Obituaries from the August 19 paper.
Ray L. Coody, 84, of DeRidder died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 in Lake Charles.
He had a long career at the DeRidder paper mill.
Survivors his wife, Melba Jean Coody; sons, Monte Joe Coody and wife Starla of Singer, and Michael Wayne Coody and wife Cheri of Hallsville, Texas; daughters, Donna Rae Lungrin and husband Bobby, and Ronda Kay Blackmon and husband Troy, all of DeRidder; sisters, Sena Theall of Lake Charles, Doris Reeves of DeRidder, and Earline Coody of Dayton, Texas; 16 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lemuel and Lila Mae Coody; one brother; and one sister.
Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 14. Burial followed in Cooper Cemetery in DeRidder. Pastor Vic Warrick and Pastor Kennis Smith officiated.
Top of page
Joshua Stephen Wesson, 41, of the Dominican Republic, drowned in the Dominican Republic on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, while attempting to save three teenage boys.
Wesson was born in Ottawa, Ill. He graduated from Windsor Hills Baptist School in 1992 and later Oklahoma Baptist College in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in missions. He and his family spent 15 years in the Dominican Republic as missionaries.
He is survived by his wife, Joy; and their children, Kimberly, Stephen, Ashlyn and Katlyn; his parents, Dr. Karen Wesson and Dr. and Mrs. Joel Wesson (Gwen); his siblings, Wendy Green of Oklahoma City, Jennifer Post of Quebec, Canada, and Jeff Wesson of Oklahoma City.
Funeral services were held on Friday, Aug. 14, at Grace Baptist Church in Sulphur. Burial followed at Big Wood Cemetery in Edgerly.
Top of page
April 13, 1933-July 11, 2015
Carroll O. Johnson of Scottsdale, Ariz. passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 11, 2015.
He was born in Kilbourne to Kate and Pinckney Johnson, Sr. on Apr. 13, 1933. Active with the Boy Scouts throughout his youth, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout.
Carroll was a 1950 graduate of DeQuincy High School where he was active in the athletic dept.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, serving from 1951-1955 with Fighter Squadron 172 on the aircraft carriers USS Franklin D. Roosevelt and USS Wasp.
His entire career was spent in pharmaceutical research and development, retiring in 2005 from Research Management, Inc. He served on the Boards of Directors of Alliance Pharmaceutical Company and the Hemophilia Foundation. Carroll dearly loved Ella’s singing, Gershwin, Porter, Jazz, Cajun food, BBQ, and the Dallas Cowboys (not necessarily in that order).
A celebration of Carroll’s life was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at St. Barnabas on the Desert, 6715 N. Mockingbird Lane, Scottsdale, where he and his wife became active members in 1974.
He is survived by Fran Johnson, his loving wife of over 50 years; their son Douglas M. Johnson (Pamela); daughter Lynn J. Gagliano (Ron); grandchildren Erin (Shane), Laura, Carolyn, Benjamin, and Daniel; great-grandchild Noah; brother Pinckney M. Johnson, Jr. (Bobbie); and several nieces and nephews.
Carroll’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the care he received at Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center, particularly from his excellent and compassionate nursing team.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Barnabas Foundation.
Top of page
Linward J. Manuel, 92, of Westlake died Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Jennings.
Mr. Manuel was born in Chataignier. He was a veteran of World War II. He lived in Westlake for many years and was a member of St. John Bosco Catholic Church. He was a lifetime member of Council #5755 Knights of Columbus in Westlake, served two terms as Grand Knight, and a past leader “Last Day” professor in the Cursillo movement. He made his Cursillo in 1988. He worked for Hixson Funeral Home and Highland/Prien Cemetery. He retired from USDA and Highland Cemetery properties after 30 years of service. He was also a member of American Legion Post 370.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hosea and Avy Manuel; wife, Melda Andrus Manuel; and one grandson.
Survivors include two sons, Paul L. Manuel and wife Elizabeth of Lafayette, and Patrick E. Manuel and wife Sue of Ragley; one daughter, Rita Manuel of Westlake; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 17, at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Westlake. Burial was at Highland Cemetery in Lake Charles.
Top of page
Charlie Gray, 89, passed away on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015 in a local hospital.
He was a native of Hornbeck and had lived in DeQuincy for 16 years. He was Baptist and a member of First Baptist Church of DeQuincy. Charlie was a hard worker and enjoyed gardening and loved being outdoors. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, York and Scottish Rite, Shriner and a member of Eastern Star. He loved his family and his church family.
Survivors include his wife, Margie "Sally" Gray of DeQuincy; sons, Larry Maddox of DeQuincy and Charles Gray and wife Kay of Moltrie, Ga.; daughters, Brenda Whitman and husband Michael of DeQuincy, Debra Birley and husband Larry of Lake Charles, and Charlotte Pouche of Carlyss; one sister, Delores Kelley of Beaumont, Texas; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Kennon Maddox and his parents, Charlie and Vivian Gray.
His funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, in First Baptist Church of DeQuincy with Rev. Gil Arthur and Rev. Wayne Neyland officiating. Burial will be in Beauregard Cemetery in DeRidder.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home and will resume Thursday at 1 p.m. until service time at the First Baptist Church.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.
Top of page