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Obituaries: April 18, 2018

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Obituaries from the April 18 paper.

John “Jack” Golden of Ragley was born on Oct. 9, 1946 in Scanton, Pa. He passed away on Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018. John served his country in the United States Navy. Jack enjoyed fishing in his pond and he loved to play with his dogs. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Vicki Golden; daughter, Julie Golden; and grandchildren, John and Dylan. He is also survived by his brothers, Brian Golden and wife, Colleen, Patrick Golden and wife, Tina; sisters, Nancy Palmgren, Kathy Mislinski and husband, Eddie Bernardi and wife, Sally Bernard.

He was preceded in death by his son, John Golden; and his parents, Jack Golden and Betty Tether Golden.

The arrangements and private services are being handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy.

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Delta Marie Hebert Duplechin, 83, of Ragley was born on Sept. 27, 1934 in Rayne and she passed from this life on Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018 in Ragley.

She is survived by her daughters, Jennifer Busby and husband, Roc of Moss Bluff and Angie Bowles and husband, Nick of Ragley; along with 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Duplechin; her daughter, Deborah Mullens; parents, Joseph Hebert and Hilda Roach Hebert; brothers, Curtis Hebert, Chester Hebert, Elmo Hebert; sisters, Ruby Bouffine, Rosalee Sutton, Isable Hebert and Evadell Menge.

The family received friends at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Apr. 13, with a Rosary at 7 p.m. The funeral was held on Saturday, Apr. 14, at 11 a.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home. Interment followed at Duplechin Cemetery in Ragley.

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

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Winona “Bill” Irene McKnight, 92, of DeQuincy, passed away on Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2018 at The Care Center of DeQuincy. She was born to her late parents, Earl and Grace Beeson on Jan. 7, 1926 in Clifton, Kan. She loved more than anything to take care of her family and adored her grandchildren. Bill was very active in her church, Hargrove Bible Baptist where she taught Sunday School, was the church pianist, and where she was involved in many church activities. She would house a lot of preachers when they would come down for Revivals.

She is survived by her son, Dennis McKnight, Sr. and wife Jackie of Oretta; two daughters, Rita Mazilly and husband Rodney, Sr., Patty VanWinkle and husband Bubba of DeQuincy; one sister, Earline Sterling of Clay Center, Kan.; eight grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of nearly 60 years, George McKnight, Jr.; two brothers, Wayne Beeson, Dwight Beeson; three sisters, Geneva Johnson, Nina Caldwell, Loraine Burnell; and a great-granddaughter, Santana Miller.

Services were held at 11 a.m. at Hargrove Bible Baptist Church on Friday, Apr. 13, in Hargrove Settlement with Bro. Rodney Paul Mazilly and Bro. Harry Methvin officiating. Burial followed visitation at Masonic Cemetery in DeQuincy.

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

Services were entrusted to Hixson-Snider Funeral Home, 205 E. Harrison St., DeQuincy.

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Vera Lou Russell, 75, of DeQuincy was born on Jan. 10, 1943 and passed from this life on Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018. Vera was a retired nurse. She worked in the medical field for over 40 years and her last job was with DeQuincy Memorial Hospital. She was a caretaker, always taking care of others and putting their needs before her own. She enjoyed visits on the porch with her family and friends and loved her dog “Bear”. She will be greatly missed by everyone but especially her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and sister.

She is survived by her children, Will Russell and wife, Rae, Jody Spears and husband, Sam and Ginger Russell, all of DeQuincy; along with her grandchildren, Jenna, Jacob, Chris, Sara, Megan, Morgan, Ashton, Jimmy and Taylor; and six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Verna Dunham and husband, Roger of DeQuincy.

Vera was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Russell; parents, Burley Ball and Letha Rigmaiden Ball; and brother, Burley Ball, Jr.

The family received friends Saturday, Apr. 14, from 5-8 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy and on Sunday, Apr. 15, from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral service which was held at The Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy beginning at 2 p.m. Pastor Wayne Neyland and Rev. Alvin Dale Smith officiated. Interment followed at Rigmaiden Cemetery.

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

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Julius “Bob” Marcantel Sr, 82, passed away on the morning of Thursday Apr. 12, 2018.

He was born in DeQuincy on Mar. 2, 1936 to Eva Pruitt and Wilmer Marcantel. He was a graduate of DeQuincy High School and was a long time resident of Sulphur. He was an accomplished musician and played multiple instruments, his favorite being the banjo. He also enjoyed teaching banjo and guitar lessons to his great-grandson.

He retired as a machinist at PPG after 32 years, and then spent much of his time traveling across the United States with family. He was a gentle soul who brightened every room that he entered and will be missed greatly.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Holland Marcantel; his son, Daniel Marcantel; step-children, Loretta Landry, Rosetta and John Taylor; grandchildren, Zacharia Marcantel and wife Ashley, Lindsey Marcantel Green and husband Justin; step-grandchildren, Brandon Marcantel and Jason Cooley, and Kelli and Jeremy Landry; great-grandchildren, Troy Marcantel, Zachery and Aubree Marcantel, Caleb and Leo Cooley, and Brantley Landry; sister, Retha Marcantel Corley; brother, Tom and wife Silva Marcantel; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by sons, James Wilmer “Little Will” and Julius Marcantel Jr.; and his first wife, Lula Mae Royer Marcantel; sisters. Eva Marcantel Rainwater and Azalie Marcantel Williams; brothers. Leo Marcantel and Roy Marcantel.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m., Monday, Apr. 16, in Our Lady of LaSalette Catholic Church in Sulphur. Father Andrews Kollannoor M.S. officiated. Visitation was held Sunday evening, Apr. 15, in Hixson Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and continued from 8:30 a.m. until time of service on Monday. A rosary was at 6 p.m. on Sunday evening in the funeral home chapel. Burial was in Royer Cemetery in Sulphur.

Word of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixonfuneralhomes.com.

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After fighting with the heart of a Spartan for six years, Marik’s battle was ultimately won. He is now where he can finally run freely, hear every sweet sound that was missed on earth, and he can be forever, cancer free.

Marik Paul Tucker was born on June 16, 2002 in Lake Charles.

He was one of a kind.

He was the King of Xbox, a Twitch fanatic, a lover of all things spicy, and the sender of a million funny animal memes and emojis.

He could make you so crazy that you wanted to pull your hair out, then flash you a smile that could melt a glacier.

He had a way of making serious situations easier, and laughed at the most awkward times. He told jokes that no one understood, but his delivery was so on point, you couldn’t help but laugh. He lived life in the fast lane, always wanted to be the winner, and called his wheelchair a hotrod.

Marik’s piercing blue eyes, amazing smile, spirit, passion, and heart, turned him into somewhat of a celebrity. He has hobnobbed with everyone from Dallas Cowboys stars, Gas Monkeys, and even Hollywood elite like Dwayne The Rock Johnson.

He was a proud American School for the Deaf Tiger, and his Letterman jacket was one of his most precious possessions.

He was a larger than life kid, and anyone who met him would agree. The hole that his departure leaves in our hearts and lives is truly indescribable. It is only surpassed by the gratitude we have of being fully loved by him, and entrusted to have been given the gift of his life for the past 15 years.

He is survived by his parents, biggest fans, and the suppliers of unlimited snacks and video games, George and Kelli Tucker; his big sister Shellbi, who never let him sit in the front seat, and bossed him incessantly, but would have traded places with him in a second; also, his Mario Kart competition and younger sister, Tori, aka The Fake Sleeper; his grandparents, Roger and Sondra Tyler and Randy and Illeen Buller; great-grandparents, Bill and Anna Rose Guillory, as well as his aunts, cousins, and friends.

He will be welcomed into heaven by his German Shepherd, Zero; and hamster, Stud; his MawMaw Charlotte and PawPaw George; his beloved Momma Lone and Poppa Lone; and his baby cousin Audriey.

Marik was preceded in death by the hundreds of thousands of children and friends, who have died due to a lack of funding for pediatric cancer research. No child should ever endure what these children have. They deserve better. We must do better.

In lieu of flowers, Marik would like you to direct donations in his honor, to his favorite place on earth, and the only place he was really, truly, happy, Camp Rising Sun’s Charitable Foundation, where cancer doesn’t matter, and lifelong bonds are formed.

The family would also like to take this time to express our absolute love and gratitude to everyone that was #TeamMarik. We could never thank all the organizations, people, doctors, nurses, and friends without missing someone. You have carried us through the last six years.

Marik was loved. Every second of every single day. He will live on in every sunflower you see, every bunny that hops by, and every belly laugh over pure silliness.

Strong to the Finish little man. You finally did it. You “made the winner.” You are free, and we couldn’t be more proud of you.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, Apr. 19, from 3-7 p.m. at The First United Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy, with the funeral service to begin at 7 p.m. A Prayer Service will be held on Friday, Apr. 20, at 10 a.m. with Interment to follow at Big Woods Cemetery in Vinton. Pastor Carlton Jackson, Jr., Rev. T. D. Cardwell and Rev. Rod Buller will be officiating.

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

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Bobbie Ray Fontenot, 82, died Friday, Apr. 13, 2018 in a local hospital. He was born in Lafayette,

He retired from the U. S. Air Force and Shell Oil Co. He did security work after retirement. He was a member of Wheatland Masonic Lodge, Habibi Shrine Center and the DAV.

He is survived by his wife, Linda (Trahan) Fontenot; daughters, Lynn Russell (James), Sherry Bush, Theresa Luquette, all of Texas, Julie Fontenot of Lake Charles; step-daughters, Tracey Vincent, Tonya Fontenot (Wayne) of Iowa; sons, John Fontenot of Colorado; step-sons, John Payne of Canada, Ricky and Billy Soileau of Lake Charles; siblings, Linda Moore of Galliano, Vickie Hebert, Betty Doyle, both of Iowa, Ronnie Fontenot of DeQuincy, Brian Fontenot of Iowa; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Neisley and Lillian (Guidry) Fontenot; one brother, Joel Fontenot; mother of four children, Wendy Fontenot; and mother of one child, Jean Soileau.

A memorial service was held Monday, Apr. 16, at Johnson & Brown Funeral Home in Iowa. Cremation was entrusted to Johnson & Brown Funeral Home.

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Rodney “RodRod” Tubbs, Jr. 40, a resident of Sulphur passed away on Monday, Apr. 2, 2018.

He is survived by his wife, Shanda Tubbs; son, Hayden Rainwater; step-son, Daryn Rainwater; father, Rodney Tubbs, Sr. and wife, Melba of Starks; and sister, Rhonda Jean Roberts and husband, Robin of Jackson, Miss. He is also survived by his nieces, Raivyn, Rheyna; and nephew, Riley.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Catherine Tubbs.

The arrangements are pending and they are being handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy.

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June Evelyn (Dunn) Campbell, 70, was born on Nov. 8, 1947 in Westford, Mass. and passed from this life on Saturday, Apr. 14, 2018. She graduated from Westford Academy in 1966 and attended the Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing. On Jan. 20, 1974, she and Dalton Campbell were married. While she worked as a nurse for many years, she is most known for her years of teaching Sunday School. She continued teaching even after being confined to a wheelchair. She loved sharing her love for Jesus any way she could.

She is survived by her husband, Dalton Campbell; her sons, Dwayne Campbell and wife, Shana, Daniel Campbell and wife, Susan and Dathaniel Campbell and wife, Amberly; seven grandchildren, Cameron, Landon, Camryn, Kennedy, Destini, Drayton and Darcy; and numerous siblings, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Virginia Dunn.

The family received friends at Abundant Life Church from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 17, with the funeral service immediately following at 7 p.m. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, Apr. 18, beginning at 9:45 a.m. at the National Cemetery.

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

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Clarence E. Smith, Sr., 90, of DeQuincy was born on Apr. 23, 1927 and passed from this life on Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018. He loved to farm and his greatest pass time was working in the garden. During his lifetime he worked many jobs including peeling poles, working at the box factory and with the road crew for the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury. He also served his country in the United States Army. He was a wonderful father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his son, Clarence E. Smith, Jr. of Fields; daughters, Janis Pickering and husband, Edward of Fields and Joan Pickering of DeQuincy; along with four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Clara Doiron of Starks; brothers Corliss Smith and wife, Becky of DeQuincy and Prentice Smith and wife, Mary Ann of Porter, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Doyle Smith; parents, Richard Smith and Eva McLeod Smith; and 11 siblings.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, Apr. 19, from 5-8 p.m. at Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Bancroft. The funeral service will be held on Friday, Apr. 20, beginning at 2 p.m. at Brushy Creek Baptist Church with interment to follow at Good Hope Cemetery in Singer. Pastor Jerry Hext will be officiating.

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

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