Ronald D’Wayne “Buddy” Emmert, 87, of Bridge City, Texas, went to be with Jesus, his Savior, on July 21, 2023, while celebrating his 65th wedding anniversary in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 28, 2023, at Orange First Church of the Nazarene in Orange. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn in West Orange.
Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 27, 2023, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.
Born in Grandfield, Oklahoma, on May 13, 1936, Ronald was the son of Lloyd Edward Emmert and Estella (Keesling) Emmert. The family soon moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, In 1941, the war effort brought the family to Orange where his grandfather Rev. J. S. Emmert was pastor of Orange First Church of the Nazarene.
He had fond memories of his childhood, riding bikes, playing baseball, and later, working in his father’s bicycle and lawnmower shop. He graduated from Lutcher Stark High School in 1954 and chose to attend Bethany Nazarene College (now Southern Nazarene University) in Bethany, Okla., earning his bachelor’s degree in business in 1958. While in college, he sang with a men’s quartet and traveled with college’s Acappella Choir. Ronald had a wonderful singing voice and he loved to share it. He also served in student government where he met the love of his life in his freshman year.
He married Katherine Snowbarger of Sylvia, Kansas, on August 3, 1958. After graduation, he served two years in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany.
After he returned to Orange in 1961, he joined Texaco Research and Development in Port Arthur as an accountant/comptroller for 35 years before retiring in 1996.
A dedicated churchman, Ronald served as a volunteer minister of music at Orange First Church of the Nazarene, from 1961 through 1996, and provided leadership on the church board for more than 50 years.
His leadership led to the creation of the Heritage Veterans Memorial Plaza at the church to honor all Orange County veterans.
His attributes of humble integrity, dedication to Christ, dependable wisdom, and discernment would lead to his appointment and long-term service on several boards beyond the local church, including service for more than 40 years on the Nazarene church’s district advisory board beginning in 1968, as a board member for Southern Nazarene University for 18 years, and on the General Board of Nazarene International, 2000-2003.
Ronald and his wife loved to travel, visiting family and friends, and have been to 48 states and 10 foreign countries. He was a truly wonderful Christian husband, father, and grandfather and his memory will be deeply cherished.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Estella Emmert.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Kathy (Snowbarger) Emmert; daughters, Kay Sattler and husband, Brian of Doss, Texas, and Rhonda Stewart and husband, Brent of Humble, Texas; grandchildren, Dr. Amy Weir and husband, Joshua of Lake Jackson, Texas, Dr. Gregory Sattler and wife, Amanda of Waco, Texas, Jonathan “Jonny” Stewart and Edward “Eddie” Stewart of Humble, Texas; great-grandchildren, Aubrey Elle Weir and Luke Oliver Weir; as well as sister Beverly Walker of Norman, Okla.; brother-in-law Marion Snowbarger of Tulsa, Okla.; uncle Sam Emmert and wife, Kathy, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and numerous loving cousins, nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends who knew him as “Uncle Buddy.”
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Orange First Church of the Nazarene; 3810 Martin Luther King Junior Drive, Orange, Texas 77632.
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.