, Port Arthur, Texas

January 2, 2008

Obituaries for Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008

Services Today

Tom Broadus, Broussard’s Mortuary, Nederland, 10 a.m.

Hammond Guillory, Jr., New Hope Baptist Church, 11 a.m.

Vina Louree Hollis, Broussard’s Mortuary, Nederland, 1 p.m.

Death Notices

Jimmie L. Duncan, 86, of Orange, died January 1, 2008. Claybar Funeral Home, Orange.

Mary A. Estrello, 102, of Port Arthur, died Wednesday, January 2, 2008. Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home.

Lucia M. Flanagan, 84, of Port Arthur, died Wednesday, January 2, 2008. Clayton Thompson Funeral Home.

Louise Guillory, 89, of Port Arthur, died Saturday, December 29, 2007. Robinson’s Funeral Home, d/b/a Moody Harris Funeral Home.

Frank Sanders, 79, of Port Arthur, died Sunday, December 30, 2007. Gabriel Funeral Home.

Graciano Ramirez, Sr., 89, of Port Arthur, died Monday, December 31, 2007. Gabriel Funeral Home.


Arline Lange Shockey

Beaumont- Arline Lange Shockey, 81, of Beaumont went to her heavenly home on January 1, 2008 and will be celebrating and spending the New Year, as well as eternity with her Lord and Heavenly Father.

Memorial Services held for the family and friends will be Saturday morning, January 5th at 10am at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Nederland, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Carl and Matilda Lange, as well as her brother Edison Carl Lange. She graduated from Holland High School in Holland, Texas, and attended both the University of Texas and Texas Woman’s University. While she was married to Major Blaine Shockey, USAF, and stationed at Randolph Air Force Base San Antonio in the late 1950’s, she worked as a Civil Service Administrative Assistant and held a high security clearance. She graduated from Lamar University in Beaumont and worked as a Licensed Vocational Nurse and had retired from Mid-Jefferson County Hospital in Nederland. Arline was a devout Lutheran and was an active member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Nederland for over 40 years. She was the loving mother of seven children and enjoyed spending time with all of them and would talk about her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to anyone who would listen. She spoke German fluently and was very proud of her German-Texas heritage. She was interviewed in March 2007 at the University of Texas for a book to be published about German-Texas culture. She was extremely proud of her first grandson, Captain Charles (Chas) David Usé, who has been serving his country in the Army since his graduation from Texas A&M; in 2003, and is currently with the 4th Infantry Division on his second tour in Iraq. She also loved watching her granddaughter Lauren grow up playing soccer, and was very proud of Lauren’s academic achievement and her soccer scholarship at the University of North Texas. She is survived by her sons, Carl Shockey and his wife Mary Ann of Plano, TX, Steven Shockey and his wife Denna of Fort Lauderdale, Fl. Her daughters; Melissa Lavespere and husband Jim, of Nederland, Becky Usé and husband Chuck of Flower Mound, TX, Cheryl Wendling and husband Michael of League City, Pam Shockey-Kaplani and husband Jim of Missouri City, TX, Lisa Nault and husband Mike of Grapevine, TX; thirteen grandchildren, Captain Charles Usé and his wife, Captain Hope McClesky Usé, Kelli Lynn Usé, James Lavespere, Megan Lavespere, Jeremy Lavespere and wife Tiffany, Lauren Shockey, Victor Barrett Pittman, Matthew Darrell Pittman, Taylor Gibson, Olivia Arline Nault, Allie Nault and two great-grandchildren, which include Timothy James "T.J." Lavespere, and a second great-grandchild, who is expected in April 2008 by Charles and Hope Usé. She is also survived by a step-daughter Janet Cain and her husband Edward and their children Carol and Scott, as well as a host of other nieces, nephews, family and friends. Arline was an avid Astros fan and loved to have a beer and watch them play ball at Minute Maid Park. Arline worked as a nurse for over 25 years and three of her daughters, Melissa, Becky and Lisa are also nurses. Arline had a very quick wit and a wicked sense of humor, and as a nurse, she probably would have said that she didn’t die; she just had a “Celestial Discharge.” She will be missed by all and her granddaughter Alaina will especially miss Grandma taking her to shop for books at Barnes and Noble.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Holy Cross Lutheran Church Memorial Fund. Complete and updated information may be viewed at

Rena Grivat Comeaux

GROVES - Rena Grivat Comeaux, 83 of Groves, Texas, died Saturday, December 29, 2007 at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas.

A native of Loreauville, Louisiana, she has lived in the Port Arthur and Groves area since 1951 where she worked in retail at G.I. Surplus for more than 20 years and was a member of Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Port Arthur.

Visitation for Mrs. Comeaux will be on Thursday, January 3, 2007 from 5:00 ~ 8:00 pm with a Rosary recited at 6:00 pm. A funeral mass will be held at St. Catherine Catholic Church Friday morning, January 4, 2007 at 10:00am with the Reverend Duc Duong as celebrant. Entombment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Port Arthur. Survivors are her husband Homer J. Comeaux of Groves, son; Leland J. Comeaux of Groves, three daughters; Bonnie Miller and husband Clint of Nederland, Cydnee Green and husband Harold of Missouri City, and Tina Adams and husband Randy of Bridge City, 13 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to, Gulf Employees Credit Union, at any location, under the name of Rena G. Comeaux account # 53542. Complete and updated information may be viewed at

Manuel Jimenez, Jr.

GROVES - Manuel Jimenez, Jr., 68, of Groves, Texas passed away on Monday, December 31, 2007 at Christus St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur. He was born in Port Arthur, Texas on May 17, 1939 to Isabel G. Jimenez and Manuel Jimenez Sr. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. Manuel retired from Fina Oil as a maintenance mechanic after 30 years. He served in the United States Marine reserves. He was a lifelong resident of Port Arthur and a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

Visitation will be on Thursday, January 3, 2008 from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. with a rosary to be recited at 6:30 P.M. at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 P.M. Friday, January 4, 2007 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Rev. T. R. Blanco serving as celebrant. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Clayton Thompson Funeral Directors. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Genaveva Trevino. He is survived by his wife, DeeJaye Jimenez of Groves, Texas, his sons, Jason Jimenez and Manny Jimenez both of Beaumont, Texas, his stepsons, Joseph Jimenez of Groves, Texas and Justin Stelly of Jasper, Texas along with his sisters, Henrietta J. Solis of Groves, Texas, Isabel Eazy Jimenez of Port Arthur, Texas, Amalia Aguilar of Port Arthur, Texas, Gloria Rodriguez of Groves, Texas and Elvira Jimenez of Baytown, Texas as well as his brothers, Dr. Richard Jimenez of Houston, Texas, Edward Roy Jimenez of Port Arthur, Texas and Robert Jimenez of Groves, Texas.

Louise Guillory

PORT ARTHUR -Louise Guillory, 89, of Port Arthur, passed away Friday, December 28, 2007 at Christus St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 5, 2008 at St. Paul United Methodist Church with Rev. Patricia Wells officiating. A viewing from 9 a.m. to 11a.m. will be held at the church. Graveside service will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves, Tx. Mrs. Guillory was preceded in death by her parents Oliver Lacy and Susie King Lacy; two sisters, Ophelia Roberts and Dorothy Laday; and her very dedicated son, John “Joe Man” Golbert.

She is survived by her special and devoted daughter, Earline Guillory Thomas; eight special nieces; Susie Laday Rainey, Wilma Alfred, Geraldine Wiltz, Gwen May, Betty McCarthy, Lois Jacobs, Sherry Hill, and Essie Laday; three nephews, Terry Laday, Oliver Laday, and J.B. Laday; a host of great nieces, great nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends. Service are under the direction of Moody/Robinson Funeral Home in Port Arthur, Texas.

Lucia Flanagan

Lucia Virginia Mills Flanagan passed away at 2:15am on January 2, 2008 Lucia was born on April 9, 1923, to India Mae Young and Henry O. Mills. She witnessed history in the making as a member of one of Port Arthur’s pioneering families. Her father was a Jefferson County Commissioner in the 1930’s and 1940’s and responsible for building Highway 73, linking Port Arthur and Houston, the Rainbow Bridge spanning the Neches River to connect Jefferson and Orange Counties, and the building of the Jefferson County Sub-Courthouse on Lakeshore Drive in Port Arthur.

After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1940, she attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri for her Freshman year, transferring to the University of Texas at Austin, Lucia was pinned a member of Alpha Phi sorority and received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1944.

She wed James J. Flanagan Jr. on December 17, 1955. The marriage to her was the relationship of a lifetime and a sterling example of a true Christian marriage. While Jim taught the children discipline and a strong work ethic, Lucia imparted her sweetness, warmth and joy of life. Her children can not recall a harsh word between their parents and remember asking her about this lack of exchange, to which she replied that if anything did ever bother her, she let it go, “I just loved him, nothing else mattered.” The union made her a member of yet another of Port Arthur’s pioneering families. James J. Flanagan Shipping was established in Southeast Texas in 1896 and was instrumental in bringing the first deepwater ships into the ports of Port Arthur, Beaumont and Orange. To this day, her sons run the family business which covers nine ports along the Gulf Coast. The family has also been largely responsible for the redevelopment of downtown Beaumont, including the renovation of the Stedman, San Jacinto and Century Tower buildings, the Crockett Street Dining and Entertainment District and other developments. A lifelong resident of Port Arthur, Lucia loved her city and devoted her time to making it a better community. She was a member of the Port Arthur Service League, Tejas Garden Club, and Ladies Auxiliary of the Port Arthur Country Club and many other organizations. She was a founding member of the Museum of the Gulf Coast and took pride in preserving the heritage of her city. She was a member of St James Catholic Church, where she served as a member of the alter society and served on the School board of Bishop Byrne Catholic High School, where all five of her children graduated.

Lucia was preceded in death by her beloved husband James J. Flanagan, Jr., her parents India Mae and Henry Ozell Mills and sister Mary Elizabeth Mills Harle to whom she was lovingly devoted. She is survived by her five children, daughter Mary Kate Flanagan of Houston; James J. Flanagan, III of Houston; Henry David Flanagan of New Orleans; Thomas Michael Flanagan of Port Arthur; and Susan Anne Flanagan Martin and her husband James Martin of Beaumont; and by her nine grandchildren, who affectionately called her “Maimie”; Kyle Mills Hall, Lilian Katherine Grace Hall and Spencer Lawrence Hall of Houston; Indya Elizabeth Flanagan and James J. ”Jay” Flanagan IV of Houston, Thomas Michael Flanagan II and Patrick Michael Flanagan of Port Arthur; and Jonathan Erickson Martin and Adam Paul Martin of Beaumont. She is survived also by her beloved niece Mary Lou Harle of Anchorage Alaska and nephew Dr. Rob Harle and his wife Nicki of Baird, Texas and their families.

Lucia is most remembered for being a gracious lady and proud mother. A devoted catholic, she trusted deeply in Jesus Christ and demonstrated her faith by her actions and the life she led, always speaking kind words of others. She leaves a legacy of strong love of family and friends in Southeast Texas.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff of St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont and St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston; with special thanks to her caregivers Helen Harmon and Diana Ford and all of her treasured friends who have called and paid visits expressing their love.

A visitation of family and friends will be held Friday, January 4th at 6:00 pm at Clayton-Thompson Funeral Home located at 5200 39th Street, Groves, Texas, followed by a Rosary at 7:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial is planned for Saturday January 5th at 1:00 pm at St. James Catholic Church, 3503 Gulfway Drive, Port Arthur. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery. Immediately following the ceremony a reception will be held at the St James Parish Monsignor Kerwin Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to The Museum of the Gulf Coast, 700 Proctor Street, Port Arthur, Texas 77640.

Vina Louree Hollis

Vina Louree Hollis, 88, a retired teacher, died December 30, 2007 at a personal care home in Conroe, Tx.

Funeral service will be 1p.m. Thursday, January 3, 2007 at Broussard’s Mortuary in Nederland. Interment will be Friday 12:00 p.m. at Houston National Cemetery in Houston. A gathering of family and friends will be from 5 - 8 p.m., Wednesday at the mortuary.

Vina Hollis, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, was a bilingual elementary school teacher in the Galveston and Hitchcock, Texas public schools. From 1950 to 1968 she owned and operated Junior Primary School, a private kindergarten and first grade school in Nederland, She was born April 12, 1919, she was a 1963 graduted of Nederland High School. Vina Hollis was preceded in death by her husband Joseph E. Hollis Jr., and a son Randall H. Hollis of Rockville, Maryland; and four grandchildren, Cory Hollis of Groves, Joseph Hollis of Groves, Darrell Hollis Jr. of Rockville, Maryland and Christopher Hollis of Rockville, Maryland.

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Letrice “Lee” Rogers

GROVES - Letrice “Lee” Rogers, 79, of Groves, Texas died January 1, 2008 in Groves, Texas.

Lee was born April 1, 1928 in Port Arthur, Texas to G.J. Bergeron and Clelie Mendoza Bergeron. She was a 55 year resident of Groves and was retired as Executive Director of the Groves Chamber of Commerce. Lee was a Thomas Jefferson High School graduate and received a Business degree from Port Arthur College and a Certificate from SMU and the Chamber of Commerce of the United States in Organization Management.

Lee was a member of the Texas and United States of Commerce and selected as a representative of the US Chamber of Commerce in Russia. She was a member and past President of the Groves Rotary Club and a member of East Texas Tourist Association where she received the Neal & Mabel Ray Award for years of service. She served as the Chairman of the East Texas Vacation Guide Tourist Shows and was a former board member of the Miss Texas Pageant Association where she produced and worked with pageants for many years. She had an integral part in having the Texas Pecan Festival designated by the state legislature. She loved to promote her home town of Groves and the Texas Pecan Festival.

Lee was a former professional model and touched the lives of many young women teaching charm and modeling over the years. She has been honored numerous times for her work in the community. In 2003, the Lee Rogers Pavilion was dedicated to her by the Groves Chamber of Commerce. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russel P. Rogers.

She is survived by her daughters, LeRae LaVergne and husband, Terry of Groves, Texas; Rene’ Buckley and husband, Bob of San Antonio, Texas; Julie Umberger and husband, Michael of Lake Charles, Louisiana; son, Guy Rogers and wife, Carolyn of Houston, Texas; sister, Verline Majewski of The Woodlands, Texas; brother, G.J. Bergeron of Port Arthur, Texas; grandchildren, Brandon, Lauren, and Ashley Rogers; Ryan, Amanda, and Alissa LaVergne; Karl and Luke VanDelden; step-grandchildren, Kim and Kevin Adams; Brandon and Jacob Buckley; and 5 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 4, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves with Rev. Bennie Patillo officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, January 3, 2008 with a Vigil Service to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Lee Rogers to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Many heartfelt thanks to Terry Savoy, Claire and Brenda for their loving, vigilant care over the last 14 months. Thank you to Kristin Runnels, R.N. and all the nurses with Odyssey Hospice for their time and compassion.

Graciano Ramirez Sr.

“The Tile Man”10/30/1918 12/31/2007

PORT ARTHUR- Mr. Graciano Ramirez Sr., of Port Arthur, died New Year’s Eve at home. A native of Valle de SanTiago, Guanajuato, Mexico, he was a resident of Port Arthur for 50 years. He was owner of G.M. Ramirez Sr. Mexican Title Co. and specialized in installing ceramic tile and marble. He was instrumental in this community’s development in many ways for example, he personally sponsored numerous Vietnamese Immigrants who were fleeing their country during the Vietnam war. There are many in the Vietnamese community who fondly still call him “Daddy” He always went out of his way to help others. A visitation is scheduled from 12 pm - 2 pm, with services following at Gabriel Funeral Home, 2500 Procter Street, Port Arthur on Saturday, January 5, 2007 with Rev. Blanco officiating.

Survivors include Arturo Ramirez of Sugarland, Carlos Ramirez of Nederland, Jorge Ramirez of Beaumont, Ignacio Ramirez Crockett, Alejandro Ramirez of Groves, Dolores Green of Mississippi, Maria Judy of Austin, Julia McGuire of Dallas, Alejandro Martinez of Port Arthur; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

We thank you because you were an angel for all of us. You illuminated our life. Your sons, family members, and friends love you and are thankful for you. Your example of honesty, love and respect that you taught us will always be on our minds and hearts. We pray that God will bless you for eternity. Our family sincerely thanks all the people who prayed and cared for us during these difficult times. A special thanks to all the healthcare providers at Odyssey Healthcare - Wayne McEwen Spiritual care Coordinator, Pastor Mike Duc and members and Trinity Church of Port Arthur, and F.A. Blanco of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

Matthew “Slim” Smith

Mr. Matthew Smith passed away on December 25, 2007. Matthew was born to the union of Teresa McClain and Jessie Smith. He grew up in Rayville, Louisiana, before moving to Port Arthur, TX. Matthew worked for several years for C.S. Foster Realtor and as a self-employed Cement Mason. He is preceded in death by both parents; his wife, Myrtle Smith; two sisters, Bertha Lee Dickerson and Lucille Guillory; great-granddaughter, Jasmine Wimberly and a very special cousin, Richard C. Holloway. To cherish his loving memories are his five children, Margaret Fontnett, Mary Armstrong, Royd Smith (Ann), Rhonda Pickney (Preston), Kevin Smith; 16 grandchildren, 22 great- grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Friday 11:00 a.m. at Mount Calvary Baptist Church with a viewing from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Kurt Washington officiating. Interment will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Mary Cude Kiger

Mary Cude Kiger was lifted into heaven by the angels on December 30, 2007 at the blessed age of 97. Mary was born in Turnersville, Texas on July 10, 1910 to Matt and Maude Cude. She was the fourth of nine children. She married Ronald Earl Kiger on August 25, 1935. They moved to Port Arthur, Texas in 1941 and to Groves, Texas in 1950. Mary owned and operated Kiger Beauty Shop for over 20 years. They retired to Turnersville, Texas in 1974 and returned to Port Acres, Texas in 1984.

Visitation will be on Thursday, January 3, 2008 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Kitty Key on Friday, January 4, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home. Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Earl; her son-in-law, Billy Simms; and three brothers, three sisters and her parents. She is survived by her daughter, Glenda Ann Simms of Port Acres; her son, Ronald Ray “Pee Wee” Kiger of Port Acres; her grandchildren, Kathy Walters and husband, Wade of Port Acres and Lily Fanning and husband, Bob of Houston; her great-grandchildren, Ashley and Brittany Walters and Robert and Brooke Fanning; sisters, Lily Clymer of Turnersville, Texas and Ruth Ray of Dallas, Texas. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Mary was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Port Acres. Mary loved her family dearly and was happiest when she had them all together at her house for a big meal that she cooked. She loved to cook, bake, and make rolls and jelly. Mary was known as “Ma” to her grandchildren. Ma was the best grandmother a child could ever have. She taught us the true meaning of family and showed us how important we were on a daily basis. Ma was a role model for all of us. We were so blessed to have her in our life for so many years. She was loved greatly by all who knew her and will be greatly missed. The family would like to express their gratitude to Franny Griffin and Jocelyn Butler for taking such good care of Ma during the last two months. Memorial contributions can be made to Hughen School, St. John’s United Methodist Church in Port Acres, or Odyssey Hospice.