Louisiana, Ouachita Parish Obits, Week of December 4, 2003
Virginia Coats Allison
Graveside services for Ms. Virginia Coats Allison, 92, of West Monroe were held Nov. 29 at the Hasley Cemetery in West Monroe with Dr. John Traylor officiating under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home West Monroe.
Allison graduated from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches in 1932 and spent her entire career in social work for the state of Louisiana. She was involved and very active in the First Baptist Church in Monroe.
Allison was preceded in death by her five brothers, Conrad, Roland, Robert, Ross and Joe.
She is survived by six nieces, Jane Billhorn, Ginger Tinsley, Mary Lowry, Anna Joyce Nevils, Billie Boone and Evelyn Ray Jones; and two nephews, Roland and Charles R. Coats.
Reita Bayles Aulds
Services for Reita Bayles Aulds, 87 of Monroe were held Nov. 25 at First Baptist Church in Monroe with Dr. John Traylor, Bro. Don DeLukie and Dr. Randy McGee officiating .
Interment was held at the Acree Cemetery in Point under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in West Monroe.
Aulds died Nov. 22 at the St. Francis Medical Center following a brief illness.
Aulds graduated from Northwestern School of Nursing and retired from E.A. Conway hospital as a registered nurse. She was longtime member of First Baptist Church in Monroe, where she served faithfully.
Aulds was preceded in death by her husband, George Aulds, parents, Sam and Annie Bayles, sister, Estelle Pullin and two infant sisters.
Survivors include her sister, Arveal Smith of Shreveport; three brothers, Fulton Bayles of Rocky Branch, Sam H. Bayles of Downsville, Lonnie Bayles of Downsville; stepson, Glen Aulds of Marion; step grandson, Tony Aulds of West Monroe and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and friends.
Bonnie Evelyn Bench
Services for Bonnie Evelyn Bench, 59, of West Monroe were held Nov. 21 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel in West Monroe with Rev. Rodney Sanders officiating.
Interment was held at Sharon Baptist Church Cemetery in Sikes under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in West Monroe.
Bonnie was born April 19, 1944 in Dumas, Ark., and died November 20 at St. Francis Medical Center after a lengthy illness
Bonnie was a loving child and a joy to everyone she met. She was preceded in death by her parents, Everett and Nellie Bench and a brother, Thelbert Bench.
Survivors include two brothers, Verlon Bench and wife Edith of Columbia, Robert Bench and wife Donnis E. of West Monroe; four sisters, Iva Grace Secrenty of San Diego California, Mary Ann Woodall of Pascagoula, MS., Martha Tauscher of West Monroe, Ima Jean Anunciation of West Monroe, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and their children
Pallbearers were Robert Bench, Jr., Matthew Morris, Robert Matthew Bench, Tommy E. Bench, Jr., Mark A. Anunciation, Gregory Anunciation.
Honorary Pallbearers were Michael Tauscher, Martin Duke Tauscher, Ronnie Woodall, James Woodall, Lawrence Woodall, Tommy Bench.
Mack L. Brock
Services for Mr. Mack L. Brock, 78, of Calhoun were held Nov. 21 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel in West Monroe with Bro. Eligene Brown and Rev. Ron Brown and Mr. Brock's son, Leslie Brock, officiating.
Interment was held at the Loch Arbor Cemetery, Monroe under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in West Monroe.
Brock was born Dec. 25, 1924 in Atlanta, LA, and died Nov. 19 at the Cornerstone Hospital in West Monroe.
Brock was a retired oilfield worker and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, a sister and two, children James and Donnie.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Cathern Brock of Calhoun; son, Leslie Brock and wife LeJeune of West Monroe; four daughters, Brenda Sherman and husband Butch of Mexia, Tex., Bonnie Shelton and husband Roger of Wildwood, GA., Gladys Elibanks and husband Michael of Monroe, Lanette Knight and husband Paul of Monroe; brother, A. J. Brock of Oak Grove; two sisters, Marie Woods of Portland, Ark., Elizabeth Alford of Mer Rouge, 13 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.
Sarah Laverne Glass Coleman
Service for Sarah Laverne Glass Coleman, 76, of Downsville were held Dec. 1 at Kilpatrick�s West Monroe Chapel with Bro. Danny Badcock and Bro. Leonard Garlington officiating.
Interment was held at the Twin Cities Memorial Gardens under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in West Monroe.
Coleman was a member of the Rock Hill Baptist Church in West Monroe.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, James Robert Coleman; daughters, Sherry June Whitehead and husband Bobby of Downsville, Debra Laverne Cardin and husband Tommy of Downsville, Brenda Ann Cardin and husband Donald of Springfield, Mass., Robbie Jeanette Carter and husband Greg of West Monroe; son, Paul Everett Coleman and wife Susie of Homer; sisters, Irma Gay Sawyer of Columbus, Miss., Vanetta Rose Keene of Archibald; brother, Charles Aaron Glass of Houston, Tex., and numerous nieces, nephews and other family and friends.
Pallbearers were grandsons, James Cardin, Derrick Cardin, Shannon Cardin, Stacy Cardin, Clint Coleman, Jonathan Carter, Jeffery Todd Whitehead and nephew, Joey Keene.
Audrey Estelle McGough Davis
Graveside Services for Mrs. Audrey Estelle McGough Davis, 94, of West Monroe were held at Nov. 29 at the Hasley Cemetery in West Monroe with Rev. Mark Fenn officiating under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home West Monroe.
Davis was a member of the First Baptist Church in West Monroe. She was also a member of the La Teurtelia Book Club and was a bridge player with the Bridge House. Mrs. Davis is preceded in death by her husband, Victor D. Davis Sr. and her son, Victor D. Davis Jr.
Survivors include her son, Kenneth D. Davis of Sarasota, Fla.; daughter-in-law, Mrs. Victor D. Davis Jr. of West Monroe; grandchildren, Vikki Wilder and husband Parker of Baton Rouge, Scott Davis of West Monroe, Bart Davis and wife Rhonda of West Monroe, Barbara Davis of Michigan, Ken Davis Jr., Chris Davis and wife Michelle of Missouri and Mary Engel and husband Mike of Michigan; great-grandchildren, Trey Raiford of Baton Rouge, Michael Davis, Eric Davis, Matt Davis all of West Monroe, Dillon Davis of West Monroe, Andrew Wilder of Baton Rouge, Megan O�Dowd, Mallory O�Dowd and Max Davis, all of Michigan, Allen Davis of Nebraska, Michael Davis, Parker Davis, Mickey Davis, Allison Davis, all of Missouri, Andrew Engel, David Engel, Steven Engel and Carl Engel, of Michigan and Jennifer Davis of Louisiana.
Pallbearers were Monte McGough, Dave Corbin, W. L. Corbin, Charles McGough, Frank McGough and George Massingale.
Claudine Butler Frantom
Services for Claudine Butler Frantom, 90, of West Monroe were held Nov. 25 at the Kilpatrick Funeral Home in West Monroe with Rev. Johnny Kavanagh officiating.
Interment was in the Calhoun City Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in West Monroe.
Mrs. Frantom died Nov. 22 in Ruston.
The only daughter of L.V. and Artie Tippit Butler of Calhoun, she was born and reared in western Ouachita Parish. Mrs. Frantom�s family was known for "Butler �s Pool", a recreational area her father built on the family land. Throughout her life, Mrs. Frantom maintained devotion and reverence for her family " home place".
After graduation from Calhoun High School, she attended Northeast Junior College, and married Guy W. Frantom on Mar. 10, 1936. She took great pride in her home and family, and especially enjoyed feeding the sprits of others with her Southern hospitality and cuisine. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother, and a loyal friend. Over the years, others came to rely on her as a source of family and community history.
Mrs. Frantom was an active member of McGuire Methodist Church and
Mary Martha Circle. She cherished her church friends and enjoyed attending to others in need.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a brother, Harvard Butler and her son, John Leslie Frantom Sr.
Survivors include his children, G.W. Frantom and wife Annette of Calhoun, Karen Lowery and husband Mike of Maumelle, Ark.; grandchildren, Stephanie Payne and husband Tim of Calhoun, Kirk Frantom and wife Misty of West Monroe, John Frantom and wife Debbie of Lake Providence, Kim Frantom of Lake Providence, Kristen Lowery of Lowell, AR , Ashley Lowery of Maumelle, AR; Five great-grandchildren with one on the way and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, and friends.
Pallbearers were Tim Payne, Kirk Frantom, John L. Frantom, Joe York, Ray Scharf, Fred Frantom
Joyce Ann Groan
Services for Mrs. Joyce Ann Groan, 72 of West Monroe were held Nov. 25 at Living Way Aposotlic Church with Rev. Johnny Berry and Rev. Tommy McMurrary officiating.
Interment was held at the Roselawn Cemetery in Calhoun under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in West Monroe.
Groan passed away Saturday Nov. 22 to forever be with Jesus, her Lord and Savior.
Mrs. Groan was very active member of Abundant Life Tabernacle , she had taught Sunday School for over 40 years and was always involved with the youth. She was a devoted Christian lady, that enjoyed her time visiting and praying with the ill, whether in their home or in the hospital, she will be truly missed and was loved by all. Family and friends alike will remember her as a prayer warrior.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years Sheldon Groan; five children, Stanley Groan and wife Dianne, Stanton Groan and wife Susan, Sharon McClain and husband Jerry , Mike Groan and wife Leslie, Danny Groan and wife Donna; brother, Jack Berry; sister, Doris Kemper; ten grandchildren; ten great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Pallbearers were Jonathan Groan, Jerald McClain, Derrek Groan, Steven Kelley, Chris Salsbury and Rick Morehead
Honorary Pallbearer was Brent Downs.
Rev. Troy Garrett
Service for Rev. Troy Garrett of Choudrant was held Nov. 17 at beulah United Methodist Church with Rev. Jimmie Pyles and Johnny Kavanaugh officiating.
Interment was held at the Twin Cities Memorial Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in West Monroe.
Rev. Garrett died Saturday Nov. 15 at his residence.
Rev. Garrett pastored the following United Methodist Churches: Ouitman, Mooringsport, Brownsville (Asbury), Stone Avenue, Keithville, Stonewall, Sanders Chapel, Clay, and Beulah. He served in the U. S. Army during WWII, and was a member of Beulah United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Patsy Garrett- Choudrant; two sons:, Doug Garrett of Pineville, David Garrett of Choudrant; daughter, Debbie Loggin of West Monroe; brother, James Thomas Garrett of Tyler, TX.; two grandsons, Jason Garrett and Ryan Garrett of Pineville; three granddaughters, Tanya Garrett- Choudrant, Megan Garrett- Pineville and April Loggin- West Monroe; great granddaughter, Cassie Boles; great grandson, Jamie Loggin and three nieces and three nephews
Pallbearers were Jason Garrett, Ryan Garrett, Larry Daughters, Jared Reeves, Morris Gulett, and Charles Smith.
Honorary Pallbearers were John Lee, Clifford Gulett, and James Cole,
Dalton C. Hunt
Services for Dalton C. Hunt, 13, of Monroe, were held Nov. 28 in Mulhearn Funeral Home Chapel Monroe, with Mr. Marty Payton officiating.
Burial was in Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery.
Dalton, a Ouachita Junior High football player, Nov. 25. He loved the outdoors, sports, hunting, and fishing. He was a friend to everyone, never met a stranger, and everyone who knew him loved him. He was very respectful and excelled in everything.
Survivors include his parents, Ronnie and Becky Hunt; sister, Jessica Hunt; maternal grandparents, Billy and Shirley Bell; paternal grandparents, Charles and Virginia Rockhill, all of Monroe; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Pallbearers were Paul Gammill, Robert Hestler, Guy Bell, Donald Dement, Ronald Dement, and Lawrence Volion.
Elizabeth Cudd Loftin
Mrs. Elizabeth Cudd Loftin died Nov. 24, 2003, at her home in Monroe. She was born in Monroe, March 12, 1916, to Eugene P. Cudd and Lillian Mallory Cudd. She was a graduate of Neville High School and attended Northeast Junior College and LSU. Her parents; brothers, James Cudd and Eugene Patrick Cudd; and sister, Margaret Cudd Taichman preceded her in death, as did her husband, John C. "Mose" Loftin.
Mrs. Loftin is survived by her children: John G. Loftin and wife Sylvia, Elizabeth Cudd Loftin, Lillian I. "Lila" Loftin and husband Sam Whithorne, and William M. Loftin; grandchildren: John C. Loftin, James H. Loftin and wife Rachel, Robert Loftin and wife Mikaela, and Harvey E. "Ned" White and wife Ashley; great grandchildren: Anne Marie Loftin, Sarah Grace Loftin, Brighten Thompson, and Nolan Thompson.
Services were held at Mulhearn Funeral Home Chapel,Nov. 26, with Father Gregg Riley conducting the service.
Burial was in Clear Springs Cemetery in Red River Parish. Grandsons will be pallbearers.
Loftin was a long time member of Grace Episcopal Church, Daughters of the King, Daughters of the American Revolution, patron of the Little Theatre, a member of the Symphony League, Review Club, St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary, YWCA Board, Red Cross Board, Monroe Beautification Board, and College Heights Garden Club.
Melvin Eugene (Gene) Luse
Services for Melvin Eugene (Gene) Luse, 79 of Monroe were held Dec. 2 at Monroe Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel wit Rev. Bill Echols officiating.
Interment was held at the Monroe Memorial Park Mausoleum under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Monroe.
Luse was born Dec. 17, 1923 and passed away Nov. 30 at his residence after a lengthy illness.
Luse was a retired Controller of Manville Forest Products. He received a B. S. and B. A. Degree form Northwestern State University. He was a veteran of the U. S. Marines serving during WWII and a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
Survivors include his wife, Doralyn Luse of Monroe; daughter, Dana Luse Beckham and husband Aubrey Lloyd of Monroe; son, Gary Wayne Luse and wife Donna Walton Luse of West Monroe; three grandchildren, Lindsey M. Beckham of Monroe, Tiffany Luse of West Monroe, Brandon Luse of West Monroe; nieces, Mardella Sandlin, Mary Helen Madden, Vesta Jean Mohle and Ann Allen.
Eloise Hall Lynn
Funeral services for Mrs. Eloise Hall Lynn, 77, of West Monroe, were held Dec. 1 at Mulhearn Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel with Rev. John Dallalio officiating.
Internment will be in Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home in West Monroe.
Mrs. Lynn died Nov. 29at the St. Francis Medical Center.
Lynn was a former member of the West Monroe Methodist Protestant Church, where she served as lay minister. She was loved by everyone who knew her.
Survivors include Mr. Harold D. Lynn, Daughter, Tonya Roberts; Sons, Marc Lynn and Jay Lynn and his wife, Bonnie; Sister, Jean Jansen and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services were held for Helen McDonald, 82 of Monroe Nov. 28 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel West Monroe with Bro. Charles Clark.
Interment was held Clark Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, Cadeville, under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in West Monroe.
On Nov. 24, 2003 Helen McDonald went to be with her Lord. She was born December 8, 1920 and had been a lifelong resident of Monroe and a member of Forest Glade Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, James S. McDonald.
Survivors include two sons , James R. Cotton & wife Bonnie of Monroe, Henry T. (Flip) McDonald & wife Gayle of Monroe,; daughter, Helen Maxine Hatcher of Sarasota, Florida; five grandchildren, J. J. Cotton, Penny Byrnes, Whitney, Ann Alise & Allen McDonald ; two great grandchildren, Emily Byrnes and Anna Grace Cotton
Pallbearers were Glenn Gore, Larry McDonald, Larry Shappley, J. J. Cotton, David Waldrop, Danny Ray Whitaker.
Rose Mae Miley
Services for Rose Mae Miley, 80 of West Monroe Nov. 22 at Rush Funeral home in Pine Prairie.
Rose Miley worked for many years and retired from the Labor Local Union #831. Mrs. Miley was proceeded in death by her husband, Ralph Miley and two daughters, Madeline Crawford and Charlotte Griggs.
She will be remembered by her children as a loving mother, cherished grandmother and wonderful "Cajun" cook.
Survivors include her sons, Ralph Miley and wife Dee, Claudis Miley and wife Jean, Billy Miley and wife Sandra, Danny Miley and wife Pam, Kenneth Miley ; daughter, Dee Eaton; thirteen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild
Pallbearers were grandsons and nephews
Joy Lynn Steed
Services for Joy Lynn Steed, 48, of West Monroe, were held Nov. 30 at Feazel Chapel at First Baptist Church in West Monroe with David Uth officiating.
Interment was held at New Chapel Hill Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in West Monroe.
Steed died Nov. 28 at LSU Monroe following a lengthy illness.
Steed was a member of First Baptist Church in West Monroe where she was actively involved in the Benevolence Ministry and retired from Bayou DeSiard Country Club in Accounts Receivable Department. She was preceded in death by her parents Jimmie and Nellie Steed; three siblings and a nephew.
Survivors include three siblings, Shirley Monk and husband Edward of West Monroe, Robert Steed and wife Irene of West Monroe, Mary Francine Jarrell and husband Wallace of Eros; nieces and nephews, Linda Truelove, Sandra Browder, Susan Miller, Mark Steed, Eric Steed, Jason Monk, James Monk, Daniel Monk, and a special grand nephew Jimmy Monk and a host of there family and friends.
Pallbearers were Edward Monk, Jason Monk, James Monk, Daniel Monk, Roger Truelove and Eric Steed.
Honorary Pallbearers were Randy Browder and John Pruett.
Services for Noah Thomas, 65, of Chatham were held Nov. 14 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in West Monroe .
Interment was held at the Mt. Nebo Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in West Monroe.
Noah Thomas was born on September 12, 1938 and passed away on November 10.
Noah Thomas will be remembered for his love of the Bible, music and life.
Survivors include his brothers; Bobby Lee Thomas and wife Edna of West Monroe, Fred Thomas and wife Annie Ruth of Chatham; nieces, Sandra Lynn Moore, Brittany Kathleen Thomas, Shannon Thomas; nephew, Wesley Thomas; great-nieces, Gabrielle J. Thomas, Laura Thomas; special uncle, Bruce Paschal.
A. J. Vallery
Services for Mr. A J. Vallery, 78, of Monroe, were held Nov. 28, in Mulhearn Funeral Home Chapel, Sterlington Road, Monroe, with Rev. Cecil Gregory and Rev. Ron Flurry officiating.
Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Calhoun.
Mr. Vallery died Wednesday, Nov. 26, at North Monroe Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was a retired electrician, serving 35 years with the Utilities Commission, City of Monroe; and then as owner of Vallery Electric for 25 years. He was a longtime member of Southside Baptist Church of Monroe, which later relocated and renamed to Sandel Drive Baptist Church.
Mr. Vallery is survived by his wife of 61 years, Virginia T. Vallery; and their 3 children: Jimmy Vallery and wife Bobbie of Monroe, Janet Vallery Flurry and husband Ron Flurry of Monroe, and Deborah Vallery Windham and husband Doug of Granada, MS; grandsons: Todd Vallery, Mark Flurry, Andy Flurry, Spence Lee, Jody Windham; granddaughters: Christy Stidham, Edie Dixon, and Valerye Windham; and eight great grandchildren.
Bobbie J. Wilson
Services for Mrs. Bobbie J. Wilson, 78 of West Monroe were held Nov. 14 at the Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel in West Monroe with Rev. Danny Hawthorne officiating.
Interment was held at Pollock Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in West Monroe.
Mrs. Wilson was born on May 15, 1925 and passed away on November 11, 2003.
Mrs. Bobbie J. Wilson was retired from Olinkraft after 23 years of service. She was also a member of the Highland Baptist Church in Monroe, La. She was preceded in death by her husband Brotha Wilson and a sister.
Survivors include her son, Sonny Wilson and wife Shirley of West Monroe; daughter, Deanna Russell and husband Sam of Downsville,; three sisters, one brother, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Chris Evans, Brian Wilson, Eric Wilson, Kevin King, Mike Peters and Sonny Dycus.