Jimmy Wayne “J.W.” Gearen, 74, of Orange, passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2008 near the Devil’s Pocket community in Newton County.  Funeral services will be at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, January 19, 2008 in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Interment will follow in Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in the McLewis community of Orange.  Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home. 
Born on April 16, 1933 on Beauregard Parish, Louisiana to Pearl and Hattie (Perkins) Gearen, he resided in DeQuincy and moved to Orange in 1963, worked as an ironworker in the construction industry.  Mr. Gearen enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, enjoyed spending time with his cats and will be remembered as a man who was very close to his children and grandchildren and was always there for them. He was also of the Baptist faith. 
Mr. Gearen is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Wilma Gearen, son Gerald Gearen, grandson, Bubba Goodson, granddaughter, Bridgette Gearen and his numerous brothers and sisters.  He is survived by his sons, Richard Neil Gearen of Bridge City and Joseph Newton Gearen of Port Acres, Texas, daughters, Cathy Hill and husband Hollis of Longview, Texas and Pamala Kimball of Orange, sisters, Chick and Sis both of California and DeeAnn Nix and husband Tom of DeQuincy, Louisiana, brothers, Jeb Gearen and wife Cookie of DeQuincy, Louisiana, grandchildren, Eric Gearen, Boyd Hill, Josh Hill, Amanda Feezell, Jimmy Wayne Goodson, Ricky Jo Geareen, Sarah Gearen, Matt Gearen, Wesley Gearen, and Charlee Gearen, great grandchildren, Kyra Dianne Portie, Troy Archer Goodson, Madelynn Rose Hill and Amelia Grace Hill, numerous nieces, nephews extended family and friends.