Obituaries

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Michael Avery

Michael Earl Avery, 43, of Kountze, died Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. Funeral service was Sunday, January 18 at Broussard’s Mortuary in Kountze with burial following at Antioch Cemetery in Buna. Survivors include his parents, Doretha Sue Dowden Avery and GordonMichaelAvery; sister, Libby Jordan and husband Tim of Marshall; and grandmothers, Bernice Dowden of Kountze and Mary Beard of Beaumont.
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Bernard Morris

Bernard E. Morris, 72, of Silsbee, died Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Funeral service was Thursday, January 15 at Broussard’s Mortuary in Kountze with burial following in Fellowship Cemetery inWarren. A native of Pasadena, he retired from the Texas Forest Service. Survivors include his wife, Shirley; children, Pam Holland and husband Roger of Silsbee, Elizabeth Robinson and husband David and Jeanne Colley and husband Red, all of Woodville, and Allan Armstrong and wife Sheila of Silsbee; sister, Clara Mae and Johnny Reese; brothers, Bob Morris and wife Peggy, Jerrell Morris and wife Carolyn and Jerry Morris and wife Janice; and 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
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Jan

Charles LaRocca

Charles Michael “Bubba” LaRocca, 42, of Lumberton, died Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. Funeral service was Saturday, January 17 at Broussard’s Mortuary in Beaumont with burial following in Magnolia Cemetery, also in Beaumont. A lifelong resident of the area, he worked as a senior officer specialist at the Federal Correctional Institution Beaumont, Federal Bureau of Prisons for many years, and retired in 2014. Survivors include his wife, Christie LaRocca; sons, Brenden LaRocca of Beaumont and Noah LaRocca and Kaleb Mitchell, both of Lumberton; daughters, Danielle Reeves of Village Mills, Kenedie King of Mauriceville and Charlie LaRocca of Beaumont; father, Charles LaRocca and wife Leann of Beaumont; sisters, Brandi Hernandez of Lumberton and Nicki LaRocca of Beaumont; and two grandchildren.
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Clayton Bass

Clayton Gene “Pinto” Bass, 63, of Silsbee died Saturday, January 17, 2015. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 29, 2015 at New Hope Baptist Church in Silsbee under the direction of Robinson’s Funeral Home, also in Silsbee. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.Wednesday, January 28 at the church. A native and lifelong resident of Silsbee, he was a retired cross country truck driver. Survivors include his wife, Cassandra W. Bass of Silsbee; children, Calechiea Scruggs and Paul Bass, both of Houston, Virgil Bass and Clifton Bass, both of Jasper and Billy Boulwen, Tonya Davis, Elbert Bass, Joshua Bass, Jacoby Bass, Shasta Bass and Harley Bass, all of Silsbee; sisters, Janet Jones of Pleasure Island, and Mary Ann Smith and Nedra Drumgo, both of Houston; brother, Estus Hitchens of Spurger; and 14 grandchildren.
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C.W. Smith

C.W. Smith, 65, of Spurger, died Friday, January 16, 2015 at his home. Funeral service was Monday, January 19 at Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee with burial following in Franks Branch Cemetery in Fred. He was a United StatesMarine veteran, crane operator for Anthony Crane and was retired from Mead Westvaco in Evadale. Survivors include his sons, Chad Wayne Smith and Josh Spurlock, both of Silsbee; sisters, Sally Chance of Fred, Beckie Fogleman of Colfax, Louisiana andAnnie Elliott of Fred; and four grandchildren.
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Fletcher Strother

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Edna Sherman

Edna “Betty” Elizabeth Sherman, 89, of Lumberton, died Saturday, January 10, 2015. Anative of Brownsville, she worked forWestern Union for many years and had lived in Lumberton 27 years. Survivors include sons, Ben Sherman and wife Gina, Jimmy Sherman and wife Sue and Jim Bob Sherman Jr. and wife Maxine; daughter, Linda Gernentz; and 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
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Jan

Margaret Tatom

Margaret LaFay Tatom, 79, of Silsbee, died Thursday, January 8, 2015 at Pine Arbor Healthcare Center in Silsbee. Funeral service was Monday, January 12 at Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee with burial following in Plainview Cemetery in Pineland. Anative of Geneva, she was a lifelong resident of Silsbee. Survivors include her sons, Jerry Tatom and wife Gay of Harrison,Arkansas, and Keith Tatom, Christopher Tatomand wife Gina and Kenneth Tatom, all of Silsbee; sister, Jeanette Williams of Jasper; and eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
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Douglas Shearer

Douglas A. Shearer, 76, of Lumberton, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 15 at Journey Community Church under the direction of Lumberton Family Funeral Home. A native of Chicago, Illinois, he was a United States Air Force veteran. He worked two years in the Border Patrol, six years for U.S. Customs and the rest of his working career was in the hardware sales business. Survivors include his wife of 45 plus years, Aurora Shearer of Lumberton; daughters, Denine Parker and husband Kurt of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Denise Silva, Debbie Newbill and Cynthia Thompson of the Houston area; sons, Douglas Shearer Jr. and David Shearer and wife Amy of Mandeville, Louisiana; and five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
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Anne MacFarlane

Anne E. “Betty” MacFarlane, 88, of Lumberton, died Monday, January 5, 2015 at Village Creek Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Lumberton. Funeral service was Thursday, January 8 at Broussard’s Mortuary in Beaumont with entombment following in Forest LawnMemorial Park, also in Beaumont. A native of Miami, Florida, she was a legal secretary with Mehaffy Weber Law Firm where she retired. Survivors include brother, Jack Hodgkins; daughter, Carole Freeman Muzzillo and husband Ralph; and three grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren.

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