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Michael Garrison

Sep 15, 1947 - Oct 09, 2023

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Nederland, TX

Michael Clay Garrison, age 76, of Nederland, Texas passed away on Monday, October 9, 2023. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www. GL-MemorialPark. com for the Garrison family.

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Lt. Col. Ray T. Pace, USMC, Retired

Dec 08, 1937 - Feb 11, 2024

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Nederland, TX

Lt. Col. Ray T. Pace, USMC, Retired, known to his family and friends as Tom, was born on December 8, 1937, in Los Angeles County, California. He got to Texas as quickly as he could and was raised in Amarillo, TX, where he graduated from Amarillo High School. He died on February 11, 2024, in Nederland, TX surrounded by his three children and his wife of 62 years, Hazel Mae (Tripp) Pace. Tom played football for Texas Tech where he met the love of his life, Hazel, and they were married on March 31st, 1961. He graduated from Texas Tech with a Bachelor’s degree in finance and began a 23 year career with the United States Marine Corps, serving his country proudly in Vietnam and at home. He received many medals for his service including a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. He achieved a Master’s degree in Education from Pepperdine University as well. Upon retiring from the Marine Corps as a Lt. Colonel, he worked with a fellow marine restoring homes in old town Alexandria for a couple of years before deciding to return to his roots, moving to Odessa to serve Ector County as its Fiscal Services Director for over 20 years. Tom was appointed by then Governor George W. Bush to serve as one of the first commissioners on the newly formed Texas State Board of Risk Management. He served on the Ector County School Board and was the president of that organization during part of his tenure. He was incredibly proud to receive the Heritage of Odessa Foundation Award for Excellence in Community Service in the government category in 1989. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Odessa and acted as an elder and deacon for many years. Tom was described by the people who knew him as a truly gentle giant who cared for his family, friends and his community in whatever capacity that was needed. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Jimmie and Dick Smotherman, and Ray and Ethel Pace, and his sister Linda Sanders. He is survived by his wife Hazel Mae (Tripp) Pace, his children Ray T. Pace, II of Port Neches, TX, Barbara Suzanne and Stephen Hirst of Odessa, TX and Deborah Kathleen & Matthew Tokheim of Nederland, TX; his grandchildren, Kevin Tokheim of Portland, OR, Jonathan and Jessica Hirst of Midland, TX, Nathan and McKenzie Tokheim of Johnson City, TN, Christopher Tokheim of Dallas, TX, Kaitlin Mae Hirst and Zachary Marshall Hirst of Odessa, TX; his sister, Sara Ann Ramsey of Amarillo, TX and his sister in law, Barbie Olson of Flower Mound, TX. In addition, he is survived by three great granddaughters who entertained him with their antics, Olivia Mae and Amelia Jade Hirst, and Rosalind Paige Hicks. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. The viewing will be held on Friday, February 16, 2024, from 5 pm to 7 pm at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 6801 E. Business 20, Odessa, TX The funeral will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at 3 pm at Connection Christian Church, 4241 Tanglewood Ln, Odessa, TX. There will be a graveside service immediately following.

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Claude Vincent Dwyer, Jr.

Sep 18, 1943 - Feb 19, 2024

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Nederland, TX

Claude Vincent Dwyer, Jr., 80, of Nederland, died Monday, February 19, 2024. Mr. Dwyer’s arrangements are pending under the direction of Broussard’s, 505 North 12 Street, Nederland. ©Broussard's Mortuary 2017-2024 Built By

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Andre Deon van Aswegen

Dec 17, 2005 - Feb 16, 2024

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Nederland, TX

Andre Deon van Aswegen, 18, of Nederland, died Friday, February 16, 2024. He was born on December 17, 2005, to Natasha and Willem van Asawegen, in Vredenburg, South Africa. A gathering of Andre’s family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m., with his funeral service at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, February 25, 2024, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12 Street, Nederland. His interment will follow at Memory Gardens, 3098 Highway 69 North, Nederland. ©Broussard's Mortuary 2017-2024 Built By

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Johnson H Pham

Aug 07, 1951 - Feb 13, 2024

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Nederland, TX

Johnson H Pham, age 72, of Nederland, Texas passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2024. Johnson was born in Vietnam.

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Captain James O. Meeks

Jan 18, 1929 - Feb 04, 2024

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Nederland, TX

Captain James O. “Jim” Meeks of Nederland, Texas, went to be with the Lord on February 4, 2024, at the age of 95. Captain Meeks was born January 18, 1929, in Akron, Ohio into a family of three brothers and two sisters. The family moved to Hampton, Georgia where he graduated from Hampton High School. After graduation, he went to Paris Island, South Carolina and joined the United States Marines where he served one tour of duty. At the age of 21, he joined the Masonic Lodge and served a year in the National Guard. In 1947, Jim joined the Merchant Marines. It was his love of water and his thirst for knowledge that led him to the maritime industry – which would ultimately become his lifetime passion. He was a pillar in the maritime industry for nearly 50 years. He was a Merchant Marine until 1967 and then became a Ship Master with an unlimited tonnage license. In 1970, he became a Sabine Pilot for the next 23 years. He was hardworking, smart, and very confident. Captain Meeks was extremely knowledgeable as he loved to read and enjoyed spending time in the ship’s Joseph Pulitzer’s Library. His mind was sharp and he retained it all. Jim was charismatic and it was his charm that captured the love of his life, Ruth Meeks. They married in 1954 and had an amazing life together for 68 years. He was a devoted husband and father and loved spending time with his family. He and his family enjoyed yearly vacations, mostly by the water, where he taught his entire family to water ski. Jim really enjoyed playing cards with his family. He also loved card tricks and would often phone “the wizard.” Jim was a dedicated family man; he was a devoted husband and father who provided well for his family. As much honor as Jim took in being “Captain Meeks,” in his later years he loved his role of just being “Pop.” One of his favorite things to say to his granddaughters was “If you need something, call Pop” – and he meant it. Jim had a creative mind and an entrepreneurial spirit. He started acquiring cars, real estate, coins, sports memorabilia, and antiques – his interests were diverse. But one thing is for sure – Jim could sell just about anything. He loved making the rounds and making phone calls asking “Whatcha got on the burner?” He loved his fellow man and always said the world was good to him and he was good to the world. He loved music and he loved to dance and took pride in sharing that love – and his incredible dancing skills – with his wife Ruth. His other love was football. If you were looking for Jim on Saturday or Sunday, he was watching football. Above all else, it is Captain Meeks’ character that will be remembered the most. Jim was kind, generous, and he never met a stranger. One of his favorite song verses represents his lifelong optimistic attitude – “Don’t know what’s comin’ tomorrow. Maybe it’s trouble and sorrow. But we’ll travel the road, sharin’ our load. Side by Side.” He was quick witted, always had a comeback, and his one-liners kept his friends and family laughing. His laugh was infectious and will be deeply missed. He loved sharing his life experiences, sharing his knowledge and wisdom and giving advice to those around him. Jim always said, “the best way to get out of trouble is to not get in it.” The world will forever be changed by his absence. Jim never complained and was grateful for a long, wonderful life and all the blessings that came with it. He will forever be remembered as a kind, generous, loving soul. If you could measure a man’s wealth by the number of his friends, he was a very rich man. Jim is survived by his loving children, Steve Meeks, Mike Meeks, and Terri Varner; grandchildren, Katie Meeks, Lauren Wilson and husband, Bo Wilson; great granddaughter, Evelyn Wilson, and many other friends and family. He is preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife, Ruth Meeks, and his son-in-law, William T. Varner MD. A celebration of life with family and friends will be held at Nederland Apostolic Church, 1308 S. 27 St., Nederland, Texas 77627, on Sunday, February 18, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Meeks’ honor may be made to any charity of one’s choice. ©Broussard's Mortuary 2017-2024 Built By

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Catarina Torres

Jun 01, 1930 - Feb 07, 2024

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Nederland, TX

Catarina Torres, age 93, of Nederland, Texas passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2024. A visitation for Catarina will be held Thursday, February 15, 2024 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. at Heavenly Grace Funeral Home, 26873 N. White Ranch Road, La Feria, Texas 78559. A chapel service will occur Friday, February 16, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. followed by a burial at 11:00 a.m. at Heavenly Grace Memorial Park, 26873 N. White Ranch Road.

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Dorothy Ann Thweatt

Mar 09, 1938 - Feb 10, 2024

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Nederland, TX

Dorothy Ann Thweatt, 85, of Nederland, died Saturday, February 10, 2024. She was born March 9, 1938, in Dothan, Alabama, to Ola Burkett Anderson and Asa V. Anderson. She retired from Nederland ISD after thirty-eight years of service with Helena Park Elementary School. She was known as “Ms. Ann” by the students. Survivors include her children, Patricia Gibson; Randall Hughes and wife, Donna; and Carolyn Koonce and husband, Randy; sisters, Merle Harden and Gloria Richter; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ellis Thweatt; daughter, Venita Joyce Hughes; and son, Roy Mosley. A gathering of Mrs. Thweatt’s family and friends will begin at 1:00 p.m., with her funeral service at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 17, 2024, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12 Street, Nederland. Her interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Groves. ©Broussard's Mortuary 2017-2024 Built By

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Coley Verde

Feb 02, 1923 - Jan 19, 2024

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Nederland, TX

Coley Verde, 100, of Nederland, died Friday, January 19, 2024. He was born February 2, 1923, in Beaumont to Catherine and Mike Verde. He was a great father and a wonderful grandfather. He enjoyed spending his time cooking food, gardening, and woodworking. He was a devoted Catholic and God was foremost in his life. Survivors include his loving wife, Mary Neoma Verde; daughters, Barbara Williamson and her husband Gerald, Delores Jones and her husband Raymond, of Lumberton; son, Rick Verde of Granger; grandchildren, Marc White and his wife Kelli, Greg White and his wife Dawn, Chris Verde and his wife Heather, Nic Verde, Eli Verde, Ben Verde and his wife Melanie, Heather Little and her husband Adam, LeAnne Evans and her husband Joey, Victoria Jacobs and her husband Brandon, Sara Ferguson and her husband Josh; great-grandchildren, Matt White and his wife Carlee, Trent White, Cole White, Seth White, Trace White, Tabytha Little, Aubrey Evans, Piper Evans, Landry Evans, Logan Jacobs, Natalie Jacobs, Whitley Jacobs, Ember Verde and Trevor Verde; brother, J.C. Verde of Port Arthur; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; son Robert Verde; and three brothers, Jake, Vic, and Sam Verde. A gathering of Mr. Verde’s family and friends will begin at 9:30 a.m., with a Rosary recited at 10:45 a.m., and a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 26, 2024, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 2006 Nall Street, Port Neches. His interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 2006 Nall Street, Port Neches, Texas 77651. ©Broussard's Mortuary 2017-2024 Built By

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Edward Kenneth Holstine

Feb 07, 1949 - Jan 17, 2024

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Nederland, TX

Edward Kenneth Holstine, 74, of Nederland, died Wednesday, January 17, 2024. He was born February 7, 1949, in Port Arthur, to Louise Leontine Mills Holstine and James Graham Holstine. Survivors include his wife, Linda Lorene James Holstine; son, Aaron Wasser and wife, Angela; brother, Bolin Holstine; granddaughters, Abby Wasser, Sierra Sawyer, and Marissa Alvarado; grandson, Slade Sawyer; great-granddaughters, Mi’ya Alvarado and Navy Rose Alvarado; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family. He is preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Holstine’s cremation arrangements will be handled through Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, 505 North 12 Street, Nederland. ©Broussard's Mortuary 2017-2024 Built By

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Wilma Rae Winn

Aug 19, 1933 - Jan 16, 2024

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Nederland, TX

Wilma Rae Winn, 90, of Nederland, died Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at Holland Place Senior Assisted Living. She was born August 19, 1933, in Beaumont, to Petronella Elizabeth Rauwerda Fowler and William Rayford Fowler. She leaves behind her husband of seventy-one great years, Bill Winn. Petronella Frasier and husband, Glenn, Mike Winn and wife, Cindy, and Philip Winn and wife, Pamela Shannon Squires and husband, Eric Georgia Hartzog and husband, Todd Calvert Michael Hartzog and wife, Emily Aaron Winn and wife, Hayley Daniel Winn and wife, Jaclyn Thomas Winn Cooper Nelson and wife, Kaylin, Hudson Hartzog and wife, Melody, Jack Hartzog, Hailey Hartzog, Wolfgang Hartzog, Lucy Hartzog Collin Winn, Emi Winn, Juniper Winn, Everett Winn, Luke Winn, Jasper Winn, and Elizabeth Winn Harper Nelson A gathering of Mrs. Winn’s family and friends will begin at 12:00 p.m., with her funeral service at 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 19, 2024, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12 Street, Nederland. A family graveside service will be held at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches. ©Broussard's Mortuary 2017-2024 Built By

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