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Opal Ruth Brown Hughes
Services for Opal Brown Hughes, 81, formerly of Logansport, LA, resident of Longleaf Nursing Home will be at 1:00 pm, Saturday, July 3, 2004 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Logansport, LA. Graveside services will be at Bethel Cemetary in Logansport. Officiating will be her grandson, Billy D. Hughes. Mrs. Hughes passed away July 1, 2004 in Ruston. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Logansport. She is preceded in death by her husband, Herschel Hughes, Sr., son, Herschel Hughes, Jr. (Buddy), daughters, Gay Parker and Judy Broadway and one grandson, David Dale Hughes. Parents Ruth Bryant and Harvey Brown. Brothers, Arlen and Earl Brown and one sister, Nell Shahan. Survivors include her daughters, Ann Mattison-Flowers (Allen), Donna Abercrombie (Alan), and son, Billy Earl Hughes. Sisters, Ethel Pyle, Mae Huckabee, and Doris Baldwin. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Friday, July 2, 2004 from 5 pm to 7 pm at the funeral home.

Mrs. Pauline H. Hammons
Funeral services for Mrs. Pauline H. Hammons, age 88, of Choudrant, LA will be conducted at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 3, 2004 at Emmanuel Baptist Church with Dr. Michael Hawley officiating. Interment will follow in Choudrant Masonic Cemetery, under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Hammons passed away Thursday, July 1, 2004 at Lincoln General Hospital. She was as active member of Emmanuel Baptist Church and Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband Porter Hammons. She is survived by one daughter: Clara Rea & husband Richard of Choudrant, LA and numerous nieces & nephews and a host of friends. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Friday, July 2, 2004 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church in Ruston.

Mrs. Wilma Elaine Zongker Henry
Salem Community-Dubach, LA
Services for Mrs. Wilma Zongker Henry will be held at Salem Methodist Church near Dubach, LA at 10 AM on Saturday, July 3, 2004. THe Rev. Ross Genger will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 PM until 8 PM on Friday July 2, 2004 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Arcadia. Mrs. Henry passed away Wednesday, June 30, 2004 at her home. She had been diagnosed with ALS about 7 months ago. She was born April 11, 1929 in Everton, MO, to Victor & Lena Zongker. They preceded her in death as did her father-in-law Horace C. Henry. Mrs. Henry is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Billy W. Henry; Daughters: Melinda Roe & Husband Ronnie, Cheryl Ellis; mother-in-law: Mrs. Eva Dell Henry; sisters: Freda Smith & Husband James, Rose Ann Edwards, Mary Boschen & husband John; brother: John Roy Zongker & wife Ann; sisters-in-law: Estelle Harrell & husband Billy Joe, Ann Magee & husband Terry; stepchildren: Glenda Walding & husband Winston, Wayne Henry. Also left to cherish her memory are grandchildren: David Roe & wife Ashley, Jamie Roe & wife Wendy, Zachary Ellis & Cody Ellis; great-grandchildren: Andrew, Gavin, & Caleb Roe. She will also be missed by a host of nieces, nephews, and many wonderful friends. Mrs. Henry graduated from Springfield High School (now Central) in 1946 and went on to attend Southwest State College for 3 years. She then began her "Life's Work" testing milk in several dairies over the next 43 years. Mrs. Henry loved God, her family, and her church. She remembered everyone she knew with a card on their birthday. She also loved working in her beautiful flower garden and authored a book at age 64. Pallbearers will be David Roe, Jamie Roe, Jerry Harrell, Donnie Harrell, Jeff McMillen, Wes Zongker, Bobby Jefcoat, and Terry McGee. Honorary pallbearers will be Cecil Harrell, Cecil Hood, Wallace Harrison, Wilbur Hammons, Fred Volentine, and Weldon Lundy.

Boyd Clinnie Goss, Jr.
Boyd Clinnie Goss, Jr., age 68, of Ruston, passed away June 30, 2004, after a lengthy illness. He was preceded in death by two sons, Thomas Randall and Ronald Wayne Goss; his parents, Boyd Clinnie Goss, Sr. and Jewell Beatty Goss; and a sister, Christine Goss Ballance. He is survived by three children: Sandra Kaye Mattar of maryland, Larry Wayne Goss and wife Dianne of Houma, LA and Boyd David Goss of Quitman, LA; one brother: Thomas Martin Goss and wife Sandra of Ruston; three sisters: Noverine Goss Lowe of Quitman, LA, Joyce Goss Chandler and husband Waylon of Kirbyville, TX and Sylvia Smith and husband Loyd of Saline, LA; ten grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and numerous neices, nephews and friends. At his request, there will not be a funeral service.

Dr. Richard J. Giesse, Sr.
Dr. Richard J. Giesse, Sr. entered into rest Tuesday, June 29, 2004 at Meadowview Health and Rehabilitation Home in Minden, La. Dr. Giesse was born August 10, 1919 in Cleveland, Ohio to Carl Kern and Anne Prosek Giesse. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Jean Elise Fallon and Robert Carl Giesse. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Bernice Gossett Giesse, and their children, Judy Giesse Hart, Oahu, Hawaii; Richard (Rick) Giesse, Jr., Converse, La.; Carl K. Giesse and wife Janet, Doyline, La.; Lisa Giesse Samuel and husband Dawson, Minden, La.; Michelle Giesse, Shreveport, La.; and daughter-in-law Nancy Conville Giesse, Ruston, La. He also leaves behind 15 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Dr. Giesse began his college education in 1939 at William Jewell College in Missouri, but was interrupted by World War II. He served in the Marine Corps for three years and returned to his pursuit of education, attending Howard Payne College, Hardin-Simmons University, and Texas Tech University, culminating with a doctorate in education and psychology at Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, La. Dr. Giesse, known as Dick to family and friends, devoted his life to education, with a special emphasis on Special Education by working as a professor at Louisiana Tech University, the chief psychologist for Ruston State School and Ruston Mental Health Unit (1963-1987). After retiring and moving to Minden he provided his expertise to Claiborne Parish Schools as a consulting psychologist. He was also a published author of several research publications. At the same time, Dick and Bernice served as foster-parents to many children through the years. Dick lived a full life. He was proud of his accomplishments and those of his family. He goes now to be with the Lord and to prepare a place for his loved ones. As a final selfless act in his quest for education, Dick donated his body to LSU Medical School in the hope that others may learn. The family will host a celebration of the life of Richard Giesse at First United Methodist Church in Minden at 10:00 AM Saturday, July 3, 2004. The Reverend J. Roddy Taylor and Reverend Rolly Walker will officiate. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Methodist Children's Home in Ruston, La.

Steven Paul Epstein
Steven Paul Epstein, a senior at Louisiana Tech University in Biomedical Engineering, died Friday, June 18, 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio at Children's Hospital of complications from a bone marrow transplant. He was 22 years of age. Steven was born and lived in New Orleans. He was the beloved son of David Epstein and Patricia Marvin, Step-son of William Marvin, Loving brother to Benjamin and Michael Epstein and sister Stefania Marvin. A Funeral mass was held on Saturday, June 26, 2004 at 12:00 Noon at St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Catholic Church, 5500 Paris Ave., New Orleans. In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations may be made to the Ilistiocytosis Association, 72 East Holly Ave., Suite 101, Pitman, NJ 08071, Ronald McDonald House, 4403 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70119 or Masses.

Lois Thompson Maza
Graveside service for Lois Thompson Maza, 80, of Choudrant, LA will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, June 30, 2004, at Choudrant Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Officiating will be Rev. C. C. Milstead and Rev. Mike Milstead. Mrs. Maza passed away on Monday, June 28, 2004 in Ruston. She was a member of the Indian Village Methodist Church in Calhoun. She was preceded in death by her husband J. R. Maza, daughter Carolyn Clark, parents W. H. and Maybelle Thompson, brothers Ray Thompson and Melvin Thompson, and sister Blanche Rout. Survivors include her brothers and sisters, W. H. Thompson, Jr. of Columbia, LA. Gloria Whitman of West Monroe, LA, Faye Graham of Monroe, LA, James Thompson of West Monroe, LA and Betty Thompson of Monroe, LA. She is also survived by 4 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 29, 2004, from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

Mrs. Cloteal Daniel
Funeral services for Mrs. Cloteal Daniel, mother of Alice Daniel Davis, James Will, Carl and Maxine Daniel Bell, will be held at the Galilee Baptist Church in Hodge, LA on Saturday, June 26, 2004 at 1:00 PM. Wake service will be Friday, June 25, 2004 from 6-7PM at the Galilee Baptist Church in Hodge.

John E. Shaver, Jr.
Services for John E. Shaver, Jr., 66, of Ruston, LA will be 2:00 PM on Thursday June 24, 2004 at Temple Baptist Church. Officiating will be Dr. David Willotts assisted by Rev. Dale Oden. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mr. Shaver passed away on Sunday, June 20th in Peoria, IL. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church. He retired after 36 years in the School of Accountancy at LA Tech Unversity and was self-employed as a CPA. Survivors include his wife, Virginia S. Shaver; daughter, Kim Shaver King and husband Rev. Terry King; grandchildren Christopher Otwell and Cheyenne King; brother Brooks Shaver all of Ruston, LA; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorials may be made to Temple Baptist Church Ministy and Missions Fund, 1515 South Service Road West, Ruston, LA 71270. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM, Wednesday, June 23rd, at Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston.

Harvey "Shady" R. Grady
Harvey Ray Grady, a retired purchasing agent for Penzoil, died Sunday, June 13, 2004 at Longleaf Nursing Home in Ruston, Louisiana. He was 87, a native of Collins, Mississippi, and had resided in Shreveport, Louisiana from 1967 until recently when he moved to Russ House in Ruston to be close to his daughter, Sandra. His body was donated to the LSU Medical School. A memorial service and celebration of his life is scheduled for July 31st at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Ruston. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Lonnie and Becky Grady, San Antonio; a daughter and son-in-law, Daphne Gay Grady and J.R. Madden, Baton Rouge; a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra Grady Hart and Charles Hart, Ruston; grandchildren, Scott Grady, Renee Grady, and LCpl Paul Grady Madden, USMC; and great-granddaughter, Meagan Grady, step-granddaughters, Stephanie Hart, Leslie Hart, Cupid Hart-James and husband Ian James, and Heather Ernst and husband Tim Ernst; and step-great grandddaughters, Eva and Greta Ernst, along with many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. He is preceded in death by his wife Daphne Boatwright Grady, Lexington, Mississippi; brothers, Hershel Grady, Lyndell Grady, and Brown Grady; and parents, Wincie May and Webb M. Grady. He graduated from Collins High School, Collins, Mississippi in 1935. He worked for the Civilian Conservation Corp after high school graduation until he joined United Gas and Pipeline Company in 1939. He then enlisted in the Army Air Corps in January 1942, served in WWII, and was Honorably discharged as a Master Sergeant. He returned to United Gas where, during a 41-year career, he held a number of positions with the last being the purchasing agent for the Shreveport District before his retirement in 1979. He was a member of the Elks and a member of the James A. Myers masonic Lodge #619 in Jackson, Mississippi, where he was a 32nd degree Mason of the Scottish Rite. He was also a lifetime member of the National Association of Purchasing Management, and DAV. He was an outdoorsman with a love of both hunting and fishing. For 30+ years, he was a member of the Broadmoor United Methodist Church in Shreveport and a member of the Couples Class. Harvey loved kicking tires, bargains on automobiles, and collecting interesting firearms. his love of children was evident throughout his life. he always had a large grin and a childlike interest in little ones and what they had to say. With adults, he was never without a timely joke, and he seemed to always have a clever and hilarious story, some of which were decades old. He is loved by many, and was enjoyed by everyone that came in contact with him. In his memory, contributions may be made to the Louisiana Methodist Children's Home, P.O. Box 929, Ruston, LA 71273.

Gloria Nan Cheek Adams
Mulhearn Funeral Home
West Monroe, LA.
Services for Gloria Nan Cheek Adams, 60, of Ruston, formerly of West Monroe will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday June 23, 2004 at McGuire United Methodist Church in West Monroe with Rev. Fred Wideman, Rev. Michi Head and Rev. Rolly Walker officiating. Burial will be in the Hasley Cemetery. Mrs. Adams went to be with the Lord on June 20, 2004. Mrs. Adams was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Ruston, LA. and a certified church business administrator. Her hobbies were her grandchildren, gardening, arts and crafts, and outdoor activities. Survivors include her husband Donald Gene Adams, sons, Joey Adams and wife Amy, Jon Adams and wife Amanda, and Jason Adams and wife April, grandchildren, Jacob Adams, Olivia and Eden Adams, brother, Carey Eugene Cheek, step-father, Hubert Deere, niece, Christin Cheek, and nephew, Carey Eugene Cheek, Jr. Pallbearers will be Chris Norris, Tommy Cline, James Brown, Bill Smith, John Ellett, and Track Kavanaugh, Memorials may be made to the American Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The family wishes to express their appreciation for the love and care of the LSU Health Science Center and would like to acknowledge the prayers, visits, cards and support of her many friends.

Pamela McGee
Pamela McGee, 52, of Marshall, TX as well as a former resident of Dubach, LA, passed away Saturday, June 19, 2004 in Shreveport, LA after a lengthy illness. Pamela was a member of the Mobberly Baptist Church in Longview, TX. She was a Graduate of Dubach High School in 1970 and LA Tech in 1973. Pamela was a special education teacher at Marshall High School in Marshall, TX. She was preceded in death by her Father Printis J. McGee. She is survived by her Mother, Estelle McGee of Dubach, LA; Sister, Hazel McGee Peterson of Arlington, TX; Brothers, Printis M. McGee of Houston, TX, John G. McGee and wife Kim of Hilly, LA, Bruce W. McGee of Dubach, LA; Nieces Jame Peterson Mohnsen, Cara M. Peterson, Jessica McGee; Nephew, Lucas McGee; and Great Nieces, Bekka, Caitlyn, and Michelle Mohnsen. The family will receive friends Monday, June 21, 2004 from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston, LA. Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 22, 2004, at 10:00 A.M. in the Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. David Hastings will officiate with assistance by Rev. Doug Stewart. Interment will follow at Henry Cemetery in Hico, LA under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Pallbearers will be Leonard Walker, Daniel Ely, Rick Chamness, Clyde Deason, Jr., Roy Campbell, Durwood Matlock, Tim Lehmann, and Calvin Walker. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or the Charity of the Donor's Choice.

Gena Hethcox
Funeral services for Mrs. Gena Hethcox, 88, of Ruston, LA., will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, June 21, 2004 at Owens Memorial Chapel with Rev. Fred Wideman and Rev. Rolly Walker officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery, under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Hethcox passed away Thursday, June 17, 2004, at the Russ House in Ruston. After raising her family, Mrs. Hethcox enjoyed working for many years as a sales clerk at Lewis & Company. She was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church and served as a volunteer. Mrs. Hethcox was preceded in death by her husband, Lance Hethcox. Mrs. Hethcox is survived by two sons: Larry Hethcox and wife Lee of Goldvein, Va., and Ron Hethcox and wife Georgia of Spring, TX; one daughter: Lana Hethcox of Ruston, LA; ten grandchildren: one bother: Charles Combs of Anderson, IN; two sisters: Bobby Sue Saunders of Lexington, KY and Erna Henderson of San Jose, CA; and numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., Sunday, June 20, 2004 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Methodist Children's Home in Ruston.

Derrel A. McBroom, Jr.
Derrel A. McBroom, Jr., 38, of Simsboro, LA died Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at Lincoln General Hospital in Ruston, LA. He was the son of Derral A McBroom, Sr. of Forth Worth, TX. He was survived by his father, Derral A. McBroom, Sr., one half brother, C.J. McBroom of Fort Worth, TX, Grandmother Audrey McBroom of Forth Worth, TX, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his Grandfather, Wayne McBroom of Fort Worth, TX. A special thanks to Kilpatrick Funeral Home for allowing early visitation for out-of-town relatives.

Mrs. June Marion Clemenson Leachman
Memorial services for Mrs. Leachman, age 78, of Monroe, Louisiana will be held Saturday June 19, 2004 at 3:00 PM at White's Ferry Road Church of Christ. Officiating will be Alan Robertson. Under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home, West Monroe, Louisiana. Survivors are husband, Vernon Leachman of Monroe, Louisiana; Daughters, Judy Hansel of Colorado; Janet Johnson of Monroe; Denise Maxwell of Monroe, Louisiana; Paula Goodwin of Calhoun, Louisiana; Sons, Larry Jordan of Kansas; Jackie Archer of Ruston, Louisiana; Jerome Leachman of Ruston, Louisiana; Daryl Leachman of Houston, Texas; 19 Grandchildren; 14 Great Grandchildren; 1 Great Great Grandchild; 1 sister and two brothers and a number of nieces and nephews. There will be a gallery of June's art set up on Friday from 5 PM until 7 PM at the White's Ferry Road Church of Christ and the family will receive friends during this time. Anyone who would like to display their painting by June can bring it at that time for the Memorial Service.

Recy Dunn Sr.
Recy Dunn Sr., 77, passed away June 14, 2004 at his residence in Dubach, LA from a courageous battle with cancer. Homecoming will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, June 19th at Mt. Zion #2 Baptist Church, Dubach, LA. Graveside services will follow at Mt. Zion #2 Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Friday, at Mt. Zion #2 Baptist Church. Born in Hilly, LA on June 18, 1926, Recy will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and caring friend to many. Recy attended school in Lincoln Parish. He served in the army, stationed in Korea during World War II. Recy returned home to Dubach, where he met his beautiful wife, Myrine Foston. After marriage, he and his wife moved to Galveston, TX and raised 9 children, 7 boys and 2 girls. The early part of Recy's career was spent working for Todd Shipyard and as a driver for an ice company until he obtained his license as an automobile mechanic from the University of Houston. Recy owned the Mobile Gas Station on 31st & Broadway. He enjoyed fixing cars, fishing, and playing pool. He was a well-known mechanic in Galveston and his work was definitely missed when he moved to Dubach, LA to start his retirement with his wife. Recy enjoyed gardening. Those closest to Recy will remember his sense of humor, caring nature and his love for the Dallas Cowboys. Recy is preceded in death by his parents, Cordelia Pringle Anderson and Simmie Dunn; son, Johnny Ray Dunn; brothers, Daniel, Lee, Wilbert, Roosevelt, Louis Paul; sister, Ruthie B; and special friends, Isiah White, Milton Young, and Alfred Toliver (blackboy). Those left to cherish his memory include his loving, caring and supportive wife of 56 1/2 years, Myrine Foston Dunn; 6 sons, Recy Jr. (Andrea), Eddie (Cathy), Willie (Delia), David, Sammie (Jo), Karl (Elicia); two daughters, Dora Dunn Amey and Priscilla Dunn Ahmed (Shaik); 25 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Freddie Lee Dunn; sisters, Naomi Ross, and Ruth Dunn; devoted friend, Lewis Walker, and numerous neices, nephews, cousins and friends. The family wishes to extend special thanks to Northwest Regional Hospice, Dr. Kidd, and to everyone that kept the Dunn family in their thoughts and prayers. Memorials may be made to Mt. Zion #2 Baptist Church, (318) 777-8484 and or King's Funeral Home (318) 255-0525.

Rodney "Nick" Roberts
Memorial services for Mr. Rodney "Nick" Roberts, 62, of Farmerville will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Farrar Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Scott Jennings officiating. Mr. Roberts, a retired long haul truck driver and a member of the Corinth Baptist church in Hico died Saturday. He is preceded in death by his parents Luther and Mattie Roberts; two brothers, Dallas Roberts and John R. Roberts; nephew John A. Roberts; truck driving "Fur Babies" Bandy Joe Roberts, Scooter Roberts and Jake the Snake Roberts. Survivors include his wife Brenda A. Roberts of Farmerville; three brothers Bobby Joe Roberts of Homer, Ted Roberts and wife Carolyn of Dubach, James Ray Roberts and wife Bobbie Lou of Dubach; three sisters Irma Jean Harrell and husband Loy of Ruston, Nellie Vern Fincher and husband Ted of Arcadia, Mary Prince of Athens; Chemo Angels Pam Bowman of Tiller, Or. and Jane of Tacoma, Wash.; three sister-in-laws, Andrea Brimmer of Dubberly, Odessa Roberts of Homer and Rebecca Kirkland and husband Bobby Joe of Waco, Texas; 1 brother-in-law, Allen E. Davis Jr. and wife Debbie of West Monroe. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Sunday at Farrar Funeral Home in Farmerville.

Mrs. Bobbie V. Golden
Funeral services for Mrs. Bobbie V. Golden, age 77, of Ruston, LA will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 31, 2004 at Cook Baptist Church, Ruston with Rev. David Newberry officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Ruston under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Golden passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2004 at The Terrace in Ruston, LA. She was a cum laude graduate of Our Lady of Holy Cross in New Orleans and received her Masters degree in Special Education from the University of New Orleans. Mrs. Golden taught in the public school system for 20 years with the last 5 years at Choudrant Elementary. She loved children and teaching and was an active member of the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association and Cook Baptist Church. Mrs. Golden is survived by her husband of 58 years, Harvey "Bud" Golden of Ruston; one son: James H. Golden and wife Debbie of Kuwait; two daughters: Anne Duke and husband Jack of Mandeville, LA and Molly G. Phelps and husband Web of Downsville, LA; one brother: Charles E. Venable of Rogers, AR; and seven grandchildren. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Friday, July 30, 2004 at the Owens Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Baptist Children's Home, pO Box 4196, Monroe, LA 71211

Derick Jones
Funeral services for Derick Jones (Slim) of Choudrant, LA will be held Saturday, July 31, 2004 at 2:00 pm at the Patterson Funeral Home Chapel in Arcadia, LA. Derick leaves behind his mother, Margaret Anne Gray (Arvell Gray-Stepfather) of Simsboro; Father, Oliver Jones (Catherene Jones-Stepmother) of Choudrant; Two Sisters, Alisha Jones of Choudrant and Ladeshawa Lynett Jones of Richmond, CA; One Brother, Oliver Jones, Jr. (L'Xandra) of Ruston; One Stepsister, Lashunta Osborne (Arlan) of Ruston; Uncle, Edward Jones of Ruston; Three Nephews, Orlando Cartez Jones, Jamorrian Amar Jones & Malik Armond Mason of Ruston; Two Nieces, Alexys Tanyah Williams & Aaliyah Monet Brown of Ruston; a special friend, Lakesha Adams of Dallas, Texas & a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Burial will be at the St. Rest Church Cemetery in Choudrant, LA.

Mr. Charles Boyd Stokes, Jr.
Graveside servics for Mr. Charles Boyd Stokes, Jr., age 90, of Ruston, LA will be conducted at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 30, 2004 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Ruston with Rev. Tommy Speights officiating, services are under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. Mr. Stokes passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2004 at this residence. he was a retired Vocational Counselor, with the State Employment Office. Mr. Stokes is survived by his wife Susie Stokes of Ruston, LA; one son: Charles B. Stokes III and wife Carolyn of Ruston, LA; one daughter: Mary J. Walker of Shreveport, LA; sister: Maurice Brantley of Ruston, LA; and two grandchildren: Brian Walker and wife Misty; and Jason Walker; and one great-grandson: Will Walker, all of Minden, LA. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Thursday, July 28, 2004 at Owens Memorial Chapel.

Jimmy Theodos
Funeral services for Jimmy Theodos, 79, will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 29, 2004 at the Christ Apostolic Tabernacle, 4320 Shed Road, Bossier City, LA; 71111 with Rev. Cecil Daniels officiating. Interment will follow in Hill Crest Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, at the Hill Crest Funeral Home. Mr. Theodos entered into rest July 26, 2004 at Willis-Knighton Pierremont. He was a veteran of World War II and a resident of Bossier City. jimmy was the founder of Mr. Jim's Chicken in 1978. The family would like to thank the many patrons that continue to support the business. Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Hurst and husband Gary of Bossier City, LA; two sons, Jimmy P. Theodos and fiance Sonya Jordan of Haughton, LA; David Theodos and wife Stacie of Shreveport, LA; one sister, Maxine Long and one brother, Mike Theodos, both of Ruston, LA; seven grandchildren, Nicholas, Chris, Josh, Cameron, Alex, Hunter & Peyton; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Roland Jenson, Mike Santoro, Duane Simpson, Mat Holloway, A.J. Foy, and Michael Roden.

Joan Owens Buckless
Joan Owens Buckless, 64, of Port Charlotte passed away May 22, 2004. She was the daughter of Francis A. and Frances L. Owens, born August 18, 1939 in Providence, RI. Joan was a yard clerk for P & W Railroad in Rhode Island and retired after 16 years of service. She and her husband Larry owned Buckless Rentals for fifteen years in Ruston, LA, before moving to Florida in 2002. Joan enjoyed camping and traveling with her family, boating, and being involved with the Power Squadron. Joan was the treasurer for the ABWA in Ruston, LA and a member of the Quota Club there. She was of the Episcopal faith. Joan will be greatly missed by her husband of 47 years, Lawrence; daughter, Susan Buckless Word of W. Monroe, LA; sons, Steven Buckless and Alan C. Buckless, both of Swansea, MA; mother, Frances Louise Owens of Ruston, LA; 4 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. A memorial service in celebration of Joan's life will be held at 10 AM, Saturday, July 31, 2004 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Ruston, LA. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of SW Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238

Louie A. "Jack" Sanders
Funeral services for Louie A. "Jack" Sanders, 80, of Douglas Community, LA will be 2 p.m., Monday, July 26, 2004 at the chapel of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston, LA with Rev. Jerry Whitman officiating. Interment will follow in Douglas Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home. Mr. Sanders passed away on Friday, July 23, in Ruston following a lengthy illness. He was a longtime member of the Mineral Springs Baptist Church and a lifelong resident of Lincoln Parish. He was a member of the American Legion. Mr. Sanders was preceded in death by his son, Glen Sanders, daughter, Linda Alexander and grandson, Micheal Gene Sanders. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Angie Lee Sanders of Douglas, LA; children Ronnie and Carolyn Sanders of Douglas, LA, Gene Sanders of Douglas, LA, Lenard and Rene Sanders of Choudrant, LA, Theresa and Eddie Barmore of Mooringsport, LA; eight grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Amos Bennett, Robert Sanders, Dwain Elliott, Kent Willet, Troy Hughes and Tracy Jackson. Honorary pallbearer will be Eddie Barmore. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday July 25, at the funeral home.

Dr. Donald Wesley Irby
Funeral services for Dr. Donald Wesley Irby, a retired Monroe neurosurgeon, will be held on Saturday, July 24, 2004, at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church in Monroe, under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Monroe. Officiating will be Father Andy Powell. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Cemetery in Calhoun. The family will receive friends at Kilbourne Hall from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Don passed away at St. Francis Medical Center on Thursday, July 22, 2004, after a short illness. Don is survived by his wife Marilyn Jane Swift Irby; his daughter and son-in-law Ann and Woody Smithey of Ruston, Louisiana; three grandsons, Lyle, Hayden, and Jack Smithey of Ruston, Louisiana; his daughter Marie of Charlotte, North Carolina; sister Irene Smith of Tulsa, Oklahoma; niece Sharon Davis and her husband Barry of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; nephew Steve Smith and his wife Barbara of Dallas, Texas; and cousin Larry Harding and his wife Bonnie of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; and many nieces and nephews. Don was preceded in death by his mother and father Gladys and John Irby; brother John Wesley Irby; and sister Idagene Irby Green, all of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Don was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1934. he began Tulane University Medical School in 1955 and married Marilyn in 1956. His internship was at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City and his residency was in neurological surgery at University hospital at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Upon completion of his study, Don practiced one year in Forth Worth, Texas. In 1966, he became the first practicing neurosurgeon in northeast Louisiana at St. Francis Hospital, and he established the first intensive care unit there. Dr. Irby was elected Chief of Staff at St. Francis Medical Center in 1989, and he served on the board of directors from 1989 through 2001, when he retired from practice. Don was a member of Phi Gamma Delta, Sigma Nu chapter at the University of Oklahoma, receiving the "Order of the Good Owl" as a fifty year member. His medical memberships include Ouachita Parish Medical Society, Louisiana State Medical Society, American Medical Association, Louisiana State Society of Neurological Surgery, Congress of Neurological Surgery, Section to Neurotrauma and Critical Care of the America Association of Neurological Surgeons, and The Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Don's interest and love of the outdoors led him to buy and operate Windwood Farm where he raised cattle and later horses, after his daughters found and interest in horseback riding as a sport. He belonged to various hunting and fishing clubs in Louisiana and Mississippi. His love of hunting carried him on many trips, the favorite of which were his expeditions to Alaska. Our deepest appreciation to his doctors Ronald Hammett and John Hull and the nurses of the Intensive Care Unit at St. Francis Medical Center for their kindness and wonderful care. Prentice Norred will deliver comments "In Memoriam." The pallbearers are Paul Tennis, Woody Smithey, Johnny Hildenbrand, Dan Sartor, Stewart Meyers, and Larry Harding. Honorary pallbearers are Gordon Gates, Will Sartor, Steve Smith, and Brian Johnson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Intensive Care Units at St. Francis Medical Center.

Mrs. Irene Margueritte "Margie" Collie
Funeral services for Mrs. Irene Margueritte "Margie" Collie, 94, of Ruston, will be held Saturday, July 24 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Kilpatrick's Funeral Home in Ruston. Officiating will be Rev. Dale Oden, Minister of Pastoral Care of Temple Baptist Church, Ruston. Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Ruston under the direction of Kilpatrick's Funeral Home. Mrs. Collie died Wednesday, July 21 following a brief illness. She is survived by her son, Wyman Lee Collie and daughter-in-law, Virginia of Gilbert, Louisiana. Her grandchildren: Mike and Nancy Collie of Ruston, Ginger and George Boutwell of Monroe, LA, David and Brenda Collie of Winnsboro, LA and Mark Collie of Austin, TX. Her great-grandchildren: Jessica Collie, Ryan Collie, Bethany Collie, Sara Grace Collie, Ben Boutwell, Matt Boutwell, Katie Boutwell, John Boutwell, Dustin Collie and Darren Collie. In the last years of her life, "Mema" Collie was surrounded by loving, caring sitters who provided for her comfort and needs- her special and most devoted granddaughter, Jessica Collie, Jesse Roane, Janie Kennimer, Eloise Gray, and Virginia Eubanks. Mrs. Margie Collie was born November 23, 1909, the forth child of Simon Leon "Lee" and Irene Conly Manning of Ringgold, Louisiana. She was a 1927 graduate of Ringgold High School. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Shelby Collie, whom she married December 28, 1928. Mrs. Collie was a homemaker; a devoted wife, mother, and "Mema." She was a long-time member of Temple Baptist Church of Ruston where she enjoyed teaching children's Sunday School and serving as a leader for the GA's through the mission education ministy of the church. Visitation will be held Friday, July 23 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Kilpatrick's Funeral Home, Ruston. Great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Memorials may be made to the Missions and Ministry Fund of Temple Baptist Church of Ruston or the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home.

William "Preston" Chandler
Funeral services for William "Preston" Chandler, 84, of Ruston, LA will be 2:00 PM Thursday, July 22, 2004, at Temple Baptist Church Sanctuary. Officiating will be Rev. Dale Oden and Dr. David Willets. Mr. Chandler passed away on Tuesday, July 20th in Ruston following a brief illness. He was a longtime businessman of Ruston, owning Chandler's Furniture for 30 years. He was also a longtime member of Temple Baptist Church where he was Dept. Secretary for over 40 years. He was a veteran of WWII and a recipient of the Purple Heart. Mr. Chandler was Past Commander of VFW, Ruston Chamber of Commerce (Red Coat), Past Vice President of Lincoln Parish Boy Scouts, Past President of the Optimist Club and a member of the National Furniture Association. He was preceded in death by his three brothers and three sisters. Survivors include his wife Juanita Shaw Chandler of Ruston; children Billy Chandler and wife Betty of Ruston, Brenda Chandler Brister and husband Mike of Ruston, Rosemary Sharp and husband Ronny of LaPorte, TX; grandchildren Bobby Chandler of Ruston, Jessica Howard and husband Chris of Dallas, TX, Joshua Love of Spokane, WA, Leslie Brister of Ruston, Lane Brister of Ruston, Judy Matthews of LaPorte, TX and Sherry Bailey of LaPorte, TX; two great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Aubrey Simmons, Jack Cox, Charles Hoffman, Bill Shaw, Ernie Little, Eddie Chandler, Chris Howard and Randy Funes. Honorary pallbearers will be Booker Lakey, LeRoy Abney, Bill Rogers, Calvin Lemkee, Rel Shaw, and members of the Ruston VFW. Family will receive friends from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM Wednesday, July 21st at the Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston and Thursday 1:00 PM until service time at the church.

Barbara Edmiston Atkins
Funeral services for Barbara Edmiston Atkins, 87, of Vernon, LA will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, July 21, 2004, at Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Bro. Jim Manning assisted by Rev. Mike Milstead. Interment will follow at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. Mrs. Atkins passed away on Monday, July 19th, in Vernon following a brief illness. She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband William Hardy Atkins. Survivors include her son William Lavon Atkins and wife Pat of Vernon, LA; her grandchildren Preston Atkins and wife Pat of West Monroe, Reagan Atkins and wife Monica, Elliott Atkins and wife Quintana all of Vernon, LA; eight great grandchildren, three great-great grandsons; two sisters Sarah Jones and Wilalie Mae Harris both of Vernon, LA; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Preston Atkins, Reagan Atkins, Justin Atkins, Jerred Atkins, Tyler Atkins and Thomas Harris. Memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Cemetery Fund. Family will receive friends from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM Tuesday, July 20, 2004, at the funeral home.

J. Louis Dowling
Funeral services for J. Louis Dowling, 86, of Ruston, LA will be 2:00 PM Sunday, July 18, 2004, in the Temple Baptist Church Chapel with Rev. Dale Oden officiating. Interment will follow at Douglas Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mr. Dowling passed away on Friday, July 16, 2004 in Ruston following a brief illness. Mr. Dowling was a longtime member and a deacon of Temple Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a Veteran of WWII as a Turret Gunner on a U.S. Navy Carrier based torpedo bomber. He and Robert Dowling were co-owners of the Log Cabin Grocery in Ruston for many years. The two cousins later built and operated the Robert Louis Motel and Restaurant. In 1973, Mr. Dowling opened Dowling's Smokehouse as a semi retirement hobby which later became a full time occupation until his retirement in 1995. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mavis Baxter Dowling of Ruston; one son, Bill Dowling and wife Sandy of Shreveport; two daughters, Frances Dowling of Houston, TX and Linda Gilley and husband Otis of Ruston. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Ronnie Dowling, Denise Barnes, Kevin Dowling, Jamey Telford, Joe Dan Telford, Jeremy Telford and Leslie Telford; and by five great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Wayne Baxter, Bill Cox, James Davison, Charles Hoffman, Edroe Pesnell, Aubrey Simmons, John Sistrunk and Francis Stephenson. Honorary pallbearers will be the Friendship Sunday School Class of Temple Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to the Temple Baptist Church Building Fund. Family will receive friends on Saturday, July 17, 2004, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Leo Anthony Herrmann
Leo Anthony Herrmann died Friday, July 16, 2004, at HealthSouth Hospital in Ruston following a sudden illness. A Requiem Mass service for Dr. Herrmann, of Ruston, LA, will be held on Monday July 19, 2004, at 11:00 A.M. at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer with Reverend Ned Head officiating. Reception and visitation will follow the service. Leo was born in San Antonio, Florida, on October 14, 1925. He graduated from Lake Wales High School in Florida and joined the Navy. He received a bachelor's degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1947. He earned his Ph.D from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, with a degree in geology in 1951. His career began at the Nw Jersey Zinc Company. He worked for Mobil Oil in Shreveport for 10 years before joining the geological staff at Louisiana Tech University in 1966 until he retired in 1989. He was preceded in death by his daughter Cindy Herrmann. His survivors include his wife of 56 years Alice Montgomery Herrmann; daughters Carol Phillips and her husband Bob of Haughton, LA; Connie McConathy and her husband, Mike of Natchitoches, LA; Cissy Napper and her husband, Steve of Hico, LA; grandchildren include Stephanie Napper Spector, Tiffany Napper, Corrie Phillips, Molly Phillips, Micheal McConathy, and Logan McConathy. The family requests that memorials be made to the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Ruston.

Mr. Monroe F. Ogden
Funeral services for Mr. Monroe F. Ogden, age 100, of Ruston, LA will be conducted at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 14, 2004 at Owens Memorial Chapel with Reverend Coy Upshaw and Reverend Graydon Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Cook Cemetery in Ruston under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. Mr. Ogden passed away Monday, July 12, 2004 at Leslie Lakes Retirement Center in Arcadia. He was owner/operator of Ogden Mobil Station in Ruston from 1949-1977 and deacon of Cook Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and loved to play checkers and dominoes. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Autis Seale Ogden. He is survived by two sons: Charles Ogden and wife Laura of Ruston and Ken Ogden and wife Jackie of Simsboro; one daughter: Martha O. Turner of Ruston; three sisters: Ressie Easinet of New Orleans, Olivia Ogden of Bernice and Iva Madden of Bossier City; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, July 13, 2004 at the funeral home.

Mr. James A. Milam
Graveside services for Mr. James A. Milam, age 83, of Ruston, LA will be conducted at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 12, 2004 at Cook Cemetery in Ruston with Rev. Keith Upton officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. Mr. Milam passed away Friday, July 9, 2004 at Lincoln General Hospital. he was a retired carpenter. He was preceded in death by a grandson, James Allen. Mr. Milam is survived by three daughters: Martha Singleton and husband Clayton of Dubach, LA, Renea Thompson of Belle Plaine, KS and Lorrie Faber and husband Tom of Ruston, LA; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Sunday, July 11, 2004 at Owens Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Mrs. Dorothy Ione Hunt
Graveside services for Mrs. Dorothy Ione Hunt, age 81, of Dubach, LA were conducted at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 10, 2004 at Henry Cemetery in Hico with Rev. Dick Paige officiating. Interment followed under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Hunt passed away Friday, July 9, 2004 at Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe. She was a homemaker and a long time member of Hico Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Earnest Hunt and a grandson, Jeffery Wiltcher. Mrs. Hunt is survived by two sons: Billy Wayne Hunt and wife Pat of Baton Rouge, LA and Mike Hunt and wife Stephanie of Jonesboro, LA; four daughters: Earnestine Hunt of Dubach, LA, Ruth Barfield and husband Ray of Dubach, LA, LaVerne Foster and husband Lamar of Homer, LA and Marilyn Franklin and husband Pee Wee of Dubach, LA; one sister: Ocille Taylor of Choudrant, LA; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous friends and relatives. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hico Baptist Church Building Fund.

Margaret Church Williams
A graveside memorial for Margaret Church Williams, 49, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 10, 2004 in the Mineral Springs Cemetery with Rev. Carl Norris officiating. A memorial service will also be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 10, 2004 in the Muller Thompson Funeral Home of Naples, Florida. Margaret passed from this earth June 30, 2004 in a Fort Myers, FL, hospital with her daughter by her side. She was a Ruston High graduate and attended LA Tech but had made her home in Naples, FL to be close to her daughter and grandchildren whom she loved dearly. She was preceded in death by her mother Patsy White Church; a brother, Dennis Church; Grandparents Margaret White, Stella Mathews and Edward Church. Surviving relatives include one daughter Laura Church Lemus and husband Carlos; three grandchildren, Haley, Jared and Maggie Elena; Parents, Rayford and June Church of Marshall, TX; Sisters, Elizabeth Robison and husband Wayne of Alexandria, LA, Sylvia Lawrence and husband Leeroy of Marshall, TX, Barbara Driskill and husband Jim of Ruston, LA, Shannon Howe and husband Jaydon of Marshall, TX; brother, Philip Calhoun and wife Suzanne of Longview, TX; and numerous neices, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American heart Association or the Diabetes Foundation.

Shirley Sherman Odom
Services for Shirley Sherman Odom, 80, of Ruston will be at 10:00 AM, Friday, July 9, 2004, at Trinity United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Fred Wideman, Dr. Doug McGuire, and Rev. Rolly Walker. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Odom was born in Haynesville, LA on November 25, 1923. She died Wednesday, July 7, 2004. Mrs. Odom was a member of Trinity Unity Methodist Church, where she taught first grade Sunday School for many years. She served as a Pink Lady at Lincoln General Hospital and was recognized for serving over 3000 hours. Mrs. Odom was a long-time member of the Garden Study Club, and a member of the Caney Lake Sams RV Club. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clontz and Iva Crump Sherman, and her brother, Clontz Wayne Sherman. Survivors include her husband of 63 years, James Reagan Odom of Ruston; daughters Judy Graham and husband Ronny of Simsboro, and Donna Lynn Canterbury and husband Barry of Simsboro; son Reagan S. Odom and wife Julie of Mobile, AL; grandchildren Clint Graham and wife Kim, Mark Graham and wife Julie, Dawn DeForest and husband Neal, Brian Canterbury and wife Grace, Jennifer Canterbury, Natalie Odom and Lindsey Odom; great-grandchildren Taylor, Mary Hollis and Garrett Graham, Graham and Cayden DeForest, Zoe Graham, and Mary Katherine Orsalak. Pallbearers will be Ronny Graham, Clint Graham, Mark Graham, Neal DeForest, Barry Canterbury and Brian Canterbury. The family will receive friends from 5 pm to 7 pm, Thursday, July 8, at Kilpatrick Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Louisiana Methodist Children's Home or Trinity United Methodist Church, both in Ruston. For their love and care, the family would like to extend a special thank you to Pam Kennedy and the staff at Longleaf Care Center, Dr. Mark Blackwelder and Kim Edminston.

Andrew Lowery Rinicker
Funeral services for Andrew Lowery Rinicker, 32, of Ruston formerly of Lake Providence, LA, will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, July 7, 2004 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ruston. Officiating will be Dr. Fred Wideman. Interment will follow in Pines Memorial Gardens under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Lowery passed away on Saturday, July 3rd, in Ruston. He attended Baptist West Church in West Monroe. Survivors include his wife, Wynne Dee Lewis Rinicker of Ruston; son, Andrew Lowery “Garrett” Rinicker of Ruston; parents, Dale S. Rinicker, Sr. of West Monroe and Connie Lowery Rinicker of Burbank CA; brother, Sandy Rinicker and wife Bethany of Maryville, TN; sister, Shelley Rizzotti and husband Chris of Burbank, CA; grandmothers, Lillie Rinicker of West Monroe and Billie Herring of Lake Providence; sisters-in-law, Tracey Bishara and husband Victor of Memphis, TN, Amanda Townsend and husband Monty of Ruston, Cissy Lewis of Memphis, TN; brothers-in-law, Bart and Hank Lewis of Ruston; mother-in-law, Jorja Lewis of Ruston; step father-in-law, Lynn Knox of Ruston; father-in-law, B. B. Lewis of Baton Rouge; numerous other family and friends. Pallbearers will be Brant Jones, Joe Storey, Monty Townsend, Victor Bishara, Sandy Rinicker, Edwin Moulder, Richard Rollins, Dusty Kane, Bart Lewis, Hank Lewis, Chris Rizzotti, Paul Minsky, Kelly Kilma, Scott Danner, Larry McDonald and Jamie Cook. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 6th, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Van "Rip" Belton
Services for Van "Rip" Belton, 84, of Ruston, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, 2004 in the Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel in Ruston with the Rev. Dale Oden officiating. Interment will follow in Simsboro Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home, Ruston. Mr. Belton died Saturday, July 3, 2004, in Ruston following brief illness. Mr. Belton was a member of the Temple Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of World War II. He was part of the invasions in Sicily and North Africa. Mr. Belton was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was retired from the U.S. Post Office and was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Cornelia Belton of Ruston; one daughter, Linda Simpkins and husband Jim of Flower Mound, Texas; one grandson, J.B. Simpkins of Flower Mound, Texas; one sister, Bobbie Trussell of Ruston; and several nephews. Pallbearers will be David Trussell, Mike Trussell, Jim Simpkins, J.B. Simpkins, Jimmie Hanna and Allen Hanna. Honorary pallbearers are Roy Fitzgerald and B.F. "Ben" Grafton. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 6, at Kilpatrick Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Temple Baptist Church Building Fund or the charity of the donor's choice.

Thelma B. Faust
Services for Thelma B. Faust, 94, of Ruston and formerly of Rayville, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 6, at Weldon Baptist Church in Bernice with the Rev. Robert Davis officiating. Interment will be in Weldon Church Cemetery, under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Faust died Friday, July 2, in Arcadia after a lengthy illness. Mrs. Faust was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Ruston. Survivors include two sons, Donald Faust of Ruston and Bill Faust of Austin, Texas; one daughter, Betty Faust Crowell of Summerville, South Carolina; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Neil Crowell, Cary Crowell, Brad Crowell, Ward Crowell, Richard Marvin Flurry and Jody Faust. Honorary pallbearer is J.D. Blodin. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday at the Funeral Home.


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