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Obituaries: January 31, 2018

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Obituaries from the January 31 paper.

Panny Ruth Alston Royer passed away on Monday morning, Jan. 22, 2018 at a local care facility at the age of 85.

Panny was a long-time member of Temple Baptist Church in DeQuincy. She was the church pianist for many years, and also played the piano for funeral services at other churches in the area. She was a Sunday School teacher.

Panny was Salutatorian of her graduating class at Ragley High School and excelled in playing basketball. She was also a member of the Ragley Historical Society. In her younger years, she loved to travel and was an avid deer hunter. Panny was a loving housewife and an excellent cook.

She is survived by one brother, Norman Alston and wife Virginia of Laurel, Miss.; sister-in-law, Lois Alston; and numerous nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Medford Royer; parents, Nathan Alston and Pearl Hollingsworth Alston; two brothers, LaVerne Alston and wife, Bessie, and LaRoy Alston.

The funeral service was held at Temple Baptist Church in DeQuincy on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 2 p.m. The pastor, Rev. Bruce Austin officiated. Visitation began at 12 p.m. at the church on Thursday and continued until the time of the service. Burial followed in the Masonic Cemetery in DeQuincy under the direction of Hixson-Snider Funeral Home.

Services have been entrusted to Hixson-Snider Funeral Home, 205 E. Harrison St., DeQuincy. Phone: 786 6000.

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

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Howard Bret Hoffpauir, 58, of Lake Charles died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, at a local hospital.

Mr. Hoffpauir was born in Baton Rouge. He worked for over 40 years in the oilfield as a consultant.

He is survived by his father, Howard James Hoffpauir and wife Judy of Ragley; son, Dustin Hoffpauir and wife Patricia of Lake Charles; daughter, Alyson Lynn Arvites and husband Nick of Denver, Colo.; sisters, Stephanie Hoffpauir of Houston, Texas, and Marcy Hoffpauir of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Ann Hoffpauir.

His memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. John Hoffpauir officiated.

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Funeral services for Ernest Carl Tarver Sr. were held Sunday, Jan. 28, in the Glenmora United Pentecostal Church with the Revs. Dexter Goynes and Brandon Goynes officiating. Committal service followed in the Cryer Cemetery.

Mr. Tarver, 76, of Plainview community (formally of Oakdale) died at his home on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. He was a member of the Glenmora United Pentecostal Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a retired Maintenance Supervisor for BE&K at Boise of DeRidder.

He is survived by his wife, Myrtis Gilley Tarver of Plainview Community; three sons, Earnest Carl Tarver Jr. (Robbyn) of Oakdale, Michael Tarver (Tracy) and Jonathan Tarver (Jessica), both of Tenmile Community; two stepdaughters, Melissa Smith (Charles) of DeQuincy, and Renee Townley (Mark) of Moss Bluff; three sisters, Geraldine Byrd, Arlene Bergenholtz and Ida Faye McGray, all of Oakdale; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dudly and Liddie Byrd Tarver; three brothers; and one sister.

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Pascal LeBleu Jr. died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at his daughter’s home in Union City, S.C. He was born in Lake Charles; grew up in Lake Charles, and moved to Ragley when he was 18 years old. He was considered as one of the “pioneers” of the Ragley area. He worked as an industrial painter out of Local 783 for many years. He was a member of the Longville Pentecostal Church.

Survivors include his daughter, Rebecca “Becky” (Tim) Bowers of Union City, S.C.; and son, Brian LeBleu of Ragley; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pascal and Cora Farque LeBleu Sr.; wife, Mary Jodene LeBleu; and son, Elmo “Bubba” LeBleu.

Funeral services were held at Longville Pentecostal Church in Ragley, officiated by Rev. Tim Bowers and Rev. Larry Talent. Burial was at Magnolia Cemetery in Ragley.

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Dianne Campbell Bushnell, 71, of Dry Creek died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Dry Creek.

Mrs. Bushnell was a lifelong resident of Dry Creek. She was a member of Dry Creek Bible Church.

She is survived by her sons, Randy and wife Claudette Bushnell of Dry Creek, Black and wife DeNeen Bushnell of Dry Creek; daughters, Tammy and husband James Brown of Dry Creek, Melonie and husband Kevin Granger of DeQuincy, Loretta (Bazoo) Langley of Dry Creek, Connie Burnett and husband Kevin of Dry Creek; brother, Julian Campbell of Dry Creek; sister, Charlsie Caywood of Willis, Texas; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Annie Hanchey Campbell; and husband, Jesse Bushnell.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at Dry Creek Bible Church with Bro. Sam Burchard, Bro. Don Barrett and Curt Iles officiating. Burial followed in the Dry Creek Cemetery in Dry Creek.

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Thomas Shoemake, 77, from DeQuincy and a resident of Sulphur, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. He was born in DeQuincy on Feb. 1, 1940 to parents Fred and Eula Shoemake. He liked to deer hunt, run equipment, loved playing Bluegrass music, and loved his grandchildren very much.

He is survived by sons, Thomas "Tommy" E. Shoemake and wife Ellen J. Shoemake, James "Jimmy" Michael Shoemake and wife Maria Shoemake, Anthony Milton (Tony) Shoemake and wife Donna Shoemake; two brothers, Clarence Shoemake and Red Shoemake; one sister, Delores Conner; eight grandchildren, Michael, Pam, Heather, Shane, Kara, Brittney, Garrett, Brian; along with 11 great-grandchildren, Oakley, Jay, Kopeland, Denham, Mason, Whitley, Allie, Kent Ray, Drifton, Maddie, and Gunter.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 53 years, Beverly Jean Shoemake; parents, Fred and Eula Shoemake; and one brother, Billy B. Shoemake.

Services were held at New Hope Baptist Church in DeQuincy on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m. with Bro. Roland Hebert officiating. Visitation was held Monday, Jan. 29, at the church from 5 until 9 p.m. and resumed on Tuesday, from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial followed at Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Hixson-Snider Funeral Home.

Services have been entrusted to Hixson-Snider Funeral Home, 205 E. Harrison St., DeQuincy. Phone: 786 6000.

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

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Virgil Ray Drake, Sr., 81, of Lafayette, passed away early on Monday morning, Jan. 29, 2018 at Lafayette General Hospital surrounded by his loving wife, Carole Drake.

He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Carole Drake; three sons, Virgil R. Drake, Jr. and wife Debi Drake, Jefferson Lee Drake, and Brett Bish Drake; his mother, Evie Winn; one sister, Barbara Buxton and husband, Larry Buxton; two brothers, Clarence "Buck" Drake and wife Alice Drake, Roger Rivet and wife Mary Rivet; three grandchildren, Dustin Drake, Gerard Drake, Therese Drake; along with many nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved dearly.

Virgil Ray is preceded in death by his father, Lealon Drake.

Services will be held at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home of DeQuincy on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 1 p.m. with Bro. Jerry Hext officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday, from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Hyatt Cemetery.

Services have been entrusted to Hixson-Snider Funeral Home, 205 E. Harrison St., DeQuincy. Phone: 786 6000.

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

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Wilson Perkins, 79, a resident of DeQuincy passed away on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018.

He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Irvine and husband, Brent of DeQuincy, three grandchildren, Amber Burgess and husband, Jonathan, Hunter Irvine, and Madison Irvinel and great-grandchildren, Tucker and Sawyer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gilda Perkins; daughter, Cindy Perkins; parents, Willie and Lela Perkins; brother Charles “Jack” Perkins; and sister, Henrietta Gentle.

Services are pending at this time.

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

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Justin Reed Talley, 27, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. Justin grew up in the mountains of Virginia and enjoyed sharing memories of his childhood playing in the mountains, hiking to waterfalls, and playing soccer with his friends.

When he moved to Louisiana he developed many great friendships, became a drummer in the high school band, and spent his time playing ping pong, paint ball, and watching movies, especially movies by Quinton Tarantino. Justin loved the Baltimore Ravens, music from the 1990s, and getting take out from David’s BBQ. But most of all, Justin deeply loved his family and his friends.

Justin is survived by his mom, Amy Talley Nestle, of DeQuincy; his younger brothers, Cole Talley and Ryan Talley-Pozeg; his grandparents, Bill and Linda Talley; his aunts Heather Talley and Jessica Talley-Haynes; and his cousins, Bryc Talley, Alexis Hudson, and Sekai Talley-LaRoche.

He was preceded in death by his father, Craig Pozeg.

An open house for family and friends was held on Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 3-7 p.m. at 308 Hall Street in DeQuincy.

A private memorial will be held in Virginia at a later date.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.johnsonrobisonfh.net

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