Obituaries from the December 10 paper.
Betty “Bette” Jean Gauthreaux Gremillion, 83, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in a local hospital.
She was a demonstrator at Sam’s Wholesale. She worked many years in the insurance business; she was a member of the Insurance Association and also awarded the Insurance Woman of the Year award.
She is survived by her sons, John Gremillion (Goldie) of DeQuincy; Donald (Becky) Gremillion of Ferriday; daughter, Paula Theriot of Lake Charles; brothers, Leroy Gauthreaux of Gretna, Fred Gauthreaux of Sulphur, Ted Gauthreaux of Lake Charles, Bobby Gauthreaux of Lake Charles; sister, Nancy Percle of Lake Charles; 15 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren and two step-great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Huey Gremillion; son, Daniel Gremillion; parents, Lee and Lucia LeBlanc Gauthreaux; three brothers; and two sisters.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Dec. 5, at Christ the King Catholic Church. Burial was at Highland Memory Gardens.
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Connie Eaves “Sissy” Williamson, 63, of Merryville, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. She was born in DeRidder and graduated from Merryville High School in 1969. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Merryville. She served as Justice of the Peace for Beauregard Parish, Ward 2, for the past 18 years. She was a Notary Public for over 30 years.
She is survived by her husband, N. R. “Rusty” Williamson; daughter, Lisa Reneé Williamson; son, Joseph R. Williamson; and brother, Stephen L. Eaves.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Victoria Anne Williamson; father, Charles Lester Eaves; and mother, Ople Winford Eaves.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 4, at First Baptist Church of Merryville. Burial followed at Cannon Cemetery in Merryville. Rev. Wayne Squyres officiated.
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John "Bo" Reno, one of triplets, was born Apr. 20, 1951 to the late Arthur and Beatrice Reno Sr.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Arthur (Dell) Reno Jr.; three sisters, Daisy (Charles) Joseph, Joann Thibedeaux, and Jeanette Malveaux.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife, Edith Renee Spencer-Reno of Lake Charles; son, Bradford Williams of New Iberia; goddaughter, Angela (Johnny Ray) Brown of Port Arthur, Texas; two godsons, Christopher (Demetria) Joseph of St. Martinville and Cyrus (Trina) Pullard of DeQuincy; two stepsons, Damon Spencer Sr. and John Michael Hardy both of Lafayette; brother, Richard (Irma) Reno of Port Arthur, Texas; sister, Joanna (Willie) Robinson of Houston, Texas; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
His memorial service was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church in DeQuincy with Pastor James Harris officiating. Services were under the direction of James Funeral Home.
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Monroe Montpelier, Jr.
Monroe Lazine Montpelier, Jr., 83, a native of Harrisonburg and resident of DeQuincy died on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 at Jennings American Legion Hospital in Jennings. He was a Christian, Baptist by faith. He was a member of the American Legion Post 5998 of Waterproof serving as Quarter Master for two years. He served his country proudly in WWII serving in Austria and German for two tours of duty. He was a kind, tenderhearted man who loved his family and especially his grandchildren.
He also enjoyed hunting and working as a mechanic on cars and small engines.
He was the son of the late Monroe Montpelier, Sr. and the late Lillie Prudhomme Montpelier.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Eulis Adams Montpelier, one son, Kenneth Miller and wife, Shronda of DeQuincy; one daughter, Judy E. Bruce and husband, Ralph of Dubach; and one sister, Patsy Hollaway of Harrisonburg; nine grandchildren, Deron Bruce, Todd Bruce, Travis Bruce, Velda Devilbiss, Alisebeth Hardesty, Sarah Miller, Whitney Reed, Savannah Montpelier, and Brian Montpelier; ten great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother; one son, Monroe“Monty” Montpelier, III; and one sister, Florence Sandige.
The family received friends on Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Christensen Funeral Home in DeQuincy with the funeral service being held on Tuesday, Dec. 9, beginning at 1 p.m. at Christensen Funeral Home. Rev. George Guy and Rev. Carlton Jackson officiated. Interment was at DeQuincy Memorial Park in DeQuincy.
Family and friends are invited to leave condolences at www.christensenfuneralhome.com
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Robert ”Bobby” Allen Guinn, 57, of Ragley died Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.
He was born in Lake Charles but has lived most of his life in Moss Bluff. After completing a four year apprenticeship program, he became an electrician for IBEW Local 861. He was employed by Targa Resources in Carylss for 16 years. He was an electrical instructor for Sowela Technical Community College for 13 years.
Survivors include his mother, Minnie Guinn of Moss Bluff; his fiancée, Sandra Yeates of Ragley; one son, Beau Guinn and wife Caitlyn Guinn of Moss Bluff; three daughters, Christy Guinn Roessler and husband Corky Roessler of Westlake, Ambra Reinking and husband Calvin Reinking of Westlake and Reagan Guinn of Ragley; one brother, Dale Guinn of Jennings; one sister, Carmen Walker of Moss Bluff; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Al Ronald Guinn of Glenmora.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Dec. 8, at Hixson Funeral Home in Moss Bluff. Burial was in The New Ritchie Cemetery in Moss Bluff.
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Maye Benoit Jones, 73, of Ragley, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in a local hospital.
Mrs. Jones was a native of Lake Charles and had lived nearly 45 years in Ragley. She attended St. Charles Catholic Academy. Mrs. Jones worked many years as a clerk at Frank Cole’s Grocery in Ragley. She was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, Ladies Altar Society and Catholic Daughters.
Survivors include her five children, Farrell Rusty Benson (Angela) of Lacassine, Debbie Rutherford (Terry) of Ragley, Becky Stineff (Jesse) of Mauriceville, Texas, and Scotty Benson and Randall Shane Benson (Dana), both of Ragley; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Roger Benoit and Lane Benoit, both of Lake Charles; and one sister, Vickie Fontenot (Roland) of Basile.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Levens and Rena Richard Benoit; one brother; two sisters; and one granddaughter.
A Mass of Christian burial was held Saturday, Dec. 6, at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Father Tim Goodly officiated. Interment followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Ragley.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Pius X Catholic Church, 16816 Highway 171, Ragley, LA 70657.
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Lorie “Dianne” Johnson Sweeney, 57 of Starks died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in a local hospital.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Seeney of Orange, Texas; three sons, Derrick Johnson and wife, Rebecca, Donald Johnson, Jr. and Robert Wayne Maddox and wife Brenda Lee; a daughter, Dianna Johnson Woolbright and husband Shay; and 10 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald W. Johnson, Sr.; her parents, Hardy Lewis Gore and Lorie Corsey Gore; and two brothers.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 4, at Calvary Apostolic Church in Starks with Bro. Jeremy Shields officiating. Burial was in Doyle Cemetery in Starks.
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Marie Barbee Cole, 82, of Beaumont, Texas went peacefully to be with the Lord on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.
She was born Sept. 22, 1932 to James Esko and Eva Marie Barbee in Center, Texas and her childhood years were spent in Jasper, Texas.
Her family moved to Beaumont in the early 1950s and attended the First Pentecostal Church located on Pope Street pastored by Rev. R. D. Gibson. It was there that she fell in love with and married young Evangelist Marvin L. Cole. Married in 1956, they briefly evangelized together before moving to Bay City, Texas in 1957 where they pastored for the first time at the First Pentecostal Church of Bay City.
Marie found her calling; she was a hard worker, singer and teacher which made her an outstanding pastor’s wife. While in Bay City, their first child was born, Marvin W. Cole. In 1965, they moved to Beaumont, where their daughter Michelle Cole LaBrie was born.
The Coles took the pastorate of Glory Tabernacle on Sabine Pass Avenue in 1969 and, after years of hard work, commitment to Beaumont and the cause of Christ, this church grew to become The Apostolic Church.
Her greatest joy was serving God and she and Pastor Cole were able to travel around the world ministering to missionaries! She also enjoyed serving as Secretary to the Texas District Ladies Auxiliary for several years. During the last few years, she has been unable to attend church regularly but continued to constantly read the Bible and pray. She has read the Bible through 50 times and was always proud to receive her certificate each year. She was a prayer warrior and continued to touch God in prayer until she finally decided to make the communion face-to-face! She has now left the Church Militant to join the ranks of the Church Triumphant!
She leaves behind her loving husband of 58 years, Pastor Marvin L. Cole, son, Marvin W. Cole of Warren, daughter, Michelle Cole LaBrie and husband, Rev. Michael G. LaBrie, of Beaumont. Her only sibling, Frances Brannan and husband, Richard Brannan of Lumberton, Texas and their children. Her loving church family and Pastor Jonathan Elms and family. Countless church family around the world that at some point in their lives considered Sis. Cole their pastor’s wife.
A gathering of Mrs. Cole’s family and friends began at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Her funeral service will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10, at The Apostolic Church, 3333 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, with interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont.
Complete and updated information may be found at: broussard1889.com.
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Dena Carol Willis Burchfield, 49, of Moss Bluff died on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.
Mrs. Burchfield was born Apr. 12, 1965, in Little Rock, Ark., where she graduated from Mills High School in 1983 and received her bachelor’s in nursing from Baptist Health School in Little Rock. She moved to the Moss Bluff area in 1995. She worked for St. Patrick Home Health for several years and then worked at DeQuincy Home Health from 2000 until her recent retirement. Mrs. Burchfield attended First Baptist Church of Moss Bluff.
She is survived by her husband, Gary Burchfield of Moss Bluff; children, Selina Barto and husband Sam of Moss Bluff, Whitney Holland Mc-Cord of Moss Bluff, Cpl. Caleb Burchfield of Fort Polk, and Austin Burchfield of Moss Bluff; parents, Jim and Shirley Willis of Lake Charles; brother, Keith Willis of Lake Charles; two grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Scott Willis.
Her memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Sean Chisholm will officiate. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and continue on Thursday from 9 a.m. until the start of the service.
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Virginia Acheson Trahan, 88, of Sulphur died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in a local hospice.
She was a native of Zanesville, Ohio, and had been a resident of Sulphur since 1957. She was a member of Lighthouse Tabernacle and sang in the church choir for as long as she was able.
Survivors include her children, William Kent Acheson and wife Susan of Carlyss, Sandra Sue Acheson Moss and husband Tom of Sulphur, and Don Taylor Moss and wife Melba of DeQuincy; two sisters, Corrine Hartmeyer and Mary Christine Watts, both of Ohio; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her spouses, William D. Acheson and Norman J. Trahan; and three children.
Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in Lighthouse Tabernacle in Sulphur. Rev. Allan Upton will officiate. Burial will be in Hebert Cemetery in Hecker. Visitation will be held in the church on Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of service.
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