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Gerald Tevis Sampson

Gerald Tevis Sampson of Beaumont passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at Methodist Hospital in Sugar Land, Texas, on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016.

 He courageously confronted a lengthy illness with characteristic courage, wit and affability, while he lovingly received care and support throughout this difficult journey from his daughter, son and brother.

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William Vinson

Services for William “Bill” Vinson, 93, of Longview will be held in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. He will be laid to rest beside his wife of 66 years, Lois Hatton Vinson, in the mausoleum of Rosewood Park. Mr. Vinson went to the loving arms of his Lord at 1 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.

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In an statement from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) and Sheriff Keith Merritt, the sheriff said he and his staff are saddened to announce the loss of a valuable member of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Captain Tom Ray, 46, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning, Oct. 23, of a possible heart attack.

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Bonnie Marie Cokinos

Bonnie Marie Cokinos, 82, of Beaumont, died Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in her home. She was born Jan. 27, 1934, in Beaumont, to Mildred Boden Sohlinger and Barney Richard Sohlinger, and was a lifetime resident of the area.

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Dr. Steven K. Sooudi

Dr. Steven Kavon Sooudi, 47, of Beaumont, died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston. He was born Jan. 26, 1969, in Detroit, Michigan, to Joyce J.

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Frankie Don Miller Jr. passed away Aug. 8, 2016, surrounded by family. He was born June 13, 1949, in Vidor, Texas, to Frankie Don Sr. and Billie Louise (West) Miller.

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G.D. ‘Gene’ Bush (Facebook.com)

G.D. “Gene” Bush, age 83, died peacefully May 14, 2016, at his home in Beaumont, Texas, surrounded by his family.

A gathering of family and friends was held Wednesday, May 18, at Claybar Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow Thursday, May 19, at 2 p.m., also at Claybar Funeral Home. Burial in his hometown of Whitewright, Texas, will take place Saturday at 2 p.m.

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George Andrew Casseb

George Andrew Casseb Sr., 64, of Beaumont, died Sunday, May 8, 2016, at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Beaumont. He was born on Nov. 1, 1951, in San Antonio, to Constance and George Casseb, and had been a longtime resident of the area.

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Richard Matthew Soto

Our beloved “Richie” — Richard Matthew Soto — passed away in his sleep due to a sudden heart attack. He was only 33. Too soon.

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Kenneth “Ken” Wayne Lewis

Kenneth Wayne Lewis, 67, of Beaumont died Feb. 11, 2016, after an eight-month battle with metastatic bone sarcoma. Known to many as “Ken” or “Kenny,” he was born in Orange on Sept. 28, 1948, to Henry and Violet Lewis. Ken and Kathleen (Cole) Lewis married Dec. 28, 1980, and shared the next 35 years together with their large, blended family.

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