Natchitoches & Area Obituaries

Mrs. Bobbie Mrs. Bobbie "Nikki" Tousant
(May 7, 1979 - August 19, 2015)

Funeral Services celebrating the life of Mrs. Bobbie Howard "Nikki" Tousant will be held at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel Saturday, August 29, 2015, 11:00 a. m. with cremation following the service. The remains will lie in state at the funeral home from 8:00 a. m. to service time. 

Sgt. Major David Nathaniel Moore (Retired) Sgt. Major David Nathaniel Moore (Retired)
(December 7, 1935 - August 19, 2015)

Wake services will be held at the Asbury United Methodist Church, 704 5th Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457 where the Rev. Jerald Danzell is Pastor on Friday, August 28, 2015, 5:00 p. m. to 8:30 p. m. Viewing will begin at 5:00 p. m. with a Service of Remembrance starting at 6:00 p. m. followed by the final ceremonies from the Houses of Masonry where Brother Moore was a member. Visitation will be continued Saturday morning, August 29, 2015, at the Asbury Church from 9:00 a. m. to 11:00 a. m. prior to the funeral service that will begin at 11:00 A. M. A repast will follow in the Asbury Fellowship Hall. Burial will take place Monday, August 31, 2015 at the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery, 7970 Mike Clark Road, Keithville, LA 71047. The procession to the cemetery will form at Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home, 318 North Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457 Monday morning at 8:45 and will leave at 9:15 a. m.


 Mrs. Gladys Hunter
(December 23, 1931 - August 26, 2015)

Arrangements are pending at this time.


Helen Bates Lee Helen Bates Lee
(July 31, 1923 - August 23, 2015)

A service to honor the life of Helen Lee will be at 2 pm Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home with Jerry Martin officiating. Burial will follow at Ramah Cemetery in Ashland, LA. The family will receive friends from 10 am until service time on the Thursday the 27th at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home. Helen Lee, 92 years of age, passed away Sunday, August 23, 2015 in Natchitoches. She was born July 31, 1923 to Onia Bates and Lyddie Farley Bates in Brown, LA. She was preceded in death by her parents; her son Robert Lee; and a great grandson, Kyle McBride. She was a long time member of Trinity Baptist Church of Natchitoches and was a Natchitoches resident for the majority of her life. She will be dearly missed but always remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother. She is survived by her children, Barbara Mitchell and her husband Dale of Lockport, LA, Larry Don Lee of Wylie, TX, Patricia Baker and her husband Joe of Blacksburg, VA, Luther Lee, Jr. and his wife Judy of Natchitoches, LA, Betty Lee of Plano, TX, and Cathy King and her husband Thomas of Natchitoches, LA. She was blessed with 14 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. Her grandsons are honored to serve as pallbearers.

Gracie Mae Gass
(August 12, 1947 - August 24, 2015)

Graveside services for Gracie Mae Gass will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Memory Lawn Cemetery in Natchitoches, LA with Rev. June Schaan officiating. Gracie Mae Gass, 68 years of age, was born in Natchitoches, LA on August 12, 1947, and passed away August 24, 2015. She was loved by everyone who knew her and will be deeply missed. She is survived by her children, Louise Barrios and her husband Chuck of Natchitoches, LA, Bonnie Bryan and her husband Ledgeress of Montrose, LA; and Billy Gass and his wife Jennifer of Pineville, LA; her grandchildren, Johnathan Bryan, Sr., Anthony Bryan, Breanna Bryan and Brock Barrios; and one great grandchild, Johnathan Bryan, Jr. She was preceded in death by her husband Willard Gass; and her parents, Eugene Wheatcraft and Alice Brown Wheatcraft. Those honored to serve as pallbearers will be Chuck Barrios, Ledgeress Bryan, Jeff Coleman, Clinton Coleman, Johnathan Bryan, Sr., and James Sims. Honorary pallbearers will be Brock Barrios, Anthony Bryan, and Billy Carpenter. The family and friends will gather at Campti United Pentecostal Church in Campti, LA immediately following the service for a meal and time of remembrance.

Oscar Ray Vails Oscar Ray Vails
(February 13, 1934 - August 26, 2015)

U.S. Veteran Funeral service for Oscar Ray Vails will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, August 28, 2015 at Blanchard - St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches, LA with Brother David Matlock and Brother George Holland officiating. Interment will follow at Sanders Cemetery in Goldonna, LA. The family will receive friends Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 5:30 pm until 9:00 pm at Blanchard - St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches, LA. Oscar Vails, 81 years of age, passed away August 26, 2015. Oscar was born February 13, 1934 to the late Johnny and Jessie Vails in Natchitoches, LA. Mr. Vails served his country during 1953-1957 with the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Hamul. After service life he joined the Natchitoches Fire Department as a rookie fireman. After 11 years of service he was approved and appointed Fire Chief for the City of Natchitoches. He later retired after 30 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny and Jessie Vails; and a sister, Madeline Rodgers of Winnfield, LA. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 60 years, Charlene Vails of Natchitoches, LA; his daughter, Debbie James and husband Mackey of Natchitoches, LA; his grandson, Shane Bobbitt of Natchitoches, LA; his granddaughter, Amanda Tingle and husband Damon of Midland, TX; his great grandson, Seth Allen Bobbitt of New Boston, TX; his great granddaughter, Macaylah Lynn Tingle of Midland, TX; cousins, Brenda Rogers Robinson and husband W.A. of Natchitoches, LA, Huey Ray Rogers and wife Frankie of Winnfield, LA, and Troy Lynn Rodgers of Winnfield, LA. He also leaves behind many hunting and fishing friends. Those honored to serve as the active and retired members of the Natchitoches Fire Department.