Obituaries from the January 11 paper.
Sherry Marie Cole, 38, a resident of Vinton passed away on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017.
She is survived by her children, Mikayla Cole and Jadestin Mitchell; mother, Reba Bartholamew and husband, Robert of Vinton; brothers, Gary Cole of Orange, Texas and Willie Cole of Port Neches, Texas; and her grandmother, Minnie Smith of Edna, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her father Loranza Cole, Jr.
A memorial service was held on Sunday, Jan. 8, beginning at 3 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in West Orange, Texas. Pastor David Milner officiated.
Arrangements were handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy.
Robert "R. L." Patrick, 78, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 surrounded by his family.
R. L. was born on Oct. 3, 1938 in Many, resided in Vinton and was a member of the graduating class of 1957. Mr. Patrick received athletic scholarships to both Louisiana State University and McNeese State University, but decided to enlist in the US Navy to serve his country.
He served in the US Navy and then the Naval Reserve for many years. Then he began his career in the oil industry. In 1961 he began working for Conoco Oil until he retired as an Ethylene Unit Operations Supervisor from Sasol in 1991.
R. L. was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish, and was a gifted builder and craftsman. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend who will be missed greatly.
Those left behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 57 years, Brenda Laughlin Patrick; four children, Susan Patrick Lamendola, Debra Patrick Malus and husband, Pierre, Donna Patrick Allen, David Patrick, and wife, Linda; a brother, Doyle Patrick; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Mothershed; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, Steven Patrick; grandson, Christopher, LeBleu; parents, Robert and Gertie Patrick; a brother, Ernest Mothershed; son-in-law, Lootsy LeBleu Jr.; and son-in-law, Doug Allen.
Cremation was entrusted to Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home. A private family service will be held at a later date.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Broussard and Dr. Barootes and their staff of Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Cornelia Delange Syndrome Foundation, 302 West Main #100 Avon, CT 06001 or to LOPA at www.lopa.org.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com
Robert Gene Rivers, 73, of Moss Bluff, died on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, in his residence.
Mr. Rivers was born in Jasper, Texas and resided in Lake Charles since 1956 where he was a graduate of LaGrange High School. He continued his education at McNeese State University and East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas, on basketball scholarships. Mr. Rivers served in the U.S. Army. He was owner and operator of the family business “Rivers Fence Company” for over 50 years.
He was honored to be Jean Lafitte for Contraband in 1977. Mr. Rivers was a member of the Lake Charles Lodge #165 for over 50 years where he was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and also a member of Habibi Shriners.
Survivors include his wife, Belinda Hebert Rivers of Moss Bluff; son, Jace Rivers (Christie) of Austin, Texas; stepson, Brian Rossitto of New Orleans; brother, James Rivers of Longville; sister, Lisa Rivers-Weeks of Lake Charles; and mother of his son, Lynda Rivers Bauer of Austin, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Violet and Doyle Rivers.
Cremation was entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home. A private family service will be held at a later date.
Catherine J. Siegman, 92, of Ragley, died on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, at her residence.
Mrs. Siegman was born in Worcester, England, and came to the States in 1948. She was a volunteer during World War II back home and then worked as a secretary here in the States.
Survivors include her two daughters, Vicki Featherstun (Don) of California, and Alexandra “Alex” Hennigan (David) of Ragley; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Art; parents, James and Helen Quay; and four siblings.
A memorial funeral Mass celebrating her life was held at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Ragley on Saturday, Jan. 7. Rev. Tim Goodly officiated. Cremation was entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home.
Eloise Cotten Sanders, 88, a resident of DeQuincy passed away on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.
She was employed by Bell South for over 30 years. After leaving her job with Bell South, she married her husband, Ralph and they moved to DeQuincy where they began their life together.
They enjoyed many wonderful years together traveling, bowling, making many memories and lifelong friends. They bowled together in numerous bowling leagues but Eloise’s favorite bowling destination was always Las Vegas. After retirement she took art classes and became an amateur artist.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and most of all by her family.
She is survived by her daughter, Pat Brummett and husband, Rickey of DeQuincy; three sons, Ray Walker and wife, Jade of Lake Charles, Eric Walker of Camarillo, Calif. and Wes Walker and wife, Diana of Corpus Christi, Texas.
She is also survived by her grandchildren, Nicole Rodericks and husband, Ryan, Kaden Walker, Mica Walker, Jeremy Brummett, Kari Ulrich and husband, Wes, Amanda Giordano, Richard Walker, James Walker, Holly Trahan and Shawndra Cox along with a host of great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sidney Cotten and Lenora Cotten; her husband, Ralph W. Sanders, Jr.; son, R. W. Sanders III; one brother; and two sisters.
The family will received friends on Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 4-8 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 11, beginning at 10 a.m. at United Methodist Church of DeQuincy with internment to follow at Perkins Cemetery, DeQuincy. Pastor Chris Wilber will be officiating.
Arrangements are being handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy.
Dylan James Morrell, 24, of Lake Charles died on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 in a car accident.
Morrell was born in Lake Charles where he lived until 2009 when he moved to Vidor, Texas, then to Warren, Texas and returning to Lake Charles in 2013. He was a graduate of Bell City High School, where he was a member of the Rodeo Club.
He is survived by his wife, Kallaugha Marie Braneff Morrell of Warren, Texas; daughter, Laylah Morrell of Warren, Texas; mother, Angelia Nix of Lake Charles; sister, Morgan Morrell of Lake Charles; and grandparents, Nedria Estillette and husband Chauncey of Lake Charles and Doris and Chester Dyson of Grand Lake.
He was preceded in death by his son, Bentley Dale Braneff; father, Keith Wade Dyson; grandfather, John Anthony “Tony” Ball; and great-grandmother, Dorothy Joyce Packwood.
Visitation was held at Johnson Funeral Home on Sunday, Jan. 8, with a Cursillo Rosary. Cremation followed the visitation.