Black-eyed peas, cabbage rings in New Year with traditional flair

first_imgBy Sherry Koonce The News staff writer Whether its for luck or money, no New Year’s celebration would be complete in the South without the traditional cabbage and black-eyed peas known for the promise of an abundant and prosperous year. Locally, cooks from one corner of Southeast Texas to the other are preparing the lucky dishes while friends and family gather to ring in the New Year with a fanfare that started years, if not centuries ago. “Its an old tradition that keeps me healthy, and hopefully with a little bit of money going into the new year,” Frank Watson, 79, of Groves said. Watson, who was shopping in Bruce’s Market Basket in Groves Thursday, said he wasn’t sure why he ate the traditional foods every year, but he seldom a year passed without the time-honored tradition. “I missed it a few years, but it all worked out about the same. Of course if I had eaten peas and cabbage, the year might have been better. You never known,” Watson said. Some say the practice of eating black-eyed peas started during the time of the Pharaoh as a symbol of good luck and fortune. The belief was that those who ate the inexpensive lintels did so as a show of humility, thus sparing themselves from wrath of the heavens which frowns on undue vanity. Black-eye pea lore also has roots in the old South. As the story goes, while Vicksburg was under siege for more than 40 days of Civil War battle, no supplies came in or out. Because the townspeople were near starvation, they had no choice but to eat those black-eyed peas, therefore starting a southern tradition. Today, black-eyes are eaten every New Year’s Day to bring good luck for the new year. Other eat the New Year’s food for a simpler reason — just because they like it. “I love cabbage. It stinks up the house, so New Year’s is a good excuse for me to get my wife to cook it,” Watson said. Panki Foster was among those filling her grocery buggy full of cabbage and black-eyed peas Thursday. The Groves resident said she planned to cook cabbage, black-eyed peas, cornbread and ham — the usual for her family’s holiday gathering. “I’m not superstitious, but its fund to go with tradition,” she said. Sandra Gomez, of Groves, said she included the foods on her New Year’s menu every year mainly because she likes them. “We’ve got about 10 people coming over, and this is our favorite holiday meal because we are tired of turkey and dressing,” she said. In years past, Gomez said her grandmother would slip a silver dollar into a big pan of peas. Whoever found the silver dollar in their serving would be the luckiest person there. Whether they come for luck or for their appetites, Bruce’s Produce Manager Gayllan Thibeaux stays busy this time of year. He’s noticing that more and more people are eating fresh black-eyes, and can barely keep the items on the shelves this time of year. “We may sell 600 bags of fresh peas, and a lot more cabbage — about 10,000 pounds. And that’s a lot of cabbage,” he said. [email protected]last_img read more

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Tyrone “Ty” Grady Reynolds

first_img Ty is survived by his wife and best friend of 55 years, Judy Totten Reynolds; his children, Cheryl Reynolds Arlott and husband David, Keith Reynolds and wife Christi, and Cindy Reynolds Landry and husband Jason; grandchildren Spencer and Jacob Landry, Blake Reynolds Chamberlain and husband Clayton, Madison and Macy Reynolds, and Hannah and Alexander Arlott; mother-in-law, Agnes Totten; sister-in-law, Janis Miller; and brother-in-law, Henry Totten, Jr. and wife Candice.  He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Huey Reynolds and sister Wynell Castille.A Rosary will be held on at Melancon’s Funeral  Home Tyrone “Ty” Grady Reynolds, 77, of Port Neches, passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2017.  Ty was born November 22, 1939 in Red Bay, Florida to Grady Reynolds and Ruby Hobbs Reynolds.  The family moved to Texas when Ty was 5.  Ty graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and attended Lamar State College.  Ty served for 12 years in the Army National Guard, 111th Engineering Battalian.  He worked as an electrical estimator for Hinote Electric Company for 24 years and continued working at Gold Crest Electric until he retired in 2013.last_img read more

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Groves Police calls, Dec. 27 to Jan. 2, arrests

first_imgGroves Police responded to the following calls from Dec. 27 to Jan. 2Wednesday, Dec. 27Drug paraphernalia was found in a vehicle in the 5600 block of 39th Street.A mental commitment was processed.Thursday, Dec. 28A domestic disturbance was reported in the 6800 block of Willow.A domestic disturbance was reported in the 5100 block of East Parkway Drive.A 27-year-old woman was arrested for outstanding warrants with another agency after a traffic stop in the 5600 block of East Parkway Drive.A 19-year-old man was arrested for possession of marijuana and unlawfully carrying a weapon after a traffic stop in the 3900 block of Twin City Highway.Friday, Dec. 29A 17-year-old man was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia in the 6300 block of West Washington. Saturday, Dec. 30A .357 Ruger revolver was stolen from the 4400 block of Bellaire Avenue.A 63-year-old man was arrested on outstanding warrants after a traffic stop in the 6100 block of 25th Street.Several items were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 3700 block of Boyd Avenue.Sunday, Dec. 31A 2009 Honda four wheeler and trailer were stolen from the 3000 block of Maple Avenue.Tires were punctured on two vehicles parked in the 6500 block of Terrell Street.An ice chest was stolen from the 2700 block of Rose Avenue.Drug paraphernalia was found during a traffic stop in the 6400 block of 39th Street.Monday, Jan. 1A 31-year-old man was arrested for assault in the 2700 block of Maple Avenue.An assault was reported in the 4800 block of Lincoln Avenue.Someone hit a vehicle parked in the 5200 block of Doyle Avenue and then left the scene.Calls:Miscellaneous calls for service assistance — 124Offense reports filed — 27Motor vehicle accidents investigated — 1 SOURCE: Groves Police Departmentlast_img read more

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Groves Police calls, Feb. 14 through Feb. 20

first_img SOURCE: Groves Police Department Friday, Feb. 16A theft was reported in the 4200 block of Main Avenue.Saturday, Feb. 17An assault was reported in the 4200 block of Main Avenue.Money was reported taken from a vehicle in the 5000 Twin City Highway.A 25-year-old man was arrested for public intoxication in the 3900 block of Pure Atlantic Road.An 18-year-old woman was arrested for possession of marijuana in the 6100 block of 25th street after a routine traffic stop.Sunday, Feb. 18A 39-year-old man was arrested for driving while intoxicated in the 2300 block of Main Avenue after a routine traffic stop.A 39-year-old man was arrested for outstanding warrants in the 6300 block of Van Buren Street.An assault was reported in the 6700 block of 25th street. Monday, Feb. 19Miscellaneous tools were reported taken from a building in the 6800 block of Cambria Lane.An assault was reported in the 3800 block of Canal Avenue. A 27-year-old man was arrested for outstanding warrants in the 5100 block of East Parkway after a call in reference to an unwanted subject.Calls:Miscellaneous calls for service assistance — 128Offense reports filed — 26Motor vehicle accidents investigated — 10 Groves Police responded to the following calls from Feb. 14 through Feb. 20Wednesday, Feb. 14A home was burglarized in the 4200 block of Main Avenue.Forged/counterfeit check was reported in the 3300 block of Cleveland Avenue.A mental commitment was processed in the 4400 block of Gulf Avenue.A 20-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man were arrested for outstanding warrants in the 6700 block of 39th Street.Thursday, Feb. 15A 29-year-old woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated in the 3300 block of Boyd Avenue.Theft was reported in the 2500 block of Main Avenue.A burglary attempt was reported in the 4800 block of McKinley Avenue.An assault was reported in the 3300 block of Canal Avenue.A 43-year-old woman was arrested for outstanding warrants in the 2600 block of Main Avenue.A 49-year-old man was arrested for possession of controlled substance and outstanding warrants in the 6000 block of Monroe Boulevard after a routine stop.An assault was reported in the 5300 block of West Groves Circle.A 35-year-old man was arrested for unauthorized use of a vehicle in the 2800 block of Cleveland Avenue after a routine traffic stop.An assault was reported in the 6900 block of Terrell Street.last_img read more

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FOOTBALL: Cards again face top-25 team in Central Arkansas

first_img One of the Cardinals’ goals entering the 2018 season was to have a winning season, and due to the current three-game win streak LU is still on track for that. The Cards need to win two of their final three games to record their first winning season since 2014 – their only above .500 record since the sport’s return. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, to accomplish that task they will have to face one of the toughest stretches of the season. Two of the final three remaining games are against nationally ranked teams (UCA and McNeese State). Both games against ranked opponents will also be on the road.Facing a nationally ranked opponent has had no impact on the Cards’ mindset recently as one of the teams in the current streak was then-No. 14 Sam Houston State. The Cardinals dismantled SHSU, 41-23, for the second victory in the current streak.While the Cardinals are trying to climb the Southland ladder, UCA enters the week looking to separate from the herd and keep pace with league-leading McNeese. The Bears (5-3, 4-2 Southland) have won three of their past four games but had a three-game streak snapped last week at McNeese falling a game back of the Cowboys in the standings. History is not on the Cardinals side in the series. Central Arkansas remains the one Southland school that LU has not defeated since the sport’s return in 2010. LU is 0-7 all-time against the Bears, including three losses in Conway.Saturday’s game is scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. from Estes Stadium in Conway, Arkansas. It can be heard live on Newstalk 560 KLVI. It will also be televised on Eleven Sports. Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – Lamar heads to 19th-ranked Central Arkansas on Saturday looking to continue their climb up the Southland Conference standings.Winners of three straight, the Cardinals enter the week as the league’s hottest team. Over the course of the past three weeks, the Cardinals have catapulted their way into the middle of the conference fight jumping from a 10th-place tie in the standings to a two-way tied for sixth (with Abilene Christian – which is not on the Cardinals’ 2018 schedule). Riding their longest win-streak since the 2016 campaign, Big Red sits just a game back of second-place in the standings (there is a four-way tie for fourth in the Southland) with three games remaining. One of those teams in the midst of that four-team tie is LU’s next opponent.center_img The Cardinals have ridden a dominant ground attack and an opportunistic defense during the current three-game streak. Big Red currently leads the Southland averaging better than 260 rushing yards per game and is currently second in the Southland in scoring offense (32.6 ppg). Unfortunately, UCA owns the Southland’s second-best rush defense (103.6 ypg) and leads the league in scoring offense.“We have a very tough challenge this week in Conway,” said LU head coach Mike Schultz. “They are nationally ranked for a reason. Let’s face it, Central Arkansas has one of the better defenses in this league. Having said that, they also lead the Southland in scoring. UCA does not have a weak link. This is going to be a huge challenge in all three phases of the game.”last_img read more

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CROSS COUNTRY: Crowe, 3 other Lamar athletes named Southland All-Academic

first_img Arnold joined Crowe on the SLC All-Academic team after several terrific showings in the 2018 season. He ran in four races with a Top 10 finish at the SLC Championship (seventh, 27:06.8) and a Top 60 finish at the NCAA South Central Regional (57th, 33:36.1). Arnold accumulated a 3.50 GPA in his graduate studies, also in kinesiology.Buckley was an automatic selection to the women’s cross country SLC All-Academic team after being named to the All-Southland Conference First Team. She came in third at the SLC Championships with a time of 23:00.9 in the 6,000 meters, then raced a 21:54.6 in the NCAA South Central Regional to finish 35th. Also a graduate student majoring in kinesiology, Buckley finished the semester with a 3.83 GPA.The final Cardinal member of the SLC All-Academic team is Whiteoak, who finished 12th at the SLC Championships with a time of 23:53.8, helping Lamar finish second at the championships as a team. A sophomore biology major, Whiteoak was one of just six student-athletes on the SLC All-Academic team to finish with a perfect 4.00 GPA. Lamar sports informationFRISCO — Cementing his Cardinal legacy even more, Lamar’s Jamie Crowe was named the Southland Conference Men’s Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Year, as announced by the league office on Wednesday. The senior from Glasglow, Scotland, was joined on the SLC All-Academic team by Matthew Arnold, Katie Buckley, and Katy Whiteoak.Crowe was named the SLC Men’s Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Year after finishing the semester with a 3.83 GPA in his graduate studies in kinesiology. He also won the SLC Championships individual title in early November, defending his 2017 crown, and went on to become the first LU runner ever to win an NCAA South Central Regional Cross Country Championship. He and Jordan Rowe traveled to the NCAA National Championships, the first student-athletes from any Southland Conference member institution to compete on the national stage since 2015. Southland Conference All-Academic Teams are voted upon by a head coach, sports information director and academic/compliance staff member from each school. Student-Athletes of the Year are voted upon by an awards committee which consists of one administrator from each member school. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted.To be eligible for all-academic distinction, an athlete must hold a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average through the semester prior to the sport’s championship, completed at least one full academic year at the nominating school prior to the current season, and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competitions during the most recently completed season.center_img Student-Athlete of the Year nominees must hold at least a 3.20 GPA and have completed at least two years of athletic competition at the nominating school, including the current season.First Team All-Conference athletes (top five finishers at the Southland Cross Country Championships) who meet all-academic nomination criteria are automatically named First Team All-Academic.last_img read more

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Indians stage comeback after many delays

first_imgUP NEXT …The Indians play host to Crosby next Friday at The Reservation. Kickoff in this District 12-5A Division II contest is set for 7:30 p.m.— By Larry Bodin, Special to The News Thirteen plays later and 66 yards later, junior quarterback Blake Bost scored the first of his two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Zane Hernandez plowed into for the two-point conversion behind the blocking of Rob Rector, and the Indians took their first lead of the night, 11-10, with 5:34 left in the game.In the drive, Bost hit Ryan Sosa for a 15-yard strike to the Pirate 1.Bost, who completed 17-of-28 passes for just 136 yards, again threw no interceptions. And in this go-ahead scoring drive, the slender lefty was outstanding completing 8-of-9 passes for 59 yards.Following Kinnett’s fumble recovery at the Pirate 23 with 3:06 left in the contest, Hernandez went for five to the 18, then Bost on a run-pass option took off around the left side and scored to make it a 17-10 Indian lead with just 2:14 to play. Sandell’s kick made it 18-10. THE GAME CHANGED WHEN … At the start of the third period of this weather-delayed battle when Indian defender Christian Sullivan recovered a Vidor fumble, setting up PNG first score of the night after they had been blanked for the first two quarters. THE GAME BALL GOES TO …PNG defenders Christian Sullivan, Donald Kinnett and Cason Denzlinger, who each had fumble recoveries in the second half, which led to all 18 of the Indians’ second half points. VIDOR – It was, indeed, a strange night here Friday night in Vidor. But it’s one Brandon Faircloth’s gutsy Port Neches-Groves Indians will remember for a long, long time.Using fumble recoveries by Christian Sullivan, Donald Kinnett and Caison Denzlinger in the second half, and big-play tackles from Josh Patteson and Santiago Agudelo in the fourth period, PNG outlasted Vidor, 18-10, in a game that didn’t end till 12:30 a.m. Saturday.Holding the district No. 1 offense to only three first downs in the second half and to only 195 total yards, the Indians improved to 4-1 on the season, but more importantly to 2-0 in 12-5A play. The Pirates, who entered the game averaging nearly 480 on offense, fell to 2-2 and 1-1 in league play. Sullivan got things going early in the second half when he recovered a Vidor fumble at the Pirate 10 on the second play of the third.After bogging down, Indian sophomore kicker Tate Sandell drilled a 29-yard field goal with 9:56 of the third and the visitors were back in business trailing just 10-3.But in the fourth period, Patteson drilled Vidor quarter back Dylan Dial on fourth-and-12 at the Indians 34. On the Pirates’ final drive of the night, Denzlinger recovered a Brad Nunez fumble at the 26 and the Indians ran out to clock to get out of town with a thrilling win.Lightning strikes had delayed the contest against Vidor 42 minutes just prior to kickoff. Then again with the Pirates leading 7-0 with 0:30 left before halftime, lightning strikes within 2 miles away again forced both teams and a lot of fans scurrying for cover. That second delay last nearly an hour-and-45 minutes.When the teams headed to the locker room following the second weather delay, the story of this contest was the defensive effort by the host Pirates.Holding the Indians to only 1 yard rushing on eight carries, and only 74 yards through the airways, the district’s No. 1-ranked defense showed it was obviously for real and led 7-0.Senior halfback Zach Seigrist had put the Pirates on top with 6:16 left in the second quarter when the 190-pounder wheeled his way 5 yards around the left side of the Indian defense for a touchdown. Danny Lee kicked the PAT and it was 7-0.Seigrist, 12-5A’s sixth-ranked rusher, was also the catalyst in the biggest play of the Pirates’ 66-yard, 11-play drive when he took a snap from center and on a misdirection play, bootlegged his way 24 yards to the Indian 9.It was decided that although 30 seconds remained before halftime, due to the 30-plus minute weather delay, there would be no halftime. The two teams would run the final 0:30, then there would be a timeout and they would start the second half.In the first half, the Indians, who came in averaging 356 yards a game through their first four contests, were held to an almost dead-start with just 1 yard rushing on eight carries and just 74 yards through the air.last_img read more

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Large crowd, community celebration expected for PA Chamber banquet

first_imgThe Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce will hold its 120th Annual Banquet honoring our Port Arthur refineries: Motiva Enterprises, TOTAL Petrochemicals and Valero Energy’s on Wednesday at the Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur.The award reception begins at 6 p.m., and the dinner and program takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m.This year’s recipient of the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce 8th Annual Arthur E. Stilwell Award is Verna Rutherford, the communications manager for Motiva Enterprises. The Arthur E. Stilwell award is given to someone who exhibits the vision and dedication of Arthur E. Stilwell, the founder of Port Arthur. Most importantly, doing so in a way that made people feel they are part of a winning team.Before joining Total, Chavez was the general manager of Marathon Petroleum in Saint Paul, Minn. He calls joining the Total family an exciting opportunity and looks forward to starting up the $1.7 billion ethane cracker later this year.Chavez and has is wife Julie have family in this area and wanted to move back home to the Gulf Coast. He has been married for 29 years and has two kids.Valero Energy, Port Arthur Refinery Vice President and General Manager Mark Skobel is the vice president and general manager of the Valero Port Arthur Refinery.Skobel began his tenure at the Port Arthur refinery in August of 2017. He began his refining career in 1977 as an operator for the Charter Oil refinery in Houston.Over the next four decades, Skobel’s passion for obtaining knowledge, dedicated work ethic and strong leadership skills helped him progress and placed him in lead roles at six Valero locations. He has served as the plant manager at the Valero refineries in Krotz Springs, La; Lima, Ohio; Houston; Meraux, La; Memphis, Tenn.; and most recently in Port Arthur.He holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial education from California University and a master of science degree in occupational education from the University of Houston. He has been actively involved with many organizations in each of the communities where Valero facilities are located including the United Way, Junior Achievement, LIT Foundation, SETX Plant Manager’s Forum, and the Port Arthur Industry and Community Leader’s Advisory Group.Skobel and his wife, Jill, have been married 33 years and are members of the St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Houston. They are the proud parents of two children. Their son, Steven, is a mechanical engineer in Lafayette, La., and their daughter, Julia, is a fourth year surgical resident in Jackson, Miss.The Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce is excited to celebrate 120 years of successful business advocacy in Port Arthur and the surrounding area.For more information about the banquet or how to attend, call 409-963-1107. He began his career as a technical service engineer with Mobil Oil, working at refineries in Buffalo and Ferndale, Wash. In 1989, in conjunction with the sale of the Ferndale refinery to BP, Lucchesi moved to BP’s headquarters in Cleveland, where he held a variety of commercial roles of increasing responsibility.Following his time with BP, Lucchesi held various leadership roles at refineries in Ohio and Louisiana and then with ConocoPhillips in Pennsylvania and Texas.He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.TOTAL Petrochemicals USA, Inc., Port Arthur Refinery General Manager Tom Chavez joined TOTAL on Sept. 5, 2019. Chavez has spent more than 30 years in the oil and petrochemical industry.During his career, he has held various positions — technical, operational, HSE and managerial. After receiving his bachelor and master’s degrees in engineering from MIT in Cambridge, Mass., and working as a member of the research staff there, Chavez started his career doing advance control, optimization and six sigmas. He later moved into operations leadership and became focused on aligning people, work processes, and assets to deliver safe, environmentally sound, reliable and profitable performance every day.center_img Rutherford is a Port Arthur native, where she lives, works and serves actively. She developed an extensive background in government affairs, community and economic development while working in city and state government and while owning and operating a small retail business, leading to her 14-year career as president of the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce.Accepting the refinery awards will be:Motiva Enterprises, LLC, Port Arthur Refinery, Vice President and General Manager Greg Lucchesi, who joined Motiva in January 2015 as general manager of the Port Arthur Refinery.Lucchesi has over 35 years of industry experience, with a strong track record in refinery operations, process engineering, and economics. Most recently, he was the refinery manager for Phillips 66’s Alliance refinery in Belle Chasse, La.last_img read more

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THE MOVIE GUY — Bloodshot doesn’t live up to its potential

first_img I’m not talking about Diesel, whose main job here is to bring the beefcake. On this aspect, he is as impressive as ever. As is his costar, Eiza Gonzalez, playing the female version of Diesel’s super soldier. The two make a striking pair, which is perfect for the poster.Unfortunately they don’t get the opportunity to do much more than pose.The bad guys are asked to do some acting, and they bring cartoon villainy to their performances. It’s laughably overacted to the point of distraction. All that was missing was a mustache for the villain to twirl.The action sequences are hit and miss. The best one takes place in a flare-lit tunnel after a flour truck flips over, making it look like a brutal fight in the middle of a blood-red snowstorm. Despite the contrivance of the scene, it does look great, which is what the filmmakers were doing after. All the elements are there, but they never mesh into anything special. It´s certainly not the blockbuster franchise that the filmmakers were imagining when they first read the script.Diesel stars as a soldier who has been resurrected by flooding his bloodstream with nanobots. Not only does this bring our hero back from the dead, but they also give him super strength and the ability to recover immediately from any injury.After setting this up, the rest of the movie revolves around taking vengeance on the man who killed our now-resurrected soldier. There will be a twist to the story, which I won’t spoil, but its pretty easy to figure out what is going on thanks to a pedestrian screenplay and some pretty mediocre acting. To be fair, Vin Diesel´s new movie Bloodshot looks pretty good on paper.It has a cool, science fiction premise that offers ample opportunity for over-the-top action sequences, eye-popping special effects and even a few emotional moments to give the story some gravitas.Unfortunately, looking good on paper doesn’t guarantee that the movie will be any good when it finally hits theaters. That is what’s going on with Bloodshot.center_img Ultimately, Bloodshot is a mediocre action flick that has some nice visual elements occasionally, but just doesn’t have the magic that would have turned this film into something special. I’m not saying it’s a bad movie, just one that had the potential to be so much more.Movie reviews by Sean, “The Movie Guy,” are published each week in The Port Arthur News and seen weekly on KFDM and Fox4. Sean welcomes your comments via email at [email protected]last_img read more

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Clarence James McCall Sr. (CJ Mac)

first_img He was assigned to several ships before landing a permanent position on the SS Texaco Mississippi, where heretired after 40 plus years of dedicated service.After retiring he volunteered for the Experience Corp Program with the Port Arthur Independent School district where he enjoyed the experience of being a teacher’s aide for elementary students.He was a member of the neighborhood watch in El Vista and he loved fishing, maintaining his lawn and fixing things.CJ was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Clara Linda McCall; four brothers, Lawrence McCall, Edward McCall, and Junious McCall of Port Arthur, TX and Leroy McCall of Chicago, IL and an aunt, Julia Robinson of Houston, TX. He leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 69 years Ruth Irene McCall, one son Clarence James McCall Jr. (Gloria) and a daughter Cheryl Denise Casmore all of Port Arthur.Two other daughters’ Deborah Ann McCall of Houston, TX and Marcia Lynn Sinegal of Killeen, TX; One sister-in-law Dora Tillman of Houston, TX; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-five great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews.Lifelong friends Hollis (Buck) Jones of Los Angeles, California and Willie Rose of Port Arthur, TX; two cousins Fred Weldon of Port Arthur, TX. Marva Ann Sevier of Lake Charles, LA. Along with numerous special extendedfamily members and friends.The visitation will be 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, June 5, 2020 at Gabriel Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 6, 2020 at the funeral home.Burial will be Monday, June 8, 2020 at Houston National Cemetery. After graduating high school, he joined the United States Army in 1951 where he served 2 years.He married the love of his life Ruth Irene Joseph in August of 1951 and to their union they were blessed with four children.CJ began his career as a Merchant Seaman with NMU in 1957 and rose to position of Quartermaster.center_img Clarence James McCall Sr. (CJ Mac), 90, passed away peacefully on May 21, 2020 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Beaumont, TX after a brief illness.CJ was born on February15, 1930 to the late Henry and Clara Linda McCall in Lake Charles, Louisiana.His family moved to Port Arthur in 1932 and he graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1950, where he played Varsity football from 1947-1949 and received All District End in 1949.last_img read more

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