Bela Nagypal IV

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1934 - 2016 Bela Nagypal, IV, 82, of Woodville, passed away, Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at his residence. Bela was born on February 6, 1934 in Zeliezovce, Hungary, the only surviving son of Bela Nagypal, III and Elizabeth Urban Nagypal. When he was twelve, his family along with his paternal grandmother, were deported to a work farm near Prague for two years. During that time, the war was going on and he was unable to attend school. However, they were able to escape back into Hungary and live with family in Bekescsaba until they could get another place of their own. He was able to finish his high school education and then went to Szeged, Hungary for 2 1/2 years of college, where he studied electrical engineering. At age 18, he was drafted into the Hungarian Army, where he served as an instructor for two years. Afterwards, he finished his final year of college, completing his engineering degree in Bekescsaba before going to Budapest to work, he was twenty-one years old. In 1956, while working in Budapest, the Revolution broke out in September and he was caught up in this as a freedom fighter. He was captured by the Russians and escaped into Austria, where he was given choices of places he could go. He came to Longview, Texas where he met Virginia Taylor Johnson and they married and had one son, Bela Nagypal, V. He worked as an engineer for LaTourneau and then was involved in the construction of a Schlitz brewery in Longview. He was then transferred to Memphis, Tennessee where Schlitz built another brewery. Later, Bela worked for Kerr Glass, which later became Kerr Plastics. He worked for them for over 20 years in numerous locations including Santa Anna, California, where he was head of Corporate Engineering for Kerr Plastics, Detroit, Michigan, Chicago, Illinois, Alaska, North Carolina and Bowling Green, Kentucky. When he retired in 1997, he was in Kentucky, but at his son's insistence, he moved to Woodville, Texas in 1999. In 2001 he met and married Mary Alice Fortenberry. Together they enjoyed retirement and traveled the world going to South America, China, Tibet, Africa, Israel, Jordan, England, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Poland, Australia and other countries. Bela is survived by his wife of 15 years, Mary Nagypal of Woodville; son, Bela Nagypal, V & wife, Kim of Woodville; grandchildren, Brandi Nagypal of Goldsboro, NC and Bela Nagypal, VI & wife, Esther of Goldsboro, NC; great grandchildren, which he is was so proud, Bela Nagypal, VII and Ivey Nagypal both of Goldsboro, NC; He is further survived by his stepdaughters, Sharla Percell & husband, Richard of Kennesaw, GA, Sharon Tuel & husband, Jim of Longview, and Pamela Johnson of California; and stepsons, Tillman Johnson & wife, Beverly of Woodville and Wesley Patrick Duffey of Olive Branch, MS. Mourning his death, but celebrating his extraordinary life are many nieces and nephews along with a multitude of friends and loved ones. Serving as pallbearers will be David Ashworth, Jim Tuel, Brent Tuel, Jeffrey Carl Alexander, Jacques L. Blanchette, and Congressman Brian Babin. Honorary pallbearers will be Richard Percell and James Gordon Hayes. Visitation will be held Friday, April 22, 2016 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Woodville. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home with burial in Magnolia Cemetery all in Woodville.

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Stringer and Griffin Funeral Home - Woodville
113 W Holly St
Woodville, TX 75979
(409) 283-8218
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise from Apr. 21 to Apr. 22, 2016
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