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Obituaries: August 15, 2018

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Obituaries from the August 15 paper.

James Melvin Godeaux, 78, of Longville died Tuesday, Aug. 7 at his home. Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 11, at 10 a.m. with services conducted by Rev. David Lily.

He is survived by his wife Judy Godeaux, of Longville; three daughters, Jo-Elena Godeaux Deville and Anthony “Tony” of Longville, Julee Godeaux LaFleur and David of Ragley, Jenna Godeaux Solis and Teodoro Conrada III of Kingwood, Texas; one stepson, Shane Jeans and Cassie of Merryville; mother of his children, Jo-Elena Venable of Ragley; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Olive Godeaux; one sister; and one brother.

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Emy Lois Harpin died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018 at the age of 86. She was born in Evangeline to on June 21, 1932. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by one daughter, Julie Harpin (Cody Shuff) of Longville; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Lynn Simar of Evangeline, Milton Simar of Iota, and Jay Simar of Evangeline; three sisters, Evelyn “Pal” Johnson of Jennings, Lucille “Dee Dee” Stoute of Evangeline, and Judy Fusilier of Lake Charles.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis Simar and Ada Goad; her husband, Tony Harpin; two brothers; and one sister.

Funeral services were held at Matthews and Son Funeral Home Chapel in Jennings on Tuesday, Aug. 14. She will be laid to rest in the Calvary Mausoleum in Jennings.

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Lenda Smudricks, 69, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018

She was a Class of 1967 graduate of Sulphur High School. She was a member of Houston River Baptist Church. After marriage, she and her husband moved away. Through those years she was a member and volunteered at Westview, Pine Ridge and Pine Grove Baptist Churches before returning to Sulphur and Houston River Baptist Church. They made DeRidder their home for over 30 years. She retired from sub contractor document control work at Boise.

She is survived by he husband, Sam Smudricks; her children, Carvin Scott Smudricks and wife Allison of Orange Beach, Ala., Toni Renee’ Modisette and husband Jason of Lake Charles, Samantha Len Vice and husband Chad of Sulphur; two “adopted” sons, Ken and Brian Childress of DeRidder; six grandchildren; her twin sister, Louise Smudricks of Sulphur; and older sister, Dorothy Ellen Oxley of Sulphur.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Laura and Nolan J. Bunch; and one brother.

Funeral services were held at Houston River Baptist Church Saturday, Aug. 11. Rev. Lonnie Gothrup officiated. Burial followed in Perkins Cemetery of DeQuincy.

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Billy Wayne Jones, 72, a lifelong resident of Orange, Texas passed from this life on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2018 after an extended battle with heart disease at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston, Texas

Born on Apr. 23, 1946 Billy was the youngest son of Sybil Louis Sanford Jones and Floyd McCreight Jones. He was an exceptional high school athlete, graduating from Little Cypress in 1964 before attending Blinn Jr College on a baseball scholarship. He proudly volunteered and served in the United States Army as a medic, with honorable discharge in 1968. He was a Gold Star 4-H volunteer leader for 14 years and a dedicated Sunday school teacher at Pinehurst United Pentecostal church for 15 years. He was a union millwright by trade, a member of Local 2484 and retired from Firestone Polymers, Orange in 2008.

Billy celebrated life and passed on his passion for the outdoors with countless hunting and fishing adventures with his children and grandchildren in his beloved Sabine River bottom and abroad. In retirement he polished his golf game but never missed the opportunity to attend a grandchild’s game or activity.

Billy is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Linda Joyce Frazier Jones of Orange; son, Billy Wayne Jones, Jr and wife Marnie; daughter, Kimberly Kay Gillis and husband Waylon, all of Starks; grandchildren, Trey ”Bones” Jones, Cole Jones and wife Casey, Orrin Gillis, Kilon Gillis, Lane Gillis, Jacilyn Jones Brady and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jimmy Harold and Floyd David Jones; sister, Jackie Marie Barrientos; nephews, Jimmy Harold “Jimbo” Jones Jr., Richard Lane “Ricky”Jones; and youngest son, Randall Darren Jones.

Serving as pallbearers will be Collin Jones, Jeff Jones, David “Bear” Barrientos, Trey Jones, Cole Jones, Orrin Gillis and Lane Gillis.

Funeral services was held at Pinehurst United Pentecostal Church, at 211 N. 40th St., Orange TX 77630 under the direction of Rev. W. W. Smith and Claybar Funeral Home on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 1 p.m. Burial followed at Rigmaiden Cemetery in DeQuincy at 2:30 p.m.

Visitation with family members was held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church on Saturday Aug. 11.

(Paid Memorial)

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Rodney Jacobs, 66, of Fields, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 at his residence. He was born on Nov. 4, 1951 in Lake Charles to his late parents, Paul and Hazel Jacobs. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, cooking, and joking with his grandkids with his wild stories and adventures. He worked as a Sulphur Police officer and retired from Exxon Mobil after 40 years of service.

He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Bobbie Jacobs; one son, Paul Michael Jacobs of Lake Charles; one daughter, Lorin O’Neal and husband Marc of Baton Rouge; one stepson, Michial LeBlanc and wife Lynn of Magnolia, Texas; stepdaughters, Tammy Brown and husband Walter of Kennedale, Texas, Tonia LeBlanc of DeQuincy; one sister, Debbie Kay Tutton and husband Jimmy of Spurger, Texas; grandchildren, Casey, Jacob, and Brenden O’Neal, Jessica and Mathew LeBlanc, Dylan and Dalton LeBlanc, Kennedy and Tyler Durbin, Ryan, Leah, and Reid Brown, Kyle, Braydon and Corbin Peveto; one great-grandson, Giani Engstrom; along with numerous nieces and nephews, many great nieces and nephews; and a multitude of friends, never meeting a stranger.

Rodney was preceded in death by his parents; step parents, Gertrude Jacobs and David Showman; sister, Sharon Jacobs Odom; stepson, Kevin LeBlanc; and one grandson, Colton Peveto.

Services were held at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. Visitation was at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home on Friday, August 10, 2018 from 5-8 p.m. Visitation resumed on Saturday at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial followed at Hyatt Cemetery.

Services were entrusted to the care of 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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