Keith Peyton Atkins, 52, of Orange, died Monday, September 29, 2014, at his home. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 2, 2014 at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Cremation will follow under the direction of Claybar Haven of Rest Crematory. Born in Orange, Texas, on October 10, 1961, Keith was the son of Gene Atkins and Dorsey Duhon Savoie. He worked as a planner and electrician. He was preceded in death by his son, Hunter William Atkins; and brother, Chuck Atkins. Keith is survived by his wife, Brooke Danell Bass Atkins; mother, Dorsey Duhon Savoie and husband Bob; father, Gene Atkins and wife Joyce; daughter, Candace Dianne Brown and husband John; sons, Jacob Peyton and Colton Lee Atkins; and three grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Phyliss Nazworth and husband John; and nephews, Chris Nazworth and wife Candace, and Josh Nazworth. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
Mark Gerard Benoit, 55, from Waller, Texas, formerly from Orangefield, Texas has ascended to Heaven from family and friends on September 26, 2014 to be with his Lord and Savior. Mark was an Orangefield High School graduate, class of 1977. Mark lived in Waller for the last thirty years. Mark was a loyal and caring man; he spent two years with Orange County Drainage District, followed by five years at Orange Memorial Hospital. After moving to Waller, he worked at Tennwood Country Club for ten years as a Maintenance Mechanic. Mark also was a Firefighter for the Waller Volunteer Fire Department from 1984 – 2001. He spent many years toiling in the hayfield, always willing to help where ever needed. Mark spent nineteen years working for Bettis Actuators, Valves and Controls in Waller, Texas until they closed. He then spent the past two years at United Salt Corporation. Mark loved spending his time outdoors and working with his hands. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, carpenter, gardener and an excellent craftsman, spending hours restoring antiques. Mark could always be found in his shop tinkering with knickknacks, lawnmowers, toys, anything he could get his hands on. Mark was known for his friendliness and charisma; he never met a stranger. He loved to tell his Cajun stories, for which he will be missed. Mark loved to spend time with his family and friends, sharing his one-of-a-kind brisket and love for black and white movies, especially anything with John Wayne. Mark was known as a gentle giant. He was a very loving husband and father. He adored his grandchildren. He looked forward to having coffee with his wife. Mark is preceded in death by his brother, Ricky Dale Joseph Benoit, niece Sommer MiChelé Burke, his grandparents, W.A. and Jeanne Benoit and T.J. and Lucy Dee Smith, his godmother and aunt, Rose Benoit, his godfather, Charles Morvant, two cousins, Randy and Jerry Martin, and uncles, Jack E. E. Smith, Thomas “Tick” Granger, Curtis Benoit, Butch Croak and Billy Ray Martin.His grandparents in law, Paul and Linnie Brown and John and Helen Campbell, Sr. ; his wife’s Aunt and Uncle Pauline and Calvin Roberts. Mark is survived by his wife of thirty-five years, Barbara Brown Benoit; sons, Richard Clay Benoit and wife Larissa, Markus Wayne Benoit and wife Christine, daughter Jeana Linneé DeLaney and husband Jason from Waller, Texas. Grandchildren, Tylor Hargrave, Sophia Benoit and Gavin DeLaney. Parents, L.J. “Blackie” and Martha Benoit, of Orangefield, Texas, father and mother-in-law, Kenneth and Beverly Brown of McLewis Community. Siblings, Yvonne and David Fisher, Geralyn and Les Ochsner, Matt and Jeanne Benoit, Theresa Kay and Paul Burk and sister and brother-in-law, Pam and Pete Quast. Many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held to Honor Mark’s Life at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, October 2, 2014 at St. Helen’s Catholic Church on Highway 1442 in Orangefield, Officiating will be Father George Kindagen, pastor of the church. Rite of Christian Burial will follow the Mass where he will be laid to rest at the Dorman Cemetery in the McLewis community in Orange. A gathering of Mark’s family and friends for a time of reflection will be from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. Wednesday with an additional Mass to be held at 6:30 and a Rosary will be recited at 7:00 P.M. In addition a memorial service will be held on Saturday October 4, 2014 at the Waller Junior High School auditorium, in Waller, Texas at 2pm. Honoring Mark as Pallbearers are Richard Benoit, Markus Benoit, Jason DeLaney, Matt Benoit, Pete Quast, Jackie Smith, Stephan Granger and Rolan Hillman. Honorary pallbearers are Tylor Hargrave, Gavin DeLaney, David Fisher, Paul Burk, Les Ochsner, Jason Ochsner, Kyle Fisher, Mike Chesson, Matthew Dale Benoit, Cory Benoit, Seth Quast, Aaron Welch, Eric Chesson, Daniel Chesson, Reed Galloway, Austin Chesson, Tanner Steele, Drake Welch, C.J. Benoit, A.J. James, Lee Alexander, Robert Eckerman, Marvin Wishkoski, Steven Kaminski, Bobby Krueger, Bob Joyner, and members of the Waller Volunteer Fire Department. Memorial contributions can be made to Waller Volunteer Fire Department, Post Office Box 1574 Waller, Texas 77484-1574 or St. Helen’s Rosary Garden, 8105 FM 1442, Orange, Texas 77630-8197. Services are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange, Texas. Condolences may be expressed for the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.
Margaret Frances Gerik was born January 19, 1932 in Waterloo, New York and passed away Friday, September 26, 2014 in Port Arthur, Texas. She is survived by her children, Joni Thibodeaux and husband Ray, Carolyn Kelly, Steven Gerik and wife Linda, Kathy Brown and Susan Stephenson. Fifteen grandchildren and twenty five great- grandchildren and host of close friends. Margaret is preceded in death by her husband Robert Gerik, son Leonard Gerik and son in law Charles Kelly. Family to receive friends 10 am Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at St. Henry Catholic Church, 475 W Round Bunch Rd. Bridge City, TX 77611; with funeral service to begin at 11 am. Interment to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Bridge City, TX.
Kenneth Lawrence “ Tee Boo “ Henry, Sr., 69, of Vidor, passed away Friday, September 26, 2014 at his home. Born on February 17, 1945 in Orange, Texas to his parents, Raymond Henry and Madie ( McCary) Henry, he was a lifelong resident of Southeast Texas, he was of the Baptist faith and a Minister. Kenneth enjoyed spending time on the water, taking care of his plants and going out with his family. Kenneth is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Henry, his brother, Ray Langham, his brother in law, Buster Wolfford and his granddaughter, Storey Brooke Woodside. Those who will most cherish his memory are his daughters, Cherry Middleton and husband, Raymond of Vidor and Charlotte Wolfford and husband, Eric of Mauriceville; his sons, Sam Henry of Vidor, Kenny Henry and wife, Helena of Vidor and Tony Henry of Vidor; his brother, Jimmy Henry and wife, Glenda of Orange; his aunt who was also a mother figure, Mae Cole of Mauriceville; his grandchildren, Trey Henry, Kevin Henry, Justin Henry, Kris Henry, Stormy Henry, Josh Henry and fiancée, Alisha Serrette, Torey Henry, Anthony Henry, Johnny Henry, Stone Henry and Brianna Jackson and his great grandson, Abel Henry. Kenneth is also survived by his numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Services to honor Kenneth’s life will be at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, September 30, 2014 in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange with Reverend Jeff Bell, officiating. Rite of Committal and Interment will follow services in the Jett Cemetery in Orange. A gathering of Kenneth’s family and friends will be from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Monday at the funeral home. Honoring Kenneth as pallbearers are Josh Henry, Trey Henry, Kris Henry, Kevin Henry, Anthony Henry, Mark Woodside, Michael Cherry and Justin Henry.
J. D. Perkins, 90, of Orange, passed away Saturday, September 27, 2014 at his home in Orange. Born on October 19, 1923 in Starks, Louisiana to his parents, E. B. and Missouri (Bass) Perkins, he was a longtime resident of the Orange area, he served his country as a member of the Medical Corp in the United States Army and he worked as a Process Operator at the DuPont Sabine River Works Plant in Orange. J. D. was a Ham Radio operator under the call letters WA5COD. J. D. is preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Jim Perkins and Curtis Perkins and his sister, Audrey May Dunlap. Those who will most cherish his memory are his wife of 70 years, Annie E. (Peco) Perkins of Orange; his children, Elizabeth (Perkins) Hudson and husband, Conrad of Buna, Bruce Perkins of Jasper, Dianna (Penkins) Simmons of Orange and Donald Perkins and wife, Melissa of Orange; his sister, Vera Corbitt of Houston; his brother, Rodger Perkins of Elkhart, Texas; his grandchildren, Missy (Williams) Keenon, Chad Williams, Tyler Perkins, Hunter Perkins, Davy Smith and Krystle Simmons; his great grandchildren, Anthony Smith, Trevor Keenon, Kaitlan Keenon, Michael Williams, Matthew Williams, Kelby Newsome, Kassidy Newsome and Avery Perkins; his great great grandson, Huntley Smith. J. D. is also survived by numerous members of his extended family. Services to honor J. D.’s life will be at 10:00 A.M. Monday, September 29, 2014 in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Chaplain Jerry Fenter with Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. Rite of Committal and Interment will follow services at the Bland Cemetery in Orange. A gathering of J. D.’s family will be from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Sunday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed for the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.
Jean A. Jones, 78, of Orange, passed from this life on September 22, 2014 at Baptist Hospital-Beaumont. Since it was her wish that her body be donated to science, a memorial service will be held (date and time TBD). Jean graduated from Lamar University-Orange with an Associate’s Degree in Licensed Vocational Nursing. She worked as a LVN for 25 years. Jean had five great loves in her life: God, family, nursing, the Dallas Cowboys and Elvis Presley (not necessarily in that order). She was preceded in death by her parents, Norris and Bessie McKinley. She is survived by her loving and caring husband, Walton C. Jones; son, C. Brandon Jones of Orange; daughter and son-in-law, Dana G. Holland and Scott Holland of Bridge City; brother, Bryan E. McKinley of Orange; and grandchildren Grant W. Jones and wife Margaret of Orange; Jayna L. Rowland and Husband Michael W. Rowland of Orange, and Alex Holland of Bridge City. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Jacob, Kayde and Allison Rowland.
Jeanette (Jean) Marie Aguillard, 77, of Kirbyville, died Friday, September 26, 2014, in Vidor, Texas. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Bridge City, with Father Steve Leger officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5:00-9:00 p.m., Monday at the funeral home in Bridge City, with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Born in Kinder, Louisiana, on July 2, 1937, Jean was the daughter of Paul LaFargue and Clarice Duplechan. She was a longtime member of St. Henry Catholic Church, the Orange Bowling League, and the Bridge City Ladies Softball Team. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She kept busy quilting, crafting, hunting, fishing, reading, and many other things. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Jonathan Blake Powers. Jean is survived by her husband of 61 years, Carl Bryan Aguillard of Orange; daughters, Debra (Debbie) White of Orange, Katherine (Paula) Aguillard of Katy; and grandchildren, William (Paul) Powers, Heather Thibodeaux, and Angela and Jonathan Baggett. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Victoria Edgerton, Zachary Baggett, Arian Thibodeaux, and Brynlee Baggett; and her sister, Judy Doga. Serving as Pallbearers will be William Paul Powers, Charles Graves, Douglas Graves, Daniel Doga, Edgard Aguillard, and Jonathan Baggett, with Zachary Baggett serving as Honorary Pallbearer. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 6055 South Loop East, Houston, TX 77087-1005.
Kenneth Wayne St. John went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 in Beaumont, Texas. Kenneth was born on June 19, 1941 in Ragland, Alabama, to Tillman and Beatrice St. John. Kenneth graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur in 1958. He served his country for four years in the United States Coast Guard. H was employed as a maintenance mechanic for Bayer Rubber Plant, Orange, Texas and retired after 32 years of service in 1998. He was a member of Circle Drive Baptist Church for more than fifty years. Most of all, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to everyone he came in contact with. Kenneth is preceded in death by his parents, Tillman and Beatrice St. John, loving daughter, Cheryl Ann St. John, one brother, Roger Dale St. John and two sisters, Geraldine Barber and Shelby Jean Newton. Kenneth is survived by his loving and caring wife, Carol Ruth (Ackerman) St. John of 54 years; one daughter, Karen Ruth St. John of Mauriceville, Texas; grandsons, Matthew and his wife Maria St. John of Wellington, Florida, David and his wife Tasha Heid of Bridge City, Texas, Brody Bellett of Carthage, Texas and one granddaughter, Jennifer Warden of Vidor, Texas. Great-grandchildren, Soraya St. John, Landen St. John, Tyler Heid, Emily Heid and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Circle Drive Baptist Church in Bridge City, Texas. Bro. Kevin Hardesty and Bro. Jack Comer will officiate the Memorial Service. A reception and luncheon will follow the service in the Activity Building at Circle Drive Baptist Church.
Henri James Mumford, infant son, of James and Shelby Mumford of Orange, passed from this life on Saturday, September 20, 2014 in Beaumont, Texas. Henri is preceded in death by his maternal great grandparents, Buddy and Margaret Semar, his paternal great grandparents, Gerard and Claire LaSante and Jim and Treva Mumford. In addition to his mother and father, Henri is survived by his maternal grandparents, Wayne and Kelly Pole of Orange; his paternal grandparents, Allen and Elaine Mumford of Vidor; his paternal great grandparents, Marshall and MaryAnn Poole of Vidor; his uncle, Brandon Poole of Orange and his aunt, Melissa Mumford of Vidor; Henri is also survived by numerous great aunts, great uncles, cousins and extended family. The Mumford and Poole families wish to extend the dearest gratitude to Abigail Cole and Amber Duncan for all of their help and assistance during this difficult time. Memorial accounts have been set up to assist the family with medical and other needs; please contact Abigail Cole at (409) 920-5703 or Amber Duncan at (740) 357-6589 if interested in assisting. Graveside services to honor Henri’s memory will be at 10:00 A.M. Friday, September 26, 2014 at Autumn Oaks Memorial Park, 5450 Old US Highway 90 in Orange. Officiating will be Father Paul Sumler, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Vidor. Following the services, the family will gather at the home of Wayne and Kelly Poole for a time of fellowship. Services are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Condolences may be expressed for the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.
Percy Joseph Bordelon, 93, of Orange, passed away on September 22, 2014, at his home. Funeral Services will be 10:00 AM, Thursday, September 25, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. Officiating will be Deacon Tommy Ewing. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 PM, Wednesday, September 24th at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in St. Martinville, Louisiana, on October 5, 1920, he was the son of Abram Bordelon and Beatrice (Barras) Bordelon. Percy served in the U. S. Navy during WWII and retired from Firestone. He is preceded in death by his parents, Abram and Beatrice Bordelon; son, Kenneth David Bordelon; and his brother, Pete Bordelon. Percy is survived by his wife, Dorothy Rainor (White) Bordelon, children, Michael Bordelon of Houston, Barbara Jo Bordelon of Houston, and James Lee Bordelon of Houston; grandchildren, Erika Bordelon Cook and husband Jeff of Dallas and Emily Bordelon Hollingsworth and husband Chuck of Dallas; great-grandchildren, Aidan Cook, Zachary Cook, and Devan Hollingsworth.
Louis Aivors “Gator” Ausherman, 67, of Orange, passed away on September 22, 2014, at M.D. Anderson in Houston. Funeral services will be 12:00 PM, Saturday, September 27, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Jeff Bell. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Saturday at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Traunstein, Germany on October 25, 1946, he was the son of Donald Ausherman and Jane (Wealthy) Ausherman. Louis served in the Army Special Forces as a Green Beret during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Amercan Legion Honor Guard, VFW Post 2775, and a member of Cove Baptist Church. Louis loved the Atlanta Braves, fishing, and anything with a flag or eagle on it. He also enjoyed singing country music in night clubs. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jane (Wealthy) Ausherman, step-daughter, Tammy Lynn Bryan, and his Aunt Nell Harris. He is survived by his wife, Shirley (Bryan) Ausherman of Orange; father, Donald Ausherman; step-children, James William Bryan, Jr. and wife, Vickie of Mauriceville, Danny Jo Bryan and wife, Angie of Mauriceville, and Cathy J. Roberts and husband, Allen of Mauriceville; son, Joe Losado of California; two grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one step-great-grandchild; and his uncle, Leon Harris of Alabama. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children Research Hospital: www.stjude.org or 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.
Bobbye Marie Blanchard Odom, 66, left this earthly life on September 20, 2014, at the Meadows of Orange. Funeral services will be Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Orange. Visitation will be from 12:000-1:00, Saturday September 27th at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Orange. Born in Orange, Texas, on July 27, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Bob Benefield and Robert Sirls Ballard. She united with Mount Calvary Baptist Church in 1976, under the leadership of the late Rev. George H. Brown. She attended Wallace School and M. B. North High School and is a member of the Class of 1967. She was a faithful member of the Usher Board holding the position of secretary, where she served numerous years. She was a member of the Senior Choir, a Matron of the Junior Usher Board, Youth Choir and served on the Kitchen Committee. She was a member of the Mount Calvary Harmonettes for many years. She enjoyed outside activities, cooking, and of course she loved those Mustangs! (Alright, Alright)! She was preceded in death by her father, Bob Benefield; mother, Roberta Sirls Ballard; husbands, Earl Blanchard and Artis Odom, son, Anthony Blanchard Sr.; brothers , Clifton Sirls and Charles Champine; granddaughter; QuinNeshia Geter; two great-grandson, Mason Richard and Javion Duhon. She is survived by her children, Robert (Yolanda) Blanchard of Orange, William Blanchard (Courtney) of Alexandria, Louisiana, Cynthia B. Smith (Dr. John H.)Smith Jr. of Orange, Minister Kevin (Michelle) Blanchard of Orange. Nine grandchildren: LaToya Williams (Darrin), Minister Quintavus Blanchard, Chiquita Moore, Minister Anthony Blanchard Jr., Ashley Williams, Aleah Blanchard, William Blanchard II, Bri’Elle Blanchard, and D’Metree Blanchard. Six Great Grandchildren; Alajhia, Lorenzo, Londyn, Sidnye, Darrin, Chelsea, and Cassidy. Sibings are Margaret Middleton, Shirley Champine (Daniel) Lorraine Tatum Bobbie Guillory ,Linda (Lincoln) Bellard, Kathy Greer, Susie Grant Hill, Larry (Doris) Ballard, Berta Collins (Mike), Bob Benefield Jr., Charles Benefield, and Michael Benefield. Special God Children; Andrea Quinn, Gabrielle Robinson, Felecia Powdrill, Roxie Jackson, Cathi King and LaDarius Wilkes, and a host of family and friends.
Lena M. Gaudet, 91, of Orange passed away peacefully in her sleep early Sunday morning. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 23, 2014, in the chapel of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Father Joseph P. Daleo, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Big Woods Cemetery in Edgerly, Louisiana. The family will receive friends for visitation on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until service time. Mrs. Gaudet was born September 29, 1922, in Sulphur, Louisiana to the late George Washington and Azema Moss. She was a clerk at Sears and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church where she volunteered in the soup kitchen. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, George Alvin Gaudet; daughter, Janet M. Carter; granddaughter, Wendy Mericle; brothers, Weldon Moss, Warren Moss, H.G. Moss and A.G. Moss and sister, Lucille Broeder. Her survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Raymond and Alberta Gaudet of Florien, LA and Glynn and Georgia Gaudet of Vidor; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy Mericle and Andy White of Orange. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Special thank you to Becky LeBleu and staff at Becky’s place who lovingly took great care of our mother, and Carol with Gentiva Hospice for going above and beyond in taking care of her and her family. In lieu of flowers make donations to your favorite charity.
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.