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ANDREWS,    LAURA BURNITT      
Laura Burnitt Andrews died at St. Clare Manor at 7:10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002, her father's birthday. She was born Sept. 29, 1910, in Calvert, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, R. Marcus Andrews, whom she married on Sept. 29, 1934, her birthday; her mother, Emily Gilson Burnitt; and her father, Seth Burnitt, who was born Oct. 31, 1859. Laura was also preceded in death by a brother and seven sisters. She is survived by two sons, Carl M. Andrews of Casselberry, Fla., and Dan F. Andrews and his wife, Charlene, of Baton Rouge; two stepgrandsons, Richard and Christopher McDonald of Baton Rouge; and a stepgranddaughter, Holly Owsianik of Lebanon, N.H. Laura had been a member of First Presbyterian Church since 1946. Visitation in the Dunham Chapel of First Presbyterian Church, 701 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70802, from 1 p.m. Monday until memorial service at 3 p.m., conducted by the Rev. John Schmidt. Graveside service in City Cemetery, Calvert, Texas, at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Special thanks to all at Ollie Steele Burden Manor, St. Clare Manor, Dr. William P. Gahan and a very special friend, Carolyn Abernethy. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Scholarship Fund of First Presbyterian Church or to a favorite charity. Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., in charge of arrangements.  
 
 
BESHEARS,    ROSA ANGRUM      
A retired employee of the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge, she died at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City. She was a resident and native of Baton Rouge. Visiting at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 185 Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive, from 5 p.m. Monday until religious service at 8 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Charles T. Smith. Dismissal at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Interment in Gilbert Memorial Park. Survived by a daughter, Jacqueline B. Boyd and husband Stephen; three sons, Willie T. Lavergne and wife Bernice and Benny B. Beshears, all of Baton Rouge, and Carl J. Johnson Sr. and wife Deborah of Frankfort, Ill.; eight grandchildren, Travis J. Lavergne, Keisha L., Carl Jr. and Tracy Johnson, Tori D., Kelli B. and Hayli A. Boyd and Benny D. Booker; a brother, Eugene Angrum of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a sister-in-law, Louise Angrum of Jamaica, N.Y.; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Beshears; parents, Charlie and Lydia Angrum; four sisters, Dot Pitcher, Evelyn Severan, Lillie Johnson and Lucy Pitcher; five brothers, Allen, Steve, Gus, Frank and Johnny Angrum; four brothers-in-law and five sisters-in-law.  
 
 
DAVIS,    MILLEGENE B.      
Died at 11:10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are pending at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd.  
 
 
HARDING, JR.  SAMUEL      
Samuel Harding Jr., a man of indomitable faith, a man of strength, courage and love, was born on Sept. 28, 1919, in White Castle to the union of Samuel Harding Sr. and Ernestine Harding. He departed this life with the peace of God that surpasses all understanding on Friday, Nov. 1, 2002, at his residence in New Orleans. He was the beloved husband of Jennie Harding and together they were blessed with 10 children. He was a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather and touched each life that he encountered with Christian love. He was a faithful usher and member of Beulah Land Baptist Church. He retired from Westvaco after 30 years of service. He served in World War II in Company "D," 784th Tank Battalion. He leaves to cherish his precious memory five daughters and two sons-in-law, Barbara and Herman Singleton of Milwaukee, Paulette Harding of Baker, Janie and Rodney Spears of New Orleans, Paula Harding of Baton Rouge and Sandra Harding of New Orleans; five sons and two daughters-in-law, Gerald Harding, Samuel III and Carolyn Harding and Jeffery and Valerie Harding, all of New Orleans, Marvin Harding and Carl Harding of Baltimore; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary Dee Green and Mercedes and Ernest Dominick of Bayou Goula; five sisters-in-law and three brothers-in-law, Zenobia Jordan and Frances Smith of White Castle, Sarah Williams of Inkster, Mich., Ruth and Eugene Welton of Silver Spring, Md., Eddie Smith of Harvey, and Earl and Earline Smith of New Orleans; two godchildren, Darrel Green of Dallas and Sis. Breaux; 22 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a devoted and loving granddaughter and grandson, Trina and Corey; two former daughters-in-law, Valerie Burris and Jean Wilson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jennie Harding; mother, Ernestine Harding; father, Samuel Harding Sr.; and a brother, Joseph Harding. Friends and relatives are invited to attend funeral services on Monday at 12:30 p.m. at Beulah Land Baptist Church, 2436 St. Maurice Ave., New Orleans. Entombment in Mount Olivet Mausoleum. Visitation at the church after 10:30 a.m. Monday. Professional Funeral Service Inc., New Orleans, in charge of arrangements.  
 
 
HULIN,    OLLIE FALCON      
A Mass of Christian Burial for Ollie Falcon Hulin will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Rayne, at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Visitation at Gossen Funeral Home, Rayne, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, with recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m. Visitation at the funeral home after 8 a.m. Tuesday. Burial in Garden Catacomb Memorial Mausoleum, Rayne. Mrs. Hulin, a native of Rayne and 92 years old, died at Lafayette General Medical Center Saturday evening, Nov. 2, 2002. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Daughters of the Americas and Altar Society in Sulphur for the past eight years. Before that she was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Daughters of the Americas and Altar Society in Rayne, where she also served as a Eucharistic minister. Mrs. Hulin worked at Mervin Kahn's in Rayne for more than 30 years, primarily in the drapery department. Mrs. Hulin was preceded in death by her husband, Stanville Hulin; her parents, John and Rosa Falcon; her five sisters, Angeline Lavergne, Euchariste Stutes, Locadie Sonnier, Inez Mullenix and Laurence Dartez; her two brothers, Edwin Falcon and Edward Falcon; and niece and nephews, Renola Dugas, Johnny Lavergne and Robert Dartez. She is survived by her brother-in-law, Paul Dartez; and her nieces and nephews and their families, Rose Simon, Irene Hargett, Oran Stutes, Wilma Sonnier, Myrline Wilsford, Jerry Sonnier, Marie Hebert, Mona Trahan, Randy Falcon, Jimmy Meaux, Martha Kile, Andy Mullenix, David Dartez, Carole Chaffe, Jane Webb, Joe Dartez, Mary Smith, Julie Broussard, Suzanne Todd and Ellen Deters; and the families of Renola Dugas, Johnny Lavergne and Robert Dartez.  
 
 
MARTINEZ,    GOLDIE MAE      
A resident of Conway, Ark., for the past 13 years, she died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, at Conway Regional Hospital. She was 85. Visitation at Myers Colonial Funeral Home, DeRidder, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. Visitation at the funeral home from 8 a.m. until service at 10 a.m. Tuesday, conducted by the Rev. Alan Knuckles. Interment in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, DeRidder. Survived by three sons, George C. Martin, Conway, William G. Martinez, Little Rock, Ark., and Kenneth C. Martinez, Chalmette; two daughters, Mae Taviano, Toledo, Ohio, and Gloria Barletter, New Orleans; a brother, J.C. Bailey, DeRidder; a sister, Glenda Mize, Alexandria; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She attended the Louisiana State School for the Blind in Baton Rouge.  
 
 
MORGAN, JR.  BILLY RAY      
A devoted father, loving son and caring brother, he passed away to be embraced by our Lord on Friday, Nov. 1, 2002, at his home in Baton Rouge. He was 36 and a native of Vidalia. He worked many years in car sales. Visiting was at Young's Funeral Home, Vidalia, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Visiting at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Vidalia, from 10 a.m. until service at 11 a.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Paul Kunnumpuram. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery in Natchez, Miss. He is survived by his son, Jason Paul Morgan; wife, Jessica Morgan; mother and stepfather, Rose Mary and Norman Edwards, Vidalia; father and stepmother, Billy Ray Sr. and Barbara Morgan, Shreveport; grandmother, Rae Presswood, Shreveport; a sister and brother-in-law, Carla and Mike Broussard, Baton Rouge; sister and brother-in-law, Penny and Scott Crain, Vidalia; a half-brother, Clay Morgan; an aunt and uncle, Ann and Tommy Brocato, Niceville, Fla.; an aunt and uncle, Diana and Tommy Leblanc, Plaquemine; an aunt and uncle, Debbie and John Charles Brocato, Vidalia; an uncle, Gary Paul Presswood, Shreveport; three nieces and five cousins; and many more friends and extended family who cared for him dearly. Preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Johnny and Mary Brocato. Pallbearers will be Brad Sala, Sean Redmond, Brandon Hampton, Brown Boudreaux, Stacy Ferrington, Tom Carney, Jay Myers and Robert Clark. Honorary pallbearer is Scott Ham. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Jason Paul Morgan Trust Fund at Concordia Bank & Trust in Vidalia.  
 
 
NICKLES,    HELEN BERNICE CREECY      
A longtime resident of Cleveland and Vicksburg, Miss., she passed away Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, at the age of 84 at her daughter's home in Greenwell Springs. She was born in Stuttgart, Ark., on Dec. 10, 1917. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Ted McCulley of Greenwell Springs; a son and daughter-in-law, Charles Ray and Marleine Nickles of Vicksburg; a brother, Marvin Creecy of Hot Springs, Ark.; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Mrs. Nickles was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Charles A.V. "Bud" Nickles; her parents, Jenny and Ray Creecy; two brothers, Harold and Alvin Creecy; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Rose Nickles. A graveside memorial service will be held in Lone Tree Cemetery, Stuttgart, at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002, conducted by the Rev. Mickey Stringfield of Ruston. The family wishes to thank Dr. Louis Minsky, Dr. Gerald Miletello and the staff of Hospice of Baton Rouge for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Baton Rouge, 9063 Siegen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70810-1951.  
 
 
PARRISH,    LORI BEGNAUD      
An 18-year employee of Woman's Hospital and a resident and native of Baton Rouge, she died at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1, 2002, at Summit Hospital. She was 40. Visiting was at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Visiting at St. Jean Vianney Catholic Church from 11 a.m. until religious service at 1 p.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Alec Sheldon. Interment in St. George Cemetery. Survived by her husband, Ronald "Ron" Parrish; father and mother, Robert and Barbara M. Begnaud; two daughters, Jordyn Lyn and Carley Renee Parrish; a sister, Michelle Leah Begnaud; and a brother, Dennis Paul Begnaud.  
 
 
PILLOT, I  MASTER SGT. JAMES ARTHUR      
An ES operations analyst II with the Department of Labor, he died at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center. He was 55, a resident of Baton Rouge and a native of New Orleans. He was a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve master sergeant. Visiting at Winnfield Funeral Home from noon to 4 p.m. Monday. Religious service at Community Bible Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Tuesday, conducted by the Rev. Lee T. Wesley. Interment in Port Hudson National Cemetery. Survived by his wife, Joan D. Pillot; three daughters, Ebonique C. Pillot, Bonique P. Morton and JoAnna A.K. Pillot; a sister, Hilda P. Kindell; and a brother, George Pillot Jr. Preceded in death by his son, James A. Pillot II; a daughter, Kissiah E. Pillot; parents, George Pillot Sr. and Kissiah W. Pillot; and a sister, Shirley P. Simmons. He was a cum laude graduate of Southern University and A&M College.  
 
 
PITRE,    RONALD JOSEPH      
A resident of Baton Rouge, he died at 5:55 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center. He was 61 and a native of Lawtell. Visitation at Seale Funeral Home, Denham Springs, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, with a rosary service at 7 p.m. Visitation at the funeral home from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Funeral service at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Wednesday, conducted by the Rev. Michael Miceli. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Earlene Stelly Pitre of Baton Rouge; mother, Alex Joubert Pitre of Opelousas; four sons, Ronald Gregory Pitre and fiancee Dawn Renee Schlaegel of Denham Springs, Scott Anthony and wife Debbie Pitre of Woodbine, Ga., Michael Shayne and wife Brenda Pitre of Marietta, Ga., and Timothy Floyd Pitre and fiancee Dawn Stepp of Baton Rouge; two sisters, Melba Breaux of Lawtell and Mary Vandergriff of Opelousas; two brothers, George Pitre of Lafayette and Bobby Pitre of Opelousas; seven grandchildren, Krista Ellen Pitre, Kristi Renee Pitre, Ryan Scott Pitre, Michael Shayne Pitre II, Maegan Marie Pitre, Timothy Jared Pitre and Jacob Derek Pitre; seven stepgrandchildren, Sarah Withers, April Spencer, Jessica Harbin, Stephanie Spencer, DeShawn Hutchinson, Kalee Stepp and Brandi Pitre; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Eythan Harbin and Sierra Withers; and and adopted daughter, Dawn Kerr. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Derek Joseph Pitre; father, Marion Pitre; and a brother, Floyd Pitre. Pallbearers will be Ronald Gregory Pitre, Scott Anthony Pitre, Michael Shayne Pitre, Timothy Floyd Pitre, John Hoyt and Glen Pinell. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Denham Springs.  
 
 
PREJEAN,    LYDIA E.      
A resident of Baton Rouge, she died at 1:20 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002, at Acadian Rehabilitation and Nursing. She was 99 and a native of West Baton Rouge Parish. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday. Visiting at the funeral home from 8:30 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. Tuesday. Religious service at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, conducted by the Rev. Donald Blanchard. Interment in Roselawn Memorial Park. Survived by a sister-in-law, Alice Becker Prejean, Baton Rouge; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, Emile and Stella Blanchard Prejean; three sisters, Virginia Prejean Levert, Octavia Prejean Foret and Agnes Prejean; and six brothers, Paul Sr., Emile Jr., Hector, Louis Sr., Gerard Sr. and Claude Prejean Sr. She was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church and a former member of Court Cor Jesu 1893, Catholic Daughters of the Americas.  
 
 
PURVIS,    RUTH ROBERTS      
A longtime resident of Baker, she died at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, at Lakewood Quarters after a lengthy illness. She was 91 and a native of Holden. Arrangements pending at Baker Funeral Home, 6401 Groom Road, Baker. Interment in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Hospice, 5215 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809.  
 
 
RUIZ,    MATTHIAS    "MATT"  
An instrument engineer for The Dow Chemical Co. in Plaquemine and a resident of New Roads, he died Saturday morning, Nov. 2, 2002, in Gloster, Miss. He was 51 and a native of New Orleans. Visiting at Niland's Funeral Home, New Roads, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. Religious service at St. Mary's Catholic Church, New Roads, at 11 a.m. Tuesday, conducted by the Rev. Michael Schatzle of St. Mary's. Interment in False River Memorial Park, New Roads. Survived by his wife, Janice Crochet Ruiz of New Roads; parents, Lawrence and Loe Ruiz of LaPlace; a daughter, Katie Ruiz of New Roads; a son, Nicholas Ruiz of New Roads; a sister, Susie LaPorte of LaPlace; and two brothers, Michael Kerry Ruiz of Des Allemands and Lynwood Ruiz of Shreveport. Preceded in death by his grandparents, Henry and Iola Catoire and Henry and Odette Ruiz. He loved the outdoors. He was a former assistant Boy Scout leader, and a member of Knights of Columbus of Morganza and the National Rifle Association.  
 
 
SALEME,    ANGELO J.      
A beloved and devoted husband, brother and uncle, he died Friday, Nov. 1, 2002, at his residence in Baton Rouge. He was 95 and a native of Morgan City. He was a retired employee of the Links Club in New York City. Visiting was at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, with recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m. Visiting at the funeral home from 8 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. Monday. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Louis King of France Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Monday, celebrated by the Rev. Maynard Hurst. Entombment in Greenoaks Memorial Park Mausoleum. Survived by his wife, Vivian O'Donovan Saleme; two sisters, Josie Lamana, Baton Rouge, and Lucy Maggio, Zachary; and numerous nieces and nephews, including special nephew, David Lamana. Preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Catherine Mancuso Salemi; five brothers, Ben, Charlie, Sam, Maurice and Paul Salemi; and two sisters, Bernadette Cali and Mary Boswick. Pallbearers will be David Lamana, Morris Lamana, Maurice Salemi, Donald Salemi, Mark Jones and Nick Maggio. He was a member of several dance clubs, including Silver Strutters Dance Club, and entertained in nursing homes on a weekly basis. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Louis King of France Catholic Church or a favorite charity.  
 
 
SCOTT,    ALMA DUNBAR      
A resident of Sacramento, Calif., she died at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002, at Kaiser Acute Care Center in San Leandro, Calif. She was 61, born March 9, 1941, and was a caterer and seamstress. Alma grew up in Rosedale and attended Thomas A. Levy High School. Visitation at Amos Temple Methodist Church, 1550 90th Ave., Oakland, CA 94605, from 8 a.m. Monday until religious service at 11 a.m. She is survived by her four sons, Al Burnette, Aubrey, Alexis and Aaron Scott; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Scott; husband, Allen Scott; five sisters, Rosia Barton, Sacramento, Florestine Dunbar Brown, Hayward, Calif., Hazel T. Stewart and Liz D. Knox, both of Oakland, and Evelyn D. Perkins, Pride; three brothers-in-law, Reginald Barton, Jerome Knox and Henry E. Perkins; three brothers, Herbert, Jesse and Alvin Dunbar, all of Oakland; two sisters-in-law, Brandy and Darlene Dunbar; 10 grandchildren, an aunt and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Estelle Dunbar; grandparents, Joshua and Ida Dunbar and John and Rosia Oliver; and a brother, Calvin J. Dunbar. Thompson Funeral Home, 9900 International Blvd., Oakland, CA 94603, 510-568-8628, in charge of arrangements.  
 
 
SOTILE,    CHARLES JOSEPH    "CHARLEY"  
A retired manager and bookkeeper for Rose Garden Center in Marrero and a resident of Donaldsonville, he died at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, in Donaldsonville. He was 82 and a native of Alexandria. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Visiting at Ourso Funeral Home, Donaldsonville, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. Mass of Christian Burial at Ascension Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Tuesday, celebrated by the Rev. Randy Cuevas. Interment in church cemetery. Survived by his loving and devoted wife of 56 years, Irma Hebert Sotile, Donaldsonville; a sister and brother-in-law, Concetta and Tony Fiorenza, Alexandria; two brothers and three sisters-in-law, Mitch and Lucy Belle Sotile, Donaldsonville, Martin and Sandra Sotile, Plaquemine, and Milda "Blue" Sotile, Metairie; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Anthony Sr. and Cecile Marcello Sotile; and a brother, Anthony Sotile Jr. He was a member of Babin-Haynes American Legion Post 38, Montalbano-Sentilles VFW Post 3766, Knights of Columbus Council 1087, of which he was a life member, and St. Joseph Altar Society. He loved music and was a member of Mitch and the Original 50's. He played in the band with his brother, Mitch, for 45 years. Special thanks to Dr. Michel Hirish and his staff and the staffs of D'Ville House and Prevost Memorial Hospital for their wonderful care and support.  
 
 
STUTZMAN,    FRANK H.      
A salesman for Feltus Brothers and Orgill Brothers Hardware for more than 40 years, he died at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, at Field Memorial Hospital, Centreville, Miss. He was 65, born March 3, 1937, and a native and resident of Centreville. Visiting was at Newman Funeral Home, Centreville, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Visiting at the funeral home from 8 a.m to 11 a.m. Monday. Visiting at Centreville Baptist Church from noon until religious service at 2 p.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Bill Broadwater. Interment in Oaklawn Cemetery, Centreville. Survived by his wife, Yvonne Smiley Stutzman, Centreville; a daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Speedy Cavin, Centreville; three sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby and Gina Stutzman and Brian and Kim Stutzman, all of Smithdale, Miss., and Buddy and Debra Stutzman, Centreville; a sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Albert Maryman, St. Francisville; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Ike and Flora Nell Stutzman, Centreville, and Joe and Betty Stutzman, Tunica; and eight grandchildren, Lauren Cavin, Tanner Cavin, Kristen Stutzman, Whitney Stutzman, Zach Stutzman, Tyler Stutzman, Sydney Stutzman and Brennan Stutzman. Preceded in death by his parents, Frank H. Stutzman Sr. and Agnes McKey Stutzman; and a sister, Lena Stutzman Padgett. Pallbearers will be Douglas Bell, Wayne Boyd, Bill Johnson, Billy McGregor, Lonnie Melton, Nick Myers, Robert Ogden and Kelly Reeves. He was a member of Centreville Baptist Church and a former alderman of the town of Centreville for 24 years.  
 
 
TALBOT,    FLORENCE MATHERNE    "FLO"  
A native and resident of Baton Rouge, she passed away at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002, at her home. She was 83. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday. Visiting at the funeral home from 10 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. Tuesday. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 11441 Goodwood Blvd., at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, celebrated by the Rev. Michael J. Moroney. Interment in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. Survived by her husband of 56 years, Ames Joseph Talbot, Baton Rouge; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Tamara "Tammy" and C.M. Browning, Baton Rouge, and Kathy and Tim Williams, Pierre Part; five sons and four daughters-in-law, Konrad J. Talbot, Baton Rouge, Keith P. and Jane Talbot, Pierre Part, and Kyle M. and Dianne S. Talbot, Kevin T. and Janet B. Talbot and Todd A. and Patricia B. Talbot, all of Baton Rouge; 13 grandchildren, Alicia, Chad and wife Molly and Brad and wife Vanessa Browning, Shane and Justin Talbot, Drew and Dean Talbot, Ross and Ryan Talbot, Addison and Amelia Talbot and Avery and Adair Talbot; a brother, Jerome C. Matherne and wife Elsie of Baton Rouge; and two sisters, Geraldine M. Contine, Baton Rouge, and Shirley M. Bridges, Houston. Preceded in death by her parents, Jerome C. Matherne and Hilda Gallagher Matherne. Pallbearers will be her grandsons. She was a charter and active member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church and a member of the Adoration Group, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, St. Francis of Assisi 1915, and Exxon Annuity Club. Memorial donations may be made to Diabetes Association, Arthritis Foundation or St. Thomas More Catholic Church.  
 
 
WAGGENSPACK,    LINDEN GASPARD      
A loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he died Friday, Nov. 1, 2002, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge. He was 77, a resident of Gonzales and a native of Modeste. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and retired from Shell Oil Co. where he worked as a lease operator. Visiting was at Welsh Funeral Home, Gonzales, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, with recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m. Visiting at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Monday. Religious service at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Prairieville, at 11 a.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Martin Hernandez. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park, Baton Rouge. Survived by his loving wife, Marie Decareaux Waggenspack; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Sherlee and Kenny Smiley, Dawn and Ralph Rivet Jr., Lori Scott and Janie and Bret Babin; two sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Sylvia Falgoust Waggenspack and Lenny and Debbie Delatte Waggenspack; 18 grandchildren, Eric, Chase, Danny, Wendy, Grant and Garrett Waggenspack, Mickie and Bobby Stubbs, Keith and Robin McMurray, Jeffrey, Neal and Jennifer Rivet, Ryan, Amanda and David Scott, and Jessalyn, Blake and Zachary Babin; five great-grandchildren, Erica, Austin and Grace Waggenspack, Tyler Nettles and Nicole Stubbs; a sister, Wilda Waggenspack; and three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Irwin "Finny" Waggenspack, Harold and Ollie Waggenspack and U. Vincent "Coo" and Virginia Waggenspack. Preceded in death by his parents, John Willis and Julia Landry Waggenspack; a daughter, Vicki Lene Waggenspack; three sisters, Thelma Waggenspack, Rose Mary Waggenspack Many and Patricia Waggenspack Waguespack; three brothers, Melvin, Warren "Mano" and Wibur Waggenspack. Pallbearers will be Grant and Eric Waggenspack, Keith McMurray, Ryan Scott, Blake Babin and Jeffrey Rivet. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 8342 and St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, where he served as an usher.  
 
 
WATKINS, SR.  HENRY      
A retired employee of J. Ray McDermott and a resident and native of Donaldsonville, he died at 3:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002, at his residence. He was 75. Visiting at Demby & Son Funeral Home, Donaldsonville, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. Visiting at St. Peter United Methodist Church, Donaldsonville, from 9 a.m. until religious service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, conducted by the Rev. Elva Jacob. Interment in Protestant Cemetery. Survived by two daughters, Sarah A. and Falena A. Amos, both of Napoleonville; two stepdaughters and spouses, Mary and Nolan Smith, Napoleonville, and Angeila and Martin Stephens, Shreveport; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Henry Jr. and Karen Watkins, Donaldsonville, and Jerome Amos, Napoleonville; a stepson, Donald Amos Jr., Santa Clara, Calif.; two sisters, Olivia Joseph and Wilanna Watkins, both of Donaldsonville; 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his wife, Elouise Watkins; parents, Henry and Victoria Sims Watkins; a brother, Harry Watkins; a friend, Sarah Amos; and a stepdaughter, Lydia Johnson.
 
 
WELLS, JR.  HARDY O.      
A very prominent businessman in Baton Rouge for many years, he died Friday, Nov. 1, 2002, at his residence near Liberty, Miss. He was 77, born Oct. 21, 1925, in Shreveport. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II. A memorial service will be held at his residence, 2767 Bethel Road, near Liberty, at 11 a.m. Monday. He is survived by a daughter, Jean Sandifer of Baton Rouge; five grandchildren, Stephanie White and husband David, Greg Sandifer, Dana Rider and husband Andrew, David Sandifer, and Rebecca Courtney and husband Chad, all of Baton Rouge; and four great-grandchildren, Timothy Sandifer, Matthew and Madelyn White and Ethan Rider. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hardy O. Wells Sr. and Lucille Rosenberg Wells. He was a graduate of LSU and the owner of a warehousing business in Baton Rouge. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Horizon Hospice of McComb, Miss., 140 N. Fifth St., Suite B, McComb, MS 39648. Brown Funeral Home, Gloster, Miss., in charge of arrangements.

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