Funeral services set for Tyler Winfree; KFDM learns judge grants restraining order

Funeral services are set for Tyler Earl Winfree, 21, of Bridge City, following his death in an industrial accident August 17.

KFDM's Peter Eliopoulos has learned a judge granted a temporary restraining order to his family, ordering Tubal-Cain Industrial and Marine Services and Evergreen Tank Solutions to preserve evidence in advance of a possible lawsuit.

The first three items listed in the restraining order say the company must preserve the tank where Winfree was found, the respiratory device he was wearing (if any), and a copy of the company's respiratory protective program.

An attorney for Tubal Cain released a statement to us saying, "The owners are absolutely saddened and distraught by this horrible accident. The company will comply not only with OSHA's but also Judge Sanderson's orders. Everybody is trying to figure out what happened and why it happened. In the mean time, our thoughts and prayers are with the Winfree Family."

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 23, 2018, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange, Texas. Burial will follow the service at Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in Orange.

Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Born in Port Arthur, Texas, on May 25, 1997, he was the son of Jason Winfree and Tonia Gaspard Smith. Tyler worked as a Lead Man for Tubal Cain. He enjoyed spending his spare time playing Xbox, riding four-wheelers, and rabbit hunting. Tyler loved his family dearly and loved to spend time with his wife and children. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dusty and Theda Gaspard; and his grandmother, Cathy Dailey.

Tyler is survived by his parents, Tonia Smith and husband Brad, and Jason Winfree; his loving wife, Jayme Winfree; his children, 5 year old Tyler DeWitt, almost 2 year old Brantley Winfree, and Jax Winfree, due to arrive in November; his siblings, Dusty Davis, Abbigail Smith and Savannah Smith; and numerous extended family members.

Serving as pallbearers will be J.C. Netterville, Paul Miller, Donnie Powers, Zack Crumpton, Joseph Winfree, and Blake Bouget.

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