Walter T. Gaston, 89, of Bridge City, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, in St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday from Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Officiating will be the Rev. Marv Howland of St. Paul Episcopal Church. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.

Walter was born in Orange on Dec. 19, 1920, the son of Walter P. Gaston and Alice (Dodge) Gaston. Walter was a past president of the Lions Club, and a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also the founder of the Penny Record in 1960. Walter adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Audrey Rogers Gaston; sister, Mildred Whitman; brothers, W.P. Gaston and Percy Gaston; and son-in-law, Joe Grindele.

Walter is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Ronnie Flitcraft of Bridge City; and daughter, Diana Grindele of Angleton.

He is also survived by his five grandchildren and their spouses, Jennifer and David Mott, Jeffery Flitcraft, Todd Flitcraft all of Bridge City, Brian Grindele of Angleton, and Chad Grindele of Houston; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Jessie Foreman of Orange; sister and brother-in-law, Betty Jo and Curnie Lormand of Bridge City; and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Jeffery Flitcraft, Todd Flitcraft, Brian Grindele, Chad Grindele, Kenneth Powell and Rodney Powell.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Texas Lions Camp, 4100 San Antonio Highway, Kerrville, 78028-8422 or Ronald McDonald House Charities, Attention: Charitable Accounting, 1 Kroc Drive, Oak Brook, IL 60523.