Obituaries
Janae Elizabeth Borel, 10, of Orange, passed away on July 12, 2014, in Orange. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 24, 2014, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Luong Q. Tran, J.V. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00-9:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 23rd at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Janea was involved in Girl Scouts, OCARC fishing tournament, played softball, and loved animals and cars. She was looking forward to playing basketball in the fall. She attended Little Cypress Intermediate School. Survivors include her parents, Andy and Michelle Borel; siblings, Ann Borel and Austin Borel; grandparents, Danney and Shelley Borel, all of Orange, Texas; great-grandparents, Alvin and Florence Weidner of Sulphur, and Annie Borel of Orange, Texas; aunts and uncles, Kimberly McCullough and husband, Truxton, Emily Weidner, Joe and Ally Weidner, Rebecca and Robert Weidner, Eric and Shellie Borel, and Eric and Donna Murphy; cousins, Grace, Kolin, Hannah and Luke McCullough, Sydney, Claire, Drew, Tanner, and Grant Weidner, Aniken and Ericashae Borel, Becca Hobbs, Erica and Emma Murphy, and Courtney and Jeff McConnell. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Carl and Beneva Weidner, L.A. Borel, and Eliate Badeaux; and great-grandparents, Geraldine Simon, and Sidney and Shirley LeBlanc. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made to http://www.gofundme.com/bi8hlo.
Jack Sidney Mitcham, 60, of Orange, passed away on July 14, 2014, at his home. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Calvary Baptist Church, 2402 Western Ave., West Orange, TX 77630. Born in Beaumont, Texas, on December 26, 1953, he was the son of Thomas William Mitcham and Annie Lou (Hudson) Mitcham. Jack is a former U.S. Marine and worked in the auto industry as a paint and body specialist. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and the outdoors. Jack’s dream was to move into the mountains and be a “Mountain Man”. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas William Mitcham. Jack is survived by his mother, Annie Lou Mitcham; son, Justin Mitcham and wife, Sheila; granddaughter, Melissa Mitcham; brother, Rick Mitcham; sister, Debra Mitcham Uetz and husband, Russ; and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces. Cremation will be under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.
Patrick Breaux, 58, of Jasper, passed away on July 20, 2014, in Buna. Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, on July 24, 1955, he was the son of Howard Breaux and Mildred (Credeur) Breaux. Preceded in death by his parents, he is survived by his spouse Patrece Ramey; son, Scott Breaux and wife, Ana of Atlanta, Georgia; daughters, Andrea Elkins of Rayne, Louisiana, Jamie Fonseca and husband, Ashton of Covington, Louisiana, and Layna Thibodeaux and husband, Jacob of Rayne, Louisiana; sisters, Sandra Franko, Gertrude Kibodeaux, Beverly Ozenne, Cheryl Harrington; brother, Michael Breaux; and 6 grandchildren. Cremation will be under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. A memorial service will be held on Saturday July 26, 2014, from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at Cowboy Church in Orange.
Otis Gene Duhon, 71, of Orange, passed away on July 21, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Born in Orange, Texas, on October 25, 1942, he was the son of Otha Duhon and Lois (Sarver) Duhon. Otis served in the U. S. Air Force from 1961-1968 and was an electrical technician for every Apollo Mission to the moon. He then became an air conditioning service man and felt that keeping people cool in Southeast Texas was just as important as his work for the Apollo Missions. Otis also loved to fish and hunt. He was loved by all his family and his many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Otha Duhon; brother, Joe A. Duhon; and his son, Randy Duhon. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Maureen Moak Duhon of Orange, his mother, Lois Duhon of Beaumont; son Richard Duhon of Hartburg; sisters, Gloria Graves of Beaumont, Juanita McDonald of Baytown, and Patricia Lewallen of Highlands; and his aunt Juanita Toronjo of Orange. Cremation will be under the direction of Claybar Haven of Rest.
Billy Wayne Smith, 41, of Bridge City, passed away on July 18, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Born in Deridder, Louisiana, on October 4, 1972, he was the son of Billy Smith and Zora Carolyn Smith and step-mother, Deborah Carlolta Vangent. Billy loved spending time with his nieces and nephews, going fishing, shooting guns, and playing pool. Billy is survived by step-father, Nico VanGent; Siblings, Joseph Smith and wife, Wendee Smith, Christopher Smith, Kathey Duncan, Janis Weeks, Lorri Weeks, Gail Boudreaux, and Rita Thomas; nieces and nephews Dalton Vallery, Trey Trip, Serenitee Smith, Ethan Freeman Smith, Bree-Lynne Cheryl Smith, Brandi Boudreaux, Clint Duncan, Walker Evans, Alex Harrison, Christine Trumble, Bret Trumble, Cheyenne Durio, and Ian Trumble. A memorial service will be held on August 1, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church 2402 Western Avenue, Orange, TX 77630.
Denise English, 51, of Mauriceville, passed from this life on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont after an illness. Born on October 12, 1962 in Cameron, Louisiana to her parents, F. C. Faries, Sr. and Rachel (Phillips) Faries. Denise was a lifelong resident of Orange, she worked in Food Service at the Mauriceville Middle School and she was a member of the Old First Orange Baptist Church in Orange. Denise was always a very positive person with a giving spirit, she always had a smile and she was a great mother, enjoyed her children very much and also enjoyed spending time with her family. Denise is preceded in death by her parents; her son, James William English; her sister, Annette Couthran and her brother-in-law, Ronnie Couthran. Those who will most cherish her memory are her husband, Miles English of Mauriceville; her son, Jonathan English of Mauriceville; her husband's parents, James and Lorraine English of Orange; her sister, D'Juana Gandy and husband, Rick of Orange; her brother, Dr. F. C. " Buddy " Faries, Jr. and wife, Donna of College Station; her sisters in law, Phyllis Hager and husband, Mark of Kingwood and Jeri English of Spring. Denise is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and a host of extended family. Services to honor Denise's life will be at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange with Reverend Keith Meyer, officiating. A gathering of Denise's family and friends will be from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home. In Lieu of Flowers, please make a donation in memory of Denise to the Cancer Charity, The Cure Starts Now Foundation, Southeast Texas Chapter, 4712 Old Oak Drive, Orange, Texas 77632.
The Celebration of Life for Mr. Jackie C. Selby, 59, of Orange, will be Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the New Beginnings Outreach Church. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. Rites of Christian Burial will follow in Magnolia Memorial Gardens under the direction of Sparrow Funeral Home. The founder of Humpin People Motorcycle Club and a former U.S. Marine, he died July 19, 2014 at Memorial Herman Baptist Orange Hospital.
Harold Wallace Morris, 81, of Orange, passed from this life on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas in Beaumont. Born on March 17, 1933 in Rockingham Virginia to his parents, Johnnie Morris and Laura Jane (Wood) Morris, he lived in Orange for the past 30 years, he worked as a pipefitter for Bethlehem Steel in Maryland and he was a Veteran of the United States Army during the Korean Era. Harold enjoyed fishing, reading, he had a very big imagination, he enjoyed telling stories and spending time with his family. Harold is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Elsie Mae Crews. Those who will most cherish his memory are his daughters, Susan Marie Ferrara of Margate, Florida, Linda Hammond of Cypress, Texas, Debbie Morris of Orange and Kathleen Wilcox and husband, Harry of Eureka, California; his son, Grayson Morris and wife, Kathleen of Pasadena, Maryland; his sister, Eleanor Marie Kelly and husband, Joseph of Parkville, Maryland; his grandchildren, Heather, James, Freddy, John, Jennifer, Heidi, Holly, Adam, Elizabeth, Harvey, Michelle, Alec, Jakeria and Shaylen; his great grandchildren, Gabriel, Freddy, Isabella and Aleksander. Arrangements for cremation are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.
Roy Lambright, 41, of Deweyville, TX, passed from this life on Saturday, July 12, 2014 in Beaumont, TX. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Wanda Lambright of Deweyville, TX; Mother, Mary Lambright of Orange, TX; Stepsons, Jimmy Foster Jr. of Deweyville, TX and William Foster of Baton Rouge, LA; Brother, Kenneth Lambright and wife Debbie of Deweyville, TX; Sisters, Diane Lambright and husband Brian Salter of Orange, TX and Meshell Gallier and husband Eric of Orange, TX; Mother-in-law, Dorothy Hryhorchuk of Deweyville, TX; Brother-in-law, Travis Green of Deweyville, TX; Sister-in-law, Cindy Myers and husband Travis of Deweyville, TX. Nephews; Johnathon Odom, Dillon Lambright, Colby Hryhorchuk and Cameron Gallier. Nieces; Saprina Buxton, Amber Weber, Carley Gallier, Alyssa LaGrand and Kaylee Salter. Mr. Lambright was preceded in death by his father, Stoney Lambright. Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 15, 2014 from 5-9 PM at Deweyville UPC in Deweyville, TX. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Deweyville UPC in Deweyville, TX. Rev. Darrell Orange, Michael Orange and Damon Bickham will officiate. Burial will follow in Deweyville Community Cemetery in Deweyville, TX. Funeral services are under the direction of Myers-Colonial Funeral Home in DeRidder, LA.
Carey Barnett Bedsole, 60, of Bridge City, passed away on July 14, 2014, at St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur. A memorial gathering will be Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Carey’s home in Bridge City. Her cremation is being held under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Stanford, Connecticut, on March 26, 1954, she was the daughter of John B. Barnett and Florence M. Crosby Barnett (Forrester). Carey was a devoted wife and mother who enjoyed traveling and being with friends and family. She was a cancer survivor and a private sitter of thirteen years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clint Bedsole; her parents, John and Florence Barnett; and her best friend, Debbie Credeur. She is survived by her son, Adrian Stanley; her sister, Nora Barnett; her cat, Kitty; nieces and nephews, Crystal Lawrence, Desaree Evans, Jake Trahan and wife, Michelle and Kamron Dillard; great niece and nephew, Tessa and Beaux Lawrence and several other great-nieces and nephews.
Mary Louise Ivy, 87, of Orange and formerly of Oakdale, Louisiana, passed away on July 16, 2014, at Pinehurst Nursing and Rehab in Orange. Born in Brookville, Kansas, on October 30, 1926, she was the daughter of Mathew Gilbreath and Pearl (Wise) Gilbreath. Mary worked on a tug boat as a cook, was a fantastic seamstress, and also a member of Faith Bible Baptist Church in Oakdale, Louisiana. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mathew and Pearl Gilbreath; her husband, Thomas Lee Ivy; her son, Thomas J Ivy; and her daughter, Dianna Hill. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Hammie Huckabay Long Ivy of Buna; her grandson, Thomas Allen Ivy; great-granddaughter, Aeriel Ivy; and many other grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Cremation will be under the direction of Claybar Haven of Rest.
Antionette Ragusa Moore, 63, went to her Heavenly home on July 16, 2014, surrounded by her family at her residence in Orange, Texas. Antionette was a fun loving, comical and dedicated wife, mother, aunt, relative and friend. She was born June 8, 1951 in Orange to Charles and Lena Ragusa. Her father owned and operated 37th Street Grocery. Her mother was well known for the hot tamales she made with her sister, Josephine Barras. She graduated from West Orange in 1969 and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Antionette married the love of her life, John Moore, of Pitkin, LA on June 25th 1972; they were married 42 years. Her beloved husband filled her life with unconditional love and oversaw all of her medical needs for over 26 years as she battled Gaucher’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Antionette is survived by her husband, John Moore; her son, John Anthony Moore; her daughter, Olivia Revis and husband Pa-ti; grandchildren, Joshua Tims Jr., Jackson Tims, Gabrielle Tims, Tristen Revis, and Jonah Revis; her sister, Frances Ryder and other family and friends. Antionette is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Lena; and her brother, Pete Ragusa. The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to Altus Hospice for their support and care for Antionette and the family. Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 20, 2014 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 6:00 p.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Reverend Joseph P. Daleo of St. Mary Catholic Church officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Charlie Ragusa, Michael Ragusa, Joshua Tims, Jr., Tristen Revis, Robert Puckett, and Van Choate.
Bertha Olive Arnett, 102, of Bridge City, passed away on July 13, 2014, at her residence. A cremation under the direction of Claybar Haven of Rest will take place. Born in Hutchinson, Kansas, on December 2, 1911, she was the daughter of Will Kellogg and Sarah Jane (Freeman) Kellogg. Mrs. Arnett loved to sew and made all of her own clothing as well as her husband’s. She was known as a very independent person who preferred to do everything on her own. Mrs. Arnett was loved by all and was an amazing lady. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Arnett. She is survived by her great nephew, Roy Lee and his wife, Sue Arnett of Arkansas; her Great Niece, Laura and husband, Bob Dick of Kansas; and her very special friends Sherry Seago, Candy Lavine, Michelle Richardson, and Jackie Prejean. Mrs. Arnett’s friends and family would like to thank her caregivers Chantel Marceaux and Leticia Broussard, and extend a special thank you to Harbor Hospice for their love and care.
Elsie Taylor Duff, 82, passed away peacefully on the 12th of July 2014. Born to Mary and Charles Taylor on March 12, 1932 in Orange, Texas. Elsie loved cooking and spending time wither family. She especially enjoyed attending her grandchildren's sporting events. After spending the first 18 or so years as a stay at home mom raising three sons, she had a successful and grateful career managing the safe deposit boxes at the local Wells Fargo Bank where she made many dear friends. Elsie was proceeded in death by her husband, Ralph, and her son, Wayne. She is survived by her son Chuck Duff and his wife Kelly, her son Roy and his wife Kellie, grandchildren Emily Yardley, Erin Duff, Katie Conroy, Ryan Duff and Kelsie Duff. A memorial service will be held at Corpus Christi Catholic Church at 4005 Cheena Dr.in Houston, Texas at 2pm on Saturday, July 19, 2014. After the service, the family will receive guests at the Corpus Christi Parish Hall. The family request that charitable donations be made to either Strake Jesuit College Preparatory or Corpus Christi Catholic church both in Houston, Texas. Claire Brothers Funeral Home 7901 Hilcroft Avenue in Houston, Texas (713)271-7250.
Colonel James Thomas (Jim) Dixon, born in Orange, Texas, Jan. 10, 1925, passed away July 13, 2014, in Williamsburg, Va. He was the son of the late John and Luella Stark Dixon, and was preceded in death by his four brothers and sisters, Dorothy Jane, John Allen, George Cornelius Dixon, and Phyllis Dixon Ross, and also by the love of his life, Helen (Pat) Dixon. Jim grew up in Shreveport, La. and began his academic career at Centenary College at 16, after graduating as valedictorian from Fairpark High School. He entered West Point Military Academy during the war and graduated in 1946 after a three year accelerated course of study. He had a stellar career in the military, and was first sent abroad to post-war Occupation Germany, where he met his wife Pat in Heidelberg. They married in 1950. In 1955, he was named the Assistant Army Attaché to Karachi, Pakistan, and then returned stateside to do a master’s in history at Columbia University. Upon completing his degree, he taught in the Social Sciences Department at West Point. Jim served a year as unit commander in post-war Korea in 1961, and commanded the 319th artillery battalion of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky., in 1964. From there he was sent to the Pentagon where he was handpicked by the exclusive Stanford Research Institute to do advanced work on computerized military budgeting. He ended his 30-year military career as the U.S. Military Attaché to Spain in 1976, where he was honored by then Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger. Upon retirement, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. Jim taught at the University of South Carolina, and then served as the Dean of Valley Forge Military Academy of Pennsylvania. He and Pat continued to travel the world, finally settling in Staunton, Va. Jim was a distinguished scholar and a devoted husband and father. He is adored and survived by his five children, Katie (Daniel Webster), Polly (Andrew Glassman), Nancy (Bill Lavender), James (Jay) Jr. (Terri), and John W. (Pam) Dixon; three grandchildren, John W. (Jay) Dixon Jr., Camille (Camdynne) Dixon, James N. (T-Jay) Dixon, and two great-grandchildren, Roxanne (Roxy) and Celeste Lavender. The family would like to thank Nydia Carnahan and the staff at Williamsburg Landing’s Woodhaven for their care of Jim, Cynthia Lee for her constant love and support, and Katie Dixon for her tireless care of both Jim and Patty. The service will be in the Jamestown/Yorktown Room, 5700 Williamsburg Landing Drive from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Thursday, July 17, 2014. In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to donate to one of the following charitable organizations or one of your choosing, www.dav.org, Disabled American Vets or www.alzfdn.org, Alzheimer’s Foundation.
Athalene Brown Manchac, 88, of West Orange, passed from this life on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at her residence. Born on September 22, 1925 in Brownsboro, Texas to her parents, William Brown and Lela S. (Barton) Brown, she came to Orange during World War II to work in the shipbuilding industry. She also worked with her husband at Manchac Insurance Agency in Orange and she owned and operated the West Orange Nursery for many years. Athalene was a member of the Harvest Chapel Church in West Orange, she was an avid gardener and she enjoyed spending time with her family. Athalene is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank D. Manchac, Sr.; her sons, Frank D. Manchac, Jr. and Mark Manchac and her grandson, William Manchac. Those who will most cherish her memory are her daughter, Margaret Boehme and husband, Robert of Orange; her grandchildren, Charles Cloudy and wife, Roxanne, Colleen Cloudy, Karen Manchac, Stephen Manchac, Michael Manchac, Kelly Manchac and Brandy Quebodeaux; her great grandchildren, Layla, Lillian, Jacob, Michaela, Dorian, Mason, Addison, Bailey, Jeslyn and Elly. Athalene is also survived by numerous members of her extended family. Graveside services to honor Athalene's life will be at 10:00 A.M. Friday, July 18, 2014 at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City with Sister Ruth Logan Burch, officiating. A gathering of Athalene's family and friends will be from 5:00 P.M 7:00 P.M. Thursday at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.
 
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