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September 28, 1948, April 11, 2019   

Elvin Dean Cromwell, 70, of Sour Lake, died Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston. He was born on September 28, 1948, to Naomi Sylvest Cromwell and Hardy Elvin Cromwell, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and was a 1967 graduate of French High School in Beaumont. Dean was very instrumental in safety programs, including ISTC, in Southeast Texas during his career. He was a highly motivated professional manager with over 40 years of combined experience and education in operations, safety, environmental, hygiene, emergency medicine and construction, with extensive knowledge in all phases of a plant operations and projects: including civil, structural, piping, mechanical, equipment instrumentation, electrical and startup. Dean was an avid sports fan, particularly any team his grandchildren played on. He was a devoted family man who cherished his grandchildren and enjoyed hunting, being outdoors, and was a Dallas Cowboys fan.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Cromwell; mother, Naomi Cromwell; son, Brandon Dean Cromwell and daughter, Casey Burleson and her husband, Aaron, all of Sour Lake; sisters, Donna Burford and her husband, Mike, of Beaumont and Debbie Lopez of China; grandchildren, Kenzie Schroeder, Kyndall Schroeder, Kade Schroeder, Payton Burleson, and Oliva Burleson; and numerous nieces and nephews, friends and family, and many “adopted” grandkids.

He is preceded in death by his father, Hardy Elvin Cromwell.

A gathering of Mr. Cromwell’s family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 14, 2019, at Pine Ridge Baptist Church, 13430 Highway 421, Kountze. Interment will follow at Rosedale Cemetery, Sour Lake.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mavericks Baseball Team, 11975 Dishman Road, Beaumont, Texas 77713 or online at paypal.me/setxmavericks.


Joe David Allen, Sr., 70, of Kountze, died Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at Harbor Hospice, Beaumont. He was born on September 12, 1948, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to Stacy Grace Cook and Curtis Lafayette Allen. Joe was a United States Marine Corps veteran, having served during the Vietnam Era.

Survivors include his children, Lori Palmer and her husband, Mike, of Beaumont; Joe Allen, Jr., and his wife, Sherri, of Kountze; and Randy Allen and his wife, Jaime, of Silsbee; grandchildren, Katlin Allen, John Allen, Sara Allen, Zachary Allen, Billy Allen, and Luke Allen; great-grandson, Samuel Allen; sisters, Louise Dillard and Sue May; brother, Curtis Allen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Iris Sue King; sister, Rosemary Hardesty; brother, Paul Allen; and grandson, Christopher Allen.

A gathering of Mr. Allen’s family and friends will begin at 1:00 p.m., with his funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 10, 2019, at Broussard’s, 530 West Monroe, Kountze. His interment will follow at Old Hardin Cemetery, Kountze.


Bob Menefee, 70, of Beaumont, passed away on January 14, 2019, at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. Born in Beaumont, Texas, on December 29, 1948, he was the son of Paul Douglas and Ruth M. (Harrel) Menefee. Bob obtained Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. After French High School he shipped out with the Merchant Marines to deliver oil in the Persian Gulf. Returning to work in Beaumont, he married in 1973, attended Lamar University ...for a Bachelor of General Studies degree in 1980, became a father in 1982, and incorporated as Texas Choice, Inc. in 1990 selling wholesale goods. He was a hard working family man, traveling extensively with his wife and family. Two of his businesses were Arby’s Restaurant, and the Bungy Fun Zone in Parkdale Mall from 2004 to 2012. Bob owned and operated many businesses in Texas; also, Missouri, Colorado, North and South Carolina and Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Ruth Menefee. He is survived by his wife, Mary Menefee and daughters - Carlin Kubenka of Seabrook, Texas, and Anna Streeper of Sour Lake, Texas, and grandchildren - Jodie Streeper and Tony Streeper; Brother - Dale Menefee, and sister, Carol Ann Patriarco.
Cremation will be under the direction of Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home in Beaumont.


Doug was called Home by The Lord on Friday, October 19, 2018. He was born on May 29, 1949, in Starkville, Mississippi, and was the only child of Terry and Everett Bond. He and his parents moved to Beaumont, Texas, early in his life to be closer to family. He attended Beaumont schools and graduated from French High School in 1967, where he excelled in baseball and football. In 1968, Doug joined the United States Army and was assigned to a Security Division. He honorably left the service as a Sergeant E-5 in 1972. 

As Doug had been brought up in a construction/home builder’s family, he naturally chose this line of work as a career. He began as a Territory Representative for Sherwin Williams in Beaumont and was transferred to Denver as a Commercial Rep. Later, he was employed by Star, Inc. and Medena Homes in Denver as a Project Manager and Project Superintendent. In 1997, Doug moved to Daytona Beach, Florida where he was employed by Aluma Shield and Danella Construction as Supervisor/Foreman. In 2007, Doug attended his 40th High School Reunion in Beaumont and decided to stay. There was never a question where Doug would worship. He immediately began attending services with his aunt, Jimmie Terrell, in the church he grew up in, North End Baptist Church. Once established in Beaumont, he joined the bowling community at Star Bowling and often would travel to State Senior Tournaments placing first and second in several. Doug was also a member of the United States Bowling Congress (USBC). 

Doug was most recently employed by M&D Supply, Inc. and had been with them a number of years. He was the one “in the know” in the paint department. Many customers relied on his knowledge and expertise. Doug frequently spoke of his many close relationships with his co-workers and customers. 

Survivors include his son, John Bond and his wife, Lauri, of Port Barre, Louisiana; daughter, Chassidy Hamilton and her husband, George, and grandson, Logan, all of Grant, Florida; first cousins, Mary Paule, and Debbie Riley and her husband, James, all of Beaumont; Kenneth May and his wife, Mary, of Houston, and their families. 

He was preceded in death by his first cousin, Robin May. 

Doug is truly missed by many family members and friends. 

Memorial contributions for Mr. Bond may be made to Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center, 2002 Holcomb Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77030 or www.houston.va.gov.

A memorial service for Mr. Bond will be held at 5:30 p.m., Friday, November 2, 2018, at Broussard’s, 1605 Major Drive, Beaumont. His cremation arrangements were handled through Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont. Mr. Bond’s cremated body will be interred in the Houston National Veteran’s Cemetery, 10410 Veteran’s Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas at a later date. 


Ronald David Sigur
January 5, 1949 - December 16, 2017

Ronald David Sigur, 68, passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Grace House Assisted Living, a loving and caring community in Austin, Texas, surrounded by family and friends. He was born in Beaumont, Texas on January 5, 1949 to Carlos Sigur and Pearl Boutte Sigur.

Ron led an interesting and full life as his passions and career led him down many different avenues. Ron entered the Army in 1968 and was honorably discharged in 1971. He then became a police officer under the Beaumont Police Department. He not only earned a degree from Lamar University, but also taught Drafting at Lamar and then found his passion as a project manager of the first local power plants in Texas becoming a world traveler as his passion led him all around the U.S. and overseas to places such as New York, Massachusetts, Alaska, Canada, China, and the Philippines. Through it all Ron stayed a devoted member of the Masonic Lodge in his hometown of Beaumont.

Ron will be sadly missed by his beloved children, daughter, Christina Townsend and husband, Wayne; sons, Matthew Sigur and wife, Jessica and Ryan Sigur; brother, Matthew Sigur and wife, Terri; sister, Suzanne Robinson; grandchildren, Elizabeth Townsend, Bentley Sigur, and Harper Sigur; his companion, Cindy Johnson; numerous other relatives; and a host of friends

The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be at 3:30 P.M., Friday, December 22, 2017 in the Chapel of Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow at a later date at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like contributions in Ron's memory to be made to the ALS Association of Texas, 1315 Sam Bass Circle, Unit B5, Round Rock, Texas, 78681, (877)714-0088 or www.alstexas.org.

Janet Beal (Sullivan)

Janet L. Sullivan, 58, of Nederland, Texas passed away Saturday, September 22, 2007 at her home. She was born April 2, 1949 in Beaumont, Texas and moved to Nederland in 2006.  She was a graduate of French High School and Lamar University. She was an art teacher at St. Anne School with 19 years of service. She loved her children, her dogs, and her students.  She was preceded in death by her father, Hebert Beal.

She is survived by her husband of 33 years, John Sullivan; mother; Anita Beal; daughter, Christina Starr Sullivan; son, John Daniel Sullivan; siblings, Grant Beal, Lynn Roby and Ginna Beal; and granddaughter, Katelynn Rollins..


Ronny Bean

 Ronald Alan Bean, 65, of Beaumont, Texas, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth, Beaumont. He was born on January 23, 1948, in Beaumont, to Laura Harrington Bean and Frank Willis Bean, and had been a lifelong resident of the area. Ronald worked many years for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Petkovsek Bean; mother, Laura Bean; son, Chris Bean and Brian Bean; brother, Gary Bean; one grandchild on the way; nephew, Brent Bean; niece, Krystal Bailey; and four great-nieces and nephews.

Mary Bond (Rash)

Mary Carolyn Bond Rash, 66, of Lumberton, died Thursday, March 12, 2015, at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Beaumont. She was born on February 4, 1949, in Beaumont, to Dessie Marie Firmin Bond and Russell Ishler Bond.

Mary will always be remembered as a kind, understanding and patient friend, mother, and wife. Those who knew her well may remember her saying “Stop lollygagging around!” She made an example of this by giving of herself generously to benefit her children. Mary volunteered countless hours at Stephanie’s Dance Studio and at Chad’s little league games as scorekeeper.  She was also a founding member of the Lumberton High School Raiderette Booster Club where she helped raise funds for trips and excursions.  Mary worked at Sam’s Wholesale Club in Beaumont for several years as the Demo Coordinator. She later continued her Sam’s career in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

She is survived by her husband, Dwight Rash of Lumberton; daughter, Stephanie Rawlinson and her husband, Todd, of Fannett; brother, Dale Bond and his wife, Peggy, of Tomball; mother-in-law, Joyce Rash, of Lumberton; and many loving family members.  Mary was preceded in death by her mother, Dessie Bond; father, Russell Bond; and son, Chad Rash.  Most of all, Mary will be remembered for her boisterous laugh and big hugs.

Brenda Bonura Yancey
Gary Lawrence Brashear

August 5, 1949 - February 15, 1970

Accidental Drowning


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