In Memory Of 

Claude Duane Yates
(April 18, 1944 - May 23, 2009)

 Funeral services for Claude Duane Yates will be held Wednesday May 27, 2009 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home with the Reverend Jim Lofton officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Ball.

Mr. Yates, 65, entered eternal rest Saturday, May 23, 2009 at Rapides Regional Medical Center, Alexandria. He was born April 18, 1944, the third of four sons of the union of Johnny C. and Jessie V. George Yates. Duane was best known for his gifted talents as a musician and vocalist. He was a 1962 graduate of Pineville High School. He fell in love with music at an early age and it became his life's passion. As a teenager he helped organize and performed with a small band called The Capris and later performed many years with the Fabulous Boogie Kings. He wrote lyrics, produced CDs and established his own website at www.DuaneYates.com. For his talents and accomplishments he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 1994, Texas Music Hall of Fame in 2001, and founded the Louisiana Music Commission. Duane was a loving father to his son Marcome and a devoted and loving son to his mother Jessie.

Mr. Yates was preceded in death by this father, Johnny C. Yates and one brother, Jerry C. Yates.

He is survived by his 90-year-old mother, Jessie George Yates of Montgomery; one son, Marcome Iram Yates; two brothers, Clark G. “Corky” Yates and wife, Sandy, and Johnny F. Yates and wife, Karen, of of Pineville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers to serve will be Corky Yates, Jr., Jon Yates, Charles George, Claudie Johnson, Manuel Henry, Keith Bradford and Ronnie Sellers.

Friends may visit from 6 pm until 9 pm Tuesday and from 9 am until time of services Wednesday in the funeral home.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the Yates family by visiting www.forestlawn-pineville.com.

May 25, 2009  Forest Lawn website

 

Corona Barr Bordelon

Funeral services for Corona Barr Bordelon will be at 11:00 am, Tuesday, May 19, 2009 in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with Fr. Jack Michalchuk officiating. Entombment will be in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Dupont, under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.
 

Mrs. Bordelon, age 84, of Bunkie passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2009 in the Bayou Vista Manor Nursing Center. She is survived by her husband, Rhine Bordelon of Bunkie; one daughter, Janiece B. Jeansonne and her husband, Cleveland, of Bunkie; two grandchildren, Ann G. Soileau and her husband, Brian, of Bayou Chicot and Vinvcent Guillory, Jr. and his wife, Chris, of Atlanta, GA and two great grandchildren.
 
Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home from 5 pm - 9 pm today, Monday, May 18, 2009 with a Vigil for the Deceased at 6 pm and from 9 am - 10:45 am on Tuesday, May 19, 2009. 

Please visit
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Charles Paul Ducote

May 17, 2009
 

Funeral services for Charles Ducote will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, 2009 in the Chapel of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie with the Bro. David Ducote officiating. Burial will follow in the Cushman Cemetery in Marksville. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.
 
Mr. Ducote, age 75, of Marksville, passed away on Friday, May 15, 2009 at his residence.

He retired from Mixon Brothers in Bunkie after working as an auto mechanic for 43 years

Survivors include his wife, Betty Dauzat Ducote of Marksville; two sons, Bennie Ducote and his wife Terry of New Roads, and Shannon Ducote and his wife Renee of Pineville; grandchildren, Annie Morrison, Nathan Leonards, Mallori Ducote, Courtney Ducote, and Kyle Clark; great grandchildren, Ava Leonards and Cooper Morrison; two sisters, Betty Bernard of Bunkie and Carol Purdoin of Marksville; six step-sons; four step-daughters; and numerous step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.


 

WILLIAM "BILL" E. WHITE

 
Funeral services for William "Bill" E. White will be at 10:00 am, Friday, May 1, 2009 in the chapel of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie with Rev. Philip Robertson officiating. Burial will be in Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery, Cheneyville, under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home.
 
Mr. White, age 74, of Cheneyville, passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 in Riverside Hospital at Rapides Regional Medical Center, Alexandria.
 
He is survived by his wife, Carole Newman White of Cheneyville; three sons and daughters-in-law, Ray Tyrus and  Nelda White of Deville, Rodney and Rene White of Cheneyville and William "Bum" and Susie White of Atlanta, TX; two step-sons and daughters-in-law, Wyn and Nancy Allen and Mickey and Tomye Sue Allen of Cheneyville; one step-daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Johnny Fogle of Montgomery, LA; one brother oand sister-in-law, Dick and Patty White of Lancaster, OH and one sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Arnie Wassen of Lancaster, OH and eight grandchildren.
 
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Jonathan Allen, Jared Allen, Eddie Jones, Will Allen, Rob Hicks, Bradley Jones and one honorary pallbearer, Ty White.  Visitation at Melancon Funeral Home on Thursday, April 30, 2009 from 5 pm - 8 pm and on Friday from 9 am until service time.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P O Box 50, Memphis, TN  38101 or your favorite charity. Online condolences may be emailed to the White family at www.melanconfunerals.com .

 


Douglas John Juneau

April 28, 2009

Douglas John Juneau, 56, of Bunkie went to be with the Lord Sunday, the 26th of April, 2009 after a long battle with cancer.
 
He was born on January 25, 1953, to Bernice (Lacombe) Juneau and the late Huron Juneau. He attended Bunkie High School, Graduating in 1971. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran. He was retired from Control Concepts, Inc. and owned D&E Farms in Bunkie. Doug loved the outdoors; hunting, fishing and watching crops grow on the farm and he especially enjoyed being with family and friends.

Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with the Rev. Scott Chemino officiating. Burial will follow on Thursday at the Parkway Cemetery in Kosciusko, Mississippi.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie and Culpepper Funeral Home in Kosciusko, Mississippi.

He is preceded in death by his father, Huron Juneau; brother, Dwight Juneau; maternal grandparents, Wes and Liza Lacombe; and paternal grandparents, Annie and Ivy Juneau.

He leaves to honor and cherish his memory, in addition to his mother, his wife of 17 years, Lana Elisabeth Thomas Juneau, formerly of Kosciusko, Mississippi; daughter, Elizabeth Ann Johnson (Troy) of New Iberia; son, Douglas John Juneau II (Tarro) of Marksville; step-daughter, Victoria Leigh Thomas; step-son, Billy Talmage Leach, both of Bunkie; grandson, Douglas John Juneau III of Lafayette; two granddaughters, Payton Ann Juneau of Lafayette and Emma Grace Johnson of New Iberia; three brothers, Dennis Juneau (Sandra), Darrel Juneau (Carolyn), Dwayne Juneau (Angela); three sisters, Sonia Cravy (David), Jackie Slocum (Rocky), and Martha Carmello, all of Bunkie; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and friends.

Pallbearers will include his co-workers of Control Concepts, Inc. and his nephews.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie. A wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home



Margaret "Peggy" Bordelon Waguespack

(June 25, 1951 - April 18, 2009)

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MARGARET "PEGGY" BORDELON WAGUESPACK Funeral services for Margaret "Peggy" Bordelon Waguespack will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 20, at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St.,Baton Rouge with the Rev'd Elizabeth R. Ratcliff officiating. Visitation will be at Rabenhorst Funeral Home on Monday, April 20, from 4 p.m.- 8 p.m. and Tuesday, April 21, from 8:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. Burial will be at a later date. Margaret "Peggy" Bordelon Waguespack, age 57, of Baton Rouge, a native of Marksville and a former resident of Alexandria, died Saturday, April 18, 2009 in her residence. Peggy is survived by her husband, Wally Waguespack, of Baton Rouge; her mother, Marilynn Bordelon of Bunkie; one sister, Marjorie B. Melancon and her husband, Danny, of Bunkie; one brother, Filmore P. Bordelon, III and his wife, Sara, of Lake Charles; seven nephews, Leigh Gilly, Martin Gilly, Andrew Gilly, Stuart Gilly and Paul Bordelon of Baton Rouge and Daniel Melancon, Jr. and David Melancon of Bunkie and one niece, Lori Bordelon Broussard of Lake Charles; two step-sons, John Waguespack and his wife, Desiree, of Gonzales and Thomas Waguespack and his wife, McKenzie, of St. Amant and her mother-in-law, Mary Waguespack of Gonzales and 5 step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, F.P. Bordelon, Jr. and a sister, Marilynn "Lynn" Gilly. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Baton Rouge Eye Bank - 7777 Hennessy Blvd - PMB 163 - Baton Rouge, LA 70808 or St. Jude's Children Hospital - Memphis, TN. Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie in charge of arrangements.
 

Please share sympathies, condolences and memories of Peggy with her family and friends at www.melanconfunerals.com.

 

 

Danny Keith Thomason
(March 16, 1957 - April 12, 2009)

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Danny Keith Thomason

Graveside memorial services for Danny Keith Thomason will be at 10:30 am, Saturday, April 18, 2009 in the Bay Springs Cemetery in Chopin, LA. Arrangements are under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie. Mr Thomason, age 52, of Evergreen passed away in his residence in Evergreen on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009. He was a retired painter. He was preceded in death by his parents, A.G. and Elnora Thomason, sister, Mary Dell Roberts, three brothers, Horace, Allen and Dewey Thomason and his grandparents, Tommy and Vellie Thomason and Dewey and Blanche Evans. He is survived by his wife, Linda Pruitt Thomason of Evergreen; three sons, Danny Paul Thomason of DeRidder, Scotty Thomason of Bunkie and Rusty Thomason of Alaska; four sisters, Ella Mae Ballard and Cathy Peeler of San Antonio, TX, Blanche McNeal of Effie and Sally Russell of Albuquerque, NM; one step-son, Shane Fontenot of Eunice; two step-daughters, Christine Trosclair of Slidell and Crystal Trosclair of Angleton, TX and 16 grandchildren.

 

Paul Keith Dupont

April 14, 2009
 

Funeral mass for Paul Keith Dupont will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with the Rev. Jack Michalchuk officiating. Burial will follow in the Pythian Mausoleum. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.
 
Mr. Dupont, 56, of Chalmette, formerly of Bunkie, passed away at the Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans Sunday, April 12, 2009.

He is preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Pauline Turner Dupont; and a brother, Donald Dupont.

Survivors include one son; Christopher Givens and his wife Annette of Pollock; two daughters, Candie Faraldo and her husband Mark of Colfax, and Marla Givens of Alexandria; one brother, John Dupont, Jr. and his wife Linda of Dallas; two sisters, Sadie Reynaud and her husband Allan of LaPlace, and Diane Laborde and her husband Don Stemmons of Scott; mother of his children, Barbara Givens of Pollock; two grandchildren, Jack and Jacy Faraldo; two step - grandchildren, Kelsey and Michael Zimmerman.

Friends may call from 8:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie


 

Joyce Chelette DauzatJoyce Chelette Dauzat
(February 6, 1941 - April 11, 2009)

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Funeral services for Joyce Chelette Dauzat will be on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at a time to be announced at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Catherine's Catholic Cemetery, Rosa, under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie. Mrs. Dauzat, age 68, of Kenner, formerly of Rosa, passed away in her daughter's residence in Slidell on Saturday, April 11, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband, Duane Dauzat. Survivors include a son, Mitchell Dauzat of Pontchatoula; three daughters, Myra Bryant of Slidell, Kimberly Schauble of Kenner and Heather Dupont of Slidell and 8 grandchildren, Linzy, Heidi, Stephanie, Devin, Seth, Kelsey, Emma, and Julien; mother-in-law, Myra Dauzat of Bunkie; four brothers-in-law, Robert Dauzat of Spain, Allen Dauzat of Bunkie, John Dauzat of Bunkie and Matt Dauzat of Bunkie. Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home from 6 pm - 9 pm on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 and from 8:30 am until service time on Wednesday, April 15, 2009. www.MelanconFunerals.com

 

 

 


 

E. Wayne Harper

April 12, 2009
 

E. Wayne Harper originally from Bunkie and a resident of New Orleans passed away on Tuesday April 7, 2009 at the age of 65.
 
Wayne was preceded in death by his father Robert S. Harper and his mother Helen Thayer Harper of Bunkie.

He is survived by his sister, Bobbie Bordelon, brother-in-law John R. (Pete) Bordelon of Beaumont, Texas. Known by nieces and nephews as "Uncle Buddy" to Deborah Morrison of Buna, Texas, Jeff Bordelon of Jennings, Ann Hooks of Spring, Texas, and Paul Bordelon of Metairie. Great nieces and nephews include: Staci Reon, Marcus Peet, Lauren Jackson, Kerry Bordelon, Erin Bordelon, Beau Bordelon, Blake Hooks, Gabrielle Bordelon, Tyler Bordelon, Evan Jackson, as well as many friends across the country.

Wayne received his undergraduate degree (1965) and his MBA (1967) from Tulane University. He retired from the field of hospital administration in 1984. Always an advocate of education he went on to acquire several Sylvan Learning Centers in Baton Rouge. Wayne was a generous giving person who was well known for his unique sense of humor.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend memorial services at David Haas Memorial Methodist Church, 210 West Church St., Bunkie on Friday April 17, 2009.

Visitation from 12 to 2 pm in the church sanctuary with services beginning at 2 pm followed by internment at Pythian Cemetery. Please join the family after the services for refreshments at the Church hall.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the David Haas Memorial Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home.



MAVIS BRUCE THEVENOT
 
"I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains a single seed. But if it dies it produces many seeds." Jesus the Son of God (John 12:24)

A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and faithful servant of God went to her glorious reward on Saturday April 4, 2009. She was born February 22, 1914 in Appleby, Texas.

The visitation will be from 10 am - 11:45 am Saturday April 11, followed by a funeral service at 12 noon at Melancon Funeral Home, 108 N. Lexington Ave., Bunkie, La., celebrated by Rev. Donald Johnson. Interment will follow at the Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie.

Her family and friends say of her, "You are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ written not with ink, but with the spirit of the living God not in tablets of stone, but in the fleshly tablets of the heart."

She is survived by her six sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald, Dick and Pat, Wayne and Laura, Marvin and Judy, Bruce and Anne, Steve and Jeannine. Two daughters Beryl Ann Barnett and husband Gene, Sharon Byouk and husband Mark; grandchildren Rick, Trent, Greg, Scott, Kelly, Keith, David,Mark, Toni, Robyn, Cathy, Casey, Claire, Nicole, Chad, Wesley, DaRinda, DaLisa, Geoffrey, Brian, Mary Frances, John Peter, Callie, Sarah, Emily, Rachel and Andy and 36 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Gern Peter Thevenot and her brother C.A. Bruce.

She earned her GED in her late fifties and at age 61 graduated from Louisiana College in Pineville, with a B.A. in Education Magna Cum Laude in 1975. She taught at Bunkie Elementary School in Bunkie, La. and was also the school librarian.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

"Her children arise up and call her blessed, and praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all." Proverbs 31: 28-29

You may sign the guest book and offer online condolences to the Thevenot family at www.melanconfunerals.com.


 

Billie Hayes

March 25, 2009 March 8, 1931 - March 19, 2009

Memorial services for Mrs. Billie Hayes, 78, of Sulphur will be held Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 3 pm in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 710 Walnut Street, Bunkie, La. Brother Paul Randolph will officiate.

Billie Hayes passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2009 in Sulphur. She was born in Oklahoma March 8, 1931 and was a long time resident of Bunkie. Billie graduated from Bunkie High School in 1949, and then attended Business School in Shreveport. In the spring of 1958 Billie began to study the Bible with Jehovah's Witnesses and on October 4, 1958 she dedicated her life while attending an assembly of Jehovah's Witnesses in Sulphur. On December 12, 1959 Robert Hayes married Billie and the two of them along with her four children settled in the Bunkie area. Bob and Billie added two additional children to their family by 1968. As she worked diligently caring for her family, Billie developed a sincere love for teaching people some of the wonderful truths that she had learned from the bible. By 1984 she volunteered to devote nearly 100 hours per month to this ministry, an activity she continued right to the end. In addition to regularly teaching God's word she likewise volunteered her time to assist building Kingdom Halls, houses of worship for fellow servants of Jehovah. Her favorite area to assist on these projects was in the cafeteria, preparing meals for her fellow volunteers. Billie Hayes faithfully served her God for more than 50 years at the time of her death. She was a loving mother will be dearly missed by;

Survivors include husband, Robert Hayes; three sons, Michael Reynolds, Evergreen, Tommy Reynolds, Baton Rouge, Rusty Hayes and wife Sheila, Evergreen; two daughters: Patricia Pearce and husband Steve, Bunkie, Mila Goudeau and husband Brent, Sulphur; brother: Don Fletcher, Bunkie; eight grandchilden.


 

Roy Lee Brown, Sr.

March 24, 2009
 

Roy Lee Brown, Sr., age 83, of Bunkie passed away Saturday, March 21, 2009.
 

Arrangements are under the direction of Progressive Funeral Home, Bunkie.


Ben Christopher Juneau

March 23, 2009
 

Services for Ben Christopher Juneau will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, March 23, 2009 the Chapel of Hixson Brothers, Alexandria with Father Steve Brandow officiating.
 
Mr. Ben Christopher Juneau, age 45, of Alexandria passed away Friday, March 20, 2009 at his residence.

He was a lifelong New Orleans Saints fan and avid music lover. He was currently employed at Shaw Industries. He was employed at Cleco for 19 years, the majority of that time as a Systems Protection Maintenance Specialist. Ben had an interest in history, especially the Civil War, and participated in reenactments of battles across the South.

Ben was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with friends and family at Grand Lake.

He is preceded in death by his faithful dog of 16 years, Misha.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Robert Juneau; son, Peyton Benjamin Juneau; and parents K.B. and Ethel Juneau. Three brothers, Marc Spencer and his wife Sylvie and their children, Leah, Victor, and Sam; Jeffrey Paul Juneau and his wife Brenda and daughter Lydia; James Luke Juneau, wife Cherie and children Jacques and Pierre. Two sisters, Mary Susan Riche and husband Elliot "Pookie" and children Kyle, Noah, and Adam; Julie Ann Dunbar and husband David, and children Isabella and Claire.

Friends may call Monday at Hixson Brothers, Alexandria from 8 a.m. until service time.

To extend online condolences to the Juneau family, please visit us at www.hixsonbrothers.com.


 

Curley Flynn Alfred, Sr.   

March 21, 2009

Services for Curley Flynn Alfred, Sr. will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at Amazon Baptist Church in Bunkie with the Rev. James L. Sampson officiating. Burial will be in Little Rock Baptist Church Cemetery in Bunkie.
Mr. Alfred, 55, of Bunkie died on March 21, 2009. He was born July 27, 1953, to the union of Albert Alfred and Queen Esther Woods Alfred; he was the second of two children.

Curley was joined in holy matrimony to Evelyn Rose Bazile Alfred July 3, 1980. To this union two children were born, Curley Jr. and Christopher.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Queen Esther Alfred, wife, Evely Rose Alfred, brother, Albert Alfred, Jr., one baby daughter.

He is survived by his two sons, one daughter, Qucinda Pride of Alexandria; four grandchildren; father, Albert Alfred of Beaumont, Texas; sister, Cherrie Callahan of Bunkie; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Gonzaque-Williams Mortuary "Where Healing Begins."


 

Kirk Alan Ashworth

March 20, 2009

February 22, 1975 - March 17, 2009
Funeral services for Mr. Kirk Alan Ashworth will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 2009 in the Rush Chapel, Oakdale - Downtown location with Reverend Michael McIntoch officiating. Interment will follow in Creel Memorial Gardens, Reeves under the direction of Rush Funeral Home, Oakdale.
 
Mr. Ashworth, 34, of Bunkie, entered eternal rest on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 in Bunkie General Hospital.

Kirk was a 1993 graduate of Menard High School and a member of Oakdale First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Johnnie Sue Livingston; his paternal grandmother,Mary Ashworth and his maternal grandmother, Elaine Creel.

Those left to mourn his loss and cherish his memory are his loving wife of three years, Chasity Ashworth of Bunkie; three step-sons, Michael Francois, Chad Francois and Cody Herrington, all of Bunkie; his father, Andy Ashworth of Sicily Island; three sisters, Shelli Tabor and her husband, Greg of Fort Necessity; Kirshel Ashworth and Abagail Ashworth, both of Topeka, Kansas; his paternal grandfather,Ernest Ashworth of Oakdale and his maternal grandfather, D.C. Creel of Oakdale.

Friends may call at Rush Funeral Home, Oakdale - Downtown location Friday, March 20, 2009 from 12 p.m. until 10 p.m. and Saturday, March 21, 2009 from 8 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.

Friends may post online messages of condolence for the Ashworth family by visiting www.rushfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ashworth Family.


 

LINDSLEY VIDRINE
 
Graveside services for Lindsley Vidrine were held at 4 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2009 at the Griffin Hills Cemetery in Lone Pine.

Lindsley was born March 10, 2009 at the Acadian Medical Hospital in Eunice.

She is preceded in death by her brother, Trevor Paul Vidrine; and her maternal grandmother, Linda Douget Blood.

She leaves behind her parents; Paul and Tammy Blood Vidrine of Lone Pine; a brother, Ashton Vidrine; a sister, Michaela Vidrine; her maternal grandfather, Roger Blood of St. Landry; her paternal grandparents, Shelton and Rita Vidrine of Lone Pine.

Paul and Tammy would like to thank all friends and family for their prayers, love, and support during this difficult time.

Arrangements were under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.


Doris Beverly Washington

March 12, 2009

Doris Beverly Washington, 60, of Bunkie, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 in her residence.
 

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.


 

Mary Ola Chelette Stevens

March 9, 2009

Funeral services for Mary Ola Chelette Stevens will be at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with Fr. Jack Michalchuk officiating. Burial will be in St. Catherine's Cemetery in Rosa under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.
 
Mrs. Stevens, a resident of Bunkie, passed away in the Bayou Vista Manor Nursing Center on Saturday, March 7, 2009 on her 89th birthday.

She is survived by four sons, Robert Stevens and his wife, Beverly, of Bunkie, Butch Stevens and his wife, Jenny, of Lemoyne, Joseph Stevens, Jr. and his wife, Gail, of Lake Charles and Bruce Stevens of Bunkie; three daughters, Frankie Westlake and her husband, Jim, of Caryliss, Brenda Ortego and her husband, James, of Bunkie and Wendy Huebner and her husband, Tim, of Cincinnati, Ohio; one sister, Joyce Dauzat of Kenner; seventeen grandchildren and twenty-seven great- grandchildren.

Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, March 9, 2009 with a rosary at 7 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. until 9:15 a.m.

You may go to http:// www.melanconfunerals.com/ to sign the guest book and offer online condolences to the Stevens family


 

Desoto, Jeanelle M.
   
 
A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister, she passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2009. She was 62, a resident of Dry Prong and an employee of Wal-Mart. She was born on Sept. 11, 1946, in Bunkie. She is survived by her children, Bobby DeSoto, of Baton Rouge; Keith and wife Shontel, of Sevierville, Tenn., and Lynn and fiancé Terri Babin, of Baton Rouge; granddaughter, Shelby Lynn, of Sevierville; brothers and sisters, Sandra and husband R.J. Bolton, of Dry Prong, Dale Lachney, of Baker, Ricky and Vicky Lachney, of Bunkie, Michael Lachney, of Zachary, Johnny Lachney, of Tupelo, Miss., Phyllis Ponithier, of Cottonport, and Gene and Joanne Lachney, of Carencro. Also left to cherish her memory are many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil; father and mother, Noah Jr. and Maudry Lachney; brothers, Ronnie and Gerald; and nephews, James and John Hutzler. Her children would especially like to thank her sister, Sandra, and husband R.J., for all the help and support in taking care of their mother. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., on Monday, March 9, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visiting at St. Pius X Catholic Church on Tuesday, March 10, from 1 p.m. until Mass at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Alex Shelton, celebrant. Burial at Resthaven Gardens of Memory. Pallbearers will be Noah Lachney, Robert Lachney, Lucas Lachney, Jason Hutzler, Shane Guilbeau and Ricky Lachney. Honorary pallbearers are R.J. Bolton, Norris DeSoto and Gene Lachney.
Published in The Advocate on 3/9/2009

 

CHRISTOPHER PAUL ARMAND    
 
Funeral services for Christopher "Chris" Paul Armand will be at 1:00 pm today, Feb. 26, 2009 in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with Fr. Jack Michalchuk officiating Burial will be in Griffin Hill Cemetery under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.
Mr. Armand, age 49, of Lone Pine, formerly of Bunkie, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, as the result of an automobile accident in Evangeline Parish.

Survivors include his wife, Bridgette Gray Armand of Lone Pine; two sons, Jeremy Armand and Casey Armand of Lone Pine; two daughters, Ashley Moses and her husband, Jason, of Chicot and Kimberly Armand of Lone Pine; his parents Felix and Betty Aymond Armand of Bunkie; one brother, Monte Armand and his wife, Mary, of Bunkie and two grandchildren, Lacey and Kyle "Bubba" Moses.

Visitation will be from 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009 and 8 am - 12:45 pm Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009 at Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie. You may go to www.melanconfunerals.com to sign the guest book and send condolences to the Armand family.


 

Gladys John Kojis

February 19, 2009

 
"Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate." Proverbs 31:31

Gladys John Kojis, 86, of Bunkie, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday February 17, 2009 in Bunkie General Hospital. Her beloved husband of 50 years, J.W. "Bill" Kojis passed away on the same date fourteen years ago.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 19, 2009 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Bunkie with Father Scott Chemino officiating. Burial will follow at Pythian Cemetery under the direction of Hixon Ducote Funeral Home.

Mrs. Kojis owned and operated Kojis Nursery and Kindergarten for over 25 years. Her love for children was well known throughout the community. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of Americas, Ladies Altar Society and served as Bunkie's offical Mrs. Santa Claus for 49 years.

Those left to celebrate her life and cherish her memory include five children and their spouses, Van and Sandy Kojis of Bunkie; Janice and Milburn Mayeaux of Lafayette; Regina and Guy Mayer of Bunkie; Gregory and Karen Kojis of Bunkie; Angela and David Schmidt of Dallas, twelve grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Luke Kojis, Ben Kojis, Scott Kojis, Grant Schmidt, Ronnie Johns and Michael Johns.  A visitation will be held Thursday, February 19, 2009 from 8 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. at Hixon Ducote Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to St. Anthony Catholic School, 116 S. Knoll St., Bunkie, LA 71322.



George Potts

February 16, 2009

 
George Potts, 71, of Bunkie, passed away Saturday, February 14, 2009 in Herman Memorial Hospital, Houston, TX.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.


 

Clothilde  Mounger  Quirk

 

Clothilde Mounger Quirk, age 83, died on February 11, 2009 in her home in Greenwell Springs, LA.  She was a native of Evergreen, LA and long time resident of East Baton Rouge Parish.  She graduated from Evergreen High School in 1942 and from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in Ruston, LA in 1945.  She was a charter member and vice president of Alpha Chi Omega. She was a school teacher for EBR Parish Schools from 1956-1975 and taught eight grade science at Glen Oaks Junior High most of her career.

 

She is survived by her two sons, William Boyd Quirk, Jr. and his wife Diane and Daniel Glen Quirk; two daughters, Sally Quirk Pugh and her husband Lamar III, and Debbie Quirk Harper and her husband Danny, thirteen grandchildren, Lisa Priest, Robyn Lockwood, Bill Quirk, Heather Martin, Lamar Pugh IV, Melissa Pugh, Michelle Hunter, Marty Quirk, Jenae Quirk, Denny Quirk, Kelly Quirk, Becky Harper, and Billy Harper,  seventeen great grandchildren, and sister, Eloise Mounger, and two brothers,  Wilmer (Bill) Mounger and Ralph Mounger.   

 

She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty years, William Boyd Quirk, Sr, parents, Young Allen Mounger and Ethel Lee Gill Mounger, son Dennis Platt Quirk, and five brothers and four sisters.  Pallbearers will be Lamar Pugh IV, Denny Quirk, Bill Quirk, Billy Harper, and David Smith.  Honorary  pallbearers Wilmer “Bill” Mounger, Ralph Mounger, Gill Mounger, Tommy Mounger, Paul Lacour,  Richard McCormick, and Glen Priest.   

 

Visitation will be at Bayou Rouge Baptist Church in Evergreen, Louisiana, on Saturday, February 14, 2009 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. followed by a religious service and burial under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.   In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Evergreen Methodist Church, Bayou Rouge Baptist Church, or Bayou Rouge Cemetery.  The family would also like to give special thanks to Dr. Vincent Tumminello and his staff for the many years of extraordinary care given to their loved one and also to Pinnacle Home Health and Clarity Hospice for their excellent care and support. Online condolences to the Quirk family may be emailed to melanconfuneral@aol.com.  


          

Thelma Kelley Locks

February 6, 2009
 

Funeral services for Thelma Kelley Locks will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 7, 2009 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Bunkie, with the viewing taking prior to the service from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Revs. Joe Hoover and Aaron Reynolds, Jr. will be officiating. Burial will be in the Simpson United Methodist Cemetery in Eola.

Final arrangements have been entrusted to Progressive Funeral Home, Bunkie.
Thelma Kelley Locks was born on December 16, 1934 in Eola to the union of Eleanor Wade and Phillip Kelley.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three (3) brothers, Walter Kelley, C.J. Augustine and George Kelley, two (2) sisters, Willie Mae Lee and Madie Wade, two (2) sons, Larry Kelley and Albert Kelley, Sr. and one (1) grandchild, Josette Bonton.

Mrs. Locks accepted Christ at an early age and was an active member of Simpson United Methodist Church until it merged with Trinity United Methodist Church in 1990. She faithfully served on a variety of committees at both churches, including the United Methodist Women, the choir and the Finance Committee. She also volunteered in any other capacity she could if the need arose.

Mrs. Locks departed this life and entered into eternal rest Monday, February 2, 2009 at Christus - Saint Frances Cabrini Hospital, Alexandria.

Cherishing her memory are her loving husband of 51 years, Robert Locks, Sr.; six (6) children, Wilbert Kelley (Lorraine) and Robert Locks, Jr. (Alvis), both of Houston, Texas, Charles Ray Kelley (Sandra) of Anaheim, California, Gwendolyn Joyce King (Wilbert) and Thelma Jean Page (George), both of Baton Rouge, and Toney Locks of Bunkie; six (6) sisters, Annie Bell Reynolds of Port Arthur, Texas, Frankie B. Walker (David) of Alexandria, Jessie Lee Johnson and Eugenia K. Morgan, both of Baton Rouge, Dorothy Destin of Evergreen, and Vivian Robinson of Eola; one (1) God-child, Zerrick Wade; twenty four grandchildren; twenty one great grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, a special neighbor and friend, Alberta Christian and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

 


Ronald Dean Dupree

February 5, 2009

 
Funeral services for Ronnie Dupree will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 7, 2009 in the chapel of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie with the Rev. Donald Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Griffin Hills Cemetery in Lone Pine.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mr. Dupree, 62, of Lone Pine, passed away Wednesday, February 04, 2009, at the Ville Platte Medical Center.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He worked most of his life in the warehousing and inventory control for the oil and power industry. His work took him many places like Oregon, Vegas, Bahamas, Puerto Rico and Brazil.

He loved camping with his friends and sons. Ronnie also was sort of a local legend in pistol shooting and enjoyed many hours of shooting with his sons and friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Dupree; his parents, Dallas and Lelia Aguillard Dupree; a brother, Kenneth Dupree and a sister, Wilda Mollier.

Survivors include his two sons, Todd Dupree and his wife Dana of Lone Pine, and Brad Dupree and his wife Tracy of Lone Pine; his daughter, Kristie Jenkins and her husband Phillip of the Clearwater community; two brothers, Perry Dupree of Houston and Harold Dupree of Prairieville; one sister, Barbara Nelson of Pollock; seven grandchildren, Brett, Brittany, Cassie, Jacob, Taylor, Brayden, and Alison; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will include: Leo Blood, Johnny Meeker, Brett Jenkins, Jacob Dupree, Kemp Nelson and Jimmy Earles. Honorary pallbearers will be Perry Dupree, Harold Dupree, Henry Book, Phillip Jenkins, and the entire 1964 Bunkie High Football team.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. until the time of service at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

 

Paul Joseph Mella

February 6, 2009
 

Paul Joseph Mella, 78, passed away Tuesday, February 3, 2009.
A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 1 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Bunkie, officiated by Fr. Jack Michalchuk. Burial will follow in the Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. prior to the Mass at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Paul was born January 27, 1931 in Cheneyville. He was a graduate of Cheneyville High School. Paul was a veteran of the Korean War and was honorably discharged from the Air Force with rank of Staff Sergeant. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion.

Paul was a resident of Bunkie for 27 years. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and active in the choir.

He is preceded in death by his parents, James B. and Lucy Viola Mella; and his brother, John R. Mella.

Survivors include his daughter, Paula Ann; his sister, Josie and her husband John Thompson; and many nieces and nephews.

The family extends heartfelt appreciation to the caring staff of Bayou Vista Manor Nursing Home, to the staff of Bunkie General Hospital, and to the kindness of Dr. Mohit Srivastava.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral

 

Dorothy "Dot" A. Abney

January 29, 2009

Dec. 16, 1941 - Jan. 25, 2009

Funeral services for Dorothy Abney will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2009 at the Bayou Rouge Baptist Church in Evergreen with the Rev. David Trimbur officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Ms. Abney, 67, of Bedford, Texas, passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2009 at her residence.

Dot was a graduate and one of the valedictorians of Bunkie High School and LOMA Insurance. She retired from the insurance business after working 50 years and was a consultant for LSW of Dallas, Texas.

She is preceded in death by her parents; Horace and Eleanor Abney; sisters, Joyce A. Bateman and Carmen A. Gremillion-Parent; a brother, S.A. "Buddy" Abney.

Survivors include; three sisters, Mercedes A. and George Terry of Evergreen, Nedra A. and Bob Rivers of Bunkie, and Elaine A. and Bud Reed of Baker and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie and 10 a.m.until the time of service at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Bayou Rouge Baptist Church in Evergreen.

Memorials may be made to the Bayou Rouge Baptist Cemetery, P.O. Box 237, Evergreen, LA 71333

 

----- Original Message -----
From: "NANCY KELLEY" <kdid@flash.net>
Sent: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 4:49 PM
Subject: For the obituary column

 
 Hello Dale,
 I have not met you but I grew up in Bunkie and enjoy the Bunkie website very much.  My husband, who attended Bunkie High, passed away and if you have space, I would appreciate you posting the following information:
 
Wilson L. Kelley, Jr., (W.L.), a 1948 graduate of Bunkie High School, passed away on January 1, 2009.  He was born in Lafayette, La. on Apil 2, 1930, lived in Texas, and eventually moved to Gold Dust during World War 2.  W.L. returned to Texas in 1949 and worked for Diamond Shamrock, which later became Oxychem Chemical.  He retired after 43 years with 35 years of perfect attendance. 

 In 1950, W.L. married the former Nancy Kay Jones.  They were married 58 years and had two daughters, Nancy Bush and Kerry Adair (husband David).  They had six grandchildren - Chris Brandon, Carly Stephens, Adam Adair, Emily Adair, Malinda Fennell, and Miranda Pennington - and nine great grandchildren.
 
 W. L. was buried in Grandview Cemetery in Pasadena, Texas on January 6, 2009.
 
 Many thanks, Dale.
 
 Nancy J. Kelley  
 

 

Ivan Stanley Villemarette, Sr.

January 23, 2009
 

Services for Mr. Ivan S. Villemarette, Sr. will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 24, 2009 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Hessmer with Father Ken Michiels officiating. Burial will be in the St. Alphonsus Mausoleum. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Marksville.

Mr. Villemarette, 75, of Hessmer, entered eternal rest on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at Christus St. Francis Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria.

Ivan had many accomplishments in his life. In his earlier days as a teenager he joined the Navy. After serving 4 years, he returned home to work in the family Gulf Service Station and Grocery on main street in Hessmer. In 1956, he met his bride, Geraldine Laborde. They married and Ivan became Hessmer's first police chief.

After a few years, Ivan and Geraldine moved to Bunkie and started a family and he found employment using his God given talent. Then he became employed at Rabalais Truck and Tractor, as a mechanic. In 1968, Ivan and his family moved back to Hessmer. He pursued a position on the Village of Hessmer Town Council and continued working at Rabalais Tractor in Bunkie. Ivan was employed with Rabalais Tractor which later became Scott Tractor Company. Ivan was Service Manager for many years which eventually led him into a sales position. Ivan was the type of person that never met a stranger. After 43 years, Ivan retired to spend time at home with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Ivan enjoyed tending to his horses and garden. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus with the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, a church volunteer and usher.

Ivan is survived by his wife of 52 years, Geraldine Laborde Villemarette, four children, Alice Jackson of Simmesport, Blaine Villemarette of Hessmer, Sandy Villemarette Mayeux of Mansura, and Ivan S. Villemarette, Jr. of Zachary; one brother Melvin Villemarette of Hessmer; one sister Elsie Campbell of Alexandria; ten grandchildren; two step grandchildren three great grandchildren.

The body will lie in state at Hixson Brothers Funeral Home Chapel of Marksville on Friday, January 23, 2009 from 5 pm until 10 pm and from 8 am until shortly before time of service on Saturday. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Chapel of Hixson Brothers.

To extend online condolences to the Villemarette family, please visit our website at www.hixsonbrothersfh.com

 

Lena Gobert Carter

January 20, 2009

Funeral services for Lena G. Carter will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, 2008 at the Centerville Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Adams officiating. Burial will follow in the Griffin Hills Cemetery in Lone Pine. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mrs. Carter, 76, of Centerville, passed away Sunday, January 18, 2008 at her residence.

She is preceded in death by her husband Lemuel D. Carter; a son, Danny Carter; and her parents, Ernest and Bessie Gobert.

Survivors include; one son, Keith Carter and his wife Joni of Bunkie; one daughter, Sue Pruitt and her husband John of Centerville; one brother, Ernest Gobert, Jr. of Oklahoma; three grandchildren Sherri Carter, Sarah Carter, Kassie Martin; five great-grandchildren, Justin, Logan, Jillian, Hannah, and Jacob.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. on Monday until the time of service at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the Centerville Baptist Church.

 

Carolyn Kennedy
 
A longtime resident of Baton Rouge, she died at 4:41 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009. She was 63 and a native of Bunkie. Mrs. Kennedy was owner of John C. Kennedy Income Tax Service and Bookkeeping. She was a loving and devoted mother. She had a charisma that endeared her to so many. She was an avid LSU sports fan. Survived by her mother, Mary Lena, of Bunkie; two sons, Carl and wife Cheryl Kennedy, of Baton Rouge, and Todd and wife Delilah Kennedy, of Denham Springs; three daughters, Karen and husband A.J. Saltalamacchia, of Mandeville, Christi and husband David Cutrer, of Watson, and Kimberly and husband Chris Leep, of Baker; two sisters, Linda and husband Paul Dufour, of Baton Rouge, and Nancy and husband Darrell Thiels, of Alexandria; three nieces, Angela and husband Heath Williams, of Wiggins, Miss., Melissa Dufour and fiancé Philip Castleberry, of Baton Rouge, and Christina Bello, of Alexandria; 14 grandchildren, Austin and Ashley Kennedy, Jake, Madison and Sydni Saltalamacchia, Caitlyn, McKenzie, Cameron and Kennedy Cutrer, Sanielle and TK Kennedy and Lauren, Annalise and Joseph Leep; great-grandchild, Hanna Kennedy; and many other extended family members and friends. Preceded in death by her father, Joseph V. Lena; and husband, John C. Kennedy. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., on Friday, Jan. 16, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 17, from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Gerard Majella Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Special thanks to the nurses and staff of Lakewood Quarters Nursing Home and Life Source Services Care of Baton Rouge.

 

Ralph Paul Moras, Sr.

January 3, 2009                                                                                               

Ralph Paul Moras, Sr., 64, of Bunkie passed away on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009 at Bunkie General Hospital.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.


William Murdock

Services for William Murdock will be 11 a.m. Saturday, January 3, 2009 at Wesley Booneville United Methodist Church, Bunkie with the Reverend James Ray, Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Wesley Booneville United Methodist Church Cemetery under the direction of Progressive Funeral Home, Bunkie


Tommy Joseph Ducote

December 20, 2008

Funeral services for Tommy Ducote will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 20, 2008 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with the Rev. Jack Michalchuk officiating. Burial will follow in the Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mr. Ducote, 46, of Bunkie, passed away Friday, December 19, 2008, at the Bayou Vista Nursing Home in Bunkie.

He is preceded in death by his father, Burton Ducote; a brother, Johnny Ducote; and a sister, Connie Ducote.

Survivors include his mother, Velda "Pat" Ducote of Bunkie; two brothers, David Ducote of Prairieville, and Michael Ducote of San Antonio, Texas; one sister, Phyllis Villemarette of Bunkie; numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. on Saturday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.
 

Shirley Aline Carter

December 6, 2008

 
Funeral services for Shirley Carter will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, December 7, 2008 at the Centerville Baptist Church in Centerville. Burial will follow in the Griffin Hills Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson -Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mrs. Carter, 87, of Centerville, passed away Friday, December 5, 2008 at her residence.

She is preceded in death by her husband Lee Carter.

Survivors include three sons Thomas Lee Carter, Justin Dave Carter, Robert "Bobby" Carter all of Centerville; three daughters, Barbara Ann Curtis of Denham Springs, Betty Jean Ledbetter of Haynesville, Shirley Marie Carter of Effie; three brothers, T.M. Coates, Jr. of Baker, Charles Purvis of Bunkie and Jimmie Coates of Tioga; three sisters, Eunice Fay Coates of Bunkie, Carol Lane Coates of Bunkie, Tanna Gail Coates of Mississippi; seventeen grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. until the time of service at 10 a.m. at the Centerville Baptist Church.

 

Leona Hunt Nicholas

November 24, 2008

Prayer service for Mrs. Leona Hunt Nicholas will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at the Eola Baptist Church in Eola. Burial will follow in the Whites Chapel Cemetery in Whiteville. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.
Mrs. Nicholas, age 96, of Gold Dust, passed away on Saturday, November 22, 2008 at her residence.

She is preceded in death by her two sisters, Ruby O'Quinn and Annie Sibley and her brother Martin Hunt.

Survivors include her husband Captain Harry Nicholas of Gold Dust; 2 nieces, Darlene Suire of Nederland, Texas, and Sheree Diaville of Gold Dust; two nephews, Darrel Wahl and Buddy Hunt of Houston; and great nieces, Adriana, Jennifer, and Anna.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Eola Baptist Church.

 
 

Joseph Vincent Parrino

November 23, 2008

Funeral services for Joseph Vincent Parrino, age 86, of Cheneyville will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, November 24, 2008 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Cheneyville with Fr. Scott Chemino officiating. Internment will follow at the Gate of Heaven Mausoleum in the Pythian Cemetery, Bunkie under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Joe was born July 5, 1922 in Cheneyville, and passed away at the Alexandria VA Medical Center on Thursday, November 20, 2008. He proudly served his country as an anti-tank commander during World War II in the European Theater from North Africa to Italy. Afterward, he was a farmer in Cheneyville, where he served as a member of the Board of Directors at the former Cheneyville State Bank, and at the Cheneyville Cotton Gin.

Mr. Parrino was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Williamson Parrino; parents Nicholas and Josephine Parrino; sisters, Mary Parrino, Bessie P. Livicarri, Josephine P. Polito and brothers, Peter, Sam, Morris and his twin, Carlo Parrino.

He is survived by two brothers, Tony B. Parrino and his wife, Crystal, of Dry Prong and Nicholas Parrino, Jr. and his wife, Jan, of Denham Springs and his three sisters, Marie P. Collinson, Patsy P. Stevens and her husband, Van and Lucille P. Vidrine and her husband, Tommy, all of Baton Rouge. Also surviving him are numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Nick S. Parrino, Frank J. Parrino, Anthony J. Parrino, John J. Stevens, Chris T. Vidrine, Paul E. Griggs, Paul Parrino and Keith Dupuy.

A special thanks to all of his sitters, especially Carol Rodriguez, Germaine Schofield, Maxine Juneau, Virginia Madrigal and Betty Holbrook.
Visitation will be from 4:30 pm till 8 p.m. on Sunday, November 23, 2008 at Melancon Funeral Home with a Christian Wake Service at 5 p.m. On Monday, visitation will be from 9:30 am until service time at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Cheneyville. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church - P.O. Box 368 - Cheneyville, LA 71325 or the recipient of your choice. Online condolences to the Parrino family may be emailed to melanconfuneral@aol.com


Alice Ferguson Ponthier

November 7, 2008
 

Alice Ponthier, age 92, of Hessmer, formerly of Bunkie, passed away on Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at Christus St. Francis Cabrini Hospital.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.
 

William "Bill" Keller
 
   
A resident of Baton Rouge and a native of Bunkie, he died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, at his home. He was 79 and a U.S. Navy veteran. Visiting at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church on Monday, Nov. 3, from 1 p.m. until religious service at 1:45 p.m. He is survived by his wife, Jeri Keller; daughter, Donna K. Ashcroft and husband Steve; three sons, Mike and wife Pam Keller, Stephen and wife De Jeanne Keller and Jason and wife Joan Keller; a sister, Elanor Nelson and husband Hyland; a brother, Ardie and wife Gail Keller; and 14 grandchildren, Mike Keller, Liz Keller, Adam Ashcroft, Alex Ashcroft, Austin Ashcroft, Brighton Keller, Coco Keller, Stephen Keller Jr., Lele Keller, Katie Keller, Meme Keller, Wil Keller, Bert Kouns and Sydney Keller. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105. Rabenhorst Funeral Home East is in charge arrangements.

 

William Pearson

October 31, 2008

Services for William (Bill) Pearson will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2008 at Salem Baptist Church in Bunkie with Rev. John Calbert officiating. Burial will be in Salem Baptist Church cemetery under the direction of Progressive Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Williams (Bill) Pearson, 87, died in Rapides Regional Medical Center on Friday, October 24, 2008.

He was a member of the First St. Paul Baptist Church of Bayhill, La. and served as Deacon Board Chairman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sim and Mattie Patterson Pearson, three brothers, two sisters.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Ruth McGlory Pearson of Bunkie; two daughters, Janis P. Alfred of Bunkie, Stephanie P. Butler and husband Alvin of Alexandria; one son, Donaldson Juneau of Opelousas; one sister, Betty Jamerson of Bunkie; six grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Viewing will be from 9 a.m. until time of services.


 

 

 

JULES J. MOREAU II, 52

JANUARY 26, 1956 - OCTOBER 11, 2008

Also survived by his brother, Porter Voorhies of Bunkie, his wife, Tina.  And their three children: Elizabeth, Benjamin and Donovan Voorhies.


 


 

Vivien Glankler Voelker

Mrs. Vivien Glankler Voelker died Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at the age of 78 following a very courageous battle with kidney failure. She joined her Lord, her husband of 52 years C.A. Voelker and their son Gus Voelker.

"You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever." Psalm 16:11

She was born on December 9, 1929 in Alexandria to Gene and Mildred Glankler.

She is survived by her brother Gene Glankler and wife Helga, sister "Mickey" Glankler Bott and husband Fritz, brother, Darrel Paul Glankler and wife Lila in North Carolina, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was affectionately known as "Bea" by her family and will be dearly missed by her six children, daughter Valerie Munson, son, Darrel Voelker and wife Polly, daughter Leslie Kinney, son Triesch Voelker, son Charles Voelker and wife Liz, and daughter Ellen and husband Mike DiMaria; nine grandchildren, Leigh Munson Neri and Mike, Robert Munson and Sarah, Jonathan Kinney, Michael, Claire, and Sarah Kathryn DiMaria, John and Charlie Voelker,Gus Voelker; three great grandchildren, Andrew and Alexander Neri and Jackson Munson.

Pallbearers will be Leslie Glankler, Kemper Todd, Jonathan Kinney, Michael DiMaria, and John and Charlie Voelker. Honorary pallbearer is Robert Munson.

"Bea" lived a life of love and devotion to her family, friends, her church, her faith, and her Lord. The family is eternally grateful to her special caregiver family; Eloise Ducote, Dianna McGee, Daisy Campbell, and Brenda Bradley and the friends and staff at The Bailey House.

Visitation at Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie Wednesday, October 22 from 5 to 8:30 pm with a Vigil at 6 p.m. and Thursday, October 22 from 8 to 10:45.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. Burial will be in Pythian Cemetery under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in the name of Vivien Voelker to St. Anthony Catholic School, 116 S. Knoll Ave, Bunkie, LA 71322.

Online condolences to the Voelker family may be emailed to melanconfuneral @aol.com.

 

Fabia R. "Susie" Bourg

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Fabia R. "Susie" Bourg, a former Bunkie resident, died Monday, September 22, 2008, at Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma City. She was born July 1, 1922, in Bunkie, La., the daughter of Clement and Eunice (LeBoeuf) Bourg.

She attended parochial and public schools in Bunkie and Baton Rouge Business College.

In August 1943, she enlisted in the U.S. Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), with administrative duty assignments in Stillwater, OK; Sewanee, TN; New Orleans, LA; and Washington, D.C., where she served in the Naval Liaison Office to Congress. She was honorably discharged from the Navy in May 1953.

Miss Bourg enjoyed a long career as a secretary in private and civil service, working for Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Baton Rouge, LA; Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA; T.H. Mastin & Company Insurers, Alexandria, LA, and Houston, TX; Boeing Airplane Company, Wichita, KS; Alcoa Steamship Company, New Orleans, LA; Tulane University, New Orleans, LA; McConnell Air Force Base, Wichita, KS; U.S. Postal Service Headquarters, Washington, D.C.; and the Department of the Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C. She retired from U.S. Government employment in July 1983.

A resident of Salina from 1983 through 1999, she was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, St. John's Regional Health Center Auxiliary and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. She was also active in volunteer work with Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS), Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Salina, Inc. After moving to Oklahoma City in 2000 she remained active in volunteer work.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Clement Bourg Jr. and Hubert Bourg; and three sisters, Enid Bourg, Faith Vann and Eunice Lineberger. Survivors include two sisters, Sister Geraldine Bourg of San Antonio, TX, and Claire Spicer and her husband Jim of Salina, KS; one brother, Malcolm Bourg and his wife Susan of Eureka Springs, AR; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Saturday, October 18th, at the St. Joachim Chapel in St. Ann's Retirement Center, 7501 W. Britton Road, Oklahoma City, OK.

Memorials may be made in Miss Bourg's name to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church



   William Lyles Bain  

October 18, 2008
 

William Lyles Bain went home to be with his Heavenly Father on October 15, 2008 at Oschner Medical Center. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 18, 2008 at the First Baptist Church Bunkie. Officiating will be Rev. Jim Lofton, Rev. Carl Hudson, and Dr. Perry Sanders. Interment will follow at the Bayou Rouge Baptist Cemetery in Evergreen. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the funeral home.
Bill is preceded in death by his earthly father, Sterling Caudel Bain, Sr. &nb sp;

Those left to cherish a lifetime of memories are his loving and devoted wife of 34 years, Georgia Anne Bain; two sons, William George Bain and his wife Candace, David Lyles Bain and his wife Janna; and a daughter, Emily Bain Woodard and her husband Ashley; beloved grandchildren, Luke, Nick, Parker and Rebecca; his mother, Mary Lou Lyles Bain; four brothers, Sterling Caudel Bain, Jr., John Hadley Bain, Edgar Burnham Bain, and Roger Wayne Bain, and one sister, Louanne Bain.
Bill was born in Bunkie on January 25, 1951 to Sterling Caudel and Mary Lou Lyles Bain. He was a lifelong resident of Bunkie and a graduate of Bunkie High School and LSU with a degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management. Mr. Bain was a member of First Baptist Church, serving faithfully as a deacon and Sunday School teacher.

Important to Bill during his lifetime were God, family, including his wife, children, dear grandchildren, his mother, sister, and brothers; the family farm, where he considered it a privilege to work each day side by side with his brothers, sons and nephews, and his church family. He enjoyed fishing, but his favorite pastime was duck hunting with his family and friends at Oklahoma Plantation. Bill loved spending time with his grandchildren, especially enjoying the pleasures of taking them for rides on the farm in search of wildlife. His faith in God and his love for his fellowman were remarkable. His generous spirit, his integrity, and his strength of character were the hallmarks of his daily life. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Bill truly lived his faith and was a wonderful family man. He was the best of us all. "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understand.
Proverbs 3:5

Pallbearers will be his nephews: Ben, Brian, Jake, Tommy, Johnny, Jared, Andrew and Hudson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to First Baptist Church, 203 S. Lexington Ave., Bunkie, LA 71322.

 

Ollie Bordelon Redmon

October 16, 2008
 

Funeral services for Ollie Redmon will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 17, 2008 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with the Rev. Jack Mickalchuk officiating. Burial will follow in t he Pythian Mausoleum. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mrs. Redmon, age 89, of Bunkie, passed away on Monday, October 13, 2008 at the Bayou Vista Nursing Home in Bunkie.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Redmon; a son, Carl Redmon; a grandson, Chad Redmon; her parents, Dicken and Odelia Ducote Bordelon; nine brothers; and two sisters.

Survivors include a son, Ronnie and his wife Jan Redmon of Bunkie; a daughter, Martha Saylor and her husband Larry of Hilton Head, South Carolina; one brother, Barlin "Toss" Bordelon of Baton Rouge; four sisters, Lela Aymond, Mable Aymond, Pearl Normand all of Bunkie, and Dorothy Sehon of Baton Rouge; eight grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren; three great- great - grandchildren.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. on Friday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie. A WakeService will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.
 

Joe Russie

October 15, 2008 Joe Russie, age 68, of Bunkie, passed away in his residence on Wednesday, October 8, 2008.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.


Annette Johnson Callegari

October 15, 2008  Annette Johnson Callegari, 86, of Bunkie, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008 in Bayou Vista Manor Nursing Center.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.


 
Jackie Onishea, 57, of Bunkie died October 8, 2008 in Alexandria.

Arrangements under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.
Jackie Onishea, 57, of Bunkie died October 8, 2008 in Alexandria.

Arrangements under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

 

Lawrence Prejean

September 28, 2008

Lawrence Prejean, age 89, of Thibodeaux, passed away on Friday, September 26, 2008 at the Hessmer Nursing Home.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

 

ELLEN KRAMER DESHOTEL
 
Funeral services for Ellen Kramer Deshotel will be at 10:00 am Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with Fr. Jack Michalchuk officiating. Burial will be in Pythian Cemetery under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.
 
Mrs. Deshotel, age 92, of Bunkie passed away on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008 at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.
Survivors include her daughter, Jeanette Ducote and her husband, Ellis "Chick" of Bunkie; two grandchildren,Chad Ducote and his wife, Amy, of Lafayette and Bridget Bradley and her husband, Brian, of Flower Mound, TX and two great grandchildren, Grace and Waylon Bradley. 
 
Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home starting at  5 pm  Friday, Sept. 26, 2008 with a Vigil for the Deceased at 6 pm and from 8 am - 9:45 am on Saturday. Online condolences may be emailed to the Deshotel family at melanconfuneral@aol.com.

 

Butler Jr., Thomas M. "Tom"
 
Thomas quietly passed away Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008, at Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge surrounded by family members and friends. He was born July 21, 1929, in Coushatta, and grew up in Bunkie. He was a Realtor with Burns & Co., an insurance Realtor and a licensed life insurance agent. He is survived by his wife, Lynda Butler; sister, Ann B. Booth, of Charlotte, N.C.; two brothers-in-law, W.B. Hulsey and wife Marie, of Madison, Miss., and Kenneth E. Hulsey and wife Denise, of Hahnville; as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and their spouses and children. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Visitation at Jefferson United Methodist Church, 10328 Jefferson Highway, on Friday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. until memorial service at 11 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Hulen Warren. A special thanks to the doctors and MICU unit at Ochsner Medical Center and the many friends and family who prayed and supported him and Lynda throughout his brief illness. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Capital Fund of Jefferson United Methodist Church or a charity of choice. Please sign the online guestbook at www.resthavenbatonrouge.com. Published in The Advocate on 9/25/2008

 

Please let everyone viewing the Bunkie website know of the passing of my aunt,
Gin Cassard McCartney, on Monday, September 22.  She grew up on Shirley Plantation, the location of Mr. Hunt's
book recalling his childhood in the Bunkie area.  Mr. Hunt's character, Catherine, was based on this
wonderful, sweet lady. 
 
Aunt Gin was a long-time resident of Alexandria, and more recently Pineville. 
 
She will be greatly missed by all of us who were blessed to know and love her.  She was a wonderful
role model, wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend.  In our hearts she will remain. . . Forever Young. 
 
Patty Cassard Hablinski  

Elsie Mae Kennedy Neucere

Funeral services for Elsie Mae Kennedy Neucere will be at 1 pm today, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008 in the chapel of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie with Rev. Emmett Wren officiating. Burial will be in Vandenburg Cemetery, Bayou Chicot under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.


 

Enitte Guillory Gauthier

September 16, 2008

Enitte Gathier, age 65, of Cottonport, passed away on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at the Riverside Hospital in Alexandria.
Arrangements under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

 


John Descant, Jr.

John Descant, Jr., age 66, of Bunkie, passed away on Friday, September 12, 2008 at his residence.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

 

 

Leroy Raymond Knaps,

 

Leroy, age 77, a 47-year resident of Baker, Louisiana, passed away peacefully at his home with his family at his side, on September 7th.  He was born 3/23/31 in Bunkie Louisiana, and grew up in New Roads, LA.  He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Katy Knaps, and five children:  Randy and wife Caroline, Baker Police Chief Mike “Snapper” Knaps and wife Angie, Susan Luter, Charmaine Efferson and husband Rusty, Mark and wife Gena.  His grandchildren Russell Knaps, Mitchell Knaps, Kendall Knaps, April Sartin, Andrea Knaps, Marcus Luter, Brandon Efferson, Brooke Efferson, Cooper Knaps, and great-grandchildren James Luter, Anna Katherine Sartin, Emilie Claire Sartin, and Allie Elizabeth Sartin.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Henri Simon Knaps and Olympe Francoise Garon, and his siblings Lillian Knaps, Edward Simon Knapps, Lena Teresa Knaps, Achille Willard Knaps, Joseph Knapp, Joseph Alvin Knapps.  He was a graduate of Poydras High School in New Roads, LA, and attended Southeastern College in Hammond, and Loyola University in New Orleans.  He was a veteran of the USArmy where he served in the Korean Conflict as a specialist.  He had a 49 year career with Carter Hearing Aid Center in Baton Rouge.  He enjoyed playing guitar, singing, golf, horticulture, and woodworking.  Visitation will be held at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Baker, LA on Tuesday 9/9 from 5pm – 9pm, and on Wednesday from 9am -10am, followed by religious service at 10am on Wednesday.  He will be laid to rest at Hillcrest Memorial in Baker, LA.  Special thank you to Hospice of Baton Rouge, and his pall bearers Russell & Mitchell Knaps, Brandon Efferson, Marcus Luter, L. C. Riche, and Butch Box.  His family and friends will truly miss him and the great times we were able to spend with him.

 

 

 

A special tribute from his nephew A.W."Bill"-"Tex" Knaps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Elnor Glyn Evans Compton

September 9, 2008

Funeral services for Elnor Glyn Evans Compton will be at 10 am Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008 in the chapel of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie with Rev. Donald Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Pythian Cemetery under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mrs. Compton, age 76, of Bunkie passed away on Sept. 2, 2008 in Bunkie General Hospital.

She was a retired teacher's aide at Bunkie Elementary School. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Eureka Chapter # 65.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Martha Compton.

Survivors include her husband, James W. Compton of Bunkie; a son, James W. Compton, Jr. and his wife, Kim of Bunkie; one sister, Margaret Ann Porter of Farmerville; three grandchildren; one great grandchild.

Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008 beginning at 5 pm and on Wednesday from 8 am until service time.

Online condolences may be emailed to the Compton family at melanconfuneral@aol .com.

 

Firmin, Maynard John
 
He was the retired president of the southern region of U-Haul and retired with J.E. Merit Industrial Contractors. He was a resident of Greenwell Springs and a native of Evergreen. He died at 12:50 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008, at Sunrise Assisted Living at age 74. Maynard served in the 2nd and 3rd U.S. Marine Corps Air Wings as a sergeant during the Korean War. Visitation at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 8:30 a.m. until religious service in the chapel at 11 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Don Hoy. Interment in Grace Memorial Cemetery, Plaquemine. He is survived by two daughters, Linda Bergeron and husband Ray and Tessie Kelley and husband Chris; four sons, Robert Firmin, Michael Firmin and wife Kelli, James Firmin and wife Donna, and Douglas Firmin and wife Connie; four brothers, Ronnie Firmin and wife Faye, Danny Firmin and wife Wanda, Randy Firmin and wife Roxanne, and Bryan Firmin and wife Julie; 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Maynard was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Jeanette Bourgoyne Firmin; parents, Esley Leo and Lillian Thibodeaux Firmin; and brother, Charles Brent Firmin. Pallbearers will be Brad, Matthew, Shane and Todd Firmin, Chad, Derick and Troy Bergeron, Trent Kelley and Reneé Vernon. Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association.
 
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Donald Raymond Lewis

September 6, 2008

Funeral services for Donald Raymond Lewis will be at 11 a.m. today, Saturday, September 6, 2008 in the Salem Baptist Church with Rev. Hillary Hayes officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mr. Lewis, age 60, of Bunkie passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008 in his residence. He was a graduate of Carver High School, he later attended Louisiana State University of Alexandria, majoring in Business Administration. He served in the United States Air Force receiving an honorable discharge. He was employed several years as a case specialist with Louisiana Works. He was preceded in death by his parents, Booker T. Lewis, Jr. and Gladys Drummer Lewis Hayes and his beloved son, SSG Bryan A. Lewis.

He leaves to mourn his passing three daughters: Shellie Lewis Brown (Marvin) of Baton Rouge; Shalyn Dawn Lewis and Shawn Marie Lewis of Baton Rouge.; three grandchildren Marvin Brown, Jr., Nylah Harris, and Michael K Brown of Baton Rouge; siblings, Alice L. Jenkins (Beaumont, Texas), Mary Ann Spears (Michael) of Bunkie, Ralph Lewis of Beaumont,Texas, Floyd Lewis of Beaumont, Texas, and Rev. Hillary Hayes of Bunkie; stepfather, Neil Hayes of Bunkie; aunts Eola Hobs, Robena Donnette, and Diana Sheppard of Bunkie, Shirley Williams of Alexandria, and Maxine Russell of Houston, Texas; uncles Walter Mckinley Lewis of Chula Vista, California and Melvin Lewis of Houston Ttexas as well as a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, colleagues and friends.

Visitation will be at the Salem Baptist Church today, Saturday, September 6, 2008 from 10 a.m. until service time. Online condolences to the Lewis family may be emailed to
melanconfuneral@aol.com
.
 

LaTrakus Price

September 5, 2008  

LaTrakus Price, age 32, of Bunkie passed away on Sunday, August 31, 2008 in the LSU Medical Center, Shreveport.

Arrangements are under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

 

Roderick Eggins

September 5, 2008

Roderick Eggins, age 31, of Bunkie passed away on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 in Bunkie General Hospital.

Arrangements are under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

 

Elnor Glyn Compton

September 5, 2008

Elnor Glyn Compton, age 76, of Bunkie passed away on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 in Bunkie General Hospital.

Arrangements are under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

 

Helen Nugent Mayeaux

Funeral services for Helen Mayeaux will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 30, 2008 at the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with the Rev. Jack Michalchuk officiating. Burial will follow in the Pythian Mausoleum. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mrs. Mayeaux, 64, of Bunkie, passed away on Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at the Christus St. Francis Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria.

She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Lenia Ardoin Nugent; one sister, Marceline Rabalais.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Richard Mayeaux of Bunkie; two sons, Gary and his wife Denise Mayeaux of Ball, and Randy Mayeaux of Bunkie; one brother, John Taft Nugent of Sulphur; two grandchildren, John and Kristen Mayeaux of Ball.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie. A wake service will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

 


Leon Rodgers

Funeral services for Leon Rodgers will be at 10 am on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008 at the First St. Joseph Baptist Church with Rev. Freddie Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mr. Rodgers, 61, of St. Landry, passed away on Friday, August 22, 2008 in Opelousas General Hospital.

He was a graduate of Carver High School and Grambling University. He had been employed by Martco for over 24 years. he was a member of Johnson Lodge 175 AF & AM for over 35 years where he served as Secretary for the past 10 years. He was Elevated to the Honor of 33rd degree in September of 1998. He was a member of Pleasent-McCrea Lodge of Perfection, William Rodgers Royal Arch Chapter, Johnnie Monk Knights Templar, Talton Hayes Consistory #1, and Council of Deliberation.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Campbell Rodgers, his father, William Rodgers, Sr., and son-in-law, Franz Williams.

Survivors include one son, Leon Rodgers, Jr. of St. Landry; three daughters, Pamela Williams of Lafayette, Cynthia Rodgers of Lafayette and Bridget Rodgers of St. Landry; his mother, Leola Rodgers of St. Landry; one brother, William Rodgers, Jr. of Houston, Texas; five grandchildren, Alexsia Roders, Xian Rodgers, Tyrieana Williams, Isaiah Williams, Xavier Childs. He is also survived by his adopted children, Iffie Campbell, Alvin Campbell, Jr. and Barbara Jean Burton.

Visitation will be at the First St. Joseph Baptist Church on Saturday, August 30, 2008 from 8 am until service time at 10 am. Online condolences may be emailed to the Rodgers family at
melanconfuneral@aol.com.

 

Cleveland J Ducote

Funeral services for Cleveland J Ducote will be at 11 am today, Thursday, August 28, 2008 at St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church, Belledeau with Fr. Edwin Rodriguez-Hernandez officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mr. Ducote,65, of Belledeau, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008 in his residence.

He was preceded in death by his father, Douglas Ducote; his sister, Ann Ducote and his grandparents, Alice and Philbert Supper.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Wilson Ducote of Belldeau; two daughters, Sharon LaCombe and her husband, Brent of Belledeau and Becky Mayeux and her husband, Steve of Hessmer; his mother, Julia Ducote of Hessmer; three brothers, Norris Ducote of Hessmer, Anthony Ducote of Alexandria and Calvin Ducote of Fifth Ward; three grandchildren, Brandon LaCombe and his wife, Julie, Kayla Bollingham and her husband, Kevin and Elizabeth Mayeux; three great grandchildren, Kevin Bollingham, II, Brent Joseph Bollingham, and Brennon LaCombe.

Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home from 8 am - 10:30 am today, Aug. 28, 2008. Online condolences may be emailed to the Ducote family at melancon
funeral@aol.com.

 
James Oliver White

Funeral services for James Oliver White will be at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2008 in the chapel of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home in Bunkie with the Bro. Norris Landry officiating. Burial will follow in the White Ridge Cemetery in Jonesville. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mr. White, 73, of Bunkie, passed away on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at his residence.

He was a Bible Study Teacher of the men's class at the Hessmer Baptist Church, a past master of the Bunkie Masonic Lodge 326 and a past worthy patron of the Eastern Star.

He is preceded in death by one step-daughter, Deborah Hall.

Survivors include his wife, Eleanor Andrus White of Bunkie; one son, Michael Shane White and his wife, Heather of Baton Rouge; two step-sons, Joe Johnston and his wife Gloria of Carencro, and Mark Johnston of Berwick; two step-daughters, Karen Johnston and Liz Johnston both of Lafayette; two brothers, Bill White and Kenneth White both of Jonesville; three sisters, Dorothy Barr of Simmesport, Sadie Charrier of Jonesville, and Henrietta Michot of Jonesville; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. until the time of service at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.


 

Robert L. "Bob" Laborde

LAFAYETTE - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, August 13, 2008, at 11 a.m., at Fountain Memorial Funeral Home, for Robert L. "Bob" Laborde, 73, who passed away peacefully at home amongst his family on Saturday, August 9, 2008.

Interment will follow in Fountain Memorial Cemetery in Lafayette.

The Rev. Monsignor DeRouen, pastor of Cathedral of St. John Evangelist, will conduct the funeral service.

Mr. Laborde was born August 6, 1935, and was raised in Bunkie, La. R. L., as he was known there, moved to Lafayette in 1957, where he was a teacher at Hamilton Training School. In 1958, he started working as a sales manager for Acme Brick Company, where he retired after 47 years. He was a member of Acadian Home Builders Association and ushered at St. Mary Catholic Church.

Bob's greatest joy was having his family at his home for meals. His hobbies were hunting, fishing and watching television.

Survivors include two daughters, Brenda LeBlanc and her husband, C. J., and Cindy MacDonald, all of Youngsville; one son, Keith Laborde and his wife, Irene, of Exton, Pa.; and three grandsons, Lee and Kyle MacDonald, both of Youngsville, and Phillip Laborde, of Exton, Pa.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Riche' Laborde; and his parents, Dauthier Laborde, of Mansura, and the former Anita Watts, of Hessmer.

The family requests that visiting hours at Fountain Memorial Funeral Home be observed from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday and continue at 8 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday.

A rosary will be recited Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., by Rosa Richard in the Fountain Memorial Funeral Home Parlor.

Active pallbearers will be Lee MacDonald, Kyle MacDonald, C. J. LeBlanc, Randy Richie, Gerald Guilbeau and Gill Bergeron.

Honorary pallbearers are Phillip Laborde and Ken Richard.

To view online obituary and guestbook, go to www.fountainmemorialfuneralhome.com.

Fountain Memorial Funeral Home & Cemetery of Lafayette, (337) 981-7098, 1010 Pandora Street, Lafayette, is in charge of arrangements.

DYING IS BUT GOING HOME....
 
DAVID LACOUR MAXWELL, AGE 58, SON OF ODIS AND LEMMIE
MAXWELL, DIED PEACEFULLY TUESDAY,1-29-08 FROM CANCER.
HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE OF 37 YEARS, JEAN, HIS SISTER LILA BREME, FOUR CHILDREN, SCOTT, SAM, SETH AND SARAH, IN ADDITION TO 3 GRANDCHILDREN.
David LaCour Maxwell
 
David LaCour Maxwell, 59, Palisade, died July 29, 2008, at his home.Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Ninth Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 3076 E 1/2 Road, Grand Junction. Services will follow at 10:30 a.m.

Mr. Maxwell was an adminstrative techinican.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly; three sons, David Scott and Samuel Andrew, both of Palisade, and Seth Connor of North Carolina; one daughter, Sarah Adele Maxwell-Taylor of Phoenix; one sister, LiLa Breme of Texas; and six grandchildren. Memorial contributions in Mr. Maxwell’s name to 939 South Iowa Ave., No. 5 Palisade, CO 81526.


 

 

 

 

 

 
Mrs. Jenny Glorioso

 Funeral services for Jenny Glorioso will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2008 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with the Rev. Scott Chemino officiating. Burial will follow in the Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mrs. Glorioso, age 88, of Bunkie, passed away on Friday, July 25, 2008 at the Bunkie General Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her husband Nick Glorioso, Sr.

Survivors include her three sons; Nick Glorioso, Jr. and his wife Becky, Jude Glorioso, and Tommy Glorioso and his wife Petty all of Bunkie; one daughter, Sandra Glorioso of Lafayette; one sister, Virginia Harris of Tyler, Texas; nine grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Sunday and 8 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Monday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home. A wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.


Roach, Donald Ray "Donnie"
 
Owner of Bunkie Mortuary in Bunkie, he died on Saturday, July 19, 2008, at his home in Bunkie. He was 53 and a native of Baton Rouge. Visiting at Abram Temple Church of God in Christ, 308 N. Elm St., Bunkie, on Thursday, July 24, from 5 p.m. until religious service at 7 p.m. Visiting at G.F.L. Church of God in Christ Saintsville on Friday from 8 a.m. until religious service on Friday at 10 a.m., conducted by Superintendent Alphonso Danson, pastor. Interment in Gilbert's Memorial Park. Survived by his daughter, Mamie "Katie" Roach, of Monroe; son, Daniel Lee Roach and spouse Shonda, of Baton Rouge; four sisters, Deloris R. Gray, Ella R. Foster and spouse Bobby, Loretta R. Barlow and Lorraine Roach, all of Baton Rouge; two brothers, Leroy Franklin, of Baton Rouge and Jesse Lee Roach and spouse Sedley, of Aiken S.C.; and three grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, sister and two nieces. Pallbearers will be family and friends.
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Clara Stelly Barrone
 

Funeral services for Clara Barrone will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with the Rev. Chris Munsch officiating. Burial will follow in the Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson - Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mrs. Barrone, 82, of Bunkie, passed away Monday, July 21, 2008, at her residence.

She is preceded in death by her parents; David and Emma Lalonde Stelly; brothers, Walton Stelly, Sr., Earl Stelly, Gilbert Stelly, Sr., Herman Stelly; and sister, Gladys Stelly all of Opelousas.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Vincent Barrone, Sr. of Bunkie; one son, Vincent Barrone, Jr. of Bunkie; two daughters, Jacqueline B. Harris and husband Al of Bunkie, and Glenda B. Lee of Bunkie; one sister, Bessie Schexnayder of Arnaudville; four grandchildren, Gilbert Johnson, Jr. and wife Pamm, Brent Johnson and wife Hope, Brandon Barrone, Cameron Lee; two step-grandchildren, Michael Harris and Michelle Ogea; great-granddaughter Madilynn Johnson; six step great-grandchildren, Amber Andrus, Natalie Harris, Jacob Harris, Catherine Harris Elizabeth Harris, and Valori Lemoine.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday and 8 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie. A wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.


Mott Frederick Palmer, Sr.

LAFAYETTE- Funeral services will be held at a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at St. Mary Catholic Church for Mott Frederick Palmer, Sr., 77, who passed away on Sunday, July 13, 2008 at his residence following a lengthy illness.

Reverend Harold Trahan, Pastor St. Mary Catholic Church, will be Celebrant of the Mass and will conduct the funeral services.

Interment will take place in Lafayette Memorial Park.

Mr. Palmer, a native of New Orleans and a resident of Lafayette, was the son of the late Michael George Palmer and the former Anna Gristina both of New Orleans. He was a Veteran of the United States Army.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Boyne Palmer; three sons, Mott Palmer, Jr., Miles Palmer and his wife, Kim, and Mitchell Palmer; six grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family requests that visiting hours be observed on Tuesday from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. and continue on Wednesday from 8 a.m. until the time of service.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the funeral home.

Personal condolences may be sent to the Palmer family at
www.delhommefuneralhome.com.

Delhomme Funeral Home, 1011 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, is in charge of the arrangements.

Published on July 15, 2008.

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Elizabeth "Betty" Reynolds Douzart

Elizabeth "Betty" Reynolds Douzart, age 71, of Bunkie passed away on Friday, July 11, 2008 at her residence.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.



Emma Dee Milligan Clark

June 21, 2008

Funeral services for Emma Dee Clark will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 22, 2008 in the chapel of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home with the Revs. David Trembur and David Ragland officiating. Burial will follow in the Bayou Rouge Baptist Cemetery in Evergreen. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mrs. Clark, 78, of Evergreen, passed away Friday, June 20, 2008, at Bayou Vista Nursing Home in Bunkie.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Claude S. Clark; her parents, Emile and Celise Gauthier Milligan; and a brother, Lester Roy, Jr.

Survivors include her son, Steven D. Clark and his wife Monica of Evergreen; a brother, Earline J. "Red" Milligan and his wife Joyce of Bunkie; three grandchildren, Michael Clark of Lafayette, Daniel Clark and his wife Veronica of Alexandria, and Kimberly Clark of Evergreen and one great-grandson expected.

Friends may call from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Latoursha Lynette Dawson, age 32, of Bunkie, passed away on Saturday, June 7, 2008 in Rapides Regional Medical Center.    Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Shelia Taylor Bordelon

Services for Mrs. Shelia Taylor Bordelon age 61, of Cottonport, will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, at St. Marys Assumption Catholic Church, burial St. Peter Mausoleum, Bordelonville, under the direction of Escude` Funeral Home, Mansura.

She died on June 7, 2008, in Woods Memorial Hospitaal , Etowa, Tennessee.  Mrs. Bordelon was a retired teacher, having taught at Cottonport High School and Bunkie High School. She was co-owner of Eddie`s Pharmacy in Cottonport. She was a graduate of Northeast University.

Preceded in death by Father James Alton Taylor, Sr., and Mother Dorothy Taylor, Father-in-law Neldred Bordelon.

Survivors are her husband, Eddie Bordelon, of Cottonport; daughter, Priscilla and husband ( Dwyane ) Saucier of Cottonport ; Sara and husband (Cade) Armand of Lafayette ; son, Pete and wife (Bridget) Bordelon of New Roads; Seth and wife ( LaShaun) Bordelon of Lafayette; brothers, James Alton Taylor Jr., of West Monroe; Kevin Dupree of Farmerville; Tommy Dupree of Monroe; sisters, Barbara Sandifer of Monroe; Gail Sims of Monroe; Jani Rowton of Monroe; five grandchildren, Vanesse Mire, Jonathan Mire, Riley Bordelon, Taylor Bordelon, Gavin Bordelon; Mother & Father-in-law Melbe & PT Cooper.

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at St. Marys Assumption Catholic Church Community Center, Cottonport from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

 
Francesca "Frances" Romano Kennedy, age 92,of Bunkie, formerly of New Orleans, passed away on Friday, June 6, 2008 in Bayou Vista Manor Nursing Center.
Arrangements are under the directions of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

 
Carlo Salvador Parrino, 85, beloved husband of 62 years of Violet Santostefano Parrino, formerly of Chicago Heights, Illinois died on June 1, 2008 at Baton Rouge General Hospital.

Carlo was born July 5, 1922 in Cheneyville. He was a World War II veteran who served as a corpsman / pharmacist mate in the U.S. Navy and participated in the following invasions: Sicily, Samoa, Tarawa, Marshal Islands, Guadalcanal, Tulagi, Guam, Leyte, and Lingayen (Luzon). He was a retired Army reservist and EEG instructor from LSU Medical School.

He is also survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Doris Parrino of Baton Rouge; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Wallace Murry of Metairie, Carol and Carroll Eddie Schmidt of Birmingham, Alabama; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law: Joe Parrino of Cheneyville; Tony and Crystal Parrino of Dry Prong, Nick and Janice Parrino of Denham Springs; sisters and brothers-in-law: Pat and Van Stevens, Lucille and Thomas Vidrine, Marie Collinson all of Baton Rouge.

Preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas and Josephine Parrino of Cheneyville, brothers Peter, Sam, Morris, and Nicholas Jr. and sisters Mary, Josie, and Bessie.

Visitation will be at the Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd, on Wednesday June 4, 2008 from 5-9 pm with a Rosary service at 6:30pm led by the Altar Society and the Ushers of St. Louis King of France Catholic Church and then at St. Louis King of France Catholic Church on Thursday June 5, 2008 from 9am until funeral services at 10am conducted by the Rev. Jack Nutter. Interment will be at the St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer's Services 3772 North Blvd. Ste. B, Baton Rouge, LA. 70806 or the charity of your choice.
Published in The Advocate on 6/3/2008.
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Kirby Armand, age 81, of Bunkie passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2008 in the Colonial Nursing Home, Marksville.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

 
Yuri Rodriguez
 

Yuri Rodriguez, 32, of Bunkie passed away in the family residence Tuesday, April 22, 2008.

Arrangements under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home of Bunkie.


Brenda Gale Leary
 

Brenda Gale Leary, age 46, of Bunkie passed away on Friday, April 4, 2008 at LSU Medical Center, Shreveport.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.


Elvin Ducote:

Elvin Ducote, 82, of Bunkie, passed away at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital on Friday, March 28, 2008.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.


Noah Joseph Jeansonne
 

Noah Joseph Jeansonne, infant son of Kevin and Michelle Stracener Jeansonne, passed away on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at Rapides Women's & Children's Hospital.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.


 

Linda Hilt Alexander

Services for Linda Hilt Alexander will be at 11a.m. Saturday, May 24, 2008 at Amazon Baptist Church in Bunkie with the Rev. Greg Jackson officiating. Burial will be in New Morning Glory Baptist Church Cemetery in Ruby.

Mrs. Linda Alexander, age 52, of Ruby died on Thursday, May 15, 2008 at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.

Linda was a graduate of Pineville High School and Grambling State University. She was employed by Gulfco in Marksville for many years. She also worked for the Rapides Parish School Board.

She was preceded in death by her father, Fred Hilt and sister, Faye Walker.

Survivors include her husband, Rev. Donald Alexander; son, Fredrick Alexander; mother, Florida Hilt; brother, Charles Ray Hilt; and sister, Laura Atkins.

Friends may call on Saturday from 8 a.m. until time of service at the church.


Enola Durand

Funeral services for Enola Durand will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2008 in St. Anthony Catholic Church, Bunkie with Reverend Jack Michalehuck officiating. Interment will be in Second Union Cemetery under the direction of Progressive Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mrs. Durand, 87, of Bunkie, passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2008, in Bayou Vista Manor.

She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church all her adult life.

Mrs. Durand was preceded in death by her husband, Winsley Durand, Sr.; son, Voris Durand; son-in-law, Henry E. Goudeau; grandson, Marion Durand; brother, Irving Wiltz; sisters, Elnora Berad and Novella Simon.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Winsley Durand, Jr. of Peoria, illinois; daughter, Ollie M. Goudeau of Colfax; daughters-in-law, Sonja Durand and Barbara Durand; brother, Carlton Wiltz; sister, Lorena Louis; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Wednesday, and a Rosary will be held at 10 a.m. in the church.

 

Laroni Goudeau, age 35, of Houston, TX, formerly of Bunkie, passed away on Sunday, May 4, 2008 in a motorcycle - automobile accident in Houston.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.


Patti Jo Chenevert
 
Funeral services for Patti Jo Chenevert will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 5, 2008 in the chapel of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie with the Rev. Donald Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Cushman Cemetery in Marksville. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

A native of Kansas and a resident of Marksville-Fifth Ward Community, Patti Chenevert entered eternal rest on Thursday, May 1, 2008 at the St. Luke Memorial Hospital, The Woodlands, Texas at the age of 72.

She was born to the parents of Anson H. and Ruth Servis Richardson on June 28, 1935 in Oxford, Kansas.

Patti was a 1953 graduate of Bunkie High School and a former member of the Marksville Garden Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Maryann Chenevert; and a son, Dana R. Chenevert.

Survivors include her loving and caring family of three sons, Lamont Anson Chenevert and friend Suzie Benedict of Fifth Ward; Reed "Joey" Chenevert II and wife Cassie of Chauvin, and Todd Chenevert and his wife Sheila of Fifth Ward; a daughter-in-law, Judy Chenevert, wife of Dana R. Chenevert of Lansdale, Pennsylvania; grandsons, John Chenevert of Marksville, Reed "Trey" Chenevert III of Chauvin, Ryan "Tucker" Chenevert of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, and Adam "Clay" Chenevert, USN of Norfolk, Virginia; grand-daughters, Bailey Renee' Chenevert of Brooklyn, New York, Bridgette Joy and husband Russell Marcotte of Marksville, Chelsea Leigh Chenevert of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, Adrieanna Marie Chenevert of Broussard, and Paige Chenevert of Fifth Ward; great-grandchildren, Aimee' Lane Marcotte, Zachary Jeansonne, Taylor Warren, Mallory Warren, and Hailey Gauthier; her two sisters, Sharon Palermo and husband Clayton of Bunkie, and Carmen Rials and husband Bubba of Brookhaven, Mississippi and a host of nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday and 8 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie. A rosary will be said at 7 p.m on Sunday at the funeral home.

Stanley Howard
 

Stanley Howard, age 59, of Bunkie passed away on Thursday, May 1, 2008 in his residence.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.


Floyd Joseph Ducote   

Floyd Died At Home. I spoke with him just days ago) AW "Tex"

Floyd Joseph Ducote, age 68, of Bunkie passed away on Sunday, May 4, 2008 in his residence.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.


Catherine Piper

Catherine "Cathy" Billeaud Piper, 63, a resident of Annapolis since 1991, died of melanoma cancer April 23 at Johns Hopkins University Hospital surrounded by her family after a long illness.

Mrs. Piper was born June 3, 1944, in Alexandria, Va., to the late Willianna Duffy and Joseph Billeaud Jr. She graduated from Bunkie High School in Louisiana in 1962 and attended Dominican College of New Orleans.

She served as a legislative aide to the late Congressman Speedy O. Long of Louisiana, during which time she met her husband. She also worked as an inspector for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms from 1976 to 1995 in St. Louis, Mo., and Baltimore, and retired in 1995.

She then formed Piper, Piper and Associates, a financial security investigation firm.

She loved living in Annapolis and was an avid supporter of her community. As a member of the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, she coined the name of the "Annie Awards" in 2000, which annually recognizes local artistic achievement. She was a proud member of the Severn Town Club, St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Louisiana State Society and the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Association of Retirees. She also volunteered for the Annapolis Opera and Maryland Democratic Party.

She was Ward One Association Block Captain and served as chairman for many fundraising events for local charitable organizations, including Hospice of the Chesapeake and Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

She enjoyed gardening, traveling and spending time with her granddaughters.

Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Daniel R. Piper Sr.; one son, Daniel Piper Jr. of San Antonio; two daughters, Ann Taylor of Austin, Texas, and Erin Piper-Ruiz of Annapolis; two brothers, William Billeaud of Mandeville, La., and Richard Billeaud of Austin; one sister, Elizabeth McInnis of Ocean Springs, Miss.; and three granddaughters.

A memorial mass will be offered at 9 a.m. May 17 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 109 Duke of Gloucester St. Arrangements are by Taylor Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation, 170 Township Line Road, Building B, Hillsborough, NJ 08844.

Online condolences may be made at www.johnmtaylor funeralhome.com.


 

Linda Douget Blood
 
     Funeral services for Linda Douget Blood were held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 25, 2008 in the chapel of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie with Rev. Troy Romig officiating.  Burial followed in the Griffin Hills Cemetery in Lone Pine.  Arrangements were under the direction of Hixon-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.
 
     Mrs. Blood, age 60, of St. Landry, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 in her residence, surrounded by her family.
    
She is preceded in death by her parents; Roy and Josephine Pommier Douget; and one grandson, Trevor Vidrine.
    
Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Rev. Roger Dale Blood, Sr. of St. Landry; two sons, Roger Dale Blood, Jr. and his wife Frances of Clearwater and their children Tiffany, Elizabeth, and Emma, and Joshua Blaine Blood and his wife Heather of Bunkie and  their son Nicholas; two daughters, Tammy Blood Vidrine and her husband Paul of Lone Pine and their children Ashton and Michaela, and Cindy Melissa Blood Bernal and her husband Phillip of St. Landry and their children Veronica and Nathaniel; two brothers, Roy Douget, Jr. of Hopkinsville, Kentucky and Paul Sapp of Gilliam; three sisters Dalpheney Douget Thorton of Bayou Chicot, Anna Douget Ortego of Turkey Creek, and Barbara Douget Book of McNary; her stepmother Barbara Douget of Belcher; and a host of relatives and friends.
 

 

Lena Catherine Tagliarino Vernon

 
A Mass of Christian burial for Lena Catherine Tagliarino Vernon will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 29, 2008, in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Bunkie with Father Jack Michalchuk officiating. Interment will be in the Vernon family cemetery on Hwy. 29 in Eola under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.
Lena Catherine Tagliarino Vernon, 85, of Bunkie left the pain and suffering of this earthly life to spend eternity with her Lord God and King in everlasting peace on Thursday, April 24, 2008, in her daughter's residence in Baton Rouge.

She was a devoted wife and loving mother. A woman of strong Catholic faith, she serenaded herself to sleep each and every night by reciting the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She courageously fought many illnesses over the past 20 years, including four cancers, diabetes, and respiratory problems, as well as other ills. She knew that this life on earth was not what God had planned for her, and longed for the day she would meet Him face to face. As a testament to her love of God and boundless generosity, she opened her home in Bunkie to the Sisters of the Living Word for their use as a residence during their tenure as teachers at St. Anthony School. She loved to cook and imparted many great recipes and canning techniques to her children and grandchildren. She dearly loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and delighted in playing card games with them. In her later years Bingo was her favorite activity, never missing an opportunity to participate. A kind, generous, and loving soul, she had many great friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Walter Vernon; her parents, Charlie and Katie Tagliarino; and sisters Mary Socia and Margie Story.

Survivors include; son, Charlie Matthew Vernon and wife Angie of Bunkie; daughters, Catherine Elizabeth Vernon and spouse Bryan Hollowell of Patterson, Etheria Gail Brady and husband Basil O. "Bob" Brady of Baton Rouge; brothers, Kelly Tagliarino of Dallas, Texas and John Tagliarino and wife Jane of Helotes, Texas; sister, Dovie Shepard and husband Stanley of Garland, Texas; fourteen grandchildren; two great grandchildren; many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons and the husband of one granddaughter; Charlie Matthew Vernon II, Sgt. Joseph Clifton Vernon, Darryl Lewis Vernon, James E. "Skeet" Bass III, James Caleb Vernon, Aaron Thomas Vernon, Jeremy Daniel Brady, and Tim Gros.

Visitation will be Monday, April 28, 2008, from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m., and Tuesday, April 29, 2008, from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., with a Vigil for the Deceased service on Monday, April 28, 2008, at 6 p.m. at Melancon Funeral Home. The Knights of Columbus will lead a Rosary during the Vigil for the Deceased service.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her memory to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School in Bunkie for the Catholic education of our youth. SAS address is: 116 South Knoll, Bunkie, LA 71322. Online condolences to the Vernon family may be emailed to melancon
funeral@aol.com.

 
Vernon David Juneau - January 1, 1925 - April 21, 2008
 


Funeral mass for Vernon Juneau will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with the Rev. Jack Michalchuk officiating. Burial will follow in the Pythian Mausoleum in Bunkie. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mr. Juneau, 83, of Bunkie entered eternal rest on Monday, April 21, 2008 at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria.

He was a WWII Veteran of the Navy and served on the U.S.S. Colorado from 1943-1947 in the Pacific Theater. He worked as a concrete finisher for Bunkie Redimix, Ville Platte Redimix, Juneau & Son, Juneau Sons, Chris Juneau Concrete Works, C/D Construction, Big J Concrete and Lloyd Aymond Electric.

Vernon was an avid hunter and fisherman and a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Bunkie. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Mr. Juneau was preceded in death by his parents, Ivy and Annie Cullen Juneau; one son, Davie Carl Juneau; two brothers, Huron Juneau and Alden Juneau.

Those left to cherish his memories include his loving wife of 60 years, Murdis Johnson Juneau; sons, Mark Juneau, Sr. and wife Fonda of Bunkie, Chris Juneau and wife JoJo of Bunkie; daughters, Elaine Fontanille and husband Terry of Port Arthur, Texas, Verna Maillet and husband Michael of Baton Rouge, Marlene Juneau and Jerry Ward of Bunkie, Duana Trotter and husband Greg of Alexandria; and one sister Sabia Desselle and husband Eldridge of Bunkie. He is also survived by twenty three grand- children, seventeen great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22 and 8 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at the funeral home. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.


 

Patricia Guillory Descant
 

Patricia Guillory Descant, age 53, of Bunkie passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2008 at LSU Health Science Center -H. P. Long, Pineville.

Arrangements will be announced by Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.


Wayne Andrew Strother, Jr.
 

Funeral services for Wayne "Brother" Strother, Jr. will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with the Rev. Chris Munsch officiating. Burial will follow in the Pythian Mausoleum. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mr. Strother, age 38, of Houston, formerly of Bunkie, passed away on Thursday, April 17, 2008 at Heights Memorial Hospital in Houston.

Wayne graduated from Bunkie High School in 1987 and joined the U.S. Navy where he served for 7 years. After being discharged from the Navy he moved to Houston where he has been for the past 12 years, employed by a consumer mortgage company.

Wayne is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents; Tennis and Leola Desselle and his paternal grandparents; L.J. and Evelyn Strother.

Survivors include his parents; Wayne and Judy Strother of Bunkie; two sisters, Sandy and her husband Andrew Firmin of Plaucheville, and Summer Strother of Bunkie; and his two nephews, Hunter and Tyler Firmin.

Friends may call from 8 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. on Saturday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.


 

Errol Barre' Clark
 

Errol Marie Barre' Clark died peacefully on March 28, 2008 at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. She was a great cook, seamstress, candy maker and card player. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved her. She was born 9-25-22 in Moncla, La. She attended St. Anthony Elementary School in Bunkie and graduated from Bunkie High School in 1939 where according to friends she was a great dancer. She later graduated from Souel Business College in New Orleans.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dawson and Lonie Bordelon Barre', husband of 30 years, Calvis Clark, youngest son, Dalbert Clark, grandchildren, Michelle Clark, Misty Clark and Jonathan Clark, brother Paul Barre' and son-in-law Robin Beridon.

While in Bunkie, she was Grand Regent of the Catholic Daughters for two terms, president of St. Anthony Altar Society, charter member and President of Gardenette Garden Club. She worked at McConnel's Clinic in Bunkie, LSU-Alexandria, Nursing Division, and moved to Baton Rouge after the death of her husband to work at LSU in Baton Rouge. She had wonderful adventures and stories to tell of her tenure as a housemother at various sororities, fraternities and women's dorms until her retirement in 1994.

She was a member of St. Louis King of France Catholic Church, Altar Society, KC Auxiliary, Catholic Daughters, Bea's Cenacle Prayer Group, Schaenstath Statue Member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Cajun Red Hat Society and numerous card playing groups.

She is survived by three children: Dr. Mike Clark and spouse Dottie Buckner of Guatemala Home for Children in Guatemala, Charlotte Clark Guidy and spouse Wayne Guidry of Opelousas, Virginia Clark Beridon of Baton Rouge; eleven grandchildren, Tony Clark, Chad Clark, Becky Clark, Liz Clark, Tanya Clark, Christie Clark, Kelly Guidry, Kim Guidry, Katherine Guidry, Justin Beridon and Craig Beridon; ten great grandchildren.

Visiting at Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge from 3 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Sunday. Rosary at 5 p.m. Sunday. Visiting Monday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 12424 Brogdon Ln. from 9 a.m. until mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Monday conducted by the Rev. Jerry Martin. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie.

Memorial donations can be made to the Guatemala Home for Children, P.O. Box 12764, Lake Charles, La. 70612.

Please sign the online guest book at resthavenbaton rouge.com.


Sarah Lee Giglio McCoy

Funeral services for Sarah Lee Giglio McCoy will be at 10:00 am, Thursday, March 20, 2008 in Pythian Cemetery with Rev. Joe Hoover officiating. Burial will be under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mrs. McCoy, age 85, of Bunkie passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at Valley View Nursing Home, Marksville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carlton McCoy, one sister, Mary Alice Turner and her parents, Amanda and Sam Giglio.
Survivors include her two daughters, Carolyn M. Robinett of Purvis, MS and Carmen McCoy of Pineville; nine grandchildren, three step grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and three step great grandchildren.
Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 from 5 pm - 9 pm and Thursday, from 8 am - 9:45 am.

Online condolences to the McCoy family may be emailed to melanconfuneral@aol.com.


Gloria Mary Kennedy

 

Gloria Mary Kennedy, age 65, of Bunkie died March 3, 2008 at Bunkie General Hospital, Bunkie.

Arrangements under the direction of Escude Funeral Home of Simmesport.


Mary Ellen Campbell
 
God reclaimed one of His true angels on Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, at 11 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. She was born in Bunkie on Dec. 28, 1929, and was a resident of Baton Rouge.

Visitation at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Funeral service at First United Methodist Church sanctuary, 930 North Blvd., on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 11 a.m. Visitation in Ory Parish Hall at the church Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Service will be conducted by the Rev. Chris Andrews. Graveside service at Roselawn Cemetery. Mary Ellen is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Craig and Deborah A. Campbell and Clint and Shan Campbell; six grandchildren, William Womack Campbell, Caroline Campbell Cole, David Alexander Campbell, Matthew Shane Campbell, Shannon Simpson Pool, Capt. Jacob Shane Simpson, JAG, USAF; and six great-gra ndchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hurley Levy Campbell; parents, Joseph Linus Hebert Sr. and Mattie Vivian Tanner Hebert; and brother, Joseph Linus Hebert Jr. Pallbearers will be William Womack Campbell, David Alexander Campbell, Matthew Shane Campbell, Aaron Wyatt Pool, Dudley Cole and Joseph Oscar Christiana Jr. Honorary pallbearers are Joseph Linus Hebert Jr. and Raymond "Bay" Brady.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Methodist Children's Home, Ruston, or to a charity of choice. Mary Ellen was a beautiful, caring mom, grandmother and mother-in-law who will be truly missed by family and friends.

 

Published in The Advocate from 2/4/2008 - 2/6/2008.
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Emily Sue Hood Normand

Funeral services for Emily Sue Hood Normand were at 3 pm, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008 at St. Mary's Assumption Catholic Church, Cottonport with Fr. A. Dharmaraj officiating. Burial followed in St. Mary's Cemetery #2 under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mrs. Sue, 67, of Cottonport passed away on Friday, Feb. 1, 2008 in Opelousas General Hospital.

She was survived by her husband, Stephen "Buddy" Normand of Cottonport; two sons, Glenn and his wife, Faye Normand of Cottonport and George Normand of Hessmer; four daughters, Elizabeth Painter of Cottonport, Gayla Mayeux of Alexandria,Monica Normand of Houston, Texas and Charlene and her husband, Mark Tigner of Cottonport; three brothers, Leopold "Paul" and his wife, Joann Hood of Portland, Texas, Gordon and his wife, Teeny Hood of Denham Springs and Stephen and his wife, Mary Helen Hood of Bunkie; two sisters, Louise Johnson of French Settlement, Lois and her husband, Keither Bryan of Port Arthur, Texas; sixteen grandchildren, Crystal Mallett, Benjamin Painter, Michael Normand, Stephen Mallett, Lane Painter, Paige Brouillette, Jake Juneau, Lance Normand, Chantell Normand, Johnathan Normand, Dean Mayeux, Grace Bordelon, Bailey Warren, Hailey Tigner, Jude Normand, Hayden Tigner; three great grandchildren, Brooklyn Johnson, Stephen Mallett, Ryan Brouillette.

Online condolences to the Normand family may be emailed to melanconfuneral @aol.com.


Rosie Genova Lena

 

Funeral services for Rosie Genova Lena will be at 11 am Saturday, January 26, 2008 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with Revs. Jack Michalchuk, Joseph Montalbano, Scott Chemino officiating. Entombment will be in Pythian Cemetery under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mrs. Lena, age 95, passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 in Bayou Vista Manor Nursing Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent Ray Lena, three brothers and two sisters.

She is survived by two daughters, Vivian Rae Lena of Little Rock, Arkansas and Rose Frances Kincaid and her husband, Lowell, of Sherwood, Arkansas; two grandsons, Bill Juneau and Tina Broussard of Bunkie and Wayne Juneau and his wife, Victoria, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; one brother, Nick Genova of Independence; one sister, Victoria Black of LaPlace; six great grandchildren, Nickie Dauzat, Dillon Juneau, Brooke Thomason, Tony Juneau, Vince Juneau and Renee Juneau; seven great, great grandchildren and family friend Wanda Smith.

Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home from 5 pm - 6pm on Friday, Jan. 25, 2008 and 9 am - 10:45 am on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008. Online condolences to the Lena family may be emailed to
melanconfuneral@aol.com.


Rosemary Hudspeth Firmin

For any of you that may remember Rosemary, who was married to Madison Firmin of Bunkie, LA

 
WEATHERFORD, Texas - Rosemary Hudspeth Firmin, of Weatherford, passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, at her home surrounded by loving family following a brief battle with cancer.

Adopted by the late Edward Veazie Hudspeth and Mary Crawford Hudspeth, Rosemary was born April 14, 1945 in Fort Bend County, Texas. She was reared in St. Landry Parrish of Rosa, La. While attending Morrow High School, Rosemary was voted Cotton Festival Queen and was selected the 1963 Louisiana Sugar Bowl Queen. Rosemary attended the University of Southwest Louisiana and Louisiana State University, obtaining a teaching degree. Serving as a teacher from 1970 until her retirement in October 2007, Rosemary's career allowed her to have a positive effect on hundreds of students. Among her many passions, Rosemary loved cats and dogs, riding horses and especially attending her grandchildren's sporting events.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, Edward Veazie Hudspeth and Mary Crawford Hudspeth.

Survivors include son, Richard Veazie Firmin and wife, Jennifer Diane, of Brock; granddaughter, Victoria Rose Firmin; and grandson, Thomas Veazie Firmin, of the home.

Memorial services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, at White's Chapel of Memories in Weatherford.

White's Funeral Home of Weatherford, 130 Houston Ave., (817) 596-4811,
www.whitesfuneral.com, is in charge of arrangements.

Published on January 22, 2008.


 

 

Rev. H. Gerald "Gerry" Bordelon
 

"May the angels bring him to the holy city, the new and eternal Jerusalem. Amen".
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2008 in the St. Francis Xavier Cathedral with Bishop Ronald P. Herzog, Rev. Craig Scott and his other brother priests of the Dioceses of Alexandria and Shreveport. Interment will be in Maryhill Cemetery, Pineville under the direction of John Kramer & Son.

Father H. Gerald Bordelon, a beloved priest of the Alexandria Catholic Diocese, died peacefully Friday January 18, 2008, in the home of family in Gonzales.

He is survived by three sisters, Nell Stuart, Gail Miller, and Delaine Gautreaux; nieces and nephews, Lynette and David Bell, Michelle and Bill Freeman, William and Brenda Miller, Madeline and Brad Sandridge, Robert Stuart, Brett Gautreaux; great nieces and nephews, Jessica and Davy Bell, Gregory, Heather, Ryan and Sean Freeman, and Matt and Jamie Miller.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Lance Leon Bordelon and Evelyn LaCour Bordelon; two nephews, Lance Stuart and Charles Stuart and brothers-in-law, William Miller and Russell Gautreaux.

Father Bordelon was born March 24, 1931 in Bunkie. He was Ordained to the Priesthood on May 26, 1956 in Worthington, Ohio by Archbishop Cicognani for the Alexandria Diocese that was then composed of all of north and central Louisiana. He entered the Seminary in 1945 and attended the Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington, Ohio September 1950 through May 1956.

Father Bordelon will be remembered as a dedicated and holy man who touched so many lives with his kindness, compassion, and integrity. His gift to embrace each person by affirming their dignity and confidence served as a wonderful example of God's love for all. His strong faith continued to be a source of inspiration as his health declined.

During his priesthood he was appointed to fourteen different parishes. He pastored at St. Lucy's Church, Hodge, LA (1965-1966), St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Alexandria, (1966-1971), St. Jude Church, Bossier City, (1971-1973), St. Patrick Church, Ferriday, (1973-1976), Our Lady of Lourdes, Vidalia, (1975-1976), Our Lady of Fatima, Monroe, (1976-1983), St. Joseph's Church, Marksville, (1983-1993), St. Winifred (mission) Effie, (1983-1993), Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Alexandria (1993-1999), St. John the Baptist, Cloutierville, and mission of Monteferi an Emmanuel (1999-2004) was his last assignment.

Visitation will be 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday at John Kramer & Son and 8:30 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral.

Fr. Bordelon had a great devotion to the Blessed Mother which he shared with everyone. The Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with Rev. Kenneth Roy officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Seminary Fund of the Diocese of Alexandria, P.O. Box 7417, Alexandria, LA 71306-0417.

Notes of condolence may be sent to the family online at
kramerfunerals@aol.com.


 

MRS. FAYE ESCUDE TRUEX
 
Faye Escude Truex, a native and longtime resident of Mansura, was born in the family home April 28, 1927 and died peacefully at the family home January 18, 2008, at the age of 80. She died with grace and dignity from lung cancer.

She is survived by six daughters; three sons-in-law; one son and daughter-in-law, Marian and Gary Winsper of Naples, Itlay; Claire and Wayne Reason of Mansura/Riyad Saudia Arabia; Mary and Jim Nolan of Shreveport; Ann Martin of West Virginia; Elizabeth Truex of Mansura; Laura Roy of Youngsville; and Joe and Mihoko Obunai Truex of Atlanta, Georgia. She is also survived by one sister Alma Rose Perron of Lafayette, and one half sister, Marjorie Wright of Evergreen; eighteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased in death by her husband, Leonard J. Truex, her parents Arthur Julius and Erline Ramsey Escude; one brother, Arthur "Old Man" Escude and one half sister, Constance Escude.

She was a parishioner of St. Paul Catholic Church. A legendary icon in the Parish, she was a retired teacher who touched the lives of countless young people and was an exemplary mentor and friend to so very many. Her love for children and young adults is evidenced daily in the lives of thousands of children who are now productive adults. Her civic and cultural contributions included membership in La Commission des Avoyelles, Theatre des Bon Temps, Arts and Humanities Council of Avoyelles, and Avoyelles Commission of Tourism.

She received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, and her Master's degree from Southern Mississippi College, in Natchez, Mississippi.

A Christian Mass to celebrate her life will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church in Mansura, with interment at the St Paul the Apostle Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

 
IT IS WITH A MOST HEAVY HEART THAT I INFORM YOU OF THE DEATH OF MRS. FAYE EXCUDE TRUEX WHO PASSED AWAY PEACEFULLY YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) AT 4:30 P.M. AT HER MANSURA HOME WITH SOME OF HER CHILDREN AT HER SIDE.
 
MRS. TRUEX TRULY DID NOT FEAR DEATH AS SHE LIVED A LONG MEANINGFUL LIFETIME RAISING A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY OF SEVEN CHILDREN, GIVING 38 YEARS TO THE EDUCATION SYSTEM AS A WONDERFUL HISTORY TEACHER.
 
I CRIED MYSELF TO SLEEP NEAR THE MIDNIGHT HOUR LAST EVENING NOT FOR MY DEAR FRIEND FAYE TRUEX BUT FOR MYSELF AND HER FRIENDS WHO WILL NOT BE ABLE EVER AGAIN TO SHARE THE JOY OF HER COMPANY IN THIS LIFETIME. I WILL MISS THOSE BACKPORCH CHATS LIKE THE ONE WE EXPERIENCED ONLY A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO AT HER MANSURA HOMESTEAD.
 
JUST OFF THE PHONE WITH DAUGHTER MARION T. WINSPER THIS MORNING WHO REPORTS THEY ARE ALL STILL NUMB OVER THEIR SPECIAL MOM'S PASSING SO QUICKLY. MRS. FAYE CHOSE TO BE CREMATED AND A MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL PROBABLY BE HELD ON TUESDAY IN MANSURA.
 
PLEASE KEEP MRS. FAYE AND HER FAMILY IN YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AS THEY GET THRU THIS DIFFICULT TIME. AND ONCE AGAIN, I SAY THANK YOU TO THOSE OF YOU WHO TOOK A LITTLE TIME/EFFORT IN SENDING HER A NOTE/CARD THAT MEANT SO MUCH TO HER IN HER FINAL DAYS.
 
MAY GOD BLESS MRS. FAYE ESCUDE TRUEX, HER FAMILY, AND EACH OF YOU AS WELL!!!!
 
PETER L. COUVLLON, MHS '70

 

Lillie Egloff Brown
 

Funeral services for Lillie Daisy Egloff Brown will be at 12 noon on Monday, Jan. 14, 2008 at the First Baptist Church of Bunkie with Rev. Jim Lofton officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Pineville under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mrs. Brown, age 91, of Bunkie passed away on Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 at her daughter's residence in Evergreen.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Wesley Brown; her parents, Herbert and Bertha Egloff; four sisters, Edna McGinty, Kitty Hoots, Bonnie Mulvihill and Eva Mae Egloff and three brothers, Herbert, Causey and Anthony Egloff.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bunkie. She was a charter member of Bunkie Belles Chapter of America Business Women's Association and held several offices in that organization. She was also a past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star - Eureka Chapter # 65. She retired Senior Administrator Secretary of CLECO after twenty years in Bunkie.

She is survived by her four children; daughters, Patsy Brown Dunbar of Pasadena, Texas and Deborah Brown Lemoine and her husband, Dr. John E. Lemoine of Evergreen and sons, Harold Wayne Brown of Covington, and Terry Wade Brown and his wife, Norma Kirk Brown of Seabrook, Texas; along with ten grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren and three great-great- grandchildren; with numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her two sisters, Wanda Mulvihill of Natchez, Mississippi and Doris Stringer of Phoenix City, Alabama.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great- grandsons, Rusty Ray, Tim Brownlee, Kyle Marchive, Keith Brown, Samuel Ray, Jacob Brownlee and Kirk Brown.

Visitation will be at the First Baptist Church of Bunkie from 10 a.m. until service time on Monday, January 14, 2008. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home - P.O. Box 4196 - Monroe, LA 71211.

Online condolences to the Brown family may be emailed to
melanconfuneral@aol.com


Margaret Sabatini
 

Margaret Sabatini, age 84, of Lafayette, formerly of Bunkie, died Friday, January 11, 2008 at Willis Knighton South, Shreveport.

Arrangements are under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.


E.G. "Dump" Sadler
 

Services for Mr. E.G. "Dump" Sadler will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 12, 2008 at First Baptist Church of Bunkie with Rev. Adam Thornton officiating. Burial will be in Griffin Hill Cemetery, Lone Pine, under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Brother Sadler, age 84, of Bunkie and Baptist by faith, went to be with Jesus in Heaven Wednesday, January 9, 2008, at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.

He fell in love with and married the late Stella Vera Guillory. They built a life together for sixty four years with the help, strength and blessings of God.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, Gladys Mae and Eli Zeno Sadler and one brother, "Bootsy" Sadler.

Born, reared and educated in Evangeline Parish, Mr. Sadler served his country during World War II. As a World War II Navy veteran, he saw extensive combat action in the Pacific Theater. He was a deacon, lay minister, Sunday School Teacher, treasurer and associational mission worker in the Baptist Faith. He was a member of the Bunkie Masonic Lodge # 326 and the Bayou Chicot Lodge # 430 and the Order of the Eastern Star - Eureka Chapter #65 in Bunkie and Order of the Eastern Star - Evangeline # 236 in Bayou Chicot.

He was honored to serve the Masonic Order for over fifty years. He served as Past Master on several occasions. His hobbies included woodworking, traveling and doing his best to help others in need. He was gifted at meeting people and instantly forming lasting positive relationships.

Survivors include one daughter, Linda Johnson and husband, Dwight, of Clinton; two sons, Glenn Sadler and his wife Dianna, of Spurger, texas, and Keith Sadler and his wife, Debbie, of Ruston; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be members of the Bunkie Masonic Lodge # 326.

Friends are invited to visit between the hours of 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, January 11, 2008 at Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie and 8:30 a.m. until service time on Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Bunkie.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations to World Hunger Fund - c/o First Baptist Church of Bunkie - P. O. Box 508 - Bunkie, LA 71322.

Online condolences to the Sadler family may be emailed to
melanconfuneral@aol.com.

Shelli Guillot

HAUGHTON, LA- Shelli Guillot, 34, died on January 1, 2008 in Shreveport, LA. Services will be 11:30 a.m. Friday, January 4, 2008 at Rose-Neath's Bossier Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Keith Rhodes and Dr. Scott Teutsch of Eastwood Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Rose-Neath Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, January 3, 2008 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Bossier City, LA.

Mrs. Guillot, born in Austin, TX, was a resident of Haughton, LA and a former resident of Houma, LA. She was a member of Eastwood Baptist Church and employed as a CPA for Smith Pugh and Company. She was treasurer of the Republican Women's Club and treasurer of the Cope Middle School Band Booster Club. Shelli graduated Cum-Laude from Louisiana Tech University with degrees in Sociology, Accounting and Political Science and later received her CPA Certification. Also, she was an active member of the AJCPA, LCPA, the Young Professionals Initiative (through the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce) as well as various other civic organizations and was an avid supporter of other non-profit organizations.

Preceding her in death was her maternal grandmother, Wilma Raney and paternal grandparents, Pauline and Audie Shannon.

Shelli is survived by her husband, Eric Guillot; son, Dawson Shannon; daughter, Brittany Guillot all of Haughton, LA; parents, Freddie and Barbara Shannon of Liberty Hill, TX; sister, Stephanie Ahr and husband David and their son Evan of Leander, TX; maternal grandfather, Bill Turner of Austin, TX; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dayton and Dianne Guillot of West Monroe, LA; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Wendi and Kurt May and their children Mack and Kamiron of West Monroe, LA and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Honoring her as pallbearers will be Dwight Pugh, Darin Seal, Charles Clawson, Wesley Raney, John Raney and Wade Hooper.

The family would like to thank Dr. Gerry San Pedro and the staffs of Willis Knighton Bossier ER and ICU, Dr. Scott and Dr. Conrad and the staff at LSUHSC PICU and ECMO Lab.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, P.O. Box 4333, Monroe, LA 71211, for which she ran marathons in memory of her maternal grandmother. Rose-Neath Funeral Home

Bossier Chapel 746-2543

Byron Stafford Holland
 

Funeral services for Byron Stafford Holland will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 4, 2008 in the chapel of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie with the Rev. Jim Lofton officiating. Burial will follow in the Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mr. Holland, age 69, of Bunkie, passed away on Monday, January 1, 2008 at the Bunkie General Hospital.

He retired from Tennaco, he was an avid hunter and farmer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom Holland and Lottie Benoit and a nephew, Ronnie "Boo" Clausen, Jr.

Survivors include his three daughters, Beth Douzart, Debbie Coulon and her husband Todd, and Sandra Mitchell and her husband Gary all of Bunkie; their mother, Alice Holland of Bunkie; two brothers, Harold Holland of Tennessee and Leonard Holland of Kinder; his sister, Hilda Holland of Bunkie; nine grandchildren, Lauren, Byron and Sam Douzart, Jonathan, Cody and Abby Mitchell, Brittney, Kelsey and Lindsey Coulon; a niece, Michelle Bean; and a great-niece and nephew, Michael and Jessica Bean.

Pallbearers will include Jody Douzart, Gary Michell, Todd Coulon, Jonathan Mitchell, Bryon Douzart, and Michael Bean. Honorary pallbearer will be Cody Mitchell.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday and 8 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. on Friday at
Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.


Vera L. Hatch
 

Vera L. Hatch, age 74, of Birmingham, formerly of Bunkie, passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2008 in Birmingham.

Arrangements to be announced by Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home, Bunkie.


Annabel Broussard “Teda” Lemoine 

 

Cottonport, LA -- A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon on Monday, December 24, 2007, at St. Mary’s Assumption Catholic Church for Annabel Broussard “Teda” Lemoine, 88, who passed away on December 22, 2007 at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Lafayette following a brief illness.

 

Born in Lafayette, “Teda” was raised in Breaux Bridge and Marksville, was a graduate of Baton Rouge High School and attended Louisiana State University before settling in Avoyelles Parish.

 

The matriarch of the Lemoine family, Teda was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

 

Well-respected by everyone who knew her, Teda will be remembered as a true humanitarian, a kind and gracious woman dedicated to her family, her friends and her faith. Teda was strong and sincere, kind and gracious, and selflessly devoted to the welfare of others—the epitome of servant-leadership. Well-read and always articulate and eloquent, Teda enjoyed cooking, needlepoint & embroidery and was an avid gardener and equestrian.

 

Teda’s legacy of love lives on in her family and she is survived by a daughter, Linda Lemoine Bordelon; and five sons, Richard Lewis Lemoine and his wife, Eileen Frank Lemoine, Dr. John Edward Lemoine and his wife, Debbie Brown Lemoine, all of Bunkie; Timothy James Lemoine and his wife, Tonya Kafoglis Lemoine, Leonard Kyle Lemoine and his wife, Christine Duet Lemoine, and Adam Lawrence Lemoine, all of Lafayette; and two former daughters-in-law, Martha Gayle Lemoine of Lafayette and Linda Lemoine Rispone of Baton Rouge; 20 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

She is preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Lewis Leon “Hoss” Lemoine, Jr.; two of her children, Joseph and Spencer William “Bill” Lemoine; her father Sidney Albert Broussard; mother, Ethyl Mae Kyle Broussard; a sister, Rosemary Broussard Lemoine; and two brothers, Lt. Cmdr. Sidney Kyle Broussard and Spencer Benjamin Broussard.

 

Visitation will be at 9 a.m. in the St. Mary’s Community Center next to the church until religious services at 12 p.m. followed by internment in St. Mary’s Mausoleum, under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie. Services will be conducted by Reverend Monsignor Ronald Hoppe, Reverend Monsignor Carson Lacaze, Reverend Father Anthony Dharmaraj and Reverend Father Russell Lemoine.

 

Pallbearers will be her grandsons Lewis Leon Lemoine, John Gilbert Baum, William Matthew Lemoine, James Wilcox Baum, Benjamin Spencer Lemoine, and Ryan Lewis Lemoine. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons Emile Richard Lemoine, Seth Antoine Lemoine, Christopher Joseph Lemoine, Lanson Leon Bordelon and William Timothy Lemoine.

 

Granddaughters Alycèe Lemoine Callahan, Rebecca Anne Baum, Jeanne Lemoine Saucier, Yvette Lemoine Franques, Skye Lemoine Bray, Lily Louise Bordelon, Caroline Lillian Lemoine, Eleni Katherine Lemoine and Christianna Lemoine will serve as readers and presenters for offertory gifts.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Mary's School, Front Street, Cottonport, LA 71327. Melancon Funeral Home, 108 N Lexington Ave., Bunkie, LA 71322 (318-346-7664) is in charge of arrangements and condolences may be emailed to the Lemoine family at melanconfuneral@aol.com .



John. R. Mella
 

John R. Mella, age 75, of Arcadia, formerly of Bunkie, died Friday, December 7, 2007 at his residence.

Arrangements were under the direction of Roseneath Funeral Home in Bienville Parish.


Raymond W. Piazza, Sr.
 

Funeral services for Raymond W. Piazza, Sr. will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with the Rev. Chris Munsch officiating. Burial will follow in the Pythian Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mr. Piazza, age 78, of Simmesport, passed away on Monday, December 3, 2007 at his residence.

He is preceded in death by a daughter, Francis Armand; his parents, Sam and Mary Artall Piazza; and his two brothers, J.P. Piazza and Samuel Francis Piazza, III.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Adeline Myers Piazza of Simmesport; five sons, Raymond Piazza, Jr. of Marksvile, Ronald Lee Piazza of Marksville, Samuel Piazza of Plaucheville, David Piazza of Bordeloneville, and Jasper Piazza of Plaucheville; three daughters, Patricia Dauzat of Fifth Ward, Flora Vayda of Lucedale, Mississippi and Nellie Normand of Simmesport; two sisters, Ceil Ferguson of Bunkie and Joyce Cathey of Bunkie; twenty four grandchildren; thirty two great grand children; two great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will include Sam Piazza, James Dauzat, David Piazza, Jr., Cecil Piazza, Josh Piazza, James Piazza.

Friends may call from 5 p.m on Tuesday until 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie. A wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.


 
LOIS SESSUMS CHEANEY
 
Funeral services for Lois Cheaney will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday, December 5, 2007 in the parlor at Fountain Memorial Funeral Home in Lafayette with the Rev. Steve Horne and Bro. Luther Bernie officiating. Burial will follow in the Fountain Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mrs. Cheaney, 84, of Evergreen, formerly of Lafayette, passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2007, in Mandeville.

She is preceded in death by her husband Joe Cheaney; one sister, Hazel Burden; two brothers, Earl and Lewis Sessums.

Survivors include her son; Richard Cheaney and his wife Lisann of Mandeville; two daughters, Sandra Kojis and her husband Van of Bunkie, Leesa Cheaney of Rayne; five grandchildren, Ashley, Allison, Zachary, Shannon, Tiffany; eight great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will include Richard Cheaney, Zach Cheaney, Van Kojis, Gary Fender, Mark Underwood, and Kevin Cagle.

To all of her family and friends she was known as "Meme". She leaves behind fond memories as she was loved by all. Although, God in his wisdom has taken her, he was merciful by not letting her suffer. She is at peace in a place where there is no sickness or sadness, just the joy of the Lord's presence. Good bye "Meme", we will always love you.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 12 noon on Wednesday at Fountain Memorial Funeral Home, 1010 Pandora St, Lafayette, LA 70506.

LAURENNE KIDDER JUNEAU DUPUY

Funeral services for Laurenne Kidder Juneau Dupuy will be at 1:00 pm Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007 in Church of the Little Flower with Fr. Daniel Corkery officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mrs. Dupuy, age 91, of Evergreen passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007 in the Rio Sol Nursing Home , in Mansura. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Roland Juneau and her second husband, Wade Dupuy.

She is survived by two sons, Earl Juneau and his wife, Dolores, of Harvey and Ronald Juneau and his wife, Margaret, of Cottonport; two daughters, Loretta Fusee and her husband, Fred, of Houston, TX and Joycelyn Dupuy and her husband, James, of Ponchatoula; one step-son, Chris Dupuy of Baton Rouge; one brother, Laurent Kidder of Turlock, CA; one sister, Philomen Johnson of Bunkie; ten grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home on Friday beginning at 5 pm with a Christian Wake Service at 7pm. Visitation will be at Church of the Little Flower on Saturday from 11:00 am until service time. Online condolences may be emailed to the Juneau-Dupuy family at melanconfuneral@aol.com.


Mary Lou Blood Dupree

Funeral services for Mary Lou Dupree will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 22, 2007 in the chapel of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie with the Rev. Donald Johnson officiating. A committal service will follow in the Griffin Hills Cemetery in Lone Pine. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mary Lou Dupree, age 60, of the Lone Pine community, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, October 20, 2007 at the Ville Platte Medical Center, after a short battle with cancer. She was born on September 25, 1947 to the union of Ollie and Genevie Blood.

She was a lifelong resident of Lone Pine and attended Lone Pine Assembly of God. In her lifetime, Mary Lou worked for Howard Brothers Variety Store in Bunkie as department manager of sporting goods and automotive. She also worked as store manager for Bill’s Dollar Store in Mamou.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ollie and Genevie Thrasher Blood; and one brother, Walter Blood.

Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 40 years, Ronnie Dupree; and her three children, Todd Dupree and his wife Dana of Lone Pine, Kristie Jenkins and her husband Phillip of the Clearwater community, and Brad Dupree and his wife Tracy of Lone Pine; seven grandchildren, Brett, Brittany, Cassie, Jacob, Taylor, Brayden, and Alison. She is also survived by seven brothers; Ray Blood of Pine Prairie, Charles Blood of Pine Prairie, Tim Blood of Lone Pine, Farley Blood of Lecompte, Clinton Blood of Lone Pine, Chris Blood of Turkey Creek, and Stoney Blood of Pine Prairie; three sisters, Faye Book of Pine Prairie, Patricia Laborde of Lone Pine and Devonna Deville of Lone Pine; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will include; Johnny Meeker, Leo Blood, Randal Crawford, Trampus Blood, Kemp Nelson and Kirk Dupree. Honorary pallbearers will be Brett Jenkins and Jacob Dupree.

Friends may call from 3 p.m. on Sunday until the time of service at 10 a.m. on Monday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.



Maedel Firmin Turner
 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, September 29, 2007 at the Church of the Little Flower in Evergreen for Maedel Firmin Turner, age 91, who passed away on Thursday, September 27, 2007.

Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. until time of service inside the church.

A rosary will be recited at 9 a.m. Entombment will follow the mass in the church cemetery. Father Daniel Corkery will conduct the services. The celebration of Maedel's life will continue after the burial with a reception in the church hall. Arrangements are under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.
Maedel was a native of Evergreen but lived most of her adult life in Bunkie where she raised her five children. She was devoted and generous to her children and their families and will be sadly missed. In addition to her immediate family, Maedel touched the lives of many in the Bunkie area. As matriarch of the Turner and Firmin families, she was a mother and grandmother figure for most of the Turner and Firmin brothers and sisters and their decedents. She also influenced and touched the lives of many of Bunkie's children through her baby-sitting service. These children also became part of her extended family.

Immediate family survivors include her daughters, Marie Bell and her husband, Tom of Forest Hill and Cheryl Villemarette; her husband, Eddie of Opelousas; her son, James Turner and his wife, Diane of Breaux Bridge, as well as nine grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. She is also survived by a host of extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie; daughters, Janet Turner and Lorraine Cohran Valois; her parents, Ambrose and Celeste Firmin; brothers, Esley and Blume Firmin and sister, Lita Wilson Gauthier.

Though she had a tremendous capacity to love many, three people - her daughter, Cheryl and grandsons, Damon and David, occupied a special place in her heart and will forever be her "special babies."

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, David Cohran, Damon Turner, Tommy and Jimmy Bell, Karl Doucet, great-grandsons, Adam, Benjamin and Jason Bell and her adopted grandson, Chuck Normand.

Gift bearers will be granddaughters, Donna Robinson, Sloane Turner and Theresa Greer. Reader will be Nicole Bell.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the nurses, staff and administration of Senior Village and Prompt Succor Nursing Homes and Louisiana Hospice. A very special thanks goes to the Marianite Sisters of Holy Cross at Prompt Succor for their spiritual guidance during a most difficult time.

Online condolences to the Turner family may be emailed to melancon
funeral@aol.com.


Charles Dalton Knight                                                                                                                    

 
Funeral services for Mr. Charles Dalton Knight will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday,             September 26, at First Baptist Church of Bunkie. Arrangements are under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home of Bunkie. Rev. Jim Lofton will be officiating. Burial will be at Ellis Cemetery in Franklinton, Louisiana

Mr. Knight, age 81, of Bunkie passed away at 5:00 am. on Monday, September 24, 2007 at his residence. He retired from Cleco in 1991 after 40 years of service. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Bunkie.


He is survived by his wife, June Knight Knight, two sons, Charles Kenneth Knight and Michael Ray Knight both of Bunkie, one daughter, Pamela Louise Knight also of Bunkie, five step- children, Billy Webb of Lafayette, LA, Bruce Webb of Bunkie,  Maurice Barnett of Evans Ga., Pat Johnson of Huntsville Alabama, and Russell Robert of Franklinton Louisiana, one brother, Joseph Knight of Franklinton, LA and one sister, Glenna Lusk of Baton Rouge, 5 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Otis and Zell Knight, his brother, Hubert Knight, and wife Oma “Pat” Knight.


Pallbearers will be Benjamin Knight, Christopher Knight, Lee Ryland, Gerald Rabalais, Bruce Webb, and Roland Laborde. Honorary pallbearer will be Rick Richard.


Visitation will be from 6pm – 9pm Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at Melancon Funeral Home,  Bunkie and from 9 am until service time on Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at the First Baptist Church of Bunkie.  Online condolences may be emailed to the Knight family at
melanconfuneral@aol.com.


Carl William Gremillion

Carl William Gremillion, a loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007, while hunting. Gremillion, 73, born in Bunkie and a resident of Baton Rouge, was a retired co-owner of Globe Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning and a consultant for Brent Honore. Gremillion graduated from Catholic High School in 1952 and attended LSU. An avid hunter and sportsman, Gremillion was active in Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, a Metro 9 member and also enjoyed membership in the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited, CHS Club '52, CHS Sporting Clay Shoot and the NRA. A president of the Oak Meadow Civic Association and member of the Baton Rouge Sportsman League, Gremillion was a proud contributor to the annual Gueydan Duck Festival as well as an accomplished marksman and Senior Olympics skeet shooter.

Visitation at Greenoaks Funeral Home was on Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitation resumes at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church on Thursday from 11 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at noon. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park.

Survived by his wife of 50 years, Dolores Brewerton Gremillion; four daughters, Anne and husband Warren Virgets Jr., Jeanne and husband Tim Hanegan, Melanie and husband Morgan Cryar, Angie Armoney and partner Joel Smith; son, Carl Gremillion Jr. and former daughter-in-law, Cindy Campbell; two brothers, James Gremillion, and Ernest Gremillion and spouse Margaret; 17 grandchildren, Warren III, Nicholas and Thomas Virgets, Sean and Kevin Hanegan, Carl III and Amber Gremillion, Sophie and husband Jordan Shear, Tilly, Calli, Phoebe, Abraham, Emma and Liam Cryar, Nicole and husband Brandon Mason, Zach and Taylor Armoney; great-grandchild, Jackson Mason; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, E.S. and Flavia Gremillion; and sister-in-law, Margaret Gremillion. Pallbearers will be grandsons. Special thanks to Mike Gremillion. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul, Louisiana Wildlife Federation or Catholic High School. He was a member of Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

Published in The Advocate on 9/20/2007.
Marguerite Nettles McCan

Funeral services for Marguerite Nettles McCan will be at 1:00 pm Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007 in the David Haas Memorial United Methodist Church with Revs. Joe Hoover and Charles Floyd officiating. Burial will follow in Pythian Cemetery under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

 
Mrs. McCan, age 98, of Bunkie passed away at Rosewood Retirement Community in Lafayette, LA on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007 at 8:20 pm. She was a member of the David Haas Memorial United Methodist Church. Her 98 years were spent teaching school for forty years in and around Bunkie and her last eleven years in Lafafyette, of which the last seven years were at Rosewood.
She will be remembered and loved by all who knew her. She is survived by her niece and husband, Lee and Catherine Carricut and Catherine's children, Rusty, Cindy and her son, Braxton, Cathy and her husband, Mark, her daughter, Brandy and Children Madison and Emanuel. She is also survived by her nephews, Robert, Charlie and Ray Nettles and nieces, Carol Betzner and Joyce Jacobs and husbands.
 
A special thanks for her three longtime angels (sitters) who cared, sat, sang and prayed with her every day. Also, her first sitter, Jane Hebert, deceased, and Helen, Martha and Marilyn. Also a very special thanks to all the staff at Rosewood. She loved them all.
Visitation will be at David Haas Memorial United Methodist Church in Bunkie from 10 am until service time on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007, under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie. Online condolences may be emailed to the McCan family at melanconfuneral@aol.com.

Eunice Myrtle Blood Ortego

Funeral services for Eunice Ortego will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 1, 2007 in the chapel of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie with the Revs. David Newton and Donald Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Griffin Hills Cemetary in Lone Pine. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mrs. Ortego, age 89, of Lone Pine, passed away on Thursday, August 30, 2007, at the Savoy Medical Center in Mamou.

Eunice was born on May 18, 1918 in Evangeline Parish at Lone Pine. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lone Pine. She was a wonderful and loving mother and grandmother. She was always a gracious hostess and made everyone feel at home. Everyone knew her by her great cooking and no one left her home hungry.

She is preceded in death by her husbands, Ervin Book and Calvin Ortego; her parents Bill and Lou Laney Blood; a son, Jerry Book; a granddaughter, Renee Book; her sister Gertie Book Holden; and six brothers, Willie, Ollie, Claude, Elton, Leo, and Clayton Blood.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Brenda Ortego Barnes and her husband Donald of Bunkie; three sons, Wayne Ortego and his wife Patsy of Bunkie, Michael Ortego and his wife Anna of Bayou Chicot, and Grant Ortego and his wife Loretta of St, Pine; daughter-in-law, Sandra Book of Pine Prairie; one brother, Huey Blood of Lone Pine; fourteen grandchildren, Anthony, Chuck, Michael, Donnie, Carla, Rodney, Benjy, Kelly, Channon, Sherry, Heather, Brandi, Bruce, and Emily; twenty great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.
Pallbearers will include: Anthony Ortego, Rodney Ortego, Michael Ortego, Larry Gauthier, Donnie Barnes, Benjy Barnes, Channon Ortego, and Bruce Ortego.

Friends may call from 2 p.m. on Friday until the time of service at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

 

 

William H. “Jack” Petty

Funeral services for William H. “Jack” Petty will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 in the chapel of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of the Rev. Joe Hoover officiating.Burial will follow in the Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson - Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Jack passed away at 12:45 a.m. on Monday, August 13, 2007 at

Oakmont Estates where he had been a resident for the last six years.

The oldest child of William Homer and Gladys Petty, Jack was born on January 18, 1917 in Ida, LA. He lived in the small town of Ida until he was ten years old, and then the family moved to Shreveport. Jack graduated from Byrd High School in 1936, and one year later went to work for Exxon Oil Company, then called Humble Oil Company. In 1941 he joined the United States Army and was stationed at Camp Hulin in Texas. During his stay at Camp Hulin, Jack met and married Mildred Rode, a German girl from nearby Schulenburg. Two weeks before he was supposed to be discharged from the Army, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and Jack spent five more years in the service.

Jack and Mildred moved back to Louisiana after he got out of the service and he began working for Exxon again. As a pipeline gauger, Jack and his family lived in many small towns in south Louisiana, but eventually Jack chose Bunkie as the place he would build his permanent home.

Although Jack was a hard worker, he always found time to do the things he enjoyed most; hunting, fishing, and gardening. He took great pride in being an avid squirrel and deer hunter. The spring of the year was usually the time when Jack found his way to all his favorite fishing holes. It was also the time of year when he began planning and planting his huge summer garden. In fact, his gardens were so big, many families and friends enjoyed Jack’s bountiful vegetable crops!

Jack is survived by two daughters, Phyllis Bel and her husband George of Lafayette and Lori Dugas and her husband Joey of Marksville; one son, Terry Petty of Washington; one sister, Nyra Wilson of Picayune, MS; four granddaughters, Brandy Ray and Katie O’Donnell of Houston, TX, and Emilie and Abby Dugas of Marksville; and four great-grandchildren.

Jack is preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Rode Petty; a daughter, Sandra Gail Petty; a son, Jack Frederick Petty; one sister, Eloise Gushamas; his parents, William Homer and Gladys Petty

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 12 noon on Wednesday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.



Edgar Joseph Desselle

Services for Mr. Edgar Joseph Desselle will be at St. Mary Assumption Catholic Church on Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 10 a.m. with Father Anthony Dhamaraj "Fr. Raj" officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary Mausoleum, Cottonport under the direction of Escude' Funeral Home, Cottonport.

Mr. Edgar Joseph Desselle, 72, of Cottonport died Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, Alexandria. He was an Air Force veteran having served in the Korean War, retired D.O.T.D. after 33 years of service, member of the Avoyelles Parish Port Commission, past Grand Knight of the Cottonport Knights of Columbus and a member of St. Mary Assumption Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by father, Stanley Joseph Desselle, mother, Ina Rachal Desselle Fuqua, and step-father, Lacy Fuqua.

Survivors include his wife Mary Faye Smith Desselle of Cottonport; three sons, Rhett A. Desselle and wife Nancy of Marksville, Joel Vance Desselle and wife Connie of Cottonport, and Scott L. Desselle and wife Tina of Hessmer; two daughters, Dana Faye Desselle Nugent and Linda Kaye Desselle both of Cottonport; two sisters, Dorothy D. Lacombe of Bunkie and Irene D. Guillory of Dallas, Texas.

Visitation will be at Escude Funeral Home, Cottonport Wednesday, July 25, 2007 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.. A rosary/wake Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at 7 p.m. and re-open the following day at 7:30 a.m.

Pallbearers will be Rhett A. Desselle, II, Christopher Desselle, Barry Lacombe, Greg Armand, Harold Lacombe, Stanley Guillory, Michael Guillory. The Cross -bearer will be Blake Desselle.


Shalanda Faye Augustine
 

Services for Shalanda Faye Augustine will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 14, 2007 at Amazon Baptist Church in Bunkie with Rev. Donald Alexander officiating. Burial will be in Amazon Church Cemetery, Bunkie under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home, Oakdale.

Shalanda Faye Augustine, age 44, of Port Arthur, Texas, died Thursday, July 5, 2007 at University of Texas Medical Branch Hospital in Galveston, Texas. She was a member of the Amazon Baptist Church in Bunkie, a native of Bunkie and a resident of Port Arthur, Texas.

Shalanda was preceded in death by her father, Amos Augustine,Sr., sister, Kalisha L. Augustine.

Survivors include daughter, Ashley Dawn A. Anderson of Bunkie; son, Zaquerrion Augustine of Port Arthur, Texas; mother, Earlean Clayton Augustine of Bunkie; brothers, Bryan K. Augustine of Houma and Amos Augustine, Jr. of Bunkie; three grandchildren.

Viewing will be from 9 a.m. until time of services in the church Saturday.


Florence Fontane Taylor

Funeral services for Florence Fontane Taylor will be at 10:00 am Saturday, July 14, 2007 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with Fr. Jack Michalchuk officiating. Burial will be in the Pythian Cemetery under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.
 
Mrs. Taylor, age 98, of Bunkie passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 in Bunkie General Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wlliam Carlton Taylor and a grandson, George A. Vollman IV. She was a long-time educator in Avoyelles Parish, having taught in the public and parochial school systems, retiring from St. Anthony Catholic School. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Court St. Anthony # 968.
 
Survivors include two daughters, Judith Taylor Vollman of Bunkie and Linda Taylor LaPrairie of New Orleans; five grandchildren, C. Wayne Vollman of Alexandria, William Taylor Vollman of of Alexandria, Clovis Brett LaPrairie of New Orleans, Jean Vollman Moreau of Hessmer and Linda Listte LaPrairie of New Orleans and 15 great grandchildren.
 
Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home in Bunkie from 6 pm - 8 pm Friday, July 13, 2007 with a Vigil for the Deceased at 6:30 pm Friday and Saturday, July 14, 2007 from 8:30 am - 9:45 am. The Taylor family requests that memorials be sent to St. Anthony Catholic School, 116 S. Knoll Ave., Bunkie, LA  71322. Online condolences may be emailed to the Taylor family at MelanconFuneral@aol.com.
Addie C. Meyer
 

Addie C. Meyer, age 83, of Bunkie died Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at Bayou Vista Manor, Bunkie.

Arrangements will be announced by Progessive Funeral Home, Bunkie.





Metreades Dwight Descant, Jr.

Funeral mass for M.D. Descant, Jr. will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with the Revs. Scott Chemino, David Braquet, Steve Testa, Joe Montalbano, and Deacon Paul Plaisance officiating. Burial will follow in the Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mr. Descant, age 82, of Bunkie, passed away on Saturday, July 7, 2007 at the Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Anna M. Descant; his parents, M.D. Descant and Alida Descant; three brothers, Elster Descant, Jimmy Descant, and Elmer “Buck” Descant; and four sisters, Birdie St.Romain, Aline St.Romain, Carrie Lemoine, Lou Ella Moreau and Nellie Riche.

Survivors include his wife, Vivian Descant of Bunkie; four sons, Don P. Descant and his wife Becky, Metreades Dwight Descant, III and his wife Brenda, Charles T. Descant and his wife Melinda all of Bunkie, and Trent Descant of Carencro; one daughter, Kay Lee and her husband Jim of Bunkie; one step-daughter, Nannette Sanderson and her husband Kevin of Jackson, Mississippi; one sister, Freida Riche of Bunkie; twelve grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

He was a veteran of World War II in the United States Coast Guard, serving on a troop transport in the Caribbean, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, North Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. He was the founder of M.D. Descant, Inc., a commercial construction company serving throughout the state of Louisiana. He was awarded businessman of the year in 1981. He served as District Chairman of the A.G.C. for Central Louisiana as well as several boards of the A.G.C. of LA in Baton Rouge. He was a past director of the Bunkie Bank and Trust Company. Mr. Descant was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Bunkie and served as a member of the Knight of Columbus Council of Bunkie for 57 years. He was also a past Commander of the American Legion and a member of the Lion’s Club, Bunkie Chamber of Commerce, and a past member of the Avoyelles Democratic Committee.

Pallbearers will include; Michael Descant, Patrick Descant, Ross Descant, Chas Descant, Morgan Descant and Met Descant. Honorary pallbearers will include; Jade Descant, Charlotte Lee, Kelsey Lee, Megan Lemoine, and Annie Schmitt. Cross bearer will be Connor Descant. Alter Servers will be Dominique Sanderson, Callie Coulon, and Matthew Ducote.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday and 8 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

A wake service will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Jude Childrens Foundation, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942, or St. Anthony Catholic School, 116 S. Knoll, Bunkie, LA 71322.



Huron J. "Sam" Ducote Jr.
 
   
A loving husband, father and grandfather, he passed away Saturday, July 7, 2007. He was 75, a native of Cottonport and a resident of Baton Rouge. He retired from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development with 32 years of service and was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Visiting at St. George Catholic Church on Tuesday, July 10, from 9 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Mike Schatzle, celebrant. Entombment in the church mausoleum.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Inez Ducote; two daughters, Lisa and husband Ted Harvey, Plaquemine, and Ellen Ducote, Baton Rouge; two sons, John and wife Becky Ducote, Panama Beach, Fla., and Timothy Ducote, Baton Rouge; five grandchildren, Kyle Harvey and wife Becky, Nashville, Tenn., Korey Harvey, Baton Rouge, Tyler Harvey, Plaquemine, and Amber Mickelic and Cassandra Ducote, both of Panama City; and great-granddaughter, Aubrey Harvey, Nashville. He was preceded in death by his parents, Huron and Frances Ducote; and brother, Wayne Ducote.


Published in The Advocate on 7/9/2007.


Stephanie Suzette Chappius Reynolds
 

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2007 at Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie for Stephanie, age 60, who died peacefully on Wednesday, July 3, 2007 after a brave battle with cancer. Originally from Bunkie, she spent several years in Alexandria before moving to Baton Rouge to raise a family. She received her bachelor of science degree in psychology from L.S.U.

Stephanie was the daughter of the late Robert Chappius of Rayne and late Marzalie Chappius of Alexandria, and the sister of the late Melissa Chappius of Alexandria.

She is survived by three sons, Robert, Christopher and John and two daughters Sarah and Megan. Stephanie will be remembered by her family and her many friends for her enthusiam, charisma, "Law and Order" and L.S.U. football.


Mary Lee Gagnard Burge

 

Mary Lee Gagnard Burge, age 78, of Bunkie passed away Sunday, June 24, 2007 in her residence.

Arrangements will be announced by Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.


Blanche Marie Johnson
 

Services for Mrs. Blanche Marie Johnson will be at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Hessmer on Monday, June 25, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Edwin Rodriguez officiating. Interment will be in St. Alphonsus Mausoleum, Hessmer under the direction of Escude Funeral Home of Mansura.

Mrs. Johnson, age 92, of Bunkie died Saturday, June 23, 2007 in Avoyelles Hospital, Marksville.

She is survived by her son, Elton Johnson of Bunkie; daughters, Shirley (Johnson) LeBlanc, Ruth (Johnson) Reed of Pineville, Brenda Hayes of Pineville; sister Lena Doucet of Opelousas; brother Sam Laborde of Mansura; ten grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel P. Johnson, father, Nestor Laborde; mother, Hazel (Bordelon) Laborde; brothers, Elmore Laborde, Jacob Laborde, Gaston Laborde; sister, Theresa Manuel.

Visitation will be at Escude Funeral Home, Mansura on Sunday, June 24, 2007 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a Wake service at 6 p.m. and will re-open Monday, June 25, 2007 from 8 a.m. until 10:05 a.m.


Virginia  Deselle  Gobert  of  Houston  Texas  formerly  of  Bunkie,  La.
 
She  began  her  peaceful  journey  with  Jesus  on  June  19, 2007.  She  will  now  rest  peacefully. Precided  in  death  by  her  Husband  Jacob,  Her  parents  Tennis  Sr.  &  Leola  Deselle  &  sisters  Geneva  Graham  &  Delores  Hazelton  who  she  will  now  join  in  Heaven.  Survied  by  her  4  sons:  Glenn,  Robbie,  Mark  &  Luke  Gobert.
Her  sisters:  Vivian  Normand,  Judy  Strother,  Linda  Andrus  Alice  Leger  &  Marrianne  Williber.  Her  Brothers:  Tennis  Deselle  Jr.,  Russell  Deselle  &  Richard  Deselle.
A  host  of  Grandchildren  &  Great  Granchildren.
 
Ricky Wayne Ducote Click here to View and Sign Guest Book
 
A retired truck dispatcher, he died at 12:39 a.m. Saturday, June 16, 2007, at his home in Greenwell Springs. He was 54, a native of Mansura and longtime resident of Bunkie. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., on Tuesday, June 19, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visiting at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until religious service at 10 a.m. Visiting at Escude Funeral Home, Mansura, on Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Interment in St. Paul's Cemetery, Mansura, at 4 p.m. Wednesday. He is survived by his wife, Susie Ann Guillory Ducote; mother, Lola Verzwyvelt Ducote; two daughters, Maggie Elizabeth Ducote Peairs-Bell and Jessica Anne Ducote; son, Christopher Michael Ducote; sister, Jeanette Ducote Willis; brother, Harold Ducote; and two grandsons, Gabriel and Connor. He was preceded in death by his father, Anthony L. Ducote.
Published in The Advocate from 6/18/2007 - 6/19/2007.
Verlie Galland Matthews
 

Verlie Galland Matthews, age 72, of Evergreen, passed away on Friday, May 31, 2007 at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Lafayette.

Arrangements under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.


Charles R. "Buddy"  Vanchiere Click here to View and Sign Guest Book

A retired dispatcher with Yellow Cab and a resident of Baton Rouge, he passed away on Monday, May 21, 2007, at Promise Specialty Hospital. He was 72 and a native of Bunkie. Visiting will be at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd., on Wednesday, May 23, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will resume on Thursday from 9 a.m. until service in the chapel at 10 a.m. Burial in Greenoaks Memorial Park. He is survived by his daughters, Melani Armor, Kaye Laird, Faye Gottschalk, Denise Andre, Maria Booty and Mitzi Vanchiere; son, Anthony "Tony" Wardlaw; sister, Camille "Monk" Pourciau; brother, Gerald Murray; 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Peggy Vanchiere; parents, Angelo and Hazel Vanchiere; sons, Russell Vanchiere, William "Bill" Wardlaw and Charles "Rusty" Vanchiere Jr.; and brother, Angelo "Pete" Vanchiere Jr. Pallbearers will be Keith Wyckoff, Tommy Guitreau, Dustin Terry, Bill Bridgeman, Donald Russell and Tony Wardlaw. Buddy enjoyed being with his family and friends. The family would like to thank Promise Specialty Hospital for their care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the charity of your choice.
Published in The Advocate on 5/23/2007.

Bert Thayer Hall
 

Passed away on May 21 after a year-long battle with lung cancer.  Born June 18, 1933 in Bunkie, Louisiana, to Gertrude and Rufus Hall. Pre-deceased by his sister, Marie Hall Richardson.  After graduation from Louisiana State University, he spent 7 years as a navigator in the Air Force and then 22 years in the Air National Guard.  He worked for 29 years as a Safety Engineer for The Travelers Insurance Company.  Bert leaves his loving family: wife of 50 years, Peg; daughter Janet Hall of Wilmington, DE;  sons Douglas (Peggy) Hall of Thibodaux, La; and Bruce Hall (and James Cowan) of Seattle.  Grandchildren Anthony and Robert Rouse and Katie Webb, all of Louisiana.  Also devoted brother-in-law of Bess and Norman Foxman, W. Hartford, CT and Jim Richardson of Lake Charles, LA.      

     During his years in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, he was active in Marriage Encounter and Boy Scouting. In 1999 he moved to Sun City Roseville. His pleasant, jocular yet gentle personality will be remembered by many. He loved the outdoors, his church, his country, and helping others.  Most of all he was a family man.

 

Donations in his name may be made to:

Cornerstone Community United Methodist Church; Sutter

Hospice (Sutter Roseville Medical Center – SRMC Foundation), One Medical Plaza, Roseville CA 95661-1992; or Sun City Roseville Foundation, 4021 Woodcreek Oaks Blvd. #156-325, Roseville, CA 95747.

A memorial service is planned for 3 p.m.on Saturday, May 26 at Cornerstone Community Church, 4495 Granite Drive, Rocklin CA 95677.

Immediately following there will be a reception in Sun City Roseville. 



Toni Griffin

 

Toni Griffin, 89, of Bunkie, Louisiana passed away Thursday, May 17, 2007, at her home.

 

She was born Alice Antoinette Bickham daughter of Charles Hampton Bickham and Antoinette Lanehart Bickham on May 5, 1918, in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Many of her most cherished memories were growing up on the farm with her sisters. 

 

Mrs. Griffin owned Griffin’s Antiques for over 40 years. She was featured in Southern Living Magazine and Louisiana Life Magazine in 1981 and was the first woman to win Bunkie’s top business award, “Business Person of the Year,” in 1986.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband Elton Prosser Griffin, her parents Charles Hampton Bickham and Antoinette Lanehart Bickham and two sisters, Mildred Maitre and Martha Etzell.        

 

Survivors include one sister, Doris Galloway - Baton Rouge; one son, Charles F. Griffin of New Orleans, and three daughters, Doris G. Maillet of Bunkie, Dianne G. Sole of Dover, DE and Deborah G. Allen of Folsom, LA. She was very proud of her seven grandsons, Charles Griffin, Jr., Jarrett Maillet, Griffin Sole, Scott Griffin, Ronald Allen, David Allen, Michael Allen, and two great grandchildren, Katherine Antoinette Sole and Blake Gaston Maillet.

 

Visitations will be Saturday, May 19, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. at the David Haas Memorial United Methodist Church, Bunkie, Louisiana.  Services will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the church.

 

Arrangements are under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie, LA.  Memorials may be sent to the David Haas Memorial United Methodist Church, Bunkie, Louisiana. Online condolences may be emailed to the family at MelanconFuneral@aol.com.



Walter G. Dopson, Jr.
 

A funeral mass for Walter G. Dopson will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2007 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with the Rev. David Braquet officiating. Burial will follow in the Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Walter G. Dopson, 82, of Bunkie passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at Bunkie General Hospital.

W.G. was the son of the late Walter G. Dopson, Sr. and the late Norma Couvillion Dopson.

He is preceded in death by his son, Kevin Dopson, a sister, Shirley Barton and a brother, Gilbert Dopson.

W.G. is survived by his wife of 55 years, Janell Frank Dopson; five children, Steve Dopson of Pascagoula, Mississippi, Alayne Ducote and husband Daniel of Bunkie, Monica Clark and husband Steve of Evergreen, Neil Dopson and wife Shirley of Bunkie and Margaret Dopson of Mobile, Alabama; nine grandchildren, Michael, Daniel and Kimberly Clark, Joshua Dopson, Amie Reynolds, Kathy Brown and Christopher Matthews, Gary Dopson and Abby Dopson; seven great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren; two sisters, Sarah Cecil of Bunkie and Mae Leomine of Plaucheville; and a brother, Cecil Dopson of Opelousas.

W.G. was retired from the U.S. Postal Service, a devoted member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, a retired Eucharistic Minister, Lector, and Usher. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and charter member of the Adoration Society.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 11, 2007 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie. A wake sergvice willbe held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.


Charlie Anthony Sabatini Jr.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church this Saturday, August 12th at 10 a.m. with Father Scott Chemino officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Charlie was 80 years old when he passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, August 1, 2006 in his room at the Bailey House.
He was fighting colon cancer that later developed into liver cancer. The last thing he heard was the reading of prayers from his daughter and the singing of Amazing Grace by Belinda Desselle from the Bailey House.

Charlie was a WWII veteran, Korean War veteran and served as a Merchant Marine. He was one of nine siblings from Italian immigrant parents. He was well known around the community of Bunkie for operating Sabatini Cleaners. Charlie was also known for being a wonderful dance partner. He had a lot of friends and participated in the Thursday Coffee group at the bank.

The group came to visit him at the Bailey House and have coffee together.

He is survived by his daughter, Ginger Massey from Pueblo, Colorado; his sister, Margaret that resides in Lafayette; and a special friend, Tootsie Riche of Bunkie.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Anthony's in Bunkie or Little Flower Church in Evergreen.

George "Harry" Mayeaux

 

George "Harry" Mayeaux, age 86, of Bunkie, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006 in Bunkie General Hospital.

Arrangements are under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.
Originally published August 12, 2006


Teresa Prevot Juneau
 

Teresa Prevot Juneau, age 79, of Bunkie, died Sunday, August 6, 2006 in Vista Nursing Home, Bunkie.

Arrangements are under the direction of Escude Funeral Home, Mansura.

Originally published August 8, 2006


Gussie Lee Hazelton Gauthier, 71 of St. Landry passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2006 at Valley View Nursing Home . She was a homemaker and loved her children and grandkids very much. She loved to play "BINGO". Preceded in death was her husband Sheldon Gauthier Jr.  Survivors include two daughters Paulette Gauthier Daigrepont and husband Michael of Hessmer, La. Pauline Gauthier Kordish and husband Joseph of Bridge City, Tx. Six grandchildren Samantha and Krysten Daigrepont of Hessmer, La. Felecia Welch, Lecia Cole, and Joseph Kordish Jr. of Bridge City, Tx. and Steven Kordish of Houston, Tx. One great-gandchild on the way.  Melancon of Bunkie took care of the arrangements...           
CARL F. JORY, M.D.
CARL F. JORY, M.D.  A family care physician and a resident of Bunkie for 35 years, Carl Frederick Jory passed away in Baton Rouge, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, July 15, 2006, at the age of 63. Visitation at the First Baptist Church in Bunkie on Monday, July 17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral service at the church at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 18. Burial in Bayou Rouge Baptist Cemetery, Evergreen, under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home of Bunkie. Dr. Jory is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Dottie Hernandez Jory, and their three children, Suzannah Jory Townsend, married to Byron Townsend of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., Caroline Jory Nelson of O'Fallon, Ill., and Peter Carl Jory, married to Gina Theriot Jory of Baton Rouge; two granddaughters, Savannah Grace Jory and Alexandra Kendall Nelson; and a grandson, Luke Noble Jory. He was a native of Eunice, the son of Glenn Jory and the late Mora Johnston Jory. He was the brother of Donald R. Jory of Jennings and Susie Jory LaHaye of Thibodaux. He was preceded in death by his brother, Eugene Jory; and sister, Glenora Jory Jordan. He was a graduate of Eunice High School. He received his bachelor of science degree from LSU in Baton Rouge and his medical degree from LSU School of Medicine-New Orleans. He completed an internship and a general surgery residency with the U.S. Public Health Service in New Orleans and was the chief medical officer at the federal building in Mobile, Ala., before opening his family practice in Bunkie in 1971. Since that time, he had been a member of the medical staff of Bunkie General Hospital and chief of staff in 1974, 1975, 1982, 1991 and 1996-2006; emergency department medical director from 1996-2006; and cardiac rehabilitation medical director from 2005-2006. He had been a member of the Board of Commissioners of Bunkie General Hospital since 1979 and chairman of the board from 1986-1991. He was a board-certified family physician and a fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians. He was a member of the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians, the Avoyelles Parish Medical Society and past president of the Louisiana State Medical Society and the LSU Alumni Association of Avoyelles Parish. Dr. Jory was a beloved and dedicated physician to his community in Bunkie and Avoyelles Parish. His physicians in the Baton Rouge community responded to him in that same caring and compassionate way with their overwhelming gestures of kindness and support during his battle with cancer. The family offers their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Maurice King of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, Dr. Ruben Fabrega of Ochsner in Baton Rouge, Dr. Chris Theodossiou of Ochsner of New Orleans, Metro Preferred Home Care of Baton Rouge and Hospice of Baton Rouge. Pallbearers will be Kemper Bubenzer, Mike Fontane, Steve Kojis, R.H. Luke, John Singletary and Fred Vollman. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, Attn: Development Office, 4950 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809 or Sojourn Church at LSU, P.O. Box 17256, Baton Rouge, LA 70893.
Published in The Advocate on 7/17/2006.

Erika Danielle Tagliarino

Services for Erika Tagliarino will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with the Rev. Jack Michalchuk officiating. Burial will follow in the Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie.

Ms. Tagliarino, age 20, of Bunkie, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2006 in Plaucheville.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents; Dudley and Shirley McGee and Andrew, Sr. and Lois Tagliarino.

Survivors include her parents; Charles and Lillian McGee Tagliarino of Bunkie; her twin brother, Eric Tagliarino of Bunkie; her sister, Kimberly Tagliarino of Bunkie, her beloved nephew, Hagen Thomason; her god parents, MaryAnn and Anterio Madrigal of Bunkie; her god son Tae Greenhouse of Bunkie; her special aunt, Cindy McGee; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and lots of cherished friends.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. on Monday until 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral of Bunkie.

A wake service will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.


William Scott Lowrey

Funeral services for William Scott Lowrey will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 13, 2006 at the First Baptist Church of Bunkie with Dr. Billy Edwards officiating. Burial will be in the Big Cane Baptist Cemetery under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mr. Lowrey, age 44, of Columbia, South Carolina, formerly of Morrow, passed away on Sunday, July 9, 2006 in Palmetto Baptist Hospital, Columbia, South Carolina.

William was the Lieutenant of Internal Training at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice. He was a graduate of the 29th Session of the Alexandria Regional Police Academy. He served many years as a law enforcement officer with the City of Pineville and the St. Landry Parish Sheriff Office and in Illinois. He was known by his colleagues as a man of integrity and devotion. He lived life according to the motto he shared with his colleagues at work, "make your decisions prayerfully and carefully". William served in the Louisiana National Guard and was a veteran of Desert Storm. The week prior to his death, William served with World Changers through his home church, Riverland Hills Baptist, renovating an elderly woman's home in Maryville, Tennessee. If asked, William would always say that he was most proud of his two sons and the young men that they were growing into.

He was the loving husband of Alisa Lowrey of Columbia, South Carolina and father of two sons, Henry Wyatt Lowrey and Walker Grayson Lowrey of Columbia, South Carolina. He is also survived by his mother, Shirley Lowrey of Morrow; his grandfather, Bill Johnson of Bunkie and two sisters, Darwin McGee of Goudeau and Dayle Allen of Longview, Texas.

Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie from 1:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, 2006 and from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 13, 2006.

Memorials can be made through Carolina Collegiate Credit Union, 710 Pulaski Street, Columbia, South Carolina, 292201, for Wyatt and Walker Lowrey Scholarship Fund.


Bernice Mayeaux Harrell
 

Bernice Mayeaux Harrell, age 82, of Bunkie passed away on Thursday, June 29, 2006 in the North Shore Living Center, Slidell.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.


L.D. Whiddon
 

Funeral services for L.D. Whiddon will be at 9:30 a.m., Friday, June 30, 2006 in the chapel of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie with Rev. Donald Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Pythian Cemetery under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mr. Whiddon, age 72, of Bunkie passed away in his residence on Wednesday, June 28, 2006. He was a retired seismic driller.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Cottano Whiddon of Bunkie; five sons, Sammy Whiddon of Brookhaven, Mississippi, Timmy Whiddon of Evergreen, Michael Whiddon of Evergreen, Lee David Whiddon of Bunkie and Justin Whiddon of Bunkie; one daughter, Elizabeth Redmond of Bunkie; four brothers, Robert Whiddon of Denham Springs, Wilton Bill Whiddon of Natchez, Mississippi, H.L. Whiddon of Hessmer and Louis Whiddon of Belledeau; 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home on Thursday from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until service time.

Online condolences may be emailed to the Whiddon family
MelanconFuneral@aol.com.


 

Esma Desselles Bordelon Marcott
 

Esma Desselles Bordelon Marcott, born September 8, 1920, passed away June 23, 2006 from natural causes.

She is survived by her two sons and wives, Henry and Clara Bordelon of Bunkie, and Michael and Judy Bordelon of Marksville.

She is also survived by her foster daughter, Terry Chaze Sermons of Shreveport and her step-daughter and husband, Viola and Steve Juneau of Metairie. She had ten grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. She also has one surviving sister, Ethel D. LaPrarie.

Esma worked at the Marksville Hospital nursery for many years. She was beloved by staff and patients, alike. Over the years, she received many awards and accolades for her dedication to the precious babies she so tenderly cared for. Esma was not only a devout Catholic, but lived her life as a true Christian. She treated everyone with love and respect, and it was returned ten-fold. A light has gone from us and will be truly missed.

Visitations will be at 5 p.m., Saturday, June 24, 2006 and 9 a.m. Sunday, June 25, 2006 at Hixson Brothers. Rosary will be said at 6 p.m. and the funeral service will be at St. Joseph’s Church at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, 2006.

Originally published June 25, 2006


Esma Desselles Bordelon Marcott

 

Esma Desselles Bordelon Marcott, born September 8, 1920, passed away June 23, 2006 from natural causes.

She is survived by her two sons and wives, Henry and Clara Bordelon of Bunkie, and Michael and Judy Bordelon of Marksville.

She is also survived by her foster daughter, Terry Chaze Sermons of Shreveport and her step-daughter and husband, Viola and Steve Juneau of Metairie. She had ten grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. She also has one surviving sister, Ethel D. LaPrarie.

Esma worked at the Marksville Hospital nursery for many years. She was beloved by staff and patients, alike. Over the years, she received many awards and accolades for her dedication to the precious babies she so tenderly cared for. Esma was not only a devout Catholic, but lived her life as a true Christian. She treated everyone with love and respect, and it was returned ten-fold. A light has gone from us and will be truly missed.

Visitations will be at 5 p.m., Saturday, June 24, 2006 and 9 a.m. Sunday, June 25, 2006 at Hixson Brothers. Rosary will be said at 6 p.m. and the funeral service will be at St. Joseph’s Church at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, 2006.

Originally published June 25, 2006



JOE E. CHEANEY
 
JOE E. CHEANEY, 84, OF LAFAYETTE, LA. DIED AT 6:10 AM FRIDAY 6/23/06 AT LAFAYETTE GENERAL HOSTITAL. FUNERAL SERVICES WILL BE AT 3:00 PM SUNDAY 6/25/06 WITH VISITATION FROM 11:00 AM TO 3:00 PM AT FOUNTAIN MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME LOCATED AT 1010 PANDORA IN LAFAYETTE, LA.  HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE OF 65 YEARS, LOIS CHEANEY, ONE SONE RICHARD OF MANDEVILLE, TWO DAUGHTERS, SANDRA KOJIS OF BUNKIE AND LEESA CHEANEY OF RAYNE,  5 GRANDCHILDREN AND 5 GREAT GRAND CHILDREN
Johnny Joseph Cerami

Johnny Joseph Cerami

Johnny Joseph Cerami, 88, died peacefully at home, June 5, 2006.

Johnny was born February 2, l9l8 to Sam and Bertha (Jenusso)Cerami, in Bunkie, Louisiana, he was one of nine children born of this union.
Johnny moved to Port Arthur as a young man and resided in the area for 64 years. He married Thelma Marie Conner on April 25, l947 and they shared 5l years together until her death in l999. He became a loving father, to her sons, O.T. (Bud) and James Clifford (Jim)Conner.

Johnny retired from Gulf Oil Refinery in l980 where he was a machinist and member of International Association of Machinists. He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Air Force, 33rd Fighter Squadron as Staff Sergeant.

His hobbies included gardening and sharing it's produce with everyone. He also enjoyed bowling, and bowled on several leagues until his health failed. He will most be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was a member of the Catholic Faith.

Johnny was predeceased by his mother and father; wife, Thelma Marie; sister, Angeline Cammareri; brothers, Sam, Jr., Steve, Russell and Joe. He is survived by his sons, O.T. (Bud) Conner and wife, Doris of Bridge City, TX, James Clifford (Jim) Conner and wife, Fae of Lockhart, TX; sister, Mary Vacari and husband, Frank of Carson City, NV; brothers, Paul (Jitty) Cerami of Annandale, VA, Peter Cerami of Alexandria, LA; step-brother, Felix Cerami of LaPlace,LA; grandchildren, Chris Conner and wife, Michelle of Austin, TX, Mark A. Conner of Bridge City, TX, Bryan Conner and wife, Nicole of Corpus Christi, TX, Barron Vincent and wife, Pam of Lake Jackson, TX, Julie Foster and husband, Keith of Mont Belvieu, TX; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 8, 2006 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves, Texas. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Peace Mausoleum. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 7, 2006 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Chris Conner, Mark Conner, Bryan Conner, Barron Vincent, Keith Foster, Logan Conner, Tanner Foster and nephew, Peter Cammareri.


Alton Joseph Fontanille

Services for Alton Fontanille will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 16, 2006 in the chapel of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of the Deacon Paul Plaisance officiating. Burial will follow in the Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mr. Fontanille, age 50, of Bunkie, passed away on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 at the Cornerstone Hospital in Bossier City.

He is preceded in death by his father, Bascom Fontanille, and a brother, Michael Fontanille.

Survivors include his mother, Betty Fontanille of Bunkie; two brothers, Richard Fontanille of Bunkie and Norris Fontanille of Pineville; and one sister, Maxine Snoddy of Turkey Creek.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday and 8 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. on Friday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

A wake service will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Steven Joseph "Squirt" Knaps

Knaps, Steven Joseph "Squirt" Owner of S&S Painting & Drywall Co., he was entrusted to God's loving care on Wednesday, May 31, 2006, in Ascension Parish. He was 40, a resident of Baton Rouge and a native of Donaldsonville. Visitation will commence at Ourso Funeral Home, 134 Houmas St., Donaldsonville, on Friday, June 2, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitation will continue at the funeral home on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. until procession at 1:15 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church, Donaldsonville, on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., with the Rev. Phil Spano, celebrant. A private interment will follow. He is survived by his father, Bobby Knaps, Baton Rouge; mother and stepfather, Rose Mary Rose Landry and Jerry of Donaldsonville; brother, Robert Gerard Knaps of Donaldsonville; son, Seth Diez; stepdaughter, Charae Juul; once-in-a-lifetime companion, Shay Juul of Walker; an uncle, A.W. Knaps of Swartz; two great-aunts, Agnes Chifici of Gonzales and Ethel Giardina of Donaldsonville; a great-uncle, Leroy Knaps of Donaldsonville; godmother, Peggy LeBlanc of Baton Rouge; and a niece, Amber Knaps of Galvez. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Leo G. Rose and Rose Mae Rose; paternal grandparents, A.W. Knaps Sr. and Hilda Knaps; and two uncles, Leo J. Rose and Anthony V. Rose.

 


Wallace Cullen 64, a Silver City resident for the past five years
passed away Thursday May 18 at his home. He was born January 1, 1942 in
Bunkie Louisiana. He is survived by his wife Cherry Cullen of the home, two
daughters; Kelly Cullen of Hessmer, Louisiana, and Shawna Cullen of
Jacksonville, Florida. He is also survived by two brothers Harold Cullen and
John Cullen. He was a High School Band Director for 30 years in the state of
Louisiana. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to

Life Quest Early Prevention, 907 Pope Street, Silver City, N.M. 88061,
phone-388-1976. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 24, 10 at Terrazas Funeral
Chapels. Arrangements are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels, 537-0777


 

Felicia Danielle Guillory, age 34, of Bunkie, died Tuesday, May 23, 2006.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bunkie Mortuary, Bunkie.

David Lewis

      David Lewis, age 46, of Bunkie, died Monday. May 8, 2006 in his
residence.

      Arrangements are under the direction of Bunkie Mortuary, Bunkie.
 

Joyce Ducote

      Joyce Ducote, age 78, of Bunkie, died Saturday, May 6, 2006 at
Opelousas General Hospital.

      Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home,
Bunkie.

 
Ruby Duplechin Ducote

      Funeral services for Ruby Duplechin Ducote will be at 10 a.m. today,
April 28, 2006 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with Fr. David
Braquet officiating. Burial will follow in Pythian Cemetery under the
direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

      Mrs. Ducote, age 86, of Bunkie expired on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 in
Bayou Vista Manor Nursing Center.

      She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellington J. Ducote, her
parents, Edmond and Josephine Duplechin, two brothers, Clifford and Hilton
Duplechin, two sisters, Thelma McCaleb and Flovia Dupont.

      Mrs. Ducote is survived by three daughters, Earline Firmin and her
husband, Harold of Bunkie, Irene Johnson and her husband, Calvin of Bunkie
and Antoinette "Toni" Blalock and her husband, Curtis of Bunkie; one
brother, Norris Duplechin of Cottonport; one sister, Edna Ortego of Houma;
ten grandchildren, Lonny Lindsey, Leisha Purvis, Tony Lindsey, Marlene
Hernandez, Gil Blalock, Belinda Vogel, Wayne Firmin, Veronica Babineaux,
Chad Johnson and Missy Andrus; 21 great-grandchildren and 4
great-great-grandchildren.

      Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home from 8 a.m. 9:45 a.m.
today, Friday, April 28, 2006.
 

Sterling Caudel Bain, Sr.

      Funeral services for Sterling Caudel Bain, Sr. will be held at 10 a.m.
on Friday, April 7, 2006 at First Baptist Church of Bunkie, LA with Revs.
Carl A. Hudson, Norris Landry and Billy Edwards officiating. Internment will
follow in the Bayou Rouge Baptist Cemetery in Evergreen.

      Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of
Bunkie.

      Mr. Bain expired on Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at Rapides Regional
Medical Center.

      Visitation will be Thursday, April 6, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 9 a.m.
until 9:45 a.m. on Friday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

      Sterling C. Bain, Sr., was born in Beaumont, Texas on June 25, 1930 to
Sterling Caudel and Elizabeth Ledbetter Bain. Upon the untimely death of his
father, he moved with his mother and sister to Cheneyville to be near his
mothers' family. Sometime later, he moved to Havana, Cuba, where his mother
had served a teaching job. Then as a young boy, he moved to Bunkie with his
family when his mother married Clyde H. Smith. He was a graduate of Bunkie
High School and attended LSU. Mr. Bain was a member and deacon of First
Baptist Church - Bunkie and was instrumental in the establishment of Hessmer
Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Carl A. Hudson. He faithfully
served on many committees and as a Sunday School-Bible Study teacher his
entire adult life. He was a Mason, a Shriner, an outdoorsman and a
horticulturist.

      During his 57 years of farming, Sterling Bain received numerous awards
for his work in the conservation of our natural resources. He was recognized
as an Outstanding Young Farmer in Louisiana in 1961 and served as president
of Meeker Sugar Co-op from 1962 until its closing in 1981. He considered it
a blessing and a privilege to work the fields with his father, Clyde H.
Smith, his father-in-law, E.L. Lyles, Jr., his 5 sons and his grandsons. He
has entrusted Bain Farms to the capable hands of "the boy".

      Survivors include Mary Lou Lyles Bain, his devoted and loving wife of
57+ years; 5 sons, Sterling, Jr. and wife Deborah, William and wife Anne,
John and wife Debbie, Edgar and wife Debbora, and Roger and wife Jill; one
daughter, Louanne Bain, all of Bunkie; 17 grandchildren, Ben Bain, Brian
Bain, Abbie Cutrer, Will Bain, Emily Woodard, David Bain, Jacob Webb,
Jennifer Beard, Tommy Webb, Johnny Webb, Jamie Bain, Jessie Bain, Ashley
Bain, Jared Bain, Betsey Bain, Andrew Bain, and Hudson Bain; 12
great-grandchildren; one sister, Beverly Bain Durham and husband Tom, of
Natchitoches; and one brother-in-law, E.L. "Lanny" Lyles, III of Opelousas.
      Pallbearers will be his 10 grandsons.

      In lieu of flowers, memorial may be sent to First Baptist Church, 203
S. Lexington Ave., Bunkie, LA 71322; Hessmer Baptist Church, 2927 Main St.,
Hessmer, LA 71341; or St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, 322 N.
Lauderdale, Memphis, Tennessee, 38105.


Merion "Sonny" Gill

      Merion "Sonny" Gill, age 61, of Bunkie, passed away on Tuesday, April
4, 2006 in the family residence.

      Funeral arrangements will be announced by Melancon Funeral Home,
Bunkie.


Jeffery Kolzik

      Jeffery Kolzik, age 60, of Bunkie, passed away on Tuesday, April 4,
2006 in Bunkie General Hospital.

      Funeral arrangements will be handled by Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie


Chris Joseph Desselle

      Services for Chris Desselle will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2006
in the chapel of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie with the Rev. Tommy
Tarver officiating. Burial will follow in the Pythian Cemetery.
      Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of
Bunkie.

      Mr. Desselle. age 37, of Columbia, and a native of Bunkie, passed away
on Sunday, April 2, 2006 in Delhi.

      He is preceded in death by his father, Tannis DesseIle, Jr., and a
brother, Travis John Desselle.

      Survivors include his son, Tanner Joseph Desselle of Alexandria and a
daughter, Brittany Renee Desselle of Alexandria; his mother and step-father,
Carlotta and Elmer McKinney of Columbia; one brother, Mark Desselle of
Bunkie; five sisters, Connie Carr of Columbia, Sarah Odom of Epps, Linette
Sylva of Junction, Texas, Annette Clark of Bunkie and Marilyn Longino of
Hessmer; 20 nieces and nephews; and 80 great-nieces and nephews
      .
      Friends may can from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday and 8 a.m. until
the time of service at 2 p.m. on Friday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of
Bunkie.
Mrs. Thelma Crouch

Mrs. Thelma Crouch, 95, of Fort Worth, Texas, and formerly of Bunkie, passed from this life on Sunday, March 26, 2006.

 
Mrs. Crouch moved to Bunkie in the early 1950's when her husband, Howard "Red" Crouch was transferred there with the T&P Railroad. Three sons; Jerry, Ralph, Al (Butch), and a daughter Sarah all went to school in Bunkie until their move back to Texas around 1960. A fourth son, Joe, was attending college at Nachitoches when the family moved to Bunkie.
 
Thelma quickly became an active member of social, civic, and school organizations in Bunkie. During her years there she worked for Mr. Billeaud's pharmacy and for years at The Bunkie Record, a job she always was so proud of. Thelma's support of the Bunkie Panthers, the Band Boosters, and PTA was unwavering. She also produced several plays for the younger students that were held at Haas Gymnasium.
 
Residents of Bunkie of Jerry and Ralph's age may recall Thelma sewing many of the formal gowns for the high school girls to wear to their dances and homecoming games. She also made some of the majorette costumes and other clothes enjoyed by the "high school set".
 
During the polio epidemic Mrs. Crouch worked tirelessly in fund raising and also enlisting other residents in making blankets and pajamas for those in the polio wards. Her daughter Sarah was stricken with polio in 1952. Sarah still has the signatures of the championship Bunkie Panthers sent to her during that time!
 
When Mr. Crouch was transferred back to Texas for his job, our family was saddened at leaving this wonderful little town of Bunkie, Louisiana. We took memories still alive in our hearts today, and none more so than the lovely lady that left us on Sunday. She loved Bunkie and until just a few years ago she and Sarah would still talk about the "tea parties", the "coke parties", and the stories of Jerry, Ralph, Al, and Sarah and their "life in Bunkie".
 
Mrs. Crouch was preceded in death by her husband, Howard, in 1987, and our brother, Jerry Crouch, in 1996.
 
To all of you who will take a moment to remember our family and this fabulous woman, I say thank you.
 
Sarah Crouch
Fort Worth, Texas 
 

John Daigrepont's son, Chad, got killed last night in a car accident.  His body is at Melancon's; the funeral is Wed. at 10:00 a.m. at Melancon's.  John is Elaine Rachal's husband.
Say a prayer for Chad.  Love and Prayers,
William Gordon Foreman, Jr.
 

July 9, 1930 – March 26, 2006

Funeral services for Mr. William Gordon Foreman, Jr. will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 in St. Landry Baptist Church with Reverend Joe Jenkins officiating. Interment will follow in Vandenburg Cemetery, Bayou Chicot under the direction of Rush Funeral Home, Oakdale.

Mr. Foreman, 75, of St. Landry entered eternal rest on Sunday, March 26, 2006 in Bunkie General Hospital.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon, Sr. and Gracie Foreman; one brother, Grady Foreman, and two sisters, Mildred Leger and Maelee Norred.

He is survived by two sisters, Gracie Smith of Denham Springs and Mary Stagg of Bunkie; one sister-in-law, Kathryn Foreman, and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends may call at St. Landry Baptist Church from 8:00 a.m. until time of service on Wednesday, March 29, 2006.

Friends may post online messages of condolence for the Foreman family by visiting
www.rushfh.com.

Originally published March 28, 2006


Eleanor "Cookie" Kojis Lemoine
 

Funeral services for Eleanor "Cookie" Kojis Lemoine will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 26, 2006 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with Frs. David Braquet, Joseph Montalbano and Scott Chemino officiating. Burial will follow in Pythian Cemetery under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mrs. Lemoine, age 80, of Bunkie passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2006 at Rapides Regional Medical Center. She was a devoted wife and mother. She was an active member of St. Anthony Church Parish, as a member of Catholic Daughters of America, an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and a Eucharistic Adorer. She was preceded in death by her parents J.W. and Lydia Bush Kojis; three brothers, Bill, Joe and Jules and one sister, Lucretia.

Survivors include her husband, Lester P. Lemoine of Bunkie; hers sons, Richard A. Lemoine and his wife, Karen, of Baton Rouge and John A. Lemoine and his wife, Pam, of Midland, Michigan; her daughters, Patricia Stelly and her husband, Joel, of LeBeau and Anita Canal and her husband, Mike, of Baton Rouge; one brother, Jerome Kojis of Los Angeles, California and twelve grandchildren, Grant and Brett Lemoine; Kyle, Tommy and Brooke Lemoine; April, Cheyenne, Elise, Spencer and Sarah Stelly; Justin and Tyler Canal.

Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home on Saturday, March 25, from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. with a Christian Wake Service at 6:30 p.m. and on Sunday, March 26, at St. Anthony Catholic Church from 12:15p.m. until 12:45 p.m.

Memorials may be sent to St. Anthony Catholic School - 116 S. Knoll Ave. - Bunkie, LA 71322.


ANNIE MAE NEWMAN LINZAY
 
Funeral services for Annie Mae Gremillion Newman Linzay will be at 11:30 am Saturday, March 11, 2006 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with Fr. David Braquet officiating. Burial will follow in the Pythian Cemetery under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.
 
Annie Mae Gremillion Newman Linzay,  born November 19, 1914,  passed away on March 5, 2006 in Alexandria, Lousiana.  She was a native of Bunkie, Louisiana, and lived most of her life in Rapides Parish.  She is survived by two sons, Ralph S. Newman, Jr.of Pinehurst, North Carolina, and James I. Newman of Alexandria, Louisiana, and one daughter, Janet Newman Myers of Houma, Louisiana. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Paul Newman, Jonathan Newman, Sarah Myers Breaux, Christy Myers LeBlanc, Max Bordelon, Jill B. Munir, and Craig Bordelon, and  ten great-grandchildren, Olivia Newman, Leigh Evalyn LeBlanc, Gus LeBlanc, Adam Bordelon, Joshua Bordelon, Kendra Bordelon, Noah Bordelon, Dalya Munir, Nina Munir, and Anna Bordelon.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ralph S. Newman, Sr., her second husband Roy Linzay, her daughter, Gayle Newman, her parents, Preston and Inez Scallan Gremillion, two sisters, Anna G. Guillot and Maud G. Guillot, and three brothers, Leopold Gremillion, Murphy Gremillion, and Charles Gremillion.

She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Bunkie, the Altar Society and Catholic Daughters of America.  She was a retired secretary from LSUA .  She devoted over a half century to the care of her son, Jimmy.

Visitation will be in St. Anthony of Padua Church in Bunkie from 10:00 a.m until 11:15 a.m. Saturday, with services following.  In lieu of flowers , donations may be made to the Alzheimer�s Foundation - 322 Eighth Ave. - 6th Floor - New York, NY 10001 or alzfdn.org; March of Dimes- 1275 Mamaroneck Ave. - Attention: DRFR - White Plains, NY 10605 or St. Anthony of Padua Church - P.O. Box 719 - Bunkie, LA  71322. Online condolences to the family may be emailed  to
MelanconFuneral@aol.com.

Margaret Turner Jeansonne
 

Margaret Turner Jeansonne, age 58, of Bunkie passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2006 in her residence.

She is survived by her son, Hanner Jeansonne of Alexandria; two daughters, Stephanie "Pepe" Moreau of Haughton, and Alida "Sandy" Rachal of Alexandria; three brothers, Michael Turner of Bunkie, Russell Turner of Evergreen, and Harris Turner of Bunkie; her fiance, Robert Denton of Bunkie; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service for Margaret will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home of Bunkie.


Dale Ducote
 

Services for Dale Ducote will be held at Escude Funeral Home, Cottonport on Saturday, March 4, 2006 at 12 p.m. with Father Rick Gremillion officiating. Burial will be in Mater Dolorosa Cemetery, Plaucheville under the direction of Escude Funeral Home of Cottonport.

Mr. Ducote, age 64, of Plaucheville, died Friday, March 3, 2006 in Rapides Regional Medical Center, Alexandria.

He is survived by his daughters, Marie Landry of Metairie, Kim Benci of Brisbane, Australia and Becky Green of Biloxi, Mississippi; grandchildren, Brittany, D'Lynn, Brandy, Megan and Austin; father, Harris Ducote of Plaucheville; brothers, Steven Ducote of Plaucheville and Peter Ducote of Bunkie; and sisters, Jean Moreau of Slidell, Anne Meche of Metairie and Cathy Vickry of Baton Rouge.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Aniece Plauche Ducote and sister, Carolyn Ziegler.

Friends may call at Escude Funeral Home, Cottonport Saturday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.


Clave Francois, Sr.

 

Services for Mr. Clave Francois, Sr. will be at St. Mary's Assumption Catholic Church on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. with Fr. Anthony Dhamaraj "Fr. Raj" officiating. Burial will be at Church of the Little Flower Cemetery, Evergreen, under the direction of Escude' Funeral Home of Cottonport.


Clave Francois, Sr., age 87, of Cottonport, died Sunday, February 26, 2006 in his residence.


He was preceded in death by his wife, Eura Lee (Dufour) Francois.

Survivors include 3 daughters, Mary Ann (Francois) Prudhomme of Bunkie, Susan Marie Francois of Bunkie, and Connie Marie (Francois) Desselle of Cottonport; son, Clave Anthony Francois, Jr. of Boyce; 2 sisters, Francis Marcelle, and Ida Francois both of Cottonport; 8 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Frank Prudhomme, Elmore Joe Dufour, Joel Desselle, Greg Prudhomme, Michael Ricaud, Jr., and Russell Hawkins.

Crossbearer will be Gabriel Francois.

Visitation for Mr. Francois will be at Escude' Funeral Home, Cottonport on Monday, February 27, 2006 from 4:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. with a Rosary service at 6:00 p.m.and will re-open at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday until time of service.


Russell Ruben Roy

Services for Russell Ruben Roy will be at 10 a.m. Monday, February 20, 2006, in Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church with the Rev. Dan O'Connor officiating. Interment will be in Pythian Cemetery Mausoleum, Bunkie under the direction of John Kramer & Son.
Russell Ruben Roy, 63, of Alexandria, died Friday, February 17, 2006, in Rapides Regional Medical Center.

He was a member of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Alexandria Cosmopolitan Club and the Elks Club.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Buvens Roy.

Russell Roy is survived by his wife, Carol Frank Roy of Alexandria; two daughters, Natalie Lester and her husband Mark of Sr. Francisville and Melissa Wilson of Pineville; two sons, Jeff Roy and his wife, Dawn, of Pineville and Robert Roy of Baton Rouge; one sister, Marlene Swift and her husband, James, of Harahan; sister-in-law, Zenella Roy of Hessmer; seven grandchildren, Dylan, Devan and Dustin Roy, Lauren Wilson, Zachary, Jacob and Nicholas Lester.

Friends are asked to call from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday and on Monday from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. at John Kramer & Son.

A Christian Wake service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.

Notes of condolence may be sent to the family online at
kramerfunerals@aol.com.


Charles V. Sampson, Sr.

Services for Charles V. Sampson, Sr. will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 18, 2006 at Amazon Baptist Church with Rev. James L. Sampson officiating. Interment will follow in Salem Cemetery under the direction of Progressive Funeral Home of Bunkie.
Charles V. Sampson, Sr., age 67, of Bunkie, died Sunday, February 12, 2006 in Bunkie General Hospital.

Mr. Sampson was an employee for Dresser Valve Division , Inc. for 36 years.

He is survived by his wife, Daisy D. Sampson of Cheneyville; two sons, Charles V. Sampson, Jr. of Los Angeles, California and Aldrin Sampson of Stanford, Texas; two daughters, Ranita Tompkins of Bunkie and Jessica Williams of Cheneyville; one brother, Rev. James L. Sampson of Bunkie; two sisters, Vivian S. Lewis of Opelousas and Evelyn J. Hammock of Jonesboro; and seven grandchildren.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Progressive Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Timothy "Tim" Coulon
 

Timothy "Tim" Coulon, age 51, a native of Bunkie and resident of Franklin for the past twenty-five years, died Tuesday, February 14, 2006, at 6 a.m. at Iberia Medical Center.

Mr. Coulon is survived by his wife of 20 years, Mary Kathryn Boatner Coulon; two sons, Ab Daniel Coulon and Aaron Peter Coulon, both of Franklin; his mother, Mary Lee Ducote Coulon of Bunkie; three brothers, Bruce Coulon of Bunkie, Steve Coulon of Gonzales, and Todd Coulon of Bunkie.

He was preceded in death by his father, Landry Coulon.

The family requests that visiting hours be observed Wednesday February 15, 2006 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Ibert's Mortuary in Franklin. Visitations will resume Thursday at The Crossing Place Fellowship in Franklin at 9 a.m. until service time, at 10 a.m. at the church.

Following funeral services, visitations will be held in Bunkie at The St. Anthony Church from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Immediately following, graveside services will be held at the Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie. The Rev. Brad Bullock will officiate the services.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ibert's Mortuary, Inc. of Franklin (337) 828-5426


Sarah Davis Sandifer
 

Services for Sarah Davis Sandifer will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 16, 2006 at First Baptist Church, White Castle with Rev. Thomas Ago officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery under the direction of Ourso Funeral Home, Donaldsonville.

Friends may call Wednesday, February 15, 2006 from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. and Thursday

Mrs. Sandifer, age 94, of White Castle was entrusted to God's loving care on Sunday, February 12, 2006 at Baton Rouge General Hospital.
She was a devoted homemaker.

Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Faye S. Fryoux of Zachary and Georgie S. Daigle and husband Roy of White Castle; four sons and daughters-in-law, Van Roy, Sr. and wife Willie Mae Aswell Sandifer of Iona, Idaho, Charles M. and wife Juvie Ojeda Sandifer of Mont Bellview, Texas, John and wife Jan Lutley Sandifer of Belle Chase and Darey Earl and wife Betty Stanford Sandifer of Weatherford, Texas; three sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; twenty-seven grandchildren; fifty-eight great-grandchildren; eleven great-great-grandchildren; and a host of great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Georgie Rea Sandifer; infant son, Bobbie Rea Sandifer; parents, Gordon and Margaret Boutte Davis; five sisters; six brothers; two sons-in-law, Guy Fryoux and Gerard Caillet; and one grandson, Brett Toothman.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons.


Huron J. Juneau

Services for Huron J. Juneau will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February l3, 2006 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with the Rev. Patrick Braquet officiating. Burial will follow in the Pythian Mausoleum.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mr. Juneau, age 78, of Bunkie, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2006, at Christus St. Francis Cabrini Hospital.

Mr. Juneau is a veteran of World War II in the Army Air Corps, a member of the American
Legion and was the owner of Bernice's Sandwich Shop for 22 years.

He is preceded in death by his son, Dwight Juneau and his parents, Ivy and Annie Juneau.

Survivors include his wife Bernice Lacombe Juneau of Bunkie; four sons, Douglas Juneau
and his wife Elisabeth, Dennis Juneau and his wife Sandra, Darrell Juneau and his wife Carolyn, and Dwayne Juneau and his wife Angela, all of Bunkie; three daughters, Sonia Cravy and her husband David of Alexandria, Martha Carmello of Bunkie, and Jackie Slocum and her husband Rocky of Bunkie; 13 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Friends may call from
5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday and 8:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Monday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie

Shirley Dubroc Brown
 

Services for Shirley Dubroc Brown wilt be at 11 a.m. on Monday. February 6, 2006 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with the Rev. Patrick Braquet officiating. Burial will follow in the Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mrs. Brown, age 70, of Bunkie. passed away on Saturday, February 04, 2006 at her residence.

She is preceded in death by her parents. Benton and Lillie Bordelon Dubroc.

Survivors include her son, Douglas Brown of Baton Rouge and two grandsons.

A rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.
Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday and 8 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Monday at Hixson Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.


Lena Frank Lena F. Lopez

Lena Frank Lena F. Lopez passed away Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006, at the Bayou Vista Nursing Home in Bunkie. She was a native of Bunkie, but a lifelong resident of Baton Rouge. She was a very active member of St. Louis King of France Catholic Church in Baton Rouge, where she was a member of the Altar Society and Prayer Group. She also volunteered many hours for the Baton Rouge Council of Aging with the Meals on Wheels program. She loved to cook and have family and friends over to share her delicious meals. Her most-prized possession was her beautifully landscaped yard, especially during the spring when the azaleas were in full bloom. Lena was preceded in death by her husband, E.J. "Tip" Lopez; parents, Albert and Josephine Frank; brothers, Albert, Charles, George, and Robert; and sisters, Eugena Ball and Leona Haven. She was a devoted aunt to her many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Bunkie, with the Rev. Patrick Braquet officiating. Entombment will follow in Gate of Heaven Mausoleum, Pythian Cemetery, Bunkie, under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Sunday until service time in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Bunkie. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity.

Lillie M.B. Griffin
 

Funeral services for Lillie Griffin will be held at Salem Missionary Baptist Church, Bunkie on Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 11 a.m. with Rev. James L. Sampson officiating. Burial Church Cemetery, Bunkie under the direction of Progressive Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mrs. Griffin, age 66, of Bunkie, died Sunday, January 22, 2006 at Bayou Vista Nursing Home, Bunkie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Griffin; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie; and seven siblings.

She is survived by two daughters, Sharon G. Vasser and husband Rev. B.L. Vasser of Marksville and Judith L. Griffin of Bunkie; two sisters, Bobbie L. Bell of Los Angeles and Ida Bell of Bunkie; four grandchildren; five sisters-in-law; and one brother-in-law.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. until time of services at the church.


 

Julia Marie Caulfield Temple

Julia Marie Caulfield, 87, of Bunkie, passed away on Friday, Jan. 20, 2006, at 2:30 p.m. at Bunkie General Hospital. Mrs. Temple was born in Jackson on June 14, 1918.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Molly Caulfield; infant daughter, Judith Ann Temple; brothers, Thomas Caulfield and Henry Clyde Caulfield; and two sisters, Adelia Bickham and Francis Davis.

Mrs. Temple is survived by her three children, Thomas Guyton Temple and his wife, Elaine Clark Temple and William Henry Temple and his wife, Christina Aymond Temple, all of Baton Rouge, and Mary Ellen Hood and her husband, Steven Hood, Bunkie; five grandchildren, Kelly Clark Temple, New Orleans, Kimberly Hood Stewart, St. Francisville, Paul Guyton Hood, Thibodeaux, Sarah Elizabeth Temple, Charlottesville, Va., and Lauren Caulfield Temple, Baton Rouge; and five great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Temple graduated from Bolton High School in 1935, and Louisiana College in 1968. She taught social studies at Bunkie High School for many years. She was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Bunkie, serving as director of the nursery for several years. Mrs. Temple was an avid gardener, devoted mother and beloved grandmother.

Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie, on Sunday, Jan. 22, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitation will be at First Baptist Church of Bunkie on Monday, Jan. 23, from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., followed by funeral service at 10 a.m., with Dr. Billy Edwards officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Cemetery, 4045 North St., Baton Rouge on Monday at 2 p.m.
      Published in The Advocate on 1/22/2006.

Beau Christian McNabb

      Services for Beau McNabb will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday. January 21,
2006 at the First Baptist Church of Bunkie with the Dr. Billy Edwards. Rev.
Aaron Hankins and Rev. Donald Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the
Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie. Arrangements are under the direction of
Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

      Beau McNabb, age 24, of Bunkie. went to be with the Lord on Thursday.
January 19, 2006 at Dauterieve Hospital in New Iberia.

      He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs.
J.D. Faulk of Lake Charles; and his paternal grandfather. Thomas T. McNabb.
Sr. of Bunkie.

      Survivors include his parents; Thomas T. McNabb, Jr. of Bunkie and Ian
Faulk McNabb of Opelousas; his fiancee, Jennifer Patin of Breaux Bridge; two
brothers. Thomas T. McNabb, III and his wife Jessica of St. Martinville. and
Graham MacKenzie McNabb of Bunkie; three sisters. Candace Lemoine and her
husband Will of Orange Beach, Alabama, Melody Brooke McNabb of Bunkie. and
Elizabeth Claire McNabb of Bunkie; his paternal grandmother, Cannen McNabb
of Bunkie; 1 nephew and 2 nieces.

      Friends may call from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. until
the 2:45 p.m. on Saturday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

      In lieu of flowers. donations may be made to the American Diabetes
Association, P.O.Box 2680 North Canton, Oregon, 44720.
 

Beverly Deshotel Laborde

      Funeral services for Beverly Deshotel Laborde will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2006 in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with Fr. Patrick Braquet officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery, Pine Prairie, under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

      Mrs. Laborde, age 68, of Bunkie, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2006 in Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.

      Her survivors include her husband, Rudy Laborde of Bunkie; one son, Patrick Laborde of Bunkie; one brother, Rodney Deshotel of Pine Prairie; two sisters, Ethel Guillory of Ville Platte and Laura Carraway of Pine Prairie;
4 grandchildren; 1 step-grandchild and 1 great-grandchild.

      Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie from 8 a.m. until
9:45 a.m. today, Tuesday.

Psalm 23:  He leads me beside the still waters.
                 He restores my soul.
 
Joyce M. Armand died Sunday, January 1, 2006 at Bayou Vista Nursing Home. Wife of the Late Ellis D. Armand, she was 83, a native of Evergreen, LA and a lifetime resident of Avoyelles Parish.  Visitation will be on Wednesday, January 4, 2006 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM at Hixon-Ducote Funeral Home in Bunkie, LA. The funeral service will be at 1:00 PM at the Church of the Little Flower in Evergreen with the Rev. Daniel Corkery Officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetary.
 
She is survived by her two daughters and son-in-laws, Faye and Joseph Malbrough of Houma, LA, Carol and Eugene Pellegrin, Walker, LA; 5 grandchildren, Johanna and David McMullan of Jackson, MS, Joe Malbrough, Jr. of Houma, LA, D'Anna Malbrough of Henderson, NV, David Malbrough of Baton Rouge, LA, and Bobbie and Adrian Pino of Huntley, IL.; 6 great-grandchildren; 13 nieces and 2 nephews.
 
She is preceded in death by her parents George and Pauline Wilson; 5 Sisters and 4 Brothers.
 
Memorials may be made to the Women's Hope Center, P.O. Box 1240,  Walker, LA  70785. 
Pauline Earnest Singleton

Memorial services for Pauline Earnest Singleton will be at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2005 in the David Haas Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Joe Hoover officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Melancon Funreal Home, Bunkie.

There will be a visitation at the church from 1:00 pm until service time on Tuesday.
 

Mrs. Singleton, age 97, of Lake Charles, formerly of Bunkie, expired on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005 in her daughter's residence in Lake CHarles. She graduated from Cheneyville High School and the Normal School in Natchitoches with a teaching certificate. She also received her certification in Social Welfare from LSU. She taught school in Rapides Parish and was a Supervisor in the LA State Dept. of Social Welfare in Marksville. She was a member of the David Haas Memorial United Methodist Church. She lived in Bunkie until 1993, then moved to Lake Charles to live with her daughter. She was preceded in death by her parents William Curtis and Lena Odom Earnest; three brothers, William Curtis Earnest, Jr., Walter "Ras"A. Earnest and Charles "Buck" S. Earnest and one sister, Ruby E. Jeansonne.
 
Survivors include one daughter, Cecil Singleton Tate of Lake Charles; one sister, Lula E. Stasney of Fort Worth and two grandchildren, "Ceci" Tate and Andrew Tate of Lake Charles.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the David Haas Memorial United Methodist Church - P.O> Box 680 - Bunkie, LA  71322.
Online condolences to the Singleton family may be emailed to
MelanconFuneral@aol.com .  

Katherine S. Stanly

Katherine S. Stanly of Longwood, Florida passed away at her home on December 29, 2005.  She was born on May 17, 1921 in Bunkie, Louisiana, graduated from Bunkie High School, and attended Southwestern Louisiana University.  On May 27, 1951, she married Frank Bradford Stanly.  She worked at the Avoyelles Bank and Trust Company and then as a homemaker.  She was a lifelong Methodist and a member of First United Methodist Church of Winter Park.
 
Katherine is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Frank; her daughter, Kay Stanly Benbow and son-in-law Dennis of Orlando; three grandchildren, Melody Benbow James (Brad), Noelle Benbow, and Jordan Benbow; and her beloved dog Gal.  Also survived by her sisters: Sugar Woods of Shreveport, LA, Bootsie Huddleston of Shreveport, LA, and Betty Lou Dobyns of Springfield, Missouri.  And survived by nieces and nephews: Mike Woods, Mary Woods Keisler, Jim Huddleston, Pat Dobyns and Tim Dobyns.  She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Francis Hatfield Scroggs.
 
Among her greatest joys were collecting antiques and traveling around the world.  Some of Katherine's favorite destinations included China, Germany, Spain, Austria, Mexico, Switzerland, Hawaii, England, Portugal, and Morocco.  Before retiring to their home in Longwood, Frank and Katherine made their home in many parts of the country: Oakbrook, IL, El Paso, TX, St. Louis, MO, Atlanta, GA, San Francisco, CA, Jackson, MS and Winter Park, FL.  She will be remembered as a loving wife and mother and a devoted grandmother - affectionately known as "Gran."  Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
 
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday January 3, 11AM at Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie, Louisiana with Rev. Joe Hoover officiating, under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie. In lieu of flowers the family graciously requests that donations be made to David Haas Memorial United Methodist Church, 210 West Church Street, Bunkie, Louisiana 71322. 

Online condolences to the Stanley family may be emailed to
MelanconFuneral@aol.com .  
 
Jessica Shantrelle Leary

Funeral services for Jessica Leary will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 30, 2005 in Amazon Baptist Church, Bunkie, with Rev. Hillary Hayes officiating. Burial in Second St. Paul Cemetery under the direction of Progressive Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Jessica, 21, of Bunkie, entered eternal rest on Saturday, December 24, 2005 at Christus St. Francis Cabrini Hospital.

She was a member of New Life Baptist Church.

Jessica is survived by her parents, Jessie and Doris Leary, III of Bunkie; brother, Donnovan J. Leary of Atlanta, Georgia; sister, Shaylon L. Leary of Bunkie; aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.

Jerome Lukeman Ryan

            Funeral services for Jerome (Jerry) Lukeman Ryan will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, December 30, 2005 in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Bunkie, Louisiana, with Fr. Patrick Braquet, Msgr. Steve Testa and Fr. Scott Chemino officiating.  Interment will be in Pythian Cemetery under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

            Jerry Ryan, age 100, of Bunkie, died Thursday, December 22, 2005, in Bunkie General Hospital.

            Jerry Ryan was preceded in death by his parents William A. Ryan and Theresa Lukeman Ryan, his siblings Ursula Ryan, Edward Ryan, William Ryan, Aldie Ryan and Ann Magner and by his son Dr. Jerome Ryan of New Orleans, Louisiana.

            Mr. Ryan was born January 16, 1905 in Franklin, Illinois.  He graduated from Franklin High School in 1925.  After receiving football and baseball scholarships to Springhill College, Mobile, Alabama, he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Commerce in 1929.

            Mr. Ryan was employed by Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. in New Orleans.  In 1931 he was promoted to territory manager in Texarkana, Texas.  He opened and managed the first Firestone store in Alexandria, Louisiana in 1936.  Mr. Ryan accepted a position with Chevrolet Motor Division in 1940 as the Regional Truck Manager for Louisiana and Mississippi.

            In 1946 he opened Ryan Equipment Company in Bunkie, Louisiana.  He was a distributor of Pontiac automobiles, Allis-Chalmers tractors and General Electric appliances.  Mr. Ryan entered the insurance business in 1958.  He became the New Orleans District Manager for Colonial Life& Accident insurance Company. 

            In 1951 he was elected President of the Bunkie Quarterback Club.

            Mr. Ryan was very active in religious and civic affairs in Louisiana.  He led the Louisiana Knights of Columbus as State Deputy from 1945 to 1947 and as Master of the 4th Degree from 1956 to 1958.  In 1962 he was made a Knight of Saint Gregory by Pope John XXIII.  Later he was elected Knight Commander of the Fleur de Lis, an organization for Catholic leaders.

            He served as President of the Bunkie Chapter of Rotary International and as a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.

             Jerry Ryan is survived by his wife of 72 years, Marion Hunter Ryan, one son, Patrick William Ryan and his wife, Janie, of Alexandria, Louisiana and one daughter, Virginia Anne Ryan Allen and her husband, Bob, of Corpus Christi, Texas, his daughter-in-law, Rosemary Ryan of New Orleans, Louisiana, 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

            Mr. Ryan devoted his life to his family, to his religion, and to his roles of professional leadership.  Jerry was known by all for his thunderous, hearty laugh and his zest for life.

            Friends are asked to call from 4 p.m., Thursday, December 29, 2005 at Melancon Funeral Home with the Rosary at 6 p.m.  Visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m. prior to the service at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 30, 2005 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Bunkie.

            The pallbearers will be his grandsons, Thomas Ryan, John Ryan, Stephen Ryan, Joseph Ryan, John Allen, David Allen, Russell Allen, and William Daugherty. 

            The family requests memorials be sent to St. Anthony’s School, 116 S. Knoll Ave., Bunkie, Louisiana 71322. 
Online condolences to the Ryan family may be emailed to
MelanconFuneral@aol.com.


Charles V. "Blank" Blankenship

Funeral services for Charles V. "Blank" Blankenship will be at 2:00 pm, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005 in the chapel of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie with Rev. Donald Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Pythian Cemetery under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mr. Blankenship, age 85, of Bunkie, expired on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005 in Our Lady of the Lake, Baton Rouge. He was retired from CLECO. He was preceded in death by his wife, Imogene Blankenship. Survivors include two sons, Lynn Blankenship of Denham Springs and Ronald Blankenship of Hot Springs; one daughter, Cynthia B. Landry of Baton Rouge; three sisters, Bessie B. Sawyer of Bunkie and Beatrice Fromm and Jamie Dagress of Columbus, MS; 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home from 5pm - 9pm on Wednesday and from 9 am until service time on Thursday.

Online condolences to the Ryan family may be emailed to MelanconFuneral@aol.com.

H. Guyton Temple, Doctor Temple

Visitation for H. Guyton Temple will take place at Ardoin's Funeral Home in Ville Platte on Wednesday December 28, 2005 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and on Thursday, December 29, 2005 from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.   Services to be held on Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 10 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Bayou Chicot with burial to take place at Ferguson Cemetery.   Born May 11, 1916 in Kosciusko, Mississippi.  Died December 26, 2005 at Ville Platte Medical Center.  

Survived by his wife, Kay Johnson Temple of Bayou Chicot; one brother, Van Benson Temple, Jr., of Ruston; a son, Thomas Temple, married to Elaine Clark Temple, from Baton Rouge; another son, William Temple, married to Tina Aymond Temple, also from Baton Rouge; and one daughter, Mary Ellen Temple Hood, married to Steven Hood, from Bunkie; 5 grandchildren, Kelly Temple of New Orleans, Kimberly Hood Stewart of Baton Rouge, Paul Hood of Thibodaux, Sarah Temple of Charlottesville, Virginia and Lauren Temple of Baton Rouge; and 5 great-grandchildren.
 
Dr. Temple was preceded in death by his parents, Van Benson Temple, Sr. and Maggie Guyton Temple, both of Pineville, and one daughter, Judith Ann Temple.
Dr. Temple graduated from LSU Medical School.  Afterward, he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II.  Upon discharge, he began a family practice in Bunkie as was a physcian there from 1946 until 1969.  He later worked at Central Louisiana State Mental Hospital in Pineville, Louisiana.

Serving as pallbearers will be:  Paul Hood, Doug Stewart, Max Stewart, Ronald Johnson, Pat McCoy, Chris Armand and Earl Griffith (Honorary).
In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society are requested.

ELSIE MEADOWS BLALOCK        
 
Funeral services for Elsie Meadows Blalock will be at 10:00 am, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005 in the chapel of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie with Rev. Paul Laborde officiating. Burial will follow in the Morrow Baptist Cemetery under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.
Mrs. Blalock, age 85, of Bunkie, expired on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005 in Opelousas General Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Blalock; one son, Leon Blalock; one daughter, Mary Eugenia Kojis; one brother, Clifton Meadows and her parents, Henry and Annabelle Meadows.
Survivors include five sons, Johnnie Blalock of Athens, AL, Richard Blalock of Zachary, LA, Curtis Blalock of Bunkie, Dale Blalock of Zachary, LA and Leo Blalock of Mississippi; one daughter, Bernadine Toups of Chalmette, LA; 24 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren and numerous great, great grandchildren.
Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie beginning at 4 pm on Friday, Dec. 23, 2005 and from 8 am until service time on Saturday.

Bunkien Obituary

December 16, 2005

Carrie Mitcham Chapman

"Services for Carrie Mitcham Chapman will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 17, 2005 at the First Baptist Church of Bunkie with the Dr. Billy Edwards officiating. Burial will follow in the Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mrs. Chapman, age 94, of Bunkie, passed away on Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at Bayou Vista Nursing Home in Bunkie. She was born in Gorum on January 28, 1911. She attended Northwestern State University where she received her Bachelors Degree in Education. During her 11 years of teaching at Cheneyville Elementary she met her beloved husband Allen Griffith Chapman. After nurturing her children until school age, she returned to teach at Palmetto Elementary, Bayou Chicot Elementary, and Bunkie Elementary. She retired in 1971 after serving 31 years as a caring teacher. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Bunkie where she taught children's Sunday school for 51 years. She was a member of the Bunkie Garden Club, Exxon Ladies Auxiliary, and The Order of Eastern Star, Eureka Chapter #65, Bunkie.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Allen Griffith Chapman; her parents, Marion Riley Mitcham and Lizzie Stewart Mitcham; her step-mother, Katie Peavy Mitcham; a brother, George Alva Mitcham; and a son-in law, Kenneth Carl Beckley.

Survivors include her two daughters; Marion Chapman Beckley and Elizabeth Chapman Reed and her husband, Paul Reed, all of Bunkie; 7 grandchildren, Elizabeth Allen Hill of Bunkie, Kendra Glynn and her husband Jamie of Prairieville; Stacy Lindsly and her husband Matt of Bunkie, Katherine Carter and her husband Gary of Bunkie, Sherry Canal and her husband David of Monroe, Karen Vise and her husband Tommy of Alexandria, and Amy Hale and her husband Jon of Monroe; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers include: Jason Dove, Jamie Glynn, Matt Lindsly, Gary Carter, David Canal, Tommy Vise, Jon Hale, and Sterling Bain, Jr.

Honorary pallbearers include: Sterling Bain, Sr., Justin Hill, Sen. Don Hines, Berthol Pearce, Charles Roberts, E.G. Sadler, and Frank Thompson.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Saturday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Memorials may be sent to the First Baptist Church Steeple Lighting Fund, P.O. Box 508, Bunkie, LA 71322

Originally published December 16, 2005"


Our deepest sympathy goes out to family and friends.
 
Dale Descant
 
John Benjamin Luke, Jr., MD

A Family Care and ER Physician, and resident of Lecompte for the past 33 years, John Benjamin Luke, Jr. passed away at home surrounded by his family on Monday, November 28, 2005 at the age of 61.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30 and from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 1, 2005 at St. James Episcopal Church, Alexandria; followed by the funeral service at the church, and burial at Wilmer Memorial Cemetery, Chickamaw Rd., Lecompte under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Dr. Luke is survived by his loving and caring wife of 38 years, Adell Baillif Luke, and three children Dr. Lisa Luke Piazza, married to William J. Piazza, of Dallas, Texas; Sarah Luke Smith, married to Bruce M. Smith, of Dallas, Texas.; and John Benjamin Luke, III, attending LSU School of Medicine-Shreveport; and two grandsons, William Luke Piazza and Benjamin Noah Smith.

He was a native of Bunkie and the son of Kathryn Hynson Luke and the late, J. B. Luke of Bunkie; the brother of R.H. Luke of Bunkie, and Elizabeth Luke Montelepre of Shreveport.

He was a graduate of Centenary College and LSU Medical School-New Orleans, and completed his internship at Confederate Memorial Hospital-Shreveport, and his General Practice residency at Lafayette Charity Hospital and New Orleans Charity Hospital. Dr. Luke served his community through his family practice at the Carlton and Luke Clinic in Lecompte from 1972 to 2001, and, thereafter, as an ER Physician at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital-Baton Rouge, Pointe Coupee General Hospital-New Roads, and Avoyelles Hospital-Marksville. He was a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians/Speaker of the House and District Director, Rapides Parish Medical Society/Past President, Louisiana Medical Society, Board Certified Family Physician, and Fellow of American Academy of Family Physicians, and Medical Staff of St. Frances Cabrini Hospital-Alexandria. He was also a member and past President of the Lecompte Rotary Club, Board Director of the Bank of Lecompte and Southfield Care Center, founding partner of Pearson's Community Drug Store, Lecompte and communicant at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Lecompte. In as much as Dr. Luke had a reputation of sincere care and concern for his patients, he was also an avid hunter, fisherman and wildlife preservationist, who enjoyed the outdoors and God's gifts of nature to the fullest.

Pallbearers will be: Dr. Guy P. Zeringue, Jr., Judge James H. Mixon, R. H. Luke, Dr. James L. Knoll,III, Dr. George M. Kent, Dr. Henry J. Kaufman, Jr., Grady F. Bubenzer, Lucien A. Branch, Jr.and Brent J. Bordelon.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested in favor of Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Inc., 2221 Rosecrans Ave.- Suite 131, El Segundo, California, 90245 or Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 1068, Lecompte, Louisiana, 71346. Online condolences may be e-mailed to the Luke family at
MelanconFuneral@aol.com.

 

Oscar Sanders, age 52, of Bunkie, died Wednesday, November 23, 2005 in Bunkie General Hospital.

Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home, Oakdale.
 

Chou Yu Bjork

Funeral services for Chou Yu Bjork will be at 12 noon Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005 in the chapel of Melancon Funeral Home with Fr. Patrick Braquet officiating. Burial will follow in Pythian Cemetery under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mrs. Bjork, age 81, of Pineville expired on Saturday, November 19, 2005 in Rapides Regional Medical Center. She was born in the Chung Ching Providence of mainland China. During the Communist take-over of China, she escaped to the island of Formosa, known today as Taiwan.

Survivors include her husband, Leroy Bjork of Pineville; one son, Lo Wei Huang of Dallas, Texas; one daughter, Carol Bjork Steckler of Bunkie; six granddaughters, Kelli, Susan, Barbara and Sanley Huang and Victoria Grace and Annie Katherine Steckler and one great-grandson, Eddie Caviness.

Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home from 11 a.m. until time of service today. Memorials may be sent to the Bunkie Chapter of the Catholic Daughters of America - 406 S. Sewell Place - Bunkie, LA 71322.


Agnes D. Andrus

Services for Agnes D. Andrus will be at 10 a.m. Friday, November 18, 2005 in the chapel of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home in Bunkie with Rev. David Braquet officiating. Burial will follow in the Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mrs. Andrus, age 94, of Bunkie, passed away on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at Bunkie General Hospital.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Earl Andrus and two grandchildren.

Survivors include one son, E.J. Andrus of Bunkie; two daughters, Therther Sumner of Bay Hills and Trudy McKeller of Leesville; ten grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday and from 9 a.m. until time of service at 10 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Dorothy Nolan Hernandez
 
Funeral services for Dorothy Nolan Hernandez will be at 11:00 am Tuesday, November 15, 2005 in the First Baptist Church of Bunkie with Rev. Tim Everette officiating and musical selections being presented by Julie Everette. Burial will be in the Ferguson Section of the Old Leesville Cemetery, Leesville at 3:00 pm Tuesday, under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie, LA.
 
Mrs. Hernandez, age 92, of Bunkie, formerly of Leesville, expired on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005 in the Bailey House, Bunkie. She was born at Lone Pine Plantation near Oak Ridge, LA. She attended LA Tech, LSU and received her teaching certificate from LA State Normal College
( Northwestern State University).  She taught in Vidrine and DeRidder before moving to Leesville. During her years in Leesville, she was a Sunday School teacher at the First Methodist Church, a Brownie Scout leader and was a member of the PTA and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Felix Eugene "Pete" Hernandez; her parents, Mollie and Jesse Nolan; five brothers, Bill Nolan, Jack Nolan, Jesse Nolan, Bobby Nolan and Earl Nolan; five sisters,Katie N. Reitzell, Gladys N. Fleischmann, Edna N. Hill, Elbie N. Brown and Frances N. Thompson.  
 
She is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Dottie and Carl Jory of Bunkie and Ava Hernandez and Jimmy Elkins of Bunkie; six grandchildren, Suzannah Jory Townsend, Caroline Jory Nelson, Peter Carl Jory, Ashley Clarkson, Joshua Clarkson and Christopher Elkins; two great granddaughters, Savannah Jory and Alexandra Nelson.
 
Memorials may be sent to the Sojourn Church at LSU - P.O. Box 17256 - Baton Rouge, LA 70893. You may extend online condolences to the Hernandez family at MelanconFuneral@aol.com 
 
Family and friends may visit with the family following the church service, in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church of Bunkie. 
Charles Edward Dowden, age 82, of Bunkie expired on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 in Bunkie General Hospital.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Marjorie Villemarette Normand

Funeral services for Marjorie Villemarette Normand will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 2, 2005 in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with Fr. Patrick Braquet officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery #2, Marksville under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mrs. Normand, age 81, of Bunkie, expired on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005 in Bunkie General Hospital.

Survivors include one son, Harry "Bugar" Normand, Jr. of Bunkie; one daughter, Jocelyn Mitchell of Aurora, Colorado; four brothers, Martin Villemarette of Mansura, Warren Villemarette of LaPlace, Rodney Villemarette of Mansura and Paul Villemarette of Mansura; two sisters, Ramona Bordelon of Hessmer and Virginia Lemoine of LaPlace; 5 grandchildren, 5 great- grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Memorials may be sent to St. Anthony School - 116 N. Knoll Ave. - Bunkie, LA 71322.

Online condolences may be sent to the Normand family at
MelanconFuneral@aol.com.


 
Shirley Ruth Deville

Funeral services for Shirley Ruth Deville will be held at Rush Funeral Home, Pineville at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 2, 2005 with the Reverend W. D. Carson officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Ball under the direction of Rush Funeral Home, Pineville.

Mrs. Shirley Ruth Deville age 62 of Bunkie entered eternal rest Monday, October 31, 2005 in her residence.

She was formerly the owner of Shirley's Café in Kingsville. She recently worked until her illness at Camp Beauregard Youth Challange Program. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is preceded in death by her son, Billy Joe Barron.

She is survived by her four daughters, Karen Troha of Bunkie, Deborah Jackson of Pontchatoula, Louisiana, Terri Gorum of Hot Springs, Arkansas and Kathy Barron of Lafayette; one brother, Leonard Thompson, Jr. of Libuse; three sisters, Rosie Brown of Tioga, Doris Setliff of Pineville and Jewell Hobbs of Indiana; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 2, 2005 from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. at Rush Funeral Home, Pineville.


Stevens, Charles "Chamus"

A resident of Baton Rouge and a native of Bunkie, he died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005, at age 52. Visiting at Winnfield Funeral Home from 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, until religious service at 10 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Dan Alexander. He is survived by his former wife, Rose; father, Foster Stevens Sr.; daughter, Sabrina Stevens; four sisters, Mildred Acclise, Anna Frank, Rosetta Franklin and Ida Spears; three brothers, Leo Stevens Sr., Ernest Stevens and Cleo Stevens; grandson, Robert; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother and three brothers.
Published in The Advocate on 11/4/2005.


 

Louis Leger

Funeral services for Louis Leger will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, October 26, 2005 in the chapel of Melancon Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the St. Theresa Catholic Church Cemetery, St. Landry under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mr. Leger, age 88, of Bunkie expired on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005 in Bunkie General Hospital. He was retired from Columbian Carbon.

Survivors include on son, Louis Leger, Jr. of Houma; one daughter Mildred Ann Curtis of Waverly, Tennessee; two brothers, Leo Leger of Houma and Alsey Leger of Marianne, Florida; one sister, Lydia Ortego of Ville Platte and one grandchild.

Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday and 9 a.m. until service time on Wednesday.


Lillie Mae Paul

Services for Lillie mae Paul will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 20, 2005 in the chapel of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home in Bunkie. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Cheneyville under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mrs. Paul, age 85, of Cheneyville, died Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Alexandria.

She is preceded in death by her husband, William "Peg" Paul and a granddaughter, Jackie Lynn Paul.

Survivors include four sons, William Paul of Coleman, Texas, Bobby Paul of Alexandria, Charles Paul of Baton Rouge and Jerry Paul of Hessmer; two daughters, Dola Mae Villarreal of Austin, Texas and Margaret Delvecchio of Hessmer; four brothers, Claude Ferguson of Bunkie, Joseph Ferguson of Cheneyville, William Ferguson of Alexandria and Junior Ferguson of Lake Charles; two sisters, Anna Lee Mouliere of Eola and Alice Ponthier of Bunkie; ten grandchildren; and eighteen great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Wednesday and 8 a.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Dora Ducote Bernard

Funeral services for Dora Ducote Bernard will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Bunkie with Father Patrick Braquet officiating. Burial will be in Pythian Cemetery under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mrs. Bernard, born July 4, 1915, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005. She was 90 years old. Mrs. Bernard was a loving and loved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a homemaker whose greatest joy was found in her home and family. Her child and grandchildren were always at the center of her life. She was a devout Catholic and belonged to St. Anthony Altar Society for some years. She was preceded in death by her parents Anais and Samuel Ducote, Sr. and her devoted husband, Wilfred Bernard.

Members of her loving family left to cherish her memory are one son, Ralph Bernard and his wife Elaine of Bunkie; two granddaughters, Donna Bernard Jeansonne and Connie Bernard Bordelon, both of Bunkie; one grandson, Randy Bernard and his wife Lisa of Dallas, Texas; three great-grandsons, Chris Jeansonne, Adam and Jacob Bordelon, all of Bunkie; three step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Thomas Ducote and his wife Myrtis of Bunkie and Sam Ducote, Jr. and his wife Lynne of Bunkie; and one sister, Genevieve D. Riche of Bayou Rouge.

Pallbearers will be Randy Bernard, Chris Jeansonne, Adam Bordelon, Paul Thompson, Wayne Riche and Michael Ducote. Cross bearer will be Jacob Bordelon.

Honorary pallbearers are Carl Riche, John Ducote, Randall Ducote, Keith Ducote and Glen Duplantis.

Visitation will be held at Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie beginning at 5 p.m. Friday with a Christian wake service at 7 p.m. Friday and on Saturday from 12 p.m. until 2:45 p.m.


Lottie Morgan Holland Benoit

Funeral services for Lottie Morgan Holland Benoit will be at 10:00 am Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005 in the chapel of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie with Dr. Billy Edwards officiating. Burial will be in the Pythian Cemetery under direction of Melancon Funeral Home.
 
Mrs. Lottie, age 86, of Bunkie expired in her residence on Sept. 8, 2005 at 12:20 am. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bunkie and was a nurse at the Knoll - Temple Clinic for many years. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Tom Holland and Mayo Benoit and a grandson, Ronnie Clausen, Jr.
 
Survivors include two sons, Stafford Holland of Bunkie and Dr. William Harold Holland of Nashville, TN; one daughter, Hilda Holland of Bunkie; one sister, Adella Redmon of Bunkie; six grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
 
Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home on Friday, Sept. 16, 2005 beginning at 4 pm and on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005 from 8 am until service time. Notes of condolence may be e-mailed to the family at MelanconFuneral@aol.com.
Elizabeth "Betty" Rose Kinchen Earnest

Funeral services for Elizabeth "Betty" Rose Kinchen Earnest will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 15, 2005 in the David Haas Memorial United Methodist Church with the Revs. Joe Hoover and Donald Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Christian Cemetery, Cheneyville, under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mrs. Earnest, age 82, of Bunkie expired on Monday, September 12, 2005 in the Bailey House, Bunkie. She was a retired high school teacher, having taught in Rapides and Avoyelles Parishes. She was a member of the Lone Pine Assembly of God. She had been a member of the David Haas Memorial United Methodist Church, Bunkie Service League, Women Aglow, LA Retired Teachers Association, Bunkie General Hospital Ladies Auxiliary and MWF.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter "Raz" Earnest.

Survivors include one son, Walter Allen Earnest, Jr. of Austin, Texas; two daughters, Susan E. Earnest of Bunkie and Anne E. Earnest of Herndon, Virginia; one brother, Bolden L. Kinchen, Jr. of Denham Springs; two grandchildren, Jennifer E. King of Alexandria and Seth T. Itkin of Alexandria, Virginia and three great-grandchildren, Tori King, Stevie King and Ashley King of Alexandria.

Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 and at David Haas Memorial United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. until service time on Thursday, September 15, 2005.

Myrtle N. Simpson

Services for Myrtle N. Simpson will be at 9 a.m. Thursday, September 15, 2005, in the chapel of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie with the Rev. David Newton officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery in Shreveport.

Mrs. Simpson, 79, of Cheneyville, passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2005, at Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Simpson and her sister, Kathleen Long.

Survivors include one son, Grover Simpson of Cheneyville; four brothers, Wattie Norris of Coushatta, Grover Norris and Rodney Norris of Cheneyville and Charles Norris of Bunkie; four sisters, Dutch Redmon of Bunkie, Sally Belle Holston of Hessmer, JoAnn Harmon of Bossier City and Elizabeth Emery of Arkansas; three grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, and 8 a.m. until the time of service at 9 a.m. on Thursday.


 

 Lt. Col. Mona Lucille Voinche, Ret.F

Funeral services for Lt. Col. Mona Lucille Voinche, Ret. will be at 11:00 am Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005 in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with Fr. Patrick Braquet officiating. Burial will follow in the Gate of Heaven Mausoleum, Pythian Cemetery, under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.
 
Lt. Col. Voinche, age 99, of Alexandria, formerly of Bunkie, expired on Sept. 11, 2005 in Dubuis Hospital, Alexandria. She was employed by CLECO for a number of years. While employed with CLECO, she volunteered for the newly formed Women's Army Corps in early World War II and was selected as the first 800 women in the U.S. to start the Corps. She integrated into the regular Army and retired as a Lt. Colonel. The rest of her active life was spent in traveling world-wide. She was a member of the Retired Officers ASSN, Central LA Chapter TROA, VFW, Travelers Century Club, Altar Society, LA  Maneuvers and Military Museum and the Alexandria Museum of Art.
 
Survivors include a brother, Harvey Kimble of Marksville and numerous nieces and nephews.
 
Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie from 4 pm - 7 pm Monday, Sept. 12, 2005 and from 8 am - 10:45 am Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005, with a Christian Wake service at 5 pm on Monday. Notes of condolence to the Voinche family may be e-mailed to MelanconFuneral@aol.com.

Jason Kain Boone

A resident and native of Baton Rouge, he died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005, at age 35. Visitation at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., on Sunday, Sept. 11, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and at the funeral home chapel on Monday, Sept. 12, from 11 a.m. until religious service at 1 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Scott Seal. Interment in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. He is survived by his parents, Brent and Beverly Boone; a sister, Mistie Boone; three brothers, Shane Boone, Carey Boone and Tracy Boone; maternal grandmother, Maxine McCulloch; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Joe D. McCulloch; and paternal grandparents, Travis and Bertha Boone. Pallbearers will be Shane Boone, Carey Boone, Tracy Boone, Joe McCulloch, Chad Davis and Paul Toups.
Published in The Advocate on 9/10/2005.


Gerald Wayne Galland

Funeral services for  will be at 10:00 am Friday, Sept. 9, 2005 in the chapel of Melancon Funeral Home with Fr. James Nellikunnell officiating. Burial will be in the Church of the Little Flower Cemetery, Evergreen under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.
Mr. Galland, age 55, of Bunkie, expired on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005 in Alexandria. He was a welder and a U.S. Marine veteran of the Vietnam War.
 
Survivors include his parents, Earnest and Nell Galland of Evergreen and four sisters, Regina Pennington of Huntsville,TX, Rhonda Rouse of Brazoria, TX, Renee Beddingfield of Woodlands,TX and Robin Kennen of Friendswood, TX.
 
Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie from 8 am until service time on Friday, Sept. 9, 2005. Notes of condolence may be e-mailed to the family at MelanconFuneral@aol.com.

Angelo "Pete" Vanchiere Jr.

A resident of Baton Rouge, he died at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City. He was 68, a native of Bunkie and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Graveside service at Greenoaks Memorial Park at 1 p.m. Sunday, conducted by J.W. "Snipe" Pourciau.

He is survived by a daughter, Toni Gray; three sons, Charles Michael Vanchiere, Rocky Angelo McCartney and Michael Scott Vanchiere; sister, Carmela "Monkey" Pourciau; two brothers, Charles Russell "Buddy" Vanchiere and Gerald P. Murray; 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces. Greenoaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Majorie L. Catlett

age 74, of of Jackson, formerly of Bunkie, passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at Villa Felician in Jackson.

LANDRY P.COULON

Mass of Christian Burial for Landry P. Coulon will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Bunkie, with the Rev. Patrick Braquet, celebrant. Friends called at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home, Bunkie, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday with a wake service at 7 p.m. Visiting at the funeral home from 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. Entombment in St. Alphonse Mausoleum in Hessmer. Mr. Coulon, age 79, of Bunkie, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Bunkie General Hospital. He retired from Cleco Corp. and Martha's Flower Shop. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey and Irene Coulon. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ducote Coulon of Bunkie; four sons, Bruce Coulon and his wife, Martha Coulon, of Bunkie, Timmy Coulon and his wife, Mary Kathryn Coulon, of Franklin, Steven Coulon and his wife, Angie Coulon, of Gonzales, and Todd Coulon and his wife, Debbie Coulon, of Bunkie; a brother, Kermit Coulon of Gramercy; two sisters, Laura Bordelon and Patricia Lachney, both of Hessmer; 14 grandchildren, Mark Coulon, Koby Coulon and his wife, Jessica Coulon, Callie Coulon, Ab Coulon, Aaron Coulon, Kimberly Coulon, Ashley and her husband, Eli Parker, Kevin Coulon, Jordan Coulon, Brandon Coulon, Courtney Coulon, Brittney Coulon, Kelsey Coulon and Lindsey Coulon; and two great-grandchildren, Mark Lance Ducote and Karsen Coulon. Pallbearers will be Mark, Ab, Aaron, Kevin, Brandon and Jordan Coulon. Altar servers will be Mark Lance Ducote and Callie Coulon. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1450 Peterman Drive, Alexandria, LA 71301, (800) 227-2345.
Published in The Advocate on 8/30/2005.

Ingree "Sally" Griffin Brandt

A native of Shreveport and a longtime resident of Bunkie, died peacefully at her home on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005, following a brief illness.  She was born on June 12, 1923, to Lela Magee and Amidie Ulysees Peterson. A memorial service will be held at the David Haas Memorial United Methodist Church of Bunkie, on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 2 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie. In 1942, Sally married Edward Lawrence "Lolly" Griffin, who preceded her in death on July 29, 1985.  She married Sam Brandt of Dallas and Shreveport in 1987, and was again widowed in December of 2004. Sally was also predeceased by her sisters, Mary Ellen Armitage, Johannah Furlong and Sue Sealy; her brother, Jinx Peterson; and a stepdaughter, Lisa Brandt Garrison. She will be sadly missed by her children, Gree and Alan Shaw, Toni Gulley and Lolly Griffin Jr.; as well as her stepchildren, Marilyn Brandt Hodges and Steve Brandt. She was lovingly called "Sallymama" by her 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many of our dear friends.   She was "Aunt Sally" to all of her nieces and nephews.  Two of her most loved nieces, Doris Griffin Maillet and Lisa Sealy Hollier, along with her three daughters, were with Sally in her final days. Sallymama's family wishes to express their love and appreciation to her devoted caregivers, Dr. Maymay, Bunkie Home Health, Juanita Marcotte, Helen Goudeau, Sophie Williams and Vanessa Fulton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Sally's name to the David Haas Memorial Methodist Church, 210 West Church St., Bunkie, LA 71322. Online condolences to the family may be e-mailed to the family at MelanconFuneral@aol.com.
Published in The Advocate on 8/21/2005.

Wesley "Nick" Nicholas

A native of Port Allen, he died on Monday, July 25, 2005, at his home in Baton Rouge. He was 89 and a retired stock clerk and supervisor with United Service. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army and a World War II veteran. Visiting at Second Baptist Church, 914 N. Acadian Thruway W., on Monday, Aug. 1, from 8:30 a.m. until religious service at 10 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Leo Cyrus. Interment in Port Hudson National Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Gertrude "Trudy" Nicolas; stepson, Christopher Knighten and companion, Troylynn Harris; stepdaughter, Veronica "Bubbles" Tubbs and husband John Tubbs; brother, George Collins; grandchildren, Kevin Tubbs, Keosha Tubbs and Kanika Tubbs Brown and husband Gregory Brown; sister-in-law, Martha Trueblood Coates; a niece, several nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Nathaniel and Isabel Nicholas; brother, Nathaniel Nicholas Jr.; sister, Mazarine Collins; first wife, Elnora T. Nicholas; stepson, Kenneth Knighten; and grandson, Kendrick "Rick" Tubbs. Bunkie Mortuary Inc., Bunkie, is in charge of arrangements.
 

JAMES ALBERT NOE JR.

Louisiana broadcasting magnate James Albert Noe Jr., 77, died at his home of cancer on Sunday, July 10, 2005. Known as Jimmie Noe, he was president of Noe Enterprises Inc., owner and operator of KNOE-TV, KNOE FM/AM in Monroe and WNOE-FM/AM in New Orleans before its sale in 1989. A native of Monroe, Noe was the son of Gov. James A. Noe and Anna Gray Sweeny Noe, from whom he learned his love of gardening. Noe grew up in Monroe and lived briefly in Shanghai, China, with Gen. Claire Lee Chennault before China fell to communism. During World War II, he served as a lieutenant in the infantry. Noe earned a law degree from LSU and attended Tulane University, studying political science. Upon graduation, he worked in the oil and gas business. Noe then explored his farming skills by operating one of the first catfish farms in the state and, consequently, became president of Catfish Farmers of America. Noe then began working for his family's broadcasting business and managed WNOE in New Orleans for 16 years before undertaking management of the television and radio stations in Monroe and New Orleans. Noe declined numerous corporate offers to buy his broadcast properties, saying he preferred to remain true to his vision of a community broadcasting company. In 2003, the Noe family was honored by the Louisiana Legislature with a joint House and Senate proclamation of appreciation for 50 continuous years of television broadcasting excellence in Louisiana. An avid opera lover, Noe served as president of the New Orleans Opera Association for six years and served on its board for more than 20 years. He served as chairman of the Louisiana Cancer Society Fund Drive and served on the Northeast Louisiana University Foundation Board. Noe also served for 28 years on the board of directors of the Webb School in Tennessee, of which he was a graduate. Survivors include his lovely wife of 50 years, Betty Jane Schlesinger Noe; three daughters, Mary Elisa Deane, Erin Noe Young and Claire Lee Koch; two sons, James A. Noe III and George McRae Noe; seven grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces, among them his beloved niece, Dr. Anna Gray Noe. He was preceded in death by his sister, Gay Noe McLendon. Visitation at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans, on Thursday, July 14, from 9 a.m. until funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment in Metairie Cemetery. To view and sign the family guest book, go to www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
Published in The Advocate on 7/12/2005


Don L. Rebouche

Memorial services for  will be at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, 2005 in the chapel of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home in Bunkie with the Rev. Patrick Braquet officiating.

Mr. Rebouche, age 62, of Bunkie, passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2005, at Southfield Care Center in Lecompte.

He loved doing his wood-work and being a super grandpa.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Don L. and Lori Rebouche.

Survivors include his wife, Geri Rebouche of Bunkie; one son, Nick Rebouche and his wife, Laurie of Bunkie; two daughters, Nina and her husband, Clifton McNeal of Centerpoint, Karen and her husband, Doug Chenevert of Baton Rouge; one brother, Raymond Rebouche of Katy, Texas, one sister, Donna Milligan of Bunkie; 7 grand-children, Megan Archer, John Bowman, Dakota Chenevert, Wilson Valois, David Valois, Hunter Re-bouche, and Haden Re-bouche; four step-grandchildren, Jennifer Chenevert, Alexandra McNeal, Brooke McGraw and Michael McGraw; four great-grandchildren, Con-or Archer, Dayne Archer, Tyler Bowman, and Logan Bowman; two step-grandchildren, Karsen Cou-lon, and Reese Harton.

Friends may call from 1 p.m. until time of service at 5 p.m. on Sunday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home in Bunkie


Edgar Louis Goux
 
Funeral services for Edgar Louis Goux will be at 10:00 am Tuesday, June 28, 2005 in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Pythian Cemetery under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.
 
Mr. Goux, age 69, of Bunkie expired on Saturday, June 25, 2005 in Rapides Regional Medical Center. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gladys and Alfred Goux.
 
Survivors include two brothers, Gladfred Goux and his wife, Lorraine of Bunkie and Larry Goux and his wife, Cindy of Houston,TX; one sister, Monterey G. Cotton and her husband, Billy of Bunkie and numerous nieces and nephews.
 
Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home on Monday, June 27, 2005 from 6 pm - 8 pm and from 9 am - 9:45 am on Tuesday, June 28, 2005.

Louise Nesom Mixon

A resident of Lafayette, Louisiana, she passed away Friday, June 24, 2005, at her home.  She turned 100 years young on the day before her death.  She was born in Bluff Creek, Louisiana and lived in Bunkie for a number of years before moving to Lake Charles to raise her family.  She retired with almost 30 years of teaching service, spending 21 years at Rosteet Junior High in Lake Charles, where she taught English and Louisiana History.  She loved to read, and was an avid LSU sports fan.  She was a member of the first graduating class at LSU to include women.  Visiting and services will be at Melancon Funeral Home in Bunkie.  Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Sunday evening and from 10:00 A.M. Monday until services at 11:00 A.M. Monday morning.  Services will be conducted by the Rev.  Perry Sanders, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Lafayette.  Interment will follow at Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie, Louisiana.  She is survived by her son, Thomas Mixon of Lafayette; her grandson and his wife, Mike and Julie Gassen of Baton Rouge; her granddaughter and her husband, Vicki and Randy Magee of Sulphur; her granddaughter and her husband, Nancy and Benny Federico of Owensboro, KY; her granddaughter and her husband Halette and Jason Spears of Bunkie; her granddaughter Paula Mixon and her fiancé Joshua Hogan both of Lafayette;  her granddaughter Rebecca Mixon of Lafayette; granddaughter, Ashley Begley of Katie, Texas; great-granddaughter and her husband, Katie and Jason Williams of Baton Rouge;  great-granddaughter and her husband, Annie and Jason Graham of Baton Rouge; and great-grandchildren Kelly Gassen of Prairieville, Jared Fontenot of Houston, Texas, Erin Fontenot Miller of Callie, Texas, Sara Federico, Gabriella Federico, Luigi "Gino" Federico, Roseanna Federico, and Luchia Federico all of Owensboro, KY, Kennedy and Jacob Spears of Bunkie, Devyn Mixon and Gabriel Hogan of Lafayette; four Great-Great- Grandchildren in Callie , Texas and Baton Rouge; a niece Ginger K. Miller of Ohio; and a brother-in-law, Charles Mixon of Bunkie.  She was preceded in death by her parents Mary and Thomas Nesom; her husband, Paul (Pete) Mixon; her daughter, Paula Mixon Gassen; her younger brother, Rivers Nesom; and her two older sisters Mary Virginia Keller, and Lalla Nesom.  Pallbearers will be Johnny Files, Jim Files, Nicholas Saltzman, Joshua Hogan, Conrad Mixon, and James Mixon.  Charles Mixon is the Honorary Pallbearer.  Donations maybe made to the American Cancer Society or the Miles Perrett Center/Cancer Services of Acadiana.

Online condolences to the Mixon family may be e-mailed to MelanconFuneral@aol.com 

108 N LEXINGTON AV  BUNKIE, LA 71322, (318) 346-7664


JACK  BACHMAN  COCHRAN

 Funeral services for Jack Bachman Cochran will be at 11:00 am Saturday, June 25, 2005 in the David Haas Memorial United Methodist Church with Revs. Joe Hoover, Richard Teeter, Charles Floyd and  Johnny Williams  officiating. Burial will follow in the Pythian Cemetery under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.  Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home on Friday, June 24, 2005 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm and at David Haas Memorial United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 25, 2005 from 9:00 am – 10:45 am.

      Jack Cochran returned to his Heavenly Father on  June 21, 2005  at  11:46 pm, survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Reta Winona Ormsby Cochran of Bunkie; brother, Pat Francis Cochran of Houston, TX; three daughters, Dianne Cochran Guidry and husband Gilbert “Gil” Guidry of Baton Rouge, Geraldine Cochran Wheatley and husband Tommy Wheatley of Baton Rouge, and Jane Cochran Sykes and husband Wade Sykes of Lakeland, FL;  and a son Bert Francis Cochran and wife Tara Blakewood Cochran of Bunkie. He had 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.  Grandchildren: Jack Guidry and wife Jennifer Guidry; Scot Guidry and wife Sandy Guidry; Angie Galatas and husband Joe Galatas; Danny Wheatley and wife McKenzie Wheatley; Anna English and husband Rusty English; Deborah Hogan and husband Adam Hogan; Abigail Guerin and husband Grant Guerin; Rachel Wheatley; Jonathan Sykes; Blake and Kirbi Cochran.  Great Grandchildren: Camille and Matthew Guidry; Berton and Hadley Guidry; Emile, Alex, and Aimee Galatas; Klein and Cannon Wheatley; Ashley, Alex, and Andrew Wheatley; and Joshua Hogan.

Preceded in death by parents, Bert Clarence and Lorena Bachman Cochran; and two brothers, Bert Carlton Cochran, Psalm “Sam” Cochran, , and one sister, Mary Jane Cochran. 

      Jack Cochran was born Feb 2nd, 1921 in Wichita Falls, Texas. During his high school years in Throckmorton, Texas, he was captain of the football team.  After high school he attended both Texas A&M and Louisiana State University studying Forestry and was a member of the ROTC.  It was at LSU that he met his wife, Winona.  Before graduating from LSU he enlisted in the United States Army for four and half years where he served his country in the Italian Theater as a First Lieutenant of a Field Artillery Unit. 

      After the war he graduated from the College of Forestry at LSU, and joined his father-in-law, Gerald Francis Ormsby, in the family business (Louisiana Hoop Company) forming the third generation of a company that began in 1910.  Along with Gerald Edson “Tim” Ormsby, they successfully managed the company for 45 years through four product changes: wooden barrel hoops, furniture dimension stock, jobbing lumber products, and wooden pallets.   Their faithful commitment to the business was the principal reason  the company is still in business after 95 years. They were able to support not only their own families, but also numerous families who were touched by their leadership in giving them a new start in life and career.  Jack Cochran, as the lead sales manager, was particularly known as a man of his word, characterized by trustworthiness, integrity, and honesty in the lumber industry. 

      Other community activities included a life long commitment to Christ through membership in the David Haas United Methodist Church where he served with the Methodist Men’s Breakfast Group, Methodist Youth Fellowship, Sunday School Superintendent, Treasurer, co-founder with his wife Winona of the David Haas Scholarship for students seeking a profession as Christian leaders, volunteered on several mission trips to build churches in Alaska and rebuild lives during Hurricane Andrew.  He was also Grand Master Mason of Bunkie Masonic Lodge, Rotarian of the Bunkie Rotary Club, Quarterback Club President of Bunkie High School, volunteered as a literacy instructor in the community, was highly involved in the PTA for all his children, Chairman of the Board of the Central Louisiana Academy, and member of the Louisiana Forestry Association, Old Camp Beauregard School of  Cadets,  the Silver Society, and Baptist Keenagers.

Pallbearers are Jack Guidry, Scot Guidry, Danny Wheatley, Jonathan Sykes, Joe Galatas, and Billy Tebow.  Honorary Pallbearers are Charles Mixon, Vanoy Himel, Burns Eves, and Gerald Edson “Tim” Ormsby.

            We would like to thank all those who have helped our father with the loving care he received since his first incident in 1995; his pastors, Joe Hoover and Richard Teeter; Doctors Fredando Alemany and Chawki LaHoud,  Home Health Care of Bunkie General Hospital; members of the Bunkie Methodist Church; Ellen Bowie, Susie McKnight; Johnny Williams; and National Camping Methodist members.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in memory of Jack Cochran to the David Haas Scholarship Fund, PO Box 620, Bunkie, LA 71322 or phone 318-346-2764.


Neilson Dauzat, Jr.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 in the chapel of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home, Bunkie with Rev. James Nellikunnel officiating. Burial will be in St. Charles Catholic Cemetery, Goudeau. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mr. Dauzat, age 51, of Evergreen, died Tuesday, June 21, 2005 in Christus St. Francis Cabrini Hospital, Alexandria.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Vinnix Dauzat.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Gaspard of Evergreen; his parents, Neilson and Euna Dauzat of Marksville; four sons, Ashley Dauzat, Casey Dauzat, Rodney Dauzat and Ray Dauzat all of Bunkie; one brother, Jessie Dauzat of Marksville; two sisters, Catherine Foster and Geraldine Bordelon of Marksville; twenty grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.


Kelvin Coleman

Services will be held Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 12 p.m.

Visitation will begin Friday, June 24, 2005 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of services in First Edgefield Missionary Baptist Church, Cheneyville with Rev. Melvin Jackson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery under the direction of Bunkie Mortuary, Bunkie.

Mr. Coleman, age 48, of Cheneyville, died Friday, June 17, 2005 in the VA Medical Center.

Survivors include his mother, Evelyn Mitchell of Cheneyville; sons, Kelvin “Kevin” Coleman, Jr. and Christopher Coleman of Cheneyville; daughters, Shalonda Coleman and Denise Coleman of Cheneyville, Delisha Jones and Shaquilla Lewis of Alexandria and Jasmine Green of Sicily Island; brothers, Bobby Mitchell of Cheneyville, Kenneth Mitchell of Lake Charles, Clarence Dubney, Jr. (Jackie) of Atlanta, Georgia; stepbrother, James Deal (Patricia) of Opelousas; sisters, Viola Scott (Clevel) and Kamala Dubney of Houston, Texas, Lois Coleman, Brenda Mitchell (Ricky) Francis Ross and Doris Fontenot of Cheneyville Brenda Garner (Willie) of Bunkie, Marjorie Williams (Ronald) of Alexandria and Daisy Gray (Phelton) of Raceland; eight grandchildren; a devoted friend, Martha Lewis of Alexandria; and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, their relatives and friends.


Lillie Mae Yarno Armand

will be held at St. Mary’s Assumption Catholic Church on Friday, June 17, 2005 at 11 a.m. with Father Anthony Dhamaraj “Father Raj” and Father LaCaze officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Assumption Mausoleum, Cottonport under the direction of Escude Funeral Home, Cottonport.

Mrs. Armand, age 94, of Cottonport, died Wednesday, June 15, 2005 in Lexington House, Alexandria.

She was a member of the Rose Garden Club of Cottonport, statewide member Federation Garden Club, member of St. Mary’s Assumption Catholic Church of Cottonport and wife of the late William Yarno. Mr. Yarno was mayor of Cottonport and served as a state representative for three terms.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Wallace Rachal; sister, Eileen Chatelain; mother, Aimee Moreau Rachal; father, Andrew Rachal; brother, Odell Rachal; and husbands, William Yarno, Sr. and James Armand.

Survivors include her son, William Yarno, Jr. of Lafayette; daughter, Lily Marie Yarno Prentice of Alexandria; brothers, Oscar Rachal and Luddie Rachal of Moreauville, Andrew Rachal of Cottonport and Owen Rachal of Houston, Texas; sister, Nettie Jeansonne of Marksville; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at Escude Funeral Home, Cottonport on Thursday, June 16, 2005 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. until time of services.

Pallbearers will be Peter Gauthier, T-Roy Gauthier, Jacob Gauthier, James Chatelain, Trent Laborde and Aaron Gauthier.

The family requests memorials be sent to Lily of the valley, Inc., “Alice’s Home Fund” P.O. Box 13601, Alexandria, LA, 71315

McHenry Hamilton, Jr., Colonel, USAF, retired,

died in Miami, June 2, 2005. Born in Bunkie, April 7, 1912. He graduated from Louisiana College to pursue a Master's degree at LSU before choos-ing to become an Army Air Force cadet.

He was shot down and wounded in a bombing raid over Vienna, Austria during World War II, and was im-prisoned in Germany until General Patton and his army liberated the camp. He was returned to the Miami Biltmore for rehabilitation and reunion with his wife, Pat, and three month old son.

He retired after being sta-tioned in Lima, Peru and other airbases in the United States. The Hamiltons then lived in Coral Gables, High-lands, North Carolina and Tallahassee, Florida.

A lover of sports, he held golf championships in many of the clubs to which he be-longed. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and Scabbard and Blade.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; their sons, McHenry III, John Charles (Lindann), James Patrick, Wiley William; granddaugh-ter, Alexis; brother-in-law, Dr. W. Mitchell Sams (Mar-ion); nephews, Dr. James Bradford (Dayle) and Henry Bradford.

A memorial service will be held at the Stanfill Funeral Home, 10545 S. Dixie Hwy. on Saturday, June 11th at 11:00 a.m.
Memorials may be sent to Disabled American Veter-ans Charitable Services Trust, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, Kentucky. 41076.

Elday Marie Francois, age 90, of Bunkie, died Monday, June 13, 2005 in Bayou Vista Nursing Home, Bunkie.  Arrangements will be announced by Escude Funeral Home, Cottonport.

VIOLA DAVID MCBRIDE

Funeral service for Viola David McBride will be at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 15, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Bunkie, with the Rev. Patrick Braquett officiating. Visitation at Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie, from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesday. Burial in Our Lady of Sacred Heart Cemetery, Church Point. Mrs. McBride, 84, of Bunkie, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2005, at the Bailey House, Bunkie. She was a retired nurse, having served as director of nursing at the Hessmer Nursing Home for more than 20 years. She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Church and the Silver Society. She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin E. McBride; and son, Michael Larry McBride. Survivors include her daughter, Sharyn McBride Harrington of Bunkie; a grandson, Charles F. Griffin Jr. of Bunkie and New Orleans; brother, John W. David and his wife, Millie, of Church Point; two sisters, Rita Parrott of New Orleans and Teresa "Ann" Brouillette of Marksville; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and her devoted companions, Sheba and Baxter. Her daughter and grandson would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to the kind and loving staff and residents of the Bailey House, and her compassionate and gentle physicians, Dr. Carl Jory, Dr. Richard Norem, Dr. Michael Miguez, Dr. Abi Rached and Dr. Charles Bromlett. Pallbearers will be Gilbert Guidry, Dexter Guidry, Johnny Campbell, Thomas Dicharry, Joey Frank and Bert Cochran. Honorary pallbearers are Danny Melancon, Tucker Melancon, Larry Ducote, Jack Cochran, Conrad Mixon, Thomas Mixon, Mark Mixon and Leon Jeansonne.   Published in The Advocate on 6/14/2005.



M.J. Juneau

 

 

Mary "Jane" Bielkiewiez Bordelon

Services for Mary "Jane" Bielkiewiez Bordelon will be at 1:30 pm Wednesday, August 25, 2004 in the chapel of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie with Rev. Perry Sanders officiating. Burial will be in the Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery, Cheneyville under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mrs. Bordelon, age 91, of Lafayette, formerly of Bunkie, expired on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004 in the Bethany Health Center. She was a retired House Director at USL ( ULL); a member of the First Baptist Church of Bunkie and the Order of the Eastern Star and was a past Mother Advisor of Order of Rainbow Girls. She was preceded in death by her husband Hilton Bordelon; one son Reynor Bordelon; three daughters Carroll McKenzie, Leitha Jane Sexton and Myra Earnest; one brother and two sisters.

Survivors include three sons and their spouses Donald and Martha Bordelon of Shreveport, Aaron Bordelon of Bunkie, and Glynn and Pam Bordelon of Lafayette; three daughters and their spouses Barbara Bordelon, Irma and Bob Rhodes of Lafayette and Diane and Ronnie Bijeaux of Breaux Bridge; three sisters Carrie Normand of Mandeville, Grace de Bellevue of Marksville and Annette Normand of Marksville; 28 grandchildren and 43 great grandchildren and 7 great, great grandchildren.


Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home, 108 N. Lexington Ave. - Bunkie from 8 am until service time on Wednesday.
Sadie Roberts Leger

Services for Sadie Roberts Leger will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 10, 2004 in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with Father Patrick Braquet officiating. Burial will be in Vandenburg Cemetery under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mrs. Leger, age 82, of Bunkie expired on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004 in Bunkie General Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leodese "Cannon" Leger.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Lester and Alice Leger of Bunkie and their children Karen Willie, Melissa Leger and Victoria Leger; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kathryn and Chris Jeansonne of Bunkie and their children Chris Jeansonne, Jr. and Kevin Jeansonne; Dorothy and Hillary Lowe and her children Charles Purvis, Jr. and Chastity Purvis; and nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Joey Baronne, Chris Jeansonne, Jr., Kevin Jeansonne, Hillary Lowe and Charles Purvis, Jr.

Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. today (Thursday) and from 8 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. Friday. There will be a Christian wake service at 6 p.m. today in the funeral home.

Margaret Bubenzer Mixon

Services for Margaret Bubenzer Mixon will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004 in the David Haas Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Joe Hoover officiating. Burial will be in Pythian Cemetery under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mrs. Mixon, age 85, of Bunkie expired on Friday, Aug. 27, 2004 in Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. She attended Mary Washington College, Washington, D.C., and was a lifelong member of David Haas Memorial United Methodist Church, where she was a member of United Methodist Women. She was a member of the Bunkie Service League, Bunkie General Hospital Auxiliary and the Bunkie Garden Club. She was preceded in death by an infant son, Robert Bellamy Mixon; her parents, Harvey and Nora Bubenzer; one brother, Harvey K. Bubenzer, Jr.; and two sisters, Lucille B. Eisenbach and Bessie B. Allums.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Charles C. Mixon of Bunkie; three sons, Conrad Mixon of Bunkie, Thomas Mixon of Bunkie and Mark Mixon of Bunkie; one sister, Gregory Tucker of Paso Robles, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Lucas Mixon, Grady Bubenzer, Kemper Bubenzer, Butch Allums, James Mixon and Billy Mixon.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29 at the David Haas Memorial United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the David Haas Memorial Methodist Church, P.O. Box 680, Bunkie, La. 71322.

Davy Edward Gauthier

Services for Davy Gauthier will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with the Rev. Patrick Braquet officiating. Burial will follow in the Bayou Rouge Baptist Cemetery, Evergreen. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mr. Gauthier, age 28, of Bunkie, passed away on Friday, Aug. 27, 2004 at Lafayette General Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Michelle Gauthier of Bunkie; one son, Hunter Gauthier of Bunkie; one daughter, Jade Gauthier of Bunkie; his father and mother, Marvin and JoAnn Gauthier of Bunkie; and four sisters, Lisa Siffert of Bunkie, Tavia Ducote of Bunkie, Karen of Ponthieux of Hessmer and Tresha Guillot of Bunkie.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. Saturday until 10:45 a.m. Sunday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

A wake service will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of the funeral home.
 

Harold Wesley Dowden

Services for Mr. Harold Wesley Dowden will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 24, 2004 at The First Baptist Church in Bunkie with Brother Michael McIntosh officiating. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Resthaven Cemetery in Baton Rouge. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mr. Dowden, age 97, of Bunkie, died Sunday, August 22, 2004 at bayou Vista Nursing Home in Bunkie.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Edna M. Dowden and a daughter, Rita Jacqueline Kennedy.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Dowden of Bunkie; one daughter, Jeanette D. Kaub of Baton Rouge; two stepsons, Robert Vincent of Bowling Green, Ohio and Greg Vincent of Mandeville; one son-in-law, James Kennedy of Baton Rouge; five grandchildren, D'Anice Laborde, Tara DeMars, Leland Langridge, III, Kasandra Langridge and Kelli Hebert; five great-grandchildren, Tiffani Tirquit, Jennifer Schott, Brandon Laborde, Nathan Merritt and Danielle Merritt; and six great-great-grandchildren, Gabrielle Merritt, Bailey Merritt, Ryan Schott, Logan Schott, Lauren Schott and Jack Schott.

Friends may call from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

 

Timothy R. Kingrey

Services for Timothy Kingrey will be at 11 a.m. Monday, August 16, 2004, in the chapel of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home in Bunkie with the Rev. Bobby Cazelot officiating. Burial will follow in the Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mr. Kingrey, 21, of Plaucheville, passed away Friday, August 13, 2004, in Bunkie.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Cheryl Floyd.

Survivors include his father, Ralph Floyd of Plaucheville; two sisters, Stacey Kingrey and Joanna Kingrey both of Plaucheville; maternal grandmother, Joyce Sander Corley of Bunkie; uncle and aunt, Joseph and Rebecca Stillwell of Bunkie; and many friends.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday and 8 a.m until the time of service at 11 a.m. on Monday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home in Bunkie.

Mary Jeanne Blalock Kojis

Services for Mary Jeanne Blalock Kojis will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 6, 2004 in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with Father Patrick Braquet officiating. Burial will be in Pythian Cemetery under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mrs. Kojis, age 76, of Bunkie expired on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004 in Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.

She was a retired nurse.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Kojis.

Survivors include three daughters, Cynthia K. Cox of Orange, Texas, Yvonne K. Scalfano of Monroe and Brenda K. Bouchie of Pineville; one brother, John J. Blalock, Jr. of Athens, Ala.; one sister, Dean B. Toups of New Orleans; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. Friday.

A Christian wake service will be held at 5 p.m. today in the funeral home.

Andy C. Wedaman

Funeral services for Andy C. Wedaman of Bunkie will be held in the Calvary Episcopal Church at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004 with interment following at Pythian Cemetery, Bunkie. Father James Theus will officiate with Rev. Elizabeth Ratcliff assisting.

Mr. Wedaman, 84, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 2004 in Bunkie. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Juanita Reiszner Wedaman of Bunkie; two daughters, Margaret Anne Anderson and husband Charles of Fort Davis, Texas and Julia Wedaman of McDade, Texas; and three grandsons.

Mr. Wedaman was a chief petty officer in the Navy, Seabee divison, during World War II. He was in the marine transportation business in Morgan City, La., until he retired in 1990 and returned to Bunkie. He was involved community leader and a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner. He was also an avid golfer who continued playing golf at Bayhills Country Club where he was a charter member. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary Episcopal Church where he was an active and loyal member.

Pallbearers will be Paxton McCoy, Robert Stevens, Ray Pujol, Don Meeker, Jim Lee, Bobby Rachel, John Clark and Skipper Luke, all of Bunkie.

Honorary pallbearers will include John Boatner, Sonny Harris, Doug Sarver, Berthol Pearce and Lanny Lyles of Bunkie.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday, today at Melancon Funeral Home and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of service at the Calvary Episcopal Church in Bunkie at 11

Evis Palermo

Services for Evis Palermo will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2, 2004 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with the Rev. Patrick Braquet officiating. Burial will follow in the Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mrs. Palermo, 82, of Bunkie passed away on Saturday, July 31, 2004 at Opelousas General Hospital.

Survivors include three sons, Venix Smith of Marksville, Jerry Smith of Hessmer and Gervey Smith Jr. of Bruley; four stepsons, Frank P.T. Palermo and Clayton Palermo of Bunkie, Anthony Palermo of Franklin and Vincent Palermo of Baton Rouge; one daughter, Margaret Tarver of Alexandria; one brother, Michael Dauzat of Hessmer; three sisters, Theresa Trammel of Eugene, Ore., Octavia Baudin of Mount View, Ark., and Leona Chard of Sanford, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday and 8 a.m. to 9:45 Monday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

A wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

Hubert Robert

Services for Hubert Robert will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, 2004 in the chapel of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home in Bunkie with the Rev. Edwin Rodriguez officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Alphonse Mausoleum in Hessmer. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mr. Robert, 72, of Hessmer, passed away on Saturday, July 31, 2004 at his residence.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Mitchell and Beulah Ducote Robert; two brothers, Eleric Roy and Clifford Roy; and one sister, Ella Mae Moga.

Survivors include his wife, June Robert of Hessmer; one son, Johnathan Robert of Glenmora; two daughters, Anne Degruise of Marrero and Regina Robert of Hessmer; one brother, Joseph Roy of Alexandria; one sister, Audrey Cockerham of Tampa, Fla.; four grandchildren, Dawn Johansson, Monty McClain, Blake Robert and Colin Robert; and three great-grandchildren, Lake McClain, Teddy Johansson and Harley Johansson.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. till the time of service on Monday at 1 p.m. at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

LINDA LABORDE DESSELLE

A resident of Greenwell Springs and native of Avoyelles Parish, she died Monday, July 26, 2004, at 1:45 p.m. She was 62 and a retired insurance agent. Visiting was at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, with recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m. Visitation at the funeral home from 8:30 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. Thursday. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Thursday, celebrated by the Rev. Thomas Duhé. Interment in the Garden of Prayer at Resthaven Gardens of Memory. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, a gifted artist and member of Louisiana Artists Guild. She is survived by her husband, Jude Desselle Sr.; a daughter, Rhonda LeBlanc and husband Greg; two sons, Jed Desselle Jr. and wife Gwen and Dewey Desselle and wife Stephanie; two sisters, Diana Rachal, New Orleans, and Deni Stone, Scottsdale, Ariz.; two half-sisters, Roxanne LaBorde, LaPlace, and Deidra Millard, Atlanta; a half-brother, Jay LaBorde, LaPlace; and eight grandchildren, Jude LeBlanc and wife Nicole, Melissa Mclain and husband Jeremy, Auburn Hills, Mich., Paige Desselle, Adam LeBlanc, Tara Desselle, Shane LeBlanc and Brennyn and Isabella Desselle. She was preceded in death by her parents, Madge Randall and Emeris J. LaBorde. Pallbearers will be her four grandsons and Wayne and J.O. Desselle. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 15254 Old Hammond Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70816.

Hampton "Hamp" Wade

Services for Hampton Wade will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 24, 2004 at Christian Baptist Church with Rev. Henry Wright officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery under the direction of Bunkie Mortuary, Bunkie, La.

Mr. Wade, age 74, of Bunkie, died Monday, July 19, 2004 in Avoyelles Hospital, Marksville.

Survivors include his mother, Sarah Elizabeth Watson Wade of Bunkie; wife, Kathryn Burr Hampton of Bunkie; son, Ronnie Dixon of Bunkie; brothers, Arthur J. Wade of Alexandria, Collins Wade of Alexandria, Jeffery Wade, III of Bunkie, Carl W. Wade of Oakland, Calif., and Charles Compton of Los Angeles, Calif.; sisters, Magnolia W. Wade and Doris W. Holts of Bunkie; one grandchild; three great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of services at the church.

Dian Marie Antie Bartell

Funeral services for Dian Marie Antie Bartell will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 19, 2004 in St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Keith Ishmael officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Dian Marie Bartell, born July 25, 1949 in Bunkie, passed away peacefully July 17, 2004 in Marksville. She was the oldest of three children born to George and Irene Antie. She was preceded in death by her father, George Antie. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

She is survived by her husband, Philip Bartell of Marksville; four children, Cherie Bartell of Lafayette, Bryan Bartell of Plano, Texas, Brent Bartell of Marksville and Angelle Bartell of Dallas, Texas; her mother, Irene Antie Juneau of Bunkie; her brother, Edmund Antie of Lafayette; sister, Ramona Barnhill of Lafayette; her grandmother, Dez Charrier of Hessmer; and two grandcildren, Ian Elliot of Lafayette and Isabelle Byrnes-Bartell of Lake Charles.

Visitation will be at St. Joseph Catholic Church from 9 a.m. until service time Monday. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Avoyelles.

God bless your healing hands, Dian.

Joseph E. Juneau

Services for Joseph Juneau will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 19, 2004 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Bunkie with the Rev. Patrick Braquet officiating. Burial will follow in the Pythian Mausoleum in Bunkie. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mr. Juneau, 73, of Bunkie passed away on Friday, July 16, 2004 at Bayou Vista Nursing Home in Bunkie.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen Juneau of Bunkie; three sons, Kenneth Juneau of Nashville, Tennessee, Wayne Juneau of Bunkie and David Juneau of Baytown, Texas; two sisters, Carrie Humphreys and Gracie Zachery both of Belledeau; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday in the chapel of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home. Friends may call from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday and 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Luther Joseph Juneau

Funeral services for Luther Joseph Juneau will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, 2004 at the Bayou Rouge Baptist Church in Evergreen, La., with the Rev. Robert Tanner officiating. Burial will follow at the Juneau Family Cemetery under direction of Melançon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mr. Juneau, age 77, of Evergreen expired on Monday, June 28, 2004 at 9:30 a.m. at Opelousas General Hospital System. He graduated from Peter's High School in New Orleans, La., then joined the United States Navy and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was a landing craft gunner aboard the attack transport USS Bland.

On Jan. 8, 1948 he married the love of his life and companion for 56 years, Corrine Armstrong. He later attended Delgado Trade School in New Orleans and became a licensed plumber. In 1954 the family moved to Evergreen, La., where he practiced the plumbing trade and began what was to be a long and successful farming operation.

He received numerous agricultural awards, served as president of the Avoyelles Farmers' Co-op, and belonged to the Bunkie Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons. He loved the land and nature and was an avid soil conservationist, hunter and fisherman. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Mr. Juneau will be sadly missed by his family and all his dear friends.

Survivors include his wife, Corrine A. Juneau of Evergreen; one son, Glenn L. Juneau and devoted daughter-in-law Sandra (Franchebois) of Opelousas; two grandchildren, Krista Guillory (Scott) of Youngsville and Darren Juneau (Amy Guillory) of Carencro; two great-grandchildren, Brittany and Brandon Guillory of Youngsville; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tarleton and Lillian Bordelon Juneau; three brothers, Lonis, Roland and Linrow; and three sisters, Odine Ellison, Elter Guidroz and Genevive Meche.

The family would like to extend a special thank-you to the physicians, nurses and staff of the Opelousas General Health System for their care and guidance.

Pallbearers will be Darren Juneau, Scott Guillory, Terry Juneau, Ronald Juneau, Jackie Meche and Michael Ellison.

Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. today (Tuesday) and from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday. A rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home.

Melancon Funeral Home, 108 N. Lexington Ave., Bunkie, La., (318) 346-7664 is in charge of arrangements.
 

NILA JEAN LITTRELL,

 A retired truck driver and resident of Baton Rouge, she
died Tuesday morning, July 6, 2004, in Marshall, Texas. She was 54 and a
native of Bunkie. Memorial service at Riverdale Baptist Church, 2791 O'Neal
Lane, Baton Rouge, at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 10, 2004, conducted by the Rev.
Kirby Hill. Survived by her mother, Lurline Littrell; a son, Tory Evans; and
a brother, Richard C. Littrell. Preceded in death by her father, John
Littrell. She was a long haul truck driver for Crete and FFE trucking
companies for five years prior to her retirement two years ago. Sullivan
Funeral Home, Marshall, in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Advocate on 7/9/2004
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Evelyn Rose Alfred

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, June 30, 2004 at Amazon Baptist Church in Bunkie for Evelyn Rose Alfred, 51, who died at 11:54 p.m. Thursday, June 24, 2004, in Rapides General Hospital in Alexandria.

Interment will be in Little Rock Baptist Cemetery in Morrow. The Rev. Donald Alexander will officiate at the services.

Evelyn was a member of the Women Ministry, choir member, National Education Association, Avoyelles Educators Association and Louisiana Educators Association.

Survivors include her husband, Mr. Curley Flynn Alfred, Sr. of Bunkie; two sons, Curley Flynn Alfred, Jr. and Christopher Fritgerald Alfred, both of Bunkie; her father, Mr. Dezria Bazile, Sr. of Morrow; a godson, Dezria "Lil-Man" Bazile of Bunkie; three brothers, Mr. Dezria Bazile, Jr. of Opelousas, Mr. Samuel Bazile of Bunkie and Mr. George Bazile of LeCompte; and four sisters, Ms. Dorothy Bazile of Alexandria, Ms. Gertrude Walls of Baton Rouge, Ms. Lucinda Brumfield of Dallas, Texas, and Ms. Diane Bazile of Bunkie.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Roberta Bazile.

The family requests that visiting hours be observed from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday in Amazon Baptist Church in Bunkie.

Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 817 E. South St., Opelousas, La. 70570, (337) 942-2037, is in charge of arrangements.

Odile Lemoine

Services for Odile Lemoine will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 20, 2004 at SDt. Anthony Padua Catholic Church in Bunkie with Rev. Patrick Braquet officiating. Burial will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Moreauville. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mrs. Lemoine, age 100, of Bunkie passed away on Thursday, June 17, 2004 at Bayou Vista Nursing Home of Bunkie.

Survivors include one son, Edward Lemoine of Apple Valley, California; two daughters, Charlotte Lemoine of Sulphur and Rachel Laborde of Dry Creek; 30 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-great-grandchild.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. on Sunday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Kathleen Lacour Rabalais
 
   
Service for Kathleen Lacour Rabalais will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 18, 2004, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with the Rev. Patrick Braquet officiating. Burial will be in Pythian Cemetery under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie. Mrs. Rabalais, age 90, of Bunkie, passed away Wednesday, June 16, 2004, at Bunkie General Hospital. She was retired from CLECO, where she was an executive secretary for 20 years, and was formerly employed by Turner Lumber Co. She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, having served as secretary and was a member of the choir. She was also a member of the Pink Ladies Auxiliary at Bunkie General Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin P. Rabalais Jr.; a granddaughter, Aimee Rabalais; her parents, Emmanuel and Adele Quinn Lacour; and two sisters, Lemmie L. Maxwell and Julia L. Savario. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Fred W. and Roslyn Baronne Rabalais of Fort Worth, Texas, and E. Pierre and Beth Dupuy Rabalais of Corpus Christi, Texas; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Alice R. Lyles, Kitty and Billy W. Mixon and M'Lee and Byrns Eves, all of Bunkie; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Visitation was at Melancon Funeral Home from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday with a Christian wake service at 7 p.m. Visiting at the funeral home from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Friday. Memorials may be sent to St. Anthony Catholic School, 116 S. Knoll Ave., Bunkie, LA 71322

Curtis Carl Compton

Services for Mr. Curtis Carl Compton will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 29, 2004 at Trinity United Methodist Church, Bunkie with Pastor Derrick Halls officiating. Burial will be in Marshall Chapel U.M.C. Cemetery, Bunkie under the direction of Bunkie Mortuary.

Mr. Compton, age 71, of Bunkie, died Tuesday, May 25, 2004 in his residence.

Survivors include his wife Willie Mae Gaines Compton of Bunkie; son, Curtis C. Compton, Jr. and stepson, Elijah Arvie both of Bunkie; daughters, Diane Johnson and Cherry Patterson both of Bunkie, Sandra Winbush of Houston, Texas, Linda Martin of Lafayette and Leola Joshua of Alexandria; adopted sister, Linda Snowden of Bunkie; 9 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.

Mamie Jeansonne

Services for Mamie Jeansonne will be held at Church of the Little Flower Catholic Church on Saturday, May 29, 2004 at 11 a.m. with Father James Nellikunnel officiating. Burial will be in the Church of the Little Flower Cemetery, Evergreen, under the direction of Escude Funeral Home, Cottonport.

Mrs. Jeansonne, age 93, of Evergreen, died Wednesday, May 26, 2004 in Bunkie General Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Jeansonne; parents, Phillip Escude and Marceline Escude.

Survivors include her son Charles and wife Emily Mayeux Jeansonne of Beaumont, Texas; grandsons, Dr. Michael Jeansonne of Beaumont, Texas, David Jeansonne of Dunkirk, Md., and Steven Jeansonne of Arlington, Texas; and granddaughter, Angels Jeansonne Fannin of Beaumont, Texas.

Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. until time of services Saturday at Escude Funeral Home, Cottonport

John Hartwell Moseley, Jr.

Services for John Hartwell Moseley, Jr. will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2004 in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with Fr. Patrick Braquet officiating. Burial will be in Pythian Cemetery under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mr. Moseley, age 86, of Bunkie expired on Sunday, May 23, 2004 in Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. He was retired from Perry R. Bass Co. and was an Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife Loraine Ortego Mosoely of Bunkie; one daughter Norma J. Chatelain and her husband Perry of Bunkie; three grandchildren Sonya Gilcrease and her husband Richard of Lone Pine, Michelle I. Andrus of Bunkie and Christopher Chatelain and his wife Amanda of Baton Rouge and four great grandchildren Caleb Gilcrease and Matthew, Nicholas and Kaitlyn Andrus.

Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home from 5 pm - 10 p.m. Tuesday and from 8 a.m. - 10:45 am Wednesday with a Christian Wake Service at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Elnora Evans Thomason

Services for Elnora Evans Thomason will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2004 in the chapel of Melancon Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Broadwater officiating. Burial will be in the Bay Springs Cemetery, Chopin, La., under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mrs. Thomason, age 72, of Lecompte expired on Saturday, May 15, 2004 in the Southfield Care Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, A.G. Thomason; two sons, Allen Thomason and Dewey Thomason; one daughter, Mary Roberts; and a brother, Troy Evans.

Survivors include two sons, Danny Thomason of Evergreen and Horace Thomason of Bunkie; four daughters, Ella Mae Ballard and Cathy Ann Peeler of San Antonio, Texas, Blanche R. McNeal of Effie and Sally Jean Russell of Melrose, N.M.; one sister, Irma Ree Corley of Jena; 20 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home from 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and from 8 a.m. until service time on Wednesday.

Dr. Filmore Paul Bordelon Jr
Services for Filmore Paul Bordelon Jr., M.D., will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 7, 2004, at Calvary Episcopal Church, Bunkie, with the Rev. James Theus officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery, Pineville, under the direction of Avoyelles Memorial Funeral Home, Marksville. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 6, 2004, at Avoyelles Memorial Funeral Home, Marksville, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Friday, May 7, 2004, at Calvary Episcopal Church, Bunkie. Dr. F.P., as he was known, age 82, of Marksville expired on Wednesday, May 5, 2004, in the Rio Sol Nursing Home, Mansura. He was a retired physician, having practiced family medicine in Marksville for more than 50 years. He was a graduate of Cottonport High School, LSU and LSU Medical School. He was a member of the Phi Chi and AOA medical fraternities and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He had served as Avoyelles Parish coroner for 16 years and was a past president of the Louisiana Coroners Association. He served on the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners, where he had served as president, vice president and secretary treasurer of the board. He was also on the Louisiana State Board of Licensed Practical Nurse Examiners, serving as chairman and was a past member and chairman of the Louisiana State Board of Hospitals. He was a member of the Louisiana State Medical Society and the Avoyelles Medical Society, where he had served as president on the state and local levels. He was the Louisiana Family Doctor of the Year in 1989 and was a National Finalist. He was instrumental in starting the Central Louisiana Health Education Center for LSU Medical School, where he served as past president and board member. He was awarded the Rural Health Practitioner of the Year in 1996. He was a member of the Louisiana State Medical Society Hall of Fame and the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction. He was a Charter Fellow and life member of the American Academy of Family Practitioners as well as a member of the Louisiana Academy of Family Practitioners. He was a clinical assistant professor of family medicine at LSU Medical Center. He was the team physician for Marksville High School football team for 30 years. He had been a member of the Multi Disciplinary Team Office of Community Service in Avoyelles Parish for many years. He was a founding director and a past president of the LSU Foundation. He founded the LSU Campanile Charity organization and served as its first president. He was a member and served as past president of the LSU Alumni Federation and the Avoyelles LSU Alumni Association. It was during his term as president of the LSU Alumni that fund raising and the scholarship fund were started. He was the second chairman of the LSU Alumni Fund. He was a founding director of the Central Louisiana Bank & Trust Co. and a member of the LSU-Alexandria Advisory Board and Calvary Episcopal Church, Bunkie. He was preceded in death by his parents, Filmore P. and Georgie Joffrion Bordelon; a daughter, Marilynn Lynn Gilly; and three sisters, Marjorie Corkery, Ruth Cayer and Pearl Vaida. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Marilynn Larson Bordelon of Marksville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Marjorie and Danny Melancon of Bunkie and Peggy and Wally Waguespack of Baton Rouge; a son and daughter-in-law, Sara and Filmore P. Bordelon III of Lake Charles; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Leigh and Kristen Gilly, Andrew and Brandy Gilly and Stuart Gilly, all of Baton Rouge, Martin and Mary Margaret Gilly of Austin, Texas, Daniel Melancon of Sanford, Fla., David Melancon of Bunkie and Lori Bordelon and F. Paul Bordelon IV of Lake Charles; and two great-grandchildren, Branson and Nathan Gilly of Baton Rouge. Pallbearers will be his grandchildren. Memorials may be sent to Calvary Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 679, Bunkie, LA 71322, LSU Foundation, 3838 W. Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808, LSU-Aleandria, 8100 La. 71 S, Alexandria, LA 71302 or the donors favorite charity
Janet Louise Edwards

Services for Janet Louise Edwards will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 10, 2004 in the chapel of Hixson Brothers of Marksville with the Rev. Mark Crawford officiating. Burial will follow at the Church of Little Flower Cemetery in Evergreen, Louisiana under the direction of Hixson Brothers in Marksville. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday, May 9, 2004 in Hixson Brothers in Marksville. A wake service will be a 7 p.m. Sunday and funeral home will reopen Monday, May 10, 2004 at 8 a.m. until service time at funeral home.

Mrs. Edwards, 59 of Marksville died Friday, May 7, 2004 in Alexandria. She was a native of Bunkie and a resident of Marksville. She was a member of the Christian Family Worship Center.

Survivors include her husband, James Edwards of Marksville; one daughter, Mary Crawford of Marksville; one sister, Dorothy Wright of Bakersfield, California; three grandchildren, Richard Crawford, Paul Crawford and Daniel Crawford.

 
Louise Mire Courville
 
Service for Louise Mire Courville will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2004, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Bunkie, with the Rev. Patrick Braquet officiating. Friends may call at Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie, from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2004. Burial in Pythian Cemetery. Mrs. Courville, 85, of Bunkie, expired on Sunday, May 9, 2004, in Bayou Vista Manor Nursing Center. She and her husband had been the proprietors of Courville Grocery Store. She was preceded in death by her husband, Artelus J. Courville; parents, Evariste and Marie Mott Mire; four sisters, Dorise Lejeune, Dora Lejeune, Rita Buller and Marie Mott; and five brothers, Moise, Maurice, Edward, Julian and Varice Mott. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Marie MayDell and Buford Veillion of Bunkie; three grandsons, Christopher Veillion, Andrew Veillion and Dennis Veillion, all of Baton Rouge; a granddaughter, Jeneé Veillion of Bunkie; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Clement Mire of Goudeau; and a sister, Celeze Doucet of Whiteville
Eddina R. Laborde

Services for Eddina R. Laborde will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Hessmer with the Rev. Michael Manase officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Alphonsus Mausoleum #1.

Mrs. Laborde, of Hessmer, passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2004 at Colonial Nursing Home in Marksville.

She was a native of Bunkie and a present member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church and the St. Alphonsus Altar Society, a past charter member of the D.A.V.A. of the Mansura Auxiliary. She also held state office of the D.A.V.A.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Warren Laborde.

Survivors include her son, Ronald J. Laborde of Natchitoches; her daughter, Christine Moras of Hessmer; her brother, Jessie Rowley of Bunkie; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A wake service will be held at 6 p.m. Monday in the chapel of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Florence B. Ducote

Florence B. Ducote, age 96, of Houston, Texas,
formerly of Bunkie passed away on Sunday, April 25,
2004 after a long, simple life of faith and hope in
the Resurrection.

She is the mother of Bobby and June Ducote and the
widow of Irwin Ducote. She is the grandmother of Julie
Ducote Pastor and Nicole Ramirez of Dallas, Texas and
Robert Ducote of Houston, Texas; and the
great-grandmother of Madeleine, Noelle, Sophia and
Elizabeth.

Funeral services will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday,
April 30, 2004 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
in Bunkie with the Rev. Joe Montalbano officiating.
Burial will follow in the Pythian Mausoleum in Bunkie.


Friends may call from 8:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on
Friday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
Alzheimer's Association, Houston and S.E. Texas
Chapter, 2909 West Holcomb Blvd., Houston, Texas,
77025.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote
Funeral Home of Bunkie.



 
James Benjamin Harper

Services for James Benjamin "Ben" Harper will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 22, 2004 in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with the Revs. Louis Sklar and Patrick Braquet officiating. Burial will be in the Trinity Episcopal Cemetery, Cheneyville, under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Ben, age 17, of Cheneyville expired on Monday, April 19, 2004 in the family residence. Ben attended St. Anthony Elementary School in Bunkie, where he was valedictorian of his 8th grade class. He was an altar server at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Cheneyville, La. Currently, he was a junior at Rapides High School where he held a 4.0 grade point average and received many academic and athletic awards. Such awards include Who's Who in American High Schools Students; Outstanding Freshman and Sophomore; Highest Academic Average Freshman and Sophomore; Most Intelligent Freshman and Sophomore. He lettered in baseball, golf, cross country and soccer; Most Valuable Player Award - Golf; and the Mustang Tradition Award - Cross Country. He was also a member of the Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Students and National Honors Society. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Harvey and Nellie Harper.

Survivors include his parents, Debbie and Jim Toney Harper of Cheneyville; two sisters, Tracey Harper and Leslie Harper of Cheneyville; and his maternal grandparents, Ray and Barbara Reich of Woodworth.

Pallbearers will be his uncles, Ross Harper, David Harper, Blane Normand, Chuck Reich, Tee Ray Reich and Robert Reich.

Honorary pallbearers will be his cousins, Michael Harper, Josh Reich, Trey Reich, Jason Normand, John Paul Normand, William Reich, Josh Drody and Rob E. Reich.

Visitation will be at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church from 1 p.m. until service time on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to St. Anthony School, 116 S. Knoll St., Bunkie, La., 71322.

Margaret Mary "Mem" Dufour Chenevert

Margaret Mary "Mem" Dufour Chenevert, 68, of Westlake, died Wednesday, April 14, 2004, in her residence.

Mrs. Chenevert was born in Bunkie, Louisiana, and worked as a cook for the Avoyelles Parish School Board for over 26 years. She moved to Westlake in 1997. She was a member of the Catholic faith.

Survivors include one daughter, Charlotte Elliott and her husband Dan of Westlake; two sons, Marion "Peck" Chenevert and wife Cheryl of Cottonport, LA and Bill Chenevert and wife Laura, also of Westlake; one brother Riley Dufour of Bunkie; four sisters, Nira Daigrepont of LaComb, Louisiana, Emily Baker of Vidor, Texas, Earline McGuire of Harvey, Louisiana and Peggy Bekowski of Gretna, Louisiana; seven grandchildren, Jason "Mike" Elliott and wife Stacy, Triston Elliott and wife Amy, Kendall, Craig and Kacie Chenevert, all of Westlake, and Alison and Callie Chenevert of Cottonport; and three great grandchildren, Hannah and Drake Elliott of Westlake and Lindsey Chenevert of Cottonport.

Mrs. Chenevert was preceded in death by sisters Sadie Dufour, Corinne Dufour and Hazel Rudolph, brother Kirby Dufour, Jr., parents Mr. and Mrs. Kirby Dufour, Sr., and her beloved husband Raymond Chenevert.

On Friday, April 16, the body will be taken to Cottonport, Louisiana, where visitation will be held at Escude Funeral Home Chapel from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., with a rosary to be cited at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday from 8 a.m. until service time. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, 2004 at St. Mary's Assumption Catholic Church in Cottonport. Father Anthony Dharmaraj will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary's Assumption Catholic Cemetery No.2 in Cottonport

 

Carlton T. McCoy

Services for Carlton T. McCoy will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 15, 2004 in Pythian Cemetery with Rev. Gary Hostetter officiating. Burial will be in Mausoleum in Pythian Cemetery under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mr. McCoy, age 81, of Bunkie expired on April 13, 2004 in Bunkie General Hospital. He was retired from Baker Hughes and was a Navy veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah Giglio McCoy of Bunkie; two daughters, Carolyn Robinett of Purvis, Miss., and Carmen McCoy of Pineville; one brother, Paxton McCoy of Bunkie; one sister, Kathleen Howard of Lafayette; nine grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. today (Wednesday) and 8 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Thursday.
 

Pierre Goudeau

Services for Pierre Goudeau will be at 1 p.m. Monday, April 12, 2004 in the Chapel of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie with the Revs. Donnie McGhee and Stan Broussard officiating. Burial will follow in the Bayou Rouge Baptist Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mr. Goudeau, 71, of Dupont, passed away on Friday, April 9, 2004 at Avoyelles Manor Nursing Home.

Survivors include three brothers, Alfred Goudeau of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Otis Goudeau of Covington, Louisiana and Clyde Goudeau of Osaka, Mississippi; three sisters, Gladys Prejean of Evergreen, Marceline Jackson of Big Cane and Jackie Saucier of Gonzales and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. Monday until the time of services at 1 p.m. at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.
 

GARNET MARY JUMONVILLE DUPUY,  (MRS. ROY J. DUPUY SR.)

A resident librarian for St. Anthony and Sacred Heart schools, Garnet passed away at 4:35 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2004. Mom always told us never to tell her age in this notice. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday with recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Saturday, celebrated by the Rev. "Joseph" Hung Viet Nguyen. Interment in Roselawn Memorial Park. Survived by her husband, Roy Dupuy Sr.; daughter, Linda Dupuy; son and daughter-in-law, Roy J. Jr. and Carol Dupuy; and two grandchildren, Justin and Claire Dupuy. Preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Devillier Jumonville and Garnet Daigle Jumonville; six brothers, Adolph J., Phillip M., Peter P., Paul P., Jean J. and Wilfred A. Jumonville; two sisters, Josie Marie Jumonville Dupuy and Besse Jumonville Grass; and a loving daughter, Susan Jeaneene Dupuy. The family thanks all the doctors and nurses for the care given to her during her illness. Memorial donations may be made to Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, 550 Lobdell Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70806-6316


Thelma Lee Moore

Services for Mrs. Thelma Lee Moore will be held at Magnolia Baptist Church, Evergreen on Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at 11 a.m. with Frankie Ford officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Baptist Cemetery, Evergreen under the direction of Escude Funeral Home, Mansura.

Mrs. Moore, age 72, of Evergreen, died Thursday, March 25, 2004 at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, Alexandria.

She was a previous member of the Evergreen Town Council, a renowned folk artist and a retired school teacher from the Avoyelles Parish School Board.

Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie Moore, Sr.; son, Jessie Moore, II; mother, Evelena Lucas; and father, Calvin Lucas.

Survivors include her daughters, Lena Moore of Evergreen and Florena Moore of Oceanside, New York; son, Jessie Moore, Jr. of Waco, Texas; brother, Calvin Lucas, Jr. of Bunkie; and nine grandchildren.

Visitation will be Magnolia Baptist Church, Evergreen on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. and will resume Wednesday from 8 a.m. until time of services.

 

Clyston J. Ducote

Funeral services for Clyston J. Ducote will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Belledeau, La. Burial will be in the church cemetery under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Visitation will be held at Melancon Funeral Home in Bunkie, La., beginning at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 with a Christian wake service at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Mr. Ducote, 70, of Hessmer died Monday, March 15, 2004. He was a disabled American veteran who served four years in the United States Air Force during the Korean War as a French translator. He was a member of V.F.W. Post #3139 of Marksville.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Sanders Ducote and Virgie Ducote of Cottonport; and his two sisters, Theresa Roy of Hessmer and Mae Rose Waugh of Nebraska.

He is survived by his wife, Betty D. Ducote; one son, Jerry J. Ducote of Hessmer; two daughters, Christine D. Walls of Bunkie and Melissa D. Anderson of Hessmer; seven grandchildren; two brothers, Vernon Ducote of Bunkie and Newton Ducote of Baker; one sister, Virgie Armand of Alexandria; and his stepmother, Mattie Ducote of Alexandria.
 

RUBY LETCHWORTH (MRS. AUSTIN B. LAFLEUR) LAFLEUR,

A most loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, she passed peacefully at her residence on Wednesday morning, March 3, 2004. She was 94 years old. Born on June 6, 1909, in Franklinton, she was one of the six children of Prospere D. Letchworth and Genora Spencer Letchworth. In 1939, she married Austin Benjamin Lafleur. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Rohan Benjamin Lafleur and wife Lorraine of Baton Rouge and Austin Charles Lafleur and wife Libby of St. Francisville; eight grandchildren, Mary Lafleur, New Orleans, and fiance Eric Holmes, Charles Christian Lafleur, Baton Rouge, Suzanne Lafleur Warwick and husband Brent of Kobe, Japan, Michael Lafleur, Baton Rouge, Lauralee Lafleur, Rock Hill, S.C., Scott Lafleur, Baton Rouge, Brittanie Lafleur Van Dyke and husband Tracy, Denham Springs, and Brooklyn Lafleur, Baton Rouge; a loving sister, Billie Wire, Baton Rouge; sisters-in-law, Theresa L. Beazer and Hazel Lafleur, both of Bunkie, and Patricia Lafleur, Baton Rouge; and a host of nephews and nieces, whom she loved dearly, most especially her niece, Caroline Wire, Baton Rouge. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Austin Benjamin Lafleur; sons, Sgt. Gregory L. Lafleur and George M. Lafleur; a granddaughter, Jennifer Lynn Lafleur; parents; sisters, Bessie L. Peck and Elsie O. Letchworth; and brothers, Roy A. Letchworth and George M. Letchworth. She and her husband were charter members of St. Alphonsus Parish, where she was a member of the Ladies Altar Society. The family received visitors at Welsh Funeral Home, 6700 Florida Blvd., on Friday, March 5, 2004, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m. Visitation on Saturday, March 6, 2004, from 9 a.m. until funeral Mass at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Greenwell Springs Road, at 10 a.m. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Charles Christian Lafleur, Michael Lafleur, Scott Lafleur, Tracy Van Dyke, Eric Holmes, Robin Lafleur, Floyd Andes and James LaFleur. Honorary pallbearers are Francis R. Lafleur, Lloyd Spencer, Cary Spencer, Thelbert Spencer, Joseph Beazer and Marvin Lafleur. The family is most grateful to Dr. Efrain Reyes for his skilled, personal and devoted care, as well as to the staff of St. Joseph Hospice for their compassionate ministrations.
 


Geneva Marie Deselle Graham

Services for Geneva Marie Deselle Graham will be at 7 p.m. Friday March 5, 2004 at Melancon Funeral Home in Bunkie with Brother Bobby Cazelot officiating. Graveside services will be held in San Jacinto Cemetery in Houston, Texas at 2 p.m. on Saturday March 6, 2004 under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mrs. Graham age 64 was a resident of Houston, Texas and recently returned to Bunkie.

She died on Thursday March 4, 2004 at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria. She owned and operated The Golden Rule Day Care in Houston, Texas for 25 years until retirement. She will be sadly missed by family and friends.

She was proceeded in death by her mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Tennis Deselle Sr.; one sister, Delores Hazelton; husband, Herman Graham; one son, Jess Graham; mother-in-law, Florida Aymond; and son-in-law, Ted Thomas.

Survivors include three daughters, Patricia Thomas, Toni Hite, and Peggy Boone all of Houston, Texas; one son-in-law, David Boone of Houston, Texas; five grandchildren, Stacey Bridgeman, Megan Thomas, Adam and Andrew Hite and Ashton Boone all of Houston, Texas; one great-grandchild, Chase Bridgeman of Houston, Texas; six sisters, Virginia Gobert of Houston, Texas, Vivian Normand of Evergreen, Judy Strother, Linda Andrus, Alice Leger and Marrianne Williber all of Bunkie; three brothers, Richard Deselle of Forest Hill, Tennis Deselle of Orange, Texas and Russell Deselle of Bunkie; and also 27 nieces and nephews and 37 great-nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Melancon Funeral Home in Bunkie from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Friday March 5, 2004.

BORN & DIED  FEBRUARY 16,2004
MICHAEL PAUL STEVENS
1LB. 1OZ. 12 INCHES LONG
 
PARENTS: WESLEY STEVENS & TONYA LACOME
GRANDPARENTS: TED & CHARLOTTE LACOME
GRANDPARENTS: MICHAEL & LINDA MAYEUX
AUNTS: KRISTEN & LAUREN LACOME
AUNTS: KAITLYN & LINDSAY MAYEUX
 
GREATGRANDPARENTS: JOHN B. FRANCOIS & THE LATE GERALDINE DUGAS FRANCOIS. GERALD & BARBARA MAYEUX

Dolly Hutzler Simpson Lutz

Funeral service for Mrs. Dolly Hutzler Simpson Lutz will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003 in the chapel of Hixson Brothers, Alexandria, with Rev. Charles Hutzler and assisted by Dr. Joe Kite and Rev. M.C. Kelley. Burial will be in Big Cane Baptist Church Cemetery, Big Cane.

Mrs. Dolly, 95, of Alexandria, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003 at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.

Mrs. Dolly was a member of Parkview Baptist Church in Alexandria and was a charter member of Eola Baptist Church in Bunkie. She was a seamstress, helped deliver newspapers for the Alexandria Daily Town Talk and helped operate her family grocery store in Bunkie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, the father of her children, Loyd Butler Simpson; her husband, Joe Lutz; her son, Loyd Butler Simpson, Jr.; her daughter, Shirley Simpson Stephens and husband, Jesse Stephens, Sr.; her parents, Louis and Amy Kelley Hutzler; her brothers, Jasper Theodore Hutzler, Sr., Oswald Louis Hutzler, Sr., Wilson Earl Hutlzer, Louis Miller Hutzler, Jr. and Ford Miller Hutzler; her sister, Mildred Hutzler Blalock; and one grandchild, Richard Stephens.

Survivors include her sons, William "Bill" Louis Simpson and wife, Miriam, of Kosciusko, Miss., and Gerald Wayne Simpson and wife, Jeanie, of Nashville, Tenn.; her daughter, Ela Ann Simpson Kite and husband, Joe, of Alexandria; her sisters, Janey Hutzler Afeman of Baton Rouge and Mary Hutzler Hunt of Carencro; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; and dear friend, Mildred Goff.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

Memorials may be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas Mission Offering, C/O Parkview Baptist Church, 2101 MacArthur Drive, Alexandria, La., 71301.

Friends may call today from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and from 8 a.m. until time of service Saturday at Hixson Brothers, Alexandria.

Lena Devillier Hebert

Memorial services for Lena Devillier Hebert will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004 in St. Bernard Catholic Church, Breaux Bridge, under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home in Bunkie.

She was born on Oct. 18, 1924 in Cecilia and was a resident of Breaux Bridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Amilcar "Cook" Hebert; her parents, Walter and Estelle Devillier; and a brother, Raymond Devillier.

She is survived by her children, Randy Hebert of Breaux Bridge, Steve Hebert and his wife Bonnie of Metairie and Cleo Breaux and her husband Ken of Bunkie; one sister, Mildred D. Calais of Cecilia; three grandchildren, Ken Breaux, Jr., Kristy E. Breaux and Austin Hebert; and one great-grandchild, Ken Breaux, III.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Acadiana, 2600 Johnston St., Suite 200, Lafayette, La., 70503, St. Anthony Catholic Church, P.O. Box 719, Bunkie, La., 71322 or St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church School, 105 Bonnebel Blvd., Metairie, La., 70005.

Guy Louis Brevelle

Services for Mr. Guy Louis Brevelle will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004 in St. Geneieve Catholic Church, Brouillette Community, with Msgr. Marcel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in St. Geneieve Cemetery #2 under the direction of Hixson Brothers, Marksville.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004 in the funeral home with a Wake service to be held at 6 p.m. Visitation will resume Thursday from 8 a.m. until shortly before time of services.

Mr. Brevelle, age 33, of Bunkie, died at his residence in Bunkie.

He was a native of Brouillette Community, a welder, 1988 graduate of Marksville High School, a member of the Louisiana Army National Guard and a Desert Storm beteran. He was a devoted father and an avid outdoorsman.

Survivors include his wife, Christie M. Brevelle of Bunkie; two daughters, Katelyn Brevelle of Patterson and Ali Rose Brevelle of Bunkie; two brothers, Don Brevelle and Brent Brevelle, both of Brouillette Community; two sisters, Brenda Laborde of Marksville and Vicki Michel of Cottonport; mother, Fay G. Brevelle of Brouillette Community; and father, Stafford Brevelle, Jr. of Brouillette Community.

Mary Alice Giglio Turner

Services for Mary Alice Giglio Turner will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2004 in St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Jason Gootee officiating. Burial will follow in Pythian Cemetery under the direction of Hixson Ducote Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mrs. Turner, age 83, of Bunkie passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004 at her residence.

Besides being a beloved wife, mother and grandmother, she was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters. She was a retired teacher from the Avoyelles Parish School Board, a writer, radio announcer, news correspondent, photographer and a world traveler. She was involved with the American Legion and the Red Cross of Central Louisiana.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd T. Turner, Sr.

Survivors include two sons, Lloyd T. Turner, Jr. of Covington and Ronnie Turner of Franklin; one daughter, Judy Fontenot of Bunkie; one sister, Sarah Lee McCoy of Bunkie; nine grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A Christian Wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004 in the chapel of Hixson Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Gerard Moreau, Jason Turner, Anthony Turner, Kyle Cullen, Ian Turner and Todd Cullen.

Honorary pallbearer will be Colten Lemoine.

MAXIE ANDRUS LUTZ   
Service for Maxie Andrus Lutz will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, in the Chapel of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home, Bunkie, with the Rev. Roger Whittington officiating. Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. until service on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial in Pythian Cemetery, Bunkie. Maxie Andrus Lutz passed away on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, at Bunkie General Hospital. Maxie was born Feb. 15, 1917, in Bayou Chicot. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Mathew Lutz; parents, Ambros Andrus and Lizzy Kelley Andrus Lutz; two brothers, A.M. Andrus and Dan Andrus; and a sister, Mackie Mae Andrus McNaspy. She is survived by four sons, M.C. and wife Pat Lutz of Irving, Texas, Aldridge "Shang" and wife Marilyn Lutz, Clyde "Canoe" and wife Yvonne Lutz, all of Bunkie, and Tommy "Dukie" Lutz of Baton Rouge; a daughter, Nancy Lutz and husband Ed Campanella of Baton Rouge; 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. A lifelong resident of the Bunkie area, she served many years as secretary to the principal of Bunkie High School and retired from the Council on Aging, where she served as ombudsman in the Avoyelles Parish area. Maxie was a charter member of Eola Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school for more than 50 years. She was well known for her kind, loving and giving spirit. Her faith defined her life. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Pallbearers will be Robert Wayne Lutz, Brian Scott Lutz, Matthew Campanella, Michael Campanella, Matt Lutz Jr. and Clay Lutz. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Eola Baptist Church, Bunkie.

Jeanne Hazel K. Lemoine

Services for Jeanne Hazel K. Lemoine will be 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Bunkie with the Msgr. Steve Testa officiating. Burial will follow in the Gates of Heaven Mausoleum in Bunkie. Arrangements are under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mrs. Lemoine, 88, of Bunkie passed away on Friday, Jan. 30, 2004, at Christus St. Francis Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria.

She was a member of the Catholic Daughters, St. Anthony Catholic Church, a former member of the St. Anthony Catholic School's PTA, and a loving mother and grandmother.

Mrs. Lemoine is preceded in death by her husband, George P. Lemoine Sr.; her parents, Ernest and Agnes Kohler; brothers, Douglas, Marshall, Irvin "Dee" and Clifton Kohler.

Survivors include two sons, Mark L. Lemoine of Pineville and George P. "Rusty" Lemoine Jr. of Mansura; one daughter, Faye H. Hineman of Atlanta; one brother, Rufus Kohler of Bunkie; three sisters, Betty K. Butler of Bunkie, Willa May K. Sabatini of Houston, and Josie May K. Wuchnick of Canton, Ohio; five grandchildren, Lynn and Paul Hineman of Atlanta, Marie Claire Lemoine of Las Vegas, Morgan and Adrien Lemoine of Pineville.

Pallbearers include Gary Guillory, Tony Bordelon, Cliff Butler, Morgan Lemoine, Adrien Lemoine, Ricky Lemoine and Jimmy Lemoine.

Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Monday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

A wake service will be 5 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home.

Melford Whitsitt Allums, Jr.

Mr. Melford Whitsitt Allums, Jr., a resident of Denham Springs, died at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2004 at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. He was 57.

Mr. Allums was a native of Bunkie and was a U.S. Marine Corp veteran having served during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the VFW Post #3784 and Disabled Veterans of America.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2004 from 9 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church, Denham Springs. The Rev. Monica Monk will officiate the services. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park, Denham Springs, under the direction of Seale Funeral Service, Inc., Denham Springs.

He was preceded in death by his father, Melford W. Allums, Sr.; and mother, Bessie Bubenzer Allums.

Survivors include his wife, Claudia Tanner Allums of Denham Springs; daughter and son-in-law, Clara and Marcel Hodas of Baton Rouge; grandson, Mason Charrier of Baton Rouge; sons, Melford W. "Skip" Allums, III of Sacramento, Calif., and Thomas W. Allums and fiancée Arianne M. Whitmire of Denham Springs; sister, Patricia Denton of San Angelo, Texas; brother, Harvey Allums of Mansura; and numerous nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Denham Springs
.

PEGGY MARIE SANDIFER  "BAM-MAW" CEDOTAL
 
A homemaker and a resident of White Castle, she died at 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2004, in White Castle. She was 69 and a native of Bunkie. Visiting at Ourso Funeral Home, White Castle, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and after 9 a.m. Thursday. Religious service at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Thursday, conducted by Brother Mike Hebert. Entombment in White Castle Mausoleum. Survived by her husband, Sterling Cedotal; a daughter and son-in-law, Danielle Cedotal Guillory and Glen Guillory; a stepdaughter, Donna Bacon; a son, Warren Cedotal "Bo" Wallace and spouse Ruth Wallace; four sisters, Jean Cotton, Johnnie Vaughn, Roxie Gunn and Deborah Shelton; a brother, Danny Sandifer; seven grandchildren, Jon Wallace and wife Kayla, Wendy Wallace, Chase Mathis, Shawna Guillory, Raven Guillory, Harleigh Guillory and Dedra Bacon; and five great-grandchildren, Noah Sanders, William Sanders, Kymberly Pinell, Dallas Bacon and Kamryn Bacon. Preceded in death by her parents, Dennie and Alma Slade Sandifer; and a brother, Ronald Wayne Sandifer.

Frances "Sue" Rabalais Johnston

Frances "Sue" Rabalais Johnston expired on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 in Bayou Vista Manor Nursing Home, Bunkie after a lengthy illness.

She was born October 25, 1917 in Evergreen, LA and grew up in Goudeau. She was an avid reader and crossword enthusiast and was retired from the Louisiana Tourist Commission.

She was preceded in death by her husband Albert R. Johnston, her parents Edwin and Claire Werner Rabalais and her brothers Edwin Rabalais, Earl Rabalais and Clyde Rabalais.

Survivors include one son Robert Johnston of Davis, California; one daughter Sue Ellen Barnett of Natchez, Mississippi; one sister Helen Tanner of Eunice; 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. today, Friday, January 6, 2004, in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with Father Louis Sklar officiating. Burial will be in Pythian Cemetery under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Theresa N. Ladnier, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 22nd, 2004   Her son is Richard O. Ladnier "BUDDY" Ladnier.

Funeral services were held on Jan. 24th...


Murphy H. Descant

It is with a sad heart that I notify you of the passing away of our dear
Brother Murphy Descant.  Our deepest love and sympathy go out to his
loving wife Jean and their four devoted boys, Brent, Nick, Mike and Cooter
and their families.

Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home today, Tuesday 20 Jan from 3
to 10 PM central time.  Visitation again from 8 to 11 AM on Wed. 21 Jan.
Service will be conducted at Melancon Funeral Home at 11 AM Wed.

Murphy will be laid to rest at his church, the Church Of The Little
Flower, cemetery in Evergreen immediately following service.

Please pray for Murphy and his family.

Eula McNabb Brister

Graveside service for Eula McNabb Brister will be held Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004 in Roberts Cemetery at Provencal, La., with Rev. J. Lee Dickson officiating under the direction of Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home of Natchitoches, La.

Visitation will be Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004 from 11 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. in the funeral home.

Mrs. Brister, 90, of Shreveport, La., died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004 at Irving Place Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Shreveport, La.

She was a native and former resident of Bunkie, La. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church in Greenwood, La., and former member of First Baptist Church in Bunkie, La., for many years and a member of DAR.

She was preceded in death by her husband, R.A. Brister; son, Rev. Mack Brister; and parents, James McNabb and Eula Stokes McNabb.

Calvin Lee Bowman Jr.

Services for Calvin Lee Bowman Jr. will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at Melancon Funeral Home in Bunkie. Burial will be in Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home in Bunkie.

Mr. Bowman, 71, of Bunkie, entered into eternal rest on Dec. 30, 2003.

He was preceded in death by one son, Paul Lee Bowman.

Survivors include his wife, Stella Landry Bowman of Bunkie; one daughter, Deborah Bowman Bergeron and her husband Gano Bergeron Jr. of Cottonport; one son, John Edwin Bowman and his wife Deanna Bowman of Bunkie; three grandchildren, Megan Bowman Archer, John L. Bowman and Cain Bergeron; one stepgrandson, Dustin Lee; and four great-grandchildren, Tyler and Logan Bowman, Dayne and Connor Archer.

Pallbearers will be John Bowman, Drew Robert, Dustin Lee, Alan Manuel, Cain Bergeron and Randy Redmon.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, and from 8 a.m. until time of service Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at Melancon Funeral Home in Bunkie.

 

Eddie Descant

Services for Eddie Descant Bunkie will be 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Bunkie. Entombment will be in Pythian Mausoleum - Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home in Bunkie.

Mr. Descant, 86, of Bunkie, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, in Bunkie General Hospital.

He was a salesman for APAC, a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Bunkie and a member of St. Anthony Knights of Columbus Council 2395 and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline "Polly" Descant nee Normand; parents, Albert and Melanie Bergeron Descant; three sisters, Anna Kevlin, Ena Sonnier and Edna Kraus; and two brothers, Edison Descant and Pete Descant.

Survivors include one son, Perry Chatelain of Bunkie; one daughter, Brenda Mathieu of Albany, Ga.; one brother, Albert Lee Descant of Marksville; one sister, Elday Latiolais of Lake Charles; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Timothy Descant, Van Descant, Chris Chatelain, Richard Klingensmith, Gerard Moreau Jr.and Richard Gilcrease.

Friends may call from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, at Melancon Funeral Home in Bunkie.

 

Strawder "Buzz" Maddox

Strawder "Buzz" Maddox, 70, died at 7:10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003, in his residence.He was a native of Bunkie and lived in Lake Charles for the past 50 years. Mr. Maddox was a member of Brick Layer's Local No. 1. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.Survivors included his wife, Nolia G. Maddox of Lake Charles; one son, Charles E. Maddox of Iowa; one daughter, Carmen Manuel of Lake Charles; three brothers, Adrian and Roland Maddox, both of Lake Charles, and Willie Maddox of Hayes; four sisters, Joan Woods, Mary Louise Hanagriff, and Wanda Gary, all of Lake Charles, and Alice Thibodeaux of Liberty, Texas; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 26, in Johnson Funeral Home. The Rev. Dale Nazworth will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation is 5-10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 25, and from 8 a.m. Friday

Eva C. Descant

Services for Eva C. Descant will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003 in St. Anthony Catholic Church, Bunkie, with Rev. Carson LaCaze officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Mausoleum, Cottonport, under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mrs. Descant, age 94, of Bunkie, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003 in Bunkie General Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elster Joseph Descant, Sr., and her son, E.J. Descant, Jr.

Survivors include her daughter, Betty Gagnard of Bunkie; five grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Wake services will be held at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003 at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Friends may call from 8 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003 in the funeral home."

Anna Belle Reed

Services for Anna Belle Reed will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Patrick Braquet officiating. Burial will be in Pythian Cemetery, Bunkie, under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mrs. Reed, age 89, of Bunkie, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003 in Bunkie General Hospital.

She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, a Eucharist minister and a member of the Legion of Mary. She was a retired nurse with more than 50 years of service.

Mrs. Reed was preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Reed.

Survivors include two sons, Charles "Woody" Reed and his wife Sherian Reed of Bunkie and Mike Reed and his wife Connie of Hessmer; two daughters, Lavergne Reed Starkey and her husband Al of Arvada, Colo., and Marcia Reed Riche and her husband Ike of Bunkie; and six grandchildren, Courtney Riche, Abbie Starkey, Kaycee Starkey, Josh Poche, Jake Riche and Beth Poche.

A Christian Wake service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Friends may call from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003 from 8 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Anthony Church, P.O. Box 719, Bunkie, La., 71322"
 

Lawner W. West

Services for Lawner W. "L.W." West will be 2 p.m. today, Friday, Nov. 21, 2003, in Pythian Cemetery with the Rev. Donald Johnson officiating. Burial will follow under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mr. West, 89, formerly of Bunkie, expired on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003, in Montgomery, Ala.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice Johnson West, and a son, David A. West.

Survivors include a son, Lawner West Jr. of Millbrook, Ala.; two brothers, L.E. West of Shreveport and William West of Phoenix; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. today, Friday, Nov. 21, 2003, at Melancon Funeral Home.
 

Jacquiline Nielsen Nibert

Services for Jacquiline Nielsen Nibert will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, in Calvary Episcopal Church with the Rev. James Theus officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Washington under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mrs. Nibert, 74, of Bunkie, expired on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, in Houston. She was a devoted member of Calvary Episcopal Church, Bunkie, where she served as parish secretary for many years. She held previous positions at the Bunkie Record and was the secretary for the Bunkie Chamber of Commerce. She was one of the pioneers of the Louisiana Corn Festival and was very active in promoting tourism for Bunkie and central Louisiana.

She is survived by her two sons, Hunter Nibert of Carrollton, Texas, and Earl Nibert of Houston; and four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 679, Bunkie, LA 71322.


Richard Stephens

Visitation services for Richard D. Stephens Sr. will be Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003, in the chapel of Rush Funeral Home, Pineville.

Mr. Stephens, 52, born May 11, 1951, of Pineville died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003.

He was a native of Alexandria, a retired U.S. Army veteran and a VFW member.

Survivors include his two sons, Ricky Stephens and wife, Edina, of Hineston and Chris Stephens of Pineville; one daughter, Shellie Slocum and husband, Shane, of Cotile; two brothers, Mike Stephens of Alexandria and Jessie Stephens of Texas; one sister, Sylvia Spicks of Arkansas; four grandchildren, Nickie and Dustin Slocum and Tiffany and Austin Stephens.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003, at Rush Funeral Home, Pineville.


Lloyd Lee Bailey

Funeral services for Mr. Lloyd Lee Bailey, age 76, of New York City and formerly of Bunkie will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003, in the chapel of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home, 302 St. John St., Bunkie, La.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. and interment will follow in his family plot at Pythian Cemetery.

Survivors include his cousins, Robert L. Bailey, III of Covington, Pearce Bailey of Sadler, Texas, Al Carter of Lake Charles, Denise Gee Peacock of Tampa, Fla., and Dempse McMullen of Natchez, Miss.

He is the son of the late Lloyd L. Bailey and Ada Joyce White Bailey, formerly of Bunkie.

Mr. Bailey was an award-winning interior designer and author of 18 books on entertaining. During his childhood in Bunkie (often referred to in his books and style columns) his family owned both the Bailey Hotel (where he lived) and the Bailey Theatre.

Doris Ray Blood

Our Mother, Doris Ray Blood, passed away on Friday, Oct. 24, 2003, at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria after a lengthy illness with cancer. She was 75.

Services for Doris Ray Blood will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003, at the First Baptist Church of Lone Pine with Rev. David Newton officiating, assisted by the Rev. Carl Buris. Burial will follow in the Griffin Hills Cemetery under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mrs. Blood was an active member of her church and also held an office in the Southern Baptist Association. She was very dedicated to Bunkie General Hospital and Dr. Don Hines for many years.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Claude L. Blood, Sr.; one son, Claude L. Blood, Jr.; her father, John Ed Ray, Sr.; her mother, Vivian Bordelon Ray; and one sister, Lova Lee Ray.

Survivors include one son, Robert "Bobby" Blood of Lone Pine; three daughters, Ruth Marcotte and her husband, D.J., of Cheneyville, Beverly Ann Ortego and her husband, Russell, of Lafayette, Sue Foreman and her husband, John Phillip, of Chicot; two brothers, John Ed Ray, Jr. and his wife, Betty, of Cheneyville, James Ray and his wife, Tiny, of Pineville; one sister, Alton C. Hall and her husband, Eugene, of Edna, Texas; one aunt, Nell Lanier of Moreauville; and just like a sister, Lois Jean O'Quinn of Lone Pine; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and friends.

A prayer service was conducted on Friday by the Rev. Donald Johnson.

Friends may call from 8 a.m. until time of services on Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Lone Pine.

Pallbearers will be Rhen Dyer, Greg Marcotte, Reggie Slocum, Bruce Ross, Blake Foreman and Damon Foreman.

Honorary pallbearers will be Edward Dyer, Roby Prejean, Sammy Urbina and John Frost.
 

Virginia May

Funeral services for Mrs. Virginia May will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October
14, 2003 at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Calvin Phelps officiating. A
grave-side service will be held at Hasley Cemetery in West Monroe at 4 p.m.
on Tues-day under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mrs. May, age 83, of Bunkie, passed away on Saturday, October 11, 2003 at
Christus St. Frances Ca-brini Hospital.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bunkie, conducted Bible
Study classes, participated in the Women's Missionary Union, and was den
mother in the Cub Scouts. She was married to Clyde C. may for 61 years.

Mrs. May is preceded in death by her father, James Alexander Sloan and her
mother, Beatrice Wilson.

Survivors include her husband, Clyde C. May of Bunkie; two sons, Travis May
and his wife Kay of Jonesboro and Robert May and his wife Helen of
Mans-field; one daughter, Sara Collins of Alexandria; one sister, Jean
Powell of Kingsport, Tennessee; five grandchildren, Melanie Burge of San
Angelo, Texas, Kevin May of Jonesboro, Brad May of Jonesboro, Jamison May of
Trumann, Arkansas and Hannah May of Ruston.

Friends may call from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Mon-day and 8:30 a.m.
until 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home.

Ruby J. Dufour

Services for Ruby J. Dufour will be 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Bunkie, with the Rev. Patrick Braquet officiating. Burial will be in Pythian Mausoleum, Bunkie, under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mrs. Dufour, 58, of Bunkie died Friday, Oct. 3, 2003, in Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.

Survivors include her husband, Riley Dufour of Bunkie; two sons, Ricky Dufour of Ville Platte and Clint "Mark" Dufour of Marksville; one daughter, Terri Dupuy of Marksville; one brother, Gerald Johnson of Bunkie; two sisters, Faye Jeansonne of Hessmer and Dianne Bordelon of Alexandria; mother, Bertha Johnson of Bunkie; and six grandchildren.

Wake services will be 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday and from 8 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. Monday in the funeral home.

Lelia Rabalais Eiland

Services for Lelia Rabalais Eiland will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with the Rev. Patrick Braquet officiating. Burial will be in Pythian Cemetery under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mrs. Eiland, 92, of Bunkie expired on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003, in Bunkie General Hospital.

She had been a bookkeeper for J.A. Eiland Construction Co. and was a member the Catholic Daughters of America Court St. Anthony 968.

She is preceded in death by her husband, James A. Eiland Jr.; a daughter, Susan Bordelon; one brother; and two sisters.

Survivors include one son, Jerry Eiland of Bunkie; three grandchildren, Cheri' Adaire Bordelon of Lake Charles, Seth Bordelon of Bunkie and Michelle Bordelon Gremillion of Goudeau; and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Monday at Melancon Funeral Home.


Mildred Harper Frank

Services for Mildred Harper Frank will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003, in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with Fr. Patrick Braquet officiating. Burial will be in Pythian Cemetery under direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mrs. Frank, age 81, of Bunkie expired on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003, in Bunkie General Hospital.

She was a past president of the Legion of Mary and a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and the Altar Society.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert "T-Bear" Frank; a grandson, Kevin Frank; and two brothers, L.V. Harper and David Harper.

Survivors include two sons, David Frank of Baton Rouge and James Frank of Baton Rouge; a daughter, Beverly Frank Lemoine of Bunkie; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be grandsons Brent Lemoine, Jake Lemoine and Frank Lemoine, grandson-in-law Robert Mathews, nephew Joey Frank and great-nephew Thomas Frank.

Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) and 8 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. Thursday. There will be a Christian wake service at 6 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the funeral home.

 

Joe Comeaux

Services for Brother Joe Comeaux will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003, at Amazon Baptist Church with the Rev. Donald Alexander officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery under the direction of Bunkie Mortuary.

Brother Comeaux, age 85, of Bunkie, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003, in Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.

He was a member of Amazon Baptist Church, having served on the usher board.

Survivors include his wife, Amiel Glenn Comeaux of Bunkie; granddaughter, Millie Comeaux-McMaster of Trenton, N.J.; sister, Elnora Hasling of Port Arthur, Texas; two grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of services in the church.

Donald J. Sumner

Services for Donald J. Sumner will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2003,
in the chapel of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie, with Rev. Robert Tanner
officiating. Burial will be in the Bayou Rouge Cemetery under direction of
Melancon Funeral Home.

Mr. Sumner, age 74, of Bunkie expired on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003, in the
Alexandria VA Medical Center. He was the founder and captain of the
Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Posse and a World War II Navy veteran and the
recepient of a Purple Heart. He was a past master of Masonic Lodge # 326 -
Bunkie; past Patron of the Eureka Chapter # 65 - Bunkie and a member of Omar
Temple AAONMSA of Mount Pleasant, S.C. He also was a member of the Bunkie
American Legion, Bayou Rouge Baptist Church and the Hessmer Baptist Church.
He also was a past union representative for R.C. Motorliner in Columbia,
S.C., and a past member of the Midland Flying Club and the Civil Air Patrol
of Columbia, S.C.

Survivors include his wife, Therether "Terry" Andrus Sumner of Bunkie; their
children, Donald Sumner, Dale Sumner and Wade Sumner of Columbia, S.C.,
Wayne and Trudy Bourg Tauzin of Lafayette, Conrad and Linda Witty Bourg of
Baton Rouge, and K.C. and Jacqueline Bourg Kincaide of Houston, Texas; 12
grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Posse members.

Memorials may be sent to Shreveport Shriners Hospital for Children, 3100
Samford Ave., Shreveport, La., 71103.

REDMON,    OZITE
      A resident of Bunkie, she died Monday, Sept. 8, 2003, at Bunkie
General Hospital. She was 91. Friends called at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home,
Bunkie, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Friends may call at the funeral home
from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Wednesday. Service at David Haas United Methodist
Church, Bunkie, at noon Wednesday, with the Rev. Joe Hoover officiating.
Burial in Church of the Little Flower Cemetery, Evergreen. Preceded in death
by her husband, Frank Redmon; parents, Ulysses and Rosena Galland; and three
brothers and three sisters. Survived by her son, Clifton Redmon, Bunkie; a
daughter, Edith R. Ossowski, Baker; three sisters, Emily Raynal and Mary Lou
Desoto, both of Metairie, and Francis McCoy, Mandeville; four grandchildren,
Marilyn Doucet, Ann Smith, Keith Mock and Frank Thomas Ossowski; nine
great-grandchildren, Jeremy Smith, Justin Doucet, Brandi Brewer, Olivia
Smith, Chad Watts, Ileana Leteff, Naomi Mock, Nathan Mock and Dallis
Ossowski; and two great-great-grandchildren, Claire Brewer and Garret
Brewer. Pallbearers will be Nelson Mock, Tom Ossowski, Blake Brewer, Justin
Doucet, Jeremy Smith and Richard Redmon.

DANIEL P. "DAN" GUILLORY 
      Died at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, at his home in Baton Rouge. He
was 80 and a native of Bunkie. He was a retired insurance agent and a U.S.
Army veteran of World War II. Visiting Tuesday at Rabenhorst Funeral Home
East, 11000 Florida Blvd. Funeral Mass Wednesday at Our Lady of Mercy
Catholic Church. Times are pending. He is survived by his wife, Henrietta
Breaux Guillory; and 10 children, 20 grandchildren and three
great-grandchildren.

   JOHN ANDREW COX   
Known affectionately to all as "Tiger," he was a honorably discharged U.S. Army Infantry major and one of the most highly decorated Louisiana World War II veterans. He served 38 months overseas, first as a platoon leader and later as a battalion commander. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, including an oak leaf cluster, two Purple Hearts and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with bronze star. He died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003, at his home in Walnut Hills, where he lived for more than 60 years in Baton Rouge. He was 91. Arrangements are pending with Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St. Interment in Arlington National Military Cemetery, Arlington, Va. He was born in Peach (Wood County), Texas, and grew up on a farm near Mira, La. He completed high school at Hosston, where he was captain of the basketball team and president of his class. He enrolled at LSU in 1934, and became captain of ROTC Company F, captain of the rifle team, member of Scabbard and Blade, first president of the Horticulture Club, chancellor of Alpha Zeta and a member of ODK honorary society. He received a bachelor of science degree in 1938, worked for two years as a research associate with the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station then received a masters of science degree in horticulture. He then worked as an agricultural agent of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad, covering nine states until 1941, when he entered active duty with the U.S. Army. In 1942, he was sent to the Southwest Pacific with the 37th Infantry Division, where he served as a weapons platoon leader in New Zealand and the Fiji Islands in a "guerrilla" unit. He later became battalion intelligence officer, company commander, battalion plans and training officer, battalion executive officer and commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, 145th Infantry, with the rank of major. His combat experience also included Bougainville, New Georgia, and Solomon Islands and Manila in the Philippines, where he received a severe wound from a shell fragment near Manila and was honorably discharged from the Army in 1945. He then joined the Louisiana Agricultural Extension Service staff as a horticulturist, was promoted to extension horticulturist and then state agriculture agent, and became director of the LSU Cooperative Extension Service for 27 years. Among the honors he received during this time were the first National Pecan Shellers Golden Pecan Award in 1959, the Progressive Farmer Magazine "Man of the Year" award in agriculture for 1967, King of the Louisiana Yambilee in 1968 and of the Louisiana Cotton Festival in 1972. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him deputy administrator of Extension Service of the USDA in Washington, D.C., for one year, after which he resumed his position as Louisiana extension director until his retirement in 1978. He also served a term as an assistant commissioner of agriculture for the state of Louisiana, retiring for good after that period. An active volunteer, he was a member of a variety of associations, including the Downtown Kiwanis Club, Army and Navy Legion of Valor, the Military Order of the World Wars, the American Legion, Order of the Purple Heart and DAV, LSU Veterans Club, Hall of Honor as Cadet of "The Old War Skule," LSU Faculty Club, Baton Rouge Civitan Club, Association of Southern Agricultural Workers, Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, LSU Alumni Association, LSU's "Golden" Tigers, Louisiana Camellia Society, Federated Pecan Growers' Association of the U.S./Louisiana, Louisiana Sweet Potato Growers' Association and the Mardi Gras Krewes Mystique de la Capitale and Tucumcari of Baton Rouge, both for which he served as king during his participation. He was also king of the Iduna Krewe of Baton Rouge. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Frances Cazedessus Cox; a daughter and son-in-law, Shelby Cox and Bill Conti; two sons and daughters-in-law, John "Doc" Andrew II and Peggy Reed Cox and Van Loren and Jan LeBlanc Cox; 11 grandchildren, Rachela Conti Swanson, Nicola Conti O'Connell, Poppy Cox White, Loren Andrew and Kyle Olan Cox, Holly Howze Davis, Heidi Michelle Howze, Hilary Howze Weaver, Robert "Bo" Reed III, Cinnamon Reed Streva and Christian H. Reed; 14 great-grandchildren, William and Nicolas Swanson, Cassidy and Shelby O'Connell, Ashley and Luke White, Marianna and Julia Davis, Anna B. and Lucy Reed, Virginia, Kyle and Reed Streva and Adrienne Reed; brother and sister-in-law, Edgar "Ted" and Mary Louise Hartley Cox; a sister, Willie Maud Cox; and a brother-in-law, Alvan Duchein Cazedessus. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Edgar Wells and Luttie Moss Cox; brothers, Robert "Jack" Cox, Arley Wells Cox, Dee Ovle Cox, William Weldon Cox and Elmer U.B. Cox; sisters, Attie Cox and Mary Lorene Cox; mother-in-law, Letitia Sanders Cazedessus; and brother-in-law, Sanders Ritsch Cazedessus.

John Ray Koonce
It is with great regret that I have to announce the passing of Mr John Ray Koonce.  He was the tuxedo wearing pianist who gave our friends and guests many hours of pleasure during dinner.  He will be at Hixon Bros in Pineville today July 23 from 4 til 9pm and the funeral service will be tomorrow at 10 am.  John was a personal friend of mine and a talented musician, only 59 years old, I will miss him sorely.
Tommy Mc Nabb

RALPH BRINSON "COACH" EDWARDS,    
      
      A beloved father, grandfather and devoted husband for 54 years, he passed away at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2003, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Bluebonnet. He was born in Marion in 1926, the son of James Garland Edwards and Esther Brinson Edwards. Ralph was a graduate of Homer High School and Northwestern State University, where he excelled both academically and in sports. He won many awards in golf, football, tennis, swimming and diving. He was vice president of the student body, president of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity at NSU and served as trustee of its National Foundation. He was a member of the NSU Hall of Fame and "Who's Who" in American Colleges and Universities. Ralph served our country for more than two years during World War II. He was assigned to a B-17 as an aerial gunner. At the end of hostilities, he served as athletic director at an Air Corps base in Kuna, Idaho.

Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Louisiana and was a football coach and teacher at Bunkie and Pineville high schools. While at Bunkie, his team won the state championship. He enjoyed telling of his win-loss record of 46-23-1 and he stayed in touch with some of his players through the years. After eight years of coaching, he decided to enter the insurance business. He studied insurance, finance and management at LSU and SMU. He represented several companies during his career, having served in various positions, including sales, educational training, public relations director, vice president, president and CEO. In 1964, Ralph moved his family from Baton Rouge to Jackson, Miss., where he became president and director of American Public Life Insurance Co. and WAPT-TV. He was responsible for bringing the ABC affiliate to Jackson, Miss. Taking early retirement from the insurance industry, he became president and CEO of RAMI Inc. (Hancock Fabrics) and operated stores in Natchez, Greenville and Greenwood, Miss. On June 4, 1949, Ralph married Millie Jo Pulley of Bossier City, who survives him. Also surviving are his three beautiful daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Claude Maley Jr. of Jackson, Miss., Lydia and George Boggan Jr. of Greenwood, Miss., and Lori and Danny Lambert of Denham Springs; six grandchildren, Alicia Maley Lawrence, Tres Maley, Georgia Boggan Warren, Erin Boggan, Courtney Glover, Dylan Brinson Glover; two great-grandchildren, Maley Lawrence and Ann Maclain Lawrence; and a brother, Billy Clyde Edwards of Roanoke, Va.

Through the years, Ralph was a member of many fraternal and civic organizations in which he held many leadership positions. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a Shriner and member of the Country Club and Monday Lunch Brunch. He was a devoted member of Broadmoor Baptist Church, where in the past he served as usher and on the board of trustees. Ralph was an avid golfer, hunter, fisherman and swimmer. He actively participated in the favorite hobbies of music, singing, clarinet and saxophone, and reading history and biographies. Shortly after his 70th birthday, Ralph suffered an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Very near death, through prayer, his life was spared. The family wishes to thank all of their friends and the medical staffs who have assisted Ralph during these years. Although resigned to a wheelchair, Ralph never lost his zest for life, his love of God or his love of family and friends. His positive attitude during his strife was an inspiration to all who knew him.

Sons-in-law, Claude Maley Jr., George Boggan Jr. and Danny Lambert, and grandchildren, Tres Maley, Dylan Brinson Glover, Jason Lawrence and Michael Warren will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Lowell Applegate, Rip Baker, Howard Billings, Jack Butler, Joe Cannon, John Cantey, Embree Easterly, Bob Hazel, Fred Kelpe, James R. Kilgore, Fred Liner, Wendell Shifflett and R.C. "Doc" Spears. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Spinal Cord Injury Foundation, attn: Development Department, 6701 Democracy Blvd., Suite 3-9, Bethesda, Md., 20817, 1-800-962-9629 or to a charity of choice. Visitation at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Religious service at Greenoaks Funeral Chapel at noon Wednesday, conducted by Dr. John W. Goodwin of Broadmoor Baptist Church. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. 
 

Angelo Baronne, Jr.

Services for Angelo "A.J." Baronne, Jr. will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 10, 2003, in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with the Rev. Patrick Braquet officiating. Burial will follow in Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mr. Baronne, age 59, of Bunkie died in Natchitoches.

He is preceded in death by his father, Angelo Baronne, Sr. and mother, Essie Baronne.

Survivors include three sons, Gino Baronne, Angelo Baronne, Santino Baronne, all of Bunkie; one brother, James Baronne of Marksville; two sisters, Vivian Drouin of Bunkie, Rosalynn Rabalais of Fort Worth, Texas; and five grandchildren.

Friends may call from 8 a.m. till 12:45 p.m., Tuesday at Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home, Bunkie.


Francis (Earl) Gaspard

Brother Francis (Earl) Gaspard age 64, of Bunkie died Sunday, June 8, 2003 in Hessmer. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Bunkie on Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at 9 a.m. Visitation will be at Melancon Funeral Home in Bunkie on Monday, June 9, 2003 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. with a Christian wake service at 7 p.m. and again on Tuesday, June 10, 2003 from 8 a.m. until 8:45 a.m.

Born September 19, 1938 in the Brouillette Community. Brother Francis was a U. S. Navy Veteran and a registered nurse. He was ordained in the Brothers of the Holy Euchrist on May 26, 1973 and served as Pastoral Minister at St. Anthony's Catholic Church for 20 years.

Preceded in death by his parents, Valley and Rosalie Gaspard, Sr. and by four brothers, Stennie, Venix, Irvin and Steven Gaspard.

Survived by two sisters, Lessoe Jarrell of Centerpoint and Enola Humphries of Hessmer; two brothers, Alton Paul Gaspard of Crystal River, Florida and Valley Gaspard, Jr. of Hessmer and also by 9 nieces and 11 nephews and by the Brothers of the Holy Eucharist in Plaucheville.

Pallbearers will be Michael Moras, Brendon Gaspard, Mark Gaspard, Earl Jarrell, Noel Gaspard, Joseph Lamartiniere, Greg Hernandez and Gilbert Blalock.

In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Anthony' Catholic School 116 S. Knoll Ave. Bunkie, Louisiana 71322.

 

Michael Larry McBride

Memorial services for Michael Larry McBride will be 10 a.m. today, May 2, 2003, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with Father Patrick Braquet officiating. Burial will be at a later date under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mr. McBride, 55, of Baton Rouge, formerly of Bunkie, expired on Monday, April 28, 2003, in his residence.

Survivors include his mother, Viola McBride of Bunkie; one sister, Sharyn M. Harrington of New Orleans; and one nephew, Charles F. Griffin Jr. of Baton Rouge.

The family will receive friends at the church from 9 a.m. until service time today.

 

Harry J. Himel, Jr.

Services for Mr. Harry J. Himel, Jr. will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 2, 2003, in Eola Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Bigner and Rev. David Newton officiating. Burial will follow in Whites Chapel Cemetery, Whiteville, under the direction of Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mr. Himel, 88, of Ville Platte, formerly of Bunkie, died Tuesday, April 29, 2003, in Ville Platte Medical Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry J. Himel, Sr. and Virginia Himel; and two brothers, Newton Himel and Marion Himel.

Survivors include his wife, Celina F. Himel of Ville Platte, formerly of Bunkie; three daughters, Yvonne H. Lutz of Bunkie, Myrtle H. Williams of Whiteville, and Faye H. Billeaudeau of Ville Platte; one brother, Vanoy Himel of Bunkie; one sister, Anita Thayer of Bunkie; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 6 p.m. Wednesday until 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, 2003, at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Harry Gene Williams, Richard Williams, Daniel Williams, Robbie Lutz, Brian Lutz, Terry Ferguson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Earl McCaulley and Tommy Thayer.

 

Evelyn Hoover Ducote

Services for Evelyn Hoover Ducote will be at 10 a.m. Monday, April 28, 2003, in St. Anthony Catholic Church, Bunkie with Rev. Patrick Braquet officiating. Burial will follow in Pythian Cemetery, Bunkie, under the direction of Hixson Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mrs. Ducote, 79, of Bunkie, died Friday, April 25, 2003, in her residence.

She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, a graduate of Louisiana State University and a retired educator in the Avoyelles Parish School System. She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority. She dedicated her life to her children and her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Otride Joseph Ducote, Jr., and her parents, P.A. and Annie Hoover.

Survivors include four sons, William Bruce Ducote and wife, Denise, of Baton Rouge, Michael Dale Ducote and wife, Mary, of Lafayette, Joseph Althes Ducote and wife, Annie, of Kazakstan, Asia, and Pierre Hoover Ducote of Bunkie; two daughters, Margaret Ann Ducote Gaspard and husband, Terrel, of Marksville and Faye Ducote Southard and husband, Dave, of Knoxville, Tenn.; one brother, Jerry A. Hoover of Bunkie; one sister, Eulalie H. Perkins of Natchitoches; and eight grandchildren, Jonathan and Julie Gaspard of Marksville, Annie, Andre, Adrian, and Archie Ducote of Lafayette, and Sarah and Amy Southard of Knoxville, Tenn.

A Wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2003, in the funeral home.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday and from 8 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. Monday in Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Contributions may be made to St. Frances Cabrini Hospice, 3410 Masonic Drive, Alexandria, La., 71301.


Marcia Marie Toomey


Services for Marcia Marie Toomey will be 9 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 2003, in the St. Francis Xavier Cathedral with the Rev. Joseph E. Montalbano officiating. Private entombment will be in Alexandria Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Alexandria, under the direction of John Kramer & Son.

Marcia Marie Toomey, 61, of Alexandria died Monday, April 7, 2003, in CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.

She was born and raised in Bunkie, but has been a resident of Alexandria for more than 42 years. She was employed at Hartford Insurance for 15 years and retired from Cotton Brothers Credit Union after 11 years' service.

Marcia Toomey is survived by her husband of 42 years, Francis J. "Frank" Toomey of Alexandria; three children, Francis J. "Skip" Toomey II of Baton Rouge, Terri T. Hale of Westlake, and Derek D. Toomey of Atlanta, Ga.; four grandchildren, Zachary Toomey of Baton Rouge, Chris Hale, Cory Hale, and Cody Hale of Westlake; one sister, Kate Nettles of Bunkie; and one brother, George Nettles of Bunkie.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dewey and Flossie Nettles of Bunkie.

A Christian wake service will be 6 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.

Friends are asked to call from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday and from 8 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. Thursday at John Kramer & Son.

Pallbearers will be Skip Toomey, Zachary Toomey, Ray Hale, and Chris Hale.

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Cathedral Restoration Fund, 626 Fourth St., Alexandria, LA 71301-8428.


Clemens August "C.A." Voelker

Services for Clemens August "C.A." Voelker will be 10 a.m. Friday in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Bunkie. Interment will be in Pythian Cemetery in Bunkie under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home.

Mr. Voelker, age 76, of Bunkie died Wednesday, March 26, 2003, in CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran. He owned and operated Voelker Implement Co., a John Deere dealership in Bunkie for more than 40 years. His main occupation was being a loving husband of 52 years, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his son, Clemens August "Gus" Voelker Jr., and a brother, Robert Voelker.


Survivors include his wife, Vivien Glanker Voelker of Bunkie; three sons, Darrel Voelker of Bunkie, William Trieschmann Voelker of Corrales, N.M., and Charles Voelker of Baton Rouge; three daughters, Valerie V. Munson of Baton Rouge, Leslie V. Kinney and Ellen V. DiMaria of Watson; one brother, Edward Sparrow Voelker Jr. of Alexandria; and one sister, Antonia Foote of Alexandria; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Earl Morris Jr., Elwood Guillory, Irving Fontenot, Boo McDonald, Terry Francois, and Bobby LaPrairie.

Friends may call from 8 a.m. until 9:40 a.m. Friday at Melancon Funeral Home in Bunkie.

The family wishes to send special thanks to Eloise and all the caregivers. We also wish to thank Richard, Bunkie General Home Health and CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital's nursing staff.

In lieu of flowers, make donations to St. Anthony School.

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6.

Colonel Wayne Sharp
(July 8, 1930 - January 29, 1979)

 

Dolores Firmin Juneau ( Momee )

Services for Dolores Firmin Juneau will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church with Father Patrick Braquet officiating. Burial will be in Pythian Cemetery under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home of Bunkie.

Mrs. Juneau, age 78, of Bunkie, expired on Monday, Jan. 20, 2003, in Bunkie General Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alden J. Juneau, Sr.

Survivors include a son, A.J. Juneau, Jr. of Bunkie; two daughters, Sandra Descant of Panama City, Fla., and Cathy Osborne of Russellville, Ark.; one brother, Burley Firmin of Alexandria; and one sister, Louann Ganey of Plaucheville; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Chris Juneau, Brian Juneau, Jason Descant, Dale Descant, Steve Osborne, and Randy Breedlove.

Friends may call at Melancon Funeral Home from 4:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. today Wednesday and from 8 a.m. until 9:15 a.m. Thursday.

A Christian Wake service will be held in the funeral home at 7 p.m. this evening.
 We miss you Momee...

Charles W. Bordelon, Sr.

Charles W. Bordelon, Sr., 68, of Beaumont, died Saturday, January 25, 2003 at his residence after a tough battle with pancreatic cancer. A memorial service will be held

at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 27, at Broussard's Mortuary, 2000 McFaddin, Beaumont. Charles was born January 27, 1934 in Bunkie, Louisiana to Abelous and Adele Bordelon.

He graduated from Bunkie High School and then served in the United States Air Force during the Korean conflict. He attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute and received a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1958. During his studies, he met the love of his life, June Hoover, and was soon married. He spent many years in newspaper advertising that took him from Lafayette, La. to McAllen, Texas, Shreveport, La., and Houston, Texas. In 1967 he took the advertising manager's position at the Longview News. In 1977, he accepted the role of advertising director for the Beaumont Enterprise and Journal and worked there until 1984. Because of his love for art, music, antiques, and advertising, he began his own publication called the Antique and Collector's Guide in 1985. He traveled all over Texas and Louisiana making lasting friendships with antique shop owners and auctioneers. He was also an accomplished artist having painted and sketched numerous works. One such notable work, he designed stained glass windows for a church in South Texas. His collection of WWI and WWII posters were shown at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas and a collection of western movie posters will be housed in a museum in Jasper.

Charles is survived by this loving wife of 44 years, June Hoover Bordelon, who was at his side tirelessly throughout his illness. He leaves behind his sons, Charles Bordelon, Jr. of Houston and Patrick Bordelon of Beaumont; two daughters, Jayne Bordelon of Beaumont, and Patrice Bordelon Snell, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania along with her husband Denby, granddaughter Erin and grandson Patrick. He is survived by his mother Adele 'Dottie' Bordelon Gauthier of Bunkie , LA; sister, Junie Rowley, also of Bunkie and many relatives, and friends. Broussard's - Beaumont 2000 McFaddin Beaumont, Texas 77701 (409) 832-1621 broussardsmortuary.com