Geraldine Slaughter, 88, of Orange passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Baptist Hospital in Orange. Geraldine was born on May 17, 1926 in Redwater, Texas to parents Alma (Bray) and Robert Lee Brake. She had lived 61 plus years in Orange area, prior in Beckville and she was of the Baptist Faith going to 12th Street Baptist Church in Orange. She enjoyed cooking and traveling. Geraldine was a sweet and loving woman, who will be missed dearly by all. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George Slaughter Sr.; sisters, Aileen Milam, Dolores Smith, Janelle Smith; brother, Bobby Brake. Geraldine is survived by her daughters, Deana Sherrill and husband, Greg of Orange, Dora Langston and husband, Brian of Vidor, Joyce Carlisle of Orange; sons, George Slaughter Jr. of Houston, Phillip L. Slaughter and wife, Jane of Philippines; sisters, Carrie Reisz and husband, Mike of Albuquerque, NM, Linda Neal and husband, Dickie of Lubbock; brother, Kenneth D. Brake of Hobbs, NM. She is also survived by twenty one grandchildren, twenty six great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren and two on the way. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 2 pm at Dorman Funeral Home, with gathering of family and friends one hour prior to services. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Dorman Funeral Home.
Shirley Marie Bernardini, 89, of Orange went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Answered Prayer Care Facility. Shirley was born on January 16, 1926 in Orange, Texas to parents, Leona (Hayes) and Dewy Anderson. She was a lifelong resident of Orange and member of United Pentecostal Church of Orange. Shirley enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family. She loved, lived and enjoyed working for her God; she was President of Lady Auxiliary with Unity Pentecostal Church of Orange for 26 years, servicing under three ministers. Shirley was a loving person who will be missed dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, A.J. Bernardini, brother, George Anderson. Shirley is survived by her son, Reverend John Bernardini and wife, Shirley of Orange; grandson, Reverend John Bernardini II and wife, Rebekah of Baytown. A graveside service will be held on Monday, April 27, 2015 at Evergreen Cemetery 920 Jackson Avenue Orange, Texas 77630 at 11 AM. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Dorman Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed for the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com
Jason Todd Myers, 40, of Beaumont, died Monday, April 20, 2015, at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. A funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Visitation will begin prior to the service at 5:00 p.m. Saturday and will continue after the service until 9:00 p.m. Cremation will follow. Born in Columbus, Mississippi on February 22, 1975, Jason was the son of Jan (Louviere) Acosta and Kenny Myers. He worked in the entertainment industry. In the past, he was involved in the production of the children’s show, “Sesame Street” and currently enjoyed making music with his buddies. Jason was preceded in death by his sister, Monique Myers and grandparents, Shirley and Emory Louviere and Gaston and Sylvia Myers. Those who will cherish his memory include his son, Alec Myers of College Station; mother, Jan Acosta of Beaumont; father and step-mother, Kenny and Toni Myers of Picayune, Mississippi; step-father, Bobby Sanders, Sr. and his wife, Jeannie of Kountze; brothers and sisters, Bobby Sanders, Jr., Kasey Sanders, Stephanie Kilchrist, Kirby Wallace and Dana Dearing; and his best friends, Josh Dyson and Mark Kilchrist. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to assist with medical and funeral expenses. Contributions may be mailed to Kenny Myers, 219 Glenwood Dr., Picayune, Mississippi 39426.
Melvin Edgar Franklin, 85, of Orange, passed away on April 21, 2015, at Oakwood Manor in Vidor. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Friday, April 24, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Kelly, Louisiana, on August 11, 1929, he was the son of Joseph Edgar Franklin and Frances Ethel Volentine Franklin. Melvin worked as a process operator at DuPont SRW for 37 years before retiring. He was a devoted family man who enjoyed fishing and gardening. Melvin was a kind and gentle man who will be missed by many. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Ethel Franklin; wife, Clara Marie Guidry Franklin; daughter, Mary Elizabeth Franklin; and his grandson, Daniel Jacob Salim. Melvin is survived by his children, Annette Shaw and husband, Edward of Orange and Beverly Salim and husband, Sam of Lumberton; granddaughter, Maria Michelle Salim; three great-grandchildren, Jakob, Gavin, and Lyra; and his brother, Sherrill M. Franklin. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the American Diabetes Association at P.O. Box 11454 Alexandria, VA 22312.
Reola Adams died on Friday April 17, 2015 at The Medical Center of Southeast, Texas in Port Arthur. Reola was a native of Hemphill, Texas and a resident of Orange, Texas for 63 years. She was a faithful member of Salem United Methodist Church in Orange for many years. She served in the Agape choir, work with the Feed My Sheep program. She also served as a usher and participated in the Wacky Tuesday Bible Study program. Reola worked as a aide to the Elderly Foster Grandparent Program for West Orange Cove CISD. Reola retired from the West Orange Cove CISD as a driver. She was loved by many in the community where she served faithfully. Going home celebration will be on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 11:00 am at Salem United Methodist Church located at 402 W John street in Orange, Texas, with Pastor Dr. Carolyn McCall Livingston officiating. Visitation will be at 9:30 am til time of service. Interment will follow at Magnolia Cemetery under the direction of Colonial Memorial Chapel. She leaves to cherish her precious memories her Husband George Adams Jr. of Orange, Texas. One daughter, Linda Aplon (Donald) of Beaumont, Texas. Two brother, James Garrett of Lake Charles, Louisiana and Jack Garrett Jr. of Houston, Texas. One sister, Theresa Blaney of Lake Charles, Louisiana. She also leaves behind 6 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren ad a host of family and friends.
The Celebration of Life for Mrs. Ruby Fisher, 81, of Orange, will be during a Mass of Christian Burial , Saturday, April 25, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church. Rites of Christian Burial will follow in Magnolia Memorial Gardens under the direction of Sparrow Funeral Home. Visitation will be Saturday morning from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. at the church. A Rosary will be prayed at 10:00 a.m. at the church. She died Monday at Christus Hospital St. Mary in Port Arthur, TX. An Orange native, she was a 1953 graduate of Emma H. Wallace High School. She is survived by 2 sons, Gregory Fisher and Nathan Fisher, both of Orange, 2 daughters, Sherry Rhymes and Sherita Fisher, both of Beaumont, TX, 9 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren.
Dorothy J. “Dot” Jimerson, 84, of Orange, died Sunday, April 19, 2015, at Magnolia Manor in Groves. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange with the Reverend Harold Nazworth officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Born in Beckville on February 17, 1931, Dot was the daughter of Lovis and Annie (Norris) Kern. She retired from West Orange-Cove CISD where she was an attendance clerk and she was a long time member of McDonald Memorial Baptist Church in West Orange. Dot was preceded in death by her parents, Lovis and Annie Kern and her husband, Rayford Jimerson. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Mary Jimerson of Dayton; daughter and son-in-law, Terri and Joey Blanda of Orange; grandchildren, Jessica Brousard and her husband, Jerron and Jenna Blanda, all of Orange, K.C. Jimerson and his wife, Ashley of Cleveland; great grandson, Brody Jimerson; and nephew Joe Jimerson and his wife, Jane of Conroe. The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff of Magnolia Manor Nursing Home, Ryan Anderson and the staff of River City Hospice for the love and care they provided to Dot.
Lenora M. George, 81, of Orange, Texas passed away on April 20, 2015, in Beaumont, Texas. Funeral services will be at 2:00pm, Thursday, April 23, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Barry Bradley of First Baptist Church in Orange. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8pm, Wednesday, April 22, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Monroe, Louisiana, on July 10, 1933, she was the daughter of Phillip Jack McClendon and Eleanor Butler McClendon. Lenora started out her career of loving and helping children as a teacher at Salk Elementary School. She then went on to spend time as a principal at Curtis Elementary School, West Orange Elementary School, and West Orange Alternative School. She loved playing bridge, taking care of her plants and throwing her yearly Christmas party at her home. Lenora was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Paul George; her son Keith George; and her siblings George McClendon, Phillip McClendon, and Margaret Fults. She is survived by her two sons, Richard P. George, Jr. and his wife, Margaret, and Craig R. George and his wife, Christy; her grandchildren, Richard P. George III, Christopher A. George, Josh Ridgaway, Lindsey George, and Rylie George; and her great-grandchildren, Brooklyn George, Camiron George, Kyle Ridgaway, and Karson Ridgaway. Serving as pallbearers will be Chris George, Ricky Paul George, Johnny Fults, David Fults, Jeff Fults, Dean McClendon, and Joshua Ridgaway.
Archie Alline (Corry) Jones, age 85, went to meet her Savior and friend on April 18, 2015. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. She will be missed by all who knew her. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Pastor Jeff Bell and Pastor Travis Hood. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange. Visitation will be 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 21st, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Archie was born on February 5, 1928, in Starks, Louisiana to Luna Jane and Philip Corry. She moved to Orange in 1957 when she married Archie Wilson Jones. She was a member of Cove Baptist Church. She taught at Cove Baptist Kindergarten for many years before Kindergarten became a part of the public school system. After she closed the Kindergarten she went to work for West Orange-Cove CISD until her retirement. At church she taught Sunday school, Vacation Bible School and enjoyed singing in the choir. Archie’s greatest joy was in caring for and feeding her family and friends. Her gift of hospitality made everyone feel welcomed and loved. She had a kind word for everyone. Archie was preceded in death by her parents; her infant daughter, Carless Jean; her granddaughter, Jennifer Watson; and her sister-in-law, Mary Corry. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years and caretaker, Archie W. Jones her brothers, Duke Corry and Raphiel and Joyce Corry. She will be missed by her children, Marvin Moore, Debbie and Ronnie Fuchs, Doris Brown, and Mary and Frank McCoy. Her grandchildren, Amber and Ryan Brown, Jeremy Lane, Benson Brown, Amy and Wayne Tyler, and David and Susanne Fuchs; and great grandchildren, Grace and Belinda Watson, Chloe, Melanie and Aaron Fuchs, Tate Tyler, Kathryn and Henry Brown, and Kade McLemore will miss Nannie greatly. Archie believed in making memories with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and she left us all with sweet memories of her love for us and her Savior, Jesus Christ. Archie lived her Christianity and it impacted everyone.
Deborah Marie Hebert, 62, of Port Arthur, passed away on April 16, 2015, at her home. A graveside service and inurnment will be 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 19, 2015, at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Born in Aiken, South Carolina, on October 28, 1952, she was the daughter of Cecil Clyde Granger and Mary Ann (Broussard) Granger. Deborah grew up in Vinton, Louisiana and was a longtime member of St. Helen Catholic Church in Orangefield. She loved her two dogs. She was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Mary Ann Granger and her husband, Ray Hebert. Deborah is survived by her children, Gary D. Lux, Jr. of San Antonio, Sharon Lynn Lux of Pensacola, Florida, and Phillip Hebert of Austin; granddaughter, Mackenzie Lux of The Woodlands; and her siblings, Cecilia Broussard, Catherine LaPointe and husband, Herbert, Cecil Clyde Granger, Jr., Mario Granger and wife, Tina, Mary Hernandez and husband, Ricky, and Mark Granger.
Shirley Goats, 81, was born in Richmond, England in 1933. She was a resident of Orange, TX from 1953 until her death on April 7, 2015. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Alvie Gene Goats and son, Ricky Goats. She is survived by her sister, Ann Shuardson and husband, Larry Shuardson; brother, Bill Rankin and wife, Brenda Rankin; daughter, Sondra Mora and husband, Larry Mora; son, Ross Goats and wife, Erica Goats; daughter, Shana Maceda and husband, Moises Maceda; grandchildren, Mandi Coughran and husband, Chris Coughran, Ashley Turner and husband, Justin Turner, Megan Goats, Monica Goats, Shanita Maceda and fiancée, Clark Pearson, Keegan Maceda, Erica Goats; great grandchildren, Taylor Coughran, Kailey Coughran, John Turner and expecting Caroline Grace Turner. Shirley was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, always putting others first “Nana”, as she was affectionately known by everyone, had a knack for transforming die ordinary into the extraordinary. She created wonderful scavenger hunts, costumes, and hosted extravagant holidays, tea times, and birthday parties. Her caring heart will always be remembered. She will be missed by all who knew her. Visitation will be at Claybar Funeral Home 800 Highland Dr. Bridge City, TX on April 24th at 5pm. Memorial Service will follow at 6pm. If Mends or acquaintances desire, in lieu of flowers, die family has requested that a small donation may be made to the American Diabetes Association in honor of Shirley Goats. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 11454 Alexandria, VA 22312. Online donations can be made at www.diabetes.org.
John E. Burnitt, 50, of Orange, went home to be with his Lord on April 15, 2015, at his home. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Pastor Glen James of Christ Chapel Baptist Church in Fort Worth. Burial will follow at Nibletts Bluff in Vinton, Louisiana. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Friday, April 17th, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Orange, Texas, on May 26, 1964, he was the son of Jimmy Euell Burnitt and Doris Marie (Kidd) Burnitt. John was a lifelong resident of Orange and he worked at OCARC. He loved listening to music and driving fast. He was preceded in death by his father, Jimmy Euell Burnitt and his niece, Kristi Burnitt. John is survived by his mother, Doris Kidd Burnitt of Orange; siblings, Jimmy R. Burnitt and wife, Juanita of Orange, Jerry Burnitt and wife, Debbie of Orange, Donya Burnitt Singletary and husband, John of Florida, and Debbie Burnitt Ward and husband, Steve of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Serving as pallbearers will be Steve Ward, Steve Kidd, Michael Hudnall, Felix Hudnall, Chris Burnitt, and Donald Simpson.
Glyn Ebarb, 85, passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in his residence in Vinton surrounded by his family. He was a native of Zwolle and had been a resident of Vinton for the last 56 years, coming from Winnsboro, Louisiana. Glyn was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Orange, Texas. He was a member of the Choctaw-Apache Tribe of Ebarb, Louisiana. He was a 1948 graduate of Zwolle High School. He then entered the U.S. Air Force where he served for four years. He also graduated from Northwestern State College where he met his wife, Margaret. Glyn had a deep love for his children and grandchildren, fishing, hot tamales, sports, teaching, coaching, and especially the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Margaret Ebarb of Vinton; three children, Melissa Slusher and husband, Bruce of Long Beach, Washington, Phillip Ebarb and wife, Stacey of Orange, Texas, and Valrie Gilbeaux and husband, Troy of Little Cypress, Texas; grandchildren, Sarah Slusher and husband, Derek Schlicke, Thaddeus "Tad" Prescott, Jace Prescott, Dakota "Dak" Prescott, Bailey Gilbeaux, Stephen Gilbeaux, and Lyvia Ebarb; three great-grandchildren, Kennedy Prescott and Annabelle and Edward Schlicke; sisters-in-law, Ruth Dibble of New York Mills, New York, and Lucy Dosher of Arlington, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Margaret "Peggy" Prescott; his parents, Marceline and Martha Ebarb; brothers, Henry, Adam, Eldon, Elmer, and James "Bobby" Ebarb; and sisters, Verda "Sis" Carpenter, Verna "Bib" Matthews, and Thelma "Dolly" Paddie. A memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19, in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1401 W. Park Ave, Orange, Texas. Father Keith Giblin will officiate. Inurnment will be in the St. Paul's Episcopal Church Memory Garden. The family will receive friends on Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. in Hixson Funeral Home of Vinton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Amedisys Hospice in Lake Charles, or Huddle Up For Life Foundation (2722 Austin Street, Orange, TX 77630). The family would like to give special thanks to Amedisys Hospice for their excellent care and comfort for Glyn. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.
William H. “Bill” Poisel, 82, of Orange, passed away on April 14, 2015, at his home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Orange with Father David Edwards, officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Friday, April 17, 2015, with a wake service held at 6:00 p.m., at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Lake County, Indiana, on August 31, 1932, he was the son of Henry Poisel and Grace (Spriggs) Poisel. Bill was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Francis and the Young at Heart Senior Group at St. Francis. He owned Bill’s Plumbing and would volunteer his plumbing services at the church. Bill was retired from the U. S. Navy and served in the Seabee’s. He was a member of the VFW, FRA, and the American Legion. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Robert Glenn Poisel; and his sisters and brothers. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Poisel of Orange; sons, William H. Poisel and wife Claire of Austin and Mickey J. Poisel of Orange; grandchildren, Heather Sellars and husband, Cory, Casey Poisel, Elex Poisel, and Emma Poisel; and his great-grandchildren, Adam and Ryan Sellars.
Jack Walter Thomas Ball, 8 month old infant son of Daniel and Amanda Ball of Deweyville, passed away Friday, April 10, 2015 in Witchita, Kansas. Jack was born on July 31, 2014 in Beaumont, Texas. Jack is preceded in death by his paternal great grandmothers, Theresa Ball and Tanie Coulee, his paternal great grandfather, Troy Ball and his uncles, Jack Ball and Leslie Hampshire. Those who will most cherish his memory in addition to his parents are his paternal grandfather, William Ball and wife, Linda of Deweyville; his paternal grandmother, Lavonda Faul of Beaumont; maternal grandfather, Eddie Hebert and wife, Dawn of Henderson, Texas; maternal grandmother, Crystal Womack and husband, Ricky Royster of Jefferson, Texas; paternal great grandfather, Herman Faul and wife, Ann of Branch, Louisiana; maternal great grandparents, Skip and Dorothy Vribes of Marshall, Texas; his sister, Kimberly Ball; his brothers, Troy Ball and William Ball. Jack is also survived by numerous members of his extended family. Services to honor Jack’s life will be at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, April 16, 2015 in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange with Reverend Kevin Brown, officiating. Rite of Committal and Interment will follow services at the Deweyville Cemetery in Deweyville. A gathering of Jack’s family and friends for a time of reflection will be from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home.
The Celebration of Life for Mrs. Ruby King, 76, of Orange, will be Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the Mount Zion Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Hollywood Community Cemetery under the direction of Sparrow Funeral Home. Visitation will be Saturday from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. at the church. She died April 9, 2015 at Pinehurst Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Survivors include daughters, Precious Crawford and Raquel Judge, son, Jamail King, sister, Mary Cross, and brother, John Johnson.
Arlene Margaret Bray, 74, of Orange, passed away on April 11, 2015, at Beaumont Nursing and Rehabilitation in Beaumont. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be her son, Reverend Douglas Bray of Harmony Baptist in Vidor. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn in West Orange. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday, April 13, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Danavain, Texas on December 13, 1940, she was the daughter of Martin Nelsen and Hazel Mauk Nelsen. Arlene retired from the Orange Housing Authority after over thirty years of service. She was an avid movie watcher and enjoyed spending time and shopping with her friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Hazel Nelsen; husband, Don Edward Bray; sister, Jean Nohavitza and brother, Jack Nelsen. She is survived by her daughter, Shana Gonzalez of Nederland; son, Douglas Bray and wife, Lynn of Vidor; grandchildren, Mindi Vandervoort, Dustin Gonzalez, Ryan Bray and Jordan Lynch and great-grandchildren, Ace, Brock, and Tripp Vandervoort, Emma Gonzalez, London, Layne and Levi Lynch. Serving as pallbearers will be Ryan Bray, Dustin Gonzalez, Micah Bray, Zach Bray, Jerry Vandervoort, and Nate Lynch. Honorary pallbearer is Tommy Nelsen.
Donnie McDonald, 56, of Vidor died Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Baptist of Southeast Texas in Beaumont. A native of Orange, TX, he was a longtime resident of Vidor. Donnie was the Safety Supervisor for Brand Energy and Infrastructure Solutions for over 12 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Vidor where he was very active and was a sunday school teacher and a director for the Royal Ambassadors. Donnie was an ordained minister... and was the chaplain for the Faith Riders Motorcycle Ministries. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Vidor, with burial to follow at Votow Cemetery in Votow, TX at 2:00 pm. Visitation will begin at 6:00 pm Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at First Baptist Church. Donnie is survived by his wife of 39 yrs Audrey McDonald, son Joshua McDonald and his wife Mandi of Vidor, TX, Jerod McDonald and his wife Haley of Cleburne, TX, daughter Jessica McDonald Castillo and her husband Jessie of Port Arthur, TX, mother Hazel Davis and sister Lillie Clark both of Longview, TX, 12 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. In lieu of flower donation can be made to Main St. Ministries 350 N. Main St. Vidor, Texas.
Funeral services for Lewis Maybin Harkey of Ocean Springs, MS, former restaurant motel owner, part owner of a marine sporting goods company, and retired senior project manager/buyer at Signal International, LLC in Pascagoula, MS will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 17, 2015, at Heritage Funeral Home in Moss Point, MS. Harkey, 68, passed peacefully Sunday, April 12, 2015, at Singing River Hospital System, Ocean Springs, after a brief battle with cancer. He received several job-related awards and certificates while employed at Litton Industries, Inc. in Pascagoula, now Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. He was a member of professional and civic organizations and was a member of the Boston Club, prominent New Orleans men’s club. Harkey began his career at Litton in 1971 in cost accounting and held other jobs in program finance, budgets, and purchasing. He worked for several years in contracts administration. For a time, he owned Rienzi Inn restaurant motel and was co-owner of Marine Sales and Service, both located in Pascagoula and both no longer in business. Harkey worked for Scruggs, Millette, Bozeman, and Dent, PA, from 1993 to March 2000, and Scott T. Taylor, PA from 2000 to 2003. In 2006, Harkey went to work at Signal International, LLC at the Pascagoula facility as purchasing agent. A year later he was promoted and transferred to Signal’s Orange, TX facility as purchasing subcontract and security manager. He retired from the marine and fabrication company’s Pascagoula facility six years later in 2013. He had resided in Ocean Springs since 2012, returning home to be closer to his family. Harkey was born in New Orleans on January 30, 1947, third son of six children born to the late Marie Ella Levert Gore and the late Ira B. Harkey, Jr., both of Pascagoula and formerly of New Orleans. After high school graduation in 1965, Harkey joined the U. S. Marine Corps. He was discharged from active duty in 1967. Surviving are Harkey’s three children, Jonathan Levert Harkey (Melissa) of Ocean Springs, Linda Michelle Wiesand (Craig) of Mobile, and Lisa Schrink McCusker (John) of Gautier. There are six grandchildren, two each from his three children- Jonathan Levert Harkey, Jr. (Jon Jon) and Curtis Joseph Harkey, John Ira Wiesand and Mary Ella Weisand, and John-Michael McCusker and Aidan Joseph McCusker. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m., Friday, April 17 at Heritage Funeral Home, Moss Point. Funeral service will follow in the funeral home chapel at 2 p.m. Interment will be at Pine Crest Cemetery in Gautier, MS.