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ARBUCKLE, JR.  JOHN    "PUNKIN"  
A retired U.S. Army staff sergeant and a resident of New Orleans, he died Friday, Oct. 25, 2002, at his sister's home in Baton Rouge. He was 60 and a native of Baton Rouge. Visiting at Winnfield Funeral Home, 7221 Plank Road, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Religious service at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Friday, conducted by the Rev. Dondi Johnson. Interment in Port Hudson National Cemetery. Survived by two daughters, Deidra Arbuckle and LaShawn Arbuckle; 11 sisters, Patricia A. Jackson, Clara Lee Arbuckle, Elizabeth A. Brown, Glenda Wilson, Carolyn Johnson, Diane Servick, Janice Franklin, Linda Johnson, Arnetta Harris, Denise Guerin and Donna Semien; and three grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, John Sr. and Ida H. Arbuckle; and Clifford and Arline Franklin, who helped raise him.  
 
 
AVANTS,    LUCILE HARELSON    
A retired elementary school teacher and a resident of Baton Rouge, she died at 12:25 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002, at The Retirement Center. She was 87 and a native of Baton Rouge. Service will be private at her request, with interment in Harelson Family Cemetery. Survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Frances Avants Stringer and Judge Byron Stringer; grandson, Todd Stringer and wife Gail Stringer; grandson, Troy M. Stringer; granddaughter, Dr. Traci Stringer Seibold and husband Dr. Jimmy M. Seibold; granddaughter, Trudy Stringer Vanhoof and husband, Lt. Nathan K. Vanhoof, U.S. Air Force; a great-grandson, Tyler James Seibold; and a great-granddaughter, Samantha Marie Stringer. Preceded in death by her husband, Mack Avants; a daughter, Trudy L. Avants; father, Harrington Burgess Harelson; mother, Maybelle Benton Harelson; sisters, Evelyn Harelson Sharp and Elmira Harelson Harrison; and brothers, H.B. Harelson, Benton Harelson and Jack Harelson. She was a graduate of LSU, a member of Chi Omega sorority and a charter member of Broadmoor United Methodist Church. In honor of the deceased, memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Hospice Foundation, 5215 Essen Lane, Suite 20, Baton Rouge, LA 70809.  
 
 
BLANCHARD,    NED PATRICK    
A resident and native of Pierre Part, he died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002 in Houma. He was 58. Visiting at Ourso Funeral Home, Pierre Part, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Thursday. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Thursday, celebrated by the Rev. Clarence Waguespack. Entombment in church mausoleum. Survived by his wife, Emma Lee Theriot Blanchard of Pierre Part; mother, Martha Crochet Blanchard, Pierre Part; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Reggie and Tammy Blanchard, Donnie and Cheri Blanchard and Phil Blanchard, all of Pierre Part; four sisters, Hilda Daigle, Brusly St. Vincent, and Linda Boudreaux, Clara Clement and Elaine Schaff, all of Pierre Part; six brothers, Howard, Thomas, Tony, Russell, Whitney and Lonnie Blanchard, all of Pierre Part; two grandchildren, Cayla and Slade Blanchard; three stepgrandchildren, Cody, Casey and Buddy Kern; and a great-grandchild, Cole Landry. Preceded in death by his father, Sevalien Blanchard; four brothers, Robert, Morris, Davis and Wilton Blanchard; and a sister, Isabell Blanchard.  
 
 
BLOUNT,    LILLIE PASSMAN    
A native of Doyle, she died Monday, Oct. 28, 2002, at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was 86 and a resident of Ponchatoula. Visitation at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, Ponchatoula, from 9 a.m. Friday until religious service at 10 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Stanley Day. Interment in Ponchatoula Cemetery. Survived by a son, Huey Husser of Hammond; three grandchildren, Lori Husser, Shayna Smith and Mark Husser; and four great-grandchildren.  
 
 
CAMPBELL,    JAMES EDWARD    
Born in Almont, Mich., and a resident of Baton Rouge, he passed away on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002, at the age of 73. He was retired human resource manager for the Dow Chemical Co. He served two tours of duty in the Korean War, where he was highly decorated. He returned to the United States and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Miami, followed by an MBA from Harvard University. Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Roberta Beardsley Campbell; his parents, Bessie Darling Campbell and Russell Guy Campbell; and his brother, Richard Nelson Campbell. He is survived by his six daughters and two sons, including Carol Marie Campbell, Linda Gail Campbell, Diane Campbell Atashi, James Franklin Campbell, Russell Guy Campbell, Susan Campbell Samson, Jean Elizabeth Campbell and Patricia Ann Campbell; as well as 13 grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Dorothy Rosner; six brothers, Robert Campbell, Gerald Campbell, Gordon Campbell, George Campbell, Donald Campbell and Bruce Campbell; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Viewing and services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, 225 Main Street, Imlay City, MI, 48444, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with services immediately following. Jim will be interred next to his beloved wife at the Imlay Township Cemetery, North Fairgrounds Road, following Saturday's services.  
 
 
DICKINSON,    DONALD JEFFREY  "JEFF"  
A service technician with General Electric Co. with 25 years of service, he was an avid hunter and enjoyed the outdoors. A resident of Erwinville, he died at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, 2002, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge. He was 46 and a native of Morganza. Visiting at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church parish hall, Lakeland, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Thursday. Religious service at the church at 10 a.m. Thursday, conducted by the Rev. Gregory Daigle. Entombment in Chenal Mausoleum. Survived by his wife, Patti Crochet Dickinson, Erwinville; mother, Gladys Dickinson, Morganza; two sons, Cody and Devin Dickinson, both of Erwinville; six brothers, O.J. Dickinson, Morganza, Michael Dickinson, Baton Rouge, Stuart Dickinson, Zachary, Virgus Dickinson, Denham Springs, Timothy Dickinson, Ventress, and Gregory Dickinson, New Roads; two godchildren, Shane Ramagos and Mikelle Dickinson; numerous nieces and nephews, many lifelong friends and a special little angel, Elizabeth St. Romain. Preceded in death by his father, Ourelee J. Dickinson; and a sister, Deborah LeBlanc. Pallbearers will be Cody and Devin Dickinson, Don Peter Ramagos, Raymond Jarreau, Murphy Oubre and Alan Crowe. Honorary pallbearers are his brothers. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where he served as a Eucharistic minister, and Knights of Columbus Council 8878. Niland's Funeral Service, New Roads, in charge of arrangements.  
 
 
DIMAGGIO,    JEANETTE THAMES    
A resident of Independence, she died Monday, Oct. 28, 2002, at North Oaks Medical Center, Hammond. She was 76 and a native of Lawrence County, Miss. Visitation was at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, Hammond, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday. Visitation in the funeral home chapel from 8 a.m. until religious service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, conducted by the Rev. Adrienne Spikes and the Rev. Ray Hudson. Interment in Tickfaw Catholic Cemetery. Survived by two daughters, Bobbie Costa, Independence, and Barbara Rogers, Tickfaw; three sons, Robert Thames and Lee R. Thames, both of Houston, and James Pat Thames of Independence; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her first husband, Jessie Thames; second husband, Philip DiMaggio; father, Robert Lee Hart; mother, Sarah Elizabeth Evans Hart; a grandson, Kenneth Ray Harrell Jr.; and numerous brothers and sisters. She was a member of Little River Pentecostal Church in Tickfaw.  
 
 
GILER,    ULRICH    "JOHNNY"  
A retired construction manager at Ethyl Corp. and a resident of Baton Rouge, he died Monday, Oct. 28, 2002, at Summit Hospital. He was a native of New Orleans. Visiting at Welsh Funeral Home, 6700 Florida Blvd., from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Visiting at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until religious service at 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. Survived by his companion, Ruth King; two granddaughters, Dessiree Giler of Nyack, N.Y., and Heather Giler of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and two sons, John Giler and wife Gail of Pomona, N.Y., and Charles E. Giler of Hammond. Preceded in death by his wife, Anna Bell. He attended Goodwood Baptist Church and the Ethyl Manufacturing Club. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and worked at a Navy shipyard during World War II. His biggest interests were his wife of 52 years, Anna Bell, and his son, Charles Giler. He and his wife were founding members of the Hammond Developmental Center. He was also extremely devoted to his extended family. 
 
 
GRAVOIS,    JAMES JOSEPH  "J.J."  
A retired life insurance salesman for American General Life, he died Monday, Oct. 28, 2002, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Bluebonnet. He was 88, a resident of Baton Rouge and native of Hohen Solms. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Visiting was at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Visiting in the funeral home chapel from 10 a.m. until religious service at noon. Wednesday. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Survived by a son, James E. Gravois and wife Evelyn; a son-in-law, James M. Phillips; a brother, Lawrence Gravois; four grandchildren, James, Trey and Douglas Phillips and Sheri Gravois Stewart; and a great-grandchild, Ryan Phillips. Preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ruth Brown Gravois; a daughter, Joyce G. Phillips; his parents and six brothers and sisters. Memorial donations may be made to the Diabetes Association.  
 
 
HEBERT,    DELIA LANDRY MILLET
A resident of Gonzales, she died at 12:40 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Gonzales. She was 97 and a native of Ascension Parish. Visiting was at Welsh Funeral Home, Gonzales, from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Theresa of Avila Catholic Church at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, celebrated by the Rev. Phil Spano. Interment in St. Theresa Cemetery. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Alvin and Mamie Millet and Roland and Christine Millet, all of Gonzales; six grandchildren and spouses, Sidonia and Randy Sanford of Alabama, Wilton and Denise Millet and Roland Jr. and Sandy Millet, all of Pierre Part, and Israel Millet, Sherran and Wayne Delatte and Gloria and Glenn Bourgeois, all of Gonzales; stepgrandchildren and spouses, Robert and Debra Wunstel, Jimmy and Jeanette Wunstel, Jerry "Pete' and Paulette Wunstel and Delva Sue Westbrook, all of Gonzales; 26 great-grandchildren and 28 great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her first husband, Wilton J. Millet; her second husband, Armand Hebert; a son, Lawrence J. Millet; a granddaughter, Rhonda Millet; parents, Numa S. and Ophelia LeBlanc Landry; three brothers, Joseph S. Sr., Numa S. Jr. and Sidney I. Landry; and six sisters, Elia L. Shaddinger, Leona L. Young, Lillian L. Martine, Beatrice L. Mire, Vivian L. Diez Gonzales and Rita L. Graham. She was a member of St. Theresa of Avila Catholic Church and Ladies Altar Society. She was a member of American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 81 and the chaplain for many years.  
 
 
KALENCKI,    BEBE MCNEELY
A resident of Zachary, she died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002, at Lane Memorial Hospital, Zachary. She was 85. Visiting at Charlet Funeral Home Inc., Zachary, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Visiting at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until religious service at 1 p.m. Thursday, conducted by the Rev. Ted Roeling. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Woodville, Miss. Survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Billy and Bobby Kalencki of Slaughter, and Buddy and Jeanie Kalencki of Valencia, Calif.; four grandchildren and spouses, Stacy and Paul Alonzo, Dub and Susan Kalencki, Katie and Donald Freeman and Christie and Mike Bradford; two great-grandchildren, Jordan Kalencki and Connor Freeman; and a sister, Lerline Bickham of Slaughter. Preceded in death by her husband, Ted Kalencki; two brothers, Pius and Bonnie McNeely; and a sister. Phaela McCollum. She was very active in the Baker Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder for many years. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority while at LSU. Memorial donations may be made to Baker Presbyterian Church.  
 
 
LOLAND,    EUNICE MAE DAIGLE
A homemaker and resident of Donaldsonville, she died at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002, in Donaldsonville. She was 85 and a native of Valenzuela. Visiting at Ourso Funeral Home, Donaldsonville, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Visiting at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Donaldsonville, from 8 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, celebrated by the Rev. Michael Galea. Interment in Ascension Cemetery. Survived by her husband, Gordon "Bo" Loland Sr., Donaldsonville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Katie and Jack Noel, Donaldsonville, and Mary Lou and Blackie Medlen, Plaquemine; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gordon Jr. "Bo" and Margie Loland and Michael and Tina Loland, all of Donaldsonville; a sister, Margaret Daigle Sagona, Baton Rouge; 10 grandchildren, Tammy Dale, Tonya Dupre, Darrin Loland, Nila Jordon, Jack "Spike" Noel, Dwayne Noel, Marla Medlen, Michael Loland II, Donald "DJ" Loland and Bridget Loland; and 13 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, Claiborne and Marie Dugas Daigle; a son, Donald Loland; three sisters, Hilda Aucoin, Mabel Johnson and Ruth Dugas; and a brother, Hubert Daigle. Pallbearers will be Blackie Medlen, Spike Noel, Dwayne Noel, Darrin Loland, Michael Loland and DJ Loland. Thanks to her neighbors, past and present, of Savoie subdivision, and special thanks to her doctors, Dr. Jon Savoie and Dr. Sam Marchand, and the staff of The D'Ville House. She was a member of St. Francis Ladies Altar Society and a Eucharistic minister.
 
 
MORROW,    AZLIE FONTENOT PICOU
A native of Whitehall, she died Monday, Oct. 28, 2002, at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was 91 and a resident of Maurepas. Visitation at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, Ponchatoula, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday. Visitation at Word of Life Church, Maurepas, from 12:30 p.m. Thursday until religious service at 1 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Ronnie Gauthreaux. Interment in Maurepas Cemetery. Survived by a daughter, Olivia Picou Sanchez of Maurepas; two sons and daughters-in-law, Wilfred "Buck" and Faye Martin Picou and Charlie and Lois Aydell Picou, all of Maurepas; 11 grandchildren 23 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her first husband, Edgar Picou; second husband, William Morrow; and brothers and sisters.
 
 
QUINN, MARY FLORENCE
A homemaker and resident of Denham Springs, she died at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002, at Golden Age Nursing Home in Denham Springs. She was 75 and a native of Natchitoches. She loved to crochet and create decorative artistic eggs in her spare time. Graveside service in Bellwood Cemetery, Bellwood, at 11 a.m. Friday. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Philip Herbert Quinn of Denham Springs; a daughter, Kathryn Quinn Normand McBee; a son, Steven Patrick Quinn; four grandchildren, Janice Normand Draper, Jill Normand Hartman, James Normand Jr. and Kyle A. Quinn; and eight great-grandchildren, Jared Draper, Candice Draper, Derick Draper, Allisa Draper, Jed Hartman, Jacob Hartman, John Hartman Jr. and Jade Hartman. She was preceded in death by her father, Howard Ott; and her mother, Rosa Moss Ott. Service under the direction of Seale Funeral Service Inc., Denham Springs. 
 
SALCEDO, MICHAEL
A cosmetologist and trainer, he died of a heart attack at his home on Friday, Oct. 25, 2002. He was 47, a native of New Orleans and lifelong resident of the New Orleans area. Visitation at Christ the King Catholic Church, 535 Deerfield, Gretna, from 10:30 a.m. Thursday until funeral service at 11:30 a.m. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. Survived by his father, Hector Salcedo; mother, Gloria S. Salcedo; two daughters, Marina Salcedo and Mallory Salcedo, both of Baton Rouge; and three sisters, Edna Talboy, Nanette Mueller and Nancy Foy. Professional Funeral Service Inc., New Orleans, in charge of arrangements.
 
 
SILVER,  WALTER HENRY   "WALT"
A retired engineer for Exxon with 50 years of service, he passed away at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002, at his residence. He was 85, a native of Philadelphia and resident of Baton Rouge. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne, and jumped on D-Day at Normandy Beach, Operation Market Garden in Holland and the Battle of the Bulge. He retired from the Selective Service System Reserve as a full colonel. Visiting at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and after 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Religious service in Greenoaks Funeral Chapel at 10 a.m. Saturday, conducted by the Rev. Carol Winn Crawford. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. He is survived by his loving wife of 491/2 years, Janice Cox "Jan" Silver of Baton Rouge; a daughter, Karen Silver Holton of Baton Rouge; two granddaughters, Karie and Melanie Holton of Baton Rouge; a brother, Edward J. Silver and wife Edna of Radnor, Pa.; two nieces; and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Priscilla Simoska Silver. He was a member of the 508th PIR Association, Military Order of the World Wars and the American Legion. He was also very active in the Council on Aging and was an avid tennis player. He was an alumni of Drexel University, Virginia Tech and LSU.
 
 
SMITH, SR.  MILLARD D.
A retired supervisor with Baton Rouge Water Works Co. and a resident of Baton Rouge, he died at 6:55 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City. He was 91 and a native of Magnolia, Miss. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Visiting in the funeral home chapel from 10 a.m. until religious service at 1 p.m. Friday, conducted by the Rev. Merlin Liverman. Interment in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. Survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Patsy and James Lowery and Wanda and Delos Brown; five sons and daughters-in-law, Roger and Grace Smith, Dennis and Ginny Smith, Larry and Linda Smith, Marshall and Deborah Smith and M.D. Jr. and Valerie Smith; two sisters, Hazel Moore and Bernadine Homan; a brother-in-law, Wallace Cockerham; 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Ebba Stephens Smith; parents, Henry M. and Emily Tullos Smith; a brother and five sisters. His grandsons will serve as pallbearers. He was a member of Parkview Baptist Church and Istrouma Lodge 414, F&AM.

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