November 29, 1971 – November 28, 2012
Earl Thomas Ducote, P. E., 40, passed away on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at his family home in Carriere, Miss., surrounded by his loving family after a brave battle against cancer. He is the father of Aaron Thomas Ducote and Hannah Claire Ducote; son of Mildred Crowson Ducote and the late Milton Earl Ducote; brother of Bobby Joseph Ducote and Kim Ducote Dossett; uncle of Corey Michael Ducote, Hailey Madison Duncan and Emma Elizabeth Dossett; and brother-in-law of Clint Marshall Dossett and Melissa Scelson Ducote.
Earl was raised in New Orleans, La. and Carriere and was a resident of Diamondhead, Miss.
A good student who was enthusiastic about learning, Earl was considered by many to be a high achiever. He graduated from Pearl River Central High School in 1989. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2001. He also pursued graduate school, earning his Masters of Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2003 and a Masters of Civil Engineering from Auburn University in 2006.
Earl projected a subtle but positive influence in his workplace. He was comfortable working behind the scenes to help everyone get their job done, and he worked hard at all times to help others to reach their highest potential. Earl was effective at working with others to gain acceptance for his ideas. Earl could be a perfectionist at times, but wasn’t one to seek out on personal recognitions. He possessed excellent insight and a strong ability to meet schedules. He was an innovator who worked well independently, and he enjoyed the task of meeting a constant array of challenges. His primary occupation was as a Civil & Environmental Engineer. He was employed for CDM Smith and held a Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers. He was an active member of the American Water Works Association. Earl Thomas Ducote shared himself freely; and family and friends will remember Earl for the strength of his convictions.
The Ducote family would like to thank Dr. Gerald P. Miletello and the staff at Pennington Cancer Center, Baton Rouge, La., St. Theresa Specialty Hospital, Kenner, La., and St. Joseph Hospice for their love and support shown to our family during this most difficult time.
Relatives, friends of the family, and employees of CDM Smith are invited to attend a Memorial Service in the Chapel of Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St.; on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 2 p.m. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. until service time. In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to National Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, 919 Josephine St., New Orleans, LA. Condolences may be expressed online at www.schoencanalstreet.com
November 29, 1971 – November 28, 2012
Richard Arlan Smith
Richard Arlan Smith, 80, passed away December 6, 2013, at his home.
He was born on January 25, 1933, in the Byrd’s Chapel Community.
He graduated high school in 1951 from McNeill High School, McNeill, Miss.
Herberta Louise Randolph Holland
Herberta Louise Randolph Holland, 97, a recent resident of Picayune, Miss., passed away Monday, December 2, 2013 at Millbrook Gardens Assisted Living Home.
Ivan Christopher “Chris” Seal
Ivan Christopher “Chris” Seal, 38, of Bear Creek passed away Monday, December 2, 2013.
Joji Tomei, 88, of Carriere, Miss., passed away Monday, November 25, 2013.
Visitation will be held Saturday December 7, 2013 at Picayune Funeral Home beginning at 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon with a short memorial service directly after.
Rebbie F. Smith
Funeral Services for Rebbie F. Smith, 87, of Picayune, Miss., who passed away Monday, December 2, 2013, will be held Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Pine Grove Baptist Church.
Darrell Luther Mitchell
Graveside services for Darrell Luther Mitchell who passed away December 2, 2013 at 89 years old, born January 27, 1924, will be held Thursday, December 5, 2013, at New Palestine Cemetery in Picayune, Miss., at 2 pm for family and friends.
Donald Ray Combs
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes…” — Revelation 21:4
Donald Ray Combs, 70, of Edmonton, Ky., passed away Friday, November 29, 2013, at the NHC Healthcare Facility in Glasgow. Born in Glasgow, he was a son of the late Rex and Laverne Greer Combs. Donald Ray was employed in construction and building maintenance and he was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army.
Challen Reece O’Meara
Funeral Services for Challen Reece O’Meara , 52, of Picayune, Miss., who passed away Saturday, November 30, 2013, will be held Thursday, December 5, 2013, at 1 p.m. at McDonald Funeral Home Chapel.
Memorial Services for Catherine McVaugh, 88, of Picayune, Miss., who passed away Sunday, December 1, 2013, will be held Friday, December 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. at McDonald Funeral Home Chapel.
Visitation will be Friday, December 6, 2013 from 1-2 p.m. at McDonald Funeral Home Chapel.
Sheryl Faye Ledet
Memorial Services for Sheryl Faye Ledet, 65, of Carriere, Miss., who passed away Saturday, November 30, 2013, will be held Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at 12 p.m. at McDonald Funeral Home Chapel.
Visitation will be Wednesday, December 4, 2013 from 11 a.m. -12 p.m. at McDonald Funeral Home Chapel.
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