Elroyce Johnson, 79, of Orange, Texas passed away Friday, January 23, 2015 at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. Elroyce was born in Center, Texas on April 4, 1935, to Dorris and Annie Johnson. He was a member of Cove Baptist Church and recently attended MacArthur Heights Baptist Church. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dorris and Annie Johnson; his wife, Maxine Johnson; twin daughters, Tina and Gina Johnson; and his sister, Doris Sigler of Pearland, Texas. He is survived by his daughter, Gayle Stegall and her husband, James of Bridge City; son, Randy Johnson of Orange, Texas; one brother, McNeil Johnson of Village Mills; sisters, Eloise Willis of Carrolton and Linda Dillard of Houston, Texas. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Melani and Shane Woodruff of Bridge City, Michelle Flanakin of Rockwall, Texas, Wayne Stegall of Bridge City; great grandchildren, Madison, Mia, and Marlee Woodruff, and Mikaela, Mathew Slade, and Maddox Stegall. A visitation will be held Tuesday, January 27th from 12:00pm-1:30pm at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. A graveside service will follow at 2:00pm at the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange, Texas, with Reverend Jay Thomas officiating.
Willie Jo Amen, 91, of Bridge City, passed away on January 23, 2015 at Oakwood Manor Nursing Home in Vidor. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Officiating will be Mr. Barry Jones of 9th and Elm Church of Christ in Orange. Entombment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves. There will be no visitation. Born in Cleburne, Texas on September 16, 1923, she was the daughter of Willie Ray Crawford and Rose Ella Dickerson Ray. Mrs. Amen was a member of 9th and Elm Church of Christ. The family would like to acknowledge, with grateful appreciation the love and care provided to Mrs. Amen by the staff of Oakwood Manor Nursing Home. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, George Arthur Amen and daughter, Sharon Ray. She is survived by her daughter, Sheala Vice; daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Joel Fowler all of Bridge City; 6 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren and brother, Bud Ray of Pearsal, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to 9th and Elm Church of Christ, 501 9th Street, Orange, Texas, 77630.
Evett Daigle, 89, of Orange, passed away on January 23, 2015 at The Sabine House in Orange. A graveside service will be held at 2:00p.m., Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Lynn Ashcraft. There will be no visitation. Born in Woodlawn, Louisiana on September 8, 1925, he was the son of Thomas Daigle and Alzina Granger Frugia. Evett loved traveling with his wife. He enjoyed reading and treasured the time he spent with his children and grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Allison Daigle and brother, Nelson Daigle. He is survived by his daughters, Ellen Ray and husband, Hugh Dean of Orange and Patricia Richard of Austin, Texas; sons, Michael Daigle and wife Wanda of Orange and Fred Daigle of Round Rock, Texas; sister, Virginia Foster of Beaumont, Texas; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Glenda Kinder, 63, of West Orange, passed away on January 23, 2015 at her home in West Orange. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Barry Bradley of First Baptist Church in Orange. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, January 26, 2015 at Claybar funeral Home in Orange. Born in Port Arthur, Texas on October 4, 1951, she was the daughter of J.D. West and Aubrey Hext West. Glenda owned and operated Glenda’s Bake-A-Cake in Orange, Texas for over 35 years, and took great joy in participating in the birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries of so many in the community. Her shop was a source of great joy and friendship, and her staff were more like family than employees. Our family would like to thank them for all the love and support shown to us during this difficult time. You all know how loved you were, and we are honored that you loved her the same in return. For over 15 years, Glenda participated in the Orange Lions Club Carnival, where she cooked hot dogs and danced to the oldies. She took great joy in giving back to the community she loved, and the good work of Lions Club International. Glenda’s greatest legacy is the love and support she showed for so many. A natural caretaker, Glenda took great joy in cooking for those she loved, and she was as great a cook as she was a baker! Her family has lost the greatest cheerleader ever, because Glenda believed that you could achieve anything you set your mind to do, and never let her loved ones forget it. Her grandbabies will cherish her memory, and she will live on through each of them. They brought each other such joy! Glenda’s family would like to express the deepest gratitude to Southeast Texas Hospice and Dr. Servet Satir for demonstrating the love and care of Jesus to Glenda and her family during this journey. She is preceded in death by her father, J.D. West; husband, George Kinder, and son-in-law, Marty McDaniel. She is survived by her companion, Charlie Stout of West Orange; mother, Aubrey West of Deweyville; daughters, Ramona McDaniel of New Braunfels, Texas, Kacey Prejean and husband, Wyatt of Little Cypress, Texas, and Lisa Carroll and husband, Scooter of Orangefield, Texas; grandchildren, Blake, Meagan, Hayden, Delaney, Zoe, Hope , and Conner and brother, John West of Deweyville, Texas. Serving as pallbearers will be John D. West, Jr., Jason D. West, Travis Kitchens, Teddy Stout, Kent Jowell, Mark Kilchrist, and Clint Dryden. Honorary pallbearer is Danny Hoosier.
Gary Paul Flowers, 58, of Bridge City, passed away on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at his home. Funeral services will be 12:00 p.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Winfree Baptist Church in Bridge City. Officiating will be Brother Donald Toutcheque. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until service time on Saturday. Gary was born on December 4, 1956 to William and Mary Virginia (Martin) Flowers. He served in the United States Army and afterward he was an auto mechanic specializing in body works. He loved being with his family and friends, enjoyed fishing, barbequing, gardening or anything to do with the outdoors; he was also an animal lover. He is preceded in death by his wife, Laura Flowers; dad, William Flowers and sister, Cathy Bayless. Those left to cherish his memory are his mother, Mary Flowers; sons, Gary Paul Flowers, Jr. and wife Wendy, Chris Archer and wife Charlotte, and Jimmy Archer; 8 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; brother, Jim Flowers and sisters, Margaret Robinson and Lisa Jernigan. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Winfree Baptist Church 19525 Texas 62, Orange, TX 77630.
Melvin Homer “Mike” Garrison, 88, of Mauriceville, died Friday, January 23, 2015, at Oakwood Manor Nursing Home in Vidor. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 26, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Ed Rawls, pastor of Silver Oaks Baptist Church in Mauriceville. Entombment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Born in Orangefield on October 22, 1926, Mike was the son of Hugh and Agnes (Richard) Garrison. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps and the U.S. Air Force and served in the Occupation of Japan during WWII. He worked for DuPont Sabine River Works and retired after 39 years of service. Mike attended Silver Oaks Baptist Church. He was a very talented woodworker; enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on cars, telling stories and he loved to eat. Most of all, he loved his family dearly. Those who met Mike at the pearly gates Friday morning were his beloved wife, Dorothy, son, Ronnie and his old friend, Bill Hardesty – Bill, I’m returning the dollar. Mike is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Betty Garrison of Orange; son, Gary Garrison of Westport, Connecticut; daughter-in-law, Susan Garrison of Orange; grandchildren, Shon Garrison, Andrea Pietz, Ashley Garrison, Ben Harrison, Josh Garrison, Darren Harrison, Lindsey Ferree; great grandchildren, Jenna, Shaeleigh, Braydon, Trevor, Gavin, Bailey, Kennedy, Payton, Kate, Alana, Johnny, Lia and Ethan. He is also survived by his brother, Butch Garrison of Hemphill; sister, Susie Phillips of Sulphur, Louisiana; nephew, Buster Snelson of Mauriceville and sister-in-law, Christie Breaux of Orange. Serving as pallbearers will be Shon Garrison, Ben Harrison, Josh Garrison, Jared Ferree, Shane Pietz and Johnny Breaux. Honorary pallbearers will be Buster Snelson, John Hendricks and Bennie Cotton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Silver Oaks Baptist Church, 16460 FM 1442, Orange, Texas 77632 or to the Wounded War Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.
Dean Womack, age 76, of Jasper, graduated to be with his Lord on January 20, 2015. Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Jasper with burial to follow at Hancock Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 23, at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Jasper. Shirel, was a native and longtime Jasper resident. An outstanding quarterback and pitcher he was a 1956 graduate of Jasper High School. He graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1960. After 38 years as a teacher and coach he retired to his childhood home in Jasper. Shirel was a proud member of the Texas High School Coaches Association. He loved his family deeply, and always encouraged them to “be careful and call me when you get home.” He was a former President of the Jasper High School Alumni Association. He loved the Lord and was a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher at Hillcrest Baptist Church. Survivors include two sons Dean Womack and wife Rosie of Anahuac, TX and David Womack and wife Wendy of Cypress, TX; two brother-in-law’s Reverend Dick Phillips of Jasper & Dan Burnett of West Columbia; three sister-in-law’s Marian McMullen of Spring, Johnnie Ruth Ener of Humble, & Charlotte Leddy of Fort Worth; five grandchildren Brittany, Taylor, J.D., Bryce and Zac; Shirel was also survived by a host of other family & friends. Shirel was preceded in death by his wife of 54 happy years Danielle Womack; a sister Shirley Phillips and parents Odaire & Opal Womack. Memorials may be made to The Jasper Scholarship for Athletes, in memory of Shirel Womack, C/O First Bank and Trust, 204 East Lamar, Jasper, TX 75951. Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Jasper.
On Wednesday January 21, 2015 Samuel Phillips, Sr. age 86 of Pearl River, LA passed away. He was born in West Monroe, LA on August 6, 1928 and graduated from Stark High School in Orange, TX in 1947.Mr. Phillips was a Chairman of Planning and Zoning Commission of Pearl River, LA, served in the United States Marine Corp, and was an engineer by trade. He is survived by his sons Samuel S. Phillips, Jr. (wife LeAnne D. Phillips), George R. Phillips (wife Terri Phillips), and Michael Phillips (wife Christina Phillips), his brothers Jack, Harold, and Pap Phillips, sisters Dorothy Phillips and Mary Carolyn Story, and 5 grandchildren Stephen, Brandon, Kyle, Kelly, and Cody. He is preceded in death by his wife of 57 yrs Cora Lee Phillips and his parents Jack and Effie Phillips.
D.T. Williams Funeral Home 67525 Hwy 41 Pearl River, LA 70452 in charge of arrangements.
Bill Droddy left this world on January 19, 2015. Bill was 76 years old. He was the son of Addis and Artie Droddy. He was born in Orange, Texas on October 1, 1938. From a very young age Bill instinctively knew how an engine should run and showed off his skill through many drag races out on the back roads of Southeast Texas. In 1963, Bill and his family moved to Houston where he took a job for A. J. Foyt in the service department. He became one of Mr. Foyt's go-to men when an engine needed a little tune up. He was invited to go, and did go to, at least one of A. J.'s Indianapolis 500 races. He loved fast cars. He could assess a car's problems without much hesitation. He is survived by his son, Roger Lloyd Droddy and partner, Judy Harvey, of Cypress, Texas; his daughter, Kerri Lynn Droddy of Vidor; his brother, Joe Droddy and wife, Jonell of Vidor; and his longtime companion, Nelda Scott of Lumberton, TX. His nieces and nephews will always remember their Uncle Bill. He lived, he loved, he sought after knowledge, he trusted others, he was loyal; he rose to the top of his profession. He was a good man. He has a host of life-long friends that speaks volumes of a man's character. He loved life, but most of all he loved his children, Kerri and Roger. Friends are invited to join the family at a memorial service which will be held at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange, at 2:00pm on Saturday, January 24, 2015. A visitation will be held on Saturday from noon until the time of the service.
Willie Wills 58 of Orange, Texas died on Monday, January 19, 2015. Mr. Wills was a resident of Orange, Texas for many years and a native of Bonita, Louisiana. He graduated from West Orange Stark High School in 1974 and later went into the Army. He was a graduate of Houston Community College where he earned an Associate Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Willie worked as a Head Chef at Rice University and Area Manager for Popeye’s& Wieners Department Store for several years. Willie had a passion for cooking and he loved reading books. He also enjoyed nature and being outside. In his spare time he would go to the library and read books and he also enjoyed watching movies. Mr. Wills was preceded in death by his father Atric Wills Sr., his mother Ethel Lee Wills, and 2 brothers Bobby Joe Wills& Thomas Len Wills. Going home celebration will be on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 12:00 pm at St. Paul CME Church located at 1201 North 4th St in Orange, Texas. Visitation will be held at the church starting at 10:00 am til time of service. Pastor Elgena N. Weaver will be officiating. Interment to follow at VA Cemetery in Houston, Texas under the direction of Colonial Memorial Chapel. Leaving to cherish his precious memories three daughters Stacy Hogg of Crockett, Texas, Eustacia “Tiny” Polk-Waldon (Willie), Lagatha “Piggy” Perry (Andre) of Houston, Texas, one son Darrius Polk (Staci) of Houston, Texas, three brothers Knogs A. Wills (Corine) of Orange, Texas, Lorance Wills (Sandra) of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Ronnie Wills of Sweden, A Special Friend Gloria Downing of Houston, Texas, 8 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, Special Niece Mariah Cotton-Wills, a host of relatives and friends.
Lanora Jean Taylor, 75, of Orangefield, passed away on January 16, 2015, at her home. Funeral Service will be held Thursday, January 22 at 1:00pm at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City with Reverend Clifton Rankin officiating. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 11:00am on Thursday at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Born in Shelby County, Texas, on April 5, 1939, Lanora was the daughter of Roy E. Franks and Eunice (Ramsey) Franks. She worked at Entex for over forty years and was a member of First Baptist Church of Orangefield. Lanora was a loving mother and sister and would always sacrifice her own needs to help others. She was very active in her church and was always willing to help anyone without expecting any sort of praise or recognition in return; her door was always open to anyone who needed her. Lanora was very soft spoken with a quiet, warm demeanor, and she was always such a pleasure to be around. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Bill Taylor; her son Jason Taylor; and her brother Billie Franks. She is survived by her son Joe Taylor; her brothers Byron Franks and wife Jenean, and Royce Franks and wife Danna; and her sister Aleen Grimes and husband Bob. Serving as pallbearers will be Jimmy Grimes, David Grimes, Chris Sizemore, Danny Allen, and John Wagner.
Keith Leo Jenkins, 41, of Orange passed away Wednesday, January 7, 2015. A gathering of family and friends will be Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 5:00 until 10:00 p.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Cremation will follow under the direction of Claybar Haven of Rest Crematory. Keith was born in Galveston on August 7, 1973 to Robert Lee and Betty (Godeaux) Jenkins and was the youngest of 3 boys. He loved making people laugh and being with friends and family. Some of his favorite past times were fishing and swimming. Most recently Keith was working on the shrimp boats, unloading them after coming into port. He is preceded in death by his father, Robert Lee Jenkins, Sr. and grandmother, Louise Duplechain and is survived by his wife, Chavonne (Riley) Jenkins; mom, Betty (Godeaux) Jenkins; son, Cody Jenkins; brothers, Donald Ross and Robert Lee Jenkins, Jr. and his dogs, Molly and Halle.
William “Bill” Lanning, 82, of Winnie, passed away on January 18, 2015, at Arboretum of Winnie Nursing and Rehabilitation. Funeral services will be 11:00am, Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend John Warren. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be from 4:00pm-8:00pm, Tuesday January 20th at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Longview, Texas, on January 14, 1933, he was the son of Wilbert Gordon Lanning and Maribel (Thompson) Lanning. Bill worked at Market Basket for over twenty years and was one of the original members of the OCARC. He was also a huge West-Orange Stark fan. He is preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur and Maribel Lanning and his brother, Richard Lanning. He is survived by his brother, Robert Lanning and wife, Sylvia; nieces and nephews, Leighia Barron and husband, Richard, Bobby Lanning and wife, Mary Lou, Rebecca Owens, Mark Carr and wife, Cindy, Robert Lanning and wife, Sandy, Terry LeGrande and husband, Mark, Cindi Carr, Leigh Carr, and Carla Dunn and husband, Jonathon. He is also survived by many great-nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the OCARC, 905 West Park Avenue, Orange, TX 77630.
Juanita Moore 77 of Orange, Texas died on Tuesday January 13, 2015. Mrs. Moore was a resident of Orange, Texas for over 60 years and a native of Lecompte, Louisiana. She was loved by many in the community along with family members. She was a faithful member of St. Paul CME church in Orange, Texas. Mrs. Moore served as President of the Usher Board along with many other capacities in the church. She also served with the Eastern Star Organization and City Wide Usher Board. Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by her husband James Willie Moore. Going home celebration will be on Saturday January 24, 2015 at 11:00 am at Mount Olive Baptist Church located at 106 west park avenue in Orange, Texas. Visitation will be held at the church starting a 9:30 am til time of service. Pastor De'Andrea Bell will be officiating. Interment to follow at Hollywood Cemetery in Orange, Texas under the direction of Colonial Memorial Chapel. She leaves to cherish her precious memories three sons, James Moore (Chattie) of Orange, Texas, Mark Moore (Vanita) of College Station, Texas and Saleem Rashadeen (Arenda) of Harbor City, California. One daughter, Margie McDonel of Lancaster, California. Two brothers, William Smith (Harrynell) and Jimmy Smith (Linda) both of Orange, Texas. One sister, LaVerne Hodge (Freeman) of Los Angelas, California. She also leaves behind 20 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren and a host of family and friends.
John L. Parkinson, 53, beloved husband, father, son and brother, passed away Jan. 16, 2015 in Friendswood, Texas. He was born Sept. 5, 1961 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, to Samuel C. Parkinson Jr. and Mary Louise Thornton Parkinson. John is survived by his mother; his wife, Regina Lee Dorman Parkinson of Friendswood; daughter Adrienne Bartley of Friendswood; sons Cameron and Landon Bartley of Rosenberg; brother Sandy Parkinson of Greensboro, N.C.; sisters, Gail Hardie of Charleston, S.C. and Susan Parkinson of Atlanta, GA; nieces Jennifer Williams and Kate Hardie, nephews Drew Parkinson, David Hardie, and Lee Thomas Dorman; and great-nieces Scout Hardie and Harper Williams. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, and numerous friends who all loved him dearly. John took great pride in being a member of the North Carolina State Wolfpack, graduating with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1984. His career began at 17, as a school bus driver, and the fact that he could be entrusted with that job as a teenager, speaks volumes about who he was: dependable, trustworthy, competent, hard-working, and dedicated to the safety and well-being of others. His resume includes 30 years of accomplishments in the petro-chemical industry, beginning as a production engineer for Allied-Signal in 1984. He relocated from North Carolina to Orange, Texas where he worked for Chevron Chemical Company. He also held engineering, management, and executive positions with Millennium Petrochemicals, LaPorte, Texas; Lyondell Chemical, Clinton, Iowa; Equistar facilities in LaPorte, Houston and Chocolate Bayou; and Lyondell Basell, Houston. Most recently, he led the development and construction of a state-of-the-art propylene facility in Houston as vice president of manufacturing for Petrologistics in Houston. He had been working as Maintenance, Reliability Engineering Leader for Ascend Performance Materials in Chocolate Bayou since April 2014. John was Chairman of the Board for the East Harris County Manufacturers Association, where he was recently named member of the year. Other leadership positions included Director of the Regional Development Corporation, Clinton, Iowa; Director of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce; Director of the Orange Lions Club; and numerous other positions with United Way drives and various community projects. His time directing the annual Lions Club Carnival in Orange was a highlight for him. John's accomplishments were substantial, but his greatest joy was his family. His love, care and support for his wife, children and parents were unsurpassed. He coached soccer and basketball for many years and never missed a game -- Adrienne, Cameron and Landon were his pride and joy. John was also very proud of his Green Bay Packers and had been a loyal fan since childhood. He also loved the Texans and his sons' alma mater, Texas A&M University. John was a devoted tennis fan and seeing the French Open in Paris last year, as he and his wife celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary was a highlight. He loved travel, the beach, bird watching, astronomy, movies, Alley Theater and Houston Symphony productions, museums, golf, newspapers and woodworking. He was the number one fan of Regina's art and spent many, many hours building frames for team Aquagirl Art, driving the mini-van and setting up tents and artwork. He was humble, selfless and completely devoted to those he loved and the community at large. A visitation will be held Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. at Crowder Funeral Home, Webster, TX. A funeral service will follow on Wednesday, January 21 at 2 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 18220 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay, TX, 77058. A private graveside service will be held at Dorman Cemetery in Orange, TX at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial donation in John's name may do so to the at www.heart.org, or Orange Lions Club, P.O. Box 1572, Orange, Texas 77631, 409-779-3643.
The Celebration of Life for Mrs. Beulah Levier Odom will be held during a Mass of Christian Burial, Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anne de Beaupre Catholic Church, 2810 Link Rd, Houston, TX 77009. Rites of Christian Burial will follow in Paradise North Cemetery in Houston under the direction of Sparrow Funeral Home. Visitation will be Saturday morning from 8 until 10:00 a.m. at the church. A rosary will be prayed at 9:30 a.m. Her services will start in Orange, her home for many years, Friday, January 23, 2015 with Visitation from 3 until 5 p. m at St. Therese Catholic Church, 1409 6th St. A rosary will also be prayed at St. Therese starting at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. A family repast will be held in the St. Therese Family Life Center starting at 5 p.m. after the Visitation services. MRS. BEULAH LEVIER ODOM peacefully departed this life on Thursday, January 15, 2015, 6 days after her 97th birthday. God saw fit and blessed all by allowing her moments of consciousness during her birthday celebration so that she could see all the many kin gathered together at one time to celebrate and be with her; so much so that her Mother’s house was bulging at the seams; a true blessing, a merciful Godsend. She is survived by two daughters, Harrianne Odom Spencer of Humble, TX and Sharon Odom Fling of Missouri City, TX, one sister, Julia Fuller of Houston, TX, her niece and caregiver, Theresa Miles of Houston, 10 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.
Jewell Dean Phillips, 83, of Lumberton, passed away on January 18, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. A graveside service will be 10:00am, Thursday, January 22, 2015, at Alans Chapel Cemetery in Cookeville, Tennessee. Visitation will be from 2:00pm-4:00pm, Tuesday, January 20, 2014 at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Selina, Tennessee, on July 30, 1931, she was daughter of Robert Daniels and Bessie Daniels. She is preceded in death by her husband, Haskell Phillips. She is survived by her children, Frances Grasty of Lumberton, Lloyd “Buddy” Phillips and wife, Leigh of Bridge City, Brenda Britnell of Orange, Susie Lindsey and husband, Gerald of Orange, and Danny Phillips and wife, Cara of Eau Clar, Wisconsin; eighteen grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; and her sisters, Sis Sherfield and Dean Odele.
Edna Belle Broxson, 72, of Kenefick, passed away Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital in Lake Charles. Born on March 24, 1942 in Merryville, Louisiana to her parents, Wilburn Martin Broxson and Ella Mae (Pollock) Broxson, she lived in Kenefick for the Last 6 years and had previously lived in Orange. Edna was a Homemaker and a member of the Kenefick Baptist Church in Kenefick. Edna was a very kind hearted person who assisted in the raising of many children in addition to her own; she enjoyed shopping, sewing, listening to music and spending time with her family. Edna is preceded in death by her parents; her son, Aaron Lynn McKnight; her grandsons, Jeremy Vercher and Jason Vercher and the father of her children, Joe Max McKnight. Those who will both cherish her memory are her daughters, Gladys Ross and husband, Clyde Hedrick of San Leon, Texas and Connie Bankston and husband, Woody of Moss Bluff, Louisiana; her son, Joe Allen McKinght of Kenefick; her sister, Helen Collins of Meridian, Mississippi; her brother, Walter “ Lucky “ Broxson and wife, Mitzy of Indiana; six grandchildren, nine great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Graveside services to remember and honor Edna’s life will be at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Jeff Day, pastor of the Kenefick Baptist Church. A gathering of Edna’s family and friends will be from 9:00 A.M. until 11:00 Wednesday at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.