Obituaries from the July 30 paper.
Funeral services for Gladys Woolman Cooley, 101, of Ragley, were held Wednesday, July 23, in Labby Memorial Funeral Home of DeRidder with Rev. Mike Neel officiating. Burial followed in Hopewell Cemetery in Dry Creek.
Ms. Cooley died Sunday, July 20, 2014, in Newton, Texas.
She was born in Eunice. Her family moved to Lake Charles in the early 1920s. She worked most of her life in the main office of Southern Amusement Company.
She is survived by one son, George Clark Woolman and wife Barbara Dill Woolman of Ragley; one granddaughter; two great-grandsons; two great-great-grandsons and two great-great-granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, George H. Clark, Charles Warren Woolman and Aubrey C. Cooley; her parents, Edna and Sully Dugas; two brothers; and one sister..
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Nathan "Tommy" Hyatt, 82, a native and resident of Starks died Saturday, July 26, 2014 at his residence.
He was Baptist by faith and a member of First Baptist Church in Starks.
Nathan was down to earth and loved spending time with his family and friends. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Nathan spent time gardening and taught his skills to anyone willing to work along side of him. He was a successful musician and was known throughout Louisiana for his ability to sing "Hank Williams". He loved music and shared his gift with all. He was a great man who was loved and adored by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.
He was the son of the late Nathaniel Hyatt and the late Ruby Lee Hyatt.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patsy Ruth Brindley Hyatt, along with two daughters, Leslie Berry and husband, John of Sulphur and Dayna Spain and husband, Tommy of Starks; and one son, Tommy James Hyatt of Starks; two sisters, Evelyn Degelormo and husband, Bobby of Starks and Marie Johnson and husband, C. J. of Starks; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nathaniel Hyatt and Ruby Lee Hyatt; one daughter, Karen Brantley; one grandson, Christopher Perkins; four sisters, Nina Simon, Vera Johnson, Jennie Lee Showalter, and Lavern Alston; and four brothers, J. V. Hyatt, Johnny Hyatt, Virgil Hyatt and Horace Hyatt.
The family received friends on Monday, July 28, from at 5 until 9 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Starks and on Tuesday, July 29, from 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral service.
The funeral was held July 29, at 10 a.m. at The First Baptist Church in Starks with Pastor Ron Butler officiating. Interment was at the VFW Cemetery in Starks.
Family and friends are invited to leave condolences at www.christensenfuneralhome.com
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Henry Welch, Jr.
Henry Calvin Welch Jr., 58, of Prairieville died in his residence surrounded on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
He was born in Lake Charles and raised in Moss Bluff. He attended Marion Elementary, Moss Bluff Elementary and Sam Houston High School, where he graduated in 1973. He was a member of the Sam Houston High Band. He was a recipient of the John Phillip Sousa award and a band scholarship to McNeese State University. He worked briefly after graduation at Boise in DeQuincy before beginning his career with Gulf States/Entergy in 1973. He worked for 38 years in various positions throughout the years in Louisiana and Texas before retiring in 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Melissa Hill Welch of Prairieville; son, Stuart Theron Welch of Lafayette; daughter, Kayla Lanelle Welch Hebert (Royce) of Prairieville; mother, Judy Ann Welch of Moss Bluff; brothers, Mark Mosher of Ragley, Ricky Mosher of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Michael DeWayne Welch of Ragley, Alan Shane Welch of Hammond and Donald “Peanut” Viator of Decatur, Ala.; sisters, Phyllis “Ce Ce” Welch Holley of Moss Point, Miss., and Donna Jean Goodeaux of Sulphur; and a grandson.
He was preceded in death by his father, Henry C. Welch Sr.; and one brother.
Funeral services were held in Moss Bluff Pentecostal Church on Saturday, July 26, with Rev. Tim Mahoney, Rev. John W. Harrell, Rev. Archie Holley, Rev. C. D. Thornton and Rev. Steve Gautreaux officiating. Burial followed in New Ritchie Cemetery.
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Dorothy M. (Wersterfer) Vaughn was born to Paul and Olga (Boerner) Wersterter on May 2, 1928 in New Braunfels, Texas. She passed away on July 21, 2014 at the age of 86.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl James Vaughn and sister, Viola Wersterfer Emhoff.
Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Carla Miller and husband, Larry; sons, Eric Vaughn, Anthony Vaughn and wife, Paula Sue, and Paul Vaughn; grandchildren, Laura Trammell and husband, Mitchell, Laurence Miller, Erica Gorden and husband, Jay, Quentin Vaughn and wife, Heather, Jennifer Anderson and husband, Steve, and Brad Vaughn and wife, Brandi, and great grandchildren, Connor, Carter, Jaylei, Coben, Luke, Owen and Shelby.
Dorothy was born in the hill country and was no stranger to hard work. Her family lived on a farm, and she rode her donkey to and from the one room school at Fischer.
After marrying Carl, Dorothy raised her family in Louisiana where she then lived for most of her life. While in Louisiana, she served as a security guard with the Louisiana Correcitonal Institute. Dorothy always had a passion for New Braunfels, and considered it her hometown. In 1996, she returned to the area.
Dorothy was very active with the New Braunfels Conservation Society and served as a docent for many years at Conservation Plaza. In addition to her time spent at Conservation Plaza, she spent many hours volunteering with Alzheimer’s patients at Eden Home. Dorothy was interested in genealogy and family history and was also a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
Dorothy enjoyed gardening, and maintained a small garden up until her last days. In her earlier years, Dorothy could always be found on a dance floor dancing the polka or a waltz.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, July 23, at 10:30 a.m. at Fischer Cemetery in Fischer, Texas. Memorial. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. until time of service
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society: Multiple Myeloma Division.
You are invited to sign the guestbook at www.doeppenschmidtfuneralhome.com.
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Natalie Nicole "Nat" Berzas, 2, a resident of DeQuincy, died on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
Nat was a beautiful, loving child. She loved butterflies and loved playing outside. She always had a smile on her face. She loved her family but most of all her "Bubba". She will be greatly missed by the many people whose lives she touched from Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana.
She is the daughter of Justin Tyler Berzas and Bethany Nicole Breaux Berzas of DeQuincy.
She is survived by her parents; one brother, Brock Tyler Berzas; paternal grandparents, Richard (Ricky) and Lisa Rainwater Berzas of Comanche, Okla.; maternal grandparents, Brad Joseph and Christina Regan Breaux of Sulphur; paternal great-grandparents, Nancy Doyle of Beaumont, Texas, Richard Rainwater of Singer, and Barbara Foster of DeQuincy; and maternal great-grandparents, Janice LaBove of Morse, Terry Regan of Carencro, and Susan and Charles Breaux of Crowley.
The family received friends on Tuesday, July 29, from 5 until 10 p.m. at Christensen Funeral Home in DeQuincy and will receive friends on Wednesday, July 30, from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. at Grace Church in DeQuincy. Rev. Clyde Clark will officiate. Interment will be at Hyatt Cemetery in Fields.
Family and friends are invited to leave condolences at www.christensenfuneralhome.com.
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Robert H. Says passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014 in a local hospital.
Born in Lake Charles and a native of Woodlawn, he lived in Starks and was a member of the First Pentecostal Church of Starks. Mr. Says retired from Inland Orange. He was a U.S. Army Air Corp Veteran of WWII and a lifelong member of the American Legion. He was also a Lifetime member of Union 130391 Paper Mill Workers.
After his retirement, he loved spending time at Toledo Bend fishing and he also loved to duck hunt. He loved and believed in his family, a loving husband, father grandfather and brother.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Norma Jean Says of Starks; daughter-in-law, Darla Says; brother, John B. Says, Sr. of Starks; step-brother, Leon Stanley of Starks; special brother-in-law, Quinton Drake and wife Nancy of Starks; sister, Betty Howard of Starks; grandchildren, Chris and wife Audrey Says, and Dana Buxton, all of Starks; three great-grandchildren, Ashton Says, Mackenzie Says and Conner Buxton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert O. Says and Nancy Says Stanley; son, Dennis Says; four sisters, Mary Gibson, Lilly Smith, Grace Broussard and Minnie Ashworth; brother, Clifton Says; and half-brother, George Stanley.
His funeral was held at Starks First United Pentecostal Church on Sunday July 20, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Greg Frazier officiating.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Stewart, Otis Gibson, George Smith, Randy Gibson, David Stanley and Jason Green. Burial was in Says Cemetery.
Visitation was held Saturday, July 19, from 5 until 9 p.m. and resumed on Sunday from 9 a.m. until service time at the church.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.
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Jimmy Wayne Thompson, 64, died July 20,2014, at his residence.
He was born in DeRidder and was a lifelong resident of DeQuincy.
Survivors include his companion, Annie Walker; one son, Jimmy Wayne Thompson, Jr.; his mother, Nellie Lee Thompson; two brothers, James K. Thompson and Elvis Dean Thompson; three sisters, Carolyn Hollis, Jeannie Wood and Marsha Ann Perkins; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, O. C. Thompson; three brothers, O. C. Daniel Thompson, Troy Lynn Thompson and Graylin Thompson.
His funeral was held Thursday, July 24, at Hixson-Snider Funeral Home with Rev. Loyd Parker and Rev. Frank Kendall officiating. Burial was in Hyatt Cemetery.
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