Jeanette Koontz, St. Joseph Catholic Church, 11 a.m.
Joseph Matte, Memory Gardens Cemetary, 2 p.m.
Burney A. Daigle, 95, of Lake Charles, La., formerly of Port Arthur, died Wedneday, November 29, 2006. Levingston Funeral Home, Groves.
William Walton, 88, of Nederland, died Thursday, November 30, 2006. Broussard’s Mortuary.
Jack Wayne Britain, 80, of Port Arthur, died Tuesday, November 28, 2006. Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home.
Jack Wayne Britain
PORT ARTHUR- Jack Wayne Britain, 80, of Port Arthur passed away on Tuesday, November 28, 2006, at Christus St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur.
Services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, December 2, 2006, at Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home in Port Arthur with Rev. Malcolm Monroe officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves. A gathering of friends and family will take place from 3:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. Friday, December 1, 2006, at the funeral home.
Jack was born on January 9, 1926, in Gatesville, Texas to Lucile Hall Britain and Jack A. Britain. He had lived in Port Arthur for most of his life and was a retired Band Director with the P.A.I.S.D. for over thirty years. He was a former member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Port Arthur where he also served as the choir director. Jack also served as choir director for the Department Club in Port Arthur; he was a member of the Griffing Park Lions Club; the United Methodist Men and a current member of the First United Methodist Church in Nederland. He was also a World War II Army Air Force Veteran serving with the 558th Army Air Force Band where he received several awards and commendations.
Survivors include his wife of fifty-nine years, Gloria Edwards Britain of Port Arthur; son, Scott E. Britain and his wife Kitty of Florida; daughters, Cynthia “Cindy” Crain-Lee and her husband Dwight of Georgia and Susie Chirafis and her husband John of Port Arthur; brother, Eugene Britain and his wife Glenice of Lewisville, Texas; brother-in-law, Elroy Edwards and his wife Jeanette of Bridge City; sister-in-law, Diana Perkins and her husband Roy of Austin; grandchildren, Shannon Britain, Christi Slaughter, Traci Slaughter, Kristen Britain, Erica Britain and Scottie Britain; other relatives, friends and co-workers who will miss him dearly.
In lieu of flowers “Memorial Contributions” can be made to the First United Methodist Church of Port Arthur or the First United Methodist Church of Nederland.
Daniel Wayne Parker
PORT NECHES- Daniel Wayne Parker, 20, of Port Neches, Texas died Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, Texas.
Daniel was born February 10, 1986 in Dallas, Texas to Mike Parker and Evelyn Ford. He was a lifelong resident of Port Neches and was a shipfitter/helper at Rife Industrial in Nederland, Texas.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, December 3, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at Levingston Funeral Home in Port Neches with Rev. J.D. Roberts officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, December 2, 2006 at the funeral home.
He is survived by his father and step-mother, Mike and Teresa Parker of Jasper; mother, Evelyn Ford of Nederland; sister, Ashley Parker of Port Neches; brother, Brandon Parker of Port Neches; grandparents, J.W. and Sue Parker of Dam B and Betty and John Martel of Votaw; aunts and uncles, Matthew and Dorothy Roebuck of Kountze, Steve and Bonnie Parker of Groves, Gene and Janet Beard of Bryan, Jimmy and Kim Ford of Votaw, Gerald and Sandra Bush of Orangefield, and Regina Johnson of Wyoming; and twenty-nine cousins. Pallbearers will be Brandon Parker, Jacob Arnold, Jesse Brownlee, Justin Arnold, Joshua Walters, and Jimmy Ford III.
Jeanette George Koontz
PORT ARTHUR- Jeanette George Koontz, age 91, of Port Arthur died Wednesday November 29, 2006 at Cypress Glen Nursing Home. Jeanette was born July 2, 1915 to Amin and Nafalie George. Jeanette was a member of the business and professional women, and the St. Joseph Altar Society.
She also graduated from Port Arthur College. Jeanette worked as a bookkeepers for Foster Brothers. A gathering of family and friends was Thursday November 30, 2006 at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home from 5-8 PM with a rosary at 7 PM. A mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 AM, Friday December 1, 2006 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Stephen McCrate Celebrant. Jeanette was preceded in death by her husband, James Harland Koontz. She is survived by her daughter, Janet Wehner and her husband, August “Bill” Wehner of Port Arthur; sisters, Juliette “Dodo” George of Port Arthur, Elizabeth Cuellar of Dallas, and Georgette Dumesnil of Port Arthur. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Marie and husband, Howard Provost, Tiffany and husband, Tim McGee, August and wife, Amanda Wehner, Jamie Wehner and Shyla Sicks; five great grandchildren, Jackson, Shaylan, Parker, Josh, and Evan.
NEDERLAND - Nelda Whitfill, 75 of Nederland, passed away, Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM, Saturday, December 2, 2006 at Broussard’s Mortuary in Nederland with Reverend Dr. David Higgs officiating. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Nederland. A gathering of family and friends will be 5-8 pm Friday at the mortuary.
Nelda was a native of Floydada, Texas and has lived in the Nederland area since 1957. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Nederland.
She is survived by her son Gary Whitfill and his wife Debbie of Nederland, daughter Cindy Colichia and her husband Kirk of Nederland, brother, Guy Ginn of Floydada, four grandchildren, Erin Malone and her husband Kevin, Travis Whitfill, Kristen Colichia, Jordan Colichia, great grandson Caleb Malone and daughter- in-law, Marie Whitfill of Nederland.
The family has a special thank you to her caregiver Maria Men.
Memorial contribution can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 4, Port Neches, Texas 77651 or the Humane Society of Southeast Texas, 2050 Spindletop Rd., Beaumont, Texas 77705.
Burney A. Daigle
LAKE CHARLES- Burney A. Daigle, 95, of Lake Charles went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 29, 2006 in his daughter’s home.
Mr. Daigle was born in Abbeville, LA and lived most of his life in Port Arthur, TX. He retired from Texaco as a cost accountant after 38 years of service. Until the time of his death, he lived in the home he and his uncle built in Port Arthur, TX 58 years ago. Mr. Daigle was a member of United Methodist Temple in Port Arthur, TX. Mr. Daigle was loved by everyone, always caring for the needs of others. He loved to watch his garden grow and produce vegetables for all his neighbors and friends. In his earlier years, he loved to fish when he spent time at his Crystal Beach summer home.
Survivors include two daughters, Betty Merritt and husband Al of Payson, AZ and Barbara Floyd and husband Dick of Lake Charles, LA; his sister, Irene Boutte and husband Wilson of Abbeville, LA; three grandchildren; seven great- grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Roberta G. Daigle. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, December 2, 2006 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves, TX. The Rev. Chuck Huffman will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Bluff Cemetery in Port Neches, TX. Visitation will be on Friday from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM and will continue on Saturday from 10:00 AM until time of services in Levingston Funeral Home.
Words of comfort to the family may be expressed at www.johnsonfuneralhome.net.
Osie B. Rogers, Sr.
PORT ARTHUR- Osie B. Rogers was born June 8th 1926 in Rison, AK. He later moved to Port Arthur were he resided until his death Nov. 23, 2006. He was employed with Texaco Refinery for 42 years.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his wife, Ida Rogers. 7 children, Erma, Otis Sr., Velda, Osie B. Jr., Nathen, Timothy, and Alvena Rogers; 4 step-children, David, Pauline, Paulette, and Davon Como.
A Home Going Celebration will be held at Gabriel Funeral Home Saturday, December 2nd, 2006 with visitation from 9 am - 11 am and funeral services following at 11 am. Burial will be at Live Oak Cemetery. His birth and death was for the Glory of God. His presence will surely be missed.
Norma Bussey Tyson
PORT NECHES- Norma Bussey Tyson, 84, of Port Neches, Texas died Friday, November 24, 2006 at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas.
Norma was born August 24, 1922 in Port Arthur, Texas to Dr. Norman Albert Bussey, Sr. and Lora Seafers Bussey. She was a lifelong area resident and was manager of the Government Service Credit Union.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 2, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. at Levingston Funeral Home in Port Neches with Rev. Eldon Reed officiating. Entombment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Faith Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 12:00 Noon until service time Saturday, December 2, 2006 at Levingston Funeral Home in Port
She is survived by her husband, T.S. Tyson, Jr. of Port Neches, Texas; daughters, Lora Tyson Ransonette and husband, Leonard D. of Houston, Texas and Sylvia Tyson Faughn of Houston, Texas; brother Charles Seafers Bussey of Vinton, Louisiana; four grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
Washington “Sonny” Harrison
PORT ARTHUR- Washington “Sonny” Harrison 102, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, November 27, 2006. He was a native of Glencoe, Louisiana and a resident of Port Arthur, Texas for 80 years. He retired from Gulf Oil in 1968 after 42 years of service. He wad a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and Masonic Lodge #256. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 1, 2006 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, with a Visitation from 12 p.m. until time of services. He was preceded in death by his wife Novella Foreman Harrison. He is survived by his son, Willard Harrison, Sr. of Port Arthur; two grandchildren, Willard Harrison Jr. (Tia) of Port Arthur, and Troy Harrison of Houston; two great grandchildren, Keon and Aaron Levy; a sister, Lugestreen Cosey of Port Arthur; a special nephew, Kelvin Phillips (Roseanna) of Port Arthur; and a host of other family and friends to cherish his memory and carry on his legacy.
Wesley Paul Bernard Sr.
Wesley Paul Bernard Sr., affectionately known as “Lafayette” passed away on Nov. 27, 2006 at Memorial Herman Hospital, Katy, TX.
Mr. Bernard leaves to morn: his cherished wife of 56 years, Gertrude Bernard; three daughters, Acquanetta Smith (Murray) of Austin, TX, Sharon Bernard of Seattle, WA, and Lenol (Lynn) Zeno of Richmond, TX; four sons, Wesley Jr., Wayne (Kim), Mark (Melissa) of Port Arthur, TX, and Clement Bernard (Shelia) of Mesquite, TX. He also leaves to mourn: his sister, Enola Lewis and brother, Raymond Bernard, both of Lafayette, LA, and brother, Leroy Bernard of Beaumont, TX. He is further survived by fourteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends, Ken Loney, Loney Collins, Tony Galvan, Earl Williams, and Wallace Gobar.
Services will be held Saturday Dec. 2nd at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the rosary beginning at 9:00 a.m. and the funeral Mass following at 10:00 a.m.
George Harvey Dikes
NEDERLAND- George Harvey Dikes, 76, of Nederland, died November 28, 2006. Services will be held Saturday, December 2, at 10:00 a.m. at Broussard’s Mortuary in Nederland with burial at Greenlawn Cemetery under the direction of Pastor Eric Armstrong. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 1, at Broussard’s Mortuary.
He was a native of Port Arthur, Texas, where he worked as an advertising manager for the Port Arthur News and Beaumont Enterprise and as a greeter for Wal-Mart. George also served in the Korean War as a medical corpsman. He is survived by his daughters, Debbie Hays (Glenn) and Kathy Miller (Lynn); his grandchildren, Kris and Kerri Hays, Kammie Hays and Ashleigh Miller; as well as his great-grandchildren.
Fred John Rehak
MATAGORDA- Fred John Rehak, 57, of Matagorda, Texas died Wednesday, November 29, 2006. He was born April 25, 1949 in New Gulf, Texas to the Late Walter S. Rehak and Virginia Barker Rehak. He is survived by his mother, Virginia Rehak of Matagorda, Texas; three sisters, Linda Kay Bunda and her husband, Jose of AR, Kathleen Beach and her husband Ronnie of Nederland, Texas, and Deborah Ann Trevino of Matagorda, Texas; and 8 nieces and 5 nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 2, 2006 at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home with Rev. Richard Lewis officiating. Interment will follow at Matagorda Cemetery.
Arrangements by Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, 979-245-4613.