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Justin Dwayne Smith

Justin Dwayne Smith, 24, of Silsbee, passed away Thursday, May 24, 2018. He was born in Galveston. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 2 at Broussard’s Mortuary in Silsbee with burial following at Franks Branch Cemetery in Fred. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, June 1 at the funeral home. Survivors include his mom, Gwen Haynes and husband Thomas of Silsbee; father, Edwin Smith and Alicia Myers, of Silsbee; siblings, Tasha Guillen and husband William, Edwin Smith and Cody Smith, all of Silsbee; and grandparents, Aline and Raymond Loftin of Silsbee.

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Jerry Grayson Smith

Jerry Grayson Smith, 68, of Evadale, passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at his home. Funeral service was Friday, May 25 at Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee with burial following at Morse Cemetery in Buna. Born in Montgomery, Alabama, he was a United States Army Vietnam War veteran and he was a retired millwright with Huntsman Chemical in Port Arthur. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Sharon Smith of Evadale; children, Jeff Smith and wife Linda of Pearland, Shellie Miller and husband Ron of Cedar Park, Sherrie Colca and Haythem Dawlett of Lakeway and Shannon Lea and husband Greg of Evadale; sisters, Shawn and Rick Caddell of Evadale; Kathy Stines and husband Jim of Alvin and Martha Whitsitt of Evadale; and ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Ora Amos Leisure

Ora Amos Leisure, 93, of Lumberton, passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Graveside service was Tuesday, May 29 at Old Hardin Cemetery in Kountze under the direction of Lumberton Family Funeral Home in Lumberton. Born in Indiana, he was a Merchant Marine World War Ii veteran. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Scottie Leisure.

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Betty Sue Barnes

Betty Sue Barnes, 65, of Lumberton, passed away Wednesday, May 23 at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. Survivors include her daughters, Tammy Korengay and husband David of Sour Lake, and Victoria Woronvich and husband Frank and Becky Barnes, all of Lumberton; son, Billy Barnes and wife Catrina Pedy of Lumberton; and ten grandchildren.

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Clyde Laird

Clyde Laird, 81, of Kountze, passed away Thursday, May 24, 2018 at his home. Funeral service was Saturday, May 26 at Faith & Family Funeral Home in Batson. Born in Kountze, he was an electrician by trade and was a member of Local 479 in Beaumont. Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Fannie Laird of Kountze; daughters, Tana Mc- Cormick and husband Doug and Tambra Edwards and husband Gary, all of Kountze; sons, Timmy Frazier and wife Christi of Silsbee and Stuart Laird and wife Donna of Kountze; sister, Juanita Justice of Albuquerque, New Mexico; brothers, Hubert Laird of Town Bluff and Wayne Laird of Sour Lake; and eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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Walter Clayton Federick

Walter Clayton Federick, 57, of Silsbee, passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2018. A memorial was at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday, May 30) at Holland Cemetery in Kountze. A Silsbee High School graduate, he was an artist, specializing in the modern and the abstract. He was also a certified interior designer. He worked as a cook for the old Cottage Restaurant and also at the Silsbee Country Club. Survivors include his sister, Vernonica Vance and husband Billy of Silsbee; and brother, Dewayne Federick, also of Silsbee.

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Otto “Pat” Hatcher

Otto “Pat” Hatcher, 84, of Lumberton, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2018. Born in High Island and a former resident of Pine Ridge, he retired from Reading & Bates Drilling Company, Western Oceanic, and Noble International. After retirement, he became an independent drilling consultant in Southeast Texas. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Barbara Ann Wimberly Hatcher; children, Patricia Hatcher Brady of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Donna Hatcher Russell and husband Rusty of Vidor and Julie Hatcher Cowart and husband James of Kountze; sister, Betty Hatcher Manuel of Pine Ridge; and six grandchildren. Per Otto’s request, there will not be a visitation or a service. A graveside service will be scheduled at a later date.

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Tommie Lastovica

Arline Caroline “Tommie” Lastovica, 92, of Lumberton, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2018. Funeral service was at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday, May 30) at Infant Jesus Catholic Church in Lumberton with burial following at Resthaven Cemetery in Silsbee under the direction of Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee. Born in Arneckeville, she had lived in Lumberton since 1966. Survivors include her children, Pat Fancher and husband John of Highlands, Kathy Vondenstein and husband Perman of Mont Belvieu, Sandra Klontzakis and husband Manolis of Lumberton, Margaret Becker and husband Wes of Fischer, Jim Lewis and wife Julie of Crosby, Theresa Franks and husband Mark of Lumberton, Rick Lewis and wife Galus Halasz of Brooklyn, New York, and Joyce Self of Silsbee; brother, John Hans and wife Emiko of Houston; and 26 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.

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Lawrence Gilder Jr.

Lawrence Gilder Jr., 80, of Buna, passed away Saturday, May 27, 2018 at Herman Memorial Hospital in Houston. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 2 at Greater Mt. Corinth Missionary Baptist Church in Kountze with burial following at Bessmay Cemetery in Buna under the direction of J.B. Coleman Memorial Mortuary in Silsbee. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. the day of service at the church. He retired from Kirby Forestry in Silsbee with 28 years service and also Buna I.S.D. as a bus driver. Survivors include his wife, Helen Marie Gilder; daughters, Edna Holmes and husband Charles and Gwen Kelly-Hall, all of Silsbee; sons, Lawrence Gilder II of Beaumont and Michael Gilder and Fredrick Aaron, both of Buna; brother, Jason Gilder of Houston; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Willie “Joyce” Gandy

Willie “Joyce” Gandy, 90, of Kountze, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2018. She was born in Daisetta, Texas on September 22, 1927, to her parents, Jessee and Mintie Meadows. She was a great cook and could prepare most anything. She enjoyed quilting and crocheting. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She is preceded in death by her husband, Willie Samuel Gandy; parents, Jessee and Mintie Meadows; siblings, Bob Meadows, Flora Flowers, Dru White, Earline Parsley, George Meadows, Herbert Meadows, and Nevada Knight. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Kay Ryan of Kountze; grandsons, Brent Allen Parker and wife, Theresa of Kountze, and Joseph “Ross” Hamilton of Kountze; great-grandchildren, Annastacia Marie Hamilton of Salt Lake City, Utah, Kyla BreeAnn Parker of Kountze, and Gage Allen Parker of Kountze; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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