Rex Franklin Bolinger, 78, of Orange, passed away Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009 at the Harbor Hospice House Care Facility in Beaumont. A memorial service to celebrate his life and going home will be at 7 p.m., Wednesday, at the Maranatha Christian Center on Highway 87 North in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. Bob Simmons, pastor of the church. Cremation arrangements have been provided to the family by Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. 

Rex was born on March 9, 1931 in Maryville, Tenn. to Claude Franklin Bolinger and Ina Bessie ( Sparks ) Bolinger. He lived in Orange for 39 years, was a farmer and a welder. Rex was a member of the Maranatha Christian Center in Orange. He enjoyed fishing, planting and growing vegetables, working in his yard and spending time with his family. 

Rex is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ray Bolinger; sister, Violet Ledbetter; and half-brother, J.C. Kelly. 

Those who will most cherish his memory are his wife, Charlene Bolinger of Orange; daughter, Carlita Nowell and her husband Coy W. Nowell, Sr. of Orange; son, Rex Edward Bolinger and his wife Nora of Vidor; sisters, Betty Staley and her husband David of Maryville and Faye Lins and her husband John of Jacksonville, Fla.; brothers, James Earl Bolinger and his wife Marian and Clay Bolinger and his wife Sue all of Maryville; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Rex is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.