Wilbur Lamar Ouzts, 86, of Hemphill, passed away Friday, Dec. 25. He was born April 2, 1929, in Gibsland, La., to Mary Ella Mays Ouzts and Wilbur Don Ouzts.

Lamar served in the United States Army as a Sergeant during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952 and later served in the Air Force. He retired from the Texas Highway Department after 31 years and built his dream home on the banks of Toledo Bend Lake, where he resided over 30 years.

Survivors include his children, Kay Abbott and her husband, Mike and Donnie Ouzts, all of Orange, Al Ouzts and his wife, Rosemarie, of Little Cypress and Kevin Ouzts and his wife, Cyndi, of Port Neches; grandchildren, Chris Watson of Orange; Stefanie Helms and her husband, Steven, of Lumberton; Bryan Ouzts of Oklahoma; Marcus Ouzts of Little Cypress; Matthew Hettinger of Florida and Dalton and Mason Ouzts, both of Port Neches; great-grandchildren, Savannah and Stanley Hettinger of Florida; and Noah Helms of Lumberton; sister-in-law, Mabel Day and her husband, Terry, of Spring and nieces and nephew, Betty Sue Kettler, Glenda Buttram, Rhonda Villasenor, Mark Day and all their families.

To whom Dad loved being around and catching up on old times, one thing for sure, he will be truly missed by all and by his neighbors who looked forward to his daily golf carting expeditions.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife of 45 years, Carolyn Ouzts; brothers, Herman, Arlton, and Ed Ouzts and sisters, Bobbie Rhodes and Gladys Harvey.

A gathering of Lamar’s family and friends will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, Dec. 28, at Broussard’s, Nederland. His graveside service will be at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches.