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Obituaries: August 8, 2018

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Obituaries from the August 8 paper.

Robert Braneff, 78, a resident of DeQuincy was born on Jan. 25, 1940 in Vidor, Texas and passed away on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 at his home.

Robert proudly served his country for six years in the United States Navy. Robert was employed as a longshoreman and he retired after 30 years of employment.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Frances Lavera Braneff; his children, Kaye Stewart of DeQuincy, Reginald Braneff and wife, Karen of Orange, Texas; five grandchildren, Tasha, Rickena, Terry, Kristopher and Brittany, and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, Henderson Braneff and wife, Mary Ellen of Vidor, Texas, Estil Braneff and wife, Mary of Vidor, Texas; two sisters, Maggie Bloomfield of Evadale, Texas and Jean Gould of Vidor, Texas along with a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Terry Braneff; parents, Ira and Gracie Braneff; brothers, Thomas Braneff and Rev. Charles Braneff; sisters, Ellen Gilmore and Willie Lee Truelock.

The family received friends on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 3-6 p.m. with the funeral service beginning at 6 p.m. The visitation and funeral were held at Westgate, 1599 West Fourth, DeQuincy. A prayer service was held on Sunday, Aug. 5, at the church beginning at 8:30 a.m. Interment followed at Clark Cemetery in Starks. Officiating were Rev. Bobby Edwards and Rev. Charles Braneff, Jr.

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

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Vernon Eugene Green, Jr., 50, was born on Sept. 16, 1967 in Galveston, Texas and passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at his home in Austin, Texas.

He is survived by his daughter, Bettie Green of Spring, Texas; his grandchildren, Rogelio Collazo, III, Brooklyn Collazo and Aubrey Reyes; and his fiance’ Cassie Villalobos of Spring, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his father, Vernon Eugene Green, Sr.

Arrangements are pending at this time with Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy.

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Lisa White Hebert, 58, passed away with her husband at her side Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. She entered Heaven and is with her mother, Gaynell Yandle White and in final peace. She resided all her youth in Lake Charles, graduating from St. Louis High School in 1977, leaving during different times in her life, but always returning to live in Lake Charles and finally residing in DeQuincy for the last five years. Being a florist, she loved every flower she could grow in her yard. She will always be remembered as an excellent cook and her heartfelt kindness to her lifelong friends and other people she met in life.

Left behind to cherish her memory is her devout husband of 18 years, Wayne C. Hebert; her self adopted daughter of her husband, Elizabeth Rameriz and husband Edward; grandsons, E. J. and Mikie Rameriz; loving sister, Christy Lyons and husband Joe Lyons; nieces, Madeline Gaspard and Lacy Nyberg; grand niece, Delia Nyberg; aunt, Charlotte Lee; uncle, Greg Yandle; her lifelong confident and best friend, Rene Prejean Douglas; sister-in-law, Diane Magee and husband Ray; nephew, Michael and wife Dominique; grand nephews, Micah, Caleb, Noah, brother-in-law, David Hebert; nieces, Amanda and Desire; brother-in-law, Dr. Stephen Hebert and wife Patsy; niece, Natalie Barranco and husband John; grand nephews, Dominic and Vincent; niece, Jeanine Chapman and husband Tex; grand nieces, Chelsea and Celeste, whom she loved each and everyone; her pet companions that gave her comfort in her life, Holly, Pearl and Rocket Man and deceased Cosmo, Lulu and Domino.

A celebration of her life and visitation will be on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. ending the proceedings with the rosary by family and friends. Lisa has requested you just send or bring a flower to say goodbye and take a beautiful picture to send her home.

Lisa has requested cremation to stay in the house she loved with her husband.

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

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Father James (Jim) Hereford Douglass passed from this life to be with his Eternal Father on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at the age of 91.

James Douglass was born in DeQuincy on Jan. 8, 1927 to Robert Leroy and Franklin (Frankie) Douglass.

He is survived by his son: Rosalio Antonio Herrera Martinez; nieces and nephews, Carolyn Walters (Tom), Ellen Hecksel (Joseph), Douglas Hoffman (Sue), and John Robert Hoffman (Colleen); and their children.

He was predeceased by his parents; his oldest sister, Mary Elizabeth; and his older brother, Robert Leroy, II.

Father Douglass was educated at Centenary College in Shreveport and the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. He then completed a Master’s Degree in Social Work (in community planning and psychiatric counseling) from Tulane University in New Orleans. During the Second World War, he served as a hospital corpsman in the United States Navy.

Father Douglass was ordained as a deacon in 1953, and then ordained as a priest in 1954. He served in a variety of capacities for the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, including St. Andrews in Bayou Du Large (1953-1956), Trinity in Morgan City (1955-1957), Christ Church in St. Joseph (1963-1966), All Saints in New Orleans (1966-1971), and St. James Place as its first chaplain in 1984 along with St. Michael’s Church in Baton Rouge as its new priest in charge at the same time.
Most of Father Douglass’ service was in the mission fields. In 1957, he served as the rector/headmaster in San Pedro de Marcoris, Dominican Republic. Then in 1973 he was appointed Rector of St. Johns’ Church in Puerto Cortes, Honduras. He started St. John School soon after, following his belief that educating the children, along with teaching them about Jesus, offered them the best road out of poverty. Among his proudest accomplishments was the opening of several schools that taught students multilingual skills as well as Christian values.

Father Douglass had boundless energy, love and enthusiasm for the people he served and the God he loved. He would hear of a way to help others and would immediately act upon the need. His ministry in Honduras grew from a small group of elderly people and children to several churches with growing congregations. While serving there he opened a medical clinic, built homes, two community water systems, and two public schools.

Father Douglass is remembered for his excellent conversational skills and story-telling. He is remembered for his extraordinary kindness, and his ability to put others at ease.

Father James Douglass inspired us with his ability to put scriptural values into practice and to make lasting changes in other people’s lives.

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“Built on His Rock”

On Sunday Aug. 5, 2018, Mrs. Ruby Shoemake Hall entered into the gates of Heaven at 93 years old. She was reunited with her husband, Lee Roy Hall and son, Gilman Hall.

“Maw” was family to so many and loved by all.

She is survived by her children, Wayne and Dawn Hall of Longville; Janice and Ronnie Courville of Longville; and Tommy and Laura Hall of Nikiski, Alaska. Her biggest joys in life were her 14 grandkids; 45 great-grandkids; and 18 great-great-grandkids.

Her life was lived serving others. Other than her four children, Maw raised 36 foster kids over the course of her last 52 years.

As an active member of First Baptist Church of Longville and faithful Christian woman, she was the true definition of a warrior! She played a vital role in leading so many to Christ. One of her final moments on the Earth, she was told she is the rock of this family. Her response was only that she is “Built on His Rock”. She never passed up an opportunity to make it about Jesus and is now wearing her crown of jewels.

Maw will be missed terribly until we meet again.

Visitation began Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 5 until 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Longville. Visitation will continue Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 8 a.m. until time of service at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Longville with Rev. Stuart Graves officiating. Internment will immediately follow at Perkins Cemetery in DeQuincy.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee R. Hall; son, Gilman Hall; and one sister, Jewell McNeill.

Serving as pallbearers are Darren Hall, Chris Courville, Shane Courville, Dwight Hudler, Gary Ashworth, and Stephen Hodges.

Services are under the direction of Labby Memorial Funeral Home, 2110 Hwy. 171 S., DeRidder.

Words of comfort may be expressed to the Hall Family at www.labbymemorial.com.

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Doris Alston Lyons Allen, 85, of Ironton, Ohio died Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, at her residence. She was born in DeQuincy.

She attended school in DeQuincy then moved to Houston and finally to Ironton, Ohio. She was a housewife and a member of a local church where she worked collecting clothes at the food bank. Doris received a national award for her volunteering.

She is survived by a daughter, Deenna (Jesse) Ogg, of Midway, Texas; a son, Alvin (Dianna) Lyons, of Ironton, Ohio; two stepsons, Danny (Michelle) Allen, of Ironton, and Kelley (Hillary) Allen, of Florida; a grandson, Jaye Lyons of Ironton; two sisters, Bartie Alston Stanley and Judy Alston Barrow, both of DeQuincy; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy Alston and Bertha Mae Henagan Alston; husband, Ray Allen; a son, Roger Lyons; a daughter, Connie McCormick; three brothers; and a sister.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m. at Hargrove Bible Baptist Church, 1427 Hargrove Loop, DeQuincy.

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Donnie Royce Rhodes, 71, a resident of Starks passed away on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 at his residence.

He is survived by his special friends, Willard May, Melvin May, Jackie Pierce, Renee Doyle and Ethel Ray Unger.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 9, beginning at 9 a.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy followed by the funeral service at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Hyatt Cemetery in Fields.

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

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Wilson Duhon, 93, passed away in a local hospital on Aug. 5, 2018.

He was born on Mar. 9, 1925 in Elton to Alfred and Emma Duhon.

He was a World War II Veteran and served his country honorably in the United States Navy. He worked as a sign painter for the painter’s local union. He was a charter member of South City Christian Church. He will be remembered for his love of hunting and fishing.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 75 years, Percy Granger Duhon; sons, Farrel Duhon (Cay) and Ronnie “Boo Boo” Duhon (Donna); daughters, Jean McGee (Donald) and Delana “Lannie” Thorn (Jim); 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; sisters, Zella Cupit, Ina Patrick, Windola Osborn; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Walter Duhon and Beo Duhon; and sisters, Irene and Iva.

His funeral service will be held at South City Christian Church on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m. Pastors Rob Bacon and David Lang will officiate. Burial will follow the service in Liberty Cemetery in Elton. Visitation was at Johnson Funeral Home on Tuesday from Aug. 7, from 5 until 8 p.m. and will continue at South City Christian Church on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the start of the service.

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

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Albert Charles McCoy, Sr., 77, of DeQuincy, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018 at The Care Center of DeQuincy. He was born in Eunice. He worked at Livingston Shipyard for nine years where he was a Sandblaster, and then worked for Boise Southern for 11 years. He then went to work for Penton Sawmill where he retired after five years. He was a member of Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Ida McCoy; three sons, John McCoy of Houston, Texas, Don McCoy of Beaumont, Texas, Albert McCoy, Jr. of DeQuincy; three daughters, Patsy McCoy Simien of Sulphur, Roxanne McCoy of DeQuincy, Lora Ann McClean of California; one brother, Willie McCoy of Seattle, Wash.; four sisters, Beatrice Litt of Seattle, Wash., Berlene Baddox of New Mexico, Merlene Jones of California, and Evelyn Bodine; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one brother, Alvin Skinner of DeQuincy.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Veronica McCoy; parents, Secges and Mamie McCoy; five brothers; and one sister.

Services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m. at Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Pastor Marvin L. Durgan officiating. Visitation will be at the Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church on Saturday, from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will follow at Community Cemetery.

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