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Constance Amelia Thrailkille "Skipper" Free, 89, Orange

Hear Ye Hear Ye! All Hail the Queen of Texas, Skipper Free

Constance Amelia Thrailkille Free, 89, of Orange, Tx, passed away on 7/30/2023 at 12:34, at St. Davids in Austin, Texas.

In lieu of traditional Funeral services, we will be celebrating her life at 3 pm on August, 4, 2023, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange, Tx. There will be snow cones and confetti. Bring your best whacky sunglasses and a silly hat.

Born in Orange, Tx, on 1/6/1934 she was the daughter of William Thrailkille and Ruby Hinch. She was a lifelong performer and entertainer, often featured onstage alongside Gordon Baxter in Port Arthur. She was the first female barber licensed in the state of Texas. She has done comedy bits on the radio, and loved to travel with good friends. Skipper wrote, often, for the Penny Record, and her name was mentioned over 200 times. The woman rode helicopters over volcanoes, and as grandkids we were sent out to catch bugs to feed the frog in Kebles commode. She often could be found sun baking crawdad mounds, and spray painting them gold. If it was fun, and messy, you can bet Skipper was ready to play. From the octagon shaped barber shop by Sprad’s, to the great state Capitol of Austin she will be missed and cherished always.

She is preceded in death by her son, Chris Free, of Orange, Tx; and her brothers, sisters and parents.

She is survived by her Large family, consisting of children Keble Free, Beaumont TX; Eddie Free (Pam) of Orange, TX; Laura Free of Austin TX, Scott Free of Beaumont, TX. Her Grandchildren, Makani Couk, Kyra Thrillkill, Lana Wheeler, Ross Patek, Rachael Shakail, Noah Scott Free, Erik Daniel Free, Austin Chance Free, Taylor Mckenzie Free-Young, Jordan Scott Free, Tiffany Mckenzie, Kellen Free, plus several great grandchildren, any one who’s been left out, blame Scott.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Skipper Free Queen of Texas on Facebook, where Makani Couk will be gathering the story, and writing her biography.

Cremation will be held under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.


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