George Bennett “ Buddy “ Winder, Sr., 81, of Little Cypress, passed away on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at his residence. Born on December 14, 1932 in Nacogdoches, Texas to his parents, William Winder and Ada (Baker) Winder, he lived in Little Cypress for the last 45 years and in Orange County for 67 years. George worked as a teamster, professional truck driver and mechanic for Mann Construction and M. K. Ferguson Construction and he proudly served his country in the United States Army. George graduated from Mauriceville High School and he was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Orange. George will be most fondly remembered for his love of the outdoors, hunting, his ability to fix and or repair most anything, his skill in playing dominoes, attending sporting events for his grandchildren and spending time with his family. George is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joyce Winder and his sisters, Ruby Phillips and Lois Bazemore. Those who shall carry on his legacy are his daughters, Brenda Joyce Winder of Bridge City and Tammy Marie Neie and husband, Robert of Orange; his sons, George Bennett “ Benny “ Winder, Jr. of Orange Garry Lynn Winder and wife, Angie of Orange and Larry Gene Winder and wife, Misty Bornholdt – Winder of Orange; grandchildren, Whitney Winder Land and husband, Shaun, Keaton Winder, Amber Martin, William Martin, Madison Martin, Marcy Neie, Chase Bennett Neie, Blake Winder, Brock Winder and Tabitha Holste; great grandchildren, Rhett and Emma Land; his nieces, Martha Ann Findley, Marie Logsdon, Billie Eaves, Ellen Peco and Loweda Kay Elliott. George is also survived by numerous extended family and friends. Services to remember and honor George’s life will be at 10:00 A.M. Monday, September 1, 2014 in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange with Reverend James Lea and Mike Day, officiating. Rite of Committal and Interment will be held at 3:00 P.M. at the Fairview Cemetery in Lufkin where he will be laid to rest next to his wife. A gathering of family and friends for a time of reflection will be from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Sunday at the funeral home. Honoring George as pallbearers are Keaton Winder, William Martin, Blake Winder, Chase Neie, Brock Winder and David Martin. Honorary pallbearers are Charles Rick, Sr., Sam Permenter, Julian Gross, Jimmy Wayne Raley, Charles Ricks, Jr., Sam Permenter, Jr. and Wilton Whitehead. Condolences may be expressed for the family at
Elmarie Harrison McKay, 83, of Orange, passed away on August 27, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 30, 2014, at Old First Orange Baptist Church in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Keith Meyer. Burial will follow at Autumn Oaks Cemetery in Orange. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday August 29th at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in El Dorado, Arkansas, on September 18, 1930, she was the daughter of E. J. Harrison Sr. and Marie Jones Harrison. Elmarie worked as an LVN before retiring from Doctor’s Hospital in Groves. She was a member of Old First Orange Baptist Church for many years, where she was a member of the sewing club and Ruth Class, her Sunday School Class. She enjoyed family gatherings, hunting, fishing and traveling. Elmarie was a member of the Good Sam’s Traveling Club. Her love of traveling took her to every state in the U.S., as well as outside of the country. Elmarie also went on trips with the Volunteer Christian Builders. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and she will be dearly missed. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.T. McKay; her parents, E.J. Harrison Sr. and Marie Jones Harrison; and her son-in-law Tony Howard. She is survived by her children, Kenneth McKay and wife, Peggy of Mauriceville, Barbara Ryder of China, Jim McKay and wife, Glenda of Orange, Jerry McKay and wife, Vina of Orange, and Ronnie McKay and wife, Anna of Orange; grandchildren, Amanda, Kristi, Tracy, Jonathan, Nathan, Miranda, Kaci, Kourtney, David, Nicole, Brandon, Zack, Wendy, Ally, and Robert; 21 great-grandchildren; her brother, Elmer Jack Harrison, Jr. and wife Pat of Little Cypress; and numerous other family and friends. Serving as pallbearers will be her grandsons, Jonathan McKay, Nathan McKay, David McKay, Brandon McKay, Clem Espinoza, Richard Kimball, and Neil Miller. Honorary pallbearers are her grandsons Zack McKay, Robert McKay, and Troy Tubbs. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Old First Orange Baptist Church: 7925 Interstate 10 E, Orange, TX 77630.
J.D. "Jake" Warden, 78, of Kirbyville, died in his home Tuesday evening. He was born in Fairdale, Texas, to Jesse D. and Katie McGee Warden. J.D. graduated from Hemphill High School in 1954, then served in the U.S. Army in Korea during after the Korean War. J.D. or "Jake" as he was known by his co-workers retired as supervisor for United States Steel and was a member of Boiler Makers Union Local 587. He belonged and was a deacon of the Beechgrove Missionary Baptist Church. He moved to Kirbyville seventeen years ago coming from Orange, Texas. J.D. is survived by his wife of fifty-six years, Leona Warden of Kirbyville, his daughter Leisa Lewis and her husband Wesley of Orange, his brother Donald Warden and his wife Cookie of Kirbyville, his sisters; Kathryn McDaniel Smith and her husband Gale of Mauriceville, Dwanda White McCroskey and her husband Glenn of Hemphill, and his grandson Jarred Lewis. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters; Helen McGraw, Hazel Seago, Jessie Low, Tressie Loudon and his brother Norris Warden. Visitation will be from 5:00PM until 8:00PM, Thursday, August 29, 2014, in the Starr Funeral Home, 510 Starr St., Hemphill, Texas. Funeral services will be at 11:00AM, Friday, August 29, 2014, in the Starr Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Mt. Sinai Cemetery in the Fairmount community near Hemphill.
Rufus Jennings (RJ) Holt, 73 of Orange passed away at his home on 25 August. RJ was born on 22 February, 1941 in Clare, Louisiana to Ruth Evans and Jennings Holt. He spent his childhood in Sabine County, Texas and joined the military as a very young man. RJ served his country stateside as well as in France, Germany and in Vietnam and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Combat Medical Badge, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal (5thAwd), the Air Medal, the Aircraft Crewman Badge as well as the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. RJ retired from the US Army after twenty years of proud service and moved to Orange in 1977. He worked briefly for the Orange County Drainage District and then settled into his second career with the Sabine River & Northern Railroad. RJ was ever industrious and had tremendous mechanical aptitude. He never met an engine, a piece of equipment or a structure that he couldn’t build, repair or improve. He loved to hunt and to fish and to help friends and family with a project – so long as they were willing to start at daylight! RJ is preceded in death by his parents, by his step-father, Arlon Mitchell and by his siblings; Wanda Tomlinson Webb, Charlene (Mattie) DuBose and her husband, Archie, Jim Holt and Charles Holt. RJ is survived by his wife, Mary Carolyn Holt, his daughter, Elizabeth Jackson, his son, Michael Holt and his great pride - his only grandchild, Emily Jackson. He is also survived by his brother, Willie Holt; sister, Betty Mitchell; sister Mattie Lea Maxey and her husband, Bobby and by his sister Carolyn Martin and her husband, Tommy. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 29, 2014 from 5.30pm until 8.30pm at Dorman Funeral Home with a gathering of friends and family to follow at 2001 Rein, Orange Texas. Funeral services will be at 10am on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at Dorman Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Clearwater Cemetery in Florien, Louisiana. Pallbearers will be Darian Armfield, Higinio Gonzalez, Jr., Dalton Lowe, BJ Perry, Bryce Perry and Bill Windham. RJ’s family is deeply grateful to the Southeast Texas Hospice team for their kind and compassionate care.
Donnie Ray Harrison, 42, of Orange, passed away on August 25, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Saturday, August 30, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Jim Wesson. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 pm, Friday August 29th at Claybar Funeral Home. Born in Orange, Texas, on July 10, 1972, he was the son of Logan Lee Harrison and Marlynne (Jackson) McNeese. He was preceded in death by his father, Logan Lee Harrison. Donnie is survived by his wife, Jeri Harrison of Orange; mother, Marlynne McNeese of Orange; children, Skylar Hickey of Port Neches, Zachary McCombs of Orange, Destanee Harrison of Orange, and Caiden Harrison of Orange; and his siblings, Debra Davis and husband, Glenn of Atascocita, Logan T. Harrison of Mauriceville, Robert Lee Harrison of Orange, and Donna Lynn Kelly and husband, Bill of Beaumont.
James H. “Jim” Scarbrough, 70 years old, longtime Orange resident, passed away August 24, 2014 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. Jim was born March 1, 1944 to James Elsworth Scarbrough and Naomi (Pitts) Scarbrough. He graduated from Pasadena High School in 1962 and became a Master plumber, owning his own business in Alvin, Texas for ten years. He then worked for DuPont in Orange until he retired in 2000. Upon retirement he moved to Lufkin. Jim loved to fish and travel, having made it to all fifty states. He loved to bowl, play cards, dominoes and work puzzles. Most of all he enjoyed being around family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jenny (Strahan) Scarbrough; sons, Steve Scarbrough of Pasadena, Ed Scarbrough and wife, Cristy of Mauriceville; daughter, Shelley Earnest and husband, Joey of Orange; grandchildren, Amber Scarbrough of Nederland, Todd Scarbrough, USAF, Germany, Amanda Daigle of Lumberton, Lindsey, Lacey, Stephen and Shane Scarbrough, all of Pasadena, Brayden Earnest of Orange; step grandson, Brandon Butcher, USAF, Alaska; three great grandsons, Lane, Elliott, and Palmer; sister, Jeri Patterson and husband, Sammy of Pasadena; sister in law, Barbara Droddy and husband, Clarence of Orange; numerous relatives and friends that will always be appreciated for their love and support through the years, especially during his battle with pancreatic cancer the last 18 months. He fought hard and amazed the doctors that he lived past their predictions. He will sorely be missed, but is at rest now in his heavenly home. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 5 pm until 9 pm at Dorman Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 2 pm at Silver Oaks Baptist Church in Orange, with Rev. Ed Rawls officiating. Burial will follow at Autumns Oaks Memorial Park in Orange. Honoring Mr. Scarbrough as pallbearers will be Ed Scarbrough, Steve Scarbrough, Rob Droddy, Sammy Patterson, Rick Patterson and Stephen Scarbrough. Honorary pallbearers are Clarence Droddy, Danny Squires, Keith Kemper, Gary Gray, Bobby Ener, Don Fields and Dan Flanagan.

Eric (EJ) Duhon passed away August 25, 2014. Eric was born in Kaplan, Louisiana on July 18, 1933, and resided in Orange since 1942. He graduated from Stark High School and served in the U. S. Marine Corp during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. He retired from Allied Chemical and Dupont Sabine River Works. He was a long time member of First Christian Church in Orange. EJ was preceded in death by his parents, Wilson and Marie Duhon; his wife, Shirley A. Duhon; and his sister, Jeanette Lincecum. He is survived by his longtime companion, Joan Gallas of Bullard, Texas; his daughter, Rebecca Wolfe and husband, Steve of Orange, Texas; granddaughters, Dr. Erica Hightower and husband, Steven of Cypress, Texas; Lindsay Hallman and husband, Scotty of Orange, Texas; great-grandchildren, Carter Hightower, Cade Hightower, Jenna Hallman, and Paisley Hallman; and his brother, Alvin Duhon of Orange, Texas. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm, Friday, August 29, 2014, at First Christian Church, 611 N. 9th St. in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Damon Bickham and Dr. Andy Pate. Burial will follow at Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 pm, Thursday at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Serving as pallbearers will be Scotty Hallman, Steven Hightower, Earl Duhon, Jeffery Dickens, Doug Manning, Ed Smith, Pleas Evans, and Scott Horton. Honorary pallbearers are Joe Alford, Alvin Duhon, and Mike Smith. In lieu of flowers, you may contribute to the First Christian Church Memorial Fund, 611 9th St. Orange, Texas 77630.

The life of Mrs. Gertrude Richard, 90, of Orange will be celebrated during Memorial Services Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church. Services are under the direction of Sparrow Funeral Home. A rosary will be prayed at 2:30 p.m. Private interment will be held in St. Mary’s Mausoleum. She died Sunday, August 24, 2014 at her residence. A native of Missoula, MT, she resided in Orange since 1943 and was employed at the Old Orange Hospital. Survivors include 1 son, Kenneth Richard of Orange, 3 grandchildren, Veronique Richard of Riverton, NJ, Tim Richard of Austin, TX, and Jean’Paul Marley of Honolulu, HI, and 2 great grandchildren.
Bristol Lynne Perry, 4 months, of Orange, passed away on August 22, 2014, at Baptist Hospital in Orange. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Father Tom Phelan. Burial will follow at Parish Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange with the wake service being held at 7:00p.m. Born in Beaumont, on May 6, 2014, she was the daughter of Blake Russell Perry and Kaitlyn Marie Jones. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Terri Lynne Perry; and her great-grandfather, Kenneth Russell. She is survived by her parents, Blake Perry and Kaitlyn Jones; brother, Brody “Bubba” Russell Perry of Orange; grandparents, Chris and Christine Anderson of Orange, David and Amber Jones of Mauriceville, Dicky Perry of Orange, and Robert Tiger of Orange; great-grandparents, John and Elaine Cooper of Orange, Leo and Lavern Perry of Orange, Les and Bette Jones of Orange, Norma Russell of Orange, Ed and Jane Lampman of Orange, Kenneth and Peggy Taylor of Orange, Arthur and Patricia Anderson of Orange, and David and Patty McKinley of Vidor; aunts and uncles, Lauren Jones, Justin Anderson, Megan Perry, Kirbi Tiger, Caden Anderson, Keaton Jones, and Kinley Jones; as well as many other great aunts, great uncles and cousins. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to assist with funeral expenses. Account information, to which donations are to be directed, MCT Credit Union Account under the names Blake Perry and Kaitlyn Jones to benefit Bristol Perry, account number for deposit 37822-122.
Dorothy Jean (Dottie) Davis Droddy - It was once said, “It is cheerful to God when you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart.” Dorothy Jean (Dottie) Davis Droddy passed peacefully to eternal joy on August 24, 2014, surrounded by her children and sisters. All who love her will miss her special gift to the world: laughter. Dottie was born in Orange, Texas, on September 5, 1939, to William Edes (Bud) and Lucille (Lormand) Davis. She was proud to be one of “the Davis” sisters. From a young age, she possessed the gift of humor. She loved a good knee-slapping joke, delivered effortless punchlines, and like all great comediennes, knew how to laugh at herself. She laughed with the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the downtrodden and the victors. She especially loved a soulful belly laugh with her sisters while piecing together words on a Scrabble board and discussing the week’s events on Dancing with the Stars. The only thing Dottie did not laugh about was football. A Houstonian for years, she was a seriously diehard Oilers supporter. She later cheered for the Texans and the Saints but remained a lifelong Luv Ya Blue fan. It was Dottie’s joy to make the world smile, and she richly blessed all who knew her with her infectious lightness of heart. Her spirit will live on in the laughter and memories of all who love her. Preceded in death by her parents and her beloved sister Geraldene Bates, Dottie will remain in the hearts of her children, Roger Droddy and his partner Judy Harvey of Cypress, and Kerri Droddy of Vidor; her sisters Carolyn Gorby and Maggie Reynolds of Orange; nieces, DeLisa Bates, Kelli Bates, and Lana Portner; nephews, Michael Reynolds, Brandon Bates, Brent Hubbard, and Jerry Hubbard; cousins, and many friends who will miss her dearly. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange with visitation beginning at 5:00 p.m.
Winifred Buxton Spell passed away on August 24, 2014 at her home in Little Cypress, surrounded by her family. Winnie was born on September 15, 1934, in Tullos, Louisiana to parents Julius Madron Buxton and Mary Lou (Allbritton) Buxton. She graduated from Stark High School and attended Chenier Business School. She had a varied career, including head bookkeeper for Jack Tar Hotels. Winnie retired from Sanders and Owens in 1981 to devote her time to family and the family business, Spell's Golden Triangle Christmas Trees. She loved giving tours to school children, visiting with customers and seeing their excitement when choosing Christmas trees, riding in the wagons and feeding the donkeys, peacocks, and a varied assortment of farm animals. She loved to travel and spend time at the beach. Winnie was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mauriceville. Winnie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, daughter and friend who was loved and cherished by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Connie Hoosier, and her brothers, Vernon Buxton and Milburn Buxton. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Verley Gayle Spell; son, Mike Spell; daughters, Vicki Stoy (Joe), Jeanie Kreger (Ken), Deidra Hudson (Travis); five grandchildren; Courtney Garza (Dago), Deidra Donald (Anthony), Stephanie Kreger, Garrett Kreger (Katie) and Tiffany Martinez (Robert); four great grandchildren; Marissa, Mikayla, Dago Garza and Dixie Donald. Winnie is also survived by her sisters, Janie Krick (Bill), Beth Childers (John) and her sister-in-laws, Phyllis Buxton and Claudia Spell, and many nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 5 pm until 9 pm at Dorman Funeral Home. A funeral service celebrating Winnie's life will be held on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 11 am at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Indian Bayou Cemetery. Winnie's family would like to express their appreciation to River City Hospice for their compassionate love and care, especially Vanecia Barlow. All our love to Missy Lee and Trudy Malone for their devotion in caring for our Mother. Special thanks to our dear friends and neighbors Wesley and Leisa Lewis for their continued help during our Mom's illness, and our cousin, Harold Allbritton for his faithful support.
Catherine Amelia Ulm Fore, 89, of Orange, received her wings on August 24, 2014, at her home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am, Friday, August 29, 2014, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Orange with Father Joseph P. Daleo and Father John Ulm con celebrating. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 pm, with a rosary at 7:00 pm, on Thursday August 28th at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Orange, Texas on September 10th, 1924, she was the daughter of Louis and Elsie Ulm. Catherine attended St. Mary School through the 7th grade and graduated Valedictorian. She went on to attend Orange High School and graduated in 1942. She was a member of the Bengal Guards. She was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart Bennie F. Fore Jr. Together they had 11 children. She was active in home, school and athletic associations while her children were in school. She was Den Mother for Cub Scouts – Senior Group. She was a 4-H leader for 13 years and received an award for Subject Matter Leader of the Year. She was a member of St. Mary Altar Society, the Choir of Angels, and was on the Bereavement Committee. She was a charter member of the Catholic Daughters of America (Court St. Cecilia 136) and received her 60 year pin. She worked on the St. Mary School Festival since she was 12 years old helping her mother with the cake booth, then later the confetti egg booth and the sweet booth. Some will remember her as one of the “Sloppy Joe” ladies because she sold sloppy joes in the cafeteria with her two sisters Delores and Hildegarde. She received the Bishop’s Medal in 1976 and Distinguished Alumni for St. Mary School in 1998. In her younger years she worked at Francis Ann Hospital and Jones Rest Home as a LVN. She began making cakes, cookies and for the next 50 years she became known as the “cake lady”. She was very devoted to her family, school and church. Her husband Bennie was always at her side until his death. She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Elsie Ulm; her husband of 58 years, Bennie F. Fore, Jr.; siblings, Elsie Ulm Darst, Mary Ruth Ulm Nolan, Louis P. Ulm Jr., Claire Ulm Rolen, Hildegarde Ulm Bulovas, and Sister Miriam O.P. (Miriam Estelle Ulm); and grandson, Jesse “Buddy” Welch III. She is survived by her children, Robert Fore and wife Mavis from Nederland, TX, Barbara Maley and husband Philip from Richmond, TX, James Fore and wife Vickie from Richmond, TX, John M. Fore and wife Nancy from New Orleans, LA, Dr. Bennie Fore III and wife Marianne from Bastrop TX, Victor Fore and wife Kathleen from Nederland, TX, Melanie Crane and husband Rob from Tallahassee, FL, Kevin Fore and wife Angie from Sugar Land, TX, Catherine Manshack and husband Mike from Orange, TX, Emily Bottoms and husband Larry from Monument, CO, and Lisa Guyote and husband Stacy from Beaumont, TX; 31 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, Dolores Ulm Simar and husband Ray, Amelia Ulm Scales, Rev. John Francis Ulm, and Sister Carita O.P. (Rose Marie Ulm). Serving as pallbearers will be Robert Fore, James Fore, John Fore, Dr. Bennie Fore III, Victor Fore, and Kevin Fore. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic School Foundation: 912 W. Cherry Orange, Texas 77630.
Cheryl Diane Vice, 62, of Orange passed away on Friday, August 22, 2014 in Houston, Texas. She was born on December 2, 1951 in Beaumont, Texas to parents Barber "B.R." Lawrence and Ivah Lawrence. Cheryl had live most of her life in the Orange area. She loved listening to music and cooking. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Barber Lawrence. She is survived by her mother, Ivah Lawrence of Lufkin; sons, Len Collier and wife Jolynn of Kountze, Jimmy Collier of Orange; brothers, Ray Lawrence and James Lawrence of Nacogdoches; four grandchildren, Kyle Gore, Myra Collier, Dalton Collier and Daizy Collier. A gathering of family and friends will be Aug. 29 from 5 pm until 9 pm at Dorman Funeral Home. The family will hold a service at later date. Condolences may be sent to the family at
Helen Jackson Jeansonne, 86, of Bridge City, passed away on August 24, 2014, at her home. Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Bridge City. Officiating will be Father Steven Leger. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m., with the rosary recited at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Born in Niles, OK, on October 17, 1927, she was the daughter of Eugene Jackson and Ada Thomas Jackson. She worked at Merle Norman as a cosmetician and was a member of the St. Henry’s Women’s Auxiliary. Helen loved to dance and enjoyed spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Ada Jackson, and her brothers, Nelson Allen and Edward Allen. She is survived by her husband, Donald M. Jeansonne of Bridge City; her daughters, Beckie Hannegan and husband Vince of Orange, Debbie Duncan and husband Robert of Orange, Donna Peery and husband Gary of Bridge City, Gaye Jehn and husband Bruce of Orange; brothers, Terry Allen of El Reno ,OK., Noel Allen and wife Gale of El Reno, OK., grandchildren, Julie Waldo and husband Gerry, Grant Hannegan, Kevin Price and wife Angela, Tara Mouton and husband Aaron, Courtney Polk and husband Blain, Cydney Hill and husband Jack; great-grandchildren, Cameron Waldo, Makaila Price, Kennedy Price, Brooklyn Price, Gabriella Price, Macy Mouton, Marlee Mouton, Mia Mouton, Madisyn Guillory, Olivia Polk and Brinlee Lovelace. Serving as pallbearers will be Aaron Mouton, Grant Hannegan, Blain Polk, Billy Price, Robert Duncan, and Vince Hannegan. Honorary pallbearers are Bruce Jehn and Gary Peery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Gentiva Hospice Foundation: 7801 Mesquite Bend Suite 105, Irving, TX 75063.
Betty Landers Hall, 78, passed away on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014. She was born in Buna, Texas on November 22, 1935 to the late Ancel and Artie Landers. She graduated from Buna High School, and was married to the late Richard A Hall on July 21st, 1951. Betty was a faithful member and employee of Gulf Coast Christian Center for many years and was involved in various ministries including Senior Citizen Center and Care ministry. She was preceded in death by husband, Richard; her son, Harry Hall; and her brother, Bobby Landers. Betty is survived by three children: Sandra Wolf of Brazoria, TX; Brenda Simon of Chappell Hill, TX; and Patsy Haynes of Sands Springs, OK. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at Gulf Coast Christian Center in West Columbia, TX. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer, Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611
Eston “Slim” Hawthorn, 87, of Groves passed away Friday, August 22, 2014 at his home. Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Monday, August 25, 2014 at Winfree Baptist Church in Orange with Pastor Keith Royal officiating. A graveside service will be at Zion Hill Cemetery in Jasper at 1:30 p.m. A gathering of family and friends will be Sunday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Roganville, Texas on February 1, 1927, “Slim” was the son of Sion and Mittie Gertrude (Turner) Hawthorn. He served honorably in the United States Army, later retired from FINA as a supervisor after 38 years, volunteered for the Bridge City Fire Department for 13 years and was a member of Winfree Baptist Church where he sang in the Senior Choir. “Slim” often enjoyed fishing on the lake, hunting at the deer camp or gardening. He was a very skilled and talented master mechanic, plumber, carpenter, electrician and could fix anything. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ose Lee (Weatherford) Hawthorn and 11 siblings. “Slim” is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Billy Walsh; sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas Eston and Leslia Hawthorn and William and Teresa Hawthorn; seven grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren and his best friend and companion, Bridgette LeBlanc and her extended family. Serving as pallbearers will be Eric Ellison, Tanner Ross, Phil Schaefer, Gene Richey, Shane Hawthorn and Howard LeBlanc. Susan LeBlanc will be an honorary pallbearer.
We wish to celebrate the passing of Deborah Darlene Wells at 61 years of age into Gods loving hands on August 20, 2014. She passed on after extensive surgery without any pain. Her life began on October 26th in 1952 born to Delbert and Thelma Gordy of Harris County, Texas. She spent the first part of her life in Pearland, Texas and graduated from Orange Field High School. She spent her formidable years as a home maker and raising children. She is survived by 3 children and 5 grandchildren; Kandace Newman, her oldest daughter, and her three children Corey, Ryder and Jax; Thomas Kennelly, her son, and his two children Savannah and Madison; as well as her youngest daughter Angela Lawson. The celebration of her life will be held on Sunday August 24th at 2pm at the Heritage Center in Orange, Texas with Pastor Steve Neal of In His Steps Community Church officiating. Contact Kandace Newman at for information about the service and memorial fund. Cremation arrangements was entrusted to Dorman Funeral Home.

Charles “Chad” Don McGee II, 39, passed away peacefully on August 22, 2014 at the Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. Chad was born September 30, 1974. He graduated from West Orange Stark in 1993 and graduated from Lamar University with a Communications degree and later received his teaching degree in Special Education. Up until the time of his death, he was a teacher at Vidor Independent School district and a former coach for several other school districts. Chad fought a long hard battle with Cystic Fibrosis all his life, but never let the disease stop him from achieving his goals. Chad was a devoted father to his son, Landon and loved the Texas Longhorns and the sport of Baseball. The family would like to thank his doctors and nurses at Houston Methodist Hospital and Father Dominic Pistone, Catholic Chaplain at Methodist Hospital. Visitation will be at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange on Saturday, August 23, 2014, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. with a rosary recited at 12:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 23, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Orange with Father Joseph P. Daleo serving as celebrant. The Rite of Committal will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Chad was preceded in death by his mother, Jeannie Romano McGee; and his grandparents, Dominic and Isabell Romano and B.R. and Zelma McGee. Chad is survived by his son, Landon Joseph McGee; sister and brother-in-law, Lorri and Brooks Bonin; two nieces, Ashton and Madison Bonin; and great uncles and aunts, Carlo and Mike Romano, and Joe and Rosalie Romano. He is also survived by his aunts and uncles, Marie and Frank Zeto, Rosalie and Ray Daves, Theresa and Tom Foster, Donna Catherine and John Chu, Johnnie Stephanie and Charles Magliolo, Angie Romano, and Glenda Wiley. Serving as Pallbearers will be Ray Daves, Eric Foshee, Nick Foshee, Joe Romano, Chad Porterfield, and Brian Waguespack, with Landon Joseph McGee as Honorary Pallbearer. Donations can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Chad’s memory at