Oris L. Headlee

August 26, 1925June 19, 2018
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It is with deep and heavy sadness that we announce the death of Oris Leroy Headlee, who passed on June 19th, in Fredericksburg, VA. Oris was born in Campo, Colorado in 1925.

Oris served his country honorably during WWII in the US Army as a member of the famed Bushmasters. In 1949 he met and married the love of his life, Betty Kemp. Oris lived most of his life in Lumberton, Texas, where he was a custom home builder in the South East Texas area for over 30 years and a small business owner in Lumberton from 1968 till his passing. In 2017 Oris moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia to be close to his son and be in his company every day during the twilight of his life.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Betty; daughter Shirley; brothers Leon, David, Gene; and sister Hazel.

He is survived by his son Wayne and daughter-in- law Janet; grandson Michael and his wife Haelie; granddaughter Kathryn and her boyfriend Brigham; great-grandchild Bodhi; his sisters, Avana and Iola, and close relatives Chuck and Kathy Kemp and their sons Matthew and Daniel.

A Gathering to Share Memories of Oris will be held at Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Beaumont, Texas at 10:00 am, on Friday, June 29. A Graveside Service will immediately follow with military honors being rendered.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make memorials to Capital Caring Hospice of Fredericksburg, 111 Olde Greenwich Dr, Fredericksburg, VA 22408.


  • Betty Headlee, Wife
  • Leon Headlee, Brother
  • Gene Mantz, Brother
  • David Headlee, Brother
  • Hazel Dalton, Sister
  • Avana Decker, Sister
  • Iola Gonzales, Sister
  • Wayne and wife Janet Headlee, Son
  • Shirley Brister, Daughter
  • Michael Headlee and his wife Haelie, Grandson
  • Kathryn Headlee and boyfriend Brigham Cowgill, Granddaughter
  • Bodhi Royal, Great Granddaughter
  • Chuck and wife Kathy Kemp and their sons Matthew and Daniel, Close relatives

  • Capital Caring Hospice of Fredericksburg


  • A Gathering to Share Memories of Oris Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, June 29, 2018

Oris L. Headlee

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lynette hopkins barks barks

June 28, 2018

My family and I lived besides he headlees for year s I graduated with Shirley and we were in and out of each others homes for years Mr Headlee was one of the hardest working men I ve ever know in my life so very talented with woodwork and anything he set out to do. he never stopped working all his life until he just couldn't any more. Wayne you were such a great son and took care of him and by all his wished, im so sorry for your loss. all my prayers and thoughts anr with you.

Terry Johnson

June 27, 2018

My Dad was an electrician and did a bunch of work for Mr. Headlee. Mr. Headlee was always admired by my Dad and myself for his soft manor and hard work ethics. He was a fine man and will be missed.
Wayne and I graduated from high school together but have been out of touch for many years.

Eileen Tindall

June 27, 2018

Sending our sympathy to the family of Oris. I worked for Dick Fulbright many years ago and Oris was his go to contractor. He was one of the best in Beaumont - building Dick's home on Thomas Road, the Fulbright Building on IH-10, his final home on Gladys in Beaumont. All done w/beautiful detail.

Oris was a fine person that loved his wife Betty and his children. Always speaking kindly of everyone and never anything unkind. Fair and just man. God bless all of you.

James & Eileen Tindall

Theresa Kemp

June 26, 2018

I remember many Thanksgivings with Oris being a solid steady prescense, he is remembered fondly.