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Ambler, Wynona (Meyers)  
Wynona Meyers Ambler, 73, died Sunday, January 18, 2015, surrounded by family in The Woodlands, Texas. She was born July 13, 1941, in Sulphur to Wilton John and Sarah Olsen Meyers. Wynona spent many of her formative years in Corpus Christi, Texas, but her family returned to Sulphur and she graduated from Sulphur High School in 1959. In 1962 she married Phillip "Bud" Lyons, Sr., also of Sulphur. Later that year, she had a son, Phillip Lyons, Jr. In 1970, she had a second son, Wilton Lyons, Sr. She later married Foster Ambler with whom she resided in Carlyss until his passing in 1994. She devoted much of her time and energy as a caregiver to Foster and other family members, including her mother Sarah "Lena" Meyers and sisters Patra "Ann" Boullion Worley and Sarah Murdoch, all of whom preceded her in death, as did her sister Mary Arendt. Mrs. Ambler is survived by her brother, Wilton "Andy" Meyers and his spouse, Janet; her sister, Madelyn Levy and her spouse, Richard; sons, Wilton Lyons, and Phillip Lyons and his spouse, Eric Bennett; granddaughter, Samantha Lyons and grandsons, Wilton Lyons II and Logan Bennett-Lyons; honorary grandson, Jorge Castro; honorary granddaughter, Jessica Gonzalez; honorary great-grandson, Payden Castro; godmother, Eva Mooney; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, January 23, in Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be in Dutch Cove Cemetery. Visitation is from 9 a.m. until the time of service Friday in the funeral home. The family requests that memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Southwest Daily News from Jan. 23 to Feb. 22, 2015
Barton, Mary  
Mary Barton, 61, died Friday, December 26, 2014, in a local hospital. She was a native of Mobile, Ala., and had been a resident of Sulphur for the last 35 years. Mary enjoyed fishing, working with plants, and spending time with her family. Survivors include her fiancé, Charles Peyton of Sulphur; her three children, Penny Garner of Tampa, Fla., Kathy Oswald of Rifle, Colo., and Kimberli Hill Guidry of Sulphur; three sisters, Rebecca Lemke of Sulphur, Susan McCullough of Ooletwah, Tenn., and Karen Hamilton of Mobile, Ala.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. A memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, January 23, 2015 in Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home. The Rev. Dean Gintz will officiate. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until the time of the memorial service. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.
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Published in Southwest Daily News from Jan. 23 to Feb. 22, 2015
Butler, James H. and Marie  
James H. "Jim" Butler, 93 and his wife, Marie died Friday evening and Saturday morning, just hours apart, after nearly 30 years of marriage. Their funeral services will be held together at 2:30 p.m., Monday, January 12, in Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home. The Rev. Bruce Baker will officiate. Jim will be buried in Orange Grove Cemetery in Lake Charles beside his former wife, Catherine, and Marie will be buried in Old Town Cemetery in Haynesville beside her former spouse, Carl Edward Batts.
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Published in Southwest Daily News from Jan. 12 to Feb. 11, 2015
Chambers, George Ronald  
George Ronald Chambers, 74, of Carlyss passed away on January 21, 2015 in a local hospital. George was an instrument engineer for 12 years at the Westlake Petrochemical Plant in Lake Charles. After retirement he was known as "Mr. George" in his lawnmower repair shop. George served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He attended Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in Lake Charles. George is survived by his wife of 47 years, Priscilla "Patty" Chambers of Carlyss; two daughters, Robin Freeman and husband, Roger of Goldonna, and Kelly Webb and husband, Jonathan of Carlyss; two grandchildren, Jason Bamburg of Natchitoches and Ava Lea Webb of Carlyss. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack Cooper Chambers and Cleo Chambers; and a sister, Barbara Canter. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. at Johnson and Robison Funeral Home with Bro. Ray Hundley officiating. Burial will be in Mimosa Pines Cemetery in Carlyss under the direction of Johnson and Robison Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the funeral home from 12 noon until time of the service. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.johnsonrobisonfh.net.
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Published in Southwest Daily News from Jan. 23 to Feb. 22, 2015
Faulk, Leade  
Leade Faulk of Sulphur passed away early Saturday morning, Jan 17, 2015, at the age of 96. Left behind to mourn her loss are two daughters, Mary Blencowe (Paul) and Kathleen Faulk; three beloved grandchildren, Kristin, Alison, and Caitlin; her sister-in-law, Anna Belle Clark of Lake Charles; and several nieces, nephews, and friends. Preceding Leade in death were her husband, Edward; her son, Gerald; four brothers; and two sisters. After graduating as valedictorian from Kaplan High she attended SLI. She has been a Sulphur resident since the early 1950s. Leade was a devoted member of Our Lady of LaSalette Catholic Church in Sulphur. She attended mass there faithfully until her health started to decline. Leade was a member of her church's Altar Society, Legion of Mary and Block Rosary group. She made hundreds of rosaries by hand for 16 years for her Legion of Mary group to give away and volunteered as a Pink Lady with the Cal Cam Hospital Auxiliary for 28 years working at the front desk and making deliveries to patient's rooms. She was a member of the Holy Angels School Parent's association. Leade was a hard working, prayerful, and thrifty woman who loved her family and home, working hard keeping her home and yard neat and trim. She enjoyed being outdoors and always had nice vegetable gardens and beautiful flower beds. She was an excellent cook and seamstress and was always doing something for her family. She would make ice box fruitcakes and other treats for them every holiday and would alter their clothes and mend for them. Leade made a memorable pilgrimage to Europe several years ago. She visited Lourdes, Fatima, and Rome. She was very healthy and active until later in life. She has had several health problems during her last years and has been cared for by countless doctors, nurses, therapists, and aides. Leade loved and appreciated all the people who cared for and helped her. Special thanks to all the good, kind, caring people who watched after and assisted her in her later years. Services for Leade will be held on Saturday January 24, 2015, 1 p.m., at Our Lady of LaSalette Church with Father Andrews Kollannoor officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday, January 23, 2015 from 3 to 9 p.m. with a rosary at 6 p.m. Visitation will resume on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mimosa Pines South under the direction of Johnson and Robison Funeral Home. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.johnsonrobisonfh.net.
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Published in Southwest Daily News from Jan. 23 to Feb. 22, 2015
Fontenot, Rev. Sidney  
In 1929, in Allen Parish, in a little community called Soileau, too small to rate a mention on the map, Sidney Fontenot was born to F.E. and Leona Fontenot. "Even as a little boy, he was always the good one," said one of his first cousins. "He used to go up to his teachers at the end of the year and tell them, 'If I've done anything bad, I'm very sorry'." He fell in love with God as a child. Nobody was much surprised that he wanted to be a preacher. He had to find his spiritual way from where he started to where he ended. In his maturity he simplified Christianity, "The Christian life is an easy life." He started every day with a simple prayer, a surrender of the gift back to the Giver, kept the conversation up all through the day, and at day end, like he did as a little boy, he prayed before bed, "If there's anything I did that displeased You I am sorry." He reached wider than any of us know. He married and buried, prayed for and prayed with, counseled, hugged and smiled, said the right thing in the right way at the right time to so many. He was never lukewarm. Piling the days up, over eight decades, he let the Holy Spirit transform him into a walking, talking Fruit of the Spirit. He is the Christian-ish Christian most of us will ever know. The Rev. Sidney Fontenot passed away at 6:30 p.m.on Friday Jan. 9, 2015 at home, in a room thick with love, with family and friends united around his bed. He was 85. His wife and two stillborn children preceded him in death. He and his wife Delores raised three children, R. Pierre Fontenot, Mark Fontenot and his wife Lois, and Debbie McCormick and her husband Mark. He's the spiritual patriarch affectionately known as "Poppy" to eight grandchildren: Dwight, Quintin, Kadie, Devan, Christopher, Chase, Bryce and Pierce; and six great-grandchildren, Vincent, Aiden, Imrye, Arley, Roman and Ritchie. He now knows what it's like to hear Him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant." His funeral will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, January 13, in Maplewood First Baptist Church. Dr. Ronnie Burke will officiate. Burial will be in Green Oaks Cemetery between Kinder and Oberlin at 2:30 p.m. Visitation will be held in the church on Monday from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. and on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the time of service in the church. In lieu of flowers, the family offers the option of sending support for Partners in Missions, 1072 Laura Circle, Sulphur, LA 70663, a non-profit ministry the couple founded in the 1970s. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Southwest Daily News from Jan. 12 to Feb. 11, 2015
McDonald Sr, Dallas Ray  
Dallas Ray McDonald, Sr., 53, passed away on January 7, 2015. Dallas loved boats and was an avid motorcyclist. He will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his mother, Janet Broussard of Sulphur; two sons, Dallas McDonald, Jr. of Sulphur and John McDonald and wife, Melanee of Florida; a daughter, Tacarra McDonald of Maryland; a brother, Gary McDonald and wife, Lori of Texas; and a sister, Leeann Brooks and husband, Rex of Texas; a step-brother, Edward Broussard and wife, Angela of Moss Bluff; and two step-sisters, Tina Vincent and husband, Wade of Broussard and Alana Cowart and husband, Cliff of Texas. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Julie Ann Dean; and his father, Newton Carl McDonald. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 1 p.m. at Johnson and Robison Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Brian Harger officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday, January 23, 2015 from 11 a.m. until time of the service. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.johnsonrobisonfh.net.
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Published in Southwest Daily News from Jan. 23 to Feb. 22, 2015
McIlwain, Larry Austin  
Larry Austin McIlwain passed from this life on Thursday, January 29, 2015 in a local hospital.  Larry was born in Pickwick, Tennessee on April 30, 1937 to J. C. McIlwain and Sally Duncan-McIlwain. He lived most of his life in Sulphur, Louisiana. Larry graduated from Sulphur High in 1955. Larry was a U.S. Army veteran. He attended LSU and McNeese State University. He married Martha Ann Welborn-McIlwain in 1963. He worked as an iron worker through the Local Operators Union No. 678. He then worked at Citgo for 28 years and retired in 1997. Larry was a Master Mason of the Grand Lodge of Sulphur, No. 424. He was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Sulphur. Larry is preceded in death by his parents. He leaves behind his loving wife of 51 years, Ann; daughter Lisa McIlwain-Haynes and husband David from Sulphur; and son Randy McIlwain and wife Amy from Mauriceville, Texas. He also leaves behind six grandsons, Brandon, Hayden, and Colin Haynes, Cameron, Colton, and Carson McIlwain. Larry also leaves behind a brother, Roger McIlwain of Whitehouse, Texas; sister, Barbara McIlwain-Williams and husband Byron from Arlington, Texas; and numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.  Visitation will be 4 p.m.–7 p.m. Friday in Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home and will resume at 9 a.m. Saturday until time of service at 11 a.m. Rev. Tom Bruce and Dr. Andy Buckley will officiate. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in Hopewell Cemetery of DeRidder. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Sulphur, 401 South Huntington St., Sulphur, LA 70663. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.  
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Published in Southwest Daily News from Jan. 30 to Feb. 28, 2015
Miller, Paul Shannon  
Paul Shannon Miller, 48, of Sulphur, passed away Monday, January 19, 2015 in a Houston hospital. Paul was born on August 9, 1966 in Little Rock, Ark., to Calvin and Margarite Miller. He was an avid football fan supporting the Saints and LSU football. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, and fishing. He also loved being around family and friends. He was an employee for various companies including ETI, PPG, Dashiel, and Emerson. Paul attended Maplewood School and Sulphur High School. Survivors include his loving wife, of 14 years, Tiffany Mesh Miller of Sulphur; two children, Taylor Mesh and Mary Miller of Sulphur; one brother, Len Miller of Little Rock; mother-in-law, Beverly Mesh of Lake Charles; sister-in-law, Rikki Mesh of Lake Charles; sister-in-law, Lisa Mesh of Santa Clara, Calif.; brother-in-law, Doug Mesh of Austin, Texas; fraternal survivors, Aunt Veda Cox of Benton, Ark. and Uncle Dee Ray Miller of Scott, Ark.; maternal survivor, Aunt Myra Daniels of Lake Charles; cousins, James and Sharon Fontenot of Lake Charles, and Bonita and Roger Blair of Sulphur, and many other cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service in his honor will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Johnson Funeral Home. Cremation was entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Heart Association and Cancer Society. Words of comfort may be expressed to the family at www.johnsonfuneralhome.net.
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Published in Southwest Daily News from Jan. 23 to Feb. 22, 2015
Parker, Ernest L.  
Ernest L. Parker departed this life in his home with his family on Friday, January 23, 2015, after an extended respiratory illness. Born in Texas City, Texas, on July 16, 1947, Ernie is survived by mother, Joe Dean Douglas Rountree; his wife of 49 years, Midge Trahan Parker; his daughter, Tammy Parker Pratt, and her husband, Philip Pratt; and his son, Jamie Dean Parker, and his wife, Deanna Haydel. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Kaitlyn Parker, Hanna Parker, Parker Pratt and Peyton Pratt. He was predeceased by his father, Ernest O. Parker; and his sister, Deannie Seay. Raised in Cameron Parish, La. Ernie graduated from Hackberry High School in 1965. He attended Tulane University, graduating in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science. During college, Ernie played football for Tulane from 1965 to 1968. He was team captain for the Tulane Green Wave during his senior year, and was recognized as Outstanding Linebacker and Defensive End. He spent a semester as a student coach. After graduating from Tulane University, Ernie coached and taught at Hackberry High School from 1970 to 1973. Ernie then attended the LSU Law School, graduating in 1976 with a Juris Doctorate degree. After law school, he and Midge returned to Lafayette to raise their family, and joined James Bean in the practice of law for many years. He was respected in the practice by his clients, the legal community and the judiciary for his entire legal career. Ernie made a career change when he became an owner of Campbell Wells Corporation, an oil field waste disposal company, which later was acquired by Sanifill Waste, Inc., and went public. Subsequently, Ernie was a founder and owner of the Louisiana IceGators in 1995-2001, bringing professional ice hockey to south Louisiana. The IceGators brought great enjoyment and entertainment to South Louisiana, and became a very successful franchise in the East Coast Hockey League, holding the top four regular-season average attendance numbers in league history between 1995 and 1999. The IceGators also hosted the eight largest and nine of the 10 largest post-season crowds in league history, winning division titles in eight of its 10 seasons. The entertainment off of the ice brought great joy to all who attended the games. Ernie will be remembered by his many friends, clients and business colleagues as a man with a large and generous heart, helping many a friend in need in any way needed. His characterizations of others were actually most fitting of Ernie himself, a person was "extraordinary," or a person was the "real deal." Ernie was truly "extraordinary," and was definitely the "real deal." The family wishes to express their appreciation to staff of Hospice Compassus, to Dr. Wayne Lindemann and his office staff, and to Sean Hebert for their personal care and attention in providing comfort to Ernie and his family. There will be no internment services, but visitation at a Celebration of Life Memorial was held from 4 to 8:30 p.m., on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at Delhomme Funeral Home, 1011 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, Louisiana. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice Compassus, 1438 South College Road, Lafayette, LA 70503. Personal condolences may be sent to the Parker family at www.delhommefuneralhome.com. Delhomme Funeral Home, 1011 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, La. is in charge of funeral arrangements.
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Published in Southwest Daily News from Jan. 30 to Feb. 28, 2015
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