, Port Arthur, Texas

July 11, 2006

Obituaries, Death Notices & July 11 Funeral Services

Death notices

Kenneth “Ken” Matthew Ayala, 45, formerly of Port Arthur, died Monday, July 10, 2006 at St. David South Austin Medical Center, Austin. Levingston Funeral Home, Groves.

Inez Savoie Bares, 85, of Beaumont died Saturday, July 8, 2006, at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home.

Elvin T. Garner, died Sunday, July 9, 2006 at his home in Austin. Moody Harris Funeral Home.

Isaac “Doc” Gary, 90, of Port Arthur, died Monday, July 10 at his home. Broussard’s Mortuary, Nederland.

Orbon Junior Haynes, 76, of Bridge City, died Monday, July 10, 2006. Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, Groves.

Theresa “St. Romaine” Kame, 78, of Groves died Sunday, July 9, 2006. Levingston Funeral Home, Groves.

Robert E. Lowrey, 63, of Beaumont died Sunday, July 9, 2006 at his home. Broussard’s Mortuary, Beaumont.

Arthur Thomas Riley, 52, of Deweyville, Saturday, July 8, 2006 at his home. Dorman Funeral Home, Orange.

Fred Van Devender, 82, of Port Neches, died Saturday, July 8, 2006 at Sabine Oaks Nursing Center in Beaumont. Pat A. Riley Funeral Home, Nederland.

Charles Walker, 57 of Port Arthur died Saturday, July 8, 2006 at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas. Gabriel Funeral Home.

Services today

Eugene David Johnson, Memory Gardens, Nederland, 10 a.m.

Theresa “St. Romaine” Kame, Levingston Funeral Home, Groves, 1 p.m.

Arthur Thomas Riley, Levingston Funeral Home, Groves, 10 a.m.

Garvin John White, Dorman Funeral Home, Orange, 10 a.m.


Barbara L. Doyle

BEAUMONT-Barbara L. Doyle, 77 of Beaumont, Texas went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 7, 2006, after a courageous year long battle with cancer.

Mrs. Doyle, a native of Viola, Illinois, lived in Beaumont for 52 years. She was an active member of two chapters of the Red Hat Society, the Red Hat Flappers of Mid County and Beau Monde of Beaumont.

Prior to her own illness, Barbara volunteered by driving cancer patients to the cancer center. She was a very loving woman and adored her family and friends. Her biggest passion was dancing and she could be found most Saturday nights at the Pompano Club in Port Neches where she, along with her husband prior to his death, were long time members.

After his death, she would take her daughters to the Club and just have a blast dancing with them.

Barbara is survived by her daughters, Cheryl Collins and her husband Bob of Buffalo Gap, Texas, Kathy Kennedy of Austin, and Barbara Gunter and her husband Jeff (R.J.) of Beaumont; grandson, Sean Orr of California; granddaughters, Stacey Bossert and her husband Jean, Jennifer, Kimberly and Rebecca Spitzer all of Austin; sisters, Maryjane Fulscher of Illinois and Darlene Wisely of California; brothers, Jerry Holt and his wife Melba of Texas, Lannie Holt and his wife Julia of Maine, Lonnie Holt and his wife Helen of Florida, Jimmy Holt of Illinois, and Jackie Holt and his wife Janice of South Carolina; sister-in-law, Betty L. Holt of Illinois.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband and best friend, Marshall F. Doyle; grandsons, Matt and Jake Gunter; and brothers, Paul, Raymond, Charles and Ernie Holt.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, July 13, 2006, at Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with entombment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be held 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM, Wednesday, July 12, at the funeral home.

We love you Mom and will miss you terribly, but find peace knowing you are with Daddy…probably dancing up a storm!

Fred Van Devender

PORT NECHES - Fred Van Devender, 82, of Port Neches died Saturday July 8, 2006 at Sabine Oaks Nursing Center in Beaumont.

Born in Meridian, Mississippi to Ethel and Roger Van Devender, Fred was raised in Port Arthur until he went into the Air Force at age 18. After serving 20 years he retired and went back to school at East Texas State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in education and a Masters degree as a school principle.

He taught school in Caddo Mills, Texas and at Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur. He was a life long member of the Masonic Lodge achieved the status of Grand Master of both The Caddo Mills lodge and the Port Arthur lodge.

He was an excellent musician and performed on the piano for the Masonic lodge and the Groves lodge of the Eastern Star, where he was a worthy patron. He was a former grand organist for the State of Texas lodge and completed his class work for a Masters Degree in music from Lamar University while in his seventies.

He is survived by his wife Winifred A. Van Devender of 62 years, three sons Tom, Wayne, and Michael Van Devender. Seven grandchildren; Tasha, Tim, Martha, Eve, Barney, Lily, Monica. 3 great-grandchildren Chris, Bodhi, and Frederick. Brothers; Robert Van Devender of Meridian, MS and George Van Devender of Killeen, Texas.

Visitation will be held today July 11, 2006 from 5:00 P.M till 7:00 P.M at Pat A. Riley Funeral home in Nederland. Funeral service will be held Wednesday July 12, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. also at Pat A. Riley funeral home with burial to follow at Oak Bluff cemetery in Port Neches.

Robert Earl Lowrey

BEAUMONT-Robert Earl Lowrey, 63, of Beaumont, passed away on July 9, 2006, at his home surrounded by his loving family and devoted friends.

He was born to Delmer E. and Gladys I. Lowrey on November 20, 1942, in Port Arthur, Texas; and was a life-long resident of the area.

Robert graduated from Port Neches-Groves High School where he played basketball and baseball. He attended Lamar University and later taught a specialty class at night for Smoley’s Tables at Lamar. He served in the Army National Guard Reserve from 1960-1968.

Robert retired from Bethlehem Steel after thirty-three years of service. He started his employment in general labor in the field, promoting up through the ranks holding various management positions and completing his career as Senior Manager over Administration at BethShip-Sabine yard. After retiring he was a marine consultant and later worked for Southern Sandblasting & Coatings, Inc., of Dayton, owned by his friends, Ernest and Carol Watson. Robert was also co-owner of L & R Construction in the 1980’s and built beach homes at Crystal Beach.

He was a current member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, a former member of Holy Cross, Nederland; and Trinity Lutheran, Port Arthur, where he attended parochial school. Robert was also a former member of The Men’s Pilot Club and the Lamar University Cardinal Club. Robert loved to hunt and fish and has many show trophies. He was also an avid golfer. He ran the very successful “54 Hole Blowout” held at Brentwood Country Club, which he conceived and promoted until this year. One of his favorite passions was the monthly games of Texas Hold’em with his poker buddies. He had a competitive spirit in everything he did, from ping pong to golf. His competitive spirit showed even in his courageous battle with a brain tumor that eventually took his life.

Robert was a devoted son to his eighty-eight year-old mother, Gladys Lowrey, who resides at The Oaks Nursing Home.

He is survived by his mother, Gladys Lowrey; his loving wife of forty-two years, Joyce Lowrey; one daughter, Jan Marie Collier and her husband, Wayne Collier; one granddaughter, the light of his life, Crystal Marie Collier, all of Port Neches; one aunt, Dorothy (Bill) Miertschin of Sour Lake; two brothers-in-law (but more like brothers), Joe (Donna) Robertson, and Randy (Kathy) Robertson, all of Port Neches; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service will be held 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, July 12, 2006, officiated by Reverend Douglas Rathgeber at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2955 S. Major Drive, Beaumont, where Robert was christened on December 27, 1942, under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive. Burial will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 3900 Twin City Highway, Groves, on Wednesday, July 12, 2006. Serving as pallbearers will be, Ryan Robertson, Lance Robertson, Kelly Robertson, Eric Robertson, Bob Robbins, Bill Robbins, Luther Childress, Rick Smith and Ernest Watson,Sr. A gathering of family and friends will be Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the mortuary.

Friends so desiring may make memorial contributions to St. John’s Lutheran Church Building Fund 2955 South Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas 77713 or M.D. Anderson Brain Tumor Research, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030-4009.

Jeremy Douglas Wright

PORT ARTHUR — Jeremy Douglas Wright, 26, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2006. Jeremy was born on November 12, 1979, and graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1998. Jeremy earned his machinist certification from Lamar University. He was employed by Jefferson County Drainage District #7 and owned J & D Fence Works.

Services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, July 12, 2006, at Clayton-Thompson Funeral Home in Groves with Rev. Charles Wolfe officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches. A gathering of friends and family will take place from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, July 11, 2006, at the funeral home.

Jeremy is the beloved son of Douglas and Priscilla Wright of Port Acres and survived by his sister Jamie Wright of Port Acres; grandparents, Roland and Marie Johnson of Port Acres; great grandparents, Hilton and Frozine Thibodeaux of Richard, Louisiana; a host of aunts and uncles, cousins and people who loved him dearly. We will always remember the twinkle in Jeremy’s eyes, and the smile that melted our hearts. Jeremy will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.