Our Obituaries

John Louis Swinney

October 9, 1923 - January 6, 2018

John Louis Swinney passed away peacefully on January 6, 2018 at his Deer Park home, at the age of 94.John L. was born on October 9, 1923 in Vinton, Louisiana to his parents, Marion "Bill" Mott Swinney and Bessie Eudora McClenden . John L. married Billie Jean Grauke in 1947. The Swinney's moved from Vinton, Louisiana to Houston, Texas where they had their only child, Kathy Jean Swinney Earley. ...
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Lorraine M. Miller

July 14, 1942 - December 31, 2017

Vinton - Lorraine Myrtle Miller, 75, died December 31, 2017 in a local care center. Lorraine was born in Montpelier, Vermont to Ida Hayford Payette. She has been a resident of Vinton for 57 years. She enjoyed bowling and photography. She met her husband while both were serving in the U.S. Army. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. Her presence in the family will be greatly missed...
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Annette Arabie

May 13, 1944 - December 18, 2017

VINTON - Annette Beard Arabie, age 73, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 18, 2017 at her home. Annette, affectionately known as "Maw Maw" was a home maker with many hobbies including camping, painting, sewing, woodworking, and tending to her chickens, she also loved spending time with her great-grandkids. Survivors include her two daughters, Kim Blanchet and husband, Chris of Ville...
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Carolyn Sue Granger

August 4, 1936 - December 15, 2017

Carolyn Sue GrangerVINTON- Carolyn Sue Granger, age 81, passed away on Friday, December 15, 2017 in Lake Charles, LA.Carolyn was a lifelong resident of Vinton, LA where she attended St. Joseph's Catholic Church. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, International Association of Theresians with the Journey Woman of Lake Charles, and a member of the Third Order Carmelites. She was...
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Emory Lee Breaux

August 27, 1929 - November 29, 2017

Emory Lee Breaux, 88, died on Thursday, November 29, 2017 in Pine Hurst Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Orange, Texas.Emory was born in Port Arthur, Texas and has been a resident of Vinton for the pass 40 years. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and outdoors sports. He was a kind and caring man. He live his life to the fullest and had lots of friends.He is survived by his children; Mona Burgess...
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Roy Junior Barrett

August 2, 1927 - November 15, 2017

Roy Junior Barrett, 90, died Wednesday, November 15, 2017 in his home with his family by side. Poppa Roy will be remembered as a loving father and grandfather by his five generations of family and friends.Roy was born in Roby, Texas and raised in Roscoe, Texas and has lived in Starks, Louisiana for 70 years. He was a Navy veteran who served in W.W. II. He retired from the Louisiana Forestry...
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Samuel L. Flurry

December 27, 1927 - November 1, 2017

Samuel Lewis Flurry, 89, Edgerly, LA; entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Samuel Flurry was born in Perkinston, Mississippi, December 27, 1927 to Malcolm and Lucille Flurry. Samuel served in the United States Army during the Korean War, during 1946 -1947 and 1949- 1952. Worked sixteen years Calcasieu Paper Company and owned his own business, Sam's Service Station. He was...
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Jeannetta K. Holloway

November 7, 1933 - October 21, 2017

Kathleen Jeannetta Holloway age 83, "Jeannetta" as she was known to all, was born in Chataignier, Louisiana on November 7, 1933 to Littel and Adia Sonnier and went to her Heavenly father on Saturday Oct. 21, 2017 at a local caregiver's home .Jeannetta lived most of her life in the Vinton-Niblett's Bluff area and was a member of St Joseph Catholic Church, Charter member of St. Joseph the Worker...
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Larry Gene Hare

September 28, 1944 - October 6, 2017

Larry Gene Hare, 73, died Friday, October 6, 2017 in Orange Texas.He was a resident of Vinton and a member of the Lions Club. He was a faithful and active member of the Welsh Memorial United Methodist Church. He was a retired pile driver with Bo-Mac Construction in Beaumont, Texas.Survivors include his wife, Linda Hare; two sons, Mark Hare and Kevin Hare of Vinton; his mother, Alice Walter; one...
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Kay Charlotte Havens

September 21, 1932 - September 19, 2017

Kay Charlotte Havens, 84, passed away on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.She made her career as a librarian for the Calcasieu Parish Library in Vinton and served as President of the Literary Club. Kay was a faithful member of the Welsh Memorial United Methodist Church since 1971.Kay is survived by her husband, Keith Havens; four sons, Gregory K. Havens and wife Ruth of Spring, Texas, Gary K. Havens...
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Ruth Annette Huval

December 13, 1942 - September 13, 2017

Ruth Annette Huval, age 74, "Annette" as she was known by everyone, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, September 13 at her home with her loving family at her side. She was born in Hackberry, Louisiana on December 13, 1942 to Dick and Gladys Welch. She lived most of her life in the Edgerly-Vinton area. Annette lived life to the fullest. She was a very loving caring person. She...
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Eugene Morgan

March 19, 1921 - September 7, 2017

Eugene Morgan Jr., 96, died on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in his home with his family by his side.Eugene Morgan Jr. was born in Vinton, La., March 19, 1921. He attended school in Vinton and graduated in 1940. He ran track at Vinton High School for three years. He won state in 1940, and ran the the 440 yard dash in 50 seconds. This was the record at that time and held the state record for about...
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Retha Carol Hudson

September 29, 1954 - August 24, 2017

Retha Carol Hudson, age 62, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 24, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. Retha worked for Conoco for over 24 years as an Information Coordinator. She was a master gardener. She also enjoyed heirloom sewing, quilting, cooking, and fishing. Retha was known to have a keene sense of humor, to be very nurturing, and won the hearts of many. Anyone who knew her...
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Nola B. TRAHAN

October 23, 1925 - August 20, 2017

Vinton - Nola Mae Trahan, 91, died on Sunday, August 20, 2017, in Orange, Texas.She was born and raised in Franklin, Louisiana, and then raised her family in Vinton where she made her home. She enjoyed working in her yard. After retirement from DuPont, she began to travel. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters and Saint Joseph Catholic Church. Survivors include, one son Mark Trahan and wife...
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Gloria LeDoux

January 20, 1935 - August 17, 2017

Gloria Berry LeDoux, age 82, went to her Eternal Home on Thursday, August 17, 2017.Gloria was a lifelong member of Magnolia Baptist Church in Vinton. She worked for Fire Safety for over 20 years as a bookkeeper and secretary. Gloria enjoyed sewing and word puzzles. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and sister who will be missed greatly. Those left behind to cherish her memories are...
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George Cain,

March 30, 1947 - August 15, 2017

George Leslie Cain, Jr., "Les", 70, died Tuesday, August 15, in a local hospital with his family by his side. He was a lifelong resident of Vinton. He enjoyed spending time with his family. Leslie was a Marine and served in the Vietnam conflict. He was a marine tugboat captain and took pride in the work that he did. He enjoyed going to car shows and working with antique cars. Survivors include...
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Robert Dale Tatum

September 5, 1929 - August 7, 2017

Robert Dale Tatum began his journey in life on Sept. 5, 1929. He was born in Missouri City, and graduated from Missouri City High School. Robert Dale Went on to attend and graduate from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts, and from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters of Religious Education, and a Masters of Divinity. His work for the Lord began as a minister. Robert Dale...
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Artie E. Peters

May 4, 1931 - July 16, 2017

Artie E. Peters, 86, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 16, 2017, in her residence.She was a native of Oakdale and had been a resident of Starks for over 30 years, coming from Angleton, Texas. Artie was a member of First Baptist Church of Vinton and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Vinton. She was known as "The Cake Lady" by all who knew her. She loved being outdoors,...
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Mary Nira Grauke

December 22, 1934 - June 21, 2017

Mrs. Mary Nira Grauke, age 82, went to her Eternal Home on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. She was surrounded by her loving family. Nira enjoyed cooking, sewing and was passionate about her vegetable garden. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who will be loved and remembered forever.Those left behind to cherish her memories are a daughter, Dianne Granger and husband, Mark; four...
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Henry Gray Stanley

July 26, 1927 - June 18, 2017

Henry Gray Stanley (Boss), 90, passed on Father's Day, Sunday, June 18, with his family by his side, in the Southwest Louisiana Veterans' Home in Jennings, La. Henry was a lifetime residence of Vinton. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, and he was a carpenter by trade. He was known for cooking and especially his roux. He love all kinds of Cajun music and his favorite Cajun song was, " I&...
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Floyd Burrows

February 18, 1933 - June 11, 2017

Vinton- Floyd James "Jimmy" Burrows, 84, died Sunday, June 11, 2017, in a local care center. He was a native of the Port Arthur-Nederland area and had been a resident of Vinton for most of his life. Jimmy was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Vinton and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a Korean War U.S. Navy veteran.Survivors include his sons Mike Burrows and wife, Jan of...
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Marie B. Young

June 13, 1919 - June 5, 2017

GRETNA - Marie B. Young, age 97, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 5, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.Marie was a longtime resident of the Gretna area and had worked for many years at Klein's Pharmacy. She was an avid cook and baby sitter for her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Marie enjoyed frequent shopping trips and trips to the casinos with her children and...
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Etheleen Marie Flores

July 4, 1925 - May 25, 2017

Etheleen Marie Flores, 91, died Thursday, May 25, at her home in Vinton, LA. "Tillie" was born July 4, 1925 in Churchpoint, LA to Arville and Rose Richard. She was a loving sister, wife, Mother, Grandmother, and a devout Catholic. Tillie was a resident of Vinton for the last 36 years. She worked for 8 years at LA DOTD. Tillie will be remembered for her kind heart, gardening, and generous giving...
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Martha Rita Breaux

April 6, 1959 - May 15, 2017

Martha Rita Breaux, 58, died Monday, May 15, 2017, in a local hospital.She was a lifelong resident of the Sulphur-Vinton area. She attended Saint Joseph Catholic Church of Vinton. Martha loved music, singing, and dancing the night away.Martha is survived by her husband, Steven Breaux Jr.; four children, Kristina Shreeve and husband Allen of Starks, Kimberly Welker and husband John of Sulphur,...
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Margie Chargois

October 2, 1928 - April 12, 2017

VINTON - Margie Nell Chargois, age 88, went to Glory on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Margie was born on October 2, 1928 in Lott, Texas. She moved to Vinton in 1954 where she raised her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and a loyal and dear friend. Margie was a long time and active member of First Baptist Church of Vinton. She enjoyed traveling, cooking, canning, and was known for...
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Karen Ann Simmons

October 28, 1963 - April 10, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Hixson Funeral Home-Vinton, Vinton, LA.
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Florence E. Clement

August 3, 1933 - April 4, 2017

Edgerly- Florence Clement, 83, passed away in her home in Edgerly, Louisiana on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. She was born in Roberts Cove, Louisiana on August 3, 1933. Florence never met a stranger. She loved to laugh and had the gift of hospitality. She drove a school bus for Calcasieu Parish for twenty years and previously worked in Vinton High School cafeteria and many years as a waitress at the...
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Billy West

April 30, 1940 - March 31, 2017

Vinton - Billy Burton West, age 76, went to his Eternal Home on Friday March 31, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Billy was a native of Merryville and lived in Niblett's Bluff most of his life. He graduated from Vinton High School and later served in the US Army. He was a dedicated member of the Masonic Lodge where he was a secretary of the lodge for over 25 years. Billy was a longtime...
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Charles L. Porter

September 22, 1939 - March 29, 2017

Charles L. "Chee" PorterVINTON - Charles L. "Chee" Porter, age 77, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 with his wife by his side. He was a native of Welsh who has lived in Vinton most of his life. "Chee" graduated from Welsh high and attended SLI in Lafayette before serving in the US Army. He worked at both Firestone in Sulphur and later at Huntsman...
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D.C. Bounds

June 30, 1928 - March 26, 2017

Dominic Charles, D.C. "Rock" BoundsJune 30, 1928 - March 26, 2017VINTON - D.C. "Rock" Bounds, age 88, went to be with the Lord after a lengthy illness on Sunday, March 26, 2017. D.C. was born in Orange, Texas to Ella Meaux Bounds Pruitt and Harry Bounds. He was a life long resident of Vinton, La. He spent his early years in Vinton, graduating from Vinton High School. He was an...
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Raphiel M. Corry

December 4, 1925 - March 15, 2017

Raphiel Mike CorrySTARKS -Raphiel Mike Corry, age 91, went to Glory on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Raphiel was a Navy Veteran of WWII and he retired from Dupont Sabine River Works in Orange, TX. Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Joyce Allbritton Corry; a daughter, Susie Gillis and husband, Ronald of Starks; a son, Mike Corry and wife, Kathy of Starks; daughter, Kathy Lou Barrington and...
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Bernice Landry

March 28, 1928 - March 14, 2017

Bernice Bourque LandryVinton- Bernice Mary Bourque Landry, 88, died Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in a local care center. A native of Kaplan, she was known as "Momo Bea" to many and had lived in Vinton for the past 70 years. She attended St. Joseph Catholic Church of Vinton where she was a long time member of the Catholic Daughters of America. She was a devoted housewife who loved cooking...
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Beatrice Ogea

May 5, 1930 - February 25, 2017

Beatrice "Bea" Ogea, 86, passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at a local hospital surrounded by her loved ones. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, making jewelry, and loved taking care of her flowers. Bea was known for her great fruitcakes, and loved her Lord and Savior as well as her family. She also enjoyed spending time with her friends. She is survived by her son, Howard Ogea, Jr. and...
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Nora Nell Royer

September 4, 1938 - February 7, 2017

Vinton- Nora Nell Royer, 78, died Tuesday, February 7, 2017, in her residence. She was a native of Sparta, Tennessee and had been a resident of Vinton for the last 58 years. Nell enjoyed reading and babysitting her grandchildren and other's children as well. She worked for 26 years as a school bus driver with the Calcasieu Parish School Board. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church....
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Honorbelle Dansby

October 31, 1921 - January 22, 2017

Honorbelle Dansby, 95, died Sunday, January 22, 2017, in a local hospital. Honorbelle was a native and lifelong resident of Vinton. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Vinton. She enjoyed traveling, taking care of her animals, and spending time with her family. She retired from Wells Fargo Bank after many years of service. Survivors include her daughter, Charlotte Curran and husband,...
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Earnest Robert Carter

March 20, 1934 - January 20, 2017

Earnest Robert Carter VINTON - Mr. Earnest Robert Carter, age 82, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, January 20, 2017 surrounded by his family. "Earnie" as he was known was born on March 20, 1934 in Joplin Missouri, and has resided in Vinton since September 2016, moving from California to be with the family he held so dear. Earnest lived out his dreams of becoming a police...
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Debra Lynn PFetcher

May 28, 1953 - January 1, 2017

Debra Lynn Pfetcher, age 63, passed away on January 1, 2017 in a local hospital after a brief illness.Debbie was a native of California, and had lived in Vinton for many years. She loved cooking, traveling, reading, sewing, and crocheting. Debbie was a loving wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She will be missed greatly. Those left behind to cherish her memory are...
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Leandous Perkins

July 21, 1932 - December 18, 2016

Reverend Leandous "Lee" Perkins of Vinton, Louisiana died on December 18, 2016.He was born on July 21, 1932 to Clyde and Viona (Smith} Perkins in Rosepine, Louisiana.Known as "Lee" to most, served his Country in the United States Navy and was a proud Veteran who loved his Country. He completed his undergraduate studies at Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana. Upon completion of His Bachelor...
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Eugene C. Braquet

June 27, 1939 - December 16, 2016

Vinton - Eugene Charles Braquet, 77, died at 1:36 a.m. Friday, December 16, 2016, in a local hospital. Gene was born in Rayne and moved to Vinton where he and his wife have lived for the past 54 years. He worked with Dupont of Orange, Texas for 37 years. At work, he was known as E-U-Gene from Ethylene. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Housing Authority. He enjoyed...
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Ronny Joseph Dugas

May 7, 1950 - December 3, 2016

Ronny Joseph Dugas, Sr. died Saturday, December 3, 2016, in his residence. Ronny was a native and lifelong resident of Vinton and was a graduate of Vinton High School. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Vinton. He retired from Citgo as a heavy equipment operator after 32 years of service. He loved fishing, hunting, crabbing, camping, traveling, and family time.Survivors include his...
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Devin Chase Tyler

January 8, 1991 - November 17, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Hixson Funeral Home-Vinton, Vinton, LA.
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Billie Jean Swinney

June 23, 1928 - November 3, 2016

Billie Jean Swinney, 88, died Thursday, November 3, 2016 in Deer Park, Texas.She was born in Vinton and was a longtime resident of the Houston - Deer Park area.Billie was an accountant and served as vice-president at the Pedco Oil Company and Tesoro Corporation. She also did accounting for movie stars and celebrities.She is survived by her husband of sixty-nine and one-half years, John; one...
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Samuel A. LeBlanc

December 23, 1941 - October 31, 2016

Samuel Adam LeBlanc, 74, died Monday, October 31, 2016, in a hospital in Houston, TexasHe was born in Vinton, LA. and a life -long resident of Vinton. He enjoyed working on and restoring vehicles. He was known for lending a hand and never to proud to bend over and pick up a pennySurvivors include his wife, Patricia LeBlanc of Vinton; one daughter, Belinda Stanley and husband Wendell of Vinton;...
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Kenneth Wayne Cormier

November 20, 1951 - October 30, 2016

Kenneth Wayne Cormier, age 64, went to his Eternal home on Sunday, October 30, 2016 after a brief illness. He was surrounded by his family.Kenneth was a lifetime resident of Vinton who worked in the Oil Field for over forty years. He loved music and movies, the Saints, trying different foods, traveling, and living in the country. Kenneth had a way about him with making people feel good. He was...
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John Shelby Moody

September 7, 1949 - October 23, 2016

John "Big John" Moody, age 67, was born on September 7, 1949 in Vinton and passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2016, in New Orleans after a lengthy illness.Survivors include his four children, Shelby Moody of Belle Chasse, La., Darrell Doucet and wife, Becky of Vidor, Tx., Nina Dawson and husband, Bobby, Jr. of Belle Chasse, La., and Jon Ella Moody of Zwolle, La., 9 grandchildren, Isaiah...
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Georgia Lyons Courmier

August 7, 1924 - October 3, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Hixson Funeral Home-Vinton, Vinton, LA.
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Effie Mary Gould

February 27, 1923 - September 19, 2016

Effie Mary Gould, 93, died Monday, September 19, 2016, in her residence. Effie was a native and lifelong resident of Vinton. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, and traveling with family and friends. Her life quote was "God whips without a whip". She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, and friend. Survivors include her seven daughters, Carolyn Collier and husband, Dale of...
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Garrell Lynn Perkins

November 12, 1946 - September 1, 2016

Garrell Lynn "Buddy" PerkinsBuddy Perkins,age 69 resident of Austin, Texas was called by our Heavenly Father on September 1,2016. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Edison Perkins and his grandson, Alec ScottBauman.Shortly after attending Vinton High School and McNeese State in Louisiana, Buddy enlisted in theUnited States Air Force in June 1966. Stationed in Wichita, Kansas...
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Roman Gabriel Walter

January 8, 1983 - August 20, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Hixson Funeral Home-Vinton, Vinton, LA.
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Dennis Loy Schmidt

November 14, 1944 - July 12, 2016

Dennis (Denny) Loy Schmidt passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at the age of 71.Denny is preceded by his parents, Carl and Alma Schmidt, and his sister Carla Garcia.Denny is survived by his wife Barbara of 43 years. They were married in Louisville, Kentucky on June 20, 1973.Denny is also lovingly remembered by his brother Todd Schmidt; his son Clay Wey and wife Maria Wey; Beth Bickham and...
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Patsy Marie Allen

March 30, 1931 - July 8, 2016

Patsy Marie Granger Allen, 85, of Vinton, passed away suddenly Friday, July 8, 2016. She was born March 30, 1931, in Niblett's Bluff, and had lived all her life in the Vinton area. She graduated from Vinton High School and worked at the Calcasieu Marine Bank in Vinton before marrying and starting a family. Pat had a passion for gardening and working in her yard. Most importantly though, she...
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Mikel Ashton Mancha

May 17, 1988 - June 21, 2016

Mikel Ashton Mancha, age 28, was born on May 17, 1988 and passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2016.Mikel loved to fish, driving airboats, and anything else that had him on the water like driving airboats. He loved all kinds of music, and going to music festivals was a passion of his. Mikel was a loving son, brother, father, and friend who will be missed greatly. Survivors include his daughter, Myka...
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Viola M. Broussard

February 22, 1920 - June 20, 2016

Viola Marcotte Broussard, age 96, passed away on Monday, June 20, 2016 in Orange, Tx.She was a native of Morrow, La. and longtime resident of Vinton and was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Viola enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening, and spending time with her family.Survivors include her two sons, Nathaniel Soileau, Jr., and Ronald J. Broussard; three daughters, Amy Soileau Mondragon,...
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Marianne White Low

March 8, 1952 - June 10, 2016

Marianne White Low, 64, passed away Friday, June 10, 2016 in a local hospital.Marianne was huge animal lover, but especially loved her cats. She was a wonderful homemaker, and a loving, devoted wife. She is survived by her husband, Eric Low of Vinton; a brother, Larry White; a sister, Linda Ackiss, nephews, Justin and John all of Birmingham, AL. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lamuel...
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Linda Stoddard

January 2, 1952 - June 1, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Hixson Funeral Home-Vinton, Vinton, LA.
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Charlotte Marie Gray

February 22, 1937 - May 28, 2016

- Mrs. Charlotte M. Gray, went to her Heavenly home on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Family Care in Orange, Texas surrounded by her family. Charlotte was born on February 22, 1937 in Hot Springs, Arkansas and moved to Orange, Texas when she was a child. She then graduated from West Orange Stark High School before marrying Jerry Gray, Sr. on February 14, 1956. They later moved to Vinton where they...
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Alma Maxine Granger

October 30, 1937 - May 24, 2016

Alma "Sugar" Granger, 78, passed away peacefully at her home in Vinton on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.Sugar has been a resident of Vinton for over 30 years. She was a business owner since the late 1950's. One of her most favorite pastimes was talking to friends in her CB club. She was known as "Honky Tonk Angel". She also enjoyed dancing, and having a good time with friends. She...
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Deborah Lynn Daly

January 1, 1954 - May 10, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Hixson Funeral Home-Vinton, Vinton, LA.
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Ilene Mae Landry

June 24, 1933 - February 21, 2016

Ilene "Gramma" Landry, 82, died Sunday, February 21, 2016, in her daughter's residence.She was a native of Detroit, Michigan and had been a resident of Vinton for over 60 years. Ilene had been a dispatcher, volunteer firefighter, and EMT for the Ward 7 Fire Department in Vinton. She enjoyed going on vacation, dancing, ceramics, training racehorses, and spending time with her family...
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Rodney Allen Burch

May 23, 1934 - February 19, 2016

VINTON - Rodney Burch, 81, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, surrounded by his family. He was born in Sicily Island in North Louisiana on May 23, 1934. When the war started his family moved to Orange, Texas, to work at a shipyard. Later they moved to Vinton where they made their home.In 1952, Rodney graduated from Vinton High School. In 1953, he married Lula Navarre...
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David Wilson

December 27, 1936 - February 16, 2016

David "Dave" Wilson, 79, passed away on Monday, February 16, 2016, in a local hospital.Dave spent most of his career in horse racing. He began his career with the Daily Racing Form, working at racetracks all over the US as a chart caller and retired in 1995. Following his retirement he began working at Delta Downs as a Steward and eventually became Vice President, General Manager of Racing &...
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James Carlton Kibodeaux

June 3, 1938 - February 5, 2016


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Shirley Vincent Daigle

December 17, 1937 - February 3, 2016

Shirley Jean Vincent Daigle, 78, was born on December 17, 1937 in Vinton, La. and passed away February 3, 2016 in a local hospital. Shirley is survived by her two sons, James H. Daigle, Jr. and wife, Ramona and Henry Daigle; four daughters, Sharon Davis and husband, Bill, Sheila Trevino and husband, Larry, Peggy Aucoin and husband, Jeff and Marsha Boulet and husband, Morris; sister, Delorse V....
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Jovita Margaret Conway

March 10, 1943 - January 31, 2016

Mrs. Jovita M. Johnson Conway, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, age 72, was born on March 10, 1943 in Ava, Missouri to Horace and Delpha Johnson, and passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2016 in Sulphur. Jovita spent most of her life in Vinton after marrying Roy James Conway. Together they raised three wonderful children. She worked as a beautician, but remained a homemaker always. Her hobbies...
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Thelma Eva Boullion

September 6, 1926 - January 22, 2016

Sulphur- Thelma Eva Boullion, 89, passed away Friday, January 22, 2016, in a local care center.Those left to cherish her memory are her four children, E.J. Boullion JR and wife, Ann of Alaska, Cheryl Leger and husband, Mark of Vinton, Dianne Olbrych of Houston, TX, and Mandy Ashworth of Sulphur, eight grand-children, Cody and Lacy Boullion, Brandon Doyle, Brian Olbrych, Toby and Haley Ashworth, J...
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Myrtle Jeanette Holland

January 22, 1934 - January 21, 2016


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Jeanette Barnes Quinn Holland

January 12, 1934 - January 21, 2016

Jeanette Barnes Quinn Holland, 82, passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2016 in a local hospital.Jeanette was a lifelong resident of Vinton where she was a member of Welsh Memorial United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Ladies Methodist Group, a charter member of the Ellen Bahnsen Circle and Anna Davis-Minnie Kaufman Circle where she served as card chairman. She loved to entertain and...
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John Thomas LaGrone

September 26, 1940 - January 19, 2016

Mr. John Thomas LaGrone, 75, went to meet his Lord Jesus on Jan. 19, 2016, at a hospital in Houston, Texas. He lived in Vinton since he was a young boy and graduated from Vinton High School. John served his country, where he was a decoder specializing in Morse Code interception in the U.S. Army Security Agency. He graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from McNeese State University and...
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Arleen Wills

June 21, 1956 - January 6, 2016

VINTON - Arleen Gould Wills, 59, passed away on January 6, 2016 in an area hospital.Arleen was a lifetime resident of this area. She loved to cook, to work in her garden, and loved dogs which she sometimes rescued. She especially loved to make people laugh, and to be the life of the party.Survivors include her mother, Effie Mary Gould; three sons, Ben Chasson and wife, Erica, Marcus Chasson, and...
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Michael Roy Vice

September 10, 1956 - January 5, 2016

Michael Roy Vice, 59, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at his residence surrounded by his family.Mike graduated from Sowela in 1976 in aviation maintenance, but never followed this path as it would have required relocation. In the mid 1980s he stumbled upon M.O.V. repair work while working as an electrician at Plant Specialties in Sulphur, La., and never looked back. His career as a M.O.V....
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Lee Christine McClelland

October 1, 1932 - December 12, 2015


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Charles Barry Nicks

June 6, 1947 - December 3, 2015

Charles Barry Nicks, Sr., 68, passed away peacefully at his home in Bradenton, Florida on December 3, 2015.Born in Huntsville, TX and a longtime Vinton resident and graduate of Vinton High, he was preceded in death by his parents Elmer Charles Nicks and Lillian Maples Nicks Castille as well as his late wife Mary Dee Richard Nicks -- all of Vinton.Survivors include: step-father John Castille of...
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Melba Jean Landry

July 4, 1937 - December 2, 2015

Sulphur- Melba Jean Landry, 78, died Wednesday, December 2, 2015, in a local hospice. She was a native and lifelong resident of Vinton. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Vinton. Melba served as City Clerk (CME/AAE) for the town of Vinton with 34 years of service. She was one out of the sixteen in the State of Louisiana to become an Associate Certified Municipal Clerk on January...
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Arlen John Beard

February 18, 1932 - December 1, 2015

Vinton- Arlen J. Beard, 83, died Tuesday, December 1, 2015, in a local care center.He was a native and lifelong resident of Vinton and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Survivors include numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Orestia and Anna Beard; and his siblings, Claris Beard, Earlie "EJ" Beard, Leroy Beard, Elaine...
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Jack Arthur Brown

June 9, 1956 - November 7, 2015

Vinton- Jack Arthur "Jackie" Brown, 59, died Saturday, November 7, 2015, in his residence.Jackie was a lifelong resident of Vinton. He worked for several years in construction before becoming disabled. He enjoyed fishing and taking care of his dog, Lulu.Survivors include his siblings, Claudia Ginty and husband, Sean of London, England, Maureen Brown, Paul "Pete" Brown and wife...
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James Michael Trahan

August 1, 1953 - November 6, 2015

VINTON- James Michael Trahan, 62, died Friday, November 6, 2015 in a local hospital. He was a native of Orange, TX and lived in Vinton, LA for the last twenty-four years where he raised his family. He worked for the last six years as a manager at Dunham Price, LLC in Westlake. Big Mike loved his family, and was very involved with his sons and grandkids. He also coached his sons little league...
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Thomas Wayne Whatley

April 10, 1954 - October 31, 2015


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Lawrence Joseph Monceaux

September 17, 1944 - October 23, 2015

Lawrence Joseph "Larry" Monceaux, 71, died Friday, October 23, 2015, in a local hospice. He was a native of Lake Arthur and had been a resident of Vinton for over 40 years. Larry was a member of Boilermakers Local 587 in Orange, Texas and also a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Vinton.Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Judy Monceaux of Vinton; two children, Laura Jean Tipton...
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May P. Dugas

June 1, 1919 - October 14, 2015

May Philomon Dugas "Ms. Pap", 96, died peacefully in her home October 14, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. Ms. Pap, was born June 1, 1919 to her parents Blanche and Oscar Guillotte. She met and married the love of her life Waverly Joseph "Pap" Dugas on February 14, 1946. They were happily married for 56 years. Mr. and Ms. Pap were life-long residents of Vinton, LA where they are survived...
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Barbara Jowers

October 3, 1936 - September 18, 2015

VINTON- Barbara Jean Jowers, 78 passed away Friday, September 18, 2015.Barbara was a lifelong resident of the Vinton area. She was best known as a strong Christian and was a charter member of Crossroads Baptist Church serving as the clerk for 41 years. She served as a founding commissioner of the Niblett's Bluff Park Board, on which she served for 31 years. This fall, Barbara would have enjoyed...
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Richard Joseph Landry

October 4, 1930 - September 18, 2015

Richard "Rick" Joseph Landry, 84, passed away Friday, September 18, 2015.Rick, a native of Berwick, LA, has resided in Vinton for 35 years. He was a Veteran of the U. S. Army, serving in the Medic Unit. After 36 years of service, Rick retired from Asbestos Workers Local 22 in 1986. He was a "workaholic", a gifted woodworker and enjoyed fishing and spending time at his Toledo Bend Camp. Rick is...
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Lucille Mitchell

April 29, 1926 - August 29, 2015

Lucille Royer Mitchell, 89, died Saturday, August 29, 2015, in League City, Texas.Lucille was born April 29, 1926 to Raymond and Muriel Royer, residents of Big Woods, Louisiana. She became a Christian at the age of 12. This act of surrender to Jesus guided her choices throughout the rest of her life. Growing up in this small country community, she attended school in Vinton and graduated on May 25...
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Merlene Golda Trahan

July 28, 1935 - August 25, 2015

Merlene Golda Trahan, 80, died Tuesday, August 25, 2015, in a local hospice.She was a native of Mulhall, Oklahoma and had been a resident of Vinton for nearly 60 years. Merlene had a love for painting, gardening, and flowers, and especially enjoyed listening to music. She was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Survivors include her sons, Michael D. Trahan and wife, Pamela of Vinton,...
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Art Arthur Tyler

April 24, 1967 - August 21, 2015

Art TylerBEAUMONT- Earl Arthur "Art" Tyler, 48 passed away Friday, August 21, 2015 in a Beaumont, TX hospital. Art was raised in Vinton, LA and was a 1985 graduate of Vinton High School. In 2003 he moved to Bridge City, TX. He loved his job as a Safety Manager for Newtron Electric working at Exxon for several years where he also served as an active member of Exxon's CORE Team. Because of Art's...
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Elsie Eve Broussard

October 19, 1920 - July 29, 2015

Elsie Eve Broussard passed to a better place on July 29, 2015.She was born in Basile, LA on October 19, 1920 and moved to Vinton as a child. Elsie married and she and Walter raised their family in Vinton.Elsie was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters of America.She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Broussard; their oldest son, Walter Ray Broussard; her...
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Amosson Bumby Deshotel

December 30, 1946 - July 27, 2015

Starks- Amosson "Pete" "Bumby" Deshotel, 68, died Monday, July 27, 2015, in his residence. He was a lifelong resident of the Vinton/Starks area and enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.Survivors include his brothers, Morgan P. Deshotel, Wilfred "Peanut" Deshotel, and Henry Deshotel, all of Vinton; his sisters, Mary Gill of Moss Bluff, Eva Ledoux of...
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Verna Courville

August 22, 1928 - July 17, 2015


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Pixie Courville

August 21, 1928 - July 17, 2015

Vinton- Pixie Courville, 86, died Friday, July 17, 2015, in a local care center.She was a native and lifelong resident of Vinton. She worked as a receptionist for several years at the Vinton City Hall. Pixie enjoyed going to the casino, playing cards and Pokeno, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include her children, Marsha Walker...
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Theresa Moore

January 3, 1933 - July 16, 2015

VINTON - Theresa Moore, 82, passed away Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 7:47 pm.Theresa, a Kaplan native, has resided in Vinton for over 60 years, was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, and formerly worked for Calcasieu Marine National Bank. She was a devoted wife and mother, who dedicated herself to caring for others. Theresa loved cooking, gardening, attending church, and spending time with...
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Stella C. Sandifer

May 16, 1929 - July 13, 2015

VINTON- Stella was born May 16, 1929 in Vinton, LA and was called home on July 13, 2015 in Slidell, LA., where she and her husband of 68 years, Tom Sandifer, have resided for the last seven months. She was greeted into heaven by her mother, Lucy Courville; father, Ledon Courville; twelve brothers and sisters, as well as her beloved son, John "Johnny" Farrell Sandifer. Those left to cherish her...
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Janet Marie LeBouef

February 7, 1952 - July 3, 2015

Vinton-Janet Dugas LeBouef, 63, died Friday, July 3, 2015 in Lake Charles.She was a native of Vinton and a longtime resident of Sulphur. She loved to read books and loved her animals. Janet was a licensed CNA who loved the patients she cared for, and will be deeply missed. Survivors include her husband, Sanford Roy Jennings of Sulphur; three children, Chantelle Jaquillard of Vinton, Raymond Dean...
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Lucille B. Patin

January 9, 1933 - July 3, 2015

Lucille Patin, 82, died Friday, July 3, 2015, in her daughter's residence in Vinton. She was a native and lifelong resident of Vinton. Lucille enjoyed cooking and watching her favorite movie "The Wizard of Oz", but her greatest joy was spending time with her family. She thoroughly adored her grandchildren.Survivors include her children, Raymond Patin and wife, Sue, Willie Ray Patin...
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Michelle Lynn Vige

May 22, 1968 - June 20, 2015

Vinton- Michelle Lynn Vige, 47, passed away in her residence of natural causes.Michelle was a member of First Baptist Church of Vinton and Assistant Scout Leader of Troop 36. She loved her family and her grandson Liam was a big part of her life. She will be missed and loved by all who knew her.Those left to cherish her memory are her parents, Earl and Ida Vige of Longville; sister, Marile Vige of...
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Dudley Joseph Landry

December 30, 1945 - June 18, 2015

Joseph "DJ" Landry Jr., 69, died Thursday, June 18, 2015, at his residence.Mr. Dudley was a native of Vinton, where he had a family rice and bean farming business. He was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He also enjoyed riding horses, loved gardening and working in his yard. He was a 1963 graduate of Vinton High School. He retired from Lanxess Corp of Orange, Texas, in 2007. He...
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Jeannie J. Hubert

May 6, 1957 - June 14, 2015

VINTON - Jeannie Jowers Hubert, 58, passed away Sunday, June 14, 2015 in a local hospital surrounded by those she loved most. Jeannie was a lifelong Vinton resident and member of Crossroads Baptist Church. She worked in the banking industry for over 30 years in the Vinton area, the last 20 years with Cameron State/Iberiabank. The center of her world was her family; she enjoyed cooking for them...
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Mildred B. Watson

June 27, 1924 - June 13, 2015

VINTON - Mildred "Babe" Watson, 90, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2015 in a local hospice facility.A lifelong resident of the Vinton area, Babe was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary, John C. Bowden Post 208 and Welsh Memorial United Methodist Church. She enjoyed needlework, bingo and going on walks after supper. Babe was a jokester and loved to laugh. She is preceded in...
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James Reid

February 12, 1950 - May 28, 2015

VINTON - James A. Reid, 65, was entrusted to God's loving care on Thursday, May 28, 2015, in a local hospital.He was a native of South Carolina and had been a resident of Vinton for over 30 years. James was a mechanic by trade but loved hunting and fishing.Survivors include his wife, Earline Reid of Vinton; his mother, Elsie Reid Grant of Starks; father-in-law, Henry Stanley of Vinton; his...
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Bobby Breaux

March 12, 1958 - May 18, 2015

VINTON - Bobby Breaux, 57, passed away Monday, May 18, 2015. Bobby was a man who enjoyed the simple pleasures of life, being outdoors, fishing, working with horses, family cookouts, and just sitting on the porch. Family was important to him and he adored his children and grandchildren. Survivors include his wife Dolores Breaux; father, Emory Lee Breaux; sons, Joshua English, Cory English, Joshua...
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Ramon Flores

December 24, 1949 - May 10, 2015

Ramon Flores Jr., 65, died Sunday, May 10, 2015, in a local hospital.He was a native of Gregory, Texas, and had been a longtime resident of Vinton. He was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran serving as a Green Beret. Ramon enjoyed fishing, crabbing and spending time with his family, whom he loved deeply.Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Joyce Flores of Vinton; his three sons, Rod Thomas Flores,...
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Odalie Frederick

May 26, 1932 - May 7, 2015

Vinton- Odalie "Dolly" Frederick, 82, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. She was a native of New Iberia and had been a resident of Vinton for over 50 years. Dolly was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church serving as an Eucharist Minister, visiting and assisting parishioners who were sick and shut-in, and was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. ...
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