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Obituaries: February 28, 2019

Obituaries from the February 28 paper.

John Richard

John Terry Richard, 80, of Welsh died on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019.

He was born in Welsh and was a life long residence of Welsh. He was retired from Helena Chemical and farming.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria Richard; children, Todd Richard and wife Kana of Roanoke, Marla Landry and husband Paul of Jennings, Kim Briscoe and husband Neal of Welsh; brothers, Harry Richard of Welsh, Michael Richard of Sulphur; nine grandchildren, John Seth Briscoe (Allison), Hannah L. Cary (Ryan), Evan Landry, Samantha Landry, Gabrielle Briscoe, McKenzie Briscoe, Sawyer Briscoe, Kassidy Richard, Kennedy Richard; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Evans and Bernice Richard; and one brother.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Friday, Feb. 22. Burial followed in Oaklawn Cemetery.

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Tommy Thompson

Tommy S. Thompson, of Iowa, born in Lake Charles on July 28, 1953, son of Junior Thompson and Yvonne J. Turner, passed away Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 in his residence, at the age of 65.

Tommy was a graduate of Glenmora High School and attended one year of college while serving in the U. S. Army. He was a deputy with the Cameron Parish Sheriff Department. Tommy loved riding his Harley Davidson with his son, Cody and spoiling his grandchildren. Tommy was Paula’s knight in shining armor and he will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Paula Thompson; sons, Cody Thompson (Kayla); Michael Thompson (Sue); Jerry Thompson; Patrick Clement (Brandi); David Clement; daughters, Angela Thompson; Selena Thompson; Stephanie Kingham (Bobby); Meghan Constance; brothers, Dennon Strange (Debbie); Van Thompson; sister, Melinda Dale Strange; 18 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Tommy was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Dale Strange; nephews, D. J. Strange, Jr. and Ben Davis; and mother-in-law, Annie Belle Schwark.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, Mar. 2, at 1 p.m. in Johnson & Brown Funeral Home of Iowa, with Pastor Hoye Folks officiating. Cremation is under the direction of Johnson & Brown Funeral Home of Iowa. Visitation is Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of service.

Words of comfort may be shared at www.johnsonandbrownfuneralhome.com/Facebook: Johnson & Brown Funeral Home.

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Karen Richard

Karen Beth “Cookie” Richard, 69, entered her eternal home on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019.

Karen was known more affectionately as “Cookie Ann” and carried many other titles. She was Aunt Cookie, Nanny Cookie, Miss Cookie, and The Karen Pilot to many. Cookie was an appropriate nickname for her. She was a dear Cookie, a smart Cookie, a tough Cookie, and a sweet but sometimes rough Cookie. She was a Mother, a Sister, a Daughter, an Aunt and a dear friend to many.

She was born Oct. 26, 1949 in Lake Charles and lived all of her life in Cameron Parish. Cookie was a 1967 graduate of South Cameron High School. She was employed by Dr. Cecil Clark, Daniels Welding, McDaniels Welding, and finally found her home with the Cameron Parish School Board, where she started as Secretary at Cameron Elementary in 1984 and eventually retired as School Food Service Book Keeper at the School Board Office in July 2017.

Cookie had a deep and joyous love for her family and friends. She enjoyed being the life of the party. She loved traveling, listening to her music, and spending time with family and friends. She was a jokester and a prankster, to say the least. She had those penetrating blue eyes that either made you very uncomfortable or very welcomed into her life. That chuckling smile and infectious laugh invited you into her life. She was a true Cajun girl who loved her Faith and her God. She will be fondly remembered and hard to forget. May the Angels take her to Paradise where God will welcome her with open arms and that same warm smile.

Those left to cherish her memory and mourn her loss are her companion and love of her life, Terry “Hippy” Richard; son, Kahal Nelson Howard and wife Sonja; daughter, Kasie Beth Howard; brothers, Roger Richard and wife Molly, Lester “Ferpo” Richard, Jr. and wife Lidian, Barry Richard and wife Carolyn, and Bryon “Goose” Richard and wife Carla; sister, Jackie Johnson and husband S.J.; grandchildren, Kaitlynn Howard and Dak Blackwell; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, God Children and others that she loved dearly.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lester Richard, Sr. and mother, Beatrice Richard Savoie, born Rogers.

Her funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Creole. Father Wayne LeBleu will officiate. Burial will follow in Sweetlake-Grand Lake Cemetery. Visitation was held at Johnson Funeral Home on Wednesday p.m. with a rosary at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the funeral home.

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John Savoie

John Thomas Savoie, 13, of Lake Charles was welcomed into Heaven Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019.

John Thomas was a lifelong resident of Lake Charles. He was educated through Prien Lake Elementary and S.J. Welsh homebound programs. John really didn’t really enjoy anything, he loved everything!

He was an avid outdoorsman, loved strolls in the neighborhood, riding the tractor and bulldozer with his dad, car rides with mom, pool time with his sister, family dress up for Halloween and the annual beach trip. He also loved his annual getaway to Camp Spike N Wave with his pal Charlie. He loved that Camp Spike N Wave was a “Camp for All” to be free, giving him the opportunity to do arts & crafts, more pool time, paddle boarding, therapeutic horseback riding and zip lining.

His greatest love was his family and his dog, Scout. John Thomas will be most remembered for his gift of making everyone happy. He was a blessing in the purest form of innocence and unconditional love.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his parents, Kevin and Jennifer Nicholas Savoie of Lake Charles; one sister, Ella Camille Savoie of Lake Charles; paternal grandparents, Richard Michael Savoie and wife Claudia and Sheila Vidrine and husband June of Lake Charles; maternal grandparents, Robert and Betty Nicholas of Humble, Texas; aunts and uncles, Michalee Savoie and Cathy and Dane Bolin of Lake Charles; Sandra and Craig Anderson of Humble, Texas, David and Julie Nicholas of Lafayette, Vicky Rhodes, Karen and Heath Pocock and Chris and Heather Nicholas of Humble, Texas; cousins, Alexander Schwenk, Emily and Brett Bolin, Morgan and Nicholas Anderson, Brooke and Noelle Nicholas, Kaitlyn Borel, Matthew, Amber and Brandt Rhodes, Hailey and Hayden Pocock and Cali, Eli, Ty, Isla, Ruby and Kase Nicholas; and special friends, Ian Rowland and Dash Barrett.

He was preceded in death by his paternal great-grandparents, James (Sono) and Hazel Savoie and Earn and Stella Mae McFarland; maternal great-grandparents, Robert and Hazel May and Houston and Agnes Bertrand; and an uncle, Timmy Nicholas.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Monsignor Jace Eskind officiated. Interment followed in Consolata Cemetery.
Visitation Tuesday was from 3 until 8 p.m. with a rosary service at 6 p.m. Visitation Wednesday was from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home.

John Thomas’s family would like to express heartfelt sympathy to Dr. David Wallace and Dr. Gary Clark; caregivers, Josie Henson, Charlie Litel and Brenda Maddox; and his teachers and therapist for their kindness, excellence in care and compassion throughout the years.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations in honor of John Thomas Savoie may be made to Neurological Clinical Research Fund at Texas Children’s Hospital, Office of Philanthropy, Ste. 5214, P.O. Box 300630, Houston TX 77230-0630 or to Camp Spike N Wave, Epilepsy Foundation of Texas, 2401 Fountain View Drive, Ste. 900, Houston TX 77057, ATTN: Camp Spike N Wave.

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

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