Nettie Ellis. Broussard’s Mortuary Chapel in Nederland. 10 a.m.
Donald Goudeau. Levingston Funeral Home in Groves. 2 p.m.
Mark Whitehead, 39, of Nederland died Wednesday, July 4, 2007 at his residence. Broussard’s Mortuary in Nederland.
Alice Morales, 77, of Lumberton died Tuesday, July 3, 200 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home.
Lillian Gaspard, 82, of Bridge City died Thursday, July 5, 2007 at her home. Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home.
Lonnie Thomas, 75, of Port Arthur died Tuesday, July 3, 2007. Gabriel Funeral Home.
Marty Adams, 54, of Port Arthur died Wednesday, July 4, 2007. Gabriel Funeral Home.
Mr. Willie Lee Samuels
PORT ARTHUR - Willie Lee Samuels, 68 of Port Arthur died Monday, July 2, 2007 at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas. A native of Mansfield, Louisiana, he was a resident of Port Arthur for 46 years and retired from Laborers Local No. 183.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Emmaline Samuels Freeman and George Marshall and one brother, R.E. Freeman. Survivors include: one daughter, Demetra Board of Beaumont, TX; brothers and sisters, Fred Samuels, Fannie and Annie D. Freeman, all of Grand Cane, LA, John Lee and Mercie D. Freeman of Shreveport, LA and Emma Lee Freeman of California; 2 granddaughters; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A wake is scheduled from 7 until 8 p.m. Friday, July 6, at Mercy Funeral Home in Mansfield, LA. Funeral service is scheduled for 12 noon Saturday at St. Mark Baptist Church in Holly, LA. Burial will follow in St. Mark Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Mercy Funeral Home.
Mark Keith Kasper
PORT ARTHUR - Mark Keith Kasper, 50, of Port Arthur, Texas died Monday, July 2, 2007 at UTMB in Galveston, Texas.
Mark was born on August 28, 1956 in Port Arthur, Texas to Gilbert A. Kasper and Margie A. Eckenhorst Kasper. He was a lifelong Port Arthur resident and member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Groves. He was an avid hunter and fisherman from the age of 5.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, July 7, 2007 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Groves, Texas with Reverend Richard Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Levingston Funeral Home in Groves. Visitation will be held on Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mark was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Wukasch Kasper; grandparents, Walter and Lena Eckenhorst, and Adolph and Gertie Kasper. Survivors include his parents, Gilbert and Margie Kasper of Port Arthur, Texas; brother, Michael Kasper and wife, Sharon of Nacogdoches, Texas; niece, Paula Kasper Gipson of Nacogdoches, Texas; nephew, Phil Kasper of Nacogdoches, Texas; great nieces, Alicia Gipson and Arianna Gipson; numerous friend and relatives. Pallbearers will be Michael Kasper, Phil Kasper, Robert Gipson, Jeff Boudreaux, Joey Boudreaux and Mike Prejean.
Friends wishing may send memorial contributions to: The Lutheran Hour Ministries; 660 Mason Ridge Center; St. Louis, MO 63141.
Percy Benedict Vital
PORT ARTHUR - Percy Benedict Vital was the son of the Percy Vital, Sr. and Ann Mitchell Vital. He was born March 21, 1927 in Port Arthur, TX and departed this life on Monday, July 2, 2007 in Southeast Texas Medical Center.
He was a lifelong resident of Port Arthur, TX and graduated from Sacred Heart Catholic School. Following graduation, he joined the Merchant Marines and served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War. After his honorable discharge in 1954, he was united in marriage to his devoted wife Goldie VanWright Vital. He worked for Jefferson Chemical for 25 years and retired in 1983. He was a faithful and hardworking member of St. John’s Catholic Church. The way he expressed his strong faith was through all of the coordination activities he led and supported. For example, he started the Mardi Gras Krewe, initiated the stained glass installation and spearheaded the driveway and parking lot paving effort for the church. Percy was dedicated to his community. He was involved in local political activities, encouraging people to vote, supporting various candidates and promoting his community. He loved people and never met a stranger. He could make anyone laugh and no one could walk away from him without a smile after hearing one of his jokes. He did not have to struggle to remember funny things to say, it just flowed from him. He enjoyed life and Percy taught by example. He valued hard work and passed on that appreciation to his young nephews whenever he could. He also had time to enjoy his favorite hobby - fishing. He spent hours on the waters of Southeast Texas catching as many fish as possible.
He was preceded in death by parents, Percy and Ann Vital, Sr., brothers Louis and Chester Vital, and sisters Johnnie Mae Vital and Luella Vital Dean.
He leaves to mourn his loving wife of 53 years, Goldie VanWright Vital; His daughter: Lena Marie Bobb and her husband, Melvin; His Grandson: Marlin Bobb; His Great-Grandchildren: Jamal and Jalisa; devoted cousins; Alice Polk of Port Arthur, TX and Elmer James of St. Louis, MO; Sister-In-Laws; Emma Hill of Austin, TX and Louella Vital of Port Arthur, TX; Brother-n-Law; Dr. Aaaron VanWright of Pine Bluff, AR and a host of nephews and nieces. Services will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church in El Vista, Port Arthur, TX, Saturday, July 7, 2007 at 11:00 AM with viewing at the church from 9:00 - 11:00 AM.
The family would like to acknowledge and recognize the outstanding care provided by Mr. & Mrs. C.J. McCall, Mr. Orval Foreman, Mr. & Mrs. Willard DeBlanc, Mr. &. Mrs. Paul Lewis, Mr. & Mrs. John Devillier, Mrs. Vertil & Staff at Serenity House, Mrs. Silvina Johnson, and the staff at Home Health Innovation.
Rene Nicholas Verret“Pops”
SUGARLAND - Rene Nicholas Verret of Sugar Land, formerly of Port Arthur, passed away July 4, 2007 at the Methodist Hospital in Sugar Land, TX. Born to Luke and Philomone ‘Mamie” Mendoza Verret in Adeline, Louisiana on July 20, 1918. He graduated from Franklin High and worked at a shipyard later in Morgan City, LA during the war. He moved to Port Arthur, TX and worked as a fabricator at Texaco. Rene married Lou Ella Comeaux Landry May 12, 1945 where they lived in Port Arthur for many years and attended Saint James Catholic Church. Upon his retirement in 1980 they moved to Sugar Land. They attended St. Theresa Catholic Church as eucharist servers for several years.
Preceded in death besides his parents are brothers, Wilson and Howard Verret; sisters Clara and Cecil Goula, Rena Mae Verret and Jeanne Haydel and nephew Wendell Jolet. Rene is survived by his wife of 62 years is Lou Ella Verret of Sugar Land; daughter Catherine Giardiana and her husband Joseph of Stafford, TX; step-daughter, Darnella McElduff and her husband Gene of Port Arthur; sister Shirley Jolet of Lydia, LA; 7 grandchildren Carol Meadows and Gary McElduff of Nederland, Greg McElduff of Port Neches, Linda Graffagnino of the Woodlands, Laura Jackson of Aliso Viejo, CA, Jennifer Cavender of Phoenix, AZ and Annie Hoon of Spark, NV; 10 great grandchildren, 4 nieces and 2 nephews.
Visitation is at Earthman Funeral Chapel in Stafford, TX on Friday, July 6 from 6 - 9 PM with a rosary at 7 PM. A funeral mass will be Saturday, July 7, 2007 at 10 AM at Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Sugar Land, TX. Graveside Services will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Port Arthur at 2:30 PM under direction of Father Walter Montondon.
Pallbearers are Joe Giardina, Justin Graffagnino, Greg, Gary, Leyton and Shea McElduff.
Robert “Bob”Earl Cotton
Robert “Bob” Earl Cotton, 49, of Port Arthur passed away July 5, 2007 in Galveston. Born September 26, 1957 in New Orleans, LA to Robert and Shirley Richoux Cotton, he lived in Port Arthur most of his life. He was a Petroleum Surveyor for Inspectorite. He was an Army veteran and a member of the NRA. He is survived by his parents, Bob and Shirley Cotton of Woodville; sisters, Jennifer Christie of Athens, Catherine Preston of Athens and Rebecca Mullican and husband, Richard of Baytown; brothers, Charles Cotton and wife Pok of Baytown and Jeffery Cotton of LaPorte;beloved God Mother, Carol Richoux;eleven nieces and nephew and seven great nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 1 P.M. at Our Lady of Pines Catholic Church in Woodville. Burial will follow at Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville. A visitation will be held Friday from 6 P.M. until 9 P.M. at the funeral home with a rosary to be recited at 6:30 P.M. Serving as pallbearers will be Michael Hall, James Christie, Mathew Christie, Tony Garcia, Frank Gonzalez, Blake Cotton, Timothy Mullican and John Beswick. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Rickie Richoux, Steve Oubre, James Bares, Patrick Preston, Keith Moreau, Charles Meaux, Bryan Daigle, Norman Murphy, Luther Jones, Kevin Gilhooley and Mike Hebert.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. A memorial book may be signed at www.rileysfuneralhome.com.
BRIDGE CITY - Lillian Gaspard, 82, of Bridge City passed away Thursday, July 05, 2007, at her residence in Bridge City. Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, July 7, 2007, at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches with Rev. Jim McClintock officiating. A gathering of friends and family will take place from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. Friday, July 6, 2007 at Grammier - Oberle Funeral Home in Port Arthur with a Vigil Service to be recited at 6:00 P.M. Friday, July 6, 2007 at the funeral home.
Lillian was born on January 27, 1925 in Kaplan, Louisiana to Conrad Dartez and Anastasia Dartez. She was a devoted housewife, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She loved to collect cookbooks and spending time with her family. Lillian is survived by her daughter, Linda Hebert Gallier and her husband Marion of Orangefield; son, Clyde L. Hebert and his wife Johnnie of Bridge City; sisters, Jeanette Kimball of Toledo Bend, Texas and Kay Oates of Silsbee; grandchildren, Jerry Bandeaux, Michael Elms, Alan Hebert, Alicia Hebert, Aaron Hebert, Chad Hebert and Amber Hebert McDonald.
Lillian is preceded in death by her parents and her husbands Gilbert Hebert, Carl Hoelzer, Bill Gaspard and her son, Guy Patrick Hebert.
Michael Wayne Jones
BEAUMONT - Michael Wayne Jones, 47, of Beaumont, TX departed this life on July 2, 2007 after a lengthy illness at Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston, TX.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday July 7, 2007 at 11a.m. at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Vaughn officiating. Viewing will be held from 9a.m. to service time. Interment will follow at Live Oak Cemetery under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home.
Michael was a 1978 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School. He retired from Quest Laboratory after 18 years of service. He was currently employed with Tri-Supply Company in Beaumont, TX. Michael was preceded in death by his mother Clara M. Jones; two brothers, Albert B. Jones, Jr., and David G. Jones; and aunt Florence Levy.
Michael is survived by his father Albert B. Jones, Sr. of Port Arthur, TX; wife, Sherry Ann Jones of Garland, TX; son, Jordan M. Jones of Garland, TX; step-daughter, Nicolette Knight of Kingsville, TX; four grandchildren; sister, Noby Winters (Kenny) of Houston, TX; two brothers, Dennis Jones of Atlanta, Georgia and Emery Jones of Port Arthur, TX; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Balka of Patterson, Louisiana, three nieces, one nephew, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Elsie Mae Pitre
PORT ARTHUR - Elsie Mae Pitre of Lawtell, LA died on July 1, 2007 at Southeast Texas Medical Center. She was 80 years old and a resident of Port Arthur, TX for 50 years. She was the 10th child born to Mr. & Mrs. Andrew & Eva Vallier on May 30, 1927. Elsie was a devoted Catholic and a dedicated member of Knights of Peter Claver-Council & Court 182. She also belonged to the KPC Landry’s Auxiliary 100 Club Court 182. She was a lady whom loved to cook and garden. She very much enjoyed spending precious time with her children, family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Percy Pitre. She leaves to mourn: her sister, Beatrice Garriet; 3 daughters, Eva B. Charles, Shirley P. Joseph, and Betty P. Leday of Port Arthur, TX; 3 sons-in-law, Arthur Charles, Eugene Joseph, and Rodney Leday; 2 grandsons, Orange Williams (Sonya), and Kernice A. Williams; 5 granddaughters, Mona Lisa Williams (Roy), Michelle Broussard (Joseph), Stacey Wallace (Ronnie), and Angela Williams, and Heather Velasco; 11 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends.
Funeral services will be 10:00 am on Saturday, July 7, 2007 at Sacred Heart (St. Mary’s Church), 924 Booker Washington, Port Arthur, Texas. Visitation will be from 8 am - 10 am at the church.
Mary Ann Dixon“Mrs. D”
PORT ARTHUR - Mary Ann Dixon of Port Arthur, TX entered eternal rest on Thursday, June 28, 2007. She was a member of First Sixth Street Baptist Church where she served faithfully. A visitation is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2007 at First Sixth Street Baptist Church. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery under the direction of Hannah Funeral Home.
She was preceded in death by her great aunt, Carrie “Moma” Mosby; sister, Annie Lois Martin; and special cousin, S.T. James. She leaves to cherish her memories: parents, Amos Moore, Jr. and Henrine Martin of Greenville, MS; children, Michelle Dixon, Shaunte Batiste, Michael (Shanel), Floyd (Sonya), and Thaddeus Dixon, all of Port Arthur, TX; 11 grandchildren; and a special friend, Sheila Woodard; as well as an abundance of family and friends.
Melinda Marie Ray
SABINE PASS - Melinda Ray, 43, of Sabine Pass passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2007 in Nederland. She was born July 13, 1964 to William and Olga Cooner in Kingsville, Texas. She was a resident of Sabine Pass for 30 years.
A gathering of friends and family was July 5, 2007 at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 10 AM July 6, 2007 at Clayton Thompson Funeral Chapel. Cremation will be at Haven of Rest Crematory.
Melinda is survived by her husband, Craig Ray of Sabine Pass; son, Craig Holden Ray of Sabine Pass; daughter, Crystal Ray Blanchard of Groves; mother, Olga Cooner of Nederland; brothers, John and Richard Cooner of Houston. She is also survived by two grandchildren. In Lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Linda Ray Benefit Fund at 1330 Gemini, Houston, Texas 77058, Account # 1062258.