Penny Downs



Penny Downs, 74, of Kirbyville, passed away on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at her home. A Celebration of Penny's Life will be held at the Downs' residence, 12000 US Highway 96 S. Kirbyville, TX 75956 on Sunday, October 13, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Penny was born on October 24, 1944 in Beaumont, Texas to Alva & Mary Conway.  A member of the 1963 Hamshire-Fannett High School, she was the class Valedictorian and voted Most Beautiful. On September 25, 1965, she married the love of her life, Word Ray Downs. She had a passion for flowers and taking pictures to share their beauty and loved antiques. Survivors include her husband of 54 years Word Downs of Kirbyville, Texas; a son Troy Downs & wife Tracy of Call, Texas; a daughter Tamara Perkins of Kirbyville, Texas; as well as grandchildren Tyler, Taylor & Kennedy.  

J.M. "Jackie" Strother

J.M. "Jackie" Strother



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. 


Sybil Annette Shillings


  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.  

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.

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.