Donald Castille, 69, of Groves, died Saturday, May 13, 2006. Levingston Funeral Home in Groves.
Huey Martin, 77, of Bridge City died Sunday, May 14, 2006. Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City.
John Peno. Pat A. Riley Funeral Home, 10 a.m.
GROVES - Betty Cotton, 70, of Groves, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2006 at her residence in Groves.
A Memorial service will be Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 4:00 P.M., Broussard’s Chapel, Nederland with Dr. Phil Sigman officiating. A gathering of family and friends will begin at 3:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 16, 2006 until the time of service.
A native of Pitkin, Louisiana, and lifelong resident of Groves, Mrs. Cotton was a real estate agent and a member of Central Baptist Church in Port Arthur. She took great pleasure and joy in helping and assisting others.
Mrs. Cotton is survived by her husband of forty-three years, Richard Cotton of Groves; and one brother, James A. Jackson and his wife, Patsy Lou of Texas City, Texas.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 755 South 11th Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701.
PORT ARTHUR - Irene Centeno, 67, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2006 at her son’s residence in Port Arthur. She was born in Anahuac, Mexico on December 19, 1938 to Felicitas Garcia and Asuncion Centeno. Irene has been a resident of Port Arthur for over 26 years. She was homemaker and a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
Visitation will be on Monday evening from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 P.M. at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home. Services will be on Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 4:00 P.M. at Clayton Thompson. Burial will be in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
She is survived by her daughter, Ma De La Luz Gutierrez of Laredo, Texas and her sons, Gerardo Gutierrez, Jose Gutierrez, Nicholas Gutierrez, Martin Gutierrez and Ruben Gutierrez all of Port Arthur, twenty-three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, her sister, Julia Centeno of Mexico.
Minnie Mae Robert
GROVES - Minnie Mae Robert, 81, of Groves, Texas died Thursday, May 11, 2006 at her residence.
Minnie was born on February 27, 1925 in Alma, Oklahoma to George W. Burnett and Ora Bradley Burnett. She was a resident of Groves for 48 years and member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves with Rev. Don Golasinski officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 15, 2006 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Vigil Service conducted at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Survivors include her husband, Murphy Robert of Groves, TX; daughters, Gloria Frederick and husband, Roy of Groves, TX, Connie Walters and husband, Robert of Port Arthur, TX, Joyce Brugmann of Port Arthur, TX, Cindy Hasty and husband, Michael of Kansas City, KS; son, Donald Lee Robert and wife, Debbie of Port Arthur, TX; sisters, Pauline Cornish of Farmington Hills, MI, Edith Rushing of Willis, TX, Josephine Cross of Lawton, OK; brothers, Wesley Burnett and wife, Soccora of Port Arthur, TX, James Via and wife, Mary of Lawton, OK; sixteen grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren.
Marcia Ann “Marty” Hunter
Marcia Ann Hunter, daughter of Gertrude Hunter and the late Tom Hunter, born December 30, 1947, left this world on May 13, 2006 for her heavenly home. She accomplished much in her personal and professional life and influenced the lives of many children, church family, friends and family. Through athletics and band at Thomas Jefferson High School, Marty continued her education at Tyler Junior College on a trumpet scholarship and completed her degree at Stephen F. Austin State University with an emphasis on physical education. While teaching and coaching in Huntington, TX, Marty pursued and received her master of education degree in guidance and counseling. The next 32 years Marty lived in Cleveland, TX and worked in the Cleveland School District first as a teacher, coach, and counselor, and then as principal of Eastside School. Marty shared her lifelong musical talent with many along the way. As a gifted musician, who began piano at age 4, Marty never met an instrument she could not play, but her focus as an adult centered on the piano, the organ, and a bag full of harmonicas. For 17 years Marty served as organist at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church in Cleveland. Marty infused her uplifting style of playing to every hymn enjoyed by the congregation. Recently, the congregation, led by Rev. Gene Marion, presented Marty a special coverlet decorated with outlines of “hands” and special messages from the church members. Rev. Marion also offered a special Liturgy for Blessing Hands for Marty. Presbyterians often lay hands on those they commission to special tasks. The hands over the coverlet signified the congregation’s commission for Marty as she begins her new venture in her journey of faith.
As a professional educator, Marty was a dedicated and honored member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International the past 16 years. Through this organization and its wonderful members, Marty made many lifelong friends throughout Texas and in surrounding states.
Marty is survived by her mother, Gertrude Hunter; her “twin” Carrie McCullough; her many sisters of Delta Kappa Gamma, especially Catherine Davis and Nelda Clifton, friend, Nancy Fuller, and the children whose lives she touched, and her beloved animals, Lucille and Beau.
Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Levingston Funeral Home, 5601 39th St, Groves, TX. The funeral service will be led by Rev. “Clay” Faulk of the Presbyterian Church of the Convenant at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. Longtime friend and Lay Pastor, George Davis, Rev. Gene Marion, and her sisters from Delta Kappa Gamma will also share in the service.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 326, Cleveland, TX 77327 or Friends of the Organ Fund for the Presbyterian Church of the Convenant, 1645 Jefferson Drive, Port Arthur, TX 77642.
Elbert William “E.W.” Melder
NEDERLAND - Elbert
William “E.W.” Melder of Nederland, TX passed away on May 12, 2006, at the age of 96. He was born in Boyce, LA on January 1, 1910 to John and Alma Melder of Forest Hill, LA. He was employed with Texaco Oil Refinery in 1929 and retired January 30, 1972 after 43 years of service as a Supervisor in the Treating Department.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Eldred Melder and two daughters, Rita Faye Carter and Sue Prestidge and one grandson, Rusty Carter.
He is survived by one son, Fred Lee Melder of Cabot, AR; one daughter, Frankie Melder of Austin; four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
A Celebration of his life will be on Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at Broussard’s Nederland Chapel at 1:00 PM. Interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches. A gathering of family and friends will be from 6-8 PM on Monday, May 15, 2006 at Broussard’s Mortuary, 505 12th St. in Nederland.
For those desiring, memorial contributions may be directed to the American Heart Association, 5675 Eastex Fwy, Beaumont, TX 77706.
Mr. Ronnie Richard
NEDERLAND - Mr. Ronnie Richard, of Nederland died Friday at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston after a short illness. A native of Port Arthur, Texas, he was a resident of Nederland for 4 years and was employed by Sears in Parkdale Mall. He was a member of the NHRA Division 4 Race Circuit. He is preceded in death by his grandparents Coris and
A visitation is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday at Gabriel Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at Gabriel Funeral Home with Father Anthony officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Bluff Cemetery under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home.
Survivors include: wife, Debby Richard of Nederland, Texas; son’s, William Lee Richard of Nederland, Texas, Timothy Coris Richard of Port Arthur, Texas, and Joseph Lance Paul of Tyler, Texas. Mother, Glennie Wilson of Houston, Texas; sisters, Fran Mays of Houston, Texas, Bridgette Hadnot of Houston, Texas and Donna Williams of Houston, Texas. Grandchildren; Kelsey Nicole Richard, Kristina Paul and Amanda Paul.