Obituaries from the March 8 paper.
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 was 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 were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 1, at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home of DeQuincy. Bro. Wayne Neyland officiated. Visitation was on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the funeral home from 5-9 p.m. and resumed on Wednesday, from 9 a.m. until the service. Burial followed at Masonic Cemetery in DeQuincy.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com
Theresa Weber, 68, a resident of Starks passed away on Wednesday, Mar. 1, 2017 at her residence in Starks.
She is survived by her children, Charles Weber and wife, Tammy of Vidor, Texas, Johnny Weber and wife, Michelle of Starks, and Anthony Weber and wife, Ashley of Mittie; grandchildren, Gracey Dale, Johnny Lee, Amber, Lauren, Angel, A. J. and Joseph, one great-granddaughter, Emerlie Blair. She is also survived by her brother, Johnny Dale Hyatt.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Weber, Sr. and her parents.
The family received friends on Monday, Mar. 6, from 5-9 p.m. and on Tuesday, Mar. 7, from noon until 2 p.m. at The First Baptist Church in Starks.
The funeral service was held on Tuesday, Mar. 7, beginning at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Starks with Pastor Ron Butler officiating. Interment followed at Fountain Cemetery in Starks.
Arrangements were handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy.
Colleen Royer Yon Green, 78, of Bristol, Fla. passed away Thursday night, Mar. 2, 2017 in Tallahassee, Fla. Colleen was born on Sept. 25, 1938 in DeQuincy to Fred and Evelyn (Hoosier) Royer. She had many careers including working for Dr. Lewis James Adkins of Blountstown Fla., a realtor in Melbourne Fla. where she was Realtor Associate of the Year and was the director of Melbourne Area Board of Realtors, for the last 22 years she assisted her husband in management of KP Green Logging.
She is survived by three daughters, Debbie LaRosa of Tallahassee, Fla., Jeannie Violi of Melbourne, Fla., Anne Yon Layton of Melbourne, Fla., step-son, Henry Green and wife, Brenda of Bristol, Fla.; mother-in-law, Agnes Green of Bristol, Fla.; brother, Joe Royer and wife, Shirley of Iowa; sister, Judy Langford and husband, Robert of Navarre, Fla.; five grandchildren, Jennifer, Daniel, John Michael, Lauren, Claire; five great-grandchildren, Logan, Kayla, Ava, John Riley, Bennett; two step-grandchildren, Ashley Everett, and Dillan Green; five nieces and nephews; and special caregiver, Angie.
Colleen was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Evelyn Royer, her first husband Gene Yon, and her second husband Kenneth Green.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Mar. 6, at 11 a.m. (EST) at the Peavy Funeral Home Chapel in Blountstown, Fla., with Reverend Jerry Chumley officiating. Interment followed at Lake Mystic Cemetery in Bristol, Fla.
The family received friends on Monday, Mar. 6, from 10 a.m. (EST) until service time at 11 a.m. (EST) at the Peavy Funeral Home Chapel in Blountstown, Fla.
All arrangements were under the direction of Marlon Peavy at Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown, Fla.
Edmund J. Fournerat, 93, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 at the Verandah in Lake Charles.
Mr. Fournerat was born in Basile, later moving to Lake Charles, with his family.
During World War II he served with the Army. He served in the European Theatre and was involved in all five major battles, The Normandy Invasion, Battle of the Bulge, Battle of Stalingrad, Battle of Berlin and Blitzkrieg. After his discharge in 1945, he returned to Lake Charles.
He began working for T Miller & Sons Co. which branched off into F Miller and Sons Construction Co. He began his career with them as an oiler and heavy duty equipment operator. F Miller sent him on several business trips to purchase equipment for the company. When he retired from F Miller & Sons he was Superintendent of all the equipment. He moved to Ragley, with his wife in the 1980s. After his retirement he began to take fiddle lessons and after many hours of practice, he would jam with the other musicians at the bluegrass festivals and played with a band at The Care Center of DeQuincy.
Survivors include his two daughters, Barbara and Charles Landrum of Ragley, and Sharon and John McCaffrey of Dublin, Ireland; three grandsons; brother, Louis of Alvin, Texas; and sister, Betty Carter of New London, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ella Ortego and Cyrus Fournerat; four brothers; and his wife, Edith Drewett McDowell Fournerat.
Funeral service were held Friday, Mar. 3, at the First Baptist Church of Moss Bluff. Burial followed service at Highland Memory Gardens in Lake Charles.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the building fund of the First Baptist Church of Moss Bluff.
Archie Bean, 59, a resident of Orange, Texas passed away on Sunday, Mar. 5, 2017.
He is survived by his sisters and brothers, Egbert Bean and Walter Bean of Hartburg, Texas, Ellie Bean of Beaumont, Texas, Avie Cain, Janie Carl, Dova Bean, Linnie Stewart and husband, Frank, Mildred Monger and husband, Wade all of Vidor, Texas, Margaret Watkins and husband, Donny of Mauriceville, Texas along with numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Arnold and Alton; and sisters, Renola and Mary Lois.
There will be a funeral service on Saturday, Mar. 11, at The Cemetery in Mauriceville, Texas.
Arrangements are being handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy.