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Obituaries from the February 3 paper.

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Marlene Fontenot announces her passing on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 at Eunice Manor at the age of 81. A Memorial Service was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at Ardoin’s Funeral Home in Eunice.

Marlene was a loving mother, grandmother and friend and will be missed by all who knew and loved her especially her three sons, Dalbert R. Fontenot. Jr. of Basile, David Fontenot and wife, Donna of Boyce and Dennis Fontenot and wife, Nikki of Sulphur; two daughters, Deborah Fontenot Brooks and husband, Ron of Youngsville and Donna Millan and husband, Van of Ventura, Calif. The joys of her life, her numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren who called her “Grammy.”

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dalbert R. Fontenot, Sr.; parents, John Jesse and Gladys Marie Lyons Berg; her daughter-in-law, Cathy Fontenot; and her brothers, Willard and Jack Berg.

Family and friends may view this obituary and sign the guestbook at www.ardoinfuneralhomes.com

Ardoin’s Funeral Home of Eunice, 1301 West Laurel Ave, 337-457-3371 is in charge of arrangements.

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Patricia Ann Harris, 80, of Blountstown, Fla. died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015 in Panama City, Fla.

Born in DeQuincy, Jan. 30, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Jewel (Bass) Coward.

She operated a day care for many years and was a member of Blountstown First Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Harris; and two sisters, Glenda Bozeman and Rita Musgrove.

Survivors include her son, Clay Harris of Blountstown; daughter, Traci Powell of Panama City; five grandchildren, Shayla Harris, Katelyn Harris, Jamie Harris, Lylly Kate Powell and Anna Powell; and a brother, Jerry Coward of Baton Rouge.

Burial will be at Boggs Cemetery in Blountstown, Fla.

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Donald went to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ, at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 surrounded by his family.

He served 10 years in the U.S. Coastguard and worked 32 years with Basell Corporation until his retirement.

He was a member of Northside Baptist Church and served as treasurer and Sunday School teacher for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Brenda Royer Shoemake; two sons, Mike Shoemake and wife Beth of Purcell, Okla.and John and Julie Shoemake of Jonesboro; three grandchildren, Terra, Amber, and Tracey; and two great-grandsons, Britt and Wyatt; brothers and their wives, Colby and Lenora Shoemake, Kelly and Madge Shoemake, and sister Mary Shoemake Dollar and Ken.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, John and Eual Shoemake; brothers Johnny and Glenn Shoemake; and sister, Mildred Miller.

Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m. at Northside Baptist Church. Burial followed at Masonic Cemetery. Visitation was at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home from 5-9 p.m. on Sunday and resumed Monday from 12 p.m. until time of service.

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

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Funeral services were held for Joseph Dorsey III, 65, on Friday, Jan. 29, at David Funeral Home Chapel of New Iberia. Father Ed Degeyter served as Celebrant. Interment followed at Beau Pre Memorial Park.

A native of New Iberia and resident of Haslet, Texas, Mr. Dorsey died on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, at his residence.

Survivors include his wife, Connie Broussard Dorsey of Haslet, Texas; stepson, Kalem Romero of Little Elm, Texas; daughter, Heidi Tolbert of Ragley; son, Heath Dorsey of Lake Charles; three brothers, Al Dorsey of Florida, Clet Dorsey of New Iberia, and Wade Dorsey of New Iberia; three sisters, Deborah Dorsey of New Iberia, Brenda Arnaud of Carencro, and Alice Jones of New Iberia; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Dorsey II; mother, Rita Mae Bourgeois Dorsey; grandson, Joel Olivier; and son, Blaine Dorsey.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Dorsey’s honor to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105

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Donnie Thomas, 59, died on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. He lived all of his life in Grand Lake.

He is survived by his wife, Michele Thomas; two daughters, Stephanie Thomas of Iowa and Lacy Myers of Lake Charles; two sisters, Gail Fitzgerald of Lake Charles, and Barbara Thomas of DeQuincy; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Margaret Thomas.

Services were held at Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles on Friday, Jan. 29, with Pastor Andrew Martin officiating. Burial followed at Grand Lake Cemetery.

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Wayne “Butch” Bihm, 68, of Westlake, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Opelousas and lived in Port Barre. He was transferred for work to the Lake Charles/Moss Bluff area in 1980, where he has resided since.

He is survived by his wife, Della “Dee” Bihm; children, Brock Wayne Bihm and wife Stefanie of Laporte Penny Marie Redd and husband Jeff of Moss Bluff, Seth James Bihm of Georgia, and Elizabeth Purvis husband Jeremyof DeQuincy; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Edward “AD” Dangler of Ville Platte and Rufus “Buster” Nelands of Lake Charles; sisters, Nora Shepard of Indiana, Pearl Squires of Jeanerette, Etta Vannoy of Broussard, Betsy Adams, Ruby Doucet and Gail Riviere.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Elma Bihm; two sisters; and one brother.

Services were held Sunday, Jan. 31. Burial followed at Westlake Memorial Cemetery.

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Gary Lane Dowden, 77, died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in a local hospital.

He was a native of Anacoco and had been a resident of Sulphur for over 40 years.

Survivors include his children, Elizabeth Ann Castle and husband Robert of Moss Bluff, Darlene Dowden of Lake Charles, Lisa Dowden of Sulphur, Kenneth Dowden of Moss Bluff, Kathy Singleton and husband Neal of Sulphur, Tammy Coffield and husband Willie Billiot of Sulphur, Shannon Dowden and wife Suzanne of DeQuincy and Jason Dowden of Sulphur; one brother, Ronald Dowden of Gillis; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Grace Dowden; and three siblings.

Services were held Saturday, Jan. 30, in Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home. Jody Barrilleaux officiated. Burial was in Holly Grove Cemetery in Anacoco.

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Robert Shelby Vincent, 94, of Moss Bluff, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 in a local care facility.

Mr. Vincent was born in Beauregard Parish and graduated from Ragley High School in 1940. He attended McNeese Junior College and graduated from Louisiana State University in 1949 with his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

While at LSU, he was a member of Pi-Mu-Epsilon, the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the American Institute of Radio Engineers and was still a member of the LSU Golden Tiger Alumni Group.

He served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. In 1950 he began his career at Louisiana Radio Communications, where he quickly became the owner/operator.

He was a member of the Professional Engineer and Land Surveying, Profit and Loss, and was a past board member of the local engineering chapter of the Louisiana Engineer Society.

He was a member of First United Pentecostal Church, where he started the audio program and later the video program and was still the main camera operator. He was also a member of the Pentecostal Historical Society.

He is survived by his son, Perry Vincent and wife Lenda of Westlake; daughter, Celia Vincent Broussard and husband Kevin of Lake Charles; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Velton Nell Vincent; and sister, Evelyn Vincent.

His funeral service were held Wednesday, Jan. 27, at First United Pentecostal Church. Rev. Jeffery Ralston officiated. Burial followed in Highland Memory Gardens.

Donations may be made to First United Pentecostal Church, for the building of a mission church in Puerto Rico.

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