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Obituaries: November 21, 2018

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Obituaries from the November 21 paper.

Lorraine Rainy Ware Felice, 68, of Longville died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.

She was a second grade school teacher at South Beauregard Elementary and retired after 26 years of dedicated service.

Survivors include are her husband, Billy Felice; mother, Zella Duhon Cupit; son, Cody Ware and wife Amanda of Lake Charles; stepsons, Eric Felice and wife Brandi of Westlake, Craig Felice and wife Heather of Lake Charles; five grandchildren; and sister, Sherri Stanton of Littlerock, Ark.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Clayton Ware; father, Gurney LeBlanc; and half brother, Larry Cupit.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 17, at the First Pentecostal Church of Ragley.

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Jack L. Fluitt, 84 of DeSoto Texas passed away Wednesday late evening Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He is survived by his wife Mary Ann Fluitt; sister Ann Porter; daughter, Kathe Asher-Jeffries and sons, Larry A. and David A. Fluitt; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren along with numerous nieces, nephews and many good friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Mildred Fluitt; brothers Fred and Glynn Fluitt; along with sister, Betty June Lounsberry.

He was a member of the Lions Club, Elks Lodge and a volunteer for the Desoto Police Department for many years in which he portrayed the character “McGruff” promoting child safety events at local schools. He was part of the volunteer group DCPAAA through the police department and a founding member of the “Citizen on Patrol” program He attended Hillcrest Baptist Church. He retired 35 years from Oryx Energy (Sun Oil Co).

Graveside services, with Military Honors, were held at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Dallas/Ft. Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mt. Creek Pkwy., Dallas, Texas with Rev. Mike Simmons officiating.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorials or donations be made to Expand Our Reach c/o Hillcrest Baptist Church, 265 W. Pleasant Run Rd., Cedar Hill TX 75104.

(Paid Memorial)

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Neil Randall Crain, 85, of Lake Charles, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at a local hospital.

He attended Grand Chenier Schools and graduated in 1952 with a high school diploma from the Texas Military Institute in San Antonio, Texas. He then attended Louisiana State University and Lamar University in Civil Engineering.

He served the U.S. Coast Guard on active duty from 1953-1957 until he was called home to Grand Chenier to help rebuild the family business following Hurricane Audrey. He remained on Ready Reserve with the United States Coast Guard for 17 years for a total of 20 years of service.

He began his construction career at the family business, Crain Brothers Inc. in Grand Chenier. He devoted his life to the oil industry and was an expert at low land construction. He held heavy construction licenses in Louisiana and several other states. Not only was his expertise sought out in the United States, but also around the world such as in Africa, Venezuela, Japan and the Caribbean. He also served as President of Crain Brothers Ranch.

He became a Master Mason upon entering the Coast Guard in 1953 and was a member of all Bodies of Masonry and held various leadership positions. He was a 33rd Degree Mason and served as the 2004 Grand Master of all Masons in the state of Louisiana.

He served in advisor positions for former US Senator Jesse Knowles, former Governor Dave Treen and former US House of Representative, William Henson Moore III. He also served on the Louisiana State Contractor’s Licensing Board.

Survivors include his wife, Madeleine St. Clair Crain; two daughters, Randalin Crain and Rosalind Crain LeCompte; one son, Duncan Russell Crain and wife Tammy; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; along with one sister, Coral Lee Crain Byrd.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Chapel of Johnson Funeral Home. Burial was at Highland Memory Gardens.

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