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|BARNETT, BRIANNA ELIZABETH REEVES
Brianna Elizabeth Reeves Barnett, safe in the arms of Jesus, was born Monday, April 7, 2003, and died at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge. Visiting at Seale Funeral Home, Denham Springs, Friday, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visiting in the funeral home chapel from 10 a.m. until religious service at 1 p.m. Saturday, conducted by Dr. Richard Blue. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park, Denham Springs. She is survived by her parents, Tracy L. and Daniel I. Barnett, Denham Springs; a brother, Nicholas Michael Rhodes, Denham Springs; maternal grandmother, Mary Morgan, Sheffield, Ala.; paternal grandparents, Elton I. and Shirley Barnett, Walker; and an aunt, Dana Barnett, Baton Rouge.
A homemaker, she died Thursday, April 10, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales. She was 89 and a native and resident of Napoleonville. Visiting at Williams & Southall Funeral Home, Napoleonville, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. Visiting at Evening Star Baptist Church, Napoleonville, from 9 a.m. until religious service at 11 a.m. Saturday, conducted by the Rev. Junious Thompson. Burial in church cemetery. Survived by 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her husband, Ben Beacher; a daughter, Albertine Haley; a sister, Mable Johnson; and three brothers, Albert, Ridley and Eddie Johnson. She was a longtime member of Evening Star Baptist Church, where she served as mother of the church.
BROWN, JR. DAVE "UNCLE DAVE"
Retired from the physical plant at LSU and a resident of Baton Rouge, he died at 1:45 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2003, at his home. He was 72. Visiting at Desselle Fu-neral Home from 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2003, until religious service at 1 p.m., conducted by Anthony Hook-fin, minister. Interment in Lutheran Ceme-tery. Survived by three daughters, Debra, Lena Lynette and Wanda; four sons, Anthony, William, Kenneth and Dave DeWayne; three sisters, Rosa Brown Carter, Louella Black and Mamie Toussaint; three brothers, Dalton Benton Jr., James Benton and Isadore Benton; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Hookfin Brown; mother, Sophia J. Benton; stepfather, Dalton Benton Sr.; father, Dave Brown Sr.; and two brothers, Louis C. and Leo S. Brown. Pallbearers will be David Franklin, David, Keith and Shaun Williams, Ronald Thomas and Quinton Gibson. Honorary pallbearers are Don and Michael Miller, Raymond Brooks, William and Kenneth Womack, Dave DeWayne Brown, Anthony Hookfin and Robert Harris. He enjoyed fishing. Special thanks to Trinity Hospice and Benton's Rehabilitation.
CAVALIER, LYDIE ALBARADO
A homemaker and resident of D'Ville House Nursing Home in Donaldsonville, she died at 1:40 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2003, in Donaldsonville. She was 92 and a native and former resident of Brusly St. Martin. Visiting at Ourso Funeral Home, Donaldsonville, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial at Brusly St. Martin Chapel, Brusly St. Martin, at 11 a.m. Saturday, conducted by the Rev. Gary Belsome. Interment in church cemetery. Survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Anna and Simon Charlet, Brusly St. Martin; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Ulysse Joseph Cavalier; two sons, Clarence and Hubert Cavalier; two daughters, Clemence Charlet and Angelina Landry; and three brothers, Edmond, Clement "Cop" and Reno Cavalier.
CURRY, LUCILLE COMEIA "L.C."
"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; they rod and thy staff, they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever." A devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he died at home surrounded by family on Wednesday morning, April 9, 2003. He was 71 and a resident of Baker. He was a retired pipe fitter and a member of Plumbers & Steamfitters Union Local 198, and a former U.S. Navy reservist. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church in Baker. Visiting was at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 8 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. Odus Jackson and the Rev. Jerry Potts. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Survived by his wife, Sarah Elizabeth "Beth" James Curry; two daughters, Pam Kimball and Lynne Allen; sons-in-law, Charles Kimball and Dr. Rickey Allen; grandchildren, Jennifer Balisteri and husband Martin, Joshua Allen, Jason Brown and wife Aimee, Leanne Troyer and husband Patrick, and Allison Kimball; great-grandchildren, Peyton and Parker Balisteri and Lana Brown; sisters, Laverne Armand, Auve Perry, Delores Day, Sandra Goldman, D'Juana Lanning, Marjorie Dalby, Brenda Marinello and Cornelia Johnson; a brother, Larry Lanning; and stepmother, Ima Curry. Preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and a great-grandchild, Cullen Comeia Allen. Special thanks are extended to the Renal Associate doctors, Dr. Luscy, BMA Airport nurses and technicians and Trinity Hospice.
DORÉ, MARY DEZ
Mary Dez Doré, née Kelone, a longtime resident of Alexandria, died in Houston on Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at the age of 86. She was a graduate of Touro Infirmary School of Nursing and retired as nursing supervisor at Pincrest State Hospital. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Anna Margaret DeLaune and Patrick Delaune of Houston; sons and a daughter-in-law, Neil Doré Jr. of Boston and James and Mercedes Doré of Plaquemine; grandchildren, Katherine DeLaune, Jennifer Daniels, Patrick DeLaune, Ann Mercedes Dooley, and Seámas and Logan Doré; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Brandon Daniels and Parker DeLaune; and sisters, Lorene Hickcox of Shreveport and Nina Boyles of Birmingham, Ala. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hipolyte and Maude Cox Kelone; and sisters, Margaret Viger and Liane Jamison. Mary requested that her body be donated to Baylor School of Medicine. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia Society of America or a local hospice foundation.
DOSS, BESSIE M. "LIL' GAL"
A retired custodian at LSU Residential Life and a resident of Baton Rouge, she died at 11:45 a.m. Friday, April 4, 2003, at her home surrounded by her family. She was 75 and a native of Slaughter. Visiting at Desselle Funeral Home from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2003. Religious service at New St. Luke Baptist Church at 10 a.m. Saturday, conducted by the Rev. Joseph Armstrong. Interment in Greater Philadelphia Baptist Church, Slaughter. Survived by five daughters, Jerry Foreman, Sedonia Ringo and Cynthia Doss, all of Baton Rouge, Ella M. Jetson of Pomona, Calif., and Patricia Scott of Houston; four sons, Tonnie Doss and wife Kate, and Jimmie Doss Jr., all of Baton Rouge, and Lee Andrew Ringo and David O'Neal Ringo and wife Louise, all of Houston; five sisters, Elnora Grey, Alaza Myles and Bythella Johnson, all of Baton Rouge, Gladys Dukes and husband Monroe of New Orleans, and Hazel Stimely and husband Bernard of Cleveland; five brothers, Henry, Clarence and Ledell and wife Josie Bell Myles, all of Baton Rouge, and Matthew and wife Ida Mae and Robert Myles, all of Slaughter; 40 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Doss; parents, Dave and Lou Myles; a sister, Doretha Jackson; a brother, Samuel Myles; and a granddaughter, Martina Ringo.
FUSSELL, GRACE ELEANOR
A resident of Amite, she died at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at Tangi-Pines Nursing Home in Amite. She was 83 and a native of Baton Rouge. Visiting at St. Helena Catholic Church, Amite, from 10 a.m. until religious service at 11 a.m. Saturday, conducted by the Rev. Jack Nutter. Interment in Amite Memorial Gardens. Survived by her husband of 40 years, Clyde A. Fussell, Amite; two sons, John Griggs, Fairmont, W.Va., and Thomas Griggs, Greenwell Springs; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by a sister, Alice M. Rice; father, Allen Worden Prescott; and mother, Alice Mears Prescott. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements.
GILCHRIST, AMANDA MIRE
A loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Amanda Mire Gilchrist passed away Thursday, April 10, 2003, at her home in Port Allen. She was 75. Visitation at Wilbert Funeral Home, Plaque-mine, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Visit-ation at the funeral home from 8 a.m. until religious service at 10 a.m. Saturday, conducted by the Rev. Whitney Granger. Entombment in Grace Memorial Park Mausoleum. Survived by her husband of 57 years, Ray Gilchrist Sr.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Anita Gilchrist, their children, Harold, Eric, Rachael and Jon, and their grandchildren, Blake and Mia, and Ray Jr. and Sue Gilchrist, and their children, Laurie Beth, Jenny and Dr. Heidi Gilchrist of New Orleans; a daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and Tod Hamilton, their children, Darolyn, Lindy, Colin and Nick, and their grandchildren, Payton and Madison. Pallbearers will be Harold Stecker, Eric Gilchrist, Jacob Barbier, Ronnie Smith, Jeff Heidingsfelder and Colin Hamilton. Honorary pallbearers are Wallace Diamond, Bud Mire and Marvin Pierce. Amanda was a member of First Baptist Church of Port Allen and Order of the Eastern Star No. 121 of Port Allen. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
HAYNES, SAMUEL LEE
A resident and native of Baton Rouge, he died Sunday, April 6, 2003, at Plaquemine Care. He was 63. Visiting in the chapel of New Southside Funeral Home from 9 a.m. Saturday until religious service at 11 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Stephen Ratcliff. Interment in Gilbert Memorial Park. Survived by his caregiver, Gladys Green; a sister, Ellen Turner; and a brother, William Davis. Preceded in death by his mother, Rosie Haynes.
He died Thursday, April 10, 2003, at Summit Hospital, Baton Rouge, at age 92. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Visiting at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until service at noon Saturday. Interment in Zoar Baptist Church Cemetery.
ILES, SR. DAVID
A retired pipe fitter, a former math and English teacher and a resident of Denham Springs, he died at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at his home. He was 81 and a native of Sugartown. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served as a private first class in Company D, 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart, ATO Medal, APTO Medal, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal. Memorial service at Gray's Creek Baptist Church, Denham Springs, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2003, conducted by the Rev. Carl Sullivan. A memorial service will be held at Ferry Lake Baptist Church on Ferry Lake Road, Oil City, at a later date. Survived by his wife of 40 years, Lovella Burr Iles of Denham Springs; children and their spouses, Annette and Cliff Lynch, Memphis, Tenn., Kathy and Lee Bryant, Alabaster, Ala., David Iles Jr., Denham Springs, Rodger and Mary Ann Ford, LaPlace, Janice and Donnie Hull, Denham Springs, Vicki DuVall, Denham Springs, Carolyn and Glenn Wright, Baton Rouge, and Gina Hall, Aurora, Colo.; 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Claudia Nell Reed, Shreveport, and Dorothy Green, White Pine, Tenn.; and a brother, Raymond Iles, Oil City. Preceded in death by his parents, Edith Crowder and Claude Iles; a sister, Doris Iles; and a lifetime friend, Jimmy Law. He was a member of Broadmoor Baptist Church, Shreveport, and the VFW. The family requests that no flowers be sent and that memorial donations be made to Hospice of Baton Rouge, 9063 Siegen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70810-1951.
JACKSON, RODERICK KARDELL
A resident of Plaquemine, he passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at 2:20 a.m. at Summit Hospital, Baton Rouge. He was 26 and a native of Plaquemine. Visiting at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Plaquemine, from noon Friday until religious service at 1 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Lionel Johnson Sr. Interment in Grace Memorial Park. Survived by his father and mother, Russell Jackson and Debra Jackson; a brother, Russtin Jackson; grandmother, Gladys Johnson; and a host of other relatives and friends. Hall's Mortuary, Port Allen, in charge of arrangements.
LEE, JR. JOHN LLOYD
On Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at 1:30 p.m., we lost a wonderful man when John Lloyd Lee Jr. died at his home following a valiant struggle with cancer. A generous and creative man, and one of true grace, he was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend … a man of articulate and judicious temperament, with strong though quiet conviction, and unwavering integrity. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. An honorably discharged U.S. Army-Air Forces veteran of World War II and a captain in the Army Reserve, he graduated from LSU in mechanical engineering. Many know him from his years of coaching Union National American Legion baseball and as a Boy Scout troop leader. He retired as maintenance supervisor from Ethyl Corp. in 1985. He was a past master of Eastgate Lodge 452, member of the Baton Rouge Scottish Rite Bodies and president of the Acacia Shrine Klown Unit in Baton Rouge, where he was known as "Southbound." He attended Broadmoor United Methodist Church and St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Born Feb. 23, 1924, to Esther and John Lloyd Lee Sr. (St. Joseph), John is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia Lusk of New Orleans; and by sons, John Lloyd III and wife Victoria Graves and Robert Kenneth of Baton Rouge; a daughter, Rebecca Lee of Santa Fe, N.M.; and seven grandchildren, Edward and Samantha Lee of Baton Rouge, and Misty, Adrienne, Joshua, Kristen and Joseph Lee of Golden Meadow. He was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Lee; and a daughter-in-law, Connie Allen Lee. Heartfelt appreciation is hereby extended to all the Lees' many personal friends and, particularly, to a very special group of men, the Acacia Klowns, for their uplifting visits, cards, support and encouragement. Visitation will be held at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. Visiting at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2003, conducted by the Rev. Jerry Martin. The family welcomes all those who wish to share with them the memory of the good works of a good man, at the Lee home immediately following the Saturday service. It is requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Shreveport Shriners Hospital, c/o the Acacia Shrine Temple, 7991 S. Commerce Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70815-8028 or to St. Joseph Hospice, 5215 Essen Lane, Suite 10, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. God bless you.
She died Thursday, April 10, 2003, at Lane Memorial Hospital, Zachary, at age 84. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Visiting at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Hammond, from 9 a.m. Saturday until Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., celebrated by the Rev. Jaime Diaz. Interment in Rose Memorial Cemetery, Hammond. She is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and George Adams, Hammond; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
MATTHEWS, JR. MARK ANTHONY
A resident of Denham Springs, he died at birth at 4:15 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2003, in Baton Rouge. Visiting at Ourso Funeral Home, Donaldsonville, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday. Graveside service in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Cemetery, Donaldsonville, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, conducted by the Rev. Michael Galea. Survived by his parents, Mark Anthony Sr. and Gypsie Alleman Matthews, Denham Springs; paternal grandparents, Leila Culipher, Denham Springs, and Rudolph Matthews, Marrero; and maternal stepgrandfather, Howard George Alleman of Prairieville. Preceded in death by maternal grandfather, George Felix Alleman.
MELLION, MILDRED L.
A homemaker and a resident of Plaquemine, she died Sunday, April 6, 2003, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge. She was 71 and a native of Indepen-dence. Visiting at Roscoe Mort-uary, 58635 Meriam St., Plaquemine, from 1 p.m. until wake service from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. Re-ligious service at Plymouth Rock Baptist Church, Iron Farm Road, Plaquemine, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, conducted by the Rev. Lee T. Westley. Interment in Grace Memorial Park. Survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Larry Harrison and Linda and Clifton Mitchell; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Oscar and Helen Mellion and Charles Mellion; a godchild, Carolyn Singleton; Chantra James, who she reared as a daughter, and her husband, Avery; four brothers, Leonard Asberry, Plaquemine, and Norman, Lawrence and William Asberry, all of Compton, Calif.; three aunts, Inez Pania and Inez Mellion, both of Plaquemine, and Leona Prince of New Orleans; two devoted cousins, Mildred Rousell, New Orleans, and Inez Carline, Houston; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
SANCHEZ, LEUS J. "BLANC"
A retired warehouseman with Ormet Corp. and a resident and native of Gonzales, he died Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City. He was 80 and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Visiting was at Welsh Funeral Home, Gonzales, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Visiting at St. Mark Catholic Church from 9:30 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Friday, conducted by the Rev. Joel LaBauve. Interment in Cornerview Cemetery. Survived by his wife of 55 years, Evelyn R. Sanchez, Gonzales; two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and George Plauche, Houston, and Donna and Dale Boudreaux, Baton Rouge; two sisters, Libby Trabeau, Sorrento, and Audrey Watts, Baton Rouge; a brother, Clarence J. Sanchez, Gonzales; and 2 grandchildren, Renee Evelyn Plauche and Devin Michael Boudreaux. Preceded in death by his parents, Paul Sanchez and Victoria LeBlanc Sanchez; three brothers, Jerry, Felicien and Belizere Sanchez; two sisters, Annaise Bourgeois and Delia Poche; and a stepbrother, Adam Templet. He was a longtime usher and pioneer of St. Mark Catholic Church and first president of the Usher Society.
Retired from Kean's Laundry and a resident of Baton Rouge, she died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at 7:35 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. She was 79 and a native of Ethel. Visiting at Beauchum Grove No. 1 Baptist Church, Ethel, from noon Saturday, April 12, 2003, until service at 1 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Sterling Wright, pastor. Interment in St. Paul Methodist Church Cemetery. Survived by four daughters, Rosemary Jackson, Patricia Brightman, Carolyn Morris and Jeanne Verrette; a sister, Gladys Williams; a brother, Dave Sanders; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, four sisters and five brothers. She was a member of Beachum Grove No. 1 Baptist Church. Arrangements entrusted to Richardson Funeral Home, Clinton.
SCHWING III, EDWARD BEYNROTH "ED"
A retired soybean farmer, he died at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 2003, at his residence in Plaquemine. He was 75 and a native of Plaquemine. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Visiting at Wilbert Funeral Home, Plaquemine, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Visiting at Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, Plaquemine, from 9:30 a.m. until religious service at 11 a.m. Saturday, conducted by the Rev. Charles Wood. Survived by his wife, Gayle Martinez Schwing, Plaquemine; two daughters, Reneé Schwing Price and husband Brian, Plaquemine, and Ann Schwing, Baton Rouge; a son, Edward Beynroth "Beyn" Schwing IV and wife Merrillee, Long Beach, Calif.; three sisters, Katherine Bickham and husband Leo, River Ridge, Sarah Jane Ford, River Ridge, and Suzette Tannehill and husband Richard, Baton Rouge; grandchildren, Brandy Price, Monica Price, Kyle Grzybowski, Chris Ed Grzybowski and Garrett Grzybowski; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by father, Edward Beynroth Schwing Jr.; and mother, Katherine Landry Amann. Memorial donations may be made to the Iberville Parish Heart Association or Book of Remembrance, P.O. Box 474, Plaquemine, LA 70765.
SPOONER, BESSIE JONES "SING"
A homemaker, a resident of Port Allen and native of Oscar, she died at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City. She was 90. Visiting at Hall's Mortuary, Port Allen, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2003. Visiting at Mount Olive Baptist Church, Port Allen, from 5 p.m. until religious service at 8 p.m. Sunday, conducted by the Rev. Leo Nelson. Dismissal at 11 a.m. Monday. Interment in Old Folks Home, Port Allen. Survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Pearl S. and Willie Magee, Delores S. Banks, and Beverly S. and Percy Hawkins, all of Baton Rouge; seven sons and four daughters-in-law, Theopolis "Butsy" and Josie Mae Cage and Alcide Sr. and Maudria Cage, all of Baton Rouge, Jonas Cage, Hartford, Conn., William Cage, Port Allen, Reese Jr. "R.J." and Ellanoise Spooner, New Roads, Emmett Spooner I and Cheryl Spooner, Baton Rouge, and Donny Spooner, Port Allen; a sister, Adine Domino, New Roads; 30 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.
ST. JULIEN-MINOR, MICHELLE MARIE
Michelle Marie St. Julien-Minor, of Prairieville, died Tuesday, April 8, 2003. She was the beloved wife of Donald N. Minor Jr.; mother of Donald N. Minor III; daughter of James A. St. Julien and Selma M. St. Julien; daughter-in-law of Donald N. Minor Sr. and Shirley Ann Minor; sister of Shelita St. Julien-Rhodies, Cynthia S. Guesnon, Phyllis S. Morrell, Sandra St. Julien-Marani, Diana M. St. Julien, Charlotte S. Tureaud, Cheryl S. Hall, James A. St. Julien Jr., Gregory A. St. Julien Sr. and Trina St. Julien; and sister-in-law, of Deidra L. St. Julien, Trudy B. St. Julien, Angela M. Minor-Valera, Robert Guesnon Jr., Louis Morrell Sr., David Tureaud, Graig Hall and Joseph Jeanjacques Jr. She is also survived by 32 nieces and nephews, and 27 great-nieces and great-nephews. Relatives, friends, family and the employees of Merrill Lynch and InterMark Management Corp. are invited to attend the funeral service on Saturday, April 12, 2003, at Jesuit High School Chapel of the North American Martyrs, 4133 Banks St., New Orleans. Visitation begins at 9 a.m., with recitation of the rosary at 10 a.m., final viewing at 10:30 a.m. and the Mass at 11 a.m. Parking is reserved behind the school. In lieu of flowers, donations in the name of Donald N. Minor III may be made to Children's Hospital Development Office, 200 Henry Clay Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118, Attention: Kathy. Phone 504-896-9375.
A homemaker and resident and native of St. Francisville, she died Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at 4:50 a.m. at West Feliciana Parish Hospital. She was 80. Visiting at St. Francisville Funeral Home, St. Francisville, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. Religious service at St. Andrew Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Saturday, conducted by the Rev. George Norflin. Interment in Pilgrim Rest Cemetery. Survived by three daughters, Viola Henry, Nellie Stephens and Rosa L. Stephens; and five sons, James Jackson, Woodrow Stephens, Larry Pate, George Pate and Willie Stephens.
VANZILE, DOUGLAS LEE
A resident of Denham Springs, he died Monday, April 7, 2003, at Summit Hospital, Baton Rouge. He was 54 and a native of Corning, N.Y. Visitation at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, Hammond, from 8:30 a.m. Saturday until religious service in the chapel at 1 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Noah Hano. Interment in Sand Hill Cemetery, Ponchatoula. Survived by his son, Douglas "D.J." Vanzile Jr., Liberty, Texas; two stepsons, Lawrence Lingerfelt, Ponchatoula, and Louis Lingerfelt, Denham Springs; three stepdaughters, Kathy McEwen, Clarkton, N.C., Linda Saddler, Ocala, Fla., and Helen Jensen, Denham Springs; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Arthur Vanzile and Edward Vanzile, both of Corning, and George Vanzile, Nomkis, Fla.; and five sisters, Elizabeth Stanley, Osceola, Pa., Becky Cooper, Elkland, Ga., Joan Kessler, Englewood, Fla., Roseann Knowls, North Fort, Fla., and Ruth Turner, Corning. Preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle Street Vanzile; a granddaughter; a brother, Richard Vanzile; a sister, Mary Turner; and parents, Daniel and Violet Vanzile.
WILSON, THELMA L. "GO-GO"
A very much-loved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she died Sunday, April 6, 2003, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Irene Wilson-Sanders and Robert E. Sanders II. Thelma was a member of New Sunlight Baptist Church, where she served as superintendent of Sunday school, director of the Youth Department and a member of the Usher Society. She was a past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 505, one of the founding members of CAWSC, a Cub Scout leader of Sewell Eagle District for 40 years and a recipient of the Silver Fawn. Visitation at New Sunlight Baptist Church, 1777 America St., from 9 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2003, until service at 10 a.m. Interment in Port Hudson National Cemetery. Survived by her husband, George Wilson Jr.; a daughter, Irene and husband Robert; four grandchildren, George Wilson IV, Hope Wilson-Wickline and Robyne and Robert E. Sanders III; two great-grandchildren, George Michael Howard and Jordan Eric Wilson; a goddaughter, Harry J. Pitcher; nieces, Brenda M. Fulton, Doris J. Richard, Janice and husband Rodney Scott, Florence Smith, Jacqueline Moore, Alice Marie Ellois and Linda Brooks; nephews, Tyrone, Michael and James Brooks Jr.; and a loving and devoted caregiver, Rose Oby. Preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Irene Collins Lewis; a son, George Wilson IV; a sister, Florida Lewis Pitcher; a brother, James Lewis; and a nephew, Douglas Pitcher Jr. Services entrusted to the care of Desselle Funeral Home, 263 Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive.
WOOLFOLK, LEORA VENTRESS
A retired businesswoman, she died at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 6, 2003, at her residence in Maringouin. She was 102 and a native of Maringouin. Visiting at St. Peter United Methodist Church, Maringouin, from 8 a.m. Friday until religious service at 11 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Clarence Hillard. Interment in church cemetery. Survived by a daughter, Mary Louise Davis; four grandchildren, Gwendolyn Davis Jefferson, Frederick Davis, Leuna Davis and Karena Davis; six great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Hall's Mortuary, Port Allen, in charge of arrangements.