Felicia “Nickie” Jenkins Chevalier, 80, passed away Tuesday, June 11. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, June 16, with the funeral service following at 2:00 p.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.  Officiating will be Father Tom Phelan, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Orange.

Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Orange with Don Kemp, Bryan Kemp, Cameron Kemp, Mark Steele, Matt LaFleur, and Ray Allen serving as pallbearers.

Born in Lake Charles, La., on Sept. 26, 1932, Felicia was the daughter of Leyton Andrew Jenkins, Sr. and Felicia Acosta Jenkins. She retired from the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons in Oakdale, La. Her last assignment was as Hospital Administrator. Nickie loved to tell stories about her work experiences. She graduated from Lutcher Stark High School in 1951, where she enjoyed being a cheerleader. Nickie was a member of Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, as well as VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Evy Mayard; and brother, Leyton Jenkins.

Nickie is survived by her niece, Patricia Kemp and husband, Kenneth; nephew, Chuck Conroy and wife, Genny; great nephews; Don Kemp and wife, Kendra, Bryan Kemp and wife, Trisha; great nieces, Candice Steele and husband, Mark, Nicole Conroy; and seven great-great nieces and nephews.

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