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Obituaries: July 26, 2017

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Obituaries from the July 26 paper.

Carolyn Louise Martin Slade, 74, entered heaven’s gate on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Carolyn was born on Apr. 13, 1943, in Lake Charles and grew up in DeQuincy. Carolyn was known to many simply as “Carolyn” but close family and friends knew her as “Cookie”.

Carolyn had a fulfilled life and succeeded in many roles as a daughter, sister, wife, teacher, mother, and her most cherished role as Nana.

She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Northwestern State University in 1965 and then received a Master’s of Education from McNeese State University in 1970. Her Master’s degree led her to a successful career in education. She spent the next 35 years of her life as an elementary teacher at Moss Bluff, St. John, and Fairview Elementary.

She enjoyed her retirement years traveling to many places around the world, spending time with family and friends, creating yearly memory scrapbooks for her granddaughter, Katelyn, and cheering on her favorite college football team, the LSU Tigers. She was an active member in her community and devoted countless hours helping others.

Carolyn remained active in the Xi Beta Delta Sorority, a Louisiana chapter, which focuses on providing help for both local and national service projects. Carolyn received the Golden Circle pin for her 50 years of service as well as the highest degree, Torch Bearer.

She was a member of St. Luke-Simpson United Methodist Church where she enjoyed fellowship, sang in the choir, and was actively involved in the Dee Cline Circle, a United Methodist women’s group, and devoted her time and talent in the church’s craft circle.

Carolyn is survived by her daughter, Cherie Slade-Carlock and husband Jarrett; brother, Winn Martin and wife Noreen; grandchild, Katelyn Carlock; niece, Jennifer Beech; nephew and godchild, Andrew Martin; niece, Wynnetta Harris; along with six grand-nieces and nephew.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Woodrow and Margaret Martin; and son, David Slade.

Carolyn led a simple “no frills” life. She was practical in every way but was very content in every aspect of it. She was very artistic, learning most of her art techniques and skills from her grandmother. Some of her many talents were sewing, making clothes and creating crafts, sometimes from scratch for her family, friends and craft circle for church.

Carolyn exemplified what it meant to live your life by God’s Word. Her faith was unquestionable, as it clearly showed by her love and dedication to her children, family and friends. It was almost second nature for her to think of others first, sometimes before her very own needs. Carolyn may be gone, but she and our memories of her will forever remain in our hearts.

The family shared memories and greeted friends from 10 a.m. until time of service at noon on Saturday, July 22. Dr. John Robert Black from St. Luke-Simpson United Methodist Church officiated. Cremation was entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her family or in honor of Carolyn for the columbarium at St. Luke-Simpson United Methodist Church.

Words of comfort to the family may be expressed at www.johnsonfuneralhome.net.

(Paid Memorial)

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Robert Floyd Bruce, 84, of Moss Bluff, died on Monday, July 17, 2017.

Mr. Bruce was born in Moss Bluff. He graduated Gillis High School in 1951. Following his love to travel, he joined the U.S. Navy. He served in the Korean War as a boilermaker on the LMS 451 and the USS Manchester, which was deployed with the 7th Fleet in the Western Pacific. Upon his release from the Navy in 1956, he and his wife returned to reside in Moss Bluff. He attended trade school and became a pipefitter/welder. He worked at Olin Mathesion, Hercules/Himont/Lyondell Chemical plants. He attended St. Theodore’s Catholic Church in Moss Bluff, where he served as an usher.

He is survived by his daughter, Andrea Bruce Habetz and husband David of Ragley; son, Robert F. Bruce Jr. and wife Anita of Moss Bluff; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Perry Bruce of Reeves; and sister, Nelda Monk of Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen Dombrowski Bruce; parents, Thelma and Charlie Bruce; and one brother.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, July 22, at St. Theodore Catholic Church. Burial followed at Old Ritchie Cemetery.

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ChiQuita LaDonna Thomas 39, of DeQuincy, died Thursday, July 6, 2017, at her residence.

She is survived by her mother, Hazel Hilts of Sulphur; two sons, Julious and Tereal Cole, both of DeQuincy; sisters, LaNita Scott of Yongsan, Korea, Jessie Mae Thomas and Patricia Scroggins, both of Houston, Texas; four brothers, Calvin Thomas, Charles Ray Thomas, Joshua Thomas, all of Houston, Texas, and Matthew Estelle of DeQuincy; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Rev. Jessie Lee Thomas; stepfather, Leon Hilts; and grandparents, Herman and Emma Tezeno.

The funeral service was held Saturday, July 22, at Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church in DeQuincy with Pastor James Harris officiating. Burial followed at Paradise Cemetery in DeQuincy.

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John Nolan Loftin, 62, of Lake Charles died Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at his residence.

John was born in Lake Charles where he was a lifelong resident. He was a 1972 graduate of LaGrange Senior High School and graduated from Sowela Technical School with a degree in electronics. He worked as an electronic technician for Fornet’s Television for three years and Lake Charles Music for 26 1/2 years. He grew up in the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Ruth Richardson Loftin of Lake Charles; brother, Theodore Harold “Ted” Loftin Jr. of Port Neches, Texas; sister, Jane Loftin LeBleu of Topsy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth Cooper and Theodore H. “Ted” Loftin Sr.; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Cooper; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Loftin.

His memorial service was held Monday, July 24, at Johnson Funeral Home in Lake Charles. Cremation was entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home.

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Colten Lee Wellman, 7, of Pineville died on Friday, July 14, 2017.

Survivors include his father, Trevor Wellman of Lacamp; mother, Brittany Lynn Wellman of Pineville; grandparents, Velda Wellman of Lacamp, Gordon and Sherry Tarver of Lacamp, Harvey Ferguson, Jr. and Liz of Port Barre; great-grandparents, Martha Wellman of Lacamp, Harvey and Nancy Ferguson, Sr., of DeRidder, Lowell and Patricia Tarver of Lacamp amd Patricia Gore of Singer.

Those preceding him in death are his grandparents, Steve Wellman, Jerry Schuyler Gore, Sr., and George and Ida Reiher; great grandparents, Morgan Wellman and Bill and Iris Bond.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 19, at Lacamp Church of God in Lacamp. Burial followed at Oak Grove Cemetery in Lacamp. Brother Shawn Waggoner officiated.

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Matias “Matt” Herrera, 77, of Merryville died on Friday, July 14, 2017.

He was born in San Antonio, Texas, At the age of 18 he went into the Army and retired after 26 years as Staff sergeant. He spent three tours in Vietnam.

He is survived by his wife Mary Sue; six children, Micheal Herrera of Pennsylvania, Sylvia Aquirre and hisband Ricky of Burleson, Texas, Patrick Herrera and wife Kayla of Temple, Texas, Patricia Torres of San Antonio, Texas, Heather Tolbert of Shreveport and Josh Tolbert and wife Heidi of Ragley; two sisters, Lupe Banda and Rachel Zapata, both of San Antoinio, Texas; 14 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Anastacio and Francisca Herrera; two brothers; and one great-grandson, Talon Phares.

Funeral services were held Sunday, July 16, at Myers-Colonial Funeral Home in DeRidder. Bro. Roger Gill officated. Burial will be at Cooper Cemetery in DeRidder at a later date.

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Roger Edward Pierce, 61, of Singer died on Sunday, July 23, 2017.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 26, at 2 p.m. at Smokey Cove Pentecostal Church in Singer. Burial will follow at Newlin Cemetery in Singer under the direction of Myers-Colonial Funeral Home in DeRidder. Brother Clyde Clark will officiate.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Peggy Pierce; son, Roger Dwayne Pierce and wife Heidi of Singer; granddaughter, Lorna Pierce of Singer; brothers, Donald Pierce and wife Linda of Mobile, Ala., Carl Pierce, Jr. of Singer and Ronald Pierce and wife Cathryn of DeQuincy; sisters, Evelyn Bowman and husband John of Singer, Miriam Massie of Singer, Lila Couteter and husband Roy of DeRidder, Verna Pickering of Singer and Gail Frazier of Rosepine.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Helen Pierce; four brothers, Jerry, Robert, Kenneth and Thomas Pierce.

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