Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services

2444 Rollingbrook Drive, Baytown, TX


Mary Ernestine Breaux

May 31, 1936August 27, 2019
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Ernestine Breaux, 83, of Baytown, Texas went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. She was born in Vivian, Louisiana on May 31, 1936 to Melvin E. Sexton, Sr. and Reba Lee Sexton and was raised in Beaumont, Texas.

Ernestine’s commitment to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, was evidenced by her life of prayer and compassion for others. She and her husband, Ernest, served for 40 years as the leaders of the Southern Gospel music group, The Gospel Messengers. She was also an accomplished artist with a collection of paintings that spans over 55 years. She was an excellent homemaker and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Wyatt “Red” Sexton and granddaughter, Heather Joslin.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Ernest J. Breaux, Sr. of Baytown, Texas; brother, Melvin Sexton, Jr. of Beaumont, Texas; children Debbie Joslin and husband, Randy Joslin of Farmington, New Mexico; Mike Breaux and wife, Taunya Breaux of Baytown, Texas; Tammy Bickers and husband, Larry Bickers of Baytown, Texas; Ernest J. Breaux, Jr. and wife, Robyn Breaux of Roatan, Honduras; Chris Breaux and wife, Sherri Breaux of Pflugerville, Texas; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 AM Friday, August 30, 2019 at Navarre Funeral Home with Reverend Randy Joslin officiating. The family will receive friends Friday, from 9 AM until 10 AM at the funeral home. Flowers may be sent to Navarre Funeral Home at 2444 Rollingbrook Drive, Baytown, Texas 77521 or contributions may be made in her honor to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


  • Melvin E. Sexton, Sr. and Reba Lee Sexton, Parents Deceased
  • Wyatt “Red” Sexton, Brother Deceased
  • Heather Joslin, Granddaughter Deceased
  • Ernest J. Breaux, Sr., Husband of 62 years
  • Melvin Sexton, Jr., Brother
  • Debbie Joslin and husband, Randy Joslin; Mike Breaux and wife, Taunya Breaux; Tammy Bickers and husband, Larry Bickers, Children
  • Ernest J. Breaux, Jr. and wife, Robyn Breaux; Chris Breaux and wife, Sherri Breaux, Children
  • 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.


  • Visitation Friday, August 30, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, August 30, 2019


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Theresa McRee

August 31, 2019

I remember Mrs. Breaux from the years I worked for Dr. George Walmsley. She would come into the office, and she was the sweetest, kindest lady. Here it is 30 years later & I can remember her like it was yesterday. Her sweet spirit makes me smile. I’m very sorry for your loss.
Theresa McRee

Kristy Madrid

August 30, 2019

Ernestine Breaux was the most Godliest woman I have ever known. Nobody is perfect but this woman was pretty dedgum close to perfection. What an amazing example of a proverbs 31 woman and a Christian lady she was. I have never known anyone more graceful than her. Words can never express what this woman has meant to me over the last 18 years. She has been another mother to me and I will never forget how she called me daily after my Mom passed away to check on me and pray for me ... or any of our talks or how she prayed for me or loved me. In addition to having had traveled and sang with The Gospel Messengers for a few years, I have spent countless hours playing cards and dominoes with both she and Ernie and made a lot of amazing, funny memories! My heart has hurt me so much since I heard the news of your passing. But I rejoice that you are no longer suffering or hurting anymore. I know if I said “I’ll see ya later” to her right now she would say “Alright Shug!” (short for sugar) or “okay hun!” I will miss you terribly, Ernestine Breaux, but I will see you again soon, Shug! -Kristy Clifton Madrid

Paula Lisbony

August 29, 2019

What a beautiful Christian woman Ernestine was! She was full of love for everyone without exception. Her friends and family can’t help but grieve for her, but we know that God has welcomed her home to her eternal reward. We love you, Ernestine. Thank you for always making me feel special.

Carolyn Fuller

August 29, 2019

What a precious person Ernestine was! Many wonderful memories as she taught me how to paint, how to cook, and just shared her unwavering faith in her Sweet Jesus! Her smile was ever present and she loved her family in a way that everyone could tell! Although she will be missed, I know she is rejoicing in heaven and enjoying the ultimate healing and peace with the Lord! Our prayers are with the family...Ernie and the children and grandchildren. What a wonderful legacy she leaves behind! Sending our love and prayers

Jennifer Kahler

August 29, 2019

Ernestine was a good, sweet woman and did love the Lord with all her heart.

Billy Horton

August 29, 2019

Mrs Ernestine and ermine were my best friends I met them through my pastor Charlie Tutt he was a member of their group the gospels messangers enir and Ernestine used to come sing at our church the east Houston revival center in channelview Texas I just loved them mrs Ernestine was so wonderful to me I always hugged her she was a very kind person like your mom. She will be greatly missed by this one but we celebrate her going to the lord no more pain . One finally thing pray for the family folks!

Helen Brinson/Duke

August 28, 2019

My life and Ernestine’s life Inter-twined over a period of many years. I believe, by the way she lived her life, that on August 27, 2019, she was greeted by her Lord and Savior with these words. “Well done my good and faithful servant, Welcome Home!”
May God continue to richly bless and comfort all those who loved and will truly miss her .
We hold you in our prayers.
Finley and Helen Duke