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Obituaries: January 9, 2019

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Obituaries from the January 9 paper.

James J. Abdalla, Jr 89, was born in DeQuincy on Sept. 5, 1929 and passed away on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018.

He is survived by his daughters, Julie Henry and husband, Harry of Westlake and Cathy Trahan and husband, Ross of Sulphur. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Lerin , Landon, Shayna and Coltin; and his great grandchildren, Chandler, Kyle, Liv and James. He is also survived by his brothers, George L. (Pargie) Abdalla and wife, Neelum of DeRidder and Gerald Abdalla of DeQuincy along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James J. Abdalla, Sr. and Edna Gearen Abdalla.

The family received friends on Tuesday, Jan. 1, from 2-4 p.m. and the funeral service began at 4 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy. Dr. Gerald “Bubba” Abdalla, Jr. officiated. Interment followed at Masonic Cemetery in DeQuincy.

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

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Richard Carroll LaFleur, 77, of Moss Bluff died at his home.

He attended Kinder High School before moving to Moss Bluff in 1973. He retired from Alcoa Aluminum plant after 33 years of service. He was a longtime board member and trustee at Eastwood Pentecostal Church

Survivors include his wife, Sherrill LaFleur; son, Brian LaFleur and wife Heather of Ragley; daughters, Lynette LaFleur Phillips of Moss Bluff and Sandra Queen and husband Jay of Baytown, Texas; sister, Rose Bertrand of Elton; brother, Roland LaFleur of Del Rio, Texas; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kelly and Evanna Savant LaFleur.

His funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 30, at Eastwood Pentecostal Church. Pastor Aaron Lopez officiated. Burial followed at Green Oak Cemetery in Kinder.

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Utly Steven Trahan, 94, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Carlyss where he resided since 2008 after Hurricane Ike.

Prior to 2008, he lived in Johnson Bayou, where he was born. He worked and retired from the Louisiana DOTD. Before working for the state, he was also a school bus driver and janitor at Johnson Bayou High School. He was a cattleman and served overseas during World War II as a medic in the U. S. Army.

He is survived by his children, Peggy Boudreaux and husband Mike of Longville, Danny Michael Trahan and wife Nell of Abbeville, Malcolm Dean Trahan and wife Marilyn, Lynn Trahan and wife Donna, and Tony Ray Trahan and Debbie, all of Carlyss, and Randy Steven Trahan and wife Vickie, and Ricky Lane Trahan and wife Marsha, all of Johnson Bayou; 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Georgie Marie Trahan; parents, Alfred and Effie Trahan; and eight siblings.

His funeral was held Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Johnson Bayou Baptist Church. Rev. Jack Gandy officiated. Burial was in Head of the Hollow Cemetery in Johnson Bayou.

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Myrtle Margaret Gore, 77, a resident of Starks passed away at her residence on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Edward Mathew Gore, Sr.; children, Addie Mae Greenfield of Orange, Texas, Theresa Ann Cole and husband, John Michael of Starks, Edward Mathew Gore, Jr. of Forest Heights, Texas, and Michael Lewis Gore of Starks; along with 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Burton J. Dill, Jr. of Sulphur; and her sister, Bernice Perkins

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Molly Sue Stains; her parents, Burton J. Dill and Lena Perkins Dill; and two granddaughters, Nicole Renee Stains and Ashley Greenfield.

The family received friends on Friday, Jan. 4, from 5-8 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy,. The funeral service was held at the funeral home on Saturday, Jan. 5, beginning at 10 a.m. with Rev. Karl Smith officiating. Interment followed at Doyle Cemetery in Starks.

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

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Athena “Tina” Hill, 43, was born on Jan. 17, 1975, in Albany, Ga., and passed away on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 in Lake Charles.

She is survived by her husband, John “Mike” Hill; her children, Heather Nolan, Jacob LeBlanc and wife, Josie, Amanda Nolan, and Alahna Apodaca and fiancée, Jennifer; step-son, Holden Hill and wife, Elizabeth; and 12 grandchildren. She is also survived by her parents, Frank Holden, Sr., and Cheryl Alexion, and her brother, Frank Holden, Jr., and sister, Christina Holden.

The family received friends from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy with funeral service beginning at 3 p.m.

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

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Steven Wade Franklin, 48, of Westlake died Friday, Dec. 28, 2018.

He was born in Lafayette. He worked for the City of Sulphur for over 20 years and was a Volunteer Fireman for Ward 1 for seven years.

Survivors include his daughter, Tessa Franklin of Westlake; a granddaughter; brother, Preston Franklin of DeQuincy; a sister, Mary Franklin Wilks of Westlake.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Butch and Doris Franklin, and a brother.

Steven’s decision to be an organ donor was the last selfless and heroic gift he gave.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Hixson Funeral Chapel in Westlake.


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Jewell Clark Dore, 93, of Sulphur Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, in a local care facility.

She was born in Crowley and moved to Lake Charles, where she graduated from Marion High School. She later moved to Opelousas and Gonzales where she worked for Sears.

In 1976 she moved to Sulphur and became an Avon sales representative. She was a member of Maplewood United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir and was active with the WMU.

She is survived by her children, Brenda C. Brinkman and husband Gary of Raymond, Miss., Wayne M. Dore and wife Dena of Lake Charles, and Virgil Wade Dore and wife Sandy of Longville; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, James R. Clark III; second husband, Virgil Wallace Dore; sons, James R. Clark III and Joseph L. Clark; parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Foreman Morgan; two sisters; and two infant brothers.

Her funeral service was held Friday, Jan. 4, at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Andy Goff officiated. Burial followed in Prien Memorial Park Cemetery.

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