Obituaries

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Annie Luzadder

Annie Ellen Luzadder, 85, of Kountze, passed away Sunday, March 25, 2018. Survivors include her stepdaughter, Deborah Connery of Colorado; and brother, Wayne O. Dunlap and wife Francis of Port Lavaca. A private family committal was held at Broussard’s Crematorium in Beaumont under the direction of Broussard’s Mortuary in Kountze.

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Charlie Gillette

Charlie Gillette, 80, of Lumberton, passed away Thursday, March 22, 2018. His funeral service was Sunday, March 25 at Broussard’s Mortuary in Beaumont with a private family committal following at Broussard’s Crematorium in Beaumont. Born in Alexandria, Louisiana, he was a retired forester and real estate broker. Survivors include his wife, Pam Gillette of Lumberton; sons, Chuck Gillette and wife Michelle of Fannett and Craig Gillette and wife Stephanie of Austin; daughter, Christa Gillette of Austin; step-sons, Cain Pierce and wife Carol of Beaumont and Ben Pierce and wife Miranda of Lumberton; brother, Bill Gillette of Bossier City, Louisiana; and nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Avis Carruth

Avis Joy Johnson Carruth, 83, of Silsbee, passed away March 24, 2018, in Sugar Land, Texas. She was born August 12, 1934, in San Augustine, Texas, to William Alwyn Johnson and Hazel Martin Johnson. She lived in Silsbee for sixty-one years and was a member of Pinecrest Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her loving parents; her husband of forty-nine years, Louis E.

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Bessie Kolb

Bessie Ruth Kolb, 97, of Evadale, passed away Monday, March 19, 2018 at Silsbee Oaks Health Care. She was born on February 27, 1921, in Rapides Parish, Louisiana to Dora Thornhill and Hiram Thornhill.

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Jonathan Reyes

Jonathan Alexander “Alex” Reyes, 21, of Kountze, passed away Monday, March 12, 2018. He was born in Beaumont. Funeral service was Saturday, March 17, at Broussard’s Mortuary in Silsbee with burial following in Old Hardin Cemetery in Kountze. Survivors include his wife, Christine Reyes of Kountze; mother, Kristi Reyes and husband Fernando; father, Daniel Reyes and wife Sara; siblings, Kurtis Reyes and wife Angel, Krista Reyes, Tate Reyes, Ty Ramirez, Tanner Reyes and Taylin Reyes; grandparents, Suzsanne Nichols and her husband James and Tami Snider, all of Kountze, Tony Reyes and George Snider, both of Beaumont; and great-grandparents, Rose Strohmann of Houston and Nell Brightwell of Carthage.

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Steven Crocker

Steven Durwood Crocker passed away at 7:45 am at St. Elizabeth Hospital on March 14, 2018. He passed gently in his sleep after bravely battling cancer. Bubba, as he was affectionately called by loved ones, was exceptional at anything he put his mind to. Being a TRUE cowboy thru and thru, he spent his youth as a competitive Bulldogger in the Rodeo circuit. Later occupations include heavy equipment operating, welding, and finally a pipeline inspector. Bubba also excelled in leisure sports. He was an avid hunter, golfer and a true shark on the pool table. But where he was truly exceptional was with his family. He was the best father and husband anyone could ask for. Bubba was very well loved and will be greatly missed.

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Edward Robinson

Edward Dale Robinson, 59, of Silsbee, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2018 after a long battle with cancer. Memorial service was at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 21) at Lumberton Family Funeral Home in Lumberton. Born in Orange and a former resident of Crystal Beach, he worked in sales in the lumber and concrete industries for many years. Survivors include his mother, Sadie Robinson Gandy and her husband Don of Silsbee; wife of 25 years, Susan Robinson of Silsbee; sons, Ross Alan Robinson and wife Krystal of Houston and Zachary Carl Robinson of Silsbee; daughter, Reagan Jeanice Robinson of Houston; sister, Deanna Tally and husband Glenn of Silsbee; and one grandchild.

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Ted Yianitsas

Ted LaRue Lemons Yianitsas, 87, of Silsbee, passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at her home. She was born in Maryville, Louisiana. Funeral service was Sunday, March 18 at Broussard’s Mortuary in Silsbee with burial following at Hardin Memorial Park, also in Silsbee. Survivors include her husband of 62-years, Jack Yianitsas Sr. of Silsbee; daughter, Laura Elizabeth Yianitsas Fontenot and husband Carl of Silsbee; sons, Jack S. Yianitsas Jr. and wife Lynn of Mobile, Alabama and Sam G. Yiantsas of Silsbee; brother, John “Sonny” Lemons and wife Juanita of Houston; and eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

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Owen Vaughn Sr.

Owen Gordon Vaughn, Sr., 90, of Silsbee, passed away Friday, March 16, 2018, at a Beaumont area hospital. He proudly served his country in the Army Air Force during WWII in the Pacific. After his service in the military, he attended Brigham Young University, Utah State University, University of Houston, and Rice University. He was an active, life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where he served as Bishop Counselor, Seminary Teacher, and Temple Ordinance Worker. He loved reading, but his passion was gardening. Family was very important to him and he loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was a good man and he will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved him. He is preceded in death by his parents, Bonnie and Hattie Vaughn; siblings, Bernice Liddell, Archie Barney Vaughn, Evelyn Jelly, Ernistine Reusch, Juanita Tidwell, and Geneva Day.

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Ronald Cassell

Ronald Lee Cassell, known as Ronnie (or Rodney), passed away peacefully March 17, 2018, at the age of 65. He was born March 5, 1953, in Liberty. The day after graduating from Warren High School in 1971 he went to work for Southern Pacific (now Union Pacific) Railroad where he worked as a conductor until he retired in 1998. In September 1974, he married the love of his life, Lynne, whom he affectionately called "Mrs. Cassell." They had fortythree wonderful years together. Their son Andy was born in 1977 and then Jenny in 1979. He looked forward to hosting a weekly poker game on Thursday nights where he happily made supper for the guys. Usually a new recipe he found on the internet, trying to avoid onions and peppers for Charlie, of course. He also enjoyed trips to the casinos (usually with Bubba and Joe), when asked if he won, he would always reply, "Oh, a dollar or two." Ronnie could always be found with a good cup of coffee in hand and a smile on his face. He never met a stranger.

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