Louisiana, Ouachita Parish Obits, Week of August 7, 2003
Mrs. Millie Ann Dean
Services for Millie Ann Dean, 63, of West Monroe will be held at August 8 in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home in West Monroe with Rev. Billy Taylor officiating. Burial was at Twin Cities Memorial Gardens.
Dean died August 5 at Cornerstone Hospital in Monroe.
She was a member of the Immanuel Worship and Fellowship Church in West Monroe.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Dean, parents, Elbert and Lela Haley and brother, Kevlin Haley. Survivors include daughter, Dusty Homes; sons, Rusty Hofler, Kenneth Hofler, Sr., and Chuck Bergeron; brothers, Arthur Lee Haley and Marcus D. Haley; sisters, Pearlie May, Betty Jo Haley, Jeanette Harrlle, Nita Bucklew and Sandy Whittington,; grandchildren, Michael, Jr. and Dustin Holmes, Ken, Matthew and Melissa Hofler, Liz Strickland and Sara Hearne; great grandchildren, Kayse, Michael Paul and Aaron Holmes, Gabriel and Holly Strickland.
Pallbearers were John Hearne, Coty Gilliam, Vic Munoz, Jamie Del Rio, Lee Cook and Charles Strickland.
Virginia C. Davis
Services for Virginia C. Davis, 76, of West Monroe were held August 1 at the Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel in West Monroe with Rev. George Jacobs officiating. Interment was held at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in West Monroe under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in West Monroe.
Davis died July 30 at Glenwood Regional Medical Center.
Davis was preceded in death by her husband A.Z. Davis, a son, B.J. Davis and brother J.C. Duncan.
Survivors include three children, Glynn Davis and wife Rose of West Monroe, Carl Davis and wife Sharon of West Monroe, Charles Davis and wife Juanita of West Monroe; sister, Clara Dulaney and husband Buddy of Hebert; nine grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were grandsons.
Marie Dantone Hamel
Services for Mrs. Marie Dantone Hamel, 73, of Monroe formerly of Greenville, MS funeral services Were August 6 with Father Joe Tonos Officiating. Burial followed at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery. Under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road..
Hamel was a member of St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Monroe, La.
She was preceded in death by her first husband Frank Dantone Sr. and her parents Angelo and Mary Vincent.
She is survived by her Husband Ken Hamel and six Children Frank Dantone Jr.; Joe Dantone; Tina Farve; Doug Dantone and Mark Dantone; Five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She is also survied by five step-children Phyllis Hamel; Patricia Garrott; Paula Harrrison; Glen Hamel; Alan Hamel; and 10 step-grandchildren and 2 step Great grandchildren.
Services for Doug Hays, 38, of Choudrant, were held August 2, in Mulhearn Funeral Home Chapel, Sterlington Road, Monroe, with Rev. George Ferrington, Rev. Herman Savoie, and Rev. Sam Wheat officiating. Burial was in Ft. Necessity Baptist Church Cemetery.
Hays died Tuesday, July 29, in Minden, from injuries following a motorcycle accident.
He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Formerly an employee of the Corps of Engineers, he was currently a flooring contractor.
Survivors include his wife, Jill Smith Hays of Choudrant; parents, Henry and Hazel Hays of Monroe; and brother, Dr. Randy Hays and wife, Karla of Houston, TX; niece, Haley Hays; and nephew, Harrison Hays.
Pallbearers were his special friends, Ray Pommier, Jr., Mike Bower, Robin Mayo, Bill Hunt, Bobby Wilder, and Bobby Barnes.
Honorary pallbearer will be Jonathan Thomas.
John Clyde Hudgins Sr.
Services for John Clyde Hudgins Sr., 97, of West Monroe were held July 28 at the Kilpatrick Funeral Home West Monroe Chapel with Rev. Lee Thomas officiating. Interment was held at the Roselawn Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in West Monroe.
Hudgins died July 26 at Glenwood Hospital.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Ruby Irene Johnson Hudgins and a son John Clyde Hudgins Jr.
Survivors include three children; Gwen Lynch of West Monroe, Sheir Gross and husband Ron of Bucksport, Me. And Bill Hudgins and wife Pat of West Monroe; grandchildren, Sandra King, Debbie Fields, Linda Hudgins, Wayne Hudgins, Jackie Cutler, Karen Brooks, Jonathon Hudgins, Marc Hudgins, and Becky Winslow; great grandchildren, Trenton and Christian Winslow, Travis King, Tiffany Nicholson, Tommy King and Sean Payne.
Pallbearers were Marc Hudgins, Wayne Hudgins, Jonathon Hudgins, Max Johnson, Tony Jones, Lance Johnson, Steve Johnson and Guy Lynch.
Honorary Pallbearers were Troy Lynch, Jim Nelson, and Doug Nelson.
Kevin Ray Rutledge
Funeral services for Kevin Ray Rutledge, 36 of West Monroe were held at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in West Monroe on July 29 with Rev. Woody Rimes officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatirck Funeral Home in West Monroe.
Rutledge died July 25 at his residence in West Monroe after a sudden illness.
He was a resident of West Monroe and an employee of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Department. He was a graduate of West Monroe High School and attended ULM where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He was a member of Mr. Vernon Baptist Church and was a member of Souled Out for Christ Gospel Quartet. Rutledge coached Dixie Youth Baseball and was a devoted husband, father, son and brother. He had a deep abiding faith in God and enjoyed praising the Lord in song. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and lover of watersports. He will be remembers for his gentle, generous nature and total devotion to his children.
Rutledge was preceded in death by his grandfather, J.D. Weems and Jimmy Rutledge.
He is survived by his grandmothers, Corrine Weems and Helon Rutledge of West Monroe; his wife, Christy Keirsey Rutledge of West Monroe, son Jarod Powell and daughters Claire and Emily Rutledge also of West Monroe; his mother, Gloria Weems Albritton of West Monroe, father and step-mother, Bobby and Malva Rutledge of Monroe; father0in-law and mother-in-law Harold and Bernice Keirsey, Sr. of West Monroe; brother-in-law and sister, Jarret and Tamara Spurgeon of Georgia; brother-in-law and wife Harold and Susan Keirsey, Jr. of West Monroe; brother-in-law and wife Chris and Kim Salsbury of Downsville.
Pallbearers were Roy Davis, Kelly Mathus, Don Turney, Todd Cummings, Stacie Antie, Chris Salsbury, Tom Hargrove and Rene Canales. Honorary Pallbearers were Sheriff Richard Fewell and the co-workers that he loved, deputies of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Department.
LaDora Emily Shamblin
Services for Miss LaDora Emily Shamblin, 91, of Monroe, were held August 6, in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road, Monroe with Rev. Jayne Tramell-Kelly officiating. Internment followed at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery.
Shamblin passed away Sunday, August 3, at Cornerstone Hospital in West Monroe, after a brief illness.
She lived a life of service to her church, her family and her fellow man. Upon graduating from Fort Necessity High School, She served as Companion to 2 prominent older ladies with great success. She then went to Monroe Commercial School, graduated and worked as a medical secretary for over 25 years. She was the secretary and office manger for the late Dr. James E. Walsworth. She then was office manger for the late Dr. Nathaniel R. Spencer until her retirement. Her retirement was a continuation of her life of service to her church, family and friends. Nursing was her true calling.. She was a member of Memorial United Methodist church of Monroe and actively participated in their XYZ program(X-tra Years of Zest) and the annual Church Bazaar Gumbo sale. She was able to live alone and drive herself to church until the age of 89.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Naomi Shamblin; sister, Leola Mae Potter; brother, Sam W. Shamblin; nieces and nephews- Dorothy Madge Potter Wolfman, Camille Elaine Potter Mullican, Christy Ruth Wilkes, Henery Ronald Mullican and John Wayne Potter.
Survivors include sisters: Ruth Stark Nichols of Bastrop, Beatrice S. Addison and Husband Carl (Bro-n-law) of Sterlington; brother: George M. Shamblin of Bastrop; special great- niece Rita Holton Williamson and a large number of much loved nieces, nephews, and "greats, great-greats and great-great-greats!"
Pallbearers will be family members: W.A. "Buddy" Potte, Ray Holton, Dennis Holton , Dean Williamson, Johnny Ogden and Huey Arther.
Claudia Belle Parker Thrift
Services for Claudia Belle Parker Thrift, 85, of Monroe were held July 30 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel in Monroe with Dr. Randy McGee officiating. Interment was held at the Twin Cities Memorial Gardens.
Thrift was born December 24, 1917 at Many and passed away July 29 at Saint Francis Hospital after a brief illness.
Thrift was employed at Vaughan Wright Bendel Clinic, Monroe Furniture and retired from Borden, Inc. in Monroe. She graduated from Northeast Junior College, was past Matron, Louise L. McGuire, Chapter #, Order of the Eastern Star. Thrift taught Sunday School, 3-6 year old classes at First Baptist Church of Monroe where she was a member of the Chancellor Choirs and Singin' Sams. Devon and Claudia were married October 9, 1937. Thrift was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Devon D. Thrift, and parents Claude and Josie Parker and stepmother Mae Parker.
Survivors include her daughter, Shirley Pesnell and husband Kenny of Choudrant; son, Ronald "Butch" Thrift and wife Cynthia of Monroe; grandchildren, Rhonda Crawford and husband Andy of Monroe, Mike Nolan of Choudrant, Christy Anders and husband Mark of Van Buren, AR., Mark Thrift and wife Jan of Cabott, Ar., Stacey Nolan Williams of Choudrant, Kendon Pesnell and wife Jennifer of Ruston, Everett Resnell of Ruston and Kevin Pesnell of Ruston; great grandchildren, Miranda Crawford, Daniel Crawford, Chelsea Nolan, Madeline Nolan, Taylor Anders, Tucker Anders, Adreanna Thrift, Sydney Anders, Kyler Pesnell, Daniel Pesnell; special friends, Glenda and Mike Elford and a host of nieces and nephews and friends.
Pallbearers were Wayne Barnhill, Bert Collier, A.D. Foreman, Vernon Whitlock, Chuck Campbell and Billy Roach.
Honorary Pallbearers were grandsons, Andy Crawford, Mike Nolan, Mark Anders and Mark Thrift.
Richard T. Williams
Services for Richard T. Williams, 61, of West Monroe, were held July 29 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel in West Monroe with Rev. Danny Hawthorne officiating under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in West Monroe.
Williams died July 27 at Glenwood Regional Medical Center.
He worked for BFI for over 20 years and was currently working for Dupree Transport.
Survivors include his wife, Meredith Williams of West Monroe; son, Scott Williams of Shreveport; mother, Dorothy Williams of MA., three grandchildren; Scott, Robert and Alan Maines; sister, Nancy Williams of MA; brothers, Bruce Williams of MI. and a host of nieces and nephews.