OBITUARY

James Rudolph Kotz

November 13, 1952July 15, 2021
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James Rudolph Kotz, age 68, of Beaumont, Texas passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital. James was born November 13, 1952 in Beaumont to Lilla (Leger) Kotz and Jay Rudolph Kotz.

James spent the majority of his life in China, Texas, and was a graduate of Hardin Jefferson High School. He was a truck driver and retired from CMC Rebar. James was a social man with lots of friends, and he loved to pick on people. He enjoyed cooking outdoors, especially barbecuing, boiling crawfish, and frying fish. James also loved to spend time in his garden, and was always giving away his vegetables to his neighbors in China. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren and his dog Fancy.

James is survived by son Larry Kotz and wife Theresa of Mont Belvieu, Texas; daughter Kim Kotz and fiancé Justin Jones of China, Texas; and daughter Jessica Stanley and wife Carnie of Sour Lake, Texas; brother Michael Kotz and wife Lisa of Jasper; sister Thelma West of Colmesneil; and grandchildren Hailey, Brayden, Jacob, and Noah.

James was preceded in death by father Jay Rudolph Kotz and mother Lilla (Leger) Kotz; brother Jerry Kotz and sister Alma Manuel.

A Gathering of Family and Friends for James will be held Monday, July 19, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 4955 Pine Street, Beaumont, Texas 77703. A Celebration of James' life will occur Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM, with his burial to follow at China Cemetery, 461 Benoit, Beaumont, TX 77713, officiated by Father Tran of Our Lady of Sorrows Church.

Serving as pallbearers are Jay West, Gabriel West, Jefferey West, Lynn West, Mark Manuel, Christopher Schade, Jacob Browder and Josh West.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.forestlawnmpfh.com for the Kotz family.

  • FAMILY

  • Jay Rudolph Kotz, Father (deceased)
  • Lilla (Leger) Kotz, Mother (deceased)
  • Jerry Kotz, Brother (deceased)
  • Alma Manuel, Sister (deceased)
  • Larry Kotz (Theresa), Son
  • Kim Kotz (Justin Jones), Daughter
  • Jessica Stanley (Carnie), Daughter
  • Michael Kotz, Brother
  • Thelma West, Sister
  • Hailey, Granchild
  • Brayden, Grandchild
  • Jacob, Grandchild
  • Noah, Grandchild
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jay West
  • Gabriel West
  • Jefferey West
  • Lynn West
  • Mark Manuel
  • Christopher Schade
  • Jacob Browder
  • Josh West

Services

  • A Gathering of Family and Friends

    Monday, July 19, 2021

  • A Celebration of James's Life

    Tuesday, July 20, 2021

  • Burial to Follow

    Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Memories

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Tonya Richard

July 21, 2021

James was a wonderful man and a good friend to me always. It saddens me to find out that he had passed. The Lord will take very good care of him and open his arms for him with joy. He would never let me call him Mr. Kotz , he waited til I said ok James then he would proceed with our conversation. I loved his jokes and always glad to hear on how his gardening was going. I will miss you and thanks again for remembering my birthday. I always have considered you as my friend. Love you and may you rest in peace.
Tonya Arredondo.

Catherine Rojas

July 20, 2021

My sympathy and love go out to Mr. Kotz's family and friends. He was a sweet man. He will be missed.

Traci Syas

July 20, 2021

Our sincere condolences and prayers to the Kotz family from your Postal family, Laura Blueford, Ernesto Maniego, Brian Ensey, Jim McHenry, Erica Hoffer, Tammie White and Traci Syas.

Jody Lambright

July 17, 2021

Mr James was such a nice man! He welcomed us to the neighborhood when we bought mr wrights place! I will certainly miss his visits on the buggy! God bless you all and please let us know how
we can help!

Jody & Jacque

Tresea Kolander

July 17, 2021

So sorry to hear of James passing. My prayers are with his family. He always had a smile & something enjoyable to say. A hello or wave always made my day a little brighter. He will be missed. 🙏

Carl Lane Henderson

July 17, 2021

We were so sorry to hear of James passing; please accept our condolences and know that each of you are in our thoughts and prayers

Carl Lane and Cindy

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