Obituaries

Thu
09
Apr

Ruby Vernon Mellard

Ruby Vernon Mellard, 96, died Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 in Pearland. Visitation will be on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. A graveside service will follow at 12:00 p.m. at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor. She is survived by her son, William Fant of Bakersfield, CA, a sister, Marion Hughes of Nederland, nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and nine greatgreat- grandchildren.

Thu
09
Apr

Rhonda Ann Dorsey Hughes

Rhonda Ann Dorsey Hughes died Saturday, March 21, 2015. She was a native of  Port Arthur, a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School and later earned an Associate’s Degree in business from Lamar State College, Port Arthur. A memorial mass will be held in her honoron Saturday, April 11, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. at St.  Charles Catholic Community, Nederland.She is survived by  her son, Justin Hughes,his wife Rebecca and  step-son, Matthew Leal  f Missouri City; sister Sherry Dorsey of Nederland, and brother Gary  Dorsey of Vidor.

Tue
07
Apr

Dick Edward Turner

Dick Edward Turner, 77, a longtime resident of Vidor died Monday, March 30th, 2015 in Pt. Arthur, TX. He retired from the U.S. Coast Guard after 20 years of service. Dick also worked for the Beaumont Housing Authority in the maintenance department for 10 years. He enjoyed spending time in his garden but he was especially fond of spending quality time with his grandsons. Dick is survived by his daughter, Jessie Gooch and husband James “Jimmy” of Vidor, step-daughter, FrankieSteele, 2 grandsons, Jason and Jerrod Gooch and ex-wife and loving friend, Velma Turner. He is also survived by a neice, Dinah Mitchell, nephew, Nathan “Butch” Addison and a sister-inlaw,Sue Turner. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Dora Turner, 2 sisters, Fannie Lou Turner and Gail Addison, and one brother, Gilbert Turner. A graveside service with full military honors will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor.

Tue
07
Apr

Ricky Williamson

Ricky Williamson, 62, a lifelong resident of Vidor died Friday, April 3rd, 2015 in Conroe, Texas. He was a welder and a member of Pipefitters Local 195 in Nederland who loved to fish, hunt, doing woodworking and spending time at the lake on Toledo Bend. Ricky is survived by his loving wife Renee of 29 years, 5 daughters, Bridget Williamson of Tomball, TX, Hayli Jones and husband Whit, Tanya Williamson, Kami Williamson, and Whitney Richard and husband Joe all of Vidor. He is also survived by 3 sisters, Sandy Brinkly of Vidor, Pat Croft of Vidor, and Judy Watson and husband Ivan of Alabama, 3 grandsons, Mitchell Hepner of Tomball, TX, Cade Jones and Colt Jones both of Vidor, 2 grand daughters, Courtney Sondergaard and husband Alex of Jacksonville, NC and Savannah Richard of Vidor. Ricky was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Evelina Williamson of Vidor. Visitation will be on Monday, April 6, 2015 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Pecan Acres Baptist Church in Vidor.

Tue
07
Apr

Richard Wayne Bertrand

Richard Wayne Bertrand, 81, a longtime resident of Vidor died Sunday, April 5th, 2015 in Beaumont. He worked as an electrician and was a member of I.B.E.W. Local 479. Richard served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean war. He enjoyed watching Texas Longhorn and Houston Texans football. Richard is survived by 2 sons, Ray Bertrand and wife Deborah, Roy Bertrand and wife Tanya, and 1 daughter, Debra Russell and husband Billy all of Vidor. He is also survived by 2 sisters, Dora Morris of Denham Springs, LA and Ethel Foggleman of Bunkie, LA, 1 brother, John Bertrand of Pt. Barre, LA, 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Patsy Jeanne Bertrand and sister, Lurline Fontenot. Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home with interment at Restlawn Memorial Park.

Tue
07
Apr

Gem Bordages

Gem Bordages, 79, of Galveston, died Monday, March 30, 2015, at her home. She was a native of Nacogdoches. A Rosary will be recited for Mrs. Bordages at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Galveston. Her Memorial Mass will follow at 2:00 p.m., at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Galveston, under the direction of Broussard’s, Beaumont. Survivors include her children, Cullen Bordages, of Vidor; Laura Freuden, of Albuquerque, NM; Thomas Bordages of Denver, CO; and Claire Bordages, of Galveston; seven grandchildren; five greatgrandchildren; and brothers, Travis Browning and Steven Browning. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sunshine Center, Inc, 1726 21st Street, Galveston, Texas 77550.

Tue
07
Apr

Wayne Prouse

L. Wayne Prouse, 69, of Orange, died Friday, April 3, 2015, at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange with honors provided by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.A native of Beaumont, he was a teacher with Orangefield ISD for 33 years and St. Mary’s School for two years. Currently he was working part time in the Orange office of Congressman Dr. Brian Babin. He is survived by his wife, Andrea Hallberg Prouse of Orange; son Brandon K. Prouse of Bryan; grandson, Landon Chase Prouse of Bryan; nephew, Trip Prouse and other family.

Tue
07
Apr

Shelley Lowitz

Shelley Gay Lowitz, 48, of Nederland died Sunday, March 29, 2015. A memorial service was held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Lumberton Family Funeral Home. She is survived by her children, Devon Joy Sprouse of Nederland and Philip JamesSprouse of Lumberton; father, Jim Johnson of Vidor; mother, Wanda Johnson of Lumberton; two grandchildren; brother, Jeremy James Johnson of Austin; sister, Dalaney Johnson of Kirbyville, and aunt, GayNell McCaughn and husband John E. of Beaumont.

Tue
07
Apr

Stanley Orr

Stanley A. Orr, 85, of Lumberton, died Saturday, April 4, 2015. He was a native of DeBerry, and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving during World War II. He was retired from SantaFe Railroad. Survivors include his wife, Ramona Orr; children, Dwain S. Orr of Nederland; Wes Orr of Vidor; Chad Orr of Weatherford; and Alice Spencer of Winnie; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Mildred McCrary of Carthage and DorothyCulbertson of Greenwood,LA. His funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at Broussard’s, Silsbee, with interment to follow at Hardin Memorial Park, Silsbee. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Mr. Orr’s name to Alzheimer’s Association , 2909 West Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77025.

Thu
02
Apr

Samuel C. (Sam) Rutledge III

Sam was a VHS graduate class of 1958 where he played Clarinet in the Mighty Pirate Marching Band. He was proud of the Band’s many accomplishments. Sam was a great guy who enjoyed school and his classmates. Sam was retired from the Navy as a Chief Warrant Officer 4. He served his country proudly in Vietnam. In his retirement years he taught ROTC at Westbrook HS. He loved the Navy and all it stood for. Sam is buried in the Houston National Cemetery in the veterans section C-14 A96. The family is very proud of this brother, husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.  

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