March 13, 1937-May, 5, 2020

Motel 6

Longtime Natchitoches City Marshal Alton Rachal passed away at his home Tuesday, May 5, 2020.  He was born March 13, 1937, to Eulice and Famie Rachal in Cypress.

Alton graduated from Flora High School in 1956.  He served as a police officer for the City of Natchitoches for 26 years.  He later served as Marshal for the City of Natchitoches for 24 years before retiring Dec. 31, 2014.  He was a former member of the Natchitoches Rotary Club and a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Linda Wagstaff Rachal; sons, Thomas Alton Rachal of LaPorte and Jeffery Lynn Rachal and wife Dawn of Provencal; daughter, Jennifer Davis of Spanish Lake; step-sons, Lance Murphy and wife Amy of Mont Belvieu, Texas, and Chad Murphy of Zavalla, Texas; grandchildren, Michael, Thomas Alton Jr., Nikki and Wayne Rachal, Cassie and Caden Davis, and M’Lynn, Mason, Morgan and Cooper Murphy; seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, Fred Rachal of Moss Bluff, La.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eulice and Famie Rachal; brothers, Ray, Mann and Donald Gene Rachal; sisters, Eyvonne Rachal, Vada Roge’ and Lucille Thorpe; daughter, Sherrie Segura; and a granddaughter, Jessica Rachal.

A visitation, with compliance of public gatherings and social distancing, will be Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m.-noon at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home.  A graveside service will follow at Strong Cemetery in Huxley, Texas, at 4 p.m. with Don Winn officiating.

The family would like to thank everyone for the prayers, flowers, food and calls.  A special thanks to the Hospice of Natchitoches staff for the loving care and support given to Alton and the family.