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Obituaries: January 16, 2019

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Obituaries from the January 16 paper.

Johnnie Terrell Welch, 80, of DeRidder died on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 at Westwood Manor.

He served in the Louisiana National Guard as a young man.

Survivors of his wife, Nelda Merle Dukes Welch; three children, Terrell Wayne Welch of Plano, Texas, Frances Lynette Welch Bellemin and husband Roy of Ball and Brett Alan Welch and wife Kreshnike of Austin, Texas; nine grandchildren; and three siblings, Sherrie Welch, Morris “Sluggo” Welch, and Lou Joyce Wylie, all of DeQuincy.

He was preceded in death by his parents Johnnie William Welch and Henrietta Lambert Welch of DeQuincy; and his infant son, Jesse.

Services were held at Texas Avenue Baptist Church in Deridder on Friday, Jan. 11. Pastor Lindsey Burns officiated. Burial followed at Beauregard Cemetery in DeRidder.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to St. Jude’s.

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Mildred Verdine, 69, a native and resident of Starks, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.

She is survived by her husband, Darrell Lynn Verdine; children, Ken Murrell and wife, Gaynell of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. and Kim Sartin and husband, Darren of Starks; grandchildren, Krystyn, Kyle, Alexis and Shaina; and great-grandchildren, Kobyn, Rhyse, and Kadie. She is also survived by her sisters, Christine Patton of Vidor, Texas, Flora Bussell and husband, BoBo of Starks, and Mary Anderson of Starks; and her brothers, Jim Johnson of Frisco, Texas and Jesse Johnson of Diboll, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Albert Johnson and Elvia Lee Wills Johnson; and one brother, George Johnson

The family received friends on Sunday, Jan. 13, from 5- 9 p.m. at Calvary Apostolic Church, 4270 Highway 12, Starks. The funeral service was held at Calvary Apostolic Church on Monday, Jan. 14, beginning at 10 a.m. Pastor Jeremy Shields 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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L. W. "Dud" Perkins, Sr., 88, of DeQuincy, passed away on Thursday, Jan, 10, 2019 at his residence.

He was born to his late parents, Lyman and Ethel Perkins, on Aug. 26, 1930 in Starks.

He was a Private in the U.S. Air Force. He worked for Bethlehem Steel and retired in 1985. He later married Diane in 1965, and moved to DeQuincy where he raised his family. He enjoyed watching sports, visiting with his friends and family, and loved working with his hands whether it be mechanic, construction, or helping others. He was an excellent Artist, and had a degree in Drafting from Sowela, which he got later in life.

He is survived by his three daughters, Jeana, Mary (William), Ruth (Kenneth); and one son, Wendell (Rhonda); two sisters, Alva Allemand of Beaumont, Texas, Freddie Ann LeBlanc of Erath; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Dud was preceded in death by his loving wife of 32 years, Diane; his parents; three brothers; and four sisters.

Visitation was held on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home of DeQuincy. A private service will be held at a later date, with burial to follow at Rigmaiden Cemetery.

Services were entrusted to Hixson Snider Funeral Home, 205 E. Harrison St., DeQuincy.

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

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Alice Perkins Ashworth, a resident of Singer passed away on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 at the age of 74 years.

She is survived by her children, Remonia Pierce and husband, Gregory, Rebecca Marcantel and husband, Jason Roshto, Robert Ashworth, Jr., and wife Jonna, Norma Ashworth and companion, Dale Hammon; along with 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Eddie Ray Perkins; and her sister, Jeanette Crutchfield and husband, Rod.

She was preceded in death by her husband, R. L. Ashworth; her parents, O. C. and Nellie Perkins; her brothers, Gilbert Perkins, Alva Perkins, George Perkins, Thomas “Bit” Perkins, and O. C. Perkins, Jr.; and her sisters, Gilda Sue Perkins and Bessie Mae Catron.

The family received friends Monday, Jan. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy. The funeral service was held on Tuesday, Jan. 15, beginning at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment followed at Good Hope Cemetery in Singer.

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

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Robert Lee Harris, Sr., 78, a resident of Orange, Texas passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Schexnider Harris; children, Robert Lee Harris, Jr. and wife, Melissa of Orange, Texas, Reba Shannon and husband, George of Orange, Texas, Curtis Harris and wife, Michelle of Michigan, Chris Harris of Orange, Texas, Russell Harris and wife, Angie of Indiana, Randy Harris and wife, Christi of Orange, Texas, Martha Milligan and husband, Patrick of Orange, Texas and Lisa Taylor and husband John-Dee Taylor of Orange, Texas; along with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Patricia Inman of Orange, Texas, Ronald Harris of Indiana and Debbie Harris of Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Harris and Maxine Faith Harris; brother, Jim Harris; and half-sisters, Becky Whitehead and Armetia Harris.

The family will have a private service.

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

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Robert Bob “Rob” Myers, 47, of Russell, Ky., died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.

Survivors include his spouse, Rebecca Myers of Russell, Ky.; son, Lathyn Myers of Russell Ky.; sisters, Rhonda Nichols and Stormy of Call, Texas and Tonya Royer and Paul of DeQuincy; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Jean Myers; and two brothers.

Funeral service was held Monday, Jan. 14, at Pentecostal House of Praise in DeQuincy. Rev. Anthony Kennon and Rev. David Kennon officiated. Burial followed at Merryville Cemetery in Merryville.


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