Obituaries
Agnes Belew Beaty, 80, of Buna, passed away on January 29, 2015, at her home. A graveside service will be 1:00pm, Sunday, February 1, 2015, at Waldrop Cemetery in Beckville, Texas. Officiating will be Brother Travis Arden of Brooks Community Chapel. Visitation will be from 5:00pm-7:00pm, Saturday, January 31st at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Panola County, Texas, on December 4, 1934, she was the daughter of James Elmer Belew and Hazel Irene Gorman Belew. Aggie was a classy, well respected, and forgiving person. She was always giving to others; sometimes neglecting herself to make sure others had what they needed. Aggie was a faithful Missionary Baptist, and a member of several organizations such as, Eastern Star 214-Orange chapter, VFW Auxiliary, and the American Legion Auxiliary. She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Hazel Belew; sister, Mary Francis Kee; husband, James Hunter Beaty; and her granddaughter, Ruth Anne Reed. Aggie is survived by her children, Deborah Hardin Blakesley and husband, Robert of Buna; Woody Cox and wife, Kim of Buna; grandchildren, Jay Reed and wife, Wendi, Manessah Cox, and Matthew Cox; great-grandchildren, Tristina Henry, Michayla Henry, Cameran Reed, Bradyn Reed, Sidda Leigh Reed; great-great-grandson, Jaxon Dans; and her niece, Robbie Richardson and husband, Ted. Honorary pallbearers are Jay Reed, Matthew Cox, Bradyn Reed, J.R. Hardin, Robert Blakesley, and Mike Reed. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project at P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675 or https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Sue Brown, 62, of Orange, passed away Tuesday, January 27, 2015 in Orange. Sue was born on January 24, 1953 in Orange, Texas to her parents, Melvin O. and Martha Ann (Baggett) Brown. She was a lifelong resident of Orange and a Homemaker. Sue was a lover of animals; she often took in many strays and took care of them. In addition, she enjoyed cooking and canning. Her family will fondly remember her mayhaw and muscadine jellies and her German potato salad. Sue was loved and will be missed by many. Sue is preceded in death by her father and her nephew, Ivan Brown. Those who will most cherish her memory are her husband, Mike Spector of Orange; her daughter, Annie Nelson of Orange; her mother, Ann Garrison and husband, James of Jasper; her sister, Cresie Brown of Jasper; her brother, George Brown of Jasper and her grandchildren, Garrett Kovacs, Carter Kovacs and Gavin Kovascs. Sue is also survived by numerous members of her extended family and friends. The family will arrange memorial services for a later date. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Condolences may be expressed for the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.
The Celebration of Life for Mrs. Joyce M. Melebeck, 73, of Orange, will be Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mount Olive Baptist Church. Rites of Christian Burial will follow in Magnolia Memorial Gardens under the direction of Sparrow Funeral Home. Visitation will be Saturday morning from 9 until 11:00 a.m. at the church. She died January 27, 2015 at Baptist Hospital Beaumont. An Orange native and 1960 graduate of Emma H. Wallace High School, she attended Prairie View A & M University. She retired from the Dallas Independent School District as an Administrative Assistant and was a member of numerous community and civic organizations. She is survived by one daughter, Veronica Melebeck of Orange, one son, Earl A. Melebeck (Davnee) of Waco, TX, and 4 grandchildren. Offer sympathy expressions and view other Life Legacy information at sparrowfuneralhome.com
Norman B. Miksch, 81, of Fannett, passed away Sunday morning, January 25, 2015 at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth in Beaumont. Born August 19, 1933 in Weimer, he was the second of three boys to Fred Miksch and Margaret Bruns Miksch. He graduated from Waelder High School, earning a basketball scholarship to Texas A&M University. He received his Bachelors and Masters of Education at Lamar University. Norman was a well-respected teacher and coach for a rewarding 37 years. He served schools in Nocona, Dayton, and West Orange, and was affectionately called “Coach Miksch” by many long after he retired. His hobbies included gardening and hunting. He loved watching his grandchildren participate in their activities, and was devotedly present at many of their special events. Norman is preceded in death by his parents and brothers Leroy Miksch and Thomas Miksch. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Jean Johnson Miksch, his children, Norma Doan and husband Malcolm, Gary Miksch and wife Renae, Dwayne Miksch and wife Cheryl, and his three stepchildren, Regina McDonald, Lester Baker, and Rhonda Dearmond. He will also be fondly remembered by eighteen grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and dear friends. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with a gathering of family and friends at 10:00 a.m. at Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home, 1155 N. 11th, Beaumont.
Harvey Lee Sterling, 69, of Pinehurst passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Baptist Hospital in Orange. Harvey was lifelong resident of Orange; born on December 19, 1945 in Orange, Texas to parents Naomi (Curl) and Sylvester Claude Sterling. He served his country in the Marine Corp for four and a half years and the Army for two years during the Vietnam War. Harvey was a member of New Life Tabernacle Church in Orange and he worked in construction for many years as a pile driver and welder with Millwrights Local Union No. 2484. He enjoyed the outdoors; going fishing, camping, hunting and taking care of his fruit tree. Harvey was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend who will be missed dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Sterling; daughter, Christina Lynn Gurre; son, Roger Wade Sharpless; sisters, Nancy Brock, Yvonne Dickerson; brothers, Richard Sterling, Eddie Sterling, Leonard Sterling, Adnell Sterling, Darrell Sterling. Harvey is survived by his wife, Ruth “Nell” Sterling of Orange; daughters, Georgette Cole and husband, Byron of Vidor, Sherry Lynnell Vanwinkle and husband, Eddie of Silsbee, Rhonda Faye Miller and husband, Wayne of Spring, Patricia Ann Molina and husband, Michael of Wills, Edna Ruth Midkiff and husband, Ernie of Austin, Christine Lee Sterling of Orange, Naomi Elizabeth Sterling of Orange and Judith Caroline Mendoza and husband, Oscar of Orange. He is also survived by his 31 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held on Friday, January 30, 2015 from 5 pm until 9 pm at Dorman Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 1 pm at the funeral home, with Rev. Mack McDonald officiating. Cremation will follow the services. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.
Elroyce Johnson, 79, of Orange, Texas passed away Friday, January 23, 2015 at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. Elroyce was born in Center, Texas on April 4, 1935, to Dorris and Annie Johnson. He was a member of Cove Baptist Church and recently attended MacArthur Heights Baptist Church. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dorris and Annie Johnson; his wife, Maxine Johnson; twin daughters, Tina and Gina Johnson; and his sister, Doris Sigler of Pearland, Texas. He is survived by his daughter, Gayle Stegall and her husband, James of Bridge City; son, Randy Johnson of Orange, Texas; one brother, McNeil Johnson of Village Mills; sisters, Eloise Willis of Carrolton and Linda Dillard of Houston, Texas. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Melani and Shane Woodruff of Bridge City, Michelle Flanakin of Rockwall, Texas, Wayne Stegall of Bridge City; great grandchildren, Madison, Mia, and Marlee Woodruff, and Mikaela, Mathew Slade, and Maddox Stegall. A visitation will be held Tuesday, January 27th from 12:00pm-1:30pm at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. A graveside service will follow at 2:00pm at the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange, Texas, with Reverend Jay Thomas officiating.
Willie Jo Amen, 91, of Bridge City, passed away on January 23, 2015 at Oakwood Manor Nursing Home in Vidor. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Officiating will be Mr. Barry Jones of 9th and Elm Church of Christ in Orange. Entombment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves. There will be no visitation. Born in Cleburne, Texas on September 16, 1923, she was the daughter of Willie Ray Crawford and Rose Ella Dickerson Ray. Mrs. Amen was a member of 9th and Elm Church of Christ. The family would like to acknowledge, with grateful appreciation the love and care provided to Mrs. Amen by the staff of Oakwood Manor Nursing Home. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, George Arthur Amen and daughter, Sharon Ray. She is survived by her daughter, Sheala Vice; daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Joel Fowler all of Bridge City; 6 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren and brother, Bud Ray of Pearsal, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to 9th and Elm Church of Christ, 501 9th Street, Orange, Texas, 77630.
Evett Daigle, 89, of Orange, passed away on January 23, 2015 at The Sabine House in Orange. A graveside service will be held at 2:00p.m., Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Lynn Ashcraft. There will be no visitation. Born in Woodlawn, Louisiana on September 8, 1925, he was the son of Thomas Daigle and Alzina Granger Frugia. Evett loved traveling with his wife. He enjoyed reading and treasured the time he spent with his children and grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Allison Daigle and brother, Nelson Daigle. He is survived by his daughters, Ellen Ray and husband, Hugh Dean of Orange and Patricia Richard of Austin, Texas; sons, Michael Daigle and wife Wanda of Orange and Fred Daigle of Round Rock, Texas; sister, Virginia Foster of Beaumont, Texas; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Glenda Kinder, 63, of West Orange, passed away on January 23, 2015 at her home in West Orange. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Barry Bradley of First Baptist Church in Orange. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, January 26, 2015 at Claybar funeral Home in Orange. Born in Port Arthur, Texas on October 4, 1951, she was the daughter of J.D. West and Aubrey Hext West. Glenda owned and operated Glenda’s Bake-A-Cake in Orange, Texas for over 35 years, and took great joy in participating in the birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries of so many in the community. Her shop was a source of great joy and friendship, and her staff were more like family than employees. Our family would like to thank them for all the love and support shown to us during this difficult time. You all know how loved you were, and we are honored that you loved her the same in return. For over 15 years, Glenda participated in the Orange Lions Club Carnival, where she cooked hot dogs and danced to the oldies. She took great joy in giving back to the community she loved, and the good work of Lions Club International. Glenda’s greatest legacy is the love and support she showed for so many. A natural caretaker, Glenda took great joy in cooking for those she loved, and she was as great a cook as she was a baker! Her family has lost the greatest cheerleader ever, because Glenda believed that you could achieve anything you set your mind to do, and never let her loved ones forget it. Her grandbabies will cherish her memory, and she will live on through each of them. They brought each other such joy! Glenda’s family would like to express the deepest gratitude to Southeast Texas Hospice and Dr. Servet Satir for demonstrating the love and care of Jesus to Glenda and her family during this journey. She is preceded in death by her father, J.D. West; husband, George Kinder, and son-in-law, Marty McDaniel. She is survived by her companion, Charlie Stout of West Orange; mother, Aubrey West of Deweyville; daughters, Ramona McDaniel of New Braunfels, Texas, Kacey Prejean and husband, Wyatt of Little Cypress, Texas, and Lisa Carroll and husband, Scooter of Orangefield, Texas; grandchildren, Blake, Meagan, Hayden, Delaney, Zoe, Hope , and Conner and brother, John West of Deweyville, Texas. Serving as pallbearers will be John D. West, Jr., Jason D. West, Travis Kitchens, Teddy Stout, Kent Jowell, Mark Kilchrist, and Clint Dryden. Honorary pallbearer is Danny Hoosier.