Obituaries from the April 22 paper.
Robert Kramer died Wednesday, April 8, 2015.
Mr. Kramer was a graduate of LaGrange High School in 1970. He attended McNeese State University and then began a 40-plus year career in industrial design, working in Houston, Texas, Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana.
Survivors are his wife Beth (Elizabeth) Kramer; daughters, Alicia Baldwin (Brian) of Longville, and Jennifer Kramer of Lake Charles; brothers, Ronald Kramer (Sandy) of Lake Charles, Danny Zimmerman (Jennifer) of Lake Charles, and Brian Zimmerman of Lake Charles; and sister, Lori Zimmerman Johnson (Chris) of Iowa; and two grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Robert K. Kramer and Dottie Zimmerman, and sister, Patricia A. Kramer.
Funeral service was held Saturday, April 18, 2015 at New Hope Baptist Church with a burial that followed at New Ritchie Cemetery in Moss Bluff. www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com
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Richard Vincent, Jr.
Richard Domonic “Honey” Vincent Jr., 55, of Westlake, died Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in a local hospital.
Mr. Vincent was born on March 14, 1960, in Lafayette.
Mr. Vincent is survived by his siblings, Elizabeth Darden and husband Sidney “Pat” of Westlake, Annie Le-Maire and husband LeRoy of Westlake, Ricky Vincent and wife Rachel of Ragley, Sandra Yeates of Ragley, Faye Mabile and husband David of Longville, and Jana Walker of Moss Bluff.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sadie and Zoan Duplechin; and his brother, Ronald James Vincent.
His memorial service was held on Saturday, April 18, 2015, in the Faith Baptist Church. Pastor Bill Smith officiated. Cremation was entrusted to Johnson and Robison Funeral Home. www.johnsonrobisonfh.net.
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Rev. Charles Braneff, Sr.
Rev. Charles Braneff, Sr., former pastor of First Apostolic Church, died at the age of 79 on Thursday, April 16, 2015 after a brief illness at a local hospital. He founded and pastored the church for more than 37 years.
Rev. Braneff was born in Port Arthur, Texas on March 6, 1936 . He started evangelizing in 1957 and in 1963 he began his first pastorate in Robeline. He pastored his second church in Gist, Texas for six and a half years. After leaving Gist, he evangelized for the next four years before taking his third church in Singer.
In 1973, Bro. Braneff resigned his church and moved to DeQuincy. He rented a building and started holding services on September 25, 1977 for the next ten years. He then moved to the west side of town, purchased land and built a church that would seat 550 people. He remained as pastor of the First Apostolic Church until he retired in November 2014. At that time, his son, Charles Braneff, Jr., took over as pastor of the church and the church was renamed Westgate.
Bro. Braneff is survived by his wife, Lou Ellen Russell Braneff; sons, Charles Braneff, Jr. of DeQuincy and Daryl Braneff of McAllen, Texas; his brothers, Henderson Braneff and Estil Braneff of Vidor, Texas, Robert Braneff of DeQuincy; his sisters, Willie Lee Truelock of Campbellsville, Ky., Maggie Bloomfield of Buna, Texas, Ellen Gilmore of Sacramento, Calif. and Jean Gould of Vidor, Texas; 3 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Gracie Colman Braneff and his brother, Thomas Braneff.
His funeral was held Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Westgate Church formerly First Apostolic Church. Rev. Bobby Edward, Rev. Joel Paul, and Rev. George Smith officiated. His interment was in DeQuincy Memorial Park in DeQuincy under the direction of Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee.
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James “Jimmy” Thompson, 70, of Starks, Louisiana, passed away on April, 17, 2015, at Baptist Hospital in Orange.
A Memorial service were held Tuesday, April 21, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange, Texas. Officiating was Mr. Larry W. Teeter. Burial of his cremated remains followed at St. Mary Cemetery in Orange, Texas.
Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on December 2, 1944, he was the son of James Lester Thompson and Mary Frances Quinn Thompson. Jimmy retired from Citgo in Lake Charles and was a U.S. Army veteran. His hobbies included antique cars, drag racing, antiques, hunting, collecting guns and his dog “Floppy.” He and his wife enjoyed entertaining family and friends at their home. Jimmy was a loving husband, father and friend and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mary Thompson; his wife, Christine Evon Thompson and his sister, Mary Margaret Thompson.
He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Thompson of Starks; brother, David L. Thompson of Orange, Texas; sister, Judith Ann Novak of Orange, Texas, and several nieces and nephews.
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Daniel Ardoin, Sr.
Daniel Joseph Ardoin Sr., age 70, of Lacassine, died Thursday, April 16, 2015. Daniel was a retired, self-employed drilling consultant and also he was a farmer/cattleman. He earned various degrees in oilfield consultation, agricultural business and animal husbandry.
Survivors include his wife, Marty Lyford Ardoin of Lacassine; sons, Daniel J. Ardoin Jr. of DeQuincy, Kirk Ardoin and wife Sherie of Deweyville, Texas, and Shane Ardoin of Iowa; stepsons, Charles Martin Natali and wife Jodi of Moss Bluff, and Nick Alan Natali and wife Turia of Lake Charles; daughters, Sharon Tacker and husband Michael of Arnaudville; stepdaughter, Kym Condon and husband Scott of Welsh; sister, Nadine Arbaugh and husband Jerry of Nashville, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren; and four greatgrandchildren.
Daniel was preceded in death by his parents, Webster Ardoin and Lorena Comeaux Ardoin; brother, Dr. Charles J. Ardoin; and sister, Velma Jean Primeaux.
The funeral was held Monday, April, 20, 2015. Burial followed at Highland Cemetery in Lake Charles.
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Charles Edward "Tiny" Carter, age 76, a native of Utica, Kansas and a resident of DeQuincy died on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.
He was Pentecostal by faith. He was baptized in 1978. Through the years, he worked with the youth and helped in Bible Quizzing. He was a retired truck driver and his passion was cooking. Most of all, he enjoyed being around his family. He was a member of The Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy.
He is survived by his wife, Sicily Doyle Carter, two sons, Cavin Carter and wife, Penni, and Robert Gamble; one daughter, Dena Carter Guidry and one grandson, Charles "Trey" Guidry III all of DeQuincy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold Edward Carter and Permealie Hagstrom Carter.
The family will received friends Monday, April 20, through Tuesday, April 21, until time of service at The Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 21, at The Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy with Pastor Wayne Neyland, Rev. Carlton Jackson and Bro. Warren Clifton officiated. Interment was at Hyatt Cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home (formerly Christensen Funeral Home) DeQuincy.
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