Samuel Francis Scalisi

April 2, 1929 - January 2, 2022

Samuel Francis Scalisi, 92, of China, died Sunday, January 2, 2022. He was born on April 2, 1929, to Josephine Tortamase Scalisi and Maurice Scalisi, in Abbeville, Louisiana, and was a veteran of the United States Navy.

Survivors include his wife, Gracie Scalisi; daughters, Rachal Jordan and her husband, Jimmy and Elizabeth Gallier and her husband, Jim, all of China; Monica Roberts of Humble; and Melani Porter and her husband, Gary, of Port Neches; sister, Mary Ann Fewell of Goleta, California; grandchildren, Jessica Jordan; James Jordan and his wife, Jennifer; Miranda Hager and her husband, John; Nicholas Besse and Brittani; Geoff Bess and his wife, Stacey; Lauren Scariano and her husband, John; Lindsey Gallier and Robert Coffey; Jared Gallier and his wife, Lauren; Summer Walker; Kourtney Roberts; Reid Porter; and Garret Porter; and eleven great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Bernadette Besse; sisters, Rose Thompson, Catherine Autin, and Ann Stelly; and brothers, Anthony Scalisi, Marion Scalisi, Jerome Scalisi, and Bernard Scalisi.

A gathering of Mr. Scalisi’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., with a Rosary recited at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 6, 2022, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 245 West Highway 90, China. His interment will follow at China Cemetery.

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

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Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • January 5, 2022
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • January 5, 2022
  • 6:00 pm

Mass of Christian Burial

Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church
  • 245, U.S. 90, China, Texas, 77613,
  • January 6, 2022
  • 10:00 am


China Cemetery
  • 463, Benoit Ave, China, TX, 77613,

Comments (18)

    Martha Bogan Quibodeaux says:

    This is a teacher I never forgot. Gracie you are in my thoughts and prayers along with your family. My typing class with as I called him and still do, Mr. Scalisi, was my favorite class in the 50’s. I graduated from CHS in 1960. It has been a pleasure reading the wonderful things said about him and to know he is in Heaven.

    Aggie Laidacker Bollman says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Sam’s family at this time. I appreciated him greatly. He gave me good advice and friendship when I most needed it. He was such a good, kind man.

    jo johnson says:

    Mr. Scalisi was my teacher at China High School in 1950’s. Such a good teacher. His lovely wife Gracie and he were our chaperones for our Senior Trip.
    This day and time there is a great need for teachers of his caliber. Rest in peace, you did a great job!

    Carolyn Baldwin says:

    Rachel, I’m keeping you and your family in my prayers during this difficult time.
    Carolyn Baldwin

    GERALD W. W West says:

    “Do You Know… the man whose vivacious laughter and love of humor could not but force a smile from those around him? The man whose friendship, tolerance, and understanding guided you through difficult times? The man whose excellence inspired you to new achievements in your high school years? The man whose support and advice led you on the road to success? If so, you know Sam Scalisi who is loved and respected by everyone at Hardin-Jefferson High School. To this man of loyalty and devotion we gratefully dedicate the 1965 REBEL.” As young students, we believed in Sam and years later the community still feel and sincerely loved this man. I personally remember first Sam driving the North China bus route and picking me up for a trip to CHS, as a elementary student, then later the bus ride to Sour Lake High School. He believed in good rigid schooling, individual success, and all students could make those typewriter keys sing for him. I will miss my good neighbor down the road. Sincerely With Love,
    Gerald and Pam West

    jay christopher says:

    Mr. Sam was a good man and a friend to all. Rest in Peace.

    Cathey Foux says:

    In 8th grade, Mr. Scalisi took a timid Cajun girl under his wing and helped her to see her strengths. He always believed in me. He’s one of those teachers one never forgets. Thank you!!!

    Teresa Attaway Dumphy says:

    Mr Scalisi was one of a kind. When he saw you, he would get a big grin on his face and you never knew what he was going to say, but something funny always. He loved Gracie and all of the girls, he was so proud of them. My condolences to you all.

    Kim Kellett Hastings and Kay Kellett Lynch says:

    To the family…
    We are so sorry for your loss of your wonderful dad. Childhood memories of him made us both laugh and cry. Prayers for all.
    The Kellett Sisters, Kay and Kim.

    Mark Koelemay says:

    So much fun, talking with Mr Scalisi. He could tell a story with so much conviction, that whether or not the story was true, you believed every word. And if you found out he was pulling your leg, you laughed that much harder ????. Of course, he also told me a story about a time that his presence saved my Mom from an extremely unfortunate situation, and I knew this was a true story. My parents NEVER forgot what he did that day, and were so thankful he was there.

    God bless the Scalisi family! You are in my thoughts and prayers!

    Charlotte O'Quinn Arceneaux says:

    Dear Ms. Grace, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of sorrow. I know that you and your family are missing Mr. Sam. May your memories ease your loss.
    Sincerely, Charlotte Arceneaux ( Luella’ daughter).

    Adam F. Courville says:

    I enjoyed having Mr. Sam as my teacher in 1961. He and I were fishing parteners. He supplied the string and I supplied the hooks and bait. We would stop on his bus route and we checked the lines every afternoon. The kids loved to see the catfish we had caught the night before. The bridge on Turner Road brought some very fine fish. I will miss him and I am praying for all of your family. I hope he still fishes.

    Leslie Dearbonne Engman says:

    So very sorry for ya’lls loss. Mr. Sam was always such a fun loving man around China. He will be So greatly missed by everyone that knew him. Our prayers are with each and everyone of you.

    Robert & Phyllis Lee says:

    Our prayers and sympathy for the Scalisi family. May he rest peacefully in heaven with our Lord.

    Janelle Foux Vahdat says:

    To the Scalisi family,
    Know you are in our hearts and prayers. Mr Scalisi always had a joke or a funny story ready when he saw you. Such a sweet spirit. I know he is glad to be whole again, and with his Bernadette.

    Jack Young says:

    As I type this I think about my sophomore year in high school and how one of my favorite classes was typing with Mr. Sam. He was so good at his job and so friendly. He made me want to type better and I never hunt and peck. I try to sit up straight and get my fingers on the home keys. I am sure he is resting peacefully and rejoicing with his brothers and daughter. I have not seen Mr. Sam in several years but I will never forget him.

    Carol Joy says:

    To the family,
    Mr. Sam was so much loved and respected by our family. God bless you all.
    Carol Joy Benoit Born

    Kim Dearbonne Waller says:

    Ms Gracie and Family, I’m so very sorry to see about Mr Sams passing. He had a “ larger than life” personality and was always so much fun to talk to!! My thoughts and prayers are with you all!❤️

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