Billy Ray Haley, 78, of Orange, passed away Monday, May 3, 2010 at Baptist Orange Hospital. Funeral services to remember his life were Friday morning, May 7 in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating was the Rev. Sam Roe, pastor of the Colony Baptist Church in Little Cypress. Military honors and interment will follow in Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange.

Born on Feb. 22, 1932 in Center to parents, Hollis Frank Haley and Marie (Lundrum) Haley, he lived in the Orange area for the last 29 years and had previously lived in Houston. Billy worked as a truck driver in the trucking industry and her retired in 1994. He enjoyed working in his yard, listening to country music in its early years, spending time with his family, he was a member of Colony Baptist Church in Little Cypress and he was a people person.

Billy is preceded in death by his parents, Hollis Frank Haley and Marie Haley Stanley; brothers, Bob Hailey and Jerry Hailey; sisters, Charlene Haley and Sandra Scott; and sons, Hollis Haley and Dennis Haley.

Those who will most cherish his memory are his wife, Margie Haley of Orange; sisters, JoAnn Mullhollan of Kirbyville and Carmel Fountain of Center; halfbrother, Nathaniel Stanley of Center; sons, Mike and wife, Linda of Jasper, Danny and wife, Patricia of Conroe, David and wife, Donna of Bryan and Robert Haley Sr. of Baytown; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; stepdaughters, Judy Longron and husband, Todd of Orangefield and Sheri Broussard and husband, Davin of Orangefield; stepsons, Robert Blacksher and wife, Mandy of Orangefield, Joseph Blacksher of Silsbee and Kirk Blacksher and wife, Tina of Fannett; nine stepgrandchildren and 17 stepgreat-grandchildren. Billy is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Pallbearers for the service were Danny Haley, David Haley, Robert Haley, Mark Haley, Jeff Haley and Clay Haley.