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February 5, 2007

Obituaries for Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007






No Services Today

Brenda Warner Arciva, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Port Neches, 1 p.m.

Ruth R. Eldridge, Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Port Arthur, 3 p.m.

Ricky Lynn Vincent, Levingston Funeral Home in Groves, 11 a.m.



Death Notices

Ronald Couthran, 69, of Orange died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007. Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.

Emma J. Blankenship, 78, of Port Arthur died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007. Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home in Port Arthur

Christine Haley, 92, of Port Arthur died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007. Gramier-Oberle Funeral Home in Port Arthur

Paulette Marie Lange Hebert, 61, of Houston died Friday, Feb. 2, 2007. Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves

Jonathan Michael Holt, 18, of Port Neches died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007. Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home in Port Arthur

Wenill Martin, 74, of Vinton, La., died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007. Claybar Funeral Home in Orange

Rebecca Raine Mink, 6 months, of Orange died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007. Dorman Funeral Home in Orange

Haywood “Slim” O’Quinn, 93, of Port Arthur died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007. Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves

Robert Glen Poisel, 53, of Orange died Monday, Feb. 5, 2007. Claybar Funeral Home in Orange

Margaret Ruth Spittler, 78, of Nederland died Monday, Feb. 5, 2007. Broussard’s Mortuary in Nederland

Lester James Thibault, 92, of Ocean Springs, Miss., and Port Neches died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007. Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves

Ricky Vincent, 55, of Nederland died Friday, Feb. 2, 2007. Levingston Funeral Home in Groves

Velma HInes Wolgast, 81, of Port Neches died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007. Broussard’s Mortuary in Nederland



OBITUARIES



Emma Jean Blankenship

PORT ARTHUR -Emma Jean Blankenship, 78, of Port Arthur passed away Sunday, February 4, 2007, at Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital in Beaumont surrounded by her loving family.

Services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, February 7, 2007, at Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home in Port Arthur with Rev. John Sullens 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, February 6, 2007, at the funeral home. Jean was born on December 11, 1928, in Mountain View Arkansas one of thirteen children born to Georgia Storey Lancaster and Russell Lancaster. She and her husband Wayne Blankenship moved here from Monroe, Louisiana in 1950 and have resided in the Port Acres and Port Arthur area ever since. Jean was a devoted member of Calvary Baptist and Procter Baptist Church for many years. She devoted her life to her church and family and she will be missed by each of them.

Survivors include her husband of sixty-one years, Wayne Blankenship; son, Mike Blankenship and his wife Sandy of Port Arthur; daughter, Kathy Havens and husband Robert of Fannett; brother, Harold Lancaster of Mountain View; sisters, Patty Tubbs, Ann Alexander, Sharon Long, Janet Nesbitt all of Mountain View, Karen Sue Pearce of Batesville, Arkansas and Gay Pabst of Augusta, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Stacy Long, Michael Blankenship, Jr. and James Swaim; three great grandchildren, Jerrad, Jolea and Joshua.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents and five brothers, John, Greer, Dwayne, Jerry and Buddy. In lieu of flowers “Memorial Contributions” can be made to Calvary Baptist Church at 2208 Canal, Port Arthur, TX 77640.



William HenryGriffith, Jr.

AUSTIN - William Henry Griffith, Jr., a gentle man, died February 4, 2007, in Austin. He was 85. Mr. Griffith moved to Austin in 2003 to be near his daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Eric Ramberg, and their family as he continued a valiant struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Previously he had lived in Midland, Texas, to be near another daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Dane Wiggins, and their family.

Bill, as he was fondly known, was born July 5, 1921, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from Fenwick High School near Chicago and later earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio State University. His education was interrupted by four years of military service in the South Pacific during World War II, where he attained the rank of captain in the 96th Infantry Division, US Army. He received two Purple Hearts and other military recognitions. He was wounded in action April 1, 1945, during the invasion of Okinawa. He returned to visit the island five decades later.

Bill married his beloved wife, Margaret Hilger of Andale, Kansas, on September 9, 1946, three weeks after his return from service. He began working for Texaco, which eventually took the couple to their Texas home in Port Arthur. Bill was employed building and managing petrochemical refineries. He retired from Texaco in 1982, but remained active as a consultant for Stone and Webster, a firm building refineries all over the world. Living in Malaysia and Indonesia was an exciting adventure for them. After Margaret’s sudden death in 1985, Bill kept strong family ties by jumping in his Volvo station wagon and driving all over Texas and the Midwest to visit his six children and many grandchildren. Those visits remain highlights in their memories. Bill was a devout Catholic and dedicated family man. When he wasn’t traveling, he was involved with numerous charitable groups in his hometown, from the Lions Club to a volunteer organization that offered free tax consulting at the local library.

Bill is also survived by sons and daughters-in-law William III and Shayne Griffith of College Station, and Anthony and Mary Lou Griffith of Houston. Other daughters and sons-in-law are Mary Pat and James Wilhelmi of Dallas, and Catherine and Richard Cahan of Chicago. He also leaves 20 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. His brother, John Griffith, preceded him in death. He is survived by three sisters, Mary Margaret Lawson, Kathleen Theado, and Angela Skrivanich.

The family would like to express its appreciation for the compassionate care Bill received from many caregivers over the past six years. The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, February 6, 2007, at Cook-Walden /Forest Oaks Funeral Home with a Rosary at 7:00 P.M. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, February 7, 2007, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 5455 Bee Cave Road, Father Jim Evans, Celebrant. Graveside Services will be at 3:00 P.M., Thursday, February 8, 2007, at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves, Texas, with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to one of several charities listed with Cook-Walden.

Arrangements under the care of Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home, 6300 W. William Cannon Drive, Austin, Texas, 78749, (512)892-1172.



Amanda Christine Haley

PORT ARTHUR-Amanda Christine Haley, 92, of Port Arthur passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2007, at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 7, 2007, at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Nederland. A gathering of friends and family will take place from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 6, 2007, at Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home in Port Arthur.

Christine was born on July 23, 1914 in Port Arthur, Texas to Maude Kries McGaffey and Charles Arnold McGaffey. She was a lifelong resident of Port Arthur and a charter member of Aldersgate Trinity United Methodist Church in Port Arthur. Christine was a retired clerk/cashier for Weingarten’s for many years. She was known for her sewing and crocheting, cooking for her family, reading books, and she especially loved her cats.

Christine is survived by her daughters, Mary Ruth Defrancis and her husband Frank of Port Arthur, Polly Smith and her husband, Rush of Humble; nine grandchildren; and sixteen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Dallas Clark Haley who passed away in 1989.


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