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Bret Lee Grisham

Bret Lee Grisham, 36, of Silsbee, passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018. Services are pending with Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee.

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Mrs. Bobbie Jean Stittem

Mrs. Bobbie Jean Stittem, 83 of Woodville, Texas was called home on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at her residence two days before her 84th birthday. Bobbie was born July 3, 1934 to the late Elisha and Velma Smith. She was the oldest of three daughters. She leaves to cherish her memories seven daughters: Margaret Kelly (Leon), Patricia Stittem, Gloria Jones (Rev. Oliver Jones), Luvenia McDonald, Kathy Holman, Minister Yolanda Stittem and Jatona Stittem-Begelton (Reginald) and one son John R. Stittem, Jr. (Veronica), sister Joyce M. Smith; 14 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. Mrs. Stittem’s Going Home Services will be held Saturday, July 7 at 11 a.m. at New Zion Baptist Church in Spurger. A Glimpse Before Glory (Visitation) will be 9 a.m. until time of services. Services entrusted to Donald E. Coleman Funeral Home, Kountze, Texas 409- 246-1710

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Nelmer B. Whisenant

Nelmer B. Whisenant, 102, of Fred, crossed over Jordan and waltzed through the Pearly Gates, June 27, 2018. She was born on November 27, 1915, in Silsbee, to Ida Watts Gilmore and John Henry Gilmore. Nelmer graduated from Fred High School in 1933. She married John Whisenant and they resided in Fred. She attended Lamar College, where she received a Dental Assistant Certification. She worked as a Dental Assistant for Dr. W.C. McNeil for twelve years. She then worked for Evans Products as a particle board grader until she retired. Survivors include her daughters, Mary Ward and her husband, James and Linda Whisenant, all of Fred; grandchildren, Gary Ward and his wife, Lisa, and Paula Young; great-grandchildren, Aaron Ward; Beth Slaydon and her husband, Tyler; Zane Young; and Jessica LeFloor, all of Silsbee; brother, Leston Gilmore of Wharton; sister, Betty Vandiver and her husband, Bill, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; her Pentecostal Lighthouse Church family; and a host of friends.

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Phillip Patrick “Pat” Work

Phillip Patrick “Pat” Work, 73, of Kountze, passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2018. He was born in Silsbee. Funeral service was Friday, June 29 at Broussard’s Mortuary in Kountze with burial at Old Hardin Cemetery, also in Kountze. Survivors include his wife, Nell Work of Kountze; children, Scott Work and wife Jennifer of Kountze and Patrick Work of Evadale; siblings, Sue Lindeman and husband Kenneth of Silsbee, Jimmy Paul Work of Kountze and David Work and wife Donna of Lufkin; step-children, Chris Richard, Michael Richard and Sandy Drake; and nine grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.

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27
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Robert Allan Neyland

Robert Allan Neyland, 90, of Silsbee Texas, passed away on June 21, 2018 in Austin. He was born in Silsbee, on May 19, 1928 to Arch and Corrie Braswell Neyland. He graduated from Silsbee High School and The University of Texas at Austin with a business degree and returned to Silsbee to work in the family grocery and feed business. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. He returned to Silsbee and married his high school sweetheart, Yvonne Wilson in 1953. He founded Hardin County Savings and Loan in 1955, later renamed Hardin Savings. He served as President and Chairman of the Board until the firm was sold in 1984. After his retirement, he served as a Supervisory Agent for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for several years. Robert and Yvonne had two children, Susan and Wilson. He played a key role in Silsbee, serving in many leadership positions. He was instrumental in building Silsbee Doctors Hospital and was a charter member of the Silsbee Country Club.

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27
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Frank Arthur Chaney Sr

Frank Arthur Chaney Sr., passed away Saturday, June 23, 2018. He was born November 6, 1943 to Arthur and Byretha Chaney in Indian Hill, Texas. He was the second of nine children. He accepted the Lord at an early age at Hickory Grove Baptist Church and was baptized at the age of 8 at Morris Creek. He attended Mattox Elementary School and graduated from Wiergate High School in 1962. In 1963 he moved to Silsbee, Texas. In 1965 he joined the Armed Forces and served two years. Upon returning to Silsbee, he joined and faithfully served at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church until his death. He served wherever he was asked or needed. He was an ordained Deacon, worked on the Finance Committee, sang in the choir, served in the Brotherhood Auxiliary, a member of Brothers United and the brethren maintenance group. He was also a faithful servant who assisted with Sunday School, Prayer meeting and he served as a faithful Prayer Warrior with Reverend Chapman.

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27
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Tommy Joe Mullins Sr.

Tommy Joe Mullins Sr., 76, of Silsbee, passed away Friday, June 22, 2018. Funeral service was Tuesday, June 26 at Good Samaritan Fellowship Church in Fred under the direction of Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee with burial following at R.S. Farmer Memorial Cemetery in Silsbee. Born in Colmesneil, he was a lineman with IBEW Local 2286 and retired from Newtron Electrical. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Ann Mullins of Silsbee; children, Darla Leatherwood and husband Bo of Silsbee, Joe Mullins and wife Robin of Silsbee, Leo “Junior” Butler and wife Angel of Mineral Wells, Ricky Mullins and wife Laura of Nederland, Randy Mullins and wife Melissa of Buna, Michael Butler and wife Allison of Silsbee and Destiny Hatcher of Silsbee; sisters, Sharon Johnson and husband Wendell and Judy Hooks, all of Silsbee; and 20 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

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Wanda Ann Jones

Wanda Ann Jones 49, of Silsbee passed June 20, 2018. Services will be June 30, 2018 at Love Fellowship Outreach Ministries 440 S. 12th St. Silsbee, Texas. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. until funeral at 11 a.m. Cherishing her memories are her children, Decoby Jones and Joshua Jones; mother, Fannie Boykin; siblings, Sharon Nichols (Lay) and Jerome Boykin; as well as a host of other family and friends. Proctor's Mortuary – Beaumont is in charge of final arrangements, 3522 Washington Blvd, Beaumont, Texas 7770 (409) 840-2022 www.proctorsmortuary.com.

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Martha Elizabeth Rhoads

Martha Elizabeth Rhoads, 71, of Silsbee, passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont after a long illness. Funeral service was Saturday, June 23 at Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee with burial following at R.S. Farmer Memorial Cemetery, also in Silsbee. Born in Beaumont, she had lived most of her life in Silsbee and was a housewife. Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Sonny Rhoads; children, William Rhoads and wife Lisa of Temple and Bonita Fuller and husband Tim of Silsbee; and four grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren.

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James Curtis “J.C.” Schexnider

James Curtis “J.C.” Schexnider, 81, of Lumberton, passed away Sunday, June 17, 2018. Funeral service was Sunday, June 24 at Lumberton Family Funeral Home in Lumberton. Born in Port Acres, he had lived in Lumberton 38 years and owned his own construction company and ranch. Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Cathy Schexnider; daughter, Karen Schexnider-Tracy; sons, Chris Schexnider and wife Ashley and Kurt Schexnider and wife Cheryl; brother, Lawrence Schexnider; sister, Ethel Labure; and four grandchildren.

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