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Obituaries: June 7, 2017

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Obituaries from the June 7 paper.

Elliott Darrow Buford was born on Oct. 18, 1926, and passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at the age of 90 years. He graduated from Apostolic Bible Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1952. He was a faithful member of First United Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy where he served as an Assistant and Interim Pastor in the early 1960s. He worked as a machinist at the Missouri Pacific Railroad shop in DeQuincy. He was employed as a welder with CITGO and retired in 1985 after 31 years of employment.

Elliott was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years and 5 days, Iris Perry Buford; two sons, David Buford and wife, Janet, of DeQuincy and Rev. Daniel Buford and wife, Jane, of Florissant, Mo.; grandchildren, Rachel Johnson and husband, Jevon, Robyn Fontenot, Royce Buford and wife, Amanda, Rev. Brandon Buford and wife, Brianne, and Brad Buford and wife Tempie; along with ten great-grandchildren, Marshal, Michael, Jana, Jathan, Easton, Haley, Zane, Zoe, Preston, and Parker.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Shelly Ray Buford and Edna Vincent Buford; along with one sister, Imogene Sutton.

The family received friends on Friday, June 2, from 5-8 p.m. at First United Pentecostal Church, 228 Smith Street, DeQuincy. The funeral service was held at First United Pentecostal Church on Saturday, June 3, beginning at 10 a.m. Officiating was Rev. Brandon Buford, Rev. T. D. Cardwell and Rev. Carlton L. Jackson Jr. Interment followed at Perkins Cemetery in DeQuincy.

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

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Angie Meredith Mitchell, 40, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, June 2, 2017 at her residence surrounded by her family and friends.

She was born in Houston, Texas on Nov. 23, 1976. She was the daughter of Raymond Meredith and Sherian Jones.

Angie loved being a wife and mother above all other things. Her family meant everything to her and she loved her husband and children more than anything. Aside from her family, Angie loved working in her yard and shopping with her daughter. For the past 13 years she loved her job at the USPS and the people she got to work with.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 23 years, Chad Mitchell; one son, Caleb Mitchell and daughter-in-law to be, Lauren Spears; one daughter, Courtney Mitchell; her mother, Sherian Jones; her father, Raymond Meredith; two sisters, Rachel Barks and husband Landon of DeQuincy, and Erica Thompson and husband Casey of DeQuincy; two brothers, Larry Meredith and wife, Noelle of Orange, Texas, Russell Hardin and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother Virginia Meredith; grandfather, Melville Dempsey Meredith; grandmother, Rachel Pratt; her aunt, Barbara Meredith; and stepfather, Allen Jones.

The family received friends on Monday, June 5, from 5-8 p.m. and on Tuesday, June 6, from 12 noon until 2 p.m. at The Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy.

The funeral service began at 2 p.m. with interment following at Hyatt Cemetery. Rev. Alvin Dale Smith and Rev. Rex Bryant officiated.

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

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Marceline LaPoint Miller, 80, died Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in a local nursing home.

She was a member of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters, Ladies Alter Society, Eucharistic Minister, Cajun French Music Association, St. Vincent DePaul Society and the Crazy Quilters.

She is survived by her husband, Larry L. Miller of Lake Charles; sons, Randall Miller and wife Danielle of Sulphur, Timmy Miller and wife Tina of San Antonio, Texas, Scottie Miller and wife Joy of DeQuincy; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ozar and Leonie Blanchard LaPoint; daughter, Janet Miller Fruge; and one brother.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Friday, June 2. Burial followed at Consolata Cemetery.

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Timothy Carl “Tim” Thompson, 59, of Ragley, died Monday, May 29, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. Thompson was born in Lake Charles. He lived most of his life in Ragley, where he was a graduate of South Beauregard High School. He began his career as an electronics technician with Welding Services, Inc. where he was currently employed. He had previously worked for Framatome SA.

Survivors include a son, Joshua Johnson Thompson and wife Delta Dawn Thompson of Atlanta, Ga.; brother, Tommy Wayne Thompson of Ragley; sister, Paulette Fontenot of Lafayette; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Doris and Daniel Thompson.

A memorial mass was held on Friday, June 2, at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Ragley. Rev. Tim Goodly officiated. Cremation was entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home.

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Joyce Mae Forrester, 78, died on Friday, June 2, 2017, at Christus St. Patrick Hospital.

Mrs. Forrester was born in Lake Charles and worked as an IBM operator at the First National Bank. She was also a member at the First Baptist Church of Moss Bluff. She was a graduate of Reeves High School and attended McNeese University. She was also a member of the National Honor Society. She was also a secretary for Louisiana State PTA.

She is survived by her husband, Wayne Forrester of Moss Bluff; three sons, Barry and wife Alma of Fort Worth, Texas, Mark and wife Paula of DeQuincy and Kent and wife Megan of Ragley.; one sister, Betty Fleury of Chloe; seven grandchildren; and 13 greatgrandchildren.

Service was held on Monday, June 5, at Hixson Moss Bluff Chapel. Rev. Francis LaRocque and Rev. James Rivers officiated. Burial followed at the Creel Cemetery at Camp Pearl.

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Phyllis Carol Leeth, 51, of Ragley, died Friday, June 2, 2017, at her home.

Ms. Leeth was born in Beaumont, Texas and was a graduate of A&M Consolidated High School in College Station, Texas. She continued her education, earning her B.S. in psychology. Phyllis worked as a victim’s assistant coordinator in the legal field. She moved to Ragley three years ago.

Survivors include four children, Katy Bengs (Marshall) of College Station, Texas, Bryce Ragan of College Station, Texas, Brianna Smith of Lake Charles and Colton Smith of Lake Charles; a stepdaughter, Jessica Nobles and family of College Station; mother, Jackie Smith of Lake Charles; brother, Billy Smith Jr. of College Station; a sister, Jacquelyn “Sue” Smith of Lake Charles; and companion, Edward Guillory of Ragley.

She was preceded in death by her father, Billy Smith; and her grandparents.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 6, in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Jack Clift officiated.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7, at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery in Terrell, Texas.

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Geraldine Gearen, 82, of Singer passed from this life on Friday, June 2, 2017.

Those left to cherish her memory are husband, Rufus “Friday” Gearen; sons, Gary Brown (Peggy) of Moss Bluff, Rodney Brown (Laura) of Singer, Michael Brown (Honda) of Oretta, and Kevin Brown (Cassie) of Singer; daughters, Sandra Lacy of Kemp, Texas, Elizabeth “Cissy” Gearen of Iota, Edith Coker, Leanor Melder, Carol Null and Tresa Jo Davis; 18 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her sons, Tommy “Tucker” Brown and Ricky Brown; daughter, Judy Brown; and grandson, Jacob Brown.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, June 6, from 5-9 p.m. at Singer United Pentecostal Church in Singer.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 7, at Singer United Pentecostal Church at 2 p.m. Rev. Donnis Ashworth will officiate. Burial will follow at Good Hope Cemetery in Singer.

Services are under the direction of Myers-Colonial Funeral Home in DeRidder.

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Bobby “B E” “ PawPaw” Martin, 86, of Ragley, was born on Oct. 21, 1930 and passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2017.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Shirley Ruth Weaver Martin; two children, Glen E. Martin and fiance’, KiKi Fetko of Longville; and Kay LeBleu and her significant other, James Allemang of Longville. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Eric Martin, Karen Martin, Sandy Grant (who was also his caretaker) and husband, Sean, Mike LeBleu and wife, Amy, Kit Gwin and husband, Shane, Jared Fetko and Jolene DeLargarza; along with 19 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sherman Martin and Ada Virginia Hodges Martin; his father-in-law, Alvin Weaver and mother-in-law, Evia Weaver; son-in-law, Steven LeBleu, Sr.; grandchildren, Malcolm Morgan, Steven LeBleu, Jr. and Joshua Fetko; great-grandchildren, Keiley, Kamryn, Kassie and Adrianna LeBleu.

The family will receive friends on Friday, June 9, from 5-8 p.m. and on Saturday, June 10, from 10-11 a.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 10, beginning at 11 a.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home with interment to follow at Magnolia Cemetery in Ragley.

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

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Dana Dian Huckabee was born on Mar. 15, 1949 and passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017 at the age of 68 years.

She is survived by her children, Billy O’Quinn, Jr. and wife, Dana of Tiffin, Ohio, Brian O’Quinn of Tiffin, Ohio, Michael O’Quinn of Kingswood, Texas, Dana LaCoste and husband, Lovlas of Morgan City, Scott Picard and wife, Elizabeth of DeQuincy, Shanea Picard of Sulphur, Jason Picard of Sulphur, and Thomas Huckabee of Kingswood, Texas. She is also survived by 24 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her lifelong partner, Kenneth Burnworth of Sulphur.

The family will receive friends on Friday, June 9, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with the Memorial Service to begin at 3 p.m. Visitation and service will be held at The Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy.

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

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