Obituaries

Tue
23
Jan

Bessie Lee Smith Allen

Bessie Lee Smith Allen, 83, passed away Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 in Port Arthur, TX. With Bess in her last few days were her four sons; Ralph(Dicky), Willy, Randy, and Lindsey Allen along with many other family members. Bess was born in Drumright, OK on October 4, 1934 to Porter B. (Dick) and Emma Lou Smith. The family moved to Vidor, TX in the late 1940’s. Bess was a graduate of Vidor High School and a gifted artist. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Vidor. Bess is survived by her brother; William (Bill) Smith and his wife Brenda, nephew; Blake Smith, sons; Ralph (Dicky) Allen, Willy Allen and his wife Diana, Randy Allen, and Lindsey Allen and his wife Wendi. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandson. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor.

Tue
23
Jan

Melody Alexandria-Renee Patterson

Melody Alexandria-Renee Patterson, 3, an extraordinary young girl passed away on January 18th, 2018. She is survived by her mother; Holly Aviles, father; Shawn Patterson, as well as many aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. A resident of Vidor, TX her whole life, Melody had made an impact on her community. At a year old, Melody was diagnosed with a rare childrens eye cancer in both eyes. She spent approximately a year fighting to be able to save her right eye and losing her left. Shortly after beating one battle she was hit with another. Being diagnosed with a second type of cancer. She overcame all odds set by doctors and beat it in 6 months. Two months passed and news once again struck home. Her cancer had come back worse than ever. December 3, 2017 doctors informed the family that there was nothing they could do. She fought very hard for so long and gave it everything she had. Her parents are forever proud of everything she accomplished.

Tue
23
Jan

Bernice (Bonnie) Burge

Bernice (Bonnie) Burge died on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Memory Care of New Braunfels Assisted Living facility. Bonnie is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Dixie Burge of New Braunfels, and three grandchildren, Natalie Burge, Jeremy Burge, and Joel Deborah, all of Austin, Texas. Bonnie was 88 years old. A native and longtime resident of Vidor, Texas, Bonnie lived for the past 7 years in her home in New Braunfels. Born in Vidor on February 28, 1929, Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents Warren Strode and Betty Chambers Strode of Vidor, her husband Joseph Willard Burge, and two sisters, Elois Garvin of Beaumont, Texas and Doris Goodman of Vidor. Bonnie and Willard resided on Highway 12 in Vidor for over 60 years. In 2011, she moved from Vidor into her new home in New Braunfels. In February 2017, Bonnie moved to Memory Care of New Braunfels Assisted Living Facility.

Tue
23
Jan

Shirley Marie Kelly

Shirley Marie Kelly, 79, of Vidor died January 11, 2018 in Missoula, MT. She is survived by her family; sons Bobby Kelly, Terry Kelly and wife Darlene, Dennis Kelly, daughters Juanette Cunningham & Diana Sharp, 14 grandkids, 37 great-grandkids and numerous nieces, nephews and family. Services will be held Saturday, January 27th at 12:00 pm at Turning Point Church in Vidor.

Tue
23
Jan

Ted Hilyar, Sr.

Ted Hilyar, Sr, 72, of Vidor, TX died Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 at Harbor Hospice House in Beaumont, TX. He was a longtime resident of Vidor who enjoyed fishing, boating, going to the beach and the lake, and camping with his wife Diane. He liked to help people and was known as a man that would give the shirt off his back for others. Ted was a loving husband, father, and paw-paw. He is survived by 2 sons; Theodore William Hilyar Jr. and his wife Susan of Vidor and Matt Hilyar and his wife Leah also of Vidor, 4 grandchildren; Austin, Olivia, Nicolas, and Aleya Hilyar, along with 4 sisters and 2 brothers. Ted was preceded in death by his loving wife; Diane Elaine Hilyar. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor.

Tue
23
Jan

Melba Richardson-James

Melba Richardson-James, 90, of Vidor, died Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at Vidor Health and Rehab. She was a longtime resident and business woman of Vidor and owned her own restaurant. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. She is survived by sons, R.L. Richardson of Vidor, Jerry Richardson also of Vidor, and John Richardson of Town Bluff; eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters, Carlene Henderson and Mildred Staley; and brother, Roy Buckner.

Tue
23
Jan

Catherine Ann Ezzell

Cathy A. Ezzell, 65 of Mauriceville died Sunday, January 21, 2018 at her residence. A native of Corpus Christi, she was a longtime resident of Mauriceville and was a supervisor for Texas Coffee Company in Beaumont where she worked for 36 years. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m. Friday, January 26, 2018 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Del Rose Cemetery in Vidor. She is survived by her daughters Donna Jones of Bridge City, Diana Juda of Beaumont, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Tue
23
Jan

Chris Allen Borel

Chris Allen Borel, 56, of Vidor, died Thursday, January 18, 2018 in Vidor. A native of Pt. Arthur, he was a lifetime resident of the Golden Triangle area and was an automobile mechanic. He is survived by daughters, Amanda Graham of Little Elm, Bonnie Borel and Christine Borel both of Los Angeles, CA; seven grandchildren and brother, James Borel, Jr. of Houston.

Tue
23
Jan

Gary Black

Gary Black, 64, of Vidor, died Friday, January 12, 2018 in Beaumont. A native of Aiken, SC, he was a longtime resident of Vidor and worked as a pipefitter for many years in the petroleum industry. He is survived by his wife, Vonda Nelson of Vidor; son, Jimmy Black of Vidor; daughter, Christy Harrison of Kirbyville; and sisters, Sherry Compton of Woodville, Cinda Danna of Jasper, and Donna Carter of Vidor.

Thu
18
Jan

Lynn Marie Roberts

Lynn M. Roberts, 46 of Kentucky died November 24, 2016. A native of Versail, KY, she was a lifelong resident of Kentucky. Lynn was a loving mother and grandmother. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Radcliff and was a homemaker. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Faith Lutheran Church in Radcliff, Kentucky. Lynn was preceded in death by her grandmother Sue Baker, granddaughter Jaycee Biscamp and cousin Amanda Roller. She is survived by her son Daniel Zinn and his wife Calli of Buna, TX, daughters Kayla Biscamp and her husband Billy, Shelby Anderson and her husband Dwayne all of Vidor, TX, mother and step father Patricia and Steve Roberts, father Lloyd Phelps, brothers Shannon Roberts, Todd Roberts, and Will Phelps, sisters Robin Berg and Kim Roberts all of Kentucky, 6 grandchildren.

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