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Obituaries: July 19, 2017

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Obituaries from the July 19 paper.

Melba Bryant LeBeouf, a native of DeQuincy and a resident of Many, passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at her residence in Many at the age of 73.

Melba was the rock of her family and loved to take care of people. She never met a stranger. Her family meant everything to her and they will miss her very much.

She is survived by her husband, Junior LeBeouf; her son, Kenny Wayne Buxton and wife, Melissa of Oklahoma; step daughters, Karen Michel and husband, Mitch of Belle Chase and Terry Goubert and husband, Kent of Houma; one brother, Hubert A. Bryant and wife, Brenda of LaPort, Texas; one sister, Lavern “Micki” Hoosier of Sulphur; four grandchildren, Logan Buxton, Kayla House, LeighAnn Griffiths and Devin Buxton; and seven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many loved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Bryant and Susie Braneff Bryant; her son, Richard Earl Buxton; one sister, Marcie Sasser; and one brother, Bud Bryant.

The family received friends on Friday, July 14, from 5-8 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy. The funeral service was held on Saturday, July 15, beginning at 10 a.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home. Interment followed at Clark Cemetery in Starks.

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

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Muriel M. Theriot, a resident of Singer was born on April 7, 1939 and passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the age of 78.

She is survived by her daughter, Andrea Couch and husband, Jimmy of Singer; grandchildren, Mindi Maloney, Lacy Maloney, Kelly Gotz and Kerry Couch; great-grandchildren, Dylan Jeansonne, Joslyn Jeansonne, Chris Hennigan, Bailey Gotz and Cody Gustin; along with two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Gilbert Mudd and wife, Vanessa of Cameron; nieces, Amanda Boudreaux and Aimee Mudd; and her companion and special friend, JR Havens.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew Mudd and Ruby Murphy Mudd and her husband, Terry Theriot.

The family received friends on Monday, July 17, 2017 from 5 - 8:00 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home, DeQuincy, Louisiana. The funeral service was held at Riley Smith Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Interment followed at Newlin Cemetery, Singer, Louisiana.

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

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Barbara Ann Lyle Hollingsworth, 78, a native and resident of DeQuincy passed away on Thursday, July 13, 2017.

Barbara started working in healthcare during 1965 at DeQuincy General Hospital and in 1981 she moved to the “new” hospital. In December 2015 she retired as the Administrator and CEO after 52 years of service. Barbara was a faithful member of The Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy.

She enjoyed sewing, crafting and also loved to deer hunt. There was nothing more important to Barbara than spending time with her family and friends. She was loved by many and she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her three daughters, Tammy Marcantel and husband, Jack of DeQuincy, Debbie Boyer and husband, Lonnie of Fields and Jackie Browning and husband, Keith of DeQuincy. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, Kace Marcantel, Kili Reeves, Kerri Manuel, Kim Powell, Jaclyn Ware, Hollie Sanders, Brandi Boyer, Harper Boyer, Harrison Boyer, Daxton Boyer, Bentley Boyer, Olin Browning, Keith W. Browning and Steven Browning along with 18 great-grandchildren.

Also, she is survived by her brothers, Malcolm Lyle and wife, Romayne of DeQuincy and Rev. A. L. Lyle and wife, Carolyn of Jeanerette.

She was preceded in death by the father of her children, Jackie Olin Harrison; husband, Lonnie J. Hollingsworth; and her parents, William E. Lyle and Florence Royer Lyle.

The family received friends at The Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy on Monday, July 17, from 5-8 p.m. and on Tuesday, July 18, from 12 noon until the time of service beginning at 2 p.m. Officiating was Pastor Wayne Neyland, Rev. A. L. Lyle, Rev. Ryan Ware and Rev. Dale Welch. Interment followed at Masonic Cemetery in DeQuincy.

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

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Jayde Alexandra Jennings, 22, a resident of DeQuincy, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017.

She is survived by her three children, Hunter Chambers, Finley Jennings and Audrey Jennings; mother, Hollie and Colby Peveto of Sulphur; father, John Jennings; sisters, Kelsea LaFleur (Aaron) and Cassie Peveto; brothers, Connor Peveto and Carson Peveto; maternal grandparent, Sherrill Pitman; great-grandmother, Nelda Foster; paternal grandparents, Randy and Katy Peveto and Beverly Jennings.

She was predeceased by her grandfathers, Larry Foster and James Jennings; great-grandfather, James Foster; and great-grandparents, Alma and John Pittman.

Funeral service was held Monday, July 17, at Lakeside Funeral Home Chapel in Lake Charles. Rev. Jason Foster officiated. Cremation was entrusted to Lakeside Funeral Home of Lake Charles.

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Bruce Alan Royer, born July 7, 1946, departed this life on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at the age of 71.

He was a lifelong resident of DeQuincy and a 1965 graduate of DeQuincy High School. He was a member of the First United Pentecostal Church. Bruce started working at George Theriot’s Grocery in 1966, working up to manager of the store. He continued to work in the grocery business for Supermarkets Interstate, Beards’ Piggly Wiggly and Brookshire Bros. until 1995, when he retired as produce manager.

In 1990, he and his wife became the janitors for First United Pentecostal Church. A job that he was proud to do because he could do extra things for the work of the Lord. He had a servant’s heart. Bruce did not allow his handicaps to slow him down. His mind was always coming up with something new that he could do to make things work better and easier. He loved to give things out to men and women that worked at the church and in the community. He would leave Cokes for the garbage men and water and Cokes were available to the mail carriers because he appreciated the job that they did to make life easier.

Bruce was a member of the Boy Scout Troop 27. He started out in 1955 and continued through his teen years. He was a Life Scout. He later became the scout master for Troop 27 where he worked with many young boys trying to teach them to “Be Prepared” and to make the “Scout Oath” an important part of their life. He truly lived by the Scout Law, Oath and Motto.

“On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.”

The loves of his life, his girls, are his survivors: his wife of 48 years, Linda Woodward Royer of DeQuincy; daughters, Shannon Michelle (Jaime) Buie of Livingston, Texas and Summer Mist Royer of DeQuincy; grandaughter, Ashley Nicole Buie of Burton, Mich. He has several nephews, nieces, cousins and his special extended “Big Family”, which he was proud to be a part.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jackson Brown Royer and Jewel Simmons Royer; one brother, Kenneth R. Royer; and two sisters, Mildred VanWinkle and Marion (Moochie) Cooley.

Bruce will be sorely missed by his family, his friends and his church. He loved DeQuincy, his hometown, and was proud to be a part of the Louisiana Days Railroad Festival every year.

His services will be as follows: Visitation will be Thursday, July 20 beginning at 5 until 7 p.m. Services will begin at 7 p.m. at the First United Pentecostal Church. Rev Carlton Jackson, Jr., Rev. T. D. Cardwell, Rev. Frank Kendall, Rev. Dusty Hoosier and Bro. Vance Perkins will be officiating these services. There will be a brief service at 10 a.m. Friday morning, July 21. Interment will be DeQuincy Memorial Park Cemetery.

Donations may be made to First United Pentecostal Church Children’s Chapel Fund or the Church’s Building Fund.

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

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Clarice Ann Richard Jones 84, of DeQuincy passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Lake Charles on Oct. 8, 1932.

She lived a beautiful and full life and everyone that knew her loved her.

She was a member of the Ladies Altar Society, Lector and Eucharistic Minister of Our Lady of LaSalette Catholic Church. She was a member of the Contact Study Club, part of the supper club as well as many other charitable and community activities. She was awarded the Chamber of Commerce Civic Service Award, as well as the Companion of Honor from the Diocese of Lake Charles.

She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Carlton L. Jones; two daughters, Cheryl (Scott) Brown and Theresa (Danny) Heard; two sons, Frank L. Jones and Carlton Dale Jones; grandchildren, Joe Burleigh, Cheslie (Toby) Yellott, Alicia (Billy) Ortagus and Matthew Brown; great-grandchildren, Laikyn, Bailee, and Lucian. Also left to cherish her memory are a host of nieces, nephews friends and extended family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 19, at Our Lady of Lasalette Catholic Church in DeQuincy with Rev. Edward J. Richard M.S. officiating.

Visitation was held Tuesday, July 18, at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home from 5-8 p.m. with a Rosary at 6 p.m.

Burial will be held at DeQuincy Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to her cherished and greatest passion “ The Thanksgiving Basket Ministry” through Our Lady of Lasalette Catholic Church.

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

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Irene Francois Meche, 95, of Westlake, died Sunday, July 16, 2017, at her home.

Mrs. Meche was born in Church Point. She and her husband owned and operated Meche’s Grocery for over 40 years. After the death of her husband, she moved to Westlake and remained there for 32 years where she worked as a seamstress. She was a member of St. John Bosco Catholic Church.

Survivors include her children, Ellina Richard of Roanoke, Carolyn Witherwax (Darrel), Mona Morris (Donnie) of Lake Charles, Stella Meche, Lilly Bunderson (Doyle), Norma Vidrine (Paul) of Westlake, Rayford Meche (Annette) of DeQuincy, Keno Meche (Allyson) of Big Lake, Diana Landry (Steve) of Maplewood, David Meche (DeeDee) of Moss Bluff, Brent Meche (Bonnie) of Fort Mills, S.C.; sister, Marie Cormier of Baton Rouge; 30 grandchildren; and 50+ great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert “Tatoo” Meche; daughter, Charlotte McGuire; parents, Eldeen and Arthur “Chick” Francois; and one brother.

Visitation will resume Wednesday, July 19, at 9 a.m. at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Westlake, with service beginning 10 a.m. Burial will be at Pine Island Cemetery in Pine Island under the direction of Hixson Funeral Home.

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Artie E. Peters, 86, died on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at her residence.

She was a native of Oakdale, and had been a resident of Starks for over 30 years, coming from Angleton, Texas. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Vinton and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Vinton. She retired with Sears after over 20 years of service.

Survivors include her children, Rickie Lane Peters of Starks, Sandra Kaye Ashworth and husband Dexter of Starks, and Pamela Ann Gough and husband Dennis of Mobile, Ala.; siblings, Edward Dale Parker of Deweyville, Texas, and Sharon Kaye Spencer of Brazoria, Texas; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson R. Peters; parents, Ivy Robert Parker and Dovie Marie Parker; a son, Robert Wayne “Bob” Peters; two siblings; and two grandchildren.

Her funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 19, at First Baptist Church of Vinton. Revs. Ron Butler and Bobby Daniel will officiate. Burial will be in Cryer Cemetery in Oakdale under the direction of Hixson Funeral Home of Vinton.

Visitation is from 9 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday at the church.

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Charles “Chuck” Joseph Bagley, 59, of DeQuincy died on Thursday, July 13, 2017 in Port Arthur, Texas.

Bagley is survived by his daughter, Jessica Nash and husband, David of Sulphur; son, Jacob Bagley of Sulphur; grandchildren, Jaxon and Jude Nash of Sulphur and one on the way; one sister; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Vernice Bagley; and one daughter, Rebecca Bagley.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 22, at 2 p.m. at Johnson and Robison Funeral Home in Sulphur. The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 22, from 10:30 until the time of service.

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