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Obituaries: March 1, 2017

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Obituaries from the March 1 paper.

Jerome “Jerry” Woodrow Mouton, 77, of Lake Charles, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, at a local hospital.

Jerry was a native of Breaux Bridge, and longtime resident of Lake Charles. He had a passion for music and for over 40 years shared his love of music by teaching countless youth during his tenure at J. I. Watson Elementary School. He played for Uncle Remus and later Louisiana Express for numerous years. He also played bass guitar for Christian World for a number of years.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Hyatt Mouton of Lake Charles; three daughters, Pat Fugatt (Ken) of Lake Charles, Christine Beatty (Kevin) of Providence Village, Texas, and Jennifer Thompson (Geoffrey) of Iowa; one son, Michael Mouton (Jana) of Flower Mound, Texas; six grandchildren; sister, Rose Ellen Barras of Broussard; brother, Lt. Col. Clifford Mouton Jr. of Parks.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford P. (Sr.) and Rose Degeyter Mouton; a sister; and a grandson, Nicholas Fugatt.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 23, at Johnson Funeral Home. Pastor Jerry Snider officiated. Burial followed at Prien Memorial Park.

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Funeral services for Chad Smith, 50, of Hathaway were held Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in the Miguez Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Randy Caswell officiating. Entombment was in the Calvary Mausoleum.

Smith died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at St. Luke Medical Center in Houston, Texas.

He was born in Ville Platte, and a resident of the Jennings/Hathaway area most of his life. He was an arborist by profession.

Survivors include his wife, Paula Graunke Smith of Hathaway; one daughter, Paige Smith of Hathaway; one son, Corey (Christy) Smith of Lafayette; parents, John and Shirley Smith of Jennings; two sisters, Tammy Chamberlin of Glenmora, and Faylyn Willis of Oakdale; four brothers, Joey Smith of Elton, Frankie Ardoin of Ponchatoula, Darren Smith of Jennings, and Dean Smith of Jennings; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers.

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Funeral services for Grace Lynn Smith, 74, of Kinder were held Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 in the Ethel Green Chapel at Camp Pearl. Rev. Glenn Ducharme and Rev. Charlie Carroll officiated. Burial followed in Creel Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Smith died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.

She was born and raised in Ragley. She attended Reeves Family Place Church and Reeves Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, James Richard Smith; son, David Smith (Adriana); daughters, Julie Murakami (Derek) and Karen Kristine Smith; four grandchildren; and one sister, Ann Winzor.

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T. J. Andrus, 80, of Sulphur died on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in a local hospital.

He retired as chief of Sulphur Police Department in 2000 after 39 1/2 years with the department, 23 of which he held the position as chief. He began his career with law enforcement by volunteering with the Civil Defense in 1957 at the age of 17.

During this time he also worked as an auxiliary officer for the Sulphur Police Department and for Ham Reid with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office. He volunteered his time working in whatever capacity that was needed whether it was ball games or stake outs. During this time his permanent place of employment was Lone Star Cement Plant.

After working three years as an auxiliary officer in 1960 he was offered a full time position with the Sulphur Police Department by Chief Frank Taylor. Andrus took a cut in pay with a starting salary of $300 a month to work as a law enforcement officer. When Andrus began working with the police force there were six patrol officers employed by the department in addition to Chief Frank Taylor. There was only one officer on duty per eight-hour shift. There were two patrol units shared among the six officers on the force. Chief Frank Taylor had his own patrol car, and at times the officers had to utilize this vehicle also.

It was not until Andrus’s administration as chief that patrol officers were each assigned a take-home unit. The current Law Enforcement Center was also built under his administration. His son, Keith followed in his steps with 20 years of service on the police force.

He is survived by his children, Debra Melancon and husband David of DeQuincy and T. J. “Tootie” Andrus Jr. and wife Tina of Sulphur; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; siblings, Juanita Richard, Ronald R. Andrus, Bonita A. Bridges, Tina L. Wibel and Carita J. Moreno.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Andrus; son, Keith Andrus; parents, Burnis Andrus and Myrtle Andrus Hollier; and four brothers.

His funeral was held Monday, Feb. 27, at Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home. Rev. Greg Melancon officiated. Burial was in Mimosa Pines Cemetery North.

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Albert Dale Brummett, 91, a resident of DeQuincy passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.

Dale was a World War II Veteran. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U. S. Sacramento in the Pacific. He was a charter member of the National World War II Museum of New Orleans, and the V.F.W. Post 3802. He was a faithful member of the DeQuincy Methodist Church and a member of the Methodist Men’s Club. He was also a member of the United Camping Methodist Group since 1989. He and his wife, Doris loved to travel in their RV during their marriage. After her death, Dale continued traveling with the United Camping Methodist Group, his family and friends as much as possible.

Dale is survived by his daughters, Marilyn Thomas and husband Jerry of Lafayette, Nelda Tope and husband Rob of Spring, Texas and Darlene Brummett of Sulphur; and one son, Rickey Dale Brummett and wife, Pat of DeQuincy. He is also survived by five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Doris Brummett; parents, Albert Brummett and Minnie Brummett along with three brothers and one sister.

The family received friends on Thursday, Feb.. 23, at the DeQuincy Methodist Church from 5-8 p.m. and on Friday, Feb. 24, from 1 p.m. until time of the funeral service at 2 p.m. Interment followed at Perkins Cemetery in DeQuincy. Pastor Chris Wilbur officiated.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Methodist Children’s Home c/o DeQuincy Methodist Church, P O Box 578, DeQuincy LA 70633.

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

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Donna Joyce Carlin, 79, a resident of Singer passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.

She is survived by her husband, George Carlin, sons, Tommy Hall of DeQuincy, Jimmy Don Hall and wife, Rhonda of Moss Bluff, and daughter, LaDonna Batchelor and husband, Eddie of DeQuincy. She is also survived by nine step-children, four grandchildren, Brandon Hall and wife, Heather, LaDana Howard and husband, Lewis, Brittany Williams and husband, Tyler and Taylor Hall and wife Kari along with 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Horace Royer and Dorothy Gertrude Rion Royer; and two brothers, Jimmy Royer and Wayne Royer

The family received friends on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5-9 p.m. at The Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy.

The funeral service was held on Friday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. at The Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy with Pastor Wayne Neyland officiating. Interment followed at McFatter Masonic Cemetery in DeQuincy.

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

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Verdie Lou Williford, 79, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at her residence.

She was born in Starks on Aug. 8, 1937 but lived in DeQuincy most all of her life. She enjoyed taking care of her loved ones, attending The Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy, sewing, reading her Bible and reading in general, Christian music, adult coloring, enjoyed her cat “Bobbie”, sitting on the porch having her coffee, old Country music, talking on the phone, and most of all spending time with her family and grandchildren.

She is survived by her two daughters, Rose Greer and husband Dayton of Bridge City, Texas, Benita Dougharty and husband Ronnie of Crossville, Tenn.; along with three grandchildren, Teshara Malone of Cleveland, Tenn., and twins, Kaylee and Kelsey Tejada of Bridge City, Texas.

Verdie is preceded in death by husband, Benjamin Williford, Jr., whom she cared for, for seven years in their home; and parents, John and Hazel Hyatt.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 1, at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home of DeQuincy. Bro. Wayne Neyland will be officiating.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the funeral home from 5-9 p.m. and will resume on Wednesday, from 9 a.m. until time of service. Burial will follow at Masonic Cemetery in DeQuincy.

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

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Willard Ray Williams, 85, of Ragley, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. He was born in Ragley.

Williams was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps serving during the Korean War. He went on to graduate from McNeese State University and work for the U.S. Postal Service until he retired in 1999.

He is survived by his children, Randy (Cindy) Chaumont, Grant Chaumont, Kim (Bryan) Hollingsworth, Tammie Chaumont and Diane Vidrine; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary Williams; wife, Betty Jane; and daughter, Becky Buller.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 26, at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home. Burial followed at Magnolia Cemetery in Ragley.

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Charles Edward (Charlie) Hudson, 69, of Merryville died on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017.

He served his community as Mayor and school board member.

Survivors include his wife, Myrtis Hudson of Merryville; son, Charles Hudson, Jr. and Jana of Ragley; daughters, Tara Hudson of Sheridan, Ark., Gina McDaniel of Benton, Ark. and Kimberly Cline and Jason of Lumberton, Texas; brother, Troy Hudson of Merryville; sisters, Betty Merchant of Brewton, Ala. and Marion Leonard of Grove Hill, Ala.; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Inez Hudson; four brothers; and one sister.

The funeral service was held Sunday, Feb. 26, at Merryville High School Gymnasium in Merryville. Officiating was David Free. Burial followed at Merryville Cemetery in Merryville.

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Roger Lynn “Ricky” Stout, 64, a resident of Ragley, passed away on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 at his residence in Ragley. Ricky loved to hunt and fish. He was employed by Entergy for the past 34 years. Ricky will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Sharlene Duplechain Stout; his sons, Keith Stout and wife, Jamie and Kevin Stout, all of Ragley; and one daughter, Candice Slaydon of Merryville; grandchildren, Christopher, Madi, Kohen and Carder. He is also survived by his brothers, Andy Stout of Sugartown, Ronnie Welch and wife, Joy of Ragley and Randy Welch of Canon City, Colorado. He is also survived by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ray and Eva Duplechain.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Welch and step-dad, W. L. (Bill) Welch; and his father, William (Bill) Stout.

The family will receive friends on Monday, Mar. 6, from 5-8 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Mar. 7, beginning at 10 a.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home with interment to follow at Duplechain Family Cemetery in DeRidder.

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

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JD Smith, 74, a resident of Montgomery, Texas, passed away on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017.

JD was the first Fire Chief in the New Caney Fire Department. He owned and operated American Engraving Graphics Corporation until 1993 at which time he sold the business and went into retirement. JD loved to fish, hunt and watch FOX news.

JD is survived by his wife, Evelyn Smith; his children, Greg Smith and wife, Joy of Kingwood,Texas, John Leong of Montgomery, Texas, Timmy Leong of Montgomery, Texas, Annette McWhorter and husband, David of Cypress, Texas, and Riley Smith and wife, Rebecca of DeQuincy. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Lachrista Mosier and husband, Wil, Melissa Gill, Tammy Holmes and husband, Billy, Jessica Leong, Roger “Bubba” Mathis, Andrew Smith and wife, Sarah, Christina “Nina” Leong, Creston Leong, Evelyn “Ebby” Leong, Cameron Smith, Landon Smith, Hannah Minchew and Kimberly McWhorter. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Brandon, Casey, Blake, Braden, Taylee, Jonathan, Jaxon, Atticus and Dustin; along with one sister, Linda Freeman and husband, Dave of Conroe, Texas, his cousin and best friend, Mike Chadwick and wife, Ginger of Conroe, Texas, a special nephew, Shannon Smith and daughter-in-law, Rosemary Deleon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J. L. Smith and Mary Foxworth and one son, Jimmy Leong.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, Mar. 2, from 5-7 p.m. with a funeral service to follow at 7 p.m. The visitation and funeral will be held at Abundant Life Church, 200 Mink Street, Willis, Texas with Rev. Dave Stovall and Rev. Russell Hayes officiating.

There will also be a visitation on Friday, Mar. 3, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy with a graveside service to follow at DeQuincy Memorial Park in DeQuincy. Rev. Dave Stovall and Rev. Carlie Jackson will be officiating.

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

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