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Obituaries from the November 7 paper.

(Editor's Note--John Matheson, longtime CEO, administrator and owner of DeQuincy Memorial Hospital, died last week at the age of 78.)

John Alexander Matheson, 78, of DeQuincy passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. John was born Mar. 8, 1940 to John and Geraldine Matheson in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Since 1999, John was the CEO and administrator of DeQuincy Memorial Hospital and in 2000 he became owner and later formed DeQuincy Home Health and JCE Healthcare.

He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1965 with Bachelor of Arts in journalism. In 1973, he received his Masters of Arts in psychology and counseling from Ball State University.

He is survived by his wife Christy Baltierra Matheson; and daughter Emily Deila Matheson, both of DeQuincy; daughter, Jill and husband Nazerdine Chaouali of Tunis Tunisia; son, John and wife Hopie Matheson of Alameda, Calif. and grandchildren Omar, Noura, Yousseff, Cassius and Ginger; and brothers, Kenny and Darlene Matheson of Willow Creek, Calif., Richard and Susan Matheson of British Columbia, Canada and Steven Matheson of Canada; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; along with brothers, Robert, Gary and Kevin Matheson. At age 16, he became a citizen of the United States.

He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1962 and served 10 years active duty with assignments in Germany, United Kingdom, and Vietnam as a public affairs officer; skilled journalist with assignments in combat news; press relations; community relations; internal relations; and special assignments in research and development and newspaper contract negotiations. He earned a Bronze Star Medal in 1969. He then spent 20 years as a reserve officer in the public affairs field and then retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2000.

He also was the former owner and operator of DeQueen Medical Center in DeQueen, Ark.; and one of the founding members of Camelot Health Care LLC in Shreveport. He was the owner of Med Star Inc. in Lockhart, Texas establishing a chain of rural healthcare clinics; along with being an administrator of Community Hospital in Lockhart, Texas where he met his wife Christy. John was a VP and Director of marketing for Seton Corporation, a major California skilled nursing care company. He was the International Marketing Director for British Television, Inc. for various television series including the Thunderbirds, where he was in sales in London. He was the Publisher/Associate Publisher for San Francisco Publisher, a company that specialized in publications for sports and home improvement markets.

He enjoyed life to the fullest, his hobbies included flying in which he had acquired his private pilot’s license in 1991. He loved golfing, deep sea fishing and traveling around the world with his family.

He was a prankster and loved to sing and joke with everyone. To Know Him was to Love Him. He will be greatly missed by All.

Services were held at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sulphur at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. Visitation was held at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home of DeQuincy on Friday, Nov. 2, from 5-8 p.m. Visitation resumed at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

Services were entrusted to Hixson-Snider Funeral Home, 203 E. Harrison St, DeQuincy.

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

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Natascha Vandergriff, 45, a resident of DeQuincy, was born on May 2, 1973 and passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018.

She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Victor T. Vandergriff; her daughter, Tori Arabie and husband, Stephen of DeQuincy; granddaughter, Annistyn Beth Arabie; mother, Margaret Anderson of DeQuincy and brother, Gene Anderson of DeQuincy. She is also survived by her father-in-law, Thomas Vandergriff of DeQuincy, brother-in-law, Terrill Vandergriff and wife, Renee of Conroe, Texas; sister-in-law, Ginny Bailey and husband, Jason of DeQuincy, along with her nieces, Savannah and Kallie; and nephews, Zachary, Connor and Kameron.

She was preceded in death by her father, Claude Anderson; her mother-in-law, Linda Vandergriff; and her nephews, Kayden, Garret and Jordan.

The family received friends on Friday, Nov. 2 from 5-8 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy. The funeral service was held on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home. Interment followed at Riley Smith Memorial Park in DeQuincy.

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

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Vernon Rigler, 53 of DeQuincy was born on April 27, 1965 and passed away on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018.

He is survived by his brothers, Allen Sigler and wife Sadie of Singer, Carl Sigler and wife, Joyce, Kathy Hext and husband, James, Melony Beane and husband, Robert and Carlyn Geimer, all of DeQuincy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo Thomas Rigler and Willie Mae Rigler; his brothers, Bobby Sigler, Wayne Rigler, Leo Thomas Rigler, Jr., his nieces, Chassidy Sigler and Angela Sigler; and his great-niece, Alora Fountain.

The family received friends on Sunday, Nov. 4, from 5-8 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy with the funeral service being held on Monday, Nov. 5, at the funeral home beginning at 10 a.m. Interment followed at Boxwood Cemetery in Bivens.

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

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Arnold “Jack” Hafer was born on May 4, 1941 in Westlake and he went to his heavenly home on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was a member of Calvary Pentecostal Church in Ragley and was a devoted servant of our Lord Jesus Christ. He proudly served his country for six years in the United States Army. During his service he trained as a medic.

He was instrumental in starting Caleb Brett, a petroleum inspection company in Houston, Texas with Lloyd Rhinehart, Steve LeBlanc and Steve Clark in 1974. One of the first offices opened was in Sulphur where he was the district manager.

In 2006 he changed companies and went to work for Camin Cargo until his retirement in 2014. He was highly respected by everyone that he worked with in the petroleum industry. He was a great mentor to individuals starting out in this field. All in all, he was in the industry for fifty years.

In his spare time he was a “genuine cowboy”, “The Real Deal”. He loved working his cattle and was eager to help others with their’s. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved camping at Toledo Bend.

To cherish his memory he leaves his wife of 21 years, Zan; daughters, Shawntel Clopper and Michelle Hafer; stepdaughter, Monique Baker; stepsons, Kegan and Coty Royer; seven grandsons, seven granddaughters and nine great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by one sister, Celine Fontenot.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Epauline Hafer; daughter, Lisa Gaitan; son, Keith Hafer; his brother, George Hafer; and sisters, Cartha Rogers, Henrietta Smith and Gladys Guidry.

The family received friends on Monday, Nov. 5, from 5-8 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy. The funeral service was held at the funeral home on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 11 a.m. Rev. Adrian Littlefield officiated. Interment followed at Riley Smith Memorial Park.

The Hafer family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for the care and comfort they showed to him and the family and also the Amedisys Company for their compassionate care and kindness. Thank you to all the family and friends for the love and prayers and to all those who helped in any way.

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

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Aulina Cooley Bellando of Maumelle, Ark. passed away on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018.

She was born on Oct. 12, 1929 in DeRidder. She was the daughter of JB and Ermel Cooley. She spent her childhood in DeRidder. JB was the Fire Chief of DeRidder, so she grew up living above the fire station at the City Hall.

Aulina married James Bellando in 1953 an moved to his hometown of Warren, Ohio, where she remained until 1969. Aulina had many occupations in her life. She and Jim Bellando started and owned many small businesses.

In moving back to DeRidder, she was a secretary at First Baptist Church DeRidder, then became the first female Equifax agent. At age 50 she began selling insurance and ran the Glenn Dean Insurance Agency in DeQuincy. She also operated a Sears catalog store and then a furniture store, The Furniture Cottage.

After retiring, she moved to Maumelle, Ark. in 2010 to be close to family. The real story of Aulina is her steadfast love of God and family. Aulina’s love for God was first in her life and guided everything else. The values she lived, the values she gave to her children and grandchildren are reflections of that.

Aulina is survived by her daughter, Betty Jayne and her husband, Robert Edward Hilton, Jr.,; sons, John David Bellando and his wife, Deborah and William JB Bellando and his wife, Julia; grandchildren, Caleb Jordan, Sarah Jayne, Jacob Daniel, Laurel Joy, John Marshall, and Robert JB Bellando; and brother, Jimmy Earl Cooley and his wife, Carolyn.

She was preceded in death by her son, James Robert Bellando.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, at First Baptist Church in Maumelle, Ark. with Bro. Paul McClung officiating. The family received friends beginning at 12:30 p.m., at the church. Interment followed at Riverwood Memorial Gardens in Maumelle.

Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/chenal.

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