Joel K. DuBose, 67, of Sour Lake, died Monday, January 23, 2017, at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Beaumont. He was born on August 16, 1949, to Margie Harvey DuBose and Robert Willis DuBose, in Beaumont, and was a United States Navy veteran having served during Vietnam. Joel lived his life his way and enjoyed helping the underdog. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, and they loved donuts with Papa Joe.

Survivors include his wife, Valerie DuBose of Columbia, South Carolina; daughters, Kristi Stepan and her husband, Jason, of Sour Lake and Mandy DuBose, in Grove City, Ohio; sisters, Terry Kibodeaux and her husband, Edwin, of Orange and Tammy Payne and her husband, Michael, of Honey Island; grandchildren, Justin Middendorf, Donna Middendorf, Grace Moore, and Anna Stepan; father, Robert DuBose; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Donna Smith DuBose; mother, Margie DuBose and brother, Bobby DuBose.

A gathering of Mr. DuBose’s family and friends will begin at 2:00 p.m. with his memorial service to follow at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, January 28, 2017, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A family committal was held at Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256.

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