Obituaries
 
 

        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.

 
 
 
 

        Mother of Stephen Nelson

 Mable Lou Nelson, 89, was born on December 18, 1928 to Julius Earl Lewis and Francis Couvillon in LeCompte, Louisiana. Mable’s father, Julius, left Louisiana with other men from the family to travel to Port Arthur, Texas to seek employment during hard times of the depression. Other family members stayed behind until they could obtain enough money to join them. Mable, her older sister, Vera Lee; mother, aunt and cousins, traveled to Port Arthur some months later and waited several days backed-up in traffic to cross the Neches River at board road through marsh at Dryden Ferry.

Mable went to Port Arthur Thomas Jefferson High School and played saxophone in the TJ band. She was an excellent roller-skater and won several awards. Mable meet Louis Arthur Nelson, Jr "Bud" of New Orleans, Louisiana at the Port Arthur Library. Bud and Mable later married in 1948, and lived their lives in Port Arthur and Port Neches.

Mable and Bud had three children, Stephen Alan Nelson, Louis Arthur Nelson, III "Artie" and David Lee Nelson. "ARTIE”, was lost in the Gulf of Mexico on his boat the Gulf Queen while on a fishing trip. Neither Bud nor Mable never really recovered from the loss. After her beloved, Bud's death in 2001 at the age of 75, Mabel faced issues, but took them head on and continued to live a happy life.

Known as GiGi to her grandchildren, the name took on a life of itself!

Mable was an avid reader of Plantation history and culture along the Mississippi river and traveled with friends to visit and tour many estates. Her husband Bud, was a native of New Orleans and they loved visiting and eating at the local restaurants.

Both Mable, her mother and sister, grew and hybridized Daylilies and were long time members of the Gulf Coast Hemerocallis Society and American Hemerocallis Society. Mable was a respected national judge of daylilies. She was president of Region 6 for many years organizing bus trips across the south to visit major daylily breeder gardens. She was also an excellent cook and had a passion for collecting Louisiana cookbooks.

Bud and Mable took many cruises all over the world and collected many prized keepsakes. Buds brother, Dr. James Nelson of Gonzales, LA travelled with them around the world to exotic places.

Mable is survived by her sons, Stephen Nelson and wife Belinda of Port Neches, TX and David Nelson and wife Jennifer; also of Port Neches. She leaves behind three grandchildren, Stephen Nelson, Ashley Nelson and Natalie Nelson along with several nieces and nephewsHer parents Julius and Francis Lewis, son “Artie", along with her sister Vera all preceded her in death.

All with heavy hearts will miss Mabel....

A gathering of friends and family will be Friday, July 6, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, July 7, 2018, at St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church. Rite of committal will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

 
 
 
 

        Daughter of Mary Ann White

 Lisa Michelle “Missy” Desormeaux, of LaBelle, Texas passed away Monday, July 16, 2018 at Houston Methodist Hospital.  

Michelle was born to Terry Allen and Mary Ann Bescher September 20, 1969 in Port Arthur, Texas and grew up the oldest of two children. She attended Silsbee High School and graduated from Lamar University in 1990. She dedicated 30 years to a professional career with an engineering firm in Beaumont.  

She married her college sweetheart, Darrell Desormeaux on October 8, 1994 and has one child, Caleb Desormeaux.  

She lived life her way, happy, making those around her smile and laugh. She was a kind, giving, selfless woman that did so much for so many and will be greatly missed.  

Michelle is survived by her husband, Darrell Desormeaux; son, Caleb Desormeaux; parents Mary Ann Bescher & Randy Thibodeaux and Terry & Jerry Allen; siblings Tina Roberson, Karen Birge and Chuck Iwasko, their spouses and children. She is preceded in death by her father, Donald Bescher, Sr. and sibling, Sheryl McLaughlin.  

A Celebration of her life will be held Saturday, July 21st from 11:00am-2:00pm at the First Baptist Church of Groves located at the corner of 39th Street & Grant Avenue (4000 Grant Avenue). Lunch will be served. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Nora’s Home at 8300 El Rio, Houston, TX 77054 or by phone (832) 962-8065 or online at www.NorasHome.org <http://www.norashome.org/> . Nora’s Home offers transplant patients and their families an affordable place to stay where they can find support and share experiences with others, in the comfort of a home-like environment. 

 
 
 
 

        Mother of Beverly Fontenot

 Rosa Belle Fontenot, 90, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Monday, July 16, 2018, at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. Belle was born December 8, 1927 in Ville Platte, Louisiana to the late Eddie Fontenot and Mazzie Pitre Soileau. Belle was a devout catholic and a member of St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and cooking. Belle loved to travel around the country on tour buses and camping with her husband. Belle had a love for Cajun and country music. 

Belle was preceded in death by her parents; step-father, Marshall Soileau; two brothers and four sisters. She is survived by her loving husband of 71 years, Willis Fontenot; children, Beverly Nixson and her husband Frank of Port Neches; Debra Holberg of Nederland; Susan Singleton and her husband Bryan of Nederland; Kevin Fontenot of Port Arthur; and Milissa Fontenot of Port Neches; brother, Harris Soileau and sister, Virgie Prejean. Belle also leaves behind seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends to cherish her memories. 

The Fontenot family would like to thank the staff at St. Elizabeth Hospital and Harbor Hospice of Beaumont for the love and care they provided to Belle. 

A gathering of friends and family will be on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., with a rosary to be recited at 6:00 p.m., at Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 19, 2018, at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church. Rite of Committal will follow at Memory Garden’s Cemetery.

 
 
 
 

        Mother of Joe Singleton

 LaVonne Lenora Singleton, 92, of Port Arthur, passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at her daughter's home in Orange. LaVonne was born October 30, 1925 in Harrah, Oklahoma to the late, Charles and Helen Kaplon Drew. She was retired as a Surgical Nurse at St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur with 30 years of service.
After the war, her husband, Pete returned to Searcy, Arkansas the two met and dated for 6 weeks before a 6 month engagement lead to their wedding on June 2, 1945. During their 53 years of marriage Pete and LaVonne were blessed with four children, Jim Singleton and his wife, Linda, Joe Singleton and his wife, Donna, Dr. Edward Singleton and his wife, Kim, and Jackie Crow and her husband, Willie; her sisters, Mary Jo Lusk, and Carolyn Frances Drew, her brother, Sonnie Drew and his wife, Dean. Also 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren. LaVonne is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Pete, and her sister, Otelia Ann Murphy.
There will be a family Rosary on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at Melancon’s Funeral Home in Nederland with visitation to follow from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be at Melancon's Funeral Home at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2018 with Rev. J.C. Coon, officiant. Interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches.

 
 
 
 

        Sister-in-law of Mary Wells

 Patricia Osborne Wells, 70, of LaBelle, passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at her residence with her family by her side. Patricia was born February 14, 1948 in Port Neches to the late, Melvin Osborne and Eula McBride Osborne. She was a self-employed Hair dresser for many years.

Patricia is survived by her husband, Charlie Wells of LaBelle; her daughter, Cristi Walters and her husband Craig King of Friendswood; her sons Brett Walters of Katy, and Matthew Wells and his wife Lauren of Houston; her sisters, Beverly Avila of Toledo Bend, Janelle Osborne of Newton, and Cindy Haley and her husband Carroll of Brookland; her brother Steve Osborne and his wife Gale of Port Neches; also surviving her are her seven grandchildren, Ashton Marchand, Cale King, Chance Walters, Pierce Walters, Kaven Wells, Noah Schwartz, and Avery Schwartz. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Chip Osborne.

A gathering of the family and friends will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with the funeral service to begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Melancon’s Funeral Home, 1605 Avenue H in Nederland. Interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches.

 
 
 
 

        Father of Jerry Whittredge

 A.L. “Whitt” Whittredge, 90, of Groves, Texas passed away Saturday, June 2, 2018. A.L. was born December 16, 1927 in Houston, Texas to Captain Bill Whittredge and Fern Thompson Whittredge. He was a resident of Groves for 40 years and retired as an operator from Fina Refinery.
A.L. was a longtime member of Cosmopolitan Lodge #872, and 40 year board member of the Golden Triangle Federal Credit Union.
A.L. proudly served with the Military Police in the U. S. Army.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores Whittredge; brother, Worth Whittredge; and grandson, Robert Whittredge.
Survivors include his children; Jerry Whittredge of Tampa, FL, Dr. Gary “Bo” Whittredge and wife Sheila of Humble, Rodney Reeves, Deborah Reeves and husband Daniel, and Anita Reeves all of Groves; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Nederland.
A visitation for family and friends will be Friday evening from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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