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BARRACO, BETTY PETITE
A resident of Norco, she died at 4:31 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2001. She was 68 and a native of Acy. She was the beloved wife of John Barraco; mother and mother-in-law of Marilyn B. and Gary Morris of Destrehan, Kathy "Kat" Trepagnier of LaPlace, Johnny and Trudie Barraco of Gramercy and Donnie and Vicki Barraco of LaPlace; grandmother of Stephanie Bartholemy, Kristie, Amy, Lori and Adam Trepagnier, David, Ashley and John Barraco, and Alex and Andy Morris; great-grandmother of René Bartholemy III; daughter of the late Adam Paul and Lena Vicknair Petite; and sister of Ada Montz, Rosie Leitz, Sonnie Everhardt and the late Algie Petite. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas and Sacred Heart Ladies Altar Society. Visiting at H.C. Alexander Funeral Home of Norco from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Visiting at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Norco, from 8:30 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Entombment in St. Charles Borromeo Mausoleum.

BLANCHARD, FREDERICK
A security officer at the Mall of Louisiana and a resident of Baton Rouge, he died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. He was 37 and a native of Lafayette. Visiting at St. Peter United Methodist Church, 77675 Pecan St., Maringouin, from 1 p.m. until religious services at 7 p.m. Sunday, conducted by the Rev. Clarence Hillard. Dismissal at 10 a.m. Monday. Interment in New Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Maringouin. Survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Sheila and Ronald Neal; two nieces, Amber and Sydney; grandmother, Leona Dorsey Woods; aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends. A. Wesley Funeral Home, 10810 Ventress Drive, Maringouin, 225-625-2383 in charge of arrangements.

BORDELON, MICHAEL JAMES
A resident of Denham Springs, he died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, at Summit Hospital, Baton Rouge. He was 37 and a native of Baton Rouge. Survived by his mother and stepfather, Beth and Floyd Younger Jr. of St. Francisville; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Ann Bordelon and David Blanton of Monroe and Donna Gayle Bordelon and Roger Goudeau of Watson; two brothers and a sister-in-law, William Ray and Connie Bordelon of Denham Springs and Floyd L. "Trey" Younger III of Baton Rouge; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his father, Donald Omar Bordelon.

CHAPPELL, BETTY SESSIONS
A former clerk of court of St. Helena Parish, she died at 1:35 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. She was 72, a resident of Baton Rouge and native of Florida. Visiting at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from noon until religious services at 3 p.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Philip McDaniel and the Rev. Dave Gray. Interment in Pine Grove Cemetery, Pine Grove. Survived by a son, Roy Douglas Chappell of Baton Rouge; a sister, Thelma S. Edgeman of Lake Placid, Fla.; and two brothers, Dillon D. Sessions of Tallahassee, Fla., and A. Eugene Sessions of Florida. Preceded in death by her husband, J. Robert Chappell; parents, Willis and Roberta Easley Sessions; an aunt and uncle, Mallie Easley and Henry Chandler; two sisters, Hazel Hancock and Addie Starrett; and three brothers, Elwood, Herman and Carl Sessions.

COOLEY, ROBERT EDISON
One of God's special children, he was born Dec. 21, 1954, in Natchez, Miss., and died at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001, at Acadian Nursing Center. He was 46 and a resident of Baton Rouge. Private family services will be held Tuesday. He is survived by his father, Edison Cooley of Springfield; stepfather, Lawrence Kyzar of Bogue Chitto, Miss.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Greg and Vickie Cooley of Watson and Paul and Debby Albarado of Baton Rouge; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Debbie and Jimmy Pearson and Wanda and S.J. Colletti, all of Baton Rouge; and eight nieces and nephews, Michael Nickens, Amanda Pearson, Dori and Brandon Colletti, Savannah and Dallas Wallace and Gregory and Travis Cooley. He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Nettles Kysar; and maternal and paternal grandparents. His final resting place will be in a family cemetery in Woodville, Miss., next to his mother and grandmother.

DAVIS, JR. WILLIAM "DUB"
A resident of Baton Rouge, he died at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, at Summit Hospital. He was 63 and a native of New Orleans. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Visiting at Winnfield Funeral Home from 8 a.m. until religious services at 10 a.m. Tuesday, conducted by Pastor Don L. Bradford. Survived by devoted cousins, Brenda Gauthier Ephron and Raymond Gauthier Jr.; and a host of other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his father, William Davis Sr.; mother, Annie Horton Davis; grandfather, Anthony Davis, and grandmother, Pearl Jackson B. Davis.

DENHAM, EDWIN LOUIS "PETE"
A self-employed entrepreneur, he died at 1:10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, at his residence in Gonzales. He was 71 and native of Liberty, Miss. He was a U.S Army veteran of the Korean conflict. Visiting at Ourso Funeral Home, Gonzales, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Visiting at New River Baptist Church from 8 a.m. until religious services at 10 a.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Mark Flurry. Interment in New River Cemetery. Survived by his wife of 42 years, Susan DeLaune Denham of Gonzales; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Cammie and Ron Manuel of Prairievile, Amy Gremillion, and Suzi and Bobby Cannon, all of Gonzales; a son and daughter-in-law, Eddie and Angela Denham of Gonzales; two sisters, Virginia Bateman and Lena "Sally" Guidry, both of St. Amant; three brothers, Riley Denham of St. Amant, and Hugh Denham and David Denham Sr., both of Gonzales; 11 grandchildren, Aaron Denham, Logan Ramagos, Benjamin Denham, Lauren Ramagos, Nicholas Denham, Jillian Gremillion, Lillian Ramagos, Conor Cannon, Presley Denham, Robert Cannon and Justin Cannon. Preceded in death by his mother, Lillian Wall Denham; father, Edgar Thaddeus Denham; two brothers, Murry O'Neal Denham and Lyndon Denham; and a sister, Lucille James. Pallbearers will be Mike DeLaune, Randy Denham, Thad Denham, Brent DeLaune, Chris Comeaux and Aaron Denham. He was a member and usher of New River Baptist Church, VFW Post 3693 for 38 years and the American Legion Post 81.

DUESLER, DONALD CHARLES
A retired CLECO Electric Co. employee, with 16 years of service, and a resident of Zachary, he died at 10:40 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, at his residence. He was 63 and a native of Utica, N.Y. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. Visitation was at Charlet Funeral Home Inc., Zachary, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Visitation at LaVille Funeral Home, Ville Platte, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Monday. Interment in Turkey Creek Cemetery. Survived by his wife, Opal Von Smith Duesler of Zachary; a stepson, W.D. "Darrell" Johnson of Zachary; two sisters, six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by a son, Glenn Johnson. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Pride, La., Ward. Memorial donations may be given to Hospice of Baton Rouge, 9063 Siegen Lane, Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA 70810-1951.

GEORGE, WARREN J.
A retired city-parish employee, he died at 6:12 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, at his home in Baton Rouge. Visiting at Hollabaugh Spindle Funeral Home from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Religious services in the funeral home chapel at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Survived by his wife, Marjorie George; a brother; a sister; a son, Warren George Jr.; two daughters, Marchilla and Sherry; two stepdaughters, Jo Ann Villar and Judith Rivet; a son-in-law, Allen Rivet; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, a son and a daughter. Special recognition to everyone at Trinity Hospice for their care and support. Also, special thanks to Marian Hall, Edgar Guidry and Sharon Hopson for special care during our difficult times.

GRACE, MALLIE MCCLENDON
A resident of Kentwood, she died at 7 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, at Hammond Nursing Home in Hammond. She was 75 and a native of Washington Parish. Visiting at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Visiting at the funeral home from 8 a.m. until religious services at 2 p.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Richard Magee and the Rev. Matthew Pearson. Interment in Wilmer Cemetery, Wilmer. Survived by her husband, Herbert Grace of Kentwood; three daughters, Faye Boyd of Franklinton, Annette Hutchinson of Kentwood and Jeanette Fitzmorris of Folsom; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; a sister, Lillie Bateman of Franklinton; a brother, Denman McClendon of Mount Hermon; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, Eli and Valentine McClendon; a sister, Albenia Miller; and two brothers, Herman McClendon and Arlie McClendon.

GRAHAM, CONNIE SIBLEY "AUNT MAE"
A beloved sister, stepdaughter, aunt and friend, who loved working with her day lilies, she died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, at Harvest Manor Nursing Home in Denham Springs. She was 85, a resident of Denham Springs and native of Baptist. Visiting was at Seale Funeral Home, Denham Springs, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Visiting at Judson Baptist Church, Walker, from 2 p.m. until religious services at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, conducted by the Rev. Merelin McCon, assisted by the Rev. Freddie Arnold. Interment in Judson Baptist Church Cemetery, Walker. Survived by five sisters, Peggy Brown, Patsy King, Sharon Szanyi, Judy Sanders and Cecile Sanders; a brother, David Wilton Sibley; stepmother, Merle Sibley; numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Preceded in death by her husband, J.Y. Graham; father and mother, William "Pink" and Clara Mack Sibley; an infant son, two sisters and five brothers. Pallbearers will be Ray Arnold, Kerney Arnold, Robin Sibley, Jess Streeter, Wayne Duncan and Donell Sevario. She was a member of Judson Baptist Church, Walker. She served as church janitor and volunteered in the church nursery for many years.

GRAHAM III, FRANK H.
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." 2 Timothy 4:7-8. Funeral Mass for Frank H. Graham III will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Christ the King Catholic Church, Jacksonville, Fla. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 4115 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Age 58, he passed away Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, after a lengthy illness. A native of Jacksonville, he was the owner of Graham Enterprises, a silk-screen and embroidery business. Survivors include his wife, Lorraine Garner Graham of Baton Rouge; a son, Frank H. Graham IV of Jacksonville; a daughter, Michelle Vicki Poitevint and husband David of Jacksonville; a sister, Rosemary Graham Harbolt and husband Phil Dekle of Tallahassee, Fla.; a stepson, Scott Garner and wife Brenda; a stepdaughter, Kimberly Garner; nieces, Becky and Cheryl Hines; nephews, Chris and Michael Hines; a grandson, Parker David Poitevint; three stepgrandsons, Shaun, Timothy and Daniel Garner; and many, many friends. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Community Hospice Northeast-Morris Center at Shands Hospital, 580 W. Eighth St., Jacksonville, FL 32201.

HARRIS, JR. WADE
A retired U.S. Navy senior chief petty officer and a retired U.S. Postal Service employee, he died Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. He was 81, a native of Baton Rouge and resident of Chilton County, Ala. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday. Visiting in the funeral home chapel from 8:30 a.m. until religious services at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Interment in Port Hudson National Cemetery. Survived by his wife, Barbara L. Harris; two sons and daughters-in-law, Adrian W. and Lettye R. Harris and Dean E. and Ann Harris; a daughter-in-law, Helen Harris; 12 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Glenn and Bruce Harris; a stepson, Gary Grissom; and his first wife Grace "Puddin" Harris.

HAYES, DELLA EVELYN KIMBERLIN (MRS. RUFUS D.)
A beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Della Evelyn Kimberlin Hayes died peacefully in Baton Rouge at 12:05 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, after a lengthy illness. Born Dec. 15, 1913, in Sulphur, she resided in Baton Rouge for more than 60 years. She was a graduate of Louisiana College and a former member of Chapter W of PEO. She spent her life dedicated to family, church and community service. Survived by her husband of nearly 62 years, Judge Rufus D. Hayes; her three daughters, Della Odom Hayes, Evelyn Kimberlin Hayes, M.D., and Nancy Naomi Hayes Bass; her six grandchildren, Charles F. Boyd, Rufus H. Boyd, John H. Donnes, Michael D. Bass, Becky Bass Seale and Chris C. Bass; and nine great-grandchildren. She is also survived by Lan and Binh Dinh and their children, Suong, Phuong, Amy, Evelyn and David, whom she considered her adopted Vietnamese family. Preceded in death by her father, the Rev. Charles N. Kimberlin; her mother, Della Odom Kimberlin; and two brothers, Dr. Charles N. Kimberlin Jr. and Gibson O. Kimberlin. Pallbearers will be her grandsons and Binh Dinh. Honorary pallbearers are Carroll Bass and Frank Boyd. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., from 11:30 a.m. until religious services at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, conducted by the Rev. Dr. George Haile. Interment in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. The family wishes to express heartfelt appreciation for the loving care given by the staff of Ollie Steele Burden Manor.

JONES, STEPHEN ELLIS "STEVE"
A student at West Feliciana High School and a resident of St. Francisville, he died at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge, as a result of an automobile accident. He was 16, born Jan. 30, 1985. Visiting at New St. Paul Baptist Church No. 2, St. Francisville, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday. Religious services at the church at noon Monday, conducted by the Rev. Roosevelt Norflin. Interment in church cemetery. He is survived by his son, Shaun E. Jones of Bakersfield, Calif.; father, Russell Matthews of St. Francisville; mother, Chandra Jones-Williams of Bakersfield; two sisters, Kimberly D. Jones and Curtishia C. Williams, both of Bakersfield; two brothers, Thomas M. Jones of Bakersfield and Braxton J. Matthews of Houston; maternal grandmother, Barbara Jones; and paternal grandparents, Leo and Annie Matthews; three uncles, Terry, Eric and Keith Matthews; and a host of great-uncles, great-aunts, cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandparents, Martin and Rosale Jones, who were of St. Francisville; and paternal great-grandparents, Leslie and Katherine Matthews, who were of Jackson, and Noah and Emma Bradford, who were of New Orleans. He graduated from Emerson Junior High School in Bakersfield, where he received the Curtis Hill Memorial Award for Athlete of the Year 1999-2000. He went on to attend Bakersfield High School and played junior varsity football and basketball. He won recognition for his participation in sports with Boys and Girls Club, Emerson Junior High, Bakersfield High and countless other teams throughout Bakersfield. He later transferred to West Feliciana High School in St. Francisville. Arrangements entrusted to Richardson Funeral Home, Clinton.

LAFEBVRE, LUCILLE SIMONEAUX
A homemaker and doctor's assistant, she died at 9:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, at River West Medical Center. She was 81, a native of Paincourtville and resident of Plaquemine. Visiting at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Plaquemine, from 10 a.m. Monday until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., celebrated by the Rev. Joe Camilleri. Interment in Grace Memorial Park. Survived by three sisters and a brother-in-law, Mae Navarre, Plaquemine, Marion and Douglas Flatau, Plaquemine, and Mary "Bootie" Tamplain, Donaldsonville; a brother and sister-in-law, George and Alvine "Baye" Simoneaux, Baton Rouge; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, John Malcom "Blackie" Lefebvre; parents, Henry and Stella Oufnac Simoneaux; and two brothers, Herbert and Lloyd J. Simoneaux. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Plaquemine, or to a charity of your choice. Special thanks to Dr. James E. Grace and caregivers Cleo Dupard, Rita Redden and Jannette Trahan.

LATHERS, JACK JAMES "PUG"
A resident of Baton Rouge, he died at 3:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, 2001, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center. He was 69 and a native of Clinton. Visiting at Desselle Funeral Home, 263 Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive, from 8:30 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. Monday, conducted by Maj. Dan Heard. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Survived by a host of nieces, including a dear niece, Barbara Jackson Tate of Baton Rouge; and nephews. Preceded in death by a brother, B. James; and four sisters, Ella Jackson, Rose Anna Carter, Adalee Simon and O. "Lou" James. He loved his family and friends.

LEE, JR. SAMUEL "SAMMY LEE"
A retired professional painter and a resident and native of Baton Rouge, he died at 8:42 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2001, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center. He was 58. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star. Visiting at Winnfield Funeral Home, 7221 Plank Road, from 4 p.m. Monday until religious services at 7 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Keno Spurlock and the Rev. Charlie Handy. Dismissal at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Interment in Port Hudson National Cemetery. Survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Elizabeth and Sampson Duplessis Sr., and Stacey Stevens; a son and daughter-in-law, Jerome and Tonya McCreary; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Helen and Woodrow Thomas and Anna and Henry Robinson; two foster sisters, Twana Dixon and husband Daniel and Bettie Sims; a foster brother, Frank Ferdinand; an aunt, Mamie Lee; and eight grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Sr. and Clementine "Gertie" Lee; a brother, Elbert "Roy" Lee; and a niece, Kimberly Williams. Pallbearers will be Freddie Lee Sr., Nathaniel Coleman, Alvin Roy Jackson, Bruce Brown, David West and William Creft. Honorary pallbearers are Tromaine Carter, Sampson Duplessis, Frank Ferdinand, Ralph Jenkins, Bobby Lee, Jerome McCreary, Fredrick Reed, Henry Robinson and Woodrow Thomas.

MCNABB, BOBBY L.
A resident and native of Kentwood, he died at 6:57 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. He was 68. Visiting at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Visiting at the funeral home from 8 a.m. until religious services at 10 a.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Chris Watkins. Interment in Hutchinson Cemetery, Kentwood. Survived by his wife, Eva McNabb of Kentwood; a stepdaughter, Jo Ann Pitre of Independence; a stepson, Donald Barousse of Hammond; two brothers, Donald McNabb and Edgar McNabb, both of Kentwood; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Helen McNabb, and three infant children.

MELIET, THELMA MCLAUGHLIN
A loving mother and homemaker, she died at 9:10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, at her residence. She was 84, a resident of Watson and native of Baton Rouge. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. until religious services at 7 p.m. Tuesday, conducted by the Rev. Milford Walters. Survived by a daughter and son-in-law, McBeth and Fred Betz; a son and daughter-in-law, Daryl and Terry Meliet; a sister, Margie Lee, and nine grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Hubert V. Meliet; a son, Buel Brown; a daughter, Mary Brown; and a sister, Natalie Bliss.

MILLER, JR. JENNINGS BRYAN
Funeral services for Jennings Bryan Miller Jr., 78, a resident of Baton Rouge, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Johnson Funeral Home, Lake Charles. Bruce Katz will officiate. Burial in Sallier Cemetery. Visitation at the funeral home was from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and will be after 9 a.m. Sunday. He died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, at his residence. He was a native of Lake Charles and a descendant of a pioneer Lake Charles family. He graduated from Lake Charles High School, and attended LSU, LSU School of Law, McNeese Junior College, Northwest Oklahoma University and Mexico City College. While at McNeese in 1941, he won first place in extemporaneous speaking at the Southern Forensic Tournament, marking one of the first times McKneese College ever won first place in any collegiate competition. They competed against such schools as LSU and Tulane University. He was a practicing attorney in Lake Charles for many years. He lived in Baton Rouge for a large part of his career. He was a staff announcer at KPLC Radio in Lake Charles, and worked with the U.S. Air Force hurricane reconnaissance. He was senior assistant general counsel for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a B-17 navigator on bomber missions in the European Theater, and retired as a lieutenant colonel. He earned the Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters. He also served in the Korean conflict and Vietnam War. He was a member of the Reserve Officers Association, Air Force Association and Jewish War Veterans of America. He qualified for Sons of the American Revolution and Sons of the Republic of Texas, and was a member of Sons of Confederate Veterans, Francis T. Nicholls Camp in Baton Rouge. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a life member of Order of the DeMolay. He was a member of the Louisiana Bar Association and American Bar Association. He was a private pilot and aircraft owner. He was a member of Temple Sinai in Lake Charles, and B'nai Israel Temple in Baton Rouge. He was also a member of the VFW. He is survived by a daughter, Jeneane Miller Elliott of Parker, Colo.; a sister, Doris Elaine Miller Lanier of Lake Charles; a brother, Harry Wilson Miller of Bowling Green, Ky.; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The family requests memorial donations be made to Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Alexandria.

MORRIS, TILMER R.
A resident of Bogalusa, he died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, at Bogalusa Community Medical Center. During World War II, he was in the Reserve Advanced Ordnance ROTC at LSU and was called to active duty in April 1943. He was sent to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen, Md., for basic training and officer candidate school. He was shipped to Italy in September 1944, and was assigned to Company F, 337 Regiment of the 85th Infantry Division. He fought in three campaigns, Rome-Arno, Po Valley and Northern Appennines. He earned Cross Rifles, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. When the German troops surrendered, he was transferred to the Ordnance in the Army of Occupation in Italy until discharged in January 1946. Morris, a graduate of LSU, was a supervisor in the Bogalusa city school system and was active in the community. He was a member of First Baptist Church. When Crown Zellerbach relinquished management of the Washington Parish Fair to the community, he was named the executive vice-president. His activities included the Krewe of MCCA, Bogalusa Community Medical Center, YMCA board of directors and Washington Parish Library Board. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Jean Morris; and a daughter, Pamela Aline Morris. He is survived by a daughter, Bernadette Morris of Baton Rouge; and a sister, Hazel Olsen. Pallbearers will be Tommie Bush, Nathan Bush, Herbert Bush, Kenton Bush, Christopher Perry and Adam Perry. Honorary pallbearers are Ronald Perry Sr., Bob Yarbro, Dan McNeil, Wood Thornhill and Dr. Vincent Hotho. Visitation at Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home, 216 Alabama St., Bogalusa, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday and after 9 a.m. Monday. Religious services in the funeral home chapel at 11 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. Bob Adams officiating. Entombment in Sanctuary of Peace Mausoleum.

NESSELHUF, ELIZABETH B.
Born Margaret Elizabeth Brewer on Sept. 28, 1908, in Manzanola, Colo., she died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, in Birmingham, Ala., at the home of her granddaughter. She was 93 and a resident of Baton Rouge for 62 years before moving to Birmingham in 1997. Visitation at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and in the chapel from 10 a.m. until services at noon Monday. Burial in Greenoaks Memorial Park. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Fred A. and Beverly L. Nesselhuf of Prairieville; a sister, Barbara B. Harris of San Antonio; four granddaughters, Linda K. Bottoms and husband Stephen of Birmingham, Elizabeth N. Bateman and husband David, and Lori N. Schmolke and husband Robert, all of Baton Rouge, and Kay Keller of Lafayette; two grandsons, John Fred Nesselhuf of Jacksonville, Fla., and Chad Louis Miranda of Baton Rouge; four great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandson; and a niece and nephew, Debbie Harris and Gerald C. Harris, both of San Antonio. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis A. Nesselhuf; a daughter, Peggy Lou Nesselhuf Miranda; and parents, Fred A. and Mina P. Brewer. Pallbearers will be John Fred Nesselhuf, Chad Louis Miranda, Stephen Bottoms, David Bateman, Chris Maranto, Steven Maranto, Gerald C. Harris and Ryan Kellgren.

NORWOOD, SYRIL CHANEY
A resident and native of Pride, she died at 9:52 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, at Lane Memorial Hospital in Zachary. She was 75. Visiting at Charlet Funeral Home Inc., Zachary, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Visiting at Sandy Creek Baptist Church, Pride, from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Darwin Hall and the Rev. Dale Phillips. Interment in Ballard Family Cemetery. Survived by her husband of 56 years, C.J. Norwood of Pride; a daughter and son-in-law, Amy N. and Manny Garza of Spring, Texas; two sons and daughters-in-law, Doug and Sandy Norwood and Bruce and Arlene Norwood, all of Pride; a brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Evelyn Chaney of Baton Rouge; a niece and nephew; six grandchildren, Shane Norwood and wife Rhonda, Brock Norwood and wife Debbie, Jordon Garza, Kelby Garza, Lane Norwood Jr. and wife Kelli and April Norwood; and two great-grandchildren, Grant Norwood and Ragan Griffin. Preceded in death by her parents, Ivy and Ida Noble Chaney. Pallbearers will be Shane, Brock and Lane Norwood, Kerry Chaney, Robert McConnell and Carl Forbes. She was a member of Sandy Creek Baptist Church.

RAINEY, ELAINE STARKEY
A resident of Amite, she died at 10:10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, at Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite. She was a native of Hammond. Visiting at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and after 10 a.m. Tuesday. Religious services at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Tuesday, conducted by the Rev. Ray Hudson. Interment in Durbin Cemetery, Independence. Survived by three daughters, Glenda V. Lambert, Darlene Aymond and Elaine M. Rainey, all of Amite; four sons, Mark Rainey of Amite, Samuel Rainey of Kentwood, Bruce Rainey of Amite, and Todd Rainey of Independence; four sisters, Dorothy Starkey of Albany, Regina Blough of Denham Springs, Glenda Smyser of Upland, Calif., and Margaret LeBlanc of Independence; a brother, Jake Starkey of Bush; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Alton Rainey; mother, Idee Gulotta, father, Jake Starkey, and grandson, Jody Lambert.

ROBERT, VALLIE H.
A resident of Burnside, she died at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, in Baton Rouge. She was 89. Arrangements are pending at Ourso Funeral Home, Gonzales.

ROUSSEL, DOREL J.
A retired operator with Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp. and a resident of Gonzales, he died Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. He was 75 and a native of Hester. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Visiting was at Welsh Funeral Home, Gonzales, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Visiting at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until religious services at 2 p.m. Sunday, conducted by the Rev. Jim Law. Interment in Lusk Cemetery. Survived by his wife, Virginia E. Roussel, Gonzales; a son and daughter-in-law, Brian J. and Carol G. Roussel, Hester; two sisters, Myrtis Millet, Pride, and Margie Becnel, Gramercy; two brothers, Edgard Roussel Jr. and Calvin Roussel, both of Gramercy; two grandchildren, Brittany and Megan Roussel; four stepchildren, Louis Wilkinson, Georgia, Keith Wilkinson, Pearl River, Edith Borel, Baton Rouge, and Karen Seiwert, Pride; and six stepgrandchildren, Brian and Jennifer Borel, Chris and Stephanie Seiwert and Amber and Courtney Wilkinson. Preceded in death by his parents, Edgard Roussel and Rose Mae Poch; three sisters, Hazel Babin, Dorothy Hamilton and Hildred Verett; and two brothers, Hudson and Woodrow Roussel.

SCALLAN, MAE RUTH
A retired Calcasieu Parish school teacher, with 25 years of service, and a resident of Baton Rouge, she died at 2 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. She was 84 and a native of Alexandria. Visiting at Welsh Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, with recitation of the rosary at 7:30 p.m. Visiting at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church from 9 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Monday, celebrated by the Rev. Vic Messina. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Survived by two sisters, Hazel S. Broussard, Baton Rouge, and Doris S. Wilcox, Arizona; and a brother, Leo C. Scallan Sr., Baton Rouge. Preceded in death by her parents, Gaston Joseph Scallan Sr. and Mittie Marie Chandoir Scallan; and a brother, Gaston Joseph Scallan Jr. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Northwestern Louisiana University and a master's degree from LSU. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Clare Manor, 7435 Bishop Ott Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70806. 216-3604.

SCHEXNAYDER, DOROTHY CROOK
Retired from the Louisiana Highway Department and the city-parish, she died Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, at The Retirement Center. She was 90, a resident of Baton Rouge and native of Hammond. Visiting at First Christian Church, 8484 Old Hammond Highway, from 10 a.m. until religious services at 1 p.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. William Mackie. Interment in Roselawn Memorial Park. Survived by a brother and his wife, Hubert D. Crook and Lillian Crook of Baton Rouge; two nephews, William DeWitt Crook of Baton Rouge and Byard Weems of Tyler, Texas; a niece, Beth Weems Seller of Meridian, Miss.; and extended family, Mary and Tom Arceneaux and their family. Preceded in death by her husband, L.J. Schenxayder; parents, George W. Crook and Grace Gould Crook; a sister, Zola Weems; and a brother, Dana Crook. Pallbearers will be André, Allen and Tom Arceneaux, George Gullett, David Brian and Coleman Raleigh. She was a member of First Christian Church. Memorial donations may be made to First Christian Church Choir Fund or Hospice of Baton Rouge, 9063 Siegen Lane Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA 70810. Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., in charge of arrangements.

SHAFFETT, ALLEN SIDNEY
A retired employee of Exxon Mobil Corp. and a longtime resident of Central, he died on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, at Grace Nursing Home, Clinton. He was 84. Visiting was held at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Visiting was at the funeral home from noon until religious services at 2 p.m. Saturday, conducted by the Rev. Mark Martin, the Rev. Kevin Hand and the Rev. Linda Hagan. Interment was in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Preceded in death by his parents, John L. and Annie Thibodeaux Shaffett; two brothers, Tom Ed and Leroy Shaffett; and two sisters, Rosa Mae Browning and Lucile Watts. Survived by his wife, Roberta Mixon Shaffett; two daughters, Martha A. Richard, Broken Arrow, Okla., and Kathryn C. Shaffett, Central; three sisters, Idell and Etta Valentine, Central, and Inez Stockwell, Addis; a son-in-law, Clifford Richard, Broken Arrow; two sister-in-laws, Becky Scruggs, Annapolis, and Josie Gleason, Baton Rouge; two grandchildren, Allen Richard and wife Beth, Owasso, Okla., and Scott Richard and wife Susan, Broken Arrow; and six great-grandchildren, Grant Richard, Morgan Richard, Nichole Richard, Adelynn Richard, Bryce Richard and Eli Richard, all of Oklahoma.

SMITH, RANSDELL JOSEPH "R.J."
A resident of New Iberia for 42 years, he died at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, at Lafayette General Medical Center. He was 82 and a native of St. Landry Parish. Visiting was at Evangeline Funeral Home, New Iberia, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, with recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m. Visiting at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until religious services at 1 p.m. Sunday, conducted by the Rev. Steve LeBlanc. Entombment in Memorial Park Mausoleum with military graveside services conducted by VFW Post 982 Honor Guard. A memorial mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Affectionately known as "Doc", he served with the U.S. Army infantry in the Pacific during World War II. He served as the breeding technician for Iberia Parish for 29 years. He served as field supervisor for the Louisiana Breeders Cooperative in Baton Rouge for 12 years. He was a member of the National Dairy Shrine Association, the National Association of Artificial Breeders, the Louisiana Cattleman's Association and an honorary life member of the LSU Dairy Science Association. He is survived by his wife, Lona Trahan Smith of New Iberia; two sons, Mark R. Smith and wife Shelia of Lafayette and Carroll B. Smith and wife Bridget of New Iberia; three daughters, Pamela Dietz and husband Richard of Baton Rouge, Monica Moen and husband William of Denton, Texas, and Ellen Khoudari and husband Nassar of Mission Viejo, Calif.; two sisters, Ettavee Fontenot of Ville Platte and Edwina Hernandez of Lafayette; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, John Preston Sr. and Jubert Barzas Smith; a brother, John Preston Smith Jr.; and a sister, Geraldine S. Hebert. Pallbearers will be family and friends. Memorial donations may be made to Catholic High Developmental Fund or The American Heart Association.

VEGLIA, SISTER MARY EUGENIE
A sister of St. Joseph of Medaille for 74 years, she died at 11:25 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001. The former Mae Clothilde Veglia, daughter of the late Eugenie Duraynaud Veglia and Louis Anthony Veglia; sister of Gloria Stieffel, and the late Claude and Ambrose Veglia. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was 90, a native of New Orleans and resident of Our Lady of Wisdom Health Care Center. Sister taught at St. Ann and St. Rose schools in New Orleans, St. Joseph Academy in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, New Roads and Bay St. Louis, Miss., and at McNicholas High School in Cincinnati. She was an archivist for the Sisters of St. Joseph in Baton Rouge. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral Mass to be celebrated in the chapel of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 1200 Mirabeau Ave., New Orleans, at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, 2001, with the Rev. Paul Schott, S.J., celebrant. Interment in St. Louis No. 3 Cemetery. Visitation at the Sisters of St. Joseph chapel, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, with prayer services at 5 p.m. Visitation from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday. In lieu of flowers, donations preferred to The Sisters of St. Joseph Development Fund, 1200 Mirabeau Ave., New Orleans, LA 70122. Arrangements by Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, New Orleans.

WEAVER, TERRESSA MAY "TERI"
A resident of Baton Rouge, she died Thursday evening, Nov. 8, 2001, in Baton Rouge. She was 63 and a native of Houston. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Visiting in the funeral home chapel from 8 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Phil Yoho. Interment in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. Survived by a much-loved foster child, Austin Ryan Craig, Baton Rouge; a brother and four sisters-in-law, Gerald W. and Ruth V. Weaver, and Dana R. Weaver, all of Denham Springs, Janet L. Weaver, Baton Rouge, and Brenda R. Young, Lafayette; 10 nieces and nephews, Laura, Luddie III, Cheryl, Rhonda, Charles Jr., Terri, Greg, Chris, Tonya and Linda; 13 great-nieces and great-nephews; and a great-great-niece. Preceded in death by parents, Luddie P. Sr. and Mildred Vance Weaver; and three brothers, Charles, Luddie Jr. and Terrance Weaver. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, 550 Lobdell Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70806 or American Heart Association, 3968 North Blvd., Suite 200, Baton Rouge, LA 70806.

WOODSIDE, SYBIL LIPSCOMB
A loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and age 85, she died Friday morning, Nov. 9, 2001, at her residence in Jackson. Visiting at Charlet Funeral Home Inc., Clinton, from 9 a.m. Monday until memorial services at 11 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Alvin Hall. Survived by two daughters, Adelle W. Quinn, Wilson, and Marie W. Sisson and husband Neal, Marietta, Ga.; two sons, Tom Woodside Jr. and wife Aline Newton, Jackson, and George Woodside and wife Wally Percy of St. Francisville; a sister, Lottie Harris, Marksville; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Thomas M. Woodside; and a son-in-law, Ralph E. Quinn. Memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity.


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