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Judy Delores Ebarb
Graveside services for Judy Delores Ebarb, 69, of Noble, LA, will be held on Friday, July 24, 2020 at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery with Father Joseph Ampatt, officiating. Visitation will begin on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 5:00 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home in Zwolle, LA.
Judy Delores Ebarb was born on Sunday, June 24, 1951 in Converse, LA. She passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 in Noble, LA. She was preceded in death by her parents; Clarence Sepulvado and Elverna “Polly” Sepulvado.
She is survived by her husband, James Ebarb of Zwolle, LA; son, Rodney Ebarb of Baton Rouge, LA; daughter, Cheryl Ebarb of Zwolle, LA; sister, Sande Sepulvado of Lake Charles, LA; brother, Joseph C. Sepulvado of New Haven, KY; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Ginger Renee Davis Keith
Ginger Renee Davis Keith, 62 years old, of Campti, passed away on July 19, 2020, at Louisiana Extended Care Hospital in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
Graveside services will be at 10 am on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at United Baptist Church Cemetery in Campti, LA.
Ginger Keith was born March 29, 1958, to James Walter Davis and Juanita Hudson Davis at Ryukyus Army Hospital in Okinawa. She attended school in Bay County, Florida. She married Michael Clanton on March 29, 1976, in Bay County Florida, divorcing later and marrying Audy Wayne Keith in Coushatta, La later divorcing. She worked at Wal-Mart for many years in Natchitoches. One of the notable things was being in the movie Jaws while being filmed in Florida. She enjoyed needle point and crocheting
Ginger is preceded in death by her parents, James and Juanita Davis and a sister, Deborah Money.
Ginger is survived by her daughter, Melinda Cheatwood and spouse Eric of Campti; her son, Steven Enlow Clanton and spouse Cody of Campti; brother, Tommy Davis of Panama City, FL; grandchildren, Brittney, Hannah, and Michael and a great-grandchild, TJ.
A celebration of life for Hazel Bessie Wedgeworth Miller will be observed at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel in Many, LA. Her great nephew, Jeff Flenniken, and Mr. Winston Hodge will be officiating. Graveside service will follow at the Ft. Jesup Cemetery in Ft. Jesup, LA. Visitation will be from 10-11 AM on Thursday, July 23 with funeral beginning at 11:00 AM.
Hazel was born on March 13, 1929 in Many, LA. She left this earth to be with the Lord on July 19, 2020 at Many Healthcare North. She grew up in Many, LA where she attended Many High School. She was a devoted, charter member of Trinity Baptist Church of Many, LA, where she led and served faithfully for over 50 years. She was also a past member of the Eastern Star.
Hazel was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She lived 91 years to the fullest. She enjoyed spending time and cooking for her family and friends. Her travels brought her to the Holy Land, Athens, Greece, and Hawaii to name a few. Her life was full of adventures including mission trips within the states.
Hazel loved her family more than life, and she had a gift of making her friends feel like family. She was a beautiful example of a fine Christian lady. Her life could be compared to the description of the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31. A Godly woman, her worth far above rubies. A Homemaker, always watching over her home and family. A wise woman of strength. Her children rise up and call her blessed.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Sgt. C.J. Miller, Jr., her parents, Henry and Molly Wedgeworth and siblings, three brothers and five sisters.
She is survived by her daughter Frances Miller Hodge and husband Delmar of Zwolle, LA, two sons, Joey Miller and wife Janet of Baton Rouge, LA and Johnny Miller and wife Charlotte of Ft. Jesup, LA, eight grandchildren, fourteen great- grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild on the way.
Honored to serve as pallbearers are Gary Miller, Jason Miller, Pat Miller, Troy Miller, Anthony Pleasant and Tony Sattler.
The family extends sincere gratitude to the staff at Many Healthcare North and Superior Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Gideon’s International or charity of choice.
Kristen E. Alford
Freddie “Frog” Parrie
Shirley Ann Brown
Funeral service for Shirley Ann Brown will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at Fountain of Life United Pentecostal Church of Natchitoches. Burial will follow at Old Bethel Cemetery in Natchitoches. The family will receive friends from 9 am until service time on the 22nd at Fountain of Life United Pentecostal Church located at 4500 University Parkway, Natchitoches, LA 71457.
Shirley, 77 years of age, passed from this life and entered into heaven on July 17, 2020. She was born on July 27, 1942 to Ray Lonnie Carpenter and Reva Sybil Johnson Carpenter in Natchitoches, LA. She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Tony Brown.
She is survived by her children, Kandi Cochran, Melodi Lane, and Jimmy Brown; a sister, Bobbie Pearsall; brothers, Billy Carpenter and Lonnie Carpenter. She was blessed with 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
She will be remembered as a loving mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother. Even though we are saddened by her passing, we take comfort in knowing we will be reunited with her one day in heaven.
Funeral services for Keith Arthur, 57, of Florien, LA, will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Randall Beason officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Florien, LA. Visitation will begin on Monday, July 20, 2020, at 5:00 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, Many, LA.Keith Arthur was born on Friday, February 8, 1963 in Many, LA. He passed away on Friday, July 17, 2020 in Florien, LA. He was preceded in death by his son, Aaron Lee Arthur.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Arthur of Florien, LA.; children, Kurt Arthur and wife Katie of Woodworth, LA., Julie Williamson and husband Ronnie of Gainesville, GA., Jody Marr and wife Tonya of Robeline, LA. and Hannah Bryant of Picayune, MS.; father, Roland Arthur of Florien, LA.; mother, Gloria Arthur of Florien, LA.; sister, Keri Templeton and husband John of Pflugerville, TX.; brother, Kevin Arthur and wife Janie of Richmond, TX.; grandchildren, Lucus, Austin, Tyler, Jayden, Kaylynn, Kiley, Emily and Kelsey; great grandchild, Ashton; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Pallbearers will be Kody Arthur, William Firesheets, Danny McNeely, Ricky Arthur, Jody Marr, Benny Arthur, Michael Joe Arthur and Casey Layton.
Betty L. Lewing
Funeral services for Betty L. Lewing, 75, of Pineville, LA, will be held on Monday, July 20, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Jones officiating. Visitation will begin on Monday, July 20, 2020, at 11:00 AM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, Many, LA.
Betty L. Lewing was born on Monday, July 9, 1945 in Corrigan, TX. She passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at her residence in Pineville, LA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer Ross Richards and Lee Onie (Self) Richards; and a host of brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her husband Kenny Lewing of Pineville, LA; children: Melissa Herold and husband Todd of Naples, FL, Angie Parrie and husband A. J. of Zwolle, LA and Tony Lewing and wife Michelle of Benton, LA; brother, J. B. Richards and wife Lula of Converse, LA; step-sister, Joann Self of Lufkin, TX; grandchildren: Emily Herold, Hunter Herold, Coby Campbell, Carly Parrie, Jayce Parrie, Savannah Elliott and husband Jeremy and Dalton Lewing; great granddaughter, Bailey Campbell; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Phillip Daniel Meshell, Sr.
A visitation for Phillip Daniel Meshell, 68, of Zwolle, LA, will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2020, from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, Zwolle LA.
Phillip Daniel Meshell was born on Sunday, July 22, 1951 in Converse, LA. He passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at L.S.U. Medical Center in Shreveport, LA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnnie Meshell and Maggie (Ebarb) Meshell; sister, Juanita Martinez and his brother, John Patrick Meshell.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Meshell of Zwolle, LA; son, Phillip Meshell, Jr. and wife Catilya of Cassville, MO; sisters, Johnnie Bell Brown and husband Lathan of Shreveport, LA and Margie Rivers and husband Thomas of Shreveport, LA; grandchildren: Chas Meshell, Malorie Rigsby, Luke Meshell, Jonah Meshell, Josiah Meshell, Emily Meshell and Mason Meshell; great grandchildren, Amelia Rose Meshell and Dakalon Rigsby; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Lori LaLa Vines
Funeral services for Lori (LaLa) Vines, 48, of Noble, LA, will be held on Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jimmy Price officiating. Burial will follow in the Sardis Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Saturday, July 18, 2020, at 11:00 AM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, Many, LA.
Lori (LaLa) Vines was born on Wednesday, April 5, 1972 in Many, LA. She passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2020 in Shreveport, LA.
She was preceded in death by her father, Tidley Weldon; maternal grandparents, Rubin and Lovie Manasco; father-in-law, Glyn Doil Vines; and her brother-in-law, Brian Vines.
She is survived by her husband, Jason Vines of Noble, LA; daughter, Ashtyn Vines of Norfolk, VA and Cierra Vines of Provencal; mother, Robbie Jean Manasco Edwards of Fisher, LA; mother-in-law, Alice LaVerne Vines of Zwolle, LA; brothers: Joel Weldon, Clint Edwards and wife Sarah of Kansas City, MO and Daniel Wayne Edwards and wife Jessica of Donaldson, AR; half-brother, Donovan Weldon and wife Susan of Austin, TX; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Pallbearers: Doug Long, Mike Thaxton, Troy Thaxton, Edgar Stampley, Jarred Rivers and Veachel (Cheese) Parker.
Honorary Pallbearers: Donovan Weldon, David Vines, Joel Weldon, Clint Edwards and Daniel Edwards.
Sharen Ann Loveless Hebert
Sharen Ann Loveless Hebert, age 54, passed away peacefully on July 15, 2020. She was born November 17, 1965 to Allen and Pauline Loveless.
She was a devoted wife, mother, daughter and friend. She was loved by many and family was her pride and joy. She spent her life caring for others as a Registered Nurse. Her love for people was unconditional and she never met a stranger. She will be truly missed.
She is preceded in death by her father Allen Loveless, sister Tina Gabbard and nephew Devon Gabbard.
Those left to cherish her memory are husband Gerard Hebert of Sherman, Tx. Daughter’s Lauren Watson and Robert of Natchitoches, LA, and Lindsey VIge’ of Sherman,TX. Son, Lance Hebert of Sherman, Tx. Mother Pauline Loveless of Tyler, Tx. Sister Sonjia Ramsey of Tyler, Tx. Her grandchildren: Dagan, Logan and Gracie Watson, Karson and Kayden Vige’, and Marcellus Hebert, and numerous of nieces and nephews. Private services will be held for immediate family.
Audrey Westmoreland Yarbor
COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS WILL APPLY TO THE GRAVESIDE SERVICE SATURDAY, JULY 18, 2020, 10:00 A. M. in the St. Mark Methodist Church Cemetery on Eight Mile Loop (New Town Community). All attendees must wear facial masks and practice social distancing.
Jerry Wayne Payne
COVID-19 restrictions will govern the graveside service of Mr. Payne Saturday, 9:00 a. m., July 18, 2020 in the Lawrence Serenity Sanctum, 1630 Breazeale Springs Street. A walk-through visitation will take place at the Winnfield Funeral Home that morning from 7:45 a. m. to 8:45 a. m.
Jerry Wayne Payne was born on February 28, 1957 to the parentage of the late John Wesley Payne and the late Doris Jean Below Payne in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Jerry passed away at his home on July 11, 2020 at the age of 63. Jerry was brought up in the Catholic faith, completing his sacraments and later serving as an altar server at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church. Jerry was reared in Natchitoches, Louisiana, graduating from Natchitoches Central High School in 1975. Jerry spent the majority of his adult life living and working in Shreveport, Louisiana and later Detroit, Michigan. He returned home to Natchitoches during the summer of 2005.
Jerry is predeceased by his parents John and Doris Payne as well as his infant brother Kenneth.
Jerry is lovingly remembered by his family which include five brothers: Dannie, Larry (Betty), Patrick (Layle), Christopher (DeVel), and Derrick, Sr. (Shantura) all of Natchitoches, Louisiana. His nephews and nieces: Damien (Natosha), Demarius, Demetrius, Dezmun (Diamond), Derrick, Jr., Brystian, Kyron, DiQuan, Patrick, Jr. and Brailyn. His great niece and nephews: Ayla, Weston and Daiquiri II. One uncle William (Charlene) Jackson of Cleveland, OH. Two aunts Celestine Hardison of Natchitoches, LA and Luella Below of Houston, TX. He also will be missed dearly by his cousins, relatives, friends and other acquaintances.
Jerry will be affectionally remembered for his sense of style and fashions. He often enjoyed listening to music, dancing and telling tall tales.
Mr. John Fairley
Final care arrangements are pending. Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home in Natchitoches is in charge of services.
Johnnie Marie Nelson Johnson
Johnnie Marie Nelson Johnson age 86 of Robeline recently passed away on Monday July 13, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, Luther and Aline Nelson of Robeline, sister Syble Gray of Adel, GA, and brother Donald Nelson of Robeline.
She is survived by her son Dr. Willie Hey and his wife Donna of Sterlington, LA, brothers Ronald Nelson and wife Fran, Dean Nelson and wife Pat; sisters Mary Laroux, Trudy Nelson all of Robeline, Sandy Ramirez and husband Johnny of Mineloa, TX, Vera Priest and husband JR of Troup TX, Janet Price of Jacksonville, TX, Mable Bachelor of Highland Home, AL and many nephews, nieces and friends from around the country.
Blanchard-St Denis Funeral Home will handle services for family members on Thursday July 16, 2020, at Shamrock Advent Christian Church, Robeline, LA. Church will open at 9:30am, services begin at 10:00am with interment in Lambert Town Cemetery, with reverend Butch Bruce presiding. Attendees are required to physically distance and wear a mask inside the church.
Pallbearers will be William Laroux, Rodney Eiland, Joey Eiland, Billy Jack Nelson, Terry Nelson, and Terrell Wilson.
Those who are unable to attend the service can view it live streamed on the Facebook page of her sister, Sandy Ramirez.
In lieu of flowers the family requests making a donation in her name to either St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or Shriner’s Hospital for Children.
Guy F. Williams
Guy F. Williams, 89, of Lake Charles, La. Went peacefully to his heavenly home on Sunday, July 12, 2020.
Guy was born on July 22, 1930 in Hornbeck, La. He passed away peacefully at his home. He was a 1947 graduate of Hornbeck High School. He was an Air Force Veteran and a devoted member and respected deacon at Trinity Baptist Church.
Guy’s life was full. He and Miss Carolyn had many great adventures traveling the country and enjoyed meeting new people and exploring new places together. He loved golf with his friends, numerous activities and duties at church, and spending time with family. Guy was passionate about children and whether they were family or not, these young people had a deep love and admiration for “Uncle” Guy. He dedicated himself to youth organizations such as Awana and Optimist International and the legacy he leaves with those organizations is a testament to the devotion and he will live on in the memories of the young lives he touched.
Guy is survived by his wife, Carolyn, his sister, Ann Cooper, and a host of beloved nieces and nephews.
Guy is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Grace Williams, his brothers, Harry Williams, Royce Williams, Dale Williams, Lynn Williams, and sister, Myrtle Miller.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM Wednesday, July 15, 2020 in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in the Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Leesville, LA. Visitation on Wednesday will be from 8:00 AM until the time of service in the funeral home.
In compliance with current COVIS 19 order, we respectfully request gatherings by limited and all attendants wear face masks.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dry Creek Encampment or Awana.
Memorial services for Michael Dale Henderson, 71, of Many, LA, will be held on Friday, July 17, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Oak Hill Baptist Church with Bro. Wayne Chance officiating.
Michael Dale Henderson was born on Wednesday, November 10, 1948 in Dayton, TX. He passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2020 in Many, LA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Morris Henderson and Irene (Zadrapa) Henderson.
He is survived by his wife, Sue Henderson of Many, LA; daughters, Michelle Talley (Landon) of Laporte, TX and Lynn Wilson (Brook) of Houston, TX; sons: Benjamin Arthur (Johnnie Faye) of Shreveport, LA, Michael Joe Arthur of Many, LA and Ted A. Henderson (Christy) of Wallisville, TX; sister, Donna Henderson Legare of Houston, TX; grandchildren: Jared (Tamara) and Logan (Nikki) Arthur, Britney (Brad) Carter, Derrick (Mallory) Arthur, Kaz and Jagger (Claire) Wheeler, Jonathan, Jessica and Jenna Wilson; great grandchildren: Lillian, Margaret, Kelsie, Camryn, Brentley, Jaleigh, Kasen and Fallon; along with a host of precious church families, nieces, nephews and friends.
James Lester Metoyer
James Lester Metoyer Sr. (57) of Cloutierville, Louisiana, passed away on July 12, 2020, surrounded by family and friends.
He was born in Derry, Louisiana to parentage of Anthony and Augustine Rachal Metoyer on the 21st December 1962. James graduated from St. Matthews High School in 1981.
He married Elizabeth Rachal, the love of his life, in 1982, who survives him. James Sr. is also survived by son James L. Metoyer Jr. (Jennifer), and siblings: Mary Ida Below, Florence Rachal (James Ray), Betty Jo Roque (Charles), Cloteel Christophe (David), and Etheline Gallion (Johnny), host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. James Sr. was preceded in death by parents Anthony and Augustine Metoyer; sister, Adeline Pellerin and brother, Chester Metoyer.
James Sr. was a God-loving man, his church and faith meant everything. He was a behind the scenes type of person, working with the parish youth, participating in multiple church mission trips, making the needed repairs for his church, serving as Eucharist Minister – bringing Holy Eucharist to the sick, and as an avid Harley Davidson fan organized the church poker run ride for over ten years.
Family was the most important aspect of life to him. He was kind, gentle, and humble, always willing lending a helping hand to someone who needed it, whether they asked or not. His love to helping others led him to his career of maintenance work with the Natchitoches Parish Housing Authority for 26 years, fixing those little or major things.
The visitation will be held on July 14, 2020, at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home, from 5 pm – 9 pm, Vigil starting at 7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on July 15, 2020, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Cloutierville, Louisiana at 10 a.m., interment to follow at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Cemetery, Cloutierville, Louisiana. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that mass intentions be offered for his reposed soul at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, P. O. Box 40, Cloutierville, Louisiana. 71416.
Pallbearers are Archie Ray Rachal Jr., Alex Drew LaCour, Michael Beasley, Sr., James Below, Jamie Riley, and Samuel Justin Bishop. Honorary pallbearers are Archie Ray Rachal Sr., David Christophe Sr., Johnny Ray Gallion Sr., Danny Ray Conde, Kenneth LaCour, and James Ray Rachal.
James Edwin ‟Jimmy” Gray
Funeral Services for Mr. James Edwin ‟Jimmy” Gray, 72, of Bernice, LA, were held on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. at Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel in Farmerville, LA.
Jimmy was former manager at Delta South Oil and Gas in Natchitoches, La., and worked at Ouachita Fertilizer in Monroe as a shipping dispatcher. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and had a love of taxidermy. He also was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving as a Nike Hercules Missile Spec 5 and was stationed in Fort Polk, La., Fort Sills Ok., Okinawa, Japan and Fort Hamilton, NJ.
James was born on July 26, 1947 in Miami, Florida, and passed away on July 9, 2020 in Bernice, LA. ATT He is preceded in death by his parents, James Luther and Mary Estelle Gray.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather to his entire family and left to cherish his memories are his loving wife of 31 years, Beverly Annette Gray of Bernice, LA; daughters, Kelly McCullin and husband Andy of Marion, LA; Kristy Roan and husband Andy of Farmerville, LA; Brittany Durr and husband Quentin of Ruston, LA; ATT sons, Jason Thomas and wife Tammy of Farmerville, LA; and James David Gray of Raleigh, NC. James was lovingly known by his siblings as “Little Jimmy” and is also survived by sisters, Brenda Marks, Pat Scroggins, and Jenny Gray; brothers, Billy Gray and Rodney Gray; 10 Grandchildren, Chelsi, Anna, Madison, Katlin, Mathew, Noah, Thomas, Drew, Hannah and Holly; 5 Great -Grandchildren, Eli, Iris, Kimber, Cypris, and Elayna; and numerous nieces and nephews. He also was a father to a special niece, Kristy Gray Vienne, who he helped raise and loved liked a daughter.
Jimmy was an avid hunter, outdoorsman and literally a “jack of all trades”. He loved his huge man-cave where he could design and build all sorts of objects and keepsakes for his wife, kids and grandkids. He also spent his leisure time in his recliner with his 6+ fur-babies which he and Annette dearly loved as children.
Pallbearers were Bennie Johns, Kevin Ellis, Donnie Walters, Gene Trahern, Luke Lee, Erich Boone, and honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Bruce, Scriven Taylor, Ed McKee, and Dixon Abell.
Funeral services for Jennifer Lynn Burr, 55, of Marthaville, LA, will be held on Monday, July 13, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Old Pisgah Baptist Church with Rev. Dean Johnson, Rev. Rick Martinez and Rev. Glenn Howard officiating. Burial will follow in the Belmont Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Sunday, July 12, 2020, at 5:00 PM at Old Pisgah Baptist Church.
Jennifer Lynn Burr was born on Thursday, October 8, 1964 in Pleasant Hill, LA. She passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at her residence in Marthaville, LA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Billy James Collins and Judy Merle (Callens) Collins.
She is survived by her husband Cliff Burr of Marthaville, LA; daughters, Savannah Anderson of Pleasant Hill, LA, Shianne Sepulvado and husband Dakota of Belmont, LA and Taylor Burr of Belmont, LA; sons, Shane Burr of Belmont, LA and Shad Burr of Goldonna, LA; brother, Jim Collins and wife Angela of Tega Cay, SC; five grandchildren, one great grandchild; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Pallbearers: Shane Burr, Shad Burr, Dakota Sepulvado, Richard Wyatt, Andy Cosenza and Ryan Masters.
Lifelong Natchitoches resident Freddie Cardino passed away unexpectedly in his home on Wednesday evening, July 8, 2020.
Fred was a graduate of Natchitoches High School. He served in the U. S. Army from 1958 to 1962, traveling extensively throughout the northeast. He worked in the auto parts business for over fifty years, beginning at McCain Auto Supply in 1968 and working there until the time of his death.
In his spare time, he enjoyed cattle farming and growing produce with his son on his property on Old River and hunting and fishing. He was riding his tractor just a couple of weeks before he died. Fred never met a stranger. Those who knew him delighted in the way he could spin out a clever tale or deliver a joke with perfect timing; he was knowledgeable and well versed on a wide array of topics. The eternal optimist, he was always happy and seemed not to have a worry in the world. He was a fixture at McCain’s, where every inventory item was at his fingertips.
Preceding Fred in death are his parents Ray Joseph Cardino and Thelma Page Cardino, his brother Jerry Wayne Cardino, and his sister Betty Lou White.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of fifty-eight years Edna Mae LaCaze Cardino, his brother Kenneth Gene Cardino of Shreveport, his daughter Monique Cardino Snowden and her husband Michael Fraser Snowden of Marietta, Georgia, his son Freddie Ray Cardino and his wife Elizabeth D. Cardino of Natchitoches, and three grandchildren: Joey Brown, Freddie Ray Cardino, Jr., and Madison Elizabeth Snowden.
Visitation will be at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home, 848 Keyser Ave., on Sunday July 12 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. The funeral service will be on Monday, July 13th at 10:00 a.m. at Blanchard-St. Denis. He will be buried next to his parents at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Natchez. Attendees are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing.
Pallbearers for the ceremony will be Aaron Odom, Jerry Possoit, Corey LaCaze, Travis Speed, Freddie Cardino, and Joey Brown.
Frankie Hayes Johnson
Funeral services for Frankie Hayes Johnson, 75, of Sulphur, LA, will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dean Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Noble Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Monday, July 13, 2020, at 5:00 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, Many, LA.
Frankie Hayes Johnson was born on Tuesday, August 22, 1944 in Zwolle, LA. He passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2020 Lake Charles, LA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Paul Johnson and Murriel Onida (Williams) Johnson; wife, Shirley Johnson and granddaughter, Elizabeth Simon.
He is survived by his wife, Cindy Johnson of Sulphur, LA; daughters, Kyleen Simon and husband Joseph of Sulphur, LA and Jenny Ardoin of DeQuincy, LA; sons: Harold Lynn Youngblood and wife Cindy of Mansfield, LA, Billy Youngblood and wife June of Florida, Kenny Youngblood of Arkansas and Patrick Wilson of Sulphur, LA; sister, Evelyn Durr of Noble, LA; twelve grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Donald Buford Kelly
Funeral services for Donald Buford Kelly, 93, of Florien, LA, will be held on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Pisgah Baptist Church (Toro Community) with Rev. C.M. Kelly officiating. Burial will follow in the Pisgah Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Saturday, July 11, 2020, from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Pisgah Baptist Church.
Donald Buford Kelly was born on Monday, October 11, 1926 in Barham, LA. He passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at his residence in Florien, LA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin A. Kelly and Alice (Skinner) Kelly.
He is survived by his wife, Marion Gayle Kelly of Florien, LA; daughters: Ladonna Gayle Christopher of Kirbyville, TX, Belinda Annette Morgan of Cleveland, TX, Robin Rene Tomplait of Kirbyville, TX, Susie Kelly of Plano, TX and Sonya Lynn Burton of Kirbyville, TX; son, Christian Gage Kelly of Lake Charles, LA; brother, Roy A. Kelly of Waco, TX; eleven grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Benjamin William Speights
Graveside services for Benjamin William Speights, 77, of Many, LA, will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Little Flock Cemetery with Rev. Leland Boyd officiating. Visitation will begin on Saturday, July 11, 2020, at 9:00 AM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, Many, LA.
Benjamin William Speights was born on Saturday, September 26, 1942 in Clare, LA. He passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at Many Health Care North in Many, LA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest Joshua Speights and Della (Gandy) Speights; brother, Dr. Earl Speights; sister, Ernestine Dees; nephew, Bob Speights and great nephew, Zachary Fordham. Ben retired from Texaco Oil Company. He enjoyed his hunting trips to Colorado with friends. He was also a devoted member of Trinity Church.
He is survived by his nieces, Nancy Wright of Many, LA, Judy Boyd of Natchitoches, LA, Laura Eidt of Natchez, MS, Susan Fordham of Downsville, LA and Edith Nicholson of Forest, LA; nephew, John Dees of Ferriday, LA; along with a host of friends and his coffee drinking buddies.
Graveside services for Murl Westfall, 86, of Florien, LA, will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Florien Cemetery with Bro. Dennis Bignar officiating.
Murl Westfall was born on Tuesday, April 3, 1934 in Florien, LA. He passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at his residence in Florien, LA. He was preceded in death by his parents, A. V. Westfall and Tishia (Miller) Westfall and his twin brother, Earl Westfall.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Westfall of Florien, LA; daughter, Mona Leach and husband Emet of Florien, LA; son, Terry Westfall and wife Kay of Florien, LA; sisters, Imogene Montgomery of Houston, TX and Mavis Watson of Leesville, LA; grandchildren: Tera Goyette and husband Josh of Slidell, LA, Aaron Leach and wife Samantha of Negreet, LA and Justin Westfall and wife Alesha of Florien, LA; great grandchildren: Jackson Box, Ava Goyette, Landyn Leach, Jaidyn Leach, Kaylee, Carter and Connor Westfall; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Raydon Maxie Thaxton
Funeral services for Raydon Maxie Thaxton, 100, of Florien, LA, will be held on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church with Rev. Matt Warren and Rev. Rickey Robertson officiating and Stacy Stewart providing the music. Burial will follow in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 9:00 AM at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.
Raydon Maxie Thaxton was born on Friday, October 31, 1919 in Many, LA. He passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2020 at his residence in Florien, LA. Raydon worked for the pipeline company for 17 years. After moving back from Beaumont, TX he became a farmer and rancher until he was 82 years old. The remainder of his years he worked for Brad Browning Cattle Company as Brad’s Foreman. He also served in the Navy for 6 years before and after WWII as a Petty Officer First Class.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Alva Thaxton; parents, Barto Thaxton and Katy Dell (Stewart) Thaxton; brothers, Lt. Robert Donald Thaxton and Thomas Bailey “T. B.” Thaxton and his sisters: Inez Davis, Bonnie Corley, Edith Thigpen, Christine Byrd, Myrtice Fridell and Irene Thaxton.
He is survived by his son, Michael Thaxton and fiancé Shirley Rodgers of Lumberton, TX; daughter, Judy Thaxton Johnson and husband E. J. of Austin, TX; grandson, Christopher Collins Thaxton; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Pallbearers: Brad Browning, Tanner Browning, Brady Browning, Wade Thaxton, Chris Thaxton, and Greg Ellzey.
Honorary Pallbearers: Kim Kelly and Tonya Browning.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mt. Carmel Cemetery Association, c/o Betty Skinner, 190 Tallow Lane, Florien, LA 71429.
Mary Jean Stallings
A private graveside service officiated by Dr. Allen Reed was held on July 6, 2020, at Sunset Memorial Park for Mary Jean Stallings, 73, of Nacogdoches.
Mrs. Stallings was born on April 29, 1947, at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital and passed away on July 4, 2020, at her home in Nacogdoches after a brief illness.
Jean was a dedicated Christian wife, mother and teacher. She was a graduate of Nacogdoches High School and earned a master’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University. Mrs. Stallings taught and influenced hundreds of children during her thirty five year career in public schools.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Jack Moore, Jr. and Esterlene Blacksher Moore. She is survived by her husband, David Stallings; sons, Todd Stallings and Drew Stallings and wife, Katie; sister, Linda Guidry and husband, Bill; brothers, Buddy Moore and Tommy Moore and wife, Carla; sisters-in-law, Debra Gaston and Dayna Stallings-O’Con and husband, Tommy; as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
Jean was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Nacogdoches, which she loved. She was faithful to attend her Barnabus Sunday School Class.
She was a fantastic cook who loved making each Christmas and Thanksgiving special for her family using many of her mother’s recipes. Jean was a member of the Koinonia Study Club and also enjoyed playing cards and “Mexican Train” dominoes with her friends. She was the epitome of a Southern Lady.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Richard Baker and his staff; Connie Chapman and Lizette Krieg, Dr. James Redfield, the staff of Texas Home Health Care Hospice,
Danny Mounger and his staff at Laird Funeral Home, Debra Gaston and Tommy Moore for their loving care for Jean.
Memorial donations may be made in Jean’s honor to First Baptist Church, 411 North Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75965.
Services provided by Laird Funeral Home.
Truman M. Durr
Funeral services honoring the life of Mr. Truman M. Durr, 84, will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at Wallace Baptist Church in Pelican, Louisiana with Bro. Donny Durr officiating. Assisting the service will be Bro. Jeff Jinks. Interment will follow at Beulah Cemetery in Marthaville, Louisiana. A visitation with the family will be held at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Mansfield Chapel on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Truman was born on September 6, 1935 in Rambin, Louisiana to J.Y. “Jake” Durr and Lillian Blue Durr. He entered into eternal rest on July 5, 2020 in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Truman was the best all-around student of Ajax High School. He was involved with numerous organizations including Shriner’s Hospital, Lion’s Club, Freemasonry, President of The Battle of Pleasant Hill for over 25 years, Mayor of Pleasant Hill for 8 years, served on the Jury Commission in Sabine Parish for over 25 years, worked for BMA Insurance for more than 20 years, and later retired from Rose-Neath Funeral Home as a Funeral Director’s Assistant.
Preceding him in death are his parents, J.Y. Durr and Lillian Blue Durr; brother, Artis L. Durr; daughter-in-law, Donya Masters Durr; and great-granddaughter, Hannah Greene.
He is survived by his sons, Kevin Durr and wife Elvera of Philippines, Kerry Durr of Colorado, and Donny Durr and wife Stacey of Shreveport, Louisiana; daughters, Patti Durr McArthur of Keithville, Louisiana and Connie Durr Gates and husband Dwayne of Benton, Louisiana; sisters, Dorla Collins of Bossier City, Louisiana and Thelma Kreeger of Denver, Colorado; along with 17 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Honoring Truman as pallbearers will be Michael Greene, Eric Durr, Jared Durr, Connor Bullard, Jake Durr, Jeremy Durr, and Thomas Hardee.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Hugh Hardee, Sonny Hardee, Jerry Barnes, Jackie Bryant, Randy Collins, Wayne Dardeau, Jerry Lee Hilbert, and Marc Alexander Durr.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donating to a charity of your choice or to the Shriner’s Hospital in memory of Truman Durr.
JARDIS CLEO “JC” BRIDGES
Jardis Cleo “JC” Bridges was born July 15, 1933 in Peason Ridge, LA to Andrew Lee Bridges, Sr. and Ethel (Cook) Bridges and entered into rest on July 3, 2020 in Shreveport, LA. Funeral services for him will be held on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home at 2:00 PM with Brother Ron Sandifer and Brother Lee Dickson officiating; interment will be at Florien Cemetery. Visitation for Mr. Bridges will be also be held on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 from noon until service time at Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Many Chapel.
JC was a member of the United States Air Force where he bravely and proudly served in the Korean War. He was also a member and deacon of Aimwell Baptist Church of Zwolle, LA. He was also a Gideon member. In his past time, he loved hunting, fishing, and gardening.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Lee Bridges, Sr.; his brother, Benny Bridges; his brother-in-law, AJ Spears; and sister-in-law, Connie Bridges . Those left behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 67 years, Betty J. Bridges of Zwolle, LA; his son, Wayne Bridges & wife, Stacy of Choudrant, LA, his son, Gary Bridges & wife, Christy of Zwolle, LA; his daughter, Judy Brossette & husband, Tim of Sulphur, LA; his sister, Miami Spears of Shreveport, LA; his brother, Andrew Bridges of Stonewall, LA; his sister-in-law, Gwen Bridges of Lake Charles, LA. In addition, he leaves behind 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; along with a host of nieces, nephews, friends, and other relatives.
Honoring him as pallbearers will be Gary Paul Bridges, Ryan Brossette, Jeremy Brossette, Jerad Bridges, Winston Hodge, and Jason Saucier. His honorary pallbearers will be Dennis McGaha, and Johnny McCall.
In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made in Mr. Bridges’ name to the Gideons to purchase bibles.
Charlotte Smith Sbisa
Charlotte Smith Sbisa, 72, passed away June 16, 2020, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
She was the wife of Andrew Sbisa, the love of her life. They shared 43 years of marriage together.
Born in Natchitoches, Sept. 21, 1947, she was the daughter of Lucille Boyd and Collier E. Smith Sr.
Charlotte is survived by her husband, Andrew; a brother, Robert Smith (Joyce); sisters Linda Smith Lovejoy (Tom) and Margaret (Ginger) Smith Guin (Thomas); and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Collier (Bubba) Smith Jr.
A private graveside service will be at Fern Park Cemetery in Natchitoches. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Schevette Shontane Wysingle
Graveside services for Mrs. Schevette Shontane Calhoun Wysingle will be held at 11 AM on Friday, July 10, 2020 at St. Mark Baptist Cemetery located in Allen, LA. Schevette’s family will receive friends on Friday morning from 8 AM until 10:30 AM in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches, LA.
Mrs. Schevette Shontane Calhoun Wysingle was an undisputed gift to her family, her neighborhood and church. Her kind and gentle spirit was marked by her unconditional love for others. And her interaction with others could be counted on to be consistent, genuine and true to her God-given personality. She was born in Natchitoches Parish on May 24,1970 to the parentage of the late Mr. A.C.Calhoun and Classie Davenport Calhoun as the youngest of seventeen children which formed this family unit.
Being reared in a home where Christian values were taught and exemplified, Mrs. Wysingle was led to seek the Lord as her personal Savior, made a public confession of her faith, was baptized at the age of twelve in 1982 under the pastoral leadership of the Rev. Fluttie Jackson.
Schevette was married to the late Mr. Frederick Dwight Wysingle for 29 years and their matrimonial union was blessed with no children but with a host of nieces and nephews.
Schevette will be long remembered as a devoted wife, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, neighbor, and friend. While taking care of home, she loved to cook, smile, and look pretty as well as making sure everyone was happy. She had a big heart and she loved to help others. When it came to giving, she was always happy and never expected anything in return.
On Sunday, June 28, 2020, God called Schevette to her eternal home. Preceding her in death were her husband, her parents, seven siblings, and one niece.
Her spirit will live on in those who survive her Classie Jordan of Rialto, CA; Bethel Anderson(Charles) of Natchitoches, LA; Annie Ratliff(Lawrence) of Natchitoches, LA; Ernestine Ratliff of Natchitoches, LA; Lue Dean Calhoun(Cynthia) of Humble, TX; Timothy Calhoun(Theresa) of Moreno Valley, CA; Terry Calhoun(Sandra) of Natchitoches, LA; Doretha Calhoun of Natchitoches, LA; Neva LaCaze of Natchitoches, LA; two aunts, Marjorie Davenport Sowell of Los Angeles, CA; and Laura Jean Davenport Walker of Los Angeles, CA; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Truman Maynard closed the last chapter of a magnificent life on July 3rd, 2020 at 5:44 pm. As an Army officer and business man, Truman served his country, family and community with pride and dignity. He was surrounded by his loving family as he took his last earthly breath and slipped away peacefully. He was preceded in death by his parents, Doyle and Sheila Maynard of Natchitoches, Louisiana. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Martha Middleton Maynard, and their three children Lee Maynard and his wife Jennifer of Annapolis, Maryland, Jon Maynard and his wife Cherie of Oxford, Mississippi, and Patricia DeVilbiss of Lake Charles, Louisiana. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren, Connor Maynard of Starkville, Mississippi, Holly Maynard of Oxford, Mississippi, Haden DeVilbiss and Graham DeVilbiss of Lake Charles. Survivors also include his sisters Suzanne Lanuza of Tucson, Arizona and Christine Maynard of New Orleans.
Truman was a career Army officer who graduated from Northwestern State College in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission in the United States Army. He promptly married the love of his life, Martha Middleton and departed for his first duty assignment at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. His career in the Army included Army fixed wing flight school, where he graduated at the top of his class on the same day that his eldest son, Lee Maynard was born. He quickly departed for a year-long deployment to Viet Nam. Returning home in late 1963, Truman worked in various aviation assignments before being selected for a special operations group that would fly specialized Navy aircraft for Army reconnaissance missions in Vietnam. His second son, Jon Maynard was born in March of 1966, and Truman departed less than one year later to Vietnam with the 1st Radio Research Company flying the specially adapted P-2V Neptune designated the SP-2E.
After completing his second tour in Vietnam, Truman attended the Army’s Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was assigned for one year as a student and then remained as an instructor in the department of tactics for another two years. His third child, Patricia, was born in Fort Leavenworth in 1971. After the Command and General Staff College, Truman returned to flight school to learn to fly UH-1 Huey helicopters, He was immediately deployed to Korea from 1973-1974 to utilize his new skill. Assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Casey, he served as both staff officer and company commander flying missions near the DMZ.
Following his deployment to Korea, Truman and his family moved to Orlando, Florida where he was assigned to the US Army Training Device Agency as a project manager on both ground and aviation simulation projects. Most notably, Lieutenant Colonel Maynard was the project manager for the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) that is still in use by the Army today. This system allowed a greater level of combat simulation by using lasers to designate “hits” on the battlefield. The Army awarded LTC Maynard with the Legion of Merit for his work on this system. This was a high honor for which he was very proud. Truman retired from the Army in April of 1980.
Upon retirement from the Army, Truman moved back to his hometown of Natchitoches, Louisiana to help his father run the family business. The Don Theatre Company operated mostly single screen movie theaters in central and north Louisiana. Truman helped to consolidate the theater chain down to two towns, Ruston and Natchitoches. In 1984 Truman ushered in the first multi-screen movie theatre complex in Natchitoches, the Parkway Cinema 4.
In 1988, Truman was recruited by former colleagues and offered a job at Xerox Special Information Systems in Pasadena, California. This job presented a new opportunity and challenges that were too much to resist. In 1988 he moved to Los Angeles and began a new career developing special projects for Xerox tied to Department of Defense requirements. This career lasted for over 18 years and offered Truman the opportunity to develop new products and meet new challenges the business world.
Truman retired from Xerox in 2006 and he and Martha moved to Natchitoches where he became very involved with their hometown. Truman helped to establish and grow the Northwestern State University ROTC Demon Regiment Alumni Association. In 2017, he was inducted into the NSU ROTC Hall of Fame.
Truman joined the Kiwanis club and became active in the Walter Ledet Coffee Club. He was active in the Sons of the American Revolution as well as the director for several Natchitoches Christmas Festival parades. Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015, Truman fought a battle with cancer that finally claimed his life on July 3rd, 2020.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the NSU ROTC Demon Regiment:
NSU Demon Regiment
℅ Department of Military Science
Northwestern State University
418 Caspari Street, Bldg. 31
Natchitoches, LA 71497
Around The Town has been informed that Mrs Margie Remedies (far left in pic) has passed away. Margie Remedies, long time employee of the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office, passed away Friday, July 3rd. “Ms Margie” worked in the 911 office and helped develop the 911 maps for Sabine Parish in the early 1990s. She later became a 911 operator and radio dispatcher and still worked part time until 2018. She will be greatly missed by everyone at the department. There will be a graveside service for Mrs Margie on Saturday, July 11th at 10AM at St John the Baptist Catholic Church. Please keep her family in prayer.
William (Duce) Malmay
Graveside services for William (Duce) Malmay, 78, of Zwolle, LA, will be held on Monday, July 6, 2020 at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph Cemetery with Rev. Ronnie Sandifer officiating. Visitation will begin on Sunday, July 5, 2020, at 12:00 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, Zwolle, LA.
William (Duce) Malmay was born on Monday, February 2, 1942 in Shreveport, LA. He passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at Willis Knighton North in Shreveport, LA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dave Malmay and Martha (Sepulvado) Malmay; his sister and two grandsons.
He is survived by his wife Ivylee Malmay of Zwolle, LA; children: Jenitta Malmay and fiancé Michael Ray Broomhall of Zwolle, LA, Johnette Wilczewski and husband David of Converse, LA, Henrietta Simmons and husband Bobby of Zwolle, LA, William D. Malmay and fiancé Melissa Newman of Zwolle, LA and Rebecca Manshack and husband John of Bossier City, LA; sisters, Lonnie Rowe of Zwolle, LA and Mildred Craig and husband Bobby of Zwolle, LA; brothers, Otis Malmay and wife Hazel of Zwolle, LA and Maurice Malmay of Zwolle, LA; sixteen grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Pallbearers: Kobe Manshack, Nickolas Manshack, Bobby Simmons, Shane Anderson, Roger Rivers and Joseph Malmay.
Honorary Pallbearers: Michael Broomhall and Phillip Rivers.
Esther Mae Campbell
Funeral services for Esther Mae Campbell, 76, of Belmont, LA, will be held on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Union Baptist Church, Belmont with Bro. David Free and Sister Christy Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the Belmont Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at10:30 AM at Union Baptist Church.
Esther Mae Campbell was born on Tuesday, February 22, 1944 in Marthaville, LA. She passed away on Monday, June 29, 2020 in Natchitoches, LA. She was preceded in death by her parents, J. C. Shoemake and Winnie Mae (Kelly) Shoemake; sons: Troy Wayne Campbell Jr., John Campbell and Kelly Campbell; sister, Loretta Beal; brothers, Bo Kelly and Hoyt Shoemake; and her daughter-in-law, Janet Campbell.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years Troy Wayne Campbell, Sr. of Belmont, LA; sons, Mark Campbell and wife Sheri of Belmont, LA and Derek Campbell and wife Dora Mae of Belmont, LA; daughter, Martha Hagelin and husband Eric of Belmont, LA; sister, Ellen Lewis of Carencro, LA; sister-in-law, Patsy Shoemake of Hobbs, NM; grandchildren: Ashley Free and husband David, Calvin Campbell and wife Crystal, Mallory Powell and husband Jonah, Jayde, Hayden and Kassie Campbell, River Ebarb, Ben Singletary and Briana McMurry; great grandchildren: Kelly, Sylvia, Abigail and Rosalie Free, Rowyn Powell and Brynleigh McMurry; along with a host of nieces, nephews and loved ones.
Pallbearers: Jonah Powell, Doug Howard, Calvin Campbell, Brett Meshell, Brad Salter and Kevin Ensinger.
Honorary Pallbearers: Hayden Campbell, River Ebarb, Earl Shoemake, Tracy Shoemake and Brad Campbell.
Jacqueline “Jackie” Jane Miller
Graveside services for Jacqueline “Jackie” Jane Miller, 85, of Many, LA, will be held on Saturday, July 4, 2020 at 10:00 AM at St John The Baptist Cemetery with Father Francis Kamau officiating. Visitation will begin on Friday, July 3, 2020, at 5:00 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, Many, LA.
Jacqueline “Jackie” Jane Miller was born on Wednesday, September 19, 1934 in Skellytown, TX. She passed away on Monday, June 29, 2020 Natchitoches, LA. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack Polson and Irene (Myers) Polson; husband, Norbert Lee Miller; daughter, Patricia Clare Miller and her son, Gary Gene Miller.
She is survived by her daughter, Sherry Miller of Pleasant Hill, LA; sons: Jimmy Miller of Savannah, TN, Joey Miller and wife Debbie of Longview, TX, John Derek Miller of Tampa, FL and Jason Miller and wife Shannon of Many, LA; sisters: Catherine Pugh of Phoenix, AZ, Gwen Sellers of McKenny, TX and Judy Spencer of Pasadena, TX; brothers, Buddy Polson of Many, LA and Dickie Polson of Conroe, TX; nine grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Linda M. Greer
Funeral services for Linda M. Greer, 66, of Noble, LA, will be held on Monday, June 29, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Bethsadia Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Penfield officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethsadia Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Sunday, June 28, 2020, at 4:30 PM at Bethsadia Baptist Church.
Linda M. Greer was born on Monday, July 27, 1953 in Many, LA. She passed away on Friday, June 26, 2020 in Shreveport, LA. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Steven Moore and Lucy Owers Moore; sister, Lillie Jewel Williams; brothers, Glen Wayne Moore and Robert Lee Moore; and daughter-in-law, Krystal Greer.
She is survived by her husband, Wesley Greer of Noble, LA; son, Justin Greer of Noble, LA; granddaughters, Elizabeth Greer and Riley Greer; brother-in-law, Robert B. Greer and wife Gail of Many, LA; nephew, Bobby Jackson of Many, LA; and niece, Cindy Gale Moore of Hornbeck, LA.
Hilda Jane Hancock
Hilda Jane Hancock, age 84, passed away early Monday Morning, June 29, in Edmond, OK.
She was born October 16, 1936, in Phoebe, Mississippi, a daughter of the late John Hollis and Effie Bell Hudson.
Hilda was preceded in death by two husbands, Fred Allen Arnold and James Hancock, her sister Doyce Anderson, and her brothers, Paul Hudson, John Hudson, Steel Hudson and Don Hudson.
She spent the last 30 years of her life side by side with her beloved sister and now she is beside her again never to be separated.
Hilda is survived by two sons and two daughters-in-law, Ralph Edward Arnold (Dottie) of Yuma, AZ, James Gary Arnold (Sandra) of Senatobia, Mississippi; one daughter, Judy Diane Forrest of Stanton, Texas; Grandchildren, Michael Shane Arnold, Ronald Jeffery Arnold, Michelle Glynanna Arnold, Alexandra Jane Arnold and Nicholas Edward Arnold, Chasity Hope Youngman, James Ryan Arnold, Jammie Diane Holland, Johnna Faye Forrest, and ten great grandchildren. She also leaves her dearly loved niece, Ramona Patton and her husband Robert Patton. There are many other family members and friends who will sadly miss her.
Visitation is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2020 at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be held 10:00 am Friday, July 3, 2020, at Family Worship Center, Campti, LA with Rev. Silas DuFrene and Sister Linda Chance officiating. Burial will follow in the Black Lake Full Gospel Cemetery.
Hilda’s family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Dudley D. Scarborough
Dudley D. Scarborough passed away at Willis-Knighton Pierremont in Shreveport, LA on Saturday June 28, 2020.
Due to the national pandemic with COVID-19, Mr. Scarborough’s family will not receive visitors and will have a private funeral for family members only. He will be buried at the Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Leesville, LA on Thursday July 2, 2020 at 11:00 o’clock a.m. His brother Terry Ray Scarborough will officiate. Those honored to be his pallbearers are Terry Scarborough, Lonny Carney, Jr., Joshua Mitchell, Landon Carney, Mark Dixon and Lonny Carney, Sr.
Mr. Scarborough was born on March 30, 1943 in Spanish Lake, LA. After graduating from Natchitoches High School he enlisted in the military and served his country in the United States Army from 1961 until 1964 at which time he was honorably discharged. He was a long time resident of Provençal, LA up until the time became a resident of Natchitoches Nursing and Rehabilitation.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Susie Garcia Scarborough. Brothers: Charlie L. Scarborough, Donald N. Scarborough and Carl Otis Scarborough. Sister: Minnie Scarborough. Most recently and too soon, his great nephew Dustin Scarborough and niece Gwen Scarborough Drews.
He is survived by his brother Terry Ray Scarborough and his sister-in-law Maggie Smith Scarborough (Otis). Nephews: Carl Wayne Scarborough, Terry Scarborough and Norm Scarborough (Toni). Nieces: Dianne LeJeune, Sherry Mitchell and Marti Dixon (Mark). Great nephews: Lonny Carney Jr. (Katie), Joshua Mitchell (Lauren), Cole Sarpy, Blake York and Kyle York. Great nieces: Mikaela Sarpy, Courtney C. Sarpy, Gabrielle Scarborough and Alyssa Scarborough. Great Great Nephew and Nieces: Haley, Landon, Adalyn, Avery, Stella. And his long time friend, Lonny Carney Sr.
His family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to his nurse Sheni at Willis-Knighton Pierremont. While family was not allowed to be with him, she was by his side and for that they are very grateful.
In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate your prayers.
Alice Massey Rachal
Funeral Services for Mrs. Alice Massey Rachal will be held on Wednesday, July 1st, 2020, at 10 am at United Baptist Church of Campti with Bro. Mike Honzell officiating. Burial will follow at Zion Cemetery in Fairview Alpha. The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 5pm until 9 pm at United Baptist Church of Campti located at 7687 LA-9, Campti, LA 71411. Those honored to serve as pallbearers include Jay Massey, Wesley Ebert, Taylor Norris, Chad Fredieu, James Caskey, and Troy Gardner.
Alice Massey Rachal, 76 years of age and a resident of Campti, was born on March 26, 1944 in Flora, LA to Inez and Alfred Massey. She passed away in Natchitoches on Saturday, June 27, 2020. She was preceded in death by her mother, Inez Crow, father Alfred Massey; and nephew, Freddie Massey.
Those left to cherish her memory include her one son, Doug Rachal, Jr. and his wife Patti of Campti; two grandsons, Trey Rachal and his wife Andrea of Campti, and Zachary Rachal and his fiancée Amanda of Campti; two great granddaughters, Alayna and Aubree Rachal of Campti; and one step great grandson, Brentley Vise of Campti; one brother, Jerry Massey and his wife Martha of Utica, KY; one niece, Valeria Shivers and her husband Brent of Utica, KY; one nephew, Jay Massey and his wife April of Utica, KY as well as a host of great nieces and nephews.
Alice was an active member of several organizations including International Reading Association, LASE, LASAFAP, Phi Delta Kappa, Alpha Delta Kappa, and Red Hats Sisters Club of Natchitoches Parish. She is an alumnus of Northwestern State University, graduating with a Masters +30 in education. She was also involved in several public relations, program developments, and professional services in the educational field. Alice had a love for teaching and working in education, committed and dedicated since the summer of 1967 where she started as a remedial reading teacher at Natchitoches Central High School. She went on to teach and supervise in various job titles throughout the years. Her last job was as the Director of Federal Programs in Natchitoches from 1987 until 2003. She also enjoyed playing pokeno and mahjong in her spare time. She will be dearly missed by those who loved and knew her.
Dorothy White Lindsey
O what a glorious day! Heaven is celebrating the precious reunion of Dot and W.B. Lindsey, united again in the presence of Christ.
A service to celebrate the life of Dorothy White Lindsey will be held at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home on Saturday, June 27, 2020. Visitation will be at 1:00 PM with services beginning at 2:00 PM. Reverend Tommy Rush will officiate. A graveside service will follow at Liberty Baptist Cemetery in Martin, Louisiana.
Dorothy was born February 16, 1926 to Jesse Lawrence White and Lucille Rawls White in Red River Parish, Louisiana. She was a loving wife and mother and a wonderful grandmother and friend.
Dorothy grew up on the family farm in the Martin Community near Coushatta, Louisiana. She loved working and playing outdoors, preferring to hoe and pick cotton rather than sweeping floors and washing dishes. Her favorite pastime was clearing vines and undergrowth out of the woods and burning them with her sister. Give her a “burn pile,” and she was content.
Mrs. Dot was an accomplished seamstress and sewed most of the clothing she and her girls wore. She loved every kind of needlework, but especially quilting. Mom loved Jesus and her church. She was an active member of First Baptist Church, Natchitoches for over seventy years, and was faithful in attendance until the last few years when health rendered attendance impossible.
She was well-known and well-loved wherever she went, and was always available to friends and family in times of need. She was beloved for her delicious coconut cake that often found its way to the kitchens of local friends.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, Wilder Bloomer Lindsey, her parents Jesse Lawrence White and Lucille Rawls White, brother Wiley Gahagan White, sister Junetta Laverne White Abraham, one grandson Alex Lindsey Gruber, and one great grandson JLB LaBenz.
Dorothy is survived by her brother Odra Franklin White; three daughters, Wilder Lane Book and husband Don of Natchitoches, LA, Patricia Ann Gruber and husband Max of Anthem, AZ, and Ginger Lindsey Picone of Houston, TX; eight grandchildren, Troy Neil Book and wife Teri, Eric Lindsey Book and wife Kelley, Gregory Ward Book and wife Dawn, Tara Book Koehler and husband Shane, Anna Gruber LaBenz and husband Mike, Lisa Gruber Jones and husband Dustin, James Wilder Picone, Leslie Allison Picone, eighteen great grandchildren, nine great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers include grandsons Troy Book, Eric Book, Greg Book, Jimmy Picone, and great grandsons.
Dorothy’s grateful family would like to thank Natchitoches Assisted Living, Hospice of Natchitoches, and the caregivers who faithfully served our mother. Amanda Fantroy, Jessie Benjamin, Martha Crain, and Jacqueline Smith, thank you for loving our mother and walking this road with us.
Memorials in Dorothy’s name may be made to First Baptist Church of Natchitoches, 508 Second Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457; Liberty Baptist Cemetery, 425 Liberty Church Road, Coushatta, LA 71019; JLBProject.org; or the charity of your choice.
Eunice Virginia Robinson
A service to honor the life of Mrs. Eunice Virginia Robinson will be held at 10 am Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home with Sister Frances Allen officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Hagewood, LA. The family will receive friends from 5 pm until 9 pm on Monday, June 22nd at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home.
Virginia, 67 years of age, passed away June 21, 2020 surrounded by her family. She was a dedicated wife of 49 years, a loving mother and grandmother. She was a woman of faith and put her trust in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She attended Oasis of Love Fellowship and was a loyal member for 40+ years and enjoyed fellowship with her church family. In 2017 she retired from teaching at Oasis of Love Christian Academy after 24 years of service.
Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Jacky Robinson of Natchitoches; daughters, Darlene Weems (John) of Natchitoches, Melissa Durr (Clint) of Natchitoches, Jacquelin Alford (Kevin) of Many, and Renee Robinson of Natchitoches; a brother, Elby Thomas; brother-in-law, Ricky Robinson (Sandra); grandchildren, David Weems, Matthew Weems (Ashley), Rebekah Conlay (Aaron), Ashley Durr (James Hannah), Chris Durr (Cheyenne), Laura Strickland (Darren), Andrew Alford (Rachel), Makenzie Alford (Jackson Davis); great grandchildren, Thea Durr, Levi Conlay, Caleb Conlay, Charlotte Weems, Zeke Hannah, Ayden Hovermale, Mayzlie Hovermale, Memphis Rutherford, TymberLee Strickland, Kendall Alford and Braylan Alford.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elby “Buddy” and Inez Thomas, 3 great grandchildren, and her in-laws, Dempsey Robinson and Carmie Lee.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers include David Weems, Matthew Weems, Chris Durr, James Hannah, Andrew Alford and Darren Strickland. Honorary pallbearer will be Aaron Conlay.
Luana A. Keele
Graveside services for Luana A. Keele, 59, of Hornbeck, will be held at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 27, 2020 in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Hornbeck, LA. with Bro. Wayne Chance officiating, under the direction of Labby Memorial Funeral Home in Leesville.
Luana was born on January 10, 1961 in Shreveport, LA to her parents, Billy Ray & Andrea Chance Knippers. She passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2020 in Alexandria.
Luana is preceded in death by her mom; Ann Smart, dad; Billy Ray Knippers, mom; Francis Knippers, brothers; Ferlin Knippers, David Weaver, grandparents; John & Audrey Chance, Andy & Jennie Mae Knippers.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband Raymond Keele, children; Ray & Sherry Knippers of Odessa, TX, Kyle Knippers of Hornbeck, LA. Shawna & Joey Carrington of Anacoco, LA., Marlee & Frank Haessly of Pitkin, LA., Tanner & Whitney Keele of Hornbeck, LA., twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild, brother; Richard & Cookie Knippers of Hornbeck, LA., sisters; Regina Knippers of Hornbeck, LA., Jennifer & Laurance Luke of Hornbeck, LA., Susan Russ of Hornbeck, LA., several nieces and nephews.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Cody Knippers, Frank Haessly, Shawn Rains, Homer Rains, David Russ, honorary pallbearer Rodney Sanders.
Dr. Charles “Charlie” Edward Viers, Jr.
Dr. Charles “Charlie” Edward Viers, Jr., 78 years of age and a resident of Natchitoches, passed away on June 24, 2020, at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, LA after a lengthy illness.
He was born at home in Prichard, WV to Charles E. Viers, Sr. and Gertrude Ival (Rayburn) Viers. Being raised in rural West Virginia to a farmer and an educator, Charlie learned the value of hard work and a good education. Charlie was a 1959 graduate of Buffalo High School in Buffalo, WV. He attended Marshall University and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology in 1964, his masters from Kansas State in 1967, and a PhD in Wildlife Biology from Arizona University in 1970. He accepted a position with Northwestern State University in 1970 and was celebrated for his skills as an educator whose passion for knowledge translated to the classroom. There was never a student he was unwilling to help become better than the day before. Charlie retired from NSU in 2000 and began his second career as an artist. He learned his craft of pine needle basketry from Native American tribes local to Louisiana and became known across the state for his innovative and colorful design language. Charlie always said that a glass of wine helped get the colors to shine a little brighter and 2 glasses made the curves of his baskets a little curvier. Everyone who knew Charlie knew of his passion for long distance running. He began running in the 1960’s and over the years competed in over 200 marathons across the United States, Canada, and Europe. He is a member of the exclusive 50 State Marathon Association and several other prestigious athletic organizations.
He will forever be remembered as a gifted intellect with a wry wit that lived life to the fullest.
He is survived by a son, Casey Edward Slingin Viers of Tulsa, Oklahoma, a sister Sue Tobin, and a brother Roger Viers.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father and a sister Jane Fry.
In lieu of floral contributions, please donate to the Charles E. Viers Scholarship Fund, C/O Marshall University, 519 John Marshall Dr., Huntington, WV 25703.
A memorial service to honor his life will be announced at a later date.
On Monday, June 15, 2020, the Coleman family of Natchitoches lost its guiding light when Tommy Coleman passed away from natural causes at his home in Holly Lake Ranch, Texas. Born in Natchitoches to Morris and Mickey Coleman in 1942, Tommy was the fourth of six children.
After graduating from high school in 1961, Tommy joined the U. S. Army and deployed to Germany for three years. In the Army, Tommy was responsible for personnel and payroll, but he also found time to travel the country and make lifelong friends.
Upon his return to the United States in 1965, Tommy worked a stint on the oil rigs in Hobbs, N.M., then sold plastics back home in Louisiana. The fast-paced, challenging world of sales was a natural fit for the charismatic, ambitious young man. In 1970, Tommy moved from Monroe to the big city of Dallas. Tommy spent the next 40 years in Dallas and forged a successful career in sales.
At Bylo Manufacturing Corporation, a growing laminated plastics and countertop company, Tommy rose to become Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He later accepted a position as National Accounts Manager for Iowa-based VT Industries, Inc., and was subsequently promoted to Central Regional Sales Manager with territory from Texas to Canada. Energetic, organized and professional, Tommy always exceeded sales goals and quotas, and was loved by customers and co-workers alike.
While a strong work ethic propelled his career, Tommy’s interpersonal skills made him a truly beloved person in the building materials industry. With a joke, a little dance step or a perfectly timed remark, Tommy could calm a tense situation or instantly turn a business meeting from boring to fun. He logged countless thousands of miles traveling during his sales career, and made friends all along the way. Tommy’s motto was “Enjoy yourself whether you’re having a good time or not,” and he embodied that ideal in both his business and private life.
While Tommy’s professional life was successful and meaningful, he also enjoyed a fulfilling personal life. With his loving wife, Barbara, by his side for 33 years, Tommy enjoyed frequent trips to visit his children and grandchildren in Washington, D. C., Newport, R.I., Pittsburgh, Pa. and Austin, Texas. He also spent many weekends and holidays with family and friends in Natchitoches. In addition to his lifelong love of golf, Tommy enjoyed fishing, music, movies and his Cadillacs. He held Dallas Cowboys season tickets through the team’s Super Bowl seasons in the 1990s, and he loved to fire up the grill and entertain friends and family at home when the team played on the road.
After retiring from VT Industries in 2010 and moving permanently to Holly Lake Ranch in east Texas (where he and Barbara had maintained a weekend home for years prior), Tommy dove into service with the Kiwanis Club, serving as regular member, board member and then president of the organization. He was immensely proud of the work the Holly Lake Ranch Kiwanis Club did to promote the core Kiwanis belief that the most effective way to enhance a community is to enhance its children — providing programs to inspire children and young adults, as well as funding college scholarships, building handicap ramps and distributing hundreds of American flags to area homeowners.
Although Tommy died unexpectedly, he spent his final days in the loving company of his wife, children and grandchildren. Tommy is survived by his wife, Barbara Jean; daughter, Elizabeth Nicole; son, Michael Thomas; grandchildren, Mai-Li, Mica and Autumn; brothers, Gary and Robert; numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends and associates.
Frankie DeLane Mouser
Funeral services honoring the life of Frankie DeLane Mouser will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, June 27, 2020 at San Patricio Baptist Church in Converse, Louisiana with Rev. Jimmy Price officiating. Assisting the service will be Rev. Danny Asbell. Interment will follow at Cassell Cemetery in Converse. The family will receive friends for visitation on Friday, June 26, 2020 at the church from 5:00 p.m. until service time.
Frankie was born on March 20, 1964 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Thomas and Elsie Mouser. He entered into eternal rest on June 23, 2020 in Converse, Louisiana.
Frankie was preceded by his parents; sister, Judy McCoy; and brothers, Jerry Chance and Ted Chance.
Left behind to cherish his memory are his wife, LA Mouser; children, Chad Mouser and wife Fran of Converse LA, Cory Mouser of Converse, LA, Chelsey Meshell and husband Herman of Many, LA, William Kestler and fiancée Arielle of Shreveport, LA, Jessica McCullough and husband Kevin of Elgin, TX, and Maryssa McCullough and husband Brad of Shreveport, LA; sisters, Diana Raborn, Dorothy Raynes, Tommie Fisher, and Barbara Hatcher; brother, Wayne Mouser; grandchildren, Case and Tinley Mouser, Skylar, Rylee, Damion, Jacob, and Darius Meshell, Wren McCullough, Kaya Kestler, Lydia and Rebecca Beasley, Kaitlyn and Charlotte McCullough, and Kensley Murray.
Honoring Frankie as pallbearers will be Lemoine Chance, Zack Lopez, Brandon Fisher, John Raborn, Kenny Raynes, Eric Chance, Daniel McCoy, and Nicholas Morgan.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Eli Raborn, Jason Edwards, Pat McCormick, Chris Raborn, Charles Mouser, and Booth Hatcher.
The family asks that all friends and guests please wear a face mask and use social distancing.
LINDA SYNDER JAMES
Memorial services will be Monday, June 29 at noon in Martin & Castille’s La Fleur de Lis Chapel in Lafayette for Linda Snyder James, 69, who passed away Wednesday afternoon, June 24, 2020 at The Carpenter House – St. Joseph Hospice in Lafayette.
Linda’s family, that she so loved and adored, was by her side. Visitation will be at Martin & Castille’s Southside location Sunday from 4-8 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. until time of service.
The Rev. John Cannon, Senior Pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church in Lafayette, will conduct the funeral services.
Survivors include her beloved husband of 49 years, Carl Edgar “Ed” James; daughter, Christy James Prejean and husband, Tim; son, Shane James; granddaughter, Zoe Prejean; and two sisters, Jackie Stephens and husband Jerry and Gail Ponder and husband Stewart.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack Crawford Snyder and Ouida Brown Snyder.
A native of Lake Charles and resident of Lafayette, Linda was a loving wife, mother, “MiMi”, sister and aunt. She raised two loving kids and was extremely active in the Civitan Club based in Lafayette. She was also active in Cancer Awareness fund raising events and organizations, helped fund animal rights organizations, and a major supporter in donations to Goodwill and the Salvation Army. Linda proudly supported the Armed Forces of The United States of America. Various organizations she was actively involved in were Red Hat Club, numerous Pokeno Groups and several Mardi Gras organizations. She was also part owner in a bridal company called Something Borrowed and Something New.
Linda loved football, especially her LSU Tigers, the New Orleans Saints and Northwestern State University Demons. She also loved helping organize baby showers, weddings and family gatherings, and enjoyed her time traveling across the country in her raised top customized van. She attended numerous casinos and planned casino visits around vacation trips. She was a firm believer and supporter of the slogan “shop ’til you drop.” Linda also enjoyed shopping with her baby girl “Zoe.” Lastly, she never met a stranger and LOVED to talk!!!
A heartfelt appreciation is extended by the James family to the nurses and staff at the AMG Specialty Hospital LTAC Unit and the St. Joseph’s Carpenter House.
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Marvin “Bear” Powell
Marvin Powell age 68, passed away on June 25, 2020. He was born on June 21, 1951 in Many, LA to Bill and Betty Mae Jenkins Powell.
The first born of nine children, he was the inheritor of many exceptional qualities from his father and mother, treading through life with the softness of his mother and, as his father, fiercely protecting and fighting for what matter most, family. Carrying the nickname “Bear” for most of his life, his burly, stout exterior expressed what lay just beneath the surface: a love that was constant, faithfulness to his family and friends, and an unquenchable devotion to care for and provide. In many respects, his heart was larger than life, and in meeting him, you could not help but look past the “Bear” and fall in love with the kind smile and friendly nature that he carried through life. Bear was not sure how to complain, and though he faced difficulty with his health in later years, if asked how he was feeling, he would smilingly respond, “with my fingers!”. He was an avid sportsman, coon hunting with his sons, accompanied by his many treasured dogs, and roping and chasing cows. The visiting nature that made him so friendly, also brought Bear to invest himself in his community, as a proudly accomplished Freemason of Marthaville Lodge #453, a longtime Sabine Parish Sherriff’s Deputy, and an eight-year local Police Juror. Alongside his daddy and brothers, he worked hard for the family logging business, until carrying on his father’s entrepreneurialism and starting his own company in 1981, Bear’s Lumberton Company, Inc. He passed on those same skills to his own sons. Later in life, he began a friendship with his future wife, Teresa, that grew into a loving companionship and culminated in their marriage on March 4, 2004. Spending the next 16 years side by side, they worked together on many other business ventures: setting up the ever delicious Chuck Wagon across from Marthaville school; developing a love for bartering and trading that lead to Mama Bear’s Tradin’ Post; and working alongside his son, Bill, with Bear Powell Enterprises. Bear made up his own rules when it came to certain things, and like any Powell, his competitiveness was not always subtlety expressed, especially when on the losing side. For many years he played dominos with his father and friends, but one of his most treasured times were with his baby girl, Rebecca, playing Shanghai Rummy, a card game he learned from a longtime friend. Just as his mother, fishing was in his blood, and he enjoyed many hours on the water, with his proudest catch being a 50 lb. catfish. Bear loved like few men did, and his giant character and gentle nature will live on in the memories and spirits of his family.
Left to honor his memory is his loving wife of 16 years, Teresa Davis Powell; sons, Bill Powell of Marthaville, LA, Dakota Powell and wife, Natasha, of Robeline, LA, and Clinton Ray Powell and wife, Katie, of Marthaville, LA; daughter and baby girl, Rebecca Powell and husband, Ryan; step-children, Valerie Ramsey and husband, Wayne, of Galloway, TX, James Walker and wife, Tryphena, of Joaquin, TX, and Amanda Powell of Robeline, LA; beloved friend, 1st wife, and mother of his three oldest children, Elsie Yvonne Powell; brothers, Alton Powell and wife, Susan, of Marthaville, LA and Stacy Powell and wife, Dana, of Marthaville, LA; sisters, Loretta Greifzu of Robeline, LA, Lawanna Singletary and husband, Jason, of Marthaville, LA, and Laura Strahan and husband, Steven, of Marthaville, LA; grandchildren, Shelton Powell and wife, Paige, Marvin Powell, Wendy Powell, Hunter Powell, Makayla Powell, Chasity Powell, Summer Person, Keith Shoemaker, Adrian Ramsey, Cole Powell, Kinley Powell, Kam Powell, James Walker Jr., Emmaline Walker and Josephine Walker; great-grandchild, Ellie Mae Powell; and a host of extended family, friends, and loved ones.
Preceding Marvin in death are his parents and brothers, Nolan Powell Sr., Dana Dean Powell, and Garland Powell.
A graveside service honoring his life will be Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 10:00 am at Cedar Grove Cemetery, 4524 Cedar Grove Rd., Robeline, LA, with Bro. Glynn Howard officiating. Family and friends are invited to arrive for a visitation starting at 9:00 a.m., prior to his graveside service.
Serving as pallbearers will be Cody Greifzu, Nolan Powell Jr., Derek Singletary, Colton Singletary, Wesley Powell, Phillip Strahan, Marvin Powell, and Shelton Powell.
Mabel Joy Bullock
Funeral services celebrating the life of Mabel Joy Bullock will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 22, 2020 at The Pentecostals of Alexandria G.A. Mangun Center with Reverend James Whitehead, Reverend Dennis Brown, Reverend Jeff Stroud, and Reverend Craig Martin officiating. Burial will be in Mars Hill Cemetery, Verda under the direction of Hixson Brothers, Alexandria.
The family requests that visitation be observed at the church Monday from 9:00 a.m. until time of service.
Pallbearers will be Calvin Hudson, Kenny Brady, Jason Parks, Blake Parks, Ricky Deen, and Brent Davidson.
Mrs. Bullock, 89, of Alexandria, passed from this life on Friday, June 19, 2020.
Mrs. Bullock was a very active member in her church United Pentecostal Church, Montgomery. She was married at 16 to her husband “D.J.” and enjoyed spending time with her family. Mabel was known for her wedding and birthday cakes decorating skills.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas J. Bullock; parents, Samuel Lee and Jewell LeBaron Brady; brother, Kenneth Brady; grandchildren, Brad Bullock, and Jennifer McMillian, and great grandson, Chase McMillian.
Those left to cherish her memory include her, daughter, Phyllis Carpenter and husband, Clint; sons, Dewaine Bullock and wife, Linda Ann, Butch Bullock and wife, Linda Kay, and Gary Bullock and wife, Loretta; sisters, Beth Stroud, Mary Ruth Deen, Sybil Marler, Opal Davidson, and Loreece Hudson; grandchildren, Lisa Bullock, Shane Carpenter, Kelly Parks, and Ginger Labat; great grandchildren, Cody Bullock, Savanah Tullos, Mason Fontenot, Brielle Lewis, Ashlyn Labat, Morgan McMillian, Mason McMillian, Kelsi Jeansonne, and Blake Parks; great, great grandchild, Chesni Jeansonne, and numerous other family and friends.
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COVID19 restrictions regarding attendance, social distancing and wearing of facial masks will govern the funeral service at the Winnfield Funeral Home Chapel, 117 MLK Dr., Winnfield, LA 71483 Saturday, June 20, 2020, 2 p. m. Burial will follow in the Saline Grove Cemetery in the Calvin Community. The visitation will take place one hour before service time.
Edward Earl Tolar
Mr. Edward Earl Tolar, 90, went to be with his Lord on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at the Courtyard of Natchitoches after a lengthy illness. His wife, Mrs. Nelda Faye Tolar, passed away on April 20, 2020. A joint service for Mr. and Mrs. Tolar will be held Monday, June 22nd, at the First Baptist Church of Natchitoches at 10:00 am, with Mr. Tolar’s viewing at 9:00 am. A graveside service for Mr. Tolar will immediately follow the service at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Saline, LA.
Edward was a native of Wyatt, LA and resided in Natchitoches since 1958. He was a faithful, devoted and loving husband for 68 years and enjoyed a close relationship with his immediate and extended family. As a member of the First Baptist Church, Edward was active in the Adult Choir and the Couples Too Sunday School class. He served as a deacon, leader in Royal Ambassadors and Boy Scouts, and taught teens and preschool children. Edward’s love of the woods and trees led him to serve his community for 25 years as a state forester. He also served as a volunteer in the Lions Club and enjoyed LSU football and baseball, hunting, fishing, and grilling.
Edward was preceded in death by his wife, Nelda Tyler Tolar; his parents, William Henry and Bessie Lagrone Tolar; his brothers, W.H. Tolar, Jr., George H. Tolar, James Stovall Tolar, Dan Tolar, Thomas “Pete” Tolar, Alfred Tolar and sister, Tillie Tolar Caileff. He is survived by his brother, John David Tolar; son and daughter-in-law, Michael Earl and Brenda Goodwill Tolar of Minden; daughter, Sonja Tolar Popovich of Natchitoches; and, son and daughter-in-law, Timothy Paul and Charlotte Olson Tolar of Huntsville, Alabama. Edward and Nelda Tolar were blessed with 6 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the members of First Baptist Church and the nursing staff of the Courtyard of Natchitoches. Mr. Tolar was a supporter of his church, orphans and the military. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to:
- First Baptist Church, Natchitoches https://www.fbcnatchitoches.org/
- Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Foundation https://www.nrmchospital.org/foundation/
- Or, a veteran support organization of your choice.
Clara Poche’ Vercher
Funeral service for Mrs. Clara Poche’ Vercher will be held at 11 am on Saturday, June 20, 2020, in the Chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Ray officiating. Burial will follow at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Cloutierville, LA with Rev. Christian Ogbonna providing the rite of committal. The family will receive friends from 5 pm until 9 pm on Friday, June 19th at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be at 7 pm on the 19th in the funeral home chapel.
Clara, 84 years of age and a long-time resident of Cloutierville, passed away June 16, 2020, in Natchitoches. She was born on January 14, 1936 to Elmer L. Poche’, Sr. and Alice Brossette Poche’ in Cloutierville, LA. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 52 years, Donald L. Vercher, and her brothers, Lynn D. Poche’ and Elmer L. Poche’. She was a long-time parishioner of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cloutierville and was a devout Catholic lady. She worked for many years and retired from the City of Natchitoches utility department. She will be forever remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister.
Those left to cherish her memory include a son, Stephen Donald Vercher and his wife Teresa; a daughter Sandra Kay Waters and her husband Robert; grandchildren, Mandy C. Vercher, Brandi L. Vercher, Corey D. Vercher and Margaux M. Waters; great grandchildren, Dillon Vercher, Kiera J. Beechem, Everleigh Watson, and Aria Vercher; a sister, Pauline Poche’ Rachal; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers include Bob Waters, Richard Wooley, Corey Vercher, Dillon Vercher, David Rachal, and Charles Roget.
Steven Wade Rodrigues
Steven Wade Rodrigues, 49, of Many, LA passed away suddenly on June 17, 2020 while in his sleep. Steven was known for his love of family, friends, and freedom. The business owner and Marine Corp Veteran was quick to make friends and never met a stranger.
Steven is survived by his adoring wife Kim, their children Keely of Headland, AL, Jacob of Demopolis, AL, and Teagan of Many, LA and Father-in-law Grady Burl Cotton. Three overprotective older sisters, Sharon Lunbeck, Kayla Hataway (Larry), and Ramona Mason, who lovingly referred to him as the “Golden Child” since he was the only son. Numerous nieces and nephews, who loved their fun uncle. Host of uncles, aunts, cousins, friends, and Marine Corp brothers.
His parents Ernest and Shirley Rodrigues and Mother-in-law Jo Ellen Cotton of Many preceded Steven in death.
Steven was born in Many, LA on July 21, 1970. He proudly joined the Marine Corp, after graduating Many High School in 1988. He was a decorated machine gunner veteran of the first Gulf War.
After serving his country, he returned home before eventually landing in Demopolis, AL where he started River City Fencing Company. He moved back to Many in 2018 to be closer to family, and continue his father’s legacy by operating Shirrod Fencing.
Steven filled his time with being with family and friends. He loved pranks, sending funny videos, overall doing anything to make people laugh and smile. He and Kim always enjoyed hosting friends at their home from far and wide. He enjoyed coaching, traveling to watch his kids play sports, and camping on the “river”.
Steven’s passing is difficult for all that knew him, but we all know he lived life to the fullest everyday. He will truly be missed, SEMPER FI Marine!
Services will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church in Many, LA on Monday, June 22, 2020 at 10AM. Burial will follow at St. John’s cemetery. Masks will be required. Visitation at Warren Meadows Funeral home starting at 5PM on Sunday, June 21, 2020.
Pallbearers: Ronald Mason, Tony Mason, Chris Richardson, Christopher Rodrigues, Ryan Rodrigues and Neal Shoemaker.
Honorary Pallbearers: Tyler Cotton, Mark Ezell, Jason Malmay, Rodney Small, Caleb Veuleman, Matthew Veuleman, and Company L Weapons Platoon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Steven’s name to the charity of your choice.
The funeral service will be available live on the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Many, Louisiana Facebook page starting at 10:00 AM on Monday.
James (Jimmy) Hurd
Funeral services for James (Jimmy) Hurd, 55, of Noble, LA, will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, Zwolle LA with Bro. Thomas Jefferson Boyd officiating. Visitation will begin on Saturday, June 20, 2020, at 11:00 AM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, Zwolle LA.
James (Jimmy) Hurd was born on Wednesday, November 11, 1964 in Brunswick, GA. He passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at Willis Knighton North in Shreveport, LA.
He was preceded in death by his father, George Hurd; grandparents; uncle, Bob Anson; and nephew Roy Glenn Sexton.
He is survived by his wife, Pamela Hurd of Noble, LA; son, Michael Hurd and wife Loree of Noble, LA; daughter, Jessica Hurd and fiancé Dakota Smith of Converse, LA; mother, Barbara Hurd of Missouri; sisters, Helen Langston of Missouri and Janice Adkisson and husband Dennis of Missouri; brother, David Hurd and wife Kim of Missouri; grandchildren: Ian Hurd, Ayden Hurd, Elizabeth Smith, Aubree Smith and Olyvia Hurd; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Timothy Karl White
Celebration of life services for Mr. Timothy Karl White will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 22, 2020, at Grace Baptist Church, Cloutierville, with Brothers Joey Ducote and Joe Jenkins officiating and music by Brother Mackey Willis and Family, under the direction of Rush Funeral Home, Pineville.
Mr. White, 57, of Flatwoods, was called home on Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Flatwoods, LA.
He was a construction carpenter and roofer and worked with the state on the Boll Weevil Project. He married his high school sweetheart on July 25, 1981 and they were married for thirty-eight years. He loved hunting and fishing, gardening and serving the Lord. He was a charter member of Grace Baptist Church of Cloutierville and was ordained as a minister on October 25, 1989. He loved his family and was known, especially to the grandkids, as “Grampy”. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Miller and Nera White and his brother-in-law, James Slatten.
Those left to mourn his loss and cherish his memory include his loving wife, Sheila White, of Flatwoods; two sons, Randy White and his wife, Tressie, of Flatwoods and Jody White, of Flatwoods; three brothers, Eugene White and his wife, Lena, of Boyce, Gary White, of Lena and Ricky White and his wife, Carolyn, of Fifth Ward; two sisters, Sandra Brister and her husband, Daniel, of Elmer and Janet Slatten, of Pineville; three granddaughters, Katelyn Feazel and her husband, Taylor, of Montgomery, Paige Tyler, of Pineville and Madison White, of Bordelonville and one great grandchild, Clay Ryder, of Pineville.
Marjory Jean Todtenbier
Marjory Jean Schadler Todtenbier (Marg), age 88, passed away and went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 11, 2020, in Gainesville, GA. Marg was born in Covington, Kentucky on August 20, 1931, where she graduated from Holmes High. She furthered her education attending Miami University in Ohio, where she was also a member of the Sigma Phi Kappa Sorority. Marg worked as a stenographer at a Law Firm prior to marrying Edward R Todtenbier and moving to Madison, Indiana.
Marg had five children while living in Indiana settling in Anderson, Indiana where she and her husband began opening several Frisch’s Big Boy stores in Indiana. In 1967, Marg moved to Chesterfield, Missouri where she and her husband spent several years opening six additional restaurants called Tote’s Big Boy. In 1970, Marg moved to Natchitoches, Louisiana where she raised her children and primarily lived until moving to Gainesville, Georgia with her daughter, Beth St Andre.
While living in Natchitoches, Louisiana, Marg furthered her education completing her degree at Northwestern State University in 1980 and attended the First United Methodist Church in Natchitoches. Marg enjoyed sewing, quilting, bowling, playing cards, and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She made blankets and Christmas stockings that will be cherished for many years. Marg’s favorite past time was watching Fox News.
Marg was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Dorothy Schadler; her brothers Robert and John Schadler; Edward Todtenbier, the father of her five children; and two sons Ren and Dan Todtenbier.
She is survived by two daughters, Linda Todtenbier and Beth St. Andre (husband Dan), son Jay Todtenbier, nine grandchildren; Ryan Todtenbier (Erika), Sadie Hoffman, Dana Hoffman, Heather Robinson (Brian), Cassie Childers (Lee), Jennie Tolbert (Michael), Daniel Todtenbier, Amanda Todtenbier, Bailey Todtenbier, and eleven great grandchildren.
Marg will be dearly missed by her family and friends..
Those wishing to send online condolences to the family may do so at littledavenport.com
Little & Davenport Funeral Home and Crematory, 355 Dawsonville Highway, SW, Gainesville, Ga. 30501 is in charge of arrangements.
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Judy Lee Bolton Provost
Judy Lee Bolton Provost was born September 25, 1951 and passed away June 15, 2020 at the age of 68. Judy was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ruby Bolton and her loving husband of 44 years, Kyle Provost.
Judy had a giving heart, and she loved to help her cats. She even adopted all the strays around her. She was very much up to date on the genealogy of her family. Judy loved to know all she could about her family. If you needed to know who-was-who, she was the one to go to.
Left to cherish her memory are her sister, Ann Marie Bolton of Leesville; brothers, Raymond Bolton and wife Donna of Georgia, Johnny Norman Bolton of Leesville, and Richard Bolton and wife Jeannie of Leesville; and a host of nephews, nieces, and extended family.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Wilmer Lee Rond
Mr. P. J. Turner of Winnfield, Louisiana
Final care arrangements are pending at this time. Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home in Natchitoches is in charge of services.