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Obituaries: October 11, 2017

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Obituaries from the October 11 paper.

Grover Wilson Smith, a native of DeQuincy was born on July 25, 1924 and passed away on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at the age of 93.

He was a Veteran of World War II and during his service he fought in the Rhine River Crossing battle. He received the highest medal awarded during peace time in Louisiana. Grover retired from the U. S. Army after 30 years of service. Also, he was retired from Citgo and Occidental Chemical. He was a former board member and past vice president of the DeQuincy Chamber of Commerce for many years.

There were three things in life important to Grover Smith; his church, his family and his country. He was the oldest surviving male member of The Pentecostal Church where he has been a member since 1940. He served in many capacities including Assistant Sunday School Superintendent, youth leader, head usher and an active Board Member. Anyone who knew Bro. Grover knew him to be a loyal dedicated member of the church and extremely loyal to his Pastor.

Grover was a family man. For over 50 years the family would gather to enjoy Sunday dinners in the family home. He loved woodworking and was very skillful with his hands. He also loved working in his garden.

He was a wonderful husband, awesome father and loving grandfather. He will be greatly missed by his family, church family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Dorothy Smith; sons, James “Jim” Smith and wife, Cynthia of DeQuincy, Rev. Terry L. Smith and wife, Adra of Kinder and Donald “Dubby” Smith and wife, Jean of Easley, South Carolina. He is also survived by seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren.

He is also survived by his sister, Joyce Davenport of Angleton, Texas and brother, Gregory D. Smith of Beaumont, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Grover Cleveland Smith and Lela Estelle Rasberry Smith; his sisters, Anna Mae Royer, Grace Malone, Mae Del Robertson, Mildred Goodman and Clara Sue Smith; and one brother, J. L. Smith.

The family received friends on Monday, Oct. 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at The Pentecostal Church in DeQuincy. The funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 beginning at 1 p.m. at The Pentecostal Church with Pastor Wayne Neyland and Rev. Terry L. Smith officiating. Interment followed at DeQuincy Memorial Park.

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

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Ruby Jane Howard, a resident of Starks was born on Mar. 15, 1942 and passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 at the age of 75.

She is survived by her children, Carolyn Bartholamew and husband, Morgan of Starks, Bertha Marie Prazak and husband, Keith of Dallas, Texas, Ruby Ann Cormier of Lake Arthur, Don Cormier and wife, Mandy of Livingston, Texas; her grandchildren, Morgan, Jr., Charity, Jared, Taylor, James “JD”, Erica, Amanda, Bronte, Tori, Brent and Reagan; along with 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She is also survived by her brothers, J W Howard, Vernon Howard and wife, Ricki, Andrew Howard and wife, Janie, and George Howard; and her sisters, Susie Mae Merryman and husband, David and Florence Rasco.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Riley Howard and Emma Marie Hock Howard; and one brother, Riley “Nick” Howard, Jr.

The family received friends on Friday, Oct. 6, from 5 until 9 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Starks. The funeral service was held on Saturday, Oct. 7, beginning at 11 a.m. Pastor Ron Butler and Bro. Bruce Austin officiated. Interment followed at Doyle Cemetery in Starks.

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

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Georgia Lee Sutton of Lake Arthur, 83, passed away peacefully Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 at the Golden Age Nursing Home in Welsh, where she had been a resident for about three months.

Funeral services for Mrs. Sutton were held Saturday, Oct. 7, at 10 a.m. in First Baptist Church of Jennings with Pastor Jeff Cook and Minister of Education and Senior Adults, Brian Wells officiating. A private family burial will be held at Rigmaiden Cemetery in DeQuincy at a later date under the direction of Miguez Funeral Home.

Visitation was from 5 until 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6, in Jennings at Miguez Funeral Home and resumed Saturday morning at the First Baptist Church at 9 a.m. until service time.

Georgia was born in DeQuincy on Sept. 11, 1934 to her parents Julia Smith Harrison and Harry Olin (Jack) Harrison. She lived in DeQuincy most of her life where she raised her two daughters.

Around 1970, Georgia moved to Brookhaven, Miss. where she met and married her husband Rivers Sutton. While living in Brookhaven she was a member of the Gum Cove Baptist Church.

In 2012, her daughter Becky moved her mother and stepfather to Lake Arthur so they could be closer to her daughters and grandchildren. At that time Georgia became a member of the First Baptist Church of Jennings where she made many dear friends.

Georgia is survived by her two daughters, Christy Moore Barlow and husband Robert of Sulphur and Becky Moore Gauthier and husband Don of Lake Arthur; and one sister Margia Harrison Rodrique of Thibodaux.

She was Maw Maw Honey to her nine grandchildren, Winston (Tracy) Renfrow and wife Lauren of North Platte, Neb., Jason Barlow of Orange, Texas, Russell Barlow of New York, N.Y., Ray Hall and partner Seth Lebert of Coco Beach, Fla., Rocky Hall and wife Samantha of Lake Arthur, Richelle Hall Hanson and husband Brady of Dayton, Texas, Charles (T-Boy) Talen and fiancee Ashli Waldrep of Lake Charles, Ashlee Gauthier Guin and husband Kelly of Lake Arthur, and Brooke Gauthier, also of Lake Arthur.

Her great-grandchildren are Britton, London, Slade and Storm Renfrow, Harley, Ava and Tate Hall, Callie, Savannah, and Payton Hanson and Aubree and Kane Guin.

Georgia also has two great-great-grandchildren, Gemma and Soren Renfrow.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rivers Sutton and the father of her daughters, Joseph Willard (Buddy) Moore; two brothers, Jackie and Glenn Harrison; and one sister Joyce Marie Harrison.

Pallbearers were Winston Renfrow, Charles Talen, Ray Hall, Rocky Hall, Brady Hanson, and Slade Renfrow. Honorary pallbearer was Tate Hall.

Words of comfort may be expressed to the family at www.miguezfuneralhome.com.

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Bobby Lee Clark, 82, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at Westwood Manor Nursing Home in DeRidder. He was born on Apr. 9, 1935 in Starks. He worked at Citgo Refinery for 32 years as a Rigger.

Bobby enjoyed cookouts and spending time with his family and friends. He was proud of his military service in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his four children, Tammy Hentzen and husband Patrick, of Flower Mound, Texas, Darlene Heavin and husband Gary of Mertzon, Texas, Ricky “Skeeter” Burnett and Roger Clark, both of DeQuincy; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Jettie Clark; a brother, Elbert Clark; two sisters, Mildred Cole and Prudence Clark.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the family at 1277 Hwy 27 N., DeQuincy LA 70633.

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

Arrangements are be handled by Hixson-Snider Funeral Home, 205 E. Harrison St., DeQuincy.

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