William “Bill” Hastings III and Lois Hastings
Bill and Lois passed away on Feb. 10, and Feb. 16, at their home after 59 years of marriage. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Orange. Officiating will be Father Blessing, pastor of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Lafayette, La., and a cousin of Bill’s. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange.
A rosary will be recited at 4:30 pm Friday at Claybar Funeral Home followed by visitation from 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm.
Lois was born in St. Louis County, Mo., on March 12, 1933. She was the daughter of Aloys and Catherine (Campbell) Thierheimer. Lois went to work at Crown Zellerbach after her first two sons were born. She loved her job and the challenges it brought. Lois went from receptionist to senior accountant and retired after 23 years. She loved to sew, cook, listen to music, watch movies and read novels, magazines and the back of cereal boxes. Lois loved life and her husband and children. She had every woman’s dream to love and be loved. Her legacy was teaching her four children to love as she did.
Bill was born in Galveston on Dec. 1, 1929. He was the only son of Ida Lee (Sims) and William Hastings, Jr. Bill served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was an operator at Firestone for 35 years. He loved games of all kinds: basketball, football, bowling, racquetball, handball, horseshoes and tennis. Bill also enjoyed western and science fiction movies. Bill was a kind and considerate man and was loved by all who truly knew him. He loved playing poker with his friends and attending the Firestone coffees to see his old friends.
Bill and Lois enjoyed taking trips on their motorcycles along the gulf coast, building a beach house together, going to the movies and visiting their children.
Bill and Lois are survived by their children, Mark Hastings and his wife, Jerri of Sugarland, David Hastings of West Orange, William Joseph Hastings IV and wife, Yvette of Austin and Vally and husband, Lee of Houston; six grandchildren, David Hastings, Mitchell Hastings, Laura DeJesus, Luis Hastings, Jenna Hastings and Angie Hastings; and four great-grandchildren, Megan Hastings, Brady Hastings, Avery Hastings and Hudson DeJesus. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Ercil Owen of Magnolia Springs; and sister-in-law, Frances Thierheimer of Kirbyville.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill Hastings; brother, Terry Thierheimer; and sister, Gail Owen. Bill was preceded in death by his parents.
Serving as Pallbearers will be Greg Owen, John Owen, Tommy Owen, Ercil Owen, Chris Thierheimer, David Hastings, Luis Hastings and John DeJesus. Honorary Pallbearers will be Shep Shepard, Bill Ernst, Lani Geldard, Tommy Miller, Ray Whiteley, Dale Stark, Jim Hunter and Jim Arnaud.
The family wishes to say a special thank you to Brittney Permenter and Ashley Allen for the extraordinary care they gave our parents. The love and compassion they gave Mom and Dad will be forever remembered.