Obituary Notices

 

Around The Town Obit Notices

The staff at Around The Town would like to wish all family members peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

Tommy O’Con

Around The Town Publisher


Millie Savell

Millie Savell

Millie Savell went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, March 29, 2020.  She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family.  She was born on March 28, 1944 to John and Ruby Anders Allen in Robeline, La.

Millie had a long career in public and private schools as a food service supervisor.  She was a God-fearing lady that was a light to everyone, every day.  Her light shines bright. She served and adored the children from schools and church and cared for them deeply.  She had a smile that showed her happy soul to Jesus.

She truly loved her family.  She followed her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in their school and sports activities for as long as she could.  She was their number one fan.

Millie is survived by her husband, Barry Savell; her children, Tonya Shelton and husband Jay of Sulphur, LA, Cheryl Brister and husband Jeff, Kelly Yelverton and husband Russell of Natchitoches, Craig Savell of Tennessee, Cristy Powell, and Kelly Ward and husband Wes of Tennessee; grandchildren, Eric French and wife Meagan, Sarah French, Jennifer Brown and husband Chris, Andrew Withers, Aidan Weeks, Derek Gora, Taylor Savell, Dakotah Cool, Kaylee Savell, Cassie Savell, Sydney Ward, Lucian Ward, Helena Ward, Callie Dubois, Cole Yelverton, Worth Shelton, and Madeline Shelton; great-grandchildren, Mason French, Hunter French, William Brown, Hunter Brown, and Cameron Morgan; siblings Ray Allen and wife Ernestine, Dottie Allen Sparks, and Patsy Allen Teer.

She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Ruby Allen; and brothers, Phillip Allen and Jerry Allen.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers will be Randy Allen, Rodney Allen, John Allen, J.B. Allen, Jimmy Allen, and Eric French. Honorary pallbearers will be Ricky Rains, Greg Allen, and Ted Allen.

To know her is to love her. Everyone that met her, loved her.

Due to the recent health concerns and the restrictions in accordance with limited gatherings, a private family graveside service will be held at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Many, LA on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. A memorial service in honor of her life will be held at a later date.

Dr. Archie F. Breazeale, MD

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Dr. Breazeale is survived by his wife, Mrs. Fay Breazeale; son, Mr. David Breazeale of Natchitoches; and daughters, Mrs. Lisa Breazeale Wells and husband Jim, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Mrs. Julie Breazeale Weikel and husband Mik, of Arlington, TX; grandchildren, Lauren Wells Strickland and husband William, Melissa Wells, Drew Wells, Rebekah Webb; great-grandchildren, Grace Strickland, and twins, Archie James Strickland and William Joseph Strickland; and sister, Jayne Breazeale Latiolais.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Archie F. Breazeale, Sr. and Cynthia Walker Breazeale; and daughters Kathlyn Anne Breazeale and Alison Breazeale Webb.

Due to recent health restrictions, funeral services for Dr. Breazeale will be scheduled and announced at a later time.

Dr. Karen McFerrin

Karen McFerrin

Dr. Karen McGuirt McFerrin, 70, passed away on March 28, 2020, following a lengthy illness.  She was born May 15, 1949, in Shreveport.

She was preceded in death by her mother Lynn McMichael and her father Garnett Richard McGuirt. She is survived by her loving husband, Calvin, daughters Laura McFerrin Stutes (husband Ryan) Angela and Kayla and sons Jonas McFerrin (wife Kelsey) and Jess McFerrin (wife Marci) sister Brenda Sanders (husband Dearl) brother Dr. G Richard McGuirt (wife Gloria).  Grandchildren Miles, Conner, Analise, Jaden, and Adalee.  She will be dearly missed.

Karen held degrees in political science, counseling and the doctorate in Education Technology Leadership, and had done post-doctoral work in composition and rhetoric.  She taught at Northwestern in Education Technology and in Communication. She was known internationally for research related to distance education, particularly for research into the ways that distance education can accommodate the needs of people with disabilities.  She was, perhaps, best known for the extraordinary care and support that she provided for each of her many students.

The family is grateful for the support of Father Frank Fuller and the doctors and staff of Louisiana Extended Care Hospital, particularly Dr.’s Mary Long and Warren Botnik.

Due to the recent health concerns and the restrictions in accordance with limited gatherings, a private family graveside service will be held at Memory Lawn Cemetery in Natchitoches on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. A memorial service in honor of her life will be held at a later date.
Friends are encouraged to view and leave a memory of Karen on our website, http://www.blanchardstdenisfuneralhome.com. The family thanks everyone for their understanding during this difficult time. 

Louise Gladys Owens

Louise Owens

Louise Gladys Owens was born on Friday, August 4, 1933 in Kingsburg, CA. She passed away on Friday, March 27, 2020 at Many Health Care North in Many, LA. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Owens; parents; and her sister, Mabel Murphy.

She is survived by her sons: Rick Watson and wife Terri of Marthaville, LA and Larry Watson and wife Janine of Boyceville, WI; daughter, Lori Harris of Bakersville, CA; stepson, James Owens of Yuma, AZ; eight grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Cleo Marie Walker

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Graveside services for Cleo Marie Walker, 91, of Campti, LA will be held at 2 P.M. Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at Campti Baptist Cemetery with Bro. Mike Honzell officiating. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Services under the direction of Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home, Coushatta, LA.

Mrs. Walker was born November 2, 1928 in Campti, LA and passed away March 28, 2020. Mrs. Walker had a true passion for fishing. She not only enjoyed catching fish, but also loved frying fish. When you came to her home, she would have cold fish in the refrigerator, but by the time you left, she had hot fried fish ready for you. She also enjoyed league bowling. For over fifty years, Mrs. Walker wrote a column in the a local newspaper sharing the news of her community and for many years enjoyed working the polls during elections. She was very active in her church and loved spending time with her family. She will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alaman “Boss” Walker; one son Robert Walker; granddaughter Samantha Coleman; great-grandson Brayden Theriot; siblings Mildred Roberts, “Sonny Boy” Black, Huey Glen Black, Ronnie and Donnie Black.

Mrs. Walker is survived by two sons, Chuck Walker and wife Rae Nell, and Dennis Walker and wife Pam; two daughters, Glenda Carter and Toni Beaudoin; thirteen grandchildren: Rachal Henry, Diana Smith, Christy Beer, Stacy Walker, Ryan Walker, Allison Niette, Bridget Walker, Misty and Mandy Walker, Dana Moreau, Pete Moreau, Brandon Coleman, and Jonathan Coleman; numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law Sissie Black.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Ryan Walker, Brandon Coleman, Jonathan Coleman, Bubba Henry, Conner Beer, Troy Smith, and Ronald Black and Ronnie Black.

The family wishes to express a special thanks to Synergy Home Health and Hospice of Natchitoches.

Gladys Stutts Ballard

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Gladys Stutts Ballard, 78 years of age and a long-time resident of Provencal passed away on March 23, 2020.  She was born on February 21, 1942, to Washington and Mary Jacob Stutts in Pleasant Hill, LA.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John Ballard, Sr.; and siblings, Dessie Savell, Hatie Brown, Lessie Kirkland, Chester Stutts, Earl Stutts, and Larry Stutts.

She is survived by her daughters, Carla A. Matkin, Lisa L. Youman, and Brenda L. Thomisee; sons, Cecil W. Ballard, Lester G. Bynog, and John F. Ballard, Jr.; a brother, Jessie Stutts; grandchildren, Larry Wayne, Andy, Kristen, Kathryn, Joshua, Hannah, Isaac, Stacey, Derek, Courtney, Lee, Lesley, Tracey, Stephen, and Reuben; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Gladys was a strong Christian lady, deep-rooted in her faith, and enjoyed worshiping her savior at Provencal United Pentecostal Church.  She had a smile that would light up any room and was quick to give a hug to show how much she cared.  She was a loving mother, sister, and grandmother and will be dearly missed by her family and friends.  We know with certainty that we will be reunited with her one day in heaven.

Due to restrictions placed on everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic, a private graveside service will be held at Pinegrove Cemetery near Hagewood, LA with Pastor James Whitehead officiating.  Those honored to serve as pallbearers include Joshua Ballard, Reuben Thomisee, Lee Thomisee, Lesley Thomisee, Stephen Thomisee, Tracey Thomisee, and honorary pallbearer will be Cecil Ballard.

Jewel Inez Broadway

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Mrs. Jewel Sims Broadway of Robeline, LA passed away on Friday night March 20, 2020 at 100 years old.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arvie (Buster) Broadway; parents, J. F. Sims and Mary Lou (Craig) Sims; four brothers: LeRoy Sims, Otis Abner Sims, J. C. Sims and William “Bill” Sims; and two sisters, Pearlie Horn and Eunice McCauslin.

She is survived by one brother, John M. Sims and one sister, Viola Sims Simmons, and a host of nephews and nieces. She will be sorely missed.

Jewel loved the outdoors and her great love was gardening, hunting and fishing.

Funeral arrangements are provided by Warren Meadows Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Rocky Mount Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to The American Heart Association.

 

Patricia Wilson Thomas

Patricia Thomas

Mrs. Patricia Wilson Thomas, a prominent figure in service organizations and social, cultural and philanthropic activities in Natchitoches and the region for more than 50 years, died Saturday, March 21, 2020, after an extended illness.

Mrs. Thomas was born Oct. 12, 1939, in St. James, Missouri and grew up in Rolla, Missouri. She was a 1960 graduate of the University of Missouri, where she was in the band and a member of Delta Gamma Sorority.

She was a member of First Methodist Church, P.E.O., and Beta Sigma Phi and a former member of the Mystic Krewe de St. Denis.

Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by her parents Mr. and Mrs. John R, Wilson of Rolla and a sister, Mary Ellen Wilson.

She is survived by her husband Lovan B. Thomas, with whom she would have celebrated their 60th anniversary on Aug. 10; daughter Tracy Mayo of Jacksonville, Florida; son Max Thomas of Amsterdam, Netherlands; grandson Lovan Mayo; brother John O. Wilson of St. Helena, Calif., and sister Kathy Farmer of Monroe, Ga.

Due to restrictions placed on everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic, a private family graveside service will be held at American Cemetery in Natchitoches.  Once restrictions are lifted, a celebration of life service will be scheduled.

Octavia “Puddy” Powell

Puddy Powell

Octavia “Puddy” Powell lost her battle with cancer at midnight on March 12, 2020.
Puddy was a sweet and loving mother and was a member of the Conception Church Choir for many years. She was also President of the Natchitoches Lions club and retired as a Vice-President from Exchange Bank and Trust of Natchitoches.
When her girls were younger, Puddy was a Girl Scouts of America group leader. Puddy loved to read and read 20 or more books every month. She was a wonderful cook and a fabulous conversationist and could talk intelligently on a variety of subjects.
She was preceded in death by her father J. Paul Powell and her mother Mageline Derbonne Powell.
Puddy is survived by her life-partner Don Toney, daughter Kim Bowen, and daughter Jenny Suttles
and 2 grandchildren. She will remain in our hearts forever.

Barry “Buddy” Eldon Bolton

Buddy Bolton

On Thursday, March 19, 2020, Barry “Buddy” Eldon Bolton passed away at age 57.  Buddy was born on November 13, 1962, and was a life-long resident of Natchitoches, Louisiana.  He graduated with the class of 1980 from Natchitoches Central High School.  On February 19, 1987, he married Debra and together they raised two daughters, Misty and Nikki.  He was a mechanic for over 25  years and ultimately earned a supervisory position at International Paper from which he retired.  He was a member of Westside Baptist Church and the Robeline Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his wife Debra Hammett Bolton, daughters Misty Dees and husband JL Dees, Nikki Eidt and husband Phillip Eidt, grandchildren Barry Chandler Dees and Cecelia Catherine Eidt, and his mother Freddie Mae Martin Bolton.  Preceding him in death are his father Larry Eldon Bolton and two sisters Tara Elizabeth Bolton and Penelope Anne Bolton.

A visitation will be held at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home on Saturday, March 21, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The funeral service will be held on Sunday, March 22, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. also at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home with the burial to follow at Flatwoods Cemetery in Rapides Parish.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Boyt, Boyd White, Tim Miley, Steve Nichols, Gene McDavid, and Aymond Booker.

Betty Lou ‘Betsy’ Sparger Bailey

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Betty Lou “Betsy” Sparger Bailey passed away March 16, 2020, in Natchitoches. She was born Nov. 9, 1927, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Mount Airy, N.C., to Margaret Ashby and Randall Worth Sparger Sr.

Growing up, she loved the mountains, wild flowers, camp, swimming, riding horses and reading.  The Sparger apple was from the orchards of her grandfather. She was a graduate of Randolph Macon Women’s College where she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority and Phi Beta Kappa. She and her late husband of 68 years, Fred Winston Bailey, made Shreveport, Louisiana their home.

She and Fred were founding members of St. Lukes Methodist Church, Shreveport, and active members of First United Methodist Church, Shreveport. The Baileys were charter members of the Tower at the Oaks, and lived later at Savannah at the Oaks in Shreveport, followed by the Courtyard of Natchitoches.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother, Randall W. Sparger Jr. of Pfafftown, N.C.

She is survived by her daughters, Amy Evans (John) of Breckenridge, Colo., Beth Whitsitt (Allen) of Collierville, Tenn., and Sarah Luster (John) of Natchitoches; grandchildren, Laurie Lamb, Will Evans (Lee), Margaret Evans, Alison Hinson (Gary), Hal Whitsitt, Bill Luster, Rebecca Radford (Alex) and J.P. Luster (Morgan); great-grandchildren, Joseph Lamb, Elizabeth and Nell Hinson, Elizabeth and Katherine Evans; and nephew, Randall Sparger III of Charlotte, N.C.

Private services will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Foundation, Briarwood Nature Preserve or the charity of your choice.

Bobby Dale Presson, Jr.

Bobby Presson

Bobby Dale Presson, Jr., 49 years of age and a resident of Natchitoches entered his heavenly home on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  Dale was born on January 19, 1971, in Shreveport to Judith Alexander and Bobby Dale Presson, Sr.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Judith Alexander and Bobby Dale Presson, Sr.

Those left to cherish his life are his wife of 22 years, Tanya Presson; two daughters, Taylor Presson and Kendal Presson; grandson, Jaxson Presson; father, David Alexander and wife Janice; brother, Neil Alexander and wife Shaunda and their daughter Mallory; a sister, Bree Slack and husband Brian and their children Brianna, Logan, and Ella; mother in law, Brenda Carrizal and husband Gregory; father in law, Charles DeDon; and a brother in law, Gregory Carrizal.

Dale grew up in Shreveport and Natchitoches.  He graduated from Logansport High School and attended NSU.  Dale loved to travel and actually lived overseas for a brief time.  He was employed with Patterson Companies.  He was a loving husband, father, and pops.  A true Christian man that was always available to help anyone in need.  He always enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and especially enjoyed riding his motorcycle. 

A service to honor his life will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home.  Burial will follow at American Cemetery in Natchitoches.  Visitation will be held from 5 pm until 7 pm on Friday, March 20th at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers include Buzzy Walker, Luke Smith, Jay Procell, Ray Granger, Gregory Carrizal, and Stoney Crow.  Honorary pallbearers will be Nick Niette, Kinny Niette, and Dalton Niette.

The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff at Houston Methodist Hospital and to everyone for the continued prayer and love for Dale.

In lieu of flowers, please donate in Dale’s name to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or to Be The Match National Marrow Donor Program.

Donnie Ruth Shirley

Donnie Shirley

Graveside services for Donnie Ruth Shirley, 83, of Many, LA, will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Florien Cemetery with Pastor Jim Manning officiating.

Donnie Ruth Shirley was born on Tuesday, October 27, 1936 in DeRidder, LA. She passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, LA. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Nathan Sandifer; Effie Mae (Bailey) Sandifer; husband, Edwin Duhon; sisters, Doris Duke and Iris Calloway; and her brothers, Joseph Nathan Sandifer and Bobby Sandifer.

She is survived by her son, Charles Duhon and wife Stephanie of Many, LA; brother, Billy Sandifer and wife Ruth of Moss Bluff, LA; grandchildren, Michael Duhon and wife Jennifer of Peoria, IL and Melannie Ford and husband Shayne of Florien, LA; great grandchildren: Shayla Duhon, Caleb Duhon, Isaac Duhon, Wyatt Ford and Morgan Ford; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Benny Nolley, Sr.

Benny Nolley

Funeral services for James Benjamin (Benny) Nolley, Sr. age 77 of Natchitoches will be held at 10 am on March 21, 2020, at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home with Rev. Blake Deshautelle officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Natchitoches, LA.  Visitation will be from 9 am until service time on the 21st at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home.

Benny, as he was known to everyone, died March 18, 2020.

He was a 1961 graduate of Natchitoches High School and attended Northwestern State University.  He retired as owner and operator of Nolley Vending Co., Professional Janitorial Service, and Natchitoches Bottled Water Service.

Benny was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Benjamin Nolley and Helen Blue Nolley; sons, James Benjamin (Benjy) Nolley, Jr. and Aaron Todd Nolley; and a sister, Linda Sue Nolley Marlowe.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years Mary Margaret Ferguson Nolley; brothers, Gary Wayne Nolley and wife Miranda of Natchitoches, Kenneth Ray Nolley and wife Rochelle of Longview, TX, and brother in law, Ted Marlowe of Houston, TX; nephews, Wynce Nolley and Coy Nolley of Lafayette, LA, Jo Mack Nolley of Diana, TX, Jeffrey Marlowe of Austin, TX; niece, Amanda Nolley Brasher of Ore City, TX.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Smith, Clark Averett, Coy Nolley, Wynce Nolley, Hester Leach, and Patrick Custis.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Hospice of Natchitoches, Dr. Warren Botnick, Dr. John Hogg, and Dr. Manish Dhawan.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations are made to Hospice of Natchitoches, Oak Grove Methodist Cemetery or to a charity of your choice.

Donna Jean Jordan

Donna Jordan

Funeral service for Mrs. Donna Jean Jordan will be held at 10 am Thursday, March 19, 2020, at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home with Bro. Cecil Boswell officiating.  Burial will follow at Central Cemetery in Robeline, LA.  The family will receive friends from 5 pm until 8 pm on Wednesday the 18th at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home.  Those honored to serve as pallbearers include Jeff Woodel, Brad Woodel, Rodney Stewart, Whit Stoker, Seth Woodel, and Daniel Woodel.  Honorary pallbearer will be Zach Woodel.

Donna, 75 years of age and a resident of Natchitoches passed away on March 16, 2020 in Alexandria, LA.  She was born on September 29, 1944, to Oscar and Annie Booty Woodel in Kurthwood, LA.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Raymond Troy Jordan; and 2 sisters, Vicki Woodel and Sue Stoker.

She is survived by two sons, Brent Troy Jordan and Mark Lane Jordan (Bridgett); grandchildren, Cody Troy Jordan and Lucas Cale Jordan; sisters, Gayla Maroney (Basil) and Rhonda Hamous; brothers Garland Woodel (Sherry), Chris Woodel (Marie), and Stanley Woodel (Karen); sister in law Charlotte Parks (Errington); as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

James Lofton

Funeral services for Mr. James “Jimmy” Lofton will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches. Burial will follow at Belmont Cemetery in Belmont, LA.  The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home.  Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, James Dudley Lofton and Helen Abbott Lofton; his daughter Veronica Marie Lofton; and two brothers, John Hugh Lofton and Gordon Barry Lofton.

Jimmy was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.  He had an amazing sense of humor and always had a comeback for anything.  He married Bea when he was 20 and she was 16.  Everyone said it would not last, but he proved them wrong.  He was in construction for years, but when his first granddaughter was born, he quit his job to take care of her and later her brother, so they wouldn’t have to go to daycare.  He was a great friend as well as father, and grandfather.  He loved God, his church, and his family.  He had a great testimony because the Lord picked him up and put him on the right track and held none of his past against him.  He dearly loved his wife and always told her “I love you more.”

Jimmy is survived by his wife of 46 years, Beatrice Strebeck Lofton; sons, James B. Lofton, Jr. and spouse Allison of Natchitoches, Michael C. Lofton and spouse Jennifer of Bossier City; daughter Monica Lofton Chumley and spouse Chuck of Natchitoches; brothers David Lofton and spouse Judy of San Francisco, CA, Gary Lofton and spouse Janet of Greenwood, LA; sisters Catherine Culpepper and spouse George of Robeline, LA, and Nona Jakabffy of Lake Charles, LA; and grandchildren, Tyler, Veronica, and Jacob Chumley, Aidan, Gavin, Riley, and Patrick Lofton, and Journey and Addison Lofton.

Special thanks to Dr. Chris Ingram, Dr. John Harris and Harbor Hospice of Alexandria, and our Friendship Church family.

Matthew Porter

Matthew Porter

Graveside services for Matthew Porter, 90, of Many, LA, will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Fort Jesup Cemetery with Bro. Winston Hodge officiating. 

Matthew Porter was born on Tuesday, January 7, 1930 in Plant City, FL. He passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at VA Medical Center in Alexandria, LA. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva Hodge Porter; parents, Ivy Porter and Sarah (Grice) Porter; brother, James Porter; and sister, Frances Lewis.

Mr. Porter served in the Army for twenty-three years. He was a Veteran of the Korean War. Receiving many medals through out his military career including the Purple Heart. Mr. Porter retired as a Sergeant First Class. He served many years as a Mason in the Masonic Lodge in Noble, LA.

He is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Shipp of Natchitoches, LA; grandchildren, Quinton Shipp (Tara) of Hagewood, LA and Garrett Shipp of Natchitoches, LA; brother, Daniel Porter of Jacksonville, FL; brother-in-law, Vernon Hodge (Rhonda) of McKinney, TX; he was the surrogate father to Christopher Hodge and wife Desiree and Jessica Hodge Fisher (Brandon); along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers: Quinton Shipp, Garrett Shipp, Jared Terrell, Chris Peveto, Travis Miller and Todd Miller.

Anthony William Kezerle

Anthony Kezerle

Funeral services for Anthony William Kezerle, 59, of Noble, LA, will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Joseph Ampatt officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery.  Visitation will begin on Friday, March 13, 2020, at 4:00 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, Zwolle, LA.

Anthony William Kezerle was born on Wednesday, August 31, 1960 in Savanah, GA.  He passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Christus Schumpert Highland in Shreveport, LA.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Sebastian Joseph Kezerle and Marian Bernice (Davies) Kezerle; and his brother, Sebastian Kezerle, Jr.

He is survived by his brothers, Bernard Kezerle of Noble, LA and Jason Kezerle and wife Roxanne of Noble, LA; sister-in-law, Regina Rivers Kezerle of Noble, LA; aunt, Linda Schunch and husband John of Savannah, GA; nieces and nephews: Jared Martinez of Ebarb, LA, Matt Kezerle of Converse, LA, Jana Ebarb of Ebarb, LA, Colby Kezerle of Noble, LA, Hayden Kezerle of Shreveport, LA and Austin Kezerle of Noble, LA; along with a host of friends.

Pallbearers will be his nephews: Colby Kezerle, Matt Kezerle, Austin Kezerle, Hayden Kezerle, Maddox Ebarb and Robert Parrie.

 

Agnes Pauline Brown

Agnes Brown

Funeral services for Agnes Pauline Brown, 93, of Hornbeck, LA, will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Pleasant View Baptist Church with Rev. John Lewing II and Rev. Buddy Airhart officiating.  Burial will follow in the Prewitts Chapel Cemetery.  Visitation will begin on Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 10:00 AM at Pleasant View Baptist Church.

Agnes Pauline Brown was born on Thursday, June 3, 1926 in Peason, LA.  She passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, LA.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Ephriam William Bridges and Mina (Chance) Bridges; husband, Olvin Brown; sister, (baby) Mary Bridges; brother, Lee Bridges; sister, Audrey Brown Potter; son-in-law, Malcolm Cole; brothers-in-law, Murrell Jacobs and Buddy Waller.

She is survived by her daughters, Janice Cole of Hornbeck, LA and Linda Brown Hilton of Hornbeck, LA; sisters: Murlene Jacobs of New Caney, TX, Louise Waller of Conroe, TX and Barbara Singleton and husband Frank of Clayton, GA; brothers: Junior Bridges and wife Judy of Hempstead, TX, Charles Bridges of Hornbeck, LA,  Wallace Bridges of Marthaville, LA and Hollace Bridges of Bunker Hill, IL; grandchildren: Waylon Cole and wife Angel, Stacy Cole and wife Monica and Chris Hilton and wife Meghan; great grandchildren: Madisyn Cole, Mackie Cole, MaKayla Cole, Mylee Hilton and Abi Hilton; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers: Andy Mitchell, Leon McPhail, Scottie Tiffany, Gary Pridgen, Barry Formby and Ben Prewitt.

Dewayne Evans

Dewayne Evans

Final care arrangements are pending 

Inez Zeno

Inez Zeno

Funeral Services will be celebrated Saturday, March 21, 2020, 1:00 p. m. in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 117 MLK Drive, Winnfield, LA 71483 with burial following in the Union Hill Cemetery. 

Michael Mitchell Hobbs, Jr.

Michael Hobbs

Funeral Service will be celebrated Saturday, March 21, 2020, Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 808 Anacoco St., Leesville, LA 71446 at 11:00 a. m. with burial following in the Garden of Memories Cemetery of Leesville, LA.  The casketed remains will lie in state at the church from 10:00 a. m. to service time.  The family has asked that their wishes be respected in having a private viewing at the end of the service.

Leo Collins, Jr.

Leo Collins

Life Celebration service will unfold at the Asbury United Methodist Church, 704 5th Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457 Saturday, March 21, 2020, 11:00 a. m. Burial will military honors will take place in the Campti Community Cemetery.  The casketed remains will lie in state at the church Saturday from 9:30 a. m. to service time.  Services under the direction of the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home.

Richard Lynch

Richard Lynch

Homegoing services will go forth at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel Saturday, March 21, 2020, 11:00 a. m. with viewing prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Shady Grove Community Cemetery.

Barbra Francis Scalese

Barbra Scalese

Funeral services for Barbra Francis Scalese, 76, of Leesville, will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, March 8, 2020 in the Labby Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Leesville. Burial will follow in the Rocky Mount Cemetery in Robeline, LA.

Visitation will be held Sunday, March 8, 2020 from 11:00 A.M. until service time in the funeral home.

Barbra was born on May 27, 1943 in Natchitoches, LA to her parents, Charlie and Eura Matthews Powell. She passed away on Friday, March 6, 2020 at her home in Leesville.

Barbra is preceded in death by her parents, husband; Vincent Scalese, daughter; Cynthia Powell, siblings; Frank Powell, Porter Powell, J.C. Powell, Sibley Powell, Rita May Powell, Eula May Powell, Perry Powell, Johnny Edward Powell, Evelyn Mitchell.

Left to cherish her memory is her son; Vincent Scalese Jr. and wife Gloria of Leesville, LA., daughters; Kimberley Luttrull and husband Glenn of Leesville, LA., Sonia Scalese of France, siblings; Maurice Powell of DeRidder, LA., Brenda Curtis of Robeline, LA., Mike Powell and wife Sherry of Robeline, LA., grandchildren; Jeremy Webb, Teirse Brankel, Tyler Brankel, Taylor Brankel and great grandchildren; Khourlen Cook.

Words of comfort may be expressed to the Scalese Family at http://www.labbymemorial.com

Otto Lester

Otto Lester

Funeral services for Otto Lester, 89, of Fairview Alpha, LA will be held at 10 A.M. Monday, March 9, 2020 at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. James Nailes officiating and Bro. Olan McLaren assisting. Interment will follow in Zion Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 P.M. until 9 P.M. Sunday, March 8, 2020 at the funeral home.

Mr. Lester was born January 12, 1931 in Fairview Alpha, LA and passed away March 6, 2020. Mr. Otto enjoyed outdoors, especially hunting. He also loved his family and spending time with them. He will be missed by everyone that knew and loved him.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Adell Lester; parents, Dewey and Drue Lester; sisters, Alice Moore and Cloteal Robertson; and nephew, Glenn Nealy.

Mr. Lester is survived by his wife, Barbara Lester of Coushatta, LA; children, Jerry Lester and wife, Polly of Jonesboro, LA, Barbara Lester of Natchitoches, LA, Judy Worsham of Fairview Alpha, LA, Shirley Keith and husband, Shelby of Taylortown, LA, Sharlene Bockstanz and husband, Randy of Robeline, LA, Tammy Ashby and husband, Pete of Blanchard, LA, Brad Lester and wife, Amanda of Fairview Alpha, LA; nine grandchildren: Scott, Heather, Sarah, Matthew, Paul, John, Little Brad, Randal and Chloe; eight great-grandchildren; niece, Valerie Nealy of Fairview Alpha, LA; and nephew, Arthur Nealy of Fairview Alpha, LA.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Nealy, Bud Nealy, Peyton Freeman, Landon Gardner, Duggie Nealy, and Troy Gardner. Honorary pallbearers will be Arthur Nealy, David Yount, and Joe Wayne Buswell.

The family wishes to express a special thanks to Southern Care Hospice of Bossier City, LA.

Daisy Phillips

Daisy Phillips

Life Celebration Services will take place at the Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church near Clarence Saturday, March 14, 2020, 3:00 p. m.  with interment following in the church’s cemetery.  The body will lie in state at the church for public visitation just prior to the service time.  Pastor James King will officiate the service under the direction of Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home. 

Joseph Besant

Joseph Besant

A celebration of life service will take place Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the We Care Ministries Church on Ouida Drive in Natchitoches, LA at the 11:00 a. m. hour.   The casketed remains will lie in state at the church for public visitation from 9:00 a. m. to service time.

Eardis Mallard

Eardis Mallard

Celebration of Life and Legacy of Mr. Mallard will go forth in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 318 North Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457 Saturday, March 14, 2020, 2:00 p. m. with interment following in the Shady Grove Cemetery with Military Honors.  The casketed remains will lie in state at the funeral home for public visitation prior to the service from the morning hours until service time.   Elder Kelvin Washington, Pastor of the Mallard Hill Church of God in Christ will officiate at the service under the direction of Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home.

James Rachal, Sr.

James Rachal

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. James Rachal, Sr., will be held at 11 am Saturday, March 7, 2020, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Isle Brevelle with Rev. Charlie Ray serving as celebrant.  Entombment will follow in the St. Augustine Catholic Church mausoleum.  The family will receive friends from 9 am until the time of Mass at St. Augustine Catholic Church.  Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held at 10:30 am.  Those honored to serve as pallbearers include Lance Beaudion, Joseph Jones, Donnie Rachal, Lester “Bunny” Beaudion, Nolan Jones, Jr., and Nolan Jones, III.

James Rachal, 82 years of age and a resident of Derry, LA, passed away from this life on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Natchitoches Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Natchitoches.

James was a parishioner of St. Augustine Catholic Church and was a member of the Knights of Peter Claver.  He was a hard worker and throughout his life was a farmer, Natchitoches Parish School Board bus driver and drove a truck for Southern LP Gas.

He was born on May 19, 1937, to S.P. Rachal, Sr. and Delphia Rachal in Derry, LA.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, James “Jimmy” Rachal, Jr.; 3 brothers, Joseph “Chester” Metoyer, S.P. Rachal, Jr., and Buford Balthazar; and 2 sisters, Leotha Merritt and Almetter Miller.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter, Teresa Beaudion-Jones and her husband Joey, Karen Buckhanan and her husband Roy, and Jean Jackson; grandchildren, Lance Beaudion and wife Katie, Sara Beaudion, Jevonne Buckhanan, and BreGenna Buckhanan; great-grandchildren, Genevieve, Josephine, Christine,  AJ, Zoelle, and Jayden; as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

Rebecca Ann Stephenson

Rebecca Stephenson

Funeral services for Rebecca Ann Stephenson, 77, of Many, LA, will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church of Zwolle with Rev. Jerry Penfield, Rev. Marty Williams and Rev. William Smith officiating.  Burial will follow in the Aimwell  Cemetery.  Visitation will begin on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at 12:30 PM at First Baptist Church of Zwolle.

Rebecca Ann Stephenson was born on Sunday, September 20, 1942.  She passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at in Shreveport, LA.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Vernon Stephenson; parents, Risdon and Elsa Wood; son, Christopher Stephenson and her daughter, Wendy Stephenson.

She is survived by her grandson, Michael Stephenson of Natchitoches, LA; granddaughter, Stormie Derr of Interlachen, FL; great granddaughter, Kira Derr of Interlachen, FL; brothers, Risdon Wood of Brevard, North Carolina and William Wood of Monroe, LA; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Verna Leone

Verna Leone

Funeral services for Verna Leone, 95, of Zwolle, LA, will be held on Friday, March 6, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Francis Kamau and Father John Paul Crispin officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, Zwolle, LA. A rosary will be held at 6:30 on Thursday.
Verna was a lifelong resident of Zwolle, LA and passed away March 3, 2020 at Garden Park Nursing home in Shreveport, LA. She was born February 23, 1925. Verna was one of fourteen children born to Sevado and Frances Leone. She was a life time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Zwolle, LA. She was last employed at Garan Sewing Factory in Many, LA.
Verna was preceded in death by her parents, Sevado and Frances Leone; her sisters, Wanda Leone and Clara Sepulvado; brothers: Herman, Frank, J. W., Bill, John, Clyde and Oliver Leone. Left to cherish her memory and tell her stories are her sisters, Edna Leone of Shreveport, LA, Lucille and her husband Joseph Procell of Hemphill, TX and Mary Bailey of Shreveport, LA; brother, Simon Leone and wife Joyce of Shreveport, LA; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, great great nieces and nephews and friends
Pallbearers: John Anderson, Ronny Procell, Rod Leone, Shaun Leone, Wes Leone and Tre Lout.
The family gives special thanks to all the staff at Garden Park Nursing Home and Christus Hospice Care for all of the love and compassion shown to our family.

Jerry Ray Singletary

Jerry Singletary

Jerry Ray Singletary was born on Friday, September 15, 1944. He passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at L. S. U. Medical Center in Shreveport, LA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde Singletary and Sybil (Futch) Singletary and his brother, Guy Wayne Singletary.
He is survived by his sons: Wesley Singletary and wife Cassi of Many, LA, Bradley Campbell and wife Netisha of Belmont, LA, Jerry Campbell of Belmont, LA, Kerry Singletary and wife DeWanna of Many, LA and Jason Singletary and wife LaWanna of Marthaville, LA; his daughter, Misty Horn; along with a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, Many, LA.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Shriners Children Hospital.

William Fredrick Eilers, Jr.

William Eilers

Memorial services for William Fredrick Eilers, Jr., 64, of Fisher, LA, will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Florien High School Gym with Rev. Bruce Garner officiating.

William Fredrick Eilers, Jr. was born on Saturday, September 17, 1955 in New Orleans, LA. He passed away on Friday, February 28, 2020 at Willis Knighton Pierremont in Shreveport, LA. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Fredrick Eilers, Sr. and Mildred Elizabeth (Cannavan) Eilers.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Eilers of Fisher, LA; daughter, Elizabeth Carroll of Fisher, LA; son, William Eilers of York, PA; brother, Eric Eilers and wife, Carol of New Orleans, LA; three grandchildren: Shawn Carroll of Shreveport, LA, Syler Carroll of Shreveport, LA and Christian O’Bannion of Fisher, LA; along with a host of students and friends.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a love fund at Hancock Whitney Bank account number 910777217 C/O Susan Eilers.

Charles David Jones, Sr.

Charles Jones

Funeral service for Mr. Charles David Jones, Sr. will be at 2 pm on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home with Bro. Brian Ray, Bro. Paul Grace and Bro. Bruce Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow at Bellwood Cemetery in Bellwood, LA. The family will receive friends from 5 pm until 9 pm on Tuesday, March 3rd at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home. Those honored to serve as pallbearers include Aaron Procell, Waylon Rials, David “Boo-Boo” Broadway, Michael Broadway, Corey Eddington, Justin Holland, Donnie Toms, and Tony Procell. Honorary pallbearer will be Oscar Ensinger.
Charles David Jones, Sr., 70 years of age and a resident of Provencal entered his heavenly home on Sunday, March 1, 2020. Charles was born on February 21, 1950, in Bellwood, LA to Kenneth Audie and Ethel Irene Jones. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Irene Jones and a brother, Gerald Jones.
Left to honor his life are his wife of 45 years, Carolyn Jones; a daughter, Charlene Womack and husband Chris of Provencal; two sons, Charles “Bubba” Jones, Jr. and wife Amanda of Many and Daniel Jones and wife Katie of Provencal; 8 grandchildren, Trey, Noah, Autumn, Audie Ann, Collin, Mallory, Cooper, and Cohen; and 2 sisters, Ann Toms of Saline and Shirley Marlar of Corinth, MS.
Charles was a family man. He would travel any length to watch his kids and grandkids play sports or just to be a part of whatever activity they had going on. Charles was a hard worker and a great provider but most importantly was a Christian man. Charles had a profound knowledge of the scriptures and lived out the wisdom he gained from reading his bible. Although he enjoyed the simple things in life, he leaves behind a legacy that is far more valuable than anything this world can offer. Although his passing will leave an empty place in our hearts, we know one day we will be reunited with him in heaven.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of the NRMC-ICU for their great care of Charles during his illness.

Agnes “BeBe” O’Con Corrales

Agnes Corrales

Agnes Effie “Bebe” O’Con Corrales, 91, passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at her home in Amelia surrounded by her adoring family. She was born March 20, 1928, in Robeline and was married to her one and only love, John Marvin Corrales Sr., since 1948.
Agnes loved spending time with her family and enjoyed cooking and doing anything craft related. If you walked in her home, you’d see her craftiness in every part of it. On any given day and time, she was willing to brew a fresh pot of coffee for anyone that wanted to visit and made you feel so welcome. Over the years, Agnes enjoyed traveling with her husband, John, as they were known to take off and go state hopping for weeks at a time. Her loving family will forever cherish her, as she created memories for a lifetime for them. She was one-of-a-kind, a generous, patient woman who made a huge impact on everyone who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John; daughter, Cathy; mother and father; and four brothers.
She is survived by her sister, Retha McLean; brother, Paul O’Con; five children, Rosemary Iskenderian (John), Violet Corrales, John Corrales Jr.(Gloria), Gloria Beadle (Ray), and Doyle “Bubbie” Corrales (Dale); eight grandchildren, Allison Corrales Hoffpauir (Heath), Leslie “Cissy” Corrales Melancon (Jon), Amy Iskenderian Okie (Jon), Renee’ Beadle Hartley, Sally Iskenderian, Stacy Iskenderian, Gabriel Beadle (Jessica), and Greg Corrales (Alicia); 12 great-grandchildren, Jordan, Abram, Ethan, Faith, Haylie, Bodie, Luke, Wyatt, Lux, Bowen, Joseph, and Elena; one great-great-grandson, Graham; and grand dogs, Lucie, Mardi, and Bentley.
Her legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone with whom she interacted.
Arrangements for remembrance of life will be at Twin City Funeral Home in Morgan City, Thursday, March 5 from 6- 9 p.m. and again Friday, March 6 from 6-9 p.m. at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 7 at 10 a.m. with the burial following in Memory Lawn Cemetery.

Leroy Charles Roberson

LeRoy Roberson

Service celebrating the life and legacy of Mr. Leroy Roberson, Sr. will be held at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel 318 North Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457 on Saturday, March 14, 2020, 11:00 a. m.  Interment with Military Honors will follow in the St. Savior Baptist Church Cemetery (Cane River).

 

Lisa Browning Edwards

Lisa Edwards

With deep sadness, we announce the passing of Lisa Kay Browning Edwards, after a lengthy illness at William P Clement Jr. Hospital Dallas, Tx on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

Lisa was born in Many, Louisiana to Marilyn Dew Browning and Edward “Sonny” Browning Jr. on January 7, 1963. Lisa was raised in Natchitoches where she attended Natchitoches High School graduating Class of 1981. 

Lisa worked various jobs throughout her young life, though her longest was general manager for Antoon’s Riverfront Restaurant where she not only managed the restaurant but mentored many young Northwestern State University students that had the privilege of working for her. 

Lisa was a dedicated wife, mother and Nana first and foremost. She treasured her husband, children, and grandchildren embracing every moment with them. She especially loved her role as Nana where her every moment was dedicated to making sure her grandchildren knew how much she loved them. 

 Lisa is the cherished wife of 38 years to Ricky Edwards of Provencal, LA. She is also the loving & devoted mother of Brandy Edwards LaCombe & husband Bradley of Marksville, LA. and Brandon Edwards & wife Monica of Provencal, LA, Goddaughter Lari Kay Jacobs, as well as  Andria Morrow Smith who was like a daughter. Adored Nana to Jonathon Gorham, Jacob LaCombe, Jaiden Edwards, and Bentley Edwards. Dear sister of Michael “Mikey” Browning & wife Joanie of Gaston, South Carolina and Kimberly Browning English, husband Michael and niece Rylie Kay English of Farmers Branch, Texas. Also loving survived by many nieces and nephews, as well as honorary sons and daughters.

Preceded in death by her mother-in-law Zelma Rachal, brother-in-law Larry “Snake” Cook, nephew Brandon Via, maternal grandparents Fred and Elsie Dew, paternal grandparents Reverend Edward Browning Sr. and Mertie Browning. 

Family & friends are invited to attend the viewing and memorial service on Saturday, February 29th from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with memorial service at 7:00 p.m. at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches, LA.

Lorraine Martin Dorris

Lorraine Dorris

A memorial service to honor the life of Mrs. Lorraine Martin Dorris will be at 2 pm on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at Summerfield Baptist Church near Colfax, LA. The family will receive friends from 10 am until service time on the 29th at Summerfield Baptist Church located at 171 Summerfield Road, Summerfield Community, LA 71417.
Lorraine, 71 years of age and a resident of Natchitoches, passed away on February 24, 2020, in Natchitoches. She was born on December 28, 1948, to Taylor Henry Pennington and Helen Walker Pennington in Camden, AR. She was preceded in death by her parents; 1st husband Joseph Murrelle DuBois; 2nd husband Johnny Martin; 3rd husband Charles Gibson; sisters Dorothy Pennington and Lucille David; and brothers Harry Pennington, Harlan Pennington and Johnny Pennington.
She is survived by her husband, David Dorris; daughters, Cynthia Hernandez (Tommy), Lawanda DuBois (Kevin) and Joanna DuBois; step-daughters, Pamela Freeman, LeAnne Thames, and Stephanie Richardson; sisters, Juanita Swartz (Topsy), Ruth Marter (Larry), and Catherine Gardner (Wallace); and a brother David Pennington (Hilda). She was blessed with 5 grandchildren, Joseph Keith Hernandez (April), Kenny Wayne Hernandez (Summer), Kristilyn Lorraine Hernandez, Samantha Taylor Goen, and Joaquin Luciano Baca; 3 great-grandchildren, Gunner Reed Hernandez, Dixxie Rose Hernandez and Jeremyah Joaquin Baca; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Jerry Larpenter

Jerry Larpenter

Jerry Larpenter, 89 years old, passed away on 21 February 2020, in his residence in Edgewood, Texas, surrounded by his wife of 69 years, Mary Jane Matthews Larpenter, and family.
He was born on 13 August 1930, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Helen Lelia Vining Larpenter and Gilbert Joseph Larpenter. As he liked to tell us, he was the baby of his family for only 20 minutes, until he was joined by his twin sister Jean.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Alvin Larpenter, Emery Larpenter, Richard Larpenter, Gilbert (Junior) Larpenter, and by his sisters Merle Faulk, Mary Ruth Drury, and twin Jean Lavigne Prevost. He is survived by siblings James (Jimmy) Larpenter, Eleanor Wurst, and Sue Campbell.
He is survived by his children, Carole Larpenter (Randy Buckner) of Edgewood, Texas; Randy Larpenter (Brenda) of Edgewood, Texas; Beth Larpenter Shurbutt (Eddie) of Oxford, Alabama; and Kevin Larpenter (Angela) of Tahoka, Texas. His surviving grandchildren are Laura (Mark) Newton, Bradley (Valerie) Larpenter, Ryan Larpenter, Mary Anna Shurbutt, Rachel Shurbutt, Kyle (Carrie) Larpenter, Kadi (Jakob) Stunz, and Kara (Luke) Fleenor. He has seven great-grandchildren.
He served in the US Air Force and retired from the Natchitoches Post Office. In retirement, he enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and traveling. He was a lifelong member of the Church of the Nazarene and loved serving the Lord in many capacities.
The family would like to thank Hospice of East Texas, and especially Joyce and LaWanda for their compassionate care.
Funeral arrangements will be Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Friendship Church of the Nazarene, 88 Friendship Rd, Robeline, LA. Burial will follow at Friendship Nazarene Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider making a donation to the Gideons International.

Will Smith

Will Smith

Funeral Services will be celebrated on Saturday, February 29, 2020; 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church in Clarence, La. A public visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Burial will take place in the church’s cemetery.

Crawford Ficklin, Jr.

Crawford Ficklin

Homegoing Celebration Services for Mr. Crawford Ficklin Jr., well-known native of Natchitoches, La and surrounding cities will be held Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 411 Second Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457. The casketed remains will lie in state for public visitation at the church from 9:00 a. m. to service time. Interment with full Law Enforcement Honors will take place at Lawrence Serenity Sanctum, 1630 Breazeale Spring Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457 immediately following the funeral service.
Mr. Ficklin was an active member in the church community and held leadership positions within multiple Louisiana law enforcement agencies: Chief of Police-Northwestern State University, Chief Deputy-Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Office and Warden-Natchitoches Parish Detention Center. He will be remembered for his love of singing especially quartet music, his passion for cooking and his natural southern hospitality whenever you visited his home.

Mary Jane Jackson Parker

Mary Parker

Funeral services will be celebrated at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 318 North Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457 Saturday, February 29, 2020, 9:00 A. M. The Rev. Dr. Johnny F. Davis will officiate. Interment will follow at the Lawrence Serenity Sanctum.

Steve Wiggins

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Widely known business and community leader, Steve Wiggins, died peacefully and surrounded by family in his Natchitoches home Friday after a lengthy illness. He was 71.
Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, February 27, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches. There will be an Air Force Honor Guard presentation for the family prior to the visitation, and private services will be scheduled at a later date.
Charles Stephen Wiggins was born May 14, 1948, at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. In 1953, his widowed mother moved to Shreveport, Louisiana with him and his younger brother. He attended St. Theresa’s Grade School and Church where he made many life-long friends. He started high school at Jesuit High School, where he played defensive cornerback on the football team and was one of only three sophomores to letter. In 1964, his family moved to Seville, Spain, where he completed high school at Sevilla American Dependent High School. He attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and later received a degree in electronics at Northwestern State in Natchitoches, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.
Upon graduation, he attended Officer Training School at Lackland Air Force Base. As a commissioned second lieutenant, Steve was then assigned to Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas for pilot training, which he completed and was awarded his Silver Wings in 1972. He served in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft pilot of C-141 transporters until 1975.
Following his military service, Steve joined Miller Brewing Company in Shreveport and later became a partner in Natchitoches Beverage, the distributor for Miller Beer and other products. With his gregarious personality and countless friends and associates in every realm of society, Steve was an enthusiastic and productive ambassador for Natchitoches Beverage and, as he liked to a say, a walking billboard for the company’s signature brand Miller Lite. This partnership and his love of the community enabled him to generously support the athletic programs and other activities at Northwestern and local schools, civic organizations and numerous events and projects that supported the city and region. Steve and friends initiated football tailgating activities at Northwestern. He was also an avid supporter of the Lady Demon basketball team. He was a long time member of the Mystic Krewe de St. Denis, the city’s first Mardi Gras krewe and was active in Ducks Unlimited.
Steve lived for years on his beloved Cane River Lake and started the popular Dam Run in the 1980’s, where boaters would make the run from his boathouse to the dam on the south end of the lake in celebration of July 4th, followed by the Bloody Mary Run the following morning to the North dam. He was long recognized as the “unofficial captain” of the rollicking event.
From water skiing and barge rides on the Cane, bass fishing at Toledo Bend, cooking for crowds and family get-togethers, defying gravity in his ultra-light aircraft (surviving multiple crash landings), playing in fund-raising golf tournaments, making friends and having fun all along the way, Steve lived life to the fullest.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd Clayton Wiggins and Juanita Bordelon Moberley.
He is survived by his wife, Kim Campbell Patton Wiggins; daughter Shelly Wiggins Kendrick and husband Chris of Natchitoches; son Scott Wiggins of Blowing Rock, N.C.; brother, Rick Wiggins and wife Margaret of Marietta, GA.; sister, Dona Moberley Cardenas and husband Gabriel of Dunwoody, GA.; grandchildren, Cole and Kailyn Kendrick, and nephews, Jason, Eric and Travis Wiggins, and Nicolas and Alejandro Cardenas.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Northwestern State Athletic Department through the Demons Unlimited Foundation in Steve’s memory.
The family would like to thank the staff at The Hospice of Natchitoches for their kindness, care and support, especially Marie, Haley, and Dorcus. To all of his friends and family that came to visit and express their love and support, we are eternally grateful. He was truly blessed to have you in his life!

Carolyn Ann Buckley Aldredge

Carolyn Alderedge

Carolyn Ann Buckley Aldredge, age 77, of Natchitoches, Louisiana, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2020, at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center. The family will receive friends at the Blanchard St Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Tuesday, February 25, 2020, and the funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm in the Chapel. Interment will be at Memory Lawn Cemetery in Natchitoches.
Carolyn was born on January 19, 1943. She was a native of Natchitoches, graduated from Natchitoches High School and attended Northwestern State College. Carolyn loved helping young people, loved to dance, and often spoke fondly of the time she spent as the St. Mary’s dance line sponsor. She also enjoyed the many years she spent as a real estate agent before her retirement. Carolyn was known lovingly to her family as “MawMaw”, and adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a loving, compassionate and spunky lady, a great mother, and a good friend. She will be dearly missed.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Dessie Edwards Buckley; two brothers, Marvin and Roy Buckley; and two sisters, Mary Beth Greeson and Janet Radasinovich. She is survived by her three sons, J. Corwyn Aldredge, Jr. and wife Missy of Natchitoches, Jason K. Aldredge of Natchitoches, and J. Trevor Aldredge and wife Heather of Colfax; seven grandchildren, Justin C Aldredge and wife Stacey of Natchitoches, Ashley Brooks and husband Lawrence of West Monroe, Katie Aldredge of College Station, Texas, Austin Aldredge of North Little Rock, Arkansas, Tucker Aldredge of Alexandria, Paige Aldredge of Baton Rouge, and Drake Aldredge of Colfax; two great-grandchildren, Tate LaCour and Boston Brooks; and two brothers, Dick Buckley of Lake O’ the Pines, Texas, and Jimmy Buckley and wife Paula of Natchitoches.
Pallbearers will be Justin Aldredge, Paige Aldredge, Drake Aldredge, Lawrence Brooks, Miller Parker, and Chris Kendrick. Honorary pallbearer will be Tucker Aldredge.

Kathryn Elaine Martinez

Kath Martinez

Funeral services for Kathryn Elaine Martinez, 68, of Florien, LA, will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wayne Chance and Deacon Mike Sullivan officiating.  Burial will follow in the Prospect Cemetery.  Visitation will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 10:00 AM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, Many, LA.

Elaine Martinez was born on Friday, March 9, 1951 in Many, LA.  She passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Byrd Regional Hospital in Leesville, LA.  She was preceded in death by her parents, James Alex Savell and Sybil Etoile (Neel) Savell.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Pat Martinez of Florien, LA; daughter, Teresa Corley McConathy and husband David of Anacoco, LA; sons: Chadwick Lee Martinez and wife April of Natchitoches, LA and Kenneth Bernard Martinez and wife Misty of Many, LA; sister, Jean Stanley and husband Bobbie of Stonewall, LA; grandchildren: Aimee Ward and husband Klancy of Anacoco, LA, Haley Haymon and husband Tye of Anacoco, LA, Shelbie Martinez of Many, LA, Kirsten Matinez of Many, LA and Preston Martinez of Natchitoches, LA; great granddaughters, Victoria Reece Haymon of Anacoco, LA and Kylie Cheyenne Haymon of Anacoco, LA; great grandson, Eastyn Lee Ward of Anacoco, LA; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers:  Klancy Ward, Jr., Tye Haymon, Tony Stanley, Dave Savell, Keith Martinez and Roland Powell.

John P. Honaker, III

John Honaker

John P Honaker III, age 75 passed away peacefully in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He was born in Monroe, Louisiana to the late John P and Verus Honaker. John was preceded in death by his wife Alice Sepulvado Honaker in 2011 and his son “JP” in 2001. John was drafted into the Army and served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He continued his career in the military by serving in the Air Force Reserves and retired after 25 years of service. John was a member of the Zwolle VFW, enjoyed fishing, and spending quality time with his family. He is survived by his two brothers Bob Honaker (Anna Anderson-Honaker) and Ken Honaker (Brenda Batson Honaker); as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other family members. The family wishes to extend grateful appreciation to Sherri Schumann for her wonderful care and compassion for John. Graveside services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, February 15, 2020 at St. Ann Catholic Cemetery in Ebarb, LA. Local arrangements are under the care of McLaughlin Mortuary. Expression of loved and sympathy may also be viewed and placed at http://www.mclaughlinmortuary.com.

Mary Jane Jackson Parker

Mary Parker

Final care arrangements will be announced shortly for this native of Natchitoches who passed away in Arcadia, LA.

Dr. Katherine Tonnas

Katherine Tonnas

 

Final care arrangements are pending at this time.

Cameron T. Harville

Cameron Harville

 

A Celebration of Life and Legacy honoring Mr. Cameron Terrell Harville will be held at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel Saturday, February 22, 2020, 11:00 a. m. with interment following in the Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church Cemetery near Clarence, LA.  The remains will lie in state at the funeral home Saturday from 9:00 a. m. to service time.

Eyvette Harris

E Harris

 

A Homegoing Celebration will go forth in honor of the life of Sister Eyvette Harris Saturday, February 22, 2020, 11:00 a. m. at the Abundant Life Ministries Church on Ben Drive in Natchitoches, LA 71457.  The casketed remains will lie in state at the church Saturday from 9:00 a. m. to service time at the church.  Interment will follow in Lawrence Serenity Sanctum.

Roy Lee a/k/a “Bo-Diddly” Thomas

Roy Thomas

 

Funeral Services will be held at the Evergreen Baptist Church, St. Maurice, LA Saturday, February 15, 2020, 11:00 a. m. with burial following in the Evergreen Baptist Church Cemetery.  The remains will lie in state at the church Saturday morning from 9:00 a. m. to service time.  The Rev. Dr. Elbert Demery, Jr., Pastor will officiate the service.

David Neuman

David Neuman

 

A service for David Neuman will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, February 22, 2020, at Bethany Baptist Church in Marthaville, LA.  Burial will follow at McCaskill Cemetery. The family will receive friends for a visitation from 11:30 a.m. until service time.

Carol Taylor Mondello

Carol Mondello

 

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Carol Taylor Mondello will be held at 10 am Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Powhattan, LA with Rev. Rothell Price officiating.  Entombment will follow at Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum in Natchitoches, LA.  The family will receive friends from 5 pm until 9 pm on Monday the 24th at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7 pm.  Those honored to serve as pallbearers include Joseph Hester, Christian Sanderson, Kelby Sanderson, Wayne Moore, Pat Mondello, and Tony Leone, Jr.  Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Hester, Emmerson Ledesma, Richard Jefferson, Pete Leone, Tony Leone, Sr., Ned Henry, Casey Messenger, Dr. Robert Hernandez, and Merlin Squires.

Carol Taylor Mondello passed away on February 19, 2020, at Progressive Care Center in Shreveport, LA.  She was born on November 9, 1938, to Willis Hardy Taylor, Sr. and Rosa Dowden Taylor in Kisatchie, LA.  She was preceded in death by her parents and beloved husband John Joseph Mondello.

Carol had an unconditionally loving and giving quality and would help anyone that she possibly could. Her passion in life was spending time with her family. She was a hard worker and loved to work at the family store and on the farm with her husband John, but neither came before her family.  During her free time, she enjoyed reading and amassed a large library of books.  She was a devout Catholic and daily recited the Holy Rosary. She was a parishioner of St. Francis Catholic Church in Powhattan, LA and enjoyed fellowship with her church family.  She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughters, Sonia Hester and husband Danny and Tara Mondello and Emmerson Ledesma; grandchildren, Joseph Laurie Hester and wife Pamela, Casey Renee Jefferson and husband Richard, John Christian Sanderson, and Kelby Thomas Sanderson; great-grandchildren, Taylor Le’ann Hester, Austin Laurie Hester, Faith Maria Hester, and Savanah Reese Hester; a sister, Katherine Victoria Tanner; a brother, Oren Wade Taylor; as well as numerous nieces and nephews that she loved like her own children.

The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the Progressive Care Center and Regional Hospice for their compassionate care during such a difficult time.

Donations may be made in Carol’s name to Dystonia Medical Research Foundation
1 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1730, Chicago, IL 60601 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

Melba Masson Ackel

Melba Ackel

 

A Mass of Christian Burial for Melba Masson Ackel will be celebrated at 2:00 pm Sunday, February 23rd at The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with her nephew Rev. Craig Scott and Rev. Blake Deshautelle officiating.  Entombment will follow at Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum in Natchitoches.  Visitation will be from 5 pm – 7 pm on Saturday, February 22nd with a 7 pm Rosary at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home.

Mrs. Ackel left this earth to be with the Lord on February 18, 2020, at The Courtyard of Natchitoches.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  Melba lived 92 years to the fullest and felt that her greatest accomplishment, as an only child, was to have raised a large, loving Christian family.  She instilled a love for God and for each other in all who had the honor of calling her “Mama” or “Grammy”.

Mrs. Ackel was born on January 19, 1928, in Cloutierville, LA to Ernest “Buddy” Masson and Isabelle “Becky” Russell Masson.  She grew up in Cloutierville and graduated from Cloutierville High School in 1944 as Valedictorian.  She then attended Women’s Business School in Shreveport, LA. Her first job was with Avoyelles’s Wholesale in Alexandria as a bookkeeper for WWII Ration Stamps.  She continued working for Avoyelles in Natchitoches.  After moving to Natchitoches, she met and married John Latief Ackel in May of 1947.  Melba worked at Peoples Bank and Trust Company in Natchitoches as head bookkeeper until the birth of her first child.  In later years, Melba worked alongside Latief in the family business, Ackel Brothers Store.

Mrs. Ackel was a devout Catholic and a faithful parishioner of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where she served as an Eucharistic Minister.  She was also a member of Catholic Daughter Court Regina Pacis #1372, where she was named Catholic Daughter of the Year in 1988 and again in 2007; a Pink Lady at the Natchitoches Parish Hospital and Courtyard of Natchitoches until the age of 89.  Mrs. Ackel was also a member of the Thursday afternoon Rosary group, which she loved to host in her home.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 52 years, Latief Ackel, her father and mother, Ernest “Buddy” Masson and Isabelle “Becky” Masson.

She is survived by her two daughters, Rebecca Ackel Lavespere and husband Sonny and Martha Ackel Murphy and husband Pete; two sons, John Ernest Ackel and wife Donna and Philip Anthony Ackel and wife Pauline; her grandchildren, Aimee Lavespere, Ashli Ackel Plemmons and husband Britton, Evan Kyzar, Abe Ackel and wife Kaylee, Hillary Ackel Bodden and husband Dillon, Logan Kyzar, and Madison Ackel; as well as her great-grandchildren Jackson and Olivia Plemmons and John Luke Bodden.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Evan Kyzar, Abe Ackel, Logan Kyzar, Britton Plemmons, Dillon Bodden, and William Ackel.  Honorary pallbearers are Melba’s first cousins, Clyde Masson, John (Yonnie) Masson, and Douglas Bordelon.

The family extends sincere gratitude to the staff at The Courtyard of Natchitoches, especially Anne Washington and Shirley Calhoun, the ICU Nurses of Natchitoches Regional Medical Center and to our special Angel, Ashley Blake.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.

Anna Lou Evans Beasley

Anna Beasley

 

Anna Lou Evans Beasley, age 102, of 287 Bamboo Road, a former resident of Marrero, Louisiana, passed away Tuesday evening, February 18, 2020, at Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living in Boone.

Anna Lou was born February 7, 1918, in Ida, Louisiana, a daughter of the late Achilles Oscar Evans and Jessie Byram Evans. She was a retired educator in the Orleans Parish School System in New Orleans, Louisiana.

She is survived by two daughters, Peggy Beasley and husband Dale Pertuit, and Jacquelyn Beasley Williams and husband Jim, and one son, Lone Beasley and wife Cindy. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Howard Beasley, Sr.; two sons, William Howard Beasley, Jr., and Oscar Dublin Beasley; one son-in-law, Raymond S. Rodgers; her step-mother, Josephine Lattier Evans; four sisters and one brother.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, North Carolina, 28645.

The family sends special thanks to the staff of Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living and Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care for their wonderful care of Anna.

Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Lou Evans Beasley will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Burial will follow at  Weaver Cemetery in Flora, Louisiana.

Doris Helen DeLouche Roge’

Doris Roge

 

Doris Roge’ passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family on February 17, 2020, at the age of 82.  She was born and raised in the Cloutierville, Louisiana, community.  After graduating from Cloutierville High school, Doris attended Northwestern State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and Master’s +30 in Education.  She was active in education for 37 years and retired in 1994.

An active and devout Roman Catholic, Doris was a member of St. John the Baptist Church in Cloutierville, Louisiana. She served in the St. Mary’s / St. John’s Altar Society as a member and was chairman for 20 plus years. Doris was also a member of several educational societies and Catholic organizations including the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and the Radio Maria Catholic public radio presentation. She taught catechism classes and Vacation Bible School for several years to members of her church.  Doris also served and represented the Natchitoches Parish Levee Board for approximately 20 years. 

Doris is survived by her childhood sweetheart and loving husband of 65 years, Charles Numa Roge, her four sons Russell Roge’ and his wife, Melissa, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Randal Roge’ and his wife, Rhonda, of Natchitoches, Louisiana,  Robert Roge’ and his wife, Montelle, of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, and Ronald Roge’ and his wife, Tiffany, of Marshal, Texas. She is also survived by ten grandchildren, Nicole Mueller, Julien Roge’, Jared Roge’, Glenn Roge’, Hannah Roge’, Kayla Roge’, Marissa Higgie, Kinzie Roge’, Hunter Jones, Kara Jones and numerous great grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brother, Dr. Curtis Delouche and his wife, Shirley, of Starkville, Mississippi, and a host of nephews, nieces and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Doris was preceded in death by her father, Leopold “Jake” Delouche, her mother Florence Poche Delouche and her brother Glenn Delouche.

Doris was a loving and loved wife, mother, mawmaw, and friend to many. During her many years of teaching the children of several communities, she was a positive influence in establishing family, educational and Christian values for her students and co-workers. Doris will be missed by her family and all who knew her.

The Roge’ family would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all of Doris’s caregivers, especially Lacey Sanders and Laurie Garsee, as well as The Picou Clinic and staff and Hospice of Natchitoches and staff.

An educator’s quote:  “A person, who helps you succeed in life, stays in your heart forever.”

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am Friday, February 21, 2020, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cloutierville with Rev. Charles Ray serving as celebrant.  Burial will follow at Cloutierville Catholic Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5 pm until 9 pm on Thursday the 20th at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home with the recitation of the Holy Rosary to be held at 7 pm.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers include Julien Roge’, Jared Roge’, Glenn Roge’, Mark Hardee, John Ray St. Andria, and Danny Matt.  Honorary pallbearers will be John St. Andria, Victor Jones, and Tony Moran.

Jimmie Achord Wynn

Jimmie Wynn

 

Graveside service for Mrs. Jimmie Achord Wynn will be at 3 pm Friday, February 21, 2020, at Fern Park Cemetery in Natchitoches.  The family will receive friends from 1 pm until 2:45 pm on Friday the 21st at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home.

Jimmie was born on September 4, 1937, to Ralph Achord and Zula “Lena” Wallace Achord in Castor, LA. She was preceded in death by her parents, 5 sisters and 3 brothers.

She is survived by her nieces, Audrey G. Bailey, Gale T. Franklin, Gloria Cannaday, and Marie Carter; and nephews, J. E. Russell, Randy Achord and Rodney Achord.

Claudette Thomas

Claudette Thomas

 

Claudette “Mimi” Thomas died peacefully after a brief illness on February 14, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.

Claudette was born on January 23, 1941, in Ringgold, Louisiana to Claude and Lucille Bumpas.  She graduated in 1959 from Coushatta High School.  Claudette worked in finance and banking for over 30 years.  She also played a crucial part in the success of Billy R. Thomas Builders.

Claudette is preceded in death by her father, Claude Bumpas and her mother, Lucille Bumpas.

She is survived by her loving husband of 37 years, Billy R. Thomas; her daughter Julie Williams and her wife Kathryn Williams and grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Marshall, William, and Charles; her son John Williams and his wife Sarah Williams and granddaughter: Caroline Williams; her brother, Jimmie Bumpas and his wife Carolyn and nieces and nephews, Mark, Stephen, Marian and David; and brother-in-law, Bobby Thomas and his wife Shirley.

Claudette was an avid reader.  She loved singing and fishing.  A huge Saints and LSU football fan, Claudette enjoyed every game like it was the playoffs.  She also spent many hours watching and cheering on Kaitlyn while she played softball.

Mimi, as her grandchildren called her, was a devoted grandmother to each one.  She traveled to Russia with her daughter Julie when Julie adopted her first grandchild, Kaitlyn, and fell in love with her at first sight.

Claudette was a member of Trinity Baptist Church of Natchitoches, Louisiana.

A Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 2 p.m. at Memory Lawn Cemetery located at 1700 Washington Street, Natchitoches, LA.  Visitation will be from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home, 848 Keyser Ave., Natchitoches, prior to the service.  Pastor Aaron McGuffen of Trinity Baptist Church will be officiating.  Honorary pallbearers are Donnie Kelly, Pete Lambert, and Harold Braden.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Claudette’s memory to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude Research Hospital for Children.

The family would like to thank the staff of Highland Hospital, especially Dr. Peyman Roohani, the staff of the Courtyard of Natchitoches, and the staff of Hospice of Natchitoches.

Louis Lowrey

Louis Lowery

 

Natchitoches resident Robert Louis Lowrey, Jr. passed away at the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center on Tuesday evening, February 11, 2020, as a result of an automobile accident. 

A native of Many, Louis attended St. John’s Catholic School and Many High School where he was salutatorian of his graduating class. In 1963 he graduated summa cum laude from L.S.U. in Baton Rouge with a B.S in Business Administration. While at LSU, he was president of the Newman Club and later held a national office in the Newman Society. After graduation, he worked in automobile sales and later in the banking business. He was a member of the Many Lion’s Club and served as chairman of the board of Sabine State Bank. 

In 1993 he earned an M.A. in Counseling and Guidance from Northwestern State University and became a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Natchitoches. He specialized in marriage counseling and addiction treatment and was a Board Approved Supervisor for the State of Louisiana’s Licensed Professional Board of Examiners. Over the years, he received multiple awards for his counseling efforts, most notably in 2019 the Professional Development Award from the Louisiana Counseling Association. 

An active and devout Roman Catholic, he was a member of the Minor Basilica of Immaculate Conception where he taught R.C.I.A. classes for a number of years. He served as a member of the Immaculate Conception Parish Pastoral Council and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was especially passionate about his prison ministry.  In 1997 he received the Diocese of Alexandria’s Salt and Light Award for Catholic community service.

Louis was a big-hearted individual who lived by the principles of the St. Francis prayer. He was a kind and gentle man whose interactions with others were always informed by Christian ideals. He never stood in judgment of anyone and often gave of himself professionally without expectation of payment. He adored his wife and children and grandchildren, delighting in them and giving them constant support and encouragement. Keenly interested in social justice, he engaged in a wide range of charitable activities. He was an avid reader who loved to discuss and debate theology, philosophy, and politics. He could play the piano and organ by ear.           

Preceding Louis in death are his parents Robert Louis Lowrey, Sr. and Merrill Laney Lowrey, son-in-law Jay Ingram, and grandson Grant James Ingram. 

He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of forty-five years, Mary Frances deVargas Lowrey, his brother Joseph Laney Lowrey of Pompano Beach, Florida, and children Jackie Hill and husband Trey Hill of Baton Rouge, Francie Ingram of Ajax, Louisiana, and Denny Lowrey and wife Teresa Lowrey of Forney, Texas, a number of grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. 

Visitation will be at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home, 848 Keyser Ave on Friday, February 14 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. with a rosary at 7:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be Saturday, February 15 at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception, 613 2nd St. Following the service, burial will be in the American Cemetery on 2nd St. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Immaculate Conception Poor Fund, 613 2nd St., Natchitoches, LA 71457 or the Cane River Food Pantry, 411 2nd St., Natchitoches, LA 71457

 

John Earl Martin

John Martin

 

John Earl Martin was born on December 30, 1939, to Robert L. and Beulah Martin.  He grew up in Natchitoches, Louisiana and graduated from Natchitoches High School and Northwestern State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics.  He worked in various fields, including serving as Chief Civil Deputy for Natchitoches Parish.  He began his own real estate appraisal business from which he retired.  John was an active member of Westside Baptist Church.

After a lengthy illness, he passed away surrounded by family at Christus Highland Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana on February 10, 2020.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Louise Mitchell Martin, children Tina Long, Tammy Rushing (Dwayne), Jason Martin (Kenneth), Bradford Martin (Mary), and Melanie Thomas (Todd).   John was proud to be Paw-Paw to his twelve grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert L. and Beulah Martin and his brother Robert Gerald Martin (Lois).

A service to honor his life will be held at 2 PM on Thursday, February 13, 2020, at Westside Baptist Church with Brother Steve McAlister and Brother Bruce Mitchell officiating.  Interment will follow at Fort Jesup Cemetery in Fort Jesup, Louisiana.  The family will receive friends from 12 PM until service time on February 13th at Westside Baptist Church in Natchitoche

Will Scott

Will Scott 

A celebration of the life of William Brice Scott will be Friday, February 14, 2020, at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches LA. Visitation will be from noon until the time of service at 2 PM; interment will follow at Memory Lawn Cemetery.  Officiating the service will be Rev. Dr. Richard Kaufman.

Will’s purpose in life was to show how God can use everyone, despite their challenges, to bring honor and glory to God the Father.  Will knit our close family even closer.  He brought so much joy, love, and laughter to everyone who knew him. Will was one of God’s special children and he loved the Lord and displayed this through his generous way of loving everyone. Will’s life is a demonstration of how God does not make mistakes. He made us all and Will in His image.

He is survived by his mother, Venita M. Scott; brother Allison and wife Gwen; sister Rebecca, brother Tom and wife Lori. Will had a host of nieces and nephews that loved him very much they are May and Eric Thomassee; Mallie and Mitch Bowers; Al Scott; Ann and Luke Mahloch; Matthew and April Scott; Emily Scott and a host of great-nieces and nephews. Will is also survived by his Uncle Charles (Charley Charles) and Aunt Sylvia (Sylva D) Scott. They were a very special part of Will’s life. Will is also survived by a very large and loving extended family that include the staff and residents of Holy Angels Residential Facility in Shreveport LA. Will was preceded in death by his father Emmett A. Scott.

Pallbearers honored to serve are Al Scott; Matthew Scott; Eric Thomassee; Mitch Bowers; Luke Mahloch and Bobby Hrapmann.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of William Brice Scott may be made to Holy Angels Residential Facility (laholyangels.org) in Shreveport, LA.

Oma Schelette Solice

Oma Solice

 

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Oma Schelette Solice will be at 10 am Thursday, February 13, 2020, at The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Natchitoches.  Burial will follow at Fern Park Cemetery in Natchitoches.  The family will receive friends from 5 pm until 9 pm on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7 pm in the funeral home chapel.  Visitation will begin again on the 13th from 8 am until 9:30 am at Blanchard-St. Denis.

Oma, 90 years of age and a resident of Natchitoches, passed away Sunday, February 9, 2020.  She was born on April 6, 1929, to Willie Schelette and Mabel Page Schelette in Flora, LA.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 55 years, Horace Solice; and a brother, Ervin Schelette.  She worked for many years as a bookkeeper for Dr. Campbell in Natchitoches.  She was a member and attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church as well as being a parishioner of St. Anne’s at Old River.  She was a loving sister and will be dearly missed by her family.

She is survived by her siblings, Helen Newsom, Eunive Trahan and Joe Schelette.

Mary Elizabeth Poleman Keyser

Mary Keyser

 

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Elizabeth Poleman Keyser will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception with her cousin, Fr. John Hill Cunningham, and Fr. Stephen Scott Chemino officiating.  Entombment will be in the Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum in Natchitoches.  Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 with a rosary at 7 p.m. at Blanchard – St. Denis Funeral Home.

Mrs. Keyser, 97, was born Aug. 22, 1922, and died peacefully, surrounded by family, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, at Christus Highland Medical Center, Shreveport.

A Natchitoches native, Mary actively served her church, family and her community throughout her lifetime.  She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy, the obtained a Registered Nurses Degree from T.E. Schumpert Memorial Hospital in Shreveport. Upon graduation, she served in the Army Medical Corp.  Afterwards, Mary returned to her hometown and worked at the old Natchitoches Hospital on Washington Street, then at the new hospital, when it opened, on Keyser Avenue. After she left the hospital, she worked at several doctor offices, prior to her ultimate career move to the Natchitoches Parish Health Unit, under the direction of Dr. W.W. Knipmeyer, on Fifth Street, from which she retired after 23 years. In total, Mrs. Keyser practiced her profession for 37 years.

Upon retirement, she took care of family members and enjoyed her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Keyser was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church (MBIC); the Catholic Daughter Court Regina Pacis Court #1372, who named her Catholic Daughter of the Year 1987; and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 59 years Paul Hill Keyser; her father and mother, George H. Poleman and Dorothy Lawton Poleman; brother, George H. Poleman Jr.; sister-in-law, Marily Keyser Williams; maternal grandparents, Dr. E.G. Lawton and Marie Cora Prudhomme Lawton; paternal grandparents, Mayor Theodore Edward Poleman and Maude Bacon Poleman.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary Elizabeth Keyser Dowden and husband Billy and Cheryl Ann Keyser Hennigan and husband Mickey; two sons, Paul Hill Keyser Jr. and wife Lydia and Joe Frederick Keyser and wife Regina; one sister, Mrs. Jane Belknap; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Paul Hill Keyser III, Joe Frederick Keyser II, Frederick Dean Keyser, John Pollard Williams, R. Stacy Williams Jr. and George Poleman III.

The family extends profound gratitude to the NNRC staff (special thanks to Judy Sowell and Melody Holmes), the Natchitoches Dialysis staff (deepest appreciation to Jennifer), Dr. Otis Barnum and staff and Dr. Peyman Roohani and the Christus Highland Medical Center staff.

Per Mrs. Keyser’s request, in lieu of flowers, please make donations to her favorite charity: Eternal Word Television Network/EWTN, 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL 35210-9768, www.ewtn.com, or toll free, 1-800-447-EWTN (3986).

 

 Leonard Lynch

Leonard Lynch

Final care arrangements are pending for this young man who formerly lived in the New Town Community of Natchitoches Parish.

 

Sherry Booty Bynog

Sherry Bynog

A service to honor the life of Mrs. Sherry Booty Bynog will be held at 2 pm Thursday, January 30, 2020, at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home.  Burial will follow at Emmanuel Cemetery in Chopin, LA.  The family will receive friends from 10 am until 2 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home on the 30th

Sherry, 74 years of age and a resident of Natchitoches, passed away on January 25, 2020.  She was born on January 26, 1945, to James and Lily Booty in Kisatchie, LA.  She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Lily; her husband, Lindberg Bynog; a daughter, Gloria Vercher.  She was the youngest of a large family that included 9 sisters and 1 brother.  She will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved her.

She is survived by her children, Jesse Bynog and spouse Tena, Charles Bynog, Gary Bynog, and spouse Jan Benton Bynog, Lory Foshee and spouse Grady, Linda Powell, and Roger Bynog; and 4 sisters.  She was blessed with 13 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Fannie Rachal LaCour

Fannie LaCour

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Fannie Rachal LaCour will be held at 11 am on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Natchitoches with Rev. Rothell Price serving as celebrant.  Entombment will follow at St. Augustine Catholic Mausoleum in Isle Brevelle, LA.  The family will receive friends from 9 am until 10:30 am at St. Anthony of Padua with Recitation of the Holy Rosary to be held at 10:30 am.

Fannie LaCour, 93 years of age and a resident of Shreveport, passed away on Saturday, February 1, 2020.  She was born on July 18, 1926, to Sam Rachal and Daisy Coutee Rachal in Cloutierville, LA.  She is survived by her daughters, Joann LaCour, Judy Ann Hojinicki, and Nancy Marie Foss; as well as being blessed with 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers include Joshua Wolf, Keevaun King, Dominique Metoyer, Rodjay Stackhouse, Kelly LaCour, Rodney Williams, and Joey LaCour.  Honorary pallbearers will be Howard LaCour, Billy Meziere, Julius LaCour, Docko Coutee, Mike Foss, F.J. Delphin, Bobby Wienbergen, and Ryan Clark.

Marshall Martin Hearne, III

Marshall Hearne

A graveside service to honor the life of Marshall Martin Hearne, III will be at 2 pm Saturday, February 8, 2020, at Highland Park Cemetery near Sicily Island, LA.  The family will receive friends from 3 pm until 6 pm on Friday, February 7th at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches, LA.

Marshall, 75 years of age and a resident of Creston, LA, passed away on Saturday, February 1, 2020.  He was born on December 3, 1944, to Marshall Hearne, Jr. and Gertrude Miriam Smith Hearne in Orange, TX.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Marshall was a graduate of Deweyville High School in Deweyville, TX and later earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Arts from Northwestern State University.  He taught industrial arts in the Natchitoches Parish School System and retired with 23 years of service.  An avid sportsman, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and being outdoors with family and friends.  Marshall enjoyed traveling to the western United States and especially spending time in the Rocky Mountains.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 49 years, Donna McElhatten Hearne of Creston; a daughter, Kellie Chisum and her husband John of Sicily Island; grandchildren, John Aubrey Chisum and Chloe Marie Chisum both of Sicily Island; and a sister, Sandra Poston and her husband David of Natchitoches.

Johnnie Calvin Emmons, Jr.

Johnnie Emmons

Johnnie Calvin Emmons passed away February 1, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.  A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Natchitoches on Thursday, February 6, at 5 p.m.

Johnnie was born in Mansfield, LA on November 22, 1928 to Johnnie and Rose Emmons.  He grew up in Mansfield, graduated from Mansfield High School and went to Northwestern State University.  Before graduating, he and his friends joined the Air Force during the Korean War. After his tenure, he graduated from Northwestern and began coaching at Ferriday High School, then to Spearsville High, Bernice, Homer, and Lake Charles High Schools.  He went back to Northwestern where he coached football, tennis, and basketball.  He retired from NSU and continued to be involved with the Graduate “N” Club and supporting all sporting events.  He also coached at Montgomery and was a bailiff for the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Department.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Nelda Madden Emmons, son, Johnny Calvin Emmons, III and his wife Teresa Norman Emmons, daughter, Melanie Emmons Biggs, grandchildren Celeste Emmons Waguespack and husband Brett Adam Waguespack, J. C. Emmons, IV, Jeremy Biggs, and great-grandchildren Adeline Kate Waguespack and Clayton Reed Waguespack.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Natchitoches Animal Shelter, or your local shelter, in Johnnie’s name.

“The Lord bless you and keep you!  The Lord let his face shine upon you and be gracious

Margaret Pauline Holland Chesser

Margaret Chesser

Margaret Pauline Holland Chesser, 78 of Natchitoches, passed away on Saturday, February 1, 2020, in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Visitation will be from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Thursday, February 6, 2020, at Trinity Baptist Church (527 Howard St. Natchitoches, LA 71457)

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, February 7, 2020, at Trinity Baptist Church (527 Howard St. Natchitoches, LA 71457) with Bro. Ron Thompson officiating.   Burial will follow at Ramah Cemetery in Ashland, Louisiana. Arrangements are by Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home.

Margaret Pauline was born in Red River Parish to Mrs. Clodelia Wren Holland and Mr. Henry Ray Holland on Monday, December 15, 1941, at 2:00 am.  Margaret Pauline Holland grew up between Natchitoches and Red River Parish. She was known to her friends and family as “Pauline” or “Dean” around Ashland and Chestnut. She went to school at Ashland High School and took courses at the Natchitoches Trade School.

Margaret was married to Morris T. Chesser Sr. on August 7, 1961. Morris and Margaret owned and ran the El Comino Restaurant in Natchitoches, Louisiana from the mid-’70s to the mid-’80s. She worked as a bookkeeper for Beall Ladymon Corporation and then retired at City Bank & Trust in Natchitoches.

Throughout her life, Margaret was a strong, compassionate, faithful loving woman of God. Her home church is Trinity Baptist Church in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were very special to her. Before her only daughter passed away in November 2018, Lisa Ann and Margaret shared the most special of relationships. “They could talk without a word being spoken”. Margaret also had a great love for her pets, Rocky and Pumpkin. She also had many other loves in her life including selling Mary-Kay cosmetics and flower gardening.

Margaret Pauline Holland Chesser is preceded in death by her father and mother, Henry R. Holland & Clodelia W. Holland, her husband, Morris T. Chesser Sr., her daughter, Lisa Ann Chesser Borders, Maternal Grandparents, Young C. Wren & Mary “Tulue” Dickson Wren, Paternal Grandparents, Elvis Holland & Annie Stewart Holland,  her sister, Josie Lee Scott Ball, and her brother Donnie R. Holland.

Margaret is survived by her two sons, Terry Chesser & wife Mary of Ashland, and Jerry Chesser of Alexandria. Her two brothers, W.J. Scott of San Antonio, Tx and Bill Holland & wife Susan of Marshall, Tx. And, her Sister-In-Law, Martha Holland of Marshall, Tx. Grandchildren, Kaleb Chesser & Alexis Stewart of Natchitoches, Jared Chesser of Natchitoches and Rachael Chesser of Natchitoches. Great-Grandchildren, Dylan Lott of Natchitoches, and Marcus & Isabella Martinez of Natchitoches. Many nieces, nephews, and too many cousins to list!

Pallbearers will be Kaleb & Jared Chesser, Fred & Joe Holland, and Rex & Ray Holland. Honorary pallbearers are Ronald Dale & Billie Cox.

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be sent to her beloved daughter’s memorial scholarship fund, at the NSU.

NSU Foundation

Lisa C. Borders Memorial Scholarship

535 University Parkway, Natchitoches, LA 71497

 

Silas Lee Young

Silas Young

God had different plans for Silas Lee Young.  On February 5, 2020, he was called to be forever cradled in the arms of Jesus.  He will always share a special place in our hearts and we take comfort in knowing one day we will be reunited with him in heaven.

He leaves behind his loving parents, Tyler and Jordan Young; a brother, Carter Young; maternal grandparents, Kimberly and Nay Vickers and paternal grandparents, Tammy and Tony Young; as well as many aunts, uncles and extended family.

A service will be held at 3 pm on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at Freedom Life Church in Natchitoches with Bro. Stanley Clemmons officiating.  Burial will follow at Memory Lawn Cemetery in Natchitoches.  The family will receive friends from 2 pm until 3 pm on Saturday the 8th at Freedom Life Church located at 1530 Keyser Ave, Natchitoches, LA 71457.

Hiram Phillips, Jr.

Hiram Phillips

Funeral Services will be held at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 318 North Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457 Saturday, February 8, 2020, 2:00 p. m. with burial following in the Rockford Baptist Church Cemetery. 

Robert Gerald Martin

Robert Gerald Martin

Robert Gerald Martin was born in Hutton, LA on July 3, 1935, to Robert L. and Beulah Martin.  He grew up in Natchitoches and graduated from Natchitoches High School.  He attended Northwestern State University but before graduating, he joined the United States Navy.  After his tenure, he returned to Natchitoches and graduated from NSU and began his career in business, where he retired as the Vice President and CEO of First Federal Savings and Loan of Natchitoches.  Robert was an active member of First Baptist Church of Natchitoches.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Lois Conlay Martin; children, Denis Martin, Terry Martin, Glenn Martin, Jonise Rachal, Brenda Garlington, Glenda LaCaze (Riley), and Karen McKinney (Lee); and a brother, John Earl Martin (Louise).  He was blessed to be “Paw-Paw Robert” to his numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, which he greatly adored.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert L. and Beulah Martin.

A service to honor his life will be held at 2 pm on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home with Bro. Bruce Mitchell officiating.  Interment will follow at Memory Lawn Cemetery in Natchitoches.  The family will receive friends from 12 pm until service time on February 9th at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home of Natchitoches.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to First Baptist Church of Natchitoches Building Fund, 508 2nd Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457, in his honor.

Otis S. Cook

Otis Cook

Life celebration services will be held at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, Saturday, February 8, 2020, 11:00 a. m. with burial including military honors in the Shady Grove Community Cemetery.  The casketed remains will lie in state for public viewing at the funeral home from 9:00 a. m. until service time.

Keith “Big Cajun” Brown

Keith Brown

Funeral services for Keith “Big Cajun” Brown, 52, of Zwolle, LA, will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Many Chapel, with Bro. Toby Shaw and Bro. Dean Johnson officiating.  Burial will follow in the Spring Ridge Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, LA.  Visitation will begin on Friday, February 7, 2020, at 5:00 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, Many, LA.

Keith “Big Cajun” Brown was born on July 18, 1967 in New Iberia, LA.  He passed away on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at Christus Highland Hospital in Shreveport, LA.  He was preceded in death by his father, Dickie Ray Brown;  grandparents; father-in-law, Earlton Allen; and his best friend, Jason Burr.  Keith enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking and he never met a stranger.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years that was the love of his life, Amie Allen Brown of Zwolle, LA; mother, Margaret Brown of Jeanerette, LA; sister, Donna Eskine and husband Glenn of Jeanerette, LA; brothers: Jimmy Brown and wife Karen of St. Martinville, LA, Mike Brown and wife Gretchen of Jeanerette, LA and Todd Brown and wife Keri of New Iberia, LA; and his beloved fur baby, Tiny; mother-in-law, Martha Allen of Zwolle, LA; sister-in-law, Gala Judah of Zwolle, LA; a very special nephew, Kaden Judah, that helped take care of him; along with a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Pallbearers: Joel Garcie, Brandon Breaux, Ricki Quinley, Charles Oubre, Shane Johnson, Tblu Landry, Kyle Bodin, Donny Joe Torres, Jonathan Cartinez and Terry Sepulvado, Jr.

Honorary Pallbearers will be his nephews: Kenny, Kaden, Kole, Brennan, Dustin, Chance, Kent, Brayton, Zach, Austin and Gunnar.

Letha Moore Eason

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Funeral services for Letha Moore Eason, 93, of Many, LA, will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Aimwell Baptist Church with Rev. Ronnie Sandifer and Rev. Jim Phaup officiating. Burial will follow in the Zwolle City Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 12:00 PM at Aimwell Baptist Church.

Letha Moore Eason was born on Thursday, June 3, 1926 in Belmont, LA. She passed away on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at Sabine Retirement & Rehabilitation Center in Many, LA. She was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Eason; parents, James William Moore and Catherine Elizabeth (Strange) Moore; and six sisters and two brothers.

She is survived by her son, William Doyle Eason and wife Mary of Many, LA; grandchildren, Annette Eason of Leesville, LA and James Eason and wife Kelly of Opelika, AL; great grandchildren: Elizabeth Parker and husband Trent of League City, TX, Catherine Willett of Webster, TX, Alexandra Willett of Houston, TX, Seth Eason of Auburn, AL, Samantha Eason of Auburn, AL, Caleb Eason of Auburn, AL and Luke Farris-Eason of Opelika, AL; great-great grandchildren; Coraline Parker of League City, TX and Vivian Parker of League City, TX; along with numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Pallbearers: James Eason, Seth Eason, Caleb Eason, Trent Parker, Robert Frisby and Stephen Taylor.

Honorary Pallbearers: Luke Farris-Eason and the deacons at Aimwell Baptist Church.

Vollie “Liz” Anders

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Funeral services for Vollie “Liz” Anders, 71, of Robeline, LA, will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Brad Adamson officiating. Burial will follow in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at 5:00 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, Many, LA.

Vollie “Liz” Anders was born on Sunday, December 12, 1948 in Tifton, GA. She passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center in Natchitoches, LA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Anders; parents, Jimmy and Janta (Walston) Dixon; three children, Jeff Durley, Tracy Durley and Denise Durley; sister, Anita Tucker; brother, John Wayne Walston.

She is survived by her grandchildren, Adam Durley of GA., Anthony Durley of GA., Andrew Durley of GA., Alex Durley of GA., Crystal Durley of GA., Amethyst King and husband LaShaun Edmonson of Many, LA., Lacy King and husband William Davis of Ebarb, LA., Tristen Durley of Many, LA., Terin Durley Goodman and husband Chris of Many, LA.; special family friend, Kayla Durley of Many, LA.; along with a host of great grandchildren; one great great grandchild, family and friends.

Pallbearers will be William Davis, Chris Goodman, Tristen Durley, Michael Self, LaShaun Edmonson, Harvey Spikes and Anthony Lowe, Jr.

Honorary Pallbearer will be Benjamin King.

Robert H. Meadows

Robert Meaddows

Funeral services for Robert H. Meadows, 78, of Many, LA, will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Siloam Baptist Church with Rev. Wilton Anthony officiating. Visitation will begin on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at 5:30 PM at Siloam Baptist Church.

Robert H. Meadows was born on Saturday, April 12, 1941 in Goldonna, LA. He passed away on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at his residence in Many, LA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Loyce (Jack) Meadows and Cleo Elkins Meadows; and his brothers, Ollie Meadows and Earl Meadows.

He is survived by his wife JoAnn McHenry Meadows of Many, LA; children: Katherine DeBoard and husband Larry of Coushatta, LA, Steve Meadows of Goldonna, LA, Kayla Smith and husband Ed of Coushatta, LA and Denise Gardner of Many, LA; sister, Elouise Blalock and husband Joseph of Blanchard, LA; brothers: Travis Meadows and wife Mary of Pine Bluff, AR, George Meadows and wife Linda of Mooringsport, LA and Delmer Meadows and wife Earlene of Mooringsport, LA; grandchildren: Jonah DeBoard of Baker, LA, Cole Meadows of Blanchard, LA, Jacob DeBoard of Lafayette, LA, Dustin Burris of Porter, TX and Star Wilson of Many, LA; great grandchildren: Ava Meadows of Blanchard, LA and Destiny Burris of Porter, Tx; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Alton Lewing

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Graveside services for Alton Lewing, 71, of Florien, LA will be held on Tuesday, February, 4, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Pine Knott Cemetery with Rev. Joe Hendrickson officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM on Monday, February 3, 2020 at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, Many, LA

Alton Lewing was born March 8, 1948 to Curtis and Marie Clark Lewing. He graduated from Florien High School in 1966. He married the love of his life Maribeth Adams Lewing on March 22, 1969 and they started their life journey together.

He worked numerous jobs before getting into the Poultry Business, a profession that became his passion. He loved raising chickens and cattle and working in the hayfields. He had a work ethic that few could keep up with.

His second joy in life was his great niece and nephew, Mattie and Alton Adams. He spent many hours riding them on the tractor while he fed cows.

Alton is survived by a sister, Evelyn Adams and husband Wayne, Jim Lewing and wife Marilyn, a very special brother Dean Lewing and wife Donna, Clarence Lewing and wife Jeanette, nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Pallbearers are Matt Adams, Josh Hendrickson, Bo Robertson, Rick McConnell, Branen Hendrickson and Chris Walker.

Honorary Pallbearers are Brant Hendrickson, Marty Welch, Bubba Welch, Braden Hendrickson and Murdock Adams.

Alton was a very special person who was always ready to help anyone. He was loved beyond measure and will be greatly missed.

Cecil Hall

Cecil Hall

Funeral services for Cecil Hall, 82, of Many, LA, will be held on Monday, February 3, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Cenchrea Church of the Nazarene with Rev. James Philen officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Sunday, February 2, 2020, at 4:00 PM at Cenchrea Church of the Nazarene.

Cecil Hall was born on Monday, March 29, 1937 in Robeline, LA. He passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at his residence in Many, LA. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva Dale Hall; parents, Harcie Hall and Thelma Dean (McClarin) Hall; sisters, Thelma Richardson and Bea Hardy; and his brother, Archie Hall.

He is survived by his sons: Rickey Hall and wife Karen of Many, LA, David Hall and wife Kristen of Many, LA and Donald Hall and wife Donna of Many, LA; sisters, Yvone Webb of Mansfield, LA and Mary Jo Resiner of New Caney, TX; brother, Howard Hall and wife Annie of Waskom, TX; grandchildren: Ryan Hall, Blake Hall, Alayna Hall, Kris Hall, Britney Hall-Bragg, Chrissy Craig and Dustin Hall; fifteen great grandchildren; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers: Ryan Hall, Blake Hall, Kris Hall, Dustin Hall, Jerrad Bragg and JoJo Craig.

Honorary Pallbearers: Bentley Hall, Hunter Hall, Frankie Craig and Fynlee Bragg.

Zack Wilson Brumley, Jr.

Zack Wilson Brumley

Funeral services for Zack Wilson Brumley, Jr., 82, of Many, LA, will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 3:00 PM at Friendship Baptist Church with Dr. Steve Spears and Rev. Bryan Adamson officiating. Burial will follow in the Friendship Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Friday, January 31, 2020, at 4:00 PM for family and 5:00 PM for friends at Friendship Baptist Church.

Zack Wilson Brumley, Jr. was born on Friday, August 13, 1937 in Many, LA. He passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at his residence in Many, LA. He was preceded in death by his father, Zack Wilson Brumley, Sr.; mother, Tessie Margaret Counts Brumley; and sister, Sharlet Layrain Alford.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Mary Kennedy Brumley of Many, LA; daughters: Paula Brumley Sanders and husband Rodney of Hornbeck, LA, Kittie Brumley Clark and husband Kelvin of Many, LA and Wendy Brumley Adams and husband Jamey of Many, LA; sisters, Bobbie Cutrer and husband Ben and Doris Procell and husband Roy; brother, DeWayne Brumley and wife Wilma; grandchildren: Casey, Joseph and DaKota Sanders; Raven Williams and Ryver Clark; Zack Adams, Zander Adams and Samantha Scaife; ten great grandchildren; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons: Casey Sanders, Joseph Sanders, Dakota

 

Ralph David Matthews

Ralph Matthews

Funeral services for Ralph David Matthews, 80, of Florien, LA, will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 10:00 AM at First United Pentecostal Church of Leesville with Rev. Mark Christian, Rev. Louis Magee and Rev. Tim Whistine officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Friday, January 31, 2020, at 5:00 PM at First United Pentecostal Church of Leesville.

Ralph David Matthews was born on Wednesday, August 9, 1939 in Many, LA. He passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at his residence in Florien, LA. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Grace Matthews; daughter, Laura Matthews O’Connor; granddaughter, Ashtin O’Connor; two brothers, Cleveland and Donald Matthews.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Rutherford Matthews of Florien, LA; son, Kelvin Matthews and wife Cissy of Florien, LA; two grandchildren, Caroline Chandler and husband Dustin of Augusta, GA and Colby Matthews of Florien, LA; sisters: Dorothy McComic of Florien, LA, Linda Lewis of Florien, LA, Marilyn Marr of Florien, LA, Jean Sharp of Florien, LA, Sherry Snell of Hornbeck, LA, Brenda Wilson of Dayton, TX; brothers: Bill Matthews of Leesville, LA, Charlie Matthews of Dayton, TX, Terry Matthews of Mooringsport, LA and Gary Matthews of Sam Rayburn, TX; special friends, Donald and Cheryl Russell of Many, LA; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers: Donald Russell, Bobby McClain, Rodney Rutherford, Jimmy Leach, Colby Matthews and Charlie Manasco.

Honorary Pallbearers: Buddy Self, James Teasley, Corky Mann, Freddie Wilson, Mark Green and Thurman Nash.

Wayne Converse Dew

Wayne Dew

Services for Wayne Converse Dew will be held on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at 11:00 am in the Sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Natchitoches with Rev. Tommy Rush officiating. Interment will follow at American Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 6 from 5:00 pm to 8 pm at the church and from 10:00 am to 11:00 am Wednesday before the service.

Wayne was born on May 17, 1934, in Lecompte, La. to Boyd Fitzhugh Whittington and Sallie Converse Whittington and passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at the age of 85 from a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

His parents divorced when he was very young, and he and his mother and grandmother moved to Natchitoches where his mother worked as a registered nurse and hospital administrator. His mother later married Steadman Joseph “Red” Dew, who adopted Wayne in 1947 and raised him as his own son. Wayne often said his adoption day was one of the happiest days of his life!

Wayne graduated from Natchitoches High School in 1952 and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Northwestern State College in Natchitoches in 1956, where he was a member of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. He earned a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon graduation.

Soon after graduation, he married JoAnn “Jody” Tarver of Many on June 3, 1956, whom he met at NSC. A month after their marriage, he reported for active duty as an anti-aircraft artillery officer at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, where Jody soon joined him. His active duty assignments included the 76 th AAA Batallion in Nagoya, Japan, and Fort Buckner, Okinawa. While on Okinawa, he was re-assigned from air defense to USARYIS Special Services Headquarters where he was assistant adjutant. One of his most important administrative duties was the coordination of the USO Shows. Because of this assignment, he was able to meet many celebrities of the day, including Bob Hope, Jayne Mansfield, Mickey Hargitay, and Les Brown and his Band of Renown.

In 1958, he and Jody returned to Natchitoches where Wayne took over his father’s business, Dew’s Loan Company, which he owned until his retirement in 2014. He entered the Army Reserves upon his return to the states, serving in the 90 th Regional Support Command and the 95th Regiment. He spent summers training and teaching at Army posts all over the country, culminating with an assignment as a military science instructor to officers at the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He retired in 1984 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Wayne was very active in the Natchitoches community over his lifetime. He was elected to the Natchitoches Parish School Board in 1962 at the age of 28, and served the citizens and children of Natchitoches Parish for 18 years. He held all elected positions on the school board, including President. At the state level, he was very active with the Louisiana School Boards Association. He represented the Congressional District on the LSBA legislative committee, served on the resolutions committee, and was the legislative liaison to the state association for Natchitoches Parish. He served as First Vice-President and, in 1976, was elected President of the LSBA. In addition, he was a member of the National School Boards Association and represented Louisiana as a voting delegate at their national conventions. He served as part of an advisory group to the Federal Energy Office representing the nation’s schools in the energy crisis of the 1970s, and was selected to a position on the Federal Relations Network, which was a liaison group between the NSBA, the U.S. Congress, and the Executive Branch in Washington, D.C.

He was a member of the Natchitoches Lions Club, Rotary Club, and the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Society. He was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Natchitoches where he was a member of the Couples Too Sunday School class.

Wayne loved football and spent many weekend nights attending both high school and college games. He supported the Natchitoches Central Chiefs and was usually in attendance at most home and away games. He served as president of the NCHS Football Booster Club when his son, Lance, was a team member. He was a huge LSU fan and loved the magic of a night game in Tiger Stadium.

Wayne was the epitome of a Southern Gentleman. He had a kind and gentle spirit, and he took care of those he loved. He had a quick wit and a dry sense of humor. His family was the light of his life, and he was happiest when all of his children and grand-children were home and gathered together for holidays and family celebrations. He was proud to be called “Papa” by his grand-children.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Steadman Joseph and Sallie Converse Dew, his father, Boyd Whittington, his step-brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Nan Dew, and his nephew and his wife, Randy and Kathleen Dew.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, JoAnn “Jody” Dew; his children, Christy Layne Dew of Shreveport, Kelly Dew Scott of Natchitoches, and Lance Reagan Dew and his wife, Lori, of Butler, Pa.; his grand-children, Carlee Alison Scott and Whitt Converse Scott of Natchitoches, and Shane Reagan Dew and Kathryn Ann “Katie” Dew of Butler, Pa.; his brother-in-law, Mike Tarver of Many; his niece, Cindy Dew Williams and her husband, Johnny, and his nephew, Scott Dew and his wife, Kim, all of West Monroe; and his half-brother, Charles Whittington of Pine Prairie, La.

Honoring him as pallbearers will be Jack McCain, Jr., Kendal Perkins, David Kees, Rick Hudson, Lance Dew, and Whitt Scott. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Whittington, Mike Tarver, Jimmy Berry, Van Barker, and Kenneth Perkins.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Tiffany Burrell, Donna Leone, and Pauline Tucker for their loving and compassionate care of Wayne in his last few months.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Shreveport.

 

Marvin Eugene Leone

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Funeral services for Marvin Eugene Leone, 85, of Zwolle, LA, will be held on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Richard Norsworthy officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at 4:00 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, Zwolle LA.

Marvin Eugene Leone was born on Sunday, January 14, 1934 in Zwolle, LA. He passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2019 in Shreveport, LA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lou Leone and Della (Rivers) Leone; brothers: Bill Leone, Ellis Leone, Raymond Leone and Dully Leone; and sister, Lucille Ebarb.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Leone of Zwolle, LA; daughters, Judy Garcia and husband Stan of Zwolle, LA and Renee Longoria of Zwolle, LA; sons: Louis Longoria and wife Patty of Mansfield, LA, Bill Longoria and wife Carolyn of Bunkie, LA and James Gilcrease and wife Marie of Bossier City, LA; sisters, Margarete Clark of Shreveport, LA and Hazel Hendrix of Clarksville, TN; thirteen grandchildren and twenty-seven great grandchildren; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers: Michael Brown, Jessie Leone, Donny Torres, Kevin Longoria, Stephen Garcia and Joey Garcia.

Honorary Pallbearers: Kenny Torres, Donny Clark, Chris Longoria, Scott Hendrix, Melvin Procell and Dennis Leone.

Freeman “Skip” Ottis Hardin, Jr.

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April 5, 1948 – August 3, 2019

Funeral services for Freeman Ottis “Skip” Hardin, Jr., 71, of Florien, LA, will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Cenchrea Nazarene Church with Rev. James Philen and Rev. John Lewing II officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Florien, LA. Visitation will begin on Monday, August 5, 2019, at 5:00 PM at Cenchrea Nazarene Church, Florien, LA.

Freeman Ottis “Skip” Hardin, Jr. was born on Monday, April 5, 1948 in Many, LA. He passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at his home in Florien, LA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Freeman Otttis Hardin, Sr. and Sybil Smith Hardin; and father-in-law, M.A. McComic.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Hardin of Florien, LA; son, Frank Hardin and wife Stephanie of Clarksville, TN.; daughter, Jessica Hardin of Baytown, TX., son, Bill Hardin of Nashville, TN., Ken Powell and wife Melody of Florien, LA. and daughter, Kami Jones of Florien, LA.; sister, Ruby Edwards of Baytown, TX.; brother, Karl Hardin of Many, LA.; nine grandchildren, Erica Thaxton, Blake Powell, Nicole Hardin, Madelynn Jones, Justin Locke, Gracyen Jones, Lillie Hardin, Lindsey Hardin and Billy Hardin; one great granddaughter, Audrey Thaxton and one great grandson, Silas Joe Thaxton; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers will be Doug Thaxton, C.W. Collins, Robert Treese, Blake Powell, Tyler Thaxton and Ray McComic.

Brandon Vance Cotton

Brandon Cotton

Funeral service for Mr. Brandon Cotton will be at 10 am on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Central Cemetery in Robeline, LA. The family will receive friends from 5 pm until 8 pm on Monday, August 5, 2019, at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home.

Brandon was born on August 31, 1921, to Joab and Elizabeth Cordova Cotton in Robeline, LA and passed away on Friday, August 2, 2019, at the age of 97. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served in World War II for four years. He was very proud of his patriotic service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joab and Elizabeth Cotton; wife of 72 years, Geraldine Cotton; siblings, twin sisters, Jean and Jane Cotton, Arthur Cotton, Bessie Hayes, Joab Cotton, Jr., James Cotton, Theodore Cotton, Elizabeth Leach, and Pete Cotton.

He is survived by his daughter, Linda McArthur and husband Jim; granddaughters, Kristi Malone and husband Bubba, and Tricia Champagne and husband Cody; great-grandchildren, Carly, Kelsi, Chloe, Vance and Kayce; siblings, Curtis Cotton, Jack Cotton and wife Marjo, Ray Cotton and wife Dorothy, Bo Cotton, and Dolly Miller; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers include Randy Larkin, Scott Moon, Cody Champagne, Vance Montgomery, Gary Miller, Pat Miller, Bart Cotton, and Jackie Cotton. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Miller, Bubba Malone, and Tommy Floyd.

Debra Morgan

Debra Morgan

A service to honor the life of Mrs. Debra Morgan will be at 10 am Monday, August 5, 2019, at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home of Natchitoches. A committal service will be held at 9 am on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at Carter Cemetery near Crossett, Arkansas. The family will receive friends from 4 pm until 8 pm on Sunday, August 4, 2019, at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home.

Chuck LaGrange

Chuck Lagrange

Funeral services for Chuck LaGrange will be held at 2 pm on Sunday, August 4, 2019, at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches. The family will receive friends from 10 am until service time on Sunday the 4th at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home.

Chuck LaGrange 65 years of age and a resident of Natchitoches, passed away on July 29, 2019. He was born on November 18, 1953, to Armond LaGrange and Irene Naquin LaGrange in New Orleans, LA.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Michael LaGrange; and sister, Ellie Forschler.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Faye Guillot LaGrange; sons, Gabriel LaGrange and wife Amanda, and Justin LaGrange and wife Heather; grandchildren, Lindsay LaGrange, Gavin LaGrange, Hunter LaGrange, Collin LaGrange, Camden Litton, and Jayce LaGrange; sisters, Patricia Faust, and Susan Bordelon; brothers, Robert LaGrange, and John LaGrange; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Chuck’s legacy will impact the rest of our lives as well as our children’s lives.  The memories of spending time hunting, fishing, camping, hanging out on the porch at Tensas and Toledo Bend, around the campfire will always be favorite. He has taught us so much over the years of both what to do and what not to do.  How to love and serve family, love of the outdoors – God’s creations, respect authority, analyze and consider all options, not just the easy ones, keep loving family no matter what the other person chooses.  He was a natural outdoorsman and made everything look so easy to do but took the time to show us how to do it better.

His love for his wife, sons, grandkids, and extended family was so evident in his words and actions. His influence will always be ever-present.

Mary Pearl Stark

Mary Stark

Her family was the most important to her and it started with her marriage. Mary and Bill said, “I do” in Vinton, Louisiana on December 26, 1966. They were blessed with nearly 53 years of marriage.

Mary was preceded in death by her brothers Roland, David McBride; and a sister Joyce Franklin. Mary is survived by siblings Lloyd McBride, Hazel McBride, and Cheryl Donovan; daughters Carolyn Deardorff, and husband Gary, and Marjorie Barrilleaux, and husband Clay. Her grandchildren Alicia Yarrish, and husband Teylor, and Alex, Arianna, and Sasha Barrilleaux; Mary also leaves behind a great-grandchild, Greyson Yarrish, to remember her love. Numerous nieces and nephews are left with memories of her personality as well.

Mary began her family in 1969 and from then on it was her priority. Alongside Bill, she raised her children to know and love God and his word, instilling “what’s right”, and showing them endless love. She not only raised her children this way but taught and treated others with the same love and respect.

Her willingness to help others, her relationship with Jesus, and her spirited personality never wavered. She enjoyed gospel music, “funnies”, and above all, spending time with her family.

Mary’s church family was always just as important as her biological family. She touched lives and built friendships over her lifetime across many cities and states.

Let this be a celebration of Mary’s life and accomplishments knowing that she has left this imperfect place to be with her Savior.

Funeral services will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at Light Way: A Church of the Nazarene.  Burial will follow at American Cemetery in Natchitoches, LA.  The family will receive friends from 12 noon until service time at Light Way: A Church of the Nazarene located at 112 East 5th Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457.

Mary’s love for children has prompted us to create a memorial to help with expenses associated with Louisiana District Children’s Camp.  In lieu of flowers, please donate in her name to Louisiana District Children’s Camp, C/O Dajunna Howell, 1419 Willis Street, Monroe, LA 71291.

Chip Rachal

Chip Rachal

Funeral services for Chip Rachal will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 1, 2019, at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches. The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. until the service begins.

Chip was a 1998 graduate of Lakeview High School and received a degree from Northwestern State University a few years later.  In his youth, he played for Dixie Youth Baseball and was an extraordinary first baseman. He played football, baseball and threw the javelin for Lakeview High School and made second-team all-state center his senior year. He was voted most humorous by his classmates and belonged to the physics club. He graduated with honors. He later married his high school sweetheart and they had a son, Dennis Rachal III in 2005. Although the marriage did not last; Chip became his son’s primary guardian and raised him with the help of his mother and sisters.

Chip Worked several years in Knoxville, Tennessee and Natchitoches, Louisiana until he became too sick to continue. Despite being disabled, he continued to enjoy fishing, cooking and watching sports. His son was his pride and joy and he participated in every family activity that he could.

His diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in 2017 came as a shock; he already suffered from a rare kidney/brain disease and had survived 20 surgeries. After the shock wore off, he fought to win with chemotherapy. His body finally gave out he went to sleep and did not wake up despite efforts to revive him. His loss is great, but his suffering is over. His sense of humor, his love of sports and music will live on in each of us and in his son.

Chip is survived by Denis Rachal III, his 13 year old son, his mother and second father Cindy and Rodney Broadway of Doyline, sisters Crystal Berry of Monroe, Kelly Parks and husband Jake of Natchitoches, Courtney Rachal and friend Jon Rusch of Shreveport, Jennifer Broadway of Hagewood, Vanessa Raphiel and husband John of Haughton, Amy Nectoux and husband Jason of Doyline; grandparents Huey and Lucie Rachal of Baton Rouge, Carolyn Broadway of Provencal, brother-in-law Jeremy Britnell of Shreveport, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

He is preceded in death by his father, Dennis Rachal; grandparents Shirley Landrum, Jackie Roberts-Rachal, Travis Landrum, Eulas Broadway; Aunts Connie Rachal, Tammy Post-Youngblood, Annette Rachal; cousins Randy Kerry, Kaitlyn Rachal; brothers-in-law Billy Berry and Jason Viola.

Serving as pallbearers are Jeff Rachal, Justin Rachal, Dru Jenkins, Jonathan Bennett, Kevin Landrum, and Kris Landrum.

Van Morrell McCain

Van McCain

Services for Van Morrell McCain will be held at 11 am Friday, August 2nd at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches. Morrell passed away Tuesday at the age of 92. Visitation will also be at Blanchard St. Denis on Thursday, August 1st from 5 pm until 8 pm. 
 
Morrell was born July 15th, 1927, in Verda, Louisiana, but lived most of his life in Natchitoches. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Van McCain and Arra Virginia McCain, and his siblings Violet Herald, Nolen McCain, Olen McCain (wife Mary), and Randall McCain (wife Laura). He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Nelda Smith McCain, and two sons Thomas Morrell McCain and Van Darrell McCain (wife Sherree), and his grandchildren Trevor, Trent, Travis (wife Tina), Jason McCain, and Melanie McCain Palma (husband Cris), and great-grandchildren Mayson, Loghan, Paul, Gavin, Jayden Aton, and Phoenix Palma. 
 
He served our country in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1952. He was a very hard working man, working in many different fields in order to provide for his family. He loved to watch boxing and pretend he was a part of the fight from his chair, he also loved going to the races. He was known for his practical jokes. He was a jack of all trades and loved working on things. Family and friends tell stories of his foot massages for pain relief. He was a great family man and will truly be missed. 
 
Serving as pallbearers are Trevor, Trent, Travis, Dustin Hayes, Buddy McCain, and Ronnie McCain. 

Robert May Harling, Jr.

Robert Harling

Funeral services for Robert May Harling, Jr. will be held Saturday, August 3, 2019, at 11:00 am at First Presbyterian Church in Natchitoches, LA with Rev. Sara Anne Berger officiating.  Interment will follow at Memory Lawn Cemetery in Natchitoches.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 am to 11:00 am immediately prior to the service on Saturday, also at First Presbyterian Church in Natchitoches.

Robert (Bob) Harling was born on June 19, 1923, in Edgefield, South Carolina.  The doctor who delivered Bob came to the Harling residence by horse and buggy.  Growing up in the 1920’s and 1930’s, he was smitten with airplanes and dreamed of flying.  He joined the Army Air Force in World War II and he frequently said that one of his proudest achievements was when he earned his wings and became a pilot for B-25 Mitchell bombers in WWII.

After the war, Bob attended the University of Georgia and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Forestry.  While he was there, he met his wife of 63 years, Margaret.  After graduation, he went to work for International Paper Company and retired with them after 35 years.

They had three children Robert III, Susan, and John.  Bob’s job with International Paper moved them to numerous places around the southeast.  They moved to Natchitoches in 1966, loved the town and stopped moving. In fact, Bob and his wife Margaret were even co-Grand Marshalls of the Natchitoches Christmas Festival Parade.

Bob was active in his faith as a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Natchitoches.  He was a loving husband and father and loved any time he could spend with his grandchildren Robert, Susan, and Jack.  He loved nature and was known for the abundant zinnias and roses that were frequently made available for friends’ flower arrangements. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his sons, Robert M. Harling III of Natchitoches and John Forbes Harling and his wife Elizabeth of Garland, TX.  Also, Bob had three grandchildren, Robert Patrick Robinson of Atlanta, GA, John Forbes Harling, Jr of Gainesville, Florida and Susan Kiturah Harling of Stanford, CA.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Jones Harling, his daughter Laura Susan Harling, his sisters Erlene Dorn, Elsie Rodgers, Annie Clair Balchin and his brother Faulkner Harling.

In lieu of floral contributions, the family requests donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Natchitoches, 114 Bienville Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457.

Sherman Lewing, Sr.

Sherman Lewing

May 22, 1925 – July 29, 2019

Funeral services for Sherman Lewing, Sr. 94, of Florien, LA, will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jimmy Price officiating. Burial will follow at Florien Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at 5:00 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, Many, LA.

He was preceded in death by his parents Sam C. Lewing and Edna Leola (Manasco) Lewing; wife Nell Lewing; brothers Ray Lewing and Herbert Lewing; sisters Bonnie Smith and Elizabeth Ann Lewing.

He is survived by his son Sherman Lewing Jr. and wife Catherine of Florien, LA; sisters Myra Anthony of Many, LA, Lola Jean Williams of Florien, LA and Shirley Kinney of Chillicothe, Ohio; granddaughter Shawnee Sedberry and husband Ron of Clifton, TX; grandsons Private Tristan Alen Molina of Ft. Huachuca, AZ and Private Spencer Allen Molina of Ft. Eustis, VA; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Sherman Lewing, Sr. was born into this world Friday, May 22, 1925, son of Samuel C. Lewing and Edna Leola Manasco from Fisher, LA.

He worked hard on the family farm with his parents and twelve siblings. As a child, delivered and sold concessions to serviceman during maneuvers in the area. He learned how to fly planes as a child with military members. He was very young and only fifteen when he joined the military in 1940. He served from 1940 to 1944, as a TEC 5, with the 81st Wild Cat Division, the first amphibious unit of the Army. He logged over 70 thousand miles on water. General McArthur took him under his wing, they called him “Blue”. He would deliver mail and tobacco to McArthur. He was awarded numerous medals and nominated for McArthur’s Honor Guard.

When Sherman returned home to Fisher, he bought his first Ford Mercury and would help the highway patrol run down other cars! He attended trade school in Many then went to work in the oilfield in Texas City. He was severely burned and one of the few survivors from the April 16, 1947 explosion. He returned home and shortly after met the love of his life, Nell Royal of Gandy, Louisiana while she was working at Horn’s Drug Store. They married and had one child, Sherman Lewing, Jr. Sherman moved his family to Killeen, Texas and embarked on a long career with the Civil Service. He was Head of Transportation Motor Pool at Ft. Hood and retired after twenty-five years of service. He was over 350 employees and responsible for every vehicle entering and exiting the military base. He often flew in Air Force One and Two and was very fond of President Johnson who shared his love for Cuban Cigars. He worked with three presidents while there.

He started his love of gardening while living in Killeen. He loved being outside and had large fruit orchards and tropical plants and trees. He retired and built his home in Florien, Louisiana where his wife continued her hair salon. He loved landscaping and always kept fruit orchards in his backyard and gardening fresh vegetables. This was one of the happiest times of his life, he was retired for 50 years of his life.

Sherman was always busy working. He managed properties in Killeen and ran car wash in Florien. Sherman was a very quiet dignified and respectful man that was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and son. He had a big heart and compassionate towards his family’s friends. He shared a special bond with his granddaughter and great grandsons.

Later in life he battled throat cancer and took care of his wife for 12 years at home. They were married for 67 years. He was “True Blue” to his sweetheart. He loved his son and was very proud of him and his family. He was immensely proud of his great grandsons for joining the Military. He went home to his Lord and Savior on Monday, July 29, 2019.

Edith Sharp Lucky

Edith Lucky

Services for Edith Sharp Lucky will be held at 11 am Wednesday, July 31st at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches with Mrs. Sue Hortman leading the celebration of life. Edith passed away peacefully Saturday at age 82 following a lengthy illness. Visitation will also be at Blanchard St. Denis on Tuesday, July 30th, from 5 pm until 7 pm.

Edith was born February 9, 1937, in Mer’Rouge, Louisiana, but lived most of her life in Natchitoches.  She was preceded in death by her parents, B.J. and Tavie Sharp, her husband of 52 years, Tracy Reed Lucky, and her only brother, Jack Sharp and his wife, Margie.  She is survived by her three sons, Tracy Reed Lucky, Jr., (Cynthia), Bryan Cole Lucky, (Jyll) and Kerry Baxter Lucky (Jana), and her grandchildren, Kevin Moss (Scotia), Kamela Moss, Karen Moss (Gayle), Halie Errington,  April White (Waylon), Luke, Joshua and Jessica Lucky, and great-grandchildren Coleman Welch, Keith, Keenan and Keelan Moss, Ava, Emme and Jax Errington, Presley and Steele White and great-great-grandchild, Riley Moss.

Edith graduated from Natchitoches High School in 1954 and earned a bachelor’s degree in Education at Northwestern State University in 1957, and a master’s degree in Education in 1963.  She received her +30 in 1970.  All from Northwestern State University. She also has an additional 18 hours of credit in Speech Pathology.   She worked with children with special needs for many years and served as the principle of the Natchitoches Pre-school Center.  Edith retired in 1990 following a committed career in special education.

During their 52 happy years together, Tracy and Edith enjoyed traveling, RV-ing with friends, and entertaining.  Their home was known for its warmth, and hospitality, where drop-ins were always welcomed.  Edith was a renowned cook and loved hosting in their home.  She and Tracy could also be counted on to be taking food and visiting shut-ins and folks who were ill.  In addition to entertaining and cooking, Edith also loved playing bridge and traveling, and spending time with her beloved family, to which she was devoted.

Serving as Pall Bearers are Luke Parker Lucky, Joshua Reed Lucky, Coleman Welch, and Keelan Moss, Donald Beasley, and Randy Lucky.  And the family wishes to name Honorary Pall Bearers, Joe Beasley, Gary Beasley, John Sharp, and Scott Sharp. 

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the NSU Foundation for Edith Sharp Lucky Scholarship in Education to 535 University Parkway, Natchitoches, LA 71497.

Leonard “Billy” Miller

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February 28, 1943 – July 27, 2019

Leonard Wayman “Uncle Billy” “Billy Boy” Miller, age 76 of Zwolle, Louisiana passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2019, after a lengthy illness. Arrangements are being handled by Warren Meadows Funeral Home of Many, La. The family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at the Union Baptist Church in Belmont, Louisiana. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at the Union Baptist Church, with internment at the Belmont Cemetery with military honors. Officiating the funeral service will be Rev. Bobby Simmons.

Billy Boy, or “Uncle Billy” as many knew him, was born on February 28, 1943 to Delos and Gertharie Miller of the Dess community. He attended Negreet school and was known to everyone simply as the fun-loving “Billy Boy.”
He led a very full life, having proudly served his country as a mechanic in the army during the Viet Nam war. After being honorably discharged from the army with numerous awards, Billy returned to Sabine Parish where he married and made a family with Argerine Sepulvado and her three children: Wendell, Wanda Sue, and Scott. Billy was known for the love he had for Argerine, the children, and all of Argerine’s family. Billy and Argerine remained married until her death in 2015.

Billy worked in the oilfield and established himself with a reputation as a hard-working, analytical-thinking oil-field worker and oil-field consultant. Past trainees of Billy’s said he was the hardest teacher they ever had, but the trainees credited their successes in the oilfield all to Billy.

Billy loved to play, and play he did!!! He loved to attend car races, mud races, and began “muddin’” many years ago. He and “Big Red” were known throughout the state (and even areas in Texas). Billy won numerous muddin’ competitions and the dirtier Big Red got, the harder Billy laughed.

Billy loved his hunting club and his coffee club. He was known to go off to “the deer lease,” where he’d sit and talk and laugh for hours with his buddies. Every morning, Billy could be seen making the rounds in Zwolle, starting out with having his morning coffee with his friends at Kwik Trip and then going to see all of his friends at their businesses. Come rain or shine, Billy Boy was going to go make his rounds.

Billy met Janet Vice Miller at Carson Baptist Church and they married in 2016. Their marriage brought another family into Billy’s life and he quickly became the center and head of the family. Janet’s family quickly embraced and welcomed Billy into the fold. Janet and Billy were always found to be laughing, listening to Blue Grass music, and worshiping the Lord. Billy’s strong faith in Christ and his heart for serving the Lord further strengthened Billy’s and Janet’s bond.

Billy’s generosity was known throughout Louisiana. He made an impact on people of all ages. Many of his closest friends were men who are 30 or 40 years his junior. Everyone knew and loved “Billy Boy,” “Uncle Billy.”

He is preceded in death by his parents: Delos and Gertharie Miller; sister, Linda Gail Miller Downs; and step-son, William Hagelin.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Janet Vice Miller of Zwolle; step-sons: Eric Hagelin and wife, Martha, of Belmont; Jarred and wife, Heather, of Bossier; Wendell Castillo and wife, Holly, of Mansfield; step-daughter Wanda Sue Garcie and husband, Pat, of Zwolle; and step-son, Scott Castillo of Zwolle; a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended relatives, the “coffee club” boys, the “hunting lease family,” the “muddin’” family, and the “morning rounds” family.

 

 

Ms. Mary Eli Monette

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October 18, 1944 – July 25, 2019

A Celebration of Life will take place on Friday, August 2, 2019; 10:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cloutierville, Louisiana. Burial will be in the church’s cemetery. Services will be under the direction of Winnfield Funeral Home in Natchitoches.

Mr. Edward Williams 

The final care arrangements are pending at this time. Services will be under the direction of Winnfield Funeral Home.

 

Mrs. Amazona Waldrup McDuel  1944 – 2019

1944 – 2019

Life Celebration Services will go forth at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, Tuesday, July 30, 2011 at the 11:00 a. m. hour.  The remains will lie in state at the funeral home for public visitation from 9:00 a. m. to service time.  Interment will follow in the St. Titus Baptist Church Cemetery near Campti, LA.

Mr. Jamon Green   

1997 – 2019

Final care arrangements are pending. Services will be under the direction of Winnfield Funeral Home in Natchitoches.

 

Doris Jean Eason

Doris Jean Eason, age 81 and originally from Marthaville, LA, passed away on July 26, 2019.  She was currently a resident at Heritage Manor Stratmore Nursing Home in Shreveport, LA.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifton and Eunice Eason; brothers, Reuben and Paul Eason; and a twin sister, Dorothy Lynn Eason.

She is survived by her sisters Myrna Brint, Mattie Rachal, and Gladys Dowden; and a brother, David “Bo” Eason.  She is also survived by 10 nieces and nephews and 13 great nieces and nephews.

She enjoyed spending time with family and watching movies on TV.

A graveside service will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at Marthaville Cemetery in Marthaville, LA.  Those honored to serve as pallbearers include Wade Brint, Wes Brint, Villis “Bo”  Dowden, Eason Dowden, Eugene Rachal, and Charles Davis.  Honorary pallbearer will be Ted Singletary.

Freddie LaVell Nash

Freddie Nash

September 1, 1940 – July 24, 2019

Funeral services for Freddie Lavell Nash, 78, of Belmont, LA, will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Pendleton Assembly of God with Rev. Daniel Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the Bayou Scie Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Friday, July 26, 2019, at 5:00 PM at Pendleton Assembly of God.

Freddie Lavell Nash was born on Sunday, September 1, 1940 in Many, LA. He passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 in Shreveport, LA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Olcie R. Nash and Orelia ALeane (McGaha) Nash; daughters, Loretta Dowden and Becky McLendon and sisters, Melba Nash and Bobbie Turner.

He is survived by his wife Brenda Nash of Belmont, LA; daughters Cheryl Sepulvado and husband Randy of Zwolle, LA and DaJuana Simpson and husband Joey of Belmont, LA; step-sons, Mike Byles and wife Cindy of Many, LA and Eddie Byles and wife Lisa of Florien, LA; son-in-laws, Ronnie Dowden of Zwolle, LA and Keith McLendon of Many, LA; sisters: Francis Eaves of Belmont, LA, Mary Farmer of Belmont, LA and Lenora Sepulvado of Belmont, LA; twelve grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; along with several nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers: Justin Farmer, Brandon Byles, Randy Byrd, Justin Byles, Kirk, Buster, Jake Kohlbecker, Jacob Byles, and Marty Eaves.

Honorary Pallbearers: J.C. Meshell, Doyle Sandifer, Randy Sepulvado, Keith McLendon, Stanley Sattler, Stanley Neal, Joey Simpson and Paul Rivers.

Alice Mary Ezernack

Alice Ezernack

Funeral services honoring the life of Alice Mary Ezernack will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, July 19, 2019, at St. Ann Catholic Church with Father Richard Norsworthy officiating. Burial will follow at the Old Zwolle Cemetery in Zwolle, LA. The family will receive friends for visitation from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Thursday, July 18, 2019, with a rosary being recited at 6:45 PM at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Many, LA.

Alice was born November 25, 1933, in Ebarb, LA to Eugene Ebarb and Lydia Procell Ebarb and entered into rest on July 17, 2019, in Many, LA.

Preceding Mrs. Ezernack in death were her parents, Eugene and Lydia Ebarb; father of her children, Hobart Laroux; husband, John Ezernack; her sons, Darryl G “Dottie” Laroux, and Infant Hobart Laroux Jr.; and her sisters, Melva G. “Skin” Ebarb and Josie Ebarb. Those left behind to cherish his memory are her sons, Kenneth “Chooch” Laroux, and wife, Kathy of Converse, LA; Barry “Bob” Laroux and wife, Suzette of Many, LA; Frank “Tank” Laroux and wife, Laura of Bossier City, LA; and Gary “Pye” Laroux of Zwolle, LA. In addition, Mrs. Alice leaves behind 9 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren along with a host of nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends.

Honoring Alice as pallbearers will be Waylon Laroux, Mike Laroux, Ronnie Ebarb, Harold Dyess, Mike Wilder, and Doug Laroux.

 

Larry Mitchell

Larry Mitchell

Sep 5, 1954 – July 17, 2019

Life Celebration Services for Larry Mitchell will be at Restoration Apostolic Ministries Church, 175 Fairgrounds Road, Natchitoches, Saturday, July 27 at 11 a.m. with burial following in the Lawrence Serenity Sanctum.  The casketed remains will lie in state at the church Saturday from 9 a.m. to service time. Larry was a long time employee of Auto Zone in Natchitoches.

Billie Sue Lonadier Trissler

Mrs. Billie Sue Lonadier Trissler, 84 years of age and a resident of St. Maurice, LA, passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2019.  She was born on February 16, 1935, to Julius Lonadier and Julvina DeSoto Lonadier in Winn Parish.  She is preceded in death by her parents; a son, Paul Trissler; as well as 7 brothers and 3 sisters.

She is survived by her children, Alicia Trissler of St. Maurice, LA and Tom Trissler of Naples, FL; and a grandson, Michael Trissler of Naples, FL; as well as many friends.

Memorials in Billie’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

A service to honor her life will be announced at a later date.

Willis Henry “Henry” Mitchell

Willis Henry Mitchell

1935 – 2019
 

Mr. Willis Henry Mitchell, 83, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 15, 2019. Visitation will be held at Hillcrest Funeral Home on Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 5-7pm. Services will be held Friday, July 19, 2019, at 10am at Hillcrest Memorial Chapel with interment to follow. Henry was a native of Robeline, Louisiana, and has been a resident of Bossier City for the past 65 years. He was born on October 27, 1935, in Allen, Louisiana. He was a member of First Baptist Bossier. 
Henry served the banking community for 48 years as Senior Vice President for several local banks and was also president of the Louisiana Bankers Association. Henry served the Bossier community on the Bossier Parish Police Jury, as president of the Optimist Club, and was a member of the American Cancer Society. Henry also served his country in the Louisiana National Guard.Henry was a loving father, son, brother, and grandfather. He devotedly served his family. He was a courageous partner to his wife Barbara Johnson Mitchell. He was a friend and companion to his sister Sue as long as she lived. He was a selfless father and guide to his children Gary Mitchell and Gay Draper until his dying moment.He was a loyal friend to many and will always be remembered for putting the needs of others before his own. His children would like to thank their father for setting the example of integrity, positivity, graciousness, and love. He was always a gentleman.

Henry enjoyed spending his days hunting and fishing. He also loved collecting original arrowheads and hand-making his own.

Henry was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Johnson Mitchell; his parents Henry and Vera McCrory Mitchell; his sister Sue Mitchell Lambert; his niece Pamie Sue Lambert Lofton; and mother-in-law Grace Johnson.

Henry is survived by a son, Gary Landon Mitchell and his fiancé Dolly Jean Wood and her son, Justin Wood; daughter, Gay Lynn Draper and husband Jessie Glenn Draper III; his brother-in-law Arthur Lambert; his three grandchildren – Dr. Matthew Colton Raley and wife Dr. Danielle Grace Raley, Melany Danielle Eakin, and Andrew Charles Eakin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Eugene “Gene” Driggers, Andrew Driggers, Glenn Draper, Butch Ford, Patrick Jackson, Bill Altimus, Kevin Bragg, Dr. Matthew Raley, and Justin Wood. John LeGrand, Terry Hamous, and Andrew Eakin will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at Pilgrim Manor Nursing Home for their dedicated care of Henry during the last few years of his life.

Brantley Ray Spivey

God had different plans for our little boy, Brantley Ray Spivey, on July 16, 2019, cradled in the arms of Jesus, he went home to be with the Lord. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Robert “Bobby” Ray Givens.

He leaves behind, but one day will be reunited in heaven with his parents, Beau Spivey and Kayla Givens Spivey; paternal grandparents, Roy and Terri Spivey; maternal grandmother, Denice Givens; aunts, Amanda Moore, Jasmine Givens, Brandy Dresher, Sarah Andrews, Anna Spivey, and Hope Spivey; uncles, Matthew Givens, Cody Spivey, and Patrick Kircher; as well as numerous extended family and friends.

A service to celebrate Brantley’s life will be held at 2 pm on Sunday, July 21, 2019, at The United Pentecostal Church of Montgomery with Rev. Donald Givens officiating. Burial will follow at Union Hill Cemetery near Montgomery. The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 21, 2019, from 11 am until service time at The United Pentecostal Church of Montgomery located at 2647 HWY 71, Montgomery, LA 71454.

Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Confederates Motorcycle Club.

Gregory Anthony “ Greg” Brumley

Gregory Anthony “Greg” Brumley, age 65 of Montgomery, Louisiana passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

Born Monday, September 7, 1953 in Aloha, Louisiana, he was preceded in death by his parents, Nellie Mae Self Brumley and Jack E. Brumley, Sr.; sister, Nona Wise; brothers, Paul and Damian Brumley; brother-in-law, Archie Wise; and nieces, Chasity Humphrey and Jaycee Carter.

Mr. Brumley was raised Catholic and was a graduate of Verda High School where he played basketball, softball and baseball. He later enjoyed coaching basketball, baseball and softball and was an avid golfer. His favorite pastimes were duck hunting, slow pitch sloftball and gardening. Mr. Brumley was retired from West Frazier, in Joyce, LA.,

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 46 years, Mary DuBois Brumley; son, Brandon Heath Brumley; brother, Jack Brumley, Jr. (Ruth); sister, Julia Woodward (Alvin); sister-in-law, Janelle Brumley; granddaughters, MacKenzie Hope Brumley and Sydney LeighAnn Brumley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 21, 2019, at Southern Funeral Home, from 10:00 AM until time of services.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at Southern Funeral Home with Bro. David Antee and Bro. Mitchell Norman officiating. Interment will follow in New Hope Cemetery, in Verda.

Serving the family as pallbearers will be Jerry Roberts, Vic DuBois, Hershel Sanders, Royce McManus, Paul LeBaron, and Alvin Woodward. Tommy Dyson will serve as an honorary pallbearer, along with Mr. Brumley’s nieces and nephews.

 

Bobby Joe Rush

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May 30, 1954 – July 14, 2019

Funeral services for Bobby Joe Rush, 65, of Many, LA, will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Matt Warren officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethsadia Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at 5:00 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, Many, LA.

Bobby Joe Rush was born on Sunday, May 30, 1954 in Kountze, TX. He passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2019 in Shreveport, LA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bertis Henry Rush and Alice Leah (Gentry) Rush; son, Tommy Joe Rush; one brother and one sister.

He is survived by his wife, Barbra Rush of Many, LA; son, Michael Rush of Natchitoches, LA; daughter, Bobbie Stewart of West Monroe, LA; sisters: Mary Williams of Winnfield, LA, Connie Reed of Winnfield, LA, Susan Woods of Forney, TX and Betsy Andrus of Springhill, LA; brothers: Bertis Ray Rush of Campti, LA, Johnny Earl Rush of Millington, TN and Keith Rush of Pineville, LA; grandchildren: Avery Elizabeth Heard, Jaylon Paul Stewart and Kaden Gabriel Rush; along with a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Pallbearers: Larry Horn, Jeremy Fullerton, John Miller, Mike Byles, Clint Isgitt and Scott Isgitt.

Delores”DeLo” Lewing

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December 4, 1935 – July 13, 2019

Delores “DeLo” Lewing was born December 4, 1935 and passed away peacefully July 13, 2019.

Services celebrating her full and joyous life will be held on Saturday, July 20th at 2:00 PM at Alford Heights Baptist Church in Many with burial at Old Pisgah Cemetery following the service. Visitation will begin at 12:00 PM immediately prior to the service.

DeLo was born and raised in Belmont, LA, where she became known for her skill on the basketball court at Belmont High School. She later married Wayne Lewing and moved to Fisher, LA where they raised their two daughters, Diane and Kim. DeLo was a kind and steadfast daughter, mother, sister, wife, grandmother, and a friend to all. If you made it out to her house, you could count on a full meal waiting on you, most of which would be lovingly fried, with a side of tea almost as sweet as her. DeLo was a faithful member of Alford Heights Baptist Church, and she loved spending time with her friends in the women’s group.

All who knew DeLo can attest to her kindness, but to her close friends and family, she took on an even greater role of such quiet strength and selflessness. She never missed an opportunity to lend a helping hand, and she never dared ask for a thank you. She loved deeply and was treasured in return. She was stubborn and fierce in the best possible way, endearing her to all with her playful humor and making her a force to be reckoned with. Her greatest pride and joy, though, was being “MawMaw” to her three grandchildren, who absolutely adored her.

Remaining to cherish her memory are her two daughters: Diane McLendon and her husband Skipper of Branson, MO, Kim Lewing of Shreveport, LA; her three grandchildren: Zach McLendon of Alexandria, LA, Bailey Monsour of New Orleans, LA, and Alex Monsour of St. Petersburg, FL; her two brothers: Ronnie Wyatt and wife Betty of New Caney, TX and Donnie Wyatt and wife Vickie of Branson, MO. She was preceded in death by her parents: Carl Wyatt Sr. and Ethel Moore Wyatt; her brothers: Charles Glynn Wyatt, Carl Wyatt Jr. and Gene Wyatt; and her sister: Marguerite Wyatt Montelongo; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Honoring DeLo as pallbearers will be Wayne Adams, Dean Lewing, Richard Wyatt, Jeff Franks, Fernando Montelongo, and Thurman Ritter.

The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff of Garden Park Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Shreveport, LA for their kind and compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Old Pisgah Cemetery fund in her honor at 11448 Highway 120, Marthaville, LA 71450.

Billy Wayne Goss

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Graveside services for Billy Wayne Goss, 94, of Many, LA, will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 2:00 PM at St. John The Baptist Catholic Cemetery with Deacon Mike Sullivan officiating. Burial will follow in the St John The Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at 10:00 AM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, Many, LA.

Billy Wayne Goss was born on Friday, October 17, 1924 in Vernon Parish, LA. He passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2019 in Many, LA.

Preceded in death by his parents Berry Lincoln and Wilda Thorla Goss; wife, Marilyn “Pete” McCormic Goss; and siblings Ann Goss, Bobbie Goss, Mary Goss Armour, Majorie Goss Coburn, Dorothy Goss Duke, Ira Glenn Goss, Vernon L. Goss, Wifred “Jack” Goss, and Wilda Goss Snell.

He was survived by his sister Reba Goss Craft of Shreveport, LA, sister in law Betty Goss of Many, LA, and a host of nieces and nephews.

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Lizzie Mae Johnson

Lizzie Mae Johnson was born on May 30, 1927, in St. Maurice, LA and passed away July 10, 2019, in Natchitoches.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Mary Ida Fedrick Brown; her husband, Ford Johnson; brothers, Talmadge Brown, Dwight Brown, Earnest Brown, Buddy Brown, and Arthur Roy Brown; and a sisters, Beatrice “Cotton” Lonadier, Rosey Bell Tingle, Louise Waters, and Nelda Ann Martin.

She is survived by her brother, Garland Brown; her sons, Wayne Gourdon and wife Peggy and Johnny Gourdon and wife Penny; her grandchildren, Jessie Gourdon, Michael Gourdon and wife Sarah, April Gourdon, Brandi Pesina and husband Daniel; her great-grandchildren, Elyzabeth “Lizzie” Gourdon, Olivia Hatley, Laci Gourdon, Faith Gourdon, Cutter Gourdon, and Johnny “JD” Pesina. She also leaves behind to cherish her memory many nieces, nephews, and cousins in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Everyone who knew Lizzie loved her, she always had the best stories of her 92 years on earth. We all learned so much from her and will be forever grateful for the knowledge she passed to us. She was an excellent cook and never followed a written recipe, she would always say “watch and learn”. She had a deep love for animals, especially her dog, Bocephus. Bocephus was her baby and she cared for him better than she cared for herself. Her greatest love was for her family and home, and she was an excellent provider. Although at times she was very stubborn, she was always genuine and that why we loved her so much. She will be dearly missed and never forgotten.

A service to celebrate her life will be held at 10 am on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches. Burial will follow at Clear Lake Cemetery near Goldonna, LA. The family will receive friends on Saturday the 20th from 8 am until service time at Blanchard-St. Denis.

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Lona Buvins Horton Ford

Funeral services for Lona Buvins Horton Ford, 97, of Many, LA, will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at 11:00 AM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Donnie Paul Lewing and Rev. Benny Crittenden officiating. Burial will follow in the Florien Cemetery.

Lona Buvins Horton Ford was born in Fisher, LA on August 4, 1921, to William Horton and Exia Randolph Horton. She passed away on July 11, 2019, in Many, LA.

Lona is survived by her daughters: Dora Burley of Keatchie, LA, Shirley Greer and husband Marbury of Many, LA, Nona Hood and husband Randy of Benton, LA; daughter-in-law, Sue Ford of Robeline, LA; son-in-law, Ray DuBose of Florien, LA; sisters, Maggie Duhamel, Billie Hammond and Bobbie Pitt; eight grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar N. Ford; parents, William T. Horton and Exia Randolph Horton; sisters, Linda Stroud, Trudie Stroud, Annie Mae Howel, and Nancy Carroll; sons, Nathan L. Ford and Aubrey R. Ford; daughter, Helen Ford DuBose; son-in-law, Stanley Burley; granddaughters, Tammy Ford and Candy Hood; and grandson-in-law, Jeff Ketchem.

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John “Johnny” L. Martin Sr.

Funeral services for John “Johnny” L. Martin Sr. will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at Crystal Springs Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Cemetery under the direction of Jeane’s Funeral Service. A visitation time for the family and friends of Mr. Martin will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on July 12th at Crystal Springs Baptist Church.
Mr. Martin was born on December 28, 1955, in Many, LA and passed away on July 9, 2019, in Leesville, LA at the age of 63. He graduated from Anacoco High School in 1975 and worked in construction for most of his life. Mr. Martin was a hard worker and an excellent carpenter and electrician. There wasn’t anything that he couldn’t build. Mr. Martin had a heart of gold and would help anyone who needed it. He especially liked to make people laugh. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed fishing. Most of all, Mr. Martin loved spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Austin and Zelma Dean Martin and brothers, Edward Martin, Carter Martin, and Carl Ray Martin.
Left to cherish his memory are his son, John Martin Jr. of Anacoco, LA
daughters, Lawasa Martin and husband Eric Reberg of Anacoco, LA; Tracy Fulton and husband Brad of Ocean Springs, MS; Tabitha Vasquez of Leesville, LA; and Samantha Stanley and husband Eric of Cravens, LA
sisters, Jeanette Martin and Gerald of Anacoco, LA and Debbie Gilcrease and husband Bill
grandchildren, Ali Lawrence and husband Lane of Pickering, LA; Shali Fork of Lafayette, LA; Hannah, Averie, and Hunter Fulton all of Ocean Springs, MS; Devyn and Jaryt Welch of Simpson, LA; Kyley Lindsey of Leesville, LA; Caleb Wright of Leesville, LA; and Kobe, Rylee, and McKenzie Stanley of Cravens, LA
great grandchildren, Henley and Addie Lawrence of Pickering, LA
the mother of his children, Brenda Stone
and a host of extended family and friends.
Pallbearers will be Timmy Jeane, Chad Anderson, Adam Ray Martin, Eric Reberg, Brad Fulton, Eric Stanley, and Joshua Martin.
Words of comfort and encouragement for Mr. Martin’s family may be left athttp://www.jeanesfs.com.

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Timmy Lopez

Timmy Lopez, 56 years of age and a resident of Marthaville, LA, passed away on July 9, 2019.  He was born on December 26, 1964 in Shreveport, LA. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenny Rawls.

He is survived by his mother, Pat Rawls; a brother, John Rawls and Becky and their children, Jude Hunter and Beau Tucker; his best friend, Patricia; and his loyal dog, Lil Momma; as well as numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A service to honor his life will be announced at a later date.

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Yvonne Kay Taylor

Yvonne was blessed with a wonderful long life and lived it to the fullest.  She lived it her way.  Mother left us on July 9, 2019, to join her beloved mother to dance the streets of gold.

The family will hold a visitation on Thursday, July 11th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches and again on the 12th from 10:00 a.m. until service time at Kisatchie Baptist Church.  A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, July 12th at 11:00 a.m. at Kisatchie Baptist Church, 1809 Hwy 118 W, Provencal, LA with interment to follow at Union Cemetery in Kisatchie.

Yvonne is predeceased by her mother, Yvonne June Taylor; father, James Elvis Taylor, Sr.; brothers James Elvis Taylor, Jr., and Kenneth Wade Taylor.

Surviving Yvonne are her children Emily June Settle and husband Trent, Rose Marie Jones and husband Lawrence.  Grandchildren are Taylor Dene’ Garland and fiance’ Austin Barnhart, Garrett Cole Settle, Scott Edward Settle, and Kaitlyn Leann Settle.  Great-Grandson Kayson Ross Barnhart, and expecting second great-grandchild early next year.  She was also survived by her brothers Steven Taylor and Kevin Taylor; as well as uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Yvonne Loved spending time with family and friends, her happiest times were spent with her grandchildren and great-grandson. She was a hard-working woman and made many friends throughout her entire life, she loved to enjoy the natural beauty, peace, and quiet of Kisatchie Falls.  Yvonne will be greatly missed by many, but we know she is at peace in the arms of her Mother and other family who went before her.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers include Trent Settle, Lawrence Jones, Joel Taylor, Brad Taylor, Jared Taylor, Blain Gibson, and James Webb.

Honorary Pallbearers: Austin Barnhart, Garrett Settle, and Kayson Barnhart.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

 

Willis Ward

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Funeral services for Willis Ward will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, July 13, 2019 at First United Methodist Church ~ West Monroe. Brother Lamar Oliver will officiate. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 P.M. at Memory Lawn Cemetery in Natchitoches. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., Friday, July 12, 2019 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home ~ West Monroe.

Willis was born on November 25, 1925 in Natchitoches and passed away on July 6, 2019 in Monroe at the Northeast Louisiana Veteran’s Home. He retired from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during WWII. Willis was a member of First United Methodist Church ~ West Monroe. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia C. Ward; sons, Willis Forrest Ward, Jr., Robbie Ward; daughter, Dinah LaCaze; son-in-law, Larry Stapleton; grandson, Leham Ward.

Willis is survived by three daughters, Carol Maxey, Mary Wallin and husband Gary, Lee Ann Stapleton; eight grandchildren, Brad Hunt, Patricia Maxey, Matthew Pirkey, John Pirkey, Randy Ward, Jeff Stapleton, Misty Hardy, Judith Jurica; six great-grandchildren; many other cherished family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to First United Methodist Church ~ West Monroe or Alzheimer’s Association, 910 Pierremont Suite # 410, Shreveport, LA 71106.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the aides, nurses and staff of the NELA Veteran’s Home for the care of our Daddy during his illness.

 

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James (Mickey) Michael Rhame of Leesville, Louisiana

October 5, 1951 – July 4, 2019

Memorial services for James Michael Rhame will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 3:00 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel.

Mickey, as everyone knew him, was born in Temple, Texas on October 5, 1951 to Gerald and Evelyn Rhame. He was a resident of Leesville, LA. He passed away July 4, 2019 in Byrd Memorial Hospital.

He is preceded in death by his son, Michael DeWayne Rhame; his grandson, Zackary Shanon Rhame; his father, Gerald Rhame; brothers, Allen and Jimmy of Florien, LA; sister, Judy Rhame McDonald Hollie of Florien, LA; grandparents, Rufus and Gertrude Rhame of Pineland, TX and Hamp and Hattie Youngblood of Florien, LA.

He is survived by his daughter, Stephanie Oxley and husband Mark of Many, LA; son, Timothy Rhame and wife DeAnn of Whitehouse, TX; granddaughter, Breanna Oxley of Many, LA and great granddaughter, Kaydence (Puddin) Oxley of Many, LA; mother, Evelyn Rhame of Florien, LA; sister, Frankie Rhame McDonald; the mother of his children, Charlotte Oliver Keel; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

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Percy Joseph Adams of Many, Louisiana

July 22, 1949 – July 6, 2019

Graveside services for Percy Joseph Adams, 69, of Many, LA, will be held on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Leesville, LA.

Percy Joseph Adams was born on Friday, July 22, 1949 in Gueydan, LA. He passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at his residence in Many, LA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Adam Adams and Mable Joyce (Authemont) Adams.

He is survived by his wife, Dean Adams of Many, LA; sons: Brett Adams and wife Heather of League City, TX, Trent Adams and wife Shelby of LaPorte, TX and Jason Adams of Sulphur, LA; brothers: Lemuel Adams of Eunice, LA, Larry Adams of Kaplan, LA and Harry Adams and wife Cindy of Lafayette, LA; grandchildren: Laken Adams, Hunter Adams, Damon Adams, Gavin Adams, Annabelle Adams and Waylon Adams; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

He was a proud Marine Corps Veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a life member of the VFW, American Legion and DAV. He loved to play cards, the Dallas Cowboys and LSU Tigers. One of his greatest joys was spending time with his kids, grandchildren and family.

 

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Nada Louise Powell of FLORIEN, Louisiana

November 28, 1939 – July 5, 2019

Nada Powell, 79, of Florien passed from this life on Friday, July 5, 2019 at Sabine Retirement & Rehab Center in Many.

Nada Louise (Wedgeworth) Powell was born on November 28, 1939 in Shreveport, LA. She touched the lives of hundreds of young students during her more than 20 years of teaching in Calcasieu and Vernon Parishes. Nada was once honored as Vernon Parish Teacher of the Year. Her primary focus was 5th grade, yet she did teach other levels as needed. She delighted in her myriad of students and many of them still attest she was the first to help them believe they could indeed become and do anything they chose.

Nada was preceded in death by her parents, Preston and Mae Wedgeworth.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Lynn Powell; three children, Teresa Chance, Mike Powell, and Lisa Brent; and two grandchildren, Matthew Chance and Rachel Powell. Nada’s brother, Don Wedgeworth, is also among her survivors, along with a host of friends.

Just a few of Nada’s talents & interests included: an unbeatable hook-shot that helped lead Negreet girls’ varsity basketball team to the state championships multiple years in the 1950s, avid reader, sewing and crafts enthusiast, canning expert, and former Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church in Hornbeck.

A private special memorial celebration for Nada is being planned for later this year by her immediate family.

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Audrey Pauline Scott Lindsley Eversull

Polly was blessed with a wonderful long life and lived it to the fullest. She lived it her way. Mother left us on July 3, 2019, to join her beloved husband LeRoi to dance the streets of gold.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. in her much-loved Trinity Episcopal Church; 533 2nd Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 9 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home, 848 Keyser Avenue.

Polly is predeceased by her husband LeRoi Eldredge Eversull, her parents Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Scott, brothers John Ezra Scott, Henry Louis Scott, Obie Austin Scott, and Thurman Moses Scott.

Surviving Polly are her children Dana Sue Lindsley Champion; Paula Scott Lindsley Kuhlmann and husband Kenneth; Trenton LeRoi Eversull and wife Jill; Stephen Van Eversull and wife Angela. Grandchildren are Angela Denise Champion, Cammie Sue Champion Thompson, Kelli Delores Kuhlmann Cardwell, Phillip Lee Eversull, Patrick Trenton Eversull, Dana Victoria Thompson, Stephen Kale Eversull, Karson Van Eversull, Madeline Elizabeth Cardwell, Charles H (Trey) Davis III, and Kara Ann Davis. She is also survived by her sister, Dorothy Scott Carley.

Polly loved being with family and friends and one of the happiest moments recently was introducing one of her first-grade students at a major event. She taught lessons to her children and family all her life. Polly taught her students in her classrooms for 32 years and touched the lives of so many.

Polly was involved in many activities during her college life at Northwestern State University. As a Freshman at NSU, she majored in Physical Education. She took a canoeing class which required knowing how to swim. She loved the class but couldn’t swim at all. She feared she would drown the whole semester. Polly loved to tell this story. She left NSU to marry her first husband, Lawrence Anthony Lindsley. After his death, she returned to NSU to complete her degree in Education. She took a class under Dr. LeRoi Eversull, and of course, the rest is history. She was active in education organizations and events. Polly was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa teachers’ sorority and served in many capacities.

She was active in her Beta Sigma Phi social sorority. The members were truly her “sisters” and she enjoyed their events for many, many years. Polly served as a devoted member of the Trinity Episcopal Church Altar Guild. Participating in the rites of the church was very dear to her heart.

She and LeRoi spent many days of their lives enjoying various dance clubs, travel clubs, Mardi Gras events, Super Bowl parties and Fourth of July parties. They toured most of the United States and much of Europe.

Special thanks go to Cynthia Denny, Brooksie Green, Diane LaCour, Regina Monette, Ann Washington, and Candice Watkins.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers include John Ackel, Louis Bernard, Richard Carley, Gary Hardamon, John LaBorde, and John Ropp.

In lieu of flowers, Polly requested that donations be made to her church, Trinity Episcopal Church, 533 2nd Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457.

 

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Roger (Bud) Clyde Anders, Jr. of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana

February 27, 1969 – July 4, 2019

Funeral services for Roger Clyde Anders, Jr. (Bud) will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Glen Howard officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, Many, LA.

Roger was born February 27, 1969 to his parents, Roger and Chris Anders of Pleasant Hill, LA. He passed away July 4, 2019. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, R. C. and Loree Anders; maternal grandparents, J. E. Morse and Vera Mae; nephews, Matthew Greer and DJ Frazier.

Roger is survived by his son, Mason Tyler Anders of Shreveport, LA. His sisters, Kathy Frazier and husband Darren of Pleasant Hill, LA, Jeanette Schorr and husband Gene of Monroe, LA, Rene Greer and husband Kevin of Marthaville, LA and his favorite uncle, Reggie Anders and wife Jennifer of Pleasant Hill, LA; four nieces: Bridgette Phelps and husband Adam, Amanda McGee and husband Austin, Katelyn Clark and husband Carmeron and Sara Grace Schorr.

Roger loved race cars, riding his motorcycle and exploring new restaurants with Mason and giving Jeep rides to his faithful dog Jake. Bud was a “gentle giant” famous for his bear hugs and loud infectious laughter. His philosophy was “Enjoy Life”.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Hospital in memory of Roger Clyde Anders, Jr. (Bud).

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Barbara Lynn Tibbett Johnson, 66 years of age and a resident of Natchitoches, passed away on July 6, 2019.  She was born on June 5, 1953, to Preston Percy and Lucille Veuleman Tibbett.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 21 years, David Johnson, her parents, two brothers, Mike Tibbett and Kenny Tibbett, and a sister, Theresa Tibbett.

Barbara is survived by three nephews, Justin Tibbett, and wife Gretchin and their children, Preston and Lauren; Jason Tibbett and wife Heather and their children, Bailey, Jacob, and Addison; and Kendall Tibbett and wife Lori, and daughter, Morgan; two nieces, Ashley Tibbett Morgan, and husband Dennis, and their children, Dennison and Sawyer; and Sara Merchant, and her children, Joseph, Austin, and Emma; sisters-in-law, Linda Tibbett, Elizabeth Ann Tibbett, and Sue Short; stepchildren, Dacia, Jennifer, and Landon Johnson.

Barbara began a long and fulfilling career as an RN at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center in 1975.  She held several positions throughout her career including floor nurse, operating room nurse, Quality Control Administrator, and Risk Management Administrator.  She was a charter member of Krewe of Dionysos in Natchitoches and spent many years enjoying numerous friendships made and events.

The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to Barbara’s closest friends for their support and prayers as well as to NRMC administration and staff for the compassionate care given to Barbara and her family.  A special thanks to Dr. Matta and the ICU nurses.

A service to honor her life will be held at 3 pm on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches with Bro. Buster Jordan officiating.  Burial will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery near Robeline, LA.  The family will receive friends from 12 noon until service time on the 9th at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers include, Jim Sandefur, John Muckleroy, C.C. “Petey” Johnson, Bill McElwee, Jerry McElwee, and Wade Stephens.

 

 

 

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Virginia Rose Cozier of Many, Louisiana
September 15, 1936 – July 4, 2019

Memorial Services for Virginia Rose Cozier, 82, of Many, LA, will be held on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will begin on Friday, July 12, 2019 at noon at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel, Many, LA.

Virginia Rose Cozier was born on Tuesday, September 15, 1936 in Trout, LA. She passed away on Thursday, July 4, 2019 at her residence in Many, LA. She was preceded in death by her parents, Austin Flint Teddlie and Rosalie (Andrews) Teddlie; son, James Fields; husband, Aubrey Douglas Cozier, Sr.; brothers: Austin Flint Teddlie, Jr. and Soloman E. Teddlie.

She is survived by her son, Edward B. Cozier and wife Jennifer of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia; son, Aubrey Dougie Cozier, Jr. and wife Jackie of Pollock, LA; daughter, Mary Simon and husband Freddie Smith of Many, LA; sister, Barbara Bourgeois and husband Charles of Lake Charles, LA; grandchildren: Lauren Arnold and husband Brendan, Dalton Cozier, Mackenzie Cozier and wife Caitlin Richard, Reed Cozier, Victoria Cozier, Falicity Cozier, Samatha Cozier, Harley Cozier, Laynee Cozier, Lillian Simon, Avery Simon, Cole Leach, Jace Cozier and Brynlee Arnold; along with a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

 

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Darline A. Knippers

March 14, 1950 – July 5, 2019

Funeral services for Darline A. Knippers, 69, of Robeline, LA, will be held on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Friendship Church of the Nazarene with Rev. James Ericson and Deacon Scott Manuel officiating.  Burial will follow in the Friendship Nazarene Cemetery.  Visitation will begin on Monday, July 8, 2019, at 5:00 PM at Friendship Church of the Nazarene.

Darline A. Knippers was born on Tuesday, March 14, 1950 in Zwolle, LA.  She passed away on Friday, July 5, 2019 at Cornerstone Hospital in Bossier City, LA.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Knippers; son, Raymond Knippers; son-in-law, Davy LaGrange; parents, Dennis and Ollie (Gass) Armstrong.

 She is survived by her son, Kevin Knippers of Lake Charles, LA. and daughter, Kristie LaGrange and fiancé Bryan Landry, Robeline, LA.; grandsons, Tony Knippers and wife Kirsten  of Haughton, LA. and  David LaGrange of Robeline, LA.; granddaughter, Christian Meek and husband, Russell of DeRidder, LA.; four great granddaughters, Riley Knippers of Haughton, LA., Ami and Paislee Jamerson and Charlotte Meek of DeRidder, LA.; sisters, JoAnn Youngblood, Hattie Chambers, Linda Wilbanks, Charlotte Heard, Betty Gooden, Genevieve Gordon, Mary Campbell and Nell Arterberry; brother, Don Armstrong; special babies, Morgan, Abbie and Gracie Manual and Ayla Jenkins; friend and caregiver, Mary Delatin; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers will be Stephen Taylor, Dewayne Dockens, Kip Delatin, Johnny Miller, Jason Miller and Josh Jenkins

Honorary Pallbearers will be Bryan Landry David LaGrange and Tony Knippers.

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Benny Wade O’Brien

September 05, 1942 – July 04, 2019

A service to celebrate the life of Benny Wade O’Brien will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July  9, 2019, in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home with Bro. Bruce Mitchell officiating.  Burial will follow at Beulah Methodist Cemetery in Marthaville, LA.  The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, July 8, 2019, at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home.
Benny, 76 years of age and a resident of Natchitoches, passed away on July 4, 2019, at his home with his loved ones by his side.  He was born on September 5, 1942, to Thurman Wade O’Brien and Lovey Irene Prothro O’Brien in Pleasant Hill, LA.  He is preceded in death by his parents, his son, Patrick Wade O’Brien, and sister Joy Nell O’Brien.
He was a devoted husband, dad, granddad, great-granddad, and friend.  His greatest pleasure came from being with his family and friends.  As a child, he attended Marthaville Elementary School, and later graduated from Marthaville High in 1960.  Following graduation, he attended Northwestern State College obtaining his Bachelors of Science degree.  Throughout life, he went on to work as an electrical engineer, school teacher, real estate broker, and landowner.  Benny also had a knack for fixing things.  He enjoyed doing his own mechanic work to save money.   As a young child, Benny was baptized in the Marthaville Baptist Church.  He had a strong faith in doing what he felt was right.  He had a great love for the outdoors.  A part of his legacy will always be his favorite place, Kisatchie National Forest.  He considered this his second home. For over 50 years, he enjoyed being in the woods. Over these years he made many friends.  These friends came to be his “Camp Family”.  He especially enjoyed camping and riding ATVs with his camp friends.  He loved life and lived it to the fullest.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Benny is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jean Ellzey O’Brien; grandson, J. D. Wyble and wife Tammi; great-grandsons, Luke, Zach, and Jace Wyble; niece, Gina Dickenson, and husband Bill; as well as several great-nieces.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers include Mason Pitts, Josh Walker, Wade Stephens, Donnie Martin, Jacob Norton, Trey Guin.  Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Benson, Steve Harkins, Doug Revels, Victor Longlois, Jim Whitten, Ralph Guin, and Bill Kennedy.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice in celebration of Benny’s life.