Obituaries from the March 29 paper.
A memorial service was held for Colin Daryl Reeves Friday, Mar. 24, at WRC Church of Moss Bluff. Rev. Andy Thomas officiated.
Colin Daryl Reeves of Reeves, 43, died on Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2017, in a Houston hospital surrounded. He was born in Lake Charles and was a lifelong resident of Reeves, where he attended Reeves High School and recently moved to Moss Bluff with his family. He worked as an inspector for many years in various cities and states. He attended WRC Church in Moss Bluff.
Survivors include include his wife, Crystal; three sons, Dayton Chapman, Kristopher Reeves and Jacob LeJeune, all of Ragley; three brothers, Gary Reeves of Hico, Texas, Philip (T-Bo) Reeves of Reeves, and Darrin Reeves of Sulphur; and two sisters, Susannah Bourque of Moss Bluff, and Meagan Phillips of Reeves.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Jane Reeves.
Helen Marie Datenhoff, 88, died Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017 at Resthaven Nursing Home. She was born in Ruby.
She is survived by her son, Ronald Shirley of Hunstville, Ala..; one grandson; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Albert J. Shirley of Ragley,and Howard Shirley of Corpet, Texas; and one sister, Mary Matthews of Washington.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Datenhoff; parents, R.V. and Margaret “Maggie” Shirley; and two sisters.
Services were held on Sunday, Mar. 26, at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home. Burial followed at Dry Creek Cemetery in Dry Creek.
Luke Buford Jr., 68, of Ragley died on Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017, in a local hospital. He was born in DeRidder.
He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. After leaving the Army, he worked as a heavy equipment operator and loved anything to do with heavy equipment.
Survivors include his wife, Barry Lynn Anderson Buford; son, John Melvin Buford (Debbie) of San Antonio, Texas; and daughter, Angela Buford Melancon (Russell) of Catahoula; one granddaughter; three sisters, Dorothy Nixon of Gillis, Betty McClelland of Vidor, Texas, and Frances Hagen of Ragley.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Luke and Leontine Buford Sr.; and one brother.
A rosary was held on Saturday, Mar. 25 with services in the Chapel at Johnson Funeral Home. Cremation was entrusted to Johnson Funeral Hom.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Center.
Glenda Peveto Dyson, 79, died on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Orange, Texas. She graduated from Little Cypress High School and attended Port Arthur College.
She is survived by her husband, Norris Joseph Dyson; one daughter, Felicia Ann Manuel and husband Keith of Ragley; sons, Keith Dyson and wife Donna of Topsy, Mike Dyson and wife Christine of DeQuincy, Nick Dyson and wife Karen of Dixon, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one brother, Roger Peveto of Kirbyville, Texas; two sisters, Donna Hoffman and Kay King, both of Kirbyville, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Evelyn Peveto; and three siblings.
Services were held Tuesday, Mar. 28, at Hixson Funeral Home of Moss Bluff. Burial followed at New Ritchie Cemetery.
Leon Stanley, 83, a resident of Lucas peacefully passed away Saturday, Mar. 25, 2017 at Harbor Hospice in Houston, Texas. He was born in Starks on July 30, 1933.
Leon felt he was born to serve God, His Country, and Family.
He was a true man. After graduating from Starks High School, he enlisted into the U.S. Army.
He devoted his life to serving and protecting our country for 20 years. SFC, Chief Communications officer, Army Chemical Corps, 1st battalion, 6th Artillery, 1st Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Medals received: Bronze Medal for Meritorious Achievement in Ground Operations against hostile forces and Army of Commendations Medal.
He was faithful to his family by being a great father, leader and provider.
In 1957 he married Laura Lavee Hoozer, his soulmate. They were married for 59 years and raised five children throughout their busy military life. They lived in Germany, Texas, and Missouri during his military service.
In 1973, Leon retired from U.S. Army and settled with his family in a little area named Lucas. During this time he learned from the past, focused on the future and gave his heart to God. He loved attending Lunita Pentecostal Church, where he felt close to God.
The biggest joys of his retirement years were hunting, cooking and planting large gardens, all of this he loved to share with family and friends. He is survived by his sons, Edward Stanley and Joey Stanley; daughters, Debra Whotte and husband Richard and Kimberly Murphy and husband Tim.
Also left to cherish his memory are his grandchildren, Heather, Christine, Tracy and Edward Jr. Stanley, Bryan and Lindsay Fountain, Meghan Murphy, Garred and Dylan Whotte; great-grandchildren, Eric, Kayden, and Bai Leigh Stanley, Brant Hyatt, Jailyn Stanley, Dillon, Kaylee, Ashlyn, John Wayne and Nicole, David Asher Carte.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Lavee Hoozer Stanley; son, Robert Jessie Stanley; parents, Edward Stanley and Ettie Perkins Stanley; step-mother, Nancy Says Stanley; brothers, Carl Stanley and George Stanley.
Leon touched many lives with his love, kindness and goodness. He will truly be missed.
The family received friends on Tuesday, Mar. 28, from 5- 8 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Mar. 29, beginning at 10 a.m. at The First United Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy with Rev. Chris Billiot and Rev. Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Good Hope Cemetery in Singer.
Arrangements are being handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth Street, DeQuincy.
James Elliott (Jim) Glaser passed from this earth into everlasting life on Saturday, Mar. 25, 2017 after a lengthy illness while under the compassionate care of both Harbor Hospice in Beaumont, Texas, and his wife Jerri.
Jim was born in Wishek, North Dakota on Oct. 27, 1934. He was the son of Jacob and Alvina Glaser and had five brothers and three sisters. Jim was an iron worker and builder who began supervising jobs at the young age of 18. He helped build at least six churches, a high-rise bank in Denver, and 11 water dam projects and various large bridges.
Not only was Jim a builder with his hands, he was also a steadfast ‘builder’ of men, often providing jobs for men he felt could use a helping hand. He poured himself into countless children through bus ministry and Sunday school. He invested many hours of discipleship as he impacted lives all over the country. He firmly believed in second chances, and always cheered for the underdog. He never felt like anyone was hopeless (unless he deemed them lazy!). He is much admired by family and friends for his generous spirit and capacity for loving people.
Jim was a strong supporter of his church, loved his pastors down through the years and was an avid listener to good, Apostolic preaching. He leaves behind numerous cassette tapes and CDs of sermons as proof, and he often shared those sermons with people he thought would benefit from their message.
His family meant everything to him. Jim was inexhaustible, loving to work on projects with his boys, and because of his devotion his sons can build or fix most anything. He was known to claim that Rome wasn't built in a day only because he wasn't running the job! Some of his happiest times were when all of his family would gather in his home, and he always made sure everyone was fed, whether they were hungry or not!
Jim and Jerri traveled extensively, visiting Alaska, Canada, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, China, Hawaii, and all over the continental United States. They also attended many of the General Conferences of the United Pentecostal Church.
He is survived by: his wife, Jerri, of 45 years; three brothers, Robert (Mary) Glaser of Evans, Colo., Bill (Eva) Glaser of Salem, Ore., and Richard Glaser of Denver, Colo.; five children, Cindy (Darrell) Collins, Becky (Randy) Dronet, Jimmy (Amber) Glaser, Jeremy (Lauren) Glaser, and Beverly Church; nine grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.
James Glaser was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, and two brothers.
The family received friends on Tuesday, Mar. 28, from 5- 8 p.m. at Bridge City United Pentecostal Church in Bridge City, Texas. The Home Going Service will be held on Wednesday, Mar. 29, at Bridge City United Pentecostal Church beginning at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at The Cemetery in Orange, Texas.
Arrangements are being handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth Street, DeQuincy.
Raymond Warren Baker, 65, of Lake Charles, died Friday, Mar. 24, 2017, in the Jennings War Veterans Home.
Mr. Baker was born in Maywood, Calif., and lived in Winder, Ga., until relocating back to Louisiana, in 2014, where he resided in the Southwest Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jennings. Following his 1971 graduation from Lake Charles High School, he served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Mr. Baker retired as a master mechanic and later retired as a master electrician. He was Baptist.
Survivors include two daughters, Dawn Beard (W.C.) of Holmwood, and Lydia Ogea (John) of DeQuincy; two siblings, David Baker of Grand Lake, and Margie Kent of Lake Charles; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Marion Finch; and grandson, Kevin James Baker.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 29, in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Ronnie Estes will officiate. Burial will follow in Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the start of the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family for outstanding expenses.