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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Obituary: George Melancon Sr.

George Melancon Sr.

Sunday, October 23rd, 1938 Sunday, February 2nd, 2020

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 2:00 P.M., at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rayne for George Melancon, Sr., 81, who passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 2:15 P.M. at Lafayette General Hospital in Lafayette.
Fr. Bordelon, Pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rayne will be officiating for the services. Burial will be held in St. Joseph Catholic Church New Cemetery in the Mausoleum.
The family has requested the visitation to be held on Monday, February 03, 2020 at 3:00 P.M. until 10:00 P.M. in the Duhon Funeral Home Chapel in Rayne. A Rosary will be recited on Monday at 7 o’clock in the Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will resume on Tuesday at 8:00 A.M. until time of services.
Survivors include one daughter, Gayla and husband, Ronald Alleman of Duson; two sons, T-George and wife, Lesslie Melancon of Rayne, Gerard and wife, Annette Melancon of Scott; his companion, Betty Michaud of Rayne; and the mother of his children, Ruby Melancon of Rayne; three sisters, Georgia and husband, Edison Mier of Rayne, Alice Knowles of Rayne, Majorie Lavergne of Rayne; five grandchildren, Georgette, Mandy, Jansen, Jonas and Alayna; six great-grandchildren, Drew, Abby, Jayden, Emmitt, Jacey, and Isley.
Mr. Melancon never met a stranger. He enjoyed talking and meeting people. He loved telling jokes and making people laugh. He was a policeman for four years before becoming Chief of Police for Rayne and served that position for sixteen years.
Pallbearers for the service will be Jansen Melancon, Jonas Melancon, Drew Wingate, Danny Melancon, Chris Richard, and Todd Daigle. Honorary Pallbearers for the service will be Jordan, Logan Dogie and Jayden Dugas.
Mr. Melancon was preceded in death parents, Lenis and Bella S. Melancon; one daughter, Gazelda Ann Melancon.
You may view the obituary, sign the guest registry and express condolences to Mr. Melancon’s family at
Duhon Funeral Home-Rayne, (337) 334-3600, 900 East Texas Ave., Rayne, LA 70578 is in charge of all of the arrangements.

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Obituary: Floyd Joseph Ardoin

CARENCRO ~ Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at a 3:00 p.m. Liturgy of the Word in Evangeline Memorial Gardens Chapel in Carencro for Floyd Joseph Ardoin, age 86, who passed away Sunday, February 2, 2020 at Courtyard Manor in Lafayette.

Interment will be in Evangeline Memorial Gardens in Carencro. The Rev. Gary Schexnayder will officiate at the services.

Mr. Ardoin was a native of Ville Platte and a resident of Carencro for most of his life. He retired with Evangeline Downs Racetrack Jocks Room after forty-three years of employment. Mr. Ardoin was a true Cajun at heart and loved all livestock, dancing and French music.

Survivors include his devoted wife of sixty-five years, Anna Jane “Jeanette” Begnaud Ardoin of Carencro; one son, Ronald Ardoin and his wife, Patti, of Bossier City; three daughters, Janice Duhon and her husband, Jeff, Lena A. Duhon and her husband, Gary, and Nicole A. Babineaux and her husband, Drake, all of Carencro; four grandchildren, Natalie Ardoin Moses and her husband, Tyler, Matthew Landry and his wife, Bethany, Brandi Suire, and Morgan Duhon; one great granddaughter, Andi Jolie Landry; and one sister, Lois A. Touley of Pasadena, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred Ardoin and the former Alena Pitre; one grandson, Cody Suire; three brothers, Lionel Ardoin, Vernel Ardoin and Leonard Ardoin; and two sisters, Marie A. Lafleur and Belle A. Moran.

A rosary will be prayed at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home by Denise Benoit.

The family requests that visiting hours be observed from 10:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and will continue from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Wednesday.

Pallbearers will be Ronald Ardoin, Jeff Duhon, Drake Babineaux, Wesley Landry, Billy Deville and Leonard Ardoin, Jr. Honorary pallbearer will be Matthew Landry.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in the name of Mr. Floyd Joseph Ardoin be made to the Shantel Lanerie Breast Cancer Foundation

Melancon Funeral Home, Evangeline Memorial Gardens Chapel, 4117 N. University Ave., Carencro, (337) 896-3232, is in charge of arrangements.

VisitationTuesday, February 04, 2020
10:30 AM – 8:00 PM

Melancon Funeral Home Chapel
4117 N. University Ave.
Carencro, Louisiana 70520

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RosaryTuesday, February 04, 2020
6:00 PM

Melancon Funeral Home Chapel
4117 N. University Ave.
Carencro, Louisiana 70520

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VisitationWednesday, February 05, 2020
10:00 AM

Melancon Funeral Home Chapel
4117 N. University Ave.
Carencro, Louisiana 70520

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Liturgy of the WordWednesday, February 05, 2020
3:00 PM

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Obituary: Donna B. Brown

Donna Bean Brown passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at the age of 64. Beloved wife and best friend of 37 years to Danny Mack Brown. Loving mother of Misty Brown Spiers (Jason). Daughter of the late Norma Burford Bean and Aaron Eugene Bean. Sister to the late Pamela Bean Cousins, her precious baby doll. Grandmother to Jacob, Dylan, Jadyn (Tater) and Xander. All the light of her life. Steve Cousins, a cherished brother in law, niece Stephanie Irwin (Ryan), great nieces Ferin, Kyley, great nephews Camden, Ryker, and Slayden, nephew Steven Cousins (Connie), great niece Makayla, and great nephews Steven and Austin. Late brother-in-law Alton Brown, niece Jenny Brown, nephew Chris Brown, great nephew Brandon, and great nieces Kayla and Marissa. Mother-in-law Genevieve L. Brown. She leaves behind many true friends and loved all of them unconditionally.

Donna loved boiled seafood and a beer every Friday night of her married life and was a diehard #1 fan of the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, and the LSU Tigers. Donna was also the farm manager for Brown’s Thoroughbred Farm, a true horse woman that raised and raced many winning racehorses over the years. She was also a member LAHBPA and LTBA. Among her talents, she was also a very good bass fisherman, along with other things too numerous to mention.

She fought a courageous battle with Hodgkin’s cancer 37 years ago, and an ongoing battle with heart disease since 2007, however she could not survive her most recent diagnosis of Leiomyosarcoma, a rare aggressive cancer, and will be sorely missed by all.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral services at E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 W. 21st Avenue, Covington, LA 70433 on Monday, December 23, 2019 at 2:00 PM with visitation on Sunday evening from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Monday beginning at 1:00 PM until service time. Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens. E.J. Fielding Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign the E.J. Fielding Funeral Home online Guest Book at

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Funeral Services Set Thursday For Former LQHBA President Gerald Libersat, Sr.

Gerald David Libersat, Sr.

February 17, 1940 – November 04, 2019


ABBEVILLE, LA—NOVEMBER 5, 2019—A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 3:00 pm Thursday (Nov. 7) at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Abbeville for longtime Louisiana horseman Gerald David Libersat, Sr., 79, who died Monday at his residence.

He will be laid to rest at St. Paul Cemetery with Reverend Louis Richard officiating the services. Vocalist for the service will be Barrett Bertrand, and lectors, Shannon and Keri. Pallbearers will be Jacob, Brock and Colin Broussard, Brooks and Barrett Bertrand, and Mark Libersat.

Gerald will be lovingly remembered by his family and friends as a selfless, admirable caretaker and role model not only dedicated to his family and faith whole heartedly but also to his community, serving as past president and board member of the Abbeville Harbor and Terminal District for 31 years, Board of Directors of Bank of Abbeville, Chamber of Commerce for over 10 years, serving as president 1986-1987, Woodmen of the World Association member for over 15 years. Retired owner of Murphy’s Lease and Welding.

Besides his ultimate passion toward his family, his other great passion was his love of horse racing. Throughout his 32 years in the industry he has been recognized as a leading owner and breeder with an impressive career including 159 wins, 147 second wins and 167 third place finishes.

With the help of his son and trainer, Kevin Broussard, together some of their greatest accomplishments include winning 30+ year Breeder Award, along with setting numerous track records and being a leader in the industry. He has also served as president of the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association. It is with great honor his family will continue to carry on his great legacy.

Gerald is survived by his caretaker and loving wife of 37 years, Julie; son, Kevin and his wife Jill; daughters, Keri, Shannon and Lisa; nine grandchildren, Brock, Jacob, Colin, Jenna, Anna, Kaitlyn, Kylie, Brooks and Barrett; and four great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, May and Murphy “Mutt” Libersat; son, Gerald “Boz” Libersat, Jr.; and brothers, Donald Libersat and Rodney Libersat. The family requests that visiting hours be observed at Vincent Funeral Home – Abbeville, 209 S. St. Charles St., on Thursday (Nov. 7) from 9:00 am until 2:45 pm when the procession will depart for the church. A rosary being prayed at 2:00 pm.

The Libersat family would like to thank St. Joseph Hospice and Senior Helpers, along with a special thanks to Regina, Roz and Mrs. Kitty.

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Obituary: Catherine “Cathy” Jones

Catherine “Cathy” Jones

JANUARY 12, 1946 – SEPTEMBER 3, 2019
Obituary of Catherine "Cathy" Jones


Catherine “Cathy” Jones passed away from complications due to Alzheimer’s on Tuesday September 3, 2019 at the age of 73.Beloved wife of Colden R. “Butch” Jones. Devoted mother of Amy Kacpura, Alison Ferguson (Chris), and Brian Jones. Loving grandmother to Camille Kacpura and Georgia Ferguson. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Bernard Clements and Catherine Cleary Clements. She was born in New Orleans. Catherine was a graduate of St. James Major and Southeastern Louisiana University. She was long time employee of Maison Blanche, where she achieved the rank of Master Merchant for outstanding work in sales. She will be remembered for her kind smile and infectious laugh. Visitation will be held at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 6, 2019 with a funeral mass to follow. Interment will be at All Saints Mausoleum. The family would like to thank the staff of Heritage Manor for their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.




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5100 Pontchartrain Blvd.
New Orleans, Louisiana


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Randy Romero, Classy Cajun With Deft Touch and Strong Spirit, Dies at 61

By T. D. Thornton

Randy Romero, the strong-willed Louisiana jockey who parlayed “Ragin’ Cajun” fearlessness as a bush-track phenom into a Hall-of-Fame career highlighted by a gentlemanly demeanor and dramatic victories aboard championship distaffers, died the night of August 28, according to published reports. He was 61 years old.

Romero’s deft, sure-handed horsebacking skills were eclipsed only by his reputation for having rock-solid spiritual faith in the face of numerous on- and off-track adversities. For decades he courageously battled liver and kidney troubles. In mid-June of 2019 Romero disclosed that he was receiving hospice care after doctors deemed him too weak to undergo further surgeries.


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Obituary: Franklin Delano Rowell


Franklin Delano Rowell

JULY 20, 1933 – AUGUST 9, 2019
Obituary of Franklin Delano Rowell

Franklin Delano Rowell – July 20, 1933 – August 9, 2019

Frank left this earth for his heavenly home Friday, August 9. Frank is proceeded in death by his parents, William and Mary Rowell of Dallas, Texas. Also, two brothers James W. Rowell of Irving, Texas and Charles Rowell, who died as a child in Dallas, Texas. Two sisters, Margaret Wightman, and Mary Frances Hester both of Athens, Texas. A stepson, Clinton Wayne Hargis, of the Woodlands, Texas.

He is survived by his wife Barbara, a son, Raymond Diehl and his wife Susan of Brownwood, Texas, a daughter Debbie Burkhart and her husband Glester of Kempner, Texas and a daughter Darlene Neely and her husband Jack of Marshall, Texas. A daughter Lynn Wellborn of Denton, Texas. A step daughter, Kathryn Stevens of Azle, Texas. Nephew James W. Rowell Jr. and his wife Susan. Many grandchildren, great grandchildren, relatives and friends.

Frank was born in Dallas, Texas but lived in many places, finally retiring to Arnaudville, Louisiana where he bred and raced Thoroughbred Race Horses in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Texas. He currently resided in The Woodlands, Texas since 2011. Frank joined the US Army July 27, 1948 at the age of 15 years old. He commanded troops in Japan and Korea. Served his country with the B Battery 31st FABN, 7th Infantry Division – US Army.

Frank had a successful business career and created several prosperous entrepreneur business enterprises. Among them Vice President, Technical Films Inc., and Manager of the Media Division of the US Postal System. Successful business ventures included, Restaurant owner and operator, Owner and executive of a construction business, housing contractor, and most recently owner and breeder of thoroughbred race horses. He respected and honored business partners, nephew James W. Rowell Jr. and Ernie Longoria.

Frank will be laid to rest 11:15 AM, Friday, August 16 at the Dallas – Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211.

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