Obituaries for Sept. 23-25

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Cedotal, Hanson J. “Sid”

He was 89, born July 2, 1919, in Brusly-St. Vincent and passed away Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, at his home in Amelia. A former resident of Donaldsonville, he served in World War II in the Army and retired from Brown & Root as a crane operator. Interment in Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church Cemetery.

Cockerham, Vickie Wallet

Vickie Wallet Cockerham, 43, of Arkadelphia died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008 at her home. She was born in DeRidder Aug. 14, 1965 to H. P. and Bobbie Sweat Wallet. She was a 1983 graduate of Simpson High School where she was voted to Who’s Who in Music. She was a backup singer in Nashville and had the opportunity to sing on the “Grand Ole Opry.” She was a housewife and of Pentecostal Faith. Survivors include her loving husband of 15 years, Adrian Cockerham; three sons Franklin and Andrew Cockerham, both of Baton Rouge, and Cody Cockerham, of Arkadelphia; one daughter, Ashley Nashee Wallet, of Prairieville; her mother, Bobbie Silva, of Simpson; two sisters, Tammy Wallet Tellez and her husband Alfred, of El Paso, Texas and Rodonya Wallet Kennedy and her husband Larry, of Shreveport; and three grandchildren, Emma, Isabella, and Hannah Cockerham. She was preceded in death by her father, H. P. Wallet, and her grandmother, Eunice Wallet. Visitation was held Wednesday, Sept. 24 at the Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Home Chapel in Arkadelphia. Funeral service was held Thursday, Sept. 25 with Brother Roland George officiating. Sign on line guest book at

Dougherty, Audrey Caine

A native of Galvez and a resident of Walker, she passed away at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, at Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge. She was 86.  Burial in Sibley Cemetery, Walker.

Levens, John Elsworth

John Elsworth Levens died Friday, Sept. 19, 2008, at age 64. He was a resident of Prairieville, and a native of Orange, N.J. He was a retired deputy chief with the Orange City Fire Department and a U.S. Navy veteran. Visitation was held at Alexander Funeral Home in Lutcher on Monday, Sept. 22, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial was at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Paulina on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Entombment followed in St. Joseph Catholic Church Mausoleum. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Bourgeois Levens; two sons, Michael Levens and Ryan Levens and his wife, Shelly; daughter, Megan Dupuy and her husband, David; brother, William Levens and his wife, Eileen; sister, Dolores Levens; and three grandchildren, Christopher Levens, Matthew Levens and Isabella Levens. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mary Levens; a brother, Charles Levens; and a sister, Margaret Croghan and her husband, Joe. Friends and family may send their condolences and thoughts to

Rogers, Lonnie Preston

Retired from the U.S. Army, he died Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, at his home in Gonzales. In World War II, he flew 32 missions in a B-17 over occupied France and Germany. Visiting at Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Highway, on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visiting at St. Mark Catholic Church, Gonzales, on Friday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. until religious service at 11 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Joel LaBauve. Burial in Resthaven Gardens of Memory, Baton Rouge. Preceded in death by his loving wife, Climmie Louise Chemin Rogers; daughter, Sheila Diane Rogers; parents, Francis and Eddie Rogers; sister, Agnes Rosemary Faisson; and brother, Marvin Al Rogers. Survived by his grandchildren, Dawn and David McQuiston and David Lieblong; great-grandchildren, Daniel, Joshua and Thomas McQuiston and Dana, Lonnie and Alyssa Lieblong; and great-great-grandchild, Angelia Diane McQuiston. He was a member of St. Mark Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 8147, a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans, and a member of the Eighth Air Force Historical Society and Gonzales chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4224. Visit the online guestbook at

White, Alva L.

She was born April 3, 1917, to Frank and Winnie White and died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008. She was preschool and children’s director at First Baptist Church, Bossier City, her entire working career. After retiring, she moved back to Prairieville to be with her siblings. She was a devoted member of Parkview Baptist Church. Interment in Resthaven Gardens of Memory.

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