Natchitoches & Area Obituaries


Mr. James Johnikin, Jr. Mr. James Johnikin, Jr.
(Died July 17, 2015) 

Arrangements are pending for this former employee of the Natchitoches Head Start Program and citizen of the Powhatan Community.

Mr. Herman Vercher, Jr. Mr. Herman Vercher, Jr.
(Died July 18, 2015) 

Life Celebration Service will go forth at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel Saturday, July 25, 2015, 11:00 a. m. with burial following in the Rockford Baptist Church Cemetery on Old River Road. The remains will lie in state at the funeral home Saturday morning from 8:00 a. m. to service time.
Frances Cecile (Perot) Grappe
(Died July 7, 2015) 
Frances Cecile (Perot) Grappe, 97, of Jackson, Tenn., died July 7, 2015. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 25, at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Campti. Mrs. Grappe was born in Campti. Mrs. Grappe moved to Shreveport with her husband Bernard shortly after they were married. They resided there until they moved to Tuscaloosa, Ala., in their later years to be close to their son and his family. Following her husband’s death in 2009, she lived with her son and his family in Tuscaloosa and then moved with them to Jackson in 2013. She is preceded in death by her parents, Leopold A. (Cap) Perot Sr. and Mary Annie McLean Perot, as well her brothers Ernest Perot and Leopold A. Perot Jr., sister Annie Perot, and husband Bernard B. Grappe. She is survived by her son, Joseph Bernard “Bernie” Grappe (Nancy); granddaughters, Frances Grappe, Ellen Grappe and Mary Grappe; and many cousins in Natchitoches Parish. Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in lieu of flowers.
Mr. Phillip Sarpy Mr. Phillip Sarpy
(January 2, 1933 - July 20, 2015)

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, July 25, 2015, 10:00 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Melrose, LA. A wake service will be held Friday, July 24, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will take place at 7:00 p. m. Visitation will resume Saturday in the Chapel from 8:00 a.m. until 9:15 a.m. just prior to formation of a funeral procession to the church. Burial will take place in the church's cemetery. Mr. Sarpy passed away in his Natchitoches residence July 20, 2015 in the presence of his loving family.

John Wilfred Rachal John Wilfred Rachal
(January 2, 1937 - July 19, 2015)

U.S. Veteran A Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. John Wilfred Rachal will be at 3 pm Thursday, July 23, 2015 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Isle Brevelle, LA. Rev. Jack Kayala will serve as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Augustine Catholic Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12 noon until the time of Mass in the Church Hall. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be at 2 pm in the Church Hall. Will, 78 years of age and a resident of Cypress, LA, passed away July 19, 2015 in Natchitoches. He was born January 2, 1937 in Isle Brevelle, LA to John and Gloria Balthazar Rachal. He proudly served in the United States Army. After completing his duties in the Army, he lived and worked many places around the world but always considered Cane River his home. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his long-time companion and best friend, Lorene Conant; a daughter, Michaella Rachal-Dormand and her husband Steve; sons, Joseph W. Conant and James L. Conant; brother, Herbert Rachal; grandchildren, Danielle Dormand, Michael Dormand, Nicole Dormand and Jamie Dormand; 1st cousin who he loved as a brother, Joseph Balthazar; god children, Constance Conant and Gwendolyn Sylvie and numerous family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter Ruth Ann Conant.

Loree Shirley Loree Shirley
(March 24, 1924 - July 20, 2015)

A memorial service for Loree Shirley will be at 2 pm Friday, July 24, 2015 at the Advent Christian Church of Robeline with Robert Carnline officiating. Interment will follow at Lambertown cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12 noon until service time at the church on Friday. Loree Shirley, 91 years of age, passed away Monday, July 20, 2015 in Many, LA. She was born March 24, 1924 to Benjamin and Rosa (Holland) Welch in Natchitoches Parish. Her siblings were Ray Welch of Marshall, TX, Robert Welch of Robeline and Alice Kincaid. She worked for many years for Northwestern State University and ultimately retired as a stenographer 3. She is survived by daughter, Cheryl Byrd and her husband Harvey of Florien; a son, Ken Darrow of Natchitoches; grandchildren, Kevin Broadway of Robeline, Sissy Edwards of Robeline and Vanessa Broadway of Bossier City; and great grandchildren, Alyssa Broadway, Brittany Hayes, Brooke Broadway, Mason Broadway and Blake Broadway. Donations may be made to the Lambertown Cemetery fund in Mrs. Loree’s name.

Layton Long Layton Long
(July 18, 1949 - July 21, 2015)

Funeral service for Mr. Layton Long will be at 3 pm Friday, July 24, 2015 at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home with Rev. John Foster and Bro. Jimmy Walker officiating. Interment will follow at Memory Lawn Cemetery of Natchitoches. The family will receive friends from 1 pm until the time of service on Friday the 24th at Blanchard St. Denis. Layton, 66 years of age, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at his residence in Natchitoches with his family by his side. He was born July 18, 1949 to Nigel and Elizabeth Oglesby Long in Winnfield, LA. Layton was a member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church. He loved his lord, his church, and his church family. His best times were spent with family. He followed his sons and grandsons in every sport they played. “Papa”, as he was fondly called by his grandchildren, was dearly loved by them. His witty sense of humor and gentle smile combined with his love for Glenda and his family made him a most amazing person. He was a friend to all and never met a stranger. He leaves his family and friends with love and a gentle spirit. His presence will be missed, however, knowing he is with his Lord and Savior is comforting. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Glenda Mallett Long; sons, John Whittington of Natchitoches, Jason Whittington and his wife Jennifer of Shreveport and Justin Layton Long and his wife Sandy of Natchitoches; father in law, George Mallett; sister, Caroline Devereaux of White Stone, VA; brother, Robert Oglesby Long of Terrebonne, OR; grandchildren, Bryant Whittington, Ian Whittington, River Whittington, Julian Long, Hannah Whittington, Molly Anna Long, and Cesar Ochoa; niece, Catherine Devereaux Mc Nichols and her husband Bob of Fredericksburg, VA; and a nephew, Young Devereaux and his wife Emily of Fredericksburg, VA. Those honored to serve as pallbearers include: Dr. Steve Heard, Sidney Walton, Delaine Grantadams, Chuck Barrios, and Larry Hooper. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandsons, Bryant Mallett Whittington, Jr., Ian Hyle Whittington, River Hyle Whittington, and Julian Justin Long, as well as Dr. John Gilmer, Tom Culotta, Billy Plunkett, and Jimmy Mathis. Donations in Layton’s name may be made to Oak Grove Methodist Church, 151 Yvonne Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457.