Michael R. Kent, 67, of Orange passed away at his home surrounded by family on Sunday, March 13.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, March 18, at 3:00 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Officiating will be Father Sinclair Oubre. A gathering for visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. with a rosary recited at 2:30 p.m. at the church.

He was born in Wolf City, Sept. 27, 1948 to Dr. Earl H. Kent and Marie Rayne Kent. He lived in Orange and graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic High School.

In 1967 he moved to Pineville, LA with his parents. While there he graduated from Louisiana College with a degree in History and Library Science. He and his parents returned to Orange in 1980. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Michael was an avid fan of old westerns and TV sitcoms from the 50’s and 60’s. He also enjoyed the music of that time. He loved the visits from his nieces’ pugs Roman and Zeke.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Earl H. Kent, Jr.; aunts and uncles, Carmen and Jack Cupit, Cecile Rayne, Anna and Clayton Setze, Frank and Florence Kent and John and Shirley Kent.

He is survived by his sisters, Barbara Kent Franke and husband, Don of Baton Rouge, LA, Patricia A. Kent of Atlanta, GA and Suzanne Kent Staudt and husband, Max of Orange; nieces and nephews, Elizabeth Franke Bonnecaze and husband, Remi’ of Baton Rouge, James Franke and wife, Anne Marie of Covington, LA, Kent Franke of Austin, Matt Staudt and wife, Karen of Beaumont, Stephanie Staudt of Houston and Mark Staudt of Madison WI; cousins, Stephen Cupit and wife, Peggy, Jacklyn Cupit and Drew Cupit and wife, Helena all of LaPlace, LA, John Kent, Jr. Clayton Setze and Marlene Setze all of New Orleans; great nieces and nephews, Alex,  Katie and Bryan Bonnecaze, Peyton, Anna Kate and Christopher Franke, Courtney and Taylor Staudt and Lauren Collins.

Special thanks to Dr. Ashok Malani and the nurses at Ben and Julie Rogers Cancer Center, Telice Meadows and Amy Ously of the Baptist Orange Infusion Center and Harbor Hospice and also to Jack Oldani, Eucharistic Minister at St. Francis of Assisi.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic School, 2600 Bob Hall Rd., Orange, TX 77630, The Ben and Julie Rogers Cancer Center, 3555 Stagg Dr., Beaumont TX or to Harbor Hospice, 2450 N Major Rd, Beaumont, TX 77713.