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Obituaries: December 14, 2017

Obituaries from the December 14 paper.

Glynn Broussard

Glynn Broussard, 90, a long-time resident of Sulphur died on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.

Mr. Broussard was born in San Antonio, Texas, and relocated to Sulphur after a brief stay in Hackberry.

He graduated from Sulphur High in 1945. He served as vice president of both his junior and senior classes. He played on two of Sulphur High School’s four state championship football teams. He was inducted into the SHS Hall of Fame in 2016.

Following graduation, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. The war with Germany ended the day he enlisted. The atomic bombs were dropped on Japan while he was still in boot camp. Following his discharge from the Navy, he worked construction until he was hired by the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company where he worked for 33 years, retiring as a shift foreman. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 8107. He was a member of Our Lady of LaSalette Church and the Knights of Columbus Council 8978.

He was elected to the Calcasieu Parish School Board for five consecutive terms (22 years). He served in two terms as vice president and two terms as president. During his time on the school board, he was appointed to serve on the Louisiana School Board Athletic Association, representing all 66 school boards in the state. He was also elected to the Board of Directors of the Louisiana School Board Association, representing a 13-parish area.

Survivors include two daughters, Glynda Dougherty (Tony), Bonnie Breaux; a stepdaughter, Carol Allphin; 13 grandchildren and 15 greatgrandchildren, along with his sister, Evelyn Smith.

He was predeceased by his wife, Sue; a daughter, Jody Sylvester; a son, Matt; his father, Howard Sr.; his mother and stepfather, Evelyn and Ray Perryman; and one brother.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Dec. 9, at Johnson and Robison Funeral Home with Father Andrews Kollannoor, M.S. presiding.

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Douaine Conner

(Editor's Note--Douaine Paul Conner, 60, of Iowa, formerly of Creole died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. He served the citizens of Cameron Parish for non-consecutive terms, as a Cameron Parish Police Juror, for a total of 16 years. He also served on a number of public boards in Cameron Parish during his lifetime.)

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, at 11:30 a.m., at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Creole for Douaine Paul Conner, 60, who died at home on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, after battling cancer for the last several years. Reverend Wayne LeBleu was the celebrant.

Serving as pallbearers were Travis Broussard, Tony Hay, Butch LaBove, Steven Landry, Thomas McDaniel and James Mock. Honorary pallbearers were Jocelyn Broussard, Angie Davis, Brian Hardie, Karen McCall, Kellie McKoin, Coy Mudd, Ryan Nash, Arleen Nunez, Debbie Savoie, Russell Savoie, and Jeff Wainwright.

Mr. Conner was born on Jan. 3, 1957, in Creole and was an active member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Creole until he relocated his family to Iowa, and attended Masses at various Catholic churches, after losing his family’s home to Hurricane Rita in 2005.

He graduated from South Cameron High School in 1975. He trapped during high school and began working for Crain Brothers. In November 1979, he was hired by Amoco Production that was acquired by the Apache Corporation in 1979, then Texas Petroleum in 2014, working throughout all of the transitions.

He later worked for Roy Bailey Construction, driving a vacuum truck. He served the citizens of Cameron Parish for non-consecutive terms, as a Cameron Parish Police Juror, for a total of 16 years. Mr. Conner was active on a number of public boards in Cameron Parish during his lifetime.

Left with a lifetime of memories to forever cherish are his wife, Sheila Broussard Conner, whom he married at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Creole on Apr. 24, 1976; his sons, Jobe Johnson and his wife, Dana, Lancey Conner and Laura O’Quinn, both of Iowa, John Pradia and Shontell of Lake Charles, and daughter, Santana Wilkerson and her husband, Trey of Sweetlake; his grandchildren, Baleigh Conner, Taylor Conner, Cayden O’Quinn, Grayson and Makenzi Johnson, and Wyatt, Adrianna, Liam and Ella Kate Wilkerson, Jordan Ware, Channing and Emerson Pradia; his father, Gervis Conner; mother-in-law, Rebecca Broussard; his brother, Tim Conner and sister-in-law, Cynthia, sister, Jackie Huse, sister, Jan Broussard and brother-in-law, Shane, brothers-in-law, Travis Broussard and wife, Jocelyn, and Kurt Broussard and wife, Angie, sisters-in-law, Debra Henderson, Theresa Smith and husband, Butch, Renee Mock and husband, Jimmy, and Darla Montie and husband, David; his godchildren, Courtney Conner, Chasity Boudreaux and Alex Broussard, and many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Preceding Mr. Conner in death were his son, Channing Conner; mother, Leola Conner; and father-in-law, Woodrow Broussard.

Mr. Conner’s life was dedicated to his family, and he supported the livestock and sports programs in which his children were involved. His interest in their livestock projects, particularly in exhibiting hogs, was enhanced by his co-ownership of Superior Swine Farms, giving his children the opportunity to view and learn all aspects of the hog business while also providing other children with quality animals to exhibit.

As they were in every endeavor, Mr. Conner’s children and grandchildren were highly competitive in the show arena while always exhibiting good sportsmanship.

As a volunteer, he coached elementary wrestling and football at both Grand Chenier and South Cameron Elementary Schools when his sons were competing, but it was his love and passion for coaching girls and boys softball for which he will always be remembered. From T-Ball through Little Chicks, Lady Cajuns, Young Guns, Lady Tarpons and Stars and Stripes, Coach Douaine or Paw Paw Wayne, as he was known, helped his teams amass championships, trophies and unbeatable reputations, while teaching them to love the game and to always remember that only their best would do.

As he and his teams played across Louisiana and in various states throughout the country, whether a great play or a bad call was the issue, he reacted in ways that will never be forgotten and will be the subject of stories for generations yet to be born. As a volunteer softball coach for decades, moving on from his children to his grandchildren, Mr. Conner was a beloved critic and taught his players the “never give up” attitude, making them better people as they developed into better athletes, always having pride in themselves and their team.

That unique competitive edge that he taught them has helped his athletes of yesterday develop into successful young adults and parents of today. They will all attest to having learned priceless life lessons from a coach like none other, who simply chose to dedicate his time to his children, grandchildren and their friends, as they competed on the softball field in the sport they all loved.

Family and friends were invited to the visitation beginning from 3 until 9 p.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 12, with a Holy Rosary prayed at 7 p.m.; then, again on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 8:00 a.m. until leaving for Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Creole, all at Hixson Funeral Home in Lake Charles. Mr. Conner was buried right next to his son Channing, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery in Creole.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com

(Paid Memorial)

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Lillian Conner

Funeral services for Mrs. Lillian Conner, 75, of Lake Arthur were held Monday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. in the Miguez Funeral Home Chapel in Lake Arthur with Pastors Brian and Natalie Fitkin officiating. Burial followed in Andrus Cove Cemetery under the direction of Miguez Funeral Home.

Visitation will begin, Sunday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. and continue until 9 p.m. It will resume at 8 a.m. Monday until time of service. A rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening.

Mrs. Conner was born on Dec. 9, 1941 in Gueydan to Martin and Pauline Mallett LeBlanc. She moved here from Creole 20 years ago where she worked at a Dietician for South Cameron Memorial Hospital for many years.

Cracking pecans, baking, listening to French music and dancing with the kids were her favorite things to do.

She is survived by five sons, Fred (Joyce) Conner of Bell City; Michael (Tina) Conner of Lake Arthur; Richard (Melissa) Conner of Lake Charles; Randall (Jan) Conner of Indian Village; Darren (Angelle) Conner of Jennings; two sisters, Vergie (Hilliard) Hanks and Vernice (Christopher) Trahan both of Lake Arthur; 21 grandchildren; and 22 great grandchildren.

Mrs. Conner was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter-in-law, Michelle Conner.

Words of comfort may be expressed to the family at www.miguezfuneralhome.com.

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Lena Guidry

Lena Marie Suire Guidry, 85, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017.

She was born in Jennings and moved to Sweet Lake, where she made her home. She was a USDA State Egg Inspector and a contract worker for Kroger Stores, where she inspected eggs throughout Louisiana and Texas. She served on the Calcasieu-Cameron Cancer Board, was a past member of Cameron Chamber of Commerce and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and a member of the Farm Bureau.

In 2002, Mrs. Guidry was named Outstanding Cameron Citizen of the Year. She was the owner and manager of Lena’s Cajun Kitchen for four and one-half years and was a cook for the Coastal Hunting Club for eight years. She was a 4-H Club Leader for 16 years and a 50-year member of the Home Extension Club. She was also a site manager for the Council on Aging, and later their Outreach Manager. She received staff members from Unity Way and from Older Workers of Cameron Parish. She was a Lions’ Club member, Chairman of Faith Share and a member of the Action Alliance.

Mrs. Guidry was a member of St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church and St. Patrick Chapel in Sweet Lake from 1950. She served in various capacities for her church, as Trustee, Council member, as a member of the Finance Committee, and was a Eucharistic Lay Minister, lector and choir member. She was also a member of the St. Patrick Altar Society, St. Vincent de Paul Group, and Catholic Daughters. She received service awards from the Diocese of Lake Charles and was named Evangelizer of the Year in 1997. She also served on the cemetery board for Sweet Lake Cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Ricky W. Guidry and wife Michelle, and Darlene Guidry Taylor and husband Michael, all of Sweet Lake; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Duffy and Aurelia Duhon Suire; and her husband, Albert Guidry.

A Mass Of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at St. Patrick Chapel, in Sweet Lake. Father Bill Miller officiated. Interment followed at Sweet Lake Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Cameron Council on Aging - 965 Highway 384, Lake Charles LA 70607 or to St. Vincent de Paul.

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