James T. Richard, 76, of Orange, passed away Sept. 30.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a. m., Monday, Oct. 3, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. Robert Besser, of Wesley United Methodist Church in Beaumont. The family will receive friends for visitation one hour prior to the memorial service.

On Monday evening, beginning at 5:00 p.m., friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life reception for J.T.  It will be held at the Richard Barn in Mauriceville, 8843 Earsel Rd., Orange.

Born in Carencro, La., Aug. 14, 1940, he was the son of Emory (Red) Richard and Felma Lou (Prejean) Richard. J. T. was a retired maintenance mechanic from DuPont Sabine River Works. Among his many talents, he was an accomplished carpenter, mechanic and barber. However, what fueled his passion was hunting, fishing, guiding hunters (both young and old), making custom bows and arrows, traveling to Africa and spending time with his family and friends. He was a loving father, a caring friend to so many and an incredible “Paw Paw” to his grandchildren.  He will be remembered and missed by all those that knew him and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his children, Chad Richard of Mauriceville, Toby Richard of New Virginia, Ia, and Ashley Fisher and her husband Joe of Lumberton; grandchildren, Kaiden Capri Richard, Colt Richard, Seth Jones, Joseph Fisher and Emilie Fisher and his sister, Elaine Desormeaux of Sulphur, La.