Obituaries

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.  

Thu
02
Apr

Kevin Paul Smithson

Kevin P. Smithson, 50, of Vidor died Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. A native of Pasadena, he was a longtime resident of Vidor, and a heavy equipment operator for I.B.E.W. Local Union #2286. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 3, 2015 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor, with burial to follow at 2:00 p.m. at Trout Creek Cemetery, Trout Creek. He is survived by his wife Beth Smithson of Vidor, sons Russell Partin of Vidor, Joe Read Jr of Vidor, daughter Renee’ Newman of Vidor, brothers Britt Smithson of Tomball, Mitch Smithson of Pasadena, sister Shelley Schrogg of AZ, Charlene Moore of Tomball, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild 

Thu
02
Apr

Thomas Brown

Thomas Neal Brown, 58, of Port Arthur, died Sunday, March 29, 2015, at Senior Rehabilitation in Port Arthur. A native of Port Arthur, he was reared and lived in Nederland for most of his life. A graveside service was held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 2, 2015, at Evergreen Cemetery in Orange. He is survived by his mother, Jewel Railey Steele of Orangefield; siblings, Paul Brown of Vidor, Sue Ann Quinn of Beaumont, Brad Brown of Port Arthur, and Renee Morrison of Baytown.

Thu
02
Apr

Glen Horton

Glen Earl Horton, Sr., 82, of Beaumont, died Sunday, March 29, 2015 at his residence. He wa s b o r n i n Kilgore, and worked in the maritime shipping industry. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Marines and the U.S. Army. Funeral Services were held at Melancon’s Funeral Home on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Interment followed at Memory Gardens of Jefferson County in Nederland. He is survived by his wife, Sherry Horton of Beaumont,; daughter, Cody Ingram of Broussard, LA; sons, Tim Horton Savoy of Garland, Arnold Horton of Houston, and Glen Horton, Jr. of Vidor; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and sister, Glenda Rutherford of abine Pass.  

Thu
02
Apr

Steven Lyon Garrett

Steven Lyon Garrett, 47, a longtime resident of the Vidor area died Saturday, March 28th, 2015 in Houston. He was a youth leader at Turning Point Church in Vidor who loved to fish, do woodworking and watch NASCAR. He was also a skilled mechanic and would only drive Dodge vehicles. Steven retired from Ico Polymers of China, TX after 20 years. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 23 years, Kristy Garrett, 3 sons, Clifton Steven Garrett of Beaumont, Zachary Elisha Garrett of Waller, TX and Bryan Tucker Garrett of Vidor, 2 daughters, Jacqulyn Audrene Garrett of Beaumont and Annalyse Lynn Garrett of Vidor.
Thu
02
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, Frankie Steele, 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.  

Thu
02
Apr

Elizabeth Ann Dedmon

Ann Dedmon, 61, of Vidor died Friday, March 27, 2015 at Harbor Hospice House in Beaumont. A native  f Jacksonville, TX, she was a longtime resident of Vidor. Ann was a homemaker and a loving wife. A funeral liturgy outside mass will be celebrated at 2:00 pm Monday, March 30, 2015 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor, with burial to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor. Visitation will begin at 6:00 pm Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Memorial Funeral Home. Ann was preceded in death  by her parents Moye and Rachel Hayes, sister Brenda Hayes.

Thu
02
Apr

Earnest Melvin “Mel” Stephen

Mel Stephen, a native Texan, was born in   Kountze and has been aresident for Vidor since the early 1950s. Mel retired after 32 years of service from DuPont Goodrich in Beaumont,  Texas. Mel worked in several areas within the production and maintenance. Mel became interested in music at an early age and received his first lap steel guitar (homemade)  as a young boy in the 4th grade. His mother, Annie Stephen, started him with his first acoustic guitar lessons at age ten (10) and there is a rich history that followed. In the early years Mel  honed his guitar skills playing with his friends, a variety of small bands, and in many churches. Mel is a Vietnam Era Veteran and took great pride in his service. While  on tour with the U.S. Army in Germany in the late 1960s, he formed his own group, “Country Four Band” of which he was the lead guitarist. The group performed at the USO, Officers, NCO shows and various other social functions.

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