West Orange

Joey D. Manuel, 50, of West Orange passed from this life on Tuesday, Nov. 2 after a 29 year courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis.

Cremation under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home.

He was born in Mamou , Louisiana and had lived in Orange most of his life. He was a 1979 graduate of Deweyville High School (he was known as the class clown) and a member of Cove Baptist Church . He retired from Sabine River Authority as an operator and was a DJ at Texas Longhorn Club for many years. He enjoyed the outdoors, being around people and he never meet a stranger.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Joseph Allen and Olla Mae Hollier, Irimie Pete Manuel; uncle, Clifford Manuel and Grissom.

He is survived by his daughters, Tosha Manuel of Orange, Shawnie Driggars and husband Matt of Groves; parents, Carroll and Linda Manuel of the Hartburg Community; sister, Tammy Ishmael and husband Johnny of Orange; grandmother, Mabel Manuel of Mamou. La.; nephews, Shon Hennigan, USAF Great Falls, MT, Chase Hennigan of Orange; uncles and aunts, Junior and Linda Manuel, Rebecca and Jim Frost, Ruth and John Simon; cousins, Debbie, Tony, Deedra, Dana, Donna, Serena and their spouses and children.

He was also survived by his home health provider and best friend of 15 years Rebecca Abrego-Lanter and husband John and the Abrego family’ who were also his family.

A special thanks to Javiar Rivas with Compassionate Care Hospice for his love, care and friendship given to our love one.

Per Joey’s request, in lieu of flowers or memorial contributions please personally help an individual in need.