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Obituaries from the May 16 paper.

Anna Verne Callaway Cole was born Mar. 8, 1929 in De- Quincy. She passed away Mon- day, May 7, 2018.

She was well known to most everyone simply as “MamMaw”. She was a passionate, devoted, loving, Christian Mother and Grandmother, not only to her family but to countless others she met and loved. She was known for her feisty, yet good natured, sense of humor. The pain of her absence is already felt by all who knew and loved her.

Anna Verne graduated from DeQuincy High School partici- pating in basketball, cheerlead- ing, homecoming court, 4-H, and serving on the annual staff, being voted best all-around in her class of 1946. That was truly a fitting honor because she has always been the best all-around in life.

After raising her daughters, Anna Verne attended McNeese State University receiving a BA in Elementary Education. Teaching was not just an occu- pation to her, it was her passion. She absolutely loved team teaching with her dearest friend and “co-heart in mischief ” Sally Smith. Together they helped nurture the education of many young children in the Ragley area. After retiring, she always remarked how much she loved teaching and how she missed the kids. MamMaw especially loved teaching her Grandkids to read and take great pride in their education. She continued until her death teaching valu- able life skills to her family.

Those left to cherish her memory include daughters, Judy Guidry (Glen) and Jan Outlaw of Ragley; seven Grand- children; Neil Guidry (Carolyn), Kyla Cole (Jason), Joni Fontenot (Josh), Michael Nicholson (Mary Ryan), Lisa Spooner (Brandon), Jana Hudson (C.J.) and Kelby Outlaw; 17 Great-Grandchil- dren; two Great-Great-Grand- children; and countless friends and relatives.

Anna Verne was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Alma Callaway; sister, Carolyn Callaway; and husband of 70 years L.C. Cole, Jr.

The family visited with friends on Thursday, May 10, from 4-9 p.m. at Magnolia Baptist Church in Ragley and on Friday from 9 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m. at Magnolia Baptist Church. Services were officiated by Rev. Wilton An- thony, Rev. David Free and Rev. Carlie Jackson under the direc- tion of Myers Colonial Funeral Home.

The family would also like to extend our heart-felt apprecia- tion to the many wonderful fam- ily and friends that helped insure that “MamMaw” was comfortable and felt loved her final months at home. She al- ways said that she was truly blessed to have such wonderful friends in her life. We also want to share our sincere apprecia- tion to Dr. Brian Clements, Hardy Myers, Blake Walker, Cathy Coleman, and Brighton Bridge Hospice (Carla, Anna, Roni, and Lauren) for your com- passionate loving care.

Services are under the direc- tion of Myers-Colonial Funeral Home in DeRidder.

Words of comfort may be shared at myers-colonialfuner- alhome.com

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Oscar Almendarez, Sr., 63, was born in Laredo, Texas and passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Navarro Almendarez, his children, Rudy and Karina Dominguez, Hermenegildo “Red” Almendarez, Oscar “Pan- ther” Almendarez, Jr., Sandra Almendarez-Rodriguez and husband Blas, Daniel Almen- darez, Oscar Alex Almendarez, Daniel and Sonia Perez, and Mark Anthony and Michelle Perez, along with 16 grandchil- dren and 13 great-grandchil- dren. He is also survived by his brother, Matias “Willie” Almen- darez; and sister, Carmen and husband, Gabriel Castillo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hermenegildo Al- mendarez and Herminia Garcia Almendarez; and three brothers.

The family received friends on Saturday, May 12, from 12 noon until time of the funeral service at 2 p.m. The visitation and funeral service was held at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy. Interment followed at Riley Smith Memorial Park in DeQuincy.

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

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James “Jimmy” Naquin, 80, a native and resident of DeQuincy was born on Apr. 30, 1938 and passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018.

Jimmy proudly served his country in the U. S. Army. In 1957, Jimmy began his career as a barber. He owned and oper- ated Naquin’s Barber Shop for over 60 years. He also coached baseball with the DeQuincy Dixie Youth Baseball League for over 40 years. Jimmy enjoyed fishing especially with his long- time friend and neighbor, Terry Nortman and he also enjoyed making nets. His favorite pass time was drinking coffee and visiting with his friends at the barber shop. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lola Ogea Naquin; his son, Kenny Naquin and wife, Telisa; grandchildren, Randi Spears and husband, Payton and Steven Naquin and wife, Lexie, all of DeQuincy; great- grandchildren, Waylon and Jemma; sister, Dorothy LeBleu of Lake Charles; step-grandchil- dren, Madison, Jaycee, Kaitlyn and Kieran; step great-grand- children, Ophelia and Jasper.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Barney Naquin and Agnes Tyer Naquin; siblings, Sammy Naquin and Sarah Woodard.

The family received friends from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy with a Rosary beginning at 7 p.m.

The Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, May 16, begin- ning at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of LaSallette Catholic Church. In- terment followed at the Masonic Cemetery in DeQuincy.

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

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Dennis Dwight McKnight, Jr. 48, of Sulphur died Sunday, May 13, 2018, in Starks.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Sulphur where he was a graduate of Parkview Christian School. Dennis was a U.S. Army veteran and member of V.F.W. Post #8107 and Local #406. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends at the camp on the river. He will be remembered as a gentle giant that always took care of others.

Survivors include his wife, Jennifer McKnight of Sulphur; his children, Dennis Dwight McKnight, III of Sulphur, Christin McKnight of Cochran, Ga., Tyler McKnight of Sulphur, and Hailey Winslow of Sulphur; his father, Dennis McKnight, Sr. and wife, Jackie of Oretta; his mother, Evelyn Spell and hus- band, Bruce of Sulphur; his sib- lings, Cindy, Michael, James Lee, Blaine, Terri, and Mark; his granddaughter who was the light of his life, Elora McKnight; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Winona McKnight and David and Margaret Ray; and a niece, Santana Miller.

His funeral will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in Hixson- Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home. Rodney Paul Mazilly and Harry Methvin will officiate. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 1 p.m. until the time of service Thurs- day in the funeral home.

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

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A Memorial Service for Anna Lois West Strickland, 92, of Gainesville, Texas will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 18, at Good Hope Baptist Church, Hwy 109, Singer.

She was born May 21, 1925 and died Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018 in Gainesville.

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