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Obituaries from the October 19 paper.

On Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, Keith Charles Kent, C.P.A. was welcomed into Heaven after a long and fulfilling life of 95½ years.

Born in DeQuincy on Apr. 10, 1921, Keith graduated as salutatorian of his 1938 high school class, edged out by his future wife-to-be Louise Goode, who was the class valedictorian. He attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette), graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree (with distinction) in 1942.

Keith served in the Army Air Force during World War II, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant. He flew 25 missions over Europe as a waist gunner on a B-17 bomber. Married in 1944, Keith and Louise made DeQuincy their home for several years. Their two oldest sons, Stephen and Craig, were born there.

After earning a Master's degree in Accounting from the University of Texas, Keith moved his family to Shreveport, where they lived for 25 years and raised their family of five boys. Keith and Louise moved to Waco, Texas in 1977 while their younger sons were attending Baylor University. After practicing public accountancy for 35 years, Keith retired and moved with Louise to Dallas where two of their sons live.

Keith was known for his quiet, gentle nature, his hearty laugh at a good joke, and his devotion to family, church and profession. He was a Deacon in his churches in Shreveport, Waco and Dallas. He was President of his local chapters of Certified Public Accountants in Shreveport and Waco, and stayed active after retirement doing volunteer tax work with the AARP in Dallas.

Keith died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family, after a brief illness. He will be dearly, dearly missed by all who benefited from his gifts of friendship, love and service to others.

Keith was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 71 years, Louise, in January 2016; his brother, Glen R. Kent, M.D. of Mt. Pleasant, Texas in October 2016; and his parents, Marvin A. Kent and Ottie (Perkins) Kent of DeQuincy.

He is survived by his five sons, Stephen and wife Pattye of Bay City, Mich., Craig and wife Ruth of Ruston, David and wife Carol of Dallas, Paul and wife Lyn of Tulsa, Okla. and Creighton and wife Donna of Dallas, along with 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Eddie Claire Kent of Mt. Pleasant; nephew, Kevin Kent and wife Jill of Mt. Pleasant; and niece, Katy Kent Walker and husband Philip of Rockwall, Texas.

Keith's funeral was held on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Restland Cemetery in Dallas. Condolences may be offered at www.restlandfuneralhome.com.

Memorials can be made to the Mary Hill Davis Offering for Texas Missions of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, 7557 Rambler Rd. - Suite 1200, Dallas TX 75231-2388, or www.texasbaptists.org/give.

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Dr. Glen Rayburn Kent, 89, of Mount Pleasant, Texas passed away Oct. 1, 2016 having been surrounded by his loving family. He was born on June 2, 1927 to Marvin and Ottie Kent in DeQuincy.

Dr. Kent graduated from DeQuincy High School in 1944. Upon graduating he went to SLI on a football scholarship. He turned 18 shortly after finishing his first year and joined the Navy.

After the Navy he finished his schooling at SLI, and was then accepted in to LSU Medical School. He married his childhood sweetheart Eddie Claire Mullican on Feb. 15, 1953. The following year he graduated from medical school and did his first residency at Baptist Hospital in New Orleans.

He then completed his family practice residency at Lafayette Charity Hospital. He practiced ten years in Channelview, Texas. Then moved to Gladewater, Texas where he practiced 30 years at the Hugman Kent Clinic which still bears his name.

Dr. Kent was a member of Tennison Memorial United Methodist Church in Mount Pleasant and also an active participant at the First Baptist Church of Mount Pleasant, he was a lifetime member of TMA, AMA, AAFD, Gregg County Medical Association, Past President of the Gladewater Lions Club, Dr. for the Gladewater Roundup Rodeo Association and the Dr. for the Gladewater Football Team.

He is survived by his wife, Eddie Claire Kent; two children and spouses, Kevin and Jill Kent, and Katie and Phillip Walker; brother, Keith Kent; granddaughters and spouses, Rachel Walker, Leah Walker, Kallie and Luke Philips, Kaitlyn and James Fugate, Kinsey and Aaron McConnell, Klaire and Chad Smith, and Karson Kent; and caregiver, Margie Walker.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cypress Basin Hospice, Tennison Memorial United Methodist Church or First Baptist Church Mount Pleasant Building Fund.

Visitation was held Tuesday, Oct. 4, at First Baptist Church Mount Pleasant at noon. His service began at one p.m. with his burial following at 3 p.m. at Gladewater Memorial Park in Gladewater, Texas.

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Lelon Glen Rougeou, 62, a resident of DeQuincy passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 at his residence.

He is the son of the late Lewis Rougeou, Sr. and the late Muriel Magehee Rougeou.

He is survived by his wife, Margretta Shirley Rougeou; stepchildren, Sabrina Beaty and husband Billy of Westlake, James Ramsdell of DeQuincy, Jacob Ramsdell and wife, Ellan of DeQuincy; grandchildren, Jacob, Jr., John, Emma, Nicole and William; brothers, Kenneth Rougeou, Sr., of Rosepine, Timothy Rougeou and wife, Joy of Westlake, David Rougeou of Longville, Henry Rougeou and wife, Thelma of Merryville; sisters, Sabra Benny and husband Marvin of Searcy, Ark. and Karen Langley and husband Kenneth of Carlyss; along with a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis Rougeou, Sr. and Muriel Rougeou; and one brother, Lewis Rougeou, Jr.

The family received friends on Friday, Oct. 14, from 5-8 p.m. and the funeral service was held on Saturday, Oct. 15, beginning 10 a.m. Visitation and the funeral were held at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy. Interment followed at McFatter Cemetery in DeQuincy.

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

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Annette Burnett, born Thomassie, 74, a resident of Ragley passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital in Lake Charles.

She was a great cook and was well known for her fried chicken. In her younger days she loved to play Scrabble. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and she will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her.

She is the daughter of Louis Thomassie and Rhenette Savoie Thomassie.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Landry “Red” Burnett; son, Louis Burnett and wife, Trid of Ragley; daughters, LaQuita Smart of Ragley, and Lisa Seep and husband, Dr. Michael Seep of Lake Charles; God Child, Vicki Danos; and son-in-law, Darren Arville.

She is also survived by her sister, Judith Boudreaux and husband, Andrew of Lockport. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Carlton and Carlee Burnett, Cody Hoffpauir, Jacob Seep, Christopher and Tyler Smart and Hannah Veillon; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Lenora Arville who passed away on Sept. 27, 2016; sisters, Jeanette Plaisance and Evelyn Sevin; brothers, Louis Thomassie, Jr., Phillip Thomassie and Harry Thomassie; and one great grandchild.

The family received friends on Friday, Oct. 14, from 5-9 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Magnolia Baptist Church in Ragley with the funeral service starting at 1 p.m. The visitation and funeral were at Magnolia Baptist Church in Ragley with Interment following at Dry Creek Cemetery in Dry Creek. Pastor David Free officiated.

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

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Rosemary M. Woods, 92, formerly of Denton, Texas passed away on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 at High Hope Nursing Home in Sulphur.

She is survived by her sons, James Edwin “Jim” Abbott, Jr. and wife, Pat of DeQuincy and Robert “Rob” Woods and wife, Maureen of Franklin, Texas; step-children, Cecil R. “Bubba” Woods and wife, Nora of Columbus Miss., and Pamela Lynn Woods Housley and husband, David of Fort Worth, Texas; along with three grandchildren, Jordan Abbott, Jacy Woods and Kolby Woods along with several step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Marvin Mashburn and Gertrude Littleton Mashburn; her first husband, James Edwin Abbott; her second husband, Cecil R. Woods; and step-daughter, Cecilia Woods Helton.

The family received friends on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 6- 8 p.m. and the funeral service was held on Monday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. The visitation and service was held at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy. Rev. Harry Methvin officiated. Interment was at DeQuincy Memorial Park in DeQuincy.

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

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Cody David Ernest Cormier, 22, of Ragley, died on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016.

He was a graduate of South Beauregard High School and attended McNeese State University for two years. He was a Sheriff ’s deputy with the Beauregard Parish Sheriff ’s Department.

He is survived by his parents, Connie and Roy Cormier Sr.; two brothers, T-Roy Cormier Jr. and Chad Cormier; sister, Jennifer Cormier Guillory and husband, Davien, all of Ragley.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m. at Johnson and Robison Funeral Home. Burial will be in New Richie Cemetery in Moss Bluff. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. until time of the service.

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Sonja “Sunny” R. Shoemake, 44 of DeQuincy, passed away Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 in Sulphur.

She was born Aug. 20, 1972 in Cameron to Henry and Shirley (Bruce) Swain. She married Tracy Shoemake of DeQuincy.

Surviving to cherish her memory is her husband, Tracy of DeQuincy; her father, Henry Swain; four children, Ashley Crawford and husband Chris of Marshall, Texas; John Scooter Shoemake and wife Taira of DeQuincy, Kimberly “Pine Knot” Duplechin and husband Ethan of Rosepine and Joseph “Bo” Andrew Ford of Marshall, Texas; seven grandchildren, Dawson, Mason, Maci, Tracee, Christopher “Tooter”, Jayden and Bayleigh; and four sisters, Tonya “Sissy” Swain, Lisa Swain, Sara Eddleman and Teleca Naquin.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Shirley Swain.

Sunny was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister who devoted her life to her family and will forever be missed.

Cremation will be accorded. Arrangements are being handled by Hixson-Snider Funeral Home in DeQuincy.

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

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