Ethan Hinds, Sr., 78, of Orange, passed away May 21, at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont.

Funeral services will be at 3:00pm, Sunday, May 24, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. Barry Bradley of First Baptist Church in Orange. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be preceding the funeral service at 1:00pm.

Born in Mobile, Al., on July 23, 1936, he was the son of Ross Samuel Hinds and Ridley Abigail (Scott) Hinds. Ethan was a 50 year mason and founder of the local institution American Fence which he founded in 1967. He and Ann traveled extensively, often with their dear friends John and Esther Benoit. Ethan was a very fair man and a great teacher to his children. The most important thing in him and Ann’s life was taking care of their children. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Ethan was preceded in death by his son, Darren Hinds; brothers, Avondale Hinds and Bruce Hinds and his sisters, Rita Anderson and Sonja Wilson.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ann Hinds; sons, David Hinds, Sr. and wife, Pam of Orange, Doyle Hinds and wife, Janis of Orange and Richard Hinds and wife, Bree of Beaumont; grandchildren, Amber Williams and husband, Ryan, Erin Dwight and husband, Jonathan, Derek Hinds, Kristi Hinds, Ethan Doyle Hinds III, Brandi Claybar and husband, Warren and David Hinds, Jr and wife, Morgan and nine great-grandchildren and two on the way.

Serving as pallbearers will be David Hinds, Jr., Derek Hinds, Ethan Doyle Hinds, III, Ryan Williams, Jonathan Dwight and Warren Claybar. Honorary pallbearer will be John Benoit.

Ethan’s family would like to give a special thanks to the wonderful, caring and loving staff of Harbor Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Harbor Hospice Foundation at 2450 N. Major Dr. Beaumont, TX 77713.