Natchitoches & Area Obituaries


Mr. Elisha Gay, Jr. Mr. Elisha Gay, Jr.
(October 22, 1917 - June 21, 2015)

Services will be celebrated Saturday, June 27, 2015; 11:00 a.m. at Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. A wake service will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2015 in the Chapel. Burial will be held in the Campti Cemetery. Mr. Elisha Gay Jr. was a long-time resident of the Brickyard Community in Grand Ecore.


Emmandeline Emmandeline "Mandy" Sargee
(July 5, 1963 - June 19, 2015)

A memorial service to remember the life of Emmandeline “Mandy” Sargee of Natchitoches, La. will be held at 3:00 pm Saturday June 27, 2015 at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses located at 1645 Breazeale Springs St. in Natchitoches, La. with Br. Louis Whitelow officiating. Emmandeline Moreau Sargee was born on July 5, 1963 in Oakland, California. She grew up among the redwoods in a close loving family. All through her life she had a close relationship with her mother, though deep in her heart she was always a 'Daddy's girl.' On December 24, 1977 she symbolized her dedication to Jehovah God by water baptism. Just as she started high school her family moved to Louisiana. Mandy married Gregory Sargee on July 1, 1988. She loved being a wife and was a wonderful wife to Greg. She was also a loving mother to her son Matthew to whom she gave birth on November 3, 1999. She loved to teach and spent many hours in the volunteer ministry work sharing her hope for the future with others. She worked for several years as a substitute teacher for the Natchitoches Parish School Board being called on often as she quickly became the favorite of many teachers. She did love her 'children' as she referred to them and it was common for her to donate clothes, backpacks, school supplies and even food to those children with families that were struggling to make ends meet. She also enjoyed reading, sewing, spending time with her family and friends and spoiling at least one dog at all times. Mandy was always upbeat. Even though she had to endure terrible pain at times, she did not complain and even tried to hide it from others. She always looked for ways to help others, cooking for those that were ill or giving food, clothing, etc... She had a special talent as a listener. Many have called her just to talk over troubles and concerns and Mandy had this way of making things better somehow. She had this ability to offer comfort even when she was in pain herself. She will be dearly missed. Mandy is survived by her husband of nearly 27 years Greg Sargee; her son Matthew; her parents Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Moreau Sr. of Pineville, La; her two brothers Errol Moreau Jr. and Eric Moreau both of Pineville, La.; many nieces, nephews and numerous friends that all loved her for the special person she was.

James Devon Lasyone James Devon Lasyone
(March 20, 1931 - June 25, 2015)

The sun has set on a legend in our community of Natchitoches, Louisiana – James Lasyone passed away on Wednesday, June 25, 2015. He was 84 years old. Services for James Debon Lasyone will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Blanchard-St-Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches, LA. Interment will follow at Memory Lawn Cemetery in Natchitoches, LA. A visitation will be held Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. James grew up as a sharecropper’s son in Dodson, a village in Winn Parish, Louisiana and enjoyed meat pies from street vendors when his family came to town in Natchitoches. He could never have imagined back then that he would single handedly put the famous “Lasyone’s Meat Pie” on the map worldwide. In the 1960’s, James Lasyone was running a little butcher shop in town and selling meat to the ladies that were making meat pies at home, which was the only way to get them back in the day. In the mid-1960’s he began experimenting with recipes to make his own pies and began selling some over the butcher’s counter at the store – the Live Oak Grocery. In 1967, he opened his restaurant in a small retail space near the meat market. It has over time and to this day become a southern food landmark now owned and operated by his daughters, Angela and Tina. No food in Louisiana is more famous than the Lasyone’s Meat Pie of Natchitoches. When the Spanish settled Natchitoches, they brought with them the empanada, the forefather of the meat pie. But its transformation from humble hand-held food to a leading menu item in restaurants, catering venues and sports arenas worldwide could not have been possible without the vision of James Lasyone. There is no other place in Natchitoches that can boast of more celebrity sightings, TV and magazine exposure, grueling bridge card games, business deals made over breakfast or lunch, family memory making at the tables of this standard blue-collar Southern diner and as the New York Times states, “….the best reason to visit Natchitoches is the meat pies – and the best ones in town can be found at Lasyone’s Meat Pie Kitchen and Restaurant.” James and his wife, JoAnn, can be credited as the original trailblazers for the tourism industry in Natchitoches. People from all over the world have stopped in to try one of their meat pies, as a result of the magazine and book articles, national and international newspapers features, radio and television highlights including Southern Living, The New Yorker, Gourmet Magazine, Calvin Trillin’s Third Helpings book, The Houston Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, papers from France, Italy and Spain and On the Road with Charles Kuralt and Good Morning America just to name a few. Starting in 1967 with a used Garland stove at a small location on Second Street in Natchitoches, James could never have imagined how his life would impact so many. He was a generous chef and his generosity extended far beyond the kitchen. James was an amazing father who’s influence on his daughters, Angela and Tina, continues today as they bring the family business to even greater success, mass producing meat pies for major clients and delivering the highly recommended fares of red beans and sausage, dirty rice, southern fried catfish, bread pudding and of course, the famous meat pie in the original restaurant started by their dad so many years ago. James is survived by his daughter Angela, his daughter Tina Smith and her husband Dwight. He has one surviving brother, Buddy Lasyone, who resides in Beaumont, Texas. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, JoAnn, his parents Mattie Lou Worsham and J.D. Lasyone. James has been a longtime resident of The Courtyard of Natchitoches and the family wishes to thank the special caretakers who have aided in his care: Nanette Bienveue and all her staff for the past ten plus years. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the NSU Foundation for Lasyone’s . This will benefit a Culinary Arts student’s education at NSU.