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Gary Gatch

Gary Kendel Gatch, 70, of Silsbee, passed away Sunday, September 24, 2017. Funeral service was at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday, September 27) at First Baptist Church in Silsbee with burial following at Resthaven Cemetery in Silsbee under the direction of Lumberton Family Funeral Home in Lumberton. He retired as a First-Class Boatswain’s Mate from the United States Navy after 20 years of service. While in the Navy, he served a 6-month Mediterranean Cruise out of Virginia, two cruises in the North Atlantic, and was stationed in Jacksonville, Florida for 2 ½ years. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Sharron Giroir Gatch.

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Ronald Shandy

Ronald Gene Shandy, 60, of Silsbee, passed away Sunday, September 24, 2017 at his home. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 28 at Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee. Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, he had lived in Silsbee the past 18 years. He worked many years as an ironworker and an estimator coordinator. He was a United States Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Kathy Shandy of Silsbee; sons, Brandon Shandy of Anahuac and Kelby Shandy of Baytown; daughters, Jamie Dadia of Manassas, Virginia, Somer Gibens of Auburn, Alabama, Ciara Shandy of Houston and Chloe Tanton of Vidor; brother, Edward Shandy of Redfield, Arkansas; sister, Marilyn Cook of Star City, Arkansas; and 15 grandchildren.

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Peggy Townsend

Peggy Diane Townsend, 69, of Silsbee, passed away Saturday,September 23, 2017 at  Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. Funeral service was Tuesday, September 26 at Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee with burial following in Cunningham Cemetery, also in Silsbee. A native of Colmesneil, she was a long-time resident of Silsbee Convalescent Center. Survivors include her niece, Connie Solly.

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Suellen Weaver

Suellen Martin Weaver, 73, of Silsbee, passed away Friday, September 22, 2017. A graveside service was Monday, September 25 at R.S. Farmer Memorial Cemetery in Silsbee under the direction of Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee. Born in Houston, she was a licensed vocational nurse, serving in several nursing homes and home health services. She taught nurse aide classes giving many a way to support themselves. She retired from Silsbee Oaks Nursing Home as the assistant director of nurses. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Houston Weaver; son, Eric Weaver and wife Melinda “Punkin” of Silsbee; daughter, Kay Messer and husband Gerald of Fred; brother, James “Bubba” Martin and wife Carolyn of Nederland; and five grandchildren.

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Nola Henry

Nola Elizabeth Henry 84, of Silsbee, Texas; passed Monday, September 18, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness, 105 Turtle Creek Dr. Silsbee, Texas. Entombment will be in Live Oak Memorial Park, Beaumont, Texas. She was born on December 18, 1932 in Tomball, Texas to Velma Martin Stewart and Joe Stewart Jr.

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Ernest Gauthier Jr.

Ernest Paul Gauthier, Jr., 76, of Silsbee, Texas, went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. Memorial service, under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home, was held at Dorman Funeral Home, in Orange, Texas at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2017; Lay Pastor Bryant Champagne of Cowboy Church officiating. Visitation for family and friends was held at Dorman Funeral Home on Saturday, September 23, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Ernest was born on Saturday, October 26, 1940, in Franklin, Louisiana, to Lucille Gary and Ernest "Pete" Gauthier Sr. In 1941, Ernest became a resident of Orange, Texas, where he lived for the next 47 years. He was a graduate of St. Mary’s Catholic High School. Ernest was a hardworking man who made a career as a process operator for 33 years at Bayer before retiring in 2001.

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O.U. Jenkins

O.U. Jenkins, 64, of Silsbee, passed away Saturday, September 23, 2017 in Houston. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 30 at First Baptist Church in Silsbee with burial following at Kirby Cemetery under the direction of J.B. Coleman Memorial Mortuary, also in Silsbee. A native and longtime resident of Silsbee, he was a mechanic. Survivors include his sisters, Nadine Ford and Pandora Cutwright, both of Silsbee; and brothers, Jessie Jenkins Jr. of Brenham, Larry Holman of Beaumont and Lester Jenkins of Buna.

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Dorothy George

Dorothy George, 91, of Lumberton, passed away Monday, September 18, 2017. She was born in Portland, Oregon. Funeral service was Thursday, September 21 at Broussard’s Mortuary in Kountze with burial following at Magnolia Cemetery in Beaumont. Survivors include her sons, Tommie George and Gary George and wife Patty, all of Lumberton; brothers, Charlie, Frankie, Johnny, Raymond, Paul and Eddie Michalik; sisters, Aggie Winans and Lucille Henderson; and two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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Scott Coyle

Scott Barry Coyle, 67, of Silsbee, died Thursday, September 7, 2017. A private family committal was held at Broussard’s Crematorium in Beaumont under the direction of Broussard’s Mortuary in Silsbee. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran and retired as a tug boat captain. Survivors include his children, Amanda Lee Scott Parker of DeRidder, Louisiana; siblings, Robert Earl Whitmire of Hemphill, Stephen Coyle of Tomball and Lynne Lam of Kerrville; and one grandchild.

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JoNell Felps

JoNell Felps, 74, of Fred, passed away Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at her home. Funeral service was Saturday, September 16 at Broussard’s Mortuary in Silsbee with burial following at Baker-Bell Cemetery in Fred. Born in Buna, she was a homemaker. Survivors include her daughters, Lana Drake, Kim Lout and husband Rusty, Tana Carruth and husband Rossi and Stephanie Tressler and husband Billy; and seven grandchildren and eight greatgrandchildren.

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