Obituaries

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Burch, Allen Eugene
Funeral services for Allen Eugene Burch, 94, of Beaumont, will be held on Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. in the Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Interment will be that afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in Jeanerette Methodist Cemetery in Jeanerette, LA. Mr. Burch was born July 14, 1913 in Hempstead, TX. to Thomas and Blanche Burch and passed away April 29, 2008 in Beaumont, TX. He earned both a Chemical Engineer Degree and Law Degree and was active in many organizations. For over 60 years, he was a Texas Mason and a Texas Knight of Templar. He will be remembered as the past president and vice-president of the local chapter of the Sons of American Revolution, past president and secretary of the Texas State Wolf and Fox Hunters Association, and a member of the Boles Field Fox Hunters Association. Mr. Burch is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Marjorie Cyr Burch, his parents, and his sister, Ocie Anna Burch. He is survived by nieces, Patricia Cyr Hansen and husband Hubert of Shreveport, LA.; Paula Cyr Louviere and husband Eldridge of Jeanerette, LA., Sandra Cyr Mestayer and husband Ross of Lacombe, LA.; nephew, Charles M. Cyr and wife Joie of Metairie, LA.; numerous grand nephews and nieces, and godchild, Corinne Oppermann and husband Gus. A special thanks is extended to Mr. Burch's caregivers, Linda Renfro, Jackie Thomas, and Belinda Adams. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Charles M. Cyr Scholarship Fund, PO Box 432, Jeanerette, LA. 70544.
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on 4/30/2008.
Burkett, Ennis Elwood
Ennis Elwood Burkett, 85, of Port Neches died Monday, April 28, 2008. He was born in Ringgold, Louisiana to Arron and Cumilee Franklin Burkett. During World War II, Mr. Burkett served in the United States Army. He married Kathleen Smith on March 21, 1942 and a year later their daughter, Donita Gail, was born. The family moved to Port Neches where they opened Burkett's Jewelry on April 29, 1947 and it has continued for three generations, now as Burkett's Emporium in Nederland. Mr. Burkett was a member of the Watchmaker's Guild when it was first organized. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Port Neches, the Men's Bible Class and United Methodist Men. He was an avid sailor and spent many hours at his second home by the Rainbow Bridge. He enjoyed sailing and racing with his family and passed his love of it on to his daughter and granddaughter. He also belonged to the Lake Sabine Sailing Club. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 1, 2008 at Levingston Funeral Home in Port Neches with Rev. Randy Carrion officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at the funeral home. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Donita Burkett O'Neal. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Kathleen (Kathy) Burkett; son-in-law, John P. O'Neal of Port Arthur; granddaughter, Holly O'Neal Bradberry and husband, Chad; and great granddaughter, Laurel Gail Bradberry. He is also survived by his sister, Eleanor Burkett Holley and husband, Tilley of Minden, Louisiana and several nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Port Neches, The Alzheimer's Foundation or a charity of your choice.
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on 4/30/2008.
Burris, Ola Elodie Ola Elodie Burris, 91, of Beaumont died Friday, July 25, 2008 at Gulf Health Care Center in Port Arthur.
She was born on November 26, 1916 in Port Arthur, Texas to Zack Derese and Lydia Daily Derese. She was a lifelong resident of Port Arthur and member of the United Methodist Temple and Eastern Star Chapter #262.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2008 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves. Reverend Jesse Brannen of the United Methodist Temple will be officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. A visitation for family and friends will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday morning at the funeral home.
Ola was preceded in death by her husband; Capt. Herman Burris, son; Mark Burris, sister; Ruth Broussard, and brothers; Andy Derese, Aaron Derese and Jarel Derese.
She is survived by two daughters; Rachel Gay Bell of Nederland, and Ann Harrell of Nederland, two sisters; Betty Derese of Port Arthur, and Joy Dyer of Port Arthur, one brother; Billy Derese of San Antonio, eight grandchildren; Jason, Deedra, Jarret and Jeffrey Bell, Leah, Jacob and Jamie Harrell and Erin Burris, fourteen great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.
Burt, Tyler James

Tyler James Burt, l8, of Port Neches, Texas died Sunday, June 29, 2008.

Tyler was born February 4, 1990 in Nederland, Texas to Kevin Burt and Pamela Fontenot Burt. He was a lifelong resident of Port Neches and worked as an installer for A-1 Tint. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Nederland.

Funeral services will be at l0:00 a.m., Thursday, July 3, 2008 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves with Reverend Buddy Evans officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. A visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday evening from 5:00p.m.-8:00p.m. at the funeral home.

Tyler was preceded in death by his grandparents, James and Gay Fontenot; cousin, Faith Fontenot; great-grandparents, Homer and JoAnn Savery and Louis and Racie Darce.

Survivors include his parents, Kevin and Pamela Burt of Port Neches; sister, Jessica Burt of Port Neches; brother, Kevin Burt, Jr. of Port Neches; Jeanne and James Burt of Rayburn Lake, and Georgia Fontenot; aunts and uncles,Tammy and Raymond Hanks of Port Neches, Stephanie and Randall McCuller of Nederland, James and Donna Fontenot of Ville Platte, LA, Vanessa and Danny Spurlock of Silsbee; girl friend, Starr Broccato of Port Neches; and numerous other aunts, uncles and cousins.

Busceme, James Anthony "Pawpee"
James Anthony Pawpee Busceme passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2008 after a prolonged illness. James was born in Beaumont on October 5, 1930 to Jake and Rose Busceme. James worked for the Texas Department of Transportation as an Electrical Supervisor for thirty-eight years. He spent most of his free time doing what he truly enjoyed, coaching boxing for the Golden Gloves. He mentored many young men and will be best remembered for his number one prize pupil, his son Bubba. Bubba fought in many international fights including the Olympics in Munich, Germany in 1972. He still holds Golden Glove records for State and National Championships. James was a fighter. He exhibited this trait over the sixteen years as he battled several illnesses. James was upbeat, always smiling. His first influence will live on in the lives of those who knew and loved him. His parents; Jake Busceme and Rosa Stropolo Busceme; and brother, Frank Busceme preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife of fifty-seven years, Audrey Busceme of Beaumont; sons, James Bubba Busceme and his wife Kim of Nederland, Michael W. Busceme of Beaumont and Richard Busceme and his wife Lisa of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; daughter, LeeAnne Walker and her husband Ernie of Sour Lake; brother, Henry Busceme and his wife Maebelle of Lumberton; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and a large extended family of nieces and nephews who loved and admired the character and integrity he possessed. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church with burial to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park under the direction of Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A gathering of family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a Christian Vigil at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at the Mortuary. His nephews, Carlton, Jeff and Clayton Manzer, Jamie Constanzi, Michael Snapp and Robby Boone will be serving as pallbearers. Complete and updated information may be viewed at www.broussardsmortuary.com.
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on 3/4/2008.
Butler, Charlene P. Duffy Charlene P. Duffy Butler, age eighty-nine of Beaumont, Texas, passed peacefully from this earth on Friday, April 11, 2008, surrounded by her family. Charlene was born March 14, 1919 in Houston, Texas to Emma Theresa Dreyling Duffy and Charles Gavin Duffy. She attended Houston schools and graduated from San Jacinto High School in 1936. She worked as a secretary in Houston after graduating from business school. She married Elbert Elwood Butler on May 4, 1939. They moved to Beaumont with their children Suzanne and Robert, later joined by daughter Barbara and had a happy life. She was a faithful room mother, cub mom and bluebird leader for her children. She loved participating in her children's activities. She was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church and was a charter member of Saint Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in Beaumont. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and San Souci Dance Club and loved to play bridge. Charlene and Elwood loved to travel and took many cruises and overseas adventures together. As our dad always said, She was planning another before the plane landed. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elbert Elwood Butler; and two sisters, Inez Carter and Mary Elizabeth Smith. Charlene is survived by her three children, daughter, Suzanne Butler Shaver and husband Roy of Kerrville; son, Robert Elwood Butler and wife Linda of Tulsa, Oklahoma; daughter, Barbara Butler Valka and husband Bill of Spring; sister, Lois Lindsey of Austin; grandchildren, Robert Kevin Burchfield and wife Pam of Beaumont, Shawn Burchfield Font and husband Bruce of Beaumont, Sam Butler and wife Robyn of San Angelo, Chad Burchfield of Brenham, Tom Butler of Canyon, Christopher Valka of Toronto, Michael Valka and wife Rachael of Katy; great grandchildren, Brittany Burchfield, Joshua Font, Caleb Butler, Kara Butler, Caitlyn Font and John Michael Valka; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 14, 2008 at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church. Graveside service will be 2:00 p.m. at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Lufkin under the direction of Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A Rosary will be recited 5:00 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2008 with a gathering of family and friends to follow at the mortuary. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Charlene's loving caregivers, Lorraine Teniert, Thelma Loften, Aundria BeBe Johnson, Phyllis Iglesias, and Edna Morris who gave such loving care to our mom. We also appreciate the care given by Southern Oaks Hospice. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimers Association, 440 North 18th Street, Beaumont, Texas 77707 and Brenham State School, 4001 Hwy 36 South, Brenham, Texas 77833. Complete and updated information may be viewed at www.broussardsmortuary.com. Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on 4/13/2008.
Butler, Rita Faye
Rita Faye Butler, 57, of Beaumont, TX died Friday, April 30, 2008 at Southeast Texas Medical Center in Port Arthur, TX. Funeral service will be at 12:00 noon Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at Scott Olive Missionary Baptist Church with burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of Calvary Mortuary Staff.  Visitaion will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the church. Survivors include her husband, Harold Francis Butler, Sr.; and Tiffeny Butler both of Beaumont, TX; sister, Deloris Sostand (Roland) of Hopkins, SC; brothers, Preston Bailey and Charles Bailey (Janice); a host of other relatives and friends.
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on 5/5/2008.
Butler, Wayne On Wednesday, August 13, 2008 Wayne Butler of Port Neches, age 69 went to be with the Lord, after a year long battle with cancer. Wayne was a graduate of Nederland High School class of 1957. He was a life-long member of the First Baptist Church of Port Neches. He retired from DuPont after 39 years of service as an Operations Supervisor. There will be a visitation from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. Friday, August 15, 2008 at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, August 16, 2008 at First Baptist Church of Port Neches with Dr. David Mahfouz officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Mitch Butler, Corey, Chris and Chase Block, Chip Hood, Chad Butler, John Lane, Sterling Gregg. Honorary pallbearer will be Keaton Butler. Wayne is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Carol Mitchell Butler of Port Neches; brother, Billy Joe Butler of Port Neches, brother, Gene Butler and wife JoAnn of Nederland; daughters, Kellie Block and Kim Butler, son, Mitch Butler and wife Kari all of Port Neches; grandchildren, Corey Block and wife Maranda of Groves, Chris Block and wife Randi of Lake Jackson, Charlee Lane and husband John of Lumberton, Chip Hood of Port Neches, Chase Block of Port Neches and Keaton Butler of Nederland; great-grandchildren, Cason, Mackenli and Ryleigh Block of Lake Jackson, Colten Lane of Lumberton and Logan O'Dell of Buna, along with several cousins, nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Butler Memorial Garden c/o First Baptist Church, 1900 Magnolia, Port Neches, TX 77651. Published in The Beaumont Enterprise from 8/15/2008 - 8/16/2008
Byerly, Michael Dwain Michael Dwain Byerly, 38, of Newton, TX. passed away, Saturday, March 8, 2008 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont, TX. A visitation for Mr. Byerly will be Friday, March 14, 2008 from 6-9 PM at Robinson Community Funeral Home in Jasper, TX. Funeral services for Mr. Byerly will be Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 11AM at Liberty Community Christ Sanctified Holy Church with interment following at Shankleville Cemetery in Newton, TX. Mr. Byerly is survived by his parents; Earl Byerly and Madeline Byerly of Newton, TX., two daughters; Destiny Byerly and Chelnicia Byerly of Newton, TX., one son; Michael Byerly, Jr. of Newton, TX., three brothers; Anthony Byerly of Austin, TX., Craig Byerly of Houston, TX., Jeffery Byerly of Newton, TX., two sisters; Marnita Byerly of Houston, TX. and Kimberly Byerly of Newton, TX. Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on 3/14/2008.

Submitted by Elaine Stone

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