S.A. “Booty” Bourgeois died Thursday in an area hospital after an extended illness. He was 81. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Mary Catholic Church in Orange. The Rev.Joseph P. Daleo will officiate. Entombment will follow in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, with a rosary said at 7 p.m.

Mr. Bourgeois is survived by Jo Ann, his wife of 58 years. He is also survived by sisters Nora Lee Sanders and Jeannete Calhoun and 6 neices and 6 nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, S.A. Bourgeois, Sr. and Virginia Miller Bourgeois, a sister, Vivian Carr, and a brother, Herman Bourgeois.

He was born in Orange Oct. 25, 1927, and graduated from Lutcher Stark High School in Orange in 1945. Shortly after graduation, he volunteered for the Army and served 18 months during World War II. In 1948, he went to work for the Texas Highway Department and was involved with the construction of highways and bridges in the Southeast Texas area. In 1950, he was employed at the DuPont Chemical Co. in Orange. He retired as Mechanical Foreman in 1985 with 35 years of service. He was a former member of the Orange Lions Club and the Orange Boating Club. He was an avid golfer and a true Texas Longhorn fan through good and bad times. He had resided in Longview for the last 14 years.

Pallbearers will be Robert Bourgeois, Steven Sanders, Tom Goodwyn, David Goodwyn, Dick Porter, and Reid Caruthers. Memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church of Longview, St. Mary Catholic Church of Orange or the American Lung Association.

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