William Eugene “Bill” Force, 67, of Orange passed away Monday, Feb. 6, at his home surrounded by his family.

Funeral Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at First United Methodist Church in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. John Warren and Mr. Nick Colbert will be reading the eulogy. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

Bill was born in Beaumont on Dec. 5, 1944 to Frederick Eugene Force and Wilda Mary (Hidalgo) Hart. He was a 1964 Stark High School graduate, served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and retired from Aquilex Hydrochem where he was a safety supervisor.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Orange and was a part of their prayer ministry. Bill enjoyed riding his motorcycle, fishing and was a talented song writer and guitarist but more than anything he loved his family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frederick Eugene Force; granddaughter, Taylor Lindner; step brothers, Reagan Smitherman and Randy Smitherman and step mother, Hazel Force.

Bill is survived by his wife, Belinda (Harrison) Force of Orange; mother, Wilda Hart of Orange; daughters, Beth Cramer and husband, Jason of Port Neches and Teddi Nezat Lampman and husband, Roger of Orange; and sons, SPC Ivan Force of Fort Polk, LA and Jon Dylan Force of Orange.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jason Bell, Jonathon Bell, Taylor Piazza, Caitlyn Lindner, Jasmine Lindner, Jay Cramer, Devin Force, Seth Force and Angel Force; brothers, Duane Force and wife, Dale of San Marcos and Brent Force and wife, Andrea of Austin; step brothers, Rick Smitherman and Ronnie Smitherman both of Orange; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many Hidalgo and Harrison family members who will all miss Bill dearly.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Southeast Texas Hospice, 912 W Cherry, Orange, TX 77630.

The family would like to especially thank First United Methodist Church of Orange and Southeast Texas Hospice and their staff for their wonderful care and compassion during this time.

Serving as pallbearers will be Chris Force, Michael Force, Rick Smitherman, Ronnie Smitherman, Willie Toups and Tim Martin.

Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Savoy, Homer Pillsbury, Wayne Beverly, Jimmy Newman and Johnny Newman.