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Lois Charlene Talbert Smith was born in Orange, TX to Reverend Charles F. Talbert and Lois Jeanette Hodge on August 15, 1936.
Charlene, as she was known to all her family, was raised in the United Pentecostal Church. Growing up first in Orange, then Bridge City, where her father founded the Bridge City Pentecostal Church. She graduated from Stark High School in 1952 and married the love of her life, Sergeant First Class Oscar Raymond Smith, U.S. Army, later that year on November 15, 1952.
In 1955, Raymond reenlisted, this time in the U.S. Air Force. They began a wonderful adventure that took them and their children to places all over the country and overseas. As a military wife she enjoyed being a part of the military wives’ clubs, Beta Sigma Phi, and many other civic and school organizations. After her husband retired from the Air Force in 1971, they returned home to Southeast Texas.
She worked in the healthcare industry beginning in a hospital business office in Montana, then as a physician office manager. Returning to hospital administration, she was promoted to Business Office Director for multiple hospitals, finishing her career as a traveling Business Administrator for HCA Hospital Corporation of America.
She is a former Bridge City, TX City Councilwoman, and Mayor Pro Tem. She was also a member of the Board of Directors for Lamar University of Orange, Heritage House Museum, as well as hosting the Service League of Orange Toys for Tots Toy Coffee in her beautiful historical home in Orange.
Along the way she owned several antique stores and was a wonderful decorator and collector of antiques. Her home was always a showcase of beauty, as was she herself. She took great care to always look her best in and out of the home. Always tastefully dressed, never a hair out of place in public.
Lois helped to raise her siblings after the early loss of her precious mother. She became not only a mom to them but to almost everyone she met. She always made sure that the holidays were extra special and that every child had a gift. Sunday dinners at her home were always full of family, laughter, and lots of wonderful food. She was an amazing cook!
She loved being up to date on everyone’s lives, and of course, always giving her opinions on anything that mattered. She was the epitome of warmth and sincerity, she never met a stranger, she touched the lives of everyone she met with her gracious character, she treated everyone as though she had known them for years and considered them all her close friends.
She is eagerly awaited in Heaven by her Father and Mother, her brothers Charles, Lannie and Henry Talbert, stepbrothers Archie Conley and Ellis Arthur, her precious sister Rebecca Brookshire, and her beloved husband Oscar Raymond Smith, Sr.
Lois’s life was dedicated to her family and her greatest pleasure was being the Matriarch of that family.
She is survived by her songs: Oscar Raymond “Butch” Smith, Jr. and wife Katherine of Plano, TX, David Wayne Smith, Sr. and wife Bobbie of Orange TX and Steven Allen Smith of Center, TX. As well as her only daughter, Suzanne Schatzle and husband Erich of Pooler, GA. Her brothers John Talbert of Port Neches, TX, Tom Talbert of Henderson, NC, Fred Conley, Jr of Saint Paul, MN, Belton Arthur of Canyon Lake, TX and two stepsisters Kathy Murray of Katy, TX, and Phyllis Martin of Sunset, LA. She was blessed with the love and affection of them all and 15 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren (plus one more due in March 2023), and 3 great-great-grandchildren including her namesake, Charlene.
Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 5, 2022, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 5, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Orange.
In lieu of flowers, a tribute gift can be made in Lois’ name to Parkinson.org or the michaeljfox.org for the research and cure of Parkinson’s Disease.
Obituary provided by Claybar Funeral Home
OCDR hosting 5th Annual Taste of the Holidays, looking for Food Vendors
Orange County Disaster Rebuild is hosting the 5th Annual Taste of the Holidays on November 16th at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center.
They are looking for food establishments in Orange County interested in participating to contact them at 409-745-9719. They are hoping to have more than 30 vendors at this year’s event.
Tickets go on sale the first week in October.
County Tax Office releases updated Trust Property List
The Orange County Tax Office released its updated trust property list.
They are accepting minimum bid amounts only at this time. According to the tax district, if properties do not sell, the may be sold at a reduced amount at our next online tax resale auction in 2024.
Please call for more information. 409-882-7971
West Orange-Cove CISD Unveils Innovative Mobile Classroom, Revolutionizing Learning On the Go
WOCCISD is proud to announce the launch of our innovative and fully equipped mobile learning lab, a solution funded by the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER) grant. Pioneered by Dr. Alicia Sigee, Director of Student Services at WOCCISD, the new mobile classroom is committed to providing an adaptable learning environment for various learning needs and community engagement.
The mobile classroom redefines traditional learning methods. This state-of-the-art vehicle boasts two slide-outs, three touch-screen television monitors, comfortable seating, and a versatile table that can be removed to create more space for students. Additionally, the unit includes a restroom, a kitchenette, a back room with pull-down seats, and an ADA wheelchair elevator, ensuring an inclusive learning environment for all. Finally, the classrooms are outfitted with dry-erase boards and touchscreen monitors to allow teaching on every surface. This innovative vehicle transforms learning into an engaging, interactive experience that can stand alone entirely with four AC units and a generator onboard.
The primary focus of this vehicle will be the expansion of the successful “Read and Roll” program, particularly during the crucial summer months of the learning slide; however, we plan that this mobile unit will have many uses throughout the year.
“The “Read and Roll” program is already established as an impactful community initiative and has been a cornerstone of WOCCISD’s commitment to student learning loss,” stated Dr. Alicia Sigee. “Operating during the summer, the program combines literacy initiatives with meals and community service opportunities for student groups. By going directly into the neighborhoods where students live and play, the program ensures accessibility and community engagement.”
Other initiatives the vehicle will be used for include but are not limited to
Community Resilience: During crises such as hurricanes and disasters, the lab transforms into a disaster command unit and feeding site, providing vital support to the community.
Community Engagement: The lab enhances community engagement through an enrollment hub for parents, local parades, family nights, and parent education initiatives.
Education Empowerment: Parent education sessions on platforms like Skyward and insights into grading periods provide parents with tools to participate in their child’s education.
Comprehensive Events: From “Back to School at LCSO” to FASFA Nights, the lab facilitates diverse community programs such as meet-the-programs nights and mobile job fairs.
“We are thrilled to introduce this groundbreaking diverse mobile classroom,” said WOCCISD Superintendent Dr. Rickie Harris. “Our goal is to provide an educational space that accommodates various learning styles and ensures that every student feels welcome and included. This vehicle embodies our dedication to delivering a high-quality education beyond traditional boundaries.”
This innovative mobile learning lab embodies WOCCISD’s dedication to adapting and evolving to meet the changing needs of students, families, and the community. It symbolizes resilience, innovation, and commitment to empowering lives through excellence every day!