Paul Dean Champlin, 83, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, formerly of Simmesport, Louisiana, passed away December 27, 2018, after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. He was born in Torras, LA. He was preceded in death by his mother, Minnie Paul, father, Lawrence, and sister, Elaine. Survivors include his daughters, Frankie Roncancio (Sonny) of Houston, TX, Cindy Brown (Jackie) of West Memphis, AR, and Cheryl Champlin of Houston; his grandchildren, Taylor, Austin, and Chandler Roncancio and Jimmy, Chance, and Hope Brown, as well as a niece, Barbara Clark (Gary), and numerous great nieces/nephews and cousins.
Paul Dean Champlin was born and raised on a riverboat at Three Rivers until the age of 7. From there, he moved to Simmesport and graduated in 1953. He was an excellent basketball player and in 1953, the Simmesport boys clinched the title of Avoyelles Parish Basketball Tournment Champions. As an adolescent, he picked cotton and was most proud of buying a glove he saved his money for. Paul Dean was a carpenter by trade. After he retired, he enjoyed building little things for other people to keep busy. He was very proud of the dollhouses he built. He enjoyed watching basketball and loved watching his New Orleans Pelicans. He also enjoyed reading and watching movies. He was a quiet man with a great sense of humor. Paul Dean was also known for his ability to save and the ability to remember the day, month, & year of past happenings of his life. He loved his family and friends very much and will forever be missed.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 3, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Simmesport, 515 Ehrhardt Street, with interment to follow at the church's cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Escude Funeral Home.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers: Sonny Roncancio, Chandler Roncancio, Jacky Brown, & Kevin Crouse.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
So sorry for your loss. He was a friend of my grandmother, Daisy Jackson, and was very kind to us when we were children. Deepest sympathy.
Kimberly Paige WarrenNorth Augusta, SC