Obituaries

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17
Jan

Brett Allen James

Brett Allen James, 50 of Groves died Sunday, January 13th, 2019 at UTMB Hospital in Galveston, TX. A native of Beaumont, TX, he was a lifelong resident of Vidor before moving to Groves 5 years ago. Brett served his county in the US Navy Reserves and was a guitarist in the band State of Mind.

Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Visitation will begin at 6:00 pm Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Memorial Funeral Home.

Brett is survived by his wife Vesta Harmon of Groves, TX, son Cory James, Jarrod Caraway and Jaden Caraway all of Groves, TX, brother Bryan Paul James of Vidor, TX.

Thu
17
Jan

Ronald Droddy

Ronald Droddy, age 67 of Hartburg, passed away on Monday, January 14, 2019 at his home. Services to honor Ronald’s life will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Dorman Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Alfred Gibson officiating. Interment will follow at 1:00 PM at a Cemetery in Honey Island. Family and friends will gather for a visitation from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Dorman Funeral Home.

Ronald was born on March 1, 1951 in Vidor, Texas to Verla Mae Storms Droddy and Joseph Algar Droddy. He proudly served in the United States Air Force. He worked for many years as a crane operator and was a member of the Local

195. Ronald enjoyed playing guitar, piano, singing country and gospel. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, cooking etouffee and boiling crawfish with family and friends.

Ronald is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Verla Droddy, brother Michael Joseph Droddy and sister Carolyn Sue Droddy.

Thu
17
Jan

Estelle “Maw Maw” Morgan

Estelle “Maw Maw” Morgan, 91, of Vidor, TX died Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family. A native of May, TX she was a longtime resident of Vidor. Estelle was a member of the Red Hat Society for many years and enjoyed going on cruises. She especially enjoyed attending family gatherings and also spending time with her family and friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 17, 2019 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services will be Friday, January 18, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home with interment to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park.

Estelle is survived by 1 daughter; Donna Fontenot and her husband Huel of Orange, TX, 1 son; Dennis Morgan and his wife Netta of Vidor, 5 grandchildren; Shannon, Bubba, Andy, Derek an Brandi and 15 great grandchildren. She is also survived by 1 brother; Archie Lambert and her little “fur baby”; Sassy.

Thu
17
Jan

Jerry Glenn Irvine

Jerry Glenn Irvine, 61, of Vidor, TX died Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 at home surrounded by his family. A native of Kirbyville, TX he was a longtime resident of Vidor. Jerry was a member of IBEW Local 2286 for many years. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, hunting and anything with Jonah his grandson but he especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Jerry was known to have an abundance of love for everyone he came in contact with and never met a stranger and was a walking example of Christ’s love.

Visitation will be Friday, January 18, 2019 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Pecan Acres Baptist Church. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Pecan Acres Baptist Church. Interment will be at Kirbyville Cemetery.

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17
Jan

Tommy Moyer

Tommy Moyer, 79, of Vidor, TX died Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 at his home surrounded by family. A native of Kansas City, MO, Tommy worked for McCormick spice company as a salesman for many years where he later retired. During his spare time he liked working with wood and restoring vintage vehicles. He also enjoyed going to the gym to workout and spending time with his friends at the coffee club. Tommy was also known to enjoy playing pool. A memorial service will be on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Tommy is survived by his wife Myrna Moyer of 59 years, 1 son; Michael Moyer and his wife Aimee of Austin, TX, 1 daughter; Tippi Barela and her husband Joe of Cove, TX, 4 granddaughters; Ashley, Jordan, Chloe, and Phoebe and 1 great granddaughter; Lilly. He is also survived by 1 brother; Frank Moyer, 2 sisters; Judy Popejoy and Sharon Ferdinand, numerous nieces and nephews and “Hobo” the cat.

Wed
16
Jan

Frankie Jack “Jackie” Leake

Frankie Jack “Jackie” Leake, known to her family and friends as Jackie and to her four grandchildren as Jack, passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at the age of 75.

A graveside service will be held at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at Autumn Oaks Cemetery in Orange, Texas.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

She was born in Henderson, Texas, on September 25, 1943. As a child, she was raised in Henderson, Victoria, and eventually moved to Orange where she lived the rest of her life. Jackie graduated from Lutcher Stark High School in Orange and later graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from Lamar University in Beaumont. In 1964, she married Arnold “Clem” Leake. They were married for 34 wonderful years until his passing in 1998. In 2004 she married Marvin Girdler until his passing in 2005.

Wed
16
Jan

Geraldine Ann “Dene” LeBlanc

Geraldine Ann “Dene” LeBlanc, 74 of Vidor, TX passed away on Friday, December 21, 2018 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont, TX. She was a barber and hairstlylist working in Vidor and Crystal Beach, TX. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul N. LeBlanc and Dorothy Cimino. Precious memories are left to her brothers, Curtis LeBlanc, Lewis LeBlanc, Larry LeBlanc and Tommy LeBlanc; sister, Jay Marie Granger; many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. There will be a memorial service for Dene on Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. on January 19, 2019 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1600 N. Main in Vidor, TX.

Wed
16
Jan

Brett Allen James

Brett Allen James, 50 of Groves died Sunday, January 13th, 2019 at UTMB Hospital in Galveston, TX. A native of Beaumont, TX, he was a lifelong resident of Vidor before moving to Groves 5 years ago. Brett served his county in the US Navy Reserves and was a guitarist in the band State of Mind.

Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Visitation will begin at 6:00 pm Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Memorial Funeral Home.

Brett is survived by his wife Vesta Harmon of Groves, TX, son Cory James, Jarrod Caraway and Jaden Caraway all of Groves, TX, brother Bryan Paul James of Vidor, TX.

Wed
16
Jan

Roy Michael Decker

Roy Michael Decker, known to everyone as “Michael” and as “PawPaw” to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018 at the age of 75.

Michael was born on July 30, 1943 to Willard T. Decker and Mavis Chapman Decker Boone in Vidor, Texas. Upon graduating from Vidor High School in 1961, he enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed in El Paso, Texas. On January 5, 1963, he married his high school sweetheart, Judy Lynn Miller. After serving his country for four years he moved back to Vidor with his family.

Once he returned home, he began his career at Mobil Oil. During his employment with Mobil, he attended Lamar University where he graduated with an Associate’s degree in Applied Sciences. Michael retired after 30 years with Mobil in February 1996. Following his retirement, he became involved in the city government of Vidor. He served many years on the City Council, including a term as Mayor Pro-Tem.

Wed
16
Jan

Estelle “Maw Maw” Morgan

Estelle “Maw Maw” Morgan, 91, of Vidor, TX died Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family. A native of May, TX she was a longtime resident of Vidor. Estelle was a member of the Red Hat Society for many years and enjoyed going on cruises. She especially enjoyed attending family gatherings and also spending time with her family and friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 17, 2019 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Funeral services will be Friday, January 18, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home with interment to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park.

Estelle is survived by 1 daughter; Donna Fontenot and her husband Huel of Orange, TX, 1 son; Dennis Morgan and his wife Netta of Vidor, 5 grandchildren; Shannon, Bubba, Andy, Derek an Brandi and 15 great grandchildren. She is also survived by 1 brother; Archie Lambert and her little “fur baby”; Sassy.

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