|BENTLEY, NITA LOU
Died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical
Center. Visiting was at Welsh Funeral Home, Gonzales, from 5 p.m. to 9
p.m. Friday. Visiting at the funeral home chapel from 9:30 a.m. until religious
services at 11 a.m. Saturday, conducted by the Rev. T.J. Ozum. Interment
in Hopehaven Cemetery. Survived by three sons, Tom J. Bentley Jr. and wife
Biann, Steve Bentley and wife Sheila, and Larry Bentley; four grandchildren,
Chrisy Shawles, Jory Bentley, Kaci Bentley and Trina Bentley; and two great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her husband, Tom Jack Bentley.
BRAUD, ALVIN J.
A retired PBX installer for South Central Bell and a former employee
of AVIS car rental service, he died Friday morning, Nov. 23, 2001, at Our
Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. He was 77 and a native of Baker.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving aboard the USS Suwannee.
Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., from 2 p.m. to
6 p.m. Sunday. Visiting at Bethany World Prayer Center chapel, Plank Road,
Baker, from 10 a.m. Monday until services at 11 a.m., conducted by Pastor
Al Moore and Sammy Smith. Interment in church cemetery. Survived by his
wife of 48 years, Lois Janes Braud, Baker; a son, Brian Allen Braud and
his wife, Jeannette Braud; a daughter, Brenda Braud Jones; a foster daughter,
Christy McElwee Jackson; grandchildren, Tonya Braud, Kendra, JáNet
and Michael Jones, Gidget, Ashley and T.J. Jackson; great-grandchildren,
Kayla Jones, Dakota, Taryn and Leigan Braud and Jasamine Jones; sisters,
Artye Lee Scott and Isabel Delatte, both of Gonzales; and numerous nieces
and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Guy P. and Enid Marie Braud;
a son-in-law, Terry Earl Jones; and a great-granddaughter, Michelle Jones.
CLEVENGER, KYLE D.
A dedicated husband, loving father and a dear friend to many, he left
us at 6 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23, 2001, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid
City, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 72, born on Dec. 30, 1928,
in Sweetwater, Tenn. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, he never
lost his love for his beloved Tennessee Volunteers. A longtime resident
of Baton Rouge, he served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was
a Mason and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, active in community
affairs and the dog show world. He was a research chemist for 42 years
and a pioneer in the field of chemistry with several patents to his name.
Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 6 p.m.
to 9 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m. until religious services at 1 p.m. Monday,
conducted by the Rev. T.W. Terral. Interment in Resthaven Gardens of Memory.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Dolores Swope Clevenger; four children,
Page Wilson and husband Kenneth, Nancy Cohagan, Kyle Clevenger II and wife,
Beverly, and Leslie Hernandez and husband Ted; a brother, Lynn Clevenger;
and a sister, Suzanne Redmond; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his father, Raymond Clevenger; mother, Elizabeth Clevenger;
and sons-in-law, Phillip Cohagan, Terry Lemoine and Sidney Portier. In
lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cancer Services of Greater
Baton Rouge. The next time you walk your dog, remember him, as they were
his greatest joy.
COOPER JR., WILLIE MCKINLEY
A resident of Baton Rouge, he died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001, at Our
Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. He was 56 and a native of Lamaqure,
Texas. Quiet hour at Desselle's Funeral Home from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.
Religious services at the funeral home at 7 p.m. Monday, conducted by minister
William "Bill" Brewer. Dismissal at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Burial in Port Hudson
National Cemetery. Survived by his wife, Renee L. Cooper, Baton Rouge;
four daughters, Kim Cooper, Andrea Muir, Valencia Breaux and Sarenee Cooper;
two sons and a daughter-in-law, Terrance Holliday, and Michael Muir and
wife Thanyi; two uncles, John and George Wilson; and six grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his parents, Willie Cooper Sr. and Sarah M. Cooper.
CUPIT, LARRY PAUL
An electrician and resident of Baker, he died at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday
Nov. 21, 2001, in Greenwell Springs. He was 30 and a native of Norwood.
He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, having served in the first reconnaissance
in the Persian Gulf War. Visiting at Charlet Funeral Home Inc., Zachary,
from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m Saturday and from noon until religious services at
2 p.m. Sunday. Cremation will be held at Evergreen Crematory, Denham Springs.
He is survived by his wife, Jill Cambre Cupit, Baker; parents, Larry and
June Spiers Cupit, Baker; maternal grandmother, Perry Bergeron, Galvez;
maternal great-grandmother, Edith Spiers, Baton Rouge; a daughter, Shellie
Nicole Cupit, Baton Rouge; a son, Evan Joseph Cupit, Baker; a stepson,
Austin Schexnaildre, Port Allen; two stepdaughters, Amanda and Abby Walker,
Baker; and a sister and brother-in-law, Dina and Val Buxton, Zachary. He
was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Joseph and Elizabeth Cupit;
maternal grandfather, James Arvle Spiers; niece, Samantha Nicole Buxton;
and an uncle, Charles Cupit. Honorary pallbearers are Buryl and Billy Kuhl,
Lane Spiers, Jason Threeton and Steve and Gary Dale Cupit.
DAVIS, JANE MADDOX
Died at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001, at her residence in Baton
Rouge. She was 86, born July 1, 1915, in Ackerman, Miss. Visiting at First
United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m.
Saturday, conducted by the Rev. Chris Andrews. Interment in Roselawn Memorial
Park. Survived by her husband of 60 years, William E. Davis Sr.; a daughter,
Jane Davis Dunlap, and son-in-law, Wallace Dunlap; a son, William E. "Bill"
Davis Jr.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Preceded
in death by sisters, Martha Perkins and Elizabeth Smith; and brothers,
Willis Maddox and Lynch Maddox. Pallbearers will be Hugh Raetzsch Jr.,
William E. Davis III, Jonathon Davis, Paul Copeland, Nelson Maddox and
Brandon Maddox. Honorary pallbearer is Robert L. Jones. She was a member
of the Junior League of Baton Rouge and First United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United
Methodist Church. She touched the lives of so many people, and she will
be dearly missed by her family. The family expresses gratitude to Dr. Gerald
Miletello and his staff for their many kindnesses.
DAVIS, JANICE ELAINE COMAGER JENKINS
Born Oct. 16, 1955, she died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001. She leaves to cherish
her memory two sons, Dimitri Comager Sr. and wife Pamela, and George Jenkins
III; and a daughter, Gwendolyn Davis, all of Baton Rouge; three grandchildren,
Rochelle, Dimitri Jr. and Dominique Comager; mother, Martha Delaney; five
sisters, Anna Landor, Gloria Robinson, Brenda Ogonor, Linda Johnson and
Clara Myles, all of Baton Rouge; a brother, Obbie Comager Jr. of Savannah,
Ga.; two brothers-in-law, Joseph Landor and Joseph Johnson; an aunt, Hilda
LeBlance of New Orleans; an uncle, the Rev. Prince Purnell Brown; and a
host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and
friends. Preceded in death by her father, Obbie Comager Sr.; grandmother,
Clara Myles; three aunts, Dorothy Gooden, Rose Mary Wallace and Mae Rose
Davis; three uncles, Burt Myles, McKinley Wallace and Sidney Wright; and
a niece, Gwendolyn Smith. Visiting at Winnfield Funeral Home, 7221 Plank
Road, from 9:30 a.m. until religious services at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, conducted
by the Rev. Joseph Newton. Interment in Zachary Public Cemetery.
FAULKNER, PAUL B
A native of Pontotoc, Miss., and a longtime resident of Baton Rouge,
he died at 9:47 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001. He was born July 20, 1926.
Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 11
a.m. until memorial services at 1 p.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Milford
Walters presiding. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Paul was a decorated
veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict, serving five years in
the U.S. Army Infantry. He graduated with honors on the president's list
with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Mississippi
State University after completing military service. Paul retired after
making numerous contributions to the chemical industry, including management
and start-up of plants in the United States, Brazil and Italy. He was preceded
in death by his wife of 43 years, Inez B. Johnson. Paul is survived by
a son, Ruble Stephen Faulkner; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda Dianne
and Philip G. Rivet; and a grandson, Ryan Jack Paul Faulkner. His parents
were William Wesley Nathaniel Faulkner and Cora Fountain Edwards of Pontotoc,
Miss. He is also survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Raymond Davis
and Nelda Faulkner of West Point, Miss.; a sister and brother-in-law, Joan
and Earl Nichols of Gulfport, Miss.; five nieces and five nephews.
GANAWAY, DONNA BRUNO
A homemaker and a resident of Greenwell Springs, she died at 7:45 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001, at her residence. She was 69 and a native of Plaquemine.
Memorial services at St. Charles Borremeo Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Survived by two daughters, Anne Ganaway, Greenwell Springs, and Jeanie
Ganaway, Baton Rouge; two sons, Joe Ganaway, Baton Rouge, and Clint Ganaway,
Morgan City; nine grandchildren, Blake, T.J., Angela, Kenny, Derrick, Chantel,
Clint Jr., Heather and Charles; a sister, Ella Bruno Lively, Zachary; and
a nephew, Danny Bruno. Preceded in death by her parents, O'Neil and Mattie
Kelly Bruno; three sisters, Ada Rivet, Lilly Smith and Eva Millet; and
three brothers, Mitchell, Mac and Charles Bruno. She was of the Baptist
faith. Her wish was that her body be donated to LSU Medical School. Special
thanks to Hospice of Baton Rouge, especially Gloria. Seale Funeral Service
Inc., Denham Springs, in charge of arrangements.
GARON, BETTY JASEK CASTJOHN
A receptionist for New Horizon Youth Service Bureau for 23 years and
a resident of Hammond, she died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001, at North Oaks
Medical Center, Hammond. She was 84 and a native of Chicago. Visiting at
Harry McNeeley & Son Funeral Home, Hammond, from 9 a.m. until religious
services at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Interment in Rose Memorial Cemetery. She
is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Vincent T. (Lynnae C.) Deliberto Jr., Hammond;
two sons and daughters-in-law, Frank and Mildred Castjohn, Hammond, and
Martin L. Castjohn Jr. and Darlene Castjohn, Metairie; 11 grandchildren;
19 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in
death by her first husband, Martin L. Castjohn Sr.; second husband, Frank
Garon; a son, Frank Castjohn; two sisters, Nellie Palermo and Julia Tapley;
and two brothers, John and Stanley Jasek. She was a member of Catholic
Daughters of the Americas.
HISSONG, CELIA S.
A retired employee of the LSU Cooperative Extension Service and a longtime
resident of Baton Rouge, she died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, at her home.
She was 94 and a native of West Point, Miss. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral
Home chapel, 825 Government St., from 10 a.m. Monday until religious services
at 1 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Clayton Hartline. Interment at Baton Rouge
National Cemetery. Survived by her caregivers, Gaylynn Thompson, Mable
Taylor and Betty Thomas; five nephews, John Randall Williams, Terry Williams,
Edward and Richard South and Ned Hissong; three nieces, Marguerite "Cricket"
Campbell, Frances Skaggs and Lucy Murphy, and numerous great-nieces and
great-nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Hissong. She was
a member of South Baton Rouge Church of Christ and National Association
of Retired Federal employees. Memorial donations may be made to Trinity
Hospice, 5647 Superior Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70816 or N.A.R.F.E. Chapter
99 Alzheimer's Fund, c/o Adele Heuvel, 2924 Conway Drive, Baton Rouge,
JACKSON, RODNEY WAYNE
A retired geophysist and a resident of Baton Rouge, he died at 5:36
a.m. Friday, Nov. 23, 2001, at his home. He was 80 and a native of Wellington,
Texas. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in the
Signal Corp/Intelligence. Visiting at First United Methodist Church from
2 p.m. until religious services at 3 p.m. Saturday, conducted by the Rev.
Chris Andrews. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Survived by his wife,
Lois Marie Pickett Jackson; a daughter, Lana Jackson Kaiser and husband
Adrian E. "Manny" Kaiser III; two sons, Stephen Craig Jackson and wife
Trudy, and Brian Miles Jackson and wife, Dr. Hallie Dozier; a sister, Alene
Wright, Wellington, Texas; three grandchildren, Adrian E. "Ty" Kaiser IV
and partner Stardust Roberts, Kristen Kaiser Bridges and husband Hal P.
Bridges, Ryan M. Kaiser and fiancee Emily Williamson; and a great-granddaughter,
Caitriona Anne Kaiser. Preceded in death by his parents, Clinton E. and
Lenore Sessions Jackson; two brothers, C.E. Jackson and John Jackson; and
two sisters, Minta J. Beene and Bernice J. Teague. Pallbearers will be
Stephen Jackson, Brian Jackson, Manny Kaiser, Ty Kaiser, Ryan Kaiser, and
Bill Marsalis; Honorary pallbearers are Stephen B. Braucht, Richard Lehr,
Clinton Dillard, James Black, Robert Duncan and Dean Johnson. He was a
member of the First United Methodist Church, Audubon Kiwanis Club and Baton
Rouge Geological Society. He was a 1947 graduate of the University of Nebraska.
Memorial donations can be made to Hospice Foundation of Greater Baton Rouge,
8322 One Calais Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70806 or Cancer Services of Greater
Baton Rouge, 550 Lobdell Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70806. Rabenhorst Funeral
Home, 825 Government St., in charge of arrangements.
JIRAK, RAMONA JOY
A resident of Baker, she died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001, at her residence.
She was 69 and a native of Memphis, Tenn. Graveside services at Hillcrest
Memorial Gardens, Baker, at 1 p.m. Saturday. Survived by a son, Walter
Jirak, Baker; a sister, Evelyn Smith, Baker; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She will be remembered by family and friends. Baker Funeral Home, Baker,
in charge of arrangements.
LANGFORD, KATHRYN ELISABETH "KELLI"
Died at her home Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001. She was 31 and a native and
resident of Baton Rouge. She was a handbag designer and a graduate of Robert
E. Lee High School. She was a U.S. Army veteran. Survived by her parents,
Richard and Margaret Langford; two sisters, Ruth Langford, New Orleans,
and Holly Langford, Pagoosa Springs, Colo.; and her dog, Moonie. She was
a tissue and organ donor. A memorial will be held at a later date. Donations
can be made to the chapel choir at University United Methodist Church,
3350 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.
LEWIS, WILLIE J. "DOUG"
Departed this life on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, at 10:33 p.m. at his
residence in Port Hudson after a brave and courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Sept. 17, 1946, in Ethel, to Elmore and Mary Lewis. He was
a former longtime employee of Cooperheat M.Q.S. in Gonzales. Viewing at
Desselle's Funeral Home, 263 Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive, from 1 p.m. to 5
p.m. Sunday. Religious services at Beach Grove Baptist Church, La. 68,
Jackson, at 7 p.m. Sunday, conducted by the Rev. John Bowman, pastor. Dismissal
at 10 a.m. Monday. Burial in church cemetery. Survived by his wife, Francis
Clark Lewis; three sons, James Lewis and wife Annie, Baton Rouge, Dynell
W. Harris and wife Kila, Marksville, and Calvin Lewis, Baker; a daughter,
Lisa Davis, Chicago; a stepson, Clifton Thomas and wife Miranda, Baker;
a stepdaughter, Tammy Williams, Baton Rouge; father and stepmother, Elmore
and Mary Lewis, Jackson; three sisters, Dorthy and Joyce M. Lewis, both
of Jackson, and Gathia Pierre and husband Anthony, Ethel; a stepsister,
Joyce Butler and husband Kevin, Baton Rouge; eight brothers, Thomas Sr.
and wife Rosie of Jackson, Elmore and wife Lillie of Baton Rouge, John
B. of Ethel, Aurthr J of Baton Rouge, Bobby R. of Ethel, Nathaniel of Jackson,
Moses and wife Sharon of Slaughter, and Roosevelt of Tavares, Fla.; three
stepbrothers, Maravin and Gregory Rogers, both of Baton Rouge, and Joseph
Rogers of Jackson; 14 grandchildren, including Cerria, Cholé and
Candice Thomas, whom he reared; three aunts, Juanita Carter, Mattie Jacobs
and Mary Carter; four uncles, Johnny B. and wife Louvilla, James and wife
Gladys, John Lewis and Joseph Lewis; seven sisters-in-law and four brothers-in-law;
and a godchild, Calvin Clark. Preceded in death by his mother, Mary F.
Lewis; a sister, Aramena Lewis; and a nephew, Shedrick Lewis.
MCCRAY, NORMA JEAN LOTT
A loving mother and grandmother, she passed away at 5:45 a.m. Thursday,
Nov. 22, 2001, at her home in Satsuma. She was a retired employee of the
Louisiana Department of Insurance, with 25 years of service. She was 63
and a native of Livingston. Visiting was at Seale Funeral Home, Livingston,
from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. Visiting at the funeral home chapel from
8 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. Saturday, conducted by the Rev.
Leo Miller. Interment in Old Red Oak Cemetery, Livingston. Survived by
three daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Billy Benton, Satsuma, Barbara
McCray Elberling, and Janice and James David, all of Livingston; three
sons, Richard McCray, The Woodlands, Texas, John McCray, Livingston, and
Roger McCray, Satsuma; two sisters, Helen Barber and Hazel Lott, both of
Livingston; two brothers, Luther Lott Jr., Satsuma, and Ernest Lott, Livingston;
10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her
parents, Luther Lott Sr. and Mabel Lambert Lott; grandparents and a great-grandchild.
Pallbearers will be Shane McCray, Travis McCray, Kerry Kendrick, Todd Simon,
Charlie Lambert and Billy Benton.
McDAVID, EDNA EARLE
Died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, at Lane Memorial Hospital, Zachary. She
was 73, born in Summit, Miss., and a resident of Las Vegas, Nev. Visiting
was at Charlet Funeral Home Inc., Zachary, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.
Visiting at the funeral home from 8:30 a.m. until religious services at
10 a.m. Saturday, conducted by the Rev. Jimmy Babin. Graveside services
at Woodlawn Cemetery, Summit, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Survived by two daughters,
Joan E. Cooper, Las Vegas, and Ruth Ann "Judy" Smith, Manford, Okla.; three
sisters, Carolyn Cuddy, Milton, Fla., and Martha Jane Hammack and Mary
Jeanette Hughes, both of Zachary; a brother, Thomas G. "Bud" McDavid, Gainesville,
Fla.; grandchildren, Dana Marie Estill, California, Samantha Jeannette
Palermo, San José, Calif., Robert Wayne "Bobby" Cooper II, Las Vegas,
Brian Wayne Smith, Manford, Okla., and Stephen Eugene Smith, Tulsa, Okla.;
and great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Ashley Palermo, San José, and Austin
Bailey Smith, Tulsa; and Ruth Jones Garner, Zachary, the last surviving
aunt of the family. Preceded in death by her parents, George Andrew and
Mary Martha Jones McDavid. Pallbearers will be Allen Parsons, Scott Mikronis,
John Hammack, Andrew Hughes Jr., Brian Wayne Smith, John Hudson Hillman
and Richard Wayne "Ricky" Cuddy Jr.
MILBURN, ROBERT C. "BOB"
A retired construction industry superintendent and a resident of Zachary,
he died at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001, at his residence. He was 85
and a native of Alexandria, Ind. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of
World War II. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East chapel, 11000 Florida
Blvd., from 10:30 a.m. until religious services at 12:30 p.m. Saturday,
conducted by the Rev. Kenneth Laird. Interment in Resthaven Gardens of
Memory. Survived by his wife, Doris Daigre Milburn; a daughter and son-in-law,
Terry M. and John DeMarche; a son, Larry Milburn; two brothers, Morrie
and Ray Milburn; and three grandchildren, Mark and Craig DeMarche and Shelley
Riles. Pallbearers will be Felix Dawson Jr., Felix Dawson Sr., Greg Dawson,
Billy Callihan, Laird French, Billy Taylor and Richard Allen. He was a
loving husband, father and grandfather, with a great sense of humor.
PRINGLE, SARA COCKERHAM "BOOTS"
A resident of Hammond, she died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001, at Landmark
Living Center, Hammond. She was 88 and a native of Batchelor. Visitation
at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, Hammond, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday and after 8 a.m. Monday. Religious services at the funeral home
chapel at 11 a.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Lonnie Wascom. Interment
in Greenlawn Cemetery. Preceded in death by her husband, William Henry
"Bill" Pringle; parents, George and Verlie Layfield Cockerham; a sister,
Dorothy "Dot" Joyce; and a brother, Willard "Bill" Cockerham.
SCHELLINGER, A. JOSEPH
Self-employed and a resident of Baton Rouge, he died Thursday, Nov.
22, 2001, at Veterans Affairs Hospital, New Orleans. He was a U.S. Marine
Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. Visiting at Hollabaugh-Spindle Funeral
Home from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Services at the funeral home on Monday,
with time pending. Interment in Port Hudson National Cemetery. Survived
by two sisters, Susan P. and Sara P. Schellinger; and a brother, Raymond
Schellinger, all of Shreveport. Preceded in death by his parents, Elsie
Washburn and Alvin Joseph Schellinger Sr.
SMITH, JEFF "PAPA" "ACEY"
A retired brakesman for Louisiana Arkansas Railroad and a resident
of Baton Rouge, he died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, at Baton Rouge General
Medical Center-Mid City. He was 84 and a native of Talbert, Miss. Visiting
at First Little Rock Baptist Church, 312 S. 17th St., from 8 a.m. Monday
until religious services at 10 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Beckham. Interment
in Roselawn Memorial Park. Survived by his wife, Estelle Smith; a son and
daughter-in-law, Wesley Smith and Louella E. Smith of Decatur, Ill.; five
granddaughters, Lisa Rena Sanders and husband Bryant Keith of Decatur,
Daphne Denise Smith of Jersey City, N.J., Sylvia Carmena Lee and husband
John of Riverview, Fla., Priscilla Carmena Spooner and husband Lionel of
Tampa, and Pamela Carmena Nelson and husband Devilyon of New Orleans; a
sister, Safornia Allen of Weed, Calif.; three grandsons, Gary W. Smith
of Decatur, David Carmena of Zephyahills, Fla., and A.J. Rodgers of Baton
Rouge; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives
and friends. Preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Lee Ann Smith;
brothers, Wall Carter and Henry Smith Jr.; a sister, Manerva Higgenbottom;
and a son, Robert Carmena. Desselle's Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
TAYLOR, ANITA TIMS
A retired employee of the LSU Agricultural Extension Center and Dairy
Center, she died at 4 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001, at Baton Rouge General
Medical Center-Bluebonnet. She was 88, a resident of Baton Rouge and a
native of Meridian, Miss. Visiting was at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East,
11000 Florida Blvd., from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Visiting at the funeral
home from 9 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Saturday. Religious services at Church of
the Way Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m. Saturday, conducted by the Rev. Bill
Holcombe. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Survived by two daughters
and sons-in-law, Wilhelmina and Robert Reynolds and Faye and Gayle Dedon;
a son and daughter-in-law, John G. and Patricia Taylor; grandchildren,
Jo Banta, Jim Caffarel, Joseph "Vic" and wife Holly Caffarel, Billy and
Carol Dedon, Bobby and Rene Taylor, Terri and Mark Blumberg and Kathy and
Anthony Polito; great-grandchildren, Denny Banta and Terri Lehron, Misty
and Kevin Breaux, Chris, Tami and Tiffany Caffarel, Aaron and Conner Caffarel,
Brady Dedon, Ashley and Steven Giambrone, Michael and Nicholas Braud, Dylan
Falkengren, Kyle and Kelly Blumberg, Joshua, Caleb and Ethan Taylor and
Matthew Polito; and great-great-grandchildren, James Thibodeaux, Shea and
Meagan Brown and Joseph Giambrone. Preceded in death by her husband, James
"Teat" Taylor; mother, Annie Tims; three brothers, Jimmy, Frank and David
Tims; a sister, Alta Shannon; and grandchildren, Michael Dedon and baby
Faye Dedon. Pallbearers will be Billy and Brady Dedon, Jim and Vic Caffarel,
Bobby Taylor, Denny Banta and Joshua Taylor. She was a volunteer with the
Baton Rouge General Medical Center, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Food
Closet at Church of the Way and St. Francis House. She was a member of
Y.A.W.S. and Church of the Way Presbyterian Church, where she was a former
choir member and Sunday school teacher.
VANZILE, MYRTLE STREET
A resident of Denham Springs, she died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001, at
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge. She was 67,
born in Mitchell County, N.C. Visiting at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral
Home, Ponchatoula, from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. Saturday,
conducted by the Rev. Noah Hano. Interment in Sand Hill Cemetery. Survived
by her husband, Douglas "Doug" Vanzile, Denham Springs; three daughters,
Kathy McEwen, Clarkton, N.C., Linda Saddler, Ocala, Fla., and Helen Jensen,
Denham Springs; three sons, Lawrence Lingerfelt, Ponchatoula, Louis Lingerfelt,
Denham Springs, and Douglas "D.J." Vanzile Jr., Denham Springs; three sisters,
Bertie Grindstaff, Bakersville, N.C., Ora Grindstaff, Spruce Pine, N.C.,
and Betty Goodwin, Bakersville; two brothers, William "Willie" Street and
Arville Grindstaff, both of Bakersville; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her parents, Jess Street and Laura Melton Street Grindstaff;
a granddaughter, Michelle Leigh Lingerfelt; and a brother, Starlon Street.