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Obituaries: March 15, 2018

Obituaries from the March 15 paper.

Annie Sanner

Annie Mae Sanner, 99, passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2018 in a local care facility surrounded by her family. Annie lived most of her life in Hackberry.

She loved to play cards, LSU sports and cooking for her family and friends. Annie enjoyed watching her grandchildren play sports. She was a lifelong faithful member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Hackberry. Annie was a teacher in Cameron Parish before she became a stay at home mom. She was a member of the Cameron Parish library board, Cameron Parish teachers association and she taught CCD for many years. Annie was a graduate of Grand Chenier High School and LSU.

Annie is survived by her children, Jan Griffith and husband Jimmy of Jennings, Charles Sanner and wife Kristi of Sulphur, Kirk Sanner and wife Melinda and Dwayne Sanner and wife Sharon, all of Hackberry; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alden “Poncho” Sanner; her parents, Charles and Azena Richard; and her siblings, Harry Richard, Elma Vincent and Martin Richard.

Services for Annie were held on Monday, Mar. 12, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Hackberry. Burial followed in New Hackberry Cemetery.

The family received friends on Sunday, Mar. 11, at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church hall in Hackberry from 4-8 p.m. with a rosary at 6 p.m. and resumed on Monday from 8 a.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Hackberry.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.johnsonrobisonfh.net.

(Paid Memorial)

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ethel Barnhart

Ethel Faye Barnhart, 89, died in Lake Charles, at her residence on Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018.

Barnhart was a descendant of Jean Villeor Theriot, a pioneer family in Cameron Parish. She was born in Creole and lived in Lake Charles, most of her life. She graduated from Lake Charles High School and Business School in Boston. She was a member of Temple Sinai, Temple Sinai sisterhood, past president of Temple Sinai and a board member of the Temple. She retired as an Administrative Assistant in the Welfare Department of the State of LA. She volunteered for the Women’s Shelter, Southwest LA Aids Council and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She was a past member of LA Cajun Campers, a member of the American Legion auxiliary, American Cancer Society and Bosom Buddy Cancer Support group. She received Woman of the Year award from the Women’s commission.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William (Bill) Barnhart; son, David Barnhart; her parents, Earl and Eucharist Katherine Toerner; sisters, Bertha Stoner and Doris Wiegmann; brothers, Paul, John Eugene and David Toerner.

Service were held at Temple Sinai on Friday, Mar. 9.

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Lee Harrison

Lee “Lee Boy” Johnson Harrison was born Aug. 15, 1928, in Grand Chenier, to the late Simon and Lillie Harrison. He attended a one room school held in The Church of God in Christ located in “The District” at Grand Chenier. Lee received his high school equivalency diploma from Audrey Memorial on Oct. 4, 1965. He was a Private in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Camp Chaffee, Ark., during the Korean Conflict from 1950 to 1951.

Lee was first employed by Crain Brothers a company that manufactured “Marsh Buggies” owned and operated by John Paul Crain. He assisted with building and repairing the patented vehicles. Lee obtained another job alongside his father Simon as Co-Captain of the “True Friend” a supply boat operated by the Nunez Boat Service Company owned by Lee R. Nunez Sr. The True Friend had a contract with the very first oil platform well drilled in the Gulf of Mexico in 1937. On June 12, 1958, Lee received his first license from the U.S. Coast Guard as an operator of passenger carrying vessels. In 1960 he became a pumper and Port Captain for Sam L. Warren both onshore and offshore. Simultaneously, he worked as a part-time deputy for the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department where he retired in the late 1960s.

Taking a leap of faith, Lee formed his own company Harrison Oil Well Service, in 1972. The company was incorporated June 1, 1982, and renamed Harrison Production Services, Incorporated. Lee accumulated over 43 years as owner and operator; a milestone deserving many accolades. In honor of his devotion to his work he was named the 54th Louisiana Fur and Wildlife Festival King in 2011 which recognized business owner contributions to the oil industry; the first African American selected as King. Lee served as the Chairman and a Board Member at Large of the Cameron Parish Democratic Committee. He also was a board member of the Cameron Council of Aging Inc., a member of the Tourism Commission and Cameron Historical Society. He received the Governor’s Legacy of Achievement Award in 2009.

Lee was a devoted member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and currently a member of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Lake Charles.

He leaves to cherish his memory a faithful wife of 62 years, the former Wanita Bartie; four sons, Dr. Gregory O. Harrison (Suzanne) of Cobden, Ill., Marlon V. Harrison, Attorney (Renza) of Baton Rouge, Dexter G. Harrison, CPA, MBA (Tere) of Richmond, Texas, and MacArthur Dozier (Delores) of Lake Charles. He is the proud grandfather of Wendy Hairston, Rian, Michael, Chloe and Cristen Harrison; two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Lee will always be remembered for his service to our great country and steadfast work ethic in which he assumed his entire career.

Visitation was Saturday, Mar. 10, from 9 a.m. at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 5495 Elliott Rd., Lake Charles. A Mass of Christian Burial began at 10 a.m. conducted by Monsignor Jace Eskind; Interment Consolata Cemetery.

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

(Paid Memorial)

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John LeBleu

“The richest man is not the one who has the most but the one who needs the least.”

John Henry “Scooter” LeBleu, II, 64, of Lake Charles passed away Sunday, Mar. 11, 2018 in the comfort of his home.

Scooter was a lifelong resident of Lake Charles. He was of the Martin Loree LeBleu family, a pioneer Calcasieu Parish family and S. P. Henry and C. F. Henry, Sr., a pioneer Cameron Parish family. He was a 1971 graduate of LaGrange Senior High School, 1977 graduate of McNeese State University and 1983 graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He was a Kappa Sigma Alumni and a member of the Physical Therapy Association of Louisiana. He practiced independently as a Physical Therapist in the Lake Charles area and worked for a short while as a teacher for the Calcasieu Parish School Board.

Mr. LeBleu enjoyed duck hunting and fishing and was an avid LSU football and baseball fan. “A good brother and good friend, Scooter was an original and unique person with creative bridges for all friends and family to remain near”.

He leaves to honor his memory, two brothers, Loree W. LeBleu and wife Beverly Pruitt and Armant M. LeBleu; two sisters, Sheryl L. Swift and Marsha Delaney and husband John; numerous nieces and nephews and many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Henry LeBleu, Sr. and Marjorie Ware LeBleu; brother, Conway C. LeBleu; nephew, John Jay Delaney and his niece, Mary Beth LeBleu.

The family of Mr. LeBleu wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to the nurse’s staff of Heart of Hospice for their excellence in care and compassion during this difficult time. They also extend special thanks to his brother in spirit, Dr. Carl Nabours and his wife Brenda, along with his many lifelong friends, for their love and kindness in caring for him in the last of his journeys.

In respect of Scooter’s wishes, his Memorial gatherings and Celebrations of life will be in the company of his circles of friends and family. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.

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

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