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Opelousas-Funeral services for Mrs. Dolores Quebedeaux Sibille will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 4, 2016, at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Opelousas. Madre Annie Etheridge will officiate the services. Interment will follow in the St. Charles Catholic Church Cemetery in Grand Coteau.

Mrs. Dolores was known to many as ''Dodley'' and ''MeMe.'' She was a native of Lafayette and a lifelong resident of Opelousas. She passed away on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at the Opelousas General Health System surrounded by her family at the age of 74. 

She was active in the community and participated in numerous organizations. She was a longtime member of the Opelousas Garden Club where she was active in Bal Masque. She was a devoted member of the St. Landry Preservationists Club where she also served on the Board of Directors for over 20 years and as well as Secretary. 

She lived her life to the fullest and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend. Lowell and Mrs. Dolores shared many cherished moments while Antique shopping and traveling to the casinos playing the Sizzling Seven Machines. She would meet weekly with her friends playing Pokeno and Mexican Dominos. 

Survivors include her husband of 27 years, Lowell A. Sibille, Jr. of Opelousas; two sons, David Doucet and wife, Jacinda, Chuck Doucet and wife, Melanie; two daughters, Michelle Pavy and husband, Felix, and Nichole Dupre and husband, Ray all of Opelousas; stepsons, Lowell A. Sibille III and wife, Wendy of Bayou Current, Blane Sibille and wife, Kitty of Austin, TX; stepdaughter, Jill Manuel and husband, Mark of Ohio; brother, Jerry Quebedeaux of Houston, TX; cousin, Paula Stevens of Crowley; and her grandchildren, Nikki Doucet, Chelsea St. Julien, Seth Doucet, Eugene R. Dupre II, Cameron Dupre, and Maria Pavy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clovis Quebedeaux and Odile Lagrange Quebedeaux Reed.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Sibille Funeral Home of Opelousas. A Rosary service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening in the funeral home. On Friday, visitation will continue in the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany from 8:00 a.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations can be made in memory of Dolores to St. Jude Hospital or to the charity of your choice.

Words of Comfort to the family may be expressed at www.sibillefuneralhomes.com. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sibille Funeral Home of Opelousas.
          Funeral services celebrating the life of James L. "Bo" Gill will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 26, 2016, in the Chapel or Hixson Brothers, Pineville, with the Reverand Bart Walker officiating.  Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Ball.
 
Pallbearers honored to serve will be Joshua Gates, Jason Mizell, John Marien, Blake Rikard, Robert Duncan and Wade Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be the employees of Hixson Brothers.
The family asks that friends call at Hixson Brothers, Pineville, after 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. Sunday, September 25, 2016, and continue Monday, from 8:00 a.m. until the time of service.
 
Growing up, Bo was active in the Boy Scouts, was an Eagle Scout and a member of The Order of The Arrow. In high school, Bo played football as running back for the DeRidder High School Dragons. He was affectionately known by his team mates as "Bouncing Bo". He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force and during his working life, was a funeral director for Hixson Brothers for over 45 years. His great passion was the outdoors, thoroughly enjoying hunting and fishing. 
 
His parents, W.H. and Velma Jones Gill, precede him in death.
 
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 43 years, Voylene Floyd Gill; his sons, Mark Gates and James L. Gill, Jr.; his daughter, Cathy Gill Williams and her husband Wade; grandchildren, Joshua Gates, Hannah Gates, Avery Williams, Annabelle Williams, Sarah Williams and Georgia Williams; brother, Dr. Billy Gill and his wife, Sharon; sister, Jo Frances Keel and her husband, Bennie; and a host of other family members and friends. 
 
To extend on-line condolences to the Gill family, please contact us at www.hixsonbrothers.com.
          Joann Cornish Delhomme
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at a 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church for Mrs. Rene' Donat "Poochie" Delhomme, the former Beverly "Joann" Cornish, 79, who died at 8:58 AM at her residence in Lafayette surrounded by her loving family. 

Reverend Gary Schexnayder, Pastor, will be Celebrant of the Funeral Mass and conduct the services. Con Celebrant will be the Very Reverend Msgr. Russell J. Harrington, VE. Lectors will be Seth Greene and Vicki Delhomme. Giftbearers will be all of her granddaughters. Musicians will be Francis LeBlanc, Jodi Bollich, Karen Broussard, Kevin Martin, Will Green and Lauren Baker. Musical Selections will be, "If They Could See Me Now", "The Lord's Prayer", "Pie Jesu","Psalm 23", "Ave Maria"," Panis Angelicus", "Easter Hallelujah" and "I Will Always Love You". 

Interment will take place in the Peace Chapel Mausoleum at Lafayette Memorial Park. 

She was preceded in death by: her parents? her loving husband of 43 years, Rene' Donat "Poochie" Delhomme, Sr? and her oldest son, Rene Donat Delhomme, Jr. 

Survivors include three daughters, Monique Alice Delhomme Wesh and her husband Chris, Janice Inez Delhomme Camel and her husband Nicky and Deborah Jo Delhomme Greene and her husband Seth? four sons, Danny Jude Delhomme and his wife Vicki, Francis Timothy Delhomme and his wife Tina, Darrell John Delhomme and his wife Lori and  Gabriel RT Delhomme and his wife Kelly? one sister, Deborah Ann Cornish Barrett? one sisterinlaw, Daphne Delhomme James and twenty three grandchildren, Timothy Luke Delhomme, Brady Thomas Delhomme, Brandon David Burleigh, Lauryn Michelle Burleigh, Cameron Joseph Delhomme, Christopher William Wesh, Bryce Matthew Wesh, Beau Michael Wesh, Beverly Marie Wesh, Noelle Knight Delhomme, Peighton Ruby Delhomme, Addison Renee Delhomme, Kirstie Ann Camel, Kaitlyn Renee Camel, Korin Alice Camel, Dylan Jacob Delhomme, Ashely Claire Delhomme, Brodie Delhomme, Gracie Renee Greene, Sophie Ryan Greene, Regan John Greene, Gabriel Abram Delhomme and Caroline Ava Delhomme? a nephew, Jason Barrett and his wife Brandi and numerous nieces and nephews. 
         

Joseph Harry Fruge

Joseph Harry Fruge, 87, died Friday, March 4, 2016, in a local hospital.

He was a native of Coulee Croix and had lived in Sulphur most of his life. Harry was a member of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic church. He worked construction for many years but spent the majority of his life working as a funeral director. He was employed with Hixson Funeral Homes for several years before his retirement. Harry stayed busy doing things around the house such as woodworking and gardening, but he also enjoyed watching boxing and mixed martial arts, as well as spending time with his family. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Survivors include his children, Rickey Joseph Fruge and wife, Vickie, Marilyn Fruge Knauf, and Charlotte Istre and husband, Gerald, all of Sulphur; ten grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Fruge; two sisters; and three brothers.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 9, in Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home. Deacon Patrick Lapoint will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery in Lake Charles. Visitation is from 3-9 p.m. Tuesday with a rosary service at 7 p.m. and from 8 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday in the funeral home. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.

         
Evelyn Trahan "Red" Istre
January 23, 2016

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 26, 2016 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church for Evelyn Trahan “Red” Istre, 96, who died January 23, 2016 at Southwind Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Fr. Mikel Polson, pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church will be officiating for the services.  The family is requesting visiting hours to be held Monday from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  A rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Monday.  Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Ms. Istre was a devoted member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church since the existence of the parish.  She started her career at Louisiana Bank and then was the receptionist at Broussard, Poche, Lewis, and Breaux for many years until her retirement.

She is survived by six sons, Dennis J. Istre and his wife, Mary Beth of Crowley, Michael H. Istre of Crowley, Gerald W. Istre and his wife, Sandra of Lafayette, Gregory P. Istre and his wife, Robyn of Crowley, Ray C. Istre of Waco, TX, and Anthony J. “Tiger” Istre and his wife, Debby of Evangeline; one sister, Patricia T. Schneider and her husband, Ray of Roberts Cove; one brother, R.C. Trahan and his wife, Mac of Tucker, GA; one sister-in-law, Mary S. Trahan of Crowley; nineteen grandchildren, and eighteen great-grandchildren.

Ms. Istre is preceded in death by her husband, Harry J. Istre; her parents, Calise and Amy Simon Trahan; two sisters, Ruby M. Trahan, and Rita T. Privat; and one brother, Glady J. Trahan.

Those who wish to make memorial contributions may do so to Redemptorist Catholic School: 606 South Avenue N   Crowley, LA 70526

Condolences may be sent to the family by www.geesey-ferguson.com

Arrangements have been entrusted to Geesey-Ferguson Funeral Home of Crowley.
         

Julius J. "Skip" Montet
May 22, 1947 - September 1, 2015

Opelousas - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Julius J. "Skip" Montet. Visiting will be held in the LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas on Thursday, September 3, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and will resume at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, September 4, 2015 until a 10:00 a.m. rosary is led by Reverend Gary Schexnayder, followed by an 11:00 a.m. funeral service led by Pastor Benny Reppond. Interment will follow at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Church Cemetery in Lafayette, LA.

Skip, a resident of Opelousas, LA, died on Monday, September 1, 2015, at his residence. Skip will be greatly missed by his family, friends and the community that he so loved.

Skip was born May 22, 1947 on Weeks Island, LA, graduated from New Iberia High School and soon after began driving ambulances for a New Iberia funeral home which began his lifelong passion and career in the funeral profession. Skip graduated from Commonwealth School of Science in Houston, TX in 1968 and worked briefly in New Iberia until accepting a management job in 1973 with the Ardoin Funeral Home in Opelousas. From then until his death, Skip was the acting manager and President of the LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Homes.

Skip's community involvement is what led to his 43 years of success in Opelousas and the surrounding communities. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, where he served as the past Grandmaster of Louisiana; he was the acting State Treasurer for the Grand Lodge of Louisiana. Skip was a member of the Opelousas Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Opelousas Little Theater, past member of the Opelousas Rotary Club, the Opelousas Sertoma Club and a lifetime member of the Opelousas Elks Lodge 1048. He served as past secretary for the Southwest Louisiana Funeral Directors Association and was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association. Because of his success in the community that he so loved, Skip received numerous business awards for his accomplishments as a funeral home manager.

Skip Montet's tireless work ethic, his kindness and caring influenced and molded many young funeral directors who were blessed to have had him as their mentor.

He is survived by his daughters, Molly M. Young of Shepherd, TX, Nora Lynn Fruge and husband, Alan, of Warren, TX, and Pattie Conroy and husband, Michael, of Opelousas, LA; his sisters, Laura Montet and John Melancon, of New Iberia, LA and Patsy Comeaux and husband, Roland, of Lydia, LA and his sisters-in-law, Sissy Montet and Peggy Montet. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren, William Williams and wife, Laci; Trea' Mutter III and wife, Brandy, Payton Haltom, Morgan Young, Cole Young, Jonathan Fruge and wife, Susie, Hanna Andrews and husband, Kenyon, Joseph Conroy and Abbey Conroy; 7 great-grandchildren, Zack Williams, Sha Sha Williams, Jillian Williams, Aayden Andrews, K.K. Reed, Bubbie Reed and Marcus Reed and a host of nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Durand Montet; his parents, Philip and Antoine ''Peanut'' Lalonde Montet and his brothers, Dennis Montet, Glenn Montet and Gerald Montet.

Pallbearers will be Trea' Mutter III, William Williams, Joseph Conroy, Michael Conroy, Kenyon Andrews, Greg Veillon and honorary pallbearers will be Cole Young, Bubbie Reed, Marcus Reed and Zack Williams.

The family requests that donations in Skip's name be made to the National Parkinson's Foundation, 200 Southeast 1st St, Suite 800, Miami, FL, 33131 or call 1-800-473-4636.

Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at www.lafondardoin.com.

LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas, 2845 South Union Street, Opelousas, LA 70570 (337-942-2638) as been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
         

Jerry Dale Watson
January 22, 1938 - August 15, 2015

Jerry Dale Watson, owner of the kindest smile, warmest heart and the sweetest man to ever to call Morgan City his home passed away on August 15, 2015. He was 77 years young.      

Visitation and services for Jerry were held on Tuesday, August 18 beginning at 9am until time of service at Pharr Chapel Methodist Church of Morgan City. A Masonic Service preceded the celebration of Jerry's life at 11am. Graveside services followed in the Morgan City Cemetery.

Born in Smackover, AR, Jerry graduated from Heidelberg High School in Heidelberg, MS and went on to earn his Bachelors of Science from Mississippi Southern College, now known as University of Southern Mississippi. After starting his professional career as an office manager with Bibbins and Rice Electronics Inc., Jerry went on to work for Franklin Jr. High School as a teacher of Remedial Math and Language. Later, he spent seven years as the greatest funeral director at Hargrave Funeral Home, helping families through hard times with compassion and love.

Keeping himself busy and socially active, Jerry was an artist and loved painting many of the plantation homes of Louisiana. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge # 87 in Lafayette, part of the St. Mary Shrine Club of Acacia Temple of Baton Rouge, a member of the St. Mary Parish Selective Service Commission as well as a member, past secretary and treasurer, and past master of the Doric Lodge # 205. Jerry was also a dedicated member of Pharr Chapel Methodist Church of Morgan City. Truly, there are few people as good and kind as Jerry Watson.          

Loved ones who will forever cherish Jerry's memory are his wife of 50 years, Carolyn Songe Watson; his daughter, Kathleen Watson Hodges; his son, Jack Leonce Watson and his wife, Holly; five grandchildren, Margaret Caroline Hodges, Beth Madelyn Watson, Olivia Kathleen Watson, Abigail Lynn Watson, and Bridget Carolyn Watson; two nephews, Michael Wayne Watson and his wife, Rachel, and Ted J Watson and his wife, Theresa; and one great niece, Morgan Watson, not to mention the many, many, many lifelong friendships he made during his lifetime.         

Jerry was reunited in heaven with his father, Preston Thetford Watson; his mother, Fleta Gertrude Farmer Watson; and two brothers, Thetford Wayne Watson and Jack M. Watson.        

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Jerry's happy memory to the youth group at Pharr Chapel Methodist Church of Morgan City.                                       

      
EUNICE~It is with heavy hearts that the family of Houston Fontenot announces his passing on the morning of Tuesday, July 07, 2015, at Eunice Manor surrounded by his loved ones at the age of 82. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 pm on Friday, July 10, 2015, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Eunice. Burial will follow in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery with Father Randy Moreau officiating.

Houston proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He retired from Ardoin’s Funeral Home as a Manager and Funeral Director after servicing families for over 36 years. Houston was a volunteer fireman for over 20 years, an assistant volunteer Fire Chief for several years, a member of the American Legion, a past member of the Eunice Lion’s Club and a parishioner and usher of St. Thomas More. He loved his wife and family and enjoyed spending time with them. He was a supportive and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend and will be very deeply missed by his loving wife of 56 years, Sandra Richard Fontenot of Eunice; his three daughters, Dana Hollier and husband, Lloyd of Eunice, Arlene Guidry and husband, Terry of Carencro, and Suzanne Fontenot of Abbeville; two brothers, Huvan Fontenot of Corona, CA and Wayne Fontenot and wife, Jackie of Mamou; three sisters, Isabelle Prejean, Juanita Miller and husband, Herman, and Audrey Martel and husband, Gerald all of Eunice; eight grandchildren, Steven Hollier and wife, Haley, Shelly Hollier, Keri Hollier, Terie Nichole Patin and husband, Korrey, Geoffrey Guidry and wife, Annie, Kalyn Benoit and husband, Daniel, Zachary Guidry and wife, Krystal, and McKenzie Guidry; nine great grandchildren, Addison and Lilly Hollier, Alivia and Kason Patin, Evelyn Guidry, Briley and Emery Benoit, Caiden and Zoey Guidry; as well as extended family and dear friends.

He is preceded in death by his son, Darby Fontenot; father, Poleg Fontenot; mother, Media LaFleur Fontenot and step-father, Jean Pierre Fontenot.

At the request of the family, visitation will be held at Ardoin's Funeral Home in Eunice on Thursday, July 9th, from 2:00 pm until 10:00 pm and again on Friday, July 10th, from 8:00 am until time of services. Father Randy Moreau will recite a Rosary at 7:00 pm Thursday evening.

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.
Former State Senator and local business woman, civic leader and patron of the arts, Virginia Ruth Kilpatrick Shehee left her extraordinary life on July 6,2015. Funeral services will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 275 Southfield Road, Shreveport, LA 71105 at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 10, 2015. Interment will follow at Forest Park Cemetery, 3700 St. Vincent Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71103. Officiating will be The Reverend Paul D. Martin. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 1815 Marshall Street, Shreveport, LA 71101.
 
A fifth generation Texan, descended from one of The Old Three Hundred families who settled with Stephen F. Austin in 1824, Virginia was born in Houston on July 12, 1923, to Nell Peters and Lonnie Benjamin Kilpatrick. Her parents moved to Shreveport during the Great Depression and founded both Kilpatrick Life Insurance Company and Rose-Neath Funeral Home. Lonnie was a man of vision imparting this trait to his daughter who began working at Kilpatrick Life Insurance while still in high school with summers spent as a secretary for future Governor Jimmy Davis. She often enjoyed visiting Davis and his family in the Governor's Mansion. Governor Davis took advantage of their lifelong friendship to later lobby Senator Shehee to make his song, You Are My Sunshine, the official state song of Louisiana. She was a proud graduate of C.E. Byrd High School and attended Stephens College for one year. Her father missed her so much that he bribed her with the promise of a Ford Roadster to come home. She then attended Centenary College of Louisiana where she obtained a Bachelor's of Arts in English in 1943 and was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity. This began a deep-rooted affiliation with Centenary where Virginia was a Trustee and led to the creation of Kilpatrick Auditorium and Shehee Stadium. Three of her children and two of her grandchildren followed her attending Centenary. After graduation, she worked on her Master's Degree in Social Work at Southern Methodist University.
 
A trip to Germany to visit friends after World War II became an unexpected opportunity to work for the American Red Cross. Virginia lived and worked in Germany, remarkably participating in the Berlin Airlift. Subsequently, she married John Andrew Guy, and they moved to Washington, D.C. She returned to Shreveport with their three children, Shane, Andy, and Nell, and resumed her work in the family businesses as a funeral director and insurance professional. Virginia married William Peyton Shehee, Jr. and they had their daughter, Margaret. Together they led Kilpatrick Life Insurance Company to become the largest domestic life insurance company in Louisiana. In 1971, upon the untimely death of her mother in a plane crash, Virginia became President/CEO of both companies and at the time of her retirement was elected Chairman Emeritus. Under her leadership, Kilpatrick Life Insurance Company grew to 10 offices in Louisiana and Texas, and Rose-Neath has 12 funeral homes and 3 cemeteries in Louisiana.
 
Virginia K. Shehee is regarded as one of the most well-known businesswomen and philanthropists in the State of Louisiana. Her interest in politics led to being elected on her own merits as the first woman in the Louisiana State Senate. Her political trailblazing opened the door for those seeking public office for generations to come. She proudly served the 38th District, and after her term ended, her door was always open to her constituents and many aspiring politicians who sought her counsel.
 
Her commitment to community spanned cultural, civic, and academic spheres, which led to volunteering time, talent, and resources to serve in various capacities. She was Chairman Emeritus of Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana, The State Fair of Louisiana, National Board of Community Renewal International, and Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. After Shreveport Symphony Maestro John Shenaut showed Virginia the dilapidated state of The Strand Theatre, Virginia along with Jim Montgomery and Judd Tooke not only rescued the historic Strand from the wrecking ball, but helped restore the theatre to its original glory. Virginia served as a Past Chairman of Life Insurers Conference, Louisiana Insurers' Conference, Louisiana Life Insurance Guarantee Association, and past Board Member of American Council of Life Insurance. Kilpatrick Life and others in the insurance industry honored Virginia with The Kilpatrick Life Insurance Company Endowed Chair for Insurance and Financial Service at Louisiana State University in Shreveport (LSUS). She was a member of Shreveport Committee of 100 and served as Chairman of Louisiana Committee of 100 for Economic Development and was a supporter of Council for a Better Louisiana and SECURE Louisiana. Virginia was a fervent supporter of the armed services and was honored to serve on the Board of Trustees for National D-Day Museum in New Orleans. She was also elected and served as the first woman Senior Warden of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. She was invited to become one of the first women members of Rotary Club of Shreveport, where she became a Paul Harris Fellow in support of Rotary Foundation, and was a member of Business Committee for The Arts, as well as a Fellow, Royal Society of the Arts in London, England.
 
A champion for education, she was on the Southfield School Foundation Board, life member of Centenary College of Louisiana Board of Trustees and a member of the Alumni Hall of Fame, and named "Sweetheart For Life" by the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity in which her son, son-in-law, and grandson are all members. She served on the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors and was named a Distinguished Business Executive on Campus at LSUS as well as a member of the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction. Nicholls State University then inducted her into the Women in Government Hall of Fame; she was a member of the Transition Team on Higher Education for Governors Buddy Roemer and Mike Foster, Co-Chair of Governor Bobby Jindal's Transition Committee on Ethics, Board of Directors for Louisiana Governor's Mansion Foundation, and served on the Judicial Council of the Louisiana Supreme Court. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Centenary College of Louisiana and an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. She was especially proud to be named one of the first five members of the C.E. Byrd High School Hall of Fame.
 
Special honors and awards include the Benemerenti Medal conferred by Pope John Paul II and presented to her by Bishop William Friend of the Catholic Diocese of Shreveport for outstanding community service. In 1996, the Biomedical Research Institute was named in her honor. Although she was given credit for the advancement of Biomed, she was quick to credit those whose leadership preceded hers. She was inducted as a Business Laureate into the Junior Achievement of North Louisiana Business Hall of Fame, received the Shreveport Medical Society award for Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of Medicine, Clyde E. Fant Memorial Award for Community Service, and was the first woman to be named "Mr. Shreveport" by the Optimist Club. Virginia was inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame and named a Louisiana Public Broadcasting Louisiana Legend.
 
For her generosity and vision, she received a host of awards; some of which include the following: Liberty Bell Award from Shreveport Bar Association; Arthritis Foundation Award; the Patron of Architecture from Louisiana Architecture Foundation; "Pilot of the Year" of LSUS; and the Philanthropy, Volunteerism and Community Leadership Award from Louisiana Association of Non-Profit Organizations. She also received the Distinguished Sales Award from Sales & Marketing Executives of Shreveport/Bossier, and Samaritan Counseling Center's Samaritan Award. From the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, she was the first woman to be named Business Leader of the Year and was honored to have the Virginia Shehee Service Award established by Southern Hills Business Association. From Rotary Club of Shreveport, she received the Service Above Self Award; in recognition of her service, March of Dimes named her Citizen of the Year, and Volunteers of America bestowed the Light House Award. One of her most cherished honors was receiving the Mary Johnston Award for Outstanding Service from the Gardens of the American Rose Society, which her mother had been instrumental in bringing to Shreveport.
 
She will be remembered for her love of family and friends, books, travel, and animals. If you came to her office, you were sure to meet one of her four-legged family members whose companionship Virginia treasured. She was a voracious reader and book lover, even chairing the Southfield School Book Fair. She cherished Centenary College, in all its many dimensions, attending as many baseball and basketball games and choir concerts as her schedule permitted. Having served on the LSU Board of Supervisors, she cheered for her LSU Tigers and loved Tiger Stadium on Saturday nights. She had a gift for laughter and putting everyone at ease, and her "never met a stranger" attitude extended to so many facets of her life, from her dedicated support of The State Fair Junior Livestock Sale to portraying Martha Washington in the "Shreveport Junior League Follies." A longtime supporter of the local arts, Virginia took great pleasure in attending performances ranging from amateur to professional companies, delighting in the latest offering at The Strand to Shreveport Symphony's new season. Virginia loved to travel the world with her dear family and friends, looking forward to the adventure which lay ahead. A longtime flyer with Delta Airlines, they acknowledged her support by designating her with the title of "Flying Colonel" long before such distinctions occurred.
 
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister, Ann Shane Kilpatrick. She is survived by her children, Ann Shane Shehee, Andrew Michael Shehee, Nell Elizabeth Shehee Kramer and husband, Graham, and Margaret Scott Shehee Cole and husband, David; former daughter-in-law, Gigi Goodwin Shehee; grandchildren, Ryan Goodwin and Cory Goodwin and Leila Kramer and Sarah Kramer; and the children of her late lifelong friend, Priscilla Crosby Rice: Vincent D. Rice, Jr. and wife, Kay; Dr. Joe C. Rice and wife, Stella; Priscilla Ann Rice McLean and husband, Robert; cousin, Nancy Shehee Paylor Cecil and husband, Waldo; a host of cousins, godchildren, and special friends too numerous to name.
 
Honoring Virginia as pallbearers will be Charles E. Brown, Max A. Corley, James K. Elrod, John A. Hensarling, Roy James, Charlie McBride, Sid Potts, Lamar P. Pugh, Alvin P. Rabenhorst, W. Clinton Rasberry, Jr., Dr. Joe C. Rice, Vincent D. Rice, Jr., Sylvester Schufford, John F. Sharp, Ken Sheppard, Garrett Vogel and Donald J. Zadeck.
 
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be the employees of Kilpatrick Life Insurance, Rose-Neath Funeral Homes, Cemeteries, Crematorium, and Flower Shop, former and current members of the Centenary College of Louisiana Board of Trustees, Virginia K. Shehee Biomedical Research Foundation, Ben E. Coleman, The Board of Directors of The State Fair of Louisiana and ArkLaTex Agriculture Council, Johnnie Combs, Commissioner James J. Donelon, and Senator J. Bennett Johnston, Jr.
 
The Shehee family would like to express their sincerest and deepest appreciation to those steadfast and loyal to Virginia for these many years. Blanchie May Smith has our sincerest gratitude for her many years of loving devotion. Jackie Wine, her executive assistant, is thanked for her 25 years of dedication. Her companions for the last four and a half years who contributed to her wellbeing, Tracy Richardson, Van Combs, Alison Willis, Freeda Adams, and Joyce Gatlin made her final years ones of comfort and care. The employees of companies, doctors, especially Dr. Gunjan Kahlon, nurses, staff of Willis Knighton Health System, University Health, Mayo Clinic, and the staff of Divine Health Care provided unsurpassed care.
 
The family suggests memorials made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 275 Southfield Road, Shreveport, LA 71105; Shreveport Symphony, 616 Jordan Street, Shreveport, LA 71101; Centenary College of Louisiana, 2911 Centenary Boulevard, Shreveport, LA 71104; Biomedical Research Foundation, 2031 Kings Highway, Shreveport, LA 71103; Robinson's Rescue, 2515 Line Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71104; Nena Plant Wideman Piano Competition, c/o Shreveport Symphony Guild, Inc., P.O. Box 52296, Shreveport, LA 71135; The Strand Theatre, 619 Louisiana Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71101, or to charity of donor's choice.
 
While Virginia was humbled by the accolades she received throughout her lifetime, she was most proud of her children and the contributions she was able to make to her community. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/shreveporttimes/obituary.aspx?n=virginia-ruth-kilpatrick-shehee&pid=175240971&fhid=10218#sthash.1iVFBIEl.dpuf.
Gerald J. Robin, Sr.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, January 30, 2015, at a 2:00 PM Mass of Christian Burial in Delhomme Chapel of the Flowers in Lafayette, for Gerald J. Robin, Sr., 71, who passed away on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at his home in Scott.
Interment will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Reverend Gary Schexnayder, Pastor of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Lafayette, will be the Celebrant of the Funeral Mass and will conduct the funeral services.
Mr. Robin was a lifelong resident of Lafayette and worked in many capacities, since he was 13 years old, for the Delhomme Ambulance Company and then Delhomme Funeral Home, Inc.  He proudly served as a member of the Louisiana National Guard; was an avid fisherman; enjoyed Cajun Music and Dancing with his wife, Linda; and loved pets, especially his dog, Otis, who he spoiled terribly.  He was a car enthusiast and a day didn't go by when he wasn't attending to his vehicles.  Gerald was a family man and cherished the moments he spent with family and friends.  He will be dearly missed by his family and friends; the Delhomme Family and all of his coworkers; and many people throughout the Acadiana area.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Linda Thibodeaux Robin; one son, Gerald J. "Bubba" Robin, Jr.; six sisters, Barbara Goudeaux, Diane Williamson, Audrey Fontenot, Linda Wells, Michelle Toney and Jeanne Verret; and one brother, David Richard.
He was preceded in death by Elie and Alice Thibodeaux Robin; and two sisters.
The family requests that visiting hours be observed on Thursday, January 29, 2015 in Delhomme Funeral Home on Bertrand from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. A Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 PM on Thursday evening in the funeral home. Visiting hours will continue on Friday from 8:00 AM until the time of service.
Pallbearers will be Alvin Dugas, Ernest Roger, Mike Strong, Huey Smith, Jason Vidrine and Chris LaFleur.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Gerald J. "Bubba" Robin, Jr. and Duane Delhomme.
The family would like to thank Dr. Jayme Trahan, Hospice of Acadiana, Lafayette Physical Rehabilitation Hospital and Dr. Karen Roden, for their compassionate care.
Memorial contributions can be made in Gerald Robin's name to Hospice of Acadiana, 2600 Johnston St., Suite 200, Lafayette, LA 70503 or on their website at www.HospiceAcadiana.com.
Personal condolences may be sent to the Robin family at www.delhommefuneralhome.com.
Delhomme Funeral Home, 1011 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, LA is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Richard "Dick" Sprigg: 1931-2014
Richard Eugene "Dick" Sprigg, died Saturday, October 25, 2014, in a local hospital. Dick was a native of Beaumont, Texas and had been a resident of Sulphur since 1968. He was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He was a Corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He served as a Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts of America, received the Silver Beaver Award, and was a recipient and instructor in Wood Badge. Mr. Sprigg was a member of Maplewood Hollywood Lions Club for many years. He began his career in the funeral business by driving an ambulance for Broussard's Mortuary in Beaumont, Texas and later graduated from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, Texas with an Associate Degree in Mortuary Science. He worked for 36 years at Sulphur Funeral Homes before retiring from Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Homes. 
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Pauline Townsend Clark: 1936 - 2014
Polly as she was known to most was born at Wayside Community on Christmas morning 1936, to the union of her parents Floyd and Mary Wollerson Townsend and was received by her Heavenly Father on Wednesday morning September 24, 2014 at St. Francis Medical Center after an extended illness.
She was a resident of Winnsboro; she was a member of Wayside Pentecostal Church; where she served for many years as song leader and Sunday School Teacher; after thirty years as an elementary school teacher she retired, then retired as a licensed funeral director.
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Danny W. Lejeune: 1945-2014
A Christian by faith and a long-standing member of the First United Methodist Church of New Iberia, Danny was a Funeral Director at David Funeral Home and previously worked at Evangeline Funeral Home, providing for the community at a moment’s notice. Committed beyond dedication, he was a true professional who was always at his best when giving to others. In 1965 Danny became a License Funeral Director and began spending his lifetime in service to others. He spent countless hours of his time to ensure those who suffered a loss were taking care of beyond what was expected, and throughout his career he was always punctual.
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Betty Jo LeDoux Charlet: 1925 - 2014
Betty Jo Ledoux Charlet, “Mammaw” to her family, a resident of Clinton, LA, died on Friday, August 22, 2014. She was 89 years old. Born in 1925, she grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana. She married George “Buddy” Charlet Sr. in 1943. In 1947, they moved to Clinton, LA and founded Charlet Funeral Home, Inc. in partnership with Charles A. “CA” Charlet Jr. Charlet Funeral Home, Inc. has proudly served her community for three generations.
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John Julius "Twenty" Carriere: 1941-2014
Julius "Twenty" Carriere died April 11, 2014 in Opelousas, LA after a lengthy illness at the age of 72. Julius was born on May 31, 1941 in Church Point, to the parents of Mentor Carrier Sr. & Alma Lavergne. Julius was a man who enjoyed the simplicities of life, a man of few words, but when he did speak it was usually about his joy for football, geography & history (especially the World Wars). 
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Leroy W. Ordoyne: 1932-2014
Leroy W. Ordoyne, 82, died February 11, 2014 at 10:05 AM. He was a native and resident of Thibodaux, LA and licensed funeral director since 1954. Leroy was a parishioner of St. Joseph Co-Cathedral. He was a graduate from Thibodaux College and a 1954 graduate of the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Sciences. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. He is the retired General Manager and Funeral Director for Landry's Funeral Home and Thibodaux Funeral Home. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed going to the camp, cooking and traveling.
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Billie Delhomme: 1934-2014
Billie was a native of Scott, Louisiana the daughter of the late Rock Stanley Mouton and the former Cecile Hebert. Lafayette was where she grew up, married and raised her family, while contributing time to the family business, Delhomme Funeral Home, Inc. She lived her life as St. Augustine professed, “What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.”
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