Kelly Ann Hyatt, 52, of Orange passed away on Friday, September 19, 2014 at her residence. Kelly grew up in Amarillo, Texas after moving from Wisconsin. She then joined the Air Force and was stationed in England. That is where she met Thomas Hyatt, got married and had their first daughter, Lindsey Hyatt. Kelly and Thomas spent many years traveling the country and even had lived in Japan; also having two more daughters, Stefani (Cricket) Hyatt and Heather Hyatt. They settled in Orange, TX where she lived out her remaining days and finally passing away in her home surrounded by her husband, children and her identical twin sister, Stephanie Zinmer after a three years battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert L. Zinmer Sr.; grandmother, Francis Gleason. Kelly is survived by her husband, Thomas “Gator” Hyatt of Orange, TX; daughters, Lindsey Michelle Hyatt of Dallas, TX, Cricket Marie Hyatt of Orange, TX, Heather Danielle Hyatt of Orange, TX; mother, Dawn Gonzales of Amarillo, TX; sister, Stephanie Lynn Zinmer of Amarillo, TX, brother, Robert L. Zinmer Jr. of Amarillo, TX; grandchildren, Levi Love and Camden Soape. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 4:30 pm until 8:30 pm at Dorman Funeral Home 8808 Highway 87 North Orange, TX 77632. Cremation will follow the services.
Hank Cecil Shores, born September 1,1949 in Orange, Texas, passed away peacefully in Alamosa, Colorado, on September 17, 2014. Hank was a 1967 graduate of Orangefield High School, attended Lamar University and the University of Texas at Austin. Shortly after graduating he enlisted in the Armed Forces and was a sailor in the United States Navy. Hank led an eventful, colorful and unconventional life. He appeared three times on the Jay Leno show, had a live phone interview with David Letterman on his show and was a “roadie” for Aerosmith. Hank was an entertainer and the size of the audience never mattered. He considered himself quite the comedian, songwriter and singer. Hank was a member of Pipefitter’s Local 195 and also worked many years in sales. He truly was one of a kind. Hank was preceded in death by his parents, Carron and Fred Shores. He is survived by his daughter, Cori Norwood, and husband, Brent, of Orange, sons, Clark Shores, and wife, Ingrid, of Groves and Derek Shores of Austin; one brother, Freddy Shores, and wife, Mary, two sisters, Cheryl Wilfer, and husband, Lawrence, and Peggy Shores Michael; six grandchildren, Bayleigh Shelton Chesson, Korri Norwood Ayers, Gavin and Christian Norwood, Carson and Alexandra Shores. Hank was baptized into Christ as a young teenager and later served the Lord as a member of the McLewis Church Of Christ. While he struggled with life’s temptations, he never denied Jesus as Lord. Services will be held Sunday, September 21th, 4 pm at the McLewis Church of Christ, 15497 FM 1442, Orange, Tx. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Church of Christ India , in care of McLewis Church of Christ, 7834 Guillory Rd. Orange, TX 77632. “Some men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with a song still in them.”
Carolyn Joye Griffith, age 67, passed away peacefully at Veranda House in Katy, Texas, on Thursday, September 18th, 2014. Born October 19th, 1946, in Longview, Texas, to Nola Jean Roberts and Elvis Clyde “Sonny” Reynolds, she graduated from Bridge City High School in 1964. Carolyn married James Boyd Dartez on August 1st, 1965 in Orange, Texas, and was blessed with two children during their 17 years together. She moved on to find her life-long loving husband, Carl Griffith, and married at her family home on September 19th, 1986, gaining another 3 step-children to love. Survivors include her husband of 28 years, R. Carl Griffith; 2 children, James Boyd Dartez, Jr. (spouse, Pamela Marie Derby Dartez) and Darolyn Elizabeth Dann (spouse, Michael David Dann); 1 brother, Daryl Reynolds; 4 grandchildren, Lucien Anthony Dann, Katelyn Leona Dartez, Valora Anntoinette Dann, and Madelyn Daniel Boyd Dartez; 3 step-children, Amanda Holland, Rev. Christopher Griffith, and Dr. Stephanie Meissen and many step-grandchildren. Carolyn's endeavors varied tremendously, always allowing her to connect with people and bring heart-felt determination into any interaction. Her greatest passions included geneaology and scrapbooking. She leaves more friends and adopted family than may be named, just know that all are in her heart. Working as a legal secretary, she enjoyed helping others during her employment at Stephenson & Thompson, Orange, Texas, and Elick & Elick, Bellville, Texas. Her volunteer work and affiliations in the Golden Triangle area included the Fraternal Order of Eagles Sabine Aerie #2523, Eagle Riders as “Snap Shot”, and the American Legion Lloyd Grubbs Post 49. Relatives and friends are welcome to bring a small personal momento to send with Carolyn. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, September 22nd, at Dorman's Funeral Home, 8808 Highway 87 North, Orange, Texas 77632. Services will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23rd, at Dorman's Funeral Home. Burial will be held in private at Autumn Oaks Memorial Park. James Martin and Tim Martin honor Carolyn by officiating her services jointly. Pallbearers to be Boyd Dartez, James Dartez, Michael Dann, James Martin, Tim Martin, and David Tincher; Honorary Pallbearers to be Gaby Hammett, Jack Darby, Johnny Gill, and Ronnie Gill. Thanks to the staff and volunteers at Texas Oncology, SETX Hospice, Good Shepherd Hospice, and Vernad House for their help and support.
James Berry De Loach Jr passed away 9/11/2014 at Catherines Hospital after a long battle with illness. He is now happily with His Lord and family in heaven. James Berry De Loach, Jr. was born on March 15, 1963 to parents James Berry DeLoach and Madgielean Ruth Hobdy DeLoach in Winnfield, Louisiana.The family moved to Orange, Texas when he was four years old. At a young age, he dedicated his life to Christ and became an active member of Starlight Baptist Church in Orange, Texas. James completed his high school education at West Orange Stark High School with the Class of 1981 in Orange, Texas. He was a longtime, loyal member of the Gate City Lodge Number 31 Masons becoming a Master Mason in Orange ,Texas. He attended Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas. During his education he was a class photojournalist and perfected his art for the school newspaper and fellow students. He then served our country by joining the United States Navy as a Chaplain’s assistant and protector. Most of his service was at Great Lakes Naval center in North Chicago, IL. In 1992 he completed his service, receiving an honorable discharge from the Navy and relocated to nearby Kenosha, Wisconsin. He worked at Walmart’s photography studios for several years and went back to school in 1997. He attended Gateway Tech for two years for graphic art and photography and began his own photo studio Artistic Expressions. He joined Second Baptist Church, helped teach Sunday school and did photography work for his fellow parishioners at events. He met his good friend Linda Bergstrom in 1992 and together they raised two sons James Berry De Loach III and Robert M Bergstrom. James was preceded in death by his mother, Madgielean DeLoach and twin sister, Veronica Una. He leaves to cherish his memory his father, James Berry DeLoach, Sr. and sister, Jacqueline E. DeLoach Rachal of Orange, Texas, his friends Linda Bergstrom and Ernest Coleman, their sons James and Robert, his niece, Victoria Rachal of Beaumont, Texas, Uncles Sebron (Tonitte) DeLoach, Jr., Felix (Edna) DeLoach, of Shreveport, Louisiana, Aunt, Margaret (Perry) Hollingsworth of Winnfield, Louisiana and a host of cousins and friends.
Leland Sonier, Sr., 72, of Orange, passed away on September 14, 2014, in Orange. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM, Thursday, September 18, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Burial will follow at Antioch Cemetery in Buna. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday September 17th at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Vinton, Louisiana, on November 24, 1941, He was the son of Vores Sonier and Lucille (Pruitt) Sonier. Leland was a retired truck driver. He is preceded in death by his parents, Vores and Lucille Sonier; wife, Betty Sonier; brothers, Floyd Sonier, Edward Sonier, and Jerry Wayne Sonier. He is survived by his children, Leland Sonier, Jr. and wife, Cindy of Orange, Ricky Sonier and wife, Connie of Spring; grandchildren, Michael Sonier, Mathew Sonier, Misty Sonier, and Blake Sonier; great-grandchildren, Kaiden Zavadil, Madison Sonier, and Preston Sonier; brothers, L. J. Sonier, Dudley Sonier; and his half-sister, Gladys Martin.
John Junior “ Sonny “ Cleven, 84, of Mauriceville, passed away Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. Born on August 5, 1930 in Utica, Wisconsin to his parents, John Syvernious Cleven and Josephine Freda (Rahberger) Cleven. John owner and operated a Repair Shop where he worked as a mechanic and had also been a machinist. He served his country proudly as a veteran of the United States Army from 1951 until 1959 receiving and Honorable Discharge and he was of the Catholic faith. John had a very strong work ethic, he enjoyed taking care of his yard and he will be remembered as a very giving and generous man who enjoyed spending time with his family. John is preceded in death by his Maw and Paw and his sisters, Florence Wierenga, Beatrice Ender, Irene Johnson and Ella Marie Langlois. Those who will most cherish his memory are his daughter, Cindy Boudreaux and husband, Don of Highlands, Texas; his sons John Russell Cleven of Pasadena, Michael Edward Cleven of Cedar Park, Texas, Jeffrey David Cleven and wife, Makayla Khalid of Mauriceville and William Joseph Cleven and Connie Calvert of Pasadena; his sisters, Joyce Heisig, Eunice Welch and Mary Viner; his brothers, Jim Cleven and wife, Marlene, Tom Cleven and wife, Joanne and Frank Cleven and wife, Kathy. John is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at 2:15 P. M. Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Houston National Cemetery in Houston. Honors will be provided by the Fort Sam Houston Honor Guard Team. A gathering of John’s family and friends will be from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.
Opal C. "Tiny'' Bartley 85,passed away Saturday, September 13,2014 at The Meadows Nursing Home in Orange. She was a lifelong native of Orange, TX. , born March 20, 1929, to William and Susie (Moore) Perry who preceded her in death. Opal worked for West Orange-Stark and retired in 1996 after 27 years of service in the cafeteria. She was a member of Old First Orange Baptist Church. Her loving husband, Jack Bartley Sr. preceded her in death after 48 years of marriage. Also preceding her in death were her brothers; George Perry, L.J. Perry, William Ray Perry, sister, Doris Marie Benson all of Orange. She is survived by her daughter, Judy and her husband Rusty Granger of Orange, her son Jack Jr and his wife Holly (Brady) Bartley of little Cypress; her grandchildren, Angie (Scotty) Wilson, Christopher Granger of Orange, Adrienne, Landon, and Cameron Bartley all of Houston; her great-grandchildren Scotty Jr and Ruby Wilson of Orange, Nevaeh Granger of Oklahoma and Izabella Granger of Kentucky; her sisters, Mary (Kate) Young and Shirley Brister of Little Cypress; brother, Tommy (Marilyn) Perry of Mauriceville. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and other family members. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Pastor Harold Nazworth of First Baptist Church in West Orange. Burial will follow at Autumn Oaks Cemetery in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 PM, Tuesday at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Serving as Pallbearers will be, Chris Granger, Michael Brister, Landon Bartley, Cameron Bartley, Larry Joe Perry, and Ronnie Perry.