Obituaries
Charlene Rue Wallace, 76, of Orange, passed away on February 27, 2015, at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 2, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Randy Branch and Reverend J.B. Prouse. Burial will follow at Wilkinson Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home. Born in Crowley, Louisiana, on December 6, 1938, Charlene was the daughter of Lowell and Evelyn (Wriborg) Rue. She retired from Sabine Federal Credit Union after 20 plus years, was a volunteer with the Red Cross, and headed the annual church bazaar at Wesley United Methodist Church. She enjoyed running the roads and taking trips to Canton, but what she loved most was spending time with her family, especially her grandkids. She is preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law, Michael Collins; and beloved aunt, Lois Boren. She is survived by her husband, Lynn B. Wallace; son, Toby Wallace and wife Lorrie of Tolar; daughter, Wendy Collins of Orange; and grandchildren, Tate Wilson, Hanna Wallace, and Peyton Collins. She is also survived by her sister, Sandra Dickey and husband Michael; brother, Roger Rue and wife Nancy; sisters-in-law, Janie Wallace Melton and husband Tommy, and Pat Wallace; numerous nieces and nephews; and her best friend, Judy Eatman. Serving as pallbearers will be Drew Peet, Jerry Cezar, James Murff, Pat Brown, Brian Johnson, and Mack Smith. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 N. 37th St., Orange, TX 77630.
Aubrey Gordon O誰eal, 83, of Beaumont, passed away on February 27, 2015, at Jefferson Nursing and Rehabilitation in Beaumont. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Lynn Ashcraft of Orange, Texas and Dr. Raymond McHenry of Beaumont. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the beginning of the service. Born in Pine Prairie, Louisiana, on December 12, 1931, he was the son of Willis Shirley O誰eal and Evie Caroline O誰eal. Aubrey was a Korean War veteran who served in the U. S. Army. He retired from DuPont in Beaumont, Texas and was a member of Westgate Baptist Church in Beaumont, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents, Willis and Evie O誰eal and his son, Michael David O誰eal. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Iris Maxine O誰eal; daughters, Betty Holland and husband, Pete of Humble, Texas and Linda Ballenger and husband, Thomas of Beaumont, Texas; granddaughters, Melissa Hamm and husband, Charles, Melanie Brazzell and husband, Mike, and Jennifer DeRouen and husband, Bryan; grandson, Thomas Ballenger III; and eleven great-grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers will be Charles Hamm, Mike Brazzell, Bryan DeRouen, Thomas Ballenger III, David Guidry, and Stephen Noffsinger.
On February 7, 2015, James R. Finklea (known to virtually everyone as Uncle Jimbo) passed from this earth at the age of ninety to be reunited with his beloved wife Sweet Sue (Georgia Finklea). They married in 1944 and were inseparable until her death in 2000. Uncle Jimbo leaves behind the Jordans (Jeanie, Kevin, Marquel, Katie, Patrick, Sarah, Aidan, Eric, Brian, Liam and Ryan) who, though technically not 澱lood relatives, have been privileged to be his family because he married Sweet Sue. Uncle Jimbo was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on August 9, 1924 but called Orange his home for the past seventy years. After serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II, he began working at American Bridge as a draftsman and rose to the manager of engineering by the time of his retirement in 1982. His influence was felt by many who worked with and under him. He was the epitome of a gentleman who never spoke ill of anyone and kept his counsel to himself. However, if asked the advice provided was always wise and never sugarcoated. He firmly believed in following the rules and was meticulous in all aspects of his life from his appearance to keeping up his yard and home. He took great joy in painting landscapes, his daily walks and spending time with his family. He will be greatly missed by the many people he positively impacted. However, great solace is taken in knowing he and Sweet Sue are together again as they should be. They were and will always be the definition of the perfect marriage. In lieu of flowers or any other memoriam, Uncle Jimbo would want donations to charity. While he would never be so presumptuous to dictate to which, his favorite was the First United Methodist Church in Orange. A celebration of his life, that will include a showing of many of his paintings, will be held at the Malloy Spiritual Enrichment Center located at First United Methodist Church, 502 N. Sixth Street, Orange, Texas 77630 on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 3:00 pm.
Laura Alice Hughes Clary, 93, died at home in Orange, TX. February 23, 2015 surrounded by her family. She was born in Taylor, AR July 21, 1921. She was preceded in death by her parents George H. Hughes and Celia Elizabeth Boyette Hughes, her husband of 62 years Robert M. 釘ob Clary, her son George Brian Clary, and 10 brothers and sisters. Survivors are her sons and daughters-in-law Thomas Everett and Ava Clary, Robert David and Donna Clary, and daughter and son-in-law Julie Michelle Clary Ford and husband David; 7 grandchildren Amy Clary McIlwain and her husband Randy, Christina Ford Eddy and her husband Kyle, Grant Ford and his wife Cristen, Kevin Ford and his fianc Sara Benson, Alison Clary, Alexia Clary, and Madison Clary; and 5 great-grandchildren Cameron McIlwain, Hannah Eddy, Colton McIlwain, Emma Eddy, and Carson McIlwain. She is also survived by sister-in-law Roberta Clary and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Thursday 5-8 PM at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange, Texas. Services will be at Friday 2 PM at Claybar Funeral Home with the Reverend J.B. Prouse and Chaplain Kevin Trinkle officiating. Following services, burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Bridge City. Pallbearers will be Grant Ford, Kevin Ford, Randy McIlwain, Kyle Eddy, Wellman Richards, and Bubba Simpson. Honorary Pallbearers will be nephews Lowell Hudnall and Jimmy Hughes, friend Nancy Mericle, and Laura痴 granddaughters. Laura was a founding member of Drake Memorial Presbyterian Church which she loved dearly along with her Bible Study class. As long as health permitted, she attended both regularly. She was one of the founders and co-owners of Orange Shipbuilding Co. Inc. She was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan, loved watching the Astros, a wonderful cook but by far an exceptional Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. The compliment we heard most often was what a sweet, beautiful lady she was. A special thank you to her caregivers, Nancy Mericle, Carol Haynes, and Rita Dalrymple. Also special thanks to Dr. David Cox and Gentiva Hospice for their outstanding and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Drake Memorial Presbyterian Church, 4647 16th St. Orange, TX 77632 or the charity of your choice.
Ruth Stevens Fournier, 94, of Bridge City, passed away on February 23, 2015, at Sabine House in Orange. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, February 26, 2015, at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Bridge City. Officiating will be Reverend Mark Bunch, Reverend Stephanie Hughes, and Brother Adam Nimitz. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 25th at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Born in Webster County, Nebraska, on December 19, 1920, she was the daughter of Reverend Frederick H. Stevens and Dollie A. Stevens. Ruth was a member of the United Methodist Women and St. Paul United Methodist Church. She was a substitute teacher for Bridge City ISD and enjoyed playing bridge and singing. Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, Reverend Frederick and Dollie Stevens; husband, Raymond Edward Fournier; son, Steven Edward Fournier; and grandsons, Steven Kea and Jacob Halliburton. She is survived by her children, Shirley Maynor and husband, Bill of Cotton Valley, Louisiana, Faye Harrington and husband, John of Bridge City, Patricia Davis of South Haven, Mississippi, Phyllis Nimitz and husband, Kolter of Grapeland, Texas, Paul Fournier and wife, Barbara of Delta, Ohio, and Sarah Halliburton of Bridge City; grandchildren, Susan Mayor, Sharon Frith, Michael Maynor, Claudia Smith, Adam Nimitz, Natalie Klebek, Barron Nimitz, Reverend Stephanie Hughes, Lisa Rutherford, Ginger Hadar, Jeff Harrington, Jody Keddy, Joey Halliburton, Jared Halliburton, and Patrick Halliburton; twenty-three great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, Ethel Richert, Phyllis Sims, Barbara Walker, and Rosemary Barr. Serving as pallbearers will be Mike Maynor, Will Frith, Barry Smith, Barron Nimitz, Adam Nimitz, Dan Klebek, Maac Hughes, Jeff Harrington, Logan Conner, Joey Halliburton, Jared Halliburton, Patrick Halliburton, and Kenneth Pulliam.
Margie Fay Blacksher Haley, 78, of Orange passed away on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. Margie was a lifelong resident of Orange; born on February 26, 1936 to parents Hazel (Hoffpauir) and Shelby Mulhollan. She was a member of Church of Christ of Vidor. Margie enjoyed doing her Bible studies and was a member of Garden Club for many years. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Margie was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend who will be missed dearly. She is preceded by her parents, Shelby and Hazel Mulhollan; husband, Billy Ray Haley; great grandchild, Danielle Miller; sister, Betty Ward. Margie is survived by her children, Judy Longron and husband, Todd Sr. of Orange, Robert Blacksher Sr. of Orange, Sheri Broussard and husband, Davin of Orangefield, Joe Blacksher Sr. and wife, Pam of Silsbee, Kirk Blacksher, wife, Tinna of Hamshire; siblings, Tommy Mulhollan and wife, Joan of Call, Patsy Zoch of Orange, Glenda Duhon and husband, Will of Bridge City, Becky Venable of Orange, Debbie Myers, and husband, Roland of Orangefield, David Mulhollan and wife, Ella of Orange. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Todd Longron Jr. and wife, Becky, Misty Bellard and husband, Micheal, Robert Blacksher Jr. and wife, Joy, Patricia Blacksher, Christie Spell and husband, Ronnie, Cory Broussard and wife, Dawn, Joe Blacksher Jr. and wife, Sarah, Crystal Parker and husband, Wes, Scott Kay, Taylor Kay and wife, Chelsea, West Kay, Natasha Blacksher; great grandchildren, Gus, Coop, Colt, Dayne, Laney, Gilbert, Dyllan, Desiree, Dalyn, Aaliyah, Crissa, Ashtin, Chase, Sarah Jo, Preston, Laura Ann, Hunter, Aliva, Ashton and Kadince, and numerous nieces and nephews. A gathering of family and friend will be held on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 5 pm until 9 pm at Dorman Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 2 pm at the funeral home, with Mark Ellgrendre officiating. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn in West Orange. Honoring Margie as pallbearers will be Kirk Blacksher, Joe Blacksher Jr., Robert Blacksher Jr., Cory Broussard, Micheal Bellard and Darren Duhon. Honorary pallbearers are Todd Longron Jr., Davin Broussard, Todd Longron Sr., Joe Blacksher Sr. and Robert Blacksher Sr.
Nora Juanita Schlicher, 88, of Orange passed away on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. She was born on November 26, 1926 in Orangefield, Texas to parents Clara (Boudreaux) and Lawrence Sittig. She had lived most of her life in the Orangefield area and was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church of Orange. Juanita enjoyed reading and spending time with her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Garret Schlicher Sr.; son, Lawrence Garret Schlicher Jr.; sister, Alva Sittig Osbon; brother, Lloyd Sittig. Juanita is survived by her grandchildren, Deke Schlicher of Houston, Francene Cole and husband, Matthew of Virginia; daughter in law, Debbie Schlicher of Orange; great grandchildren, Dean Edwin Schlicher, Jeanna Robin Schlicher, Paris Schlicher, Megan Elizabeth Cole, Jackson Edward Cole. She is also survived by her special friends and adopted family, Michael and Linda Duhon of Orange, Mary Ann and Garland Underwood of White Oaks, Tommy and Samantha Lowe of Orange. A funeral service will be held on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 2 pm at Dorman Funeral Home, with a gathering of family and friends from 12 noon until service time at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Garden near Bridge City.
Mary Sue Allen, 66, of Orange, passed away on February 15, 2015, at her home. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at Haven of Rest Cemetery near China, TX. She is survived by her boyfriend, Barry Wiggins; daughter, Tammy Sue Schwartz; and her grandchildren, Taylor Schwartz, Chris Schwartz and Thomas Schwartz.
Gerald Miller, 63, of Orange, died Friday, February 20, 2015, at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 23, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City with Father Kevin Badeaux officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Born on September 2, 1951, in Port Neches, Texas, Gerald was the son of Joseph Miller and Leviana Mae Labove Miller. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a crane operator with Gerdau Ameristeel in Rose City. He enjoyed salt water fishing and playing pool. For the past three years, he has been playing Dark Orbit, a video game played with people from all over the world and was known as Papa Bear by the other gamers. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mae Miller; brother, Charles Miller and sister, Bernice Nelams Andrews. He is survived by his wife, Rita Miller; daughters and sons-in-law, Stacy and John Head, Melissa and Rodney Stevens, Tania and Tim Webb and Leslie Rodgers. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Blake Perry, Madison Head, J.J. Blankenship, Clay Blankenship, Felisha Blankenship, Chrystal Miller, Courtney Webb, Jacob Webb, Dax Rodgers, Lanie Rodgers; great grandchildren, Brayden Jateff, Rayleigh Miller and his brother, Jimmy Nelams. Serving as pallbearers will be Gurvis Oswalt, Brance Revere, Blake Perry, Rick Stalls, Daniel Johnson and Jareb Logan. Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Parker, Buford Nunnaly and Ewel Shelley.
Laura Sue Donnaud, 85, of Little Cypress, died Friday, February 20, 2015, at Mid Jeff Extended Care in Nederland. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 25, 2015, in the chapel of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Burial will follow in Wilkinson Cemetery in Little Cypress. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Born in Buna on December 24, 1929, Sue was the last surviving child of Thomas H. and Clora (Furlough) Nation. A registered nurse, Sue was a long time shift supervisor at Baptist Hospital in Orange, retiring after 34 years of service and she was a member of the Salvation Army Church in Orange. Sue was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ray J. Donnaud; granddaughter, Danielle Huggins and her sisters and brothers. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Mack Smith of Little Cypress; sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Charlotte Donnaud of Orange, Thomas and Nancy Donnaud of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, Michael and Cheryl Donnaud of Little Cypress. Also surviving are her grandchildren and their spouses, Meredith and Pat Seay, Melinda and Jason Gipson, Micah and Becky Smith, Walker and Kaycie Donnaud, Kerri and Robert Arrington, Allison Ward, Brandi and Clint Beard, Travis and Mandy Donnaud, Mary and Mike Hesson; 18 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Serving as pallbearers will be Robert Arrington, Jason Gipson, Walker Donnaud, Micah Smith, Garrett Morrell, Grant Morrell and Travis Donnaud. Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Burnaman, James S. Donnaud and her great grandsons.