Billy Ray Smith, Sr., 78, of Orange, passed away Thursday, August 2, at The Meadows in Orange. Born on Sept. 12, 1933 in Beaumont, to his parents, Blum Smith, Sr. and Annie Laura Smith, he was a longtime resident of Orange, he worked as a boilermaker in the construction industry and he attended the United Pentecostal Church in Orangefield.

Billy Ray enjoyed going fishing, raising rabbits, cooking, the gardening of vegetables, eating satsumas and spending time with his family.

Billy Ray is preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Barbara Ella Kelley, Anna Laura Cole, Rose Annie Smith and Josephine Alford; his brothers, Melvin James Smith and Blum Smith, Jr.; his daughters, Donna Jean Vigreaux and Mary Jane Smith and his son, Billy Ray Smith, Jr.

He is survived by his sister, Rose Ella Fuselier of Orange; 11 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and nieces, nephews and extended family.

Services to honor Billy Ray’s life will be at 3:00 P.M. Sunday, Aug. 5, in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange with the Rev. Jeff Sanders, officiating.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 12:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. at the funeral home. At Billy Ray’s request, cremation will be held following services.

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