obituary

Patricia “Mimi” Wylie Whitmire

Patricia Wylie Whitmire, 74, of Vidor died suddenly Monday, May 8, 2017. She was born Nov. 13, 1942, in Winnsboro, Louisiana, to Olive Marie Holland Wylie and Harrison Wesley Wylie Sr.

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Tom Arrington

John Thomas “Tom” Arrington, 78, died April 17, 2017.

From a humble beginning in the hills of Fayette County, West Virginia, Tom Arrington’s early life mirrored that of Homer Hickam’s in the movie “October Sky,” with one notable exception: Tom’s father did not want him to follow his footsteps into the coal mine, and he actually encouraged him to further his education. So Tom pursued his interest in science and mathematics, claimed Mountaineer status, and earned a chemistry degree.

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Billie Louise Miller

Billie Louise (West) Miller, 87, passed from her earthly life in the early morning hours on March 1, 2017, surrounded by family at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Louise was born Oct. 5, 1929 in Houston to loving parents William Wesley and Emily West. Her parents and her older sister, Vera Hortense Parrish, preceded her in death.

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John Thomas Bebeau

John Thomas Bebeau, 60, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. He was born Dec. 12, 1956, to Dr. Eugene Russell Bebeau Sr. and Grace Kouns, in Beaumont. John Thomas was delivered as a package deal along with his twin sister, Charlotte Anne.

As a child, he was constantly motivated to keep his eight brothers and sisters smiling. Whether the jokes involved silly pranks or jumping on mattresses past bedtime with his older sister, Cathy, it was no doubt that John loved the sound of laughter.

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Jackie Carolyn Cansler Knobloch

Jackie Carolyn Cansler Knobloch of Beaumont, wife of H. Guy Knobloch, passed away Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, in Beaumont, Texas. Jackie was born Thursday, Oct. 10, 1940, in Houston, Texas.

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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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