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Wayne Converse 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Robert May Harling, Jr.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
September 05, 1942 – July 04, 2019