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Miscellaneous Webster Parish, Louisiana Obituaries


Mary Fuller
TAYLOR, LA - Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Garriga Fuller were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003, at Taylor Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jimmy Eppinette and the Rev. Randy Brown officiating. Burial followed at Woodard Cemetery in Taylor. Mrs. Fuller was born in Harris, on Dec. 25, 1910. She lived at Taylor for the past 70 years and was a member of Taylor Baptist Church. Our mother, who was affectionately named "Granny" by her grandchildren, was liked by all who met her and loved by those who got to know her for her kindness, generosity, and her remarkable spirit. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. She passed away Friday, Oct. 11, 2003, at Live Oak Retirement Community in Shreveport. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe R. Fuller; parents, Anthony Garriga and Gertie R. Garriga; sister, Edna Garriga; and brother, Edwin A. Garriga. She is survived by her son Tim Fuller and wife Carolyn of Shreveport; grandchildren, Melanie F. Peacock and husband Barrow of Shreveport and Dr. John E. Fuller of Sugarland, Texas; sisters, Frances G. Perkins of Homer, Beatrice G. Wooten of Dallas, Texas, Margaret G. Bays of Homer, and brothers, Joseph P. Garriga of Homer, and James H. Garriga of Lone Oak, Texas. Pallbearers will be Dr. John E. Fuller, Barrow Peacock, Harold Golden, Chris Blank, Johnny Willliams, and William Still.

Cortez Garrett
Funeral services for Mr. Cortez Garrett, 89, will be held at 1:30 p.m. today, Oct. 13, 2003, at Beech Springs Baptist Church in Minden with the Rev. Ronnie Whitlock officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Mr. Garrett passed away Saturday, Oct. 11, at Minden Medical Center. He was born Jan. 3, 1914, in Bienville Parish. He has lived in Webster Parish for many years. He was a member of Beech Springs Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, and he and his wife served the church as secretary/treasurer for many years. He is survived by his wife, Mary G. Garrett of Minden; two brothers, J.B. Garrett of Fryeburg, W.J. Garrett of West Monroe; one sister, Annie Ruth Matzko of Fairfax, Va.; four nephews, Richard Garrett, Bruce Garrett, Larry Garrett, and Rodney Matzko; and three nieces, Martha Strickland, Elaine Hertlein and Julia Matzko.

Essie Martin
Funeral services for Mrs. Essie Lee White Martin will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Cullen. Mrs. Martin was born on Jan. 24, 1928, to the late Caesar and Hattie White. She confessed Christ at an early age at Union Grove Baptist Church under the pastorage of the Rev. Kimble. She later joined First Baptist Church, where she remained a faithful member until her death. She attended grade school at Rocky Mount and high school at Homer-Mayfield High. She later united in holy matrimony to Carldon "Jack" Martin. To this union four children were born. On October 8, 2003, Mrs. Martin passed away. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; one child, Charles Curry Martin; stepmother, Lily B. White; one brother, Willie D. White; and two sisters, Bernice Neloms and Mary Lou White. She is survived by one daughter, Cynthia Calloway; two sons, Albert Lee Martin (Gloria Jean) and James Carldon Martin; two brothers, Claude "Baker" White (Gloria) and Cecil White (Euguena); three sisters, Effie Mae "Pie Baby" Dixon and Ella B. White, and Thelma P. Johnson (L.C.); seven grandchildren, Andrea "Tweety" Martin-Nelson (Terrance), Albert LaDonzia Martin, Jr., Ashla LaRenda Martin, Candace "KK" Calloway, David Calloway, and Marshella Browder Gray (Dameon); three great-grandchildren, Terbrina Imunique Nelson, Terrance Deville Nelson, Jr., and Jillian Gray; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Becky Durant
Funeral services for Becky Ates Durant, 42, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, at First Assembly of God Church in Minden with the Rev. Jim Reid officiating and the Rev. David Logan and the Rev. Don McCormick assisting. Burial will follow at Whispering Pines Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from noon until 8 p.m. today, Oct. 9, at the funeral home. Ms. Durant, a native of Hot Springs, Ark., and a resident of Minden, passed away Monday, Oct. 6, in Minden. She was a housekeeper for First Assembly of God Church in Minden. She is survived by her parents, Billy and Cora Ates of Minden; son, Matthew Durant of Minden; sister, Beverly Ates Vega of New Iberia; niece, Heavenor Vega of Hammond; nephew, Phillip Vega, also of New Iberia; a host of other relatives and friends; and two special friends, C.B. Burley and Greg Perry from Lafayette. Pallbearers will be members of First Assembly of God Church. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the King Corners Assembly of God Church.

Tommie E. Walden
Funeral services for Mr. Tommie E. Walden, 86, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, at Whispering Pines Baptist Church with the Rev. Barry Carter officiating and the Rev. Don McCormick assisting. Burial will follow at Whispering Pines Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held at the church after 2 p.m. today, Oct. 9. Mr. Walden, a resident of Webster Parish for most of his life, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Minden. He was a former pastor of Whispering Pines Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Willie B. Walden. He is survived by his sons, Bobby Eugene Walden and wife Marie of Hot Springs, Ark., Lamar Walden and wife Elizabeth of Lansing, Mich., John David Walden of Hot Springs; daughters, Sadie Walden of Hot Springs, Faye Ashley and husband Stanley of Elm Grove, Ruth Greer and husband Jessie of Jena, Elaine Johnson and husband Carl of Taylor, Ark.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Thomas Edward Parker Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. Thomas Edward Parker Jr., 80, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Richard Methvin officiating and the Rev. J.C. Clement assisting. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Mr. Parker, a native of Bienville Parish and a resident of Minden, passed away Monday, Oct. 6, in Minden. He was a heavy equipment operator and supervisor. He was also a member of Parkway Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dick and Grace Parker; two grandchildren, Casey Adcock and Marci Adcock; and two sisters, Louise Powell Brandon and Katheleen Caskey. He is survived by his wife, Marie Parker of Minden, one son, Steven Parker of Minden; three daughters, Cheryl Whatley and husband Ronnie of Minden, Sally Pope and husband John of Las Vegas, Nev., and Terri Parker of Minden; two sisters, Velma Haynes and husband Herbert of Haughton, Gloria Jean Watkins and husband Bobby of Jonesboro; two brothers, Alvin E. Parker and wife Hilda of Bossier City, and Marvin Parker and wife Patricia of Danville; five grandchildren: Dusty Adcock, Gene Paul Stevens, Josh Pope, Drew Parker, and Haley Stevens; and one great-grandchild, Sterling Adcock. Pallbearers will be Drew Parker, Gene Paul Stevens, Josh Pope, Dusty Adcock, Marty Parker , Ronnie Powell, and Gary Wayne Moore. Honorary pallbearer will be David Caskey.

Mattie Browder
Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie Bell Browder will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003, at Wesley Grove CME Church in Cotton Valley. Burial will follow at Cotton Valley Community Cemetery under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden. Family hour will be held from 6 until 7 p.m. at the church.

Melba Sanders
Funeral services for Mrs. Melba Sanders, 61, will be held at 2 p.m. today, Oct. 7, 2003, at Erman Funeral Home in Pittsburg, Texas, with the Rev. Andrew McQueen and the Rev. Kyle Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Crossroads Cemetery in Camp County, Texas. Mrs. Sanders, a native of Minden, passed away Sunday, Oct. 5, at Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview, Texas. She was born Feb. 18, 1942. She was a member of Pine Baptist Church, and farm manager for Pilgrims Pride Industry. She was preceded in death by her parents, J.P. Gray and Doris Nave Gray; three brothers, Garvin Gray, Richard Gray and Jimmy Gray Sr. She is survived by her husband Sherwood Sanders of Pittsburg; one son, Mark and Krystal Sanders of Pittsburg; two daughters, Deanne and Scott Sewell of Pittsburg, Denise and Kevin Lassen of Longview; nine grandchildren, Lauren Lassen, Dylan Lassen, Lance Lassen, Austin Sewell, Grayson Sewell, Collin Sewell, Kyle Sanders, Kole Sanders and Kade Sanders; one brother, Sammy Gray of Royce City, Texas; two sisters, Sue Perry of Plano, Texas, and Robbie Monroe of Minden. Pallbearers will be David Garris, Michael Gray, Russell Monroe, Cody Monroe, David Shelton and Todd Busch. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Massey, Billy Gray and Jimmy Gray Jr. Marion Taylor
Graveside services for Miss Marion Taylor will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, at Minden Cemetery with the Rev. Bryan Baggett officiating. Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held after 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the funeral home. Miss Taylor passed away Sunday, Oct. 5, in Minden, where she was born on March 12, 1913. She was a Webster Parish librarian until she moved to Alexandria, where she became the head librarian of Rapides Parish. Upon her retirement, she returned to Minden, where, until her recent illness, she was an active member of the first United Methodist Church and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was preceded in death by her parents, James T. and Frances Marion Scott Taylor; her two sisters, Christine T. Miles and Jacqueline T. Davis; and her two brothers, James L. Taylor and Richard S. Taylor, Sr. She is survived by her niece, Jacqueline D. Barnes of Atlanta, Texas; her nephews, James P. Miles of Minden, Richard Scott Taylor of Baton Rouge and James Richard Taylor of Canon City, Colo.

Lois Brame
Funeral services for Mrs. Lois Ernestine Lockwood Brame will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, at Calvary Baptist Church in Minden. Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held at 5 p.m. today, Oct. 6, and Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the funeral home. Mrs. Brame, a native of Truxno and a resident of Minden, passed away Sunday, Oct. 5, at her residence. She was born July 27, 1934. Her goal in life was to live her life so as to be a blessing to others. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harmon H. and Freddie Auger Lockwood; her sister, Bobbie Jean Brown; three daughters; infant twins; and Joyce Helen Brame. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, William Garth (Bill) Brame Jr.; daughter, Elizabeth Ann and husband Bill Allen; son, Francis Eugene Brame; grandson, Keith Lewis; step-grandson, David Allen; sister, Jacqueline and husband Dan Saxon; two nieces; three nephews; several aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family and friends. The family would like to express their appreciation to her friend and caretaker, Barbara Cox for the care given to Lois over the past two years. Pallbearers will be James Howell, Roger Lee Wilson, Gary Greene, Charles Adams, Dan Shidiskis, Alvin McBroom, Steve and Kirk Auger. Honorary pallbearers will be the Adult Men's Sunday school class of Calvary Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude's or the Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Marshall Haynes
Funeral services for Mr. Marshall "Dale" Haynes, 67, were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, at New Era Methodist Church with the Rev. Todd Pickard and the Rev. Gary Maskell officiating. Burial followed at Western Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Mortuary in Springhill. Mr. Haynes, a lifelong resident of the Springhill/Shongaloo area, passed away Thursday, Oct. 2, at his residence following a lengthy illness. He was born Oct. 7, 1935 in Shongaloo to M.D. and Mattie Carlyn Mayfield Haynes. He was a member of New Era Methodist Church, was self-employed, owned and operated Dale Haynes Construction. He loved cooking, going to softball and baseball games, camping and fishing. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Linda Sue Timmons Haynes of Shongaloo; son, Jimmy Bruce Haynes and wife Debbie of Springhill; grandchildren, Ashlee Sue Haynes and Marshall Bradley Haynes, both of Springhill; sisters, Mavene Atkinson and husband Charles of Camden, Ark., Madge Mobley of Shreveport, Diane Smith and husband Lamar of Springhill; brothers, Robert and Grace Timmons of Wylie, Texas, Allen and Kathy Timmons of Sarepta, Ross and Cynthia Timmons of Springhill; father-in-law, Earl Timmons and wife Dorothy of Springhill. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Era Methodist Church, the Heart Association, Diabetes Association or the Kidney Foundation.

Susie Mae Lane
Funeral services for Mrs. Susie Mae Lane, 83, will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, at St. Rest Baptist Church with the Rev. B.J. Martin officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Comfort Cemetery in Minden under the direction of Miller-Pioneer Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 7 until 8 p.m. today, Oct. 3, at the funeral home. Mrs. Lane passed away Monday, Sept. 29, at her residence. She is survived by her sons, Willie Douglas of Houston, Texas, L.W. Lane of Houston, Willie Jerry of Lafayette; daughters, Lorse Jimmerson of Shreveport, Helen Lee Webb of Minden, Corine Cornelius of Houston; 25 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Wesley Barnes, Jeremy Rice, Joseph Webster, Keyvan Jackson, Marcus Lane, Anthony J. Barnes, and Reginald Lane.

Lurlene Herron
Funeral services for Mrs. Lurlene Herron, 84, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, at Mt. Zion CME Church in Minden with the Rev. Charlie Coleman 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, Oct. 3, at the funeral home. Mrs. Herron, a resident of Minden, passed away Saturday, Sept. 27, at Schumpert Medical Center. She is survived by her sons, Herman and Merri Herron of Dayton, Ohio and Anthony Herron of Minden; daughters, Barbara and Robert Hill of Minden, and Edna and Willie Cosby of Minden; six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Lonnie Carter
Funeral services for Mr. Lonnie Drew Carter will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2003, at St. Rest Baptist Church in Minden. Burial will follow at Springhill Cemetery on Germantown Road under the direction of Patterson Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 1 until 6 p.m. today, Oct. 2, at the funeral home.

Cora Gregory
Funeral services for Mrs. Cora Winston Gregory will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, at Pine Grove Baptist Church in Ada Taylor. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden. Family hour will be held from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the funeral home, and visitation will be held at noon, Saturday, Oct. 4, at the church.

Joe Young Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. Joe Young Jr. will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, at New Hope Baptist Church in Haughton. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 5 until 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the funeral home, and also at 11 a.m., Saturday, at the church. He is survived by his wife, Margie Bee Young; three sons and one daughter-in-law, Eugene Young of Shreveport, Alexis Young of Bossier City, and Jerome Sr. and Shelia Young of Princeton; six granddaughters, Racheal Flournoy of Minden, Brittney Young of Bossier City, Tameka Mims, Destiny Mims, Khadeejah Jones of Bossier City, and Shekayla Mims of Princeton; three grandsons, Bryon Young of Bossier City, Antonio Mims and Jerome Young Jr. of Princeton; two great-granddaughters, Iyana Campbell of Bossier City and Sierra Fuller of Princeton; two brothers-in-law, James Young and wife Gwen of Dallas, Texas, Johnny Lee Black of Shreveport; sister-in-law, Natharene Heard of California; and a host of family, friends, nieces and nephews.

Louise W. Toups
Funeral services for Mrs. Louise W. Toups, 87, will be held at 1 p.m. today, Sept. 30, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with Father Karl Daigle, pastor of St. Paul's Catholic Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Minden Cemetery, next to her late husband, Joseph D. Toups. Mrs. Toups passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, after a brief illness. She married Joseph D. Toups Sr. on Nov. 22, 1945, and together, they had three children. Her husband was a career army officer, and she moved numerous times throughout his career. Following her husband's retirement, she was a longtime employee of the law firm of Campbell, Campbell and Marvin. She was preceded in death by her husband; father, Geoffrey Westerfield; mother, Gertrude Pruyn. She is survived by her three children, Joseph D. Toups Jr. and wife Beverly of Mansfield, Trudy T. Mabry and husband Fred of Bandera, Texas, and Ellen Toups of Arlington, Va.; five grandchildren, Burt Harvey, Susan Toups, Steven Toups, Brian Toups, Patrick Toups, along with one great-grandchild, Andrew Diaz. Pallbearers will be Dr. Richard Campbell, Herman Lawson, Lane Davidson, David Benet, Burt Harvey and Kenneth Rowe. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Webster Humane Society, P.O. Box 218, Minden, LA 71058.

Henry Butler
Graveside services for Col. Henry Forde Butler, 84, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003, at Brushwood Cemetery in Dubberly. Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Col. Butler, a native of Dubberly and a resident of Henderson, Nev., for seven years, passed away Thursday, Sept. 25, in Las Vegas, Nev. He was a colonel, U.S. Air Force (RET). He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Wayne Butler. He is survived by his wife, Dixie L. Butler of Henderson; son, Robin R. Butler and wife Becky of Columbus, Ga.; daughter, Henri B. Hale and husband Bobby of Henderson; granddaughter, Anne Wesley Oakley; great-grandchildren, Michael Wesley, Anna Grace and Seth Michael; sister, Rachel Carnahan of Minden; cousins, Joe and Howard Butler of Dubberly; brother-in-law, Cade Leach; sister-in-law, Opal Simmons; and many nieces and nephews.

Geneva Mims
Funeral services for Mrs. Geneva Mims, 60, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003, at Longspring Church of God in Christ with Elder Jefferey McDay officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Comfort Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Kennon's Mortuary in Minden. Visitation will be held from noon until 8 p.m. today, Sept. 26, at the funeral home. Mrs. Mims, a native of Minden, passed away Monday, Sept. 22, in Arlington, Va.

James F. Browning
Funeral services for Mr. James F. Browning, 75, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Burial will follow at Doyline Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 until 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at the funeral home. Mr. Browning, a native of Mingo County, W. Va., and a resident of Minden for eight years, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 24, in Minden. He was a retired coal miner. He was preceded in death by his parents, Laeger and Vera Browning. She is survived by his wife, Bobbie Miller Browning; son, Gregory Browning and wife Aleashia of North Carolina; daughter, Sheila Lusk and husband Dewey, and Lucile Smith and husband Bob, both of Virginia; sisters, Irma Grimmett, Shelba Hanshaw, and Emma Ruth Goins; brothers, Paul Browning, Foster Browning and Laeger Browning Jr.; and six grandchildren.

Mavis Cook
Funeral services for Mrs. Mavis Jean Cook, 64, will be held at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 25, 2003, at Union Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Burford officiating. Burial will follow at Hephzibah Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Mortuary in Springhill. Mrs. Cook, a lifelong resident of Springhill, passed away Monday, Sept. 22, in Shreveport, following a lengthy illness. She was born Jan. 1, 1939, to Henry Lee and Ony Mae Butler Taylor and was a member of Union Springs Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son; two sisters; and a brother. She is survived by her husband, Glen Cook of Taylor, Ark.; children, Elaine Wise and husband Mickey of Shongaloo, Cynthia Mills and husband James Jr. "BoBo" of Shongaloo, Letha Heinrich of Enid, Ark., James Johnson and wife Donna of Springhill, Glen Cook Jr. of Taylor, Zarl Johnson of Huntsville, Ala., Emma Roland and husband Cary of Shongaloo; brothers, Tommy Taylor of Springhill, Jack Taylor of Springhill, Travis Taylor of Baltimore, Md., Woodrow Taylor of Jennie, Ark.; sister, Erma Delores Maxwell of Atlanta, Ga.; 19 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Pallbearers will be Michael Dodson, James Mills III, Timmy Camp, Jonathon Hice, Joe Kelly, James Johnson, Jeremy Johnson and Michael Vaughan. Honorary pallbearer will be Cary Roland.

Rueben Burns
Funeral services for Mr. Rueben Joseph Burns, 67, will be held at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 23, 2003, at Mt. Paran Primitive Baptist Church with Elder Harry H. Burns Jr. officiating and Elder Wayne Burns assisting. Burial will follow at Cox Cemetery. Visitation will be held at noon, today, at the church. Mr. Burns, a native of Warren, Texas, and a resident of Dubberly, passed away Sunday, Sept. 21, in Dubberly. He worked for the maintenance department for the state parks. He was a member of Mt. Paran Primitive Baptist Church. He is survived by his son, Damon Burns of New Orleans; sisters, Miriam Brister of Minden, Verna Ray of Rose Pine, Barbara Vachula of Caddo Gap, Ark., Mary Alice Strange of Deville; brothers, Harry Burns of Grayson, and Wayne Burns of Mena, Ark.

Dorothy Cushing
Funeral services for Mrs. Dorothy Helen Cushing, 83, will be held in London, England. Mrs. Cushing, a native of Walthamstow, London, England, and a resident of Minden for five years, passed away Sunday, Sept. 21, in Minden. She was preceded in death by her husband, William S. Cushing. She is survived by her daughter, Elisa Cook and husband Ed of Minden; son, Stanley Cushing of London; and grandsons, Paul and Tony Cushing.

Ronny Hatcher
Funeral services for Mr. Ronny Gene "Jeep" Hatcher, 61, will be held at 3:30 p.m. today, Sept. 23, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Methvin officiating, and the Rev. Don McCormick assisting. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Mr. Hatcher, a native of Homer and a resident of Minden, passed away Sunday, Sept. 21, in Shreveport. He was a sales representative for Frito Lay. He was a member of Eastside Missionary Baptist Church and was a past member of Evergreen Masonic Lodge of El Karubah Shrine. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Melvin Hatcher; and brother, Robby Dean Hatcher. He is survived by his wife, Annette Hatcher of Minden; three daughters, Cathy Dunn and husband Richard of Minden, Sherry Craig and husband John Wayne of Doyline, Carla Gray and husband Terry of Minden; one sister, Lona Hammock and husband Charles of Elm Grove; several nieces and nephews; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Mike Powell, Dwayne Frye, Bobby Yates, Ronnie Dunn, Brady Dunn and Jeff Rhodes.

Joseph White
Funeral services for Mr. Joseph "Jody" Wayne White, 41, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Frank DeLoach officiating. Burial will follow at Fellowship Cemetery in Dubberly. Visitation will be held from 5 until 9 p.m. today, Sept. 23, at the funeral home. Mr. White, a native of Minden and a resident of Ft. Worth, Texas, passed away Sunday, Sept. 21, in Longview, Texas. He was a supervisor for a food service company. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Floy Johnson. He is survived by his wife, Sharon White of Ft. Worth; parents, Travis and Myrna White of Dubberly; grandmother, Minnie Rose White of Mt. Vernon, Texas; brother, Mike White and wife Brookie of Haynesville; sisters, Donna Rinaudo and husband Jim of Shreveport, Salli Osborn and husband Mike of Dubberly; nieces, Paige, Maddie, Gentry, Lexie and Harley; nephews, Dylan, Matthew and Rand; numerous aunts, uncles cousins and many close friends. Pallbearers will be Bobby Morgan, Todd Fisher, Chad Gloer, Mark Gloer, Lane Edwards and Casey Corley.

Duncan Carter
Funeral services for Mr. Duncan G. Carter, 88, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, at Point Chapel Assembly of God in Doyline with the Rev. Lee Nunley officiating and the Rev. Danny Moffett assisting. Burial followed at Point Chapel Cemetery in Doyline with full military honors. Mr. Carter, a lifelong resident of Doyline, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, at the VA Medical Center. He was retired from the Webster Parish School Board. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and participated in the invasion of Luzon in the Philippine Islands, and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ollin and Kate Carter; daughter, Judy Harper; son, Melvin Stewart; two sisters, Martha Carter and Virgil Angel; five brothers, J.D. Carter, George Carter, Dan Carter, Gladney Carter and L.C. Carter. He is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years, Tina Stewart Carter; two sons, Charles "Dugan" Stewart and wife Bennye of Doyline, and Kenneth Stewart and wife Dawn of Dubberly; daughter, Ruby Mitchell of Doyline; daughter-in-law, Wanda Stewart of Doyline; sisters, Gladys Blackwell and husband Vernon and Annie Kate Bryant, both of Bossier City, Mae Martin of Minden; brother, Dayton Carter of Doyline; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be David Mitchell, George Carter, Clay Craig, Jeremy Moffett, Tony Stewart and Chuck Stewart. Memorials may be made to Point Chapel Assembly of God Church in Doyline.

Rhonda House
Funeral services for Mrs. Rhonda Kay House, 36, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Larry Hatcher officiating. Burial will follow at Doyline Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. today, Sept. 22, at the funeral home. Mrs. House, a lifelong resident of Doyline, passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, in Hot Springs, Ark. She graduated from Doyline High School. She was a loving mother, best friend, great softball mom, and Harley girl. She and her husband Larry owned and operated Circle H. Pumps in Minden. She was preceded in death by Charles Moss, John Jones; her brother, Maurice Wrigley and loving niece, Faith. She is survived by her husband, Larry B. House of Doyline; father, Moe Wrigley of Lake Charles; mother, Rita Jones of Doyline; grandparents, Robert and Rena Matthews of Athens; three daughters, Lauren Lewis and Megan Lewis, both of Doyline, and Angel H. Northcutt and husband Ronnie of Houston, Texas; sisters, Karen Rinaudo; nephews, Steven and Daniel, Kim Armstrong and husband Max; niece, Christen; nephew, Evan of Doyline, Kathy McCoy and husband Jason of Dubberly, Kristi Moss and Robert Bradley of Doyline; special sister, Mary Ann Jones and husband Danny of Minden; and their daughters, Felicia, Jessica and Billi; grandchildren, Haven, Hunter, Lakin, Lillison, Blaine and Charlie; and numerous other relatives and close friends. Pallbearers will be Ricky Reynolds, Max Armstrong, Bobby Bradley, Danny Jones, Ed McDowell and Jeff Cox. Honorary pallbearers will be Schuyler Marvin and Gaylon Stanley. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Joseph Peak Jr.
Graveside services for Mr. Joseph David Peak Jr., 79, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, at Gardens of Memory Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Pate officiating. Services were under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Mr. Peak, a native of Vivian and a resident of Bossier City, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Minden. He was born Aug. 29, 1924, and was an employee of Ark La Gas from 1946 until 1985, and retired as superintendent of the pipeline division for Shreveport and El Dorado. He was also an Air Force veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Olene Barr Peak; two sons, Joe D. Peak and wife Janie of Charlotte, N.C., Gary Peak and wife Gera of Trabuco Canyon, Calif.; grandchildren, Dr. Derek Peak and wife Jennifer of Saskatoon, SK, Canada, Jared Peak of Washington, D.C., Marissa and Brynne Peak of Trabuco Canyon; great-grandson, Sean Bennett Peak; and three sisters, Beverly Ann Hayes of Jonesville, Texas, Gloria Warbritton of Woodlawn, Texas, and Eloise Lewis of Waskom, Texas. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Frances Watts
Funeral services for Mrs. Frances Ellen Moore Watts, 73, will be held at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 22, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. J. Roddy Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Minden Cemetery. Mrs. Watts, a native of Heflin and a resident of Minden, passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, in Bossier City. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wallace and Rosa Moore; and sisters, Ethel Wood Schenck and Mattie Ruth Anderson. She is survived by her son, Walter "Wally" Watts and wife Marsha of Minden; daughter, Betty Rose Watts of Minden; sister, Dorothy Wood Dill and husband Donald of Longville; and two grandchildren, Craig Alan Watts and Beth Alicia Watts. Pallbearers will be Paul Lessen, Mike Webb, Ben Schonfarber, Jim Barnette, James McNeil and Stanley Bullock. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth Fryar and Bill Barkas.

Alice Embry
Funeral services for Mrs. Alice Harrison Embry will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2003, at Mayflower Baptist Church in Minden, with the Rev. J.J. Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Mayflower Cemetery under the direction of Patterson Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 1 until 7 p.m. today, Sept. 19, at the funeral home. Mrs. Embry, a native of Minden, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16. She was a 1966 graduate of Webster High School. She is survived by her children, Shaunlunda Harrison, Shaun A. Harrison and wife Evelyn, and Patangalice "Tan" Harrison; one sister, Maple L. Harrison; nephews, DeQuinton Harrison and wife Kimberly, Decron Harrison, Shaundexter Eddings, Justin Harrison, Christopher Harrison; nieces, Marquita Harrison, Wilnetta Harrison, Crystal Harrison; eight grandchildren; seven aunts; six uncles; and many other relatives and friends.

Clinton Johnson
Funeral services for Mr. Clinton Johnson will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2003, at St. Rest Baptist Church in Minden. Burial will follow at Mayflower Cemetery in Minden under the direction of Patterson Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 1 until 7 p.m. today, Sept. 19, at the funeral home.

Julian Doerge
Funeral services for Mr. Julian Francis Doerge, 87, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003, at Kingwood Funeral Home in Kingwood, Texas, with the Rev. Richard Hale officiating. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Lexington Cemetery in Lexington, Texas. Visitation will be held at 3 p.m. today, Sept. 17, at the funeral home, with family hour from 6 until 8 p.m. Mr. Doerge, a native of Ged, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Humble, Texas. He was born May 15, 1916, to George and Jewell Doerge. He served his country in the U.S. Army. He resided in the Houston, Texas, area for the past 61 years and 41 of those years, he was a switchman with the Southern Pacific Railroad. "Pappa D" was known for his strong belief in his Lord and his love of the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, but most of all, he was a man who loved his family. Everyone knew that his love of family always came first. He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara. He is survived by his daughters, Julie Shannon and Carol Doerge, both of New Caney, Texas; sons, Gary Doerge and his partner, George McGrath of Jackson, Tenn., and Dennis Doerge and wife Brenda of New Caney; sister-in-law, State Rep. Jean Doerge and daughter, Sherri Lexter; grandchildren, Dave Shannon, Keri Shannon Villarreal, Blair Doerge, and Brandi Doerge; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; his beloved companion, his boxer dog, Hilda; and other relatives. Pallbearers will be Donnie Brooks, Bud Roberts, Donnie Exernack, Ronnie Schkade, Troy Wootton, and Bill Brederick. Honorary pallbearers will be Otis Brashear and Gary McGrath. Memorials may be made to Lone Star Boxer Rescue, P.O. Box 541286, Houston, TX 77254-1286.

Lynn Grigsby
Funeral services for Deacon Lynn Grigsby will be held at noon today, Sept. 17, 2003, at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Minden. Burial will follow at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Homer under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden. Mr. Grigsby was born to the late Jesse Grigsby Jr. and Arlee Heard Grigsby-Williams on Aug. 23, 1934. In the early years of his life, he was known by friends and foes as "Spence." Lynn always brought joy and laughter no matter where he dwelled. Mr. Grigsby joined Mt. Pisgah CME Church at an early age and later moved his membership to Mt. Calm Baptist Church, where he was ordained as a deacon. He was an active deacon at Good Samaritan Missionary Baptist Church. His early childhood education began in Claiborne Parish. He attended Northwest Technical School and also Arrows of Shreveport. He was the epitome of a husband, father, father-in-law, and grandfather. He loved his family more than life itself. God's grace kept him for 69 years and will continue to strengthen and watch over his family. On March 3, 1956, he married Martha L. Stumon in Pontiac, Mich., and two children were born. He was a Master Mason of Byron Legardy Lodge No. 146, Free and Accepted Masons, also elevated as a Sublime Prince to a 32nd Degree Mason in James O. Bampfield Consistory No. 53 Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. He spent most of his adult life employed with the Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant. He was preceded in death by his brother, Melvin Grigsby. He is survived by his wife; two sons, Daryln L. Grigsby and wife Barbara of Charleston, S.C., Delbert C. Grigsby and wife Wanda of Alexandria; four grandchildren, Sheddrick A. Remus of Los Angeles, Calif., Keywana C. Grigsby-Millbrook and husband Kenneth of Charleston, Delaina Jenae' Grigsby and Jada A'lece Grigsby, both of Alexandria; three great-grandchildren, Mariah Chante' Sterling of Minden, Kayla Renea' Millbrook and Arleana Diane Millbrook, both of Charleston; two goddaughters, Joan Harris Allen and husband Berry and Andrea Harris; two godchildren, Allexis Allen, Damien Harris, all of Minden; two stepbrothers, T.W. Williams of Cullen and Bobby Washington of Cullen; three brothers-in-law, L.W. Lewis of Cullen, Luthern B. Stumon of Shreveport, and Clyde I. Stumon of Plain Dealing; four sisters-in-law, Elrecie Stumon Lewis of Cullen, Barbara Stumon of Shreveport, Selena Gilbert Grigsby of Dallas, Texas, and Annie Lewis Stumon of Plain Dealing; also very special to his heart was Roderick D. Stumon, mother, Ceola Williams, and the McDonald family; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Ruby Metcalf
Graveside services for Mrs. Ruby P. Metcalf, 92, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003, at Bistineau Cemetery in Heflin with the Rev. J. Roddy Taylor officiating. Services are under the direction of Rockett Funeral Home in Ringgold. Mrs. Metcalf, a native of Bienville Parish and a resident of Minden, passed away Monday, Sept. 15. She was born July 26, 1911. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Crockett Metcalf; and sister, Jeffie P. Hand. She is survived by her sister, Rena P. Roberson of Alexandria; half sister, Eloise Mizell of Minden; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Arnold Hicks
Military graveside services for Mr. Arnold Lavon "Red" Hicks, 79, will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003, at Brushwood Cemetery in Dubberly with the Rev. Wayne Priest, the Rev. Wayne Carter and the Rev. Don McCormick officiating. Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 4 until 9 p.m. today, Sept. 15, and from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the funeral home. Mr. Hicks, a native of Dubberly, passed away Sunday, Sept. 14, at Minden Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his parents, Colvin and Zular Hicks; two brothers, Cecil and William Martin Hicks; three sisters, Louise Langheld, Marlene Tippin and Ida Mae Waggoner; and one grandson, Jeremy Wayne Priest of Dubberly. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Johnnie Lee Hicks; two sons, Tommy Hicks and wife Shirley of Minden, and Don Hicks and wife Rita of Dubberly; one daughter, Sharon Priest and husband Wayne; one daughter-in-law, Ruth Hicks of Dubberly; one sister, Cora Lee and husband Billy Ates of Minden; nine grandchildren, John Hicks, Angela Shine, Kevin Hicks, Tommy Jeanette Price, Jennifer Priest, Reba Jalil, Jason Holland and Allen Holland; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be Glen Spillers, Mernard Shine, Kevin Hicks, John Hicks, Ronnie Price and Dr. Carl Hines.

Velma Boucher
Funeral services for Mrs. Velma Reland Hortman Boucher, 91, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003, at Bailey's Mortuary in Springhill with Dr. Burton Blair officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. today, Sept. 15, at the funeral home. Mrs. Boucher, a resident of Springhill for 73 years, passed away Saturday, Sept. 13, following a lengthy illness. She was a faithful member of Springhill United Methodist Church, Baxter Sunday School class and United Methodist Women. She was born in the Hortman Community of Webster Parish on Nov. 12, 1911, to Jesse and Mattie Malone Hortman. She was a graduate of Minden High School, Louisiana Normal (Northwestern) and Louisiana Tech University, where she received a bachelor of arts in education. Upon moving to Springhill, she began her teaching career as a seventh grade math teacher and retired as a fourth grade teacher from Browning Elementary after providing 32 years of service to the students of Springhill. She was active in several professional organizations including the Webster Parish Retired Teachers. She was founder of the Iota Conclave in Springhill of the National Teacher Sorority, Kappa Kappa Iota. She served as president of the local conclave and secretary for Eta state. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Hubberd H. Boucher; her parents; sister, Audrey hortman and baby brother, William Hortman. She is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Kay Boucher Garner of Ruston, Gayle Boucher Wissman and husband Bill of Hovland, Minn.; three grandchildren, Will Wissman of Colorado Springs, Colo., Rebecca Wissman of Grande Maris, Minn., and Susanna Wissman of Hovland; nephew, Scott Boucher and wife Tracie of Springhill; niece, Sue Boucher Whitlow and husband Mike of Springhill; three grand-nephews, Grayson Boucher of Shreveport, Mikey Whitlow of Shreveport, and Marty Whitlow of Ruston; grand-niece, Callie Boucher of Springhill; and special friends, Jackie and Richard Johnson of Springhill. Pallbearers will be Richard Johnson, John Stevens, Jimmy Morgan, Grayson Boucher, Mikey Whitlow and Marty Whitlow. Honorary pallbearers will be Arthur Stevens, J.E. Humphries, Frank Martin, Jessie Boucher, and the Baxter Sunday School Class. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Methodist Children's Home, Springhill United Methodist Church, the American Heart Association, or the charity of the donor's choice.

Bettye Richardson
Funeral services for Miss Bettye Rayline Richardson, 64, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003, at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Doyline with the Rev. Richard Jefferson officiating. Burial will follow at Doyline Community Cemetery under the direction of Miller-Pioneer Funeral Home. Visitation will be held until evening today, Sept. 12, at the funeral home. Miss Richardson, a resident of Minden, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Minden Medical Center. She is survived by her daughter, Clara Jackson of Doyline; brothers, John Henry of Houston, Texas, Willie Richardson of Shreveport; sisters, Mattie Lee Richardson of Shreveport, Paralee Richardson of Minden; seven grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Emma Henley
Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Lee Johnson Henley, 81, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003, at Mt. Mariah United Methodist Church with the Rev. Robert L. Peyton officiating and the Rev. Ray Spiller assisting. Burial will follow at Mt. Mariah Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Arcadia. Mrs. Henley, a resident of Minden, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Lifecare Hospital in Shreveport. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents, Nodie Lee and Otis Johnson; sisters, Eva Cascelle, Martha Laverne, Myrtis Margaret; brothers, Purvis, J.D. and Robert Eugal. She is survived by her son, Royce D. Henley of Minden; sister, Janelle Shanta of McAllester, Okla.; brothers, Elmer Johnson and wife Carolyn of Tulsa, Okla., Calvin Johnson and wife Beverly of Independence, Mo., Rayford Johnson and wife Beatrice of Hamburg, Ark.; sister-in-law, Nelda Driskell Johnson of Houston, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Mariah Cemetery Association.

Chelcy Simpson
Graveside services for Mrs. Chelcy Marilyn Blagg Simpson, 69, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003, at Tulip Cemetery in Athens with the Rev. Bill Ichter officiating. Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 4 until 8 p.m. today, Sept. 12, at the funeral home. Mrs. Simpson, a native of Claiborne Parish and a resident of Minden, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 10, in Minden. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Perry Simpson. She is survived by her two stepsons, Dan Simpson and wife Micki of Grand Prairie, Texas, Don Simpson and wife Loretta of Grand Prairie; two daughters, Linda Simpson of Minden, and Lisa Simpson Bingham and husband Rick of Haughton; one brother, Marion Blagg of Minden; five grandchildren, Beau Brown, Daniel Bingham, Tommy Bingham, Don Simpson and Ashley Simpson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ardis Wilson
Funeral services for Mr. Ardis Wilson, 95, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003, at Webster Memorial C.M.E. of Minden with the Rev. Manuel officiating. Burial will follow at Allen Cemetery in Minden under the direction of Miller-Pioneer Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 6 until 7 p.m. today, Sept. 12, at the funeral home. Mr. Wilson, a resident of Minden, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 2, at Minden Medical Center. He is survived by his sons, Johnny Ray Wilson, Calvin L. Wilson, and Henry Wilson, all of Minden, Billy Wilson of Homer, Grady Wilson of Minden; daughter, Beverly Jackson and husband Jarvis of Keithville; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Sarran Miller
Funeral services for Mrs. Sarran Faircloth Miller, 77, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Skip Rainbow officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 until 8 p.m. today, Sept. 5, at the funeral home. Mrs. Miller, a native of Webster Parish and a resident of Minden, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 3, in Minden. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wist Preston Faircloth and Emma Hough Faircloth. She is survived by her sons, Richard L. Miller and Jessie P. Miller, both of Minden; daughters, Patricia Stinson of Waveland, Miss., and Joann Ray of Minden; sister, Doris Potts of Minden; brother, Bobby Faircloth of Benton; 15 grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren.

Albert Jefferson
Funeral services for Mr. Albert Jay Jefferson will be held at noon Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003, at St. Mark Baptist Church in Doyline. Burial will follow at St. Mark Cemetery in Doyline under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden. He was born May 4, 1942 to the late Bobbie and A.J. Jefferson. He was raised in Doyline, where he left at an early age to pursue a career in the USAC. He returned to Doyline in 1975. He passed away Friday, Sept. 5, at 5:20 p.m. He will suffer no more, and there is no more pain. He will always be remembered for his neighborhood outreach to his neighbors, Mary Douglas, Ruby Jackson and Jimmy Richardson. He was preceded in death by both parents; his wife, Rosa L. Jackson-Jefferson; and his son, Albert J. Jefferson III; and younger sister, Bobbie Winfield. He is survived by one son, Albert Jefferson II and wife Melodie of Amarillo, Texas; two daughters, Michelle and husband Marvin of Bonaire, Ga., and Amanda of Doyline; one brother, Eddie and wife Ethel of Chicago, Ill.; two sisters, Dorothy Mack of Doyline and Johnnie Mae Ware and husband Jessie of Rochester, N.Y.; friend Johnny Richardson of Doyline, devoted niece, Jay Jay and Bobbie; six stepdaughters, Annette, Cheryl, Julie, Sheila, Shawauna, LuVenia; one stepson, Darryl and wife Alvertis of Amarillo; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

George McCoy
Funeral services for Mr. George James McCoy, 94, were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Kim Kelly officiating. Burial followed at Fellowship Cemetery in Dubberly. Mr. McCoy, a native of Milam County, Texas, and a resident of Sibley, passed away Thursday, Sept. 4, in Minden. He was a pit operator for a gravel company. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mary McCoy; his wife of 64 years, Lena Mae McCoy; a daughter, Dorothy C. McCoy; and son, George Lewis McCoy. He is survived by four sons, William H. McCoy of Haynesville, J.W. McCoy of North Carolina, Billy Joe McCoy of Hirm, Ga., Clarence Wayne McCoy of Bossier City; two daughters, Mary Ella Nave of Fairburn, Ga., and Dorothy Mae Moore of Sibley; one sister, Mary Elizabeth Cavender of San Antonio, Texas; 21 very special grandchildren; 30 very special great-grandchildren; and five very special great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Michael McCoy, Scotty McCoy, Lee McCoy, James Moore, Tony Nave and Billy Powell.

Hibernia Peery
Graveside services for Mrs. Hibernia Marler Fields Peery, 92, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003, at Old Saline Cemetery in Saline with Michael Boyett officiating. Services were under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Arcadia. Mrs. Peery, a native of Boyce and a resident of Minden, passed away Friday, Sept. 5, in Ruston, following a lengthy illness. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Minden. She was a retired LPN from Schumpert Medical Center in Shreveport. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Travis Fields and Glen Peery. She is survived by her daughters, Marlene Boyett Gillis and husband Jim of the Woodlands, Texas; and Glenda Parker and husband Wayne of Ruston; grandchildren, Mike Boyett of Ridgeland, Miss., Rachael Griffin of Flowood, Miss., Melinda Brasuell of Ruston, Judy Humphries of Shreveport and Michael Parker of Shreveport; and 13 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Cleveland Watson
Funeral services for Mr. Cleveland Watson, 78, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Wayne DuBose, the Rev. Bill Crider and the Rev. Bill Ichter officiating. Burial followed at Minden Cemetery. Mr. Watson, a native and resident of Minden, passed away Friday, Sept. 5, at Meadowview Nursing Home in Minden. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Ludy and Annie Mae Watson; and two brothers, Norman and Lamar Watson. He is survived by two sisters, Roba Bridges of Minden and Marguerite Lousteau of Baton Rouge; 13 nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Sarran Miller
Funeral services for Mrs. Sarran Faircloth Miller, 77, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Skip Rainbow officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 until 8 p.m. today, Sept. 5, at the funeral home. Mrs. Miller, a native of Webster Parish and a resident of Minden, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 3, in Minden. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wist Preston Faircloth and Emma Hough Faircloth. She is survived by her sons, Richard L. Miller and Jessie P. Miller, both of Minden; daughters, Patricia Stinson of Waveland, Miss., and Joann Ray of Minden; sister, Doris Potts of Minden; brother, Bobby Faircloth of Benton; 15 grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren.

Wilton May
Funeral services for Mr. Wilton "Chink" May, 75, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Richard Methvin officiating. Burial will follow at Cotton Valley Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. today, Sept. 4, at the funeral home. Mr. May, a native of Cotton Valley and a resident of Minden, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 2, in Shreveport. He was a retired drilling superintendent and a member of the Elks Club and a Mason. He was also an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Hattie May. He is survived by his wife, Millie O'Neal May of Minden; daughter, Connie May Modisette and husband Joe of Shreveport; sister, Thelma Marrs of Alabama; brother, Tom May of White Oak, Texas; and grandchild, Brook Hamrick of Dallas, Texas. Pallbearers will be his four nephews, Deward Jackson, Tommy Jackson, Kenneth Wayne Jackson, Mike May; and friends, Ben Brint, Jim Hope, Gill McCaslan and Coy Elledge. Honorary pallbearers will be Pete Chrisler and Paul May. Memorials may be made to the building fund of Eastside Baptist Church in Minden.

Ross Brister
Graveside services for Mr. Ross George Brister, 65, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003, at Hurricane Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Sikes with the Rev. Ronnie Whitlock officiating. Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 4 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the funeral home. Mr. Brister, a native of Quitman and a resident of Minden, passed away Sunday, Aug. 31, in Minden. He was a foreman for Alpha Construction Co. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawson and Serena Brister. He is survived by his wife Frances Brister; sisters, Audna Turner and husband Dewy B. of Minden, Nellie Childers and husband David of Livingston, and Cassie Lovett and husband Elmo of Wasilla, Alaska; brother, L.D. Brister of Minden; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Pallbearers will be Danny Childers, Johnny Childers, Matthew Childers, Jimmy Childers, Ken Brister and Larry Hoyt.

James E. Jeter Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. James E. "Sonny" Jeter Jr. will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden. Mr. Jeter, better known to his friends and family as "Sonny," passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, just 12 days shy of his 82nd birthday. He was, without question, a true American hero. The Minden native, born on Sept. 11, 1921, served in the U.S. Air Force as a staff sergeant during World War II, where he was shot down over Germany and captured as a prisoner of war. He earned two purple hearts and a bronze star. He was the former owner of Jeter's Garage and Minden Auto Parts, where he retired in 1993. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Minden. He served as a volunteer fireman for the City of Minden for 40 years. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Knights of Pythons and was a Mason. Mr. Jeter was also a member of the 1938 state-championship football team at Minden High School, his alma mater. He enjoyed golf and being with his friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James E. Jeter Sr. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sybil B. Jeter; two daughters, Rebecca Anderson and husband Rodger L., and Elizabeth Lee and husband Ricky D.; three grandchildren, Robin A. Herman and husband Michael, Aaron S. Lee and wife Joanna, and Eric C. Anderson and wife Cori; and one great-grandchild, Gregory M. Herman. Pallbearers will be William Hilburn, Fred Haynes, Matt Martin, Keith McClung, Ray Myers and Sammy Vaughn. Honorary pallbearers will be Tony Elzen, Dr. Phillip Hendry and Dr. Tom Alley. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Baptist Children's Home or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Danny Wayne Robertson
Graveside services for infant Danny Wayne Robertson, 1 year old, were to be held at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 1, 2003, at Haughton Cemetery with the Rev. Danny Warbington officiating. Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Danny, a resident of Sarepta, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, in Springhill. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Leslie Wayne Robertson. He is survived by his parents, Michael Robertson and Charlon Robertson of Sarepta; paternal grandmother, Veronica Robertson of Princeton; maternal grandparents, Willie and Wandoni Miller of Minden; sister, Alexis Robertson of Sarepta; brother, Michael Lynn Robertson of Sarepta; and a host of other relatives.

Aubrey Faye "Shorty" Gardner
Aubrey Faye "Shorty" Gardner, 73, passed away Thursday, August 28, 2003 in Hot Springs, Ark. after a lengthy illness. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 30, 2003 at Forest Park West Cemetery, Meriwether Road. Officiating will be Reverend Morris "Trey" Lewis, III of Norphlet, Ark. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 29, 2003 at Rose-Neath's Southside Funeral Home. Aubrey was born September 9, 1929 in Bearden, Ark. to Joseph and Annie Mae Gardner. He was a retired captain of the Shreveport Fire Department. He also owned United Insulators and United Fastener and Tool Co. He was a veteran of the United States Army and an active member of the Shriners. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joyce Lewis Gardner; son, Ronald l. Gardner; brothers, Henry Gardner, Silas Gardner, Melvin Gardner, Loyce Gardner, Orlen Gardner and sister, Dorsie Milligan. Aubrey is survived by his son, Terry L. Gardner and wife Debbie of Minden; daughter, Twyla Gardner Hawthorne and husband Bryan of Shreveport; brother, Roy Gardner; sisters, Flossie Files, Marie Presley; grandchildren, Stephanie Hawthorne, Sean-Michael Hawthorne, Jennifer LaPierre, Tracy Stiener, Harold L. Gardner and special friend, Juanita Koffman. The family suggests memorials be made to the Shriner's Childrens Hospital or Hope Youth Ranch in Minden.

Jonah Parker
Funeral services for the Rev. Jonah Parker will be held at noon, Monday, Sept. 1, 2003, at Mt. Zion CME Church in Minden. Burial will follow at Wesley Grove Cemetery in Cotton Valley under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden. Family hour will be held from 6 until 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at the funeral home. The Rev. Parker was the ninth child born to Henry P. Parker and Viola Robinson Parker on July 11, 1912. He attended grade school at Cotton Valley and Concord Rosenwall Schools in McIntyre; high school at Central Colored High School in Shreveport; and finished college at Texas College in Tyler, Texas. He studied at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas. He introduced the first Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration to be held in Minden and Webster Parish and served as general chairman for three years. His work and trust in the Lord and mankind made him presiding elder in the CME church for 24 years. The Rev. Parker was dean of the Oakland District Leadership School for six years. He was president of the Taylor County NAACP in Abilene, Texas for four years. He pastored several churches of the leading CME churches including Central Chapel CME Church in Sacramento, Calif., and Missionary Chapel CME Church in San Francisco, Calif. He was married to Rosa Mae Hunter Parker. Of this union, two children were born. Later in life, he remarried Rosa Mae Hunter Rice. He finished teachers' training at Webster Parish Training School under the leadership of Prof. J.L. Jones, and taught school in Webster Parish for several years. He was one of many preachers to help Dr. King Jr. organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott and stayed there three months. He marched from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery, Ala. Since coming back to Louisiana, he has pastored Layman Temple CME Church in Bossier City, Lane Chapel CME Church in Homer, and New Hope and Webster Memorial CME Churches in Minden. The Rev. Parker remodeled New Hope at a cost of $18,000 and remodeled St. Matthew CME Church on Highway 80 in Minden at a cost of $15,000. At the time of his death, he was the pastor of Anderson Chapel CME Church in Gibsland. He received an honorary doctorate degree at Mt. Hope Theology Seminary in Houston, Texas.

Annie Smith
Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Faye Dutton Smith, 82, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 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 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at the funeral home. Mrs. Smith, a resident of Minden for the past 11 years, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, in Minden. She was retired from Highland Hospital, where she was the head of the payroll department. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Minden where she was very active in Sunday School and active in the Highland Hospital Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her husband, James M. Smith; parents; two brothers; one sister; and her granddaughter, Vicki Smith. She is survived by her stepson, Larry J. Smith and wife Dollie of Hot Springs Village, Ark.; stepdaughter, Kathie Smith Crockett and husband David of Danville, Calif.; niece, Carol Dutton of Bossier City; special friends, Kirk and Dee Dee Kirkland, Richard and Jackie Roton, Joyce and Bill Thomas and the Glawson Gantt family; a host of friends; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Len Gantt, Steve Gantt, Keith Gantt, Jason Gantt, Jeremy Gantt, and Cloy Gantt. Memorials may be made to Mt. Olive Christian School or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Virginia Harkey
Memorial services for Mrs. Virginia Pauline Harkey will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003, at Minden Church of Christ. Mrs. Harkey passed away Saturday, Aug. 23, at Town and Country Nursing Home in Minden. She is survived by her mother, Paunell Merritt; two sisters, Wanda McEachern of Minden, Martha Adkins of Haughton; one brother, Darrell Merritt of Evergreen; two daughters, Kathy Bryant of Alabama, Annette Lynch of Tennessee; and two sons, LaWayne Lewis of Texas, David Jr. Isles of Denham Springs.

Mildred Kennon
Funeral services for Mr. Mildred Kennon were to be held at 1 p.m. today, Aug. 25, 2003, at Mt. Pero Baptist Church in Sibley. Burial was to follow at Fellowship Cemetery in Dubberly under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home. Mr. Kennon was born March 23, 1931, to Alice Turner and Clover Kennon. He attended Mt. Pero Baptist Church and received his education from Central High School. Mr. Kennon was retired from the United States military where he served in the Vietnam War. He was preceded in death by his mother Alice Turner; father Clover Kennon; and only brother, Elmer Kennon. He is survived by one nephew, Gary Kennon and wife Sue of Minden; two nieces, Beverly Kennon Thornton and husband Shelly and Regina Kennon Flournoy and husband Jimmy, both of Minden; one sister-in-law, Cora Kennon of Minden; two first cousins, Ozias Johnson of Bossier City and Robert Kennon of Schertz, Texas; and a host of many friends and relatives.

W.G. "Grib" Monzingo
Funeral services for Mr. W.G. "Grib" Monzingo, 70, were to be held at 10 a.m. today, Aug. 25, 2003, at the Rose-Neath Chapel with the Rev. Lynn Malone officiating and the Rev. Hank Hamilton assisting. Burial was to follow in the Pine Grove Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home. Mr. Monzingo, a native of Minden and resident of Webster Parish since 1933, passed away Friday, Aug. 22. He retired from Western Electric in 1980 after 25 years of service. He was a member of Lakeview Methodist Church and a veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was preceded in death by his parents, Aura and Myrtha Monzingo and brothers, Buddy, Jake and Bob Monzingo. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Peggy Miller Monzingo of Minden; two sisters, Katherine Reeves and Mary Graham and husband Don Mitchell, all of Minden; two sons, Brian Odom and wife Vicky of Evergreen and Keith Odom and wife Susan of Choudrant; two daughters, Candy Richards and husband Dewey of Minden and Tina Puckett and husband Chad of Minden; grandchildren, Bill and Brian Keith, Katelyn Odom, Lane and Keeley Odom, Cassie Monzingo, Anna Grace Gardner, Abby and Alex Puckett; one great-grandchild, Jaden Whorton; and a number of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were to be John Wayne Craig, Richard Dunn, Billy Jake Reeves, Bill Odom, Brian Keith Odom, Lane Odom and Alfred Sanders.

Mary Katherine Barton Moore
Funeral Services for Mrs. Mary Katherine Barton Moore, 67, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003 at the Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden with the Rev. J.C. Clements officiating and the Rev. George Ridge assisting. Burial will follow at Brushwood Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home. Visitation will be held at 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. A native of Mangrum, Mrs. Moore passed away Saturday, Aug. 23 in Minden. She was a nurse's aid. She was also a Baptist. She is preceded in death by brothers, Charles and Bobby Barton and sister, Laverne Springfield. She is survived by sone, Doyle Moore of Shreveport; daughter, Carrie Denise Depriest and husband Mark of Athens; sisters, Gail Batton of Dubberly, Betty Perryman of Minden, Claudine Robinson of Winsboro and Earleane Rolen of Sea Graves, Texas; brothers, Vernon Barton of Haughton, David Barton of Haughton and Donald Barton of Dubberly; six grandchildren, Austin Riley Moore, Lacey Moore, Joshua Stevens, Carrie Stevens, Ginny Stevens and Chloe Depriest; and two great-grandchildren, Christian Stevens and T.J. Authoment. Pallbearers will be Timmy Batton, Kendall Batton, Willie Perryman, Daniel Barton, Glen Barton and Steve Perryman.

J.C. Walker Sr.
Funeral services for Mr. J.C. Walker Sr., 88, were to be held at 11 a.m. today, Monday, Aug. 25, 2003, at Palestine Baptist Church in Gibsland with Rodney E. Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Old Athens Cemetery in Athens under the direction of Kennon's Mortuary. Visitation was held today from 10 until 11 a.m. at the church and Sunday, Aug. 24 from noon until 8 p.m. at Kennon's Mortuary. Mr. Walker, a resident of Minden, was born Feb. 28, 1915 in Homer to the late Luke and Fronie Austin Walker. He passed away Thursday, Aug. 21 in Minden. Mr. Walker served in the United States Army during World War II as a sharpshooter. He was also an usher at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. He is preceded in death by his parents and wife, Mittie Mae Walker. He is survived by his children, Yvonne Booker and husband Johnny of Gibsland, Joel Walker Jr. and wife Zenoria of Fort Worth, Texas, Janet Douglas and husband Johnny of Minden and Maxine Mitchell of Minden; five grandchildren, Tasha Walker, Kendrick Walker, Louella Douglas, Mileta Booker and LaMarques; two great-grandchildren, Tyre Walker and Dehkobe Debose; sister, Fannie Pearl Scott of Minden; brothers, Luke Walker of Mecede, Calif., Napoleon "Blake" Walker of Dayton, Ohio, and Willie J. Walker of Yosemite, Calif.; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

A.G. Green
Funeral services for Mr. A.G. "Biggie" Green, 74, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003, at Growing Valley Baptist Church with the Rev. George Rice officiating. Burial will follow at Growing Valley Cemetery under the direction of Kennon's Mortuary, Inc., in Minden. Visitation will be held from noon until 8 p.m. today, Aug. 22, at the funeral home and from 10 until 11 a.m. Saturday, at the church. Mr. Green, a lifelong resident of Minden, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 20, in Minden. He was born Aug. 9, 1927 in Minden to the late James and Caroline Lee Green. He is survived by his devoted friend, Maggie Miles of Minden; seven daughters, Adell Baker and husband Marshall of Minden, Nethel B. Jackson of Dallas, Texas, Patsy Jean Green of DeSoto, Texas, Diane Williams of Dallas, Jewel Green of DeSoto, Rita Robinson of DeSoto, and Zita Miles and husband Bruce of San Diego, Calif.; four children he reared as his own, Sheral Breedlove of Minden, Bruce Miles of San Diego, Patrick Miles of Bossier City, and Tella Miles of Shreveport; two brothers, Luther Green and Johnny Green, both of Los Angeles, Calif.; two sisters, Gladys Johnson and Lucy Tott of Crosby, Texas; eight grandchildren; aunt, Lula B. Lee of Minden; special cousins, Velma Floyd, Thelma Burson and Ruby Musgrow; friend like a brother, Leonard Jenkins; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Harold Hataway
Funeral services for Mr. Harold Truman Hataway, 78, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Ronnie Whitlock officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. today, Aug. 22, at the funeral home. Mr. Hataway, a native of Dry Prong and a resident of Webster Parish since 1948, passed away Thursday, Aug. 21, in Minden. He served 27 years as service manager of the Pontiac dealership in Minden. He was a member of Beech Springs Baptist Church, a member of the American Legion and past president of the Kiwanis Club. He was also a veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife, Melba Brackman Hataway of Minden; one son, Lynn Hataway and wife Nelda of Springhill; one daughter, Trudy Smith and friend Mike Ruark of Minden; grandchildren, Teresa Hataway of Springhill, Tammy Anderson of Shreveport, Brett Smith of Minden; and one great-grandchild, Gaebriele Anderson of Shreveport.

Lorene Jackson
Funeral services for Mrs. Lorene Monk Jackson will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003, at Mt. Calm Baptist Church in Minden. Burial will follow at Sheppard Street Cemetery in Minden under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 7 until 8 p.m. today, at the funeral home. Mrs. Jackson passed away Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Minden Medical Center. She was born Nov. 15, 1933 to Royal Scott Sr. and Arlesslie J. Harris in Grove. At an early age, she confessed her life to Christ and joined Mt. Calm Baptist Church. She was an active member of the usher board, golden year ministry and the senior citizens choir. She also was an Eastern Star member. She worked at the polls during voting periods. She attended Webster High School and had been a resident of Minden practically her entire life. She was preceded in death by her father and mother; husband, James Jackson; and son Bernard Jackson. She is survived by her daughters, Audrey Jackson and husband Mark of Houston, Texas, Barbara Jackson and husband Moreus of Dallas, Texas, and Sherry Jackson and husband Barry of Okinawa, Japan; son, Gregory W. Jackson and wife Andrea of Minden; sister, Willie M. Johnson of Kemp, Ruthie Burton of Kansas City, Kan., Evelyn W. Peterson of Kansas City, and Annie Peterson of Minden; brother, Royal Scott Jr. of Kansas City; grandchildren, Joi Jackson, Milton Jackson, Andre Jackson, Deldric Jackson, Dominque Jackson, J Koda Cary and Julius Bernard Jackson; great-grandchildren, Ebone Jackson, Chelsea Jackson, Brandon Jackson, Coty Jackson, Quintiajia Jackson and Dominiccsea Jackson; devoted niece, Pidgie Givens; three brothers-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Oleta Johnson
Funeral services for Mrs. Oleta Hicks Johnson, 90, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. J. Roddy Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden. Visitation will be held from 9 until 10 a.m. prior to services at the funeral home. Mrs. Johnson, a resident of Conway, Ark., and a former resident of Minden, passed away Monday, Aug. 18. She was born June 27, 1913 in Batesville, Ark., the daughter of Garland and Carolyn Pauline Sherrill Hicks. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Minden. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Norman Thomas Johnson. She is survived by her nephew, Scott Hicks of Morrilton, Ark.; and sister-in-law, Winfred Hicks of Minden.

Bessie Wood
Funeral services for Mrs. Bessie L. Winchester Wood, 95, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, at Mulhearn Funeral Home in West Monroe with Father Guido Verbeck and the Rev. Carol Heard officiating. Burial followed at Mulhearn Memorial Cemetery. Mrs. Wood, a native of Minden, passed away Friday, Aug. 15, after a lengthy illness. She was born Dec. 8, 1907. During the early years of her life, she served her country as a WAC in World War II in an administrative position. In the 1950s, she served as secretary to the Bishop of the Episcopalian churches and was a founding and lifelong member of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Monroe. She was employed at St. Francis Hospital as a medical secretary and later served in the same position to several Monroe doctors. She was a member of the Eastern Star Chapter 7 in Monroe. "Aunt Bessie," as she was known to everyone, cared for and was deeply loved by her family and numerous friends. Life with Aunt Bessie was always an adventure. Whether she was riding on the back of a motorcycle at age 90, swimming in a pool at 91 or riding in a hot air balloon at 92, she loved and lived life every day to its fullest. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Ida Winchester; five brothers; one sister; her husband, Wallace Wood; and a son, Wayne Wood Sr. She is survived by three grandchildren, David Wood and wife Tammy of Elizabeth City, N.C., Lee Ann Wood of Bossier City, and Wayne Wood Jr. of Heflin; three great-grandchildren, Lynne, Amanda, and Patricia Wood, all of Elizabeth City; daughter-in-law, Berry Wood of Heflin; and special niece and caretaker, Cathy Lee of Heflin, and niece Debra Hutchinson of Minden; special friend, Maxine Rosier of Ringgold; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Tommy Lee, Wayne Wood Jr., Dennis Kilcrease, Sydney Kilcrease, Shane Thurmon and Cody Lee.

Cecily Bennett
Funeral services for Mrs. Cecily Phyllis Moores Bennett, 72, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, at Hill Crest Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Hunter and the Rev. Brian Hamilton officiating. Burial will follow at Hill Crest Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. today, Aug. 19, at the funeral home. Mrs. Bennett, a resident of Minden, passed away Sunday, Aug. 17, in Shreveport. She was a retired registered nurse and a resident of Minden since 1988. She was preceded in death by her son, Walter Bennett; brother, Roy Moores and her parents. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Thomas W. Bennett; son, Terry W. Bennett of Fresno, Calif.; one sister, Pearl Moores of Harbor Grace, Newfoundland, Canada; and a granddaughter, Tabitha Guerra of Waskom, Texas. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeremy Bandy, Jimmy Bandy, Jimmy Lindsey, Richard Burk and Roger Bates. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Joseph Daniels
Graveside services for Mr. Joseph Aaron Daniels, 24, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, at Doyline Cemetery with the Rev. Tom Carlton officiating. Services were under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Mr. Daniels, a native of Shreveport and a resident of Brandon, Miss., passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, in Brandon. He was an emergency medical technician. He is survived by his parents, Martha and Jakie Daniels of Brandon; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. M.R. Dalton of Haughton; one brother, Jonathan A. Daniels of Brandon; and numerous friends and cousins. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Chron's foundation.

Howard Robinson Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. Howard Robinson Jr. will be held at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 18, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. David Frizzelle officiating. Burial will follow at Tulip Cemetery in Athens. Mr. Robinson passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, after a lengthy illness with heart and lung problems. He was highly decorated in the U.S. Air Force and retired in 1973 from the Air Force. He was a very active member of the Webster Parish Lawn and Garden Club and the American Legion. He was born and raised in Dora. He loved to grow gardens, sing, laugh and tell jokes. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Labanda Thornton Robinson of Minden. He is survived by his children, Milly Rose Frizzelle of Minden and husband David of Magnolia, Ark., Howard Robinson III (Henry) and wife Brenda of Tyler, Texas; sisters and brothers, Jeanette Rogers of Dora, Ala., Rita Morgan of Durand, Mich., Gwen Robinson of Gardendale, Ala., Neil Robinson of Dora, Jackie Eiland of Dora and Donald Robinson of Dora; grandchildren, Suzanne, Rachel and Howard Robinson, all of Tyler and Mineola, Texas; four great-grandchildren, all of Texas; and many devoted sisters-in-law, Carolyn Robinson, Joyce Robinson, Patsy Costanza, Azalea Davis and Dovye Culpepper; brother-in-law Billy Morgan, and many nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Ricky Thornton, Jerry Wayne Thornton, Randall Costanza, John Lyles, Tommy Farmer and Earl Davis.

Gussie Mitchell Haynes
Funeral services for Mrs. Gussie Mitchell Haynes, 101, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003, at Mt. Paran Baptist Church in Shongaloo with the Rev. Charles Garner and the Rev. Ronnie Whitlock officiating. Burial will follow at the Old Shongaloo Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Mortuary in Springhill. Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at the funeral home. Mrs. Haynes, a resident of Shongaloo, passed away on Aug. 13, at Springhill Medical Center. She was born on January 8, 1902. A lifelong resident of Shongaloo, she married Drew Haynes, also of Shongaloo, on March 20, 1920, and they celebrated 58 years of marriage prior to his death in 1979. She was a member of Mt. Paran Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ervin and Mary Elizabeth "Molly" Amerson Mitchell; her husband, Drew Haynes; grandson, Donald Lane Modisett and great-granddaughter, Teri Lynn Duke Cole. She is survived by her son, Hervis "Jabo" Drew Haynes of Shongaloo; her daughter, Mildred Modisett of Shongaloo; one brother, Oscar Mitchell of West Monroe; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and three great-great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Morgan, Billy Morgan, Jarrell Morgan, David Morgan, L.G. Morgan, Weldon "Bud" Morgan and Lester "Junior" Morgan. Honorary pallbearers will be Parey Branton, Calvin Dunn, Claymon Dunn and H.B. Slack. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Paran Baptist Church, Shongaloo, LA. 71072.

N.A. "Frenchie" Dulany
Funeral services for Mr. N.A. "Frenchie" Dulany, 96, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, at First Baptist Church's West Chapel in Minden with the Rev. Bill Ichter and the Rev. Bill Crider officiating. Burial will follow at Minden Cemetery under the direction of Osborn Funeral Home in Shreveport. Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. until time of services at the church. Mr. Dulany, a native of Bienville Parish and a resident of Minden, passed away Sunday, Aug. 10. He has been a resident of Minden since his marriage to his wife, Jewel W. "Jack"Dulany. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Minden and a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class. Frenchie enjoyed raising and riding horses. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, Jack, to all parts of the United States and visiting his children and grandchildren. He was a faithful employee of the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Minden for 48 years. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific Theatre. In November 2002, he served as the Grand Marshall of the Veterans Day Parade and was recognized as the oldest living veteran in Webster Parish. "DaDa,"as he was affectionately known to his grandchildren, taught most of them how to drive in the pasture of their country home. He taught all of them the value of life and to have fun. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife; and seven sisters. He is survived by five children Nell Couch and late husband, Don, Joyce Anderson and husband Lee, John and wife Karen, Jay and wife Nancy, Tim and wife Anita; 17 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Braswell. Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be the Friendship Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church in Minden. The family requests memorials be made to First Baptist Church of Minden or to the charity or organization of the donor's choice.

George Gamble Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. George Allen Gamble Jr., 74, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Richard May officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden. Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at the funeral home. Mr. Gamble, a resident of Minden, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 13, in Minden. Mr. Gamble retired in 1981 from the Webster Parish Police Jury after 31 Years of service. He then returned to farming full time. He was preceded in death by his parents Allen and Eva Gamble; sister, Jean Maddox; and niece Demeric Maddox. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Lee Gamble of Minden; sons, George Allen "Chuck"Gamble III and wife Mary Ellen of Minden, Clay Gamble and wife Kathy of Minden; and grandchildren: Kelly Gamble and wife Kari, Toni Gamble, Lauren and Benjamin Gamble, all of Minden; and great-grandchild, Madelyn Gamble.

Oma Cross Langston
Graveside services for Mrs. Oma Cross Langston will be held at 4 p.m. today at Minden Cemetery with the Rev. Joe Hunter officiating. Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. A lifelong resident of Minden, Mrs. Langston was born Oct. 28, 1907 and passed away Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003. She worked as a bookkeeper in Minden for a number of years and retired from the Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant in 1970 where she was an accounting clerk and a procurement officer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Felton Langston; parents, Edward Andrew Cross and Della Langston; sisters, Eula Cross Owens, Mary Jane Cross Davis, Jessie Mozelle Cross, Eugenia Cross Smolinski; and brother, William Lattimore Cross. She is survived by one step-daughter, Julia Ruth Langston Fazio of Baton Rouge; one sister, Novilla Cross Zerangue of Pineville; one niece, Dale Smolinski Nicolette of Flagstaff, Ariz.; one nephew, Dr. Carl Smolinski of Shreveport; and several great nieces and great nephews. Memorials may be made to the charity of donor's choice.

Oscar Williams
Funeral services for Mr. Oscar Charles Williams, 79, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003, at Mt. Zion CME Church with the Rev. Charlie Coleman II officiating. Burial will follow at Grambling Memorial Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Kennon's Mortuary, Inc. in Minden. Mr. Williams, a resident of Minden, passed away Sunday, Aug. 3, in Shreveport. He was born Dec. 21, 1924, in Winnfield, to the late Gus and Roseanne Smith Williams. He faithfully served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946 during World War II as a Steward Third Class. Mr. Williams was a retired educator and elementary school principal, having worked in Winn, Lincoln and Webster Parish school systems for more than 30 years. He was a faithful member of Mt. Zion Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, where he served as a steward, church treasurer, and coordinator of the Helping Hands Food Program. He also served as a member of the Joint Board of Finance of the Louisiana CME Conference. Mr. Williams, a devoted civic servant and humanitarian, was active in many organizations and causes including Kiwanis International, Webster Association of Retired Teachers, AARP, Boys and Girls Club of Minden board member, Minden-South Webster Chamber of Commerce, Grambling Alumni Webster Parish Chapter, life member of the National Grambling Alumni Association, life member of the National Educators Association, NAACP, Boy Scouts of America, and a former member of the Minden Civil Service Board. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Marguerite Hayes Williams of Minden; daughter, Linda Durril and husband Pompia of Fort Wayne, Ind.; son, Staff Sergeant Marcus Williams of Fort Wainwright, Alaska; stepdaughter, Yvette Hayes Edwards and husband Wayne of Minden; five grandchildren, Roseanne Durril of Oak Park, Ill., Crystal Durril of West Lafayette, Ind., Kenneth Durril of St. Paul, Minn., Forrest Hayes Ashley of Minden, and Markayla Williams of Houston, Texas; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Betty Dollar
Funeral services for Mrs. Betty F. Hicks Dollar, 75, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Danny Warbington officiating and John Dollar, her grandson, assisting. Music will be directed by Tommy Kemp with special music from Lisa Gould. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden. Mrs. Dollar (Maw), a resident of Minden for 35 years, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 6, at her residence, after a lengthy illness. She was born June 20, 1928 in Point. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Minden. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hollis C. (Johnny) Dollar. She is survived by her three sons, Ronnie Dollar and wife Twyla, Randall Dollar and wife Raynette, and Rod Dollar and wife Janette; one daughter, Rhonda Wafford and husband Tony, all of Minden; three sisters, Ezell Bottoms of West Monroe, Sue Robinson of Jena, and Ann Sheffield of Cartersville, Ga.; several sisters and brothers-in-law; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; her church family; and many close friends and loved ones.

Beatrice Sparkman
Funeral services for Mrs. Beatrice Frye Sparkman, 103, will be held at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 7, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Bill Ichter officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden. Mrs. Sparkman, a native of Claiborne Parish and a resident of Minden most of her life, passed away, Tuesday, Aug. 5, in Minden. She was a homemaker and a member of the Eastern Star. She was also a past president of the American Legion Auxiliary, and an active member of First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, W.G. Sparkman; and her son, Grady Ray Sparkman. She is survived by her son, James Edwin Sparkman and wife Margie of Alamo, Calif.; grandchildren, Sandra Sparkman of Minden, Gene Sparkman of Katy, Texas, Tom Sparkman of California, and Doug Sparkman of Kentucky; great-grandchildren, Katie, Stephanie, Elizabeth, Ian, Alan, Lea and David Sparkman; and special friend and companion, Yvonne Phenix. Pallbearers will be L.C. Peevy, Spencer Smith, Bud Martin, Doyle Chanler, Hoyle Chanler, and A.D. Lowe. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Myrtle Barrios
Graveside services for Mrs. Myrtle Louise Fuller Barrios, 81, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003, at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden with the Rev. Terral Lowe officiating. Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. today, Aug. 6, at the funeral home. Mrs. Barrios, a native and resident of Minden, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 5, in Minden. She was a homemaker and a seamstress. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lucian A. Barrios Jr.; daughter, Mary Morgan; grandson, William Donald Mangrum; and brothers, W.T. Fuller Jr. and Jack Raymond Fuller. She is survived by her son, Lucian A. Barrios III of Minden; sister, Mary Grace Fuller of Minden; one granddaughter, Suezy Brantley; five great-grandchildren; niece, Betty Blake; nephew, Bill Fuller; and a host of friends.

Douglas Caple
Graveside services for Mr. Douglas W. Caple, 77, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2003, at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden with the Rev. T.W. Barnes officiating. Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held at 6 p.m. today, Aug. 5, at the funeral home. Mr. Caple, a native of Minden and a resident of Sibley, passed away Sunday, Aug. 3, in Minden. He was the owner/operator of Caple's Camp in Sibley. He was preceded in death by his wife, Selma Jenkins Caple. He is survived by his stepsons, Raymond McDonald of California, and Denver McDonald of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and sister Dorothy Wiley and husband James of Sibley.

Lillie Mae Preuett
Funeral services for Mrs. Lillie Mae Preuett, 89, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, at Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Heflin with the Rev. Morris Robe officiating. Burial will follow at Providence Cemetery in Ringgold under the direction of Rockett Funeral Home in Ringgold. Mrs. Preuett, a native of Bienville Parish and a resident of Ringgold, passed away Saturday, Aug. 2. She was born Sept. 28, 1913. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie Preuett. She is survived by her sons, James Melvin Preuett of Heflin, and Wayne Preuett of Boise, Idaho; brothers, Bill Finklea of Heflin, and Buddy Finklea of Shreveport; sisters, Catherine Morgan, and Emma Harrison, both of Ringgold; grandchildren, Brandi Preuett of Heflin, Janet Scholl of Nekoosa, Wis., and Melanie Chipman of Boise; eight great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends.

Bobby Hutchins
Graveside services for Mr. Bobby Hutchins, 80, will be held at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 4, 2003, at Bistineau Baptist Cemetery in Heflin with the Rev. Everett Geis Jr. officiating. Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Mr. Hutchins, a native and resident of Heflin, passed away Friday, Aug. 1, at Meadowview Nursing Home in Minden. He was a former Webster Parish sheriff's deputy, and a 50-year member of Elm Grove Lodge #266. He was preceded in death by his wife, C.V. Hutchins. He is survived by his son, Billy Ray Davis and wife Kathy of Bossier City; sister, Janice Moreland of Minden; two granddaughters, Barbara Ruth McGee and husband Scott, and Bridget Rene Benton and husband Tommy; three great-grandchildren, Amanda Rowell, Rachel McGee, and Matthew McGee; several nieces and nephews; and a very special friend and caregiver, Donna Watson and daughter, Kimberly Cook. Pallbearers will be Dale Hutchins, Derrick Hutchins, Claude Reeves, Gary Moreland, Scott Cook and Tommy Kemp. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Ross David, Grover Arthur, Bobby Warren and Ken Stewart.

Lillian Lilly
Funeral services for Mrs. Lillian Ann Hays Lilly, 72, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Roy Strother officiating. Graveside services will follow at noon at Liberty Hill Cemetery near Bienville. Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. today, Aug. 4, at the funeral home. Mrs. Lilly, a native of Bienville and a resident of Minden for 36 years, passed away, Saturday, Aug. 2, in Minden. She was a retired home demonstration agent for Webster Parish. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charley and Berta Hays; sisters, Mary Effie, and Charlene Hays; and brother, Thomas (Sonny) Wilson Hays. She is survived by her son, Roy Lilly III of Minden; daughter, Patricia Lilly Roy and husband A. Kenison of Metairie; and grandchildren, Charles Hall Lilly, Erin Michelle Lilly and Rachel Ann Lilly, all of Arcadia, and Alexander Philip Roy of Metairie. Memorials may be made to North Acres Baptist Church in Minden.

W. Claudis Evans
Graveside services for Mr. W. Claudis Evans, 82, of Minden were to be held at 11 a.m. today at Gardens of Memory cemetery with the Rev. Ronnie Whitlock officiating under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31. A native of Dubberly, Mr. Evans passed away Sunday, July 27 in Minden. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was later an operation supervisor for Gulf Pipeline Co. He is preceded in death by his wife Imogene Evans and son, William C. Evans Jr. He is survived by two sons, Donald R. Evans of Bossier City and David T. Evans of McKinney, Texas; two sisters, Betty Beatty of Minden and Mary Sue Brown of Bloomington, Texas; one brother, Roy Evans of Panama City, Fla.; and eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or St. Jude's Cancer Research Hospital.

Charles Richard Barton
Funeral services for Mr. Charles Richard Barton, 68, of Minden will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, at Parkway Baptist Church with the Rev. J.C. Clement officiating and the Rev. Don Woodard assisting. Burial will follow at Brushwood Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. today, Thursday, July 31 at the funeral home. A native of Winnsboro, Mr. Barton passed away Wednesday, July 30 in Minden. He was a retired tool and die maker. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Barton; one sister, Laverne Springfield; and one brother, Bobby Barton. He is survived by his wife, Sue Barton of Minden; three sons, Charles Richard Barton Jr. and wife Crystalgail of Minden, Daniel DeWaine Barton of Minden and Lonny Glen Barton of Haughton; one daughter, Tina Christine Barton of Minden; five sisters, Earline Rollen of Seagraves, Texas, Claudine Robinson of Winnsboro, Mary Moore and Betty Perryman, both of Minden, and Gayle Batton of Dubberly; three brothers, David Barton and Vernon Barton, both of Haughton, and Donald Barton of Dubberly; five grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

W. Claudis Evans
Graveside services for Mr. W. Claudis Evans, 82, of Minden will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 1, 2003 at Gardens of Memory cemetery with the Rev. Ronnie Whitlock officiating under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31. A native of Dubberly, Mr. Evans passed away Sunday, July 27 in Minden. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was later an operation supervisor for Gulf Pipeline Co. He is preceded in death by his wife Imogene Evans. He is survived by two sons, Donald R. Evans of Bossier City and David T. Evans of McKinney, Texas; two sisters, Betty Beatty of Minden and Mary Sue Brown of Bloomington, Texas; one brother, Roy Evans of Panama City, Fla.; and eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or St. Jude's Cancer Research Hospital.

Dewey Bryant Kennon
Funeral Services for Mr. Dewey Bryant Kennon will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Kennon's Mortuary, with Rev. T. A. Knapp, officiating. Interment will follow at the Sheppard Street Cemetery. Dewey Kennon, a resident of Minden, was born July 27, 1925 in Doyline to the late Carl and Mable Jackson Kennon. He passed away on July 24 in Bossier City. Dewey Kennon faithfully served his country in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946 as a Ship Cook and in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1958 as an Airman Second Class. Dewey Kennon is survived by his daughter, Dorothy Jean Kennon Williams and husband, Randy II of Chandler, Arizona; two grandsons, Rand Williams III and Steven Williams, both of Seattle, Wa.; three sisters, Effie Owens, Catherine Terrell, and Truzella Barker, all of Minden; one brother, Lee Kennon of Kansas City, MO; devoted in-laws; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held Thursday, July 31, 2003 in the Kennon's Mortuary. Services are entrusted to Kennon's Mortuary of Minden.

Janis Mims
Funeral Services for Janis Key Mims were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Mayflower Baptist Church, with Rev. Charlie Winzer, officiating. Burial followed at the Mayflower Cemetery. Janis Key Mims, a resident of Minden, was born July 13, 1951 in Shreveport to the late Eddie Key Sr. and the late Eula B. Key. She departed this life to be with the Lord on, July 23 in Minden. Janis Mims is survived by two sons, Nakia Mims and Shanga Mims, both of the Minden; one daughter, LaTonia Mims of Minden; one grandchild, Nykeria Mims of Minden; two sisters, Verdia Lindsey and Dorothy Moore, both of Minden; two brothers, Raymond Key of Oakland, CA and Joe Key of Athens; two aunts, Willie Mae Morris and Bennie Key, both of Minden; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Services were entrusted to Kennon's Mortuary of Minden.

William Mallory Jones
Funeral services for William Mallory Jones, 96, were to be held at 10 a.m. today, July 28, 2003, at the Chapel of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory. Mr. Jones, a longtime resident of Heflin, passed away in Houston, Texas, Friday, July 25. Mr. Jones was born Sept. 7, 1906 in Bienville. He served as postmaster in Heflin for 43 years, from 1929 until his retirement in 1972. He also served three years in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was married to Verrell Bailey Jones for 60 years until her death in 1999. Mr. Jones became a Christian at an early age and was a member of Heflin Baptist Church where he served faithfully for as long as his health allowed. He was a deacon and served as Sunday School superintendent, a teacher and a choir member for many years. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge and the American Legion for many years. Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his wife, Verrell Jones; two sisters, Irene Smith and Edna Reeve; and one brother, Paul Jones. He is survived by one daughter, Linda Banister and husband Mallory of Humble, Texas; two granddaughters, Julie Nickell and husband Bruce, and Karen Mills and husband, Mark; two great-grandsons, David Nickell and James Mills, all of Humble, Texas; three sisters, Vera Olphint of Shreveport, Velma Boggs and Alice Lee of Heflin; sister-in-law, Chloe Jones of Shreveport; and a niece and several nephews. Pallbearers will be deacons of Heflin Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to Heflin Baptist Church of the donor's choice of charity.

Nadia C. Phenix
Funeral services for Nadia Calisse Phenix, 20, will be held Tuesday, July 29, 2003 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Calm Baptist Church with Rev. T. A. Knapp officiating under the direction of Benovelent Funeral Home. Family hour will be held from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. today, Monday, July 28 at the funeral home. Nadia passed away Wednesday, July 23 after a serious car accident. She is survived by her son, KaDarious "Tyreke" Phenix; parents, Shelia B. Phenix of Minden and Gregory Manning of Dallas, Texas; one sister, Daniell Phenix of Minden; one brother, Tamerion Phenix of Minden; grandmothers, Ethel S. Phenix and Mary Ann Manning, both of Minden; aunts, Gloria Shyne (Larry), Debra E. Phenix, Dorothy "Evone" Phenix and Martha Joe Crow, all of Minden; uncles, Elijah "Sonny" Phenix III, Ricky L. Phenix, Chris Manning, all of Minden, and Keith B. Phenix of Monroe; best friend and cousin, Kanisha "PeeWee" Phenix; special friend, Adrian Combs; cousins, Kiah Davis, Franscios Phenix, LaTonya Phenix, Ashley Shyne, Gabriella Phenix, Kendall Burrel and Keith B. Phenix; and many other relatives and friends.

Jeff Wiltcher
Memorial services for Jeff Wiltcher, 32, will be held at 2 p.m. today, July 28, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with Dr. David Peterson of Pleasure Point Baptist Church officiating. Mr. Wiltcher passed away Saturday, July 26, in Minden. He is survived by his mother, Laverne Foster, and step-father, Joseph Lamar Foster of Claiborne Parish; daughter, Tori Lynn Wiltcher of Bossier City; sister, Lori Ann Wiltcher of Heflin; and three nephews, Eric, Heath and Caleb Williams.

John D. Jackson
Funeral services for Mr. John D. Jackson, 55, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2003, at Growing Valley Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Growing Valley Cemetery under the direction of Kennon's Mortuary, Inc., in Minden. Visitation will be held today, July 25, with family hour from 6 until 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Mr. Jackson passed away Saturday, July 19, in Middletown, Ohio. He is survived by two sons, Clinton Jackson and Derek Jackson, both of Middletown; two sisters, Vera Hawkins of Dallas, Texas, and Clara Russell of Los Angeles, Calif.; three brothers, Clint Jackson Jr., Nolen Jackson, and Abner Jackson, all of Dallas; two aunts, Vester Thornton and Vera Williams, both of Minden; nieces, Nethel Jackson of Dallas, and Catherine Armstrong of Austin, Texas; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Herbert McCauley
Funeral services Mr. Herbert McCauley, 74, will be held at noon Saturday, July 26, 2003, at Lewisville, CME Church in Plain Dealing with the Rev. Harry Davis Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Clarks Cemetery in Plain Dealing under direction of Miller-Pioneer Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 7 until 8 p.m. today, July 25, at Calhoun CME Church. Mr. McCauley passed away Sunday, July 20, at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport. He is survived by his wife Mamie McCauley of Plain Dealing; two sons, Garland McCauley and Herbert T. McCauley, both of Plain Dealing; daughter, Bridgett McCauley Scott of Las Vegas, Nev.; four brothers, Marshall McCauley of Houston, Texas, Huey P. McCauley of Lewisville, Ky., Earl C. McCauley of Los Angeles, Calif., and Jack McCauley of Gilam; sisters, Deloris Johnson of Inglewood, Calif., Beverly Jackson of Los Angeles, Shirley Smith of Seaside, Calif., Evelyn Wilson of California; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Jeremy Priest
Funeral services for Mr. Jeremy Wayne Priest, 19, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2003, at Whispering Pines Baptist Church with the Rev. Barry Carter officiating and the Rev. Pat Windham assisting. Burial will follow at Whispering Pines Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 4 until 8 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at the church. Mr. Priest, a native of Minden and a resident of Dubberly, passed away Thursday, July 24, in Shreveport. He was a clerk for Circle K Stores. He passed away due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident early Wednesday morning. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Ernest and Sallie Mae Priest; and uncle, Eugene Priest. He is survived by his parents, Wayne and Sharon Priest of Dubberly; maternal grandparents, A.L. and Johnnie Hicks of Dubberly; fiancÚ, Rebekah Sullivan of Minden; one sister, Jennifer Priest of Dubberly; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Jerry Hamm
Funeral services for Mr. Jerry Milton Alexander Hamm, 47, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with Dr. Morris Robe officiating. Burial will follow at Sibley Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 until 9 p.m. today, July 24, at the funeral home. Mr. Hamm, a native of Shreveport and a resident of Sibley, passed away Wednesday, July 23, in Shreveport. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Floyd and Gussie Seegers; aunt, Joy Seegers Shelton and uncle, Floyd Seegers Jr.; and nephew, Michael Haynie. He is survived by his mother, Maxine Seegers Rosier of Ringgold; one daughter, Danielle Hamm; one son, Christopher Hamm of Rayne; sister, Judy Chandler and husband Allen Ray of Sibley; niece, Dianna Smith of Castor; nephew, Tony Chandler of Houston, Texas; three very special cousins, Danny and Rusty Roton of Haughton and Dianne Chandler of Salt Lake City; and one very special person, Romona Hamm of Rayne.

Windy Thomas
Funeral services for Ms. Windy Jacob Thomas will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2003, at Living Word Worship Center in Minden. Burial will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 6 until 7 p.m. Friday, July 25, at the funeral home. Ms. Thomas, a native of Shreveport, passed away Sunday, July 20. She was born May 18, 1957, to Cleller Jacob and Elie Taylor of Minden. She was a member of Living Word Worship Center, where she was active in the choir. She graduated from Minden High School and Northwest Louisiana Technical College with a computer specialist degree, and was pursuing a degree in office systems technology. She is survived by her daughter, Vatishala Thomas; son, Johnnerick Thomas; her mother, Cleller Jacob; her father, Elie Taylor; devoted sisters and brothers, Patsy Williams, Larry Jacob, Jeffery Jacob, Venika Jacob, Luther Jacob, Shelia Johnson, Timothy Taylor, Mary Rigsby, Marie Spivey, Regina Lawson and Deidra Al-Mubd; nieces and nephews, Chondrick Lofton, Amber Jacob, Cameron Eason, and Chondrick Jr.; and numerous cousins, relatives and friends.

John D. Jackson
Funeral services for Mr. John D. Jackson, 55, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2003, at Growing Valley Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Sheppard Street Cemetery under the direction of Kennon's Mortuary, Inc. in Minden. Visitation will be held Friday, July 25, with family hour from 6 until 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Mr. Jackson passed away Saturday, July 19, in Middleton, Ohio. He is survived by two sons, Clinton Jackson and Derek Jackson, both of Middleton; two sisters, Vera Hawkins of Dallas, Texas, and Clara Russell of Los Angeles, Calif.; three brothers, Clint Jackson Jr., Nolen Jackson, and Abner Jackson, all of Dallas; two aunts, Vester Thornton and Vera Williams, both of Minden; nieces, Nethel Jackson of Dallas, and Catherine Armstrong of Austin, Texas; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Dale Reynolds
Military graveside services for Mr. Dale Reynolds, 53, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2003, at Mt. Sterling Cemetery with the Rev. Don Tinsley officiating. Services are under the direction of Hopkins County Military Coalition. Visitation will be held from 7 until 9 p.m. today, July 23, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home in Sulphur Springs, Texas. Mr. Reynolds, a resident of Sulphur Springs, passed away Sunday, July 20, at Veterans' Hospital in Dallas. He was born Nov. 25, 1949 in Sulphur Springs to Haskell W. and Geraldine Stanley Reynolds. He married Vickie Kay Thomason in Cotton Valley on Sept. 18, 1970. He was a member of the United States Army and served in the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by one son, Michael Jason Reynolds. He is survived by his wife; two sons, Tim Reynolds, Micah Reynolds, both of Sulphur Springs; three brothers, Robert Reynolds of Sulphur Springs, Joe Reynolds of Pittsburg and Randy Reynolds of Terrell; four grandchildren, Brittany Kay Reynolds, Tiffany Ann Reynolds, Katelyn May Reynolds, and Kelsey Nicole Reynolds.

Evelyn Franklin
Funeral services for Mrs. Evelyn Franklin will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2003, at Blue Run Baptist Church in Minden. Burial will follow at Shady Grove 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 25, at the funeral home.

Cheryl Robinson
Graveside services for Mrs. Cheryl Stewart Robinson, 50, were held at 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 21, 2003, at City Cemetery in Minden following a memorial service held in Dallas. Services were under the direction of Restland Funeral Home in Dallas. Mrs. Robinson, a resident of Garland, Texas, passed away Friday, July 18, at her residence. She was born Nov. 3, 1952, in Abbeville, but was raised in Minden. In 1970, she graduated from Minden High School. While attending Louisiana State University, she met John Robinson. The two were married on Aug. 11, 1973. The following year, she graduated from LSU. In 1976, the couple moved to Dallas, Texas. She worked for Aetna Investment Services for 19 years. She also volunteered her time to help recruit students for LSU. While her daughters were young, she participated in various roles at school. She will be most remembered for her incredible creative talents. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Richardson, Texas. She was preceded in death by her father, Daniel Webster Stewart III. She is survived by her husband, John Charles Robinson; daughters, Catherine Stewart Robinson of Garland, Lauren Robinson Hickey and husband Russell Thomas Hickey of Kansas City, Mo.; brother, David Dougald Stewart of Houston, Texas; niece, Claire Morgan Stewart of Leeds, Mass.; brother, Dr. Robert Webster Stewart; sister-in-law, Lisa Martinez Stewart; nieces, Julianna Nicole Stewart and Reagan Danielle Stewart of Bossier City; and her mother, Barbara Stewart Shaffer and husband Vernon Shaffer of Minden. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Susan G. Komen foundation of Minden.

Ethel Sanderson
Graveside services for Mrs. Ethel Marie Sanderson, 69, were to be held at 10 a.m. today, July 22, 2003, at Pleasant Valley Cemetery with the Rev. Barry Carter officiating. Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Mrs. Sanderson, a native of Shongaloo and a resident of Heflin, passed away Monday, July 21, in Heflin. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband, James C. Sanderson; sister, Sarran Miller and Doris Potts, both of Minden; brother, Bobby Faircloth; and a host of friends.

Roy Mason
Funeral services for Mr. Roy Amos Mason were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 20, 2003, at Chapel of Memorial in Homer. Burial followed at Hightower Cemetery in Homer under the direction of Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden.

Zell Parish
Funeral services for Mrs. Zell Brown Parish, 85, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2003, at Weldon Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Davis and the Rev. Neil Everett officiating. Burial will follow at Weldon Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. today, July 21, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Homer. Mrs. Parish, a native of Bernice, passed away Saturday, July 19, in Minden. She was a lifelong member of Weldon Baptist Church and was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was born May 28, 1918. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gus and Fannie Brown; one son, James Allen Parish; seven brothers, Clyde Brown, Raford Brown, Bill Brown, Perry Brown, Bud Brown, J.B. Brown and J.C. Brown; and two sisters, Odell Brown and Euna Foster. She is survived by one daughter, Nila Johnson of Minden; three sons and daughters-in-law, Ed and Judy Parish of Minden, Roger and Linda Parish of Shreveport, and Bob and Joann Parish of Houston, Texas; one sister, Dorothy Bertrand of Homer; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. Pallbearers will be Bruce Simpson, Mike Hollenshead, Richard Flurry, Nicholas Sadler, Donny Odom and Danny Lee. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Weldon Baptist Church Building Fund.

Ernest Young
Funeral services for Mr. Ernest Edward Young, 84, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 2003, at Mt. Paran Baptist Church in Shongaloo with the Rev. Whitlock of Minden officiating. Burial will follow at Old Shongaloo Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Mortuary of Springhill. Visitation will be held at 5 p.m. today, July 18, at the funeral home. Mr. Young, a resident of Shongaloo, passed away Tuesday, July 15. He was a member of Mt. Paran Baptist Church since 1981. He was an active member of Masonic Lodge #352, becoming a perpetual member in the recent past. Having joined the Masons almost 50 years ago, he has been recognized in leadership as a master in 1986, a Junior Deacon and a senior deacon in the District Lodge. He was born on May 22, 1919, in Gordon, Neb., to parents, Ernest Gideon and Stella Violet Young. Weighing only two pounds at birth, he truly was a gift from the Lord for all who knew and loved him. His maternal grandfather, Burton White, was a school teacher in Washington, who moved to Nebraska to open a mercantile store. Customers arrived in covered wagons and bought "everything from clothing to ice cream." Mr. Young spent his childhood and adolescent years "plowing corn for 50 cents a day," then left Nebraska in 1936 at age 16, during a family relocation to south Texas. In San Perlita, Texas, he worked digging water wells, and was a member of the team who dug the first Artesian water well on the famous and historic King Ranch. A class of 1937 graduate of San Perlita High School, he set out to make life for himself and got into the oil field, working as a young man, eventually moving to New Iberia in 1956. He loved working on offshore oil rigs and eventually retired to farming, gardening and canning in Shongaloo, after a lifetime of service in the oil industry. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy, and his wife of 25 years, Myrtis Elizabeth Newsom Rodriguez Young of Shongaloo; his daughter, Sue Annette Rodriguez Hensley and his nephew, Roland Young Jr. A beloved father, husband, and grandfather, he will be missed by his three grandchildren who survive him, Roy Austin Hensley of Plano, Texas, Elizabeth Annette Joy of Bailey's Prairie, Texas, and Maria Patience Rose of Milan, Italy; siblings, Fern Smith and husband Willard, Roland Ray Young and wife Jean, and his nieces and nephews, Carla and Clark Young, and Larry and Gary Smith. Pallbearers will be Waldo Fuller, Bill Strange, Clay Strange, John Stanley, Jim Baugh and Robert Charles. Honorary pallbearers will be Urel Cox, Donnie Morgan, Marvin Cockrell, M.D. Adkins and the members of Shongaloo Lodge #352 F&AM.

Alvin J. Royer Sr.
Graveside services for Mr. Alvin J. Royer Sr., 76, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 2003, at Doyline Cemetery with the Rev. Tom Carlton officiating. Services are under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, July 18, at the funeral home. Mr. Royer, a native of Lafayette and a resident of Doyline, passed away Tuesday, July 15, in Minden. He was a Mason and a Shriner. He is survived by his wife, Beatrice "Bea" Royer; children, Alvin Royer Jr., Vickie Anderson, Shirley Cramer, and Eddie Turner; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Ervin Rawls
Funeral services for Mr. Ervin John Rawls will be held at noon Saturday, July 19, 2003, at Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden. Burial will follow at Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery in Couchwood. Visitation will be held from 4 until 7 p.m., Friday, July 18, at the funeral home.

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. today, July 16, at the funeral home.

Rosa S. Williams
Funeral services for Mrs. Rosa Saulter Williams, 68, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 18, at the Mt. Calm Baptist Church with Rev. T. A. Knapp officiating. Burial will follow at Sheppard Street Cemetery under the direction of Kennon's Mortuary, Inc. Visitation will be held Thursday, July 17 at the funeral home. Mrs. Williams was born January 21, 1935, in Dubberly to Mr. Roosevelt & Mrs. Nancy Saulter. She departed this life to be with the Lord, Sunday, July 13, in Minden. Mrs. Williams, a faithful member of Mt. Calm Baptist Church, served as president of the Deaconess Ministry. A retired educator, she served the Webster Parish School System for 25 years and an additional 10 years as a substitute teacher. A member of the National Association of Educators, Mrs. Williams was an alumnus of Southern University. She is survived by her husband of nearly 28 years, Pete Williams of Minden; three sisters, Irene Thomas of El Cerrito, Calif., Mary Jean Bell of Baton Rouge, and Margretta Saulter of Shreveport; one brother, Edison Saulter of Richmond, Calif.; four aunts, Zeola Pugh, Mary Harold, Elizabeth Stanley, and Melvina Rayford; one uncle, Benjamin Henderson; two sisters-in-law, Jeannie Watts and Nettie Jenkins; and a host of other relatives and friends.


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