Obituaries from the April 5 paper.
Nora Jean Goins passed away on Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2017 in a local hospital.
Nora was a lifelong resident of Singer. She loved her family dearly and devoted her life to raising her family. Nora had a passion for basketball and all aspects of the game. She also enjoyed reading, playing pokeno, tending to her flowers and quilting.
Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Lynn Dale Havens (Sandra) of Singer, Vernon Goins Jr.( Angie) of Opelousas, and Forest Darren Goins (Darlene) of Vidor, Texas; daughters, Laura Ann Jeans (Stan) of Merryville, Janet Eileen Lorenz (Roy) of Singer; brothers, Robert Havens, Jr. (Beverly) of Everret, Wash., Ken Havens (Betty) of Alvin, Texas; sisters, Rebecca Phillips and Phyllis Perkins (Clyde), all of Singer; sister-in-law, Shirley Havens of Moss Bluff; grandchildren Megan Forrester and (Kent), Kristin Lindsey (Nathan), Adrienne Barbosa, Heather Lyons (Bennett Zaunbrecher), Brandi Moss (Derek), Matt Spears, Hannah Goins, Kimberly Goins, Vernon “Trey” Goins III, Layken Lorenz, Cole Jeans (Ashleigh), and Clay Jeans; great-grandchildren, Brock, Gabriel, and Izzy Barbosa, Charleigh and Lety Zaunbrecher, Kathryn Curtis (Cody), Kelsye Cassell (John), Payton and Ava Jeans, Bryson, Brock and, Bella Bailey, Emma, Caroline and JoAnn Cassell; great-great grandchild Remi Curtis; and aunt, Gerldine Gearin (Rufus) of Singer.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Vernon Goins Sr; parents, Robert Leo Havens and Mattie Ruth Ashworth Havens; and brother, Charles Ray “Bo” Havens.
Visitation was held on Mar. 30, at Smokey Cove Pentecostal Church in Singer from 4 until 9 p.m. and resumed Mar. 31, from 12 p.m. until service time. Service was held at the church at 2 p.m. with Reverends Anthony Kennon and Donnis Ashworth officiating. Burial followed at Good Hope Cemetery in Singer.
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Dorothy Franks, 86, of Oretta passed away on Friday March 31, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her children and family.
She was born in DeQuincy in 1931 to Lonix and Stella Boyer. Dorothy was married to J. D. Franks for 65 years before his death in 2013. She was a member of the DeQuincy Church of Christ where she taught Bible class for many years. Dorothy took great joy as a stay at home mother raising her five children. In her role as a Christian mother she taught her children the importance of hard work and Christian values. Many in the community have memories of purchasing eggs at the Franks Farm in Oretta where Dorothy and her children worked a small chicken farm for several years. She loved animals and often took in homeless “critters” of all kinds to include a skunk. Dorothy worked tirelessly for years researching family genealogy for which she felt a great passion. She produced two books which her family treasures. Dorothy was known by many as quite the prankster. She loved to laugh and brought laughter to many. We will miss her laughter.
She is survived by three brothers, George, David and Rodney Boyer, all of Fields; two sisters, JoAnn Young and Anice Israel, both of Lake Charles; her children, Johnny Franks and wife Katherine of Hemphill, Texas, Joey Franks and wife Teresa of DeQuincy, Ray Franks and wife Donna of DeQuincy, Donna Manuel and husband Daniel of Many, and Marty Franks of Oretta; daughter-in-law, Karla Kinny of Merryville; 11 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband J. D. Franks; her parents, Lonix and Stella Mae Boyer; brothers, Will and Francis (Buttons) Boyer; and great-grand-daughter, Sarah Manuel.
Visitation was held on Sunday, Apr. 2, from 5 until 9 p.m. at the DeQuincy Church of Christ. Services were held Monday, Apr. 3, at 10 a.m. also at the DeQuincy Church of Christ located at 225 Hall Street in DeQuincy. Johnny Franks, Joey Franks and Ray Franks officiated the services. Burial was in Bivens Cemetery under the direction of Hixson-Snider Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the DeQuincy Church of Christ Youth Fund.
A special thank you to Dr Joudeh and staff, DeQuincy Memorial Hospital, and all of Dorothy’s special home health “angels” during her illness.
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Martha Updike Hart, 68, of Ragley died Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2017, in a local hospital.
Ms. Hart was born in Lafayette, where she was a 1966 graduate of Mount Carmel Catholic School. She attended USL before completing a business course at Spencer Business College in Lafayette. In 1977, she moved to Ragley, and began working in the education field for the South Beauregard School Board as a substitute teacher. She later became a paraprofessional (teacher’s aide) at South Beauregard High School. Ms. Hart was a member of the Woodland Church in Longville.
Survivors include her companion, Leonard Gaspard; three daughters, Rebecca “Beckie” Hart Rozell Chesson (Casey), Kristina Hart Bourgeois (Mika), and Aimee Hart Guidry (Bradley); a sister, Patricia Updike Darbonne; and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Warren “Dub” Updike and Irene Ducrest Updike; and the father of her children, Durward “Lynn” Hart Jr.
Funeral service was held Saturday, Apr. 1, at the Woodland Church in Longville. Pastor David Lilley officiated. Burial followed in Magnolia Baptist Church Cemetery.
Donations may be made in Martha’s memory to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, P.O. Box 51597, Lafayette LA 70508.
Service for Yvonne Audrey Istre were held Saturday, Apr. 1, 2017, at Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Chapel. Burial followed in Mimosa Pines Cemetery in Carlyss.
She died on Mar. 29, 2017, at age 86. A native of Rayne and resident of DeQuincy.
Survivors include her children, Audrey Istre of Westlake, Evelyn Jacobs of Lake Charles, and Christina Kendrick of Baton Rouge; four siblings, Donald Richard, Dudley Richard, Hazel Patin and Lucien Richard Jr; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dalton Adam Istre; parents, Lucien and Alicia Richard; and five siblings.
Maudrey Fremin Whatley, 94 of DeQuincy went to meet the Lord on Sunday, Apr. 2, 2017 with her loving family at her side.
She was a native of New Iberia and a resident of DeQuincy since 1939. Maudrey and her husband, J. D., operated Whatley’s Cleaners beginning in 1950. After his death in 1981, she continued working in the business. Even after selling the business in 2002, she helped the new owners for a while. During the years she owned the dry cleaners, she always cleaned her Pastor’s clothes for free and provided discounts for drycleaning for all other Pastors and Evangelists. She was an excellent seamstress and was always much in demand. After selling the business, she continued alterations from her home, even after she became legally blind at age 90. She was able to thread her needles “by feel”.
She always wore a smile and went the “extra mile” with her customers. She loved to laugh and was known to pull a prank or two on unsuspecting customers and friends. She was a marvelous cook and some of the families’ favorite dishes were her dirty rice, meatloaf and fritters.
She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all. She was a faithful member of First United Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy.
Maudrey was born to Guiteaux and Bernadette Dugas Fremin. There were eight siblings and three of the five sisters were born of Jan. 1, each six years apart.
She is survived by her daughter, Burnadell Baggett and husband, Walton of DeQuincy, sisters, Dorothy Kilpatrick of Jackson, Miss., and Janet Segarra of Houston, Texas; and brother, Ronald Fremin of New Iberia.
She is also survived by five grandchildren, Linda Smelser, Derrell Dykes, Sandy Dykes, Lesa Russell and Vicki Pfundstein; along with 14 great-grandchildren, Madison, Mallory, Morgan, Ashton, Kate, Torie, Richard, Charles, Christy, Timothy, Andrew, Jonathan, Bowie and Ashley; and nine great-great-grandchildren, Anthony, Richard, Jr., Caden, Olivia, Lillian, Riley, Shiloh, Amelia and Brenna; along with a host of friends and extended family.
Maudrey was preceded in death by her parents, Guiteaux and Bernadette Dugas Fremin of New Iberia; husband, J. D. Whatley; daughter, Gail Dykes; sisters, Leona Guillot and Lorraine Dupre; and brothers, Richard Fremin and Gerald Fremin.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Apr. 5, from 5-8 p.m. at The First United Pentecostal Church. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, Apr. 6, beginning at 11 a.m. at The First United Pentecostal Church. Pastor Carlie Jackson, Rev. T. D. Cardwell and Rev. Wayne Neyland will officiate. Burial will follow at Perkins cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to The First United Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy, Post Office Box 629, DeQuincy, LA 70633.
Arrangements are being handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 West Fourth St., DeQuincy.
Theresa Ann (Lisotta) Stoddard, 69, of Ragley died Sunday, Apr. 2, 2017.
Survivors include her husband, Curtis R. Stoddard; two children, Chris Eagleson and Amy McGee of Lake Charles; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; six sisters, Frances Mayors, Margaret Landry, Helen Garret, Carolyn Louette, Elenor Gautreaux and Mary Wix; four brothers, Johnny, Robert and Luke Lisotta of Ragley, and Tommy Lisotta of LeBlue Settlement.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Angelo and Connie Lisotta; daughter, Veronica Eagleson; and one brother.
A funeral service will be held at Johnson Funeral Home at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 5. Monsignor Charles Dubois will officiate. Burial will follow at Magnolia Cemetery in Ragley. Visitation will continue Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. until the start of the service at the funeral home.
Vivian Whittington, 92, died Monday, Monday, Apr. 3, 2017 in Plaquemine.
Mrs. Whittington was a native of Baker and had been a longtime resident of Sulphur. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Our Lady of Lasalette Catholic Church.
Survivors include her children, Johnny Whittington of Walker, Wanda Blanchard and husband Mike of Plaquemine, Donald Whittington and wife Dana of Sulphur, Susan Barbano and husband John of Tehachapi, Calif., Troy Whittington and wife Sherry of Moss Bluff, and Raymond Whittington and wife Beverly of Ragley; her only surviving sibling, Maud “Belah” Shows of Darrow; 22 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and 22 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cedric Whittington; children, Brenda Hinton, Carol Meche and Robert Whittington.
Her funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Apr. 5, in Our Lady of Lasalette Catholic Church in Sulphur. Rev. Andrews Kollannoor, MS will officiate. Burial will be in Farquhar Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home on Wednesday from 8-10:30 a.m. with a rosary service at 10 a.m.
Dr. Howard L. Snider, Sr. left this world to be with his Lord, Sunday, Apr, 2, 2017 at his home in DeQuincy.
He was born Mar. 14, 1925 in Longville. He lived his life to the fullest-enjoying many friends and activities. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps just out of High School during World War II. He witnessed the now historic raising of the flags at Iwo Jima.
On returning from the war, he attained a degree in Mortuary Science and helped his Dad with the Snider Funeral Home. A few years later, he attended Loyola Dental School and graduated in 1955 and practiced dentistry in DeQuincy for over 30 years. He also served as Associate Clinical Professor at LSU Dental School in New Orleans, teaching 4th year dental students.
He was proud to have received the honors of Distinguished Person of the Year 2007, Vernon Parish Outstanding Louisiana Tree Farmer in 2008, and Citizen of the Year in 2015. He was a long time active member of the United Methodist Church of DeQuincy, and served in many capacities including finance committees, Sunday school, building committees, and United Methodist conferences.
He was an avid sportsman and actively pursued his hobbies of fishing and hunting and preserving our natural resources. He was a tree farmer and active in forestry issues and legislation.
Howard is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Ruby Brown Snider; daughter, Marcia Snider Hammock (David/deceased) of DeQuincy; sons, Dr. Lee Snider (Angie) of Lake Charles, Dr. Van Snider (Dr. Lisa) of Lake Charles; grandchildren, Amy Hammock and Tyler Hammock, Caitlin Snider and Austin Snider, Lauren Snider and Melissa Snider; and great grandchildren, Carter Snider and Avery Claire Snider.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Earl and Ruth Snider; brothers, Earl Snider and Kenneth Snider; along with sister, Eleanor Snider Witherington.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Apr. 7, at First Baptist Church of DeQuincy. Officiating will be Rev. Gil Arthur, Rev. Chris Wilbur, Rev. T. D. Cardwell, along with Rev. Carlie Jackson. Visitation will be on Thursday, Apr. 6, from 6-9 p.m. at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home of DeQuincy. Visitation will resume on Friday at First Baptist Church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will follow at Perkins Cemetery.
The family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Richard Gilmore for his endless support and care for our father. There were many others who helped in his care including Dr. Mike Cormier, nurse practitioners, and countless Nurses and Techs. If in our haste we have forgotten someone, please know that we are forever grateful for your kindness.
In lieu of flowers, our Dad would be honored if you considered a donation to the DeQuincy Veterans Memorial Fund, which is P.O. Box 398, DeQuincy, LA 70633, or you may use the GoFundMe account which has been setup.
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