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BROWN, BETTY JEAN
Retired from working in administration and a resident of Baton Rouge, she died at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Bluebonnet. She was 58 and a native of Gloster, Miss. Visiting at Winnfield Funeral Home from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Religious services at Capital Missionary Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Ronald Robertson Sr. Dismissal at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Interment in Winnfield Memorial Park. Survived by a son, Charles C. Brown Jr.; a sister, Tracey E. Robinson; two brothers, John E. Perry and Emmitt Perry; four grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her father, John Perry; mother, Mary Spears Perry; and a sister, Johnnie M. Walker. She was a 1963 graduate of Capitol High School.

BROWNING, CHRISTINE BLOUNT
A homemaker and resident of Central, she died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001, at Flannery Oaks Guest House. She was 97 and a native of Livingston Parish. Visiting at Zoar Baptist Church from noon Monday until religious services at 2 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Kevin Hand. Interment in Zoar Baptist Church Cemetery. She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Lorin Wayne Browning and Carol Ann Browning; one sister, Eunice Carson; one grandchild and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by husband, Alvin A. Browning; sister, Molly Hull; and brothers, Eulice Blount, Jeffrey Blount and Louis Blount. Pallbearers will be Andrew Smiley, Tolley W. Fletcher, Curtis A. Fletcher, Wayne Blount, Arthur Blount and Johnny Blount. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cheatham House, Louisiana Baptist Children's Home, 13758 Denham Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70818.

BRUMFIELD, AMOS NEALY
A retired Ethyl Corp. employee and resident of Baton Rouge, he died at noon Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, at his residence. He was 77 and a native of Pearl River county, Miss. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of World War II. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and after 8 a.m. Monday. Religious services at the funeral home chapel at 11 a.m. Monday, conducted by Rev. Ron Lambe. Interment at Resthaven Garden of Memory. He is survived by wife, Dolores Hoover Brumfield, Baton Rouge; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sue and Ray Gilchrist, Plaquemine, and Amy and James Kennedy, Baton Rouge; one son and daughter-in-law, John A. and Charlene Brumfield, Baton Rouge; two brothers, A.C. Brumfield, Baton Rouge, and Jack Brumfield, Zwolle; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents, A.C. Sr. and Alice LaFaye Brumfield; a brother and a sister. He was a member of Istrouma Baptist Church.

FIELDS, IRMA LEE
A resident of Baton Rouge, she died at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001. Wake services at True Light Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Monday. Funeral services at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, Franklinton, at noon Tuesday. Interment in St. James Cemetery, Clifton. She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Jerry Dean and Will Smith and Katherine and Leroy Magee; two sons and daughters-in-law, Almo and Jeannie Barker and Elijah and Leola Barker; a sister, Aline Graves; a brother-in-law, Odell Barker; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Capital Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

FONTENOT, CATHERINE AYDELL
A homemaker and resident of Baton Rouge, she passed away at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, at St. Mary's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was a native of French Settlement. Visiting at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and after 9 a.m. Monday. Religious services in Greenoaks Funeral Chapel at 10 a.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Mike Moroney. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Hymel A. "Geet" Fontenot of Baton Rouge; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Byron P. and Janie Fontenot of Baton Rouge and Stuart J. Fontenot of French Settlement; two sisters, Leontine Noon Aydell of Baton Rouge and Mabel Lobell of French Settlement; a brother, Maurice Aydell Jr. of French Settlement; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Maurice Sr. and Mary Cambre Aydell; a brother, Glen Aydell; a sister, Pearl Strother; and a granddaughter, Cheree Fontenot. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity.

GARRETT, THEODORE
Brother Theodore Garrett was born Oct. 29, 1906, to Jacob Garrett and Mary Dawson Garrett. He was one of seven children, five of whom preceded him in death. On Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, the Lord came and embraced Brother Theodore, wrapped him in his arms of love and took him home to be with him. He leaves with loving memory his devoted wife, Lucille Jackson Garrett, affectionately known to him as "Kid;" three daughters, Bertha G. Pitts and husband Matthew of Baton Rouge, Beverly G. Williams of St. Louis and Linda G. Magee and husband Bobby of Franklinton; a sister, Minell Harrison and husband Joseph of San Francisco; a brother-in-law, Alex Jackson and wife Lillie of Wilmer; a sister-in-law, Irene Jackson of Baton Rouge; a devoted daughter-in-law, Carrie Lee Garrett of Folsom; 22 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Catherine Garrett Lonzo; three sons, J.C. Garrett, Theotas Garrett and Roosevelt Garrett; three brothers and two sisters. Funeral services at Midway Church of Christ Holiness, Folsom, at 11 a.m. Tuesday, conducted by Bishop Vernon Kennebrew. Interment in Folsom Community Cemetery. Cook-Richmond Funeral Home, Bogalusa, in charge of arrangements.

GIDEON, SR. DR.CHARLES H.
A resident of Ponchatoula, he died Friday, Nov. 23, 2001, at North Oaks Medical Center, Hammond. He was 70 and a native of Birmingham, Ala. Visiting at Harry McKneely and Son Funeral Home, Ponchatoula, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, with a Masonic service at 7 p.m., and after 8 a.m. Monday. Religious services in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Stanley Day. Interment at Ponchatoula Cemetery. He is survived by wife, Alice Bel Gideon, Ponchatoula; four sons, Charles H. Gideon Jr., Dallas, and Tim Gideon, Kelly Gideon and Chris Gideon, all of Ponchatoula; three daughters, Holly Landry, Ponchatoula, and Donna Beauchamp and Sherry Guileyardo, Hammond; and 14 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by father, Michael B. Gideon Sr.; and mother, Junie Chambers Gideon Evans. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to All Saints Episcopal Church, Ponchatoula.

GOFORTH, WILLIAM LOUIS "UNCLE BILL"
A retired radio technician at LSU and a resident of Baton Rouge, he died between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, at his residence. He was 80 and a native of Baton Rouge. Visiting at Welsh Funeral Home, 6700 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and after 9 a.m. Tuesday. Religious services in the funeral home chapel at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Interment at Greenoaks Memorial Park. He is survived by wife, Marion Smith Goforth; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Linda Goforth; four grandchildren, Chris and Amiee Goforth, and Lonnie and Nicole Bourgeois; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents, Mary Elizabeth Goforth and William Knight Goforth; one brother, Wesley Goforth; and two half-brothers, Edward and Bob Thoms. He was a high school graduate, a member of Quarter Century Wireless Association and Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club, and was licensed as a first class commercial technician. His hobby was amateur radio.

HAYES, JAMES "SON"
A native of Port Hudson, he died at 3:20 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, at Lane Memorial Hospital, Zachary. He was 82. Visiting at Winnfield Funeral Home, 7221 Plank Road, from 8:30 a.m. Monday until religious services at 10 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Tommy Gipson, pastor of Donaldson Chapel Baptist Church. Interment in Port Hudson National Cemetery.

HORNSBY, CLAUDY SINGLETON
A resident of Baton Rouge for a number of years, a retired teacher and World Book Encyclopedia sales person, she passed away at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, at Harvest Manor Nursing Home, Denham Springs. She was 86 and a native of St. Helena Parish. Visiting at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and noon to 1:40 p.m. Monday. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church at 2 p.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev John Arun. Interment at Resthaven Gardens of Memory. She is survived by daughter, Carol Hornsby Zachary Simonelli; a granddaughter, Davelyn Erin Zachary; four sisters, Clara S. Day, Ruby S. Roberts, Cathline S. Cole and Lois S. Chapman; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Herman Hornsby; a son, Kenneth Ray Hornsby; parents, Fred and Annie Thompson Singleton; brothers, Ernest Singleton, S. Wallace Singleton, and Emmett D. Singleton; and a sister Edna S. Wood.

JOHNSTON, MICHAEL FARRELL
A resident of Zachary, he died at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23, 2001, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City. He was 49 and native of Baton Rouge. Visiting at Baker Funeral Home, 6401 Groom Road, Baker, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Visiting at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until religious services at noon Monday, conducted by the Rev. Larry McEwen. Interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. He is survived by parents, Marion Farrell and Betty Lou Causey Johnston; two sisters, Shirley R. Johnston, Pride, and Deborah Thibodeaux, Zachary; two nephews, Jeffrey Rushing, Houston, and Stephen Thibodeaux, Zachary; one niece, Kelly Thibodeaux; and one great niece, Sydney Rushing. Pallbearers will be Aaron J. Johnston, Larry McEwen, Andrew Thibodeaux, Stephen Thibodeaux, Thomas McEwen and James "Goose" Carroll.

JONES, MARGARET
A resident of Baton Rouge, she died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Bluebonnet. She was 81 and a native of Batchelor. Visiting at Mount Gillion Baptist Church, 346 E. Buchanan, from 3 p.m. Monday until religious services at 7 p.m., conducted by Elder Eric Shaffer. Dismissal at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Interment in Winnfield Memorial Park. Survived by two sons, Isiah Smith and Wycliff Robertson Sr.; a stepson, Willie James Thomas; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, James Thomas; parents, Dorsey and Doretha Jones; a grandson, Wycliff J. Robertson Jr.; and a brother, Ike Jones. Winnfield Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

KING, MYRTLE M
A retired Louisiana state employee and a resident of Grangeville, she died Friday, Nov. 23, 2001, at Villa Feliciana Rehabilitation Hospital. She was 93 and a native of Mississippi. Visiting at Charlet Funeral Home Inc., Zachary, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and 8:30 a.m. Monday until religious services at 10 a.m. Interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Baker. She is survived by one daughter, Estelle Blackard, Jackson; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Luther and Mary King, Baker, Homer and Ouida King, Jackson, and Thomas "Sam" King, Mississippi; one sister, Ethel Thomas, Mississippi; 17 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Richard King; one son, Clifton King; one grandson, Homer King; parents; and two great-granddaughters. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

KNIGHT, ASIE B. "GRANNY"
A retired security officer and a resident of Baton Rouge, she died at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001. She was 61 and a native of Tchula, Miss. Visiting at Winnfield Funeral Home, 7221 Plank Road, from 8 a.m. Monday until religious services at 12:30 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Frank Washington. Interment in Resthaven Gardens of Memory, 11817 Jefferson Highway. Survived by three daughters, Joyce Jackson, Baker, Sheila Burgess and Erica Bailey of Baton Rouge; five sons, Desi Knight, Cleveland Knight of Houston, and Walter, Gregory and Malcolm Knight, all of Baton Rouge; three sisters, a brother, 26 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, the Rev. W.L. and Sister Rosaleona Bailey; a sister, Rosalee Sproules; a brother, Theodis Bailey; and a son-in-law, Uray Burgess.

MARIONNEAUX, JR. LOUIS MURRELL "BRO"
A retired mechanical engineer with Barnard & Burk, he died Friday, Nov. 23, 2001, at 2:36 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his family. Born Aug. 9, 1927, he was 74, a native of Plaquemine and a resident of Brusly. He was a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Visiting at Wilbert Funeral Home, Port Allen, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Visiting at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Brusly, from 8 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Eric Gyan. He is survived by wife, Hazel Pourciau Marionneaux; three daughters and two sons-in-law; Linda and Steve Stockton, Gonzales, Rhonda Emberton, Baton Rouge, and Vickie and Keith Landry, Brusly; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Danny and Lindsey Scott, Brusly, Ronnie Scott, Baton Rouge, and Louis III and Tracy Marionneaux and Paul and Evie Marionneaux, all of Brusly; two sisters, Mary Althea Parker, Addis, and Jewell Ann Silver, Alpharetta, Ga.; a niece, Cindy Ocmand, Brusly; 16 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis Murrell and Nessie Tullier Marionneaux; and a brother, Farrell "Jackie" Marionneaux. He was a 1957 graduate of LSU, a charter member of the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Flotilla, a member of the VFW, Carpenters Local 1098 and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, 550 Lobdell Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70806. Our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Christopher McCanless and his thoughtful staff.

MATTHEWS, MELVIN L. "SLIM"
A resident of St. Francisville, he died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001, at West Feliciana Parish Hospital. He was 44 and a native of Wilson. Visiting at Richardson Funeral Home, Clinton, from 10 a.m. Monday until religious services at 11 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Dalton Hill. Interment in Galilee Baptist Church Cemetery. Survived by two sisters and a brother-in-law, Elaine and Thomas Johnson Sr., St. Francisville, and Myrtis Matthews, Zachary; three aunts; three uncles; a great-great-uncle; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by prents, Fate and Ida Matthews; and a brother, Lynell Matthews Sr.

MUNSON, JOSEPH
An electrician and a resident of New Orleans, he died Monday, Nov. 19, 2001. He was 49 and a native of St. Francisville. Visiting at Pointe Coupee Funeral Home, New Roads, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Religious services at St. Peter Baptist Church, St. Francisville, at 7 p.m. Monday, conducted by Dr. Olton Scott. Interment in St. Peter Cemetery, St. Francisville, Tuesday at 10 a.m. He is survived by one daughter, Angela Munson; one son, Shawn Lathers; four sisters, Eudora London, Jean Boudreaux, Joyce Jones, and Diana Williams; and four brothers, Alfred, James, Lawrence Jr., and Mark Munson. He was preceded in death by parents, Estelle and Lawrence Munson; and wife, Gail Munson. Pallbearers will be Lionel Boudreaux, Samuel Williams, Mark Munson, James Munson, Lawrence Munson Jr. and Alfred Munson. Honorary pallbearers are Leo Johnson, Robert Jones, Lloyd Gaines, Roosevelt Washington and William Munson. He was a graduate of West Feliciana High School and disc jockey.

PALMER, ROSA MARY
A resident of Baton Rouge, she died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. She was 65 and a native of Alexandria. Visiting at Winnfield Funeral Home, 7221 Plank Road, from 11 a.m. Monday until religious services at 1 p.m. Interment in Winnfield Memorial Park. Survived by her husband, Clarence Palmer Sr.; four daughters, Sherilyn Palmer, Rose Chinwoh, Sandra Palmer and Ester White; four sons, Clarence Jr., Kenneth, Warren and Edward Palmer; two sisters, Esther Dunn and Irma Dorsey; two brothers, Frank Armster Jr. and Edward Armster; and a host of grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

REDDEN, MARY
Died at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, at her home. She was 73. Arrangements are pending at Baker Funeral Home, 6401 Groom Road, Baker.

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.

SPRADLEY, MYRTLE TURNER "BOOT"
A resident of Baton Rouge, she died at 1:55 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001. She was 70 and a native of Clinton. Visiting at First Little Rock Baptist Church from 6 p.m. Monday until religious services at 8 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Steven Beckham. Dismissal at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Interment in St. John Baptist Church Cemetery, Clinton. Survived by her loving husband, Issac Spradley, Baton Rouge; a son, Willie Lee Turner, Baton Rouge; five sisters and three brothers-in-law, Mattie L. Turner and Minnie and George Robinson, all of Zachary, Mary T. Selders and Vergie and James Davis, all of Baton Rouge, Louise T. Spradley of Roosevelt, N.Y., and Warner Holiday of Zachary; two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Clarence Turner of Zachary, Willie and Ruby Turner of Uniondale, N.Y., and Mattie R. Turner of Baton Rouge; a goddaughter and godson-in-law, Patricia and Richard Alexander, Baton Rouge; two grandchildren and a grandson-in-law, Jacqueline and Cedrick Walker and Willie Davis, all of Baton Rouge; three great-grandchildren, Steven L, Micheal D. and Natasha D. Weber, all of Baton Rouge; a great-great-grandchild, K'onvy Seaberry, Baton Rouge; a devoted niece-in-law, Diane Spradley; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by parents, West and Lillie Turner; two brothers, John and Rivers Turner; and two sisters, Mildred T. Holliday and Katie T. Daniels. Arrangements entrusted to Richardson Funeral Home, Clinton

THOMAS, NANCY CLARK "DATIE"
A resident of Baton Rouge, she died at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001, at Earl K. Long Medical Center. She was 93 and a native of Woodville, Miss. Religious services at Little Zion Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Tuesday, conducted by the Rev. Morris Jackson. Dismissal at New Bethel Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Interment in Southern Memorial Gardens. Survived by a daughter-in-law, Pearlie Mealey; a sister-in-law, Bessie Clark; 10 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Clifton Thomas; parents, Elijah and Lucenda C. Clark; a son, Joseph Mealey Sr.; and a granddaughter, Margean Mealey. Pallbearers will be Johnny Mealey, Leo Davis, Fredrick Mealey, Chester Mealey, Joseph Mealey Jr. and Trent Defalance. Honorary pallbearers are Jerome Stewart, Leo Davis Jr., Arthur Clark, Leonard Clark and Deacon Sadler. She was a deaconess at New Bethel Baptist Church, where she served as an active member until her illness. Scott's Bluff Morticians, 8546 Scenic Highway, in charge of arrangements.

THORNBREW, MARIE
A native of Arch, Okla., and a resident of Baton Rouge, she passed away at 12:40 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23, 2001, at St. Mary's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Baton Rouge. She was 74. Visiting at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd., from noon Sunday until religious services at 2 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Edwin Haskell. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. She is survived by four daughters and a son-in-law, Devonda St. Amor of Tulsa, Okla., Jackie Wallace of Enid, Okla., Tina and Mohamad Akbari of Baton Rouge and Shirley Wallace of McAllister, Okla.; a son, Robert Wallace of Tulsa; a sister, Clara Spears of McAllister; three brothers, Leonard Brown of Oregon, Joe Brown of Tennessee and Emmanuel Brown of McAllister; and five grandchildren, Mechelle and Daniel Akbari of Baton Rouge, and Joe, Delana and Brandi St. Amor, all of Tulsa. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Thornbrew; her parents, Charles and Mary Mosteller Brown; and two brothers.


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