Louis Manuel Jr., 75, of Orange, went home to be with our Lord on Friday, March 26, 2010, at his residence, with his family by his side. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 30 at Old First Orange Baptist Church, with the Rev. Bailey Harris, pastor, officiating. The eulogy will be given by long time friend, Charlie Phillips. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m., Monday at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

Born in Vinton, La. on Aug. 3, 1934, Louis was the son of Olivia and Louis Manuel Sr. He was a graduate of Lutcher Stark High School and attended the University of Houston. Louis worked for a brief time at Levingston Shipbuilding Company and in 1958, began his career with Gulf Refinery in Orange. He retired from Chevron in 1992, as a maintenance supervisor.

He served in the National Guard for eight years, was a member of Orange County Sheriff’s Posse. Louis attended McDonald Memorial Baptist and Old First Orange Baptist Churches. He was an avid outdoorsman and relished the time spent fishing and golfing with friends.

Preceded in death by his parents; Louis is survived by his wife, Alisa Manuel; first wife and friend, Aleene Manuel; children, Sherry Morgan, Ricky Manuel and his partner, Lou Ann Chism and Charlie Culpepper; grandchildren, Kyle Manuel, Kristina Manuel, Michaela Culpepper, Frankie Morgan and his wife, Stacy and Timothy Chism; great grandchildren, Katelyn Morgan and Cale Morgan, all of Orange.

Also surviving are his brother, Kenneth Manuel; aunt, Ollie V. Pitre; nephews, Kory Manuel and Troy Manuel; brother-in-law, Kenny Kelly, all of Orange; and sisters-in-law, Kathy Montague of Petal, Miss. and Tracy Bryan of Hattiesburg, Miss.

The family would like to express their gratitude and appreciation to Odyssey Hospice for the care and compassion given Louis during his illness.