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Obituaries: March 22, 2017

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Obituaries from the March 22 paper.

Raphiel Mike Corry, 91, went to Glory on Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2017.

Raphiel was a Navy Veteran of WWII and he retired from Dupont Sabine River Works in Orange, Texas.

Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Joyce Allbritton Corry; daughter, Susie Gillis and husband, Ronald of Starks; son, Mike Corry and wife, Kathy of Starks; daughter, Kathy Lou Barrington and husband, Jerry of Alexandria; seven grandchildren, Mark Gillis, Neva Corry, Tim Gillis and wife, Katie, Phillip Corry and wife, Sabrina, Micah Gillis and Matilda, Alana Mears and husband, Brent, and Jessica Barrington; brother, Levell Corry of Houston; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip and Luna Droddy Corry, and a sister, Archie Jones.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 18, at First Baptist Church of Starks. Reverend Ron Butler officiated. Burial followed in Miller Annex Cemetery in Starks under the direction of Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation was from 9:30 a.m. until time of service on Saturday at the church.

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

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Sharon Marie Tower Dearien, 65, of Sulphur, died Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017.

She is survived by her husband, Vic Dearien; three children, Shonda Thibodeaux of DeQuincy, Tonya Viator and husband Blake of Carlyss, and Brad Dearien of Sulphur; eight grandchildren; two siblings, Bernice Mcelhannon and Delbert Tower; mother, Beulah Dubois and husband J. D.

She was preceded in death by her father, Roland Tower.

Funeral services were held Friday, Mar. 17, at Johnson and Robison Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. O.L. Gunter officiating. Burial was in Mimosa Pines Cemetery in Carlyss.

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Tina Bernice Pete Harmon, 78, died Friday, Mar. 10, 2017. She was born in DeQuincy to the late Bishop Oby Pete Sr. and Sadie Mae Pete.

Survivors include her husband, James Harmon; two daughters, Lydia Fontenot (Johnny) and LaSonya Fruge; three sons, Anthony Harmon (Michelle), Jamar Harmon (Brandy) and Tarrall Humphrey (Jennifer).

Funeral services were held Saturday, Mar. 18, at St. John Baptist Church in Kinder. Burial was at St. John Cemetery.

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Funeral services for Doris Airhart Ahrens were held Tuesday, Mar. 21, at Creel Memorial Chapel with Reverend Glenn Ducharme officiating. Interment followed in Creel Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Ahrens, 81, of Ragley, died Friday, Mar. 17, 2017 at her residence.

Survivors include her sons, Dean Ahrens and Douglas Ahrens, both of Ragley; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert Ahrens; son, Daniel Ahrens; and one brother.

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Christian Ann McDonald of Denham Springs and long-time resident of DeQuincy died Thursday, Mar. 16, at Harvest Manor Nursing Home.

Born in 1942 in Texas, Christian dedicated her life to caring for her son and her elderly mother.

Christian loved her family and friends. She had a passion for the country side, her dogs, and a good game of poker. She will be remembered for her love of the church and the expression on her face during worship.

She is survived by her son, John Hutchinson and his wife, Ashley Hutchinson; and her granddaughter, Myla Hutchinson, who brought great joy to her later years.

A memorial service was held at New Covenant Baptist Church on Saturday, Mar. 18. In lieu of memorial flowers, please consider donating to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Church Funeral Services of Walker has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Donald Buxton, 69, a resident of DeQuincy, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana laid down his working tools on Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2017 and entered into that house not made by hands, eternal in the heavens.

Donald served his country in the U.S. Army for four years, serving in Viet Nam and Germany. Donald worked for the DeQuincy Police Department and was a Deputy Sheriff with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Department for approximately 19 years.

During his employment, he was Deputy of the Year for four years and also Deputy of the State. He was a member of several Masonic Lodges and Appendant Bodies. He was a 32nd Degree AASR, Knight Templar and Eastern Star and also a Shriner.

He also served for several years at the State level as Grand Torch Bearer for Special Olympics. Donald loved working with children and was very involved in Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He also coached Little League Baseball for approximately eight years. He was awarded the Civic Award, J. C. Penney Award and Hometown Hero Award.

Donald loved to run in marathons and he won many medals in the United States and Canada.

He enjoyed fishing, drag racing and watching football. His favorite team was the New P Saints.

He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Gina Buxton; his children, Stacey Franklin and husband, Preston, Tony Bradshaw and wife Jodi, Jason Bradshaw and wife, Kay, all of DeQuincy, and Donnie Buxton of Bunkie. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Dagan, Harley, Haliegh and her husband, Jon, Lakyn, Hunter and Tom. He is also survived by his brothers, Marvin Buxton and wife, Beth of Iowa, Barney Buxton of Lake Charles, Eugene Buxton and wife, Kammie of Indian Village and Berlin Buxton of Indian Village.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J. C. Buxton and Myrtle Ware Buxton, brothers, James Buxton, Phillip Buxton and Larry Buxton.

The family received friends on Friday, Mar. 17, from 5-8 p.m.. at Riley Smith Funeral Home and the funeral service was held on Saturday, Mar. 18, beginning at 10 a.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home. Rev. David Doyle officiated. Interment followed at Masonic Cemetery in DeQuincy.

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

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James Lee Manning, 51, a resident of Starks passed away on Sunday, Mar. 5, 2017.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie, children, Toni Sweat of Starksa, Alicia Sweat of Indian Reservation, Samantha Marshall and husband, Greg of Sulphur, and Kristina Manning of Lufkin, Texas; grandchildren, Caleb, Jade, Brooklyn, McKenzie, Cameron, Blaklynn “Bay-Bay”, Baylee, Ryder, Skylee and Garrick. He is also survived by his sister, Angelique Gingrich.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Junior Manning and Sandra Lee Simoneaux Williams; sister, Trina Lambert; and brother, Joseph Norris.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, Mar. 23, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at The First Baptist Church of Starks. The funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. and interment will follow at Miller Cemetery in Starks.

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

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Robert Gene “Bobby” Ivey, 76, passed away on Friday, Mar. 17, 2017 at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.

He was born on Aug. 27, 1940 to Evans and Vicy Ivey in DeQuincy. He was the organist at First Baptist Church in DeQuincy for over 50 years where he was a faithful member, a deacon, along with teaching Sunday School, in which he was a director of that department. Bobby served on many different committees and positions. He was a member of the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association; member of the Executive Board for the Chamber of Commerce representing the DeQuincy Railroad Museum Board.

Bobby is survived by his nephew, Chris Ivey and wife Brandee; sister-in-law, Doris Ivey; great niece, Alex Reed all of DeQuincy; along with numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; along with his twin brother, Richard “Dicky” Ivey.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Mar. 20 at First Baptist Church of DeQuincy at 11 a.m. Visitation was held at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home on Sunday, Mar. 19, from 5-9 p.m. and resumed at the church on Monday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial followed at Perkins Cemetery in DeQuincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of DeQuincy.

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

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Sunrise - Mar. 14, 1962

Sunset- Mar. 6, 2017

Auguson Bias, Sr., was born Mar. 14, 1962 to the late August Bias and Essie Mae Bias. He departed this life on Mar. 6, 2017. Auguson attended high school and soon after started working numerous jobs. He was one of the best around. All who knew him and loved him affectionately called him “Bigg”, to match his smile and heart.

Auguson loved the Lord and he loved his family. His entertainment was watching the New Orleans Saints. He will be truly missed but never forgotten.

Auguson leaves to trust his loving memories his devoted wife, Kimberly Grant Bias of DeQuincy; his mother, Essie Mae Bias of DeQuincy; three children, Essence Grant, Courtney McKnight and Auguson Bias Jr. (Sophia), all of DeQuincy; one grandson; seven step grandchildren; one godchild, Rebecca LeDay of DeQuincy; three brothers, Frederick LeDay (Nakole) of DeQuincy, Kirk Green of Houston, Texas, and Rickey Bias of Vinton; three sisters, Leona Bias, Sherry Ann Snell (Walter), all of DeQuincy, and Shalissia Frank (Brent) of Lake Charles; four aunts, Valeria Larvadain (Gary) of DeQuincy, Eula Mae Cullivan of Lake Charles, Sandra Ben of DeRidder, and Audrey Mayfield of Opelousas; 10 uncles, Dalbert LeDay (Joyce) of Port Arthur, Texas, Donald LeDay, Hershel LeDay, Russell LeDay (Christina), Lee LeDay (Ethel), all of DeQuincy, Philip LeDay (Lisa) of Lake Charles, Austin Bias, Roy Bias, Willie Bias, all of Opelousas, and John Bias Bellard of Montgomery, Ala.; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; and special friends, Mitchell Bellard, Jerry Jones, Terry Jones, Dexter Thomas, and Brian McCoy.

Auguson was preceded in death by his father, August Bias; sister, Rochelle Bell; brother, Tony Bias; aunts, Priscilla LeDay and Linda Seria; uncles, Clarence Stagg, Johnny Bias, Fredrick Bias; and grandparents, Mary and Gilbert LeDay and Edolia and Freeman Bias.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Mar. 18, at 1 p.m. at Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church under the direction of James Funeral Home. Visitation was held at the church from 9 a.m until time of service. Rev. James Harris officiated. Burial was at Community Cemetery in DeQuincy.

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Charles Ray Berry, 93, a native and resident of DeQuincy passed away on Saturday, Mar. 18, 2017.

He served his country in the Marines from 1942-1947. He attended Apostolic Bible College in St. Paul, Minn. He loved his wife and family unfailingly.

In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and taking spur-of-the-moment trips. For years he supported and inspired generations of United Pentecostal Church International Bible Quizzers. He was a faithful member of The Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy and was a much-loved prayer warrior and lover of music. Also, he was one of Bluebell Ice Cream’s biggest fans and suffered greatly during the Bluebell Famine of 2015. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betty Jo Berry; his daughters, Sharon Rose Gillis of Shreveport, Sherry Royer and husband, Coy of DeQuincy, and Carol Welch and husband, Mike of DeQuincy; along with nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and three foster great-grandchildren. He is also survived by too many “just like family” loved ones to count.

The family received friends on Monday, Mar. 20, from 5-8 p.m. at The Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy. The funeral service was held on Tuesday, Mar. 21, at 10 a.m. at The Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy with Pastor Wayne Neyland, Rev. Charles Chargois and Rev. T. D. Cardwell officiating. Interment followed at Rigmaiden Cemetery in DeQuincy.

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

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Madeline Jay Main, 17, a resident of Singer passed away on Friday, Mar. 17, 2017 in Sulphur.

Madeline was a beautiful young lady with a smile and personality to match. She was a senior at DeQuincy High School. She was a member of the National Honor Society, the 2016 National Honor Society Sweetheart, a member of Beta, Library Club, Quiz Bowl, Illuminate, Choir and FCCLA. She held several class officer positions during her Junior and Senior Year. She was Jr. Miss Cal-Cam Representative in 2014 and Miss Cal-Cam Representative in 2016. She attended Literary Rally for U.S. History and was a Participant in 2017 Region IV Social Studies Fair. Also, she was 2016 Candy Christmas Queen.

Madeline was a member of The Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy where she was a member of First Impressions Greet Team, a member of TPC Praise Team and Choir and an active member of the Alliance Youth Group. She was an outstanding member of TPC’s Sign Team and a member of Louisiana Allstate Choir.

Following graduation, Madeline had plans to attend Lamar University majoring in teaching for the hearing impaired and to incorporate that with her Christian work.

Madeline was an excellent designer and seamstress. She was a friend to many, she never met a stranger and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her father, Robert Main; sister, Olivia Del Main; paternal grandmother, Aline Main, all of Singer; and her maternal grandparents, Thomas and Linda Cole of DeQuincy. She is also survived by her aunts, Rhonda Benoit of Singer, Diana Cole and Mary Domingue, both of DeQuincy; and one uncle, Randy Main of Singer; along with numerous cousins and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Lydia Cole Main; grandmother, Edla Anna Peterson Cole; grandfather, Bill Main; and her aunt, Becky Cole Burgess.

The family received friends on Tuesday, Mar. 21, from 5-7 p.m. with a Celebration of Life Service at 7 p.m. at The Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy. There will be a service on Wednesday, Mar. 22, at 10 a.m. at The Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy with interment to follow at Alston Cemetery in DeQuincy. Pastor Wayne Neyland will be officiating.

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

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