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Bennie Allen Orea

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Bennie Allen Orea

Bennie Allen Orea, 99, was born on December 23, 1913 to the union of William Peter Orea and Lecta Lee Lawson and peacefully passed from this life, surrounded by his children, on March 31, 2013, Easter Sunday, a perfect departure from this earthly life.

He was a sign painter by profession, eventually having his own business, Orea Sign Company. He never advertised; his work always came by word of mouth. His specialty was gold leaf, and his work was seen in all the bank buildings and many other buildings in downtown Shreveport. At the age of 75, he decided to retire, but remained active. He loved to fish; he was a great pool player and enjoyed playing the piano. He cherished the time he spent with his family. His mind remained sharp and he knew his body was starting to fail. He frequently relayed his final wishes to family members and one was that he wanted to go to the Grace Home to die peacefully.

He was preceded in death by his parents; the love of his life, Annona Maxie Orea, wife and mother of his children; two sisters, Louise Alderman and Pansy Howard, one brother, Frank Orea.

Survivors include his children: David A. Orea and wife, Evon of Waskom, TX, Gerald L. Orea and Virginia O. Fletcher and husband, Stan of Shreveport, LA., a brother, Willie Orea of MO.; nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Grace Home for their kind and compassionate care. Memorial gifts may be made to Christus Grace Home-Shreveport or .

Published in Shreveport Times on Apr. 21, 2013
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