From the Creaux’s Nest
WE CAN’T BACK DOWN NOW
President Obama has reversed decades of presidential war powers. President Reagan didn’t seek congressional authorization before ordering the invasion of Grenada, President George H. Bush didn’t do it before striking Panama, and President Clinton bombed Kosovo without authorization. Many of the legislatures, who called for the president to seek congressional approval before striking Syria, now find themselves in a box. Be careful what you wish for. Now with upcoming elections around the corner they have to go on record, a vote that might not sell too well at home. I bet some wish now they would have kept their mouths shut. The president took a risk by including the congress that has voted no to every proposal he has made. This is different, very different; the reputation of the United States is on the line. Once any president makes a national security decision, like drawing a red line, he has committed our military. For the congress to reject a resolution once we committed to action would bring dire consequences to our reputation abroad, showing a nation not united behind its leader and military. It’s a hard call. A gutsy call by President Obama to go to the congress. Here’s what I believe will happen. The extreme liberal wing of the Democratic Party will vote against it. Also, the far radical right who says no to everything will vote against the resolution. Then you have the grandstanders, who would hope to be president, who will demigod. In the end, I believe the reasonable moderates in both parties will make up a slight majority in both houses. The American people will come to understand that as a nation we can’t afford for the word of our president, a commitment made, not be kept. To do nothing would be worse. The world can not allow any dictatorship to do like Hitler did. If the poisoning of citizens goes unchecked it will spread around the world like a wild fire, because the United States shows it has no backbone and not united. Regardless of congressional approval or not, the president has committed our country, he must follow through or we will be viewed as ununited wimps rather than a world super power. That in itself puts our national security at an ongoing risk. President Obama and Sec. Kerry are not war mongers, and neither am I. Like them I hate it but throughout our history we’ve been called on to do what is right. The poisoning of women and children is not right. Someone must stand up and we are committed. *****I’ve got to move on. It was strange not seeing Shockley at the Express Mart Tuesday morning. I often picked up a tid-bit for this column from him. The ladies at the store just found out he wouldn’t be back. Come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.
REMEMBERING OUR FRIEND ‘CHOCHISE’
Donald ‘Don’ Shockley, 75, died August 30. Service was held Sunday, Sept. 1, at Claybar Funeral Home Orange. Don’s death serves as proof that death is uncertain and often unexpectedly right around the corner or in other cases not as surprising. That wasn’t the case with ‘Cochise,’ he was not a smoker, was still near his high school weight and played golf regularly. He appeared to be one of the healthiest senior citizens I knew. He looked and acted much younger than his years. That’s why it was such a shock to so many of his family and friends that he had suffered a massive stroke that would take his life. Judy, his wife of 52 years, thanked God that he had not suffered or ended up in a vegetative state. That’s ironic because Don and I had spoken just the day before about people who suffered long illnesses before their death. He had stated that he wanted to go quick. I had commented that long suffering made a heart attack look good. We had been speaking about the pending funeral of Mildred Lemoine. Many people saw Don at her wake. It was a surprise to Judge Derry Dunn who had spent time visiting with him that in two days Don would be called home. Don had a large variety of friends who came from all walks of life. Because of that he was the most knowledgeable person about almost anything going on in our area. His friendships ran from folks like Sleepy Smith, Sprad to Brad Frye and Johnny Montagne and everyone in between. For several years while we operated out of the old “Creaux’s Nest” in Bridge City, Don, who attended mass every morning, would come by with a cup of coffee for us. He always knew the latest rumor. His ear was always to the ground. There are many ’Cochise’ stories told by many friends. What I know is that he was proud of his family and his community. He took extra pride in his granddaughter, Meagan Shockley, who is on a track scholarship at the University of Houston. When we last spoke he said it was a good thing that she got red shirted last year because she would get five years out of it. He also spoke of an upcoming track meet in Waco, a meet that Judy had planned to attend when she got word about Don and returned home. One of the last phone calls he made was at 5:30 a.m. Thursday to Glenda Thompson. She didn’t discover the call until later. He was rushed to hospital at 2 p.m.
A celebration of his life was held at the Boat Club after his service. Don would have liked that. I always kidded him about being from Call Junction. He corrected me and said he was from Call. “A big difference,” he said. It is hard for me to envision a world without Cochise. I would have thought he would have been here always. Daily he was everywhere, from sporting events to the Lunch Bunch. It will be strange for a lot of us not having him around but the biggest blow is to his family. Our sincere condolences to them. A friend to many has passed. May he rest in peace. Please see obituary.
We were sorry to hear about the death of Joan Chumley Pittman, 77, who died Sunday, Sept. 1. A mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5 at St. Henry Catholic Church in Bridge City. Visitation is Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Claybar in Bridge City. We had known Joan 50 years. She was a good Christian woman who had been very active in the Bridge City community. She and late husband Lenard Chumbley were active in establishing Little League programs. Please see obit.
TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME
15 Years Ago-1998
Beth Dugas, beloved wife of attorney Louis Dugas, died after a long illness. Frances Elizabeth Dugas was an exceptional lady. Her many talents and community involvements, footprints of endeavor are set in Orange County soil. She will live on in the minds of us fortunate enough to have known her. (Editor’s note: Since then Louis also has died and was ready to be rejoin with his Beth.)*****Robert Arrington, 43, dies at the scene of an auto accident. He was the son of longtime educator and famous barbecue chef, J.B. Arrington. *****In major league baseball Mark McGuire slammed number 61, catching up to Roger Maris’ 61 homeruns. Sammy Sosa is at 58. *****FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. High school football opened Friday night. The Bridge City Cardinals defense was brutal in a 48-14 win over Pasadena. Number 52, Johnny Montagne, #44 Trey Latiolais, #60 Justin Tegge and #45 Chad Brown smothered Pasadena’s large runners. A Bridge City loyalist said, “I don’t believe they know fear. This bunch will fly into the eye of a storm.” Jarrod Williams, Kevin Norwood and Charlie Higginbotham were also awesome on defense. The Cardinals rambled for 341 yards against the 5A school. Daniel Kibodeaux had 16 carries for 90 yards. Jason “The Little Giant” Menard toted 11 times for 66 yards. Other runners Kevin Beasley, 5-41; Brad Miller, 3-38; Matthew Nguyen, 5-33; Steven Curl, 6-33; Wade Stone, 6-24 and Josh Sanders 1-17 and a TD. On defense, Jared Williams, 6-3, 235 pound linebacker had 14 tackles, three assists, with one fumble recovery. Linebacker Johnny Montagne had 16 tackles, caused a fumble, and recovered two. Jeremy Stolfa, 6-6, 268 pounds, Dathan Juneaux, 6-3, 310 pounds, Eric Bramblett, 6-3, 270 pounds and Curt Lucia, 6-3, 250 pounds all stood out for the offensive line. (Editor’s note: Coach Les Johnson was head coach. Everyone of the above offensive lineman got major college scholarships. *****Orangefield Bobcats ran over Anahuac 43-6. Beau Daville led the Bobcats with 12 totes for 132 yards, scored twice on runs of eight and two yards. Quarterback Gary Naquin passed to Jerrod Marks on a 14-yard score. Bo Shafer added another TD in the second quarter. Running back Eric Eshbach threw a 25-yard bomb to receiver Vito Agerton for a score. The final TD was scored by Jay Bruce. The defense of Coach Randy Theriot allowed only 206 total yards. *****FUTURE STARS. The Bridge City Little League 9 year-old All Stars, Dist. 32, 1998 champions were undefeated. Players are Possum LaFleur, Chase Warren, Johnny Dishon, Jeff Stringer, Garrett Fusilier, Ben Garcia, Ryan Tankersley, Derrick Coleman, Shane Romero, Justin Granger, Mike Taylor, Chase Leger, Carl Carlton and Troy Bolton. Coaches are Ricky Coleman and Charley Warner, manager David Leger. (Editor’s note: Not a bad bunch. Most went on to prove it.)*****New assistant principal at Orangefield Elementary is Phillip Welch, who will also be working with the administration office. He brought along his wife Karen and three children Jared, Bobby and Kelly. Welch said it’s a great opportunity to work with J.D. Quarles, Superintendent Robert Montagne and Asst. Superintendent Mike Gentry.
34 Years Ago-1979
Former Sunset Grove Country Club pro Rick LaBove of Port Arthur won the championship flight of the 20th Labor Day Golf Tourney with a score of 143, three over par. The top three players in each preliminary flight were Jim Turpin, Glenn Ryer, Joe Hargrove; second flight, Louis Bagwell, Terry Childress and Craig Nugent; third, J.C. Kennedy, Doug Patterson, James Pruter; fourth, Bennis Lee, James Morris, Dewey Scott; fifth, Paul Pond, Don Jones, William Jackson; sixth, Kyle LeCrois, Cecil Byers and Claude Wimberly. *****It’s been 10 years since Lannie Claybar died in the early morning of Sept. 6, 1969 in a Houston hospital. (Editor’s note: A great humanitarian, he helped many people; his efforts of humanity and his loss are still being felt here a 44 years later.) *****Mary Sue Roy suffered an aneurism while she and her husband camped at Sam Rayburn. She died Sunday. Mary Sue was 42 years old. She was administrative assistant to County Judge Pete Runnels. Others who also passed away recently were Fred Bean, Paul Weinman and Mark Darby.*****Joe Molly is a great chef at the Boardinghouse featuring Italian cuisine this Saturday.*****T.L. Gunn is in a Beaumont hospital awaiting heart surgery where three bypasses are to be performed.*****Come Sept. 6, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. McRae will be married 50 years.*****W.T. Oliver feeds 200 guests; music provided by Boone’s Farm.*****Bill and Martha Hughes held their annual Labor Day cookout.*****Neil Bond had gall bladder surgery.*****Doug Harrington gets shook up when Jimmy Conn shows up at his place for no known reason.*****Gerald Dolley takes his wife, Vera “Blondie,” on a renewed honeymoon trip. She agreed to sleep with him only if he took her to Graceland, Elvis’ place in Memphis.*****Debbie’s little David Fusilier is two weeks old.*****Visiting Beth and Louis Dugas from Aybridge, England were Beth’s niece, Jackie Thomas and a schoolmate, Amanda Thompkins.*****Officers are elected to the newly formed Parent-Teacher- Student Association in Bridge City. Faye Fisette is president; Linda Nicks, 1st. VP; Gaye Bell, 2nd VP; Billie Bradberry, secretary; Kay Klein, treasurer; Ralph Wallace, parliamentarian; Eloise Stoudenmier, historian.*****Mary Railey and Shirley Cone sell stained glass at Village Squire in B.C.*****Junior Bryan Ward will be a key player in the Cardinal backfield when Coach Andy Griffin’s team meets Vidor in the season opener. Sophomore Rodney St. John, a BC tackle, is being counted on strongly for Big Red.*****Coach Ed Peveto of the Orangefield Bobcats is blessed with two good quarterbacks, sophomore Bradley Peveto and senior Clint James.*****Moe Litton, BC trainer, looks like a bulldog but he’s really a pussycat.
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK
Ginger Williams, Jamie Forse, Shirley Choate, Beverly Hanes, Bennie Brookshire, Branden Bailey, Carolyn Ann Henry, Cindy Myers, Jason Toal, Norma Harper, Marilyn Bennett, Susan Cooper, Brenda Lawson, Corrin Gonzales, Jessica Mobbs, Keith Buker, Keith Merritt, Ouida Simonton, Paul Rhodes, Randy Godsy, Ron Sherman, Rick Brownlie, Gerald LeLeux, Dottie Couser, Robert Vidrine, Eric Cox, Karen Morse, Laina Sparks, Laura McCombs, Terri Childs, Ted Miller, Joyce Higgs, John Phillips, Charlie Bollich, Darla Cricchio, Howard Williams, Janice James, Ronnie Bullion, Sharron Gearheart, Janet LeLeux, Mary Tyler, “Millard “Bill” Cox”, Pamela Smith, Thelma Powledge, Brent Sherrill, Durwyn Simon, Jesse Thurman, Joel Jeffcote, Joy Vickery, Lisa Wilson, Mason Pruett, Ester Jeans, Beth Ann Windham, Tonya Barnwell, Dena Bates, Doug Rogers, Elwood Hood and Jamie Oliphint.
A FEW HAPPENINGS
I ran into our friend Jimmy Dillon, who a couple of months ago had a kidney transplant and says he’s never felt as good. He kisses his sister Kathy who donated her kidney to him. She gave him a gift of life. He won’t however, let her get by without giving him birthday and Christmas presents.*****We were sorry to learn of the death of Gary Lusignan, 62, who died Aug. 29. His mother Gert, father Lucky and brother Butch all died a few years ago. Services are pending at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Port Arthur.*****Sunday, Sept. 8, is Grandparents Day. The last folks to let you down, you can count on them through thick and thin. Don’t forget them and their deeds. Count your blessings if yours are still around*****Don’t forget to get your ticket from the Bridge City Chamber for the big Toast and Roast of Ross Smith. It’s 6 p.m., Sept. 12, at Bridge City Community Center.*****The fall issue of Las Sabinas is out. It’s the official publication of the Orange County Historical Society. It contains real good historical facts. Get you one. A yearly membership is only $20 for all publications. The address to receive the latest issue is OCHS, P.O. Box 1345, Orange, TX 77631-1345.*****A few folks we know celebrating their special day this week. On Sept. 4, Ginger Williams, a nice lady who keep us informed about events at First United Methodist Church in Orange, Shirley Choate and Beverly Hanes all celebrate.***Sept. 5 finds Cindy Myers, Jason Toal, Norma Harper and Susan Cooper celebrating.***On Sept. 6 is a special day for Sheriff Keith Merritt. He moves up a year and leaves wife Marlene a year behind. Also marking a birthday on this day is Randy Godsy, Quida Simonton and Brenda Lawson. ***Sept. 7, our buddy, Penny’s other half, Gerald Leleux, celebrates as does Karen Morse and Laina Sparks. ***On Sept. 8, the good doctor, Dr. Howard Williams, celebrates. Wish him a great day when you see him.***On Sept. 9, our friend, the boy from Joaquin, in East Texas, WWII vet, Millard “Neighbor” Cox, known as Billy to his family celebrates his 89th birthday. Also on this day, deputy Sharon Gearheart, who looks much younger than her 60 years celebrates. Also county retiree James C. Mims celebrates another birthday***It’s a special day for Janet Leleux, Joel Jeffcote, Jesse Thurman and Mary Tyler.***On Sept. 10, a special lady we’ve known since she was in diapers, retired teacher Tonya Strickland Barnwell celebrates. Also Mason Pruett, Dena Bates and Beth Ann Windham. Happy birthday to all. ***Sleepy Smith accused me of forgetting his birthday Aug. 6. Not so, it ran in the July 31 issue. Before I forget I’d better wish Ted Townes a happy 55th this coming week.***Robert Vance won’t celebrate his 60th birthday until Sept. 30, but Karen Jo gave him an early gift. She took him to Biloxi, MS. over Labor Day to see his all time favorite group Steppenwolf. That’s all I was told he got but I hear they stayed at the Holiday Inn.***** Happy 59th anniversary to our friends Judge Claude and Pauline Wimberly on Sept. 4. *****Sept. 8 marks the 75th years of completion of the Rainbow Bridge. Bridge City, Texas is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Some people are still around who remember the opening of the bridge that connected Orange County with Jefferson County. Barge travel had been the only way to get across.***** A ribbon cutting will be held for Peggy’s Off the Bayou on Hwy. 62 at Norton RV Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. The Orange Chamber will do the honors. Try’um, you’ll like ‘um.*****Ty Manual, was a good place kicker for LC-M in 1978. Today his son Trent is following in dad’s footsteps as LC-M kicker and doing a yeoman’s job.*****Speaking of football, BC native son Dwayne ‘Beaver” Dubois in his first season as head football coach at Hardin-Jefferson got his first game and first win under his belt. Three B.C. former players are area head coaches; Jeff Mathews at Vidor, Josh Smalley at Orangefield and Dubois.*****Folks in Bridge City found out what lightning speed was when Newton came to town. They are class 2A, top ranked team. I’d like to see a speed game between WO-S and Newton.*****NFL Tim Tebow and Vince Young were both cut a few days ago. They were once at the top of the heap, today they’re at the bottom of the pile. I still believe both could play somewhere, maybe at a different position.*****My thoughts are with my Jewish friends who on Sept. 5, celebrate Rosh Hashanah.
REMEMBERING THE SINGING BRAKEMAN
James Charles Rogers was born in Meridian, Miss. on Sept. 8, 1897. Jimmie made his last record on May 24, 1933. He died May 26 of that year. The blue yodeler, the singing brakeman released 110 songs in all and sold 20 million records during the Great Depression and millions more since. His mother died of tuberculosis when he was four. He died of the same thing at age 36. His first record was released in October of 1927. In just six years, Jimmie Rogers became the first rural artist to focus national attention on himself and set the stage for all country artists to follow. If you’re ever in Meridian stop by his museum. The town is also the birthplace of the late Snuffy Smith, of Bridge City. By the way, the Jimmie Rogers stamp came out on May 24, 1972. The cost was thirteen cents.
CAJUN STORY OF THE WEEK
Three Cajun womens met for dere weekly brunch. Da conversation turn to da subject of keeping dere mens interested.
Clotile Comeaux say, “Da utta night wen Clovees came home I met him at da door wearing a black leather bodice, black bra, heels and a mask over my eyes. Clovees say, “Babe, you are da girl of my dreams.” Den we got it on rat den.
Agnes Boudreaux say, “Well me, I tink I’ll try dat.”
Da next week da ladies axe Agnes how it went?
Agnes say, “When Sostan came home him, I was wearing da black bra, black stockings, stilettos and a mask over my eyes.”
Da utta women ake, “Wat happen hanh?”
Agnes say, “Well wen Sostan came in da door and saw me he said, “Wats for supper Batman.”
Fourteen years ago, then Pinehurst Mayor Judge Pete Runnels, with the help of C.R. Nash and city staff launched the first Senior Citizens Labor Day Picnic. Every year it has been a big success. Today, Runnels is again mayor of Pinehurst and has the capable assistance of Judge Joe Parkhurst, city administrator. I’ve attended all 14 years but by far this year’s event was not only the largest, nearly 900 citizens, but it seemed to be the best over all. The seniors all seem to be in a festive mood with plenty of smiles, handshakes and visiting. Robert’s Restaurant again prepared a great Labor Day meal and also watermelon. Like everyone else, I got to see a lot of friends I hadn’t seen in a long time. I even got to meet pretty Marie Bonin, a regular at Ginger & Co. I also met a young Orange County fellow named Michael Cole, who is running for U.S. Congress against Houston’s Steve Stockman. More on Cole later. He is presenting some good programs and will listen to the voice and needs of Orange County citizens. That‘s something we haven’t had in a long time. I also saw Judge Derry Dunn and Constable David Cagle, who helped sponsor the event. They were the only two elected officials I saw besides city councilman Essie Bellfield. Everyone I talked to was so thankful and said they were having a great time. Many were moving with the good music from the live band. Mayor Runnels stayed so busy getting compliments he never had time to eat. The senior citizens appreciated it, as does this old Creaux. *****One-thousand new laws were passed by the three legislative sessions in Texas. Six hundred-fifty of them went in affect Sept. 1. We have a half million laws on the books. How in the world can a citizen know what’s lawful and what’s not. They didn’t raise taxes but boy did they raise the fees, That’s a tax anyway. You look at it. However much the politicians claim differently.*****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch will dine at Novrozsky‘s this week and back to Robert‘s next. Everyone is welcome.*****I’ve gotta go. Thanks for your time. Please read us cover to cover and try to shop our family of advertisers when you can. Take care and God bless.