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Obituaries: July 11, 2018

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Obituaries from the July 11 paper.

Hazel Elizabeth Bunch, 80, of Sulphur, passed away on Monday, July 2, 2018 at her residence. She was born on Jan. 29, 1938 in DeQuincy to her late parents, George and Lucy Bell.

She loved to go fishing and hunting with her husband, and enjoyed crocheting. Hazel was a good truck driver and would drive the truck and trailer through the hay field. She loved to sing in the choir at Pine Grove Baptist church and loved gospel music. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family, especially her sons.

She is survived by her loving husband of nearly 62 years, Talbert Bunch; two sons, Winston Bunch, Carlton Bunch, both of DeQuincy; one brother, Barney Bell of DeQuincy; sister-in-law, Doris Ivey of DeQuincy, Judy Bunch of Sulphur; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Hazel was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Laymon Bell.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 5, at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home of DeQuincy with Rev. Ron Sherer and Rev. Jordan Doyle officiating. Visitation was at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 4, from 5-9 p.m. and resumed on Thursday, from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial followed at Masonic Cemetery.

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

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Linda Vandergriff, 74, a resident of DeQuincy passed away on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Linda was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her family was everything to her and she will be greatly missed. She worked for many years as a Teacher’s Aide in the DeQuincy schools. She was a member of The Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas Vandergriff; her children, Victor Vandergriff and wife Natascha of DeQuincy, Terrill Vandergriff and wife, Renee of Conroe, Texas and Ginny Bailey and husband, Jason of DeQuincy; her grandchildren, Tori, Connor, Kameron, Savannah, Zachary; and one great-grandchild, Annistyn Beth.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Remus Royer and Marie Royer; grandchildren, Kayden, Garret and Jordan; and one brother, Donald Royer.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Linda’s caregivers, Joy Busby and Christal Taylor for the excellent care they always provided.

The family received friends on Friday, July 6, from 5-8 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy. The funeral service was held on Saturday, July 7, beginning at 10 a.m. at The Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy, 301 W, Fourth St., DeQuincy with interment following at McFatter Cemetery in DeQuincy. Pastor Wayne Neyland and Rev. James Vandergriff officiated.

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

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Rev. Jerry G. Gilland, 84, a resident of DeQuincy was born on Aug. 19, 1933 and passed away on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at his residence. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean conflict. He was a licensed minister with the United Pentecostal Church International for the past 58 years. He pastored and assisted in many churches including the Louisiana and Wyoming area. He also worked for many years in the funeral industry as a funeral assistant. Anyone who was acquainted with Bro. Gilland knew he was a man of integrity. His love was his family, his friends, sharing the gospel, and his heartbeat and passion was for the community of Lander, Wyoming.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ella Dean Gilland; his children, Timothy James Gilland, John David Gilland and Jayde Elysabeth Gilland; his grandchildren, Raechel Gilland and Angyl Flores and husband, Louis; great-grandchildren, Kolyn, Alyssa, Aleyah, Valon and Tyira. He is also survived by his sister, Barbara Royer and husband, J. R.; and his faithful four legged companion, Rascal.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Will and Alma Gilland; and brothers, Gerald Gilland and Ray Gilland.

The family received friends on Monday, July 9, from 6-8 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home. The service was held on Tuesday, July 10, beginning at 3 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

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Billie Peterson Richey, 82, of Longville was born June 3, 1936 in DeQuincy and passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018 at her residence.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Glynn Richey; children, Jeff Richey and wife, Shirley of Tulsa, Okla., Denice Gadberry and husband, Brad of Redondo Beach, Calif.; grandchildren, Sammy, J. D., Tamera, Christina, and Jessica; great-grandchildren, Blake, Andrew, Kenny, Gray and Chansonetta; sisters, Midge Smith of DeQuincy and Rita Peterson of Springfield, Mo.; and numerous other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death her sons, Wesley Richey and Kenny Richey; grandson, Ben Richey; parents, Frans and Mittie Peterson; brother, Freddie Peterson; and sister, Edla Peterson Cole.

Family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, at Faith Baptist Church, 5823 Highway 12, Ragley. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 13, at Faith Baptist Church with Reverend Bill Smith officiating. 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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Dwain Nugent, 64, of DeQuincy was born Mar. 26, 1954 in DeQuincy and died Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in a Jena care facility.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Julie Ann Franks Dudoit, 62, was born on Jan. 11, 1956 in Lake Charles and passed away on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at her residence in DeQuincy.

She is survived by her sons, Michael Harrell and wife, Sara and Kevin Harrell of Moss Bluff; brother, Stephen Franks and wife, Loretta of Bancroft; and sister, Theresa Rainwater of DeQuincy; along with five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William C. Franks, Jr. and Emma Stephenson Franks.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 13, beginning at 2 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy.

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

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Danita Andrus, 86, died on July 4, 2018, in Lake Charles.

She was born in Indian Village. to Willie and Irene Ryder.

Survivors include her husband, Pete Andrus; sons, Gary (Ruth) Andrus, Kenny (Lisa) Andrus, and Randy (Becky) Andrus; daughter, Tammy Cooley (Greg); brother, Bobby Ryder; 13 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Irene Ryder; and a sister.

She was a member of First Pentecostal Church of Lake Charles for over 70 years.

Her funeral service was held Saturday, July 7, at First Pentecostal Church of Lake Charles. Pastor Jeffrey Ralston officiated. Burial took place in Magnolia Cemetery in Ragley following the service.

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Relevia Victoria Mackey, 95, died Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

She was an active member of the Sunday school and the Women’s Mission Departments. She spent the last five years at Landmark Nursing Home.

She grew up in Grant and later moved to DeRidder with her husband and family. After the death of her husband, she moved to Lake Charles with her children.

Survivors include three sons and their spouses, Pastor Donald and Min. Bernice Mackey of Lake Charles, Elbert (Brenda) Mackey of Iowa, and Robert (Carlos) Mackey of DeQuincy; and one sister, Miriam Brown of Lake Charles. She had 13 grandchildren, 23 greatgrandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivory Vetor Mackey; father, John Daniels; mother, Etta Daniels; one sister; two brothers; daughters, Mary Kamara, Ila Lewis and Mary Louise Mackey; one son, Charles Wayne Mackey; and three great-grandchildren.

Her home-going service was held at Bethel Metropolitan Baptist Church in Lake Charles under the direction of the Rev. Clyde Lewis on Saturday, July 7. Burial was in Combre Memorial Park.

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Dorothy Marie Stevenson Williams, 71, was born in DeQuincy. A graduate of Grand Avenue, she attended Grambling State University. She was a member of Morning Star Baptist Church where she was the secretary until she became ill.

She is survived by her husband, Spurgeon Williams Jr.; four children, Alisha Eaglin of Upper Marlboro, Md., Nelson J. Toney Sr. (Tina Adams) of DeQuincy, Spurgeon T. Williams (Katina) of Lake Charles, and Spurgeon L. Williams III of San Antonio, Texas; one sister, Jeanette Malone of Lake Charles; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Geneva St. Romain and Oscar Stevenson; three brothers; and one granddaughter, Tarmeka Chapman.

Her funeral was held Saturday, July 7, at Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church in DeQuincy. Pastor Jack London officiated. Burial was in Community Cemetery in DeQuincy.

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A memorial service for Hardy “Big Boy” Droddy was held Saturday, July 7 at Myers Colonial Funeral Home in DeRidder. Interment was at Griggs Cemetery in Newton-Springtown, Texas on Sunday, July 8.

Mr. Droddy was born in Singer. He began preaching at the young age of 18 and began pastoral ministry in the following areas: Brady, Texas, Oakdale, Cottonwood Community/Lillie, Merryville, Westfield, Maine, LaCamp. He also provided intermediate pastoral care at a few other various locations around Louisiana.

After retiring from ministry, he drove a shuttle van for soldiers on the army base at Fort Polk.

He is survived by his daughter, Rhonda VanWinkle and husband, Jimmy; son, Stephen Paul Droddy; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Luna Johnson Droddy and Alva Droddy; wife, Dollie Griggs Droddy; son, Terry Craig Droddy; three brothers, and one sister.

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Sadie Mae Fluitt Hyatt passed away on Monday, July 9, 2018 at her home.

She was a lifelong resident of DeQuincy. Sadie graduated from DeQuincy High School in 1954. In her early years she worked at the family store known as”Hyatt’s Big Star” as a secretary. In her later years she would substitute teach for Calcasieu Parish School District. She was an excellent seamstress and gardener. Sadie was a member of the Church of Christ in DeQuincy, the DeQuincy Study Club and a charter member of the Contact Club.

She is survived by her daughter, Jody Yellott; sister, Jane Blackman; brother, Arthur S. Fluitt and wife Mary; son-in-law, Edward Hines; grandchildren, Peyton and fiancée Brittany Evans, Holly Hines and fiancée Shannon Jones, Cindy Brakeman, J. D. Hyatt, and Steven Hyatt; four great-grandchildren; three nieces and three nephews.

Sadie was preceded in death by her husband Jack D. Hyatt Sr.; parents, Elvie Fletcher Fluitt and Arthur A. Fluitt Jr.; son Jack D. Hyatt Jr.; daughter, Stephanie Hines; and grandson, Dallas Yellott.

Visitation will be held at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home of DeQuincy on Wednesday, July 11, from 5-7 p.m. and will resume on Thursday at 11 a.m.

Funeral service will be held on Thursday July 12, at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Masonic Cemetery.

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

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

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