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Obituaries: June 28, 2017

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Obituaries from the June 28 paper.

Oland Derouen, Jr. was born in Lake Charles. He died on Saturday, June 17, 2017, one day short of his 88th birthday.

Mr. Derouen was a graduate of LaGrange Junior High and LaGrange Senior High School.

He was a bricklayer and a member of Masons and Plaster’s Local # 4 in Lake Charles for 42 years.

He was a 50 year member of Boulevard Baptist Church, serving as a deacon, Sunday school Teacher to Primary Aged Children. He also was a long time member of the Building Committee.

He was a member of St. Luke Simpson Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Darsie Gray Derouen of Lake Charles; Garland Derouen (Mary) of Lake Charles and Tommy Derouen of Ragley; five grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oland Derouen, Sr. and Edna LaGrange Derouen

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 20, at St. Luke Simpson United Methodist Church. Rev. Dr. John Robert Black officiated. Burial was in Highland Memory Gardens.

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Karen “Susie” Perkins a native and resident of DeQuincy passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at the age of 60.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph Allen Perkins; children, Chad Parker, Trent Perkins, Shane Perkins, Lindsay Heard and husband, Kenneth, and Laine Perkins, all of DeQuincy; grandchildren, Paige Elizabeth, Shayna Brooke, Madison, Chloe, Taurean, Sara and Trentlyn. She is also survived by one sister, Nelda Kingrey of DeQuincy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo Kingrey and Sarah Smith Kingrey, one brother and one sister.

The family received friends on Sunday, June 25, from 5- 8 p.m. and on Monday, June 26, from 10-2 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home. The funeral service was held on Monday, June 26, beginning at 2 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home with Rev. Roy Hoosier officiating. Interment followed at Good Hope Cemetery in Singer.

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

(Paid Memorial)

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Funeral services for Lynwood Bolton “Woody” James, 85, of Ragley, were held Tuesday, June 27 at the First United Pentecostal Church in Ragley with Rev. Sean Chisholm officiating. Burial followed in the Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Leesville.

Mr. James was born in Port Arthur, Texas and died Friday, June 23, 2017, at the Southwest LA War Veterans Home. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He graduated from the Apostolic Bible Institute in St. Paul, Minn. He retired from the Texaco Refinery after over 30 years of service and was a member of the First United Pentecostal Church of Ragley.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Jacobson James of Ragley; three sons, Damon James and wife Rhonda of Prescott, Ariz., Darwin James and wife Dana of Bridge City, Texas, and David James and wife Melissa of Ragley; one daughter, Deborah Stephenson and husband Rev. Marshall Stephenson of Deweyville, Texas; 11 grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest D. James and Ola Mae Carpenter James; and one brother.

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Claude Mott, Jr., 84, died in a local care facility Friday, June 23, 2017.

Born in Welsh, he was a graduate of Lacassine and member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lacassine. He was a salesman for 34 years for Oustalet Ford in Jennings.

Survivors include his children, Janet Lewallen (Mike) of Welsh, Keith Mott (Marla) of Ragley, Mona Gary (George) of Jennings, Chris Mott of Shreveport, Gay Lynne Mott of Jennings and Angie Broome (Gary) of Shreveport; sisters, Lou Annette Stelly, Loula Prudhomme, Betty Bourgeois, Naomi LeBlanc and Elaine Broussard; 20 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren; and the mother of his children, Dot LaCombe Myers.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude Mott, Sr. and Ethel (Schexnider) Mott; and one brother.

A Mass of Christian burial was in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lacassine on Monday, June 25. Father Roland Vaughn officiated. Burial followed in Lacassine Cemetery.

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Betty Jo McFatter Whitehead completed her earthly journey on Saturday, June 24, 2017 in Bryant, Ark., at the age of 88.

She is survived by her children Paul Whitehead of Forest Hill, Keith Whitehead and his wife Nikole of Lithia, Fla., and Kyleen Prewett and her husband Carroll of Salem, Ark.; seven grandchildren, Jeremy, Andrew, and Abby Whitehead and Breanna Whitehead Fisher, Sarah, Kyle, and Wayne Hawkins; and four great-grandchildren, Xoe, Gabe, and Jade Hawkins, and Parker Whitehead. She is also survived by two brothers, H. K. "Kyle" (Mary) McFatter and E. R. "Ed" (Jodie) McFatter, both of Sulphur; and one sister, Dannie (Nathan) Marcantel of DeQuincy; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Whitehead; her parents, Daniel and Lenora McFatter; her siblings, Trudy Williams, Bonnie Smith, Clyde Earl McFatter, W. W. "Bill" McFatter, and Prentice "Pat" McFatter.

Betty Jo lived a long and interesting life. She was born on Feb. 6, 1929, and grew up in the community of Perkins, just south of DeQuincy. She played basketball in high school and was in the last class to graduate after only completing eleven grades. She was very skilled in typing and shorthand and following high school went to school in Springfield, Mo., to train to be a telephone operator. Her first job after high school was with a telegraph company in Texas where she met a lifelong friend Valerie Deyo.

We honor Betty's life today and remember how special she was.

Funeral services were held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home in DeQuincy. A private burial was held in McFatter Cemetery in DeQuincy.

Visitation was held from 5 p.m. until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home.

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

(Paid Memorial)

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Mergene Brasseaux Champagne, 89, of Lake Charles, died Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Lake Charles.

She was born in Church Point.

Survivors include her two sons, Glen Champagne and his wife Ilayalit of Baytown, Texas, and Doug Champagne of Lake Charles. Also surviving are two sisters, Audrey Andrepont Fontenot of DeQuincy, and Barbara Ann Thibodeaux of Patterson; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Moise and Lela Olivier Brasseaux; and husband, Dudley Champagne.

She was a former member of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 28, from 5-8 p.m. and will resume Thursday at 9 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at Hixson Funeral Home, Lake Charles. Burial will follow the service at Consolata Catholic Cemetery in Lake Charles.

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