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Obituaries from the June 22 paper.

Michael Jackson Parker, 65, died Thursday, June 16, 2016.

He was a lifelong resident of Ragley. He was an operator at Citgo Refinery before retiring after 33 years of service.

Survivors include his wife Peggy Parker of Ragley; two sons, Jonathan Parker and wife Ashley of Ragley, and Benjamin Parker of Ragley; one daughter, Elisabeth Mancil and husband Johnny of DeRidder; one granddaughter; and one brother, Davis Parker of Ragley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Shirley Parker; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church of Longville on Saturday, June 18. Burial followed at Magnolia Cemetery in Ragley.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Helping Hands ministry of First Baptist Church of Longville.

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Steve C. Coleman, 66, of Singer died Thursday, June 16, 2016.

He graduated from Shelby County High School in Shelbyville, Ky. and went on to achieve his degree in forestry and his horticulture degree. He then went on to obtain his MBA from Tulane. He worked 27 years at Boise and was also a forestry teacher for many years.

Survivors include wife, Elaine Embrey Coleman of Singer; three stepchildren and grandchildren; brothers, Dennis Coleman of Eminence, Ky., and Tony Coleman of Louisville, Ky.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilton and Helen Coleman of Kentucky and two brothers.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 20, at Myers-Colonial Funeral Home in DeRidder. Burial followed at Whitaker Cemetery in DeRidder.

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Ruby Jewel Verdine, 87, a resident of Starks passed away on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 in Orange, Texas.

Mrs. Ruby was well known and loved by everyone. She was a Starks Icon. She retired from the cafeteria at Starks High School and was a huge Starks Panther fan. She also worked for many years at the Louisiana Tourism Bureau in Vinton. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Deweyville, Texas. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She was the daughter of the late Lewis P. Ozan and the late Mary Harris Ozan.

She is survived by her sons, Darrell Verdine and wife, Mildred, Edward L. Verdine and wife, Kylean, all of Starks and Jimmy Verdine of Mauriceville, Texas; daughters, Patricia Humble and husband Lanny of Starks and Catherine Borel and husband, Ira of Orange, Texas. She is also survived by her sisters, Christine Ozan of Iowa and Virginia Badeaux of Port Barre; daughter-in-law, Carolyn Verdine of Starks along with 18 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 46 years, Floyd Verdine; sons, Eddie Verdine, Paul E. Verdine, David “Cheese” Verdine and Michael “Hosey” Verdine; two brothers, Pete Ozan and Nathan Ozan; two sisters, Norma Jean Blanchette and Louise Franks; daughter-in-law, Charlotte Verdine; brother-in-law, Kenneth Badeaux; and great grandson, Joel Hendrix.

The family received friends on Thursday, June 16, from 5-8 p.m. and on Friday, June 17, from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 2 p.m. The visitation and funeral were held at First Baptist Church of Deweyville, 644 State Highway 272, Deweyville, Texas. Pastor Damon Bickham officiated. Interment was at Doyle Cemetery in Starks.

Arrangements were handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy.

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Shelia “Punkin” Cobler, 49, of Oretta, passed away Friday, June 17, 2016 surrounded by her loving family in Houston, Texas.

She was born in DeRidder in 1966 to J. P. Burnett and Wanda Parker. Punkin grew up in Oretta with her two brothers, Hank and Wallace.

Punkin had a great love of family. Her life was surrounded with her children, grandchildren, and her father and her love for them knew no boundaries. She was always an active participant in her children’s and then grandchildren’s activities, attending every game and school programs. She touched many lives with her laughter and love of music, Blake Shelton was at the top of her playlist.

She is survived by her loving husband of 25 years, Douglas Cobler; father, J. P. Burnett; son, Brenton Dale Burnett; daughter, Cynthia “Cindy” Cobler; son, Darrell “D” Cobler; grandchildren, Kaeleigh Rae, Krysta, Conner, Kassidy, and Brenna; step-father, Pandy Bennett; step-brother, Chris Bennett and many extended family.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Wanda Bennett; and brothers, Hank Burnett and Wallace Burnett.

Visitation was held Tuesday, June 21, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home in DeQuincy, and will resume Wednesday at 10 a.m. until Funeral Service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Oretta Cemetery.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.

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Catherine Miller, 87, passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at her residence in Spring, Texas. She loved being with grandchildren and they were the love of her life.

She is survived by her two sons, John L. Boyd, Sr. and wife Ann of DeQuincy, and Peter A. Miller of Fields; and one daughter, Ozia Mae James of Livingston, Texas.

Catherine was preceded in death by her parents, Clint and Eva Shoemake.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home on Thursday, June 23. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 22, from 5-9 p.m. and will resume on Thursday at 8 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will follow at Rigmaiden Cemetery.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.

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