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Obituaries from the June 13 paper.

James “Jimmy” Andrus, 77, died on Sunday, June 3, 2018.

Mr. Andrus was born on Oct. 4, 1940, in DeQuincy to George and Maxine Royer Andrus. He served for 41 years in the Calcasieu Parish Clerk of Court’s office, including 14 years of elected service as the Calcasieu Parish Clerk of Court.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, cutting grass and telling stories. There is no doubt that wherever he went, he found a familiar face to talk to. He loved to share his testimony of being struck by lightning in 1974 and how God miraculously healed him and restored his health. He loved his children and adored his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Andrus; children, Michael Andrus (Ellen) of Houston, Texas, and Trena Stevison (Patrick) of Lake Charles, La.; 5 grandchildren; mother, Maxine Royer Andrus; sister, Jan Verdine (Marlan) of Orangefield, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his father, George F. Andrus.

His funeral service was held at First Pentecostal Church of Lake Charles on Friday, June 8. Pastor Jeffrey Ralston officiated. Burial followed the service at Old Ritchie Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

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Bishop T. F. Tenney of the United Pentecostal Church has died at the age of 84.

Tenney ministered in the United Pentecostal Church International for more than 65 years. He led the United Pentecostal Church International in Louisiana as district superintendent for 27 years.

Tenney and his wife, Thetus, started a ministry called Focused Light. According to his biography on the ministry's website, T. F. Tenney was born and raised in DeRidder,. At the age of 15, in 1949, he began his ministry and at age 19 assumed his first pastorate in Monroe. He attended Apostolic Bible Institute. Later, (1992) he received an Honorary Doctorate from ABI.

He later served as pastor of his home congregation in DeRidder and eventually was elected to lead approximately 300 churches and 800 ministers and pastors as district superintendent in 1978, his biography says.

From 1960-1976, he held several administrative positions. From 1976-78, he returned to DeRidder, Louisiana to serve as pastor of his home congregation. In 1978, he was elected District Superintendent (Bishop) for the state of Louisiana, charged with the oversight of approximately 300 churches and 800 ministers and pastors. He held this position for 27 years – until his recent retirement and re-launch into full-time mobile ministry.

Tenney has preached at several Pentecostal Churches throughout southwest Louisiana.

Services were held Tuesday, June 12, at The Pentecostals of Alexandria.

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“Farewell to a Warrior”

Larry Arlen Marcantel, 81, of DeQuincy, passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at the VA Home in Jennings.

He was born to his late parents, George and Bertha Marcantel on Dec. 16, 1936 in DeQuincy.

Larry loved cooking and reading western novels, and studying military history. He was proud of his privilege to serve in the United States Army with over 25 years of decorated military service and retired as First Sergeant.

One of his fondest memories was the camaraderie of his brothers and sisters in arms who served with him. Some of his accolades include, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Air Medal (1-6 Award), Senior Aircraft Crewman Badge, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Bronze Star Medal (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm (Unit), and the NCO Professional Award. The NCO Professional Award was awarded due to his efforts such as, having to operate as acting base commander of New Cumberland Army Depot during the emergency situation involving the Nuclear Meltdown of Three Mile Island in Harrisburg, Pa.

He had the honor and privilege to be the acting First Sergeant to retire the 173rd from Hanau, Germany. He loved working on helicopters and airplanes and was a Quality Control Inspector for Northrup Grumman for 10 years.

He was very proud of his five children, and three of his sons for following in his career choice, serving in the military. Altogether, he and his sons served in 11 military campaigns and had the support of his wife, Bonnie Marcantel.

Larry loved DeQuincy and had a lot of pride of being from there and the heritage that came with it and how they honor and respect each other as citizens.

He is survived his wife, Bonnie Marcantel; five children, Suzann, James, Raymond, Curtis, Pete; along with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom he loved dearly; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Gene and Sonny; two sisters, Vern and Tinker.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home of DeQuincy with Rev. Alvin Dale Smith and Bro. Marshall Tucker officiating.

Visitation was held at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home on Saturday, June 9, from 5-9 p.m. and resumed on Sunday, at the funeral home, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial followed at DeQuincy Memorial Park Cemetery.

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

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Mack Glynn Wheeler, 76, a resident of DeQuincy, was born on Oct. 29, 1941 in Ville Platte and passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 in DeQuincy.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Edith Maxine Stampley Wheeler; along with his children, Alissa Jolene Huval of Austin, Texas, Mark Evan Wheeler and wife, Amanda of DeQuincy and Oland Stuart Wheeler and wife, Vicky of DeQuincy; his siblings, Diane Smith and husband, Larry of DeQuincy, Alvin Leslie (Tookie) Wheeler of Houston, Texas, Shirley Jean Bryant and husband, Rex of DeQuincy and Phyllis Renee Marcantel and husband Gerald (Jerkie) of DeQuincy. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren along with numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his son, Max Galand Wheeler; parents, Alvin Leslie Wheeler and Bonnie Mae Wheeler; sisters, Betty Gaye Boyer and LeNora Sue McBee.

The family received friends on Friday, June 8, from 5-8 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy. The funeral service was held on Saturday, June 9, beginning at 10 a.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home. Rev. Alvin Dale Smith and Rev. Rex Bryant officiated. Interment followed at Masonic Cemetery in DeQuincy.

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

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Verna “Robbie” Roberta Dunham, 82, of DeQuincy, passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at Christus St. Patrick’s Hospital.

She was born to her late parents, Elwood and Mildred Keltzing on Feb. 20, 1936, in Paulsboro, N.J.

She was a faithful member of DeQuincy United Methodist Church for many years, holding various offices with the UMW. She was proud of her military service in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. She worked as an LPN at DeQuincy Memorial Hospital and Phelps Correctional Institute after receiving her degree from Sowela. Before becoming a nurse, she worked at the DeQuincy Library.

Her hobbies include traveling, needle work, and taking care of her cat, Marty. She was fond of her missionary work, especially when she went to Ecuador using her nursing skills.

She is survived by her son, Mark Dunham and wife Michelle of DeQuincy; grandchildren, Amanda Dunham Lenz and husband Christian of Montgomery, Texas, Shane Hollander and fiancé Britany of Rosepine; and Kristina Dunham of Orange, Texas; and great-granddaughter, Bella Lenz.

Robbie was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Dunham; and one son, Edward “Skip” Dunham, Jr.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 8, at Hixson-Snider Funeral with Rev. Richard Teeter officiating. Visitation was at the funeral home on Friday, from 12 p.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the DeQuincy United Methodist Church, The HOBO Hotel, or any non-kill animal shelter.

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

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Funeral services for Alton Vyvian Baker Jr., 98, were held at Kinder Bible Church Friday, June 1. Rev. Don Barrett officiated. Burial followed in Kinder McRill Cemetery.

He was a member of Kinder Bible Church. He served in the Air Force as a pilot and mechanic. He also worked for the State of Louisiana as an inspector for 32 years. He was a Mason, a member of the Shriners, and served as a volunteer fireman with the Kinder Fire Department for over 50 years, having served as Fire Chief for nearly 20 years.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita Marcantel Baker of Kinder; one son, Daniel Ray Baker and wife Liz of Singer; four daughters, Betty Lynn LeJeune and husband Ricky of Houston, Texas, Nikki Allie Arthurs and husband Bruce of Ponchatoula, Marcia Ettie Miller and husband Bill and Vivian Ann Baker, all of Kinder; two sisters, Allie Juanita Rostrom of Fenton, and Dorothy Baker Gurley of Plano, Texas; 16 grandchildren; and 14 greatgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Allie (Stephens) and Alton Baker Sr.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Baker’s memory to Kinder Bible Church or Camp Pearl Ministries, P.O. Box 10, Reeves LA 70658.

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Billie Ross Snider Edwards, 95, died at an assisted living facility in Conroe, Texas, on May 11, 2018.

She was born in Frost, Texas; graduated from Frost High School and began pursuing a degree in Home Economics at Mary Hardin-Baylor College in Belton. Texas. During World War II, she moved to Lake Charles and began working in the Business Office at the newly constructed Cities Service Oil Refinery.

She had a long career of managing and owning several high-end dress shops, notably Billie’s Anticipation Shop, Billie’s Boutique, and Townhouse Treasures Antique Shop. She was a nationally recognized tapestry hooking instructor who moved between Texas and Louisiana teaching.

She is survived by two daughters, Anetha Snider Craft (Larry) of Ragley and Lynn Snider Cobb of Montgomery, Texas; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Anetha Ross; sister, Peggy Ross; brother, “Buddy” Ross; and husbands, Murry Snider and Mickey Edwards.

Edwards donated her body to Texas A&M Health Science Center to support continued medical research, discovery and development.

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Chester Lee LeBlanc, Sr., 74, died at his home on Friday, June 8, 2018.

He was born in Lacassine. He retired from Ergon Trucking after 22 years.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann LeBlanc of Lake Charles; son, Chester “Chet” LeBlanc, Jr. and wife, Monica of Holmwood; son, Edward “Eddie” LeBlanc and wife, Beth of Moss Bluff; son, Robert LeBlanc and wife, Dani Jo of Woodlawn; daughter, Alexis Vincent of Longville; daughter, Melissa LeBlanc of Lake Charles; nine grandchildren; brother, Wesley “Joe” LeBlanc of Houston, Texas; brother, John “J.E.” LeBlanc of Pineville; sister, Ellen Dale McNeer of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Kylee Ann LeBlanc; parents, Elvie and Bernice LeBlanc; and a brother.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, June 12, at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Lake Charles. Rev. Vijay Peddoju officiated. Burial followed in Consolata Cemetery.

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Roger Dale Ashworth, 72 of DeQuincy, passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2018.

His arrangements are pending at this time and are being handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy. Phone: 786-2999.

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(Editor's Note--Col. Donald E. Ellis (Ret.), DeQuincy native and highly decorated Air Force officer, passed away Sunday, June 10, at the age of 86. Ellis’ Air Force uniform is on display at the DeQuincy Town Hall Museum. The Museum is currently undergoing renovations and should reopen soon.)

Col. Donald E. Ellis (Ret.) joined his Lord, peacefully, on Sunday, June 10, 2018. Don would remind us that we did not lose him; heaven gained an Aggie. He would want us to laugh; share funny stories; and create new, happy memories.

Born in DeQuincy on April 23, 1932, Ellis was an athlete his entire life. He received 16 Varsity Letters in high school and was inducted into the Louisiana High School Hall of Fame in 2010. He played varsity football and baseball for Texas A&M. Don was the star quarterback. In 1952, he was a member of Collier’s “Unsung Squad” and in 1953, was selected as the MVP and twice selected as “Back of the Week” in the SWC. He was inducted into the Texas A&M Hall of Fame in 2001 and served as President of the 12th Man Foundation.

Col. Ellis was a highly decorated Air Force officer serving from 1955 to 1982. Tours included Air Training Command, Alaska Air Command, the Air Force Academy, and 604th Special Operations Squadron. He was the offensive coach for the Air Force Academy Falcons for 6 years. A Vietnam veteran, touring in 1968-1969 with over 333 combat missions in the A-37. Commanded the 560th Flying Training Squadron in which he had the honor of requalifying over 150 active duty military pilots who were POWs in Vietnam. He retired as Vice Wing Commander of the 12th Flying Training Wing. Decorations include the Legion of Merit with two OLCs, Distinguished Flying Cross with two OLCs, Air Medal with 16 OLCs, Meritorious Service Medal with OLC, Air Force Commendation Medal with 3 OLCs, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with device, and Republic of Vietnam Service Medal with four devices. He accumulated over 5,000 flying hours.

Don’s proudest accomplishment was his family. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Reni Ellis; children, Susan Ellis and husband Bob Liesman, Richard Ellis and wife Lisa, David Ellis and wife Kate, and daughter-in-law Juliet Ellis; grandchildren, Chris Ellis, John Ellis, Jennifer Pressley and husband Josh, Erika Liesman, Roy Alexander Liesman; great-grandchildren, Luke Pressley, Emma Pressley and Charlotte Samedi; and sister, Betty Breaux.

He joins his son, Donald (Dee) Ellis, Jr.; brother, Maj. Gen. Billy Ellis; and mother, Lillian Perkins in heaven.

Don was the most interesting man in the world; no comparison. We remember his infectious laugh, the war hero and warrior, the teller of corny jokes, the incomparable athlete, the delight of children; the consummate leader. Our friend, brother, uncle, great grandfather, grandfather, father and husband - we love you and miss you. In your honor, we smile and laugh, raise a glass and celebrate you.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at The Fellowship of San Antonio, 23755 Canyon Golf Road, San Antonio TX 78258. Phone: 210-402-3672.

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