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Sharron Baker Melvin

Sharron Baker Melvin passed over on July 7, 2018 after a brutal two month battle with late onset acute leukemia. Sharron is preceded in death by her father, Ray Baker and mother, Virginia Shivers Baker, both of Woodville, Texas and one dearly loved nephew, Ray Acton Swanson. She is also preceded by many dear friends and other relatives. Survived by her husband, Cruse Melvin of Silsbee, Texas; sons, Timothy Ray Melvin and his wife, Beverly, of Tualatin, Oregon and John Sherman Melvin and his husband, Paul Kane, of Austin, Texas; brother, John Swanson and his wife, Fredda (Pat), of Greenville, Texas; granddaughters, Ashlyn and Kathryn Melvin of Tualatin, Oregon; four nephews and two nieces, whom she loved as if her own; plus, cousins and many others touched by her approach to life. She saw order and beauty in nature and wonder in all of God’s creation. She accredited beauty, talent, and potential in everyone she encountered.

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Lillie “Cookie” Fontenot

Lillie “Cookie” Fontenot, age 73 of Silsbee, TX, passed away on Saturday, July 7th, 2018. She was born to James and Madelyn Adair on September 1st, 1944 in Port Arthur, TX. Cookie was a Southeast Texan her entire life. She was a free spirit, loved by so many that crossed her path. Her giving nature was clearly seen by so many. As a clerk, Cookie made a great deal of acquaintances with people from all walks of life, yet her loving spirit-built bridges to all of them. Cookie’s faith in God brought her through all life’s tests, while she visited many churches throughout the years her faith could best be described as just being a Christian. Her loving attitude could be quickly lost if anyone had the audacity to mistreat her children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren. While Cookie loved fishing and had happily visited every pond in Silsbee, TX, the people who really knew her were aware of her favorite past-time, pennyslots at the casino.

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James Floyd Trotter

James Floyd Trotter, 75, of Kirbyville, Texas passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 7, 2018 in Silsbee, Texas. James was born in Grants Pass, Oregon on Saturday, June 19, 1943 to his loving parents “Pop” and Clara Trotter who have preceded him in death. James spent a large part of his life in Oregon where he met his wife of over 36 years, Glenda Trotter. James and Glenda spent many happy years hunting, fishing on the Rouge River, and tubing whenever possible. James had many skills he gained working at the Louisiana Pacific Mill until his retirement. He was a loyal husband and companion, a caring father and a good man. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Glenda Sue Trotter; his children, Cathy Ladd and husband Terrance, Jim Trotter, Angela Albright and husband Bill, and Gary Trotter; his loyal sister, Waline Fisher; and 5 amazing grandchildren. A private family ceremony will be held at a later date.

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Mary Alice Marino-Snider

Mary Alice Marino-Snider, 76, of Lumberton, passed away Friday, June 29, 2018. Funeral service was Friday, July 6 at Infant Jesus Catholic Church in Lumberton under the direction of Lumberton Family Funeral Home, also in Lumberton. Burial was held Monday, July 9 at Houston National Cemetery in Houston. Born in Beaumont, she was a lifelong south east Texan. Survivors include her husband, Frank Snider; brother, Henry Marino; sister, Fran Marino; sons, Paul Teutsch, Mark Teutsch, Kenneth Teutsch and wife Jolene, and Jack Bruner; daughter, Michelle Massey; and six grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren.

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Lanny Dale “Jake” Kelly

Lanny Dale “Jake” Kelly, 55, of Buna, passed away Tuesday July 3, 2018. Funeral service was Tuesday, July 10 with burial following at Bean Cemetery in Kirbyville. He worked for Texas Forest Service for several years and later opened his own auto paint and body shop. Survivors include his parents, Weldon Kelly Sr. and Diane Kelly of Buna; brothers, Weldon Kelly Jr. and wife Sheri and Jeffrey Kelly, all of Buna; daughters, Melody Campbell and husband Dennis of Silsbee and Holly Gathright and husband Chris of Buna; and six grandchildren.

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Charles Dean Gober

Charles Dean Gober, 59, of Lumberton, passed away Saturday, July 7, 2018 at a Beaumont hospital. He retired from the United States Army after serving 22 years. Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Patricia Gober of Lumberton; children, Jessica Wade and husband Matthew of Euless and Willie Finch of Beaumont; siblings, Lisa Pate of Euless, Bilinda Gober of Bedford, and Dwayne Gober and wife Debbie of South Lake; and nine grandchildren. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

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Bryan Goins

Bryan Goins, 57, of Spurger, passed away Saturday, June 30, 2018. Graveside service was Friday, July 6 at Fred Community Cemetery in Fred under the direction of Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee. Born in Kountze, he was a construction worker for various construction companies all over the area. Survivors include his father, Robert Goins of Spurger; brother, Bradford Goins of Spurger; and sister, Phyllis Ingram and husband Steve of New Mexico.

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Jason Michael Tampke

Jason Michael Tampke, 40, of Lumberton, passed away Saturday, June 30, 2018. Funeral service was Saturday, July 7 at Lumberton Family Funeral Home in Lumberton with burial following at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Centerville. Born in Conroe, he was an electrician for Motiva. Survivors include his father, Michael Tampke; mother and step-father, Brenda Hooks and husband Barner; children, Addison Tampke, McKay Tampke and Quinn Tampke; brothers, Brandon Tampke and wife Carolann, Michael Paul Tadlock and wife Lindsey, Brian Hooks and wife Ashlyn and Timothy Hooks and wife Amber; and sister, Amy Dirnberger and husband Dustin.

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Fred E. Yount Jr.

Fred E. Yount Jr., 76, of Kountze, passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2018. A memorial service was held Friday, July 6 at Wiley Mae Baptist Church in Silsbee. Born in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, he worked for a while as a deputy for Harris County, eventually working his way up to lieutenant. He later became the pastor at Lakeview Baptist Church in Vidor. Survivors include his wife, Joy Yount of Kountze; son, Dan Northcutt and wife Dusty of Corinth; siblings, Ruby Ruggles and husband Johnny of Silsbee, Carolyn Galvitz and husband Charles of Deer Park, Tommy Yount and wife Edna of Baytown, Gloria Johnson and husband Cecil of Houston and Patsy Johnson and husband Steve of Dallas; and ten grandchildren.

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James Edward Powell

James Edward Powell, 65, of Houston, passed away Friday, July 6, 2018. Funeral service was Monday, July 9 at Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee with burial following Fellowship Cemetery in Warren. Born in Houston, he was a welder by trade. Survivors include his brothers, David Powell Jr. and wife Carol of Spring and Timothy Powell and wife Angela of Kilgore.

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