Member Obituaries

LFDA Member Obituaries

          Nathan "Coon" Cyril Menard
February 11, 2933 - September 16, 2020

Nathan "Coon" Cyril Menard, father of LFDA Member Pat Menard, passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at his daughters home surrounded by his family in Maxie, LA.  

Nathan “Coon” Menard began playing house dances with his father at a very young age. In 1962, he formed his band, The Rayne Playboys. They had many recordings and were a popular band in the local dancehalls. An accordionist, vocalist, and songwriter, Nathan has performed with Adam Hebert, Lawrence Walker, The Balfa Brothers, Jay W. Pelsia, Bernard Thibodeaux, The Touchet Brothers, and Mitt Melancon, just to mention only a few of the many accomplished musicians. He was still entertaining in his later years with Gervis Matte and the Branch Playboys and performed many weekends at Prejean’s Restaurant. One of Nathan’s many proud moments was when his album, “The Cajun Swing”, was inducted into the Smithsonian Institute of Cajun Music. 
Nathan shared his love for Cajun music and its culture with many people throughout the United States by preforming at many festivals and workshops where he helped many learn how to play the Cajun accordion. He also gave back to his early-day followers as he regularly performed in local guest homes.
During his lifetime, Nathan was honored with many awards and achievements. In 2000, he was inducted into the Rayne/Acadia Parish “Hall of Fame” and presented with a Signature Award for his outstanding contribution to our rich musical heritage. In 2016, he and his band, The Rayne Playboys, were awarded by the CFMA with the “Tribute to Cajun Musicians” award. In 2017, Nathan was honored by the Cajun Culture Association for his many years of dedication to the preservation of his Cajun culture and music.
In addition to his career in music, Nathan was also very well-known through his many years of selling life insurance. He was employed by Security Industrial and Monumental Life Insurance companies for numerous years. Nathan visited and cared for his many clients on a daily basis which earned him many prestigious company awards.  
Nathan was an avid gardener and provided his family and many friends with vegetables. People would travel from near and far to visit with him and get his famous freshly cut and cooked okra.
His humbleness, generous heart, warm smile, love for his family, and his love for preserving the heritage of Cajun music and culture, are some of the many things that will be greatly missed about Nathan.
Survivors include his three sons, Patrick Menard of Breaux Bridge, Bradley Menard and spouse Tina of Lafayette, Michael Abshire and spouse Carol of Tallahassee, FL, three daughters, Zona Menard Terro and spouse Vic of Indian Bayou, Carolyn Menard Adkins and spouse Tim of Maxie, Cindy Wiche and spouse Frank of Breaux Bridge, one step daughters, Debra G. Williams of Crowley, three brothers, Leray Menard of Carencro, Clayton Menard and spouse Dorothy of Sunset, James Menard of Cankton, seven children that look up to him as a father, JoAnn Simon, Susan and Randy Simon, Patricia Deville, Lynette Reed, Linda Robicheaux, Cynthia Johnson, twenty-one grandchildren, Benji Terro and spouse Kirsten, Dustin Terro and spouse Tiffany, Eric Terro and spouse Stephanie, Dylan Terro and spouse Jolie, Scott Adkins and spouse Laci, Hunter Adkins and spouse Victoria, Ty Adkins, Kenny Abshire and spouse Nikki, Marian Abshire, Jeremy Abshire and spouse Shantel, Barry Abshire, DJ Abshire and spouse Natalie, Jenny York and spouse Scott, Casey Abshire, Ann Johnson and spouse Katie, Blayne Abshire and spouse Angel, Katie Duke and spouse James, Grant Williams and spouse Leah, Cameron Williams and spouse Michaela, Kenny Abshire and spouse Megan, Mamie Abshire, thirty-one great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Anna Marie T. Menard, second wife, Betty Menard, three sons, Kenneth Abshire, David Abshire, Glenn Menard, father, Ursin Menard, mother, Dora Venable Menard, one brother, Leroy L. Menard, four sisters, Genevieve Menard, Vergie Martin, Verlace Menard, Rosanelle Menard, one grandson, Johathan Terro.
Pallbearers will be DJ Abshire, Barry Abshire, James Duke, Tim Adkins, Vic Terro, Bradley Menard, Ty Adkins, Hunter Adkins, Dustin Terro, Dylan Terro, Eric Terro, Kenny Abshire, Scott Adkins, Benji Terro, Jeremy Abshire, Blayne Abshire, Grant Williams, Cameron Williams.
A Rosary will be prayed Friday, September 18, 2020 at 6:30 pm in Gossen Funeral Home in Rayne LA.
The family requests that visitation be observed in Gossen Funeral Home in Rayne LA on Friday, September 18, 2020 from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm and on Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 8:00 am to 10:30 am.

Rayne/Crowley, LA - Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at a 11:00 am Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rayne for Nathan "Coon" Cyril Menard, 87, who died Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at his daughters home surrounded by his family in Maxie, LA.  
Interment will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery #2 in Rayne, LA.
Rev. Brent Smith, Pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rayne, LA will be the Celebrant of the Funeral Mass and will conduct the funeral services.
The Menard family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Robert Aertker, Lamb Hospice, nurse Courtney, Ashley, and Freda for their care and compassion they provide to our father during his illness.
Friends may view the obituary and guestbook online at
Arrangements have been entrusted to Gossen Funeral Home, Inc. of Rayne, LA, (337) 334-3141.
          John Vickers
April 25, 2020

On Saturday, April 25, 2020, Louisiana's community of funeral professionals lost an invaluable member, in the passing of John N. Vickers, III, at the age of 79.
He was the devoted husband of Meredith "Dee" Lemoine Vickers. Loving father of John Joseph Vickers (Mindy), Debra Lynn Vickers (Troy LeBlanc), and Deral Lynn Morse (Ricky). Proud grandfather of Jonathan (Ashlyn Jessie), Payton, and Braden Vickers; Brandon and Amber Gross, and Tiffany Droddy (Patrick); Dani and Derrick Morse; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, the late John N. Vickers, Jr., and the late Bernice Barnes Vickers.
John embarked on his illustrious career in the funeral industry after graduating from Common Wealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, Texas, and became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Louisiana in 1965.
A two-term president of the Louisiana Funeral Director's Association, John served the families of the greater New Orleans area with professionalism and compassion for a total of 55 years. He moved from Baton Rouge in 1972, to St. Bernard Parish, where he was the manager of Lamana Panno Fallo Funeral Home until it's acquirement by Stewart Enterprises. John subsequently managed and worked for St. Bernard Memorial until opening and managing his own funeral home, Vickers, Verrette, and Dornan, from 2000 - 2005. He ultimately became synonymous with funeral service in St. Bernard Parish.
John played an instrumental role in the recovery and identification of Hurricane Katrina’s true victims, as well as the restoration of numerous cemeteries after Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac. He was an active member of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, Region VI, for 20 years, as well as an instructor for the Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness.
Outside of his career as a funeral director and embalmer, John thrived by giving back to his community. He was a Lieutenant of the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office, a collaborator of the Louisiana Job Training Partnership Act, and a past president of the Rotary Club of St. Bernard, where he was the founding chairman of the St. Bernard Junior Miss Scholarship Program.
In recent years, John was a funeral director at St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home, where he dutifully worked until the day before his admission to the hospital. There, he received a diagnosis of aggressive pancreatic cancer. Surrounded by his loving family, he passed away peacefully, in his home, a few days later.
A memorial service and celebration of John's life will be celebrated in the future, as soon as gatherings are permitted.
William Thomas Mckneely, Jr.
May 28, 1947 - March 9, 2020

A resident of Amite passed away on Monday, March 9, 2020, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 28, 1947, in Amite and was 72 years of age. Tommy was a graduate of Amite High School, attended Northwestern Louisiana University, and was a graduate of Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Services.
A fourth-generation funeral director, he began taking ambulance calls in his early teens. He spent his life serving his community as the owner and manager of McKneely Funeral Home of Amite and Kentwood, Inc. Tommy was a member of House on the Rock Church in Amite. He served as President of the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association, Tri-State Funeral Directors Association, Oak Forest Academy Board of Directors, and OFA Booster Club. Tommy was a pilot, avid golfer, accomplished club thrower, computer programmer, school bus escort, football program publisher, football field painter, basketball videographer, and long-term squirrel opponent. He was a drainage enthusiast particularly during the heavy rain and lightning and an expert pool cleaner. He could hum and whistle at the same time and never missed an opportunity to make someone laugh.

Some of his fondest memories were playing in the Canton 4-Ball Tournament every year with his longtime friend, Ronny Brocksmith, and his many rounds of golf with Doug Ritchie, Kent Muse, and the late Bubba Vessier. No matter what restaurant he went to, there was always someone he would go speak to - usually while we ate or waited to order. He was known for his wide smile, dry wit, and abundant knowledge of his favorite place on Earth, Walt Disney World.

He is survived by wife of 53 years, Charl Ann Walker McKneely; 3 children, Jeff McKneely and wife, Tammy, Greg McKneely and wife, Danielle, and Jennifer McKneely Pray and husband, Gabe; he was known as "Pa T" to his beloved grandchildren, Jordan McKneely Vickers and husband, John, Olivia McKneely Tull and husband, Brandon, Alyse Kelly McKneely, Gabrielle Ann Pray, AnaClaire Kelly McKneely, Steven Thomas Pray, Andrew Walker Pray, Gavin Thomas McKneely, and Dylan Charles McKneely; great-grandchildren, Maverick Lee Tull, Eleanor Louise Tull, Elizabeth Joy Vickers; brother, Wall V. McKneely and wife, Rosilyn; and sisters-in-law, Judy Moore and husband, Howard, and Kathy Sells and husband, Harry; nieces and nephews, Monica McKneely Pailet, Mendy McKneely, William McKneely and wife, Jessica, Ray Moore and wife, Katie, Haley Moore Patrick, and Kyle Moore; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews and his many beloved McKneely, Verger, and Magruder cousins. Preceded in death by his daughter, Kimberly Ann McKneely; and his parents, William T. "Billy" McKneely, Sr. and Genie Verger McKneely.
Virgie Amesses Prewitt Smart
February 2, 2020

Funeral services celebrating the life of Virgie Amesses “Messie” Prewitt Smart will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at First Baptist Church of Leesville, with the Reverends Craig Forque and Jesse Prewitt officiating with music led by Ben Waites.  Interment will be in Castor Cemetery, under the direction of Hixson Brothers.
The family asks that friends visit after 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday and resume Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the church.
Pallbearers honored to serve will be Tres Smart, Jacob Smart, Kyle Piacenza, Mason Courville, Hudson Piacenza, Zachariah Smart, Daniel Hogeland, Brendon Whipkey, Ryan Davis, Paul Harwood, and Bill Johnson.
Mrs. Virgie Amesses Prewitt Smart, 79, of Leesville, passed from this life Sunday, February 2, 2020, at Rapides Regional Medical Center.
Amesses was the 2nd daughter of a Baptist minister, having lived around Leesville her entire life.  She was a 1958 graduate of Leesville High School, where she served as Homecoming Queen in 1956; flag bearer in the Pep Squad and active in the student council. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Leesville, where she worked as an educational secretary for 24 years and an active member of the church choir and benevolence committee.  Messie was a very accomplished caterer and excellent cook and was even asked to represent Vernon Parish for her chicken and dumplings.  She was also a role player for military training for 17 years at Fort Polk with Cubic, now called Valiant. She adored the soldiers and was very patriotic.  She led a very exciting life, getting to ride in helicopters and bombers there at Fort Polk.  Messie was a very loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and dear friend to all who knew her.  Her greatest joy was found in the time spent with her family and serving others.  
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Wendy Cheryl; parents, Hall and Virgie Sue Evans Prewitt; grandson, William Harrison; sister, Martha, and brother, Hall Merwin.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband of 63 years, Harles E. Smart Sr. of Leesville; son; Harles Smart, Jr. and wife Suzy, of Gardner; his children,
M. J. Smart, Tres Smart (Dustie), Brittany Smart (Kyle Piacenza), Kaitlyn Smart (Ryan Davis), Rachel Smart (Brendon Whipkey), and Jacob Smart; extended children Chris, Marybeth, Amanda and Chandler; his grandchildren, McKenzy, Zachariah, Andie Kait, Madison, Hudson, Karson, Mason, Emilynn, Huntleigh, Oaklee; his extended grandchildren, Kenison, Jackson, Grayson, and Olivia; daughter, Donna Smart Barkley, and husband Matt, of Fort Payne, Alabama; her children, Lauren Barkley Hogeland (Daniel), Shelley Barkley, Ashley Barkley; her granddaughter, Harper;  sister, Amelia Prewitt Harwood (Tom)  of Lakeview, Florida; brother, Jesse Prewitt (Debbie) of Cleveland, Texas; and a host of other family members and friends. 
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          Glenn Credeur
November 19, 1950 - January 28, 2020

Glenn Credeur, age 69, passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at Lafayette General Medical Center in Lafayette. Funeral services were held Friday, January 31, 2020, at St. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Scott, LA.
Mr. Credeur was a native and lifelong resident of Scott. He successfully owned and operated Glenn Credeur Trucking and worked as a truck driver in the oilfield for over forty-six years.
Survivors include his wife of forty-eight years, Cynthia Thibodeaux Credeur of Scott; one son, David Credeur and his wife, Hope, of Carencro; two daughters, Terri Steele and her husband, Dave, of Lafayette and Lori Kay Credeur of Scott; seven grandchildren, Stan Melton, Eli Melton, Ellison Credeur, Hutch Credeur, Evan Steele, Ryan Steele, and Ian Steele; one sister, Addie Leger and her husband, Mike, of Duson.
The Rev. Vincent, pastor of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, officiated the services. The reader was Renee Frawley. Gift bearers were Gina Frawley, Burnella Doucet, and Sylvia Thibodeaux.
The musical selections were provided by Charlotte Jagneaux, accompanied by Phyllis Simar on the organ. The songs were Amazing Grace, Here I Am Lord, Be Not Afraid, and One Bread, One Body.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Laura Prejean Credeur.
Pallbearers were Stan Melton, Eli Melton, Ray Constantine, Bill Lantier, Mike Leger, and Kevin Courville. Honorary pallbearers were Kevin Andrus, Tim Frawley, J.J. Prejean, James Lee Martin, Herby Lormand, Oliver Carmichael, and Dave Steele.
The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to his caregivers, Dot Simoneaux, Sylvia Thibodeaux, Burnella Doucet, and his aunt, the late Carolyn Prejean.
Melancon Funeral Home, Evangeline Memorial Gardens Chapel, 4117 N. University Ave., Carencro, (337) 896-3232, oversaw arrangements.
          Beverly Blanc Mire
September 3, 1947 - September 27, 2019

A Mass of Christian Burial for Beverly Blanc Mire will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, in Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Kaplan, LA.  Rev. Fr. Gary Schexnayder will celebrate the Mass.  Rite of Committal and interment will follow in the Kaplan Cemetery. 

Beverly passed away on Friday, September 27, 2019, at her home in Kaplan.  She was born in Kaplan, LA, on September 3, 1947, and was a longtime resident of Kaplan.  She was a parishioner of the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Kaplan for many years.   She participated in the Meaux Country Daisies Homemakers' Club, The Lafayette Square Dancers Club, Krewe of Chic-a-la-Pie Mardi Gras Association of Kaplan, and the Breaux's Supper Club group.

She was known for her great home-cooking, her Southern Cajun hospitality, her open door, and her hot, delicious coffee visits.  She enjoyed all of the simplest pleasures in life from dancing, traveling on vacations, going to many New Orleans Mardi Gras and Irish Italian parades, playing cards, crabbing trips, fishing, and listening to French music.  When her kids were growing up, she would sew their clothes, hem pants, and make formal dresses for events.  Her family and friends lived for her home-cooking, and she was known for her delicious crawfish etouffee, stuffed bell peppers in a tomato gravy, cakes, and holiday candy.  Whatever Granny cooked, it tasted better coming from her loving kitchen.  She would share her love by making crocheted afghans for each child, grandchild, great-grandchild, family members, and special people in the family which kept us all warm during the winter weather. 

True pastimes for her would be tending to her rose bushes, her plants, reading the newspaper, doing color art in her adult coloring books, and getting the house ready for the Christmas holidays was as she would put up each ornament on her Christmas tree with care. Granny never saw the need in learning to drive a car, her chauffer was either her husband or her children all these years and she didn't miss a beat in her travels.

She cherished her family and enjoyed visiting and spending time with relatives and close friends, especially her grandchildren. Her love for God, family, friends, and the joy of life will remain forever. She will be missed dearly by all but her sweet, southern grace will be in the hearts of all who knew and loved her. 

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Marion Dale Mire of Kaplan; three sons: Leslie Mire and wife, Nora of Lafayette; Thad Mire and wife, Jana of Kaplan; and Leighton Mire and wife, Holly of Duson; daughter, Retanna Mire of Opelousas; grandchildren: Blaine Mire and wife, Jennifer of West Monroe; Heather Mire of Lafayette; Aimee Mire of Iota, Gabrielle Mire Cross of  Glenmora; Hillary Mire of Kaplan; Landon Olivares of Opelousas; and Nicholas Mire of Duson; step grandchildren: James Alt and wife, Julianne of Baton Rouge; Michael Alt and wife, Colleen of Mandeville; Natalie Mills of Lafayette; Channon Duplechin Ardoin of Lafayette; and Cydney Duplechin of Mississippi; great-grandchildren: Gracie Cross, Emmery Cross, Nikohl Warrington, Elijah Mire, and Jacob Mire; step great-grandchildren: Allison Alt, Andrew Alt, Eloise Alt; and Charleigh Ardoin; special cousins, Jeanette Pertuit and husband, Wayne of Marrero; sister, Linda B. LeMaire and husband, Leo of Kaplan; brother, Howard Blanc, Jr. of Morgan City; sister-in-law, Shirley Bourque and husband, Donald of Kaplan; brother-in-law, Gerald C. Mire of Kaplan; and a host of nieces and nephews.  

Ready to welcome her in Heaven are her parents, Howard M. Blanc, Sr. and Marie Roche Blanc; sister, Lou Anna B. Faulk and husband, Larry Faulk; brothers, Raymond Mark Blanc, and wife, Gladys Blanc; and Gerald Mark Blanc; daughter-in-law, Cherri Saltzman Mire; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Elton Mire and Edmay Hardy Mire; paternal grandparents, Eddie and Mary Blanc; maternal grandparents, Leodious and Estelle Roche; and sister-in-law, Kathleen Mire. 

Visitation will be held on Monday, September 30, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Vincent Funeral Home, 300 N. Eleazar Avenue, Kaplan.  A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Monday evening at the funeral home. Visitation will continue on Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home.
Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at 

LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas, 2845 South Union Street, Opelousas, LA, 70570 (337-942-2638) has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
          Sylvia Campbell Mothe
September 6, 2019

Sylvia Campbell Mothe passed away on Friday, September 6, 2019. Beloved wife of Boyd L. Mothe for 64 years.
Mother of Lynette M. Jordan (Michael), Boyd L. Mothe, Jr. (Denise), and Laurie M. Knowles (Kenneth). Grandmother of Ashley Varnen (Craig), Allison Barnow (Will), Nicole Mothe, Kathryn M. Illg (Corey), Boyd “Beau” L. Mothe, III (Brooke), Kristyn K. Dadlez (Greg), Elizabeth Knowles, and Caroline Knowles. Great-grandmother of Hunter, Luke, Hudson, Kensington, Trace, Chandler, Maverick, and James. Daughter of the late Eunice Adams and Irvin A. Campbell. Sister of Elaine C. May (Roland). Also survived by many dear nieces, nephews, and cousins. 
Age 84 years, a native of Algiers, LA and a resident of Gretna, LA. The family is forever grateful for those who cared for Sylvia through her final weeks.

Relatives and Friends of the Family, also members of the Westbank and local Art Guilds and Associations, are invited to attend the Visitation at MOTHE FUNERAL HOME, 1300 Vallette St., Algiers, LA on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, from 6 PM until 10 PM. Visitation will resume at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, 500 Verret St., Algiers, LA on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, from 9 AM until Funeral Mass time at 11 AM. Interment Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Gretna, LA. To view and sign the online guestbook visit
          David "Dave" Bruce Mac Nealy
September 26, 1949 - August 14, 2019

Mr. David "Dave" Bruce Mac Nealy, a resident of Baton Rouge, passed away on August 14, 2019, at the age of 69. He was born September 26, 1949, in Cambridge, Ohio. Mr. David served in the Marines for 25 years and retired as 1st Sgt. 
He loved his job as a funeral director, embalmer, and crematory operator for Welsh and Greenoaks Funeral Home in Baton Rouge, LA. He has served our community for over 27 years helping families during difficult times. His coworkers will remember him as a hard worker who loved coming to work every day and honored the families he helped. 
He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Brenda Mac Nealy; son, Zachary Mac Nealy and wife Jennifer; daughter, Mackenzie ElMasri; two grandsons whom he adored, Bryce and Dawson. Preceded in death are his parents, Raymond and Dorothy Mac Nealy, and daughter Zoe Anne Mac Nealy. 
Visitation will be held at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, on Monday, August 19, 2019, from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm. Visitation will resume Tuesday, August 20, 2019, from 11:00 am until service time of 12:00 pm. Interment will immediately follow with full Military Honors at the LA National Cemetery. 
Pallbearers will be Everett Rabalais, Marvin Schaffer, Wedge Barthe, Diane "Dee Dee" Mitchell, Gerald Musacchia, and Zachary Mac Nealy. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandsons, Bryce and Dawson. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Mr. David's name to the Baton Rouge Autism Foundation.

Jimmie E. Gaspard
March 17, 2019

Kaplan – Funeral Services for Jimmie E. Gaspard, 72, will be held at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at David Funeral Chapel of Abbeville with Deacon Bill Vincent officiating.  Interment will follow at Abshire Cemetery in Meaux.

Visitation will be at David Funeral Home of Abbeville on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, from 11:00 AM until 9:00 PM with a recitation of the rosary at 7:00 PM.  Visitation will resume on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, from 9:00 AM until the time of the services.

A native of Abbeville and a resident of Kaplan, Mr. Gaspard died at his residence on Sunday, March 17, 2019.  He proudly served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam War.  Mr. Jimmie retired after working as a funeral director for over 30 years serving families in their time of need.  His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the joy of his life.  He was also known for his love for people.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Donna Landry Gaspard of Kaplan; two sons, David R. Gaspard and his wife Jessica of Kaplan and Gerard Gaspard of Kaplan; five grandchildren, Damian Gaspard and his wife Chalie, Paula Leblanc and her husband Duston, Stacey Hollier and her husband Lance, Alex Gaspard, and Allie Gaspard; six great-grandchildren, Cade Prejean, Cole Thibodeaux, Owen Gaspard, Ross Hollier, Landon Hollier, and Adaleigh Hollier;  a brother, Fedlis Gaspard, Jr.;  and one sister, Lucy G. Meaux.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fedlis Gaspard, Sr. and Cora Broussard Gaspard; and three brothers, Calvin Gaspard, Carrol Gaspard, and Ronald Gaspard.

Serving pallbearers will be Duston LeBlanc, Damian Gaspard, Francis Landry, Kevin Landry, Randy Duhon, and Fedlis Gaspard, Jr.

David Funeral Home of Abbeville at 2600 Charity St. (337)893-3777 will be handling the arrangement.
Tex Rickard Kilpatrick
October 4, 1932 – October 19, 2018

Tex was born October 4, 1932, the son of Effie Mae Hicks and Edgar Noel Kilpatrick of Farmerville, Louisiana, and he passed to his heavenly home on October 19, 2018, to be reunited with his parents, his brother, Kenneth Dale “K.D.” Kilpatrick, and his sister, Johnnie Nell “Sis” Kilpatrick Gorton.

Tex was a licensed funeral director for over fifty years and an active member of numerous professional funeral associations both at the state and at national levels. At the time of his death, Tex served as owner and CFO for Kilpatrick Enterprises that includes Kilpatrick Funeral Homes, Kilpatrick’s Serenity Gardens in West Monroe, and Kilpatrick’s Memorial Gardens in Ruston.

Tex is survived by his treasured wife of sixty love-filled years, Carole Eady Kilpatrick; daughter Kerry Layne Kilpatrick; daughter Robin Carole Kilpatrick Fincher, her husband Michael, and their children Kiley Ann, Layne Carole, and Laura Lynette; and daughter Laura Eady Kilpatrick Marchelos, her husband Zak, and their son James Kilpatrick; and sister-in-law Anne Burford Kilpatrick. Also missing Tex will be a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and wonderful friends who enjoyed their times together and who offered up prayers from coast to coast and abroad on his behalf.

Serving as pallbearers will be the funeral directors of Kilpatrick Funeral Homes: Bob Hearn, Jason McKee, John Cunningham, Steve Lanigan, Jerry Roark, Mike Roark, and Marvin Dearman, the General Manager of Kilpatrick’s Cemeteries. Thank you and all of the Kilpatrick team for your continued loyalty and devotion to our family. Honorary pallbearers will be Dixon Abell, Nelson Abell III, Kent Anderson, Stein Baughman, Lad Cazedessus, Dr. Jim Geisler, Sam Henry, Joe Ledoux, Harry Liner, James Moore, and Senator Neil Riser.

Memorials may be made to the Carole and Tex Kilpatrick Mission Fund at First Baptist Church of West Monroe, 500 Pine Street, West Monroe, Louisiana 71291, or the ULM Foundation, 700 University Avenue, Monroe, Louisiana 71209. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. in the chapel of Kilpatrick Funeral Home, West Monroe.
Online condolences may be made to the family at
Edith Ann McDaniel 
September 7, 2018

Mrs. Edith Ann McDaniel Price, age 80 of Winnfield, Louisiana, passed away Friday, September 7, 2018 at her home after a long and protracted illness.   Mrs. Price was the daughter of the late Simon G. McDaniel and the late Audie Townsend McDaniel.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Larry L. Price; sister, Helen McDaniel Chapman; brother, Marvin McDaniel.
Mrs. Price was a member of the First Baptist Church of Winnfield where she was organist for more than 50 years. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Louisiana Tech and her Master’s in Organ Performance from Northwestern State University. Mrs. Price was retired as a piano instructor having taught children from Winn and surrounding parishes for more than 50 years and was co-owner of Southern Funeral Homes, Inc.    
Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Patrick Price (Kathy), daughters, Laura Hennigan (David) and Ashley Naquin (Shawn);  grandchildren, Evan Price (Brittani), Loren Price, Alyssa Hennigan (Hugo), Andrea Allen (Eahgan), Kandi Deese (Jody), Mandi Stevenson (Andy), Tobi Wiley (Chris) and T.K. “Bubba” Spillers; great-grandchildren, Jackson, Micah, Hayden, Hugo and a host of other special great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Winnfield with Reverends Calvin Phelps, John Holland and Steven Smithson officiating. 
Serving the family as pallbearers: Evan Price, Loren Price, David Hennigan, Shawn Nacquin, Eahgan Allen, Lamar Tarver, Bryan Price and Mark Maxwell.
The Price Family wishes to extend heartfelt gratitude to her caregivers who became like family to her, Cathy Flowers and Geneva Ball as well as Jennifer and Samantha with Heart of Hospice.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Music Ministry, P.O. Box 230, Winnfield, LA 71483.
 Daniel "Capt. Dan" Lemoine
August 26, 1946 – June 19, 2018

Daniel "Capt. Dan" Alan Lemoine, beloved husband of Elizabeth Genovese Lemoine, proud father of Craig (deceased), Todd (Jodi), Eric (Jennifer), and Danielle (Glen). Cherished "Papa" of his 8 grandchildren, Brandon, Baylee, Ian, Nicholas, Ryleigh, Gaven, Talon, & Quinn. He went to be with his Lord on June 19, 2018 at UMC in New Orleans, surrounded by his devoted wife & children. We did not leave his side for 9 days after being struck by a car while riding his motorcycle.
Capt. Dan was born to the late Anthony, Sr. and Edna Mae Lemoine at Port Hueneme Naval Base in California and was a lifelong resident of St. Bernard Parish. He was married to his high school sweetheart for 51 years. The family suffered the loss of their beloved first son, Craig, whom was struck by a car as well on December 26, 1985. Dan's most cherished times were spent with his children, grandchildren and riding his motorcycle. Dan was a proud graduate of Chalmette High School, class of 1965. After graduation, he entered the Merchant Marines then joined the Navy. After attending radio school, he became a radio disc jockey for WCKW for "Dan's Round Round of Sound." Dan was the manager of K&B Drugs for 20 years before opening Capt. Dan's Cleaners. He was a commissioned officer with the St. Bernard Sheriff's Dept. For the past 18 years, he worked in the funeral industry until the time of his death. His passion was riding motorcycles for the past 60 years. He traveled over 1 million miles across the country, taking his children in tow, all as he described while "having a good one." Dan prided himself as a safe driver & had not had a motorcycle accident until now, due to the negligence of another driver.
Capt. Dan is also survived by his very special "Uncle Dennis" who he cherished like a father and his childhood friend Charles Mayaux, his only brother Anthony "Tony Lemoine, Jr, his sisters, Yvette Siebenkittel (Dave), Carol Gillian (AJ), many nieces, nephews and friends.
The family would like to especially thank the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Dept, St Bernard Parish Fire Dept, Acadian EMS and especially the exceptional medical staff of the Trauma ICU at UMC in New Orleans. Family and friends; Priests and Parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church were invited to attend the funeral. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 2621 Colonial Blvd, Violet, LA, on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 1:30 P.M. Interment, Private. Visitation was held at 10:30 A.M. IN THE CHURCH. Family and friends were invited for a gathering following at his daughter's home.
Plants preferred or donations to St. Bernard Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, 1210.
 Lowell Sibille
March 29, 1939 - June 10, 2018

 Mr. Lowell Sibille, age 79, a resident of Opelousas, passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2018, at his home.

He is survived by his children, Jill Sibille Manuel and husband, Mark, Lowell Sibille III and wife, Wendy, and Blane Sibille and wife, Kitty; former wife, Sylvia Dodge Sibille; step-children, David Doucet and wife, Jacinda, Chuck Doucet and wife, Melanie, Michelle Pavy and husband, Felix, and Nichole Dupre and husband, Ray; sisters, Josephine Kuntz and Juliette Kuylan and husband, Doug; grandchildren, Nicole Dupuis Omicioli and husband, Mike, Seth Dupuis and wife, Lorali, Allie Dupuis Schexnayder and husband, David, Aston Sebastien, Blair J. Sibille and wife, Muneera, Saxon S. Sibille and wife, JaNaye’, Blane Sibille, Jr. and wife, Angela, Kara Sibille and Ariel Sibille; great-grandchildren, Brach Minyard, Sophia Dupuis, Daimen Sebastien, Gabrielle Omicioli, Scarlet Omicioli, Mary Dupuis, Amelia Schexnayder, David Michael Schexnayder, Julia Dupuis, Rebecca Ann Sibille, Aven Sibille, Bruce Sibille, Dean Sibille, and Blane Sibille III.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Lowell Sibille, Sr. and Monique Guilbeau Sibille; wife, Dolores Quebedeaux Sibille, daughter, Jeanine Sibille; and sisters, Camille and Elizabeth Sibille. 

Visitation was held on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. in the Sibille Funeral Home in Opelousas. The Rosary was prayed by Reverend James Brady at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Visitation resumed on Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m.
Services for Mr. Jackson Lee “PaJack” Swisher were held on Monday, July 2, 2018 at Dry Creek Baptist Church with Reverend Charlie Bailey and John Gray officiating. Burial was in Hopewell Cemetery, under the direction of Hixson Brothers, Alexandria.
Jackson Lee Swisher, 83 of DeRidder LA passed away at 9:15am on Thursday, June 28th at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.
He was born May 4, 1935 in Lost Creek, West Virginia where he lived until enlisting in the United States Air Force July 16, 1954. His first duty station was in Japan after that he was sent to Lake Charles Air Base in Lake Charles, LA. This is where he met the Love of his life, Sharon Rose Hester. They were married December 12, 1958. He was then stationed to Warner Robins Air Base in GA then to England Air Force Base in Alexandria where he retired in 1974. 

Jackson and Sharon and their 3 children then settled in DeRidder where he worked at Hester’s Radiator and Body Shop and as a bus driver for Beauregard Parish School Board for 20 plus years. After retiring from Hester’s and the School system he spent the remainder of his life being a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. PaJack was a devout Christian and a member of Dry Creek Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon and in the Van ministry. He never missed a ball game or dance recital and loved cheering on the Trojan football team. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Alma Ford Swisher and Lewis Carl Swisher.
Those left to cherish his memory is his wife of 59 years Sharon of DeRidder, son Jerry Swisher and wife Nanette of DeRidder, daughter Jaclyn Swisher Gray and husband Greg of Dry Creek, son Joel Swisher and wife Edie of Alexandria. 11 grandchildren: Jeremy Swisher and wife Courtney, Justin Gray and wife Kaitlyn, Kimberlee Simmons and husband Justin, Jayson Gray, Joseph Gray, Nathaniel Swisher, Ben Easley and Allen Swisher. 8 Great Grandchildren Jenna, Emma, Jareth, Colton, Jaxson, Jaxstin and soon to be Jacee; brothers Bill Swisher and wife Anne, Neal Swisher and wife Barbara; sisters Norma Zinn, JoAnn Murtha and husband Joe, Mary Bargeloh and husband Jim and numerous nieces and nephews.  Pallbearers were Jeremy Swisher, Justin Gray, Jason Gray, Joseph Gray, Justin Simmons, Nathaniel Swisher, Brian Hester and Danny Hester.

Memorials may be made to Dry Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, 7800 Hwy 394, Dry Creek, LA 70634.

Funeral Services for Floyd J. Giblin, 72, of Many, LA., will be held on Wednesday January 24, 2018 at 1:00 PM at The First United Methodist Church of Many with Rev. Wilton Anthony and Rev. Bo Horne officiating.  Burial will follow at the Many Cemetery.  Visitation will begin on Tuesday January 23, 2018 at 5:00 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel, Many, LA.

 Floyd J. Giblin, the oldest of twin boys, was born on Wednesday December 26, 1945, in Baton Rouge, LA.  He passed away Friday January 19, 2018, at his home in Many, LA.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Tolita Simon Giblin; father, Robert Giblin; uncle, Cleo Simon. 

Born to hearing impaired parents, Floyd learned his communication skills at a very young age by serving as a bridge between the deaf and hearing world.  This became a base of personal connection that has served him throughout his life.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, scuba diving, running, but most of all, his first love was football.  Floyd was a patriot that served his country with convection and pride.  With all of this, plus being mentored by Warren Meadows, he became a very compassionate and caring funeral director that loved serving his community with his whole heart.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Meadows Giblin of Many, LA.;  daughter, Amy Giblin Barnhill and husband Ben of Many, LA.; fur babies, Josie and Lizzie; grandchildren, Hope and Kamryn Barnhill; fur-grandchildren, Sadie, Shelby, and Sophie; brother, Lloyd Giblin and wife Jon Ann of Baton Rouge, LA. and their children, Shelly, Tracy, and Scott.  Extended family, members of The Warren Meadows Funeral Home Family: Ken Leach, Jennifer LeBaron, Kirk Rogers, Curtis Rogers, Hunter Tarpley, Mike and Brenda Lyddy, Bobbie Harper, Charlene Leone, Eva Montgomery and Lori Brant; Amber Barajas, her son Taylor Barajas, and Reba Lane; Vic and Zona Terro; Pat, Lana, and Kagan Sandel.    
Pallbearers will be Chris Hills, Chris Loupe, Taylor Barajas, Dean Lambert, Brian Carroll, Ben Tekell, Harold Anderson and Jackie Craig. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Board of Directors and the Vultures.

Memorial donations may be made to the Louisiana Association for the Deaf, 3112 Valley Creek C, Baton Rouge, LA., 90808 or the Many Lion’s Club.

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 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. 
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          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

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

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