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Obituaries: April 26, 2017

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Obituaries from the April 26 paper.

Sharlene “Sharky” Holley, 47, a resident of DeQuincy, passed away on Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2017. “Sharky” loved the outdoors. She loved to fish, spend time at the lease and she loved birds. She was a loving mother, daughter, sister and friend and she will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her sons, Ethon Burnitt and Landon Burnitt of DeQuincy; parents, Henry “Poop” and Mavis Holley of DeQuincy; four sisters, Karen Burnitt and husband, Eddie of DeQuincy, Stacy Birdwell and husband, Johnny of DeQuincy, JoAnna Perkins and husband, L. E. of DeQuincy, Jessica Craft and husband, James of DeQuincy; one brother, Steven Holley of DeQuincy; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

The family received friends on Thursday, Apr. 20, from 5-8 p.m. at the Pentecostal House of Praise in DeQuincy. The funeral service was held on Friday, Apr. 21, at 11 a.m. at Pentecostal House of Praise. Rev. Anthony Kennon, Rev. David Kennon and Rev. Roy Hoosier officiated. Interment followed at Good Hope Cemetery in Singer.

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

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Larry Warren Dickerson Sr., 66, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his family and friends, after a lengthy illness.

He was born in DeQuincy on Aug. 25, 1950. Larry was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying both hunting and fishing. He was an active volunteer at the SCOA Toledo Bend Center and initiated the “Hunters Enriching Life Program" to take handicap adults and children fishing. He was a member of NRA and the TBLA, and served four years in the Army at Fort Hood, Texas, and retired from BECI after 31 years of service.

He left to cherish his memory, his wife of 34 years, Edith; one son, Larry Warren Dickerson, Jr., both of Toledo Bend; his brother, David Dickerson (Antheia) of Alaska; one sister, Nona Treme (Garland) of DeQuincy; along with many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Lorene Dickerson.

Services were held on Monday, Apr. 24, at 2 p.m. at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home of DeQuincy with Rev. Carl Francois. Visitation was held at the Hixson-Snider Funeral Home on Sunday, Apr. 23, from 6-9 p.m. and resumed at the funeral home on Monday, from 12 noon until the time of the service. Burial followed at Squyres Church Risinger Memorial Park Cemetery in Ragley.

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

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Vivian Hoffpauir Jeghers, 90, died on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in a local nursing home. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Sulphur.

She is survived by her daughter, Virginia Lanier of DeQuincy; and son, Gerald Reginald Jeghers of Sulphur; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roland Reginald Jeghers; parents, U. V. and Angeline Hoffpauir; one sister; and two brothers.

Serviceswere held Saturday, Apr. 22, at Johnson and Robison Funeral Home in Sulphur with Brother Lewis King officiating. Burial followed in Royer Cemetery.

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Funeral services for Merlin “Lin” Keys Miller Jr., 66, were held Friday, Apr. 21, at The Family Place Church of Reeves. Rev. Glen Ducharme and Rev. Don Barrett officiated. Burial followed in Creel Memorial Gardens.

He was a Deacon at The Family Place Church. He did dozer work for 18 years from which he retired. He then went to work at Westvaco.

Survivors include his wife, Jedonne Simmons Miller of DeRidder; one daughter, Brandy Hebert and husband Justin of DeRidder; two brothers, Luther Miller of Ragley and Bill Miller of Kinder; three sisters, Elaine Johnson of Reeves, Frances Pourteau of Westlake, and Linda Wilson of Princeton, Ind.; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Merlin and Ruby Miller.

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Freddy Bert Aven, 69, of Sulphur died Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2017 at his residence.

Mr. Bert in Orange, Texas, where he lived until moving to Sulphur 17 years ago. He served his country from 1966-1968 in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He worked as a millwright, retiring in 2014 from Westlake Chemical after 20 years of service and worked for the Orange County Sheriff ’s Office for almost 10 years.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Conner-Aven of Sulphur; children, Anna Carlin of San Antonio, Texas, Jonathan Carlin of Ragley, Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Carlin and wife Jennifer of DeRidder, Cole Aven of Orange, Texas, Denise Hyder and husband Greg of Dallas, Texas, Bruce Aven and wife Mary Ann of Davie, Fla., and Walter Aven and wife Stephanie of Dallas, Texas; mother of his son Cole, Dee Aven of Orange, Texas; brothers, Bob Aven of Orange, Texas, Bill Aven of Orange, Texas, and Tom Aven of Pearland, Texas; and 16 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, R. E. and Neva Tanton Aven; and son, Kevin Carlin.

His funeral service was held Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017, at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. George Milligan and Larry Granger led the service. Burial followed in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Creole.

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Daniel Phillip Ieyoub, 82, died Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2017. He lived his entire life in Lake Charles.

Ieyoub was a graduate of Lake Charles High School and later McNeese State University where he earned a double major in English and History in 1956. He furthered his education at LSU where he received a Master’s Degree in Administration. Upon graduation, Daniel began his career as a teacher at DeQuincy High School and then on to Central School and Pearl Watson. In 1964 he returned to Lake Charles High where he taught American History.

In 1971, he became Assistant Principal at Lake Charles High serving in that capacity until 1980 when he became Principal until 1983 marking him as the last Principal of Lake Charles High.

Upon leaving Lake Charles High School, he served as Principal of St. Louis Catholic High from 1984 to 1991 and was subsequently inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. After his departure from St. Louis, he served as academic advisor at McNeese State University from 1991 until his retirement in 2008.

He was a founding member and past president of ACTS Theatre of Lake Charles with memorable performances in “Fiddler on the Roof ” and “The King and I”. He continued to perform for over 40 years, with his latest performance “Guys and Dolls” in 2015. He was also a member and past president of the McNeese Alumni Association, past president of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral Catholic School Board, past president of the McNeese Outriders and past president of the Sierra Club. He served as a member of the Retired Teachers of Calcasieu Parish, board member and treasurer of the Louisiana College Academic Advisor Association, member of the Arts and Humanities Council and served on the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army. He also volunteered for the SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau, McNeese Banners and at the Cathedral Parish Church office.

He was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and loved to sing with the Immaculate Conception Cathedral choir and with the Liberty Belles where he was the only male vocalist.

Daniel is survived by his wif, Ursula; his children and their spouses, Michael and Kelly, Mark and Ginger, David and Susan, Kristen and Jody Savant, Timothy and Odette and Jonathan and Stephy. He is also survived by his brothers, Kalil Ieyoub, Patrick Ieyoub of Lake Charles, Richard Ieyoub of Baton Rouge; and his sister, Ernestine Underwood of Ohio; and 20 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip and Virginia Ieyoub.

A celebration of his life was held Sunday, Apr. 23, with a Scripture Service at Johnson Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Apr. 24, at Immaculate Conception Cathedral Church. Monsignor Jace Eskind officiated.

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Bernice Josephine Daigle Wood, 100, died at Brookdale Assisted Living in Lake Charles on Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017.

She was born in Frey.

Survivors are her two daughters: Patricia LaFleur (husband Ernest) of Lake Charles and Barbara Carradine of Ragley; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Aristilia Bertrand Daigle and Homer Daigle; husband, Howard C. Wood; and seven siblings.

A parishioner of St. Margaret’s Parish of Lake Charles, for over 75 years, she attended daily Mass and distributed communion to shut-ins at their homes and at hospitals and nursing homes. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of America.

She was the lunchroom manager for First Methodist Church pre-school in Lake Charles for many, many years. She was a babysitter locally and in Florida for two years. She also was a loving caregiver for the elderly.

Sixty family members and friends gathered in February to celebrate her 100th birthday.

A funeral mass was held Monday, Apr 24, at St. Margaret’s in Lake Charles. Burial followed at Graceland Cemetery.

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Cynthia Morgan, 59, of DeQuincy was born Oct. 29, 1957 in DeQuincy and went to be with her Lord on Saturday, Apr. 22, 2017 in Lake Charles.

She is survived by her husband, Emmett Morgan, Sr.; children, Robert Eggins, Jr. and wife Kahlilah of Lake Charles, Lexie Eggins Brown and husband, Roderick of Houston, Texas, Emmett Morgan, Jr. of DeQuincy; stepchildren, Dawana Morgan, Dashawn Morgan, and Dashania Morgan, all of Baton Rouge; grandchildren, Khalil and Roshard; brother, Willie Hawthorne of DeQuincy; sisters, Cecelia Day and husband Thomas of Los Angles, Calif. and Velma Johnson of Hammond, Ind.; and a special relative, Tanya Johnson of DeQuincy; along with numerous other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilfred Harmon and Marie Ezell Vandyke; and brother, J. D. Hawthorne.

Visitation will be held Saturday, Apr. 29, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church, 202 Evergreen Baptist Lane St., DeQuincy with an 11 a.m. funeral service to follow. Interment will follow at Community Cemetery in DeQuincy.

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

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Robert Earl Trussell, Sr., 67, a resident of Deweyville, Texas passed away on Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017. Prior to his first surgery he loved being on the Sabine River hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors. After his surgery he loved sitting underneath his house, visiting with family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Della Trussell; son, Charles Trussell and wife, Regina, daughter, Jeana Michael; mother, Lillian Hartley; sisters, Caroline Burris and Verna Ahlborn and husband, Patrick; along with nine grand children and nine great-grandchildren, all of Deweyville, Texas; along with two great-grandchildren that are due within the near future.

He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Earl Trussell, Jr.; grandson, Mikey Loftin; father, Grover Trussell; brothers, Grover Eugene Trussell and Charles Boyles.

There will be a memorial service on Friday, May 5, beginning at 10 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 2335 TX-12, Deweyville, Texas.

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

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John Spencer Beach, 37, passed away Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017, at home in Oretta surrounded by family. He was born in DeRidder on Sept. 16, 1979, to Pat Beach and the late Bill Beach. He lived in Oretta and then Lake Charles for the last 23 years.

He is survived by his doting mother, Pat Beach; two brothers, Robert Couvillion (Mayra), of Mission, Texas, and Randy Beach (Susan) of Denham Springs; sister, Joyce Beach O'Bannon of Lake Charles; three nieces, Kimberly and Kaitlin Couvillion of Mission, Texas and Sharon Beach Blanchard (Travis) of Baton Rouge; five nephews, Steven Beach (Amy), and Jeremy Beach, all of Denham Springs Alex O'Bannon of Birmingham, Ala., Brandon and Shannon O'Bannon of Lake Charles; uncles, Jeff Scott (Cindy) of Chesterfield, Va., Gene Beach (Annie) of New Franklin, Mo., Michael Scott (Cathy) of Pierre Part, and beloved aunt, Nancy Guidry of Cankton.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bill Beach; a brother, Donald Beach; both paternal and maternal grandparents; uncles, David Scott of Foley, Ala., and Gerald Beach of New Franklin, Mo.

John was an adventurer in life. He always had a smile and a hug for everyone he met. In his 37 years he touched so very many lives with his unique personality and obsessions. He loved his Mom, Christmas, Ninja Turtles, Halloween and his red golf cart. He would sing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer with anyone and everyone.

His housemates at his group home were his brothers and he loved all his staff and the staff at Robinswood School in Lake Charles.
Thank you to all the staff who loved him and cared for him for 23 years.

Thank you to all our neighbors and friends who loved us and John throughout the years. Harbour Hospice for guiding us through his final days with compassion and caring.

John's smile will live in our hearts forever.

Services will be private.

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

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