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Sherry Rainwater Stuckey
Services for Sherry Rainwater Stuckey, 60, of Ruston, LA were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 27, 2003 in the Temple Baptist Church Sanctuary. Officiating was Rev. Dale Oden. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Stuckey died Saturday, October 25, 2003 in Monroe, LA following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Stuckey was a member of Temple Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Sunday School class. She was a member of the Happy Gardener Society and a past member of the Amity League. She was preceded in death by her father, Harry Lee Rainwater and her grandparents. Survivors include one daughter, Paula Stuckey of Ruston; one son, Scott Stuckey and wife Elizabeth of Bossier City; one granddaughter, Emily Stuckey of Bossier City; mother, Inez Rainwater of Ruston; two brothers, Aylmer Rainwater and wife Virginia of Ruston and Mike Rainwater of Ruston; one niece, Libby Lindsey and husband Lile of Austin, TX; one great nephew, Lile Lindsey of Austin, TX; and nephew, Lee Rainwater of Ruston. Pallbearers were Lee Rainwater, Lile Lindsey, Henry Roane, Gil Birch, Jim Mitchell, Johnny Mitchell, Don Hammon and David Hammon. Memorials may be made to Temple Baptist Church, The American Heart Association or The Arthritis Foundation.

Miss Martha Clingan
Services for Miss Martha Clingan, 96, of Ruston, LA will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 25, 2003 in the Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Chris Craig. Interment will be at 2:00 p.m. with a graveside service at Harrisonburg Cemetery in Harrisonburg, LA under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Ms. Clingan died Thursday, October 23, 2003 in Ruston, LA. Ms. Clingan came to Ruston in 1930, after beginning her teaching career in Catahoula Parish. A native of Harrisonburg, LA, she was born on February 1, 1907. She held a B. A. Degree from Louisiana College, and a Masters from Louisiana State University. She had also done graduate work at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, the University of Colorado, and Minnesota University. She taught English at Ruston High School, taught speech, and directed senior plays. The list of professional organizations to which she belonged includes the National Council of Teachers of English, Association for Student Teachers, Speech Association, Delta Kappa Gamma, and Louisiana Teachers Association. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ruston, teaching an adult class and Vacation Bible School, and also active in Women's Missionary Union. She worked in special mission projects in Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Missouri. Ms. Clingan was preceded in death by her mother, Dora Netherland Clingan and father, John Henry Clingan. She is survived by several cousins. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Ruston or the Scholarship Fund at Louisiana College in Pineville, LA. Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. until service time Saturday, October 25, 2003 at the funeral home.

Zettie Dumas
Services for Mrs. Zettie Dumas, age 93, of Ruston, LA will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 24, 2003 at Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Ruston, LA with Reverend Jerry Whitman officiating. Interment will be in Culbertson Cemetery in Dubach, LA under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, Ruston. She was a Southern Mission Field Baptist Missionary. Mrs. Dumas died Thursday, October 23, 2003 in Lincoln General Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Otis Dumas. She is survived by her daughter, Jean and her husband Ted Barmore of Ruston, LA; her sons, James Dumas and his wife Betty of Conyers, GA and Billy Dumas of Vicksburg, MS; brother, Lester Dumas of Colmesneil, TX; and her sister, Eloice Ledford of Zwolle, LA; six grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.

Janis Elaine Scogin Pierce
Services for Janis Elaine Scogin Pierce, 73, of Ruston, LA will be held Thursday, October 23, 2003 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Officiating will be Dr. Fred Wideman and Rev. Rolly Walker. Interment will follow in Pines Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Ruston under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Pierce died Monday, October 20, 2003 in Ruston following a brief illness. Mrs. Pierce was a longtime resident of Ruston and a longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church where she was active in the Willing Workers Sunday School Class. Survivors include her husband of 51 years, James L. Pierce of Ruston, LA; nieces, Joan Best of Little Rock, AR and Sue Bowers and husband Don of Gulfport, MS; and numerous friends. Pallbearers will be gentlemen of the Willing Workers Sunday School Class. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Methodist Children's Home or Trinity United Methodist Church. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 22, 2003 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Ruby Helen Finley Smith
Ruby Helen Finley Smith, age 81, of Bernice, La., passed away peacefully October 18, 2003, at her home after a long courageous battle with cancer. Mrs. Ruby was born December 3, 1921 in Chattanooga, Oklahoma. She married William C. Smith, March 31, 1940 in Seymour, Texas. She is preceded in death by her mother, Lillie Mae West Finley; father, Ira T. Finley; three brothers, Harry Finley, Ira T. Finley, Jr., James Horace Finley; all of Oklahoma, and one sister, Fern Belew of North Carolina. Mrs. Ruby was a devoted homemaker and loving mother and grandmother. Her home was always filled with love and laughter with plenty of "Granny Teacakes" and on those special occasions her Angel Food Cake. She blessed her family and friends with her ever-ready smile, loving heart, giving nature and sweet spirit. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Rev. W C. (Billy) Smith, Sr., of Bernice; one son, William C. Smith, Jr. and wife SharRon Dove Smith of Bernice; one daughter, Judith Ann Smith Reeder and husband, Woodrow W. Reeder, Jr., of Downsville; six grandchildren, Penny Smith Houston, William C. Smith III, Angela Smith Huffstetler, Jamie Smith Forgey, all of Bernice, Stefanie Reeder Cady of West Monroe, and Brandon Keith Reeder of Downsville. Six great grandchildren, James Duffy Houston, Shannon Taylor Huffstetler, William Chase Smith, all of Bernice, Sarah Elizabeth Cady, Ashlen Grace Cady, and Andrew Blaine Cady, all of West Monroe. One sister, Opal Finley Loftis, of Georgia, and a host of friends. Strength and honor are her clothing...she looketh well to the ways of her household...Her children arise up and call her blessed...Proverbs 31:25-28. Those we hold most dear never truly leave us...They live on in the kindness they showed, the comfort they shared, and the love they brought into our lives. When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live you in such a manner that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice. Indian Proverb Pallbearers will be William C. Smith III, Brandon Keith Reeder, Brandon Craig Forgey, Roger Evans Farrar, William Scott Shackleford, and Blaine Alan Cady. Honorary pallbearer will be James Duffy Houston. Services for Mrs. Ruby Helen Finley Smith will be at the Weldon Baptist Church, where she was a member, at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 21, 2003. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., Monday, October 20, 2003 at the Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Bernice. Burial will follow at Bernice Cemetery. Family and friends will gather at the home of Roger and Penny Farrar.

Ruth Evelyn Gras Kilgore
Ruth Evelyn Gras Kilgore, 55, died at Minden Medical Center on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003 after a sudden illness. Memorial services will begin at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003 at St. John Birchman Cathedral. Officiating will be Rev. Curtis Woods of St. John Birchman Cathedral. Ruth was a native of Shreveport. She was a longtime member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Ruston, LA. Ruth was preceded in death by her father Walter F. Gras and brother Walter Gras, both of Shreveport. Ruth is survived by her mother, Ruth R. Gras, three sons, Jess Kilgore and wife Katie of Simsboro, Micheal Kilgore of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Ronnie Kilgore of San Angelo, Texas; one daughter Mrs. Karen Smith and husband Chris of Norfolk, Nebraska; four sisters, Rebecca Day, Connie Scott, Peggy Brown, Miriam Gras; and five brothers, Bill Gras, Bobby Gras, Jackie Gras, Mark Gras and Gary Gras. The family requests that memorials be made to the Ruth Kilgore Memorial Fund at Community Trust Bank.

Lois Baggarly Smith
Lois Baggarly Smith was born September 13, 1931, Quitman, LA, and passed on to her heavenly reward on October 17, 2003. Lois graduated from Quitman High School as valedictorian of her class in 1948. She graduated from LA Tech with academic honors in 1952 with a degree in business education. She taught business education one year in Winnfield High School, and then married the Rev. Jesse G. Smith on May 31, 1953. While her husband was attending East Texas Baptist College, Lois worked in the personnel department of Thiokol Chemical Corp, in Waskom, TX. To her and Rev. Smith were born three daughters, and Lois then became a dedicated homemaker and mother to her daughters. For more than 50 years, Lois was dedicated to her husbandís calling as his helpmeet in the gospel ministry. Lois is survived by her husband, Rev. Jesse G. Smith of Springhill, LA; by three daughters, Dr. Lawanda Faye Smith of Alexandria, LA; Eva Denise Smith Cox and her husband, Dr. Kenneth Cox of Ruston, LA; Patricia Annette Smith Shows and her husband, Brian Shows of Shreveport, LA. Lois is also survived by five grandchildren: Bethany Anne Cox, Mallory Leigh Cox, and Kenneth Lane Cox, Jr. of Ruston, LA; Jarred Michael Shows and Cody Stewart Shows of Shreveport, LA. Loisís funeral will be at Calvary Baptist Church, Springhill, LA on Sunday, October 19 at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will be held at Kilpatrickís Funeral Home, Ruston, LA, on Saturday, October 18, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., and prior to the services at Calvary Baptist Church, Springhill, on October 19, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. The Rev. Morris Robbins of Bonham, TX will officiate the services. Interment will be in the Antioch Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Quitman LA. Memorial gifts may be made to the building fund of Calvary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 426, Springhill, LA, 71075.

Joel A. Colvin
Joel A. Colvin died October 14, 2003 in Nashville. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ruel and Arma Colvin and his brother, Charles Ruel Colvin. Survivors include his wife, Augusta; brother, Kent Colvin; and sisters, Mary Gray, Nancy Emerson and Cathryn Emerson; sons, Robert and John; and four grandchildren, Jennifer Anne, Joshua Reed, Robert Lee of Maryville, TN and Meaghan Marie of Nashville, TN. A funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church in Dubach, LA at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 18, 2003. Visitation with the family will be held from 12 noon until 2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the family cemetery in Unionville, Louisiana.

Julie Michelle Brown
Services for Julie Michelle Brown will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 18, 2003 at Southern Funeral Home Chapel with Reverends Mike Joiner and Bill Staples officiating. Burial will be in Gayla Traina Memorial Cemetery in Jonesboro under the direction of Southern Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Ms. Brown died Tuesday, October 14, 2003 at her residence in Ruston. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 16, and 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. October 17 at Southern Funeral Home. Ms. Brown was a real estate secretary. Ms. Brown was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Edward and Virginia Persons, and her paternal grandparents, Ben and Jessie Brown. Ms. Brown is survived by her mother, Pat Eason of Bryceland; father, Wallace Brown and wife Pam of Jonesboro; sister, Kristy Brown; brothers, Lee Brown and Brandon Brown; nieces, Courtney Brown and Ray Brown; nephew, Brian Brown, all of Jonesboro; very special friend, James Roane; and special friends, Bill Roane, Sherry Roane, Ruth Mathews and Alicia Spillers. Pallbearers will be Lee Brown, Brandon Brown, David Womack, Billy Dale Roane, Kevin Roane and Steven Roane. Honorary pallbearers will be Junior Broomfield, Brian Brown, Rondey Brown, Ricky Persons, Corey Persons and Bubba Moffett.

Annebelle Arnold Doughty
Services for Annebelle Arnold Doughty, 74, of Ruston, will be held Wednesday, October 15, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Temple Baptist Church in Ruston. Officiating will be Rev. Dale Oden assisted by Dr. T. David Willets and Rev. Barry Joyner. Interment will follow in the Unionville/Colvin Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Doughty died Saturday, October 11, 2003 in West Monroe following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Doughty was a member of Temple Baptist Church, as well as a retired public school teacher and Minister's wife. She had served as pianist and Sunday School teacher in many churches for 54 years. The joys of her life were her church work and her grandchildren. Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Rev. Dayton Doughty of Ruston, LA; children, Zilla Ann Cone and husband Pat of Choudrant, LA, Len Doughty and wife Dianne of Shreveport, LA and Jason Doughty and wife Jodi of Jakarta, Indonesia; grandchildren, Patrick Cone of San Diego, CA, Jamison, Robert and Samantha Cone, all of Choudrant, LA and Kelly and Cameron Doughty of Shreveport, LA; sisters-in-law, Jewell Richardson and Gladys Doughty, both of Jena, LA; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Pallbearers will be Roy Farrington, Jimmy Newsom, J. W. Duck, James Edward Scriber, Buddy Butler, Donald Lemon, Ned Ellzey and Woody Cooper. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The family would like to express their gratitude to the nurses and doctors, especially Dr. Trudy Sanson.

Dorothy Faye "Dottie" Young
Services for Dorothy Faye "Dottie" Young, 64, of Ruston, LA will be held Wednesday, October 15, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Officiating will be Rev. T. J. Boyd. Interment will follow in the Cook Cemetery in Ruston, LA under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston, LA. Mrs. Young died Sunday, October 12, 2003 in Ruston following a brief illness. Mrs. Young was a member of Barnett Springs Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, George D. Young of Ruston, LA; son, Doug Young and wife Becky of Ruston, LA; sister, Helen Dozar of Henderson, Nev.; brother, Sonny Richardson of Lewisville, TX; and grandchildren, Kristen and Casey Young; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Barnett Springs Baptist Church. Pallbearers will be Scott Richardson, Paul Richardson, Rob Richardson, Andy Richardson, Aubrey Lewis and Gerrel Huey. Family will receive friends Tuesday, October 14, 2003 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Ronnie Ray Hollimon
Services for Mr. Ronnie Ray Hollimon, age 48, of Ruston, LA will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Monday at Cook Baptist Church Sanctuary in Ruston. Interment will be in Fellowship Cemetery in Dubach, LA under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home. Ronnie passed away from colon cancer on October 12, 2003 at his home in Ruston. He graduated from Hahnville High School in 1973 where he played on the state championship football team. He received a Bachelor's Degree from L.S.U. in 1977. He was a Certified Property Manager, co-founder and vice president of Sunquest Properties of Monroe. Ronnie is survived by his wife of 28 years, Debby Hollimon of Ruston; his daughter, Casey Rae Hollimon and his sons, Jake and Neal Hollimon, all of Ruston; his parents, Hugh and Shirley Hollimon of McNeil, MS; brother, Alan Hollimon of Cassville, GA; triplet sisters, Connie Madere of Marietta, GA, Donnie Hollimon of Biloxi, MS and Penny Harrell of Paradis, LA; nieces and nephews, Jason, Jarrod, Emily, Ryan, Zac, Katie, Jennifer, Stefanie, Hannah, Harper, and Brody. Memorials may be made to the Cook Baptist Church Seminary Fund or to the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home. Visitation will be from 12 noon Monday until service at Cook Baptist Church.

Henry Lee Ethridge
Brother Henry Lee Ethridge passed away to a more peaceful rest Sunday, October 5, 2003 at the LSU Medical Center at Monroe, Monroe, Louisiana. He was born September 14, 1947 to Lula Leonard Ethridge Boyd and Lee Anders Ethridge. His mother, Lula Boyd preceded him in death. He was a graduate of Jackson High School in Jonesboro, Louisiana. He was married to Francene Thurman and to this union four children were born. He was a faithful worker for over 30 years at Rogers Furniture of Ruston, Louisiana. He was a member of the Pride of Ruston Lodge #92; a Shriner and 32 degree Mason. He also served as past president of the Perrymen Club. He leaves to cherish his memories: a caring step-father, Leonard Boyd, Jr., Ruston, LA; father, Lee A. Ethridge; brother, Johnnie L. Ethridge, Sr., (Lillie), Ruston, LA; wife, Francene Ethridge, Ruston, LA; five children, Shelia N. Ethridge, Arlington, TX, Darrell D. Ethridge, Rumunda E. Ethridge, LaDondra D. Ethridge and Keisha Howard, all of Ruston, LA; six grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. Henry confessed Christ at an early age and united with the New Prosperity Baptist Church. Services will be Friday, October 10, 2003 at 3:00 p.m. at New Prosperity Baptist Church in Clay, LA.

Virgia Mary Land Hill
October 3, 1911 - October 2, 2003
"And he said unto me, it is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is a thirst of the fountain of the water of life freely." Revelation 21:6 Virgia Mary Land Hill was born in Lincoln Parish on October 3, 1911 to the late Charles Henry and Doshia Livingston Land. She was one of six children all of which preceded her in death. She grew up in a Christian hand and became a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church at an early age. She was a faithful member and served dutifully until her health failed. She served with the Pastor's Aid, Women's Mission, BTU, as a Sunday School teacher, and in the Liberty Hill Baptist Association Women's Department. Sister Virgia was united in holy matrimony with the late Herman Hill. To this union, one son, Herman Michael Hill, was born. Sister Hill was educated in Lincoln Parish having begun her early education at Allen Green. She completed high school at Grambling High and graduated from Bishop College in Texas. She taught in Daytona Beach, Florida for several years. After returning to the area, she worked at the Grambling Post Office; taught in Lincoln Parish - Ruston High and Lincoln High Schools - and retired in 1971. Being a lover of children, she returned to the teaching profession at Mt. Olive Day Care Center for a number of years. She was affiliated with the Grambling Chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. She was also a member of the Retired Teacher's Association. Services will be held Thursday, October 9, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Leroy DeFreese
Services for Leroy DeFreese, 95, of Ruston, LA will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 8, 2003 in the Grace United Methodist Church in Ruston, LA. Officiating will be Dr. Wayne Evans assisted by Dr. Doug McGuire. Interment will be in Simsboro Cemetery, Simsboro, LA under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mr. DeFreese died Monday, October 6, 2003 in Ruston, LA following a brief illness. Mr. DeFreese was a Charter member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Ruston, LA. He was a member of the Ruston Masonic Lodge #106, past Worshipful Master, and a 50 year member as of 1996. Mr. DeFreese was a veteran of WWII serving in the U. S. Army Air Corps. He was preceded in death by his wife Mavis R. DeFreese, brother Leslie DeFreese, and sisters Hazel Willis and Lois Giles. Survivors include his wife, Edna DeFreese of Ruston, LA; one son, Johnny L. DeFreese and wife Jane of Haughton, LA; one granddaughter, Heidi D. Manuel and husband Darwin of Bossier City, LA; one grandson, Scott P. DeFreese of Lafayette, LA; one sister, Elaine Brown of Bastrop, LA; step daughters, Lillian Magruder of Jackson, MS and Linda Green of Baton Rouge, LA; and numerous nieces and nephews and many other loving family members and a large extended family. Pallbearers will be Harry Napper, Ed Orr, Vernon Lay, Wayne Herron, Lou McGehee, Wes Lynch, and Abbey Magruder III. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Hal Barker and Perry Lowe. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 7, 2003 at the funeral home.

Elise B. Brown
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Elise Brown on October 4, 2003 at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the Forest Lawn Cemetery. Mrs. Brown died in Shreveport, LA after a lengthy illness on October 1, 2003. She was born on December 20, 1923 to John E. and Caroline D. Boudreaux. She was one of eight brothers and sisters. Elise attended public schools in New Orleans and graduated from Loyola University of the South in New Orleans. She was married to Dr. O. W. Brown, Jr. on April 12, 1946 in New Orleans. He preceded her in death on May 10, 1993. She was married to Algie D. Brown of Shreveport, LA who survives her. Mrs. Brown was a homemaker in Ruston, LA for many years. She was active as a lay reader, member of the parish council, and helped to coordinate many events at her church, St. Thomas Aquinas in Ruston. Later, she continued to be involved in activities at St. Joseph's Church in Shreveport, LA. Elise was a committed bird lover. She was involved in many activities involving "birding" over a great deal of time. Throughout her life Elise enjoyed cooking and used this in many practical and leisurely ways for the benefit of others. She also was afforded opportunity to travel over the last several years and she found this very enjoyable. Mrs. Brown is survived by her three children and their spouses, Dr. O. W. Brown III and his wife Kathleen of Longview, Texas, Malise O'Banion and her husband Dennis of Texarkana, Texas, and Timothy Brown and his wife Rebecca of Shreveport, LA. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Sarah B. Stokeld and her husband Jeremy of Houston, Texas, Carolyn C. Brown of Longview, Texas and Thomas and Adam Schindler of Longview; Katie O'Banion of College Station, TX, David, Leigh, Mary Claire and Casey O'Banion of Texarkana, TX; Timothy and Jack Brown of Shreveport, LA. Visitation will be held at 6:00 p.m. at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston with a rosary following at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 810 Carey Avenue, Ruston, LA 71270 in memory of Elise.

Ruby Bird Edwards
Services for Ruby Bird Edwards, 89, of Marion, LA will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 5, 2003 in the First Baptist Church in Marion. Officiating will be Rev. Bubba Hoggatt. Burial will be in Roark Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Farmerville. Mrs. Edwards died Thursday, October 2, 2003 in Ruston, LA. Survivors include one daughter, Sue Forrest and husband Cecil of Cedar Ridge, CO; one brother, Kenneth Bird and wife Peggy of Ruston, LA; one sister-in-law, Mattie Gray Bird of Farmerville, LA; grandchildren, Scott Forrest, Greg Forrest, Jana Forrest and Joel Forrest; and eight great grandchildren. Family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Farmerville on Saturday, October 4, 2003.

Olivette McNeely Fortenberry
Services for Olivette McNeely Fortenberry, age 87, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 4th at Lakewood Memorial Park in Jackson, Mississippi. Mrs. Fortenberry was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Stephen Fortenberry; brother-in-law, Lavon Anderson; daughter, Judith F. Parnell; and brother, J. W. McNeely. She is survived by her sister, Mrs. Montez Anderson of Ruston, LA; two grandchildren, Scott Parnell and wife Amy of West Monroe, LA and Deborah Wisterman and husband Jesse of Choudrant, LA; one great grandson, Zach Parnell of West Monroe, LA; sister-in-law, Naomi McNeely of Greenville, MS; two nieces, Wanda Lowery and husband Bob of Jackson, MS and Deidra Reed and husband Johnny of Houston, TX; two great nieces and one great nephew. Mrs. Fortenberry moved to Ruston in 1959 and was a member of New Life Assembly of God Church. She died October 2nd in Arcadia, LA after a lengthy illness.

Jean W. Moseley
Mrs. Emma Jean Webster Moseley was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on May 22, 1920 into the home of Mr. Daniel and Annie Elizabeth Webster. She left this earth for her Heavenly Home on September 29, 2003. She was educated in the Little Rock school system, graduating from Little Rock High School in May, 1936. She graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in May, 1940. She is survived by her husband of 60.75 years, Dr. Patterson B. Moseley of Ruston, La, three children-Ms. Elizabeth Ann Moseley of Benton, Arkansas; Dr. Patterson W. Moseley and his wife Sherry of Winter Springs, Florida; and Dr. James B. Moseley and his wife, Cindy of Memphis, Tenn; seven grandchildren-Mrs. Lisa Moseley Kennedy and her husband, Kevin, of Winter Park, FL; Jonathan Moseley and Brooks Moseley of Ft. Collins, Colorado, Allison and Taylor Moseley of Cordova, TN and Patrick and Graham Moseley of Memphis; one great-grandchild Ashton Kay Kennedy of Winter Park, FL. She is also survived by three sisters; Mrs. Mary Alice Gray of Ruston, Mrs. Ray Gardner and her husband Ray, Of W. Bloomfield, MI, and Mrs. Rosalea Cox, of Iverness, FL. She has one sister-in-law, Mrs. Mildren Webster, of Arkadelphia, Ark. and many nieces and nephews. She has two special nieces, Mrs. Carol Gray Plum of Tulsa, OK and Ms. Jody Gray, of Ruston. Mrs. Moseley served as the secretary to the pastor of Temple Baptist Church from September, 1964 until April, 1984. She has been a Baptist since 1929, and has served in many capacities of leadership in the church, including teacher of kindergarten children and outreach leader in her Sunday School Classes. She was a member of the Hannah Sunday School Class at Temple Baptist Church, the North Louisiana Porcelain Arts Guild, and the Wednesday China Painting Group. She leaves as special friends the members of her Sunday School Class, members of the Wednesday China painting group, Mrs. Wayne Causey of Ruston and Mrs. Dorothy Mooney of Ruston. Services are planned for the sanctuary of Temple Baptist Church on October 2, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. Services will be officiated by Rev. Dale Oden, Associate Pastor of Temple Baptist Church, Mr. Kenneth Mooney of Pineville, Dr. David Willets, Pastor of Temple Baptist Church, Elizabeth Ann Moseley, daughter, and Dr. Patterson W. Moseley, son. Dr. Glen Plum will have the graveside services at Pines Memorial Cemetery, under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home. Visitation is planned for Wednesday, October 1, 2003 from 5 -7 p.m. at Kilpatrick Funeral Home.

Felton Bagwell
On September 21st Felton Bagwell left this world to start his new life in Heaven. He was predeceased by his parents, Mattie Lou and L. C. Bagwell; brothers W. Talmadge Bagwell, Louceen Bagwell, Joe Bagwell and Buster Bagwell. All are interred in the Evergreen Baptist Church Cemetery in Bernice. He is survived by his sisters, Ressie Gresham, Minden, LA, Frances Womack, Chatham, LA and Mattie Sue Yates, Dubach, LA; by his children, Sheryn (Bagwell) Cockett, Foster City, CA and Robert Wayne Bagwell, LaMirada, CA; his step children, Shirley Redburn, Norwalk, CA, Sandy Garcia, Brea, CA and Lori Bagwell, LaMirada, CA; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends. Services for Felton will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 29th at Fellowship Baptist Church in Dubach.

George Raybun Otwell
Services for Mr. George Raybun Otwell, age 66, of Ruston will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 28, 2003 at Rock Corner Baptist Church in Dubach with Reverend Charles Harlon officiating. Interment will be in Rock Corner Cemetery in Dubach under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. Mr. Otwell died Friday, September 26, 2003 at Lincoln General Hospital in Ruston. He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Will Younse. He is survived by his wife, Darlene Bowlin Otwell of Ruston; his son, Cary Otwell and wife Stephanie of St. Joseph, MO; daughter, Tammy Vedros and husband Mark of Ruston; grandchildren, Chevy Vedros and Mark Anthony Vedros, Jr. of Ruston; sisters, Dorothy Farley and husband Garland, Virginia Cassel and husband Billy, Billye Sue Younse, Ann Taylor and husband Bobby; brother, Glyn Otwell and wife Sharon; and numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Katie Eunice Tullos McCullar
Services for Katie Eunice Tullos McCullar, 80, of El Dorado, AR will be held Saturday, September 27, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. in the Young's Chapel in El Dorado. Officiating will be Rev. Benjy McCann and Dr. Glenn Morgan. Interment will be in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens, El Dorado, AR, under the direction of Young's Funeral Directors of El Dorado. Mrs. McCullar died Wednesday, September 24, 2003 in the Oak Ridge Nursing Home. Mrs. McCullar was born September 26, 1922 in Jonesboro, LA to Marshall W. and Carrie Barr Tullos. A graduate of Louisiana Tech, she earned her BA degree in music; worked as a secretary with Anthony Forest Products; and was a member of East Main Baptist Church in El Dorado. She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her husband, Doyle McCullar of El Dorado, AR; and three nephews, Wayne Causey of Ruston, LA, Donald Causey of Winnfield, LA and Lynn Causey of Monroe, LA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, September 26, 2003 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The family will be at the McCullar home, 2312 Oxford, El Dorado, AR. Memorials may be made to the East Main Baptist Church Choir, 1903 E. Main, El Dorado, AR 71730.

Lela A. Hester (Mamaw)
Services for Lela A. Hester (Mamaw), 87, of Ruston, LA will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 25, 2003 in the Ruston Church of Christ. Officiating will be Rev. Ronnie Cosby. Interment will be in Hasley Cemetery in West Monroe under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Hester died Sunday, September 21, 2003 in Tyler, TX following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Hester was a lifelong resident of Ruston and member of Ruston Church of Christ. She was a retired owner / operator of Fina on 210 W. California Street. She was preceded in death by her husband William (Bill) Hester, parents, five brothers and one sister. Survivors include one daughter, Sandy Batterton and husband Ronnie; grandchildren, Will, Sky and Sommer Batterton; dear friends, Helen Batterton and Becky Young, all of Ruston; three sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Ruston Church of Christ. Pallbearers will be Curtis Rowlan, Kirt Rowlan, Eddie Spillers, Michael Batterton, Donald Batterton, and Brian Roundtree. Honorary pallbearers will be Shane Batterton, Tommy Batterton, Raymond Rowlan, Bobby Rowlan and Johnny Ray Rowlan. Family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 at the funeral home.

Derek Bradley Williams
Graveside services for Derek Bradley Williams, 30, of Panama City Beach, FL will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 20, 2003 in the Pinegrove Cemetery in Hilly, LA. Officiating will be Rev. Dale Oden. Services are under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Derek died Wednesday, September 17, 2003 in Panama City Beach, FL. Survivors include his wife, Maria Raquel Escoal Williams of Panama City Beach, FL; one son, Ian Williams; parents, Bob and Linda Williams of Orlando, FL; one sister, Gretchen Williams of Gloster, MA; and his grandmother, Maurine Broome Sleeth of Ruston, LA. Family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, September 19, 2003, and from 12:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. Saturday, September 20, 2003 at the funeral home.

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