Captain James A. Parkhurst, 89, lifelong resident of Orange passed away at his home Thursday, March 17.

A graveside service will be at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 20, at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City. Officiating will be the Rev. Randy Branch of Wesley United Methodist Church in Orange.

A visitation will be Saturday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City.

Mr. Parkhurst was born Dec. 25, 1926 in Orange to Fred Elmer and Katie (Soileau) Parkhurst. He retired from Gulf Oil after 33 years of service where he was the captain of an oil tanker. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Orange and Bridge City Lodge 1345 AF & AM. His greatest joy was taking care of and entertaining his grandchildren.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, James and Linda Parkhurst, Jr., John Parkhurst, Toni and Kenneth Day, Lisa and David Haynes, Nancy Johnston and Blakely Parkhurst; grandchildren, Faith and Jerry Ricks, Taryn and Josh Moore, Kathryn LeBlanc and Daniel Smith and great grandchildren, Griffin Ricks, Kason Ricks, Taylor Nagel, Jackson Nagel and Konner Quigley.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sandy Parkhurst; brothers, Clarence Parkhurst and Elmer Parkhurst and sisters, Cornelia Riser and Helen Berryhill.