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Submitted by Claybar Funeral Home
Sergeant Adam Yeah Bates, a proud veteran of the United States Army, passed away on November 3, 2022, at his home. Adam was 59 yrs. old and a resident of Mauriceville, Texas.
Aside from his family, Adam’s greatest devotion was to the military and his country, honorably serving 10 years, 1 month, and 21 days in the Army. Adam was born in Alliance, Ohio, on July 25, 1963, to the parents of Charles Heck and Mary (Rutan) Wright. His mother passed away at a young age leaving Adam to be raised by his brother Robert, who he loved dearly. On June 6, 1982, he was able to graduate with honors with a 4.0 GPA at Beaver Local High School in Columbiana County, Ohio. Adam felt a strong desire and call to serve his country and enlisted in the Army after graduation.
Adam began his military career at Fort Hood, Texas as a Radio Teletype Operator with the 169th Maintenance Battalion (GS) before achieving his rank as Private First Class on June 1, 1983, Adam also served with the 13th Support Command (Corps). He earned recognition for his dedication and outstanding performance; it was here at Fort Hood where Adam’s love for all things “radio” was born. Among many roles and calls to service, Adam was honored to serve in Korea, earning his rank as Sergeant on May 5, 1985, and subsequently his promotion to (E5).
Adam returned to the States to serve at Fort Drum, New York where he earned recognition for his military bearing, attention to detail, dedication, and outstanding performance.
Adam’s final years in the Army were served in Houston, Texas with the United States Army Recruiting Battalion where he earned the elite achievement of becoming a member of the Colonel’s Squad for RSM.
In addition to his unwavering commitment and devotion to duty, he was also recognized for his contribution to his personal time as a member of the Houston Battalion Color Guard.
Adam was consistently recognized throughout his military career for encompassing and demonstrating the core values of what it takes to be a soldier by continuously exceeding and surpassing the bar on his missions and ultimately becoming the embodiment of a true leader.
Adam found a renewed spirit when he met his wife, Tina, in November 2013. They had a whirlwind romance that resulted in marriage on February 23, 2019, and a happy extension of his family including 12 new siblings who loved Adam’s respect for his wife and his southern humor. Adam’s wit and charm were not lost on his wife who was able to match his banter with ease. Their adoration and love for one another could be witnessed when you would catch a glimpse of them looking at each other.
Adam was a master craftsman and jack of all trades personally building his house from the bottom up and moving to Mauriceville in 1994. Adam could be found out in his shop listening to his CB radio under his handle “Big Bubba”, blaring classic rock for the entire neighborhood from his impressive stereo equipment, completing one of his many car models, or working on his fox body Mustangs.
If you woke early enough, you could steal a glimpse of him completing an entire crossword puzzle in record timing while sipping his coffee on the porch.
Adam took extreme pride in maintaining his household and especially in his yard maintenance which he executed with military precision and thoroughness. His riding lawnmowers throughout the years have more mileage than any vehicle he’s ever owned combined.
Nobody dared question, and everyone grew to love and respect, the sight of Big Bubba or Mr. Adam, as many others knew him, riding down Highway 62 on his riding lawn mower.
One of Adam’s most cherished times was with his first grandson whom he affectionately referred to as Bill Bill, who passed away on May 30, 2011, at the tender age of 5. While it’s widely known that Adam raised his daughters to be the sons he never had, Lil’ Billy did in fact fill that role. They would be found together in Adam’s shop either with Lil’ Billy squatting down in his diaper holding a wrench for his Pappy or with Pappy holding a pair of hair clippers giving Lil’ Billy a high and tight.
In most recent years, Adam put down the CB radios and Mustangs and instead picked up grandchildren. He spent his time building a play house and getting schooled about politics and academics by Lily (8 yrs. old), and Colt (6 yrs. old); helping shop for cars and making Talan (16 yrs. old) laugh and blush at his Army stories; blowing kisses at Dwight (4 yrs. old) only to have him dramatically wipe them away; snuggling and being “Pappy’s girls” with Vera Ellie (1.5 yrs. old) and Suelea (6 yrs. old); working in the yard with Trevor (9 yrs. old), and giving every one of them the chance for a ride on his lawn mower. Pappy’s favorite pastime with his grandchildren was picking out the latest and greatest fireworks for his annual Fourth of July celebration.
Adam was a devoted husband, cherished and adored father and grandfather, honored brother, and a staple within his community. His larger-than-life persona captivated the hearts of anyone who knew him. His resilience, kind and loving heart, and fiercely protective nature is awe-inspiring and will be dearly missed. Adam’s mere presence felt like home for so many people. He was called Home to serve his last assignment for America without her soldiers would be like God without His angels.
You have truly proven worthy of the title “Best of the Best.” – Alfonso E. Lenhardt, Brigadier General, Deputy Commanding General (21 JAN 92)
He is preceded in death by his parents; his aunt; and his grandson, Billy “Bill Bill” Lawwill, III.
He is survived by his loving wife, Cecilia Tina Bates; his children: Marie Bates, Christie Bates, Jaeden Bates; his son-in-law Billy Ray Lawwill, II; his stepchildren: Audriana Murphy and husband Robert Murphy, Joe R. Morelion. IV and wife Kimberly Morelion, and Brianna Byrum and husband Cory Byrum, whom he loved and raised as his own; his grandchildren: Talan Marange, Lily Lawwill, Trevor Triplett, Suelea Murphy, Colt Byrum, Dwight Byrum, and Vera Ellie Byrum; and his siblings: Ruth Zaleski, Robert Allison, and wife Rosalind Allison, Donald Bates, and Melody Thompson.
Serving as pallbearers will be Talan Marange, Jaime Moreno, Mark Sutton, Justin Sutton, Cory Byrum, Joe Morelion IV, Billy Lawwill, Jr., and Darren Glissen.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 12, 2022, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Burial will be 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at the Houston National Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, November 11, 2022, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.
J.H. Oswalt, 84, of Orange, Texas, left his worldly home on August 22, 2023.
Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, August 26, 2023, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Bobby Edwards. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange.
Visitation will begin prior to the service at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, August 26, 2023, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.
Jay was born November 26, 1938, in Huxley, Texas to Aaron and Joy Oswalt. Jay and Pat were members of Eastgate United Pentecostal Church in Vidor, Texas. Jay was a retired Pipefitter out of Local 195. Jay enjoyed anything outdoors. He loved fishing and gardening. He was a great servant, provider, loving husband and father. He was a leader and was respected by all of his family. He was the rock and the fixer. The one that everyone depended on to do what was right and to be in the will of the Lord. Most importantly, Jay and Pat raised their children in church, teaching them to know and love the Lord. Jay was a fierce prayer warrior. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends who knew him and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat Oswalt, his father and mother, Aaron and Joy Oswalt, and brothers, Jimmy and Bobby Oswalt.
He is survived by three sons and one daughter, Keith Oswalt, and wife Amy of Huxley. Steve Oswalt and wife Kim of Center. Randy Oswalt and wife Daneen of Thicket. Carol Flanigan and husband Don of Orange. Four granddaughters. Haley Parks and husband Will of Huxley. Rachel Noack and husband Darrel of Thicket. Malorie Flanigan of Orange and Whitney Flanigan of Orange. Four Great grandchildren, Easton, Rhett, and Bryce Parks of Huxley and Carsyn Noack of Thicket. Three sisters, Margia Cutaia of Orange, Martha and Jim Rogers of Orange, and Patsy and Mike McDonald of Porter. Sister-in-Laws, Linda Oswalt of Bridge City, Peggy James and Shirley Fisher of Orange, and Jo-Ann Henderson of Silsbee.
Serving as pallbearers will be Bryan Oswalt, Brent McDonald, Kreig Oswalt, Kyle Oswalt, Kevin Oswalt, Darwin Brack, Dan Brack, and Ronnie Peveto.
Alice Marie (Snow) Stephens
Our loving mother and amazing granny, Alice Marie (Snow) Stephens, 86, of Orange, Texas, left this Earth for her Heavenly home on August 21, 2023, in Port Arthur, Texas. We have no doubt that she was met at the gate by the love of her life.
Born in Danville, Kentucky on October 6, 1936, she was the daughter of Boyd Snow and Maudie (Johnson) Snow. Alice married Andrew J. Stephens on October 16, 1963. Andrew stole her heart, and she would’ve followed him to the ends of the Earth, and she did just that… all the way to Texas! She always spoke fondly of her Kentucky home and was very proud of it. Alice was never a wealthy woman, at least not in the material way, but she felt like a queen when spending time with those she loved. “It’s the people you love that make you rich” she would say. She made the best of whatever she had- always. Alice would share with those she loved to the point of becoming penniless. In fact, she would go hungry to give her loved ones anything they wanted.
Alice had the God-gifted voice of an angel. She loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and gave her heart to him as a very young girl. Alice made her way along with younger siblings to the Salvation Army which was within walking distance of her home. She was a soldier in the Army of the Lord for over 80 years. Alice loved the old-fashioned gospel hymns and would lift her voice and sing to the Lord with all her might and soul.
She was preceded in Heaven by a host of loved ones that included her husband, Andrew; parents, Boyd and Maudie Snow; sisters, Nancy, Bonnie, and Peggy; brothers, Jimmy, and Boyd Jr.; grandson, Marcus; great-grandson, Gabriel; and many cousins, other family, and friends who are filling Heaven at this very moment with a loud voice.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Mike and wife Lisa, Robert, Janet, Tammy, Nellie and husband Matt, Andrew and wife Michele, and Anna; grandchildren whom she loved more than life itself, Mike Snow, Jr., Madison Snow, Alisa Thompson, Tyler Cook, Daniel Posey, Alayce Glende, Elizabeth Weston, Tyler Miller, Andrew Stephens, III, Jonathon Stephens, Abigail Stephens, William Daugherty, Jesse Daugherty, Nick Daugherty, Ben Daugherty, Adena Goode, Miranda Sears, Jeremy Lai, and Jonathan Lai; the sparkle in her eye and her greatest joy, 27 great-grandbabies; sister, Mona Walker; brother, Tommy Snow; and a list of family that could fill a book.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 26, 2023, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange Texas. Officiating will be Reverend William Shafer. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange, Texas.
Visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, August 25, 2023, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.
Serving as pallbearers will be Will Daugherty, Daniel Posey, Lil Andy Stephens, III, Tyler Miller, Boog Stephens, Taylor Weston, Jeff Glende, and Justin Toney.
Honorary pallbearers are Andrew Stephens, II, Michael Snow, and Matt Miller.
We will close with this thought to everyone- “If you could give, would you? If you couldn’t, would you give anyway?” Love, Alice.
William Bacon, age 56, of Bridge City, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2023, in Beaumont, Texas. Services honoring William will be held at Dorman Funeral Home, at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, August 23, 2023, with interment following at Ida Wilson Cemetery, Pastor Shane Weaver officiating. A visitation for family and friends will be held Tuesday evening, August 22, 2023, at Dorman Funeral Home, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM.
William was born on July 6, 1967, in Port Arthur, Texas. Employed by Bacon Coast2Coast, he took pride in his brother’s business and enjoyed working side by side every day with his family. William was a Bridge City volunteer fireman for many years and loved everything about it, when he spoke about being a firefighter it was with pride. William was also a longtime member of the APA Pool League. He loved to spend his free time shooting pool and was good at it. If you knew him at all you knew he was very competitive (Definitely a “Bacon” trait).
William is survived by his mother Vera Bacon; wife of 25 years, Patricia Tillman Welch; children, Margaret LaCroix of Tennessee, Lee Martin and wife Lacy of Bridge City, and Trisha (Tova) Welch of Bridge City; brothers, Hilton Bacon and wife Lana of Bridge City, Wayne Bacon and his wife Tracey of Pennsylvania, Jaycee Bacon, Jared Bacon, John Bacon, Charles Moore and wife Brandy of Alabama, and Paul Moore and wife Misty of Florida; sisters, Dana Cormier and husband Bryan of Louisiana, Dianna Gilley of Bridge City, Jennifer Bacon of Houston, and Kayla Bacon of Houston. Four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers honoring William will be Byron Bacon, Joshua Taylor, Nathan Fowler, Rodney Mosier, Aaron McNeil, and Hannah Best. Honorary pallbearers are Bailee Bacon, Jaycee Bacon, Jared Bacon, and John Bacon.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking donations to be made to Bridge City Fire Department.