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Obituaries: May 30, 2018

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Obituaries from the May 30 paper.

Verna Belle "Sis" Armstead, 67, was born in Lafayette.

A lifelong resident of DeQuincy, she was a member of Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church and served in the choir. She was also a retiree from the Isle of Capri Casino and a Secretary for the Grand Avenue Alumni.

She died Thursday, May 17, 2018 in a DeQuincy hospital.

She is survived by three daughters, Letricia Armstead, Nekema (Keith) Goffner, and Brittney Armstead; one son, Jonathan Armstead (Rebecca Leday); godson, Damonte Gillespie; four brothers, Willie (Bobbie) Buck Jr., W. J. Buck, Curley Buck Sr., and Edward Buck; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Elva Joubert Buck Sr.

Her funeral was held Saturday, May 26, at Evergreen Baptist Church in DeQuincy. Pastor James Harris officiated. Burial was in Community Cemetery.

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Murphy Brock Jr., 70, was born in Starks. A native of Starks, he resided in Lake Charles for the past 20 years. He was a former member of True Light Baptist Church where he became an ordained deacon in 2005. He attended New Life Church International. He was a former employee of Livingston Shipyard in Orange, Texas and a United States Army Veteran.

He died Monday, May 14, 2018 in a local hospital.

Survivors include his daughter, Conswella Brock; three granddaughters; one great-grandson; three stepdaughters, O'Beria McKinley, Wenona (George) Roberts, and Angela (Demetric) Ray; four stepsons, Lancer (Dianne) Pelican, Pernell (Donette) Pelican, Ullice (Sonia) Pelican, and Chandler (LaShondra) Pelican; one step grandson; and one sister, Edna Smith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Murphy and Edna Mae Ross Brock Sr.

His funeral was held Saturday, May 26, at Calvary Apostolic Church in Starks. Burial was in St. Mary Community Cemetery.

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(Editor's Note--Edgar Hayes, longtime DeQuincy High School educator, coach, driver’s education instructor, principal and Tiger fan, passed away Saturday, May 26, at the age of 72.)

Edgar Irvine Hayes, 72, of DeQuincy, passed away on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.

He was born to parents, Irvine and Willie Hayes on Jan. 16, 1946 in DeQuincy.

He enjoyed traveling, listening to music, golfing, reading, and fishing. At the top of his list, he loved being with his family, and would always try to attend his grandchildren’s games and activities. From the time he started school and retired as a school administrator, he had spent 50 years in Education. He graduated from Jeff Davis High School in Houston, Texas; attended Wharton County Jr. College; The University of Houston where he received his Master’s; and continued his post graduate degree at McNeese State University.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Kyra Hayes; one daughter, Jill Hayes and partner Christine Murillo of Spring, Texas; three sons, Joe Hayes and wife Megan of DeQuincy, Andy Hayes and wife Steffanie of Azle, Texas and Cliff Hayes of DeQuincy; eight grandchildren, Gabriel, Brittani, Logan, Tanner, Olivia, Grayson, Wyatt, and Bowen.

Edgar was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Jody Woodard; along with his father in law, Woody Wilson.

Services were held at First Baptist Church of DeQuincy, on Tuesday, May 29, at 2 p.m. with Bro. Gil Arthur officiating. Visitation was at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home of DeQuincy on Monday, May 28, from 5-9 p.m. Visitation resumed at First Baptist Church of DeQuincy on Tuesday, from 12 p.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Methodist Children’s Home or a charity of your choice.

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

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

(Paid Memorial)

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Ezora Royer Callaway, 96, died Friday, May 25, 2018.

She was born in Oretta and moved with her parents to DeQuincy. She attended early elementary school in DeQuincy until she was eight. In 1930, she moved to Ingalls, Kan. and later on to Cimmaron, Kan. She graduated from Cimmaron High School in 1940.

After high school graduation, she attended the new trade school in Lake Charles. She studied secretarial skills and soon was hired by the Beauregard Parish Welfare Office in DeRidder.

She worked registrations at McNeese State College as a key punch operator to fund her children’s education and help them achieve a college degree. She was a longtime member of Hodges Street United Pentecostal Church, which is today, Apostolic Temple. She served as Sunday School secretary for many years.

She is survived by her children, Bette J. Cooley and husband Larry and Terry Callaway and wife Judy; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; one brother, John Junior Royer; and one half-brother, Calvin Royer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Winfred Arnold Callaway; mother, Golda Saphronia Royer; father, John Isaac Royer; one sister; one half-brother; and two half-sisters.

Her funeral service was held Sunday, May 27, at Apostolic Temple. Rev. Ricky Treece officiated. A graveside service was held Sunday afternoon at Swearingen Cemetery in Warren, Texas.

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Barbara Jo Thomas, 80, died on Friday, May 25, 2018 at a local hospital.

Mrs. Thomas attended Marion High School, was a native of Lake Charles, and was a long time resident of Moss Bluff.

She is survived by five daughters, Terry Lynn Thomas of Moss Bluff, Tammy Fontenot (Bryan) of Ragley, Karen Thomas of Moss Bluff, Donna Jo Gaudet (Steve) of Moss Bluff, and Ann Thomas Ivey of Moss Bluff; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Terrell Fowler of Moss Bluff, and Tommy Brown of Ragley.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Charles Thomas; son, Michael Charles Thomas Jr.; mother, Frankie Barbara Leslie Fowler Brown; father, Joseph Russell Fowler; three brothers; and step father, Clifford Brown.

A funeral service was held at Johnson Funeral Home at Tuesday, May 29. Burial was at Old Ritchie Cemetery. Rev. Luke Liechty officiated.

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Belinda Sue Slaydon Young, 61, was born Mar. 2, 1957 in DeRidder and passed away Friday, May 25, 2018 in Conroe, Texas.

She is survived by her loving husband, Allen Young; children, Laticia Young of Conroe, Texas, Tiffani Young-Foxx and husband, Russell of Magnolia, Texas, Joseph Young and wife, Jaymee of Conroe, Texas, Jacob Young of Conroe, Texas, Timothy Young of Conroe, Texas, Bryan Young and wife Megan of Spring, Texas, Sarah Young of Conroe, Texas; eight grandchildren; parents, Ross and Cora Lee Slaydon of Longville; siblings, Bonnie Hensley, Ross “Bubba” Slaydon, Jr., Donald Lynn Slaydon, Brenda Lee Allen, Ronald Glyn Slaydon, Jason Slaydon, Alyah Slaydon and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Family received friends Sunday, May 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home. Family received friends Monday, May 28, from 9 to 11 a.m. with a funeral service to beginning at 11 a.m. at Magnolia Baptist Church, 1922 Magnolia Church Rd., Ragley. Interment followed at Magnolia Cemetery.

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

(Paid Memorial)

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Barbara Manuel, 80, was born Feb. 9, 1938 and passed away Monday, May 28, 2018. Family will receive friends 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at Riley Smith Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held Friday 10 a.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home Chapel; Interment to follow at Magnolia Cemetery in Ragley.

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

(Paid Memorial)

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Kelton Lee Smith, 23 of Starks was born June 26, 1995 and passed away Monday, May 28, 2018 in Starks.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy. Phone: 786-2999.

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Veronica “Ronnie” McCoy was born on July 5, 1967 in Lake Charles and passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at her residence in DeQuincy.

She is survived by her parents, Albert and Ida McCoy of DeQuincy; sisters, Patsy Simien of Sulphur and Lora Ann McClean of Los Angeles, Calif.; her brothers, John D. McCoy of Houston, Texas, Albert McCoy, Jr. of DeQuincy and Don McCoy of Beaumont, Texas. She is also survived by her nieces, Tamika Simien Learson (Jerome Learson) and Roxanne McCoy Goffney (Jeffrey Goffney); her nephew, Robert McClean; great nieces, Jasmine Goffney and Roshonda Goffney; godchild, Alisha McCoy; and her adopted brothers through Christ, Pastor Marvin L. Durgan (Berita Durgan) and Trennis D. Ford (Catrina Ford).

The family will receive friends on Saturday, June 2, from 9-11 a.m. with the funeral service to begin at 11 a.m. The visitation and funeral will be held at Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church in DeQuincy. Pastor Marvin L. Durgan will be officiating and 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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