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Richard Ludley
Services for Richard Ludley, 72, of Grambling, LA will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 18, 2003 in the Mt. Zion Baptist Church where the Rev. Anthony Slack is the pastor. Officiating will be the Rev. Andrew J. Mansfield. Interment will be in the Grambling Memorial Gardens under the direction of Miller Funeral Home of Ruston. Mr. Ludley departed this life, Tuesday, November 12, in St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston's Medical Center after a short illness. Richard was a strong advocate of giving back to the community. He honored that commitment in several ways. He was a deacon at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church for over 30 years and provided bus transportation for Sunday School and other church activities. He made a positive impact on children as a teacher and as administrator in the public school system of Louisiana for 26 years where he taught at Pineview H.S. in Lisbon, Hopewell H.S. in Dubach and Ruston H.S. in Ruston. He served as a member of the city council and as a volunteer fireman for the Town of Grambling. Mr. Ludley was elected as Mayor of the City of Grambling in 1984 and served until 1992. His service continued through his work with Troop 140 and Pack 140 of the Boy Scouts of America where he served as an Asst. Scout Master and an executive board committee member of the Ouachita Valley Council, Thunder Bird District. For over 30 years he was a member of the Louis R. Price Consistory #173, the Evangelistic Lodge #144, Prince Hall Affiliation and Jomadi Shiners #177. He was a life member of the Grambling State University National Alumni Association and member of the Louisiana Education Retired Teacher's Association. Mr. Ludley was a co-founder of the Jerry Lewis Telethon in Grambling. Mr. Ludley was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Ludley, Sr. and Marzella Younger Ludley and by three siblings Thomas Ludley, Arthur Ludley, Jr. and Della Bolton. He leaves to mourn his death but to celebrate his life his wife of 47 years, Sadie A. Ludley, four children, Greg (Mary) Ludley, Karen Ludley (Donald) Fields of Grambling, Valerie Ludley (Barrett) Nelson of Mesquite, TX and Patrick J. (Monique) Ludley of Lewisville, TX; one godson, Leroy (Deborah) Durrant of Desoto, TX; two grandchildren, Kyla Benet Nelson and Travis Renard Gray; two adopted grandchildren, Joshua Durrant and Cory Durrant; his brothers, Flynn (Jane) Ludley of Grambling, LA, Glenn (Berdenia) Ludley of Monroe, LA and Arnease Finley of Arizona; a host of nieces, nephews, numerous relatives, extended children and friends. The family will be receiving friends on Monday, November 17 at Miller Funeral Home in Ruston from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and the family time will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Janie Burks Williams
Services for Sister Janie B. Williams, 86, of Downsville, LA will be held Saturday, November 15, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. at Lanes Chapel Baptist Church in Downsville, LA. Visitation will be from 12 noon until 7:00 p.m. Friday, November 14, 2003 at Union Funeral Home in Farmerville, LA. Interment will follow services at Jerusalem Cemetery, Calhoun, LA. Ms. Janie slipped into the Lord's arms on Saturday, November 8, 2003 in Downsville, LA after a brief illness. She was born October 23, 1917 in Downsville, Louisiana, Union Parish to the late Finnie and Edgar Burks. She retired from teaching after 38 years in the Union Parish School System and was a faithful member of Lanes Chapel Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Willie B. Williams, and two brothers. She is survived by her step daughter, Patricia Scott and a niece, Ida Bell Graham. Ms. Janie will be missed dearly by her family, friends and many students.

Elice Aycock Larance
Services for Elice Aycock Larance, 93, of Dubach, LA will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, November 13, 2003 in the Dubach United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Betty Northern. Interment will be in Vienna Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Larance died Monday, November 10, 2003 in Ruston, LA. Mrs. Larance was a longtime resident of Dubach, having resided in the Russ House in Ruston for the past 4 years. She was a longtime member of the Dubach United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Aubin B. Larance. Survivors include two sons, A. Lane Larance and wife Mary Gay of Wichita Falls, TX and Charles Elvin Larance and wife Patsy of Conroe, TX; one daughter, Joan L. Warren of Ruston, LA; one brother, Robert Aycock of Blacksburg, VA; one sister-in-law, Loraine Larance of Ruston, LA; grandchildren, Benjamin Lane Larance, Laura Margaret Holzer, Paul Gregory Larance, Jerry M. Larance, Lisa Kay Thompson, Joani W. Kay and J. Ben Warren, Jr.; sixteen great grandchildren; and a host of friends and relatives. Memorials may be made to the Dubach United Methodist Church. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, November 12, 2003 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

James Spence "Twigg" Doughty
Graveside services for James Spence "Twigg" Doughty, 35, of Parksley, VA will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 14, 2003 at the Liberty Cemetery in Parksley, VA. Officiating will be Pastor Bob Boyce. Mr. Doughty died Sunday, November 9, 2003 at his residence. He was born in Shreveport, LA. He was a carpenter with West Construction and owner of Adelaide Street Construction Co. He attended Louisiana Tech. He was an Army Veteran stationed in Germany. Survivors include his wife, Laurie Kuhn Doughty; one daughter, Alicen Corry Doughty; parents, William Lloyd Doughty of Parksley, VA and Susan Corry Hodge of Elizabethton, TN; maternal grandparents, Glenn D. and Jimmie Jean Corry; paternal grandfather, Buford Earl Doughty; maternal great grandmother, Onie White Oaks; and an aunt, Donna Corry Abrahm. Family will receive friends Thursday evening from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. at the Thornton Funeral Home, Parksley, VA.

Richard I. "Buddy" McFadden
Services for Richard I. "Buddy" McFadden, 62, of Ruston, LA will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, November 13, 2003 in the Grace United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Wayne Evans. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mr. McFadden died Tuesday, November 11, 2003 in Lincoln General Hospital following an accident. Buddy was a retired Lincoln Parish School bus driver. He was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church where he was involved in the Youth Group as Youth Leader for 20 years. He participated in numerous mission trips and the Wesley Foundation. Buddy was an avid supporter of La. Tech athletics as well as an avid bowler. He was a fixture at the tailgating activities at La. Tech home games, where he received frequent recognition for his award-winning recipes. Buddy was a good husband, father, brother and friend. He was an excellent grandfather, and Erin and Dalton will never forget their Paw. He was known by many and loved by all. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. I. Wilkes of Ruston; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R. P. McFadden of Longstreet, LA; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. E. McFadden, Sr. of Ruston; and his son, Ben Wiley McFadden. Survivors include his wife, Sue Jones McFadden of Ruston, LA; one daughter, Abby McFadden Cate and husband Steve of El Dorado, AR; one son, Joe Richard McFadden of El Dorado, AR; grandchildren, Erin Cate and Dalton Cate; two brothers, Elgin McFadden, Jr. and wife Charlotte of Columbia, LA and Neal McFadden and wife Mary of Lafayette, LA; nieces and nephews, Surmartha McFadden Wallace of Columbia, LA, Michael McFadden of Covington, LA, and Cynthia McFadden Simmons of Covington, LA. Pallbearers will be Ted Parker, Bill Cox, Jerry Nugent, Tommy Cline, Dana Thrash, and J. P. Dunbar. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Allen Herbert, Dr. Joe Hinton, Robert McFadden, Billy Colvin, Jay Adcock, P. A. Wilkes, Jr., Chick Childress, Stanley Phillips, and Grace United Methodist Church Youth Group. Memorials may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church Youth Group or the La. Tech Prescott Library. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, November 12, from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home and from 12:00 noon until service time Thursday, November 13, at the church.

Elice Aycock Larance
Services for Elice Aycock Larance, 93, of Dubach, LA will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, November 13, 2003 in the Dubach United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Betty Northern. Interment will be in Vienna Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Larance died Monday, November 10, 2003 in Ruston, LA. Mrs. Larance was a longtime resident of Dubach, having resided in the Russ House in Ruston for the past 4 years. She was a longtime member of the Dubach United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Aubin B. Larance. Survivors include two sons, A. Lane Larance and wife Mary Gay of Wichita Falls, TX and Charles Elvin Larance and wife Patsy of Conroe, TX; one daughter, Joan L. Warren of Ruston, LA; one brother, Robert Aycock of Blacksburg, VA; grandchildren, Benjamin Lane Larance, Laura Margaret Holzer, Paul Gregory Larance, Jerry M. Larance, Lisa Kay Thompson, Joani W. Kay and J. Ben Warren, Jr.; sixteen great grandchildren; and a host of friends and relatives. Memorials may be made to the Dubach United Methodist Church. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, November 12, 2003 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Lilly Beatrice McNabb
Services for Mrs. Lilly Beatrice McNabb, 90, of Choudrant, LA will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 11, 2003 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Choudrant, LA with Jerry Whitman and Reverend Brad Jones officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. McNabb was preceded in death by her husband, John McNabb and two sons, Dick Sanderson and Roger McNabb. She is survived by four sons, John Earl Sanderson and wife Beth of Choudrant, John Aubrey McNabb and wife Bonnie of Oberlin, LA, Wayne McNabb and wife Marie of Choudrant, Layne McNabb and wife Teresa of Choudrant; daughters, Edith and husband Martin Andrews, Jr. of Lafayette, LA, Virginia Lawrence of Oberlin, LA; her sister, Sarah Mott Hammons of West Monroe, LA; 23 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday at Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home.

Rita Schexnider Marceaux
Funeral services were held Monday, November 10, 2003 at a 1:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Rosary Catholic Church honoring the life of Rita Schexnider Marceaux, 73, who died November 7, 2003 at Kaplan Health Care Center. She was laid to rest in Kaplan Cemetery. Reverend Emmanuel Okwaraocha will officiate at the services. Mrs. Marceaux was a native of Kaplan and a graduate of Northwestern State University. She taught at Louisiana Tech University. She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Theta Tau's Honor Society of Nursing. She is survived by one son, Carl Marceaux and his wife Gerianne of Kaplan; one brother, Lenis Schexnider of Kaplan; three sisters, Lena S. Gaspard of Kaplan, Sister Therese Schexnider of Lafayette, and Helen S. Dartez of Pasadena, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Carlton Marceaux, parents, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore and Ella Schexnider and one brother, Leo Schexnider. The family requested that visiting hours be observed at Vincent Funeral Home, 300 Eleazar Avenue, Kaplan, Sunday, November 9, from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., with a rosary being prayed at 7:00 p.m. Monday, November 10, from 9:00 a.m. until services. All funeral arrangements are being conducted by Vincent Funeral Home of Kaplan.

Inman Jamar Vining
Services for Inman Jamar Vining, 85, of Choudrant, LA will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 9, 2003 in the Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Dr. Kirby A. Vining. Interment will be in the Choudrant Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mr. Vining died Thursday, November 6, 2003 in Ruston. Mr. Vining was a member of the Choudrant Masonic Lodge #339 F&AM and also a member of the Lincoln Parish Library Board for many years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lee Vining. Survivors include one son, William "Bill" Harper and wife Cynthia of Choudrant, LA; two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Pinker and husband John Pinker, Jr. of Kingston, TN and Helen Yvonne Madison and husband James P. Madison of Bastrop, LA; two brothers, W. E. "Red" Vining and wife Vyonnelle of Ruston, LA and Kirby A. Vining and wife Jackie of Ruston, LA; one sister-in-law, Sarah Vining of Choudrant, LA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Milton Clarence Sanford, Jr.
Services for Milton Clarence Sanford, Jr., 80, of Dubach, Louisiana will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 19, 2003, at Cook Baptist Church with Rev. David Newberry and Dr. Richard Blue officiating. Interment will be in Centuries Memorial Cemetery in Shreveport. Mr. Sanford died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2003, at Lincoln General Hospital in Ruston following a brief illness. Mr. Sanford was a member of Cook Baptist Church. He was a veteran of World War II where he served in the U.S. Army. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mae Sanford and his son, Joe Sanford. He is survived by daughters: Judy Sanford Emberton of Carthage, Texas; Jan Sanford Burnham and son-in-law Buddy Burnham of Dubach, LA; son: Jeff Sanford and daughter-in-law Erin Sanford of Dubach; sister: Edith Sanford of Shreveport; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Steve Colvin, Steve Beard, Darrell Newsome, Dave Reeg, John Fincher and Jim Reynolds. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9 at the funeral home.

Vaudie Raines
Funeral services for Vaudie Raines, 74, of Ruston will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. Ronnie Sanders. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Ruston under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Raines died Friday, Nov. 7 in Ruston after a lenghty illness. Survivors include daughters Diane Raines of Ruston, Renne Barnett and Husband Ronnie of Dubach; sister Loretta Saunders of Moulton, Ala.; grandchildren Wallace Boyd Jr. of Tucson, Ariz.; Darrell Miller of Lexington, Ky. and David Thomas and Hannah Thomas both of Ruston. Pallbearers will be Mike Thomas, Gene Foster, Jeff Foster, Richard Barnett, Buster Evans and Chris Evans. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, 2003 at the funeral home.

Theresa Gray
Funeral services for Theresa Gray will be directed by Good Samaritan Funeral Home of Shreveport, LA. Viewing of the body will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on November 7, 2003 at Zion Traveler Baptist Church, 1201 Martin L. King Dr., Ruston, LA. Funeral services will be at Hopewell Baptist Church in Dubach, LA, 7657 Fellowship Rd, and 1 p.m. on November 8, 2003.

Elaine Burgess Bowen
Funeral services for Elaine Burgess Bowen, 75, of Houston, TX, formerly of Shreveport, LA will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the Presbyterian Church of Ruston, 212 North Bonner, Ruston, LA with the Reverend Dr. Connie Nieto officiating. Burial will be at the Douglas Cemetery under the direction of Osborn Funeral Home of Shreveport. Elaine was born August 25, 1928 in Ruston, LA to James Thurbert and Ida Mae Burgess, and died on November 2, 2003 at her daughter's home in Houston, TX. She grew up in Ruston and graduated from LA Tech with a degree in Biology and Health & PE. While at Tech, she pledged Phi Mu Sorority, was a member of the Homecoming Court and a Beauty. After graduation she was a counselor at Camp Mystic and taught at All Saints Academy in Vicksburg. She later worked for the American Red Cross in North Carolina. Elaine taught at Leesville High School while her husband was serving as Commander of Fort Polk Airfield and retired from South Highlands School in Shreveport. Elaine was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Shreveport where she worked with unwed mothers, homebound members, Alter Guild, hospitality, and taught Sunday School. She was active in the Retired Officers Wives Assoc., Barksdale Officers Wives Club, Shreveport Federated Garden Club, The Shreveport Antique Club, and Norton's Art Gallery Christmas Tree Show and numerous bridge groups. Elaine also volunteered at the Schumpert Solarium. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Colonel Jerome Frank Bowen. Survivors include her children, Jerome Frank Bowen, Jr. and wife Shelley of Tucson, AZ, Rebecca Hicks and husband Jim of Houston, TX, Mary Ann VanVeckhoven and husband Billy of Monroe, LA, David Bowen of Toronto, Canada, James Bowen and wife Nancy of Bolder City, NV, and Lee Bowen and fiancee' Elizabeth Comegys of Shreveport, LA; sisters, Virginia McRobbie of Archbold, OH, Betty Colvin and husband Douglas of Ruston, LA; brother-in-law, Luke Bowen and wife Joyce of Atlanta, GA; and eleven grandchildren, Caroline, Susanna and Megan Bowen, James and Katherine Hicks, Laine and Chandler VanVeckhoven, David Bowen and Kate, Sean and Ryan Bowen. The family request that memorials be sent to the Presbyterian Church of Ruston.

Leon Cabot (Porter) Hammons
Services for Mr. Leon Cabot (Porter) Hammons, age 88, of Choudrant, LA will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, 2003 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Ruston with Dr. Michael Hawley officiating. Interment will be in Choudrant Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, Ruston. Mr. Hammons died Monday, November 3, 2003 at Lincoln General Hospital. Mr. Hammons was preceded in death by his brother, Tait T. Hammons, and his sisters, Erma Edmiston, Mary Brooks, Eunice Holtzclaw, and Iva Hammons. He is survived by his wife, Pauline Hammons of Choudrant, LA; his daughter, Clara and her husband Richard Rea of Choudrant; and a brother, Delwin Travis Hammons of Dunwoody, GA. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Family requests that memorials be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1200 Farmerville Highway, Ruston, LA 71270.

Shelby Ray Marshall
Graveside services for Shelby Ray Marshall, 26, of Dubach, LA will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 5, 2003 in the Forest Lawn Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Dale Oden. Services are under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Shelby died Monday, November 3, 2003 in Dubach, LA. Shelby was a member of the St. Rest Baptist Church in Dubach. He had many special talents and gifts and was loved by many. He touched many lives and will leave a great void. Survivors include his father, David Marshall of Dubach; his mother, Jennifer Marshall of Dubach; siblings, Jessica, Wesley, and Maggie Marshall, all of Dubach; maternal grandmother, Mae Dugan of Ruston; paternal grandparents, W. C. Marshall and Sondra Marshall of Arcadia; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Wednesday, November 5, 2003 at the funeral home.

Jimmye Rasbery Buhls
Graveside services for Jimmye Rasbery Buhls, 82, of Baton Rouge, LA will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 4, 2003 at the Simsboro Cemetery. Mrs. Buhls died Thursday, October 30, 2003 at Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge following complications after surgery. Mrs. Buhls was a native of Simsboro, LA. She graduated from LA Tech with advanced degrees from Centenary College and LSU and was a Phi Kappa Phi. She was a retired teacher, and also worked with the FBI and LA Tech. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver L. Buhls, who was a civil engineer with the LA Dept. of Highways. He died in 1983. Survivors include one daughter, Anne H. Buhls; and one son, Melvin R. Buhls. Local arrangements are under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston.

Glenda Goolsby Ward
Funeral services for Glenda Goolsby Ward, 64, of Baton Rouge, formerly of Ruston, will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 2 at Rock Corner Baptist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Charles Harlan. Interment will follow in the Mineral Springs Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Ward died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003 in Baton Rouge. Mrs. Ward was a member of Rock Corner Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Marie Goolsby and sister Lucille Goolsby. Survivors include her son, Kenneth Ward and wife Kim of Baton Rouge; brother Butch Snell of Shreveport; grandchildren, Austin, Garrett, Ashley, and David Ward, all of Baton Rouge; several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital in honor of Garrett Ward. Visitation was held Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003 from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

James R. Machen
James R. Machen, age 65, of Winnfield, LA, died Saturday, November 1, 2003, at his residence in Winnfield, LA. Mr. Machen was employed by First Federal Savings And Loan of Winnfield for 28 years and was a real estate broker in Winnfield for the past 12 years. He was a deacon at First Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Winnfield Rotary Club and the Louisiana Board of Realtors. Mr. Machen served on the Winn Parish School Board for 14 years. He also served his country in the U.S. Navy. He was the son of the late Hershel Mack Machen, Sr. and the late Mildred (Caskey) Machen. He is also survived by his wife, Claudia Machen; three sons, Micheal J. Machen and his wife Jennifer of Baton Rouge, Mark S. Machen and his wife Margie of Natchitoches, La. and Matt K. Machen and his wife Michelle of Ruston, La.; three sisters, Mable Ellis of Shreveport, La., Maudine Waldon of Monroe, La. and Bobby (Machen) Weeks of Shreveport, La.; one brother, Hershel M. Machen, Jr. of Winnfield; seven grandchildren, Taylor Machen, Meredith Machen, Paige Machen, Kendall Machen, Tyler Machen, Megan Toms-Herring and Sarah Toms. Mr. Machen was preceded in death by his sister, Eva Pope, and his brothers, D.C. Machen, Sr., Bill Machen and Donald Machen. Services are under the direction of Southern Funeral Homes, Inc., 202 E. Lafayette St., Winnfield, La., where the family received friends from 5-9 p.m., Saturday, November 1, 2003 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, November 2, 2003. Funeral services will be at the First Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 2, 2003, Rev. Lindsay Burns officiating. Interment will be at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Winnfield, La. Please make memorial contributions to First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 230, Winnfield, LA 71483 or the charity of your choice.

Carl Lee Langford
Dr. Carl Lee Langford, 91, passed away on Saturday, October 25, 2003 in Baton Rouge, LA. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary Alice Beasley Langford of Baton Rouge; his daughter, Helen Carlee Langford Heit (Mrs. Raymond A. Heit) of Houston, TX; his son, the Reverend Charles Robert Langford and wife Beverly of Baton Rouge; his granddaughter, Amy Cecelia Heit; his grandsons, Nathaniel Robert Langford and Jonathan Carl Langford; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Cross Langford and Bertye Walker Langford; his brother, John Walker Langford; his daughter, Mary Ann Langford; and his grandson, Christopher Carl Heit. Dr. Langford was born in Gibson County, Tennessee, February 19, 1912. He attended the University of Memphis and received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee in 1935. Dr. Langford practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Ruston from 1944 until his retirement in 1979. He was a founding member of the Green Clinic in Ruston and served as the clinic's first Medical Director. He opened Louisiana's first public health family planning clinic and received the Dr. Felix Formento Award for distinguished service from the Louisiana Public Health Association. By the time of his retirement from the Green Clinic in 1979. He had delivered over 7,000 babies. Dr. Langford enjoyed cooking, reading, traveling and time spent with his family and their many friends. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the Ruston Rotary Club. A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ruston on Saturday, November 1, at 10:00 a.m. A reception will immediately follow the service in the church Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Building Fund, Trinity United Methodist Church, Ruston, Louisiana or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Carrie Lee Netterville Warren
Carrie Lee Netterville Warren, a resident of Ruston, LA since 1994, died on October 29, 2003 at the age of 102. A native and longtime resident of Centreville, MS, she is survived by two daughters, Sarah W. Hudnall, Ruston, LA and Jo Anne (Jan) Warren of Amelia Island, FL; a sister, Ruth Dwight of Covington, LA; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph J. Warren; a daughter, Dr. Carrie Lee Warren; and two brothers, Albert B. Netterville and A. K. Netterville. Her parents were Jacob K. and Mary Ruth Anderson Netterville. Family visitation and religious services will be held at Centreville United Methodist Church on November 1, 2003, followed by burial at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Centreville. Mrs. Warren worked for many years in a variety of occupations that included teacher, clerk, owner and operator of a flower and gift shop, school secretary and librarian. She was an active member of Centreville United Methodist Church and various civic and social groups, including Centreville Town Club, garden club, and book club. Memorial donations may be sent to the Centreville United Methodist Church or Kevin Van Cleave Library, Centreville, MS 39631.

Jettie Beatrice Elmore
Services for Jettie Beatrice Elmore, 81, were held Thursday, October 30, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. in the Bailey Mortuary Chapel in Haynesville. Officiating will be Rev. Henry Stone. Interment was in Old Town Cemetery, Haynesville, under the direction of Bailey Mortuary, Inc. Mrs. Elmore died October 28, 2003 in the Homer Memorial Hospital. She was born September 11, 1923 in Halls, TN to Fred and Louis B. Fitzhugh. She was a member of Haynesville United Methodist Church and was a longtime Sunday School teacher. She was a dietitian at Haynesville Hospital. Mrs. Elmore was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Louis B. Fitzhugh, daughter, Barbara Dianae Chandler and a brother, Harold D. Fitzhugh. Survivors include her husband, Marvin R. (Puss) Elmore; and two sons, Bill Elmore and wife Norma of Ruston, LA and Freddy Elmore and wife Gayle of El Dorado, AR. Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Attn. Memorial Dept., 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Verda Orelle Turnage Ward
Services for Verda Orelle Turnage Ward, 88, of Spearsville, LA will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 30, 2003 in the Zion Hill Baptist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Rusty Gilbert. Burial will be in Zion Hill Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Farmerville. Mrs. Ward died Tuesday, October 28, 2003 in Homer, LA. Mrs. Ward was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ottis B. Ward, parents and siblings. Survivors include her children, Dr. Connie Ward and wife Betty of Ruston, LA, Shirley Hinson and husband Billy of Mobile, LA and Kathy Burns and husband Floyd of Homer, LA; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Clyde Tucker, Wayne Odom, Tommy Williams, Radford Odom and David Farrar. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Turnage and Connie Smith. The family will receive friends Wednesday, October 29, 2003 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Farmerville, LA from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Marion Crossley Myles
Services for Marion Crossley Myles, 63, of Orlando, FL, formerly of Ruston, LA and Anniston, AL were held Thursday, October 23 at 11 a.m. at Gray Brown-Service Mortuary & Crematory Chapel in Anniston with Rev. Gary Hollingsworth officiating. Burial was in Forestlawn Gardens. Mrs. Myles died Sunday in Altamonte Springs, FL after a lengthy illness. While residing in Ruston, she was a realtor for Century 21 and Don Love Real Estate, and also worked at People's Homestead. She attended Trinity United Methodist Church. Survivors include her mother, Christine Crossley of Anniston; two sons and their wives, Gregg and Melissa Wilkinson of Portland, OR and Scott and Jana Wilkinson of Orlando, FL; a brother and his wife, David and Suzanne Crossley of Houston, TX; and four grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation in her name.

Colonel Frank Austin Gerig, Jr.
Frank Austin Gerig, Jr. died October 19, 2003 following a lengthy illness. Frank was born on August 28, 1918 in Memphis, TN. He graduated from Arkadelphia High School and attended the University of Arkansas, where he was a member of Sigma Nu social fraternity. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point NY in the class of 1941. He married Martha Marbury of Ruston, LA on November 26, 1941. He served his country in WWII and for twenty years in Japan, Germany, and Korea and other assignments. Frank earned his Master's degree at Cal Tech and his Ph.D. at Texas A&M. Upon retirement from his military career, he accepted a position as a professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Missouri at Rolla (formerly the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy). He was a Registered Professional Engineer and was a member of numerous professional organizations and fraternities. Upon his second retirement from UMR, he and his wife moved to Sun City, AZ where they lived until 2001, when they moved to Peoria, AZ. Frank was an active member of Faith Presbyterian Church of Sun City and was a member of Stephen Ministry. He volunteered in many fields. He is survived by his wife of 61 years; his daughter Marti Williams and husband Jim of Brunswick, GA; his son Frank Gerig and wife Gail of Woodland Park, CO; a granddaughter Michelle Rickel and husband Scott of Plant City, FL; and sister Margaret Gerig Martin of Kilgore, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Margaret Gerig. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Interfaith Community Care, 17749 N El Mirage Road, Surprise, AZ 85374 or charity of choice.

H. Wayne Roberson
Services for Howard Wayne Roberson, 71, of Simsboro, LA were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 27, 2003 at the Chapel of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Officiating was the Rev. M. F. Copeland. Burial was in the Bernice City Cemetery in Bernice, LA. Mr. Roberson was born July 27, 1932 in Hico, LA and died of a recent illness in Ruston on Saturday, October 25, 2003. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie M. and Verna Brewster Roberson, and a brother, M. C. Roberson. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Mary Beth Graves Roberson of Simsboro; one son, Ken and wife Jessica of Ruston; granddaughter, Kayci; brother, Huey and wife Erline of Ruston; sister, Nelda Roberson Howell and husband Jimmie of Simsboro; sister-in-law, Mary Alyce Roberson of Bernice; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Roberson served his country in the US Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean War and member of the local VFW Chapter #3615. He was a Baptist and member of Temple Baptist Church in Ruston. Pallbearers were Ruel Gene Roberson, Richard E. Roberson, Jr., E. J. Doucet, Leland Matthews, Bill Carroll and Garland Taylor. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Mabry, Harold Ferguson, Jimmie Turner, Floyd Mercer, Ken Frasier and Byron Richardson. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.


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