, Port Arthur, Texas

September 28, 2006

Obituaries for Thursday, September 28, 2006

Services Today

Warren A. “Buddy” Evans, Sr. Levingston Funeral Home in Groves. 1 p.m.

Gerald “Jerry” Noel Hammock. Broussard’s Mortuary in Nederland. 2 p.m.

Death Notices

Curtis Adams, Sr., 58, of Port Arthur died Tuesday, September 26, 2006. Moody-Harrison Funeral Home.

Marie Brister, 83, of Port Arthur died Wednesday, September 27, 2006. Levingston Funeral Home in Groves.

Connie Lee Lazenby, 88, of Port Arthur died Wednesday, September 27, 2006. Levingston Funeral Home in Port Neches.

Upton Roberts, 81, of Orange died Tuesday, September 26, 2006. Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.


Harry Roy Doré

PORT ARTHUR - Harry Roy Doré, 86, passed away peacefully on September 24, 2006 at his home.

Harry was born on April 10, 1920 in Leonville, Louisiana. He came to Port Arthur from Arnaudville, Louisiana with his family in 1927 at the age of 7. He was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School and attended Port Arthur Business College and Lamar University.

Harry served his country in World War II with the United States Army, 46th Corps of Engineers. He served in campaigns in the East Indies, Papua New Guinea and the Southern Philippines. He was awarded the Atlantic - Pacific Medal with four Bronze Stars and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, among other honors. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 1952 as a First Lieutenant.

Harry worked for Texaco beginning in 1938. He retired as Manager of Employee Relations of the Port Arthur Refinery with 45 years of service. He was a dedicated golf and baseball fan and loved Port Arthur Yellow Jackets football. Harry is survived by his wife, Mary Nell Dalton Doré; two children, Mrs. Donna Catherine Browne and her husband, Robert; Mr. Mark Dalton Doré and his wife, Rhonda; four grandchildren, Mrs. Amanda Owens, Miss Abigail Browne, Mr. Jeffery Doré and Michael Doré; two great-grandchildren, Robert Charles Owens and Adam Walker Owens; and two sisters, Mrs. Gladys Cazemier and Mrs. Lilly Davidson; along with numerous other loving relatives and friends.

There will be a visitation for friends and family at Levingston Funeral Home, 5601 39th Street, Groves, Texas, on Thursday, September 28, 2006 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A graveside burial service for the family will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park on Friday, September 29, 2006, Father Bennie Patillo officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial gift to a charity of your choice.

Connie Jean Drawhorn Nov. 30, 1954-Sept. 21, 2006

Connie Jean Drawhorn was born on November 30, 1954 in Silsbee, Texas. She passed away peacefully on September 21, 2006 after a six-year battle against colon cancer. She leaves to celebrate her life, her husband, Doug Drawhorn; her daughter and son-in-law, Megan Leigh and Geoff Dupree; parents, Doris and Woody Spurlock; brothers, Dale Graham and Calvin Spurlock; stepsons, Aaron and Ryan Drawhorn and his wife, Candice, as well as all their extended family and a multitude of friends.

Connie earned Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Arts and Applied Science degrees from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and a Master of Public Health degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was a Certified Safety Professional and held a number of positions in the Health and Safety Profession extending from the pulp and paper, refining, petrochemical, safety training, Industrial Hygiene consulting and power generation industries. At the time of her death she was the Director of Health and Safety for Dynegy Generation, Inc. in Houston, Texas.

Connie lived each day with great enthusiasm and had a wide variety of personal interests including running, music, travel, gardening, and reading. She worked hard, played hard, and embraced life completely. After her diagnosis, she began and completed her Master’s degree, graduating with her class despite surgeries and chemotherapy. Until the last days of her life, Connie’s great energy and glowing smile hid her illness from many. At her request, Connie’s body was delivered to the University of Texas Health Science Center for use in research and education, so that she would be of service to others even after death, as she was in life.

A celebration of Connie’s life will be held at the Pompano Club located at 330 Twin City Highway in Port Neches, Texas from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm on Sunday, October 1. All of Connie’s friends, family, and co-workers, past and present, are invited to visit and share stories and memories. In lieu of flowers, Connie asked that you consider a donation to the cancer fund of your choice.

Jacob Middendorf

PORT ARTHUR - Jacob Middendorf, 82, of Port Arthur, Texas died Monday, September 25, 2006 at West Houston Medical Center. Jacob was born on January 15, 1924 in St. Louis, Missouri to George H. Middendorf, Sr. and Florence Kautzman Middendorf. He was a resident of Port Arthur for 55 years and a retired merchant marine having worked for Gulf Oil and Sabine Towing. He was a member of St. Peters Catholic Church and a World War II Merchant Marine veteran.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 29, 2006 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves, Texas with Msgr. Kenneth Greig officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2006 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with a Vigil service conducted at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Loretta Middendorf; sister, Florence Paradowski; brothers, George H. Middendorf, Jr. and Francis “Bud” Middendorf. Survivors include his daughters, Linda Middendorf of Port Arthur, TX and Patty English and husband, Scott of Groves, TX; son, Jimmy V. Middendorf of Port Arthur, TX; sisters, Ethel Mueller and husband, Fred of Missouri, Delores Thum and husband, Ken; brothers, Charles Middendorf and wife, Pearl, Bill Middendorf and wife, Dorothy, Joe Middendorf and wife, Dorothy, John Middendorf and Henry Middendorf and wife, Elaine, all of Missouri; grandchildren, Chadrick Goans, Dillon English, Landon English, David Goans, Jr., Belinda White, Stacy Kelly and Crystal Landry.

Warren A. Evans, Sr. (Buddy)

GROVES -Warren (Buddy) Evans, Sr. of Groves, Texas passed away peacefully, Monday, September 25, 2006. He was born in Philadelphia, PA, on May 7, 1935 and resided in Groves for 68 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. V.W. Evans, and sister, June Evans. Survivors include his wife, Julia Bailey Evans of Groves, TX; sister, Vaughn (Tinky) Housos of Cleveland, TX; brother, Russell Evans of Plano, TX; son, Warren A. Evans, Jr. and wife, Pat Evans; daughters, Sandra Hammock and husband, Lonnie, Judy Nichols and husband, Clint, Susie MacMurtrie and husband, Gary; grandchildren, Crystal Deckert and husband, Brandon, Jason Cockerham and wife, Angie, Brock Cockerham and April, Clint Nichols and wife, Raina, Trent Evans and Jennie Dupont, Rocky Evans and Jessica Spillers, Britni Nichols, Brandi Hammock and Derek MacMurtrie; great grandchildren, Jillian Cockerham, Zack Deckert, Alexis Lemaire, Bryce Cockerham, Anistyn Deckert and Keagan Cockerham.

Buddy was an active member in the Boy Scouts for 7 years and also a member of the “Order of Arrow”. His lifelong dedication led him to be the owner of J.T. Hitt Masonry for 22 years. Buddy loved his wife, son, and three daughters dearly; and was loving and caring to his grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was a man of many talents. There was not a person that he came across in his life that he would not help, he was a loving and caring person to everyone. Those who knew him loved him dearly.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, September 28, 2006 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves, Texas with Dr. Joe Worley officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Macel F. Rasco Doffitt

SEGUIN- Macel F. Rasco Doffitt, age 91, of Seguin, Texas died on Saturday, September 23, 2006 at Guadalupe Valley Nursing Center in Seguin. Funeral services will be on Saturday, September 30, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Newton, Texas with burial to follow at Newton City Cemetery.

She was a native of Bon Wier, Texas and had lived in Central Texas for a number of years. She was a retired clerk with Holiday Inn.

Survivors include her son, Curt Rasco of Montgomery, Texas; her daughter, Carolyn Fillmore of Floresville, Texas; her grandchildren, David Bellot, Jim Bellot, Wendy Zuber, Tina Freeman, Kurt Truax and Marc Truax; several great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in Death by her husband, Cecill Doffitt of Grayson, Louisiana.

Smith Funeral HomeP.O. Drawer R

Newton, Texas75966409-379-5041

Ferne Elizabeth Walker

JASPER - Graveside services for Ferne E. Walker, 94, of Jasper will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 29, 2006 in the Union Springs Cemetery with Pastor Dan Bubach officiating.

Interment will follow the graveside service. Mrs. Walker was born on March 6, 1912 in Provident City and passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2006 in her home in Jasper. She was a member of the Southern Methodist Church in Port Arthur. She was preceded by her parents, P.A. and Lettie Anderson, and husband, J.D. Walker. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Charles David “Bubba” Walker of Corrigan, J.D. (Stack) and Brenda Walker of Palestine, daughters and sons-in-law; Raye and Buck Foshee of Jasper, Mary and Joe Brett of Jasper and Patsy Allison of Chandler; 8 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 3 great- great grandchildren. Services entrusted to Corrigan Funeral Home, Inc.