Obituaries
Mary June Land, 90, of Bridge City, Texas, passed away on November 18, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00pm, Friday, November 21, 2014, at St. Henry Catholic Church in Bridge City. Officiating will be Father Steve Leger. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Bridge City. Visitation will be from 5:00pm to 9:00pm, Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00pm. Born in Port Arthur, Texas, on August 2, 1924, June was the daughter of Cleaus Hulin and Leona (Trahan) Hulin. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother who loved spending time and fishing with her family. June was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church of Bridge City as well as an original member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Bridge City Volunteer Fire Department, a past member of the Boys Scouts of America and participated in the yearly Relay for Life walk as a cancer survivor. She will truly be missed by all that knew and loved her. June was preceded in death by her husband, Harrison Arledge Land; her son, Harrison Arledge Land Jr.; and her granddaughter, Robyn Lynn Land. She is survived by her son, Rickey Land and wife Doris, of Bridge City; her daughters, Candy Lavine, Rebecca Land, and Dorothy Truncale, all of Bridge City; 10 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and 3 great great grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers will be Tony Lavine, Buddy Land, Jake Truncale, Nolen Chatagnier, Chuck Jackson, and Jason Ward. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 755 S. 11th Street, Ste. 212, Beaumont, Texas 77701
Robert “Bobby” Daniel Burroughs, 61, of Vidor, Texas, passed away on November 19, 2014, at Harbor Hospital in Beaumont. A memorial service will be 3:00 pm, Monday, November 24, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Brother Sherman West of The Anchor Church in Beaumont. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, on September 3, 1953, Robert was the son of Willie Clyde Burroughs and Gertrude (Smith) Burroughs. Robert enjoyed going fishing and hunting, and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by the mother of his children and caregiver, Wenonah Burroughs; sons, Earnest Williams of Jacksonville, Texas, Robert Burroughs, Jr. of Vidor, Texas, and Daniel Burroughs and wife, Heather of Vidor, Texas; his grandchildren, Kasi Stephens, Courtney Martin, Jacob Burroughs, Corbin Burroughs, Garrett Burroughs, Megan Burroughs, Greyson Burroughs, and Makayla Burroughs; his brothers, Jerry Burroughs, Mike Burroughs, and Dan Burroughs; and his sisters, Judy Delarossa and Louise Burroughs.
Crystle Rae Wise January 6, 1961 – November 15, 2014 Crystle Rae Wise was born in Port Arthur, TX on January 6, 1961. She is preceded in death by her partner Gail Graham and recent loss of her 14 year old dog Sasha. Crystle worked for Firestone Polymers in Orange, TX for 22 years and recently took a position with DuPont in LaPorte, TX. She was a loyal friend to those close to her. Crystle loved her family and was very close to her mother and father. She was looking forward to a life changing move in the Houston area to be closer to her daughter and grandson. Being the animal lover that she was, Crystle was known to take in strays and donated to multiple local animal organizations. She loved to travel, eat out and spend time with her two dogs, Sadie and Mabel. Her radiant spirit will forever live on in those dear to her. Crystle Rae Wise is survived by her parents Adam Ray and Betty LeBlanc of Bridge City, TX, daughter Jasmine Rae Wise and grandson Ian Ghosh of Houston, TX. In lie of flowers, please make donations to your favorite animal shelter in her name. Funeral services will be 10 AM Friday, November 21, 2014 in the Thompson Memorial Chapel at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves, TX. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 5-8 PM at Clayton Thompson.
The Celebration of Life for Mr. Elvis Lionel Jones, 51, of Port Arthur, TX will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Salem United Methodist Church. Rites of Christian Burial will follow in Magnolia Memorial Gardens under the direction of Sparrow Funeral Home. Visitation will be Saturday from 9:00 until 10:00 a.m. at the church. He died November 14, 2014 at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur, TX. An Orange native, he was a 1982 graduate of West Orange-Stark High School. A U.S. Army Veteran, he also was employed as a Water Treatment Specialist for the City of Orange. He is survived by 1 son, Jonathon Robinson of Beaumont, TX, 1 daughter, Chelsea Robinson of Nacogdoches, TX, 4 brothers, Mark Jones of Fayetteville, NC, David Jones of Killeen, TX, and Steven Jones and Ben Hawthorne, both of Beaumont, 2 sisters, Cathy Shoulders of Beaumont and Terrelle Broussard, both of Port Arthur, and 3 grandchildren.
Paula Veazey Wyatt, 85, of Orange passed away on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Baptist Hospital in Orange. She was born on January 2, 1929 in Pecan Island, Louisiana to parents Elizabeth (Maier) and Numa Veazey. She has been a resident of the Orange area for 78 plus years and was a member of Old First Orange Baptist Church. She was a nurse for many years in the Golden Triangle working at many of the hospitals in the area; which was her true calling as an caregiver, especially doting and loving her grandchildren. Her last place of employment were with Endoscopy Center of Southeast Texas. Paula enjoyed go dancing, reading, cooking and spoiling her dogs. She loved to go to her grandchildren games and supporting them. Paula was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend who will be missed dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, James L. Wyatt; daughter, Linda Wyatt; great grandchild, Evan Maurice Villadsen, sister, Adele Veazey, Stella Fuschak; her twin brother, Paul Veazey; brothers, Lanas Veazey, Amos Veazey. She is survived by her daughters, Molly Truvil of Orange, Ramona Weems and husband, Burke of Beaumont; son, Scott Wyatt and wife, Renee of Orange; grandchildren, Chris Villadsen, Ryan Villadsen, Allison Turner, Mason Weems, Mitchel Wyatt, Marissa Wyatt and Misty Tregre. She is also survived by 10 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. A memorial service will be held by the family on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 2 pm at Old First Orange Baptist Church 7925 Interstate 10 E, Orange, TX 77630. Cremation arrangements were entrust to Dorman Funeral Home.
Mary Agnes Paul, 77, of Orange passed away on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. Mary was born on March 24, 1937 in Gadeaux, Louisiana to parents Euphrazie (Meaux) and Joe Bertrand. She had lived in the Orange area for 55 plus years and prior in Lake Charles. She had work many years at Sunshine Acres in Lake Charles. She enjoyed going dancing, working in her garden and spending to with her family and friends. Mary was a loving mother, aunt, sister, grandmother and friend who will be miss dearly by all. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, William Earl Paul; sister, Anna May Trahan; brother, Eugene Bertrand, Emery Bertrand, Leslie Bertrand, Euel Bertrand, T Joe Bertrand, Lovelace Bertrand. She is survived by her daughter, Cindy Whitney and husband, Donny of Orange; sons, Brain Paul of Orange, Brett Paul of Orange; grandchildren, Gary, Jessica, Kelley, Haley, Malcolm, Gage, Shelby, Luke, Noah, Trey, Mason, Taylor; great grandchildren, Madison, Breyton and one on the way. She is also survived by her sisters, Jane Newman of Lake Charles, Rose Jagneaux of Beaumont and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. A visitation will be held on Friday, November 21, 2014 from 5pm until 9 pm at Dorman Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 2 pm at the funeral home, with Rev. Chad Kidobeaux officiating. Burial will follow at Wilkinson Cemetery in Orange. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.
Brittany Elaine Sheppard, 30, of Orangefield, passed away on November 15, 2014, at her home. Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at First Baptist Church in Orangefield. Officiating will be Reverend Ed Rawls of Silver Oaks Baptist Church in Orangefield. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00pm-9:00pm, Tuesday November 18th, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Brittany was born in Port Arthur, Texas, on May 30, 1984, daughter of Rickey Glenn Sheppard and Denise Diane (VanBenthuysen) Sheppard. Brittany was a member of Silver Oaks Baptist Church. She loved photography, going to the Renaissance Festival, arts and crafts, and especially writing in her daily journals. She enjoyed spending time with children and teaching them. Brittany also had a love of animals, but her favorite animal was her service dog, Watson. She is preceded in death by her grandmother, Jeanette Bullion; great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Austin, Ursula VanBenthuysen, Mr. and Mrs. George Sheppard, and Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Scales. She is survived by her parents, Rickey and Denise Sheppard of Orangefield; grandparents, Doris and Joseph VanBenthuysen of Orangefield, Arthur Glenn Sheppard of Orangefield; step-grandfather, Ronnie Bullion of Orangefield; brother, Scott Sheppard and wife, Sarah of Kingwood; sister, Wyntter Nations and husband, Micah of College Station; nieces, Kaylee, Morgan, and Addyson Sheppard; aunts and uncles, Rod Sheppard and wife, Mary Ann of Beaumont, Todd Sheppard and wife, Cisca of Port Arthur, Joseph William VanBenthuysen III and wife, Jenean of Orangefield, and James Threadgill and wife, Terri of Beaumont; and many cousins.
Keith Slaughter, 60, of Orange, passed away on November 15, 2014, at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. A graveside service will be 1:00pm, Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at Autumn Oaks Cemetery in Orange. Officiating will be his nephew Wesley Smith. Visitation will be at 5:00pm, Tuesday, November 18th, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Wichita Falls, Texas, on November 12, 1954, he was the son of Albert Martin Slaughter and Margaret Elizabeth (Francisco) Slaughter. Keith worked as a truck driver for Montgomery Tank Lines. He was raised in Graham, Texas and graduated from Graham High School in 1973. Keith enjoyed fishing, mowing grass, and working on old cars. He loved to spoil his three dogs, Lily, D. J., and Gracie. He is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Margaret Slaughter; daughter, Mandy Slaughter; and his mother and father-in-law, Choyce and Jacque Brown. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Brenda Slaughter; son, Mike Slaughter of Orange; grandchildren, Nicole Slaughter and Meri Menard; great-granddaughter, Sophie Luckey; sister and brother-in-laws, Nancy and husband, Roland Champagne, Paula Hodge, Sandra and husband, David Smith; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Robert “Bob” Esco Walter, 72, of Moulton and formerly of Orange, passed away on November 14, 2014, at U.T. Southwestern Hospital in Dallas. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Orange. Officiating will be Father Francis Conroy. Entombment will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00pm-9:00 p.m., on Tuesday at the funeral home with a vigil and rosary beginning at 6:30 p.m. Born in Abilene, Texas, on July 8, 1942, he was the son of Leo Basil and Sybil (Robertson) Walter. Robert was a member of the Knights of Columbus and had worked as a chemist at DuPont. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Sybil Walter and is survived by his wife, Josephine Marie Schulte Walter of Moulton; children, Laurie Walter of Moulton, Robert Walter and wife, Meg, of Benton, KY, Deborah Hanus and husband, Larry of Carrollton; grandchildren, Joseph “Joey” Walter, William “Will” Hanus, and Annemarie Hanus; and his brother, Leo Walter of North Richland Hills. Serving as pallbearers will be Joey Walter, Will Hanus, Bob Rapp, Butch Schulte, Buddy Schulte, George Thompson, Larry Hanus and Randy Schulte. The Knights of Columbus will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Ruth “Bootsie” Mae Walker, 88, of Bridge City, passed away on November 15, 2014, surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. The funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Officiating will be Pastor Mark Bunch of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Bridge City. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Born in Silsbee, Texas, on November 5, 1926, she was the daughter of William Manning and Margaret Ann (McLanathan) Zeagler. She was a very accomplished homemaker who was able to turn any situation into a positive one. Becoming a talented cook, seamstress, master quilter and gardener were a few of her many accomplishments. She was also the owner and operator of the Gulf cafeteria; studied and worked as a travel agent at Jack Tarr and was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Margaret Zeagler; and her husband of 58 years, Bobby Joe Walker. She is survived by her children, Richard Walker and wife, Linda of Bridge City, Judy Hymel and husband, Kenneth of Bellville, Bobbie Lemoine and husband, A J. of Port Arthur, and Becky Jones of Beaumont; seven grandchildren; two step-granddaughters; and nine great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Opal Hogan of Kirbyville and Nita Colleps and husband, Dale of Beaumont; sister-in-law, Kate Russell of Beaumont and numerous nieces and nephews. Serving as pallbearers will be Richard Walker, Judy Hymel, Bobbie Lemoine, A.J. Lemoine, Jr., Bryson Brittain and Peter Wisniewski. Honorary pallbearers are Dale Colleps, Roger Hogan and Ken Hymel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1155 W Roundbunch Rd, Bridge City, TX 776911. The family would like to thank, Dr. Satir, Dr. Daniel Harris, the nurses of Harbor Hospice, especially, Ray, Jackie, Annette and Judy. Also, this journey would not be complete if not for the love and support of Linda Walker and A.J. Lemoine, Jr.
Pauline Little Soape, 74, a long time Vinton resident, passed away peacefully on November 15, after a gradual decline in health. A native of Hackberry, Pauline attended various schools throughout the South and Southwest United States as her family moved for her father’s work in the oilfield before graduating from LaGrange High School in Lake Charles. Pauline participated in high school rodeo and was crowned Louisiana High School Rodeo Queen in 1956. Pauline was a loving mother, grandmother and friend, who loved to dance. She was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church. Pauline worked various jobs through the years including hair dresser, bus driver, pony rider, convenience store clerk and construction worker. Pauline enjoyed several hobbies and spent many years supporting her children by volunteering at school and assisting with various activities including rodeo and 4-H. Pauline loved to visit with family, friends and everyone else she met, as she never met a stranger. She was preceded in death by husband Don Soape; son Casey L. Soape; and parents Zephrine “Zero” and Ruby Little. She is survived by son George Soape; daughters Paula Soape Thompson, and husband Bill, and Wendy Soape; grandchildren Casey A. Soape, Annabelle Thompson, Layla Soape and Mia Thompson; sister Patsy and husband Robert L. Trahan, Jr.; brothers Jerry Little and wife Judi and William “Billy Bob” Little and wife Connie; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation will be held from 4:00pm to 8:00pm Monday, November 17, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange with a funeral service on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, officiated by Pastor Rob Tibbits of Crossroads Baptist Church in Vinton, Louisiana, at 2:00pm A graveside service will be at 11:00 am, on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at Old Center Cemetery in Center, Texas.
The Celebration of Life for Mr. Danny Kirk Mathews, 63, of Orange will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. during Memorial Services at Sparrow Funeral Home. He died Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at Orange Villa Nursing Home. A native of Beaumont, TX, he lived in Orange most of his life, attended Texas Southern University and was a member of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church. He is survived by one daughter, Jessica Franks of Orange, his mother, Ida B. Mathews of Orange, one brother, Timothy Mathews of Dallas, TX, three sisters, Sally Davis of Dallas, Joyce Helm and Ida Annette Collins , both of Orange, and 3 grandchildren.
Maxie "Burlene" Risinger was promoted to heaven on November 14, 2014 at age 77. A celebration of her life will be held at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange, Texas, Monday, November 17th at 10:00 a.m., with a graveside service following at 3:00 p.m. at Dunnigan Cemetery, located on FM 2261 in Patroon, Texas (Shelby County). Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 Sunday, November 16th at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. She was born in San Augustine County on March 26, 1937 to Clarence and Lera Parker and was raised in the Norwood community of east Texas. She loved to sew and crochet when she was younger but her favorite hobby was always fishing. She owned and operated McLewis Grocery from 1981-1992. Most of her life was spent as a homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother and great- grandmother. She took joy in taking care of her husband and family and will be missed terribly by them all. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Marlon Risinger, daughter, Lequita Hoffpauir and husband, Jeff, son, Dr. Ronald K. Risinger and wife, Lynn, sister, Faye Hopkins, 7 grandchildren, Jason Ballard, Amy Gaither, Chelsea Legate, Katie Martin, Dane Risinger, Logan Risinger, and Brittney Bourque. She was blessed to also have 9 great-grandchildren who loved their MawMaw, and numerous other family members and friends. Serving as pallbearers will be Jeff Hoffpauir, Jason Ballard, Dane Risinger, Logan Risinger, Mike Risinger, and Randy Risinger.

Velma Marie Dement, 82, of Mauriceville passed away on Friday, November 14, 2014 at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. She was born on July 19, 1932 in Newton County, Texas to parents Martha Vincent (Levine) and Jim Frank Hutson. She had lived in the Mauriceville area for the last 25 years; prior in Hartburg. She was of the Pentecostal Faith. Velma loved spending time with her family; she will be missed dearly by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald W. Dement; sister, Dorothy Seaman; brothers, Willie Hutson, Leroy Hutson, Melvin Hutson; grandsons, Ricky Powell and Bryan Powell. Velma is survived by her daughters, Brenda Weeks and husband, Thomas of Buna, Vickie Powell and husband, J.E. of Mauriceville; grandchild, Michael Powell and wife, Pam; great grandchildren, Bryce Freeman, Kaylyn Powell, Laine Powell. A visitation will be held on Monday, November 17, 2014 from 5 pm until 9 pm at Dorman Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 10 am at the funeral home, with Rev. Lee Everhart officiating. Burial will follow at Sycamore Cemetery in Burkeville, Texas. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com

Mrs. Jean Atkinson Speer, 85, died at her home in Hot Springs Village, AR on Sunday November 9, 2014. She was born in Melder, LA on October 4, 1929. She was a graduate of Northwestern Louisiana State University and taught home economics in Jefferson and Orange Counties, Texas for 41 years. She was a certified home economist. She was a member of the Akansa Chapter of NSDAR; U.S. Daughters of the War of 1812; and Docencia and Garland County Extension Homemakers. She is survived by her husband, John Speer of Hot Springs Village, AR; one daughter, Linda Marshall Cockrell and husband Fletcher of Hot Springs Village; one granddaughter, Lane Dickey and husband Major Christopher Dickey of Columbia, South Carolina and three great grandchildren, Joel and Hannah Dickey of Columbia, South Carolina and Blake Colby of Vass, North Carolina; and a number of nieces and nephews, one great niece and two great-great nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Janie Sanders and Willie Gulf Atkinson of Forest Hill, LA; one sister, Es Atkinson Tilley and husband Clyde “Buddy” of Alexandria, LA; two brothers, H. Loyd Atkinson and wife Willie Mae and Cecil F Atkinson and wife Gladys all of Forest Hill, LA: one grandson, Brian Colby of Hot Springs Village, AR; and one nephew. There will be no memorial service. The family requests memorials be made to the charity of your choice.Guests may register at www.caruth-hale.com
Leslie Carlton Jones, 76, of Orange passed away on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. He was born on November 10, 1938 in Beaumont, Texas to parents Opal Charlene (Frey) and Thomas Jefferson Jones. He had lived in the Orange area since 1960 and was a member of North Orange Baptist Church. He was a veteran serving his country in the US Air Force. Leslie was in law enforcement for many years; Orange Police Department for twenty eight and one-half years, Orange County Sheriff Office and security office for US Marshall Service in Beaumont. He was an avid golfer; going with his friends or watching it on TV and also enjoyed going fishing and hunting. He was very active in his community; volunteer at Shangri La, past president of the Lutcher Theater Guild; worked with his church group NOBS and he was a master gardener. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Jefferson Jones; mother, Opal Charlene Frey Jones Droptini, step father, Andrew Droptini Sr.; sister, Betty Joyce Heathcock; brothers, Thomas James Jones, Bobby Gerald Jones, Wesley Ernest Jones and great granddaughter, Bristol Perry. Leslie is survived by his wife of 53 years, Bette Ann Jones of Orange; daughter, Deborah Kay Hardy and husband, Ed of Clear Lake; son, David Carlton Jones and wife, Amber of Orange; sisters, Geneva Ann Amy, Carolyn Jane Modica and husband, PJ both of Beaumont; step brothers, Andrew Droptini Jr. and wife, Jan of Beaumont, Jerry Droptini and wife, Janice of Leander, Johnny Droptini and wife, Janet of Beaumont. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Lauren Jones, Stephen Hardy, Kaitlyn Jones and fiancée, Blake Perry, Keaton Jones, Kinley Jones; great grandchild, Brody Perry; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A visitation will be held on Sunday, November 16, 2014 from 5 pm until 9 pm at Dorman Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 10 am at North Orange Baptist Church, with Rev. Lynn Ashcraft and Rev. Scott McIntosh officiating. Entombment will follow at Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in Orange. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.
James Daniel Williams, 50, passed away at his home in Lumberton on November 11, 2014. Danny was born on November 10, 1964, to his parents, James Ronnie Williams and Carolyn Elaine Jennings in Pensacola, Florida. As a high schooler Danny was a track and football athlete. The Dallas Cowboys were the team he cheered for. He worked for Tay-Burn Industries in Vidor as a cabinet maker. Sunday barbecues had him as master chef at the grill. He would serve the best steaks, ribs, fried turkeys and much more. The game of horseshoes brought out Danny’s competitive side. He pretty much lived and breathed fishing. He loved eating his Mom’s nut cake and red velvet cake and his Mother-in-law’s apple pie. Danny was a good Dad and wonderful Pop who will be greatly missed. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife and best friend, Wendy Jean Williams of Lumberton; daughter, Angie Harwell of Lumberton; sons, Cody Williams of Lumberton, Joshua Harwell of Lumberton, Josh Mumpower of Virginia, and Dustin Harwell of Lumberton; six grandchildren; sister, Denise Cook Robertson; brothers, Cash Williams and Jake Williams, both of Florida; and mother-in-law, Betty Sanders. Preceding him in death was his father, Ronnie Williams. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at Lumberton Family Funeral Home with his life honoring service following at 12:00 noon. Burial will follow in Leatherwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Cody Williams, Dustin Harwell, Josh Harwell, James Honea, David Lee Allen and Bo Carmichael. Please visit lumbertonfamily.com to view Danny’s personal tribute page.
Clifford "Cliff" Joseph Benoit, 71, of Hemphill, died Monday evening at his home in the El Camino Bay community near Hemphill. Cliff was born in Port Neches, Texas, to Clifford and Edith Broussard Benoit. He worked as an electrical instrumentation engineer for INE. Cliff moved to Hemphill 21 years ago from Bridge City after retiring. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Littleton Fowler Lodge #305 in Hemphill. Cliff had served in the U.S. Air Force and always had a love for music, playing in several bands throughout his life. Cliff is survived by his wife of 41 years Regina "Dollie" Ellender Benoit of Hemphill, his son Vance "Bubba" Benoit of Utah, his daughters; Anna Lisa Hughes of Mauriceville, Shannon Willis of Lake Charles, LA, Angela Swanson of Los Angles, CA, his brother Courtney Benoit of Nederland, his sister Gloria Bean of Alabama, seven grandchildren, one great grandchild, and his uncle Anthanase "Junior" Benoit of Bridge City. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Rodney Benoit. Visitation will be from 6:00PM until 9:00PM, Wednesday, November 12, 2014, in the Starr Funeral Home, 510 Starr St., Hemphill, Texas. Funeral services will be at 11:00AM, Thursday, November 13, 2014, in the Starr Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation will follow services under the direction of Starr Funeral Home.
Thomas Elzie Ladner, 67, of Fairmount, passed from this life surrounded by his loving family Thursday morning in the Hospice In The Pines facility at Lufkin Memorial Hospital. He was born in Hemphill to Elzie Nathaniel and Madie Love Ladner. Thomas has lived in the Fairmount community all his life and was owner-operator of C & L Construction Company. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of the Fairdale Baptist Church in Fairmount. Thomas is survived by his daughter Rachel Perimon and her husband Heath of Hemphill, his grandson Holden Perimon of Hemphill, his step-son Wes Leone and his wife Brandi of Hemphill, his sisters; Reba Williams and her husband Maurice of Newton, Leona Warden of Roganville, Clarene Anderson and her husband John of Pt. Neches, Mary Shores and her husband Freddy of Newton, special friend JoAnn Flowers and her daughter Rayne of Hemphill. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Katie Smith, brother-in-laws Harold Smith and J.D. Warden. Visitation will be from 5:00PM until 9:00PM, Friday, November 14, 2014, in the Starr Funeral Home, 510 Starr St., Hemphill, Texas. Funeral services will be at 2:00PM, Saturday, November 15, 2014, in the Fairdale Baptist Church, Fairmount, Texas. Burial will follow in the Mt. Sinai Cemetery in Fairmount.
Mary Ann Bland, 88, of Orange, passed from this life on Friday, November 7, 2014 at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas in Orange. Born on October 29, 1926 in Orange, Texas to her parents, Joseph Stanton Ellis and Addie Belle (Mosier) Ellis, she was a lifelong resident of the Orange area, she was a member of the East Congregation of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Orange and a Homemaker. Mrs. Bland enjoyed crafting, ceramics, working in the Christian ministry, visiting with friends and playing cards and games. Affectionately known as Blossom among her friends, she enjoyed wearing hats with flowers upon them. She will be remembered for her sense of humor and her upbeat charm. Mrs. Bland is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; Jefferson Davis “ Bo “ Bland, Jr.; her son, James Davis Bland; her great granddaughter, Taryn Elle Jones and numerous brothers and sisters. Those who will most cherish her memory are her daughter, Judy van der Stucken and husband, Rick of Orange; her sons, Dale Wayne Bland of Orange and Von Bland of Mauriceville; her sister, Violet Self of Mauriceville; her grandchildren, Haley Bland, Christopher Bland, Jared Bland, Robyn Michelle, Dawn Echols, Michelle Brooks, Michael Maggio, Dominique Vincent, Jeffrey Bland, Lauren Britnell and Lindsey Bishop; her great grandchildren, Hayden, Coleman, Reagan, Kye, Asher, Destiny, Cole, Tuscan and Mia. Mrs. Bland is also survived by numerous members of her extended family and friends. Services to remember and honor Mrs. Bland’s life will be at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, November 15, 2014 in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Conducting the services will be Elder Robert Hearne with the East Congregation of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Orange. Rites of Committal and Interment will follow services, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband at the Bland Cemetery in Orange. A gathering of family and friends for a time of reflection will be from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed for the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.
Long-time resident of Orange, Texas Jewell Hamilton died November 9, 2014 at age 96, surrounded by loving family at her daughter’s home in Blanco, Texas, where she has lived the past few years. Jewell spent most of her adult life in Orange, Texas, and was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church in Orange. Creasy Jewell Fortenberry Hamilton was born September 13, 1918 in Cherokee Community, Tyler County, Texas to Markus Laffett Fortenberry and Cora Weeks Fortenberry. Jewell grew up in the Campground Community of Tyler County, Texas near Woodville, Texas. She attended Kirby High School in Woodville, Texas and graduated in 1937. Jewell was the captain of her high school basketball team and had lifelong enjoyment in watching her children and grandchildren play sports. After high school Jewell went to work for the Telephone Company in Woodville and continued to work for AT&T Bell and later Southwest Bell for 38 years without losing one day for sickness. In 1940 Jewell transferred to Beaumont, Texas with the phone company where she met and married G. D. Hamilton, Jr. June 8, 1941 in Port Arthur, Texas. G. D. Hamilton worked for Humble Oil Company and they moved to Donaldsonville, Louisiana in 1943 and later to Mississippi for a short time. In 1945 they moved back to Woodville, Texas where they lived until 1951. At that time they moved to Fort Worth, Texas where Jewell continued to work for the phone company and G. D. worked on the B52 Bomber. In 1953 the family moved to Orange, Texas where Jewell raised her family until moving to Blanco, Texas in 2010. As grandchildren entered the family, and G. D. passed away in 1965, Jewell became known as “Granny” to her family and friends. Granny’s house was the place to gather for holidays and special events but also the daily hangout after school for grandkids and their friends because of the unconditional love she gave. Granny loved to bake and make cookies, cakes, pies, and all kinds of sweets. Over the years the grandkids, great grandkids, and all their friends continued to stop by after school for sweets and the special hug and smile from Granny. Granny had a way of making everyone feel as if they had their own special place in her heart. The friends became additional members of Granny’s family. Granny remembered everyone’s birthday or anniversary and never forgot to send cards for those events. Even during the last few days of her life on this earth, she was still directing others to be sure and send cards for three upcoming birthdays because she did not want them arriving late. Her advice and direction to all of us was to “stay together and love each other”. When her grandson, Tim, asked her what she wanted to tell all of us at her service, she said that she wanted us to know that she loved us all. Jewell was preceded in death by her parents Mark and Cora Fortenberry, her husband G. D. Hamilton, Jr., her grandson Gerald Duwane Hamilton, her sister Edith Fortenberry Shepherd, and her brothers John William, Floyd, Winfred, M.L., Jr, and Ernest Fortenberry. Jewell is survived by a host of friends, cousins, nephews, nieces, one sister-in-law, and her children Betty Jane Hamilton Nance and husband Donald Nance, Barbara Ann Hamilton Dufner and husband Howard Dufner, Edward D. Hamilton and wife Christine Hamilton, Kenneth Ray Hamilton, Sr. and wife Sharon Hamilton, and Billy Mack Hamilton and wife Dolores Hamilton. Also her grandchildren Tim Nance and wife Lisa Nance, Gary Nance and wife Michelle Nance, Dean Nance and wife Miranda Nance, Michael Parrish, Jeff Parrish, Jack Parrish, Jill Parrish Shores and husband Todd Shores, Corey Hamilton Kilgore and husband Gary Kilgore, Anna Hamilton Montgomery and husband Monty Montgomery, Leah Hamilton Stewart and husband Sinasi Stewart, Edee Hamilton Formell and husband Edward Formell, Kenny Hamilton, Jr and wife Sawitree Hamilton, Becky Hamilton Longron and husband Todd Longron, Jennifer Sims and Michelle Sims, Clay Sims and wife Jennifer, Mark Hamilton, Monica Vallejo and husband Alex Vallejo, Jody Rhodes and husband Scott Rhodes and honorary grandchildren Hunter Hancock, Lauren Parrish and friend Pasty Duncan. Great grandchildren Callie Jane Nance, Bret Leigh Nance, Avery Nance, Mason Nance, Madison Nance, Zyle Nance, Caleb Nance, Preston Nance, Olivia Ryan, Mallori Parrish, Alex Parrish and wife Melanie Benoit-Parrish, Justyn Parrish and wife Mindy Parrish, Lane Frillou, Wesley Frillou, Taylor Frillou, Jack Kilgore, Sam Kilgore, Easton Hathaway, Nicki Hathaway, Chloe Jewell Stewart, Austyn Stewart, Ava Formell, Blake Hamilton, Derek Hamilton, Macy Hamilton, Madelyn Hamilton, Gus Longron, Cooper Longron, Colt Longron, Mia Vallejo, Sophia Vallejo, Jett Sims, Max Sims, Owen Sims, Cash Sims, Jamie Rhodes, Jeremy Rhodes, Zach Shores, Jessica Mansfield and husband Cliff Mansfield, Josh Shores, and Levi Shores. Great Great Grandchildren Hudsyn Hamilton, Carson Hamilton, Knox Mansfield and Lucy Mansfield. Pallbearers: All of Granny’s Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, and Great Great Grandchildren are designated as pallbearers. Several family members will represent the family in this function. Services for Creasy Jewell Hamilton: Saturday, November 15, 2014, Riley Funeral Home, 913 US Hwy 190 West, Woodville, Texas 75979. We will celebrate her life beginning with visitation from 9:00 - 11:00 am followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am. Burial will follow at Campground Cemetery on Hwy 256 Woodville Texas.
 
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