OBITUARY William Joseph Deckwa Jr.

William Joseph Deckwa Jr.

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


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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

Obituary: Louie Randolph Davis, Jr.

Louie Randolph Davis, Jr. (Randy) was born on September 13th, 1952. He
passed away on March 19th after a brief illness.

Randy attended Fair Park High School and graduated from Louisiana Tech University. He went on to work alongside his father, Louie, and mother, Tootsie at the family business, South States, Incorporated.

Randy was very social, often hosting parties, and had a deep affection for the annual Cross Lake Flotilla. He enjoyed raising race horses and adored animals, especially his rescue dogs. His sarcasm and wit were unparalleled.

Randy was preceded in death by his father, Louie Randolph Davis, Senior, and mother, Edna Irene “Tootsie” Davis. He is survived by his sister, Dianne Davis Hanes, and husband Gordon, his nieces, Lee Anne Tilley, Joni Tilley Deardorff and husband Chad, April Tilley Mobley and husband Mark, along with six great nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins. The family would like to thank Marco Contreras, Susan Overstreet, Lamar Pugh, Bobby Pugh, Jean Cottingham, Heather Tolbert Miller, Cindy Walker, and Jessica Ray for their support of Randy.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 1 pm on March 26th at Forest Park West (4000 Meriwether Road, Shreveport, LA). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Randy’s name to The Tootsie Davis Family Education Program at CADA or the Humane Society of Northwest Louisiana.

Emmit O. Pickett Obituary

Emmit O. Pickett

Doyline – Emmit Ovie Pickett, age 76, passed away on March 19, 2022, after a battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He died peacefully with his loving family by his side.

Services will be held to celebrate the life of Emmit Ovie Pickett at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2022, at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Hill Crest Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at 1:00 p.m. until service time.

Emmit, known to most as “Punkin” was born on March 24, 1945, in Minden, LA, to Eugenia and Ovie Felix Pickett. He attended elementary and secondary school in Doyline, where he graduated in 1963.

Punkin was quite the athlete lettering in baseball and basketball. He was a member of the State Baseball Championship Team in 1962 and All-State Basketball Player in ’62 and ’63. He was honored by his classmates as Most Athletic at Doyline High School. He continued his love for playing ball in college where he attended Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, LA.

After college, he joined the Army National Guards and worked at Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant and then for KCS Railroad for 35 years retiring as Conductor. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Doyline.

Punkin had many hobbies such as playing league ball, racing his stock car at Hilltop Speedway, and when Louisiana Downs was built… horse racing!! And those who knew Punkin knew how much he loved the sound of bell going off and those magical words “and they’re off!” Through the years he had numerous winning horses and quite a few favorites… Nitro Chip, Ovie, Benwill, The Pickett Factor, End Up, and Cajun Country.

His love and compassion for animals was evident by his support for various animal rescue facilities. His last rescue and companion was his little dog he lovingly named “Webster.”

Punkin is survived by his son, Russel “Bud” Pickett and wife Jennifer of Shreveport; daughter, Robin Pickett Stewart and husband Chuck of Madison, MS; grandchildren, Benjamin “Ben” Pickett, William “Will” Pickett, Megan Stewart Slee and husband Eric of Madison, MS, Charles “CJ” Stewart III and wife Danielle of Chattanooga, TN; great-grandchildren, Paisley Stewart, Aubree Stewart, Kennedy Slee; sister-in-law, Willie Pickett of Doyline, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, O.F. and Eugenia Pickett; brothers, Bobby “Bob” Pickett, James “Wick” Pickett; sister, Marion “Black” McBride; and sister-in-law, Ann “Net” Pickett.

Pallbearers will be Cory Pickett, Paul Wilson, David Beaird III, Sonny Cox, Nicky Rawls, and James Serio.

Honorary Pallbearers are his grandsons, CJ Stewart, Ben Pickett, and Will Pickett.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the doctors and staff at Willis Knighton Hospital in Bossier City. In addition, the compassionate care that was provided to Punkin at Colonial Oaks Nursing Center and Amedisys Hospice will forever be appreciated.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association at or your favorite animal rescue center.

Hickman, Fixture of Texas, Louisiana Industry, Dies

Willie Stuard Hickman, who served in several roles in the Thoroughbred industry in Texas and Louisiana, passed away Mar. 15. Had been hospitalized with pneumonia and was 64 years old.

Born in Red Rock, Texas, Hickman at various times trained racehorses and worked in the racing office at Sam Houston Race Park for over two decades. As stall superintendent, jockey room coordinator and most recently, stakes coordinator, Hickman had lasting relationships with horsemen in both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing. He also did an excellent job as jockey agent to rider Alfonso Lujan. One of the most successful Quarter Horse jockeys in the region for 11 years, Lujan won over 2,100 races prior to his retirement in 2018.


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Louisiana Trainer, Racing Official Palmisano Dies at 74

Palmisano trained through 2005 and later became paddock judge at Fair Grounds.

Gary Palmisano Sr., a longtime trainer and racing official in Louisiana, died Dec. 1 in New Orleans after a 19-year fight with cancer. He was 74.

Palmisano trained from 1976-2005, according to Equibase, winning 353 races for owners that included Bryan and Vickie Krantz, who raced as Krantz Stable and were prior owners of Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots and the defunct Jefferson Downs. Led by stakes winners Destiny Calls  and Coach Rags, Palmisano’s horses earned just shy of $4 million.

Palmisano died in the early morning Wednesday with his wife Karen and son Gary by his side. The latter is an executive for Churchill Downs.


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Robert was born December 24, 1940 in Jackson, Mississippi. He is the son of Robert Carter Nicholas Stockett and Caroline Price Stockett. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Jackson for over 60 years. He was a graduate of Murrah High School class of 1959, The University of Mississippi Class of 1963, and the Jackson School of Law Class of 1965. He was admitted to the Mississippi Bar Association in 1966. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. He served as a director of the Rankin Hinds Pearl River Flood & Drainage District for over 20 years, a founding director of Jackson Preparatory School, founder and past president of Lake Caroline Inc., General Partner of Coliseum Ramada Inn, Metro Ramada Inn, Ramada Renaissance Hotel and McComb Ramada Inn. He enjoyed raising and racing Thoroughbreds and was a member of the Jockey Club as an owner.

Robert was preceded in death by his father Robert Carter Nicholas Stockett, his mother Caroline Armstead Price Stockett and his brother Samuel Henry Stockett.

Survivors include his wife Barbara Burke Stockett; his children, Susan Stockett Carnell (Glenn) of Corinth, TX; Robert Carter Nicholas Stockett III (Carroll) of Jackson; Kathryn Rutledge Stockett of Church Hill, MS; Samuel Nicholas Stockett (Mary Claire) of Jackson; and Charles Burke Stockett (Samantha) of Oxford, MS; 9 Grandchildren; and uncle Dr. H. Richard Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers are Johnny Stewart, Joe Speed, Dr. Bob McLean, Vaughn Watkins, John Lenoir, Trent Carnell, Phillip Carnell and Carter Stockett.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to French Camp Academy, 1 Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39754.

Obituary: Richard Ray “Dickie” Barber

Richard Ray “Dickie” Barber

1946 – 2021



Dickie was born August 4, 1946, in Tylertown, MS, to the late J.C. and Audie Walker Barber, and passed away peacefully at his home in Loranger, LA September 22, 2021, at age 75. He was a member of First Pentecostal Church of Hammond.

Dickie was a thoroughbred farm manager for 40 years having managed Camelot Farm for Dr. Jerry Adkins where he managed the stallion careers of Frazier River and Finest Hour. He also managed Time Bandit and Joe’s Son Joey at  Heritage Stud for Sonny Oechsner.

He later worked as a foreman for the Tangipahoa Parish Government.

Dickie is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dianne Price Barber; children, Renee Barber, and Krystal Barber; grandchildren, Tyler Ray Barber, Ragan Renee Szalajeski, and Lucas James Szalajeski; brothers, J.M. Barber (Melvia), and Dossie Barber (Linda); uncle, Ray Walker (Joyce); and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Special thanks to friends and family for their outpouring of support.

Obituary: William Charles Langford Jr.

William (Bill) Charles Langford, Jr., 77, died on Friday, May 28, 2021, in Lafayette after a fierce battle with brain cancer.

Bill was born in Waycross, GA on December 16, 1943. He graduated from Clemson University in South Carolina and went on to serve in the Army in Vietnam. He was married to his bride Mary for nearly 50 years. She, their children, and grandchildren meant everything to him. After retiring from the oil industry, Bill moved to his sanctuary at Cherokee Ridge Horse Farm in Carencro, LA with his wife Mary. His love for nature and animals, especially his dogs and horses, flourished there. It became a healing place for him and resulted in a passion for him and his horses to hold space so that others might do the same. At his core, Bill was a man after God’s own heart. His faith in Jesus was life changing and deeply important to him. Bill’s favorite things included hanging out with the people he loved, doing equine therapy with kids and other veterans, riding around in his gator with his grandkids, cutting hay, laughing, telling stories, eating good food, and drinking red wine. He leaves a legacy of kindness, generosity, humor, and love. Bill lived a mighty and beautiful life. We are all better for having known him.

Bill is survived by his wife Mary Blum Langford; his son and daughter-in-law Josh and Jenny Langford and their children Will, Kyra, Ethan, Jack, Zoe, Caleb, and Sofia; his daughter Carrie Langford Begnaud and her children Elias, Deacon, and Forest; his daughter Dana Langford and her children Liam and Stella as well as their father John Bennett. He is also survived by his brother Hal Langford.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents William (Bill) and Sarah Langford, Sr., his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and one grandchild.

Throughout his life, people were drawn to Bill for his uniquely genuine heart. He saw and heard them, met them where they were and cared about them, only wanting the best for them.

To honor Bill’s wishes, his family is not having a memorial service. Bill had a huge heart for the people of Haiti, in particular the people of Picot Church. He and Mary loved their Haitian family and were blessed to travel there many times over the past 19 years.

Donations in Bill’s name can be made through Reciprocal Ministries International at in care of Picot Church in Haiti.

Online obituary and guestbook may be viewed at www.CypressFunerals.Com

Obituary: Alamae Shultz

Alamae Shultz was born May 26, 1934, in Richmond, Texas, and entered into rest July 24, 2021, in Doyline, Louisiana.

She was a longtime member of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

She was preceded in death by her parents James and Hattie Wright, daughter, Vicky Lynn Schultz, and great-granddaughter, Aubree June Augustin.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Schultz of Doyline; sons, Michael Schultz and wife Diane of Austin, Texas, James Schultz and Terry Schultz both of Doyline; daughter, Sheri Brown and husband Jim Brown. Jr. of Doyline; granddaughter Amber Schultz and husband Steve and five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Longtime Louisiana Trainer Eddie Johnston Dies

Veteran trainer Eddie Johnston conditioned state champs Pacific Pink, Zarb’s Luck.


Longtime Louisiana trainer Eddie Johnston died Aug. 28 following a battle with cancer. He was 74.

Close friend and fellow horse trainer Sturges Ducoing remembered Johnston as a “true friend, very loyal, and totally, totally a family man. He lived for his family—his wife, his kids, and his grandkids—did everything that he could possibly could for them.”

Johnston got his start on the racetrack hotwalking for his uncle, Alex Johnston. He began training in 1981, according to Equibase statistics, and remained a trainer throughout his life. Through Aug. 31, Johnston had won 558 races from 2,988 starts and his horses over the years have collected almost $13 million in earnings. His top horses included Louisiana’s 2015 champion 3-year-old filly Pacific Pink  and Louisiana’s 2003 champion older horse Zarb’s Luck.


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