Obituaries from the July 16 paper.
James Pierce Ware, 75, of Sweetlake died on Friday, July 4, 2014, at his residence.
Mr. Ware was born in Alabama City, Ala., raised in Gadsden, Ala., and has called Sweetlake home since 1965. He owned and operated Sweetlake Garage for a number of years and was a member of Livingway Pentecostal Church.
He is survived by his children, Joey Ware and wife Theresa of Sweetlake, Randy Keever and wife Tina of Lacassine and Carrie “Sissy” Farque and husband Rickie of DeQuincy; brother, Gary Ridgeway; 13 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Fontenot Ware.
Cremation was entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Darrell G. Rivers, Sr., 60, of Baton Rouge, died Friday, July 11, 2014 of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident
Rivers was educated at LSU. He was a veteran, a chemical engineer, and application developer. He was the founder and managing member of Computer Science Group.
He worked for over two decades as a consultant. In recent years, he worked at Performance Contractors.
In his youth he was an iron worker, a hospital orderly, and a soldier in the United States Army.
He is survived by his mother and father, Bruce and Mary Rivers of DeQuincy; children, Jeremy, Clay, Darrell Jr., Ashley, Thomas, and John Paul; and nine grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church Jubilee Hall on Wednesday, July 16, at 11 a.m. celebrated by Rev. Matt Lorrain. Interment follows with full military honors at Louisiana National Cemetery in Zachary.
Mattie Foreman, 74, of Sulphur died Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in a local hospital.
She was a native of Dry Creek and had been a resident of Sulphur for over 50 years.
Survivors include her husband, Nathan Foreman of Sulphur; two children, Keith Foreman and wife Donna of Ragley, and Kerrye Soileau and husband Dennis of Sulphur; two brothers, Maurice Farris of Nevada, and Thomas “Buddy” Farris of DeQuincy; one grandson; and two greatgrandsons.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jeff and Iva Farris; and a sister.
Her funeral was held Friday, July 11, in Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home. Rev. Greg Bath officiated. Burial was in Mimosa Pines Cemetery North in Sulphur.
Carolyn Ann Bellomo Brocato Seiford, 69, of Moss Bluff, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in her residence.
She was born in Lake Charles and resided in the Lake Charles/Moss Bluff area all of her life. She was a graduate of LaGrange Senior High School. She worked for the Calcasieu Parish School Board’s extended day program at Moss Bluff Elementary for 17 years.
Survivors include her husband, George “Tony” Seiford; two daughters, Rebecca “Becky” Brocato Guillory and husband Kenny and Melissa “Missy” Brocato Nunez and husband Chris, all of Moss Bluff; a stepdaughter, Dana Seiford Reed and husband Todd of Ragley; a sister, Josie Anderson of Cudahy, Wis.; two brothers, Joseph “JC” Bellomo of Moss Bluff and David Bellomo of Corning, Calif.; and eight grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leda and Anthony “Tony” Bellomo; and a brother.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 12, in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. John Huckaby officiated. Burial followed in New Ritchie Cemetery.
On the evening of Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 9:40 p.m. Shelley Vidrine peacefully passed away at her home in Arlington, Texas, as a result of the progression of her three-month battle with gallbladder cancer. Shelley was 59 years old. She went home to be with her Lord while surrounded by loving family and being comforted by her dear husband.
Shelley was born in DeQuincy, on Apr. 16, 1955 as the second child and first daughter of Freda Quinn Yellott and Donald Yellott.
Shelley is survived by her beloved husband, Phil Vidrine; her sons, Jared Vidrine and Quinn Vidrine; her daughter-in-law, Kelly Kay Vidrine; her grandson, Dexter Vidrine; her mother, Freda Quinn Cornner; her brother, Michael Yellott; her sisters, Jayne Yellott and Jennifer Yellott; step-siblings, Dennis Cornner, Tony Cornner, and Diana Thompson; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Yellott; stepfather, Claude “Frenchie” Cornner; and her niece, Britany Wendt.
Shelley graduated from DeQuincy High School in 1973 as valedictorian with a full-ride scholarship to Northeast Louisiana University. Graduating with a degree in dental hygiene in 1977, she married her husband Phil Vidrine and went on to be happily married for 37 years and to work as a dental hygienist for all 37 of those years.
Shelley’s smile served as a beautiful example of her work and her character, consistently spreading joy to everyone she knew and breathing life into any room she entered.
In addition to her career, she actively served her community on school boards, Bible study leadership teams, mission committees, women’s ministry teams, and in Sunday school rooms for many years. Along with all these things, Shelley acted both as a committed and passionate partner in her husband’s business, and as a committed and adoring mother to her two sons. Shelley loved to read, enjoy the sunshine, spend quality time with family and friends, and dance until her feet bled.
The cause that was closest to Shelley’s heart was her ministry with youth in Kenya for the last six years of her life. Shelley was considered by many to be the most generous and loving person they knew. She never met a stranger and she lived her life with an honesty, consistency, and joy that always inspired and will continue to inspire those who knew her to live more beautifully. She will forever be remembered as an extraordinarily loving friend, an incredibly devoted wife, a selflessly nurturing mother and grandmother.
A memorial will be held for Shelley at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, in Arlington, Texas, at Park Springs Bible Church, located at 5515 Park Springs Blvd, Arlington, Texas, 76017.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, please make a donation to the ministry that was closest to Shelley’s heart: WorldVenture - Children of Promise - Kenyan Youth Ministry.
Make donations by check payable to: WorldVenture, sent to 1501 W Mineral Ave, Littleton CO 80120 with memo line written 969 6250 C.O.P. - Shelley’s Kitchen.
Or donate online at http://www.worldventure.com/page.aspx?pid=1253&fid=6250969 with the comment line written as Shelley’s Kitchen.
God gave Shelley a smile that she shared with the world!
Michael J. Ardoin of Lake Charles died Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the age of 64. He was in lumber sales for many years, was a pipeline inspector, a member of the American Welders Society, a Mason and also involved in the Shriners organization.
Survivors include his children, Richie Hungerford and wife Sheila of Lake Charles, Shane Hungerford and wife Jessica of Longville, and Michael T. Ardoin and wife Andrea of Jackson; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sabay and Hadley Ardoin; and four siblings.
Visitation will be held at Johnson Funeral Home in Lake Charles on Wednesday, July 16 from 9 a.m. until the funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens.
Brenda "Joyce" Williams Moss, 67, a native of Monroe and a resident of Starks died on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Christus St. Patrick Hospital in Lake Charles.
She was a Christian and Baptist by faith. She was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed playing with the grandchildren. She enjoyed reading Louis Lamour books. She enjoyed the holidays, attending the rooster fights and going to the casinos. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
She was the daughter of the late Rufus Pink Williams and the late Velma Dollie Smith Williams.
She is survived by two daughters, Dana Moss and husband Edward Heard of Fields and Tonya Knowles and husband, Darin of Oak Grove and four sons, Darren Williams of Lake Providence, Terry Hankins and wife, Melissa of Many, James Moss and wife Gayla of Alsatia, and Johnny Moss of Oak Grove; one sister, Ailene Gunter and husband, Calvin of Lake Providence along with her loving and caring grandson, MawMaw’s baby, "Chilo", 13 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Rufus Pink Williams and Velma Dollie Smith Williams; and her husband of 43 years, Walter Johnny "Two Dog" Moss.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 16, beginning at 3 until 9 p.m. at Christensen Funeral Home in DeQuincy and on Thursday, July 17, from 8 a.m. until the time of the service.
The funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 17, at 11 a.m. at Christensen Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Gillis and Rev. Lewis Slaughter officiating. Interment will be at Hyatt Cemetery in Fields.
Family and friends are invited to leave condolences at www.christensenfuneralhome.com
Mitchell Jordan, Sr., 57, of DeRidder died Saturday, July 5, 2014.
Survivors include his wife Robin Jordan of DeRidder; sons, Mitchell Jordan Jr. and wife Tonia, Kendon Jordan and wife Chenita, and Randall Williams and wife Crystal, all of Merryville; daughters, Deshanna Jordan Holmes and husband James of San Augustine, Texas and Otisha Sanders and husband Tony of DeRidder; stepdaughters, Michelle Davis and husband Justin of DeRidder and Brittany Miller of DeRidder; brothers, Moses (Hump) Jordan and George (Moon) Freeman, both DeRidder, sisters, Ester Louise Williams of Clarksville, Tenn. and Pamela (Denise) Jones of College Station, Texas; and 21 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Moses Jordan, Sr.; his mother, Louise Scott Jordan.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 12, at Antioch Baptist Church in Merryville. Burial followed in the Merryville Cemetery.
John Hodge Buller, 88, of Starks passed away on Monday, July 14, 2014 at his residence.
He was born in Polk County, Texas on Apr. 4, 1926 to parents, Noia Irene (McCormack) and Joseph Reams Buller Sr.. He had lived in the Starks area for 50 years; prior in the Groves area. John was retired from Gulf Oil after 33 1/2 years of employment as a carpenter and was owner of Nick's Cafe in Deweyville for many years. He was a veteran of the US Army, serving during WWII.
John enjoyed gardening, going hunting for squirrels, and camping. John was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend who will be missed dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Buller; son, Joe Hollis Buller; brothers, Joseph Ream Buller Jr., and Earl Wallace Buller.
John is survived by his loving wife, Ethel Buller of Starks; daughter, Glenda Kay Royer and husband, Lester of Nederland; son, Ronald Hodge Buller of Orangefield; sisters, Edna Mae Marsh of League City, Evelyn Irene Sumamerall; seven grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 16, family viewing from 4 until 5 p.m. and gathering of family and friends from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Dorman Funeral Home in Orange, Texas.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 17, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home, with grandson Lance Buller officiating. A graveside service will be held on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Winnie, Texas.
Honoring John as pallbearers will be Lance Buller, Reid Rowe, Paul Glass, Dalton Glass, Kaitlyn Glass and Bill Martinez. Honorary pallbearers are Kenneth Craig and P. C. Miller.
The family would like to express a special thanks to three special people who assisted his wife with loving care for him in his final days, daughter-in-law, Viki Buller, niece, Pam Glass and friend, Bill Martinez.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.