Devil’s Pocket
Cecil Bennett Hatcher Sr., 65, of the Devil’s Pocket community of Newton County passed away Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 3 at the Burge Cemetery in Vidor. A gathering of family and friends will be from 5:30 until 9 p.m. on Tuesday at Calvary Baptist Church in Deweyville. Officiating will be Brother John Fortenberry.

Bennett was born on Jan. 5, 1945 in Vidor, to his parents, Joseph David Hatcher and Linnie L. (Hill) Hatcher. He moved to and was a longtime resident of Devil’s Pocket since the age of 5. He worked as a painter with Bethlehem Steel and later in life as a truck driver in the trucking industry, most recently for DART Transportation. Bennett served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era. Bennett was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed restoring old cars and spending time with his family and friends.

Bennett is preceded in death by his father; brother, Guy Hatcher; nephew, Timothy Swinney and numerous extended family members.

Bennett is survived by his wife, Aline Hatcher of Devil’s Pocket; mother, Linnie L. Hatcher of Orange; sons, Cecil Bennett “Man” Hatcher Jr. and wife, Michelle of Deweyville, Wayne Percey and wife, Waynita, and Buck Percey and wife, Holly all of Vidor; daughters, Linda Gayle Smith and husband, Donnie of Deweyville, Christine Kenner and husband, Derrick of Indiana and Sue Percey of Fort Wayne, Ind.; sister, Patsy Swinney of Orange; grandchildren, Jacob Smith and fiancée, Dallas Skinner, Samantha Hatcher, Brandon Percey, Beth Percey, Dylan Percy, Jessica Kenner, Jay Kenner, Justin Kenner, Clayton Percey, Austin Percey, Alissa Percey, Alayna Percey and Doc Percey; his great-grandson, Rossyn Smith; and numerous additional great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to assist the family with final expenses. Funeral services are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange .