A retired property control manager with the state of Louisiana Social
Services Property Management, she died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, at her residence
in Baton Rouge. She was 80 and a native of Ardmore, Okla. Visiting was
at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Goverment St., from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Thursday. Visiting at the funeral home chapel from 9 a.m. until religious
services at 10 a.m. Friday, conducted by the Rev. Chris Andrews. Entombment
in Resthaven Gardens of Memory Mausoleum. Survived by a daughter and son-in-law,
Paula and Joseph R. Toups; a son, Paul E. Adams II; and a niece, Sharon
Jenean Knight, all of Baton Rouge; and four grandchildren, Tia Kristine
Toups, Frankfurt, Ky., Paula Katherine Toups, Lexington, Ky., Joseph Davis
Toups, Ruston, and Daniel Ryan Adams, Norfolk, Va. Preceded in death by
her parents, Llylburn and Juanita Meek Woods; a sister, Billie Jean Knight;
and a brother-in-law, Louis J. Knight. Pallbearers will be Joseph D. Toups,
Thomas Dave Washer, James E. Toups Jr., Dennis McCain, David I. Norwood
and Coleman D. Brown.
BAKER, VERA HALUSKA
After 90 years of bringing love and joy to her family and friends,
she died at home on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001. She was at peace with herself
and ready to pass from this life. She leaves behind a circle of faith and
kindness. Vera Haluska was born on April 17, 1911, at the Hungarian Settlement
in Albany. She was the youngest of 10 children born to John and Mary Salvisy
Haluska, who immigrated to the United States from Hungary. She attended
nursing school at Hotel Dieu in Beaumont, Texas, and worked as a registered
nurse there before marrying Reagan R. Baker. Vera and Reagan lived in Beaumont
for almost 50 years and were blessed with three daughters. Vera stayed
at home and created a warm and wonderful home for her family. After her
husband's death in 1978, Vera moved to their farm in Kingsbury, Texas.
She was an active member of the Kingsbury Volunteer Fire Department, the
ladies home auxiliary and the Guadalupe Valley Hospital Pink Ladies. Vera
moved to Baton Rouge in 1990, where she eagerly participated in the Village
Wood's community and continued caring for others as a volunteer at Our
Lady of the Lake Hospital and at St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room. She actively
enjoyed membership in the XYZ Club and the singles club. She was a member
of St. George Catholic Church. Vera was an artist, a storyteller, a compassionate
friend and a lady of great faith. She had the rare gift of making everyone
who knew her feel special and loved. Whether she was called Vera, mother,
Mama, Gogie or Grandma, Great or Baker, she brough inspiration, love, laughter
and kindness into the lives of all who met her. Vera was preceded in death
by her parents, her brother, John, and sister Helen, as well as infant
siblings in Hungary; her beloved husband, Reagan, eldest daughter, Mary
Lou Baker Glenewinkel, and son-in-law, Elmer H. Glenewinkel. She is survived
by two daughters, Vera Bahlinger and Rita Wallace and their husbands Charlie
and Tommy, all of Baton Rouge; 13 grandchildren, John and Angel Glenewinkel,
Reagan and Susan Glenewinkel, Julia and Johnny Abrameit, Hughie Glenewinkel,
Mary and Kevin Hart, E.V. Wallace, George and Johnelle Wallace, Carla and
Mark Morel, Charles and Donna Bahlinger, Andre and Martin Treadwell, Nicole
and Chris Geske, Melissa and Johnny Brocato, Mary Elizabeth and Ryan McLelland;
17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty and Theresa; and numerous nieces,
nephews and cousins - and so many others that she "adopted" over the years.
Visitation was at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., from 4:30
p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, with recitation of the rosary at 6 p.m. Visitation
at St. George Catholic Church, from 10:30 a.m. until Mass of Christian
Burial at 11:30 a.m. Friday. Interment in the church cemetery. Vera's grandsons
and grandsons-in-law will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, the
family requests donations be made to St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room, P.O.
Box 127, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.
A former employee of Capitol Steel and a resident of Baton Rouge, he
died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001. He was 72 and a native of Doloroso, Miss. Visiting
at Winnfield Funeral Home from 8:30 a.m. Saturday until religious services
at 10 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Charles H. Tademy. Interment in Winnfield
Memorial Park. Survived by his wife, Naomi Badie Barnes; four daughters,
Angela B. Jones, Amanda B. Paul, Linda Thompson and Anita Brown; three
sisters, Maggie B. Batiste, Jessie Sewell and Margret B. Major, all of
Baton Rouge; four brothers, the Rev. George, Pearo, Eugene and Abraham
Barnes; five grandchildren, Markisha, MarQuisha and Hardy Paul IV, Gregturis
Jones and Jamie Johnson. Preceded in death by his parents, George and Matteal
E. Barnes; a brother, a son, five brothers-in-law, a sister-in-law and
BAUMANN, JR. JAMES A.
A resident of Streator, Ill., and a native of Baton Rouge, he died
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001. He was 43. Arrangements are pending with Seale
Funeral Home, Denham Springs.
CHAVERS, PAUL RICHARDSON
Paul loved to hunt and he also had a passion for fishing. He and Erline
spent endless hours creating treasured memories at their camp on False
River. Guiding the boat for water-skiers, motoring out to fish on the flats,
casting out for bass or catfish from the pier, the never-ending untangling
of lines and baiting of hooks for his children, and later, his grandchildren,
frying freshly cleaned fish in bubbling oil in the cast iron kettle, parties
at Pop's … these, and so much more. Friends and relatives were always welcome
at the camp, the long days layering into nights. These were easy-going,
unhurried times, simple and uncomplicated, like Paul Chavers himself. He
taught those who knew and loved him how to shape a life with meaning. He
will be missed. A retired marketing representative for BellSouth, with
45 years of service, a charter member of the Twenty Club, a life member
of the Telephone Pioneers of America and a native and resident of Baton
Rouge, he passed on to a better place at 10:07 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001,
at his residence. He was 78. Visiting was at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595
Florida Blvd., from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. Visiting at the funeral
home chapel from 8:30 a.m. until religious services at noon Friday, conducted
by the Rev. Joseph Steffes. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. He is
survived by his wife of 38 years, Erline Morgan Chavers, Baton Rouge; a
daughter and son-in-law, Sherry Chavers and Karl Holzmuller, both of Anacortes,
Wash.; two sons, Jesse Dallas Chavers, Bossier City, and Richard "Rick"
Morgan, Mokena, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Molly Robbins, Anacortes, Sarah
McNally, Shreveport, Paul T. "Bud" Chavers, Shreveport, Richard W. "Rick"
Morgan III, Reston, Va., Melissa L. Morgan, Clemson, S.C., and a student
at Clemson University, William Robert Stearman, Richmond, Va., and Jennifer
Stearman, Baltimore; and a great-granddaughter, Paula Sophia Woodward.
Also survived by a brother-in-law, Loyd J. Rockhold, Baton Rouge; niece,
Jan Muse, Pearl River; and niece, Sharon Holder, Baton Rouge, whose support
to Paul and his family, both medically and emotionally, made a heavy burden
lighter. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jasper and Josie Richardson
Chavers; his twin sister, Paula Rockhold; and two brothers, George William
and Jasper Schuler Chavers. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully
asks that a donation be sent to Hospice Care of Louisiana Inc.
CHRISHON, LOIS STEWART "HONEYBEE"
A retired Head Start teacher's aide and a resident and native of Baton
Rouge, she died at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001, at her home. She was
55. Visiting at New St. John Baptist Church from 8:30 a.m. Saturday until
religious services at 10 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Dr. W.M. Myles. Interment
in Winnfield Memorial Park. Survived by three daughters, DeCarla N. Baaheth,
Carlette A. Baaheth and Saunta S. Ross; two sons, Namreh Baaheth and Valerine
Baaheth; a sister, Billie Marie Dixon; and seven grandchildren, Falynn,
Namra, Valerine II, Trebrah, Samesia, Kirsten and Ezekiel. Winnfield Funeral
Home in charge of arrangements.
CLEMENT, LARRY JOSEPH
A resident of Jacksonville, Fla., he died 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27,
2001. He was 56, born Nov. 14, 1945, in Napoleonville. Visiting at St.
Philomena Catholic Church, Labadieville, from 8 a.m. Monday until religious
services at 10 a.m. Entombment in St. Joseph Mausoleum, Thibodaux. He was
the husband of Barbara Blanchard Clement; and father of Anthony and Shawn
Clement. He is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Jennifer D. Clement;
and two grandchildren, Kayla and Chase Clement, all of Jacksonville. Preceded
in death by his parents, Clifton J. and Emma Mae Borne Clement; maternal
grandparents, Louis P. and Linda Naquin Borne; paternal grandparents, John
and Edna Clement; and an infant sister, Diane Clement. Landry's Funeral
Home, Thibodaux, in charge of arrangements.
COOPER, ANNIE BELL JONES
A native and resident of St. James, she died at 8:54 a.m. Sunday, Nov.
25, 2001, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Gonzales. She was 70. Visiting at
Mount Calvary Baptist Church, St. James, from 3 p.m. until religious services
at 7 p.m. Friday, conducted by the Rev. Samuel Jones. Dismissal service
on Saturday at 11 a.m. Burial in church cemetery. Survived by her husband,
Oliver Cooper Sr., St. James; seven daughters, Veronica Taylor, Stephanie
and Melissa Cooper, Paula Link and Patricia White, all of St. James, Betty
Harris of St. Rose and Alfrenetta Cooper of Severa, Md.; five sons, the
Rev. Marshall Cooper Sr., Convent, John and Clyde Cooper Sr., both of St.
James, the Rev. Oliver Cooper Jr. of Lynwood, Calif., and Rory Cooper of
Alamitos, Calif.; four sisters, Stella Harris and Rita Henry, both of Donaldsonville,
Lorenza Steib of Vacherie and Nellie Ester of St. James; two brothers,
the Rev. Sidney Jones Sr. and Louis Jones Jr., both of St. James; two sons-in-law,
Michael Link and Nelson Harris; four daughters-in-law, Derline, Deboraha,
Yvette and Yolanda Cooper; 22 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nieces,
nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her
parents, Louis Jones Sr. and Florence Scieneaux Jones; a son, Tyrone Cooper;
a daughter, Paulette Cooper; and two sisters, Odeal Harris and Onita Gipson.
Brazier-Watson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
A devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother,
he went to our Lord on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at 5:12 p.m. Visiting was
at Ibert's Funeral Home, Patterson, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday. Visiting
at St. Joseph Catholic Church from 8 a.m. until rites at 1 p.m. Friday.
Interment in church cemetery. Survived by his wife, Mary Guarisco Couvillier;
two daughters and their spouses, Veronica and Eddie Prince and Vickie and
David Johnson; five grandchildren, Camillia, Valerie and Eddie Prince Jr.,
Glenn Libet, Breaux Bridge, and Billie Jo Libet, Pollock; three great-grandchildren,
Dyamond, Blaine, and James Libet; a brother, Russell Couvillier, New Iberia;
two sisters, Elveda Faul, Pine Prairie, and Burt Ragin, Baldwin; a stepson
and spouse, Jay and Paula Siemann; three stepdaughters and spouses, Cissy
and Charles Tramonte, Darlene and A.J. LaPlace, and Gina Cheveallier, all
of Baton Rouge; five stepgrandchildren, Shelley and Jarrod Tramonte, Blake
and Ryan Siemann, and Brett Cheveallier; many loving nieces, nephews and
friends. He was preceded in death by first wife, Lily Bonin Couvillier;
two sons, Billy and Camile Jr.; father and mother, Aristele and Camillia
Cavalier Couvillier; three brothers, Anos, J.C. and James Couvillier; and
four sisters, Rita and Celeste Couvillier, Lola Richard and Addie Eva Rousseau.
DARVILLE, JOYCE LINK
A resident and native of Baton Rouge, she died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001,
at her residence. She was 53. Visiting at Winnfield Funeral Home from 5
p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Religious services at the funeral home at 12:30
p.m. Saturday, conducted by Pastor Elmo Winters. Interment in Winnfield
Memorial Park. Survived by her husband, Arthur Darville Jr.; mother, Dorothy
M. Link; two daughters, Dominque L. Wright and Sharon Harris; three sons,
Jamie C. Link, Shedrick D. Darville and Travis J. Darville; a stepson,
Arthur J. James; a sister, Mary L. Taylor; four brothers, Donald R. Link,
John A. Link, Earl J. Link and Edwin J. Link; and four grandchildren. Preceded
in death by her father, Junius Link; grandparents; and a nephew, Shaun
DIGIROLAMO, JOSEPH ANTHONY "JOE"
A shoe salesman and a resident of Baton Rouge, he died at 2:55 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.
He was 77 and a native of Newark, N.J. Visiting was at Rabenhorst Funeral
Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Visiting
at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until religious services at 1 p.m. Friday,
conducted by the Rev. Michael Collins. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial
Park. Survived by his wife of 46 years, Audrey Martin Digirolamo, Baton
Rouge; a daughter, Antoinette Marks; and two sisters and brothers-in-law,
Vita D. and J. Donald Lockwood and Rose D. and Rowel Johnson, all of Baton
Rouge. Preceded in death by his parents, Carl Digirolamo and Rose Bruno
EDWARDS, VERA MATTHEWS
A resident and native of Greensburg, she departed this life on Sunday,
Nov. 25, 2001, at St. Helena Parish Nursing Home, Greensburg. She was 77.
Visiting at Turner Chapel AME Church, off La. 1042, Greensburg, from 5
p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Religious services at the church at noon Saturday,
conducted by the Rev. Stanley J. Carter. Interment in church cemetery.
Survived by four daughters, Irma Nelson, Los Angeles, Sharon Lee, Dennis
Mills, and Cynthia Lee and Malonda Edwards, both of Greensburg; three sons,
Larry Matthews, Long Beach, Gregory Edwards, Greensburg, and Fritz Edwards,
Dennis Mills; two sisters, Ida McCray, Greensburg, and Mae Dee Porter,
New Orleans; two brothers, Wallace and Charlie Matthews, both of Greensburg;
13 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives
and friends. MJR Friendly Service Funeral Home Inc., Denham Springs, in
charge of arrangements.
ELLIS, MARK T.
A resident of Baton Rouge and a native of Norfolk, Va., he died Wednesday,
Nov. 28, 2001, at his home. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government
St., from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. Survived by his wife, Pamela D. Ellis,
and a daughter, Leslie Anne Ellis, both of Baton Rouge. He was a member
of Mensa. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American
Heart Association of Louisiana, 3968 North Blvd., Suite 200, Baton Rouge,
FISHER, GREGORY KEITH "GREG"
An employee of Kirby Inland Marine and a resident of Denham Springs,
he died at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001, at his residence in Denham
Springs. He was 49 and a native of Jackson, Miss. Visiting at Seale Funeral
Home, Denham Springs, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. until religious
services at 11 a.m. Saturday. Private graveside services for the family
will be held at Evergreen Memorial Park at a later date. Survived by his
loving wife, Jan Poff Fisher; two daughters and a son-in-law, Megan and
Todd Gustafson, Denham Springs, and Lindsay Fisher, Denham Springs; a grandchild,
Camille Gustafson; father, Kenneth Fisher, Baton Rouge; a sister, Julie
Fisher Barlow, Baton Rouge; and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Ken "Kendel"
and Joy Fisher and Todd and Karen Fisher, all of Baton Rouge. Preceded
in death by his mother, Delores Fisher.
GODLOVE, MAUDE JARRETT
A homemaker and resident and native of Baton Rouge, she died Wednesday,
Nov. 28, 2001, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City. She was
95. Visiting at Desselle's Funeral Home, 263 Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive,
from 10 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. Friday, conducted by the
Rev. Michael Jung. Entombment in Roselawn Memorial Park Mausoleum. She
is survived by two daughters, Dorothy Altemus Byrd, Houston, and Marguerite
Altemus Cross, Baton Rouge; a son-in-law, George Cross, Baton Rouge; two
grandchildren, Starlette Cross Daigle, Baton Rouge, and Megan Byrd Johnson,
Atlanta; three great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
GRIFFIN, SR. JESSIE B. "J.B."
A retired truck driver and a resident of Baton Rouge, he died Saturday,
Nov. 24, 2001, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City. He was 63
and a native of Chamberlin. Visiting was at Hall's Mortuary, Port Allen,
from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Visiting was at Friendship Chapel Baptist
Church, from 5 p.m. until religious services from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday,
conducted by the Rev. Louis Griffin. Dismissal at noon Friday. Interment
in Roselawn Memorial Park. Survived by his wife, Lillie E. Griffin; a daughter,
Yolanda J. Griffin of Atlanta; two sons, Jessie B. Griffin Jr. of Dallas
and Michael D. Griffin of Baton Rouge; a sister, Dorothy Antoine; seven
brothers, the Rev. Louis Griffin III, Thomas Griffin Jr., Phillip Griffin,
Leroy Griffin, Freddie Griffin, Ernest C. Griffin and Larry Griffin; and
three grandchildren, Laura Griffin, Roderick M. Griffin and Keyaira K.
Griffin. Preceded in death by a daughter, Sandrica L. Griffin; a sister,
Rose Brimmer; and parents, Thomas and Delphine C. Griffin. His favorite
pastimes were fishing, football and helping others.
HARRELL, JOSEPH O. "JOE"
A resident of Greensburg, he died at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28,
2001, at St. Helena Parish Hospital in Greensburg. He was 69 and a native
of St. Helena Parish. Visiting was at Red Bluff Baptist Church, Greensburg,
from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Visiting at the church from 9 a.m. until
religious services at 11 a.m. Friday, conducted by the Rev. Bob Russell
and the Rev. Ace McVea. Interment in Red Bluff Cemetery, Greensburg. Survived
by his wife, Ida J. Harrell of Greensburg; a son and daughter-in-law, Joey
and Tracy Harrell of Jackson; two grandsons, Jordan T. and Juston E. Harrell
of Jackson; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Kenneth Ray and Peggy Harrell
of Zachary and Marshall and Ethel Harrell of Greenwell Springs; a sister
and brother-in-law, Helen H. and James Thomas Newsom of Greensburg; an
uncle, Wilson Harrell of Greensburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded
in death by his parents, T.C. and Marie Harrell. Pallbearers will be Tommy
Harrell, Alan Harrell, Gordon Harrell, Marvin Harrell, Stan Amphion, Blaine
Amphion and Ray Crawford. Honorary pallbearers are Alan Busby, Ray Hurst,
Mark Harrell, Nolan Graham and James Thomas Newsom. McKneely Funeral Home,
Kentwood, in charge of arrangements.
HENDRICK, AVON RAY
Retired from Penrod Drilling Co. in 1991, after working in the oilfield
as a toolpusher for 35 years, he died Thursday morning, Nov. 29, 2001,
at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge. He was 68,
a resident of Ventress and a native of Alto, Texas. Visiting at Niland's
Funeral Home, New Roads, from 9 a.m. Saturday until religious services
at noon, conducted by the Rev. Troy Daigle. Entombment in St. Mary's Catholic
Church Mausoleum. Survived by his wife, Lona Hendrick of Ventress; two
daughters, Sandy Jarreau of Ventress and Cheri Falcon and husband Warren
of New Roads; two brothers, John Harold Hendrick of Crockett, Texas, and
Tommie Hendrick of Austin, Texas; and three grandchildren, Shanna Jarreau
and Elizabeth and Tyler Falcon. Preceded in death by his father, John Hendrick;
mother, Catherine Loden Hendrick; four brothers, Orvin, Ellis, Carvel and
Maurice Hendrick; two sisters, Ottie Frank Huggins and Faye Stowe; and
two grandsons, Justin Falcon and Warren Falcon III. He was a 32nd degree
Mason and a member of Masonic Lodge No. 417, Livonia, Woodmen of the World
Clay Camp No. 271 and Shriners Acacia Temple of Baton Rouge.
HILLS, IOLA WOODRIDGE
A homemaker and a resident and native of Jackson, she died at 3:25
p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at her residence. She was 77. Visiting at
Richardson Funeral Home, Clinton, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Religious
services at Mount Gideon Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Saturday, conducted
by Pastor Calvin Willis. Interment in F.T. Cemetery. Survived by two sons,
Stanley Woodridge and Emerson Hills Jr.; a daughter, Connie Hills Price
and son-in-law, Claude Price Sr.; four grandchildren, Monica Walker and
Claudia, Claude and Chayla Price; two great-grandchildren, DeMonica and
D'Shanti Walker; and two sisters-in-law, Maggie S. Woodridge and Leona
McManus. Preceded in death by her parents, Perry and Nonie Woodridge; husband,
Emerson Hills Sr.; a brother, Herbert Woodridge; and a sister, Corrine