January 31, 1913 – May 13, 2016 

Melba Rose Broussard Bollinger of Pattison, Texas, passed away on Friday, May 13, 2016, at her home in Pattison at the age of 103 years. Melba, the daughter of Lee Robert Broussard and Candide Rees Broussard, was born on January 31, 1913 in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. She attended St. Bernard Catholic Parochial School in Breaux Bridge until the sixth grade and graduated from Breaux Bridge High School in 1928 (at age 15). Melba then entered the Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now Louisiana State University at Lafayette), graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1931 (at the age of 18). Before and during her college years, Melba was a student of piano and performed in local concerts. After graduating from college, Melba began her teaching career in Vinton, Louisiana at the age of 18. She taught French and English in Vinton during 1931-32; then, transferred to Bell City, Louisiana, where she taught French and English during 1932-33. From 1933 to 1937, Melba taught in Iowa, Louisiana. In addition to teaching French and English at Iowa, she also coached the girls’ basketball team, which competed for the Louisiana state championship during that time. She did all of this for the princely sum of $110.00 per month. It was at Iowa that Melba met a tall, handsome teacher by the name of Werner Robert Bollinger. Werner taught math and science and coached the boys’ basketball team. Werner and Melba were married in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana on August 20, 1937. Soon after being married, they resigned their teaching positions, and in the summer of 1938, the newlyweds moved to Port Allen, Louisiana, across the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge. While Werner worked his way through the petroleum engineering program at Louisiana State University, Melba did some substitute teaching in the Port Allen schools. Werner graduated from L.S.U. in 1941. He accepted a petroleum engineering position with the Shell Oil Co. and was assigned to the West Texas-New Mexico area. During this period, the newlyweds lived in Midland, Texas; Monahans, Texas; Denver City, Texas; and Hobbs, New Mexico. Their son Lee was born May 27, 1943 in Hobbs. In the fall of 1948, Werner decided to leave the oil business to join his father Albert and his brother John in the rice farming and cattle business near Brookshire, Texas. Werner and Melba moved to a house on a farm eight miles north of Brookshire, where they lived for the next 45 years, until the family sold out of the farming business in 1994. During those years on the farm, Melba was an active participant in the operation of the business, sharing the good times and bad times inherent in this profession. Their second child, Patricia Rose Bollinger, was born on March 4, 1950 in Sealy, Texas. Upon leaving the farm, Werner and Melba moved to the peaceful town of Pattison, Texas. Werner passed away in February, 1999. Melba Rose Broussard Bollinger was a very special person. She was intelligent, inquisitive, well-read, and knowledgeable about world affairs. She was also an exceptional cook (known for her pies and cinnamon rolls), a skilled seamstress, and an avid gardener. Melba was a devout Catholic, active in her church in many capacities, including singing in the choir. However, her primary interest was always her family. She was a dedicated life partner to her husband Werner during 61 years of marriage. She strongly supported and encouraged her children’s scholastic and extracurricular activities and was active in school organizations such as the PTA. Melba had incredible inner strength, a deep religious faith, and an enduring love for her family. She will be greatly missed. Melba is survived by two sisters Anna Lee Broussard Patin and Sylvia Broussard Elender, both of Lake Charles, Louisiana. She is also survived by her loving children Lee Stephen Bollinger and Patricia R. B. Boatright and husband Wade Douglas Boatright; grandchildren Kevin Boatright and wife Stacey; Denise Strain and husband James; Tyanne Lowden and husband Jack; Peter Hewett, Jr. and wife Joyce; Angela Hewett; and great-grandchildren Laurel, Abigail, Wade, Laina, Leah, Bryttne, Zachary, Sydney, Grace, Halli, Violet, and Peter III. Finally, the family would like to recognize Zella Salter, Frankie Woodard, and Ruby Davis, the three wonderful caregivers who provided comfort, love, and companionship for Melba during the last years of her life. Services are private. Those wishing to make memorial contributions may do so to the Brookshire Pattison Library, 3815 6th Street, Brookshire, Texas 77423. Funeral services held under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home, 1508 East Avenue, Katy, Texas 77493, (281) 391-2424

RICHARD “RICK” JOHN LYLE, 65, of Bellville, formerly of Brookshire, Texas, passed away on Friday, May 13, 2016, in Brookshire. Rick was born on April 2, 1951, in Ridgway, Pennsylvania, the son of Richard and Willa (Amacher) Lyle. He grew up and attended school in Warren, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Warren High School. Richard was united in Holy Matrimony to Susan Haller on February 21, 1987, in Elwood City, Pennsylvania. He attended college in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Richard worked as a machinist as both an operator and Supervisor at machine shops. Rick enjoyed the outdoors, as well as hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles and gun smithing. Richard is survived by his loving wife: Susan Lyle of Bellville; daughters: Abby Travis and her husband, Aaron, of Massillon, Ohio and Sydney Eaton and her husband, Robert, of Columbus, Texas; son: Duncan Lyle and his wife, Stephanie, of Shawnee, Oklahoma; grandchildren: Kacey, Lillie, Amelia, and Bennett. Rick was also survived by his brothers: Terry Lyle and his wife, Dorothy, of Jamestown, New York, Steve Lyle and his wife Karen of Russell, Pennsylvania, David Lyle of Orlando, Florida; sisters: Marcia McKown and her husband, John, of Warren, Pennsylvania, Nancy Lyle and her significant other, Laura, of Youngsville, Pennsylvania; and sister-in-law: Leann Clark of Orlando, Florida. Richard was preceded in death by his parents Richard and Willa Lyle and his daughter, Bethany Lyle. A Memorial Service was held at the United Methodist Church in Brookshire, Texas, on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at 7:00 P.M. Friends who wish may make memorial gifts in honor of Richard, may donate to the: American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15186, Austin, Texas, 78761. Arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, P.O. Box 610, 12029 Hwy. 36 South, Bellville, Texas. (979)865-2424 www.schmidtfunerals.com

Jean Joyce Burgess Longwell was born on January 4th, 1932. Jean was a native Houstonian, growing up in the Houston Heights and attending John H. Reagan High School, where she was a member of the Reagan Redcoats. She grew up in a very close knit family, who were very supportive of her during the years she was a single Mother, raising two children on her own. Jean worked at the Houston Chronicle and at Trunkline Gas Company. She was an active member of the Houston Personnel Association. On June 19, 1976, Jean married the love of her life, Earl F. Longwell from Leadville, Colorado. She was his Yellow Rose of Texas and he always gave her a yellow rose on special occasions, as a symbol of his love. During their married life, Jean and Earl lived in Vail, Colorado, Georgetown, Colorado, Wimberley, Texas and Brookshire, Texas. They made some wonderful friends in each of those places, many becoming extended family and life-long friends. Jean is preceded in death by her Husband, Earl F. Longwell, Parents, Manton Marsh Burgess, Sr. and Geneva Head Burgess, her Brother and Sister-in-Law, Manton Marsh Burgess, Jr. and Betty Burgess, and Brother, John Ed Burgess. She is survived by her Son and Daughter-in-Law, Terry and Gwen Fraser, Daughter and Son-in-Law, Linda and Steve Mire. Grand-Son Ryan Mire and his wife, Krystal, Grand-Son Matthew Fraser, Grand-Son Patrick Fraser and wife, Courtney, and Grand-Daughter, Katie Mire. Great Grand-Sons, Weston and Korbyn Fraser, Brother-in-Law, Jack Longwell. Cousin and Best Friend, Nannetta Atkinson Capers, and other special cousins in the Atkinson, Capers and Meece families. Honorary extended family and best friends, Diz Johannes and Ginger Bovee (Husband Bo Bovee, deceased). Jean loved her family and friends. She cherished family gatherings and was very big on keeping traditions, like baking her Mother’s Lady Baltimore Cake each and every Christmas. She always found great joy in entertaining and having family and friends visit the many places she lived. Jean would have told you the best years of her life were spent in Brookshire, Texas. She had her husband, was close to her children and grandchildren, and was part of a very loving community where she worked for The Times Tribune and where she and Earl were active members of The First United Methodist Church of Brookshire. After Jean’s husband passed away, she moved to Jersey Village, Texas. Her family takes solace in knowing that the Lord has taken her to her final resting place and that she has reunited with the love of her life, husband, Earl. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 30th, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Cypress Fairbanks Funeral Home, 9926 Jones Road, Houston, Texas 77065. Dr. H. Hollie Atkinson, Officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the VFW (Veteran’s Foreign War) – Cypress Post 8905, Men’s Auxiliary, P.O. Box 2, Cypress, Texas 77410-0002

FRANCES PAULINE McLEMORE BEAMS, age 81, Beloved Mother of Robin Beams Aguirre and Devoted Wife of Ross E. Beams, Jr., passed peacefully into Heaven on Monday, April 18, 2016, at Avalon Memory Care, Cedar Park, Texas. She was born in Sulligent, Alabama on March 14, 1935, where she grew up with eight much loved brothers, sisters and parents, Paul and Mary Jewel McLemore. She married Ross Earl Beams, Jr. on September 23, 1955, and had one child, Robin. They were married for 58 years. They moved to Corpus Christi, Texas in 1959. She lived most of her life in Corpus Christi, Texas and Brookshire, Texas. Frances began attending Del Mar College in 1965; she finished her college education receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Art at Pan American College (University of Texas-Pan American), Edinburg, Texas in May 1969. She was the first in her family to receive a college degree. Frances taught Art at Richard King High School in Corpus Christi, Texas and then in Katy, Texas, when they moved to Brookshire, Texas. After 24 years of teaching, Frances retired in 2002. In 1978, she and Ross bought The City Café in Brookshire, Texas. For 20 years, they served good old fashioned country food to many good friends and customers. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Brookshire, Texas, and enjoyed the fellowship of friends in Christ there. Frances loved the many dolls son-in-law Richard brought her from all over the world on his trips. Frances enjoyed spending time with the Brookshire-Pattison Library Ladies - they always shared books she loved to read. She also loved to cook, garden, dance, sketch, watch TV and walk with her beloved dogs - Daisy, Belle and Lady. Frances was preceded in death by husband, Ross E. Beams, Jr., parents, Paul and Mary Jewel McLemore and three brothers, Tommie McLemore, Frankie McLemore and Buster McLemore. Her surviving siblings are brother, Butch (Bokie) McLemore, Orlando, FL, sisters, Evelyn Barnes, Fulton, MS, Eva (J.L.) Valentyn, Tuscaloosa, AL, Jewel (Ron) Bohn, Ocala, FL, and Sherry (Keith) Craig, Olney, IL. Frances is survived by her daughter, Robin Beams Aguirre, and her husband, Richard Aguirre; two grandchildren, Melissa M. Aguirre and Richard M. Aguirre; and one great grandchild, Tristan Kerrick. Visitation was held from 10:00 A.M., Thursday, April 21, 2016, at the Schmidt Funeral Home, in Bellville. Funeral Service followed at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Amy Haralson officiating. Interment was in the Pattison Methodist Cemetery. Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 397, Brookshire, Texas 77423. Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, P.O. Box 248, 819 Waller Avenue, Brookshire, Texas 77423. (281)934-2424 www.schmidtfunerals.com

CHARLES EDWARD ODUM, JR., 56, of Pattison, Texas, passed away Monday, April 18, 2016, in Pattison. He was born August 13, 1959, in Shreveport, Louisiana, the son of Charles Edward and Frances Gill. Charles grew up in Shreveport until the age of seven. He attended schools in Columbus, before graduating from Northbrook High School, in 1977. Charles had a Bachelors Degree in Education from Stephen F. Austin University. He was a 7th grade Texas History teacher at Royal Junior High, in Brookshire. As a unique teacher, he involved his students in teaching Texas history. Overall Charles was a strong man but with a very tender heart. Charles was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa and former member of Pattison Volunteer Fire Department. Charles enjoyed genealogy and history. He was a huge WWII history buff. Charles is survived by is wife, LaRay Odum of Pattison; daughter: Shauna Odum of Pattison; son: Airman 1st Class Ethan Odum, stationed in Altus, OK; mother: Frances King and her husband, Jim, of New Ulm; father: Bob Odum and his wife, Joycelene, of Pattison; sister: Debra Odum of Willis; brother: Richard Odum of San Angelo; step-sister: Elonia Trudeau, step-brother: Les King of Columbus, OH, and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers are Dallas Bloomfield, Les King, Pete Macejak, Eric Odum, Jack Odum, Richard Odum, Alex Shew and David Smith. Interment will follow in the Pattison Methodist Cemetery in Pattison. Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142 Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, P.O. Box 248, 819 Waller Avenue, Brookshire, Texas 77423. (281)934-2424 – www.schmidtfunerals.com