Obituaries

Tue
11
Sep

Harold Frank “Franky” Walker Jr

Franky Walker, 53 of Vidor died Friday, September 7, 2018 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont.
A native of Beaumont, he was a longtime resident of Vidor and was an Iron Worker.
Funeral services began at 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 10, 2018 at Turning Point Church.
He is survived by his daughters, Natacha Walker of Groves and Carolyn George of Deville, LA; son, Blake Walker of Vidor; parents, Carol and Steve Crosson of Vidor; brother, Terry Williams Sr. of Vidor, Randy Williams of Brookeland, and Kevin Walker of Vidor; sister, Cyndi Thompson of Vidor; and three grandchildren.

Thu
06
Sep

Ellen Ann Ledger

Ellen Ann Ledger, 89 of Vidor, passed away Monday, September 3rd, 2018 at Brookdale Dowlen Oaks in Beaumont, TX. Visitation will be held from 6:00 - 9:00 pm Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Memorial Funeral Home with burial to follow at Liberty Catholic Cemetery in Liberty, TX at 3:30 pm. Ellen was born in Batson, TX, on July 26, 1929, to Reba and Martin E. Kennedy Jr. Her parents always had a grocery store, where in her younger years she played and would later work. After graduating from Orange High School, she worked as a clerk at the Whitehouse clothing store in Beaumont. Later she married Kenneth V. Ledger and was married for 65 years. They spent most of their lives in Beaumont raising their family; also living in Liberty, Victoria, Corpus Christi, and finally retiring in Vidor.

Thu
06
Sep

Karla Jean Rogers

Karla J. Morris Rogers, 64 of Vidor died Monday, September 3, 2018 in Vidor. A native of Michigan she was a longtime resident of Vido and a self employed Lawyer. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. She is survived by her sons, Chad and Dustin Rogers both of Vidor; brother, Wayne Morris of Arkansas; sisters, Linda Morris of Vidor, Karen Bradley of Arkansas and Brenda Manns of Atlanta, GA; and four grandchildren.

Tue
04
Sep

John Willie Harris

John Willie Harris, 84, of Vidor, died Friday, August 31, 2018 at home. A native of Tenaha, he was a longtime resident of Vidor and was a truck driver for many years. Funeral services began at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor with entombment following at Restlawn Memorial Park. He is survived by his wife, LaDell Harris. The family request in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Lakeview Baptist Church.

Tue
04
Sep

Ella Marie Landry

Ella Marie Landry, 100, of Houston, formerly of Hamshire, died Monday, August 27, 2018, at Park Manor of Cyfair, Houston. She was a native of Rayne, LA. Her funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 1, 2018, at Broussard’s, Winnie. Her interment followed at Fairview Cemetery, Winnie. Survivors include her son, John Wiersema of Houston; daughters, Nelwyn Coffey of Houston and Alice Heaton of Calabasas, CA; sister, Evelyn Casey of Vidor; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Tue
04
Sep

Donald Wayne Jacobs

Donald Wayne Jacobs, 80, died Friday, August 24, 2018, in Beaumont. He was a longtime writer, businessman, musician and, until three-and-a-half years ago, a columnist for the Beaumont Enterprise. He also was a veteran of the Army National Guard. Claybar Funeral Home arranged cremation. A private memorial service will be held later. He is survived by his brother, Bruce Jacobs of California and sisters, Judy Daniel and Sherry Weldon of Port Neches; step-son, Mike Shaw of Vidor; and a step-granddaughter.

Tue
04
Sep

Ellen Ann Ledger

Ellen Ann Ledger, 89 of Vidor, passed away Monday, September 3rd, 2018 at Brookdale Dowlen Oaks in Beaumont, TX. Visitation will be held from 6:00 - 9:00 pm Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Memorial Funeral Home with burial to follow at Liberty Catholic Cemetery in Liberty, TX at 3:30 pm. Ellen was born in Batson, TX, on July 26, 1929, to Reba and Martin E. Kennedy Jr. Her parents always had a grocery store, where in her younger years she played and would later work. After graduating from Orange High School, she worked as a clerk at the Whitehouse clothing store in Beaumont. Later she married Kenneth V. Ledger and was married for 65 years. They spent most of their lives in Beaumont raising their family; also living in Liberty, Victoria, Corpus Christi, and finally retiring in Vidor.

Thu
30
Aug

Esther Jean “E.T.” Tanner

Esther Jean “E.T.” T a n n e r , 7 8 , o f Beaumont,died Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at Spring Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation, Beaumont. A native and lifelong resident of Beaumont, she was retired as a License Vocational Nurse from Christus Hospital-St. Elizabeth and Beaumont Medical and Surgical Hospital, now Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Beaumont. Her funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 31, 2018, at Broussard’s, Beaumont, with her interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont. She is survived by her sons, Mike Tanner of Vidor and Randy Tanner of Beaumont; brothers, James Branham of Baytown and Eldon Branham of Houston; sister, Martha Lou Huffman, of Indiana; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Thu
30
Aug

J.R. Wheeler

J.R. Wheeler, 88, of Vidor, died Monday, August 27. He was born April 25, 1930, in Leesville, Louisiana. He is preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Linda Wheeler. He was retired from Gulf States Utilities Co., having worked there following his service in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his two sons and their wives, John Michael and Robin of Hunt, TX, and Steven Mark and Lanh of Beaumont; brother Carl Wheeler of Oklahoma; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews. His burial will be officiated by the Reverend Terry Wright of the First Baptist Church, Vidor. Funeral services will be Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. with a visitation in the church an hour before the service. Interment will follow in Restlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Vidor, or to a charity of choice.

Tue
28
Aug

Glenn Thomas Stephens

Glenn Thomas Stephens, 59 of Onalaska, Texas lost his battle with Cancer on August 14, 2018. He was born on March 1, 1959 in Beaumont, Texas to the late Thomas Glen Stephens and Catherine Rita Vishaway. Glenn had a huge heart and was a hard working man. He was a Project Manager at LNC Fabrication in Vidor. His passion was hunting and fishing. He loved spending as much time as possible with his grandchildren and enjoyed watching them play sports! He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He left behind his sweetheart, Kim Smith; daughters, Leslie Woodrome of Vidor, Catherine Dunwoody and husband Jason of Vidor, Jammie Killen of North Richland Hills; grandchildren, Cameron Woodrome, Joshua Wilson, Chance Woodrome, Chrislyn Jones, Christopher McNeil, and Mason Dunwoody; great-grandchild, Carson Woodrome; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Glenn is preceded in death by his parents and his son Christopher Glen Stephens.

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