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Jeffrey Morris Almaguer
Jeffrey Morris Almaguer, 42, of the McLewis Community, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, in Christus-St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, from Community Church in Orange under direction of Dorman Funeral Home. The Rev. David Berkheimer will officiate. Interment will be in Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in Orange.
Visitation is from 4-9 p.m. today in the funeral home.
A native of Orange, he had lived in the McLewis area most of his life and was a bus driver with Community Christian School. A member of Community Church, he was a 15-year longshoreman with International Longshoreman Association Local 22, and a two-year licensed foster dad with Buckner's Children's Village in Beaumont.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred Martel Almaguer.
Survivors include his wife, Troye Almaguer of McLewis; father, Ignacio Almaguer Sr. of Orange; foster daughter, Felicia of McLewis; brother, Ignacio Almaguer Jr. of Orange; and sisters, Angela Faulk of Sour Lake, Regina Almaguer of Beaumont and Susan Bland, Inez Manasco and Ruby Smith, all of Orange.
Pallbearers will be Victor Hull, Leo Lazenby, Jerry Cezar, Jim Vickers, Mann Alguer, Alvin Light, David Ibarra and Arthur LeBlue.
Donations may be made to Community Church, the family said.

Roy Lee Jones
Roy Lee Jones, 78, of Port Arthur, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, in Christus-St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, from Memorial Baptist Church under direction of Clayton Thompson Funeral Home. The Rev. Ray Meador will officiate. Burial with Masonic and military graveside services will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves.
Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. today in the funeral home.
A lifelong resident of Port Arthur, he was a supervisor in the engineering department of Texas with 35 years of service. A retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Air Corps, he had served in World War II and Korea and was a member of Memorial Baptist Church. He was a past district governor with the North Port Arthur Lions Club, a past president with the Griffing Park Lions Club and a 32nd Degree Mason in Cosmopolitan Lodge 872 AF and AM.
Survivors include his wife, Lucille Jones of Port Arthur; daughters, Kathryn Janelle Hamilton of Nederland, Cynthia Lee Hickling and Linda Gayle Jones, both of Port Arthur, and Janice Lynn Kelly of Bridge City; son, John Mark Jones of Nederland; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Dominic John Romano
Dominic John Romano, 89, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001, in Christus-St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, from St. Mary's Catholic Church in Orange, with the church's Rev. Joseph Daleo officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, in Claybar Funeral Home in Orange, with a vigil at 7 p.m. officiated by Deacon Melvin Payne.
A native of Biscaquino, Sicily, Mr. Romano had lived in the Orange area since 1915 where he was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. He owned and operated Romano's Shoe Repair for over 60 years and was a charter member of The Knights of Columbus and a member of the American Bowling Association and American Columbus Society.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Isabell Romano, after 56 years of marriage. 
He is survived by his daughters, Marie Zeto and husband Frank, and Jeannie McGee, all of Orange, Rosalie Daves and husband Ray of League City, Theresa Foster and husband Tom of Aiken, S.C., Donna Catherine Chu and husband John of Davis, Calif., Johnnie Magliolo and husband Charles of Nederland, and Angie Cook and husband Ryan of Beaumont; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike and Mary Romano and Joe and Rosalie Romano, all of Orange, and Carlo and Mike Romano of Fallbrook, Calif.; sister, Rosalie Lovoi of Beaumont; and grandchildren, Mike Zeto, Nick Zeto, Elizabeth Foshee, Lorri Bonin, Chad McGee, Robyn Culling, Robye Harvey, Jennifer Reeder, Julie Foster, Tracie Trammell, Sam Trammell, Stephanie Magliolo, Angela Magliolo, Andrew Cook and Matthew Cook; great-grandchildren, Erin Zeto, Lauren Zeto, Nicholas Foshee, Eric Foshee, Ashton Bonin, Cade Culling, and Audrey.
Pallbearers will be Mike Zeto, Nick Zeto, Chad McGee, Andrew Cook, Matthew Cook and Sam Trammell. Honorary pallbearers will be all of his nieces and nephews.

Sidney Thibodeaux
Arrangements for Sidney Thibodeaux, 79, of Orange, who died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001, in Park Place Medical Center in Port Arthur, are pending through Dorman Funeral Home.

Charles Bahr
Charles Bahr, former longtime resident of Orange, passed away Friday, Nov. 16, 2001. 
Memorial services were set for Tuesday, Nov. 20, in Covenant United Methodist Church in Port Orange, Fla.
A World War II Naval veteran, he served on the USS Phelps during the Pearl Harbor attack. He retired from active duty in October, 1959, after serving 20 years, and went on reserve status. He then worked in Civil Service for 13 years. Charles and his wife Ruth were active members of Wesley Methodist Church and volunteered many hours at the Orange Christian Society serving the less fortunate of Orange. He served as the president of the American Association of Retired Persons and was vice president of the Friends of the Library. In 1990, the couple moved to their present home in Port Orange. 
Born on Oct. 3, 1915, he is survived by his wife, Ruth Bahr; daughters, Ione Hemby of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Ila England of Tyler; and son, Charles Bahr Jr. of Watchung, N.J.; along with 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Bobby "Sea Bob" Manning
Bobby "Sea Bob" Manning, 81, of Orange, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001, in Memorial Hermann Baptist Orange Hospital.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, from Dorman Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Linscomb Cemetery in Orange County. 
Visitation is from 5-9 p.m. today. 
Born in Texla, Texas, he was a longtime resident of Orange and a retired boilermaker with Boilermakers Local 587. A veteran of the Army, he served in World War II and in Korea. In WWII, he was awarded four Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart, as well as numerous other citations and awards.
He is survived by wife, Doris Manning of Orange; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert Allen and Velvet Manning of Orange and Frank James and Millie Trezza of Maine; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Ann and Raymond Hatch and Loretta and Cecil Holden, all of Hartburg, Melissa and Todd Bickham of Deweyville and Darlene Breaux of Orange; sisters, Mary Lou Robbins and Betty Benifield, both of Orange; grandchildren, Jolene and Emily Breaux, Robert Allen Manning II and Clinton Manning, Bobby and Chantel Davis, Anthony Holden, Trent and Ty Bickham and Patricia, Jason and Jennifer Trezza; and a nephew and his wife, Bub and Lil McCoopin of Holly Springs, Texas.

R.W. "Bobby" Merritt Jr.
R.W. "Bobby" Merritt Jr., 40, of Orange, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001, in his residence. 
Services will be at 4 p.m. today, Nov. 20, from Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Rev. Pat Turner of St. Helen Catholic Church in Orangefield will officiate. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. 
Visitation and Christian Vigil services were held Monday in the funeral home.

Opal Dwyer Cawyer
BROWNWOOD -- Services for Opal Dwyer Cawyer, 96, of Brownwood, were at 10 a.m. today, Nov. 20, in Davis-Morris Chapel with Paul McClung officiating. Burial will be in Ebony Cemetery in Mills County.
She died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001, in her home in Redstone Park.
Born Nov. 4, 1905, to Ernest Oll and Edna Wilmeth Dwyer, she attended school in Ebony, finishing Brownwood High and one year at Daniel Baker before teaching in 1926 at Tankerseley. She married Jake Austin Cawyer Nov. 23, 1927, and they taught together in Orange. She retired in 1971 after 40 years of teaching, and the couple moved to Brownwood to run their family ranch in the Bony Community of western Mills County. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, who died Oct. 10, 1995; and her parents.
Survivors include her only child, a daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Harold Everett of Brownwood; three granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ebony Cemetery Association, the Ebony Senior Citizen Building Fund or the charity of one's choice, the family said.

Virginia Baptiste
BEAUMONT -- Virginia Baptiste, 90, of Beaumont, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001, in Christus-St. Elizabeth Hospital.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, from Mercy Funeral Home with burial in Magnolia Cemetery under direction of Mercy's Gladys Street location.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday.
A native of Rayne, La., she had lived in Orange 33 years before moving to Beaumont.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth P. Baptiste of Beaumont.

Jeannette Swift
Jeannette Swift, 83, of Bridge City died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, at Christus St. Mary's Hospital in Port Arthur.
A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Port Arthur. The Rev. Jim McClintock of St. Henry's Catholic Church in Bridge City will officiate.

Norma Mae Morris
Norma Mae Morris, 88, of Orange died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, at Sunbridge Rehabilitation Facility in Pinehurst.
Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. The Rev. Jeff Bell of Cove Baptist Church in Orange will officiate. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Orange.
Born in San Diego, Calif., on Oct. 1, 1913, to Alphanso Joseph and Anna Schahn, Mrs. Morris had lived in Orange for the past 78 years. She was a homemaker and a member of Cove Baptist Church in Orange.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Morris; son, Arthur Morris; sister, Viola Seals; and three brothers, Alphanso J. Schahn and Lloyd R. Schahn.
She is survived by three daughters, Anna Mae Bergeron of Orange, Catherine LeBlanc of Orangefield, and Virginia Perry of Hartford City, Ind.; son, Tommy Ray Morris of Deweyville; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers will be her grandsons and great-grandsons.

Verline (Boe) Chesson
Verline (Boe) Chesson, 85, of Port Arthur died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, at the Gulf Health Care Center in Port Arthur.
She was born in Cherokee County, Texas, on Sept. 18, 1916. Her husband of more than 55 years, Claude Chesson, preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Bridge City. Her nephew, the Rev. Charles Chesson of Christian Cathedral in Bridge City will officiate. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange.
Mrs. Chesson was a homemaker and a member of Full Gospel Christian Center in Port Arthur.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Gus Harris of Orange; sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Jane Chesson of Bridge City and Carl and Donna Chesson of Sulphur, La.; eight grandchildren, Jody Chesson, Janna Tarver, Lee Harris, Scott Harris, Carla Baker, Theresa Jannise, Wesley Butler and David Butler; and seven great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Jody Chesson, Lee Harris, Scott Harris and Steve Tarver.

Mrs. Ollie Deslatte
Mrs. Ollie Deslatte, 88, of Indian Lake, Texas, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2001, at Memorial Hermann Baptist Beaumont Hospital. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 24, at Memory Gardens in Nederland under direction of Dorman Funeral Home. The Rev. Frank Hodges, pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Nederland, will officiate.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at the funeral home.
Born in Cloudy, Okla., she was a resident of Indian Lake for 30 years and a homemaker.
Survivors include her son, Billy Garner of Indian Lake; brother, Bill Self of Fairmount, Texas; granddaughter, Brenda Wilson of Livingston, Texas; great-grandchildren, Angela Crawford, Rachel Tolar and Suzanne Prosperie, all of Livingston, Brandy Redmon of Warren and Tracy Wilson, also of Livingston; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Dennis Wayne Collins
Services for Dennis Wayne Collins of Mauriceville are pending at Dorman Funeral Home. He died Friday, Dec. 21, 2001, at his home.

Elaine Cecil Peveto
Elaine Cecil Peveto, 78, of Orange, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, in her residence.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, from Harris Cemetery in West Orange under direction of Dorman Funeral Home. The Rev. Don Sheffield, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, will officiate.
Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. today in the funeral home.
A lifelong resident of Orange, she was a homemaker and a former Bengal Guard at Orange High School.
She was preceded in death by her son, Chris Peveto.
Survivors include her husband, R.A. Peveto; and son, Lynn Peveto; both of Orange; daughter, Jo Elaine Gaither of Anahuac; six grandchildren, Blake, Brianne, Debbie, Lorie, Cindy and Cathy; and four great-grandchildren.

James Leslie Darnall
James Leslie Darnall, 82, of Orange, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2001, in Memorial Hermann Baptist Orange Hospital.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, from Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. The Rev. Lindsey Smith of St. John United Methodist Church in Orange will officiate. Burial will follow in Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.
Born in Dubose, Texas, on March 1, 1919, to Leslie A. and Inez Darnall, he had lived in Orange since 1948 where he worked as a computer programmer for Sabine River Works E.I. DuPont. A veteran of World War II, having served in the Army Air Corps, he was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America. He was also an avid bird watcher.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Darnall of Orange; daughters, Joycelyn Darnall of Orange and Kathleen D. Couvillion of Slidell, La.; sister, Gladys Witt of Hilltop Lakes, Texas; and six grandchildren.

Lonnie Harper
Lonnie Harper, 84, of Orange, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001, in Memorial Hermann Baptist Orange Hospital.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, from Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. The Rev. Danny Gilliam of McDonald Memorial Baptist Church in Orange will officiate. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Orange.
Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. today in the funeral home.
Born in Orange on June 20, 1917, to Arthur Eugene and Mary Virginia Harper, he was a lifelong resident of Orange and a retired burner in the ship building industry with American Bridge. A World War II veteran, having served in the Navy, he was known by his CB radio friends as "Choctaw."
Survivors include his wife, Madie Harper of Orange; two sons, Lonnie "Gene" Harper of Orange and Richard W. Harper of Webster, Texas; sister, Lena Mae Cooper of Orange; four grandchildren, Phyllis Ancelot, Michael Harper, Troy Harper and Pam Harper; and six great-grandchildren.

Ira Gene Weeks
Ira Gene Weeks, 69, of Orange, husband of Betty Morgan Weeks of Orange, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001, in Beaumont.
Cremation services are under direction of Dorman Funeral Home.

Lonnie Harper Sr.
Arrangements for Lonnie Harper Sr., 84, of Orange, are pending through Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. He died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001.

Vanessa Mitchell Henson
Vanessa Mitchell Henson, 44, of Orange, died on Friday, Dec. 14, 2001, at Methodist Hospital in Houston. 
A native of Orange, she had lived in Orange many years and worked with Home Health Care in Orange prior to her illness.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the Living Word Church at Texas 87 and FM 1006 in Bridge City with Pastor Samuel Karunanithi officiating. Interment will follow at Hollywood Cemetery in Orange under direction of Colonial Memorial Chapel Funeral Home. 
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until services Wednesday in the church.
Survivors include her husband, Ralph Povick of Houston; daughter, Andertria Mitchell of Houston; stepdaughter, Samantha Henson of Orange; father, Balim Mitchell, and mother Mattie Mitchell, both of Orange; brothers: Michael Mitchell, Marcus Mitchell and Timothy Mitchell, all of Orange, and Balim Mitchell III and Danny Mitchell, both of Houston; sisters, Daphne Richard of Orange, Cynthia Love of Bay City; Deborah Floyd of Newton and Stacey Beasley of Houston; and a host of nieces nephews, relatives and friends.

Thomas Edwin "Eddie" Cone Jr.
Thomas Edwin "Eddie" Cone Jr., 55, of Bridge City, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001 at his residence.
A graveside service will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, from Hillcrest Memorial Gardens under direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. 

Edith W. Barber
Edith W. Barber, 84, of Orange, died Sunday Dec. 16, 2001, at a local nursing home. 
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today from Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. 
A second visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 20, from 6-8 p.m. at Carson-McLane Funeral Home in Valdosta, Ga.
Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. at the Carson-McLane Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Dasher Cemetery in Dasher, Ga.
Mrs. Barber was born to the late Christian Flirl and Ella Wisenbaker on Jan. 26, 1917, in Dasher. A lifelong resident of Georgia until 1998 when she moved to Orange, she had worked at Rhodes Furniture Co. as a bookkeeper for 32 years, retiring at age 70. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Valdosta and a lifelong member of the Woodman of the World, where she served as treasurer for many years. She was also a volunteer at South Georgia Medical Center for 30 years. 
She was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Frank Barber. 
Survivors include her daughter, Claudia Hasty and husband Jim of Orange; stepsons, Eston Barber and wife Carolyn of Hahira, Ga., Clyde Barber and wife Wanda of Greencove Springs, Fla.; and Merle Barber of Hahira; three grandsons; Scott Hasty of Orange, Ben Hasty and wife Teresa of LaMarque, Texas, and Sam Hasty of Orange; and granddaughter, Hope Payne and husband Artie of Dickinson, Texas. 

Donald Lee Wilson
Donald Lee Wilson, 63, of Birmingham, Ala., died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001.
Services are scheduled from Ridout's Trussville Chapel. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial East.
Survivors include his wife, Frankie Sue Wilson of Birmingham; sons, Derek K. Wilson and Daren M. Wilson; brother, Harvey Wilson and wife Doris of Orange; sister, Martha Guay of Many, La.; and eight grandchildren.

Jacqueline Joubert
Jacqueline Joubert, 77, of Bridge City, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2001, in Doctor's Hospital in Groves.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, from First Baptist Church in Bridge City. The Rev. John Lockler will officiate. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today in Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City.


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