Willie Bell “ Billie “ Ward, 84, of Orange, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur. Born Nov. 23, 1930 in Silsbee, to Sam Fairchild Humble and Gertrude Leona (Bell) Humble, she lived in the Orange area since 1976 and had previously lived in Silsbee.
She worked as an aide in the home health care industry and she was a member of the East Congregation of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Orange. Billie was a faithful student of the Bible, she enjoyed growing flowers and watching hummingbirds. Billie will be remembered by her family as a determined lady, who always placed others above herself. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Billie is preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Manuel “ Buck “ Ward; sisters, Frances Jenkins, Bobbie Jenkins and Jackie Gilchrist and brothers, Sam Humble and Leon Humble.
Those who will most cherish her memory are her daughter, Linda Fouts of Beaumont; sons, James H. “ Jimmy “ Ward and wife, Sally and Kenneth Ward and wife, Carolyn, all of Orange; sister, Joanna Scoggins and husband, John of Deer Park; six grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. Billie is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Services to honor Billie’s life will be at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, Nov. 14, in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Speaking for the services will be Elder Mark Perkins. Graveside services will be at 1:00 P.M. Saturday at the Knupple Cemetery in Silsbee.
A gathering of Billie’s family and friends will be from 6:00-9:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed for the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.