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Sylvia Mary Cribb



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Submitted by Christine J Vermeulen Hanchey

Sylvia Mary (Dupuy) Cribb passed away Sunday, January 29th at 8:48 pm in Orange Texas, surrounded by her loving family.  To me, heaven cried too because when she was dying all hell broke loose and it poured down rain. 

This Obituary is not about a fancy woman, an educated woman, or a woman of social standing This woman didn’t do anything that society would say “oh look what all she did” … This is an obit about someone of much higher worth! She was a MOM and I never wanted to write this obit for one of the most PRECIOUS people that has ever lived in my opinion AND who has had the WORTHIEST and NOBELEST JOB in the world, we called her “mama” the rest of you called her Mrs. Cribb or Sylvia.  

She was born August 1st 1938 in Marksville La. She was married to my father Gary Louis Cribb for 66 years until he passed on January 10, 2022.  

Mama was studying to be a Nun! She was going to dedicate her life to God.  

At a get-together, she meet Daddy and They married on June 4th, 1956, right here in Orange Texas. 


 Mom and Dad had 4 Children. Dad was in the Navy and was posted in Beeville Texas (Ella) and then he was in Minneapolis Minnesota (Christine and Jeff) back in Orange came the “Boo-boo” (Ilan) And we were a handful!! The oldest Ella L. (Cribb) Mulhollan, Christine J. (Cribb) Vermeulen Hanchey, Jeffery L. Cribb and finally Ilan (Boo-boo) Cribb… (You can guess where the boo boo came from).  

She was a tiny woman with shoes on and standing straight up she was 4’ft 11” tall. But she was really 4ft 10” tall. She wouldn’t give you that inch though! By the time she died, she was 4’8” like a girl of 12 years. 

 She had coal black hair and didn’t speak English until she was in the 8th grade (and still didn’t if you ask some people) Spoke with a French accent all her life. She was up at the crack of dawn and usually WAY BEFORE that, she washed our tennis shoes (which were ca-boom ca-booming in the dryer and mom was the neighbor’s alarm clock too though they didn’t ask her to be!) and all our clothes were laid out with our shoes and breakfast made!  

When we came home from school, she would have cookies made and Kool-Aid to drink. She would make us change, hurry and hang our clothes up; we would put play clothes on and LOCK the screen door so she could make dinner.  

We were not allowed in until dinner was ready. We had to hurry and take our shower and brush our teeth, in our pj’s (all 4 of us) by 6 in the evening. 

 Bed time was 8 and she began again the next day!  


I sure do miss those days when I was a little kid with our mama.  

Oh, she was fierce when you hurt her children a site to behold for sure. 

 Of course, like the brats we were, we got away with a lot! But do not worry Karma got us every time!  

If we were hurt, she would be right there beside us. Doing everything including spoon feed us if we pretended, we needed her too.  

Sometimes we did and sometimes we didn’t.  

She would do without things for herself for us to have things. She scrimped and saved to buy us school clothes from daddy’s paycheck, then put things on lay-a-way for us. She always bought the cheapest items for herself. If the layaway was over budget, she would put everything back for herself.  


We were CLEAN. Our hair was always washed and combed and cleaned clothes every day!!  

She didn’t want a lot of furniture, anything fancy for sure! Just an old couch, recliner, MAYBE a coffee table, and just enough plates forks, and spoons to feed her family. One set of sheets for each bed that she washed every two days. No Clutter ever. We had our toys, she made sure! I am not sure why mom was the way she was I think it’s because her father died when she was little and then her mother got sick and couldn’t take care of her.  

She was moved between family members until her mother was well enough to take her. They ALL adored her because she was so tiny. She wasn’t ever abused or anything like that, it is just that material things didn’t mean anything to her.  

She NEVER complained EVER about her circumstance, EVER! Daddy would drive an old jalopy and Mom pretended it was a Cadillac. All she was ever concerned about was will it run!  

Absolutely nothing mattered except HER KIDS and Daddy. That’s it!  

As she got older, one day, I looked at her hands and realized they were gnarled, and her fingertips twisted. I was ashamed because I never noticed mom’s hands. She never complained about it EVER. Even as she was dying (and we didn’t know) she didn’t complain much at all.  


I know there are women out there That are kind of LIKE my mother, BUT there is NO ONE LIKE MY MOM.  

She deserves the highest praises, she deserves the best of everything, and ALL the curtsies still left to give her in this mortal world. I can’t say enough how noble a woman she was. It’s hard to convey that to someone who didn’t know her. 

 But if you could just thank  God for such people then that’s enough. We are devastated of course, and this has been very emotional to write.  

Her name is SYLVIA MARY CRIBB I want God to hear it! [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

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J.H. Oswalt




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.

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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.



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William Bacon




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.

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