Louisiana, Ouachita Parish Obits, Week of April 1, 2004
Lee Graham Edwards, Jr.
Services for Mr. Lee Graham Edwards, Jr., 79, of Monroe, were held March 31 at Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, with Msgr. Edmund Moore officiating.
Burial was in Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road, Monroe.
Edwards died Monday, March 29 at St. Francis Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born on February 18, 1925 in Tyler, TX. He attended Texas A&M University until entering the United States Air Force, where he became a pilot, First Lieutenant, and served in World War II. Mr. Edwards came to Monroe in 1944, stationed at Selman Field. After serving in the military, he returned to college at LSU and was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.
In 1956, Lee Edwards founded his original automobile dealership and over the next 48 years, his business has grown into one of Northeast Louisiana's leading dealerships in customer satisfaction, community involvement and capital investment.
In 1957, Edwards introduced Volkswagen to Monroe. He believed in family involvement and in business and community affairs. His business experienced many changes, and he always attributed his successes to his loving family and his dedicated employees.
Lee Edwards supported Little League baseball, NLU Boosters, Monroe Chamber of Commerce, West Monroe/West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce, Bayou Desiard Country Club, and the Better Business Bureau. He was an active member in the Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association, the National Automobile Dealers Association, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and was a past member of the Volkswagen Dealership Council.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Wilds Edwards of Monroe; daughters, Teresa Shelton and husband Greg of Monroe, Bridget Edwards of Dallas, TX, Elizabeth Myers and husband John of Monroe, and Audrey Malloy and husband Steve of Shreveport; sons, Kevin Lee Edwards of Monroe and Christopher Edwards and wife Kayla of Monroe; brother, Robert Edwards of Tyler, TX; grandchildren, Natalie and Mallory Myers and Lee and Brian Shelton; and special family member, Cleola Pridgett of Monroe.
Pallbearers were Robert Lauve, Clint Bryant, Hardeman Cordell, James Thaxton, Jimmy Laughlin, and Andrew Scurria. Honorary pallbearers were Randolph Brown, George Stamper, M. C. Bledsoe and Raymond Hunter.
James D. Thrasher
Services for Dr. James D. Thrasher, 80, of Monroe will be held April 2 in Mulhearn Funeral Home Chapel, Sterlington Road, Monroe, with Rev. Terry Love officiating. Burial will be in Temple Cemetery, Walters, OK.
Dr. Thrasher died Tuesday, March 30. He was a United States Army Captain, a World War II veteran, retired professor of psychology at NLU, volunteer psychologist for the Monroe Police Department, and staff psychologist for several local group homes.
Survivors include his daughters, Kyle Wooldridge of Baton Rouge and Kimberly Madden of Jackson, MS; brother Orval Thrasher of Liberty, MO; and grandchildren, Bryan Wooldridge, Joseph Wooldridge, and Frances Madden.
Services for Mrs. Anna Peet, 90, of Monroe, were held April 1, in Mulhearn Funeral Home Chapel, Sterlington Road, Monroe, with Rev. Dwight Munn officiating. Interment was in Mulhearn Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Mrs. Peet died Tuesday, March 30 at Glenwood Regional Medical Center. She was a retired nurse who served as a caregiver to several family members. Her hobbies were gardening, flowers, and square dancing. Her husband, W. O. Peet, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and Harold Ratz; grandchildren, John and Kenny Perrillo; sister, Agnes Finch; favorite niece, Terry; nephew, Tom; and great grandchildren, Megan, Hunter, and Hannah Perrillo.
Mattie Belle Ezell Paine
Services for Mrs. Mattie Belle Ezell Paine, 82, of Monroe, were held March 31 in Mulhearn Funeral Home Chapel, Sterlington Road, Monroe, with Rev. Thomas Peoples of the First Baptist Church of Wisner and son-in-law Rev. Harold Coburn officiating. Special music was presented by her nephew Rev. Gary Howington. Burial was in Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery.
Paine was born March 9, 1922 and passed from this world to her eternal home on March 30. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest J. Paine; parents, Charlie and Kizzie Ezell; and stepdaughter, Carol Paine Franklin. Mrs. Paine and her husband were the retired owner and operators of the E&B Cafe and Texaco station in Wisner.
She was much loved and will be sadly missed by the family she left behind which includes her three daughters, Jeanette Oglesby Coburn and husband Harold, Judy Oglesby Mock and husband Charles, Jan Oglesby Paine Bass; a stepson, Jim Paine; and four grandchildren, Michael Graham and Melanie, Lynn Oden and Walter, Chuck Mock and Monica, Donny Mock and Michelle; and seven great grandchildren, Courtney and Kristen Simon, Dylan Rogers, Charlye, Jack, Abby and Adam Mock; one sister, Betty Howington and husband Clarence; a special great niece, Haven Howington; a special friend, Linda Watson; ad numerous other family and friends.
Services for Miss Agnes Zuccaro, 94, of Monroe, were held March 31 at St. Matthew Catholic Church, with Rev. Joseph Puthuppally officiating. Burial was in St. Matthew Catholic Church Cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road, Monroe.
Agnes died Monday, March 29 at Christus St. Joseph Home in Monroe. She was born in Natchez, MS and moved to Monroe with her family in the 1940's. She dedicated her life to her family, nursing her father and mother until their deaths and caring for her sister, niece and nephews. She was a devoted Catholic and a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Vincent and Gabriella Zuccaro and sister Joanna Galligan.
Survivors include her brother-in-law, Eugene D. Galligan; niece, Karen Willhite; nephews, Gene V. Galligan and wife Ellen, Bill Galligan and wife Mitze, and Bob Galligan and wife Stephanie; and great nieces and nephews, Bryan, Michelle, Jason, Kyle, Chad, Rachael, Lindsey, Tyler and Kaitlyn.
Pallbearers were great nephews, Bryan Galligan, Jason Willhite, Kyle Galligan, and Chad Galligan.
Graveside services for Emmie Caldwell, 93, of Monroe were held April 1 at Monroe Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in West Monroe.
Caldwell died Monday, March 29 in Monroe.
Caldwell was a homemaker and a member of Good Hope Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Caldwell and a son, Glenn Caldwell.
Survivors include her daughter, Johnnie Laverne Antley and husband Kermit of Downsville; three grandchildren, Cathy Poe of Start, Mickey Antley of Downsville, Rickey Antley of Dayton, TX; seven great grandchildren nd five great-great grandchildren
Harold Gene Griggs, Lt. Col., Retired
Services for Harold Gene Griggs, 71, of West Monroe were held March 31 at McClendon Baptist Church in West Monroe with Rev. Rick Crandall and Rev. Herman Savoie officiating.
Interment was held in the Zoar Cemetery in Chatham under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in West Monroe.
Griggs died March 28 at Glenwood Regional Medical Center.
Griggs was a retired business manager for Surgery Associates. He was a member of McClendon Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, member of the Gideons, was a retired Lt. Colonel of the United Sates Army Reserve, a member of the Retired Officers Association and received a Bachelor of Science degree at L.S.U. He was the former pianist for the Masters Quartet, former choir director for several Baptist Churches, and vice president of Louisiana State Singing Convention. Mr. Griggs was preceded in death by his first wife of 39 years, Nelda May Griggs, parents, Elva and Sydney Griggs, brother, Richard Griggs.
Survivors include his wife, Andrea Griggs of West Monroe; daughters, Kay and husband Wade Bishop of West Monroe, Kathy Griggs of West Monroe; son, Jay M. Griggs, Sr. of Chatham; step-daughter, Cindy and husband Randy McKinney of Monroe; step-son, Wayne and wife Lisa Heckford of West Monroe; grandchildren: Ashley and Jason Bishop, Rachael, Jay M, Jr., and Jeremy Griggs, Crystal Carter; step-grandchildren, Brandy, Jacob and Annalee Heckford, Mallorie McKinney; brothers, William P. Griggs of West Monroe, Jesse and wife Reva Griggs of Hitchcock, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Andy Bishop, Jerry Bishop, Gary Davis, Rick Griggs, David Massey, Buzzy May, Emerson Oaks and Melvin Whitlock. Honorary pallbearers were Deacons of McClendon Baptist Church and the men of Jim Merriweather and Ralph Owens Sunday School Classes.
Elster L. Jordan
Services for Elster L. Jordan, 80, of Alliance, Nebraska were held March 29 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel in West Monroe with Rev. Billy Joe Aulds officiating.
Interment was held at the Aulds Chapel Cemetery in Downsville under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in West Monroe.
Jordan was born Jan. 19, 1924 in Calhoun, Louisiana and died March 23 in Alliance, Nebraska.
Jordan married Elsie M. (Smith) on July 10, 1943 in West Monroe, Louisiana, they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past July. He worked for Motor Supply Company in Monroe as a machinist for 30 years and retired from there in 1986. Mr. Jordan served in the United States Army from July 1943 to October 1944. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ezell (Walker) Jordan, Albert "Mink" Jordan and two infant brothers, Otis and Von Irving.
Survivors include his wife, Elsie M. (Smith) Jordan of Alliance, NE; daughter and son-in-law, Kathi A.Swanson and husband James of Alliance, NE; granddaughters, Kirsten E. Swanson, Sydney A. Swanson of Alliance, NE; brothers, Addis Jordan and wife Audie of West Monroe, Alfred Jordan and wife Betty of Delhi; sisters, Pauline Antley and husband Joel of West Monroe, Marie Doherty and husband Phil of Abbeville; Uncle, Charlie Walker of Calhoun; 14 nieces and nephews; 30 Great nieces and nephews; six great great nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers were his nephews: Ray Jordan, Lee Parrott, Kevin Barnes, Johnny Wayne, Jordan, Alton Jordan, Lee Brantley, Kelly Doherty, Paul Doherty, Bob McFarland, Brad Willer, Wayne Smith, Jerry Smith.
Marilyn Hensley McLendon
Services for Marilyn Hensley McLendon, 51 of West Monroe were held March 26 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in West Monroe with Rev. Danny Johnson officiating under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home.
McLendon died Wednesday, March 24, 2004 at Glenwood Regional Medical Center.
McLendon was a member of the North Fifth Street Church of Christ.
Survivors include her husband Roy P. McLendon, Sr of West Monroe; daughter, Angela Hoff Robert of West Monroe; son, Patrick McLendon, Jr. of West Monroe; step-daughter, Jennifer Burke of Greenville, Miss.; grandchild, Kristen Robert; two step grandchildren, Jacob and Anna Burke and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other family and friends.
Pallbearers were Johnny Helms, Lindy Brown, Wendell Allred, Jim Allen Allred, Jr., Ronnie Smith & Aubrey Rawls.