Honorable Yale Devillier

September 11, 1963 - March 29, 2021

Justice of the Peace Yale Harlan Devillier, 57, passed away March 29, 2021, at Methodist Hospital-Houston. He was born in Anahuac, Texas to Beverly Bice Devillier Kiker and the late Sammy Devillier. He attended East Chambers and graduated in the class of 1982. Yale served as Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 for 15 years, from 2007 to present. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Winnie.

As a staple of the Winnie Stowell community, Yale was committed to serving others with compassion. Fairness and integrity were of utmost importance to him in life. Being an active supporter of the East Chambers and surrounding area youth, he helped countless kids in their efforts to raise their livestock, but importantly played an instrumental role in shaping the lives of others.

He was an avid hunter and enjoyed the many trips to Colorado, Mexico, and many other places with his family and friends. By sharing his passion of hunting with his children, grandchildren, and friends, wonderful memories were made and will be forever cherished.

The friendships that he shared with so many people meant everything to him. He was the best husband, dad, and grandfather we could have ever asked for.

Yale is survived by his wife of six years, Celia Devillier; daughters, Erin Rhame and her husband, John and Erica Hampton and her husband, Ryan; son, Jett Devillier; stepdaughters, Payton and Olivia Burleson; mother, Beverly Devillier Kiker and stepfather, Charles Kiker; sister, Jill White and her husband, Ronnie; grandchildren, Kaelyn Rhame with Peyton Bertrand, Grace Rhame, Gage Howard, Luke Hampton, and Cooper Hampton; great-granddaughter, Kate Bertrand; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his father, Samuel Valery Coulon “Sammy” Devillier and brother, Kyle Hilton Devillier.

A gathering of Judge Devillier’s family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday, April 5, 2021, at Broussard’s, 134 West Buccaneer, Winnie. His funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at First Baptist Church, 120 West Pear, Winnie. His interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Winnie, under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 98018, Washington, DC 20090-8018 or First Baptist Church, 120 West Pear, Winnie, Texas 77665.

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Fairview Cemetery

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Funeral Service

Funeral Service
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  • 04/06/2021
  • 2:00 pm

Gathering of Family and Friends

Gathering of Family and Friends
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Broussard's Mortuary - Major Drive

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Mike and Sharon Fahey

So sorry for your loss.. Yale was a wonderful man .. Praying for everyone .

Betty G. Peebles

Yale was the same every time I'd see him. I taught him, and throughout his life, he was always friendly and had such a sense of humor. A teacher never knows how successful a student will be, but Yale was a success both in his family relationships and in his chosen career as a JP. He will be missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Lea Ann Johse Cossey

I am so sorry for the loss of such a young man. He never met a stranger and didn't forget where he came from and who his friends were. Rest in peace Yale

Jerri McCown

Devillier family keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Nina Marceaux

It has been my pleasure to know you for all those years. You are and we're always a kind man. Prayers up to you and your family. Your memory will never be forgotten.

Carolee and Michael Simon

Yale and his entire family have always been the nicest people. I will miss visiting with him when he would stop by. Always proud of all his kids and grandkids. We are proud to have called him a friend. Rest in peace, much love to you and your family!

Mel & Jane Kraehnke

We are so sorry for your loss. You and your love ones will be in our thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace Yale

Coach Thomas Fulmore

I'm so sorry for your loss. I Coached Yale in Football and Track. He was an outstanding athlete and leader.. He was loved by his teammates and myself. Rest in peace my friend..

Wade &Laura Ballinger (Laura K. Davis)

Yale was such a wonderful man and served his community well. He will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Devillier Family.

Patty Revia

Ike and I were so sad to hear of Yale's passing. He was always so good to our children, he helped them in many ways over the years in FFA. He will be greatly missed. Prayers to all of the Devillier Family.

Gloria Roemer

Bobby and I are heartbroken, Yale. We will miss your great smile and genuine goodness.. Our prayers are with Celia., your children, and your wonderful family. Vaya con Dios...

Courtney hoyt

I will keep you in my prayers

Lenard T Betts, JR and Lisa Bettis

We are praying for the strength for the family in the days to come. Yale has always been there for our family. He went to San Antonio to officiate our daughters wedding with only a thank you from us. He was such a wonderful man.

Wesley and Linda Weekly

To the Yale Devillier Family, We are so sorry for Your Loss Our Thoughts and Prayers are with You All Yale was a Wonderful Man and He will be Missed May He RIP

Pierre and Brenda Lege'

So sorry for the loss of such a great guy. He was the best boss I scar had and we were blesst to have known him. He will be missed. Prayers for all the family. Rest in peace, Yale..

Roland & Jeanette Weekly

So Very Sorry For Your Loss. Yale Was Loved By So Many And He Will Be Missed By So Many. Prayers For His Family. Fly High My Friend, You're Home Now.

Tiffany Moore

Such a wonderful man! Will definitely be missed. Praying for the entire Devillier family. Rest in Paradise Mr. Yale.

Yvonne Stanley

So sorry for your loss We feel like our family is losing a member Praying for all of you

David Rabalais

Prayers for the entire family,, the loss of a loved one is never easy but we know we will see them again one day,, May God give you comfort and strength during this time

Tinker Adams

My heart is heavy for your loss. Yale was one of the finest men I've have had the pleasure of known. He was a good friend to many. May God be with you during this difficult time.


Yale treated everyone with kindness and respect whether it was a criminal or outstanding citizen. He's a loving respectful man (kid at heart) who loved to smile, have fun, joke around and enjoy life. I know he lived a great life, no doubt. Yale Devillier is definitely one of a kind, who will be truly missed by many. Their will never be another Goober in this lifetime. Heaven gained a beautiful angel... Go rest high on that mountain Yale ❤ Praying for comfort for your beautiful family. Erin, Erica, Jett, Cecil, Olivia and Payton you are all in my thoughts and prayers. ❤

Cindy Alegria

Yale was one of the funniest, friendliest, and giving person i knew. He always would stop and say Hello, and ask about my family. He will be missed very deeply and remembered as a great man. Rest in peace Judge.

Bryan and Keely Wilpitz

Condolences to the friends and family. He was loved by many, and will be missed dearly. God bless.

jeneese kelley

prayers and thoughts to all the family.

Kathy and Duffy Breaux

Our deepest condolences to the entire family. Our hearts are so saddened with Yales passing. May God strengthen and comfort you in the coming years turning your tears to smiles of happy memories of him. May God continue to bless you daily. Love to you.

Cecille Phelps

My heart is broken! All of my love and prayers for his precious family. So sorry I will not be in town, please know that you all are in my thoughts,. Heaven has gained a special Angel!

Theo & Stacey Bertrand

Rest in Peace my Friend

Gary Jones

So sorry to loose such a kind person. We all grieve for this community. Prayers to his Mom,kids,grands and his wife. From Gary and Regina Jones ..

Charles and Darlene Hanna

Charles and I have watched Yale grow up with our two boys through out their school years. Our two boys, Joe and Brian lost their dad to the same illness 43 years ago and he lived about the same time after being diagnosed. You would think they would have this disease under control by now. RIP YALE. We will definitely miss you!

Sheila Marino

Already miss you Yale! So glad got to see you on zoom Saturday. Hugs and prayers for your kids, grandkids, your mom and sister....Celia was such a perfect match for you and the love between you two radiated! Go rest high on that mountain, in your 57 years you've accomplished a great life and will be missed for many to come! Love...Sheila and Terry

Suzie Ortego

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. Yale always had a smile and a handshake for everyone he met. He will be missed. Sincerely, Suzie and Kenny Ortego

Lillian Monkemeier

Though I didn’t know him as long as some, I did think of him as my friend. May God give your family and friends strength and comfort at this time. Yale will be spending his first Easter with the Lord. I will pray for the family and friends. May you Rest In Peace. Sincerely

Juanita B Kahla

Prayers for his precious family for the loss of a great person. He will be greatly happy missed. The whole town of Winnie is saddened by his loss.

Juanita Viator

Words cannot say what so many are feeling with the lost of Yale. Beverly my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Yale will be missed by all that knew him..

Jennifer Smith

We are praying for your precious family. Yale’s presence in this community will continue to be felt. He always brought a smile and handshake to everyone he met. Our community will forever be grateful for his service and dedication. Amazing man, loving father, and papa never goodbye... just until we meet again. May God continue to wrap his arms around his family today and all the day of their lives.

Tonnye Hodges

So sorry for the loss of such a wonderful young man. He always had a great smile and good word for everyone. Prayers for peace and comfort for all family & friends..

Tyne and Sarah Brown

Yale, you will truly be missed. We where blessed to have you marry us. You where full of life and we never seen you with out your smile. You had huge heart for your community and your family. Rest In Peace.

Audrey Blythe

My deepest condolences to the family. Rest In Peace Yale.

Bertha Desormeaux

Yale was one of the nicest guys I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Always a smile on his face and always willing to help people. One time I was going on a short trip and he saw me at the gas station. He asked me where I was headed, I told him and he told me that if I needed him for anything to just call him and he would send help. Prayers for his family.

Bubba & Debra Andrus`

Please accept our deepest condolences. Yale was loved by so many and his absence will be felt by this community and so many whose lives he touched. Our prayers are with the Devillier family...

Lacy carter and Jujus crawfish family

Oh Yale, we are so saddened to hear of your passing and you will be so missed at Jujus! We loved knowing you for all these wonderful years and our prayers go out to you and your family! Love the Jujus family!

Don and Nelda Pickett

Don and I are just heartbroken about Yale's passing. He was a kind generous person and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Our prayers and love go out to the family and friends. Rest in peace Yale.

Michael Thurber

Hmmm, had to think about this one. Guess I'll go back to meeting my silver toothed buddy in the first grade. The times we chewed road tar, layed on our backs and stared at the sun at recess.(Hey, it's what little boys do ....ok ! ) The time we layed our bikes in the middle of the road to look like we had crashed, and I believe Grandma Bice was the first to drive up.......we were in trouble !!!!....Mrs Wedgeworth's 3rd grade class, ...1st and 2nd in Punt , Pass , and Kick....she was proud of us, maybe first and only time, Hah ....The time your mom said, "dont get dirty" then we swam across a rice field to ride the tractor with your dad........I'll miss you my friend, it was an honor, your Honor.......RIP

Georgia Yoffe

My prayers are sincerely with the Yale Devillier family at this difficult time of loss. The community, his family and friends will certainly the emptiness that his death brings. Yet, because of the love of God, each often us will remember fun times and close times and challenging times. In each of these moments of remembrance, we will find smiles, warmth and peace. He continues to live eternally and awaits each of us in that marriage supper of the Lamb—our Lord and Saviour—Jesus. What a homecoming that will be. ????

Donald Savoie Sr.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Yale was a Great man and a friend. He will be missed.

The Barbara Blume family

Our deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers . Yale was a wonderful friend to our family. When Curtis passed away, his kindness and assistance eased our loss and was greatly appreciated. The world has lost one of its angels.

Jesse Evans

There are no words at this time to truly express the feelings of losing a dear friend, a special friend , and a good friend. We always talked by text , but that phone call on Friday was the first that we shared and a very good conversation I can keep in my memories for a very long time. In our conversation, I told him that I cared enough for him that I was willing to be tested to see if I was a good bone marrow match. You offer these things to people you only care for, love as a brother, no matter what color. I am happy I was able to make this offer and share this with him. Thank you Hod for allowing me that chance to speak with him. My prayers are with the entire family during this time of grief. May you Rest In Peace ♥️

Bailey Braneff

The Braneff and the Shell’s send our deepest condolences to Yale’s family during this time. We came to know Yale in the cattle industry and we are forever grateful to have known such a great, caring man.

Calvin Sanders

From the first time he welcomed me to Winnie in 1987 I was always greeted with a smile, a handshake and as a friend. Yale will be forever missed, my condolences and prayers for the family. May God give you peace and comfort.

Ronald LeBlanc

RIP Yale, Prayers to all your family YOU will be missed my friend

Crystal and Heather Estes

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this time. May God wrap his arms around you and give you peace.. Yale will be missed all.

Renee Monteau Rawls

Our family was saddened after hearing of your passing. Every time, I saw you Goob you always made me feel like I was still a part of the family. You will be greatly missed by family an friends. But, I know there was a great reunion in heaven with Kyle an Sammy.

Patti Ross Von Tungeln

I’m so sorry to hear of Yale’s passing. He was such a great guy and friend to everyone. My prayers for all of his family and loved ones.

Gladys Aguirre

You will be miss Yale , I’m really sorry for your loss, God I have you with Him because you was a nice person , Judge and friend . My prayers are with you and family.

Clay Rollins

I've know Yale for more than 40 years! A good friend and one of kindest men I've ever known! Our prayers go out to all of his family! So sorry for your loss, and the loss to this community!

Johnny Ray Brooks

Yale was 1# of a kind a very special man he will be missed by all. He always had an answer for anything ! He could be firm he could be hard and kind a very special Man. He truly was a wonderful person. Prayer for the family R.I.P. Yale you have earned your place on the mountain. Johnny and Cindy Brooks

Pamela Hargraves

An honor to have known you Yale. We pray that time will bring comfort and peace to everyone hurting from this incredible loss. Winnie mourns once again for a loved one gone to soon. May God give eternal rest. Pam and Greg Hargraves

Gladys Aguirre

I’m really sorry for your loss , you Will be miss . Yale my prayers are with you. QEPD..

Brad Burnett

The Burnett family in Port Neches .is mourning the loss of a fine friend. God Bless Yale and his family. Rest In Peace brother.

Allen & Angela LeLeux

Yale was such a great guy. Although we'd only met him a couple of years ago through Celia, it didn't take long before it felt like we'd known him forever. He will truly be missed.

Jim & Sherry Shell

Our thoughts and prayers are with Yale's family during these difficult times. We have known Yale for many years, our kids showing cattle together. We had the privilege of having Yale officiate the renewal of our 50th wedding anniversary vows in 2015, that will always be a cherished memory.

Paulette Cobb

I will always remember that little cotton top, “silver toothed” cousin of mine. He was always adorable but definitely mischievous! He turned into a fine man who always had a smile on his face. Yale, we used your name numerous times when stopped by troopers on our never ending trips to and from the beach.....thank you! I am so saddened by Yale’s passing. May God hold all of you in his arms just a little tighter.

Janice Gonzalez

RIP YALE. You were always so nice and friendly. And willing to help me get in touch with your Aunt Mary and Culley. Although nothing ever came out of it. But I appreciate the ear to listen and the offer to help. God Bless his family.

Felecia Krus

So sorry for the loss . Yale was a one of kind. He never met a stranger. I will miss seeing that smile and hearing that friendly greeting. You will truly be missed. My deepest condolences to Celia,, and all of your family. Rest In Peace my dear friend..

Sharon Dubose-Champagne

To my best friend in the whole wide world! I love you my Judge! ❤️

Amber Christ

Yale always met you with a smiling face and good sense of humor. I will never forget the good he did for me and the help he provided. I am so very sad that I won't run into you in town anymore and get that warm hug. I will be praying for peace and comfort for your family and friends. I know that you will be watching over all of us from way up there in the sky. Fly High Judge!! We will miss you tremendously.

Mike and Vanessa Revia

Sorry for ya'lls lost. Yale Devillier will be missed. May GOD BLESS YA'LL. AND MAY HE REST IN PEACE

Pamela K Chavis

I'd like to offer my deepest condolences to the entire Devillier family. Yale will be greatly missed. Eternal rest granted upon him, O Lord, and let your perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of the faithful and departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.