DAN AND FLO BENOIT Age: She is 75, He is 79 Occupation: Newly retired owners of Kwik Check in Groves. Community connection: Sold bait to generations of Groves residents. Fast fact: Dan tells the grandkids the woman in the bikini tattooed on his arm is “grandma.” GROVES — Soon all the boxes of chocolate milk powder and jars of jalapeno peppers will be gone, and Dan and Flo Benoit will turn the Kwik Chek into their living room. But Flo said she might clear out the beer and keep the refrigerated wall for food. They do have a lot of family stop by. The bait and beer shop on Pure Atlantic Highway is attached to their house, but the couple has closed up shop. “We are now retired. It has been a pleasure,” reads a neatly lettered sign made by Vonnie at the liquor store next door. “We’ve made a lot of friends,” Flo said. At the dining room table behind the store, the couple agreed it was a tough decision to close shop. They’re customers are taking it hard, too. “They were all crying over that,” Flo said. Dan said beer and cigarettes have been the best sellers, but when they started business, 48 years ago, people tended to buy more staples, like bread and milk. There weren’t all the super stores there are today. Plant workers have always been good customers and the bait and hunting and fishing licenses have brought in generations of families, they said. Dan knows what to do with those licenses. He’s got plans. “I’ll be fishing from now on,” he said. Flo might be picking out colors for this new living room. Contact this reporter at [email protected]
Verdie Mae Clark Jones, 70, of Port Arthur died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home.Gwendolyn “Gwen” Duhon, 64, of Port Arthur died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, Groves.Nelly Gray Lee, 96, of Nederland died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. Broussard’s, Nederland. Next UpMike “Jimmy” Aguilar, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Port Arthur, 11 a.m.Marilyn Jones, Park Central Church of Christ, 10 a.m.Brandon Sessions, Melancon’s Funeral Home, Nederland, 10 a.m. Death noticesHarrison E. Fischer, 89, of Beaumont died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. Levingston Funeral Home, Groves.Grant Yarbrough Jr., 76, of Port Arthur died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home. Services todayLloyd Christian, Gabriel Funeral Home Chapel, Port Arthur, 11 a.m.
Death noticesKay Bender, 59, of Beaumont, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. Broussard’s, Major Drive, Beaumont. Nancy Lou Holbrook Hammonds, 66, of Vidor died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. Levingston Funeral Home, Port Neches.Hattie Martin, 87, of LaBelle died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. Broussard’s, Nederland.Mildred Louise Hudson Brent, 97, formerly of Orangefield, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. Claybar Funeral Home, Orange.Robert W. “Bobby” Riggs, 84, of Beaumont died Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. Broussard’s, Major Drive, Beaumont. Andrew Cruse Goolsbee, 67, of Sugar Land died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Broussard’s, McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont.Rickey “Catfish” McDaniel, 57, of Port Neches died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. Levingston Funeral Home, Groves.Dana Kennison, 83, of Groves died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. Levingston Funeral Home, Groves.Johnny V. “Beefy” “SGT. Hombre” Martinez, 64, of Beaumont died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. Broussard’s, Major Drive, BeaumontEmma Stevens, 84, of Winnie died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. Broussard’s, Winnie. Services todayRuth Estes Reynolds, Levingston Funeral Home, Groves, 10 a.m.
Next UpShe lives in Beaumont with her family. Accountant hired5Point Credit Union President Erik M. Shaw announced that Helen Puckett has joined the credit union as senior accountant.Helen Puckett has joined 5Point Credit Union as senior accountant.Puckett graduated from Lamar University with a bachelor’s of business administration in accounting in 2001 and earned a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Phoenix in 2004. She has more than 15 years accounting experience, primarily in the oil and gas industry, in progressive accounting roles. Top adviserNEDERLAND — Jon Williams, an independent LPL financial adviser in Nederland, has announced his inclusion in LPL’s Freedom Club. This award is presented to less than 20 percent of the firm’s more than 16,000 financial advisors nationwide; an achievement based on annual production among LPL Advisors only.Jon Williams, an independent LPL financial adviser in Nederland, has announced his inclusion in LPL’s Freedom Club.“I congratulate Jon on behalf of LPL,” Andy Kalbaugh, LPL managing director and divisional president, said. “We applaud his dedication to clients and his ability to nurture trusted relationships with clients to help them work toward their financial goals.”Williams is based in Nederland and provides a full range of financial services. He is a graduate of Lamar University and worked for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Beaumont before joining LPL in 2014.
School officials ask those who have information that would be supportive to this investigation to contact the Nederland Police Department at 409-722-4965. Authorities said the Nederland police officers on campus “responded immediately” and began an investigation.“Student and staff safety are the top priority of Nederland ISD and we commend the student for taking the appropriate action and reporting it to campus administration,” a release from the School District said. NEDERLAND — During the first lunch period Thursday at Nederland High School, a student was being picked up in the student parking lot.School District officials said another student witnessed a weapon in the vehicle as it was leaving campus, adding it was quickly reported to administration. “The Nederland Police Department will have an increased presence at district schools while this incident is being investigated.”
He is preceded in death by his parents and numerous aunts and uncles.As per David’s wishes, cremation will be under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.Due to ongoing safety concerns surrounding Covid-19, a private family memorial service will be held. David had a huge personality, an even larger heart, loved history, music, and his Dallas Cowboys.His greatest joy in life was spending time with his family.He and his wife, Judy Barclay Mingle, loved taking long road trips and the spontaneity of stopping along the way.Those left to cherish his memory are his wife and best friend of thirty years, Judy; brother, Terry Mingle and wife Kathy; sister, Lori Mingle Adams and husband Max; daughters, Lindsay Mingle Tamez and husband Neil, Allison Mingle Gebauer and husband Kit, Jennifer Brint Reeves and fiancé Chad Reeves, Lindsay Brint Kalena and husband Josh; grandchildren, Madison Fuller Alaniz and husband Ruben, Justin Case Fuller and girlfriend Manessah Cox, Davin Kalena, Keaton Rives, Presley Rives, Cohen Kalena, Henley Kalena, Noah Tamez, Carson Gebauer, Leah Tamez, and Lawson Gebauer; great-grandchildren, Jaydon Perritt, Bentley Fuller, Arya Perritt, and Kyler Alaniz; his nieces, aunt and uncle, and numerous other beloved cousins. David Dewitt Mingle, 68, of Orange, Texas, passed away on November 13, 2020 at his home surrounded by loved ones after a lengthy illness.David was born on May 1, 1952 in Port Arthur, Texas and was the son of Raymond D. Mingle and JoAnn Finchum Mingle.He was a 1970 graduate of Port Neches-Groves High School and worked in the automotive industry his entire career.David moved to Orange in 1991 where he resided until his death.
Solid Rock Baptist Church, 1337 E. Fifth St., will feature their Happy Hour Bible Study at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. The teacher and expositor will be Vanilla Marie Chillow. The menu will come from the subject: “Jesus Calls Phillip and Nathaniel” taken from John 1:43-51. For more information, call 409-983-7654. Solid Rock Baptist Church, 1337 E. Fifth St., will present their New Year’s Day First Fruits Worship Service at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1.The New Year’s Day Message will be delivered by the Rev. Robert Earl Collins of Road Way To Glory Ministries in Groves. Solid Rock Baptist Church, 1337 E. Fifth St., will sponsor an Usher’s Workshop and Conference Worship Service during the 11 a.m. Sunday morning worship service. The presenters will be the members of Usher Board No. 3. Solid Rock Baptist Church, 1337 E. Fifth St., will present their New Year’s Eve Worship Service at 10 a.m. Dec. 31. The New Year’s Eve Message will be delivered by the Rev. Richard Keaton Nash. Religion announcements must be submitted by 5 p.m. Thursday to appear in the Saturday publication. Announcements may be emailed to [email protected] or sent to Port Arthur News, 2349 Memorial Blvd. Please provide a contact number to The News in case questions arise. The church is practicing the social distance recommendations given by Gov. Greg Abbott in his minimum standard health protocols checklist for churches and places of worship. For more information, call 409-983-7654. The church is practicing the social distance recommendations given by Gov. Greg Abbott in his minimum standard health protocols checklist for churches and places of worship. For more information, call 409-983-7654. Next UpThe church is practicing the social distance recommendations given by Gov. Greg Abbott n his minimum standard health protocols checklist for churches and places of worship. For more information, call 409-983-7654.
Harold Otis Stephens, 94, known to his family and friends as Steve, died in Tyler, Texas, on Sunday, December 27, 2020.Steve was born on June 23, 1926, and raised in Port Arthur, Texas, by his father Hubert Otis Stephens and mother Bertha Mills Stephens.Steve was a proud member of the United States Navy and a WWII veteran serving from 1945 to 1947.Following his military service, he worked for the Gulf Oil corporation for 37.5 years. He was an active participant in the Boy Scouts of America, earning Vigil membership into the Order of the Arrow and attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.He later served as a Scoutmaster for his two sons and earned the Order of the Silver Beaver Award which is given to recognize registered Scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service within a council.Steve enjoyed meeting with his local VFW chapter, attending ship reunions, fishing, and rock tumbling.He is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Kitty Stephens of Nederland, as well as his daughter Suzanne Middleton and husband Jim of Tyler; his son Mark Stephens of Humble; his son Mike Stephens and wife Beverly of Tyler; his grandchildren John Middleton, Stephen Middleton, Brenna Lormand, Jamie Gonzales, Becca Stephens, Taylor Stephens, Renee Moczygemba, Ryan Stephens and Shae Stephens; and great grandchildren Sera, Seth, Tristyn and Kye Middleton, and Maci Moczygemba. A private graveside service is set for Wednesday, December 30, at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches.Pallbearers are members of VFW Post 4820 and honorary pallbearers are former members of Troop and Explorer Post 422. Memorials may be made to VFW Post 4820.Due to Covid-19 crisis we are currently in, face mask or coverings are required by all who attend the service and practice social distancingas mandated by state and county officials.
Megan Hilty View Comments Don Kim will direct, with a script by Michael G. Stern and music by Rick Garcia and William Malpede (the duo behind Rango). The flick is scheduled to premiere in summer 2014 on Disney Junior, in anticipation of a later international release. Need more Hilty and Borle in your life right now? Her new series Sean Saves the World premieres October 3 on NBC, while Borle will appear on NBC’s December telecast of The Sound of Music opposite Carrie Underwood, Laura Benanti and Audra McDonald. Christian Borle Star Files Smash stars Megan Hilty and Christian Borle will reunite—vocally, at least—when they both join the cast of Disney Junior’s first original movie, titled Lucky Duck. The Wrap reports that Borle will star as a “plucky rubber ducky named Lucky who, after accidentally being tossed off a cargo ship, sets off in search of the perfect home.” On his quest, Lucky encounters a bunch of bathtub toys including sassy hippo Flo (Hilty) and nervous turtle Snap (Royal Pains’ Tom Cavanaugh).
You’re from Glasgow. Are there Scottish Mormons? There certainly are; I’m related to some! I have very distant relations through my father who are Mormons, and I met some of them at a family funeral just as I was starting to audition for the show. The husband said he would like to come see it, whereas his wife said she thought she would give it a miss—musicals weren’t really for her. Why not? Because I had been typecast before in roles that were a little bit camp. But going back and reading through the script, I thought, “Actually, although he’s a lesser character, this is something I can really get my teeth into.” Now, I absolutely love playing this part! How would you describe a character who can be, shall we say, a bit full-on? Elder McKinley is a really nice guy who has some issues. They’re issues he thinks he has conquered, but every so often they just rear their head and he has to confront them. And so does everyone else! Not much chance of that given the ongoing success of The Book of Mormon. And I’ve just signed for another year, to February 2015! I certainly wouldn’t sign my life away to a show I wasn’t enjoying, but every day we come in here and have such a fantastic time. That’s what it’s about for me. You’ve been in this position before with Jersey Boys, in terms of opening a Tony-winning Broadway smash on the West End. Yes, although it didn’t quite sink in then, maybe because that was the first big Broadway show I’d done in London. Jersey Boys was popular, of course, and it is running, but The Book of Mormon is all-consuming; it feels like a phenomenon. Were you always auditioning to play Elder McKinley? In fact, the first eight or nine auditions I had were for Elder Price [Gavin Creel’s role]! But when I finally met [co-director] Casey [Nicholaw], he said, “I’d like to see what you could do with Elder McKinley.” I wasn’t sure at first if that was what I wanted to do. Scottish-born actor Stephen Ashfield is delighting London audiences as Elder McKinley in The Book of Mormon, giving a career-defining performance every bit as sweetly outrageous and full-throttle as the material itself. The 33-year-old actor, who came to Mormon after star turns as Emmett in Legally Blonde and Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys, spoke to Broadway.com about exchanging classical singing for musical theater and how he’s made peace with not nabbing the role of Elder Price, played by American stage fave Gavin Creel. Does Gavin know you were eyeing up his role? I often drop in a remark to Gavin like “Are you up for it tonight?” [Laughs.] Actually, I’m now so protective of Elder McKinley that I wouldn’t want anyone else to do this role. Elder McKinley certainly leads the most delicious of numbers, “Turn It Off,” featuring one of the most virtuosic quick changes in musical history. Isn’t it? And of course I can’t let anyone know how it happens because it’s such a great moment—and one that can be quite frantic on stage. People say, “How do you do that?” and I tell them to think of it as just a quick sprinkling of McKinley fairy dust over everyone [laughs]. No pining, then, for the world of grand opera? I think my classical music and opera days are behind me, though every New Years, I do make a resolution to go back and have some classical lessons. I like to get out my opera books and pretend that I’m on stage at Covent Garden [laughs]. It’s fascinating to hear your Glaswegian voice, given how good you are time and again with American accents. Thank you! It’s funny: I’ve been complimented many times on my American accent, but it’s not something I think about. I remember [director] Des McAnuff on Jersey Boys saying to me that Scottish people were good at dialects. I think he’d just been working with [Scottish actress] Kelly Macdonald [on the film Cousin Bette], and he thought she had a very musical ear for picking things up. The original Tony-nominated McKinley, Rory O’Malley, was at your London opening night. What was that like? Rory was so lovely and sweet. He said it was the first time he had ever seen the show, so I felt a huge responsibility to go out there and deliver. It was great because I felt his presence in the audience, and it was lovely to be able to perform for that. There was a picture of us on Twitter which I captioned: “Getting notes from the master!” How did you get cast? It had made such a splash on Broadway, I think every young guy in the West End was desperate to be involved. So as soon as I found out it was coming, I thought, “I have to try and be a part of this.” I kept my ears to the ground as far as auditions were concerned, and because I had been involved with [producer] Sonia Friedman before on Legally Blonde, I had a little bit of an inroad. Speaking of “musical ears,” it’s interesting that you began your training in Scotland in the worlds of classical music and opera. I did. In college we’d be doing oratorio and concert work holding the book, and I always felt as if I wanted to get more involved in the characters than is usually possible with an oratorio. Studying musical theater seemed like the natural progression, so I thought, I’m going to give this a shot. I moved down to London to study in 2001 and actually picked things up pretty quickly. View Comments Were you apprehensive at how the Brits and Americans would mix when it was announced that Gavin and Jared Gertner [as Elder Cunningham] would head the West End company? Not at all, and Gavin and Jared themselves said they found their version of the show with us in London. They hadn’t been on the [U.S. national] tour for very long, so coming here was a chance for them to rehearse together and for our company to really bond. What it felt like was a homegrown production that just happened to have Gavin and Jared at the helm, so that we could all benefit from their insight and knowledge. You opened in The Book of Mormon last March, and the show is still the hottest ticket in town. That must be very satisfying. Sometimes the show starts and you think, “I don’t know if this audience is going to get it.” But the genius of [co-creators] Trey [Parker] and Matt [Stone] is that they have this rule from television that there has to be a huge laugh every 10 seconds, and they pretty much stick to that throughout the whole show. It’s so infectious for us as performers to hear that reaction; you can’t get any better than that.