Obituaries

LaFosse, Harold Wilfred "Coach", Jr. Harold Wilfred LaFosse, Jr. 8/7/1951 - 2/27/2005

Harold "Coach" Wilfred LaFosse, Jr., 53, of Beaumont died Sunday, February 27, 2005 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital.

A native and lifelong resident of Beaumont, he taught math and coached his entire career in the following Independent School Districts, Monsignor Kelly High School, Assumption Junior High, Sabine Pass High School, Northwest Academy, Klein Forest High School, Vidor High School, Lumberton Middle School, Hamshire-Fannett High School and Hamshire-Fannett Middle School, and was currently head baseball coach at Evadale High School.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa Ham LaFosse of Beaumont; his sons, Clark Seldon LaFosse of Beaumont and Brett Wade LaFosse of San Marcos; his parents, Harold and Ida LaFosse of Beaumont; his mother-in-law, Ethameeta Jones Ham of Port Arthur; his brothers, Edmund LaFosse of Atlanta, Georgia and Robert LaFosse of New York; his sisters, Theresa Zummo and her husband Dr. John Zummo of Houston, Lana Metzger and her husband John of Missouri City; nephews, Tony Zummo and John Metzger, Jr.; nieces, Amy Zummo and Lauren Metzger.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 2, 2005 at Trinity United Methodist Church with burial at Forest Lawn Memorial Park under the direction of Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin, Beaumont.

A gathering of his family and friends will begin at 5:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 1, 2005 at the mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 7410, Beaumont, Texas 77726 or to National Brain Tumor Foundation, 22 Battery Street, Suite 612, San Francisco, California 94111-5520 which Harold supported.
Lane, Ann Laura Funeral services for Ann Laura Lane, 72, of Jasper will be at 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 3, 2005 at the Jasper Church of Christ on Hwy 96 South. Visitation will be Sunday, January 2, 2005 from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Jasper. Ann died at Christus St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Beaumont on Friday, December 31, 2004. A native and lifelong Jasper resident, she was a member of the Jasper Church of Christ, Hwy 96 South. A 1949 graduate of Jasper High School, she received her Bachelor's Degree from Harding University in Arkansas, then received her Master's Degree at Abilene Christian University. She did Post Master's work at Lamar University. She retired as an Educational Diagnostician after over 40 years in the Education Profession. A member of the Jasper Ladies Civic Club, she enjoyed singing, playing the piano, cooking and sports. She loved her family, especially her grandkids. Ann is survived by her husband of 43 years, James E. Lane, Ed.D., one son, Jimmy Lane, both of Jasper, two daughters, Liz Lane of Houston and Mae Lane of Dallas, 2 brothers, Pete Dean and Butch Dean and one sister, Judy Marken, all of Jasper and 3 grandchildren, Kelsey Lane, Tyler Lane and Landon Lane.
LeDoux, Geneva B.
Geneva B. LeDoux, 68, of Beaumont died January 2, 2005 at her residence. A native of LaFeria, Texas and resident of Beaumont since 1952, Geneva was a loving mother and grandmother and long time member of Amelia Baptist Church. She is survived by her children, Joyce Kemp and her husband David of Lumberton, Beau LeDoux of Houston, and Alicia Lawless and her husband Rod of Beaumont; grandchildren, Karol Anne Kemp, Haley Kemp, Riley Lawless, and Ainsley Lawless; and stepfather, Francis LeBlanc and his wife Rosalie of Fredricksburg. Her husband of thirty-nine years, John B. LeDoux, Sr. and her mother, Ruby LeBlanc preceded her in death. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 4, 2005 at Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin, Beaumont followed by burial at Forest Lawn Cemetery. A gathering of family and friends was held from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Monday evening, January 3, 2005 at the Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to Mamie McFaddin Ward Cancer Treatment Center, 2830 Calder, Beaumont, Texas 77702.
Lee, Herbert Grady Herbert, born October 6, 1924 in Port Neches, Texas to Norma Jettun Lee and Mark Nathan Lee, passed away on December 24, 2005.

He was a life long resident of Port Neches. Herbert graduated from Port Neches High School in 1943 where he earned his nickname “Guts” for his prowess and tenacity on the football field. He has been a PNG football season ticket holder for over 60 years.

Herbert married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Bonnie Ruth Daniel. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 21, 2005 before Bonnie passed away on July 7, 2005.

In 1989, Herbert retired after 47 years from Neches Butane Products Company as plant Maintenance Manager. He served on the Board of Directors and was Chairman of the Board for Neches Federal Credit Union for over 30 years. He was a Port Neches city councilman for 17 years and served as Mayor Pro-Tem for 14 of those years. Herbert was honored to previously been named “Man of the Year” by the Port Neches Rotary Club. Herbert, a Master Mason, was a member of Grand Lodge #1163 for over 50 years. In April, 2004 he was awarded his 50 year pin as an Eastern Star member. He was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church.

While Herbert was proud of having served his community, his greatest joy came from being a devoted husband, beloved father and grandfather. Herbert was better known as “Poppa Lee” to his grandchildren and family members. Herb was truly an inspiration to all who’s lives he touched. Everyone who knew him could tell you about Herb’s generosity, warmth, kindness, and willingness to help others. His house, but more specifically his kitchen, was always open to his family and friends. Many people credit Herbert with the positive directions their lives have taken.

Herbert is preceded in death by his parents, his wife and his older brother Albert Burnon Lee.

He is survived by his 3 sons: Daniel G. (Linda) Lee, Randal M. (Donna) Lee and Herbert Kent Lee, his five grandsons: Brian J. (Chantay) Lee, Mark N. (Kimberley) Lee, Christopher R. Lee, James D. Lee, Michael G. Lee, a great grandson Jackson Grady Lee, his sister Alberta Farris, a nephew Garry (Phyllis) Farris, 2 sister in laws Betty Sue (Adam) Bertrand, Martha (Tom) Gray and brother in law W.C. “Dub” Lindsey. He will also be missed by numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are his friends and fellow credit union board members: George Bryant, Billy Cogswell, Glenn Johnson, Mark Majors, Jimmy Noone, J.D. Peet, Jim Smith, Buddy Spivey.

Honorary pallbearers are Herbert’s five grandsons: Brian, Mark, Reid, James, and Michael and his nephew Garry Farris.

Family visitation will be Tuesday, Dec 27 from 4:00 – 7:00pm at the First United Church. The funeral service will be at 10:00am Wednesday, Dec 28 also at the Church.

Memorial contributions may be sent to First United Methodist Church, 1826 Nall Port Neches, 77651 or to the Herbert G. “Guts” Lee Scholarship Fund c/o Rice University Athletics, Slot 546 PO Box 1892 Houston, Texas 77251-1892.
Legere, Robbie Lee Robbie Lee Legere, 83, of Port Neches, Texas died Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at her home in Port Neches.

Robbie was born on February 10, 1922 in Tipton, Oklahoma to Samuel William Robinson and Cora Lee Rollins Robinson. She was a lifelong resident of this area and was a local Beautician and Artist for many years. She was a member of First Baptist Church Port Neches, Mended Hearts Club, and a volunteer with the Ladies Auxiliary at Mid-Jefferson Hospital.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. at Oak Bluff Memorial Park with Rev. David Mahfouz officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 23, 2005 at Levingston Funeral Home in Port Neches.

She is survived by her husband, Felix Legere of Port Neches, Texas; daughter, Darlene Dorin and husband, Paul of Ft. Worth , Texas; son, Joseph Legere, Jr. of Port Neches, Texas; two grandchildren, Todd Richard and wife, Lisa and Paige Breaux and husband, Joey; great grandchild, Kristin Beaux.
LeJunie, Jodie L. Droddy Jodie L. Droddy LeJunie, 43, of Nederland, died Thursday, December l, 2005.

Jodie was born on December 20,l96l in Port Arthur, Texas to Bobby W. Droddy and Alberta LaBure Droddy. She was a lifelong area resident and member of St. Charles Catholic Church. She was the owner of Texas Toddler Day Care in Nederland for 23 years.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at l0:00 a.m., Monday, December 5, 2005 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Msgr. Kenneth Greig officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Levingston Funeral Home in Groves. Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 4, 2005 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m., with a Rosary Service conducted at 6:00p.m. at the funeral home.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Wendell Droddy.

Survivors include her husband, John A. LeJunie of Nederland; parents, Bobby W. and Alberta Droddy of Groves; two daughters, Lyndsey Mae LeJunie and Taylor Deanne LeJunie both of Nederland; six sisters, Vickie Crochet,Donna Falcon,Deanne Droddy, and Kelli Droddy all of Groves, Bobbie Barnett of Bridge City and Terri Caillier of Marshall; four brothers, Winston Droddy, Ritchie Droddy, Raegan Droddy all of Groves, and Rhyan Droddy of Spring.
Locke, Jack L. Jack L. Locke, 79, of Port Arthur, Texas died Sunday, December 4, 2005 at his residence.

Jack was born on August 2, l926 in Rusk County, Texas to W. C. Locke and Bertha Rousseau Locke. He was a resident of Port Arthur for 63 years and longtime member of Beacon Baptist Church. He was a retired pipefitter from Fina after 42 years of service and member of O.C.A.W. Local 423.

Funeral services will be at 2:00p.m., Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves with Rev. James Schafer officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2005 from 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. at the funeral home.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Locke; two brothers, Billy Locke and Carl Locke. Survivors include his son, Leland W. Locke of Port Arthur; sister, Rosemary Bertrand of Kyle; brother, Harold Locke and wife, Betty of Groves.
Lucas, Rebecca Mae Moore Rebecca Mae Moore Lucas,56 of Fort Worth, Texas went to be with her Lord and Savior, Sunday, December 4, 2005 after a long and brave battle with cancer. She was a retired school teacher, having worked in high schools in Lumberton, Nederland, Lincoln High School in Port Arthur, Ozen High School in Beaumont, and finally at Haltom High School in Haltom City, Texas. She was respected and loved by generations of students whom she in turn loved and taught. She received her Bachelor's in Secondary Education and a Master's in School Administration from Lamar University.

A member of Oak Knoll Baptist Church in Fort Worth and having for many years previously been a member of Procter Baptist Church in Port Arthur, she was active in choir and music ministry, a Sunday School director and teacher, participated in mission work, and helped with church administration. She was ever the dedicated and tireless servant in everything in which she was involved; cheerful, organized and indispenable.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Moore,and is survived by her husband, Thomas Lucas; her mother, Betty Moore; sister, Debbie Russell and her husband James; two daughters, Wendy Castille and husband Jerret, and Jamie Hinson and husband, Tim; two granddaughters, Morgan and Ally Castille; grandson, Ethan Hinson; niece, Amber Jetton and husband, Walter; nephew, Eric Wilson and wife, Amy along with their two daughters, Bailey and Payton.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 6, 2005 at Procter Baptist Church with Dr. Rick Erwin officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches under the direction of Levingston Funeral Home in Groves. Visitation was held on Monday, December 5, 2005 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Submitted by Elaine Stone

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