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David Marc LeBleu
David Marc LeBleu, 66, well known businessman and community leader, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008. Born July 10, 1942, to Alton and Sallye LeBleu, he was a lifelong resident of Jennings. A graduate of Jennings High School, Mr. LeBleu attended McNeese State University and Northeast Louisiana State College. He was a sprinter on the track team that won the Gulf Coast Conference for three consecutive years and was recently honored as life-long supporter of The "L" Club. He graduated from Northeast Louisiana State College of Pharmacy, and served as a pharmacist and First Lieutenant in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was the retired President of Hebert & LeBleu, Inc. Dodge-Chrysler automobile dealership. He served as a trustee and church council member of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, as well as a lector. He was a member of the Tuesday Morning Men's Bible Study.
Mr. LeBleu served on the Board of Directors of Jeff Davis Bank and Trust, the Jennings Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board for several years, and was a member of the Pachyderm Republican. He was an original member of Supper Club formed in 1972. Mr. LeBleu was a patron of the arts and was instrumental in the development of A Block Off Broadway Community Theatre (ABOB), having starred in over 30 productions locally as well as with the Acadia Players in Crowley and the Lake Charles Little Theatre. He was known for his gift of memory; he not only could recite the part for which he was auditioning, but also knew the lines of all of the other cast members as well. He loved attending Broadway musicals and plays in New York City. He was a contributor and member of Friends of the Zigler Museum in Jennings.
"Bleu", as he was affectionately known, was a lifelong athlete. He loved to train, compete, and coach others who had a like interest. Throughout his lifetime, he was a runner and a member of the Sunday night basketball team. He enjoyed attending football games and hosting his annual dove hunt. He was best known for his love of tennis and fast cars. He played tennis regularly at home and in Lafayette USTA leagues. He coached the Notre Dame High School girls' tennis team from 1992-1995, having won the State Championship. A graduate of Bondurant School of Racing, he was co-owner of Hebert & LeBleu Racket Time Racing (Grand Prix race car) where he traveled to Monaco, Montreal, Oxford England, and various other countries to attend races.
"Bleu" was a man of strong convictions who knew what he believed and was never hesitant to express those beliefs. He was known for his honesty, generosity, loyalty to family and friends, and zest for life.
He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 42 years, Joy Lewis LeBleu; one son, Dalton Lewis LeBleu and wife Maria of Monroe; one daughter, Heather LeBleu Neyer and husband John of Chicago, Illinois; three granddaughters, Elizabeth Joy and Francesca Camile LeBleu, and Charlotte Marie Neyer; one grandson, David James Neyer; one aunt, Margaret LeBleu; and cousins Sharon LeBleu Monlezun of Lake Charles and Sheila LeBleu Allen of Colorado.
A Memorial Service was held Sunday, Oct. 19, at Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church with Monsignor James Gaddy officiating and Father Charles MacMillan concelebrating.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Notre Dame High School of Crowley, Our Lady Immaculate School in Jennings or Community Theatre in Jennings to be used for a thespian scholarship.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.miguezfuneralhome.com.
Calvin Coolidge Neal
Funeral services for Calvin Coolidge Neal, 62, of Los Angeles, Calif., were held Oct. 1, 2008 at Augusta Baptist Church in Winnsboro with the Rev. Herman Harris Sr. officiating.
Interment followed at Rest Haven Cemetery in Winnsboro under the direction of Funerals by McFarland.
Mr. Neal was born on June 9, 1946 to the union of the late Moses J. Neal Sr. and the late Nancy Haynes Neal. He was a member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles.
Mr. Neal attended Franklin Parish Training School. After graduation, he attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, until he was drafted in 1965 into the United State Air Force. He performed tours of duty during the Vietnam War in both Germany and Thailand. He then relocated to Los Angeles, where he was employed by Northward Airlines. He then became employed with KPMG as a shift supervisor until his death.
Survivors include two brothers: Foster B. Neal, Winnsboro; Ponce D. Neal, Los Angeles; two sisters: Barbara Neal Coleman, Shreveport; Madelyn Neal Coleman, Norfolk, Va.; three step-sisters: Pearline Tate, Lucy Young and Bobbie Faye Young; a step-brother, Gary Young; and numerous other family and friends.
Pallbearers were Christopher Coleman, Jeff Ivey, Craig Coleman, Johnny Cooper, Arthur Neal, William Neal Jr., Henry L. Haynes and Percy Marzell.
Honorary pallbearers Foster B. Neal, Moses Jarvis Neal, Ponce D. Neal, Aaron Neal, Jesse Coleman, Gary Young, Lanny Ernest, Armstead Haynes Jr.
David C. Bell
Services for David C. Bell, age 83, of Mangham, were held Sunday, October 19, 2008 at Mangham United Methodist Church with Rev. Marshall Sevier and Rev. Brian Mercer officiating. Interment followed in Gwin Cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home of Rayville.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Margaret Dee Bell, two brothers, Mike and Bob Bell, two sisters, Katie Heady and Margie McDonald. He was a retired farmer, an Army veteran of World War II, and a member of the W. M. Baker Masonic Lodge in Mangham. He passed away October 16, 2008.
Survivors include a daughter, Vicki Wilson of Mangham; granddaughter: Ashley Odom and husband, Bryan; grandson: David Scott Wilson and wife, Kylie; two great-grandchildren: Belle Sweet and Maddie Claire Wilson; numerous nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to nephew Bubba Bell, Dr. Kenneth McDonald, Sonja Smith, staff at Plantation Manor, special friends Connie Hales and Evelyn Harwell.
Pallbearers were Robert Louis Boughton, Joe Chapman, Roy Wiggins, Dr. Bill Marioneaux, Robert Neal Harwell, and Buddy Jones.
Honorary pallbearers were George Lobrano, Leo Cheek, Kline Cheek, Carl Childress, and Fred Douciere.
Online registry/condolences may be made at www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com.
Funeral services for Joan Wilson, 70, of Winnsboro, were held Saturday Oct. 18, 2008 at Gill Chapel with Rev. Floyd Hawthorne, Rev. Jeff Robinson and Rev. Richard Henderson officiating. Burial followed at Coax Cemetery under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home in Winnsboro. Mrs. Wilson was born to the union of her parents Ed and Pearly Matthews Weatherly on Nov. 25, 1937 and passed from this life on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008. She was a member of Taylor Bayou Baptist Church where she was the church pianist for many years and currently served as the assistant pianist. She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: Ed. Weatherly Jr. and J. Q. Weatherly; two sisters: Delaine McKeithen and Patsy Favors.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years J. W. "Bob" Wilson of Winnsboro; one son: David Wilson of Nacogdoches, Texas; one brother: Hollis Weatherly of Dunn, La.; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Glen Linder, Allen Linder, Michael Wilson, Craig Newton, Jim Wright, Lanny Williams and Lester Newton.
To sign guest book or send condolences please visit www.gillfirstnational.com.