Obituaries

Wed
22
Jan

JOHN STERLING HAYDEN

John Sterling Hayden, 63, of Vidor, TX died Friday, January 3rd, 2020 at his residence. A native of Cleveland, TX he was a longtime resident of Vidor and served his country in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed going fishing and loved his family. John is survived by his former wife; Julie Hayden, 1 stepson; John Lang, 1 stepdaughter; Joan Lang, sister; Wendell Atkins of Vidor, brothers; Milton Hayden of Many, LA and Vincent Hayden of Galveston, TX along with numerous nieces and nephews. A private interment will take place at Houston National Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor.

Wed
22
Jan

Walter “Tony” Finch

Walter “Tony” Finch

Walter “Tony” Finch, 82 of Vidor, TX died Monday, January 20th, 2020 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. A native of Brooklyn, NY he was a longtime resident of Vidor and worked as a Longshoreman at the Port of Beaumont for 25 years. Tony enjoyed working in his yard, making handcrafted canes and hanging out at the Waffle House with his friends. Tony was an entertainer with the Charlie Pruitt Show in Beaumont. He loved watching TV and sports and was known for making people laugh. Visitation will be Thursday, January 23, 2020 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services will be Friday, January 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home with interment to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park.

Wed
22
Jan

JERRY BOWEN

Jerry Bowen, 64, of Silsbee, TX died Friday, January 10th, 2020 at Vidor Health and Rehab. A native of Pontiac, MI Jerry was a recent resident of Vidor and worked as a construction worker most of his life and enjoyed going fishing. He is survived by his mother; Marie Catherine Bowen, 2 sisters; Donna Wood and Karen Walton, 2 brothers; Boe Bowen and Mike Bowen along with numerous nieces and nephews. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor.

Wed
15
Jan

Daryl D. Desormeaux

Daryl D. Desormeaux

Daryl D. Desormeaux 60, of Vidor died Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 at his residence. A native of Beaumont, TX, he was a longtime resident of Vidor. Daryl was a process operator for Huntsman in Conroe for 12 years. He also worked for Northstar Steel in Vidor for a long time. He enjoyed playing golf and being in fantasy football leagues. Daryl also enjoyed fantasy baseball. Visitation was held from 12:00 - 2:00 pm and funeral services started at 2:00 pm Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor followed by burial at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor. Daryl was preceded in death by his parents Donald and Mary Desormeaux, brother Darrin Desormeaux and grandson Gabriel Meineke. He is survived by his daughters December Loden and her husband James “JD” of Vidor, TX, Dawn Meineke and her husband Eric of Vidor, TX, sister Denise Hollier of Groves, TX, 5 grandchildren Donovan Bloomer, Destiny Bergeron, Gwendelynne Bloomer, Grace Bergeron, Isabella Loden.

Wed
15
Jan

Jim L. Gill

Jim L. Gill

Jim L. Gill, 76, of Crosby, TX died Monday, January 13th, 2020 in Galveston. A native of Kurthwood, LA he was a former resident of Vidor and a graduate of Vidor High School Class of 1961. Jim enjoyed reading, gardening and making floral arrangements but he especially enjoyed spending time with his family and spoiling his grandchildren. Visitation will be Thursday, January 16, 2020 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services will be Friday, January 17, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home with interment to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park. Jim is survived by his wife of 50 years; Velva Gill, 1 daughter; Mary Elizabeth Gill and her husband Mike Garrie of Baytown, TX, 2 sons; Zane Allen Gill and his wife Misti of Humble, TX and Jeffrey David Gill and his wife Cai Dan, 5 grandchildren; Reece, Zachary, Kassia, Elizabeth, and Astrid, and 2 sisters; Ivy Jones and Alley Vee Welch. Jim was preceded in death by 2 brothers; J.D. Gill and L.C.

Wed
15
Jan

MICHAEL EUGENE PUES

MICHAEL EUGENE PUES

Michael Eugene Pues 64 of Arlington, TX, passed away December 12, 2019 at Community of Texas James L. West facility in Fort Worth. Michael was a craftsman and specialized in masonry for over 40 years. He loved life and had a keen sense of humor, know for his quickwit, playfulness, pranks. His gregarious personality always kept a circle of friend around, he was the life of the party. He played receiver for Vidor High School football team, All-district-year 1972, received a full scholarship to Sam Houston. Was also devoted to the Green Bay Packers, he had a positive outlook on life and lived it to the fullest. Will be missed by his family, friends, and his dog/ companion Wally Cleaver.

Wed
15
Jan

RANDALL CASTIE JR

Randall Castie, Jr, 45, of Vidor, TX died Monday, January 6th, 2020. A native of Beaumont he was a longtime resident of Vidor and worked in construction as a floor installer. Randall played the drums and guitar and loved all types of music but he especially liked to spend time with his family. He is survived by his parents; Randall Castie, Sr and Hattie Lawrence, mother; Angie Castie, 2 daughters; Madison DeDominico of Beaumont, and Erin Castie of Katy, TX, 1 son; Anthony Jase Allen of Vidor and 3 grandchildren. He is also survived by 1 sister; Susie Castie of Orange, 1 nephew and 3 nieces. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor.

Wed
15
Jan

CHARLOTTE D. BASAR

Charlotte D. Basar, 71 of Vidor died Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas in Beaumont. A native of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, she was a longtime resident of Vidor. Charlotte was a member of Caney Creek Open Door Church and Central Baptist Church both in Vidor. She was owner of Mayabb Day Care Home and loved to sing at nursing homes and churches. Charlotte enjoyed gardening and reading, but most of all she loved to spend time with her grandchildren. Visitation was at 6:00 pm Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services were held at 2:00 pm Friday, January 10, 2020 at Memorial Funeral Home.

Wed
08
Jan

Thelma Lee Cotton

Thelma Lee Cotton

Thelma Lee Cotton was born Thelma Lee Rector a few miles outside of Douglass, Texas in a log house with a dog trot. She was the second of 4 children to Joe Rector and Cora Lee Ainsworth Rector. As a young girl she did the cooking and took care of her younger sister and brother while her parents and older brother worked in the fields. She cooked on a wood stove and stood in a chair to reach the pots. This is the reason she was such a good cook. When she was not working, she enjoyed playing school with her younger brother and sister. Of course, she was always the teacher.

Wed
08
Jan

MELBA “BUG” BRANEFF

Melba “Bug” Braneff, 88, of Huntsville, TX died Wednesday, January 1st, 2020 at Huntsville Memorial Hospital. A native of Camden, TX and former resident of Vidor she enjoyed playing bingo, cards, and dominoes with her friends. Bug was a former member and President of the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion in Livingston, TX. She loved spending time with her family and friends. Visitation was on Sunday, January 5, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor with funeral services at 2:00 p.m., followed by interment at Restlawn Memorial Park. Bug is survived by 2 daughters; Lou Ellen Barnard of Huntsville and Sandy Jones also of Huntsville, 1 son; Michael Coy Braneff of Warren, TX, 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. She is also survived by 1 sister; Linda Herrington of Huntsville along with numerous nieces, nephews and step family.

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