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.
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.
Visitation will be on Saturday, January 12, 2008 from 11 A.M. till 8 P.M. with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 P.M. at the Clayton Thompson Funeral Home and on Sunday, January 13, 2008 from 9 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. at the funeral home. Graveside service with military funeral honors will be at 2:00 P.M. Sunday at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Nederland.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, his son Steve Savoy, his sister Gertie Suire and his brother-in-laws Aldon Suire and Harold Hebert.
He is survived by his loving wife, Jane Savoy, his sons Blayne Savoy and his wife Vanessa, Kevin Savoy, his daughter, Jennifer Savoy LeBlanc and her husband Blake; His daughter-in-law, Terry Savoy along with Nine grandchildren, Clifton Simoneaux and wife Elizabeth, Brian Simoneaux, Darren Savoy and wife Lisa, Jimmy Savoy, Garrett Savoy, Jaymie Savoy, Joey LeBlanc, Meagan Savoy and Desirae Savoy as well as five great grandchildren, Olivia Simoneaux, Timothy Simoneaux, Brandon Simoneaux, Skyler LeBlanc and Leland LeBlanc. He is also survived by his sisters, Hilda Hebert of Lafayette, Louisiana, Elgene Broussard and husband Johnny of Maurice, Louisiana and Deana Ratliff and husband Howard of Lafayette, Louisiana along with a host of nieces and nephews, grand and great grand nieces and nephews.
Herman “Pop” Chavis, Sr.
PORT ARTHUR - Herman “Pop” Chavis, of Port Arthur, Texas died Thursday, January 10, 2008 at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas. A native of Church Point, Louisiana, he was a resident of Port Arthur for 50 years and a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. He was recently employed by Technical Resource Staffing Services as a School Crossing Guard. Mr. Chavis was an active member of the Knights of Peter Claver Council #182 for greater than 31 years.
A visitation is scheduled for Sunday, January 13, 2008 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm, at Gabriel Funeral Home. Chapel funeral services are scheduled for Monday, January 14, 2008 at 11:00 am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, with the Reverend Stephen McCrate officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home.
Mr. Chavis was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Valentine Chavis; one son, Herman Chavis, Jr.; one brother and one sister.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mrs. Virginia Simonette Chavis; daughters, Sherry Randle, Joyce Simpson, Lois Chavis, Virginia Miller, Glenda Alfred (Johnny, Jr.); and son, Quentin Chavis. His sisters are Vernadine, Barbara, and Irma of Lake Charles, LA, Mary Louise of Beaumont, TX, and Mary Guillory of Port Arthur, TX. His brothers are Jimmie, Louis Jr., Hilman and Clayton all of Lake Charles, LA. Mr. Chavis had 17 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 1 great great granddaughter.
Dorothy Marie Blanchard Roberts
Dorothy Marie Blanchard Roberts, 82, died peacefully Thursday, January 10, 2008 in her home in Nederland. She was born a twin November 7, 1925 in Groves. Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, Edwin “Concrete” Roberts, her parents, Peter C. Blanchard and Sadie Irene Watson Blanchard, and grandson Danny Pratt.
A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2008 in the chapel of Broussard’s Mortuary in Nederland. Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, January 13, 2008 at Oak Bluff Cemetery in Port Neches following a procession from Broussard’s in Nederland. A gathering of the family and friends will be from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2008 at the mortuary.
She has a twin sister, Jo Ellen Fant of Groves, and a brother, Pete Blanchard, Jr. of Groves.
Dorothy came from a loving family and lived a wonderful life full of song and beauty. She always described herself as having an enchanted childhood… singing and dancing everyday with her twin Jo Ellen… they were constant companions… and her brother Pete is kind and a most excellent brother.
Dorothy graduated from Port Neches Groves High School in 1943. She was a cheerleader along with her twin sister Jo Ellen. She went to Port Arthur College and upon graduation she worked at Texas Company for Dr. Traxler. She owned the Heritage Flower Shop in Nederland. Dorothy was a member of numerous organizations: a poet laureate of the Magnolia District, President of the Department Club, Artisans, Civic Club, Woman of the year, and many others…
Dorothy met Edwin when she was a teenager. They dated her senior year and were married after WWII. Dorothy and Edwin lived, laughed, and loved each other for over 60 years. She was devoted to Edwin and her six children: Jody, Susan, Bubba, Tommy, Chuck and Bobbi. Our mom was an outstanding example of courage… love… and compassion… her ability to anchor our family is her best accomplishment…. that’s the beauty of our large family.
She was married to “Santa.” Her husband, Edwin, was one of Santa’s favorite helpers. At Christmas, Dot and Edwin would get a list of needy children from local elementary schools and see to it that they had gifts to open on Christmas morning. Their generosity of spirit was a gift they shared with everyone they knew.
She was most of all our momma…. this is what we learned from her - meet each challenge life sends your way… look inside yourself for courage… learn strength from past generations… and pause a moment to gather your thoughts then simply handle it. How do we begin this next journey without her… she left us with her wisdom.
Dot and Edwin were not wealthy by the world’s standards, but considered themselves extremely wealthy because of God’s gift of their six children – all married – gives them twelve. She surely loved her grandchildren…. and great grands… her family was symphony of life.
Aunt Dorothy as she was called was a much loved aunt… her many nieces and nephews loved her. She was a favorite sister in law. She and her twin, Jo Ellen wrote a book of free verse poetry. They are known as the “Granny Poets”. Walk Softly on the Autumn Leaves is a book of their life’s journey describing the beauty, love, and challenges of life… it is a legacy - a description of the human heart - a book of healing and hope. She was so very proud of her book.
She is survived by… six children, Jody and Butch Domingue of Orangefield, Susan and Edward Seymour of Nederland, Chuck and Cindy Roberts of League City, Bobbi and Wayne Pratt of Wildwood, Tommy and Sheila Roberts of Nederland, Bubba and Peggy Roberts of Nederland, many grandchildren and great grands… Leisha and Steve Bryant (JD, Jordan & Jeep), Amberr and Eric Melo (Blake & Bailey Jo), Ed and Priscilla Seymour (Ed, Andrew, Hattie, & Beau), Josh and Chrissy Seymour (Joshua, Anna, Katie & Ella), Jeremy Seymour (Grace & Emma), Sadie and Kyle Sonnier, Eddie Roberts (Reese), Kurt, Kyle & Timmy Roberts, Christopher and Joleen Weatherly (Austin, Kirstyn, & Christian), Crystal Weatherly, T.J. Roberts, Terry, Chase & Nikki Roberts, Justin & Johanna Pratt (Madison & Natalie), Kelly and JR Tillerson (Allie), and (Draven Poplin, Rusty, Cody, Jessica & Wesley).
Today a poet’s words are silent. She lives on in the beauty of her family… a legacy of love and devotion… and as our mom always told us… See You in The Spring… we will miss you so much.
To our friends and family - a sharing of their words: Blessing - friendship is a blessing, always bestowing roots of kindness, generosity and love.
To Jo Ellen… the longing within me will never die as long as I hold on to the memories of all the moments shared as you and I found joy in our mirrored facsimile.
Words kept - when dreams get old and my memory fails, I will always keep your words in my heart, my love.
Life - refuse to listen to the whispers of old age, shout defiance by keeping on with life.
Encounter - what a joy to have a child come running towards me, his sweet arms outstretched to embrace with love.
Time heals as we pause a moment to gather our thoughts and simply handle it.
Love to all - Jody, Susan, Bubba, Tommy, Chuck, & Bobbi.
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Ulric F. Stansbury, Jr.
Ulric F. “Snook” Stansbury, Jr., 80, of Port Neches, Texas passed away Thursday, January 10, 2008, at his residence.
Born on January 7, 1928, in Groves, Texas, to Ulric F. Stansbury, Sr. and Jeanne Detraz Stansbury. He graduated in 1945 from St. James Catholic High School in Port Arthur, Texas. On June 25, 1949, he married Joyce Lee “Tunie” Lundy in Baytown, Texas, and they took up residence in Port Arthur. Snook was a resident of Port Arthur until 1989 when he moved to Port Neches. In 1983, he retired from Texaco, Inc., after 38 years of service.
Snook attended Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Port Arthur and was a former member of St. James Catholic Church in Port Arthur. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends. Snook was a generous, caring person who always found the time to help his family, neighbors, and friends. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and a true friend to many. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Preceding him in death were his parents; infant son, Dale F. Stansbury and brother, Maurice Albert “Al” Stansbury. Survivors include his beloved wife of 58 years, Joyce “Tunie” Stansbury of Port Neches; daughters, Gayle Hollar and husband Wally of Groves; Jeanne Rachal and husband, James of Port Neches; Judy Kimball of Port Neches; Ginger Carnright and husband Richard Jr. of Austin, Texas; son, Ulric F. “Rick” Stansbury, III, and wife Cheryl of Port Neches; sister-in-law, Rhona Stansbury of Port Arthur; nine grandchildren, Michelle Ricks, Lee Rachal, Vanessa Rachal, Lori Gossett, Carolyn Kimball, Tyler Kimball, Justin Cooner, Richard Carnright III, and Jason Carnright; four great grandchildren, Jace, Jayla, Jason and Daelyn; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Saturday, January 12, 2008, at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, 5200 39th Street, Groves, Texas, with a rosary at 7:00 p.m.
Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 13, 2008, at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home with Father T.R. Blanco officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Clayton Thompson Funeral Home.
Serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be all his grandsons.