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2016 Memorials and Honorariums



In Memory of

Anthony Campise Jr.

Born: August 6, 1931
Died: September 3, 2005
Memorial made by
Joe and Rose Lynn Tibbs
October 1, 2015
Art That Changed the World
by Kate Johnsen
Memorial complete


In Memory of
Myrtle Anne Lyday


Born June 4, 1928
Died July 10, 2015
Memorial made by
Joe and Rose Lynn Tibbs
October 1, 2015
Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon
Memorial complete

In Memory of
Danny Leyendecker

Born June 25, 1952
Died August 14, 2015
Memorial made by
Joe and Rose Lynn Tibbs
October 1, 2015
Horses: The Illustrated Guide to Breeds
by Susan McBane
Memorial complete


In Memory of
Glenn Liepke



Born March 12, 1931
Died October 1, 2015
Memorial made by
Richard and Marilyn Lyles
October 19, 2015
The Generals: Patton, MacArthur, Marshall and the Winning of World War II
by Winston Groom.
Memorial complete

In Memory Of

Joseph Anthony Arena, Sr. "Cowboy Joe"
Born Aug. 6, 1922
Died November 7, 2015

Rosalie Brocato Arena
Born January 4, 1931
Died August 9, 2004
Memorial made by
Joyce Wiggins and Chris Wiggins
Tricky Twenty Two by Janet Evanovich
Memorial complete

In Memory of

John Everett Wilson, Jr.
Born: July 4, 1939
Died: November 14, 2015
Memorial made November 19, 2015
by Joe and Donna Robertson
How to Fish by Bruce Vaughn
The Smart Guide to Freshwater Fishing by Mike Seymour
Memorial complete

Rose Lynn and Joe Grady Tibbs of Groves
has given a gift to Groves Public Library
to honor
Marilyn Roccaforte
of Groves, Texas

this gift will be used to purchase a book in honor of
Marilyn is a registered nurse, and an active 90 year old.
Prescense: Bringing your BOLDEST SELF to your Biggest CHALLENGES
by Amy Cuddy
Heroines of Mercy Street: The Real Nurses of the Civil War
by Pamela D. Tolar, PhD


In Memory of

Lee Edward Webb

Memorial made January 21, 2016
by Margaret Bailey
Book purchased:
Photographs from the Archives of NASA
Text by Nirmala Nataraj/ Preface by Bill Nye
Memorial complete.


In Memory of

Carter and Betty Taylor
Memorial made March 22, 2016
by Joe and Rose Lynn Tibbs, Groves, Texas
For Mr. Taylor: Aircraft--The Definitive Visual History by the Smithsonion
For Mrs. Taylor: The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science
by J.Kenji Lopez-Alt
In Memory of
Diane Norvell Bates


Born: December 30, 1943
Died:May 21, 2016

1) Memorial made by
Jesusita Garcia
Books purchased: I Saw the Light by Colin Escott
and United Tastes of Texas by Jessie Dupuy
2) Memorial made by
               Dale and Margurite Holder
Books purchased: The Southern Vegetable Cookbook by Rebecca Lang


A donation was made by
Joe Grady Tibbs
on June 1, 2016
to purchase three poetry anthologies:
Poems to Read--Maggie Dietz, Editor
An Invitation to Poetry--Maggie Dietz, Editor
America's Favorite Poems by Favorite Poem Project

Our sincerest thanks to Mr. Tibbs for this donation.


In Memory of

Joyce Conner Wiggins

Born: April 11, 1931
Died: May 25, 2016

  • Memorial made by:
    (1)Sandy Monarch of Port Neches, Texas
    I've Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark (large print)
  • Memorial made by:
    (2) Andy Miller of Port Arthur
    The Secret Sister and The Secret She Kept by Brenda Novack


In Memory of

Ivaleta Joyce "Ivy" Lege
Born: May 30, 1925
Died: January 6, 2015

Memorial made by
Andy Miller, of Port Arthur, Texas
June 15, 2016
Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel by Carl Safina

In Memory of

Robert "Bob" Lee Lloyd, Sr.
Born: January 1, 1936
Died: May 16, 2016
Memorial made by
Andy Miller, of Port Arthur, Texas
Book purchased: Where Valor Rests-Arlington National Cemetery by Rick Atkinson

Recent donations to the library in the name of
Robert "Bobby" Wiggins, Sr.

Janie and Robert Lee, of Vidor Texas
Anna Payne, William J. Payne and Darren J. Payne, of Port Arthur Texas
Vivian and Kenny Lukenbill, of Vidor Texas
Mike and Tinker Meeker, of Nederland Texas
Sheila Agee and Judy Bailey, of Utopia Texas
The Foret Family, of Groves Texas
Troy and Wendy Strange, Tiki IIsland, Texas
Matt and Kim Duhon, Kirbyville, Texas
Delta Theta Chapter of Delta Cappa Gamma
Matt and Kim Duhon

Mr. Wiggins loved cows and horses, He was a rancher, cowboy,
mechanic, deer hunter and family man.
Books will be purchased and placed in the library to honor him.
Our condolences to the family.


Books put into the library in memory of Mr. Wiggins are as follows:

  • Charlie and the New Baby by Ree Drummond---Mike and Tinker Meeker(children's)
  • The Wild West In Color by John C. Guntzelman--Janie and Robert Lee
  • Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment and
    Immortal Charge Up San Juan Hill by Mark Lee Gardner--Janie and Robert Lee
  • Cowboy Dressage by Jessica Black--Mike and Tinker Meeker-(children's)
  • Custer's Trials : A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T.J. Stiles--Anna Payne and Family
  • The Epic Life of Frank Hamer: Texas Ranger by John Boessenecker-Foret Family
  • The American Farmer: The Heart of Our Country by Katrina Fried---Sheila Agee and Judy Bailey
    Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond--Matt and Kim Duhon

    In Memory of

Everett L. "Red" Wiley
Born: June 11, 1931
Died: July 12, 2016

Memorial made by
Diane Davis, of Groves, Texas
September 9, 2016
This Was A Man by Jeffrey Archer (ordered)
All the Gallant Men by Donald Stratton (ordered)
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben (circulating)
Space Man by Mike Massimino (ordered)
The Long Shadow by Ellen Walker Rienstra and JoAnn Stiles (pending)


In Memory of

Kerrie Lynn Benz
Born: April 5, 1963
Departed: Aug. 23, 2016
Memorial made by
Cindy May Walker, Spring, Texas
Chaos by Patricia Cornwell (ordered)
Turbo 23 by Janet Evanovich (ordered)
Cross the Line by James Patterson (ordered)
The Whistler by John Grisham  (circulating)
In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney (ordered)

In Memory of

Hilda Meredith Pierce
Born: September 20, 1923
Departed: November 4, 2016
Memorial made by
Joe & Donna Robertson
785 Cherokee Ave.
Port Neches, Texas 77651
Acadiana Table by George Graham (ordered)
Backroads of Texas by
Gary Clark and Kathy Adams Clark








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