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Obituaries: September 20, 2017

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Obituaries from the September 20 paper.

Franklin Dale “Frank” Thomas, 62, of DeQuincy passed away surrounded by his loving family Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 in Sulphur.

Frank was born Aug. 29, 1955 in Port Lavaca, Texas to Franklin and Cleda Thomas. He was a long-time resident of DeQuincy and had an infinite love of the outdoors, especially when it came to cutting his grass. He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Margaret Thomas; daughters, Monica Hutto and husband Adrian and Ida Cormier; mother, Cleda Thomas; sisters, Jamie Chargois and husband Ronnie of Sulphur, Rhonda Boysen and husband Steve of Mount Juliet, Tenn. and Gloria Gaydos and husband Frank; nine grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Frank was preceded in death by his father, Frank.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. at the DeQuincy Church of Christ with burial following in Big Woods Cemetery. Visitation was held Friday, Sept. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home of DeQuincy. Visitation resumed Saturday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. at the DeQuincy Church of Christ and lasted until the service time.

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

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Michael Marue Gearen, 66, of DeQuincy passed away Wendesday, Sept. 13, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He was born Mar. 7, 1951 in DeQuincy to Marue and Margaret Gearen. He was a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather. Michael loved the outdoors and his favorite passion was hunting all types of wildlife.

Left behind to treasure his memory are his loving wife of 38 years, Carolyn Gearen; sons, Shane Fountain; daughter, Alaina Golden; brother, Marlon Gearen; sister, Sheila Perry; grandchildren, Colton Shane Fountain, Daegan Fountain, Leeanna Congdon, Kaylyn Fountain, Tobias Golden; great-grandchildren, Reagan Congdon, Degan Fountain and Faith Fountain. Also, his heart that had 4 paws “Baby Girl”.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marue and Margaret Gearen; and his son, Jerry Ray.

Graveside services were held Sunday, Sept. 17, at 2:30 p.m. at Doyle Annex Cemetery in Starks under the direction of Hixson-Snider Funeral Home. Visitation was held Saturday, Sept. 16, at the First Baptist Church of Starks from 5 to 8 p.m.

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

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Ernest James Bellard, 70, a resident of Iowa passed away on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

He is survived by his sons, Eric Bellard of Lake Charles and Ernest James Bellard, Jr. of Merryville; one daughter, Christine Hill of Iowa; sisters Kathy Dearmon and husband, John of DeRidder, Dirus Davis and husband James of Many; along with one brother, Lewis Bellard.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lennis Bellard and Sarah Lange; and two sisters, Juanita and Dorothy.

The family received friends on Monday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy. A graveside service followed at Magnolia Cemetery in Ragley.

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

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Edward “Eddie” Stanley, Sr., 59, a resident of Starks passed away on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

He is survived by hischildren, Edward Stanley, Jr. of DeQuincy, Heather Hyatt of Bridge City, Texas, Tracy Stanley of DeQuincy and Christine Stanley, along with 13 grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Kimberly Murphy and husband Tim of Pearland, Texas and Debra Whotte and husband, Richard of Sulphur; and one brother, Joey Stanley of DeRidder.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon Stanley and Laura Hoozer Stanley and one brother, Robert Stanley.

The family received friends on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 4-7 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home. The funeral service was held on Monday, Sept. 18, beginning at 10 a.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home with Rev. Chris Billiott officiating. Interment followed at Good Hope Cemetery in Singer.

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

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Wayne Rigler, 69, a resident of DeQuincy passed away on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Susan Rigler; his children, Elvis Billodeau and Johnny Stains, all of DeQuincy; and four grandchildren, Megan and Allie, both of Baton Rouge Chasity Rigler and Chelsie Stains. He is also survived by his brothers, Carl Sigler and wife, Joyce and Vernon Rigler, all of DeQuincy, and Allen Sigler and wife, Sadie of Singer. He is also survived by his sisters, Kathy Hext and husband, James and Melony Bean and husband, Robert, all of DeQuincy, Carolyn Geimer of Gulfport, Miss., Judy Randall and husband, Kenneth of Longview, Texas and Nancy Lakes and husband, Lloyd of La Pine, Ore. along with numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo Thomas Rigler and Violet Mae Rigler, his stepmother, Willie Mae Rigler; his daughter, Carrie Stains; brothers, Leo Rigler, Jr. and Bobby Sigler; grandmother, Ollie Swilley; and niece, Alora Fountain.

The family received friends on Monday, Sept. 18, from 5- 8 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home. The funeral service was held on Tuesday, Sept. 19, beginning at 10 a.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home. Interment followed at Boxwood Cemetery in Bivens. Rev. John White officiated.

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

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Sharon Gail Clark Poole of Starks died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at Cypress Point Nursing Home in Bossier City.

She was born Aug. 2, 1954 in DeQuincy and lived in Starks until she was moved to a nursing home.

Survivors include her sister, Mary Ashworth of Bossier City; and her brother, David Berry of Pasadena, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Macel Drake Clark; and husband, Jake W. (Buddy) Poole.

Poole was cremated.

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Connie Bruney LaCour passed from this life on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. Surrounded by loving family, she was reunited with the love of her life, Lester, and is now enjoying her eternal reward alongside him. Connie was born on May 7, 1956, in Lake Charles; and, she lived her entire life in Moss Bluff. She made a life out of caring for her husband of 41 years, Lester, and two children, Gavin and Kari; she loved yard work and being outdoors, and she never met a stranger.

She was a faithful member of Eastwood Pentecostal Church for 52 years, and she not only attended services, but she was also a faithful volunteer. Every Barbeque, cleaning day, yard work day, or anything else the church needed, Connie was found giving her time and energy. Most recently, she began volunteering at the church school two days a week. She will be missed by her Eastwood family, as well as the faculty, staff, and students of Eastwood Christian Academy.

Beyond these things, however, Connie is described by Galatians 5:22-23. She loved, not just her own, but anyone who needed love from her. She provided joy for many, and was known, through many of life’s trials, to be gentle, peaceful, and longsuffering. Her life was defined by her faith, and she remained faithful to God, her family, and those around her until the very end.

On Aug. 14, 2012, Giada Claire was born and she instantly became the center of Connie’s world. Thanks to the miracle of Giada’s birth, Connie’s love and influence will live on.

She is survived by one son, Gavin LaCour of Moss Bluff; one daughter, Kari Hammers (Daniel) of Moss Bluff; and one granddaughter, Giada Claire Hammers; three sisters, Ethel Parker (Willard) of Gillis, Melba Bellomo (Jay) of Moss Bluff, Devern Fuselier (Bobby) of Evangeline; three brothers, Steve Bruney (Kathy) of Moss Bluff, Craig Bruney of Lake Charles, and Dale Bruney of Moss Bluff; and, many nieces and nephews.

Connie was preceded in death by the love of her life, Lester LaCour; her parents, Steve and Gladys Bruney; and a brother, Richard Bruney.

The family received friends on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 6-8 p.m. at Eastwood Pentecostal Church, 2501 Opelousas Street, Lake Charles, and the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 20, beginning at 11 a.m. at Eastwood Pentecostal Church with Pastor Aaron Lopez officiating. Interment will follow at Ritchie Cemetery in Moss Bluff.

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

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Victor “Bo” Clark, III, 51, a resident of Starks passed away on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at his residence.

He is survived by his mother, Margaret Clark of Starks; companion, Rhonda Hutson of Starks; children, Dakota Porter, Kealey Nicholson, Bailey Clark, Sydney Hutson, Bree Clark and Savanna Hutson; one sister, Annette Clark Kelly and husband, Michael of High Point, North Carolina; brother, Clayton Woodard of Lake Charles; and step-father, James Doiron; along with his nieces, Savannah Grace Woodard and Hannah Mikelle Kelly; and nephew, Corbin Shane Kelly.

He was preceded in death by his father, Victor Preston Clark, Jr.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 6-8 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Starks. The funeral will be held on Sept. 21, beginning at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church with interment to follow at Clark Cemetery. Pastor Ron Butler, Rev. Karl Smith, Pastor Michael Kelly and Pastor Annette Kelly will be officiating.

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

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Helena Blanchette, 79, of Lake Charles, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in a local care facility.

She was born in Elton where she was raised and was a 1956 graduate of Elton High School. She lived in Kinder and worked as a bookkeeper for Doise Concrete. In 1983, she moved to Lake Charles. She was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, belonged to the Altar Society and was a Lay Carmelite.

Survivors include her son, James Gregory Manuel (Jill) of Grand Lake; daughter, Theresa Renee Arabie (Hayward) of Fenton; two stepsons, Richard Bagley (Annette) of Westlake, and James Marlin Blanchette (Maleia) of DeQuincy; two stepdaughters, Donna Tanner (David) of Lake Charles, and Connie “Kitty” Bruns (Richard) of Lake Charles; two brothers, Carl Langley of Kinder, and Charles Wilfred Langley of DeQuincy; three sisters, Rosemary McKissack of Hartselle, Ala., Sharon Lanthier of Sulphur, and Windola Cowart of Kinder; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, James P. “Jimmy” Manuel; second husband, Albert Joseph “AJ” Blanchette; a brother; and a stepdaughter, Twilla Fontenot.

A funeral Mass was held on Friday, Sept. 15, at Christ the King Catholic Church. The Very Rev. Anthony M. Fontenot officiated. Burial followed in Consolata Cemetery.

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Kyle James Bunch, 73, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at his residence.

He was a longtime member of Houston River Baptist Church in Sulphur, and a lifelong resident of the Houston River community. He worked for over 30 years as a Millwright.

Survivors include his wife, Judy McInnis Bunch; son, Marlin Bunch and wife Beth; daughter, Darla Carroll and husband Shannon; three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; one brother, Talbert Bunch; and one sister, Doris Ivey.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Lorena Bunch; four brothers; and one sister.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Chapel. Rev. Ronald Sherrer and Rev. Lonnie Gothrup officiated. Burial followed in Mimosa Pines in Carlyss.

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Sam Anderson Keys, 86, of Sulphur, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital in Lake Charles.

He was born in Navasota, Texas. He was a member of Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church in DeQuincy, where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher; he was a Mason with Masonic Lodge No. 876 in Valley, Ala., and a lifetime member of the VFW Post 3802, DeQuincy.

He retired with 20 years of service from the U.S. Army as an E6 Staff Sargent. He later worked at Browning Ferris Industries in Sulphur, and as a Security Guard at PPG Industries in Westlake. He retired from PPG Industries after 17 years of service.

He is survived by his wife, Annie Lee Keys; and one son, Johann (Esther) Keys, all of Sulphur.

He was preceded in death by his parents, S. A. and Willie Parnell Keys.

His funeral service will be held at Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church in DeQuincy on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 11 a.m. with Rev. James Harris officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of the service. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery in Westlake.

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