M. Hodge, 78, a lifelong resident of Orange, passed away
Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. Funeral
services will be 10am, Saturday, December 7, 2013, at First Baptist
Church in Deweyville. Officiating will be Reverend Damon Bickham and
Reverend Lynn Ashcraft. A graveside service and burial will 3:30pm,
Saturday, at Cold Springs Cemetery in Garrison, Texas. Visitation
will be from 5pm to 8pm, Friday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.
Born in Orange, Texas, on January 21, 1935, Kenneth was the son of
Joseph Ernest Hodge and Eula Mae (Goodman) Hodge. While attending
high school, Kenneth worked for the Orange Leader delivering
newspapers, first on a bicycle and later a vehicle, to the Orange
area including the Navy Base and Coopers Grocery. He then graduated
from Lutcher Stark High School in 1954 and began working for
Levingston Ship Building Co. and played softball on Levingston’s
team. Kenneth worked for Allied Chemical Co. in Orange, Texas as a
Maintenance Mechanic in 1956 and retired in 1990. After retirement,
he owned and operated two businesses; Kenneth Hodge Christmas Tree
Farm and Kenneth Hodge Live Oak Nursery. Kenneth was an active
member of North Orange Baptist Church for over 55 years; where he
served as a Deacon and sung in the regular and Senior Adult choirs.
Kenneth also enjoyed traveling with the North Orange Baptist Church
Senior Adults across the United States and into Canada. He attended
First Baptist Church in Deweyville where he participated in the
regular choir and Christmas Musicals. He did mission work with North
Orange Baptist Church, East Texas Baptist Family Ministries, and the
Golden Triangle Baptist Boys Camp for troubled boys. Kenneth was a
member of the Boy Scouts and coached Little League Baseball at Twin
County Little League and the All Star teams. Kenneth enjoyed his
family vacations to Branson, Missouri, Florida, Colorado, Alaska,
and Canada. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, and golfing with
his son, grandson, and friends. He was preceded in death by his
parents; sister, Lois Hodge Talbert; and brothers, Curtis Hodge,
Hershel Hodge, Ernest Roy Hodge, Henry Hodge, and Johnny Hodge.
Kenneth is survived by his wife of 57 years, Verna Faye (Edwards)
Hodge; father-in-law, Vernon Edwards; son Kenneth Wayne Hodge and
wife, Kathy; daughter, Rhonda Kaye Hodge Shores and husband,
Timothy; grandchildren, Melanie Hodge, Chris Hodge, and Macey
Davidson; brother, Darrell T. Hodge; and sister, Emma Jean Keller.
Serving as pallbearers will be Chris Hodge, Dan Hodge, Hank Hodge,
Lance Tiner, Timothy Shores, and Todd Edwards. Honorary pallbearers
are Vernon Edwards, Bill Ernest, Burford Rector, Gordon Pace, Dickie
Seago, and Gus Waits.
Maroy Brady, 56, of Mauriceville, passed away on Tuesday,
December 3, 2013 at Christus Hospital - St. Elizabeth in Beaumont.
Randy was born on June 17, 1957 in Port Neches, Texas, the son of
Edwin Brady and Anna Marguerite (Price) Brady. He was a lifelong
resident of Southeast Texas and he was employed as a pipefitter in
the construction industry with Pipefitters Local 195 in Nederland.
Randy enjoyed spending time in the outdoors, fishing, hunting and
playing golf. In addition he will be remembered as a loving husband,
father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family and
friends. Randy is preceded in death by his parents and his brother,
Charles Brady. Those who will most cherish his memory are his wife,
Joy Phelps Brady of Mauriceville; his daughter, Amber Wright and
fiancé, David Savant of Orange; his son, George Garza, Jr. and wife,
Stephanie of Vidor; his sisters, Edwina Brady of Marshall and Peggy
McGowen of Galveston; his brothers, Mike Brady and wife, Susan of
Marshall and Rocky Brady of Granbury, Texas; his seven
grandchildren, Zackery Garza, Zander Garza, Zowie Garza, Zaylee
Garza, Zerionna Garza, Aaron Wright and Gavin Savant. A gathering of
Randy's family and friends will be from 1:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M.
Saturday at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Cremation will be held
following the gathering. In lieu of flowers, memorial accounts have
been established to assist the family with final expenses, please
make a donation to the Randy Brady Memorial Fund at Guaranty Bond
Bank, Post Office Box 600, Hallsville, Texas 75650 or call
903-660-2181. Condolences may be sent for the family at
Lecompte LaRose, 96, of West Orange, passed away Thursday,
November 28, 2013, at her residence. A rosary and funeral service
will be held at 6:00 p.m. Friday, December 6, 2013, at Claybar
Funeral Home in Orange. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will
continue after the service until 9:00 p.m. The graveside service
will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 7, 2013, at St. Francis
De Sales Cemetery #2 in Houma, Louisiana. Born in Chauvin, Louisiana
on January 8, 1917, Bessie was the daughter of Christopher Columbus
Lecompte and Emma (Forest) Lecompte. She was baptized on January 17,
1917, at St. Ann Catholic Church in Bourg, Louisiana. She married
Sterling Thomas LaRose on July 15, 1934, at St. Francis De Sales
Catholic Church in Houma, Louisiana. Bessie was a long time resident
of West Orange and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in
Orange. She retired from the West Orange-Cove CISD where she worked
in the cafeterias of West Orange High School and Lorena Oates
Elementary School. She was preceded in death by her parents;
husband, Sterling LaRose; son, Larry LaRose; and two grandsons, Mark
Gregg and Charles “Chuck” (Chuckie) Guidry, Jr. Bessie is survived
by her daughters, Rosalie LaRose Duet of Houma, Louisiana, Shirley
Williams and husband, Danny of Tomball and Linda LaRose of West
Orange; five grandchildren, Gary LaRose and wife, Lori, Kevin LaRose
and wife Stacey, Sterling Gregg and wife, Chereé, Johnny Williams
and wife, Katy and Kristi Williams; eighteen great-grandchildren;
and fourteen great great-grandchildren. The family wishes to thank
Compassion Hospice for the love and care provided to Bessie during
her last days.
Belva Lois Quebodeaux Smith, 74,
of West Orange, passed away Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the
Pinehurst Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pinehurst. Born on
March 21, 1939 in Crowley, Louisiana, she lived in Orange for the
last 45 years, she was a homemaker and she was of the Catholic
Faith. Belva enjoyed collecting hummingbird figurines, feeding the
hummingbirds near her home; she enjoyed cooking, listening to music
and spending time with her family. Belva is preceded in death by her
parents, Walter Quebodeaux and Anna Simmons; her husband, Eldon
Smith and her brothers, Darrell Quebodeaux and Lawrence Quebodeaux.
Those who will most cherish her memory are her sons, Keith Smith and
his wife, Rebecca Taylor of Pinehurst, Curtis Smith of Bryan, Texas,
Eldon Smith of Huntsville and Ross Smith and wife, Rose of Orange;
her sister, Verdie Maggio of Kansas City, Missouri; her brother,
Curtis Quebodeaux and wife, Sally of Minnesota; her grandchildren,
Jeremy Keith Smith, Jessica Diane Smith and Lauren Kay Smith and her
great grandchildren, Landon Smith and Layla Smith. Graveside
services will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at
Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange, with officiating.
Cremation and services arrangements are under the direction of
Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Condolences may be listed for the
family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com
Maxine Hebert Tankersley, 85, of Willis, TX, formerly of Orange,
went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, November 29, 2013.
Maxine was born on September 28, 1928 in Mauriceville to the late
Alma (Herrin) and Gail Miller. She had lived most of her life in the
Orange and Deweyville area; the last two years in Willis, Texas. She
graduated valedictorian of her 1947 Mauriceville High School Class
and retired from Weingarten's after thirty years of service. She was
an active and faithful member of Deweyville United Pentecostal
Church and also enjoyed making Christmas ornaments and doing crafts.
Maxine was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend who
will be missed dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents,
first husband, Clarence Hebert; second husband, John Tankersley,
sister, Velma Klipstein; brothers, Raymond, Wayne and Jackie Miller.
She is survived by her children, Milton Hebert and his wife, Becky
of Brenham, Linda Faye Hebert of Willis, Pat Nance and husband
Skipper of Willis; five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and
one great-great grandchild. She also survived by her brothers, L.G.
Miller and wife, Viana of Bridge City, Floyd Miller and wife Geneva
of Hot Spring, AR; sister, Melba Pemberton and husband, Jimmy of
Bryan. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 from
5 pm until 9 pm at Dorman Funeral Home. A funeral service will be
held on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 11 am at the funeral home,
with Rev. Eldon Reeves and Rev. Darrel Orange. Burial will follow at
Bob Herrin Cemetery in Bon Weir, Texas.
Gayle Severns, 71, of Orange, passed away Saturday, November 30,
2013, in Orange. Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday,
December 3, 2013, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange.
Officiating will be Dr. Barry Jones, minister of 9th & Elm Church of
Christ in Orange. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery
in West Orange. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, at the
funeral home. Linda was born in Mexia, Texas on August 22, 1942, to
the late Aubrey Dash Bates and Ada Lee (Black) Bates. She was a 1961
graduate of Lutcher Stark High School and attended Abilene Christian
and Lamar University. She was a member of 9th & Elm Church of Christ
and was blessed with a beautiful voice and loved to sing. Linda
loved ice cream and would give up a meal for a bowl of sherbet any
day. We would like to thank Pearl Helm and Kaylynn Bray of Family
Care Assisted Living in Roselawn for their loving care of Linda and
also to her dear friend, Kathy Flanigan. Mrs. Linda was dearly loved
by the 9th & Elm Church of Christ family and taught them all
Rudolph Vickers, 85, of Orange, died Saturday, November 30,
2013. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December
3, 2013, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. Officiating will
be David Curry, minister of Fellowship Church of Christ in Orange.
Burial will follow at Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in Orange. Serving
as Pallbearers will be Michael Vickers, Chris Vickers, James
Truncale, Cade Allen, William Hamilton and Cullen Smith. Honorary
Pallbearer will be J.W. Wilkerson. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m.
until 8:00 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Born in Jasper on March
8, 1928, Arnold was the son of Robert and Alice (McFatter) Vickers.
Arnold served in the U.S. Army in the Korean Conflict where he
received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was an operator at
Texaco. He was a member of Fellowship Church of Christ. For the last
three years, Arnold was able to enjoy the outdoors and work on his
farm. He loved his family very much and will be missed by all who
knew and loved him. Preceded in death by his parents and wife, Helen
Vickers, Arnold is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Michael
A. and Denise Vickers of Bridge City; daughter and son-in-law, Debra
and James Truncale of Orangefield; and son, Chris Vickers and his
girlfriend, Jessica Jordan of China. Arnold is also survived by his
grandchildren, Amber Vickers, Kristal Allen, Samuel Truncale, Olivia
Truncale; great-grandchild, Preslee Allen; siblings, Henry Vickers
and wife, Marie, Huey Vickers and wife, Dee, Reverend Nay Vickers
and wife, Irene, Lois Johnson, Nonnie Lee Manuel, Bonnie Darby,
Margaret Mancil, Doris Gonzales, Monnie Sue LaFleur and husband,
Gerald; and his special friend, Vedna Lester.
Poche’ Bernard, 93, of Orange passed away on her birthday
Thursday, November 28, 2013 at Christus St. Mary's Hospital in Port
Arthur, Texas. A gathering of family and friends will be from 10:00
a.m. until 1:00 p.m. with a memorial service beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange.
Officiating will be Reverend Delphyn Meeks, pastor of St. Maurice
Catholic Church in Mauriceville. Burial will follow at St. Mary's
Cemetery in Orange. Serving as Pallbearers will be Rodger Garrison,
Ashley Jackson, Kevin Mitchell, Todd Linscomb, Paul Giarratano and
Jimmy Howeth, Jr. Born November 28, 1920, Joyce was the daughter of
Golden Poche' and Lula Hollier. She started life and grew up in
Poche’ Bridge, a community near St. Martinsville, La. She married
Paul Curley Bernard on June 6, 1940 in Breaux Bridge, La. While
raising 9 children, Joyce became a contributor to the Orange Leader
and other local newspapers reminiscing of her Cajun childhood and
published a booklet titled ‘A Book of Remembrances’. Joyce was
preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Betty Sharon of
Baton Rouge, La. and brother Merrill Poche' of Lafayette, La. She is
survived by her sons Michael Bernard and wife Juanita of Orange,
David Bernard and wife Carol of Baytown, Malcolm Bernard and wife
Patricia "Tricia" of Baytown, daughters Mary Beth Howeth and husband
Don of Orange, Patricia "Patty" Linscomb and husband Mike of
Kingwood, TX, Kathy Bernard Jackson of Englewood, CO, Margaret "Mebbie"
Garrison and husband Rodger of Montgomery, TX, Susan "Susie"
Giarratano and husband Frank of Orange and Jennifer Miller and
husband Ron of Seabrook, 25 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren
and 13 great-great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family
request that a donation be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of
America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY 10001.
Phelps, 93, of Bridge City, died Wednesday, November 27, 2013,
at her home surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held
at 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 2, 2013, at the United Pentecostal
Church in Bridge City. Officiating will be Reverend Don Holston.
Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Nederland. Serving
as Pallbearers will be Charles W. Berry, III, Steven Berry, Travis
Holston, Robert Holston, Russell Young and Roger Quinn. Visitation
will be 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Sunday, at Claybar Funeral Home in
Bridge City. Born in Washington, Louisiana on September 12, 1920,
Mrs. Phelps was the daughter of Charlie Wesley Clark and Louella
(Stout) Clark. She had worked for 15 years as a cashier for the
Chevron Station on 9th Ave and 32nd Street in Port Arthur. During
WWII, Mrs. Phelps was a welder at Consolidated Shipbuilding in
Orange. She also had owned and operated Helen’s Beauty Shop in
Orange and Nederland and the Ricelands Motel and Restaurant in
Winnie. She was a member of the United Pentecostal Church in Bridge
City. Preceded in death by her parents and husband, Lloyd Phelps,
Mrs. Phelps is survived by her children, Charles “Cooter” Berry, Jr.
and his wife Carolyn, of Beaumont, Patricia Frederick of Bridge
City; sister, “Toupie” Holston and husband, Orvis of Orange; four
grandchildren, Melissa Frederick-Martin, Rodalyn Tuttle, Charles W.
Berry, III, Steven Berry and two great grandchildren, Tiffany Dean,
Kaitlyn Berry; one great great grandchild, Andrea Dean; and numerous
nieces and nephews.
Ruth Caffey Whitton was called home to our Lord on November 29,
2013. Alice was born on March 21, 1931 in Corsicana, Tx to William
T. & Lillian Fuller Caffey. She moved to Orange in May, 1941. She
married her high school sweetheart & soulmate, Harold Curtis Whitton
Sr., on November 21, 1946. They were married for 56 ½ years before
his passing. Alice graduated from Stark High School in 1949. She
trained as a LVN at Orange Memorial School of Nursing where she
worked for many years. She also worked as Director of Nursing at
Myricks Nursing Home & Concepts of Care. She later opened Americare
& worked as Director there. She was a member of North Orange Baptist
Church & a 50 year lifetime member of Eastern Star of Orange,
Chapter 214. She enjoyed playing bridge with her friends & loved
spending time with her family & her dog, Tut. Alice was preceded in
death by her parents (William T. & Lillian Fuller Caffey), her
husband (Harold Curtis Whitton, Sr.), son (Tommy Joe Whitton),
sister (Peggy Caffey Prince), & brother (William T. Caffey, Jr.).
She is survived by her loving son & daughter-in-law (Harold Curtis
Whitton, Jr. & Sharon Whitton), daughter-in-law (Ann Whitton
Martin), grandchildren (Doug & Crystal Heigley), (Shawn & Allyson
Butler), & (Natalie Lingo). Great Grandchildren (Easton, Shalea, &
Kyler Heigley), (Bethany & Brielle Butler), (Jacob Martin, Skyler
Menard, Kayla & Zoe Lingo). Pallbearers will be Doug Heigley, Shawn
Butler, Jacob Martin, Easton Heigley, Skyler Menard & Harold Bull.
Visitation will be at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange, Tx on Sunday,
December 1, 2013 beginning at noon and funeral will follow at 2pm.
Officiating will be Brother Lynn Ashcraft. The family would like to
thank The Harbor House & Harbor Hospice staff and her devoted
caregivers, Monty Phillips & Anita Block.
Angela “Angie” Michele Shelton,
49, of Orange, beloved Wife, Daughter, Mother, Grandmother and Aunt,
peacefully went to be with the Lord on November 25, 2013, at her
home with her family, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Funeral
Services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 30, 2013, at First
Baptist Church of Deweyville. Brother Damon Bickham and Pastor
Randall Doolittle will be officiating. Graveside Service will be
immediately following at Trout Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be
from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 29, 2013, at the
church. Angie was born in Orange, Texas on November 10, 1964, to
Jack D. Cooper Jr. and Ophelia Burks Fittz. She attended Deweyville
High School. She was a born again Christian, a member of First
Baptist Church of Deweyville, and instilled her Christian faith in
her family. Angie was preceded in death by her father Jack D. Cooper
Jr., step-father Louie “Weldon” Fittz, grandparents, two baby
sisters, and a nephew. She is survived by her husband Eric Zahlmann
of Orange; mother Ophelia Burks Fittz of Deweyville; brother, Todd
Cooper and Melita Brockman of Deweyville, sister Melanie Sharpe and
husband, Donny of Houston, brother Terry Cooper and wife, Kim of
Vidor; Children, Mysti Shelton of Deweyville, Dustin Shelton and
wife, Felicia of Orangefield; 5 grandchildren; and a host of family
and friends who will all miss her dearly. Funeral arrangements were
held under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange, Texas.
Timothy Jay Brock, 46, of Orange
passed away Sunday, November 24, 2013 at his home after a long
battle with cancer. A gathering of family and friends will be from
10:00 a.m. until the memorial service begins at 2:00 p.m. on
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at Faith United Methodist Church in
Orange. Officiating will be Pastor Tony Hoefner with Pastor Kevin
Kissel. Inurnment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near
Orange. Born in Orange on May 25, 1967, Timothy was the son of Jack
Winston and Bobbie June (Needham) Brock. He was a member of Faith
United Methodist Church in Orange where he ran the audio/video booth
and was a member of the APA (American Pool Players Association). Mr.
Brock also enjoyed fishing, camping, golf and bowling, however his
favorite thing was to be with his family. He was a fantastic
husband, dad and Paw-paw. He is preceded in death by his father,
Jack Brock and mother-in-law, Novie Melancon and is survived by his
wife, Sheila Streva Brock of Orange; mother, Bobbie Brock of Orange
and children, Sarah “Blondie” Oliver and fiancée, Sam Gibbins of
Orange, Dustin “Kidd” Brock and wife, Candice of Lake Charles, LA,
Ashton “LeighRoy” Brock and Dalton “Derwood” Brock both of Orange.
He is also survived by his grandchildren, Electra and Peyton Meshell
of Orange, Wyatt Basone of Lake Charles, LA and Jake and Jaiden
Gibbins of Mauriceville; sibilings, Candace McKim and husband, Lynn
of Molino, FL, Sam Brock and wife, Karen of Kyle, TX and Tammy
Childress and husband, Lane of Port Arthur; father-in-law, Frank
Streva of Lake Charles, LA; brothers-in-law, Tony Streva of
Westlake, LA and David Streva and wife, Belinda of Lake Charles, LA;
sister-in-law, Linda Taylor and husband, Glenn of Kingwood and
numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The family requests that in
lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Building Fund at Faith
United Methodist Church, 8608 Martin Luther King Jr Drive, Orange,
Jerrell Ivy, 62, of Buna passed away in Beaumont on Saturday,
November 23, 2013. The funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.
Officiating will be Pastor Dennis Owens of First Assembly of God
Church of Buna. Cremation will follow and be directed by Claybar
Funeral Home. A gathering of family and friends will be Tuesday,
from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Born in Kansas City,
MO, on December 7, 1950, Thomas was the son of Thomas Lee and Mary
Louise (Gilbreath) Ivy. He worked for LA Pigment and was a member of
First Assembly of God in Buna where he also served as a deacon. He
will always be remembered for being such an awesome, loving,
generous man who never complained. He also loved fishing but most of
all he was the most amazing, husband, father, grandfather and great
grandfather. He will live on through is family. He was preceded in
death by his father and sister, Diana Lee and is survived by his
wife, Hammie Huckabay Long Ivy of Buna and his mom, Mary Lousie Ivy
of Orange. He is also survived by his children and their spouses,
Thomas Allen and Kellie Ivy of Lake Charles, LA, Brenda and Magdi
Sahawneh of Crown Point, NJ, Rodney and Michelle Lawrence of Vidor,
Renee and Keith Powell of Vidor, Kelli and James Gray of Beaumont,
Page Mays of Kountze and Lewis and Misty Long Jr. of Nederland; 16
grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Gertrude “Trudy” Blair was born
on May 9, 1918 in Hunt County, Texas to William Benjamin and May
(Griffin) Stamper. She was the last surviving blood relative of her
Stamper Family, pioneers in the Grand Prairie, Texas area. Her
grandfather was a well-known mid 18oo’s land owner and cattleman.
Trudy maintains the original handdrawing of his patented 1903 plow.
Trudy and Bob Blair met while both were working at DuPont in Orange,
during the middle 1950’s. They married and built the home she was
still living in at the time of her death. Both were very private
people, yet they served on various committees of their church in
Orange. She has been a member of First United Methodist Church since
1950. Trudy and Bob loved to fish at their Lake Sam Rayburn
compound. They were longtime leaders of the Orange Power Squadron,
teaching boating safety. Trudy’s interests included bird watching
and documenting migratory habit and reporting internationally. She
enjoyed the research of family genealogy and her knowledge of Flora
and Fauna influenced many in Orange County; particularly, Carole
Schultz Nance’s organization of Orange County’s public and private
landscaping. She annually donated her favorite plants to her church
fall bazaar. Trudy was an avid collector of antiques. Trudy was an
oil on canvas artist, traveling several times to Santa Fe, New
Mexico, for benefits of scenery and lessons. Trudy passed away on
Friday, November 22, 2013, in Orange, very typically and privately
as she lived her life, and very peacefully with her Lord. After
Bob’s death in 1983, she closely and privately shared her life with
Carole and Louis Nance, their children and spouses, Cara Louise and
Timmy Campbell, Lowell and Sheryl Nance, and grandsons, Kody
Campbell and Cameron Nance. She is preceded in death by her parents
and husband, Bob; brother and sister-in-law, William Travis and
Marie Stamper. She is survived by Carole and Louis Nance and family
and Gary Phillips of Fort Worth. Funeral services will be 2pm,
Friday, November 29, 2013, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange.
Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City.
Visitation will begin at 1pm, Friday at the funeral home. Serving as
pallbearers will be Lowell Nance, Cameron Nance, Timmy Campbell,
Kody Campbell, Bill Shults, and Michael Hoke. Honorary pallbearers
are Walter Riedel, Barbara Riddick, Darby Byrd, and Dale Phillips.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Trudy’s
name to Shangri La Botanical Gardens’ bench fund; 2111 West Park
Ave, Orange, Texas 77630, (409) 670-9113.
Gerane Thompson Smith passed away at home surrounded by family
on November 23rd 2013. Funeral services will be 1pm, Tuesday,
November 26, 2013, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange.
Officiating will be Reverend Barry Bradley of First Baptist Church
in Orange. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near
Bridge City. Serving as pallbearers will be her son and grandsons.
Visitation will be from 11am to 1pm, Tuesday at the funeral home.
She was born in Myrle Springs, Texas to Emma (Ewing) and Dave Clay
Thompson on July 7, 1928. She was raised on the family farm in East
Texas. She attended Wills Point High School and graduated as the
Valedictorian of her Senior Class. Afterwards she moved with her
family to Orange, Texas where she met and married her husband,
Charles F. Smith. Juanita and Charles had many adventures, friends
and travels through the years. They were married for 65 years until
his passing in February 2013. She was a devoted wife, mother,
grandmother (Granny). They were members of First Baptist Church
where Juanita taught pre-school Sunday School for many years. She
will be remembered for her devotion, style, and steadfast
determination. Her "I'll make it, I have to" attitude guided her
through many years of debilitating, chronic pain. She never gave up
or gave in to the pain. Blessedly, in February 2012 the pain
suddenly went away and she was able to live her remaining months and
share her time with family without the severe pain. She is preceded
in death by her parents, 3 sisters, 1 brother and a half-sister, and
her beloved husband Charles. She is survived by daughter, Sandra
Smith Frasier of Orange, Tx; son, Gary Smith (wife Peggy) of Orange,
Texas; grandson, Chad Frasier (wife Amanda) of Highlands Ranch, CO;
grandson, Corey Smith of Bridge City, Tx; and granddaughter,
Kimberly Green (husband Terry) of Bridge City; great grandchildren:
Ethan Frasier, Seth Frasier, Mason Smith, Finley Green and Kyler