Obituaries from the August 27 paper.
Funeral services for Lowell D. Jenkins, 70, of Longville were held Saturday, Aug. 16, at Labby Memorial Funeral Home in DeRidder. Rev. Stuart Graves officiated. Burial followed in Barentine Cemetery in Longville.
Mr. Jenkins died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Lake Charles.
He was born in Elkhart, Kansas. He later moved to Longville where he retired from Trunkline Gas Company after 33 years of service as a welder. He was formerly employed as a pipeline inspector for several companies.
He is survived by his wife, Glenda Ramsey Jenkins, of Longville; two daughters, Cathy Berryhill and husband John of Lake Charles and Peggy Ellender of Longville; one brother, Gene Jenkins of DeRidder; one sister, Doris Maum of DeRidder; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Mable Rice Jenkins; and one brother, Loren Darrell Jenkins.
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Wanda Elaine Henry, 79, of Merryville, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 in DeRidder.
Survivors her husband, Jesse “Red” Henry of Merryville; son, James Stanley Pickens of Merryville; daughters, Sandie Pickens Avery and husband Michael of Rosepine, and Teresa Henry Stanley and husband Michael of DeQuincy; sister, Emma Jean Watson of Merryville; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Falva and Lilli Cooley; one son, Leland “Butch” Pickens; one brother; and one sister.
A memorial service was held Sunday, Aug. 17, at Myers-Colonial Funeral Home in DeRidder.
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Vicki Ann Turko, 54, died at home on Aug. 21, 2014.
Ms. Turko was a well-respected lawyer in Houston. After graduating from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1980 and a law degree in 1984, she began her legal career in criminal law working with Clyde Woody. She moved on to her own criminal defense practice before joining the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in 1991.
In 1995, she moved to Louisiana and began a civil practice after taking the state bar in 1996. She worked for the law firm of Chopan Wagar, where she became a limited partner. She returned to Houston in 2002 to work with the law firm of Whittington Von Sternberg primarily doing insurance defense work until 2009 when she went to work for Farmers Insurance Group as a lawyer with Soulé, Baldwin & Fanaff, where she remained until shortly before her death.
She was recognized by the University of Houston in 1983 as “Intramural Athlete of the Year.” She was also recognized in an article in the American Lawyer Magazine for her criminal defense work in a highly publicized case in Fort Bend County.
She was preceded in death by her father, John Peter Turko.
She is survived by her mother, Marjorie Turko; and sister, Karen Preisler.
The funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 25, at the Heights Funeral Home in Houston, Texas and was followed by a graveyard service at Miller Cemetery in Starks.
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Edith Sue Palmer, 62, of Vinton passed away on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 at her residence.
Mrs. Palmer was born in DeQuincy, lived in Vinton and worked at Delta Downs. She loved her family and especially her grandchildren. Her hobby was playing on the computer.
Survivors include her two daughters, Angela Alston Trahan of Vinton and Cynthia Palmer Hodges of DeQuincy; brother, Edgar Curtis Alston of Magnolia, Texas; sisters, Awava Joy Harvey of Princeton, Calif., Nelda Stanley of DeQuincy, Murphy Carlisle of San Angelo, Texas, and Yolanda Tippett of DeQuincy; grandchildren, Scotty Trahan, Jr. and wife Rhonda, Allie Trahan, Ashton Palmer, Blake Trahan, Freety Parker, Jr., Cameron Trahan and Devin Parker; great-grandchildren, Jolie Trahan and Arielle Trahan and two special friends, Paula Clark and Denise Carter.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Calvin Palmer; and daughter, Amy Jo Palmer.
Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, in Hixson-Snider Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Alston Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 5 until 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.
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