ORANGE — West “Indy” Parkhurst was born on the glorious morning of October 17, 2007, in Orange, Texas. Even as a newborn, he was beautiful, and several of the hospital staff wanted to take him home as their own. Instead, his parents, Steve and Jennifer, and proud big brothers, Brac and Kai, decided it would be best if he came home with them. For the next three years and almost four months, Indy grew up like any other happy, rambunctious, rough and tumble little boy. In February 2011, he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, referred to as DIPG. He fought hard, and his stubborn and carefree spirit refused to give up or give in. Throughout his treatments, he remained happy and active, amazing his doctors. His loving, fun, smiling way made everyone he met fall in love with him. He never considered himself “sick”, and never let either his symptoms or his treatments slow him down. On January 10, 2013, Indy finally listened to God and decided to go to his real and eternal Home, and is now catching fish, riding four wheelers, shooting fireworks, collecting pets, and playing crane games with His new best friend, Jesus. Indy is survived by his mom and dad, Steve and Jennifer Parkhurst of Orange, along with his two big brothers, Brac and Kai Parkhurst; “Nonnie” and “Pawpaw” Trudy and Charles Holden; “Mamaw” Kathy Parkhurst; “Papaw” Joe Parkhurst and his wife, Gayle Parkhurst; and Uncle Chris and Aunt Wendi Parkhurst, cousins Dylan and Kade Parkhurst; Uncle Greg and Aunt Deana Parkhurst, cousins Malory, Ashlyn and Kendal Parkhurst; cousins Karli McClelland and Ian Vines, his very best friend Gage Griffith; his favorite coach, Steve Griffith (“Coach Gwiff”) and his favorite doctor, Lana Griffith (“Dr. Wana”). Indy touched countless lives and made everyone he met smile. His infectious happy spirit will live in all of those who love him. His courage, love of life, and sweetness will hopefully be carried on in the lives of all who knew him.
Exa Elaine White
Exa Elaine White, 74, of Orange, died Thursday morning in the Meadows Nursing Home in Orange.
Ramona Gay Tolman
Ramona Gay Tolman, 44, of Mauriceville passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2014.
William Harold Force
William Harold Force, age 94, died April 21, 2014 at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont, Texas.
Nedra Smith, age 99, died quietly at the Sabine House on April 5, 2014.
Orbia B. Stephens
Orbia B. Stephens, 83, of Orange, passed away on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at home in Orange.
Johnnie Spears Sr
On April 17, 2014, Johnnie Spears Sr. returned to the house of his Heavenly Father.
Murray Lee Harris
Murray Lee Harris, 96, of Tyler, TX, died Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Mother Francis Hospital after a short hospitalization for pneumonia.
Reagan Taylor Alton Dugas
Reagan Taylor Alton Dugas life journey ended on April 15, 2014 from Pancreatic Cancer.
Georgia Romero, 72, of Orange, passed away on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont.
Elvina Rose Mims
In loving memory of Elvina Rose Mims
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