Bridge City
Donald Wayne “Donnie” Swearingen Jr., 54, of Bridge City, passed away June 8, 2009, in St. Luke Hospital in Houston. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday in Community Church in Orange with the Rev. David Berkheimer officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City.
Visitation will be between 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. 

Donnie was born on Aug. 28, 1954, in Oklahoma City, son of Donald Wayne Swearingen Sr. and Dolores (David) Swearingen. Donnie was a member of Community Church. He was a master carpenter who loved working with wood. He loved arts and crafts and always wore his cowboy hat.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Wayne Swearingen Sr.; and grandmother, Dixie Wells.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Thelma Messer Swearingen of Bridge City; mother, Dolores Berry of Lufkin; daughters, Denisha Swearingen Bell, Olivia Swearingen both of Orange, Shaunda Kaye Shaver of Boston, Mass; Bonnie Peacock of Alto and Chelsea Dawn Swearingen of Mauriceville; stepchildren, Shae White of Colorado City, Texas, Austin Williams of Orange, Travis Williams of Bridge City and Samantha Williams of Orange; 11 grandchildren; sisters, Kennetha Thomas and her husband, Ben of Spring, Lavonia Moore and her husband Richard of Plantersville and Marcie Bridges and her husband Leon of Lufkin; and brothers, Tommy Seilhan and his wife Sandy of Willis and Roger Dale Seilhan of Bastrop.

Pallbearers will be Leon Bridges, Ben Thomas, Lee Bridges, Austin Williams, Travis Williams and Jeremy Messer.