Gone But Not Forgotten



If you know of someone we have not recognized on this Memory page or have an Obit we have not included, please email Mary Basye Paule at marylpaule@hotmail.com.  We want to honor and remember all of our departed Classmates.


Darlene Connor

Darlene, D.D. Anne Conner Blakesley, 60, of Lumberton, died Tuesday, October 27, 2009, at Memorial Hermann Baptist Beaumont Hospital. She was born July 30, 1949, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Mary Frances Gulli Conner and William Coda Conner. Darlene grew up in the Beaumont area, moved to Seattle in 1990 where she lived for many years and resided in Lumberton for the last fifteen months. She graduated from French High School Alumni in 1967 and was a retired Human Resource Manager for K-Mart with twenty-seven years of service. Survivors include her husband of nine years, Robert Blakesley; children, Christina Kanakis, Christy Brandelli and her husband Brian, Jessica Blakesley, Bradley Blakesley, and Brandon Blakesley; sister, Cheryl Conner; niece, Kim Conner-Heck; sister, Sharon Conner Langston and her husband Larry; nephew, Cody Seay and his wife Lydia; brother, Billy Conner and his wife Melinda, nephew, Coda Conner; aunt, Elizabeth Coons; and cousin, Richard Coons and his wife Carol. She was preceded in death by both of her parents.


David Cutler

October 9, 1948 - July 12, 2001

 Interment - Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont, Texas


Jiles David Day

May 7, 1949 - February 17, 1978

Accidental drowning in conjunction with an automobile accident.

Interment - Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont, Texas 


Marilyn Dent (Wright)

August 9, 1949 - February 15, 2004

Marilyn was born to Mavis and I.O. Dent and  was the middle child between two brothers, Gilbert and Mike.  In her Senior year at French, she was voted "Wittiest" in her Class.  She was a member of numerous Clubs and Organizations at French including the Buffalo Belles.  She went on to graduate from Lamar and became an outstanding middle school teacher.  She married Dennis Wright and had two children, Chad and Amanda.  Marilyn was a life long member of North End Methodist/Wesley United Methodist Church.  She was an avid, loyal fan of the Astros and took many trips with "the girls" to watch them play.  Mariyln was one of the most loyal, enthusiastic, friendly, fun loving people anyone could ever know.  

We have not done her justice with these few lines; if anyone wants to add their thoughts, please let us know.

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Bill Donley

July 30, 1949 - October 12, 2016

William Donley III passed away October 12, 2016 with his two sons and wife of 43 years by his bedside.

William, who many knew as "Wild Bill Donley" was born July 30th, 1949 in Beaumont, Texas.  He had a passion for music and was a fantastic and well respected drummer with knowledge of percussion.  He spent many years off shore working as a chef and as a litchen manager in Houston, Texas at Captain Benny's.  A love for sports and family; he will be deeply missed.

Bill is survived by his two sons, William Luther Donley and Stephen Eliot Donley, along with his two grandchildren, Sofia and Stephen; sister, Karen Donley and nephew, Brad.; wife of 43 years, Joan Flowers Donley and many close friends and cousins.  We will all miss and cherish the moments with him very much.  Until we meet again, let GOD hold you in the palm of His hands.  We love you and miss you!


Paula Dorsey (Sanford)

Paula Sanford, 57, of Vidor died December 23, 2006 at her home.  A native of Beaumont and a lifelong resident of Vidor, she worked for Texas Total Home Care as a nurse's aid for thirteen years.  Paula is survived by her daughters, Melissa Werner and her husband, Billy, Michelle Conn and her husband, Jimmy and Brandi Guidry and her husband, Jason all of Vidor.  Kimberly Williamson and her husband, Daryl of Nacogdoches; sister, Barbara Johnson of Vidor; brothers, Butch Dorsey of Fort Worth, Mike, Mark and Tim Dorsey of Vidor and nine grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2:00, Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin followed by burial at Magnolia Cemetery. 

George Wayne Dykes

March 8, 1949 - August  31, 1971

Interment - Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont, Texas


Ben (Benny) Elliott

Ben Arthur Elliott Jr.  May 29, 1948 - September 8, 2017

Ben Elliott, 69, of Vidor died Friday, September 8, 2017 at his residence. A native of Dallas, Texas, he was a longtime resident of Vidor. Ben retired from the HVAC industry and served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. during the Vietnam Conflict. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and dabbling around the house. Visitation will be held from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Monday, September 11, 2017 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Graveside service will begin at 2:00 pm Monday, September 11, 2017 at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor. Ben is survived by his wife of 21 years Carolyn Elliott of Vidor, TX, sons Ben A. "Trey" Elliott III of Jacksonville, FL, Ronald Harper of Lumberton, TX, Bill Elliott of Laramie, WY and Christopher Elliott of Laramie, WY, daughter Karen Braneff of Orange, TX and Aileen Elliott Laramie, WY, 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. 

Donald L. Flemings

Donald L. Flemings, 59, of Beaumont passed away Monday, August 18, 2008 after a lengthy illness.  He was a native of Beaumont; graduated from French High School in 1967 and retired from BASF with 33 years service.  Survivors are: wife of 33 years, Ella C. Flemings; son, Gregory D. Flemings; daughter, Brandy A. Flemings; stepdaughter, Hilda Pierre; sister, Patricia A. Hooks (William); brother, James S. Flemings, Jr. (Vallarie); brother-in-law, Larry Milligan-Pierre; 5 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.  Service was held at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church with burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Bertis Laurie Ford

November 19, 1947 -  June 27, 2006

Bertis L. Ford, 58, of Beaumont died on Saturday, July 30, 2006 at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as the result of a motorcycle accident.   

A native of Pineland, Bertis graduated from FrenchHigh School in 1967, attended Blinn Jr.College and was an honor graduate of Henderson County Jr. College.  He was privileged to attend East Texas Theological Seminary where he demonstrated a code of honor above and beyond the qualifications of the seminary and graduated with honors.  Bertis was a pipe fitter for Pipe Fitters Local 195, a member of The Cowboy Chapter of the Harley Owners Group, where he served as Chaplain, the American Legion Riders, Post 33, Bill Glass Prison Ministry and a previous member of the Christian Motorcycle Association.  He is survived by his parents, Emmett and Cherry Ford; daughters, Fonda Woodsmall and Cherry Woodsmall of Beaumont; grandsons, Joseph, Jake and Jess Trahan; brother, Kenneth Wayne Ford and his wife Carol of Beaumont; sister, Cherry June Blanchard and her husband Hugh of Houston; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.


Interment - Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont, Texas


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