Dorman Funeral Home — Whitney Joe Abshire, 90, of Orange, passed away Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be at 9:30 A.M. Saturday, November 27, 2010 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Orange. Father Joseph P. Daleo, the pastor, will serve as celebrant. Rite of Committal will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery on Meeks Drive in Orange.  A gathering of family and friends will be from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Friday at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange with a christian wake/ rosary to be held at 6:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

Born on September 7, 1920 in Crowley, Louisiana to his parents, Mary (Trahan) Abshire and Elida Abshire, he moved to Orange at the age of 4, he began working in the shipyard industry as a young man and he worked and retired as a self employed carpenter. Mr. Abshire was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Orange and he was a veteran of the United States Navy during World War, II.

Mr. Abshire enjoyed the gardening of vegetables and grapes, training his dogs, he was a ham radio operator, his handle being “Bald Eagle”, he enjoyed using his computer and his cell phone and he most enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Preceded in death by his parents and his grandson, Alton Paul Durio, those who will most cherish his memory are his loving wife of 71 years, Lillian Moore Abshire of Orange; his daughters, Betty Davis and husband, Johnny “Dub” of Orange, Jean Malone and husband, Roy of Orange and Mary Banazak and husband, Norbert of Harrison, Arkansas; his son, James Whitney Abshire and wife, Sandra L. of Orange; his step brother, David Lee Foreman and wife, Marilyn of Orange; seven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren.

 Mr. Abshire is also survived by numerous extended family and friends.