Panya Sophabmixay, 79, of Taylor passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 9, 2020 surrounded by his loving family at Hospice of the Sacred Heart.
Born in Laos, he was the son of the late Phengmyeng and Tengone Phimmathong Sophabmixay, where they instilled the values of discipline, education, and most importantly family. Panya was a well respected educator, former military serviceman, religious leader, and exemplary loving father and husband. In 1984, Panya and his wife, La emigrated from a war torn country to give his children the opportunity to flourish and succeed in the United States. Panya was employed for over 30 years at Arlington Industries. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, and especially opening up his home to family and friends.
He is survived by his wife La Sophabmixay, two daughters Khampouang Sivongsack and husband Seng, residing in Laos and Soutchai Sophabmixay, Viera, FL; six sons, Joseph and wife, Katherine, Taylor, Thavisack and wife, Som, Colorado, Sakpraseut and wife, Nomechay, Taylor, Phonexay and fiancé, Pamela Koulavong, Xaysana, and wife, Phitsamay, all of Manheim and Phaiboun and husband, Dr. Matthew Joseph, Kingston; eleven grandchildren; a brother Phengxay Phimmathong in Laos and a sister Nang Bi S Phabmixay in France.
Family and friends are invited to attend Panya’s Buddhist Funeral Ritual, which will begin Saturday, January 18 at 1:00 p.m. at Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St., Taylor. Family and friends may call Friday, January 17 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
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