Obituaries

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Rodgers Gore

Rodgers Nelson Gore, 61, of Spurger, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2018. Funeral service was Monday, April 23 at Caney Head Assembly of God Church in Silsbee with burial following at Fred Community Cemetery in Fred under the direction of Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee. Born in Kountze, he was a roughneck in the oilfield throughout the area. He also worked as a mechanic. Survivors include his son, Christopher Allen Gore; father, Samuel C. Gore Sr.; brothers, Walter Blair and wife Joyce of Jewett, Samuel Gore Jr. and wife Cheryl of Big Sandy, Oliver Gore and wife Jeanie of Spurger, Heubert Gore and wife Cathy of Fred, Paul Gore and wife Marcy of Spurger, and Jody Cravey and wife Kerry of Silsbee; sisters, Rena James and husband Lloyd of Kountze, Donna Bell of Hillister, Debra Jeffcoat and husband Carlton Ray of Spurger, Delinda Kay Sirmons of Silsbee and Patricia Walker and husband Clint of Port Boliva Peninsula; and one grandchild.

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Colt Kirkendall

Colt Garrett Kirkendall, 23, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 27 at Freedom Fellowship Church in Silsbee with burial following at Antioch Cemetery in Buna. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, April 26 at Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee. Born in Beaumont, he was a lifetime resident of Buna and was an LVN employed by Silsbee Oaks Health Care in Silsbee. Survivors include his father, Roger D. Kirkendall Jr. and wife Audra of Buna; mother, Alisa D. Duff and husband Tim of Buna; brother, Josh B. Duff of Buna; sister, Cierra M. Jones and husband Dylan of Buna; and grandparents, Roger D. Kirkendall and Brenda Kay and Dottie Ross and husband Leslie, all of Buna, Virginia Gray of Silsbee, and Connie Duff and husband Jim Meadows of Nederland.

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25
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Jay Benton, DVM

Dr. Jay Benton, 62, of Silsbee, passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Memorial services were held Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Woodville. Officiating was Brother Billy Kilpatrick and longtime friend, Judge Jacques L. Blanchette. Honorary pallbearers were Rodney Spell, Kyler Spell, Odis Gore, Tracy King, Cody Crosby, and Ken Hebert. Jay was born December 25, 1955 to J.A. & Ann Benton in Woodville, Texas. He was a longtime resident of Tyler County and owned & operated Silsbee Animal Clinic. He was a graduate of Sam Houston State University and received his Doctorate of Veterinarian Medicine from Texas A & M University. He was a member of the Texas A & M Alumni Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association and a supporter of the FFA. He was preceded in death by his father, J.A. Benton.

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18
Apr
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Kathy Lynn Prine 4-18-1963 to 8-7-2013

Beautiful memories silently kept of one that we loved and will never forget

Happy Birthday!

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18
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Edna Pitts

Edna Earl Pitts, 90, of Silsbee, died peacefully at home, surrounded by her loved ones on Monday, April 16, 2018. She was a long-time resident of Silsbee, Texas. Edna’s passion was spending time with her family, genealogy, history and writing. She was one of the original founders of the Hardin County Genealogy Society. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Ray Pitts; and son, Stephen Todd Pitts. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Gilmore and son-in-law, Fran Gilmore, also, daughter-in-law, Bertha Pitts and six grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren that she adored. Edna will be greatly missed by all those who knew her and loved her. The family will receive friends at Farmer Funeral Home on Monday, April 23, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 p.m., officiated by Pastor Francis Gilmore and Pastor Linda Gilmore. Interment will follow at R.S. Farmer Memorial Cemetery.

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Jesse English III

Jesse Lawrence English III, passed away Friday, April 13, 2018 at the age of 67. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 19 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Churchin Beaumont under the direction of Broussard’s Mortuary in Beaumont. Committal was held at Broussard’s Crematorium. He practiced law in Beaumont and Silsbee for many years. He also taught courses at Lamar Institute of Technology. Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Kathy; children, Kate, Lawrence and wife Rachel, and Ellis and husband Daniel; sister, Frances; and three grandchildren.

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Larry Jagneaux

Larry Paul Jagneaux, 73, of Lumberton, passed away Sunday, April 15, 2018. Funeral was at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 18) at Broussard’s Mortuary in Beaumont with burial following at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, also in Beaumont. Survivors include his son, Jeffrey Jagneaux of Lumberton; daughter, Dana Young and husband Gerald of Lumberton; and three grandchildren

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Susanne Mendez

Susanne Mendez, 68, of Silsbee, passed away Sunday, April 15, 2018. Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at Old Hardin Cemetery in Kountze under the direction of Broussard’s Mortuary in Silsbee. Survivors include her children, Johnny Mendez and wife Mary and Salvador Mendez Jr., all of Silsbee and William Mendez of Michigan; sisters, Stephanie Stephens and Norely Scott; and three grandchildren.

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Paul Ortego Sr.

Paul Norman Ortego Sr., 80, of Lumberton, passed away Sunday, April 15, 2018. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 19 at Broussard’s Mortuary in Silsbee with burial following at R.S. Farmer Memorial Park, also in Silsbee. Survivors include his wife Gussie Ortego; children, Shirley Rasco and husband Michael of Kerens, Paul Ortego Jr. and wife Barbara of Deweyville, Liz Will and husband Mike of Lumberton, Tanya Sonnier and Tricia Skellham and husband Lee, all of Louisiana and Shaun Ortego and wife Vicki of Kileen; step-daughters, Christy Boutte and husband Keith of Louisiana and Tiffany Bonin; and 24 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

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Reyna Baird

Reyna Maria Baird, 30, of Lumberton, passed away Sunday, April 15, 2018. Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Friday, April 20 at Infant Jesus Catholic Church in Lumberton with burial following at Hardin Memorial Park in Silsbee. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at Broussard’s Mortuary in Silsbee. Survivors include her parents, Maria and Tony Baird Sr. of Lumberton; sister, Amanda Lynn Breaux and husband Dustin of Orangefield; brother, Tony Lynn Baird Jr. of Lumberton; and grandparents, Cecil Baird of Trinity and Manuel Real of Mexico.

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