Obituaries from the February 26 paper.
Verbelee Smith Kellebrew, 76, a native of DeQuincy and resident of Starks, departed this life on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 at Christus St. Patrick Hospital in Lake Charles.
She was Pentecostal by faith. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She was a very selfless person, always doing for others. She was a great cook and one of her family’s favorites was her fried chicken. She loved to travel and experience new things.
She was the daughter of the late Willie Smith and Lucy Hyatt Smith.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Clifton J. Kellebrew, Sr., one son, Clifton "C. J." Kellebrew and wife, Darla of Sulphur; two grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by four brothers, Thomas Smith and wife, Hester of Texas, Walter Smith of Pennsylvania, Jack D. Smith and wife Jan and George W. Smith and wife Gayla of California.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Lucy Hyatt Smith; her son, Curtis Kellebrew; and two brothers, Johnny Smith and Roylee Smith.
The family received friends on Sunday, Feb. 23, from 5-9 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 24, from 9-11 a.m. at Christensen Funeral Home in DeQuincy. The funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 24, at 11 a.m. at Christensen Funeral Home with Rev. T. D. Cardwell officiating. Interment was at Hyatt Cemetery in Fields.
Family and friends are invited to leave condolences at www.christensenfuneralhome.com
Ruth Rainwater, 86, of DeQuincy passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 in a local hospital.
Mrs. Rainwater was born in Many and lived in DeQuincy. She worked for Schumpert Hospital in Shreveport, as a LPN Nurse. She was of the Baptist Faith and loved her flowers and plants, and was an accomplished crocheter. Mrs. Rainwater was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great and great-great grandmother who dearly loved her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Rainwater.
Survivors include four sons, Randy Rainwater and wife Carrie of Carlyss, Wayne Rainwater of DeQuincy, Jessie Rainwater of DeQuincy and Terry Dick of Patterson; four daughters, Elizabeth Jackson of DeQuincy, Susie Rainwater of Kinder, Rachel Langton of DeQuincy and Bobbye Simmons and husband Benjamin Lee of DeQuincy; 27 grandchildren, 63 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren.
Her funeral was held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in Hixson-Snider Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Eric Aultman officiating. Burial was in Perkins Cemetery.
Visitation was held on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 3 until 9 p.m. and resumed on Friday from 8 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.
Jeffry Dekova Scarborough, 54, died in the Grand International Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.
He was born and raised in Lake Charles. He was a 1977 graduate of LaGrange High School. After enlisting in the U.S. Air Force, he spent 15 years serving his country. In his later years, he spent the majority of his time living abroad until his passing.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Joyce Overton of Lake Charles; and one brother.
He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Ferri; and a granddaughter, Kiara of Pennsylvania; his father, Ruble and wife Phyllis of Lake Charles; a sister, Loretta Johnson of DeQuincy; and brothers, Rod of Tomball, Texas, and Tim of The Woodlands, Texas.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 22, at Saint Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church in Lake Charles. Officiant was the Rev. Peter A. Cook.