Orange Insurance Agency to close doors after 90 years

Published 8:05 am Saturday, August 25, 2018

By Dawn Burleigh

The Orange Leader


A company, which has been around for generations, is closing its doors as owner Larry David steps into retirement.

“There’s an old saying that all good things must come to an end. And so, after 90 years in business, Orange insurance Agency will come to an end on August 31, 2018,” a press release read.

All files, policies, paperwork and even Kathy Aven will be transferred to Mann Insurance Agency, Inc. and be ready for business on Sept. 4, 2018.

Mann Insurance Agency, Inc. purchased Orange Insurance Agency and will take control on Sept. 1, 2018.

Mann Insurance has been doing business in Orange since the early 1940s.

“It’s time,” David said.

David assured this reporter he will still be actively involved in the community through organizations such as American Red Cross, Knights of Columbus, and Lion’s Club.

“I will still make the hamburgers at the Carnival,” David said with a smile. “And I am still Deacon at a Catholic Church.”

Orange Insurance Agency began March 1, 1928 when George S. Colburn, R.M. Hill and J.H. David, Sr. formed a partnership.

In 1934, Hill sold his shares to the others and the partnership dissolved Jan. 1, 1045 when Julius David began operating as a sole proprietor.

Since, then partnerships were established with family members: J H David, Jr., W A McGrory, Larry David, Joanie David Flowers, and James Hustmyre David (Jimbo).

March 12, 2009, the partnership ended with the passing of James Hustmyre David and has remained a sole proprietorship since then.

“Kathy has been a true friend, and faithful and loyal employee for over 13 years,” David said.

Kathy Aven will continue to service Orange Insurance Agency policies through Mann Insurance located at 1505 West Park Avenue in Orange.

“On behalf of the David family, and with much appreciation and gratitude, I would like to say Thank You! To all our customers in Southeast Texas and beyond,” David said.

The building has also been sold and will be the new home of The Orange Leader.