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Obituaries: January 2, 2019

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Obituaries from the January 2 paper.

Harold Arnold Batchelor, 90 of Starks passed away on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 at High Hope Care Center in Sulphur. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He was a member of First Pentecostal Church of Starks.

He is survived by his son, Rev. Dan Batchelor and wife, Joan of DeRidder; and daughter, Carolyn Manchester and husband, Danny of Starks. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jennifer Branton and husband, Dustin of Slidell, Pete Manchester of Starks, and Neysha Alexander and husband, Khari of Austin, Texas; along with his great-grandchildren, Cailyn and Miles Branton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Neoma Batchelor; and his parents, Roy and Rose Batchelor.

The family received friends on Wednesday, Dec. 26 from 2-3 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy. A graveside service was held at Batchelor Cemetery in Starks, beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 26, with Rev. Dan Batchelor officiating.

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

(Paid Memorial)

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Wilbur Joseph “Joe” Le-Leux Jr., of Moss Bluff died Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, at his residence.

He was born Mar. 5, 1941, in Crowley; raised in Esterwood; and graduated from Midland High School. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and moved to Moss Bluff almost 50 years ago. Joe was a member of St. Theodore Catholic Church. He was a member of the Boilermaker’s Local #79, Pipeline Local #692, the Carpenter’s Local and more recently the IBEW Local #861.

He is survived by his wife, Rebecca “Becky” LeLeux; children, Jodi LeLeux Kyle (Kenny Kyle) of Moss Bluff, Kimberly Dawn Marie LeLeux of King, N.C., and Michael Scott LeLeux (Julie) of Ragley; sister, Brenda LeLeux Meche (Ray) of Houston, Texas; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ena and Wilbur Joseph LeLeux Sr.; and granddaughter, Danielle LeLeux.

His funeral service was held Friday, Dec. 28, at St. Theodore Catholic Church. Father Albert Borel officiated. Burial followed in Goos Cemetery in Moss Bluff.

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(Editor's Note--Billy T. Brown, Sr., veteran, local businessman, and mason passed away Thursday, Dec. 27 at the age of 87.)

Billy T. Brown, Sr., born Dec. 19, 1931, a native and resident of DeQuincy passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018.

Billy graduated from DeQuincy High School. After graduation, he attended Louisiana Tech in Ruston. He served in the U.S.Navy during the Korean Conflict. Upon receiving honorable discharge from the Navy, Billy joined the family business, G. C. Brown and Sons in 1956 where he worked with his brothers, Gordon C. Brown, Harold T. Brown, and John Brown.

He never met a stranger and enjoyed serving the community.

He served as a Boy Scout Master, served on the Executive Board of Boy Scouts of America, and coached Little League baseball. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Grand Lodge 279 and served on the Planning and Construction Committee of the Masonic Lodge. He was active in the Jaycees and Shriners and a member of the VFW Post 3802. He was a member of First Baptist Church of DeQuincy. He was President of the DeQuincy Bass Club.

He enjoyed hunting and bass fishing where he won numerous trophies in competition. He passed that along to his son, grandson, and great- grandsons.

There was nothing more important to Billy than spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Alma Brown; son, Billy T. Brown Jr and wife Janice; two grandchildren, Lauren Brown of Lake Charles and Billy (Trey) Brown and wife Celeste of Sulphur; three great-grandchildren, Lane Scott Brown, Emma Claire Bourgeois, and Bo Harrison Brown.

He is preceded in death by his parents, G. C. Brown and Rose Whitfield Brown; and brothers, Gordon, Harold, Ralph, and John.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, Dec. 30, from 4-7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 201 S. Pine St., DeQuincy and the funeral will be held on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 beginning at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church. Pastor Gil Arthur will be officiating. Interment will follow at Masonic Cemetery in DeQuincy.

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

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