Obituaries

Tue
24
Apr

Wilson Berry Stillwell, Sr.

Wilson Berry Stillwell, Sr., of Vidor, Texas, passed away peacefully at his home on April 19, 2018, at the age of 105, after a short illness with his family by his side. He was born on January 23, 1913, in Soper, Oklahoma, to Joseph Berry Stillwell and Maggie Massey Stillwell. He lived in Beaumont, Texas, for 23 years before moving to Vidor in 1966 after Lamar University bought the family home in order to build additional dorms and classrooms. He learned hard work at an early age because his father, Joe Stillwell, passed away when he was young, and he had to quit school and work to help support his mother and younger siblings. He worked plowing fields and as a mule-skinner. He also learned to be the best carpenter he could be, and that eventually became his trade. In his early 20’s, he was in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC Camp) for approximately 3 years helping build bridges and roads.

Tue
24
Apr

Larrece “Reece” Labove

Larrece “Reece” Labove, 80, of Vidor passed away on Monday, April 23, 2018 at Harbor Hospice House in Beaumont. Reece was born on June 18, 1937 in Cleveland, Texas to parents Ira Lee (Shirley) and Jesse Stedman Majors. She had lived in the Sabine Pass area for 25 years; also in Vidor. Reece worked as a Farmers Insurance Agent for 21 years and she was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church in Vidor. She enjoyed sewing and loved to cook and spending time with family. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ernest Ray “Coonie” Labove; her sister, Ruby Lee Bienvenue. Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Donald Wayne Labove and his wife, Kimberly of Petal, MS; her daughter, Lori Labove of Vidor; her sister, Barbie Dee Nichols of Vidor. She is also survived by her four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Thu
19
Apr

DeEsta French

Dee French 81 of Vidor died Monday, April 16th, 2018 at Harbor Hospice House in Beaumont, Texas. She was a native and lifelong resident of Vidor. Dee attended Pecan Acres Baptist Church in Vidor. She enjoyed the outdoors, gardening and fishing. Visitation will begin at 6:00 pm Friday, April 20, 2018 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Memorial Funeral Home with burial to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor. Dee was preceded in death by her husband Earl French and son Doyle Brady, parents Louis and Ellen Brister, 9 brothers and sisters. She is survived by her children Dana Wheeler and her husband Steven of Buna, TX, Randy French and his wife Donna of Vidor, TX, Terry Brady and his wife Pam of Vidor, TX, sister Dolly Warren of Sour Lake, TX, 15 grandchildren, numerous great g r a n d c h i l d r e n and 3 great great grandchildren.

Tue
17
Apr

Deborah Elizabeth Russell Nee Kelly

Deborah Elizabeth Russell Nee Kelly was born November 25th, 1953 in Collins, MS. She died April 12th, 2018 in Kirbyville, TX. Deborah is survived by her husband Danny Lane Russell, Sr., daughter Holly Elizabeth Russell, and son Danny Lane Russell, Jr. She is also survived by her siblings Charles Kelly, Judith Schuldt, Patricia Stirling, Robert Kelly, Linda Simmons, John Kelly, and Dianne Kelly and by 11 nieces and nephews, 19 great nieces and nephews, and 8 great-great nieces and nephews. Deborah was preceded in death by her parents Osborne and Doris Kelly, and siblings Carol Long and Sarah Hutchison. A funeral service was held at 2:00 pm Monday, Apr. 16 at Adams EE Stringer Funeral Home in Kirbyville.

Tue
17
Apr

Terry Joe Dicken

1952-2018

Terry Joe Dicken, 65, died Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Paris Regional Medical Center, Paris, Texas. He was born on May 16, 1952, in Paris, Texas to the late Harvey & June Dicken. A longtime resident of Vidor, Texas, Terry retired from Oak Farms Dairy in 2014 after 36 years of employment. Upon retirement, he relocated to Sumner, Texas in 2015. He enjoyed being outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Terry is survived by his children, Lindsay Shafer and her husband Adam, Kevin Dicken and his wife Jessica, all of Beaumont, Texas; his brother Jerry Dicken and his wife Ora of Paris, Texas; and three grandchildren. The family would like to thank Terry’s significant other, Vicki Crawford, and her family for their love and devotion. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home of Paris, Texas. A private memorial will be held at a later date.

Tue
17
Apr

Dorothy L. English- DeWitt

Dorothy L. English- DeWitt, 69, of Vidor, TX died Saturday, April 14th, 2018 in Beaumont, TX. A native of Ft. Dix, NJ she was a longtime resident of Vidor and enjoyed reading, traveling, fishing, camping, and surfing the internet. She especially enjoyed raising children. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 18, 2018 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services will be Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home with interment to follow at Del Rose Cemetery in Vidor. Dorothy is survived by her loving husband of 34 years Charles DeWitt, 1 daughter; Angela Cook, 2 sons; Robert Truax and Daniel Truax all of Vidor. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, 3 sisters; Mary Lou Howell, Virginia Taylor and Margaret Joiner, and 1 brother; Johnny English. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; William Sr. and Ruth English, 1 granddaughter; Nicole Benton, 1 brother; William English, and 1 sister; Ruthie McMellon.

Tue
17
Apr

JoEllen Toups

January 06, 1967 April 08, 2018

Tue
17
Apr

Jeffrey Chilton

November 20, 1965 April 16, 2018

Tue
17
Apr

MARY CORNELIA HITCHCOCK

Mary Cornelia Hitchcock, “Aunt Nootsie”, 89, of Vidor, died Thursday, April 12, 2018 in Beaumont. A native of Philadelphia, MS, she was a longtime resident of Vidor. Her funeral service was held Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home. Interment followed at Restlawn Memorial Park. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Taylor of Vidor; son, Red Hitchcock, also of Vidor; 10 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and greatgreat- grandchildren; and brother, James Jeffcoats of Mauriceville.

Tue
17
Apr

Ronald Wayne Lambert

Ronald Wayne Lambert, 66, of Vidor, TX died Saturday, April 14th, 2018 in Beaumont, TX. Ronald was a longtime resident of Vidor and was a Welding Inspector for many years before retiring. He enjoyed fishing and reading but he was known for his cajun cooking. A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Ronald is survived by 2 daughters; Monica Gossett of Vidor and Kristy Adkins and her husband Keith of Kountze, TX and 6 grandchildren; Wade and Sarah Petrie, Destiny Abshire, Zachary Adkins, Easton Abshire and Caleb Adkins. He is also survived by his father; Tommy McCurry of Vidor and 1 brother; Roger McCurry of Beaumont. Ronald was preceded in death by his mother; Betty McCurry.

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