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Obituaries: August 22, 2018

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Obituaries from the August 22 paper.

Devin Kyle Peloquin, 24, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, in his residence.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Moss Bluff. He was a graduate of Sam Houston High School and was attending Lamar State College. He was a member of the ACTS Community.

Survivors include his mother, Lisa Peloquin; his baby girls, Madelyn Kate and Brooks Elizabeth; siblings, Jason Peloquin and wife Lori of Ragley, Jeremy Peloquin and wife Lacey of Sulphur, and Amber Peloquin of Moss Bluff.

He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond C. Peloquin.

A memorial service and rosary were held Thursday, Aug. 16, at Hixson Funeral Home of Vinton. Rev. Carlos Garcia officiated.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to help with final expenses.

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Ronnie G. Nix, 62, of Singer passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018 at his home.

Services are pending with Hixson-Snider Funeral Home, 205 E. Harrison St., DeQuincy. Phone: 786-6000.

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Debora Lee “Debbie” McMullan, 64, a resident of Orange, Texas, was born in Germany on Dec. 10, 1953 and passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 in Port Arthur, Texas.

She is survived by her husband, William Danny McMullan; children, Randall Wayne “Flipper” Doolittle and wife, Shelly, Stacie McMullan Miller, Dana Curry, Danny Joe McMullan and wife, Raye, Dancie McGee and husband, Jason and Bobby McMullan; 21 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Brenda Barnhill and Teresa White; uncle, W. J. Burrell; aunt, Bernice; cousin, Yolanda Franks; and her friend, Gloria Gabriel.

She was preceded in death by her parents, David Woodrow Kirby, Sr. and Bobbie Jean Goins Kirby; brother, David W. Kirby, Jr.; and daughter, Amy Brown.

The family received friends on Friday, Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service which began at 11 a.m. The visitation and funeral were held at Outlaw Bible Church, 2005 FM 408, Orange, Texas. Officiating was Pastor Randall Wayne Doolittle and Rev. Gabriel Alvarado. Interment followed at Morse Cemetery, Highway 96, Buna, Texas.

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

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Conagher “Lathen” Cantrell, 23, of DeRidder died Friday, Aug. 10, 2018.

Survivors include his fiancée, Kayla Johnson of Leesville; sons, Carson David Johnson and Cohen Wayne Johnson of Leesville; father, Charles “Chuck” Lynn Cantrell of DeRidder; mother, Lamonica Lynn Cooley of DeRidder; brother, Derek L. Cantrell of Longville; sister, Morgan M. Cantrell of Merryville; paternal grandparents, Michael and Becky Cantrell of DeRidder; maternal grandfather, Cullen Cooley of DeRidder; and maternal grandmother, Sharon Cooley of DeRidder.

He was preceded in death by his great grandparents; A.R. (Pete) and Agnes Wyatt.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Friendship Baptist Church in DeRidder. Bro. Jason Fortenberry and Bro. Johnny Johnson officiated. Burial followed at Whitaker Cemetery in DeRidder.

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Reginald Edward Benham, 82, passed away on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018 at home surrounded by loved ones. He was a retired Calcasieu Parish School Board coach and teacher for over 25 years.

Survivors includes son, Michael Benham of Ragley; daughters, Vanessa Buller and husband, Ted Buller and Carrie Benham, all of Lafayette; and son, Mark Benham of Westlake; brother, Jim Benham of Phoenix, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Cara, Katelynn, and Teddi Buller and Lauren Benham; and two great grandchildren, Ezra and Collins.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Ethel Pinion Benham; grandson, Logan Benham; parents, Reginald Edward Benham, Sr. and Bertha Templeton Babb Benham; brothers, William Benham, John and Robert Babb; sisters, Beverly Babb Hauskins and Doris Babb; and his beloved dog, Sassy.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Kindred Care and Grace Hospice.

His Memorial Service will be from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, at Westlake Methodist Church in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Methodist Children’s Home in Sulphur.

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Johnny Ray Stains, 44, was born July 26, 1974 in Lake Charles and passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 in Shreveport.

He is survived by his mother, Caroline Stains of DeQuincy; brother, Elvis Ray Bilodeau of DeQuincy; one niece, Chelsy Lynn Pierce of DeQuincy; and grandmother, Wanda Harper of Normangee, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Ray Bilodeau; sister, Carrie Lynn Stains; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James L. Stains.

Family received friends from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19 at Riley Smith Funeral Home. Funeral service was held 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 20, at Riley Smith Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Alvin Dale Smith and Rev. John White officiating. Interment followed at Miller Cemetery Annex in Starks.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Riley Smith Funeral Home to assist with the funeral expenses.

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

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Michael Francis Santora, 72, passed away on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 in Sulphur. He was born, raised and educated in New Jersey. He worked for many years as an operator at Dietzgen Corporation, a paper factory in New Jersey. After moving to DeQuincy in 1993 he worked as an insurance agent for Liberty Life. Michael served for several years as a Deputy Clerk with the Office of the Calcasieu Parish Clerk of Court. He was also employed by Johnson Funeral Home and Hixson Funeral Home. He was a member of Apostolic Temple Pentecostal Church in Lake Charles.

He is survived by his brother, Frank A. Santora and wife, Laura of Scotch Plains, N. J.; nephew, Anthony Santora; special friends, Tim and Cam Arnold, their children Nick LaRocca and wife, Missy; Jordan Arnold and wife, Kristen, and their grandchildren, Jaxson, Ansley, Riley and Kade; Donnis and Quinon Ezernack, and Sis. Myra Hennigan. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Antoinette Vincequerra Santora; paternal grandparents, Carmine and Theresa Santora; maternal grandparents, Michael and Michaelina Vincequerra; brother, Carmine Anthony Santora; and special friend, Rev. G. David Hennigan.

A visitation was held on Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 4-8 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 22, beginning at 10 a.m. at Apostolic Temple Pentecostal Church, 2711 W Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles and interment will follow at Perkins Cemetery in DeQuincy. Officiating will be Pastor Ricky Treece and Rev. Jordan Anderson.

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

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Philip Harold Thibodeaux, 73, of Longville, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, in New Orleans. His visitation will be held Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 10 a.m. until time of service at Squyres United Methodist Church in Ragley. The funeral service will be Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 2 p.m. at the church. Interment will be at Squyres-Risinger Memorial Park. Rev. Charlie Crews and Rev. Jim Reid will officiate. Masonic graveside ceremonies will be held.

He is survived by his wife, Jill Thibodeaux of Longville; six children, Wendy Manuel and husband Darrin of Longville, Derick Thibodeaux and wife Mena of Longville, Parish Thibodeaux and wife Melissa of Moss Bluff, Tara Smith and husband Brandon of Evans, Ryan Thibodeaux of Longville, and Tandi Henry and husband T-John of Ragley; 21 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one brother, Chester Ray Thibodeaux and of Glenpool, Okla.

Philip was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Margaret Claire Thibodeaux.

Philip attended Maplewood Elementary and was a graduate of Sulphur High School.

He and his wife, Jill owned and operated the Parkway Café in DeQuincy in the 1970s and opened their family business, Thib’s Pecan House, in Longville in 1976. He cracked pecans for many loyal customers from around SWLA for 42 years and was known as the man to see if you needed advice with your pecan trees.

He was a member of Pipeliners Local Union 798 and spent many years traveling and working pipeline as a welder and pipefitter. After retirement from the pipeline industry, he was a bus driver for the students of South Beauregard High School.

He was a founding member of Squyres United Methodist Church in Ragley and a member and Past Master of Magnolia Masonic Lodge #238. He was also a member of the Lake Charles Scottish Rite Bodies, the Louisiana York Rite Bodies, and Habibi Shriners.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Magnolia Masonic Lodge, #238 Scholarship Program, 1790 Magnolia Church Road, Ragley LA 70657.

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Karen Faye Ciuffetelli, 69, was born on Nov. 30, 1948 in DeQuincy and passed away on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 in Florence, S. C.

She is survived by her husband, John “Johnny” Ciuffetelli of Hartsville, S. C.; three children, Michael Suchanek and wife, Heather, Mark Suchanek and wife, Rhonda, and Jill Suchanek Parker; her stepchildren, John Allen Ciuffetelli and wife, Jennifer, April Ciuffetelli Barfield; and the granddaughter they raised as their own, Britni Ciuffetelli; along with 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Also, she is survived by her sisters, Linda Gilland, Sandra Woy, Leah Woy, Nancy DeVille, and her brother, John Gilland; her faithful companion, Cookie and her Seaside Community.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bobby Eugene Gilland and Marion June Richey Gilland; her brother, Steve Gilland; and grandson, Mark Anthony Weber.

The family will receive friends on Friday, Aug. 24, from 5-8 p.m. and on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 9-10 a.m. with the funeral service to begin at 10 a.m. The visitation and funeral will be held at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy. Rev. Wayne Neyland will be officiating.

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

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Funeral services for JoeAnn Alexander, 75, of Downsville will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday Aug. 22, at Our Lady of LaSalette Catholic Church in DeQunicy with Rev. Paul Jussen officiating. Interment will be at Royer Cemetery under the direction of Hixon-Snider Funeral Home in DeQuincy.

JoeAnn passed away on Aug. 18, 2018 at Arbor Lake Nursing Home in Farmerville. She was a devout Catholic and prayed her Rosary daily. JoeAnn was a floral designer and a past member of the Louisiana Florist Association. She was loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She also enjoyed hunting with her family and friends.

Survivors include her five daughters, Christine Cosby (Mark), Cindy Alford, Carla Walters (Frank), Charlene Black, Clara Elee (Jason); sister, Emma Bauer (Ronnie); 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of extended family and friends.

JoeAnn was preceded in death by parents, Joseph Corner, mother, Leona Hebert and step father, Edley Hebert; her husband of 44 years, Charles Ray Alexander; and daughter, Catheline Denise Alexander.

Pallbearers will be Kyle Williams, Steve Wilson, Borden Ellender, Alvin Billoit, Jordan Jones, and David Bauer.

First visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, at Griffin Funeral Home in West Monroe and visitation will continue from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, with Rosary at 7 p.m. at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home in DeQuincy.

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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