Charlene Cox, 85, of Orange, passed away Friday, April 10, 2009 at the Harbor Hospice House in Beaumont.  Funeral services were Monday morning, in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.  Officiating was the Rev. Jay Thomas, pastor of the MacArthur Heights Baptist Church in Pinehurst.  Rite of committal followed in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Bridge City. 

Born on Sept. 10, 1923 in Starks, La. to Charles Johnson and Ozella (Hock) Johnson, she was a longtime resident of the Orange area and had previously lived in Starks. She attended MacArthur Heights Baptist Church in Pinehurst and had worked as a nurses aide with the Jones Healthcare Center in Orange.  Mrs. Cox enjoyed gardening, taking care of plants and spending time with her family.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Raymond Lee Thompson; her second husband, Carlos W. Cox; sister, Sheila Barrow; and her brothers, Farley Johnson and Donald Johnson. 

Those who will most cherish her memory are her children: daughter, Pat Marshall and her husband, George of Kirbyville; son, Kenneth W. Thompson and his wife Linda of Orange; stepson, Gerald Thompson and his wife Ann of Orange; sisters, Audrey Lowrie of Freeport and Clydene Adams and her husband Ronald of Orange Park, Fla.;  brothers, C. J. Johnson and wife Marie of Starks and Dan C. Johnson and wife Dorothy of Jacksonville, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. 

For those desiring memorial contributions, the family has asked that donations be made to the MacArthur Heights Baptist Church in order to assist them with the help of caring for the displaced residents of Optimist Village.