Miscellaneous Jefferson County, Texas Obituaries - 2000

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ORELL AUGUST

Orell August, 39, of Winnie died Jan. 14 in Anahuac.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Louis Catholic Church with burial at Godfrey Cemetery under the direction of Broussard’s Mortuary in Kountze. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

A native and longtime resident of Anahuac, he lived in the Winnie area many years and worked for Pasadena Tank Corp.

Survivors include father and stepmother, Richard Bradford and Elaine Bradford of Baytown; sons, Gavin Young of Ville Platte, La., and Jordan Jones of Winnie; daughters, Faryn Barnhart of Liberty, and Oriel Kelley of Hitchcock; stepson, Gordon Roberts of Winnie; brothers, Michael August and Anthony August, both of Anahuac and Ricky Felder of Ames; and sisters, JoAnn Felder and Bridget Phylagen, both of Baytown, Alice Faye of LaPorte, Maxine August and Linda Roberts, both of Ames, and Mable Godfrey of Wallisville. 

STEPHEN CRAIG BOUDREAUX

Stephen Craig Boudreaux, 48, of West Columbia died Jan. 15 in a motorcycle accident.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Louis Catholic Church with burial at Fairview Cemetery in Winnie under the direction of Broussard’s Mortuary in Winnie. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today with a rosary at 7 p.m. at the mortuary.

A native of Jennings, La., he lived in West Columbia and worked for Dow Chemical. He was also a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors include his mother, Ann Boudreaux of Skiatook, Okla.; son, Chad Boudreaux of Austin; brothers, Bob Boudreaux of Point Hope, Alaska, Sam Boudreaux of West Columbia, Tim Boudreaux of Skiatook, Terry Boudreaux of Houston and Marty Boudreaux of Texas City; and sisters, June Hill of Gordon, Paula Webb of Springtown, and Lisa Haygood of West Columbia. 

BARBARA GOLDEN BROWN

Barbara Golden Brown, 67, of Lake Conroe died Jan. 16 at Conroe Regional Medical Center.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hooks Cemetery in Hardin County under the direction of Broussard’s Mortuary in Beaumont. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary.

A native of Kountze and a former resident of Kingwood, she lived in Beaumont most of her life before moving to Walden nine years ago. She was a retired Kingwood High School librarian and counselor assistant. She also was a former Beaumont Independent School District librarian.

Survivors include her husband, Robert M. "Bob’’ Brown Jr. of Walden; daughters, Kim Brown Giglio of Beaumont and Kerry Brown Boran of Sugar Land; mother, Madge Golden of Beaumont; sister, Jolea Viguet of Nederland; and four grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 5144, Beaumont, Texas 77726-5144, or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, P.O. Box 4809, Palos Verdes, Calif. 92374. 

HENRY HEMAN BURNITT

Henry Heman Burnitt, 93, of DeRidder, La., died Jan. 17 at Beauregard Memorial Hospital.

Funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Hixson Funeral Home in DeRidder with burial at Shiloh Cemetery in Dry Creek, La. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. today at the funeral home.

A native of Oberlin, La., he lived in the Shiloh Community most of his life and was in the construction industry.

Survivors include his wife, Neoma Francis Burnitt of DeRidder; daughter, Eunice "Ann" Harper of DeRidder; sister, Addie Marcantel of Kinder, La.; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

MICHAEL RAE CARAWAY

Michael Rae Caraway, 52, of Groves died Jan. 15 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves with a military graveside service at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

A native of Port Arthur, he lived in Groves 18 years and was a retired U.S. Air Force captain.

Survivors include his father, John L. Caraway of Groves; mother, Lerae Caraway of Groves; daughter, Kelly Jo Caraway of Orlando, Fla.; and son, Mark Owen Caraway of Austin. 

JAMES W. ‘BILL’ CARTWRIGHT

James W. "Bill’’ Cartwright, 65, of Deweyville died Jan. 16 at his residence.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange with burial at King Cemetery in Hartburg. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

A native of Lubbock, he was a longtime resident of Deweyville and a retired industrial painter.

Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Cartwright of Deweyville; mother, Idla Cartwright of Lubbock; son, Jerry Cartwright of Dallas; daughters, Cindy Brown and Michelle Bell, both of Dallas, and Debbie Lout of Deweyville; sister, Christine Edwards of Lakeland, Fla.; and eight grandchildren. 

NOVELLA ANN CHOATE

Novella Ann Choate, 61, of Bridge City died Jan. 16 at Christus St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Bridge City with burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. today with a rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

A native of Port Arthur, she lived in the Bridge City area most of her life and was a hairstylist.

Survivors include sons, Neville Thomas, Neal Hargrave and Narry Choate, all of Bridge City; daughters, Nardis Bodenheimer of New Orleans and Nicole Nunez of Mauriceville; brothers, Noson Fontenot of Bridge City and Cedric Fontenot of Groves; sisters, Connie Bourgeois of Groves and Barbara Burge of Lake Charles, La.; and 11 grandchildren. 

JULIA COUSSONS COLLIER

Julia Coussons Collier, 82, of Colmesneil died Jan. 17 at Memorial Hospital in Lufkin.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Colmesneil with burial at Colmesneil City Cemetery under the direction of Riley Funeral Home in Woodville. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

A native of Hemphill, she lived in Colmesneil most of her life and was a retired self-employed grocer.

Survivors include daughters, Sandra Eargle, Debbie Hughes and Sherry Walker, all of Colmesneil, and Judy Lewis of Houston; sons, James Collier of Woodville and Mike Collier of Colmesneil; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 

GEX PULLEN CONDIT

Gex Pullen Condit, 73, of Rayburn Country died Jan. 15 in Hot Springs, Ark.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Jasper with burial at Evergreen Cemetery.

A native of Gary, Ind., and a former resident of Beaumont, he lived in Rayburn Country 15 years, and was a retired Temple Eastex group vice president and Eastex division president. He was a World War II and Korean War U.S. Marine veteran.

Survivors include daughters, Rebecca Ellis of Aztec, N.M., and Jennifer Condit Clement of Hot Springs; brother, John Marshall Condit of Chicago; sister, Suzanne Condit Durschlag of Cordova, Tenn.; and two grandchildren. 

ALICE M. TARVER COURTNEY

Alice M. Tarver Courtney, 81, of Orange died Jan. 16 at Memorial Hermann Baptist Orange Hospital.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange with burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

A native of LaSalle Parish, La., and a former resident of Olla, La., she lived in Orange 58 years and was a retired secretary for Dr.Homer Stuntz.

Survivors include her husband, Duane Courtney of Orange; daughters, Juanita Marie Garcia of St. Louis, Mo., and Kathryn Lynn Clarke of Prosper; sister, Essie Cleo Babcock of Monroe, La.; brothers, Mike David Tarver of Monroe and Boyce Godfrey Tarver of Kelly, La.; two grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. 

VERNICE DUVALL

Vernice Duvall, 76, of Batson died Jan. 15 at a Beaumont hospital.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty with burial at Guedry Cemetery in Batson. Visitation was Monday at the funeral home.

She lived in Batson 56 years and was a homemaker.

Survivors include daughters, Maxine Duvall, Elizabeth Duvall and Alice Wood, all of Batson; sons, Billy Duvall of Sour Lake and John Duvall of Highlands; sisters, Mae Adams, Lottie Bennett, Thelma Cofty, Oma Woods and Lorraine Byrd; brothers, Raymond Bennett and Homer Ray Bennett; and five grandchildren. 

GILBERT W. ELLISON

Gilbert W. Ellison, 70, of Sour Lake died Jan. 16 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at the First Christian Church in Sour Lake with burial at Rosedale Cemetery under the direction of Broussard’s Mortuary in Kountze. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. today at the church.

A lifelong resident of Sour Lake, he was retired from Texaco Inc.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Ellison of Sour Lake; sister, Margaret Thompson of Sour Lake; stepdaughters, Paula Pyles of Sour Lake and Linda Biggers of Victoria; stepson, Steve Gale of Spring; and eight grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, P.O. Box 477, Sour Lake, Texas 77659. 

DONALD RAY FLEMING

Donald Ray Fleming, 56, of Liberty died Jan. 16 at his residence.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty with burial at Wells Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

He lived in the Liberty area more than 30 years.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Fleming of Liberty; daughters, Desma Fields and Minnie Webb, both of Austin, and Donna Cook, Shauntay Fleming and Azalea Fleming, all of Liberty; sisters, Christine Herman of Raywood, Judith Hollinger of Baytown, Shirley Brown of Wichita Falls, and Renee Riggs, Sheree Williams and Marie Richardson, all of Liberty; brother, Lee Coy Glenn of Dayton; grandmother, Desma Winters of Liberty; and five grandchildren. 

ROBERT ALAN FROSCH

Robert Alan Frosch, 37, of Groves died Jan. 16 at his residence.

A graveside service will be at 4 p.m. today at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves under the direction of Levingston Funeral Home in Groves. Visitation was Monday at the funeral home.

A native of Port Arthur, he lived in Groves most of his life.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Frosch of California; parents, Byron and Elaine Frosch of Groves; daughter, Maya Frosch of California; sons, Blake Frosch and Evan Frosch, both of Houston; sister, Mayln Smith of Groves; and grandfather, Robert Tesch of Port Arthur. 

LUCILLE GUIDRY

Lucille Guidry, 90, of Winnie died Jan. 15 at the Medical Center of Winnie.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. today at St. Louis Catholic Church in Winnie with burial at Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Broussard’s Mortuary in Winnie. A rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Monday at the mortuary.

A native of Crowley, La., she was a longtime resident of Winnie and a homemaker.

Survivors include her daughter, Winnie Fontenot of Winnie; sons, J.L. Nunez of Toledo Bend and C.J. Fontenot of Winnie; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. 

EVELYN R. JOHNSON GUNDOLF

Evelyn R. Johnson Gundolf, 84, of Anahuac died Jan. 16 at Allenbrook Nursing Home in Baytown.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac with burial at Anahuac Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

A native of Baytown, she lived in Anahuac most of her life and was a retired Anahuac Independent School District bus driver and cook.

Survivors include her son, Charles Johnson of Anahuac; six granddaughters; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. 

O.C. ‘GOOSE’ HARPER

O.C. "Goose’’ Harper, 76, of Village Mills died Jan. 17 at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee with burial at Village Mills Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

A native of Pineland and a former resident of Port Neches, he lived in Village Mills 26 years. He was a retired Temple Inland carpenter and a World War II U.S. Merchant Marine.

Survivors include his wife, Lorene Harper of Village Mills; sons, Randy Harper of Kountze, Larry Foxworth of North Carolina and David Foxworth of Spring; daughters, Shirley Dougher of Port Arthur, Myrtle Broussard of Port Neches and Brenda Dower; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

FRANCIS HERSCHEL HARRIS

Francis Herschel Harris, 93, of Beaumont died Jan. 17 at Beaumont Medical and Surgical Hospital.

Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Carroll-Wallace Funeral Directors with burial at Magnolia Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

A native of Kirbyville, she lived in Beaumont many years and was a homemaker.

Survivors include daughters, Marydell Jepson of Beaumont and Wanda Riddick of Shreveport, La.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Pine Burr Baptist Church. 

GERTRUDE SMITH HAWKINS

Gertrude Smith Hawkins, 90, of DeRidder, La., died Jan. 16 at Beauregard Memorial Hospital in DeRidder.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Beauregard Vernon Funeral Home in DeRidder with burial at Cooper Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. Wednesday to time of service at the funeral home.

A native of Junction Community, La., she lived in DeRidder most of her life and was a retired Beauregard Parish School Board cafeteria manager.

Survivors include sons, Isaac W. Hawkins of Etoile and Jerry Hawkins of Aiken, S.C.; daughter, Sue Miller of Beaumont; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

MARVIN CICERO ‘M.C.’ HOOPER

Marvin Cicero "M.C." Hooper, 80, of Beaumont died Jan. 17 at People’s Nursing Home in Vidor.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Carroll-Wallace Funeral Home with burial at Crown Hill Cemetery in Denver, Colo. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

A native of Randlett, Okla., he lived in Beaumont a short time and was a retired Borsberry Construction contractor in El Paso.

Survivors include daughters, Patsy Malley of Beaumont, Kay Stiner of Morehead, Ky., Lynda Weaver of Littleton, Colo., and Marcia Mullins of Camerillo, Calif.; sisters, Ruby Brewer of Acampo, Calif., Peggy Dennler of Glastonbury, Conn., Pauline Miner of Grand Prairie and Aline Wilkinson of Edmond, Okla.; brothers, Buddy Hooper of Edmond and Sharrell Hooper of Tularosa, N.M.; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to People’s Nursing Center, Alzheimer’s Unit, 470 Moore Drive, Vidor, Texas 77662. 

YVONNE H. HUGHES

Yvonne H. Hughes, 71, of Beaumont died Jan. 16 at Memorial Hermann Baptist Beaumont Hospital.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park under the direction of Forest Lawn Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

A native of Beaumont, she lived in Houston 15 years before moving back to Beaumont. She was a retired office manager.

Survivors include her daughter, Jody Hughes of Beaumont; grandchildren, David Charles Fox and Lisa Carol Fox, both of Beaumont; and great-grandson, Brandon Charles Fox of Beaumont. 

ELLA MAE KIRK

Ella Mae Kirk, 78, of Dayton died Jan. 17 at Christus St. John Hospital in Nassau Bay.

A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Palms Memorial Park in Dayton under the direction of Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

A native of Brownwood and a former resident of Houston, she lived in Dayton 25 years and was a florist for Forest Park Cemetery.

Survivors include sons, Carl D. Kirk of Lubbock and Sterling V. Kirk of Pearland; daughters, Kandia K. Bell of Pearland and Burman Chapman of Dayton; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

RALPH L. ‘YANKEE’ LEEDOM

Ralph L. "Yankee’’ Leedom, 73, of DeRidder, La., died Jan. 16 at Christus St. Patrick Hospital in Lake Charles, La.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Beauregard-Vernon Funeral Home in DeRidder with burial at Dry Creek Cemetery in Dry Creek, La. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. Wednesday to time of service at the funeral home.

A native of Akron, Ohio, and a former resident of St. Mary Parish, La., he lived in Dry Creek 24 years. He was a retired barge clerk in the oil industry and a World War II U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Arietta Leedom of DeRidder; son, Ralph Ray Leedom of Charenton, La.; daughter, Sandra Gaspard of Dry Creek; brother, Jim Leedom of Akron; sister, Lucille Sharp of Arizona; 16 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. 

LOIS ANN McDONALD

Lois Ann McDonald, 68, of Kirbyville died Jan. 16 at Memorial Hermann Baptist Beaumont Hospital.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Central Baptist Church in Kirbyville with burial at Kirbyville Cemetery under the direction of E.E. Stringer Funeral Home in Kirbyville. Visitation was Monday at the funeral home.

She was a lifelong resident of Kirbyville.

Survivors include her husband, Jack McDonald of Kirbyville; daughters, Jan McDonald Scoggins of Kirbyville and Caralee McDonald of Beaumont.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Haley Scoggins Scholarship Fund, c/o First National Bank of Newton, P.O. Box 37, Newton, Texas 75966. 

MAYME POWELL MOCK

Mayme Powell Mock, 91, of Longview died Jan. 17 at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sullivan Funeral Home in Marshall with burial at Colonial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

A native of Newton and a former resident of Marshall, she lived in Longview and was a homemaker.

Survivors include daughters, Joanne Keys and Kay Helen Hampton, both of Longview, and Marilyn Carrithers of Brady; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 300 East Houston St., Marshall, Texas 75670 or Grier Creek Family Ranch, Rt. 1 Box 1538A, Columbus, Texas 78934. 

KRISTEN MARIE PUTCHAVEN

Kristen Marie Putchaven, 14, of Houston died Jan. 15 in Houston.

A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Concord Cemetery near Zavalla under the direction of Riley Funeral Home in Woodville.

She lived in Houston several years and was a ninth grader at Elsik High School in Houston.

Survivors include her parents, Greg and Lynn Putchaven of Houston; sister, Michelle Putchaven of Houston; brother, Gregory Putchaven of Houston; and grandparents, Lou Putchaven of Houston, and Larry and Jane Bretzlaff of Zavalla. 

NORA M. RIGGS

Nora M. Riggs, 75, of Orange died Jan. 15 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Wesley United Methodist Church in Orange with burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Visitation was Monday at the funeral home.

A lifelong resident of Orange, she was a retired Equitable Bag Co. secretary.

Survivors include her son, Charles E. Riggs of Fayetteville, Ark.; daughter, Tanga Crews of Floresville; sister, Virginia Sanford of Orange; brothers, Forrest McDonald of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Fred McDonald of Sweeny and William E. McDonald of Houston; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

GEORGE FRANKLIN SAXON

George Franklin Saxon, 50, of Beaumont died Jan. 16 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Broussard’s Mortuary in Beaumont with burial at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the mortuary.

A native of Charlotte, N.C., he lived in Beaumont most of his life.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Reyna Saxon of Beaumont; son, George D. Saxon of Beaumont; and daughter, Pauline Pipps of Beaumont. 

BOB J. WILDER

Bob J. Wilder, 68, of Beaumont died Jan. 16 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity United Methodist Church with entombment at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum under the direction of Broussard’s Mortuary in Beaumont. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary.

A native of Tulsa, Okla., he lived in Beaumont 39 years. He was a Merck, Sharp and Dohme sales representative and a Korean War U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Alice Wilder of Beaumont; son, Robert Wilder of Beaumont; daughters, Ronna Smaller of Zachary, La., and Robyn Schaffner of Collegeville, Pa.; brothers, Leonard Wilder of Baytown, Chuck Wilder of Tulsa and James Wilder of Catoosa, Okla.; and three grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 3430 Harrison Ave., Beaumont, Texas 77702, or the Mamie McFaddin Ward Cancer Treatment Center, 2830 Calder, Beaumont, Texas 77702.


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