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On January 8, 2011, Violette Elise Braswell Ladd passed away at her home in Warren, Texas. She was born in Camden, Arkansas on March 5, 1929 t o Smead E l m e r B r a s - well and Juanita G i n n B r a s - w e l l . T h e family eventually relocated to Port Neches, Texas in 1943 when her father began working at B. F. Goodrich refinery. Vi graduated from Port Neches High School (as it was known then) in 1946 and then continued her education at Lamar Junior College of Beaumont. She earned a business degree and began working at B. F. Goodrich as a secretary. While on vacation in Tennessee, she met her future husband, Robert Strange. Vi and Robert married in 1950 and together they had 3 children in the next few years. Vi began her career in education at Woodcrest Elementary where she was the school secretary for several years. The center of Vi’s life was her 3 children and she continued to strive to provide the best possible upbringing for her family. While working she continued her education at Lamar State College in Beaumont. Vi earned her degree in education, received a master’s degree in Special Education and began teaching for Port Neches-Groves ISD. In the process of getting her education, she was honored with the first full scholarship for Master’s degree in Special Education ever given by Lamar. Her 35 years of service for PNGISD spanned the spectrum of secretarial service, classroom teacher, diagnostician, supervisor, and director of Special Education. After retiring, Vi moved to Warren, Texas. She continued her dedication to her family by taking care of her mother while still remaining active in the lives of her children and their families. She became a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Warren. She was a loving and caring daughter, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother that positively impacted all those that were privileged and graced to cross her life’s path. She is survived by her 3 children. They are Violette Ann Woodall and her husband, Wayne of Port Neches; Mary Elise Hooks and her husband, Vernon of Port Neches; Robert Tinsley Strange, Jr. and his wife, Cherie of Warren, Texas. She has eight grandchildren: Wendy Gray and husband, Robert of Nederland, Texas; Marcie McClellan and her husband, Montel of Newhall, California; Travis Woodall of Mauriceville; Jason Woodall of Houston; Sara Woodall of Port Neches; Chase Strange, Bryce Strange, and Aimee Strange all from Warren. She has 3 great-grandchildren: Natasha McClellan of Newhall, California; and Robyn Gray and Abigail Gray of Nederland. Vi is also survived by her brother, Smead Maxwell Braswell and his wife, Jan of Houston, and their 3 children, Joni, Lisa, and Sherrill, as well as many great nieces and nephews. Vi’s life was marked by a dedication to family, education, and devotion. Those that knew her are better for it and her children will treasure their sweet mama for ever and always. A gathering of family and friends was held at Melancon’s Funeral Home, 1605 Avenue H in Nederland, TX from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11, 2011. Funeral services wereheld at Melancon’s Funeral Home Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 2:00 p.m., Rev. Larry Staggs officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches. Memorial donations may be given to Bethel Baptist Church,334 FM1943 W, Warren, Texas 77664. Online and guest registry available at HeritageFuneralHome. org.

Howard Lee Jackson, 68, of Woodville, passed away, Monday, January 3, 2011 in Woodville, Texas. Funeral services were held Saturday, January 8 at 11:00 a.m. at Woodville United Methodist Church with burial in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Officiating was Reverend Brian Harkness, pastor of Woodville United Methodist Church. Serving as pallbearers were Joe Brown, Gaylon Wright, Charles Dean, David Hennigan, Gordon McCluskey and George Jarrott. Visitation was held on Friday, January 7 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Woodville. Howard was born January 26, 1942 in Smithville, Texas. His parents were Reverend & Mrs. J.W. Jackson. He was a longtime resident of Woodville and was a retired pipefitter with Echo Maintenance. He loved his animals and was a very adventurous man who loved racing cars among other activities. He loved to hunt, fish, garden, barbeque and would help anyone at any time. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a member of Woodville United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Betty Leuschner. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Martha Jackson of Woodville; daughter, Danielle Dungan & husband, Troy of Splendora; stepson, Allen Fitts & wife, Ronna of Lake Livingston; brothers, Jerry Tye & wife, Sandra of San Antonio and Walter Anthony of Houston; sisters, Joyce Ruhl & husband, Paul of Fort Worth, Lorine Rubac and Ethel Winnet both of Temple; grandchildren, Jackson Hennigan, Madison Hennigan and Savannah Hennigan; and extended family, Neil Hennigan of Woodville. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Rev. Lester Mitchell 78 of woodville, Texas went from labor to reward on Wednesday,January 5, 2011, at the Arboretum Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Wi n n i e , Texas. Rev. Mitchell’s h o m e - g o i n g services will be on Saturday, J a n u a r y 15, 2011, at the First Baptist Church in Woodville, Tx. His final resting place will be at the Town Bluff Community Cemetery in Spurger, Texas. Rev. Mitchell leaves to cherish his loving memories daughters Glenda Mitchell White and Linda Mitchell both of Beaumont, Tx and Stacy Marie Mitchell of Woodville, Tx; sons Lester (Buddy) Mitchell and Thomas Aaron Mitchell both of Beaumont, Tx, Lester Wayne Mitchell and Jeremiah Mitchell of Woodville, Tx, Ander Nekita Mitchell of Austin, Tx, Kenneth Lee Mitchell of Houston, Tx, and Jerry Hadnot of Oceanside, Ca, sisters Anna Herring of Beaumont, Tx, Lois Credit and Freda Thomas both of Lufkin, Tx, Erma Hadnot and Robbie Mcneil both of Woodville, Tx, brothers Macarthur Mitchell and Melvin Mitchell both of Lufkin, Tx, Chester Mitchell of Tomball, Tx, Daniel Mitchell of Woodville,Tx, Steve “Will” Mitchell of Hillister, Tx and John Henry of Leggett, Tx. Services entrusted with Donald E. Coleman funeral home, P.O. box 16 / Hwy 69 @ 2nd Ave Kountze, Texas 77625. (409) 246-1710.

James Paul Jones, 90, of Beaumont passed away January 5, 2011 at his residence. Born July 31, 1919 in Roanoke, Texas to John and Maggie Welch Jones, he lived in Hillister for nineteen years before moving back to Beaumont ten years ago. He was a retired mechanic and a World War II Navy Veteran. He is survived by his loving wife, Myrtle Jones; son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Carol Jones of Woodville; daughter, Sherry Rivera of Beaumont; grandchildren, Clint Vannoy James Paul Jones of Beaumont, Lacy and Jerry Laurent of Warren, Amy and Joe Daigle of Beaumont, Ginger and C. J. Wood of Kilgore; great grandchildren, Koda and Evie Daigle and numerous other family members and friends. A graveside service was held Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville with Brother Clark Mahoney officiating. A Navy Military Honors service was held at the cemetery following the service. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.


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