Born June 5, 1949, John David “Bugar” Orange Jr., 68, of Brownwood finished up his visit here on Earth and went home to keep walking with Jesus on Dec. 14, 2017. He passed away at Abilene Regional Medical Center after a lengthy hospital stay.
His memorial services will be at10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30 at New Beginnings Church on1001 Belle Plain St. in Brownwood with Justin Gowin officiating.
Bugar grew up in Brownwood, where he was born, attending the Brownwood schools. He was an accomplished guitarist and enjoyed writing his own gospel songs. He worked as a Roofing Foreman the better part of 40 years for Smith Roofing Company of Brownwood, claiming to have roofed all the houses in Brownwood at least once or twice over that time. Hobbies he enjoyed included carpentry and tinkering out in his shop. He was also an avid reader, reading most westerns he could get his hands on.
He married Linda Fay Huckobey, his wife of 21 years from Zephyr on June 17, 1968. They later moved to Zephyr to raise their two boys. He enjoyed many a cold Friday night watching his sons play football and never would miss a game. He later married Marie Davis Kite of Brownwood on Aug. 5, 1994 and helped to raise her sons.
He was preceded in death by his father, John David Orange Sr.; mother, Marie Isabell Orange; brother, Johnny Len Mayfield; brother, Jimmy Lee Orange; nephew. Johnny Mayfield Ellis of Wylie; step-son, Randy Don Kite' and step-granddaughter, Kylee Ann Kite of Gustine.
He is survived by sister, Betty McCurdy of Early; brother, Wayne Orange of Early; son, Frankie Orange of Blanket and his son Eric Orange of Dallas; son, David Orange and his wife Chandra Orange of Pottsboro, his daughter Ashley Orange and their daughters Annabelle and Kayleigh Orange; nephews, Johnny Storey of Blanket, Robert Orange of Brownwood, Jeff Storey of Lago Vista; nieces LouAnn Mayfield Ellis Mitchell of Plano, Melissa Orange-Pansini of Zephyr; step-son Cecil Kite Jr. of Leander; step-son Alvin Kite of Mason City, Iowa; former wife, Linda Goodman of Brownwood; former wife, Marie Roy of Gustine; and numerous great nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the Salvation Army, 403 Lakeway Dr., Brownwood, Texas 76801.