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Obituaries: January 17, 2018

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Obituaries from the January 17 paper.

Elbert Otis Bennett, Jr., 69, of Longville passed away on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 at Christus St. Patrick’s Hospital.

He was born to his late parents Elbert Sr. and Kathleen Bennett in DeQuincy.

He enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting, and loved being with his family and church family. He had a passion for driving trucks and spreading the word of God.

He is survived by his brother, Curtiss Bennett and wife Lisa of Longville; one nephew, Adam Bennett and wife Rebecca and their son, Titus, of Sulphur; niece, Allison Anderson and husband Josh, and their sons, James and Ryan, of Monroe, and another niece, Emily Bennett of Lafayette.

Services were held on Thursday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m. at Calvary Pentecostal Church in Ragley on Hwy 12. Bro. Adrian Littlefield officiated. Visitation was at Calvary Pentecostal Church on Wednesday, Jan. 10, from 5-9 p.m. and resumed at the church on Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial followed at Magnolia Cemetery in Ragley.

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

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David Lamar Yocham, 62, a resident of Ragley was born on June 8, 1955 in Tom Green County, Texas and passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

He is survived by his children, Linda Gill of DeQuincy, Dustin Yocham and wife, Jessica of Ragley, Michelle Martin and husband, Jason of Sonora, Texas, and Melissa Yocham of Ragley; along with 15 grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Donny Yocham and wife, Kim of El Dorado, Texas and sister Deanna Phelps and husband, Dwight of Commanche, Texas along with five nephews and one niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ted Yocham and Glynda Chandler Yocham; and his grandparents, Claude and Grace Chandler.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to Riley Smith Funeral Home to assist with payment for his funeral arrangements.

Arrangements are are pending at this time and are being handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy. Phone: 786-2999.

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Sue Hollie, 67, was born on Oct. 19, 1950 and passed away on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at her residence in Iota.

She is survived by her husband, T. J. Hollie; her children, Greg Trahan and wife, Tressa of Castle Rock, Colo., Jason Trahan and wife, Ronnette of Crowley, Kurt Trahan and wife, Mari of Crowley, Hollie Richard and husband, Brian of Iota, Monica Blaine and husband, Aaron of Oil City; her step-children, Troy Hebert of Lafayette, Annette Hollie of San Antonio, Texas, Sherell Hollie of Jennings, Chad Hollie of Lafayette, Brandon Hollie of Iowa and Jessica Hollie of DeRidder; along with 30 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; four brothers; and three sisters.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roland Simon and Esther Lou Abshire; two grandsons, Austin and J. T.; and two brothers.

The family received friends on Tuesday, Jan. 16, from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1 p.m. The visitation and funeral service were held at Harvest Family Church in Fields with Pastor Terry Lee officiating. Interment followed at Hyatt Cemetery in Fields.

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

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Gwynda Love, 56, was born on Oct. 9, 1961 in Bay City, Texas and passed away on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas Edward Love; children, Shawn Love and wife, Samantha, Alton Love and wife, Lindsey and Wallace Ray; along with five grandchildren. She is also survived by her mother, Rosie Katherine Snow Richers; and sister, Debbie Willford.

She was preceded in death by her son, Thomas James “TJ” Love; and her father, Buddy Jackson.

A private interment will be held in Van Vleck, Texas.

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

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Ruby Mae Blanchard, 72, a native and resident of Starks passed away on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 at her home in Starks.

She is survived by her son, Larry “Shorty” Blanchard, Jr. and wife, Sarah of DeQuincy; grandsons, Cade and Ty of DeQuincy; sister, Margaret Clark and husband, James Doiron; brother, Virgil Mitchell and sister-in-law, Sondra Mitchell, all of Starks; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Blanchard, Sr.; her parents, Jack Mitchell and Olla Doyle Mitchell; brothers, James Mitchell, Jackson Mitchell, Paul Mitchell and Jerry “Cotton” Mitchell.

The family received friends on Sunday, Jan. 14 from 5-8 p.m. at The First Baptist Church Gym and the funeral service was held on Monday, Jan. 15, beginning at 10 a.m. at First Pentecostal Church in Starks with Pastor Karl Smith, Rev. Alvin Dale Smith, Pastor Annette Clark Kelly and Sam Lowery officiating. Interment followed at Doyle Cemetery.

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

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Jeffrey Lynn Pring, 56, was born on Mar. 4, 1961 and passed away at his home in Orange, Texas on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.

Jeff loved fishing, watching wrestling and playing with his dog, Slim.

He is survived by his daughter, Crystal Compton and husband, Rick Compton, Jr. of Orange, Texas; two grandsons, Blaze Compton and Brody Compton; his sister, Jan Mosley of Vidor, Texas, sister-in-law Gloria Pring of Orange, Texas as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Betty Joe Pring; brother, Allen Pring; and sister, Lisa Pring.

A funeral service was held on Friday, Jan. 12, beginning 10 a.m. at Harvest Chapel, 1305 Irving Street, Orange, Texas 77630.

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

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Laverne “Mickey” Bryant Hoosier, 74, was born on Jan. 21, 1943 in DeQuincy and passed away on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 at her residence in Sulphur.

She is survived by her daughter, Connie Marti.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alce Hoosier, Jr.; and her parents, James Bryant and Susie Braneff Bryant; one brother; and two sisters.

The family received friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at Northside Baptist Church, 1003 Highway 27, DeQuincy and received friends from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, at the church. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at the church; interment followed at Clark Cemetery in Starks.

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

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Darren Craig Caillouet, 50, of Lake Charles, died suddenly on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Singer.

He was born in Lake Charles, a 1985 graduate of Barbe High School, and a 1991 graduate of McNeese State University. He was a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), having practiced at Beauregard Memorial Hospital in DeRidder, Lucas County Hospital in Iowa, Southwest Texas Endoscopy Center in Beaumont, and most recently at Christus Lake Area Hospital.

He was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Lake Charles.

He is survived by his wife, Jenet; and two children, Megan and Michael; parents, Winston and Linda of Frisco, Texas; and two sisters, Traci of Lake Charles, and Wendi Beadle of Frisco, Texas.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception with Monsignor Danny Torres Officiating. Burial followed at Consolata Cemetery.

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Lillian Lorraine Carson, 73, a resident of Lake Charles, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at a local hospital.

Survivor include her husband, David Carson; daughter, Lillian Mitchell and husband John of Lake Charles; sons, Dolan Carson and wife Anna of Tomball, Texas, Brad Wright of Longville, Dale Carson and wife Justicia of DeRidder, Daniel Carson of Lake Charles, Doug Carson and wife Nancy of Cincinnati, Ohio; brothers, Willian Chaney, Robert Chaney, and Frank Chaney; 20 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents, William and Lillian Lorraine Chaney; and son, Dennis Schwab.

Service was held Friday, Jan. 12, in the Chapel of Lakeside Funeral Home. Burial followed at Highland Memory Gardens.

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Roger Neil Hickerson, 88, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, in Lake Charles.

He leaves behind his wife, Wanda Hebert Hickerson; nine children, Brian Hickerson of Vinton, Bruce Hickerson of Chandler, Ariz., Beth Hickerson Berry of Watson, Okla., Cathy Hickerson LeDoux of Sulphur, Robert Dousay and wife Deborah of Magnolia, Texas, Jackie Dousay Lanham and husband Delbert of Lake Charles, Kemp Dousay and wife Angie of DeQuincy, Nancy Dousay Faulk and and husband Joel of Lake Charles, and Peggy Dousay Stollsteimer and husband Robert of Iowa; 23 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris Crispell Hickerson; mother, Mildred Elizabeth Hickerson; and father, Gage LeRoy Hickerson.

He was born in Findlay, Ohio and graduated from Mount Blanchard High School as the valedictorian of his class before attending CASE Institute of Technology where he received a B.A. in Chemical Engineering followed by a Masters in Engineering Science from Lamar University. He was a Mason with McNeil Lodge #440 in McNeil, Ark., was as an engineer in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and had a 40 year career with Olin Chemical Corporation.

He was a long-standing member of Covenant Grace Church.

A life celebration was held Saturday, Jan. 13, during a graveside gathering with military honors at Prien Memorial Park Cemetery in Lake Charles followed by a private family service at Covenant Grace Church.

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Audrey M. Cormier Manuel, 88, of Kinder, died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. She was a native and resident of Kinder. She was a member of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church and a member of Daughters of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church.

She is survived by her four children, Janis Sonnier and husband Micheal of Kinder, Gary Glen Manuel and wife Dlaine of Kinder, Sarah Gail Guillory and husband Ronny of Bancra, Texas, and James Tex Manuel and wife Dewanna of Kinder; brother, Leo Cormier of Ragley; 27 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Severen Loyd Manuel; and one sister.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 13, at Reed Funeral Home of Kinder. Deacon Roy Nash officiated. Burial followed in Carter Memorial Cemetery.

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Eldon M. Owens, 75, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018.

The arrangements are pending at this time and are being handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy. Phone: 786-2999.

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Ezora “Mrs. EZ” Miller, 90, of Starks died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, at Christus St. Patrick Hospital in Lake Charles. She was born on Jan. 22, 1927. She was a member of Greater St. Mary Baptist Church under the leadership of the Rev. Samuel Tolbert. She served on the Deaconess Board and the Seasoned Saints.

Survivors include one daughter, Diane Green; five sons, Ricky Miller, Larry Miller, Timothy Miller, Anthony Miller and Mitchell Miller; caregivers, Lise Allen, Johnette Mitchell, Charles Ashton and Justina Lazard; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Amie Williams Daniel of Starks.

Funeral service was held on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Greater St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Samuel Tolbert officiating. Burial followed in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

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Mary Leona Sherritt, 73, died Jan. 11, 2018, in a local hospital.

She was born in Opelousas, and lived in Moss Bluff. She was a member of St. Theodore Catholic Church.

She is survived by her son, Michael Lucas and Miichelle of Lafayette; daughters, Sheila Moody and husband Jason of Moss Bluff, Tina Lee and husband Jason of Moss Bluff; five grandchildren; and one sister, Sandra Riley of Ragley.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Tammy Lynn Sherritt; parents, Leza and Leona Darbonne; one brother; and two sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Jan. 13, at St. Theodore Catholic Church. Father Aubrey Guilbeau officiated. Burial followed at Magnolia Cemetery in Westlake.

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Howard Lee Richard died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at the age of 76, at his home in Gillis.

He was born in Bell City. After graduating from Ragley High School, he went to LSU to pursue a law degree but instead moved home to run the farm with his father. He was a farmer for most of his adult life.

He attended mass at St. Theodore Catholic Church as long as he was able.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Alston Richard of Sulphur; children, Devin Richard (Kim) of DeQuincy, Nerissa Anthony of Moss Bluff, Shanna Eggleston (Vaughn) of Moss Bluff, Stacy Perry (John) of Sulphur, and Courtnie Erbelding (Chris) of Sulphur. He also leaves behind ten grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Mamie Richard; one sister; and two brothers.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 16, at St. Theodore Catholic Church. Burial followed at Alston Cemetery.

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Martin E. Robertson, Jr., 93, a resident of DeQuincy passed away Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018.

Martin was a lifelong resident of DeQuincy. He was a graduate from DeQuincy High School. After graduation, he was employed by Missouri Pacific Railroad and worked for them until he was drafted into the United States Army. He proudly served his country in World War II and was discharged as Staff Sergeant with an Honorable Discharge in December, 1945. Upon returning to DeQuincy, he continued working with the Railroad until 1952. It was in 1952 that he began working for Cities Service and retired in 1984 at the age of 60.

Martin was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed by his family and his friends.

He is survived by his daughters, Carol Ann Johnson of DeQuincy and Colleen Hooper and husband, David of Lake Charles. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jodi Johnson Thomas of DeRidder, Stephen Johnson of DeQuincy, Seth Johnson and wife, Meagan of Alexandria, Kyra Hooper of California, Kelly Hooper and David Cade Hooper of Lake Charles; great grandchildren, Lauren Thomas Bryant and husband, Brandon, Louis Johnson II, Brynn Johnson, Kaylee Johnson and Tye Johnson, along with one great-great-granddaughter, Kaydence Bryant.

He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 61 years, Betty Wallace Robertson; his parents, Martin E. Robertson, Sr. and Gertie Berry Robertson; and one brother, Curtis Lloyd Robertson.

The family will receive friends on Friday, Jan. 19, from 5-8 p.m. and on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 9 a.m. until the funeral service which will begin at 10 a.m. The visitation and funeral will be held at The Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy, 301 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy. Pastor Wayne Neyland, Stephen Johnson and Seth Johnson will be officiating. Interment will follow at Rigmaiden Cemetery in DeQuincy.

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

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