Obituaries

Tue
03
Oct

Regina DeBlance

Regina DeBlance, 74, of Vidor, Texas died Monday, October 2, 2017 at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. She was a native of Port Arthur, and a lifelong area resident. A visitation for family and friends will begin at 12 noon on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves followed by the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves. Survivors include her two daughters, Susie Avery of Groves, and Linda Adams of Port Arthur; sister, Sharon Fawcett of Groves; and two grandchildren.

Tue
03
Oct

John Goran G ustafson

John G. Gustafson, 83 of Warren died Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Harbor Hospice House in Beaumont. A native of Woodville, he was a longtime resident of Vidor before moving to Warren. He was a heavy equipment operator with Local Union #450 in Nederland. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. He is survived by his wife Minnie Gustafson of Warren; daughters Valerie Middleton of Warren, and Regina Gustafson of Vidor, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Tue
03
Oct

Larry Gene Yard

Larry Gene Yard, 70, of Kirbyville died Friday, September 29, 2017 at Harbor Hospice House in Beaumont. A native of Beaumont, he was a longtime resident of Vidor before moving to Kirbyville. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving during the Vietnam conflict. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Memorial Funeral Home with burial to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor. He is survived by his son Billy Yard of Beaumont; sisters Joan L. Bailly of Vidor, and Judy Goates of Brookeland; half-sisters Kim Derouen of Lake Charles, LA and Wanda Whiddon of Cleveland; aunt Virgie Childs of Dallas; uncle Donald Holst of Beaumont; and two grandchildren

Thu
28
Sep

Vanessa M. Brownell

Vanessa M. Brownell, 55, of Beaumont, TX died Sunday, September 24th, 2017 in Beaumont at The Clairmont. A native of Beaumont and former resident of Vidor, TX she loved reading her Bible, listening to Gospel music and singing. Vanessa also liked to cook, do crossstitching and loved cats. Visitation was on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home with interment to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park. Vanessa is survived by her loving husband; James Brownell of 17 years, 1 son; Jonathan Livingston of Beaumont, 1 granddaughter ; Lynleigh Livingston, 2 sisters; Robin Jarrell of Vidor and Barbara Smith of Houston, TX, and 1 brother; Raymond Morace of Jackson, GA. Vanessa was preceded in death by her parents; Van and Evelyn Mayo, 1 daughter; Amber Nikkol Mayo, 1 sister; Dorcia Wiley and 1 brother; Roger Mayo.

Thu
28
Sep

Louise “Boggie” Pickering

Louise “Boggie” Pickering, 82, of Vidor, TX died Friday, September 22nd, 2017. A native of Huxley, TX she was a longtime resident of Vidor and member of Eastgate United Pentecostal Church. Louise liked quilting, crocheting, working crossword puzzles, traveling and camping but she especially enjoyed spending quality time with her children and grandchildren. Visitation was held Monday, September 25, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services were Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home with interment following at Restlawn Memorial Park. Louise is survived by 3 sons; Ronnie Pickering and his wife Debbie of Lumberton, TX, Michael Pickering and his wife Elaine of Vidor, and Terry Pickering and his wife Phyllis of Lumberton, 6 grandchildren; Aaron Pickering and his wife Shelly, Amber Chandler and her husband Delbert, Kristopher Pickering and his wife Regina, Joshua Pickering and Daniel Heath, Deanna Loftin and her husband K.J.

Thu
28
Sep

Geral Duane Lawhon Sr.

Geral Lawhon, Sr. 76, of Vidor died Sunday, September 17th, 2017 at Oakwood Manor Nursing Home. A native of Cunningham, Texas, he was a longtime resident of Vidor. Geral coached Little League baseball in Vidor and South Park in Beaumont for 40 years and was an avid Houston Astros fan. He loved spending quality time with his family and friends especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Visitation will begin at 12:00 pm at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor and graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor. Geral is survived by his wife of 60 years Betty Lawhon, daughters Tammy Reynolds and husband Butch, Cindy Whitman and husband David, Twana Brinlee and husband Greg, son, Duane Lawhon and wife Lori all of Vidor, TX, 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 1 brother and 4 sisters.

Thu
28
Sep

Dorothy N. Allen

Dorothy N. Allen, 88, of Lumberton, died Tuesday, September 26, 2017. She was born in Waco, and was owner of Hobby Craft Ceramics and Gifts in Beaumont for many years. A gathering of family and friends will begin at 1:00 p.m. with her funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 29, 2017, at Broussard’s, Beaumont. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont. Survivors include her husband, Eugene “Gene” R. Allen, Sr.; sons, Eugene “Randy” R. Allen, Jr. and Kenneth Allen, both of Lumberton; daughter, Laura Hollis of Beaumont; brothers, Melvin Sauls of Bon Wier and Bill Sauls of Nederland; sisters, Velma Jean Hamerly of Orange and EllaDee Anders of Vidor; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Thu
28
Sep

Jimmy “Jim” Alvin Okun Sr.

Jim Okun, 84 of Vidor died Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. A native of Woodville, he was a longtime resident of Vidor. He was a veteran of the U.S. military. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Visitation will begin at 6:00 pm Friday, September 29, 2017 at Memorial Funeral Home and a memorial will be announced at a late time. He is survived by his wife Treba Okun of Vidor, daughter Georgie Okun of Kirbyville, son Scott Okun of Buna, and sister Jean Wheat of Vidor, seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren

Thu
28
Sep

Cathy Gail Buller

Cathy Gail Buller, 57 of Buna died Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at her residence. A native of Jennings, LA, she was a longtime resident of Vidor, before moving to Buna some 12 years ago. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Memorial services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friday, September 29, 2017 at Meadows Church of Christ in Beaumont. She is survived by her son Johnathan Lyle of Lumberton; daughter Bobbie Jo Carpenter of Orange; sisters Vicki Mansfield of Vidor, and Jeri French of Spring; and seven grandchildren.

Tue
26
Sep

Vanessa M. Brownell

Vanessa M. Brownell, 55, of Beaumont, TX died Sunday, September 24th, 2017 in Beaumont at The Clairmont. A native of Beaumont and former resident of Vidor, TX she loved reading her Bible, listening to Gospel music and singing. Vanessa also liked to cook, do crossstitching and loved cats. Visitation was on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home with interment to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park. Vanessa is survived by her loving husband; James Brownell of 17 years, 1 son; Jonathan Livingston of Beaumont, 1 grand daughter ; Lynleigh Livingston, 2 sisters; Robin Jarrell of Vidor and Barbara Smith of Houston, TX, and 1 brother; Raymond Morace of Jackson, GA. Vanessa was preceded in death by her parents; Van and Evelyn Mayo, 1 daughter; Amber Nikkol Mayo, 1 sister; Dorcia Wiley and 1 brother; Roger Mayo.

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