Howard “Buddy” Hollis, 77, of Orange, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, at his home.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. Jay Thomas of MacArthur Heights Baptist Church and the Rev. Jeff Bell of Southeast Texas Hospice. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange.

Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home..

Born in Orange on Nov. 10, 1933, Buddy was the son of Theda (Myers) and Howard Gideon Hollis. He worked as a self-employed trucker and served in the Marines during the Korean War from 51-54, where he was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a member of Madison Masonic Lodge 126 in Orange. He enjoyed working with wood and painting.

Preceded in death by his sister, Nell Carter, Buddy is survived by his wife of 55 years, Audrey Hollis; daughters, Loretta Hollis of Orange, Trina Blanchard and husband Steve of League City; grandchildren, Ethan Petry, Charity Sartin, Crystal Bronson, Amanda Blanton, James Petry, and Daryl Dorman; and 17 great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his sister, Lucille Ford; brother, G.D. Hollis; sister, Nora Hawes; sister-in-law, Shirley Broussard; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, CJ and Marian Broussard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Southeast Texas Hospice, P.O. Box 2385, Orange, Texas 77631-2385.