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Obituaries: August 9, 2017

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Obituaries from the August 9 paper.

Quentin Jay Miller Benton, 20, of Lake Charles, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017.

Benton was born in Lake Charles, where he lived all of his life and attended Barbe High School.

Survivors include his parents, Devaney Miller Benton and Todd Benton, both of Lake Charles; two brothers, Daven Benton of Lake Charles, and Haydin Landry of Sulphur; maternal grandmother, Sandy Ardoin of Moss Bluff; paternal grandparents, Kathy and Mike Stewart of Lake Charles; maternal great-grandparents, Rita Andrus of Lake Charles, Joyce “Blue eyes” Miller of DeQuincy, and Jim Miller of DeQuincy.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Gina and Jay Miller and David Ardoin; paternal grandfather, Richard Benton; and maternal great-grandfather, Lynn Andrus.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel.

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Lonnie C. Cole, Jr., 92, was born Oct. 11, 1924 and passed away Aug. 3, 2017 holding the hand of his devoted wife of 70 years, Anna Verne, and surrounded by his loving family.

L.C., affectionally known as PapPaw was a Christian, proud veteran of WWII, a mechanic at Transco Pipeline for 20 years, a Master Mason for over 50 years at Magnolia Lodge #238 in Ragley, and avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and farm. He was “lovingly” often told by friends and family that he was full of it. . . and he was. . . dry wit. But, all of the wonderful, sometimes rough, qualities of the man made him the PapPaw we all loved. From the youngest grandchild to the oldest, he loved them all and always enjoyed trying to teach them how to live life in the country. He was truly a country boy and never tried to hide it.

Funeral service was held Monday Aug. 7, at Magnolia Baptist Church in Ragley at 3 p.m. under the direction of Myers Colonial Funeral Home. The Reverends Wilton Anthony, David Free, and Carlie Jackson officiated. Burial followed service in Magnolia Cemetery.
Friends were invited to visit with the family at Magnolia Baptist Church in Ragley on Sunday, Aug. 6, from 5-9 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 7, from 1 p.m. until time of service.

L.C. is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Anna Verne Callaway Cole; daughters, Judy (Glen) Guidry and Jan Outlaw, all of Ragley; brother, Mick Cole of Ragley; seven grandchildren, Kelby Outlaw, Jana Hudson, Joni Fontenot, Lisa Spooner, Kyla Cole, Michael Nicholson, and Neil Guidry; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

L.C. was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Montella Cole; sister, Mattie Slaydon; and brothers, Frank Cole and Jewel Cole.

The family would like to extend our appreciation to Dr. Brian Clements for his loving and compassionate care of our PapPaw over the years and especially on his final earthly day. We also want to thank our close family friend, Hardy Myers of Myers Colonial Funeral Home, for his loving support of our family throughout the years and especially at this time.

Services are under the direction of Myers Colonial Funeral Home in DeRidder.

(Paid Memorial)

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Marjorie Thompson Turko, 91, passed away quietly on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. She lived a long, full life and will be missed by her many friends and family. Marjorie was born on May 21, 1926 in Starks and was the youngest of twelve brothers and sisters.

Marjorie was very active in school and sports. She graduated from Starks High School on May 24, 1943 and continued her education at Southwestern Louisiana Institute (later known as the University of Southwest Louisiana). At Southwestern Louisiana Institute, Marjorie was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, Red Jackets, and was very active in women’s athletics, especially basketball. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science on June 22, 1946.

She made her home in Houston, Texas where she worked and raised her family. In her retirement at 62, she began enjoying her hobbies. She loved to travel, go to water aerobics classes, play dominoes and other games, and participate in activities at the YMCA.

Marjorie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Karen and Robert Preisler; grandson, Bobby Preisler; and granddaughter, Lisa Preisler.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Mary Stains Thompson; husband, John Peter Turko; daughter, Vicki Ann Turko; and eleven brothers and sisters.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 11 a.m. at Miller Cemetery, Highway 109 South, Starks.

Funeral services are under the direction of Wharton Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at whartonfuneralhome.com.

(Paid Memorial)

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Margaret Ann Smith Johnson, 81, passed surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017 at Christus St. Patrick’s Hospital.

She was born to parents, William Ernie and Marguerite Smith on Jan. 15, 1936 in DeQuincy. She was involved in many activities including playing organ for many years in the DeQuincy United Methodist Church; member of the United Methodist Women; Pink Ladies Volunteer; along with Dixie Youth Baseball Volunteer. She worked at Browning’s Jewelry, 5 & 10 store, and Foster Tractors.

She is survived by her two sons, Charles M. Johnson and wife Debbie, and Darrell L. Johnson, both of DeQuincy; two brothers, Edwin Smith and wife Joy Faye of Tyler, Texas, Erwin Smith and wife Maxine of Baton Rouge; sister-in-law, Lois Smith of Sulphur; four grandchildren, Tara Johnson, Brandon Johnson, Christopher Pharis, and Haley Bertrand; along with eight great-grandchildren.

Margaret is preceded in death by her loving husband of 53 years, Huey P. Johnson; parents; one brother, Charles A. Smith; along with a grandchild, Taylor Ryan Johnson.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, at the DeQuincy United Methodist Church. Rev. James Barrett will be officiating. Visitation will be at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home on Wednesday, Aug. 9, from 5-9 p.m. and will resume on Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will follow at Perkins Cemetery in DeQuincy.

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

(Paid Memorial)

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Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 12, at 1 p.m. at Brushy Creek Baptist Church, 125 Brushy Creek Cemetery Rd. in Bancroft, for Betty Ruth Durham, 81, the former Betty Ruth McDonald, who died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017 at Lafayette General Medical Center.

Interment will be in Brushy Creek Cemetery in Bancroft.

Mrs. Durham was a native of Columbia and a resident of Carencro for the last 25 years. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, James M. Durham of Carencro; one son, James Terry Durham and wife, Trudy, of Houston, Texas; one daughter, Rhonda Brasseaux of Carencro; five grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph McDonald and the former Audra Puckett, both natives of Columbia; one son, Joseph Wayne Durham; and two sisters.

Visititation will held Thursday, Aug. 10, at Melancon Funeral Home’s Evangeline Memorial Gardens Chapel, 4117 N. University Ave., Carencro from 6 until 9 p.m. and will resume Saturday, Aug. 12, at Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Bancroft from 11 a.m. until service time.

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