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Obituaries: November 29, 2017

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Obituaries from the November 29 paper.

Louis “Junior Gray” Gray Jr. died on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at Christus St. Patrick Hospital. He was born in DeQuincy. He was baptized at Evergreen Baptist Church. He attended Grand Avenue School, graduated from Southern University with a B.S. in Elementary Education and earned a Master of Education degree at McNeese State University in Supervision and Administration. His first administrative job was principal at Vinton Elementary. Desiring to work locally, he taught at Carver and Moss Bluff Elementary. After which, he served as principal at Ralph Wilson Elementary from which he retired. He and his wife worked for the Louisiana State Department of Education as coordinator for region five hands-on math and science LASIP initiative program.

Survivors include his wife, Martha; sons, Anthony and Donovan; brother, Claude Ellis, three granddaughters; daughters, Lydia, Aree, Brenda, Jennifer, Jean and Pamela; 22 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by both parents, Jenny Smith Gray (Nealy) and Louis Gray Sr; one brother; and one son, Karle Wayne.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 25, at New Sunlight Baptist Church. Pastor Al Williams officiated. Burial followed at Combre Memorial Park.

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Christine Ann “Bill” LeDay, 62, was born in Lafayette. She resided in DeQuincy most of her life. She died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, in a local hospital.

Survivors include her husband, Ruschel LeDay; daughters, Denise (Andre) Poullard, Rhonda LeDay and Alaney LeDay; sons, Patrick (Hope), Dwayne and Rufus (Casie) LeDay; sisters, Helen Jackson, Louana Malveaux and Leona Ben; brothers, Matthew and Bradley Malveaux; and eight grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Leola Bias Malveaux Sr.

Her funeral was held Saturday, Nov. 25, at Evergreen Baptist Church in DeQuincy. Pastor James Harris officiated. Burial was in Community Cemetery.

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Raymond Joseph Manuel, 93, a resident of DeQuincy was born on Mar. 19, 1924 and passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017.

He is survived by his daughter, Anna Royer and husband, Calvin of DeQuincy; sons, Raymond Manuel and wife, Lana, Terry Lynn Manuel and Gary Gene Manuel and wife, Linda, all of DeQuincy and Timothy Paul Manuel and wife, Lisa of Vidor, Texas. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Robbie Lee Frazier Manuel; his parents, Edgar Manuel and Annett Granger Manuel; his daughter-in-law, Patsy Manuel; four brothers; and four sisters.

The family received friends on Friday, Nov. 24, from 5 until 7 p.m. with the funeral service beginning at 7 p.m. A Prayer service was held on Saturday, Nov. 25, at 10 a.m. The visitation and services were held at The First United Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy, 230 Smith Street, DeQuincy. Pastor Carlton Jackson, Jr., Rev. T. D. Cardwell and Rev. Leon Royer officiated. Interment followed at Rigmaiden Cemetery in DeQuincy.

Pallbearers were Joey Manuel, Jeremy Manuel, Jon Royer, Jeff Royer, Paul Royer, Shelby Royer; Honorary Pallbearers were Nick Hamilton, Shawn Hamilton and Adrian Manuel.

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

(Paid Memorial)

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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 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; 20 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 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home in DeQuincy with visitation beginning at 1 p.m.

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

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Marvin Lee “Frog” Gill, 76, of DeRidder, died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 in Rosepine. A graveside service was held on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Smyrna-Cole Cemetery. Services were officiated by Rev. Russel Burgess.

He is survived by his daughter Rhonda “Sissy” Callahan and Glenn of Rosepine; two sons, Gene Gill and Vickie of DeRidder and John Russell “Rusty” Gill and Brenda of Pitkin; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara Shirley of DeRidder and Betty Gill of Arkansas; and two brothers, William “Zeke” Gill and Randy Gill, both of DeRidder.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vergie and Marvin Gill; son, Ronnie Gill; great-granddaughter, Madison.

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Joseph Burton Vincent, 75, of, Wilton Manors, Fla., was born on Jan. 15, 1942 and passed away on Saturday, Nov.18, 2017.

Vincent is survived by his sister, Joan Arbour; and brothers, Patrick Lucien Vincent and Howard Vincent.

He was the son of the late Burton and Lola Johnson Vincent of DeQuincy.

He had two degrees from Rice University. He was a member of American Institute of Architects and I.B.D. He began his career with Wurster Bernardi and Emmons in San Francisco in 1965. He joined Skidmore Owings & Merrill in 1970. Vincent later founded AndrewBelschnerJosephVincent (ABJV)

He was an accomplished designer and many of his projects were published in professional design journals. He was a senior designer for projects at Harrah's Hotel, Casino, and Auto Museum in Reno, N. M., and at the Southeast Financial Center in Miami, Fla.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangerments are under the direction of Baird-Case Jordan-Fannin Funeral Home & Cremation Service

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Elton Pickering was born at home in Fields. He died on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017.

He served as Parish Manager for the Beauregard Parish Police Jury for over 30 years. During this time he served on the Board of Directors for 911 at its inception helping to map and name roads. He also served on the Board for the Beauregard Airport. He also served as Civil Defense Director, Flood Plain Manager and was a member of the National Association of County Engineers. He worked with DOTD in the Off System Bridge Program, was a member of American Public Works Association and the Continuing Professional Development Program. He was on the Executive Board of Louisiana Police Jury Association. He served two terms as President of the Louisiana Parish Engineers and Supervisors Association.

He was a member of Mystic Baptist Church for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy; and their daughter Kirsten; two sons: Elton Jr. (Pete) and wife Darla of Merryville and Steven (Cotton) and wife Deidy of Fields; three grandchildren; siblings, Rayburn Pickering of Jasper, Texas, Lee Pickering of Lake Charles, Patricia Gore and Diane Clifton, both of Singer, and Mary Pierce of DeQuincy; step-sons, Don Hollingsworth of DeRidder and Jorge Hollingsworth of Starks.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond (Doc) and Eloise (Bo) Pickering; and one brother.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Nov. 26, at Mystic Baptist Church in Fields. Brother Lewis King officiated. Burial followed at Hyatt Cemetery in Fields.

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Wesley Paul Fisher, a resident of DeQuincy was born on Jan. 16, 1921 and passed away on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at the age of 96.

Paul proudly served his country in the U. S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Hector and was a Veteran of World War II. He was the co-owner of Conerly Furniture and owner of DeQuincy Redi Mix. Paul was a member of First Baptist Church in DeQuincy and was also a member of the Rotary Club. He loved working with his hands. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by his family.

He is survived by his wife of 76 years, Billie Frances Conerly Fisher; his daughter, Frances Bolick and husband, Jim of Sugarland, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley J. Fisher and Mary Crosswell; his sons, Wesley Paul Fisher, Jr. and James O. Fisher; and one sister, Pauline Miertschin.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, Nov. 30, from 5 until 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 201 S. Pine Street, DeQuincy. The funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church on Friday, Dec. 1, beginning at 10 a.m. with Pastor Gil Arthur officiating. Interment will follow at Perkins Cemetery in DeQuincy.

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

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