Betty Jo Sonnier Sarver, 82, was a native of Kinder. She resided in Lafayette for a number of years before moving back to the Kinder area. She was born on August 30, 1938, in Kinder, Louisiana and departed from this world to the arms of God on Saturday, February 20, 2021.
Betty was a member of Calvary Church of Ragley, where she served in various positions over the years. She was a Sunday School Teacher, Youth Director, Secretary and Treasurer, Director of The Calvary Ladies, Editor of Crimson Word, Graphic Designer for the “Sunday Night Live” recording ministry and a musician. Throughout her life she served as a Youth Director and a Sunday School Teacher in the churches she attended. She always kept a special place in her heart for the young people she taught throughout the years; always referring to them as her children.
She was a charter member and presiding President of the Allen Genealogical and Historical Society, a position she held for seventeen years. The Society received its charter under her leadership. She was also a member of the National Genealogical Society. She enjoyed helping people explore their family history and authored Family History Books and also, a Christian novel, published in 2010, titled “Living with CIC – Christ in Charge”. She had also served as a Board Member of Lyles Cemetery Association of Oberlin. She was a former president and member of “Friends of the Library – Oberlin Branch”. Betty was retired, having worked for United Gas Pipe Line Co. and Rollins, Inc. in Lafayette, LA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Dena Cole Sonnier and her husband of fifty-one years, Charles Sarver.
Those left to mourn her loss and cherish her memory include numerous relatives and friends. Among those closest to her heart are: Michele, Joshua and Caleb Phillips, of Kinder; Alan Nichols, of Florien; Cameron and Aaron LaFargue, of Hornbeck, to whom she was lovingly known as “Aunt Betty”; her aunt, Myrtle Hurt; and cousin, Michael Cole, of Indiana. She dearly loved all of her husband’s family and also, her Calvary Church Family, which were very important in her life.
Betty was laid to rest at Lyles Cemetery in Oberlin.
Friends may post online messages of condolence for the Sarver family by visiting www.rushfh.com.
Funeral services for Mr. Charles A. Sarver were held on Saturday, November 14, 2020, at Faith Tabernacle, Kinder, with Reverend Adrian Littlefield officiating. Interment was at Lyles Cemetery, Oberlin, under the direction of Rush Funeral Home, Kinder.
Charles A. Sarver departed from this world to the arms of God on November 10, 2020. He was born in Crowley, La on November 13, 1943 and resided in Lafayette a number of years before moving to the Kinder area in 1974.
He was a member of Calvary Church of Ragley, where he faithfully served on the Board of Trustees, as a Church Elder, as a sound technician for the church internet broadcast, “Sunday Night Live” and formerly served as a Co-Youth Director and Sunday School Teacher with his wife, Betty.
Charles served in the U. S. Army’s First Air Calvary in Vietnam, where he earned various medals including two Purple Hearts. He was a member of the VFW, DAV and Military Order of the Purple Heart. He was also a faithful member of the Allen Genealogical and Historical Society, where he served as administrative assistant.
He was retired from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development where he was Parish Specialist for Allen, Beauregard and Jeff Davis Parishes. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He loved to share his fruit and vegetables with friends and family and also have them come fishing in his pond. He was a mentor to many boys and young men; always in a kind and gentle way.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alcy B. Sarver and Amelia Smith Sarver; five sisters, Mae Standish, Joyce Sarver, Alene Daigle, Jeanette Dennies and Opal Ashby; and three brothers, Ebert Benoit, Buford Benoit and Luther Benoit.
Those left to mourn his loss and cherish his memory include his loving wife of fifty-one years, Betty Sonnier Sarver, of Kinder; two brothers, Hollins Sarver, of Iota and Woodrow Sarver, of Crowley; numerous nieces and nephews and his Calvary Church family, who were an important part of his life. Also important in his life were Michele, Joshua and Caleb Phillips, of Kinder, Cameron and Aaron LaFargue, of Hornbeck and Alan Nichols, of Florien. He was their “Uncle Charles.”
Friends may post online messages of condolence for the Sarver family by visiting https://www.rushfh.com/obituary/charles-sarver .