, Port Arthur, Texas


January 11, 2008

Obituaries for Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008

Services today

Wallace “Tibby” Thibodeaux Sr. Broussard’s Mortuary in Nederland. 10 a.m.

Birttie “Jackie” Thacker. Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches. 1 p.m.

James Rupert Harrell. Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches. 2 p.m.

Mary L. Brooks. Sacred Heart-St. Mary Catholic Church. 10 a.m.

Dianna Sinegal. Eastern Star Baptist Church. 11 a.m.

Laura Hunter. Clayton Thompson Funeral Home. 2 p.m.

Christopher Choate. Groves Friendship Baptist Church. 10 a.m.

Robert George Spooner. Levingston Funeral Home in Groves. 3 p.m.

Kathryn Elizabeth Jacko. Christian Faith Baptist Church in Port Arthur. 11 a.m.

Kerry Clay. Greater Macdonia Baptist Church. 1 p.m.

Death notices

Thelma Marie Oubre, 87, of Port Arthur died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, at her residence. Broussard’s Mortuary in Nederland.

Cliffie Marie Kolb, of Nederland, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008. Heritage Funeral Home in Nederland.

Christopher Choate, 51, of Port Neches, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2008 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston.

Louis LaVerne, 85, of Groves, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008. Levingston Funeral Home in Groves.

Robert George Spooner, 92, of Fannett, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008. Levingston Funeral Home in Groves.

Ulric Stansbury, 80, of Port Neches, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008. Clayton-Thompson Funeral Home in Groves.

Lolan Savoy, 78, of Groves died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008. Clayton-Thompson Funeral Home in Groves.

Izola Knight, 82, of Port Arthur, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008. Hannah Funeral Home.


Lolan Savoy “Papa Bear”

Lolan “Papa Bear” Savoy passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2008 at Renaissance Hospital in Groves at the age of 78. He was born in Leroy, Louisiana on June 17, 1929 to Lelia Pomea Savoy and Edvard Savoy.

Jane and Lolan were married in their home state of Louisiana in 1950. He was deployed to Korea and served his country there for three years. In 1955 Lolan moved his small family and carpenter skills to the Port Arthur/Groves Area. This was the start of Savoy Construction which continues today as he passed his skills and knowledge down to his sons, Steve Savoy Construction (now deceased), Blayne Savoy Custom Builders is a well known builder in the Dallas area and Kevin Savoy a skilled carpenter. Lolan also known as ‘Papa Bear’ took great pride in his skills and craftsmanship from the foundation to the front door key. A ‘Savoy’constructed home has a reputation of excellence. His life centered on his family and the traditions of the Cajun way. There were crabs, crawfish and shrimp for any and every reason to celebrate. The family gatherings were as important to him as his profession. His association with Jeffco, Russell Tipps, Clyde Hawsey, Bob Costillow not to mention Parker Lumber and Ritter Lumber will long be remembered. His love of gardening, hunting and fishing were his source of relaxation. He truly passed these traditions to his children, grandchildren and now great grandchildren. He will be dearly missed. Rest in Peace.

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