Jean Pesnell Yarbrough

December 17, 1928 - March 14, 2022

Jean Pesnell Yarbrough, 93, formerly of Beaumont, Texas, and Gardendale, Alabama, passed away March 14, 2022, at her residence in Auburn, Alabama. She was born December 17, 1928, in Alabama to Jim and Bertha Pesnell. Jean is predeceased by her husband of 68 years, James (Jim) Cottingham Yarbrough.

Jean is survived by her brother, James (Jim) Pesnell and his wife, Pat, of Chattanooga, Tennessee; her three children, Gayle Yarbrough Rhoads and her husband, Rocky, of Beaumont, Texas; Sue Yarbrough Gober and her husband, Tom, of Auburn, Alabama; and Bob Yarbrough and his wife, Leslie, of Hume, Virginia; her grandchildren, Todd Gober and his wife, Leslie, of Birmingham, Alabama; Mandy Gober Harris and her husband, Joe, of Houston, Texas; Mariel Yarbrough Murphy and her husband, Joe, of Westminster, Colorado; her great-grandchildren, Peyton Gober of Auburn, Alabama, and Brooke Gober of Birmingham, Alabama; and several nephews and nieces.

Family was always important to Jean, and she loved family vacations. When her grandchildren were young, she and husband Jim started a tradition of taking each grandchild on an annual trip to faraway places.

Baking scratch-made goodies for family and friends was one of Jean’s favorite activities, including her famous chocolate pound cake with fudge icing. She was a member of P.E.O.  and was active in the Hamaca Sunday School Class at Trinity United Methodist Church. She enjoyed her many friends at Calder Woods Retirement Community, where she lived for several years prior to moving to Auburn, Alabama.

A gathering of Jean’s family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m., with the Christian service in celebration of her life starting at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 1, 2022, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Her interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 4955 Pine Street, Beaumont.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Some Other Place, P.O. Box 0843, Beaumont, Texas, 77704.


Download Program

Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • April 1, 2022
  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Funeral Service

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • April 1, 2022
  • 11:00 am


Forest Lawn Memorial Park
  • 4955, Pine St, Beaumont, TX, 77703,

Comments (16)

    Gayle Jones says:

    Sue and family…Your Mom was such a beautiful and precious lady. Losing your Mama is one of the hardest things????Prayers sweet friends ????????????????????????

    Rhett Cody says:

    Our condolences to the Gober and Yarbrough families. She was such a sweet lady..

    Sue Y Gober says:

    Thank you!

    Vera Sanders says:

    Gayle: I never had the opportunity to meet your Mother, but oh my goodness you were blessed to share that beautiful face. She must have been so proud of you and it’s likely your kindness and thoughtfulness was inherited from her as well. That’s a wonderful legacy.

    Liz Sandell says:

    Dear Sue,
    Your mom was admired by so many, her endless smile and her positive attitude. Keep your sweet memories of her close to your heart and they will give you comfort. Miss you dear friend.

    Sue Gober says:

    Thank you Liz. I miss you too. We share a lot of great memories

    Judy Ware says:

    Macon and I were so sorry to hear about Jeans passing. She and Jim were such wonderful neighbors of ours in Beaumont. I’ll always remember Heans wonderful smile. Prayers to all the family

    Sue Y Gober says:

    Thank you!

    Mary Jane Mouton says:

    Always the Southern Lady!! Jim and I are thinking of your family and praying the memories of such a sweet life are a comfort. We miss you!!

    Sue Y Gober says:

    Thank you so much! Miss you !

    Cile Childress says:

    Sue –
    Your mom was such a lovely, delightful lady. Know she will be missed by many.
    We miss all of you.

    SueGober says:

    Thank you Rhett

    Sue Y Gober says:

    Thank you Cile. Miss you all too!

    Leon Hicks says:

    A finer couple & neighbor friends, Martha and I could not have had in Jean and Jim. Now they’re together, no doubt traveling on another cruise or excursion. We loved them both!

    Sue Y Gober says:

    Thank you. They loved y’all too.

    Paula O'Neal says:

    So sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. What a sweet lady she was. You were blessed to have her as your mother. We have missed her for some time now. She will continue to be missed. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Paula O’Neal

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