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Miscellaneous Webster Parish, Louisiana Obituaries


Robert T. McMullen
Graveside services for Mr. Robert T. McMullen, 81, will be held at 2 p.m. today, July 14, 2003, at Bistineau Baptist Church Cemetery in Heflin with military honors. Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home in Texas. Mr. McMullen, a resident of Heflin, passed away Thursday, July 10, at 7:10 a.m. in Shelbyville, Texas. He was born in Detroit, Mich. He is survived by his wife, Glenda McMullen; children, Tom McMullen of Colorado, Luann Tryzna of Colorado, Tim Bailey of Dubberly, Tina McMullen of Texas, Robert McMullen; six grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and one sister, Ruth Graham of Michigan.

Bobby Ray Shelton
Funeral services for Mr. Bobby Ray Shelton will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 17, 2003, at Northwest 14th District Building in Minden. Burial will follow at Springhill Cemetery under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 4 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at the funeral home.

Elvin Jenkins
Funeral services for Mr. Elvin "E.W." Jenkins, 58, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 12, 2003, at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Huey P. Roberson, officiating. Burial will follow at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery under the direction of Kennon's Mortuary, Inc. Visitation will be held today, July 11, at the funeral home. Mr. Jenkins, a life-long resident of Dubberly, was born June 6, 1945. He went home to be with the Lord, July 5, in Shreveport. He is survived by one daughter, Veronica Jenkins of Minden; two sons, Vondrick Jenkins of Los Angeles, Calif., and Elviun Jenkins of Minden; one brother, Almer Jenkins of Dubberly; six grandchildren; his godmother, Dorothy Moore of Richmond, Calif.; his mother-in-law, Roberta Bailey Mims of Dubberly; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Lola Abrom
Graveside services for Mrs. Lola B. Abrom will be held at noon, Monday, July 14, 2003, at Burns Cemetery in Haughton. Services are under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden.

Peggy Ann Dick
Funeral services for Mrs. Peggy Ann Dick, 46, will be held at 1 p.m. today, July 10, 2003, at Hill Crest Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at Point Chapel Cemetery in Doyline. Mrs. Dick, a resident of Minden, passed away Tuesday, July 8, at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Lou Evans; and her grandmother, Willie Lou Evans. She is survived by her husband, Mike Dick of Minden; father, Shirl Spicer and wife Kay of Ewing, Va.; two daughters, Angela Stanaland and husband Michael, Melinda Walton and husband Brandon; four brothers, Gene Spicer and wife Patricia, Steven Spicer and wife Connie, DeWayne Vize, Burton Vize; and five grandchildren, Alyssa Woodard, Ariel Stanaland, Madison Nicole Walton, Hunter Joe Walton and Skyleigh Walton.

Willie Green
Funeral services for the Rev. Willie Green will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2003, at From Bondage to Freedom Outreach Center in Shreveport. Burial will follow at St. Matthew CME Cemetery in Minden under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden. Family Hour will be held from 7 until 8 p.m. Friday, July 11, at the funeral home.

Jerlene Gipson
Funeral services for Jerlene Gipson will be held at noon Saturday, July 12, 2003, at Mt. Zion CME Church. Burial will follow at Sheppard Street Cemetery in Minden under the direction of Patterson Funeral Home in Minden. Family hour will be held from 7 until 8 p.m., Friday, July 11, at the funeral home.

Bonita Heard
Funeral services for Mrs. Bonita M. Heard, 70, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 11, 2003, at Gibsland First Baptist Church with Dr. Richard May officiating and the Rev. Lamar Skinner assisting. Burial will follow at Camp Ground Cemetery near Bienville under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Arcadia. Visitation will be held from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. today, July 10, at the funeral home. Mrs. Heard, a resident of Minden, passed away Saturday, July 5, at Minden Medical Center. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband, Johnny G. Heard of Minden; daughter, Tammy Heard Singleton and husband Ken of Arcadia; brother, Wade "Hamp" Murphy of Bienville; sister, Marlene Clary of Bienville; and grandson, John Chandler Singleton of Arcadia. Pallbearers will be W.H. Murphy Jr., Ronnie G. Murphy, Keith Singleton, Kendal Singleton, Billy New, and James Stewart. Honorary pallbearers will be Gibsland First Baptist Church deacons. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gibsland First Baptist Church's organ fund.

Donald Strickland
Funeral services for Mr. Donald Ray Strickland, 67, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 12, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Burial will follow at Minden Cemetery. Visitation will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, July 11, at the funeral home. Mr. Strickland, a native of Dubberly and a resident of Shreveport, passed away Friday, July 4, in Alexandria. He was a retired staff sergeant from the U.S. Air Force. He is survived by his mother, Floris Carter Strickland of Shreveport; son, Bob Strickland and wife Sharon of Tulsa, Okla.; daughter, Becky Worden and husband Steve of Broken Arrow, Okla.; sister, Carrie Dillman and husband Wayne of Shreveport; and four grandchildren, Zachary, Ethan, Jared and Katie, all of Broken Arrow.

R.B. Ferrell
Funeral services for Mr. R.B. "Big Red" Ferrell will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 5, 2003, at Point Pleasant CME Church in Homer with the Rev. Victor Carter officiating. Burial will follow at Point Pleasant Cemetery in Homer under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden. Family hour will be held from 6 until 7 p.m. Friday, July 4, at the funeral home. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Freda Ferrell; two sisters, Mattie Ferrell, Melvina Phillips; one brother, Johnny Ferrell; and his parents, Willie and John Ferrell. He is survived by his wife, Annie Mae Ferrell; five daughters, Deloris and husband Willie, Minnie Hollingsworth, Loretta Mayfield and husband Anthony, Deborah Ferrell, Annette Ferrell; three sons, Charles Fielding of Homer, Kevin Ferrell and wife Joyce, and Kenneth Ferrell; 25 grandchildren; four brothers, Jessie B. Ferrell and wife Fannie, Raliegh Ferrell and wife Ruth, Joseph Ferrell, O.B. Ferrell; special friends, Napoleon Howard, Robert Scott, Ernest Moody and many more; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives

Retha Garland
Private graveside services for Mrs. Retha M. Garland were to be held at 11 a.m. today, July 3, 2003, at Provencal Cemetery in Provencal with the Rev. James Perry officiating. Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Shreveport. Mrs. Garland, a native of Bellwood, passed away Monday, June 30, in Shreveport. She was born Jan. 28, 1925, and was a member of Lakeview United Methodist Church. She was also a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Garland; and her son, Kerry B. Garland. She is survived by her sons, Chad M. Garland and wife Eileen of Shreveport, Jeff Garland of Minden; sister, Yvonne Woods of Shreveport; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Northwest Louisiana, 520 Olive Street, Shreveport, LA 71104.

Willie Mitchell
Funeral services for Mr. Willie Lee Mitchell will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 5, 2003, at St. Rest Baptist Church in Minden. Burial will follow at Sheppard Street Cemetery under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden. Family hour will be held from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 4, at the funeral home.

Jean Lochner
Graveside services for Mrs. Jean Volentine Shull Lochner will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 3, 2003, at Salem Cemetery in Athens. Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Homer. Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. today, July 2, at the funeral home. Mrs. Lochner, a resident of Lubbock, Texas, passed away Saturday, June 28, in Lubbock. She was born Aug. 17, 1929 to Cecil Earl Volentine and Daisy M. Frazier Volentine. Her grandparents were the late Mr. and Mrs. Dave Volentine and Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Frazier, who were prominent Claiborne Parish residents. She attended school in Louisiana, Texas, and Ranger Junior College in Ranger, Texas. After many years of living in Alaska, she returned to Homer to help care for her terminally ill brother. During her stay in Homer, she was a member of First United Methodist Church, WSCS, the Homer Memorial Hospital Guild, and the Women's Department Club. She lived in Minden for 10 years, where she was a former member of the Junior Service League. For the past 17 years, she was a resident of Lubbock, where she retired from the dedicated service of Dr. Douglas Cone. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, her sister, and two brothers. She is survived by one son, James Fredrick Shull and wife Eva of Mineral Wells, Texas; three grandsons, Josh, Charles and Jimmy; brother, Cecil Volentine and wife Doris of Homer; four nieces; three nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Vera Miller
Funeral services for Mrs. Vera Almond Miller will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 3, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Bill Ichter officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Zion Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. today, July 2, at the funeral home, and prior to services. Mrs. Miller, a lifelong resident of Minden, was born July 14, 1910. She was actively involved as a member of First Baptist Church. She taught Sunday school, Girls' Auxiliary and was among the first members of the Women's Missionary Union in Minden. She was preceded in death by her husband, E. Leroy Miller, and their son, Charles Miller. She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Benit and husband Jerry of Minden; grandsons, Philip Miller and wife Tracey of Minden; Keith Benit and wife Peggy of Mandeville, Michael Miller and wife Dana of Sibley; great-grandchildren, Jeffrey and Matthew Miller of Minden, Jonathan and Maggie Benit of Mandeville, and Zachary Miller of Sibley; sister, Inez Miller of Webster, Texas; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and two special friends, Rose Bradford and Gladys Jones, all of Minden. Pallbearers will be David Murphy, Marvin Jones, David Lyn Miller, Joe Coker, David Benit and David Mouser.

Mary Lee Smith
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Lee Smith will be held at noon Saturday, July 5, 2003, at St. Mark Baptist Church in Doyline. She is survived by her daughter, Lynda Marshall and husband Karl of Bossier City; son, Anthony Smith of Doyline; grandson, Deonte Marshall; four sisters, Ella Mae Chambers of Princeton, Lucille Hamilton of Bossier City, Rosie Lee Wheeler of Doyline, Betty Feaster of Bossier City; four brothers, L.C. Smith and wife Pauline, Eddie Smith Jr. of East Paloalto, Calif., Otis Smith and wife Bertha of Doyline, Mack Henry Smith and wife Helen of East Paloalto; four aunts, Ella Ma Jackson of Oakland, Calif., Theresa Lewis of Oakland, Byreatha Smith and Mary Battle, both of Doyline and special friend Grant Jones of Doyline.

Margaret Turner
Memorial services for Mrs. Margaret Ruth Germond Turner were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church in Minden with the Rev. Joe Hunter officiating. Prior to her memorial service, she was laid to rest at Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Mrs. Turner, a native of Waco, Texas and a resident of the Minden area for many years, passed away Wednesday, June 25. She was born Aug. 4, 1911, daughter of George Frederick Germond Sr. and Elizabeth Work Germond. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and lived in New Braunfels, Texas, for the past three months. Mrs. Turner graduated from the Waco Public Schools with honors in 1928, and was an honor graduate from Baylor University in 1931. She started teaching at 19 years of age. Her brother remembers the two of them driving up and down farm roads trying to convince school board members she was old enough to teach school. Her life's search was always to help others. She was born a teacher and was a "teacher of youth," from Latin to Math. She taught grades K-6, and Sunday school in Venezuela, while her husband worked for Atlantic Richfield from 1948 until the mid 1960s. The Honorable Tom DeLay was a former student in Venezuela, and he called her recently from Washington, D.C. She continued her career at other locations upon their return to the United States. While in Minden, she was an AARP Area Representative, Citizen of the Year, participated in the Foster Grandparent Program, and FUMC's Fifty Plus. Many former students have kept in contact with her, especially the 1975 yearbook staff of Vilonia, Ark. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Joseph Turner in 1979. She is survived by her brother, Kenneth Germond and wife Kay of Austin, Texas; many nieces and nephews including Martha Luck, Janice Moreland, George Frederick Germond III, Margot Taunton, Kenneth Robert Germond, Nancy Germond, Claire Germond, Ellen Germond and Cindy Jeffers; and great-nieces and nephews. Many friends in Minden, especially Lorene Sullivan, helped care for her in her later years. Our family is very appreciative of the loving caregivers at Alterra Sterling House in New Braunfels and Hope Hospice, also in New Braunfels. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family requests donations by made to a favorite charity or church.

Margaret Forshee
Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Whatley Forshee, 91, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 27, 2003, at First Baptist Church in Cotton Valley with the Rev. Kenny Joyner officiating. Burial will follow at Cotton Valley Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of services, Friday, June 27, at the church. Mrs. Forshee, a native of Winnsboro, Texas, and a resident of Cotton Valley for the past 65 years, passed away Monday, June 23, in Vivian. She was an Avon representative and was a 50+ year member of the Cotton Valley Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Forshee; brother, Lloyd Whatley; infant sister; brother; and grandson, Richard Sullivan. She is survived by her son, Loahman E. Forshee and wife Helen Clay of Clearwater, Fla.; daughters, Billie Jean Sullivan and husband J. Wayne of Cotton Valley, Geraldean F. Wade and husband Dennis of Vivian; sisters, Maxine Hamilton of Linden, Texas, Lucille Steed of Idaho; brothers, Woody Whatley and Hugh Whatley, both of Linden; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Louise Carlisle
Funeral services for Mrs. Louise "Weizie" Carlisle, 58, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Scott Laliberte officiating and the Rev. Jeff Flennikan assisting. Burial will follow at Lane Cemetery in Sibley. Visitation will be held from 5 until 10 p.m. today, June 24, at the funeral home. Mrs. Carlisle, a longtime resident of Sibley, passed away Sunday, June 22. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Sibley for many years. She was a dedicated and loyal employee of H&R Block for 28 years. She spent her life loving and giving to others. Her smile blessed many people, for it never left her. Through good and bad times, she always looked for the best and never gave in to the troubles of the world. She loved her Lord and led many people to do the same. She will be missed, but heaven has gained a special angel. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Carlisle. She is survived by her son, Master Sergeant William Richard Carlisle Sr. and wife Nilda, who are stationed at Yokota Air Base in Japan; daughter, Sonjia Brunson and husband Jay of Fryeburg; four grandchildren, Michael Jay Brunson Jr., Bill Carlisle Jr., Harlie Brunson, and Jarred Carlisle; mother, Martha Fish of Sibley; three sisters, Jane Harris and husband Benny of Heflin, Kay Davis and husband Richard of Sibley, and Becky Anglin and husband Lonney of Sibley; two brothers, William Fish and wife, Ruby of Sibley, and Andy Fish and wife Robin of Sibley; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Johnny Harris, Billy Fish, Phillip Harris, Peanut Davis, Robert Miller and Mike Albritton.

Eddie Ray Hewitt
Funeral services for Mr. Eddie Ray Hewitt, 32, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at Fellowship Baptist Church in Dubberly with the Rev. Mike Crump officiating. Burial will follow at Fellowship Cemetery in Dubberly under the direction of Rockett Funeral Home in Ringgold. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of services at the church. Mr. Hewitt, a resident of Dubberly, passed away Sunday, June 22. He was born Aug. 24, 1970, in Minden. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Cleveland and Luda Adkins. He is survived by his wife, Tammy Hewitt of Dubberly; mother, Shirley Hewitt of Minden; one son, Matthew Hewitt of Dubberly; one daughter, Emily Hewitt of Dubberly; father and mother-in-law, Doyle and Sue Barnes of Dubberly; brother-in-law, Jeff Barnes and wife Donna of Dubberly; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Ruby Rice
Funeral services for Mrs. Ruby Jewel Rice, 56, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 26, 2003, at Mt. Calm Baptist Church with the Rev. T. A. Knapp officiating. Burial will follow at Growing Valley Cemetery under the direction of Kennon's Mortuary in Minden. Visitation will be held Wednesday June 25, at the funeral home. Mrs. Rice, a native of Minden, was born March 2, 1947. She went home to be with the Lord, June 21, in Shreveport. She is survived by her husband, Charlie Rice of Minden; two sons, Tarus Allen and Antonio Allen, both of Minden; father, George Capers of Cotton Valley; eight grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Eleanor Smith
Funeral services for Mrs. Eleanor Green Smith, 89, will be held at 2 p.m. today, June 24, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Bill Ichter officiating and the Rev. Roy Strother assisting. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Mrs. Smith, a native of El Dorado, Ark., and a resident of Minden, passed away Sunday, June 22, in Minden. She was a retired bookkeeper for State Farm Insurance after 25 years, and in 1990, she was selected as Minden's Woman of the Year. She was preceded in death by her husband, Archie Lee Smith. She is survived by her son, Gary A. Smith and wife Sandra of Monroe; daughter, Patsy Garcin and husband Kenneth of Minden; sisters, Maurine Turner of Dallas, Texas, Trudy Bromell of Shreveport, Geraldine Clements of Farmerville; brother, Van Green of Longview, Texas; grandchildren, Gary Garcin, Lee Gordon Smith, Stephanie Ann Smith, and Stuart Hughes Smith; great-grandchildren, Trevor, Taylor, Shelby, Trenton, Kalee, Connor and Bryant. Pallbearers will be Gary Garcin, Lee Gordon Smith, Stuart Smith, Randy Brown, Jud Hale and the Rev. Bill Crider.

Leroy Bruner
Funeral services for Mr. Leroy Bruner, 70, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Visitation will be held at 5 p.m. today, June 23, at the funeral home. Mr. Bruner, a native and resident of Minden, passed away Saturday, June 21, in Minden. He was retired from the United States Air Force. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jessie L. Bruner; second wife, Ruby Lee Bruner; and parents, Joseph and Edna Bruner. He is survived by his daughters, Sharilyn Bruner and Barbara Bruner; sons, Leroy Hal Bruner and William Bruner; brother, Charles Bruner and wife Ideallie; sister, Frances Tucker; sister-in-law, Mable Bruner; grandson, Robert Cox and wife Sally; great-grandchildren, Brittney, Jeremy, Sydney and Garrett; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Schumpert Community Hospice or to the American Cancer Society.

Olevia Green
Funeral services for Mrs. Olevia Green will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21, 2003, at Rocky Mount Baptist Church in Homer. Burial will follow at Mount Pisgah Cemetery in Homer under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden. Family hour will be held from 7 until 8 p.m. today, June 20, at the funeral home.

Enos Carr McClendon Jr.
Funeral services for Judge Enos Carr McClendon Jr. will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 23, 2003, at First Baptist Church in Minden with the Rev. Wayne DuBose, Dr. Ronald Prince, the Rev. David Dietzel and Judge Graydon Kitchens officiating. Graveside services will follow at Arlington Cemetery in Homer under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 4 until 7 p.m., Sunday, June 22, at the funeral home. Judge McClendon Jr. was born Sept. 17, 1917, in Homer, completed a life marked by integrity, love, humor, and purpose on Monday, June 16. Following in the footsteps of his father, Judge Enos Carr McClendon Sr., and mother, Lurene Gray McClendon, he invested his life in his family, friends, community and church. Judge McClendon served God faithfully through his church and community giving wise counsel to countless people. His wit and humor were good medicine to those he encountered, even during his difficult months of illness. He has passed into eternity, but his life lives on through all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Rogers McClendon, in 1991, whom he shared his life with for more than 50 years. He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Laura Gordon McClendon; four children, Enos Carr McClendon III, Eloise McClendon Murchison, Roger Gray McClendon, and Kathy McClendon Hines; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and his extended family. In lieu of flowers, gifts to First Baptist Church in Minden would be appreciated.

Albert Burkhalter Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. Albert L. "Al" Burkhalter Jr., 51, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 20, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with Dr. Randy Hales and the Rev. Bill Ichter officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 until 9 p.m. today, June 19, at the funeral home. Mr. Burkhalter passed away Thursday, June 18, following a year-long courageous battle with cancer. He was born May 27, 1952. Except for the school year 1968-69, when his family moved to the New Orleans area and he attended John Curtis Christian School, he was a lifelong resident of Minden. He was a graduate of Minden High School. Until his illness forced his retirement, he was employed by Fibrebond Corp. of Minden as a metal fabricator. Prior employment was the Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant, until it closed; Anglo Marine & Petroleum Equipment Partners of Shreveport; and Dunham Manufacturing Company of Minden. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Minden but attended Emmanuel Baptist Church in Minden where his wife and son are members. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening, but his favorite thing to do was to go deer hunting with his brother, Joe, behind his mother's home in Sibley. He was preceded in death by his father, A.L. Burkhalter Sr., and his grandparents, Albert and Carrie Burkhalter, and Joe and Dera Murphy, all of Webster Parish. He is survived by his loving wife, Sheila Garrett Burkhalter of Minden; two sons, Bert and Garrett Burkhalter of Minden; two daughters, Lauri Burkhalter Chandler and Shelby Burkhalter; two granddaughters, Nicole and Madison Chandler, all of Minden; mother, Jimmie Ruth Burkhalter of Sibley; one brother, Joe R. Burkhalter and wife Genie of Haughton; one sister, Nancy Burkhalter McDearmont and husband Joe of Shreveport; two dear aunts, Ellen Burkhalter of Minden and Nettie Murphy Noles of Sibley; three nieces; one nephew; three cousins; and a host of friends. Pallbearers will be Neven Hooter, Huey Clement, Ronnie Semmes, Tommy Hathorn, Steve Toms and Ellis Michael. The family wishes to thank the staff at Willis-Knighton Cancer Center and especially Dr. Joyce Feagin and Dr. Lane Rosen and their staffs for the caring treatment he received. Thanks also to Northwest Regional Hospice in Minden for their loving care of Al and his family. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Emmanuel Baptist Church or the donor's choice.

Gertrude Doyle
Funeral services for Mrs. Gertrude Gray Doyle, 57, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 21, 2003, at New Friendship Baptist Church with the Rev. W. W. Watson officiating. Burial will follow at Old Castor Cemetery under the direction of Kennon's Mortuary in Minden. Visitation will be held Friday, June 20, from noon until 8 p.m. at the funeral home, and Saturday from 9:30 until 11 a.m. at the church. Mrs. Doyle, a resident of Castor, passed away Sunday, June 15, in Shreveport after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born January 28, 1946. She was a faithful member of New Friendship Baptist Church, where she served as an Usher, Mother, and Deaconess. She worked at Castor High School for 14 years. She is survived by seven children, Charles, Jacqueline, Alvin, Jr. and wife Rosalind, Mark and wife Sharon, Tracey, Rodney and wife Kim, and Stephanie; father, Leo Wilson, stepfather, O'Neal Anderson, Sr.; one sister, Verbia Gray; two brothers, O'Neal Anderson, Jr. and Caleb Anderson; 12 grandchildren; one great grandchild; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Mabel Holley
Funeral services for Mrs. Mabel David Holley, 92, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Ed Cooper officiating and the Rev. Skip Johnson assisting. Burial followed at Brushwood Cemetery in Dubberly. Mrs. Holley, a native of Minden and a resident of Dubberly, passed away Friday, June 13, in Minden. She was a homemaker and a member of Brushwood United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women and a member of the Brushwood Cemetery Association. She was a dedicated Christian, loving mother, grandmother and friend. She was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey A. Holley; and her daughter, Linda Holley Reynolds. She is survived by her son, Bootsie Holley and wife Janet of Dubberly; daughter, Claire Robinson and husband Robbie of Dubberly; sister, Lela Rice of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Debbie Reynolds of Dubberly, LeAnne Brazzel of Shreveport, Jane Harris of Port Allen, and Jeff Reynolds of Dubberly; great-grandchildren, Kristina Brazzel, Aubrey Reynolds, and Anna Ferrell; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Brushwood United Methodist Church.

John Austin Sr.
Funeral services Mr. John A. Austin Sr., 86, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2003, at Heflin Baptist Church with the Rev. Danny Baskin and the Rev. David Abernathy officiating. Burial will follow at Bistineau Cemetery in Heflin under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. today, June 13, at the funeral home. Mr. Austin, a resident of Heflin, passed away Thursday, June 12, at Grace Home in Shreveport after a short illness. He was born in Many in 1917 and was a resident of this area for 30 years. He was a member of Heflin Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and church treasurer. He was also a member of the Webster Parish Cattlemen's Association. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted father and grandfather who enjoyed his sons' and grandchildren's ball games. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Margueritte Pearce Austin. He is survived by his three sons, John A. Austin Jr. and wife Donna of Shreveport, Don William Austin and wife Wanda of Heflin, and Richard Keith Austin and wife Linda of Little Rock, Ark.; grandchildren, Carey Holm, Skip Austin Gardner, Jessica Austin, Dub Austin, Matt Austin, John Todd Austin, Angie Gray and Tammy Rhyne; sisters, Elizabeth McMaster of West Columbia, Texas, Mattsye Pearce and husband Jacob of Ruston; brothers, James Austin and wife Geraldine of Lake Charles, Sam Austin and wife Helen of Montgomery, Ala.; sisters-in-law, Ree Pearce and Laverne Abernathy, both of Ruston; and 11 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Dub Austin, John Todd Austin, Matt Austin, Don Rhyne, Tommy Russell and Carl Cox. Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Heflin Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to the Heflin Baptist Church Building Fund.

Clote Feaster
Funeral services for Mrs. Clote Feaster will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14, 2003, at Jerusalem Baptist Church in Haughton. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery in Koran under the direction of Mortuary Services of Louisiana in Shreveport. Mrs. Feaster, a resident of Haughton, passed away Sunday, June 8.

Arthur Gipson
Funeral services for Mr. Arthur Lee Gipson will be held at noon Saturday, June 14, 2003, at Mt. Zion CME Church. Burial will follow at Sheppard Street Cemetery in Minden under the direction of Patterson Funeral Home. Family hour will be held from 7 until 8 p.m. Friday, June 13, at the funeral home.

Lizzie Volrie
Funeral services for Mrs. Lizzie Lean Shine Volrie, 79, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14, 2003, at St. Rest Baptist Church with the Rev. B.F. Martin officiating. Burial will follow at Sheppard Heights Cemetery in Minden under the direction of Miller-Pioneer Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 6 until 7 p.m. Friday, June 13, at the funeral home. Mrs. Volrie, a resident of Minden, passed away Saturday, June 7, in Atlanta, Ga., while vacationing with three of her daughters. Her God-given talent was baking, which she loved dearly. She was known for her famous Naphe Valley cheesecake and chocolate Morgo desert. She baked until her health would no longer allow her to do so. She is survived by five daughters, Lula W. Culbreath and husband Sherman of Lithonia, Ga., Alice W. Brown and husband Jerry of Minden, Jessie W. Ross and husband George of Lithonia, Betty W. White and husband Richard of DeSoto, Texas, Lizzie A.W. Fowlkes and husband Rodney of Lilburn, Ga.; four sons, Robert Walker of Sarasota, Fla., Jimmie Walker and wife Barbara of Canyon Cathy, Calif., James Randolph Walker Jr. of Gibsland, and Jerry W. Walker and wife Jo Helen of Beaumont, Texas; two brothers, the Rev. Albert Shyne of Muskegon, Mich., and Leonard Shine of Los Angeles, Calif.; three sisters, Essie Hampton and husband Leon of Lake Charles, Lillie Candler of Los Angeles, Calif., Thelma Toliver of Albuquerque, N.M.; 19 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Odile Bamburg
Funeral services for Mrs. Odile Cecila Bamburg, 68, were held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 9, 2003, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Ringgold with Father Karl Daigle officiating. Burial followed at Zion Baptist Cemetery in Fairview under the direction of Rockett Funeral Home in Ringgold. On Sunday, June 8, a vigil services was held at 6 p.m. at the church led by David Saucier. Mrs. Bamburg, a native of Brusly and a resident of Ringgold, passed away Saturday, June 7. She was born April 14, 1935. She is survived by her husband, Lamar Bamburg of Ringgold; son, Danis Lamar and wife Brenda Bamburg of Tyler, Texas; daughters, Charlotte Jeane and husband Joe of Wills Point, Texas, Lynnette Ferguson and husband Dale of Ringgold; brothers, Louis Lopez of Peoria, Ill., Cyril Lopez of Ray City, Ga.; sisters, Rosemary Cox of New Roads, May Neff of New Roads; grandchildren, Daniel Ferguson of Elm Grove, Paul Ferguson of Ringgold; seven step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Joe Jeane, Dale Ferguson, Paul Ferguson, Danis Bamburg, Bob Finco and Daniel Ferguson. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catholic Extension Society c/o St. Paul Catholic Church, P.O. Box 711, Minden, LA 71058.

Jessie Bryant
Funeral services for Mr. Jessie Bryant will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2003, at New Hope Baptist Church in Haughton. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden.

Ruby Cruz
Funeral services for Mrs. Ruby Cruz will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 12, 2003, at Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden. Burial will follow at Allen Cemetery in Minden.

David Hadwin
Funeral services for Mr. David L. Hadwin, 71, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Southside Chapel in Shreveport with the Rev. Don McCormick of Minden officiating. Burial will follow at 4:30 p.m. at Ebenezer Cemetery in Castor. Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. today, June 10, at the funeral home. Mr. Hadwin, a native of Minden, passed away Monday, June 9, in Shreveport. He was born Oct. 15, 1931 to Charles R. and Amy Lee Hadwin of Minden. He was employed with the Shreveport Times as the purchasing and operations manager and retired after more than 40 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charles W. Hadwin; and sister, Charline Foster. He is survived by his daughter, Dina Hadwin QuitiQuit and husband Tim of Tempe, Ariz.; and sister, Mary Sanders and husband Glenn of Shreveport. Pallbearers will be Steve Sanders, Tim QuitiQuit, Kenneth Sanders, Gary Day, Sam Wallace and Roger Earhart.

Barry Slack
Funeral services for Mr. Barry Wayne Slack, 68, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at Mt. Paran Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Garner officiating. Burial will follow at Pilgrim Rest Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Mortuary Inc., in Springhill. Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. today, June 10, at the funeral home. Mr. Slack, a native and resident of Shongaloo, passed away Monday, June 9, in Shreveport following a long illness. He was born March 23, 1925 to Luther C. and Odessa Hardaway Slack. He was a deacon and member of Mt. Paran Baptist Church, and retired military Major after 22 years and serving in the Vietnam Conflict. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Sexton Slack. He is survived by his wife, Fumiko Slack of Shongaloo; two sons, Corbin Slack of Eagle River, Alaska, Nolan Slack of Shongaloo; one daughter, Sharon Robinson of Texarkana, Ark.; six grandchildren, Joshua Laster, Jake Robinson, Heidi Slack, Ryan Slack, Jay Slack and Jamie Slack.

Merrie Wallace
Funeral services for Merrie Hazelle Wallace, 83, were to be held at 11 a.m. today, June 10, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Mark Ony officiating and the Rev. Brian Prussey assisting. Burial will follow at Minden Cemetery. Mrs. Wallace, a native of Ashland and a longtime resident of Shreveport, passed away Sunday, June 8, in Hope, Ark. She was a homemaker and a member of Linwood Baptist Church. She is survived by her two sons, William Joe Wallace and wife Mary Ann of Saretoga, Ark., James Ray Wallace and wife Jan of Eureka Springs, Ark.; five grandchildren, Joey Wallace of Shongaloo, Sandra McCalman of Magnolia, Ark., Patricia Steward of New Boston, Texas, and Ryan and Michaelle Wallace of Atlanta, Ga.; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Billy Hadwin of San Diego, Calif., Lavelle F. Hadwin of New Orleans; and one sister, Francis Burr of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Doris Gandy
Funeral services for Mrs. Doris Jean Gandy, 70, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 7, 2003, at First Baptist Church in Smackover, Ark., with the Rev. David Preston and the Rev. Vaughn Blue Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Smackover Cemetery under the direction of Young's Funeral Home in El Dorado, Ark. Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. today, June 6, at the funeral home. The family will be at the Gandy Home, 901 Pine Circle in Smackover. Mrs. Gandy, a native of El Dorado and a resident of Smackover, passed away Thursday, June 5, at her residence. She was born May 28, 1933. She was a retired clerk for Cross Oil Company; a member of First Baptist Church in Smackover, where she was a member of the Rosa King Sunday school class, was a Sunday school teacher, choir member, vacation Bible school worker, and served on various church committees. She was preceded in death by her father, William Herbert Burns and mother, Maude Kinard Burns. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, William A. Gandy of Smackover; daughters, Vicki de Yampert and husband Gary of Smackover, Cathy Durain of Sibley; brothers, Hurbert Burns and wife Pansy of Whiting, Ind., Ray Burns and wife Joann of Smackover, Edwin Burns and wife Sue of Ft. Worth, Texas; sister, Melba Helms and husband Elvin of El Dorado; twin sister, Dottie Cain and husband M.E. "Tooter," of El Dorado; three precious grandchildren, Eric de Yampert and wife Casey of Maumelle, Ark., Tiffany and Allison Durain of El Dorado; six nephews; and four nieces. Pallbearers will be Bill Spruill, Allen Gandy, Dan Henderson, Berry Rabun, Greg Sales, Tommy Norrell, Gregg Rowan, and J.D. Rowan. Memorials may be made to Community Hospice, 1426 Northwest Ave., El Dorado, AR 71730 or to First Baptist Church, 201 W. 7th, Smackover, AR 71762.

Sidney Samuel Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. Sidney B. Samuel Jr. will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 6, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with Dr. Ronald Prince and the Rev. Roy Dale Strother officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. today, June 5, at the funeral home. Mr. Samuel passed away Tuesday, June 3, in Minden. He was born July 29, 1922. He was a graduate of Minden High School and served in the Navy with the Seabees in the Pacific during World War II and the Korean Conflict. For more than 50 years, he owned and operated Samuel Electric. Mr. Samuel was a member of First Baptist Church in Minden for years, now a member of North Acres Baptist Church of Minden. He helped organize the local AA and was instrumental in establishing Alpha House. He was preceded in death by his parents, S.B. Samuel Sr. and Ora Coffee Samuel; four brothers, Lewis, Richard, Herbert and Charles Samuel. He is survived by two sisters, Kathryn Samuel Maxey of Minden, Betty Samuel Mott and husband, the Rev. Waynon Mott of Alexandria; one brother, Jimmy Samuel and wife Betty of Shreveport; two sons, Tim Samuel and wife Sandra of Minden, Dawson Samuel and wife Lisa; grandchildren, Will and Katie of Minden; former wife, Betty Wall Samuel and daughter, Martha Stein of Loveland, Colo.; former wife and companion Lillian Lilly of Minden; stepchildren, Patricia Lilly Roy of New Orleans, Roy Lilly III of Minden; along with many nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Brad Sandidge, Bill Tomlinson, Jimmy Heflin, David Maxey Sr., Joseph Hampton, and Harold Weaver. Honorary pallbearers will be Waco Robinson, Cathy Moore, Matt Gant, and David Maxey Jr. Memorials may be made to North Acres Baptist Church or the local chapter of AA.

Prentis Scott
Funeral services for Mr. Prentis Scott will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7, 2003, at New Hope Baptist Church in Homer. Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Homer under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the funeral home with family hour from 6 until 7 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home in Minden.

Ronnie Marsh Sr.
Memorial services for Mr. Ronnie Marsh Sr., 56, were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2003, at Whispering Pines Baptist Church in Minden. Services were under the direction of Bailey Mortuary in Cotton Valley. Mr. Marsh, a resident of Cotton Valley, passed away Wednesday, May 28, in Cotton Valley. He was a native of Coushatta; former resident of Shreveport; and a resident of Cotton Valley for one year. He was a Baptist and was a retired auto mechanic. He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Edward Marsh in 1984. He is survived by his daughters, Shannon Johnston and husband David, Mistie Nail and husband Lonnie, all of Shongaloo, and Carla Marsh of Shreveport; sons, Joel Marsh and wife Nisa, Ronnie Edwards Marsh Jr. and wife Lari, all of Minden; stepchildren, Sandra Erhart of Shreveport, Steven Erhart of Ruston; nine grandchildren; mother, Jewell Lea Marsh of Shreveport; sister, Sharon Ferguson of Shreveport; brothers, Charles Marsh of Quitman, Jerry Marsh of Pineville; and Larry Marsh of Bossier City; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Nellie McKee
Funeral services for Mrs. Nellie P. McKee, 72, will be held at 2 p.m. today, June 2, 2003, at Calvert Funeral Home in West Point, Miss., with the Rev. Charles Dampeer and the Rev. Kelly Unger officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Mrs. McKee, a native of Clay County, Miss, passed away Thursday, May 29, at North Miss. Medical Center in Tupelo, Miss. She was a member of First Baptist Church and a bookkeeper and office manager for West Point Casket Co. for 25 years. She is the daughter of the late Gertrude Edna Howard and Carl Proctor. She married Carl Leslie McKee on May 2, 1991. She is survived by her husband of West Point; two daughters, Evelyn Cameron of Birmingham, Ala., Claire C. Garrett and husband Mike of Heflin; four grandchildren, Angela Williams of Birmingham, Leslie Hanson of Murrieta, Calif., Michael Garrett and Jennifer Garrett, both of Heflin; one great-grandson, Justin Wyatt of Birmingham; and four sisters, Carlene Dodson and Marie Beene, both of Columbus, Miss., Cathy Moss of Natchez, Miss., and Barbara Loper of West Point. Pallbearers will be Eric Hanson, Kenneth Moss, Mike Garrett, C.A. Dodson, John Holly Thomas, Richard Randle and Carey Dodson. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Lyndon Perkins, Dr. Andrew Wartak, Lee Gordon, Bob Gray, Bob Ganss, the Adult V Sunday school class at First Baptist Church; the third floor and ICU nurses and staff of NMMC Tupelo. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 794, West Point, Ms. 39773.

Sylvester Bell
Funeral services for Mr. Sylvester Bell will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31, 2003, at Greater St. Paul Baptist Church with the Rev. Clarence O. Bryant officiating. Burial will follow at Sheppard Street Cemetery under the direction of Kennon's Mortuary, Inc. Visitation will be held today, May 30, with family hour from 6 until 7 p.m., at the funeral home. Mr. Bell, a lifelong resident of Minden, passed away Tuesday, May 27, in Minden. He was born Oct. 20, 1915, to Cornelious Bell and Jessie Hodge Bell in Arcadia. Steward's Mate Second Class Bell was a veteran of World War II having served in the United States Navy. He was a dedicated and faithful deacon of Greater St. Paul Baptist Church. He married Naomi Bell, who preceded him in death. He is survived by two sons, Cleodis Bell Sr. of Minden, Theodis Reed of Los Angeles, Calif.; one daughter, Gloria Jean Sims of East Brunswick, N.J.; one sister, Mrs. Hervie Lee Wilson of Minden; nine grandchildren, Cleodis Bell Jr., and Xavier Harris, both of Minden, Anthony Reed, Antoinette Reed, Aaron Keith Reed, Larry Reed, and Alfred Clarence Reed, all of Los Angeles, and Joshua Sims and Jason Sims, both of East Brunswick; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Jerald Stratton
Funeral services for Mr. Jerald D. Stratton, 82, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31, 2003, at First Baptist Church in Minden at the West Chapel with the Rev. Wayne DuBose officiating and the Rev. Bill Ichter assisting. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 4 until 8 p.m. today, May 30, at the funeral home. Mr. Stratton, a lifelong resident of Minden, passed away Wednesday, May 28, in Minden. He was retired from the state of Louisiana Department of Labor as manager of the Shreveport Office of Employment Security. He was a longtime member and dedicated servant of First Baptist Church in Minden. He served as the treasurer of the Minden Evening Lions Club for many years and served faithfully in the Friendship Class at First Baptist Church. He served as staff sergeant in the 678th Bomb Squadron in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a faithful husband, father and grandfather and beloved by all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ellen Stratton; father, Henry Stratton; and brother, John Edward Stratton. He is survived by his wife, Vivian Wise Stratton of Minden; son, Jerry W. Stratton and wife Lauren of Shreveport; granddaughter, Somer Stratton of Shreveport; great-grandson, Caiden Stratton of Shreveport; and nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Tommy McMurray, George Turner, Killen Turner, Joe Whaley, Bob Johnson and Willard McClung. Honorary pallbearers will be the Friendship Class of First Baptist Church and the Deacons of First Baptist, Barry Turner and Truman Turner.

Jennie Guin
Funeral services for Mrs. Jennie Huckaby Guin, 76, will be held at 2 p.m. today, May 29, 2003, at Rockett Funeral Home in Ringgold with the Rev. Kelly Tingle, the Rev. Floyd Pate and the Rev. Raymond Sewell officiating. Burial will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery in Castor. Mrs. Guin, a resident of Castor, passed away Tuesday, May 27, at Willis-Knighton Pierremont Life Care in Shreveport. She was born July 5, 1926 in Jamestown. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Guin; son, Gary Steve Guin; and stepson, Terry Dale Guin. She is survived by her daughters, Dianne Guin Cheatwood and husband Murle of Saline, Florence Guin Cain and husband David of Shreveport, Janice Guin Guest and husband Eugene of Castor, and Lynn Kay Guin Green and husband Richard of Castor; sons, Jerry Dale Guin and special friend Barbara of Castor, and James Christopher Guin of Ringgold; grandchildren, Connie Lee, Kim Wolf, Phil Guin, Shelby Young, Kevin Guin, Sondra Desaider, Hubert Chris Ward, Mark Cecil Ward, Jerri Diane Blanchard, Jeff Davis, Chad Everett Davis, Steven Chase Green, Carlin Seth Green, and Jason Dale Guin; step-grandchildren, Glen and Kristen Guest; great-grandchildren, Rachel Lee, Davis D. Wolf, Stetson Mosley, Taylor Young, Tristan Guin, Preston Desaider, Colton Desaider, Christopher Ward, David Ward, Ava Elizabeth Ward, Gavin H. Ward, Ryder Blanchard, and Brandon Allen Davis; and several other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Hubert Chris Ward, William Jefferson Davis II, Mark Cecil Ward, Gary Phillip Guin, Chad Everett Davis, and James Kevin Guin. Honorary pallbearers will be Steven Chase Green, Carlin Seth Green and Brandon Allen Davis.

Charlotte Jackson
Funeral services for Mrs. Charlotte Elaine Jackson will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2003, at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church in Minden. Burial will follow at Allums 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 30, at the funeral home.

Wylma Brown
Graveside services for Mrs. Wylma Terral Brown Vaughn, 72, were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 25, 2003, at Springhill Cemetery with the Rev. Jerry Carter officiating. Services were under the direction of Bailey Mortuary in Springhill. Mrs. Vaughan, a native of Whelen Springs, Ark., and a resident of Springhill, passed away Saturday, May 24, in Springhill, following a short illness. She was born March 6, 1931, to Frank F. and Hazel Sublett Terral. She worked as a private sitter, was a resident of the Springhill area for 50 years and a member of Springhill Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton Brown, John Vaughan; son, Ronald Clint Brown; sister, Betty McCartney; and brother, Bobby Terral. She is survived by two daughters, Pam Huddleston and husband Robert of Springhill, Wanda Maxey and husband Roger of Leander, Texas; three brothers, Jerry Terral, Larry Terral, and Keith Terral, all of Minden; three sisters, Brenda McDaniel, Renee Brogden, both of Minden, Katie Block of Beaumont, Texas; stepmother, Lola Terral of Minden; five grandchildren, Renee Huddleston, Aaron Maxey, Jason Maxey, Terry Brown, Travis Brown; three great-grandchildren, Courtney Brown, Jeanna Maxey, Madison Maxey; and special nieces, Tina Antee and Tonya Kimes.

Eldred Lowe
Funeral services for Mr. Eldred Ford Lowe, 94, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2003, at Lakeview United Methodist Church with the Rev. Lynn Malone officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at the funeral home. Mr. Lowe, a longtime resident of Minden, passed away Monday, May 26, after a brief illness. He was born in Waldo, Ark., April 12, 1909. After graduating from Minden High School, he went to Louisiana Tech University, finishing with a degree in journalism. He taught at Louisiana Tech and Hot Springs High School before establishing a printing business in Minden. He retired at age 88. Mr. Lowe was a faithful member of Lakeview United Methodist Church and a lifetime choir member. He was a past member of the Civitan Club and the Knights of Pythias, where he served in several officer positions. He was preceded in death by his parents, Perry and Eunice Lowe; three brothers, Prentiss, William and Herbert; and a granddaughter, Valerie Tucker. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Clara DeFreese Lowe; two sons, Perry J. Lowe and wife Joy of Ruston, Eldred (Eddie) Ford Lowe Jr. and wife Pam of Minden; two daughters, Myra Turnage and husband Bill of El Dorado, Ark., Linda and husband Ed of Minden; two brothers, the Rev. Winston Lowe, and the Rev. Terral Lowe; three sisters, Lalia Perryman, Mary Cassels, and Margaret Dodez; grandchildren, Chip Lowe, Kira Breczinski, Michelle Thompson, Paul Turnage, Carol Whatley, Greg Turnage, Chad Wilson, Cory Wilson, Lori Branch, Jamin Butcher, Rachel Butcher; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be the Lakeview Men's Class and longtime friend, David James. Memorials may be made to Lakeview United Methodist Church.

Larry Brewer
Funeral services for Mr. Larry Clinton Brewer are pending in Sand Springs, Okla. Mr. Brewer passed away Friday, May 23, in Oahu, Hawaii. He drowned while swimming with his oldest son, Blake, in the Honolulu beach area while on summer vacation. He was born in Minden on Nov. 22, 1948. He graduated from Minden High School and Louisiana Tech University. He lettered four years in football at Tech and was a teammate of Terry Bradshaw those four years. He received his master's degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and later passed the CPA exam. At the time of his death, he was a hospital administrator for the Hillcrest Health Group of Tulsa, Okla. He was loved by all who knew him, was a dedicated servant of the Lord. He was equaled by few as a husband, father, son and brother. He was a giant among men. Mr. Brewer is survived by his wife, Toni Milam; sons, Blake and Marcus; daughter, Natalie Brewer, all of Sand Springs; brother, Gary and wife Pam and their three children of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; and parents, Clint and Helen Brewer of Minden.

Wylma Brown
Graveside services for Mrs. Wylma Terral Brown Vaughn, 72, were held at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2003, at Springhill Cemetery with the Rev. Jerry Carter officiating. Services were under the direction of Bailey Mortuary in Springhill. Mrs. Vaughan, a native of Whelen Springs, Ark., and a resident of Springhill, passed away Sunday, May 25, in Springhill, following a short illness. She was born March 6, 1931, to Frank F. and Hazel Sublett Terral. She worked as a private sitter, was a resident of the Springhill area for 50 years and a member of Springhill Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Clinton Brown, John Vaughan; son, Ronald Clint Brown; sister, Betty McCartney; and brother, Bobby Terral. She is survived by two daughters, Pam Huddleston and husband Robert of Springhill, Wanda Maxey and husband Roger of Leander, Texas; three brothers, Jerry Terral, Larry Terral, and Keith Terral, all of Minden; three sisters, Brenda McDaniel, Renee Brogden, both of Minden, Katie Block of Beaumont, Texas; stepmother, Lola Terral of Minden; five grandchildren, Renee Huddleston, Aaron Maxey, Jason Maxey, Terry Brown, Travis Brown; three great-grandchildren, Courtney Brown, Jeanna Maxey, Madison Maxey; and special nieces, Tina Antee and Tonya Kimes.

Lillie B. Hemphill
Funeral services for Mrs. Lillie B. Hemphill, 81, were to be held at 11 a.m. today, May 26, 2003, at St. Rest Baptist Church in Minden with the Dr. B.J. Marting and Dr. B.F. Martin officiating. Burial was to follow at Sheppard Street Cemetery in Minden under the direction of Miller-Pioneer Funeral Home in Minden. Mrs. Hemphill, a resident of Minden, passed away Thursday, May 22, at Minden Medical Center after a lengthy illness. She is survived by her sons, Donnie Hemphill of Lake Charles, Ronnie Hemphill of Minden, Floyd Hemphill of Minden, Lenwood Hemphill of Minden; daughters, Marilyn Hemphill of Minden, Carolyn Hemphill of Minden; brother, Pat Washington of Dallas, Texas; and 12 grandchildren.

Ollie Vee Hollis
Funeral services for Mrs. Ollie Vee Tucker Hollis, 80, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at Minden Church of Christ with Bro. Adrian DeLukie officiating and Minister Benny Baker assisting. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. today, May 26, at the funeral home. Mrs. Hollis, a native of Farmerville and a resident of Minden, passed away Saturday, May 24, in Bossier City. She was a secretary and treasurer for Trailer Equipment Company. She was preceded in death by her husband, Brooks Hollis. She is survived by her sons, Scott Hollis and fiancÚ Melissa Shaw of Shreveport, Robert Hollis of Minden and Bill Hollis of Minden; daughters, Rosilyn Driver of Houston, Texas, and Judy Steeland and husband Larry of Roe, Ark.; one sister, Dot Johnson of Monroe; one brother, Bobby Tucker of Farmerville; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be her nephews with longtime family friend and employee, Almer "Fox" Odom.

Nora Schmidt
Funeral services for Mrs. Nora Beth Ross Schmidt, 74, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Wayne DuBose officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at the funeral home. Mrs. Schmidt, a native of Hall Summitt and a resident of Minden, passed away Saturday, May 24, in Minden. She was a former resident of Metairie and Houston, Texas, and was the previous owner and operator of Beth's Silk Flowers in Metairie. She graduated from Minden High School in 1946. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Winfred and Pauline Ross of Minden. She is survived by her husband, Willie E. Schmidt of Minden; sons, John Ross Schmidt and wife Marie of Mandeville, William Brian Schmidt and wife Connie of Folson; daughter, Rebecca Schmidt Hamm and husband Donald of Minden; four grandchildren; and cousin, Polly Jobe of Baton Rouge.

Jaime M. Averitt
Funeral services for Mrs. Jaime M. Averitt, 26, will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 25, 2003, at United Pentecostal Church in Ringgold with the Rev. M.D. Owens officiating. Services are under the direction of Rockett Funeral Home in Ringgold. Mrs. Averitt passed away Wednesday, May 21, in Haughton. She was born Jan. 8, 1977. She was preceded in death by her father, Lonnie McCoy. She is survived by her husband, Malcolm Averitt; daughter, Megan Averitt; mother, Sharon Cameron; stepfather, Alan Cameron; maternal grandparents, J.B. and Mary Easterling; paternal grandparents, Doyle and Mary McCoy; great-grandparents, DeWitt and Doris Robinson; and many other relatives and friends.

Chondreall Bailey
Funeral services for Mrs. Chondreall De'Auntreek Bailey, 25, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2003, at Mt. Comfort Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy Joe Hawkins officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Comfort Cemetery under the direction of Kennon's Mortuary Inc. in Minden. Visitation will be held today, May 23, with family hour from 6 until 7 p.m., at the funeral home. Mrs. Bailey is survived by two sons, Tashan Bailey and Semaj' Bailey, both of Minden; one daughter, T'Kaya Flournoy; husband Tomaz Bailey of Minden; mother, Helen Hawkins Flournoy of Minden; father, Hollis Lee Flournoy of Minden; stepmother, Robin Flournoy of Minden; stepfather, Barry Walters of Minden; two sisters, Chantavia Flournoy and Lindsey Hawkins, both of Minden; one brother, Marteldrick Miller of Minden; three stepsisters, Starla Allen, Carla Allen, and Ketura Allen, all of Minden; one stepbrother, Darius Miller of Minden; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ivory Hawkins Sr. and Mattie Flournoy, both of Minden; mother and father-in-law, Deloris and Willie Moore of Minden; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Velma Bailey
Funeral services for Ms. Velma Ree Bailey, 72, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2003, at 14th District Building in Minden with the Rev. David Stutson 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 23, at the funeral home. Ms. Bailey passed away Thursday, May 15, at Minden Medical Center. She is survived by her mother, Thelma Bailey of Minden; sons, Eddie D. Bailey of Houston, Texas, Wilbert Bailey of Dallas, Texas; daughters, Joan Brown, Zelma Bailey, and Carrie Carr, all of Minden, Loretta Bailey of Houston; brother, Eddie Joe Bailey of Winnfield; sister, Selessie Williams of Carson, Calif.; a host of grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

Gladys Beaudry
Funeral services for Mrs. Gladys Weiss Beaudry, 75, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2003, at Rockett Funeral Home in Ringgold with the Rev. Brad Driggers, the Rev. Kelly Tingle and Father Karl Daigle officiating. Burial will follow at Page Cemetery in Castor. Mrs. Beaudry, a resident of Castor, passed away Thursday, May 22, at Christus Coushatta Health Care Center after a long illness. She was born April 2, 1928 in Ringgold. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Maudie Smith Plunkett; first husband, Luis Peter Wilson II; daughter, Teresa Bedingfield; son, Steven Weiss; brother, Floyd Plunkett; and her last husband, Jerome "Jerry" Beaudry. She is survived by her sons, Luis "Sonny" Wilson III and his wife Peggy of Castor, Patrick Wilson of Castor, and Jerome Wilson of Austin, Texas; daughters, Onnette Nelson and husband, Don of Castor, and Jeannie Joyner and husband Barney; grandchildren, Brian Driggers and wife, Ricci of Shreveport, Brad Driggers and wife Denise of Bossier City, Penny Driggers of Bossier City, Dixie and Luis Wilson IV of Shreveport, Jermone and Taylor Wilson of Florida, Jeremiah and Kolleen Joyner of Castor and Hallie and Myah Weiss of Castor; great-grandchildren Dalton and Steven Driggers of Shreveport, and Peyton Lewis of Bossier City. Pallbearers will be Jerry Glover, Jason Plunkett, Bobby Guin Jr., Jim White, Kirby Potts and Dr. Greg Bell. Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons, Brian Driggers, Luis Wilson IV and Jeremiah Joyner.

Catheryn Holomon
Funeral services for Mrs. Catheryn Layssard Holomon "Miss Cathy," 54, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Judy Bazer officiating. Burial will follow at Brushwood Cemetery in Dubberly. Visitation will be held from 5 until 10 p.m. today, May 23, at the funeral home. Mrs. Holomon, a native of Pineville and a resident of Dubberly, passed away Thursday, May 22, in Dubberly. She was the former owner and operator of Cathy's Grocery for 17 years and was an employee of Minden's Wal-Mart in the men's wear department. She is survived by her husband, Arthur L. Holomon of Dubberly; parents, Paul and Kathleen Layssard of Gardner; stepsons, Arthur L. Holomon Jr. and wife Kellie of Fort Worth, Texas, and Robert Kevin Holomon of Fort Worth; stepdaughter, Deborah Holomon of Fort Worth; sisters, Bessie Ann Richie and husband Freddie of Otis, Delores Blakesley and husband Ross of Gardner, and Peggy Brown of Augusta, Ga.; brothers, Paul Layssard Jr. and wife Marie of Otis, and James A. Layssard and wife Mary of Pineville; and a host of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be her nephews.

Dorothy Jenkins
Funeral services for Mrs. Dorothy Jackson Jenkins, 78, will be held at 2 p.m. today, May 23, 2003, at Unity Baptist Church in Cotton Valley with the Rev. Kenny Joyner officiating. Burial will follow at Cotton Valley Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Mrs. Jenkins, a native of Riderwood, Ala., and a resident of Cotton Valley for the past 51 years, passed away Thursday, May 22, in Springhill. She was a homemaker and a member of Unity Baptist Church. She was also a member of the W.M.U. and a member of the Senior Friends. She was preceded in death by her son, George E. Jenkins. She is survived by her husband, Ocie Enis Jenkins of Cotton Valley; two sons, James L. Jenkins and wife Debbie of Minden, Johnny R. Jenkins and wife Kelsie of Cotton Valley; daughter, Alice Olive and husband Robert of Cotton Valley; sister, Pete Culpepper of Houston, Texas; brother, Leo Jackson of Mobile, Ala., nine grandchildren; four great-grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Heaven Nolen
Funeral services for infant Heaven Jarenda Jackell Nolen will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2003, at Full Deliverance Christian Church with the Rev. James Lee Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Sheppard Street Cemetery under the direction of Kennon's Mortuary Inc. in Minden. Visitation will be held today, May 23, at the funeral home. Heaven passed away Tuesday, May 20. She was born to Jackie Nolen and Renda Gail Webb Brown on March 31, 2003 in Minden. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Robert Lee Webb. She is survived by her loving mother; her devoted father; two sisters, Lawrencetta Brown and Scarlett Brown; three brothers, Harold Brown, Sylvester Coleman, and Jackie Nolen Jr.; maternal grandmother, Ludell Howars; paternal grandmother, Alma Lockhart; paternal grandfather, Freddie Nolen; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Irma Rambo
Funeral services for Mrs. Irma Lee Ashley Rambo will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 24, 2003, at Springhill CME Church in Ringgold with the Rev. Larry G. Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Coleman Cemetery under the direction of Kennon's Mortuary Inc. in Minden. Visitation will be held today, May 23, at the funeral home. Mrs. Rambo is survived by close cousins, Roosevelt Collins, Rachal Wilson, Isie B. Cook, Ms. B. Garner, all of Ringgold; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

Mary Reagan
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Opal Reagan will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Frank DeLoach officiating and the Rev. Mike Crump assisting. Burial will follow at Brushwood Cemetery in Dubberly. Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. today, May 23, at the funeral home. Mrs. Reagan, a native of Jemison, Ala., and a resident of Dubberly for 60 years, passed away Thursday, May 22, in Minden. She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Dubberly. She is survived by her husband, Tom Reagan of Dubberly; children, Thomas Randall Reagan and wife Denise of Dubberly, Judy Harwell and husband Tommy of Dubberly, Tammy Frye and husband Joey of Minden; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Marie Greenard
Funeral services for Ms. Marie Greenard will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 24, 2003, at Mt. Zion C.M.E. Church in Minden. Burial will follow at Cotton Valley Community Cemetery under the direction of Patterson Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 23, at the funeral home with family hour from 7 until 8 p.m.

Roy Inabnett
Funeral services for Mrs. Roy Miller Inabnett, 93, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 23, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. J. Roddy Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Minden Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. today, May 22, at the funeral home. Mrs. Inabnett, a lifelong resident of Minden, passed away Wednesday, May 21, in Minden. She was a member of the Minden Beautification Council, Main Street Committee, and was Minden Woman of the Year in 1962. She was also a member of the Minden Garden Club, the Arrangers Study Club and the Council Flower Show Judges. Mrs. Inabnett was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church in Minden. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lemwood Inabnett and her daughter, Sallie Inabnett. She is survived by her son, Joe Inabnett and wife Anne; and their children, Christian Charlton and Elizabeth Charlton, all of New Orleans.

Annie Lou Riser
Graveside services for Ms. Annie Lou Riser, 90, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 22, 2003, at Gardens of Memory Cemetery with Dr. Rick May officiating. Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. today, May 21, at the funeral home. Ms. Riser, a native of Bienville Parish and a resident of Minden, passed away, Monday, May 19, in Minden. She was a homemaker. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Edward Jones
Funeral services for Mr. Edward E. Jones were held Saturday, May 17, 2003, in Duncanville, Texas. Mr. Jones, a resident of Minden, passed away May 12. He was born Jan. 21, 1953, and married Jackie Williams of Duncanville. He is survived by two children; three grand-nieces and nephews; four brothers and two sisters.

Noel Byars
Funeral services for Mr. Noel Randolph Byars will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Don McCormick officiating and the Rev. James A. Crain assisting. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m., today, May 19, and Tuesday, until time of services, at the funeral home. Mr. Byars passed away Sunday, May 18, at his residence. He was born April 29, 1908 in Bearden, Ark., to Benjamin Joab Byars and Lucy Jane Chambliss Byars. He lived in Minden for 69 years. He was a faithful member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church for more than 60 years. He was also a master Mason and a member and Past Worthy Patron of Minden Chapter #53, Order of the Eastern Star. He retired from People's Bank, where he worked for 42 years. Mr. Byars was a graduate of Bearden High School and Tyler Commercial College in Tyler, Texas. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Thelma Rowland Byars, to whom he was married for 73 years; his parents; his brothers, Roy, Troy, Rhea, and B.J. Byars; and a sister, Ollie Benson. He is survived by his children, Rolene Camp and husband Charles of Minden; Barbara Reagan and husband Roy of Minden; Noel Eugene Byars and wife Cecelia of Beaumont, Texas; eight grandchildren, Roland Camp of Camden, Ark.; David Camp of Shreveport; Lynne Rhodes, Denise Edwards and JoAnna Marks of Minden; Eugene Byars and Randy Byars of Beaumont, Texas; Tim Byars of Dyersburg, Tenn.; 27 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; four sisters-in-law, Virginia Dell Byars of Bearden, Inez Landrem, Irene Brown, and Hazel Young of Minden; and many other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Roland Camp, David Camp, Eugene Byars, Tim Byars, Jeff Rhodes and Kris Marks.

Mary Maddry
A memorial service for Mrs. Mary Caldwell Maddry, 76, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. J. Roddy Taylor officiating. Mrs. Maddry, a native of Magnolia, Ark., and a resident of Minden, passed away Friday, May 17, in Minden. She was a dentist aid and a member of First United Methodist Church in Minden. She is survived by her husband, Lonnie Maddry of Minden; daughter, Patsy Kilpatrick of Minden; grandchildren, Kristie Martin and husband Carlos of Minden, and Richie Kilpatrick and wife Wendy of Shreveport; four great-grandchildren, Quenton Martin, Amanda, Kelsey and Cody Kilpatrick; and a host of friends.

Bertha Washington
Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha Lee Washington will be held at noon, Wednesday, May 21, 2003, at Kennon's Mortuary with the Rev. James Kinsey officiating. Burial will follow at Sheppard Street Cemetery in Minden. Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 20, at the funeral home. Mrs. Washington is survived by her half-sister, Estelle Moore of Minden; close friend, Ethel Miller of Minden; special cousin, Linda Williams of Minden; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Lonnie Grim Sr.
Funeral services for Mr. Lonnie Bernard Grim Sr., 58, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, May 19, 2003, at Miller-Pioneer Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. B.F. Martin officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Ada Taylor. Visitation will be held Sunday, May 18, at the funeral home. Mr. Grim, a resident of Minden, passed away Sunday, May 11, in Minden. He is survived by his mother, Ola B. Grim of Minden; sons, Lonnie B. Grim Jr. of Los Angeles, Calif., Jason Grim of Minden; daughters, Charva Grim and Amber Harris, both of Los Angeles; brothers, Larry Grim of Minden, Michael Grim of Fredericksburg, Va.; sisters, Norma Grim Postel of Houston, Texas, Linda Grim Travillion of Shreveport; and several grandchildren.

Roy Grant
Funeral services for Mr. Roy Lee Grant will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17, 2003, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Homer. Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Homer under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden. Family hour will be held from 5 until 6 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Memorial Funeral Home in Homer.

LaTray D. Miles
Funeral services for Mr. LaTray D. Miles will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2003, at King Solomon Baptist Church in Sibley. Burial will follow at King Solomon Cemetery under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden. Family hour will be held from 6 until 7 p.m., Friday, May 16, at the funeral home.

Geneva Nelson
Memorial services for Mrs. Geneva Lockhart Nelson will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17, 2003, at Mt. Calm Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. T. Alexander Knapp officiating. Burial will follow at Sheppard Street Cemetery under the direction of Kennon's Mortuary in Minden. Visitation will be held from 7 until 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the funeral home. Mrs. Nelson, a lifelong resident of Minden, was the second of 11 children born to the late William Amos Lockhart and Clara Rice Lockhart. She married Joe Nelson on Sept. 7, 1946, and to this union was born one child, Jerry Joe. She was an active member of Mt. Calm Missionary Baptist Church for more than 50 years, implementing several programs and fundraisers that still exist today. She was an educator in the Webster Parish School System for 32 years, after graduating from Grambling College in 1950. She also completed continuing education courses at the University of Southern California, and Prairie View University. She was a member of the National Education Association and the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association. She was a board member of the Minden Housing Authority for 19 years. On Monday, May 12, at 6:50 a.m., she passed away, after a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; her parents; one sister; and two brothers. She is survived by her son, Jerry Joe, three grandsons, Dorman, Jared and Jelani; one granddaughter, Jalyn; six sisters, Mandy Washington and husband Pat of Dallas, Texas, C.B. Odom, Arstella Jiles, Gloria Green, Christola Walton and Vernell O'Neal and husband Joe; one brother, Henry Lockhart; three aunts, Vera Williams, Vera Rice and Vesta Thornton, all of Minden; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

John M. Rodgers
Funeral services for Mr. John M. Rodgers, 76, were to be held at 11:30 a.m. today, May 15, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Burial will follow at Plain Dealing Cemetery at 1 p.m. Mr. Rodgers, a native of Plain Dealing and a resident of Dubberly, passed away Tuesday, May 15, in Dubberly. He was a heavy equipment operator for Hollingsworth. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a veteran of the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Jane Rodgers; and stepsister, Mildred Foster. He is survived by his wife, Rose Skaggs Rodgers of Dubberly; son, James E. Blythe and wife Helen of Dubberly; sister, Dorothy Faye Hartman of Bossier City; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were to be James Blythe Jr., Frankie Miller, C.C. Curry, Dale Pennington, Buddy Skaggs, and Joey Miller.

Ruth Talton
Funeral services for Mrs. Ruth D. Talton, 89, were to be held at 10 a.m. today, May 15, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Burial was to follow at Fellowship Cemetery in Dubberly. Mrs. Talton, a resident of Meadowview Health and Rehab, passed away Monday, May 12, after a brief illness. She was born in Washington, D.C. on March 9, 1914, and grew up there one of four Irish girls and three Irish boys. She was a pioneer for working professional women. She was educated and worked as a paralegal for more than 10 years on Pennsylvania Avenue. As World War II came to an end, she met and married her lifelong companion, George M. Talton of Minden. One of Mrs. Talton's greatest challenges and accomplishments was raising four children while her husband led them all over the world in his job as an engineer for Humble and Mobil Oil Company. She was a longtime member of Minden Episcopal Church where she served faithfully on the flower guild. She loved people and the world around her, especially gardening earning the honor of state and national flower show judge. Recently, she most enjoyed reading and her afternoon coffee and dominos group at Meadowview. She loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest, but more than anything else, Mrs. Talton loved her family, and they loved her in return. She was an extraordinary wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend. She is survived by four children, George M. Talton III and wife Libby of Virginia Beach, Va., Judith A. Strong of Savannah, Ga., Richard R. Talton and wife Becky of Minden, and William M. Talton of Minden; sister, Gene Miller of Sarasota, Fla.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Pallbearers were to be Paul Culpepper, Doug Culpepper, Reed Bogues, Kenny Gunn, Bruce Holliday and Eric Strong. The family requests the memorials be made to the Webster Parish Library in Minden in thanksgiving for the joy of reading they share with all the Minden community.

Mable Webb
Funeral services for Mrs. Mable Mims Webb will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2003, at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Doyline. Burial will follow at Kirk Chapel Cemetery in Doyline under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden. Family hour will be held from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the funeral home. Mrs. Webb is survived by his sister, Elnora Calton; brother, Dezell Mims; devoted niece, Virginia Edwards; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Inez Tellis
Funeral services for Mrs. Inez Tellis will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2003, at King Solomon Baptist Church in Sibley. Burial will follow at King Solomon Cemetery under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden. Family hour will be held from 6 until 7 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the funeral home.

Frances Brister
Funeral services for Mrs. Frances Maurice Brister, 68, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Ronnie Whitlock officiating. Burial followed at Hurricane Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Sikes. Mrs. Brister passed away Saturday, May 10, at Grace Home in Shreveport. She was a devoted wife and mother, active in the WMU at Beech Springs Baptist Church, and worked in the Webster Parish School System for many years. She is survived by her husband, L.D. Brister of Minden; one daughter, Sherry Willoughby and husband Ron of Benton; one son, Ken Brister and wife Cheryl of Shreveport; one brother, Crosby Adams Jr. of Winnfield; two sisters, Reba Gates of Atlanta, Texas, and Reitha Cannaday of Mt. Ida, Ark.; grandchildren, Adam Willoughby of Ruston, Tiffany Gremillion of Baker, Ashley and Courtney Williams, and K.C. Brister of Shreveport; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were to be Terry Gates, Steve Adams, Ken Shelton, Walter Humphrey, Chad Adams and Delane Adams.

Luther Dunlap
Graveside services for Mr. Luther E. Dunlap, 70, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 2003, at Pine Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Ichter officiating. Services were under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Mr. Dunlap, a native of Conroe, Texas, and a resident of Minden, passed away Thursday, May 8, in Minden. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Porter Dunlap of Heflin and a host of friends.

Warren Ippisch
Memorial services for Mr. Warren Ippisch, 86, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Brian Danese officiating and the Rev. James Merrell assisting. Visitation will be held following the service. Mr. Ippisch, a native of Omaha, Neb., and a resident of Minden, passed away Monday, April 28, in Minden. He was a former resident of Hinsdale, Ill., and a retired general contractor. He is survived by his son, Dr. Kevin Ippisch and wife Margaret of La Selva Beach, Calif.; daughters, Dr. Kathryn Irizarry and husband Carlos of Minden, Janet O'Neill and husband Joe of Tucson, Ariz., and Ketti Goudy and husband Gordon of Delta British Columbia, Canada; and seven grandchildren.

John Striplin
Funeral services for Mr. John Larry Striplin, 58, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 9, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Burial will follow at Plain Dealing Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. today, May 8, at the funeral home. Mr. Striplin, a native of Cotton Valley and a resident of Dubberly, passed away Wednesday, May 7, in Dubberly. He was a truck driver for Hollingsworth Construction Company. He was also in the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam War. He is survived by one sister, Connie Domangue of Morgan City; four brothers, William Striplin and Wesley Striplin, both of Dubberly, Benny Striplin of Cotton Valley and Leslie Striplin of Dubberly. Pallbearers will be James Blythe Sr., James Blythe Jr., Paul Striplin, Paul Striplin Jr., Doug Cobb and C.C. Curry.

Joe Mosley Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. Joe Mosley, 97, will be held at noon Friday, May 9, 2003, at Jerusalem Baptist Church in Korean with the Rev. John Marshall officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery under the direction of Miller-Pioneer Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. today, May 8, at the funeral home. Mr. Mosley, a resident of Doyline, passed away Friday, May 2, at Pilgrim Manor North. He is survived by his son, Thomas Mosley of Gardens, Calif.; sister, Willie Mae Devereaux of Doyline; daughter-in-law, Rose Evans of Chicago, Ill.; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Hollene Nettles
Memorial services for Mrs. Hollene Nettles will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at First Baptist Church in the West Chapel in Minden. Mrs. Nettles, a native of Aldenbridge, passed away Wednesday, April 30. She was born June 27, 1917. She retired as a receptionist with Community Services after 18 years of service. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Cotton Valley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Nettles; and her daughter, Yvonne Parker. She is survived by her daughter, Nieta McKenzie and husband James; three grandchildren, Mike McKenzie, Keith Parker, and Deidre Davis; four great-grandchildren, Lexie McKenzie, Kaitlynn McKenzie, Caroline Parker and Mary Boyd Parker; and numerous other family members and friends. The family requests that memorials be made in memory of Mrs. Nettles to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Sandra Thompson
Funeral services for Mrs. Sandra Thompson will be held at noon Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden. Burial will follow in Las Vegas, Nev.

John Henry Clark
Funeral services for Mr. John Henry Clark, 58, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, 2003, at East Mt. Olive Baptist Church with the Rev. Roderick Thomas officiating. Burial will follow at East Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Pruitt Mortuary in Houston, Texas. Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to services. Mr. Clark, a native of Claiborne/Webster Parish, was born and raised in this area by his aunt and uncle, Emmitt and Rosie Lee Clark, prior to moving to Houston. He joined Mt. Olive Baptist Church at an early age. He was a graduate of Hillcrest High School in Athens. He is survived by his wife, Doris Clark; three daughters, Connie, Pamela, and Regina; two sons, Eric and Kevin Clark, all of Houston; 12 grandchildren; one aunt, Artency Harrison; three uncles, Emmitt Clark Sr. of Minden, Henry Clark and A.C. Clark of Houston; and a host of cousins and friends.

Carter Shaw Sr.
Funeral services for Mr. Carter Shaw Sr. will be held at noon, Friday, May 2, 2003, at Patterson Funeral Home in Minden. Burial will follow at Sheppard Street Cemetery. Family hour will be held from 7 until 8 p.m. today, May 1, at the funeral home.

Carter Shaw Sr.
Funeral services for Mr. Carter Shaw Sr. will be held at noon, Saturday, May 3, 2003, at Patterson Funeral Home in Minden. Burial will follow at Sheppard Street Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with family hour from 7 until 8 p.m. today, May 2, at the funeral home.

Ardell Nelson
Funeral services for Mrs. Ardell Seamster Nelson, 92, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, 2003, at St. James Baptist Church with the Rev. Durwin Adams and the Rev. Willie Bryant officiating. Burial will follow at St. James Cemetery under the direction of Kennon's Mortuary Inc. in Minden. Visitation will be held Friday, May 2, at the funeral home. Mrs. Nelson, a lifelong resident of Minden, passed away April 25, in Minden. She was born Feb. 14, 1911, in Bienville Parish. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie Richard Seamster and Janie Mitchell Seamster. She is survived by her two brothers, J.D. Seamster and Erving Seamster, both of Shreveport; two sisters, Velma Bradford of California, and Louetta Seamster of Minden; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Mary Mathes
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Louise Mathes, 81, were to be held at 10 a.m. today, April 29, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Morris Robe officiating. Burial was to follow at Westlake Cemetery. Mrs. Mathes, a native of Utica, Miss., and a resident of Doyline, passed away Sunday, April 27, in Minden. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew C. Mathes. She is survived by her daughters, Alice Miller and husband Robert of Sibley, and Dorothy Pearce of Doyline; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

William Cox
Funeral services for Mr. William Doyle Cox, 89, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home with the Rev. James Gass officiating and the Rev. Ronny Whitlock assisting. Burial followed at Gilgal Cemetery. Mr. Cox, a native of Claiborne Parish and a resident of Tallulah, passed away Friday, April 25, in Tallulah. He worked for the U.S. government in the Department of Agriculture. He was a former resident of Minden. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nell A. Cox. He is survived by his son, Terry C. Cox and wife Loraine of Vicksburg, Miss.; sisters, Novyce Gandy of Athens, and Wanda C. Dean of Farmerville; brother, James R. Cox of Heflin; four grandchildren, Cindy Black, Pam Lee, Kayla Drew and Gary Cox; and five great-grandchildren.

Ida Dick
Funeral services for Mrs. Ida Lee Dick, 90, were to be held at 10 a.m. today, April 28, 2003, at Point Chapel Assembly of God Church in Doyline with the Rev. Ed Smith officiating and the Rev. Ben Jordan assisting. Burial was to follow at Point Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Mrs. Dick, a native of Claiborne Parish and a resident of Doyline, passed away Friday, April 25, in Minden. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Frank Dick; son, W. James Dick and daughters, Clarice Dick; sister, Susi Wallace; and brother, Otis Ballard. She is survived by her sons, Frank Jr. Dick and wife Vera of Minden; Bobby Ray and wife Alverne of Doyline; daughters, Cristine R. Tull of Shreveport, Dorothy Bordelon and husband Earl of Shreveport, Alice Huffman and husband Jack of Shreveport, Carolyn Guest and husband Charlie of Bossier City, and Jenny Jones and husband S.J. of Minden; sister, Inez Stone of Minden; 19 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

Lloyd Kellems
Funeral services for Mr. Lloyd Lee Kellems, 66, will be held at 2 p.m. today, April 28, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Richard May officiating. Mr. Kellems, a resident of West Monroe, passed away Friday, April 25. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosalie Smith Kellems; father and mother, Lloyd B. and Leora Kellems; and son, Lloyd A. Kellems. He is survived by his son, F. Allen Kellems and wife Jill of Archdale, N.C.; daughters, Carmen Jones and husband Bruce of Jacksonville, Ark., Carrie Pennington and husband Rodney of Arkadelphia, Ark., Elizabeth Porter and husband Mike of Bryant, Ark., and Mary Roberts and husband Tony of Alexander, Ark.; sister, Valeda Sanders of West Monroe; brother, Danny Kellems of Searcy, Ark.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and cousins, Rex and Linda Hedgepeth of West Monroe.

Charles Marvin
Services for Judge Charles A. "Corky" Marvin, 74, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2003, at First United Methodist Church in Minden. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden. Judge Marvin had served as Chief Judge of the Second Circuit Court of Appeal from 1990 until his retirement in 1999. Corky Marvin was a native of Jonesville. A journalism student at Louisiana Tech, he was a cheerleader, editor of the Tech Talk and was named the Outstanding Journalism graduate. In 1989, he was honored by Louisiana Tech University being named a Distinguished Alumnus. Upon graduation from Louisiana Tech, he served in the U.S. Air Force. Making use of the G.I. bill, he continued his education at the Louisiana State University Law School, where he graduated in 1957. The LSU Law Center later honored Judge Marvin by naming him an honorary member of the Order of the Coif, and inducting him into the Law Center Hall of Fame 1990. In 1956, he married Rebecca Campbell of Minden and began his practice of law with the firm of Campbell, Campbell and Marvin in Minden. During his days as a practicing attorney, he served as president of the Minden Chamber of Commerce and Commander of the Wiley-Pevy American Legion Post. In 1971, Corky was elected to serve as District Attorney for the 26th Judicial District. In 1975, Corky was elected to serve North Louisiana as a member of the Second Circuit Court of Appeal. He served frequently as a Pro Tempore Justice for the Louisiana Supreme Court and was elected president of the Council of Chief Judges of the United States. As a jurist, he was noted for his well written opinions that have served to guide law students and members of the bench and bar. He authored numerous law review articles and served as an adjunct professor at the LSU Law Center. He and Rebecca were the parents of four children: Melissa, wife of Gary Brown; Michele, wife of Rodney Simoneaux; J. Schuyler Marvin, husband of Jodi; Mary Margaret, wife of Bruce Johnson; all of whom survive him, along with 12 grandchildren. Active in the United Methodist Church, Judge Marvin served his church as a member of the board of trustees of the Louisiana Methodist Foundation, chairman of the Official Board of First United Methodist, Minden, and a Sunday school teacher for many years. Judge Marvin was a 32nd Mason, a Shriner, and 40 & 8 Society member. Judge Marvin adored his wife and family, was an avid fan of the LSU Tigers and the Lady Techsters, loved to travel and never met a stranger. In the last year of his life, Judge Marvin vigorously supported and actively advised his son, Schuyler, in his successful campaign to serve in the office he once held, District Attorney for the 26th Judicial District. Pallbearers will be Judge William Norris, Frank Maraist, William Johnson, Dr. Edward Brown, Mitch Jones, Jack Brittain, George Lewis, Ronnie Robinson, Luther Moore, and Lewis Harris. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Banks Sunday school class of First United Methodist Church of Minden. Memorials may be made to FUMC Minden.

Mildred Brown
Funeral services for Mrs. Mildred "Millie" Moses Evans Brown, 77, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Ray Spiller, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Arcadia officiating. Burial will follow at Providence Cemetery in Jamestown. Visitation will be held from noon until 8 p.m., today, April 25, at the funeral home. Mrs. Brown, a resident of Merryville, passed away Tuesday, April 22, at home among family and friends. She was born Mildred Irene Moses April 3, 1936, in DeRidder. She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude A. Moses and Leah Prouse Moses; sister, Mary Leah Fannin; brother, James E. Moses; her first husband, Ronald Bryan Evans; second husband, William Curtis Brown. She is survived by her sister and longtime companion, Elsie Whiddon of Merryville; brother, Claude A. Moses of DeRidder; sister-in-law, Lucille Allen of Jamestown; children, Ron Evans and wife Gloria of Shreveport; Bobby Evans and wife Margaret of Spring, Texas; and Anita Cooper and husband Don of Springhill, Bill Brown and wife Alicia of Merryville, and Jeff Brown and wife Lee of Arcadia; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous loving nieces, nephews, friends and relatives. Pallbearers will be Don Cooper Sr., Keith Malmay, Don Cooper Jr., Ryan Evans, Alex Cooper, and Bryan Evans. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Dorothy Merritt
Funeral services for Mrs. Dorothy Jean Shaw Merritt, 73, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Scott Lovelace officiating. Burial will follow at Lane Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. today, April 25, at the funeral home. Mrs. Merritt, a native of Dubberly and a resident of Sibley, passed away Wednesday, April 23, in Shreveport. She was a homemaker and was the first master tole painter in Louisiana. She was a member of the Tole Painters Association. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Stephen Merritt; sister, Mary Frances Martin; and brother, Joe Shaw. She is survived by her sons, Robert Stephen Merritt and wife Janice of Lake Charles, Jeffery Keith Merritt and wife Renae of Heflin; sister, Emma Lou Koehler of Dubberly; brother, Clyde Blackmon Shaw of Tacoma, Wash.; grandchildren, Amanda Merritt, Amy Merritt, Brandon Merritt, Christopher Stephen Merritt, Ian Merritt, and Vanessa Addleman; and one great-grandchild, Alexis Haughton.

Myrtle Bishop
Graveside services for Mrs. Myrtle Wheatley Bishop, 94, will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2003, at Gardens of Memory Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Ichter officiating. Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. today, April 24, at the funeral home. Mrs. Bishop, a native of Columbia County, Ark., and a resident of Minden for about 75 years, passed away Monday, April 21, in Minden. She was a retired bookkeeper and a homemaker. She was born June 9, 1908, and was a licensed beautician and a member of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Leroy Bishop; and her grandson, Paul Dienst. She is survived by her son, James Bishop and wife Trudy of Minden; daughter, Sue Bishop of Banner Elk, N.C.; four grandchildren, Bruce Allen Dienst, Sharon Dienst Imm, Terri Sibley, and Gregg Bishop; and four great-grandchildren, Heather Sibley, James Sibley, Matthew Imm, and Rachael Imm.

Jessie Foster
Funeral services for Mrs. Jessie Booker Foster, 92, will be held at noon Saturday, April 26, 2003, at Springfield Baptist Church in Mt. Lebanon with the Rev. Preston Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery under the direction of Kennon's Mortuary Inc. Visitation will be held Friday, April 25, at the funeral home. Mrs. Foster, a native of Gibsland, passed away Friday, April 18, in Shreveport. She was born Feb. 6, 1911. She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude Hawk and Annie Booker. She is survived by three daughters, Ophelia Kennon and Merdie B. Jackson, both of Shreveport, and Dorothy Bailey of Minden; one son, Clinton Rushing of Shreveport; two sisters, Willie Watkins of Gibsland and Learline Thompson of Oakland, Calif.; one brother, Melvin Hawk of Gibsland; and a host of other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Glovenia Lyles
Funeral services for Mrs. Glovenia Harp Lyles, 90, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Bill Ichter officiating and the Rev. H.L. Kendrick assisting. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. today, April 23, at the funeral home. Mrs. Lyles, a native of Shreveport and a resident of Minden, passed away Sunday, April 20, in Bossier City. She was a homemaker and a member of First Nazarene Church in Shreveport. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph Durward Harp; and her second husband, Charles H. Lyles. She is survived by her daughter, Nan Edwards and husband Stephen of Shreveport; grandchildren, Harper F. Edwards, Phillip S. Edwards, and Mollie E. Edwards; and two great-grandsons, Maxwell Edwards and Thomas Edwards. Pallbearers will be Jerry Rogers, Mathew Rogers, Blake Rogers, Doug Talley, Mathew White, and Shawn White.

Myrtle Bishop
Graveside services for Mrs. Myrtle Wheatley Bishop, 94, will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2003, at Gardens of Memory Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Ichter officiating. Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the funeral home. Mrs. Bishop, a native of Columbia County, Ark., and a resident of Sibley, passed away Monday, April 21, in Minden. She was a retired bookkeeper and a homemaker. She was born June 9, 1908, and was a licensed beautician and a member of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Leroy Bishop; and her grandson, Paul Dienst. She is survived by her son, James Bishop and wife Truddy of Minden; daughter, Sue Bishop of Banner Elk, N.C.; four grandchildren, Bruce Allen Dienst, Sharon Dienst Imm, Terri Sibley, and Gregg Bishop; and four great-grandchildren, Heather Sibley, James Sibley, Matthew Imm, and Rachael Imm.

Essie "Sue" Brunson
Funeral services for Mrs. Essie Marie "Sue" Brunson, 81, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Marshall Street Chapel with the Rev. Larry Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Providence Cemetery in Springridge. Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. today, April 22, at the funeral home. Mrs. Brunson, a native of Springridge, passed away Monday, April 21, at Willis-Knighton Bossier. She was born March 13, 1922 and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Bossier City. She was a homemaker and a member of Bossier Council on Aging. She was preceded in death by her husband, Shirley F. "Jimmy" Brunson. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, including Judy Brunson Bilyeu of Minden, and numerous friends. Memorials may be made to the Bossier Council on Aging.

Tobie Cornnor
Graveside services for infant Tobie Shane Cornnor were held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2003, at Bistineau Cemetery in Heflin with W. Marvin Wrenn officiating. Services were under the direction of Rockett Funeral Home in Ringgold. Tobie, born in Minden, passed away Saturday, April 19, in Minden. He was a resident of Jamestown. He is survived by his parents, Rick and Crystal Cornnor of Jamestown; maternal grandparents, Vance and Johnnie Bolyer of Jamestown; paternal grandfather, Oris Cornnor; paternal grandmother, Barbara Smith; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Grace Borland
Graveside services for Mrs. Grace Borland, 95, will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at Greenwood Cemetery in Ruston with the Rev. Kent Craft officiating. Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. today, April 21, at the funeral home. Mrs. Borland, a native of Ruston and a resident of Jonesboro, Ark., passed away Saturday, April 19, in Jonesboro. She was a former resident of Cotton Valley. She was a retired school teacher and a member of First Baptist Church in Jonesboro. She was preceded in death by her husband, A.C. Borland. She is survived by two daughters, Ann Beasley and husband Bill of Jonesboro, and Rose Mary Dean and husband Bruce of Texarkana, Texas; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Beatrice Martin
Funeral services for Mrs. Beatrice Nickerson Martin, 92, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 20, 2003, at Bailey Mortuary in Springhill with the Rev. Ronald Dunn officiating and the Rev. Adam Luna assisting. Burial followed at Springhill Cemetery. Mrs. Martin, a native of Webster Parish and a resident of Cullen, passed away Thursday, April 17, in Springhill. She was born Nov. 25, 1910. She was a longtime member of Cullen Assembly of God Church and was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rual Martin; daughter, Robbie Gilbreath; son-in-law, W.J. Taylor; five brothers; one sister; and parents, Richard Oatman and Melissia Hood Nickerson. She is survived by her daughters, Joyce Taylor of Springhill, Barbara Conly and husband Jerry of Atlanta, Texas; six grandchildren, Janeice Avera, Ricky Gilbreath, Kevin Taylor, Sheila Luna, Scott Conly, Shawn Conly; 10 great-grandchildren, Cheryl Foster, Chris Avera, Aundrea Luna, Seth Luna, Destiny Luna, Brittany Taylor, Alexis Montgomery, Brooke Conly, Jerrie Conly, Matthew Taylor; and two great-great-grandchildren, Taylor Foster and Bobby Foster. Pallbearers were her grandsons, Ricky Gilbreath, Kevin Taylor, Scott Conly, Shawn Conly, Chris Avera and Rodney Avera. Honorary pallbearers were Wayne Nickerson, Jimmy Nickerson, Reed Smith, William Fitts, Kenneth Boone, and Jimmy Brown.

Margaret Monk
Graveside services for Mrs. Margaret Simolke Monk, 84, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Harry McKneely and Son Funeral Home in Hammond. Visitation will be held from 6 until 9 p.m. today, April 21, with a religious service conducted by the Rev. Lonnie Wascom at 7 p.m., at the funeral home. Mrs. Monk, a native of Stratford, Wis., and a resident of Hammond, passed away Saturday, April 19, at North Oaks Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Jeffrey Corkern; parents, John and Mary Bauer Simolke; three sisters, Louise Wright, Jessie Johnston, Katie Kohal; and four brothers, Fred, Albert, James and Bill Simolke. She is survived by her husband, Basil Roy "Toby" Monk of Hammond; daughter, Linda Monk Corkern and husband Walter of Hammond; two grandchildren, Michele and Stephen Corkern; four great-grandchildren, Jamie, Jordan, Cole and Kaitlyn Corkern.

Bobby Joe Boddie
Graveside services for Mr. Bobby Joe Boddie, 75, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2003, at Bear Creek Cemetery with the Rev. Don Woodard officiating. Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Arcadia. Mr. Boddie, a former resident of the Bear Creek Community, passed away Thursday, April 17, at Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport. He is survived by his brothers, J.E. Boddie Jr. and wife Jean, Roy F. Boddie and wife Bettye; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Bear Creek Cemetery Association.

Cameron Sanders
Graveside services for Mr. Cameron Wade Sanders, 26, will be held at 2 p.m. today, April 18, 2003, at Gardens of Memory Cemetery with the Rev. Michael Anglin officiating. Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of services today, at the funeral home. Mr. Sanders, a native of Shreveport and a resident of Novi, Mich., passed away Friday, April 11, in Novi. He was a manager of a furniture warehouse and was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Novi. He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Sanders; and grandfather, Robert E. Stoneking. He is survived by his father, Ronnie Sanders and wife Rhonda of Pace, Fla.; paternal grandparents, Leroy and Mary Sander of Minden; maternal grandmother, Joye Stoneking of Minden; sister, Veronica Rea Sanders of Minden; stepbrother, Roger Penner and wife Lydia of Heflin; and stepsisters, Jamie Morris and Roxanne Marie Penner, both of Pace.

Julia Smith
Graveside services for Mrs. Julia Reno Smith, 72, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2003, at Woodard Cemetery with the Rev. Jeff Roten officiating. Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. today, April 18, at the funeral home. Mrs. Smith, a resident of Taylor, passed away Wednesday, April 16, in Bossier City. She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Helen Reno. She is survived by her husband, Elzie Drew "Snuffy" Smith of Taylor; son, Gene Smith of Taylor; daughters, Cathy Cardwell of Shreveport, and Liz Herndon and Julia Blackshear, both of Waskom, Texas; brother, Jim "Sonny" Reno of Biloxi, Miss.; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Bennie Flournoy
Funeral services for Mr. Bennie Lee Flournoy will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2003, at New Light Baptist Church. Services are under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 18, at the funeral home. Mr. Flournoy passed away Sunday, April 13. He leaves behind wonderful memories that will linger in the hearts of those who shared in the joy of knowing and loving him. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Willie and Autry Flournoy. He is survived by his devoted wife, Flora Clark Flournoy; five children, Jimmy Ray Flournoy of Shreveport, Billy Ray Flournoy, Delphine Spencer, and Janette Tims, all of Minden, and Fredrick Lee Flournoy of Shreveport; four grandchildren, Amie Hampton, James Tims, Whitney and Haley Flournoy; one sister, Jessie Terrell; two brothers, Otis and Major Flournoy; one devoted uncle, "Doc" Hawkins; one devoted aunt, Mary Hawkins; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Bennie Flournoy
Funeral services for Mr. Bennie L. Flournoy will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2003, at New Light Baptist Church in Minden. Burial will follow at Sheppard Street Cemetery under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 4 until 7 p.m. Friday, April 18, at the funeral home.

Thomas Sugg
Graveside services for Mr. Thomas C. Sugg, 80, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at Minden Cemetery with the Rev. Everett Geis officiating and the Rev. Gary Knighton assisting. Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Mr. Sugg, a native of Minden and a resident of Heflin, passed away Sunday, April 13, in Shreveport. He was an electrician. He is survived by his wife Louise Sugg of Heflin; Billy Sugg of Heflin, and Jerry Stiles of Heflin; daughter, Melanie Gibson of Heflin; six grandchildren, Jeremy and Thomas Robertson, Cody Gibson, Jason Stiles, Robert Bruce Stiles, and Chris Walker; five great-grandchildren; nephew, William Stocking; and niece, Winonah Stanley.

Sybil Merritt
Funeral services for Mrs. Sybil Anderson Merritt, 83, will be held at 1 p.m. today, April 14, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Mrs. Merritt, a resident of Webster Parish, passed away Friday, April 11, after a brief illness. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, "Mammaw" and Granny. She loved her family, church and many friends. She was a member of First United Methodist Church for more than 50 years and faithfully attended and served as president of the Gold Star Sunday school class. She was an active volunteer at Minden Medical Center. She was employed at West Gibson for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gradie; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lem Anderson; and brother, Lemuel Anderson Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Barnette and husband Jimmie; son, Barry Merritt and wife Sunny; grandchildren, David Barnette and wife Donna, Mary Helen Winget and husband Darrell, Scott Merritt and wife Dawn; step-grandchildren, Jennifer Hocker and Christopher Smith; great-grandchildren, Shafer Barnette, Tiffany Winget; and step-great-grandchildren, Justin and Haylee; and a very special friend and neighbor, Mary Ellen Upton. Pallbearers will be David Barnette, Shafer Barnette, Darrell Winget, Scott Merritt, Willard Moore, Don Willis, Alton Kiser, and Chad Madden. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Gold Star Sunday school class, Ed Gulley, O.J. Hall, Corky Marvin and Claude West. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Minden or the American Heart Association.


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