Charles J. Arceneaux, 79, of Orange, died Saturday, Aug.8, 2009, in Orange. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Orange with the Rev. Tom Phelan officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Groves. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. on Monday with a vigil recited at 6 p.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

Charles was born Jan. 21, 1930, in Port Arthur. He was the son of Arthur Joseph Arceneaux and Ella (Wiltz) Arceneaux. Charles worked for Texaco for 33 years. He was a member of the O.C.A.W. Union where he served as a Stewart, a representative to Texas Democratic Convention, Knights of Columbus and on the foundation board of Southeast Texas Hospice.

Charles was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruby Arceneaux; and sister, Barbara LaBauve.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Arceneaux of Orange; sons, Brian Arceneaux and his wife Maureen of Conroe, Mark Arceneaux of Groves; daughters, Sheila Countryman and her husband Bob of Houston, Maureen Rice and her husband Gerald of Colorado Springs, Colo.; step-daughters, Grace Boles and her husband Terry of Temple, Karen Haynes and her husband Boyd of Round Rock; six grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Clayton Arceneaux; and sisters, Rosalind Rivoire and Letrice Page.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Catholic Church or Southeast Texas Hospice.