Byard H. Hunter, 72, of Orange passed away Friday, Jan. 11, in Beaumont. Funeral Services will be at 2:00 p.m., at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange on Monday, Jan. 14. Officiating will be the Rev. Bill Burch of Brownwood Baptist Church in Orange. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., Sunday, at the funeral home.

Born in Orange on Aug. 15, 1940, Byard was the son of Roy Maxwell and Anita (Guillory) Hunter. For 29 years he was an auto body shop teacher for WOCISD and he owned and operated Hunter Paint and Body Shop for over 50 years. He was a member of the Retired Teacher Association and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Roy David Hunter.

Mr. Hunter is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lou Anna Hunter; daughters, Anita Grubbs, Amanda Aymond all of Orange, Sherry Favors of Bryan and Rhonda Phillips of Weatherford; and grandchildren, Roshana Winn, Jimmy Favors, Mysti Eason, Brandi Grubbs, Alexis Grubbs, Hunter Grubbs, Caleb Adams and Logan Adams.

He is also survived by three great grandchildren; brothers, James Hunter of Orange and Darrell Hunter of Haymarket, VA; sister, Wanda Ellis of Buna; many cousins and relatives who will all miss him dearly.

Serving as pallbearers will be Gene Dragulski, Richard Dragulski, Jimmy Favors, James Jones, Phillip Matthews and Ricky McDuff. Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Duhon and Keith Forsyth.