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Miscellaneous Webster Parish, Louisiana Obituaries


O’dell Daniel
Funeral services for Mr. O’dell Daniel, 68, will be held at noon, Saturday, June 8, 2002, at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in Dubberly with Dr. S. Wade Lewis officiating. Services are under the direction of Miller-Pioneer Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held at 11 a.m. prior to services at the church. Mr. Daniel, a resident of Detroit, Mich., passed away Friday, May 31, in Detroit. He is survived by his wife Rosa Jane Daniel of Detroit; mother, Elnora Daniel of Dubberly; daughters, Gwendolyn Faye Lee, Uda Goodman, Yvette Daniel, all of Detroit; sons, Larry Morgan of Ohio, Erick Daniel of Dallas, Texas; three sisters, two brothers; eight grandchildren.

Helena Elshout
Funeral services for Mrs. Helena Elshout, 83, will be held at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Time of services and visitation are pending. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden. Mrs. Elshout, a resident of Minden, passed away this morning, June 7, at her residence. She was a Catholic and a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Elshout. She is survived by five children, Martin Elshout and wife Kakie, Jerry Elshout and wife Mary, Maria Powell and husband Alan, Tommy Elshout and wife Juanita and Mike Elshout and wife Jan; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Sharon Hightower
Memorial services for Ms. Sharon “Sherry” Hightower, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2002. Services are under the direction of Magnolia Funeral Home in Shreveport. Ms. Hightower passed away Wednesday, June 5. She was born March 31, 1941. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Dessie Gourd; nephew, Clyde Roberts Maxson; and brother, Dennis Pendergraft. She is survived by her sons, Robert W. Anderson of Oklahoma, Jonathan McCaleb and wife Delores of West Monroe; daughters, Susan Wood and husband Pete of Oklahoma, and Sherriel McCaleb of Arkansas; seven grandchildren, Crystal Stanford and husband Elgie, Johnni and Justin McCaleb, all of Minden, Melanie Clower and Jeremy Clower and wife Janna of West Monroe; three great-grandchildren, Baillie and Reagan Stanford of Minden, and Jayden Shipley of West Monroe; sister, Janice Culpepper and husband Barry of Ringgold; brother, Venson Gourd of California and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jerry Jason
Funeral services for Mr. Jerry Jason will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8, 2002, at Myers Memorial COGIC in Ringgold. Burial will follow at St. Mark Cemetery in Hall Summit under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m., prior to service.

Martha Cantrell
Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Parker Cantrell, 72, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 7, 2002, at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home with the Rev. Chip Starnes, pastor of Bovina Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Lane Memorial Cemetery in Sibley with graveside services at 3 p.m. Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m., today, June 6, at the funeral home. Mrs. Cantrell, a native of Clay and a former resident of Sibley, passed away Wednesday, June 5 at Vicksburg Medical Center. She lived in Vicksburg since 1967. She was a member of Bovina Baptist Church and a member of the Ladies II Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Florence Cooper Parker; and her husband, C.F. Cantrell Jr. She is survived by her son, Dennis A. Cantrell of Lake Charles; two daughters, Teri Cantrell Lewis of Covington, and Bonnie E. Cantrell of Vicksburg, Miss.; three grandchildren; three brothers, J.R. Parker of Malvern, Ark., Gaylen Parker of Arcadia, and Nody Parker; two sisters, Katherine P. McDonald of Texarkana, Ark., Ernestine DeMarco of Blue Bell, Pa.; and brother-in-law, Frank Cantrell of Byhalia, Miss. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. William Wooten; Dr. Joe Ross; James Gandy; Al Hoxie; Dr. Thomas Sligh; Gerald Cantrell; Jeff Gandy; Dr. Daniel P. Edney; Jackie Gandy; and Joe Gandy.

Odell Harris
Funeral services for Mr. Odell Harris will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2002, at Patterson Funeral Home in Minden. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Taylor.

Jessie Moore
Funeral services for Mr. Jessie Moore will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2002, at Galilee Baptist Church in Dubberly. Burial will follow at Moore Cemetery in Heflin.

Vernice Hillidge
Funeral services for Mrs. Vernice Ancelet Hillidge, 70, were to be held at 10 a.m. today, June 3, 2002, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Burial will follow at Bistineau Cemetery in Heflin. Mrs. Hillidge, a resident of Sibley, passed away Saturday, June 1. She was born Nov. 7, 1931, in Roberts Cove. She was active in the Methodist Church and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Semar Ancelet; and a brother, Clarence Estelet. She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, J.D. (Dannie) Hillidge; son, Jefferson Wayne Hillidge; daughter, Pamela Kaye Hillidge; son, Jerry Cole Hillidge and wife Patsy; granddaughters, Julie Alans Hillidge and Betsy Ann Hillidge; sisters, Ethel Mae Murphy, Agnes Rainer, Gladys Guidry; brother, Walter Ancelet and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were to be J.C. Merritt, Doyle Chandler, Michael Thomas, Frank Cantrell, Joe Hinton, and Curtis Taylor. Honorary pallbearers are to be Raymond Parker and nephews, Don Guidry, Mike Murphy, Randy Guidry, Rayford Ancelet and Daniel Boulet. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Ila Holcomb
Funeral services for Mrs. Ila Martin Holcomb, 76, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Burial will follow at Brushwood Cemetery in Dubberly. Visitation will be held from 6 until 9 p.m. today, June 3, at the funeral home. Mrs. Holcomb, a resident of Dubberly, passed away Saturday, June 1, at I.H.S. Nursing Home in Minden. She was a Baptist. She is survived by her husband, Glen Holcomb Jr. of Dubberly; one son, Glen L. Holcomb and wife Becky of Minden; two daughters, Gloria H. Sullivan and husband Johnny of Minden and Sharon H. Watts and husband Danny of Ocean Springs, Miss.; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; one brother, Alva "Bud" Martin and wife Doris of Minden; two sisters, Honor Beauchamp and husband Bill and Donald Grice, all of Lewis, Del. Pallbearers will be Marvin Plunkett, Danny Watts, John Sullivan, Johnny Sullivan, Glen L. Holcomb II and Mike Holcomb. Honorary pallbearers will be Lee Crawford, Randy Grice and Danny Sullivan. Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

Mary Kennon
Memorial services for Mrs. Mary Virginia Nehring Kennon, will be held at 2 p.m. today, June 3, 2002, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with Dr. Ronald Price officiating. Mrs. Kennon, a resident of Doyline, passed away Thursday, May 30, while at Dubuis Hospital in Shreveport. She loved living in the country enjoying her garden, flowers, birds and animals as well as managing her apartments. Mrs. Kennon was well known for her vivacious, energetic personality. Her absence has created a void, but her vitality has left a ray of sunshine that will never fade. She was preceded in death by her father, Allen R. Nehring and grandparents, Julius C. Nehring of Wisconsin and Dr. and Mrs. S.C. Cade of Many. She is survived by her two sons, Rodney Kennon and wife Jymme of Bossier City, John Kennon of Minden; daughter, Kelly Gillis and husband Don of Haughton; grandchildren, Brad, Steven and Jennifer Kennon, Jodi and Tyler Gillis, and Natalie Butler; parents, Vicky Cade Fischer and Clarence Fischer of Bossier City; brothers, Steve Nehring and wife, Sally, and Donald Fischer of Shreveport, and Greg Fischer and wife Karen of Atlanta, Ga. Memorials may be made to Bossier Kids, Inc., 2125 Airline Drive, Bossier City, La., 71111, a foster care program supporting needy children.

Lillian Watts
Funeral services for Mrs. Lillian Maxine Watts, 82, were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2002, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Mike Benefield officiating. Burial followed at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Mrs. Watts, a native of Coushatta and a resident of Minden since 1945, passed away Thursday, May 30, in Minden. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents, Christopher and Ethel Collins; sisters, DaNaese Moore and Clarice Vascou. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Henry L. Watts of Minden; son, Jimmy Ray Watts and wife Adela of San Lorenzo, Calif.; daughters, Nona Sale and husband Doug of Minden, Judy Rider and husband Tom of Hickory, N.C.; sisters, Enette Jones of Minden, Amy Leggett of La Marque, Texas, and Verdie Young of California; brothers, S.J. Collins of Louisville, Ky., and Phillip Collins of Alexandria; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Lonnie Williams Sr.
Funeral services for Mr. Lonnie Williams Sr., 99, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at St. Rest Baptist Church with the Rev. B.F. Martin officiating. Burial will follow at Sheppard Street Cemetery under the direction of Kennon and Sons Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 4, with family hour from 6 until 7 p.m., at the funeral home. Mr. Williams, a resident of Minden, passed away Friday, May 31, in Shreveport. He was born March 22, 1903. He was a pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement in Minden, the owner and operator of the first black dry cleaners in Minden, and the first black barber in Minden. He was also a crossing guard for Webster Parish School for 24 years. He is survived by his wife, Margaret V. Williams of Minden; three sons, Aubrey L. Williams, Carlton A. Williams, and Stepfret Williams Sr., all of Minden; two daughters, Mary Ann Williams of Atlanta, Ga., and Linda Williams of Minden; a host of grandchildren; great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

Webster Alexander Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. Webster Alexander Jr. will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2002, at Benevolent Funeral Home in Shreveport. Burial will follow at Lake Bethlehem Cemetery in Shreveport. Family hour will be held from 7 until 8 p.m. Friday, May 31, at the funeral home in Shreveport. The remains will lie in state today, May 29, at Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden.

Elvin Coleman
Funeral services for Mr. Elvin Coleman will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2002, at Galilee Baptist Church in Dubberly. Burial will follow at Moore Cemetery in Heflin under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden. Family hour will be held from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 29, at the funeral home.

Joyce Culverhouse
Funeral services for Mrs. Joyce Templeton Culverhouse, 61, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 30, 2002, at First Assembly of God in Minden with the Rev. Jim Reid officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held at 5 p.m. today, May 29, at the funeral home. Mrs. Culverhouse, a native of Doddridge, Ark., and a resident of Minden, passed away Monday, May 27, in Minden. She was a civil service employee, retired from Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City at the Staff Judge Advocate's Office. Prior employers include, Louisiana/Longhorn Ammunition plant, Veteran's Administration, Social Security Office, and a local law firm. She was also a former Christian Book store owner. Mrs. Culverhouse was also a commissioned Notary Public since 1975 and a certified paralegal since 1995. She was a member of First Assembly of God in Minden and was active in music and teaching programs of the church. She loved gardening, genealogy and crafting. She was preceded in death by her father, Noble Ardell Templeton. She is survived by her mother, Marie Owens Cundiff of Minden; husband, Elvin R. Culverhouse of Minden; son, Dwayne Culverhouse and wife Karen of Minden; daughter, Denise Cloud of Hixson, Tenn.; sister, Peggy Waltman and husband Dave of Minden; brother, James W. Templeton and wife Margaret of Shreveport; grandchildren, Christopher Cloud, Stephanie Cloud, Jeremy Culverhouse, Matthew Culverhouse, and Britten Culverhouse; numerous nieces and nephews; stepbrothers, Lloyd Cundiff and wife Bernice, Charles Cundiff and wife Bettye, all of Minden, M.L. Cundiff Jr. and wife Peggy of Shreveport, Samuel Cundiff and wife Laverne of Marshall, Texas; stepsisters, Louise Greer of Ben Wheeler, Texas, Virginia Hood and husband James of Lufkin, Texas. Pallbearers will be Danny Dean, Jimmy Dean, Charles Thomas, Richard Boddie, Brad Dean, Sean Cloud, Neal Reese, and Wayne Dishman. Memorials may be made to the Building Fund at First Assembly of God Church in Minden, or the Hillcrest Children's Home in Hot Springs, Ark.

Rogers Flournoy
Funeral services for Mr. Rogers Flournoy will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, May 31, 2002, at Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden.

Edrick Simon Jr.
Funeral services for infant Edrick Bernard Simon Jr., 2 days old, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 2002, at Mt. Zion C.M.E. Church with the Rev. Charlie Coleman officiating. Burial will follow at Sheppard Street Cemetery under the direction of Kennon and Sons Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held today, May 29, at the funeral home. He was born Friday, May 24, at 6:54 p.m. at Willis Knighton-South Hospital. He passed away Sunday, May 26, at 9:16 p.m. at the hospital. He is survived by his parents, Edrick Sr., and Shawnae Simon of Minden; one brother, Tyquandre' Tadarryl Carpenter of Minden; two sisters, Nyja Quantavia Simon and La'Precious Quantravia Joi' Simon, both of Minden; maternal grandparents, Milton L. Carpenter Sr. of Toledo, Ohio, and Janice Baker Taylor and husband Herbert Jr. of Corona, Calif.; paternal grandmother, Ethel Lee Blackwell of Shreveport; maternal great-grandparents, William Archie and Clarice Baker, both of Kensett, Ark.; two uncles, Milton L. Carpenter Jr. of Toledo, and Brian K. Carpenter of Pearland, Texas; one aunt, Shevella T. Carpenter of Cincinnati, Ohio; very special Godparents and friends, Thomas and Dicy Cowart of Shreveport; a special great uncle and aunt, Marshall and Adelle Baker of Minden; great aunts and uncles, Mary Means of Toledo, Ohio, Patricia E. Johnson, Machell Baker Roberson and husband Chester, Richard T. Baker, Keith M. Baker and wife Jeanette, and Nolan Baker, all of Kensett, Ark., and Paul Brown and wife Marlena of Omaha, Neb.; and a host of other aunts, uncles and cousins.

Ethel Timmons
Funeral services for Mrs. Ethel Timmons, 96, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 30, 2002, at St. Rest Baptist Church with the Rev. B.J. Martin officiating. Burial will follow at Fellowship Cemetery under the direction of Kennon and Sons Funeral Home in Minden. Ms. Timmons, a resident of Minden, passed away Sunday, May 26, in Minden. She was born Sept. 10, 1905 in Dubberly. She was preceded in death by her son, Reo Jones. She is survived by her sister, Ruby Mae Hunt; brothers, Johnny Wright and Joe Timmons; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; loving and caring friends, Virginia Jefferson, LaRhonda Jefferson, and Leslie Jefferson; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Clara Towers
Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Towers, 97, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2002, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. John Cole officiating. Burial will follow at Sheppard Street Cemetery under the direction of Kennon and Sons Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held Friday, May 31, at the funeral home. Mrs. Towers passed away Saturday, May 25, in Minden. She was born Feb. 19, 1905. She is survived by three daughters, Roberteen Wallace of Dubberly, Louise Payton and Vera Coleman, both of Shreveport; one son, Charlie Cooper of Minden; one sister, Vinnie Mae Lennear Shine of Minden; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Venita McNeill
Graveside services for Mrs. Venita Eaves McNeill, 74, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2002, at New Velma Cemetery with the Rev. Albin Firestone officiating. Services were under the direction of Spivey's Reser Funeral Home in Healdton, Okla. Mrs. McNeill, a native of Minden, passed away Saturday, May 18, in Minden. She was born Sept. 10, 1927 in Hennepin, Okla., to Bud and Martha Seely Eaves. She graduated high school in Woodland, Okla. She married Herbert McNeill on May 26, 1946 in Gainesville, Texas. For the past 27 years, they lived in Minden. Her life revolved around her family and she was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Loretta Witcher. She is survived by her husband; three daughters, Sharon Staggs and husband Mike, Tammie McNeill and Quannah Moore, all of Minden; three sons and their wives, Larry McNeill and wife Donna of Maysville, Okla., Phil McNeill and wife Barbara of Velma, and Randy McNeill and wife Rita of Minden; three brothers, Lloyd Eaves and wife Patsy of Arnett, Okla., Rex Eaves and wife Carol of Graham, and Jimmy Glen Eaves and wife Annette of Minden; sister, Mary Lou Gunter and husband Dan of Norman; 10 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were her grandsons.

Edith Oliver
Funeral services for Mrs. Edith Mae Oliver, 67, were to be held at 11 a.m. today, May 23, at Mt. Calm Baptist Church in Minden with the Rev. T.A. Knapp officiating. Burial was to follow at Sheppard Street Cemetery under the direction of Miller-Pioneer Funeral Home in Minden. Mrs. Oliver, a resident of Minden, passed away Thursday, May 16, at Minden Medical Center. She is survived by her husband, Terry Oliver Sr. of Minden; son, Terry Oliver Jr. of Minden; daughters, Kimela B. White and husband Floyd of College Station, Texas, Karen Thornton and husband Chris of Minden, Kava Siah and husband Dewey of Doyline; brothers Isiah Joe Mitchell of Downey, Calif., Willie Jerome Lee of Portland, Ore.; sisters, Barbara Ann Oliver and Mary Ann Hill, both of Minden, Cynthia Clay of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Cameron White of College Station, Jackie Key Jr. of Minden, Ashley Oliver, Nelson, Jack and Precious Siah, all of Doyline; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Rosetta Joiner
Funeral services for Rosetta Joiner, 36, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2002, at Carter Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Edward Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Theus Cemetery under the direction of Kennon and Sons Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held Friday, May 24, with family hour from 6 until 7 p.m., at the funeral home. Mrs. Joiner passed away Monday, May 20, and was born March 15, 1966. She is survived by her parents, David and Susie Holifield of Heflin; three sons, Michael Jones, Howard Robinson, and Jonathan Joiner, all of Heflin; one daughter, Shequita Joiner of Waldo, Ark.; brother, Jerry G. Joiner of Waldo; four sisters, Mary Nelson of Chicago, Ill., Angela Joiner and Letina Joiner, both of Minden, and Loretta Joiner of Waldo; grandmother, Catherine Jackson of Heflin; grandson, Ja-Zansha Joiner; great-aunt, Dolly Moore of Ringgold and a host of other relatives and friends.

E.L. Elison
Funeral services for Mr. E.L. Elison will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2002, at Mt. Zion C.M.E. Church in Minden. Burial will follow at Sheppard Street Cemetery in Minden under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home.

Edith Oliver
Funeral services for Mrs. Edith Mae Oliver, 67, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 23, 2002, at Mt. Calm Baptist Church in Minden with the Rev. T.A. Knapp officiating. Burial will follow at Sheppard Street Cemetery under the direction of Miller-Pioneer Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held until evening, today, May 22, at the funeral home. Mrs. Oliver, a resident of Minden, passed away Thursday, May 16, at Minden Medical Center. She is survived by her husband, Terry Oliver Sr. of Minden; son, Terry Oliver Jr. of Minden; daughters, Kimela B. White and husband Floyd of College Station, Texas, Karen Thornton and husband Chris of Minden, Kava Siah and husband Dewey of Doyline; brothers Isiah Joe Mitchell of Downey, Calif., Willie Jerome Lee of Portland, Ore.; sisters, Barbara Ann Oliver and Mary Ann Hill, both of Minden, and Cynthia Clay of Houston, Texas.

Ivy Harber
Funeral services for Mrs. Ivy Dee Harber, 90, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2002, at Piney Cemetery in Harleton, Texas, with the Rev. Richard Ridgeway officiating. Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held at 4 p.m. today, May 21, at the funeral home. Mrs. Harber, a native of Shelbyville, Texas, and a resident of Dubberly, passed away Sunday, May 19, in Shreveport. She was a housewife. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde E. Harber Sr. and granddaughter, Darla Simmons. She is survived by her sons, Clyde Harber Jr. and wife Zelda of Minden; Kenneth L. Harber and wife Sherry of Stonewall, and Frank Harber of Dubberly; daughters, Ivy D. Ridgeway of Harleton, Billie S. Harber of Shreveport, Betty A. Baccus of Princeton, Texas, Ruby Tebbetts and husband John of Bossier City, Edith Goneau and husband Roger of Shreveport, and Florence Durrett and husband Bill of Shongaloo; 27 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Dennis Ridgeway, Steve Harber, Jon Simmons, Mike Harber, Jeff Hall, James Waters, Bruce Wood, and Dennis Thompson.

Laborn Johnson
Memorial services for Mr. Laborn Johnson, 72, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 23, 2002, at Gilgal Cemetery. Mr. Johnson, a native of Maryanna, Ark., and a resident of Minden, passed away Saturday, May 18, in Minden. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ollie Mae Johnson. He is survived by his two sons, Cam Johnson and wife, Debe of Leadville, Colo., and Dan Johnson and wife Pam of Aurora, Colo.; sisters, Cammie Ann, Roberta, and Rosemarie; brothers, Jack Johnson, Virgil Johnson, Delbert Johnson, J.C. Johnson, Walter Henry Johnson, John Henry Johnson, Roger Dale Johnson, and Kim Junior Johnson; and grandchildren, Harley, Chad, and Carrie Johnson.

Lee Moore
Funeral services for Mr. Lee Odis Moore will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2002, at Blue Run Baptist Church in Minden. Burial will follow at Sheppard Street Cemetery in Minden under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 5 until 6 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the funeral home.

Michael Lee
Funeral services for Mr. Michael Dale Lee, 54, were to be held 10 a.m. today, May 20, 2002, at Our Lady of Mercy with Father Counts officiating. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at Whitehall Cemetery in Haynesville under the direction of Rabenhorst Funeral Home in Baton Rouge. Mr. Lee, a resident of Baton Rouge, passed away Friday, May 17, in Baton Rouge, after suffering a heart attack in his sleep. He was a staff attorney at the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals and a veteran of the U.S. Army with a Bronze Star, serving in Vietnam. He served in the Army from 1969 until 1971. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Tulane University and his law degree from Southern Law School. He was in private law practice until his move this year to the Court of Appeals. He began his legal career as law clerk to 19th Judicial District Court, Judge Robert D. Downey. He graduated high school from Fortier High in New Orleans. He was divorced from Mary Anne Reopelle. He is survived by his mother, Evelyn Strouth Lee; daughter, Evelyn Denise Lee; her mother, Stacey Cox; sister, Susan Lee Dawson; brothers, Conrad Patrick Lee, Stephen James Lee, and brother-in-law, Robert Kent Dawson. Pallbearers were to be Bob Downey, Fred Blanch, and Eddie Anderson. Honorary pallbearers were to be Harmon Drew, Joe Marlon Lee, Robert Earl Lee, Marvin Lee and Jerry Lee.

James Burge
Funeral services for Mr. James Robert Burge will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 18, 2002, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Rusty Gilbert officiating. Burial will follow at Point Chapel Cemetery in Doyline. Mr. Burge, a resident of Doyline, passed away Thursday, May 16, in Doyline, near his home. He was a retired building contractor and a Polled Hereford Rancher. He was active in the Webster Parish Cattlemen's Association, on the board of directors of the Webster Parish Farm Bureau, county-committee man of the Webster Parish Farm Service Agency, and on the board of directors of Louisiana Polled Hereford Association. He served three years in the armed forces, 17 months of which were in Korea. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Louise Burge. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Nellie Sapp Burge of Doyline; two sons, Mark and Mike, both of Doyline; four grandchildren; four sisters, Ferne White of Sibley, Bobbie Weaver of Benton, Eloise Whitlock and Linda Montgomery, both of Doyline; one brother, Leon Burge of Doyline. Pallbearers will be Larry White, Eddie Reeve, Steven Reeve, Robbie Burge, Jerry Allen, Craig Burge, Thomas Burge and Mitch Burge. Honorary pallbearers will be Hal Montgomery, Keith Whitlock, Dale Weaver, Cecil Burge and Jim G. Burge.

Paul Kirkland
Funeral services for Mr. Paul Dean Kirkland, 75, will be held at 2:30 p.m. today, May 17, 2002, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with Dr. Ronald Kirkland officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Mr. Kirkland, a native of Liberty, Miss., and a resident of Minden, passed away Wednesday, May 15, in Minden. He was a construction superintendent for McInnis Brothers and was a member of the Carpenters Local for 50 years. He is survived by the mother of his children, Margie W. Haygood of Crosby, Miss.; step-mother, Irma Heard of Minden; sons, Leslie Kirkland of Minden, William D. Kirkland of Minden, David G. Kirkland of Longview, Texas, and Roger Kirkland of Blanchard; sister, Carrie Martin of Houston, Texas, half-sister, Alta Roberts of Minden; brothers, Carl Kirkland of Bastrop, Derald Kirkland of Minden, Gerald Kirkland of Minden, half-brothers, Perry Kirkland of Cotton Valley, John Kirkland of Bossier City, and Michael Kirkland of Minden; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Brian Kirkland, Daniel Kirkland, Bobby Allen Kirkland, Matt Roberts, Carl Teer, and John Stoute. Honorary pallbearers will be M.J. Lee, Nolen G. Brown, Mike Leppart, and Jimmy Smith.

Gladys Brown
Funeral services for Mrs. Gladys Brown will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2002, at Mt. Calm Baptist Church with the Rev. T.A. Knapp officiating. Burial will follow at Sheppard Street Cemetery under the direction of Kennon and Sons Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 16, at the funeral home. Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her husband, George Brown and two sons. She is survived by three daughters; six sons; one brother; seven sisters; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Clara Dillard
Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Dillard will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2002, at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church with the Rev. Ivory Cook officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery under the direction of Kennon and Sons Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held Friday, May 17, with family hour from 6 until 7 p.m., at the funeral home. Mrs. Dillard passed away Thursday, May 9. She was born Jan. 26, 1930. She is survived by her son, Johnny Odom of Los Angeles, Calif.; two daughters, Georgetta Marie Odom of Houston, Texas, and Debra Odom of Los Angeles; two brothers, Leroy Dillard of North Hollywood, Calif., and the Rev. Ivory Cook of Houston; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; the Warren, Thornton, and Miller families; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Mary Garabo
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary V. Garabo, 76, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2002, at St. Augustine Church in Larchmont, N.Y. Burial will follow at Beechwoods Cemetery in New Rochelle, N.Y., under the direction of John J. Fox Funeral Home in Larchmont. Visitation will be held today, May 15, and Thursday, May 16, at the funeral home. Mrs. Garabo passed away Monday, May 13, at her residence. She was born in Minden. She is survived by her son, Franklin T. of Orlando, Fla.; daughter, Julia M. Garabo of Orlando; grandchildren, Drew and Judith Garabo of Orlando.

Dorothy Mudgett
Funeral services for Mrs. Dorothy Lee Griffith Mudgett, 82, will be held at 3 p.m. today, May 15, 2002, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden, with the Rev. Ryan Horton of First United Methodist Church of Minden officiating. Mrs. Mudgett, a resident of Minden, passed away Monday, May 13, in Minden after a lengthy illness. She was born Aug. 7, 1919 in Quinlan, Okla., to Mattie and James Griffith. Raised in Little Rock, Ark., she moved to Minden in 1952, where she was a bookkeeper for Boyle Drug, Holley Appliance and Wren Mercantile. After moving to Shreveport in 1966, she worked for Heard, McElroy and Vestal and Trans Mark Travel. She was a charter member of the Executive Women's International of Shreveport and was active in the Broadmoor United Methodist Church of Shreveport, including the Love Circle. She was an avid reader, looked forward to her weekly card games with friends, and enjoyed working in her yard. She is survived by her daughter, Kay Elzen and husband Fred Jr.; granddaughter, Courtney Moro and husband Jeremy, Whitney Lee Elzen; great-granddaughter, Savanna Jaye Moro. Pallbearers will be Tommy Addison, Mickey Boyle, Jack Howard, Jeff Howell, Jeremy Moro, and Joe Rider. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Broadmoor United Methodist Church in Shreveport, First United Methodist Church in Minden; or HMC Hospice Care of Shreveport.

Annie Walton
Funeral services for Mrs. Annie D. Walton will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2002, at Mt. Comfort Baptist Church in Minden. Burial will follow at Mt. Calm Baptist Church Cemetery in Minden under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden. Family hour will be held from 6 until 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the funeral home and the remains will lie in state at 1 p.m. prior to services.


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