Earl Joseph Verrett, 82, of Orange, died Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009, at his residence. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Orange with the Rev. Joseph P. Daleo officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Orange. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Monday with a rosary recited at 7 p.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. 

Earl was born on Sept. 2, 1926, in Orange. He was the son of Euclid P. Verrett and Anita L. (Charpentier) Verrett. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served in the Pacific during World War II. He had retired after more than 30 years of employment with DuPont. 

Earl was a life-long member of St. Mary Catholic Church. He was also a member and past grand knight of third degree, member and former faithful navigator of the fourth degree of Knights of Columbus, member of Veterans of Foreign War and American Legion and former member of the Parish Council, Red Cross and former leader with the Boy Scouts of America.

 He is preceded in death by his parents; infant son, David Charles Verrett; son, Thomas Mark Verrett; daughter-in-law, Annette M. (Thibodeaux) Verrett; son-in-law, Walter L. Potter; brothers, Charles Verrett and Lloyd Verrett; and sisters, Anna Verrett, Eunice Pitre, Grace Verrett and Florence Virva. 

 He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marion “June” (Sandquist) Verrett of Orange; children, Jimmy Verrett and his wife Daina of Orange, Linda Vercher and her husband Paul Jr. of West Orange, Mary Potter of Arlington, Leo Verrett and his wife Sharon of Corpus Christi and Carol Cunningham and her husband Sam of Allen. He is also survived by his nineteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and brother, John Verrett of Buna.

Serving as Pallbearers will be Jimmy Verrett, Leo Verrett, Paul Vercher Jr., Sam Cunningham, Chris Verrett, Jason Vercher, Robert Vercher and Brian McCorvy. Honorary Pallbearers will be John Verrett, Frank Virva, Roy Simar, Dan Dumas, Frank Virva Jr., Travis Verrett, Jared Verrett and Logan Verrett.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic School, 2600 Bob Hall Road, Orange, TX 77630-2418 (409) 883-8913.