Cora Mildred Teufel, Levingston Funeral Home in Groves, 2 p.m.
Hyman Wiley Swain, Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home, 11 a.m.
Jadyn Lyn Edwards, infant, of Nederland, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008. Broussard’s in Nederland.
Mary Brooks, 85, of Port Arthur, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008. Gabriel Funeral Home.
Herman Chavis Sr., 77, of Port Arthur died Thursday, jam. 10, 2008. Gabriel Funeral Home.
Henry “Hi” Denton, 82, of Orange, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008. Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.
Laura Hunter, 97, of Port Arthur, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008. Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves.
Donald Linscomb, 91, of Orange, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008. Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.
Dorothy Roberts, 82, of Nederland, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008. Broussard’s in Nederland.
Birttie (Jackie) Thacker, 84, of Conroe, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008. Broussard’s in Nederland.
Cora Mildred Teufel, 90, of Port Arthur, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2008. Levingston Funeral Home of Groves.
Laura Richardson Hunter
PORT ARTHUR - Laura Richardson Hunter of Port Arthur passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2008 at her home, she was 97. She was born in Port Arthur, Texas to Sarah Denny Richardson and William Hercules Richardson on February 22, 1911.
She was a lifelong resident of Port Arthur and a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Port Neches. She worked as a secretary for a business in the Adams Building and also as church secretary.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters, Mary Adelaide Richardson, Dorothy Cook and Clara Mae Summerlin.
She is survived by her caregiver, Verna Landry and the late John Landry and her family of Groves.
Visitation will be on Saturday from 12 Noon till 2 P.M. at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 2 P.M. Saturday in the Thompson Memorial Chapel with Rev. Cliff Rucker, Officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Margueret Ann Harrison Bowman
Margueret Ann Harrison Bowman, 75, of Stephenville, Texas, a teacher, mother & gram, died Wednesday, January 9, 2008, at a local clinic.
Services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 12, 2008, at the Lacy Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Curt Plaxco officiating. Burial will be at West End Cemetery. Visitation will be 1:00-2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 12, 2008, at Lacy Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be made at: www.lacyfuneral.com
She was born on August 9, 1932, to the late James W. and Ollie V. (Coppedge) Harrison in Woodville, Texas. She married Richard J. Bowman on July 9, 1957, in Mission, Texas. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Gladewater, Texas. She was a member of Delta Theta Sorority, United Methodist Women, Daleth Study Club, Bridge Club, and Manna House.
Survivors include her husband, Richard J. Bowman of Stephenville, TX; her sons & daughters-in-law, Steve & Julie Bowman of Stephenville, TX, and Thomas W. & Sherry Bowman of Alvin, TX; a brother, William A. Harrison of Mission, TX; a sister, Mary Elenor Bokor of Chino Valley, AZ; and five grandchildren, Tanner Bowman, Sarah Bowman, Michael Bowman, Meagan Flores, and Jaclyn Flores. Memorials may be made to Texas A&M; University - Kingsville, 700 University Blvd., Kingsville, TX 78363.
Anne “Lou” Gholson
Anne “Lou” Gholson, 83, passed away on January 4, 2008 following a brief illness. Lou’s survivors include daughters: Kristen Dopkant, husband, David; Karen Kelley, husband Steven; and Konnie Garrido, husband; Ernesto; grandchildren: Christele, Daniel, Catrina, and Valerie; sister: Marie Fanette; 2 great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Lou was a woman who dedicated her life to her family, her country, and her music. She supported her husband of 55 years, Gerald E. Gholson, throughout his career of 30 years with the United States Air Force. She was a graduate of the University of Texas with a BFA and a graduate of the St. Louis Institute of Music. Her music was shared through teaching piano, directing choirs, and being the very first woman to sing in the USAF band. As a child and a teenager, she sang with her sisters, The Blanchet Sisters, who entertained the POWS and the folks of Port Arthur. She sang with several big bands while attending UT. She was an active member of DAVA Unit #173, of Phi Mu Fraternity for 62 years, and the Pillow Elementary PTA.
Visitation will be January 11th with a rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Cook Walden, Pflugerville. A mass in celebration of her life will be held on January 12th at 12:00 p.m. at St. Elizabeth’s Church, Pflugerville. Internment will be at Capital Parks Cemetery followed by a reception at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice in her memory.
James Rupert Harrell
CLEAR LAKE - James Rupert Harrell, 77, of Clear Lake passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at his residence.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 12, 2008 in Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches under the direction of Broussard’s in Nederland. A gathering of the family and friends will be from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday at the mortuary.
James was born in Bishop, Texas and lived in Nederland for most of his adult life. He lived in Clear Lake for the past 5 years. He was retired from Neches Butane after 45 years of service. James was preceded in death by his wife, Nell Harrell.
Mr. Harrell is survived by his daughter, Laura Linares and her husband, Larry of Clear Lake; granddaughter, Lindsay Linares of Clear Lake; sister, Betty Jane Jones and her husband, Reece of Groves; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Complete and updated information may be viewed at www.broussardsmortuary.com
Kathryn Jacko “Ms. Kitty”
The Trumpets are Sounding
The Gates of
Heaven have opened.
Kathryn “Ms. Kitty” Jacko
has gone to her Mansion
in the Sky!
To God Be The Glory!
Kathryn “Ms. Kitty” Jacko, left her earthly home for eternal rest on Sunday,
January 6, 2008 at St. Mary’s Hospital.
Ms. Kitty as she was affectionately known was born to the late Willie Miles and Willie Mae Ivory Miles in Port Arthur, TX. She was a life long resident of Port Arthur and a Proud Graduate of the Lincoln High Class of “1957”. She attended college at Southern University and upon returning was married to the late Harold Jacko Jr. and of that union five children were born.
Ms. Kitty was a entrepreneur that ran several business ventures over a span of 35 years. The “Kitty Kat”, Real People, Real People Fashions and Kitty’s. All though our Mother worked hard, adopted countless children and help so many other people, her first Priority was her family, whom she loved with all of her heart. As we reflect upon our mother’s life we give Thanks for her everlasting love. She planted and nurtured the seeds of love and good within us. It is our Mother who opened our hearts to the lasting impression of love and her legacy will live on forever.
A Homegoing Celebration for our beloved mother “Ms. Kitty” will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 11 am at Christian Faith Church, 1919 Jefferson Dr. Visitation will be held at the church from 9 am until the start of the services. Burial will follow in Live Oak cemetery under the direction of Hannah Funeral Home.
Kathryn “Ms. Kitty” Jacko was preceded in death by her parents, Willie Miles and Willie Mae Mayfield; her brothers, Willie Miles, Jr., James Clarence Miles; and a daughter, Patricia
Jacko; and her children’s father, Harold Jacko, Sr.
She leaves to cherish her memories forever her children, Carol McZeal (Mabry), Debra Jacko, Terry Reid, and Harold Jacko Jr. (Candice). Her loving mate of 36 years, Lawrence Trahan; her grandchildren, Kemon Jacko, Mabry McZeal III, Harold Jacko III, Kyle Jacko, Sachell Seabrook, Ashley Jacko, Tiesha Seabrook, Brandon Jacko, DaVanta Jacko, MyKala Reid, and Christian Jacko.
A very special cousin, James Ivory (Gloria); extended family members are her brothers, Arthur “Tick” Lyons (Alvania), Thurman Bartie, Craig Bartie, and one sister, Flora Deshotel; three sister-in-laws, Laura Burns (James), Miranda Jacko, and Naisy Prevost (Terrance); one brother-in-law, Henry Jacko (Charlotte). She also leaves four adopted children, Elizabeth Rideaux (Harry), Debra Cole, Eric Jackson (Veronica), and Rodger Guilford. Ms. Kitty also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Kerry Clay “Black Rock”
Kerry “Black Rock” Clay, passed away at Harbor Hospice House in Beaumont, Texas on Sunday, January 6, 2008 at 6:00 a.m. after a lengthy illness. Born July 17, 1960 to Helen Jean Clay and the late Kerney Clay Sr., Kerry was a resident of Port Arthur for 47 years. He was a 1978 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School and served in the U.S. Army.
He was preceded in death by his father, Kerney Clay Sr.; and both his grandmothers, Beatrice Hines and Helen Martin.
He leaves to cherish his memory his Mother, Helen Jean Clay; one daughter and one granddaughter, Kourtnee Sostand and Tyneshea Rogers of Port Arthur; three brothers, Gregory Allen Clay of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Tyrone Clay of Port Arthur and Kerney Clay Jr. of Houston, Texas; one sister, Dawn LaKeia Clay of Port Arthur; a very special and devoted friend, Mary Savoy of Port Arthur; two great aunts, Mary Lee Jackson and Jessie Mae Jones of Port Arthur; one aunt, Amelia O’Brien of Houston, Texas; a very special and devoted cousin, Nelda Faye Jackson of Port Arthur; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Visitation with family and friends will be held on Saturday, January 12th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Greater Macedonia Baptist Church. Homegoing Celebration service will begin at 1:00 pm with Pastor Glenn E. Holmes, Sr. officiating. Burial will follow at Live Oak Cemetery under the direction of Hannah Funeral Home.
Dianna Marie Sinegal
Dianna Marie Sinegal, 55, was born January 6, 1952 to the late Wilbert Sr. and Birdie Mae Sinegal in Lafayette, LA. She was a devoted mother and sister. She attended Lincoln High School and was employed with HEB in Austin, TX. She departed this life on January 5, 2008 at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, TX.
She leaves to cherish her memory her daughters, Rosalind Higgins (John), Michelle Steward (Gerald), and Cody Sinegal (Emiliano Zapata) all of Austin; a sister, Bridget Benjamin (Eric) of Port Arthur; brothers, Wilbert Jr. (Vera), Donald Ray, and Terry (Paula) Sinegal, all of Austin; 5 grandchildren, aunts, uncle, and a host of relatives and friends.
A visitation will be held Saturday, January 12, 2008 from 9am to 11am, followed by the service at 11:00 am at Eastern Star Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be at Live Oak Cemetery under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home.
Wallace Thibodeaux “Tibby”
NEDERLAND - Wallace “Tibby” Thibodeaux, Sr. 79 of Nederland passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at Christus St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur.
Funeral service will be 10 AM, Saturday, January 12, 2008 at Broussard’s Mortuary in Nederland with Reverend Tim Hicke officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches. A gathering of family and friends will be 5-8 PM Friday at the mortuary.
Mr. Thibodeaux was a native of Church Point, Louisiana and has lived in mid-county since 1954. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps and in the Korean War. He gave lifelong service to his country through these organizations as a member and Chaplain of the American Legion, VFW Post, SETVSG, and the VVA. He loved his family, country and his fellow veterans.
Mr. Thibodeaux was always willing to go out of the way for others making sure everyone around him was taken care of. He is now with two of his children Doris King, Wallace “Andy” Thibodeaux, Jr., and his grandson Mitch Simoneaux. He was always known for Cajun cooking and loved making people laugh.
He is survived by his children, Sonia Dressler and her husband Leo of Tyler, Charlene Wyles and her husband Shelby of Fannett, Charles Thibodeaux and his wife Edie of Orlando, Florida, Norma Files and her husband Ronnie of Fannett, Diane Hebert of Houston, brothers and sisters, Wilson Thibodeaux of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Ray Thibodeaux of Nederland, Irona Mazzola of Orange, Florence Thompson of Orange, fifteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Complete and updated information may be viewed at www.broussardsmortuary.com
Mary Louise Williams Brooks
PORT ARTHUR - Mary Louise Williams Brooks, wife, sister, and mother, died on January 8, 2008. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Joseph Brooks, Jr., and their son, Winston Carl Brooks.
Mary Louise Williams Brooks was born in Washington, Louisiana on October 25, 1921, to the late Mary Cross Williams and James Roy Williams, Sr. She resided in Lafayette, Louisiana for the majority of her childhood and young adult life. She graduated from St. Paul High School in 1940 and attended Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana for two years. She taught school in rural Louisiana for a few years and moved in 1949 from Lafayette, Louisiana to Port Arthur, Texas after her marriage to Jesse J. Brooks, Jr. Mrs. Brooks was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was an active member of the Ladies of St. Peter Claver, Cartenga Court 32.
She is survived by three daughters, Angela Lorraine Brooks Calton (Arthur) of Missouri City, Texas, Valesca Faye Brooks Adams of Houston, Texas and Ramona Drexel Brooks (Randolph Barnes, Sr.) of Port Arthur, Texas; 8 grandchildren, Winston C. Brooks, Jesseca M. Brooks, Andrea N. Brooks, Elena D. Adams, Rachel E. Adams, Arthur H. Calton, Jr., Racaan H. McHenry, and Nikkie G. Roblow; 6 great grandchildren; two sisters, Isabel Williams Clayton of Port Arthur, Texas and Delores Williams Riley of Lafayette, Louisiana, and a host of nieces, nephews, other friends, and relatives.
Mrs. Brooks was a wonderful, caring person whose memories will be cherished by those she leaves behind. The Brooks’ front and back porches were the gathering places for many summertime evening chats. She will be particularly remembered by her children and her children’s friends as the other half of the parent-duo who sat on their porch many evenings to visit and listen to all of the kids’ adventures and accomplishments. They made everyone feel “like family”.
Visitation will be held Saturday, January 12, 2008 from 8:00 am-10:00 am with the funeral immediately following at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 924 Booker Washington.
Christopher Ray Choate
PORT NECHES- Christopher Ray Choate, 51, of Port Neches, Texas died Monday, January 7, 2008 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston, Texas.
Chris was born March 25, 1956 in Port Arthur, Texas to Charles Emory Choate and Marjorie Weldon Choate. He was a lifelong area resident and member of Groves Friendship Baptist Church. He was a computer control operator for Total Refinery in Port Arthur, Texas.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 12, 2008 at Friendship Baptist Church in Groves, Texas with Reverend Chris Bottoms officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park under the direction of Levingston Funeral Home in Groves, Texas. Visitation will be held on Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Survivors include his wife, Pamela Choate of Port Neches; mother, Marjorie Choate of Groves; sons, Paul Choate and Timothy Choate, both of Port Neches; sisters, Mary Beth Lettiere and husband, Mike of Orting, WA and Donna Choate of Port Neches; brothers, Michael Choate and wife, Julie of Groves, Patrick Choate and wife, Julie of Colorado, and Joey Choate of Groves.