Obituaries

Thu
18
May

Harold Wayne Gardenshire Jr.

Wayne Gardenhire, 65, of Vidor died Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, TX. Wayne was a native of Port Arthur, TX, he was a longtime resident of Vidor. He graduated from Nederland and served his country in the US Air Force. Wayne loved baseball and helped coach the Vidor pony league.

Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. a memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, May 19, 2017 at Memorial Funeral Home.

Wayne is survived by his sons Harold “Hal” Wayne Gardenhire III and wife Kim, Christopher “Chris” Lee Gardenhire and wife Imelda all of Vidor, TX, sister Carol Sue Hamerly of Suffolk, VA and 3 grandchildren.

A special thank you to MD Anderson and Baptist Hospital for taking care of Dad.

Thu
18
May

James G. Wood Sr.

James G. Wood Sr. 65, born November 10, 1951 in Abilene, Texas, passed away Friday, May 12, 2017, at his home surrounded by family.

A native of Abilene, Texas, he was a resident of Vidor for 26 years, and a Master Carpenter well known for his custom carpentry work. His passions were fishing and hunting. James was well know for his positive attitude and outlook on life. He will be missed dearly.

He is survived by his children Cynthia Wood Worsham and her husband John Henry Worsham, Melissa Wood Lane and her husband Ron Lane, Crystal Wood French and her husband Chris French, James Wood Jr. and his wife Nadine Wood, along with 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. James was preceded in death by his son: Allen Ray Wood.

Thu
18
May

Pauline B. Bland

Pauline B. Bland, 88, of Vidor, TX died Saturday, May 13th, 2017 at Harbor Hospice House in Beaumont, TX. She was a lifelong resident of Vidor and a member of First United Methodist Church of Vidor. Pauline worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant and retired from Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital. She liked to travel and paint but loved to spoil her “angel butts” (great-grandchildren).

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Vidor.

Thu
18
May

MADGE “MAW MAW” EMMA ANDRESS

Madge E. Andress, 97, of Vidor died Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Oakwood Manor Nursing Home in Vidor.

She was a native of Goshen, AL, and a longtime resident of Vidor.

She is survived by her daughters Pat Pattillo of Vidor, Bettye Valentine of Mesquite, Sue Blanchard of Scott, LA, Nancy Smith of Santa Fe, Sherrie Lee of Brookland, Joyce Johnson of Timpson, sons Bob Andress of San Marcus, and Joe Andress, 20 grandchildren, 32+ great grandchildren, 15 great-greatgrandchildren and five great-great-great-grandchildren.

Tue
16
May

Dorothy Marie Touchett Hancock

Dorothy Marie Touchett Hancock, 81, of Beaumont, died Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at Pelican Bay Assisted Living, Beaumont. A native and lifelong resident of this area, she was a driver and dispatcher for Beaumont Association of Senior Citizens for 15 years. A graveside service was held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, Beaumont. Survivors include her sons, Chuck Hancock of Hamshire and Steven Hancock of Vidor; sister, Jo Ann Swope of Beaumont; brother, Shepard Touchett of Silsbee; and three grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 700 North Street, Suite M, Beaumont, Texas 77701.

Tue
16
May

Pauline B. Bland

Pauline B. Bland, 88, of Vidor, TX died Saturday, May 13th, 2017 at Harbor Hospice House in Beaumont, TX. She was a lifelong resident of Vidor and a member of First United Methodist Church of Vidor. Pauline worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant and retired from Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital. She liked to travel and paint but loved to spoil her “angel butts” (great grandchildren). A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Vidor. Pauline is survived by her husband of 17 years; Homer R. Bland of Vidor, daughter; Regina Lewis and her husband Lou of Vidor, 2 step-sons; Alton Bengsch and his wife Maria of Laredo, TX and William Bengsch and his wife Selina of Kauffman, TX, 3 grandsons; Bryan Lewis and his wife Amanda of Vidor, Roger Lewis of Vidor, and Blaine Bengsch and his wife Chasity of Jerrel, TX and 1 granddaughter; Amber Zelenka and her husband Jeramie of Brenham, TX.

Tue
16
May

Merline Willette

Merline Willette, 90, of Vidor, TX died Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 in Orange, TX. A native of Bancroft, LA she was a longtime resident of Vidor. Merline was a member of Maplecrest Baptist Church and a former member of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed making quilts, cooking, sewing and singing, especially with her church group at nursing homes. She also loved to spend time with her family and friends. Visitation will be Sunday, May 14, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services will be Monday, May 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Maplecrest Baptist Church in Vidor with interment to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park. Merline is survived by 1 daughter; Mary Perio and her husband Milton of Bridge City, TX, 2 sons; Larry Willette and his wife Carolyn of Vidor, and James Willette and his wife Karen of Toledo Bend, TX, 9 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. She is also survived by 2 sisters; Sue Hollie of Cleveland, TX and Doris Busby of Gainesville, GA.

Tue
16
May

James G. Wood Sr.

James G. Wood Sr. 65, born November 10, 1951 in Abilene, Texas, passed away Friday, May 12, 2017, at his home surrounded by family. A native of Abilene, Texas, he was a resident of Vidor for 26 years, and a Master Carpenter well known for his custom carpentry work. His passions were fishing and hunting. James was well know for his positive attitude and outlook on life. He will be missed dearly. He is survived by his children Cynthia Wood Worsham and her husband John Henry Worsham, Melissa Wood Lane and her husband Ron Lane, Crystal Wood French and her husband Chris French, James Wood Jr. and his wife Nadine Wood, along with 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. James was preceded in death by his son: Allen Ray Wood. At his request, no service will be held. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Broussard Funeral Home of Beaumont, Texas. The scattering of his ashes will take place on Saturday, May 27, at 3:00 p.m. and friends and family are invited to attend.

Thu
11
May

Merline Willette

Merline Willette, 90, of Vidor, TX died Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 in Orange, TX. A native of Bancroft, LA she was a longtime resident of Vidor. Merline was a member of Maplecrest Baptist Church and a former member of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed making quilts, cooking, sewing and singing, especially with her church group at nursing homes. She also loved to spend time with her family and friends. Visitation will be Sunday, May 14, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services will be Monday, May 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Maplecrest Baptist Church in Vidor with interment to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park. Merline is survived by 1 daughter; Mary Perio and her husband Milton of Bridge City, TX, 2 sons; Larry Willette and his wife Carolyn of Vidor, and James Willette and his wife Karen of Toledo Bend, TX, 9 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. She is also survived by 2 sisters; Sue Hollie of Cleveland, TX and Doris Busby of Gainesville, GA.

Thu
11
May

James “Jim” Clinton Brasher

Jim Brasher, 71, of Vidor died Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at Mid-Jefferson Extended Care in Nederland, Texas. A native of Pascagoula, Mississippi, he was a longtime resident of Vidor. Jim was a member of Pipe Fitters Local Union # 195 and was project manager at Sabine River Works for over 35 years. He was an avid outdoorsman, dove hunter and bass fisherman. He also enjoyed playing golf and watching sports.

Visitation began at 6:00 pm Friday, May 5, 2017 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services were held at 2:00 pm Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Memorial Funeral Home, burial followed at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor.

The family invited family and friends to join them at Linda’s home (69 Heritage Dr.) for dinner after the services.

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