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Obituaries: July 25, 2018

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Obituaries from the July 25 paper.

Governor “Readis” Horn, Jr. passed peacefully from this life surrounded by family and stepped into heaven on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at the age of 86.

On Jan. 27, 1932, Governor Readis Horn, Jr. was born in Belmont to Clara Skinner Horn and Governor Readis Horn, Sr. He spent his early years fox hunting with his father and tussling with his younger sister Olive and his baby brother Roland.

During high school, he developed into a formidable opponent on the basketball court leading his team to the State Championship in May 1951 capturing the MVP and All-district forwards honors. The six-foot, three-inch forward joined the prestigious “400 Club” scoring baskets in droves and went on to score 606 points in a single season, compiling the highest season total in Calcasieu Parish history.

Readis was offered a basketball scholarship to McNeese State University in Lake Charles but discovered that college was not for him. In 1952, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served four years in London, England during the Korean Conflict. It was during this time that he developed a disdain for cold, dreary days and learned to despise the rain.

He married Patsy Bobbitt on Nov. 23, 1957.

After passing up an opportunity to play semi-professional baseball, he began hitchhiking from DeQuincy to Lake Charles to earn a diploma in welding after which he went to work for Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation in Westlake. He worked from 1959 until he retired in 1997 as a boilermaker/welder.

He was an avid squirrel hunter. Hambone, as he was called, and Festus, one of the best squirrel dogs in South Louisiana, walked many a mile through the woods of Beckwith and Bearhead Creeks, with his faithful friend, Buddy Odegar, and brought home a lot of game. He taught his boys how to hunt, navigate the woods and instilled in them a love of the woods and the sport.

He also coached his children in baseball. He coached the West Pelican All-Star team to victory in 1976. Some of his players were Tracey “Hoss” Brown, Bill Brown, Scotty Grove, Ernie Horn, and Danny Lentz.

Even at a young age, he sought after God praying for a good wife, children, and a nice home but it wasn’t until 1984 on Easter Sunday that he gave his heart and life to God. He attended the First United Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy for many years before moving to Mena, Ark. in 1999.

Not being one to sit idle, Readis went to work for the First Baptist Church of Mena and developed a host of new friends including Brother David McCord, Pam Pena, Ruth Laws, and many others. When he wasn’t working at the church, you could find him working in his garden and his yard. He planted over 70 knockout roses at his home. He reluctantly retired from the First Baptist Church after 15 years of service this past February.

He was a member of the Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church where he attended faithfully. He often said he had two pastors in his life time, Reverend T.D. Cardwell and Reverend Jack Smith. He loved preaching, worshiping God, the Truth, and praying at the altar.

He was a giant of a man with hands the size of anvils and a heart that was bigger still. It was said of him, “He was one of the good guys and his shoes will never be filled.”

Readis leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of 60 years, Patsy Horn; four children, John Burnitt and wife Darlene of Magnolia, Texas, Jolene Broxson and husband Terry of DeQuincy, Ernie Horn and wife Tina of Chenier Perdue, and Dustin Horn and wife Elizabeth of Mena, Ark.

‘Paw Paw’ Readis will forever remain in the hearts of his grandchildren, Michael Broxson (deceased), Alicia Guidry and husband David of DeQuincy, Cory Broxson and wife Denise of DeQuincy, Alan Burnitt and wife Lori of Flowood, Miss., Jonathan Burnitt and fiancé Thea O’Rouke of Portland, Ore., Ethan Burnitt of Spring, Texas, Chase Horn and wife Katelyn of Lake Charles, Katelyn Thomas and husband Mitch of Lake Charles Dustin D. Horn, II of Little Rock, Ark. and Sophie Horn of Mena, Ark.

He will also be missed by his great-grandchildren, Matthew Broxson, Emily Broxson, Sarah Guidry, Nick Guidry, Briana Broxson, Noah Broxson, Hudson Burnitt, Holton Burnitt, Madison O’Rouke, Tosh O’Rouke, and soon to be born Henley Grace Thomas. Readis is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews and extended family.

Visitation of family and friends was received from 3 until 9 p.m., Thursday, July 19, at the Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church in Mena, Ark. Readis’ life celebration was held at 2 p.m., Friday, July 20, at the Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church with Reverend Jack Smith and Reverend T.D. Cardwell officiating. Interment was held at Belmont Cemetery in Belmont at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 21.

Serving as pallbearers during the memorial service were Chase Horn, Ethan Burnitt, Cory Broxson, John Burnitt, Ernie Horn, and Dustin Horn.

Serving as pallbearers at the gravesite service were Alan Burnitt, Ethan Burnitt, Chase Horn, Terry Broxson, Ernie Horn, and Dustin Horn.

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Clint Rylee Clark, 6, of DeRidder died Tuesday, July 10, 2018. He was born in Leesville.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 14, at Christway Church in DeRidder, with Rev. Vic Warrick officiating. Interment followed at Drakes Fork Cemetery in Cravens.

He had just finished first grade at K. R. Hanchey in DeRidder. He was a member of Christway Church in DeRidder.

Survivors include his mother, Jozetta Lynn Brister of DeRidder; father, Jessie Lee Clark of DeRidder; biological father, Jason Abernathy of Woodville, Texas; brother, Patrick Bruce Clark of DeRidder; sisters, Alyison Sara-Rose Eastwood of Longville, Emily Leeann Clark of DeRidder, Mazy Abernathy of Woodville, Texas and Charlene Abernathy of Woodville, Texas; grandparents, Barbara Carroll, William and Duane Burgess; Leeann Pruette and Jimmy Clark.

He was preceded in death by his grandparent, Bruce Carroll.

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Scott Marcantel, 55, a resident of Singer was born on Apr. 26, 1963 in Kinder and passed away on Monday, July 16, 2018 in Lake Charles.

Scott proudly served his country in the United States Army. Apart from being the best husband, father and friend, his one desire in life was to live in obedience to his Heavenly Father and also to help others in their walk with Jesus, helping them understand the liberty that comes with serving Him.

He is survived by his wife, Elisabeth Anne Marcantel; children, Jared, Kylah, Remington, and Sterling Marcantel. He is also survived by his brothers, Kenneth Marcantel and wife, Susan and James Marcantel.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin Marcantel and Pauline Welch Marcantel.

The family received friends on Sunday, July 22, from 4-8 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church, 310 LeBlanc Street, DeQuincy and the funeral service was held on Monday, July 23, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the church. Interment followed at Good Hope Cemetery in Singer.

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

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William “Skippy” Pharris, 69, a native and resident of DeQuincy passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2018 in Sulphur.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Gloria Pharris; his children, Kevin Pharris and wife, Ashley of Sulphur, Christy Savoie and husband Chris of DeQuincy, Bridgett Pharris and fiance’ Neal Perkins of DeQuincy; along with 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his brother, Dwayne “Chum” Pharris and wife, Charlee of Madisonville, Texas, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Odie “Doc” Pharris and Willie Nell Pharris; and one brother, Billy Wayne Baukman.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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

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8/22/1961 - 7/21/2018

William "Bill" Fred Pierce, 56, of DeQuincy passed away Saturday, July 21, 2018 at his home.

Visitation was held Tuesday, July 24, from 3-8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, July 25, at 10:30 a.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, 1315 Parish Rd, Lakc Charles. Interment will be at Newlin Cemetery in Singer. Rev. Gary Babineaux will officiate.

Bill is survived by his wife, Rachel Pierce of DeQuincy; two daughters, Jennie Belle Rose Pierce of DeQuincy, and Tiffany Kratzer and Brady of Baytown, Texas; three sons, William Fred Pierce II and Mandy of DeQuincy, Todd Glynn Domingue, Jr. of DeQuincy, and Trenton Kayde Domingue and Aimee of Longville; four grandchildren, Cameron Pierce, William "Liam" Pierce III, Mollie Domingue, and Olivia Kratzer; mother, Margaret Hill Pierce of DeQuincy; sister, Laurie Schreve and Lee of Lake Charles; his four-legged best friend, Booger; and a host of family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Pierce.

Bill was a graduate of South Beauregard High School. He worked in the oilfield industry for over 30 years. He started his career as a rough neck and persistently worked his way up the ranks. In 1980, he opened his own business and continued until the time of his death.

Bill loved fishing, being outdoors, and spending time with family. He especially looked forward to being at the camp for opening day of squirrel season. It was a tradition that started between Bill and his father, then with his sons. Although he was a man of few words, his words were true and direct. He certainly had his own way of saying things. Those peculiar “Bill Pierce” sayings will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Joshua World Outreach, 2600 WPA Road, Sulphur LA 70663.

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Mittie Lou Dowden, 91, of DeQuincy, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at her residence.

She was born to her late parents, Jasper and Nannie Ray in Alco. She enjoyed a conversation over a good cup of coffee with friends and family, and topics of politics and storytelling were at the top of the list. Jokes were given daily and she always had everyone laughing. Mittie loved people and everyone loved her. She begin her career as an insurance agent, being awarded agent of the month on numerous occasions. As she aged, her love for people led her to home health and ultimately a personal caregiver. None of these things could ever compare to her love of God.

She is survived by her daughter, Janis Martin of DeQuincy; her son, James Curtis Dowden, III and wife Mary Kay of San Antonio, Texas; one sibling, Johnnie Duncan of Dickinson, Texas; two granddaughters, Sheree Boulis and husband Don of DeQuincy, Becky Karnafel of San Antonio, Texas; five great-grandchildren, Amanda, Katelyn, Amberlee, Allyka, Jericho; one great-great-grandson, Grant; with a great-great-granddaughter, Ryann, on the way.

Mittie was preceded in death by her husband, James Curtis Dowden, II; parents, Jasper and Nannie Ray of Rosepine; and seven siblings.

Visitation will be at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home on Sunday, July 29, at 1 p.m. with the services following at 2 p.m. with Pastor Greg Cavenah officiating. Burial will follow at Rosepine 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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