Aleah Elizabeth Archer, infant daughter of Alissa Staggs and Chris Archer, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Galveston. Aleah will forever be remembered by her parents, Alissa Staggs of Orange and Chris Archer of Mauriceville; and grandmothers, Jennifer Staggs of Orange and Delana Odom of Mauriceville. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.
Layla Mae Callahan Wagoner, 84, of Orange, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at her home following an illness. Born on September 8, 1930 in Orange, Texas to her parents, Joe Hudnall and Monie (Laird) Hudnall. Layla was the first female Letter Carrier for the Postal Service in Orange, Texas. They told her she would last 2 weeks and she retired 20 plus years later. Layla will be remembered as a good mother and friend to many. Layla is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Bob Callahan and his wife, Mary Alice Callahan. Those who will most cherish her memory are her four sons, Michael Greg Thigpen and wife, Barbara of Jasper, Don Wagner and wife, Janie of San Marcos, Phillip Brett Wagoner and wife, Janis of Orange and Carlton Bruce Wagoner of Orange; her brother, Calvin Callahan and wife, Nell of Orange; numerous grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. A memorial gathering will be held from 2:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. Saturday, March 7, 2015 in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Brief remarks and a Eulogy will be spoken at 4:00 P.M. Cremation and service arrangements are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Condolences may be expressed for the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.
Jimmy Davis Broussard, 77, of Orange, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at his residence following an illness. Born on February 16, 1938 in Kaplan, Louisiana to his parents, Winnis and Mathilde (Labit) Broussard, he lived in Orange for the last 21 years and had lived previously in Beaumont and Lumberton. Jimmy worked as a painter and sandblaster in shipyards and steel companies in Southeast Texas and he retired in 2005. Jimmy also served his country as a veteran of the United States Army. Jimmy enjoyed spending time with his family, watching the news and he enjoyed watching Western Movies. Jimmy is preceded in death by his parents. Those who will most cherish his memory are his companion of many years, Gladys Choate of Orange; his daughters, Rebecca Broussard Boyd of Vidor and Susan Broussard Love of Beaumont; his step daughters, Patty Bonner and husband, Terry of Dayton, Kimberly Evans and husband, Rob of Missouri, Vickie Richard and husband, Joseph of Orange and Jana Cone and fiancé, Steven Dalton of Houston; his brothers, Shelton Broussard and wife, Merline of Orange and Larry Broussard of DeQuincy; fourteen grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Arrangements for Cremation are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Condolences may be expressed for the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.
E. Marie Stephenson, 91, of Orange, Texas, went to meet her Heavenly Father Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Houston. She was born August 11, 1923, in Mauriceville, Texas, to Earl and Grace Peveto. Marie was the oldest of five children. She went to school and fell in love with her beloved husband, Ed D. Stephenson, in high school. She graduated from Mauriceville High School. When Ed later joined the Army they were wed. After the war, they settled in the Little Cypress area. During her 59 year union to her childhood sweetheart and lifetime partner, two daughters were born, Nedra and Donna. Both Ed and Marie were avid church goers and supporters of Little Cypress ISD school activities. She was a member of Little Cypress Baptist Church. Marie was a homemaker who was active in the PTA, taught Sunday School, and was later employed at Weingartners’s when her daughters were older. She is survived by daughters, Nedra Williams and husband, David of Pilot Point, and Donna Stephenson and partner, Marge Adams, of Houston; grandchildren, Ed Williams and wife, Cheryl, Kaye Lakin and husband, Kenneth, Corporal Jack Williams and wife, Carlee, Christopher Williams, Elise Vergara and husband, Victor, and Alex Williams; two great grandchildren, Jamie and Leo; two devoted sisters, Doris and Ann and numerous loving and attentive nieces and nephews. Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Ed; parents, Earl and Grace; brother, Joe and sister, Bonnie. A special thanks would like to be extended to the staff at Tranquility Personal Care Home in Houston who provided love and care in a family environment to Marie and her family during her stay. The visitation will be Friday, March 6 at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service will be 10:00 am on Saturday at the funeral home with Pastor David Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Jett Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Ed Williams, US Marines Corporal Jack R. Williams, Erick Ekbladh, Bruce Martin, Dave Williams, Randy Hebert, Grady Bennett and Harold Whitton.
Kenneth Wayne Thibodeaux Sr., 63, of Deweyville, TX died Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in his residence surrounded by his loving family. Kenneth was born on November 10, 1952 in Lafayette, LA to George and Agnes Thibodeaux. Kenneth enjoyed being around family and friends. He loved being in the great outdoors, horse racing, and fishing. He is survived by his loving wife, “Patty” Patricia Thibodeaux; seven children, John Wayne LeJeune and wife Kim of Vinton, LA, Peggy Berliew of Deweyville, TX, Bridgette Freeland of Deweyville, TX, John Joseph Thibodeaux of Louisiana, Robert Dwayne Reed and wife Holly of Iowa, LA, Kenneth Wayne Thibodeaux Jr. and wife Amy of Sulphur, LA, and Jeanea Marie Thibodeaux of Lacassine, LA; fourteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren; seven siblings, Mary L. Parker of Charleston, SC, Chirley A. Thames of Longville, LA, Patricia and husband Gary L. Crosby of Longville, LA, Thomas R. Thibodeaux and wife Donna Thibodeaux of Pasadena, TX, Yvonne M. Guillot and husband Curtis of Laureville, LA, Keith A. Thibodeaux and wife Lovejoy of Lake Charles, LA, and Terry L. Thibodeaux and wife Margaret of Lake Arthur, LA. He is preceded in death by his parents; one son in law, James F. Freeland III “Slugger”; two brothers, John Alfred Thibodeaux and David R. Thibodeaux; and one sister, Thelma Jean Amerson. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Johnson Funeral Home. Cremation has been entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home. The family would like to express a special word of thanks to John H. Parker, Deacon at Houston River Baptist Church, for sharing kind words and loving memories of Kenneth Wayne Thibodeaux, Sr. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family or the American Cancer Society. Words of comfort may be expressed to the family at www.johnsonfuneralhome.net
The Celebration of Life for Mr. Charles Edward Gans, 70, of Orange, will be Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Rites of Christian Burial will follow in Magnolia Memorial Gardens under the direction of Sparrow Funeral Home. Visitation will be Saturday morning from 9 until 10:00 a.m. at the church. His summons from earthly life came Sunday, March 1, 2015 at his residence. An Orange native, he was a U.S. Army veteran. He served in the Vietnam Conflict and was Discharged With Honors. He was a member of the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Forever cherishing his memory are one daughter, Lori Oyo (Daniel) of Richmond, TX, two brothers, Rev. Franklin Gans (Doris) and Adam Gans, four sisters, Mary Knox, Johnell Davis (Ronald), Jo Ann Henson (Elray) and Emma Augustine (Kenneth) all of Orange, 3 grandchildren, and his companion and cherished friend, Kimberly Ainsworth of Orange.
Velma L. Cormier, 87, lifelong resident of Orange, passed away on March 3, 2015, at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the United Pentecostal Church in Bridge City. Officiating will be Reverend J. W. Harrell and Reverend Jeffrey Pitman. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 7th at the United Pentecostal Church in Bridge City. Born in Orange, Texas, on December 16, 1927, she was the daughter of Lillie Matlock. Velma was a longtime member of the First United Pentecostal Church in Orange where she sang in the choir and was very active in the children’s church. She later became a member of the United Pentecostal Church in Bridge City and was a member for 18 years. She loved traveling, cooking, and her flowers. Velma was a faithful servant of the Lord and enjoyed serving others. She is preceded in death by her mother, Lillie Matlock; husband, Joseph Cormier, Sr.; two sisters; and one brother. Velma is survived by her children, Van R. “Butch” Morgan of Bridge City, Joseph “Joey” Cormier and wife, Gay of West Orange, and Debbie Cormier; grandchildren, Dana Pitman and husband, Jeffrey of Kountze and Keith Morgan and wife, Debbie of Jasper; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Serving as pallbearers will be Joey Cormier, Keith Morgan, Justin Morgan, Larry Hammett, Marlan Verdine, and Trey Tomplait. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Anayat House 1025 N. 14th St. Beaumont, TX 77702 or P.O. Box 5934 Beaumont, TX 77726.
Kay Trahan, 60, of Bridge City, passed away on March 2, 2015, at Christus St. Elizabeth in Beaumont. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 6, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Officiating will be Reverend David Wagner of Community Church. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m-8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 5th at the funeral home. Born in Orange, Texas, on October 29, 1954, she was the daughter of Mack S. Ferguson and Billie Rae (Tompkins) Ferguson. Kay was a very active and involved member of Community Church. She enjoyed scrapbooking, sewing, and painting. Kay loved to spend time with her family, especially with her grandchildren, and taking pictures of them. One of her favorite annual events was to have all her grandkids over to her house to make gingerbread houses. Kay is preceded in death by her father, Mack Ferguson. She is survived by her mother, Billie Ferguson of Bridge City; son, Chad Trahan of Bridge City; daughter, Crystal Hebert and husband, Taran of Orangefield; grandchildren, Colby Trahan, Bryce Carey, Byron Trahan, Caleb Hebert, and Hannah Hebert; great-grandchild, Carter A. Trahan; siblings, Mack Ferguson, Jr. of Bridge City, Dena Tarver and husband, John of Bridge City, and Steven Ferguson and wife, Judy of Crosby; and numerous aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Serving as pallbearers will be Bryce Carey, Colby Trahan, Byron Trahan, Jason LaBouve, Jeremy Smith, and Eric Smith. Honorary pallbearers are Taran Hebert and Caleb Hebert.
Jimmy Lee Simon, 56 of Kileen, Texas died on February 24, 2015. Jimmy was a resident of Orange, Texas for forty years and a native of Elizabeth, Louisiana. He made Killen, Texas his home for several years. He was loved by the community along with family members. Jimmy was a 1978 graduate of West-Orange Stark high school and a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Orange, Texas. Going home celebration will be Saturday March 7, 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 held at the church from 11:00am til time of service. Interment will be on March 9, 2015 at the Killeen City Cemetery in Killeen, Texas under the direction of Colonial Memorial Chapel. He leaves to cherish his precious memories his son, Christopher Reed of Killeen, Texas. Daughter, A'Lisha Reed of Killeen, Texas. Five sisters, Patricia Boston and Casenia Richey both of Kempner, Texas. Frances Harris and Tina Simon both of Orange, Texas. Loreha Kennedy of Oakdale, Louisiana. He also leaves behind 5 grandchildren and a host of family and friends.
Mellie Duce, 101, of Orange, passed away on March 1, 2015, at Orange Villa Nursing and Rehab in Orange. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Darwin Parrott. Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m. Ford Chapel Cemetery in Bon Wier, Texas. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Born in Newton, Texas, on January 27, 1914, she was the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Johnson and Margaret J. Warner Johnson. Mellie was strong in her Christian faith and loved spending time with family and friends. She has been an example for everyone in her family from her children to her great-great grandchildren throughout her 101 years. She is preceded in death by parents, Thomas and Margaret Johnson; husband, Earl Duce; 1 granddaughter; 1 great grandson; 3 brothers and 2 sisters. She is survived by her daughters, Betty Parrott and husband, Leonard of Pasadena, Texas and Lynn Hattermann and husband, Paul of Katy, Texas; 5 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren and many friends, nieces and nephews. Serving as pallbearers will be Trenton Williams, Jason Hattermann, Austin Brunson, Barry Brunson, David Johnson, Keith Hattermann and Chase Hattermann.
W. W. “ Butch “ Wallace, 73, of San Augustine, formerly of Orange, passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the Colonial Pines Health Care Center in San Augustine. Born on July 10, 1941 in Orange, Texas to his parents, James “ Buck “ Wallace and Fannie Marie (Brown) Wallace, he had lived in San Augustine since 2000, he worked as a pipefitter in the construction industry and he was of the christian faith. Butch enjoyed hunting, fishing and the gardening of vegetables. Butch is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Jimmy Dale Wallace. Those who will most cherish his memory are his wife, Pat Wallace of San Augustine; his sons, Tim Wallace of Orange and David Wallace of Pascagoula, Mississippi; his daughter, Lisa Bradford and husband, Jim of Richmond, Texas; his brother, Lynn Wallace of Orange; his five grandchildren, Randi Wallace, Kelli Wallace, Olivia Bradford, Parker Bradford and Noah Wallace. Butch is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and members of his extended family. Services to remember and honor Butch’s life will be at 3:00 P.M. Monday, March 2, 2015 in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Brother John Fortenberry. Rite of Committal and Interment will follow services at the Wilkinson Cemetery in Little Cypress. A gathering of Butch’s family and friends will be from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Sunday at the funeral home. Honoring Butch as pallbearers are Leon Wallace, Robin Wallace, Walter Laughlin, Preston Norwood, Vick Slack and J. T. Richard. Condolences may be expressed for the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.
Charlene Rue Wallace, 76, of Orange, passed away on February 27, 2015, at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 2, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Randy Branch and Reverend J.B. Prouse. Burial will follow at Wilkinson Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home. Born in Crowley, Louisiana, on December 6, 1938, Charlene was the daughter of Lowell and Evelyn (Wriborg) Rue. She retired from Sabine Federal Credit Union after 20 plus years, was a volunteer with the Red Cross, and headed the annual church bazaar at Wesley United Methodist Church. She enjoyed running the roads and taking trips to Canton, but what she loved most was spending time with her family, especially her grandkids. She is preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law, Michael Collins; and beloved aunt, Lois Boren. She is survived by her husband, Lynn B. Wallace; son, Toby Wallace and wife Lorrie of Tolar; daughter, Wendy Collins of Orange; and grandchildren, Tate Wilson, Hanna Wallace, and Peyton Collins. She is also survived by her sister, Sandra Dickey and husband Michael; brother, Roger Rue and wife Nancy; sisters-in-law, Janie Wallace Melton and husband Tommy, and Pat Wallace; numerous nieces and nephews; and her best friend, Judy Eatman. Serving as pallbearers will be Drew Peet, Jerry Cezar, James Murff, Pat Brown, Brian Johnson, and Mack Smith. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 N. 37th St., Orange, TX 77630.
Aubrey Gordon O’Neal, 83, of Beaumont, passed away on February 27, 2015, at Jefferson Nursing and Rehabilitation in Beaumont. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Lynn Ashcraft of Orange, Texas and Dr. Raymond McHenry of Beaumont. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the beginning of the service. Born in Pine Prairie, Louisiana, on December 12, 1931, he was the son of Willis Shirley O’Neal and Evie Caroline O’Neal. Aubrey was a Korean War veteran who served in the U. S. Army. He retired from DuPont in Beaumont, Texas and was a member of Westgate Baptist Church in Beaumont, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents, Willis and Evie O’Neal and his son, Michael David O’Neal. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Iris Maxine O’Neal; daughters, Betty Holland and husband, Pete of Humble, Texas and Linda Ballenger and husband, Thomas of Beaumont, Texas; granddaughters, Melissa Hamm and husband, Charles, Melanie Brazzell and husband, Mike, and Jennifer DeRouen and husband, Bryan; grandson, Thomas Ballenger III; and eleven great-grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers will be Charles Hamm, Mike Brazzell, Bryan DeRouen, Thomas Ballenger III, David Guidry, and Stephen Noffsinger.
On February 7, 2015, James R. Finklea (known to virtually everyone as Uncle Jimbo) passed from this earth at the age of ninety to be reunited with his beloved wife Sweet Sue (Georgia Finklea). They married in 1944 and were inseparable until her death in 2000. Uncle Jimbo leaves behind the Jordans (Jeanie, Kevin, Marquel, Katie, Patrick, Sarah, Aidan, Eric, Brian, Liam and Ryan) who, though technically not “blood” relatives, have been privileged to be his family because he married Sweet Sue. Uncle Jimbo was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on August 9, 1924 but called Orange his home for the past seventy years. After serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II, he began working at American Bridge as a draftsman and rose to the manager of engineering by the time of his retirement in 1982. His influence was felt by many who worked with and under him. He was the epitome of a gentleman who never spoke ill of anyone and kept his counsel to himself. However, if asked the advice provided was always wise and never sugarcoated. He firmly believed in following the rules and was meticulous in all aspects of his life from his appearance to keeping up his yard and home. He took great joy in painting landscapes, his daily walks and spending time with his family. He will be greatly missed by the many people he positively impacted. However, great solace is taken in knowing he and Sweet Sue are together again as they should be. They were and will always be the definition of the perfect marriage. In lieu of flowers or any other memoriam, Uncle Jimbo would want donations to charity. While he would never be so presumptuous to dictate to which, his favorite was the First United Methodist Church in Orange. A celebration of his life, that will include a showing of many of his paintings, will be held at the Malloy Spiritual Enrichment Center located at First United Methodist Church, 502 N. Sixth Street, Orange, Texas 77630 on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 3:00 pm.