William (Bill) Ogg, 74, of Orange, passed away on November 25, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Funeral services will be 10:00am, November 29, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Ed Rawls of Silver Oaks Baptist Church, Reverend Les Jacobson, and Reverend Harold Nazworth. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be from 4:00pm-8:00pm, Friday, November 28th at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Chandler, Oklahoma, on May 5, 1940, he was the son of Clifford E. Ogg and Alma Alice (Mauch) Ogg. Bill retired as a Pre-planner for DuPont in Orange after 39 years. He was a member of Silver Oaks Baptist Church and the Pine Forest Masonic Lodge #1420. He was also a Scout Master for Pack 216 in Orangefield. He is survived by his wife, Judith Behar Ogg; sons and daughters-in-law, Raymond and Marsha Ogg of Beaumont, Steve and Jackie Ogg of Orangefield, and David and Leigh Ogg of Lewisville; step daughters and husbands, Gari and Archie Cotten of Saratoga, Kristi and Barry Read of Katy; grandchildren, Madison and Grant Ogg, Ashleigh Ogg, Courtney Smith, Codi Sheppard, Morgan Hargrave, Samantha Hargrave, Matt Cotten, and Caleb Read; great-grandchildren, Kamden Smith, Luke Cotten, Chandler Sanchez, Brysen Phelps, Brylee Phelps, Kylie, Peyton, and Hayden Nichols; sister, Patricia Ogg of Orangefield; brother-in-law, Charles and wife, Patti Womack of Kountze; nieces, Sally Hargrave and Cliff of Bridge City and Jeanie Adams of Bridge City. Serving as pallbearers will be Raymond Ogg, David Ogg, H.W. (Bud) Bailey, Barry Read, Caleb Read, and Mark Walles. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Silver Oaks Baptist Church Building Fund: 16460 FM 1442, Orange, TX 77632; Texas Children’s Hospital: PO Box 2165, Houston, TX 77252-2165, or a charity of your choice.

Ruby Ruth White, 88, of Deweyville passed away on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. She was born in Welch, Louisiana on October 16, 1926 to parents Cora (Benoit) and Leghton Olive. She grew up in Lake Arthur, LA and had lived in the Orange and Deweyville area since 1954. She attended St. Mary's Catholic Church. Ruby enjoyed working in her yard; pull weeds, raking leaves, or working in her garden. Ruby was a loving person, who loved spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Conley White; son, Garvin White; sisters, Sue, Thelma; brothers, Leroy, Charles, Ralph. Ruby is survived by her daughter, Ladona Bussell of Deweyville; son, Connie White and wife, Wanda of Deweyville; sister, Olivia Dufrene of Des Allemands, LA; seven grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held on Friday, November 28, 2014 at 2 pm at Dorman Funeral Home, with a visitation prior to the service from 11 am until service time. Burial will follow at King Cemetery in Hartburg. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.
James Joseph (Jim) Molley Sr., 94 or Orange, Texas passed away Monday, November 24, 2014, at the Meadows Nursing home in Orange. He has fought the good fight and is now with his heavenly Father, in the company of the many friends and family that have preceded him. Jim was born February 25, 1920 in Orange, Texas to Joseph James Molley Sr. and Victoria (Mazzu) Molley. He attended Lutcher Stark High School and was active in sports. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps. in October, 1942. He trained in Eagle Pass, Texas before being stationed in Oahu, Hawaii. He was honorably discharged in February, 1946. Jim returned to Orange and became a business owner, building and operating the Macarthur Courts Motel and Tower Restaurant and the Whang Doodle Restaurant and J&J Sporting Goods on the circle in Orange. Jim met the love of his life, Gloria Ann Brown and they were married on November, 28, 1950. This week would mark their 64th wedding anniversary. They built a wonderful life together and operated several businesses. The Molley family homes located where the Super Wal-Mart now stands were a gathering place for family and friends. Jim and Gloria were gracious hosts to dignitaries and celebrities as they traveled through southeast Texas. Jim was a gentle soul with an unyielding love for his Lord and his family. He was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and a St Mary’s Knights of Columbus. He met no stranger and was eager to offer a helping hand. He had a special place in his heart for his pets. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Gloria, his brother Joseph Molley Jr. Those left to cherish his memory are, daughter and son-in-law Eva and Mike Magnuson of Orange; son and daughter-in-law James Jr. and Vickie Molley of Silsbee; son and daughter-in-law Robin and Tanya Molley of Orange. Grandchildren Gabrielle Thompson and her husband Tommy of The Woodlands; Lauren Poutra and her husband Blake of Orange; Mclain and Mikail Molley of Orange. Step Grandchildren, April Johnson and he husband Cole of Yantis, Josh Magnuson and his wife Rachel of Vidor; Ian, Evan, Aaron and Olivier Morris of Atlanta Ga.; Great Grandchildren, Rylee, Ella, and Harper Thompson; Madding and Murphy Poutra; Lucas, Macie and Maddie Magnuson; Nikolas Johnson; and many nieces and nephews and friends. Visitation will be held Sunday, November 30th at Claybar Funeral Home (located at 504 5th street) in Orange, Rosary will begin at 5 pm with visitation to follow. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am, Monday, December 1st, 2014 at St Mary Catholic Church in Orange. Officiating will be Father Joseph P. Daleo. Entombment will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Orange. Serving as pallbearers will be Johnny Molley, Ronnie Puckett, Greg LeBlanc, Nolan LeBlanc, Josh Magnuson, Antoine Leblanc, and Stanley Copper. The family would like to graciously thank the nurses and staff at The Meadows Nursing Home for the loving care they provided Jim during his last years.
Thomas Ray Gilcrease, 73, of Orange, passed away on November 21, 2014 at his home in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. A final viewing will be at 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 24, 2014 with funeral services to follow at 10:00 a.m.at North Orange Baptist in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Scott McIntosh, Senior Pastor of North Orange Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Nibletts Bluff Cemetery in Vinton, Louisiana. Born in Zwolle, Louisiana on March 12, 1941, he was the son of Edward Gilcrease and Hazel Adams Gilcrease. Tom made a career working for the Texas Department of Correction, The Jefferson County Sherriff’s Department, Unocal and Mobil Chemical. He was an active member of North Orange Baptist Church. He loved gardening, canning, camping, and being in the outdoors. He also enjoyed helping his wife make blue jean quilts and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Timothy Wade Gilcrease. He is survived by his wife Dolores Gilcrease of Orange; son, Terry Ray Gilcrease of Nederland; daughters, Rene` Robinson and husband, Randall of Pearland, Tamara (Tammy) Norris and husband Wesley of Vidor, and Tracey Gilcrease Williford and husband Jerry of Jasper; brother, David Smith Gilcrease of Huntsville; eleven grandchildren and their spouses and five great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to North Orange Baptist Church, 4775 16th Street, Orange, Texas 77632.
Rodley Joseph Faulk, 77, of Bridge City, passed away on November 21, 2014, at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at St. Henry Catholic Church. Officiating will be Father Steve Leger. Entombment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00p.m. to 9:00p.m, Monday, November 24, 2014 with a Rosary at 6:30 p.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Born in Kaplan, Louisiana on November 20, 1937 he was the son of Lenes Faulk and Alicia Gaspard Faulk. Rodley loved the outdoors, working on cars and keeping fit. He retired from Asbestos Local 112 and worked for Acme for a short time. He was a very self-disciplined and determined person who had a great sense of humor. Rodley was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carol Faulk; son Kent B. Faulk and wife, Trisha of Orange; daughter Tami Faulk Guidry and husband, Richard of Bridge City; daughter Dawn Faulk of Houston; grandchildren, Kaleb Faulk, Katie Faulk, Taylor Faulk, Amy Guidry, and Mallory Guidry and great-grandchildren, Aleecia and Benjamin Faulk. Serving as pallbearers will be Kaleb Faulk, Taylor Faulk, Richard Guidry, Jesse Rawls, Alex Edgerly and Don Page. Honorary pallbearers are Calvin Benoit and Dr. Tommy Fontenot.
Curtis Lavergne Armstrong was born in Orange, Texas on May 9, 1921 to Curtis Lamar Armstrong and Mary Ethel Hatton Armstrong. A grandson of early Orange pioneer John Moses Hatton, Curtis grew up in a time when horses were an acceptable (and often preferred) mode of transportation and cattle drives still occurred across Roundbunch. He and his two older sisters, Loraine and Gladys, were raised on their parents’ dairy farm, learning at a young age the values of respect, honesty, and hard work. Curtis was a man of many hats – he was a World War II Navy veteran, a charter member of the Orange County Sheriff Posse and Mounted Quadrille, President of the West Orange School Board in the ‘60s, an operator at DuPont Sabine River Works, and a youth leader and Deacon at McDonald Memorial Baptist Church. Yet to him, it was the relationships he built through those activities that mattered most. He had an unwavering faith in God and demonstrated Christ’s love for others through the simple things – a kind word, a smile, or a much-needed hug. He had a zest for life and passion for adventure. He and his beloved bride of nearly 68-years made the most of their days. They shared a love of travel and introduced their two daughters to the wonders of this nation through yearly family vacations. They spent numerous days camping alongside Colorado streams, exploring national parks on dirt bikes, and fishing in east Texas lakes. Together, he and Martha explored all 50 states and 8 Canadian provinces. A rancher at heart, Curtis cared for livestock throughout his life. Much to the delight of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, his pastures held goats, sheep, donkeys, cattle, and even a llama or two. Age was never a deterrent to Curtis – in his 70s, he rode in the opening parade of the Sheriff Posse Reunion rodeo, in his 80s, he went on daily walks and bike rides, he continued his bee keeping business into his 90s, and continued making visits to the ‘young folks’ in the nursing home through September. He was known by many names – Lavergne, C.L, Curtis, Daddy, Pop, Papaw, Uncle Vern, Bernie – each one reflecting a relationship, a life influenced by the genuine compassion and the quiet strength of a humble cowboy from Orange. Curtis was reunited with his bride in heaven on November 19th. He is survived by his daughters Beverly Jean (James) Burch of Grenada, MS and Judy Dianne (Bill) Brimm of Orange; as well as 4 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his lifelong love, Martha Gunstream Armstrong, his parents, and his sisters. Visitation will be held Monday, November 24th from 5-8pm at Claybar Funeral Home (located at 504 5th Street) in Orange. The funeral will be held on Tuesday, November 25th at 10:00am at McDonald Memorial Baptist Church (located at 2015 Sims Street) in West Orange. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Orange Christian Services, 2518 W. Park Ave., Orange, Texas 77630 or the charity of your choice.
Betty Jane Parsons, 81, of Orange, passed away Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont following an illness. Born on July 21, 1933 in Bald Knob, Arkansas to her parents, Lonnie Aldridge and Nettie Bell (Rooks) Aldridge, she was a resident of Orange since December of 1966, she was a member of the Little Cypress Baptist Church and she worked as a Supervisor for the Bealls Store in Orange. Mrs. Parsons was very involved in her church, she loved the Lord Jesus Christ, she sang in the choir and assisting in many capacities. She had a very strong work ethic, she was an early riser, she enjoyed traveling and visiting family and friends, she will be remembered for her cooking and her family will most fondly remember her biscuits. Her children shared that she raised them with a strong hand and she cherished taking care of many of her family. Mrs. Parsons is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 53 years, Floyd Parsons and her sisters, Polly Aldridge, Eileen Hiler and Wanda Thompson. Those who will most cherish her memory are her daughters, Linda Owens and husband, Gary of Orange and Tammie Falls and husband, Robert of Orangefield; her sons, Billy Parsons and wife, Doris of Mauriceville, Terry Parsons and wife, Tricia of Village Mills and Kenneth Parsons and wife, Priscilla of Orange; mother of two of her grandchildren, Janice Reeves of Orange; her ten grandchildren, Brad Parsons, Brandi Moore, Bryan Parsons, Jennifer Parsons, Brooke Andradem Becky Book, Aaron Parsons, Ethan Parsons, Meeghan Haley and Braedon Falls; ten great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and members of her extended family. Services to remember and honor her life will be at 2:30 P.M. Monday, November 24, 2014 in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Dustin Guidry with the First Baptist Church in Groves. Rite of Committal and Interment will follow services where she will be laid to rest next to her husband in Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in Orange. A gathering of Mrs. Parsons family and friends will be from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Sunday at the funeral home. Honoring Mrs. Parsons as pallbearers are Brad Parsons, Bryan Parsons, Aaron Parsons, Ethan Parsons, Braedon Falls and Jeff Book Condolences may be listed for the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com
Normandine Gunter Vann, 88, of Orange, passed away peacefully on November 20, 2014. Visitation will be from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Funeral services will be 2:00pm, Monday, November 24, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Chaplain Kevin Trinkle. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange. Norma was born March 13, 1926 in Orange, Texas. She graduated from Orange High School in 1942. After graduating, she worked for Orange County Abstract Company. From 1943-1945 she worked in the personnel office at Consolidated Steel. Norma married the love of her life, William Vann, August 3, 1945. She was a member of Drake Memorial Presbyterian Church. Norma was preceded in death by her parents, George and Maude Gunter; her loving husband, William Vann; brothers Larry Gunter, Greg Gunter, Clifton Gunter, Herbert Gunter, and Charles Gunter; sisters Carol Ann Gunter, Margi Balas, and Georgie Jackson. Those left to cherish her memory are daughters Maraline Vann of Orange and Georgeann Johnston and husband Andy of Austin, Texas; grandson Lucas Vann Johnston of France; brothers Harold Gunter and Jim Gunter; and numerous nieces and nephews. Norma was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was considerate, competitive, and inquisitive. She was adept at cooking, baking, and sewing. She will be remembered as a dependable, charitable person.
The Celebration of Life for Mr. Kenneth “Stickhorse” Richard, 58, of Orange will be Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. during Memorial Services at St. Therese Catholic Church. He died November 16, 2014 at Baptist Hospital Beaumont. An Orange native, he was a 1974 graduate of West Orange High School. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.Survivors include nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Dorothy Hebert Burks passed away peacefully on November 19, 2014 in Richmond, TX. She was born on February 8, 1923 in Cow Island, Louisiana to Jerome and Lillian Hebert. She retired from the City of Orange after working for many years in the Water & Sewer Department. She lived in Orange for 48 years before moving to the Houston area to be closer to her daughters. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband of 53 years, Charles M. Burks, her parents, and two brothers, Raymus and Rodney Hebert. She is survived by her children, Jimmie Sue Swilley and her husband, Jim of Richmond, TX, Lanny Burks of Maclenney, FL, and Lisa Shockley and her husband, Ken of Spring, TX. She was “DeeDee” to her six grandchildren, Amy, Michele, Holly, Jason, Kevin and Ryan. She is also survived by ten great grandchildren, Kayla, Hunter, Elizabeth, Alex, Samantha, Chloe, Keen, Jude, Kason B., Kason P., and Laney. She is also survived by one brother, Luther Hebert and three sisters, Lois LaBorde, Daisetta Hebert, and Fiety Bates, along with several nieces, nephews and many friends. Pallbearers will be Jason Swilley, Kevin Shockley, Ryan Shockley, Randy Hebert, Roy McDonald, and Mickye Hebert. The family will receive friends at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange on Saturday evening between 6-9 pm and funeral services will be in the funeral home chapel on Sunday at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Charles M Burks Memorial Scholarship Fund at Wells Fargo Bank to benefit LCM girls’ basketball or softball player. Please reference account number: 7734117760.
Mary June Land, 90, of Bridge City, Texas, passed away on November 18, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00pm, Friday, November 21, 2014, at St. Henry Catholic Church in Bridge City. Officiating will be Father Steve Leger. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Bridge City. Visitation will be from 5:00pm to 9:00pm, Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00pm. Born in Port Arthur, Texas, on August 2, 1924, June was the daughter of Cleaus Hulin and Leona (Trahan) Hulin. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother who loved spending time and fishing with her family. June was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church of Bridge City as well as an original member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Bridge City Volunteer Fire Department, a past member of the Boys Scouts of America and participated in the yearly Relay for Life walk as a cancer survivor. She will truly be missed by all that knew and loved her. June was preceded in death by her husband, Harrison Arledge Land; her son, Harrison Arledge Land Jr.; and her granddaughter, Robyn Lynn Land. She is survived by her son, Rickey Land and wife Doris, of Bridge City; her daughters, Candy Lavine, Rebecca Land, and Dorothy Truncale, all of Bridge City; 10 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and 3 great great grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers will be Tony Lavine, Buddy Land, Jake Truncale, Nolen Chatagnier, Chuck Jackson, and Jason Ward. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 755 S. 11th Street, Ste. 212, Beaumont, Texas 77701
Robert “Bobby” Daniel Burroughs, 61, of Vidor, Texas, passed away on November 19, 2014, at Harbor Hospital in Beaumont. A memorial service will be 11:00 am, Monday, November 24, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Brother Sherman West of The Anchor Church in Beaumont. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, on September 3, 1953, Robert was the son of Willie Clyde Burroughs and Gertrude (Smith) Burroughs. Robert enjoyed going fishing and hunting, and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by the mother of his children and caregiver, Wenonah Burroughs; sons, Earnest Williams of Jacksonville, Texas, Robert Burroughs, Jr. of Vidor, Texas, and Daniel Burroughs and wife, Heather of Vidor, Texas; his grandchildren, Kasi Stephens, Courtney Martin, Jacob Burroughs, Corbin Burroughs, Garrett Burroughs, Megan Burroughs, Greyson Burroughs, and Makayla Burroughs; his brothers, Jerry Burroughs, Mike Burroughs, and Dan Burroughs; and his sisters, Judy Delarossa and Louise Burroughs.
Crystle Rae Wise January 6, 1961 – November 15, 2014 Crystle Rae Wise was born in Port Arthur, TX on January 6, 1961. She is preceded in death by her partner Gail Graham and recent loss of her 14 year old dog Sasha. Crystle worked for Firestone Polymers in Orange, TX for 22 years and recently took a position with DuPont in LaPorte, TX. She was a loyal friend to those close to her. Crystle loved her family and was very close to her mother and father. She was looking forward to a life changing move in the Houston area to be closer to her daughter and grandson. Being the animal lover that she was, Crystle was known to take in strays and donated to multiple local animal organizations. She loved to travel, eat out and spend time with her two dogs, Sadie and Mabel. Her radiant spirit will forever live on in those dear to her. Crystle Rae Wise is survived by her parents Adam Ray and Betty LeBlanc of Bridge City, TX, daughter Jasmine Rae Wise and grandson Ian Ghosh of Houston, TX. In lie of flowers, please make donations to your favorite animal shelter in her name. Funeral services will be 10 AM Friday, November 21, 2014 in the Thompson Memorial Chapel at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves, TX. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 5-8 PM at Clayton Thompson.
The Celebration of Life for Mr. Elvis Lionel Jones, 51, of Port Arthur, TX will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Salem United Methodist Church. Rites of Christian Burial will follow in Magnolia Memorial Gardens under the direction of Sparrow Funeral Home. Visitation will be Saturday from 9:00 until 10:00 a.m. at the church. He died November 14, 2014 at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur, TX. An Orange native, he was a 1982 graduate of West Orange-Stark High School. A U.S. Army Veteran, he also was employed as a Water Treatment Specialist for the City of Orange. He is survived by 1 son, Jonathon Robinson of Beaumont, TX, 1 daughter, Chelsea Robinson of Nacogdoches, TX, 4 brothers, Mark Jones of Fayetteville, NC, David Jones of Killeen, TX, and Steven Jones and Ben Hawthorne, both of Beaumont, 2 sisters, Cathy Shoulders of Beaumont and Terrelle Broussard, both of Port Arthur, and 3 grandchildren.
Paula Veazey Wyatt, 85, of Orange passed away on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Baptist Hospital in Orange. She was born on January 2, 1929 in Pecan Island, Louisiana to parents Elizabeth (Maier) and Numa Veazey. She has been a resident of the Orange area for 78 plus years and was a member of Old First Orange Baptist Church. She was a nurse for many years in the Golden Triangle working at many of the hospitals in the area; which was her true calling as an caregiver, especially doting and loving her grandchildren. Her last place of employment were with Endoscopy Center of Southeast Texas. Paula enjoyed go dancing, reading, cooking and spoiling her dogs. She loved to go to her grandchildren games and supporting them. Paula was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend who will be missed dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, James L. Wyatt; daughter, Linda Wyatt; great grandchild, Evan Maurice Villadsen, sister, Adele Veazey, Stella Fuschak; her twin brother, Paul Veazey; brothers, Lanas Veazey, Amos Veazey. She is survived by her daughters, Molly Truvil of Orange, Ramona Weems and husband, Burke of Beaumont; son, Scott Wyatt and wife, Renee of Orange; grandchildren, Chris Villadsen, Ryan Villadsen, Allison Turner, Mason Weems, Mitchel Wyatt, Marissa Wyatt and Misty Tregre. She is also survived by 10 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. A memorial service will be held by the family on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 2 pm at Old First Orange Baptist Church 7925 Interstate 10 E, Orange, TX 77630. Cremation arrangements were entrust to Dorman Funeral Home.
Mary Agnes Paul, 77, of Orange passed away on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. Mary was born on March 24, 1937 in Gadeaux, Louisiana to parents Euphrazie (Meaux) and Joe Bertrand. She had lived in the Orange area for 55 plus years and prior in Lake Charles. She had work many years at Sunshine Acres in Lake Charles. She enjoyed going dancing, working in her garden and spending to with her family and friends. Mary was a loving mother, aunt, sister, grandmother and friend who will be miss dearly by all. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, William Earl Paul; sister, Anna May Trahan; brother, Eugene Bertrand, Emery Bertrand, Leslie Bertrand, Euel Bertrand, T Joe Bertrand, Lovelace Bertrand. She is survived by her daughter, Cindy Whitney and husband, Donny of Orange; sons, Brain Paul of Orange, Brett Paul of Orange; grandchildren, Gary, Jessica, Kelley, Haley, Malcolm, Gage, Shelby, Luke, Noah, Trey, Mason, Taylor; great grandchildren, Madison, Breyton and one on the way. She is also survived by her sisters, Jane Newman of Lake Charles, Rose Jagneaux of Beaumont and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. A visitation will be held on Friday, November 21, 2014 from 5pm until 9 pm at Dorman Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 2 pm at the funeral home, with Rev. Chad Kidobeaux officiating. Burial will follow at Wilkinson Cemetery in Orange. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.
Brittany Elaine Sheppard, 30, of Orangefield, passed away on November 15, 2014, at her home. Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at First Baptist Church in Orangefield. Officiating will be Reverend Ed Rawls of Silver Oaks Baptist Church in Orangefield. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00pm-9:00pm, Tuesday November 18th, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Brittany was born in Port Arthur, Texas, on May 30, 1984, daughter of Rickey Glenn Sheppard and Denise Diane (VanBenthuysen) Sheppard. Brittany was a member of Silver Oaks Baptist Church. She loved photography, going to the Renaissance Festival, arts and crafts, and especially writing in her daily journals. She enjoyed spending time with children and teaching them. Brittany also had a love of animals, but her favorite animal was her service dog, Watson. She is preceded in death by her grandmother, Jeanette Bullion; great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Austin, Ursula VanBenthuysen, Mr. and Mrs. George Sheppard, and Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Scales. She is survived by her parents, Rickey and Denise Sheppard of Orangefield; grandparents, Doris and Joseph VanBenthuysen of Orangefield, Arthur Glenn Sheppard of Orangefield; step-grandfather, Ronnie Bullion of Orangefield; brother, Scott Sheppard and wife, Sarah of Kingwood; sister, Wyntter Nations and husband, Micah of College Station; nieces, Kaylee, Morgan, and Addyson Sheppard; aunts and uncles, Rod Sheppard and wife, Mary Ann of Beaumont, Todd Sheppard and wife, Cisca of Port Arthur, Joseph William VanBenthuysen III and wife, Jenean of Orangefield, and James Threadgill and wife, Terri of Beaumont; and many cousins.
Keith Slaughter, 60, of Orange, passed away on November 15, 2014, at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. A graveside service will be 1:00pm, Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at Autumn Oaks Cemetery in Orange. Officiating will be his nephew Wesley Smith. Visitation will be at 5:00pm, Tuesday, November 18th, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Wichita Falls, Texas, on November 12, 1954, he was the son of Albert Martin Slaughter and Margaret Elizabeth (Francisco) Slaughter. Keith worked as a truck driver for Montgomery Tank Lines. He was raised in Graham, Texas and graduated from Graham High School in 1973. Keith enjoyed fishing, mowing grass, and working on old cars. He loved to spoil his three dogs, Lily, D. J., and Gracie. He is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Margaret Slaughter; daughter, Mandy Slaughter; and his mother and father-in-law, Choyce and Jacque Brown. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Brenda Slaughter; son, Mike Slaughter of Orange; grandchildren, Nicole Slaughter and Meri Menard; great-granddaughter, Sophie Luckey; sister and brother-in-laws, Nancy and husband, Roland Champagne, Paula Hodge, Sandra and husband, David Smith; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Robert “Bob” Esco Walter, 72, of Moulton and formerly of Orange, passed away on November 14, 2014, at U.T. Southwestern Hospital in Dallas. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Orange. Officiating will be Father Francis Conroy. Entombment will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00pm-9:00 p.m., on Tuesday at the funeral home with a vigil and rosary beginning at 6:30 p.m. Born in Abilene, Texas, on July 8, 1942, he was the son of Leo Basil and Sybil (Robertson) Walter. Robert was a member of the Knights of Columbus and had worked as a chemist at DuPont. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Sybil Walter and is survived by his wife, Josephine Marie Schulte Walter of Moulton; children, Laurie Walter of Moulton, Robert Walter and wife, Meg, of Benton, KY, Deborah Hanus and husband, Larry of Carrollton; grandchildren, Joseph “Joey” Walter, William “Will” Hanus, and Annemarie Hanus; and his brother, Leo Walter of North Richland Hills. Serving as pallbearers will be Joey Walter, Will Hanus, Bob Rapp, Butch Schulte, Buddy Schulte, George Thompson, Larry Hanus and Randy Schulte. The Knights of Columbus will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Ruth “Bootsie” Mae Walker, 88, of Bridge City, passed away on November 15, 2014, surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. The funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Officiating will be Pastor Mark Bunch of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Bridge City. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Born in Silsbee, Texas, on November 5, 1926, she was the daughter of William Manning and Margaret Ann (McLanathan) Zeagler. She was a very accomplished homemaker who was able to turn any situation into a positive one. Becoming a talented cook, seamstress, master quilter and gardener were a few of her many accomplishments. She was also the owner and operator of the Gulf cafeteria; studied and worked as a travel agent at Jack Tarr and was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Margaret Zeagler; and her husband of 58 years, Bobby Joe Walker. She is survived by her children, Richard Walker and wife, Linda of Bridge City, Judy Hymel and husband, Kenneth of Bellville, Bobbie Lemoine and husband, A J. of Port Arthur, and Becky Jones of Beaumont; seven grandchildren; two step-granddaughters; and nine great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Opal Hogan of Kirbyville and Nita Colleps and husband, Dale of Beaumont; sister-in-law, Kate Russell of Beaumont and numerous nieces and nephews. Serving as pallbearers will be Richard Walker, Judy Hymel, Bobbie Lemoine, A.J. Lemoine, Jr., Bryson Brittain and Peter Wisniewski. Honorary pallbearers are Dale Colleps, Roger Hogan and Ken Hymel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1155 W Roundbunch Rd, Bridge City, TX 776911. The family would like to thank, Dr. Satir, Dr. Daniel Harris, the nurses of Harbor Hospice, especially, Ray, Jackie, Annette and Judy. Also, this journey would not be complete if not for the love and support of Linda Walker and A.J. Lemoine, Jr.