MEMORIALS

 2021

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Beverly Ann Smith

February 23, 1944 - September 17, 2021

Beverly Ann Smith, 77, of Port Arthur passed away on Friday, Spetember 17, 2021 at Medical Center of Southeast Texas.

Beverly was born on February 23, 1944 in Port Arthur, Texas to the late Vincie Lee (Ramsey) and Iven Zach Smith. She was a lifelong resident of Port Arthur and she graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. Beverly retired from the City of Port Arthur in the accounting department after 36 plus years of employment. She was artist, enjoying drawing and painting. Beverly was a loving person who loved spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Levelle Smith and her sister, Glenda Ancelet.

Beverly is survived by her brother, Gerald Smith of Port Arthur, her four nephews, her two nieces and numerous of great nieces and nephews.

A gathering of family and friend will be held on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 from 1:00 PM until 2:30 PM at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home. A graveside will follow at 2:30 PM at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves.

Please observe social distancing guidelines. By attending any public event, you are acknowledging the risk of exposure to the Coronavirus. Please follow the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov.

Comments can be left at:  https://www.claytonthompson.com/obituary/bebverly-smith

 

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Frank Allen Leleux

November 19, 1943September 7, 2021

 

The Great Photo above has Frank, Jerry Licatino (TJ62) and Kenneth Leleux(TJ64) 
Looks to me to be the KC Hall in Pt. Acres

Frank Allen Leleux, age 77, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. Frank was born November 19, 1943 in Estherwood, LA. Frank was a lifelong resident of Port Arthur. He was employed as an insulator with Union Insulation. He was a member of the Asbestos Workers Union Local #22. Frank was a parishioner of St. James Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his wife Barbara Leleux; his son, Allen LeLeux of Mauriceville and his daughter, Dana Resch. He also leaves behind his grandchildren Blake Leleux, Cameron Leleux, Trevor Leleux, Madison Resch and Chandler Resch and one great grandchild, Aspyn Leleux.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, September 12, 2021 from 5:00 - 8:00pm at Grammier Oberle Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, September 13,2021 at St. James Catholic Church. The interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grammier-oberle.com for the Leleux family.

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Johnny Amar Crochet, age 77, passed away on August 10, 2021, in Beaumont, Texas after a short illness.

He was born in Port Arthur, Texas on January 8, 1944, to Mary Larisa Fontenot and Ernest Crochet. Johnny attended Thomas Jefferson High School and graduated in 1962. He was a member of the Insulator and Asbestos Workers Local 22, working as an insulator for over 35 years. Following this, Johnny worked at C&B Services for 12 years before retiring at the age of 62.

Johnny was married for 58 years to Mary Ann LeLeux. Over these 58 years of marriage, they built a beautiful life together and were blessed with two daughters, one son, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Johnny had a passion for fishing, playing pool, and having a friendly game of cards. However, nothing made him happier than spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Mary, his daughters Wendy Mullens, Deedra Doucet and husband Lance, his son Troy Crochet and wife Tami; his grandchildren Dustin Doucet, Tatum, Tanner and Taryn Crochet, Daniel, Noah, and Micah Mullens; and his great-grandchildren, Harper and Miley.

Additionally, he is survived by his sister Lulu Smith and her husband Donnie.

Visitation for family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 14, 2021 at Levingston Funeral Home in Port Neches followed by the funeral service at 12:00 p.m. with Reverend J.C. Coon officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park.

Condolences can be left at:  https://www.levingstonfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Johnny-Amar-Crochet?obId=21974688#/celebrationWall

 

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Robert Ramsey Allred

December 18, 1943 - July 11, 2021

Robert Ramsey Allred "Fred"

Fred was born December 18, 1943, at St. Mary's Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas, to Clarence and Margaret Allred. He attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, and graduated from Lamar University. A long time Houston resident and business owner, Fred died Sunday July 11, 2021, 7:32 pm. at MD Anderson from complications of prostate cancer.


According to Fred, growing up in Port Arthur was idyllic. He loved and remembered everything, and it was all wonderful. He had a memory that was beyond compare from then to now.


He had always been passionate about music, all music, and worked in different aspects of the record industry, including the Groove Record Shop, until he opened his beloved Allrecords in 1980.  His store was not just about sales but personal relationships with his customers and the common bond was music. He made a lot of wonderful and dear friends during his 40 years at Allrecords and what made him the happiest was to share his love of music, sports and life in general. One of his friends said
"Fred was a Magical Mystery Tour of information, I never knew what I would learn, I was always charmed and surprised".


Fred is survived by Liza Crain Allred, his cherished wife of 44 years, and his two beloved sons, Ramsey Allred and Kyle Allred, by his sister Marg E Woodworth, her husband George and their children Amy, Ashley and Amanda, and by his brothers and sisters in law Danny and Kirsten Crain, Gene Crain, AnnieVive Crain Palm (Tomas), Sandy Parkerson and Joe Nelson, and his many nieces, nephews and cousins.


Many, many thanks to the wonderful and caring doctors, nurses and staff of MD Anderson you were all so very kind to my very sweet husband.  A gathering to celebrate Fred's life will be held at a later date.

 

A Condolence message can be left here:

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/houstonchronicle/name/robert-allred-obituary?pid=199470941

 

Beloved Houston record store Allrecords owner Fred Allred dies

For more than 40 years Fred Allred connected to music fans who visited his little store.

Andrew Dansby 

Fred Allred, the owner of the beloved Houston record store Allrecords, died Sunday night of cancer. Allrecords – an unassuming space tucked away among restaurants and office buildings on Edloe – was small but wonderfully arranged for discovery. 

Though Allred spoke in a murmur, he created lifelong customers, who’d place their special orders and engage in lengthy conversations during pick-up. The space was cluttered with albums for sale and some from Allred’s personal collection. The clutter contained treasures: Years ago I found a long out of print recording by jazz pianist and Houston native Horace Tapscott there.

“I sold one the other day that I didn’t really want to sell,” he told the Chronicle five years ago. “But I can’t keep all of them.”

Allred had a strong affinity for jazz, but his tastes ran wide, and he could engage customers in conversation about just about any musical style. And he regarded them as friends: When I was in the store two weeks ago he was still heartbroken over the March death of a friend and longtime customer.

Allred owned and operated Allrecords for more than 40 years. He opened the store in the River Oaks Shopping Center on West Gray before moving it to 3211 Edloe 10 years ago. The store’s long run meant Allred made a strong connection with local musicians. Singer Kat Edmonson was a store regular, even after she moved to New York. When she’d visit Houston, she made a point to stop by Allrecords, which always kept her albums in stock.

Houston musician Allen Hill recalled Allred's wealth of knowledge and support for local acts. He called him "a Houston treasure, institution, and fountain of love, kindness, irreverence and impeccable taste."

His entire adult life was spent around music. Allred told the Chronicle he grew up going to record stores as a kid in Port Arthur, where he was born and raised. His son Ramsey says Allred was classmates with Janis Joplin, who hung out at his apartment in Port Arthur before leaving the city for good, eventually settling in San Francisco for her short, brilliant career.

In the 1970s he worked record store jobs including time at The Groove, as well as doing sales for a record distributor.

In October 1980, he opened Allrecords on W. Gray. Allred and his store endured some changes, but the store’s vibe remained consistent over its four decades. Allred served as the man behind the counter, the person connecting to the customers and the person whose far-flung tastes were responsible for the musical method amid the madness. When he relocated in 2011, he told the Houston Press he’d found two vinyl copies of a Led Zeppelin box set he didn’t know were in the store. Such was the scruffy charm of the space.

The store’s resilience bears mention alongside its personality. Like a handful of other survivors, Allrecords endured a music industry sea change as file-sharing, downloading and streaming ate away at an industry that had operated a particular way for decades. Big chains and independents all suffered as music consumption moved from record stores to home computers. Those that survived the leanest years did so through their connections to clientele. As vinyl made a comeback, spaces like Allrecords were well positioned to serve the changing needs of customers.

In the case of Fred Allred, the transactions at his store were only partially financial. One could leave with a recommendation or a conversation, much like those he had with the people who ran the record stores he visited as a kid.

Allred is survived by his wife, Liza, and his sons Ramsey and Kyle. Ramsey Allred says the family plans a celebration of life at Allrecords, likely to take place next month. And this Saturday, Record Store Day, Allrecords will be open for business.

 

Thanks to Gretchen Verboon Miertschin for sending this article and Linda Tatum Briggs for converting the picture.

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Theresa Flores, 77, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away July 2, 2021. She was born on October 15, 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas to the late Doroteo Saldana Trevino and Maria Ramirez Trevino. Theresa was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.


Those left to cherish Theresa’s memory are her children, Angie Laird of Houston, Gus Flores, Jr. and his wife, Shannon of Cabot, Arkansas, Jamie Flores and his wife, Kimberly of Cabot, Arkansas, David Flores and his wife, Amy of Port Neches, and Ray Flores of Port Arthur; her brother, Thomas Trevino of Port Arthur; her grandchildren, Ethan Scroggs, Dylan Flores, Cody Flores, Dustin Flores, Daniel Flores and wife Wheatley, Nicole Cameron and husband Codey, Chris Flores and wife Kayla, Ashley Weir and husband Jonathon, Adam Flores and wife Alisa, Clinton Flores, Ian Flores, Seth Flores and wife Melissa, Jacob Flores, Josephine Maria Flores, Cody Rachael, Tiffany Flores, Kaine Flores, and Josephine Flores; and her great-grandchildren, Alyssa Snodgrass, Kaylee Snodgrass, Emma Cameron, Ryan Cameron, Allyiah Flores, Audrey Flores, Arbour Flores, Asher Flores, and Sophia Flores. She is preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Nick Trevino, Netcho Trevino, Jesse Trevino, Julio Trevino, Mary Alice Trevino, Rufina Callazo, Virginia Perales, and Julia Mendoza; and her children, Josephine Maria Flores Ware and John Paul Flores.


A gathering of family and friends will be held at Melancon’s Funeral Home in Nederland on Saturday, July 17, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a Memorial Service 4:00 p.m.

 

Condolences can be left at :  https://www.melancons.org/obituaries/Theresa-Flores-2/

 

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Carmen Lona Martinez

August 3, 1944 - June 30, 2021
Carmen Lona Martinez, 76, of Houston passed away on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at Houston Hospice in Houston.

She was born on August 31, 1944 in Port Arthur, Texas to her parents, Demetrio Lona and Virginia Miranda Lona. Carmen graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1962 and Port Arthur Business College. She has been a resident of Houston since 1968. Carmen retired from Shell Oil Company as an executive secretary with over 28 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Carmen is survived by her loving husband, Arthur Martinez of Houston; her son, Jim Martinez of Houston; her four sisters, Mary Lona of Houston, Rose Ramirez of Conroe, Annie Soto of Groves and Louise Lona of Houston; her three brothers, Roy Lona of Katy, Paul Lona of Port Arthur and Robert Lona of Kingwood, numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Saturday, July 10, 2021 from 11:00 AM till 1:00 PM at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves. Service to honor Carmen’s life will be at 1:00 PM Saturday, July 10, 2021 in the Thompson Memorial Chapel at Clayton Thompson. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Nederland under the direction of Clayton Thompson.

Condolences can be left at:  https://www.claytonthompson.com/obituary/carmen-martinez

 

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Jerry Tillman Kidd

August 20, 1944 - June 27, 2021

 Jerry Tillman Kidd, 76, of Port Neches, Texas passed away Sunday, June 27, 2021 at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont, Texas.

Jerry was born August 20, 1944 in Hope, Arkansas to Henagan and Mattie Kidd. He was a lifelong resident of this area and a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Port Neches.

He was a retired Electrical Supervisor for Motiva with 27 years of service.

Jerry ran the 10 Mile Hunting Club in Mason, Texas for 30 plus years. He was an avid deer and bird hunter.

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 2, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Levingston Funeral Home in Port Neches with Reverend Jim McClintock officiating. Entombment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary to follow at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 1, 2021 at the funeral home.

Jerry was preceded in death by his sister, Gail Bertrand and brother, Jimmy Kidd.

Surviving relatives include his wife of 58 years, Sandra Hebert Kidd of Port Neches, Texas; daughter, Kim Kidd Perkins and husband Mike of Groves, Texas; brother, Billy Kidd and wife Nell of Bald Knob, Arkansas; grandchildren, Alexsis Perkins and Aubrey Perkins; great grandchildren, Greyson Kidd and Emerson LeBlanc; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Skip and Lora Hebert; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Ted Thornal, Robby Hebert, Roy Seay, Hayden Seay, Richard Lamance, and Mike Perkins.

Honorary pallbearers are: Ronnie Thompson, Kevin Pierce, Ken Naizer, Bo Kidd, and Kendall Kidd.

 

Condolences can be left at:  https://www.levingstonfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Jerry-Tillman-Kidd?obId=21557349#/celebrationWall

 

Wayne Taylor: I recall a time in the Spring of '62.  It had to be Spring because football season was over. I took up running around with Jerry and Kenneth Mannino.  They kept me laughing.  I would pick them up or they would pick me up.  Seems like it only lasted about a month then I moved on to other friends.  Kinda something I didn't forget.  Never got to ask Jerry if he remembered that time.  I'm the only one left out of that three.

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Donald Wayne "Bubba" Cain

Friday, November 6th, 1942 - Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

Donald Ray “Bubba” Cain, 78, passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Donald was born November 6, 1942 in Victoria to Otis and Ottie Mae Cain. Don or most notably known as Bubba to his brothers and sisters, graduated from Port Arthur High School. He went on to Kilgore Junior College on a football scholarship. After two years studying and playing on the gridiron, Don went to work in the Houston Ship Channel while continuing to work on his degree at the University of Houston. He worked at Dow Chemical before moving to Gonzales in 1985 and earned his Nursing Home Administrator’s License shortly thereafter. He worked as an administrator in surrounding nursing homes including La Grange, Seguin, Luling, Gonzales and Shiner. He retired in November of 2003. Don was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Donald Ray “Bubba” Cain is survived by his wife, Carolyn Blundell Cain of Gonzales, daughters, Courtney Theriot (Charles) of Spring, and Kristin Matias (David) of Gonzales, granddaughters, Taylor and Tatum Theriot and Tenley and Tessa Matias, mother and father-in-law, Juanita and Bill Blundell of Gonzales, sister-in-law, Phyllis Snoga (Glenn) of Seguin, siblings, Zilpha Dolezal of Gonzales, Wanda Sue Broussard of Hallettsville, Sandra Wehmeyer (Dennis) of Groves, Billie Dunn of Gonzales, Charles McFarland (Cindy) of Katy, and Debra Kay Huntington and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister-in-law, Connie Riley, brothers-in-law, Russell Riley, Daniel Dolezal, Clarence Dunn, Donald Broussard, and his cousin Ronnie Kimball who was like a brother to him.

The family will receive friends from 1 pm to 2 pm Friday, April 30, 2021 in Seydler-Hill Funeral Home with funeral services following at 2 p.m. in the funeral home with Rev. Robert Ramirez officiating. Interment will follow in Harwood Cemetery. Pallbearers: Charles Theriot, David Matias, Glenn Snoga, Orville Dierlam, Ben Snoga and Blaine Snoga. Memorials may be made to the Harwood Cemetery Association, Alzheimer’s Association, or the First United Methodist Church. Friends may leave their condolences by visiting www.seydlerhillfuneralhome.com. The family would like to thank Dr. John Thomas, and the staff of Texas Nursing and Rehab and a special thanks to Callee Tinsley and Texas Home Health and Hospice for their care and love.

Seydler-Hill Funeral Home will continue to require all attendants to take protective measures regarding social distancing, usage of hand sanitizers and wearing personal protective masks for the visitation, chapel service and the graveside burial rite. Those remotely symptomatic of COVID-19 are politely asked not to attend. Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.

Condolences can be left at:

 

https://www.seydlerhillfuneralhome.com/memorials/donald-cain/4602538/index.php

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David Earl Totino

January 21, 1944 - April 05, 2021

David Earl Totino, 77,, of Mauriceville, died Monday, April 5, 2021, at Houston Methodist Hospital. He was born on January 21, 1944, in Port Arthur, to Leola Simoneaux Totino and Frank Totino.

David served in the United States Air Force during Vietnam. After his military service, he went to work for Gulf Chemical, advancing to the position of supervisor, and retired from Chevron. David is a member of the Lord’s church, having served as a deacon with the West Orange church of Christ, and then as an elder in Beaumont with the Northwest church of Christ. He was a good and loving husband and father. His wife, Mary, says he is the greatest man she has ever known.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Totino, of Mauriceville; daughters, Kim Dunkin and her husband, Mack, of Diboll and Kristie Collins and her husband, Jason, of Houston; brother, Darrell Totino and his wife, Paulette, of Orange; grandchildren, Michael Miller and his wife, Jordy, of DeQuincy, Louisiana; Meagan Cecil and her husband, Daniel, of Deer Park; Garrett Dunkin, of Hudson; Savannah Dunkin, of Diboll and her fiancé, Kyle Hill, of Baytown; Brandon Collins, of Huntsville; and Hope Collins, of Houston; great-grandchildren, Charley Lewis, of Lake Charles, Louisiana; Cameron Miller, of DeQuincy, Louisiana; Carley Miller, of DeQuincy, Louisiana; Aubrey Cecil, of Deer Park; Aria Cecil, of Deer Park; and Jace Dunkin, of Diboll; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service for Mr. Totino will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 10, 2021, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His committal was held at Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 2200 Space Park Drive, Suite 100, Houston, Texas 77058; or to Paralyzed Veterans of America, 6418 FM 2100, Crosby, Texas 77532.

Condolences can be left at:   https://www.broussards1889.com/index.php/memorials/item/david-totino#comment-48362

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ANNETTE BROUSSARD WHITE        

January 30, 1944 – May 2, 2020 

Annette Broussard White was born January 30, 1944 in Port Arthur, Texas to Yolande and John Broussard.  She suffered a heart attack at her home in New Braunfels, TX May 2, 2020.   In addition to her parents, Annette was preceded in death by her beloved husband William "Bill" White and sister Linda  McAnelley.

Annette is survived by her brother, Reagan Broussard and wife Sharon of Dallas, TX, a nephew Cameron Broussard and a niece Kathryn Warren. 

For almost 25 years, Annette and her husband Bill enjoyed their life together on 10 acres outside of New Braunfels They enjoyed traveling and made a trip to Scotland.  Bill and Annette loved their hobbies, Bill enjoyed wood carving and Annette painting scenic Hill Country landscapes. She was a member of several local art guilds. 

 

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Memorial services for Bill Wahl, 76, of Flint, were held on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Stewart Family Funeral Home Chapel with Dale Purdy officiating.

Mr. Wahl passed away Monday, November 5, 2018 in Tyler. He was born April 12, 1942 in Port Arthur, Texas to William Jess Wahl Sr. and Polly Hillard Wahl.

Bill is survived by his loving family including his wife, Pat Wahl; son, Kenneth and wife Deena; grandchildren, Jerron, Jansen and Jaden Wahl; daughter, Deborah Wahl Richey and husband Danny; grandchildren, Justin Baker (pilot in the U.S. Coast Guard), Brandy Nicole Diaz; and great-grandson, Tres; step-granddaughter, Jessika Boudion; step-great-granddaughter, Jaylee Boudion; step-grandson, Jeff Fox; step-great-grandchildren, Kallee, Ryleighy, Richie and Broxton Fox; step-grandchildren, Madisyn, Megan and Matthew; brothers, Richard and Paul Wahl; and sister, Mary Temple.

Visitation was scheduled from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, in Tyler.

 

This posting of Bill took a lot of doing and a lot of help from several friends.  Read a recent obit in Port Arthur of Bill's younger brother and in it said that he was predeceased by his brother Bill.  We had him listed as still living in Flint, Texas.  So I did all kinds of searches for his official graduation name, William J. Wahl.  Found nothing.  Enlisted my good Marine friend, Court Conkwright in St. Louis who is great at geanology.  I told him I had to have proof of Bill's death to be able to post it.  He got me on the phone, did several of his special searches, I followed him.  

 

We found Bill's death notice back in 2018, under only Bill Wahl.  So I learned something out of this.  One of his favorite links is  "findagrave" so you might remember this tidbit.  At there was his Marine obit picture, with photos of his grave, and a brief statement.  But it did list the funeral home in Tyler so I took it from there.

 

Oh, BTW, that photo of the Marines in that group photo is Coronado, California.  We were there in 1965.  In the photo is Bert "Billy" Wolford 3rd from right, Bill Wahl to his right, and yes, Charlie Brabham on the far left of the picture.  Amazing I took all those pictures back then with a small 8mm camera.  These guys were Expert Swimmers so they were "volunteered" to be a Recon Team to hit the beach before the rest of us.  Wolford said that Pacific Ocean was COLD.

 

I need to put it over in our USMC section.

 

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Linda Faye Loper Guillory

November 24, 1943 - January 23, 2021

Linda Faye Guillory, 77, of Port Arthur, died Saturday, January 23, 2021. She was born November 24, 1943, in Norfolk, Virginia to Evelyn Faye Wellons Loper and Lawson E. Loper, Sr.

Linda was a 1962 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School, Port Arthur and was a devoted member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Nederland. She was a secretary at Girling Healthcare, Beaumont for many years. Linda was talented seamstress and enjoyed sewing and making outfits and blankets for others. She was also a dog lover that bred and raised dogs for many years.

Survivors include her children, Michael Marceaux and wife, Lisa, of Katy; Gina Decuir and husband, Lanny, of Port Arthur; and John Primeaux, Jr., of Magnolia; grandchildren, Shera Burnett; Dakota Primeaux; Anika Decuir; Elli Primeaux; Meaghan Grass; Austin Mengler; and Josh Mengler; great-grandchildren, Sutton Primeaux; Elizabeth Mengler; Emma Mengler; Josh Mengler; Joey Mengler; and Everett Grass; and her best friend of sixty-four years, Patti Nides, of Garland.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Evelyn and Lawson Loper, Sr.; and brother, Lawson Loper, Jr.

A gathering of Ms. Guillory’s family and friends will begin at 9:30 a.m., with her funeral service at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 29, 2021, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. The family requests that attendees wear the color pink in honor of Mrs. Guillory. Her interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Youth Ministry, 211 Hardy Avenue, Nederland, Texas 77627.

Condolences can be left at............

https://www.broussards1889.com/index.php/memorials/item/linda-guillory?category_id=4#comment-45502

 

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Steve Francis O'Donohoe Jr. - January 26, 1939 - January 10, 2021 (81 years old)

Steve Francis O' Donohoe Jr., resident of League City, Texas entered the pearly gates of heaven January 10th, 2021 at the age of 81. Throughout his life, and to the day the angels escorted him to heaven, Steve truly epitomized his favorite verse, Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Steve not only allowed the Lord to guide every step and plan for his life, he also never met a stranger and allowed God to work through him to help guide others in their steps. His optimism for each day God gave him on this earth was contagious to all the lives that were blessed to be graced with his bubbly and bright disposition.

Steve- O was Born January 26th, 1939 in Galveston, Texas to Steve Francis O'Donohoe Sr. and Jewel Ruth Goode O'Donohoe at St. Mary's Hospital. He graduated from Ball High in 1956 and went on to attend Texas Lutheran College in Seguin, Texas majoring in broadcasting.

 In 1958, he followed his calling and became a successful radio disc jockey at KPAC radio station in Port Arthur, Texas. He continued on in radio broadcasting throughout east Texas, Louisiana, and Houston and quickly became the most popular radio disc jockey in southeast Texas in the 1960's. To his many fans and faithful listeners, he was known as "Steve-O The Night Rider "and in November of 2020, he was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.

On August 4,1965, he married his biggest fan, not just in radio, but in life. Bennie Marie Wilcox & Steve had 3 beautiful girls: Kristi, Shanna and Mandy.

At the age of 33, while picking up his daughters from school, Steve-O suffered a massive heart attack in the parking lot of St. Patrick's Church. He called out to God "If You let me live, I will live for You". God granted Steve-O his healing that day, and Steve chose to showcase his unwavering faith to Jesus from that day on.

Aside from being Steve- O The Night-Rider, Bennie's soul mate, and the best girl daddy, Steve-O's favorite role was being "Poppy" to his 9 grandchildren & great-grandchild, and many other beloved friends Poppy treated as his own. Steve always made room in his big heart for loving the many people God sent his way and treated them all as if they were family.

Steve-O made good on his promise to Jesus and in 1982 he began his pastoral career by founding and pastoring Sagemont Full Gospel Church.

He went on to use his God-given pastoral talents at Grace Community Church in Houston where he served as a Pastoral Care Pastor for 15 years and met some life-long friends along the way. For the next 7 years, he served at Life Point Church where he then retired in 2014. Post-retirement, Steve became a board member and elder of Refuge Mission Church in League City.

Steve joins his parents, Steve Francis O'Donohoe Sr.and Jewel Ruth Goode O'Donohoe in heaven, and is survived by his beautiful wife, Bennie Marie O'Donohoe, his siblings: David O'Donohoe & Sharon Criado, his cousin Kathy Kreneck, his children: Kristi & Steve Baltunis, Shanna & Les Shannon, Mandy & Jason Willingham, his 9 grandchildren: Sarah & Zachary Frieze, Courtney & Connor Shannon, Ashton, Ryan & Dylan Willingham, Gavin & Gabe Baltunis, and his great-grandchild, Gavin Billings. As well as numerous nieces and nephews.

"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal." -2 Corinthians 4:16-18.

Services are scheduled for Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Grace Community Church, 14505 Gulf Freeway, Houston, Texas 77034 in the main sanctuary. The visitation will begin at 8:30 A.M. followed by the funeral service at 9:30 A.M. Face masks are required until seated. The main sanctuary is large and has freedom for everyone to be spread out due to covid. The burial will follow the service and will be at Forest Park East Cemetery, 21620 Gulf Freeway, Webster, TX 77598.

In lieu of flowers, if you would like to make a donation, please consider giving to: Refuge Mission Church 4889 West Main Street, League City, TX 77573.

If you do want to send flowers, please send to Jeter Memorial Funeral Home.

Condolences may be sent to the O'Donohoe family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at 

https://jeterfuneralhome.com/steve-francis-odonohoe-jr/

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