Obituaries
Laura Alice Hughes Clary, 93, died at home in Orange, TX. February 23, 2015 surrounded by her family. She was born in Taylor, AR July 21, 1921. She was preceded in death by her parents George H. Hughes and Celia Elizabeth Boyette Hughes, her husband of 62 years Robert M. “Bob” Clary, her son George Brian Clary, and 10 brothers and sisters. Survivors are her sons and daughters-in-law Thomas Everett and Ava Clary, Robert David and Donna Clary, and daughter and son-in-law Julie Michelle Clary Ford and husband David; 7 grandchildren Amy Clary McIlwain and her husband Randy, Christina Ford Eddy and her husband Kyle, Grant Ford and his wife Cristen, Kevin Ford and his fiancé Sara Benson, Alison Clary, Alexia Clary, and Madison Clary; and 5 great-grandchildren Cameron McIlwain, Hannah Eddy, Colton McIlwain, Emma Eddy, and Carson McIlwain. She is also survived by sister-in-law Roberta Clary and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Thursday 5-8 PM at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange, Texas. Services will be at Friday 2 PM at Claybar Funeral Home with the Reverend J.B. Prouse and Chaplain Kevin Trinkle officiating. Following services, burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Bridge City. Pallbearers will be Grant Ford, Kevin Ford, Randy McIlwain, Kyle Eddy, Wellman Richards, and Bubba Simpson. Honorary Pallbearers will be nephews Lowell Hudnall and Jimmy Hughes, friend Nancy Mericle, and Laura’s granddaughters. Laura was a founding member of Drake Memorial Presbyterian Church which she loved dearly along with her Bible Study class. As long as health permitted, she attended both regularly. She was one of the founders and co-owners of Orange Shipbuilding Co. Inc. She was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan, loved watching the Astros, a wonderful cook but by far an exceptional Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. The compliment we heard most often was what a sweet, beautiful lady she was. A special thank you to her caregivers, Nancy Mericle, Carol Haynes, and Rita Dalrymple. Also special thanks to Dr. David Cox and Gentiva Hospice for their outstanding and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Drake Memorial Presbyterian Church, 4647 16th St. Orange, TX 77632 or the charity of your choice.
Ruth Stevens Fournier, 94, of Bridge City, passed away on February 23, 2015, at Sabine House in Orange. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, February 26, 2015, at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Bridge City. Officiating will be Reverend Mark Bunch, Reverend Stephanie Hughes, and Brother Adam Nimitz. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 25th at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Born in Webster County, Nebraska, on December 19, 1920, she was the daughter of Reverend Frederick H. Stevens and Dollie A. Stevens. Ruth was a member of the United Methodist Women and St. Paul United Methodist Church. She was a substitute teacher for Bridge City ISD and enjoyed playing bridge and singing. Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, Reverend Frederick and Dollie Stevens; husband, Raymond Edward Fournier; son, Steven Edward Fournier; and grandsons, Steven Kea and Jacob Halliburton. She is survived by her children, Shirley Maynor and husband, Bill of Cotton Valley, Louisiana, Faye Harrington and husband, John of Bridge City, Patricia Davis of South Haven, Mississippi, Phyllis Nimitz and husband, Kolter of Grapeland, Texas, Paul Fournier and wife, Barbara of Delta, Ohio, and Sarah Halliburton of Bridge City; grandchildren, Susan Mayor, Sharon Frith, Michael Maynor, Claudia Smith, Adam Nimitz, Natalie Klebek, Barron Nimitz, Reverend Stephanie Hughes, Lisa Rutherford, Ginger Hadar, Jeff Harrington, Jody Keddy, Joey Halliburton, Jared Halliburton, and Patrick Halliburton; twenty-three great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, Ethel Richert, Phyllis Sims, Barbara Walker, and Rosemary Barr. Serving as pallbearers will be Mike Maynor, Will Frith, Barry Smith, Barron Nimitz, Adam Nimitz, Dan Klebek, Maac Hughes, Jeff Harrington, Logan Conner, Joey Halliburton, Jared Halliburton, Patrick Halliburton, and Kenneth Pulliam.
Margie Fay Blacksher Haley, 78, of Orange passed away on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. Margie was a lifelong resident of Orange; born on February 26, 1936 to parents Hazel (Hoffpauir) and Shelby Mulhollan. She was a member of Church of Christ of Vidor. Margie enjoyed doing her Bible studies and was a member of Garden Club for many years. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Margie was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend who will be missed dearly. She is preceded by her parents, Shelby and Hazel Mulhollan; husband, Billy Ray Haley; great grandchild, Danielle Miller; sister, Betty Ward. Margie is survived by her children, Judy Longron and husband, Todd Sr. of Orange, Robert Blacksher Sr. of Orange, Sheri Broussard and husband, Davin of Orangefield, Joe Blacksher Sr. and wife, Pam of Silsbee, Kirk Blacksher, wife, Tinna of Hamshire; siblings, Tommy Mulhollan and wife, Joan of Call, Patsy Zoch of Orange, Glenda Duhon and husband, Will of Bridge City, Becky Venable of Orange, Debbie Myers, and husband, Roland of Orangefield, David Mulhollan and wife, Ella of Orange. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Todd Longron Jr. and wife, Becky, Misty Bellard and husband, Micheal, Robert Blacksher Jr. and wife, Joy, Patricia Blacksher, Christie Spell and husband, Ronnie, Cory Broussard and wife, Dawn, Joe Blacksher Jr. and wife, Sarah, Crystal Parker and husband, Wes, Scott Kay, Taylor Kay and wife, Chelsea, West Kay, Natasha Blacksher; great grandchildren, Gus, Coop, Colt, Dayne, Laney, Gilbert, Dyllan, Desiree, Dalyn, Aaliyah, Crissa, Ashtin, Chase, Sarah Jo, Preston, Laura Ann, Hunter, Aliva, Ashton and Kadince, and numerous nieces and nephews. A gathering of family and friend will be held on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 5 pm until 9 pm at Dorman Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 2 pm at the funeral home, with Mark Ellgrendre officiating. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn in West Orange. Honoring Margie as pallbearers will be Kirk Blacksher, Joe Blacksher Jr., Robert Blacksher Jr., Cory Broussard, Micheal Bellard and Darren Duhon. Honorary pallbearers are Todd Longron Jr., Davin Broussard, Todd Longron Sr., Joe Blacksher Sr. and Robert Blacksher Sr.
Nora Juanita Schlicher, 88, of Orange passed away on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. She was born on November 26, 1926 in Orangefield, Texas to parents Clara (Boudreaux) and Lawrence Sittig. She had lived most of her life in the Orangefield area and was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church of Orange. Juanita enjoyed reading and spending time with her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Garret Schlicher Sr.; son, Lawrence Garret Schlicher Jr.; sister, Alva Sittig Osbon; brother, Lloyd Sittig. Juanita is survived by her grandchildren, Deke Schlicher of Houston, Francene Cole and husband, Matthew of Virginia; daughter in law, Debbie Schlicher of Orange; great grandchildren, Dean Edwin Schlicher, Jeanna Robin Schlicher, Paris Schlicher, Megan Elizabeth Cole, Jackson Edward Cole. She is also survived by her special friends and adopted family, Michael and Linda Duhon of Orange, Mary Ann and Garland Underwood of White Oaks, Tommy and Samantha Lowe of Orange. A funeral service will be held on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 2 pm at Dorman Funeral Home, with a gathering of family and friends from 12 noon until service time at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Garden near Bridge City.
Mary Sue Allen, 66, of Orange, passed away on February 15, 2015, at her home. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at Haven of Rest Cemetery near China, TX. She is survived by her boyfriend, Barry Wiggins; daughter, Tammy Sue Schwartz; and her grandchildren, Taylor Schwartz, Chris Schwartz and Thomas Schwartz.
Gerald Miller, 63, of Orange, died Friday, February 20, 2015, at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 23, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City with Father Kevin Badeaux officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Born on September 2, 1951, in Port Neches, Texas, Gerald was the son of Joseph Miller and Leviana Mae Labove Miller. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a crane operator with Gerdau Ameristeel in Rose City. He enjoyed salt water fishing and playing pool. For the past three years, he has been playing Dark Orbit, a video game played with people from all over the world and was known as Papa Bear by the other gamers. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mae Miller; brother, Charles Miller and sister, Bernice Nelams Andrews. He is survived by his wife, Rita Miller; daughters and sons-in-law, Stacy and John Head, Melissa and Rodney Stevens, Tania and Tim Webb and Leslie Rodgers. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Blake Perry, Madison Head, J.J. Blankenship, Clay Blankenship, Felisha Blankenship, Chrystal Miller, Courtney Webb, Jacob Webb, Dax Rodgers, Lanie Rodgers; great grandchildren, Brayden Jateff, Rayleigh Miller and his brother, Jimmy Nelams. Serving as pallbearers will be Gurvis Oswalt, Brance Revere, Blake Perry, Rick Stalls, Daniel Johnson and Jareb Logan. Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Parker, Buford Nunnaly and Ewel Shelley.
Laura Sue Donnaud, 85, of Little Cypress, died Friday, February 20, 2015, at Mid Jeff Extended Care in Nederland. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 25, 2015, in the chapel of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Burial will follow in Wilkinson Cemetery in Little Cypress. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Born in Buna on December 24, 1929, Sue was the last surviving child of Thomas H. and Clora (Furlough) Nation. A registered nurse, Sue was a long time shift supervisor at Baptist Hospital in Orange, retiring after 34 years of service and she was a member of the Salvation Army Church in Orange. Sue was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ray J. Donnaud; granddaughter, Danielle Huggins and her sisters and brothers. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Mack Smith of Little Cypress; sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Charlotte Donnaud of Orange, Thomas and Nancy Donnaud of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, Michael and Cheryl Donnaud of Little Cypress. Also surviving are her grandchildren and their spouses, Meredith and Pat Seay, Melinda and Jason Gipson, Micah and Becky Smith, Walker and Kaycie Donnaud, Kerri and Robert Arrington, Allison Ward, Brandi and Clint Beard, Travis and Mandy Donnaud, Mary and Mike Hesson; 18 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Serving as pallbearers will be Robert Arrington, Jason Gipson, Walker Donnaud, Micah Smith, Garrett Morrell, Grant Morrell and Travis Donnaud. Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Burnaman, James S. Donnaud and her great grandsons.
The Celebration of Life for Mrs. Doris Jackson, 93, of Vinton, LA will be Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Rites of Christian Burial will follow in Hollywood Community Cemetery under the direction of Sparrow Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10 until 11:00 a.m. at the church. She died February 13, 2015 at Harbor Hospice in Lake Charles, LA. A native of Downsville, LA, she resided in Vinton 15 years. She was a member of the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. She is survived by one son, Donzell Jackson of Fairfax Station, VA, two daughters, Doris Stephens of Chicago, IL, and Delores Bell of Vinton, one sister, Faye Ola Bailey of San Leandro, CA, 8 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.
Janice M. Wilkinson, 78, of Orangefield, passed away on February 19, 2015, at Oakwood Manor in Vidor. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 22, 2015, at First Baptist Church in Orangefield with Bro. Cody Hogden, pastor, officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Born in Hermitage, Arkansas, on May 10, 1936, she was the daughter of Rufus Russell Wallace and Ona (St. John) Lyons. Janice was a small business owner. She owned a beauty salon and later in life owned Hunter Creek Grocery store on Hwy 1442 for overs 20 years. Janice was a member of First Baptist Church in Orangefield. She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert M. “Bob” Wilkinson; mother, Ona Lyons; and father and step-mother, R.R. and Betty Wallace. She is survived by her children, Milton R. Williams and wife, Martha, of Orange and Michal Williams and wife, Laura, of Orange; grandchildren, Chris Williams and wife, Emily, Greg Williams and wife, Channah, Shane Williams, Cheyenne Williams, and Kacie Kressman and husband, Kyle; twelve great-grandchildren; brother, Jack Wallace and wife, Jane, of Crossett, Arkansas; and her sisters, Patty Baugh and husband, Don, of Clear Lake, Linda Totty and husband, Don, of Baytown; numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Cremation is under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home.
Sheryl Lynn Rowe, 64, of Bridge City, passed away on February 18, 2015, at Christus St. Elizabeth in Beaumont. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 21, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Reverend Harry Davis will be officiating. Inurnment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Born in Nacogdoches, Texas, on October 8, 1950, she was the daughter of Glenn Eugene Hill, Sr. and Eloise (Yates) Hill. Sheryl loved to read, do puzzles, play games, cook, and to be in the water. But most of all she loved to spend time with her grandchildren. She was kind, charitable, and generous woman. Sheryl will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She is preceded in death by her parents, Gene and Eloise Hill and her husband, Timothy Ray Rowe. She is survived by her children, Manda Rowe of Nacogdoches, Laurie Maxfield and husband, Ricky of Bridge City, and Michael Rowe and wife, Jennifer of Bridge City; grandchildren, Madison Rowe and Bailey Rowe; siblings, Glenn Hill and wife, Valerie of Lubbock and Carol Smith Yeatts and husband, Gordon of Houston; brother and sisters-in-law, James Rowe, Sharon Belk and husband, Richard, Martha Rowe, Steve Goodwin; and her beloved dog, Zeus. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the favorite charity of your choice.
Ralph Charles Hogan Jr., 68, of Orange passed away on Tuesday, February 18, 2015 at Pinehurst Nursing Home in Orange. Ralph was born on January 13, 1947 in Lake Charles, Louisiana to mother, Burneat Eve (Taylor) Paul and father, Ralph Charles Hogan Sr. He had lived most of his life in Orange, was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and had graduated from St. Mary's School. Ralph served his country during the Vietnam War in the Navy. Ralph enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson and tinkering with his trucks and cars. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Ralph was a loving father, son, grandfather, brother, and friend who will be missed dearly. He is preceded in death by his wife, Cathy J. Hogan; sister, Burneat E. Cooper. Ralph is survived by his sons, Lewis Hogan and wife, Dominque of Orange, TX, Dustin Hogan of Orange, TX; mother, Burneat Eve Paul and husband, James of Orange, TX; father, Ralph Charles Hogan Sr. of Duson, LA; sisters, Beth Wheeler and husband, Kenneth of Orange, TX, Judy Paul Books and husband, Barry of Austin, TX, Janice Hogan of Branch, LA, Nancy Mitchell and husband, Thomas of Tarboro, NC; brothers, James H. Paul and wife, Jo Ann of Mebane, NC; Michael Hogan of Lafayette, LA, Mitchell Hogan of Duson, LA, Tommy Hogan and wife, Gina of Duson, LA, Charlie Hogan and wife, Lizabeth of Orange, TX. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Olivia Hogan, Dalton Hogan; dear friends, Shan and Bonnie Stewart of Houston, TX and numerous nieces and nephews. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2015 from 6 pm until 9 pm and Friday, February 20, 2015 from 5 pm until 9 pm at Dorman Funeral Home. A Rosary will be recited at 7 pm on Friday, February 20, 2015 at the funeral home. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Dorman Funeral Home.
Capitola “Cap” Ball, 94, of Orange, died February 17, 2015, at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 21, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend K. Ray McDowell, pastor of Orange First Church of the Nazarene. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service. Born in Loretta, Tennessee, on October 27, 1920, she was the daughter of Joseph Delmar Cole and Zella (Alvis) Cole. She worked as a cook in various school cafeterias, was a member of Orange First Church of the Nazarene and had volunteered for over 20 years with Orange Christian Services. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Cleon Clifford Ball; sons, Clifford Ball and Donald Ball; and all of her brothers and sisters. She is survived by five grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, and her church family at Orange First Church of the Nazarene.
David N. O’Neal, 92, of Orange, passed away on February 17, 2015, at his home. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 21, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Visitation will be from 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Friday, February 20th at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Old Fort, Tennessee, on October 13, 1922, he was the son of Samuel Houston O’Neal and Ellen Leona Curbo O’Neal. David served in the U.S. Army and worked as a machinist, welder, and mechanic at Crumplers Machine Shop. He attended Canaan Primative Baptist Church, the VFW, and the NRA. He loved square dancing and was a member of the Merry Mixers and he was a volunteer at Orange Baptist Hospital. David was very kind and giving man who used his skills to help out neighbors with any and all handy man needs. He is preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Houston and Ellen O’Neal; first wife, Bonnie Jean Wallingford; second wife, Josie Pearl Weaver; son, Charles R. O’Neal; and his brother, Clyde Victory O’Neal. He is survived by his son, David Richard O’Neal; grandchildren, Bonnie O’Neal Montague, Jessica O’Neal, Shawn O’Neal, Carrie O’Neal Smith, and David O’Neal; six great-grandchildren; brother, Charles Melvin O’Neal; and his sister, Ruby Leona Stewart.
Joe Edd Warren, 57, of Vidor, passed away on February 15, 2015, at his home. Born in Kirbyville, Texas, on October 27, 1957, he was the son of Raymond Lee Moore, Sr. and Barbara Jean Roff Warren Moore. Joe was a simple country boy who loved the simple country life. He graduated from Orangefield High School in 1977. Joe was the owner of Budget Transmission. He loved to read, listen to music, and watch Nascar. He is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Moore, Sr. and Barbara Moore; brother, Randy Warren; and his sisters, Charlotte Miller and Sharon Laurie. He is survived by his children, Shanna Jolinda Warrren of Tennessee and Brandon Reaux of Bridge City; grandchildren, Devin Reaux, Teagen and Marion Champagne and Zachrey Callahan; his longtime friend, Chris Haley; brothers, Raymond Lee Moore, Jr., Willie Moore, Christopher Moore, Wayne Warren, Vernon Warren and wife, Robyn, Pernell Moore, Billy Cole, Mike Cole; sisters, Debra Pagano, Janice Mendez and husband, Louie, Patricia Moore, Rayma Lee Gallegos and husband, Paulin, and Selina Gail Livingston and husband, Gary; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Cremation will be under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home.
Yolanda Denise Blanchard 57 of Orange, Texas died on February 10 2015 at Baptist Beaumont Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. Yolanda was loved by many in the community along with family and friends. She was a graduate of the 1976 class of Lutcher Stark High School in Orange, Texas. She was a faithful member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church where she served with the youth choir, youth praise dancers and the after school program. Yolanda also worked as a heath care provider and after school tutorial for many years. Home going celebration will be Saturday on February 21, 2015 at 1:00pm at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church located at 612 N 3rd street in Orange, Texas. with Pastor John H. Smith Jr. officiating. Visitation will be at the church starting at 11:00am til time of service. Interment to follow at Hollywood Cemetery under the direction of Colonial Memorial Chapel. She leaves to cherish her precious memories her husband Robert Blanchard of Orange, Texas. Two daughters, Latoya Williams (Darrin) and Ashley Williams both of Orange, Texas. One brother, Rayford Riggs of Beaumont, Texas. Two sisters, Roberta McCall and Norma Jean Mims both of Orange, Texas. She also leaves behind five grandchildren, Darrin, Sidnye, Alajhia, Londyn and Lorenzo, Jr. and a host of family and friends.
Thelma Jo Anderson Flanigan, 72, of Orange, passed from this life on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Christus Hospital - St. Elizabeth in Beaumont. Born on September 9, 1942 in Orange, Texas to her parents, Jesse Anderson and Mazie Helene (Cole) Anderson. She was a lifelong resident of Orange, she was and homemaker and she was of the Baptist faith. Thelma enjoyed going to the casino, playing bingo and she took care of many members of her family. Thelma was a good cook, her family will fondly remember her Roast, Gumbo and her Coleslaw. She was loved by many and will be missed. Thelma is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Warren Lloyd Flanigan; her brothers, Bobby Gene Anderson, L. J. Anderson and Floyd Lee Anderson. Those who will most cherish her memory are her daughters, Paula Stanley and husband, Greg of Orange and Melissa Kirksey and husband, Sam of Orange; her son, Allen Flanigan and wife, Kathy of Orange; her sister, Viva Lee Spurlock of Orange; her brother, Daniel Anderson and wife, Brenda of Orange; her special friend and caretaker, Debbie Schlicher of Orange; six grandchildren, Drew Flanigan and wife, Meagen, Troy Flanigan, Katy Flanigan, Corey Stanley and wife, Stephanie, Leisha Johnson and husband, Nicholas and Amber Wilkerson and husband, Dwayne; her four great grandchildren, Taylor Johnson, Jase Johnson, Easton Stanley and Karson Stanley. Services to remember and honor Thelma's life will be at 2:00 P.M. Friday, February 20, 2015 in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange with Reverend W. W. " Bill " Smith, officiating. Rites of Committal and Interment will follow services where she will be laid to rest next to her husband at Jett Cemetery in Orange. A gathering of Thelma's family and friends will be from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home. Thelma's family wishes to thank the ICU staff at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. For those who desire memorial donations, please make a donation in memory of Thelma to the American Cancer Society, 755 South 11th Street, Suite 212, Beaumont, Texas 77701-3723, www.cancer.org.
Doleska “ Rue “ Bilbo, 92, of Orange, Passed from this life on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at the Pinehurst Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility in Pinehurst. Born on November 22, 1922 in Opelousas, Louisiana to her parents, Joseph Samuel Rougeau and Mary Adelaide (Gallo) Rougeau, she was a lifelong resident of Orange, she was a member of the 40th Street church of Christ in Orange and she had worked as a telephone operator for the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Orange. Rue was a very humble lady who was giving to others often placing the needs of others before herself. She enjoyed growing flowers, she was an avid reader, a history buff and she enjoyed games which challenged her thinking. Mrs. Rue will also be remembered as a faithful Christian lady who loved her family and friends. Her life was a pure example of Christian living. Rue is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James Franklin Bilbo, Sr.; her son, James Franklin Bilbo, Jr.; her daughter, Karen Gayle Wilson and her dear family friend, John Herrington. Those who will most cherish her memory are her son, Gary Wynn Bilbo of Orange; her sister, Vi Owens of Houston; her grandchildren, Stephanie, Stacey, Candace and Crystal; numerous great grandchildren; her niece Sharon; her dear friend, Peggy Hale and numerous members of her extended family. Graveside services to remember Rue’s life will be at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in Orange. Conducting the services will be Evangelist Darrell Powell, minister with the West Orange church of Christ. A gathering of Rue’s family and friends will be from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 on Wednesday at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Condolences may be expressed for the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.