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Obituaries: September 13, 2017

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Obituaries from the September 13 paper.

Mark Randall Lee, 59, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Houston, Tex. He was a resident of Reeves, and a Navy veteran. Mark was employed by Rain CII for many years and he was a former Mason and Shriner.

He is survived by his loving wife, Paula Lee of Reeves; three stepchildren, Eric Scott Materne and wife Amy of Reeves, David Charles Materne and wife Sarah of Reeves, Dixie Rayne Materne and spouse Brett of Cravens; three brothers, Ronnie Lee of Ragley, Steven Lee of Calif., Mike Lee of Sulphur; two sisters, Linda Edmonds of California, and Janie Boudry of Calif.; three grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Laddie Lee and Betty Faul; and his brother, Kenneth Lee.

Funeral service were held Friday, Sept. 8, at Reed Funeral Home of Kinder. Bro. Sam Burchard officiated. Burial with military honors followed at Magnolia Cemetery in Ragley.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.reedfuneralhomeofkinder.com.

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Kenneth “Bubby” Cook, age 68, was born on October 6, 1948 and passed away on September 6, 2017.

He was a resident of DeQuincy, Louisiana. Bubby served in the U. S. Army during Viet Nam. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending time at Toledo Bend. He enjoyed cooking and loved to help others. He was musically inclined and very gifted in playing the organ.

He is survived by his wife, Susie Cook, mother, Dorothy Stephens, brother, Jessie E. Cook, Jr., and wife, Carol of LaPorte, Ind., sisters, Judy Landry of DeQuincy, Rebecca Wilson and husband, Dickie of Mount Juliet, Tenn., Kathy Midkiff and husband Mike of DeQuincy along with numerous nieces, nephews and many friends and his extended family, the Bryants from Beaumont, Tex. He is also survived by his beloved Abby and Daisy.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jessie E. Cook, Sr., step-father, George Stephens, mother-in-law, Mary Silverthorn, brother-in-law, Richard Silverthorn, sister-in-law, Rita Silverthorn and brother-in-law, Robbie Landry.

The family received friends on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 6-8 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home, DeQuincy,. The funeral service was held on Friday, Sept. 8, beginning at 2 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home.

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

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Arnold “Russell” Williams, 58, of Singer, passed away on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at Houston Methodist Hospital surrounded by his wife and our loving Lord.

He was born on March 25, 1959 in Sulphur, La. Russell was a proud graduate of the 1977 class of Sulphur High School. He attended LSU and graduated with several degrees from McNeese State University. He enjoyed participating in sports with the grandkids, livestock, and would have passionate discussions on politics with anyone who would listen. Russell loved his family so much and that’s what kept him fighting to live for 15 years.

He is survived by his loving wife, Janet Lynn Williams of 32 years. He would always say about their marriage “it’s been one year 32 times.” Russell also leaves behind his three children, Courtney Brooke Williams of DeRidder, Robert “Bobby” Lynn Williams and wife Anna of Sulphur, John Arthur Williams of Singer; one brother, Chester Keith Williams and wife Shena of Pine Keys, Fla.; sister, Brenda Joyce Littleton of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; along with four grandchildren, Trenton Bryce Williams, Jeremiah Benjamin Roberts, Hunter Bailey Roberts, and Alexis Nicole Alfred.

Russell is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Harold and Joyce Marie Dahlquist Williams; his paternal grandparents, Arthur and Lillie Williams; his maternal grandparents, Andrew and Lorena Dahlquist; mother-in-law, Marilyn Ann Shannon; and brother-in-law, Walter Virgil Littleton.

Services were held at Hixson Snider Funeral Home of DeQuincy, on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 10 am. Visitation was on Friday, Sept. 8, at Hixson Snider Funeral Home from 5-8 p.m. and resumed on Saturday, from 8 a.m. until the time of the service.

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

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Christopher Todd Mueller, 55, took his last breath Monday, September 11, 2017. He was born February 5, 1962 in Spokane, Washington. He moved with his family to DeQuincy when he was in middle school and graduated from DeQuincy High School in 1980. Chris was a member of Our Lady of LaSalette Catholic Church in DeQuincy where he served as a Lector and CCD teacher for many years. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus #8805 for many years and had previously served as the Grand Knight.

Chris worked in the grocery business for over forty years being employed by Cash & Carry in management, Market Basket as a Store Manager, Community Coffee salesman, and a sales broker for Acosta Sales and Marketing for the last 12 years.

Over the years he received numerous awards and recognition including outstanding employee, employee of the quarter and countless sales performance awards.

For the last twenty years, Chris served as the Sports Editor for the DeQuincy News and the Cameron Pilot and enjoyed writing about the local athletic programs.

His passion for any and all sports didn't stop there. Chris spent his free time coaching his kids through baseball and softball until they were grown. He was an assistant coach for the DeQuincy High School baseball team for over ten years. He coached Dixie Youth teams and even served as Commissioner of the league in DeQuincy for many years. His 12 year old Dixie Softball team won a state championship and went to the World Series in 2005. He coached many USSSA teams including the Bayou Bucks.

Over the years his teams have brought home so many championship trophies and awards, that he had an entire room in his house where he proudly showed them off. Chris also touched the lives of numerous young athletes as he spent hours each week giving batting lessons to so many kids. Although his passion was for sports, his love was for his family.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 33 years, Laurie Bell Mueller, his children, Mathew Mueller of Lake Charles, Amy Mueller Clark and husband Kory of DeQuincy and Kaci Mueller of DeQuincy. He is also survived by his brothers, Jeff Mueller of Carlyss, John Mueller of Arlington, Tex.; sisters, Shelli Mueller Richard and husband, Steve of DeQuincy and Kelly Mueller Conway and husband Joe of Katy, Tex. and his father-in-law, Donnis Bell of DeQuincy, along with a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Sharon Mueller and his mother-in-law, Frankie Bell and one nephew, Ryan Richard.

The family will receive friends from 5 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Riley Smith Funeral Home with a Rosary beginning at 7 p.m.

The Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of LaSalette Catholic Church on Thursday, Sept. 14, beginning at 11 a.m. with Father Eddie Richard officiating.

Interment will follow at DeQuincy Memorial Park, DeQuincy.

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

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Ralph J. Mitchell, age 89, was born on September 28, 1927 and passed away on September 11, 2017. He was a native of DeQuincy. Ralph graduated from DeQuincy High School in 1945 and served in the Navy during WWII. He worked for Cities Service until his retirement in 1992. Following his retirement, the plant was purchased by Westlake Polymers. He was brought back out of retirement where he was instrumental in restoring the plant back into working condition, after which they hired him as Production Manager. In 1993, he received his Realtor’s license, selling real estate in the area for many years.

Ralph was among a group of young men who organized DeQuincy Little League and assisted in the building of several baseball fields along with coaching for many years in Little League and the Sheriff’s League baseball program. He was very active in all of the sporting activities of the DeQuincy schools. Ralph was also an avid McNeese Cowboy fan for more than forty years.

He served on the Ward 6 Recreation committee for a number of years and was always willing to serve the City of DeQuincy in any capacity they called on him to serve.

For the past 46 years, Ralph has served on the DeQuincy Housing Authority and recently received a 46 Year Service Award. He has been involved with the DeQuincy Housing Authority since its conception in 1967. During his service, he served as a board member, vice chairman and chairman. He also served as Executive Director from June 1973 – July 1979.

Ralph was a faithful member of the DeQuincy United Methodist Church. There are few offices there in which he has not served. He was a member of the Building Committee when the present sanctuary was built. He has served as Chairman of the Administrative Board, Finance and Board of Trustees as well as President of the United Methodist Men and Treasurer of the Builders Sunday School Class.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Evelyn Albritton Mitchell, son, Ron Mitchell, of Georgetown, Tex., daughters, Jan Reene and husband, Michael of Atlanta, Ga., and Lynne Treme and husband, Tim of DeQuincy, along with nine grandchildren, Jared, Tyler, Garrett, Mitch, Brennon, Seth, Lindsay, Brian and Chris, and seven great grandchildren.

He is also survived by his sisters, Mittie Brammer and Modeice Young, along with two very special adopted sons, Donnie Blackburn and Bubba Blackburn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marise Mitchell and Louise Barron Mitchell.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 6 - 8 p.m. and on Thursday, Sept. 14, from noon until 2 p.m. at the DeQuincy United Methodist Church. The funeral service will begin at 2 p.m., Sept. 14, at the DeQuincy United Methodist Church with Interment to follow at Perkins Cemetery, DeQuincy.

Officiating will be Rev. Rolly Walker, Rev. Bubba Blackburn and Pastor James Barrett.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the DeQuincy United Methodist Church, 301 E. Center St., DeQuincy.

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

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