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Obituaries from the November 30 paper.

Lizzie Jane “Aunt Beet” Beckworth, 95, a resident of DeQuincy passed away on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016

She was the daughter of the late Frank Kingrey and the late Agatha Johnice Kingrey.

She is survived by her son, Joe Beckworth of Singer; daughters, Betty Gary and husband, Avery of Brooklyn, Texas, Velma Frazier and husband, Murphy, Helen Hyatt and husband, James, Carolyn Lane, and Arlene Roebuck, all of DeQuincy; along with 38 grandchildren; 77 great-grandchildren; and 42 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Barney Beckworth; son, Barney E. Beckworth; three daughters; two sisters; three brothers; one grandson; one granddaughter; and one great-grandson.

The family received friends on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. at the Pentecostal House of Praise in DeQuincy and on Sunday, Nov. 27, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with the funeral service at 2 p.m. at the Pentecostal House of Praise with Pastor Anthony Kennon officiating. Interment followed at Good Hope Cemetery in Singer.

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

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On Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, Vera Smith Stanley passed from this life to the next with a heart full of thanks for the One who had saved her, walked through life with her, and now safely carried her home for Thanksgiving. She celebrated there with the ones who have gone before, leaving the ones behind to mourn her passing but with thankful hearts as well, that their lives had been blessed by hers.

Vera was born in Starks on Feb. 21, 1928, to Stewart and Edna Doyle Smith (members of two of the founding families of the Starks community). One of six children. Her name, Vera, means “faith” and “true” and while Stewart and Edna may have randomly picked her name, she lived out its meanings: “faith” and “true”.

She married Bill Stanley on May 6, 1950. They became the parents of two sons and three daughters: Gene, Peggy, Larry, Cynthia, and Melissa.

Both were raised in the Starks and Lunita area and remaining there in their adult life, Vera and Bill made the Starks Pentecostal Church their home. She was active in women’s ministry activities there, often working tirelessly making doughnuts for their fundraising endeavors. Even in the later years of her life, when Vera lived in DeQuincy and then Vinton, and did not actively attend that church, it was always home to her. Its altars were sacred to her; its members her family. It is from there friends and family will say their final farewells.

Vera Stanley was a sweet and humble woman with the heart that loved God, loved her family, and loved people. She was an impeccable housekeeper and a consummate hostess. She loved to cook (anyone who has ever eaten one, will miss her homemade biscuits!) As long as she was able she had a vegetable garden. She loved to tend it and watch it grow and reap the rewards of her labors!

She is survived by her sister, Helen Campbell, of DeQuincy; son, Larry Stanley of Starks; and two daughters, Cynthia Perkins and Melissa Stanley, both of Vinton. Also mourning the passing of their beloved Grandma are ten grandchildren, Carla Statum, Rebecca Wright, Ronald Jennings, Crystal Myers, Kevin Jennings, Brent Stanley, Ashley, Amberly and Adrienne Perkins, and Toby Stanley. She will be fondly remembered by 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. A host of nieces and nephews and countless friends will also feel the loss of this Godly woman.

Vera Smith Stanley is preceded in death by her parents, Stewart Smith and Edna Doyle Smith; three of her four sisters, Etta Barks, Audrey Clark and Vergie Chovanec; and one brother, Charlie Smith.

She was also preceded in death by her beloved husband, Bill Stanley; son, Gene Smith; daughter, Peggy Jennings; daughter-in-law, Sue Stanley; and grandson, Joshua Cade Stanley.

Visitation was Monday, Nov. 28 from 4-7 p.m.at the First Pentecostal Church of Starks, 225 Hwy. 109S. Service was at 7 p.m. that same night. Officiating the service were Rev. Karl Smith, Rev. Herbert Bradford, and Rev. Dustin Wright. A private family burial was held on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Fountain Cemetery.

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

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Funeral services for James William Bohm, 75, of DeRidder were held Wednesday, Nov. 23, in Labby Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in DeRidder. Burial followed in Newlin Cemetery in Singer.

Mr. Bohm was born in Stevens Point, Wis. He died Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, at Beauregard Memorial Hospital in DeRidder.

Living most of his life in DeRidder, he was a retired papermaker with Boise Southern in DeRidder. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving a tour of duty in Germany.

He is survived by his son, Warren James Bohm and wife Marilyn of DeRidder; two daughters, Barbara Knight of DeRidder and Janet Gilpin and husband Rick of Lake Charles; sister, Eileen Brehn of N. C.; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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Natalie Dean Lewis Johnson, 89, of Lake Charles died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, in a local care facility.

Mrs. Johnson was born in Red Oak, Iowa and has lived in Southwest Louisiana for the past 45 years with many of those years in the DeQuincy area.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by her son, Steve Johnson and wife Pat of Lake Charles; daughter, Michelle Van Winkle and husband Michael of Lake Charles; sister, Lynn Franks of Iowa; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-greatgrandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Johnson; and her parents, Nathan and Mary Rupe Lewis.

Her memorial service was held on Sunday, Nov. 27, at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Scotty Poole officiated.

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Tracey Nell Bertrand McDonald, 57, of DeQuincy, died at home on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016.

Mrs. McDonald was born in Plaquemine.

She was a secretary for 13 years at St. Pius Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband, George Mills McDonald; daughter, Katy McDonald Clement and husband David of Lake Charles; son, Oliver Jules McDonald and wife Brittany of Sulphur; mother, Nelda Bertrand Holt and husband Alvin “Tim”; two brothers, Kenneth Bertrand Jr. and Michael Bertrand; one sister, Terri Thacker; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Joseph Bertrand.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at St. Theodore Catholic Church. Visitation will begin from 4-8 p.m. with a 6 p.m. rosary on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Johnson Funeral Home of Lake Charles. Visitation will resume from 8-10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Johnson Funeral Home of Lake Charles. Burial will be at Consolata Cemetery. Monsignor Charles Dubois will officiate.

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Hazel Ruth Gideons, 91, went to be with her Lord on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. She passed away at The Care Center of DeQuincy.

She is survived by her brother, Kendall Gideons of Alvin, Texas; sister, Patsy Gideons Andrews and husband, Walter of Fort Worth, Texas; sister-in-law, Frankie Gideons of Rosharon, Texas; many nieces and nephews and their families; and her special angel and caregiver, Myra McCready of DeQuincy.

Hazel was a real trouper throughout her life even though she faced many trials as a result of her polio as a baby. She always had a ready smile for everyone. She’s walking and talking now and is with those who have preceded her in death: parents, Pat and Ruthie Gideons; brothers, Lloyd and wife Clessie Gideons, Howard Gideons, Wallace Gideons; and sister-in-law, Pauline Gideons, wife of Kendall Gideons.

Friends of her graduating class of 1945 were very special to her as well as the nurses who took care of her at the Merryville Nursing Center in Merryville before its closing.

She was the oldest charter member of Bible Baptist Church of DeQuincy.

Services for Hazel will be held at Bible Baptist Church on Thursday, Dec. 1, with Rev. Richard King, Rev. Marvin Keown and Rev. Walter Andrews officiating. Viewing will be from 10-10:30 a.m. with the service to follow. Burial will be at Perkins Cemetery in DeQuincy.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mission Fund at Bible Baptist Church.

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Lou Alice Frazier Royer was born Dec. 14, 1938 and went to meet her Lord and her Hollie at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 at 77 years of age.

Lou Alice was a life long resident of DeQuincy and the daughter of Willie and Mary Frazier.

“Toupie” as she was known was married to Hollie Royer for 58 years.

She was a member of the DeQuincy Volunteer Fire Department where she served as “Water Girl”. She always had a cake to serve at every fire meeting. She cooked special meals for all of the Volunteers. “Toupie” was in charge of the Fire Department Potato Booth at the DeQuincy Railroad Festival. She was a cook at the DeQuincy High School Cafeteria for 12 years. “Toupie” owned and operated “Lou’s Cake Shop” making her first of many wedding cakes November, 1961.

There was always a big pan of biscuits and coffee in her kitchen every morning sometime feeding the whole neighborhood.

Lou Alice taught Sunday School for over 35 years at The First United Pentecostal Church where she was a faithful member.

She and Hollie served as the Parade Marshals of the DeQuincy Railroad Festival in 2007.

“Toupie” is survived by sons, Burt Royer of DeQuincy, Cliff Royer and wife, Gayla of Tupelo, Miss., Glen “Pig” Royer and wife, Sarah of Starks, Lance Dowden and wife, Diane of Fields.

She is also survived by one sister, Mary Jewel “Bug” Frazier; brothers, Hershael Frazier and Johnsie Frazier, all of DeQuincy along with four grandchildren, Clint and wife, Katie, Mandy, Quade and wife, Michelle, and Melina; four great-grandchildren, Aubrynn, Chantry, Ahava and Creed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hollie; brothers, Edward Frazier and Kenneth Frazier; sister, Robbie Lee Manuel; and granddaughter, Amber Royer.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 5-9 p.m. at The First United Pentecostal Church, 230 Smith Street, DeQuincy.

The funeral will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1, beginning at 10 a.m. at The First United Pentecostal Church and interment will follow at Hyatt Cemetery in Fields. Officiating will be Pastor Carlie Jackson, Rev. T. D. Cardwell and Rev. Wayne Neyland.

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

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Darrell Wayne Marler, 58, a resident of DeQuincy passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Darrell was a Corporal with the DeQuincy Police Department.

Arrangements are being handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy. Phone: 786-2999.

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Infant, John Dexter White, was born and passed away on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016.

Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Fallon Ashley Hollie and John Emory White of Wichita Falls, Texas; maternal grandparents, Jeffery Allen and Zollie Odette Hollie of Longville; paternal grandparents, John White (Nicole) of Longville and Shelly Guillory of Lake Charles; along with great-grandparents, Wanda Hollie of Fields, Joseph Chauffepied of DeQuincy and John White, Jr. (Laura) of Longville.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Danny Hollie; and great-grandmother, Wanda Chauffepied.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Nov. 30, beginning at 9 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 10 a.m. The visitation and funeral will be held at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy with interment to follow at Hyatt Cemetery in Fields. Rev. Carlie Jackson will be officiating.

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

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