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Obituaries: September 26, 2018

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Obituaries from the September 19 paper.

Roseline Roberts “T Rose” Rigmaiden, 74, was born in Washington. She was a resident of DeQuincy where she was a member of Our Lady of Lasalette Catholic Church.

She died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 in Lake Charles.

Survivors include her two daughters, Rosalind Denise (Lawrence Jr.) Jones and Tammy Rigmaiden Harris; two sons, Raymond Rigmaiden and Tommy Glenn Rigmaiden; three sisters, Neva Thomas, Earnestine Teague and Mary Eglin; one brother, John Peter Roberts; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Clementine Castille Roberts

Her funeral was held Thursday, Sept. 20, at Our Lady of Lasalette Catholic Church in DeQuincy. Burial was in Community Cemetery.

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Mary "Mildred" Eastham Cockerham, 97, of DeQuincy went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 at her home.

A native of Dumas, Ark., she was born on June 19, 1921. She was the daughter of the late Thomas Walter Eastham and Annie Jo Roney Eastham of Dumas, Ark. where she grew up. Her late brother was Alan Walter Eastham Sr.

The widow of George L. (Bubba) Cockerham, she is survived by a son, George Milton Cockerham (Carol) of Midland, Texas; and granddaughter, Ashley Elizabeth McArdle (Sam) of Los Angeles, Calif. She is also survived by sister-in-law, Betty Jo Brown of DeQuincy; many nieces and nephews and their extended families.

She had lived in DeQuincy for 73 years. She arrived in 1945 to begin her teaching career. It was here that she met and fell in love with her husband, Bubba. They were married in Dumas, Ark. on Aug. 20, 1946. She was active in civic, church, and social circles. She retired as a teacher and reading lab instructor with 28 years of service to the Calcasieu Parish School District. She was a member of the National Education Association, Louisiana Teacher’s Association, Calcasieu Education Association, Louisiana Retired Teachers’ Association and Calcasieu-Cameron Retired Teachers Association. She was a charter member and secretary of the Friendship Study Club, a member of General Federated Women’s Club, Secretary for District 7 General Federated Women’s Clubs of La. and State Chairman for GFWC’s Literacy program-Stories Offer Adventure-Read (SOAR). She was a charter member and past president of VFW Ladies Auxiliary to the Gilland-Perkins VFW Post 3231.

She was a member of the DeQuincy United Methodist Church where she served on the Administrative Council, past President of the United Methodist Women, member of the Women’s Bible Class and the Cooley/Harmony Circle.
Mrs. Cockerham was chosen to receive the DeQuincy Civic Service Award in 1987.

A graduate of Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. and Louisiana State University. Mrs. Cockerham was a member of Chi Omega social sorority.

There are many constants about Mildred: her abiding Methodist faith, her cheerfulness, her loyalty to family, her interest in others, her vigor into her later years and her legion of friends of all ages. She had a heart of gold and would offer herself to others beyond what would normally be expected of anyone else. She would sacrifice herself for the betterment and demands of others. We are blessed with the many memories Mildred has left with us and, in some way, our everyday lives are better because of her.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the DeQuincy United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Barrett and Rev. Richard Teeter officiating. A visitation was held at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home from 5 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Visitation will resume at the DeQuincy United Methodist Church from 12 p.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be in Rigmaiden Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the DeQuincy United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 578, DeQuincy LA 70633.

Services are entrusted to the care of 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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Joan McLeod, 60, was born on Sept. 9, 1958 and passed away at her residence in Starks.on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018.

She is survived by her husband, Alton “Tadpole” McLeod; her son, Derek McLeod and his girlfriend, Stephanie Kay Perkins; grandchildren, Skout Lendsi, Nick and Zack; sisters, Brenda Richardson and husband, Billy of DeQuincy, Vickie Menard and husband Alfred “Bubby” of Starks and Kathy Hennigan; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph Hennigan and Aubrey Dickerson Hennigan; her brother, Donald Hennigan; her grandparents, Gladys Hatch and Burl and Ada Hennigan.

The family received friends on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 5 until 8 p.m. and will continue on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 12 noon until time of the service at 2 p.m. The visitation and funeral will be held at Deweyville United Pentecostal Church in Deweyville, Texas with interment to follow at Fountain Cemetery in Starks. Pastor Michael Orange, Rev. Darrell Orange and Rev. Marshall Stephenson will be officiating.

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

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Rosetta "Totsie" Istre, 81, of Ragley passed away on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 at her residence. She was born on Sept. 7, 1937 in Mamou. She loved arts and crafts, cooking, and tending her flower garden.

She is survived by two sons, Michael Istre and wife Tanya of Lake Charles, Philip Istre of Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; one sister, Eldwina Underside of Ragley; three grandchildren, Christopher Istre of Shreveport, Camryn Istre of Lake Charles, Robert McKelvain and wife Mary of Ragley; and three great-grandsons, Damien, Domnick, and Foster McKelvain.

Totsie was preceded in death by her parents, Renie and Dolzena McGee; one daughter, Michelle McKelvain; along with numerous brothers and sisters.

A Memorial Service will be held at 4 p.m. at the DeQuincy Church of Christ on Monday, Oct. 1, with Bro. Al Woodard officiating. Visitation will be at the DeQuincy Church of Christ prior to the service beginning at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the DeQuincy Church of Christ.

Services 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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Carter Ames Sonnenberg, 58, of Singer, passed from this life on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018.

Carter was born in Port Arthur, Texas. The ranch in Singer was his happiest place on earth from the age of five until the time of his death. He loved raising cattle and ducks. Carter also was an avid supporter of his greatest interest, his favorite sports teams, the Astros, the Rams, the Knicks, Texas A&M, and the LSU Tigers.

Those left to cherish his memory are his son, Dustin Sonnenberg of Katy, Texas; parents, Jeremy “Litz” and Marsha Sonnenberg of Fort Worth, Texas and Singer; sister, Allison Sonnenberg of Arlington, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Ralph Gorman; maternal grandmother, Mabel Gorman; and his paternal grandparents, Bill and Ella Sonnenberg.

A celebration of life will be held at Singer Baptist Church on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m. Brother Sherman Clark will officiate the service.

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

Words of comfort may be shared at myers-colonialfuneralhome.com.

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