Francis E. Desormeaux, Sr.

Francis E. Desormeaux, Sr., known as “Pawpaw: to those closest to him, went to glory on Friday, August 17, 2018. He was born on May 18, 1934 in Houma, Louisiana to Whitney and Mable Desormeaux. Francis graduated from Anahuac High School in 1952. Following graduation, he joined the United States Marines, proudly serving his country as a Corporal during the Korean Conflict.

Francis was a patient, strong and wise man. He was loving and kind, yet stubborn and ornery in his own ways. Francis enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family and they thought he was heroic. He was a phenomenal cook and he enjoyed fishing, playing dominoes and shooting the bull with everyone. Francis was a former member of the Daisetta United Pentecostal Church. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Francis was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife Velma Desormeaux; his daughters Linda Granger, Frances Marie Clopton and Sheri Bockmon; his sons William Desormeaux and Francis Desormeaux, Jr.; his grandsons Shannon Bockmon and Allen Coe; his great-grandson Jeremy Thomas; his brother Larry Desormeaux; his sister Dorothy Brooks and his brother-in-law Gene Broussard. He leaves behind to cherish his memories, his daughters Judy Compton of Hardin, Lisa Ruddick and husband Kenneth of Baytown and Deborah Coe and husband Charles of Cleveland; his grandsons Wayne Manuel and wife Chris of Washington, Steven Clopton of San Diego, Michael Clopton of Madisonville, Heath Clopton, Brandon Coe of Cleveland, Donnie and Jeffery Bockmon of Willis; his granddaughters Tammy Manuel of Hardin, Misty Abalos and husband Frank of Winnie, Michelle Vaughn and husband Millard of Douglass, Jessica Dequeant and husband Zach of Anahuac; his grandchildren Brandy Morace, Greg Ruddick, Michael Ruddick, Kyelyn Glassford; his great-granddaughters Autumn Bertrand and husband Taylor of Winnie, Aliyah Abalos of Winnie and Lauren Manuel of Washington; his great-grandsons Jaret Thomas of El Paso, Justin and Jaydon Vaughn of Douglass, Dakota and Levi Dequeant of Anahuac; his sister-in-law Beulah Broussard; his niece Shirley Desormeaux; his nephew Larry Desormeaux, Jr.; and many “meaux” loving relatives and friends.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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