Obituary: Carl “Babyface” Mathieu, Sr.

CARENCRO ~ Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 27, 2021 at a 12:00 p.m. Liturgy of the Word in St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Lafayette for Carl James Mathieu, Sr., age 50, who passed away Monday, February 15, 2021 at his residence in Carencro.

Interment will be in Evangeline Memorial Gardens. Deacon Wynard Boutte will officiate at the services.

Carl was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend with a big heart to all those he came in contact with.

He was a graduate of Lafayette High School and attended Lafayette Regional Technical College for Small Engine Repair, he was later employed as a Supervisor at LPSS for 30 years. He had a love for horses and demolition.

Carl went on to prosper into having entrepreneurship of his very own businesses, Babyface Demolition Breeding Farm and Carl’s Interior & Demolition, he was an active member of the American Quarter Horse Association and Louisiana Thoroughbred Association.

He leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife of 26 years, Lisa Alfred Mathieu; one son, Carl James Mathieu Jr; his father, Ernest Mathieu; three sisters, Brenda Ozene (Kevin), Lisa M. Johnson (Stephen), and Angela Mathieu; two brothers, Mark Mathieu (Monica) of Carencro, LA and Patrick Mathieu (Almera) of Lafayette, LA; mother-in-law, Anna Lou Alfred; four aunts, Maudry Aguillard, Viola Cross, Lou Ann Moses, and Paulette Mathieu; one uncle, John Boutte; four Godchildren, Keith Cross, Jamal Campbell, Cori Alfred, Presley Mathieu; along with a host of nieces, nephews, his work crew and extended family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Helen Boutte Mathieu; one brother, Kenneth Mathieu; maternal grandparents, Annabelle Labbe-Boutte and Wilson Boutte; and paternal grandparents, Hilda and Joseph Mathieu.

A rosary will be prayed at 9:00 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home.

The family requests visiting hours be observed from 7:00 a.m. Saturday until service time on Saturday.

The Mathieu family would like to greatly thank Mr. Matt Arceneaux and Chuck Alleman for assisting endlessly.

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

Obituary: Allen Chiasson

A funeral mass will be held on Friday, February 19, 2021 at 10 AM at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist Church in Lafayette, Louisiana for Allen Chiasson, 73, who passed away February 11, 2021 at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center. A rosary will be prayed before mass at 9:30 AM in the Cathedral. Father Chester Arceneaux will be the celebrant of the funeral mass.

Allen was the son of Mabel and George Chiasson. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Jane, his brother Ashton and his wife Jerrie, his niece Connie and her husband Chris, and his nephew Chad. He is also survived by Brennan Lormand, two grandnephews, family, and friends.

Allen was a blacksmith for over 50 years. He proudly served our country as part of the United States Army 225th Blackhawk Aviation Company during the Vietnam War. He graduated from Carencro High School and horseshoeing school in Texas. He was a member of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association.  Allen was a mentor to many, and influential in so many people’s lives.

In order to keep family and friends safe, all guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Thank you for understanding the family’s wishes during this unprecedented time.

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Walters Funeral Home, (337) 706-8941, 2424 North University Avenue in Lafayette, is in charge of funeral arrangements.


Funeral services have been established for longtime jockey Kenny “Chopper” Bourque, who died Dec. 29 in Taylorsville, Ky., at age 67 from liver cancer.

According to his daughter, Tiffany Bourque, a funeral and mass will be held at St. Michael Catholic Church in Louisville Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. ET. A memorial will be in the spring.

The oldest of six siblings, Bourque was born in Abbeville, La., not far from Lafayette, where many Cajun-born riders learned to ride at unsanctioned racetracks called “bush tracks.” He and his youngest brother, Curt, became successful riders.

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Obituary: Royal B. Kraft, Sr.

MARCH 1, 1934 – DECEMBER 7, 2020
Obituary of Royal B. Kraft, Sr.

Royal Brent Kraft, Sr. passed away peacefully on Monday, December 7, 2020 at the age of 86. Royal was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 1, 1934, and was a resident of Covington for the past 50 years. He is survived by his children, Royal Kraft, Jr. (Diane), Keith Kraft (Mary), Kolt Kraft, Celynn Ducasse (Eddie), and Todd Kraft (Gretchen); grandchildren, Chase, Blake, Brandon, Kasey, Victoria, Kassidy, Kristian, Bennett, and Robyn. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Robin A. Kraft; his parents, Theodore A. Kraft, Sr. and Albertine Stock Kraft; his sister, Beverly Kraft; and brother, Ted A. Kraft, Jr. Royal was a graduate of Holy Cross High School and attended Southeastern University. He served proudly in the Louisiana National Guard, attaining the rank of Master Sergeant. Royal was a very caring and giving man who was a friend to all, and touched the lives of all who knew him. He was an avid horse lover and active member of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. One of his biggest passions was working with his thoroughbred horses. Royal was the founder and owner of a local wholesale food distribution business. A visitation with limited attendance will be held at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. in New Orleans, on Monday, December 14, 2020 beginning at 11:00AM. A Funeral Mass will follow at 1:00PM in the Chapel of the funeral home. Interment will be private. Attendance will be limited due to Covid-19 restrictions, and guests are required to wear a facemask. To view and sign the guest book, please visit

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

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.

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

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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