Mandy Lynn Delahoussaye, 47, Passes Away

Daughter of Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye.


Mandy Lynn Delahoussaye passed away Dec. 30 at Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center in Lafayette, La. She was the daughter of retired jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, who was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 1993. Eddie Delahoussaye serves as a commissioner with the Louisiana Racing Commission and on the board of directors for the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation.

The Martin & Castille Funeral Home-Southside in Lafayette will host a visitation Jan. 4 at 1 p.m. CT, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. at Martin & Castille’s La Fleur de Lis Chapel. Deacon Cody Miller will officiate the memorial. A private inurnment will be held later in the Holy Family Cemetery and Mausoleum in New Iberia.


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Obituary: Yvette Barbazon

Yvette Barbazon passed away, Tuesday, December 27, 2022 at the age of 74. A well respected horsewoman, Barbazon had been the long time farm manager at Clear Creek Stud for many years before retiring several years ago.

A funeral service will be held Friday, December 30, 2022 at St. John’s Church, 11345 St. John Church Road, Folsom, LA.

Family Viewing from 9:00-9:30 a.m.
Visitation from 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Mass at 11:00 a.m. followed by burial at Bogue Falaya Cemetery
Following the burial, a reception will be held back at St. John’s Hall.

In lieu of flowers, a monetary donation to help offset funeral expenses can be made directly to:
Bridget Barbazon.
14263 C Gotti Rd
Folsom, LA 70437

Anyone wishing to bring a dish for the reception, may bring it to the Hall at the church starting at 9:00.


Jacob Vincent Morreale, age 90 peacefully went to heaven on 12/13/2022. He was born to Vincent A. Morreale and Angelina C. Morreale on 2/17/1932 in Bay St. Louis, MS. He graduated from St. Stslaus and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Physical education from Southeastern Louisiana University. While attending SLU He was chosen as the baseball team captain and named to the All-Conference team. Following SLU he coached baseball (and all sports) at Morgan City High School before joining the Army during the Korean War where he pursued his love of boxing. Jacob continued his professional boxing career which culminated him being the AAU Golden Glove Champion in 1966. He then became a Thoroughbred horse trainer where he won his first race in 1971. His passion and love of this sport drove him to be successful enough to get to the Kentucky Derby in 1978 with his “big grey” Chief of Dixieland. His amazing career with so many long shots led him to his racetrack nicknames, “Jake the snake and Jake the rake” up until he retired at 83 in 2013. ” My ” job” never felt like I worked a day in my life” he often said. Jacob is preceded in death his parents, Vincent and Angelina Morreale, his sister Patricia Morreale Garriga and his former wife Lydia Marcelle Morreale. Jacob is survived by his loving daughter, Monette Marcelle Morreale, his adoring grandson Jace Jacob Khashou, his brother Martin Morreale and his brother-in-law Jerry Garriga (Patricia). His nieces and nephews Vincent Garriga, Gerald Garriga, James Garriga( Denise), Tony Garriga (Elesha), Jay Jay Garriga (Kristie), Matthew Garriga(Melissa), Bridgette Harbin(Kirk), Marty Ann Flecher (Joe) Vinny Morreale; so many family and friends loved him dearly. JV was a devout Catholic and a well-respected hard-working man whose smile was infectious, laugh was contagious, and baby blue eyes were penetrating. A true legend at heart. Rest easy “CHAMP” Visitation will be at Jacob and Schoen Funeral home on Thursday, December 22, 2022, from 9:30 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 p.m. The burial will be at St. Mary’s cemetery at the Italian Tomb/ Society in Bay St. Louis.

Obituary: Bobbie Ellen Laviolette

Breaux Bridge – A private memorial service will be held for Bobbie Ellen Laviolette, 74, who passed away on December 12, 2022, at Ochsner St. Martin Hospital.

Bobbie Ellen Laviolette was born on July 3, 1948, in New Orleans. She enjoyed being outdoors and sitting on her front porch. She adored laughing and making others laugh, listening to classic country music, enjoying a glass of wine, and her dog. Bobbie cherished and loved her family and making memories with them. She loved to love and had love for everyone. She will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her son, Wayne Talley; stepsons, Shane Laviolette and Patrick Laviolette and his wife, Mazie; grandchildren, Jonathan Talley (Abbie), Nicole Fontenot (Ben), and Sara Talley; step grandchildren, Easton, Eyrelin and Nash Laviolette; great-grandchild, Zion Collins; and her brother, Frank Sherman (Anne).

She is preceded in death by her husband, Harold Laviolette; daughter, Barbara Talley; a stepson, Lennon Laviolette; and her parents, Robert and Gloria Zimmerman Sherman.

Pellerin Funeral Home (337-332-2111) is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary: Bobby P. Dupre

Bobby P. Dupre

January 25, 1937 ~ December 8, 202285 Years Old


It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Bobby P. Dupre, 85, announces his passing on Thursday, December 8th, 2022 at his home in Opelousas. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Queen of Angels Catholic Church Monday, December 12th at 10:30 a.m.

A loving father, Bobby will be dearly missed by his two beloved daughters, Kelly Dupre of Opelousas and Meghan Dupre Montgomery, and her husband, Zachary Montgomery, of New Orleans. He is preceded in death by his parents, Cornelius and Jeanette Dupre of Opelousas, and his two brothers, John Dupre and Coty Dupre, both of Lafayette. Bobby was a life-long businessman and enjoyed nothing more than “holding court” and visiting with anyone and everyone; Bobby never met a stranger. He also devoted much of his life to philanthropy and held a strong belief in giving back to his community. His favorite part of every year was dressing up as Santa to raise money and bring awareness to those with Cerebral Palsy. Through all of his successes and endeavors, Bobby loved to remind people that he was “just a little boy from Plaisance.”

The Dupre family would like to extend their everlasting gratitude to his caretakers for their love and dedication. At the request of his family, visitation will take place at LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home in Opelousas on Sunday, December 11, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and reopen on Monday, December 12, 2022 from 8:00 a.m. until the time of his service. A Rosary will be prayed in his honor on Monday at 9:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider a donation to the Opelousas Area Cerebral Palsy Clinic.

Obituary: Alta Vascocu Franks

Alta Vascocu Franks, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend went to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, October 28, 2022 at the age of 90.

Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Alta graduated from Fair Park High School and attended Northwestern State University. As a teenager and very young adult, Alta was well known as a softball pitcher for her church league through Ingleside Baptist Church.

Later, she worked for Mid States Oil where she met the love of her life, John Franks. Alta and John married August 17, 1952 and remained devoted to one another until John’s death on December 31, 2003. Both Alta and John were faithful members of Trinity Heights Baptist Church for over 40 years.

Alta was preceded in death by her loving husband of 51 years, John Franks; mother and father, Mary Camille and Gordon Lee Vascocu; and sisters, Evelyn Losey and Melva Langford. Alta leaves to cherish her memory her only child, Karen Franks Recchia and husband, David; granddaughter, Lauren Mason Nunnery and husband, Neil; grandson, John Franks Mason and wife, Stephanie; step granddaughter, Amanda Recchia Oswalt; great-grandchildren, Faith Ingles, Logan Ingles, Jude Mason, and Maddie Oswalt; sister, Mary V. Caskey; and several special nieces and nephews. Alta also leaves to cherish her memory special friends, Bobby and Jane Jelks, Lonzo and Susan Lanier, Shirley and Norman Graham, Betty and John Fryar, Betty and Russell King, Brenda McDonough, and Betty Faye Womack.

The family would like to express their love and thankfulness to those who have blessed them with their love and care for Alta. Special thanks go to Dr. Dan Moller, beloved physician and friend for 40 years, Dr. Mandy Crow for her care and compassion to Alta these last few years of her life, faithful and loving sitter and longtime companion, Ella Feaster, and sitters, Kissy Day, Donna Kennon, and BJ Davis. The family also wishes to give special thanks to Wade Gipson, Betty Smith, Bruce Hunter, and Janelle Ward for their dedication to our mom and grandmother.

A Memorial Service honoring the life of Alta will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 4, 2022 at Trinity Heights Baptist Church, 3820 Old Mooringsport Road, Shreveport, Louisiana. Officiating will be Dr. Scott Teutsch, Reverend Billy Crosby, and Reverend Dan Lay.

A visitation for Alta will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 1815 Marshall Street, Shreveport, Louisiana. A private graveside service will be held prior to the memorial service.

Honoring Alta as pallbearers will be David Recchia, Neil Nunnery, John Mason, Logan Ingles, Bobby Jelks, Roger Johnson, and Lonzo Lanier.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Trinity Heights Baptist Church, 3820 Old Mooringsport Road, Shreveport, LA 71107 or the charity of your choice.

Alta will always be remembered for her deep love for her family, her friends, and especially her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29: 11

Obituary: Jerry Dale Cart, Sr.

A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Jerry Dale Cart, Sr., 82, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 9, 2022, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2201 Airline Drive, Bossier City, Louisiana.  The family kindly requests that attendees wear a mask.

Jerry was born on February 16, 1940, to Norval “Sleepy” and Reba (Sledge) Cart in Hinton, Oklahoma, and passed away on August 19, 2022, in Bossier City, Louisiana.

Jerry grew up south of Hinton and attended Hinton Public Schools until he joined the United States Air Force at the age of 17.  After leaving the service, he was a Park Ranger and Lake Patrol Officer at Ft. Cobb Lake in Oklahoma.  Throughout his life, Jerry was an entrepreneur in both Oklahoma and Louisiana, opening several convenience stores, a lumberyard, a Chrysler car dealership, and a Piggly Wiggly grocery store.  Jerry was also appointed as a Special Deputy Sheriff for Bossier Parish in Louisiana.

At a young age, Jerry became a cowboy competing in local rodeos.  His passion for rodeos lead him to become a rodeo stock contractor and rodeo producer for several years in numerous states.  In 1980, Jerry was named Rodeo Man of the Year by the Short Grass Country News.  Jerry’s love for horses led him to become an owner and trainer of thoroughbred racehorses.  He entered horses in races in Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas for more than forty years.  Louisiana Downs Racetrack named him Trainer of the Month several times throughout his career, and in 2009 he was honored as Leading Trainer.

Jerry enjoyed playing dominos, watching westerns, eating ice cream, and listening to country music.  He lived a long full life and will be dearly missed.

Jerry is preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Juanita, Jo, and Mickey; and one brother, Bobby.  Jerry is survived by his wife, Flo Cart of Benton, LA; four sons, Kelly Cart of Binger, OK, Brad Cart and wife, Connie of Binger, OK, Jeff Cart and wife, Lori of Binger, OK, Jerry Dale Cart, Jr. and wife, Diane of Binger, OK; one daughter, Jana Pierce of Bossier City, LA; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Please visit Jerry’s tribute page at

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Obituary: Phyllis Tidwell Wood

Funeral services for Ms. Phyllis Tidwell Wood were held at 4:00PM, Thursday, July 28, 2022, at Griffin Funeral Home located at 911 Warren Drive in West Monroe, LA, with Pastor Lewis Bartett officiating.

Phyllis was born on September 22, 1943, in Wilhite, LA, and passed away peacefully from this life on July 20, 2022, at her home in Vixen, LA.

She was a custodian at Pinecrest Elementary School and loved her job because of the kids. She loved to be around children. Her favorite pass time was anything that had to do with horses. She had a love for horses like no other.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Dallas Tidwell and Flossie Foster Tidwell; brother, Marty Tidwell.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Slade Gilbert; brother, Gary Tidwell and wife Ann; special friend, JR Mayo. She is also survived by an extended host of family and friends.

OBITUARY William Joseph Deckwa Jr.

William Joseph Deckwa Jr.

OCTOBER 11, 1938 – APRIL 19, 2022
Obituary of William Joseph Deckwa Jr.


Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home

William Joseph Deckwa Jr., a leader in the home renovation industry, passed from this earth on

Tuesday, April 19th at East Jefferson Hospital. He was surrounded by his loving family, who are

forever grateful to the compassionate caretakers, nurses, and doctors who attended to him

during the last hours of his life. He was 83 years old.

Better known to all as Bill, Mr. Deckwa was born on October 11, 1938, to Althea Fos

Deckwa and William Deckwa Sr. He grew up in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans along with his

beloved sister, Stella Deckwa Jenevein. Mr. Deckwa graduated from Holy Cross High School in

1958 where he was a star player on the basketball team.

Highly accomplished throughout his life, Mr. Deckwa began his career as a teller for the Whitney

National Bank before taking a job with NASA in 1969. He was proud of having helped send a

man to the moon! Afterwards, Mr. Deckwa was employed as a finance manager with Alside

Siding Supply. In 1984, Mr. Deckwa and his wife, Doris, opened their own company, Wholesale

Siding and Window Supply. With a dedication to hard work and customer support, the Deckwas

built the company, which is still flourishing in its 38th year, into a great success.

In addition to being a successful businessman, Mr. Deckwa was a man of many talents. He was

inducted into the Louisiana Poetry Society, wrote and published country music songs, was well

known as a horse owner at the New Orleans Fairgrounds, and played a mean game of pool.

However, his greatest talent was developing and nurturing relationships throughout his long and

blessed life.

Mr. Deckwa is survived by his beloved and loving wife of 52 years, Doris Junda Deckwa. While

residing in Metairie for the past five decades, the Deckwas raised six children: Rob Picou (Jodi),

Terry Deckwa Duvieilh (Warren), Rhonda Picou Sabadie (Guy), William Deckwa III (Elaine),

Donna Picou Crowley (Kevin), and Chris Deckwa (Kim). “Paw Paw” Bill was also blessed with

17 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

A celebration of Bill Deckwa’s life will be held on Friday, April 29, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and

Saturday, April 30, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, with a Funeral Mass directly following, at Leitz-Eagan

Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie. Interment will be in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens, Chalmette, LA. The online guestbook is available at