• James Phillip “Blackie” Arabie, 79, of Nederland, Texas passed away on
Thursday, October 20, 2022, at U.T.M. B. Hospital in Galveston, Texas with his
loving family at his side.
James was born on November 16, 1942, in Iota, Louisiana to Rena Dies Arabie and
Lawrence Arabie. He was a retired auto mechanic for Jones Rambler in Nederland
for sixteen years and was a member of Mid-County Baptist Church in Nederland.
James was a big car enthusiast and loved Classic Cars and all cars in general. He
loved to go to Car Shows with family and friends. James also enjoyed gardening
but mostly he loved his church family and his wife, children, grandchildren and
great grandchildren, siblings, and friends deeply; he will be missed by all who
knew and loved him.
James is survived by his wife of thirty-seven years, Janis Stutzman Arabie of
Nederland; children, David Ballard and his wife Robin of Port Neches, Delores
Ballard of Katy, Texas, Laura Arabie Peltier and her husband Chad of Port Acres
and James Arabie, Jr. and his wife Erica of Groves; siblings, Belle Laverne of Port
Acres, Janelle Titus and her husband Richard of Bridge City, Lena Ellis of
Nederland, Brenda Arabie of New Caney, Texas and Edward Arabie of Irving,
Texas; grandchildren, Alex Lea and his wife Michelle, John James, Jewel Melancon and her husband
Nolan, Deion Adkins and his wife Katherine, Quintin Peltier and his wife
Destiney, Hailey Arabie, Gavin Zamora, Linkyn Arabie and Hawk Arabie; great
grandchildren, Guinny, Amos, Jace and Bobby.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Rena Arabie; siblings, Nolton Arabie, Henry Arabie, Carol Marie Arabie, Wilson Arabie, Lawrence Arabie, Jr. and Russell Arabie.
Private cremation services will take place at a later date. Services are being
handled by Melancon Funeral Home in Nederland, Texas.