Obituaries
James Berry De Loach Jr passed away 9/11/2014 at Catherines Hospital after a long battle with illness. He is now happily with His Lord and family in heaven. James Berry De Loach, Jr. was born on March 15, 1963 to parents James Berry DeLoach and Madgielean Ruth Hobdy DeLoach in Winnfield, Louisiana.The family moved to Orange, Texas when he was four years old. At a young age, he dedicated his life to Christ and became an active member of Starlight Baptist Church in Orange, Texas. James completed his high school education at West Orange Stark High School with the Class of 1981 in Orange, Texas. He was a longtime, loyal member of the Gate City Lodge Number 31 Masons becoming a Master Mason in Orange ,Texas. He attended Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas. During his education he was a class photojournalist and perfected his art for the school newspaper and fellow students. He then served our country by joining the United States Navy as a Chaplain’s assistant and protector. Most of his service was at Great Lakes Naval center in North Chicago, IL. In 1992 he completed his service, receiving an honorable discharge from the Navy and relocated to nearby Kenosha, Wisconsin. He worked at Walmart’s photography studios for several years and went back to school in 1997. He attended Gateway Tech for two years for graphic art and photography and began his own photo studio Artistic Expressions. He joined Second Baptist Church, helped teach Sunday school and did photography work for his fellow parishioners at events. He met his good friend Linda Bergstrom in 1992 and together they raised two sons James Berry De Loach III and Robert M Bergstrom. James was preceded in death by his mother, Madgielean DeLoach and twin sister, Veronica Una. He leaves to cherish his memory his father, James Berry DeLoach, Sr. and sister, Jacqueline E. DeLoach Rachal of Orange, Texas, his friends Linda Bergstrom and Ernest Coleman, their sons James and Robert, his niece, Victoria Rachal of Beaumont, Texas, Uncles Sebron (Tonitte) DeLoach, Jr., Felix (Edna) DeLoach, of Shreveport, Louisiana, Aunt, Margaret (Perry) Hollingsworth of Winnfield, Louisiana and a host of cousins and friends.
Leland Sonier, Sr., 72, of Orange, passed away on September 14, 2014, in Orange. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM, Thursday, September 18, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Burial will follow at Antioch Cemetery in Buna. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday September 17th at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Vinton, Louisiana, on November 24, 1941, He was the son of Vores Sonier and Lucille (Pruitt) Sonier. Leland was a retired truck driver. He is preceded in death by his parents, Vores and Lucille Sonier; wife, Betty Sonier; brothers, Floyd Sonier, Edward Sonier, and Jerry Wayne Sonier. He is survived by his children, Leland Sonier, Jr. and wife, Cindy of Orange, Ricky Sonier and wife, Connie of Spring; grandchildren, Michael Sonier, Mathew Sonier, Misty Sonier, and Blake Sonier; great-grandchildren, Kaiden Zavadil, Madison Sonier, and Preston Sonier; brothers, L. J. Sonier, Dudley Sonier; and his half-sister, Gladys Martin.
John Junior “ Sonny “ Cleven, 84, of Mauriceville, passed away Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. Born on August 5, 1930 in Utica, Wisconsin to his parents, John Syvernious Cleven and Josephine Freda (Rahberger) Cleven. John owner and operated a Repair Shop where he worked as a mechanic and had also been a machinist. He served his country proudly as a veteran of the United States Army from 1951 until 1959 receiving and Honorable Discharge and he was of the Catholic faith. John had a very strong work ethic, he enjoyed taking care of his yard and he will be remembered as a very giving and generous man who enjoyed spending time with his family. John is preceded in death by his Maw and Paw and his sisters, Florence Wierenga, Beatrice Ender, Irene Johnson and Ella Marie Langlois. Those who will most cherish his memory are his daughter, Cindy Boudreaux and husband, Don of Highlands, Texas; his sons John Russell Cleven of Pasadena, Michael Edward Cleven of Cedar Park, Texas, Jeffrey David Cleven and wife, Makayla Khalid of Mauriceville and William Joseph Cleven and Connie Calvert of Pasadena; his sisters, Joyce Heisig, Eunice Welch and Mary Viner; his brothers, Jim Cleven and wife, Marlene, Tom Cleven and wife, Joanne and Frank Cleven and wife, Kathy. John is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at 2:15 P. M. Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Houston National Cemetery in Houston. Honors will be provided by the Fort Sam Houston Honor Guard Team. A gathering of John’s family and friends will be from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.
Opal C. "Tiny'' Bartley 85,passed away Saturday, September 13,2014 at The Meadows Nursing Home in Orange. She was a lifelong native of Orange, TX. , born March 20, 1929, to William and Susie (Moore) Perry who preceded her in death. Opal worked for West Orange-Stark and retired in 1996 after 27 years of service in the cafeteria. She was a member of Old First Orange Baptist Church. Her loving husband, Jack Bartley Sr. preceded her in death after 48 years of marriage. Also preceding her in death were her brothers; George Perry, L.J. Perry, William Ray Perry, sister, Doris Marie Benson all of Orange. She is survived by her daughter, Judy and her husband Rusty Granger of Orange, her son Jack Jr and his wife Holly (Brady) Bartley of little Cypress; her grandchildren, Angie (Scotty) Wilson, Christopher Granger of Orange, Adrienne, Landon, and Cameron Bartley all of Houston; her great-grandchildren Scotty Jr and Ruby Wilson of Orange, Nevaeh Granger of Oklahoma and Izabella Granger of Kentucky; her sisters, Mary (Kate) Young and Shirley Brister of Little Cypress; brother, Tommy (Marilyn) Perry of Mauriceville. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and other family members. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Pastor Harold Nazworth of First Baptist Church in West Orange. Burial will follow at Autumn Oaks Cemetery in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 PM, Tuesday at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Serving as Pallbearers will be, Chris Granger, Michael Brister, Landon Bartley, Cameron Bartley, Larry Joe Perry, and Ronnie Perry.
Raymond Harold Masters, 67, of Orange, passed away on September 13, 2014, at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. A memorial service will be 2:00 PM, Thursday, September 18, 2014, at Cove Baptist Church in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Travis Hood and Reverend Jeff Bell. A gathering of family and friends will begin at one hour prior to the service. Born in Delhi, Louisiana, on July 30, 1947, he was the son of Henry Raymond Masters and Marcell Elizabeth (Greer) Cooper. Raymond was a QA inspector for Texas Dry Dock and several other companies. He served in the U. S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the VFW Post 2775 and Cove Baptist Church. Raymond was a wonderful husband, father, and pappy. He had two other loves in his life, his dachshunds, Cleo and Coco. He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry Raymond Masters and Marcell Elizabeth (Greer) Cooper; and his daughter, Wendi Lynne Skinner. He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Judy Masters of Orange; children, Belynda Skinner of Pollock, Louisiana, Kristi Neff of West Orange, and James Lowe of Orange; grandchildren, Jalee Grace Neff, Nickolas Lowe, Dace Lowe, Madeline Lowe, and Mary Rose; sister, Dewona “Dee” Masters Collins of Orange; niece, Donna Collins; and nephew Steven Collins.
Ruth Ann Cooper, 71, of Orange, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving husband and family on September 12, 2014. Funeral services will be 2:00p.m., Monday, September 15, 2014 at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend David Millner of Calvary Baptist Church in Orange. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn in West Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Center, Texas, on March 11, 1943, she was the daughter of Hardy Stanley and Eppie (Graves) Stanley. Ruth was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She cherished all of her little “chickadees”. She enjoyed cooking for her family during the holidays and was famous for her chocolate pie. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Clara Risinger; her brother, Robert Lee Stanley and her nephew, Ricky Risinger. She is survived by her husband of fifty-five years, Earl Cooper of Orange; her daughters, Deborah Cooper McHugh and husband, Timmy of Highlands, Becky Cooper Byley and husband, Roy of Woodville, and Pam Cooper Toney and husband, Rory of Orange; grandchildren, Mac McHugh and wife, Kadi, Josh Franz and wife, Ashley, Jenny McHugh Clement and husband, Zach, Wayne Byley, Hayley Toney and Brooke Byley; great-grandchildren, Graci McHugh, Bryce Franz, Emma McHugh, Ashlynn Franz and Charlie Claire Clement. Serving as pallbearers will be Rory Toney, Roy Byley, Timmy McHugh, Prentice Cooper, Zach Clement, Harry Jones and Jimmy McHugh. Honorary pallbearers are Wayne Byley, Josh Franz and Mac McHugh.
Juanita Vann Sastre-Mayo, 95, of Orange, passed away on September 12, 2014, at The Meadows in Orange. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 15, 2014, at St. Henry Catholic Church in Bridge City. Officiating will be Reverend George Kidangen. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City with a Rosary at 6:00 p.m. Born in Port Lavaca, Texas, on September 8, 1919, she was the daughter of Francisco Garza and Jovita (Rendon) Garza. Juanita was a great mother, wife and friend. She was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church in Orangefield and will be missed by all. She is survived by her spouse, Jesse Sastre-Mayo of Orange; her daughters, Norma Barnett of Orangefield, Delia Muckelrath and husband, Phillip of Bridge City and Irene Navarro and husband, Pete of Bridge City; her son, Joe Vann and wife, Suzonne of Orange; Siblings, Elisa Gonzales, Al Sosa and Damaso Sosa; five grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers will be Joe Ivy Vann, Roy Muckelrath, George Navarro, Justin Navarro, Tyler Tibbitts, and Donavon Weldon II. Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Roy, Dustin Tibbitts, Billy Melancon, Jeremy Vann, and Juan Cantu.
Charles Henry Johnson, 81, of Orange, died Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 13, 2014, at The Cowboy Church of Orange County, with Reverend E. Dale Lee officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1:00-2:00 p.m., Saturday at The Cowboy Church of Orange County. Born in Dallas, Texas, on January 6, 1933, Charles was the son of Henry and Margaret Johnson. He Graduated in 1959 from the University of Corpus Christi, where he played basketball and has remained active with alumni athletes over the years. He and Pat owned and operated the Wayside Inn in Bridge City from 1974-1984. His later years were spent building homes with his sons, Mike, Bobby, and his grandson Jeremiah. Charles is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patsy Johnson of Bridge City; sons, Micheal and Bobby Jack, both of Bridge City, Keith and wife Tracey of Denver, Colorado; sisters, Jeannine and husband Bob Baker of Dallas, Joann Hanes of Denton; and sister-in-law, Shirley and husband Tom McCollum. He is also survived by his 12 beloved grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. Serving as Pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Jeremiah, Jacob, Jessica, Michael, Cory, Laci, Kree, Aidan, Katie, Leah, and David. Friends who desire may make memorial contributions to the Cowboy Church Building Fund, 673 FM 1078, Orange TX 77632
Daniel T. “Dan” Ryder, Jr., 68, of Orange, passed away on September 10, 2014, at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. Funeral services will be 3:00 PM, Sunday, September 14, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Randy Branch. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be from 2:00-3:00, Sunday September 14th at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Houston, Texas, on October 25, 1945, he was the son of Daniel T. Ryder and Marviana (Garrison) Ryder. Dan grew up in Port Neches during the time of doo-wop music and hot rod cars. He liked fast cars and drove a Mustang for many years. He graduated from Port Neches High School in 1963, and then went on to attend Lamar University. Dan served in the U. S. Navy from 1966-1971. Dan and Sue lived for 19 fun years together, filled with beach music and Jimmy Buffett concerts. He enjoyed Florida sunsets from Pensacola to Key West. Dan’s favorite beach locations were Gulf Shores, AL and Fort Morgan, AL. He enjoyed photography, woodworking, and trains of all kinds. From his years spent working with computers at DuPont, he continued his interest in everything computer related, after his retirement as a CAD system manager. He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel T. Ryder and Marviana “Sis” McCarty. He is survived by his wife, Sue Ryder; daughters, Kate Kalstein and husband, Jon of Denver, Colorado, and Megan Gerald and husband, Brandon of Texas City, Texas; grandchildren, Parker and Quinn Kalstein of Denver, Colorado, and Payton Gerald of Texas City, Texas; brother, Brian Ryder and wife, Kerry of Leander, Texas; niece, Bekah Ryder of College Station, Texas; mother-in-law, Margaret Louviere of Orange, Texas; brother-in-law, Mike Louviere of Orange, Texas; and numerous other family and many, many Parrot Head friends throughout the world. Serving as pallbearers will be Xavier Guzman, Daniel Guzman, Bill Benoit, Dusty Benoit and his former PN-G classmates, Herky McCutcheon and Roy Ramke, Jr. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the campaign to Save the Orange Depot: www.orangetxdepot.org or Friends of the Orange Depot c/o First Financial Bank P. O. Box 730 Orange, TX 77631.
Richard Pachuca, Jr., 73, of Orange, passed away on September 10, 2014, at Baptist Hospital in Orange. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, September 12, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Chaplain Kevin Trinkle. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Orange. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Friday, September 12th at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Orange, Texas, on February 10, 1941, he was the son of Richard R. Pachuca, Sr. and Alexandria (Alejandro) Pachuca. Richard worked as a welder for PBG in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He loved fishing and hunting, especially duck hunting. Richard owned a horse ranch at one time and sold quarter horses. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard R. Pachuca, Sr. and Alexandria (Alejandro) Pachuca; and his daughter, Cristina Garcia. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jackie A. Pachuca; grandchild Makayla Garcia; brother, Rudy Pachuca ; and his sisters, Bobbie Toomey, Dora Lowe, and Lupe Brown all of Orange.

Horace W. Mouton, 90, of Orange, passed away on September 8, 2014, at Pinehurst Nursing and Rehabilitation in Orange. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Orange with Reverend Joseph P. Daleo as celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Orange. Visitation will be from 9:00-10:00 a.m., Thursday September 11th at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Orange, Texas, on January 5, 1924, he was the son of Gaston A. Mouton and Josephine M. (Hebert) Mouton. Horace worked as a machinist helper for Livingston Shipbuilders. Horace is survived by his loving family and caregivers. He was the potter, we were the clay and he molded our lives over the years. Henry and Lana Breaux, Ashley Breaux Flores, Brandon Breaux, Alex LeBlanc, Bethany Breaux. He will be greatly missed by all. He is also survived by his close friend and Pastor, Reverend Joseph P. Daleo. Serving as Pallbearers will be Employees of Eye On Security Systems, Alex LeBlanc, Bryan Guidry, Steve Lenz, Todd Bowen, Jason Chavis and Greg LeBlanc with Orange County Ice. Honorary Pallbearer will be, Henry Breaux. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on this day. 2 Timothy 4:6-8

Shane Hollis Cassel, 27, of La Porte, Texas died Friday, September 5, 2014 at Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston of a brain aneurysm and a massive brain hemorrhage.  Shane was born on June 17,1987, and he grew up in La Porte, Texas.  He graduated from La Porte High School in 2006. Shane was a sensitive, kindhearted, generous young man who loved fishing, camping, working on truck and car engines, and riding around town in his truck.  He enjoyed fishing the waters from Lake Sam Rayburn to Austin, and from Wyoming to Galveston.  Most of all he loved his family and his dog, Hunter.  Shane's last act of generosity was to donate his organs so that he could give life to several people who were so desperately depending on a new organ in order to live. Shane was preceded in death by his Paw-Paw, Bob Hollis of Bridge City , and his cousin, Gary Hollis of Orange. Survivors include his Mother, Beth Cassel of La Porte, Father, Don Cassel & Step-Mother Bobbie of Alvin,  Grandmother, Virginia Hollis, Aunt, Diana Hollis Burris, Uncle and Aunt, Bobby & Tina Hollis, all of Orange. Cousins, Darren & Korey Burris, and Bryan Hollis. Pallbearers will be Michael Barnes, Ryan Gilbert, Chris Murphy, Bubba Hayes, and Chris Utzman. Funeral Services will be held under the direction of Grand View Funeral Home, 8501 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, Texas.  A gathering for family & friends will be held on Wednesday, September 10th, from 5pm to 9pm.  Funeral Services will be held Thursday, September 11th, at 10:00 am. Burial will follow at Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in Orange, Texas at approximately 1:30pm. Additional information can be found at www.grandviewfunerals.com. In lieu of of flowers contributions can be made to the "Shane Hollis Cassel Memorial Fund" at Wells Fargo Bank, 1001 Highway 146 South, La Porte, Texas77571, to help pay for Shane's medical, life-flight, and funeral expenses.
Virginia Sanford was born on January 18, 1934 in Orange, Texas. Her parents were Forrest and Myra McDonald. She was married to Sandy Sanford, her high school sweetheart, for 54 years until his death in 2010. She attended and graduated from Lutcher Stark High School. She was accepted into the prestigious Plan II Liberal Arts Honors program at the University of Texas and was active in the Orange Jackets and Mortar Board. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree, she earned a Master’s Degree from Lamar State University. Virginia was retired from the state of Texas Educational system, having served an illustrious career as teacher and educational consultant. Virginia was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Orange, Texas and was involved in many capacities. Early in her marriage, she and her husband served as youth sponsors. Her joy for mentoring and teaching youth remained with her throughout her life. Virginia was a knowledgeable bible instructor and loved to share her knowledge with others. She taught the women's Fidelis Sunday School Class and was a Disciple Bible study instructor for many years. Out of her love for the church, she initiated the praise and worship service and was a co-founder of the Golden Triangle Emmaus Community. Virginia was a teacher in the public school system in Orange County. She began her career in Bridge City where she taught math to students who were only a few years younger than herself. She became a teacher and headmaster at St. Paul Episcopal Church School. She made a giant impact on the very young, as she lovingly guided them toward knowledge in her role as a first grade teacher at Little Cypress Elementary school. As a role model for many, she ended her career by teaching and serving teachers as an Educational Consultant for Math at the Region V Service Center. Virginia was very active in the Orange community. As a young woman she served as a Blue Bird and Campfire Leader, Little League mother, swim team mother, stage mother and dance recital mother. She was a board member for the Malloy trust and an active board member for the First United Methodist Church. She and her husband Sandy were devoted docents to the Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. She loved sharing her knowledge with others and was a sought after inspirational speaker. She held a joy for baking and entertaining in her home and for many years hosted an annual coffee at Christmas with her daughter Tracey. She shared with her adoring husband a tremendous love for the collection of antiques and their annual fall trips to witness the turning of the foliage in New England. The door of her home was always open to all and she felt immeasurably blessed to have had a wonderful and large circle of very close friends throughoutthe entirety of her very rich life. Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, John McDonald, William McDonald and Fred McDonald and one sister, Nora Riggs. She will be reunited in heaven with her husband Sandy and her two beloved sons, Barton and Christopher. She is survived by her brother Forrest McDonald of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, two daughters, Shelley Davis of Key West, Florida and Tracey Wild of Nacogdoches, Texas, her son in law, John Davis and four grandchildren, Gabriel Sanford Reddoch, John Zachary Davis, Alexandra Wild and Thomas "Trey" Wild. The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff at Magnolia Court and Accolade Homecare and Hospice in Nacogdoches, Texas. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at First United Methodist Church in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend John Warren. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00p.m., Tuesday, September 9th at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Memorial contributions may be made in Virginia’s name to the First United Methodist Church in Orange at 504 N 6th Street, Orange, TX 77630.
Janie Ruth Sarver, 56, of Deweyville passed away on Sunday, September 7, 2014. She was born on June 4, 1958 in Orange to the late Pearl Alberta (Brown) and Melvin Lee Hutson. Janie was a life-long residence of Deweyville and Orange area. She enjoyed the outdoors; her pride and joy was her grandchild. Janie was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend who will be missed dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Hutson; niece, Lindsey Smith. She is survived by her son, Brennan Sarver and wife, Crystal of Deweyville; grandchild, Shaylee Brenn Sarver; sisters, Melodie King and husband, Gene of Deweyville, Tammie Smith and husband, David of Mauriceville; nephew, Jason King and wife, Kellie of Buna; nieces, Jennifer Easterling and husband, Daniel of Deweyville, Taylor Smith of Mauriceville; long time companion, Larry Odom of Deweyville. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 5 pm until 9 pm at Dorman Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 10 am at the funeral home, with Rev. Charles Wilson officiating. Cremation will follow the services.  In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations may be made to Dorman Funeral Home to help the family with final expenses.
 
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