Obituaries
 
 

        Father of Brenda Rector

 Melvin Earl Rector , May you Rest In Peace and walk along side Mawmaw once again for all eternity. I know how deeply you missed her.
On Sunday December 2, 2018, Melvin Earl Rector passed away at the age of 91. Melvin was born in Jasper, Tennessee on December 14, 1926 to Earl Rector and Nellie Conway Rector.
He loved to tell stories of his experiences growing up with his cousin Rooster and the Rector clan on Sequatchie Mountain in Tennessee. Their hilarious antics provided us with many entertaining stories. At the age of 10 years the family moved to Birmingham, Alabama and then moved to Charleston, South Carolina at age 13. At age 14 he remembered in vivid detail a neighbor rushing thru the neighborhood reporting that Japan had bombed Pearl Harbor. He wanted to the join the Navy but his father had served in the infantry during WWI and because of his experiences would not sign for him. In 1944 he joined the Merchant Marines. He escorted many Navy ships to the European war. Many ships were lost during those times but he made it back and was in Times Square in New York City when every horn in the city started blaring the news of Victory. That was a sight and sound he never forgot.
Dad worked for one year on land at the steel mills in Birmingham, Alabama when his first daughter was born. But the call of the sea was in his heart and he returned to marine work. About 1950 he moved his family to Port Arthur Texas which was one of the busiest shipping ports in the country. Dad sailed for Texaco out of Port Arthur for many years and acquired second engineer status. Later he sailed with MEBA also out of Port Arthur until his retirement on January 1, 1991. The stories of his travels and experiences while traveling around the world were endless and vicariously took us to many exotic places. He brought back exciting gifts from around the world. In 1953 he went to Japan and brought back gorgeous silk kimonos. In 1954 be brought back dresses from New York City. In 1964 he went to France and brought back bottles of Chanel No. 5, Joy, Christmas Night and other fragrances to his perfume addicted teenage daughter. On a trip to Brazil he returned with serving trays adorned with beautiful butterflies. On a trip to South Africa he returned with amazing pictures of exotic animals and an offer to purchase a wife from a Zulu chieftain (an offer he refused!). A fellow shipmate was an artist that painted a picture of his youngest daughter on silk. Many of these gifts we still treasure today.
After retiring from actual sailing, he still worked on the ships occasionally doing relief engineer work. After finally retiring from all ship work, he and Mom spent many happy times in North Alabama surrounded by Mom's large extended "Thornton" family. To all the many nieces and nephews he was described as "the favorite uncle". He thought every person was important and valuable regardless of age, social standing or number of accomplishments. He never met a stranger. Brand new acquaintances immediately felt like they had always known him and would look forward to the next visit with much anticipation to hear about his many experiences and hilarious, fascinating stories.
He was married to the breathtakingly beautiful Helen Ruth Thornton on January 3, 1949. Their first child was daughter Brenda Darnell born on November 23, 1949. Their second child was daughter Marguerite born on February 27, 1955. They were married for 63 years until his beloved life's companion passed away on April 3, 2012. He stated that life would never be the same and missed her everyday. When daddy wrapped his arms around mama and she looked up into his eyes it was obvious the love and care that was felt between them. That love lasted for 63 years. His one explicit request was to rest beside his beautiful wife and he will.
Our earliest memories revolved around Mama informing us of daddy's next arrival. The time in port was always much too short but we enjoyed and savored every second. He was the kind of father that would let his two daughters tag along on trips to the gas station or even the barber shop (always interesting) or to the lake to fish. It really didn't matter where he was going - we just wanted to tag along to be in his presence. And even more importantly, he wanted us with him.
Daddy was of good character and a faithful supporter of his family. At 6'2" with jet black hair and hazel green eyes he was the epitome of a handsome southern gentlemen. He never aged physically according to actual years lived. The last week of his life while checking into the hospital, the nurse asked his age and when he responded with 91 she was astonished. His daughter overheard her conversation at the nurses station relating that the 91 year old man might have looked 70! This was a common experience everywhere he went and he loved it!
Daddy was unique, original, one of a kind, a family treasure and an unforgettable man. We will miss him everyday and treasure our memories more acutely than ever before. He has gone from our earthly presence but will never be forgotten. Those left behind to treasure those memories are his daughters, Brenda Hammer and Marguerite Usey. His grandchildren are Terry Jay Cook, Jr., Melissa Coleman, Jonathan Coleman, Leah Coleman, and Daniel Usey. His great grandchildren are Nathaniel Williams, Matthew Williams, Emerald Byrd and Joshua Coleman.
The family request no flowers but instead desire prayers for his loved ones at this time of great loss.

 
 
 
 

        Mother of Beth Hobbs

 Margie Coleman Hobbs , Margie Coleman Hobbs, loving mother and kind friend, passed away peacefully just shy of her 97th birthday. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Bruce; and is survived by her sister, Aletha Kirkwood of Port Arthur, Texas. Margie was born and raised in Port Arthur. In 1970 she moved with her family to Lake Oswego, Ore., when Bruce took a job with the Dillingham Corporation. In the late 70's they moved to Beavercreek and were active members of the Clarkes United Methodist Church. She is survived by her children, Elizabeth of St. Paul, Minn., Larry of Casper, Wy., Terry of Beavercreek, Kathryn Ann of Spokane; and grandson, Tyler Aldworth of Missoula, Mont. No funeral will be held as per her wishes. A celebration of her life will occur at 10:15 a.m., Nov. 25, 2018, at the Clarkes United Methodist Church, 18773 S. Windy City Rd., Mulino, OR 97042. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clarkes church.

 
 
 
 

        Mother of Robert Sewell 

 Dorothy Sewell, passed away on Thursday, November 15, 2018 in her home. She was born on August 30, 1922 in Kansas City, Missouri to George and Gertrude Gaba. Dorothy is survived by her three children; Judith Poarch of Watonga, Oklahoma, Janet Curry of Iola, Texas, and Robert Sewell of Bridgeport, Texas, as well as numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by Chester Sewell, her husband of 53 years.

The visitation will be held from 9 – 10:30 o’clock a.m. on Wednesday, November 21 at Bluebonnet Hills funeral home in Colleyville, Texas.

A private family graveside service will be held immediately after in the Garden of Remembrance.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested donations be made to local food banks and/or homeless shelters.

 
 
 
 

        '70 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School 

 Tighe Huber, he was born on December 11, 1952, to Edith Button Huber-Logsdon and Carl Frederick "Fred" Huber. Dr. Huber was a family physician for twenty-seven years. Growing up, he dreamed of becoming a Port Arthur - Thomas Jefferson Yellow Jacket football player. Not only did he achieve that goal, but he was also a proud University of Texas football alumni; Jefferson County Medical Association member; Texas Medical Association member; and American Academy of Family Practice member. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Huber; and daughter, Alisha Nicole Dungan and her husband, Clint, of Nederland; sons, Trevor Kyle Huber and his wife, Stefanie, of Frisco and Stefan Huber and his wife, Nicole, of League City; brother, Marc Huber, of Austin; four grandchildren; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Thelma and Karl Fragstein, of Nederland. Dr. Huber is preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Kyle and Chris Huber. A gathering of Dr. Huber's family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 26, 2018, at First Baptist Church, 1911 Nederland Avenue, Nederland. His memorial service will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 27, 2018, at First Baptist Church, Nederland, under the direction of Broussard's, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. His family committal was held at Broussard's Crematorium, Beaumont. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tighe A. Huber Scholarship in Premedical Studies to be established through Lamar University, P.O. Box 11500, Beaumont, Texas 77710 or online at www.lamar.edu/give. .

 
 
 
 

        Mother of A.J. Hebert 

 Ruby Nell Hebert Vandewerker, 88, of Austin formally of Port Arthur, passed away Monday, October 22, 2018. Ruby was born March 9, 1930 in Elsa, Texas to the late Iron Charles Jones and Mable Emily Harper Jones. Ruby is survived by her daughter, Vicki Richard and her husband Rodney of Manvel; her sons, A.J. Hebert and his wife Cyndy of Brookeland and Royce Hebert and Terrie Thomas of Austin; her grandchildren, Darrick Richard, Justin Richard, Jeremy Hebert, Shannon Baxter, and John Hebert. Also 14 great grandchildren. A gathering of the family and friends will be from 9:00 a.m. until the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Friday October 26, 2018 at Melancon’s Funeral Home in Nederland. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens of Jefferson County in Nederland. .

 
 
 
 

        Brother of Elizabeth Ann Sutherlin

 James (Jimbo) Aaron Sutherlin, was born September 26, 1952 in Port Arthur, TX to James Edgar and Jewell Yvonne Aaron Sutherlin. Except for my time at Texas A&M University in College Station, I have spent my entire life in and around Port Arthur. My mother retired from the City of Port Arthur after serving for thirty-one years while my father was a letter carrier in Port Arthur for nearly 20 years prior to his retirement. With my enduring passion for coastal fishing and hunting, there is no place I would rather call home. As the Upper Gulf Coast Wetland Ecosystem Project Leader with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, I was based at the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area near Taylor Bayou for twenty-five years before retiring in 2015. My career at Parks and Wildlife complemented my interests in both wintering migratory and resident non-migratory waterfowl, especially mottled ducks (Anas fulvigula), and allowed me to carry out my love for the outdoors in ways that I hope will benefit generations of hunters and anglers to come. I have enjoyed the many pleasures of my friends; sister Elizabeth Anne Coakley (Ron); brother David (Annie); my two sons, Aaron (Molly) and Kendall; and most of all the love of my life, my soul mate, my wife, Lynne Lange. I was blessed with two remarkable grandchildren, Harper and Levi. Initially diagnosed in June of 2010, I have been battling a rare blood cancer known as multiple myeloma. My family and I have put up the good fight and are forever appreciative to the teams at MD Anderson who have provided exceptional support. Arrangements have been made at Levingston Funeral Home, Groves, TX, for visitation on Sunday, November 18 from 3 - 5 PM, and memorial service on Monday, November 19 at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Ducks Unlimited or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. .

 
 
 
 

        Brother of Judy O'Grady 

 Patrick Timothy O'Grady (TJ '66), Services for Patrick Timothy O’Grady, 70, of Temple will be 4 p.m. Wednesday at Hewett-Arney Funeral Home in Temple. Mr. O’Grady died Saturday, Sept. 22, at his residence. He was born June 30, 1948, in Port Arthur to John Jr. and Louise Pearl Schriber O’Grady. He graduated from high school in Port Arthur. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas. He married Teri Walker on Aug. 11, 1979, in Morgan’s Point Resort. Survivors include his wife of Temple; two daughters, Kali O’Grady of Temple and Alison Gerst of Oklahoma; a son, Brian O’Grady of Austin; two sisters, Judy Samuels of Rockport and Pam Price of Groves; and seven grandchildren .

 
 
 
 

        Husband  of Darlene Landry

 Steven J. Landry, 70, of Port Neches, Texas passed away Thursday, August 9, 2018 at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur, Texas.
Steven was born October 13, 1947 in Port Arthur, Texas to Harry Joseph Landry and Etha Broussard Landry. He was a lifelong resident of this area and a retired Auto Mechanic having worked for multiple dealerships over his 50 year career.
He was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Port Neches and Port Neches Knights of Columbus Council #2461.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, August 13, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church with Reverend Shane Baxter officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park.
Visitation for family and friends will be from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary recited by Port Neches Knight of Columbus Council #2461 at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at Levingston Funeral Home in Port Neches.
Steven was preceded in death by his brother, Wayne Landry.
Surviving relatives include his wife of over 26 million minutes (49 years, 10 months), Darlene Landry of Port Neches, Texas; daughter, Terri Landry Walters and husband Jeff Walters of Honey Island, Texas; son, Bryan Landry and husband Michael Talbot of Atlanta, Georgia; sister, Sharon Cooley of DeRidder, Louisiana; 5 grandchildren, Jeff Walters, Jr., Kristen Herrin and husband Dalton Herrin, Jon Doyle, Jennifer Walters and husband Jeremy Lindsey, and Baillie Walters; and 5 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Elizabeth Catholic Church Building Fund, 2006 Nall Street, Port Neches, Texas 77651.

 
 
 
 

        Teacher and Coach - Thomas Jefferson High School

 Charles Loyd Manning, 83, of Bosqueville, went to be with the Lord July 8, 2015. Services will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 14, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home with burial following at Ater Cemetery in Coryell County. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Monday, July 13, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Garden Room. Charles was born at home in Gatesville, Texas, to Lonnie and Earline Watts Manning. When his father was tragically killed in an explosion, Charles and his mother moved to Fort Worth to live with relatives. They returned to Waco several years later after his mother's marriage to Jim Harper. Charles graduated from LaVega Public Schools. While at LaVega, Charles served as art editor of the school annual, The Treasure Chest. He was also a member of the basketball, track, and football teams. Following high school graduation, Charles continued his education at Navarro Junior College, where he participated in track and football, graduating in 1953. Mr. Manning was accepted into Baylor University, where earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in physical education. He was certified to teach all levels of physical education and health, as well as certified in administration and driver education. While a full-time student, Mr. Manning worked the graveyard shift as a lab technician at General Tire and Rubber Co. Charles was called to serve his country in the U. S. Army and was stationed in San Francisco, California. He was assigned to the Nike Missile Battalion. Upon his honorable discharge, Mr. Manning returned to Texas to teach and coach in Stephenville, Waco, and Port Arthur ISD. He was an ordained deacon, serving churches in Port Arthur and Waco. He was also a Rotarian. He was a member of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lynda; his mother, Earline Watts Manning Harper; his father, Lonnie William Manning; his step-father, James Leslie Harper; as well as his sister, Lynn Joyce Harper Wilson of Hallsville. Mr. Manning is survived by his wife, Lorita; son, Mark; brother, Johnny and wife, Marty, of Cypress, Texas, and their son, Dr. Joshua Harper of Kenya, Africa; brother-in-law, Herman Wilson and wife, Kay, of Hallsville, Texas, their son, Tim Wilson of Hallsville, and daughter, Lisa Adams and husband, Trey, of Hallsville; Dr. Norman and June Neidell of Houston, and Sharon Stansel of Houston. The family appreciates the professionalism and compassion shown by Providence Home Healthcare, nurse, Audrey Doolittle, nurse, Cindy of Providence Hospice, Wesley Woods, Providence CHF Clinic, Dr. Sudan, Dr. Shoulz, and the Boundless Love Sunday School Class. The endearing friendship of Bill and Nancy Harlan has helped us through many bumps in the roadthank you. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Memorial Guestbook" at www.WHBfamily.com.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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