Jarvis E. “Plunk” Plunkett
Jarvis E. “Plunk” Plunkett, 89, of Orange went to be with the Lord, Saturday, Feb. 4, at Harbor Hospital in Beaumont. Funeral Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange with Deacon Willie Posey officiating.
Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.
Born in Bienville Parish, LA. on Nov. 17, 1922, Jarvis was the son of John Michael Plunkett and Ada (Hamm) Plunkett. In 1943, Jarvis graduated from Epps High School as Valedictorian and was awarded a basketball scholarship from LSU. He moved to Orange in 1943, worked for Levingston Shipyard and later married his sweetheart, Ruby, in 1944. Jarvis worked for DuPont for 25 years and opened Coastal Lumber in 1954 with partner, Lloyd Arnall.
He was a member of Cove Baptist Church, D.E.R.A., and the Rotary Club. Jarvis was also a school board member of Cove School and a former board member of Wells Fargo Bank. He was also a member of the Chamber of Commerce and was nominated as “Business Man of the Year” and “Orange County Citizen of the Year.”
Preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Ruby Lee Nolan Plunkett, Jarvis is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Charlotte and Harlis Underwood of Sour Lake, Pat and J.R. French of Sulphur; grandchildren, Debbie Bean and husband, Cory, Todd Purifoy and wife, Kim, David Underwood and wife, Lori, Ben Purifoy and wife, Erin, David French and wife, Tracy, Leslie Landry and husband, Shawn; 16 great-grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren; Voncille Plunkett and numerous other nieces and nephews.
Serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be Todd Purifoy, Ben Purifoy, David Underwood, Cory Bean, J.R. French and Harlis Underwood.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 10900-B Stonelake Blvd., Suite 320, Austin, Texas 78759.
If you have any special memories you would like to share with the family, please sign Jarvis’s guestbook at www.claybarfuneralhome.com.