Vallie Sue (Whitman) Francis, 74, of Orange passed away on Thursday, October 30, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. Vallie was born on July 5, 1940 in Nederland, Texas to parents Oral "Babe" Lemuel Whitman and Bernice Rachel (Harmon) Whitman. She was a lifelong resident of Orange, was the fourth generation of the Harmon family settling in Orange. She was owner and operator of Vallie's Hair Fashions for forty plus years in West Orange. Vallie was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints of the Orange Ward. She enjoyed doing genealogy, traveling with her husband and friends, and spending time with her family. Vallie was a loving person who will be missed dearly by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Whitman; sisters, Dorothy Jean Williamson, Peggy Elaine Fare; brother in laws, Joe Robert Williamson, Lon Egan. Vallie is survived by her husband, Joe Francis of Orange; children, Lem Francis and wife, Christi of Fannett, Missy Aucoin and husband, Gregory of Lake Charles, Scott Francis and wife, Beverly of Orange, Fara Francis of Denton; sister, Janet Egan of Orange; brother, Dwight Whitman and wife Brenda of Nacogdoches. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Chris Francis and fiance, Jen Kralj, Brittany Keller and Jeremy, Savannah Tonga and Timani Jr., Anna Nicole Aucoin, Kalee Aucoin, Dwight Lewis, Adriana Francis, Madison Aucoin, Ty Lewis, Hannah Francis, Evan Aucoin, MaKennah Aucoin, Lindy Aucoin, Lela Francis; great granchildren, Zoe Roberts, Sophie Howard, Landon Aucoin and Saylor Keller. A visitation will be held on Friday, October 31, 2014 from 6 pm until 9 pm at Dorman Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 11 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 6108 Hazelwood Dr, Orange, TX 77630. Burial will follow at Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in Orange. Honoring Vallie as pallbearers will be Chris Francis, Tige Egan, Eddie Egan, Cazzy Francis, Jeremy Keller, Roger Dale Brodnax, Evan Aucoin, Ty Lewis, Dwight Lewis, Timani Tonga Jr. and Amos Wilfer. Honorary pallbearers are David Whitman, Rory Williamson, Ricky Dumesnil.
Homer Donald Will Sr., 85, of Orange passed away on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. He was born on August 21, 1929 in Beaumont, Texas to parents Bruce Will and Lela (Buford) Will. He did live in the Orange area since 1968, prior in Beaumont. Homer served his country in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He had worked many years at Cloeren Incorporated in machine department as a shop foreman. Homer enjoyed going camping, fishing and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Erma Jean Will; sister, Bernice; brother, Grover. He is survived by his daughters, Brenda Barker and husband, Harold, Sue Neal and husband, Steve both of Orange; sons, Donnie and wife, Judy of Orange, Homer Will and wife, Pam of Burnet, Texas, Joe Will and wife, Susie of Orange; six sisters, Madeline, Doris, Loris, Juanita, Pansy, Rose; three brothers, Bruce, Ted, Otis. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Kim, Bubba, Amanda, Melissa, Misty, Bridget, Heather, Regina, Clint, Donnie, Jr., Chad, Curtis, Felisha and twenty nine great grandchildren as well as numerous members of his extended family. A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 2 pm at Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in Orange. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family at
Dana Marie Scott, 13, of West Orange passed away on Friday, October 17, 2014 at Baptist Hospital in Orange. Dana was born in Port Arthur, Texas on April 18, 2001. She was lifelong resident of Orange and a member of New Anointing Full Gossip Church in Orange. Dana enjoyed tearing paper and put it in a bottle, listen to music and reading. Dana loved play with her cousins and she will be missed dearly by all who know her. She was preceded by her grandmother, Mary Garrett. Dana is survived by her mother, Elizabeth Garrett of West Orange; father, Martin Earl Scott of Orange; sister, Danielle Garrett of West Orange; aunt and uncle, Patsy and Charles McCarver Jr.; grandfather, Wayne Garrett of Orange, maw-maw and paw-paw Charles and Nina McCarver Sr. of Mauriceville; cousins, Zachary Garrett, L.C. McCarver, Amber Garrett, Bayleigh Garrett and a large extended family and a host of friends. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Dorman Funeral Home, with gathering of family and friends from 2 pm until service time. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Dorman Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family at
A memorial service for William C. “Bill” Wright, 70, will be held on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 2:00PM at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, Tyler. Tributes to Bill’s well lived, honorable life will be given by George Barron, Bishop David Azenabor of Nigeria, Jim Hahn of Trinity Fellowship Church, Judge Cynthia Kent, and Judge Sam Griffith. Bill passed from this life Sunday, October 26, 2014, at Hospice in Tyler and is now resting in the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was born on February 18, 1944 in Commerce, Texas. He graduated from Commerce High School in 1962 where he was on the football and basketball teams. Bill graduated from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University at Commerce) in 1966, and was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He then attended Baylor Law School, graduating in 1969. Bill began his legal career in Orange, Texas as an assistant district attorney in 1970, then was appointed District Attorney until 1977. Thereafter he went into private practice for 3 years before he was elected District Attorney of Orange County. He served as District Attorney until 1984. Orange County attorneys fondly remember Bill’s tenure for his honorable demeanor, for a nurturing, encouraging management style, and for eschewing the limelight, while always seeking to ensure that true justice prevailed. In one high profile case, a prominent Texas State Senator was appointed as the special prosecutor. The special prosecutor succeeded in getting a conviction and a lengthy prison sentence. Later, evidence clearly exonerating the defendant was discovered. Bill, in the face of withering criticism, filed a Motion for New Trial to permit justice to be done. In light of the new evidence, the case was eventually dismissed, and an innocent person was freed from prison. Bill encouraged every lawyer on his staff at the Orange County District Attorney’s office to “grow to be the best prosecutor they could be.” George Barron, a highly esteemed Orange County trial attorney, described Bill as a “man of integrity” in the office. He and his family later moved to Tyler, where he was a noted criminal defense trial lawyer. He was lead counsel on a number of prominent trials during the 1990’s and early 2000, until a stroke ended his legal career in 2006. Bill was a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Smith County Bar Association. He taught Sunday school for many years. He loved traveling and spending time with his family, fishing, and studying the Bible. He also loved visiting with his friends and helping others. He was preceded in death by his parents Claude Wright and Jean Skeen Wright. Bill is survived by his wife, Brenda Wright of Tyler; his son, Christopher Wright, and his daughter, Sarah Wright, both of Houston; and their mother Mary Ellen Wright; one grandchild, Taryn Wright; and his brother and sister-in- law, Bob and Ebelina Wright of Luling; and many dear friends. If desired, donations may be made to The Good Shepherd R.T.C., 23538 Coons Road, Tomball, Texas, 77377; or the charity of your choice.
Santa Dan Harriman, 63, of Orange, passed away on October 26, 2014, at Harbor Hospice House in Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30am, Thursday, October 30, 2014, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Orange. Officiating will be Father Tom Phelan. Entombment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00pm, with a Rosary recited at 7:00 pm, Wednesday October 29th at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Rochester, Michigan, on January 5, 1951, he was the son of John Willard Harriman and Helen (Bellairs) Harriman. Santa Dan was a founding member of the Lonestar Santa’s of Texas and was very involved in the community. Most recently he worked as an instructor for Lamar University teaching auto mechanics, he also taught at UTI in Houston and at Tyler Junior College. He was a member of many clubs and organizations such as; the Ham Radio Club of Orange, KC5GXL was his call sign, the South East Texas Astronomy Club, Orange Amateur Radio Club, a fly fishing club, and a train club. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. Santa Dan was a woodworker, who favored making children’s furniture. He enjoyed organic gardening and traveling with his wife, they have traveled many places together. Santa Dan will be greatly missed by many throughout the community. He is preceded in death by his father, John Willard Harriman, and two brothers, Roger Harriman and John Harriman, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Frances Clause Harriman; mother, Helen (Bellairs) Harriman; children, Dawn Kilgore and husband, Gary of Houston, Daniel Harriman, Jr. and wife, Elizabeth of Orange, Michael Harriman of Houston, Kristine Lause of Findlay, Ohio, Kerri Lause Saulmon and husband, Michael of San Antonio; and his fur baby, Jake. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Tiffany Kirk, Keliann, Kyle, Kenzi and Kevin Beall, Leo and Ozzie Saulmon, Jordan, Kara and Cole Kilgore, Cozie Gardner, Caden Harriman and Gracy Wehunt; great-grandchild, Piper; siblings Duane Harriman and wife, Sharon, Alan Harriman and wife, Dawn, Sherilyn Knickerbocker and husband, Jeff, and Rita Kelp and husband, Dennis. Serving as pallbearers will be Daniel Harriman, Jr., Michael Harriman, Michael Saulmon, Kyle Beall, Stephen Smith, and Steve Broussard. Honorary pallbearers are Kevin Beall, Leo Saulmon and Ozzie Saulmon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the OCARC, 905 West Park, Orange, TX 77630. The family of Santa Dan would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Southeast Texas Hospice and Harbor Hospice for all of their care and love during this difficult time.
The Celebration of Life for Master Carson King Dove, 2 month old son of Cydney Simmons and Rodney Dove, Jr. will be Saturday at 9 a.m. during Graveside services at Magnolia Memorial Gardens. He died October 20, 2014. Survivors other than parents include grandparents Christopher Simmons (Mary), Kristi Simmons (Elton), Rodney Dove, Sr. (Karen) and Edwina Hartfield, and great grandparents Kaye Sigman, Gary Dean, Threse Hamilton, Albert Simmons, Novella Hartfield, and George Hartfield.
Jerry Kirkmeyer, 85, of Orange, passed away on October 25, 2014 at his home. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 30, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 30, 2014 at Sycamore Cemetery in Burkeville, Texas. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Born in Port Arthur, Texas, on August 31, 1929, he was the son of Charles Rudolph Kirkmeyer and Mabel Orr Kirkmeyer. Jerry served in the United States Army, was a 32nd Degree Mason with Scottish Rites. He enjoyed offshore fishing, going to the beach and spending time with his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was preceded in death by his daughters, Teresa Kirkmeyer, Laurie Patrice Kirkmeyer and grandson, Christopher King Kirkmeyer. He is survived by his wife, Meredith Kirkmeyer of Orange; daughters Merri Latiolais and husband Denny of Bridge City, Tracee Kanipe and husband, Bob of Texarkana, Texas, and Candace Ellis and husband, Steven of Odessa, Texas; grandchildren, Jessica Melancon and husband, Jarred, Kasey Smith, Stormi Wales, Slade Wales, Hunter Wales, Christopher Ponder, Court Ellis and Ethan Ellis; great-grandchildren, Jason Melancon, Jaxson Melancon, Keaton Wales and Kynsli Edelen. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sycamore Cemetery Association Inc., P.O. Box 1101, Kilgore, Texas 75663-1011.
Bill Virgil Wallace, 95, of Orange, passed away on October 22, 2014, in Orange. Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Monday, October 27, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Officiating will be his nephew, Reverend Alan Wallace. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be at 9:30-11:00 a.m., Monday October 27, 2014 at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Born in Garber, Oklahoma, on July 11, 1919, he was the son of Walter Harvey Wallace and Mildred (Cooper) Wallace. Bill served in the United States Army from July 22, 1943 to June 25, 1945, he was a Technician Fifth Grade (T5), and served in the 541 1st Regiment attached to the 101st Airborne. He later worked as an Operator for Gulf Oil Refinery. He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Mildred Wallace, and his son, Mike Wallace. He is survived by his loving wife of 73 years, Betty Wallace of Orange; brothers, Glen Wallace of Bridge City and Jim Wallace of Beaumont; sisters, Peggy Rambo of Dennison, Texas and Margaret Cathey of Tonkawa, Oklahoma.
Joseph Percy “ J. P. “ Marks, Sr., 91, of Orange, passed from this life on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur. Born on September 16, 1922 in Orange, Texas to his parents, Joe and Pearl (Dyson) Marks, he was a lifelong resident of Orange, he worked as a process operator at the DuPont Sabine River Works Plant in Orange and he served his country proudly and honorably in the United States Army during World War II. While in the Army, J. P. served as a Fifth Grade Technician in the 460th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and earning an honorable discharge on November 8, 1945. Being a part of what America came to refer to as the Greatest Generation, J. P. enjoyed spending time with his family and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Orange. J. P. is preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Sonny Marks, Boo Boo Marks and Teenay Marks; his sisters, Gertrude Tinsley and Florine Marks and his daughter, Anna Marie Marks. Those who will most cherish his memory are his wife of 68 years, Lois Marie Marks of Orange; his sons, Tee Joe Marks and wife, Judy of The Woodlands and Bob Marks of Austin; his grandchildren, Tracy Harbour and husband, Randy, Brandon Marks, Derek Marks and wife, Mailee, Esther Marks and Ian Marks and wife Laura; six great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. A memorial Mass of the Resurrection to Honor J. P.’s life will be at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Orange, with Father Joseph P. Daleo, serving as celebrant. Rite of Committal, Military Honors and Interment will follow the Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Orange. Cremation and funeral arrangements are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Condolences may be sent to the family at
Mahala “Polly” McCormack, 89, of Orange, passed away on October 23, 2014, at her home. A memorial service will be 10:00 am, Saturday, November 1, 2014, at Grace Lutheran Church in Orange. Officiating will be Pastor Tom Haas. Born in Gist, Texas, on February 23, 1925, she was the daughter of Joseph Ernest Brooks and Sadie (Clark) Brooks. Polly is a fifth generation Texan, her family has been in Orange County since the 1830’s. She enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, and spending time with her family. She is preceded in death by her husband, James “Stew” McCormack and her son, Joe McCormack. She is survived by her sons, James McCormack of Orange and Bud McCormack and wife, Sandy of Orange; five grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
James Edward McCorvy Jr., 49, of Orange passed away on Thursday, October 16, 2014 in Orange. James was born on August 26, 1965 in Port Arthur, Texas; to parents Harriet Faye (John) and James Edward McCorvy Sr. He was a lifelong residence of Orange. James was a jack all trades, welder, construction and delivery driver. He was an avid fisherman and loved spending time with his family. James was a loving person who will be missed dearly. He was preceded in death by nephew, Blake McCorvy and brother in law, Roy Conway. James is survived by his wife, Lisa Russell McCorvy of Orange; mother and father, James and Harriet McCorvy Sr. of Orange; children, Hannah McCorvy, Cara and Jason Dowden, Keith Jr. and Heather Carter, Ashley Carter and Cory Sarver; grandchildren, Cheyenne Dowden, Jaxon Dowden, Kyler Sarver, Kaileb Herrera, Brant Hyatt; sisters, Denise Duran and Thomas Foster of Orange, Wendy Conway and Robert "Beau" Smith of Orange, Brenda Lund and Thomas "Bubba" Lund of Orange; brothers, Michael McCorvy and wife, Maria of Spring, Brian McCorvy and wife, Melissa of Orange, Dennis McCorvy and wife, Vanessa of Spring, Donald McCorvy and wife, Amanda of Sour Lake; aunt and uncle, Ellen and Jack Thornton of Groves; grandmother, Anna McCorvy of Groves. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 11 AM at Dorman Funeral Home, with Rev. David Jones officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Dorman Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family at
Telee Shankle Allen 97 of Orange, Texas died on October 20, 2014 at the Meadows Nursing Home in Orange, Texas. Mrs. Allen was a native of Shankleville, Texas and have resided in Orange, Texas for many years. She was the first of thirteen children born to Mr. and Mrs. Curly and Omega Shankle in Shankleville, Texas. She was preceeded in death by her daughter Bernice Allen-Davis and five brothers and four sisters. Mrs. Allen was a faithful member of the Horridge Street Church of God in Vinton, Louisiana. Funeral services will be on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 11:00 am at Horridge Street Church of God located at 829 Horridge Street in Vinton, Louisiana with Pastor Ike Riggins officiating. Visitation will start at 9:00 am til time of service. Interment will follow at Jim Shankle Cemetery in Newton County under the direction of Colonial Memorial Chapel. She leaves to cherish her loving memories, two grandsons, Michael Davis (Leenora) of Orange, Texas. Carlton Allen (Pamala) of Houston, Texas. One brother, Guyler Shankle of Lake Charles, La. Two sisters, Macie Green (Milton) of Orange, Tx. Jean Tanner (Roosevelt) of Lake Charles, La. One sister in law, Essie Shankle of Orange, Tx. One brother in law, Horace Joseph of Lake Charles, La. She also leaves behind six great grandchildren and a host of family and friends.
Jack Horton – beloved patriarch and dear friend – died October 20th 2014 in Orange, Texas. Jack was born in his family’s home in Troup, Texas, on July 25, 1924 to Gertrude Terry and Samuel Wesley Horton. He was part of the “Greatest Generation” who came of age during the Great Depression. In 1942, he traded his high school diploma for an Army M-1 carbine. This handsome 17-year-old – who’d never before traveled farther than 100 miles from home – served valiantly in the European theater with the 254th Engineer Combat Battalion. By 1944, these brothers-in-arms were eagerly anticipating R&R back home, but instead were sent to Belgium and, subsequently, into the Battle of the Bulge. “On Point,” the Online Journal of Army History said, “By destroying key bridges, creating obstacles, and fighting as infantry, the engineers delayed the Wehrmacht enough for the Allies to organize a counteroffensive. The engineers’ actions were so effective that it led SS-Obersturmbannführer (Lieutenant Colonel) Joachim Peiper to mutter in frustration, ‘The damned engineers!’ after several key bridges were blown before he could cross them.” Modestly, Jack said he was famous for “digging the fastest foxhole.” After leaving the service, Jack married Nellie Faye Shuttlesworth in 1947. They took great joy in rearing their two children: Charlotte Anne Jordan McClain, and Samuel Jack Horton – in Orange, Texas. Jack was a trustworthy and loyal steward of Chevron-Phillips from 1955 until his retirement in the nineties. He worked long, hard, physically-demanding shifts to support his family, and commented many times on his appreciation of Chevron-Phillips and the work they afforded him. Jack was an only child and was preceded in death by his parents and the love of his life, Nell Horton. He is survived by his daughter Charlotte and her companion Ben Rice, son Jack, grandchildren Caroline Jordan and wife Jennifer Wichmann, Samuel Thomas Horton and wife Kerry; and great-grandson Charles Horton. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him. The family extends special thanks for the loving care of neighbors Connie and Ronnie Spruell and devoted friend Ginger Veal which allowed Jack to stay in his home years after Nell’s death. We also thank Drusilla Anderson, Yvette Cotton, Jerrie Curtis, and Molly Stringer for their warm, professional attention in his final year. These health care professionals worked long hours around the clock to ascertain he was well cared for. Additionally, they loved him. We would be remiss in not thanking the staff of Southeast Texas Hospice and particularly R.N. Debbie Hayes Goforth. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 22nd from 3:00 until 5:00 at Claybar Funeral Home, Orange, Texas. The funeral, also at Claybar, will be Thursday at 12:00 with Reverend Lynn Ashcraft officiating. A luncheon reception will follow the services, at the Horton home. All are asked to attend. On Friday, the 24th, the family will travel to Troup, Texas to Pinecrest cemetery for burial. One of Jack’s favorite bible verses perfectly summarizes his life: 2nd Timothy, 4:7 - "I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race." His children believe there’s another verse equally fitting: Matthew 25:21, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” In lieu of flowers, the family request tax free donations be made to Christian Community Service Center, P.O. Box 27924, Houston, Texas 77227.
Tam Tran, 61 of Orange, Texas passed away on October 18, 2014. Family & friends are invited to join the family for visitations to be held from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 and Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City, Texas. Prayer services will be held from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Tam Tran was born in Phan Thiet, Vietnam. He immigrated to the United States in 1977. He was the captain of the "Freedom" shrimp boat. He was also a member of the boiler maker group who built the "Golden Pass" terminal in Sabine Pass. Tam Tran is survived by his wife, Hai Thi Hoang; daughter, Helena Hai Tran, husband, Hung Mai, children, Allison Mai and Ashley Mai of Orange, Texas; daughter, Heather Hoa Tran, husband, Thanh Tran, children, Tyler Tran and Taylor Tran of Bridge City, Texas; son, Binh Tran, wife, Xuan Tran, children, Peyton Tran and Evelyn Tran of Nederland, Texas; daughter, Thuy Breznik and husband, Igor Breznik of Houston, Texas; son, Johnny Trung Tran of Orange, Texas. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 10:00 am at Claybar Funeral Home, located at 800 Highland Avenue in Bridge City, Texas.
The Celebration of Life for Mrs. Nadine Delores Mack, 68, of Orange, will be Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the El Bethel 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 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. at the church. She died Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX. A native of Livingston, TX, she resided in Houston a number of years, working as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. She returned to Orange in 2009. She is survived by 1 son, Richard Mack, and 2 daughters, Dana Green (Donald) and Ava Mack all of Houston, her mother, Katherine Hinson of Orange, 5 brothers, Rev. John Earl Hinson, Sr. (Barbara), Kirlan B. Hinson, and Paul Kent Hinson, all of Orange, Christopher D. Hinson of San Antonio, TX, and Charles Ray “Cheesy” Hinson (Normanda) of Lawton, OK, 2 sisters, Alice Faye Hinson and Brenda K. Grimble, both of Orange and 4 grandchildren, Donte Green, Aja Joyce, Mikale Joyce, and Noah Mack.
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