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|ARNOLD, SR. GERALD ELDRIDGE "G.E."
A retired photographer for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, he died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, at Ochsner Foundation Hospital, Jefferson. He was 73, a longtime resident of New Orleans and was born in Seminole, Okla. He was a member of the Army National Guard. Visiting at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home chapel, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Thursday. Entombment in All Saints Mausoleum in Metairie Cemetery. Survived by four sons, Jerry Arnold and wife Rachel of Kenner, Paul Arnold and wife Jill of Orlando, Fla., Kenny Arnold and wife Denise of Marrero, and Timmy Arnold and wife Jill of Baton Rouge; a daughter, Janet Arnold Brennan and husband Tim of Columbia, S.C.; 15 grandchildren, Trey, Mylissa, Michael, Elizabeth, Emily, Rachel, Kenny, Wayne, Nicholas, Christopher, Justin, Jase, Amber, Haley and Kasey; and a great-grandson, Hunter. Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Velma Schulz Arnold; and his mother and stepfather, Mabel Cole and Jack Harwell.
AUCOIN, RUTH HALL
A resident of Baton Rouge, she died at 9:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, at her home. She was 89 and a native of Granville, N.Y. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East chapel, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 1 p.m. until religious service at 2 p.m. Wednesday, conducted by the Rev. Carol Winn Crawford. Interment in Roselawn Memorial Park. Survived by her husband, Raoul N. Aucoin; and longtime friends and caregivers, Ken and Peggy Harrison. Pallbearers will be the children and grandchildren of Ken and Peggy Harrison. She was a member of Jefferson United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Southern Care Hospice, 4324 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Suite B-18, Baton Rouge, LA 70816.
BAILEY, TOMMY "T-TOM"
A resident of Kentwood, he died at 8:25 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, at his home. He was 33 and a native of Panama City, Fla. Visiting at The Lord's Church, Tangipahoa, from 10 a.m. until funeral service at 2 p.m. Wednesday, conducted by the Rev. Chris Watkins and the Rev. Danny Smith. Interment in Spring Creek Cemetery, Spring Creek. Survived by his wife, Erin Garner Bailey, Kentwood; two sons, Trenton Bailey and Trey Bailey, both of Kentwood; a daughter, Tristen Bailey, Kentwood; a stepson, Blake Bridges, Kentwood; mother and stepfather, Belinda G. and Mark Hendrick, Panama City; father and stepmother, William Harper and Judy Bailey, Datil, N.M.; two brothers, William Bailey, Norfolk, Va., and Travis Bailey, Panama City; two sisters, Wylene Gillian and Vivian Hudson, both of Panama City; a stepbrother, Christopher Hendrick, Panama City; a stepsister, Kimberley Hendrick, Panama City; paternal grandmother, Myrtle Crutchfield, Vernon, Fla.; maternal grandmother, Leo Marie Grimes, Panama City; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by a daughter, Olivia Marie Bailey; paternal grandfather, Miley David Bailey; and maternal grandfather, Thomas L. Grimes. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements.
BAILEY, WILLIAM "BILL"
Funeral service for William "Bill" Bailey will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the First Baptist Church in Leesville, with the Rev. Mark Brumbaugh and the Rev. Wallace Palmer officiating. Burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Leesville. Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday at Hixson Funeral Home, Leesville, and from 9 a.m. until service time Thursday in the church. Bill Bailey went to Leesville in 1965, where he began serving as the director of sports and recreation at Fort Polk until 1979. He served 35 years in federal service with many years for the Veteran's Administration in the recreation field. During his federal service, he received numerous superior performance awards and outstanding service awards. He was a graduate of Waco High School in Texas, Baylor University and the National School of Business in Waco and served three years in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After retiring from federal service, Bill served two years as a bailiff with the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office, two years as the manager of the Holiday Inn of Leesville and was vice president of the Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Office from 1983-1999. Bill was a member of the Leesville Rotary Club, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion Post 145, Association of the U.S. Army, Louisiana Travel and Promotion Association, Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association and Louisiana Associations of Chamber of Commerce Executives. Bill was the first Leesville High School Wampus Cat Club president. He was an LHS alumnus by choice. He started the V.P. Academic Banquet and the Senior Citizen Day at the Fair Grounds. He was a member of the First Baptist Church for 38 years and a Sunday school class director. Bill was once quoted as saying "I have always held people jobs because I enjoy people, both adults and children. I've never met a stranger nor anybody I can say I actually disliked." Bill loved the Leesville, Fort Polk community. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie A. Bailey of Leesville; three daughters Shirley Quinones of Arlington, Texas, and Debbie Smith and Kathy Rolon, both of Leesville; three stepsons, Jim Anderson and Mike Anderson, both of Leesville, and Pat Anderson of Palm Bay, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Daisy Ohnimus of Houston, and Linda A. Ritts of Leesville; 15 grandchildren, Derek Davis, Dan Davis, Hunter Rougeou, Brock Rougeou, Jake Anderson, Lindsay Anderson, Dustin Smith, Erin Smith, Peter Anderson, James Anderson, Payton McKenzie Anderson, Josh Anderson, Jordan Anderson, Kiersten Rolon and Kaplan Rolon; and two great-grandchildren, Corrin Lind Davis and Justin Bailey Davis.
BANKS, (INFANT) DANIELLE LASHAE
Born Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003, she died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City. Visiting at Daigre Southern Funeral Home from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday. Graveside service at Southern Memorial Gardens at 11 a.m. Thursday, conducted by Pastor Roosevelt Pryor of Sweet Home Baptist Church. Survived by mother, Geneva E. Banks; maternal grandparents, Linda A. and James L. Hall; a sister, Iman M. Wells; and a brother, Kelvin B. Wells Jr., all of Baton Rouge; three aunts, Rasevulia M. Wicker, Baker, and Jamie and Simara Hall, both of Baton Rouge; two uncles, Nathaniel Wicker, Baker, and Louis O. Banks, Fort Hood, Texas; and a host of other relatives and family friends. Preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Rosa L. and Oliver Alexis; and great-grandparents, Elzy Hall and Ethel Lee Hall. Pallbearers will be family members. For information call Daigre Southern at 225-389-1002.
BARTELS, SHELBY H.
A retired DSM Copolymer chemical engineer with 33 years of service and employed as an environmental chemical specialist with the Department of Environmental Quality, he died at 11:35 p.m. Monday Feb. 10, 2003, at Southwest Medical Center, Lafayette. He was 64, a native of Lake Arthur and a resident of Baton Rouge. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. Visiting at University Baptist Church from 10 a.m. until religious service at 11 a.m. Friday, conducted by the Rev. Dr. George A. Haile. Burial in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Survived by his wife of 42 years, Lynn W. Bartels of Baton Rouge; two daughters and a son-in-law, Lisa Lynne and Kevin Robert of Houston and Dr. Holly Elizabeth Bartels of Pensacola, Fla.; a son and daughter-in-law, Dean H. and Michelle Bartels of Baton Rouge; a sister, Nell Andis of Bloomfield, N.M.; a brother and sister-in-law, Ray and April Bartels of Honolulu; and four grandchildren, Casey and Kelly Robert, both of Houston, and Madison and Cameron Bartels, both of Baton Rouge. Preceded in death by his parents, Shelby M. and Mabel Montagne Bartels. Honorary pallbearers are Anthony and Michael Bartels. He was a faithful member of University Baptist Church, having served as deacon and trustee of the church. He received his bachelor and master degrees in chemical engineering and an MBA, all from LSU. He was a member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Acacia fraternity. Memorial gifts in memory of Shelby Bartels may be sent to University Baptist Church.
CHANEY, DOLLYE BASS
"The Lord lifted her up at 12:02 p.m. from Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City … and planted her feet on higher ground." A resident of Bluff Creek, she died Monday, Feb. 10, 2003. She was 90 and a native of Amite County, Miss. Visiting at Charlet Funeral Home Inc., Clinton, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Visiting at the funeral home from noon until service at 2 p.m. Thursday. Interment in Naul Family Cemetery. Survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Alpha C. and Adolph Feierebend of Clinton and Helen and L.A. "Pete" Stanga of Baton Rouge; two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Carolyn Chaney and Roy and Gaynell Chaney, all of Bluff Creek; 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Otis E. Chaney; parents, Charlie and Lillie Bass; a granddaughter, Leisa Chaney; three sisters, Byrdie Miller, Flo Davis and Erlene Bourque Thomas; and six brothers, S.V. Bass, Lloyd Bass, Burwell Bass, Don Bass, Jean Bass and Frank Bass.
COX, KENNETH LEE
A retired process foreman with Allied Chemical North Works and a resident of Baton Rouge, he died Monday, Feb. 10, 2003. He was 78 and a native of Woodville, Miss. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II with the rating of torpedoman second class. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Religious service in the funeral home chapel at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, conducted by the Rev. Kirk Jones. Interment in Roselawn Memorial Park. Survived by his wife, Annette Sparks Cox, Baton Rouge; a daughter, Barbara Cox Herbst and husband Hank, Novi, Mich.; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Cox, Baton Rouge; a brother, Farrell Wayne Cox, Baton Rouge; six grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Preceded in death by a son, Don Lee Cox.
DUHON, JAMES ANTHONY "LIL-JAMES"
A native of Lutcher and a resident of LaPlace, he died as a result of an automobile accident on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, at 12:30 p.m. at Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans. He was 23. Visiting at First Community Antioch Baptist Church, La. 3125, Lutcher, from 9:30 a.m. Thursday until religious service at 11 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Gary Bolden and the Rev. Ferdinand Gaines, pastor. Interment in Antioch Cemetery, Paulina. Survived by his parents, Cynthia Duhon Williams, Lutcher, and James Johnson Jr., LaPlace; wife, Shemika Sullivan Duhon, LaPlace; a son, Charles Lucas, Convent; three brothers, Eric Duhon and Lawrence and Courtney Williams; two stepbrothers, Michael Beckless and James Johnson III; stepfather, Lawrence Williams Sr.; stepmother, Mary K. Johnson; grandparents, Audrey Mae and Joseph Duhon Sr. and Richard and Brenda Mitchell; mother-in-law, Judy Sullivan; father-in-law, Lionel Mason; and nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends. Brazier-Watson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
FIFE, JOSEPH BRIAN
Died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, at his residence in Jackson. He was 36 and a native of Norwood. Visiting was at Apostolic Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church, La. 10, Jackson, from 6 p.,m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Visiting at the church from 11 a.m. until service at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Burial in a family cemetery in Norwood. Survived by his wife, Sophia Wisner Fife, Jackson; father and mother, A.J. and Mary Fife, Norwood; grandmother, Lillie Mae Sibley; a daughter, Elizabeth Wisner, Jackson; a son, David Wisner, Jackson; a sister, Roxie King, Norwood; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, the Rev. Lee B. Sibley; and paternal grandparents, Arthur and Opal Fife. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family. Charlet Funeral Home Inc., Clinton, in charge of arrangements.
FISHER, DEAN DOYLE
A retired Ethyl Corp. employee and a resident of Baton Rouge, he died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003. He was 64 and a native of Stilesville, Ind. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. until a eulogy at 7 p.m. Thursday by David Dobson of Charity Baptist Church in Clermont, Ind. Survived by a daughter, Lisa Fisher-Grice of Orlando, Fla.; a son, Kent Fisher of Baton Rouge; a sister, Wanda Edwards, Indianapolis; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Ansel and Jewell Fisher. He was a Mason and his interests were USAC racing and racing collectibles.
A resident of New Orleans, he died Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, at East Haven Nursing Home, New Orleans. He was 76 and a native of Wilson. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Visiting at Richardson Funeral Home, Clinton, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Religious service at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Thursday, conducted by the Rev. Dalton Hill. Interment in Pilgrim Rest Cemetery, Wilson. Survived by four sisters, Louise Bell, Baton Rouge, and Catherine Robinson, Julia Irene Anthony and Patricia Hill, all of New Orleans; and five brothers, Eric and Boston Hill, both of Clinton, Louis and William Hill Jr., both of Wilson, and Isaiah Hill, Fort Podge, Iowa. Preceded in death by his parents, William and Ivy Williams Hill; four brothers, Edward, Richard, John and George Hill; and two sisters, Claudia B. and Matlean Hill.
KATZ, WILLIAM RUPRECHT "BILL"
Died at 2 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge. He was 88, a retired merchant and a longtime resident of Livonia. He was born in Dahn, Palatinate, Germany, Oct. 8, 1914, the fifth son of Joseph and Thekla Teutsch Katz. He had four brothers, Albert and Fritz "Uri" who emigrated to Israel, and Ludwig and Ernest to the United States; and three younger sisters, Elizabeth "Liesel," Ilse and Lore who also came to the United States. He arrived in Philadelphia with his eldest sister, Liesel, in 1938, finding whatever work he could and later joined the Pennsylvania National Guard, which mobilized in 1940. He trained in Louisiana where, while on weekend leave, he met his future bride. He served as a German interrupter/interrogator in the Allied campaigns in North Africa, Sicily and Italy and was discharged in December 1945. He returned to Livonia and married Flora Mabel Weil, the daughter of Alphonse and Rosina Dreyfus Weil, on Jan. 27, 1946. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a master sergeant until 1952. He was an active member of Beth Shalom Synagogue in Baton Rouge and Temple Shalom in Lafayette. He and his brother-in-law, Simon Weil, were co-owners and co-mangers of the Dreyfus Department Store in Livonia that was started by Dreyfus cousins of Flora in the late 1860s and operated by Flora's Dreyfus grandparents and parents. He is survived by his wife of 57 years; a daughter, Doris White of Baton Rouge, her husband, Elton White, and their children, Jason and Michael White; a son, Joseph Alphonse Katz of Lafayette, his wife, Vivian Zornek Katz, and their children, Aron and Sophie Katz; a son, Daniel Simon Katz of Houston, his wife Carolyn "Candy" Christ Katz, and their children, Caroline and David Katz; a sister, Elizabeth Kahn of Greensboro, N.C.; a sister, Lore Wertheimer of Philadelphia; a sister-in-law, Ray Weill Weil of Livonia; a sister-in-law, Leah Katz of Tel Aviv, Israel; a brother-in-law, Edward Roller of Philadelphia; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was very close and devoted to family and actively communicated/visited with all known relatives regardless of how distantly located in many countries around the world. Pallbearers will be grandsons Jason and Michael White, and Aaron and David Katz, and nephews, Mac and Justin Weil, and Stan, Steve and Scott Levy. Graveside service conducted by Rabbi Stanton Zamek will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003, at Liberal Synagogue Cemetery, 9665 Florida Blvd. The family will receive friends at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Dreyfus House, 1742 Maringouin Road West (La. 77), in Livonia. Remembrances, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the charity or place of worship of your choice.
KENALEY, JACQUELYN PAYNE "JACKIE"
A homemaker and a resident and native of Baton Rouge, she died at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, in Baton Rouge. She was 74. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East chapel, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 4:30 p.m. Thursday until memorial service at 6:30 p.m., conducted by Richard Pettit. Survived by her husband of 53 years, William John Kenaley; a son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Joette Kenaley of Baton Rouge; a granddaughter, Heather Kenaley of Baton Rouge; a niece and spouse, Pat and Jack Melker of Baton Rouge; and a great-niece and spouse, Kristee and Nick Benedetto of Los Angeles. Preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Bessie Haacks Payne; a sister, Katie Patterson; and a brother-in-law, L.J. "Pat" Patterson. She was a member of Dixie Jubilee Inc. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity.
LANDRY, JARED PAUL
A resident and native of Ponchatoula, he died Monday, Feb. 10, 2003. He was 41. Visitation at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, Ponchatoula, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Visitation in the funeral home chapel from 8 a.m. until religious service at 10 a.m. Thursday, conducted by the Rev. William David Joiner. Interment in Sand Hill Cemetery. Survived by a daughter, Melissa Ransom, Independence; mother, Melba Robertson Landry, Ponchatoula; a sister, Antoinette LeBlanc, Ponchatoula; two brothers, Nolan J. Landry Jr., Ponchatoula, and Robert Earl Landry, Bedico; and two grandchildren, Angel Faith and Thomas Carl Ransom Jr. Preceded in death by his father, Nolan J. Landry Sr.; and grandparents, Albert and Jean Mobile Landry and J.Y. and Esther Raiford Robertson.
LANDWEHR, JOSEPH CLARKSON "JOE"
Died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, at Ochsner Medical Center, Jefferson. He was 74, a native of New Orleans and a resident of Amite. He was a graduate of Alceé Fortier High School and Tulane University College of Engineering. He earned a master's degree in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. He served as a U.S. Navy lieutenant during the Korean War on the USS Seboney. During his career he worked for Monsanto Commercial Solvents Corp., International Minerals and Chemical Corp. and was director of engineering for Pitman Moore Inc. when he retired in 1993. He and his wife lived in Amite for the past 10 years, where he was an active member of the Amite-Arcola Presbyterian Church and Rotary International. He was a founder of the Amite City Museum, where he contributed his love for history by creating a variety of exhibits on local history. He is survived by his widow, Flora Talmage Landwehr, Amite; four children, Joseph Clarkson Landwehr Jr., Chicago, Jane Landwehr Thurston, Worthington, Ohio, and Goyn Mann Landwehr and Louisa Elliott Landwehr, both of Amite; four grandchildren; two brothers, George Landwehr, Covington, and Douglas Landwehr, Highlands, N.C. Memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 14, 2003, at 11 a.m. at Amite-Arcola Presbyterian Church, 501 Walnut St., Amite. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial gifts to the Medical Benevolence Foundation of the Presbyterian Church, c/o Amite-Arcola Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 94, Amite, LA 70422. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements.
Retired from 4009th (4013) Division of the U.S. Army Reserve and a pipe fitter and member of Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 198, he died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, at 4:48 p.m. at Lane Memorial Rehabilitation Center, Zachary. He was 80 and a native of Basile. Visiting at Charlet Funeral Home Inc., Zachary, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with recitation of the rosary at 7:30 p.m. Visiting at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 749 East Blvd., Baton Rouge, from 9:30 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday, conducted by the Rev. Monsignor Robert H. Berggreen. Burial in Azalea Rest Cemetery, Zachary. He is survived by two daughters, Marilyn and husband Charles Poché of Baton Rouge, and Linda and husband Rick Cresap of Zachary; granddaughter, Laura and husband John Borskey of Clinton, Miss.; a sister, Ethel Mae Amrhein of Zachary; and a brother, Huey Langley of Baton Rouge. Preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Wilma Christine Welch Langley; and parents, Ambrose C. and Lelide Doga Langley. Pallbearers will be Ricky Leach, Smokey Lockhart, Hubie Owens, Ron Cresap and Mike Cresap. Honorary pallbearers are John C. Borskey III, R.E. Amrhein Jr., David Amrhein, Dr. Juan Medina, Charles Poché and Rick Cresap. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Zachary, and attended St. Agnes Catholic Church, Baton Rouge. He was a member of Knights of Columbus St. John's Council 10080 and past president of Zachary Lion's Club from 1987-88 and a 10-year Monorch. He was a member of American Legion Post 199, Zachary, Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 4224, Jeb Stuart Post, Baker, and a former participant of the Senior Olympics. Special thanks to Dr. Juan Medina, all the nurses, assistants and staff at Lane Memorial Rehabilitation Center, Zachary.
LANGLOIS, EDDIE LOUIS
A retired carpenter and co-owner of the former C&E Home Builders Inc. of New Roads, he died at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, at Lakeview Manor Nursing Home. He was 86 and a resident and native of New Roads. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Visiting at Niland's Funeral Home, New Roads, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Thursday. Religious service at St. Mary's Catholic Church, New Roads, at 10 a.m. Thursday, conducted by the Rev. Michael Schatzle. Interment in church cemetery. Survived by his devoted wife of 48 years, Lucille Patin Langlois; four sons and daughters-in-law, Jay and Kay of Ventress, Ray and Deborah of Glynn, Eddie "Pop" Jr. and Gail of New Roads, and Albert "Noot" and Lauire of Ventress; two sisters, Francis Reine of Morganza and Teenie Langlois of New Roads; a brother, Clement Langlois of New Roads; seven grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren, a great-grandchild and two stepgreat-grandchildren. Preceded in death by two infant children, Alferia and Don Langlois; parents, Clabert and Susan Langlois; and four sisters, Odile Inzinna, Cedeste Langlois, Rosella Langlois and Viola Langlois. Pallbearers will be Kenny, Derick and Cory Fountain, Jamey and Donald Langlois and Michael Patin. Special thanks to Lakeview Manor Nursing Home nurses and staff, Pointe Coupee Hospice and Dr. Robert Helm.
MAYHALL, JUANITA BASS "NANNY"
A native of Alcorn County, Miss., and a resident of Baton Rouge, she went to be with the Lord at 8:25 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City. She was 75. Visiting at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd., from 10 a.m. until religious service in Greenoaks Funeral Chapel at noon Wednesday, conducted by the Rev. Dale Phillips. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, James S. Mayhall of Baton Rouge; two daughters, Linda Funderburk and husband Michael of Baton Rouge and Gina Simoneaux and husband Mark of Zachary; four grandchildren, Shawn Funderburk of Baton Rouge, Kelli Funderburk Jordan and husband Kevin of Denham Springs, and Adale and Gracie Simoneaux, both of Zachary; a great-granddaughter, Shelby Claire Jordan of Denham Springs; and three sisters, Laverne Wren of Guys, Tenn., Louise McCarter of Corinth, Miss., and Jean Calvery of Wilmington, N.C. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ocie Bell Rinehart Bass; and her father, Charlie David Bass. She was a member of Baton Rouge Christian Church.
MCKNIGHT, ISAAC GERALD
Owner of McKnight's Department Store and a resident of Clinton, he died at 12:45 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge. He was 73, born May 23, 1929, in Clinton. Survived by his wife, Marquita Markham McKnight; three sons, Isaac Gerald McKnight Jr., Markham Robin McKnight and wife Arwin Wright "Scottie" McKnight, and Wilmoth Clay Starr McKnight; a brother, Louis Clay McKnight Jr. and wife Peggy; grandchildren, Daniel Lucian McKnight and wife Gina Lato McKnight, Markham Scott McKnight, Patrick Ellis McKnight and William Gerald McKnight; and a great-grandson, Markham Guy McKnight. Preceded in death by his father and mother, Louis Clay McKnight Sr., who was a native of Bluff Creek, and Jeanette Gerald McKnight, who was a native of Kentwood. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.
MILLER, JR. ALFRED
Alfred Miller Jr. passed away Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, at his residence in Gramercy. He was a member of VFW Post 5852 in Lutcher, a life member of Disabled American Veterans Chapter Louisiana 24 Reserve, American Legion Post 159 and St. Peter's League of Sacred Heart. He retired from Godchaux Sugar Refinery in Reserve. He was husband of the late Eleanor Poche Miller; son of the late Alfred and Clarise Leblanc Miller; brother of George Lois Miller and the late Willie and Clarence Miller, Lelia Landry, Lillian Braud, Emile Bourgeois and Lilly Trosclair. He was a veteran of World War II. Family and friends are invited to attend the service. Visitation at Alexander Funeral Home, 2208 Jefferson Highway, Lutcher, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Reserve. Interment in St. Peter Cemetery. For information call 225-869-5553.
A resident of Port Arthur, Texas, he died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, at St. Mary's Hospital, Port Arthur. He was 50 and a native of New Roads. Visiting at Sunlight Baptist Church, Blanks, from 11 a.m. Thursday until religious service at noon, conducted by the Rev. Edward Armstead and the Rev. Marshall Green. Interment in church cemetery. Survived by a sister, Ira Mims, Port Arthur; five brothers, Harrison, Charlie, Leroy, James and twin, Elton Mims; an aunt, Wilma Jack; uncles, Hamilton, John, Theodore and Hank Buckner; godmother, Mary "Sue" Adams; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, including Ruby Bailey and Gloria Johnson. A. Wesley Funeral Home, 10810 Ventress Drive, Maringouin, in charge of arrangements.
MONTE, ANTHONY CHARLES "BUDDY"
A loving husband, brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he died Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, at Lane Memorial Hospital, Zachary. He was 59 and a native of Baton Rouge. His wishes were to be cremated and buried in the family cemetery in Alabama. Survived by his wife of 36 years, Pat Monte; two daughters, Lucy Holwager and Prissy Breaux; a son, Walter Givens; six brothers, Mike, Sammy, J.C., Jerry, Sonny and Joe; a sister, Mary; eight grandchildren, Jamey, Adam, Samantha, J.J., Shelley, Sharon, Thomas and Amanda; and 11 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his mother, Mildred; his father, Salvadore; and his sister, Aggie. In lieu of flowers, any donations to help with funeral expenses would be greatly appreciated and may be sent to Pat Monte, 16441 S. Harrell's Ferry Road, Apt. 1901, Baton Rouge, LA 70816.
MORAN, WILBA SPRAGIO MUSSO
A resident of White Castle and a retired nurse in the community, she died at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, in White Castle. She was 82 and a native of Lettsworth. Visiting at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church, White Castle, from 8:30 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Wednesday, celebrated by the Rev. Joe Camilleri. Burial in White Castle Cemetery. Survived by two daughters, Jo Anne Musso, White Castle, and Wilba L. Musso Begley Sabath, Albuquerque, N.M.; a stepdaughter, Sarah Moran, New Hampshire; two stepsons, Michael Moran, Vermont, and Myles Moran, New Hampshire; three sisters, Hilda S. Woolam, Tarzana, Calif., Nettie S. Palermo, Kenner, and Jane S. Hebert, White Castle; three brothers, John A. Spragio, Baton Rouge, Anthony Spragio, San Francisco, and D. James Spragio, California; two grandchildren, Jo Paula O'Neal Smith and Holly Lee O'Neal; two great-grandchildren, six stepgrandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph Paul Musso, M.D.; second husband, Fredrick J. Moran; parents, Anthony Francis Spragio and Jane Crochet Spragio Roucher; and a sister, Mable Spragio. She attended Charity Hospital School of Nursing and was a member of the women's auxiliary of the medical profession. She was a member of her church choir, an organizer of "Just Us Girls," she taught swimming lessons, and she made flower arrangements for church. She loved art, needlepoint, stained glass, milinery and tailoring. She was a member of the chorus group, Sweet Adelines, and she did a lot of community service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or a favorite charity. Arrangements by Ourso Funeral Home, Donaldsonville.
MORRIS, CLAUDE "BUTSY"
A native of Donaldsonville and a longtime resident of Gonzales, he died at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, at his home after a brief illness. He was a U.S. Navy Seabee veteran of World War II. He was 83, born Oct. 28, 1919. Visiting at Household of Faith Church, Gonzales, from 10 a.m. Thursday until religious service at noon, conducted by the Rev. Ed Bledsoe. Interment in church cemetery. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Ruby Rivet Morris; a son and daughter-in-law, Claude "Skipper" Morris Jr. and Dale H. Morris; a daughter and son-in-law, Myra M. Murphy and Jeff Murphy; three grandchildren, Jude Singletary, Charity Griffin and Jennifer Brown; three great-grandchildren, Justy Singletary, Jadyn Brown and Destiny Griffin; three brothers, Roy, Kent and Ronnie Morris; and two sisters, Dorothy Rushing and Shirley Morris. He was preceded in death by a son, Jeffery Morris; parents, Estave and Florestine Morris; three brothers, Steve, Rudolph and Nelson Morris; and three sisters, Agnes M. Leblanc, Anna Mae M. Young and Muriel M. Simoneaux. He was a very talented machinist and jack-of-all-trades handyman. He was very generous at heart and giving of his time and talents to anyone in need of having something fixed or invented to solve a problem. He was a member of Household of Faith Church and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. The family would like to thank Dr. Jay Hollman, the nurses and staff of Baton Rouge General Medical Center and St. Joseph Hospice for their kindness and care. Renaissance Service, Gonzales, 225-644-2976, in charge of arrangements.
RACHAL, MARY CANELLA CAVET
A homemaker and a resident of Plaquemine, she died at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, at her home. She was 94 and a native of Melville. Visiting at Wilbert Funeral Home, Plaquemine, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. Thursday. Religious service at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Thursday, conducted by the Rev. Cleo Milano. Interment in St. John the Evanglist Cemetery. Survived by three daughters, Dorothy Cavet Maggio of Zachary, Marie Cavet Parque of New Orleans and Patricia Cavet Houston of Denham Springs; a son, Joseph and wife Jeanette Cavet of Plaquemine; a stepson, Buck Rachal; a sister, Bertha Himel of Plaquemine; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Victor Rachal; parents, Anthony Canella and Marie Alleman Hernandez; brothers, Victor and Joseph Canella; and four sisters, Annie Price, Josephine Pecorina, Martel Vince and Frances Hymel; a son, Anthony Cavet; a daughter, Yvonne Cavet Alleman; and a grandson, Kevin Cavet
RAMSEY, WILLIAM W.
William W. "Bill" Ramsey died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Jackson, Miss. He was 76. Mr. Ramsey, an attorney, was a veteran of World War II and was a lifelong resident of Vicksburg, Miss. He was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, where he had served as an usher and vestry counsel member. He was a former member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, former president of the Vicksburg Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Warren County Bar Association, former member of the Mississippi Board of Bar Commissioners and former member of the International Society of Barristers, the Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association. He served two terms as president of the Central Industrial Development District and was voted by his peers as one of the Best Railroad Attorneys in America in the 1997 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Ramsey was an avid outdoorsman and served as vice chairman of the Mississippi Flyway Council Advisory Board, was a regional director of Ducks Unlimited, a charter member of the Mississippi Sportsmen's Association and a member of the Mississippi Wildlife Federation. In 1993, he was honored as the first recipient of the Vicksburg Ducks Unlimited Sportsman of the Year award. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Carolyn S. Ramsey; and their three children, James Thomas Ramsey, Lynda Ramsey Bell and Bradley William Ramsey; and grandchildren, Stuart W.C. Ramsey, Whitson S.P. Ramsey, William Ramsey Bell and Natalie Wren Bell. His sons, William W. Ramsey Jr. and Robert S. Ramsey also survive him. Visitation at J. Charles Riles Funeral Home, 5000 Indiana Ave., Vicksburg, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Visitation at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church parish hall, Vicksburg, from 10 a.m. until a memorial service at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003. Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 900 South St., Vicksburg, MS 39180.
RICORD, LEWELL ADRIAN
"Love each other with brotherly affection and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically. Romans 12:10-11. A 60-year-old resident of Baton Rouge and a former longtime resident of Lafayette, he died unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, while traveling in Arkansas, leaving a void in the hearts of all who loved him. He was a native of Monroe and an estimator for Honore Construction Co. Visitation was at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Visitation at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3552 Morning Glory Ave., from 10 a.m. until religious service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, conducted by the Rev. Craig Dalferes. Graveside service in Trout Creek Cemetery, Call, Texas, at 11 a.m. Thursday, conducted by the Rev. John Wells. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Lynne Ritter Ricord of Baton Rouge; stepfather, Jack L. LaFiette of Shreveport; a daughter and son-in-law, Terri Lynn and Steve Klapko of Baltimore; a son, Charles David Ricord of Shreveport; former wife, Carolyne Luttrick Ricord of Dallas; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Diane and Ray Smith of Shreveport and Kathy Cox of Clear Lake, Texas; a brother and sister-in-law, Sam and Camille Ricord of Katy, Texas; two stepchildren, Kasey L. O'Neal of New Orleans and George M. "Duke" O'Neal III of Baton Rouge. five grandchildren, Aryka, Steven and Andrew Klapko, all of Baltimore, Megan Ricord of Shreveport and Anthony C. Touchet of Lafayette; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth S. Ritter of Baton Rouge; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, E.A. and Mary Anne Forbes of Hammond; and his best friend, Lucky Dog. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey Samuel Ricord Jr. and Marguerite Friday Ricord; and a brother-in-law, John D. Ritter. Pallbearers will be Michael Forbes, Patrick Forbes, Lee Forbes, Scott Ritter, Robert Ritter, Kenith Ricord and James Knotts. Honorary pallbearers are Raywood Baudoin, Vance Gordon, Harvey Honore, Al Rosales, Jerome Plauche, Rudi Aguilar and E.A. Forbes. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. Memorial donations may be sent to Trinity Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, 3552 Morning Glory Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70808.
SMITH, SR. GERALD ZACHARY
A retired chemist at Ethyl Corp. with 34 years of service and a resident of St. Francisville, he died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, at Louisiana War Veterans Home, Jackson. He was 81 and a native of Tylertown, Miss. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Visiting was at Charlet Funeral Home Inc., Zachary, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Visiting at the funeral home from 8:30 a.m. until religious service at 10 a.m. Wednesday, conducted by the Rev. Charlie Landry. Interment in Port Hudson National Cemetery. Survived by his wife of 59 years, Marylene Strange Smith; a daughter, Gerabeth Smith, St. Francisville; a son, G. Zachary Smith Jr., St. Francisville; a daughter-in-law, Cathy Smith; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents and three brothers. Pallbearers will be Reggie Montelaro, Keith Schapatone, Josh Corbett, Chris Collier, Dennis Hall and James Riente.
TIDWELL, MOLLY DAVIS
A native of Hillsdale and a resident of Baton Rouge, she died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. She was 73, born Sept. 12, 1929, and was retired from the Louisiana Department of Labor. She is survived by two nieces, Cathy D. McElveen, Roseland, and Peggy D. Ficklin, Hillsdale; a great-nephew, Brandon McElveen, Springfield; three great-nieces, Kacey M. Leyrer and husband Greg Leyrer, Katie McElveen and Alli Ficklin; a sister-in-law, Ione Davis Sharkey; and two dear friends, Eva Breaux and Marsha Ingram. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Ellis and Collean Sharkey Davis; and a brother, Leo "Puddin" Davis. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003, at First Baptist Church of Roseland. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a church or favorite charity. As she requested, her body was donated to the LSU School of Medicine.
WOOLEY, MARY LOU
Service for Mary Lou Wooley, 73, of the Central community, will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003, in the chapel of Community Memorial Funeral Home, Winnsboro, with the Rev. Marion Collier officiating. Interment in Crowville Masonic Cemetery. Friends called at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday and may call after 9 a.m. Wednesday. Mrs. Wooley died Monday Feb. 10, 2003, at her daughter's residence in Baton Rouge after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She graduated from Crowville High School and was a licensed beautician. She developed hundreds of friends through her daily contact with the public. She was a member of the North Central Baptist Church in the Central community in Franklin Parish. Preceded in death by her husband, M.J. Wooley; parents, Willie and Annie "Dee" Grubbs West; brother, Billy Joe West; and brother-in-law, Norman Williams. Survivors include her daughter, LaJuana Radau and husband Gene, Baton Rouge; granddaughter, Regina Radau, Baton Rouge; a great-grandson. T.J. Radau, Baton Rouge; a sister, Bessie W. Williams of Natchez, Miss.; a sister-in-law, Jeannette West of Crowville; nieces, Scherry Grace and husband Benny of Natchez, and Cindy West of Crowville; nephews, Gary Williams and wife Judy of Vicksburg, Miss., and Mike West and wife Judy West of Crowville. She is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews in Louisiana and Mississippi. The family would like to thank Dr. Frederic Billings, Dr. Kenneth Lo and the staff of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, as well as Dr. Margaret Rosales and the staff of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, for all of their skill, dedication and loving kindness over the past years. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of St. Joseph Hospice for their special help during Mary's final days. Everyone who ever joined in a holiday or special gathering at the farm would agree that enjoying the occasion with family and friends was very important. Each visitor went away feeling that they were made a part of the family. Pallbearers will be Gary Williams, Mike West, Benny Grace, Neil Williams, Ryan Williams, Will West, Chris Grace and Jon Grace.