Obituaries

Wed
27
Mar

COACH WAYNE RILEY

Coach Wayne Riley, 76, of Silsbee, died Friday, March 22, 2019. He was born on April 13, 1942, in Kountze, to Nellie Creel Riley and Minyard Daniel Riley. Wayne coached at Silsbee High School for many years before retiring. Survivors include his wife of fifty years, Frankye Riley; daughter, Leisa Stokes, of Beaumont; 2 granddaughters,; sisters, Joyce Carlisle of Longview and Frances Riley of Vidor; brother, James Riley of Grand Forks, North Dakota; numerous nieces and nephews; and other extended family. His Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at Saint Mark Catholic Church, 905 North 9th Street, Silsbee. His committal will be held at Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saint Mark Catholic Church, 905 North 9th Street Silsbee, Texas 77656 or Praise Church, 8325 Walker Road, Beaumont, Texas 77713.

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Mar

Kenneth James Broussard

Kenneth J. Broussard, 79 of Vidor died Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 at Oakwood Nursing Home in Vidor. He was a longtime resident of Vidor. Kenneth was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Vidor and was a member of Knights of Columbus. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was a truck driver for 20 years. He was a family man and enjoyed spending time with the grandchildren, traveling and dancing.

Visitation will begin at 6:00 pm and a rosary at 7:00 pm Friday, March 29, 2019 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church with burial to follow at 1:00 pm at China Cemetery in China, TX.

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Mar

Thomas “Tom” Milton Hagler

Thomas “Tom” Milton Hagler, 84 of Vidor died Thursday, March 21st, 2019 at Village Creek Nursing Home in Lumberton, TX. A native of San Augustine, TX, he was a longtime resident of Vidor. Thomas attended Faith Baptist Church in Vidor and retired from Goodyear Chemical Plant as operations supervisor after 37 years. Thomas served his country in the U.S. Army and enjoyed fishing and gardening, but he loved spending time with his grandchildren and great granddaughter.

Visitation was 6:00 pm Sunday, March 24, 2019 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services were held at 10:00 am Monday, March 25, 2019 at Memorial Funeral Home with burial following at 2:00 pm at Antioch Cemetery in St. Augustine, Texas.

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27
Mar

Raydyn Jones

Raydyn James Jones, infant son of Casey Jones, died Monday, March 18, 2019. He was born on September 3, 2017, in Beaumont.

Survivors include his father, Casey Jones, of Kountze; grandparents, Katy Jones; Robert Jones; Lauri Philmon; Debra Peterson, of Arkansas; Ray Philmon and his wife, Glenda; Gene Naylor; and Thomas Jones; brother, Malykye Casey Jones, of Lumberton; aunts, Lola Jones, Victoria Jones, Alexis Kilgore; and Melissa Jones, of Colorado; uncles, Robert Jones and his wife, Nicole; Richard Peterson and his wife, Nlicohe Stehura, of Saint Paul, Minnesota; John Alpers and his wife, Jennifer; Steven Scott, Jr., and Lynn McCormier, of Garland; great-aunt, Liz Leger; great-greatgrandmothers, Lola Alpes and Arvilla Jones; and numerous other aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Raydyn is preceded in death by his grandfather, Bobby Jones; great-grandfathers, Tilmon Alpers and Leroy Jones; and greatgrandmother, E’van Jones.

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21
Mar

George Robert Thomas

George Robert Thomas, a loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on March 15, 2019, at the age of 80, at Harbor Hospice of Beaumont. George was born in Gist, Texas (Orange County). Moving to north Vidor as a young child, he grew up working on his family’s dairy farm. George was an outstanding football player at Vidor High School where he graduated in 1956. He served in the U.S. Army and National Guard from 1961-1965. While in service, in October of 1962, he accompanied his unit to Florida to stand in alert during the Cuban Missile Crisis. On October 1, 1965, George married Geraldine Brassieur of Beaumont. They remained a loving couple for 48 years until Geri’s death in 2013. George worked hard during his life, but found time to enjoy cooking for family holidays, and relaxing on summer family vacations to Galveston. For many years, George was a faithful member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Vidor where he often served as usher.

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21
Mar

Micheal Ray Simmons, Sr.

Micheal Ray Simmons, Sr., 70, of Vidor, TX died Friday, March 15th, 2019 at Christus Dubuis Hospital in Beaumont, TX. He was a 1966 graduate of Vidor High School were he was first chair trumpet player for the band and also a baseball player for the school. In 1975 he coached Little League baseball for the Cubs which his son Micheal played on. Mike liked playing the guitar but he especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and loved his cat “Candy”.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 19, 2019 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home with interment to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park.

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21
Mar

Louis “Lou” Edward Elstner, Jr.

Louis “Lou” Edward Elstner, Jr., 80, of Vidor, Texas, passed away on March 13, 2019, in Beaumont, Texas.

Born on March 18, 1938, he was the son of Louis Edward Elstner, Sr. and Marie Elstner. Lou worked as a Master Electrician for Brown and Root. He loved animals and his 3 dogs were his babies. Lou will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Marie Elstner; his siblings; and his best bud, Lynda Matte.

A private burial will take place at Brookside Memorial Park in Houston under the direction of Claybar Kelley Watkins Funeral Home.

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21
Mar

Donnie Lee Will Jr. “Pops”

Donnie was born on January 31st, 1972 in Orange, TX and passed March 16th, 2019 in Fort Worth, TX. He was surrounded by friends and family at his time of passing.

Visitation will begin at 6:00 pm Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services will be held at Memorial Funeral Home on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm.

Donnie was born in Orange TX and lived in Deweyville TX until he was 17, at which time he moved to Vidor TX where that remained his primary residence.

He is survived by his parents, Daniel and Nancy Sprinkle, his wife Sheree Will, four children, Jordan Will, Jason Will, Haley Will, and Jonathon Vigeon as well as one grandchild, Sean Durham, Jr. He also had three brothers, Chad Will, Corey Green and Travis Green. Four sisters Wanda Green Lambright, Cindy Green Myers, Melissa Lozano and Kristie Temples. Also, 10 nieces and 16 nephews.

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20
Mar

George Robert Thomas

George Robert Thomas, a loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on March 15, 2019, at the age of 80, at Harbor Hospice of Beaumont. George was born in Gist, Texas (Orange County). Moving to north Vidor as a young child, he grew up working on his family’s dairy farm. George was an outstanding football player at Vidor High School where he graduated in 1956. He served in the U.S. Army and National Guard from 1961-1965. While in service, in October of 1962, he accompanied his unit to Florida to stand in alert during the Cuban Missile Crisis. On October 1, 1965, George married Geraldine Brassieur of Beaumont. They remained a loving couple for 48 years until Geri’s death in 2013. George worked hard during his life, but found time to enjoy cooking for family holidays, and relaxing on summer family vacations to Galveston. For many years, George was a faithful member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Vidor where he often served as usher.

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20
Mar

JOYCE B. JENKINS

Joyce B. Jenkins, 92, of Vidor, TX died Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 at Silsbee Oaks Nursing Home. A native of Turkey Creek, LA she was a longtime resident of Vidor. Joyce loved gardening and working with flowers. She also enjoyed going fishing, quilting, and crocheting but she especially enjoyed spending time with her family. Visitation will be Thursday, March 14, 2019 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services will be Friday, March 15, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints with interment to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park. Joyce is survived by 3 daughters; Dixie Langston and her husband Frankie of Vidor, Cindy Lambright and her husband Ottis Jr.of Kirbyville, TX and Becky Herline and her husband Neil of Brookeland, TX, 3 sons; Carl Jenkins and his wife Enid of Vidor, and Willie Jenkins and his wife Rachel of Humble, TX, and Jerry Fowle and his wife Karen of Hemphill, TX.

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