs. Orr was also one of the founding members of the Cone and Tassel Garden Club in Lumberton. Survivors include her children, Dwain Orr and his wife, Joan, of Nederland; Wes Orr and his wife, Tina, of Vidor; Chad Orr of Weatherford; and Alice Spencer and her husband, Ronnie, of Winnie; grandchildren, Ryan Orr and his wife, Tara, of Grapevine; Rebekah Hernandez and her husband, Henry, of Azle; Tait Orr and his wife, Sydney; Gage Orr; and Jackie Cockerham and her […]

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James Robert Skinner
July 5, 1947 - January 4, 2022

James Robert Skinner, 74, of Lumberton, Texas, died Tuesday, January 4, 2022. He was born on July 5, 1947, in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, to Lillian Salch Skinner and Frank L. Skinner. James (Jim) grew up In Bloomfield, New Jersey and was a proud member of the Bloomfield High School Class of 1965. He was also an Eagle Scout and a New Jersey State Archery Champion. After high school, Jim married the love of his life, Maureen McFarland Skinner, and also started his career in food service management. His career with ARA/Aramark spanned many years and states, leading Jim and his family to live in New Jersey, North Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia. One of the highlights of Jim’s career was serving dinner to then President George H.W. Bush at the 1988 Presidential Debate at Wake Forest University. Jim’s most notable job, however, was that of a loving husband, Dad, and […]

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Thelma Jeanne Roddy
September 22, 1951 - January 3, 2022

Thelma Jeanne Roddy, 70, of Lumberton, died Monday, January 3, 2021.  She was born on September 22, 1951, in Lufkin, to Inez Huggins Summerlot and Bill Summerlot. Survivors include her husband, Robert Roddy; children, Kathirene Oliver and her husband, Jeremiah, of Kountze and Latsha Hedrick and her husband, Marvin Morgan, of Lumberton; grandchildren, Joseph Marsh, Jonathan Marsh, and Gemma Oliver; great-grandchildren, Jaxson Marsh and Axle Marsh; siblings, Ronnie Summerlot of Florida, Jan Rodriguez of Mississippi, and Ray Gentry and his wife, Carol, of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Roddy’s committal was held at Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee.

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Alph Glen Loftin
August 17, 1926 - January 2, 2022

Alph Glen “Runt” Loftin of Burkeville passed away at the age of 95 on Sunday, January 2, 2022. He was born on August 17, 1926, in Saratoga, to Mamie Belle and Oscar Loftin. Runt proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II.  He married Nelda Rae “Nell” Flowers on June 28, 1947, and they celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary last year. Runt retired from The Sun Oil Company in 1985 after thirty-seven years of service and has avidly enjoyed his favorite sports of hunting and fishing throughout retirement. Survivors include his wife, Nell Loftin; children, Chris Makin of Stowell; Mackie Zeringue of Cleveland; Patricia Christopher and husband, Brent, of Lumberton; and Tuffy Loftin and wife, Anette, of Centerville; eight grandchildren, Scott Wilder and wife, Annie, of Winnie; Troy Zeringue and wife, Rachael, of Dekalb; Natalie Barta and husband, Matt, of Pearland; Meeghan Keng and husband, […]

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Kenneth Lee Tyree
August 20, 1942 - January 1, 2022

Kenneth Lee Tyree, 79, of Silsbee, died Saturday, January 1, 2022.  He was born on August 20, 1942, in Sullivan, Missouri to Alma Weeks Tyree and Walter Tyree. Survivors include his children, Paul Tyree and his wife, Melody, of Jefferson City, Missouri and Patricia Mathews and her husband, Jay, of Vidor; thirteen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and sister, Judy O’Connor and her husband, Bob, of Rolla, Missouri.  He is preceded in death by his parents and wife, Judy Tyree. His committal was held at Broussard’s Crematorium.

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Tina Marie Braneff
February 11, 1967 - December 29, 2021

Tina Marie Braneff, 54, of Warren, died Wednesday, December 29, 2021. She was born February 11, 1967, in Vidor, to Josephine Lakota Hare and J.D. Hare. She enjoyed fishing, crabbing, camping, and watching her children and grandchildren play sports. She was a longtime member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Vidor and a recent member of St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica in Beaumont. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandma. She is survived by her husband of thirty years, Michael Braneff, of Warren; sons, David Ray Hare and his wife, Melinda, of Mauriceville; Christopher Lee Braneff and his fiancé, Christina; Michael C. Braneff and his wife, Kellie, of Warren; daughter, Kallaugha Braneff of Warren; grandchildren, Michael, Laylah, Eliana, Arabella, Kamden, and Kenzie; brothers, Frankie Hare and his wife, Travis, of Bevil Oaks; and James Hare, of Vidor. She is preceded in death by her parents; […]

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Lee A. Chastant
March 15, 1952 - December 23, 2021

Lee Alain Chastant, 69, of Lumberton, TX, passed away on December 23. Lee was born in New Orleans, LA, on March 15, 1952, to geologists Lester A. Chastant and Kathryn Ross Chastant, both of whom preceded him in death. From an early age, Lee embraced the outdoors and became an enthusiastic hunter and fisherman. He developed an appreciation for the natural environment and loved being in it. In high school, Lee played football and was popular among his friends. His two younger sisters looked up to him, at least when he wasn’t playing tricks on them. He knew New Orleans well and also enjoyed time with his bayou-living grandfather. Additionally, Lee enjoyed visiting his mother’s family and spending time on their west Texas ranch. Here he learned what hard work really meant but reveled in the experiences and adventures to be found there. In later years, Lee liked spending time […]

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Clara Oleta Moffitt
January 7, 1920 - December 22, 2021

Clara Oleta Moffitt, 101, of Beaumont, died Wednesday, December 22, 2021.  She was born on January 7, 1920, in Howe, Oklahoma, to Florence Cross Babb and Claude Babb. Survivors include her children, Sam Moffitt and his wife, Donna of Beaumont; Karen Latino and her husband, Charles, of Kountze; and Mike Moffitt and his wife, Cheryl, of Dacula, Georgia; daughter-in-law, Gloria Lane; ten grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Gloria Lane. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wilson Moffitt; son, Bob Lane; daughter, Sue Gilley; and grandson, Kevin Latino. A gathering of Mrs. Moffitt’s family and friends will begin at 12:00 p.m., with her funeral service at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at Crestwood Baptist Church, 1150 Highway 69, Kountze, under the direction of Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee.  Her interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont. Please observe social distancing guidelines.  

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Lynette Gay Layton
June 3, 1953 - December 22, 2021

Lynette Gay Layton, 68, of Lumberton, died Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at Christus St. Elizabeth, Beaumont. She was born on June 3, 1953, in Jennings, Louisiana, to Effie Newman and John Eldridge Epperly. Lynnette was an avid reader, enjoyed bible study, and watching westerns. She will be remembered for her appreciation of etiquette and proper English. She will live in hearts forever as a loving wife, mother, and Grammar to her grandchildren. Lynette is survived by her husband of thirty-five years, Paul Layton, of Lumberton; daughters, Kemilee Shavers and her husband, Kyle, of Silsbee and Kalyn Cryer and her husband, Matthew, of Lumberton; sons, Kade Layton and his wife, Laura, of Abington, Maryland and Jordan Torrent, of Houston; grandchildren, Kennedy, Cameron, and Lane; sister, Wendy Leprettre and her husband, Donald, of Opelika, Alabama; and multiple family members and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents. A gathering of […]

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Cecil Augustus Cassity
September 1, 1930 - December 21, 2021

Cecil Augustus Cassity, 91, of Silsbee, died Tuesday, December 21, 2021.  He was born on September 1, 1930, in Long Branch, Texas, to Evelyn Jarrell Cassity and Cecil Cassity.  Mr. Cassity proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean conflict.  After serving his country, he worked as the administrator for the Silsbee Doctor’s Hospital. Survivors include numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marjorie Cassity; and brothers, Jimmy Cassity and Bobby Cassity. A gathering of Mr. Cassity’s family and friends will be 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee.  His interment will be 1:00 p.m., Thursday, December 30, 2021, at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Cold Spring, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Harbor Hospice, 2450 North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas 77713. Please observe social distancing guidelines.

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Roger Alan Dean
May 21, 1952 - December 20, 2021

Roger Alan Dean, 69, of Humble, died Monday, December 20, 2021.  He was born on May 21, 1952, in Lufkin, to Fern Brown Dean and Willard Dean.  Mr. Dean served his country in the United States Air Force. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Langford Dean; sons, Bradley Dean and his wife, Tabitha, of Beaumont and Adraid Poole and his wife, Sara, of Lumberton; daughters, Christina King and her husband, Michael, of Lugoff, South Carolina and Courtney Dean and her husband, Nikita De La Rosa, of Cleveland; grandchildren, Aspen Humphrey, Maci Dean, Michaela King, Mayah King, Madelyn King, Michael King, IV, Damian Tenney, Bram Tenney, Jace De La Rosa, Mason Poole, Abby Poole, and Logan Poole; great-grandchild, Ronan Humphrey; brothers, Sam Dean and his wife, Martha, of Silsbee and Tim Dean and his wife, Karen, of Fort Worth; and sister, Saundra Dale and her husband, Roger, of Spartanburg, South Carolina.  He […]

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Dwayne Vinson Overstreet
August 13, 1931 - December 12, 2021

Dwayne Vinson Overstreet was born on August 13, 1931, to James Vinson Overstreet and Opal Hendrix Overstreet. A proud life-long resident of Honey Island, he built his home across the street from where he was born in 1965 and lived there for the rest of his days. After a whirlwind romance, he married the love of his life, Shirley Ann Schull on March 1, 1951. Through the next fifty-six years they were always together. Raising a family, traveling, camping, spending time with good friends and pursuing their mutual passion for fishing and hunting. He was quick to proudly brag that Shirley more often than naught out-fished him. A graduate of Honey Island High School Class of 1948, Dwayne went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Stephen F Austin University in 1953. After trying out teaching and banking, he decided to further his education at South Texas School of Law. […]

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Joseph “Joey” Allen Breaux, Jr.
August 8, 1968 - December 11, 2021

Lieutenant Joseph “Joey” Allen Breaux, Jr., 53 of Lumberton, passed peacefully from this life into the loving arms of our Lord, surrounded by his family on Saturday, December 11, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer.  He lived an amazing life focused on his family and service to his friends and community. Joey was born in Silsbee, TX, in 1968, grew up in Lumberton, and graduated from Lumberton High School in 1986.  He attended Lamar University Regional Police Academy and then spent over 30 years servicing the local community.  He started as a dispatcher at the Silsbee Police Department in 1989 and was sworn in as a police officer in April 1990.  In October 1992, he transitioned to the Lumberton Police Department and has worked for them for 29 years as a patrolman, a Criminal Justice Teacher, and an investigator.  In addition, Joey spent many years working security for the […]

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Benjamin “Bennie” Williford
April 14, 1936 - December 10, 2021

Benjamin “Bennie” Williford, 85, of Orange, slipped these earthly bonds Friday, December 10, 2021, at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Beaumont. He was born on April 14, 1936, in Hicksbaugh, Texas, to Lillian Gruene and Orland Virgil Williford. Bennie was retired from and former owner of W&E Service Company in Spurger, after over thirty plus years of employment. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and watching old westerns. Bennie will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and Paw Paw. He is survived by his daughter, Janice Williford Evans and her husband, David, of Trinity; sons, Louis Williford and his wife, Kim, of Orange and Kent Williford and his wife, Eliza, of Silsbee; nine grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Rayburn Williford, of Jasper and O.V. Williford and his wife, Vonnye, of Mauriceville; and numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of relatives and friends. Bennie is preceded in death by his parents; […]

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Freda Jo McGallion
September 19, 1945 - December 10, 2021

Freda Jo McGallion, 76, of Evadale, died Friday, December 10, 2021, at Silsbee Oaks Health Care, Silsbee. She was born on September 19, 1945, in Evadale, to Roblean (Etue) and Milam Ray Whitmire. She retired from the Dietary Department at Silsbee Oaks Health Care, after many years of employment. Freda is survived by her children, Stephanie McGallion and Cristie Lunsford and her husband, Art, all of Evadale; and Sam McGallion, of New Orleans, Louisiana; grandchildren, Lena Griffis, of Silsbee, Erica Sepulvado, of Converse, Louisiana, Keith Lunsford, of Evadale, Alexis McGallion and Krystyn McGallion, both of Silsbee, and Cheyenne Lunsford, of Evadale; great-grandchildren, Kason, Raelyn, Kensleigh, and Jaxton. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Herman McGallion; and brother, Wayne Whitmire. A gathering of Mrs. McGallion’s family and friends will begin at 1:00 p.m., with her funeral service at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 12, 2021, at The Apostolic Church […]

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Evelyn Michelle Whitworth
- December 9, 2021

Evelyn Michelle Whitworth, infant daughter of Carissa Dawn Chaney and Dustin Ray Whitworth, of Kountze, died Thursday, December 9, 2021, at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Beaumont. Other than her parents, Evelyn is survived by her sisters, Ava Chaney and Lesley Whitworth, all of Kountze; grandparents, Demoine and Randy Whitworth, of Conroe; Brenda Chaney, of Silsbee; and Stacey Bearden, of Dallas; great-grandparents, Sue and Larry Lair, of Gunbarrel City; and numerous other aunts, uncles, and several loving friends. Cremation arrangements for Evelyn were handled through Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee.

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Susie Bell Rodriguez
March 22, 1929 - December 5, 2021

Susie Bell Rodriguez, 92, of Kountze, died Sunday, December 5, 2021.  She was born on March 22, 1929, in New Waverly, to Elizabeth Lillard Risner and Sherman Henry Risner. Survivors include her children, Joe Rodriguez and his wife, Jane; Nick Rodriguez; Mona Duce and her husband, Jerry; Rita Flowers and her husband, Kevin; Cathy Gatewood and her husband, Robert; and Tina Allison, all of Kountze; grandchildren, Susan Childress and her husband, Lance, of Atlanta, Texas; Joey Rodriguez and his wife, Cammie, of Lumberton; Casaundra McCormick of Canton; Christopher Pitts and Jason Pitts, both of Kountze; Gretchen Butler of Nederland; Meredith Iley of Lumberton; Adrianna Gatewood of Deer Park; Carol Coplen of Kountze; Brandon Swartout of Baytown; and Jesse Allison of Pecan Gap; twenty-four great-grandchildren; brother, Ray Risner of Denton; and numerous loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Rito Rodriguez; daughter, Teresa Rodriguez; […]

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Betty Ruth Williams
March 2, 1933 - December 5, 2021

Betty Ruth Williams, 88, of Lumberton, died Sunday, December 5, 2021.  She was born on March 2, 1933, in Thornton, Texas, to Ruthy Burdin Martin and Alvie Jewel Martin. Survivors include her daughter, Lucia White and her husband, Carl; grandchildren, Woody Yancey, Jessica Yancey, and Clayton White; great-grandchildren, Luke Yancey, C.J. White, and Callen White; and sisters, Yvonne White, Marilyn Boone, Peggy Wallace, and Joan Gravis.  She is preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Nell Craig, Zane Martin, Jim Martin, Leon Martin, and PeeWee Martin. Betty’s graveside service will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 8, 2011, at Morse Cemetery, Buna, under the direction of Broussard’s, Silsbee. Please observe social distancing guidelines. By attending any public event you are acknowledging the risk of exposure to the Corona Virus. Please follow the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov

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Larry Joseph Etue
June 8, 1947 - December 1, 2021

Larry Joseph Etue, 74, of Evadale, died Wednesday, December 1, 2021.  He was born on June 8, 1947, in Evadale, to Margie Hester Etue and Clarence Etue.  Larry proudly served his country in the United States Navy, serving two tours in Vietnam. Survivors include his wife of forty-nine years, Diane Etue; children, Annette Smith and her husband, Kirk, of Nederland and John Etue and his wife, Cristine, of LaGrange; grandchildren, Jackson Etue, Kooper Smith and Caroline Etue; sister, Sheila Herrin and her husband, Joe, of Evadale; and many other family and friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Kelvin Etue. Larry’s memorial service will be 3:00 p.m., Sunday, December 5, 2021, at Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to a charity of one’s choice or to a local organization that helps supply children with Christmas gifts. Please observe […]

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Joe G. Vassar
March 20, 1929 - November 29, 2021

Joe G. Vassar, 92, of Kountze, died Monday, November 29, 2021, at Harbor Hospice, Beaumont. He was born on March 20, 1929, in Tryon, Oklahoma, to Lillian Edna Walters and Charles C. Vassar. Joe was a United States Army veteran. He retired from Gulf Coast Machine Supply after many years of employment. Joe is survived by his sons, Harold Vassar and his wife, Gwen, of Kountze and Nolan Vassar and his wife, Glenda, of Edinburgh; grandchildren, Joshua Vassar and Micah, of Lumberton; Derrik Vassar and  his wife, Pearl and Phillip Vassar and his wife, Liza, all of Houston; Fernie Martinez and Alex Martinez, both of Edinburgh; great-grandchildren, Jacob Vassar, Phoenix Vassar, and Madison Vassar; siblings, Fred Vassar, of Livingston; Louise Jones and her husband, Harold and Judy Brumley, all of Beaumont; and nephews, Jerry Flowers and Roland Collier, both of Lumberton. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, […]

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Kathleen Orr Smith
March 22, 1951 - November 29, 2021

Kathleen Orr Smith, 70, of Lumberton, died Monday, November 29, 2021, at Sabine Medical Center, Many, Louisiana. She was born on Mar 22, 1951, in Beaumont, to Anna Mae Chand and Darrell Orr, Sr. Kathleen was a social worker for Spindletop MHMR. She is survived by her sons, Michael Smith, and Lance Smith; and brother, Darrell Orr, Jr. and his wife, Teresa, all of Lumberton. She is preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Larry Michael Smith. Cremation arrangements for Mrs. Smith were handled through Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont under the direction of Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee.

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Jay Collier
August 1, 1933 - November 27, 2021

J.N. “Jay” Collier III, 88, of Silsbee, TX, passed away on Saturday, November 27, 2021. Jay was born on August 1, 1933, in Silsbee to Jacqueline Blackwell and Richard Warren Collier. Jay was full-heartedly known as Jaybird to his closest friends, students, and relatives alike. At an early age, Jay had an egregious appreciation for classical music that his mother Jacqueline Collier encouraged Jay to pursue with great intention. After graduating from Silsbee high school, Jay attended Lamar University from 1950-1951 as a music major. He transferred to the University of Houston and graduated in 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music in piano performance. In 1955, Jay attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas and received his master’s degree in music in piano performance. Jay later retired as a music professor from Lamar University after teaching over forty years of music history and theory during his tenure at Lamar. […]

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Sheila Ann Melder
August 19, 1968 - November 23, 2021

Sheila Ann Melder, 53, of Warren, died Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at Harbor Hospice, Jasper. She was born on August 19, 1968, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, to Saveria Hinson and Melvin Edwin Wornell. Sheila was the owner/operator of S.A.M.’s Accounting Service and worked as a tax preparer and bookkeeper for thirty years. Sheila as an avid reader, enjoyed candles, arts, and crafts, and she was very artistic. Sheila will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and maw maw. She is survived by her husband of thirty-four years, Ernie Melder; son, Sheldon Melder of Warren; granddaughter, Aurora Rae Dewees-Melder; brother, Edwin Lee Wornell, of Lumberton; special cousin, Angela Gray and her husband, Brian, of Sugartown, Louisiana; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins; and a host of other relatives and friends.  Sheila is preceded in death by her parents; and son, Joshua Dale Melder. A gathering of Sheila’s family and friends will be […]

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Mary Ruth Tortoris
October 2, 1924 - November 23, 2021

Mary Ruth Tortoris, 97, of Lumberton, died Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at Christus Southeast Texas-St. Elizabeth, Beaumont. Mary Ruth was born on October 2, 1924, in Upland, Indiana, to Orpha Olena Harrah and George C. Hutchins.  She was a United States Army veteran, having served her country during World War II. Mary Ruth was full of gratitude for God’s Creation. She enjoyed cooking, collected recipes, reading, traveling, plants, flowers and feeding the birds. Mary Ruth will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandma. She is survived by her daughters, Mary Danna and her husband, Mike and Vicki Wilson and her husband, Darrell; and son, David Tortoris, all of Lumberton; grandchildren, David Tortoris, Jr.; Brent Wilson and his wife, Megan; Justin Browning; and Felisa Chaloupek; great-grandchildren, Trae, Julie, Holly, and Hallie; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Mary Ruth is preceded in death by her husband, […]

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Barbara Lee Tucker
January 4, 1935 - November 21, 2021

Barbara Lee Tucker, 86, of Sour Lake, died Sunday, November 21, 2021.  She was born on January 4, 1935, to Maurine Wilson Bartell and Sam Bartell. Mrs. Tucker retired as a clerk for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, Hardin County, after many years of service.  She was very active in her church, especially in the nursery.  Her boys and her grandchildren were her life, and she will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and nana. Survivors include her sons, Mike Tucker and his wife, Carla, of Lumberton and Matthew Tucker of Sour Lake; grandchildren, Kaitlyn Tucker, Kevin Tucker, Kaleb Tucker, and Zachary Singletary; brother, Bob Bartell of Boerne; sister, Charlotte Thomas of Henderson, Nevada; brother-in-law, Milburn Tucker of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.  She is preceded in death by her parents; husband of forty-eight years, Sonny Tucker; brother, […]

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Linda Whisenant
January 1, 1950 - November 19, 2021

Linda Gale Whisenant “Ms. Whis”, 71, of Fred, crossed over Jordan and waltzed through the Pearly Gates on Friday, November 19, 2021.  She was the first baby born on January 1, 1950, in Silsbee, Texas, to Nelmer Gilmore Whisenant and John Whisenant. Linda graduated from Warren High School before attending Sam Houston State University to obtain her bachelor’s in education.  She went on to obtain her Masters in Mathematica and Computer Science at Stephen F. Austin State University.  She then returned to Fred and taught in the Warren Independent School District for thirty plus years, becoming affectionately known as Ms. Whis. Survivors include her sister, Mary Ward and her husband, James, of Fred; nephew, Gary Ward and his wife, Lisa, of Silsbee; niece, Paula Vaughn and her husband, Kirk, of Coldspring; great-nephew, Aaron Ward; great-niece, Beth Slaydon and her husband, Tyler; great-nephew, Zane Young and Jessica LeFloor; and great-great-nephew, Blake […]

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