Obituaries
Deborah Marie Hebert, 62, of Port Arthur, passed away on April 16, 2015, at her home. A graveside service and inurnment will be 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 19, 2015, at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Born in Aiken, South Carolina, on October 28, 1952, she was the daughter of Cecil Clyde Granger and Mary Ann (Broussard) Granger. Deborah grew up in Vinton, Louisiana and was a longtime member of St. Helen Catholic Church in Orangefield. She loved her two dogs. She was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Mary Ann Granger and her husband, Ray Hebert. Deborah is survived by her children, Gary D. Lux, Jr. of San Antonio, Sharon Lynn Lux of Pensacola, Florida, and Phillip Hebert of Austin; granddaughter, Mackenzie Lux of The Woodlands; and her siblings, Cecilia Broussard, Catherine LaPointe and husband, Herbert, Cecil Clyde Granger, Jr., Mario Granger and wife, Tina, Mary Hernandez and husband, Ricky, and Mark Granger.
Shirley Goats, 81, was born in Richmond, England in 1933. She was a resident of Orange, TX from 1953 until her death on April 7, 2015. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Alvie Gene Goats and son, Ricky Goats. She is survived by her sister, Ann Shuardson and husband, Larry Shuardson; brother, Bill Rankin and wife, Brenda Rankin; daughter, Sondra Mora and husband, Larry Mora; son, Ross Goats and wife, Erica Goats; daughter, Shana Maceda and husband, Moises Maceda; grandchildren, Mandi Coughran and husband, Chris Coughran, Ashley Turner and husband, Justin Turner, Megan Goats, Monica Goats, Shanita Maceda and fiancée, Clark Pearson, Keegan Maceda, Erica Goats; great grandchildren, Taylor Coughran, Kailey Coughran, John Turner and expecting Caroline Grace Turner. Shirley was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, always putting others first “Nana”, as she was affectionately known by everyone, had a knack for transforming die ordinary into the extraordinary. She created wonderful scavenger hunts, costumes, and hosted extravagant holidays, tea times, and birthday parties. Her caring heart will always be remembered. She will be missed by all who knew her. Visitation will be at Claybar Funeral Home 800 Highland Dr. Bridge City, TX on April 24th at 5pm. Memorial Service will follow at 6pm. If Mends or acquaintances desire, in lieu of flowers, die family has requested that a small donation may be made to the American Diabetes Association in honor of Shirley Goats. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 11454 Alexandria, VA 22312. Online donations can be made at www.diabetes.org.
John E. Burnitt, 50, of Orange, went home to be with his Lord on April 15, 2015, at his home. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Pastor Glen James of Christ Chapel Baptist Church in Fort Worth. Burial will follow at Nibletts Bluff in Vinton, Louisiana. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Friday, April 17th, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Orange, Texas, on May 26, 1964, he was the son of Jimmy Euell Burnitt and Doris Marie (Kidd) Burnitt. John was a lifelong resident of Orange and he worked at OCARC. He loved listening to music and driving fast. He was preceded in death by his father, Jimmy Euell Burnitt and his niece, Kristi Burnitt. John is survived by his mother, Doris Kidd Burnitt of Orange; siblings, Jimmy R. Burnitt and wife, Juanita of Orange, Jerry Burnitt and wife, Debbie of Orange, Donya Burnitt Singletary and husband, John of Florida, and Debbie Burnitt Ward and husband, Steve of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Serving as pallbearers will be Steve Ward, Steve Kidd, Michael Hudnall, Felix Hudnall, Chris Burnitt, and Donald Simpson.
Glyn Ebarb, 85, passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in his residence in Vinton surrounded by his family. He was a native of Zwolle and had been a resident of Vinton for the last 56 years, coming from Winnsboro, Louisiana. Glyn was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Orange, Texas. He was a member of the Choctaw-Apache Tribe of Ebarb, Louisiana. He was a 1948 graduate of Zwolle High School. He then entered the U.S. Air Force where he served for four years. He also graduated from Northwestern State College where he met his wife, Margaret. Glyn had a deep love for his children and grandchildren, fishing, hot tamales, sports, teaching, coaching, and especially the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Margaret Ebarb of Vinton; three children, Melissa Slusher and husband, Bruce of Long Beach, Washington, Phillip Ebarb and wife, Stacey of Orange, Texas, and Valrie Gilbeaux and husband, Troy of Little Cypress, Texas; grandchildren, Sarah Slusher and husband, Derek Schlicke, Thaddeus "Tad" Prescott, Jace Prescott, Dakota "Dak" Prescott, Bailey Gilbeaux, Stephen Gilbeaux, and Lyvia Ebarb; three great-grandchildren, Kennedy Prescott and Annabelle and Edward Schlicke; sisters-in-law, Ruth Dibble of New York Mills, New York, and Lucy Dosher of Arlington, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Margaret "Peggy" Prescott; his parents, Marceline and Martha Ebarb; brothers, Henry, Adam, Eldon, Elmer, and James "Bobby" Ebarb; and sisters, Verda "Sis" Carpenter, Verna "Bib" Matthews, and Thelma "Dolly" Paddie. A memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19, in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1401 W. Park Ave, Orange, Texas. Father Keith Giblin will officiate. Inurnment will be in the St. Paul's Episcopal Church Memory Garden. The family will receive friends on Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. in Hixson Funeral Home of Vinton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Amedisys Hospice in Lake Charles, or Huddle Up For Life Foundation (2722 Austin Street, Orange, TX 77630). The family would like to give special thanks to Amedisys Hospice for their excellent care and comfort for Glyn. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.
William H. “Bill” Poisel, 82, of Orange, passed away on April 14, 2015, at his home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Orange with Father David Edwards, officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Friday, April 17, 2015, with a wake service held at 6:00 p.m., at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Lake County, Indiana, on August 31, 1932, he was the son of Henry Poisel and Grace (Spriggs) Poisel. Bill was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Francis and the Young at Heart Senior Group at St. Francis. He owned Bill’s Plumbing and would volunteer his plumbing services at the church. Bill was retired from the U. S. Navy and served in the Seabee’s. He was a member of the VFW, FRA, and the American Legion. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Robert Glenn Poisel; and his sisters and brothers. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Poisel of Orange; sons, William H. Poisel and wife Claire of Austin and Mickey J. Poisel of Orange; grandchildren, Heather Sellars and husband, Cory, Casey Poisel, Elex Poisel, and Emma Poisel; and his great-grandchildren, Adam and Ryan Sellars.
Jack Walter Thomas Ball, 8 month old infant son of Daniel and Amanda Ball of Deweyville, passed away Friday, April 10, 2015 in Witchita, Kansas. Jack was born on July 31, 2014 in Beaumont, Texas. Jack is preceded in death by his paternal great grandmothers, Theresa Ball and Tanie Coulee, his paternal great grandfather, Troy Ball and his uncles, Jack Ball and Leslie Hampshire. Those who will most cherish his memory in addition to his parents are his paternal grandfather, William Ball and wife, Linda of Deweyville; his paternal grandmother, Lavonda Faul of Beaumont; maternal grandfather, Eddie Hebert and wife, Dawn of Henderson, Texas; maternal grandmother, Crystal Womack and husband, Ricky Royster of Jefferson, Texas; paternal great grandfather, Herman Faul and wife, Ann of Branch, Louisiana; maternal great grandparents, Skip and Dorothy Vribes of Marshall, Texas; his sister, Kimberly Ball; his brothers, Troy Ball and William Ball. Jack is also survived by numerous members of his extended family. Services to honor Jack’s life will be at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, April 16, 2015 in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange with Reverend Kevin Brown, officiating. Rite of Committal and Interment will follow services at the Deweyville Cemetery in Deweyville. A gathering of Jack’s family and friends for a time of reflection will be from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home.
The Celebration of Life for Mrs. Ruby King, 76, of Orange, will be Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the Mount Zion Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Hollywood Community Cemetery under the direction of Sparrow Funeral Home. Visitation will be Saturday from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. at the church. She died April 9, 2015 at Pinehurst Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Survivors include daughters, Precious Crawford and Raquel Judge, son, Jamail King, sister, Mary Cross, and brother, John Johnson.
Arlene Margaret Bray, 74, of Orange, passed away on April 11, 2015, at Beaumont Nursing and Rehabilitation in Beaumont. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be her son, Reverend Douglas Bray of Harmony Baptist in Vidor. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn in West Orange. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday, April 13, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Danavain, Texas on December 13, 1940, she was the daughter of Martin Nelsen and Hazel Mauk Nelsen. Arlene retired from the Orange Housing Authority after over thirty years of service. She was an avid movie watcher and enjoyed spending time and shopping with her friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Hazel Nelsen; husband, Don Edward Bray; sister, Jean Nohavitza and brother, Jack Nelsen. She is survived by her daughter, Shana Gonzalez of Nederland; son, Douglas Bray and wife, Lynn of Vidor; grandchildren, Mindi Vandervoort, Dustin Gonzalez, Ryan Bray and Jordan Lynch and great-grandchildren, Ace, Brock, and Tripp Vandervoort, Emma Gonzalez, London, Layne and Levi Lynch. Serving as pallbearers will be Ryan Bray, Dustin Gonzalez, Micah Bray, Zach Bray, Jerry Vandervoort, and Nate Lynch. Honorary pallbearer is Tommy Nelsen.
Donnie McDonald, 56, of Vidor died Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Baptist of Southeast Texas in Beaumont. A native of Orange, TX, he was a longtime resident of Vidor. Donnie was the Safety Supervisor for Brand Energy and Infrastructure Solutions for over 12 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Vidor where he was very active and was a sunday school teacher and a director for the Royal Ambassadors. Donnie was an ordained minister... and was the chaplain for the Faith Riders Motorcycle Ministries. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Vidor, with burial to follow at Votow Cemetery in Votow, TX at 2:00 pm. Visitation will begin at 6:00 pm Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at First Baptist Church. Donnie is survived by his wife of 39 yrs Audrey McDonald, son Joshua McDonald and his wife Mandi of Vidor, TX, Jerod McDonald and his wife Haley of Cleburne, TX, daughter Jessica McDonald Castillo and her husband Jessie of Port Arthur, TX, mother Hazel Davis and sister Lillie Clark both of Longview, TX, 12 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. In lieu of flower donation can be made to Main St. Ministries 350 N. Main St. Vidor, Texas.
Funeral services for Lewis Maybin Harkey of Ocean Springs, MS, former restaurant motel owner, part owner of a marine sporting goods company, and retired senior project manager/buyer at Signal International, LLC in Pascagoula, MS will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 17, 2015, at Heritage Funeral Home in Moss Point, MS. Harkey, 68, passed peacefully Sunday, April 12, 2015, at Singing River Hospital System, Ocean Springs, after a brief battle with cancer. He received several job-related awards and certificates while employed at Litton Industries, Inc. in Pascagoula, now Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. He was a member of professional and civic organizations and was a member of the Boston Club, prominent New Orleans men’s club. Harkey began his career at Litton in 1971 in cost accounting and held other jobs in program finance, budgets, and purchasing. He worked for several years in contracts administration. For a time, he owned Rienzi Inn restaurant motel and was co-owner of Marine Sales and Service, both located in Pascagoula and both no longer in business. Harkey worked for Scruggs, Millette, Bozeman, and Dent, PA, from 1993 to March 2000, and Scott T. Taylor, PA from 2000 to 2003. In 2006, Harkey went to work at Signal International, LLC at the Pascagoula facility as purchasing agent. A year later he was promoted and transferred to Signal’s Orange, TX facility as purchasing subcontract and security manager. He retired from the marine and fabrication company’s Pascagoula facility six years later in 2013. He had resided in Ocean Springs since 2012, returning home to be closer to his family. Harkey was born in New Orleans on January 30, 1947, third son of six children born to the late Marie Ella Levert Gore and the late Ira B. Harkey, Jr., both of Pascagoula and formerly of New Orleans. After high school graduation in 1965, Harkey joined the U. S. Marine Corps. He was discharged from active duty in 1967. Surviving are Harkey’s three children, Jonathan Levert Harkey (Melissa) of Ocean Springs, Linda Michelle Wiesand (Craig) of Mobile, and Lisa Schrink McCusker (John) of Gautier. There are six grandchildren, two each from his three children- Jonathan Levert Harkey, Jr. (Jon Jon) and Curtis Joseph Harkey, John Ira Wiesand and Mary Ella Weisand, and John-Michael McCusker and Aidan Joseph McCusker. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m., Friday, April 17 at Heritage Funeral Home, Moss Point. Funeral service will follow in the funeral home chapel at 2 p.m. Interment will be at Pine Crest Cemetery in Gautier, MS.
Wayne Carline, 82, of Orange, passed away Friday, April 10, 2015 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. Born on March 16, 1933 in Dickson, Tennessee to her parents, Ubert Paul and Elva Josephine (Frazier) Vineyard, she lived in the Orange area since 1961 and she retired from Bethlehem Steel in Beaumont and she owned and operated Big Mama’s Truck Stop in Orange. Wayne had previously lived in Charenton, Louisiana and Nashville, Tennessee, she was of the Primitive Baptist faith, she enjoyed listening to music, she was a veracious reader and she faithfully involved herself in the growing up of her children and grandchildren. Wayne was also a great cook; her family will remember well, her crawfish stew. Wayne is preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Pauline Welch; her brother, Shannon Vineyard and her sister, Beulah Hughes. Those who will most cherish her memory are her daughters, Lucretia Dewberry of Pasadena, Texas and Denise Scott and husband, John Scott, Jr. of Little Cypress; her sons, Paul Carline and wife, Gina, of Little Cypress and Nathan Carline and wife, Michelle of Little Cyress; nine grandchildren, Rebekah Bowden, Rachel Grimes, Darby Carline, Tara Guy, Matthew Scott, Ryan Carline, Trey Carline, Kyle Carline and Kara Carline; five great grandchildren, Evan Bowden, Blaine Carline, William Carline, Jaxson Carline and Chandler Scott. Wayne is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Services to remember and honor Wayne’s life will be at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, April 18, 2015 in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Rite of Committal and Interment will follow services at the Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange. A gathering of Wayne’s family and friends for a time of reflection and sharing will be from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed for the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.
Timothy B. Phillips, Sr., 56, of Kirbyville, Texas passed away Thursday, April 9, 2015, at Jasper Memorial Hospital. Graveside funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at Orange – Forest Lawn Cemetery, 2312 Irving, Orange, Texas 77631. Visitation will be 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Monday at Adams EE Stringer Funeral Home in Kirbyville. Born May 7, 1958 in Great Barrington, Maine to Helen May (O’Dell) and James Scott Phillips, he was a longtime resident of Orange and had lived in Kirbyville 12 years. Survivors include his wife, Pearl E. Phillips of Kirbyville; son, Timothy & Susie Phillips, Jr. of Kirbyville; daughter, Shannon & Ryan Faulkner of California; siblings, Carol Phillips, Todd Phillips, and Michael Phillips all of Orange, Pat Phillips of New York, Tina Guin of Orange, Dennis Phillips, Steve & Petra Lowe, and David Lowe. Grandchildren, Sereinity Reyne Phillips, Kolton Cade Biscamp, Zane Allen Faulkner, and Ruth LaRayne Faulkner. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Daniel Phillips; and Chance Loden.
Bernice Mitchell, 90, of Orange, passed away on April 11, 2015, at her home in Orange. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. Officiating will be Alvin Gilbeaux of Kingdom Hall Jehovah Witness in Orange. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Belleville, West Virginia, on April 7, 1925, she was the daughter of Clemence Dailey and Emma Belle Wine Dailey. Bernice was a longtime member of Kingdom Hall Jehovah Witness. She loved life, painting, bike riding, and being outside. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clemence and Emma Dailey; husband, Benjamin R. Mitchell and son, Richard Mitchell. She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Maple and husband Melvin of Orange; daughter Barbara Sears and husband, Bill of Fairbarn, Ohio; son, Phillip Mitchell and wife, Billie of Buna; sister Joann Morphis of Charleston, West Virginia and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers will be Melvin Maple, Jr., Roy Maple, Malcolm Maple, Jeremy Mitchell and Phillip Lee Mitchell, Jr. and Keith Murray.
Mary Kathryn Keegan, 66, of Orange, passed away on April 9, 2015, at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Orange with Reverend Tom Phelan officiating. Cremation will be under the direction of Claybar Haven of Rest Crematory. A memorial gathering will be 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 13, 2015, with a Wake service beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, on November 10, 1948, she was the daughter of David Ottis Barrow and Frances Stromer Barrow. Kathy was a member of the Diocesan Stewardship Council, a longtime volunteer for CASA and Shangri La and a member of the board of directors-Programs for Human Services. Kathy enjoyed gardening and was an avid bird watcher. She loved everyone, but her family was most important in her life. She never met a stranger and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Frances Barrow. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Ed Keegan; daughter, Suzie Tarpley and husband, Jack of Santa Fe; son, Patrick Keegan and wife, Lindsey of Nederland; granddaughter, Gracie Tarpley; sisters-in-law, Mary Keegan, Kathleen Keegan, and Frances Keegan and her “sisters”, Dana Willis, Pam Hall, Debbie Font, Pat Papania, Jocelyn Raimer, and Marsha Marshall. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to honor Kathy’s generosity and charitable personality by having memorial contributions made to the charity of your choice.
Kelly Hodges Franklin passed away June 9, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky at the age of 57. Kelly is preceded in death by her son, Steven Scott Curtis; parents, Robert and Nancy Hodges; and brother, Ritchie Hodges. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Katie Curtis of Bridge City; grandson, Beckham Scott Curtis of Bridge City; sister and brother-in-law, Kerry and Steve Deckard of Louisville, Kentucky; sister and brother-in-law, Kassy and Blake Brewer of St. Petersburg, Florida; aunt Phyllis Taylor of Lexington, Kentucky; and her many loving cousins, nieces and nephews. A brief graveside memorial service will be held April 18, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Claybar Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Father Steve Leger will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Kelly’s life.
Thomas (Tommy) Monroe was born January 27, 1940 in Sylacuga, Alabama to John T. (JT) Monroe and Frances Singleton. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and brother. His family was his first priority. Tommy was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Orange. He was a hard worker and started working when he was twelve years old as a grocery bagger at Weingartens. Tommy rode his scooter with his brother, Butch, to deliver his paper route. He worked for Bayer for 35 years as a process control foreman and a production operator before retiring in 2001. Tommy loved to drag race in his younger years and in his later years began restoring classic cars. He always loved to work on his cars and with his tools and hands. He was very mechanically inclined. Tommy was a member of the National Guard for six years. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 13, 2015, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Orange with Father Daleo presiding. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation will be at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange on Sunday, April 12th from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. A vigil and rosary will be at 5:00 p.m. conducted by Deacon Hazen Kenney, Deacon Eddie Blankenstein and Deacon Harvey Dubois. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Faye Monroe Hughes, and brother, James Monroe and daughter, Staci Monroe Windham. He is survived by his devoted wife, Carol Rolando Monroe, daughter, Julie Monroe Underwood and husband, Jason of Bridge City, granddaughters, Lexie Windham and Cadence Underwood, his sister, Judy Monroe Pietz of Coppell and brother, John (Butch) Monroe and wife, Charlotte of Port Neches, son-in-law, Todd Windham and a host of special friends. He is also survived by his faithful furry friends Sasha, Tasha, and Smokey. Serving as pallbearers will be Nelson Bernard, Ernest Gauthier, Raymond Gilbeaux, Scott Jackson III, Lawrence Mc Shan, Gerald Thomas, and Jason Underwood. Honorary pallbearers are Billy Joe Smith. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen at 912 West Cherry Avenue Orange, TX 77630 or Orange Christian Services 2518 W. Park Ave. Orange, TX 77630. The family would like to send a special thanks to the ER staffs of Christus St. Mary’s Hospital in Port Arthur and Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital of Beaumont. They would also like to send a special thank you to Christus St. Elizabeth ICU nurses Nancy, Melena, and Bob and to Dr. Chavis and the two sweet nurses on the fourth floor who cared for Tommy in his last hours. They were all God’s special angels sent to us. As well as a special thank you to my wonderful family and friends who were there to support us.
Ricky Louis Manuel was born on August 13, 1958, in Orange, Texas to Louis Manuel, Jr. and Aleene Miller Manuel. He was preceded in death by his father, Louis Manuel, Jr.; grandmother, Mrs. Willie Miller; grandfather, Grady Miller; grandmother, Mrs. Olivia Manuel; grandfather, Louis Manuel, Sr. He is survived by his mother, Aleene Manuel; daughter, Kristina Manuel; son, Kyle Manuel; sister, Sherry Morgan; fiancé, Lou Ann Chism; step-mother, Alisa Manuel; step-son, Timothy Chism and wife, Terri; grandson, Gabriel Chism; step-brother, Charlie Culpepper; niece, Michaela Culpepper; nephew, Frankie Morgan and wife Stacey; great-nephew, Cale Morgan; great-niece, Katelyn Morgan; uncle, Kenneth Manuel and many cousins and great friends. Ricky graduated high school from West Orange High School in 1976. He was a two year varsity letterman in football for the West Orange Chiefs and an all-district guard 1975-1976. Ricky was also a three year letterman in baseball in 1974, 1975, and 1976 with all district honorable mention, was M.V.P. of the West Orange baseball tournament in 1976, and scored the first run in the state championship semi-final game in 1974. He was on the McDonald Baptist Church basketball team in 1974 and they went to the state championships. Ricky also enjoyed playing golf, darts, beach volleyball, and sand lot football. He really enjoyed playing basketball with his friends after school. After graduation he attended Tyler Junior College for a short time. Ricky was a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Longhorns. He loved to listen to talk radio, Rush Limbaugh, and ESPN Sports. He was a co-owner of Accent Carpet and was considered one of the best flooring installers in the area by his many customers. He was very meticulous with his work and would always go the extra mile for his customers. What he loved most of all was his family. He was dearly loved by so many people and he will be missed greatly. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Friday April 10, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Reverend Randy Branch will be officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Serving as pallbearers will be Randy Peveto, Eddie Taylor, Mike James, Mitch James, Daniel Gregory, and Marty DeCuir. Honorary pallbearers are Stafford “Catfish” Alexander, Blake Peveto, and Frankie Morgan.
The Celebration of Life for Mrs. Julia Nelle Robertson, 77, of Orange, will be Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Rites of Christian Burial will follow in Magnolia Memorial Gardens under the direction of Sparrow Funeral Home. Visitation will be Saturday morning from 9 until 11:00 a.m. at the church. Julia Nelle Garrett was born on October 26, 1937 in Nacogdoches, Texas to Eldon and Velma Willis Garrett. She departed this life on April 6, 2015 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont, Texas. Julia moved to Orange, Texas after graduating from E. J. Campbell High School in Nacogdoches. In 1957, she married Harvest Robertson and they were married for 53 years , parted only by until his death in 2010. Four children were born to this union: Andre’, Harlan, Sr., Harvetta, and Roderick. Julia confessed her belief in Christ while a member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed her days when she was an active participant in Sunday School and the Mission. A dedicated stay-at-home mother for most of her married life, Julia had a beautiful smile that could warm your heart. She lovingly fulfilled her role as mother and grandmother and took pride in the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren. Julia was preceded in death by her parents, son Harlan, Sr., and brothers Adolphus Garrett, Donald Brown, Murray Coleman, Jr., and O’Neal Garrett. Many are left to cherish her memory - sons Andre’ Robertson (Lanier) and Roderick Robertson (Brandy) of Orange, Texas and daughter Harvetta Henry (George) of Commerce, Texas; brothers Charles Garrette, Sr., John Garrett, O’Dell Garrett, and sisters Bettye Brown, Naomi Dixon, and Oma Lee Garrett; grandchildren Harlan, Jr., Chrystina, Ryan, Arabian, Jace, Payton, Nathaniel, and Nicholas; great-grandson Harlan, III; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Ludie Mae Temple Mota went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, April 5, 2015. She was born January 20, 1947, in Winnsboro, Louisiana, to Thomas Eugene and Mary Evelyn Temple. Ludie loved many things: family, friends, hummingbirds, butterflies, bells, flowers, nature, and holidays, especially Christmas. She always had room at her table for a good plate of homemade food and a listening ear. She was famous for her fried chicken, tacos, enchiladas, teacake cookies, divinity, sweet tea, and apple cake. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 51 years, Pete Mota; daughter, Brenda Allen and husband, Matt; daughter, Mary White and husband, Tommy; Ludie’s (Gran’s) precious treasures, her grandchildren: John, Joey, and Josh Allen, and Autumn LeGault. Ludie also leaves behind a sister, Thelma Temple; brothers, Roger Temple and wife, Elizabeth; Artis Temple, and wife Terry; Vel Temple, and wife Saundra. Ludie was preceded in death by her parents; siblings: Otis Temple, Thomas Temple, Troy Temple, Velvie Barfield, and Dewey Temple. Graveside services will be held Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Orange Forest Lawn, at 2:00 P.M. Pallbearers will be Jose Leos, Tommy White, Matt Allen, Greg Temple, Clint Temple, John Allen, Joey Allen, and Josh Allen. Visitation will be held Sunday, April 12, 2015, from 2:00-3:00 P.M. at First Baptist Church-Orange followed by a celebration service at 3:00 P.M. Pastors Ed Rawls and Barry Bradley will officiate.
Sarah Mae Hanks, 50, of Mauriceville passed away on Monday, April 6, 2015 at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. Sarah was born on June 5, 1964 in Lafayette, Louisiana to parents, Willie Mae (Byron) and Wilson Hanks. She had lived 40 plus years in the Orange area and she worked retail in a tobacco shop the last few years. She enjoyed going to the beach and electronic devices; especially playing computer games. Sarah was a loving person who will be missed dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilson and Willie Hanks. Sarah is survived by her sisters, Kathy Wagner and husband, Joseph of Bridge City, Barbara Matson and husband, David of San Antonio; brothers, Kenneth Hanks of Mauriceville, Johnny Hanks of Mauriceville; Bill Hanks of Brooklyn, TX. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. The family will hold at service at a later date. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Dorman Funeral Home.
Von Ella “Bonnie” Broussard, 84, of Orange, passed away on April 6, 2015, at The Meadows in Orange. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 9, 2015, at First Baptist Church in Orangefield. Officiating will be Reverend Cody Hogden. Burial will follow at Mary William Cemetery in Orangefield. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at First Baptist Church in Orangefield. Born in Athens, Texas, on July 21, 1930, she was the daughter of Alonzo Calvin Mills and Margie Ella Jackson Mills. Bonnie has been a resident of Orangefield for 58 years. She graduated from Lamar with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and certified to teach physical education. She taught at West Orange-Stark for over 20 years. Bonnie was a very active member of First Baptist Church in Orangefield and was a former writer for the County Record and the Vidorian; her column was called “Country Cooking”. She genuinely cared about people and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alonzo and Margie Mills; and her two sons, DeWayne Ware and Keith Broussard. Bonnie is survived by her husband of 58 years, Reverend Charlie Broussard of Orangefield; children, John Ware and wife, Marcia of Mauriceville, Elaine Foster and husband, David of Boulder City, Nevada, Leslie Broussard and wife, Merri of Orangefield, and Bill Broussard and wife, Pam of Mauriceville; twelve grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers will be Brad Broussard, John Ware, Caine Blackburn, Robert Schlicher, Brian Scherry, Joel Fowler, Tim Allen, and Branden Blackburn.
Betty Wallace, 91, of Orange, passed away on April 7, 2015, at the Family Care Group Home in Orange. Funeral services will be 12:00 p.m., Friday, April 10, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Officiating will be Reverend Alan Wallace. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 10, 2015, before the service. Born in Guthrie, Oklahoma, on June 16, 1923, she was the daughter of Andrew Anderson and Ruth Stewart Anderson. Betty worked for the singer sewing machine company for many years. She enjoyed sitting on the back porch, bird watching and tending to her flowers. She attended First Baptist Church in Bridge City for many years, and taught Sunday school there. Betty always had a sweet disposition and a kind word for everyone. Betty is preceded in death by her husband, Bill Wallace and her son, Mike Wallace. She is survived by her brother, Bill Anderson and her sisters, Nelda Anderson and Doris Jean Kennedy.
Ernest Harris Sr. died on March 24, 2015 in Las Vegas Nevada. Ernest resided in Las Vegas, Nevada for several years and Orange, Texas. He was a native of Louisiana. He was a graduate of the 1961 class of Emma H. Wallace high School in Orange, Texas. He also attended Bishop College in Dallas, Texas. Ernest served in the United States Army and was a retired pipefitter and welder from Bethelham Steel Company in Beaumont, Texas. He was a member of the Starlight Babtist Church in Orange, Texas for many years. Ernest loved basketball which he played in high school also loved fishing and hunting. Going home celebration will be on Saturday April 11, 2015 at 1:00 pm at Full Gospel House of Deliverance Church located at 1400 14th Street in Orange, Texas where Apostle Linstron Tripplett Jr. is Pastor. Elder Richard Morris will give the eulogy. Visitation will be held at the church starting at 11:30 am til time of service. Interment will follow at the Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas. Ernest was preceded in death by his father, Rev. Ernest Harris Sr., his mother, Louise Harris and sister Shirley Hines. He leaves to cherish his precious memories two sons, Ernest Harris III of Las Vegas , Nevada and Destin Denzel Harris of Beaumont, Texas. One daughter, Ernesha Lynn Harris of Beaumont, Texas. He also leaves behind one Grandson, Trevion Lyndell Harris and a host of family and friends.
Marie Noel, 85, of Bridge City, passed away on April 4, 2015, at St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at St. Henry Catholic Church in Bridge City with Father Steve Leger officiating. Entombment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 9:00 p.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City and the rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Born in Port Arthur, on October 15, 1929, she was the daughter of S.A. and Ella Mae (Kingston) Martin. Marie was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church in Bridge City for over 60 years and was the greatest mom and granny ever. She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband of 69 years, Norvin Noel of Bridge City; children, Don Christopher Noel, Denise Marie Myers and husband, Wayne of Orange, Michael Gerard Noel and wife, Jane of Spring, Mary Catherine Coleman and husband, Scott of Lumberton and Greg Noel of Bridge City; daughter-in-law, Cerise Noel of Bridge City; eleven grandchildren; five great grandchildren and her siblings, Dorothy Mae Matlock and husband, Larry of Hemphill, Juanita Ann Edgerton and husband, Kenneth of Port Acres and Robert E. Martin and wife, Dusty of Fulshear. Serving as pallbearers will be David Michael Cagle, Douglas Cagle, D.J. Cagle, Jonathan Tristan, Gabriel Wood, Troy Noel and Garreth Noel.
Gertie Marie Frazier died peacefully at her home on, April 3, 2015 after a long and difficult battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was born in Orange, Texas on July 23, 1942 to her parents Paul A. Burch Sr. and Mary M. Burch. Gertie and Jerry met at church in 1951, they soon became friends and childhood sweethearts. They later wed on July 4,1960 at her parent's home in Orange, Texas and have been wed for nearly 55 years. She was a person who truly loved her job at LC-M school district where she worked in the food service department. Gertie served as Food Service Secretary in LC-M administration until her retirement at the end of 2010 with over 35 years of service. She was loved and respected by all who knew her. Gertie was proceeded in death by her parents, Paul and Mary Burch, by one sister, Inez Spell And by two grandchildren Robert and Charlotte Whittaker. Gertie is survived by her husband Jerry Frazier. Their three daughters, Avanelle Phelps and her husband Ronald. Regina Whittaker and husband Louia and by Karen Hines and husband Duane. She is also survived by brother Mark W. Burch and wife Priscilla of Hempstead, Texas. Brother Murphy Burch Sr. and wife Theda of Orange. Brother Paul A. Burch Jr. and wife June of Livingston, Texas and sister Stella Meaux and husband Leo of Orange. Gertie and Jerry also have 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren with one expected later this fall. And also by many other loved ones who will miss her greatly. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 6, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange,Texas. Funeral Services will be at Claybar Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Ron Miller officiating with burial to follow at Wilkinson Cemetery in Orange, Texas. The family would also like to give a heartfelt thanks to the wonderful people at Compassion Hospice who helped care for Gertie in her final months. Our special thanks to RN Jean Stephenson and CNA Cynthia Johnson. Pallbearers will be her nephews: James Meaux, Paul Burch, Murphy Burch Jr., Nate Baker, David Burch, and Paul Baker.
L. Wayne Prouse, 69, of Orange, died Friday, April 3, 2015, at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange with the Reverend J.B. Prouse officiating. Visitation will be from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the funeral home in Orange. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange with honors provided by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Born in Beaumont, Mr. Prouse was the son of Earl Edwin Prouse, Sr. and Pauline (Sargent) Prouse. He was a teacher with Orangefield ISD for 33 years and St. Mary’s School for two years. Currently he was working part time in the Orange office of Congressman Dr. Brian Babin. Mr. Prouse was a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and enjoyed participating in Civil War reenactments. He was also a member of Orange County Retired Teachers Association, Texas Horseshoe Pitchers Association, and was a past member of the Pinehurst Lion’s Club. He served on the board of directors of Orange County Historical Society and the Salvation Army of Orange. Preceded in death by his parents, Pauline and Earl Edwin Prouse, Sr. and brother, Earl Edwin Prouse, Jr., Mr. Prouse is survived by his wife, Andrea Hallberg Prouse of Orange; son and daughter-in-law, Brandon K. and Julie Prouse of Bryan; grandson, Landon Chase Prouse of Bryan; nephew, Trip Prouse and other family.