Louisiana, Ouachita Parish Obits, Week of August 5, 2004
Services for Mrs. Norita Alexander, 67, of Monroe, were Aug. 5 at North Monroe Baptist Church, with Dr. Bill Dye and Rev. Warren Eckhardt officiating. Burial was in Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road, Monroe.
Alexander, a member of North Monroe Baptist Church, died Aug. 3 at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston, Texas. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.
An avid bridge player, she played with her friends and at the Ouachita Council on Aging. She was a retired state employee and loved to travel. She enjoyed entertaining for her grandchildren and friends. She loved to attend sporting events that her grandchildren were involved with and she was a fan and supporter of ULM sports.
Survivors include her husband, Clovis Alexander of Monroe; daughters and sons-in-law, Renee and Jim Hegwood of Swartz and Laura and Keith Taylor of Monroe; grandchildren, Jimbo Hegwood, Charles Hegwood, Rachal Russell, and Courtney Hegwood; brother, Harold B. Carter of Granbury, Texas; and sister, Julia Ives of Tolar, Texas.
Pallbearers were her nephews.
Joan Mitchell Markgraf
Memorial graveside services for Joan Markgraf, 64, of West Monroe were Aug. 4 at the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Calhoun with Rev. Steve Dans officiating.
Markgraf died Aug. 2 at Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe.
Survivors include her children, Lisa Griggs and husband Jerry, Jr. of West Monroe, Bruce Markgraf Jr. and wife Jeannette of Oviedo, Florida, Scott Markgraf of West Monroe, grandchildren, Stormy Pierce, Ellise Deseamus, Trey Griggs, Brianna, Vanessa and David Markgraf, great grandchildren, Alexa Spears and Morgan Lenard, sisters, Wanda Newman and Angela Taylor both of West Monroe, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and other family members.
Joan was a loving and generous person, loved by all. She will be greatly missed.
Elton Eugene "Dick" Brady
Services for Mr. Elton Eugene "Dick" Brady, 82, of Sulphur, were Aug. 4, in Mulhearn Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel, with Dr. Collin Wimberly officiating. Burial was in Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road, Monroe.
Brady died Sunday, Aug. 1, in Bryan, Texas. He was a native of Lonoke, Ark., but was raised in Monroe. He resided in Sulphur since 1957. He was a roofing contractor until 1990. He was a WW II U.S. Army veteran, paratrooper and boxer. He and his late wife, Lee Brady, owned and operated Lee and Dick's Ceramics.
Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Sandy and Donna Brady and Dane and Lillie Brady of Sulphur; grandchildren, Michael and Shawn Brady of Lafayette, Susan Brady of Sulphur, Albert Smith of Sacramento, Calif. and Josie and John McGee of Lake Charles; great grandchildren, Bronson Pusselo of Sulphur and Sean-Michael Brady of Lafayette; sisters, Audrey Davis of West Monroe, Gladys Sievers and Magarette Welch of Swartz; and brother, John Brady of Bossier City.
Ethel Hennick Cloeman
Services for Mrs. Ethel Hennick Coleman, 91, of Pineville formerly of West Monroe, were Aug. 5 in Mulhearn Funeral Home Chapel, Sterlington Road, Monroe, with Rev. D. Clyde Grammon officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery.
Coleman, a longtime resident of Monroe and member of First Baptist Church of West Monroe, died Aug. 2 at her daughter's residence in Pineville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sylven Coleman, Sr.; parents, Bertha and Joseph Hennick, Sr.; brother, Joseph Hennick, Jr.; and sister, Ruth Jenkins.
Survivors include her sons, Sylven Coleman, Jr., Thomas Joseph Coleman, Joseph D. Coleman, Thomas Hebert; daughters, Cecilia Skipper, Jody Meinert, Audrey Link, Nore Land, Kathy Peach, Sylvia Henderson; 32 grandchildren; and a host of great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Grandsons served as pallbearers.
Clifford Charrier, Sr.
Services for Mr. Clifford E. Charrier, Sr., 72, of Downsville, were Aug. 4, in Mulhearn Funeral Home Chapel, Sterlington Road, Monroe, with Rev. George Bonner officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Calhoun.
Charrier died Aug. 1 at St. Francis Medical Center.
He was a member of West Monroe Moose Lodge and had retired from Charrier Tree Service.
Survivors include his children, Melba Wright and the late Dunham Wright, Sr. of Downsville, Cliff and Lauren Charrier of Downsville, Patricia and Joe Taylor of West Monroe, Kenny and Debbie Hernandez of Monroe; 11 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and sister, Evelyn Trisler of St. Francisville.
Pallbearers were Dewayne Wright, Allen Odom, Keith Hernandez, Robert Purdy, Sonny Wiley, and Ralph Coston.
The family wishes to express special thanks to Dr. Thomas S. Williams and the staff of St. Francis Medical Center for the care they gave Mr. Charrier.
Margie Allen Price
Graveside services for Mrs. Margie Allen Price, 78, of Monroe, were Aug. 3 at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery, with Rev. Weldon Gaddy officiating. Burial was under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road, Monroe.
Price died July 31 in Monroe, after a lengthy illness. She was born in Bernice on Oct. 23, 1925, to Claude and Agnes Allen.
She grew up on her family's farm in Bernice with her older sister, Maureen. Margie graduated from Bernice High School in 1942 and from Louisiana Tech University in 1945.
On June 7, 1946, she married her high school sweetheart, Mark Price III, in Ruston.
Margie taught English at Murphy High School in Atlanta, Ga., while Mark attended dental school at Emory University. When Margie and Mark settled in Monroe in 1956 for Mark to begin his dental practice, she taught English at Robert E. Lee Junior High School. Daughter, Mary, was born in 1949, and son, John, in 1956. Margie was a long time member and past president of the Monroe Dental Auxiliary. She was a member of Northminster Baptist Church. Margie was a lover of books, poetry, travel and politics. Her family treasures memories of her smile, her generosity, and her beautiful sugar cookies.
Survivors include her husband, Mark Price III; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Darrell Molnar of Houston, Texas, and son and daughter-in-law, John and Mary Frances Price of Monroe; grandchildren, Courtney Molnar of Dallas, Texas, Meredith Molnar of Houston, Texas, Meg Price and Ben Price of Monroe; sister, Maureen Herbert of Ruston; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Fred and Anne Price of Shreveport; and several nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Richard Curry, Dr. Max Funderburk, Dr. E.D. Coates, Dr. Robert Wood, Dr. Mike Nolan, Dr. Ralph King, Jerry Carter, Les Tarver, and dentists of the Fifth District.
Marie Collens Bernstein
Services for Marie Collens Bernstein, 94, were Aug. 3 at Grace Episcopal Church, Monroe, with Father Gregg Riley and Father Andy Powell officiating.
Private family interment was in Riverview Cemetery.
Bernstein was born Sept. 30, 1909, Monroe and died July 31. She graduated from the Monroe City High School and Magna Cum Laude from Randolph Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Va.
She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Daughters of the American Revolution, Monroe Junior Charity League, Monroe Garden Club, English Speaking Union, National Society of the Colonial Dames of America and Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority.
Bernstein was preceded in death by her parents, John and Amalia Collens; her sister, Marguerite Clark; her husbands, John Calhoun Blackman and Henry Bernstein, Jr. and grandson, James Blackman.
She is survived by her son, John Calhoun Blackman, IV and his wife, Judith Swayze Blackman of Baton Rouge; granddaughters, Carrie Blackman McKinney and husband Joey, Caroline Blackman Turner and husband Jason of Lafayette, and Mary Winston Blackman; and great grandchildren, Millie Marie and Ella Frances Turner and Bedford Forrest McKinney.
Pallbearers were Dr. Paul R. Tennis, Paul C. Tennis, John Tolar III, Jason Turner, Don Scott and Joey McKinney.
Edwin Caperton Rowam, Jr.
Edwin Caperton Rowan, Jr., 84, passed away July 30. He was a resident of Monroe. He was born in Gap Mills, West Virginia on Oct. 26, 1919, to Fannie Marian Vaughan and Edwin C. Rowan, the first of four children.
He came to Monroe in 1943 as an officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
He later served as a reserve officer in the U.S. Air Force. He was a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and was retired as an engineer with Ford, Bacon and Davis.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jane Warren Rowan; son and daughter-in-law, Edwin Caperton III and Ronalyn Rowan of Monroe; daughter and son-in-law, Anna Rowan and Kash Schriefer of Monroe; grandchildren, Holly Witherington, Adam Rowan, Miranda Rowan, Evan Rowan, and Olivia Rowan, all of Monroe; brother and sister-in-law, William and Margaret Rowan of St. Albans, West Virginia; sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Robert Keenan of Huntington, West Virginia; sister, Jenny Pyle of Huntington, West Virginia; sister-in-law, Olive Warren of Bastrop; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.
The family would like to thank all of the healthcare professionals at North Monroe Medical Center, Prime Care Home Health and Hospice Care of Louisiana who cared for Mr. Rowan in the past several months.
The family also asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made either to the United Methodist Children's Home in Ruston or St. Paul�' s United Methodist Church in Monroe.
Graveside service were in Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home. Home.Sterlington Road.
Fannoe Mae Vickers Trichel
Services for Mrs. Fannie Mae Vickers Trichel, 82, of Swartz, were August 2, in Mulhearn Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Collin Wimberly officiating. Burial was in St. Paschal's Cemetery, West Monroe.
Trichel died Friday, July 30, at her residence. She was born to Felix and Nellie Vickers on January 8, 1922, in Mangham, LA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Trichel, Jr.; daughter, Vicki Allen; and great grandson, T.C. Brady.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Swartz and the Lydia Sunday School Class and considered the church members her extended family. For as long as she was physically able, she enjoyed spending many hours each week in loving service to the church.
Survivors include her devoted daughters and sons-in-law, Norma Brady and Richard Frost and Rosanell and Lynn Causey; beloved grandchildren, Sherril Mizell and husband Kevin, Rhonda Neal and husband Mike, Monica Brady and husband Carl, Ron Allen, and Ryan Blackwell and wife Annie; beloved great grandchildren, Lesley Hargrove, Kara Neal, Cassidy Brady, Trey Allen, and Dakota Blackwell; sister and brother-in-law, Maxine and David Crockett; numerous sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews; and adopted family of loving caregivers, Betty Tiffee and Martha Parker.
Pallbearers were Gary Breland, Michael Neal, Jobie Telano, Derek Crockett, Mike Clark, and Terry Hinds. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Leshe and Roy Edgar.
Arnold Dewitt Tucker
Arnold DeWitt Tucker, 80, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, July 28. He was a resident of Monroe for the past 58 years. He was born in Willow, Arkansas on April 4, 1924, to Annie Gross and William Michael Tucker, the tenth of eleven children. He graduated from Bastrop High School in 1942 and joined the U.S. Navy where he served as a corpsman with the Fifth Marine Division on Iwo Jima. He was a retired grocer and land developer in the Monroe and Shreveport areas. He was preceded in death by his parents and eight siblings.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Rosalie Scalia Tucker; sister and brother-in-law, Ethel and W. Merle Davis of Baton Rouge; brother, Paul Tucker of Bossier City; daughters and sons-in-law, Dana and Steve Jefferson, Paula and Dave McIntosh, Rita Susan and Lee Jefferson, Amy and Lary Barefoot all of Monroe, and Laurie and Martin Landrieu of New Orleans; 16 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, in-laws, and dear friends.
The family would like to extend thanks to the staff of the War Veteran's Home for their care of Mr. Tucker in his brief stay there. We would also like to thank all those who have generously offered their prayers in our father's behalf.
A celebration of the life of Arnold DeWitt Tucker was with a memorial mass at Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic Church on July 30, with Msgr. Edmund Moore and Rev. Mark Watson officiating.
Annie Thelma Easley Strahan
Services for Mrs. Annie Thelma Easley Strahan, 92, of Monroe was July 30, in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road, Monroe with Rev. Julie Spencer officiating.
Interment followed at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery.
Strahan died July 26, in Monroe with family and friends by her side. She was born in Vernon, Tenn., on November 27, 1911 and had made her home in Monroe since 1962. She was a member of St. Marks United Methodist Church.
After graduation from high school in Tenn., Strahan played basketball for a one year with a professional traveling Ladies basketball team before she entered Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, Tenn. She graduated in 1936, and then worked as a Nurse for the Chief of Surgery at Vanderbilt Hospital for 4 years. After her marriage to Johnnie Baber, she moved to Miami Beach, Florida and became active in the Women's Auxiliary of Miami Beach. She was a member of the Miami Beach Chapter #143 Order of the Eastern for more that 25 years.
After Pearl Harbor, her husband enlisted in the military and she followed him to El Paso, Texas. There she was asked to help in different hospitals with Administrative nursing. When her husband left for oversees, she returned to Miami Beach and assisted as needed in her community and area hospitals. At the conclusion of World War II, she joined her husband in Bremen, Germany where he served as head of military police. She spent 20 months in Europe making many trips to Scandinavia, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Holland, France, Switzerland, and Belgium. She often spoke of the devastation she witnessed in Europe and the suffering of the people immediately following the war.
Upon returning to the states and her home in Miami Beach she helped form a group to help eliminate the spread and suffering of Infantile Paralysis Polio. She received numerous citations for her work in this area.
In the early 50's she moved to Dallas, Texas, and returned to surgical nursing. She met and married Joseph Guy Strahan and retired from nursing. Through his business in oil and gas exploration they moved to many parts of the country. They eventually settled in Monroe where he owned and operated Strahan Oil and Gas Company, Inc. and Strahan Drilling Company. Mrs. Strahan assisted her husband in the daily operation of their business for many years. After her husband's death she continued to operate the business, selling the company in the early 80's and returning to retirement.
She was a Patron Member of the Little Theater of Monroe from 1984 to 1997, a former member of the Bayou Vista Garden Club of Monroe, and, until her health restricted her activity, an active member of the Metropolitan Dance Club.
Her husband, Joseph Guy Strahan, one sister, and five brothers, precedes her in death.
Survivors include her daughter, Elizabeth Ann Strahan Cook and husband Ken of Monroe; grandson Ryan Cheek and wife Lori of Columbus, OH; granddaughter Christina McMahan of Lafayette; sister Arlice Dodson of Wichita Falls, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews; and a very special friend and care giver, Lelia Johnson.
Pallbearers were Charles Sanders, Tom Clarke, Phil Roark, Fred McGaha, Art Thigpen, and Don Wills.