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AGNEW, DAVID FRAZIER
A resident of Orangeburg, S.C., he died Tuesday, June 12, 2001, at Regional Medical Center, Orangeburg. He was 69. A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 14, 2001, at First Presbyterian Church in Orangeburg. He was born in Tulsa, Okla., a son of the late William Maynard Agnew and Sara Weide Agnew McIntire. He retired after 44 years of service as a chemical engineer with Ethyl Corp. in Baton Rouge and Orangeburg. He graduated in 1953 from the University of New Mexico. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon, elder and Sunday school teacher, and was a member of the John Knox Sunday school class. Survived by his wife, Jane Frazier Agnew, Orangeburg; four daughters, Mrs. Randall (Caroline) Brazzel, League City, Texas; Mrs. Nathan (Amy) Pihlstrom, Monument, Colo., and Mrs. Ryan (Margaret) Nelson and Mrs. James (Kate) Moore, both of Atlanta; a sister, Mrs. Stevens (Jane) Vidal, Prewitt, N.M.; and seven grandchildren. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 650 Summers Ave. N.E., Orangeburg, SC 29115 or to a favorite charity. Dukes-Harley Funeral Home of Orangeburg was in charge of arrangements.

BAZZELL, JR. CHARLES EDWARD
A retired theater owner and a resident of Jarreau, he died at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, 2001, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. He was 82, a former longtime resident of Baton Rouge and a native of Paducah, Ky. Visiting at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd., from noon Monday until graveside services at 2 p.m. in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Survived by a daughter, Carol Melancon; two sons, Charles Edward Bazzell III and David Bazzell; a brother, Lawrence E. Bazzell; three grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Preceded in death by his wife, Helen Van Osdell Bazzell.

BENNETT, HAZEL ANN NEYLAND
A homemaker and resident of Augusta, Ga., she died at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2001, at University Hospital in Augusta. She was 89 and a native of Pine Grove. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Visiting in the funeral home chapel from 10 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Thurston Brice. Interment in Roselawn Memorial Park. Services were held at Poteet Funeral Home West Chapel, Augusta, at 10 a.m. Friday. Survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Phillip Neyland and Irene Vinyard Bennett, Augusta; a brother, William Neyland, Baton Rouge; and a granddaughter, Malissa Bennett, Silver Spring, Md. Preceded in death by her husband, Richard Rivers Bennett; parents, Robert and Aline Story Neyland; and a son, Richard Rivers Bennett III. Pallbearers will be Robert Neyland, Ray Neyland, Jay Ratelle and Gerald McCrory, all of Baton Rouge, and Danny Bennett and Wayne Bennett, both of Zachary. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Augusta and former member of Fairfields Baptist Church in Baton Rouge. Memorial donations may be made to Mission Development Fund, First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way, Augusta, GA.

BERNARD II, WILLIE JOSEPH
A resident of Baton Rouge, he died at 9:26 p.m. Thursday, June 14, 2001. He was 20, born Jan. 16, 1981, in Napoleonville. Visiting at Landry Funeral Home, Napoleonville, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday and after 8 a.m. Monday. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Paincourtville, at 11 a.m. Monday. Interment in church cemetery. Survived by his parents, Debra L. Bernard and Gary M. "Buster" Bernard; stepmother, Pansy C. Bernard; a brother, Derek Bernard; a stepbrother, Ronnie L. Scott Jr.; a stepsister, Amy E. Scott; and grandparents, J.C. and Janet Landry and Elsie Schmill. Preceded in death by his grandfather, Willie J. Bernard.

DAVIS, WALKER J.
A retired cell repair operator for Formosa Plastics and a resident of Baton Rouge, he died Tuesday, June 12, 2001, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center. He was 60 and a native of San Augustine, Texas. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Visiting at Winnfield Funeral Home, 7221 Plank Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Monday. Religious services at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Freddie Lee Phillips Jr. Interment in Port Hudson National Cemetery. Survived by his wife, Shirley Phillips Davis; mother, Octavia Crowder; two daughters and a son-in-law, Beatrice Davis and Angaler and Kelvin Green Sr.; a son and daughter-in-law, Walter and Chantell Davis; five sisters, Helen Benford, Joyce Wright, Bobbie Jefferson, Maggie Houston and Doris Durham; 11 brothers, Obrian and Curtis Thigpen and Willie, Earl, Melvin L., Jerry, Jesse, Lynn, M.C. Jr., Anthony and Randal Davis; and six grandchildren, Shaneka Gasket, Wayne Davis, Kelvin and Kelton Green, Leandrew Davis and Alaysha Richard. Preceded in death by a son, Walker J. Davis II; his father, M.C. Davis; and a brother, Lonnie Woods.

DYKES, SR. THOMAS C.
Died at 7:20 a.m. Friday, June 15, 2001, at Heritage House on Wooddale Boulevard. He was 77, a resident of Baton Rouge and a native of Mount Herman. He retired from Kaiser Aluminum as a unit operator. Visiting at Hollabaugh-Spindle Funeral Home, 1553 Wooddale Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and after 8 a.m. Monday. Religious services at St. Gerard Majella Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Sam Maranto. Burial in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Baker. Survived by a daughter, Cheryl and husband Carol Daquanno of Baton Rouge; two sons, Thomas C. Jr. and wife Yvonne Dykes and Jeffrey P. and wife Tonya Dykes, all of Baton Rouge; six grandchildren, Tammy Faber, Bubba Daquanno, Amber Dykes, Stacey Dykes, Shelby Dykes and Jeremy Dykes; and four great-grandchildren, Ashley, Amanda, Brittany and Brennan. Preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Manning Dykes; and brothers and sisters. Pallbearers will be Carol Daquanno, Brandt Faber, Larry Aucoin, Darrell Porter, Danny Sharon and Terry Stuckey. Special thanks to Dr. Judd Patton and the entire staff at Heritage House.

HANCHEY, ODELL AYMOND
A retired registered nurse and a resident of Baton Rouge, she died Friday, June 15, 2001, at Landmark Nursing Home in Baton Rouge. She was 84 and a native of Cottonport. Memorial Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 445 Marquette Ave., at 2 p.m. Monday, celebrated by the Rev. Mike Moroney. Survived by two sons, Ernest and Eddie Hanchey, both of Dallas; two brothers, Carol Aymond of Cottonport and Burton Aymond of New Orleans; five grandchildren, Christopher Hanchey, Lee Anderson, John Hanchey, Dana Caddell and Cady Sunsdahl; and three great-grandchildren, Nick Deishler, Madison Sunsdahl and Arlee Caddell. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 445 Marquette Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70806.

HUDSON, MORLEY A.
A longtime civic leader and a pioneer of the modern Republican Party in Louisiana, he died Friday, June 15, 2001, at age 84 from the effects of a brain tumor. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Shreveport at 2 p.m. Monday. His family will receive visitors at Osborn Funeral Home, Shreveport, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. His was no ordinary life. He was born March 31, 1917, in San Antonio. He graduated cum laude from Georgia Tech with a degree in mechanical engineering. From 1938 to 1940, he played football for the Green Bay Packers under Coach Curly Lambeau, and after that, served as a captain in the U.S. Army, Infantry Reserves, during World War II. Upon becoming a resident of Shreveport in 1945, he began his career as president of Hudson-Rush Co. of Shreveport and Dallas, specializing as a manufacturer's representative of industrial process equipment. He was also one of the original partners of Pelican Supply Co. and McElroy Metals. He was a registered professional engineer in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas, and served a term as president of the Shreveport chapters of American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers and Instrument Society of America. His civic activities were numerous, but those closest to his heart involved advocacy for mentally retarded people. He was a founding member of both the Shreveport-Bossier and the Louisiana Association for Retarded Children. For five years, he served as a director of National Association for Retarded Citizens. He was vice chairman of the Louisiana Governor's Commission for Employment of the Handicapped and was appointed by President Gerald Ford to the 24-member President's Committee on Mental Retardation. A special joy for him was playing Santa Claus in 1977 at the White House Christmas party for handicapped children of the Washington, D.C., area. He was a founder of Evergreen Presbyterian Vocational School at Minden and a founder of Evergreen House, the forerunner of today's Providence House in Shreveport. Another passion for him was politics, particularly the development of the Republican Party in Louisiana, which for a century had been a one-party state. He was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1964, along with Taylor O'Hearn, making them the first Republicans elected to the Legislature since Reconstruction. He served as House minority leader until 1968. He was a Louisiana delegate to three Republican Party national conventions, in 1964, 1968 and 1972. In 1972, wearing a friend's red-white-and-blue shoes, he ran for lieutenant governor on a Republican ticket headed by David Treen. He repeated the patriotic color scheme in a 1976 visit to the White House, wearing a red-white-and-blue tie that made him stand out among the dozens of other people in gray suits, prompting President Ford to remark, "It's so good to see someone here in Washington with the Bicentennial spirit!" He was also a member of Rotary Club, Shreveport Club, Shreveport Country Club and Shreveport Yacht Club. He was district lieutenant of the U.S. Power Squadron. He also served as president of the Holiday in Dixie Cotillion Club, as a director of Shreveport Chamber of Commerce and Arthritis Foundation, and as president of Community Council of Caddo and Bossier Parishes. He was an Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster, as well as an elder and Sunday school teacher at First Presbyterian Church of Shreveport. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lucy North Hudson; a son who died in infancy, Morley Alvin Hudson Jr.; his parents and two brothers. He is survived by his wife, Catherine Franks Hudson; three daughters and a son-in-law, Nancy and Joe Ed Ketner, Courtney Morley Hudson and grandsons Max, Alex and Nicholas Hudson, all of Shreveport, and Lucy North Hudson of Pineville; stepchildren, Rob Franks and his wife, Vicki, of Shreveport, Susan Leake and her husband, Rucker, of St. Francisville, Allen Franks and his wife, Cathy, of Northfield, Mich.; and their children and grandchildren. He requested that anyone wishing to remember him with memorials should send them to Providence House, 814 Cotton St., Shreveport, LA 71101, or Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 3949, Shreveport, LA 71133. One more thing. He was a great dancer.

KERN, MILDRED ANN GESSER
A resident of Plaquemine, she died at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 14, 2001, at her daughter's residence in Plaquemine. She was 86 and a native of Loreauville. Memorial Mass at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Plaquemine, at 1 p.m. Monday, celebrated by the Rev. Dean Martin. Survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Jackie and Seth Sumrall, Morgan City, and Geralyn and Obie Watts, Plaquemine; two sisters, Mag Wimberly, Carencro, and May LeBlanc, New Iberia; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Lee Roy Kern; a son, John Kern; an infant daughter, Diane Kern; an infant son, Robert; parents, Emile and Ouida Boutte Gesser; and two brothers, Herman and Wallace Gesser. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, where she formerly served as a Eucharistic minister, minster to the sick and member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas. She was a former nursing home and Hospice volunteer. Memorial donations can be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Plaquemine, or Hospice of Baton Rouge, 9063 Siegan Lane, Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA 70810. Special thanks to Dr. Bryan Bienvenu, Our Lady of the Lake fifth floor oncology staff and Hospice of Baton Rouge, especially, nurse Nerissa.

KIMBALL, WANDA MARIE
A beloved friend, sister and aunt, she died Monday, May 14, 2001, in Baton Rouge. She was born April 22, 1942, in Alexandria, and grew up in Lafayette. She graduated from University of Southwestern Louisiana and had been a resident of Baton Rouge for the past 23 years. She served as a volunteer, and later as a staff member, with Battered Women's Program in Baton Rouge. She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Beverly Kimball; a sister, Marilyn Kimball; two nephews, Billy "Bebo" Doré and Stephen Kimball; and two nieces, Kim Prejean and Kelli Berges, all of Lafayette; and numerous beloved friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ira and Ella B. Kimball; and by her dear friends, Ed "Bud" Dugas and Sharon Rocheford. Memorial services at Unity Church of Christianity, 15255 Old Jefferson Highway, at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2001, conducted by the Rev. Jan Mahannah Moskus. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a selected charity.

KRAMER, SR. RICHARD CARL
A pipe fitter with Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 198 and a resident of Prairieville, he died at 2:20 a.m. Saturday, June 16, 2001, in Baton Rouge. He was 50 and a native of Baton Rouge. Visiting at Ourso Funeral Home, Gonzales, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Visiting at the funeral home from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Monday. Religious services at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, St. Amant, at 10 a.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Bob Stine. Interment in church cemetery. Survived by his wife, Annie J. Kramer, Prairieville; mother, Elma Templet Kramer Simoneaux, Sorrento; three daughters and three sons-in-law, Deney and Ralph Parker, Prairieville, Chantel and James Griffith, Watson, and Dannay and Ken Bourgeois, Prairieville; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Shawn Kramer, Prairieville, Richard C. Jr. and Lisa Kramer, Theodore, Ala., and Tweed and Laura Almond, Dutchtown; three sisters, Carolyn Wilson, Ocala, Fla., Patricia Wolfe, French Settlement, and Donna Abbott, Sorrento; three brothers, Butch Dupuy, Prairieville, John Kramer Jr., Gonzales, and Dennis Kramer, Central; and 11 grandchildren, Charles, Robert, DeWaynne, Zachary, Gina, Sebastian, Ryan, Memorie, Dylan, Seth and Sarah Grace. Preceded in death by his father, John W. Kramer Sr. Pallbearers will be Terry Molea, Ronnie Melancon, Kirk Carpenter, Louis LeBlanc, Steve Cormier and John Maranto Jr. Honorary pallbearer is Marc Kramer.

LUCAS, EUNICE ZENN
A loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt and a homemaker and resident of Zachary, she died Thursday, June 14, 2001, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge. She was 94 and a native of Lindsay. Visiting at Winnfield Funeral Home, 7221 Plank Road, from 5 p.m. until religious services at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, conducted by the Rev. Lucius O'Connor. Dismissal at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Interment in Southern Memorial Gardens. Survived by a daughter, Rosemary Lucas Stacia, Baton Rouge; a son and daughter-in-law, Bernard and Hilda Lucas, Baton Rouge; a sister, Edna Balls, Beaumont, Texas; a daughter-in-law, Evelyn Lucas, Oakland, Calif.; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Willis Zenn; her husband, Henry Lucas; two daughters, Marion Parks and Naomi Lucas; three brothers and a sister.

LUCAS, WINIFRED MURPHY
A retired interior designer and owner of Winifred Lucas Interiors, she died Wednesday, June 13, 2001, at 4 p.m. after a prolonged illness. She was 91, a resident of Baton Rouge and a native of St. Gabriel. She was preceded in death by her husband, James N. Lucas; her parents, John Barrett Murphy and Eleanor Prescott Murphy; and eight brothers and sisters. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Charles S. Williamson III and Mrs. Joseph H. Gammill, both of Baton Rouge; her niece and adopted daughter, Mrs. Stanley Sporny of Hunnington, W.Va.; four grandchildren, Charles E. Henry Jr., Samuel Lucas Henry, Warren Prescott Henry and Laure Payton Henry; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Visiting at St. Joseph Cathedral from 9 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Monday, celebrated by the Rev. Frank M. Uter. Interment in Roselawn Memorial Park. In 1948, she opened her business, Winifred Lucas Interiors. She was a member of the American Institute of Decorators and the American Society of Interior Designers, to which she was elected a life member in 1984. She was actively involved with the LSU School of Interior Design and was recognized by the design industry on many occasions, receiving the Brown and Damaré Award in 1979. In 1997, Gov. Mike Foster presented her with the Governor's Award for her life dedication and contributions to the design profession nationally and to the state of Louisiana. She was a member of The Colonial Dames XVII Century, The Dames of the Magna Carta and The Louisiana Colonials. Pallbearers will be Earl J. Savoie, Thompson M. Wallace, Ben R. Franklin III, Thomas Michael Murphy, William Gamill, Joseph Prescott Murphy, Murphy J. Foster III and James Crow Murphy III. Honorary pallbearers are Donelson T. Caffery of Franklin, William D. Ray, Gov. Murphy J. Foster, William Ross Little Sr. of Franklin, Charles S. Williamson of California, George E. Williamson of Utah, Burgin Barrousse, L. Allen Anderson, John Coleman of Franklin, Dan Bouligny of Lafayette, Phillip Jackson, Marvin Owen and J. David McNeill.

MARSHALL, ETHEL MAE JACKSON
"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord...that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them."--Rev. 14:13. A retired teacher from Franklin Parish School Board and a resident of Winnsboro, she entered into eternal rest at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe. A native of Baton Rouge, she was a graduate of Southern Lab High School and received bachelor and master of education degrees from Southern University. She taught English for 32 years at Franklin Parish Training School, Franklin High School and Ward III High School. Following her retirement, she served as secretary for the School Board for 12 years. She was a Golden Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha and a member of Zeta Phi Omega chapter in Monroe. She also served on the board of trustees for Council on Aging and Franklin Parish Credit Union. She was a founding member of Modern Matron's Club in Winnsboro. Visitation at Richardson Funeral Home, 1001 Bosworth St., Winnsboro, from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services at Winnsboro Second Baptist Church, 926 Bosworth St., Winnsboro, at 11 a.m. Monday, the Rev. Herman E. Harris officiating. Interment in Southern Memorial Gardens, 3021 Blount Road, Baton Rouge, at 4 p.m. Monday. Survived by her husband of 47 years, Solon Marshall, Winnsboro; a son and daughter-in-law, Terrence S. and Sharon J. Marshall, Baton Rouge; a daughter, Deidre Marshall, Dallas; two grandchildren, Terrika Marshall and Terrence Marshall Jr.; two sisters, Willia Beatrice J. Simmons and Constance J. LaBeaux; a brother-in-law, Murry L. LaBeaux; and a niece, Iris S. Alexander, all of Baton Rouge; a nephew and his wife, Willie Jackson III and Monique, Seattle; two great-nieces, Ivanna Thais Alexander, Silver Spring, Md., and Vanessa Jackson, Seattle; and other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her parents, Willie Sr. and Minnie Stevenson Jackson; a brother, the Rev. Willie Jackson Jr.; and a great-niece, DeApril LaClaire Alexander.

MILES, GILSPREEN
A native and resident of White Castle, she died Thursday, June 14, 2001, at her home. She was 56. Visitation at Roscoe Mortuary, 58635 Meriam St., Plaquemine, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Wake services at Greater Progressive Baptist Church, White Castle, at 7 p.m. Sunday, conducted by the Rev. J. Williams. Funeral services at the church at 1 p.m. Monday. Interment in St. Paul Cemetery, White Castle. She is survived by a daughter, Nawieta Miles; a son, Nigel Miles; her mother, Amy Miles; four sisters, Australia and Stephanie Miles, Veary O'Bear and Corelia Verret; four brothers, Eugene Jr., Felton, Monroe and Gary Miles; and a host of other close relatives and friends.

POLLARD, SR. DENNIS CHARLES
A resident of Baton Rouge, he died at 8:10 a.m. Saturday, June 16, 2001. He was 59 and a native of New Orleans. He was the beloved husband of Jill Marie Pollard; father and father-in-law of Dennis C. Jr. and Donna Pollard, Dawnell and Mark Anders and Erin M. Kilpatrick; son of Sonia Emily Callahan and the late William Pollard; brother of James Pollard, Patty P. Culver and the late Peter Pollard; grandfather of Blake, Elizabeth and Brittany Pollard, Eve Anders and Jordan M. Kilpatrick; and fishing companion of Teddy Bear Pollard. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend memorial services at Millet-Guidry Funeral Home, 2806 W. Airline Highway, LaPlace, at 1:30 p.m. Monday. Visiting at the funeral home from noon until service time. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice Care of Louisiana, 3801 Canal St., Suite 401, New Orleans, LA 70119.

RATCLIFF, SR. CHARLES R.
A loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, he passed into eternal life at 3 p.m. Friday, June 15, 2001, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. He was 71, a resident of Greenwell Springs and a native of Brookhaven, Miss. He was a retired inspector with the city-parish and former owner of Ratcliff and LeBlanc Inc. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday and after 1 p.m. Monday. Religious services in the funeral home chapel at 3 p.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Joe Ratcliff and the Rev. Ellen Monteguedo. Interment in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. Survived by his wife, Millie H. Ratcliff; two daughters and a son-in-law, Linda and Bill E. Brogan Sr., Holden, and Jeni S. Gautreaux, Baton Rouge; a son and daughter-in-law, Charles R. II and Cindy Ratcliff, Baker; a sister, Nellie M. Kimble, Collins, Miss.; two brothers, the Rev. Joe Ratcliff, Collins, and David Ratcliff Jr., Bay St. Louis, Miss.; 10 grandchildren, Bill E. Brogan II, Lanya B. Sticker, Christine M. Brogan, Joshua C.B. Brogan, Kristofer T. Harvey, Jennifer J. Harvey, Emily C. Harvey, Cori R. Badeaux, Charles R. "Chip" Ratcliff III and Clint J. Ratcliff; a great-grandson, Bill E. "Trey" Brogan III; and a lifetime friend, Jim Fountain Sr. Pallbearers will be grandsons. He was a member of Magnolia United Methodist Church. The family extends special thanks to Dr. Faruqui and Dr. Adhami.

ROBERTSON, DON RANDALL
A pharmacist surveyor with Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, he died at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2001, at Summit Hospital. He was 50, a resident of Greenwell Springs and a native of Central. Visiting was at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Visiting was in the funeral home chapel from 11 a.m. until religious services at 3 p.m. Friday, conducted by the Rev. Don Smith and Ivan Robertson. Interment was in Zoar Baptist Church Cemetery. Survived by his wife of 31 years, Rhonda Morgan Robertson, Greenwell Springs; parents, Jewel C. and Millicent Holden Robertson, Central; a daughter, Jessica Robertson, Greenwell Springs; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Seth Robertson, Greenwell Springs, and Ivan Randall and Kelly Robertson, Zachary; grandfather, Stanley Holden, and stepgrandmother, Lucille Holden, Denham Springs; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Gene and Rhonda Marie Robertson, Brusly, Kevin and Liz Robertson, Denham Springs, and Mark Robertson, Central; a sister-in-law, Rollette Marie Morgan Huntsman, Bastrop; three special friends, Ivan Devall, Baton Rouge, Donald Smith, Prairieville, and Skip Chenevert; two grandchildren, Grace and Sage Robertson; and seven nieces and nephews, Wendy and Cindy Robertson, Joshua and Lee Roberts and Justin, Joseph and Angela Robertson. Preceded in death by his grandmother, Dozie Buhler Holden. He was a member of Zoar Baptist Church and Christ Fellowship Church of Prairieville. He was a 1972 graduate of Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe, a member of Louisiana Pharmaceutical Association, and an avid scuba diver, fisherman and deer hunter. Memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, Louisiana Baptist Children's Home, P.O. Box 4196, Monroe, LA 71211-4196 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 3704, Memphis, TN 38173-9966.

SCARDINA, NICK V.
A retired machinist with Exxon Co. USA and a native and resident of Baton Rouge, he died Saturday, June 16, 2001, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center. He was 86. Arrangements pending at Welsh Funeral Home, 6700 Florida Blvd.

SCHEXNAYDER, C. GRACE
A resident of Algiers for the past 30 years, she died Wednesday, June 13, 2001. She was 78 and a native of Paulina. She was the beloved daughter of the late Edgar Schexnayder and the late Noela Frederic Schexnayder; sister of Margery Groteguth, Gloria J. Schexnayder, Dolores Masson, Marilyn Staley, Phyllis Englade, Mary Angela Scallon, Elwood Schexnayder, Ray J. Schexnayder, J. Rogwell Schexnayder and Paul Schexnayder; beloved friend of Marie C. Primm; and is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. She was also preceded in death by two nephews and a grand-niece. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend funeral services at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 3101 Eton St., New Orleans, at 1:30 p.m. Monday. Entombment in St. Joseph Mausoleum, Paulina. Visitation at the church after 11:30 a.m. Monday. In lieu of flowers, enrollment of Masses or donations to St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church for missions throughout the world preferred. Mothe Funeral Home Inc. in charge of arrangements.

TAYLOR, THE REV. J. W.
Former pastor of Old Zion Hill in Albany, New Zion Baptist in Covington, Bayou Plaquemine Baptist in Plaquemine and Second Baptist Church in Jackson, he died at 1 a.m. Saturday, June 16, 2001, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center. His entire life was dedicated to serving the Lord and through his ministry of more than 50 years, many lives were changed. He was 78 and a native and resident of Colyell. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Visiting at Seale Funeral Home, Denham Springs, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Visiting at Colyell Baptist Church, Colyell, from 8 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Jimmy Robertson, the Rev. Delmas Taylor, the Rev. Joe Lisemby and the Rev. Craig Fourke. Interment in church cemetery. Survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Arwena and L.O. Harper, Colyell; two sons and daughters-in-law, the Rev. Paul Taylor and Jerri Lynn Taylor, Livingston, and the Rev. Raymond Taylor and Marcia Taylor, Clinton; five granddaughters, Jessi, Kara, Lacey and Malori Taylor and Ashley Harper; five grandsons, Brandon, Taylor and Sgt. Jeffery S. Harper, and Jason and Justen Taylor; a great-granddaughter, Morgan Taylor; a great-grandson, Easton Taylor; two brothers, the Rev. Armond D. Taylor, Slayden, Miss., and George Ellis Taylor, Livingston; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Watts Taylor; a daughter, Lori Taylor; and his parents, Ellis and Etta Taylor. Pallbearers will be Jason Taylor, Justin Taylor, Jeffery Harper, Brandon Harper, Gaylen Taylor, Garlin Taylor and Jay Lee Taylor. Honorary pallbearers are Taylor Harper and Easton Taylor. He was a member of Colyell Baptist Church and American Legion Post No. 264. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Fairhaven Children's Home in Covington.

TOUPS, GEORGE R.
Retired from the U.S. Navy and a resident of Montpelier, he died Friday, June 15, 2001, at St. Helena Parish Hospital in Greensburg. He was 50 and a native of St. Louis. Visiting at Welsh Funeral Home, 6700 Florida Blvd., from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, with recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m. Religious services in the funeral home chapel at 2 p.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Kenneth Smith. Interment in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. Survived by his wife, Patricia E. Toups, Montpelier; parents, Clifton and Clara Toups; three daughters, Darleen Watts, Albany, Karen King, Denham Springs, and Jerri Patterson, Tangipahoa; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Pamela Ann T. Hoffpuir and David Wayne Hoffpuir, Zachary, and Barbara T. Hull and Russell Anthony Hull Sr., Hot Springs, Ark..; seven nieces and nephews, a grandnephew and seven grandchildren. Preceded in death by grandmothers, Annie Lewis Quinn and Charlott Morvant Toups; and an uncle, James H. Quinn. Pallbearers will be Scott Bynre, Michell Easley, John Paul Easley, David Hoffpuir, Russell Hull Sr. and Russell Hull Jr. He was a member of St. Helena Catholic Church and Montpelier Volunteer Fire Department. He loved to hunt and fish.

VIGNES, JAMES O.
A retired painter and a resident and native of Baton Rouge, he died Saturday, June 16, 2001, at Earl K. Long Medical Center. He was 70. Visiting at Baker Funeral Home, 6401 Groom Road, Baker, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and after 9 a.m. Tuesday. Religious services in the funeral home chapel at 11 a.m. Tuesday, conducted by the Rev. George Storms. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park, Baton Rouge. Survived by his wife, Joan C. Vignes, Baton Rouge; two stepdaughters, Brenda and husband Joe Badeaux, San Antonio, and Debra and husband Paul Hebert, Baker; two stepsons, Vernon "Buddy" and wife Cheryl Foster, Erwinville, and Robert E. Austin, Baton Rouge; four granddaughters, Shannon, Ashley, Gina and Jenna; two grandsons, B.J. and Sterling; and a great-grandchild, Kortlyn. Preceded in death by mother, father, a brother and a sister.

WILLIAMS, ISIAH "SONNY"
A native and resident of Baton Rouge, he died Wednesday, June 13, 2001, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center. He was 52. Visiting at Greater King David Baptist Church, 222 Blount Road, from 9 a.m. Monday until religious services at 11 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Donald Montgomery. Interment in Winnfield Memorial Park. Survived by his father, Isiah Williams; stepfather, David Campbell; a daughter, Angela Williams; three sons, Edward Dumas, Keith Williams and Isaac Weatherspoon; two sisters, Alma Williams and Patricia Albert; five stepbrothers, Wayne, Gregory, Cleveland, Walter and Malcolm Knighten; and nine grandchildren. Preceded in death by his mother, Annie Campbell; and a brother, Elmer Williams. Winnfield Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

WILSON, WILLIAM B. "BILLY"
A retired Exxon Co. USA employee with 43½ years of service and a native and resident of Baton Rouge, he died at 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 15, 2001, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. He was 79. He was a veteran of World War II. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Visiting at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until religious services at 1 p.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Ed Griffin. Interment in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. Survived by his wife, Thelma G. Wilson; a daughter, Darlene Wilson; a brother, John Sidney Wilson; four nieces and two nephews; and a special cousin, Laurie Barillier. Preceded in death by his father, John S. Wilson; and mother, Lila Barillier Wilson.

WISNIESKI, RAYMOND CLARENCE
A retired general store owner and a resident of Plainfield Township, Ill., he died Thursday, June 14, 2001, in Joliet, Ill. He was 85 and a native of Sobieski, Minn. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and received the Purple Heart. Visiting at St. Michael Catholic Church, Convent, from 10 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Tuesday, conducted by the Rev. Louis Poche. Interment in church cemetery. Survived by three daughters and three sons-in-law, Melanie and Thomas Usrey, Monroe, Janet and Roger Mitchell, Plainfield, Ill., and Susan and Brock Williams, Sugar Land, Texas; five sisters and four brothers-in-law, Irene Fenske, Bernadine and Todd Hawk, Eleanor and Zigmund Nagorski, Lorraine and Donald Lobsinger and Adeline and George Ringwelski; a brother, Richard Wisnieski; eight grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his wife, Rita Ory Wisnieski; parents, Joseph and Martha Sobiek Wisnieski; and a sister, Sylvia Kowalczyk. Pallbearers will be Christophe and Spencer Usrey and Eric, Trevor, Roger and Brock Williams. Alexander Funeral Home, Lutcher, in charge of arrangements.


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