Obituaries from the April 20 paper.
Mrs. Patsy Ruth Williams, 90, passed away on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in a Care Center in Lake Charles.
Originally from Beckville, Tx. Mrs. Williams had lived in DeQuincy for over 80 years. She was Methodist and attended DeQuincy United Methodist Church. She loved her church and was very active in it. She was Treasurer at church for years, taught Sunday School and was involved in other various aspects of church. She was the oldest living Charter Member of the DeQuincy United Methodist Church. Pat loved working in her yard, playing cards and going to Toledo Bend Reservoir for 25 years with her husband fishing. Life really revolved around her children and she loved scrapbooking, swimming, and soccer. She loved being supportive of her grandkids and whatever they enjoyed.
Survivors include her sons, Kenny Williams and wife Debbie of Lake Charles and Danny Williams and wife Linda of Lake Charles; daughter, Diane Young and husband Billy of Sulphur; 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Charlcye Gray; husband, Leo Williams; brother James L. Gray and sister Emma Jean Spiller.
Her funeral service was held on Saturday, April 16, at 10:00 a.m. in DeQuincy United Methodist Church with the Rev. Richard Teeter officiating. Burial was in DeQuincy Memorial Park. Visitation was on Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Hixson Snider Funeral Home and resumed at 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.
Anna Jane Marcello Evans, 71, of DeRidder died Tuesday, Apr. 12, 2016, after fighting a long battle with cancer.
Ms. Evans was born in DeRidder. She graduated from DeRidder High School in 1962, where she was a member of the Beta Club, the Band, the majorettes, the Homecoming Court and was involved in numerous other activities. She graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette, where she was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority.
Upon graduation from USL, she moved to New Orleans where she worked for Shell Oil Company. She later moved to Athens, Ga. where she was employed by the University of Georgia. In 1984, she returned to DeRidder. She retired from Ampacet Corporation after 20+ years of employment.
She was Catholic, and was a lifelong parishioner of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in DeRidder, where she served as a member of the Altar Society, the Rosary Makers Group, and the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary.
She volunteered with the Beauregard Memorial Hospital Auxiliary as a “Pink Lady.”
She was a member of Colors For A Cause, Louisiana Chapter, a cancer outreach organization assisting those with all forms of cancer.
She was involved in both Festival and Cancer Awareness Pageants, working as a volunteer, organizer, coach, judge and participant. She was a volunteer with the Queen of Colors Pageant and Cancer Awareness Walk, and was an organizer of the Queen of Pink Pageant and Breast Cancer Walk. She served as the Mardi Gras Gumbo Granny Queen (Ville Platte), 2009 Ragley Heritage and Timber Festival Granny Queen (Ragley), 2012 Miss Louisiana Queen of Colors Granny Queen (Westlake), 2013 Miss Louisiana Queen of Colors Survivor Queen (DeQuincy), and the 2014 Miss Louisiana Queen of Colors “Fighting To Survive” Queen.
She is survived by her three children, Brad Evans and wife Bridget of Lake Charles, Alan Evans and wife April of DeRidder, and Mary Katherine Evans and husband Pat Pawlowski of Athens, Ga., three grandchildren; and one brother, Lee Marcello of Metairie.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Katherine Marcello; and one brother, Frank Anthony.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Apr. 16, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Jude Brunnert officiating.
Ezra Thomas Bagwell went to be with Jesus on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. He entered into the pearly gates, welcomed by Great MawMaw and Great PawPaw Streams and a host of Aunts and Uncles who have gone on before.
The son of Charles Bagwell and Angie Munoz-Bagwell, he is survived by his parents; his sister, Sofi; his brother, Sean; his MawMaw, Bessie Bagwell, all of DeQuincy; and his grandmother, Angelica Munoz of Sylmar, Calif. He is also survived by his Nanny Rebecca and Uncle Craig Neal, Aunt Kathleen and Uncle Brannon Deshotel, all of DeQuincy, his Aunts Marlin, Carol, and Alejandra, his Uncle Gordo, all of California, along with his cousins Brayden, Ricky, Andrea, Cataleya, Esmeralda and Mateo.
A memorial service will be held at Hargrove Bible Baptist Church on Wednesday, Apr. 20, at 6 p.m. Visitation will be held an hour before the service.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixonfuneralhomes.com.
“Let the wind carry you home, Blackbird fly away”
May 13, 1929 - April 15, 2016
Mary Ellen (Simpson) Weston, 86, passed from this life to her eternal home with Jesus on Friday, Apr. 15, 2016.
She leaves behind a host of family and friends who will always hold her in high regard as a woman who lived her faith and loved as Jesus did. God's calling on her life is a beautiful story of honesty, integrity and unwavering love for others before herself.
She was a devoted Mother, Daughter, Aunt, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother, but her greatest calling was as a devoted Pastor’s Wife to her husband of 67 years, Floyd Weston, who preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 2016. Also preceding her in death were her parents, Frank and Hattie Simpson; and brother, Roy Pittman.
She leaves behind three daughters and their husbands, Pam and Tommy Rutledge of Spring, Texas, Paula and Doug Camp of Spring, Texas and Priscilla and Brian Butler of Alvin, Texas; seven grandchildren, Tammy Mitchell, Tiffany Howard, Brady Rutledge, Laura DeGeorge, Traci Uno, Amy Vrazel, Julie Fitzgerald; and sixteen great-grandchildren.
She and Floyd pastored churches in and around Joplin, Mo., DeQuincy, and Manvel, Texas. They retired to the Joplin area in 1988. Following the Joplin Tornado in May, 2011, she and Floyd moved to Spring, Texas, to be near family who could care for them. Here, once again, she carried out her ministry to others as she shared how the Lord’s mighty hand of provision brought about their miraculous survival of the tornado.
She carried photos of the devastation with her to doctors’ offices, church and wherever she went, providing an opportunity for her to witness to the captivated audiences who listened to their story of survival and of how God's hands carried them away from this experience in a shower stall.
Services will be held in the Chapel of Addison Funeral Home in Spring, Texas on Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2016, officiated by Bro. Gary Joe Richardson.
Pallbearers will be her grandson, Brady Rutledge and husbands of her granddaughters, Pete Mitchell, Billy Howard, Sonny Vrazel, Nathan Fitzgerald, Jarod DeGeorge and Tim Uno.
Contributions can be made to Gideons International or to the Floyd Weston Scholarship Fund at Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary, PO Box 22500, Ft Worth TX 76122 in lieu of flowers.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.addisonfuneralhomes.com.
Gene “Geno” Farris, 45, of DeQuincy died Friday, Apr. 15, 2016.
Arrangements are pending with Fondel Memorial Chapel, 832 N. Lyons St., Lake Charles. Phone: 433-1707.