Obituaries

Tue
05
Jun

Steven Gilbert Blackman

Steven G. Blackman, 38, of Vidor died Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 in Vidor. A native of Orange, TX, he was a longtime resident of Vidor. Steven was an IT Technician and enjoyed reading and political debates. He also enjoyed ATV/Off Road Sports, shooting guns and video games. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor with cremation to follow. Steven was preceded in death by his mother Sharon Anthony and aunt Roxanne Anthony. He is survived by his daughter Katie Blackman of Beaumont, TX, father and step mother Norman and Cathy Blackman of Vidor, TX, brother Jason Ponder of Vidor, TX, sister Stephanie Ponder of Orange, TX, grandmother Virginia Mills of Vidor, TX, niece Kayla Ponder of College Station, TX, uncle and aunt Jeff and Rita Bailey of Garland, TX and numerous cousins.

Tue
05
Jun

Vivian Townsend Reeves Markle

Vivian Townsend Reeves Markle, 72, of Vidor, went to be with her Lord and Savior on June 3, 2018. She was born June 5, 1945 in Buna, Texas to Viola and R. C. Townsend. Vivian is preceded in death by her husband, Bill Markle; three brothers, Alvin Townsend, Lloyd Townsend, and Louis Townsend; and her parents, R. C. and Viola Townsend. She was baptized on May 6, 1997 by Bro. Billy Bridges at Victory Bible Baptist Church in Vidor, Texas. Vivian was an active member of Victory Bible Baptist Church in Vidor. Vivian had a never-ending love for her family and she will be greatly missed. Those left to cherish her memory are two wonderful boys and their families; James E. Reeves and wife, Paula and son, Lil James (Pokey), Keven W. Reeves and wife Donna and two children, Jennifer and Kevin Dean; the father of her 2 boys and his wife, Everette and Mary Reeves; one brother, Robert Townsend of Plant City, Florida, and a host of friends.

Thu
31
May

Lester A. Robin

Lester Anthony Robin, 89, of Vidor, died Friday, May 25, 2018, in Vidor. He was a native of Arnaudville, LA, and a Korean War veteran of the US Army. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 31, 2018, at St. Anne Catholic Church, Beaumont, with entombment following at Magnolia Cemetery, Beaumont. Survivors include his daughters, Joanne Lowe-Kain of Livingston; M. Kathleen Hensley and Samantha Mishelle Robin, both of Vidor; son, Anthony Lynn Robin, of Vidor; four grandchildren; sisters, Mary Lou Gray of Amarillo, and Theresa Henson of Beaumont; and brother, Louis Peter Robin, of Vidor. Memorial contributions may be made to Altus Hospice, 3180 College Street, Floor 2, Beaumont, Texas 77701.

Thu
31
May

Winnie Stanton Willey

Winnie Stanton Willey, 85, of Orange, died May 29, 2018, in Orange. She was a native of Vidor. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 1, 2018, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange with a burial following at Jett Cemetery in Orange. She is survived by her children, Mike Willey of Hurst, Sam Willey of Orange, Sylvia Kitchen of Pearland, and Luther Willey of Bridge City; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association at P.O. Box 15829 Arlington, VA 22215 or to the charity of your choice.

Thu
31
May

Alice Walker

Alice Walker, 64, of Vidor, TX died Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at Oakwood Manor Nursing Home. A native of Baytown, TX and formerly of Pasadena, TX she was a longtime resident of Vidor who loved to spend time with her family and friends. Alice is survived by 3 sisters; Valerie Tullis and her husband James of Dickerson, TX, Toni Bolieu of Angleton, TX and Ellen O’Neal of Mauriceville, TX, 2 brothers; Harold Bolieu and his wife Irma of Arizona and James Bolieu along with numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Alice was preceded in death by her husband; L.B. Walker, parents; Harold and Dora Bolieu, brother; George W. Bolieu and step-daughter; Norma Jean Hood. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor.

Thu
31
May

Kenneth “Rock” Racca

Kenneth “Rock” Racca, 60, of Vidor, TX died Saturday, May 26th, 2018 at his home. A native of Groves, TX and formerly lived in New Iberia, LA for most of his life. Rock attended Vidor High School and was a Vidor volunteer firefighter Rock was a truck driver most of his life. He loved to play Santa Claus for hospitals and the Shriners. Rock was an avid World of War Craft player and also enjoyed fishing. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date at Turning Point Church. Rock is survived by 2 daughters; Dondi Copeland and her husband Michael of Vidor and Jami Racca of New Iberia, LA, 6 grandchildren; Mekensey, Zayne, Faith, John, Trevor and Zerenity. He is also survived by 1 sister; Belinda “Missy” Touchet, and 3 brothers; Dennis Racca, Michael Racca, and Norman “Skipper” Racca, Jr., 6 nephews, 2 nieces, several cousins, and several greatnieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; Norman Sr.

Thu
31
May

Eula Sawyer

Eula Van Sawyer, age 92, of Orange, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at The Meadows Nursing Home in Orange, Texas. Funeral arrangements, made under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home, will be held on Friday, June 1, 2018, at 10:00 AM, with Pastor Tim Sawyer officiating, at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange, Texas. Burial will follow at 3:00 PM at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas. Eula was born on Thursday, November 3, 1925, in Detroit, Texas to parents, Laura Mae (Wilson) and Patrick Van Dyke Melton. She had been a long time resident of Orange, Texas before moving from LaMarque, Texas. He was a Christian woman of the Baptist faith, with a heart of gold. Eula found the love of her life when she met E.J. Sawyer. They were married for 36 blissful years. She was a very caring and loving woman who loved her family and friends. Family was everything to Eula. She loved to take care of everyone and especially her kids and grandkids.

Tue
29
May

Mark Lee Woodson

Mark Lee Woodson, 58, of Vidor, died Friday, May 25, 2018 at his residence. A native of Galveston, he lived in Vidor for 8 years. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. He is survived by his son, Michael Woodson of New Orleans, LA; and three grand-daughters.

Tue
29
May

Christopher David Karaff

Christopher David Karaff, 54, of Mauriceville died Wednesday, May 23, 2018. A native of Orange, he was a lifelong resident of Vidor and was currently residing in Mauriceville. He was an employee of J.V. Industrial Companies. His funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at Broussard’s, Beaumont, with his interment following at Haven of Rest, Beaumont. Survivors include his brothers, Keith Karaff of Magnolia and Kevin Karaff of Richmond.

Tue
29
May

Beth D’lane Shaver Prevost

Beth D’lane Shaver Prevost died Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Christus Hospital-St. Elizabeth, Beaumont. She was a native of Beaumont and was nurse in local hospitals and health care facilities. Her funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Broussard’s, Beaumont. Her interment followed at 4:00 p.m., at Fairview Cemetery, Winnie. She is survived by her husband, Dale Charles Prevost, of Mauriceville; sons, Coby Prevost of Vidor and Cory Prevost of Royse City; five grandchildren; and sisters, Debra Jo Hunt of Beaumont and Joy Erikson of Wildwood.

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