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Obituaries: July 12, 2017

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Obituaries from the July 12 paper.

Phyllis Mae Cleary, 54, died Sunday, July 2, 2017, at her residence in Sulphur.

Ms. Cleary was born in Tampa, Fla., and lived in Sulphur, and attended the Topsy Pentecostal Church. She was an executive secretary for MWH Engineering. She also served as a court reporter. She was a graduate of Sam Houston High School and she was also a graduate of Alvin Community College and Delta Business College.

She is survived by her mother, Joyce Reeves Cleary of Sulphur; one brother, William Russel (Bill) Cleary of Pflugerville, Texas; three sisters, Romona Gayle Cleary of Katy, Texas, Tina Cleary Reeves of DeQuincy and Rebecca Phillips of Los Angeles, Calif.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 4. Rev. Jon Hair and Rev. John Paylor officiated. Cremation was entrusted to Hixson Funeral Home.

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On June 6, 1939, Bill Carlisle was born in Oakdale to Pollard “Happy” and Vertis Carlisle. Bill grew up in DeQuincy, graduating high school in 1957. In fact, 1957 was a busy year for Bill Carlisle. Bill not only graduated high school, but married the love of his life, Murphy Ray Alston, beginning a marriage bond that lasted over 60 years. He also started his telecommunication career at Southwestern States in 1957.

Bill had a telecommunication career that spanned 50 years, from climbing poles as a installer repairman in south Louisiana to managing technical support for digital switching and fiber optics across the U.S. Bill spent 35 years at GTE Southwest (Verizon), bringing him from south Louisiana to San Angelo in 1970. After retiring from GTE in 1992, he spent another 20 years at Eastern Independent Telephone (EIT) before retiring from telecommunications in 2007

In May of 1968, Bill was awarded the Morris Felton Lacroix Award from General Telephone of the Southwest for saving a man’s life. Bill was returning home from a swimming trip when he came upon a head-on collision. He reacted quickly to stop the massive bleeding using make-shift tourniquets from the wet swimming towels.

Throughout his life, Bill loved teaching, supporting and helping others perhaps the most. He excelled at a wide range of hobbies and interests. Besides his expertise in telecommunications and computers, he was an excellent archer, marksman, gunsmith, blacksmith, hunter, fisherman and knife builder, building custom arrows, arrow heads, gun stocks and throwing axes. He participated in black powder mountain men rendezvous competitions, teaching people about the history of black powder, survival and throwing axes.

Bill was a musician, pen and ink artist, custom engraver, gardener, welder, off road and touring motorcycle enthusiast. Bill loved playing Cajun music on his accordions, as well as playing the guitar in different bands, dating back to high school.

Bill was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant from the Louisiana National Guard after eight years of service. He was a strong supporter and lifetime member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), American Motorcycle Association (AMA), and Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA).

After 78 years of working, supporting and helping others, despite a number of health issues, Bill finally rested comfortably after a difficult struggle with lung issues, taking his last breath on July 5, 2017 in San Angelo, Texas.

Bill is survived by his wife, Murphy Carlisle; his son, Michael and wife Inelda Carlisle; his daughter, Kathy Wills and husband Bobby Wills; grandsons, Bryan and wife Leyra Carlisle, Scotty, Grant Wills and wife Emily, Jonathan Goana; granddaughters, Gayla Carlisle, Christiana Gaona, Heather Hodges and husband Billy Hodges, Gaby Mitchell and husband Wesley Mitchell. He is also survived by 15 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, P. “Happy” and Vertis Carlisle; his brothers, Malcom “Mac” and Carlton Carlisle; and great-granddaughter, Amelia.

Because Bill hoped people would not gather to grieve over his going home, but recall all the great times he shared with many, he requested no funeral services or memorial services be held.

He does encourage notes and cards of support mailed to Murphy Carlisle, San Angelo, Texas 76905.

Family and friends are encouraged to sign an online guestbook at www.johnsons-funeralhome.com.

(Paid Memorial)

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Elaine Marie Benoit died Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at the age of 64.

She was born in Jennings and was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Henry Benoit of Longville; four sons, Charles “Pookie” Fontenot, Jr. (Christina) of Jennings, Darrell “Choo-Choo” Fontenot of Jennings, Fredrick “T-Butch” Fontenot (Brandy) of Alexandria, and Chris Fontenot of Jennings; daughter, Sonya Guillory (Terry) of Roanoke; brother, Dalton Sonnier of Basile; two sisters, Laura Hendricks of Livingston, Texas, and Colistie Sonnier of Gueydan; 18 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ferdinand and Atta Fontenot Sonnier; daughter, Mona Jean Fontenot; two sisters; and one brother.

Funeral services will be held at Matthews and Son Funeral Home Chapel in Jennings on Friday, July 7, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Paul Estes officiating.

Visitation will be held at Matthews & Son Funeral Home in Jennings on Thursday, July 6, from 4 until 9 p.m. and will resume on Friday, July 7, at 8 a.m. until the time of her service.

Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

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Lloyd “Snubbie” Reeves was born in Gillis on Nov. 5, 1925 and passed away at his residence in Gillis on July 7, 2017.

Snubbie as he was known to his friends was one of the original stockholders in Delta Downs. He trained and ran racehorses for over 40 years. He co-owned and operated RECO Construction for many years. He was involved in numerous businesses including Snubbie’s Mini Storage in Gillis.

Snubbie loved the outdoors. He was a rice and cattle farmer. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Gillis, ACTS Community, and Magnolia Lodge Post 238 where he served as a Mason and Shriner for the past 60 years. Snubbie was a World War II Veteran. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy aboard the HMS Campania. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Reeves; his children, Wayne Reeves and wife, Sasha of Singer, Danny Reeves and wife, Debbie of Ragley, Robert Reeves of Gillis, Michelle Fontenot and husband Kevin of Gillis, Michael Greenslade of Gillis. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil Robert Reeves and Bertie Kelly Gillis; two brothers, Harry Reeves and Jim Reeves; six sisters, Elaine Musgrove, Jewel O’Quinn, Bertha Rosteet, Faye Gallaway, Ruby Giblaint and Floye Grissom.

The family received friends on Monday, July 10, from 5- 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Gillis and the funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 11, beginning at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Gillis. Interment followed at Reeves Garden Cemetery in Gillis.

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

(Paid Memorial)

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Denny Leon Dyer, Jr., 46, was born on June 27, 1971 and passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in Sulphur.

He is survived by wife, Jean Dyer of Sulphur; his mother, Bobbye Simmons and husband, Lee of DeQuincy; father, Denny Dyer, Sr. and wife, Sue of Anahuac, Texas; sisters, Penny Mitchell and husband Brian of Singer, Shonda Ryals and husband Eddie of Converse, Jennifer Langton and husband, Jay of DeQuincy; brothers, Travis Simmons and wife, Leslie of Ragley and Benny Dyer and wife, Shawn of DeQuincy. He is also survived by his grandmother, Minerva Dyer.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 13, from 9 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. The visitation and funeral will be held at Northside Baptist Church in DeQuincy. Interment will follow at DeQuincy Memorial Park.

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

(Paid Memorial)

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Stewart “Pookie/Duke” Williams Jr., 43, of Port Arthur, Texas died Monday, July 3, 2017 at Southeast Texas Medical Center in Port Arthur, Texas.

Williams was a 1995 graduate of DeQuincy High School. He was employed by Safeway as an Environmental Technician and a foreman. He also worked for British Petroleum (BP) as a Safety Inspector.

He is survived by his mother, Maelisier Fontenot Williams of DeQuincy; and sister, Sharon Williams of DeQuincy.

He was preceded in death by his father, Stewart Williams, Sr.; and grandparents, Isadore Williams and Eva King and Cyrus and Anna Fontenot.

Visitation will be held at First Church Of God In Christ in DeQuincy on Saturday, July 15, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. with Pastor Johnathan Williams and Elder Clifton David officiating. Burial will follow at Community Cemetery in DeQuincy.

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