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Lanny Brasher

Lanny Robert Brasher, 81, of Lumberton, passed away Friday, April 22, 2018 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Born in Vivian, Louisiana, he was a United States Navy veteran and retired from DuPont after many years. Survivors include his wife Betty Brasher of Lumberton; daughter, Kristy Lee of Dallas; brothers, Bill Brasher and wife Beverly of Arkansas and Charlie Brasher of Mississippi; step-children, Terry Kasseroler of Clear Lake, Tammy Hargraves of Fannett and Troy Leger of Nederland; and three grandchildren and eight step-grandchildren. Lanny’s wishes were to donate his body to science under the direction of Broussard’s in Beaumont. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Jeffrey Warden

Jeffrey Dwayne Warden, 47, of Kountze, died Thursday, April 19, 2018. He was born on October 25, 1970, in Kountze, to Mary Elaine McCoy and Richard Dexter Warden. Jeffrey worked as a plumber and was a member of Pine Lodge #642 A.F. & A.M. in Kountze. Survivors include his wife of twenty-six years, Tonya Warden; parents, Elaine and Richard Warden; children, Jonathan Tyler Warden and his wife, Alexus; Jarrod Zachary Warden; and Jacqueline Mechelle Warden; grandchildren, Paislee Warden and Maddox Warden; brother, Jeremy Warden and his wife, Lavonda; and nieces, Mallory, Jada, Jena, and Jacie Warden, all of Kountze. Jeffrey is preceded in death by his brother, Jonathan Wade Warden; and grandparents, Electra and Norman Warden and Pearl and Clarence McCoy. A gathering of Mr. Warden’s family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Saturday, April 28, 2018, at First Baptist Church of Kountze, 100 West Monroe Street, Kountze.

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Bill Bradford

Bill Larkin Bradford, 86, of Kountze, passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Funeral service was Saturday, April 21 at Broussard’s Mortuary in Silsbee with burial following at R.S. Farmer Memorial Park, also in Silsbee. Born in Nashville, Arkansas, he was a United States Army Korean War veteran. Survivors include his brother, J.L. Bradford of Nashville, Arkansas; and sisters, Shirley Bradford of Nashville, Arkansas, Betty Kibodeaux of Beaumont, Linda Hockaday of Nashville, Arkansas and Patsy Whitehead and husband Floyd of Texarkana, Arkansas.

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Rev. Oliver Davis

Rev. Oliver H. "Dave" Davis, 84, went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on April 12, 2018. He was born on September 19, 1933 to Joseph and Mary Davis in Port Neches, Texas. He served in the U.S Navy during the Korean conflict stationed in Hawaii. Dave always served small United Methodist churches. He had four distinct calls to the ministry, interspersed with years of making a living as a salesman, but God would not let go and Dave returned to the ministry time after time. He pastored many small Methodist churches in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and New Mexico. While in Sanderson, Texas, he married his late-in-life bride Lenora, who loved and supported him with unwavering devotion throughout their 24 years of marriage. He retired from the New Mexico UMC conference in 1996 and returned to his roots in Southeast Texas, near where he grew up. He was preceded in death by brother, Leonard “Deac” Davis of San Antonio, Texas and Elaine Shattuck of Rusk, Texas.

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Gale Richardson

Gale Richardson, 68, of Kountze passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018. Born in Beaumont, he was a United States army veteran and retired as an engineer with Entergy. Survivors include his son, Stuart Richardson of Kountze; brother, Ernest Richardson of Kountze; and sister, Maxine McGinnis of Crosby.

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Robert Nelson

Robert Franklin Nelson, 41, of Silsbee, passed away Sunday, April 15, 2018. Funeral service was Friday, April 20 at Lumberton Family Funeral Home in Lumberton. Born in Beaumont, he was a heavy equipment operator in the petro-chemical industry for many years. Survivors include his wife, Tonia Nelson; daughter, Alex Nelson; and parents, Robert Wayne and Faye Nelson.

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Riley Spittler

Riley Edward Spittler, 73, of Spurger, passed away Friday, April 20, 2018 at his home. Funeral service was Monday, April 23 at Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee with burial following at Frank’s Branch Cemetery in Fred. Born in LaGrange, he was a retired United States Steel Worker. Survivors include sons, Curt Spittler and wife Rhonda of Kountze and Derek Spittler and wife Chelsea of Spurger; daughters, Tammy Dugas and husband Darrell of Nederland and Wendy Tate and husband Kelly of Nederland; brothers, Ruben Spittler and wife Shirley of Spurger and Robert Spittler of Nederland; sisters, Linda Stansbury and husband Lynn of Nederland; and 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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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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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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