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Pete Dosher
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston for Pete Dosher, veteran newspaper writer, sports publicist and journalism educator, who died Feb. 4 at his home. Born June 2, 1928 in Manifest, LA, Dosher was a graduate of Jena High School, the Louisiana Tech Department of Journalism and the LSU Graduate School of Journalism. For more than 50 years, he was actively involved in Louisiana athletics, the newspaper field and journalism education. After earning All-State honors in basketball at Jena High, he lettered in basketball at Louisiana Tech. During his stay at Tech, Dosher was the university's first student sports information director (SID). Following two years of military service in the U. S. Army, he became the permanent SID and an assistant professor of journalism at Louisiana Tech. He also worked on newspapers in Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and Fort Smith, AR, in addition to serving as managing editor of the Jonesville Booster Catahoula News in Jonesville, LA. While at Tech, his guide was Shakespeare specialist turned football coach Joe "IA" Aillet, who led La. Tech to it first Golden Age of Athletics. As Tech's SID, Dosher produced several award-winning sports brochures and publicized such future professional stars as Terry Bradshaw, David Lee, Robert Brunet and George Stone. In addition to teaching core journalism courses, he also advised the Tech Talk newspaper and Lagniappe yearbook. After nine years at Tech, Dosher, a great admirer of President Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones, joined Grambling State University as associate SID and assistant professor of journalism. He and Glenn Lewis placed their graduates in the late 1960's and 1970's on major newspapers throughout the nation. Some of their graduates took editorial positions on such papers as the Miami Herald, Wall Street Journal, Dallas Morning News, Philadelphia Inquirer and Houston Chronicle while others went into such fields as television, business, politics and banking. While at Grambling, Dosher also worked closely with GSU SID and Publicist Collie Nicholson in promoting the university and its internationally known sports program and marching band. As head of the Journalism Department, he also advised the Gramblinite newspaper and Tiger yearbook. In 1976, his Advanced Reporting journalism class produced the 75th Anniversary Edition of the Gramblinite, which was named the best specialty publication of that year by a state teacher's association. After retirement, Dosher returned to GSU to work in the sports area where he devoted many hours to strengthening GSU and Southwestern Athletic Conference records. He remained at Grambling until Coach Eddie Robinson won his 400th football game. He is survived by his wife Mary Goebel Dosher; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kelsey and Jerry Garner Jr. of White Hall, AR, and Kathleen and Van Davis of Little Rock, AR; two sons, Karl and wife Lisa Dosher of Ruston and Keith Dosher of Ruston; six grandchildren, Amy, Michael and Joe Bordelon, Samantha, Melissa and Timothy Dosher; and one great granddaughter, Echo Noelle Wilson. Honorary pallbearers will be Buddy Davis of Ruston, John Ford, Jr. of Monroe, LA, Jim Ford of Conway, AR, Glenn Lewis of Ruston, Collie Nicholson of Shreveport and Wally Watson of Ruston. In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations to the Leukemia Research Foundation at 820 Davis Street, Suite 420, Evanston, IL 60201 (telephone 888-558-5385).

James Henry Martin, Sr.
Services for James Henry Martin, Sr., 58, of Ruston, LA will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 7, 2003 in the Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. T. J. Boyd and Rev. Ronnie Sanders. Interment will be in Mineral Springs Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mr. Martin died Monday, February 3, 2003 in Ruston, LA following a brief illness. Mr. Martin was a lifelong resident of Ruston and a member of Temple Baptist Church. He was an Army Veteran having served in Vietnam. Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Carol Clemons Martin of Ruston; two daughters, Teresa Martin Brewer of Farmerville and Emily Martin Harris of DeRidder; one son, James Henry Martin, Jr. of Ruston; one brother, Billy Gene Martin of Ruston; five sisters, Judy Oxford, Marie Raburn and Carrie Elizabeth Martin, all of Ruston, Donna Brooks and Kathy Brewer, both of Simsboro; and seven grandchildren. Family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 6, 2003 at the funeral home.

Walter J. Frank, Sr.
Services for Walter J. Frank, Sr., 95, of Baton Rouge, LA will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 5, 2003 in the Dubach United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Jon Lord. Interment will be in Hamilton Cemetery, Dubach, LA under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mr. Frank died Sunday, February 2, 2003 in Baton Rouge, LA following a lengthy illness. Mr. Frank was a former longtime resident of Dubach and a member of Dubach United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Henry Frank. Survivors include one son, Walter J. Frank, Jr. and wife Gail of Dallas, TX; one daughter, Jean Frank Gennuso and husband Sal of Baton Rouge, LA; and grandchildren, Joanna, Walter, Lillie Ann, Julie Rose and Richard. Pallbearers will be Larry Ferguson, Jimmy Ferguson, Herschel Cooper, Jerry Rogers, Seth Tatum, and Ronnie Smith. Family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4, 2003 at the funeral home.

Luther G. Martin
Luther G. Martin, age 79, of Crossett, died Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at Ashley County Medical Center. He was born on April 6, 1923 to his late parents, Gill and Estelle McClain Martin in Lacey, AR. Mr. Martin retired as a millwright after 40 years of service with Georgia Pacific Plywood and was a member of First Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by two brothers and a grandson, Gabriel Taylor Murray. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Betty Burnett Martin of Crossett; one son and daughter-in-law, David Lorence Martin and Cindy of Ruston, LA; one daughter and son-in-law, Teresa Karen Neathery and Jerry of Crossett; five brothers, Vance Martin of Houston, TX, Travis Martin of Hemphill, TX, Lavert Martin of Cleveland, TX, Allen Martin and Ladon Martin, both of Crossett; four sisters, Gerildean Long of Childersburg, AL, Shirley Robinson of Houston, TX, Ruth Potts of Pasadena, TX, Ella Quita Spears of Camden, AR; six grandchildren, Justin Murray, Ashley Martin, Jamie Neathery, Amanda Kelley, Cindy Phillips and Heather Neathery. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2003 at First Baptist Church of Crossett with the Reverends Wayman Mann and Larry White officiating. Interment will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett, AR.

Mildred Adlene Woods
Mildred Adlene Woods, age 78, was received into the arms of Jesus on Sunday, January 26th. Funeral services for Ms. Woods will be conducted at Lanes Chapel Baptist Church on Saturday, February 1, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. Officiating at the services will be Rev. Ivory Bennett of San Leandro, California. Ms. Woods, a lifetime resident of Union Parish, was employed as a molder with Bryan Sausage where she worked faithfully for 34 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert Woods and Panola Griffin. Mildred was blessed with six children, who will forever cherish her life. W. Faye Jenkins and Bobby L. Woods of Oakland, CA, Bobby Woods Ball of Galveston, TX, Shirley Woods (Rev. Clifton) Lewis of Grambling, LA, Johnny Woods and Angela Woods of Downsville, LA. God blessed Mildred with 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. One of 12 siblings, she was preceded in death by 8. Left to celebrate her life are one sister, Celia Ford Newton, Oakland, CA and three brothers, James (Orliece) Millsap and James Woods of Downsville, LA and Willie Roy (Addie) Woods, Oakland, CA. Interment will be in Lanes Chapel Cemetery, Downsville, LA. The earthly vessel has been entrusted to Miller Funeral Home, Ruston, LA.

Elois Guice Monroe
Services for Elois Guice Monroe, 80, of Ruston, LA will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 1, 2003 in the Temple Baptist Church Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Dale Oden. Interment will be in Pines Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Monroe died Thursday, January 30, 2003 in Ruston, LA. Mrs. Monroe was a member of Temple Baptist Church and a member of the Lidia Sunday School Class. She was a volunteer Pink Lady at Lincoln General Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bishop Monroe. Survivors include her children, Kenneth Monroe, Connie Hill and husband Bob, Dianne Volentine and husband Ronny, all of Ruston, LA, and Margo Wright and husband Sid of Dothan, AL; one sister, Muriel Wells of Sicily Island, LA; three brothers, Herd Guice of Denham Springs, LA, Friley Guice of Hammond, LA and Loma Guice of Sicily Island, LA; ten grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be grandsons: Ken Monroe, Jeffery Monroe, Robert Hill, Michael Hill, David Volentine and Ross Volentine. Family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2003 at the funeral home.

Felix Lyons
Services are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday at Maybank Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, MS for Felix Lyons, 1 year, of Little Rock, AR, who died January 26, 2003 at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock after a lengthy illness. Interment will be in Foxworth Cemetery in Foxworth, MS. Born in West Monroe, LA, Felix had lived in Little Rock since October 2001. He was preceded in death by great grandparents, James and Lottie Crouch, and Arvis Martin. Survivors include his parents, Keith and Heather Lyons of Little Rock, AR; his special friend and companion, "Bullet"; grandparents, Sylvia Martin of Hattiesburg, Freddy and Linda Woods of Southaven, MS, and Mike Lyons of Nesbit, MS; and great grandparents, Wayne and Alice Forbes of Foxworth, Roland and Mildred Lyons of Nesbit, and Iva Martin of Lumberton, MS. Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital, P. O. Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203. Visitation will be from noon until service time Friday at Maybank Baptist Church. Moore Funeral Home in Hattiesburg is in charge of arrangements.

Johnnie Rinehart Ellis
Services for Johnnie Rinehart Ellis, 68, of Ruston, LA will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 31, 2003 in the Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Larry Emory assisted by Rev. Elton Cahoon and Rev. Jon Lord. Interment will be in Douglas Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Ms. Ellis died Tuesday, January 28, 2003 in Ruston following a lengthy illness. Ms. Ellis was a member of Douglas United Methodist Church and was retired from Holiday Inn. She was preceded in death by her father, Tom Rinehart, Sr. and brother, Buddy Rinehart. Survivors include two daughters, Vicky Hamilton and husband Joe of Ruston and Donna Doss and husband Tommy of Dubach; her mother, Willie Dean Rinehart of Ruston; four sisters, Dorothy Taylor of West Monroe, Ann Webb of Choudrant, Sybil Woodard of West Monroe and Jeanette Crouch of Choudrant; six grandchildren, Russell Croxton and wife Jennifer, Toni Morganthall and husband Charlie, T. J. Doss, Kristen Hamilton, Matt Doss and Dakota Doss; great granddaughter, Heather Croxton; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Winston Walding, Bo Keith, Bradley Crouch, Greg Hayes, T. J. Doss, Matt Doss, Wayne Henry and Randy Aaron. Memorials may be made to Douglas Cemetery Fund. Family will receive friends Thursday, January 30, 2003 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Lula Belle McKinney
Lula Belle McKinney, age 92, was received into the arms of Jesus on Monday, January 27th. Visitation will be held at the Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden, LA on Wednesday evening from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. Funeral services for Mrs. McKinney will also be conducted at Rose-Neath on Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Lane Memorial Cemetery in Sibley, LA. Officiating at the service will be Brother Tom Brown and Brother Glen Crow. Pallbearers will be P. M. Alexander, B. M. Lemay, Horace Gale Alexander, Tommy Alexander, Roger Poole and Kirkley Alexander. Mrs. McKinney will be remembered for her gentle spirit and dedication to family, church, and community. She served as Secretary - Treasurer of the Yellow Pine Christian Church until her death and was honored for 52 years of service as an Elections Commissioner. Her service to family, friends, and community will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her husband Gene McKinney. She is survived by her son, William McKinney and his wife Mary of Yellow Pine, LA; grandchildren, Bryan McKinney of Yellow Pine and Michael McKinney and his wife Jessica of St. Louis, MO. Of 12 siblings, Mrs. McKinney is survived only by one sister, Opal Corbin of Minden. She also leaves behind many well-loved nieces and nephews. We hope they remember her as fondly as she remembered them. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation and thanks to Julie, Sharon, Francine, Dana, Nicole and the rest of the nursing staff at Minden Medical Center. Your kindness and care made her last days as comfortable as possible. We request that family, friends and neighbors remember her in a way most meaningful to them - flowers, an act of kindness, a gentle thought.

James Howard Brooks
Memorial services for James Howard Brooks, 55, of Ruston, will be held Monday, January 27, 2003 at 4:00 p.m. at Owens Memorial Chapel of Ruston. James was a much valued employee of the La. Dept of Wildlife and Fisheries and a cattleman. He was a much loved husband and father and a dynamic and very dedicated grandfather who would have done anything for his grandsons. He was also a grandfather figure to more kids than we could ever list. He was preceded in death by his mother, Voree Hinton Brooks, his father, Clyde Brooks and a sister, Roxie Hughes. His survivors include his wife, Carolyn Black Brooks; daughter, Lisa Brooks Duncan and husband Greg; son, Clint Brooks and wife Heather Hebert; sister, Peggy Brooks Grigsby and husband Herman (Buddy); brother-in-law, Willie B. Hughes, Sr.; two grandsons, Chase and Noah Duncan, all of Ruston; and two step grandchildren, Christopher and Krysten Duncan of Lake Charles. Nephews include Willie B. (Billy) Hughes, Jr., Jamie Hughes and wife Melissa Boone, and Christopher Hughes and wife Jessica Thomas, all of Ruston. Nieces include Susie Hughes Rabun and husband Stewart of Branson, MO, Kristi Grigsby Myers and husband Eddy of West Monroe, Tina Grigsby of Ruston, and Mandy Hughes McMillian and husband John of Vicksburg, MS. He is also survived by numerous other nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, friends and admirers.

Anita Agnes Dave Auzenne
Services for Anita Agnes Dave Auzenne of Grambling, were held Saturday, January 25, 2003 at the St. Benedict Catholic Church in Grambling. Mrs. Auzenne was born on August 16, 1907 in New Orleans, Louisiana to John and Mary Louise Dave and was educated in the schools in Orleans Parish and Straight College. She received her B. S. degree from Straight and her M. S. from Tuskegee Institute. She did additional study at New York University and University of Colorado. She was married to Abraham Joseph Auzenne, now a retired contractor. Mrs. Auzenne began her educational experiences at Webster High School in Minden, Louisiana, where she taught high school English and served as basketball coach for four years. She then went to Washington High School in Franklinton, LA in the same capacity. She subsequently went to St. Landry Parish as Supervisor of Schools for fourteen years. In 1951 she came to Grambling College as in-service Follow-Up Supervisor of graduates, traveling all over the state of Louisiana to insure that Grambling graduates were performing in a manner exemplary of the academic standards of excellence of the college. When the in-service Program was discontinued, Anita remained in the department of education, serving as a supervisor of student teaching, the Teacher Corps and the Wisconsin Exchange program. Mrs. Auzenne worked in other capacities than education. She served as the Program Director of the Student Union Board, coordinating Coronation activities for "Miss Grambling" and her court and Homecoming parades. Additionally, she served as Director of the cheerleaders. She was a member of St. Benedict the Black Catholic Church where she served as President of the Parish Pastoral Council and President of the Catholic Circle; a tireless worker in all of the church activities. She was the recipient of the Pope Paul VI VIPRO ECCIESEA et PONTIFICAL Award. Her civic affiliations include, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, The League of Women Voters and the Ruston State School Human Relations Committee. She was also a member of Friends of Lafon Nursing Home. As long as she was able, she went to New Orleans to serve Christmas dinner to the residents. Mrs. Auzenne received numerous honors and awards, including the Outstanding School Spirit Plaque S.G.A. Award; the Distinguished Loyal Service Award; the Cheerleader Sponsor Appreciation Award; the Athletic Department Dedicated Service to Cheerleaders Award and in 1984 she was inducted into the Grambling State University National Alumni Association as an Honorary alumna. On September 24, 1989 she was inducted into the Grambling State University Hall of Fame and was honored at the tenth Annual Enshrinement Dinner. She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, and one sister. She is survived by her husband, Abraham J. Auzenne; nieces, Geraldine Vaucresson, Janice Stanley, Lynn Dave, Verna Mae Dave, Jocelyn Dave, and niece-in-law, Shirley Dave; two nephews, Simon and John Davie; and a brother-in-law, Freddie Auzenne.

William R. Higgs
William R. Higgs, 89, was a native of Cardiff, Wales, U.K, and lived in Ruston, LA since 1955. He was born on March 16, 1913 and died at home on January 21, 2003. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1935 with a degree in Mining Engineering and worked in the iron mines in Birmingham, AL until he was called to active duty in the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, U. S. Infantry in 1942. He married Catherine C. Covington on November 1, 1941. He served under General George S. Patton in North Africa, and returned home in 1945. He then returned to the University of Alabama for graduate school and then Missouri School of Mines for further post graduate work. In 1955 he returned to the South to begin teaching Geology at Louisiana Tech. He retired from Tech at age 70 and then began a second career as a Methodist minister. He retired from the ministry in 2002. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathleen L. Higgs Cole and her son, Richard. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Catherine C. Higgs, and his son, Dr. William R. Higgs, a cardiothoracic surgeon and his wife "Becky" who live in Mobile, AL; three granddaughters, Melinda Peterson of Lowell, AR with her two children; Lauren Higgs of Athens, GA and Caroline Higgs of Brooklyn, NY; and a grandson, Robert Higgs, a senior at the University of Georgia. He is also survived by a niece, Marge Stepp who lives in Windsor, Ontario; and a nephew, Robin Millar who lives in St. Catherines, Ontario. Two other nephews are Bobby Covington of Birmingham, AL and William Covington of Seattle, WA. Other relatives reside in the Canadian Provinces and in the British Isles. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 24, 2003 at Mt. Harmony Missionary Baptist Church in Ruston under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Pastor Clifton E. Lewis of Mt. Harmony Missionary Baptist Church will officiate. Interment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery in Ruston. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 23, 2003 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the charities and churches of the donor's choice.

Courtney Jackson
Courtney L. "C. J." Jackson, 37, of Hyde Park, Mass., formerly of Wichita, Safelite Auto Glass Co. truck driver, died Thursday, January 9, 2003. Services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at St. Mark United Methodist Church, Wichita. Survivors include sons, Jeremy Jackson of Wichita, Devin Woods of Anthony; daughters, Tisha Woods, Mandy Palmer, Eden Jackson, Brittany Jackson, all of Wichita, Charilyn Jackson of Anthony; father and step-mother, Courtney C. and Janette Jackson of Hyde Park, Mass.; mother and step-father, Lucy J. and Roy I. Adger, Jr. of Wichita; brothers, Michael Jackson, James Adger, both of Wichita, Darren Jackson of Croughton, England, Albert Jackson of the home, Rev. Phillip Adams of Hiram, GA, Darryl Jackson of Newark, NJ, Roy L. Adger III of Korea; sisters, Renee Jackson, Tina Artis, both of Wichita, Yvonne Horne, Boston, Mass., and Devery Davis of Philadelphia, Pa.; grandfather, Roy L. Adger, Sr. of East Palo Alto, Calif.; grandmother, Sandy Adger; and two grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Our Christian Funeral Home of Ruston.

Ruby Irene Cole
Services for Mrs. Ruby Irene Cole, age 100, of Simsboro, LA will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 19, 2003 at Simsboro First Baptist Church in Simsboro, LA with Reverend Wilton Wall officiating. Burial will follow in Simsboro Cemetery in Simsboro, LA under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, Ruston. Mrs. Cole died Friday, January 17, 2003 at the Baptist Retirement Center in Arcadia, LA. She was a retired cafeteria manager at Simsboro High School. She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Cole and her son, Don Cole. Survivors include her son, Sanford Cole and his wife Mary Anne of Simsboro, LA; one step-daughter, Glennie Horton of Shreveport, LA; three grandchildren, Sandra Sues and her husband Gene of Alexandria, LA, Shannon Robins and her husband Bill of Houston, TX, and Donna Cole of Collins, MS. She is also survived by eight great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be James Odom, Gene Sues, Brandon Sues, Bill Robins, Kerry Merritt, Charlie Lee, Keith Canterbury and Freddie Price.

Anna Rogillio Stewart
Anna Rogillio Stewart, 90, of Ruston, LA died Wednesday, January 15, 2003 in Ruston, LA following a lengthy illness. Ashes will be interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Ruston under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Stewart was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. She was a retired school teacher in Waterproof, LA. Survivors include her husband, Wilbur E. Stewart of Ruston, LA; one son, Thomas Stewart and wife Sherry of Corsicana, TX; one grandson, Petty Officer Michael Stewart of Ballston Spa, New York; one granddaughter, Teresa Markley of Trophy Club, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church in Ruston.

Sara Hammons Corley
Mrs. Sara Hammons Corley, age 88, of Arcadia died Monday, January 13, 2003 at Willis-Knighton Pierremont Hospital in Shreveport. Mrs. Corley is survived by her husband of 62 years, Guye Corley of Arcadia; two daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and David Walker of Pinehurst, North Carolina and Sharon and James Fontenot of Lake Charles, Louisiana; and one son and daughter-in-law, John and Susan Corley of Simsboro, Louisiana; five grandchildren and their spouses, David and Barrett Walker of Southern Pines, North Carolina, Ashley and Tom Sharp of Cary, North Carolina, Jim and Ranee Fontenot of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Ryan and Nikki Fontenot of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Jason and Katherine Corley of Allen, Texas; six great grandchildren, Corley and Ryan Walker, Sara Elizabeth and Anna Sharp, and Andrew and Audra Fontenot. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Virginia Hebert of Shreveport; one niece, Melissa and husband Chip Martin of Lake Charles; and three nephews, Michael and wife Lynn McHenry of San Antonio, Texas, Greg and wife Lydia McHenry of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Marty McHenry of Houston, Texas. Mrs. Corley was a graduate of Ouachita Parish High School in 1931, Northeast Junior College in 1933, and Louisiana Tech University in 1935. She served as a high school English teacher and librarian at Epps, Gibsland, and Arcadia until her retirement in 1975. She was a member of Retired Teachers Association, Inter Nos, Literature Club, and Arcadia First Baptist Church, where she taught the Young Women's Sunday School Class. She was an avid sports fan, especially enjoying the Lady Techsters whom she supported for 26 years. Visitation will be held Tuesday, January 14, from 5-8 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Arcadia. The service will be held at the First Baptist Church in Arcadia at 10 a.m. with Rev. Jeff Hoffman, pastor, officiating and Rev. Larry Joyner assisting. Interment will be at the Arcadia Cemetery. Pallbearers will be David Walker, Jr., Jim Fontenot, Ryan Fontenot, Jason Corley, Tom Sharp and Michael McHenry. Special thanks to Dr. Terry Gardner of Arcadia, Dr. Daniel Moller at Willis-Knighton in Shreveport, Dr. Michael Moore of Shreveport, and many friends.

Ben D. Riser
Funeral services for Ben D. Riser, 88, of Ruston, LA will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at Temple Baptist Church Chapel with the Rev. Dale Oden officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Ruston. Mr. Riser, a faithful husband and loving father and grandfather, died Sunday, Jan. 12th in Ruston after a brief illness. He was born May 9, 1914. He was employed as business manager of Ruston Coca Cola Bottling Co. for more than 50 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nat Allen and Viola Calcote Riser, a sister, Ethel Newman and a brother, Allen Riser. Loving survivors include his wife of 65 years, Gwen Riser; daughter, Ellen LaCroix of Ruston; daughter Ann Sumlin and her husband George Sumlin, Jr. of Monroe; daughter Kathy Ellington and her husband Jay Ellington of Ruston; grandchildren, Greg Hilburn of Monroe, Kevin Hilburn of Ruston, Anne Marie Hilburn of San Clemente, CA, Chris Ellington of Calimesa, CA, Lindy Ellington Burns of Baton Rouge and Parker Ellington of Ruston; five great grandchildren; sister Katie Simpson of Ruston; brother Volney Riser of Little Rock, AR; brother Bert Riser of Ruston; and brother Darryl Riser of Waco, TX. Pallbearers include Wayne Causey, Parker Ellington, Greg Hilburn, Kevin Hilburn, Wiley Hilburn, Jr. and Ronnie Walker. Memorials may be made to Temple Baptist Church or to the charity of the donor's choice. Family will receive friends Monday, January 13th, 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Ben W. Alexander
Graveside services for Ben W. Alexander, 65, of Simsboro, LA will be held Saturday, January 11, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. in the Simsboro Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Kirby Vining. Interment will be in Simsboro Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mr. Alexander died Thursday, January 9, 2003 in Simsboro following a lengthy illness. Mr. Alexander was a lifelong resident of Simsboro and had served in the US Army. He is preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Alexander; father, Willis C. Alexander; brothers, Joe B. Alexander, Jerry Lee Alexander and Paul B. Alexander. Survivors include his mother, Sue Belle Alexander of Simsboro; one sister, Patricia Wynne of Simsboro; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Family will receive friends on Saturday, January 11, 2003 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

June M. Thigpen
Graveside services for Mrs. June M. Thigpen, 81, of Ruston, Louisiana will be held at the Greenwood Cemetery in Ruston on Sunday, January 12, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. Officiating will be Dr. C. Welton Gaddy. Mrs. Thigpen died Thursday, January 9, 2003 after a lengthy illness. Mrs. Thigpen was born in Dallas, Texas, but has lived in Ruston for over fifty years. She was a graduate of Louisiana Tech, and had a Masters Degree Plus Thirty Hours in Education. Mrs. Thigpen was retired from teaching in the Lincoln Parish School System, where she taught 7th grade French and English. During her teaching years, she and her husband enjoyed several trips abroad to Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. The Hawaiian Islands have remained her favorite destination. A long time member of the First Baptist Church in Ruston, Mrs. Thigpen taught the International Students Sunday School Class, and was an active member of the WMU, and Friendship International. More recently she was a member of the Northminster Church of Monroe, where she attended, until her health began to fail. Mrs. Thigpen was married to the late Arthur C. Thigpen for 55 years. She was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Ada Barnard of Vernon, Texas, and sisters Doris Hautimaki and Florine Loomus. Survivors include her son, Art Thigpen and wife Mary Jo of West Monroe; daughter, Melinda Thigpen of West Monroe; son, Drew Thigpen and wife Libba of Forney, Texas; and grandchildren John Mitchell, Josh Thigpen, Andy Thigpen and Curtis Thigpen. A special thanks from the Thigpen family to the Arbor & Terrace of Ruston, and the Hospice of Monroe, for all of their loving care. We also want to thank relatives and friends for their prayers and visits. Visitation will be at Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston on Saturday, January 11th from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Jason Matthews Moss
Services for Jason Matthews Moss, 19, of Homer, LA will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 10, 2003 at the First Baptist Church of Homer. Officiating will be Dr. James Simeon. Interment will be in Arlington Cemetery in Homer under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home of Homer. Mr. Moss died January 8, 2003 in Minden, LA. He was preceded in death by his great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Matthews and Mr and Mrs. J. C. Norman, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Moss. Survivors include his parents, Eddie and Susan Moss of Homer; brothers, Jody Moss and wife Miranda of Monroe, Justin Moss and wife Sarah of Ruston, and Matthew Moss of Homer; grandparents, Carter and Sue Norman of Minden; and one niece, Anna Carter Moss of Ruston. Pallbearers will be Adam Ewing, Tim Shaw, Gene Taylor, Neil Carter, Paul Cavell, Scott Walker, Jared Moss and Mark Moss. Honorary pallbearers will be the Cedar Creek Class of 2002. Any memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Homer or the Cedar Creek School in Ruston.

Alice Faye Smith
Services for Mrs. Alice Faye Smith, 66, of Ruston, LA will be conducted Wednesday, January 8, 2003 at Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, Ruston, LA with Rev. David Deberry officiating. Mrs. Smith died Sunday, January 5, 2003 at her residence after a lengthy illness. She was a homemaker and worked as a Nursing Assistant at Lincoln General Hospital. Survivors include her husband, James R. Smith of Ruston; her daughter, Rhonda Capps of Dubach, LA; and her granddaughter, Stephanie Ann Capps of Dubach, LA. Visitation will be at Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home from 5 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2003 and from 8 a.m. until services on Wednesday.

Genevieve "Ginny" Perry
Services for Genevieve "Ginny" Perry, 80, of Ruston, LA will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, 2003 in the Temple Baptist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Dale Oden. Interment will be in Forest Park, Shreveport, LA, under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Perry died January 4, 2003 in Ruston, LA. Mrs. Perry was an active member of Temple Baptist Church. She was a cosmetologist from 1939 until 1975, and had shops in Los Angeles and Shreveport. She also received her real estate license in CA. In 1980 she retired to Ruston because of family here. She served 10 years here with Council on Aging, volunteering by doing tax returns for the elderly. She was devoted to fitness and in her spare time helped Seniors at Louisiana Tech. She loved gardening and her dogs, and she also loved to shop. She is preceded in death by a daughter, Judy. Survivors include her husband of 24 years, Frank Perry, of Ruston, LA; two daughters, Ruth Avedon and husband Ray of Boulder, CO and Rebecca Myers and husband David of Hayward, CA; two sons, Ricky Buchanan of AR and Ronnie Buchanan and wife Sandy of Mead, CO; two sisters, Mae Dugan of Ruston, LA and Martha Ryan of Liverpool, NY; one brother, James Ryan and wife Nell of Harrison, AR; thirteen grandchildren; three great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; numerous great nieces and nephews; and many dear Christian friends. Memorials may be made to Temple Baptist Church or charity of choice. Family will receive friends Tuesday, January 7, 2003 from 5 until 7 p.m. at Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston.

Charles Jimmerson
Services for Charles Jimmerson, 31, of Ruston, LA will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 7, 2003 in the Trinity United Methodist Church - Burkhalter Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Andy Hurst. Interment will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Quitman under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mr. Jimmerson died Saturday, January 4, 2003 in Ruston, LA. Mr. Jimmerson was a resident of Ruston and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Survivors include his parents, Jesse and Katie Jimmerson of Ruston, LA; two brothers, Jerry Jimmerson and wife Theresa of Minden, LA and William "Billy" Jimmerson of Ruston, LA; sisters, Cathy Castilaw and Ernie Young of Ruston, LA and Susan Shaw and husband Dale of Dubberly, LA; nieces and nephews, Waylon and Emily Jimmerson, Chelsea and Halea Shaw, and Celeste Jimmerson; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Pallbearers will be Robert Durham, Billy McConnell, Johnny Dunn, Jimmy Dunn, Dale Shaw and Ernie Young. Memorials may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church. Family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, January 6, 2003 at the funeral home.


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