Obituaries

Thu
26
Oct

Lillian Victoria Sands

Lillian Victoria Sands, 15, of Beaumont, passed away on October 22, 2017. Lilly was an extraordinary human being. The love she had for her dog, Emma, and her family was immense. She was a music enthusiast and could create beauty out of anything she touched. She enjoyed making crafts and painting, vacationing to Florida, marshmallow roasting weather, sunflowers, and making hilarious videos with her nephew, Greyson. She was an extremely intelligent, sassy, beyond beautiful teenager and the world will never know a soul as lovely as hers. Lillian is survived by her parents, Crystal and Celestina Sands of Beaumont, her siblings, Kristen Bush and Husband Jay of Beaumont, Dylan Mitchell and his wife Becky of Savannah, Ga. Sgt. Holden Mitchell and his wife Bethany of Leesville, La, Kinnedy VanDevender and her husband Julian of Beaumont and Gabriel Sands of Beaumont. Nephews, Greyson and Garner Livingston of Beaumont.

Thu
26
Oct

Herman B. Allen

Herman B. Allen of Vidor, Texas for 70 years, formerly of Long Beach, Mississippi at the age of 90 passed away on September 1, 2017. Retired from Vidor Gas Service for 40 years, he is preceded in death by his parents Ethel and Wiley Allen of Long Beach, Mississippi and grandson Davin Birdwell of Vidor, Texas. He is survived by daughters Alice Ladner, Shelia Smith, Lesia Jones, and Quan Birdwell; grandchildren Herman Ladner, Wendy McAnally, Misty Smith, Brigette Duplant, Brandy Williams, and Jerry Jones; greatgrandchildren Joshua McAnally, Brett Ladner, Haylee Ladner, Hayden Williams, Nole Enderle, Tessa Williams, and Aadalia Jones; and one greatgreat grandchild Conner McAnally, and two sisters Jean Walters and Katherine Phelps, both of Long Beach, Mississippi. He was cremated in Texas City and returned to his home town of Long Beach, Mississippi. A man that lived life to the fullest; he will be greatly missed.

Thu
26
Oct

Carol E. Johnston

Carol E. Johnston, 72, of Port Neches died Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur. She was a nataive of Indianapolis, IN, and a resident of the area since 1966. She worked as office manager at Hall McSween Canvas Company for over 20 years. Visitation will be on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. at Clayton Thompson Funeral Director in Groves. A celebration of life service will be at 3:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Arrangements for cremation are entrusted to Clayton Thompson Funeral Home. She is survived by her children, Debra Warner of Beaumont, Tami Lawler of Vidor, Sherra Moore of Port Neches, Bernard Durman of Port Arthur, Jimmy Johnston of Baytown, Kimberly Harrington of Nederland, Phillip Durman of Beaumont along with 18 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Susan Sferruzzi McCardle of Indiana.

Thu
26
Oct

Larry Graves

Larry Graves, 77, of Vidor, died Monday, October 23, 2017 in Lakeway. A native of Lyonsdale, NY, he was a longtime resident of Vidor and worked as a printer for the Beaumont Enterprise for 25 years before retiring. Visitation will be Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Vidor. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. with interment to follow at Del Rose Cemetery in Vidor. He is survived by his wife Diane Graves, sons; Patrick Graves and Richard Graves, both of Vidor. He is also survived by brothers; Ronald Graves of Rome, NY and Philip Graves of Kellogg, ID.

Tue
24
Oct

Erin NiCole Yates

Erin NiCole Yates, 35, of Vidor, TX died Saturday, October 7th, 2017. A native of Beaumont, TX she was a longtime resident of Vidor and worked at the Sonic in Vidor for several years. Erin liked shopping, especially for shoes, socializing and spending time with her family and friends, but her passion and life was spending quality time with her son Branson. Visitation will be Thursday, October 12, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services will be Friday, October 13, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home with interment at Sycamore Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. in Burkeville, TX. Erin is survived by her son; Branson of Vidor, mother; Susan Morgan and her husband Tom of Leesville, LA, father; John Yates and his wife Betty of Vidor, 1 sister; Katie Wolfe and her husband Brian of Conroe, TX. She is also survived by her grandmother; Maggie Yates of Vidor, 2 nephews; Caine and Conner Wolfe of Conroe, along with numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.

Tue
24
Oct

Herman B. Allen

Herman B. Allen of Vidor, Texas for 70 years, formerly of Long Beach, Mississippi at the age of 90 passed away on September 1, 2017. Retired from Vidor Gas Service for 40 years, he is preceded in death by his parents Ethel and Wiley Allen of Long Beach, Mississippi and grandson Davin Birdwell of Vidor, Texas. He is survived by daughters Alice Ladner, Shelia Smith, Lesia Jones, and Quan Birdwell; grandchildren Herman Ladner, Wendy McAnally, Misty Smith, Brigette Duplant, Brandy Williams, and Jerry Jones; great-grandchildren Joshua McAnally, Brett Ladner, Haylee Ladner, Hayden Williams, Nole Enderle, Tessa Williams, and Aadalia Jones; and one greatgreat grandchild Conner McAnally, and two sisters Jean Walters and Katherine Phelps, both of Long Beach, Mississippi. He was cremated in Texas City and returned to his home town of Long Beach, Mississippi. A man that lived life to the fullest; he will be greatly missed.

Tue
24
Oct

Willie J. Burford Jr.

Willie J. Burford, Jr., 81, of Beaumont, died Thursday, October 19, 2017. A native and lifelong resident of Beaumont, he retired as a plant supervisor with BASF, Beaumont, after many years of employment. His funeral service were held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 23, 2017, at Turning Point Church. A committal followed at 3:00 p.m., at Hayman Cemetery, Coldspring, under the direction of Broussard’s, Beaumont. He is survived by his wife, Carol Burford; children, Dale Burford of Evadale and Susan Underwood of Fannett; and sisters, JoAnn Widner, of Bevil Oaks; Linda Bailey and Barbara Giarraputo, both of Beaumont; brother, Bobby Burford of Lumberton; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Willie “Bud” Burford Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o YMBL, 7250 Wespark Circle, Beaumont, Texas 77705.

Tue
24
Oct

Bonnie Lee “Aunt Bonnie” Thompson Barnes

Bonnie L. Barnes, 81, of Vidor died Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas in Beaumont. A native of Mobile, AL, she was a longtime resident of Vidor. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Days Saints in Vidor, with burial following at Williamson Cemetery. She is survived by her husband,Charles Franklin Barnes; children Charles Brandon Barnes, Leslie Alvin Barnes, Brian Lee Barnes, Charla Elizabeth Barnes-Alldredg; siblings, Mabel Wright, Doris Barron, Michael Thompson and James Arnold Thompson, 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

Thu
19
Oct

Erin NiCole Yates

Erin NiCole Yates, 35, of Vidor, TX died Saturday, October 7th, 2017. A native of Beaumont, TX she was a longtime resident of Vidor and worked at the Sonic in Vidor for several years. Erin liked shopping, especially for shoes, socializing and spending time with her family and friends, but her passion and life was spending quality time with her son Branson. Visitation will be Thursday, October 12, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services will be Friday, October 13, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home with interment at Sycamore Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. in Burkeville, TX. Erin is survived by her son; Branson of Vidor, mother; Susan Morgan and her husband Tom of Leesville, LA, father; John Yates and his wife Betty of Vidor, 1 sister; Katie Wolfe and her husband Brian of Conroe, TX. She is also survived by her grandmother; Maggie Yates of Vidor, 2 nephews; Caine and Conner Wolfe of Conroe, along with numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.

Thu
19
Oct

Mattie Lee Smith Brady Jackson

Mattie L. Jackson was born in Mayflower, Texas on November 30, 1934 to Arthur and Ida Smith. A lifelong resident of Vidor, TX. She left here to be with Jesus on August 28, 2017. Mattie was preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Ida Smith, her brothers James Smith and Norman Smith, her sister Virginia Bearden, her daughter Rhonda Lee Brady Ward, her sons Scott A. Brady and Robert Lee Jackson Jr. Those left behind to cherish her memory is her husband of 45 years Robert Lee Jackson Sr, her sister Yvonne Goetz and husband John of Humble, TX, her children John T. Brady II and wife Aileen of Frisco, TX, Jason A. Jackson and wife Jackie of Beaumont, TX, Delana K. Jackson Galaviz and husband Joseph of Vidor, TX, Elizabeth R.

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