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Earl J. Cormier, 88, of Orange, Texas, passed away on January 13, 2019, in Orange.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 17, 2019, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Officiating will be Reverend Terry Wright of First Baptist Church in Vidor. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange.

Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City.

Born in Toomey, Louisiana, on May 2, 1930, he was the son of Jacque Cormier and Evelyna (Comeaux) Cormier. Earl retired after working as an instrument and electrical foreman for DuPont Sabine River Works in Orange. He was a part of the Instrument Retiree Group at DuPont. In Earl’s early years he was a Red Cross swimming instructor and he also coached Little League Baseball. He enjoyed fishing, duck hunting, watching football, and woodworking. Earl and his wife, Dorothy, loved to travel together. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacque and Evelyna Cormier; his wife of 46 years, Dorothy Cormier; his granddaughter, Paige Matthews Phillips; and his siblings, Eunice Youngblood, Thomas Cormier, Everd Cormier, Doris Henshaw, Jessie Cormier, Doyle Cormier, and Nolan Cormier.

He is survived by his children, Sue Wilks of Orangefield, and Don Cormier and wife Kathy of Bossier City, Louisiana; his grandchildren, Rachal Havens, Clint Cormier and wife Stacey, Adam Cormier and wife Jana, and Heather Matthews; his great-grandchildren, Alak Phillips, Noah Phillips, Blayne Milstead, Faith Havens, Emily Havens, Caleb Cormier, Joshua Cormier, Julie Cormier, and Jude Cormier; his favorite dog, Chloe; and his numerous nieces and nephews.

Serving as pallbearers will be Clint Cormier, Adam Cormier, Jude Cormier, Blayne Milstead, Noah Phillips, Alak Phillips, Caleb Cormier, and Joshua Cormier.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Earl’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.