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Obituaries: February 7, 2018

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Obituaries from the February 7 paper.

James Wilkerson Duraso Jr., 86, of Westlake, died on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in a local nursing home.

He is survived by his five children, Curtis Duraso and wife Jan, Tom Duraso, Gerry Fontenot, all of Westlake, Jennifer Tranthem and husband Allen of LeBleu Settlement, and Crystal Duraso Cowell of Ragley; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Annie Lou Ogden and Mary “Patsy” Sellers.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eugenia Duraso; grandson, Nolan Fontenot; and three siblings.

Funeral service was held on Friday, Feb. 2, at Johnson and Robison Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Todd Barrow officiating. Burial was in Consolata Cemetery in Lake Charles.

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Funeral service for Isaac “Ike” Broussard, 95, of Dry Creek was held Saturday, Feb. 3, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in DeRidder with Father Jude Brunnert officiating. Burial followed in Dry Creek.

He was born in Maurice. He died Jan. 31, 2018, in DeRidder. He served in World War II, U.S. Marines Corps. He joined U.S. Marines during World War II serving in the Pacific Theater/Guam. He worked for Shell Oil for 40 years as a drilling foreman and was Shell Oil’s most senior drilling foreman at his retirement. He moved to Dry Creek after his retirement.

He is survived by four sons, Kenneth (Juanita) Broussard of Houston, Texas, Isaac “Butch” (Diane) Broussard Jr. of Lafayette., Norbert (Faye) Broussard of Mittie, and John (Carol) P. Broussard of Longville; daughters, Beverly Broussard of New Iberia, Georgette (Reginald) B. Vercher of DeRidder; one brother, Dudley Broussard of Sulphur; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Georgia; seven siblings; and one granddaughter.

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Patricia Ann Slaydon Franks, 64, of Sulphur died on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018.

She was born in DeRidder. She attended Singer High School where she graduated in 1971 as Valedictorian. Upon High School graduation she attended Northwestern University on a basketball scholarship.

She is survived by her sons, Myron Carson Franks and Duston Ron Franks; daughter, Lynn Ann Franks Adams; father of her children, Rondal Van Franks; sisters, Jeanie Slaydon Partin and Rita Lee Slaydon; and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Billy Sunday Slaydon; and mother, Betty Jean Slaydon.

A memorial service was held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Sulphur Saturday, Feb. 3. Rev. Ally Perry officiated.

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Robin Renee Terwey Rhodes died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018.

She was born in Orange, Texas, lived most of her life in DeRidder, attended DeRidder schools and graduated in 1982.

She attended Northwestern State and Louisiana Technical College, Lamar Salter Campus receiving an associate certificate in Office Systems Technology.

She had worked at Nifty-Fifties convenience stores. She attended Grace Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Melody Seal of Anacoco; sons Cody Rhodes (Alyssa) of Singer, and Logan Brice of Camp LeJeune, N. C.; five grandchildren; one sister, Marian Dugger of DeRidder; one brother, Rex Brumley, Jr. of Ocean View, Hawaii; half-sister, Amanda Terwey of McKinney, Texas; and mother Juanita Brumley of DeRidder.

She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Lee Terwey; stepfather, Rex G. Brumley, Sr.; grandparents, Jay and Corine Miller, Peter and Anka Terwey; and one brother.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Grace Church with Rev. George Lee Glass officiating. Burial followed at the Beauregard Cemetery.

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Modeice Mitchell Young, 93, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at her home.

She was born in Sulphur, raised in DeQuincy and graduated from DeQuincy High School. During WWII, she worked at the Orange Ship Yard and attended McNeese State University. In 1945 she moved to Maplewood. She was a member of the Maplewood United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.

Survivors include her son, Joe Young, Jr. and wife, Laura; daughter, Pamela Beck and husband, Charles, all of Kingwood, Texas; five grandchildren; four great-grandsons; sister, Mittie Lynn Brammer of Crowley; and sister-in-law, Evelyn Mitchell of DeQuincy.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.W. Young; parents, Marris and Louise Mitchell; and brother, Ralph Mitchell.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Maplewood United Methodist Church. Rev. Christi Brammer and Rev. Andy Goff officiated. Burial followed in Perkins Cemetery in DeQuincy.

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Mittie Lynn Mitchell Brammer, 95, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at Acadia General Hospital.

Born in Sulphur, Mittie grew up in DeQuincy and graduated from DeQuincy High School in 1938. After high school, she began attending McNeese State University where she met the love of her life, Chris Brammer Sr., to whom she was married for 57 years. Chris and Mittie moved to Crowley in 1949 where she became a devoted mother of three and bookkeeper of the business they opened together, Brammer Machine Shop, Inc.

In her early retirement years, Mittie loved to visit their camp at Toledo Bend to fish and visit with her brother Ralph, her sister Modeice and their spouses. In later years, her favorite pastime was being at home enjoying the company of neighbors, family and friends.

Mittie was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Crowley. Over the years she served as a greeter, Sunday school teacher, pianist for Sunday school assembly and early church, and youth fellowship leader. She was also an avid reader and would often be seen checking out the latest novels from the Crowley Public Library. Mittie loved college football and would always know the score of the most recently televised game, especially her LSU Tigers.

Mittie is survived by her three children, Chris Brammer, Jr., and his wife, Patti, of Crowley; Dr. Craig Brammer and his wife, Christie, of Crowley; Cheri Brammer Bouillion and her husband, Gene, of Orange, Texas; seven grandchildren, Tiffany Fincher, Brandi Brammer, Blake Bouillion, Karlon Brammer, Susan McCay, Nancy Fuselier and Traci Thomson; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chris M. Brammer, Sr.; brother, Ralph Mitchell; and sister, Modeice Mitchell Young.

The family would like to thank her caregivers for their ongoing and loving support: Leona Spell, Sue Kibodeaux, Marie Broussard, Missy Sarver, Susan Sebetto, and Mary Broussard. Special thanks also go to Dr. Nancy Walker, Dr. Robert Aertker, and to all the staff of Acadia General Hospital.

The family would also like to express gratitude to her wonderful neighbors, including her special longtime neighbor and friend, Donna Ruth Corley.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Geesey Ferguson Funeral Home, from 6 to 8 p.m., and Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 1 p.m., at First United Methodist Church in Crowley until the time of the service at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church for renovations.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.geesey-ferguson.com

Arrangement have been entrusted to Geesey-Ferguson Funeral Home of Crowley.

(Paid Memorial)

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Jo Ann Rice, 62, (formerly Jo Ann Leach Peshoff), a DeQuincy native, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 in Chesapeake, Va. with her husband Joe at her side after a valiant battle with cancer.

She grew up in DeQuincy and worked at and retired from Phelps Correctional Center before moving to Virginia in 2006.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Rice; son, J. T. Peshoff of DeQuincy; sisters, Mary Lee Overmyer and Judy Barrow, both of DeQuincy, Mary Nell Payton and Lyndal Martin. both of Alabaster, Ala.; and brother, Fred Leach of DeRidder. She also has a host of nieces and nephews and cousins.

She is to be buried in Harriman, Tenn. and a memorial service in DeQuincy will be scheduled at a later date.

Jo Ann was an avid supporter of the Wounded Project and the American Cancer Society. Those who wish to donate may do so in Jo Ann’s memory.

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Dorothy “Dot” Stephens of DeQuincy was born on Feb. 25, 1926 in Singer and passed away on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at the age of 91.

She is survived by her children, Jessie E. Cook, Jr. and wife, Carol of LaPorte, Ind., Judy Landry of DeQuincy, Ann Wilson and husband, Dickie of Mont Juliet, Tenn., Kathy Midkiff and husband, Mike of DeQuincy; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother, R. C. Buxton of Merryville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Stephens; parents, Alex Buxton and Mary Ashworth Buxton; son, Kenneth “Bubby” Cook; son-in-law, Robbie Landry; brothers, A. C. Buxton, L.C. Buxton and Earl Buxton; and one sister, Glennie Clark.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 5-8 p.m. and the funeral service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8, beginning at 10 a.m. The visitation and funeral will be held at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy with interment to follow at Good Hope Cemetery in Singer.

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

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