Obituaries from the August 20 paper.
Valerie Welch, 86, of DeQuincy passed away at a local hospital on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.
Valerie was born in Lake Charles, but lived in DeQuincy for over 20 years. She was a lifetime member of First Baptist Church in DeQuincy. She worked in Lake Charles for the Sanitary Cafe. She worked as a customer service representative for Venetian Blind Co. She loved to fish and cook. Valerie especially loved her family and her grandchildren.
Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Mark James Welch of DeQuincy; one granddaughter, Brittney Welch; one great-grandson, Bryce Welch; nephew and nieces, Tommy Istre, Sandy Istre, Sara Istre Red, and Becky Fuselier; great-nieces and nephews, Kristen Istre, Tommy Istre, Jr., Lane Tolbert, Paige Red, Gage Brown, April Istre, Kayla Brown, Bayleigh Tolbert, T. J. Vander, Tyler Blood and Adalynn Brown.
Her services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home of DeQuincy. Burial was in Perkins Cemetery.
Visitation was held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday, at the funeral home and resumed on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until time of service.
Words of comfort may be expressed with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.
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Stuart Wever, Sr.
Stuart Hanford Wever Sr., 91, of Ragley, died on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in a local hospital.
Mr. Wever was born in Miami, Fla. He served in the U.S. Navy for more than 20 years during World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Dominican Republic Campaign. He worked in the air conditioning and refrigeration field in the military before being recruited by the Calcasieu Parish School Board in the early 1980s. He then moved to Lake Charles and became an instructor for the school board until his retirement.
Survivors include his wife, Alecia Wever of Ragley; four children, Mona Cook of Enterprise, Ala., Mick Wever and wife Mary of Tampa, Fla., Jan Wever of Enterprise, Ala., and Kim Wever and wife Pat of Enterprise, Ala.; two brothers, Lane Wever of Miami, Fla., and Billy Wever of Fort Pierce, Fla.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14, in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Paul Holmes will officiate. Burial will follow in Sallier Cemetery with military honors.
Visitation will begin on Thursday from 9 a.m. until the start of the service.
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Wilma Lee Grant, 78, was born on April 13, 1936, in Port Allen, La., to the late Scott Grant Sr. and Josephine Button Grant. She was affectionately called “Tunie” by friends and family. Wilma was called to rest on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.
Survivors include three daughters, Gwendolyn Pullard of Lake Charles, Sandra Henderson of Desoto, Texas, and Margaret Boone of Houston, Texas; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Thelma Lee Johnson of Port Allen; and one brother, Scott Grant Jr. of DeQuincy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Hollins; parents, Scott Sr. and Josephine Button Grant; son, Robert Jerome Hollins; and nine siblings.
The funeral was held Saturday, Aug. 16, at Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church in DeQuincy. Pastor James Harris Jr. officiated. Burial followed at Community Cemetery in DeQuincy.
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Lois Ann Soileau, 65, of Lake Charles, died in Houston, Texas on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. She was born in Port Arthur, Texas.
She was predeceased by her father, Warren G. Burke.
Survivors include her husband, Jimmy Soileau; two sons, Aaron Soileau and wife Brooke of Lake Charles and Paul Soileau and wife Recie of Ragley; her mother, Vedia Burke; four brothers, Butch Burke of Port Arthur, Mike Burke of Lawrence, Kan., Troy Burke of Groves and Todd Burke of Beaumont; one sister, Tammy Graham of Beaumont; and eight grandchildren.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Chapel of Lakeside Funeral Home and again on Thursday at Bethel Presbyterian Church from 10 a.m. until time of service.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 21, at Bethel Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. The Rev. Steven Wright will officiate. Cremation will follow the service.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family gratefully requests donations be made to Camp Pearl at P. O. Box 10, Reeves LA 70658.
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July 26, 1942 - Aug. 14, 2014
Freda Ann Cox Johnson, 72, of DeQuincy, passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 at Cal-Cam Hospital in Sulphur.
She was born in Tahlequah, Okla. and had lived in DeQuincy since 1959.
Freda worked at the DeQuincy Flower shop for many years and was the dispatcher for the DeQuincy Police Department for 18 years until her retirement in July, 2007.
Freda loved to hunt and fish with her mother, father and brothers. She excelled in swimming, diving, gymnastics and softball. She was an accomplished seamstress, cake decorator and made beautiful arts and crafts.
She was a proud member of the DeQuincy High School Class of 1960.
Freda was proud of her Cherokee Indian heritage.
She leaves to cherish her memory her three daughters, Jessica Karr and husband Weldon of Lumberton, Texas; Jennifer Johnson-Keene, of West Monroe and Janalyn Johnson of Dallas, Texas; six grandchildren, Jimmy Karr, Liddy Johnson, Frannie and Joe Keene, Harleigh and Carleigh Copeland; and two great-grandsons, Dallas Karr and Camron Johnson.
She was preceded in death by her parents M. B. and Lillian (Nurney) Cox; one child, Jolyne Johnson; and one great-grandson, Buck Johnson.
A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 18, at Christensen Funeral Home in DeQuincy.
Family and friends are invited to leave condolences at www.christensenfuneralhome.com.
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Derrick Dean Smith, 78, of Westlake died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in his residence.
He served in the Air Force. He worked 36 years for Gulf States Utilities, starting as an operator and working his way to upper management. Ducky, as he was known growing up in DeQuincy, settled in Westlake and resided there for 55 years until his death.
In his late 40s, he fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a pilot. Soon after earning his license he bought a Piper Tri-pacer and most weekends he would fly the skies of Southwest Louisiana. He was a member of the Lake Area Runners. He competed in most local races and in the Houston Marathon.
Survivors include his wife, Diana Smith of Westlake; son, Derrick Wayne Smith and wife Melanie of Moss Bluff; daughters, Stacey Lyn Smith of Westlake, Dayna Leigh Gelinas and husband Robert of Lake Charles, and Ellen Kay Miller and husband Wade of Westlake; brothers, Lionel Vandergriff of Orange, Texas, Billy Vandergriff of Bossier City, Thomas Vandergriff of DeQuincy, and James Vandergriff of Oakdale; sister, Mary Lou Grant of Crosby, Texas; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Beatrice Vandergriff; and two sisters.
A memorial was held Sunday, Aug. 17, at Hixson Funeral Home in Westlake.
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