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Obituaries: August 16, 2017

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Obituaries from the August 16 paper.

Dorothy Mae Nixon, 89, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at her residence.

She was born in Abbeville, and lived in Gillis most of her life. She was a member of St. Theodore Catholic Church, where she served as Lay Minister. She was a member of Catholic Daughters, Catholics in Action and minister to the home bound. She was also a member of the VFW Ladies Auxillary Post of Moss Bluff and taught CCD at St. Theodore for many years.

She is survived by her sons, Ted Nixon and wife Joan Brenda of Lake Charles; Michael Nixon and wife Margaret of DeRidder; Gary Nixon and wife Vicki Lee of Gillis; Mark Nixon and wife Jacki of Lake Charles; daughters, Donna DeBarge and husband Randy of Moss Bluff, Brenda Thigpen and husband Norman (Beaver) of Moss Bluff; sisters, Betty McClelland of Vidor and Frances Hagen of Ragley; 20 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Haskell Nixon; parents, Luke and Leontine Buford; and two brothers.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Aug. 15, at Hixson Funeral Home of Moss Bluff. Msg. Charles Dubois officiated. Burial followed at Old Ritchie Cemetery.

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James Thomas Van Winkle Sr., 90, of Lake Charles, died Thursday Aug. 10, 2017, at his home.

Van Winkle was a native of DeQuincy and a longtime resident of Lake Charles. Shortly after graduating from DeQuincy High School in 1943, he in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He worked for Gulf States Utilities (now Entergy) for 41 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Lake Charles for over 50 years, he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. Following retirement, he helped build the mission church.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Romero Van Winkle; sons, James T. Van Winkle Jr. and Daniel L. Van Winkle; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Barney J. and Myrtle Patrick Van Winkle; three brothers; and a grandson, Jason W. Van Winkle.

Cremation has been entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home. Private inurnment services will take place at a later date at Prien Memorial Gardens.

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Funeral services for Bettye Christine Smith, 89, of Kingsland, Texas, and formerly of Longville will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at Longville First Baptist Church in Longville with Rev. James Carson, Rev. Johnny Johnson and Rev. Lindsey Burns officiating. Burial will follow in Barentine Cemetery near Longville

Mrs. Smith was born in Minden and died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Kingsland, Texas.

She was a graduate of Minden High School and attended Northwestern State College in Natchitoches before moving to Longville to teach school. She taught in both Beauregard and Allen Parishes. She and her husband lived in Longville and Oberlin. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kingsland, Texas; Order of the Eastern Star in Louisiana and Texas and the National Retired Teachers Association.

She is survived by one son, Thomas Leon Smith of Longville; three daughters, Sharon Temple of Austin, Texas, Judy Latimer of Splendora, Texas, and Brenda Emmons of Kingsland, Texas; two grandsons; one great-grandson; and one sister, Nelwyn Weaver of Shreveport.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Leon Smith; parents, H.C., Sr., and Era O’Rear Cox of Minden; one brother; and one sister.

In lieu of flowers, donations be made to Dry Creek Baptist Camp, 120 Main Drag, Dry Creek LA 70637.

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Jeffery Allen Daniel Snyder, 47, died on Aug. 4, 2017, after a lengthy illness in a Baton Rouge hospital.

Born in Hot Springs, Ark., he was a resident of Baton Rouge, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Moss Bluff. He eas a salesman for New Look Furniture in Lake Charles.

Survivors include his parents, Tom and Pat Snyder of Moss Bluff; birth father, Robert Maynard; daughter, Kelsey Danielle Snyder of Ragley; son, Troy Allen Snyder of Vidor, Texas; sister, Kristi Snyder Morehead of Baton Rouge; brother, Donny Snyder of DeQuincy, half brothers, Billy and Blade Thomas; half sisters, DesaRae Kespelher, Shannon Reeves and Passion.

He was preceded in death by his birth mother, Louana Butts; maternal grandparents, Troy and Helen Hailey of Moss Bluff; paternal grandparents, F. E. and Catherine Snyder of Hagertown, Md.

A memorial service was held at Hixson Funeral Home in Moss Bluff on Saturday, Aug. 12. Rev. Francis LaRocque officiated. Cremation was entrusted to Hixson Funeral Home.

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Patricia Neal Matherne, 63, of DeRidder died on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017.

Survivors include her son, Anthony Dylan Wisby and Jessica of DeRidder; daughter, Tressa Wisby Nunez and Brady of Ragley; sisters, Gloria Sue Weeks of Rosepine, Linda Gail West of Rosepine, Cathy Springstun and Don of DeRidder, Vicki Cooley of DeRidder; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Terry Lynn Wisby, Sr.; son, Terry Wisby, Jr.; mother, O’Neal Horton; two brothers.

A graveside service was held at Beauregard Cemetery on Saturday, Aug. 12. Pastor George Lee Glass officiated.

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Amy L. Weakley, a resident of Bridge City Texas was born on Sept. 14, 1931 and passed away on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017 at the age of 85.

She is survived by her children, John Weakley and wife, Ileen of Buna, Texas, Linda Gale Gerik and husband, Steve of Phoenix, Arizona, Brenda Joyce Meyer and husband, Daniel of Cheyenne, Wyoming; brother, Robert Raffield; sister, Shirley Jarzynka; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Raffield and DeCiema Raffield; along with her husband, John L. Weakley, Jr.; and three sisters.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 9-10 a.m. with a 10 a.m. service to follow at Community Church of Orange, Texas, 3400 Martin Luther King Drive, Orange, Texas.

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

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Dana Louise Hester Haley, 70, of DeQuincy, passed away on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 with her husband and daughter by her side. She was born on Sept. 26, 1946 in DeQuincy to parents, Carl and Cora Hester.

She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Wilbur “PeeWee” Haley; one daughter, Amanda Coker and husband Kevin of Moss Bluff; along with two grandchildren, Brett and Kelsey Coker.

Dana was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.

A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m. at Masonic Cemetery in DeQuincy.

Visitation will be at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home on Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 5-8 p.m. and will resume at the funeral home on Thursday from 8 a.m. until the procession to the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

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

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