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Obituaries: December 20, 2017

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Obituaries from the December 20 paper.

Aaron Addison Stracener, 29, of Leesville died Monday, Dec. 11, 2017.

He is survived by his parents, Shannon and Martha Miller Stracener of Leesville; sister, Jordan A. Stracener of Ragley; grandmother, Charlene P. Miller of Rosepine.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Myers Colonial Funeral Home in DeRidder with Rev. Bryon Williams officiating. Burial followed at Lone Star Baptist Church Cemetery in Sugartown.

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Funeral services for Linda Coleman were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25, at Rush Funeral Home in Pineville, with Reverend David Guillot officiating. Interment followed in Big Creek Cemetery in Pollock.

Mrs. Coleman, 74, of Pollock, died on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 at Willis Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport.

She was a native of DeQuincy. She was a member of Big Creek Baptist Church. She retired from Ray's Pharmacy in Ball after 32 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Woodrow and Maxine Ball; son, Kelvin Coleman; and two sisters.

Survivors include her husband, Charlie Coleman of Pollock; daughter, Michelle Nicholson and husband John of Bossier City; son, Charlie D. Coleman and wife Julie of Pollock; brothers, Steve Ball of New Iberia, Biff Ball of Singer, Rodney Ball of New Iberia; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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George S. Kuffel was born in St. Cloud, Minn., and died on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in Lake Charles.

Kuffel enrolled in the Reserve Officer Training Corps at North Dakota State University at Fargo. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 1951 and received his commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry. He served in the 40th Infantry in Korea and continued his military service for 20 years, achieving the rank of major. He served at several bases in the U.S. and France, as well as two tours in Vietnam as an advisor to the South Vietnamese military.

His awards include the Korean Service Medal, UN Service Medal, ROK Presidential Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnam Service Medal with Cross of Gallantry, National Service Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars and The Air Medal. His expertise as a marksman was recognized by the award of Distinguished Rifleman and his service as Captain of the All Army Rifle Team.

Major Kuffel came to Lake Charles between his two tours in Vietnam as adviser to the 156th Infantry of the Louisiana National Guard. He returned to Lake Charles when he retired from the Army in 1971. He enrolled at McNeese State University, became a Graduate Assistant, and received a Master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance in 1972. This started him on a path as an educator at DeQuincy High School and McNeese.

At McNeese, he held the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. He served as coordinator and director of the Office of Community Services. One of his programs was the Emphasis on Adult Special Entry (EASE), a program tailored to adults entering or returning to college. Another was an early entry program that allowed high school students to take college courses while still in high school. A project that made him especially proud was his success in allowing men held in the Louisiana Correctional and Industrial School (later Phelps Correctional Center) to participate in college courses and the opportunity to receive credit toward an Associate degree. The Louisiana Association for Continuing Higher Education recognized him for his outstanding service in 1995, shortly after his retirement.

He served as a lector and school board member at St. Margaret Catholic Church and as a member of the Seminary Advisory Board. He served as vice president and president of the Serra Club of Lake Charles, and was chosen Serran of the Year in 1987.

He was a member of Southwest Louisiana Rifle and Pistol Club and Lake Charles Woodworkers.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Kuffel.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church Monday, Dec. 18, followed by burial at Central Louisiana Veteran’s Cemetery in Leesville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the McNeese Foundation.

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Catherine Richard Mott, 60, died Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.

Catherine is survived by her husband, Alous Mott; two children, William Anthony Mott and wife Holly of Biloxi, Miss., and Jeremiah Lynn Mott of Sulphur; two grandchildren; and siblings, Maryanne Parker of Singer, Carol Winstead of Deatesville, Ala., John Michael Richard of Mandeville, Larry Dale Richard of Oretta, Linda Foreman of Sulphur, and Chris Paul Richard of Sulphur.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; and one sister.

Services were held Monday, Dec. 18, at Johnson and Robison Funeral Home in Sulphur, with Pastor Marcus Wade officiating. Burial followed in Oretta Cemetery.

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Edward Donald “Don” Wilder, 75, of Ragley, died Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.

He was born in DeQueen, Ark. He was a resident of Westlake, for over 45 years, and worked as an AC/Refrigeration repair man.

Survivors include three daughters, Kimberly (Glenn) Hudson of Ragley, Melissa Jamison (Ed) of Westlake, and Donna Canter (Tony) of DeRidder; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jacqueline DuVernay of McMinnville, Ore., and Nancy Wilder of Sulphur.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jane; son, Clifton Miller; two grandchildren, Michael Harkins and Brittany Harkins; parents, Delta and Jack Wilder; one brother; and one sister.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at Hixson Funeral Home of Westlake. Visitation will resume on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

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Robert Earl “Bob” Stark, 83, of Orange, Texas, died on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017.

Mr. Stark was born in DeQuincy. He was a minister for 62 years and at the age of 73 started the ROC Church in Lake Charles. He retired as a Business Development Manager for Greenberry Industrial in Sulphur.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Stark; four children, Danny Stark and wife Joan of Reeves, Candy Fontenot and husband Paul of Moss Bluff, Steve Stark and wife Julie of Lake Charles and Beth Langston and husband Dave of Orange, Texas; two stepchildren, Jason Billings and wife Christine of Centralia, Wash. and Jennifer Sleeman and husband Josh of Elbe, Wash.; one brother, Earl Stark of Broussard; 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Skipper Stark; his parents; one brother; and a grandson, Stevie Langston.

Services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m. at Johnson and Robison Funeral Home in Sulphur with Steve Stark and Dave Langston officiating. Burial will follow at Rigmaiden Cemetery in DeQuincy. Visitation will resume on Wednesday from 8 a.m. until the time of service.

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Iris Perry Buford was born to Alfred Thomas Perry Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Cooley Perry on Apr. 10, 1927, and passed away Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, at the age 90 years. She was a faithful member of First United Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy since 1944 and served as a Sunday school teacher and in other capacities.

After graduating from Merryville High School in 1944, she moved to DeQuincy to work, living with Tom and Mattie Robinson. She met Elliott Darrow Buford, whom she married in 1946. She worked in retail stores in DeQuincy as well as in St. Paul, Minn. She later worked at the DeQuincy Elementary School cafeteria and then managed the DeQuincy High School cafeteria until she retired in 1992. An excellent seamstress, her hobbies included sewing, crocheting, embroidering, quilting, cooking, baking, and yard work.

She is survived by two sons: David Buford and wife Janet, of DeQuincy, and Reverend Daniel Buford and wife, Jane, of Florissant, Mo.; five grandchildren, Rachel Johnson and husband, Jevon, Robyn Fontenot, Royce Buford and wife, Amanda, Reverend Brandon Buford and wife, Brianne, and Brad Buford and wife, Tempie; along with 11 great-granchildren, Marshal, Michael, Jana, Jathan, Easton, Haley, Zane, Zoe, Zeke, Preston, and Parker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 71 years and six days; five brothers, Arnold West, Bertis West, Emmett Perry, A. T. Perry Jr., and Mathus Perry; and seven sisters, Bonnie Cagle, Mittie Cooper, Ollie Franks, Neva Cochran, Annie Lee Sapp, Addie Ruth Jackson, and Mary Watson.

Iris was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

The family received friends on Tuesday, Dec. 19, from 5-8 p.m. at First United Pentecostal Church, 228 Smith Street, DeQuincy.

The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at First United Pentecostal Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Brandon Buford, the Rev. T. D. Cardwell, and the Rev. Carlton L. Jackson Jr. Interment to follow at Perkins Cemetery in DeQuincy.

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

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Lincoln Lavon Stevens was born on Nov. 4, 2016 and passed away on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 at his residence in Singer.

He is survived by his parents, Linton Aaron Stevens and LaToya Michelle Jackson Stevens; along with his sisters, Lyric Cator’e Stevens, Lyna’zha Dieon Jackson; his grandparents, Eligah Stevens of Singer, Rosie Stevens of Houston, Texas, Charlie Bryant of DeQuincy and Ann Prescott of DeQuincy; along with numerous other relatives.

The family will receive friends on Friday, Dec. 22, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. The visitation and funeral service will be held at First Church of God in Christ, 621 S Grand Avenue, DeQuincy with Pastor Clifton David officiating. Interment will follow at Paradise Cemetery.

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

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Marcus Dale Hammon, 71, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017.

A celebration of life was held on Friday, Dec. 15, at the chapel of McReynolds-Nave & Larson Funeral Home. Burial took place at Greenwood Cemetery.

Mark was born on Jan. 3, 1946 and grew up in DeQuincy. He later joined the Navy and met the love of his life, Brenda, and together they enjoyed 49 wonderful years of marriage.

Mark was a former Trane employee of 25 years. He spent 20 years as a Health Physicist with the Division of Radiological Health, Tennessee Dept. of Environment and Conservation, retiring in 2011. He also drove state employees to and from Nashville for many years (the Van Group ).

Mark was a devoted father and grandfather. He was also a dedicated bass fisherman. He enjoyed traveling to all 50 states, visiting national landmarks along the way with the people he loved most. Also, he enjoyed the time he served as a Boy Scout Leader. Mark gave his time and talent to nature, graduating in 1977 from Austin Peay State University with a degree in Biology.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Walter Rougon and Ethel Greer Hammon; and brothers, Joe, Dub, and Wallace Hammon.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Curtis Hammon; sons, Dale Hammon (Norma) of Singer and Greg Hammon (Angela) of Versailles, Mo.; daughter, Amy Tinker (John) of Clarksville; grandchildren, Cynthia Paige Sucher (Eric) of Clarksville, and Scott and Marcus Hammon of Versailles; and great-grandchildren, Ellie Saige and Oaklyn Rose Sucher; sisters, Martha Rainwater of DeQuincy and Mary Hammon of Groves, Texas.

Memorials may be made to the Monroe Carrel Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Condolences may be made at NaveFuneralHomes.com.

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Mary M. Perkins, 79 of DeQuincy was born Oct. 26, 1938 in Bay, Ark. and passed away Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 in DeQuincy.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Gerald Robert Perkins; daughter, Hilda Day and husband Dean of Lake Charles; grandchildren, David Day and wife, Katina of Sulphur, Michael Day and wife, Tiffany of Killeen, Texas, and Stephen Day of Lake Charles. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren, Dylan, Marie and Adalynn. Also, she is survived by her sister, Charlene Sickler of Paragould, Ark.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Beatrice Bandy; one brother; and one sister.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Dec. 19, from 5-8 p.m. at First Baptist Church of DeQuincy and on Wednesday, Dec. 20, from noon until 2 p.m. with the funeral service to begin at 2 p.m. The visitation and funeral will be held at First Baptist Church of DeQuincy with Pastor Gil Arthur officiating. Interment to follow at Big Woods Cemetery.

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

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