Obituaries

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Josephine Barker

Josephine Marie Barker, 74, passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2018 in Silsbee. Josephine was born on May 25, 1943 in Refugio, Texas to Marie A. Hartmann and Patrick F. Walsh. She is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth T. Barker Sr. and her parents, as well as two of her siblings, Michael J. Walsh and Kathleen A. Ranly. Left to cherish her memory include her 5 children, Kenneth (Lee Ann) Barker Jr., Bruce Barker, Kevin (Angela) Barker, Deborah (Matthew) LePore and Melanie (Ben) Verde. She is also survived by two of her sisters; Theresa Johnson of Jasper and Rita Peck of Colorado; her 7 grandchildren, Matt, Wade, Kelley, Craig, Caitlyn, Cassie and Oren; and 5 great-grandchildren, Raelyn, Harlan, Hudson, Waylon and Kourtney. Visitation was held from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, January 22, 2018 with family present from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Celebration of Life began at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Charlie Marshall Funeral Home of Aransas Pass, Texas.

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Joe Smith

Joe Neal Smith, 78, of Kountze, passed away Sunday, January 7, 2018 at a Beaumont hospital. A memorial service was Saturday, January 13 at Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee. He was a retired truck driver for Burrell Trucking in Evadale with 15 years service. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Priscilla Smith of Kountze; son, Stephen Scott Smith and wife Sabrina of Beaumont; and seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

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Martha Kirkendall

Martha Kirkendall, 61, of Silsbee passed away January 1, 2018. Funeral service was Thursday, January 4th at Broussards Mortuary in Silsbee with burial following at Cunningham Cemetery. She was a native of Liberty. Survivors include daughter, Betty Greninger of Silsbee; son, Douglas Teston, mother, Betty Cherry of Kountze, Virginia Black of Kountze; Sharon Cherry of Woodville; Walter Johnson and wife, Theresa of Alabama; Ricky Cherry of Dayton; Peggy Cherry and Rita Cherry both of Washington, Ronnie Cherry, of Houston; and Jeff Cherry and his wife, Shanna, of Big Sandy; and seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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Richard Plake

Richard McKinley Plake, 66, of Evadale, passed away Friday, January 12, 2018. Funeral service was Sunday, January 14 at Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee with burial following at Morse Cemetery in Buna. Born in Silsbee he was a retired self-employed welder and a member of Pipefitters Local 195. He was also a farrier, shoeing horses. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis of Evadale; sons, Cody Plake and wife Shana of Wylie and Colt Plake and wife Stephanie of Lumberton; and three grandchildren.

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17
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Mirtha Walters

Mirtha Mae Walters, 84, of Silsbee passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 20 at New Bethel Baptist Church in Silsbee under the direction of J.B. Coleman Memorial Mortuary in Silsbee with burial following at Kirby Cemetery, also in Silsbee. She was a native of Newton County. Survivors include stepdaughters, Barbara Walters Hartell of Los Angeles, California, Rev. Lois Walters Woodard of Altadena, California and Jewel Walters Rhone of Dallas; sisters, Carrie Crawford and husband Henry of Kirbyville and Melissa Wyatt and husband Skeet, Lillie Johnson and Bobbie Lewis, all of Jasper; and a host of grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.

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Margaret Burdette

Margaret Ann Matthews Burdette, 73, of Silsbee, passed away Monday, January 8, 2018. She was born in Silsbee. Visitation was from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 10 at Broussard’s Mortuary in Silsbee. Her committal was held at Broussard’s Crematorium in Beaumont. Survivors include her children, Wade Burdette of Silsbee, Wesley Burdette and wife Michelle of Beaumont, and Callie LeJune and husband Troy, Leah Burdette, and Rachel Burdette McNamara, all of Silsbee; siblings, Sue Burt and husband James of Buna, Joyce Beaver of Silsbee, Nell Work and husband Pat of Kountze and Tony Matthews and wife Carey of Lumberton; and grandchildren, Terrie LeJune of Brazoria and Garrett LeJune and Arwyn McNamara, both of Silsbee; and great-grandchild, Kole LeJune of Silsbee.

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10
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Curly Calloway

Luther E. “Curly” Calloway Sr., 69, of Silsbee, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018. He was born in Silsbee. Funeral service was Saturday, January 6 at First Assembly of God Church in Kountze. Survivors include daughter, Linda Smith; son, David Calloway; brothers, Alton Jenkins and Douglas Gore; sisters, Dell Montgomery and Rachel Lewis; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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James Greenwood

James Arthur Greenwood, 68, of Fred, passed away Monday, January 1, 2018 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. His graveside service was Thursday, January 4 at Turner Branch Cemetery in Spurger under the direction of Broussard’s Mortuary in Silsbee. Born in Silsbee, he worked as a supervisor for Kirby and Louisiana Pacific and retired as owner operator of Greenwood Lawn Service. Survivors include son, Doot Greenwood and wife Christina of Spurger; daughters, Amy Johnson and Kim Spurlock and husband Jason, all of Fred; sisters, Martha Gore of Silsbee and Paula Hicks of Spurger; and six grandchildren.

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10
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Lazell Miller Jr.

Lazell Miller Jr., 46, of Beaumont, died Saturday, January 6, 2018 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 13 at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Silsbee with burial following at Kirby Cemetery, also in Silsbee under the direction of Mercy Funeral Home in Beaumont. Visitation will be from 12 noon until 5 p.m. Friday, January 12 at the funeral home. Survivors include his wife, Demetral Miller of Beaumont; children, Kendal Semien of Beaumont and Datashia Burrows of Kountze; sisters, Linda Freeman of Beaumont and Latricia Sorina and husband Anthony of Slidell, Louisiana; and brother, Wilbert Shaw and wife Kourtney of Beaumont.

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Margaret Burdette

Margaret Ann Matthews Burdette, 73, of Silsbee, passed away Monday, January 8, 2018. She was born in Silsbee. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. today (Wednesday, January 10) at Broussard’s Mortuary in Silsbee. Her committal will be held at Broussard’s Crematorium in Beaumont. Survivors include her children, Wade Burdette of Silsbee, Wesley Burdette and wife Michelle of Beaumont, and Callie LeJune and husband Troy, Leah Burdette, and Rachel Burdette McNamara, all of Silsbee; siblings, Sue Burt and husband James of Buna, Joyce Beaver of Silsbee, Nell Work and husband Pat of Kountze and Tony Matthews and wife Carey of Lumberton; and five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

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