Enous James Minix

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Enous James Minix was born to Tollie Minix, Sr. and Elzora Buchanan Minix on January 30, 1924 in Welsh, Louisiana. The youngest of 10 children, Enous had not yet begun school when the family moved to Beaumont's south end on Carroll Street. In high school, he walked from the south end to the pear orchard to attend the old Hebert High School which was located on Lela Street at that time. The family later moved to the pear orchard. While in high school, Enous participated in many sports including football, basketball, and baseball. He also excelled academically, and graduated from Hebert High School in 1941 as class valedictorian. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1943 - 1946. He participated in the Battle of Saipan, Okinawa and the Occupation of China. Enous Minix was a cum laude graduate of Tillotson College, Austin, Texas in 1950. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. He later commuted to Texas Southern University where he earned a Master of Arts Degree. His education continued during summers as he attended four different sessions under the umbrella of National Science Foundation Math Institutes. He first attended Kansas State University in Manhatten, Kansas. Later, he attended Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illionois. Mr. Enous Minix's teaching and coaching career began at Jasper High School in Jasper, Texas in 1950, shortly after his college graduation. His long-term teaching and coaching career began in 1951 at Hebert High School, where he embraced the motto, whatever Hebert does, it must be the best. His teaching assignments included Geometry and Algebra II. He was very passionate about teaching Math, and he loved to see his students excel. Coach Minix also had a vital role in Hebert High's athletic program, where he served as secondary football coach, and also head baseball coach. He was very proud that his varsity football team had won 3 State Championships, and his baseball team had won 1 State Championship. His love of coaching led him to officiate basketball and football where he became one of the most highly respected officials in the state of Texas. As a result of his officiating proficiency, he was chosen to call several high school and college championship games. Mr. Minix also worked as an Assistant Principal at Hebert High School from 1977 - 1982. Then he was named Assistant Principal at West Brook Ninth Grade Campus from 1982 - 1986. He retired in 1986. Enous Minix enjoyed a 58 year love affair with his wife, Julia Francis Minix. His retirement afforded the pair time to travel to visit various family members and friends. They began to visit Austin annually to participate in Huston - Tillotson's alumni graduation activities. Mr. Minix's pride and joy after his retirement, however, was his beloved garden which encompassed an entire lot across the street from his home. He was very proud of his vegetables, and he generously gave his produce away to family, neighbors, church members, and friends. He meticulously cared for his garden until the age of 85. When not attending the garden, Mr. Minix could frequently be seen sitting outside reading. Mr. Minix was a very active member of Douglas Memorial C.M.E. He has been a long time member of his church, and also a loyal supporter of the church functions. He has diligently served as Sunday School Superintendent, Trustee, and Usher. Community involvement has always been important to coach Minix. He was a life member of the NAACP. He served as a mentor for the I Have A Dream Program. He was also a past president of the Hebert High School Alumni Association. Mr. Minix has continued to work with the Golden Triangle Chapter of the Huston - Tillotson Alumni Association. In 1995, he was inducted into the Huston - Tillotson Athletic Hall of Fame. Mr. Minix was a Mason, and he was also a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Over the years, he has received numerous other awards and honors, including being named Teacher of the Year, and also Coach of the Year. Mr. Minix loved his students both in the classroom, and out of the classroom. He always referred to pictures of his former students in one of the many yearbooks he displayed on the coffee table in his den. He adored his church family, and he insisted on being present at Sunday service as often as possible. He cared deeply about his wonderful neighbors and friends. He was an affectionate husband and a terrific and doting grandfather. He swelled with pride as he watched his grandchildren grow up and become college graduates. Mr. Minix is preceded in death by brothers, Amos, Aaron, Louis, Tollie, Jr., Oran, David, Percy, and Cornelius Minix. He is survived by a loving devoted wife, Julia Francis Minix and loyal, caring sister Mary Lou Williams; daughters, Dianne (Kenneth) Marks, and Judith (Dallas) Smith all of Port Arthur, Texas; a niece who he helped raise, Phyllis (Christopher) Bright of Union City, California; grandchildren, Lauren and Jordan Marks; Jalyn and Dallas Smith; and grand nieces Natalie and Camille Bright; and, devoted friend since 1st grade, Wesley Doc George. Also cherishing his memory is a host of nieces, nephews, family members, and students. A wake service will occur on Friday, December 14, 2012 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1165 Interstate 10 E., Beaumont, Texas. The funeral service will be on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 10:00 am at Douglas Memorial CME Church, 1370 Ewing Street, with interment to follow at Live Oak Memorial Park, Beaumont, Texas under the professional care and direction of the staff of Comeaux Community Funeral Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Golden Triangle Huston-Tillotson Scholarship Fund, 4085 Goliad St., Beaumont, Texas, 77705.

Published in the The Beaumont Enterprise on Dec. 13, 2012
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