Lee Roy Alleman
Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, at St. John Berchmans Catholic Church in Cankton for Lee Roy Alleman, 67, who died Friday, Dec. 15, 2002, at the Lafayette General Hospital.
Survivors include his wife, Janette Lanclos Alleman of Cankton; one son, Randy and his wife Cathy Alleman of Scott; three daughters and their husbands, Mona and Kelly Comeaux, of Cankton, Faye and Clement Thibodeaux, of Church Point, and Karen and Mike Richard of Cankton; five brothers, Merlin, Cliffton, Ernest, and Gerald "Gabe" Alleman, all of Rayne, and Kermit Alleman of Crowley; two sisters, Patsy Alleman, of Rayne, and Judy Leger of Lake Charles; seven grandchildren; and one great- grandchild.
Mr Alleman was preceded in death by his parents Eulice and Josette Broussard Alleman; one brother Elie Alleman.
A Rosary was recited Sunday at 7 p.m.
Pallbearers were his son Randy Alleman, son-in-laws Kelly Comeaux, Clement Thibodeaux, Mike Richard, nephews Blake Alleman, and Cody Miller.
Burial was in the St. John Berchmans Cemetery under the direction of Gossen Funeral Home of Rayne.
William “Bill” Prather
RICHARD - Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church for William “Bill” Prather, 84, of Branch, who died at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002 at American Legion Hospital in Crowley.
Rev. Perry Sanders will officiate the services. Interment will be in Elizabeth Memorial Baptist Cemetery.
Visitation was held Monday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Geesey-Ferguson Funeral Home in Crowley and on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the time of the services at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church.
Prather is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mae M. Prather of Branch; two sons, Billy Prather and his wife Allie of Crowley, and their children, Alisha Prather of Alexandria, Will Prather of Lafayette and Garrett Prather attending LSU in Baton Rouge, and Randy Prather and his wife Elaine, and their children, Erin Stanley of Tuscon, Ariz., Greer Prather attending Loyola University in New Orleans, Clay Prather attending LSU in Baton Rouge and Kyle Prather of Lafayette; one daughter who preceded him in death, Cherry P. York, who is survived by her husband, Al York of Conroe, Texas, and a son, Scott York of Dallas. He is also survived by two brothers, Floyd Prather of Waco, Texas and Carey Prather of Leland, Miss.
He is preceded by his parents, William and Corinne Williams Prather.
Pallbearers were his six grandsons, Will, Garrett, Greer, Clay and Kyle Prather and Scott York.
Prather was a farmer for 50 years upon receiving his education from Baylor University. He was the “Farmer of the Year” at the International Rice Festival in Crowley in 1960 and was a member of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church serving as a deacon for 50 years and a choir director for 40 years. His step-father, Rev. J.H. Strother inspired his loved of mission work as Prather served on the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1977 to 1988. He served as president of the Board of Trustees for Acadia Baptist Academy, which subsequently became Acadian Baptist Center. He also served on the Board of Directors for First National Bank of Crowley, which is now First Bank, from 1951 to 2001, and was a board member for First National Farms and Louisiana Irrigation and Milling Co.
Geesey-Ferguson Funeral Home of Crowley was entrusted with arrangements.
Charity Nickson Guidry
Funeral services for Charity Nickson Guidry, 88, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, at Starlight Baptist Church here.
The wake service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2002, in the church.
She was born March 4, 1914 and was a lifelong resident of Rayne. She was a faithful member of Starlight Baptist Church until she became a resident of Christian Villa Nursing Home in Crowley.
She died on Dec. 14, 2002, at 2:25 a.m.
She leaves to cherish her memory one daughter, Mary Etta S. Coleman, Rayne; three grandchildren, Tony D. Senegal, Texas City, Texas, Kenneth J. Senegal, Galveston, Texas, and Romy D. Colemen, Rayne; three brothers, George Nickson, Rayne, and Elwood and Elton Nickson, both of Beaumont, Texas; two sisters-in-laws, Anna Mae Nickson and Nola Nickson, both of Rayne; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.
Frank Brothers Funeral Home of Eunice is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Elie Joseph Benoit Jr.
CROWLEY -- Funeral services for Elie Joseph Benoit Jr., 41, of Crowley were held Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, in the Duson Funeral Home chapel here, the Rev. Joseph Greenwell officiating.
Burial was in the Abshire Cemetery in rural Kaplan.
Mr. Benoit died Saturday, Dec. 7, at 6:15 p.m., at American Legion Hospital in Crowley.
He is survived by his mother, Stella Gary of Crowley; his father, Elie Benoit Sr. of Indianapolis, Ind.; a brother, Ted Meche of Mississippi; a sister, Melissa Spalding of Mississippi; his grandfather and step-grandmother, Louis and Gussie Monceaux of Crowley; his grandmother, Louise Legnion of Crowley; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Primeaux.
Duhon Funeral Home of Crowley was in charge of arrangements.
Funeral services for Christopher Dale "Bop" Granger, 57, of Rayne, were held Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, at Cunningham CME Church. The Rev. W.K. Rucker officiated.
Burial was in Branch Cemetery.
Mr. Granger died Dec. 9 at 12:10 a.m. at American Legion Hospital in Crowley.
Survivors include his parents, Alton Granger of Abbeville and Gloria Granger of Rayne; a son, Dequincy Sinegal of Rayne; a daughter, Kyeisha Dugas of Rayne; three brothers, Alton Granger Jr., Clifton Granger and Lacy Granger Sr., all of Rayne; and three sisters, Roxanne Granger and Raydell Granger, both of Rayne, and Faye Solomon of Crowley.
Frank Brothers Funeral Home of Eunice was in charge of arrangments.
Walter Joseph Bellard
Funeral services for Walter Joseph Bellard, 86, were held Nov. 25 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery.
Mr. Bellard died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002, at American Legion Hospital in Crowley.
Survivors include two sons, Linus Bellard and his wife, Peggy, of Crowley, and James Bellard of Rayne; a daughter, Jean Bearb and her husband, Laurice, of Rayne; two sisters, Annie Cormier of Westlake and Dorothy Higginbotham of Church Point, 13 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Lejeune Bellard; a granddaughter, Cynthia Bearb Leger; two brothers, Eula and Louis Bellard; his parents, Elia and Lorraine Lejeune Bellard.
Gossen Funeral Home of Rayne was in charge of arrangements.
Lelia L. Colligan
CHURCH POINT — Funeral services for Mrs. Lelia L. Colligan were held Thursday, Dec. 5, at Our Lady of Sacred Heart Church here. Burial was in the church cemetary.
Mrs. Colligan, 71, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at 8:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Lafayette.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas Colligan of Church Point; two sons, Ronald D. Colligan of Roswell, Ga., and Jonathan R. Colligan of Church Point; four grandchildren, Jason Colligan of Marietta, Ga., Lance Colligan of Marietta, Ga., Nicole Colligan of Church Point, and Slade Colligan of Church Point; three great-grandchildren, Matthew Colligan of Grand Blanc, Mich., William Colligan of Marietta, Ga., and Andrew Lynch of Church Point; three brothers, Levins Lavergne of Eunice, Wilbert Lavergne of Lawtell, and Daniel Lavergne of Oakdale; three sisters, Donatile L. Thibodeaux of Baton Rouge, Joycelyn L. Lavergne of Church Point and Willa Mae L. Olivier of Church Point. She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Lorena Elkins Lavergne; a brother, Ervin Lavergne, and a stillborn daughter, Mary Colligan.
Duhon Funeral Home of Church Point was in charge of arrangements.
Betty Joyce Soileaux
Funeral services for Betty Joyce Romero Soileaux, 64, of Rayne were held Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Duhon Funeral Home chapel in Rayne. The Rev. Bill Ruskoski officiated.
Burial was in the St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Soileaux died Dec. 6, 2002, at 10:13 a.m. in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Lafayette.
Survivors include her husband of 39 years, Gervais Soileaux, of Rayne; a son, Jasper Leger of Breaux Bridge and his wife, Mollie; three daughters, Vickie Richard of Rayne and her husband, Errol, Pam Gautreaux of Rayne and her husband, Bryan, and Roxanne Soileaux of Rayne; a step-daughter, Donna Chance; four brothers, Joe Romero of Ridge, Pat Romero of Lafayette, Rodney Romero of Scott and Bud Romero of Cameron Parish; two sisters, Barbara Miller of Scott and Mamie Venable of Marksville; two grandchildren, Scott Richard and Chelsea Richard; one great-grandchild, Mallorie Richard. She was preceded in death by her parents, Emma and Eddie Romero, and a sister, Bertha Barthe.
Duhon Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Funeral services for Odelia Thibodeaux, 85, of Rayne were held Dec. 8 in Assumption Church in Mire. The Rev. Russell Harrington officiated.
Burial was in Assumption Cemetery.
Mrs. Thibodeaux died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002, at 2:10 a.m. at American Legion Hospital in Crowley.
She is survived by two sons, Narcisse Thibodeaux of Duson and Harry Lee Thibodeaux of Mire; a brother, Weaverly Alleman of Lafayette; and seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Freddie Thibodeaux; a son, John Batiste Thibodeaux; her parents, Narcisse and Ovelia Alleman; seven brothers, Marshall, Theomille, Cleodice, Arthur, Alcide, Curliss and Eugene Alleman; seven sisters, Olivia Alleman, Mevella Trahan, Lily Domingue, Eula Gary, Onelia Thibodeaux, Rosella Alleman and Lillia Alleman.
Duhon Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.