Dr. Arlen Wayne Hanchey

January 14, 1932 ~ November 30, 2022


Arlen Wayne Hanchey, 90, of Jennings, Louisiana, peacefully entered into heavenly rest in the early hours of Wednesday, November 30, at Harbor Hospice in Lake Charles.  Dr. Hanchey was a retired dentist whose career spanned more than four decades in Lake Charles, Sulphur, Jennings, and Iota.

Arlen was born on January 14, 1932, in DeRidder, Louisiana, the first of six children born to Louis and Goldie Hanchey.  He graduated from Merryville High School, received his bachelors degree from McNeese State University, and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Loyola University in New Orleans.  His compassionate care for his patients was a trademark of his professional career and reflected his genuine concern for others throughout his life.

He is predeceased by his wife, Rose Alice Hall Hanchey; his parents Louis and Goldie Hanchey of DeRidder; brothers-in-law William N. Cox and John A. Niel, both of Lake Charles; and a great-niece Tyler Niel.

Left to cherish his memory are his sisters Elaine Cox of Lake Charles, Eldene Niel of Lafayette (formerly of Lake Charles), and Willene Marsalise and Lee of DeRidder; his brothers William J. Hanchey and Sharon of Uniontown, Ohio, and Reggie Hanchey and Mary Celia of Ruston, Louisiana.  He is also survived by ten nieces, ten nephews, and a host of their children and grandchildren who loved their Uncle Arlen.

Dr. Hanchey was a living example of Christian faith and was a long-time member of First Baptist Church in Jennings. He will be remembered for his remarkable sense of humor, patience, and kindness. He loved music and enjoyed playing guitar, adding his talent to the Goldennaires Band during his retirement.

A celebration of his life will be held at First Baptist Church in Jennings at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 5, 2022. Visitation will begin at the Church at 10:00 a.m. Monday morning until the time of service.

Burial will follow at Cooper Cemetery west of DeRidder, Louisiana.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Jennings, 1001 Cary Avenue, Jennings, LA 70546.


Burial: Monday, December 5, 2022
2:00 pm - 12:00 am

Cooper Cemetery

Funeral Service: Monday, December 5, 2022
11:00 am - 12:00 am

First Baptist Church of Jennings

Visitation: Monday, December 5, 2022
10:00 am - 11:00 am

First Baptist Church of Jennings

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  1. Doc & Ms Alice lived across from my parents home before moving north of town. We remained close to them and my neice Deanna would go play dominoes with them till late at night. They really enjoyed the company and we enjoyed their friendship along with the treats they would bake for us. God Bless you all

  2. Dr. Hanchey was in charge of the Offering Bearers for quite some time, read the names of and prayed for our missionaries at prayer meeting, and many other things that he did. (At First Baptist Church, Jennings). He and Ms. Alice were so faithful to our church and to our Lord. May God comfort you, his family.

  3. Growing up in Jennings and as a member of FBC, I have vivid memories of Dr. Hanchey's leadership although I did not know him personally . However, my favorite and lasting memory of him is from my teaching position many years later. I gave a presentation from my professional organization to a community meeting in Crowley, which he attended. After the ceremony, he congratulated me on the our community project, and the look of pride and joy on his face really reflected his acknowledgement of our FBC membership.
    His life was well lived and model for everyone to follow. RIP Dr. Hanchey

  4. Dr Hanchey was my neighbor for the last 22 years. He and his wife were the kindest people. Many a week he picked up my trash cans after pickup and put them in my garage.

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