Obituaries

Deborah Arlene Kirby Lee

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1954 - 2020


  

Deborah Arlene Kirby Lee, 65, of Newton passed away on Friday, January 03, 2020 in Newton, TX. The family will greet friends on Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Shultz Funeral Home in Jasper, TX with a Celebration of Life service to follow at 7:00 p.m. 

Deborah was born on February 04 , 1954 in San Augustine, TX to Ima & Charles Kirby. Deborah loved to travel, spend time at the beach, she loved reading and drawing and loved her puppy Sugar Baby. She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her son Bryan Jones of Columbus, OH; three daughters Amanda Williams & husband Dustin of Jasper, TX, Brittainy Lee & husband Doug of Wichita, KS and Brooke Lee of Wichita, KS; a sister Alta Gail Kirby Hale of Carlisle, TX; as well as seven grandchildren Alana, Trenton, Colby, Landen, Hunter,  Easton and Alessa Grace.  

Abel "Tito" Vargas

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1955 - 2019


   

Abel "Tito" Vargas, 64, of Jasper passed away on Monday, December 02, 2019 at CHI St. Luke's in Houston. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, December 06, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Michael's Church in Jasper. The family will greet friends on Thursday, December 05, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Shultz Funeral Home in Jasper. 

Native of Mexico, former resident of Chicago, resided in Kirbyville for 7 years , has been a Jasper resident since 1983. Born on March 21, 1955. He was an owner /operator of Abel's Auto Detailing. Abel was preceded in death by his parents Mauricio & Eluteria Vargas, sibling Juventino Vargas; children Jesus & Sofia Vargas and grandson Ruben Vargas. Survivors include his wife Maria "Tita" Vargas of Jasper, TX; two sons Ruben Vargas & wife Mayra of Jasper, TX and Roger Vargas and wife Paloma Martinez of Jasper, TX; three daughters Eva Navarro & husband Jesus of Santa Rosa, Mexico, Juana Gonzalez & husband Carlos of Jasper, TX and Sofia Gonzalez & husband Miguel of Jasper, TX; three brothers Antonio Vargas & wife Venancia of Mexico, Rosendo Vargas of Fresco, CA and Jose Luis Vargas of California; two sisters Antonia Bautista & husband Pedro of Mexico and Yolanda Vargas of Mexico; as well as 17 grandchildren Graciela, Marc, Ruben Jr,. Esteban Abel, Giselle, Alex, Diana, Israel, Lupe, Adriana, Luis, Jesus, Carlos, Brenda, Miguel, Ivan and Ariana.  

Grady Holton

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08/19/1924 - 12/04/2019


  

Clarence Grady Holton was born in Merryville, LA. on the family farm August 19, 1924 to Cordie Coward and J.C. Holton but grew up in Jasper. He was married for 75 years to Gordon Elizabeth Holton (1942-2017). His children are Terry (Debby) Holton, Jacksonville, TX, Glenda (Bob) Flickner, Garland, TX, Beth (John) Griner, Ocala, FL., and Mark (Lisa) Holton, League City, TX. Eight grandchildren, Chris (Sandra) Holton, Russ (Rae Lynn) Holton, David Rodenberg, Rhonda (Jeremy) Gant, Joy (Chad) Chmelar, Melanie (Alex) Williams, Melissa Griner, and Brandy (David) Spear and step grand-daughters Brooke Lamb, Lindsay (Sam) Morrissey, and step grand-son Blake (Mary) Flickner and 25 great-grandchildren. His sister was, Gladys (Robert) Windham and his two nephews are Ron (Dorothy) and Jim (Sally) Windham. Grady served during WW II in the U.S. Navy as a gunner’s mate on the S.S. Carl Schurz and the S.S. Kit Carson in the South Pacific, and on the S.S. Czechoslovakia Victory making trips to Adak and Attu off the coast of Alaska. In 1952, he left the employment of the Gulf Refinery in Pt. Arthur to become owner/operator of Holton’s Service Station and Garage later known as Grady’s Tackle. He served the public for over 65 years as an honest, hard-working businessman and employer, a friend and listening ear to many loyal customers. He was a fisher of fish, as well as, a fisher of men, a man of God, a follower of Jesus Christ, a prayer warrior, a lover of God’s Word, and a long-time member of Gideon’s International known for distributing God’s Word. After becoming a Christian in 1971, at a Billy Graham Crusade in Dallas, TX. Grady’s life passion was to share God’s Word by giving New Testaments to people he encountered everywhere he went.  His desire was for everyone to understand the Gospel, see their need for a Savior and have an opportunity to trust Christ for salvation and eternal life. The Bible says to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. On December 4, 2019, Grady heard those words all believers long to hear, “well done thy good and faithful servant”. Along with family and friends, former customers, and those who may have personally received a Gideon New Testament, or a kind and encouraging word from Grady, you are invited to attend a memorial service to be held at First Baptist Church of Jasper on Monday, December 9 at 11AM with visitation at 10AM. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Shultz Funeral Home of Jasper.

Ellis Arthur Jr.

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1969 - 2019


  Ellis Arthur Jr., 50, of Plum Ridge passed away on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital in Jasper. The family will greet friends on Friday, December 6, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 6:00 p.m. at Shultz Funeral Home in Jasper. On Saturday, December 7, 2019 the family will greet friends from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. with a Celebration of Life service to follow at 2:00 p.m. at Oak Grove Tabernacle in Orange.

A native of Orange, TX, resident of Mauriceville, TX for many years. Ellis was born on April 15, 1969 to Frank Ellis Arthur Sr. & Francine Marie Hudnall. He spent his life as a Fabricator at American Airboats. Survivors include his wife Malissa Waterbury Arthur of Plum Ridge, TX; his mother Francine Todd & husband Clifton of Plum Ridge, TX; five sons Colby Lee Breaux of Vidor, TX, Kyle Waterbury of Plum Ridge, TX, Justin Waterbury of Hobbs, NM, Trey Arthur of Plum Ridge, TX and Jayson Waterbury of Hobbs, NM; a daughter Lindsey Arthur of Mauriceville, TX; a brother Clint Arthur & wife Sarah of Bastrop, TX; as well as a sister Celest Rouse & husband Steve of Jasper, TX. 

James Allen Clark Jr.

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1960 - 2019


  James Allen Clark Jr., 59, of Jasper passed away on Thursday, November 21, 2019 in Spurger. The family will greet friends on Friday, November 29, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Shultz Funeral Home in Jasper with a Celebration of Life service to follow at 2;00 p.m. Interment to follow at Zion Hill Cemetery in Jasper. 

James was born on October 28, 1960 to Alice & James Allen Clark Sr. in Jasper, TX. He spent his life as a Truck Driver. Survivors include his son Jesse Clark of Jasper, TX; daughter Shauna Robbins of Wiergate, TX; brothers Randall Clark & wife Shaona of Buna, TX and Albert Clark & wife Katrina of Jasper, TX; sisters Mary Jane McCoy& husband Roddy of Jasper, TX and Leslie Mendoza Clark of Bridge City, TX; as well as 6 grandchildren.  

Brenda Lea Hart

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  1969 - 2019


Brenda Lea Hart, 50, of Jasper passed away on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at her residence in Jasper. A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at New Beginnings Praise & Worship in Colmesneil. 

Brenda was born on November 10, 1969 to Melba & Leroy Chidester in Beaumont, TX. Preceded in death by her parents Melba & Leroy Chidester. Survivors include her husband Donald Parker Hart of Jasper, TX; two sons Lee Hart of Austin, TX and Logan Hart & Jenna Perkins of Jasper, TX; four daughters Misty Hart , Haley Hart & Stephanie Hart all of Arizona and Ruby Hart of Jasper, TX; as well as 7 grandchildren. 

Willodean Moye

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  1931 - 2019


Willodean Moye, 88, of Jasper passed away on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at Harbour Hospice in Beaumont. The family will greet friends on Monday, November 25, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. with a Celebration of Life service to follow at 10:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Jasper. Interment to follow at West Oaks Cemetery in Jasper.

Willodean was born on October 08, 1931 to Effie & Olen Herring in New Hope, Mississippi. Survivors include her sons Grant Moye & wife Terri of Sour Lake, TX and Brad Moye of Lake Charles, LA: 7 grandchildren Cory, Wesley, Blake, Hope, Dustin, Christopher and Meagan; as well as 22 great grandchildren.  

David Ernest Lentz

1948 - 2019 

David Lentz, 71, of Kirbyville passed away on Monday, October 21, 2019 at Christus St.

  1948 - 2019


David Lentz, 71, of Kirbyville passed away on Monday, October 21, 2019 at Christus St. Elizabeth in Beaumont. A Celebration of David's life will be held Saturday, November 09, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Union Missionary Baptist Church in Newton. 

David was born on September 29, 1948 to A.N. Lentz & Clara Jordan in Plymouth, North Carolina. From 1967 - 1972 he served in the U.S. Navy. April 29, 1991 he married the love of his life Wanda Ruth Griner. Preceded in death by his parents A.N. & Clara Lentz; a son Tony Lentz; as well as a sister Susan Shappley. Survivors include his wife of 28 years Wanda "Maw Maw" Lentz of Kirbyville, TX; five sons Jon Lentz & wife Leah of Natchitoches, LA, Mark Lentz & wife Courtney of Lafayette, LA, Marc Westbrook & wife Michelle of Newton, TX, Jamie Westbrook & wife Kim of Hemphill, TX and Andrew Westbrook & wife Cara of Hemphill, TX; a daughter Stacy Carnline & husband Larry of Erin, TX; as well as 17 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  

Glenn Blank

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 1981 - 2019

 

Glenn Blank, 38, of Jasper passed away on Monday, November 11, 2019 in Lumberton, TX. A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday, November 15, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Jasper. Interment to follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Jasper.  The family will greet friends on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from  4:00 PM to 7:00 PM  at Shultz Funeral Home in Jasper. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Cancer Society In Memory of Glenn Blank P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, Ok 73123

Glenn was born on June 06, 1981 to Katherine Kelemen & Glenn Craig Blank Sr. in Jennings, Louisiana. He spent his life helping and caring for others from volunteering at Jasper Volunteer Fire Department to a Director of Operations Paramedic at Stat Care EMS then there after a Sheriff Deputy at Jasper County Sheriff's Office where he served 7 years as Chief Deputy. A member of Treasure of Chief Deputy Association, TX Federal Agent/ U.S. Marshall , Chairman of EMS & Trauma Association, a Elder and Lay Minister of Jasper County Cowboy Church, as well as a Master Mason of the Masonic Lodge in Jasper. Glenn had a passion for golf, hunting, fishing and grilling outdoors. Preceded in death by his mother Katherine Ann Blank and grandfather Johnny Kelemen Sr. Survivors include his father Glenn Craig Blank Sr. of Jasper, TX; three daughters Allison Paige Blank of Jasper, TX, Ravyn Nix & husband Jewett of Burkeville, TX and Hadlee Katherine Blank of Burkeville, TX; two brothers John Blank & wife Kayla of Lumberton, TX and Brantley L. Blank of Jasper, TX; a sister Katrina Townsend & husband Stan of Pine Prairie, Louisiana; grandmother Clara Kelemen of Jasper, TX; as well as a grandson Wyatt Paul Nix of Burkeville, TX.  

Travis Dwayne Wright

Travis Dewayne Wright
1961 - 2019

  1961 - 2019


Travis Dwayne Wright " Mr. T ", 58, of Kirbyville passed away on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Avalon Place in Kirbyville. On Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 6:30 PM a Celebration of Dwayne's Life will be held at 4637 Randall Rd. Orange, TX. 

Dwayne was born on June 12, 1961 in Lake Providence, LA to Travis Lamar & Alice Marie Wright. He spent his life as a sandblaster & painter. He is preceded in death by his father Travis Wright. Survivors include his mother Alice Wiggins of Kirbyville, TX; as well as three sisters Shanon Smith & husband Robert of Orange, TX, Lisa Courville & husband Paul of Breaux Bridge, LA and Sonia Delaware & husband Charles of Kirbyville, TX.

Sybil Annette Shillings

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  1928 - 2019


Sybil Annette Shillings " The Hat Lady", 91, of Jasper passed away on October 09, 2019 at Rayburn Healthcare & Rehab in Jasper. A Celebration of Life Graveside service will be held Friday, October 11, 2019 at 2:30 PM at Ebenezer Cemetery in Jasper. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Memory of Sybil Shillings to your charity of choice.

Sybil was born on July 28, 1928 in Colquitt, Georgia to Christine Bush. A member of VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Jasper since 1999. She is preceded in death by her husband John Shillings and her sons Mickey & Grady Shillings. Survivors include her son Ralph Shillings & wife Darlene of Toledo Bend, TX; grandchildren Dustin, Brandy, Grady Michael, Patti & Marcus ; as well as 13 Great Grandchildren.  

J.M. "Jackie" Strother

J.M. "Jackie" Strother
1930-2019

1930-2019

  

J.M. "Jackie" Strother, 89, of Jasper passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2019. A graveside service will be held on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Jasper to celebrate her life. 

Born on May 16, 1930 to Minor & Mary Strother in Stevenson, Mississippi, Jackie was raised in the Bessmay Community and graduated from Buna High School in 1946. She attended Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches and was a long-time resident of Jasper since 1950. She is survived by her son Clinton & wife Brenda Smith of Leesville, Louisiana; grandchildren Cara, Stephanie, Michael, Curt, & Molly; and great grandchildren Douglas, Clay, Joseph, Brantley, Hunter, Mikayla, Dylan & Jeremiah. 

  


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Donna Hancock

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1947-2020


Donna Hancock, 72, of Jasper passed away on January 2, 2020 in Jasper. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Baptist Church with interment to follow at Little Hope Cemetery. The family will greet friends on Sunday afternoon from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Shultz Funeral Home in Jasper.

Donna was born to Margie Ruth Wilson Hancock and Doyle Dean Hancock in the Beech Grove community, a few miles west of Jasper, Texas. She was raised in the old Wilson family house by her parents, great aunts Minnie Wilson, Missouri Wilson and great uncle Leon Wilson. She grew up with her older brother Lee Everette and younger sister Mae Ella enjoying the benefits of a rural upbringing with the security of a sizeable extended family. Donna attended Beech Grove Elementary School and Jasper High School. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, knitting, and her soap operas "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "The Young & the Restless". Donna worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone in Beaumont and Silsbee for 25 years. After retirement, she relocated back to Jasper and enjoyed many years with her son Wynn, sister Mae Ella, her relatives and many childhood friends. She especially became close with her grandchildren Hannah, Noah and Josh. Donna was known for her generosity, her selflessness and the genuine nature she always exuded. Her wit, her laugh and her passion for life were always present. Donna was especially blessed to have a lifelong sibling bond with Mae and Lee. Her son Wynn, wife Ashley and granddaughter Hannah provided great comfort to her through her last years. 

She is survived by her son Wynn Martindale & wife Ashley of Jasper; brother Lee Everette & wife Susan of Houston; sister Mae Swearingen & husband Marvin of Jasper and three grandchildren Hannah, Noah & Josh. She was preceded in death by her sons Will Martindale and infant son Warren Clint Martindale. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be mad to Hillcrest Baptist Church, 3196 US Hwy 190, Jasper, Texas 75951 or to the American Cancer Society, 1640 N Major Dr Suite 101, Beaumont, TX 7771

Ronnie Sandrock

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  1947-2019

Ronnie Sandrock, 72, of Brookeland passed away on Thursday, December 19, 2019 in Jasper. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Shultz Funeral Home in Jasper with a private interment in Kirbyville Cemetery. The family will greet friends on Sunday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service.

Ronnie was born on May 1, 1947 in Germany and grew up and attended school there, he moved to the United States as a teenager and was a resident of Brookeland for over 30 years. He worked and retired as a Conductor for Southern Pacific Railroad. He loved hunting, fishing, Harley Davidson motorcycles, fast boats and classic rock and roll. He is survived by his wife of twenty-nine years Sherrie Sandrock of Brookeland; sons Allen (Tra) Y'Barbo & wife Sheila of Jasper, Shon Y'Barbo & wife Paige of Pensacola, Florida; and grandchildren Keleigh Dunman & husband Dalton of Jasper and Brayton Y'Barbo of Jasper.  

Sue McLeod

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1942-2019

  

Sue McLeod, 77, of Jasper passed away on Sunday, December 22, 2019 in Beaumont, Texas. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, December 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church with interment to follow at West Oaks Cemetery. The family will greet friends on Thursday, December 26, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Shultz Funeral Home in Jasper.

A native of Tyler County, Sue was born on October 23, 2019 to William & Bitha Lewis. Sue loved yellow roses, bingo, slot machines and her family. She is survived by her husband Max McLeod of Jasper; son Jerry Owens & wife Mary Lou of Jasper; daughter Penny Walker & husband Marcus of Jasper; brothers Edgar Lewis & John Lewis of Jasper and sisters Treba Bonner of Brazoria, Texas and Jesse Bohler of Hearne, Texas; grandchildren Josh , Jessica, Misty & Jerry Jr. ; and great grandchildren JuJu, Alistair, Ethan, Elizabeth, William, Zoey, Karsyn, Kylynn, Dakota & Audrie.  

J.D. Morgan

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 1919-2020


J.D. Morgan, 100, of Kirbyville passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at his home in Kirbyville. A Graveside service will be held on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Magnolia Springs Cemetery in Magnolia Springs. The family will greet friends on Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM at Shultz Funeral Home in Jasper. In lieu of flowers please make donations to your Charity of Choice.
J.D. was born on December 03, 1919 to William Hance Morgan and Lucy Dove Smith in Jasper. He was an owner / operator of Morgan's Hardware & Grocery from 1960 - 1980's. Preceded in death by his parents William & Lucy Morgan; wife Lavina Juanita Miller Morgan; brothers Robert Lee Morgan and Clyde Morgan; as well as daughter in law Wanda Jean Morgan. Survivors include his son Joe Morgan of Kirbyville, TX; grandson David Morgan & wife Amanda of Kirbyville, TX; as well as great grandson Ayden of Kirbyville, TX. 

William "Bill" Lawrence Jr.

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1967-2020

William "Bill" Lawrence Jr., 52, native of Bridgeport, CT, resident of Jasper since 1990 coming from Stratford, CT passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston, TX . A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Jasper . Interment to follow at West Oaks Cemetery. Reception to follow interment at St. Michael's Parish Hall. The family will greet friends on Friday, January 24, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Shultz Funeral Home in Jasper with a Rosary service to follow at 8:00 PM.
Bill was born on July10, 1967 to William Richard Lawrence Sr. and Regina Marie Santini Lawrence . He spent his life as a Truck Driver , he had a passion for Peterbilt trucks. On February 15, 1992 he married the love of his life Dallas Eldon Whaley Calhoun. A member of Angelina River Volunteer Fire Department for over 20 years, his time in the department he served as a Fire Fighter, Fire Chief and Assistant Chief. Bill loved serving his community, playing his guitar, cooking, and spending time with his family. Survivors include his wife of 27 years Dallas Lawrence of Jasper, TX; his parents William & Regina Lawrence Sr. of Jasper, TX; three sons Casey Holden Lawrence, William Richard Lawrence III "Billy" and Jason Michael Calhoun all of Jasper, TX; a sister Christina Ann Smith & husband Dustin Michael of Quanah, TX; a niece Catherine Smith of Quanah, TX; nephew Vance Smith of Quanah, TX ; grandson Brett Michael Calhoun Primrose of Jasper, TX; as well as a host of family and friends. 

John Jorgensen

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1952 - 2020


John Jorgensen, 67, resident of Jasper since 2008, coming from Kansas passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at MD Anderson in Houston. Private services were held.

John was born on December 31, 1952 in Port Arthur, TX to Morris John Jorgensen Jr. and Sybil Marie Ralph. He spent his life as a Nurse since 1976. Since 2016 he served as a Texas State Guard. A Master Mason at the Masonic Lodge # 151 where he obtained rank as Scottish Duke and York, Royal Order of Scotland, International Board of DeMolay as well as Sons of the Republic. On July 04, 2004 he married Patricia Milam in Kansas City, KS. Survivors include his wife Patricia "Pat" Jorgensen of Jasper, TX; daughters Michelle Glenn of Jasper, TX and Rachel Asbury of Kansas; grandchildren Destynee Glenn, Andras Jonathan Glenn and Chloe Asbury; as well as great grandchildren Aurora Skie and Andrarius Sage.

Irene Buell - Ray

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 1925 - 2020


Irene Buell-Ray, 94, resident of Jasper since 2016, coming from Texas City passed way on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at her residence in Jasper. Private services were held.

Irene was born on March 31, 1925 in Sweetwater, TX to Roy Finley and Birdie Lee Glasco. Survivors include her daughters Roberta Lorene Duckworth of Jasper, TX and Ann DeLeon of Cleveland, TX; as well as a grandson Christopher Brewer of California.