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Obituaries from the December 6 paper.

Samuel P. Smith, 93, of DeQuincy, passed away Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 in his home.

He was born in DeQuincy on Dec. 19, 1923. Samuel worked in the oilfield for over 70 years. He worked throughout Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and offshore. He later worked several years in the Middle East and the North Sea. He started his career building board runs for Guy Scroggins and he retired as a self-employed Consultant Engineer. He was an Army veteran, serving in WWII in the South Pacific.

He loved to hunt, fish and camp with his family. He was a wonderful cook and gardener, known for his fine okra. He was a prayer warrior and bold witness for his Savior.

He is survived by his daughter, Lavita Gayle Kendall and husband Jimmy, two daughters-in-law, Mary (Midge) Smith and Cynthia Smith Moore, one brother-in law that was more like a son, Troy Chambers and wife Kathleen; four grandchildren, Tracey Smith and wife Marci, Jamey Kendall and wife Jan, Sammy Smith and wife Jennifer, and Sara S. Moore; seven great-grandchildren, Aaron, Kye, Jordan, Lillian, Seth, Abigail and Luke; along with many nieces and nephews.

Samuel was preceded in death by his wife of more than 70 years, Crystal Louise Chambers Smith; two sons, Truman Plase Smith and Troy Lynn Smith.

Services were held at New Hope Baptist Church. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, and the funeral service was at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. Pastor Roland Hebert officiated. Interment followed at Perkins Cemetery. A family memorial was presented at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, at New Hope Baptist Church.

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

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Betty L. Hudson, 93, of Starks passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at home with family surrounding her.

Betty was born on Mar. 14, 1924 in Starks, to parents Edna Berry VanMetre and C. T. “Charlie” VanMetre.

Betty is survived by her five children: Colonel Billy Wayne Hudson and wife Sherry of Vinton, Harold “Peewee” Hudson and wife Becky of Llano, Texas, Margaret “Pogo” Commander and husband Phillip of Pleasant City, Ohio, Jenny Stanely and husband Keith of Cypress, Texas, and Debbie Fontenot and husband Jamie of Lake Charle. Betty has 12 grandchildren: Billy Wayne Jr., Sandra, Jack, Chantel, Christopher, Heather, Heath, Destiny, Misty, Ryan, Brittany and Taylor. Betty has 15 great-grandchildren: Colby, Anna, Bella, Nevaeh, Trey, Ethan, Peyton, Cora, Emma, Molly, Chayla, Emma, Wynn, Ashton, and Hudson. Betty also has two great-grandchildren: Madelyn and Mackenzie.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, Jack E. Hudson; her parents and nine siblings.

Betty worked as a telephone operator during WWII and worked for 16 years at Delta Downs Racetrack in Vinton. Betty loved to read, debate and spend time with family. She loved her birds and flowers. Betty was a lifetime member of the Starks Memorial VFW Auxiliary #4759 and of the Catholic Daughters of St. Joseph’s Parish in Vinton. Betty was the last surviving sibling of C. T. and Edna VanMetre. Betty’s wish was to donate her body to Tulane and not have a memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heart of Hospice Southwest of Lake Charles.

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Helen Doris Leger of DeQuincy was born on Oct. 2, 1940 and passed away on Dec. 2, 2017 at the age of 77.

She is survived by her children, Cindy Hydle and husband Jerry of DeQuincy, Sarah Cole and husband Glen Weeks of Diboll, Texas, James Cole of DeQuincy and Michael Cole and wife, Theresa of Starks; along with eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Leger; her parents, Johnny Albert Bushnell and Ellen Holmes Bushnell; her granddaughter, Nicole Stains and great-grandson, Kameron Sharbino.

The family received friends on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy. The funeral service was held on Monday, Dec. 4, beginning at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church 201 S. Pine St., DeQuincy, with Pastor Gil Arthur officiating. Interment followed at Oretta Cemetery in Oretta.

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

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James O. Hux, Jr., 88, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at The Care Center of DeQuincy where he had been residing for the past few years.

He is survived by his children, Richard Hux and wife, Destiny and Tony Hux, all of Vinton; and one sister, Ruth Welda of Tennessee.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one daughter, Denise Hux Sykes.

The service will be private.

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

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Freddie Lee Dines, 70, of DeQuincy passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017.

He is survived by his grandsons, Hayward Burley, Jr., Lee Dines and Moses Dines of DeQuincy.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara Dines; his parents, Henry Lee Dines and Edna Thomas; and one daughter, Lawanda Dines.

Arrangements are pending with Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy. Phone: 786-2999.

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Tommy Curtis Rutledge, 69 years of age, was not the ‘Poor Ole Tom’ he referred to himself as, but a man blessed beyond measure and lived life to the fullest. He closed his eyes to his earthly life and entered the gates of heaven on Friday, Dec 1, 2017. Greeting him at the gates were many friends along with his parents and grandparents, Dr. & Mrs. C.E. Rutledge, Sr. and Jr.

Even though he was born in Couer d’Alene, Idaho where his dad was serving in the US Navy, his home became DeQuincy at five years of age when his dad began practicing dentistry there. Tommy only resided in one other location while attending Law School and just couldn’t bring himself to live anywhere else. A very prestigious dream job in another town was offered him following Law School but he proudly turned it down saying “DeQuincy needs me and I need DeQuincy where I can raise a family and serve my hometown.” It proved to be very true.

Tommy graduated as Valedictorian of the 1966 class at DeQuincy High School. He went on to attend McNeese State College and graduated from Louisiana State University Law School in Baton Rouge in 1972 with a degree of Juris Doctor. While attending Law School, Tommy was employed by the Missouri Pacific Railroad where he worked nights all three years. He began practicing law in DeQuincy with his childhood friend, Danny Bishop and in 1980s branched out to a solo practice. Pat Brummett and Paula Dyson worked for Tommy from the beginning of his practice until his retirement in 2010.

During his years of serving DeQuincy, he considered it an honor to hold many positions of leadership in the community. He served as: President of the DeQuincy Rotary Club, President of the Chamber of Commerce, City Attorney and City Magistrate. He served on the Board of Directors of DeQuincy Memorial Hospital, Board of the SW Louisiana Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and was a member of Southwest Louisiana Bar Association.

Tommy referred to himself as the ‘Poor Ole Tom’ simply because he was always an advocate for the “under dog”. With a huge heart and generous giving spirit he could rarely say ‘No’ to opportunities for helping support or contribute to someone in need. Always the jokester, tease and life of every party, one would rarely see him without a smile or laughing his contagious ‘belly-laugh’. He loved all kinds of music and never found a food (or drink) he couldn’t fully enjoy.

He was a risk taker, a gambler at heart and played varied games in life with robust thrill. Whether it was the stock market, sports teams, poker, gin, blackjack or Old Maids, he accepted the challenge to be proficient and win. Trips to Vegas, barbequing, fish frys and gumbos were only a few of the outings he delighted in. A love of fishing, hunting, golf or any outdoor sport was only secondary to the love of spending time with friends.

In 2008 and 2009, Tommy sustained Traumatic Brain Injuries and spent the last nine years of his life receiving care from many wonderful caregivers. Resthaven Nursing Home in Lake Charles became his home over the last year and a half. During the last few days of his life, the family experienced just how special he had been to the staff as they observed a line of caregivers making their tearful ways to his bedside to love on him and joke with him as they shared their goodbyes. A very unique occurrence was that they all had given him different nicknames. One of Tommy’s trademarks throughout life was that he had gifted many friends, family members and, even on occasion, strangers with nicknames.

He leaves behind his wife, Pam Weston Rutledge of Iowa; daughter, Tammy and husband Pete Mitchell of New Braunfels Texas, daughter, Tiffany and husband Billy Howard; and grandsons, Henry Charles Rutledge Howard “Hank” and Carter of Spring, Texas; son, Brady and wife Mary Ann Rutledge and three grandsons, Carter, Ben and Will of Iowa. Tommy also leaves behind his sister, Debbie and husband Earl Breaux and nieces, Meagan and Mallory, all of Baton Rouge. He is also survived by his wife’s family members who reside in various cities in Texas. The names of friends he has shared life with would fill a book and were cherished by him to the end.

Each of you sharing this day remembering Tommy are ones he would thank for being part of his life-journey. He will be remembered by the part he played in your journey and if he failed to meet a need he could have, may God do so and bless you extra for loving him.

His family honored his life in a service on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. There was a visitation on Monday, Dec. 4, from 5-8 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 9-10 a.m. Visitation and services were held at The First United Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy, 230 Smith Street, DeQuincy.

Since Tommy was blessed to receive a liver transplant in 2001, it would honor his love of life if friends choose to contribute to the LOPA 3545 N I-10 Service Road, Suite 300, Metairie LA 70002 so others may enjoy an extended life as he did.

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

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Andrew “Brennan” Thomas, 22, died on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. He was a member of the Lighthouse Tabernacle Church in Sulphur.

He is survived by his parents, David G. Thomas and Becky A. Thomas; two sisters, Leah Upton and Liana Upton, both of Sulphur; and grandparents, Sylvia M. Thomas of Sulphur, and Doris Alexander of DeQuincy.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Edgar F. Thomas and David T. Alexander.

Funeral service was held on Saturday, Dec. 2, at Johnson and Robison Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Allan Upton and the Rev. Rodney Begnaud officiating.

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Susan Rae Thompson, 38, of Lake Charles died on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, at her residence.

She was born in Lake Charles. She was a graduate of McNeese State University and was to receive her Master’s Degree in Social Work from LSU on Friday, Dec. 15.

She is survived by her son, Elijah David Fairman; mother, Virginia Ann Leger; sister, Josie Thompson; and grandmother, Louise Glasspool.

She was preceded in death by her father, David Preston Thompson; and grandfather, Bill Glasspool.

Her funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 2, at the First Pentecostal Church of Lake Charles. Rev. Jeffery Ralston officiated. Burial followed in Rigmaiden Cemetery in DeQuincy.

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Gloria Jean “Jeannie” Miller, 66, of Lake Charles, died on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at her residence.

She was born in Navasota, Texas. She was a graduate of Grand Lake High School, where she was a member of the track and basketball team. After high school she went on to graduate from McNeese State University with a word processing degree. She and her husband were pastors at Moss Bluff Assembly of God for 17+ years. She was an employee of Levingston Group, where she was a secretary for more than 20 years.

Survivors include her husband, Daniel “Danny” Miller of Lake Charles; sons, David Miller of Lake Charles and Benjamin “Ben” Miller of North Carolina; brother, Donald “Don” Sistrunk of Ragley; mother, Gloria Odom Colley; step-father, Charles “Chuck” Colley.
She was preceded in death by her father, William Sistrunk.

Her funeral service was held at The Vineyard Church Moss Bluff Monday, Dec. 4. Pastor Tim Nicholas officiated. Cremation was entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home.

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Alton Bert Clark, 74, of Lake Charles, died on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. Clark was born in DeQuincy and was raised in Starks where he was a graduate of Starks High School. He had resided in the Lake Charles area for the past 25 years.

Survivors include five children, David Wayne Clark (Robin) of Lake Charles, Michelle Sanchez (Geno) of Moss Bluff, Theresa Drouant (Brett) of Sulphur, Tracy Schuler (Lance) of St. Louis, Mo. and David Wade Clark (Chasity) of Moss Bluff; brother, Paul Clark of Starks; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Verna Dean and Victor Clark; wife, Sandra “Sandy” Clark; and five siblings.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 5, in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Charles Manuel officiated. Burial followed at Clark Cemetery in Starks.

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Funeral services were held for Daniel O’Dell, Sr., 87, who died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.

Survivors include his wife, Mavis O’Dell of Lafayette; two daughters, Kathryn O’Dell Granger and husband Michael of Jacksonville, Fla., and Sheryl O’Dell Harrison and husband Roy of Ragley; three sons, Daniel O’Dell, II and wife Camella of Ragley, John O’Dell and wife Ghie of San Diego, Calif., and Michael O’Dell of Ragley; four step-daughters, Jamie Lynn Halsell of Little Rock, Ark., Kelly Garrett and husband Ronnie of Lafayette, Lee Ann Erikson and husband Eric of Loreauville; and Carla Dozier and husband James of Carrolton, Ga.; one step-son, Lance Halsell and wife Angie of Lafayette; eight grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Maria and Wilfred O’Dell; his step-father, William “Bill” Gerard; first wife, Ella Mae Young O’Dell; one daughter, Dorcina O’Dell; one sister; and one brother.

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Rev. Daniel Ray Perego, Sr., 86, a resident of Ragley, Louisiana passed away on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.

The arrangements are pending and will be handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy. Phone: 786-2999.

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Ramona Joyce Broussard Hoffpauir, 88, passed from this life on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.

She was born in New Iberia June 12, 1929. She was a graduate of Sulphur High School. She married Albert C. Hoffpauir of Crowley. They were married for 64 yrs. They had one daughter, Linda Marcantel (Marvin W. Marcantel) of Sulphur. Ramona had four grandchildren, Todd Lawrence (DeQuincy), Melissa Limberis (Lake Charles), Tamra Fruge (DeQuincy) and Matthew Marcantel (Sulphur); nine great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Ramona was known for being a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, neighbor and friend. She was known for her cooking, beautiful flowers and quilting.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Foreman; and her husband, Albert Hoffpauir.

The funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. at Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Visitation is Wednesday 9 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Masonic Cemetery in DeQuincy.

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

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