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In Loving Memory...

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Dora Alice Loria

Dora Alice Loria passed away at home with daughter, Micki Baudoin, by her side on Sunday February 25th, 2024 at age 91. Dora will be best remembered for her caring heart, willingness to help all and her hard work ethic. Dora was born in Calvert Texas, August 4th, 1932. She graduated from Calvert High School in 1950 while raising three of her four brothers. She retired from the Post Office after a full career then went on to run her own business with granddaughter Monica Watson for 20 years, working into her 80’s.  Dora is preceded in death by both parents Leland Davis and Blanche Davis, late husband Pete Loria, brothers Fred Davis, Dave Davis and daughter Rose “Sandi” Biszalik. Her survivors include brothers, Don Davis and Richard Davis, daughter Micki Baudoin, grandchildren include Kim Smejkal, Micah Baudoin, Monica Watson. Great Grandchildren include Joseph Smejkal, Makayla Baudoin, Mason Baudoin. Very dear family friends Henry  McDaniel and Lisa Dixon. Dora was a very strong and independent woman who had a huge loving heart. She was always willing to help people in times of need without question. She was very hard working, never resting, always working on something. Dora was always willing to teach. Dora was the matriarch to our family and she will never be forgotten as she has taught us so much, she will live with us forever. Visitation will be Saturday March 2nd, 2024 at Hillier Funeral Home from 6pm-8pm Funeral Service will be Sunday March 3rd, 2024 at Hillier Funeral Home at 11am - Graveside service to follow at Sunnyside Cemetery in Calvert, Texas at 1pm.  Please visit www.hillierfuneralhome.com to share deepest condolences and expressions of gratitude for Dora and a life well lived.

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Cecil Duane Allen

Cecil Duane Allen was born on December 5, 1951 in Baytown, Texas. Duane grew up in Channelview, Texas and attended schools there. He later lived in Hearne and Calvert, Texas. He moved to the Nashville, Tennessee area in May 2013. Duane passed away on December 21, 2023 in Columbia, Tennessee. A Celebration of Life was held on January 20, 2024 at Ryan Chapel Church in Diboll, Texas with Pastor Revlon Belle presiding over the celebration. At an early age of six, Duane became interested in music and over time became an accomplished guitar player. As most musicians, he grew up in the church singing gospel hymns. He was saved and knew the Lord. At age 13 ½ he joined his cousin, Jim Hodges, to play in the family band. He continued to play in the Lufkin area with the Hodges Family Band until he entered the Army. At the age of 17 he entered the US Army on December 6, 1968 and served until July 18, 1971. He attended Basic Training at Fort Polk, Louisiana, Ranger School at Fort Benning Georgia, Jump School at Fort Benning, Georgia and Special Forces at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Duane was attached to the 1st Cavalry Division, Bravo Company, 1/7 4th Platoon Recon. He was in Special Forces, a Green Beret and a proud member of Ace of Spades. His military honors include National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Silver Stars, Bronze Stars, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, M-14 Marksmanship Badge and Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle Bar. He came home one of three men of his platoon who survived their Viet Nam tour. However, Duane was always the first to say “My Heroes are on the Wall.” After the Army, Duane played rock and roll music in the early 1970’s. He later returned to his country roots. He often was a studio musician in Nashville, Tennessee playing on recordings for Waylon Jennings, Alabama and Eddie Rabbitt. As a local musician to Calvert, Duane played with Southern Groove Band and Raymond Ramirez and The TLC Band. He was never one to turn down an opportunity to play music with friends or participate in a benefit. On October 21, 2019 Duane and Judy were married in Las Vegas, Nevada. They enjoyed visiting family, traveling, music events, and casinos. Duane was preceded in death by his parents Montie C. Ward on March 11, 1986 and Vola B. Ward on July 5, 1996. Duane is survived by his wife and the love of his life, Judy, of Lewisburg, Tennessee. He is also survived by his children Krystal Hollis of Apple Springs, Texas, Cary Allen of Apple Springs, Texas, and Cody Allen and Kimberly of Huntsville, Texas. His grandchildren are Gage Hollis, Gunner Hollis, Eva and Magdalena Canizales and Elena Allen. Duane is also survived by his bonus children Jason Shepperd and Tori of Cedar Park, Texas and Michael Shepperd and Carol of Los Angeles, California and grandchildren Cali, Major and Holt Shepperd.

Helen Louise Smith

Helen Louise Smith, sunrise October 30, 1936, sunset February 17, 2024. She is survived by her children Cathy Wiley, Brenda Amos, Linda Coker, Jimmy Smith, and Terry Smith; Bobby’s children: Edward Smith, Cody Smith, Courtney Smith, Daniel Smith, Bobby Smith, Blake Smith; Cathy’s children: Duane Wiley, and Shannon Grace; Brenda’s Children: Holly Norman and Michael Welch; Jimmy’s children: Gary Conteras, John Smith, Marvin Smith, Johnathan Smith; Linda’s children: Brandi Weaver and Joshua Coker; Terry’s children: Coty Long and Jessie Long. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ray Smith, her son, Bobby Ray Smith, son, Ronnie Smith and her grandson, Jimmy Conteras.

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