Obituaries
A funeral service for Maurice Allen “June” Taylor, 88, of Carthage, will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Rodney Puryear and Dr. Kirby Hill officiating. The family will receive friend from 9-11 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home prior to the funeral service. Mr. Taylor passed away on Monday night, Aug. 18, 2014, in San Augustine. Maurice Allen Taylor was born on July 24, 1926, in Panola County to the late Clarence Allen and Georgia Edge Taylor. He attended Carthage schools and then joined the U.S. Army where he served proudly during WWII and was honorably discharged. Mr. Taylor married Hazel Maxine Lambert on March 16, 1950, in Orange and she preceded him in death on Dec. 3, 2012. He worked as a production specialist for DuPont Chemical in Orange for over 37 years until his retirement. Mr. Taylor and his wife were Baptist Missionaries and served in the countries of Bolivia, Brazil, and Argentina in South America and also in Mexico. While in Orange, he was a member of the Cove Baptist Church. Mr. Taylor moved to Carthage in 1992, and became a member of the Old Center Baptist Church and later the Southside Baptist Church. In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Taylor was also preceded in death by two brothers, Roy and Bill Taylor and two sisters, Joyce Head and Deanna Hooker. Mr. Taylor is survived by two sons, Bruce Allen Taylor and wife Geri of Mont Belvieu and Paul Taylor and wife Ronda of Carthage; brother, Jesse Taylor and wife Lynn of Baytown; sister, Charlcie Turner and husband Patrick of Longview; brother-in-law, Wayne Lambert and wife Linda of Rosenburg; five grandchildren, Hunter Allen Taylor and wife Brittany, Alyse Allen, Christina Allen Fulsom, Hannah June Taylor, and Sydnee Jordan Taylor; and three great-grandchildren, Landon Lane LaGrone, Kali Rayne Fulsom, and Avery Grace Prudhomme. If desired, memorials may be made to Woods New Hope Baptist Church, P.O Box 670, Tenaha, TX 75974. A guestbook may be signed online at www.jimerson-lipsey.com.
Elsie M. Girlinghouse Young, 89, of Orange, Texas went to her heavenly home on August 19, 2014. She was born on October 9, 1924 to Rodney C. and Bertha F. (Barron) Girlinghouse in Nebo, Louisiana. She is preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Walton Elroy Young, Sr.; parents, Rodney and Bertha Girlinghouse; brothers, Bud and Johnny Girlinghouse; and sister, Bernice Gibson. She is survived by her children, W. E. Young, Jr. and wife, Nell, Louise Savoy and husband, Bruce, Linda Crump and husband, Herschel, Ruth Chesson and husband, Clary, Rodney Young and wife, Cindy, and Sharon Smith and husband, Jimmy; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren, and numerous great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, M. J. Girlinghouse, Mary Carrier, JoAnn Putman, Melvin Girlinghouse, Ralph Girlinghouse, and numerous nieces and nephews; niece Renee Daniels and friends, Dennis Bell and Al Lyons, who held a special place in her heart. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am Friday, August 22, 2014 at Second Baptist Church in Bridge City. Officiating will be Pastor Keith Pennington and Pastor Bobby Hoffpauir. Visitation will be Thursday, August 21st from 5:00-8:00 pm at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Serving as pallbearers will be Bruce Mosier, Brien Savoy, Mike Young, Al Lyons, Christian Young, Dennis Bell, and James Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be her great-grandsons. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Second Baptist Church in Bridge City: 340 Bland Drive, Bridge City, TX 77611.
Joye Carolyn Fitzgerald Steele, 86, of Bluffton, South Carolina, formerly of Orange, passed away Friday, August 8, 2014 in Bluffton. Born on July 8, 1928 in Arkansas, to her parents, Oliver Albert Fitzgerald and Barbara Ann Fitzgerald, she resided in Bluffton for the last twenty years and had previously lived in Orange. Joye was of the Baptist faith, a homemaker, she enjoyed growing plants, taking care of children and reading. Joye is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe Durham Steele and her son, Gary Steele. Those who will most cherish her memory are her daughters, Olivia Graham and husband, Nick of Orange, Carla Steele of Orange, Catherine Ford and husband, Jim of Bluffton and Sara Peterson and husband, Billy of Orange; her sons, Barry Steele and wife, Patty of Orange and Jerry Steele and wife, Christina of Bridge City; her sister, Lorieta Richards of Seattle Washington; her brother, Ralph Fitzgerald of West Virginia; thirteen grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. A gathering of Joye’s family and friends for a time of reflection and sharing will be from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Friday at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. For those who desire donations, a donation to assist the family with final expenses would be appreciated. Condolences may be expressed for the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.
Margaret Broussard Conway, 81, of Hemphill and formerly of Orange passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Hemphill Care Center. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 10:00 am at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Burial will follow at Parrish Cemetery in Orange. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 19th from 7:00-9:00 pm at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Sulphur, Louisiana, on October 5, 1932, she was the daughter of Alton J. Broussard, Sr. and Eleanor Durion Broussard. She was employed at Equitable Bag Co. for 40 years and OCARC for 7 years, was a member of the Eastern Star, the Business and Professional Woman’s Club, and North Orange Baptist Church. Margaret was a Lutcher Stark graduate where she was a member of the Bengal Guard in Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Vivian Dorman, A.J. Broussard, Louis Dugas, Jr, and Donnie Broussard. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Preston Conway and daughters and their spouses, Connie Conway Daniels and Robert Daniels of Hemphill, Claudia C. Watson and David Watson of Elk Grove, California and Jenifer and James Landry of Lumberton. She is also survived by seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and her brother, Richard Broussard of Buna. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Houston and Southeast Texas: 2242 W. Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030-2008.
James Willie Moore, 77 of Orange, Texas died on August 11, 2014 after a short illness. Mr. Moore was a native of Franklin, Louisiana and resided in Orange, Texas for over seventy years. He was a 1954 graduate of Emma H. Wallace High School in Orange, Texas. He was retired from the Griffin Men Store with over thirty years of service. Mr. Moore loved by family members and everyone he came in contact with in the community. He was a member of the Trail Riders organization where they served the community and surrounding area in different capacities. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Saturday at Mount Olive Baptist Church located at 106 W Park street in Orange, Texas. Rev. DeAndre K. Bell Pastor of St. Paul CME will be giving the eulogy. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 am til time of service. Interment to follow at Hollywood Cemetery in Orange, Texas under the direction of Colonial Memorial Chapel. He leaves to cherish his precious memories wife, Juanita Moore of Orange, Texas. Three sons, Saleem Rashadeen ( Arenda ) of Los Angeles, California. Mark Moore (Vanita) of College Station, Texas and James Moore (Chattie) of Orange, Texas. One daughter, Margie McDonel of Lancaster, California. One brother, Clarence Moore of Orange, Texas. He also leaves behind 18 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren and a host of family and friends.
Jennie Roberta Witherell, 63, of Orange, passed away on August 15, 2013, at Harbor Hospital in Beaumont. The family will be having a memorial service at a later date. Cremation will be under the direction of Claybar Haven of Rest. Born in Miami, Florida, on June 5, 1951, she was the daughter of Elvin J. Larpenteur and Roberta Waters Larpenteur. Jennie loved animals. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Robert “Bebo” Brown; daughters, Samantha Ligon and Tammy Furlough of Texarkana, Texas; son, Jimmy Pilgreen and wife, April of Kirbyville; grandchildren, Randall Hollowell, Raelyn Ligon, Amy Pilgreen, Joseph Pilgreen, Stephanie Pilgreen, and Skilynn Pilgreen; and her great-grandchild, Kaurter Hollowell. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Houston ASPCA in her memory at 900 Portway Dr. Houston, Texas 77024.
Valinda Welch, 58, of Beaumont died Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas in Beaumont. She was a native and lifelong resident of Orange. Valinda was a member of Pine Forest Baptist Church in Vidor and was a Respiratory Therapist. She was an volunteer Fire Fighter in Glenn Heights, TX. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm at Pine Forest Baptist Church in Vidor. Valinda was survived by her sons Michael Lucia of Mauriceville, TX, Sam Lucia of Baytown, TX, mother Nelva Freeman of Vidor, TX, father Pete Welch of Deweyville, TX, brothers Kent Welch of Buna, TX, Randy Welch of Suffield, OH, sister Vanessa Simmons of Vidor, TX and 6 grandchildren.
James Daniel (J.D.)Dronett passed away on June 20, 2014 in Boca Raton Florida, from complications of open heart surgery. Born to Sidney and Lorena (Boudreaux)Dronett on May 22, 1932, he was raised in Orangefield. He lived in Cali Colombia and Boca Raton. J.D.served in the US Army, spending most of the time in Alaska. He spent his life working on dredges and travelled the world in doing so, only retiring near the age of 80. In addition to his parents, J.D. is predeceased by a son, Sidney Dronett, two brothers, Tommy and Carl Dronett, two sisters, Eugenia (Lou) Dorman and Laura Richard, and two nephews, Robert Dorman and Shane Dronett. Surviving are his wife, Maria Theresa; children Dennis (Julianna) and Lorena Dronett; grandchildren Shelby, Seth, Saylor Jane, Matthew and Mia; sister Dottie Dargis of Flemington, NJ, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Graveside services on Saturday August 16, 11:00 AM at Hillcrest Cemetary in Bridge City. Officiating Father Leger from St. Henry's Catholic church. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or Wounded Warriors Project.
Robert Dean Shaw, 53, of Orange, passed away on August 13, 2014, at his home. A Memorial service will be 4:00 PM, Sunday, August 17, 2014, at Agape Christian Fellowship in Groves. Cremation will be under the direction of Claybar Haven of Rest Crematory. Born in Orange, Texas, on December 15, 1960, he was the son of Edward Shaw and Margaret (Travers) Shaw.He was loved by his family and will be missed by many. He is preceded in death by his mother Marge Shaw, and his son, Dustin Shaw. Robert is survived by his wife, Suzanne Shaw; father, Edward Shaw; children, Tristin Gaudet and husband, Clayton of Vinton, Louisiana, Erin Dorsett and husband, Michael of Liberty, Texas, and Amy Denton and husband, Brandon of Pflugerville, Texas; and eight grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Edward Shaw and wife, Annette, Carolyn Hunt and husband, Alan, Debbie Arvesen, Phyllis Shaw, Jim Shaw and wife, Nancy, Sharon Shaw, and Charley Warner and wife, Karen; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Leslie Carol (Cox) Balcomb, 65, of Beaumont, passed away on August 13, 2014, at her home. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Sunday, August 17, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Pastor Robert Turnage of Victory Temple of Beaumont. Cremation will follow. Visitation will be from 12:00-2:00 PM, Sunday August 17th at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in West Pittston, Pennsylvania, on January 8, 1949, she was the daughter of Arthur Jack Balcomb and Jane Carr Balcomb. Leslie attended Victory Temple of Beaumont. She was a pure soul. Memaw will be greatly missed. She is preceded in death by her parents Jack and Jane Balcomb; and her brother, Butch Balcomb. She is survived by her daughters, Jennifer Horack of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Rebecca Ezell of Groves, Texas, and Ashley Rion and husband, Joe of Buna, Texas; grandchildren, Hayden Horack, Charlie Ann Horak, Weslyn Smalley, Dylan Rion, and Tyler Rion; and her sister Terry Balcomb and husband, Tim Graves of Frisco, Texas.
Eleanor Shult, age 73, of Orange, Texas, died July 22, 2014 at Golden Years Assisted Living. Born on February 26, 1941, she was the daughter of Dr. C. I. Shult and Estelle Shult and grew up in Columbus, Texas, before moving to Orange after graduating from Southwestern University. Known to many of her friends as “Schultzie”, she spent most of her working years teaching in various Orange elementary schools, including several years teaching gifted and talented youngsters. She is survived by her sister, Linda Shult and partner John Kelly of Madison, Wisconsin; nephew Kelsea Shult-Lewis of Roseville, Minnesota; and Ann Olliff and her son Jim Olliff and family. Many thanks to Kristi Shelton and the wonderful staff at Golden Years Assisted Living for their loving care of Eleanor during her last few months. A celebration of Eleanor’s life will be held on Saturday August 16 at 10:30 in the chapel of First Methodist Church in Orange.
Cody Bear Massey, 29, of Orangefield died Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at his residence. A native of Beaumont, TX, he was a lifelong resident of Orangefield. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 pm Monday, August 18, 2014 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor, with burial to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor. A gathering for family and friends will begin at 6:00 pm Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Bear is survived by his mother: Rena Mayo of Orangefield, TX, fathers Clyde Mayo of Orangefield, TX and Randy Massey of Vidor, TX, brothers Corey Chesser and Brandon Mayo both of Orangefield, TX, sister Brandy Lopez of League City, TX and Lacey Huckaby of Doha, Qatar.
Gene Harrison, 85, of Orange passed away in Houston on Monday, August 11, 2014. There will be a funeral service at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 15, 2014 at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Pastor Jim Hardwick of First Christian Church in Orangefield. Interment will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange. A gathering of family and friends for visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Harrison was born in Haleyville, AL on August 24, 1928 to Johnny Harrison and Ethel (Pinkard) Harrison Head. For 28 years he was a Foreman for the Paul Cormier Well Service and worked for Texas Oil and Gas for 3 years. He was a member of First Christian Church in West Orange and enjoyed gardening and watching old western movies. One of his favorite things he loved doing was spending time at the lake with family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Vena Harrison; sister, Lillian Patrick; daughters, Sandra Harrison and June Harrison and grandson, Michael Racca. Those left to cherish his memory are his daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Glenn Meyer of Houston, Bonnie and Ricky Borel of Orangefield and Kathy and Robert Hutson of Newton and; son, Johnny Harrison of Sour Lake and his grandchildren, Gary Meyer, Aaron Meyer, Brian Bigby, Calvin Hutson, Talissa Racca, Ricky Borel, Jr., Eugene Harrison, Hope Chaoui and Joe Harrison. He is also survived by his fourteen great grandchildren; brother, Eddie Head of Orangefield and sister, Elouise Harvey of Vidor. Serving as pallbearers will be Gary Meyer, Aaron Meyer, Eugene Harrison, Joe Harrison, Brian Bigby, Calvin Hutson and Ricky Borel, Jr.
Billy Paul Withrow, 79, a 65 year resident of Orange, passed away on August 12, 2014, at his home. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 16, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Randy Branch of Wesley United Methodist Church in Orange. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange. Visitation will be Friday, August 15, 2014 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Billy Paul Withrow was born to Mary Vernon Huckaby Withrow and James “Casey” William Withrow on May 18, 1935 in Teague, Texas. He was a hunter and expert marksman having served on the US Army Shooting Team for 2 years. Billy belonged to the Orange Gun Club for many years and enjoyed working with young people in gun safety and contest work. He was a Free Mason for the past 40 years and was a Methodist all of his life. Billy retired from the Pipefitters Local 195, and enjoyed a wonderful time with his grandchildren and extended family. He was a loving and gentle man with an extraordinary sense of humor. He maintained his humor and dignity throughout his 5 year battle with cancer and died a peaceful death. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Vernon Huckaby Withrow and James “Casey” William Withrow. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Mancil Withrow; his children, Damon Dean Withrow and wife Shellie Purser Withrow of Austin, Tx.; Alanna Withrow Barber and husband Steve Barber of Tampa, Fl.; 4 grandchildren, Avery Barber, Thomas Barber, Lila Withrow, and Preston Withrow; siblings, James Fuller (Buddy) Withrow of Orange, Lila Quilici and husband Frank of Burnsville, MN. Serving as pallbearers will be John Withrow, Greg Withrow, Jason Bell, Matt Bell, Andrew Rhoads, and Charles Bell. Honorary pallbearers are Ben Mancil, Frank Parker, Joe Hancock, Alan Mancil, and Bart Rhoads. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Chin Hah and Intrepid Home Health as well as caregivers Molly Stringer and Debbie Courtney.
Jack Joseph Anders, 70, of Hemphill, died Monday night in his home. Jack was born in La Vegas, New Mexico, to Rube and Vivien Edmonds Anders. He has lived near Hemphill on Toledo Bend for twenty-seven years, and was a Vietnam Veteran serving in the U.S. Army. Jack is survived by his wife Pat Anders of Hemphill and his son William Lloyd of Hemphill. He was an adoptive father to Stacie Kean of Hemphill and a good friend of Gale McMullen of Hemphill. No memorial services are planned at this time.
Mable Rost, 97, of Orange, passed away on August 11, 2014, at The Meadows in Orange. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM, Friday, August 15, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Joseph P. Daleo of St. Mary Catholic Church in Orange and Reverend Jeff Bell. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 PM Thursday, August 14th with a Rosary at 7:00 PM at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Arnaudville, Louisiana on September 11, 1916, she was the daughter of Edgard Hardy and Neolie (Duplechan) Hardy. Mable worked as a Cafeteria Manager of Cove Elementary School and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. She is preceded in death by her parents, Edgard and Neolie Hardy; husband, Saul Rost; sons, Horace Rost, L. J. Rost, J.V. Taylor, and R. J. Taylor; grandson, Steve Taylor; step-father, M. J. Lawrence; brothers, Lenor Hardy and Allen Hardy, and her sister, Beunice Guidry. Mable is survived by her son, Gary W. Rost of Orange; daughter-in-law, Bobbie Taylor of Orange; grandchildren, Chad Taylor, Lisa Hogan, Michelle LeBlanc and husband, Joe, Misty Merritt and husband, Robert, Kelly Taylor, Terri Taylor, Courtney Rost, Matthew Rost, Ronnie Rost, Denise Block, Timmy Rost, Waymon Rost, Cyndi Lemaire, Cara Rost, Craig Rost, and Lanna Rost; and numerous great-grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers will be Chase Hogan, Taylor Hogan, Easton Merritt, Joseph Leblanc, Chad Taylor, and Kelly Taylor. The family would like to thank Mable’s caregiver, Ms. Debra, Riverside Hospice, and the staff at The Meadows for taking such great care of her.
John Guidry Sr., 66, of Orange, passed away on August 11, 2014, at his home. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 14, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Barry Bradley of First Baptist Church in Orange. Burial will follow at Parrish Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 13th from 6:00-9:00 PM at Claybar Funeral Home. Born in Orange, Texas, on January 12, 1948 he was the son of Leo Guidry Jr. and Mary Ethel (Berwick) Guidry. Johnny served in the U. S. Army and worked as a Longshoreman for ILA Local 22. He enjoyed farming, fishing, cutting hay, and reading. He is preceded in death by his parents, Leo Guidry, Jr and Mary Ethel Guidry, his wife, Rosemary Duggan Guidry and his brothers, Dan Edward Guidry, Nathan Paul Guidry, and Joseph Leo Guidry. Johnny is survived by his son, John William Guidry Jr. of Orange; daughter, Johanna Guidry Almaguer and husband, Joe of Orange; step-daughters, Veronica Lee Broussard of Austin, and Chelene Ball of Starks, Louisiana; sister, Joyce Wheatley of Orange; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three nieces and one nephew; and many friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project: P. O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675.
Michael Andrus, 62, of Orange, passed away on August 9, 2014, at his home. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Hartburg Baptist Church. Born in Ville Platte, Louisiana, on September 3, 1951, he was the son of Howard Joseph Andrus and Louise (Smith) Andrus. Michael was self-employed as a truck driver and carpenter. Preceded in death by his son, Beau Andrus, Michael is survived by his wife, Claudia Andrus. Children, Troy Andrus and wife, Jody of Ville Platte, Louisiana, Ronnie Andrus and wife, Amy of Ville Platte, Louisiana, Lonnie Andrus and wife, Sharon of Ville Platte, Louisiana, Jason Chambers of Mobile, Alabama, Corey Andrus of Lafayette, Louisiana, Dusty Andrus of Orange, Texas, Mike Andrus and wife, Tammy of Sulphur, Louisiana, and Brian Andrus of Lafayette, Louisiana. He is also survived by his Sister, Linda Arceneaux of Atlanta, Georgia; step-sister, Marie Mire of Bunkie, Louisiana; step-brother, Michael Delafosse of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; close friends Tony Lavine and Serena Gaudet; and 13 grandchildren. Cremation will be under the direction of Claybar Haven of Rest Crematory.
The Celebration of Life for Mrs. Rosetta Sanders, 87, of Houston, TX will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Starlight Church of God In Christ. Rites of Christian Burial will follow in Magnolia Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. A native of Pine Grove, LA, and former Orange resident, she was employed some 50 years by the former Hibernia Bank of Orange, retiring as a Teller. Survivors include one sister, Emma Williams of Houston, and God-Son, Alvin Anderson of Orange.
George Jack Jones, 86, of Orange, died Saturday, August 9, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 14, 2014, at First United Methodist Church in Orange with the Reverend John Warren, pastor, officiating. Masonic graveside rites will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Davis Cemetery in Beulah Springs. The family will receive friends for visitation from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Spurger on February 5, 1928, Jack was the son of George W. Jones and Donie (Boyett) Jones. He received his undergraduate degree in education and history from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master’s degree in education from the University of Houston. On August 3, 1950, Jack married the love of his life, Rosalie Himmelreich and they have shared 64 wonderful years of marriage. Jack was a longtime educator with the Kountze ISD and Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD. He was a teacher, coach and principal. He retired as principal from Little Cypress Junior High School in 1983. He was a life member of Texas State Teachers Association where he served as treasurer for many years. He was a member of the Orange County Retired Teachers Association and had served on the board of directors of Orange County Teachers Credit Union. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Orange; Kountze Masonic Lodge; El Mina Shrine, where he had been active in their foot patrol and prior to his illness, he was active in the Lutcher Theater Service Guild. Jack was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Beatrice Holt, Maxine Alford, Lammie Jordan; brother, Jasper Jones and niece, Linda Kaps. He is survived by his wife, Rosalie Jones of Orange; sons, Eric Jones and his wife Stacey, of Frisco, Randy Jones of Rusk and grandchildren, Cheyenne Jones of Rusk, Ryan Jones and Elizabeth Jones, both of Frisco. For those who wish, memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church, 502 N. 6th Street, Orange, Texas 77630. The family wishes to acknowledge, with grateful appreciation, the compassionate care Jack received from the staff of Southeast Texas Hospice and his caregivers, Debbie Courtney and Cheryl Hardin.
Ronda Kay Young Martin, 35, of Orange, passed away on August 1, 2014, at her home. Graveside services will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Tony Storey of Family Worship Center in Orange. Born in Odessa, Texas, on July 22, 1979, she was the daughter of Richard Young and Johnnie (Pendarvis) Young and husband Steve Young. She graduated from Buckeye High School in Deville, Louisiana and had a career as a tax pro at Jackson-Hewitt. She was a member of The Family Worship Center in Orange. Ronda was a dedicated wife and mother. She was a wonderful sister and best friend. She brought joy to the lives of those around her and will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her fathers, Donnie Goff and Gene Wages; her aunt, Louella “Cissy” Jean Bourgeoix; her uncles, Charles Goff and Dewayne Grant; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Pendarvis, Bob Young, Bill Dowling and Ron Sprinkle. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Martin of Orange; her mother Johnnie Young and husband Steve of Pineville, Louisiana; her father, Richard Young of Orange; her children Christopher Young, Heaven Martin, Cheyanne Cook and Cynthia Martin of Orange and Justin Young of Shreveport, Louisiana; her sisters Katina Rayborn and husband Rodney of Tioga, Louisiana, LeaAnne Bergeaux and husband Wayne of Orange, Sara Young of Bridge City, Jeri Simpson of Streator, Illinois, Trudy Elcome of Longview, Texas, and Tonya Hampton and Deanne Crawford of Katy, Texas; her brothers, Josh Kemp and Yance Young of Beaumont and Sean Williams of Bridge City; grandparents, Jean Dowling and James Quinne of Orange; nephews, Anthony Downs of Tioga, Louisiana, Alex Williams, Garette Williams, Seth Bergeaux and Cameron Bergeaux of Orange, Corbon Wages of Katy, Michael Hampton of Katy, Leland Martin of San Antonio,; nieces Keale Young and Lillie Young of Orange and Heather Hampton and Rhiannon Crawford of Katy, Texas; her father-in-law, James Martin and wife, Delissa Powell of Orange; mother-in-law, Christina Ham of Orange. In addition, she is survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends. Serving as pallbearers will be Kenny Roach, B. Lingo, Robert Smith, James Shaver Jr. and Wayne Bergeaux of Orange and Sean Williams of Bridge City. Honorary pallbearers will be Brandon Rosier of Deville, Louisiana.
Talmadge Roberts, 79, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont, Texas after a lengthy illness.  Talmadge was born on January 14, 1935, to Ben and Lena Roberts of Newton, Texas, and was a resident of Newton, Orange, Beaumont and Lumberton, Texas, respectively.  Always the salesman, he began his career working for Smith Material Corporation, while his outstanding salesmanship ability eventually positioned him to become a founding member and President of Cowboy Concrete in Beaumont, Texas.  After serving there for many years, he then went to work for Transit Mix Concrete and finally Turner Industries, retiring in 2008.  Talmadge played golf, liked to fish and was a great conversationalist.  He is preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his wife, Neva Lois Roberts; daughter, Dee Roberts; sister, Evelyn Fomby; nephew, Larry Fomby; and niece, Denise Fomby.  Although Talmadge will be greatly missed, we look forward to seeing him again at the Pearly Gates because of his trust and faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  We love you, Talmadge.
Pat Smith, 74, of Orange, passed away on August 9, 2014, at M D Anderson in Houston. Graveside services will be Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 12, 2014, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in McKinney, Texas, on October 1, 1940, she was the daughter of James Walter Jenkins and Thelma Lou (Crowder) Jenkins. Pat was a Wal-Mart associate for 25 years and loved to garden. She loved her dogs but loved her family most of all. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Walter Jenkins and Thelma Lou (Crowder) Jenkins; and her brothers. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Aubrey Smith of Orange; her son James Aubrey Smith and his fiancé Kim of Vidor; her granddaughter Ariane Smith; and several nieces and nephews.
Alex Sarda, 26, of Beaumont, passed away. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Cremation will follow under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home. Born in Miami, FL., on January 4, 1988, he was the son of Felipe Antonio Sarda and Gina Maria Noriega. He attended The Evelyn Roger American School in Guatemala and later attended Lamar University. Alex worked in the restaurant industry and previously served as the President of The Lamar University Student Government Association. He loved sports, especially basketball. Alex was a very charismatic person who was loved by many, and was able to make anyone smile and feel special. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Antonio Sarda; his mother, Gina Maria Noriega; his siblings, Tony Sarda and wife Sophie, Sophia Noriega, Carlos Herdocia, Grecia Sarda; and many extended family who all love him.
Les L. Phillips, 52, of Orange, Texas, passed away on August 7, 2014. Les was born on July 17, 1962, in Brownwood, Texas to Earl Phillips and Nelda (Ezra) Phillips. He retired after 25 years as an Associate Warden for the Federal Bureau of Prisons and most recently worked as a pumper in the oilfield for BHP Billiton. Les enjoyed cooking and spending time outdoors, especially fishing. Above all he loved spending time with the ones he loved, most importantly being “Poppaw” to his grandson, Tristan and uncle to his nephews, Wyatt and Connor. He loved them with all his heart. Les was a beloved husband, son, brother, father, “Poppaw” and friend to all. He was a respected man with a generous and loving heart who had a warm smile and the best hugs ever. He will be dearly missed by all who loved him. He is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Lori Phillips of Orange, Texas; son, Louis Phillips; grandson, Tristan Phillips; sister, Sammye Risinger and husband, Randy Risinger, niece, Robin Sefzik and husband, Peter; great-nephews, Jake and Levi Sefzik; mother-in-law, Alice Adams; sister-in-law, Erin Wallace; and his nephews, Wyatt and Connor Wallace. Les is preceded in death by his father, Earl Phillips and his mother, Nelda (Ezra) Phillips. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Les’ name to the Humane Society of Southeast Texas: 2050 Spindletop Ave., Beaumont, TX 77705. There are no memorials planned at this time.
Minnie Evelyn Hudson Odom, 82, of Deweyville, passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014 at Christus Hospital –St. Elizabeth in Beaumont. Born on June 30, 1932 in Moscow, Texas to her parents, James Oliver Hudson, Sr. and Maggie Ola Augusta (Hilton) Hudson, she lived in Deweyville since 1957, she had previously lived in Bleakwood and she worked as a retail clerk in stores in the Orange area. Minnie was a member of the First Baptist Church in Deweyville; she enjoyed fishing, hunting, crafts, sewing and spending time with her family. Minnie was a friend to many and she also will be remembered for the kindness and care she showed to others. Minnie is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herman “ Preacher “ Odom; her son, Ricky Odom; her brother, Jimmy Hudson; her sister, Hazel Hudson and her daughter in law, Deborah Lynn Odom. Those who will most cherish her memory are her sons, Jerry Odom and wife, Jane of Deweyville and Larry Odom of Deweyville; her daughter in law, Ramona R. Odom of Deweyville; her brother, James Hudson of Livingston, Texas; her very special friend, Winfred Robinett of Livingston; her grandchildren, Ricky C. Odom, Misty Gayle Odom and James C. Odom; her great grandchildren, Reagan Danaye Odom, Bailey Lynn Scherman and J.W. Welch. Minnie is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Services to remember and honor Minnie’s life will be at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, August 10, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Deweyville with Reverend Damon Bickham, officiating. Rite of Committal and Interment will follow services at the Sand Ridge Cemetery in the Wolf Den Community in Newton services at the Sand Ridge Cemetery in the Wolf Den Community in Newton County. A gathering of Minnie’s family and friends from a time of reflection will be from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Saturday at the church. Honoring Minnie as pallbearers are Jerry Odom, Ricky C. Odom, James C. Odom, Robert Allen Nixon, Michael Allen Crim and Larry Odom. Honorary pallbearers are Robert Hudson, Bobby Abshire, Leslie Morgan and Winfred Robinett. For those who desire memorial contributions, donations to assist with f i n a l expenses a r e appreciated. Funeral services are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.
Cheryl Lynn Watson, 59, of Little Cypress passed away on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at Orange Villa Following a lengthy illness. Born December 9, 1954, Miss Watson was a lifelong resident of Little Cypress. A teacher by profession, she taught English and Social Studies, impacting lives of students in Buna and Vidor school districts. Prior to her illness, Miss Watson was an avid artist; gifting paintings and ornaments to many family members and friends. She was also a trivia buff, specializing in Celtic history and the Renaissance era. Miss Watson was preceded in death by her father, G.E. Watson and her sister, Patsy Watson. She is survived by her mother, Carmen Delores Watson; multiple aunts, uncles, cousins and three goddaughters. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Monday, August 11, 2014 from 6 pm until 9 pm at Dorman Funeral Home, with a rosary to be recited at 7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 10 am at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Orange. Burial will follow at Parrish Cemetery in Little Cypress.
In search of the Heavenly home she long and passionately sought, Karen Miller Sanders departed this life Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth in Beaumont, Texas, with family members at her side. Karen Ruth Miller was born Feb. 20, 1951, in Eunice, La., to Vera Brasseaux and Roy Joseph Miller Sr. She grew up in the Lake Charles area and attended LaGrange High School. On May 26, 1986, she married her life’s love, Olan Sanders, and they settled in Orange, Texas. Karen was a member of the Catholic Daughters at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Orange, and she had taught CCD and catechism classes. Karen was a spiritual, charismatic woman with a passion for the Lord and a remarkable creativity in all she tried. She loved to travel in her younger years, and she was a talented baker and cook, interior designer and gardener. Her ladylike nature notwithstanding, she could be quite competitive with playing cards or a fishing pole in her hands. Karen was preceded in death by her parents, brother Roy Miller Jr., daughter Sheila Breaux, and granddaughter Casey Marie Magness. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband; daughter Wendy Stephens Magness and husband Robbie; stepdaughter Donna Sonnier and husband Curtis; stepson Neil Sanders and wife Julie; siblings Shirlene Miller, Connie Trahan, Kenneth Miller and Jackie Trahan; aunt Brenda Brasseaux; grandchildren Josh Sonnier, Chris and Jamie Fruge, Timothy, Derian and Braden Magness, Devon and Jacob Breaux and Olivia Sanders; great-grandchildren Shelby Sonnier and Keylyn Nunez; numerous nieces, nephews and friends, and her faithful caretaker, Otis Speights. Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home of Orange from 5 to 8 p.m. with a rosary at 6:30 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Orange. Interment service will follow at 12:30 p.m. in Consolata Cemetery, Lake Charles, La. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services are under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.
Mozelle Barnhill Gerald, 76, of Orange, passed from this life on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, from her home. Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday, August 9, 2014, at North Orange Pentecostal Church in Orange. Officiating will be her son, Reverend Gregary C. Gerald, her brother Reverend Glen Barnhill, as well as other ministers and friends. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City. Serving as pallbearers will be Steve Faulk, Henry Hollie, David Choates, Darwin Hinson, Darrell Thibodeaux, Sherman Gallander, Tim Hudson and Ronald LeBouef. The family will receive friends for visitation at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service time. Born in Marthaville, Louisiana on July 25, 1938, Mrs. Gerald was the daughter of Emerson and Maudie Estelle (Cobb) Barnhill. On June 10, 1956, she married Reverend Herman E. Gerald and thus began a journey of life together that would last 53 years. They traveled and evangelized for four years, then accepted the pastorate in Marshall, Texas. After this, they began to serve the church in Paris, Texas and in 1963, accepted the pastorate in Cleveland, Texas. In 1972, they became missionaries to Nigeria West Africa and upon their return to the states in the latter part of 1975, they accepted the pastorate at North Orange Pentecostal Church in Orange. They served the church in Orange until Reverend Gerald’s death on March 31, 2010. Sister Gerald served in many capacities within the United Pentecostal Church International. She was Texas District Ladies President from 1993 until 2005. She spoke at many ladies meetings within the UPCI. Her Godly character and dignity was exampled by her life. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will be missed greatly by her children and grandchildren and can never be replaced. Sister Gerald was preceded in death by her parents, Emerson and Maudie Estelle Barnhill; husband, Reverend H.E. Gerald; and sister, LaNelle Guiterrez. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Reverend Gregary Christian and Jacqueline Machel Gerald of Shepherd, Herman Wade and Terri Renee Gerald of Pineland; grandchildren, Brandon Christian Gerald, Shandolyn Machel Rankin and her husband,Brandon, Katelyn Macy Gerald, Ashley Ann Gerald, Bailey Lynn Gerald and Landon Wade Gerald. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Reverend Emerson Glen and Teresa Barnhill of Cleveland and sister, Deanie McGee of DeBerry; niece Traci Hudson and her husband, Tim and other loving nieces, nephews and friends in the ministry.
 
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