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Obituaries: November 22, 2018

Obituaries from the November 22 paper.

Melba Faulk

Melba Richard Faulk, 80, of Grand Lake died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 in the comfort of her son’s residence.

Mrs. Faulk was a native and lifelong resident of Grand Lake. She worked as a substitute Pre-K teacher and volunteer at Grand Lake Elementary. She was an active member of Cameron Council on Aging Advisory Board and participated in Senior Olympics. She was also a member of the Volunteer Fire Department and the Home Demonstration Club. She loved Christmas, her collectables, dancing with Delaine’s School of Dance and the countless events of Mardi Gras, especially those of Krewe du Lac of which she reigned as Queen. A lady of grace and prayer, Mrs. Faulk was a member of St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters and Altar Society. Mrs. Faulk’s greatest love was her family.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 62 years, Morgan “Black” Faulk; three daughters, Charlene Babineaux and husband Joey, Janice Landry and husband Chris and Mondell Garcia and husband Raul; five sons, Ricky Faulk, Kevin Faulk, Jared Faulk and wife Beth, Richard Faulk, Terry Faulk and wife Monica; ten grandchildren, Joey Babineaux, II (Lisa), Mitchell Babineaux (Nici), Cheri Compton (Chris), Heather Miller, Chase Landry (Rachel), Shaun Garcia, Gabriel Garcia, Garrett Faulk, Gavin Faulk and Cayden Faulk; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mae Dell Ransom of Lake Charles; and grand dog, Sarge.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Nolton and Gladys Vige Richard and a sister, Jean Nell Brashear.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Big Lake under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Monsignor James Gaddy was the officiate. Interment followed in Grand Lake Community Cemetery. Visitation Friday was from 1 until 8 p.m. with a rosary beginning at 6 p.m. Visitation Saturday was from 8 until 10 a.m. in the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles LA 70601 or the Ethel Precht Breast Cancer Foundation, ethelbreastcancerwalk.org, 496 West Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles LA 70601.

Words of comfort to the family may be expressed at www.johnsonfuneralhome.net.

(Paid Memorial)

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Neil Crain

Neil Randall Crain, 85, of Lake Charles, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at a local hospital.

He attended Grand Chenier Schools and graduated in 1952 with a high school diploma from the Texas Military Institute in San Antonio, Texas. He then attended Louisiana State University and Lamar University in Civil Engineering.

Mr. Crain served in the United States Coast Guard on active duty from 1953-1957 until he was called home to Grand Chenier to help rebuild the family business following Hurricane Audrey. He remained on Ready Reserve with the United States Coast Guard for 17 years for a total of 20 years of service.

Neil R. Crain began his construction career at the family business, Crain Brothers Inc. in Grand Chenier. He devoted his life to the oil industry and was an expert at low land construction. Neil held heavy construction licenses in Louisiana and several other states. Not only was his expertise sought out in the United States, but also around the world such as in Africa, Venezuela, Japan and the Caribbean. He also served as President of Crain Brothers Ranch.

Neil loved traveling to different countries to enjoy the sport of shooting birds of various species, especially pheasants and ducks. He also enjoyed the company of friends while fishing the waters of Lake of the Woods in Canada. He became a Master Mason upon entering the Coast Guard in 1953 and devoted his life to the fraternity by being a member of all Bodies of Masonry and holding various leadership positions. He was bestowed upon him the illustrious honor of being a 33rd Degree Mason and served as the 2004 Grand Master of all Masons in the state of Louisiana.

Neil also loved being involved in politics and served in advisory positions for former US Senator Jesse Knowles, former Governor of Louisiana, Dave Treen and former US House of Representative, William Henson Moore III. He also served on the Louisiana State Contractor’s Licensing Board.

Neil enjoyed being an aircraft pilot, logging over 15,000 hours in numerous aircraft including float planes. His favorite pass time was spent visiting with friends and family and telling stories with humor continuously embedded.

Left behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 61 years, Madeleine St. Clair Crain; two daughters, Randalin Crain and Rosalind Crain LeCompte; one son, Duncan Russell Crain and wife Tammy Augustine Crain; four grandchildren; three greatgrandchildren; along with one sister, Coral Lee Crain Byrd and husband Richard.

Neil was preceded in death by his father, A. H. “Sono” Crain; his mother, Ella Mae Jones Crain; his brother, Malcolm Lyle “Butch” Crain.

Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Chapel of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation was from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at Johnson Funeral Home. Burial immediately followed services at Highland Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that one should make a donation to a charity of their choice.

(Paid Memorial)

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