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Obituaries from the February 14 paper.

Ruth Louise Clark, 83, of Starks, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 at Westwood Manor Nursing Home in DeRidder surrounded by Jasmyn Gray and Tania Gray.

She was born to parents, Frank and Grace Gibson in Starks on May 6, 1934. She worked for many years at Southwestern Bell in Beaumont, Texas. She was proud of her grandchildren and loved them very much.

She is survived by her daughter, Tania Gray; one brother, Dennis Gibson; one sister, Betty West, all of Starks; two grandsons, Justin Gray and Derek Gray; along with five great-grandchildren, Jasmyn Gray, Josselynn Gray, Jassidy Gray, Dysin Gray, and Trystin Gray, all of Vidor, Texas.

Ruth was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ray Clark; her parents; two brothers, Kenneth Gibson and Shorty Gibson; five sisters, Billie Hyatt, Edna Dean, Margaret Martinez, Mary Lucille Barnes, and Ann “Pee Wee” Marbell Weider.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements were under the direction of Hixson-Snider Funeral Home, 205 E. Harrison St., DeQuincy.

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Betty Sue Watson, 71, of DeQuincy was born on July 21, 1946, in DeQuincy and passed away Saturday, Feb. 10, in Lake Charles.

She is survived by her stepdaughter, Leesa Dockens and husband, David, and her grandchildren, David Allen Miller, Melica Richardson and husband Joe, Bridgett Boothe and Jermy Miller; six great-grandchildren; and brother, Charles Dowden. She is also survived by her beloved nephews and nieces, Lance Dowden and wife, Diane, Ronda Yellott and husband, Clinton, Joann Marcantel, Sheila Brister, Paula Pickering, Lula Kunena and numerous other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Leo Watson; parents, Robert and Clara Dowden; two brothers; and three sisters

Family received friends from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at First United Pentecostal Church, 228 Smith Street, DeQuincy with a 7 p.m. funeral service. A prayer service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the church with Rev. Carlton Jackson, Jr. officiating. Interment to follow at Oretta Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses.

Arrangements are being handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy.

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Louise Gaskins, a native and resident of Starks was born on Apr. 24, 1942 and passed away on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at the age of 75.

Louise was a loving, caring, selfless and very giving person. She loved working in her garden and she was always humming and praying as she walked and worked. The joy of her life was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and she made each and everyone think they were her favorite. She was a God fearing lady and loved living for God. She was the “rock” of her family and they always knew she was covering them in prayer. She was a faithful member of First Pentecostal Church of Starks. She will be greatly missed by her family and all those who knew her.

She is survived by her daughter, Sherri Marcantel and husband, Marty of Starks; granddaughter, Amber Nicole Frazee of Starks; grandson, Ronnie Frazee of Temecula, Calif.; along with her great-grandchildren, Caleb Masten, Bailee Fisch and Kaelynn Frazee. She is also survived by her brothers, David Gibson and wife, LaDonna of Starks, Larry Gibson and wife, Audrey of Deweyville, Texas; and sisters, Shelma Trahan and husband, Ernie, Sharon (Rooney) Hagar and Evelyn Montgomery, all of Starks.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl Dick Gibson and Mattie Droddy Gibson; husband, Charles Gaskins; granddaughter, Brooke Bankens; sister, Mabel Bass; and brothers, C. J. Gibson, Norman Gibson, Virgil Gibson and Earl “Tippy” Gibson.

The family received friends on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 5-9 p.m. and on Sunday, Feb. 11, from 11 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 2 p.m. The visitation and funeral service were held at First Pentecostal Church, 225 Hwy. 109 S, Starks. Pastor Karl Smith officiated and interment followed at Fountain Cemetery in Starks.

Arrangements were handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy.

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Charles Arthur “Butch” Redden was born on May 26, 1945, and passed away on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 in Westlake after a courageous battle with cancer.

He loved gadgets, was an avid fisherman, and had an exceptional sense of humor. He loved his family and his country, serving twelve years in the United States Air Force with three deployments to Vietnam.

He is survived by his children, R’let Redden and companion, Scott Alston, of Lake Charles, Fredona’ Phillips and husband, Charlie, of Westlake, Kelly Pickering and husband, Steve, of DeQuincy; Cynthia Miller of Duncan, Okla. and Kimberly Williams and husband, Buddy, of Duncan, Okla. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Trey, Ashley, Candice, Charles, Laken, Kyle, Drew, Katherine, Austin, Brittnee, Kaela, Elizabeth, L-E; nine great-grandchildren; and his loving dog, Haley.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Betty Redden; parents, Charles O. and Nancy Redden; granddaughter, Thamara Renee’ Fields; son-in-law, Rich Miller; and brother, Ellis Guillory.

The family received friends on Monday, Feb. 12, from 3-8 p.m. at Bellview Baptist Church, 507 John Stine Road, Westlake. There was a private burial at the Masonic Cemetery.

A special thank you for the outstanding care to Heart of Hospice and Memorial Moss Oncology & ENT.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Memorial Moss Oncology & ENT.

Arrangements are being handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy.

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Yvonne Theriot, 88, of DeQuincy, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital after. She was born to her late parents, Lloyd and Jessie Keiffer on Apr. 10, 1929 in Montgomery.

She was a teacher and school librarian at Starks and DeQuincy Elementary for 31 years. She was a graduate of Atlanta High School, Northwestern State University, and Louisiana State University. She was known throughout the parish and state for her presentations and workshops using creative techniques with children’s books and story-telling. She loved animals and was known for quilting, crafting, and antiques.

She is survived by her three sons, Ricky Horn of Montgomery, Thomas Horn and wife Lisa, of DeQuincy, Doug Horn and wife Ruthie of Moss Bluff; one brother, Dr. Nat Keiffer and wife Fritzy of College Station, Texas; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; along with four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Theriot; one daughter, La Vonne Horn; along with one grandson, Jesse “Man” Horn.

Services were held at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. with Father Eddie Richard officiating. Visitation was held on Monday, Feb. 12, from 5-9 p.m. with a Rosary at 6 p.m. Visitation resumed on Tuesday, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial followed at Perkins Cemetery.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements were under the direction of Hixson-Snider Funeral Home, 205 E. Harrison St., DeQuincy.

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Douglas Ryan Courville passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017.

He was born in Lake Charles. He and his family later moved to Houston, Texas, where he spent most of his life.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Lynda Lee (Scarber) Courville, formerly of DeQuincy; three children, Jon, Ben and Amy; 11 grandchildren, Samantha, Redge, Ethan, Sarah, William, Grace, Blair, Trent, Alex, Kate, and Blake.

He was preceded in death by his son, Trent Ryan Courville.

Doug was a very loving husband, father, and friend. He loved to discuss things that were happening in the world and whatever was happenig in your life.

He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed by his family and extended family in DeQuincy.

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Ledia Jones Edwards, 64, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. She was born Nov. 6, 1953 in Kinder to Sam and Ollie B. (Sally) Jones. She was educated in the DeQuincy school system. She was a lifetime member of Bethel A.M.E. church in DeQuincy. Ledia was active in youth programs, the YPD, the choir, Sunday School, and she used to clean the church. She was employed by the Guy Scroggins Company for many years, Greenhill Nursing Home as a CNA and at DeQuincy Memorial Hospital at the behavioral health unit until she became ill.

She was united in Holy Matrimony to Michael Edwards. She is survived by three sons, Tristan L. Jones, Omar Dante Jones and Warren L. Washington; four sisters, Jennifer Atkins (Donald) of Houston, Texas, Constance Chapman (Wilson), Lisa Jones, Sandra Patrick, all of DeQuincy; and three brothers, Terry Jones (Debra), Jerry Jones (Sheila) and Devin Patrick, all of DeQuincy; one Goddaughter, Yokisha Grant of DeQuincy; two aunts, Arnetta Jackson of Houston, Texas and Rose Jones of DeQuincy; a host of special nieces, nephews, cousins and family friends.

She was preceded in death by both parents; and grandparents, Henry and Edna Jones.

A Celebration Service was held Saturday, Feb. 10, at Bethel A.M. E. Church with Rev. Allen J. Williams, Jr. officiating. Burial followed at Community Cemetery.

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