Obit: Judy Lyn Dugas


Judy Lyn Dugas

OCTOBER 11, 1942 – NOVEMBER 20, 2020
Obituary of Judy Lyn Dugas

Judy Lyn Dugas, 78, went to meet her heavenly Father on November 20th, 2020.

She was a native and lifelong resident of Sulphur. Judy was a 1960 Graduate of Sulphur High School where she was a member of the rodeo team and won the All-Around Champion Cowgirl Award in the State Championship Rodeo. She also attended the University of Arizona and studied Horse Racing on the Flat.

Judy was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sulphur where she embraced the Lord and served him faithfully. She was involved in numerous church activities and committees, and she also loved her mission work in New Mexico.

A loyal employee to Choupique Enterprise, Inc. and Orange Rice Milling Company, Inc. for many years, Judy was also an employee of Delta Downs, Inc. as a placing judge/official timer and association steward, followed by employment with the Louisiana State Racing Commission where she served as a State Steward for over 20 years. After retirement, she continued as an alternate State Steward until her death. She was always described as a fair and qualified judge and was held in such high esteem. Judy loved horses, rodeoing, and horse racing. She also loved flowers and could be found working in her yard on many occasions. She had a passion for cooking and shared this passion with her family and friends. It was not unusual to get a call and be invited over for gumbo or roast and rice and gravy! Judy was also an avid sports fan and especially loved the Saints.

Those left to cherish her memory are her sister, Kathy Dugas Melancon (Paul) of Richland, TX; her nephews and nieces, Jason Melancon (Krista), Kristin Melancon (Joe Durantini), Donna Istre (Kevin), Sheila Hanks, Pam Haney (David); 10 great nieces and nephews, and 7 great-great nieces and nephews. Judy also leaves behind her life long, devoted friend, Sue Granger and her children who considered Judy as their second Mom, Jean Hernandez (Dale), Mike Granger (Esther), Sandy Granger McNeill (Jim); and grandchildren, John, Fletcher, Jami, Carly, Kylie, Kade, and Ethan. She also leaves behind her special friend, Janice Comeaux, and numerous friends and family.

All who loved her dearly will never forget her charm, undying love, compassion, and caring for them. She will be dearly missed and forever be in our hearts.

Judy is preceded in death by her parents; Alton & Winne Perry Dugas; sister, Sherry Dugas Sharp, nephew, Barret Istre, and former husband Skipper Kinney.

A celebration of Judy’s life will be at 2 PM Friday, November 27, in Hixson Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home. The Rev. Michael Linton and Minister of Families Tom Bruce will officiate. Visitation will be from 11 AM- 2 PM in the funeral home. Entombment will follow at a later date at Mimosa Pines Cemetery. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

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Obit: Chad Steven White

Graveside services for Chad Steven White will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at the Magnolia Memorial Park Cemetery.

Chad Steven White, 59, of Bossier City, LA, formerly of Magnolia, passed away Sunday, November 22, 2020 at the Willis Knighton Bossier Medical Center in Bossier City.

Chad was born on July 2, 1961 in El Dorado. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Minden, LA where he was a member of the Salt and Light Sunday school class and actively involved with the Senior Adult Ministry.

He was the assistant to the director of Rider Administration for the Championship Bull Riding Association and Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour. He was the “concierge” to the rodeo contestants, he enjoyed helping them with whatever they needed.

Chad was preceded in death by his mother, Patsy Ruth (Harris) White.

He is survived by his father, Chad White of Magnolia; sister, Bekki White of Little Rock; and lifelong family friend, Becky Elliott of Magnolia.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at the Magnolia Memorial Park Cemetery with Bro. Leland Crawford officiating under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., in Magnolia. Masks are required.

Signing of the guest book and viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the First Baptist Church of Minden, Senior Adult Ministry, 301 Pennsylvania Ave., Minden, LA 71055 or Professional Rodeo Cowboy Assoc., Attn: JCCF, 101 Pro Rodeo Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80919.

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Obituary: Constan Anthony “Connie” Tassistro

Constan “Connie” Anthony Tassistro passed away on July 17, 2020 at Jefferson HealthCare Center, at the age of 89 years.

Connie was born in New Orleans on September 16, 1930, graduated from St. Aloysius High School, and served in the United States Army. He had a successful career as an owner and trainer of thoroughbred race horses at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Track and other race tracks all over America. Connie gave Joseph Talamo, III, apprentice champion jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing, his start.

Connie is survived by his niece, Suzette Tassistro McGoey, his nephew, John Tassistro, and other loving relatives, race track friends, and neighbors. Honorary Pall Bearers are: John Tassistro, Gerard Ramos, Joe Talamo Jr., Dallas Stewart, Stewart Dimak, Ronnie Bertucci, and Eddie Delahoussaye.

Relatives, neighbors, and friends are invited to attend the visitation services at Greenwood Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124 on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at Noon. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Family, neighbors, and friends invite you to share your thoughts, fond memories, and condolences online, at


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Obituary: Margie K. Averett

Margie Lee Kinchen Averett


Margie Lee Kinchen Averett, age 85, passed away on July 13, 2020. She was a resident of Loranger, LA.

A long time Louisiana thoroughbred breeder, Margie was named the 2017 Leading Louisiana Breeder by Breeders Awards. In 2020, she is represented by Mariah’s Galaxy who has won both the LA Bred Premier Night Distaff Stakes and the recent Louisiana Legends Turf Distaff Stakes.

Margie was the valedictorian of her graduating class from Albany High School. Margie retired from Hammond Vocational School after 33 years of service. She enjoyed many hobbies that included cooking, crafting, and sewing. Margie was infamous for her parties and entertaining. Time with her family is what she cherished most.

Margie is survived by sons, Ronnie Averett and wife Kathleen, and Gerald “Dewey” Averett, Jr. and fiancee’ Michelle Hamilton; brothers, Bruce Kinchen and Albert Kinchen; grandchildren, Gerald Averett, III and fiancee’ Angela Thompson, Lacey Lee Averett Ard and husband Charlie, Kylie Averett, and Heath Averett; great grandchildren, Madelyn Kinlee Ard and Mallory Klaire Ard. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Averett, Sr.; parents, Fannie and Ivy Kinchen; sisters, Monelle Kinchen Bankston and husband Pete, Fannie Kinchen Jordan and husband Ras, and Ivy Kinchen; brothers, Hollis Kinchen and wife Betty, Ivy Kinchen and wife Clare, Benjamin Kinchen and wife Hilda Kinchen Misita; grandparents, Benjamin and Ella Kinchen; and sisters-in-law, Carolyn DePriest Kinchen and Mattie Mae Kinchen.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation in the chapel of Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home, 12012 Hwy 190 W, Hammond, LA, on Friday, July 17, 2020 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. The funeral service will begin at 12 p.m. and interment to follow at Averett Family Cemetery, Loranger, LA.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Joanna Hernandez, Jose Hernandez, Georgiana Bankston, Michelle Hamilton, Dr. Leonard Treanor, Dee Lance, Modern Home Health and Hospice, and Doreen Ward.

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Obituary: Paul Gregoire

Paul Elliot Gregoire


Paul Elliot Gregoire passed away on Monday, June 29,2020 at the age of 79.  Paul passed peacefully with his wife Dolores of 37 years by his side. He was born on August 25, 1940 in Pumpkin Center, Louisiana to Leonard and Hazel Gregoire. He was a resident of St. Tammany Parish for 28 years, the last 13 of them being in Folsom where he retired from the Fairgrounds Racecourse as Superintendent and spent his time doing what he loved most, training thoroughbred racehorses.  He is preceded in death by his brother L.W. Gregoire, sister Mary Booty, daughter Paula Bernacki and grandson Chester Gregoire Gill.  He is survived and loved by his daughter Tressa Tantillo, step-daughter Danielle Bodin, step-son Wayne Couch, Jr., and nine grandchildren Stacie, Jon’, Jacob, Casey, Jamie, Taylor, Heather, Kaitlyn, and Olivia.  He is also survived by 8 great grandchildren and many, many beloved friends.  He will be remembered for his love of cooking for others and his kind and generous heart. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Bagnell & Son Funeral Home 75212 Hwy 437 Covington, Louisiana 70435 with visitation from 11:00 a.m. until service time.



July 9, 2020

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Bagnell & Son Funeral Home
75212 Lee Road
Covington, Louisiana 70435


July 9, 2020

12:00 PM
Bagnell & Son Funeral Home
75212 Lee Road
Covington, Louisiana 70435

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Obituary: Timothy Sebastien

Timothy James Sebastien, 61, a resident of Lake Charles, LA passed from this life on May 25, 2020 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Tim” as he was known will be forever remembered as a kind and loving person. He had the biggest heart and was generous to a fault. Tim was a thoroughbred horse trainer all of his working career and excelled at his chosen profession.

Mr. Sebastien is preceded in death by his parents, James Archie and Abbie Rose Reed Sebastien, and sister, Rebecca Sebastien.

He leaves to cherish his memory his children, Lilias Adele Yount and husband David and James Russell Sebastien and wife Summer, grandchildren; Trip and Julianna Yount, sisters; Debbie Stewart and husband David, brother; Joseph Stacie Sebastien, niece; Dawn Nolan and husband Shane, and nephew; Damien Stewart and wife Niki.

Tim’s cremation has been entrusted to Lakeside Funeral Home.

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Obituary: Donald Bos

Donald Bos passed away Friday, April 24th, 2020.    He was a true horseman and cowboy for the majority of his life.  DJ rode bulls in rodeos in his younger days living in the Southwest.  He embarked on a horse training career after rodeo, working for several Quarter Horse ranches early in his horse training career in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, finding his way to North Carolina to work for a large Quarter Horse farm where he trained local and AQHA Congress Champions.  His greatest joy was fitting and showing fine halter horses.

In the years after training for others he made his way to Atlanta, Georgia where he met his wife of 35 years Monia Colley Bos.  They enjoyed training, showing and riding their own horses on local and national circuits.

His next career was sales.  He worked for Cable TV Supply in the earlier years of Cable TV where he was a national sales manager before moving to Auburn, Alabama to join another cable TV equipment manufacturer.  Continuing his sales career after their moving to Alabama he joined Network Telephone where he garnered many sales awards before joining Crosby Electric TEGG sales, marketing electrical preventive maintenance services till his retirement.

Horses still played a big part in his life even in retirement when he became a partner in Robin Lane Thoroughbreds.  He played an invaluable part in finding, buying and monitoring the training of many Louisiana and Kentucky thoroughbred racehorses with his partners.  He thoroughly enjoyed watching his horses go to the racetrack and compete.  Win or loose they were still his pride and joy.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Gerald & Katherine Bos, step mom Lavonda Bos and great niece Nicole Bierman

DJ is survived by his wife and best friend Monia Colley Bos, his children, Ty Ryan Bos, Choya Bos, Co Austin (Sara) Bos, all of Redding, CA; 3 granddaughters.  Brothers Robert (Michelle) Bos, Jeff (Shelly) Bos, his sister Sandra (Don) Bierman, all of Grand Haven, MI.  Niece Melissa (Jeff) Molitor of Grand Haven, MI, Nephew, Christopher (Christina) Bos, Lake Zurich, IL, Nephew, Jeremy (Jessica) Bos, Houghton, MI, Niece Samantha Bierman, Grand Haven, MI and Niece Kameron Bos, Grand Haven, MI.  Great Nephew, Keaghan Bos, Great Nieces, Neveah and Brynlee Bos, Lake Zurich, IL

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Obituary: Frank Behler

Frank Bruno “Pappa Frank” Behler

Frank Bruno Behler “Pappa Frank” entered Heaven on March 16, 2020. He was 87 years old and was preceded in death by his parents Frank & Jeannette Behler.

He leaves behind his loving daughter, Judy Lee Behler and his best friend Ron Tenhundfeld.

A native New Orleanian, he graduated from SJ Peters High and later served honorably in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. His entire life was focused on one career, training race horses. He traveled to many race tracks in his career, with a large stable of runners, successfully gathering training titles, track records and stakes wins. He loved racing in New Orleans and his heart was his home based Fair Grounds Race Course, where he bought his first race horse as a teenager. Many years were spent in Ohio at River Downs and in Kenner at Jefferson Downs.

His favorite stories were about race tracks he went to only once and the reasons why. Of the thousands of wins and endearing animals entrusted to his care, he had 1 favorite, a filly he bred named Judy’s Diamond. She in turn loved only him, making him proud with her overall achievements, which were many.

Until the day of his passing, he spent his days walking the fields at his home in Folsom, caring for several retired racers and his barn cats. There will be a family service at graveside due to the restrictions of the current pandemic. When the situation allows, a celebration of his life will be held for his many friends and family.

JACOB SCHOEN & SON in charge of the arrangements. To sign the family guestbook, please go to

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Obituary: R. Carson Llewellyn Jr.

Raeburn Carson Llewellyn Jr

September 10 1953 March 1 2020 (age 66)

Raeburn Carson Llewellyn, Jr., 66, died peacefully on March 1, 2020 in Houston, Texas following a courageous battle with leukemia.

He is survived by his wife, Gail Ohman Llewellyn, his sisters Mary Rebecca Llewellyn and Patricia Lee Llewellyn (Filip Loncke), his nieces Lora Marguerite Hansel! Deel (Justin) and Rebecca Llewellyn Hansell, his great nephews Jude and Silas Deel, his sisters-in-law Sarah Ohman Madrid and Julie Ohman Gilkey (Bob), his nephew Matthew Ohman Madrid, his great nephew Paul Ohman Madrid, and numerous cousins.
Carson attended St. Martin’s Episcopal School in New Orleans. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in History and from Tulane University Law School. He also received a Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Tulane and, later, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Rice University. Carson was truly a “renaissance man.” In addition to having four degrees in four different areas of study, he supported himself through college by being a “roustabout” on oil rigs during the summers, worked construction for a year to save up money for law school, and worked as a respiratory therapist during law school.
Carson worked in New Orleans and then in Houston in oil and gas law. He threw himself into every endeavor 100% and lived his life with love, laughter, and integrity.
Carson married Gail, the love of his life, in 2007 at the University of Virginia Chapel. She brought out the best in him, and he in her. She supported him in all of his many interests, particularly his devotion to family, friends, and horses. He was always smiling, always supportive and caring of others, and always had a funny story to tell. He never met a stranger and never forgot a friend.
He took on a leading role in preserving the heritage of the family through the restoration of the family home in Alabama, the two-room schoolhouse on the family property, and Valley Creek Presbyterian Church. He was also an avid fan of University of Virginia, University of Alabama, and Tulane University sports, and had a life-long love of animals, specifically adopting stray cats and owning and caring for racehorses.
He was much loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed.
A graveside service will be held at Valley Creek Church cemetery in Valley Grande, Alabama on March 7th at 2pm, immediately followed by a memorial service at Valley Creek Presbyterian Church with Dr. Cecil Williamson officiating and Lawrence Brown-Service Funeral Home directing. Honorary pallbearers are George Cook, Bill Cook, John Cook, and Justin Deel. For those of you who would like to post comments and memories of Carson, please feel free to visit (password: carson). In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts and donations may be made to Valley Creek Presbyterian Church, 4715 Alabama Highway 22, Valley Grande, AL 36701, to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund ( or to Equine Reflections, Inc. (
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Louisiana Breeder/Trainer Dwight Viator Dies

Dwight James Viator, 67, of Bossier City passed away unexpectedly at 4:19 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 in a New Orleans hospital.
Mr. Viator was born on Nov. 16, 1952 in Lake Charles where he resided until his family moved to New Iberia. He was a 1971 graduate of New Iberia Senior High School. Following graduation, he began his lifelong career as a thoroughbred horse trainer. He trained in numerous states but primarily at Louisiana Downs Racetrack in Bossier City and Fair Grounds Racetrack in New Orleans. One of his proudest accomplishments was in 1981 when he had a horse in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness in Maryland. Beyond the horse training, he enjoyed playing golf, fishing and being with friends and family.

Those left to cherish his memory are his parents, Allen “Al” and Leatrice “Lee” Viator of Lake Charles; two sisters, Debbie Viator Theriot (Tommy) of Sweetlake and D’Lissa Viator Cunningham (David) of Southlake, TX; two nieces and two nephews, Dr. Corey Theriot, Cheree Theriot, Catherine Cunningham, and Jac Cunningham.
An inurnment will be held on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 1 p.m. in Consolata Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Monsignor James Gaddy will officiate.
There will be a celebration of life at a later date in Bossier City and New Orleans.

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