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Current Obituaries

Obituaries from the February 13 paper.

Rucie Odom

Rucie “R. E.” Earl Odom ,87, of Orange, Texas passed away on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 in a local care facility. R.E. was born on Mar. 17, 1932 to Frank Williams and Babbette Odom in Orange, Texas where he was a lifelong resident.

R. E. was a Director of Bridge City Bank, Pavillion Bank, Peoples Bank, AmTex Bancshares, Inc., The Odom Building Company, Inc., Ta-Lo Company, Inc. and Duphil, Inc.

R. E. was also a lifetime member of The American Quarter Horse Association, and a proud Gold Card Member of the PRCA “Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association”. He was known most of all for his love of his horses, calf roping, steer wrestling, and steer tripping. He was on the McNeese Rodeo Team while attending McNeese State University. R. E. thoroughly enjoyed a lifetime of agriculture, livestock, and wildlife. He was a true steward of the land in all efforts and a conservationist at heart. Rucie founded the Moore-Odom Wildlife Foundation in May of 2004. He truly enjoyed his ranching operations located in Gum Cove and Cresson, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers include Alan Turner, Ben Thacker, Steve Story, Jake Stutes, Tom Scalfano, and Keith Johnson.

Honorary Pallbearers: John Brooks, Bob Walker, Milton “Cocky” Ryan, Monroe Tumlinson, Porifiro Perez, Andy Ellender, Jerry Davidson, Mark Hamilton, and Scott Hale.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Johnson and Robison Funeral Home in Sulphur. Visitation began at 10 a.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Johnson and Robison Funeral Home. Burial was held at Mimosa Pines South Cemetery under the direction of Johnson and Robison Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Moore-Odom Wildlife Foundation. 1305 Dupont Dr, Orange TX 77630.

Words of comfort may be expressed at www.robisonfuneralhome.com.

(Paid Memorial)

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Grace Venable

Grace Irene Bennett Venable, 78, a resident of Grand Lake died on Feb. 8, 2020 in a local hospital.

She is survived by her four children, Sharon Picou (Ronnie), Dudley Venable, Jr., (Terri), Mark Venable (Michelle), and Bryan Venable (James); 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Bessie Crow.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Shirley Roux; husband; Dudley Venable, Sr.; and six siblings.

Services were held at Lakeside Funeral Home in Lake Charles. Bro. Kris Howerton officiated. Burial followed at First Baptist Church Cemetery in Cameron.

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